June 22, 2016

A Hispanic man, identified only as “Miguel,” came forward as a lover of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen to claim the attacks were less an expression of radicalized Islam than a grudge against gay Latinos. “This crazy horrible thing he did, it was a revenge,” said the man, who wore a mask and had his voice altered to appear on Univision. “I told the FBI, if you’re a terrorist and you really want to kill a lot of people, you don’t go to Pulse. . . . He hated gay Puerto Ricans for all the bad things they [did] to him.” According to the man, one bad thing was an HIV scare following an encounter with a Puerto Rican man who was HIV-positive. Before the massacre, Miguel found Mateen “adorable and sweet.”

Citing James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke with the majority of the court in Utah v. Strieff, a case deciding whether evidence collected unlawfully by a police officer can be used as evidence in court. Read the full text of her dissent here.

The Intercept reports that technology companies such as Facebook and Yahoo have been rejecting FBI requests for access to subscribers’ emails and browsing histories for years.

Dan Brown

Dan Brown

Cracker of The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown has donated 300,000 euros to Holland’s Ritman Library, aka the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, as a token of gratitude, having relied on the library’s deep troves of Hermetica, alchemy, Rosicrucians, and Kabbala to research the many mystical themes of his novels. Brown announced the gift in a YouTube video in which the author emerges through a secret door—a revolving bookcase of all-Brown titles—in his own home library. “Few of [Brown’s] plots are as cunningly labyrinthine as his home in New Hampshire,” according to The Telegraph. “A large painting on a wall conceals the entrance to Brown’s study, which he calls the Fortress of Gratitude.” Brown’s gift will go toward the Ritman’s digitization project, which aims to make its recondite collections accessible to the wider world.

Disney’s 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy movie Frozen, based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, returns to book form with a sequel. Journey to the Lights, to be published by Random House in July, finds Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven, plus a new addition named Little Rock, less concerned with eternal winter than with dim and dimmer Northern Lights.

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