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It’s Autism Awareness Month and today Politico published an article on President Obama’s plan to map the human brain.
Kevin Robillard writes:
The White House is set to announce a $100 million effort to map the human brain in hopes of discovering new ways to treat Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and other brain injuries and diseases.
The BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative is funded by about $100 million in the president’s 2014 budget, which will be unveiled later this month. The National Institutes of Health plan to spend about $40 million, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to spend $50 million and the National Science Foundation $20 million.
Today the Associated Press reports “Sudan releases 7 prisoners as part of amnesty.”
Mohamed Osman writes:
Sudanese officials say the government has released seven political prisoners, including a female politician, under an amnesty declared by President Omar al-Bashir.
The detainees were all involved in the preparation and signing of the “New Dawn Charter,” a document calling for the use of force to oust longtime leader al-Bashir. The document was signed in Kampala, Uganda, early this year.
An unspecified number of politicians, and military and intelligence officers remain in jail accused of plotting to overthrow al-Bashir, who seized power in a military coup in 1989.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Think Progress published an article titled ” Georgia Town Passes Mandatory Gun Bill.”
Annie-Rose Strasser writes:
Late Monday, Nelson, Georgia passed a law called the “Family Protection Ordinance” that requires every adult in the 1,300-person town to own a gun “for purposes of emergency management and general safety of the city.”
The town’s Police Chief, Heath Mitchell, told the AP that he hopes “having a gun would help residents take their protection into their own hands,” since the town has an understaffed police department and slow response time to 911 calls.
One councilman even used the National Rifle Association’s call for arming all Americans to defend the law, saying “I really felt like this ordinance was a security sign for our city. Basically it was a deterrent ordinance to tell potential criminals they might want to go on down the road a little bit.” Overall, the measure signals that government officials believe residents, not police departments, should be responsible for their own protection and rejects state and federal governments’ efforts to reduce gun violence through increased regulation of firearms.
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