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'He was more than I could live with': Jury watches video of teen confessing to killing father

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By Brian Amaral  February 07, 2015 at 8:18 AM, updated February 07, 2015 at 12:16 PM

John Mahoney was done lying about who shot his father. 

After nearly four hours of interrogation, Mahoney, then 19, finally began to crack. It was just hours after he'd killed Jerry Mahoney, a beloved Piscataway police officer, at their township home the morning of Dec. 27, 2007

"Any time I did something wrong it was an excuse for him to hit me, God help me if I tried to fight back," Mahoney told Shawn Raypach of the Piscataway Police Department and Eleazar Ricardo of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office after finally confessing. "He was more than I could live with." 

Jurors in John Mahoney's murder trial watched the taped confession Tuesday and Wednesday as prosecutors sought to convince them that John Mahoney was a remorseless killer motivated by hatred and greed.

Mahoney's attorney, William Fetky, team has not denied that John Mahoney shot and killed Jerry Mahoney. Instead, they're arguing that the shooting was an act of self-defense by a young man whose father had subjected him to years of physical and psychological abuse. In the taped interrogation, Mahoney becomes more expansive about the abuse he says he suffered as he got closer to confessing to killing his father. 

For several hours during his interrogation, though, Mahoney kept up an unlikely ruse. Mahoney had told police that a stranger had broken into the home, shot Jerry Mahoney, and then shot John Mahoney in the arm during a brief struggle. The man was average height, average build, unremarkable, and fled out the back door.  ...

"It's not uncommon for the act to take place when the parent is in a compromised situation, like asleep, or lying down," said Jeffrey L. Helms, a professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and the author of a study on the topic, in an interview with NJ Advance Media. "Children are no physical match for their parents, and their fear is so great."

Auschwitz liberation's 70th anniversary focuses on survivors

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CBC News
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A record 1.5 million people visited former Nazi death camp in 2014

By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis' most notorious concentration camp approaches, historians are grappling with how to preserve the memory of Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

No one knows how many of the survivors remain alive today, but it's a group that is dwindling as age takes its toll.


To mark the liberation's anniversary, about 300 former Auschwitz prisoners are travelling to Oświęcim, Poland, to pay tribute on Jan. 27 at Birkenau's Gate of Death, the unloading ramp at the camp's rail entrance.

"In 10 years, during the 80th anniversary, we'll not have this opportunity," says Pawel Sawicki, a press officer for the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Ten years ago, he explains, 1,500 survivors commemorated the 60th anniversary.

About 1.1 million people who passed under the camp's infamous sign "Arbeit macht frei" (one translation reads "Work will set you free") between 1940 and 1945 never left, many of them murdered in the camp's gas chambers. Only some 200,000 are believed to have survived that fate.

The Red Army freed 7,000 of these survivors from Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945. 

In the days before liberation, the Nazis had removed nearly 60,000 others, forcing them to march to other camps. Some were later liberated at other concentration camps. A small number of survivors escaped, while others only stayed at Auschwitz temporarily before being relocated to nearby labour camps....

Preservation a 'huge challenge'

These survivor stories will be the focus of the anniversary, which won't include any political speeches, Sawicki says.

When all the survivors have died, the opportunity to hear them tell their stories and to ask them questions will be gone as well. Then, the physical structures of Auschwitz and other concentration camps will be the only remaining witnesses, says Catherine Lewis, a history professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, who also runs its Museum of History and Holocaust Education.

​"In some ways, the buildings, the barracks, the bunk beds, the toilets are all kind of a silent witness to this historical moment," she says.

That idea propels the extensive preservation efforts at Auschwitz, she says. ...

Mayor Reed blasts critics over firing backlash

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Posted: 7:01 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015


Atlanta’s Mayor is firing back on social media to people criticizing his termination of the former fire chief.

Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran after Cochran wrote and distributed a book critical of homosexuals.

“Most of the tweets, emails and petitions are not from people I represent, not from people from Atlanta. And the overwhelming are not from Georgia,” Reed told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston.
Reed is known for speaking his mind. In one tweet, he silenced a man who criticized his decision tweeting, “And you should keep your ignorance, range and intolerance in Houston, where it appears that you live.”
To Clink M. Kelly, the mayor tweeted, “And you are living proof that people offer uninformed opinions on matters they know nothing about. Enjoy Charleston.”

Reed told Huddleston he is not about to change his mind about his decision to fire Cochran.
“I think in Atlanta, the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we welcome robust debate and differences of opinion,” said Reed.

Political experts say Reed may have gone too far in his tweets.

“Sometimes the mayor’s tone has gotten in the way of his message. He does have a temper,” said Professor Kerwin Swint with the Kennesaw State University Political Science Department.


He said Twitter could come back to haunt Reed politically.


“Twitter is a very dangerous medium, and you have to be very careful about what you say and how you say it,” said Swint.

Barry Loudermilk: Backlash "intensity" unexpected

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Bartow Neighbor
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by Hilary Butschek
January 13, 2015 11:39 AM

The day after voting to re-elect Speaker John Boehner, U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R–Cassville, said he did not expect the “intensity” of the backlash against his vote. 

Loudermilk denied flip-flopping on a campaign promise to elect new leadership, saying he voted against Boehner last November during a vote to determine the Republican nominee for speaker.

