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A round-up the essential news to know from the past week.

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Illustration by Amber Huff.

Illustration by Amber Huff.

Texas Students Use Dildos to Protest New Campus Carry Law 

“You’re packin’ heat, I’m packin’ meat,” read a sign carried by student Miguel Robles, 19, on the first day of classes at the University of Texas, Austin. He was a part of the Cocks Not Glocks protest campaign at the University, where students publicly carried dildos in protest of the new Campus Carry law. The law permits licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public and private university campuses.

The Texas legislature passed a law last year authorizing individuals with a license to openly carry their weapons in places they once had them concealed. “Unconcealed handguns, loaded or unloaded, must be carried in a shoulder or belt holster,” reads the Texas Department of Public Safety website. This law went into effect January 1; a law specific to college campuses went into effect August 1 — it allows those with a license to carry a concealed handgun on all public or private university campuses.

Ana López, vice president of Students Against Campus Carry and Austin representative for Cocks Not Glocks, told the Daily Texan about the campaign’s long-term purpose. “Campus carry is not going to go away, and consequences may only get worse. As long as there will be concealed handguns in backpacks there will be openly carried dildos right next to them,” said López.


Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” Coming to Chicago

Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and maker of Broadway’s hit musical “Hamilton,” will be in town September 23 for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Miranda, who has won a Pulitzer Prize and is a MacArthur genius-grant recipient, will be having a conversation with the Chicago Tribune’s theater critic, Chris Jones, at the Lyric Opera House. Click here for tickets.


Tornadoes Touch Down in Indiana

Tornadoes touched down in Indiana last Wednesday, causing massive power-outages and damaged homes. There were no deaths or serious injuries, although a Starbucks did get flattened in Kokomo.


Illustration by Amber Huff.

Illustration by Amber Huff.

Police Investigate Reports of Clowns Luring Children Into the Woods

Although it may sound like the beginning of an episode of “American Horror Story,” concerned residents of a South Carolina community have reported menacing clowns lurking in the woods.


The Greenville Police Department said they have open cases into these creepy clown sightings. The main concern, however, is reports of the clowns trying to lure children into the woods. A letter from the property manager of the apartment complex (where the clowns were first reported) alerted residents to the issue:

There has been […] a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children, or trying to lure children, in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments children’s safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night.

The police have yet to verify these reports, although Inside Edition reported that a man already got a photograph of one of the suspects. “Yes, the clown picture is real, and no, I didn’t stop to ask questions, I got the fuck out of there,” the man wrote along with the posted photo.

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