Life in Prison, With the Remote Possibility of Death

 a federal judge ruled that California’s use of capital punishment was unconstitutional because the system was excessively arbitrary.

The arbitrariness that United States District Court Judge Cormac Carney highlighted is not that too many prisoners are being executed with insufficient due process, but that prisoners on death row are rarely executed, and when executions do occur, it is only after a lengthy and unpredictable delay.

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Arizona Charter School Using Book That Says Slavery Was Beneficial To Blacks: Complaint

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Posted: 07/15/2014 11:15 am EDT Updated: 07/16/2014 2:59 pm EDT

A group that advocates for the separation of church and state says an Arizona charter school is using texts that push Christianity and one that includes “sexist, racist and anti-Semitic messages.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently lodged a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools about the use of two books in Heritage Academy classrooms. According to Americans United, The 5,000 Year Leapand The Making of America, by Cleon Skousen, “teach debunked ‘Christian nation’ history.”

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The NYPD Has A Long History Of Killing Unarmed Black Men

Posted: 07/18/2014 8:47 pm EDT Updated: 07/19/2014 10:59 am EDT


Eric Garner was a 43-year-old father of six and grandfather of two. The tall, 400-pound man, who was known around his Staten Island neighborhood as a “gentle giant” nicknamed “Big E,” was approached Thursday outside a New York City store by a group of NYPD officers who accused him of selling contraband cigarettes. “I didn’t do shit!” Garner can be seen telling cops in a video of the incident. “I was just minding my own business.”

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These Workers Can Only Spend 6 Minutes In The Bathroom Each Day

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Posted: 07/15/2014 2:59 pm EDT Updated: 07/15/2014 2:59 pm EDT

Roughly the time it takes to microwave a frozen meal or play two pop songs back-to-back is all the time a group of union workers say they have for all of their daily bathroom breaks, according to a new complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

During a protest before work last Wednesday, Teamsters union members at the WaterSaver Faucet Co. in Chicago told a local CBS affiliate they filed a complaint with the NLRB over a company policy that penalizes workers for spending more than 30 minutes per week — which breaks down to just six minutes a day — for bathroom breaks.

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Community shocked as a white man slaps 79-year old judge and spits on her

arnetteChicago is a city that is known for serious racial segregation.   There are times when this has also led to racial tension, and this might be one of those times.

A business owner on the north side of the city has been arrested for slapping a 79-year old Cook County Judge and spitting in her face.  The man also allegedly called the woman “Rosa Parks” after getting angry over the judge smoking a cigarette near him.

According to the Chicago Tribune, friends and colleagues were stunned to hear what happened to Judge Arnette Hubbard, who was the first female president of The National Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association.  She is a respected and celebrated figure in the community and observers are stunned to hear what happened.

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New studies suggest Niacin doesn’t help, but harms users


A Common Cholesterol Drug’s Safety Is In Question

Two new studies suggest significant dangers from the common cholesterol drug niacin, and some doctors say the risks are not worth it.

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VA Continues to Accelerate Access to Veterans Health Care

July 17, 2014              

WASHINGTON – Under the direction of Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan D. Gibson, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken significant steps to improve Veterans’ access to quality health care.  In keeping with the commitment to improve transparency in the department’s processes, VA today released the latest update of facility-level patient access data.

“VA is fully committed to fixing the problems we face in order to better serve Veterans,” said Gibson.  “VA must restore the public’s trust, but more importantly restore the trust of our Veterans who depend on us for their health care.”

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