Kittens, you are back. Was last week as bad for you as it was for me? Did you forget what the news deal usually is about? Reasons aside, we find ourselves in a state of shock each and every time we open our computers, head near the news, and hope for the best. Like moths to a flame, we seek out the punishment that comes with the awareness of what takes place in our modern world. Let’s get through this, shall we?
Planned Parenthood informed the staff at three of its facilities in Texas that they would be closing, according to people familiar with the decision. The three clinics are located in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin, Texas. They are closing in response to a new package of abortion restrictions signed into law on Thursday and funding cuts to Texas’ Women’s Health Program that were passed by the Texas state legislature in 2011. Out of the three Planned Parenthood clinics that are closing, only the Bryan clinic performs abortions. (Huffington Post)
For the first time since the man who fatally shot their son was acquitted, Trayvon Martin’s parents have come forward to discuss their reaction to the verdict, which you can watch here. (Huffington Post)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft on Thursday, an unexpectedly tough punishment which supporters said proved President Vladimir Putin was a dictator ruling by repression. Navalny is an anti-corruption campaigner who has led the biggest protests against Putin since he took power in 2000. (Reuters)
A military judge has refused to dismiss the most serious charge against the Army private who gave reams of classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. The charge of aiding the enemy faced by PFC Bradley Manning is punishable by up to life in prison without parole. (Al Jazeera)
A white man named Michael Dunn shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Jordan Davis in Florida last year after a brief dispute. The prosecutor overseeing the case is Florida state attorney Angela Corey. While the accusation is murder, the counter argument is self-defense. Sound familiar? Here’s Florida’s Next Trayvon Martin Case. (Mother Jones)
Does it ever get better? Kids, life is scary and looking at the news can be downright horrible. So hug tight to your friends and hope for a better tomorrow. So until next time, find some positivity, treat others well, and hope for a better day.