Friday News Bites: Loretta Lynch, Calbuco Volcano, SCIENCE! + More

If you need a reason to eat ALL the cheese, then this is the Friday News Bites for you. Let’s get started:


All right, yes, this study was funded by a Danish company that makes dairy products, but here are some possible ways in which cheese is beneficial to your health.

Here’s a cool map that depicts the migration patterns of people living in the United States in the years 1900, 1950, and 2012.

Watch out, cat-owners: Certain human pain relief creams are causing feline illness and death.

And the most important science news of them all, one more time with feeling: “Large-Scale Study Confirms: Still No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism.”

In Politics:

Three Montana-based stories of note: The State Legislature passed the Montana Disclose Act, designed to stop the influx of “dark money” into campaign finance.

Also: We’re finally going to expand Medicaid. It’s not in a totally ideal way, but it’s still better than nothing.

Jon Krakauer’s new book Missoula details the abysmal way the city, especially the county attorney’s office, handles rape cases (particularly when they involve University of Montana football players). Here’s a story about how that office tried to delay the publication of the book.

When Parma, Missouri, elected its first black mayor, Tyrus Byrd, 80% of its police force resigned, along with the city’s attorney, the clerk, and the waste water treatment plant supervisor. I don’t even know where to begin on how fucked up that is.

Some lawyer is claiming that “Gay Marriage Will Cause 900,000 Abortions.”

lolololololol … is all anyone can really say to that.

The U.S. government confirmed on Thursday that a drone strike inadvertently killed both American and Italian hostages held by al-Qaida earlier this year. I have very mixed-to-somewhat-negative feelings on these military drones in general.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General this week with a 56-43 vote:

The nomination has been embroiled in a partisan fight between the Obama administration and Republican lawmakers opposed to the president’s executive actions to limit deportations for millions of illegal immigrants. Republicans were angered by Lynch’s support of the president’s stance on the controversial issue.

In Other News:

Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile, began erupting Wednesday at 7 p.m. local time. Click through for some scary, scary gifs.

Hundreds of people are feared dead after a boat capsized last week in the Mediterranean Sea. Carrying migrants primarily from Libya, only 28 survivors and 24 bodies have been recovered.

An Illinois judge has dismissed charges against a police officer for the killing of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd. Again, where to begin? What to say?

Did you know that there are 1.5 million missing black men in the United States due to things like early death or incarceration?

R.I.P.: Jonathan Crombie, best known as Gilbert Blythe on Anne of Green Gables, has died from a brain hemorrhage at age 48.

In Entertainment:

Native actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s new movie The Ridiculous Six after one too many racist and misogynistic jokes. Somewhat predictably, they were previously assured that the movie wasn’t racist, just “comedy.”

And another sigh-worthy story: Second Avengers movie, second round of “Why isn’t Black Widow on the merchandise?”

Other Marvel News: Iceman is officially gay.

Reunions: “Listen to your friend Billy Zane, Derek” and a conspiracy theory killjoy are a both a go in the casting department.

Meryl Streep is funding a collective of women filmmakers over 40. Because she’s an outstanding woman. In case that needed repeating.

And finally, the Library of Congress is making some of its recorded poetry archive available online.

And since it’s National Poetry Month, let’s close out with this:

Until next time, friends.


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Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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