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“The Last Pirate”: My dad, the pot smuggler

“The Last Pirate”: My dad, the pot smuggler | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A writer investigates his father's outlaw life during the Golden Age of marijuana runners
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Joshua Livingston's comment, April 1, 11:20 PM
as I read this article I couldn't help but laugh at two things. first I never new that there were pot smugglers of this style, second the fact that there was a book written about this. I give the guy respect for writing it but its just funny that their are pot smuggler's especially in this day and age where people pay it very little mind.
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Anchorage Police discrimination trial begins Monday; brought by former undercover detectives | Seymour Tribune

Anchorage Police discrimination trial begins Monday; brought by former undercover detectives | Seymour Tribune | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Trial is scheduled to begin Monday in a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Anchorage Police Department.
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“The Last Pirate”: My dad, the pot smuggler

“The Last Pirate”: My dad, the pot smuggler | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A writer investigates his father's outlaw life during the Golden Age of marijuana runners
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145 years of frat boys: A history of Wall Street sexism

145 years of frat boys: A history of Wall Street sexism | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Goldman Sachs and others say they're trying to clean up their act. But the sexism on Wall Street runs deep
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E.oba's comment, April 23, 9:02 PM
I think the hardest part for women in any job where there is a big male:female ratio is not necessarily gaining equality (that actually I think is the easy part) it’s once that equality is gained, fighting off accusations that it was merely given or that women flirted, bribed, or slept their way to it. The idea of a ‘glass ceiling’ for women is still very real. A ‘glass ceiling’ here is used to describe how in theory, a woman should be able to work her up through a job/profession/company just as easily as a man can, but there is an invisible barrier that prevents them from actually doing it. That ‘barrier’ could be a boss who prefers to hire males, or it could be that they are just never given the same opportunities as men. The media and hollywood do NOT help this issue at all. Look at the picture used for this article; a skinny, sexy blonde in a short dress. Need I say more? Our image of women in wall street is tall, skinny model-esque women who are coy and seductive. In reality I think you would be very hard-pressed to find the average woman who works for any of those firms to look like that. I admit we have made some small steps, but I think it’s going to take a long time (if it ever happens) before women hold the same economical and powerful status as men on Wall Street.
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Rapper Benzino Shot During Mother's Funeral Procession

Rapper Benzino Shot During Mother's Funeral Procession | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
'Love Hip-Hop: Atlanta' star reportedly fired on by nephew
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Jonathan Reed's comment, April 2, 11:41 PM
Realistically is this a good article? I've watched Love & Hip-Hop and he isn't even the main character. This is obviously a feud between family members who feel bitter about some disagreeableness outside of camera focus. There are a few links to the actually interview while he was in the hospital that don't say much but give head way to the fact that there are other things that need media attention.
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Florida deacon sexually assaulted young girl by luring her into his tree house: police 

Florida deacon sexually assaulted young girl by luring her into his tree house: police  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Florida minister used a tree house at his home to sexually abuse a young girl, police said. Deacon Thomas Warren Halsey, 65, was arrested for allegedly sexually battering a girl under the age of 10 on his Leesburg property, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 1, 10:44 PM
This is pretty sick. Being a pedophile is never good, but i think it is so much worse when it is done by a person that claims to be a man of god. The fact that with guy was a deacon until caught and the article states that he had been doing this for atleast two years blows my mind. How could someone do this and then go to church and act like a holy man. He and people like him are the reason that their are jokes about priest being pedophiles. There is no way to defend what he did, In a previous article i somewhat defend a teacher that had relations with a student 10 years younger, but this guy is making girls 1/6 his age touch him! I guess atleast he is finally going to be off the streets and away from other children.
Joshua Livingston's comment, April 1, 11:42 PM
I don't care what people think, shoot him. Let the guy commit suicide. There are a lot of things that I can try to understand, but sex offenders especially to touch a child so young just need to die. They are a danger to other young children and are not needed in society. don't get me wrong I understand that some individuals are labeled sex offenders for being 18 and having sex with their 17 year old girlfriend that is understandable, but there is no excuse with this case.
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World Trade Center security official, David Velazquez, resigns after being urged to step down

