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Jurors in Jodi Arias case find her eligible for death penalty

Jurors in Jodi Arias case find her eligible for death penalty | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Jodi Arias returns to court Wednesday so jurors can consider whether the death penalty should be an option for sentencing the former waitress after convicting her last week of murdering her form...
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Wow.  I was surprised at how much detail this story got into about how Jodi Arias murdered her ex-boyfriend.  She says she wants the death penalty, but nobody really believes her so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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Gas prices hit record highs in Minnesota, Twin Cities

Gas prices hit record highs in Minnesota, Twin Cities | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Motorists are likely feeling sticker shock at the pump after gas prices shot up to record prices Wednesday and crossed well over the $4 mark both in the Twin Cities metro area and across the state
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ugh... these gas prices are supposed to stick around until after the 4th of July...

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Reed Fujan's comment, May 16, 2013 8:42 AM
This is very unfortunate. When gas prices are so high, it limits the amount of driving on the road. It may be over $100 to pay just for one tank of gas. There are not very many people who can pay that much for gas and still be fine with it. I hope this price spike doesn't last long.
bschub32's comment, May 16, 2013 7:51 PM
These gas prices are getting very old. The fact that the high prices are supposed to continue throughout the summer is very unfortunate. Lots of vacations are in the summer and they are a lot less fun when gas prices are this high. If these prices don't go down I'm going to have to start taking my bike.
Jillian Krier's comment, May 17, 2013 11:48 AM
Yeah, this is rather annoying. I have to drive about 10 miles to get into town everyday, and the miles do add up. Prices over $4.00 is too much and it is very unfortunate, like the guys said.
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Pennsylvania mom who vanished in 2002 found in Florida

Pennsylvania mom who vanished in 2002 found in Florida | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
A central Pennsylvania woman who mysteriously disappeared after dropping off her children for school 11 years ago has surfaced in Florida and has told police she traveled there on a whim with homeless hitchhikers, slept under bridges and survived...
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Wow.  What an adventure this woman had.  I think you would have to call her crazy, although I guess when significant events like divorce happen to a person, you can't blame them entirely.  She certainly has a lot of things ahead of her in terms of reconnecting with her family.  And she will have a lot of stories to tell them if they ever do decide to talk again.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 5, 2013 6:07 PM
Very interesting story! IT will be intriguing to see how this plays out.
Reed Fujan's comment, May 10, 2013 10:13 AM
This woman must be crazy. First of all, it is insane to run away without warning. But then it is also crazy that she decided to live with homeless people. I will be looking forward to how this whole thing turns out!
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House passes pro-business cybersecurity bill, despite veto threat

House passes pro-business cybersecurity bill, despite veto threat | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
The House has passed legislation aimed at helping businesses protect their networks against sophisticated foreign hackers.
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This short article just briefly explains how people on both sides of this pro-business cybersecurity bill feel about it.  It's aim is to help businesses protect their networks against sophisticated foreign hackers.


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Ryan: Abortion opponents should find common ground with other side

Ryan: Abortion opponents should find common ground with other side | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
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This article was very interesting and I agree with Paul Ryan on how he says people who are pro-life should approach the issue.  Because it is such a heated issue and a very personal one, people tend to get very extreme and I think Ryan's approach of needing to work with people who are pro-choice (as he is pro-life and republican) and not just tell them why they are wrong is very smart.  People from both sides need to listen to each other if we are ever going to progress in this country.

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Reed Fujan's comment, April 25, 2013 10:16 AM
What Paul Ryan is saying is correct. The pro life and pro choice activists need to come to an agreement of some sort. Ryan is not telling either side what to do, just as long as they come to some sort of agreement. This discussion has gone on for a very long time, and there needs to be a solution made as soon as possible.
bschub32's comment, April 28, 2013 12:07 AM
I have to agree with Reed on this one. This discussion has been going on for a very long time and it seems absolutely no progress has been made. I think they need to come to some sort of agreement regardless of the outcome. We are a great country and we have to be able to come to some sort of compromise.
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Genome of 'living fossil' sequenced

Genome of 'living fossil' sequenced | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
The genome of the coelacanth fish - a "living fossil" - is sequenced by scientists.
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It's always interesting to read about what scientists are looking into lately.  Whether or not you believe in evolution, it's interesting to read about what similiarities there are in the genomes of different animals that could possibly tell us something about ourselves as humans.

