In an effort to make doors more accessible to the majority of its inhabitants, the Canadian city has banned doorknobs in favor of lever handles; two Saudi Arabian men were arrested for offering strangers “free hugs”; meanwhile, the Supreme Court will decide in two cases whether corporations have religious beliefs or not. These discoveries and more below.
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Vancouver Bans Doorknobs
In a move to make housing more universally accessible, the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, has banned doorknobs in private homes and apartment buildings.
‘In a Single Moment, I Stopped Being Religious’
In 2010, the man who was Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel and an Israel Prize laureate, Rav Ovadia Yosef, was still what he had been throughout much of his long life: a powerful political machine, exercising a broad and profound influence on Israeli politics and society.
Should the Supreme Court Have Unpaid Interns?
Hopefully, one day some young turk’s lawsuit complaining about an unpaid internship makes it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, because there it would put a spotlight on a great irony: The Supreme Court has unpaid interns, too.
Free Hugs Get Saudi Men Arrested
We’ve all seen the photos of people standing on street corners with a big sign that says “FREE HUGS.” T-shirts with the slogan are popular and there’s always someone at every big gathering wearing one with open arms.