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Purnima Malik

New York City outdoor smoking ban begins - CNN.com - 0 views

  • Smokers in New York City looking to light up in most public places will not be able to without paying a price after an outdoor citywide smoking ban takes effect Monday.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This is a great idea! I am just curious about how they are going to regulate this. It is possible to control something this massive? A lot of people will be unhappy about this. So there will be plenty of rebellions. But why not up the prices of such products first? Why ban smoking cold turkey?
  • make smoking illegal in New York City's 1,700 parks and on the city's 14 miles of public beaches. Smoking will also be prohibited in pedestrian plazas like Times Square.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Oh okay. This sounds slightly pausible. If this works then many other big cities and do the same. Then 50 years down the line we will make a smoke free America. But would that be possible since tobacco was the leading cash crop that jump started America.
  • Cigarette butts account for 75% of the litter found on New York City beaches, according to a news release from Bloomberg's office.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Wow! Who would have ever guessed?
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  • New York City follows in the footsteps of 105 municipalities (in states including California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New Jersey) that have banned smoking on public beaches, according to data from the advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Major cities include Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Seattle.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      It is funny how this is happening everywhere and this is the first time I have heard of this.
  • "These smoke-free laws start at a local level,"
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Will there be a federal law installed to back this up? Local laws will work only till a certain extend.
  • 100% smoke-free nonhospitality workplaces, restaurants or bars
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Hospital's can be included into this statistic.
  • 79.4% of the country's population is covered by local and state laws banning smoking.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Considering that I haven't seen any difference in smoking regardless of it being in parks or hospitals I don't think that this is really working.
  • The ban will be enforced by the city's parks department, and if violators are caught, they could be fined $50.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      $50 fine seems too small!
  • amended three times
    • Purnima Malik
       
      So this is a gradual thing. Okay nevermind this might just work!
Purnima Malik

Jury sworn in for Anthony trial - NashuaTelegraph.com - 0 views

  • A group of 12 jurors and five alternates was finally seated following 11 days spent sifting through candidates in Pinellas County, Fla. It was no simple task finding people who hadn’t formed opinions about the highly publicized defendant.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Maybe there should be law that doesn't allow high publicized cases going to court, or something like that.
  • Anthony, 25, is charged with murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What's with mothers killing their own children lately?
  • This selection saw one potential juror, who also happens to be a possible witness in the case, poison a pool of 50 when she spoke openly about the case before being called into the courtroom.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      If this case was on the down low they wouldn't have a problem getting jurors in the first place. But why was a witness in the pool of juriors? And how exactly did this witness poison the pool of jurors.
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  • On Friday, a spectator in the courtroom, Elizabeth Ann Rogers, shouted out, “She killed somebody anyway!” while attorneys questioned a potential juror.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      And let me guess, since the defendent hasn't refused a gallery and since the defendent isn't a minor they can't close it. Again I believe that a sense of privacy is being overlooked. In the many cases I read about a similar situations they haven't had massive juror issues.
  • The juror who heard the outburst was soon let go, but the attorneys continued their questioning until there were no candidates left.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      I think this further proves that there is a flaw in our justice system or maybe you can only go so far without conflicts of interest.
  • Perry addressed Casey Anthony directly and asked if she was satisfied with the jury. And for the first time in a long time, the people watching this case heard her speak.

    “With our objections,” she said, “Yes.”

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Is this good enough for consent? If her mental health isn't well then this verbal consent isn't good enough.
Purnima Malik

Julianne McCrery, Mother of Mystery Maine Boy Charged With Murder - ABC News - 1 views

