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Iran Suggests U.S. and Israel Are Behind Computer Attacks

Iran Suggests U.S. and Israel Are Behind Computer Attacks | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Foreign enemy hackers were blamed for attempts at disrupting systems in a strategically important southern coastal province.
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To save suicidal teens listen to their voice

To save suicidal teens listen to their voice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Suicide is the biggest killer of teenage girls across the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Now experts have found a way to spot those most at risk of taking their own lives by listening to their voices.

Warning signs include 'breathier' speech as well as subtleties in the pitch and tension in a person's voice, according to the new study.
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Busted? 'Textalyzer' device could detect texting and driving

Busted? 'Textalyzer' device could detect texting and driving | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In an effort to alleviate the problem, New York lawmakers have decided to treat texting and driving like drinking and driving – and with that comes the Textalyzer. State Senator Terrence Murphy (R) and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D) have introduced a bill, known as Evan's Law, which would allow police officers to use Textalyzer devices, similar to how they currently use breathalyzers.

At the scene of an accident, the Textalyzer would allow a police officer to check drivers' phones for recent activity in order to determine whether they were texting, emailing, taking selfies, or doing anything else that's prohibited under New York laws, which forbid using a phone with your hand (versus hands-free technology). Those who refuse to let officers test their phones for activity could risk driver's license suspension, akin to refusing a breathalyzer. 
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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, April 29, 7:04 PM
I'm curious how much this is going to cost and on what type of phone will it be able to work- after all, there are lots of types out there and they are constantly being updated. I imagine this device would have to be updated as well. Plus, how long until someone creates an App to go against it? That aside, I think it is a good idea if they can get it to work properly and effectively.
Trevor Norris's comment, April 29, 8:15 PM
This will definitely be interesting to see where this goes in terms of use and money. Seems that something like this could be very expensive, but it has the potential to hold risky drivers accountable...
Adena Benn's comment, April 30, 6:14 PM
More government regulation and warrantless intrusions. A slippery slope indeed circumventing due process in the name of overall safety. A breathalyzer is different. Driver's licenses come with implied consent, cell phones do not.
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What We Learned From German Prisons

What We Learned From German Prisons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ARLIER this summer, we led a delegation of people concerned about the United States criminal justice system to visit some prisons in Germany and observe their conditions. What we saw was astonishing.
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Kristen Speyerer's curator insight, Today, 3:55 AM
I would like to believe this is something the U.S. may someday achieve. It would require another “revolution” in our criminal justice system. Given our propensity for “just deserts”
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How a Kentucky career woman began a second life as a bank robber

How a Kentucky career woman began a second life as a bank robber | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Crystal Little, the same woman who worked for the University of Kentucky's Office of Research Integrity, an organization obsessed with rules and guidelines in the pursuit of "support[ing] the institution in promoting ethical conduct of research." The same woman who, as a student at UK, worked as an editor for the Kentucky Kernal, earning it one of college journalism's highest accolades - a Pacemaker Award - for reporting from Africa on the AIDS crisis. The same woman who helped raise her niece when her parents weren't around, according to the Herald-Leader.

The same woman who served as the primary caretaker for her mother, who suffered from multiple sclerosis.

In fact, caring for her mother is what she claims led her to rob four banks. Without the money from Little's first bank robbery, the ailing woman may have been kicked out of her nursing home.

Recently, the 32-year-old sat down with the Kentucky Kernal, the student newspaper where she was once a rising star, to discuss what led a woman who claims to have never so much as smoked a cigarette to become a serial bank robber. She gave the interview from her Casey County jail cell in Liberty, Ky., where she's been since March 9, 2014, barely two years into a 10-year sentence.
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David's comment, April 27, 4:05 PM
Wow, that is a sad story, but predictable. Apperently working in University did not cover all the expenses that she had to pay. I dont know what Ill do if my mother were sick, but I dont wish that to anybody else.
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When we sleep in new places, half of our brain stays awake

