03.25.16

In today’s Buzz read the latest from Brussels and France , more incriminating e-mails released in the investigation of the Flint Water Crisis, and Indiana adds more restrictions to their abortion laws.

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Suspect arrested as plot in France is foiled; six detained in Brussels investigation The French interior minister said Thursday that police had foiled a terrorist plot with the arrest of a man who was believed to be at “an advanced stage” of planning an attack on French soil. The arrest infiltrated the upper level of a terrorism network, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, and was the culmination of several weeks of investigation. There was no apparent link to Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels, he said.

E-mails show feds knew of Flint rashes in mid-2014 Newly released government e-mails Thursday show federal environmental and health officials knew about complaints of rashes cropping up in Flint as far back as May 2014, one month after the city left the Detroit water system and began using Flint River water as its drinking source. The state’s health department assisted by federal agencies did not start a formal investigation into residents’ rashes until February of this year.

Indiana Governor Signs Abortion Bill With Added Restrictions Indiana’s governor signed a bill on Thursday that adds broad limits to women’s access to abortions, banning those motivated solely by the mother’s objection to the fetus’s race, gender or disability, and placing new restrictions on doctors. The law, which passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly with large majorities, builds on Indiana’s already restrictive abortion rules, and was cheered by anti-abortion groups that had encouraged Gov. Mike Pence to sign it.

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Georgia parents offended by the ‘Far East religion’ of yoga, get ‘Namaste’ banned from school “We need to direct our attention inward and connect to the breath,” yoga instructor Rachel Brathen writes in her New York Times best-selling book about the practice.

Donald Trump can’t stop saying nasty things about women. It could cost him. A nasty feud that escalated Thursday between Donald Trump and his chief Republican rival over their wives set off a new wave of alarm among establishment Republicans, who fear that the GOP front-runner would drive away female voters in a general-election fight with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

$6 million will go to restore Malheur refuge, cover other costs of standoff Crews from a national cleaning company bustle from building to building at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, ravens watching from perches in the towering cottonwoods outside

Detroit’s M-1 Rail line now to be called the QLINE Detroit’s 3.3-mile streetcar line from downtown to New Center will be known as the QLINE, according to an announcement by Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans today.

Comedian Garry Shandling dies at 66 Comedian Garry Shandling, who amused millions of Americans on his faux talk show, The Larry Sanders Show, in the 1990s, died Thursday. He was 66.

The Death of Moral Relativism Four years before he was hoisted to Speaker of the House, a smooth-faced Representative Paul Ryan declared, “If you ask me what the biggest problem in America is, I’m not going to tell you debt, deficits, statistics, economics—I’ll tell you it’s moral relativism.”

Why Race Matters in Planning Public Parks Houston is embarking upon a $220 million parks project called Bayou Greenways 2020, a 150-mile network of continuous hiking trails, biking paths, and green space that will run throughout the city.

Trader Joe’s Crowded Parking Lots Are a Blessing, Not a Curse Parking lots at Trader Joe’s: Like a case study in primate aggression, an elaborate car insurance fraud scheme, or proof that evil really is banal.

Dave Grohl Pens Letter Backing Noise-Restricted Teenage Metal Band Apparently, things don’t go to 11 in Cornwall, England. As Plymouth Herald reports, a teenage heavy metal band named Black Leaves of Envy, who reside in Cornwall and practice in a family garage, have been asked to turn things down. So, the band appealed to a higher rock power, writing to Dave Grohl to ask that he support them. The Foo Fighters’ frontman responded by writing an open letter to Cornwall Council in the UK.

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City Council members cleared in investigation of nonprofits contracts The Ohio Ethics Commission has found no evidence of wrongdoing by Columbus City Council members and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in its investigation of city elected leaders who work for nonprofits.

Austin employees bring discrimination concerns to City Council In the nine years she’s worked with the city, Sarah Fusco told the Austin City Council Thursday, she has experienced multiple instances of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

North Carolina reins in local governments, transgender rule Corporations expressed disappointment Thursday and the NCAA vowed to monitor what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned any local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.