  • The boy's body was found dumped on a dirt road in rural Maine a week ago.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This seems so unreal! Why would anyone have kids and kill them. It has never made any sense to me.
  • "knowingly causing the death of Camden Hughes by asphyxiation" and "causing a death with extreme indifference to human life."
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Are the mother's tears suppose to make this crime somewhat ok? Why did he kill him anyway?
  • "Yes, ma'am." As she was being led away
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I know that it is a right to get a lawyer. However it would be a waste on money, energy and time if she actually killed her son. That money, energy and time could be used to get some innocent out of jail.
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  • ." Murphy said he believes his client is suicidal and has said she wants to die.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      If she was really suicidal then depending on how serious her symptoms were, there would be a chance that wouldn't have custody of her child. And where exactly is her husband? If she was suicidal one of her loved ones would be concern with the safety of the kid.
  • Nobody filed a missing persons report for the boy and a scan of missing persons databases turned up no leads.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Did the mother make any excuse about not being able to file a report.
  • $175-per-week motel earlier in the month.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Why were they staying in a motel in N.H anyways?
  • "Good night, Sleep Tight."
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Maybe this book can give some insight on the true mental state of McCrery and her relationship with her son.
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Tucson district in turmoil over state ban on ethnic studies - CSMonitor.com - 0 views

  • Already the target of a federal lawsuit, a controversial Arizona law that essentially bans ethnic studies in public schools has pitted the largest school district in Tucson against students, parents, and other program supporters.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      I wonder what would be the reason behind this?
  • raucous four-hour meeting punctuated by the removal of several people from the boardroom and loud protests from the crowd, the board postponed taking action until after it convenes a public forum on the matter.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Honestly people need to be open minded. Take books for example, every year school's have to ban books from their courses. To Kill a Mockingbird has been threatened many times and it has also been banned from several schools too.
  • raucous four-hour meeting punctuated by the removal of several people from the boardroom and loud protests from the crowd, the board postponed taking action until after it convenes a public forum on the matter.
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  • bans ethnic studies that promote the overthrow of the United States government and resentment toward a race or class of people. Also outlawed are classes designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group and those that advocate ethnic solidarity rather than the treatment of students as individuals.
  • bans ethnic studies that promote the overthrow of the United States government and resentment toward a race or class of people. Also outlawed are classes designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I don't understand why people want to ban ethnic studies so badly. If anything I think it gives good insight into what others many be ignore. Anthropologists study religion and ethnic groups and man kind, so should that career be ban too?
  • Under the proposal, the Mexican-American classes would not count toward the social-studies requirement and would instead be electives. Six-and-a-half elective credits are needed for graduation.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I am personally against the idea to requiring students to take classes that won't make an impact for their futures- maybe I am like that because I am a selective learner.
  • Latino students who have traditionally struggled to graduate, will not take the additional courses and double up for an additional history class,” he said.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Talking about being selective, this is a generalization. I am pretty sure that a good amount of students did take additional courses. These guys need a better teacher that can challenge them into learning like in the movie Stand and Deliver.
  • Dozens of police, some in riot gear, surrounded the building where the meeting (which included an overflow crowd) took place. A police helicopter even hovered above. Before the start of another meeting last week, when the matter was originally supposed to be taken up, youths had chained themselves to board members’ chairs. That session was canceled.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Wow! This banning thing is intense. I wonder what will happen.
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Prosecutors weigh additional charges in Maryland McDonald's attack - CNN.com - 0 views

  • attacking a transgender woman at a McDonald's in a videotape
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What would the motive? Did the women know each other? What were they charged with and what would the additional charge be?
  • video, which went viral last week
    • Purnima Malik
       
      The strangest things become viral. First Rebecca Black and now this. This is security footage how does it get leaked?
  • Someone off-camera can be heard laughing, another yells "Stop!" several times during the attack and at one point, a voice can be heard telling the suspects, "Y'all need to go before the police come."

    • Purnima Malik
       
      How is this important? This kind of stuff happens all the time- even in petty fights in school.
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  • shaking uncontrollably on the floor.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      It is quite pathetic that no one in that room could stop this.
  • One of the suspects was 14 and charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault, according to police.

