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O.J. testifies in long-shot bid to win freedom

O.J. testifies in long-shot bid to win freedom | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
O.J. Simpson, 65, to testify in bid to overturn a prison term that could last his lifespan.
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OJ Simpson has spent nearly five years in prison.  Now, Simpson is looking to change is sentence to a shorter period.  As of right now, the sentence states he is serving between 9 and 33 years and will not be elgible for parole until he is about 70 years old.  It will be interesting to see how this ends up.

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Michael Holm's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:44 PM

This is a big deal if he does get a shortened sentence.  

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Girl's organs vanish after vacation death; family believes they may have been sold

Girl's organs vanish after vacation death; family believes they may have been sold | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
A girl who died while vacationing in India was missing her internal organs when she returned to Britain, sparking questions about whether she was the victim of the illegal trade in human body parts.
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This story is very odd.  A little girl from Britain went on vacaion in India and died of what the doctors said was dehydration.  Once the body was shipped home, the family noticed all of the internal organs were gone.  The family believes the organs were sold for money.  The organs have not been located.

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bschub32's comment, May 16, 2013 7:59 PM
This story is awfully suspicious. A girl’s organs mysteriously vanish after the doctor claimed she died of dehydration. It's seems the most logical explanation is that her organs were illegally sold.
Jillian Krier's comment, May 17, 2013 11:49 AM
This is very sketchy. That poor family, they are unaware of what happened to their own daughters organs and the were probably sold, without their consent.
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Teen soccer player charged in ref's death

Teen soccer player charged in ref's death | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
A 17-year-old boy accused of delivering a fatal punch to a soccer referee after being penalized during a game in Utah was charged with homicide by assault on Wednesday.
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This story is crazy.  After a referee called a penalty on a goalie, the goalie punched the referee in the jaw and put him in a coma.  After coming out of the coma, the referee died.  The 17 year old goalie is being charged with murder.

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Jillian Krier's comment, May 12, 2013 8:53 AM
Wow! I've never heard of a story like this! I'm curious what will come out of this.
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Mountain Dew Pulls 'Racist' Ad Created by Hip-Hop Artist

Mountain Dew Pulls 'Racist' Ad Created by Hip-Hop Artist | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
An ad for Mountain Dew created by the founder of hip-hop group Odd Future  has been pulled after critics lambasted its violent undertones and one called it ”arguably the most racist commercial in history.” (Image credit: PepsiCo) The video was...
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I found this article very interesting.  Mountain Dew made a commercial that had a lineup of possible suspects for some crime.  All of the suspects, except for the goat, were minorities.  Mountain Dew has pulled this ad because of people saying his video is "The most racist commercial ever".

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 11:06 AM
Did you see the commercial? It was terrible and was in no way related to selling soda.
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7 Americans killed in Afghan plane crash identified

7 Americans killed in Afghan plane crash identified | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
DETROIT (AP) — Jamie Brokaw was an experienced navigator who was no stranger to dangerous flying situations and had the skills to stay cool in the face of danger, according to close friend Chris Connerton.
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This story is very sad.  I was reading the newspaper and saw that one of the Americans in this plane crash graduated from Pine Island High School, and then moved to Michigan.  Watching the video was disturbing and very sad.

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Professor who Called Republicans “Racist” is Democratic Operative

Professor who Called Republicans “Racist” is Democratic Operative | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
By Todd Starnes

A University of Southern California professor who told students that Republicans are “stupid and racist” is a longtime Democratic operative who critics say has a reputation as a political propagandist.
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I found this article very interesting.  A professor at USC was telling students that republicans are "stupid and racist" and "the Republican Party is increasingly the last refuge of old, angry white people who don’t like what’s going on in this country."  One of the studens in his class took a video.  The video is in this link.

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Michael Holm's curator insight, April 23, 2013 8:49 PM

I think what he is doing is wrong.  He has no right to say that about Republicans.  You don't have to like the opposing political party, but to make stuff up about them is just wrong.  

bschub32's comment, April 25, 2013 10:10 AM
I could not believe this article. Even if this professor felt this way why would he rant about it to his students? This professor should not be feeding his students with his negative opinions of the opposite party.
Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 27, 2013 4:40 PM
I think it's kind of interesting to look at this from the perspective as if a Republican operative had been doing the same thing on behalf of the GOP. People would be ticked off and annoyed. Either way, it's obnoxious and probably not the best teaching style.
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What to watch: Will bruised Apple rebound anytime soon?

