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Tulsa Deputy Resigns After Sexual Assault Arrest -- "Roberts' arrest came just weeks after Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was accused of sexually assaulting at least eight women while on duty. Holtzclaw has pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts, including rape and sexual battery." It gets worse. Read the article.

Arizona Republican resigns after arguing women on Medicaid should be sterilized -- How turn-of-the-20th-century of him.

Urban Outfitters' Kent State Sweatshirt Horrifies Consumers -- "An Urban Outfitters "vintage" Kent State University sweatshirt that appeared to be covered in blood caused outrage across the country." -- It's as bad as you think.

Students Are Rebelling After Receiving 200 Detentions For Harsh Dress Code Violations -- 200 after just a fortnight, "mostly to females".

Feeling Crowded? World Population Set to Explode Even More -- "The population will probably hit 11 billion by 2100, according to new estimates."

Botox 'may stunt emotional growth' in young people
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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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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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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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12-year-old Florida boy arrested in killing of homeless man

Police: Man put needles in meat at Belleville grocery store 'for the hell of it' | more

Chinese Officials Seal Off 'Plague' City, Puzzling US Experts -- That is a little extreme.

USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections -- "The changes would be voluntary, but many of the country's largest poultry companies are expected to opt in." Yeah, okay. Recommended changes must not have been terribly hard to implement.

Deep sea octopus mom tends her eggs longer than any animal on Earth -- "[D]uring those 4-1/2 years that she is protecting her eggs, she does not appear to eat."
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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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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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Todd Akin retreats from 'legitimate rape' apology

Lawmaker Accuses Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito of Misleading Senate -- Yeah, and many of us knew it at the time, but nothing can be done about it now.

Forgotten vials of smallpox found near D.C.

Democrats prepared to counter Hobby Lobby -- Good luck with that. I say that with a sarcastic tone, but, really, good luck with that.

New blood test to predict onset of dementia could be 'devastating' for sufferers -- Ridiculousness. If I had the proteins that predicted dementia, you bet your life I would want to know, so I could take measures to stem the tide.

Sex Change: Algae May Point to Origin of Male-Female Split -- Some headlines for this story called the intersex algae "transgender". Hermaphroditic would have been far more accurate & far less offensive.
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CHP Officer Who Hit Woman in Video on Desk Duty -- Pound a woman in the face a dozen times in eleven seconds, get paid time behind a desk. Oh, by the way, CHP says the woman was not hurt after being pummeled & left with bruises and "lumps the size of plums."

Obama float in July 4th parade in Nebraska brings accusations of racism | more

The former piece not racist enough for you? New York City newspaper refers to President Obama as racial slur in headline -- While the author is one to denigrate those who use such terms, there's a middle ground here. How about "Negro", which is still offensive & brings such connotations but is not so redolent in its offensiveness.

GOP selling 'I Miss W' T-shirts in honor of George W. Bush's birthday -- Seriously. And for $27? Get out.

Massachussetts startup developing remote-controlled birth control implant -- This might be the best 21st-century response to the recent Hobby Lobby decision.
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Jody Hice: Mr. Bigot Goes to Washington?

Supreme Court hits new low: Only 30% have confidence in justices -- "[C]onfidence in the Supreme Court has slipped steadily since its heydey during the Reagan administration, when 56% of Americans said they believed in the high court in 1985 and 1988. The ratings for the court mostly stayed in the 40s and 50s but took a sharp turn down to 34% in 2007--a year after George W. Bush won Senate confirmation for Samuel Alito to the court."

FDA Approves ReWalk Motorized Exoskeleton For Sale In The US

Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling (NYT)

Regret the Error: Poynter's Newspaper Misspells the President's First Name

Chinese man dies after heart is ripped from his chest and eaten following fight about noodles

Kansas woman charged with arson after allegedly lighting fire to kill a spider

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