All Further Articles for 2012-08-15

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
How Good You Were: I Hope You Like the Medal!
Kudos to Elijah Porter, 10, of Newfoundland. After watching Canada's Olympic relay team win bronze and then be heartbreakingly disqualified for stepping outside the lane, Elijah wanted to make the runners, and himself, feel better. So he sent them a letter, and enclosed the soccer medal he won at a Tim Horton's donut shop. Maybe the kids will save us from ourselves. "We're Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn't stop us from living in the north. We didn't lose the War of 1812. We adapt and survive."
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Crashing the Coronation
Chanting "Romney Hood, Ryan Hood, Not In Our Neighborhood," over 500 union protesters greeted Paul Ryan in Las Vegas as he met with donors that included billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Organizers say there'll be a lot more of this as the Little Rich Boys visit towns where people actually work for a living.
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"Shocks the Conscience"
A horrific story out of Meridian, Miss. - and evidently a lot of other places - where police act as a "taxi service" for a school-to-prison pipeline shuttling mostly black kids to jail for "offenses" like dress code violations, flatulence, profanity and disrespect. The Justice Department found the police, Youth Court and Youth Services violated the rights of black and disabled children by arresting them without probable cause and sending them into a juvenile justice system where due process protections are "illusory and inadequate." “The systematic disregard for children’s basic constitutional rights by agencies with a duty to protect and serve these children betrays the public trust.“
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