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killingthebuddha.com — The Boy Scouts of America are voting today to decide whether to accept gay boys in the organization. I've been preparing for this historic event by reading some phenomenal material by an organization called NARTH. Grappling with work of this caliber made my brain hurt a little, so I had to flowchart it out.
citizensreportuk.org — The number of stabbings in London that have led to injury has remained relatively consistent from 2009 to 2012, stabilising around 4000 stabbings a year. Table of London Knife Crime Offences that have caused Injury by Borough 2007 - 2011 source MPS 2012 Figures are dependent on offences that have been reported and recorded by the police.
guardian.co.uk — Police are investigating a "serious incident" in Woolwich, south-east London. Officers were called to John Wilson Street at around 2.20pm on Wednesday and the immediate area was shut down. One source said police had opened fire during the incident, but there was no confirmation of this.
aljazeera.com — A Myanmar court has sentenced seven Muslims to prison terms in connection with religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a justice official said. The defendants were sentenced on Tuesday and face imprisonment ranging from two to 28 years, sparing them the death penalty.
huffingtonpost.com — She goes, I was told, by many names: Lady Of Shadows. Holy Girl. Lady of the Night. The Skinny Lady. Santa Sebastiana. Frowned upon by the Church and the upper classes, worshiped secretly for centuries by the working classes, Santa Muerte has become the patron saint of the downtrodden.
guardian.co.uk — At last week's ways and means committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of tax-exempt organizations, Representative Aaron Schock (an Illinois Republican) helped propel a new firestorm across conservative media: in addition to tea party groups, Schock maintained, anti- abortion organizations were also being subjected to "horrible instances of IRS abuse of power, political and religious bias, and repression of their constitutional rights".
ideas.time.com — Getty Images The newly revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association-DSM 5-has just been released at the Association's annual meeting in San Francisco. Not since the critics uniformly declared Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill 'the worst movie ever made' long before it actually was shown in a theater has something not yet put out in public gotten such full-throated critical panning.
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