PREGNANT INMATES TO BE UNSHACKLED DURING DELIVERY: North Carolina prisons no longer will permit the use of leg or waist restraints on pregnant inmates after a recent complaint that two women were shackled to a hospital bed while in labor. Kenneth Lassiter, the prisons director, signed a new policy on Monday, nearly two months after SisterSong, an Atlanta-based organization that promotes reproductive rights for women of color, and groups from North Carolina sent a letter to the state Department of Public Safety questioning the treatment of the two unnamed inmates. The focus on North Carolina comes as part of a global movement in recent years to end the shackling of pregnant prisoners and offer better treatment in general to female inmates. More than 20 states have passed laws that prohibit the shackling of people in childbirth, SisterSong representative Omisade Burney-Scott said when calling attention to the North Carolina complaint
FACEBOOK POST CAUSES FAYETTEVILLE ANIMAL HOSPITAL TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY: A Fayetteville veterinary hospital hopes to reopen Tuesday after being closed for two days following multiple online threats. The threats came after a pet owner took to social media to complain about her dog's surgery at the Banfield Pet Hospital at 2061 Skibo Road. "He was just in a lot of pain," Voss said. "We knew something was wrong after looking at his incision. It just didn't look right." Voss posted a video of Hank crying and whimpering to Facebook. Banfield officials say some of the response got out of hand, and that they received threats over the internet and by phone against their employees. To protect them, the animal hospital closed for two days. "The threats and the negative comments we are getting as a result of this, it is a very challenging situation for our teams to deal with," said Dr. Ari Zabell with the Banfield Pet Hospital.
GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES LIKELY TO BE ON MANY NC BALLOTS COME NOVEMBER: Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians are running for office across North Carolina. Now a fourth political party is expected to appear on some of this year's ballots: The N.C. Green Party. The Green Party will likely get ballot access as a result of a 2017 state law that makes it easier for third parties to get their candidates on the ballot. The Green Party is a left-leaning, environmentalist party that lists as its values "grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom, non-violence, and social justice and equal opportunity." It has faced criticism in the past that it plays a "spoiler" role by attracting voters who might otherwise pick Democratic Party candidates. So far, six other parties have filed paperwork to begin collecting signatures: the Constituent Party, the Constitution Party, the Progressive Party, The People's Party, the Veterans Party and the Whig Party.
MARK ZUCKERBERG REFUSES TO APPEAR BEFORE UK PARLIAMENT: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is snubbing a summons from a British Parliamentary committee investigating the rise of fake news, offering to send senior executives in his place. Damian Collins, chairman of Parliament's media committee, urged Zuckerberg to "think again" Tuesday about choosing not to appear and repeated an offer to have him testify via video link. The computer expert who sparked a global debate over electronic privacy has told lawmakers that the official campaign backing Britain's exit from the European Union had access to data that was inappropriately collected from millions of Facebook users. Zuckerberg is also under pressure to appear before U.S. Congress following allegations that consultants Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election.
LIAR-IN-CHIEF SAYS STORMY DANIELS LIED ABOUT BEING THREATENED: The White House on Monday said President Donald Trump has consistently denied the allegations leveled by porn star Stormy Daniels in her “60 Minutes” interview, and said Trump does not believe her claim that she was threatened to stay quiet over their alleged affair. White House spokesman Raj Shah declined to say whether the president had actually watched the Sunday broadcast. But he nonetheless said Trump does not believe “any of the claims that Ms. Daniels made last night in the interview are accurate.” In the interview, Daniels said she’d slept with Trump once, shortly after now-first lady Melania Trump gave birth to the president’s youngest son. She also said that a man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011, when she was with her infant daughter, and threatened her with physical harm if she went public with her story.