Your weekly dose of good news. Enjoy!
• The U.S. Department of Education has made several moves to address sexual assault on college campuses.
• Harley-Davidson will debut its electric motorcycle next week.
• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has dumped George Will after his offensive “you college ladies who were raped enjoy a privileged status” column. Good riddance, you senile old coot.
• The U.S. Patent Office has cancelled the Washington Redskins’ trademarks. In a related move, the Seattle Times is banning use of the “Redskins” name, outside stories dealing with the actual controversy. Apparently they are following in the steps of The Oregonian in Portland, The Kansas City Star and The Orange County Register, all of which previously banned use of the name.
• The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted at its 221st General Assembly to affirm same-sex marriage:
The Assembly voted 429 to 175 to update the language about marriage from a “man and a woman” to “two persons” in the PC(USA) constitution.
The change still needs to be approved by a majority of 172 presbyteries to become church law. However, while the presbyteries are working on this amendment, clergy can perform same-sex marriages in their churches. It was as recently as 2010 when the PC(USA) General Assembly voted to allow the ordination of openly gay and lesbian clergy and church elders.
• The soldier deployed to Afghanistan whose girlfriend sold his dog on Craigslist while he was deployed will get his dog back, thanks to social media.
• The Dallas County Commission unanimously — an unintentionally — voted for a resolution approving slavery reparations for African Americans.
• The U.S. Senate voted 98-0 to approve the country’s first openly gay, African American judge to the federal bench. Welcome Darrin Gayles, Florida’s newest district court judge.
• SCOTUS rejected an appeal of a lower court’s decision stating that holding high school graduation ceremonies at churches adorned with religious symbols violates the separation of church and state.
• More SCOTUS good news: the Supreme Court upheld the federal ban on straw purchases of firearms.
• After protests and public humiliation on social media, supermarket chain Tesco removed spike strips from outside one of its London stores that were meant to deter homeless people.
• Scientists have discovered why people with Alzheimer’s have memory failure.
• Thanks to a U.S. District Judge, LinkedIn members can sue the company for all that email SPAM.
• Confederate flag items will no longer be sold at California’s state-owned gift shops. Racists and KKKlowns can still get their stars-n-bars at privately-owned retail sites, however (despite what you’ve heard from RWNJs, who are telling everyone the state has banned the sale of the Confederate flag. Idiots.)
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• The Metro Nashville Council approved domestic partner benefits for all government employees this week. How much do you want to bet the state legislature finds a way to overrule it when they get back into session?
This week’s cool video: guns kill children. Thank you, science.