- Spanish anarchist prisoner Gabriel Pombo da Silva, who has been incarcerated in Germany, is facing extradition to Italy, in that country’s broad campaign to target and imprison anarchists, called “Operation Ardire”.
- The Portland Business Alliance is one step closer to bringing back the “sit-lie” ordinance, a law that they sought to target houseless people downtown. Although a county appeals judge ruled that the former law was unconstitutional in 2009, the Oregon House, buckling to the lobbying efforts of the PBA, passed a bill yesterday allowing Portland and other cities to re-institute it in some form. The bill now heads to the Senate.
- A suspicious letter laced with the poison ricin was received by an off-site Senate mailroom, intended for Mississippi senator Roger Wicker. In a developing story, there are reports that one has been intercepted that was intended for President Obama.
- In news about the Monday bombing of the Boston Marathon, the devices used were apparently pressure cookers packed with metal shrapnel. No doubt, this is a huge story and a tragedy, but a little perspective isn’t a bad thing. Taking a step back, consider the rarity of such events, the constant pressure on American Muslims that is intensified at times like these, and now would be a wonderful time to examine what terrorism is and what it is largely taken to mean.
- The wife of a former justice of the peace in Kaufman County, Texas, has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the killing of a district attorney and a prosecutor there this year.
- More prisoners have joined the hunger strike at the indefinite detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Anonymous has hacked the Facebook page of Westboro Baptist Church. (May be taken down by the time you read this.)
- The Sinixt band, First Nations people of occupied British Columbia, release a statement on their presumed “extinction” and denial of legal status by the Canadian government, under the Indian Act.