In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: Death via state execution] Ray Jasper, whose letter from Texas' death row was published earlier this month, has been executed. Capital punishment just does not feel like justice to me.

[CN: Airline disaster] Australia found two objects on a satellite image that may (or may not) be debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But reconnaissance aircraft "were unable to verify the discovery...amid visibility limited by cloud and rain before the search ended for the day."

CNN has been obsessively covering the missing flight, and the coverage has included some truly absurd speculation. The latest: Don Lemon asks if it's preposterous to consider Flight 370 was enveloped by a black hole. Seriously. The most trusted name in news, folks.

[CN: Guns; terrorism; Islamophobia] Shots were fired into the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg (Mississippi) Tuesday. Fortunately, there was no one in the building at the time, and the damage was minimal. Police will "will pursue the incident as a malicious mischief case." Um. Well, I certainly hope that will change if the investigation suggests it was something more.

[CN: War on agency] Sahil Kapur has "Everything You Need to Know about the Supreme Court Taking on Birth Control." This is very important: "A defeat for the government would expand the concept of corporate personhood by concluding that a for-profit business can hold religious beliefs that afford it special treatment under the law."

[CN: Misogyny] The ACLU shares the story of Angela Ames, who was forced out of her job after returning to work while still breastfeeding, and asks you to share your story if you've experienced similar workplace discrimination.

[CN: Racism] Further evidence of why there is a racial wealth gap in the US: "Before the recession, black-owned small businesses received 8.2 percent of all loans through the Small Business Administration. That figure is now down to 1.7 percent, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. The total number of loans they are currently getting is similarly low: 2.3 percent of the roughly 54,000 doled out through the agency, down from 11 percent in 2008."

New dinosaur! "The fossilised remains of a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, nicknamed the 'chicken from hell' by scientists, have been unearthed in the US." LOL.

[Video] Welp, this is one of the most amazing solves on Wheel of Fortune anyone will ever see!

This is, for sure, my favorite headline of the day: "Gwyneth Paltrow is the face of a salmon-placenta skincare line, naturally."

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