Mystery Surrounds Case Of White Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Man

The last time he did that, the 68-year-old black great-grandfather got killed — shot to death after a slow-speed chase as he parked in his own driveway, by a 25-year-old white police officer.

Investigators determined that North Augusta Public Safety Officer Justin Craven broke the law. A prosecutor, in a rare action against a police officer, sought to charge him with voluntary manslaughter, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. But the grand jury disagreed, indicting him on a misdemeanor.

Satterwhite’s death highlights the increasing number of police shootings in South Carolina, and how uncommon it is for the officers involved to face criminal charges.

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Colorado Students Organize Walkout to Protest History Curriculum Changes

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US cracks down on ‘unpatriotic’ corporations’ tax inversion deals

The American corporations labeled unpatriotic for exploiting loopholes to avoid US taxes may see the so-called tax inversion schemes much less lucrative with the new rules announced by the US Treasury to crack down on the practice.

A number of US corporations were labeled “unpatriotic” for engaging in tax inversion, where an American company buys up a foreign one and then moves their headquarters to the host country to take advantage of the lower corporate tax rates.

America’s corporate tax rate is 35 percent, while countries such as the UK enjoy a rate of 20 percent and Ireland a rate of 12 percent. Lower corporate taxes are believed to be the reason why, earlier this year, Pfizer was trying to buy Britain’s Astra Zeneca and move its headquarters to the UK. The deal fell through because an agreement couldn’t be reached on a price, but estimates are that without rule changes the US could lose $19.5 billion in tax revenue over ten years through inversion, according to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

“Today, in an important first step, the Treasury is announcing targeted action to meaningfully reduce the economic benefits of corporate inversions, and when possible, stop them altogether,” US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, said in a statement on Monday.


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Neuroscientist Carl Hart: Everything you think you know about drugs and addiction is wrong

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Carl Hart grew up in Miami in what he calls the ‘hood, a poor community with high rates of crime and prevalent drug use. He kept a gun in his car, engaged in petty crime and sold drugs. Today Hart is a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. He’s also an expert on drug addiction. In a TEDMED Talk earlier this month, Hart explained how he went from dealing drugs in the ‘hood to studying addiction at one of the world’s top universities. His talk summarizes some of the major themes from his book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (HarperCollins, 2013).

Hart said growing up as he did, he came to believe the prevailing assertion that crack cocaine and other drugs were the villains behind crime and poverty. If he could only solve the addiction problem, he thought, he’d be tackling the root of the problem. As Hart came to learn, that is not the reality. Poverty and crime were around long before crack and other drugs appeared on the scene, and the forces at play that keep poor communities poor are insidious and systemic.

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Dinesh D’Souza spared prison sentence


Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative author and documentary filmmaker who was indicted in January for campaign finance fraud, has been given a probationary sentence at a “community confinement center” and a $30,000 fine, but will avoid prison time.

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Federal Prison Population Drops By Nearly 5,000

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(WASHINGTON) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal prison population has dropped this year by roughly 4,800 inmates, the first decline in decades.

Holder is speaking Tuesday at a criminal justice conference in New York City.

According to excerpts of his speech, the Justice Department expects to end the current fiscal year next week with a federal prison population of roughly 215,000 inmates.

That 4,800 drop is compared with totals from last year. It’s the first time since 1980 that the federal prison population has declined during the course of a fiscal year.

With more population drops expected in the future, Holder says law enforcement needs to measure success by more than just prosecutions and convictions.

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