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Stay Gold: The Great Suburban Gang War of 1975

[I think I might have broken a personal record for length here. If you get through this, more power to you. And thank you] Friday night, the daughter and friends went to a school play in the next district over....

Posted in A Small Victory on April 18, 2005 05:37 AM

Long Island - Home of Bad Slogans and Deranged Women

The powers that be at the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau are, to put it bluntly, idiots. Desperate to come up with a new tourism slogan for the Island, they hired an agency to come up with something that...

Posted in A Small Victory on February 16, 2005 06:30 AM

school daze

Because we are moving (to the next town over), my kids will be switching school districts come September. I was originally worried about this, as Nat will be attending the now infamous Mepham High School. Much like voting for a...

Posted in A Small Victory on February 28, 2004 02:34 PM

here i am, here i'll stay

On the discussion of homes (as in people sending emails trying to convince me to move to their neck of the woods for the lower housing prices) - I will never move from Long Island. It's expensive, it's crowded, it's...

Posted in A Small Victory on January 14, 2004 09:52 AM

The last mepham update because i want to go back to my little magical world where kids do not do these things to other kids

Itís been a while since Iíve done an update on the Mepham case; things have been relatively quiet since it was determined that the rapist boys would be tried as juveniles instead of adults. Todayís Newsday has new details about...

Posted in A Small Victory on December 18, 2003 11:42 AM

six degrees of victimization

In Las Vegas, fans of Michael Jackson hold a candlelight vigil to support the man accused of child molestation. In Bellmore, NY, a group of parents and students rally at a school board meeting to support three football players accused...

Posted in A Small Victory on November 25, 2003 06:04 AM

Mepham update: juveniles

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the three Mepham football players who sexually assualted three teammates will be tried as juveniles, not adults. At a lengthy hearing today, the judge heard from the victims, their parents, one of the coaches,...

Posted in A Small Victory on November 12, 2003 07:43 PM

mepham update: false pride

[Previous Mepham stories here] I said I wasn't going to cover the Mepham story any longer. I'm going back on my word. Ed Lowe has a fantastic column in Newsday today that really gets to the heart of the matter...

Posted in A Small Victory on November 12, 2003 07:02 AM

Mepham update

This will probably be my last post about the Mepham hazing. When I first started covering the story, I did not only because it was of local interest to me, but also because I felt it was a story that...

Posted in A Small Victory on November 10, 2003 05:39 PM

mepham update

[Previous Mepham stories are here] I know, it's been a while. I stopped updating about the story because everything that came out since the last time was either a rehash of old news or just so revolting that I didn't...

Posted in A Small Victory on November 6, 2003 08:55 AM

presented without (much) commentary

Meet Grace Phelps-Roper, 11 and Lydia Phelps-Davis, 10. They are the grandchildren of Fred Phelps, noted hate mongerer and "religious" man. Fred flew his grandchildren all the way from Kansas to Long Island so they could stand out in front...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 27, 2003 05:08 PM

phelps comes to town

I decided to drive past Mepham High School anyhow, just to see what was going on. It was hard getting near the circus at all, but I did manage to see a few of Phelps's henchmen holding up their disgusting...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 27, 2003 08:38 AM

it's the end of the world as we know it

You wake up on a Monday morning to find that all hell has broken loose. It's days like this when you want to go back to bed, hide under the covers and pretend the world is a happy place filled...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 27, 2003 06:32 AM

psa

Answering a ton of emails all at once: 1. I will have a slew of links and commentary about the Mepham case later today. 2. Yes, I have toned down my baseball blogging. I told you that, for me at...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 25, 2003 09:30 AM

