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News Roundup: October 3, 2014


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Alaska News
In April, Alaska Public Media filed a request for records about how the governor’s office handles complaints about the National Guard. Four months later, the state replied. Their response? No comment. [Alaska Public Media]

The Affordable Care Act’s goal of reducing unpaid medical bills has, unsurprisingly, not been realized in states like Alaska that refused to expand the Medicaid program. [Alaska Dispatch News]


This Week in LGBT Rights

The Los Angeles Times published an editorial comparing the State of Alaska’s argument against same-sex marriage to Jim Crow laws. [LA Times]

California became the first state in the nation to ban the “gay panic” or “trans panic” defense – claiming temporary insanity after discovering that a victim was LGBT. [The New Civil Rights Movement]

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed two lawsuits against employers who discriminated against transgender employees, the first time the federal government has gone to court to support trans workers. [Jezebel]


Outside News

A woman in Georgia was jailed for a month on suspicion of meth possession. Turns out it was actually Spaghetti-O’s sauce. Totally understandable mistake. Really. [Gawker]

The state of California banned single-use plastic bags. [New York Times]

Hundreds of police departments across the country have distributed “internet security software” that is actually poorly designed malware. [BoingBoing]


National Desk

In a notable shift of position, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that sexually active teenage girls consider using IUDs. [Al Jazeera]

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes that the Constitution allows the Court to “favor religion over non-religion.” Smh. [Huffington Post]

After several weeks of outrage and frustration, Facebook has made a public statement apologizing for overzealous enforcement of its real-name policy, which allegedly resulted from one individual flagging hundreds of drag queens and transgender people as having fake profiles. [Facebook]

The Secret Service has had a rough few years. [NBC News]


International Bureau

Political protests in Hong Kong are remarkable because of protesters’ strict adherence to nonviolence, which is making it easy for Occupy Central to gain public support. [Slate]