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Nenana school adviser accused of leading students to vandalize

Nenana school adviser accused of leading students to vandalize | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — A residential adviser at a Nenana boarding school is accused of leading his students on a trespassing and vandalism field trip last week in the Parks Highway community to the southwest of Fairbanks.
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Police: Man video recorded own wild, dangerous drive through New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Police say they soon plan to arrest an 18-year-old New Smyrna Beach man who recorded and uploaded a video to YouTube of his reckless, high-speed ride down State Road 44 - one that ended with him causing two crashes, striking four vehicles and having to be extricated from his car and airlifted to a hospital.
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Anchorage man sentenced to 59 years for 'snitch killing'

Anchorage man sentenced to 59 years for 'snitch killing' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After an 8-hour hearing in Alaska Superior Court, Marquinn Jones-Nelson, 23, was sentenced to 59 years in jail for the March 2011 murder of Devante Jordan.
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Jonathan Reed's comment, May 8, 1:47 AM
What a tragic article. Two lives are lost here, the young man who was killed and the man who killed him. I won't say that I disagree with the sentence passed down by the judge and the understandable explanation. What I will say is that the denial of the influences of Jones Nelson's PTSD, but the acknowledgement of his prior criminal history is contradictory. The justice system is quick to point out previous deviant behavior but pay no attention to what may have caused that behavior. Only in extreme situations do we recognize that it is possible that certain circumstance create an environment that is negatively influential. I’m not attempting to excuse his actions only explain them. The two gentlemen had a violent history between them and with the mix of gang affiliation added, there’s no wonder this happened. What I’m saying is that all these factors play a role and instead of first degree murder charges why not third or fourth degree for negligence or carelessness? You read an article like this and it almost comes off like another black, drug dealing, gang member has shot another black possibly drug dealing gang member, what’s new. Very little is taken into consideration of what or how the neighborhood has played a role. Taking someone’s life isn’t right, but there is a greater injustice being done and that’s environmental affliction.
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Scans Show How Injury Turned Jock Into Math Genius

Scans Show How Injury Turned Jock Into Math Genius | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In 2002, two men savagely attacked Jason Padgett outside a karaoke bar, leaving him with a severe concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. But the incident also turned Padgett into a mathematical genius who sees the world through the lens of g...
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Suicide should commit suicide

Suicide should commit suicide | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
OPINION: Even though the last three suicides I heard about took the lives of people I loved, my emotions were numb. Is it because suicide is so common that it seems ordinary to me? Is it because I don't have any tears left?
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Jonathan Reed's comment, May 8, 2:20 AM
Suicide is such a unique thing. I personally haven’t experienced suicide as an someone closely involved. No one in my family has commented suicide and I’ve only heard of it through the media or research. I guess I’m the fortunate few who didn’t have to experience the horrible act describe by the person in the article. I do think that something does need to be down but it’s such a touchy subject. On one hand I’d never think to myself as to deny someone’s right to end their own lives. The thought of Dr. Jack Kevorkian and assisted suicide immediately pops into my head. Maybe I’m strange but I didn’t look at his act as most people did. The people he was assisting were either suffering from some terrible disease or illness and were in terrible pain. They wanted it to go away on their own terms, and I agree with that. Then on the other side I feel like for me personally I wouldn’t take the same route. Truly every scenario deserves real thought once you’re in it but as far as me committing suicide out of depression, it just isn’t going to happen. In my opinion, those who do have thoughts of suicide need the medical attention to help with what ailing them. But not all situations are depression and those that involve diminishing health do need deeper thought. Is the person whose suffering competent of the action and willing to go through with it? Do family member understand the importance of counseling and have taken the steps to get said person help? It’s just such a sensitive subject and I must admit I’m against the fence. I’m not a hundred percent either way.
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Uruguay Unveils Details for World's First National Legal Marijuana Market

Uruguay Unveils Details for World's First National Legal Marijuana Market | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On Friday, Uruguay released its long-anticipated regulations  accompanying the law that was signed into effect last December, which made Uruguay the first country in the world to legall
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Less than 1/2 oz. a week per user means they're going to have a secondary market; or those clubs are going to be big business.

