How Cope’s trial revealed the disturbing truths of the legal system

Left is Billy Wayne Cope, and right is Amanda Cope. Image from the NY Daily Times.

The Narrative.

Back in November 2001, a twelve-year-old girl, Amanda Cope, was found brutally murdered and raped in her own home, in South Carolina. Her father, Billy Wayne Cope, found her dead body in her room and called 911. He would later confess to the crime, not once but three times. However, the story was not that simple.

In his initial statement that he had provided police, he claims that around 6:00 am he had woken up from his sleep and called out his daughter's name. But after receiving no response, he decided to check on her just in case…


Science freed Tapp from a wrongful conviction when the law didn’t.

Pictured is Angie Dodge. Image from EastIdahoNews.com.

The narrative.

This narrative begins on June 13, 1996, when 18-year old, Angie Dodge was brutally raped and murdered in her apartment in Idaho Falls. For a whole year, police struggled to find the culprit, fortunately, justice found a way.

On January 5, 1997, a local Idaho man, Benjamin Hobbs was arrested. However, police now had to build a case against Hobbs, and for that, they began to interview his friends — one of them was 20-year old Christopher Tapp. …


OPEN LETTERS

Please teach your kids to be humble because flex culture is killing us all.

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Dear Parents,

I remember back in seventh grade when the “popular” kids in my class had cell phones. Blackberry, iPhone, and Samsung were the style back then. I remember watching my fellow classmates flaunt their phones every chance they got. Even though phones weren’t allowed in class, they had subtle ways of bringing them out during recess or lunchtime. I remember some of my classmates and I, would stare in awe at the foreign devices. I knew some of us, myself included, would then go home to pester our parents for a phone —

“Emily has one, if she can…


How misinformation about a small tissue is causing women so much trouble

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Women are held to different standards than men. This is nothing new, even in the 21st century. The idea surrounding women being “pure” and “unpure” has been around for a very long time. The purity of a woman is solely based on virginity, that is, the state of never having sexual intercourse. Although virginity is a concept that can be applied to any sex, this concept is mainly discussed when speaking about women, specifically unmarried women. In some cultures, it is very important for women to be a “virgin” upon marriage. …


Why it started, how it's fairing, and what the response has been like

Pictured is a farmer in the field in India. Image taken by Anath BS licensed under CC BY 2.0

Last week marks 100-days since farmers took to the streets of New Delhi to call the Modi government to act. In September 2020, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, passed three bills regarding the farming industry without the consultation of the farmers. These laws could ultimately lead to the mass destruction of the lives of the local farmers — that is 58% of India’s population.

A little bit of history.

In the 1960s, India’s farmers were struggling to earn money through their practice, and famine rose. The government decided to pair up with Americans to figure out a way to intervene and increase food grain production…


Here is how I help back as a broke college student

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We all have good in us. Many of us love to give back to the community that gave us so much yet we all have our own barriers that prevent us from doing so. For instance, I’m a college student and like most students, I’m swallowed in debt trying to find a part-time job to stay afloat. So as much as I want to give, and as much as I want to donate, the reality is, it’s hard. …


The corruption of power in Hollywood and Bollywood

Pictured is Priyanka Chopra (top left), Vijay Chandrasekhar (top right), Vijay Chokalingam (bottom left), Mikhail Varshavski (bottom middle), and Lori Loughlin (bottom right).

Our world does not revolve around the sun, it revolves around celebrity culture. Almost all the decisions we make are directly or indirectly influenced by our favourite celebrity. Despite the fact that I am writing this article, I am no exception. And as unfortunate as it is, there are many stars who have abused their power or have made inappropriate choices. Being a celebrity means your life is under full scrutiny. Every action and choice they make is watched and talked about.

Here are five well-known individuals who made questionable decisions.

5. Lori Loughlin (Hollywood Actor)


It wasn’t just the inability to replicate Wakefield’s study that got his paper retracted

“Baby receiving vaccine,” by Amanda Mills, licensed under CC0.

Many people believe that vaccines can cause autism, despite years and years of research showing otherwise. This all started after the release of a 1998 paper by Wakefield and twelve of his co-authors that claimed there was a link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Although, later retracted this paper left behind extremely damaging results on the community. Results that even years later, healthcare professionals continue to fight through. Wakefield had changed the world, in the worst way possible.

The study.

It all started in 1998 when Wakefield et al. published a study in the Lancet…


Dedicated to all those who are kind to strangers

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TRIGGER WARNING: suicidal thoughts, bullying

My friend’s story begins here. She stood here five years ago, at a bus stop similar to this. The spot was familiar to her. She was here often.

We all remember the moments that change our life. The moments that give us another chance. No matter how small or big, it stays with us almost forever. This was one of those moments. Those moments that leave an imprint on your life so large, it causes you and those around you to act differently. It impacts you so much that you even dedicate a few hours…


Striking my own community for the sake of change

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I remember my friend told me about what happened to her cousin when she was in first grade. Her cousin was taken to the hospital after having an anxiety attack in school. She had found out through some aunties at a family function. For a couple of years, my friend didn’t know what happened to her cousin. She didn’t show up to family gatherings, or functions. It was awhile back she came across her cousin through a mutual friend — she had moved out of the house because her parents had refused to pay for therapy. Not because they didn’t…

Anittha

BSc student studying life science. A huge reader 📖 I love to write about science, mental health, history, law books, movies, and more 😁💕✍️

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