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Underage Prostitution in New York City

Tasha Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tasha Mitchell

Very Young Girls (2007) documents the lives of underage prostitutes, as young as 12, residing in NYC. Looking for a "daddy" or someone to "love" them, these very young callgirls turned to pimps.

'For Official Use Only' Intel Memo Directs Police to Pipe Down on Facebook

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

In February of 2009, Gary Waters went to court in Brooklyn, accused of possessing a loaded 9mm handgun and bundle of ammo while on parole for burglary. It looked like a simple case. But Waters escaped the charge. Why?

Deeper Into the Shadows: The Unintended Consequences of Immigration Worksite Enforcement

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Kaye

Obama's budget request aims to continue an immigration enforcement policy whose unintended consequences are pushing tens of thousands of people deeper into the shadows and into the underground economy.

Elise Foley

Honduran Immigrant Faces Deportation After Helping Her Sister Report Domestic Violence | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An undocumented Florida woman who helped her sister report domestic violence now faces an order of deportation from Immigration and Cust...

No, He Wouldn't -- Would He? House Speaker's State May Get $450 Million Extra

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Buried deeply in the 359 pages of ugly surprises in the House GOP's budget bill is a provision that would mean one community in America would do a lot better than all of the others.

Immigration Reform and Border Communities: We Need Bipartisan Problem-Solving

Arturo Venegas, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arturo Venegas, Jr.

Our southern border is being used a pawn for politics rather than progress. What is really infecting the border cities in America is rhetoric about "border violence."

Low on Water, Short of Crop Land, Beijingers Turn to Golf

Daniel K. Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel K. Gardner

Considering the sizeable amount of land taken out of production, the water and the pesticides needed, and the harmful effects of intensive turf management, Beijing's golf craze makes little sense.

When Can Cops Gain Access to My Private Info on Facebook?

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
G.W. Schulz

While the entire picture of government surveillance and investigative tactics online isn't clear, pieces of the broader story have surfaced, helping citizens better understand what may happen to their personal information on the Internet.

Traffic Jams: Trading Dignity for Protection in Sex Work Debates

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

For both trafficking survivors and voluntary sex workers, recognition of their rights under the law often comes at the expense of their social power.

Why Are Some Cops So Hostile to Marijuana Policy Reform?

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

State prosecutors, police, sheriffs, and attorneys general are almost universally opposed to marijuana policy reform measures, to the point where they actually spend time and money lobbying against us. Why?

A Muslim's Duty to Society: The Time to Step Up is Now

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Recently, Representative Peter King (R) NY announced his decision to hold hearings on the radicalization of Islam among American Muslims. I gave the m...

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's... Phoenix Jones? Seattle 'Super' Man Takes Law Into Own Hands, Shoos Carjacker

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Batman. Spiderman. The Green Hornet. And now, Phoenix Jones. By day, he may be your average Joe. By night, however, one Seattle, Wash. man assumes a ...

Georgia Must Enact Anti-Profiling Laws

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

When I testified this month before the Special Joint Committee on Immigration Reform, a committee of 14 Republicans convened to draft legislative prop...

Gun Store Tied To 2,500 crimes in D.C. and Maryland

Washington Post | David S. Fallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Realco has been known as a leading seller of "crime guns" seized by local police, but a year-long Post investigation reveals the magnitude of Realco's...

ASPCA Announces Groundbreaking Research Study Underscoring Importance of Animal Cruelty Law Enforcement

Ed Sayres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ed Sayres

Our recent findings validate what we have long assumed -- that there is a major need for training for officers charged with enforcing animal cruelty laws and investigating cruelty cases.

In Harm's Way for Wildlife: Conservation Officer Killed in Line of Duty

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Even compared with some of the most hazardous jobs in the law enforcement field, game wardens face tremendous risk. Their job is also one of the most ...

A Letter to the Undecided: Prop 19

Jesse Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

I'm not asking Californians to condone marijuana. I'm asking them to accept the fact that arresting people for marijuana has not decreased the use of marijuana.

It's Not Just a Ticket: The Marijuana Possession "Infraction"

Jesse Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

Last month, Governor Schwarzenegger downgraded the possession of an ounce of marijuana to an infraction. But supporters of Prop. 19 would be wrong to stay away from the polls this November 2. The problem hasn't been solved.

Bureaucrats Can't Resist Celebrity Snooping in Government Databases

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

It's no surprise that government employees can't fight the urge to pry into the private lives of high-profile figures using something they do have: access to vast digital repositories of sensitive personal information.

Police Using Thousands More Civilians For Official Duties To Stretch Budgets

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Police agencies across the country are recruiting thousands of civilians for a growing number of duties previously performed by uniformed cops, in an ...

Ending the Backlog

Neal Baer, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neal Baer, M.D.

By failing to test these rape kits, we are telling victims that pursuing justice doesn't matter, that convicting violent perpetrators and taking them off our streets is not a top priority.

Make the Punishment Fit the Crime

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Liberson, PhD

A company's compliance record hinges on choosing between two philosophies. If it believes that compliance is the "cost of doing business," it invaria...

Prohibition and Civil Unrest

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Drug abuse and gang violence flourish in a drug prohibition environment, just as they did during alcohol prohibition in the US. Legalizing drugs will put the black market out of business.

We Are All Californians

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Californians have an opportunity to do what no other state has done, indeed, what no other country has accomplished: legalize marijuana.

2 Police Officers Fatally Shot In Alaska Village

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A standoff was under way Sunday in a tiny southeast Alaska village after a man fatally shot two of the village's four full-t...