A restrictive abortion law has already halved the number of clinics in Texas. If the state prevails in federal appeals court, many of those that remain will also have to close. Plus: the world of biofuels has made used cooking oil big business, and used-oil rustlers are making big money. And in we look at why L.A.’s most affluent are not vaccinating their kids - and what that means for the rest of us.
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Abortion providers in Texas are waiting for a ruling today that will put many of them out of business. A federal appeals court is deciding whether to let a Texas state law go into effect. The law was found unconstitutional by a lower court last month. But If the appeals court rules in favor of the state of Texas, all but seven of the state’s clinics will have to shut down immediately.
One of the bills sitting on Governor Brown’s desk would increase penalties for stealing used cooking oil. It also beefs-up law enforcement’s efforts to stop modern-day rustlers. Since people have started taking greasy stuff out of the fryer and putting it in their biodiesel cars, the value of all that used oil has gone up, and stealing it has become a lucrative crime.
John Colapinto, The New Yorker
In theaters this weekend: A dolphin with teenage handlers and a prosthetic tail. Two stars from Saturday Night Live. Tom Hardy with a Brooklyn accent. And Idris Elba as a serial killer. We get the latest in our weekly film roundup.
Politics. Religion. Money. And now you can add another topic to the list of things to avoid in polite conversation: Vaccinations. The number of people choosing not to vaccinate their children continues to rise, especially in the tonier communities of West L.A. and Hollywood. But the trend has health experts worried, especially as cases of whooping cough and measles climb throughout California.
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