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Melissa Higgins

Digital Journalist based in Merrimack, NH, United States. Joined on Feb 7, 2011

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Op-Ed: WikiLeaks using card's own campaign to fight back? Priceless

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, responded to Mastercard's attempts to substantially reduce donations to the organization through the implementation of a financial blockade by delivering a powerful message in the form of a commercial.

DNA testing underway in the West Memphis Three case

DNA testing is currently underway on behalf of the defense for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley. The three men were convicted as teenagers of the triple homicides of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Nanoparticles offer promising method for detecting liver cancer

Brown University researchers have devised a new method for identifying cancerous tumors in the liver. The technique helps to enable earlier detection by using gold nanoparticles to spot the small tumor-like masses.

Artist Ai Weiwei released after global demand for his freedom

Artist and social activist Ai Weiwei was released on Wednesday after being detained by the Chinese government for almost three months. Authorities cited his confession to tax evasion charges as the reason for his release.

String of apparent murder-suicides in San Diego troubling

Three apparent murder-suicides in the San Diego area share surprising similarities to one another. This tragic string of occurrences also poses troubling questions about the events and the circumstances leading up to them.

Human vaccine may be a breakthrough in future cancer treatment

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with scientists from the United Kingdom, have made a groundbreaking discovery that is sure to affect how cancer is treated in the coming years.

Petition asks attorney general to uphold Jordan Brown's rights

A new petition asks Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly to uphold 13-year-old Jordan Brown's constitutional rights.

Delays further compromise Jordan Brown's right to a speedy trial

Attorneys for Jordan Brown met with Judge Domenick Motto regarding the Lawrence County boy's decertification to juvenile court in reference to two murder charges.

MMA fighter Dan Hardy headlines benefit for West Memphis Three Special

On Saturday, March 26, British MMA fighter Dan Hardy is hosting a post-fight party to benefit three men who are awaiting an evidentiary hearing, resulting from appeals of their 1994 homicide convictions. The event will be at El Corazón in Seattle.

New ruling for Jordan Brown sends his case back to county court

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled to remand 13-year-old Jordan Brown's case to county court for Judge Dominick Motto to reconsider his view on whether or not Jordan should be tried as a juvenile.

New Hampshire wants to add five years to police and fire service

In the first of several public hearings on February 25th, 2011, Senator Jeb Bradley addressed state employees about Senate Bill 3 which is intended to reform the New Hampshire retirement system.

The fight to save 13-year-old Jordan Brown Special

Jordan Brown was 11 years old when he was arrested in February of 2009 for the murders of Kenzie Houk and her unborn baby in New Beaver, PA. As of the 21st of this month, Jordan will have been incarcerated for two years and he is still awaiting trial.

Briefs filed for men known as West Memphis Three

The Craighead County Court confirmed that briefs were filed yesterday and today on behalf of three men convicted of the 1993 murders of three 8-year old boys. The men were teenagers at the time of their convictions.
 

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