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Troy Davis executed at Georgia prison after Supreme Court rejects appeal

Troy Anthony Davis, who was controversially convicted of the killing of an off-duty police officer, was executed by lethal injection at a state prison in Georgia at 11:08pm ET after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal. “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a…

HPV and vaccination: one blogger’s obsession

I think I'm mildly obsessed with the HPV vaccination and the resistance to it.  The whole thing is a perfect storm of important issues for me: science and skepticism, feminism, public health policy, sexual health, religious delusions, the power that folk beliefs have over human choices, emotional vs. rational decision-making,…

Olbermann calls out media hypocrisy on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Keith Olbermann pointed out Wednesday night on Countdown that the major newspapers had been ignoring the five-day-long “Occupy Wall Street” protests, but would have scrambled to cover a similar-sized tea party protest. “Why isn’t any major news outlet covering this?” he asked. “If that’s a tea party protest in front…

In memoriam: Troy Davis, Oct. 9, 1968 – Sept. 21, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night refused to temporarily halt the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis, giving Georgia officials clearance to carry out his death sentence. The court had no comment on the order, which it made about four hours after Davis’ attorneys had filed the motion.…

‘Job-killing regulations’ actually just shift jobs within the economy

It’s become a mantra on Capitol Hill and a rallying cry for industry groups: Get rid of the job-killing regulations. In recent days, with nearly every one of the GOP presidential candidates repeating that refrain, the political echo chamber has grown even louder. Earlier this month, President Obama also asked…

Bob Barr: Witnesses recanting should have stopped Troy Davis execution

Former lawyer, Republican congressman and libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr said the fact that the vast majority of the witnesses had recanted in the Troy Davis case should have implored the Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution. “There has been very substantial evidence of innocent that has…

‘Longevity gene’ may be dead end: study

PARIS — Research over the last decade showing that proteins called sirtuins can increase lifespan is deeply flawed, according to a new study in Nature that debunks prior claims of a direct causal link. Pioneering experiments on earthworms and fruitflies — commonly used as models to examine the biology of…

Ku Klux Klan member executed over 1998 Texas murder

WASHINGTON — Lawrence Brewer, a 44-year-old white man affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, was executed Wednesday for the racially-motivated murder of a disabled black man in 1998, prison officials said. Brewer was pronounced dead at 6:21 pm local time, 10 minutes after receiving a lethal injection charged at Texas’…

Obama won’t act in Troy Davis execution case

NEW YORK — US President Barack Obama will not intervene in the Troy Davis capital punishment case which has sparked protests, because it is “not appropriate” to become involved in specific state cases, a spokesman said Wednesday. “Dating back to his time in the Illinois State Senate, President Obama has…

House rejects government funding bill

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Wednesday defeated a stopgap measure to keep the government open past October 1 amid a fierce dispute over disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The surprise 195-230 vote was a shock setback for Republican House leaders, who had sought to…

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