Lydia OConnor

Court Strikes Down Pennsylvania Law Making It Easier To Vote

A conservative court in Pennsylvania ruled Friday that a state law making it easier to vote by mail is unconstitutional, issuing a setback for progressive voting policies in the key battleground state. The state’s Commonwealth Court ruled 3-2 in favor of a group of Republican lawmakers who sued the state over the 2019 law, which passed through a GOP-controlled legislature at the time. In the majority opinion, Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt concluded that the state’s constitution requires voters to cast their votes in person unless they qualify for certain exceptions.Advertisement A law like the one in question, she Read More

South Carolina Officer Found Not Guilty On Assault And Battery

Former Rock Hill, South Carolina, police officer Jonathan Moreno testifies in court on Monday.via Associated PressA former South Carolina police officer was found not guilty on a third-degree assault and battery charge Wednesday in connection with a controversial traffic stop he carried out last year. The jury came to its decision after one full day of deliberations over the charges against Rock Hill police investigator Jonathan Moreno, who lost his job last year after cell phone and police body camera footage showed him in plainclothes grabbing Travis Price, who is Black, wrestling him to the ground and pushing him Read More

Lauren Smith-Fields’ Death Ruled Accidental Overdose, But Investigations Continue

Shantell Fields, Lauren Smith-Fields' mother, speaks during a protest rally in front of the Morton Government Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jan. 23.via Associated PressPolice in Bridgeport, Connecticut, said Tuesday that although a medical examiner has determined Lauren Smith-Fields died from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose, the department’s narcotics authorities are proceeding with a criminal investigation into her death.“The Bridgeport Police Department continues to treat the untimely death of Lauren Smith-Fields as an active investigation as we are now refocusing our attention and efforts to the factors that lead [sic] to her untimely death,” Bridgeport Police Chief Rebeca Read More

Relatives Say Probe Of Black Woman’s Mysterious Death Has Been

Shantell Fields, Lauren Smith-Fields' mother, stands with family members during a rally in front of the Morton Government Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Jan. 23, 2022. Smith-Fields was found dead in her Bridgeport apartment in December and her family and friends marched in her memory on Sunday, which would have been her 24th birthday. Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via APIn a notice announcing an intent to sue, an attorney for the relatives of Lauren Smith-Fields accused a Connecticut police department of being “racially insensitive” toward them and bungling its investigation into the young Black woman’s death.The family’s lawyer, Read More

Teen Aviator Becomes Youngest Woman To Fly Around The World

The youngest woman to fly solo around the world, 19-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford, wears the Flags of Belgium and the United Kingdom as she lands her ultralight Shark aircraft after five months circumnavigating the planet.Olivier Matthys via Getty ImagesTeenage pilot Zara Rutherford became the youngest woman to complete a solo flight around the world on Thursday when she landed in western Belgium five months after taking off. “I made it,” the 19-year-old British-Belgian national told a cheering crowd of family, fans and journalists after completing the whirlwind trip that took her more than 60 stops across five continents. “It’Read More