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Texas abortion law critics warn conservatives of unintended consequences


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As abortion providers backed by President Joe Biden's administration prepare for Monday's U.S. Supreme Court arguments in their challenge to a near-total ban on the procedure in Texas, they have found an unlikely ally: a right-leaning gun rights group.

A "friend of the court" brief filed in the case by the Firearms Policy Coalition against Republican-governed Texas illustrates how the law's unique structure - enforcement by private individuals, not the state - has alarmed advocates for all kinds of constitutionally protected rights.

Some conservatives are warning that similar laws could be crafted by liberals targeting issues important to the right.

A law written like the one in Texas to impede courts from ruling on constitutionality before it takes effect could be used, for example, to take aim at constitutionally protected activities including gun rights, religious practice or free speech. Abortion is protected under the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which recognized a woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, and subsequent decisions.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun Oct 31, 2021, 11:33 AM (15 replies)

Jury awards $10M to former exec who said he was fired because he is white male


A man who alleged in a lawsuit that he was fired from a hospital system because he is a white man has been awarded a $10 million verdict by a North Carolina jury, according to court documents.

David Duvall of Michigan sued Novant Health, Inc. in 2019 after he was fired as senior vice president of marketing and communications the previous year.

Duvall said in the suit that he was terminated without cause "as part of an intentional campaign to promote diversity in its management ranks" and that he was fired due to his sex and gender.

Novant Health, which is based in Winston-Salem, has denied those allegations. It has said in court filings that he was fired for deficient performance and the delegation of critical duties to subordinates.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Oct 28, 2021, 10:00 AM (18 replies)

Just got my Moderna booster!

I initially had the J&J in March. Now to see what aftereffects (if any) I have in the next couple of days.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Oct 26, 2021, 01:25 PM (19 replies)

Blue Origin, Boeing and others join Sierra Space to build commercial space station


The orbital real estate rush is just getting started as Sierra Space released more details on its plans to launch a private space station, with news that Blue Origin and Boeing would be joining the team to send the spacecraft to orbit in the second half of the decade.

The planned station, called “Orbital Reef,” will also include tech and services from Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering and Arizona State University. It’s the third announced commercial space station to date, coming just days after Voyager Space, Nanoracks and Lockheed Martin laid out their own plans for a commercial space station, which the group says will launch in 2027. Axiom Space is also planning a commercial station.

Sierra Space originally announced its plans in April of this year, part of a growing chorus of private companies looking to replace the soon-to-be-retired International Space Station. The company, a division of Sierra Nevada Corporation, has been developing a large inflatable LIFE (Large Integrated Flexible Environment) habitat, which will be used for Orbital Reef.

Orbital Reef will operate as an “off-world mixed use business park,” Blue Origin’s senior VP of advanced development program, Brent Sherwood said during a media event Monday. The space station could be used for many commercial purposes, including scientific research, manufacturing, media, entertainment, and tourism, he mused.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Oct 25, 2021, 12:03 PM (1 replies)

Georgia man used COVID-19 relief loan to purchase $57,000 Pokemon card


Federal prosecutors said a Georgia man used a COVID-19 relief loan to purchase a Pokemon card worth more than $57,000, according to The Associated Press.

Authorities arrested and charged Vinath Oudomsine of Dublin, Georgia Tuesday on one count of wire fraud, The Telegraph reported.

Court records indicated that the man lied on his Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application about the number of people his business employed and his company’s gross revenue, according to the Telegraph.

Oudomsine received $85,000 in August 2020, using the money to buy the Pokemon card for $57,789, according to AP.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Oct 25, 2021, 11:48 AM (4 replies)

Execution date set for Mississippi inmate convicted of killing wife in 2010


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court set an execution date for a man convicted of killing his wife in 2010.

The execution of David Neal Cox has been scheduled for November 17, 2021, at 6:00 p.m

Cox pleaded guilty to shooting his wife Kim in 2010 in the Union County town of Shannon, raping her daughter in front of her, and watching Kim Cox die as police negotiators and relatives pleaded for her life. He also pleaded guilty to seven other crimes without making a bargain with prosecutors that precluded the death penalty. A jury sentenced him to death.

Mississippi hasn’t executed anyone since 2012, amid legal disputes over lethal injection procedures and difficulty procuring execution drugs.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun Oct 24, 2021, 11:59 AM (2 replies)

Elon Musk says SpaceX could launch Starship orbital flight test next month


SpaceX's latest Starship prototype could blast off into orbit earlier than expected.

Yesterday (Oct. 21), SpaceX completed a successful static fire test with its SN20 Starship prototype. This was a major hurdle for the spacecraft ahead of its first orbital flight test, which SpaceX had previously stated would likely happen within a couple of months. But now, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said that the launch could happen as soon as next month.

"If all goes well, Starship will be ready for its first orbital launch attempt next month, pending regulatory approval," Musk tweeted today (Oct. 22)

The launch is "pending regulatory approval," as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to grant SpaceX a launch license to launch orbital flights.


Go Starship!
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun Oct 24, 2021, 10:21 AM (8 replies)

They didn't pay rent, then stole the fridge. Landlords deal with pandemic squatters


Just before the pandemic, Nitin Bajaj and his wife Nimisha Lotia rented an apartment they own in Los Angeles to two young women.

"They were really nice to talk to," Lotia says.

But as soon as the pandemic hit, the new renters, both in their late 20s, stopped paying the rent. Lotia says the young women sent them an email saying that COVID-19 had created a financial hardship and that the city had just imposed an eviction ban — so the renters couldn't be evicted.

"No further explanation," she says. "No calls or nothing, just an email, and I think a snapshot of what the city rule was."

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Oct 22, 2021, 09:19 AM (18 replies)

Robbery Suspect Pleads For His Gun Back After Victim Disarms Him


Police arrested a man for robbery on Tuesday after he pulled a gun on a man, who disarmed him and took the weapon, leading the suspect the try to barter for his firearm.

Just before 1:15 p.m., the manager of a convenience store in the 600 block of Denny Way watched a man gather about $200 in merchandise and walk out without paying. The manager followed the suspect outside and confronted him, telling him to return the items. As the suspect reached toward his jacket pocket, the manager could see the handle grip of a pistol sticking out. The manager struck out at the suspect's hand in a chopping motion, causing him to drop the gun. The manager quickly picked it up and started running back to his store. The suspect followed him, asking for his gun back and offering to trade the stolen items in return.

Once back in the store, the manager called 911 while the suspect fled on foot. Officers responded, seized the gun, and searched the surrounding area for the suspect but were unsuccessful. However, about two hours later, officers spotted the suspect in the 400 block of West Roy Street - wearing the exact same clothing they had seen him wearing in security camera footage.

Robbery detectives interviewed the 23-year-old man (who has a previous felony conviction and is unable to legally possess firearms) and then booked him into King County Jail for robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Just when you think crooks can't get any dumber....
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Oct 21, 2021, 07:04 PM (0 replies)
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