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10 things you need to know today: May 14, 2014

There are very important stories today. Thanks for putting them together.

My heart goes out to the families of those killed in the mine.

Happy to hear that there is a stay of execution for Robert Campbell. There is no “humane” way of killing a human, and the mentally challenged should not be executed.

The Judge in Idaho did the right thing, IMO, to strike down that state’s amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The Fifth Column

The UN's special envoy to Syria resigned Tuesday.   The UN’s special envoy to Syria resigned Tuesday. AP Photo

The Week

The U.N.’s Syria peace envoy gives up, a judge strikes down Idaho’s gay marriage ban, and more

1. U.N. Syria envoy Brahimi steps down
The United Nations’ envoy in Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, quit on Tuesday, saying he was frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations to end the country’s three-year civil war. “It’s very sad that I leave this position and leave Syria behind in such a bad state,” Brahimi said. In another setback, France’s top diplomat said evidence indicated Syria had used chemical weapons a dozen times since signing a treaty banning them. [The New York Times]

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2. Judge strikes down Idaho’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale late Tuesday ruled that Idaho’s 2006 ban on same-sex marriagewas unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court victories…

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“All it takes is one good man with a gun….” – ‘When May I Shoot a Student’?

The Last Of The Millenniums

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‘Greg Hampikian is a professor of biology and criminal justice at Boise State University and a co-author of “Exit to Freedom.”

BOISE, Idaho — ‘TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature’:

‘In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student’?

‘I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field’.

‘I have had encounters with disgruntled students over the years, some of whom seemed quite upset, but I always assumed that when they…

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