HC Wake-Up Call: Remains of 63 Fetuses Have Been Found at Funeral Homes In Detroit, Justice Department Trying to Block Young People from Suing Over Climate Change, & Dozens Injured After Floor Collapses at a Apartment Party

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds — we’re all only human, after all. 

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.) 

Remains of 63 Fetuses Have Been Found at Funeral Homes In Detroit 

The remains of 63 fetuses were found at a Detroit funeral home on Friday, according to the Detroit Police Department. It is the second discovery in the city in the same week. 

According to Detroit Police, 36 fetuses were discovered in boxes, and 27 were found in the freezer at the Perry Funeral Home. The funeral home is now under investigation by police for mishandling remains and fraud, and the property has since been closed. 

“I’m stunned,” said Detroit police chief James Craig. “My team is stunned. God help those families.” 

The discovery came one week after police found the remains of 11 infants or fetuses at another funeral home in Detroit, Cantrell Funeral Home. Both discoveries have led to a widening investigation into alleged mishandlings at local funeral homes. 

According to The Detroit News, law enforcement agencies are considering forming a special task force to investigate the improper storage of remains and fraud. 

“This is larger than we might know,” Craig said. “These are allegations at this point, but it’s very, very disturbing. I’ve never seen anything like it in 41-and-a-half years (as a police officer).”

Justice Department Trying to Block Young People from Suing Over Climate Change

The Justice Department challenged a climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young people who claim the federal government hasn’t acted on climate change. The lawsuit goes to trial in over a week. 

According to NBC News, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to step in and block a federal district court in Oregon from hearing the case. In court documents filed on Thursday, it called to end a “profoundly misguided suit,” and argued that the lower court “declined to meaningfully narrow respondents’ claims.” The court instead pushed the case to trial, which is scheduled on October 29. 

Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 by a group of 21 youths between ages 10 to 21 years old, who claimed that the federal government violated their Fifth Amendment rights to life, liberty, and property by not acting on climate change and instead promoting fossil fuels despite allegedly knowing the dangers of carbon pollution. 

They argued that they have the right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life,” and allege the federal government hinders that by not reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 

The Justice Department argued in return that the youths complaints represented “generalized grievances” and not “an invasion of legally protected interest.” They also claim that the lawsuit “cannot establish that the government policies they challenge...cause their assert injuries.” 

Dozens Injured After Floor Collapses at a Apartment Party 

At least 30 people injured after a floor collapsed at an apartment clubhouse in Clemson, South Carolina

A group of Clemson University students and local residents were jumping and dancing at the homecoming party hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, when the floor suddenly gave way. Luckily, no individuals were trapped or suffered life-threatening injuries, according to CNN. Most were sent to the hospital with broken bones and lacerations. 

Jaylen Adams told CNN that when people jumped to the music, he felt the floor going up and down like a trampoline. He told his friends to go to the balcony instead, but the floor broke before they could. 

“They weren’t hurt at all but other people were crying, bleeding, it was just a shocking moment for everyone,” Adams told CNN. “They then evacuated everyone and ambulances and a helicopter came for all the injured individuals.” 

What to Look Out For…. 

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