Ruff ruff! My name is Daphne. I am an adult female Rottweiler. I arrived as a stray on 17 Jan 2013. Almost a month here is not doing me any good! Please be my valentine? A volunteer writes: Daphne is very nervous at the pound. She does know how to sit for treats and she is waiting patiently for her new fur-ever home!! Please share and help Daphne find a calm and safe environment!
Record Heat and Thunderstorms Continue for Southern Illinois
I know I’m sounding like a broken record with the weather, but we actually had rain today for once. Here’s the latest…
The record high temperature has now been broken four days in a row in Salem. The thermometer topped out at 100 degrees on Saturday and 101 on Sunday. The old record for both days was 98 degrees. Record highs also fell on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the temperature reached 104 degrees. That was just one degree shy of the all time record high of 105 degrees set on August 20th, 1983.
So far for Monday, temperatures have reached a high of 97 degrees at the Salem Airport, but dropped back a few degrees thank to some rain that moved through northern Marion County around 2:00 Monday afternoon. Temperatures did rebound into the upper 90’s in Salem, while temperatures soared past 100 degrees in Centralia, where they had not seen any rain. An excessive heat warning is in effect until seven o'clock tonight for the WJBD listening area.
The National Weather Service reports temperatures could reach 110 degrees in Carlinville, Charleston, Effingham, Vandalia, Olney, and Salem. The warning is not in effect for Central and East Central Illinois but that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear. Thunderstorms are expected to bring gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and even some hail. Some storms prompted severe thunderstorm warnings for portions of the area, including northern Fayette County near Ramsey around 4:00 Monday afternoon.
The storms will likely reduce the temperature but people are encouraged to drink plenty of water and stay indoors if at all possible. And as always, be sure to check on the elderly to make sure they’re keeping cool.
After this was posted, more rain fell across the area, with rain in Salem while I was in my meeting in Wamac. When I got home the power went out and I had to fix my internet. Other than that, not a bad day.
My mouth feels better, but I found out tonight that I have another infection, doesn’t hurt but if not taken care of, it could lead to more problems later on. So I have to call the doctor tomorrow to see if they will send me a prescription to clear the rest of it up.
I applied for two more jobs today, one in Lexington and one in Indianapolis. Hope for a callback before the end of the month.
In Hamilton High School in Marion County, Alabama, Emily Holcomb, a fourteen year old non-speaking Autistic student, was ordered out of school after school officials had the district attorney’s office file first degree assault (felony) charges against Emily for “hitting” and “shoving” her teacher, apparently causing a “minor injury.” What Emily actually did was open-handedly swipe at and try to push away from her teacher, who had physically restrained her for fifty-five minutes. That’s abuse. This occurred not long after the school negotiated with Emily’s mother on an individualized education plan (IEP) including the services of a full-time aide specializing in autism.
The teacher who restrained Emily for nearly an hour has only a week of training about autism. While now allowed to return to school, as the charges were dropped on Friday 9 December 2011, her mother rightfully fears returning Emily to the same environment with the same teacher whose lack of training taught her that it was okay to physically restrain an Autistic person instead of educating her.
We hereby affirm that
1.) Physical, mechanical, and chemical restraint of Autistic students and students with other disabilities is abuse except in brief, temporary, and emergency interventions that are carefully and completely documented and reviewed with a full debriefing including the student and parent(s) or guardian(s) afterward;
2.) All special education teachers ought to receive extensive education and training in appropriate interactions with and educational methods for Autistic students and students with other disabilities both before starting work with these students and throughout the duration of their careers in order to promote the best possible outcomes for all students;
3.) All non-special education teachers ought to receive at least basic awareness education and training in recognizing autism and other disabilities, particularly invisible disabilities, which can include intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as appropriate interactions with Autistic students and students with other disabilities either before beginning work as teachers or as continuing education credits in order to promote the best possible outcomes for all students;
4.) It is in the best interests of all educators, educational administrators, parents, and Autistic students and students with other disabilities to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, including Autistic students and students with other disabilities, and that a safe environment means one in which a student is free of fear of any kind of restraint or seclusion or punishment-based treatment rather than respectful, individualized education;
5.) Filing felony criminal charges against an Autistic student or student with another disability in response to actions that are a defensive mechanism to tactile defensiveness, panic attacks, or a perceived or actual assault, is an inappropriate and unethical response to said actions;
And in accordance with our affirmations, we demand that the following actions be taken or started before the end of December 2012, with all due speed:
1.) That the teacher responsible for restraining Emily Holcomb for fifty-five minutes be dismissed from position for abusing a vulnerable person (a person with a disability) OR be required to successfully complete extensive continuing education professional training in interacting with and educating Autistic students and students with other disabilities, not to be fewer than at least the equivalent of a semester-long graduate level course developed using existing standards and best practices in model state systems;
2.) That all current and future special education teachers in Marion County be required to successfully complete extensive continuing education professional training in interacting with and educating Autistic students and students with other disabilities, not to be fewer than at least the equivalent of a semester-long graduate level course developed using existing standards and best practices in model state systems;
3.) That all current and future non-special education teachers in Marion County be required to successfully complete basic continuing education professional training in interacting with and educating Autistic students and students with other disabilities, not to be fewer than at least eight classroom hours of instruction developed using existing standards and best practices in model state systems; and
4.) That use of any type of restraint on any student be explicitly prohibited except in brief, temporary, and emergency interventions that are carefully and completely documented and reviewed with a full debriefing including the student and parent(s) or guardian(s) afterward.
A federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed.
The court clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state law violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause.
“Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana,” he wrote. “These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.”
The Indiana attorney general’s office said it would appeal the ruling but declined further comment.
The ruling involves lawsuits filed by several gay couples, who along with the state had asked for a summary judgment in the case. Young’s ruling was mixed but generally sided with the couples and prevents the state from enforcing the ban.
“Indiana now joins the momentum for nationwide marriage equality and Hoosiers can now proclaim they are on the right side of history,” Lambda Legal, the national gay rights group that represented five of the couples, said in a statement.
I’d like to ask any of you who are religious to pray for those affected by the tornadoes that tore through South Mississippi today. Most of the damage took place in my hometown(Columbia, MS). 2 people were killed in Marion County, 2 people were killed in Jones County, and a lot of people were injured. Marion County’s hospital is full((50 people have been treated and 8 were sent to Forrest General in Hattiesburg because of the severity of their injuries,) and dozens of homes and local businesses were damaged/destroyed. Most of the vehicles in town at the time had their windows shattered(including mine) and everyone who lives within the Columbia city limits(2600 people) won’t have power until after Christmas.