Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Asperger’s Syndrome: Definition and overview

Hans Asperger, working with a child in his clinic, in Vienna, Austria. Image: Public domain.

Hans Asperger, working with a child in his clinic, in Vienna, Austria. Image: Public domain.

 

 

This is the first in a series of articles which will separate the myths from the facts on a type of autism many had not heard of until recently — Asperger’s Syndrome (also known as Asperger’s Disorder).

It was reported that the Connecticut school shooter, Adam Lanza, was diagnosed with AS, and many mistakenly assume AS predisposes an individual to violent behavior which is not true. AS is not a mental illness; it is a form of autism, often referred to as high-functioning autism . . .

What is Asperger’s Syndrome? Read about it here.

Attorney files $100 million claim on behalf of Connecticut school-shooting survivor

Attorney Irv Pinsky will file a suit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of a school-shooting survivor. Image: David Goldman, AP.

Attorney Irv Pinsky will file a suit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of a school-shooting survivor. Image: David Goldman, AP.

Attorney Irv Pinsky is taking the first steps to file a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of a Sandy Hook school shooting survivor. Although the 6-year-old girl made it out safely, she is severely traumatized by hearing the horrific events unfold over the school’s loudspeaker . . .

Click here to read about school-shooting survivor’s legal action against the state of Connecticut.

Three teachers, union, file racial discrimination suit against Chicago schools

 The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

Three Chicago public school teachers who lost their jobs this year have filed a lawsuit stating the district’s “turnaround” school process is discriminatory, because it targets African American teachers from west and south side schools. The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit, asking for class-action status, and the three teachers, Donald L. Garrett Jr., Robert Green and Vivonell Brown Jr., have joined the case . . .

Click here to read more about the teachers’ class-action suit against the Chicago Public Schools.

Celebrity philanthropist in the news: Rihanna gives $1.75 million to Barbados hospital

hanna gave $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados to honor her deceased grandmother, Clara Braithwaite. Image: AP, Chris Pizzello.

hanna gave $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados to honor her deceased grandmother, Clara Braithwaite. Image: AP, Chris Pizzello.

This is the first in an ongoing series of articles on celebrity philanthropists. Celebrity gossip abounds, but celebrities are human, and just like the rest of us — do good, volunteer and donate money to charity. “Celebrity Philanthropist in the News” pieces will focus on the positive aspects of the lives of the rich and famous.

Pop superstar, Robyn Rihanna Genty, better known mononymously as “Rihanna,” gave $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The donation was given in honor of Rihanna’s grandmother, Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite, who passed away in June from cancer . . .

To read about Rihanna’s holiday season generosity, click here.

 

L.A. gun buyback: A response to Connecticut school shootings

L.A. police collect guns at buyback event on Dec. 26. Image: Reuters.

L.A. police collect guns at buyback event on Dec. 26. Reuters.

 

 

After-Christmas-day shopping is usually when bargain hunters storm retailers looking for deep discounts. But in Los Angeles, long lines formed outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple where thousands exchanged guns for grocery gift cards donated by Ralphs . . .

Read the details on the L.A. gun buyback here.

As post-Newtown America discusses mental health, Medicaid may fall off fiscal cliff

President Obama and Speaker Boehner fiscal cliff talks include bargaining on long-term Medicaid cuts. AP Photo.

President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner’s fiscal cliff talks include bargaining on long-term Medicaid cuts. AP Photo.

The Newtown, Conn., school shooting has sparked national discussions on gun control and mental health. Whether the shooter was mentally insane, the embodiment of evil, or both, is debatable.

Meanwhile, fiscal cliff talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner continue, and long-term Medicaid cuts are on the bargaining table . . .

For details on fiscal cliff and Medicaid, click here.

Utah 6th grader now in custody, brought gun to school

An 11-year-old sixth grader brought a .22 caliber handgun to West Kearns Elementary School. Image: AP .

An 11-year-old sixth grader brought a .22 caliber handgun to West Kearns Elementary School. Image: AP .

A sixth grader in Kearns, Utah, brought a .22 caliber handgun to West Kearns Elementary School, saying he feared a school shooting like the one in Newtown, Conn. The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center . . .

For the full story, click here.

Chicagoland K-9 Comfort dogs visit the grieving in Newtown, Conn.

Chicagoland Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort dog with grieving child. Image: Lutheran Church Charity photo.

Chicagoland Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort dog with grieving child. Image: Lutheran Church Charity photo.

Rob Morris, the pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, in Newtown, Conn., asked Addison, Ill.-based Lutheran Church Charites to help by sending K-9 comfort dogs to comfort the grieving. The organization sent a team of golden retrievers to the town where 27 people, mostly children, were killed in the second worst school-shooting in US history . . .

To discover how dogs are bringing comfort to the grieving in Newtown, Conn., click here.

Before Connecticut tragedy, police thwarted Oklahoma school shooting plan

Sammie Eaglebear Chavez was arrested on Fri., Dec. 14, for plotting a school shooting. Image: Washington County jail.

Sammie Eaglebear Chavez was arrested on Fri., Dec. 14, for plotting a school shooting. Image: Washington County jail.

At 5:00 a.m. on Friday, before the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., police in Bartlesville, Okla., 40 miles north of Tulsa, thwarted a school shooting plot. They arrested Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, 18 who is now in jail on a $1 million bond . . .

For details on a thwarted Oklahoma school shooting, click here.

Connecticut school shooter and Asperger’s Syndrome

Adam Lanza in Newton High School Technology Club photo. Image: AP (Courtesy of Newton High School).

Adam Lanza in Newton High School Technology Club photo. Image: AP (Courtesy of Newton High School).

 

 

Investigators believe Adam Lanza, who is now infamous, for killing his mother, 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and then himself had Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism. According to experts, there is no link between Asperger’s Syndrome, also known as Asperger’s Disorder, and mass murder . . .

Read about the Connecticut school shooter’s issues here.