TIME Accident

2 Children Injured, 1 Critically, in Bouncy House Accident

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One of the toddlers was in critical condition as a result of the accident

Two toddlers were injured on Sunday, one critically, when a bouncy house they were playing in was carried away by the wind, according to local reports. The bouncy house at a farm in New Hampshire traveled between 50 and 60 feet.

The bouncy house was not properly tethered to the ground at the time of the accident, WDHD reports. A two-year-old was critically injured during the accident and was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, WCVB reports. His three-year-old companion was treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, N.H.

The incident is the latest in a string of bouncy house accidents, which child safety advocates have said is partially due to the fact that they can be purchased by anyone and most states lack safety guidelines.

TIME 2014 Election

Wendy Davis Wins the Prize for Most Ill-Advised Political Ad of 2014

Texas Democrat brings up opponent's disability in new attack ad

The 2014 campaign season reached its nastiest point yet Friday, with a campaign ad by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis that plays off the disability of her opponent Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, while calling him a hypocrite in the same breath.

Abbott was struck by a limb falling from an oak tree in 1984, and has used a wheelchair ever since. In the ad titled “Justice”, a narrator shares that after the Republican’s accident—which isn’t directly mentioned, though the ad opens with a shot of an empty wheelchair—he “sued and got millions. Since then he spent his career working against other victims.”

It’s a theme that’s played out in many of Davis’s ads, though this is the first to reference Abbott’s own disability. The Republican candidate has admitted receiving about $6 million in damages in the 30 years since the accident.

The Abbott campaign has blasted the ad as a “historic low for someone seeking to represent Texans.”

“Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas,” Abbott campaign spokesperson Amelia Chasse said in a statement.

Zac Petkanas, communications director for the Davis campaign responded to the backlash the ad has received Friday telling TIME, “This ad does not exist in a vacuum, it includes issues that have been raised throughout the campaign.” Petkanas said Abbott “has been building a career denying that same justice across the state of Texas—not something Texas deserve to hear, they need to hear.”

With just three full weeks left until Election Day, the ad comes off as a rather desperate attempt to garner attention for Davis, who is trailing Abbot by about 11 points, according to Real Clear Politics.

TIME United Kingdom

Angelina Jolie Made Honorary Dame by Queen Elizabeth II

The honor was bestowed upon Jolie during a private ceremony on Friday

Angelina Jolie was made an honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday. The actress was presented with “Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George” for her work fighting against the use of sexual violence as a weapon during periods of war.

The film star has been known for her charity work throughout her career. In June, Jolie hosted a global summit to end sexual violence during conflict in London alongside the British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

TIME Careers & Workplace

Microsoft CEO Says He Was ‘Inarticulate’ When Arguing Women Shouldn’t Ask for Raises

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya NadellaSpeaks At Company Event
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks to students during the Microsoft Talent India conference in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

Satya Nadella said that women should trust in karma that they will get raises

Microsoft’s CEO quickly backpedaled Thursday night after arguing at an event that women shouldn’t ask for raises, saying in an email to employees that he answered the question “completely wrong.”

Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft’s boss in February, said during a question-and-answer session during a conference on women in technology that for women, “it’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” The CEO argued such a practice was “good karma,” adding “it’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust.”

The reaction to Nadella’s comments was swift and angry, with many commenters saying his answer was tone-deaf in an era when many firms are grappling with ways to elevate women’s role in the technology world. After issuing a short tweet backtracking from his statement a few hours after the event, Nadella sent this email to Microsoft staff:

“Without a doubt I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap. I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.”

 

TIME 2014 elections

Courts Shoot Down Voter ID Laws in Texas and Wisconsin

A polling location in Lipan, Texas seen during the last presidential elections in 2012.
Tom Pennington—Getty Images A polling location in Lipan, Texas seen during the last presidential elections in 2012.

Some say voter ID laws are discriminatory, while others argue they prevent voter fraud

The Supreme Court and a lower court blocked voter identification laws in Wisconsin and Texas Thursday, clearing the way for hundreds of thousands of voters in both states to have easier access to the polls as next month’s midterm elections loom near. The laws are two of many passed by several states recently in what supporters say are intended to clamp down on voter fraud, but detractors argue the rules are discriminatory and illegal.

