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Harris family came to Andalusia circa 1919

John Wesley grew up on the small family farm in Northwest Alabama where his parents taught him all they knew about farming. He naturally began working as a farmer and in 1899 was married to Ether Mae Taylor (1884-1973), daughter of John W. Taylor and West ...

SEC: Schools can't take transfers with series misconduct past

This legislation would have prevented Alabama's controversial acceptance of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who still faces domestic violence charges stemming from a 2014 arrest while he played at Georgia. Taylor was arrested for a second time on such ...

James Taylor’s Polar Ice Article is Making Waves

But even recent satellite measurements show little change from this abnormally high baseline. As Taylor points out, this flies in the face of those, including Al Gore, who predicted an ice free Arctic by the year 2014. The article has been very popular.

SEC's new 'Jonathan Taylor rule' the right thing to do and long overdue

The rule validates the original suspicion that Alabama and Nick Saban were too forgiving, too willing to try to change the behavior of a talented but troubled player, when they accepted Taylor in January. Georgia had kicked the defensive lineman out of ...

Gordon Taylor says Sepp Blatter's FIFA position is untenable

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor does not think Sepp Blatter can see out his term as FIFA president despite the Swiss being re-elected for a historic fifth time. Blatter saw off the challenge from Prince Ali Bin Al ...

Van Morrison, James Taylor, Sutton Foster, Alabama Shakes and More Set for Forest Hills Stadium's 2015 Summer Lineup, Beginning Today

Forest Hills Stadium (ForestHillsStadium.com), the legendary sporting and entertainment venue hidden in the idyllic Queens, New York neighborhood of Forest Hills, has announced their 2015 concert season presented by Madison House Presents. Forest Hills ...

Dive Alabama offers locals a unique experience

He has since been acquitted. American Idol winner and Alabama native Taylor Hicks was also certified at Dive Alabama. The quarry gives a realistic approach to diving as the water is full of bass, sunfish, catfish, brim, bluegill, Japanese coy, carp ...

Michigan's Megan Betsa shuts down Alabama in Women's College World Series debut

"That's a great Alabama team," said coach Carol Hutchins ...
With six strikeouts in the game, Betsa increased her season count to 316 -- tying Jordan Taylor's sixth-place single-season record -- and moved into seventh in program history with 466 career ...

Big Gigs: Taylor Swift, Alabama Shakes, NKOTB, more

Taylor Swift will perform Saturday at Ford Field. (Photo: Christopher Polk) Thursday Built to Spill At 23 years and counting, Built to Spill is one of the enduring success stories of ’90s alt-rock. Last month’s “Untethered Moon,” the first BTS ...

Georgia, Alabama still battling over water

“They would have been a huge user. We really, really tried to get that company,” Taylor said. Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce President Al Hodge said the availability of water is important to his industrial recruiting effort. “Depending on the ...

Taylor Swift Concert Bracelets Save Teens After Car Wreck

By Philip Cosores For Taylor Swift‘s 1989 tour, a key element is bracelets that are handed out to the audience that light up with the music. During the concert, it presents a cool moment of connectio…

Don’t Call Taylor Swift Your ‘Mom,’ Guys

By Marissa G. Muller Here’s an Internet wormhole of a story: Taylor Swift has asked a fan not to call her “mom.&rdqu o; To understand why Taylor Swift doesn’t want that label is to undergo a crash course on…

Taylor Swift & Beyonce Are Among Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women

By Philip Cosores Forbes has released its list of its 100 Most Powerful Women, and not surprisingly, a couple of music stars have made the list. Beyonce ranked highest of all entertainers, coming in…

Here Are All the Possible Katy Perry Digs in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Music Video

Taylor Swift brought the fierceness when she debuted her action-packed, Sin City-inspired music video for "Bad Blood" at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. And while we loved every second of …

Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Video Broke Vevo’s Record for Most Views in 24 Hours

By Courtney E. Smith My anaconda don’t want none unless it’s got Taylor Swift, hon. Swift’s flashy premiere for “Bad Blood” has paid off already: she’s the newly minted Vevo record holder for one-da…

Your Guide To Every Celebrity In Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Video

If you’re alive and have an internet connection then you’ve definitely seen the entire world reacting to Taylor Swift’s latest music video. “Bad Blood,” the fourth single off Taylor’s blockbuster albu…

All The Crazy Science Fiction References In Taylor Swift's New Video

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video finally premiered tonight. And there are so many pop culture references, you’ll wonder if you actually saw them all. Read more...

Kendrick Lamar Steals the Show in Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Video

By Kevin Rutherford So, uh, how about that “Bad Blood” video? After days and days of buildup, of teasers and posters and seemingly neverending additions to a star-studded cast, “Bad Blood,” Taylor S…

Here’s Who We Know Is in Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Video

By Courtney E. Smith We knew Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” video was going to be a summer epic, but it looks like she’s going for Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”-le vel theatrics. Swift took to Instagram t…

Zendaya Is Definitely in Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Video: See the Promo

By Marissa G. Muller Taylor Swift sure knows how to drum up anticipation. Judging by the rollout for the pop singer’s next music video, you’d think it was the blockbuster of the summer. Well, it kin…


The Guardian and a warning to TAYLOR ALABAMA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in TAYLOR ALABAMA

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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Office on Violence Against Women


Domestic violence in TAYLOR ALABAMA

Does your partner ever….

> Embarrass you with put-downs?

> Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?

> Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

> Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

> Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

> Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

> Make all of the decisions?

> Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

> Prevent you from working or attending school?

> Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

> Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

> Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

> Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

> Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Don’t hesitate to chat or call to 1-800-799-SAFE if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.

The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.




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