Collins Dictionary Names ‘Single-Use’ Its Word of 2018

Florida Restores Voting Rights for 1.4 Million ; 3 More States OK Easing Their Marijuana Laws ...and More Picks

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In a reflection of the realization many have had — that tossing plastic away is not a good thing — the Collins Dictionary has named “single-use” its word of 2018. Photo credit: Jesse Wagstaff / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Repealing ‘One of Country’s Worst Jim Crow Laws,’ Florida Restores Voting Rights for 1.4 Million People With Past Felony Convictions (Jimmy)

The author writes, “In a ‘huge and hard fought victory’ that writer and activist Shaun King called ‘one of the most important of our lifetime,’ Florida on Tuesday overwhelming approved Amendment 4, which restores voting rights for 1.4 million state residents with past felony convictions who were barred from participating in elections even after completing their sentences.”

In the Deep South, Residents of an Upscale Suburb Fight to Secede From Their Neighbors (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The proposal to form a new city, up for a vote on Tuesday, has roiled Henry County [GA], raising tense debate about racial and economic disparity and voting rights. Once a sleepy rural, predominantly white region, the county has seen an influx of minorities and a solidification of black political power as its population has exploded in recent years.”

3 More States OK Easing Their Marijuana Laws: Michigan, Utah, Missouri (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Voters in Michigan approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday, and two other states — Missouri and Utah — endorsed medical marijuana laws. Voters in North Dakota didn’t partake, rejecting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.”

‘Greyhound Therapy’: Nevada Psychiatric Patients Bused to Different States Win Lawsuit (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A Las Vegas jury on Thursday unanimously decided in favor of mentally ill people who were cast out of a Nevada psychiatric hospital and bused across the country without proper care or planning.”

Erdogan’s Handling of Khashoggi Murder Hides His Authoritarian Rule (Dan)

Saudi Arabia’s killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s handling of the investigation, has masked a crackdown on free press and journalism inside Turkey.

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