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Will Justice Scalia Apologize for His Part in Keeping an Innocent Man Imprisoned for 30 Years?

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Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once held that one of two North Carolina men who were freed this week after decades due to DNA evidence should be killed under the death penalty; a “war” within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is breaking out; meanwhile, a human rights lawyer was recently arrested after standing on a sidewalk during a pro-Palestinian rally in New York City while waiting for her children. These discoveries and more below.

Does a Supreme Court Justice Just Say, ‘Oops’?
Today in NC two innocent men were freed 30 years after being wrongfully convicted of murder.

Forget Hamas. The Israeli Prime Minister Is Now Facing a War Within His Own Government
Children across Israel went back to school on Monday, after a summer of war and unrest, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped by several classrooms for the obligatory photo ops.

Did the University of Illinois Rescind Steven Salaita’s Appointment to Appease Donors?
The University of Illinois had planned to hire Professor Steven Salaita away from Virginia Tech.

How a Fox News Lawsuit Might Impact the Future of News
Is Fox News about to be decimated by a media-monitoring service? Or is the cable news channel attempting to establish exclusive control over its news content and silence its critics?

Orthorexia: When Healthy Diets Go Too Far
During a recent trip to the Half Moon Bay farmers market, Johnny Righini didn’t suffer a panic attack or chastise his mother when she bought nonorganic produce. For Righini, this moment of self-restraint marked another small victory in his struggle to overcome a pathological obsession with eating “pure” foods.

Human Rights Lawyer Arrested For Standing On NYC Sidewalk While Waiting For Children To Use Bathroom
A human rights lawyer who was formerly the top attorney for Public Advocate Tish James was arrested for blocking the sidewalk following a pro-Palestinian rally in Times Square while waiting for her children to use the bathroom.

How the Global Population Boom Really Began
The Industrial Revolution gets credit for kicking off the world’s human population explosion, but new research suggests we should look further back.

Stonehenge Was Once A Complete Circle
A short hosepipe may have solved one of the many mysteries of Stonehenge, showing that the iconic monument was once a perfect, complete circle.

How Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Secular Left Are Forging an Unlikely Peace Coalition in Israel
Poisoned relations between Israel’s secular Labor Zionists and its ultra-Orthodox minority go back to the very founding of the state.

If Great Art Were Popular Again
The most consistent comments that came from my Letter to the Millennials was around this question.

‘A Growing Hunt for Heretics’?
What is at stake in the Salaita affair.

We’re Number 26! [in Internet Speed]
Right now—on the basis of a broadband system provided for the most part by private, profit-making, oligopolistic corporations—the United States ranks (according to Ookla Speedtest) only 26th in the world, at an average of 29.38 megabits per second.

Hollywood Hacking Scandal May Be Tipping Point
The hacking of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities is only the latest in a long and lurid line of violations of Hollywood privacy dating back to the earliest days of the movies.

Another War in the Name of Humanitarianism: We Don’t Fight Men, We Fight Monsters
Humanitarian interventionists dangerously present each crisis as a morality tale: our enemies commit atrocities out of pure malice, whereas we always mean well.

Visual Forms of Knowledge Production
It’s taken a while, but we’ve made a little progress on the mathesis universalis that Leibniz envisioned 300 or so years ago – a mathematical language describing the world so perfectly that any question could be answered by performing the appropriate calculations.

Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects
A study of 50,000 people in Italy concludes that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.

Reading the Salaita Papers
Tuesday morning, the News-Gazette released 280 pages of documents obtained under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act revealing extensive donor pressure on Chancellor Wise.

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A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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