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Michael Jackson On Trial Again -- Part III

Posted November 21, 2011 | 11/21/11 08:56 AM ET

Go here for Part I and Part II.

When Michael Jackson, in a drug-induced altered state of consciousness and slurring speech, talked about building a hospital for children, it wasn't the first time Michael Jackson had talked about building medical facilities for sick children. He equipped a burn...

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Michael Jackson On Trial Again -- Part II

Posted November 18, 2011 | 11/18/11 03:39 PM ET

Go here for Part I.

Conrad Murray's trial for manslaughter predictably became about Michael Jackson instead of his doctor because the use of Propofol was unusual and the patient was famous. In court, the displaying of medication bottles was high drama and the media pounced and rushed to publish...

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Michael Jackson On Trial Again -- Part I

Posted November 17, 2011 | 11/17/11 12:54 PM ET

In the "trial of the century," the prosecution rested, the defense rested, the jury can rest now that they're dismissed. When does Michael Jackson get to rest? To the media this wasn't the manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray; it was "the Michael Jackson Death Trial." And much of the time,...

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Power to the People Works When People Claim the Power

Posted August 23, 2011 | 08/23/11 12:47 PM ET

Co-authored by Matt Semino, Esq.

The misuse of words can harm. Consider rousing speeches of dictators, nations' call to arms, the hysteria of the lynch mob, ancient crusades, and modern hate speech against minorities. Words can also influence, demand, protect and heal. When people have a voice the culture advances....

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"Shocking Secrets Revealed: Illegal Means Used to Carve Up Live Humans for Human Consumption"

Posted August 11, 2011 | 08/11/11 02:39 PM ET

Get your attention? That is a tabloid headline. It's also true. The last few weeks revealed a shocking story that has uncovered widespread treachery. We witnessed dramatic shutdowns of newspapers, arrests of key figures, seizure of records, metro police and Scotland Yard officials stepping down, heads of governments accused of...

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When the Empire Strikes, Will the People Strike Back?

Posted July 18, 2011 | 07/18/11 11:35 AM ET

If I were keeping score in the epic battle of good versus evil on this planet, I would calculate the events of last week thus: Light- one; Darkness- zero. Everybody senses that there is more at stake in the Murdoch affair than the management of newspapers and a "naughty" media-gone-wild....

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Wisconsin Weekend Rally: More Philosophy Than Politics

Posted March 14, 2011 | 03/14/11 02:19 PM ET

I joined first a trickle, then a river and finally a sea of people making their way to the Capitol Mall in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday. The river moved counterclockwise around the capitol building as drums played and feet marched and someone began a call and response chant that went...

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Speaking of Violence: Words In The Wake of Tucson's Tragedy

Posted January 15, 2011 | 01/15/11 12:39 PM ET

A snippet of conversation:

Speaker: "Grandpa always said: 'You have to choose your battles and decide what hill you want to die on' and that's how I live my life. I'm going to kill two birds with one stone this time giving it my best shot even though I know...

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Bullying: Not Just for Playgrounds Anymore

Posted January 11, 2011 | 01/11/11 11:56 AM ET

Bullying is not just for playgrounds anymore. An alarm has been ringing across the cultures of an entire globe catching the attention of leaders and educators who desperately search for its cure in programs that teach sensitivity and empathy to youth. All of the educational materials define bullying and tell...

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