Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.
Devout Christian Celestina Mba is pursuing legal action after being let go from a job for refusing to work on Sunday. Even though the former caretaker lost her case in a lower court, she is now taking it to the court of appeals. Her success could introduce a whole new set of religious “rights” into the workplace, including days off for any religious group that claims it: Read more
Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Over 75,000 diamonds have been found at this site since its discovery in 1906 — and on Saturday, another diamond was found. 14-year-old Tana Clymer discovered a 3.85-carat diamond, making it the 396th found this year. The teen had this to say about her discovery, which could be worth tens of thousands of dollars: Read more
On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court refused a 16-year-old girl’s request for an abortion. The girl, who is a ward of the state after being taken away from her abusive parents, lacks a guardian who can provide the required parental consent, leaving her in a legal limbo. According to the ruling, the judges voted 5-2 against her because she was unable to prove that “she is sufficiently mature and well informed to decide on her own whether to have an abortion.” Read more
Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have been warned by the Saudi Police to not “interpret cases or commit offenses related to the prosecution of women on charges of driving cars” as it is a social, not legal, restriction that women not be allowed to drive cars in the country: [Click headline for more…] Read more