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Friday, September 2, 2011

Another big victory for consequentialism over archrival retributivism

Apparently unable by threat of misdemeanor prosecution to deter exuberant University of West Virginia students from setting couches ablaze to celebrate football victories, city officials have decided to pursue felony arson prosecutions in the future, according to this A.P. article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. USA Today reports that, in addition, city officials "have ordered the removal of all upholstered furniture, debris and flammable objects from porches in city neighborhoods with high West Virginia University student populations," another big victory for the word "flammable" in its ongoing rivalry with "inflammable."


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