On 24 February 2015, attorney Matthew McLaughlin filed a proposed ballot measure titled "The Sodomite Suppression Act" with the California Attorney General's office. The initiative would make any homosexual sex act a crime punishable by death. (Snopes) ~ synopsis:
1. Homosexuality is abominable to God.
2. Sexual contact by same-gender persons will be punished by execution.
3. Advocating tolerance of gays will be punished by $1mil fine and/or 10 years imprisonment., then expulsion from state.
4. No gays in public office.
5. Law will be effective immediately & can ever be rescinded.
6. State must reimburse persons seeking law's enforcement; all citizens must be deputized to carry out execution of gays with no penalty. read more
A high school softball coach has resigned after parents alleged unfair punishment after a loss. A Bossier Parish Schools official tells KSLA News 12 that Roo Johnson resigned from her position as softball coach but remains an employee of Bossier Schools. Earlier this week, parents claimed that a loss on the softball field, left their teens unfairly punished. Parents say Johnson canceled the team's dinner plans after losing a game over the weekend. Parents report the last meal the girls had was at 1:30 p.m. and the team didn't get back to Bossier City until after 10:00 that night. Parents reported that the students also had their phones taken away on the bus ride back.
Two American women have reportedly been arrested for carving their initials into a wall with a coin inside Rome's Colosseum. Daily Italian newspaper La Stampa says the women, aged 21 and 25, were spotted carrying out the act by fellow tourists, who then told security. The two letters -- J and N -- were about eight inches in length and scratched on a brick wall at the historic Roman amphitheater. The women, both from California, reportedly snapped a selfie of themselves with their initials before they were arrested. read more
Tokyo Electric Power said sensors, which were rigged to a gutter that pours rain and ground water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a nearby bay, detected contamination levels up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen at the plant. The higher-than-normal levels of contamination were detected on Sunday. The latest incident, one of several that have plagued the plant in recent months, reflects the difficulty in controlling and decommissioning the plant, which went through meltdowns and explosions after being battered by a giant tsunami in March 2011, sparking the world's worst nuclear disaster in a generation. TEPCO has not been able to effectively deal with an increasing amount of contaminated water. read more
Two men riding triumphantly on ferocious panthers will on Monday be unveiled as, probably, the only surviving bronze sculptures by the Renaissance giant Michelangelo. In art history terms, the attribution is sensational. Academics in Cambridge will suggest that a pair of mysterious metre-high sculptures known as the Rothschild Bronzes are by the master himself, made just after he completed David and as he was about to embark on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Crucial to the attribution of the bronzes, which belong to a private British owner, has been a tiny detail from a drawing by an apprentice of Michelangelo, now in the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France. The drawing shows in one corner a muscular youth riding a panther in a similar pose. They are now as convinced as they can be that the bronzes were made by Michelangelo between 1506 and 1508, when he was in his early 30s, hungry for success. read more