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Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Students ask the media to publicize their images if they die in a shooting, a prison in Mississippi will replace in-person visits with low-budget Skype, and a minor planet gets its name.
An ID tag that gives the press permission to publish photos of gun-related deaths from a student-led initiative to reduce gun violence.

An ID tag that gives the press permission to publish photos of gun-related deaths from a student-led initiative to reduce gun violence.

This week at Pacific Standard, we brought you stories on the possible downsides of Tylenol, the six-week abortion bills dominating conservative state legislatures, and the cost of capturing the first-ever image of a black hole.

But it's been a busy week, from the president expediting pipeline construction, to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen resigning, and we couldn't cover everything. Here are a few more stories that interested us.

A Sticker Gives the Press Permission to Publicize a Shooting Victim's Image

After every mass shooting in America come the offers of "thoughts and prayers" and the inevitable calls not to politicize the tragedy. But a new student activist-led initiative would give the press permission to do just that. Placed on the back of an ID, their sticker reads, "In the event that I die from gun violence, please publicize the photo of my death."

Poynter reported this week that students from Columbine High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and others started this campaign, called "#MyLastShot," to force the public to pay attention to the costs of gun violence, in the same way that images of Emmett Till and the injured Syrian boy sparked outrage.

More Prisons Are Banning In-Person Visits

Many prisons have already cut down on in-person visits, requiring family members to travel long distances or shortening the allotted visitation time. But as Ars Technica reports, the rise of video calling services is leading some prisons to ban face-to-face visitation entirely.

Starting on Monday, prisoners in Lowndes County, Mississippi, who want to see their family or friends may only do so over the prison's video chat, which is both expensive and of poor quality. According to estimates from the Private Prison Initiative, first reported in the Guardian, at least 600 prisons in the United States have installed video services, with more on the way.

A Minor Planet Gets Its Name (With Your Help)

Not to be eclipsed by the photogenic black hole in galaxy Messier 87, the astronomers who discovered a minor planet at the edges of our solar system asked the public to help name it this week. "We know enough about it now where we think we can give it a fitting name," Meg Schwamb, the researcher who discovered the minor planet in 2007, said in a phone interview with the New York Times.

Before they could be stuck with Planet McPlanetface, however, the discoverers drafted three options, all derived from gods and goddesses: Gonggong, Holle, and Vili. The voting closes on May 10th.