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James Mason’s Sentencing Postponed

Sentencing for James Edward Mason Junior has been postponed. Mason was scheduled for sentencing on a second-degree murder charge in Caddo District Court this morning, but his attorney was unable to be in court today

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Comes to an End for the Military [VIDEO]

The policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which has been in place since the Clinton administration, became a thing of the past at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday when the United States became one of more than 40 countries worldwide allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.

“They will no longer have to lie in order to help protect us,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin in a statement. “The end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is an important victory not just for equality, but integrity.”

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Shreveport Man Convicted for 2009 Shooting Will Be Sentenced Next Week

A Shreveport man is awaiting sentencing -- after being convicted yesterday for a 2009 shooting incident that left three people wounded. Shamichael Tillman, who will be 27 next week, was found guilty by a Caddo Parish jury of one count of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of attempted manslaughter and one count of resisting an officer with force. He was on t

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Man Sues White Castle Over Booth Size

Normally a lawsuit involving a fast food chain and a patron has something to do with the food. In the case of Martin Kessman versus White Castle the main complaint by Mr. Kessman is that the restaurant’s booths aren’t big enough. Online Dish explains how his local White Castle repeatedly broke promises to make the booths at his local franchise bigger.

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Pot Smokers Are Less Likely to Be Obese Than Non-Smokers

People who smoke pot once a week are about 25 percent less likely to be obese than non-smokers.

According to a study by French researchers, marijuana smokers have a 16 percent rate of obeseity, whereas those who don’t partake enjoy a rate of obesity between 22 and 25 percent.

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Minorities Were Targeted in ‘Revenge Attacks’ Following September 11 [VIDEO]

In the weeks and months following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, many Americans became more patriotic. They tied yellow ribbons around trees, raised the flag, donated blood and enlisted in the military. Others, however, decided to seek revenge, and because their targets were so far away, they opted to hurt anyone who appeared to fit a specific profile.

In the past 10 years, the FBI has investigated more than 800 cases of violence against Arab-Americans, Muslims, Sikhs or people perceived to be of Middle Eastern origin. It is unknown how many of these “revenge attacks” were investigated by local authorities, but some were fatal.

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Airport Screenings May Soon Abolish Shoe Removal Requirement

Ever since infamous “shoe bomber” Richard Reid tried — and failed — to blow up a plane by igniting explosives in his shoes during a 2001 flight, travelers have been forced to remove footwear for screening when going through airport security.

But according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, that time-worn tradition may soon fall to the wayside.

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Shreveport Man Found Guilty in Teenager’s Death

A Caddo Parish jury has convicted a Shreveport man for his role in the November 2007 drive-by shooting death of a teenager. 44-year-old James Edward Mason, Jr., has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Latorisha Wiley

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Which States Have the Highest Marriage and Divorce Rates?

The 2009 Census reveals that while couples in western and southern states marry more often, they also divorce at a higher rate than those in other areas of the US.

Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, said, “Surprisingly, the south and west, which we think of as more socially conservative, have higher rates of divorce than does the supposedly liberal east. The reason is that young adults in the south and west tend to have less education and marry earlier, both of which lead to a higher risk of divorce.”

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Countries Debating Taxing Motorists Based on How Much They Drive

Picture the government placing a GPS on your car and tracking every mile you drive. Now, imagine being charged a tax based on those miles, your vehicle’s fuel efficiency rating and the time of day you drove. Such a system is being explored in car-clogged regions of Europe and Asia. Even the US is interested in studying mileage charging systems.

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