Patrol cars sit at a Falcon tire store as a woman sobs in the parking lot, her dog tugging at its leash.A life is at risk — hers — and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear her terms in their bid to save it.In this case, a deputy and his partner drop normal protocol and agree to follow her on an errand to the bank, provided their next stop is the AspenPointe Crisis Center to discuss the suicidal threats that led to this weaponless standoff.“You’re doing great, sweetie,” sheriff’s clinician Robin Schawe tells her by cellphone from an idling SUV, wrapping up negotiations. “I’m proud of you. Thank you for letting us help you.”In a state notorious for its fractured approach to mental health care, police and first responders are increasingly left to shoulder the load, forced to turn away from traditional tactics and play therapist, nanny and even chaperone as they quell crises that pile up amid systemwide deficits. … [Read more...] about First responders bear the burden of mental health emergencies
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When a Colorado man heard that the Archdiocese of San Antonio would release its list of priests “credibly accused” of the sexual abuse of minors last week, he was ready to click on the document as soon as it went online. His own “predator priest” — who he said molested, kissed and fondled him over the course of 10 years, stalked him and finally sexually assaulted him — was there for the public to see: Father Galeb Mokarzel. The entry was short, easy to overlook in a report that covered almost 80 years and 150 sex-abuse accusations against 54 priests. But it offered some relief — now 70, the man had only recently begun to grapple with what happened to him half a century ago as a high school student, he said. As with several victims who spoke to the Express-News after the long-awaited report was released, the Colorado man’s story takes longer to tell than its simple summary: “In 2019, a survivor alleged that as a minor teenager he was … [Read more...] about Victims of San Antonio priests recall pain, anger — and reckoning
In the initial media churn, they were nearly missed. But a small band of Hebrew Israelites, members of a historic but little-known American religious movement, may actually be at the center of a roiling controversy that has gripped the nation in recent days. It began with a now-viral video clip, filmed Friday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, in which high school students from a Catholic school in Kentucky appeared to be in a faceoff with a Native American elder, who was beating on a drum. The boys, some wearing red hats with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, appeared in the clip to be mocking the man, a Vietnam veteran named Nathan Phillips. The clip was widely understood as being centrally about the dangers of Trumpism, and the teens were condemned. But a longer video soon bubbled to the surface, widening the lens. It showed how a group of half a dozen Hebrew Israelites had, in fact, been goading and preaching at both the Native Americans and high schoolers, … [Read more...] about Who are the Black Israelites at the center of the viral standoff at the Lincoln Memorial?
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Updated 6:09 am CST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Photo: Gregorio Borgia, AP Photo: Gregorio Borgia, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Photo: Gregorio Borgia, AP Pope … [Read more...] about Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct
Sopheng Cheang and Grant Peck, Associated Press Updated 7:10 pm PST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013, file photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Khieu Samphan, left, former Khmer Rouge head of state, and Nuon Chea, right, who was the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, sit in the court hall at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The U.N.-assisted international tribunal in Cambodia judging former leaders of the Khmer Rouge for their roles in abuses that led to the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million of their countrymen will issue verdicts Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in the latest - and perhaps last - of such trials. Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, are the last two surviving senior leaders of the radical communist group that brutally ruled Cambodia in the late 1970s. (Mark Peters/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia via AP, File) less FILE - In this Oct. 31, … [Read more...] about Verdicts on Khmer Rouge leaders may be tribunal’s last gasp