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Whirlpool Put Laundry Machines In Some Schools And Increased Attendance By 90%

Whirlpool Put Laundry Machines In Some Schools And Increased Attendance By 90% | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Sometimes all kids need are some clean clothes to improve their school attendance.
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Turkey coup: Release for 38,000 prisoners jailed before coup - BBC News

Turkey coup: Release for 38,000 prisoners jailed before coup - BBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Turkey is to release conditionally 38,000 prisoners jailed before last month's failed coup, as its jails fill up with new detainees.
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Brazil police pull U.S. swimmers from flight amid robbery probe

Brazil police pull U.S. swimmers from flight amid robbery probe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Brazilian police stopped two U.S. Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday to question them about how they and two team mates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts.
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Justice Sotomayor speaks at UAF

Justice Sotomayor speaks at UAF | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
United States Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Sunday. Sotomayor, the first Latina appointed the nation’s highest court, addressed a capacity audience in Fairbanks. Listen now
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Official: Son of 'El Chapo' has been kidnapped

Official: Son of 'El Chapo' has been kidnapped | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A son of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was among those kidnapped from a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said at a news conference Tuesday.
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A $35 Billion Stock, an SEC Halt and Suspicions of Manipulation

A $35 Billion Stock, an SEC Halt and Suspicions of Manipulation | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Neuromama Ltd. might be the most prominent example, but it’s unlikely to be the only one.
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Imam Shot Dead in NYC, Sketch of Suspect Released

Imam Shot Dead in NYC, Sketch of Suspect Released | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An imam was gunned down Saturday while walking home from afternoon prayers.
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Fairbanks banks cautious as marijuana industry unfolds

Fairbanks banks cautious as marijuana industry unfolds | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has restricted 10 personal accounts linked to people starting a marijuana-related business, a spokeswoman for the financial institution confirmed.
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How Each Myers-Briggs® Type Reacts to Stress (and How to Help!) - Psychology Junkie

How Each Myers-Briggs® Type Reacts to Stress (and How to Help!) - Psychology Junkie | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Have you ever become so stressed out that you feel out of control? Do you feel like you’re acting in a way that is completely unlike you? Have you ever tried to help a loved one who is stressed out, and everything you’ve said or done has only made things worse? I know I have. …
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DEA rules that marijuana has no medical value

DEA rules that marijuana has no medical value | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON – Delivering a big blow to backers of pot legalization, the Obama administration planned to announce Thursday that it would keep marijuana
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THIS JUST IN: DEA plagiarizes 4th grader's report: Broccoli has no medicinal value and neither do brussel sprouts--so no one should be forced to eat them!
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A Brief History of the Burqini

A Brief History of the Burqini | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
When Smile13 announced its plans to host an all-women’s “Burqini Day” at the privately owned Speedwater waterpark in Marseille, the French women’s group probably didn’t anticipate controversy.  

The park’s rules only allow standard swimwear during regular hours, and the organizers of Burqini Day promoted the event on its Facebook event page (since deleted) as a space for Muslim women to “enjoy games and park activities while wearing clothing that covers their bodies from their chest to their knees.” But the planned event sparked an angry public debate across France, led to death threats, and to the event’s cancellation this week.
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Governor says he will keep balance on Alaska marijuana board

Governor says he will keep balance on Alaska marijuana board | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—Gov. Bill Walker said he plans to appoint an industry member to the Marijuana Control Board seat left vacant by the removal of one of the board's two industry members
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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Refuses to Reschedule Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Refuses to Reschedule Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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It will take Congressional action.  The DEA would be saying: "cut our budget by half" if it agrees that MJ isn't as horrible as they've stated....
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Private Security Guards Begin Patrols in Downtown Denver

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Private Security Guards Begin Patrols in Downtown Denver
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The Brazilian legal system is based on the Roman-Germanic tradition

The Judiciary is organized into federal and state branches. Municipalities do not have their own justice systems, and must, therefore, resort to state or federal justice systems, depending on the nature of the case. The judicial system consists of several courts. The apex is the Federal Supreme Court and is the guardian of the Constitution. Among other duties, it has exclusive jurisdiction to: (i) declare federal or state laws unconstitutional; (ii) order extradition requests from foreign States; and (iii) rule over cases decided in sole instance courts, where the challenged decision may violate the Constitution.

 

The Superior Court of Justice is responsible for upholding federal legislation and treaties. The five Regional Federal Courts, have constitutional jurisdiction on cases involving appeals towards the decision ruled by federal judges, and are also responsible for cases of national interest and crimes foreseen in international pacts, among other duties. The jurisdiction of the Federal Judges include: being responsible for hearing most disputes in which one of the parties is the Union (State); ruling on lawsuits between a foreign State or international organization and a municipality or a person residing in Brazil; and judging cases based on treaties or international agreements of the Union against a foreign State or international body. 

