Entertainment

Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle

June 10, 2022
Billboard, Vulture, Variety
The context
Britney Spears's wedding to Sam Asghari is off to a dramatic start after a crashing attempt by her ex-husband.
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Background to the crash

  • Alexander was ultimately arrested for trespassing and was tackled by police. He was also arrested for an existing out-of-county warrant.
  • Spears and Alexander were briefly married while Britney was still under her conservatorship. Alexander claimed that Spears's team forced him to annul their marriage.
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Ex into wedding crasher

  • Britney Spears was briefly married to Jason Alexander in 2004.
  • She is set to marry her fiancé Sam Ashgari in an intimate service today.
  • Jason Alexander went live on Instagram, streaming his attempt to get into the wedding and her home.
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Who is Sam Asghari?

  • Spears and Asghari got engaged in 2021, shortly before she was released from her 13-year conservatorship in November.
  • The pair met on set for one of Spears's music videos in 2016.
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Rust Settlement

October 5, 2022
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The context
The family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of 'Rust' has settled a lawsuit with Alec Baldwin.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Rust Settlement

The context
The family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of 'Rust' has settled a lawsuit with Alec Baldwin.
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Background

  • Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed when a gun misfired on the set of the film 'Rust.'
  • Her family filed a lawsuit which listed Alex Baldwin, who was holding the gun when it misfired, and other producers of the film.
  • Criminal charges may still be filed against Baldwin and the other producers.
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Settlement details

  • The lawsuit accused Baldwin and the other defendants of reckless conduct and of cost-cutting measures that put the crew in danger.
  • Hutchins was shot when Baldwin was practicing with a prop gun that was supposed to be unloaded.
  • The production of the movie will resume.
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Yates Wraps Up Investigation

October 3, 2022
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The context
The former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, on behalf of the US Soccer Federation, conducted an independent investigation into the systemic abuse and misconduct in women's professional soccer. The report, released today, shows that the National Women's Soccer League and USSF failed to provide a safe environment for players.
Entertainment
Monday, October 3, 2022

Yates Wraps Up Investigation

The context
The former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, on behalf of the US Soccer Federation, conducted an independent investigation into the systemic abuse and misconduct in women's professional soccer. The report, released today, shows that the National Women's Soccer League and USSF failed to provide a safe environment for players.
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Systemic failure

  • The report was based on over 200 interviews with current and former coaches, staffers, and players.
  • The conclusion of the investigation found systemic abuse and misconduct within women's soccer, including rampant sexual misconduct and the use of abusive language toward players.
  • The investigation concluded that there were no protections in place for players. Teams prioritized coaches over player safety and well-being.
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Conclusion

  • The report opens by revealing an undisclosed revelation that Chisty Holly, a manager of the Racing Louisville team until 2021, sexually abused a player, identified as Erin Simon. He would inappropriately touch Simon "for every pass" she made a mistake on.
  • The investigation was triggered by a report published by The Athletic in 2021, which revealed that former Portland Thorns manager Paul Riley told two players to kiss each other to get their team out of doing conditioning.
  • The Chicago Red Stars, the Portland Thorns, and Racing Louisville did not fully cooperate with the investigation, blocking access to relevant documents and tampering with witness testimony.
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The context
Kim Kardashian will pay a $1.26 million fine to settle charges from the SEC for promoting a crypto coin on her social media without disclosing that she was paid to do so.
Entertainment
Monday, October 3, 2022

Kim Kardashian's Cryptocurrency Blunder

The context
Kim Kardashian will pay a $1.26 million fine to settle charges from the SEC for promoting a crypto coin on her social media without disclosing that she was paid to do so.
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Instagram oopsie

  • The SEC charged Kardashian for violating US rules after she was paid $250,000 to post on her Instagram about a crypto coin from EthereumMax.
  • She promoted the EMAX tokens without disclosing that she had been paid to promote them.
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Regulation violation

  • The SEC has consistently warned people not to buy products like cryptocurrency coins or invest in companies just because a celebrity promotes them.
  • The SEC defines crypto tokens as investment products and, thus, subject to the rules and regulations under their oversight.
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Politics
May 19, 2022

This Week in Politics

The national formula shortage is finally starting to look up; a racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo left ten dead, and a Supreme Court leak shook the foundations of the court. 

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Ongoing: Formula Shortage

May 19th, 2022

The U.S. has been hit by an infant formula shortage, causing many parents and caregivers to panic as store shelves continue to thin. The formula shortage is due to a combination of factors, and federal help is on the way. 

Shooting in Buffalo Leaves Ten Dead

May 18th, 2022

Ten people were shot and killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The shooter, a white 18-year-old, targeted a predominantly black community and used a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle. 

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The context
President Biden announced a sweeping federal pardon of all simple marijuana possession convictions. In doing so, he pardoned thousands of people in the most extensive action the White House has ever undertaken regarding US drug policy.
Politics
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Biden's Marijuana Action

The context
President Biden announced a sweeping federal pardon of all simple marijuana possession convictions. In doing so, he pardoned thousands of people in the most extensive action the White House has ever undertaken regarding US drug policy.
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Pardons

  • President Biden granted a sweeping pardon to all Americans convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law.
  • President Biden wants to change the classification of cannabis to a Schedule II drug, which would make it easier to legalize and decriminalize.
  • He encouraged states to take similar action for those imprisoned for state offenses of marijuana possession.
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Next steps

  • Biden's announcement called for further review and reevaluation of federal marijuana legislation.
  • The action will pardon 6,500 people who were convicted of federal charges of simple possession from 1992-2022 nationally and thousands more from the District of Columbia.
  • The now-pardoned people will be able to apply for a certificate of pardon to use to apply for jobs, schools, or loans.
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Technology

Gaga for Google Day

October 6, 2022
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The context
Google revealed new details about the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch at the Pixel event today in Brooklyn.
Technology
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Gaga for Google Day

The context
Google revealed new details about the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch at the Pixel event today in Brooklyn.
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Pixel tablet

  • One of the devices unveiled today is the Pixel Slate.
  • The device features a larger screen and partnerships with key developers to design apps specially designed for the tablet.
  • The tablet is designed to be the final addition to the Pixel family.
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Pixel Watch

  • The Google Pixel Watch features a curved glass display, a techy look, and a flat side button.
  • The watch is relatively small.
  • Buyers won't be able to buy new bands from third-party vendors.
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Google Pixel

  • The new Google Pixel phones include camera upgrades like improved zoom, night shooting capabilities, and stabilization tech.
  • Google pledged five years of security updates for Pixel buyers.
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Politics

Rochester Pays Up

October 6, 2022
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The context
The city of Rochester will pay $12 million for the wrongful death of Daniel Prude while in police custody in 2020.
Politics
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Rochester Pays Up

The context
The city of Rochester will pay $12 million for the wrongful death of Daniel Prude while in police custody in 2020.
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Family effort

  • The family of Daniel Prude agreed to a $12 million settlement with the city of Rochester.
  • Prude, a Black man, was killed in police custody while being asphyxiated in restraints.
  • Prude was 41 when he died.
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Settlement details

  • The settlement is divided into two halves; one is for the pain and suffering caused by his death, and the other is to compensate for the financial loss his death caused his children.
  • The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in 2020 and finally concluded today with the settlement.
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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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