The US Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law yesterday placing restrictions on abortion providers. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's liberal justices in the 5-4 decision.
The law required doctors to have admitting privileges, or relationships with local hospitals in case of emergency, within 30 miles of
their clinic. Proponents of the law have argued it's a commonsense safety measure protecting women's health. Critics say the difficulty in obtaining privileges forces clinics to close, and the plaintiffs said the restrictions would leave Louisiana with a single operating clinic. Four justices found the law created an undue burden on a woman's access to abortion, while Roberts cited a stare decisis doctrine—deferring to a 2016 case in which a similar law in Texas was struck down.
Separately, the court declined to hear a challenge to the federal death penalty, allowing executions to resume.
Reddit Issues Super Ban
Social media platform Reddit will close down at least 2,000 forums for violating its newly updated content policy, which explicitly bans hate speech. The list of banned communities includes two popular right- and left-wing subreddits, The_Donald and ChapoTrapHouse. Despite its relatively small size of 800,000 users, the former—which has no formal connection to the president—became notorious for promoting
violence and fueling conspiracy theories. The decision is the latest in a long turn for Reddit, which has historically argued its loose restrictions enabled free speech.
The news comes amid a broader boycott by advertisers, largely focused on Facebook, pushing social media companies to more tightly moderate paid content on their sites. Adidas, Clorox, and others joined the growing list of companies pausing spending
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Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty
One of the country's most notorious serial killers admitted to his crimes in court yesterday, as 74-year-old James Joseph DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 murders and multiple rapes and burglaries across California during the 1970s and '80s. The move allows DeAngelo to avoid the death penalty.
DeAngelo's crimes long baffled investigators. His early crimes near Sacramento were attributed to the East Area Rapist, but he shifted to the greater Los Angeles area in 1979, where he was
known as the Original Night Stalker. The last known crime occurred in 1986—some think he possibly aged out of killing—though 2001 DNA analysis revealed the two killers to be the same person, with their crimes consolidated under the single moniker of the Golden State Killer.
The 2018 book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" revived interest in the case, and DeAngelo was nabbed in one of the earliest instances of using genetic genealogy to solve cold cases.
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The Painful Truth
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Historybook: Famous Oxford debate on evolution
takes place (1860); Singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne born (1917); Boxing champ Mike Tyson born (1966); HBD Olympic legend Michael Phelps (1985).
"Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death."
- Lena Horne
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