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L.A. County deputies fatally shoot man by mistake

L.A. County deputies fatally shoot man by mistake | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday.
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Shasta Pomeroy's comment, April 13, 2014 4:36 PM
This is a truly tragic accident. An incident like this, with everything happening in such a hectic manner at once, lead to a saddening end. The use of lethal force of officers is often questioned by others. Though what happened was tragic, it is hard not being an officer who was there what the scene had been like. The video news report said that not only did the individual John Winkler match the description given of the suspect but that he had also “run towards the cops”. With these two pieces combined it is very likely that the officers viewed him as the threat. I feel sad for the family, officers, friends, and all involved in this case as it is a truly tragic situation for all involved.
tasaha's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:34 PM

This is a rare, unfortunate incident. Surely there will be an investigation, but officers are only human…they reacted on instinct. They were wrong this time. Although at the cost of a life, these officers will have to live with this error for the rest of their lives. As a result of this incident and its coverage, perhaps training and procedures will be reevaluated and the public will realize they also have a duty to officers during incidents such as this.

Susanna's comment, April 20, 2014 3:42 PM
Sad situation for the police and the victims. If only they would have had solid information of the situation and the assailant and all the victims. I think the police were just doing their job and everything just happened too fast. correct information might have saved the situation.
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Defending restorative discipline —

Defending restorative discipline — | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
by Jeremy Simons

When I started working at Cole Middle School in inner city Denver in 2003, it was ranked dead last in the entire state of Colorado, with proficiency scores on standardized testing (CSAP) in the single digits. It would later be shut down by the state and turned into a charter school, which was also closed after 3 years, in a bizarre attempt at school “accountability.” Student misbehavior went hand in hand with the academic problems, with hundreds of students suspended every year and substitute teachers bullied out of the building by students. Local residents called the school a “gang factory.” Police cruisers were regularly parked outside with officers escorting students out between the elegant Doric columns supporting the main entrance, grand reminders of forgotten days when the school produced graduates rather than criminals. It was a sad example of what community activists and parents were just beginning to call the “school to prison pipeline”.
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Human trafficking bill gets nod in Arizona Senate

Human trafficking bill gets nod in Arizona Senate | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The bill toughens penalties for trafficking adults and targets businesses such as massage parlors and escort services that advertise online. Cindy McCain says the bill would put Arizona at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking by imposing harsh penalties for pimps.
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Pope Francis meets former sex slaves, denounces trafficking

Pope Francis meets former sex slaves, denounces trafficking | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Pope Francis has met with four women who were forced into prostitution as he denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity.
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Susanna's comment, April 10, 2014 11:46 PM
I´m starting to like this Pope. Eventhough I don´t follow this too much but usually when he is in the news he is doing something new and good for someone in his position. Like here.
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Political Ties of Top Billers for Medicare

Political Ties of Top Billers for Medicare | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two Florida doctors who received the nation’s highest Medicare reimbursements in 2012 are both major contributors to Democratic Party causes.
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The '77 Cents on the Dollar' Myth About Women's Pay

The '77 Cents on the Dollar' Myth About Women's Pay | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Mark J. Perry and Andrew G. Biggs write that once education, marital status and occupations are considered, the 'gender wage gap' all but disappears.
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Tramp stamps, racism and “icky” pronouns: 8 new life tips from “Bell Curve” author Charles Murray

Tramp stamps, racism and “icky” pronouns: 8 new life tips from “Bell Curve” author Charles Murray | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If you had to defend this idiocy, you might abruptly cancel an interview with Salon at the last minute, too!
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Senate candidate: Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a criminal

