Judy Jun

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Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say

Former prisoners spoke about the effects of solitary confinement Tuesday, in a congressional hearing aimed at banning the treatment for some inmates. The federal push to reduce solitary confinement is being led by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who calls it "a human rights issue we can't ignore."<p>Inmates …

North and South Koreans in poignant reunions after decades of separation

Dozens of elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades have been reunited during a rare period of detente between the rival Koreas. The reunions are all the more poignant because the participants will part again in a few days, possibly for ever.<p>About 80 South Koreans travelled through …

Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.<p>"Everybody repeat after …

Interest Groups Gear Up For Next Supreme Court Vacancy

It's been nearly four years since activists engaged in a battle over a Supreme Court nomination, and a tepid one it was.<p>Republicans barely pushed back on President Obama's 2010 nomination of Elena Kagan, his second appointment in as many years. She was confirmed by the Senate, 63-37.<p>At the time, …

Terror asylum restrictions changing

The Obama administration is quietly making it easier for people with tangential connections to terror groups to receive refugee status or asylum in the United States.<p>Two new exemptions to the Immigration and Nationality Act published in the Federal Register Wednesday by the Departments of Homeland …

Sleep's Best-Kept Secret: A Treatment for Insomnia That's Not a Pill

Do you toss and turn for hours before falling asleep? Or go to bed early but still wake up tired? Or keep waking up during the night? Then you’re …

Labor pains: The racist policies that set workplace equality back decades

In the Jim Crow-era South, white soldiers returning from war used their bargaining power to get black workers fired<p>On a cold winter morning in Memphis, in January of 1919, a committee of four white switchmen marched into the office of one Edward Bodamer, superintendent of the Yazoo and Mississippi …

South Carolina Is Still Defending Its Neglectful Prisons

The state is asking a judge to reconsider his epic ruling highlighting the abuse and neglect of mentally ill prisoners, claiming that the courts should stay out of the grim business of corrections.<p>Over the objections of the state's best editorial writers and some of its leading legislators, South …

Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath

Neuroscientist James Fallon discovered through his work that he has the brain of a psychopath, and subsequently learned a lot about the role of genes in personality and how his brain affects his life.<p>In 2005, James Fallon's life started to resemble the plot of a well-honed joke or big-screen …

The Particular Challenge of Helping Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Teacher Job Protections Vs. Students' Education In Calif.

A potentially landmark lawsuit goes to trial Monday in California. At issue: whether job protections for public school teachers undermine a student's constitutional right to an adequate education. The students and parents who filed the lawsuit see it as a potential model for challenging teacher …

Can reading make you smarter?

When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my desk and asking me to read a few sentences from a Dick and Jane book. She pointed to a word. "Tuh-hee," I said, trying to pronounce it. "The," she said, correcting me, and that's when it clicked …

Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health

<b>Listen · 4:12</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the most recent studies. In fact, the closest thing we have to good news about childhood obesity is that kids are not gaining weight as rapidly as they were some years ago.<p>Researchers may have …

Signed up and still uninsured: how Obamacare leaves customers behind

Eve Campbell was determined to beat the last-minute December rush, not for Christmas shopping or airline tickets, but for Obamacare. With the 23 December deadline to sign up for health insurance effective on New Year’s Day looming she completed her enrollment – or thought she did.<p>"I did notice on …

Yoga: a beginner's guide to the different styles

The myriad benefits of yoga – including lower blood pressure, increased strength and bone density and reduced anxiety – should be enough to get anyone on the mat. However, as a yoga teacher I meet many people who hesitate to embrace this ancient form of fitness due to some pervasive myths. Yoga is …

How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug dealers were once viewed as powerful levers in the nation's war against drugs, a way to target traffickers, and punish kingpins and masterminds.<p>But Congress, which approved the requirements in 1986 when crack-fueled crime gripped America's big cities, is …

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W.H. faces tough contraception fight

As a new round of religion-based challenges to President Barack Obama’s health care law head to the Supreme Court, advocates on both sides of the issue say the administration’s arguments are likely facing a chilly reception.<p>On Friday, the Obama administration urged the court to reject a plea from …

Sotomayor's Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.<p>Sotomayor wrote a 12-page dissent when her colleagues refused to review the …

Two Supreme Court justices criticize Alabama death-penalty overrides

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices say the time has come to take another look at whether state judges should be able to override a jury's verdict and impose the death penalty — citing 95 cases in Alabama where that's happened.<p>Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor say "Alabama judges, who are …

Prosecutors can use evidence found in Aurora shooting suspect's home

Judge rejects argument that the search of James Holmes's apartment was illegal because it began before police had a warrant<p>Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings can use evidence that police found in defendant James Holmes' apartment, which includes homemade bombs and a calendar with the day …

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Medicine

What A Thug's Life Looked Like In 19th Century India

During a 1906 meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir William Turner submitted part three of his research "Contributions to the Craniology of the People of the Empire of India." Included were the photographs of individual skulls from a group who the <i>British Medical Journal</i> said "made it their …

America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change<p>Michael Kimmel<p>November 17, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era”<p>Who are the white supremacists? There has been no formal survey, …