Hey, you don’t know who Beyonce’s married to? Maybe you don’t deserve to live. That’s what 31-year-old Ronald Deaver of Parma, Ohio, thought when he stabbed an unnamed 48-year-old on New Year’s Eve. He and the man — supposedly a friend — allegedly got into an argument while watching a video by the singer because the older man didn’t believe that Beyonce is wed to rapper Jay-Z. Yes, apparently in Ohio, your ability to live or die is closely tied to how much celeb gossip you know. So before you cross state lines, make sure you know the latest on Zooey Deschanel’s divorce, okay? [Popdust]
Reproductive rights are under full-frontal assault in Ohio today: the Ohio House of Representatives advanced the “heartbeat bill.” The “heartbeat bill” would make abortion illegal when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically around six or seven weeks. Some women don’t even know they’re pregnant at six or seven weeks, which, alas, is just what anti-abortion extremists want. Ohio’s heartbeat bill, which had two fetuses “testify” on its behalf earlier this year, also doesn’t contain exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or the woman’s health. Keep reading »
Two fetuses — er, “unborn children,” as anti-abortion folks call them — testified in Ohio today regarding a bill that would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Very funny, Ohio. Keep reading »
In sad news, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 58, a Democratic Representative from Ohio, has died from a sudden brain aneurysm. She was the first African-American woman to represent Ohio and one of only 23 women of color in Congress. [Cleveland.com]
UPDATE: Um, we’re getting conflicting reports now. Which is good news, at least! Stay tuned. Keep reading »