Daily Archive: October 19, 2012

National

“Perversion files” show locals helped cover up

by Nigel Duara PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities—police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them—quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows. SECRET FILES REVEALED–In this April 13, 2010 file photo, plaintiff Kerry Lewis reacts after the verdict in Portland, Ore., where a jury found the Boy Scouts of America negligent for repeated sexual abuse by an assistant Scoutmaster in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) At the time, those authorities justified their actions as necessary to protect the good name and good works of Scouting, a pillar of 20th century America. But as detailed in 14,500 pages of secret “perversion files” released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court, their maneuvers allowed sexual predators to go free while victims suffered in silence.

Lifestyle

Fashion Watch: NCJW Designer Days at Monroeville Convention Center

by Debbie Norrell Ladies and gents mark your calendars. Designer Days is right around the corner. This is the granddaddy of sales for fashionistas that love a bargain. Years ago Designer Days was just for the ladies, but now you can find handsome clothing at discount prices for men as well. The Monroeville Convention Center is the place and the big sale begins Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m with the Patron Event, this event is $40. Nov. 9 is Preview Day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and is $20.

Entertainment

An excited Drake: ‘I got my high school diploma’

by Mesfin Fekadu NEW YORK (AP)—A day after earning his high school diploma, an excited Drake performed hit songs for a few hundred people at an event for Tyra Banks. The 25-year-old told the crowd Thursday night that he took a small break from music and “spent some time going back to high school.” DRAKE “I got my high school diploma,” he said with excitement as the crowd roared.

National

Nightmare election scenarios worry both parties

by Charles Babington WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Here in a county that knows a thing or two about Election Day meltdowns, both parties are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during or just after the Nov. 6 presidential election. NIGHTMARE–This Nov. 8, 2000 file photo shows Orlando Sentinel election night headlines The first headline was, “Oh, so close,” followed by “IT’S BUSH,” then “IS IT BUSH?” and lastly “CONTESTED.” AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File) “More than 50 percent of the provisional ballots are thrown in the trash in this state,” Florida state Rep. Mark Pafford told about 80 retirees who gathered for last week’s meeting of the Golden Lakes Democratic Club.