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According to CNN, the guards who roughed up a Florida teenager at a military-style bootcamp, who later died, will be charged in his death. This incident, which took place around Pensacola, was a huge scandal for Florida which resulted in the resignation of Florida’s top law officer and the end of state-run bootcamp. Apparently what…

In an effort to “encourage discussion” on race-based scholarships, a student group called the Boston University College Republicans (BUCR) has instituted a controversial $250 “Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship“. Applicants must be at least 25% Caucasian, have a 3.2 GPA, and submit an essay on what it means to be a Caucasian-American in today’s society.…

Abominations: Homosexuality, Football?

Some fantastic morning reading from a USA Today opinion article entitled ‘”When Religion Loses Its Credibility,” critiques the current religious stance on homosexuality—and wonders, what if religion is yet again proven wrong? This was written by a well-spoken, pro-science Baptist Minister (yes, they do exist.) Religion’s only real commodity, after all, is its moral authority.…

Vicious Dog, Vicious Owner?

According to a study of dog owners, people who own vicious and dangerous dogs, like pit bulls, have significantly more criminal convictions than the owners of tamer breeds. A vicious dog was defined as a breed that, without provocation, has killed or seriously injured a person, killed a dog, or was a pit bull. It…

“Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.” Lakehead University in northern Ontario set up www.yaleshmale.com in a bid to attract potential new students. It shows a picture of Yale graduate Mr Bush with the caption: “Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.” “It was literally a tongue-in-cheek…

According to this Yahoo news release, John Mark Karr won’t be charged in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, leaving the 10 year old murder case still unsolved. (Hat tip to somnilista, FCD.) Colorado prosecutors won’t charge schoolteacher John Mark Karr with the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey after tests showed his DNA does not match…

Uh-uh girrrrllll, I know you didn’t! This just makes me downright ashamed of America: U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is “a lie” and God and the nation’s founding fathers did not intend the country be “a nation of secular laws.” The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate…

A few days ago, I issued a challenge to my fellow ScienceBloggers: “Are you for or against the death penalty, or (if its conditional), in what cases? Furthermore, do you believe that societies that sanction war are hypocritical for opposing the death penalty?” Quite a few of my esteemed cohort stepped up to the plate…

So, similar to how the guys over at the World’s Fair have posed us ScienceBloggers with a couple questions, I have one of my own that I hope my brethern will undertake to answer: “Are you for or against the death penalty, or (if its conditional), in what cases? Furthermore, do you believe that societies…

At 16 years old, kids can drive a car, but can they make decisions regarding their health? This is a topic which interests me—a month ago I blogged about the topic in reference to a child whose parents had involved him in a circumcision lawsuit. When exactly are children old enough to determine what happens…