WHO Finds Violence Against Women Is 'Shockingly' Common

“Thirty-five percent of women around the world have been raped or physically abused, according to statistics the World Health Organization released Thursday. About 80 percent of the time this violence occurs in the home, at the hands of a partner or spouse.”
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Florida Gov. Scott vetoes bill that would end permanent alimony in state

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill late Wednesday that would have ended permanent  alimony in Florida.
Scott vetoed the measure (SB 718) just four hours before the midnight  deadline to approve or veto it. The bill automatically would have become law if  Scott had done nothing by then.
If it had become law, Florida would have become the fifth state to abolish  permanent alimony.
In a letter to Senate President Don Gaetz, Scott commended bill sponsors  Ritch Workman in the House and Kelli Stargel in the Senate — both Republicans  — and said there are “several forward looking elements of this bill.”
But alimony “represents an important remedy for our judiciary to use in  providing support to families as they adjust to changes in life circumstances,”  Scott wrote. “As a husband, father and grandfather, I understand the vital  importance of family.”
Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/01/florida-gov-scott-vetoes-bill-that-would-end-permanent-alimony-in-state/#ixzz2S9UgQc8k

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Former 'Peanuts' voice actor Peter Robbins pleads guilty to threats, stalking

“An Oceanside man who as a child performed the voice of Charlie Brown in several ‘Peanuts’ animated television specials and movies pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of making criminal threats and stalking in connection with disputes with his girlfriend and a doctor who performed breast-enhancement surgery on her.”
Read more at: http://www.10news.com/news/former-peanuts-voice-actor-peter-robbins-pleads-guilty-to-threats-stalking-04102013

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Bill to end alimony draws acrimonious debate in Tallahassee

“Lawmakers are considering a bill that would put an end to permanent alimony payments, and allow the courts to modify existing arrangements between former spouses. The bill would also require judges to give divorced parents equal custody of their children, unless one parent could make a convincing case otherwise.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/03/3321668/bill-to-end-alimony-draws-acrimonious.html#storylink=cpy
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Ending Domestic Abuse with Loveisrespect

“One in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Loveisrespect is a “text for help” service designed to support young people in building healthy relationships and, ultimately, ending dating abuse. Sponsored by Mary Kay.”
View this important message at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2013/04/03/ending-domestic-abuse-with-loveisrespect.html

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NFL's Amari Spievey arrested after fight over child support

” City native and Detroit Lions football player Amari Spievey was arrested in Middletown Tuesday after a dispute with his girlfriend about child support, police said.
Spievey, 24, was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct for the incident that happened shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday on Dove Lane, police said.”
Read more at: http://www.middletownpress.com/articles/2013/03/27/news/doc51533cd82c06c557484524.txt?viewmode=fullstory

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Court says drug dog’s sniff at front door is unconstitutional search

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspect’s property to look for evidence without first getting a warrant for a search, a decision which may limit how investigators use dogs’ sensitive noses to search out drugs, explosives and other items hidden from human sight, sound and smell.
The high court split 5-4 on the decision to uphold the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling throwing out evidence seized in the search of Joelis Jardines’ Miami-area house. That search was based on an alert by Franky the drug dog from outside the closed front door.  The defendant was susequently charged with trafficking in marijuana.
Justice Antonin Scalia said a person has the Fourth Amendment right to be free from the government’s gaze inside their home and in the area surrounding it, which is called the curtilage.
“The police cannot, without a warrant based on probable cause, hang around on the lawn or in the side garden, trawling for evidence and perhaps peering into the windows of the home,” Justice Antonin Scalia said for the majority. “And the officers here had all four of their feet and all four of their companion’s, planted firmly on that curtilage — the front porch is the classic example of an area intimately associated with the life of the home.”

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Ex-NFL players speak at violence rally

“An NFL legend expressed dismay Saturday that public campaigns and rallies must still be held to tamp down the instances of domestic violence that leave women battered and bruised.
Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach told a crowd of thousands in downtown that men should know better than to strike a woman. But domestic abuse continues to bedevil authorities in Dallas and elsewhere.”
Read more at: http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/9090019/roger-staubach-emmitt-smith-dez-bryant-speak-domestic-violence

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