TWO MEN ESCAPE WASHINGTON PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
(CNN) Two dangerous men have escaped a psychiatric hospital in Lakewood, Washington. 28-year old Anthony Garver and 58-year old Mark Alexander Adams were committed for mental illness treatment at Western State Hospital after being found not competent for charges of violent crimes. They were reported missing late last evening, and authorities speculate the two escaped through a loose window. Local transportation has been notified to be on watch, and Lakewood Police Department urges people to call 911 for any sightings or information on the suspects.
*UPDATE* Adams was spotted taking a bus from Lakewood to the Federal Way Transit Center and arrived there at approximately 10:30 p.m. Lakewood Police Department have taken him back to Western State Hospital. Garver is still unaccounted for. (City of Lakewood, Facebook).
PAYPAL LEAVES NORTH CAROLINA
(PayPal) In response to North Carolina’s new legislation that denies protection of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens, PayPal has canceled all plans for a global operations center in Charlotte. President and CEO Dan Schulman released a statement on the company website stating, “This decision reflects PayPal’s deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect.” The Charlotte center was announced two weeks ago and had promised to serve 400 employees. Lawmakers alike are scrambling to prevent any further economic loss, but PayPal isn’t the only company packing up and leaving. Lionsgate Entertainment is pulling production of a new Hulu show based in Charlotte.
KESHA APPEAL DENIED IN COURT
(BBC) A New York judge has denied an appeal from a February case that dismissed claims that the pop singer Kesha is a “slave” to Sony Records. According to BBC, Kesha has accused her former producer, Dr. Luke, of sexually and emotionally abusing her. Her lawyers claimed Kesha was a victim of a hate crime, to which Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich responded that rape is not an act of gender-hatred.
TENNESSEE MAY CLAIM THE BIBLE AS STATE BOOK
(NBC) In a nation heavily influenced by Puritanical beliefs, Tennessee may soon be the first state to claim the bible as its official state book. On Monday, state senate approved a measure to do so with a 19-8 vote. According to NBC, Governor Bill Haslam said the bill wasn’t respectful to the religious texts, and the state’s Attorney General released a statement last year saying that the bill would violate the first and third amendment rights of the constitution by giving precedence to a religious institution. Governor Haslam has 10 days to sign or veto the bill.
Featured Image Credit: KOMO News, Tracy Vedder, April 24th, 2014