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Georgia City Considers Mandatory Gun Ownership

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A Georgia city is considering a proposal requiring every homeowner to own a gun.

Nelson Councilman Duane Cronic said it would be a deterrent to crime. “When he’s not here we rely on county sheriffs – however it takes a while for them to get here,” he said. “It’s a deterrent ordinance. It tells the potential intruder, ‘You better think twice.'”

Kennesaw, Georgia has already mandated gun ownership, though the law is not enforced. In addition, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin sheriff has urged people to “get in the game” with a gun instead of calling 911 during emergencies.

Meanwhile, according to a Harvard University School of Public Health survey, more people die from gun homicides in areas with higher rates of gun ownership.

Via ThinkProgress.

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Brazilian Court: Man Who Had Sex with 12-Year-Olds Can’t Be Convicted of Rape

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Human rights advocates are furious about a decision by a Brazilian appeals court finding that a man accused of having sex with three twelve-year-old girls could not be convicted of rape.

The court found that having sex with a minor is not necessarily constitute statutory rape when there are extenuating circumstances. In this case, those circumstances included that the girls had worked as prostitutes.

Maria do Rosario Nunes, Brazil’s human rights minister, pledged to get the decision overturned.

The court’s president said the court is open to revising the decision.

Via The Washington Post.

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Belarusian Woman Fights to Save Son from Execution

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In November, Lyubou Kavalyova’s son was sentenced to death for participating in a terrorist attack in Belarus, based only on a confession allegedly obtained by torture.

Ms. Kavalyova and people across Europe are racing against the clock to save her son, Uladzislau Kavalyova, and his friend Dzmitry Kanavalau from being put to death for a crime that Belarusians (even victims of the attack) believe they did not commit.

Almost 20,000 people have signed Ms. Kavalyova’s petition, prompting officials from the European Council and the Parliament of Europe to join her campaign. As the international pressure grows, so does the possibility of Europe’s highest offices intervening to tell Belarus to stay the executions. Click here to sign the petition and demand that European officials intervene to save Ms. Kavalyova’s son and his friend from execution in Belarus.

Uladzislau Kavalyova and Dzmitry Kanavalau could be killed any day; in 2010, Belarus executed two men without informing their families of the time of their executions.

Belarus is the last country in Europe with the death penalty, so global outcry could make their fate a European issue and put the brakes on their execution.

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Nigeria Imposes Curfew in Response to Attacks that Kill Scores

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Nigeria imposed a twenty-four-hour curfew today in the city of Kano after assailants killed scores of people in a hail of gunfire and bombings of eight government sites.

At least 156 people were killed.

Fifty people were injured in the attacks. Search and rescue operations are under way and volunteers are working to aid the injured.

The attacks targeted several police stations, barracks and the building housing the assistant inspector general of police in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city.

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BREAKING: Body Found in Washington Likely to be Park Ranger Shooter

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There is a strong probability that a body found Monday buried in the snow is that of a man sought for questioning in the shooting death Sunday of a ranger at Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park, an official with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said.

“At this point, we’re just waiting to confirm it,” said Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

The discovery came after a manhunt had been under way for the man, whom authorities sought in connection with the shooting of park ranger Margaret Anderson.

Ms. Anderson, 34, was shot to death during a traffic stop.

Federal and local authorities identified the man they were searching for as Benjamin Colton Barnes.

Mr. Barnes also was sought in connection with a shooting Sunday in the Seattle suburb of Skyway that left four people wounded.

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Jerry Sandusky Sits Down with The New York Times

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sat down with The New York Times in his first extended interview since his indictment on sexual abuse charges. The interview lasted nearly four hours over two days. Mr. Sandusky agreed to the interview because he said prosecutors distorted his decades of work with children had been distorted by prosecutors.

In it, Mr. Sandusky said Coach Joe Paterno never spoke to him about any suspected misconduct. Mr. Sandusky also said the charity he worked for never restricted his access to children until he was the subject of a criminal investigation in 2008.

The failure by Mr. Paterno to act aggressively after being told in 2002 that Mr. Sandusky molested a ten-year-old boy in the showers of the university’s football building played a role in Mr. Paterno’s firing last month after sixty-two years at Penn State. Mr. Sandusky said that Mr. Paterno did not confront him over the accusation, despite the fact that Mr. Sandusky had been one of his assistant coaches for three decades and was a regular presence at the football team’s complex for years after the 2002 episode.

Mr. Sandusky insisted he never sexually abused a child, but he confirmed events that prosecutors cited in charging him with forty counts of molesting young boys, all of whom came to know Mr. Sandusky through the charity he founded, the Second Mile.

Mr. Sandusky said he gave money to the disadvantaged boys at his charity, opened bank accounts for them, and gave them gifts that had been donated to the charity.

Prosecutors have said Mr. Sandusky used such gifts as a way to build a sense of trust and loyalty among boys he then repeatedly abused.

Mr. Sandusky described what he admitted was a family and work life that could often be chaotic, one that lacked some classic boundaries between adults and children, and thus one that was open to interpretation.

He said his household in State College, Pennsylvania, came to be a kind of second home for dozens of children from the charity, a place where games were played, wrestling matches staged, sleepovers arranged, and from where trips to out-of-town sporting events were launched. Asked why he interacted with children who were not his own without the typical safeguards other adults might apply (showering with them, sleeping alone with them in hotel rooms) he said that he saw those children as his own.

He characterized his close experiences with children he took under his wing as “precious times,” and said that the physical aspect of the relationships “just happened that way.”

To read the article from which this excerpt was taken (with editing for content and space), please click over to The New York Times.


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Nuon Chea: Khmer Rouge Not “Bad People”

The Number Two leader of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime told a court he and his comrades were not “bad people,” denying responsibility Monday for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians during their 1975-1979 rule.

Nuon Chea’s defiant statements came as the U.N.-backed tribunal began questioning him for the first time since the long-awaited trial of three top regime leaders began late last month.

Nuon Chea and two other Khmer Rouge leaders are accused of crimes against humanity, genocide, religious persecution, homicide and torture stemming from the group’s reign of terror. All have denied wrongdoing.

Via the Associated Press.

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