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Copenhagen, Denmark, cafe attacked in deadly shooting at free speech event

Copenhagen, Denmark, cafe attacked in deadly shooting at free speech event | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Shots fired on Copenhagen cafe during event organized by controversial artist in what authorities call a likely terror attack
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Second shooting rocks Copenhagen

Second shooting rocks Copenhagen | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Gunfire has erupted outside a building in Copenhagen where a debate on Islam and free speech was held, with the event including the author of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons and the French ambassador, reports claim.
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Teen shot in back by LAPD: Don't just blame toy gun makers, activists says

Teen shot in back by LAPD: Don't just blame toy gun makers, activists says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Standing in the alley where a Los Angeles police officer shot at a group of teenagers -- wounding one in the back -- six local civil rights activists on Friday called on the LAPD to review its policy and training procedures on replica weapons.
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Mexican Towns Galvanized by Tragedy

Mexican Towns Galvanized by Tragedy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of the disappearance of 43 college students, order is disintegrating in Mexico’s most violent state.

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Mapping the World's Problems

Mapping the World's Problems | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Google Earth Engine works with scientists by using satellite imagery to provide data visualizations for environmental and health issues.

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Todd Hallsten's comment, February 13, 10:39 PM
I like the idea of this map because it allows for the comparison of logged forest to preserved forest. Allowing for facts not rumored amount of trees producing air, i would really like to see a map of alaska..
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Parole

Parole | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Parole....some states don't have it anymore due to mandatory minimum sentencing...but there are people who have spent several decades waiting to be "Paroled" and turned down every time by people wh...

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City Governments Are Using Yelp to Tell You Where Not to Eat

City Governments Are Using Yelp to Tell You Where Not to Eat | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Pilot programs that save resources (and prevent food poisoning).
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Orion Hutchin's comment, February 14, 1:45 PM
I think this is a great use of social media to help others. The inspection agencies should continue to utilize these resources to be more efficient as they said. Near the end of the article though it talked about many other uses for social media. I also agree with using online reviews for other types of business. Online reviews are easy to do and easy to access. Good article that should continue so that restaurants will increase their standards if they are not up to par.
Rob Duke's comment, February 14, 3:23 PM
Yeah, me too. No reason not to let people know, not only the bad places to eat, but also those that are outstanding in the maintenance of health standards.
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Man charged in two murders intended to steal marijuana, Anchorage police say

Man charged in two murders intended to steal marijuana, Anchorage police say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Charges filed against one of the suspects tied to two fatal shootings last month in Anchorage detail young suspects trying to steal an ounce and quarter pound of pot from dealers and the deadly consequences of those plans.
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James Greer's comment, February 14, 2:20 AM
Prof. Duke: I think criminalization contributed to this crime more than any threat from legalization. Because it was illegal, there were only these back-alley deals to acquire the weed from. It also meant that, like you said, the theft "victim" wouldn't go to the police, since he'd been illegally dealing drugs when he got robbed.
Rob Duke's comment, February 14, 2:35 AM
James, In my own experience of drug crimes before and after the advent of smart phones, pagers, craigslist and now the dark web, there's been a trend towards less and less violence associated with the trafficking and use of various types of contraband. As we improve communications and dispute resolution processes; as well as, shining sunshine on the markets, it seems that much of the negative consequences associated with these black markets disappear (or are at least mitigated). I think evidence is building that it’s better to control contraband through regulation than through prohibition.
Brix Hahn's comment, February 16, 12:23 AM
I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to harm anyone in the process of attempting to attain a drug, in particular marijuana. It’s about to be decriminalized in the state, just hold out for that and then hold out another year to legally buy it.
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Fresh Off the Boat’s Rocky Relationship With Hip-Hop

Fresh Off the Boat’s Rocky Relationship With Hip-Hop | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Is Huang’s real-life relationship with hip-hop too complex for sitcom television?

 

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Community Village Sites's curator insight, February 12, 5:58 PM


I was okay with the OJ stuff. 


It is not fair to blame the writers of this show for denigrating hip-hop. The denigration of hip-hop has already been done  by the record studios. 


What we need to be watchful of is if the writers are going to use the 'model minority' stereotype to push down African-Americans - which already happened at least once on the show. 
 

Flaws and all, the show is good to keep the dialog open on race relations. 
 