Senate candidate: Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a criminal | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The long-term Maine ACLU director tells Salon she can beat Susan Collins, and calls out Congress for NSA complicity
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Alysha Childs's comment, April 10, 2014 7:36 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I don't like her very much. she was bothering me a lot in her answers, with not really answering some questions, and that bothered me, but onto Snowden. I still don't really know how I feel about Snowden, but I know that my boyfriend who works in IT pretty much idolizes him. I think that he knew what he was doing was wrong, and he went about it with the intention of breaking the law. I don't think that Snowden was right for going about what he did the way he did. I especially don't think that this woman should use Edward Snowden as her campaign for senate, because there are a lot of different opinions on him, and if facts come out that makes him a clear traitor, then she's the politian who built her campaign on why we shouldn't have been looking for a traitor.
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For BMW at East Boston fire scene, blocking hydrant proves costly - The Boston Globe

For BMW at East Boston fire scene, blocking hydrant proves costly - The Boston Globe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
At the most dangerous point during what became an eight-alarm fire in East Boston Wednesday night, Boston firefighters scrambling to get water to their colleagues ran into a barrier: Someone had parked a BMW coupe in front of the hydrant.
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Teen could be deported for selling pot brownies

Teen could be deported for selling pot brownies | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A high school student could be deported after she was caught selling pot brownies to raise money to buy a dress for prom.
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Alysha Childs's comment, April 10, 2014 8:13 PM
I'm sorry, I have no sympathy for her. She knew she was in the United States conditionally, and she decided to do something illegal, got caught, she should live with those consequences. Selling drugs to pay for a prom dress is probably the most moronic thing I've heard of. I don't understand how she thought that was a good idea, but it wasn't. At 18, she should know better.
Kelley Scott's comment, April 29, 2014 6:38 PM
I agree with Alysha up here. Extremely irresponsible and idiotic. She was 18 years old, how about you GET A JOB like the rest of the adults and make money to pay for your prom dress? It's California though, so she was probably a snooty, stuck-up teen who wanted a $500 dress to wear for one night. Girls are crazy about their proms, it's pathetic. And they will obviously do whatever it takes to make it "perfect". However, she pretty much screwed herself out of that. Now she's not going to prom, AND she has to leave everything in California behind. Smooth!
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Jose Manuel Martinez, charged in 9 contract killings, says he really killed 40

Jose Manuel Martinez, charged in 9 contract killings, says he really killed 40 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities say Jose Manuel Martinez is a self-proclaimed drug cartel enforcer -- but there's one murder he insists he didn't commit
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Susanna's comment, April 10, 2014 11:53 PM
I would imagine that it is hard to be a lawyer for someone like him, when you have to advocate in his behave while he is telling stuff like that.
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Four school stabbing victims in critical condition; teen suspect charged as adult

Four school stabbing victims in critical condition; teen suspect charged as adult | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A teen arrested in Wednesday's school stabbings in Pennsylvania has been charged as an adult, a source close to the investigation told CNN.
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Medicare releases trove of data showing how much it pays individual doctors; eye specialists top list - The Boston Globe

Medicare releases trove of data showing how much it pays individual doctors; eye specialists top list - The Boston Globe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Just 30 Massachusetts physicians — mostly ophthalmologists, oncologists, and dermatologists — were paid more than $45 million in a single year by Medicare, according to detailed new data intended to provide consumers, researchers, and fraud investigators with unprecedented information about the practices of individual doctors. These 30 doctors received between $1 million and $3.1 million each in 2012 for treating elderly Medicare recipients. The amounts exclude what they were paid by private insurers and other government programs. More than half of these doctors are ophthalmologists, who accounted for less than 2 percent of providers in the state but received nearly 9 percent of the Medicare payments that year. Several ophthalmologists said the high payments reflect the steep cost of the brand-name drugs they use to treat age-related vision loss.
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Death toll in fiery bus crash rises to 10; 5 are high school students

Death toll in fiery bus crash rises to 10; 5 are high school students | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ORLAND, Calif. -- The death toll in a head-on collision between a FedEx truck and a bus full of Los Angeles-area high school students rose to 10 early Friday, officials said.
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Guest Column: Victim Offender Conferencing - A different kind of justice

