England abolished grand juries decades ago because they didn’t work: This is a quick recap of what was so wrong with the grand jury proceeding about the death of Michael Brown, even if Darren Wilson was justified in the shooting (as I believe he was). I wonder what the prosecutor told the grand jury about the case of Eric Garner, given that it’s so damn easy to get an indictment.
Eight Belles’ breakdown: a predictable tragedy: This is a fascinating article on why thoroughbreds are increasingly breaking down on the track. Already, the industry starts and runs them far too young: due to their development, horses shouldn’t be started under saddle until at least three or four years old, let alone raced at two. Now that we’ve added unsound breeding lines to that, it’s not surprising that the breakdowns are mounting.
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