Former Kentucky Gov. Bevin pardoned a child rapist. One of his reasons: The 9-year-old victim’s hymen was intact

(CNN)In his final days in office, former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued hundreds of pardons and commutations to people he said he would not hesitate to welcome as neighbors, co-workers or members of his church. “Both their hymens were intact,” Bevin said. “This is perhaps more specific than people would want, but trust me, if you had been repeatedly sexually violated as a small child by an adult, there are going to be repercussions of that physically and medically.” His claim was made despite expert studies showing most child victims do not show evidence of physical damage and that examination of the tissue is not a reliable test of sexual activity. In fact, a 2012 study by the peer-reviewed journal …

The Clarence Thomas myth that refuses to die

(CNN)It’s the horror movie villain that won’t die, the pop song you can’t get out of your head, the out-of-town guest that just won’t leave. It’s the notion that black people despise Clarence Thomas because he’s a conservative. It’s not only a myth but a con. Here’s why it matters now. We are about to hear a lot about, and from, the only black member of the US Supreme Court. A new Thomas biography, “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas,” is generating buzz. A new PBS documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” comes out next year. And a Washington Post writer recently dedicated an entire column to Thomas, calling him “an American hero.” It’s all adding up to …

Greta Thunberg, teen climate activist, is getting a huge mural in downtown San Francisco

(CNN)The Bay Area has many murals, with images of everyone from Robin Williams to Nipsey Hussle gracing its buildings. It’s enough to make anyone stop and consider their environmental impact. And that’s kind of the point, said Paul Scott, executive director of OneAtmosphere.org — the nonprofit that’s funding the project. The organization wanted to focus on art celebrating climate activists, Scott told CNN. When brainstorming people to feature, Thunberg was the first person that came to mind. “If we can amplify her message and get more people involved and listening to what she’s saying, then we’re doing some good,” he said. The overall feedback has been incredibly positive, he said. But the most critical reactions have been from those who …

A teenager won a $25,000 award for inventing a solution to eliminate blind spots for cars

(CNN)A 14-year-old from West Grove, Pennsylvania, won a $25,000 prize for creating a prototype designed to eliminate a car’s blind spots. Gassler’s project uses a webcam, projector, 3D printed adapter and retroreflective fabric to make a car’s A-pillars invisible by displaying the image of the blind spot behind them onto the pillar. First, a webcam is attached to the car onto the A-pillar. Then, a projector mounted on the roof inside the car is used to display the images from the webcam. Gassler also 3D printed a special piece to allow the projector to focus at close range. The teen used retroreflective fabric to cover the A-pillar to allow light from the projector to reflect back onto the light source, …