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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, May 8, 2006

Florida High School Students Required to Major

"The Legislature gave final approval to a bill Thursday that requires high school students to declare a major, similar to college students. The measure now goes to Gov. Jeb Bush, who pushed the requirement as part of a sweeping education overhaul approved by the House 90-24. The Senate passed it earlier in the day 39-1. "It's important because it'll make the high school experience more relevant for a broader range of students," Bush said. "This will give them a chance to pursue education where their interests lie. ... There still will be core curricula credits that they'll need to pass." The bill also requires that high school students take a fourth year of math and that middle school students receive career planning instruction." By Bill Kaczor, Associate Press Writier, FindLaw Link to Article (last visited 5-7-06 NVS)

May 8, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

"Strange Fruits" on Bronx Public Access T.V.

"Every Saturday evening, one of the longest-running programs on Bronx public access television entertains and confounds viewers with a 30-minute burst of gender-bending camp and low-budget intrigue. The television show is called "Strange Fruits," and it is everything the Bronx is not — flamboyantly irreverent, unabashedly gay and teeming with men in high heels and pantyhose. It is like "Dynasty," if "Dynasty" starred mostly untrained, unpaid actors and followed the exploits of a transsexual Southern belle turned Bronxite with a knack for stealing babies, poisoning people and cursing.

"Strange Fruits," which first went on the air in 1997, has become one of the few public displays of homosexuality in a blue-collar borough that is a bastion of Latin machismo. None of the borough's movie theaters bothered showing "Brokeback Mountain." There has not been a gay pride parade here in years. Yet, each Saturday on Channel 68 on BronxNet, the public-access station, "Strange Fruits" pops up on television screens, courtesy of Eric Stephen Booth. Mr. Booth, the show's director, writes outlandish parts for his straight, gay, lesbian and transsexual friends and acquaintances, creating a convoluted soap opera universe that, almost by accident, has given the borough's small gay population its zaniest, boldest advertisement for itself. Some gay communities have produced vibrant neighborhood enclaves, cultural organizations and nightclubs. The Bronx, for the most part, has "Strange Fruits."" By Manny Fernandez, N.Y. Times, Link to Article (last visited 5-7-06 NVS)

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Long Distance Marriage

"For most couples, the idea of a second home evokes images of walks on the beach or mountain vacations. But sometimes, making the decision to acquire a second piece of real estate has nothing to do with leisure and everything to do with work. When couples see their careers move along divergent paths, and sometimes to different cities, the hard choices begin. And at a time when both partners are likely to have jobs that are personally rewarding and financially necessary, uprooting one to accommodate the other is often not an option.The solutions are seldom easy — and children only complicate the issue — as couples confront both the emotional strains of spending time apart and the burden of additional housing costs, often in expensive urban markets. Some choose to play it safe by renting a small apartment in the new city, while others see the relocation as an investment opportunity." By William Neuman, N.Y. Times, Link to Article (last visited 507096 NVS)

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Sunday, May 7, 2006

Case Law Development: Ohio Court of Appeals Says Woman Claiming Priest Impregnated Her 40 Years Ago May Proceed with Action against Archdiocese

The Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a woman claiming a Catholic priest impregnated her 40 years ago and coerced her into putting the baby girl up for adoption may proceed with her case against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  She is accusing the church of covering up the priest’s conduct and pressuring her to keep quite about the child’s father.  The court held that the Archdiocese was equitably estopped from asserting the statute of limitations defense because (1) the defendant made a factual misrepresentation; (2) the misrepresentation was misleading; (3) the misrepresentation induced actual reliance that was reasonable and in good faith; and (4) the misrepresentation caused detriment to the relying party. As to the first two elements, a plaintiff must show either actual or constructive fraud.  Additionally, when it is used in a statute-of-limitations context, a plaintiff asserting equitable estoppel must show either “an affirmative statement that the statutory period to bring an action was larger than it actually was or promises to make a better settlement of the claim if plaintiff did not bring the threatened suit, or similar misrepresentations or conduct on the defendant’s part.”

The court said that the woman’s complaint was “replete with allegations that the Archdiocese intimidated her into believing that the pregnancy was solely her fault, pressured her into giving up her child, and coerced her into remaining silent about the identity of her child’s father. She was led to believe that her child would not be baptized absent an adoption.”  It also said that she had successful alleged that her reliance was reasonable and in good father asserting that because of “religious indoctrination,” her reliance was “both reasonable and in good faith.”    The Archdiocese announced it will appeal the ruling.  News Source.  Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, Please click here for the complete story (last visited May 7, 2006, reo). The decision, Jane Doe v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati, may be obtained by clicking here (last visited May 7, 2006, reo).

May 7, 2006 in Paternity | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

UNIFEM Study Find “Domestic Abuse Widespread in Syria”

A study, funded by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and conducted by the state-run General Union of Women, reported that as many as 1 in 4 Syrian women may be victims of physical violence.  Women's rights activists claim that the reasons for the high incidence of violence against women in that country can be attributed to an association of shame with divorce, a lack of education on what exactly abuse entails, a shortage of shelters, and weak laws that fail to protect women who face abuse. “The study of nearly 1,900 families found that violence against women was more prevalent in the countryside than in cities, that domestic abuse was more likely to happen in homes facing economic hardship and in homes where men were less educated or where women married at very young ages.”  Source.  Rhonda Roumani, Christian Science Monitor, For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 7, 2006, reo).

May 7, 2006 in Domestic Violence | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Iowa Domestic Abuse Shelters Full; Police Have Hundreds of Outstanding Warrants

News reports from Des Mones, Iowa indicate that the emergency shelters there for women who experience domestic abuse are turning victims away.  For example, all of the beds at the city’s Family Violence Centers were full last Monday.  A Des Moines police spokesman also said that the police have hundreds of outstanding warrants on domestic assault and other cases, but do not know where the accused is living. Source. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 7, 2006, reo).

May 7, 2006 in Domestic Violence | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Scotland Seeks to Improve Services to Domestic Abuse Victims

According to published reports, one in five women in Scotland experience domestic abuse during their lives and in more than 90 per cent of the cases children are in the same or next room. In an effort to deal with this problem, the Scottish government is investing £6million to improve services and provide  funds for extra children's workers in refuges.  Source. Katrina Tweedie, Please click here for the story (last visited May 6, 2006, reo).

May 7, 2006 in Domestic Violence | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)