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Columbia professor dispels myth of insatiable drug addicts

A new article in the New York Times by science reporter John Tierney suggests that the deprivations and delinquency associated with crack and methamphetamine abuse are due more to socioeconomic factors than the drugs themselves. Columbia University professor Carl Hart designed an experiment in which he offered pharmaceutical-grade crack-cocaine to…

Climate change imperils Alaska’s king, snow crabs

Alaska’s Resilient Crabs Not Immune to Effects of Rapidly Acidifying Waters (via PBS News Hour) GWEN IFILL: Finally tonight, it’s north to Alaska for the first of three reports on climate change in the Arctic region. Our story was produced for the NewsHour by The Seattle Times, in partnership with…

Texas student wins scholarship after outing teacher for comparing atheism to smoking

A student recently told a group of humanists in Texas in that she won a scholarship by standing up for her beliefs after her high school teacher compared atheism to smoking cigarettes. At a Humanists of Houston meeting last week, 19-year-old Sara Elizabeth Sheppard explained that she decided to use…

Arizona man accused of beating girlfriend because she was too sick for sex

An Arizona man was arrested over the weekend after police said that he beat his girlfriend because she was too sick to have sex with him. According to The Arizona Republic, Mesa police said that 33-year-old Jose Perez assaulted his girlfriend after arriving home drunk on Sunday morning at around…

Occupy Wall Street ‘fizzled out’ because ‘too many Indians, not enough chiefs’

Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and on CNN Money, Mark Bray, author of the new book Translating Anarchy, said that “72 percent of the people [he] interviewed for [his new book on Occupy Wall Street] had anarchist politics” and believe “the rejection of any…

Father tells 6-year-old with 3 years of gun training to lie after shooting sister in face

A Wisconsin man is facing charges for allegedly telling his 6-year-old son, who had at least 3 years of firearms training, to lie after shooting his 4-year-old sister in the face with a shotgun. In late August, WKBT reported that Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in…

Black victim of car accident shot ten times by white officer

According to autopsy reports, Randall Kerrick, the North Carolina police officer who shot and killed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell when he sought assistance after a serious single-car accident, fired at the former Florida A&M University football player 12 times, hitting him 10. After crashing his car into a tree early Saturday…

Fox News’ Hasselbeck: Navy Yard shooting shows need for video game registry, not gun control

New Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Tuesday suggested that “the left” was trying to make Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard about “gun control,” when what the country really needed was a registry to track video game purchases. “You know, certainly, this topic has already taken…

Maddow: Mass shootings are ‘part of how we live’ now

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the fact that mass shootings are becoming more and more common in the U.S. over the last several years. She laid out a timeline of shooting incidents where more than 12 people were killed and showed that…

Colbert: ‘Throw the disabled in the river, see if they float’

During “The Word” segment on last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert discussed the case of an Oregon man who’s posting threatening fliers on the homes of people he believes to be disabled. The man, who goes by “Artemis of the wildland,” believes that people on disability are “a threat to…

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