Friday News Bites: Baltimore, Bernie Sanders + More

Most of this week’s stories are about the Baltimore protests, but we’ve got a few other things to cover, including Bernie Sanders entering the presidential fray and the ways you can help earthquake victims in Nepal. Let’s get started:


Here’s a timeline of events in Baltimore, after the peaceful protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned more violent.

Here’s an excellent examination of the situation from Ta-Nehisi Coates.

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.

At Slate, Leon Neyfakh compares the 1968 Baltimore riots to today.

Did you know that the City of Baltimore has paid out over $5.7 million to people who were victims of police violence? And that’s only since 2011?

In New York City, protesters involved with a solidarity demonstration filled highways, Times Square, and Union Square. Over 60 were arrested.

Here’s the link to the Baltimore Boys and Girls Club, if you want to help in some way.

There’s not much I can say about Baltimore other than I’m listening, and I hope other people are too.

In Other News:

Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) has entered the 2016 Presidential race, running as a Democrat instead of an Independent. I’m much more excited about him that Hillary Clinton, but we’ll see how this all shakes out.

As the Nepalese death toll mounts post-earthquake, some are concerned about Tibetan refugees’ safety, due to their remote location.

Here are some ways you can help relief efforts in Nepal.

Boston Magazine has a lengthy profile on Zoe Quinn and the Gamergate mess.

You’ve probably already seen a lot of the funny videos floating around already, but here’s what happened at the most recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Notorious RBG — uh, I mean Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — is regulating for marriage equality. GET IN.

293 women and children were rescued from terrorist group Boko Haram. These are not necessarily the same who were kidnapped last year.

Partridge Family actress Suzanne Crough died this week at age 52. The cause of death has not yet been announced.

Dog Owners Beware: Nylabone has recalled some of their puppy chews because of a salmonella risk.

And finally, some SCIENCE! The Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, Messenger, has ended its mission by crashing into the planet.

Out with a bang!

See you next time, friends.

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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