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A Georgia homeowner who shot and killed a 72-year-old man he thought was an intruder has reignited debate over controversial “stand your ground” laws.
A week after the slaying, a Georgia sheriff’s department is debating whether to take legal action in a case where one of the scrutinized self-defense laws may play a role in the prosecutor’s decision. Georgia’s “stand your ground” law dates back to 2006, and states that a person has no duty to retreat and can use deadly force if there is reason to believe their lives or property are endangered.
Local police said Ronald Westbrook, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, was lost and confused when he stepped onto Joe Hendrix’s porch and jiggled his door knob just before 4 a.m. on Nov. 27. Hendrix, 34, was asleep in the house when Westbrook came knocking. Hendrix stepped onto his front lawn with a .40 caliber Glock pistol…
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Later today, millions of TV viewers and thousands of tourists will flock to see the official lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a storied and festive holiday tradition celebrating its 80th year. In 1933, the year Rockefeller Center opened to the public, a 40-foot tree was adorned with 700 lights. But today, in typical American fashion, the tradition’s been supersized: 45,000 energy-efficient LEDs bathe a 76-foot-tall Norway spruce in brilliant holiday cheer.
Like so many inspirational icons before it, the Rock Center Christmas celebration comes from humble roots. On Christmas Eve 1931, it wasn’t as easy as it is today for Americans to forget about life for awhile. Only two years after the stock market crash of ’29, the country was still embroiled in the throes of the Great Depression. John D. Rockefeller Jr., the son of the famed oil tycoon with whom he shares his name, was ambitiously…
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