How’s everyone doing after the last Nor’easter? Seems we’d barely got out from under the first one (and some of you were still without power!) before the next one came barreling through this past Thursday. We sincerely hope that everyone stayed safe and reasonably comfortable; and to those of you still without power – hang in there!
Meanwhile, the goings on of the country and the world continue to surprise, baffle, horrify, and—in some cases—delight. Today’s post is all about the delight (and maybe a little cathartic laughter). Enjoy this week’s batch of happy headlines, and here’s to a week ahead with no more storms or power outages!
In local good news:
- From Vanity Fair: Elizabeth Warren Prepares to Make Kushner’s Life Hell – Mueller may have the power to convene a grand jury, but nobody writes a scathing letter like the senator from Massachusetts.
- Hundreds of students in several Mass. cities walk out to protest gun violence
- Massachusetts top court weighs 20-day voter registration cutoff: BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday weighed whether it should declare a requirement that people must register to vote 20 days before an election unconstitutional, in a case that could impact the ability of thousands of citizens to cast ballots.
- MGH Becomes 1st Mass. ER To Offer Addiction Medication, Maps Seamless Path To Recovery
- After 130 Years, Harvard Law Review Elects a Black Woman President (Took them long enough …)
- This Aging Roxbury Victorian Will Become a Home for Minority Women Pursuing STEM – The [G]Code House aims to combat gentrification, invest in youth, and empower women in one fell swoop.
- Teenagers Defeat Trump’s Move to Kill Climate Change Lawsuit
- #Flint: Will and Jaden Smith Will Donate Water Monthly Until Lead Levels in Schools Are Down
- LEGO Will Start Selling Sustainable, Plant-Based Blocks This Year
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Democrats Are Considering Dropping Superdelegates Altogether
- Texas primary turnout buoys Democrats’ hopes again
- Texas Democrats Surge to Polls, in Show of Anti-Trump Sentiment
- Democrats, women candidates score big in Texas primaries
- Webber elected Santa Fe mayor in four-round ranked-choice election
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- Across the Atlantic: International Women’s Day: ‘Millions’ join Spain strike – Unions said 5.3 million women had joined the 24-hour strike, backed by 10 unions and some of Spain’s top women politicians. Nice turn out, ladies! (More images from the BBC)
- Florida Governor Rick Scott signs gun-safety bill into law, following Parkland School shooting. Of course, the NRA filed suit moments later (claiming young women need their guns), and—unfortunately—the bill Scott passed opens the door to arm teachers; BUT at least it’s action instead of just thoughts & prayers. (More coverage from the NYT)
- Parkland Survivors Meet With Chicago Students To Tackle Gun Violence ‘Beyond Gated Communities’ – “People of color in inner-cities and everywhere have been dealing with this for a despicably long time,” said Emma González, a survivor of the shooting in Florida.
- New MSNBC Poll: 67% support assault weapons ban
- No, Dana Loesch, Your Time Is Running Out: Parkland Student Delivers Powerful Rebuke to NRA
- Aetna donates $200K to gun protest march
- REI Stops Selling 5 NRA-Linked Brands
- Illinois Gun Show Bans AR-15 And Bump Stock Sales After Protesters Speak Out
- New billboard in Pensacola calls NRA a terrorist organization
- Black Panther’s Michael B Jordan adopts ‘inclusion rider’ for future projects – The actor is among the first to respond to Frances McDormand’s Oscar speech urging A-listers to use their power to demand greater diversity
- Philando Castile used to buy lunch for poor students. That act of kindness didn’t die with him.
- Washington Governor Signs First State Net Neutrality Bill (Hello, Charlie Baker. You seeing this?)
- In the category of people we should look to as an example: 500 Canadian doctors protest pay raises because they already make too much money
- Businesses Can’t Fire Trans Employees for Religious Reasons, Federal Appeals Court Rules in Landmark Decision
- ‘Decolonizing’ Roller Derby? Team Indigenous Takes Up the Challenge – Meet the roller derby athletes who are ‘reclaiming’ their space, promoting female empowerment and standing up for indigenous people.
- For the first time ever, there will be a black Lady Liberty on a coin
- Trump Administration Releases Asylum-seeking Mother Following ACLU Lawsuit
- Frida Kahlo And Other Historic Women Are Being Made Into Barbies – Mattel is also honoring a few living legends, including Olympian Chloe Kim, this International Women’s Day.
- Their forefathers were enslaved. Now, 400 years later, their children will be landowners – Rare victory for Brazilian poor, as record Amazon land tract is handed over to descendants of escaped enslaved people
- Education Dept. requires city school staff to address transgender students by their preferred pronouns
- Law Professor Absolutely Destroys Student Letter Protesting Her Wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin
- ‘Man of mystery’ cooperates with Mueller in Russia probe
- Special counsel wants documents on Trump, numerous campaign associates
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Cries in Court as He’s Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison. Oh, boo-hoo. (More from the NYT, if you care.)
- Protester with ‘traitor’ sign at Manafort court appearance is the hero we need
- 3 billboards near Miami are trolling Sen. Marco Rubio after the Florida school massacre
- Trump’s name was ripped off a hotel in Panama and what a beautiful sight that was. Meanwhile, there’s more trouble in store for 45 since it appears that there was a fair amount of money laundering going on at that property.
- Pence’s email controversy is everything his critics could’ve hoped for
- Facebook apologises for censoring prehistoric Venus statue
- Kellyanne Conway Violated Federal Ethics Rules, Watchdog Agency Says (You don’t have to tell us!)
- At Yale, we conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.
- Somebody Edited the Invertebrate Wikipedia Page to Include Paul Ryan
“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography