{FD} Cuomo order against defunct NC bathroom bill means swim team must stay in another state

Athlete swimmers from a group of colleges in Upstate New York may be at a severe disadvantage at this month's NCAA championship in North Carolina thanks to a 2016 executive order signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in response to the southern state's transgender "bathroom ban" that was repealed two years ago. Over a dozen students from across three schools under the State University of New York (SUNY) system qualified for the Division III Swimming Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, but under the current order from Albany, which bans publically funded travel to the Tar Heel State, the team will have to stay over an hour away from the competition site in neighboring Virginia.

{FD} Military contractor KBR files motion with Supreme Court in attempt to nix burn pit review

Military contractor Kellogg, Brown, and Root has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to throw out multiple lawsuits filed by veterans who say they were made sick from Burn Pits the company used for waste disposal on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

{FD} LA college district abolishes free speech zones as part of lawsuit settlement

A Los Angeles college student who sued his school for allegedly curbing his right to free speech after preventing him from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution was vindicated in a court of law this week. The Los Angeles Community College District agreed on Wednesday to settle a lawsuit filed against them last year by  student Kevin Shaw after he was barred from passing out copies of the document because he wasn’t in the school’s designated “free speech zone,” which measured 616 square feet or about the size of three parking spaces.

{FD} Decorated Vermont veteran exposed to burn pits dies after cancer fight

The top-ranking official from the Vermont National Guard whose family believes that his diagnosis of an aggressive form of cancer was due to his exposure to burn pits, passed away on Wednesday. Brigadier General Michael T. Heston, who also was one of the highest ranking members of his state’s National Guard when he served as Assistant Adjutant General, succumbed to Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer on Thursday—just days after stopping treatment and being placed in home hospice care with his family.