When we sleep in new places, half of our brain stays awake | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“How did you sleep?” I’ve asked countless friends this question after they’ve spent a night on my (surprisingly comfortable) couch. Turns out, most of them probably lied when they said, “Great!”
Difficulty sleeping in a new environment is so common that neuroscientists have a name for it: the “first-night effect” (FNE). New research shows FNE is basically the neurological equivalent of sleeping with one eye open. When you go to sleep for the first time in a new environment only half of your brain really rests, according to a study recently published in Current Biology.
The researchers tested people sleeping in a new environment by measuring their brainwave activity in the third stage of non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM 3), which is the deepest stage of the sleep cycle. In their first experiment, the researchers found that sleeping subjects experienced much more activity in the left hemisphere of their brains than in the right hemisphere on the first night of sleep, indicating that the left hemisphere remained relatively alert to the surrounding environment.
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Courtney Antilla's comment, April 28, 9:10 PM
I am curious how this transfers into prisons every time a prisoner to transferred within the prison. They have to always be defensive while in prison, this would just add to it.
Raquel Young's comment, April 29, 1:11 AM
I can see where they are coming from Im a very hard sleeper and can really sleep anywhere but I'm not always getting rested when I'm sleeping at a new place.
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, April 29, 7:09 PM
This makes a lot of sense to me from multiple perspectives, honestly. Our brains are used to patterns and habits- especially if you have trouble getting to sleep to begin with. Anything that upsets that routine is going to throw you off. Then, you also have to consider the fact that it is a new environment that you may not be comfortable in. A hotel may be nice, but it's not home and everything is just too different. It just makes sense.
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Building a Prison-to-Promise Pipeline

Building a Prison-to-Promise Pipeline | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This week is the inaugural  National Reentry Week, designated by the U.S. Department of Justice to draw attention to the challenges faced by people returning to their communities after incarceratio…

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Vincent Zamora's comment, May 1, 5:31 AM
This is such a refreshing article because of the fact that is not an easy thing to just go out and get a job like people think it is after you get out. And the three big agencies that can make all the difference are really trying to make a difference. after you have been locked up for so long you become a product of your environment in the worse way and you are not allowed most of the time and in most cases to just do something else because it could mean your life. This is big and I hope it spreads to most jails and prisons across the nation.
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Colorado poacher gets big fine after illegal elk killing

Colorado poacher gets big fine after illegal elk killing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Three other men also face fines for related crimes
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A Colorado man has been ordered to pay more than $14,000 in fines after pleading guilty to numerous poaching charges charges.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 59-year-old Melvin Weaver killed three bull elk on the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose last fall, then called friends and told them to come to the location and to use their licenses to claim the animals as their own. In Colorado, hunters can only tag animals that they have shot themselves.

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pdeppisch's comment, April 28, 1:25 PM
Agreed! My neighbour is a hunter and has a hunting camp and the eat all that they kill. I prefer hunting with a camera. And nature being nature I feed birds and of course the doves and pigeons come and guess what - we now have a hawk and he seems to be successful.
max mckernan's comment, April 28, 6:27 PM
I would say the charges are justified but i would also say that the state wanted to make an example. however the fact that he called his friends to claim the animals. this alone is an admission of guilt. There was a case like that here in Alaska very recently however the case plead out in court.
Courtney Antilla's comment, April 28, 9:17 PM
I would like to see him pay a lot for what he did. There is no excuse for that.
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Stamping it out

Stamping it out | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Counterfeiting and piracy cover an immense gamut: from synthetic cinnamon to fake Louis Vuitton luggage to copies of the world’s most elaborately programmed computer software. Some manufacturers and distributors are out-and-out hoodlums: investigations in America, Canada and Sweden have linked biker gangs to counterfeit medicines, notably drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. Others are guileful entrepreneurs who would doubtless shrink from other areas of organised crime. A Chinese woman accused of selling bogus branded luxury goods worth millions of dollars was found last year to be living in a quiet Californian suburb, studying for a university degree.

Measured by the number of customs seizures, footwear was the most-affected industry in each of the three years studied by the OECD, from 2011 to 2013. Other popular items to rip off included clothing, electrical equipment, leather goods and watches. The country that suffers most from trademark infringement is, of course, America. Next is Italy, a country long notorious for making sham products, but which is also home to many of the world’s most envied brands.

Globalisation has enabled traffickers to run rings round officialdom, says Candice Li, vice-president of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC), a lobby group. “There isn’t an international legal or enforcement framework with which to confront the problem,” she says. Counterfeiters can make parts in one country, assemble a product in a second and package it in a third—without stepping outside the law in any of them.

Even when laws are broken, the risks are slight. “Nobody is sitting in jail for taking fake shampoo or bouillon cubes across international borders,” says Hans Schwab, the founder of Illicit Trade Monitor, a website. “[Drug] cartels in South America are starting to move towards the counterfeiting of consumer products because it is more lucrative, and there is no need for bribes or fast boats or planes.”

