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Houston Shooting May Reveal Loopholes In Domestic Violence Gun Laws 12.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The man who fatally shot four children and two adult relatives of his ex-wife near Houston this week had a history of domestic violence, according to a divorce decree, and was legally prohibited from purchasing or possessing a gun. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, was charged with "simple assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child" in 2008 after he allegedly dragged his then-wife by her hair and hit her front of their children. According to their divorce decree, Haskill and his ex-wife had mutual restraining orders issued against each other in October 2013. Everytown For Gun Safety, a gun violence prevention group started by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says the protective order against Haskell meets existing federal requirements for gun prohibition. While it's unclear how Haskell bought or acquired the gun he used to murder six people, the incident may reveal how loopholes in federal gun laws allow many known domestic abusers to evade the background check system, the group said ...
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Even in poverty, white privilege wins 12.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Say "urban poor," and the image that most likely comes to mind is one of young black men caught up in a swirl of drugs and violence and irresponsible single women having babies. But this pervasive stereotype overlooks a surprising reality: Many whites live side by side African-Americans in some of the country's poorest urban neighborhoods.
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Gaza's Children Trapped in Path of Israeli Air Assault 12.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines

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Camden man found guilty in 2012 child murder, rape 12.7.2014 Yahoo: US National

Camden man found guilty in 2012 child murder, rapeA Camden man has been found guilty on all charges in the murder of a young boy and the rape of his older sister.


A Question of Morality 11.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door If ever there were words that could better capture the essence and the hope and opportunity of this society, I am at a loss to recall them. Emblazoned on that magnificent edifice in New York harbor is an invitation to all who strive to either escape economic strife, religious and political persecution, the threat of physical oppression or gamble all they have to secure a better life for their families to all who are willing to participate in the democratic experiment that represents a degree of freedom that many could only dream of. That is US, that is who we pretend to be, a refuge for the oppressed, a safe harbor from the stormy seas of persecution and injustice. That America is in serious trouble right now. We are hurting, and the dysfunctional state of affairs that has paralyzed our ability to ...
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'To Kill a Mockingbird' is now an e-book 11.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" celebrates its 54th birthday today, and for the first time, it's available as an e-book.
Doing Right by the Unaccompanied Children on Our Border 11.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Georgeanne M. Usova

(Photo: flickr/cc/Takver)There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day.

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Texas shooting suspect collapses in court 11.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, collapsed in court Friday as a prosecutor recited the charges against him.
Hobby Lobby, Climate Change, and the GOP's Women Problem 11.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 200 women brought their children to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to clean up the air pollution that causes climate change. The event was called a "Play-in for Climate Action" -- you can't expect all those kids to stay still for a traditional "sit-in" -- and included a press conference with Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Around the same time, GOP lawmakers in the House were busy drafting a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from doing the very thing those mothers want: clean up carbon pollution from power plants so their children have a better future. Welcome to the latest battle in the Tea Party's war on women. This conflict isn't getting as much attention as the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, but it could play a significant role in who wins and loses the midterm elections. Republican and Democratic candidates have already worked the Hobby Lobby case into stump speeches, fundraising appeals, and attack ads. Yet few ...
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Man accused of killing 6 collapses 11.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
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British teenager admits responsibility for killing his 61-year-old Spanish teacher 11.7.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Accused shooter collapses as details of Texas murder read in court 11.7.2014 Terrorism
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The man accused of fatally shooting four children aged 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home while looking for his former wife collapsed when details of the murder scene were read in court on Friday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who is being held without bond, was in court for a procedural hearing after being charged on Thursday with capital murder and multiple murders. Capital murder can bring the death penalty in Texas. Haskell said "Yes, sir" after his rights were read and then collapsed as details of the crime were listed in the ...
Texas shooting suspect had faced other charges 11.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Spring, Texas • A former Utah man charged with killing six members of his ex-wife’s family, including four children, was the subject of a restraining order obtained by his own mother less than a week before the attack and faced previous allegations of domestic violence, authorities said. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, is accused of killing his ex-wife’s sister, Katie Stay, her husband and the children, ranging in age from 4 to 14, after binding and putting them face-down on the floor of their suburban ...
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Minnesota’s Palestinian and Jewish communities react to escalating clashes in Mideast 11.7.2014 MinnPost
Escalating violence in the Mideast is prompting local demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians as well as reactions from Minnesota lawmakers and a leader in state’s Jewish community. Scores of demonstrators united Tuesday in grief and solidarity with Palestinians as they assembled outside U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office in Minneapolis, demanding an end to the seething violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Picketers waved the red, black, green and white Palestinian flag and chanted “Free, free, Palestine,” marching along Washington Avenue toward downtown Minneapolis. They condemned the Israeli government after the July 2 abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abukhdeir. Among the crowd was Zakariya Abukhdeir, 20-year-old cousin of Muhammad, who said his cousin was — at the time of the incident — waiting for the morning prayers in front of a mosque near his East Jerusalem house.       “We were at a stage where we were beyond shocked,” said Zakariya, who wore a white T-shirt ...
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Dispatches From Freedom Summer: Ghosts of Greenwood 11.7.2014 Truthout.com

In 1947, my father, along with his mother and older brother, boarded a northbound train in Greenwood, Miss. They carried with them nothing but a suitcase stuffed with clothes, a bag of cold chicken, and my grandmother’s determination that her children — my father was just 2 years old — would not be doomed to a life of picking cotton in the feudal society that was the Mississippi Delta.

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When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start? 11.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Aldo Guerrero

(Image via FAIR)Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08).

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Man suspected of shooting six dead in Texas to appear in court 11.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
The man accused of fatally shooting four children aged 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home disguised as a FedEx delivery man while looking for his former wife is expected to appear at a Houston court on Friday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who is being held without bond, was expected to appear for a procedural hearing after being charged on Thursday with capital murder and multiple murders. Haskell is alleged to have killed two boys ages 4 and 14, two girls ages 7 and 9, and their parents Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie, 33.
Israel mobilizes 30,000 troops 11.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A rocket was fired into northern Israel from southern Lebanon, and the Israeli military responded with an artillery strike, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said Friday.
Girl who was declared 'functionally cured' of HIV now has active virus 11.7.2014 Philly.com News
An infant who was seemingly cured of HIV following aggressive drug therapy just hours after her birth was recently discovered to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS after all, doctors announced Thursday.
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Texas shooting suspect had faced other charges 11.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man charged with killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, was the subject of a restraining order obtained by his own mother less than a week before the attack and faced previous allegations of domestic violence, authorities ...
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