New on DVD: 'Body Cam' tackles cop corruption with horror
Corrupt cops run rampant in the top new DVD picks for the week of July 14.“Body Cam”: After a suspension and while grieving her young son’s accidental death, police officer Renee Lomito-Smith (Mary J. Blige) is back at work with a new partner, the green, easily affected Danny Holledge (Nat Wolff). While on patrol, the pair discover the gruesome remains of another colleague who’d been on a seemingly routine traffic stop, kicking off a disturbing series of deadly attacks. Amid the killings, reckless Renee and reluctant Danny set off to investigate, with supernatural pieces to the puzzle not-so-n...
Tribune News Service
Senate Republicans seek to join defense in Minnesota abortion case
MINNEAPOLIS — Days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law, Minnesota Senate Republicans moved to get involved in a legal battle over the state’s own measures on abortion access.In a party-line vote Thursday evening, the Senate Rules Committee voted to hire outside counsel to defend a slate of state abortion restrictions against an ongoing lawsuit.Backers of the lawsuit are seeking to strike down a number of longstanding laws, including state’s 24-hour waiting period, two-parent parental notification for patients under 18, and a burial or cremation requiremen...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
American Airlines flights are about to get busier, but will they be safe?
Boarding a flight at Miami International Airport was a breeze March through June, with waiting times at security checkpoints as low as two minutes, mostly empty hallways and half a dozen rows of free seating at many terminals.But that’s about to change, as American Airlines — the airport’s largest carrier — pushes to satisfy flight demand and fill up the airport.American Airlines is set to increase its flight schedule by 10% in July by reversing its previous policy of keeping half of all economy middle seats empty for social distancing purposes.Juan Carlos Liscano, the vice president of Americ...
Editorial: Supreme Court abortion ruling shows proper restraint
Although Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling applies only to a restrictive law in distant Louisiana, the case shows how tenuous federal protections for abortion rights have become.The 5-4 decision swung on Chief Justice John Roberts, who explained his surprising support as abiding precedent. The decision tosses out a Louisiana law deemed likely to shutter all but one clinic in that state to get an abortion. But Roberts is no reliable ally for abortion rights. Just four years ago, he voted to uphold a Texas law that was nearly identical, and lost.In the new case, he cited the principle ...
The Seattle Times
Missouri's lone abortion provider receives operating license after yearlong fight
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s administration issued a license Thursday to Planned Parenthood, allowing Missouri’s lone abortion provider to operate through 2021.After yanking the St. Louis clinic’s license last year, the facility has been able to continue operating only through the intervention of a judge’s order.The new license was issued nearly a month after a state administrative hearing judge ruled against the Republican administration’s attempt to shutter the facility.In his 97-page decision, Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi said Planned Par...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
You can be mask skeptic and still wear one to prevent COVID spread
When it comes to wearing masks, public health officials, politicians and even some members of the media have gone out of their way to undermine their credibility.The nation’s top health experts eschewed public use of masks for weeks — for mostly political reasons — until they changed their minds.Political leaders have made a habit out of shaming and scolding constituents who dare to stroll quietly and unmasked on beaches or in parks. But they’ve praised and even encouraged throngs of protesters, however justified, packing streets, many not distancing or wearing masks.And more than a handful of...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tennessee lawmakers pass 6-week abortion bill, in surprise move by Republicans
Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have advanced a controversial abortion bill during a last-minute vote just after midnight Friday.The passage of the so-called “heartbeat bill” came as a shock to Democrats, who had been assured that the measure would not be considered in the Senate.State Rep. Mike Stewart, a Democrat, said that the measure, “one of the most extreme, anti-choice bills passed in the United States, was used as a trade-off by the House Republicans to get some budget concessions.”Such serious legislation should not be used as a “budget bargaining chip,” Stewart told News Channel 5 ...
New York Daily News
State sampling more signatures to decide fate of anti-abortion petition
DETROIT — The Michigan Bureau of Elections will pull a new, larger sample of signatures to determine whether a petition seeking to ban dilation and evacuation abortions passes muster.The Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously Thursday to pull more than 1,000 additional signatures after the Bureau of Elections said last week the Michigan Values Life ballot committee did not have enough valid signatures in an initial 500-signature sample.Last week, the bureau recommended the board deny the petition, arguing the group likely fell short of the 340,047 required signatures because roughly 54 of...
The Detroit News
Chabad shooting victims, gun control group sue Smith & Wesson over synagogue shooting
SAN DIEGO — A gun control organization has filed a lawsuit on behalf of victims of last year’s shooting at the Chabad of Poway, accusing the manufacturer of the weapon used in the fatal attack, the gun store that sold the weapon to the accused shooter and his parents of negligence.The lawsuit filed by Brady Legal, the litigation arm of the gun control group Brady United, also names the state of California for failing to conduct an adequate background check that would have shown the accused shooter, John T. Earnest, was underage and not eligible to buy a weapon.The suit was filed Monday in San ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ex-UAW President Gary Jones pleads guilty in corruption probe, prays for forgiveness
DETROIT — Gary Jones was entrusted to lead the UAW, the same union once led by labor icon Walter Reuther, but on Wednesday, Jones admitted his role in a corruption scheme that tarnished the union’s clean image.Jones will now need to cooperate with prosecutors as the case proceeds if he hopes to secure a shorter prison sentence.In a federal court proceeding Wednesday, Jones apologized and said he had violated the law as well as his sworn obligation to his members. He admitted not fully reporting expenses, some of which were not related to union business, but he said he had stopped the practice ...
Detroit Free Press