‘There Were Failures’: Parkland Victims’ Families File 22 Lawsuits Alleging Negligence

Pesticides and Antibiotics Pollute European Waterways ; TX Bill Would Classify Abortion as Homicide ; and More Picks

Negligence lawsuits, Parkland shooting
The author writes, “Families of Parkland school shooting victims are filing at least 22 lawsuits against Broward County's school board, sheriff's office and more, alleging they failed to prevent the attack that left 17 people dead and another 17 injured.” Photo credit: fabola / Wikimedia (CC-BY-SA-2.0)
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For One Week, High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines Were Legal in California (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “After a federal judge temporarily set aside the prohibition, hundreds of thousands of [ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds], if not millions, made their way into the hands of state residents, industry leaders say. The run on high-capacity magazines from March 29 to April 5 … was hailed as ‘Freedom Week’ by the California Rifle and Pistol Association.”

Texas Bill Would Make It Possible to Put Women to Death for Having Abortions (Reader Steve)

From the Houston Chronicle: “[A proposed bill] would criminalize abortion without exception, and make it possible to convict women who undergo the procedure of homicide.”

The Nutrition Study the $30B Supplement Industry Doesn’t Want You to See (Mili)

The author writes, “A decade-long observational study of more than 30,000 people finds that certain vitamins and minerals may help extend your life and keep you from dying of cardiovascular disease — but only if you get those beneficial nutrients from foods, not supplements.”

Pesticides and Antibiotics Polluting Streams Across Europe (Chris)

From the Guardian: “More than 100 pesticides and 21 drugs were detected [by researchers] in the 29 waterways analysed in 10 European nations, including the UK. A quarter of the chemicals identified are banned … Pesticides are acknowledged as one factor in plummeting populations of many insects and the birds that rely on them for food.”

The Urgent Quest for Slower, Better News (Chris)

The author writes, “A central purpose of journalism is the creation of an informed citizenry. And yet — especially in an environment of free-floating, ambient news — it’s not entirely clear what it means to be informed.

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