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Rajahnthon’s Law

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over 4 years ago

The death of one-month-old Rajahnthon Haynie, whose body was found in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore on Sunday, is just another incidence of violence against children which begs the age-old question: How can child abuse be stopped? Peter Jensen of the Baltimore Sun writes that in a peculiar twist of ...

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Senate Death Match

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“It is a YouTube clip that has been seen by millions of people: Linda McMahon, dressed in a business suit, is slapped hard on the cheek by her daughter and falls to the ground with the audience baying for more. She then kicks an opponent in the testicles. Finally, as if by way of retribution, she is ...

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Weakened Warriors?

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General Merril A. McPeak, former Air Force Chief of Staff remarked in the Op-Ed pages of the Times: “I do not see how permitting open homosexuality in these communities enhances their prospects of success in battle. Indeed, I believe repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will weaken the warrior culture ...

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Better Health Care Means Fewer Abortions

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over 4 years ago

One of the major obstacles to passing the health care reform bill has been a group of anti-abortion representatives led by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI). Stupak's group say they would vote against any bill that doesn't include an amendment ensuring that no federal funds would be used to finance abortions ...

Focal Point

"Femivores"? Spare Me

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over 4 years ago

The other day my Triscuits came with a package of basil seeds glued into the box. According to the instructions, these could be used to start my very own "home farm" (sic): "Let’s all join in and help grow the Home Farming movement together. It can all begin when you plant your free basil and dill ...

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Reproductive Leech

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Scientists have established common bloodsucking insect the leech as a model for a study of reproductive behavior, with some twisting and turning results. The researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego have discovered that injecting simple ...

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Blood Purification

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Blood purification might sound evocative of ethnic cleansing and genocide, but the term in fact refers to a new technology designed to deactivate potential harmful bacteria in blood. Blood supplies are easily contaminated and during chronic shortage blood goes bad more quickly than milk, writes ...

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Villain Pelosi?

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Republicans running for the House this year think that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the villain driving health-care reform, not President Barack Obama, writes Politico. “In district after district, GOP candidates have unleashed a barrage of press releases, emails, and ads criticizing the California ...

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Twitter Passover

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Rabbi Oren Hayon feels the Passover story—a tale of enslaved Israelites, pestilence and plagues—needs perking up so he has recruited a band of Rabbis to act it out on Twitter. Hoping to make Passover more accessible to the Facebook generation Rabbi Hayon and his fellows will play out the story in ...

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Paranoiac Politics

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“Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia,” by Francis Wheen, reflects that politicians may be paranoid now, but it's nothing compared to what happened in the ‘70s. “Wheen, one of the brighter lights in English lit-journalism these days, makes a potent and rollicking case that the ‘1970s ...