Brix Hahn's comment, February 16, 12:21 AM
I watched the trailer for the pilot of this series and I thought it was absolutely hilarious, I am concerned about how it exposes Chinese immigrants, but I can also see this show being a stepping-stone towards eliminating any existing racism against the Chinese—if that makes sense.
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How A Winery is Transforming Cleveland’s Most Notorious Neighborhood

How A Winery is Transforming Cleveland’s Most Notorious Neighborhood | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An urban vineyard delivers a robust message.

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Victims of crime in Doveridge and Sudbury asked for restorative justice feedback

Victims of crime in Doveridge and Sudbury asked for restorative justice feedback | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
VICTIMS of crime in Doveridge and Sudbury will be asked about their experiences later this year. Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner Alan Charles has revealed that those who have taken part...
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Todd Hallsten's comment, February 13, 10:44 PM
I agree with people taking a feedback survey, gives them hope that there circumstance can make a difference and that they (those affected) will get to review how they were handled.
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Connelly announces assignment to criminal justice reform panels

Connelly announces assignment to criminal justice reform panels | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WHEATON, IL - Following Governor Bruce Rauner's announcement of Executive Order 15-14 to help reduce Illinois' overcrowded correctional facilities, State Sen. Michael Connelly (R- Wheaton ) was named to a pair of select panels focusing on criminal justice reform.
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The Imprisoner’s Dilemma

The Imprisoner’s Dilemma | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
There are 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners. One in three black men can expect to spend time in prison. There...
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In Spanish Abuse Scandal, a More Open Vatican

In Spanish Abuse Scandal, a More Open Vatican | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The case, which includes allegations of a sex ring and a cover-up involving as many as 10 priests, has become among the most serious abuse scandals to emerge under Pope Francis.
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Kyle May's comment, February 23, 3:26 AM
Good riddance. These types of cases need to be brought up to the attention more often, and they need to weed every one of those perverts out of the church. I am not religious in the slightest but Pope Francis has done well with managing his peoples. He wants to remove them from the church because he knows what kind of name that brings to the church. I can only imagine on what kind of effect this may have the children involved, and whether they may have some sort of PTSD/mental issues after such events.
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Las Vegas Mom on Life Support After Road Rage Shooting

Las Vegas Mom on Life Support After Road Rage Shooting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A mother was shot in the head and was not expected to survive after an apparent road-rage attack, her husband and police in Las Vegas said Friday.Tammy Meyer...
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These Programs Are Helping Fix A Broken U.S. Prison System

These Programs Are Helping Fix A Broken U.S. Prison System | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Most experts would argue the U.S. prison system is in need of change, and a number of programs are tackling this challenge in cities nationwide.

A study by the Vera Institute of Justice released on Wednesday found that local and county jails acros...

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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, March 7, 3:20 PM
I think it is essential to incorporate these types of programs to help inmates adjust to society, so that they are less likely to return to prison. This would benefit the prison systems greatly since the number of people housed in local facilities has spiked from greatly. This would also benefit the inmate in various ways because they are not in prison, they are trying to better themselves and not commit crimes.
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Stand Out in Your Interview

How to ace your first meeting with a potential employer.
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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, March 7, 4:27 PM
I found this article very relevant to me as I am in the process of looking for a summer job or a long term job. I just had an interview just the other day and was freaking out when preparing answers to specific questions. I found myself looking up the Do’s and Don’ts for interviews, and it stressed me out cause I didn’t know what to say or do while in an interview, since I haven’t had a formal interview since 2011. It ended up working out in the end and am now in the background check screening process.
Rob Duke's comment, March 8, 12:13 AM
My own tip: always send a thank you card--even if you don't get the job. They might remember you for next time; or the top candidate may drop out of the running.
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Bali Nine execution: Plans underway to move Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran from Bali to an island jail in Central Java

Bali Nine execution: Plans underway to move Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran from Bali to an island jail in Central Java | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has described the situation as “tense” as the execution of two drug smugglers looms in Indonesia.

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2 Years After Newtown Shooting, Panel Issues Proposals for Prevention

2 Years After Newtown Shooting, Panel Issues Proposals for Prevention | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
More than two years after Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 schoolchildren and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as killing his mother and himself, a state commission released a draft report of a wide-ranging set of recommendations Thursday with the goal of preventing such killings.
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Some simple reforms:

-locking classrooms from inside the room;

-better training for teachers and staff;

-specific plan that law enforcement follow.

 

And, the not so simple, like:

-reforming the mental health system;

-more strict gun laws.

