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Honoring the dead. Investigating murder.

   A somber tone to today's Buffalo News editorials:

- Honor the fallen - Buffalo News Editorial
   It is sobering to note that the graves at Arlington National Cemetery go back to the Civil War.Arlington
   It is disgusting to find out that the means of keeping records there does, too.
   Of course, no amount of antiquated technology or excuses about the increased number of burials going on there these days makes up for the news, ferreted out over many months by the Internet magazine and admitted last week by the Army, that at least 200 graves at the nation’s most honored cemetery had been mislabeled. ...
   It is a situation that violates not only every concept of common decency, but also Mr. Lincoln’s explicit promise to care for him who has borne the battle.
   It is a disgrace, and the Army should spare no expense, and brook no coverups, in making it right.

- Bullet points: OK microstamping - Buffalo News Editorial
   It’s a small idea. Admittedly so small that even its backers use the prefix “micro-” in describing it.
   But if it helps cut down on the incidents of gun violence in the mean streets of Buffalo, New York City and other parts of the state, it is a good idea nevertheless.
   An idea now moving through the New York Legislature, with the enthusiastic backing of many of the state’s mayors and law enforcement agencies, would require that to be legal in New York, semiautomatic pistols manufactured after Jan. 1, 2011, would have to include a technology called micro-stamping.

Update: The bill passed the Assembly, but later in the day was withdrawn in the Senate when it became apparent it didn't have the votes to pass.

No funny stuff today. Just a moment:

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