Crikey Talks: How to fix democracy

Details Jo Dyer made headlines last year after advocating for her friend Kate, who accused former attorney-general Christian Porter of raping her during their high school years. Porter strenuously denies the allegations. Dyer’s pressured the government to address her late friends’ allegations and hold a proper inquiry. Disheartened with the government’s poor response and years … Read more

‘Failure for Australians’: People of faith ‘unprotected’ after religious bill shelved

Liberal MP Jason Falinski says Australians of belief “remain unprotected under the law” after the government shelved the controversial religious discrimination bill. “This is an open and tolerant society, we have protections under law on issues of gender, disability, sexuality – and that should be … extended to freedom of thought, freedom of belief and … Read more

Ben Roberts-Smith’s SAS accuser told Nine journalists different story: court told

One of Ben Roberts-Smith’s central accusers initially told journalists a different SAS soldier was responsible for an alleged war crime murder, a court has heard. The SAS witness, dubbed “a liar” by Mr Roberts-Smith’s lawyers, has also denied he told journalists the Victoria Cross recipient was “up the river” like Colonel Kurtz from the movie … Read more

New mutual aid fund at the school near the Fairmount fire aims to help families — and combat student inequity

Love Philly? Sign up for the free Billy Penn newsletter to get everything you need to know about Philadelphia, every day. The rowhome fire that took 12 lives in Fairmount last week inspired the friends group at the nearby school to formalize its outreach efforts with a new mutual aid fund. Created by Friends of … Read more

Duluth’s mask mandate to expire Saturday

Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Duluth’s mask mandate expires Saturday. The University of Minnesota unveiled a new wastewater dashboard that shows levels of coronavirus detected in wastewater in various regions around the state. a menards in Golden Valley was fined $25,000 by OSHA over the death of an employee who … Read more

10 Nerdy Things to Do This February in Metro Phoenix

The selection of nerd-friendly activities happening in the Valley in February is nothing if not diverse. To wit: Over the next few weeks, you can score rare books, learn about quilting, pilot a decorated shopping cart while dressed in costume, or even hail Satan. Plus, there’s the chance to meet the actor behind Krrsantan from … Read more

How to combat seasonal affective disorder

With low temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight during the colder months, it’s not unusual for people to be feeling a little gloomier than they normally would. However, if you experience persistent sadness during this time of year, it might be more than just a case of the “winter blues.” Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, … Read more