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Complaints on Facebook get mall Santa fired

Complaints on Facebook get mall Santa fired | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Santa who might well have been slightly misanthropic is fired by a mall in Portland, Maine after parents plague the Mall's Facebook page with whining. Read this article by Chris Matyszczyk on CNET News.
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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.
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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.
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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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Healy Lake chief charged with theft of tribe's funds while abandoning village

Healy Lake chief charged with theft of tribe's funds while abandoning village | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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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He must not know the lugnut rule: he who has the most lugnuts wins.

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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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Hard-Drive-Sniffing Dog Helps Fight Child Porn : DNews

Hard-Drive-Sniffing Dog Helps Fight Child Porn : DNews | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Golden labrador can find hard drives and other computer gadgetry wherever they may be hidden.
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What Do Philosophers Do?

What Do Philosophers Do? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Outside of academia, that is.
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Cartels Exploit Immigration Crisis To Smuggle More Drugs Across Border

Cartels Exploit Immigration Crisis To Smuggle More Drugs Across Border | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Immigrants from Central America are crossing the border in record numbers, including unaccompanied minors, especially in Texas.
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UCLA Study: Younger Adults Believe Hookah Unharmful to Health - westsidetoday.com

UCLA Study: Younger Adults Believe Hookah Unharmful to Health - westsidetoday.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
UCLA Study: Younger Adults Believe Hookah Unharmful to Health
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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.
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Marijuana now legal in Washington, but Alaskans shouldn't get any ideas

Marijuana now legal in Washington, but Alaskans shouldn't get any ideas | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Washington state began selling recreational marijuana Tuesday, but law enforcement officials in Alaska say they aren't anticipating increased importation of the drug, which remains illegal in the state.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, July 12, 6:25 PM
I think the ferries will pay closer attention to people who might be possibly carrying some with them on the way back to Alaska, because they don't want to deal with a fine because of it. I think though after time it will dwindle down and it will be the same as before. Most individuals will use in Washington and then leave it there when they depart. Drugs like meth and other class drugs should be looked at more by these departments. Once Alaska votes it will be interesting to watch how things will be implemented if passed. Also how much revenue will be earned after a couple years. I have to wonder if states like Colorado if the funds are being used to go back into communities or into certain peoples pockets for profit. If greed comes out of this other states will be watching closely and not vote to pass the same measures.
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Smelling Death: On the Job With New York's Crime-Scene Cleaners

Smelling Death: On the Job With New York's Crime-Scene Cleaners | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
CSI and Law & Order would have you believe that a crime scene empties out after the glitzy detectives are done with it. In reality, somebody else has to come in and clean it all up.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, July 12, 6:30 PM
These companies make big bucks. Its something people really dont think about. Families of victims have to pay these cost of clean up, and insurance wont cover it. At the same time Im glad there are people willing to do the job. Personally you couldn't pay me enough to do that job, but I appreciate those that do, and they deserve a pretty penny for it.
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Mexican cartels branching out to Europe?

ICE, law enforcement are not worried about just drug cartels in Mexico anymore
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