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News Roundup: November 13, 2014

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Alaska and Other Cold Places

The families of five Tlingit men who served as code talkers during World War II received medals and Congressional certificates at a packed Veterans Day ceremony in Juneau. [KTOO]

Although the minimum wage increase passed by voters last week said it would start January 1, it won’t actually go into effect until the end of February thanks to the Legislature’s inability to end on time earlier this year. [Alaska Dispatch News]

A dyslexic Dutch designer created a typeface called “Dyslexie” that is designed to make it easier for people with dyslexia to read. It’s currently being highlighted as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial. [Slate]

As schools across the country increasingly have to cancel holidays or extend the school year to make up missed class time, snow days may become a thing of the past thanks to the prevalence of technology at home. [Yahoo News]

Curious how different parts of Alaska voted? This election day map provides a visual representation of how we voted on the statewide candidates and ballot measures. [Daily News-Miner]

Conservatives vs. Everyone

A Wasilla for-profit Tea Party organization called the Conservative Patriots Group, blaming “financial limitations, administrative duties and government regulations” for its inability to continue operating. Because naturally when you can’t get it together, it’s all the guvmint’s fault. [Associated Press]

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a challenge to Alabama’s 2010 redistricting plan on Wednesday, in which the state openly admitted that the goal of redistricting was to keep Republicans in power. Democrats and Black advocacy groups teamed up to challenge the plan on the grounds that it unconstitutionally used racial quotas to determine the placement of district boundaries. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that only racial gerrymandering is problematic – politically motivated election maps are 100% legal. [New York Times]

Sometimes the News is Pretty Gay

Students at Dartmouth College embarrassed Rick Perry with explicit questions about gay sex during a speaking engagement. Tasteless hilarity ensued. [Queerty]

A federal advisory committee has recommended that the FDA relax its ban on blood donation from gay men. Current policy, which dates back to the Reagan era, prohibits donations from any man who has had sex with another man since 1977. The panel’s proposed update would allow men to donate if they had not had sex with a man in the past year. I guess it’s progress… [Huffington Post]

U.S. State Department officials faced questioning from three members of the UN Committee Against Torture about why attempts to use traumatic “conversion therapy” to change the sexual orientation of children are legal in 48 states, given that they have been labelled “psychologically damaging and ineffective” by medical experts. [MSNBC]

SCIENCE!

How big is the comet that the European Space Agency landed on? Mash up a photo of the comet with one of downtown LA and you’ll have a pretty good idea. [IFL Science]

Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Turkey Day marathon will be live-streaming on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row, a boon for people who don’t care about parades or football. [AV Club]

Scientists experimenting with microchipped mice have discovered a way to control genes using the power of the human mind. The researchers believe that the system could someday be used to treat diseases with mind-controlled implants. [Daily Mail]

And speaking of mice, Japanese scientists have figured out a way to remove the light-blocking substance from mouse cells, making the mice completely translucent. The technique could be used to get a better understanding of how organs and cells interact, but it’s still pretty creepy. [Huffington Post]