June, 30 2022

⚡️ The Original Warrant in the Emmet Till Case Found

A team searching the basement of a Mississippi courthouse found the original warrant from 1955 calling for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham, who accused Till of making inappropriate advances toward her, which resulted in his brutal murder.

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⚖️ Supreme Court Strips the EPA

The Supreme Court gutted the EPA's ability to regulate carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act, which was signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon.

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⚡️ Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn In

Today, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first black woman to be sworn onto the Supreme Court, replacing Justice Stephen Breyer.

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💻 OpenSea Data Breach

The NFT marketplace, OpenSea, warned users to look out for phishing emails after revealing a massive data breach that saw users' emails, phone numbers, and names leaked from the platform, Customer.io to an unauthorized party last night.

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⚖️ Supreme Court Sides with Biden

The Court bolstered Biden's efforts to end \"Remain in Mexico,\" a Trump-era program requiring asylum seekers to return to Mexico while awaiting a stateside hearing.

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⚡️ Mother Shot and Killed in Manhattan

A 20-year-old mother was shot and killed last night while pushing her three-month-old baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side, and the shooter escaped on foot. She was reportedly temporarily living in a women's shelter.

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⚖️ Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn In

The newest Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first black woman to be sworn onto the court.

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🍿 Usher at the Tiny Desk

Usher stopped by NPR to show off his vocals in a Tiny Desk concert, much to the delight of his fans.

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🍿 Logan Paul Signs with the WWE

Logan Paul announced that he signed a deal with WWE to become a superstar with the moniker: the Maverick. Paul wrestled in high school and has become famous for his high-profile fights with stars like KSI and even Floyd Mayweather.

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💻 FTX Closes in on BlockFi

The cryptocurrency exchange FTX is reportedly closing in on a deal to buy BlockFi for $25 million.

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⚖️ Biden Back Ending the Filibuster

President Biden revealed that he would support changing Senate filibuster rules to codify abortion rights if the midterms flip key Senate seats to Democrats, which would allow them to pass abortion legislation with a simple majority instead of needing more than 60 votes to pass.

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🍿 Machine Gun Kelly's Bloody Night

While celebrating his sold-out tour, the singer and star of a recent Hulu Documentary about him, \"Life in Pink,\" smashed a champagne flute into his face before performing one of his hits.

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🍿 Victoria Beckham Reflects

After giving birth to her son Brooklyn, Victoria Beckham was forced onto a scale on live TV in 1999, and she's now publicly reflecting on the experience as the video goes viral.

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💻 FCC Approves Starlink

The Federal Communications Commission approved Starlink to provide internet service to boats, planes, and trucks in a win for Elon Musk's satellite internet service.

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🍿 New Releases Announced Today

Warner Brothers announced several exciting movie releases, including a sequel to King Kong v. Godzilla (March 2024), the follow-up to Dune (November 2023), and a Hunger Games prequel slated for November 2023.

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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

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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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.
Entertainment
Monday, October 3, 2022

Yates Wraps Up Investigation

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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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 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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