Humanist Group Sues To Remove Cross-shaped Wwi Memorial In Maryland

El Salvador-Spain Friendly To Take Place In D.C. Prior To World Cup

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The American Humanist Association says it does not object to the fact that the Bladensburg Cross memorializes soldiers,but rather the placement of the Christian symbol on property owned by a government agency, The Daily Record reported. “We are certainly recommending coming up with a monument inclusive of all religious groups,” said Monica Miller, a lawyer with the association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. In 2012, the group sent a letter to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission demanding that the cross be removed from the war memorial. The group said it would have no objection if the cross was on private land, MyFoxDC.com reported. John Moss, the town’s administrator, said the Bladensburg Cross is not endorsing any faith. “The cross memorializes our veterans,” he told The Daily Record. “It was never meant to be a religious icon.” The 40-foot-tall concrete memorial was erected in 1925 by the American Legion to commemorate the 49 men of Prince George’s County who died during World War I. The monument was initially owned by the state but was deeded in 1960 to the commission, which administers regional parks in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The monument was restored and rededicated in 1965, according to The Daily Record. According to the report, the lawsuit names as plaintiffs two local American Humanist Association members and a third individual — each of whom had “unwelcome contact” with the monument. Steven Lowe, a plaintiff from Washington, said was “shocked” when he first saw the cross and is “upset” whenever he passes it, according to the complaint obtained by the newspaper. “He believes that the Bladensburg Cross associates a Christian religious symbol with the state and gives the impression that the state supports and approves of Christianity, as opposed to other religions, and that the state may even prefer Christians and Christianity over other religions,” the complaint reads.
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Minnesota doctors are split on medical use of marijuana

Prior To World Cup El Salvador will take the field against the defending World Cup Champions of Spain on Jun. 7 at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. The pre-World Cup friendly will be only part of a doubleheader that will also include an Major League Soccer match between D.C. United and The Columbus Crew. Regarding accommodations for defending champions Spain, as well as the schedule for the day, The Washington Post reports that: Spain will practice at an undisclosed location in the Washington area for several days before facing the Salvadorans in the opening match at the Redskins stadium in Landover. Kickoff times have not been finalized, but in order to accommodate European TV, the Spain game will begin in the afternoon. (U.S. television coverage of both matches is also pending.) Several other World Cup qualifiers will play tune-up games in the U.S. due to being in the same time zone as the host country Brazil, as well as having state of the art training facilities in many of the cities that the exhibitions will take place.
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Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, and public opinion polls show support for legalization. Small studies and anecdotal reports suggest a variety of benefits from marijuana, and that its chemical ingredient THC known for producing euphoria in casual smokers helps reduce nerve pain for patients with multiple sclerosis, address severe nausea for patients undergoing chemotherapy and relieve pain with end-stage cancers. Marijuana also appears, via THC, to improve appetite for patients who otherwise struggle to eat due to the effects of end-stage cancer or HIV infections. They just dont want to eat and they waste away, said Dr. Jacob Mirman, an alternative medicine specialist based in St. Louis Park . So they smoke a little pot and they get the munchies and its very beneficial for them. Roadblocks to studies Trouble is, marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal regulations, which prohibits its use as a medicine and prevents the kind of large, controlled drug studies that could prove that its effective and that the benefits outweigh the risks, which can include addiction and psychosis. Unless marijuana is moved to a Schedule II designation where it would join opiates and stimulants that also have addictive qualities such studies wont happen, and states will have to decide on their own whether to defy the existing federal prohibition. The Minnesota bill would allow patients with doctors permission to obtain cards they could use to purchase marijuana from vendors designated in each county, or allow them to grow plants in small quantities. The list of conditions appears more restrictive than in California, where patients can get marijuana for anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder and critics suggest trickery by recreational users. Faking it?
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Stephen Colbert Gives Controversial Security Conference Talk

DNA profile of Oklahoma’s murdered ‘lime lady’ emerges after three decades

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This year it hired Colbert. Some called for the TV host to boycott the event, and privacy group Fight for the Future started an online petition asking Colbert not to attend. “Now a lot of people, maybe some in this room, were upset to learn I’d be speaking here today. Many of you see me as a champion of privacy,” said Colbert. “Which I know because I read your emails.” Colbert was quick to defend RSA and his decision to keep the paid gig. He said he believed the security company was exonerated by its claim to have promoted the supposedly compromised standard a full two years before the NSA payoff. He asked if it was fair to boycott this conference when other major companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and Yahoo had all been linked to the NSA. He also joked that as a freedom lover, he doesn’t engage in boycotts. And that he had signed a contract so his conscience was clear, as long as his checked cleared. While the RSA got a pass, Colbert didn’t go as easy on the NSA or Edward Snowden, whom he referred to as “practically a war criminal” for taking top secret U.S. intelligence to China and then to Russia.
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“She was killed elsewhere.” For more than three decades, authorities hoped a distinctive marking on the young woman’s body would lead to a break in the case: a small, heart-shaped tattoo just above her left breast. It was not until recently that authorities were able to create a DNA profile of Jane Doe. The medical examiner had preserved DNA from the body, even though forensic testing was not advanced in 1980. Authorities from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department have been working with workers from North Texas State University’s lab in comparing Jane Doe’s DNA to the profiles of other murder victims. To date, no match has been made. Green said it is possible the victim lived in a foster home at some point in her life because no one reported a missing woman matching her description at that time. “That might have been a reason why nobody ever looked for her,” Brown told FoxNews.com. “She could be from anywhere not necessarily Oklahoma.” Green said he believes more than one person was responsible for her death, and noting that, “violent outlaw biker gangs” were present in Oklahoma in 1980.
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