Fulton County, Georgia admitted to illegally disenfranchising and misleading voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections in a settlement this month. For more than two dozen violations of state law — including improperly rejecting eligible ballots and sending voters to the wrong precincts — the county will pay a fine of $180,000. To make sure the problems do not continue in the future, the county has promised to spend an additional $200,000 on new training software for their poll workers.
“Not today, Shell!” an anchor support yelled from a Portland bridge as 13 climbers hung below for the 29th consecutive hour.
Cheers and chants were heard from land and water around 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time Thursday, as a Royal Dutch Shell ship slowly turned around in the water and retreated from the bridge. The Arctic-bound ship stopped in its tracks Thursday during its second attempt to reach a Shell drilling site. The oil company aborted its first attempt early Wednesday morning, when Greenpeace activists rappelled off of St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon with the support of assistants and “kayaktivists” on the water, two hours before the icebreaking vessel was scheduled to leave. The ship’s second attempt also failed.
The Texas Department of Public Safety released police dashcam footage Tuesday showing the moment of Sandra Bland’s arrest. The film immediately came under fire for alleged editing that seems to occur at various points in the footage. The nine cuts raise even more questions in Bland’s case.
In McKinney, Texas, 15-year-old Dajerria Becton was tackled to the ground, kneed in the neck, and handcuffed by a police officer while she was wearing a bikini. In Cleveland, Tanisha Anderson, a schizophrenic and bipolar woman, was allegedly slammed to the ground in front of her family, before dying in police custody. In Chicago, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was accidentally shot in the head by an officer who opened fire on a group gathered in an alley.
New York City settles Eric Garner case for $5.9 million
The New York Times: New York City has settled with the family of Eric Garner, agreeing to pay $5.9 million in the case over his killing by police last July, a lawyer representing the family said Monday.
Photo: Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, teared up during an interview in June. (Mark Kauzlarich/The New York Times)
"We made a terrible mistake 30 years ago when we created the laws that sent these men and women away for so long." - President Obama, granting clemency to 46 non-violent drug offenders
While gay and lesbian members of armed forces may now serve openly, transgender soldiers remain in shadows.
Sad climatologists are sad: With Game Over for the climate and civilization, Esquire reports a wave of depression and PTSD among scientists who know what’s coming and can’t really talk about it.
South Carolina governor signs bill to remove Confederate flag
The Post and Courier: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a measure to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds on Thursday. Relatives of the victims of the Charleston church massacre were among those present at the bill signing.
Photo: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signs the legislation that will remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds during a ceremony at the Statehouse Thursday. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier)
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"Added sugars—but not total sugars or total carbohydrates—were strongly associated with depression." - Major Columbia University study reveals the link between sugar and depression. Also see the important relationship between REM sleep and depression.
The American Ballet Theater has promoted Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) to principal ballerina, making her the first black female principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year history.
Copeland, who has been with the company for 14 years and danced as a soloist for 8, is one of the most widely visible ballerinas dancing today, with fame spreading far beyond the ballet world. She has written two books (Firebird, a children’s book, and Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, a memoir), presented at the Tony’s, made an ad for Under Armour that got over eight million views, and was honored this year as one of the TIME 100. “Something that my mother instilled in me, as a biracial woman herself, and me being biracial, was that the world was going to view me as a black woman, no matter what I decided to do,” Copeland said at the TIME 100 gala in April.
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The nation’s demographics are on a clear trajectory: White people are dying faster than they are being born, which means they are on target to become a minority in the United States in 30 years.