World Trade Center security official, David Velazquez, resigns after being urged to step down | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A top official responsible for protecting 1 World Trade Center tendered his resignation Friday amid a flurry of security flops. David Velazquez, the assistant security director for the Durst Organization, resigned following a meeting with company heads, who apparently urged him to step down, sources said.
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Georgia man beats teen caught in shower with daughter 

Georgia man beats teen caught in shower with daughter  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Georgia man was arrested for pummeling a 16-year-old boy after he caught him in the shower with his teen stepdaughter, police said.
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Emma Weyiouanna's comment, March 30, 7:42 PM
The father could have done something different and not violently. But not really thinking before actually doing something, can happen. Everything was probably going through the father's head all at once and just acted without thinking. I think a father protecting and standing up for his daughter is important but he could have dealt this in a totally different way if it was a slightly different situation like if they were in a different room or doing something else.
E.oba's comment, April 23, 8:48 PM
I know assault and battery is no joke but I couldn’t help but chuckle when I saw this. I’m sure there isn’t a father out there who thinks about doing something like this to their daughter’s boyfriend if they were to ever catch them in a situation. It would be interesting to know if he was planning on using some sort of ‘crime of passion’ defense in court. Case law has been known to allow these types of defense when the incident involves a loved one. However, he did have time to think (which is a key element of these defenses) as it says he sat down on the couch and waited for them to come out of the bathroom. That would immediately make him ineligible to use the defense because you have to prove you had no time to ‘cool down’ before you did the act.
Kelley Scott's comment, April 29, 7:26 PM
I'm sure any dad would've done something similar to this. I mean, that's his daughter... However, he definitely went about the situation all wrong, especially since the person he was assaulting was a minor. He blew it way out of proportion and he should've just punished his daughter (NON-VIOLENTLY).
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Oregon mom accused of fatally beating 4-year-old son until his bowels tore because she thought he was gay 

Oregon mom accused of fatally beating 4-year-old son until his bowels tore because she thought he was gay  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An Oregon mom has been accused of beating her 4-year-old son until his intestines ripped in two places — just because she thought he was gay.
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Susanna's comment, April 1, 2:35 PM
Some people just should not have kids. I just hope she and her boyfriend get what´s coming for them. And the other kids find better homes and might have a change for better life.
Rob Duke's comment, April 1, 2:48 PM
yes, it's tragic. Especially if this was a momentary lapse of judgement.
Kelley Scott's comment, April 29, 7:32 PM
These people are just sick in the head. There's absolutely no excuse for treating children like this. It's no wonder these kids grow up and are just as fucked up as their parents. It's a horrible cycle, and these kinds of people need to quit adding to the problem by bringing more kids into this world that they don't even want to take care of. I'm happy the problem was exposed, but a child had to die before someone would speak up? It's sick, these people are sick, and the cycle is sick.
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Bride faces prison for pushing husband off cliff

Bride faces prison for pushing husband off cliff | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Twenty-two-year-old Jordan Linn Graham of Kalispell faces up to life in prison on federal charges of second-degree murder in the death of husband Cody Johnson. A Montana woman who admitted to pushing her husband off a cliff eight days after they were married is due to be sentenced Thursday, even as she attempts to retract her guilty plea to avoid a potential life prison sentence. Defense attorney Michael Donahoe said the issue of intent was settled when Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder based on extreme recklessness. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kris McLean argued the court can consider any information about the background, character and conduct of the defendant when setting a sentence. Donahoe said the request for a life sentence shows prosecutors' offer to dismiss the first-degree murder charge was an "empty promise" and a way to avoid a possible verdict of manslaughter, a less serious offense than first- or second-degree murder.
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 27, 11:31 PM
This case is pretty interesting and I feel like she deserved more than what she got, because she was lying and she left him there without even checking on him, which makes her a cold-blooded killer, since she pushed him off and let him die over there, and was even lying about it. Fro my perspective, she would deserve a capital punishment, not decreasing her proposed penalty from 50 to 30 years.
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The Swift Justice of the al Qaeda Messenger Trial

