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Seat belt safety at Kasson-Mantorville High School

Seat belt safety at Kasson-Mantorville High School | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Seat belts are a motorist's best defense on Minnesota roads. Speeding,
distracted or impaired drivers are all hazards. But not wearing a
seatbelt is a leading cause of traffic related deaths.
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Not wearing a seatbelt is the leading cause of a traffic related death. I thought it was neat that the Kasson Mantorville High School brought in several officers, Mayo One employees, and EMT's to share some of the experiences they have had in the past. A guy named Adam Fredricksen came in to talk to the students and shared with them about how he got in a car accident 9 years ago and was saved because he was wearing a seatbelt. I think students need to hear this kind of stuff because this is happening more and more.

 

 

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'Ice tsunamis' sweep into homes

'Ice tsunamis' sweep into homes | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Strong winds pick up melting ice off a Minnesota lake and push it onshore, CNN meteorologists said.
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This article is very interesting because the strong winds cause the ice on Mille Lakes to push it into houses. The ice starts cracking, moves onshore, and the next minute, the ice is invading in the houses. Once the ice started moving, it wouldnt stop and kept going. There were heaps and heaps of ice piled up, but they had to wait to do anything until the weather got warmer and the ice could melt. I couldnt imagine having ice break through the door and coming into the house.

 

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Hope Hollasch's comment, May 15, 2013 5:52 PM
I watched a video about this yesterday, it was the first time I had heard of this sort of thing happening. I would hate to have a house on the shore. I couldn't imagine how much damage the ice has caused. It would have been nice if they could have stopped it before it pushed its way into homes. Has anything like this ever happended before?
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Gay marriage bill wording may change

Gay marriage bill wording may change | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
The head of the group lobbying for gay marriage at Minnesota's Capitol
says he supports changes to the bill that could make it easier for
Republicans to support.
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The lobbying group for Gay Marriage is trying to make changes to the bill so that republicans will be more likely to support gay marriage. They are coming up with the term "civil marriage" instead of "gay marriage". They are changing the name to that so that religious organizations cant refuse to perform gay marriages. The republicans thought the religious protection clause was not strong enough, and they needed to make it stronger.  Richard Carlbom calls the amendment a compromise, and says he will urge marriage backers to support the bill.

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Hope Hollasch's comment, May 9, 2013 6:35 PM
I like that the group is trying to get the support of both republicans and democrats alike. Hopefully this will soon pass and people will have the freedom to mary whomever they want. The term civil marriage is a good idea. There are some churches that will refuse to perform a gay marriage so they should have the option to opt out.
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Congress fast tracks funding to stop airline delays from furloughs

Congress fast tracks funding to stop airline delays from furloughs | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Congress on Friday was expected to pass a bill to give the FAA power to move money around to block furloughs for air traffic controllers who could be back on the job over the weekend. Other furloughed workers scratch their head.
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The house voted for the FAA to have more power to move $253 million around to stop furloughs of some 15,000 air traffic controllers. This is causing there to be less staff, which means the number of flight delays are increasing. Congress' decision to put air traffic controllers back on the job is a little too late for travelers facing Friday delays. This is effecting more people as well as the econonmy.

 

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Sandy still bringing down homes, but families vow to be back

Sandy still bringing down homes, but families vow to be back | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
The destruction that Superstorm Sandy inflicted on 13-year-old Ryan Panetta and his home has taken six months to be complete.
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After Hurricane Sandy hit, many people were effected by this tragic storm. There were many lives lost, and many houses that were destroyed. This 13 year old, Ryan Panetta, speaks out about he is feeling months after the storm hit. He is very emotional because he has lived there his whole life, and the house he lived in had to be torn down. He also was not able to go to his original school because it was flooded. I cant imagine how much pain he and his family are stil facing.

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House Republicans grill FAA chief on air traffic furloughs, flight delays

House Republicans grill FAA chief on air traffic furloughs, flight delays | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
House Republicans grilled FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Wednesday about whether his agency is making every effort to stop the furlough of air-traffic controllers that resulted this week in widespread flight delays across the country.
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I found this article to be very interesting becuse the house republicans grill th FAA chief on air trafic furloughs and this causes there to be delays in several flights. The Congressional Republicans are suggesting the Obama administration has provided  even less flexibility within the Federal Aviation Administration. They think a soultion to this is to disrupt  air travel enough to force Congress to reach a better deal. Hal Rogers, a lead republican, made his remarks and said that both parties focused on why the FAA hasn’t transferred funds,  particularly those earmarked for outside contracts and consultants.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 25, 2013 9:40 AM
Should we be grilling the FAA chief or Congress? It wasn't the FAA who decided to cut the budget.
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Feds delay policy to let passengers carry small knives, bats, other sports equipment on planes

