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How Gary Hart's Downfall Forever Changed American Politics (NYT) -- This is a very interesting article.

Seattle city attorney requests public pot smoking tickets to be dismissed | more

Fraternity date-rape drugs females based on their "hotness" -- "Police said the drugs were administered on the basis of color-coded hand stamps. The three women who were drugged had red X's on the backs of their hands, which were given to them by the party's doorman. The bartender then allegedly poured the special drinks in accordance with the color-coded stamps."

Blood Hounds: They're Obsessed With Period Sex -- Some of this article is decent but much of it is still cloaked in the Puritan-Victorian squeamishness about sex. That's unfortunate.
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Closed or lost a lot of links in the last week. Here's what's left:

Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses

Policeman accused of serial sex assault on patrol

Pleading suspect dies in police custody: 'You can breathe just fine' -- No, this is not referring to the NY Eric Gardner case.

Tongues wag over Obama’s audacity to wear taupe | more -- Really, these people have nothing else to do but criticize the color of the President's suit? Really?

Newsflash: Hello Kitty has never been a cat -- She's a little girl from England. I kind of see the resemblance now.
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I've been monitoring other situations & conditions, but mainly this is the news story of the moment.

Missouri Gov. Nixon Declares State of Emergency, Issues Curfew in Ferguson -- I don't expect any real news about this for another half hour. That said, I think this was a wrong-headed move which will only bring about further unrest.

Ferguson unrest reflects decades of racial tension in St. Louis area -- I remember visiting St. Louis twenty or so years ago with close friends. Some folks tried to warn me that the St. Louis area was rather racist. I was disinclined to believe them. I went with my friends (to an Irish bar, on St. Patrick's Day, of all things); nothing went down, though I did feel a background unspoken bit of tension. Now, if someone were to issue me that warning, I would take it at face value & wish my good friends safe travels.

Missouri names officer who shot unarmed black teenager

New Details in Ferguson Killing Make the Police Look Even Worse -- As someone on dKos says, the press conference the police chief held was a "bait & switch": You want the name of the rogue officer; we'll give you misinformation about the victim. The chief later admitted that the officer, Darren Wilson, had no idea that Michael Brown had anything to do with anything untoward. Wilson just ordered Brown, "Get the fuck out of the street."

Ferguson police have explaining to do -- "The nation always seems caught by surprise when its racial fault lines are exposed. Incidents like this — really, they could happen almost anywhere — remind us of the anger that can quickly well up when people who feel they have no power, no authority, believe they have been abused by people who have power, who have authority."
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Anonymous tweets the name of the officer in Ferguson who shot unarmed teen

Four days of protests probably could have been shortened or even avoided if the city had reacted the way New York did after Eric Gardner's death at the hands of the police. Trying to hide the identity of the officer only inflamed an already incendiary situation.

Anonymous has been very busy with regards to this case: Anonymous hacks Ferguson, Mo., police site for dispatch tapes

Something else you might be interested in: Ferguson, Missouri: Video of unprovoked police attack on peaceful demonstrators
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Riot erupts near St. Louis over police shooting of teen | more -- The FBI has launched a parallel investigation.

Amid pressure, New York releases half of Common Core test questions

Study: More coffee may prevent your ears from ringing

Babylon 5 reboot likely to become big-budget film: Original series creator will pen the script, possibly finance the film

Dear Johns: Actually, You Should Be Ashamed to Buy Sex -- There is a lot that is wrong in this article, or at least wrong-headed. The author (strangely enough, a woman) decries the industry by contrasting the relative freedom the customers enjoy (rarely prosecuted) with the restrictions sex workers endure (especially those trafficked into such work). The piece takes pot shots at everything, mainly casting aspersions. She does admit that "some woman [sic] do choose this line of work, and sex-workers unions argue that prostitution can be a freely made choice" but dismisses it in the same sentence. What the author fails to realize or acknowledge is that 1) it's not called the oldest profession for nothing--it's not going away, & 2) the illegality of the trade is the root cause of most of its problems. The best way to tamp down on most of the concerns is to pursue legalization or decriminalization, so the industry can be regulated.
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Theodore Wafer guilty of 2nd-degree murder, manslaughter in porch shooting

Daughter hopes arrested Tulsa police officers will 'rot in prison' for fatal shooting of boyfriend | Police report: Tulsa officer fatally shoots daughter's boyfriend -- Yep. I was not surprised to find that the new boyfriend was not entirely without color. Call me cynical (though I'm still striving against that).

