The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics.
Duane Smith, who works in financial services, had Friday off. So there he was, doing yard work in his Jackson, Miss., back yard when the U.S. Supreme Court granted gays and lesbians nationwide the right to marry.
Amber Hamilton and Annice Smith were the first same-sex couple to wed in Mississippi, and nearly the last, at least for a while.
It was late January 2006, and then-state Rep. Ed Murray waited on the floor of the Washington state Senate, watching legislators vote on a bill that was near to his heart — and that had failed by just one vote the year before.
Gunshots rang out in the auditorium formerly known as Theater 9. And screams. More weapons blasted. But on this balmy Friday night, when the doors swung open, there were no bodies, no blood, no shooter, no horror.
She thought it was a prank — the explosion just fireworks, the hissing some kind of a stink bomb. But Ashley Moser wanted to get out of the packed theater anyway, to protect the unborn child inside of her, to herd her 6-year-old daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, to safety.
Dr. Lynne Fenton, the psychiatrist who treated James E. Holmes longer than any other mental health professional, was supposed to shed light into the far reaches of the mass shooter’s brain in testimony expected to prove key to the lengthy trial.
Rachel Dolezal has sparked a national conversation about some of the most sensitive issues in American life — race, gender, identity and cultural inheritance. Chances are, however, it is not the teachable moment the self-made civil rights activist once dreamed about.