Happy World Sea Turtle Day! Did you know that sea turtles are ancient, having been around since the time of dinosaurs? Pretty cool, I think. You can learn facts like these, and experience sea turtles in all of their magnificence, at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. I highly recommend the behind the scenes tour (which may not be happening right now due to COVID), and also taking a ride with the night patrol!
Let’s get on to the news, shall we?
- There will be runoffs for the two open state House seats.
- The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that abortion clinics have a right to operate without fear of nuisance lawsuits from their landlords.
- Three Georgia Congressmembers – Jody Hice, Andrew Clyde, and Marjorie Taylor Greene – voted against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to Capitol Police who defended the Capitol on January 6th.
- With only 35% of Georgians fully vaccinated against COVID, a new coalition – ACT Against COVID – has formed to urge unvaccinated folks to get tested.
- The Stonecrest Housing Authority has confirmed it never did business with the company the city’s mayor tried to pay $100,000. (Alternate link.)
- A nursing home owner in Dade County is facing cruelty charges after county police found residents living in temperatures over 90 degrees with only one person – not a nurse – attending to them.
- Three no-show jurors in Macon have delayed a murder trial.
- The first of two sessions between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin has concluded. (Alternate link.)
- The U.S. Senate passed a bill yesterday to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday.
- The may be another housing crisis on the way. (Alternate link.)
- An Associated Press investigation has found that the U.S. Army has downplayed the number of their firearms that go missing for years, and a significant number end up being used in street crimes.
- Audio released yesterday shows that members of the Proud Boys are surprised that they’ll be held accountable for their crimes.
- A new survey has found that one in three American elections workers feel unsafe on the job and one in six have been threatened.
- The Israeli military launched its first strikes on Gaza since the cease fire after Hamas launched 20 fire balloons.
- Junta troops are escalating their violence in Myanmar, burning entire villages.
- Hungary’s parliament has passed a law that bans the dissemination of materials in schools that are deemed to promote homosexuality or gender change.
- The Australian High Court has upheld the country’s foreign interference laws, stemming from a case involving the American Conservative Union.