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Friday, July 27, 2018

Do white mass shooters get more sympathy?


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When you read about a mass shooter, do think they’re a victim of difficult circumstances, or do you believe they’re inherently evil? Part of what colors your view could be the details news reporters choose to include about their lives, families and the crime itself. Ohio State sociologists Scott Duxbury, Laura Frizzell and Sadé L. Lindsay studied 433 articles covering 219 mass shootings between 2013 and 2015 to discover if race plays a role in how shooters are portrayed.

Decades after Roe v. Wade, the abortion debate remains contentious in the U.S., with a nearly even split between the number of Americans for and against it. But who are the women who have abortions? University of Massachusetts OB-GYN Luu Ireland answers that question, plus why women choose to have abortions and how safe the procedure really is.

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If a news report mentions a shooter’s tough childhood, chances are he’s white. ASAG Studio

Race of mass shooters influences how the media cover their crimes, new study shows

Laura Frizzell, The Ohio State University; Sadé L. Lindsay, The Ohio State University; Scott Duxbury, The Ohio State University

White shooters are nearly 95 percent more likely to have their crimes attributed to mental illness than black shooters.

An exam room at the Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center in Texas. REUTERS/Ilana Panich-Linsman

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