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2014 Winter Olympics

Video: Cops And Olympic Officials Detain Teen Holding Rainbow Flag At Olympic Torch Relay

by David Badash ● 12:50 PM January 21, 2014
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A young teen in Russia attending the Olympic torch relay that rode through his hometown of Voronezh was detained by police — and Olympic officials — after he held up a rainbow flag.

News

More New Mexico Cop Madness: Shooting Into Van With Kids

by David Badash ● 4:26 PM November 18, 2013
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New Mexico police are under fire after shooting into a mother’s van with her children, after a dispute over a speeding ticket.

Civil Rights

Tennessee: Miscarriage Will Be Murder — Legislature Passes Embryo Bill

by David Badash ● 7:00 AM April 24, 2012
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The Tennessee House and Senate have now voted to make miscarriage — or the killing of any fertilized egg — murder. Imagine the implications.

Civil Rights

Police Video Of George Zimmerman After Trayvon Murder Shows No Blood or Bruises

by David Badash ● 8:02 PM March 28, 2012
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Police surveillance video of George Zimmernman after he killed Trayvon Martin shows no blood or bruises, no stains, no injuries, nothing unusual to the plain eye.

Civil Rights

4 In 10 Americans Have Been Arrested By Age 23? Time To Question Authority, Not Kids.

by David Badash ● 8:52 AM December 20, 2011
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A new study finds that 4 in 10 Americans report they have been arrested by the time they reach 23 years of age. It’s time we questioned authorities, not kids.

Analysis

Death Penalty: We Are All Troy Davis. And We Are All His Executioners.

by David Badash ● 8:30 AM September 22, 2011
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Last night, the death penalty was hard at work, and two men — Troy Davis and Lawrence Russell Brewer — were put to death. Can one act be right and the other wrong?

Civil Rights

9/11: Obama Extends U.S. National State Of Emergency One More Year

by David Badash ● 2:51 PM September 9, 2011

President Obama today notified Congress that he is extending the U.S. national state of emergency for one more year, in accordance with his duties as chief executive.

Jean Ann Esselink

Parents: When It Comes To Sex Offender Lists, Less is More

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 4:34 PM June 2, 2011

Bloated sex offender registries, meant to give parents information, have been co-opted as a law enforcement cudgel, or as a tool for prosecutors.

News

Pope Benedict XVI Knew Of Pedophile Priest Sex Abuse Scandal, Did Not Act

by David Badash ● 1:09 AM March 26, 2010
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Pope Benedict XVI, despite the Vatican’s specific denial of accusations made yesterday by The New York Times, indeed knew that a “pedophile priest” as the Times puts it, “would be returned to pastoral work within days of beginning psychiatric treatment.” In a follow-up report to yesterday’s bombshell that directly linked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who is now [...]