Saturday, August 17, 2013

Chad Curtis convicted of sexual assault

1999 World Series 'Hero' Chad Curtis guilty of sexual assault


HASTINGS, MI — Chad Curtis, the man who propelled the Yankees to the second of three consecutive World Series titles bridging millenniums (1998-2000), was convicted of sexually assaulting teenage girls.

After several days of deliberation, the jury returned with that verdict on Friday.


Mr. Curtis, who hit a walk-off home run against the Braves in 1999, was convicted of a half-dozen counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted girls between the ages of 13 and 16 last year when he was a volunteer weight-room strength trainer at an area high school.

This is yet another New York "hero" who rapes women and girls. The sports rape culture is just off the charts. Here's to hoping that Mr. Curtis never get his call to Cooperstown.

If baseball are gonna ban people for using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and other steroids, they need to ban people who commit sexual violence.

[Huffington Post Crime]

Women finding more jobs in the male-dominated technology industry


NASHVILLE — More than ever, women are making waves into what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.

However, there remains a long way to go to before there is any kind of gender parity in the technology industry.

"I think when computers made their way into homes, that changed significantly," said Tammy Hawes, one of only two women in her college graduating class to receive a computer science degree in 1983 — who is also the President of, and one of five women currently employed at, the seven-person tech business Virsys12. "Most kids — girls included — are involved in computers now to communicate with their friends and play video games. There's just not that mental block or stigma that women in my generation held in what we were supposed to do."

Even though 12 out of every 25 employees across the board are women, less than half that total — or 23% — are in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions — which includes jobs such as computer programmers at Microsoft and Street Name sign replacement workers at the Barnwell County Engineering Department (formerly known as Public Works). Together, these four fields are commonly known as STEM.

The gender gap is not limited to raw numbers.

Women also earn $8,400.00 less then men do for the same work in the technology industry — although the compensation gender gap has narrowed, with average salaries equal for male and female tech pros with comparable levels of experience and education and parallel job titles.

Women were more likely to hold the positions of project manager, business analyst, other IT, quality assurance tester and technical recruiter. Men were more likely to hold positions of software engineer, systems administrator, project manager, IT manager and applications developer.

"Being in technology is a great career path for women. It is still a male-dominated industry, but that's changing. And it's an exciting time to be in technology. Schools are specifically targeting those career paths, and the programs are out there," said Connie McGee, who has been involved in technology since 1985 and is CEO of Evolve Women, a women's entrepreneurial center.

To her, education is the key to encouraging more female interest and participation in these types of careers, especially in engineering jobs such as highway workers. Male and female students are enrolled at Vanderbilt University in about equal numbers, but 31% of undergraduates in the School of Engineering are women, according to Cindy Funk, director of the college's Center for Student Professional Development.

Evolve Women has recently partnered with a local high school to pilot a youth entrepreneurship initiative in which students shadow mentors and have an opportunity to participate in a business plan competition.

"Technology can be a natural fit for either gender as long as they are passionate and enjoy what they are doing," said Ms. McGee. "It gives them opportunities to develop role models in the industry. I know some might think that all an engineer does is sit behind a desk, but that's not the case. If we bring these students in as interns, we allow them to see that it really is interesting work."

[USA Today]

Man arrested for lewd conduct towards woman, girl


MYRTLE BEACH — Finally, the Myrtle Beach Police Department gets an arrest for genitalia exposure right.

Too bad it took them almost all summer to get it right, though.

After many illegal arrests by the Gymnophobic Cops of Myrtle Beach, they finally made a legitimate arrest on Friday — that of a 45-year-old man who was attempting to masturbate to a woman and her 5-year-old daughter.

Two female victims aged 35-years-old and 5-years-old were in a Laundromat at 602 Broadway St when they were approached by the man. The adult victim said that the suspect asked if she could give him change for a paper bill. She said she tried to explain to him that he could use the change machine located nearby in the location, but he did not seem to understand.

She put the bill in the machine for the suspect, and then said he grabbed her hand quickly and would not let go. He then went to the back of the store, before returning and standing ten feet behind the two victims.

At this point, the MBPD said the adult victim and witnesses said that he began to shake his private parts at them with his right hand, sticking his tongue out. They also said he was blowing kisses at them.

The adult victim said she put her hands over the 5-year old's eyes and called the police. MBPD said that at first, the suspect denied the accusation but after he was read his Miranda rights, he admitted to the crime.

Scottie Leon Wright, 45, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested by the Myrtle Beach Police Department and charged with two-counts of indecent exposure.

Now, only if MBPD can understand that simply being nude in public is not a crime, then Myrtle Beach can have an effective and efficient law enforcement agency. There is a distinct difference between public nudity (not a crime) and lewd conduct (which is a crime, indecent exposure is just another cute name for lewd conduct — which cannot be constitutionally applied to public nudity), and all of the law enforcement agencies need to realize that. Unlike food and shelter, clothing is not an essential item needed for survival (unless you live in a place where polar air is frequent, that's for another blog post further down the line).