The Swift Justice of the al Qaeda Messenger Trial | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
With jury deliberations now underway, Suleiman Abu Ghaith's case is proving to be a textbook example of why civilian courtrooms work better than military commissions.
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 28, 12:02 AM
I think that this is a great example of the importance of the quick process and trial with people like this. I think that the justice system should take their time to gain all the information needed, but also they should try to get it done as soon as they can. I think that it is also important to solve these problems as soon as possible to show the Al Quade that they will be punished for what they are doing.
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Senate approves human trafficking bills - Senator Judy Emmons

Senate approves human trafficking bills - Senator Judy Emmons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
LANSING—Legislation sponsored by Sens. Judy Emmons and Mark C. Jansen to support victims of human trafficking and punish offenders was approved on Thursday by the Michigan Senate. Emmons’ bill, Senate Bill 584, would eliminate the statute of limitations for any human trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of children offenses. The bill is named the Theresa Flores Act in honor of Theresa Flores, a Michigan native and the author of The Slave Across the Street, her personal story about how she overcame human trafficking. ` “The Michigan Senate is taking a leading role in fighting human trafficking — a crime that devastates the lives of thousands of women and children in our state every year,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Theresa’s compelling story about being trafficked in Michigan as a young woman is alarming and one of the reasons that I have dedicated myself to doing everything I can to end this modern-day slavery.” Flores joined Emmons in announcing the bill as part of a 19-bill, bipartisan package addressing human trafficking in Michigan, including increasing penalties, training and victim support. “Human trafficking is the second-leading crime in Michigan, and I know this because I was trafficked here over 30 years ago,” said Flores at the announcement. “Thank you to strong leaders like Senator Emmons, who say ‘we refuse to let this happen in our state.’” The Senate also adopted a resolution sponsored by Emmons to designate Jan. 11, 2014 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Michigan. “As the point person in the Senate on human trafficking, I know that while we are approving initiatives for new laws and victim support, the battle against this crime all starts with public awareness,” Emmons said. “Human Trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal industry and it is a problem that requires a comprehensive solution. We need more legal tools, but we also need everyone — from first responders to our neighbors — to understand the problem, how to recognize it and what they can do to stop it.” Under Jansen’s measure, SB 588, a human trafficking victim who is being prosecuted for prostitution would be allowed to introduce evidence of their experience as an affirmative defense, if the crime was committed as a result of having been trafficked. “As a father, it sickens me to think that thousands of girls under the age of 18 are sold into the world of sex trafficking every year in Michigan and that 80 percent of human trafficking victims are sexually exploited,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “My bill recognizes that many times victims are arrested for crimes that were committed as a direct result of human trafficking. Allowing an affirmative defense is about being compassionate for victims, stopping the practice of punishing them for their ordeal and helping them begin the process of overcoming their terrible experience.” A third measure approved  by the Senate, SB 591, sponsored by Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, would give victims an opportunity for a hearing where a judge could clear convictions from their record if the offenses were committed as a result of being trafficked. SBs 584, 588 and 591 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. ### Editor’s Note: Video comments by Emmons are available on the senator’s website at: www.SenatorJudyEmmons.com. Click on “Video” under the Media Center tab.  
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 28, 1:03 AM
I think that this bill is very important because as we could see in the previous articles posted on this blog, the victim was penalized, and the offender and the pimp were actually free... I think that it is important not only from the ethical, but also from the perspective of protecting the victims, hopefully this new bill will help to protect the victims. Also, an idea would be if legalizing of prostitution wouldn't make sense, since the prostitution would be allowed only at designated places or houses and would be controlled, taxed, and regulated...
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The closure of the Silk Road: what has this meant for online drug trading? (Aus)

The FBI seizure and closure of the Silk Road has sparked a proliferation of users migrating to alternate dark web market-places to continue trade of illicit substances. The present editorial seeks to quantify the increase in retailers and explore the implications of this migration.


