News of the Weird: Sue Thyself

The Utah Court of Appeals ruled in February that Barbara Bagley has a legal right to sue herself for her own negligent driving that caused the death of her husband. Typically, in U.S. courts, a party cannot profit from its own negligence, but Bagley is the official “representative” administering her husband’s estate and has a duty to claim debts owed to the husband. Those debts would include “wrongful death” damages from a careless...

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From Our Readers, March 5-11, 2015: No room for transphobic language; Eat less meat and dairy to fight climate change

No room for transphobic language in Advocate I’m concerned with the conversation I’ve seen the last few weeks around Mount Holyoke’s student theatre group’s decision to present The Student Body, in place of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. On a community level, I think we should be proud of Mount Holyoke’s students for thinking critically and wanting to take their creative expression of feminism to a deeper and richer standpoint...

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Dive! Five unpolished gems with cheap drinks and charm to spare.
Mar03

Dive! Five unpolished gems with cheap drinks and charm to spare.

Everyone has a favorite dive bar; a place you can go in your old jeans and sweater, have a beer for under $3 and watch some “Wheel of Fortune” with townies looking to unwind. Dive bars — and we use the term lovingly — tend to be physically and metaphysically secluded. Signs are minimal and the website, if it even exists, barely functions. The good ones are tucked away like unpolished backstreet gems. Last week, Advocate writers took...

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Ramping Up Blarney: Last year’s blowout ended in chaos — what will this year’s bring? Ask Fade and Yik-Yak.
Mar03

Ramping Up Blarney: Last year’s blowout ended in chaos — what will this year’s bring? Ask Fade and Yik-Yak.

Last year, social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram led Blarney Blowout revelers from one epic bash to another, leaving destruction and empty beer cans in their wake. Social media has changed the way the masses gather. Real-time tweets enable wandering revelers to unite under common hashtags. “It was like an amoeba, like a huge school of drunk fish,” UMass senior Brad Finn says of the crowd that formed during Blarney...

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Death and Cake: At ‘death cafes’ people discuss death in order to live better
Mar03

Death and Cake: At ‘death cafes’ people discuss death in order to live better

At a recent gathering in a second-story studio in downtown Northampton, Daniel Lombardo of Westhampton read a story about twin fetuses discussing life after birth. One thinks there will be life after delivery, related Lombardo, while the other isn’t so sure. “Nonsense,” says the naysayer. “What kind of life would that be?” “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here,” the other replies. “Maybe we will walk with our legs and...

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Our Martians: 100 people picked to go on a one-way trip to Mars are already a little alien
Mar03

Our Martians: 100 people picked to go on a one-way trip to Mars are already a little alien

I stood in the below-zero wind, my dog circling — quickly — to find the right spot. High above the blue glow of moon on snow, far Jupiter shone. It went crisply about its business of marching at barely perceptible speed, of turning its eye upon us. Someone trundled by on the street, their high-beams making it suddenly impossible to see Jupiter’s cold cousins, those starry points made of light that took ages to cross the sky and shine...

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