"We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution." So wrote Justice Stephen Breyer as the Supreme Court struck down the Texas abortion clinic restrictions that had resulted in closed facilities there -- as well as in several other states where the Texas laws were duplicated.
"In emergency care and firefighting, this approach creates a fundamental tension: the push to turn a profit while caring for people in their most vulnerable moments." Since the economic downturn in 2008, private equity investors have been moving money into critical public services. What does that mean for the future of those services? From the NYT: When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers. ("We'll hit you with these defibrillation paddles just as soon as we take a quick look at your quarterly projections...")
+ "The law will allow first responders to, without fear of liability, provide oxygen, perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation, try to stem bleeding, bandage and even administer the overdose antidote naloxone to dogs or cats that have ingested opiates." AP: New law supports first responders who treat injured pets.
"Edward Snowden lay on his back in the rear of a Ford Escape, hidden from view and momentarily unconscious, as I drove him to the Whitney museum one recent morning to meet some friends from the art world." No, Snowden isn't free to move about the globe. At least not physically. But it turns out he makes a whole lot of appearances. NY Mag's Andrew Rice on Edward Snowden's Strangely Free Life -- As a Robot. (This is how I wish I could attend every social event.)
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"Ardelia Ali was raped in 1995. Twenty years later, her rapist was convicted thanks to the tireless efforts of prosecutor Kym Worthy" From Elle 11,431 Rape kits were collected and forgotten in Detroit. This is the story of one of them.
The Guardiantakes a trip to adult camp: "With adults searching for new ways to achieve work-life balance and make friends, adult camps have become a million-dollar industry. This year, weeks before kids across the nation finished off the school year, adults got first dibs on cabins and campgrounds in the hopes of reliving some of their happy childhood memories." If I want to relive my childhood camp memories, then I'll spend 3 weeks crying myself to sleep in a wet sleeping bag and waking up to an old guy named Irv who insists everyone has to be thoroughly checked for ticks.
"Narcissists are good-looking. Or, perhaps more importantly, they believe that they are -- and this belief plays a role in how they move through the world: confident in their ability to make other people want to have sex with them." Jean Hannah Edelstein on the appeal of Narcissists. Why do we love people who'd rather love themselves?
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