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Underage Teen's 'Alcohol Related Death' Highlights Need for Responsibility and Accountability at Frat Houses

Underage Teen's 'Alcohol Related Death' Highlights Need for Responsibility and Accountability at Frat Houses
Years ago, an incident like the death of Caitlyn P. Kovacs would have been considered a personal tragedy, primarily the fault of the deceased. Not anymore. Over the past two decades the state of New Jersey has passed a myriad of laws that have shifted the responsibility for such actions to the adult hosts, be they parents or a bunch of partying Frat boys. New Jersey's 'Social Host Liability Act' and related laws additionally have added several serious criminal and civil penalties to such situations, from jail time to steep fines or both. But is it enough?
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Jersey City Mayor Fires Back at Gun Fanatics Who Invoke Holocaust in Name of Second Amendment

Jersey City Mayor Fires Back at Gun Fanatics Who Invoke Holocaust in Name of Second Amendment
Many conservatives have invoked Holocaust comparisons - and claimed that if European Jews only had guns in the 1930's and 1940's there would have never been a Holocaust - when it comes to any effort to implement new gun control laws.  This time, the focus of their anger is Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop, himself a grandchild of Holocaust survivors.
Mayor Fulop's offense is that he supports a measure which would require gun vendors that seek contracts with Jersey City to fill out
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Court Ruling Favors Less Turnout, Republicans in CO Recall Election

Court Ruling Favors Less Turnout, Republicans in CO Recall Election
A Colorado judge ruled that voters in the upcoming recall elections cannot use mail-in ballots, and must vote in person. The ruling is a blow to Democrats, who wrote the more inclusive mail-in legislation when deciding how the election would be run earlier this year.
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Trayvon's Law: Protecting Black Americans

Trayvon's Law: Protecting Black Americans
Megan's Laws and the AMBER Alert system have helped save the lives of thousands of children across America, but are new laws needed to redefine self-defense? Require law enforcement officials to learn about the inaccurate snap judgments that disproportionately lead to the shooting and killing unarmed men of color? If Trayvon's case was about the law, what does the law say about us?
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Sabrina Joy Stevens
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CO’s Death Penalty: Spending Millions to Execute Almost No One

CO’s Death Penalty: Spending Millions to Execute Almost No One
With a bill to repeal the death penalty likely to be introduced in the 2013 Colorado Legislature, there are bound to be philosophical arguments about the merits of capital punishment. One thing that seems beyond debate, though, is that ending the death penalty could save Colorado taxpayers a lot of money.
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Plan B Politics: Title X Clinics Take the Pill Off the Table

Plan B Politics: Title X Clinics Take the Pill Off the Table
Dr. Mark Wallace, who directs the county’s health department, explained to commissioners on at least three separate occasions that Plan B contraception can not abort a fertilized egg. He objected to Garcia’s proposal to include any language in the county’s Title X contract that would suggest Plan B was an abortion drug.
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Majority of US HIV Criminal Laws Date Back to 1990's

A member of the first federal commission to look at the HIV epidemic says it is “probably past time” for states to revisit their HIV-specific criminal laws.
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Pro-Life Group Offers Bible Instruction and Free Baby Supplies to Prevent Abortion

Care Net is a self-described “pregnancy resource center” that works to prevent abortion by offering an array of services, including free pregnancy tests, parenting classes, and counseling. The USDA denied the group’s loan request due to the “inherently religious” nature of some of its programming.
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CO Reps Seek State Exemption From Federal Pot Prohibition Laws

In the wake of this week’s historic vote to legalize marijuana in Colorado, the state’s three Democratic U.S. House members are drafting legislation aimed at easing the tension between the new state law and longstanding federal prohibition of the drug.
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With Pot Legalized, Colorado Enters Drug-Policy Brave New World

America’s war on drugs got a lot more interesting Tuesday night when Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana. Legalization advocates were quick to call the two measures “the beginning of the end” of marijuana prohibition in the United States.
“The beginning of the end has begun,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), wrote at his blog.
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