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“I am outraged on behalf of my fellow plaintiffs who the court deemed not sick enough.”

Amanda Zurawski, regarding the lawsuit that she and more than 20 other women filed against Texas for its restrictive abortion ban. Zurawski was told that she had a condition which meant that her baby would not survive, but she was forced to wait until she was diagnosed with a life-threatening case of sepsis before an abortion was provided. The lawsuit didn’t aim to repeal the abortion ban, but gain more clarity on when exceptions are allowed. The Texas Supreme Court rejected the challenge unanimously. (Associated Press — May 31, 2024)

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  • McDonald’s U.S. President Joe Erlinger, responding to viral tweets and media reports that have, according to Erlinger, exaggerated the fast food chain’s price increases. Erlinger acknowledged that he and many franchises were frustrated by a post on X last summer about a Big Mac meal in Connecticut that cost $18. The average price for a Big Mac in the U.S. is $5.29, or $9.29 for the meal, a 20.5 percent increase compared to 2019. (Associated Press — May 29, 2024)
  • A resident of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, writing to a city councilmember. Seattle officials have received hundreds of complaints about the noise raised at night by the driver of a modified Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which is disturbingly loud even by urban standards. The driver has told police officers that he can’t slow down as he derives benefit from thousands of Instagram followers who applaud his posted videos of racing 100 mph through the city streets. (New York Times — May 29, 2024)
  • Nashville Council Member Delishia Porterfield, regarding the 30-3 council vote against the proposed sign for country singer Morgan Wallen’s This Bar & Tennessee Kitchen. The singer caused controversy in 2021 for his use of a racial slur and recently faced criminal charges after he was accused of throwing a chair off a rooftop near two police officers. The sign would hang over a public sidewalk, similar to those at many neighboring bars, and requires local government approval. (Associated Press — May 22, 2024)
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, on new Census Bureau data estimating that the city added more than 1,800 residents between 2022 and 2023, the first such increase since 1957. Duggan’s administration has publicly fought the Census Bureau’s count of city residents and sued the agency multiple times, seeking what local officials consider accurate figures, and Duggan has described the agency as a “national clown show” for previously reporting a decrease in the city’s population estimates. (Detroit Free Press — May 20, 2024)
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