The Hit List: March 8, 2019

  1. Fourth grader William McLeod was forced by his teacher to rinse the ash off his forehead he received during Ash Wednesday mass this week. He says he was the only student with the religious mark that day, and the teacher made him clean it off, despite the student’s protests. The boy’s mother tells Fox13 Utah, “I asked her if she read the Constitution with the First Amendment, and she said, ‘No,’” referring to the teacher. The teacher has since apologized after the principal intervened.
  2. Chelsea Manning — the wikileaks leaker — has not complied with a subpoena and could be headed back behind bars on a contempt charge. No word on what the subpoena was looking for, but she did try to get is quashed.
  3. There have been an estimated 72,000 illegal border crossings so far in 2019. Breitbart estimates the total number will hit 840,000 this year, triple the number in 2017. Department of Homeland Security takes a more dire view, estimating 900,000 illegal border crossings.
  4. Rap gets a bad name for its misogynist and violent lyrics, but a new study reveals pop hits aren’t any better. Analyzing songs across genres from 2006 to 2016, researchers found near identical levels of “violence, profanity, misogyny, and gender-role references,” according to the Missouri School of Journalism study.
  5. Dozens of employees at the hospital where Jussie Smollett was treated for the injuries in his made-up attack have been fired for viewing his patient file. But one employee who was canned is fighting back; she says she never went looking for it and may have scrolled through it while looking for other names. She’s just one of many who have recently been let go, often with little to no explanation.
  6. Parisian residents of Rue Cremieux are sick of social media tourists clogging their carless, cobblestone street. The iconic rue features pastel-colored homes, and has been the site of music videos as well as thousands of tourists posting snaps to Instagram. Residents are asking for the installation of a security gate to block out the loud picture-takers during evenings and weekends.
  7. A Philadelphia city ordinance will require all retailers to accept cash payments beginning in July, as touchless, digital, and card payments grow in popularity. The move is designed to keep access to retail open to low-income residents. The New York and New Jersey state legislatures have considered similar proposals. Massachusetts requires the acceptance of cash by law.
  8. Dallas drivers like to go fast. Despite an 85 mile-an-hour speed limit in some spots, 228 tickets were issued in 2018 for drivers exceeding 120 miles an hour. The Dallas News reports, “The fastest on the list was the driver of a Porsche 911 who was cited for 166 in a 75 mph speed zone in Carson County.”
  9. The first all-female spacewalk will happen later this month. On March 29, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will exit the International Space Station for projects. On the ground managing the efforts will be Kristen Faccio from Canada’s space agency.