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Student response to school shootings: ‘More guns are not the answer’

A health advocacy group released its own take on the “Demand A Plan” gun control campaign on Monday, in a video featuring a group of kids and teenagers asking for better access to counseling services instead of increasing the amount of armed personnel on school grounds. “There’s gonna be an ongoing discussion in our

Outrage as boyfriend of Delhi rape victim speaks

Claims of police incompetence and public apathy stirred fresh outrage on Saturday in the case of a New Delhi gang-rape victim after her boyfriend recounted witnessing the horrific crime for the first time. The man was also badly injured as he tried to prevent the assault on a moving bus on December 16 which

Indian women strip and beat politician accused of rape

A group of angry women reportedly set upon an Indian politician accused of rape and doled out a bit of street justice. According to the New York Times‘ India Ink blog, Bikram Singh Brahma, a member of the Congress Party in the northeastern state of Assam, was attacked after his arrest for the sexual

Arson blamed in burning of Brooklyn ‘Occupy Sandy’ church

A two-alarm fire has severely damaged an Episcopal church in Brooklyn, NY that has been serving as a storage and distribution hub for the Occupy Sandy relief effort, just two days ahead of Christmas. According to CBS News New York, fire department officials say that the blaze was intentionally set. The fire reportedly broke

Pesticides on food ignite debate among Israelis

“Israelis eat fresh, and they eat local. But how healthy are these foods? A recent government study into pesticide use on Israeli produce has caused some alarm,” reports Al Jazeera on Dec. 21. The study found residues of pesticides on 56 percent of tested foods, and 11 percent of the food had more residue

Bloomberg’s gun-control campaign recruits stars for ‘Demand a Plan’ video

The gun-control campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a video Friday with stars from around the entertainment and sports world reiterating its demands for the nation’s elected officials to put forth a cohesive strategy for regulating firearms. The video, “Demand a Plan,” shows about 50 celebrities in 82 seconds, with movie stars like Jamie

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