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James Greer's comment, February 14, 2:12 AM
It's also amazing how little we talk about mental health care in the country. It's a very important thing, and could probably prevent so many tragedies.
Kyle May's comment, February 23, 3:36 AM
I'm almost positive that schools here in Fairbanks aren't lockable from inside, at least if they are no teachers ever used that function. I don't believe reforming the gun laws would have any true effect on this, because if a person truly wants a gun - they'll get a gun. Felons get guns all the time, and yet they're not supposed to. Putting it in paper and making it more difficult will only hurt the honest gun owners in the long run in my opinion.
Kaitlyn Evans's comment, March 7, 4:56 PM
I followed this story very closely as I was heading home from college when I first saw it on the news in the airport. I think being able to lock classrooms from the inside is a must. School is supposed to be a place where children can feel safe, and if every precaution is not taken are they truly in a safe environment? The article talks about how a lot of the problem with renovating or designing schools a specific way, is how costly they are. Where are we going to get extra revenue to afford these types of things? I think we could look towards marijuana legalization. The amount of revenue that states and the federal government could make on taxing marijuana could go towards making sure schools are safe and secure for these children. Our schools in Fairbanks are not that safe in comparison to other schools in the states in my opinion. A shooter could easily walk into any one of our schools and start killing people. I’ve been to a middle school in Michigan where if you are a visitor you can only go through their front office and have zero access to getting to the children. Things like that need to be taken into consideration. Even though there are security people both in the middle schools and high schools, it is not enough. And unfortunately something tragic has to happen in order for us to change things.
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Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time

Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Being affable and pleasant can come with some serious drawbacks.
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See also Manfred Kets DeVries and his Folie a Deux theory.

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Rob Duke's comment, February 14, 3:24 PM
Lol. Yeah, good call: you're nice, therefore, you're a stool pigeon....
DERRICK NELSON's comment, February 15, 8:42 PM
This article addresses an attribute in-line with Contemporary Trait Theory. The genetic makeup of being nice could easily be misdiagnosed when really it is an act of fear of challenging authority figures back by speculating about the outcome. The decision to electrocute an innocent person by portraying obedience is a behavior controlled by a fear that has been manifested by the person's perception of a derived outcome.
Corbin Sandgren's comment, February 19, 1:10 PM
The interesting thing this article reads is that a 'nice' person would do something morally wrong to make the one person who is giving the orders happy, while a person who is not as nice would stand up for themselves and not do something they are unwilling to do.
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Steven Pinker’s Mind Games

Steven Pinker’s Mind Games | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Harvard professor culled exam questions from his course “Psychological Science.” Test your knowledge.
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Fun little psych quiz...

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James Greer's comment, February 14, 3:00 AM
..I'm not sure what I got out of this, except that my vocabulary was both larger than I realized, and also that I have no idea what half of these questions were asking/what their answers meant, and yet I still managed to get a 70% based on word association and what was probably being asked. So there's that.
Rob Duke's comment, February 14, 4:14 AM
Ha! yeah, me too!
Orion Hutchin's comment, February 14, 1:01 PM
It was the same for me, except I only got 6 out of the ten. I think it was an interesting little test that challenges a person or at least me to step outside of what we think. The answers I got wrong were ones I used my own background knowledge on instead of answering the question from more a neutral state. I think that is a part of the point to see how people interpret the questions, which says a lot about them I think. Like previously stated some of the questions are challenging to have an idea of what is actually being asked.
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New Drug Czar is Better Than Predecessors

New Drug Czar is Better Than Predecessors | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The drug czar’s office has long functioned as a cheerleader for punitive drug policies. As someone who has been engaged in drug policy reform efforts most of my adult life, I can easily recall t
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Council Speaker adds high-profile voice to calls for school discipline reform

Council Speaker adds high-profile voice to calls for school discipline reform | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Wednesday that she will push the city to further reduce suspensions.
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Todd Hallsten's comment, February 13, 10:31 PM
I think they should reduce suspension time, because keeping students away from school if anything is a reward at the secondary school level. Suspension isn't serving as a form of punishment but rather a couple days off. The parents might interpret it at as other, but my experience has led me to take joy in the time away from high school.
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Celia Hastings: Restoring the fallen

Celia Hastings: Restoring the fallen | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In shepherding wisdom, a sheep which falls onto its back on rugged terrain is "cast" and cannot get up on its own. Without help, the sheep will die within a few hours. In Psalm 23 and John 10, the Good Shepherd searches for fallen sheep, helps them u
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