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A couple fighting about which gang their 4-year-old toddler should join caused a public disturbance that resulted in the father’s arrest, Commerce City police said Thursday.

 

On Saturday, Joseph Manzanares stormed into the Hollywood Video store where his girlfriend worked, threatened to kill her and knocked over several video displays and even a computer, Commerce City police Sgt. Joe Sandoval said.

 

After he ran out of the store, police were called and the 19-year-old was arrested at his home.

His girlfriend told police that they had been arguing about the upbringing of their son and which gang he should belong to. The teen mother, who is black, is a member of the Crips. Manzanares is Hispanic and belongs to the Westside Ballers gang, the woman said.

 

“They have different ideas on how the baby should be raised. Basically, she said they cannot agree on which gang the baby would ‘claim,'” Sandoval said.

 

Manzanares was charged with disorderly conduct, harassment, and domestic violence. He was transported to the Adams County Detention Facility.

 

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to a year of probation. The misdemeanor harassment charge was dropped.

Miss NJ: Wouldn’t it be nice if every situation in life could be resolved by a song-and-dance routine?  ‘Cause no matter what happens next for this child, you know he’s going to end up prisoner #824651.

Miss NJ:  Women from England impress me (see here).  They love the bodies God give them.  Can you imagine a flat-chested beauty queen in US?  Donald Trump might actually rush the stage!

from The Daily Mail

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This is Chloe Marshall, a 17-year-old beautician trainee.  She is making history by becoming the first size 16 woman to compete in the finals of the Miss England beauty pageant.

Miss NJ:  There are people who will not support this but I think it’s great.  I hope the judges see past her size and judge her according her beauty.  She is an amazing young woman.

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Miss NJ:  That chicks will stop thinking this pose is attractive.  What is attractive about sticking your ass toward the camera?  How is this sexy?  If you’re one of those women who constantly wonders why you can’t get any respect, perhaps it has to do with displaying yourself like meat for sale.  Just a thought.

BK Diva:  This is picture stink on so many levels is not even funny.  Bascially what your saying is my best asset is my ass.

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As many as nine third-grade students got together and plotted to harm their teacher, even going so far as to bring handcuffs and a knife to school, Waycross police said.

School officials at Center Elementary School, which is located on Dorothy Street in Waycross, said they never imagined that some of the 8- and 9-year-olds boys and girls at the school would think of bringing physical harm to a teacher.

“A plan had been developed amongst several of our third-grade students to allegedly do harm to their teacher,” said Theresa Martin, of Ware County Schools. 

Martin said the plot was uncovered when one student saw a knife in the backpack of another student.

“It’s shocking that they would think of this at their young age. I think that is probably the most shocking part for all of us,” Martin said.

In addition to the knife being found, the school officials said other students had duct tape, handcuffs, ribbon and a heavy crystal paperweight.

Although officials said they believe the students were plotting to hurt their teacher, they did not know how far the kids were planning to take the alleged scheme.

The police chief in Waycross told Channel 4 he believes the plan may have been developed because one of the students was punished with some sort of time out. However, that theory remains under investigation.

“I can’t believe that — because he’s a third-grader. You know, I cannot believe that. Especially, for here,” said parent Doris Rowland.

The nine students suspected in the plot to harm the teacher have been suspended until the police investigation is completed. The kids could face expulsion pending the investigation.

Authorities could also ask prosecutors to press conspiracy charges against the youngsters accused of being involved in the plot.

Miss NJ: As I read this story a few things came to mind, most importantly, what did this teacher do that made these kids plot on her like this?  They say punishment of the time out variety, but there has to be more to this situation than that.  Kids get time out all the time and being denied recess hasn’t set 3rd graders off before.  So what are the details?  We also need to know more about the kids involved.  Do they live in the same neighborhood, same block, etc?  That’s important because if the group is close-knit then they need to be separated.  Or this will happen again.  Finally, this is why children should be outside riding bikes, playing hopscotch, tag, kickball, etc.  Playing video games all the time leads to this type of behavior.  I don’t blame the video game, but I do say that it frames the thinking and the choice set for children to include violent responses as acceptable behavior.

BK Diva:  I agree to some level but video games are not the only culprit here.  Movies, television, music, children being raised as adults and knowing grown folks business adds to this chaos as well. 

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Miss NJ:  I remember when Holly had those twins.  Who knew it was the beginning of a brood?  And you know that Daddy’s only girl is a princess.

BK Diva:  They have a nice looking family.  With all the craziness of hollywood & the sports scene it’s nice to see that they have been able to grow as a family and make it. 

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Miss NJ:  I picked up on Romeo’s sex appeal about the time that he and Bow Wow had “beef.”  That does make me a pervert, but whatever.  He is quite tasty looking.