Feds delay policy to let passengers carry small knives, bats, other sports equipment on planes | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Airline passengers will have to leave their knives at home after all.
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When will they decide to allow passengers to carry small knives, bats or other small sport equiptment? They have not allowed passengers to carry small knives since 9/11, and that has been about 11 years now. Federal officials were thinking about making it so passengers could carry those items on a plane, but there was a delay in that decision. The  Transportation Security Administration said that the  policy change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory from law enforcement officials, and the aviation industry. If someone really wants to do harm on the plane, they will probably use an everyday item they have on them. I know banning guns on a plane will reduce the risk of being harmed, but what good is it really doing?

 

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Hope Hollasch's comment, April 23, 2013 11:53 AM
I liked the comment about everyday objects becoming weapons. It's true, if someone wanted to hurt someone else, they will find a way to do it. I think the small knives should be allowed on planes again. They can hurt people, but they can't puncture through the plane. I think they should allow the sports equipment on board as well. Some of it is very expensive, and may get damaged in the underbelly of the plane. The delay is a good idea, they need to work out some of the kinks in the plan. I belive the TSA and flight attendants should take a survey and give their opinions. They are the people who will be dealing with it every single day.
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Canadian teen commits suicide after alleged rape, bullying

Canadian teen commits suicide after alleged rape, bullying | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
The family of a teenager who committed suicide after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied is urging Canadian officials to reconsider filing criminal charges.
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Bullying is becoming more of an issue especially in the schools. So many students are becoming the victims and eventually end up taking there own lives. This girl, Rehtaeh took her own life because of a rape and being bullied. Four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was OK and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun, and this caused this girl to committ suicide. How can people be so foolish and immature when it comes to personal things like this? I think schools are trying to prevent this, but it seems like bullying is becoming more of an issue and so many people are hurt by this.

 

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Hope Hollasch's comment, April 18, 2013 10:52 AM
This is so sad. Why weren't there any charges filed? There were pictures of the assault on phones, how is that not enough? I feel so bad for her and her family. I can't imagine going through life like that. I feel the family should have sought counciling and other therepy for her. This could have prevented a tragic, untimely death.
Amanda Watterson's comment, April 18, 2013 11:02 AM
This article was very sad and personally made me angry reading it because nobody deserves to be treated in a terrible way. Bullying I agree is becoming more of an issue in schools because of all the different ways you can bully someone now, whether its through email, texting, physically and also verbally. Its something that truly needs to stop but its also something that I know probably wont stop. I don't understand how people can be so cruel and immature and think its ok to bully someone to the point where they kill themselves.
Brooke Klemm's comment, April 21, 2013 8:44 PM
I cannot believe that charges weren't filed in this case. It seemed like they didn't try very hard, they had some but couldn't find more? It was teenagers who did this, they can't be sophisticated enough to get rid of all of it. It's truly upsetting to know that she was bullied after being raped. How heartless do you have to be to tease someone for something that they didn't want to do? I hope this story helps other people who are going through this.
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And then there were three: Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage

And then there were three: Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Sen. Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, on Monday joined the wave of senators from his party who are endorsing same-sex marriage for the first time.
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The views about same sex marriage have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation, and more people are supporting this subject. In the article that churches are not required to have input on same sex marriage, but should they have a say in what they think and if they should allow it?

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Brooke Klemm's comment, April 14, 2013 1:01 PM
I think this is really amazing because it would have been unheard of just a few years before that almost all Democratic Senators back same-sex marriage. It really shows how times are changing.
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Exclusive: How my brother tried to kill me in 'honor attack'

Exclusive: How my brother tried to kill me in 'honor attack' | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Seventeen year-old Gul Meena, who lives near Kabul, is the victim of an attempted murder... by her family member. Her brother said she was immodest and attacked her with an ax.
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This story just breaks my heart because this girl named Gul Meena went through torture and was abused her whole life. This is not fair for her, and she did not deserve to go through this. She was forced to get married and her husband beat her, and abused her in every way he could. She ran away and found another guy to be with. Eventually her brother tracked her down, and once he found her and this guy, he beat the guy with an ax until he was dead, and then struck Gul 15 times to the point where her face and parts of her body were cut apart.  

