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Nick Wing
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When Misguided Cops Turn The War On Weed Into A War On Growing Things

(128) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:57 PM

If law enforcement officials around the country are going to continue cracking down on marijuana grow operations, especially in heavily armed, unannounced raids, maybe they should consider hiring a botanist or two.

Earlier this month, Dwayne Perry of Cartersville, Georgia, was startled out of his bed by a...

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12 Unbelievable Things People Have Actually Been Arrested And Thrown In Jail For

(71) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Many Americans will see the inside of a jail cell at some point in their lives. And if you think it only happens to criminals and troublemakers, think again. According to FBI estimates cited by the Wall Street Journal, authorities have made more than a quarter of a...

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The U.S. Wants You To Know It's Great At Blowing Stuff Up With Its Ridiculously Expensive Toys

(10) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:19 PM

The United States and five Arab allies launched a military campaign in Syria this week, striking targets controlled by the Islamic State and the Khorasan Group, a small al Qaeda offshoot in Syria that was allegedly plotting an attack against the United States. Hours after missiles...

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17 Numbers That Will Make You Realize Just How Pathetic The Federal Minimum Wage Is

(267) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 8:43 AM

If you have a job that pays the federal minimum wage, an hour of your work is worth $7.25, before taxes. Activists and lawmakers from around the country say this amount and slightly higher state-based rates don't offer workers enough to pay for life's basics. President Barack Obama and his...

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16 Sobering Numbers That Remind Us To Honor The Sacrifice Of 9/11 Responders

(30) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:33 AM

Thirteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, some first responders and rescue workers are still waiting to receive proper care and compensation. From increased rates of cancer and other diseases to a continued failure by lawmakers to pass clear legislation to manage benefits, their burden has mounted with...

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13 More 'Michael Brown' Police Killings We've Learned About In The Month Since His Death

(114) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:32 PM

It has been exactly one month since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The unarmed black teen's death drew national attention to a number of issues about policing and equal treatment under the law that have long been of...

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Conservatives Wish David Cameron Were President Because He 'Sounds' Like A Real Leader

(71) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:14 PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a forceful speech on Friday, talking about the need to address the mounting threat his nation faces from the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS or ISIL. A day after President Barack Obama had spoken about the extremists

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Privileged White Guys On Fox News Agree: There's No Such Thing As White Privilege

(546) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Some of the most prominent hosts on Fox News are pretty sure the term "white privilege" refers to a mythical concept, like Bigfoot, Santa Claus or (if you're Fox News) climate change.

Sure, other people say white privilege exists, claiming to have witnessed it and even providing clear-cut examples...

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21 Numbers That Will Help You Understand Why Ferguson Is About More Than Michael Brown

(487) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:33 AM

The shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown has sparked nationwide protest and outrage as the country continues to grapple with its history of racial discrimination and police brutality, especially against African-Americans. Brown's name is one of the latest additions to a long list of...

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Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

(1428) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and adjunct instructor of homeland security at Colorado Technical University, has a suggestion for victims of police violence searching for someone to blame: Look in the mirror.

In a column published Tuesday in The Washington Post titled,...

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It Doesn't Matter If Michael Brown Stole A Box Of Cigars

(1394) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:11 PM

At a Friday press conference outside a Ferguson, Missouri, QuikTrip gas station burned during looting earlier this week, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson identified Darren Wilson as the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown on Saturday.

Jackson gave no further information about the...

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Just Because You're Not Breaking The Law, Doesn't Mean You Won't Get Arrested

(96) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 11:10 AM

As The Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly experienced first-hand this week, police officers often arrest people even if they're not actually committing a crime.

On Thursday night in Ferguson, Missouri, SWAT officers dispatched to respond to protests in the wake of the police killing of unarmed teen Michael...

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Actual Military Veterans Say Cops In Ferguson Are Excessively Armed, Untrained Wannabes

(215) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:46 PM

The town of Ferguson, Missouri, has been flooded with heavily armed SWAT officers in the wake of the Aug. 9 killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer. According to some reports, upwards of 70 officers decked out not just in riot gear, but...

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When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

(1239) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 8:35 AM

On the afternoon of Aug. 9, a police officer fatally shot an unarmed, black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. Details remain in dispute. Eyewitnesses have said that Brown was compliant with police and was shot while he had his hands up. Police maintain that the...

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The NRA Is Quietly Fighting For Your Right To Kill Elephants For Their Ivory

(185) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Last year, people around the world watched as a gun lobbyist with his own NRA-sponsored cable TV show stalked a large bull elephant in the African bush, raised his rifle and shot it two times in the face, killing it. The hunter, NRA strategist Tony Makris, and his...

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7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List

(124) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 8:48 AM

Earlier this week, The Intercept published a 166-page document outlining the government's guidelines for placing people on an expansive network of terror watch lists, including the no-fly list. In their report, Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux highlighted the extremely vague and loosely defined criteria developed by...

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Put This Marijuana Quiz In Your Pipe And Smoke It

(33) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 10:28 AM

This year has already been a huge one for marijuana and pot policy, and if you don't know why, this quiz is already looking pretty tough. Whether you're an occasional toker, a hardcore marijuana policy expert or just love the fact that the substance has about 3 million different nicknames,...

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Quinn Lucas Schansman, U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17, Leaves Behind Happy Memories

(14) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Nineteen-year-old Quinn Schansman boarded an airplane on Thursday in Amsterdam, prepared to join the rest of his family already on vacation in Malaysia. On Friday, however, President Barack Obama announced that the young student was one of the 298 people -- and so far the only victim known...

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These Old School Photos Show The Evolution Of UPS' Big Brown Delivery Fleet

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:06 AM

The iconic brown delivery trucks used by the United Parcel Service didn't always look like they do today, but a set of photos from the UPS archive shows that they may have always at least been big and boxy.

Founded in Seattle, Washington in 1907 by James Casey,...

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Think You're A 2014 World Cup Super Fan? Then Step Up To The Spot And Ace This Quiz.

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 1:04 PM

The 2014 World Cup will come to a close on Sunday, when Germany takes on Argentina in the championship match, the last of 64 played over the past month. It will be a momentous and bittersweet ending for the die hard fans who have tuned in around the world, cheering...

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