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Austin Cullen Rogers's curator insight, March 27, 2:28 AM

This is just one of the countless examples that the War on Drugs is a complete failure. In fact, there are many studies that suggest that it's easier for kids to get pot than to get alcohol because dealers don't care how old their customer is. This is actually one of the many reasons why I believe that Alaska has no choice but to legalize marijuana in August. It would help the economy and would lower the prison population and spending dramatically. All in all, drugs are never going to disappear and people need to learn to understand that.

Andrew Kelly's comment, March 28, 12:21 AM
I agree with Austin that this is a proof that the war against drugs is not easy and not very effective. I am just wondering if it wouldn't be easiest to legalize all the drugs and tax them. I think that one way how to legalize it, tax it, and still keep it under control would be creating places where it is allowed to sell the drugs but record the sales and pay taxes on it, and increase the penalties for selling it on black market. This would help to raise the capital for dealing with the black market and to have money for the treatment of the people, since now government has no income from it.
James Greer's comment, March 28, 1:37 AM
I agree with Andrew and Austin; the War on Drugs is a complete failure, and this is just one more example. As far as legalizing and taxing the drugs--I say go for it. However, I would also encourage renewed studies and research on how these drugs affect people--so that we can better inform and be informed on how they truly affect us. We've spent so long being lied to about how Pot is bad for us, I've lost a lot of trust when I'm told about other "bad" things, and so have a LOT of other people. Unfortunately, this means that when real danger becomes apparent, we're less likely to believe it--and a recent example has been some studies of how Marijuana *could* have an effect on the developing brains of younger children/teenagers. And the only reason I believe that one is because--it's a mind altering substance, I wouldn't be at all surprised that altering the mind while it's still developing results in some kind of permanent alteration/effect.
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Police: Man Dead After Shooting at Ga. University

Police: Man Dead After Shooting at Ga. University | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A man seen loading a gun near student apartments at Georgia's Columbus State University was shot and fatally wounded by campus officers who chased the suspect on foot Sunday, authorities said. No one else was hurt and the campus in western Georgia, about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, was...
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kak57's comment, April 5, 9:47 PM
Georgia laws forbids any firearm to be brought on school property. One would assume that also means a college campus. Running from a cop when ordered to stop is a bad idea. Facing a police officer with a gun in your hand has bad idea written all over it. I think this article doesn't provide enough information to really understand the whole situation.
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Fairbanks apartment robbery suspect armed with BB gun

Fairbanks apartment robbery suspect armed with BB gun | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS – The lone adult suspect in a Fairbanks apartment robbery last week carried an unloaded, “realistic looking” BB gun into the gunfight, according to the charging document filed against him Tuesday. 
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 1, 10:48 PM
Never bring a bb gun to a gun fight. I have a friend who lives at wedgewood and woke up because of the gun fire this night. The stupidity of people never fails to amaze me. First off, who brings a bb gun to a robbery? Even the 16 year old managed to get a real gun. Second off, I think it is so stupid to do something like this in a residential area. They have no idea who was around and the could have easily killed someone else had the victims had neighbors. Just plain stupidity and now it is going to ruin lives, both of these guys are probably going to jail for a while because of their greed.
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How Not to Talk About a Culture of Sexual Assault

