The “Lightsaber Battle" that caused a stir last year at Sue Bierman Park is back, this time with new branding and a new venue. After Disney’s Lucasfilm filed a cease-and-desist notice followed by three months of negotiation, the company behind the public event, Newmindspace, settled out of court. “It was terrible. I’ve never been the target of a major corporation like that,” says Newmindspace co-founder Kevin Bracken. “They wanted us to stop doing any events with any lighted swords at all. They wanted us to destroy all of our inventory—we’re talking like tens of thousands of these swords."
The number of people at Brian and Laura Smart’s San Jose home has been steadily growing since February. By June, it reached six adults: Brian’s parents, Laura’s mother and an au pair. They’re all part of a makeshift medical team aimed at keeping Noah, Brian and Laura’s one-year-old son, alive. Last July, Noah was born with Shone’s Complex, a rare congenital heart disease. In February, he suffered a stroke during a surgical procedure, which further disabled him. Noah is now dependent on a ventilator and a gastric tube, and he takes nine medications every day.
At least seven people are dead and 12 are injured after a car collided with a Metro-North train in Westchester. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says at around at 6:30 p.m., a #659 train coming from Grand Central Station hit a black Jeep Cherokee at Commerce Street in Valhalla. Mount Pleasant police say the first car of the train caught fire following the collision.
Sighs of relief filled the courtroom on May 10 at the trial against former dictator Efrain Ríos Montt in Guatemala City. They were not just celebrating retribution for past injustices but an era to come. Ríos Montt was the first person to be tried and convicted of genocide in the courts of the country where his crimes were perpetrated. His conviction signaled the beginning of the end of long-held, deep-seated impunity in Guatemala.