Survivor of child sex trafficking speaks at SMU law enforcement conference For nearly 20 years, Holly Austin Smith thought of herself as a prostitute. She looked back at those 36 hours she spent in Atlantic City, N.J., wearing red high heels, and she thought she had chosen that for herself. It was only recently that it clicked ... 07/16/2012 - 5:14 pm | View Link
Mirrors for giant space telescope take shape (via The Christian Science Monitor)
Artist rendition of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), destined for a mountaintop in Chile’s Atacama Desert.(GMTO Corporation) In a lab beneath the University of Arizona’s football stadium, researchers have reached a new milestone in their effort to…
[Image via Giant Magellan Telescope Press Release for Publication]
The state’s four Catholic bishops have strongly endorsed Initiative 594, the proposed gun safety measure that would require a criminal background check on almost all gun sales in Washington, closing the so-called “gun show loophole.” The initiative was launched by Puget Sound-area faith leaders after the assassination, one year ago, of 20 first graders Read More
The almost seven-decade life of Russian revolution leader Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Kiev ended in spectacular fashion, with a half backwards somersault and dive head-first into the ground.
As hundreds of thousands protested against the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and its rejection of a pact with the European Union, some 30 people in masks surrounded the statue in central Kiev.
They brandished the blue flags of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) group indicating they were likely linked to the party, two of whose deputies were also present.
A man placed a ladder against the massive plinth of the monument and climbed to the top of the statue itself.
The Wall Street Journal used a positive jobs report to urge Republican lawmakers to block an extension of unemployment benefits, ignoring the ongoing need for extended benefits and the harm that cutting them would have for the ongoing economic recovery.
A December 6 Journal editorial highlighted the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) November jobs report which found that the "jobless rate hit 7% in November" and that "nearly every statistic pointed in a stronger direction." The Journal used the news to push Republican policymakers to reject a proposed extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, concluding that the positive news "underscores that Republicans should hold fast against another expansion of federal jobless benefits," and claiming that jobless benefits have not been shown to have a positive economic effect:
The November report also underscores that Republicans should hold fast against another expansion of federal jobless benefits.