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Two activists arrested for murder, kidnapping

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Two Social Justice Coalition activists have been arrested for the kidnapping and murder of a man they had allegedly been trying to rehabilitate.
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All Children Should Be Delinquents

All Children Should Be Delinquents | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It’s how they learn right from wrong.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, July 13, 10:01 PM
Interesting title to this article and interesting subject. I didn't personally have hovering parents like this article mentions, but they were not invisible either. My parents did however instill in me a very strong work ethic and a very strong understanding of right and wrong. I think we all want to protect our kids and hope they don't get in trouble. Fortunately the author of this article ended up not doing anything too serious, but I fear many kids of invisible parents don't turn out that well and make one terrible decision that takes their life down a terrible spiral. First offense crimes can be committed by kids simply being curious or under peer pressure by their friends. The trouble is, once these kids get caught and put in the system, they are then surrounded by other trouble making kids who can't help but influence them. Ideally the juvenile justice system will deter the kids from committing more crime. Just like adult prison though, too often people get worse, not better after entering these facilities as they get in with even worse crowds or their chance at becoming successful is lessened because they now have criminal records.
Rodney Ebersole's comment, July 13, 10:01 PM
Interesting title to this article and interesting subject. I didn't personally have hovering parents like this article mentions, but they were not invisible either. My parents did however instill in me a very strong work ethic and a very strong understanding of right and wrong. I think we all want to protect our kids and hope they don't get in trouble. Fortunately the author of this article ended up not doing anything too serious, but I fear many kids of invisible parents don't turn out that well and make one terrible decision that takes their life down a terrible spiral. First offense crimes can be committed by kids simply being curious or under peer pressure by their friends. The trouble is, once these kids get caught and put in the system, they are then surrounded by other trouble making kids who can't help but influence them. Ideally the juvenile justice system will deter the kids from committing more crime. Just like adult prison though, too often people get worse, not better after entering these facilities as they get in with even worse crowds or their chance at becoming successful is lessened because they now have criminal records.
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The great pot experiment

The great pot experiment | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SINCE late 2012, two states have voted to legalise marijuana for recreational use; licensed shops in Colorado and Washington now sell it to anyone who wants it. Six...
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, July 13, 10:55 PM
I wondered how this switch from marijuana being illegal to legal was going. With the federal stance on drugs being as strict as it currently is, I can see all states legalizing any drug having a very uphill battle. It will be interesting to see what Alaska does this fall and how it will affect the black market here locally if it does become legal.
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Waiting for Dark: Inside Two Anarchists’ Quest for Untraceable Money | Threat Level | WIRED

Waiting for Dark: Inside Two Anarchists’ Quest for Untraceable Money | Threat Level | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The inside story of two anarchists' quest to create ungovernable weapons, untouchable black markets, and untraceable money.
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Costly copper: Dangerous scrap metal thefts on the rise | PBS NewsHour

Costly copper: Dangerous scrap metal thefts on the rise | PBS NewsHour | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Metal thefts, which have caused blackouts and traffic accidents, are on the rise in states across the country. A new Ohio state law aims to tackle this problem by regulating scrap yards. Continue reading →
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Former CalPERS CEO pleads guilty, admits to taking bribes

Former CalPERS CEO pleads guilty, admits to taking bribes | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The longtime, top executive of the country’s biggest public pension fund pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge to commit corruption and fraud Friday after admitting in court documents that he took $250,000 in bribes from a friend and co-defendant in an influence-peddling case that rocked the investment world.
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Whoops! Bungled bid to tow cop car - Independent.ie

Whoops! Bungled bid to tow cop car - Independent.ie | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police in the US have arrested the owner of a company called Whoops Towing as he tried to haul off an undercover vehicle.
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First legal-marijuana buyer in Spokane fired ... but gets job back

First legal-marijuana buyer in Spokane fired ... but gets job back | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
 

Mike Boyer made a big splash on Tuesday when he became the first person to buy state-licensed weed in Spokane. Then he made an even bigger splash nationally and internationally when he posted his resume on Craigslist later Tuesday stating:
"I lost my job due to the news coverage
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The Potato Salad Guy Should Keep Every Penny

