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Massachusetts man planned to eat children, prosecutors say

Geoffrey Portway’s attorney says the man’s “fantasy world” posed no actual threat of harm to a child. But the 40-year-old Worcester man pleaded guilty in May to child pornography charges along with solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to court documents, and the locked, soundproof basement with a…

Poetry project helps dementia patients live in the moment

We have a special guide traveling with us, poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. Our goal is to explore poetry and literature in various corners of American life, in sometimes unexpected ways and places, and we will seek to connect these trips to aspects of Natasha’s personal experience and, no doubt, to…

Legal loophole allows new belt-fed AR-15 that sprays bullets like a machine gun

A new belt-fed AR-15 military-style assault rifle can fire rounds as fast as fully-automatic machine guns — and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says that a legal loophole means that the gun is perfectly legal in the United States. CNN reported this week that Texas-based Slide…

Minneapolis mayoral candidate in bulging wet underwear won’t go to strip clubs — anymore

A candidate for Minneapolis mayor may have created what may be the viral campaign ad of the year. In his advertisement posted to YouTube earlier this week, Jeffrey Wagner (DFL) emerges from a lake wearing only a pair of tight, soaked underwear and drinking a cup of coffee. “Over a…

Police: Man barricaded in home after killing worker at Texas school

Police in Katy, Texas said on Friday that a man was barricaded in his Brookshire home after he gunned down a 32-year-old cafeteria worker at a nearby school. Katy ISD alerted parents Friday morning that the shooting had occurred at Tompkins High School at around 6:11 a.m. before the start…

Catholic website says colleges aren’t for women: ‘Learn to be a wife and mother’

A Catholic website this week encouraged its readers not to allow their daughters to go to college because any young woman would be near sin and would “not learn to be a wife and mother.” In a Sunday article on the Fix the Family website, Raylan Alleman offers “6 Reasons…

Reid rips tea party on the Senate floor: ‘Anarchists have taken over’ Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday said that efforts by tea party-backed Republicans in the Senate to use an energy efficiency bill to defund Obamacare was evidence that “anarchist have taken over” Congress. In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid said that some senators had attempted to…

Perkins: Boycott Betty Crocker for donating wedding cakes to ‘counterfeit marriages’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins this week called for a boycott of the Betty Crocker brand after it baked wedding cakes and donated them to the first same sex marriages in Minnesota. “Celebrating these three families today, seemed very appropriate as Betty celebrates all families,” Betty Crocker brand manager…

Georgia ‘mind-control’ public broadcasting exec hid ownership of Fox News radio affiliate

Activists in Georgia are calling on Gov. Nathan Deal (R) to fire a public broadcasting executive after it was revealed that he hid his ownership of a competing Fox News affiliate radio station and did not notify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Atlanta Unfiltered learned this week that Georgia Works…

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the vacuum of space

On Wednesday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson endeavored to explain why space is a vacuum and what exactly we mean when we say that. Tyson was answering a listener question, “If we take an open jar into space and close it, thereby filling it with the vacuum of space, what would…

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