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Hope Hollasch's comment, April 10, 2013 6:39 PM
I agree, the story is very heartbreaking. I can't believe it's part of there culture to kill there family if they run off on their spouses. It's nice to know that there are those types of shelters in Afghanistan. It was also very sweet of the doctors to pay for her stay in the hospital. I really hope that when troops are pulled out, there will still be funding for the shelters. Those women need a safe place to escape to.
Brooke Klemm's comment, April 14, 2013 1:20 PM
Wow. This is so sad and incredibly infuriating. I can't believe how awful conditions are for Afghan women. It's a miracle that she's alive after all that she went through and she's been beaten down so much that she can't even see that.
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James Holmes prosecution lists 3,500 potential witnesses in theater shooting case

James Holmes prosecution lists 3,500 potential witnesses in theater shooting case | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings have listed in court documents about 3,500 potential witnesses they could call during the trial of defendant James Holmes.
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This article is very shocking and explains what happened with James Holmes in the Theatre shooting. One thing that blew my mind was that there was over 40,000 pages of documents about the evidence that was filed. This tradgegy was unexpected and many people were killed and injured. Holmes also wanted to change his plea to not guilty due to insanity, but they have not made the final decision as to what the final punishment will be. 

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Amanda Watterson's comment, May 15, 2013 3:45 PM
I agree that this article was very shocking on how much evidence was filed. What really surprises me is not when this happened but now that he knows he would be getting the death penalty now he changes his mind into pleading not guilty on the account of insanity. Personally I believe that if the judge allows this he will be crazy because this man killed and injured many people and even though he may have been insane he should have said that sooner then when he realized they were trying to get the death penalty for him. It will be interesting to see what actually happens in this case.
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High court denies appeal from ex-professor who called 9/11 victims 'little Eichmanns'

High court denies appeal from ex-professor who called 9/11 victims 'little Eichmanns' | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill in his effort to reclaim his job. 
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I cant believe that someone would have the guts to say something like this guy did. This former professor from the University of Colorado wrote an essay and in the essay he included a quote that said essay describing some victims 9/11 attack as  "little Eichmanns". The Supreme Court rejected his appeal when he tried to reclaim his job. This professor was also caught doing plagiarism and fraud in his writings.

 

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Amanda Watterson's comment, May 9, 2013 11:50 AM
This is really shocking that someone would do that. Sure it was found that what he said was protected under the first amendment but still thats something that is going to cause a lot of commotion because the attack was one that made every american sad. I personally agree with his termination because he wasn't terminated from what he said but what he did which allegedly was plagiarism, which every teacher now teaches is wrong and then he goes ahead and does it.
Brooke Klemm's comment, May 12, 2013 9:03 PM
I really hated this professor's comment on 9/11 victims and I was glad that the university investigated his essay. I was also happy to see that, although the essay was protected under the first amendment, he was fired anyway.
MsHaeussinger's comment, May 13, 2013 7:45 AM
Not that this man's argument had much traction to begin with, but this is another great reason to never plagiarize!
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Cleveland man charged with kidnapping, rape after 3 missing women found in home

Cleveland man charged with kidnapping, rape after 3 missing women found in home | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
A Cleveland has been charged with kidnapping and rape after three missing women were found in his home.
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After reading this article, it makes me realize how many cruel people there are in this world. I cannot believe that so many people think its okay to kidnap and rape other people. Ariel Catro who is 52 years old is charged for kidnapping and raping 3 women. Ariel's Brothers were also taken into custody, but weren't charged because there is no evidence they were involved. These three women had been missing for over a decade and were finally found. A couple of the women even suffered from a couple miscarriages, and details are not all known. I could not imagine going through that situation, and I wish people would think before they act.

 

 

 

 

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Missing Pennsylvania woman, thought dead, surfaces in Florida

Missing Pennsylvania woman, thought dead, surfaces in Florida | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania man who became a suspect after his wife vanished 11 years ago says the news that she has surfaced in Florida angers him because of how her disappearance affected their children.
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This story is very interesting because a women who was thought to be dead is still alive today. The poice said that she disappeared after dropping off her  children for school. What led her to disapear was that she was going through a divorce in 2002 when she was turned down for  housing assistance.  She was crying in a park when two  women and a man befriended her and then they started hitchhiking to south florida. Her ex, Lee Heist when he went to court 2 years, he  declared her legally dead two years ago and has remarried. Lee had custody of the kids, but now they are in college on living on there own. Brenda really tore the family apart, and it will take a long time for the whole situation to be healed. How could someone like her do that to her family?


