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Watch Out for Madame Web

June 27, 2022
The context
Actress Emma Roberts joins Sydney Sweeney and Dakota Johnson in the Marvel universe as a member of the cast of the Spiderman spinoff, Madame Web, directed by SJ Clarkson.
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Yates Wraps Up Investigation

October 3, 2022
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The context
The former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, on behalf of the US Soccer Federation, conducted an independent investigation into the systemic abuse and misconduct in women's professional soccer. The report, released today, shows that the National Women's Soccer League and USSF failed to provide a safe environment for players.
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Yates Wraps Up Investigation

The context
The former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, on behalf of the US Soccer Federation, conducted an independent investigation into the systemic abuse and misconduct in women's professional soccer. The report, released today, shows that the National Women's Soccer League and USSF failed to provide a safe environment for players.
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Systemic failure

  • The report was based on over 200 interviews with current and former coaches, staffers, and players.
  • The conclusion of the investigation found systemic abuse and misconduct within women's soccer, including rampant sexual misconduct and the use of abusive language toward players.
  • The investigation concluded that there were no protections in place for players. Teams prioritized coaches over player safety and well-being.
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Conclusion

  • The report opens by revealing an undisclosed revelation that Chisty Holly, a manager of the Racing Louisville team until 2021, sexually abused a player, identified as Erin Simon. He would inappropriately touch Simon "for every pass" she made a mistake on.
  • The investigation was triggered by a report published by The Athletic in 2021, which revealed that former Portland Thorns manager Paul Riley told two players to kiss each other to get their team out of doing conditioning.
  • The Chicago Red Stars, the Portland Thorns, and Racing Louisville did not fully cooperate with the investigation, blocking access to relevant documents and tampering with witness testimony.
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Kim Kardashian will pay a $1.26 million fine to settle charges from the SEC for promoting a crypto coin on her social media without disclosing that she was paid to do so.
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Kim Kardashian's Cryptocurrency Blunder

The context
Kim Kardashian will pay a $1.26 million fine to settle charges from the SEC for promoting a crypto coin on her social media without disclosing that she was paid to do so.
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Instagram oopsie

  • The SEC charged Kardashian for violating US rules after she was paid $250,000 to post on her Instagram about a crypto coin from EthereumMax.
  • She promoted the EMAX tokens without disclosing that she had been paid to promote them.
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Regulation violation

  • The SEC has consistently warned people not to buy products like cryptocurrency coins or invest in companies just because a celebrity promotes them.
  • The SEC defines crypto tokens as investment products and, thus, subject to the rules and regulations under their oversight.
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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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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
Richard Liu settled a sexual misconduct case, which was meant to go to civil trial today in Minneapolis. The JD.com tycoon was accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, a former University of Minnesota student, in 2018. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by either party.
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Richard Liu Case Settles

The context
Richard Liu settled a sexual misconduct case, which was meant to go to civil trial today in Minneapolis. The JD.com tycoon was accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, a former University of Minnesota student, in 2018. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by either party.
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China's MeToo movement

  • Richard Liu Qiangdong is the founder of the e-commerce company JD.com.
  • Liu Jingyao accused him of assaulting her in her apartment in 2018.
  • The case was a notable part of China's #MeToo reckoning; for some, the settlement is seen as an admission of guilt.
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Last minute twist

  • The case against Liu featured a series of video/audio clips from the night of the incident, which provided evidence that he pressured her to drink excessively and forced himself on her.
  • The switch to a last-minute-settlement shocked many.
  • The case has been closely followed in China because it was filed in a U.S. court, which gave the Chinese public unprecedented access to videos and press coverage.
  • Liu has remained in the public eye in China.
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The context
The trial of five leaders of the right-wing extremist group, the Oath Keepers, began today. The trial is the highest profile Jan 6th case because the defendants, led by Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, helped organize the Capitol riot.
Politics
Monday, October 3, 2022

Oath Keepers Trial Begins

The context
The trial of five leaders of the right-wing extremist group, the Oath Keepers, began today. The trial is the highest profile Jan 6th case because the defendants, led by Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, helped organize the Capitol riot.
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Their turn on trial

  • Prosecutors opened the trial today, arguing that the leaders of the Oath Keepers organized teams from across the country to descend on Washington D.C. before the riot.
  • The leaders' defense team is expected to argue that the Oath Keepers acted lawfully.
  • The trial finally began today after months of efforts by the defense team to try and move the trial out of D.C. on the basis that the jury would be overwhelmingly liberal, which was rejected by the presiding judge.
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Opening statements

  • The five members on trial pleaded not guilty to charges of seditious conspiracy.
  • The prosecutors opened the trial by establishing the presence of the defendants at the riots using iPhone footage of the attack on the Capitol building, and by accusing the defendants of preparing to do anything necessary to prevent the transfer of presidential power.
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The context
Lee County, Florida, wasn't given the order to evacuate until the day before Hurricane Ian slammed into the county. Now, criticism over the timing of Hurricane Ian evacuations is being levied at Governor Ron DeSantis and FEMA because of the number of deaths and necessary rescues in the county after the storm battered it.
Politics
Monday, October 3, 2022

Fallout Over Lee County Evacuation

The context
Lee County, Florida, wasn't given the order to evacuate until the day before Hurricane Ian slammed into the county. Now, criticism over the timing of Hurricane Ian evacuations is being levied at Governor Ron DeSantis and FEMA because of the number of deaths and necessary rescues in the county after the storm battered it.
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DeSantis defends

  • Lee County waited to issue an evacuation notice until the day before the Category 4 hurricane made landfall.
  • The county's management plan mandates that officials issue evacuation orders for areas closest to water if there is a 10% chance or greater that the expected storm surge reaches 6-10 feet.
  • Lee County waited until other counties had issued evacuation orders, despite their proximity to the worst of the storm surge.
  • At least 68 people have been confirmed dead from the hurricane, and rescue efforts are still underway.
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Under fire

  • Fort Meyers is located in Lee County, and the brunt of the storm's impact slammed into the county.
  • Officials declined to issue an evacuation order because the storm was projected to make landfall slightly north of Lee County, but the surrounding counties still issued preemptive orders.
  • The decision not to issue the order went against established emergency management practices that were laid out in 2018.
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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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