Your weekly dose of some good news culled from around the interwebs:
• Canadian researchers have received FDA approval to begin human clinical trials of an HIV vaccine. Can’t read this and not remember the time our own idiot Senator Bob Corker told Canada’s public health minister that Canada and France were “parasites” on American medical breakthroughs and innovation. Hey, Senator: keep your yap shut, you ignorant blockhead.
• A white supremacist was sentenced to 32 years in prison for planting a bomb along the parade route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration nearly a year ago in Washington state.
• Two women sailors became the first to share the traditional “first kiss” when a Naval ship returned home after 80 days at sea:
Navy officials said it was the first time on record that a same-sex couple was chosen to kiss first upon a ship’s return. Sailors and their loved ones bought $1 raffle tickets for the opportunity. Gaeta said she bought $50 of tickets. The Navy said the money would be used to host a Christmas party for the children of sailors.
Pretty awesome, if you ask me.
• The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the country’s first Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants, which limits emissions of mercury. Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal which can harm the brains of developing fetuses and infants.
• Two Muslim clerics kicked off a Delta Airlines flight from Memphis last May have sued the airlines for discrimination. Extra irony points: the clerics were flying to an Islamophobia conference when they were kicked off the flight to Charlotte.
• Grand Canyon National Park is reconsidering a ban on plastic water bottles, after it was revealed park managers had backed away from the ban under pressure from parks foundation sponsor Coca Cola, which bottles Dasani brand bottled water.
• A federal judge has blocked significant portions of South Carolina’s immigration law.
• Google is investing $94 million in four California solar farms.
That wraps it up for the week …. Enjoy!