BK Diva:  He looks just like his Daddy & your going to jail!! LOL

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Miss NJ:  I never noticed Willow’s eyes before or how much she really looks like Jada’s mini-me.  Those are some very beautiful children.

BK Diva:  Willow is going to be a heart-breaker when she get’s older. 

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Miss NJ:  The fakeness of her assets is not the topic of discussion here, but feel free to comment on it yourselves if you choose.  I’m more interested in this eyebrow phenomena that’s becoming more and more popular.  Why is her eyebrow arched like that?  Is it supposed to be attractive to look surprised all the time?

from CNN.com 

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 J.K. Rowling has retired Harry Potter, but the fictional boy wizard lives in on college classes across the country where the children’s books are embraced as literary and academic texts.

Drawing on their expertise in theology, children’s literature, globalization studies and even the history of witchcraft, professors have been able to use Harry Potter to attract crowds of students eager to take on a disciplined study of the books.

Danielle Tumminio, a Yale Divinity School graduate student and the instructor for Yale’s Harry Potter course “Christian Theology and Harry Potter,” said her academic background in literature and theology, combined with her personal interest in the books, inspired her to design the course.

The course uses all seven Potter books and the students examine Christian themes such as sin, evil and resurrection.

“It was a struggle for me as I put the class together, because I knew if I didn’t construct this really well … that a lot of what I was doing would be missed or misconstrued. I certainly didn’t want to come across as someone trying to indoctrinate my students,” Tumminio said. “I also wanted to make it clear that it was a critical endeavor, and that it wasn’t … that you’d sit around all day talking about how great Luna Lovegood was.”

The class was an immediate draw for students. Seventy-nine people showed up at the first session for the 18 open seats.

Although Yale’s course is its first Harry Potter-themed offering, other universities, including Georgetown University, Liberty University, Pepperdine University, Stanford University, Lawrence University, Swarthmore and Kansas State University, also have integrated the series into their curricula.

Rowling’s books are often analyzed in the context of other relevant texts, such as contemporary British fantasy or potential influences, including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Philip Nel, author of  “J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels: A Reader’s Guide” and professor of children’s literature at Kansas State University, started teaching the books in 2002.

“Harry Potter is unfairly maligned simply because of the audience for which it is intended. Children’s literature is literature, and if people don’t agree with that definition, it’s sort of hard to have a conversation with them,” Nel said. “They see things that … are easily accessible as therefore not serious and therefore not worthy of serious inquiry.”

John Granger, author of “Looking for God in Harry Potter,” argues that children’s literature is the most important because it has the greatest formative impact.

“If you sit down with anybody now, almost of any age, if they are literate, they know Harry Potter. They know these stories,” Granger said.

Among students, there is considerable diversity of opinion as to how the books ought to be read.

Cat Terrell, a student in Tumminio’s course at Yale, said regardless of whether the books are worthy as literary texts, they have helped enhance her understanding of other academic disciplines, including theology.

“If somebody says this isn’t worth a Yale class, I would say if we were just reading the Harry Potter books for their literary merit … I would probably agree with them. [But] the lens of the Harry Potter books actually makes theology … easier to understand,” she said. “It’s amazing how many connections you can draw between the theology that we’re reading outside of class and the Harry Potter that we’ve known for 10 years.”

Edmund Kern, author of “The Wisdom of Harry Potter” and professor at Lawrence University, was originally attracted to the books based on his training as a historian of early religion, magic and witchcraft. For him, the books’ historical impact, rather than their literary context, makes for a more intriguing analysis.

“As a kind of global cultural phenomenon, Harry Potter in a sense is unprecedented. I think movies have been extremely popular around the world, I think that certain music has been extremely popular around the world, but never before has a single literary endeavor caught the attention of so many people,” Kern said.

Erika Slaymaker, a student at Swarthmore where another Potter-themed class is offered, thinks the books hold the most significance as a cultural phenomenon.

“I’m not completely convinced that it is such a fabulous set of deep writing that it deserves to be in the Western canon,” Slaymaker said. She said she considered taking Swarthmore’s class, but ended up going for another first-year seminar called “Women and Popular Culture.”

Regardless of academic arguments, the phenomenon of Harry Potter as a whole continues to elicit awe and wonder.

Lisa Lowe, professor of American Studies at Yale, has read all seven books not as a scholar, but as a parent.

“What [Rowling’s] really done is come up with a mode of captivating a whole generation: it’s a form of captive concentration that took place over a course of nearly 10 years,” Lowe said.

“As an adult, you’ll be thinking, ‘What would Harry have done?

Miss NJ:  Why is this being TAUGHT in colleges?  Why is there a class where students read and analyze Harry Potter?  Aren’t there any other books for people in college to read that would get the same points across?  Why do we continually cater to this idea of 20 year olds as children?  College is expensive; why waste your money on something like this?  Shouldn’t students be studying useful things?  Like math.