In a case of irony worthy of Alanis Morissette, lightening struck a woman at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport this weekend—as she got off a flight that had been diverted to avoid bad weather. The unfortunate passenger's U.S. Airways Express flight was on its way from Hartford, Connecticut, to Charlotte, but it landed in Columbia because of storms over Charlotte, North Carolina. However, it turned out there was a storm in Columbia, too, and the woman got zapped as she was leaving the plane. According to a local news station, the woman was taken to the hospital and, thankfully, she is in stable condition. Discuss
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to allow nine abortion clinics in Texas to remain open, according to The New York Times. A recent law in the state effectively closed these clinics. The case in question revolves around two parts of a Texas law that establish requirements on abortion clinics: 1) abortion clinics must meet the standards of “ambulatory surgical centers,” and 2) doctors performing abortions must have "admitting privileges" at a local hospital. The Court voted 5 to 4—with Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. voting against—to stay the order while justices consider whether or not to hear an appeal to the state law. And the Court’s stay of the Texas restrictions strongly indicates that it will consider abortion rights during its next term. Discuss
NBC has a message for The Donald: You’re fired. The network has severed ties with controversial businessman Donald Trump, TV host and presidential candidate following comments he made about immigrants to the U.S. at arecent campaign speech:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
In statement, NBC said, “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.” The networks will no longer air the affiliated beauty pagenants Miss Universe and Miss America, and has canceled the long-running reality series The Apprentice ... Discuss
In a 5-4 decision today, the Supreme Court found that the state of Oklahoma is not in violation of the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, by using the controversial drug midazolam during lethal injections. The sedative—which some doctors say doesn’t cause a patient to become fully unconscious—is part of a three-drug mix used by Oklahoma and several other states when traditional lethal injection drugs became more difficult for correction officials to obtain.
The drug was involved in three executions last year—in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona—in which the inmates appeared to experience serious pain and prolonged suffering during their executions. In one case, which lasted 45 minutes, the inmate woke up during the procedure. In another, the prisoner said he felt like he was on fire. Four states have used midazolam as officials experiment with new drug cocktails while other lethal injection chemicals are increasingly short supply ... Discuss
Egyptian prosecutor Hisham Barakat—who has brought thousands of Islamists to trial including former president of Egypt Mohammed Morsi—has been killed after a convoy he was traveling in was struck by a car bomb. Many of the individuals and Muslim Brotherhood supporters he prosecuted were sentence to death or life in prison. According to the BBC, ISIS has called for new attacks against Egyptian officials after the government recently hanged six ISIS fighters. Discuss
The design company Gramovox has created this “Floating Record" player, which plays records vertically, making them appear to be floating in air. A Kickstarter campaign for the device has already brought in more than $740,000—nearly $700,000 more than its initial goal. Sure, the design doesn’t aid in the vinyl sound, but is a unique take on a retro staple. Discuss