Hate crime definitions reek of double standards

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that two men are being sought in connection with an arson at a Minneapolis mosque — a crime that has attracted the attention of the FBI as a potential bias crime. Liberal City Council Member Gary Schiff arrived at the scene to pronounce: “There’s no [...]

Woman involved in standoff sent to mental facility

CNJ Staff A 32-year-old Clovis woman involved in an armed standoff in May 2005 was sentenced Monday to 18 years at a secure mental health facility, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Judge Stephen Quinn found Shireen Simons a danger to herself and others, and ordered her to be [...]

Year’s disappointments make good fertilizer

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Remember that hard freeze we had the first week of December? Temperatures were hovering around zero. Thick ice covered the back-yard pond. When the pond thawed there were a bunch of belly-up goldfish on the surface. I had been so proud of those little goldfish. They were born last summer. [...]

Lady Eagles beat Gateway Christian

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Clovis Christian coach Ceil Boatman said when her team struggles, it’s more mental than physical. Outside hitter Tasha Daale recorded 10 kills and senior setter Mollie Peterson dished out 20 assists, but the Lady Eagles needed four games to finish off winless Gateway Christian on Thursday at CCS. “A [...]

Location could affect disability claims

Tom Phillpot: Military Update More than two years after congressional auditors scored it as a problem, the Department of Veterans Affairs still has no way to assess whether its 57 regional offices are consistent in deciding disability claims for veterans suffering from the same type and severity of impairment. The Government Accountability Office, in recent [...]

Web site provides lifeline or suicidal students

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Ulifeline.org offers help for people who feel they are in need of reaching out to talk to someone about problems in their life. CNJ staff illustration: Eric Kluth STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Faced with a growing number of student suicides, some universities are trying to combat the trend by offering depressed students the anonymity of [...]

Group declares war on mental illness

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Katrina Olguin with Warrior Moms & Dads of Clovis speaks Saturday during the first Warrior Moms & Dads Mental Health Awareness Event at Greene Acres Park. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King One day recently, Katrina Olguin said, she woke up to find her 4-year-old daughter, Kira, sneaking into her bedroom, not to surprise [...]