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Lawrence's sex offender battle in the NYT


¢ The 2005/2006 fight over whether to locate Leroy Hendricks to a group home in or near Lawrence was part of a major article over the weekend in the [New York Times][1]In Mr. Hendricks's case, residents of Lawrence, where he was initially to be moved, collected petitions. "You can tell me that he's old, but as long as he can move his hands and his arms, he can hurt another child," said Missi Pfeifer, 37, a mother of three who led the petition drive with her two sisters and mother.Then officials in Leavenworth County, picked as an alternative, said the choice violated county zoning laws. Mr. Hendricks lasted two days there, in a house off a road not far from a pasture of horses, before a judge ordered him removed.State officials said they had no choice but to move Mr. Hendricks back to a facility on the grounds of a different state hospital, where he still is.Through a spokeswoman for the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Mr. Hendricks declined to speak to The New York Times.Two years ago, he told The Lawrence Journal-World that he would be living in a group home "if somebody hadn't opened their damn mouth," adding, "I'm stuck here till something happens, and I don't know when that will be."¢ A recently released study about college students shows they're more narcissistic than those of previous generations. Nancy Baym, KU associate professor of communication studies, tells the [Chicago Tribune][2] that current college students are part of a transformation in communication of going from being watchers of media content to creators of content._ "They're good at being an audience, but not at being the center of attention," says Nancy Baym, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas. "They're thinking about, 'Who am I and how can I show myself to the world?' They're not thinking about parents, teachers, employers and all these other people who can see this."¢ Advertisements in Washington, D.C., aimed at only members of Congress are the subject of a story in today's [Virginian-Pilot][3]. The story quotes Burdett Loomis, KU professor of political science."They don't spend this amount of money willy-nilly," said Burdett Loomis, a University of Kansas political scientist who got interested in the ads when he worked in Washington during the 1980s._"But yet, who's going to buy one of these things?" [1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/us/04civil.html?hp [2]: http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/reviews/chi-0703060267mar06,1,3051448.story?coll=chi-technologyreviews-hed [3]: http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=120619&ran=79916&tref=po


Ragingbear 11 years, 2 months ago

Well, boo freaking hoo. He should have gotten life for what he did, and anything else is living like a king in my opinion.

acg 11 years, 2 months ago

He should've been taken off of the planet for what he did, actuallly, then we wouldn't have this problem of where to house them, how to watch them, whether or not to let them rot in prison or a hospital. They should just be shot in the head. Problem solved!

Centrist 11 years, 2 months ago

I'm GLAD that someone 'opened their mouth' .. and told on this creep.

Cait McKnelly 11 years, 2 months ago

Under Megan's Law, which went into effect the first of this year if I recall correctly, any person convicted of a sex offense with a child under the age of 12 now faces mandatory time of 25 to life without chance for parole. We're making progress.

ileen 11 years, 2 months ago

I agree, but to many times our teenagers are lumped in with these people and they shouldn't be they made a mistake but yet they are pumished just the same there should be different laws that protect out teenagers that are having consenual sex. there only crime is having sex with there girlfreind . Its not right but this has been going on for years . If you want strict laws just remember this will also include our teenagers

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