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Assisted suicide is one more step closer to becoming legal in the state of California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill which will allow doctors in the state to prescribe drugs that can be given to end of lives of terminally patients. The End of Life Option Act, which won’t go into effect until three months after the Legislature holds a special health care session, would legally allow physicians to provide lethal amounts of drugs to patients who have been given less than six months to live, and want to end their lives early. Gov. Brown is actually a former student of a Jesuit seminary, and said that he struggled on whether or not to sign the measure. He wrote,

In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death. I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.

The bill faced strong opposition from pro-life advocates and many religious groups in the state. Discuss

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury not only revived his basketball career in China, he’s also now bringing one of his old businesses back to life. Back in 2006, the point guard partnered with the retail chain Steve and Barry’s to release a line of “Starbury” signature basketball shoes that would only cost $15. Early on, he said the idea of offering a low-cost shoe stemmed from growing up without the ability to pay for the latest, expensive brand-named shoe. When the Steve and Barry’s retail chain closed its doors in 2009, the shoes were discontinued. But now, Marbury, who has become a superstar athlete playing professional basketball in China, has said that he is relaunching the line and is taking some jabs at competitors in the process.

Marbury claims that the same factory that makes Air Jordans for Nike (which can cost north of $200), will make his new shoes, which will cost just $15 for customers. Marbury says both types of the shoes are made for just $5 in Chinese factories. He also hasn’t been shy on Twitter about challenging the traditional shoe industry, calling it “greedy.” He tweeted, “I'm just trying to create access for all.” Discuss

Among its many bold predictions as to what life would look like in the year 2015—hoverboards, self-tying Nikes, the Cubs winning the World Series (hilarious, right?!)—there's a scene in 1989’s Back to the Future II in which Marty McFly encounters a theater marquee promoting “Jaws 19” during his journey to the then mysterious world of 2015. In honor of the occasion, this trailer for the action shark series has been released, hopefully brining us one step closer to hoverboards. Discuss

While in Washington D.C. last month, Pope Francis took time to visit a former student, who is openly gay, as well as his partner. The meeting came just one day before the pope met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky County Clerk who made national headlines for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to the Supreme Court’s legalization of same sex marriage. Since the encounter between Davis and the pope, the Vatican has said, “his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.”

The meeting with Yayo Grassi and his partner Iwan Bagus appears to have been planned for some time. Grassi told CNN, "Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug.” Grassi, 67, was a student at a Catholic school where the pope served as a teacher in the ‘60s. According to CNN, he is also an atheist, but has maintained a close relationship with his old teacher for decades. A Vatican spokesman confirmed the meeting, saying, ”As noted in the past, the Pope, as pastor, has maintained many personal relationships with people in a spirit of kindness, welcome and dialogue.” Grassi told the cable news outlet, "Obviously he is the pastor of the church and he has to follow the church's teachings. But as a human being he understands all kinds of situations, and he is open to all kinds of people, including those with different sexual characteristics.” Discuss

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