News Of The Day – March 22nd

Disney Restores Same Sex Kiss In Movie “Lightyear”

Disney’s Pixar has restored a same-sex kiss to its Buzz Lightyear origin story after employees protested the removal of gay storylines from Pixar films, a report Friday said. The kiss will appear in Lightyear when it hits screens June 17. Characters in the Toy Story spinoff, include two women who are in a relationship. The kiss was subsequently reinstated after employee protest amid the backlash against Disney leadership not immediately condemning Florida’s parental rights education bill. The legislation bans sexual orientation or gender identity being discussed in classrooms. Read more about their decision here.


NH Pastor Charged For Possessing Child Sex Abuse Images

The pastor at a New Hampshire church is charged with possession of child sex abuse images and could face additional charges as part of an ongoing, years-long investigation, police say. Stephen Bates, 46, was arrested Tuesday morning at the Bible Baptist Church on a felony charge of possession of child sexual abuse images. Nashua police said the investigation leading to Bates’ arrest began over five years ago, in August of 2016, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent Nashua police a tip indicating that child sexual abuse images had been accessed by an electronic device utilizing an IP address associated with the Bible Baptist Church. Read more about the charges here.


Franklin Graham Calling For Prayers For Justice Clarence Thomas 

Evangelist Franklin Graham is requesting prayer for Clarence Thomas after the 73-year-old Supreme Court justice was admitted into the hospital Friday with flu-like symptoms. Thomas, the second-oldest member of the court, was nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and is a stalwart member of the six-member conservative bloc. In a press release, the Supreme Court said Thomas is expected to be released soon. “Join me in praying for a quick recovery for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was hospitalized on Friday with an infection,” Graham tweeted. “He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” the press release said. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two. Read more about his illness here.


New Head-Tounge Controller Allows Paralyzed Patients to Operate Wheelchairs And Smartphones

Brooks Rehabilitation recently announced that the MagTrack study, a collaborative research endeavor with the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been successfully completed. the two have come up with a new controller that works using head and tongue movements is one of the only options for patients with paralysis to not only control their own power wheelchairs but to use smartphones and computers. In addition, the assistive device is designed to be wearable, wireless, and adaptable to the user’s specific condition. The team at Georgia Tech is already working on a new version of MagTrack that is not only more inconspicuous, but also includes detection of facial gestures that significantly augments its control capabilities. Read more about the controller here.


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