Friday News Bites: Hillary and Rubio, LGBTQ Stories + More

This week, a lot of the news has been All Hillary, All The Time, but still I have some other interesting tidbits to report. Let’s get started:

So, yes, Hillary Clinton is officially running for President of the United States. She announced her candidacy on Monday. While she’s not my favorite candidate, I certainly support her infinitely more than the jokes-for-humans on the Republican ticket.

Speaking of that portion of the ballot, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is also running.

In current resident of the White House news: The State Department wants to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Also, the Obama administration now has a gender-neutral restroom in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It’s a start.

In Other News:

An Egyptian administrative court in Cairo ruled that the country can prevent LGBTQ people from entering.

A recent poll found that 85% of Indiana residents were not in favor of business owners being able to discriminate against their customers. 53% of those polled also have an unfavorable view of Governor Mike Pence.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first degree murder, along with several weapons and ammunition charges on Wednesday:

Mr. Hernandez, 25, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Mr. Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. The body of Mr. Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player, was found, shot six times, in June 2013 in a pit at an industrial park near Mr. Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Mass.

Beech-Nut is recalling some of its baby food after glass was found in a jar.

A new species of monkey has been identified based on its “unusual” penis. So… now you know that.

The CEO of Gravity Payments has cut his salary to $70,000 per year, so that his employees can all earn a minimum of $70,000 per year. Previously, the average salary was around $46,000 per year.

In Entertainment:

Soul singer Percy Sledge died on Tuesday. He was 74.

Patti Smith has announced that she will release a new memoir, M Train, which picks up after her previous book, Just Kids.

Joss Whedon and Lionsgate are named in a $10 million suit that accuses them of stealing the idea for 2012’s horror film Cabin in the Woods.

You may have seen 2014’s selection, but check out photographer Victoria Will’s beautiful tintype portraits of actors at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival[Text in French]

And finally, some news about my favorite, Noel Gallagher: His latest album, Chasing Yesterday, is so far the best-selling album on Amazon this year.

I’m seeing him play at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas on May 22. No one will be surprised when I mention this again somewhere in my posts between now and then. Thank you in advance for your indulgence.

Until next time!

By Sara Habein

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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