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NBC Philadelphia reports: "Rae Stabosz, of Newark, who is pro-life, prays every week outside the Planned Parenthood. She was in the middle of a prayer last Wednesday when she pulled out her cell phone and began to record a patient being taken out of the [Wilmington] facility. As she started filming, Stabosz says someone who appeared to be a friend of the patient began to attack her." Stabosz, who was documenting "yet another" ambulance transporting a patient out of the facility, says “the story is a public health issue.” [NBC 10]
If Tahrir Square isn't humming already, it will be soon. Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, sentenced to life in prison last June for authorizing the killing of protestors in early 2011, had his conviction thrown out by a judge yesterday. Though it seems like an obvious setback for pro-democracy Egypt (Mubarak was one of only two ex-regime officials not acquitted for the Arab Spring killings two years ago), the prosecution was also calling for the verdict to be thrown out, in favor of a stronger ruling. [New York Times]
Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is not having a good summer. President Dan Cathy's ill-conceived public comments opposing same-sex marriage reflect the level of business acumen that one would expect from a man who was handed the keys to a company his father built. But no matter how distasteful, they're rooted in a strongly ideological belief system, one that presumably transcends the need to make a buck.
If Facebook is any indicator, many if not most of my friends have signed on to the Chick-fil-A boycott because of that company's charitable contributions and policies and CEO Dan Cathy's recent statements about gay marriage. But there are plenty of corporations out there that won't be sponsoring the pride parade anytime soon.
The last time (the only time?) a plastic bag was seen as hauntingly beautiful—as a stand-in, even, for exquisite moments we brush by in our rushed and frantic lives—was in a scene from American Beauty, in which a troubled kid practically cries his eyes out over a bag that "danced" with him for 15 minutes.
I need to get my car inspected this week, but first I have to send my mechanic a short survey to find out where he stands on a number of controversial issues. If he disagrees with me, I can’t possibly give him my business. And when I go to the supermarket, I need a grocery list of how the makers of each of the products I plan to buy stand on gun control, abortion rights and immigration.
Another day, another dozen or so dead. A guy on his birthday. Men protecting their girlfriends. A young woman who wanted to be a journalist. A dad. A six-year-old girl who’d gone to the movies with her mom.And more, closer to home: A killer in Olney. A man shot dead in Germantown. A shooting at a party—five hurt in that one.
Back in November 2011—back when the crisp winds of change seemed to crackle in New York's smoggy air and camping space at Zuccotti Park was nearing a premium—Fast Company published a demographic study of Occupy Wall Street. Conducted by a Baruch College professor and a business intelligence analyst (both supporters of Occupy), the study relied on a survey of 5,006 visitors to occupywallst.org. Some results of the survey were in keeping with the public's perception of the movement (81 percent of respondents were white, 60.2 percent college-educated). Others weren't (47 percent had full-time jobs). But one result in particular seemed intriguingly incongruous: A full 32 percent of site visitors were over the age of 45. For a movement that has consistently built its image on the young, restless and angry, that's a surprising number of graying supporters.
At this point in the campaign season, we’ve all heard the term “Citizens United” at least a bajillion or so times. “Citizens United led to superPACs … ” this and “Thanks to Citizens United … ” that. Such a pleasant little name for a truly insidious concept—that corporations have the same rights to free speech as you and me, even if said speech is expressed in millions of dollars of political advertising.