Yesterday, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke claimed that one Texas lawmaker’s now-deleted tweet represented a death threat. The state representative’s name is Briscoe Cain of House District 128. O’Rourke, hoping to gather support for proposed gun control measures, also stated that this kind of statement showed that Cain shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else.” Afterward, many of Beto’s followers took it upon themselves to file a complaint with the Texas State Bar. The Bar could take action that may impact Cain’s ability to practice law in the state. As of the time of publishing, no such actions have yet occurred.
In Ohio Friday, 20-year-old Brooke “Skylar” Richardson faced sentencing for the charge of abuse of a corpse. She had given a stillborn birth to her daughter, Annabelle, in her home two years prior. The sentencing for Ohio v Richardson commenced at 11:00 AM EDT. Yesterday, a jury found Skylar not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, and endangering children. However, they did find her guilty of abuse of a corpse. As such, she faced up to a year in prison.
The world has taken a hypocritical stance on Iran. We ask what American drones are doing over 7,500 miles away from US territory on a regular basis. Yet, we fail to ask an equally important question: what are Iranian weapons doing in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Gaza, and Iraq? Why are we so quick to condemn American imperialism, but often disregard the hypocrisy of those who claim to fight it?
Iran’s complaints about American imperialism are a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black. They do so merely to legitimize their own interventions and to portray themselves as the hero fighting American exploitation and Zionism. In reality, Iran’s interests go further than that.
The UK continues to lag behind other developed nations in rates of cancer survival according to a recent report by Cancer Research UK. In seven comparable countries, there was an analysis of 3.9 million cancer cases from 1995 to 2014. Despite improvements in some areas, the results should that the UK was lagging in cancer survival.
On Wednesday, President Trump announced a desire to ban flavored e-cigarette products nationwide. The move comes after six people have died after using vapes or other e-cigarette products. To put that in perspective, nine million adults vape regularly; tens of millions more adults and teens have tried vaping at least once. In particular, Juul is facing backlash due to its heavy nicotine concentration. But what does the science say about vaping?