Establishing the origins of internationally traded counterfeit or pirated goods is not easy. Distributors go to great lengths to zig-zag around the world. A consignment of counterfeit versions of Avastin, a cancer drug, found in America in 2012 had travelled through Turkey, Switzerland, Denmark and Britain. Free-trade zones are particularly favoured as transit points—as are poorly governed or war-torn countries. Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen are all leading countries of provenance.
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Prison-Reform Policy Prop 47 Is ‘Broken,’ Says City Attorney

Prison-Reform Policy Prop 47 Is ‘Broken,’ Says City Attorney | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
When California voters approved Proposition 47 in November 2014, it marked a new era of crime and punishment in the state.
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Ex-classmate: Wis. prom shooter was bullied about hygiene

Ex-classmate: Wis. prom shooter was bullied about hygiene | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Jakob Wagner shot 2 outside a high school prom before being killed by police.
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Raquel Young's comment, April 29, 1:44 AM
I think that gun aren't the only problem in this case I'm not saying that it isn't but kids who get bullied is making these kids messed up for life and they are okay with doing such things as this. Theres more of a problem that is hard for one to catch because they dont want to talk about it them so no one knows just like in the video he was a good kid and was outgoing to the older generation. Its so sad.
Vincent Zamora's comment, May 1, 5:41 AM
This becomes a personal issue for me in more ways than one because I have children now and I know what it is like to be bullied and I worry for my son and kids today seem to do more drastic things than necassary to prove a point, make a statement, or dish out revenge. I will teach my son to respect others and not follow the crowd and hope he or she will always try to do whats right by a bully victim and be a friend or just a good ear if need be because I think that can make all the difference.
Trevor Norris's comment, May 1, 7:44 PM
I don't think guns are the issue at all. It's the people using the guns. There is a very small percentage of firearms bought legally and through the proper process that actually end up being used in a crime compared to firearms bought illegally, stolen, or otherwise wrongfully obtained.
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Federal Officers Injured in Kansas Motel Shootout

Federal Officers Injured in Kansas Motel Shootout | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Three federal officers and a fourth member of law enforcement were shot while searching for a suspect at a Kansas motel Saturday night.
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Wyatt Duncan's comment, April 26, 3:21 AM
The mentality of people these days, thinking it is okay and the easy way out to shoot at law enforcement officers. My guess as sad as it is, would be that this individual has a long record of criminal history and has no respect for authority. It was him, and him alone that caused them to be there.
Trevor Norris's comment, May 1, 7:48 PM
Especially nowadays with the publicity people get with these types of events. People may even support the criminals and criticize Law Enforcement for their actions. It's too bad it had to end like this for the man, and I would hate to be one of the officers calling his boss to tell him he burned the motel down.
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Utah and the war on porn: Our long national history of condemning “obscenity” as public enemy #1

Utah and the war on porn: Our long national history of condemning “obscenity” as public enemy #1 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The latest pornography "health crisis" is part of a cycle of hysteria and fear that dates back to the Civil War
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Courtney Antilla's comment, April 28, 9:33 PM
I have always found the pros and cons of porn to be very interesting. Overall, I think there are many problems with having porn so readily available to everyone, including children. Psychologically, there are many issues associated with porn. There are also so many issues and crimes revolving around porn. I agree with Utah on the fact it is a health crisis. Most people do not understand how serious these problems can be.
Raquel Young's comment, April 29, 1:24 AM
I think that they are going a little far on this one. I have been to Utah and there is a major issue with the air there I think that what they are breathing in should come before something that people are watching.
Trevor Norris's comment, May 1, 7:52 PM
I think this is really interesting as though it may not seem like a legal issue and rather a moral issue, laws and codes originate from moral and ethical issues.
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Prayer, police and punishment

Prayer, police and punishment | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Mr Martínez is a brave man. To research his first book, “The Beast”, he rode Mexico’s trains with migrants clinging to the roofs as they headed towards America. Here he interviews inmates in prisons racked with violence, tracks down the “coyotes” who arrange travel for desperate immigrants and spends time with a hitman from the Mara Salvatrucha, El Salvador’s most infamous gang, who says that his kill tally is “about 56”.

The chronicles are all dispiriting in their different ways, either because of the horrors they reveal or because of the insights they give into politicians and police forces that are too corrupt, impoverished or incompetent to respond.
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White House Moves To "Ban The Box" For Many Federal Job Seekers

White House Moves To "Ban The Box" For Many Federal Job Seekers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new rule — which would apply to nearly half of all federal jobs — would mean job applicants would not need to reveal any criminal history initially. The announcement comes at the end of a week in which the administration has highlighted efforts to help incarcerated people make the transition back into their communities.
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Adena Benn's comment, April 30, 6:09 PM
How does this work? It delays employers from asking the question until a conditional offer is made. Might that conditional offer depend on criminal history? If it matters enough to the employer, it will make a difference no matter where in the hiring process a person is. If it doesn't matter enough to make a difference, then checking the box wouldn't be a deal breaker in the first place.
Trevor Norris's comment, May 1, 7:16 PM
It will be very interesting to see how this pans out in the future. I also hope that privilege to people with no criminal history is not taken away.
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“Conspiracy theorist” in panda suit shot after allegedly threatening to bomb Baltimore Fox affiliate if it wouldn’t cover his story

“Conspiracy theorist” in panda suit shot after allegedly threatening to bomb Baltimore Fox affiliate if it wouldn’t cover his story | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
He demanded Fox put him on air to discuss his government conspiracy. Police did not kill the man, who is white
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 29, 10:28 PM

So the Police can shoot a man that threatened to kill and notmurder him to maintain safety, Why not all men of all colors

Adena Benn's comment, April 30, 6:17 PM
So glad to know the guy is white, right next to the information that police did not kill him. If I read one more race-baiting article I'm going to lose my mind.
Trevor Norris's comment, May 1, 7:36 PM
Dorothy Cook, his skin color had nothing to do with how he made it out of that situation alive. He presented a threat that was relatively controlled, as compared to some of the more recent OIS that have occurred.
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There’s something missing from our drug laws: Science

There’s something missing from our drug laws: Science | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Congress and President Obama are under pressure to reschedule marijuana. While rescheduling makes sense, it doesn’t solve the state/federal conflict over marijuana (de-scheduling would be better). But more important, it wouldn’t fix the broken scheduling system. Ideally, marijuana reform should be part of a broader bill rewriting the Controlled Substances Act.
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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, April 29, 7:06 PM
Ahh, science- something that actually makes sense when done correctly. That said, it needs to be done correctly and used as a base correctly before it would ever help anything.
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I would like to believe this is something the U.S. may someday achieve. It would require another “revolution” in our criminal justice system. Given our propensity for “just deserts” punishment and the persistent public support of the death penalty, the road this kind of reform would be long indeed.
Kristen Speyerer's curator insight, Today, 4:00 AM
The United States has a politically oriented system of justice, which affects how our policy is shaped.
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Spurring investment in an immigrant neighborhood | CNU

Spurring investment in an immigrant neighborhood | CNU | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Southwest Detroit is the kind of neighborhood that few people talk about outside of the Motor City. The community is not one of those that are vacant and dilapidated—the subject of "ruin porn" photos on the web. It's also not booming with development like Downtown and Midtown.   

Aside from small-scale maintenance, the immigrant community of craftspeople, artists, and entrepreneurs has seen little investment for years. The residents are trying hard to prevent a downward spiral—yet many of their children don't plan on sticking around as adults.

"These kids can see the disinvestment in their community. They’re not blind," says architect Dhiru Thadani, the leader of a recent CNU "Legacy Charrette" in the neighborhood. "And they see how suburban communities have been invested in, and people are taking care of their streets, and their lawns, and their backyards." If nothing changes, many young adults will move to greener pastures.
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Convict Cultivation: Growing Organic Behind Bars - Modern Farmer

Convict Cultivation: Growing Organic Behind Bars - Modern Farmer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Woodbourne is a largely conventional prison, for largely conventional prisoners. With one caveat: It's unlikely you'll learn to massage and dry kale at most other lockups.

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Trevor Norris's comment, May 1, 7:41 PM
I really like the idea of prisons that encourage or implement vocational training, or hands-on learning. I know earlier this year in Alaska, I believe there was a push to close down a meat-processing plant staffed by inmates, but people were fighting it because of it had some positive aspects.
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The War on Drugs Isn't Even Working in Prison

The War on Drugs Isn't Even Working in Prison | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Frequent urine tests, controversial scanners, and false positives.

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max mckernan's comment, April 27, 8:06 AM
this i imagine in more places than just California i imagine that this is all over the country.
Raquel Young's comment, April 29, 1:22 AM
I also think that it probably in more places around the country and this has been a problem of a long time is there a way to stop this from happening?
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Did Mexican drug cartel carry out Ohio family murders?

Did Mexican drug cartel carry out Ohio family murders? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Investigators are looking into the possibility of a Mexico drug cartel killing eight members of an Ohio family in a pre-planned execution. It has been four days since bodies of the Rhoden family were found in multiple homes. According to law enforcement, there were about 200 marijuana plants growing in some of the homes. David Begnaud reports from Pike County, Ohio.
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Vincent Zamora's comment, May 1, 5:37 AM
This is disgusting and I cant believe 8 people had to pay the price for such a stupid substance like marijuana and I hope that they find the people resoponsible. Lets say though this was a legal thing to do. I can honestly say that I think this went further than marijuana to be assasinated by the cartel. 5
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The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers

The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
How researchers convinced babies to abandon their morals
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Forrest Smoes's comment, April 27, 3:21 PM
I think this supports the idea that humans are by in large very selfish, greedy, immoral people at the core. Babies' minds are a wonderful showcase for human nature. Babies are humans with the absolute minimum of cultural influence – they don't have many friends, have never been to school and haven't read any books. They can't even control their own bowels, let alone speak the language, so their minds are as close to innocent as a human mind can get.
Jessica Obermiller's comment, April 28, 7:40 PM
This just made me laugh. I have this image in my head of babies being bribed and it is just pretty darn funny. As a mother I can see how that works. As a scientist though, I think this is an interesting study. I agree with Forrest, babies have such unique, untouched minds. But than again, we also don't know all what babies are born knowing. Nature vs. nurture all over again.
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French revolution

French revolution | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A TRAFFIC intersection may not seem an obvious subject for metaphysical reflection. But in France, few aspects of life escape philosophical investigation. Now it is the turn of the roundabout, a humble road-junction improvement which is invading the French landscape and unsettling the order of things. Uncommon in France a generation ago, they number some 30,000 today—more than in Britain, which invented the modern version—and an estimated 500 more are built each year. According to a French radio programme, they are not merely a tool for traffic management and road safety, but “an example of when the absurd becomes banal.”  

It was a French town planner and architect, Eugène Hénard, who in the early 1900s invented what is officially known as a carrefour giratoire (gyratory crossroad). New York built the first, Columbus Circle, in 1905. Two years later, Hénard installed his version in Paris, designed to circumnavigate the Arc de Triomphe from the star of avenues that lead to it, which were laid out by Baron Haussmann in the mid-19th century. To this day, this form of traffic circle obliges vehicles already circulating to give way to those approaching, in line with the French rule of giving priority to cars coming from the right. The modern roundabout, by contrast, pioneered by British traffic engineers, forces vehicles approaching from an access road to await a gap in circulating traffic.
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Courtney Antilla's comment, April 28, 9:20 PM
Always interesting to see what other countries do. Either way, people need to actually know how to drive and pay attention for it to work.
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Sheriff: 'Well-planned and methodical' execution of Ohio family | Fox News

Sheriff: 'Well-planned and methodical' execution of Ohio family | Fox News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The execution-style murders of eight Ohio family members Friday were “methodical and well-planned,” officials said Sunday, revealing the investigation had uncovered three marijuana growing operations — while also warning residents who felt they were in danger to “to be armed.”
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Mary Dombroski's comment, April 25, 4:43 PM
The profit motive is enough, but I wouldn't doubt if additional motives transpire as the case progresses. It's interesting to me that the children were unhurt, yet this was very planned out. This reminds me of, "do this or don't do this and we'll harm your entire family...."
Wyatt Duncan's comment, April 26, 3:25 AM
It is a sad day when entire families are being executed of marijuana. Our country is turning into mexico between drug related shootings and the killing of so many law enforcement officers this year. I have a hard time believing it was only over marijuana. Also, i find it interesting that they told them to be armed… you don't hear that very often. Also that the kids were unharmed…
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The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You

The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Greenland has the world's highest suicide rate. And teen boys are at the highest risk.

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Wyatt Duncan's comment, April 26, 3:30 AM
After having such a great night, drinking with friends and killing the arctics most ferocious animal. To turn down hill so quickly is sad, and unexplainable. We are having the same epidemic here in alaska and have been for a long time…
Courtney Antilla's comment, April 28, 9:26 PM
This is a sad story and a great example of why we should not be telling people where to work and where to live.
Raquel Young's comment, April 29, 1:38 AM
This is so sad and it happens far to often.
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Spy Chief Pressed for Number of Americans Ensnared in Data Espionage

Spy Chief Pressed for Number of Americans Ensnared in Data Espionage | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
U.S. lawmakers are pressing the nation’s top intelligence official to estimate the number of Americans ensnared in email surveillance and other such spying on foreign targets, saying the information was needed to gauge possible reforms to the controversial programs.

Eight Democrats and six Republicans made the request to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday, reflecting the continued bipartisan concerns over the scope of U.S. data espionage.
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