Thousands of Ex-Felons Regain the Right to Vote in Louisiana

Reporters Arrested in Sacramento ; New Quadruped Robot Can Do Backflips ; and More Picks

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The author writes: "A new law went into effect allowing people with a felony conviction to vote while still serving their sentence as long as they haven’t been incarcerated within the last five years. It’s a change estimated to affect up to 36,000 people in the state on probation or parole for felony convictions." Photo credit: Bart Everson / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Her Car Broke Down. Then ICE Detained Her. (Reader Steve)

From the Baltimore Sun: “Nora, who has an asylum case pending, is one of many immigrants prompting advocates to push for statewide legislation that would limit the role Maryland authorities have in enforcing federal immigration laws, citing a danger to public safety and a violation of constitutional rights.”

Three Reporters Apprehended in Mass Arrests in Sacramento (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler was detained Monday night while covering a Stephon Clark protest in East Sacramento. … Two other journalists Scott Rodd of the Sacramento Business Journal and William Coburn of the State Hornet, the student publication at Sacramento State were arrested.”

Earth May Be 140 Years Away From Reaching Carbon Levels Not Seen in 56 Million Years (Mili)

From Science Daily: “Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth’s last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds.”

Evidence of Human-Caused Climate Crisis Has Now Reached ‘Gold Standard’-Level Certainty (Chris)

The author writes, “Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California found that the information available can now be classified as “five-sigma” — a standard in the scientific community meaning that there is a one-in-a-million chance that the same data would be observable if humans were not causing the planet to grow warmer through activities like fossil fuel extraction.”

Mini Cheetah Is the First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip (Chris)

From MIT News: “Weighing in at just 20 pounds — lighter than some Thanksgiving turkeys — the limber quadruped is no pushover: When kicked to the ground, the robot can quickly right itself with a swift, kung-fu-like swing of its elbows.”

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