TIME Crime

Washington Man Robs Banks to Avoid Being Homeless

On both occasions, he did not attempt to flee or resist arrest

A Washington state man who robs banks to avoid being homeless has struck again. He stole $1 from a bank on Monday and waited outside to be arrested, the Bellingham Herald reports.

Richard Kenneth Gorton, from Bellingham, Wash., handed a note to the teller in Key Bank in Fairhaven, Wash. saying he was robbing the bank for $1. The note explained that Gorton, 64, had no weapons and didn’t want to hurt anyone. After being handed the dollar, he waited outside for police to arrest him, Bellingham Police Sgt. Mike Scanion told the Herald.

He was initially charged with suspicion of robbery, but the county prosecutor dropped the charge down to theft in the third degree on Tuesday.

Six months earlier, on Oct. 14, Gorton walked into a bank and handed over a note saying: “This is a robbery.” He asked for $1,400 and waited for police to arrive and arrest him. He told police he would soon be homeless because he hadn’t paid his rent.

Until that incident, Gorton had no criminal history.

[Bellingham Herald]

TIME animals

Watch an Endangered Tiger Give Birth to 3 Cubs

The cubs were born on March 29 in northern England

Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the U.K. has released incredible footage of a tigress giving birth to three cubs.

Kim Wilkins, who works at the park, said it was a privilege to watch 4-year-old Tschuna, an Amur Tiger, give birth on the CCTV camera on March 29.

“Tschuna had hidden herself away in peace and quiet of the cubbing den,” she said. “It was so heart-warming to see how Tschuna took to motherhood and how natural the new family is. Both the birth and her bonding to the cubs was all captured—it is truly enchanting footage and I am glad that we are able to share it with everyone.” The Park plans to release more videos of the cubs as they grow.

Amur Tigers are an endangered species in Russia, where aggressive hunting and poaching has left only 450 remaining in the wild, according to the WWF.

Tschuna is now focusing on feeding the cubs and won’t be seen by visitors for a few more weeks.

TIME Vatican

Pope Francis Says Church Must Listen to Women

Pope Francis blesses the faithful during his weekly general audience at the Vatican on April 15, 2015.
Vincenzo Pinto—AFP/Getty Images Pope Francis blesses the faithful during his weekly general audience at the Vatican on April 15, 2015.

Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square that the difference between men and women was "not for opposition or subordination, but for communion and creation"

Pope Francis believes “more weight and more authority must be given to women,” both in the Church and in society, he said Wednesday.

Speaking at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope stressed the need for women to not only be heard but also given a “recognized authority.”

He added that this reflected the way Jesus treated women and encouraged people to work “with more creativity and boldness” toward giving women the recognition they deserve.

“We have not yet understood in depth what things the feminine genius can give us, that woman can give to society and also to us. Perhaps to see things with different eyes that complements the thoughts of men,” he said.

The 78-year old Pope also touched upon questions of gender in modern society, saying that gender theory “aims to erase sexual difference” and that the removal of the difference is “the problem, not the solution.” Instead, he said men and women are meant to be complementary and he encouraged them to “treat each other with respect and cooperate with friendship.”

TIME Labor

Fast Food Workers Protest for Higher Wages in Hundreds of Cities

Protesters gather at a McDonald's restaurant on tax day asking for higher wages in Miami Gardens, Fla., on April 15, 2015.
Joe Raedle—Getty Images Protesters gather at a McDonald's restaurant on tax day asking for higher wages in Miami Gardens, Fla., on April 15, 2015.

The Tax Day protest will take place in cities across the globe

Fast food workers are protesting across the world on Wednesday, their biggest action yet in a campaign for better wages that began more than two years ago. Protestors in the U.S. are pushing ahead with their demands of a $15 hourly wage and the right to unionize. The campaign has also gone global, with organizers saying strikes and protests will be taking place in 200 cities across 30 countries.

The fast food workers’ campaign in the U.S. launched in November 2012 in New York, and since then it has attracted support from other groups including students, health care workers and activists from the Black Lives Matter movement, who are also set to join in Wednesday’s rallies, Reuters reports.

Workers at airports and retail stores are also participating, protesting the increase of so-called “zero hour contracts,” in which an employer is not required to provide workers with a minimum number of hours per week.

Organizers said they chose Tax Day for the protests to highlight that they are paid so little that they are forced to rely on public aid to survive. Retailers such as Target and Walmart have recently announced increases to their hourly wage, but not to the level that workers are demanding.

TIME States

Indiana Politicians Want to Drug Test People on Welfare

A similar measure failed to gain legislative approval last year

Lawmakers in Indiana are weighing a measure that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing and risk losing their benefits if they failed.

Democratic State Rep. Terry Goodin proposed the drug testing requirement as an amendment to a bill currently before Indiana’s House, based on his concerns over intravenous drug use causing a spike in HIV cases. The Republican-majority House voted 79-15 on Tuesday to approve Goodin’s amendment to the bill, which will be considered in a final vote Wednesday.

The proposed change would require welfare recipients considered high-risk for drug abuse to be tested, as well as those who had previously been charged with a drug-related crime.

If recipients failed a drug test, they’d receive counseling that they would have to pay for themselves. If they repeatedly failed the tests, they’d be taken off welfare for at least three months. They would also be responsible for the cost of any positive drug tests.

Republicans pushed a similar proposal in 2014 but it failed to pass in the Senate. Civil liberties organizations have criticized measures like this in the past.

