"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has dropped a series of “emergency” regulations around abortion providers that would have shuttered many of the clinics in the state.
As Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check reports, the announcement came less than 24 hours before a public hearing on the new rules.
“The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is rescinding its November 2013 emergency rule for outpatient abortion facilities licensing standards,” spokesperson Olivia Watkins said in a statement on the decision. “The Department will reissue a revised rule and notice of intent at a later date.”
Like similar measures passed by lawmakers in Texas and elsewhere, the DHH regulations would have shuttered clinics through a series of arbitrary requirements about paperwork and the size of the facilities. A previous version of the regulations included a mandatory blood test that would have imposed a 30-day waiting period for women seeking an abortion.
Reproductive justice advocates from across the state had gathered in Baton Rouge for the Tuesday hearing, and are now planning a rally to celebrate the DHH announcement.
“DHH tried to derail this movement by canceling the hearing late in the evening,” said New Orleans Abortion Fund board member Amy Irvin in a press release. “NOAF will continue to hold DHH and all Louisiana officials accountable for transparent, democratic proceedings that are done in good faith.”
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)