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Some would say it's a bunch of #$%&, while some will swear it's sorely needed. Commenters used all kinds of punctuation marks in their opinions about a town's 183-50 vote requiring police to issue $20 tickets for those who curse in public places. Police say they'll be directing their enforcement efforts at those using profanity to accost others. The unscientific reader poll on the story seemed to indicate that plenty of readers would defend the right to use salty language; commenters went back and forth about personal responsibility and freedom.
The town in question is Middleborough, Massachusetts. One commenter claiming to be from there was not happy.
pray: "I am a bit ashamed of my hometown for passing this. This makes a mockery of a town once known for its tolerance. I have always predicted the train that brought people into Middleborough would come to no good. First they wanted houses near cranberry bogs saying it was quaint, then they wanted them closed cause of dusty dirty roads and noise. Now, they want to legislate speech? Such a sad day for a town with a great history."
This reader had a different view.
Mike: "Good for them. These rude, crude and obnoxious teenagers need to learn how to act in public. If they don't, hit 'em where it hurts most, in the wallet. It belittles the human race to hear people talking such trash. But, you are how you speak. Have a nice day."
One reader chuckled at the thought of people not swearing in a town about 38 miles from Boston.
Play ball: "Can't wait until the next Red Sox game ... because I am sure when the umpire blows a call ... Middleborough residents are gonna blow their rent money cursing at the TV screen."
A very Honest Abe gave us his uncensored thoughts. FULL POST
Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke never did reach the Olympics. But her efforts to get her event into the games before dying in a training accident this year have helped her achieve a high honor from her country’s Olympic committee.
Burke will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in September, the Canadian Olympic Committee said Tuesday.
Burke, a pioneer of freestyle skiing and a four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, was a major force in getting the ski half pipe event added to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, both the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association and the COC have said.
She was considered a medal contender for the event’s 2014 Olympic debut. But she died at age 29 on January 19, days after falling and rupturing a vertebral artery during a training run at Park City Mountain Resort's superpipe in Utah.
The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.
Alleged victims continue to testify in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over more than a decade. A now 28-year-old man known as Victim No. 4 testified:
He treated me like a son in front of other people. Outside of that, he's treating me like his girlfriend.
These musicians are thinking well outside the box. They call themselves "a classically trained garage band." Listen:
Talk about your alternative form of transportation. A Minnesota couple is using a mule-drawn wagon to take the slow, scenic route across the country, CNN affiliate WCCO reports. Is that some kind of rebel flag they're flying?
CNN columnist LZ Granderson expanded on a provocative graduation speech by teacher David McCullough Jr., saying parents do children a disservice when they seek to shelter the young 'uns from disappointment. Many of our readers had opinions on the matter also.
Because everyone got a trophy in soccer and football and everyone got a 1st place ribbon in dance class does not mean that will happen in real life. Children have to lose sometime in order to be a good loser as well as a good winner. Kids need to learn how to deal with disappointment, because the truth is there is a lot of it in real life. Parents teach your children to work hard and take responsibility for their own actions. Teach them to stand on their own two feet financially. Teach them if they want something in life they have to earn it, because in the real world no one will just hand it to them as you have done.
Another commenter put it more succinctly:
I learned more from my failures than from my successes.
CNN iReporter Philip Dahlheimer, a conservative independent from Henderson, Nevada, says that for the economy to really succeed, manufacturing jobs need to be brought back to the United States. And he has a personal story behind his reasoning: "My manufacturing job of 20 years was lost due to our factory going to China." But it doesn't end there; he says discrimination is limiting his opportunities to bounce back.
Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Banking Committee about the bank's billions of dollars in trading losses that it reported last month.
Hundreds of new Internet domains will be proposed on Wednesday, including .lol, .xxx and .porn. Not all will be approved, and the ones that are will take at least until 2013 to start rolling out.
June 13 anniversaries
1966 - The Supreme Court rules that before being questioned, suspects in custody must be informed of their rights.
1967 - Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black justice to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
1981 - At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
1983 - Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
2005 - Singer Michael Jackson is acquitted of child molestation charges.
June 13 birthdays
The wife of a Florida man charged with fatally shooting an unarmed teen in February has been arrested on a perjury charge, according to a Florida state attorney's office.
The charge relates to testimony that Shellie Zimmerman (pictured) gave during a bail hearing for her husband, George Zimmerman. Prosecutors contend that Shellie Zimmerman falsely told the court that she and her husband were indigent.
Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was arrested Tuesday, according to Jackie Barnard, spokeswoman for the state attorney's office in the state's Fourth Judicial Circuit. She was released after posting $1,000 bail, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said.
