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U.S. Builds New Jails Across Afghanistan

Posted July 27th, 2011 by dont.tread.on.me
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The U.S. military is supposed to turn its massive jail on the outskirts of Bagram Air Field over to the Afghan government this year. But the U.S. is going to keep holding detainees in Afghanistan for a long, looooong time to come — as new military construction contracts reveal.

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Who knew L.A.'s red-light camera fines were 'voluntary'?

Posted July 27th, 2011 by pmfalcon
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City officials this week spotlighted a surprising revelation involving red-light camera tickets: Authorities cannot force violators who simply don't respond to pay them. For a variety of reasons, including the way the law was written, Los Angeles officials say the fines for ticketed motorists are essentially "voluntary" and there are virtually no tangible consequences for those who refuse to pay.

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Judge does the right thing. Saves a man from jail.

Posted July 27th, 2011 by RochesterJim
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Judge does the right thing. Saves a man from jail.

She didn't let him off scott free, but she recognized that time in jail was not going to help this man overcome his drug problem. Coudos to this judge Diane Nicolosi.

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Stiff sentences right before Conn. pot decriminalization

Posted July 27th, 2011 by phonon
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Carrying less than half an ounce of pot is no longer a crime in Connecticut, but there are people who are still being prosecuted for doing exactly that.

The reason is they were busted before Connecticut's new decriminalization law took effect this month and some state prosecutors are pushing for convictions in some of those cases.

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Just checking: Warrantless drug dog search of apartment complex

Posted July 27th, 2011 by phonon
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Law enforcement officers walked drug-sniffing dogs through a Pulaski apartment complex early Monday morning -- a practice occasionally used to search for evidence of illegal drug activity, the town's police chief said.

In what Roche called a coordinated multi-agency narcotics interdiction assignment, the officers walked through Meadowview's 10 three-story buildings with their dogs at about 2 a.m.

If the dogs alerted on an apartment, Roche said, officers could knock on the door or request a search warrant.

Illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized, Roche said.

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Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals.

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Police shoot unarmed 13 yr old 8 times

Posted July 27th, 2011 by willy3211
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The boy had no weapon in his hand, his hands were in the air when he got shot 8 times.

A police spokesperson said the weapon turned out to be a BB-gun, but added that police acted appropriately because toy guns are often indistinguishable from a real weapon

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How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education

Posted July 26th, 2011 by ADamo
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The story of how 1 man is revolutionizing the education system. By putting out free videos online that students can watch and do problem sets at their own pace. The results are astonishing, with test scores and classrooms being turned on their heads (in a good way). An interesting look at how technology can provide for such an innovative solution to a complex problem - for FREE.

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Gay couple asked to reverse shirt at Dollywood

Posted July 26th, 2011 by StrayLite
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LEsbian couple asked to reverse a T-shirt which read "Marriage is so gay"

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