TIME Crime

Judge Dismisses George Zimmerman’s Parents’ Case Against Roseanne Barr

"Roseanne For President" Premiere - 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
Cindy Ord—Getty Images Roseanne Barr attends the world premiere of documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 18, 2015 in New York City.

The comedian had retweeted their address

A judge effectively dismissed a lawsuit brought by George Zimmerman’s parents against actress and comedian Roseanne Barr.

Barr retweeted the couple’s home address in 2012 at the height of anger over the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by Zimmerman

Robert and Gladys Zimmerman’s lawyer argued that Barr sharing the address with her followers (which numbered more than 100,000 at the time) made them feel unsafe in their own house.

Barr’s lawyer said sharing the information, which was already public, was protected by her first amendment rights—and the judge agreed on Tuesday, granting a motion for summary judgment and therefore bringing the case to a close, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

At the time of the incident, Barr reportedly retweeted the address, deleted it, then tweeted “If Zimmerman isn’t arrested I’ll rt his address again. maybe go 2 his house myself,” before deleting that message as well.

TIME Diet/Nutrition

This Weird Cooking Method Helps Lower Arsenic Levels in Rice

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You'll need one unexpected piece of kitchen equipment

High levels of arsenic can naturally occur in rice, making the food dangerous to consume in too-great quantities. But an unconventional cooking method might help reduce the risk.

Researchers knew that the standard method of boiling rice in a pot or rice cooker only fixes the arsenic to the grain. But a different preparation method could wash away some of the dangerous chemical element.

So they tried cooking it in a coffee maker, which not only distilled the cooking water (which can also contain arsenic) through the steaming process, but also allowed excess liquid to drip through the filter, removing more arsenic. This method effectively reduced the level of arsenic by about half.

The researchers do not expect most people to start cooking their rice in their percolators, but they do hope that the proof encourages manufacturers to develop new rice cookers that operate on the principle.

[Scientific American]

TIME movies

Fugitive Bank Robber Nabbed While Acting in Horror Movie

He was playing a villain in the low-budget slasher

A real-life villain was caught by U.S. Marshals on Friday while playing a fictional villain on the set of a low-budget horror movie.

Jason Stange, who had been convicted for armed bank robbery in 2006, violated the conditions of his parole last year by leaving his halfway house without permission. Authorities noticed him photographed in a news story about the shoot of a film, Marla Mae, in a local Washington State newspaper.

Stange, who played a deranged abortion clinic doctor in the movie, had been using the pseudonym Jason Strange, the Guardian reports. By the time the U.S. Marshals caught up with him, production had already wrapped and Stange was stepping off location to buy cigarettes; he was arrested but allowed to return his costume before going to jail.

Marla Mae, which was shot on a budget of $8,000, does not yet have a release date.

[The Guardian]

TIME Infectious Disease

There Might Be Poop on Your Cilantro

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The FDA has banned some Mexican imports

Guacamole fans, beware: the FDA has banned the import of some fresh cilantro from Mexico after evidence showed the crop could be tainted with human feces.

Several farms in Puebla were linked to outbreaks of stomach illness in 2013 and 2014 in the U.S., the Associated Press reports. The FDA believes they may also have caused more recent outbreaks due to the presence of the cyclospora parasite.

Investigators found that some farms had no toilets for employees, and discovered feces and toilet paper in the fields. The resulting ban will impact shipments from April through August in the coming years unless farms in the region can show that conditions have improved.


Mormon Church to ‘Re-Evaluate’ Relationship After Boy Scouts End Gay Ban

Robert Alexander/Getty Images A Boy Scout wears a sash displaying his earned merit badges at a ceremony in New York City. The merit badge sash is worn by a Boy Scout during formal activities and events and not during Troop meetings or campouts.

The Church says its relationship with the Scouts "will need to be examined"

The Boy Scouts of America’s decision on Monday to lift a ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees has “deeply troubled” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that institution announced.

The church has had a formal relationship with the Scouts since 1913, and organizes its own troops in Mormon communities. As of 2010, the Church’s troops counted 142,085 Cub Scouts and 205,990 Boy Scouts.

Now, the church said in a statement, it will be reevaluating the relationship with the Scouts. “The Church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation,” the organization wrote. “However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”

Members of the church’s governing councils are not in the office at this time of year, but will meet in August to “examine” the relationship with the Scouts.