George Zimmerman, 28, is a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. George Zimmerman told police he shot the teenager in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.FULL STORY
One of America’s largest youth sports organizations said Tuesday it will require its coaches and volunteers to undergo criminal background checks as part of a 42-point plan to protect children from sexual and other types of abuse.
The Amateur Athletic Union’s moves – which also include requiring everyone involved in the group to report to authorities if they suspect abuse – come after a six-month policy review that followed November’s dismissal of its CEO, who was publicly accused of, but never charged with, sexually abusing boys in the 1980s.
The review also came at a time when other child sexual abuse accusations were being made against high-profile sports figures not connected to the organization, including former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
“This is about changing our culture. It’s about bringing the AAU into a new era of accountability ... strength and, most importantly, trust,” operations director James Parker said at a news conference at the group’s headquarters in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The girlfriend of James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Tuesday for identity fraud and helping the reputed mob boss avoid capture for 16 years, CNN affiliate WCVB-TV reported.
Catherine Greig, who prosecutors said was Bulger's partner in avoiding capture, also must pay a $150,000 fine, U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock ruled, according to WCVB.
Bulger and Greig were captured at their Santa Monica, California, apartment a year ago. He faces trial later this year in connection with 19 slayings allegedly committed in South Boston during the 1970s and '80s.
Prosecutors say Bulger, who is being held without bail, was the head of a South Boston Irish gang before he fled an impending racketeering indictment in 1995. He evaded law enforcement for 16 years before he and Greig were arrested.FULL STORY
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Azaria Chamberlain was just 2 months old when she disappeared from a tent during a family trip to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. A coroner ruled Tuesday that a dingo, a wild dog native to Australia, caused her death. The girl's mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, was sentenced to life in jail; the conviction was later overturned. Meryl Streep starred in a movie about the incident, burning the cries of "the dingo's got my baby" into popular consciousness. Chamberlain-Creighton said she was "relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga."
Readers debated the case, the animal in question, justice and popular culture references to the case.
For many, this new development in the dingo saga brings a sense of closure.
Leigh2: "What a hard life that poor woman has had. You can see it in her face. She and her husband may have won money from a lawsuit, but she and her family have paid dearly themselves over the accusations of murdering their own baby. Besides their child being snatched by a big canine and knowing their baby died a horrible death, that all had to be an immense strain on them. I saw the movie based on what happened years ago. It was a very emotional and upsetting movie. One that I vowed to only view once. So sad. :-("
Plenty of other readers talked about the impact of "A Cry in the Dark," the movie about the incident.
dfwenigma: "When I saw 'A Cry in the Dark' I was completely overwhelmed. This couple was simply trying to make a go of it. Personally I think living out there in the middle of nowhere was probably not a great decision for a couple with a baby, however, they absolutely had the right to do so ... let's lay off the politics in these postings - a child lost her life thirty years ago - and the mother is finally vindicated. That calls for celebration for her - and mourning for the poor child."
NanookoftheNorth: "I feel the same about 'Sophie's Choice' ... only saw it once and it has left a life-time impression on me. Like 'A Cry In The Dark', both movies starred the young and just starting out in her career, Meryl Streep. We could see then that brillant actress was going places ... the Katharine Hepburn of our time !"
This reader was critical of the way the case was portrayed. FULL POST
As he gets ready for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco this week, Casey Martin feels a lot like it's 1998 again.
That's the last time Martin played in the event, the last time it was held at this venue.
And like last time, he'll be the only one of the 156 players using a cart, needed because of a birth defect in his right leg that makes it hard to get around 18 holes. It's an exception to the rules he was granted under the Americans With Disabilities Act, but only after a legal battle with the PGA.
"I don't like to be the center of controversy, and it kind of followed me for a long time there," he said of his previous U.S. Open appearance and his subsequent time on the PGA Tour.
This year, there doesn't seem to be any controversy over the cart, but Martin said the pain in the leg, damaged by a congenital circulatory disorder known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, remains and he's used that to his advantage.
"It helps me sometimes to concentrate because I realize it's only one thing I can do and just try to block out my leg," he said in an interview with CNN Sports.
That Martin should be playing a second U.S. Open at all is quite unexpected.
Just finishing his sixth season as the head golf coach at the University of Oregon, he no longer plays competitively.
More than a year after Vogue magazine published a gushing profile about the first lady of Syria, the magazine's editor in chief has released a statement condemning the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
A statement from Anna Wintour appeared Monday on Vogue.com.
"In 2010, we set up an interview with the Syrian leader's wife, Asma al-Assad, a Western-educated former banker and a woman with a reputation as a force for reform in the Middle East. Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue. The escalating atrocities in Syria are unconscionable, and we deplore the actions of the Assad regime in the strongest possible terms."
The profile of Asma al-Assad appeared in the print March 2011 version. Vogue apparently removed the story from its website later.
