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Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Pope Francis says he won’t judge gay priests.”
The article’s author Nicole Winfield writes:
Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his first foreign trip.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”
Yesterday The Raw Story published an article titled “NBC: No plans to discuss Russian anti-LGBT laws during Olympic coverage.”
The article’s author Ed Pilkington writes:
The head of NBC Sports has responded to calls for the TV network to put a spotlight on Russia’s draconian new anti-gay laws in its coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympics, saying there would be reporting of the issue but only if it should emerge as a problem during the games.
Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports division, told an audience at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills that the issue of Russia’s clampdown on gay men and lesbians had already been dealt with by the International Olympic Committee. “The IOC has addressed it with the Russian government and has assured athletes, fans and media that there won’t be any issues,” he said, adding that should the new laws impacted any part of the Winter Olympics “we will make sure we are acknowledging it and recognising it”.
Yesterday The Raw Story also published an article titled “Vatican-backed ‘VSEL’ alternative to stem cells found to be a fraud.”
The article’s author David Ferguson writes:
Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine issued a report this month that said a type of stem-cell alternative approved by the Vatican and other theologians has turned out to be a myth. According to an essay by bioethicist Arthur Caplan, Dr. Irving Weissman and his team have concluded that so-called very small embryonic-like (VSEL) stem cells are at best a laboratory error and at worst a deliberate fraud perpetrated on the scientific and religious communities.
Today Human Rights Watch published an article titled “Brazil: Executions, Cover Ups by Police.”
The article reads:
Sao Paulo state should conduct prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations into killings by police and ensure that officers who use unlawful force are held accountable, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent today to Governor Geraldo Alckmin and State Attorney General Márcio Fernando Elias Rosa.
Human Rights Watch detailed its findings of extrajudicial executions by state police officers, who report that the killings resulted from shootouts. Human Rights Watch found that officers involved in these killings take the corpses to hospitals to destroy crime scene evidence under the false pretext of rescuing them, and in some cases plant evidence on their victims before forensic investigators arrive.
Today The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “Sixteen arrested at British anti-fracking protest.”
The article reads:
Sixteen protesters were arrested on Friday as British police broke up a blockade against exploratory drilling by a fracking company in southern England.
Campaigners demonstrated for a second day against planned test drilling by British firm Cuadrilla, which specialises in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, known as “fracking”.
The rural site in Balcombe, West Sussex, has become a focus for campaigners against the controversial technique, who fear environmental effects including chemical contamination of fresh water resources.
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Tar Sands Oil Has Been Leaking Into Alberta For 10 Weeks And No One Knows How To Stop It.”
The article’s authors Katie Valentine and Ryan Koronowski write:
A Canadian oil company still hasn’t been able to stop a series leaks from underground wells at a tar sands operation in Cold Lake, Alberta. The first leak was reported on May 20, with three others following in the weeks after — making it at least 10 weeks that oil has been flowing unabated.
Indeed, recent documents show that the company responsible for the spill estimates that the tar sands oil has been leaking into the ecosystem for around four months, based on winter snow coverage.
IN OTHER NEWS
On July 25, Labor Notes published an article titled “It’s Caregivers vs. Privatizers in New York and New Jersey Hospital Wars.”
The article’s author Alexandra Bradbury writes:
It’s not currently legal for for-profit companies to own hospitals in New York.
One bill would have created five pilot programs for private equity to invest in New York hospitals. Another would have opened the door to for-profit ownership of Brooklyn hospitals specifically. Neither bill passed this session.
“For-profit health care kills,” said nurse Jill Furillo, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association. “I’ve seen it in other states.”
Private equity’s business model is to borrow large sums, buy up companies, pay off the debt by slashing costs—especially workers’ pay and benefits—and pay out big dividends with what’s left over, then sell off the ruined husk of the company. It’s a ruthless way of making a lot of money fast.
It’s clear any for-profit hospital experiments will target [Long Island College Hospital] and other struggling Brooklyn hospitals in low-income communities of color, nurses say.
“We won’t let our patients suffer so that Wall Street investors can make more money,” Furillo said.
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Pro-choice activists pressure North Carolina Governor to Veto Stringent Abortion Restrictions.”
The article’s author Tara Culp-Ressler writes:
Starting on Monday, women’s health advocates will hold a two-day vigil outside Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) mansion, pressuring him to stick to his campaign promise and refrain from enacting any new abortion restrictions while in office. Despite his earlier pledge that he will focus on economic issues rather than working to restrict reproductive access, the governor indicated on Friday that he plans to approve SB 535, a stringent anti-abortion measure.
Today Colorlines.com published an article titled “Obama’s New (Good) Cabinet Picks.”
The article’s author Brentin Mock writes:
While much of the nation was focused on the acquittal of George Zimmerman the U.S. Senate was doing something it rarely does: Work. The legislative body confirmed several of President Obama’s nominations for federal leadership positions, including Gina McCarthy as the Environmental Protection Agency’s chief administrator, Thomas Perez as secretary of the Department of Labor, and—finally—the director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, Richard Cordray.
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