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January 30, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 30, 2014

“While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.” — U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello, in a ruling in favor of keeping Connecticut’s post-Sandy Hook gun laws on the books.

Longtime Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) is retiring from Congress after 20 terms, but his potential replacement is already a household name: Rush Limbaugh’s sworn enemy, Sandra Fluke, is “strongly considering” running for the seat.

All that vodka drinking isn’t helping Russian men—according to a new study, it’s affecting their life expectancy severely.

Like Amazon Prime? Hope you like it a lot, because Amazon’s talking about raising the price significantly.

Signs Pope Francis is a rock star: He’s on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

23:39 // 5 months ago
December 28, 2013
For days now, a Starbucks in Newington, Conn. has been the scene of an ongoing act of paying it forward. More than a thousand people have bought the drinks for the people directly behind them in line. Amazing.

For days now, a Starbucks in Newington, Conn. has been the scene of an ongoing act of paying it forward. More than a thousand people have bought the drinks for the people directly behind them in line. Amazing.

13:26 // 6 months ago
December 14, 2013
Newtown is not looking for us to look away. They’re asking us not to stare at the wound.
Buzzfeed’s Mike Hayes, in his piece on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Hayes is from Newtown, and wrote another piece about the shooting a year ago. Both are powerful and worth your time.
11:06 // 7 months ago
August 9, 2013
18:56 // 11 months ago
May 18, 2013
Right as the conductor was taking my ticket, the train went right off the tracks. It started tipping to one side, constantly bumping up and down and back and forth like crazy. I saw sparks right outside my window. Thirty seconds later, the train going the other way came and jammed right onto us. It scraped the side of our car and gave us another bad jolt. …Life goes on, and it’s not like we’re going to get rid of trains. But you have to figure out what caused this. The accident was right in the middle of what looks like a construction zone — did that play a part? You have to ask the questions.
Scott Bartelson • Describing his passenger’s view of yesterday’s frightening train crash and derailment in Connecticut, which hospitalized over 60, some critically — but mercifully, no deaths reported. source
16:51 // 1 year ago
May 17, 2013
Two Metro North commuter trains crash, reports of injuries: At least 20-25 people have been injured after two Metro North trains crashed outside of Bridgeport, Ct., the Associated Press reports via its Twitter account. (No fatalities have been reported, however.) The heavily-trafficked train route, between New York City and New Haven, Ct., has been suspended for the time being. (photo via NBC Connecticut)
UPDATE: Reports now have 60 injured, including five critically.

Two Metro North commuter trains crash, reports of injuries: At least 20-25 people have been injured after two Metro North trains crashed outside of Bridgeport, Ct., the Associated Press reports via its Twitter account. (No fatalities have been reported, however.) The heavily-trafficked train route, between New York City and New Haven, Ct., has been suspended for the time being. (photo via NBC Connecticut)

UPDATE: Reports now have 60 injured, including five critically.

19:30 // 1 year ago
March 28, 2013
Seized from Adam Lanza’s house: Gawker has a breakdown of the unsealed search warrants from after the Newtown shooting. This is one of many lists of the things acquired from the home.

Seized from Adam Lanza’s house: Gawker has a breakdown of the unsealed search warrants from after the Newtown shooting. This is one of many lists of the things acquired from the home.

13:37 // 1 year ago
March 21, 2013
9:16 // 1 year ago
March 20, 2013
10:06 // 1 year ago
February 7, 2013
jessbennett:

Letters to Newtown
Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, more than a half million cards, letters, and drawings have been sent to the people of Newtown, Connecticut, from around the world. These messages of love, sadness, and hope have been on display in the town hall and viewed there by many residents and visitors. Now they’ll have a permanent home — on Tumblr. Brought to you by Mother Jones, in partnership with Tumblr’s Storyboard.

A reminder of the value of a well-considered concept and a little hard work. Spend a few minutes here today. You will gain a lot from this.

jessbennett:

Letters to Newtown

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, more than a half million cards, letters, and drawings have been sent to the people of Newtown, Connecticut, from around the world. These messages of love, sadness, and hope have been on display in the town hall and viewed there by many residents and visitors. Now they’ll have a permanent home — on Tumblr. Brought to you by Mother Jones, in partnership with Tumblr’s Storyboard.

A reminder of the value of a well-considered concept and a little hard work. Spend a few minutes here today. You will gain a lot from this.

9:17 // 1 year ago