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Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people’s

A study released by the University of Minnesota this week indicated that people of color are exposed to air that is 38 percent more polluted than the air breathed by white people. In an interview with The Minnesota Post, the study’s lead researcher, Julian Marshall, an associate professor of civil…

Study: Spanking doesn’t work, but average 4-year-old is spanked 936 times per year anyway

New research published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicates not only that parents punish their children more frequently than they admit, but that the form of the punishment — spanking — is an ineffective means of behavioral modification. The study analyzed real-time audio recordings of parents interacting with their…

Oklahoma school district OKs ‘Bible curriculum’ created by Hobby Lobby president

According to the Religion News Service, the “Museum of the Bible Curriculum” created by Hobby Lobby’s President Steve Green (pictured above) will be beta-tested in Oklahoma’s Mustang Public School district beginning in the Fall of 2014. Green hopes the program — which will be overseen by Jerry Pattengale, head of…

Neuroscientist: Effects of trauma experienced by father can be passed down to children

In an article published in the April 2014 edition of Nature Neuroscience, Isabelle Mansuy of the Brain Research Institute at the University of Zurich demonstrated that traumas inflicted upon parents can be transmitted to their children. “There are diseases such as bipolar disorder, that run in families but can’t be…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry hires high-powered lawyer to defend him in bribery, coercion probe

Texas Governor Rick Perry has hired a high-profile Austin defense attorney to represent him in a criminal investigation into whether withholding money from a Travis County district attorney’s office broke state laws relating to bribery, coercion, or the abuse of authority. The investigation stems from an April 12, 2013 incident…

Tea Party candidate’s ‘electile dysfunction’ ad claims Boehner has gone limp

House Speaker John Boehner’s Tea Party challenger in the Ohio Republican primary, J.D. Winteregg, released a parody advertisement today that accuses the speaker of suffering from “Electile Dysfunction.” The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC decided to back Winteregg after internal polling revealed that only 25 percent of Rep. Boehner’s constituents…

Court rules child pornographer’s 120-year sentence is neither cruel nor unusual

Last week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of “a 120-year sentence imposed on a defendant convicted of production, possession, and transportation of child pornography, in connection with his sexual molestation of a four-year-old boy.” James Robert Cobler was arrested in 2012 after police discovered him sharing…

Teen convicted of disorderly conduct for using iPad to record bullies tormenting him

A Pennsylvania mother whose learning-disabled son was convicted of disorderly conduct for recording his bullies while they tormented him demanded the judge reverse decision and the school district apologize. Shea Love wondered why the school district contacted the police to discuss a violation of wiretap statutes instead of confronting the…

Recap: ‘Game of Thrones,’ Season Four, Episode Two: ‘The Lion and the Rose’

So little of consequence happens on this episode of Game of Thrones that I’m tempted to skip this week’s recap. “The Lion and the Rose” is, even more than its predecessor, a “house-keeping” episode, the point of which is to tidy up stray plots in preparation for a significant event…

Nevada GOP strips opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion from official platform

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Nevada Republican Party stripped language condemning same-sex marriage and abortion from its platform over the cries of its most conservative members. The Nevada GOP also voted to endorse current Gov. Brian Sandoval in the June 10, 2014 primaries, despite the fact that he…

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