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PBC News & Comment: Some Good News, For a Change!

Clearing my desk before a 2-week break, we lead with some good news on Central Park 5 and marriage equality…

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Some good news on stories we’ve covered:

–Central Park 5 share $40 million in compensation, as discussed with filmmaker Ken Burns and exoneree Raymond Santana 11/30/12
–Presbyterians OK marriage equality, sparked by the case of Rev. Janie Spahr; we covered trial in 8/10 and rejection of discipline 5/12; search “Spahr” to locate the podcasts
–House bans “backdoor searches” by NSA in 293-123 vote
–EFF issues privacy scorecard, is top ISP
–federal judge in Washington state dismisses suit regarding soldier who infiltrated peace groups at Ft. Lewis-McChord
–influx of immigrant children leads ObamaCo to speed up deportations
–prosecutors name Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at center of illegal campaign funding schemes
–Gov. Cuomo insists on silly limitations in NY medical pot law
–Supreme Court unanimously upholds rights of Alabama whistleblower
–no news on Roger Shuler’s pending arrest
–one Palestinian killed as battle erupts in Jenin during Israeli night raid, searching for 3 missing teens
–Egypt’s top court initiates death sentences against Muslim Brotherhood leaders, no comment from Washington
–California prisons forced sterilizations on 144 women, many without lawful consent
–email comments from listener Kevin K, who is now a climate change skeptic, PBC gets invited to anti-climate confab in Vegas