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JAMA study has some stunning results

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:11 Published in National News

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, focusing on sexual violence in adolescence, reveals that nearly 10 percent of youth in America reported that they perpetrated some type of sexual violence in their lifetime.  

Sixteen years old was the mode age of first sexual perpetration and 98% who reported their age to be 15 years or younger the first time they victimized someone, were male.  

It is not until ages 18 or 19 years old that males and females are relatively equally represented as perpetrators. The study further reveals that females were more likely to perpetrate against older victims and males were more likely to perpetrate against younger victims.

Researchers concluded that links between perpetration and violent sexual media are "apparent" and that victim-blaming appears to be common.

They suggest an "urgent need" for school programs that encourage bystander intervention, as well as implementation of policies that could enhance the likelihood that perpetrators are identified.


Metro Transit will refuse pennies for payment

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:03 Published in Local News

Keep your pennies in your pocket!  That is the message from Metro Transit.

Beginning Monday pennies will no longer be accepted as payment on its MetroBus vehicles. Several months ago, the agency began phasing out rarely used 50-cent coins and $2 bills.

New fareboxes will still accept $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills, along with nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins. As with the old equipment, the new fareboxes will require exact change or a valid Metro pass or ticket.

The new machines provide more detailed passenger boarding information which will allow Metro to plan routes to better meet customer needs.

In the future, the new system will also allow customers to use faster and more convenient smart card technology payment methods.


Furloughed workers report to Scott Air Force Base

Monday, 07 October 2013 10:02 Published in Local News

Civilian employees, who were furloughed from Scott Air Force Base last week, are back at work.  Scott spokeswoman Karen Petitt says the 35-hundred affected workers were notified Sunday that they should be back on the job today.

The decision came after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this weekend ordered 350,000 military personnel, furloughed by the federal government's shutdown, back on the job.  Those workers at Scott represent about two-thirds of the installation's non-military staff of 13,000 employees.  Scott Air Force Base is one of the region's largest employers.

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