Thursday, November 27, 2014

First Drip (11/27/2014): Search for Rowan man continues, gun control calls, anti-spy software

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

A 20-year-old Rowan County man who identifies as transgender has been missing for more than a month. His family is pleading with the community for help after the car he was driving was found burned on Sunday. Elisha Walker's family was hopeful he would be home for Thanksgiving.

The fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy while he reached for an airsoft gun in a Cleveland playground has led to renewed calls for replica and air rifles to be clearly identifiable as such — a move doggedly resisted by the National Rifle Association (NRA), who have helped scuttled such moves in the past.

Human rights group Amnesty International released free software that allows users to determine if their computers have been bugged by government intelligence agencies. The Detekt program was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was a leading advocate of women’s rights before joining the court: In the 1970s, she brought a series of cases before the court that helped establish constitutional protections against sex discrimination.

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