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Aggies swept up in the game of quidditch

While many are drawn to the game of quidditch because of their fondness for Harry Potter, players of the game say it is more than a group of fans trying to bring the books to life.

Rosemary Ross, a sophomore psychology major at Texas A&M, said when she checked out quidditch her freshman year, it wasn't what she was expecting.


Though the game of quidditch was invented by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series, it has taken on a life of its own and is now a full-contact sport played by thousands internationally.

Students at Texas A&M University have had so much interest in the sport that the university has two teams. The Texas A&M Quidditch team, which was established in 2008, is ranked No. 1 in the world.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_c972a485-3e80-5bb8-b7c1-689f5c367b20.html .

[font color=maroon]Ahh, to be that young again. During my college days hacky-sack and frisbee golf were the rage.[/font]

Tab for wrongful convictions in Texas: $65 million and counting

For a state perhaps best known as the leader in executing murderers, Texas now has another distinction: It is the most generous in compensating those who were wrongly locked up.

In all, the state has paid more than $65 million to 89 wrongfully convicted people since 1992, according to updated state figures.


For a hint of how off-track Texasí justice system once was, and how expensive those mistakes have become for taxpayers, consider the case of Michael Morton, the exonerated former Austin-area resident who served 25 years in prison for a murder he didnít commit. A Williamson County court convicted him in 1987 of killing his wife Christine.

Morton, who was 57 when he was freed from prison in 2011, so far has received $1.96 million for his mistaken imprisonment, state records show.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/tab-for-wrongful-convictions-in-texas-65-million-a/nWLQM/ .

[font color=green]The article states that some exonerated prisoners can receive up to $80,000 a year and they also are eligible for the same health insurance program as state employees.

I'm truly sorry for those that suffered through injustices. However, these payments seem to be more than compensation--it's comparable to winning the lottery. Where is the justice for taxpayers and why aren't we demanding that prosecutors pay part of the compensation to exonerated prisoners if it is clear that they abused the power we entrusted with them?[/font]
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