“We were already fearing for our lives. Now, it’s even worse.”
Trans Americans hunker down as new details emerge about the Nashville shooter, including this snapshot from a shooting range in 2022. Plus baseball is back! And Star Trek fans learn: Troi is "the key"
It’s Friday Eve, everyone: Thursday, March 30, 2023, and I wrote this just prior to boarding my plane to the West Coast. What will I be doing in L.A.? If you don’t already follow me on social media, you’ll find the answer below.
Here Now the News
DR. JILL BIDEN ATTENDS MEMORIAL FOR NASHVILLE VICTIMS: CBS News
PRESIDENT PLANS TO VISIT FAMILIES IN NASHVILLE: USA Today
HEAD OF THE COVENANT SCHOOL CONFRONTED THE GUNMAN: Insider
DEATH OF CLOSE FRIEND SENT HALE INTO A SPIRAL: NBC News
TV REPORTER’S “INVESTIGATION” REVEALS THE SHOOTER TRAINED AT NASHVILLE GUN RANGES: WSMV
RESPONSE TO NASHVILLE MASS MURDERS ON CAPITOL HILL: A SHRUG —The New York Times
FEAR PERVADES TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY AFTER NASHVILLE MURDERS: Within 10 minutes of police saying that the suspect was transgender, the hashtag #TransTerrorism trended on Twitter.
Around the same time, Republican lawmakers — including Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, and conservative firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. — insinuated in social media posts that the shooter’s gender identity played a role in the shooting.
And by Tuesday morning, the cover of the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post read: “Transgender killer targets Christian school.”
“We are terrified for the LGBTQ community here,” Kim Spoon, a trans activist based in Knoxville, Tennessee, said. “More blood’s going to be shed, and it’s not going to be shed in a school.”—NBC News
20 YEARS LATER, SENATE VOTES TO RESCIND AUTHORIZATION FOR WAR IN IRAQ: It was a rare bipartisan vote: 66 to 30. Proponents of repealing the authorizations say doing so is necessary to prevent future presidents from abusing their power, while not hamstringing current counterterrorism efforts.—CBS News
Around the World
RUSSIA HAS STOPPED SHARING MISSILE TEST INFO: The Associated Press
POPE FRANCIS HOSPITALIZED WITH RESPIRATORY INFECTION: WILL HE MISS PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK SERVICES? —CBS News
GUARDS CAUGHT ON TAPE WALKING AWAY DURING DEADLY MIGRANT FIRE IN MEXICO: Politico
SEN. RAND PAUL OPPOSES TIKTOK BAN: GOP WOULD “PERMANENTLY LOSE ELECTIONS” —NBC News
BANK FAILURES BILL IS $23 BILLION, AND FDIC WANTS BIG LENDERS TO PAY: Bloomberg via Yahoo
ADEUS AND 再见, U.S. DOLLAR! BRAZIL AND CHINA DITCH OUR CURRENCY FOR THEIR OWN IN TRADE DEALS: Fox Business News
WHY ELON MUSK AND OTHER “EXPERTS” ARE CALLING FOR A PAUSE ON FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF A.I. —DW News
FDA APPROVES OVERDOSE-REVERSING NARCAN FOR SALE OVER-THE-COUNTER: CBS News
HOW MANY STEPS A DAY SHOULD YOU WALK FOR BEST HEALTH BENEFITS? The Today Show on NBC
KENTUCKY LAWMAKERS OVERRIDE GOVERNOR’S VETO TO ENACT HORRIBLE ANTI-TRANS LAW: It bans access to gender-affirming health care for trans children, restricts which bathrooms and lockers they use, prohibits discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, and allows teachers to use students’ birth names and pronouns against their wishes. The sweeping law takes effect this summer. —The Washington Post
TRANSPHOBES NO LONGER PRETENDING TO JUST “PROTECT KIDS:” Lawmakers in Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas have introduced bills barring health providers from offering gender affirming care to people as old as 26. —Axios
Florida and Oklahoma are advancing bills that not only ban healthcare for minors but also prohibit healthcare coverage of gender-transition treatments for any person regardless of age. Arkansas has a similar law on its books but a court has so far blocked it from taking effect.
CHARLESTON, S.C. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ASKED TO RESIGN AFTER MAKING THREAT TO SHOOT ANY TEACHER WHO COMES OUT AS TRANS: Post Courier
UK TRANSPHOBE: MAYBE THEY ARE “THE BADDIES:” The Mary Sue
MLB OPENING DAY IS TODAY: The Athletic offers 2023 predictions.
LET’S GO METS!
Star Trek Corner
PICARD SHOWRUNNER TERRY MATALAS: TROI IS “THE KEY” — Screenrant
DID YOU NOTICE ENSIGN LaFORGE’S CHANGE OF HAIRSTYLE? There’s an explanation for it! —Red Shirts Always Die
COMPOSERS REVEAL HOW THEY ARE REVIVING TREK MUSIC: TrekMovie
FANS ARE CALLING FOR A NEW SERIES: STAR TREK LEGACY! —Polygon
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON OF STAR TREK PICARD AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today. By the time you read this, I will be on a plane to Los Angeles to cover the red carpet at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton! My hope is to bring you interviews with famous names from Star Trek and whomever else will talk to me!
I will return Sunday night with the Bedtime Stories edition for the first Monday of April. Until then… May your news be good news!
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