Entertainment

Khloe, Tristan, True, and Baby Makes Four

July 14, 2022
The context
Khloe Kardashian is expecting a baby via surrogate with the father of her daughter True, Tristan Thompson. Tristan is a player on the Chicago Bulls and is notorious for cheating on Kardashian multiple times.
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Celtics Speak Out

September 23, 2022
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The context
The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for violating team policies by having a relationship with a Celtic staff member.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Celtics Speak Out

The context
The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for violating team policies by having a relationship with a Celtic staff member.
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Unprecedented

  • Suspending a sitting coach is an unprecedented move by the NBA.
  • Udoka joined the Celtics before the 2021-2022 season and led them all the way to the finals. He previously worked with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets.
  • Udoka was suspended for having an intimate relationship with a member of the Celtics staff.
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Leadership speaks out

  • The leadership of the Boston Celtics revealed that an outside law firm had conducted the investigation into Udoka's violation of team policies and that the decision to suspend him was made based on those findings.
  • The assistant coach, Joe Mazzulla, will become the head coach during Udoka's year-long suspension.
  • The Athletic reported that the relationship between the staffer and Udoka was consensual but that the woman had recently told leadership that he began making unwanted comments toward her.
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Entertainment

New Verdict in R. Kelly Trial

September 14, 2022
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The context
R. Kelly has been found guilty in Chicago for engaging in sex crimes with minors, adding years to the prison sentence he is already serving after being convicted of the same offenses by a jury in New York.
Entertainment
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

New Verdict in R. Kelly Trial

The context
R. Kelly has been found guilty in Chicago for engaging in sex crimes with minors, adding years to the prison sentence he is already serving after being convicted of the same offenses by a jury in New York.
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Guilty verdict

  • R. Kelly was convicted last summer in New York of sex crimes against minors. He was convicted again today by a jury in Chicago.
  • The key evidence in this trial was the recording of Kelly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter, alongside roughly 30 witnesses who testified about the abuse they suffered or watched others suffer at Kelly's hands.
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Key witness

  • The Chicago trial featured testimony from R. Kelly's one-time goddaughter, who testified that R. Kelly filmed himself sexually abusing her while she was 14-year-old and he was 30.
  • The tape in question was 27-minutes-long and showed Kelly abusing the woman, who used a pseudonym during the trial. She testified that she and her mother were sent out of the country, intimidated, and paid to deny that it was her in the tape during a 2008 court case against Kelly.
  • The woman and her mother were granted immunity for lying to a jury in the 2008 case about R. Kelly's sexual abuse of minors in exchange for their testimony.
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Entertainment

Adnan Syed May Get a New Trial

September 14, 2022
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The context
Fans of the podcast 'Serial' will rejoice to hear that the subject of the hit series, Adnan Syed may get a new trial after Baltimore prosecutors moved to vacate his sentence for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
Entertainment
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Adnan Syed May Get a New Trial

The context
Fans of the podcast 'Serial' will rejoice to hear that the subject of the hit series, Adnan Syed may get a new trial after Baltimore prosecutors moved to vacate his sentence for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
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Since 1999

  • Hae Min Lee was murdered in 1999. Her body was found buried in Leakin Park in Baltimore. Her ex-boyfriend, Anan Syed, was found guilty in 2000 of her murder and has been serving a life sentence in prison ever since.
  • In 2014, the podcast "Serial" exposed inconsistencies in the case against Syed and ignited a nationwide obsession with True Crime podcasts.
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New developments

  • State prosecutors said in a court filing today that new evidence has been found that suggests two other suspects might be responsible for the murder of Ms. Lee.
  • One possible suspect threatened Ms. Lee and had a motive to kill her, while another possible suspect had attacked another woman in her vehicle.
  • The filing also cites inconsistencies in cell phone records and testimony from witnesses as justification for a new trial.
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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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FCC Tackles Space Debris

September 29, 2022
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The context
The FCC ruled today that satellites must stop orbiting within five years of ending their mission.
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

FCC Tackles Space Debris

The context
The FCC ruled today that satellites must stop orbiting within five years of ending their mission.
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Off to the ether

  • Satellites in low Earth orbit will have to exit their Earth orbit five years after their mission end date.
  • The FCCs ruling aims to prevent space debris from clogging up the skies.
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Unanimous decision

  • The FCC unanimously voted to adopt the new rules.
  • More than half of the 10,000 satellites launched since 1957 no longer work, and they clog the skies, which makes space exploration challenging. It is expensive and difficult to avoid space debris, so the new regulations will make space exploration easier.
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Technology

Meta Enters a Freeze

September 29, 2022
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The context
Meta announced that Meta is entering a hiring freeze and warned employees that the company intends to restructure and cut costs, prompting fears of impending layoffs.
Technology
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Meta Enters a Freeze

The context
Meta announced that Meta is entering a hiring freeze and warned employees that the company intends to restructure and cut costs, prompting fears of impending layoffs.
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Zuckerberg's thoughts

  • Mark Zuckerberg announced the freeze, the beginning of a new era for Meta.
  • Meta intends to slash the budgets of various teams.
  • In July, he cautioned Meta employees that the company was restructuring to cut costs.
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Lean and mean

  • Zuckerberg made the announcement during a weekly all-hands Q&A session.
  • He said the decision was made to keep teams lean in order to make it through the anticipated economic downturn.
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Politics

Student Loan Reversal

September 29, 2022
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The context
Today, the Department of Education quietly ended a program that allowed borrowers with privately held FFEL or Perkins loans to consolidate their debt with the Department and qualify for student loan forgiveness.
Politics
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Student Loan Reversal

The context
Today, the Department of Education quietly ended a program that allowed borrowers with privately held FFEL or Perkins loans to consolidate their debt with the Department and qualify for student loan forgiveness.
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Scaling back

  • The Biden administration quietly repealed student loan forgiveness for millions of Americans whose federal student loans are owned by private companies.
  • The decision was made over fears that private companies would legally challenge the program.
  • The Education Department said in August that borrowers with loans held by private lenders would be able to consolidate their debt into a new loan made by the Education Department, allowing them to qualify for loan forgiveness. Today was the deadline for borrowers to do so.
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Forward looking

  • As of the end of today, borrowers with FFEL and Perkins loans will no longer be able to consolidate their under a loan with the Education Department, disqualifying them from student loan forgiveness.
  • Limiting the number of FFELs borrowers who qualify for loan forgiveness may make them less likely to legally oppose debt relief.
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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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