NY Tightens Law for Gun Background Checks, Bans Bump Stocks

The Final Minutes of Tony Timpa's Life ; Inside Liberty University's 'Culture of Fear' ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law two of the gun control bills passed by the state Legislature earlier this year. One of the laws will allow the state to extend the waiting period for background checks for gun purchases. Gun buyers in New York who are not instantly approved for a firearm purchase through the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System will have to wait up to 30 days before a sale can be completed. ... The governor also signed a bill Monday that bans bump stocks — devices that can be attached to semi-automatic rifles to increase firing speeds.” Photo credit: MTA New York City Transit - Marc A. Herman / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Dallas Police Body Cam Footage Reveals the Final Minutes of Tony Timpa’s Life (Chris)

From Dallas News: “After Timpa fell unconscious, the officers who had him in handcuffs assumed he was asleep and didn’t confirm that he was breathing or feel for a pulse. As precious minutes passed, the officers laughed and joked about waking Timpa up for school and making him waffles for breakfast.” 

Wells Are Getting Deeper as Groundwater Gets Depleted (Mili)

The author writes, “Current levels of groundwater use are not sustainable: resources are being steadily depleted as groundwater use outpaces natural replenishment. This depletion means that shallower wells may run dry. Across the US, people are drilling deeper and deeper wells … That suggests that the easy-to-access water is already vanishing. But it’s also not sustainable to keep going deeper.”

World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone (Gerry)

The author writes, “dignitaries attended a components handover ceremony at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France. The ITER project is an experiment aimed at reaching the next stage in the evolution of nuclear energy as a means of generating emissions-free electricity. The section recently installed — the cryostat base and lower cylinder — paves the way for the installation of the tokamak, the technology design chosen to house the powerful magnetic field that will encase the ultra-hot plasma fusion core.”

Inside Liberty University’s ‘Culture of Fear’ (Russ)

From the Washington Post: “[Jerry Falwell Jr.] silences students and professors who reject his pro-Trump politics.”

The ‘Love Hormone’ Helps Some Starfish Turn Their Stomach Inside Out to Eat (Chris)

The author writes, “[A] starfish given asterotocin responded within 20 minutes by carrying out their very normal but gut-churning feeding routine: getting their bodies into position and pushing their stomachs from an innie to an outtie. In the wild, these starfish use their arms to pull apart shelled animals like mollusks, then wrap their stomach around the fleshy part, dissolve it to death, and suck up the juice back into their bodies.”

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