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Uvalde Footage Divides the Town

July 13, 2022
The Hill, Washington Post, CNN
The context
New footage from the shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, has upset families and reignited anger against the police response. The footage was released by local media ahead of the planned release on Sunday, which prevented parents and the families of victims from viewing the disturbing footage before the public gained access.
Uvalde Footage Divides the Town

Leaked footage

  • Local media released portions of the footage before it was shown to the parents of victims of the shootings.
  • The mayor of Uvalde, Don McLaughin, called the decision to release the footage before parents could view it "one of the mosy chicken things I've ever seen."
  • The city planned to release the footage on Sunday, but it was released yesterday afternoon by the Austin Statesman and affiliated ABC stations.
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Truth revealed

  • The footage shows the shooter entering the elementary school, unconfronted by a school safety officer. He then enters a classroom, and gunfire erupts.
  • The footage shows the disappointing police response. Police retreat from the room when they hear another round of gunshots from behind the unlocked door. They loiter around the hallway, even after being equipped with body armor and shields.
  • Police in the footage take calls and text, and one officer even stops to get hand sanitizer from a hallway dispenser while parents were handcuffed outside for trying to get to their kids.
  • The police waited more than an hour to breach the room and confront the shooter.
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Parent's dismay

  • Parents of the victims were dismayed to see the footage circulating on social media and encouraged friends not to share it to protect other parents from seeing it for the first time online.
  • Parents and local officials were also outraged that the audio, including sounds of gunshots, was included in the footage, which the families of victims watched for the first time alongside the general public.
  • Parents and families of the victims will meet with Texas officials investigating the shooting later this week to hear their investigative report.
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The context
Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

The context
Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
Politics
Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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The context
House Minority Leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy rolled out the GOP's 'Commitment to America,' which is a legislative plan for the party if they take the House in the November midterms.
Politics
Friday, September 23, 2022

GOP Reveals Plan for the House

The context
House Minority Leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy rolled out the GOP's 'Commitment to America,' which is a legislative plan for the party if they take the House in the November midterms.
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Details

  • Amongst the various calls to action, McCarthy revealed that the party would support legislation that bans transgender athletes from competing in women's sports.
  • They also pledge in the plan to propose federal legislation to restrict abortion access in the whole country instead of leaving it up to the states, which has been the party's previous platform.
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House agenda

  • McCarthy revealed the plan today, and it is the most concrete attempt yet by the GOP to provide their legislative plan to voters.
  • At the core of the agenda is a Republican call for law and order and economic growth.
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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
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
The context
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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Technology

Tesla Countersues

September 23, 2022
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The context
After a judge refused to toss out a racial bias suit filed against Tesla, the electric vehicle maker filed a countersuit against the California agency behind the suit.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Tesla Countersues

The context
After a judge refused to toss out a racial bias suit filed against Tesla, the electric vehicle maker filed a countersuit against the California agency behind the suit.
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Two parties

  • The California Civil Rights Department sued Tesla in February for tolerating widespread race discrimination at its original assembly plant.
  • Now, Tesla claims that the CRD filed a lawsuit before notifying Tesla or giving them the chance to settle.
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Tesla countersues

  • Tesla claims that the CRD used "underground regulations" while investigating the Tesla plant.
  • The suit also alleges that the CRD didn't notify Tesla of the racial discrimination at the plant or give Tesla the chance to settle the case outside of court.
  • Tesla is also seeking to limit the CRD's authority to sue the company, saying they needed to have completed several steps before escalating to suing.
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Entertainment

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.
Entertainment
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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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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