    The other suspect was 18 and charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, police said.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Shouldn't the punishment be the same for the same crime?
  • police report as saying the fight was "over using the bathroom."
    • Purnima Malik
       
      People fight over the stupidest things.
  • hate crime, they could face an extra 10 years in prison, in addition to whatever sentences they might get for the assault, plus an extra $10,000 fine, he said.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Would this be for both teenagers? Or would it be different?
  • "All my daughter wanted to do was use the bathroom."
    • Purnima Malik
       
      And now she is scared for life.
  • McDonald's is a safe
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Well McDonald's isn't safe for the health conscience.
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2nd teen in weeks survives Golden Gate Bridge jump | BlueRidgeNow.com - 0 views

  • 2nd teen in weeks survives Golden Gate Bridge jump

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Although this article may not have direct connection with everything that we have done in class so far. I think it is important to address that if a person pushes other person off this bridge it would be called murder and there would be severe consequences (time in jail, fines...), however what is the punishment for taking your on life? Would it be constitutional to declare a law that forbids sucide or something along those lines.
  • second person in five weeks to survive a plunge from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge - a 220-foot drop that is almost always fatal.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I am pretty sure that the San Francisco bridge has a net under it because it has a high risk for sucide. The net was suppose to break one's fall, so the fall wouldn't be as fatal. So couldn't they be sucided for having a uneffective net. It may sound stupid, but if in today's world a someone has to take responisbility then who would be responisble for this?
  • threat of prosecution for trespassing
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What about endangering his own life? There should be punishment for that! This example proves that the frontal brain isn't fully developed in a teenager.
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  • handled as a suicide attempt
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Okay what makes this case different from the 17 year old boy? We can't objectify what one might be thinking or why might one perform the way they do.

      Going back to the other point about the charges for the boy:
      How is trespassing determined on a public bridge?
  • 278 people took their lives from the span between 2000 and 2010. About 677 people were deterred after going to the bridge intending to harm themselves, she said.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      SImply put there must be something wrong, if there are so many people willing to end their lives. Where does law fall in here? Or do they just declared them mental unstable and send them off to a pysch ward. 677 people were deterred for trying to harm themselves so what makes them stop from trying to committ sucide again. Afterall, punishments are given to criminals in hopes that they will turn around when they return back into society. I know this is a touchy topic but something just doesn't seem right about the current system.
Purnima Malik

Mother Who Drove Kids Into River Studying to Be Child Counselor - ABC News - 0 views

  • She was a very good mom," Tina Claybourne, a neighbor told the Associated Press. "She took care of her kids. She always was with her kids."

    The case is reminiscent of an infamous murder in 1994 when Susan Smith strapped in her two young sons and drove a car into a South Carolina pond. She is currently serving a life sentence

    • Purnima Malik
       
      This case is strange. I think the father could have also been apart of this. Anyways everything doesn't line up. I wouldn't relate this case to the one in 1994 unless she a also a "good mother" pursuing a similar career.
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Mother Who Drove Kids Into River Studying to Be Child Counselor - ABC News - 0 views

  • studying to help children with emotional problems
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Ironic! What made do this? Some people are just too strange.
  • the w
    oman's 10 year-old son who was able to unroll a window and crawl out during the two minutes it took for the car to sink.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This would mean that the minivan was old and that he was in the passenger seat. But how did he escape from his mother if he was right next to her?
  • "intentionally drove the vehicle into the river,"
    • Purnima Malik
       
      How was the police able to determine this? Maybe the car brakes didn't work or something.
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  • Armstrong, who relatives and neighbors praised for being an attentive mother, was studying social work at Orange County Community College and wanted to counsel children, her brother told ABCNews.com.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      This is not doesn't line up. Did she have a mental breakdown in the car? Was she mad at her children? And what happened to the father?
  • brother Ty'Mar Armstrong
    • Purnima Malik
       
