Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Women march against ICE, new clues arise in an environmental crime mystery, and grieving journalists keep on writing.
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Capital Gazette reporter Chase Cook (right) and photographer Joshua McKerrow work on the next day's issue while awaiting news from their colleagues in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28th, 2018.

Capital Gazette reporter Chase Cook (right) and photographer Joshua McKerrow work on the next day's issue while awaiting news from their colleagues in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28th, 2018.

This week at Pacific Standard, we brought you inside the "Occupy Immigration and Customs Enforcement" movement; showed you what happens when a "wildfire wedding photo" goes viral; and helped you get acquainted with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old community organizer who won a Democratic primary in New York in a huge upset.

But this week, as is so often the case, there's been way more going on than one small newsroom can cover in full. Here are a few more stories we've been watching.

Hundreds of Women Marched in Washington, D.C., to Protest the Trump Administration's Immigration Policies

Using the hashtag #WomenDisobey, women on Thursday gathered in D.C. to oppose the "zero tolerance" policy put in place by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Protesters called for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be abolished and and demanded an end to family detention. "We will put our bodies on the line because we will not allow history to repeat itself," political activist Winnie Wong wrote in the Guardian on the day of the protest. Nearly 600 protesters were arrested, including actress Susan Sarandon, DCist reports.

Clues Point to China as the Source of Rogue Atmospheric Emissions

Remember back in May when we mentioned that mysterious rise in emissions of a banned, ozone-depleting chemical? Well, according to an investigation by the New York Times, several clues point to Xingfu, an industrial town in rural China, as the source of the spike. "They never told us until last year that it was damaging the atmosphere," the owner of a refrigerator factory in Xingfu said of local factories' continued use of CFC-11. "Nobody came to check what we were using, so we thought it was O.K."

The Environmental Investigation Agency, an environmental watchdog group, has identified eight Chinese factories using CFC-11. "The scale of this environmental crime is devastating with massive potential impact on the climate and the ozone layer," Executive Director Alexander von Bismarck said in a statement.

The Capital Gazette Published a Newspaper the Day After a Shooting Took the Lives of Five Staffers

After five of their colleagues were killed and two others wounded in a shooting at their newsroom, staff at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, pulled together to produce their usual Friday newspaper. The paper's opinion page was left blank, containing only a commemoration of the victims of Thursday's shootings. "Today, we are speechless," the page reads. "Tomorrow this page will return to its steady purpose of offering our readers informed opinion about the world around them, that they might be better citizens."

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