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Reeves Will Grace Your TV Screen

August 5, 2022
The context
The actor Keanu Reeves, best known for his role in the Matrix, will star in his first major role on a TV show in the adaptation of the book, The Devil in the White City. The show will follow Chicago's most notorious serial killer. Leonardo DiCaprio will produce the show for Hulu.
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The Ezra Miller Dilemma

August 11, 2022
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The context
The increasingly erratic behavior of The Flash's star, Ezra Miller, is reportedly causing Warner Bros. to reconsider the film's fate.
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Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Ezra Miller Dilemma

The context
The increasingly erratic behavior of The Flash's star, Ezra Miller, is reportedly causing Warner Bros. to reconsider the film's fate.
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Three choices

  • Warner Bros. caught significant flack online after they scrapped the release of Batgirl but are seemingly moving forward with the release of The Flash starring Ezra Miller.
  • Miller has been all over the news for their erratic behavior. They was arrested for felony burglary in Vermont, and state authorities are searching for a woman and her children who were last heard from while staying with Miller.
  • The parents of a minor whom Miller exerted their influence on also filed for a restraining order against the star.
  • Miller reportedly did reshoots for the film inbetween arrests and while Warner Bros. was well aware of their extremely problematic behavior.
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Backlash

  • Warner Bros. can either scrap the film entirely, limit Miller's press exposure, or prevent him from interacting with the press during the film's promotion.
  • The studio may be weighing an option where Miller returns home and seeks professional help, after which they could speak to the press explaining their behaviors.
  • The studio may choose to release the film without involving Miller in the promotion of the project and replace them in any subsequent sequels.
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The context
The family of Gabby Petito is suing the police in Utah for $50 million for failing to protect her from her boyfriend at the time, Brian Laundrie.
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Monday, August 8, 2022

Gabby Petito's Family Sues Police in Moab, Utah

The context
The family of Gabby Petito is suing the police in Utah for $50 million for failing to protect her from her boyfriend at the time, Brian Laundrie.
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Family files

  • Gabby Petito's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against police in Moab, Utah, for failing to investigate her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, after they responded to a report of domestic violence between the couple.
  • The officers involved in the suit are then-Chief Bret Edge, ex-Assistant Chief Braydon Palmer, and Officers Eric Pratt and Daniel Robbins.
  • The officers responded to a report of domestic violence between the couple, in which Petito was filmed while in distress, and officers left after the two said they did not want to press charges.
  • The family is suing, alleging that if the officers had been adequately trained to respond to domestic violence incidences, they would have known that Gabby was a victim of intimate partner violence and would have taken her into protective custody.
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Telling footage

  • The body camera footage from the interaction between police and Gabby shows her in distress and crying. Officers left the scene without thoroughly investigating the couple's claims that they were fine.
  • The suit alleges that by neglecting to respond properly, the officers were complicit in Petito's death at Laundries hands.
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Brittney Griner Sentenced

August 4, 2022
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The context
Russia delivered the verdict in the case of WNBA player Brittney Griner, sentencing her to nine years for drug possession and smuggling charges. Griner was detained after vape cartridges were found in her luggage while she was playing in Russia during the WNBA offseason.
Entertainment
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Brittney Griner Sentenced

The context
Russia delivered the verdict in the case of WNBA player Brittney Griner, sentencing her to nine years for drug possession and smuggling charges. Griner was detained after vape cartridges were found in her luggage while she was playing in Russia during the WNBA offseason.
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Nine years behind bars

  • The presiding judge in Griner's case ruled that she intentionally broke the law by traveling with vape cartridges containing THC.
  • Griner and her legal team maintained that she had made an honest mistake and was unaware she was breaking the law.
  • The Biden administration released a statement about the sentence, saying it was unjust and calling for her release.
  • The Biden administration hopes to conduct a prisoner swap that would return Griner and fellow American detainee Paul Whelan home to the states.
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Griner caught in the middle

  • Griner was found to have a minimal amount of THC oil, but she has become a political pawn in the ongoing fallout between Russia and the U.S. over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • In addition to being sentenced to nine years in a penal colony, Griner must also pay a fine of about $16,000.
  • There is immense pressure on President Biden to negotiate the Olympians' return from her family and the WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury.
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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
The House passed the Inflation Reduction Act today, sending the ambitious spending bill to Biden's desk. The bill includes landmark spending on climate change initiatives, healthcare, and new tax provisions.
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Friday, August 12, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Off to Biden

The context
The House passed the Inflation Reduction Act today, sending the ambitious spending bill to Biden's desk. The bill includes landmark spending on climate change initiatives, healthcare, and new tax provisions.
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Off to Biden

  • The bill is a long-awaited victory for the Biden administration, who made passing a new Democratic spending agenda a core part of his presidential campaign.
  • The bill almost died in the Senate but was revived when Senators Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer reached a compromise on the current bill to avoid a Republican filibuster.
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Key wins

  • President Biden's administration has secured some key wins in cooperation with Congress. In addition to passing the Inflation Reduction Act, Congress passed the PACT Act, approved Finland and Sweden's applications to NATO, a bill requiring background checks for young gun buyers, and the CHIPS and Science Act.
  • While most Republicans were not sold on the bill, Democrats passed the bill in the House today.
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House seals the deal

  • The bill includes $740 million in spending to enact new climate change initiatives, make healthcare less expensive, and create new tax provisions.
  • The bill passed the House with a 220-207 vote.
  • Senate Democrats have been negotiating the bill's specifics for about a year. Every House Democrat voted in support of the bill.
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Technology

Amazon Rings Viral TV

August 12, 2022
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The context
MGM, a production company, owned by Amazon, is developing a viral video show featuring footage from Amazon Ring cameras.
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Friday, August 12, 2022

Amazon Rings Viral TV

The context
MGM, a production company, owned by Amazon, is developing a viral video show featuring footage from Amazon Ring cameras.
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Ring ring

  • MGM is developing the show "Ring Nation" hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes. The show will feature videos from the Amazon Ring.
  • The show will reportedly feature videos of people falling, proposals, and other shenanigans.
  • Amazon acquired Ring in 2018 and has caught significant flack over the use of footage in police investigations. Amazon bought MGM, the company making the show, earlier this year.
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Sykes signs in

  • Comedian Wanda Sykes will host the show.
  • The series will feature videos submitted by users of the Ring camera.
  • The show is expected to debut on September 26.
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Technology

Australia Fines Google

August 12, 2022
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The context
Google has been hit with a $43 million fine by the Australian court for misleading users about the collection and use of their location data on Android phones.
Technology
Friday, August 12, 2022

Australia Fines Google

The context
Google has been hit with a $43 million fine by the Australian court for misleading users about the collection and use of their location data on Android phones.
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Location tracking

  • Google will pay up after they were found to have breached Australian Consumer Law from 2017-2018 by failing to accurately represent which settings allowed Google to compile and use location data from Android phone users.
  • Google tried to fix the settings error by the end of 2018.
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Secretive practices

  • The case began in 2019 when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission began investigating Google's collection of personal location data from Android users without their explicit consent.
  • The setting, "Web & App Activity," which enabled location tracking, did not specify that increased search speed or accuracy would be powered by Google knowing the phone's location. Users could only turn off the location tracking element in a completely different setting.
  • When setting up a google account on Android, the settings failed to mention that they use location tracking data, giving users no option to opt-out.
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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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