 

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FDA approves morning-after pill without prescription for girls 15 and older

FDA approves morning-after pill without prescription for girls 15 and older | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
FDA announces approval of an emergency contraception pill without a prescription for women 15 and older.
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A federal Judge from Brooklyn orders the FDA to make the morning after pill  available over the counter to anyone. This basically means no prescription or age restricitons are required. The Obama Administration fought the ruling and thinks that girls 17 and younger should get a prescription for this type of medicine. There are so many girls that are already sexually active, but will this new age they are allowing make it better or worse? Should girls who are 15 years old be able to get the morning after pill?

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Dad of West Virginia boy arrested over NRA shirt says he'll fight punishment

Dad of West Virginia boy arrested over NRA shirt says he'll fight punishment | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
A West Virginia teenager who was arrested and suspended from school after he refused to remove an NRA T-shirt is back in class.
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This 14 year old boy got arrested and was suspended for wearing a NRA t-shirt that said "Protect your rights".  The reason he got arrested is because he argued with the teacher and him wearing the t-shirt disrupted the educational process. He wasnt being disruptive and was showing what he believed. He got arrested even though it did not say gun images on the school district's dress code. The school district’s dress code prohibits profanity, violence, discriminatory messages. Was this necessary for the school district to allow this to happen?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 24, 2013 3:15 PM
It will be interesting to see more facts come out in reference to this incident. If he truly wasn't disrupting the educational process as set by the Tinker v. DesMoines precedent, he is protected in wearing the shirt.
Amanda Watterson's comment, April 25, 2013 10:15 AM
This was a very interesting article to read because if you really think about it he isn't disturbing the class in anyway, the teacher is more disturbing the class by interrupting their time to tell the kid to take the shirt off. Like it says the school rules say nothing about having hunting riffles on his shirt, and its not like the shirt is threatening anyone or anything, hes expressing his right to free speech and his right to bear arms. I agree that it will be very interesting to see what the school district will do and how this all will fan out for the boy.
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Court Requires Warrants to Draw Blood in Drunken-Driving Cases

Court Requires Warrants to Draw Blood in Drunken-Driving Cases | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
The fact that alcohol dissipates from the bloodstream over time does not by itself allow the police to take blood over objections, the Supreme Court ruled.
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Should the police have the right to draw blood without a warrant in drunken-driving investigations? According to the supreme court, they agreed that the police do not have the right to draw blood from a drunk person without a warrant. The 4th amendment says that the rights of the people to be secure in their persons, houses and no warrant shall issue but upon probable cause and particularly the place to be searched and the things to be seized. When police draw blood from a drunk person without a warrant, does that violate the 4th amendment?

 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 18, 2013 10:02 AM
This could have a significant impact on drunk driving cases! Although the court stated that these take place on a case-by-case basis, the "exigent circumstances" is quite relevant in a time sensitive issue of blood alcohol levels!
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Boy killed in Boston blast wrote, 'No more hurting people'

Boy killed in Boston blast wrote, 'No more hurting people' | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Friends and family try to comprehend why the life of little Martin Richard was stolen at the Boston Marathon.
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This tradegy that happened in Boston was unexpected and is heartbreaking. Many people were killed and were critically injured. This boy named Martin Richard was a student who was 8 years old and attended a charter school. He  was a bright, energetic young boy who had big dreams and high hopes for his future. A year ago, he made a big blue sign that said "No more hurting people" and this poster was hung up on the wall. Unfortunetly, this boy was killed by a bomb while he was watching the boston marathon. This family is in a lot of pain and and are still in shock of what happened. Why do people who make a difference in others lives have to be the ones to die first? Martin was a well known little boy, but is not longer alive. Prayers go out to the family and give them peace and comfort as they go through this difficult sitatution.

 

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Are food trucks safe?

Are food trucks safe? | Government & Law Articles | Scoop.it
Restaurants on wheels are all the rage. But is the food they serve sanitary and safe to eat?
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I thought this article was very interesting to read about. I dont think many people take the time to think who, what, and how there food is being made when they order food from a "food truck". I know several people eat at these type of things at the State Fair. Do you just go up to the window and order food, or do you actually observe how and what they are making the food with? This article gives you tips on what to look for when ordering food from these food places, and what to look out for.

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Amanda Watterson's comment, April 10, 2013 11:03 PM
Personally I love going to like fairs and just fun little events that have food stands and reading this makes me very nervous about my past eating experiences. Because honestly when i go up to a food truck I don't really think to look and see if its legit enough because I just assumed that since they are able to give food to the public they would be okay to eat from. After reading this article I am defiantly going to be more observant about what is being made for me and how they are doing it.