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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Poll Reveals Wide Racial, Partisan Divide On George Zimmerman Trial.”
The article’s author Rebecca Leber writes:
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll looks at the wide racial gulf on George Zimmerman’s acquittal for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
Almost nine in 10 African-Americans said Trayvon Martin’s death was unjustified, compared to 33 percent of whites. For the entirety of the poll, it continues along the same lines: At least one in eight blacks strongly disapprove of the trial verdict and want to see civil rights charges against Zimmerman, and a majority of whites both approved of the not-guilty verdict and would not want federal civil rights charges. Meanwhile, the answer to whether the criminal justice system is unfair to people of color depends on who is being asked. Sixty percent of Hispanics and 86 percent of blacks said there is unequal treatment, but a majority of whites say it is equal.
Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Al-Qaida claims deadly prison raids in Iraq.”
The article reads:
Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad this week that killed dozens and set free hundreds of inmates, including some of its followers.
The statement issued in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq, was posted on an online jihadist forum. It said months of planning went into the highly coordinated assaults on the prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji that began late Sunday.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Justice Department sues Florida over ‘deliberate indifference’ in treatment of disabled children.”
The article’s author Arturo Garcia writes:
The U.S. Justice Department sued the state of Florida on Monday, accusing health officials of violating the Americans with Disabilities act by placing almost 200 handicapped minors in nursing homes usually used for elderly residents, Mother Jones reported.
The lawsuit, (PDF) filed after an investigation that began in 2011, charges that the practice shows the state “acting with deliberate indifference to the suffering of frail and severely disabled children.”
Florida is the 12th state sued by the department over alleged mistreatment of physically or mentally disabled residents in the past four years. The Miami Herald reported that while the state has increased patient care payments to $550 per day for children placed in nursing homes, lawmakers also cut $6 million from a program allowing residents to get private health care at their homes.
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