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Engage: Crack sentencing changes today; Soldier’s death raises questions
The death of Army Pvt. Danny Chen is under investigation.
November 1st, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Engage: Crack sentencing changes today; Soldier’s death raises questions

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Crack sentencing change begins today
"On Tuesday, [the sentencing disparity for offenses involving crack versus powdered cocaine] will ease dramatically as permanent new federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine take effect. The guidelines, approved by large bipartisan Congressional majorities in 2010, affect not only new defendants, but will retroactively apply to the sentences of an estimated 12,000 federal inmates, more than 1,000 of whom will be eligible for immediate release next week. " - The Huffington Post

Justice Department sues South Carolina over immigration law 
“The Obama administration has asked a court to block parts of South Carolina's new immigration law, saying those provisions are unconstitutional and interfere with federal immigration authority.” - Voice of America

Yale study: Soft drink makers target black and Hispanic teens, children
“A recent Yale study released Monday found that soft-drink makers are targeting black and Hispanic children and teenagers in their U.S. ad campaigns.” - New York Daily News

Soldier’s death raises questions in local Chinese-American community
“Three days after his death, a military official told [Su Zhen] Chen and her husband, Yan Tao Chen, that investigators had not yet determined whether the shot to the head was self-inflicted or fired by someone else. But the official also revealed, the Chens said, that Private Chen had been subjected to physical abuse and ethnic slurs by superiors, who one night dragged him out of bed and across the floor when he failed to turn off a water heater after showering...And though military officials have reassured the Chens that a thorough investigation is being conducted, their grief is laced with suspicion, shared by their supporters in the local Chinese community, that they will never learn the truth.” - The New York Times

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