A chemist tried to swap orange juice bottles with containers filled with rubbing alcohol at a coffee shop in San Jose, Calif.; Republicans’ insistence on hampering immigration reform thanks to a provision concerning gay immigrants is utter stupidity; meanwhile, people with health insurance are going bankrupt thanks to medical costs, but Obamacare isn’t the answer. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Arrest in Attempted Starbucks Poisoning
A trained chemist put a “lethal quantity” of rubbing alcohol in orange juice bottles that she tried to sneak into a display case at a Starbucks coffee shop in San Jose, police said.
Occupiers Keep Fighting for LA Homeowners
Upset with Wells Fargo’s foreclosure practices, protesters held a demonstration on May Day that briefly shut down one of the bank’s branches in downtown Los Angeles.
Sports Reject Healthy Living Ad Series
A father has been blocked by the AFL and Cricket Australia from taking out advertisements promoting a healthy lifestyle, with the sporting authorities saying it would conflict with their sponsorships from alcohol and food companies.