The Potato Salad Guy Should Keep Every Penny | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Why are people giving money to a stranger who has barely even promised to make a dish of potato salad?
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, July 10, 9:41 AM
This is pretty awesome. It is always kind of funny what people will get behind and support. Whether it is true or not, it is nice to atleast think that the guy doing this intends to use it to help others. If people are willing to fork over so much, he should be willing to give some back to others. That said, it’s a free market, and I think I would struggle to give the money away. We always need something or have something to pay off.
Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 13, 7:05 AM
Here is a man who took a fun idea and spun it for ultimate gain. I was really impressed with how this took off, I was not surprised but impressed. People have a need to feel like they are a part of something, something that helps shape and define who they are in society. People donate to causes all the time wither they are good or not, it is the act of giving that helps people feel validated. I think people saw this and saw how fun of an idea it was to just donate to a man making potato salad that they contributed out of the idea of the fun behind it. I see no criminal act behind the pledge drive nor mulishness intent. The man was clear that he was unclear on what he wanted to do aside from making potato salad. When being review he character came into play and by the panel viewing him he presented himself kind and sincere, which I believe help him by giving him a label as a good guy not just some two bit skimmer.
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Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, July 10, 9:44 AM
This was a very interesting article to me. I am a big fan of concealed carry and actually just bought a brand new gun just for it. I personally believe that if you believe that someone is concealing, you are less likely to try something. The thought that a person could have a gun is hopefully going to be a serious deterrent to crime. That said, as the article stated, the drop in crime could also be because of better police work and awareness. I am sure that the drop in crime is a mixture of the two, but I would be curious to see which factor plays a bigger role in the decrease.
Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 13, 7:42 AM

Here is something I found to be most interesting. In this day when a Gun is viewed as a four letter word and is only used for killing children, women and innocent people. An article showing the GUN in a good light. The rate of murders dropping in areas that allow concealed carry. This to me is in direct correlation to what people deem worth the risk. If a person knows an area is a gun free zone or they know that the victim will not have a gun they feel more inclined to commit a crime. The risk of being shot and killed is removed. If a person knows that the area is not a gun free zone and that people are known for carrying weapons for protection then the criminal is less inclined to commit a crime out of fear of death or permanent injuries. An unprotected person is an easy victim a protected person is a hard victim. Opportunity drives most criminals. It would be nice to see a chart of crime over the US and what places held guns as positive part of society and those that criminals them.
Robert M. Purcell's comment, July 13, 10:49 PM
I love seeing studies like these. They remind me that even those who study science must have either a sense of humor or a lack of common sense. I agree that it is possible there is a link between private gun ownership and a decrease in violent crime and murder. I won’t say it’s a definite link with only one study though. I think this kind of thing needs to be studied over several years, over different studies, different states. Look at the populations, where people are living. Is this statewide? Is the study including significant data prior to the laws being passed? Do we know if people previously were legally concealing or if they might be concealing weapons illegally for self-protection? I have a lot of friends that believe guns are the solution and that even on college campuses like UAF (in Alaska), private citizens should be allowed to conceal and carry their firearms. I’m not against that, but I would have to say that for something of that nature to take place, I think registration would be ideal. I also think the emphasis might need to be on concealed carry, and not just open carry. I know that seeing guns openly carried makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable. Thankfully, it doesn’t also seem to make people likely to provoke the person carrying. Is carrying weapons something people should be encouraged to do? Probably not. I think a certain level of training is important to promote, and responsibility to go with it.
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The Gilded Age Family That Gave It All Away: The Carnegies

The Gilded Age Family That Gave It All Away: The Carnegies | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It was the height of the Gilded Age in 1889, and Andrew Carnegie, a pioneer in the steel industry, laid out why he would be donating the bulk of his wealth to causes and not to his family members. His estimated $350 million net worth translates into $4.8 billion in today's dollars.
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Fairbanks police issue caution after THC-infused candy found on city street

