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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Judge's unique sentence: Woman told to write about being a lady

By David Zucchino


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JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) When is a lady not a lady?


When she's drunk and disorderly in public.


To Judge Brenda Branch in Halifax County, N.C., the drunk and disruptive antics that brought 21-year-old Tonie Marie King to her courtroom recently certainly weren't ladylike. Branch spoke to King about proper deportment, then imposed a unique sentence:


Write a two-page essay titled "How a Lady Should Behave in Public."


"Some people need pure punishment," Branch said in an interview Wednesday. "Others just need a little redirecting."


She added: "We don't have a whole lot of resources out here, so I try to be creative."


King had pleaded guilty to being drunk and disruptive — and resisting a police officer — outside a convenience store. Police said she stole beer from the store Feb. 3, then struggled with and kicked an arresting officer.


As a magistrate's order put it, King "did shout at and rudely insult others."


Branch, who is known for working with young offenders, sentenced King to 45 days in jail, suspended in lieu of a one-year supervised probation in which she must not possess or drink alcohol.


"She seemed articulate — I could tell she knew what she'd done wrong," Branch said. "I don't think she'd ever been taught or challenged to think differently."


Branch said she'd imposed similar essay sentences in the past on youthful offenders with no serious criminal records. She calls them "my kids." Several wrote impressive papers, which she keeps on file in her office.


King had no serious criminal record, Branch said, so she believed the young woman could be "redirected," as the judge put it. "If we can nip this kind of behavior now, maybe she can get ahold of herself and not go out drinking and fussing and fighting again."


"I'm not expecting a college English paper," she said. "I just want her to think about what she did and how she can change."


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Branch said she identifies with young offenders from working-class or blue-collar backgrounds in her largely rural county in northeastern North Carolina. She worked 20 years as a paper mill mechanic, wearing a hard hat and steel-toed boots, before earning undergraduate and law degrees in night school.


Asked how a lady should behave in public, Branch repeated what she told King in court:


"You don't go out drinking and fighting and yelling," she said. "You dress well. You speak well. You show people respect, and you'll earn respect." .

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