“The Grand Jury will never be able to determine how many boys Father Francis P. Rogers raped and sexually abused in his more than 50 years as a priest,” noted the earlier report on sexual assault committed by an unholy host of priests. “Nor, probably, will we or anyone else be able to calculate the number of boys the Archdiocese could have saved from sexual abuse had it investigated potential victims rather than protecting itself from scandal and shielding this sexually abusive priest. We have learned of at least three victims who we believe would not have been abused had the Archdiocese taken decisive action when it learned of Fr. Rogers’ “familiarity” with boys. We find that the Archdiocese received a litany of verifiable reports beginning shortly after Fr. Rogers’ 1946 ordination and continuing for decades about his serious misconduct with, and abuse of, boys. ‘ … [Read more...] about Catholic Church Shielded Priests Who Raped Boys, but It Helped Lock Up a Priest Who Swiped Bucks
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Our marijuana-farming ancestors of the past could have told us, based on experience, that when prohibitionists come after cannabis, they will do so in predictable ways. They will use rhetoric to associate the plant with violence, depravity, and other more dangerous drugs, as the European temperance movement did in France and Great Britain. They will use a militarized show of force to eradicate crops, persecute farmers, and dissuade the next generation from growing marijuana, as the Ottomans did in Egypt. They will portray marijuana users as religious extremists or dangerous minorities, as Pope Innocent VIII did in Europe, Sunni Muslims did in the Middle East, or white South Africans did in South Africa. The best-case scenario, they might say, is that the authorities will turn a blind eye to the unstoppable forces of supply and demand, much as the Portuguese did in Brazil or the British did in India. … [Read more...] about A Brief Global History of the War on Weed
As concerns DNA evidence, the 1970s might as well as have been the Stone Age, and advances in forensics came slowly. In 1993, when the bodies of seven people were found shot to death in a cooler at a suburban Chicago restaurant, detectives bagged up a half-eaten piece of chicken and saved it in the hope that one day DNA analysis could unlock a clue. That chicken proved crucial in the 2007 conviction Juan Luna, one of two suspects in the killings. … [Read more...] about Suspected Serial Killer: How Did He Stay Under The Radar?
The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org. … [Read more...] about Get Your GAME ON for Park and Recreation Month
Wootten was willing to share his knowledge of coaching when asked, but he never volunteered it. This was a lesson he learned from Auerbach in his early days at DeMatha. One summer evening, Auerbach watched Mr. Wootten coach an underdog team to a near-victory at a boys' club. … [Read more...] about Morgan Wootten, former DeMatha Catholic High School basketball coach, dies at 88