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1L loses Supreme Court case

Despite the best efforts of 1L Joshua Davey, or in reality his lawyers, the Supreme Court was unconvinced that the states should be prevented from withholding public scholarship money from students pursuing religious studies.

The 7-2 decision, with the Scalia-Thomas duo dissenting, found that Washington State’s Promise Scholarship Program “imposes neither criminal nor civil sanctions on any type of religious service or rite” nor “den[ies] to ministers the right to participate in the political affairs of the community,” according to the New York Times.

Davey brought suit against Gov. Gary Locke after he was denied funding by Washington State because he had chosen to major in pastoral ministry. He sued claiming the program was an unconstitutional burden on the free exercise of religion.

The case was Locke v. Davey.

Dog’s mouth proven to be dirtier (actual story), leading to call for dog bans throughout the country (Record spin)

In the latest battle over whether dogs or cats are better animals generally, and better pets specifically, a fifth-grader at Turtle Mountain Elementary School in Belcourt, North Dakota, proved that her two dogs have more bacteria in their mouths than her two cats, according to the Associated Press. Lacey said that the increased bacterium in her dog’s mouth was probably because it chewed things outside; but, she continued, “On the other hand the indoor cat is dirtier than the cat that spends most of its time outdoors,” according to remarks published by the Associated Press.

Dog lovers should use this as a reason to get rid of their dogs and adopt only cats.

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