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Uruguay unveils marijuana regulation details | Al Jazeera America

Uruguay unveils marijuana regulation details | Al Jazeera America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

2Law will be closely monitored throughout the hemisphere, as more countries mull drug policy alternatives

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$28.50 an ounce: that should put the cartels and gangs out of business.

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K9 Officer Investigating Separate Incident Finds Killing Suspect

K9 Officer Investigating Separate Incident Finds Killing Suspect | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Kenneth Moto, 39, was found in a shed on the 2400 block of Barrow Street just after 4 a.m. He was arrested without incident.
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Jonathan Reed's comment, May 8, 2:44 AM
This just shows that officers patrolling and keeping their eyes open can have great results. By no means do I care for officers being stacked through the streets to patrol and watch law abiding citizens but there is a need for officers watching abandoned buildings and burned down structures. This police officer doing his job stumbled upon just the right guy. Great article.
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'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls

'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish when the leader of the Islamist group that kidnapped them said he'll sell them.
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Police: Gerry Adams to be freed, charges unlikely

Police: Gerry Adams to be freed, charges unlikely | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A senior Northern Ireland police officer says Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is expected to be released from custody Sunday.
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Gerry Adams continues to be held for questioning in killing

Gerry Adams continues to be held for questioning in killing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Sinn Fein leader is being questioned in the 1972 abduction and killing of a widowed mother of 10.
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Two Alaska State Troopers killed in Tanana shooting

Two Alaska State Troopers killed in Tanana shooting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two Alaska State Troopers were shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday in the Interior community of Tanana.
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This is a sad day indeed. My sympathies go out to their families.  

I read that there was one VSPO stationed in the village. I wonder if the VSPO would have been the first victim if carrying a firearm or if it would have diffused the situation before the officers arrived. I have a tendency to believe the former would have been the case, but I am curious to others opinion of the matter.  

Ashley Roberts's comment, May 4, 6:09 PM
Truly devastating. My sympathies go out to both of their families. This story is heartbreaking and so many were affected by this loss. Since my father is a retired Alaska State Trooper, I remember the fear I had every time he went to work. Those in Law Enforcement risk their lives every day to protect members of their communities. Since all of the details regarding this story have not come out yet, I am interested in hearing what led to this tragic decision.
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Shooting suspect arrested

Four people were shot at a lumber mill in British Columbia and a suspect was arrested, police said.
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Head of sunken S. Korea ferry company detained

Head of sunken S. Korea ferry company detained | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Thursday detained the head of the company that owns the ferry that sank last month over an allegation of cargo overloading.
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Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking

Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Plan seeks to move the marijuana industry away from its cash-only roots.
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Study: Banning alcohol in Alaska villages doesn't reduce suicide, but more jobs might | State of Intoxication | ADN.com

Study: Banning alcohol in Alaska villages doesn't reduce suicide, but more jobs might | State of Intoxication | ADN.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new study concludes that Alaska Natives are less likely to kill themselves if they live in villages with prominent traditional elders, a high number of married couples and access to jobs.
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Ferry disaster: Too much cargo contributed to sinking, police say

Ferry disaster: Too much cargo contributed to sinking, police say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The task of retrieving bodies from the sunken ferry was dealt a blow when an experienced diver died.
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Watch What Happens When One Parent Speaks Out at a School Board Meeting About a Controversial Book Assigned to His Daughter

Watch What Happens When One Parent Speaks Out at a School Board Meeting About a Controversial Book Assigned to His Daughter | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A New Hampshire parent was arrested at a Monday night school board meeting after he voiced outrage his ninth grade daughter was assigned a book that contains a page detailing a graphic sexual encounter. — Scroll down for video — Gilford school officials claim the...
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On Staten Island, Rising Tide of Heroin Takes Hold

