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Brutal Murders Renew Death Penalty Debate in Massachusetts:  The Boston Globe reports on last week's debate between Massachusetts Attorney General candidates James McKenna (Rep.) and Martha Coakley (Dem.), during which reinstatement of capital punishment in the state emerged a divisive issue.  Coakley, Massachusetts's current AG, stated she was opposed to it, but McKenna expressed openness to the punishment for murderers of police officers or children.  The debate came just after four people, including a 2-year-old toddler, were gunned down in Boston earlier last week.

Big Sentence for Child Rapist:  A Florida judge recently guaranteed that Timothy Anderson will be spending the rest of his life in prison, sentencing the convicted child rapist to 999 years in prison.  Anderson was convicted of sexually assaulting a child younger than 12 during a 20-year period, and is suspected of similar long-term assaults on at least three other children.  WTSP 10News (FL) has this story.

25 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.:  WalletPop.com today released its annual list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the U.S.  The list is based on data obtained from NeighborhoodScout.com and FBI statistics.  This year, West Lake Street in Chicago took the #1 spot, where a person has a one in four chance of becoming a crime victim (in one year).  Four neighborhoods in Atlanta appear on the list, as well as two in Las Vegas.

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