Round Up Friday – Week of June 6th – June 10th

Friday Round-Up May 23rd – 27th

California’s End of Life Option Act Goes into Effect

On Thursday California’s End of Life Option Act went into effect. The act allows for terminally ill patients to request assistance in dying. The patient must not have longer than 6 months to live, give two verbal requests for the medication at least 15 days apart as well as a written request with two witnesses. The patient must also be able to self-administer the drug. California joins Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana with end of life laws.

University of Calgary (Canada) Hit with Ransomware

The University of Calgary paid 20,000 Canadian dollars in bit-coins (roughly $15,000) to undo damage caused by a cyber-attack known as ransomware. The virus caused emails and other files to become encrypted. The attack happened last month and the university is still assessing the damage. Experts warn that attacks using ransomware are on the rise; In February Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $17,000 to get information back from hackers using ransomware.

Right to Carry Concealed Weapon in California Shot Down

In a judgement by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, individuals must obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public. California hand gun laws are some if the toughest in the country and this ruling reverses a 2014 ruling that the permit requirement for concealed weapons in public was unconstitutional, violating the 2nd amendment. This ruling states that the requirement of a permit is not in violation of the 2nd amendment. This ruling is valid for all the territories in the 9th Circuit (Alaska, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Nevada).

‘20 minutes of action’: father defends Stanford student son convicted of sexual assault

Brock Turner, a former swimmer at Stanford University, was on Thursday sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. The 20-year-old from Dayton, Ohio – who was convicted of three felonies, including assault with intent to rape – faced a maximum of 14 years in prison. But Turner was expected to spend only three months of a six-month sentence in county jail after the judge, Aaron Persky, said positive character references and lack of a criminal record had persuaded him to be more lenient.

Obama offers a formal endorsement of Clinton; president also meets with Sanders

President Obama offered his formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton with a video Thursday and plans to campaign with the former secretary of state in Wisconsin next week, efforts aimed at speeding the Democratic Party’s unification around its presumed presidential nominee. Bernie Sanders has been under pressure to stand down and help unify the party after a long and contentious contest with Clinton for the nomination. One of Obama’s tasks will be to try to rally those who have backed Sanders behind Clinton’s candidacy.