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California puts a moratorium on the death penalty; a senior Catholic cleric will go to prison for child sex abuse.

A death row reprieve

Governor Gavin Newsom Announces He Will Sign Moratorium On Executions In California

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  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday to suspend the state’s death penalty. Voters may ultimately choose whether to permanently remove the death penalty, but Newsom’s move temporarily took 737 inmates off death row. [NPR / Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos]
  • It’s been more than a decade since the last execution in California, when an inmate opposed the lethal injection protocol in a legal case that is nearing a deadline — which Newsom sidestepped with his executive action. [CNN / Maeve Reston]
  • “Friends and family of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled and neither am I!” President Trump tweeted in response on Wednesday. California has the most death row inmates but has not carried out an execution since 2006. The next potential opportunity for voters to decide on the death penalty is the 2020 election, but the measure to eliminate executions has failed to pass in both the 2012 and 2016 elections. [BBC]
  • Support for the death penalty varies by race, too, with white voters usually supporting executions and black voters opposing the penalty. Black people also struggle to get on juries while also being more likely to go on trial. Newsom added in his decision that more than half of the inmates on death row in California are people of color. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
  • Newsom also argued to taxpayers that Californians paid $5 billion since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. He campaigned on a commitment to voters’ wishes, which is drawing criticism now that he’s putting his personal policies in front of what ballots have said. [Sacramento Bee / Sophia Bollag]

An Australian cardinal faces six years in prison

  • Cardinal George Pell of Australia was sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse, just weeks after the Vatican held a meeting on combating the issue within the church. Pell is the most senior cleric to be found guilty of child molestation. [NPR / Sylvia Poggioli]
  • Experts say the case will set a precedent for prosecutions going forward. Pell served as the Vatican’s chief financial officer and advised Pope Francis. The 77-year-old was convicted on five counts. [NYT / Livia Albeck-Ripka and Damien Cave]
  • The charges involve the case of two boys whom Pell sexually assaulted in the 1990s. The cardinal provided scholarships to the boys, who in exchange were required to sing at his cathedral. The judge also took into account Pell’s seeming lack of remorse (Pell pleaded not guilty and did not testify at the trial). Critics say he should have received a harsher sentence; each of the five convictions he received has a maximum 10 years in prison. [Washington Post / A. Odysseus Patrick]
  • The judge cited Pell’s medical history when giving the sentence, claiming he took into account the cleric’s age and “cardiac issues.” Pell will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life. The cardinal claims he is innocent and his team plans to appeal the conviction in June. [ABC / Doha Madani and Associated Press]
  • Pope Francis declared an “all-out battle” against child sexual abuse by clergy last month at the Vatican summit. Pell’s high position within the Catholic Church has highlighted criticism that the summit should have focused on removing clergy in power who allowed abuse to occur under their watch. [Al Jazeera / Max Walden]


  • All Boeing 737 Max planes in the US will be grounded immediately. President Trump gave the order on Wednesday not to fly the planes, which were involved in similar deadly crashes in Indonesia last year and Ethiopia on Sunday. Voice and data records from the most recent crash will be sent to Europe. [Washington Post / Luz Lazo, Michael Laris, Lori Aratani, and Felicia Sonmez]
  • Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, received an extended prison sentence on Wednesday. He faces seven and a half years in prison — the longest sentence for any person included in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election. Manafort was found guilty of witness tampering and lobbying crimes. [Politico / Darren Samuelsohn]
  • The days leading up to the March 29 Brexit deadline are sure to be full of twists and turns. Enjoy this graphic of every potential Brexit outcome. [Quartz / Amanda Shendruk]
  • Eat what you drop on the floor? Our immune systems are at a loss without exposure to dirt or germs. Humans have gotten so good at minimizing exposure to our environment that we risk depleting immunity strength. [NYT / Matt Richtel]
  • There are legal ways to gain favor in the college admissions process, through donations or school legacy. But now reports of outright law-breaking by wealthy parents across the country have tipped the scales of the broken acceptance system. [Atlantic / Alia Wong]


“We’re looking at some ways to revisit the law. There’s a lot of discomfort with the law. … Was it too broad back in the ’70s when it was passed? So yeah, we’re discussing altering that.” [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on presidential emergency powers in a press conference on Wednesday]

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16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart




Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.

Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.

This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.

This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.

“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”

His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.

This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.

Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?

An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.

“My mom painted dementia.”

When all you have is memories:

The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo

“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”

“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”

“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”

“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”

“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”

“I’m just so proud of you!”

Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”

Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?

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Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu




Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.

Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.


Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber

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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them




It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.

We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.

15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?

14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”

13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.

12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”

11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”

10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!

9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.

8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.

7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.

6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.

5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.

4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”

3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.

2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?

1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.

Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!

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