Mepham update: enter fred phelps

[other Mepham posts here] [click for bigger image]Everyone's favorite hate-mongerer, Fred Phelps, is going to pay a visit to Bellmore, New York, to protest in front of the "Sodomite Whorehouse" known as Mepham High School. Mr. Phelps, for all of...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 17, 2003 07:22 PM

mepham: placing blame where it doesn't belong

[previous Mepham stories here] So, why did those kids from Mepham commit those horrible acts upon their team mates? According to one Jen Shroder, it's all about that nasty sex education. I often rail against the liberalization of our schools,...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 13, 2003 05:06 PM

Mepham update: the week in mepham news

[previous stories can be found here] During the week, one of the accused players and all of the coaches met with the DA's office in Pennsylvania. That was basically all that happened in this case until this morning, when it...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 11, 2003 08:12 AM

all in one place

I've finally gathered all the Mepham posts - 19 so far - in one place and numbered. Blogrolling makes life so much easier....

Posted in A Small Victory on October 7, 2003 11:17 AM

Mepham update and a question

The victims parents made the following statement today after the DA announced that he would seek to try the accused students as adults"...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 6, 2003 06:19 PM

Mepham update: big development

previous entries on this story can be found here All three Mepham High School football players charged with sexually assaulting younger teammates in a hazing incident should be tried as adults, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said today.In a news conference at...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 6, 2003 12:52 PM

Mepham update

Sort of. I let the story go for the weekend, as there were no new developments. Tomorrow, the DA will announce whether or not he will ask for the accused teens to be tried as adults. Steve Jacobson writes about...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 5, 2003 11:10 PM

mepham update: commentary free

No time to editorialize on this one, time to pack up my desk and head home for a three day weekend. AP Story Feel free to read and comment. Links to previous stories of mine here. I'm seriously giving thought...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 3, 2003 02:43 PM

controversy free since....now!

Val's feeling the itch, as well. You know, the itch that gets under your skin and you scratch and scratch until you're left with a bloody mess and you say hey, what the hell did I scratch that thing for?...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 3, 2003 12:35 PM

Mepham update

[previous stories on this topic: [previous stories on this topic: here, here, here, ,here here, here, here here here here here, here, here and here] We drove past Mepham High School last night on our way home from dropping off...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 3, 2003 06:23 AM

Mepham update

Today's developments: An attorney for the victims says a fourth victim has come foward. This boy, a black freshman, allegedly had his civil right violated. The attorney was quoted as saying that the violations against this boy were "horrific," like...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 2, 2003 10:06 PM

portrait time

I thought it was time for a picture update of the kids. Taken at Applebee's earlier tonight where we spotted a man walking around with a huge "Mepham Pride" button on. [click for larger images] I don't think DJ was...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 2, 2003 09:04 PM

Mepham update

If you read or see anything about the Mepham case, you'll invariably catch someone making a statement that the whole school "feels" for the victims and supports them. I just got off the phone with an unnamed, reliable source from...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 2, 2003 11:20 AM

Mepham Hazing: entering that slippery slope of morality

[See extended entry for links to all the previous coverage of this story. This is another long one, but worth reading (I think) for the latest developments. Basically, that Bellmore is one town that is serious lacking in the moral...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 2, 2003 06:21 AM

so much news, so little time

I've got an A list of stories to blog about today. Ok, maybe B list. Or C. Let's just say I have a lot on my mind today. Of course, getting to work on time takes precedent over everything. Meanwhile,...

Posted in A Small Victory on October 1, 2003 07:29 AM

idiot of the day, part two

Mepham coach apologizes. Ok, I can't really figure out how this is an apology. Seems more like a "pass the buck" speech to me. "I would apologize and say I'm sorry we couldn't take care of your son, but we...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 30, 2003 04:38 PM

Today's Mepham stories

[previous stories on this topic: Most recent and then here, here here here here here, here, here and here] We'll start with this piece by Josh Plotnick of Cornell University. In it, Josh takes the whole town of Bellmore, Long...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 30, 2003 08:51 AM

today's psas: french interview, mepham links

French novelist and essayist Maurice G. Dantec, has granted is interviewed by Merde in France. He discusses US-French relations, literature, and blogging. Today's required reading. Go. And, once more, for those coming here from various links, my posts on the...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 29, 2003 10:09 AM

Psa

For all those emailing and for the Google searchers, here are the links to my posts on the Mepham hazing. Today's and then here, here here here here here, here, here and here....

