What You Missed: Earth-Size Planets Found, Transgender Rights, and More

In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute. 

Scientists discovered seven Earth-size planets, orbiting a dwarf star called Trappist-1, some 40 light years away.

The planets may even support life, as there’s potentially liquid water on their rocky surface. But scientists need to study their atmospheres more before determining whether that’s a possibility. Read the story from The AP. 

Transgender Rights

The Trump administration is revoking federal guidelines that allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, rather than what’s on their birth certificate. The reversal is a major setback, according to LGBT rights groups; they say that the guidelines are necessary to protect students from discrimination. Read the story from The AP. 

Cemetery Cleanup

Vandals badly damaged a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis over the weekend. And now support is rolling in to help clean up the mess. Read the story from The AP. 

What Book You Missed

Mark Shaw, a legal analyst for CNN, USA Today, and ESPN, stopped by Scribd today to discuss his newest book: The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. This gripping true story investigates the mysterious death of Dorothy Kilgallen, a reporter and journalist famous for her role on the TV show What’s My Line. After Kilgallen started writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination, she died suddenly under suspicious circumstances, and her death — and the questions she raised about the president’s death — were never investigated. A real-life whodunit, filled with larger-than-life suspects like Frank Sinatra and J. Edgar Hoover, this book raises many questions and gives a smart and fascinating woman her due.