 

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Del. Lawmakers Vote on Two Voting Constitutional Amendments

Del. Lawmakers Vote on Two Voting Constitutional Amendments | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
The state Senate is set to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment making it easier for convicted felons in Delaware to vote.
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What I want to know is, who really cares that felons who have commited violent crimes have the right to vote again anyway?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 21, 2013 12:18 PM
The general rule is that convicted felons lose their right to vote. Sometimes, the loss of that privilege can be permanent in some states. I'm guessing that Delaware is trying to increase its turn out by allowing ex-felons to vote more quickly after release.
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Couch potatoes may be genetically predisposed to laziness: study

Couch potatoes may be genetically predisposed to laziness: study | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Can't get off the couch? Blame your genes: new US research suggests certain genetic traits may predispose people to being more or less motivated to being active.
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This article was interesting because it talked about a study done on rats that showed how genetics may determine how motivated you are to be physically active and how this may potentially lead to obesity.  The good news is, it seems that your genes only determine how motivated you are.  You can still make yourself be physically active, you just have to be aware of your motivation level.

 

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Jillian Krier's comment, April 11, 2013 9:15 PM
I found it interesting that they did the study through 10 generations of rats to determine the motivation levels in genes. I also found it interesting that the energized rats were running over 10 times more than the lazy rats. It makes you think about the different motivation levels of humans and how diverse they can be.
Reed Fujan's comment, April 14, 2013 12:51 PM
I thought this article was very interesting. It makes sense that laziness is genetic. It looks like the people running this experiment were very thorough, so this study could be very accurate. After reading this article, it really makes you realize to stay active. If you are active you could possibly be decreasing the likely hood of making your children lazy, which is a good thing. I recommend this article to everyone.
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NASA Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days May Be Over

NASA Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days May Be Over | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Space engineers are struggling to regain control of the Kepler space telescope, which has lost its ability to aim accurately at the stars it has been scanning for planets like Earth, NASA said.
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The space telescope, Kepler, which has been on its mission since 2009, has lost its ability to aim accurately at the star systems it has been scanning.  This would be a pretty big let down, so scientists are trying to fix it by remote control and it probably would have to be months before they give up.

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Child gets trachea made from own stem cells

Child gets trachea made from own stem cells | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking surgery gives new lease on life to 2-year-old born without a windpipe
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Although stem cell research is pretty controversial, it is truly amazing what it has led to.  This little girl was born without a trachea and recently got one from her own stem cells.  The doctors told her parents should would likely die, but after some research on their own about regenerative medicine, they contacted their doctor and asked him if they could anything like that for Hannah and he was able to.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 10:55 AM
Science is clearly moving so quickly we can't keep up with the ethical decision-making required.
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Companies line up to drill after survey shows Dakota oil, gas fields far bigger than believed

Companies line up to drill after survey shows Dakota oil, gas fields far bigger than believed | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Energy companies are lining up for their shot to drill in the Dakotas and Montana after a new government report reveals that a massive geological formation stretching across the states contains twice the oil and three times the amount of natural...
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This is great news for our country!  I also found it interesting that North Dakota has such a great economy, but a very low unemployment rate.  Hopefully, this oil and natural gas discovery will lead to many new jobs so this state can thrive!

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Argentina's 'Grandmothers' seek pope's intervention to find missing children from military era

Argentina's 'Grandmothers' seek pope's intervention to find missing children from military era | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Members of the Argentine human rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo asked Pope Francis on Wednesday for help finding still-missing children taken from political prisoners during the ...
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It's interesting to see what the new pope is doing in his first few months.  He seems like a pretty cool guy, from what I've heard so far.

