Friday News Bites: #IStandWithAhmed, GOP Debate + More:

Greetings and Happy Friday, everyone. We’ve got a little bit about the 2016 U.S. elections, a talented student, plus the usual bits of entertainment news. Let’s get started:

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested in Irving, Texas, when his teachers thought the clock he made was a bomb. Despite him repeatedly telling them, “It’s a clock,” he still got hauled away in handcuffs. Ridiculous.

People started sharing their support for the student via Twitter and various other social media sites right away:

Ahmed is not the only student of color to be arrested for a science project.


In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour party leadership race with over 59% of the vote. My knowledge of what comes next is so far limited, but I imagine this is like a candidate earning a party nomination for President, and then they go onto run against the other political parties? Forgive my ignorance; I am still learning. If one of our regular UK commenters would like to explain, I’m all ears.

Back in the U.S., Rick Perry has dropped out of the Republican Party Presidential primary… to the sadness and surprise of almost no one, I’d expect.

And speaking of that clown car full of candidates, the GOP had another debate last night. Here’s NPR’s roundup as it happened.

California is considering automatic voter registration, much like Oregon’s program enacted this year.

In Other News:

We’re still learning a whole lot more about Pluto, particularly when it comes to the range and complexity of its landforms.

Around 4,000 of the firefighters in California are prisoners making $1 per hour, leaving many wondering if this is just a form of slave labor.

You may have donated money to the Red Cross over the years for various natural disaster relief funds, perhaps including Haiti. You may want to consider sending your funds elsewhere as a new report finds that the organization has only built six houses in Haiti, despite raising half a billion dollars.

The annual income for U.S. authors is officially below the poverty line… and every writer reading this story just nodded sadly.


Pulitzer-winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy has died at age 89 from natural causes.

Two crew members —American film pilot Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl of Colombia — working on the latest Tom Cruise film, Mena, died in a plane crash late last week. A third person, pilot Jimmy Lee Garland, was seriously injured.

In Entertainment:

The Miss America Pageant has finally apologized for slut-shaming Vanessa Williams in 1983. Williams performed a song on the show last Sunday.

Tom Hardy has no time for your ill-considered sexuality questions.

The National Book Awards longlist is out. I haven’t read any of the books nominated, but perhaps some of you have?

Heeeee… Someone on Jeopardy! got Alex Trebec to say “Turd Ferguson.”

And finally, Season 9 of Doctor Who premieres tomorrow, September 19. Hooray!

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
(via Radio Times)

Until next time, unicorns!

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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