Death penalty becomes cruel and usual: Column

The Eighth Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion pro­hibits pun­ish­ments deemed to be cruel and unusual, a stan­dard to which cap­ital pun­ish­ment does not rise, at least according to the U.S. Supreme […]

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Why mass killers need to explain their plan: Column

Thanks to a seven-​​​​minute YouTube video and a 141-​​​​page auto­bi­o­graph­ical tale of a trou­bled life, we have a fairly clear idea of why 22-​​​​year-​​​​old Elliot Rodger took to the streets of an ordi­narily tranquil […]

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Focus on marathon resiliency, not tragedy

Feeling deceived, Boston Marathon bombing sur­vivor Adri­anne Haslet-​​​​Davis stormed off the set of NBC’s Meet the Press in protest and in tears. Report­edly, she had agreed to appear on air […]

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Online commenting: a right to remain anonymous?

A rev­o­lu­tion is at hand, and the con­se­quences could fun­da­men­tally change the iden­tity of the Internet — or, more pre­cisely, your iden­tity within it. Web­sites and social net­works are increas­ingly changing […]

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30 mass killings, 137 victims: A typical year

Everyone is always asking ‘Why are these mass killings increasing?’ ” says crim­i­nol­o­gist James Alan Fox, pro­fessor of crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “They are not.” The per­cep­tion of a dra­matic increase […]

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Nancy Lanza was a victim, too: Column

Sat­urday will mark the one-​​​​year anniver­sary of the New­town, Conn., school shooting that trag­i­cally claimed the lives of 20 young chil­dren and six staff mem­bers. While the local towns­folk opted not […]

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Woman shot by husband finally returns home

The family has accepted help from Mar­garet B. Drew, a vis­iting law pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law and a national expert in domestic vio­lence, who believes Waters should […]

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