During a nearly four-hour hearing in the House this week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson answered questions about the killing, earlier this month, of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. One of those questions was why an undocumented immigrant with felony convictions hadn’t been deported. Then, “getting Pluto’d” on our weekly web roundup with Xeni Jardin. Then, during the 70s, The Runaways had hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Wild Thing.” Guitarist Joan Jett was the breakout star of the band. Bassist Jackie Fox, née Jacqueline Fuchs, joined the band when she was 15 years old. Soon after, she was sexually assaulted by the band’s manager and record producer Kim Fowley. She shares her story. Finally, When it comes to eating animals, why are we OK with some but repulsed by others? Congress has taken a small step toward allowing horse slaughter facilities to open, as early as September and this has made us consider our meat taboos.
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In a nearly four-hour hearing in the House this week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson answered questions about the killing, earlier this month, of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. One of those questions was why an undocumented immigrant with felony convictions hadn’t been deported. Steinle was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who admitted killing her but maintains that it was an accident. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported back to Mexico five times, and had recently been released from a federal prison.
Imagine being part of a tight-knit group of nine best friends. You’ve been besties since nearly the beginning of time. You grew up together, you orbit the same interests. Then one day you’re cast out into the far reaches of the solar system. You’ve been Pluto’d. And you are America’s newest meme obsession. That’s where we’ll start today on our web roundup with Xeni Jardin
Warning: this story concerns sexual assault and has and has some graphic descriptions.
The girl rock group The Runaways rocked the 70s with hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Wild Thing.” Guitarist Joan Jett was the breakout star of the band. But Jackie Fox, née Jacqueline Fuchs, joined the band on bass when she was 15 years old. On New Year’s Eve, 1975, the Runaways played a small club in Orange County. After the show, the band ended up partying at a motel nearby, and a grown man approached Jackie with a Quaalude and told her she had to take it, no questions asked. Later in the night, record producer and Runaways manager Kim Fowley raped her in front of the entire party—multiple witnesses corroborate the account.
When it comes to eating animals, why are we OK with some but repulsed by others? We eat cows, pigs, chickens… but not horses. Congress has taken a small step toward allowing horse slaughter facilities to open as early as September. It’s not a sure thing, but it has reopened a conversation about why we have certain meat taboos.
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