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New Uvalde Footage

July 12, 2022
The context
New video footage from outside the classroom where a gunman shot and killed nineteen students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School was released today. The 77-minute-long video shows the shooter entering the classroom where gunfire erupts. Police arrive three minutes later, and after more gunfire, they retreat and return later, heavily armed and shielded. They walk up and down the hallway, make calls, text, and look at floor plans instead of entering the classroom where the shooter is.
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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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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
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.
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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 city of Rochester will pay $12 million for the wrongful death of Daniel Prude while in police custody in 2020.
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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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