Your weekly roundup of good news … culled from the interwebs. Enjoy.
• As climate change finally hits the corporate boardroom, it looks like the right-wingers are on the wrong side of history yet again. Maybe Coca-Cola and the rest can stop funding the deniers at ALEC, ya think?
• In another setback for climate skeptics, climate scientist Michael Mann has won the first round in his defamation suit against National Review writer Mark Steyn, who accused him of fraud and compared him to serial child molester Jerry Sandusky.
• The world’s largest solar-powered bridge has opened at London’s Blackfriars Rail Station.
• Are Democrats taking on the Tea Party’s core argument? Looks that way, and about damn time, too.
• At a New York City church last Sunday, a blacksmith transformed a Remington rifle into a farm tool, in a service honoring Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence. A Remington was used to kill King back in 1968.
• A federal judge has struck down North Carolina’s anti-abortion law requiring women to both receive an ultrasound and force them to hear the doctor describe the image to them. Says the judge:
[…] the state cannot force doctors to confront a patient with an “ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term.”
• A judge in Pennsylvania has struck down Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, one of the strictest in the nation.
• Can it be true? Harvey Weinstein pledged to stop producing violent films as part of his battle against the NRA and gun loons.
• India almost doubled its solar power in 2013 and it’s not stopping!
• Democrat Jennifer Wexton won a special election to the Virginia State Senate on Tuesday.
• Addressing an issue which has been an obstacle for those states with more liberal marijuana laws, the White House is writing new banking regulations which will allow federally-insured banks to accept money from legal marijuana businesses.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Creepazoid Congress Critter Scott DesJarlais gets a strong Democratic opponent for Tennessee’s fightin’ fourth. Meet Lenda Sherrell.
• A woman in Clarksville celebrated her 108th birthday.
• Eight sites across Tennessee have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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