How Not to Talk About a Culture of Sexual Assault | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Nearly one in five American women reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. Recent clashes about the term rape culture highlight the roles of systems, attitudes, and resources in preventing the crime and undoing the criminal.
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E.oba's comment, April 23, 9:26 PM
The term ‘rape culture’ is such an emotionally charged word that people have to be careful how and where they use it. If they should even use it at all. I think that while this term has it’s uses in grabbing people’s attention to the matter of sexual assault. I also think it’s been overused in the media and conversation. This term was good for making people think about society and the media and choices we make every day, but I think it’s time to stop focusing on this ‘horrible culture our there’ and freaking out about it, and actually DOING something to stop it. Using the term ‘rape culture’ doesn’t really help anyone, it’s a negative term. Maybe a new term needs to be thought of to replace this one, that’s more positive, or we just need to find new ways to talk about sexual assault.
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Michael Lewis: Markets are 'rigged'

Michael Lewis: Markets are 'rigged' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Is Wall Street a rigged game? Michael Lewis thinks so, and the financial writer's new book blasts the so-called high frequency traders he says are gaming the market.
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English teacher avoids jail after cops nab her in hotel room with 17-year-old student 

English teacher avoids jail after cops nab her in hotel room with 17-year-old student  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Erin Kathleen Queen, a former English teacher at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, was given three years probation, a $600 fine, and banned from teaching after she took advantage of her 17-year-old student.
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kak57's comment, April 5, 9:41 PM
I agree with Sawyer comment. The teacher did make a huge mistake in her life that she will have to live with the rest of her life. Being charged like this also punishes her in that way that she may not be able to find any good future work- at least work that deals with students.
Carolyn C.'s comment, April 5, 10:08 PM
I do agree that the punishment is not harsh enough. What I don’t agree with too is that if this was a male teacher with a female student the punishment would have been so much worse. I also have to wonder if she really took advantage of him or not, was the boy being forced or was he wanting to go to this hotel with his teacher. It is hard telling, if he was being forced then why would the teacher let him answer his cell phone and tell his mom where he was. Also, did the boy ask his teacher to buy him vodka or did she make him drink it. There seems to be some missing pieces even though I believe from what I read the case is closed.
E.oba's comment, April 23, 8:55 PM
Stories like these disgust, shock, and make me scratch my head for hours on end. This is just a weird case. I also find it odd that the boy told his mom where he was and who he was with. I feel like the average teenage boy, if he was going to see a girl (of any age) would not tell his mom about it. I wonder if the victim has a mental disability or something else that the media didn’t cover. Because it seemed to me like he willingly went to meet with the teacher and she didn’t force him or anything. Odd story.
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‘Craigslist Killer’ Miranda Barbour claims two men survived death trap

‘Craigslist Killer’ Miranda Barbour claims two men survived death trap | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The “Craigslist Killer” has a new story — the two who got away. Miranda Barbour, 19, claims she and her newlywed husband planned to slaughter two men who answered her online ads offering female companionship, but the would-be victims were no-shows.
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Jeremy Weaver's comment, March 31, 3:00 AM
I find it really disturbing how some people seem to think that murder is a game even after they get caught. They don't seem to understand the gravity of the allegations and don't seem to feel remorseful at all about what they did.
kak57's comment, April 5, 9:16 PM
The relationship between Barbour and her husband is just disturbing. They don't have a conscious at all. What I find kind of scary is the fact that she just looks like your average 19 year old girl. I also find it disturbing that the duo thought of this as a game.
E.oba's comment, April 23, 8:43 PM
This girl and her husband just seem like they are looking for attention. I don’t doubt that they are both homicidal people who need help, and I do not doubt that they have killed people but I think it’s not in the amounts she is bragging about. As much as I’d love to say just lock them up and throw away the key for all the commotion they’ve caused. I think they need to be put in treatment and most importantly, get the media’s cameras off of them.
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Ohio sisters attacked, stripped, humiliated in Facebook video

Ohio sisters attacked, stripped, humiliated in Facebook video | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A night at the club led to a vicious attack at a Cincinnati housing project where two sisters were stripped of their clothes while bystanders recorded the assault and did nothing.