McDaniel Staffer Implicated in Paying Man to Concoct Vote-Selling Story

Remains of Jonestown Massacre victims found at Delaware funeral home -- The story of Jonestown still fascinates me, as I would have been a toddler at the time & so my parents would have shielded me from such news. (Although I was born in 1975, my parents didn't mention Watergate until I was in college. They've never said anything about the hostage crisis of 1979, when I would have been four years old.) How is it that this story is still making news? So sad.

Oklahoma teacher shows up to school drunk, not wearing pants: sheriff
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Michigan township rebels after new chief beefs up police force -- To police 3,900 people, do you really need 40 reserve officers, two Humvees and two armored personnel carriers?

Missing Oregon Mom Found Dead: Police -- Someone on DailyKos diaried about this woman about a fortnight ago; she's his niece. Very sad.

How to identify a narcissist with one simple question

Little Video Game Playing Linked To Better Social Skills -- "When compared to non-players and those who played very frequently, those [teenagers] who played video games for less than an hour were associated with the highest levels of sociability and were most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives."

Company Pays Settlement in Buckets of Loose Change: The coins amounts to more than $21,000
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I'm still recovering from how crack-delicious my dinner tonight is/has been. Anyway.

James Brady, former White House press secretary, dies at 73 -- When could we expect another conservative gun-control advocate? Especially one who did not experience such a personal attack? Best to the Brady family.

Six Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested for robbing dealers -- "The 42-page indictment describes scenes that Hollywood would have trouble topping, including a 2007 robbery during which Norman allegedly held a man over an 18th floor balcony to get him to divulge the password to his handheld computer."

Tennessee Denies Public Assistance To Drug Users -- Error: just because someone may have used drugs in their life history does not mean that they are currently abusing drugs. Bad interpretation, bad policy.

Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says | Fish Consumption Linked to College Education -- NOT linked to omega-3 intake, amazingly enough.

Oxytocin Isn't Lacking In Children With Autism, Researchers Say

Lego sells out of Research Institute set after responding to 7-year old girl's request

Forget Charcoal Versus Gas. The Best Way to Grill a Steak Is With Molten Lava.
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Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit -- "'According to the law, both sides should sign an agreement before electric shock or hypnosis is carried out, but (the clinic) did not offer,' said Li [Doilong, the man's lawyer]. 'The staff told my client the electric shock felt like "being bit by a mosquito" but it turned out not to be.'"

Seattle cop under investigation for busting too many pot smokers | Seattle cop who issued 80% of marijuana tickets reassigned -- Let's see. That one officer wrote 4/5ths of all such citations. "The police department said 36 percent of the tickets were issued to African-Americans, who make up just eight percent of the city's population." I'd like to see the Venn diagram on that one.

Utah language school blogger writes about homophones, gets fired for 'associating the school with homosexuality'

Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia
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NYC police express anger at reaction to chokehold death -- Ugly sentiments.

Another 'Chokehold' Arrest Sparks NYPD Probe -- Both Eric Garner's & this man's encounters with police could have been resolved with a ticket & a fine. Why are the officers choosing to escalate these situations?

Sen. John Walsh plagiarized War College thesis -- It doesn't matter that you were "seeing two doctors and taking medication to deal with nightmares, anxiety and sleeplessness." That doesn't lead one to commit plagiarism. That was a conscious choice.

Long Island inmate dies from swelling attack after dad refuses to bail him out
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History of Complaints Against Officer Who Had Eric Garner in Apparent Choke Hold -- Meanwhile, the EMTs on the scene have been suspended without pay, while two of the officers involved (including Mr. Daniel Pantaleo) have been reassigned to desk duty, with pay.

Activists Call for Bratton's Resignation Following Eric Garner's Death -- There's that, too.

Montana Judge To Be Censured Over Rape Comments -- Good, although more should have occurred to this man with so much power over so many lives.

Michigan inmates to get black-and-white striped uniforms. Orange is now too cool, sheriff says.

Market Basket shelves bare as workers protest CEO's firing: Biddeford store running out of food -- People power. Too bad those people got fired in the midst.

Parental training may offset health problems linked to social disadvantage, study shows -- Not terribly surprising that environmental effects may offset other environmental effects.

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