TIME Books

Pretty in Pink Actor to Publish Young Adult Novel

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JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images Andrew McCarthy attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios on May 17, 2015 in Burbank, California.

Andrew McCarthy's book is about half-siblings who meet for the first time

Andrew McCarthy already spoke to Generation X teens through his roles in Brat Pack movies like Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire. Now, he’ll speak to Generation Z as an author. The actor-cum-writer is publishing a young adult novel set for release in spring 2017.

McCarthy’s novel, Just Fly Away, is about a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey who meets her half-brother for the first time, never having known that he existed—and lived in the same town. It will be published by Algonquin Young Readers, the L.A. Times reports.

This is McCarthy’s second book, following his 2012 memoir, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. He has worked as a travel writer and is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. He continues to act, and will appear in the The Family on ABC this fall. He has also recently directed episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie and The Blacklist.

[L.A. Times]

TIME animals

Kittens Distract Driver, Cause Crash Knocking Out Power for Hundreds

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The kittens escaped unscathed

A man driving with a litter of kittens in his car was so distracted by one of the felines, he crashed into a power pole.

The accident occurred early on Monday in South Nashville, and caused the pole to fall halfway over, the Tennesseean reports. The structural damage temporarily knocked out power for about 400 people in the area. Power was restored a few hours later.

The driver was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening. None of those distracting kittens were injured in the car accident.

[The Tennesseean]

TIME russia

Putin Says FIFA President Sepp Blatter Worthy of Winning Nobel Prize

Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
Laurence Griffiths/FIFA&mdashGetty Images FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter shakes hands with Vladimir Putin, President of Russia ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Russian president does not believe Sepp Blatter is involved in corruption

Vladimir Putin said that FIFA President Sepp Blatter “deserves the Nobel Prize.”

The Russian president spoke favorably of Blatter in an interview with a Swiss broadcaster on Monday, invoking the indictments of other FIFA officials on bribery and fraud charges and saying, “I don’t want to go into details but I don’t believe a word about him being involved in corruption personally,” Reuters reports.

Putin added that Blatter’s fellow “heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition. If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it’s those people.”

Russia will host the FIFA World Cup in 2018; by then, Blatter will no longer be president, as he has announced that he will resign when a FIFA Congress elects his successor on Feb. 26, 2016.


TIME Music

Houston Astros Bump Taylor Swift From Ballpark Concert

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Daniel Boczarski/LP5—Getty Images Taylor Swift performs during The 1989 Tour at Soldier Field on July 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

The singer was forced to reschedule a gig ahead of a potential postseason clash

Taylor Swift has been forced to reschedule an upcoming Houston concert — and fans have only their local team’s success to blame.

When Swift announced her tour dates for her 1989 album, including an Oct. 13 concert on the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park, the team said it reserved the right to move the date if it needed the field for postseason games. Those familiar with the team’s struggles in recent years laughed the clause off as an unlikely scenario.

But the Astros have outperformed expectations this season, and the Houston Chronicle reports Swift’s tour date has been changed so the team can have the field if they need it on Oct. 13. Instead, she will perform “Bad Blood,” “Style” and the rest of her recent hits for Houstonians on Sept. 9, when the Astros will be playing an away game in Oakland.

Ticket holders will automatically get the same seats for the new dates, and if the revised schedule doesn’t work for them, they can shake it off—they’ll get a refund.

[Houston Chronicle]

TIME movies

Here Are 13 of Helen Mirren’s Best Roles

The dame celebrates her 70th birthday on Sunday

Few actors can boast a resume as impressive as Helen Mirren’s. The London-born dame has played a detective (Prime Suspect, two Emmy awards), Ayn Rand (Emmy win), prominent wives (in Hitchcock, about the director, and The Last Station, about Tolstoy) and several British queens: Charlotte in The Madness of King George (Oscar nomination), the title role in Elizabeth I (Golden Globe win) and Elizabeth II in The Queen (Oscar win).

Mirren, who turns 70 on Sunday, has a total nomination count of four Academy Awards, 13 Golden Globes and 11 Emmys. Here are 13 of her best film and television roles over the course of a fruitful (and, thankfully, ongoing) career. All hail the queen.

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