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A man who avoided prison for 13 years - 19 Nov 2014 03:24


A man who avoided prison for 13 years because of a clerical error is in trouble again, just months after a Missouri judge released him from his original sentence for armed robbery and declared him a "good man and a changed man."Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was arrested on second-degree robbery charges for allegedly grabbing a woman's purse in downtown St. Louis early Sunday and briefly dragging her while trying to pull the bag from her shoulder. Prosecutors said Monday that Anderson matched a description given to police by the victim and a witness, both of whom later identified him as the robber, but his attorney said police made a big mistake."There was a report of a man who completely and totally did not match my client's description as the alleged purse snatcher," his attorney, Patrick Megaro, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It makes me wonder what is going on out there in St. Louis."Anderson is free on $10,000 bond. Megaro didn't return a message Tuesday from The Associated Press.Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Burger King worker in St. Charles County, just north of St. Louis, in 2000. He waited for information on when and where to report to prison, but the order never came, he told the AP earlier this year.

Anderson, now 37, later started his own carpentry business, married, had children, coached youth football and volunteered at his church in Webster Groves, aWelcome to m-shoesbox sports shoes suburb of St. Louis.When prison officials found the clerical error in July 2013, as Anderson's prison term was set to end, eight U.S. marshals were sent to his home and took him to prison. He remained in jail until May. - Comments: 0

I said OK. If he turns out to be gay, OK - 11 Nov 2014 03:19


About one in every 450 Americans identify as transgender, according to a 2011 study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

KEY RESOURCES: (From top) executive director Jenn Burleton of TransActive Gender Center, psychologist Laura Edwards-Leeper of Pacific University, pediatric endocrinologists Sevket Yigit and Karin Selva of Randall Children’s Hospital.
Photos by Kenton Waltz
In 2004, when Reed was born, the American Medical Association hadn’t yet issued standards of care for the treatment of transgender adults, let alone kids.
Even today, “the medical community knows very little about transgenderism,” says Dr. Jack Drescher, a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. For many years, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders included a condition called “gender identity disorder,” classifying it as the discomfort a transgender person feels in his or her body.m-shoesbox Last year, a panel of experts at the APA considered removing the diagnosis from the DSM, as happened with homosexuality in 1974. Instead, they changed the name to “gender dysphoria” but left the diagnosis in place.

Drescher says that the name change was an attempt to destigmatize the condition. “For the DSM, ‘do less harm’ meant changing the language and keeping the diagnosis in so people still have access to care,” he says. “If it’s taken out of DSM, no one would pay for treatment. Without a diagnosis code you can’t get hormones, you can’t get surgery.” - Comments: 0

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