The piece called Asma al-Assad a "rose in the desert" and described her as "the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies." The British-born first lady was portrayed in the story as a progressive and modern woman who fought for the rights of children, the poor and those who are oppressed. Read CNN's story on Asma al-Assad and the Syrian uprising here.
The Vogue story came out as the al-Assad regime was cracking down violently on an uprising in the country. The United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the crisis erupted in March 2011. Opposition groups give estimates ranging from at least 12,000 to more than 14,000. Human Rights Watch reports that at least 1,176 children have been killed since February 2011.
In April, wives of top U.N. diplomats banded together to publicly call for Asma al-Assad to do something to stop the bloodshed in Syria.
The first lady has not been heard from since the violence began.
The residents of Middleborough, Massachusetts, have had enough of this *#%@&!
And on Monday night they voted to make those who curse put their money where their potty mouths are - to the sum of $20, that is.
Police in the town of 22,000 will be writing tickets bearing fines in that amount to those who foul its public places with profanity after residents voted 183-50 Monday night that they were mad as *#%@& and weren't going to take it anymore.
"If I didn't hear 10 kids drop the F-bombs between my store and a block and half I would be shocked," local business owner Mimi Duphily told CNN affiliate WHDH. She was one of those who pushed for cops to clean up the *#%@&.
Not everyone was pleased with the plan.
“This comes under the context of trying to legislate morality or good parenting,” resident Adam Bond told those gathered at the annual town meeting Monday night, in the town that calls itself the "cranberry capital of the world."
So what words are over the line in Middlleborough?
That will be at the discretion of police, but they'll be directing their enforcement efforts at those using profanity to accost others, Officer Steven Nelson said Tuesday.
“It's not going to be just someone walking down the street dropping the F-bomb; it's going to be when you're actually making it uncomfortable for everyone else,” Duphily told WHDH.
Note that Middleborough is only 38 miles from Boston and Fenway Park, where Red Sox fans bestowed a profane nickname on New York Yankee Bucky Dent after the light-hitting shortstop homered in the seventh inning of a tiebreaker game in 1978.
Call him Bucky "Bleeping" Dent in Middleborough and it'll cost you $20.
High-ranking officials at Penn State are accused of giving inconsistent testimony to a grand jury as well as not turning over a secret file containing allegations that Jerry Sandusky was acting inappropriately, according to court documents obtained by CNN.
"The file was created, maintained and possessed by Gary Schultz," according to the document.
Penn State's former vice president for finance and business, Gary Schultz, who also oversaw the college's police department, and former Athletic Director Tim Curley face charges including perjury and failure to report abuse in the scandal. The court documents say the file contains information that is inconsistent with Schultz's and Curley's previous statements to grand jury regarding the Sandusky case.
"The commonwealth has come into possession of computer data (again, subpoenaed long ago but not received from PSU until after the charges had been filed in this case) in the form of e-mails between Schultz, Curley and others that contradict their testimony before the Grand Jury,” the document states.
The motion filed by the attorney general accuses Pennsylvania State University officials of keeping a file with previously unknown details about the child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky. The attorney general's office claims the officials also withheld subpoenaed evidence.
CNN's Susan Candiotti reports that the documents bring up questions about what school officials knew about allegations against Sandusky, when they knew it and what they told authorities during their investigation.
The details emerged on the second day of Sandusky's trial, when the the alleged victim whose allegations triggered the criminal investigation is expected to take the stand. He is one of 10 boys who, prosecutors say, were sexually abused by the Nittany Lions' longtime defensive coordinator over a span of 15 years. Sandusky's trial on 52 charges is expected to continue for about three weeks.
Eleven bodies have been found and 13 people remain missing after a boat carrying 28 Haitian migrants ran into trouble while on its way to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday.
Four of those on board made it safely to shore and raised the alarm with the Bahamas police force, said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
The Haitians' vessel broke up off Hawksbill Cay in the Bahamas, he said.
The Falkland Islands government on Tuesday announced that the British territory will hold a referendum on its political status.
The vote is intended to affirm islanders' desire to remain a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom and to reject claims of ownership by nearby Argentina.
The Argentine government in recent months has stepped up its rhetoric over the disputed islands, saying that the U.K. is exploiting its resources. The British defeated Argentina in a 1982 war over the territory.
"We have thought carefully about how to convey a strong message to the outside world that expresses the views of the Falklands people in a clear, democratic and incontestable way," said Gavin Short, chairman of the Falklands legislative assembly.FULL STORY
Yemen's army is retaking Jaar, the final al Qaeda stronghold in the country's southern Abyan province, forcing hundreds of militants to flee the town, two local security officials told CNN.
