The Thursday Morning News
From The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper: Slog
June 13, 2013 - 12:00pm
Your DNA: The SCOTUS rules that "a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated," Justice Thomas wrote in a majority opinion. SCOTUS Blog has more on the case—Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.—and 1, 2, 3 other decisions today.
Explosion: The AP reports more than 30 have been taken to the hospital after an explosion in a Louisiana chemical plant.
Media Buyout: The Gannett Co., which publishes USA Today, is purchasing the Belo Corp.—which owns Seattle's KING TV—for about $1.5 billion. Taking over television stations will reportedly help Gannett make up the ground it's losing in the publishing business.
Turkey's Prime Minister and Consummate Dick: Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to a referendum on the controversial proposal to raze and redevelop a central beloved park, but he's also issued a "final" warning to protesters occupying that park.
Uggers: There is a huge spider near my chair.
Ed Murray's Momentum: Joel Connelly has a good write up on Ed Murray sweeping the 34th District Democrats endorsement by a 2-1 margin. Murray has outperformed every other mayoral candidate in district Dem endorsements this year, one key bellwether of an election's tide.
Oh, Well That Settles That: FBI director Robert Mueller III, a natural ally of civil libertarians everywhere, thinks the federal government's impossibly broad spying program absolutely necessary.
The Stupidity of Stand Your Ground: There's a double standard for women, says Sadhbh Walshe. When a woman defended herself from an allegedly abusive husband—with just a warning shot—the statue didn't apply as a defense. It's only for dudes with guns, apparently.
Nickelsville vs. the Seattle City Council: Campers sent the council, which wants them evicted but won't legalize a place for them to move, a letter about the vague promise to find a pittance for housing: "Any permanent housing your half a million dollars provides will be something to celebrate for those who get it, but a couple of months in a hotel isn't permanent housing, its a flop."
The Apple Phablet? The company is considering iPhones with up to 5.7" screens, Reuters reports.
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