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Judy Melinek, one of the forensic experts who was quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday about the Michael Brown autopsy report, is taking issue with how the newspaper portrayed her comments.

The key piece of Melinek's analysis, according to the Post-Dispatch's original report, was that the report of Brown's autopsy "supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound. If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.”

That would be consistent with Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson's version of events, as reported by the New York Times and others. Melinek was also paraphrased by the newspaper saying that the autopsy was inconsistent with witness accounts of Brown having his hands up in surrender when he was shot by Wilson.

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Slate's "Dear Prudence" on Thursday ran a letter from an advice-seeker identified as a whiny suburban homeowner who is incredibly concerned that poor kids are going to ruin Halloween in the cul-de-sac.

The individual, identified as "Halloween for the 99 Percent," asked Prudence for permission to be entirely peeved that people see "one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country" as a destination for the best trick-or-treating.

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Bristol Palin: feminist hero?

The eldest daughter of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin broke her silence on Wednesday with a blog post about the role she played in a booze-fueled brawl last month at a house party in Alaska.

Bristol Palin had been accused by multiple eyewitnesses of repeatedly punching the homeowner, Korey Klingenmeyer, in the face. In the blog post, she said he had it coming, and that almost anyone else in her situation would be deemed a "feminist hero."

Published two days after police released photos and audio recordings from the incident, her blog post explained that she hit Klingenmeyer only after being attacked by a man who she said towered over her.

The Palin family had largely remained silent as eyewitnesses came forward, with Sarah Palin making only one oblique reference to the allegations. Even after the Anchorage Police Department released its official report, there was no word from the family.

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