On Staten Island, Rising Tide of Heroin Takes Hold | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Heroin’s surge on Staten Island has ravaged young people in working- and middle-class communities, especially in the borough’s south.
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Charging Docs Reveal New Details in Trooper Shooting

Charging Docs Reveal New Details in Trooper Shooting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Charging documents against Nathanial Kangas were released Saturday after the charges were read aloud in court at his arraignment, bringing to light new details into the deaths of two troopers on duty.
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Jonathan Reed's comment, May 8, 2:37 AM
This here is a clear cut case of murdering two police officers. The only problem that i have with this is that the police didn't observe Arvin Kangas driving recklessly, only hearing report of it. With this information he proceeded with arriving to his residence and repeatedly approaching him. After being threatened with the use of a firearm VPSO Mark Haglin contacts officers to serve an arrest warrant. I have a small problem with that because it should have been handled by officers who observed the reckless driving and were aware of the threat of harming police "if they didn't leave." Besides that I think all officers involved handled it properly. This also makes me look at the relaxed gun laws in Alaska. If this man couldn’t own a firearm then this incident wouldn’t have gone down this way. Things got completely out of hand and I’m upset with the fact that two police officers died serving a reckless driving warrant.
Brianne Frame's comment, May 26, 12:53 AM
I agree that the officers handled the situation properly, but think you are mistaken that the gun is the issue. All these dibates about gun control laws, and rights for owning guns I think is kind of ridiculous. It is not the object that is being used that is the problem. In prison they use pencils as weapons, and you don't hear people talking about banning pencils? I am sad about the whole situation for both the cops families and Nathaniel who has ruined his life for a misunderstanding. There is always two sides to almost all arguments, and don't think that all the heated discussions and judgements put on this situaton is solving anything.
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Michelle Knight tells why she forgives her Cleveland captor

Michelle Knight tells why she forgives her Cleveland captor | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Michelle Knight, interviewed Monday on NBC's "Today" show, said Ariel Castro deserves forgiveness because she'd want to be forgiven if she did wrong. Michelle Knight has a book coming out Tuesday.
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As Data Breach Woes Continue, Target's CEO Resigns

As Data Breach Woes Continue, Target's CEO Resigns | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

NestTarget Corp.’s chairman and chief executive officer, Gregg Steinhafel, a 35-year-company veteran, is stepping down, as the massive pre-Christmas data breach suffered by the Minnesota retailer continues to roil the company. The decision is effective immediately, according to a statement posted today

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Nested Security should include things like mechanical firewalls, then software protection, training to avoid human engineering attacks, and sustained spot checking to make sure all of these levels are operating as planned.

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Navy SEAL Admits to Drug Smuggling

Navy SEAL Admits to Drug Smuggling | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Navy SEAL who worked in Central and South America has pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle drugs into the U.S. after he was nabbed with bricks of cocaine in Miami.
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Police dogs compete in 'Iron Dog' Competition in Ottawa

Police dogs compete in 'Iron Dog' Competition in Ottawa | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Forty members of the police canine unit from across the country were competing in an Iron Dog competition in Ottawa, with the winners taking the “barking” rights for the best team.
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Father speaks after son's rampage

Father speaks after son's rampage | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A man who shot six co-workers never mentioned any problems, his father says.
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Ashley Roberts's comment, May 4, 7:07 PM
The pain this Father is experiencing must be excruciating. Even through his pain, he apologizes for his sons actions and asks the public to focus on the victims in the attack. There are so many questions left unanswered that we may never find the answer to. They did state that there was a note left behind but the details were not available yet. I am interested in finding out what could have led this man to go on a shooting rampage then take his own life. I’m sure there are many people wanting to find out his motives while also trying to gain some sort of closure.