Thursday, July 5, 2012

California's Senate Approves Anti Arizona Bill

California's state Senate passed the "Anti Arizona" bill twenty-one to thirteen on Thursday.

It now moves to the Assembly, where it is expected to eventually pass.

AB1081, was written by Democrat Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

Under the bill, illegal immigrants would not face deportation unless they were convicted of a serious felony.

Illegal immigrants who are arrested for lower offenses would could no longer be threatened with deportation.

The bill has been nicknamed the "Anti Arizona" bill after Arizona's law that allows for police to go as far as asking anyone they believe to be illegal for papers.

Arizona's bill was recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

Ammiano says that the Senate's vote shows that "California can be better than Arizona."

No More Altered Images For Seventeen Magazine

Seventeen magazine has made a pact with the public that it will "never change girls' body or face shapes" and "celebrate every kind of beauty in our pages".

The magazine also agreed to show behind the scenes photos, so that the public can see what goes into creating a photo shoot.

All of this happened because of a petitioned started by a fourteen year old from Maine.

Julia Bluhm began in April as she started interviewing friends at school, recording their opinions on how photo shopped images in magazines effected them.

In May she brought the magazine a petition with 84,000 signatures on it, and organized a protest in front of their offices in New York City.

After she was interviewed by prime time TV shows, the magazine's editor in chief granted her an interview, in which she apparently made her case.

The August issue of Seventeen will contain a copy of the pact, which the entire staff has signed.

Julia has now moved on to join a group which is trying to get the same kind of pact from Teen Vogue.

Remembering: Dolly

July 5, 1996 Dolly the sheep is born at the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

The lamb was the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell.

Cells were taken from the udder of a six year old ewe they were later cultured and implanted into surrogate ewes.

Dolly's birth was not announced until February of 1997, and the controversy began.

Some saw possible medical benefits from cloning, whilst others saw it as dangerous and unethical.

At the age of six, Dolly died, from a progressive lung disease, bringing up questions of genetic abnormalities caused by cloning.

During her life Dolly was mated to a ram with whom she eventually had four lambs, all of whom have had normal lives, for sheep.

After her death, Dolly was stuffed and put on display at the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh.