Ohio Lawmakers Pass Controversial Heartbeat Bill


The Ohio General Assembly passed the controversial Heartbeat Bill last Tuesday. The bill makes abortion illegal once doctors can detect a heartbeat in a fetus. Lower courts have previously struck down similar laws in North Dakota and Arkansas. A heartbeat is usually present at around 6 weeks of pregnancy. The bill still requires the signature of former Republican presidential candidate and current Ohio Governor John Kasich.

John Kasich Heartbeat Bill
Ohio Governor John Kasich

The Heartbeat Bill drew criticism from the fact that it also outlaws abortions even in cases of incest or rape. The Bill faced toughed challenges in the past as it was shot down over concerns that such as bill would be deemed unconstitutional. Ohio Senate President Keith Faber shared his opinion on how they managed to successfully pass the bill:

“A new president, new Supreme Court appointees change the dynamic, and there was consensus in our caucus to move forward… I think it has a better chance than it did before.”
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber

The Senate passed the bill last Tuesday with a 56-39 vote. The new law would classify abortions as a fifth-degree felony and would require physicians to check for a heartbeat prior to performing any operations on their clients. Failure to do so or proceeding with abortion despite the presence of a heartbeat will be punishable with up to one year in prison. Doctors could also face civil lawsuits from their patients, as well as further disciplinary action.

“This bill — which was tacked on as a last-minute amendment to a child abuse prevention bill — makes no exceptions for rape or incest victims. It is cruel and plainly unconstitutional — but it seems like Ohio Republicans don’t care about the Constitution. Trump’s vision for America is already alive and well in the Buckeye State.”
Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro

Spider-Man: Homecoming Teaser Reveals Upgraded Spidey Suit


The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Marvel movie Spider-Man homecoming is out and the internet is going crazy. The 17 second teaser trailer revealed a very cool part about the upcoming movie. Spider-man, has received an upgraded suit by Tony Stark. As we all know, anything from Tony Stark is certified bad-ass.

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Spider-man, played by Tom Holland is seen leaping from a building with added gliders in its arms. We have to wait for the official trailer to get to know more about the advanced technology Tony Stark placed in the suit.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to open in theaters on July 7, 2017. The cast includes Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, and Michael Keaton. The full trailer will debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night (December 8).

Fitbit to Acquire Smartwatch Maker Pebble’s Assets


Smartwatch maker Pebble has confirmed the rumors that it is indeed shutting down operations. Some of its members are scheduled to join Fitbit, a tech company focused on wearable technology.

“Due to various factors, Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity,”
“We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices.”
-Eric Migicovsky, CEO and founder at Pebble

Founded by Eric Migicovsky, Pebble pioneered wearable technology and developed wrist-based notifications light years before Apple and many smartwatch manufacturers.  Pebble gained popularity from the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. This method of funding allowed companies to acquire large sums of capital without the trade-off of overhead. This apparently, wasn’t enough to save Pebble from crumbling.

Rumors emerged last month that Fitbit was set to acquire Pebble for approximately anywhere from $34 million to $40M. The company has been experiencing financial troubles as of late and is said to be in millions of debt.

The acquisition doesn’t include the hardware itself. This means that Pebble is no longer making, selling, or promoting watches in anyway. However, all its existing devices will continue to function normally. Fitbit will however be responsible for any future software updates.

The company’s blog further stated that “The Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, mobile apps, developer portal, appstore, timeline API, dictation service, messaging service, and firmware will all continue to operate without interruption. Further down the road, we’ll be working to phase out cloud services, providing the ability for the community to take over, where possible.”

Fitbit’s shares went up to $8.07 after the announcement. This is still a far cry from their high of $47.6 last July. Only time can tell if Fitbit will succumb as well to the financial pressures of today’s startup industry.

Man Fires Rifle Inside D.C. Pizzeria to Investigate Conspiracy Theory


A suspect entered the Comet Ping Pong with a loaded assault rifle last Sunday December 5, 2016. The suspect pointed the gun at an employee and fired several rounds inside the restaurant. The employee managed to fled the scene and notify the police.

Several nearby businesses were locked down due to the incident. Police eventually arrested the suspect who was identified as 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury North Carolina.

There were no reports of injuries.Welch will face charges for assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the incident. The authorities also recovered two additional firearms inside the restaurant and another weapon from Welch’s car.

Coment Ping Pong shooter, Edgar Maddison Welch, being arrested by police

According to a statement released by the police department, Maddison admitted during a post arrest interview that he came to the establishment to investigate the so called ‘Pizza Gate’. Pizza gate is a notorious online conspiracy theory that begun over a month ago that claims that Coment Ping Pong and its owner were involved in a child sex operation. The conspiracy claims that Clinton and her campaign chief ran a child sex ring in the restaurant.

Conspiracy theorists got the idea from a recent WikiLeaks article containing Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta’s name. The frequency of the use of the word pizza in the WikiLeaks article led conspiracy theorists to believe it was code word for pedophilia. It is frightening to believe that people would go to extreme violence to pursue false rumors.

Alefantis and his employees have been receiving death threats since the conspiracy theory spread online. The owner, James Alefantis, has denied all charges but this didn’t stop the false rumors from spreading online. Alefantis denied to speak to the media after the incident.