The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday blocked Wisconsin’s voter identification from taking effect, reversing a lower court order to let the law stand during next month’s midterm elections in a 6-3 ruling. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented, saying it’s troubling that the change comes so close to the midterms. Voter rights advocates, however, praised the ruling, with Dale Ho of the American Civil Liberties Union saying in a statement that it will “help safeguard the vote for thousands of Wisconsinites.” The ACLU is among the groups challenging Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

The Supreme Court’s ruling came down as a district court in Texas found that state’s similar voter identification law discriminated against black and Latino voters, violating the Voting Rights Act. The federal government and a slew of advocacy groups brought a suit to fight Texas’ law, which the state implemented just hours after last summer’s Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act that required Texas and several other states to get federal government approval before implementing new voting laws.

In a statement, Texas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Gary Bledsoe said voting rights advocates are “greatly encouraged by today’s decision.” However, the state of Texas said it will “immediately appeal” the ruling, according to a statement from the state attorney general’s office.

TIME 2014 Election

Google Just Made It Really Easy for You to Find Out How to Vote

Personalized data at the click of a button

There’s a lot of room for confusion around how to vote this election season, particularly in states where pending and recent court cases are making last minute changes to the process.

To help people interested in casting a ballot, Google unveiled a tool Thursday that will make finding out how to vote in your state as easy as typing in a search.

After noticing an increase in searches for ‘how to vote,” “register to vote” and “where to vote” the search engine launched a series of web tools to streamline and personalize results to certain voting-specific questions.

If a voter in North Carolina, for example, were to type “voter ID North Carolina” into the search bar, they would receive information about what types of identification voters are required to show at the polls in November. (Just an FYI, strict voter identification requirements won’t be in place until 2016 in the Tar Heel state).

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The prompt even works for smartphone users with the Google app. If users simply say “Ok, Google. How do I vote?”, information on voter registration , identification requirements, and early voting pops up.

“With so much at stake on November 4th, including the balance of power in Congress, it is crucial that voters have access to all the information they needed to exercise their power to vote at the polls,” Anthea Watson Strong, the elections and civic engagement program manager at Google said in a blog post Thursday.

Google is also compiling politics-specific infographics that will show what searches are trending in the final month leading up to the election. In the coming weeks, Google will also be rolling out a tool that show voters where to vote by mapping out polling locations.

TIME 2014 Election

Poll: About Half of Millennials Will Vote for Democrats in the Midterms

Views Of The U.S. Capitol As Congress Plans To Return Nov. 12
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images The U.S. Capitol Building stands in this photo taken with a tilt-shift lens in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

The bulk of likely voters age 18 to 34 are casting ballots for Democrats this election, with issues like the economy and terrorism driving them to the polls, according to a new survey

About 47% of likely millennial voters are going with Democrats in this year’s midterm elections, compared to 32% who say they’re voting Republican, according to a Fusion poll released Thursday.

Fusion has called its poll the largest survey on Millennials’ voting habits from this election cycle after polling some 1,200 likely 18-to-34 year-old voters. The poll’s authors are pretty adamant about the use of “likely,” too, seeing as less than a quarter of millennials are expected to actually turn out this November, according to a Harvard University poll.

Fusion’s poll also provides insight into the party leanings of millennial demographic groups. Hispanic and black voters, it shows, are more likely to vote for Democrats, as are women. White voters, meanwhile, are more likely to support Republicans.

According to the data, the economy is a top issue driving young voters to the polls this November—which is good news for the White House, which just launched a emoji-laced social media campaign about the economy aimed at millennials. Other issues that are getting young voters riled up include terrorism and national security as well as education.

The millennials surveyed by Fusion also hint at who they would like to see on the ballot in 2016—for Democrats, the favorite is Hillary Clinton, and for Republicans the largest chunk of likely voters don’t know, but more would vote for Congressman Paul Ryan than anyone else.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.83 percentage points. It was conducted via phone interviews Sept. 12 through Sept. 22.