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Feds ask to interview widow of suspected bomber as brainwashing claims surface

Feds ask to interview widow of suspected bomber as brainwashing claims surface | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Boston plans to mark the traumatic week of the Boston Marathon bombings with mournful silence as the city returns to its bustling commute.
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Through all of this tragedy, it has been focused on the suspect who commited this horrible crime, but I can't even begin to imagine how his wife must feel, which is what this article is about.  How would it feel to be the widow of a man who killed innocent people on a day that was supposed to be joyful?  I also feel bad for their little girl, who is going to have to grow up as the daughter of that same man.  Definitely something to think about.

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Jillian Krier's comment, April 27, 2013 7:47 PM
That is a very good point; that poor daughter. It does sound pretty sketchy that the wife doesn't see her family often, she was "brainwashed" by her husband, and could have possibly know about his crime beforehand.
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Husband charged with murder, conspiracy in marketing executive wife's suburban Detroit death

Husband charged with murder, conspiracy in marketing executive wife's suburban Detroit death | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
A man accused of forcing a handyman to strangle his wife was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday, 15 months after the discovery of her body in a Detroit alley stirred fear that she was a victim of a random abduction from a comfortable suburb.
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This article just proves how messed up some people can be.  I wish stories like this were less common.  You know something is wrong with the world when you read a story like this and realize that it's nothing new.  This is awful.

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Jillian Krier's comment, April 20, 2013 11:24 AM
This situation sounds quite fishy to me. Did Mr. Bashara really pay Gentz to kill his wife? Or is Gentz making that up. This is a messed up crime!
bschub32's comment, April 20, 2013 8:45 PM
This article is crazy! However, I do not buy it. Even if the man was threatening the handyman, why would he go through with it? They must have been some pretty serious threats to get him to murder someone. Now he'll spend the next 17 years in prison!
Reed Fujan's comment, April 21, 2013 8:12 PM
Stories like this are kind of scary. The scary part is 1) someone like your husband could want to kill you, and 2) there is someone crazy enough to kill someone's wife. However, it doesn't seem likely that the handyman killed the wife.
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Getting a Brain Boost Through Exercise

Getting a Brain Boost Through Exercise | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
For the most robust brain health, it’s probably advisable to incorporate both aerobic and resistance training, two new studies in people and animals suggest.
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This article was really fascinating!  It talked about how studies were done on both humans and animals that proved that exercise leads to better memory!  It also talked about how different types of exercise had different effects on the brain.  The researchers concluded that a combination of both aerobic and resistance training is a good idea if you want to stay cognitive.  The most interesting thing about this study was that they were expecting only to see less decline in the minds, but they saw improvements!

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Henry Hartzler's comment, April 11, 2013 1:19 AM
I have always heard to do homework right after an exercise, and this article confirms it! It ponders the question of whether the fact that those who work out have more motivation to complete things as well? All in all a very interesting study!
bschub32's comment, April 11, 2013 1:30 PM
I found this article extremely interesting! As students we have always been told that students involved in sports tend to better in school. This article definitely agrees with that statement. I think everyone should read this article because it is very interesting and very helpful. There are clearly numerous positives to staying active!
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Has the U.S. Presidency Become Monarchical?

Has the U.S. Presidency Become Monarchical? | Gov & Law Elizabeth Bronk | Scoop.it
Today, the American presidency is the kind of office Henry and Randolph warned us against, and the Congress itself is complicit in the perilous expansion of presidential powers.
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This article is very clearly an opinion, however, it brings up some very good points concerning how the presidency is maybe more glamourous than it was intended to be.  For example, the president was initially supposed to be someone who presided over our country to make sure things were going smoothly and everyone was being fair.  That may be how it still is today, but does America treat the President like a celebrity?  Isn't the President supposed to be our leader, but at the same time, an equal citizen like the rest of us?

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