Good news, weird news, funny news: we’ve got it all. Enjoy!
• McDonald’s says it will no longer sell chicken raised on antibiotics.
• “Mind your own uterus” say glitter-bombers to aides of anti-choice Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Ha ha ha.
• Ringling Bros. circus announced it is dropping all of its elephant acts and 13 elephants will be retired to its 200-acre sanctuary in Florida.
• A mild El Nino has formed in the Pacific, which means warmer, wetter weather. After the winter we’ve had, all I can say is, bring it on!
• The Senate failed to override President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.
• Better late than never: an 82-year-old billionaire is performing his “first major act of philanthropy” by selling his extensive art collection to give money to the Harlem Children’s Zone. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but if you’re 82 years old and a billionaire and just now thinking about some major acts of philanthropy you’re kind of a dick. But at least something finally trickled down to the Harlem Children’s Zone.
• There are now 57 Amur leopards in the world, up from 30 in 2007.
• On Monday a federal judge ruled that Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
• Congratulations, Michael Jordan: the world’s newest billionaire.
• Tea Party cries Uncle on Dept. of Homeland Security funding. Do you think they’ve finally got the message that government shutdown after government shutdown, ad nauseum, is not a tactic that inspires confidence in their ability to govern? Probably not.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Nashville’s Metro Council voted to ban chaining dogs outside, as well as other pet-tethering restrictions.
This week’s cool video comes from the Memphis Zoo, where their polar bear, Payton, is having the time of his life enjoying a rare snowfall. I am absolutely obsessed with this video. It almost makes the snow seem worthwhile: