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Marginalia
March 7, 2014

There's really no need for this, but the Internet is going to do it anyway. The masterful animators behind "8-Bit Cinema" remade 1999 cult classic Fight Club as it would appear on an old-timey Nintendo game console. It mostly follows the film's plot — it's just two minutes, after all — and Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter and Edward Norton's characters are all reinvented as pixelated people. You should watch this, but defintely don't talk about it. -- Jordan Valinsky

In Remembrance
July 7, 2015

On the 10th anniversary of the London bombings, services were held across the UK to remember the 52 people who died and more than 700 people injured when four suicide bombers attacked three trains and a bus.

At St. Paul's Cathedral, a minute of silence was observed, and the families of victims, survivors, and first responders gathered at Hyde Park for a ceremony with songs and personal readings, the BBC reports. Flowers were placed at the sites of the four explosions, and commuters were urged to take part in the "walk together" movement, finishing their bus or subway commute one stop early and traveling the rest of the way on foot. Paul Dadge, who stopped to help survivors after the blast at the Edgware Road station, spoke at Hyde Park, and said his country will never surrender to terrorism: "That's not the spirit we saw on 7 July. That's not the spirit we've ever seen. That's not the spirit we will ever see." Catherine Garcia

Law And Order
July 7, 2015

A man who ran for Congress in Tennessee last year was charged Tuesday with plotting to burn down a mosque and other buildings in a New York community with a large Muslim population.

Robert R. Doggart, 63, of Sequatchie County, was indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of the civil rights violation of soliciting others to destroy religious property. Court documents say he wrote on Facebook that his targets — a mosque, school, and cafeteria in a hamlet near Hancock, New York called Islamberg — "must be utterly destroyed in order to get the attention of the American people." Doggart spoke with a confidential source and others on a cell phone being tapped by the FBI, court documents said, and he was heard saying he wanted to firebomb the different buildings. The plot was never carried out.

Doggart was arrested in mid-April, and said he would plead guilty, but a judge rejected the proposed plea as legally insufficient, NBC News reports. During the 2014 Congressional race, Doggart ran as an independent against the incumbent, Republican Scott DesJarlais, and received six percent of the vote. Catherine Garcia

activist governor
July 7, 2015

Despite an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling last week saying a 10 Commandments monument violates the state Constitution, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said it will remain on Capitol grounds.

Fallin said she made her decision after Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the court to reconsider its 7-2 decision and lawmakers filed legislation to have citizens vote on whether to remove Article II, Section 5 of the constitution, which reads "No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such."

The court said the statue, which was privately funded by Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow), was obviously religious in nature and an integral part of Christian and Jewish faiths, Tulsa World reports. Citing Pruitt's request and the potential vote, Fallin said, "Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions. However, we are also a state with three co-equal branches of government."

The ACLU of Oklahoma filed the challenge on behalf of three plaintiffs, and Fallin's decision doesn't sit well with executive director Ryan Kiesel. "The Supreme Court did not give any leeway in their opinion," he told Tulsa World. "The bipartisan, seven-member majority did not say remove the monument except if you look into your crystal ball and think the law might allow it at some point in the future and go ahead and keep it. The court said remove the monument." Catherine Garcia

Greek debt crisis
July 7, 2015
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The eurozone is giving Greece until Thursday to come up with new proposals to secure a deal with its creditors.

This is the "most critical moment in the history of the eurozone," European Council President Donald Tusk said. "The final deadline ends this week." During an emergency summit Tuesday in Brussels, it was expected that new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos would bring written proposals, but instead only supplied an oral update on Greece's financial situation. The problem goes beyond Greece, French President Francois Hollande said, adding, "It's the future of the European Union."

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he wants a "socially just and economically viable agreement," and suggested on Tuesday night he will agree to several demands from creditors, including some that he rejected in the past. In return, he wants a third bailout from the eurozone, an agreement on restructuring Greece's public debt, and measures to encourage economic growth, the BBC reports. Catherine Garcia

Crisis in Syria
July 7, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Tuesday that the United States has only trained roughly 60 Syrian opposition fighters to take on the Islamic State.

The program launched in Jordan and Turkey this May, with the goal of training 5,400 fighters a year, Reuters reports. Some rebel leaders say that in order to be successful, the trainees have to target Syrian government forces, but they are off-limits for U.S. offensive operations.

Carter said he thinks Syrian recruits need some protection from the U.S., but said no decisions have been made yet on the type of assistance to provide. He also said that after the U.S. streamlined vetting candidates, the numbers of recruits would increase. “We are refining our curriculum, expanding our outreach to the moderate opposition, and incorporating lessons learned from the first training,” he said. Catherine Garcia

sorry donald
July 7, 2015
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ESPN is the latest company to cut ties with Donald Trump, following comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign kick off in June.

The ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic was scheduled to be played July 14 at the Trump National Golf Club in Palos Verdes, California, but has been moved to Pelican Hill in Orange County, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a statement, ESPN said the change reflects "support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN, and our decision also supports that commitment."

During his kick off event, Trump stated that Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs" and "crime" to the U.S., and "they're rapists." He later added, "some, I assume, are good people." Since then, Macy's, NBC, Univision, and other major corporations have severed ties with the GOP candidate. Catherine Garcia

Nature's Wonders
July 7, 2015
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A giant sheet of granite has fallen from Half Dome, making it even harder to ascend the Yosemite National Park landmark.

Park officials said the sheet, which they estimate is 100 by 200 feet, peeled off from halfway up the sheer face of Half Dome sometime last week. No one was hurt or saw the granite fall; it was found by climbers, who were unable to pass and had to turn around. "What used to be relatively easy climbing has gotten much more difficult," park geologist and climber Greg Stock told The Associated Press.

There are several routes climbers can take, and this particular one is considered one of the top 50 climbing destinations in North America. Hundreds of skilled climbers take on Half Dome every year, and while this affects some climbers, Yosemite Chief of Staff Mike Gauthier is certain it won't keep anyone away. "Now is their chance to find a new work-around," he said. "And they will." Catherine Garcia

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