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Iran Ousted from UN Commission on the Status of Women

December 14, 2022
Reuters, NBC News
The context
The UN member states voted to remove Iran from the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women after a campaign from the US inspired by the ongoing protests in Iran about the country’s treatment of women after the death of Masha Amini at the hands of the morality police.
Iran Ousted from UN Commission on the Status of Women

Iran removed

  • Iran has been ousted from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for policies contrary to the rights of women and girls.
  • The motion to remove Iran was brought forth by the U.S. in response to Iran’s brutal crackdown on protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Masha Amini while in the custody of the country’s morality police.
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Consequences of crackdown

  • Member states of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women ousted Iran after the United States called for Iran’s removal.
  • The U.S. called for Iran’s removal in response to the country’s violent crackdown on protestors protesting the death of 22-year-old Masha Amini at the hands of the morality police.
  • Former committee members said that Iran’s place on the committee was an “ugly stain” on the commission’s credibility.
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The context
The Memphis police chief announced today that officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were “directly responsible” for the physical abuse and death of Tyre Nichols. Nichols was beaten after fleeing a traffic stop in Detroit in early January. He died three days later after being transferred to a hospital.
The context
The Memphis police chief announced today that officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were “directly responsible” for the physical abuse and death of Tyre Nichols. Nichols was beaten after fleeing a traffic stop in Detroit in early January. He died three days later after being transferred to a hospital.
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Investigation update

  • Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said that the five officers, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, were “directly responsible” for the horrific abuse suffered by 29-year-old Trye Nichols.
  • Nichols was beaten for three minutes at a traffic stop by the officers and later died at a hospital from his injuries.
  • The officers were released from duty, and there is an ongoing investigation into the abuse.
  • Davis made the announcement today, saying that the department wants to be honest and transparent about the ongoing investigation.
  • The DOJ and the FBI opened a civil rights investigation into Nichol’s death.
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The context
The Memphis police chief announced today that officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were "directly responsible" for the physical abuse and death of Tyre Nichols. Nichols was beaten after fleeing a traffic stop in Detroit in early January. He died three days later after being transferred to a hospital.
The context
The Memphis police chief announced today that officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were "directly responsible" for the physical abuse and death of Tyre Nichols. Nichols was beaten after fleeing a traffic stop in Detroit in early January. He died three days later after being transferred to a hospital.
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Officers responsible

  • Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said that the five officers, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, were "directly responsible" for the horrific abuse suffered by 29-year-old Trye Nichols.
  • Nichols was beaten for three minutes at a traffic stop by the officers and later died at a Detroit hospital from his injuries.
  • The officers were released from duty, and there is an ongoing investigation into the abuse.
  • Davis made the announcement today, saying that the department wants to be honest and transparent about the ongoing investigation.
  • The DOJ and the FBI opened a civil rights investigation into Nichol's death.
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Politics

ChatGPT Earns an MBA

January 25, 2023
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The context
The viral chatbot created by OpenAI, ChatGPT, passed an MBA exam given by a Wharton professor. The bot got a B on the final exam for the school's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
Politics
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

ChatGPT Earns an MBA

The context
The viral chatbot created by OpenAI, ChatGPT, passed an MBA exam given by a Wharton professor. The bot got a B on the final exam for the school's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
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ChatGPT passes MBA exam given by a Wharton professor

  • ChatGPT-3 passed the final exam for the school's Master of Business Administration.
  • The test was administered and graded by Professor Christian Terwiesch, who authored a paper about the test called "Would Chat GPT3 Get a Wharton MBA? A Prediction Based on Its Performance in the Operations Management Course."
  • The bot scored between a B- and B on the exam and did an "amazing" job at basic operations management and process analysis questions.
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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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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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ABC, Newsweek, Fox News, Billboard, The Hill, CNN

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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The context
"Stranger Things" is officially 2022's most streamed show, according to Nielsen’s year-end streaming rankings.
Entertainment
Thursday, January 26, 2023

2022's Most Streamed Show Was Stranger Things

The context
"Stranger Things" is officially 2022's most streamed show, according to Nielsen’s year-end streaming rankings.
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Massive ratings for Stranger Things

  • According to Nielsen's year-end streaming data, the consumption of streaming content rose by about 27 percent compared to 2021.
  • Viewers in the US spent the equivalent of 19.4 million years on streaming platforms.
  • The most streamed show by miles was Stranger Things from Netflix.
  • Stranger Things was viewed for more than 52 billion minutes in 2022.
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The context
NBC's streaming service Peacock topped 20 million subscribers, but they saw quarterly losses widen to $978 million and management expects a $3 billion peak loss in 2023.
Entertainment
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Peacock Reaches 20 Million Subscribers

The context
NBC's streaming service Peacock topped 20 million subscribers, but they saw quarterly losses widen to $978 million and management expects a $3 billion peak loss in 2023.
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Peacock's shaky lift off

  • NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock grew revenue and subscribers to 20 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, but its loss widened further compared with the year-ago period.
  • Management predicted that the service would lose $3 billion in the coming year.
  • The ad market bottomed out in late November and early December, which cut into the service's revenue.
  • The total media unit revenue for the last quarter of 2022 increased by 2.6 percent, while its adjusted EBITDA fell to $132 million.
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The context
Former President Trump was allowed back onto Facebook and Instagram by Meta. The former president was banned when his supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021.
Technology
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Trump Allowed Back on Meta

The context
Former President Trump was allowed back onto Facebook and Instagram by Meta. The former president was banned when his supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021.
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Meta allows Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram

  • Former President Trump has been allowed back on Facebook and Instagram by Meta, two years after he was banned for inciting violence after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
  • Facebook is a powerful fundraising tool that is likely to be heavily utilized by Trump's campaign for the 2024 presidential election. In the 2020 election, Trump generated millions of dollars in campaign contributions on the platform.
  • Democrats argued that Trump still poses a threat to public safety and, as such, should not be reinstated on Meta's platforms.
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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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CNN, Fox News, The Atlantic, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, The Guardian

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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