What to watch: Will bruised Apple rebound anytime soon? | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
Some may find a buying opportunity.
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Apple's stock values are dropping like crazy.  Apple's stocks have dropped 43.5% since its all time high last September.  Already this year, Apple's stocks have dropped 25.1%.  Despite this sudden decrease, people inside of Apple believe Apple will thrive and get out of this rut.

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Jobs keep creeping out of downtowns

Jobs keep creeping out of downtowns | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
Jobs have been spreading out further away from city centers for decades. The recession slowed the trend but not enough to reverse it.
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Even in the recession, job opportunities were increasing in the downtown parts of the cities.  Between 2000 and 2010, jobs increased about 1.2%.  Suddenly, jobs are being moved out of the downtowns and more into the central parts of the cities.  I found this article very interesing because I always here my parents, other adults, and newstations talk about job opportunity in America.

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NBC/WSJ poll: Strong majority backs citizenship for undocumented immigrants

NBC/WSJ poll: Strong majority backs citizenship for undocumented immigrants | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
With a bipartisan group of senators expected to unveil immigration-reform legislation in the next few days, a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans – including eight-in-10 Latinos – support giving undocumented...
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One of the big discussions in D.C. is giving citizenship to undocumented immigrants.  After a poll, results show nearly 2/3 of Americans are for giving immigrants a way to become a citizen.  

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bschub32's comment, April 11, 2013 1:43 PM
This article is very interesting and is about a very important issue. According to this article 2/3 of Americans support giving undocumented citizens a path to citizenship. Another poll showed that the majority of Americans believe that allowing immigrants in will strengthen our nation. It seems the opinion of our nation in regards to immigrants is slowly changing. Either way I think a law will be passed in the near future about this issue.
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U.S. voting rights under siege

U.S. voting rights under siege | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
Penda Hair and Judith Browne Dianis say new Voter ID laws advancing in states across the country aim ts to disenfranchise the poor, elderly and minorities who are more likely to vote Democratic
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In this story, Viviette Applewhite, a 93 year old african american, is not allowed to vote.  She is not allowed to vote because Pennsylvania is not letting Viviette obtain a photo ID.  
This is interestesting becasue this involves the government directly, and this could happen to may other people.  

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Jillian Krier's comment, April 11, 2013 9:57 PM
The information in this article is something that I have never really considered before. It sure is interesting to think that several Americans, in addition to Applewhite, may run into this same issue that prevents them from voting.
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Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill

Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
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On Tuesday, Minnesota Governer, Mark Dayotn, signed a bill making gay marriage legal.  Minnesota is now the 12th state in the country to legalize gay marriage.

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Michael Holm's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:42 PM

I like this alot.  I think this is a great step for Minnesota.  I totally agree with this bill, and it should be your choice on who you marry.  

Chelsi Rhodes's comment, May 19, 2013 11:20 AM
Are you so proud to be a Minnesotan?:) Everyone has the right to be married. I think there's some confusion when it comes to this whole movement though. The major misconception is that this would somehow force a church to marry a same-sex couple, but that's not the case at all. Hooray, Minnesota :)
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Mississippi Supreme Court blocks scheduled execution

Mississippi Supreme Court blocks scheduled execution | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
The Mississippi Supreme Court has indefinitely delayed Tuesday evening's scheduled execution of an inmate convicted of the 1992 slayings of two college students.
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In 1992, there was a shooting fo two college students.  The Mississippi Supreme Court was set to put Manning (the suspect) to death by injection.But now, the Supreme Court of Mississippi has delayed the excecution until it rules farther on the case.  

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Jillian Krier's comment, May 12, 2013 8:50 AM
This is very interesting that a 1992 case is still going on today! I'm interested to see the outcme.
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Study: Fish oil's work against heart attacks limited

Study: Fish oil's work against heart attacks limited | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
Eating fish is good for your heart, but taking fish oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found.
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I find this interesting because my mother always tells me that these fish oil pills reduce heart attack. After a study in Italy, it has been shown that fish IS good for your heart, but fish oil pills do not prevent heart attacks if that patient is already taken pills to reduce heart attacks.
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Senate Race To Fill John Kerry's Seat Is Set

Senate Race To Fill John Kerry's Seat Is Set | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
BOSTON -- National Republicans cheered former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez's Massachusetts primary victory, but Democratic Congressman Ed Markey enjoys tremendous advantages in the special election to replace former U.S.
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This story is very interesting.  The race to fill John Kerry's seat is getting heated.  Republican candidate, Gomez, won the primary while the Democratic candidate, Markey, still likes his chances.  I found it interesting that Gomez (who is Latino) is such a strong republican.  Usually, you do not see minorities on the Republican side.