“Nobody stood up to challenge John Boehner [in November],” Loudermilk said. “Even without a challenge I cast a ‘no’ vote because I thought we needed something different. There’s no cameras there, so I had nothing to gain. It was not a grandstand. It was truly a principled vote that I thought we needed new leadership. [Tuesday] was not the time to have that fight — that was back in November.”

Loudermilk was one of the 216 votes that saw Boehner re-elected speaker Jan. 6. Twenty-five Republicans voted for other candidates or voted present. Runner-up Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., received 164 votes.

During his campaign, Loudermilk said he signed a pledge that he “would vote against the speaker at the earliest opportunity or the first opportunity to do so” — and he said he did. ...

That pledge wasn’t a “core principle” of his campaign, but it was mentioned, and many of his constituents have misconceptions about his Jan. 6 vote for Boehner, Loudermilk said Jan. 7. 

Loudermilk said he had no other choice but to vote for Boehner. ...

Loudermilk said his staff has been reading comments from Facebook and answering phones about the vote all day and he understands why some are blasting him for allegedly going back on his word.

“I truly understand why they’re upset. I’m upset that that’s the choice that I had to make yesterday,” Loudermilk said.

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said the Loudermilk camp should not worry about the negative comments swarming this week; it will blow over soon.

“I think they did the only thing they could do under the circumstances, so I don’t think it will hurt him or any Republican at all down the line,” Swint said. ...


Boomers Striking Gold as YA Authors

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By Stephen L. Antczak | January 12, YA (Young Adult) books are consistently among the biggest bestsellers. In Nielsen’s latest annual list of top-selling books, eight of the Top 10 titles in 2014 were YA, including No. 1: the paperback version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. What you might not realize, though, is that many authors penning successful YA series aren’t young — they’re boomers.

 Suzanne Collins (the Hunger Games trilogy) is 52. Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, is 50. Chris Crutcher, author of Period 8Deadline and Angry Management, is 68. Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, who writes the popular Morganville Vampires series as Rachel Caine, is 52. ...

Bryan Gillis, Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy at Kennesaw State University and director of the upcoming 24th KSU Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults doesn’t see a difference between YA writers of different generations.


“Good writers, regardless of when they were born, pull not only from past and present experiences but also from their imaginations,” says Gillis. “I don't believe that one's imagination or experiences are bound by a birthdate.”

Georgia Town is Case Study in Immigration Debate

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Wall Street Journal
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DALTON, Ga.— Charles Carmical doesn’t like President Barack Obama ’s politics and doesn’t endorse his recent move to enable millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. But, the furniture-store owner acknowledges, it might be good for his bottom line. 

“If these people make more money and feel stability, it will help my business,” said Mr. Carmical, standing in his Dalton Auctions showroom on South Dixie Highway.

Illegal immigration has changed the face of this northern Georgia town. Mexicans and Central Americans flocked here by the thousands in the 1990s to toil in the mills that earned Dalton the nickname “carpet capital of the world.” Now, the large concentration of undocumented people in this conservative corner of a conservative state will make it a powerful case study for the impact of Mr. Obama’s program as it rolls out in 2015. ...

As the immigrant population swelled, local schools established English language-learning programs. Soccer began to rival football in popularity. Many locals tried their first tacos and burritos as Mexican restaurants opened.

Some area residents were uneasy with the newcomers. But the reaction was more muted than might have been expected in such a conservative area, said Randall Patton, a Kennesaw State University historian who has published two books about the carpet industry. In a 2003 book, Mr. Patton quoted Shaw Industries’ executive Charles Parham, now deceased, saying, “The Hispanics have been a salvation of our carpet industry.” 

“Mill owners tend to be rock-ribbed Republicans, but business trumps politics,” Mr. Patton said. ...


White voters dominated Georgia’s election last month

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When aspiring politicians venture into journalism: 5 good questions with Andrew Pieper

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UPDATED 11/13/14 9:17 AM


By Jane Elizabeth at Api


What happens when students with an eye on careers as politicians and government officials enter the world of journalism?

This semester, students in political science professor Andrew Pieper’s class at Kennesaw State University stepped into roles as journalists as they produced “Truth Test,” a political fact-checking feature for CBS46 News in Atlanta. Pieper, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, talked about the lessons and challenges in covering the volatile Georgia races. ...

Nunn, Carter have political futures — should they choose to run again

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Posted: 4:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Jeremy Redmon - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jason Carter waded into his crowd of supporters gathered in an Atlanta hotel ballroom Tuesday after conceding defeat to Gov. Nathan Deal, hugged friends and posed for pictures.

One of his admirers shouted: “Four more years and you got it!” Carter smiled but didn’t take the bait. He also didn’t take questions from reporters then and hasn’t publicly spoken of his plans since. Nor has fellow Democrat Michelle Nunn, who lost to David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race.

But they both would have a bright future in politics if they decide to run again, state Democratic leaders say. Both are young, well-educated and articulate candidates with strong political pedigrees. Carter is a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. And Nunn is the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn. ...

Kerwin Swint, a Kennesaw State University political scientist, said a 2018 run for governor is possible for Carter.

“I always thought that this could be just a trial heat for him, like a warm-up act, and that 2018 might be an even better opportunity for him,” Swint said. “We might have a different environment by then, too. Obama will be gone. It will be an open seat.” ...

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