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Texas Ends Last Meal Tradition For Death Row Inmates

Saki Knafo | November 23, 2011 | Crime
On Thursday, prison officials in Texas decided to end the practice of allowing condemned inmates to choose their last meal. The day before, Texas had executed Lawrence Russell Brewer, one of the men who chained James Byrd Jr. to a pick-up truck and dragged him to his death in...

Thailand's New Rice Policy Could Lead To International Food Price Crisis, Analysts Warn

Saki Knafo | November 20, 2011 | World
A program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is warning of a possible spike in international rice prices, a development that the program's analysts say could have grave implications for countries where access to food is already limited. The analysts are reluctant to make specific predictions...

Occupy Wall Street: Protesters Gather For Demonstration Modeled On Arab Spring (VIDEO)

Saki Knafo | November 18, 2011 | New York
NEW YORK -- On Saturday afternoon, nearly a thousand people gathered by the bull statue in Manhattan's financial district, marched up Broadway, and poured into the plaza at Broadway and Liberty Street, holding up signs and shouting slogans like, "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out." They were protesting...

Maikel Nabil Sanad, On Hunger Strike in Egypt, Is Dying: Family

Saki Knafo | November 15, 2011 | World
Back in March, when the ouster of Hosni Mubarak was still fresh, the Egyptian government arrested a 25-year-old blogger named Maikel Nabil Sanad and sentenced him to three years in prison. Under Mubarak's rule, the incarceration of dissident bloggers was not uncommon, but Maikel's trial was the first of this...

Maikel Nabil Sanad, On Hunger Strike in Egypt, Is Dying: Family

Saki Knafo | November 15, 2011 | World
Back in March, when the ouster of Hosni Mubarak was still fresh, the Egyptian government arrested a 25-year-old blogger named Maikel Nabil Sanad and sentenced him to three years in prison. Under Mubarak's rule, the incarceration of dissident bloggers was not uncommon, but Maikel's trial was the first of this...

'Rebirth' September 11 Film: Chronicling Life After The Attacks

Saki Knafo | November 9, 2011 | Culture
Of all the documentaries about Sept. 11, none is more intimate than "Rebirth," a new film that draws its drama not from the cataclysmic nature of the attacks themselves but from lives of five people who lost loved ones or were injured. The film, which airs Sunday on...

How Immigrants Helped Give Rick Perry His 'Texas Miracle'

Saki Knafo | November 2, 2011 | Latino Voices
For much of his tenure as governor of Texas, Rick Perry's record on immigration made him a darling of Latino Republicans. He supported a law that let the children of undocumented immigrants pay discounted rates at Texas universities, and shunned the aggressive approach that has made Arizona the nucleus of...

Steve Jobs' Journey To Become CEO Of Tech-Giant Apple

Saki Knafo | October 25, 2011 | Technology
If you're going to try to sum up the career of the man who brought computers to the multitudes, you might as well start by talking about the ads. There was the 1984 Mac debut (If you can point, you can use a Macintosh), the 1981 "revolutionaries" series...

What Gaddafi's Arrest Could Mean For The International Criminal Court

Saki Knafo | October 24, 2011 | World
When Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, announced on Monday morning that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi had been captured by rebel forces in Libya, it seemed as though there'd been a major breakthrough in the decades-long movement to establish an international system of justice. Saif...

Scientists Link Famine In Somalia To Global Warming

Saki Knafo | October 19, 2011 | World
As millions of people struggle to survive a famine in East Africa, it’s hard not to ask whether anyone saw this disaster coming. Chris Funk, one of the leading researchers of rainfall in the region, would answer yes. As a climate scientist based at the University of California, Santa Barbara,...

Scientists Link Famine In Somalia To Global Warming

Saki Knafo | October 19, 2011 | World
As millions of people struggle to survive a famine in East Africa, it’s hard not to ask whether anyone saw this disaster coming. Chris Funk, one of the leading researchers of rainfall in the region, would answer yes. As a climate scientist based at the University of California, Santa Barbara,...

DeeDee Garcia Blase, A Conservative Latina Activist, Takes On The Tea Party

Saki Knafo | October 16, 2011 | Latino Voices
When George W. Bush won 44 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, a record for a Republican presidential candidate, DeeDee Garcia Blase took pride in knowing that she'd played a part. A fifth-generation Mexican American from Texas, Blase had volunteered for the Bush campaign in her adopted state of...

DeeDee Garcia Blase, A Conservative Latina Activist, Takes On The Tea Party

Saki Knafo | October 16, 2011 | Latino Voices
When George W. Bush won 44 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, a record for a Republican presidential candidate, DeeDee Garcia Blase took pride in knowing that she'd played a part. A fifth-generation Mexican American from Texas, Blase had volunteered for the Bush campaign in her adopted state of...

Looking Ahead, Latino Voters See A Choice Between Disappointment And Menace

Saki Knafo | October 10, 2011 | Latino Voices
Kevin Solis, a third-generation Mexican-American from Los Angeles, describes himself as a "poster child for the Democratic Party." One of his uncles was a founder of the Brown Berets, an activist group that protested police brutality in L.A. and marched with Cesar Chavez, and his mother rarely said the word...

Anonymous Clashes With Its Adversaries At Hacker Conference

Saki Knafo | October 9, 2011 | Technology
Even by the standards of a conference of hackers, where the mohawked and kilted flaunted their weirdness like high-rollers flaunting their worth, the scene that unfolded on Saturday evening was strange. That evening, members of the hacker network Anonymous got into a rowdy argument with a pair of security researchers...

As Catholic Schools Decline In Northeast, Parents Face Tough Choices

Saki Knafo | September 28, 2011
This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at Patch.com When Anna Marie Osso tells people about Our Lady of Victory Academy in New York's Westchester County, she starts by recounting all the time and effort that went into the decision to send her daughter there. The...

'Fast And Furious' Weapons Scandal Fuels Immigration Debate

Saki Knafo | September 26, 2011 | Politics
A scandal involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms entered its latest phase on Tuesday when officials from the bureau testified at a congressional hearing on a failed operation that landed around 2,000 guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The operation, known as “Fast and Furious,”...

'Fast And Furious' Weapons Scandal Fuels Immigration Debate

Saki Knafo | September 26, 2011 | Politics
A scandal involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms entered its latest phase on Tuesday when officials from the bureau testified at a congressional hearing on a failed operation that landed around 2,000 guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The operation, known as “Fast and Furious,”...

The New Space Biz: Companies Seek Cash In The Cosmos

Saki Knafo | September 21, 2011 | Technology
Early Thursday morning, Naveen Jain switched on his iPad and watched the Atlantis space shuttle glide onto the runway of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The landing elicited "mixed emotions" from him, he said. On the one hand, he was watching a thirty-year chapter in...

Reclusive and Dangerous: A Behind The Scenes Look Into The Fight Between Hacker Ryan Cleary And "Anonymous"

Saki Knafo | September 4, 2011 | UK
Two weeks ago, police officers from Scotland Yard arrested a 19-year-old Internet hacker named Ryan Cleary at his mother's home in Wickford. In the pictures that the authorities took of his bedroom, the only visible window is covered with tinfoil. Cleary's mother later said that her son...
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