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Mass murders make big news, unless it’s Mexico

There is something not right about the media’s coverage of violence on this planet.

Serial killers such as Ted Bundy and Gary Ridgway received sensational coverage during their killing sprees, the lengthy manhunts and the subsequent trials. Years later the stories of their crimes continue to garner news coverage, while the names of their victims (there were allegedly 30 and 71  respectively) pass into oblivion.

This past summer a lunatic named Breivik captured global attention when he gunned down and blew up a total of 77 people (not including scores who were grievously injured). The story held our fascination, both

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Balancing ethics and the death penalty

This is the third in a three part series on balancing civil liberties and public safety

In 2010 Cal Coburn Brown died at the hands of an executioner. More to the point, Brown was executed by the people of Washington State. Us.

Whether we agree with the use of capital punishment or not, there is no denying that the mere mention of the term is unsettling. Images such as the firing squad, the gallows and the electric chair are stark reminders of the moral implications of taking a human life. Though capital punishment is intrinsic to our society, the ethical

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