A miscarriage of justice, gagged babies and more

A collection of sad news stories that may make you question the theory of evolution.

By Carol Lloyd
Published February 2, 2007 1:30AM (EST)

The Kansas City Star: A woman has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Kansas City police, who arrested her for false temporary license plates and carted her off to jail even after she told them she was in the midst of miscarriage. After 12 hours spent in jail pleading for medical treatment, bleeding and being given several changes of pants, she was taken to the hospital, where she gave birth to her baby five months prematurely. The baby died soon after it was born.

The Boston Globe: A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that pollution substantially raises old women's heart disease risk. At a time when the federal government is actually lowering standards, perhaps it's time for the Red Hat Society to turn revolutionary and storm an EPA office.

New York Times blog the Lede: A depressing scandal has broken in Russia, involving gagged newborn orphans at a hospital. A mother whose baby was in the hospital noticed another baby's muffled cries, saw that a nurse had gagged an infant's mouth with sticking plaster and took pictures of the incident with her cellphone. As reported by the BBC, the pictures have launched a criminal investigation into the hospital. The prosecution has alleged the act wasn't an anomaly but a systematic practice within the institution.

New York Times: Breaking news regarding a new trend in pampering: Specialized spa treatments for little girls. Full princess package including facial, pedicure and manicure? Only $175.

War Room: Here's a truly dark development in human history. The Landmark Legal Foundation has nominated Rush Limbaugh for the Nobel Peace Prize. As Molly Ivins might have put it: It's enough to gag a maggot.

Carol Lloyd

Carol Lloyd is currently at work on a book about the gentrification wars in San Francisco's Mission District.

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