Fairbanks police issue caution after THC-infused candy found on city street | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks police say an adult found a bag of medically prescribed THC candy on a street, and authorities urged parents to caution their children about the many forms drugs can take.
Updated: 6/27/14 8:10 pm
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Robert M. Purcell's comment, July 13, 10:39 PM
As a foster parent for teens that have dealt with substance abuse issues, these kinds of products aren’t new to me, but they are somewhat disturbing. Though I understand that not everyone who has prescriptions for medical marijuana use or medical THC use wants to have to smoke their product, THC candy is a pretty potentially dangerous thing to have in the community. I frequently look online for new drugs or name changes for drugs so that when the kids are talking around me I can listen for key words. One relatively recent one is Molly. Molly is a super purified form of the drug that people call Xtacy. If you’re familiar with the drug, you know it’s extremely dangerous in the diluted pill form. At a recent concert, four deaths were directly caused by Molly. It’s disturbing that these things are constantly evolving into more deadly and potent forms. I doubt that the ‘war on drugs’ will ever be won. Looking at science fiction books and film we see an ever-growing idea that designer drugs will continue to haunt us well into the future of humanity. The most disturbing part is that we all know that Sci-Fi mirrors reality as much as it predicts it. Candied THC? What’s next? Meth pop rocks?
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Healy Lake chief charged with theft of tribe's funds while abandoning village

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A Fairbanks woman at the center of an Interior Alaska tribal feud has been charged in federal court for theft of government funds as well as embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization. A small group of opposing Healy Lake tribe leaders say Joann Polston strong-armed her way to the tribe’s top spot, then abandoned the community.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska: Alaska man accused of ramming Porsche into pickup | National | Merced Sun-Star

FAIRBANKS, Alaska: Alaska man accused of ramming Porsche into pickup | National | Merced Sun-Star | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An Alaska man faces felony charges after authorities say he launched his sports car into the side of a three-quarter-ton pickup truck during a fit of road rage in Fairbanks.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, July 12, 6:06 PM
This is a case of road rage, but If he can afford a Porsche Im sure he can afford the insurance money and reckless driving ticket he will receive. Not smart using such a little car against a big truck.
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Hackers Inc

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AT 2PM ON March 20th 2013 the hard drives of tens of thousands of computers in South Korea were suddenly wiped clean in a massive cyber-attack. The main targets were...
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Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed

Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Is resistance to Amazon futile in the book publishing world? Its battle with Hachette has many on edge.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, July 13, 11:35 PM
This is an interesting situation where I wonder if Amazon will eventually become a monopoly. I personally shop on Amazon and like their service but I can see how they could make a lot of issues for smaller or traditionally brick and mortar companies. Publishers from traditional companies sound frustrated with Amazon as they have lost their stronghold of the market. Any company that grows as big as Amazon has the chance for criminal acts simply because they are gods of their industry. It will be interesting to see how Amazon progresses and how the public opinion of them influences their decisions.
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Group Rejects Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cancer Link | Post-Periodical

Group Rejects Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cancer Link | Post-Periodical | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory Community Advisory Group rejected claims that the former rocket engine testing facility caused negative health effects.
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UCLA Study: Younger Adults Believe Hookah Unharmful to Health - westsidetoday.com

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UCLA Study: Younger Adults Believe Hookah Unharmful to Health
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Robert M. Purcell's comment, July 13, 10:57 PM
Honestly I am not surprised, but I am disappointed at the silliness and lack of common sense that some people have. Water does not ‘filter’ the smoke of all harmful things. Smoking tobacco to my knowledge, means you are getting nicotine. It’s no different from marijuana users that smoke with a bong. You still get the high from somewhere. Do they perhaps think that they get high from expanding their minds with thinking? Maybe they get a high while hookah smoking because they are using water and water is natural? It’s ridiculous honestly. Smoking is smoking. If the product is burning, some of that smoke is getting out into the air around you. We don’t hang out in the middle of forest fires because it’s dangerous. Inhaling smoke and vapor even through water can still have hazardous effects. I know I shouldn’t be surprised that there are people who believe it’s a safe way to smoke, but I really am. All pertinent and appropriate warnings should be up in these hookah places just like they are on cigarette packs. Smoking of tobacco can cause health problems. It’s a fact of life.
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‘I was kidnapped by an Uber driver in D.C.’: New Yorker recalls wild ride across state lines

‘I was kidnapped by an Uber driver in D.C.’: New Yorker recalls wild ride across state lines | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ryan Simonetti, CEO of Convene, is back on solid ground after what he's described as a high-speed chase with police when a crazed Uber driver took him hostage in Washington, D.C..
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How to get children to eat their vegetables: Game theory for parents