 

State-level justice in Brazil consists of state courts and judges. The states of Brazil organize their own judicial systems, with court jurisdiction defined in each state constitution, observing that their legal scope is limited by those that do not concern the federal judicial ordainment.

 
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Pandora’s box

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Research by other economists suggests the more information the better when it comes to giving minorities a leg up. A recent paper by Abigail Wozniak of the University of Notre Dame found that employers who were allowed to use drug testing in recruitment were up to 30% more likely to employ black people, and, when they did, pay them more. Another study, by economists at MIT, published in March, found that banning employers from checking the credit records of potential employees reduced black employment by up to a sixth. In short, banning the box alone is a “cheap fix that doesn’t work” as far as promoting racial equality is concerned, Ms Doleac concludes.
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Acetaminophen Use While Pregnant Linked to Childhood Behavioral Problems

Acetaminophen Use While Pregnant Linked to Childhood Behavioral Problems | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Experts still advise drug is safest pain-reliever for pregnant women.
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State will not appeal ruling allowing Alaska tribes to put land in federal trust

State will not appeal ruling allowing Alaska tribes to put land in federal trust | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS - The State of Alaska has decided not to appeal a circuit court decision allowing tribes in Alaska to put lands into federal trust as tribes in the contiguous
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This sets the stage for more tribal independence, including more jurisdiction for tribal courts....
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Eric Holder: We Can Have Shorter Sentences and Less Crime

Eric Holder: We Can Have Shorter Sentences and Less Crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Mandatory minimum prison terms are costly and cruel. We must grasp this moment of consensus for reform.
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Yes, agreed Mr. Holder, but your administration was little better in this regards.  You still pursue marijuana traffickers & producers--even the medical providers in states such as California, Oregon, and Colorado....

The system has so much inertia that it's difficult to overcome....
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U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Brazil

U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Brazil | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ryan Lochte told TODAY's Billy Bush that he and three other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint.
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Milwaukee Went to Hell Last Night from Mass, Violent Protests

Milwaukee Went to Hell Last Night from Mass, Violent Protests | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
During the pursuit, an officer ordered the man to drop his gun and fired when he did not, striking the man in the chest and an arm. The gunman, described by the police as a 23-year-old Milwaukee man with a lengthy arrest record, died at the scene. The name and race of the killed man have not been released as of yet.

However, angry crowds confronted the police in an act of rioting rage, setting fires to cop cars (and to a bankd), as well as throwing rocks at the heads of officers. One police officer was hospitalized with a gruesome head injury after a brick was launched at him through the window of his patrol car, Mayor Tom Barrett said at a news conference early Sunday morning.
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How doughnuts, a crime analyst and motel clerk busted a South Carolina crime ring

How doughnuts, a crime analyst and motel clerk busted a South Carolina crime ring | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Doughnuts and cops and a many-time felon’s appetite for stealing from hotel customers during continental breakfast have apparently come together in real life to solve a crime ring with tentacles reaching the South Carolina coast.

A quick acting motel clerk and alert crime analyst combined with officers Thursday to make arrests and recover stolen merchandise, said Mark Bollinger, spokesman for the Rock Hill Police Department.

Here’s how a numbers cruncher and late-night desk clerk and the doughnuts of a continental breakfast teamed up to make the bust:

Rock Hill crime analyst Damien Williams, going over recent Rock Hill hotel theft reports, noticed that the connection at area hotels noticed a pattern of theft while customers were out at breakfast, Bollinger said. Customers at the Marriott and Hampton Inn had been robbed, reports show, and Williams saw the trend.
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Wisconsin man’s prosthetic leg found in beaver dam

Wisconsin man’s prosthetic leg found in beaver dam | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WABENO, Wis. — A Wisconsin man has his prosthetic leg back after the lost limb was discovered sticking out of a beaver dam by two canoers. Elliot Fuller and Jason Franklin spotted the leg while pad…
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Burkinis banned on Cannes beaches amid terror concerns

Burkinis banned on Cannes beaches amid terror concerns | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Burkinis are among the overtly religious outfits banned from some of France's most popular beaches, amid growing terror concerns.
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We continue to see the French backlash.  This illustrates the inherent tension between the "universal rights of man" and the notion that the French must defend their culture.....
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Big alcohol is working to undermine marijuana legalization, Wikileaks confirms

Big alcohol is working to undermine marijuana legalization, Wikileaks confirms | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A deeper look into Wikileaks’ dump of Democratic National Committee emails may prove an agenda against both Bernie Sanders and marijuana legalization. While many major news outlets jumped on …
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