Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian National Authority made an historic plea to world leaders at the United Nations early Friday. His official request for Palestinian statehood had been anticipated for months.
The jury spent days deliberating in the case of 10 students (11 were originally charged, but one of those cases was dropped) accused of disrupting a speech at UC Irvine by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The case has stoked a spirited debate about free speech not just in the courtroom, but on campuses and in communities. Jurors were asked to decide whether students broke the law or were exercising a right to demonstrate freely. The students were facing misdemeanor charges of conspiring to disrupt a meeting and disrupting a meeting. If convicted, they could face sentences ranging from probation with community service and fines to a year in jail. What’s your reaction to the decision? What will the implications be for college campuses?
A recent study commissioned by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors measured the number of of shootings of unarmed suspects by the Sheriff’s Department. The study found that these shootings jumped from nine in 2009 to fifteen last year.