How to get children to eat their vegetables: Game theory for parents | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Can't get your children to eat their vegetables or clean up their toys? Game theory offers some solutions.
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1000 Free Medical Marijuana Recommendations for San Jose Residents TODAY 7/10 at City Hall Rally

1000 Free Medical Marijuana Recommendations for San Jose Residents TODAY 7/10 at City Hall Rally | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Cannabis Clubs will be protesting today in front of San Jose City Hall from 12:00pm-7:10pm Thursday, July 10th. The first 1,000 San Jose residents to attend will be given a voucher for a free medical cannabis ...
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NASCAR reacts to Race Team Alliance announcement

NASCAR reacts to Race Team Alliance announcement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
NASCAR issued a statement Monday shortly after a press release announcing that a group of nine multi-car teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NS
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Here's a great look at how organizations grow out of institutional rule changes (e.g. Nascar begins because of Alcohol Prohibition); and becomes an institution of its own to which its teams continue to respond.  

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Simon family - In Photos: 8 Of America's Richest Families Who Feuded Over Their Billions

Simon family - In Photos: 8 Of America's Richest Families Who Feuded Over Their Billions | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After shopping mall billionaire and Indiana Pacers co-owner Melvin Simon died at age 82 in 2009, his children sued his widow, Bren Simon (pictured above). Daughter Deborah Simon told the court that her had father abruptly changed his will months before his death, dramatically reducing the share of his fortune willed to charity and his three kids while increasing the amount slated for Bren, even though he couldn't hold a pen by himself. Bren was removed as trustee in 2010, and the family signed a confidential settlement in 2012. (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage/Getty Images)
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Grand jury indicts Fairbanks fire victim for murder, arson

Grand jury indicts Fairbanks fire victim for murder, arson | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police say a man burned in a deadly Fairbanks apartment fire last January now faces charges of murder and arson for starting the blaze that killed two women.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, July 10, 9:47 AM
This was really sad. I remember eating at the KFC nearby while the house was still smoking. I am curious why the guy did it. If it was in fact to kill someone, then there are less destructive ways to do it. Although once you’re murdering someone you probably don’t care. I wonder if it was intentional to kill someone or he just wanted to burn something. Whatever the reason, it is good to see the Fairbanks area get justice. I knew someone who lived in the complex and they lost almost everything. It is pretty hard for people to spring back from something like this.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, July 12, 6:17 PM
Its a shame that this had to happen. People had to die and loose they’re homes. All done by a teenager who probably still does not understand the consequences of his actions. I drove by this building and it was a shame to see, it was overfilled by the looks of it before it burned down. It also affected the business owners of the meat store next door that I would frequent for home grown Alaska produce. The perpetrator should pay some form of restitution for this action, but Im sure like the people that lived there they don't have much money. So the people will just be out of pocket. He will now be locked up until he is an old man and not do any good for anyone.
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Alaska man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths

Alaska man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE — A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced James Wells to four consecutive life terms for gunning down two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island in April 2012.
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Three Arctic villages consider loosening alcohol restrictions

Three Arctic villages consider loosening alcohol restrictions | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In three villages in Alaska's Arctic Northwest -- Kobuk, Ambler and Shungnak -- some community members are pushing to relax local option restrictions on alcohol.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, July 12, 6:01 PM
Alcohol remains an issue is Rural Alaska. I can see what they are trying to do by voting to allow alcohol sales back into the communities. Its like prohibition for them, they are still going to obtain Alcohol except this time by illegal means, and then get charged with a crime if found to be importing it. The article also mentions that some in the community rely on bootlegging to make money as well, I think thats interesting to take into consideration. It has its positives and negatives bringing back the sale, but at the same time maybe it should be up to the local community to try and police this issue. Also if they can also charge a higher price and then use this funding for community programs I think that would be a very good thing to do. It is also a vote by the community on wether they feel they should allow it. So if it is something enough people agree on, then they should get a chance to have their say in the issue. If you take it away from them then its a want what you cannot have feeling, perhaps if they can just have it they may be able to gain better control without people having to go to jail for it.