Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Likely to Get Death Penalty

Robert Bowers, the suspect gunman of the devastating Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, was on trial today for the murder of 11 congregants. Handcuffed and surrounded by marshals, Bowers entered the federal court in downtown Pittsburgh in a wheelchair. Magistrate Judge Robert read a list of 29 criminal charges against him including the obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs, or hate crime, which itself could justify a death penalty. When asked if he understood the charges, Bowers replied “yes.” Prosecutors successfully argued that “no condition or combination of conditions will…

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Condo Owners Can’t Wait to Strip the “Trump” Name from Their Buildings

After more than 20 years under the Trump brand, Manhattan condominium “Trump Place” is dropping the president’s last name. Instead, it will simply be known as “200 Riverside Boulevard.” Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the 46-story building stands proudly between 69th and 70th Streets. Along with a number of residential units, hotels, casinos and golf courses, the building used to enjoy the Trump brand and the glamorous lifestyle it implies. Since Trump’s campaign and presidency, however, the building has attracted public scrutiny for its overt affiliation with the…

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The Law Doesn’t Protect: How I Failed to Help a Domestic Abuse Victim Suffering from Mental Illness

“Please Mrs. Fu, you have to understand. If you take this up with the police, they’re just going to lock you up again.” I pleaded. But the woman standing in front of me did not seem to mind my words. She looked down and continued with her story. At UN Women Beijing, every week we would come across one or two women like Mrs. Fu herself. All of them had suffered from domestic violence and were so desperate for justice that despite UN agencies’ lack of authority over civil cases,…

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Migrant Caravan Determined to Press On Despite Opposition

A caravan of about 7,000 migrants heading towards Mexico and the United States is continuing to move forward despite threats and criticism from US politicians and President Donald Trump. These immigration caravans have been organized and running since 2008, with the express goal of escaping poverty and inequality from Central American countries like Honduras to find better opportunities and lives in Mexico and the US. In the Honduras, poverty, corruption and inequality make it difficult to live and thrive in the country. Protests caused by allegations and reports of election…

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Hires Conservative Cartoonist to Replace Trump Critic

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hired conservative cartoonist Steven Kelley to replace Rob Rogers, who was fired four months ago for publishing a series of anti-Trump political cartoons. The paper has attracted much negative attention for censoring political expressions it does not agree with. After working for the paper for 34 years, Rogers found it increasingly difficult to publish his cartoons ever since the start of Trump’s presidency.     Before Trump, the paper might reject one or two of his cartoons every year. Beginning this year, however, the paper spiked 19…

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