Monday Morning Open Thread

April 15, 2013

What’s up?

This is a major disappointment: Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia vetoed a bill that would have granted 180,000 workers in the city earned paid sick days. To this day, no matter how many hours some workers put in on the job, they must choose between taking an unpaid sick day, or worse, being fired when they most need to be home to take care of themselves. Shameful.

On the flipside: Back in the summer of 2009, I testified on behalf of to have the synthetic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in certain plastics listed as a reproductive toxin under California’s Proposition 65. Progress was slow, but I am happy to report that it was indeed listed last week!

This is sad all around: the Supreme Court will hear a case, in which a 2.5-year-old girl was returned to her biological father because of the Indian Child Welfare Act, a 1978 federal law designed to prevent the removal of American Indian children from Indian families and tribes. The South Carolina couple who raised her until she was most 3, and have not seen her in a year, are contesting the decision.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?