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Oh hey! It’s been a while. Since we last posted, Elizabeth and I have both moved to DC (living separately, but meeting up for at least a happy hour once a week). We’ll try to update on our newish lives – working at an awesome non-profit for Liz, surviving 1L for Julia – but for now, here are some tabs!
It seems that even Terry Jones’s evangelical (and racist and sexist and xenophobic, etc) book publisher wants to distance itself from him. Creation House removed Jones’s best seller from their page, but fear not! There are some awesome books up there. On my list: The Apocalypse of Bob and the uber-progressive sounding How to Submit to Your Husband Joyfully. (*that’s the sound of sarcasm, btw*)
The US Senate is holding a hearing on the disturbing trend of police mistreatment of rape victims, partially because of the conduct of the Baltimore City Police Department. Background here.
A really neat report on the effects of a losing baseball team on a city – economically, emotionally, and narratively. Go O’s, regardless.
On internet memes. lolz internetz etc.
Money can buy you a better ranking, but not a better education. A revealing study on George Washington University.
The New Yorker covers the bleak Russian landscape and the history of Stalinist labor camps.
On the prison note, is it possible to have a prison without walls? (whether or not it’s a good idea is a whole separate question)
Why there’s a bit more to the Ladies Night legal controversy, especially for feminists.
Finally, the confluence of a bunch of things that make me really happy:
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I’ve spent the past week at my parents’s house in Baltimore, and gosh, did I pick an exciting week to spend here. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced her resignation yesterday afternoon in a tearful press conference. Dixon had dominated the city’s news cycle with a years long corruption investigation and trial. Politics, as usual.
Dixon, 56, will leave office Feb. 4, the day she is sentenced both for a guilty plea she entered in a perjury case and for her embezzlement conviction last month. She will keep her $83,000 pension, which she could begin collecting the moment she steps down, and her criminal record will be wiped clean if she completes the terms of her probation within four years.
A teary Dixon returned to City Hall to announce her resignation, saying that she was doing so “with deep regret and sadness.” She did not apologize but said there would come a time, after sentencing, that she could give her full side of the story.
“I love the city. I love the people of this city,” said Dixon, who was raised in West Baltimore, where she still lives. “Now it’s time to move on.”
The first black woman elected to the City Council presidency, Dixon, a Democrat, has been a public official for 23 years. Now she is barred from seeking or holding any city or state post for at least two years, a condition of her probation.
Not at bad deal, as I’m concerned, especially considered she stole gift cards intended for poor children and set her boyfriend up with some pretty sweet city construction contracts.
However, I agree with Ta-Nehisi Coates that the more interesting story here is that of Dixon’s replacement, current City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Rawlings-Blake would become the city’s second female mayor, and she has a pretty fantastic track record as City Council President concerning feminist issues. As you may recall, Rawlings-Blake recently introduced the first legislation in the country which would require Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to post signs disclosing that they do not provide information on or referrals for abortions or contraception. The bill was signed into law by Dixon in early December.
Here’s hoping that Dixon learns her lesson and that Rawlings-Blake continues her record of support women’s rights in her new position as mayor.
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