      The only one person sticking up for the mother is her brother. So what is with that! If others think that she was a fine mother wouldn't they also have some quotes in this article too?
  • "domestic argument"
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Sounds like this argument was heated. I wish they could give us details. Someone should have told her about the smell the soup, cool the soup thing to help calm herself out of what seems to be a spontaneous decision.
  • domestic dispute is believed to have been only a verbal argument with the father of Armstrong's three youngest children
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What ever happen to the white picket fence family. Now days it is rare! People have some hot temper issues.
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Sept. 11 Terrorist Suspects to Face Guantanamo Military Trial, U.S. Says - Bloomberg - 0 views

  • abandoned plans for a civilian trial in New York City for the self- proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and is sending the case to a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      It makes sense to move on this case to military commission because of the nature of the trial but would this be constitutional? And why in Cuba? how exactly will this work out. Whatever the outcome this case will end up in the books.
  • Lawmakers enacted legislation that blocked the administration from moving terror suspects from Guantanamo to the U.S. for trial
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Sure we don't want terrorist in country but who will this work? Going back to the first highlight section why was this trial tried for civil court- why not federal court or this military commission thing instead.
  • “Members of Congress have intervened and imposed restrictions blocking the administration from bringing any Guantanamo detainees to trial in the United States, regardless of the venue,”
    • Purnima Malik
       
      How does Guantanamo feel about this? While we were learning about sentencing where does keeping terrorist in prisons outside the US fall in.
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  • Those unwise and unwarranted restrictions undermine our counterterrorism efforts and could harm our national security.”
    • Purnima Malik
       
      As much as terriosts have kept the US on its toes, and although there might be a probability of harming national security, I don't think this is right. US should stand up against these terroist, instead of keeping them a yard away place them in those coffins- like they really care for their lives anyway.
  • alleged terrorists could be found not guilty on a legal technicality.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What would that legal technicality be? They killed thousands of innocent people!
      Do these criminals have a lawyer defending them? Because that lawyer would have a lot guts to take such a bullet.
  • one of the most well-researched and documented cases I have ever seen in my decades of experience as a prosecutor.”
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Hey! That's what I thought! This trial will big huge. It be on the news and affect the stock market negatively.
  • suspects “are charged with war crimes and their cases belong before military commissions, not federal courts here in the United States,”
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Actually wouldn't it be terrorism before war crimes because the war was a result to the attack?
  • civilian trial, called Guantanamo the “ideal setting” for the trial because it is ’’fully secure.’’
    • Purnima Malik
       
      If this means that US will be safe from a risk of a terrorist attack on the US because of this trial, that is just an assumption. The truth is that we will never be sure.
  • We have witnessed the serious problems that arise when high-level terrorists are tried in civilian courts -- including the dismissal of important evidence, attacks on guards, intelligence leaks and enormous burdens on the surrounding
    • Purnima Malik
       
      And housing this problem in Cuba will solve this?
  • commissions are “broken and deficient” and shouldn’t be used to try the Sept. 11 suspects.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      How does this make any sense, I would charge them with for everything I could- even PTS. Shouldn't this case be easy?
  • Americans are murdered on American soil, we should not be afraid to bring those responsible for those heinous acts to justice in American courts
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I agree with Leahy. It is a risk but they should know that America is strong, that their crime is worst in the history of crimes.
  • The 80-page indictment, which named the almost 3,000 people killed in the attacks, charged Mohammed and four others with conceiving and helping execute the plan to hijack airliners and crash them into U.S. buildings “causing maximum casualties and destruction.”
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This is exactly why I think the trial should be in America. This was the most tragic day I could think of and a lot of people lost lives. They don't deserve any sympathy.
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Walmart sex-bias case divides US supreme court | Business | The Guardian - 0 views

  • Conservative judges on the US supreme court sharply challenged lawyers attempting to bring the biggest sex discrimination case in history
    • Purnima Malik
       
