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Why Joss Whedon Is Fighting For Planned Parenthood

Why Joss Whedon Is Fighting For Planned Parenthood

Joss Whedon's “crushing depression” began in November, when election results swung the United States to the right. But in mid-March, the writer-director behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron was resisting despair as he worked through the last day of a three-day shoot for Unlocked, his short film promoting Planned Parenthood.That afternoon, Whedon’s crew was setting up a scene in which a woman with breast cancer collapses in pain in her kitchen, dropping her groceries on the floor. The fictional character’s illness had gone undiagnosed because she had no access to preventive screenings — her local Planned Parenthood health center had been shuttered.“Women's healthcare is so much just about women's humanity,” Whedon told BuzzFeed News from the Los Ang
This American Soldier Died In Iraq On A Mission Fighting ISIS

This American Soldier Died In Iraq On A Mission Fighting ISIS

An American soldier died in Iraq this weekend after a roadside bomb exploded during a security check, according to an announcement from the Pentagon.The Defense Department identifed the soldier Sunday as First Lt. Weston C. Lee of Bluffton, Georgia, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He died Saturday after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated while he was patrolling near Mosul, his division said in a statement. It was the 25-year-old’s first deployment.Lee joined the Army in 2015 and became a platoon leader before being deployed to Iraq last December. Lee was in Mosul fighting to eradicate ISIS under Operation Inherent Resolve and to “advise and assist support to partnered forces,” the Department of Defense said in a statement.“1st Lieutenant Wes Lee was
Arkansas Is Fighting To Carry Out Executions Before Drugs Expire

Arkansas Is Fighting To Carry Out Executions Before Drugs Expire

View this image › Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams. Arkansas Department of Correction via AP ID: 10948496 WASHINGTON — For the first time since 2000, a state executed two people in one day on Monday.Arkansas — which scheduled eight executions for the second half of April before one of its lethal injection drugs expires — executed Jack Jones and Marcel Williams on Monday.The first execution, of Jones, was completed before 7:30 p.m. Central Time — less than four days after the state held its first execution in more than a decade.The state carried out its second execution of the day, of Williams, a
Fighting For Innocence

Fighting For Innocence

The Cook County State’s Attorney office Monday offered to let a convicted man who claims he was framed for murder by a rogue Chicago police officer out of prison — but to gain his freedom, he would have to plead to a crime he swears he did not commit.So Roberto Almodovar said he will stay behind bars and fight to be declared innocent.Almodovar is one of 51 people who have accused retired Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara of framing them in dozens of murders from the 1980s through the 2000s. The allegations against Guevara, and Almodovar’s case, were detailed in a BuzzFeed News investigation published last week.“No thank you. I’m not pleading to something I didn’t do,” Almodovar said, according to his attorney Jennifer Bonjean. She added that she found it “traum
Conservatives Are Fighting For Easter But No One Knows Who Their Opponents Are

Conservatives Are Fighting For Easter But No One Knows Who Their Opponents Are

2. The campaign is a petition asking people to join the call and tell manufacturers to keep the word “Easter” in Easter eggs. “Chocolate manufacturers have bowed at the altar of political correctness, refusing to use the term ‘Easter’ in marketing their chocolate eggs this Easter,” the petition reads. “Add your name to demand they stop bowing to political correctness and make them Easter eggs again.” ID: 10847082 Cadbury (I am focusing on Cadbury here because, let’s be honest, the purple packets dominate Easter in Australian supermarkets) says it is NOT TRUE that it has removed the word “Easter” from its packaging. “We have used the word Easter in our marketing campaigns for years, and Easter is clearly stated on several of