Posted in A Small Victory on September 28, 2003 09:46 PM

today's mepham coverage

[Previous entries on the Mepham hazing are here, here here here here here, here, here and here.] We start with Newsday's Paul Vitello, who has been covering the human interest aspect of the case. The comparisons to the Catholic Church's...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 28, 2003 08:56 AM

playing the part of reporter

I decided to act the part of investigative reporter and came up with a very interesting - and very disturbing - story. Sources will remain unnamed for now and forever. Sources were present at the Nassau County Courthouse yesterday, in...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 27, 2003 12:29 PM

The Mepham story; a short history of hazing

[this is a pretty long piece, there's even footnotes; I've put most of it in the extended entry. It would probably be easier to read by clicking on this permalink] [Previous entries on the Mepham hazing are here here here...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 27, 2003 09:14 AM

prinicpal caught in the headlights: a Mepham hazing update

[Previous entries on the Mepham hazing are here here here, here, here and here.] Several Mepham football players are coming forward to say older teammates sexually abused them at a preseason training camp. I take this to mean that other...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 25, 2003 07:48 PM

two readings on one subject

[Previous entries on the Mepham hazing are here here, here, here and here.] Reading 1: What Becomes A Bully Most "These children who have come forward are the heroes of this town and I want to stand up for them...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 25, 2003 10:05 AM

psa

If you are looking the Mepham hazing stories, they are here here, here, here and here....

Posted in A Small Victory on September 24, 2003 12:52 PM

more on mepham: not the first time

While admistrators and coahes were being subpoenas today, the news came out that Mepham High School was sued in 1995 when a freshman on the JV football team was injured in a hazing incident. In 1995, Berger said, several older...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 23, 2003 09:53 PM

more on mepham: the snowball effect

[Previous posts on this issue here, here, here and here] Parents and students at Mepham have twisted the blame once again, and are now chastizing the school district for failing to cooperate with Pennsylvania police. This is an interesting development,...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 23, 2003 08:15 AM

hazing story, part five

DA Implores Witnesses to Mepham Abuse to Come Forward It's a sad state of affairs when witnesses to abuse have to be implored to come forward. "Please do not let a bunch of high school bullies intimidate you into letting...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 22, 2003 08:39 PM

perhaps there will be justice

Grand Jury Investigating Mepham Abuse Wayne County District Attorney Mark R. Zimmer said state police and the grand jury are investigating whether members of the Mepham High School football team in Bellmore, N.Y., sodomized younger players with a broomstick, pine...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 22, 2003 12:46 PM

Where is the outcry on behalf of the victims?

[Third in a series on the football "hazing" incident. Parts I and II here and here] Newsday's Paul Vitello heads to the pizza shop on the corner near Mepham High School, which is home to the sodomizing football players. He...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 22, 2003 07:25 AM

off to thee faire

Light blogging again today - we are headed out to the Bellmore Family Street Festival - rides, games, crafts, Bobby Nystrom and a beautiful fall-like day. I wonder if they will have a booth where the Mepham High School football...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 21, 2003 10:17 AM

the blame game

[Previous discussion on this story here] Mepham: Athlete-Suspect Had History of Harassment One of the Mepham High School football players accused of sexually assaulting younger teammates during a football camp was warned by the principal and coach before the trip...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 20, 2003 09:08 AM

don't talk like these pirates

[I suppose this story is appropriate for today as it has to do with a football team called The Pirates] Here's the background on this story: Several high school football players sodomize two younger teammates while at football camp this...

Posted in A Small Victory on September 19, 2003 10:17 AM