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By 1586 Mary, Queen of Scots had been imprisoned by her cousin, Elizabeth I, for almost two decades. She’d lost her throne in 1657, having been forced to abdicate in favor of her baby. Then, after fleeing Scotland for safety in England, she’d been (at least in her mind) royally screwed over. Instead of helping Mary regain the Scottish throne, Elizabeth had her locked up.  Mary was a serious threat to Elizabeth’s rule. Viewed by Catholics as the true Catholic ruler of England, there was many a plot...
  Last Thursday, Massachusetts' Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph and Court Officer Wesley MacGregor pleaded not guilty to charges against them for allegedly helping a defendant leave court through the back door a year ago. The defendant was facing fugitive and drug charges, and almost certainly would have been taken by a plainclothes ICE officer waiting for him in the lobby. Joseph and MacGregor are currently facing obstruction of justice and other federal charges for being believed to be responsible in aiding defendant Oscar Manual Peguero....
  Back in January, the Supreme Court decided to revive Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel. The edited version of the ban went into effect this past Friday. Under the ban’s terms, transgender individuals must receive an official diagnosis of gender dysphoria and have had it submitted by April 12th to continue serving openly. If not, transgender members of the military must serve as the gender they were assigned at birth or be forced to leave service.  Around 15,000 transgender people will be affected by the new...
Chicago has a new mayor in town. She isn’t a white male so that should be a triumph in itself, but we’re still scratching our heads trying to figure out what to do with the woman who won in a blaze of glory. Lori Lightfoot, a former corporate lawyer, and federal prosecutor beat Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County board president, in a historic runoff Tuesday night. The two made headlines because this was the first time the city has ever had to choose between two Black women...
  The mystery of Anastasia Romanov has fascinated for decades.  Did she die at 17 or live to the ripe old age of 87? Could a suicidal asylum inmate called Anna Anderson really be a Russian princess and, if so, how did she survive against all odds? It’s a story with twists and turns for days – and it all starts in a basement in a far-flung corner of Russia… Colourised image of Russia’s last Royal family, the Romanovs. (Warning: the next three paragraphs are pretty bleak…) On July...
  Last Friday, the marching sounds of young environmentalists could be heard throughout the world as hundreds of thousands of students walked out of class and took to the street to demand that politicians and world leaders take serious measures on the undeniable fact that our climate is in crisis.  The #FridaysForFuture movement began in August 2018 when Greta Thunberg, who, in her Twitter bio, describes herself as "a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger," started skipping school every Friday to protest outside Sweden’s parliament. Fridays for future. The school...
  I grew up watching Selma Blair in movies like Legally Blonde and the Hellboy series. In the latter, she was a fire pyrokinetic super-human and the former a whip-smart law student. Though I wasn’t allowed to watch most of her films (being in grade school, my mother didn’t exactly want her eleven year old watching Cruel Intentions) I looked up to her. I admired her power, her courage, and her willingness to stand up for what’s right. When Blair’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis came to light...
  Beginning this summer, free tampons and other sanitary products will be offered at all medical establishments across England that are managed by the National Health Service, The New York Times reports. The announcement was met with enthusiasm from advocates and members of the medical community, who consider the measure to be a positive advancement in the effort to end period poverty. A 2018 investigation by the British Medical Association found that 42% of trusts and health boards either don’t provide sanitary products at all or will...
  Today, we’re going to take a look at China’s first female Emperor in 3,000 years of Chinese history (!!!): Wu Zetian. A lady whose life was full of sex, scandal, murder and a neverending quest for ALL OF THE POWER. Born in the 7th century, Wu started life lower down the social ladder. Her dad was a general and she began her career at the court of the Emperor Taizong as a concubine. Wu worked for him until his death, at which stage the concubines were supposed to...
On February 21st, a 24-year old Honduran migrant in ICE custody delivered a stillborn baby at a Texas immigration detention center. She was six months pregnant and went into premature labor. In a joint statement between Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agencies state that the day she was medically examined and cleared for release, she went into labor:  "She began complaining of abdominal discomfort and was examined by the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). The clinical director was called and ordered that...