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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against NDSU Linebacker Initially Charged With Aggravated Assault

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against NDSU Linebacker Initially Charged With Aggravated Assault

Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick announced today that they are dropping charges for aggravated assault against NDSU linebacker Travis Beck. After explaining that they initially filed their charges based on eyewitness accounts, he said that after further police investigation including interviews and further review of videos it became clear that they couldn’t support a

Supreme Court Gives OK To Government DNA Databases

According to the Supreme Court, it’s not an unreasonable search for law enforcement to swab an arrested suspect for DNA and then keep a database of that DNA information for identification purposes. Justice Kennedy writes in the majority opinion that DNA swabs are just an updated form of wanted posters and fingerprinting: A DNA profile

The Proponents Of Drones Want You To Stop Calling Them Drones

According to this report in the Grand Forks Herald the proponents of the coming drone mission in North Dakota – state political leaders and the University of North Dakota have teamed up to push the state as a sort of national testing grounds for them – want you to stop calling the unmanned flying objects

Heidi Heitkamp Is Working Hard To Make Your Online Shopping Experience More Expensive

Here in North Dakota shoppers buying from Amazon.com must pay the state sales tax, but they don’t necessarily have to pay that tax if shopping at other online retailers. The reason is because Amazon has a physical presence in the state; part of their national operation is based in Grand Forks. States charging sales tax

Shocker: Tough Gun Control Laws Didn't Impede Boston Bombers

It turns out that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev not only didn’t have license to purchase weapons in Massachusetts, home to some of the toughest gun laws in the nation according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but they wouldn’t have qualified to own guns if they had applied. Yet, somehow they still managed

Who Need More Government Surveillance In An Age Where We're All Watching Each Other?

As is always the case when something like the Boston Marathon bombing happens, we’re going to have a debate about what changes to public policy are necessary to prevent something like that from happening again. That’s appropriate, but most of the proposed changes will be knee-jerk responses that will likely do little to make us

Boston Pandemonium Open Thread

I’ve been neglecting blogging duties today, having become absorbed of the shoot-outs and manhunts going on in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Perhaps the most interesting development today has been the ties between the alleged bombers and radicalized Islam. This photo of a Russian social media profile has one of the suspects identifying his world-view

Boston Marathon Bombed

Senseless: In addition to thousands of others from around the world, there were 37 North Dakotans running the marathon today. There are already reports of injuries and deaths. The Boston PD is reporting that the explosions are the result of two bombs, with a third suspicious object detonated by bomb squads. If you want to

Maybe Waiting Around For The Police To Rescue You Isn't Such A Great Idea

The New York Times flags what they report as a “sea change” in advice given the public for defending themselves in a situation such as a mass shooting. In the past, the advice was to call 911 and wait for the police to show up. Now, they’re edging towards telling people to take a more

Guest Post: Charged With A Felony For Transporting A Legally-Owned Gun

My name is Beth Arneson Ferrizzi. I live in Moorhead, MN. I am a 29 year old stay at home mother and a military wife. I have a 6 year old daughter and am 6 months pregnant. My husband is a Master Sergeant Select who has served multiple tours in Iraq. He is currently on

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