Chick-fil-A with a Side of Politics: A chicken sandwich with pickles became a political symbol over same sex-marriage as thousands of supporters and critics of gay marriage hit the street on Wednesday to demonstrate their stance on the polarizing issue. The lines at some fast-food locations snaked around the restaurant, while crowds of critics held handwritten signs that read: "Cluck off," according to a story in the Los Angeles Times.
Ex-inmate Can Sue State: The heat could reach as high as 130 degrees, and the dormitory in which a 64-year-old inmate slept had sealed windows. On Monday, a judgeI ruled that the former Texas inmate, who was jailed on a parole violation for 16 months, can sue the state, The Huffington Post reports.
Mississippi Church Blocks Nuptials of Black Couple: The first black leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Rev. Fred Luter, said the decision by a Mississippi church to not marry a black couple was an isolated incident. NBC News.com reports that a small group at the church objected to the couple marrying at the church. "What we need to learn from it is that we need to talk about our membership issues," Luter said, according to the story.
Poor Moms Overdiagnosed With Anxiety Disorder: Health providers tend to overdiagnose low-income mothers with generalized anxiety disorder, a condition that occurs when a person worries excessively about events in their everyday life, according to a story at HealthyCal.org. Emotional distressed tied to poverty, loss of a job, and housing issues can lead health care providers to incorrectly diagnose a person with the disorder.
Immigration Lawyer Gone Rogue? A South Florida immigration lawyer faces federal charges for allegedly submitting fraudulent documents to help six foreign nationals obtain permanent residency, The Miami Herald reports. The lawyer, who was arrested earlier this week, was released on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, the attorney could spend 10 years in federal prison, according to the article.
Black Business Owners Worry About Wage Hike: Sen. Tom Harkin's Rebuild America Act has gotten support from some sectors of the business community. It would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour by 85 cents a year for three consecutive years, but a group of black business owners worries that the jump could hurt their businesses, according to a story at Afro.com. One business owner at an eatery said he'd either have to lay off staff or raise his prices to absorb the estimated 27 percent wage increase.
This article is part of our Next America: Communities project, which is supported by a grant from Emerson Collective.