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Multiple People Dead in Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic


Two individuals and a police officer were killed in a shooting that occurred Friday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, according to The New York Times.

The shooting was in Colorado Springs and injured 9 other people. It started at about 1:30 p.m. ET and lasted around six hours in a standoff with police.

People in the nearby buildings were on lockdown for hours, including in a shopping center close by. Police told them to take shelter wherever they were located during the shooting.

The suspect is in custody has been identified as 59-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. His motives are unclear at this time and it is unknown if the clinic was his intended target.

Police are now investigating several objects that the suspect brought into the clinic to see if they are explosives. His car is also being examined.

The police officer killed was identified as Garrett Swasey, who worked on the University of Colorado police force for the past six years.

This event has come soon after a controversy from Planned Parenthood that involved videos of officials from the organization discussing the use of fetal organs for research.

The controversy has led to a bill in Congress that will defund Planned Parenthood for at least the next year. This bill, according to the text, can be cited as the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.” It passed The U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 241 representatives supporting the bill on September 18 of this year. If the bill passes the Senate vote and is signed by the president, it becomes law.

At the moment, police do not know of any connection between the controversy and the shooting.

Click here to see graphics by The New York Times involving the shooting.


Colorado Students Spread Nude Photos Using App


Authorities say some students at Cañon City High School have been part of a large sexting ring.

300 to 400 nude photos had been circulating around the high school and the ring involved over 100 students, some of whom may be in middle school. In a town with only 16,000 people and a high school of 1,000 the sexting ring has become a big deal for local authorities.

Most of the students involved are part of the high school football team, the Cañon City Tigers. Due to players’ involvement in the ring,  the Tigers had to forfeit their last football game of the season. A separate meeting was held for the parents of the team and for other students involved in the scandal, according to the New York Times.

The students involved used “ghost apps,” applications with secret vaults used to hide anything from photos to notes, which was why no one initially found out about the sexting ring. The applications are also called vault apps, and can appear to look similar to the calculator app on phones.

Courtesy of the New York Times
Courtesy of the New York Times

There was also a point system used for students who collected photographs. Different point values were assigned to different students, according to the New York Times. Students would gain points by adding the photos to their collections.

Some students have already been suspended, but officials don’t exactly know how to proceed. Usually, students would be charged with child pornography charges, but most of them are minors themselves, which makes the question of how to go about disciplining students tough to answer.

Yet, this high school is not the only place where teenagers are sending nude photographs to classmates. 54 percent of teens under the age of 18 surveyed said that they have sexted before, according to Time Magazine. This is a growing national trend, and officials in the small Colorado town are astounded at how large the sexting ring became.

Censorship: the Progression of How and Why Books are Challenged


CNN recently came out with an article listing the most challenged books of 2014. Novels such as “Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, both turned into popular movies, were among those on the list.

Censorship is not a new idea, as it has been around since about 400 BC when the Roman Republic created the Office of Censor. However, it became prevalent in the United States during the early 1900s. There were books that were banned before this era, such as “Fanny Hill” written in 1748, but the 1900s saw a huge increase in the challenging of published work.

In 1921, “Ulysses” was banned. This was one of the first noted instances of a book being challenged and then banned in America. This led to other books being challenged in later years, such as Judy Blume novels about the transition to young adulthood.

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