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Man sues Virgin America after being accused of not flushing

Man sues Virgin America after being accused of not flushing | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
A Virgin America passenger is suing the airline for $500,000 after being detained by federal agents following an in-flight tiff. After his s...
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First of all, this passenger seems like a real jerk.  I mean, who wouldn't just listen to instructions and do the courteous thing and just flush?  But anyways, I think it is interesting that he was taken into custody for those reasons.  I do not think someone should be arrested for something like that, so suing the airline did make sense.  

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2nd child dies after parents shun medicine for prayer

2nd child dies after parents shun medicine for prayer | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
Pa. couple - whose toddler died in 2009 after they turned to prayer instead of doctor - violates probation after 2nd child dies
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In this story, a couple who belongs to a fundamental Christian Church, have lost thier second child to faith healing.  The couple was convicted for manslaughter in 2011 of their 2 year old kid, who died from pneumoneia.  Just last week, thier 8 month year old kid was having diarrhea and breathing problems and died.  Authorities have not filed criminal charges on the parents, yet.

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Jillian Krier's comment, April 27, 2013 7:39 PM
This is really sad to read about. I know prayer can work miracles, but it's interesting that the parents wouldn't have at least sought some medical assistance. I know it goes against their beliefs, but you would think they might have learned their lesson after their first child died.
Elizabeth Bronk's comment, April 27, 2013 11:29 PM
I agree with Jill. The power of prayer is incredible, but sometimes you need to try to do things for yourself in order for those miracles to occur. This couple should have been more careful since their first child died. If they knew they wouldn't raise this child any differently, they probably shouldn't have had another baby at all.
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Up to 15 dead in Texas fertilizer plant blast, scores hurt, police estimate

Up to 15 dead in Texas fertilizer plant blast, scores hurt, police estimate | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
Massive explosion leveled plant in West, Texas, near Waco, destroyed buildings for blocks around
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In West Texas, there was an explosion at a fertilizer plant.  Up to 15 are said to be dead and about 160 injured.  As of right now, there is no thought of  this explosion to be part of criminal activity.  I am interested in this article because of what just happened in Boston, I was thinking maybe this was along the same lines, thinking it was an act of terror.

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Jillian Krier's comment, April 20, 2013 11:01 AM
It is crazy to think that two tragedies happened this close in time to each other. Before reading this article, I had no idea how big the explosion was! It's so sad to hear about these sort of things happening in our country.
bschub32's comment, April 20, 2013 8:26 PM
This article is crazy. The explosion created by the fertilizer plant was huge. You'd never associate a massive explosion like this with a fertilizer plant. It is a really sad story because 15 people died and they probably never dreamed that an explosion like that was even possible at a fertilizer plant.
Elizabeth Bronk's comment, April 21, 2013 12:07 AM
Like Jill and Brandon said, this story is absolutely crazy! To think about those elderly who need assistance and we probably terrified when they couldn't escape, just breaks my heart!
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New York Police Unions Demand Repeal of New Gun Laws, ‘Violates Fundamental Constitutional Rights’ | Tavern Keepers

New York Police Unions Demand Repeal of New Gun Laws, ‘Violates Fundamental Constitutional Rights’ | Tavern Keepers | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
#NewYork #Police Unions demand repeal of new gun laws: http://t.co/HiPMB68Vki #guncontrol #bloomberg #constitution #gunrights #Cuomo #LNYHBT
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New York poilicemen, in Albany, are very upset with the new gun control laws.  The policemen believe it is against their rights and unconstitutional.  Also, they believe it it "purposely burdensome" to the law abiding citizens.  I found this artice interesting because the gun laws are getting a lot of publicity and constantly being reviewed.

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Wesley Snipes Released From Prison

Wesley Snipes Released From Prison | Gov & Law- Reed | Scoop.it
Wesley Snipes is a free man – well, almost.
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Wesley Snipes was just released from Prison.  Wesley Snipes was an actor in the movies Blade and Blade II.  Snipes was put into prison for his failure to pay income taxes.

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