AirTalk for September 22, 2011

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Prosecuting the Kelly Thomas beating trial

Yesterday Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced the filing of felony charges against two Fullerton Police Officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, in the beating death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.

West Hollywood’s fur ban angers local businesses

The West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously late Monday night to ban the sale of fur apparel within city limits. This is the first fur-free ordinance in any city in the United States. Critics claim the city ignored an economic impact study indicating the ordinance would strongly affect local businesses.
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The evolution of American counterterrorism

The attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 not only changed the daily lives of United States citizens, it also dramatically altered the way in which the government and military officials conduct counterterrorism. In the wake of the towers falling, the U.S. declared a war on Al Qaeda which relied on the traditional American tactic of using an abundance of brute force against the enemy. However, due to the decentralized nature of the terrorist network, as well as the fact that it spanned multiple countries, this approach proved inadequate.
In their 2008 book, Millennial Makeover, Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais argued that the Millennial Generation would change American politics for good. Later that year, a huge surge of participation from young voters helped to launch Barack Obama into the White House.
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