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Monday, June 19, 2017

Very early Sunday morning Nabra Hassanen was doing what so many Muslims do during Ramadan, which requires fasting from sunrise to sunset: She was eating breakfast before sunrise and then heading to the mosque to pray. But that's where Hassanen's story differs from others. While walking with her teenage friends toward the mosque, she was confronted by a motorist who jumped out of his car and began swinging a baseball bat at this group of hijab-wearing teenagers. The girls ran for safety but soon they noticed that Hassanen was not with them. That's when the authorities were contacted.

Tragically on Sunday afternoon what was believed to be Hassanen's lifeless body was located in a nearby pond. Hassanen's mother stated that the police told her that her daughter "was struck with a metal bat." As Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman remarked, "I can't think of a worse instance to occur than the loss of a 17-year-old on Father's Day, as the father of a 17-year-old myself."


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last year, Michigan Democrats won more overall votes for state House than Republicans. It was by a whisper, about half of one percentage point. But Democrats got walloped in the race that counts, as the GOP swept 63 of 110 seats. How could that be? Blame a nerdy term called "the efficiency gap." ... The Michigan Senate is the most imbalanced of all legislative bodies in Michigan, according to "efficiency gap" methodology. In 2014, Republicans won 27 seats compared to 11 for Democrats. The GOP typically won their races by tighter margins, while the Dems captured safe seats in blowouts.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

North Korea has released American college student Otto Warmbier, who is on his way back to the U.S. and won't be forced to serve a 15-year prison term, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Warmbier is in a coma, his father tells NPR. News of the University of Virginia student's medical condition came on the heels of his release. Fred Warmbier tells NPR's Emily Kopp that he's been told his son has been in a coma since sometime after his sentencing in March of 2016. ... "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime" in North Korea, the Warmbiers said in a statement quoted by the AP.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The UK could be forced to spend an extra £500m a year to meet the health costs of tens of thousands pensioners returning from other EU countries after Brexit, a top think-tank claimed on Wednesday (31 May).

The Nuffield Trust explained that the 190,000 British pensioners living on the continent receive healthcare under the EU's reciprocal "S1" scheme. read more


Monday, May 01, 2017

Olivia Goldhill, Quartz: There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted. But the truth is, a life spent dutifully responding to emails is a dull one indeed. And "wasted" time is, in fact, highly fulfilling and necessary. ... "There's an idea we must always be available, work all the time," says Michael Guttridge, a psychologist who focuses on workplace behavior. "It's hard to break out of that and go to the park." But the downsides are obvious: We end up zoning out while at the computer -- looking for distraction on social media, telling ourselves we're "multitasking" while really spending far longer than necessary on the most basic tasks.


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