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Mentally disabled or just low IQ? Georgia inmate’s execution halted

Mentally disabled or just low IQ? Georgia inmate’s execution halted

Twice-convicted killer Warren Lee Hill was granted a last-minute stay of execution on Tuesday evening, a staff attorney for the Georgia Resource Center told CNN.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay, which came within an hour of when Hill was scheduled to be executed, said attorney Kirsten Salchow. The Georgia Resource Center has been involved in defending Hill.

Hill, whose supporters say is mentally disabled, was sentenced to death for the 1990 killing of Joseph Handspike, another inmate in a Georgia state prison.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

The pimping of Wikipedia

The pimping of Wikipedia

From the late 1990s and in to the following decade, the World Wide Web was a bastion of free expression. If entertaining or informative content was created, it found an audience. The cost to produce, publish, and reach an audience online was within the reach of almost anyone.

As a result, many mission-driven individuals and organizations launched a tremendous number of websites dedicated to a wide variety of subjects that were previously not covered by the mainstream media. Subjects that had the potential for broad appeal, but were previously overlooked by large corporations, were being published online by smaller entities with a better understanding of the audience.

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Deadly echo: teen shot hours after sister attends Obama speech

Deadly echo: teen shot hours after sister attends Obama speech

Hours after her younger sister stood behind President Barack Obama during his gun violence speech last week, an Illinois teen died when a bullet found her in a North Chicago alley.

Two people were being questioned Monday as police worked to piece together the final moments of 18-year-old Janay McFarlane, who left behind a 3-month-old son.

McFarlane's younger sister, 14-year-old Destini Warren, was among a group of high school students standing behind Obama when he spoke in Chicago on Friday. Obama cited gun violence that killed 443 people in the city last year as one reason why children need community wide support to help them believe they can improve their lives through education and hard work.

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  • Written by Carma Hassan/CNN
  • Category: News

Emory president apologizes for citing slavery compromise

Emory president apologizes for citing slavery compromise

Published over the weekend, Emory University President James Wagner's winter message reflected on the importance of compromise in politically divided times.

The example he chose to illustrate his point, however, was rather unfortunate.

And before the weekend was over, he was apologizing for citing the so-called three-fifths compromise in which Northern and Southern states agreed to count three-fifths of the slave population for determining representation.

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  • Written by Moni Basu/CNN
  • Category: News

Man better off than dinosaurs against space threats

Man better off than dinosaurs against space threats

Nothing like the unexpected arrival of a 10-ton meteor to shift the conversations here on earth to talks of the heavens, writes Andrew Lamm, a "New America Media" editor.

Noting the explosion of just such a weighty object last Friday morning over Russia's Ural region and the shockwave that caused injuries to over 1,200 people, Lamm's commentary is interwoven with assertions and declarations from a varied lot.

For example:

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  • Written by New America Media
  • Category: News

America’s ‘Slave Narratives’ should shock us

America’s ‘Slave Narratives’ should shock us

"I was owned by Johnson Bell and born in New Orleans, in Louisiana."

Those words were spoken by a man named Frank Bell.

He said that according "o the bill of sale, I'm 86 years old."

His words, and those of thousands of other American citizens, were transcribed in the 1930s, at the depth of the Great Depression. As part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's efforts to restart the economy, the Works Progress Administration was founded, and one arm of the WPA was something called the Federal Writers' Project.

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  • Written by Bob Greene/CNN
  • Category: News

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