[The Indianapolis Star]

TIME Middle East

Gaza Man Tricked Into Selling Banksy Mural for $175

Mideast Palestinians Banksy
Adel Hana—AP A metal door that depicted a Greek goddess, presumably painted by British street graffiti artist Banksy, was standing on the rubble of a destroyed building damaged in last summer's Israel-Hamas war, east of Jebaliya, March 31, 2015.

The painting is likely to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars

A Gazan man says he was tricked into selling a valuable artwork by British artist Banksy to a local man for $175.

Banksy’s artworks have sold for up to $600,000 and Rabie Darduna claims he is a victim of fraud.

Banksy secretly visited the Gaza Strip in February for an undercover documentary depicting the lives of Palestinians. He left behind four murals, including one drawn on the only remaining door of Darduna’s home in northern Gaza, which was among the thousands destroyed in last summer’s conflict with Israel. The painting depicts the Greek goddess Niobe weeping (In ancient mythology, Niobe is typically portrayed as a bereaved mother, weeping for the loss of her 14 children).

#Banksy #Gaza

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Darduna told the BBC that the buyer tricked him into selling the piece by pretending to work for Banksy. “It’s a matter of fraud,” said Darduna, adding that his family was extremely upset over the loss of the piece.

The buyer said his purchase of the painting for less than $175 was legal, despite the fact that Banksy’s artworks can sell for up to $600,000. The street artist’s representative has reportedly contacted the family to say Banksy believes the mural ought to be returned.

Watch Banksy’s mock-travel advert for Gaza below.

[BBC]

TIME Television

Jeremy Clarkson’s Dismissal from BBC Celebrated by Argentinians

Jeremy Clarkson in London in 2012.
Ian Gavan — Getty Images Jeremy Clarkson in London in 2012.

BBC announced Wednesday it would not be renewing Jeremy Clarkson's contract after an 'unprovoked physical attack' on producer Oisin Tymon

Many Argentinians were delighted to hear the news of the BBC refusing to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract as host of Top Gear, after a controversy sparked during filming in the South American country last year.

Clarkson drove a vehicle with a license plate apparently referencing the bloody 1982 Falklands War, which left 649 Argentine and 255 British military personnel dead. Clarkson’s ‘H982 FKL’ license plate sparked outrage among locals, who pelted the Top Gear crew’s vehicles with stones.

The BBC said the license plate was a coincidence and not intended to reference the war, while Clarkson wrote on Twitter that they had done “nothing wrong.” The Argentinian ambassador to the U.K., Alicia Castro, demanded an apology from the BBC and accused Clarkson of “fabricating a horror story” and seeking “to portray Argentinians as savages.”

A few months on, Argentinian news articles discussing the end of Clarkson’s career at the BBC have seen a flurry of comments from Argentinians who are overjoyed to see the presenter go. One commented on the Clarin newspaper’s website: “This is what happens when you mock the Malvinas,” using the Spanish name for the Falkland Islands. According to the Daily Express, one person called Clarkson a “disrespectful pig” and another merely said his fate was “Karma.”

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TIME celebrities

Can You Tell The Difference Between Lena Dunham’s Dog And her Jewish Boyfriend?

Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff
Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff attend the "Girls" season four series premiere after party at The Museum of Natural History in New York City on Jan. 5, 2015.

Readers are divided over whether Dunham's quiz is funny or just plain offensive

Writing in The New Yorker this week, Lena Dunham asked readers to guess whether a number of statements apply to a) her dog or b) her Jewish boyfriend. While some have criticized Dunham for perpetuating tired stereotypes, others have been tweeting it, praising Dunham’s sense of humor.

Read some of her statements below and decide for yourself:

– We love to spend hours in bed together on Sunday mornings

– He’s crazy for cream cheese

– I feel that he is judgmental about the food I serve him. When I make something from scratch, he doesn’t want to eat it, but he also rejects most store-bought dinners.

Read the rest here.

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TIME LGBT

The 10 Cities With the Highest LGBT Percentage in the U.S.

A Gallup survey found that 3.6% of adults across the nation consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender

The San Francisco metropolitan area has a higher percentage of adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender than any other city in the country, a new survey found.

Gallup’s poll of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. found that 6.2% of San Franciscans identify as LGBT, which is 2.6 percentage points higher than the national average. The city, named the “Gay Capital of the U.S.” by LIFE magazine in 1964, has a long history of a politically active LGBT community.

The other high-ranking cities in the Gallup survey included Portland, Ore., Austin, New Orleans, Seattle, Boston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Denver and Hartford, Conn.

Since the Census Bureau has never asked people about sexual orientation, the Gallup analysis is the most detailed portrait of LGBT demography yet. It is based on a survey of 374, 325 adults and was conducted between June 2012 and December 2014.

TIME Books

The Wit and Wisdom of Terry Pratchett

"Death isn't cruel, merely terribly, terribly good at his job"

As the world mourns the loss of fantasy author Terry Pratchett, who died Thursday at the age of 66 after a battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, here are some of his witty and memorable quotes.

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” – The Light Fantastic (1986)

“The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.” – Equal Rites (1987)

“Death isn’t cruel, merely terribly, terribly good at his job.” – Sourcery (1988)

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Truckers (1990)

“Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people.” – Good Omens (1990)

“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” – Reaper Man (1991)

“If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.” – Lords and Ladies (1992)

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.” – The Last Continent (1998)

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” – foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (1998)

“Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.” – foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (1998)

“So much universe, and so little time.” – The Last Hero (2001)

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – A Hat Full of Sky (2004)

“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” – A Hat Full of Sky (2004)

“Life doesn’t happen in chapter – at least, not regular ones.” – explaining in a 2008 interview why Discworld books don’t have chapters

“Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel?” – in a 2008 interview

 

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