      The question would be whether Walmart is too big to get sued.
  • The court's justices are set to decide by June whether lawyers representing potentially more than a million women employed by Walmart can bring a class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit against the retail giant.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Although there is power in numbers. I don't think this will be effective because each women's case would have to be looked at carefully. Going after Walmart will generate a lot more profits, than individual branches. Everyone involved in this case will have to be on the same page and I wouldn't be easy to pull off.
  • The potentially liability in the case could reach billions of dollars. The suit began nearly 10 years ago when it was originally filed on behalf of employee Betty Dukes and five of her co-workers.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I thought people had the right to a speedy trial, 10 years is not speedy! Its something that this lawsuit started with 5 women and now it have millions. If Walmart appealed to let the case go, then what happened?
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  • corporate culture that stereotypes women and that has led to discrimination in pay and promotion.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      According to another source in my econ class, men were earning about a dollar fifty more than men. And promotions were those pat on the back kind. If corporations are considered individual entities then should Walmart get sued as a whole?
  • statistical element in the case was "causing concerns".

    "Statistics alone seem to be troubling for the courts," he said.

    "There needs to be other evidence than a mathematical analysis of pay scales." He said evidence, such as testimony from employees about a sexist corporate culture or a policy of discrimination, would bolster the case.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Is there any other hard evidence that could be used? What was the given statistical evidence? Is the court siding to one side or another?
  • Wal-Mart denies discrimination.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Is this was Walmart claimed ten years ago in the other trial?
  • He said it was impossible for the company to defend its treatment of such a massive number of people when they worked at thousands of different stores and in many different jobs.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      However if the treatment across many stores and job positions are the same then how but can it be. Shouldn't Walmart take responsible for the people they hired?
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Houston Woman Charged in Fatal Day Care Fire Returns to U.S. - 0 views

  • Houston Woman Charged in Fatal Day Care Fire Returns to U.S.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This will be interesting since, I also read an article about this woman fleeing the country.
  • arrested in Nigeria.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What exactly was she doing in Nigeria and how was she arrested? Can U.S officials across international boarders to catch killers like Tata. I thought the Nigerian government would have to arrest her and give her to American officials. I don't know the process.
  • U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitives
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I am curious to find out her motive. Even in the other article her motive was missing from this picture. Who's is number one on the wanted fugitve list and what did that person do?
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  • fatal fire at her home-based day care
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Wait. There was a fatal fire? And this daycare was in her home? I am so lucky that I have never been in a daycare. I think I would be nervous to send kids to a daycare after this.
  • U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security agents,
    • Purnima Malik
       
      How does the U.S have the right to over step another countries border's to arrest people who have only done a crime in America? I wish they could explain this a little bit. What would happen if she was also wanted in Nigeria for some other crime?
  • four counts of manslaughter, six counts of reckless injury to a child, three counts of abandoning a child under 15 and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Would this be good enough for capital punishment in Texas? And I am curious to know what do the parents think about Tata and her future punishment? Have the parents filed any charges privately?
  • while she was gone, the fire broke out on a stove-top burner that had been left on.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      And how exactly were bullet wounds found on the children. What would be her reason for leaving the children alone in her house, because shopping doesn't sound quite legit. I would never do that because I wouldn't want them messing up my stuff.
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Facebook and The White House join forces in the fight against bullying - Anaheim relati... - 0 views

  • Today, it is not that easy. 
    • Purnima Malik
       
      The entire definition of what bullying is has changed. At that time the bullies would call victims names, spread bad rumors about them hurting them socially, physical and mentally. Now it is just a mess. How are people suppose to track bullies on the web?
  • fake online profiles which allow them to bully anonymously. 
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Exactly, now that people have gotten smart. So know the victim might not even know him/her. But how would they track this? I don't think it is possible to stop this because it deals with the internet. Once something goes on, it never comes down.
  • One third of middle school and high school students report being bullied during the school year.  Almost 3 million students have said they were pushed, shoved, tripped and even spit on. 
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Shocking! Actually, I don't think bullying is the ultimate problem because it is everywhere even on WallStreet. Want people should preach is another way to get stronger or something. I think this is a lost hope because it is just not reasonable for everyone to sing kum bai ya around the fire.
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    • Purnima Malik
       
