| Aug 15, 2014
| 7:12 PM
A New York couple were arrested Friday night and charged with kidnapping two young Amish girls this week, law enforcement officials said.
St. Lawrence County Dist. Atty. Mary E. Rain told the Los Angeles Times that Stephen Howell II, 39, and Nicole...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 5:42 PM
A man and a woman were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two young Amish sisters from their family farm stand near New York's border with Canada, the county district attorney said Friday.
Law enforcement officials confirmed Saturday that the...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Two Amish girls who were kidnapped this week were sexually assaulted during the 24 hours they were held captive, law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
St. Lawrence County Dist. Atty. Mary Rain said the victims, a 12-year-...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:00 PM
No matter how hard parents try, it seems like educational ground gained during the school year is lost a bit in the summer.
And no wonder: Kids want to put the stress on fun ? not that moms and dads mind a little vacation-time frolic. But what's wrong...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 11:10 AM
An upstate New York couple accused last month of kidnapping two Amish girls sexually exploited a third girl as well, according to an indictment that also includes a child pornography charge.
The federal indictment released Thursday accuses Stephen...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 4:46 PM
The couple accused of kidnapping two Amish sisters in northern New York state in August were charged on Thursday in federal court in Syracuse with sexual exploitation of children and child pornography possession.
Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:30 PM
With a plastic white cap and powder blue label, the Desert Farms milk bottle matches the idyllic image of the doorstep milk bottle. But a closer look reveals something a bit different: "Make every day a humpday."
It is the lighthearted slogan of...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The gray-bearded man in the red shirt and wide-brimmed Amish hat wades into the crowd outside the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, squinting into the noon-hour light.
Suddenly, the fans are upon him. They know their quarry on a first-name basis.
"Hi, Mark," a...
| Mar 1, 2014
The spring breakers clog the sidewalks in the Pinecraft neighborhood of Sarasota, but do so without the bikinis, sandals and party mentality.
Pinecraft, about five miles west of Interstate 75, is ground zero for a different kind of spring break. For...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 4:32 PM
"Scandal," "The Americans," "The Walking Dead," "Portlandia," "Ripper Street," "Vikings," "House of Cards," "Hannibal"—February sees the return of several TV favorites. New series also launch, including "The Red Road" on Sundance, "Mixology" and the...
| May 19, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings."
Of course, if you're the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don't read this column too often. So maybe my mockery will miss its target, sort of like...