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Alternate Realities Roundup 3/1



A year following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin the Orlando Weekly recaps the six things that have barely changed in Florida since the death.---

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"Six Things That Have Barely Changed Since Trayvon Martin's Death"--Orlando Weekly

Folio Weekly profiles gun laws and crimes in Florida, where the most concealed-weapon permits meets “Stand Your Ground” laws.—Folio Weekly

A former Catholic priest who was silenced by the outgoing Pope when he was a cardinal speaks out against his former boss about his alleged cover ups of child sex abuse.—Democracy Now!

An openly-gay, black mayoral candidate in Mississippi was found dead this week, the result of a possible homicide.—Slate

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Utah Sen. President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, stands to profit from the relocation of the Draper prison, though for taxpayers, the price tag for relocation could cost as much as $600 million.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A bill in the Legislature would reduce the amount of special damages awarded in personal-injury cases and could result in the filing of more lawsuits in the courts.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A bill would in the Legislature would allow voters to register on election day.—Utah Political Capitol

Panic befell a committee when Democrats called conservative lawmakers on an anti-federal bluff.—Utah Political Capitol


Q Salt Lake calls out Diana Medley, the Indiana teacher who made headlines for pushing for a gay-free prom as “creep of the week.”

“Not every teacher is able to find the courage to boldly declare that gay, lesbian, and bisexual students have no purpose in life and that their very existence is offensive to her. But, Sullivan High School special-education teacher Diana Medley is an exception. Especially if by ‘courage’ we mean ignorance and bigotry, or, as the combination of the two is more commonly called, ‘dumbfuckery.’”—Q Salt Lake

The Long View

While transnational crime is becoming a divisive issue for the United States in the global arena, policymakers could be more mindful of the U.S.’ own unique history in supporting illicit trade and cross-border crime.

“Contrary to the conventional wisdom, much of today’s cross-border-crime problem is not new. In fact, states have struggled with this precise challenge for centuries. And far from being a passive victim, the United States has fostered as rich a tradition of illicit trade as any other country in the world. Since its founding, the United States has had an intimate relationship with clandestine commerce, and contraband capitalism was integral to the rise of the U.S. economy.”—Foreign Affairs