On Thursday, a Voting Rights Act complaint will be filed by the Disability and Abuse Project, seeking a review of voting eligibility in Los Angeles County for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
As The Associated Press reports in an exclusive, the group specifically studied adults who are under limited conservatorships, which are legal arrangements that allow a parent or guardian to make decisions for people who cannot take care of their own financial and medical matters. The Disability and Abuse Project looked at a sample of 61 cases in L.A. County, and discovered that 90 percent of those who had limited conservatorships had been denied the right to vote.
According to the complaint, The Associated Press says, judges in Los Angeles Superior Court violated the federal Voting Rights Act by having those adults under limited conservatorships take literacy tests. "We want those past injustices to be corrected, and we want the judges and court-appointed attorneys to protect, not violate, the rights of people with developmental disabilities," Thomas F. Coleman, the legal advisor of the Disability and Abuse Project, said in a statement.
The complaint also asks the court to repeal voter-disqualification notes that were sent to thousands of people over the past 10 years. Catherine Garcia
It's really, really hot out there, folks, and at least one presidential candidate isn't having it. Speaking to supporters at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Virginia on Monday, Trump said he wouldn't pay the bill for using the ballroom because the air conditioning wasn't turned on.
"I don't know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we're not going to get you paid," Trump ranted mid-speech.
In his extended rant, Trump said he is "really good" at the hotel business and knows owners can save money by turning off the air conditioning.
"But this is ridiculous," Trump said. "So then there'll be an article, 'Donald Trump refuses to pay the bill.' Of course. And you know what, the smart people say, 'Trump is smart.' The other people would say, 'Oh, isn't that terrible.' Ok. I think the ballroom and the people that own this hotel should be ashamed of themselves." [The Associated Press]
Hotel Roanoke officials maintain that the air conditioning was actually on and working the way it was supposed to for the entire event. Jeva Lange
The Democratic National Convention continues with its second day Tuesday, as Hillary Clinton is set to become the first woman to ever win a major party's nomination for president. After an opening night filled with protests and boos from supporters of her primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, reports suggested Tuesday that Sanders might be planning to interrupt to the roll-call vote to nominate Clinton to request a vote by acclamation — a move Clinton herself pulled for President Obama at the 2008 convention for the sake of party unity.
However, when Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver was asked Tuesday morning whether the senator might be willing to make such a statement, Weaver demurred. "I don't want to give up all of the intrigue yet," Weaver said.
Aside from Clinton's historic nomination, Tuesday's agenda includes speeches from former President Bill Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and actress Lena Dunham. Also speaking are mothers who have lost their children to police violence, including the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. Becca Stanek
The wildly popular smartphone game Pokémon Go has led people to dead bodies, toward muggers, and off of cliffs, but since launching in Japan, a whole new danger lurks for those trying to catch 'em all: nuclear radiation. Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the reactors at Fukushima, site of the 2011 meltdown, says that virtual Pokémon characters are roaming the contaminated grounds and could potentially lure users into the evacuation zone.
Even though it has been five years since the nuclear disaster, the land around Fukushima is still very dangerous. What's more, Pokémon Go developer Niantic said that the region is supposed to be a dead zone, where no characters appear.
Everyone agrees that you definitely shouldn't enter the contaminated grounds, even if a MewTwo could await; even Tokyo Electric employees are forbidden from playing on site. Some things just aren't worth it. Jeva Lange
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reminded California delegates at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Philadelphia that there might be a steep price to pay if they keep up their booing at the Democratic National Convention. "It is easy to boo, but it's harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under Donald Trump. Trump is the worst candidate for president in the modern history of this country," Sanders told the delegation, which includes the biggest group of "Bernie-or-bust" delegates, after a day of his supporters heckling speakers and booing even Sanders' calls for party unity.
Sanders said that while "elections come and go," the regret that would come with failing to elect Hillary Clinton would be "forever." "This is dangerous stuff," Sanders said. "So our job is to do two things. It is to defeat Trump, it is to elect Clinton. But it is not to end on Election Day." Becca Stanek
Actor Harrison Ford had a brush with death in an accident on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens during filming in 2014, although he luckily managed to escape with just a broken leg, The Independent reports. Ford was walking through the door of the Millennium Falcon spaceship when he allegedly was knocked to the ground and crushed by a hydraulic door, said Andrew Marshall, the prosecutor arguing the case against the production company.
"It could have killed somebody," Marshall said. "The fact that it didn't was because the emergency stop was activated." The door still reportedly crushed Ford's pelvic area with power comparable to the weight of a small car, breaking his leg, and he had to be airlifted to a hospital in Oxford.
Ford, then 71, who plays the character Han Solo, said in the original films the door would have been closed simply using a pulley or a stage hand. "But now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a f---ing great hydraulic door which closed at light speed," he said.
The Disney-owned production company, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, admitted to health and safety breaches surrounding the incident. Jeva Lange
Well, it was a good run. Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders tossed his hat into the ring for the presidency as a Democrat, but he now says he will resume being an Independent when he heads back to the Senate:
Bernie Sanders tells @bpolitics breakfast w/reporters he'll return to the Senate as an Independent, not a Dem: 'I was elected as an Ind.'
— Susan Page (@SusanPage) July 26, 2016
"He was never really a party guy," Greg Guma, the author of The People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution, told The Daily Beast earlier this year. "His career was to be a voice and a candidate." Jeva Lange
For Utah state Sen. Mark Madsen (R), last week's Republican National Convention was the last straw. The Republican state senator announced Monday that, after witnessing firsthand the state of the party as a Utah delegate, he will no longer be a member of the Republican Party. Instead, he will become a Libertarian.
"Every decision and inclination I had before was reinforced," Madsen said of the convention's role in shaping his exit decision. As a support of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Madsen said he was particularly disappointed in the way the crowd reacted when Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump and instead urged the party to vote its "conscience." "No party is entitled to my membership or my support," Madsen said, adding that the way things are headed for the GOP "makes me want to cry."
Madsen noted his change in alliance is "largely symbolic," however, as he is retiring at the end of the year. Becca Stanek