Guest Column: Victim Offender Conferencing - A different kind of justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As it stands, our justice system does not address the victim. Instead, our system modeled on retributive justice; focuses solely on the offender.
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"TRICKED" - A Human Trafficking Documentary -

"TRICKED" - A Human Trafficking Documentary - | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On Thursday April 24th at North Hills Regal Cinema there will be a special screening of “Tricked.”  Tricked is a human trafficking documentary that allows an inside look in to the world of human trafficking.  Meet the pimps, the johns, the police, the parents and the victims (mostly children) of this thriving industry.  To view …
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Belgium Crushes its Elephant Ivory As Europe Takes Harder Look at Wildlife Trafficking

Belgium Crushes its Elephant Ivory As Europe Takes Harder Look at Wildlife Trafficking | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Belgium’s ivory crush outside Brussels comes the day before an EU conference on measures to reduce wildlife trafficking.
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G.M. Suspends 2 Engineers in Switch Inquiry

G.M. Suspends 2 Engineers in Switch Inquiry | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The company said the two were placed on paid leave as an “interim step” in its investigation of ignition problems that persisted for years.
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Sweden: The New Laboratory for a Six-Hour Work Day

Sweden: The New Laboratory for a Six-Hour Work Day | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Officials hope less time at the office will make workers healthier and more productive.
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Alysha Childs's comment, April 10, 2014 6:36 PM
I would love a six hour work day five days a week if I could still get the benefits of working full time. Currently I work between 40 and 46 hours per week, and on rare occasions work up to 50. Considering right now I'm writing this while I'm working, I think it's pretty easy to get burnt out during the week and need time to take care of personal things, and to be a person. I think it's very telling that people are always stressed out about everything, and the idea of always having something else you need to be doing is admired, not frowned upon. I think it might be nice for society to slow down, calm down, and take a big relaxing breath and have some time off.
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LBJ’s poignant paradoxes

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AUSTIN, Texas — Forty-five years after he was driven from the White House in despair and disrepute over Vietnam, four presidents and a raft of luminaries from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment gathered here this week to honor Lyndon Baines Johnson at a three-day conference celebrating his role as godfather of the landmark law that...
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Gentrification’s insidious violence: The truth about American cities

Gentrification’s insidious violence: The truth about American cities | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Too many claim white people are at risk in communities of color. Really, it's those communities that are threatened
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Police seek motive in two-knife slashing spree at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh

Police seek motive in two-knife slashing spree at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A suburban community in western Pennsylvania is beginning the healing process after a senseless slashing spree hit their high school Wednesday.
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Kelley Scott's comment, April 29, 2014 6:33 PM
The statement about how he didn't have any anger on his face, just a blank expression kind of gives me the creeps. If you're not feeling or expressing and kind of emotion while stabbing someone, something is extremely unstable in your brain. This kid has no idea why he did what he did, and I feel he's a serial killer waiting to happen. It's shit like this in schools that pisses me off because no one is allowed to protect themselves. I just don't understand it. This kid needs some serious mental help. Such a sad story.
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Detroit police say mob attack on motorist may be hate crime

Detroit police say mob attack on motorist may be hate crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
4 suspects have been arrested in brutal beating of driver who struck 10-year-old boy but got out of pickup to help
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Susanna's comment, April 11, 2014 12:02 AM
I don´t get why you would assult someone who is apparently helping someone who is injured? and Again it is great that there are people filming when someone is getting a beating of his life But still only one bystander how really helped.
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Kidnapped North Carolina man rescued by FBI in Atlanta

Kidnapped North Carolina man rescued by FBI in Atlanta | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A man kidnapped from Wake Forest, North Carolina, five days ago has been rescued by the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team in Atlanta, the FBI said Thursday.
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Former Taco Bell interns say they have proof they invented Doritos Locos Tacos

Former Taco Bell interns say they have proof they invented Doritos Locos Tacos | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The company passed on the idea almost 20 years ago.
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