      Even if this helps a small percentage- what can this web site do if the bully is on the other side of the earth? Is this webs site just supose to make bullying an offical problem? How exactly will this work?
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Ok! But what if it doesn't work. You can give people tons of information but you can't force them to pay attention and get the help they require.
  • "Safety Center"
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What a suprise because I though facebook wants all their users to have a million friend despite if they actually know them. This seems like a contradiction.
  • MTV is also joining in the fight against bullying by launching a coalition to fight bullying online along with releasing a series of advertisements
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What another delightful suprise, MTV the future image for teens is also joining in. Now I can't take this seriously.
  • yourself a favor and educate your child today.  You absolutely don't want her to become the next victim or worse... another statistic.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      A little over used, don't you think? "Another statistic".
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Idaho bill would take away power of teachers union - 1 views

  • A bill that would phase out tenure for new teachers and restrict collective bargaining on their salaries and benefits is on its way to the Idaho governor.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      How exactly is this fair? Teachers have a low enough salary how it is? Is this how Idaho views their education? They should be lucky that they even have an education in our horrible economy.
  • Idaho bill would take away power of teachers union

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Everyone should get the right to form a union. Now companies many set some ground rules or something, but the state should not be able to determine the right for teachers to form a union. In my economics class we were watch a movie in which a nurse and a guard decide to form unions to reach out to other nurses and guards about rising salaries.
  • The GOP-backed measure cleared its final hurdle Tuesday in the state Legislature, where it passed the Idaho House on a 48-22 vote. Nine Republicans crossed party lines to oppose the bill.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      I don't think of myself as a stong politcal minded person, but go republicans for opposing the bill. I don't think can make this call because unions was a huge thing ever since America was create. The people should take this to court.
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  • gut teacher rights
    • Purnima Malik
       
      That's what I am saying! Yay! Go protest!
  • Opponents say it's a slap in the face to teachers and a mean-spirited move to dismantle their union.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      It just seems wrong!
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More charges in deadly day care fire | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chron... - 0 views

  • A day care operator charged in a fire last week that claimed the lives of four children faces nine new charges
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This sounds extremely strange. A day care "operator" decided to open fire. What was going on in this guy's head?
  • fled the country Saturday and is in Nigeria.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      It still doesn't make any sense...why did she do what she did? And how was she able to fly out of the country so soon. Is she off the hook?
  • will include six for reckless injury to a child and three charges of child endangerment. Her previous charge filed Sunday stands.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      She apparently as a record on endangering kids, was she allowed to be the day care operator? I think the victim's parents should sue her and the daycare center for letting her work there.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Or are all these charges for the shooting. I would say a gun less world would be better, but then the weapon would just be something else. I wonder how Tata treated the kids and how the kids treated her prior to the shooting. How was there relationship.
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  • "outrageous allegations" criticizing their handling of the Tata investigation.

    After Tata fled, questions were raised about whether law enforcement or prosecutors dropped the ball.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Lykos is crazy! Honestly, then who in the right mind would fire at kids. And if Tata is innocent then why did she run away?
  • "I was ready to hop on a plane myself."
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Lykos should get sue too for covering her. By the way how exactly was Tata caught. Is article is missing a lot of information.
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New York airport bomb plotter handed life sentence - 0 views

  • conspiring to blow up buildings, fuel tanks and pipelines at the airport in the New York City borough of Queens
    • Purnima Malik
       
      How did this conspircy come out? And what did it involved. I bet this plan involved more than one person. So did he name anyone else?
  • He was arrested in June 2007 along with three other men
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Hold on was this for the similar thing? The people in this world are crazy!
  • government informant
    • Purnima Malik
       
      It is a pain how it is and now insiders are also helping these pathetic people! Did they figure out who it was?
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  • nowhere near being operational when the men were arrested.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Does this mean that they can't be charged for it then?
  • hoped would rival 9/11
    • Purnima Malik
       
      No reglious thing? Ok, this man is lacking his brain if he thinks that this type of stuff goes down in some record breaking book or something. What would make a man do this?
  • handing out the life sentence that Defreitas richly deserves."

