Politics

Don't Say Gay Bill Takes Effect in Florida

July 1, 2022
The Hill, NBC News, The Washington Times
The context
Ron DeSantis's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill went into action in Florida today, prompting a new wave of criticism.
Don't Say Gay Bill Takes Effect in Florida

Impacting students already

  • The bill's impact is already being felt as public school educators are asked to remove paraphernalia, including pride flags or photos of them and their same-sex partners.
  • The bill faces a huge amount of criticism from educators and free speech advocates who see the bill as a violation of teachers' first amendment rights.
  • The bill effectively bans mentioning or displaying LGBTQIA+ related paraphernalia or discussing gender identity or sexuality in Florida's kindergarten through third-grade public school classrooms.
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Into schools

  • The bill has left many educators who identify as LGBTQIA+ baffled over what they are allowed to say or do next school year.
  • Advocates worry about the impact the bill will have on students. Nearly 50% of LBGTQIA+ students have considered suicide in the last year.
  • Some school districts will be forced to terminate employees who do not comply with the bill's strict guidelines.
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White House response

  • Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, on behalf of the White House, asked Florida students and parents to file suits against the state of Florida to get the bill in front of a U.S. district court or federal judges.
  • The White House reported that they are already receiving information about instances where "Safe Space" stickers have been removed and teachers in same-sex relationships being asked to remove photos of them and their partners.
  • A provision in the law also requires staffers to alert parents about decisions that may affect a student's mental or physical health.
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The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week has risen to 11,000.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Death Toll Rises in Syria and Turkey

The context
The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week has risen to 11,000.
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Death roll rises

  • The death toll from the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday morning surpassed 11,000 on Wednesday morning.
  • Rescuers are continuing to attempt to rescue trapped families, and several successful rescues have continued to provide hope that others will be recovered.
  • Turkey struggled to respond quickly and effectively to the disaster, but President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the country’s response was improving.
  • The earthquake is the world’s deadliest in more than a decade.
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The context
President Biden will deliver his State of the Union address tonight. He is expected to address ongoing inflation, a divided Congress, tension with China, and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Biden to Deliver State of the Union Address

The context
President Biden will deliver his State of the Union address tonight. He is expected to address ongoing inflation, a divided Congress, tension with China, and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
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Address notes

  • President Biden will deliver the annual State of the Union address tonight to a divided Congress.
  • Some of the topics he is expected to address are job growth, the war in Ukraine, efforts to bolster domestic manufacturing, competition with China, and the ongoing pandemic.
  • He is also expected to speak about cancer research, veterans, senior programs like social security, and the proliferation of fentanyl as part of his new "unity agenda."
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The context
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria early this morning. Two thousand three hundred people were killed during the quake. President Biden announced that he authorized an immediate U.S. response to provide aid to the countries.
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Monday, February 6, 2023

Deadly Earthquake In Turkey and Syria

The context
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria early this morning. Two thousand three hundred people were killed during the quake. President Biden announced that he authorized an immediate U.S. response to provide aid to the countries.
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Biden's response

  • President Biden announced that he authorized an immediate U.S. response to provide aid in Turkey and Syria after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake swept across the countries early this morning.
  • Two thousand three hundred people were killed in the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
  • Turkey is a NATO ally, and the U.S. Agency for International Development and other government bodies have begun to provide aid and evaluate a plan for the coming days.
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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

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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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Staffers at NBC and MSNBC are planning a walkout amid layoffs at NBC.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

NBC and MSNBC Plan Walkout Amidst Layoffs

The context
Staffers at NBC and MSNBC are planning a walkout amid layoffs at NBC.
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Walkout imminent

  • Staffers at NBC News and MSNBC are planning a walkout to protest recent layoffs.
  • The NBC Guild says that nearly 300 workers intend to walk off the job on Thursday.
  • The NBC Guild also said that NBC has repeatedly broken the law by illegally terminating hard-working union journalists.
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Technology

Bing App Downloads Jump

February 8, 2023
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The context
Since Microsoft announced it would integrate ChatGPT from OpenAI into its search engine Bing, the Bing app has seen a 10x jump in downloads.
Technology
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Bing App Downloads Jump

The context
Since Microsoft announced it would integrate ChatGPT from OpenAI into its search engine Bing, the Bing app has seen a 10x jump in downloads.
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10 times

  • Microsoft recently released a demonstration of a ChatGPT-enabled Bing.
  • Since announcing that Microsoft would be incorporating the chatbot into its search engine, the Bing app has seen a 10x increase in new downloads.
  • The jump in downloads shows the growing demand for new AI experiences, but users who want access to the new Bing will need to sign up for a waitlist and make Bing their default search engine on their PC or mobile device.
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The context
Google released its new “multisearch” feature, which incorporates Google’s AI to combine text and images in a single response to a user prompt. The feature uses AI technology called Multitask Unified Model, which can make connections across different types of media and information.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Google Tees Up its AI Against Bing

The context
Google released its new “multisearch” feature, which incorporates Google’s AI to combine text and images in a single response to a user prompt. The feature uses AI technology called Multitask Unified Model, which can make connections across different types of media and information.
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Google’s A.I.-powered ‘multisearch,’ which combines text and images in a single query, goes global

  • Google’s new “multisearch” feature is now available for global users on mobile devices.
  • Multisearch is powered by Google’s AI Mutlitask Unified Model, which can draw connections between different formats of media and information.
  • The combination of words and images will help Google process and understand more complex search queries and will be especially helpful for shopping.
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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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Shooting in Buffalo Leaves Ten Dead

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