by Paul Blest
The decision bars the UNC system from enforcing HB 2 against the three plaintiffs* before the final trial; you can read the full ruling over at the blog linked above.
“It is important to emphasize that this injunction returns the parties to the status quo ante as it existed in Title IX facilities prior to Part I’s passage in March 2016,” Judge Schroeder wrote in his ruling. “On the current record, there is no reason to believe that a return to the status quo ante pending a trial on the merits will compromise the important State interests asserted.”
In a statement released shortly after news of the ruling broke, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, the organization representing the transgender plaintiffs, had this to say: “This ruling is an important first step to make sure that thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home—particularly transgender people—get the privacy, respect, and protections afforded others in the state. As we prepare for trial, we are more determined than ever to ensure equal justice for all North Carolinians.”
The HB 2 trial is scheduled to begin November 14. If both Friday's ruling and recent polling are any indication, it could be a long winter for North Carolina Republicans.
"A transgender female who dresses as a female, lives life as a female, and, to all outward appearances, is female is now supposed to use a men's bathroom," Schroeder mused. "How on earth is that supposed to work?"
"Partially by single-occupancy bathrooms, which admittedly are not available in all instances," Bowers replied. "And this would be purely speculation on my part: some transgender individuals will continue to use the bathrooms they always have."
"They would be violating the law," Schroeder shot back.
"There's no enforcement," Bowers admitted.
"Then why have a law?" the judge asked. Barely suppressed laughter could be heard in the gallery.
Howard, 54, saw his conviction overturned by Durham County’s chief resident Superior Court judge in May 2014, then reinstated by the state Court of Appeals this past April after the three-judge appellate panel found procedural problems with how the jury verdict was vacated.3. Donald Trump's racism runs in the family
The case, which has won the backing of the Innocence Project, a national organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted through DNA testing, brings more arguments of prosecutorial and police misconduct in Durham, a city still stinging from similar problems highlighted by the Duke University lacrosse case.
She seemed like the model tenant. A 33-year-old nurse who was living at the Y.W.C.A. in Harlem, she had come to rent a one-bedroom at the still-unfinished Wilshire Apartments in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens. She filled out what the rental agent remembers as a “beautiful application.” She did not even want to look at the unit.It's a good thing the Times published this on Saturday, because on the same day, they posted the ultimate "gotta-hear-both-sides" piece about Trump's awful commentary on Dwyane Wade's cousin's death. Give it a read and judge for yourself:
There was just one hitch: Maxine Brown was black.
Stanley Leibowitz, the rental agent, talked to his boss, Fred C. Trump.
“I asked him what to do and he says, ‘Take the application and put it in a drawer and leave it there,’” Mr. Leibowitz, now 88, recalled in an interview.
Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
His case to black voters is that minority communities have suffered because of failed Democratic policies, and that they should support his candidacy.Since we're not bound by an arbitrary standard of objectivity, here's another take: Trump is a grifter whose "case to black voters" is almost always made to overwhelmingly white audiences. And, even if we entertained the thought that Trump has a vested interest in the votes of anyone who hasn't burned a Colin Kaepernick jersey, it sure as hell isn't working.
“What the hell do you have to lose?” he has said frequently over the past week in a rhetorical question aimed at African-Americans.
He has paid particular attention to Chicago, a city plagued by a seemingly endless spate of shootings and gun violence.
Mr. Trump has had a penchant for using tragedies to illustrate his campaign’s message. After the June attack in an Orlando nightclub, Mr. Trump wrote: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
Only seventy-one more days until Trump crawls back into the shit-splattered toilet he slithered out of and goes away forever. Hopefully.
5. Back to school
6. [...]This sounds familiar...
That's it. Have a good one.
False reports of gunfire at Los Angeles International Airport sent panicked passengers running from terminals and onto the tarmac on Sunday night.
Police responded to 911 calls of shots fired at the airport but later said the reports were unfounded and there had been no gunfire or injuries.
"Reports of a shooting incident at LAX have been proven to be loud noises only," the Los Angeles Police Department said about 45 minutes after the reports sparked chaos at the airport.
Multiple 911 calls came in from several locations at the airport about gunfire at around 8:45 p.m. local time (11:45 p.m. ET), several law-enforcement sources told NBC News. They said the calls came from terminals 4, 7, and 8.
People poured out of Terminal 4 onto the tarmac, and a security officer was overheard saying "shots fired." One person told NBC News she heard "pops" in Terminal 4, while others recounted hearing shouts of "run!"