ghost guns, arms trafficking, NJ case
The author writes, “For the first time, authorities have charged suspects with violating a seven-month-old ban on new-age firearms engineered to evade detection and skirt regulations. The arrests, made mostly in March, followed a year-long investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice and the state police into a South Jersey drug ring, the Attorney General’s Office said. Detectives said they found that members of the ring were also allegedly trafficking 'ghost guns,' which are bought online in pieces and assembled. ... A state grand jury indicted four people on charges of conspiring to sell eight unregistered AR-15 semiautomatic rifle ghost guns, according to the indictment.” Photo credit: John McStravick / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Democrats Warn Trump Against Proposed Change to Poverty Measure (Celia)

From Bloomberg: “Bean counters working for Trump want to change the way we measure poverty by changing the way we estimate increases in the cost of living for poor people. If the White House gets its way, low-income families could lose access to federal help in the future.”

Vietnamese Brothers of Dying San Jose Man May Get a Second Chance to Come to US (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Immigration officials will interview Lam Le and Hiep Nguyen next week in Vietnam to determine if they qualify for visas for a bone marrow transplant that could save their dying brother.”

Remember the Travel Ban? Nobody Protests it Anymore, but It’s Still Ripping Families Apart (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Hassan Ahmed is a U.S. citizen, but that isn’t helping him reunite with his wife, who is stuck in Somalia, due to the infamous travel ban.”

Greenland Lost 2 Billion Tons of Ice This Week, Which Is Very Unusual (Mili)

The author writes, “Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting Thursday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons (equal to 2 billion tons) on just that day alone.”

Transgender Spiritual Order Finally Finds Acceptance at Hindu Pilgrimage (Renee)

From National Geographic: “Transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi leads a religious procession during the 2019 Ardh Kumbh Mela, India’s biggest spiritual festival and the largest gathering of human beings on the planet.”

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