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Trayvon Martin, died age 17

It seems as though everyone has heard of (and has an opinion) about the Trayvon Martin story. There are apparently only two sides of the story one can take without ridicule; (1) Martin was murdered by an over-zealous, racist, George Zimmerman for doing nothing other than being black, or (2) George Zimmerman was a victim of a failed system which lead to an unsafe neighborhood he felt the need to defend.

I do not take either side, because neither side is completely correct. Only two people  know what truly happened that fateful night; one of them is alive and the other isn’t. We must only examine the evidence.

The Police Report. When Sanford police arrived on the scene, they reported that there were 6 witnesses–3 men and 3 women–most of them described as “white” and the last described as “other.” The witnesses’ reports all seem to reach about the same conclusion: there was a certain amount of scuffling, cries for help from one or both parties, a gun shot, and silence. There are some who claim that the cries were that of Martin due to the fact that they stopped immediately after the gunshot. Though, this is simply speculation, it leads the general population to believe that Zimmerman confronted Martin without justification, and in a paranoid frenzy killed the young man.

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Credit to The Texas Tribune

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, again. All one sees anymore are campaign commercials. Even from the other room we are inundated with “I’m so-and-so, and I approve this message.” In Florida, the Republican Primary Campaign has taken over, leaving little room for the idea of an Obama-won Florida, and (through recent polls) an assumed Romney win. But why does everyone care so much about the little Sunshine State? Delegates.

A delegate is simply this; a member of the pre-election Electoral College. Each state is allowed a certain number of delegates, typically corresponding to the percentage of population a particular state has in comparison to the rest of the country, and Florida holds the largest amount of delegates we’ve seen in any other caucus this year: 50, however, only in a winner-takes-all situation.

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