The victims, 20 and 21, woke up Sunday morning to a group of women beating them and dragging them out of an apartment at Winton Terrace.
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Jeremy Weaver's comment, March 31, 3:04 AM
It seems like it was a good thing that someone videoed the attack because without the video, it would be a lot harder to identify who all was involved in the crime.
Susanna's comment, April 1, 2:45 PM
Video is a good proof of what happened but still if anyone had done something video would not be needed. I don´t know if people think that they are helping by taking the video but still they could have really done something.
E.oba's comment, April 23, 8:39 PM
I did not even want to watch the video of this happening. The title of this article said it all for me. As sad and disgusting as this is, I feel like this is just another example of the sad fact that we live in a society where women view each other as enemies and competition and we live in a society where apathy is running rampant. We are more worried about breaking social norms or getting out of our comfort zones than stopping an act of violence to another person. I could go off on an sociological and psychological rant about how women have become objectified by society and as a result feel like other women are not allies but enemies (but I feel it’s not very appropriate here) but this incident does have roots in that theory. Especially how the sisters were stripped in broad daylight and were filmed during the whole time. When was the last time you heard of a group of guys doing something like this? This is very sad and disgusting to me.
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SEE IT: Tailgating goon flips off driver — then crashes into pole seconds later (VIDEO) 

SEE IT: Tailgating goon flips off driver — then crashes into pole seconds later (VIDEO)  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A grinning, tailgating bozo flipped off another driver on Florida highway and, seconds later, crashed into a light pole — and it was all captured on video.
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Jeremy Weaver's comment, March 31, 3:10 AM
I think the woman videoing this should be at least cited for using a camera while driving because while the man was clearly driving recklessly, she was also operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner by not putting her full attention on the road.
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Krell criticizes DA on human trafficking - The Sacramento Bee

Krell criticizes DA on human trafficking - The Sacramento Bee | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Maggy Krell on Wednesday criticized the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office she is vying to run, saying that it has been too lax in its approach to human trafficking.
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Keith Jackson, former S.F. education official, accused in murder-for-hire scheme

Keith Jackson, former S.F. education official, accused in murder-for-hire scheme | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In an odd twist, Jackson blamed his child-support troubles on being fired from a job he'd held for just four days - as an investigator tracking down deadbeat dads for the San Francisco district attorney. Today, Jackson runs the Jackson Consultancy business, according to the federal complaint, and he has been helping raise money for state Sen. Leland Yee's election campaigns since 2011. Jackson last made news in 2009 while working as a representative of Lennar Corp., which some in the black community have accused of exposing children to toxic dust during its development of the Hunters Point Shipyard. Jackson resigned from the school board in 1998, but not before drawing national attention for co-authoring a resolution requiring students to read a certain number of books by nonwhite and transgender authors.
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 27, 11:49 PM
This case is somehow scary because you see what people might get on an education board. I am surprised that he owned a consulting business and was on the board while he was in such a trouble and nobody found out anything earlier. What is interesting is that the senator looks like he is being involved in this case. Was the senator so desperate for money that he got involved in all of this?
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The 'Cardinal Sin' That GM May Have Committed On Chevy Cobalt

The 'Cardinal Sin' That GM May Have Committed On Chevy Cobalt | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The furor surrounding General Motors' recall of 1.6 million 2003-2007 vehicles is exposing some of the company's long-hidden practices. Last week, Bloomberg News reported that the company's zeal for slashing parts prices in the 1990s resulted in a drive to match the "China Price" -- the rock-bottom cost of components produced [...]
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 28, 1:23 AM
This is a scary article. It is interesting that this has lead to 12 deaths.. Question is, if the executives who decided not to disclose this should be held liable and accountable for what they did, because if they did they job and disclosed it, it would cost the company some money, but it would save the lives, so it caused the 12 deaths and they should be held accountable and liable.
Willow Weir's comment, March 30, 11:20 AM
As with many companies they seem to feel that certain risks are worth it when they do a cost benefit analysis.