2.04.2011

I added on another race: the River City Half-Marathon in March. I didn't have any races planned for March (and I find races really help push me in my training. And are also fun), and Sacramento isn't too far from where I live. Hoping I get to see some friends that live there, who I haven't seen in years. I think I could really get into the half-marathon distance, even if I end up not liking marathons.

Hard to imagine anything comparing to the orginal, but check out these Lucinda Williams covers.

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A horror beyond comprehension: Girl, nine, and her father shot dead by 'anti-immigrant vigilantes': "A nine-year-old girl begged for her life before being shot dead along with her father by an anti-immigrant vigilante group, a court heard. Brisenia Flores was gunned down at point-blank range in her own home in Flores, Arizona, as her terrified mother Gina Gonzalez, who had also been hit, played dead on the floor. The prosecution alleges that the child and her father Raul Flores Jr were murdered in May 30, 2009 by a group of vigilantes set up to tackle Mexican immigrants."

From Prison Law Blog: "John McWhorter has an interesting piece over at The Root on prisoner reentry and black unemployment. McWhorter spotlights a few promising reentry/employment programs in Newark, N.J. McWhorter suggests that finding an employer willing to hire folks with criminal records is actually not the biggest hurdle for ex-prisoners — rather, it’s all the steps you have to go through before you can even think about going on an interview: The immediate task at hand for an ex-offender is becoming able to work. Ex-cons often don’t have a Social Security number — and forget about a birth certificate. … Nine in 10 clients need detoxification or rehabilitation." As a Legal Aid attorney I see again and again how "unsexy" issues like helping people get a copy of their birth certificate or other documentation can make a big difference in someone's life. It's not always about getting the not guilty or making impressive legislation - more often than not, people need help navigating the systems that so many of us take for granted.

4 comments:

Amy said...

You do realize that since you'll be running a half marathon in my city that this means we'll need to grab coffee or a drink or something? Right?

I'm serious :) I'd love to show you a good spot for carb loading or celebratory brunch.

Shoot me an email!

Shorty said...

Amy, yes, you had me at carb loading! :)

Amy said...

Sounds good---I'll be in touch soon :)

Anastasia said...

That story broke my heart. And scared me at the same time.