    The men sought to offer their plans to Jamaat Al Muslimeen, an Islamist extremist group

    • Purnima Malik
       
      1) How will they know if the plans are legit?
      2) What is the punishment for the other men?
      3) What security/protection system type stuff will they enforce now?
  • sentenced to 15 years
    • Purnima Malik
       
      All of them should serve a lifetime in jail for all the lives that could have been destoryed by their plans. It's like 1st degree murder on a bigger scale. What made them get off the hook? What where the lesser crimes?
Purnima Malik

Lieberman, Collins: FBI and Pentagon could have stopped the Fort Hood shootings - 1 views

  • accused in the murders of 13 people and the attempted murders of 32 others in the shooting spree at Fort Hood, Tex., in November 2009
    • Purnima Malik
       
      It is slightly ironic that we are talking about the privacy act and terrorism today.
  • and that makes this incident all the more tragic.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      That what they said about 9/11. Apparently a lot of small government agencies caught wind of a couple details, but they weren't able to put the puzzle together in time.
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Hasan, a psychiatrist, openly expressed his beliefs that suicide bombings were justified, that U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were wars against Islam, that Muslim Americans in the U.S. military might engage in fratricide against their comrades and that his loyalty to his religion was greater than his sworn obligation as a military officer to support and defend the Constitution
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This is quite outrageous! Why didn't he get fired? And couldn't he completely lose his medical license, because psychiatrists aren't suppose to bias their patients because it will confuse them and cause conflicts.
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  • collectively had sufficient information to have detected Hasan's radicalization to violent Islamist extremism but failed both to understand and to act on it."
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I think these government agencies should be confident enough to act on what they know. This is not the first time this has happened.
  • radicalization was praised as research on terrorism and Islam.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Even so, because of his profession his patients could have even more damage because now they might be inflicted with the Islamist extremism ideas and their own. This will basically will elevate their traumatic experiences.
  • The Washington JTTF reviewed Hasan's sanitized personnel evaluations and casually and erroneously concluded that his radical communications were part of legitimate research on terrorism and Islam.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I am glad that they will pay closer attention to it. However, I don't think Hasan mentioned that he was doing any kind of research so how are they able to assume such a thing?
Purnima Malik

'Jihad Jane': 'Jihad Jane' pleads guilty in terrorism plot - latimes.com - 1 views

  • Jihad Jane," accused of conspiring with foreign terrorists to kill a Swedish cartoonist who offended Muslims,
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This might be too early for me to say this but, it seems like someone cannot take a joke! And what's up with the name "Jihad Jane". Is a nickname or a legal name? Is this American a male or female? (I would like to guess female because of the name Jane attached to the end.)
  • Colleen LaRose, 47, avoids a trial but sets herself up for a potential life sentence in prison and a $1-million fine. She initially pleaded not guilty in March.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Was Jane and LaRose working together? Why does LaRose get to avoid a trial when she obviously gave the wrong plead?
  • LaRose is accused of conspiring with others in Asia and Europe to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who drew the prophet Muhammad's head on a dog's body in 2007.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Nevermind, about the whole joke thing (in my first comment.) That's a little harsh- trust me with that. At the same time when Saddam Hussein's statues were toppled over, no one bother to kill the masses who participated in that. It shouldn't matter what other people think. The truth is not everybody will like you and they might be thinking about drawing your head on a dog's body too. On a side note, I was in Model United Nations last year- in this club we skipped school to attend Mock UN meetings. The presiding officer was completely rude and annoying, so the assembly would pass around really, really bad notes about him (including drawings of him similar to the dog's body thing.) Anyways, when he found out he ran out of the room literally crying. In both cases it is an overreaction.
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  • she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to government officials relating to international terrorism, and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What's with people playing with the terrorism paranoia. It is a weak spot for many countries. Are these people just that despite for some control?
  • LaRose, who lived in Pennsburg, Pa., 35 miles north of Philadelphia, called herself "Jihad Jane" and "Fatima LaRose" online.

