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Alty News: SCOTUS Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

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In a 5-4 ruling today the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.

Top of the Alty World

"Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage Bans Are Unconstitutional"—Slate

More states are siding with big Telecom lobbies to try and keep towns from offering their own broadband services.—ProPublica

An unintended consequence of the passage of Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Law will be that as soon as the law goes into effect on July 1, The First Church of Cannabis will hold it's first meeting.—Nuvo 

Mourners flock to South Carolina as funerals begin for victims of the recent church shooting.—Democracy Now!

Top of Alty Utah

Taxpayers won't have to foot the legal bills for county commissioner's ATV ride/protest in Recapture Canyon.—Salt Lake City Weekly 

Salt Lake City plans to make its wide streets safer for pedestrians to use.—SL City News

Salt Lake City mayoral contender Luke Garrott wants to give citizen groups direct power to choose and fund capital improvement projects in the city.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A poll found a large majority of Utahns do not want the Attorney General to accept any donations from people or companies involved in litigation with his office.—Utah Policy


The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists bestowed it's Black Hole Award recently on the U.S. Marshall's Service and the FBI for their lack of transparency surrounding the 2014 courtroom shooting of Siale Angilaua. In an open letter the headliners called on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to release information about the incident.

In that episode, a U.S. marshal — no one has disclosed his name — shot and killed defendant Siale Angilau. The FBI investigated the shooting. Those few facts and that the Department of Justice elected not to prosecute the marshal comprises what we know. No one at the Marshals Service or the FBI will answer more questions. The Marshals Service has denied multiple requests made for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. A request to the FBI has been pending for a year.

A lot has happened in a year. Citizens in multiple cities have expressed concern about use of force by law enforcement. In some of those cases, the Justice Department has stepped in to investigate that force and whether civil rights were violated.

The transparency and accountability the Justice Department has sought to ensure in those cities has not been applied to the Angilau shooting. To be clear, The Headliners take no position on whether the marshal was right to kill Angilau. We want to know what happened in the courtroom that day and what any investigation found.—Salt Lake City Weekly  

The Long View

The Reveal looks at the hidden problem of sexual assaults on female janitors.

Sexual assault can happen anywhere: in the military and on college campuses, in the Catholic church and at world-renowned yoga studios. But the way the problem has played out in the workplace largely has escaped public attention. About 50 people a day are sexually assaulted or raped while they’re on the clock, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Any statistic about sexual violence, though, is a farce – only a fraction of victims ever come forward to report the crime.

When they do, companies can hide complaints from the public by settling them secretly before a lawsuit is filed. The results of cases that do make it to court often are cloaked by confidentiality agreements.

“It is a black box,” said Laura Beth Nielsen, a professor at Northwestern University who has studied employment discrimination lawsuits. “No one can talk about it.”

The night shift janitor is an easy target for abuse. She clocks in after the last worker has flipped off the lights and locked the door. It’s tough work done for little pay in the anonymity of night, among mazes of empty cubicles and conference rooms. She’s even less likely to speak up if she’s afraid of being deported or fired.—The Reveal

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