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Cadet shoots and kills teen trying to rob him

FOREST PARK, GA. --- A 14-year-old boy is dead after trying to rob an Atlanta police cadet in the parking lot of an Forest Park apartment complex, authorities say.

Police say the cadet, a former Marine who was not identified, was working on his laptop in his car just after midnight Saturday when Demarrio Jackson approached him with a shotgun. The cadet gave the laptop to the teen before drawing his own gun and shooting the boy.

Authorities are searching for another suspect believed to be involved with the attempted robbery. Police don't plan to charge the cadet because they say the shooting was self-defense.

Author Rushdie gives speech at university

ATLANTA --- Salman Rushdie has banned himself from appearing in any of his future novels, the author said in a speech Sunday in Atlanta.

Mr. Rushdie, one of the world's best known writers, said he is frequently asked whether he bases his fictional characters on himself. He said two characters were loosely autobiographical, but there will be no more.

"Too much of my life story has found itself into the public domain already," said Mr. Rushdie, 60, in a speech at Atlanta's Emory University.

The Indian-born, British writer has been a lightning rod for protests by Muslims since his book The Satanic Verses was published in 1988 and drew criticism that it insulted Islam.

A few months later, Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, ordered Muslims to kill Mr. Rushdie. The order forced the author into hiding for nearly a decade.

In a 55-minute speech to more than 1,000 people, Mr. Rushdie said he thinks memoirs and personal stories have become predominant in bookstores and that fans of fiction have come to expect that novelists base characters on actual people.

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WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 02/11/08 - 06:26 am
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God bless the creators of the

God bless the creators of the concealed carry permit!

Just me 2
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Just me 2 02/11/08 - 08:53 am
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Well, what would you have

Well, what would you have done if someone carrying a shotgun came after you? Do you actually believe it would have been better if the innocent man had no means of protecting himself?

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1trugent 02/11/08 - 10:10 am
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That's the way to rid America

That's the way to rid America of scum. Keep up the good work!

1trugent
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1trugent 02/11/08 - 10:58 am
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I hope the cadet's laptop

I hope the cadet's laptop didn't drop and break when he blasted the scum. If so, we should all take up a donation and get him another one.

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truth4u 02/11/08 - 01:30 pm
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that "scum" was also someones

that "scum" was also someones child and maybe if we try to reach the fututre instead of criticizing them we wouldn't have dead 14 year olds or 30 years olds killing couples and burning bodies. we have got to come together or nothing is gonna ever change. Its easy to point the finger but no one wants to step up and help!This is our society our country we should all take responsibility!!!!!

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peppernik 02/11/08 - 01:46 pm
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truth, violence is the only

truth, violence is the only thing these thugs understand. Maybe if the consequences of stupid actions were better explained by dads & moms, there would be less stupid actions

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1trugent 02/11/08 - 03:54 pm
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You sure he was someone's

You sure he was someone's child? Could of fooled me. A decent parent would know where their child was, who they were running with and whether or not they had access to guns. If our taxes wouldn't be used to see that people like this existed, then maybe we would have a lot less scum to be removed. A: Stay in school and get an education. B: Don't have children you can afford. Its no one's responsibility to support your child but your own. And C: Live how God commands you to live. These three things will eventually end poverty and allow hard working people to keep their money instead of being robbed by the gov't in order to support people who shouldn't exist in the first place.

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1trugent 02/11/08 - 03:59 pm
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It always sickens me to read

It always sickens me to read where someone who is supported by the tax payer tries to rob the very same person who allows him to breath in the first place. I mean what is he going to do when all the tax payers have no money--get a job?

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Chuchi 02/11/08 - 10:58 pm
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That's one of the saddest

That's one of the saddest stories I have ever read. A poor police cadet who had to kill a kid to defend himself. He'll probably be haunted for life for having to do that. And a kid who was brought up so badly and had such poor guidance that at the tender age of 14 he took a lethal weapon and robbed a man of a paltry piece of material goods and threatened that man's life, and subsequently lost his own life for it. It wasn't the cadet's fault and it really wasn't even the boy's fault; he wasn't old enough to be as responsible as an adult. But he was old enough to hold a shotgun for a robbery and maybe even a homicide. That poor boy and that poor man. That really breaks my heart. Another terrible American tragedy. I know everyone will say that I would feel differently if the child had held a gun on me or a family member, but right now I just feel sad.

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