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June 15, 2019

No DUI For Woman Arrested For Driving Toy Truck While Drunk

No DUI For Woman Arrested For Driving Toy Truck While Drunk

The South Carolina woman avoided a DUI charge, but was cited for public intoxication..


WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.

News outlets quote police as saying that instead they charged 25-year-old Megan Holman with public intoxication.

They say they spotted her cruising down the road in a Power Wheels electric toy truck after a caller reported a suspicious person on the street.

Officers say she was driving about a mile (1.5 kilometers) from her home in Walhalla when they stopped her.
June 15, 2019

Missouri Restaurant Cancels Wedding Dinner After Learning It Was For 2 Brides

Missouri Restaurant Cancels Wedding Dinner After Learning It Was For 2 Brides

A cafe in O’Fallon refused to host Kendall Brown and Mindy Rackley’s rehearsal dinner because the owners disapprove of their relationship, the couple said.


By Carol Kuruvilla


Kendall Brown and Mindy Rackley, a couple from the St. Louis area, hoped to have their wedding rehearsal dinner at Madison’s Cafe in O’Fallon. But those plans were derailed when the owner found out the dinner was for a same-sex wedding, Rackley wrote in a June 4 Facebook post.

“We have never been treated this way and have never been declined a service because [of] who we are,” Rackley wrote. “Our hearts hurt.”

Rackley said that her future mother-in-law called Madison’s Cafe on June 3 to make a reservation for a rehearsal dinner on June 13. The owner reportedly called Brown the next day with questions about the event, including the groom’s name.

“She said, ‘Your spouse is another woman?’ and I said, ‘Yes,’” Brown told NBC affiliate KSDK-TV in St. Louis. “And she said, ’I’m sorry, we’re going to have to refer you to someone else because we don’t condone that kind of relationship.”


There has never been any rights affirmed to gays that have infringed on any single of my rights. I have no reason to be against gays having the opportunities that I do. This stuff is not religious freedom, its looking for permission to discriminate.

June 15, 2019

Sara Gideon, Maine's Democratic House Speaker, To Run Against Senator Susan Collins

Sara Gideon, Maine’s Democratic House Speaker, To Run Against Senator Susan Collins
he GOP senator faces intense backlash from state Democrats and abortion rights activists over her vote for Brett Kavanaugh.

By Hayley Miller and Kevin Robillard



“Maine deserves a champion in the US Senate,” Gideon wrote in a Facebook post at the time. “After November I will be seriously considering how I can elevate the voices of people who deserve and demand to be heard and represented in Washington, DC.”


Earlier this week, Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill sponsored by Gideon that expands access to abortion in the state by allowing health care professionals who are not doctors ― such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants ― to perform the procedure.

Gideon is a graduate of George Washington University and the daughter of an Indian immigrant father and a second-generation Armenian American mother.

Two other Democrats have formally announced 2020 bids against Collins. Betsy Sweet, who ran and lost in the Democratic primary for Maine governor last year, said that she’s running on Thursday. Bre Kidman, a lawyer and the first openly non-binary U.S. Senate candidate in the country, filed to run in April.


June 12, 2019

Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?

Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?

A California start-up wants to “redesign the entire end-of-life experience.” The answer to “eternity


By Nellie Bowles

June 12, 2019

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —


And so Mr. Gibson’s company is buying forests, arranging conservation easements intended to prevent the land from ever being developed, and then selling people the right to have their cremated remains mixed with fertilizer and fed to a particular tree.


There is a certain risk to being buried in a start-up forest. When the tree dies, Better Place says it will plant a new one at that same spot. But a redwood can live 700 years, and almost all start-ups in Silicon Valley fail, so it requires a certain amount of faith that someone will be there to install a new sapling.


Customers come to claim a tree for perpetuity. This now costs between $3,000 (for those who want to be mixed into the earth at the base of a small young tree or a less desirable species of tree) and upward of $30,000 (for those who wish to reside forever by an old redwood). For those who don’t mind spending eternity with strangers, there is also an entry-level price of $970 to enter the soil of a community tree. (Cremation is not included.)


Nellie Bowles covers tech and internet culture. Follow her on Twitter: @nelliebowle

June 11, 2019

Trump Falsely Claims He Has Wiped Out 150% Of China's Economy

Trump Falsely Claims He Has Wiped Out 150% Of China’s Economy

He gloated China’s economy has lost up to $20 trillion in value since his election. If true, that would have wiped China off the economic map.


By Mary Papenfuss


The Chinese economy is worth an estimated $13 trillion (it was $12.2 trillion in 2017, according to the World Bank). To wipe out 150% of China’s GDP would erase the country from the world economy and would be pretty ― incredible.

Contrary to Trump’s whopper, the Chinese economy has continued to expand over 6% a year since he was elected.

The Trump trade war is hurting the Chinese economy, because tariffs make Chinese products more costly and less competitive in the American market. But because U.S. companies and consumers pay the cost of tariffs on imported goods, the trade war also hurts America’s GDP (which, incidentally, is $20 trillion). Numbers vary, but estimates for GDP costs in both nations are generally less than 1%.

Before citing a specific figure for China’s losses, Trump said earlier in the CNBC interview that China has “lost many, many trillions of dollars.”

You can check out the entire interview in the video above. (Trump refers to the amount of money he has cost China at 26:05.)
June 11, 2019

Justin Amash Steps Down From House Freedom Caucus After Calling For Trump's Impeachment

Justin Amash Steps Down From House Freedom Caucus After Calling For Trump’s Impeachment


The Republican congressman has faced stiff criticism from his own party for his support of impeachment proceedings against the president.

By Dominique Mosbergen


Amash, one of the Freedom Caucus’ founding members, told CNN that he’d announced his resignation at the group’s weekly board meeting on Monday. He said the meeting had been a “positive” one.


Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019

Top GOP leaders, including the president himself, condemned Amash for his views. The House Freedom Caucus also distanced itself from the congressman, with former chairman Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio telling Politico in May that “every single” member who’d attended that week’s meeting “disagrees with what he says.”


“I’d do it whether it was a Republican president or a Democratic president. It doesn’t matter. You elected me to represent all of you,” Amash told supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last month. “Congress has a duty to keep the president in check .… And I think we owe it to the American people to represent them, to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character, aren’t violating the public trust.”

He'll never be one of us, but at least he has a conscience and he is the first and there will be more.
June 10, 2019

This stuff is not over. I support speaker Pelosi, right now she is exactly what we need in a ...

speaker: someone who can keep Congress from over playing their hands and jumping the gun. Impeachment is not an action, it is a process. And it is working.

June 7, 2019

The Muslims Preserving Kolkata's Last Jewish Synagogues


The Muslims Preserving Kolkata’s Last Jewish Synagogues
“It’s not ours or theirs, it’s for both of us.”
by Lizzie Philip November 26, 2018

For generations, Muslim caretakers have worked at the Magen David Synagogue, one of the last Jewish houses of worship in Kolkata. Children of the employees grew up among members of the synagogue, and some eventually began working there too. Caretakers and members of the congregation share a respect for the historic building, as well as the community it serves. But as the Jewish community in Kolkata continues to dwindle and age, the synagogue faces an uncertain future.

In the video above, Atlas Obscura visits the Magen David Synagogue and learns more about its history.

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