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Month: March 2014


Risking Freedom for a Piece of Meat: Why Do People Shoplift?
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Risking Freedom for a Piece of Meat: Why Do People Shoplift?

1 in 11 Americans (approximately 27 million Americans) – no matter how poor or wealthy they are – takes goods from the store shelves and “forgets” to pay for them. Shoplifting is a national epidemic that’s costing the economy more than $100 million each day, with most criminals getting away: shoplifters say they are caught only once in every 48 times they steal. Meat, razors, baby formula, electronics, cosmetics, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, and clothes are on the list of the … Read More

Would Raising the Driving Age Reduce Car Accidents?
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Would Raising the Driving Age Reduce Car Accidents?

This is an issue that seems to come up every few years, go through several rounds of research and debate, and then ultimately get dropped as other concerns take its place in our national consciousness: Should the legal driving age in this country be raised? Would doing that actually help to cut down on the number of injuries and even fatalities that occur due to car crashes?

 

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine released a study showing that … Read More

Flimsy Evidence and Unreliable “Expert” Testimonies: Ray Krone’s Story
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Flimsy Evidence and Unreliable “Expert” Testimonies: Ray Krone’s Story

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It was, according to news reports from that time, a brutal and undeserved death. A 36-year-old female bartender was found dead in the men’s restroom of the bar where she worked in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 29, 1991. Apparently, she had died from a fatal stab wound, and there was little evidence to help officers track down the killer. Besides the fact that she was found naked, there were no signs of a physical assault or semen … Read More

Date Rape: Warning SignsThat Can Save Your Life
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Date Rape: Warning SignsThat Can Save Your Life

When hearing the word “rape,” the image most people conjure is that of a masked assailant sneaking behind a helpless victim at night and dragging him/her to dark alleyways, where they can fulfill their criminal intentions. However, that’s not the only type of rape and also not nearly the most prevalent one: stranger rape is as tragic as any type of sexual assault, but the danger lies much nearer.

 

Approximately two-thirds of sexual assaults are committed by someone known … Read More