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Alty News: SCOTUS Takes on Obamacare, Again; Weed Bunnies in Utah

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Bill O'Reilly's claims of being caught up in a "war zone" during the Falklands War has been called into question not just by other reporters there, but even by O'Reilly's own report from the time.

Top of the Alty World

"Bill O'Reilly's Own Video From Falklands Protest Contradicts His 'War Zone' Claim"—Mother Jones

The Supreme Court will hear a case that could potentially unravel Obamacare.—Slate

The model set by a neighborhood solar program in Washington is gaining traction in other western states.—High Country News

A DEA agent in Utah testified against a medical marijuana bill by arguing it would lead to stoned rabbits.—Vice

Top of Alty Utah

Hundreds protest Utah's federal land grab.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A bill creating a registry of white-collar crooks passed out of a legislative committee.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Critics see House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, as blocking debate on Healthy Utah to shield Republicans who would be hurt in the next election for speaking out against Medicaid expansion.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A House Committee advanced a bill to change the school board election process.—Utah Political Capitol

Rantosphere

Utah Politico Hub takes a look at the misguided intentions of House Bill 277 that would remove the statute of limitations on civil actions for child sex abuse cases.

"We have a statute of limitations in the first place to protect innocent people. As time passes, witness testimony becomes more unreliable as memory fades and forensic evidence becomes much harder to gather. In a criminal case, a lack of evidence can and often does keep a case from even being prosecuted. Civil cases, however, often use a much lower standard of evidence. These cases can invite bad actors who know that even the allegation of a heinous crime will severely damage their target, even if it’s not true. It also costs any defendant a lot of time and money to defend against even if they ultimately prevail. These are not trivial problems for the innocent."—Utah Politico Hub
The Long View

Sex workers in Salt Lake City struggle with barriers in housing and employment to overcome life on the street.

Steele, who is 55 years old, was close to getting housing in summer 2014 until black mold in an apartment lined up for her by Volunteers of America derailed it. Subsequently, she was bitten savagely by a dog while walking State Street and, at times, had no place to sleep except in a stairwell.

Ed Snoddy, VOA's medical-outreach coordinator, succeeded in getting her into an apartment, albeit only a few blocks from the section of State Street where she sold sex and used drugs. While appreciative of VOA and Fourth Street Clinic's efforts to get her housed, "I felt like I was set up to fail," Steele said one afternoon in mid-January while curled up on an easy chair in her apartment's living room, the curtains drawn.

Her front door is marked by stickers from notes she'd put up asking people she knew from her nine years of homelessness and street sex work to stop knocking on her door. She pays $214 a month in rent to The Road Home, which leaves her $500 from Social Security. As she is concerned about ending up back in the milieu of street drugs, she says, "One reason I've asked to be moved from here" is so she can pursue a four-day detox program at LDS Hospital through Medicaid. Being so close to that world, "They can't expect me to quit."—Salt Lake City Weekly

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