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Police must take polygraphs in Coopertown, Tenn.

Police must take polygraphs in Coopertown, Tenn.

After a series of problems that included a police officer using a racial slur, the new police chief in a Tennessee town is trying to clean up his department's image by requiring all applicants to take a polygraph test.

"I felt that it would help me to select people with good moral character to be police officers," Chief Shane Sullivan told CNN on Saturday. "The town's had enough bad happen to it, and I want to rebuild the department and give them professional law enforcement."

The polygraph test asks whether the person has ever viewed child pornography or committed a racially motivated crime. It also asks about criminal history, work history or possible drug or alcohol abuse, said Sullivan, who recently took over as police chief in Coopertown, a town of about 4,000 people just north of Nashville.

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Police chief uses lie-detector test to keep racists off his force

Police chief uses lie-detector test to keep racists off his force

This Feb. 13, 2013 photo shows Coopertown, Tenn., Police Chief Shane Sullivan at the Coopertown City Hall. The department was disbanded for several months last year after an officer was recorded using a racial slur to describe a black motorist. Sullivan, hired in Nov. 2012, is counting on using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his tiny police force. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

COOPERTOWN, Tenn. — A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force.

Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan took over the department in November, becoming the 11th chief in as many years. He was hired on the heels of a series of police scandals that for a few months left Coopertown with no police at all. Years before that, a mayor was voted out of office after the local prosecutor accused him of racism and running a notorious speed trap.

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Knives on a Plane: Dangerous Decision or Common Sense

Knives on a Plane: Dangerous Decision or Common Sense

 

In one of the most drastic revisions of airline rules since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal officials and Travel Safety Administration released a statement on Tuesday, March 5 announcing that airline passengers will be permitted to carry knives and other post 9/11 banned items aboard domestic and international flights.

TSA administrator John Pistole said in a statement, that effective April 25, airline passengers will be able to carry pocketknives with blades less than 2.36 inches long and less than half an inch wide. Souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment such as hockey sticks and pool cues will also be allowed in flight cabins. Flight attendants and baggage personnel decried the move, countering that space aboard a plane is already at a premium and the additional items will impose a hardship on travelers and workers.

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
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What Africans want from the next pope

What Africans want from the next pope

COMMENTARY – The shift in the center of gravity in world Christianity from the West to the global South, and the changing demographics in world Christianity, demands that the Eurocentric types and models of church and Christianity need to be abandoned.

African Catholicism, like all local Catholic Churches throughout the world, can only flourish when it has the freedom to mine local and cultural resources and to develop its own narrative of faith and life, while embracing the positive heritage of Catholic and Christian history.

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  • Written by Stan Chu Ilo/Special to CNN
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TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment

TSA to allow pocketknives,  some sports equipment

WASHINGTON – Small pocketknives and an array of sporting equipment – banned from aircraft cabins in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – will once again be allowed in U.S. planes, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

Knives with blades that are 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) or shorter and less than a 1/2 inch wide will be permitted on U.S. airline flights as long as the blade is not fixed or locks into place. Razor blades and box cutters are still not permitted.

Two golf clubs, toy bats or other sports sticks – such as ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks or pool cues – will also be allowed in carry-on luggage.

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  • Written by Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
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Why America's middle class is losing ground (video)

Why America's middle class is losing ground (video)

When Debbie Bruister buys a gallon of milk at her local Kroger supermarket, she pays $3.69, up 70 centsfrom what she paid last year.

Getting to the store costs more, too. Gas in Corinth, Miss., her hometown, costs $3.51 a gallon now, compared to less than three bucks in 2012. That really hurts, considering her husband's 112-mile daily round-trip commute to his job as a pharmacist.

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
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Manslaughter charges added in FAMU hazing death

Manslaughter charges added in FAMU hazing death

Twelve former students now face manslaughter charges in the November 2011 hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion Jr., according to attorneys familiar with the case.

Ten of them were previously charged with felony hazing resulting in death. They and two new defendants will now also be charged with manslaughter, said Craig Brown, the attorney for one of the students.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton "thought the proper charges in the case would be manslaughter and hazing with death," explained Assistant State Attorney Nicole Pegues in an e-mail sent to the defendants' attorneys.

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