Week ender

Deciding whether to have kids has never been more complex.
Enter parenthood-indecision therapists.

ann davidman
Ann Davidman: The more abrupt change she’s noticed, she says, is the psychological state of the clients who seek her out: “Anxiety is huge now,” she says. “That’s increased tremendously in just the last couple of years.”

They arrive anxious for an answer. Or maybe, finally, a sense of peace. They arrive because they haven’t been able to resolve the biggest question of their lives: Do I want to be a parent? And so they come to the California therapy practice of Ann Davidman — by plane, by car, by phone — in the hope that the self-titled “motherhood clarity mentor” might deliver an epiphany.

Next comes a simple instruction: Write down every fear, every loaded question, every disapproving comment and every panic-inducing headline that has coalesced into a stranglehold of indecision.

Will my mom be disappointed if I don’t give her a grandchild?

What kind of world will my kid grow up in?

Will I regret it if I don’t have a baby?

Will I regret it if I do have a baby?

Panic at SXSW as street shooting erupts
Deadline Hollywood

Google making huge bet on “cloud gaming”

Colorado governor signs national popular vote bill into law
The Hill

Gun Nut Nation
Two dead, boy, 11, blamed as shooter
<> A 6-year-old boy died after finding a loaded gun in a home, police say
Bradenton Herald

Jackass introduced bill requiring Missouri youngsters to own assault rifles … now says it “wasn’t meant to pass.”

Weeks after being “promoted” at Klan-loving Alabama newspaper, black editor steps down

—–> Long story short: Owner’s a flaming racist. After notorious editorial, tried to take the heat off himself by promoting a black clerk to editor.

elicia dexterAn African-American woman who was named publisher and editor of the Alabama newspaper that recently urged the Ku Klux Klan to “night ride again” has stepped down, citing what she said was continuous and damaging interference by the paper’s owner.

Elecia R. Dexter, who took over the troubled Democrat-Reporter of Linden last month, told CNN Saturday that she left the weekly newspaper Monday because she could no longer work with owner and former editor and publisher Goodloe Sutton. He penned a staggering editorial with the headline “The Klan Needs to Ride Again” in the February 14 edition.

Dexter said she resigned “so that her integrity and well-being can be maintained.”
Attempts to reach Sutton for comment were unsuccessful.

South Florida priest jailed, accused of drugging and raping a parishioner
Miami Herald

Jean Claude Jean-Philippe
Father Jean Claude Jean-Philippe … according to a police report, the woman is a parishioner at the church, and Jean-Philippe had even officiated her wedding. In October, the 64-year-old priest invited her to his home on the church grounds, offering her tea. She passed out and, according to the police report, woke up naked in his bed two hours later.

Porn, privacy issues, and the UK “age block”
The Guardian

The age block will require commercial pornography sites to show that they are taking sufficient steps to verify their users are over 18, such as by uploading a passport or driving licence or by visiting a newsagent to buy a pass only available to adults. Websites which fail to comply risk substantial fines or having their websites banned by all British internet service providers.

Doomed airliner’s speed was “way too fast”

That was no mob hit, cops say, that was a personal beef
NY Post

The mafia didn’t kill Gambino boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali — a twentysomething Staten Island hothead with a personal beef did, police and sources said Saturday.

Anthony Comello, 24, a non-mobster who works odd construction jobs, was in custody in a New Jersey jail and expected to face murder charges in connection to the killing of Cali, 53, who was blasted at least 10 times outside his Todt Hill mansion on Wednesday, police said at a news conference at NYPD headquarters.

“Everything is on the table at this point,” said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “The investigation continues.”

Comello will be extradited to Staten Island in the next few days to face murder charges, Shea said.

Shea said police recovered the blue pickup truck that witnesses said slammed into Cali’s parked car, luring him outside to his demise.

Cali didn’t think Comello was worthy of associating with a woman in his family, the sources added.

Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness
France 24

Italy is investigating the mysterious death of a former model and witness at Silvio Berlusconi’s sex trial, with a newspaper suggesting she may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance. Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco said an investigation had been opened following the death on March 1 of Moroccan-born Imane Fadil. The 33-year-old had been brought to the hospital on January 29 with unexplained stomach pains. Fadil testified at the trial of the former Italian premier and media mogul on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notoriously hedonistic bunga-bunga parties.

Smiling mosque massacre shooter makes a white supremacist sign as he is charged with 49 murders in New Zealand … and man arrives at court ‘armed with knife to stab the accused’
The Daily Mail

NJ’s biggest city to test universal basic income
Fox Local

Getting a paycheck for doing nothing could be in the future for residents of New Jersey’s largest city.  Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the city is going to study a pilot program to provide a universal basic income, or basically guaranteeing income for all residents whether they have a job.

Shake Shack is trying a four-day workweek
Market Watch

Because it’s a good idea to let lunatics carry guns
Woman shoots boy 11, and mom on playground
Baltimore Sun

nichole georgePolice said the attack took place just before 6 p.m. near Round Road and Seagull Avenue. The boy was shot in his hand and head. His mother, 34, was shot in the upper body. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

“We have to pray for our young scholar,” Cherry Hill Elementary Principal Tracey Garrett said.

She said the victim is a fifth-grade student at the school, which was closed Friday for conferences. She described the boy as a quiet student who does not cause trouble. Garrett said she and other staff members tried to visit him at the hospital but could not because he was still in critical condition.

Weed delivery and pot lounges could be a reality
as N.J. cannabis bill heads for a vote


Amazon Virginia HQ faces first test
as local pols decide whether
to give away $51 million in taxpayer dollars

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