Enforcing the law and respecting the civil right to be nude in public are things that can be balanced out, however, it will take a lot of effort on the part of the law enforcement agencies in the US to recognize that. If you are able to shower in the privacy of your own home without the fear of being arrested, thank the nudists like Gypsy Taub and Mitch Hightower — both of whom are currently fighting back against unconstitutional nudity bans in San Francisco and elsewhere, for why that is possible.

[WMBF News 32]

Erin Andrews, Hannah Storen talks about sexism in the sports broadcasting industry and being called "Sideline Barbie"


NEW YORK CITY — Barely five years after she was videotaped in a hotel room in Chicago, Erin Andrews talks about sexism in the sports journalism industry.

I came along right when the Internet was blowing up, right when the sports blogs started. So I was baptized into this world where these sports blogs dubbed me the "Sideline Barbie," the "Sideline Princess." And I was not only worrying about the questions I was asking, but then I had men on these blogs critiquing what I was wearing. The sidelines aren't as glamorous as everyone thinks. When halftime happens, you do the interview, and then you've got to grab a coach or a player. You don't even have time to go to the bathroom. So I'm having a hot dog on the sideline, and people are taking photos and submitting them to the sports blogs. And it's like, "How does she look eating a hot dog?" It wasn't about my reporting, it was, "What is she wearing, who is she dating?"

Also, Hannah Storen, who is known as Hannah Storm; former NASCAR Countdown host Suzy Kolber; and TNT's Rachel Nichols all talked about the sexism they faced as well:

Mrs. Storen said:

I was in Charlotte, when they launched the NBA team there, the Charlotte Hornets. And the first guy to roll into town was Carolina native Michael Jordan. I was young and didn't really like going into the locker room. But of course I did because I had to make deadline. And he treated me, the only woman covering the franchise, with such dignity. The fans weren't as accepting. They sent me hate mail. But when Michael Jordan, a guy whom everybody looks up to, basically says I'm going to treat this young lady who is just doing her job with respect, well, he set the tone, I think, for the entire NBA. And another guy who was phenomenal to me was [Houston Oilers quarterback] Warren Moon. I think he understood what I was going through because he was a black quarterback at a time when there just weren't black quarterbacks. He had to deal with a level of ignorance. And so he decided that he would conduct all of his interviews for all of the media outside the locker room at every game. And that's what he did.

Mrs. Kolber, who was harassed by Joe Namath while covering a New York Jets game, said:

I can't tell you why I was watching the NFL by myself as an 8-year-old, but I was. I grew up in Philly. My granddad was a huge Philly fan, but a big sports fan in general. So was my dad. But if nobody else in the house was watching football, I was. Monday Night Football was a highlight for me and Howard Cosell's Halftime Highlights was one of the highlights of my week. I had all the plastic helmets I collected from IHOP; they also had a cardboard cutout board you could place the helmets on. I wasn't reading the box scores as an 8-year-old, but I would watch the highlights and place the helmets on the board based on how [the teams] had done. We never got rid of that, and it's now framed in my workout room in my house. So [sports] was a part of me, it was in my soul. There's was something about football -- they looked like gladiators, the toughness of it -- I just loved all of that. That feeling was apparent through my whole career. And that's why I never felt out of place. It was where I wanted to be. It was natural for me. I would be at a press conference, there were 250 men and I was the only woman. I was in the front row and I asked the first question.

Ms. Nichols said:

An Oakland A's player once sent former Sacramento Bee writer Susan Fornoff a live rat in a box to describe how he felt about her covering his team. These days, when there is discrimination, it's subtler. It takes a little longer to prove yourself -- you have to work a little harder, and the "assists" from the boys' club aren't there. For example: A male colleague of mine once called San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore "Al Gore" on TV. Everyone laughed; it was treated as what it was -- a slip of the tongue. I am pretty sure if a woman had done that, there would have been several negative blog items the next day about how she clearly didn't know football. And when a female sports journalist gets a great story, you can almost set your watch by how quickly whispers start that she must have slept with the player to get it. But that's all manageable, and it fades the longer you're in the business. I feel very lucky to do the job I do and have the opportunities I have; I'm aware that just a few decades ago, those opportunities didn't exist. Plus, no one has ever sent me a rat. That's a huge win right there.

Unfortunately, though, it has not improved for women as they are still being judged on their looks. And very recently, young male journalists are now being judged increasingly on their looks rather than on talent — thereby moving sports journalism closer to being a national joke.

Talking about the appearance of male reporters is not progress. Talking about women sports reporters' talent when talking about the drivers on the superspeedway, instead of the reporters' looks: now that would truly be progress — and progress that I would be proud of!

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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