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Alty News: US Company Blocks Putin Critic and Mississippi Sued Over Underfunded Schools

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The US has killed the leader of an Al Qaeda linked Somali militant group, but the victory may be mostly symbolic.

Top of the Alty World

“To Kill a Terrorist”—The Atlantic

A new CDC report shows that a Department of Justice survey of sexual assaults fails to capture a large amount of victims.—New Republic

Mississippi has been sued for underfunding its schools.—Jackson Free Press

A United States company is helping to block a prominent critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.—ProPublica

Top of Alty Utah

A lawsuit challenging the joint-operating agreement between The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News will move forward.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Downtown businesses are angry about Salt Lake City bike lanes taking up their parking spaces.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A critic says Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder inappropriately used an armored vehicle in a fundraiser for his reelection.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A new report shows Utah may be unprepared for the future when the population will increase by 2.5 million people by the year 2050.—Utah Political Capitol


Karen Peterson at the Utah Politico Hub explains what will likely happen now that a Judge has ruled Utah's process for state school board elections is unconstitutional.

“I believe the Legislature will make the races Partisan. Many education groups will oppose this move, and favor Non-Partisan, Direct Elections. But even if Non-Partisan, Direct Elections are the better way to elect State School Board members (and personally I prefer it to Partisan), it is a tough sale to a partisan elected body. The wild card here is if one of the unconventional ideas which have been floating around gains traction. Frankly, the fate of unconventional ideas depends upon their holder.”—Utah Politico Hub

The Long View

Rebecca Onion takes a look at the shockingly bad marriage advice presented in regular features in the Ladies Home Journal from the 50s and 60s.

“In March 1957, in the case of ‘Josh’ and ‘Elsa’, Elsa reported that Josh hit her after he came home late from an office party. In the course of her description of their relationship, Elsa tells the counsellor that when their daughter Sally was born: ‘Josh showed plainly his disappointment that the baby wasn’t a boy.’ ‘When the baby and I came home,’ she added, ‘I stayed in bed and let him prepare his own breakfast. He was outraged and yelled so furiously all the neighbours heard him.’ Elsa told the counsellor that she was absolutely miserable in her marriage: ‘When [Josh] abuses me in the presence of our children, when he humiliates me before the neighbours, I want to curl up and die. There is an ache deep in my chest, in my heart. I feel physically sick.’

The counsellor wrote that Elsa was ‘jolted and shocked when I told her she was partly at fault’. This wife needed to be convinced out of her own self-righteous understanding of the situation, the counsellor argued. ‘If she wanted a serene family life, she would have to learn to give Josh what he wanted from their marriage and thereby help him control his temper.’”—Aeon.

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