The state-run Saba news agency also reported that government forces were retaking Jaar on Tuesday morning after fierce battles against al Qaeda with the support of the Yemeni air force. The agency confirmed that Batis district is now under government control.
The officials estimated that more than 80 militants were killed over the last three days in the province, mainly in areas surrounding Jaar and Zinjibar.
They confirmed that seven troops were also killed Tuesday.FULL STORY
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in Moscow on Tuesday, rejecting the legitimacy of President Vladimir Putin and demanding new elections, a prominent opposition leader said.
"We believe that his presidency right now is not legitimate at all," former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told CNN from the rally.
The elections in March that returned Putin to the presidency after four years as prime minister "were not free, they were not fair and the results were not credible," Kasyanov said.
The only thing that Putin should do now is "sit with us on a round table and discuss the terms and conditions of his departure," Kasyanov said.
International observers said in March that the elections did not meet international standards. The presidential election came just months after allegations of fraud in parliamentary elections prompted the largest anti-government demonstrations Russia had seen in two decades.FULL STORY
Chad Ochocinco grew up as a child loving to watch the Miami Dolphins play. He went to Miami Beach High School but never got the chance to make the jump to play at the University of Miami - the big time for local stars - instead heading west to play in college at Oregon State.
He was taken in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and spent nine years by the Ohio River before moving to the New England Patriots for the 2011 season. The Pats released him after one disappointing year, in which he caught only 15 passes for 276 all season.
But there's good news for the former Pro Bowl receiver (and Dancing with the Stars contestant) to celebrate. He's coming home.
Ochocinco will get to play in front of his hometown crowd, as a part of the Dolphins after the team announced on their website that they signed him to beef up their offense.
Ochocinco will likely get some good preseason airtime too. That's because the Dolphins will be the latest team to have their training camp and preseason filmed as a part of HBO's “Hard Knocks. ” The team might have been interesting enough to watch considering it will chronicle the coach Joe Philbin’s first season. But with Ochocinco aboard, who famously changed his last name to match his jersey number, the show may have just gotten a little bit more interesting.
His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was one of the first to call out the welcome wagon on Twitter:
Congrats to Chad & his family on signing with the Dolphins. This a great fit for Chad, the team and Dolphin fans. It's nice to come home.—
Drew Rosenhaus (@RosenhausSports) June 12, 2012
Chris Burke, writing for SI.com, said the move makes sense from a football standpoint. But like many others are sure to do, Burke questioned whether the flamboyant player will make a good fit in Miami.
"Why Ochocinco, of all guys? The Dolphins, after all, just traded away the enigmatic Brandon Marshall, in part because he didn’t fit in well in the locker room. Miami has also shown no outward interest in guys like Plaxico Burress or Santonio Holmes — players who, like Ochocinco, can make a few plays here and there but also raise a team’s trouble quotient," Burke wrote. "Maybe Miami believes Ochocinco brings more to the table than those guys, or that he’ll be extra motivated playing in Miami, where he grew up. Maybe the Dolphins think last season’s embarrassing run in New England will give Ochocinco the spark he needs to pick up the pieces and put together one last 1,000-yard season."
The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November. CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.
Today's programming highlights...
9:50 am ET - Romney in Florida - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is spending part of his day in Florida, where he'll campaign at Con-Air Industries in Orlando.
A 14-year-old from China will become the youngest golfer ever to play in the U.S. Open when he tees it up at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on Thursday.
Andy Zhang got a spot in the 156-player field when England's Paul Casey withdrew on Monday with a shoulder injury, the USGA announced.
"(When I got the call), my mind just went blank," Zhang told GolfWeek. "Then, I said 'Wait! What? I am in the U.S. Open?'
A human rights group has implored the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on the Syrian regime "in response to widespread killings and other grave violations against children."
Human Rights Watch also said the council should impose targeted sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans on the Syrian leadership.
In a statement this week, the rights group said at least 1,176 children have been killed since February 2011, according to the Syria Violations Documentation Center, a network of Syrian activists.
HRW cited a Security Council report from April that included claims that the Syrian regime used children as human shields as well as allegations that rebel forces, such as the rebel Free Syrian Army, had recruited and listed children as fighters.
Free Syrian Army officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the accusation. The Syrian regime, meanwhile, has long blamed violence in the country on "armed terrorist groups."FULL STORY
A few players bled, some fans wiped away sweat, and others wept for joy as the Los Angeles Kings blasted away 45 years of futility with a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils to capture the Stanley Cup.
The win marks the first National Hockey League championship for the Kings in the team's history.
Los Angeles, virtually disregarded going into the playoffs, became the first-ever No. 8 seed and lowest seed in the modern era to win the NHL championship.
Captain Dustin Brown hoisted the cup before a roaring home crowd at the Staples Center before the trophy passed from one screaming King to another.FULL STORY