TIME 2014 Election

Comedian Lewis Black on Voter ID Laws: ‘No F***ing Way’

Just one day after the Supreme Court ruled to allow North Carolina’s voting law to stand this November.

Comedian Lewis Black, often outspoken on political issues, has some colorful words for state legislatures passing laws that advocates warn could make it harder for many Americans to vote.

“Look, people marched and fought and died for the right to vote and they want to legislate away that sacrifice to stay in power?,” the comedian screams on a video released by the American Civil Liberties Union Thursday. “Not on my watch, baby.”

Black appears alongside Dale Ho, director of the ACLU voting rights project, who explains some of the many restrictions facing voters this November, including a Wisconsin law requiring government identification that advocates warn 300,000 voters don’t have.

The video comes just a day after the Supreme Court ruled to allow North Carolina’s voting law to stand this November, reversing a lower court’s order allowing voters to utilize same day registration and out-of-precinct voting, which the 2013 law eliminated. Republicans in North Carolina support the law, which they say will help prevent voter fraud.

TIME 2014 Election

President Obama Is Reaching Out to Millennials About the Economy Using…Emoji

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Kevin Lamarque—Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about jobs and the economy during a visit to Millennium Steel Service as part of Manufacturing Day in Princeton, Ind. on Oct. 3, 2014.

With "every single one" of Obama's economic policies on the ballot this November, the White House is using emoji to reach out to young voters

Hey millennials, President Obama wants you to know that he gets you. And to make that message clear, the White House began using emoji in a social media campaign launched Thursday to engage the nation’s largest generation on the President’s economic platform.

The economy has been pretty scummy for the majority of millennials’ adult lives, as a new White House report on the generation born between 1980 and the mid-2000s makes clear. According to “15 Economic Facts About Millennials,” having started out in the workforce during the Great Recession will affect young Americans for “years to come.” Though the unemployment rate for 18-to-34-year-olds has fallen from its peak of 13% in 2010, in the group still faces 8.6% unemployment—notably higher than the national average of 5.9%. And although more millennials have college degrees than any other generation of young adults, they are more likely to accrue student loan debt; such debt surpassed $1 trillion in the second quarter of 2014.

But the Obama administration wants young people to know it’s not all bad. The report finds millennials “value the role that they play in their communities,” are more likely to have health insurance—thanks to the Affordable Care Act—and millennial women enjoy a more level playing field in the workforce.

The highlights from the report will be promoted via the White House’s social media accounts starting Thursday—with animated graduation caps and flexing arms aiming to portray Obama as working hard to make college more affordable and give young people access to health care, as BuzzFeed first reported on Thursday. In an infographic on the White House website, the Obama administration even makes use of some of the more obscure emoji–including the pi symbol and a microscope–to show young people using their access to technology and science education to expand their opportunities.

The campaign is the latest White House maneuver to appeal to young people on the economy, an issue that helped drive young voters to the polls in 2008 and 2012. During a recent speech at Northwestern University near Chicago, the President said his economic policies would be on the ballot this November—a message Republicans have been using against their Democratic opponents in tight Senate races across the country.

Yet the millennial vote has skewed Democratic in the most recent contests, and a push to remind young voters of what helped drive them to the polls in 2008 and 2012—jobs, healthcare, student loan debt—may not hurt. That is, if young voters even show up this election—a recent Harvard University poll shows only about 23% of 18-to-29-year-olds said they plan to vote in this year’s midterm contest.

 

TIME History

New York Opens Oldest Known Time Capsule, Dating Back to 1914

The bronze time capsule was originally slated for opening back in 1974

The oldest known time capsule was opened in New York City on Wednesday; its contents date back at least 100 years.

The New York Historical Society, which possesses the bronze capsule and hosted a ceremony for its opening, says the capsule was created in celebration of the tercentennial of the New Netherland Company charter back in 1914. According to a NY Historical Society blog post on the capsule, its original to-open date was back in 1974, but past curators neglected to do so.

In celebration of the opening of the oldest-known time capsule, student-interns at the Historical Society are creating a time capsule of their own—one can only wonder what artifacts they’ll use to represent 2014. A cronut recipe, perhaps? A series of Snapchats? All of which will surely look ancient when the capsule is opened in 2114.

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