    She posted on YouTube in June 2008 that she was desperate to do something to help the suffering Muslim people. The message attracted contacts from people in Asia and Europe who invited LaRose to travel to Europe and train with jihadists, according to court documents.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      Oh, so LaRose is Jane. It seems like she lost her original intentions "to help the suffering Muslim people." Because killing someone else doesn't do anything but hurt other people. For the record killing someone else doesn't boost (at least it shouldn't boost a mentality stable persons) confidence. She could have helped in so many other ways, it is a shame.
  • The case became public when federal authorities unsealed the indictment.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      What can I say, some people are just crazy.
Purnima Malik

Man arrested with explosives outside Mich. mosque - War Room - Salon.com - 1 views

  • Roger Stockham, a 63-year-old California man, was arrested on explosives charges last week after police allegedly found him with M-80s in the trunk of his car in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of America, a Dearborn, Michigan, mosque.

    • Purnima Malik
       
      1) This is a Californian Man who traveled all the way to a mosque in Michigan; that doesn't make any sense. Why go that far with explosives?
      3) How did this man get the M-8os explosives?
      2) Was the mosque preaching extremist teachings?
  • Stockham was arraigned on Wednesday on one count of false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possession of explosives with unlawful intent, police said in a statement.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Ok, this man seems to be racised and paranoid.
  • history of anti-government feelings and he was attracted to Michigan because of its large Arab and Muslim population.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This explains a lot! But you can't pick up explosives from the middle of a road.
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  • mental instability or not, he could have caused a lot of damage." And, he added, "if his name was Ali or Muhammed and he did a similar thing at a synogogue, he would have been immediately labeled a domestic terrorist
    • Purnima Malik
       
      This is a good point. What will happen to Stockham? He can't be released- it is not safe, he is a walking hazard. I think he should be labeled as a domestic terrorist.
  • He says Stockham had been heard by an employee of a Detroit bar making anti-Muslim remarks, including "describing Muslims as the enemy." The employee took down Stockham's license plate and alerted police. When they found him in the mosque parking lot, police found a concealed knife on Stockham and a large amount of fireworks, including M-80 exlposives, in the trunk of his car
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Oh wow. And if the bar employee had not called the police 500 people would have been dead today. One little thing can go a long way. Again, I am completely puzzeled about the exlposives- How much was he carrying, How did he get them, Are they legal (because I don't think they are.)?
Purnima Malik

The Associated Press: Case in Giffords shooting likely to take years - 1 views

  • could take years to wend its way through the criminal justice system.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I don't understand why some of the most obvious cases need so much time. Isn't clear the Loughner is guilty?
  • whether to move the case to a different venue, a possible insanity defense, and prosecutors' push for the death penalty.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      "Insanity defense" means that his mental stability may be in question- however even if this case will last longer than usual. How long is the predicted time to assort this case.
  • attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the attempted murder of two of her aides. He is accused of opening fire on a Giffords political event in a rampage that wounded 13 people and killed six others, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl who was born on Sept. 11, 2001.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      After what did this guy did, it seems unjust that he is getting some time inbetween his trials.
      By the way, the author who added the 9- year-old girl's date of birth is slightly strange. It seems like the author is putting in more sentiment in a stressful case. I think the author should stress the amount of people affected by the shooting instead. That by itself is mor effective than the birth date.
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  • tube to drain the excess fluid, which can cause pressure and swelling.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      Now this is better information. Although, doesn't this contradict doctor patient confidentially if the patient is still in the ICU?
  • erratic behavior
    • Purnima Malik
       
      What exactly is considered erratic behavior?
  • She has a reputation for working out plea deals that spare defendants the death penalty, as was the case for Rudolph and Kaczynski.
    • Purnima Malik
       
      I would like to see how she works the court to get rid of the death penalty. I can't see how this guy can avoid a death penalty, he seriously injuried and killed people.
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