Weekend update

Quick updates on a few stories breaking/developing this weekend:

Thanks to DNA technology and a multi-state public-information campaign, the man dubbed the “East-Coast Rapist” is in custody with bail set at $1,000,000 after attacking at least 17 girls and women in at least four northeastern states over a 13-year period.  Why would we allow him back out on the streets for any amount of bail, you ask?  I don’t have a good answer for you.  He reportedly attempted to hang himself in his jail cell earlier but was stopped and is now on “suicide watch” with a psychological evaluation underway.  Why would we stop his attempt to self-administer the death penalty, you ask?  Again, I don’t have a good answer for you.

I told you yesterday about two kids whose bodies were tragically found in a Florida canal, and I opined that their apparently-missing mother would be found in the canal as well.  Well, I was wrong, sort of.  She’s been found, deceased, but not in the canal, in a landfill, and it looks like her body was dumped there as long ago as last August, meaning the suspect boyfriend apparently held her kids for months before (allegedly) killing them, too.  And remember the other Florida child-murder case that I told you about recently — the one in which a little girl was killed and near-fatal chemical burns were inflicted upon her brother?  The “father” has been in custody since mid-February, charged with the attempted murder of the boy, and the “mother” now has been charged with the murder of the little girl.  If you’re interested in reading more about this case and its implications, check out my post “Taking Responsibility Back,” dated 2/19/10.

And before I go, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (who’s since been a presidential candidate and Fox News host) is taking a lot of flak from the entertainment media because he voiced disappointment in actress Natalie Portman for touting and glamorizing her of out-of-wedlock pregnancy at last weekend’s Academy Awards.  I don’t always agree with Huckabee, but he’s right on this one.  Portman’s message was not helpful for young girls who might erroneously view her as someone to be emulated anywhere other than on a movie set.  Unfortunately, girls are being bombarded with that same unhelpful message from Hollywood, which is why it’s so important for parents to talk with their kids about whom to emulate and why.  (If you’re interested in reading more about why it’s such an erroneous and unhelpful message, check out my post dated 8/15/10, wherein I explained it to actress Jennifer Anniston, and if you’re interested in reading more about whom kids should and shouldn’t emulate and why, check out my posts dated 6/2/08 and 2/6/09.)

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