Scandal

Salinger and Harper to be replaced by Invasive Plant Inventory in US school curriculum

Salinger and Harper to be replaced by Invasive Plant Inventory in US school curriculum

A new curriculum for public schools across the United States will soon make it mandatory for at least 70 percent of all assigned books to be works of non-fiction, eliminating classic works that have influenced great thinkers for centuries. By 2014, schools in 46 out of 50 states will have adopted this new curriculum, which […]

Chemicals banned in Europe still make their way into US foods

Chemicals banned in Europe still make their way into US foods

Have you ever tasted a soft drink so good you thought it should be illegal? In some parts of the world, ingredients used in beverages available across the United States are outlawed — but not because they’re dangerously delicious. Drinks including Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Powerade and Squirt are all commonly available at restaurants and convenience […]

Mentally ill murderer gets weapons permit and buys arsenal of guns

Mentally ill murderer gets weapons permit and buys arsenal of guns

Nearly 20 years after he was convicted of shooting his own mother to death, Christian Oberender of Minnesota is back behind bars for illegally owning a small arsenal of firearms. Authorities became reacquainted with Oberender, now 32, late last year when a complaint was filed by someone who came across his Facebook page. When authorities […]

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

The report proposes a new global deal to world leaders to curb extreme poverty to 1990s levels by:
– closing tax havens, yielding $189bn in additional tax revenues
– reversing regressive forms of taxation
– introducing a global minimum corporation tax rate
– boosting wages proportional to capital returns
– increasing investment in free public services

TSA ends naked airport scanners contract after years of controversy

TSA ends naked airport scanners contract after years of controversy

The US Transport and Security Administration (TSA) will remove all 174 of OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan body scanners from airports, following serious concerns over their inability to protect the privacy of passengers. The $5 million contract Rapiscan had with the TSA will come to an end, leading to the removal of the invasive machines […]

Gun-Show Ad Runs Next to Massacre Story

Readers of a Connecticut newspaper were jolted when they came across an article about the Newtown school massacre and found an advertisement touting an upcoming gun show displayed right next to it. The Advocate of Stamford — 42 miles southwest of Newtown — published a story about classes resuming at the school where 20 students […]

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