July, 01 2022

🍿 Ezra Miller Story Continues

The star of the Flash was accused of harassing women abroad amidst claims they are abusing their influence.

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⚖️ Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Voting Rights Case

The Court agreed to hear a case next term from North Carolina that could allow state legislatures to redraw district lines and set election rules even if state courts, commissions, and executive officials disagree, which could massively impact American voting access.

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⚡️ Ohio Officers on Leave

An unknown number of Akron, Ohio, police officers have been placed on administrative leave after the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker on Monday after police began shooting at him while pursuing him for a traffic violation. Walker was shot multiple times in the face, abdomen, and legs and was in handcuffs when the medical examiner arrived on the scene.

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🍿 New Cardi B Drops

\"Hot S**t\" by Cardi B, featuring Lil Durk and Kanye West, dropped today, which is her first single in over a year.

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🍿 New Baymax Series Warms Hearts

Baymax, the inflatable best friend and a medical assistant robot from the movie Big Hero 6, has its own series on Disney that's captivating audiences.

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💻 A New Crackdown on Crypto

The Commodities futures trading Commission charged the South African bitcoin company Mirror Trading International Proprietary Limited over a record-breaking $1.7 billion Ponzi scheme.

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🍿 Splash Mountain is No More

Disney announced that the ride Splash Mountain will be turned into Tiana's Bayou Adventure by 2024.

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⚖️ Biden's New Crew

President Biden announced the new recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom today.

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🍿 Teenage Sigourney Weaver Becomes an Avatar

The long-awaited follow-up to Avatar will turn Sigourney Weaver into a teenager in a surprise twist that will delight Avatar fans.

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🍿 Final Stranger Things Episodes Drop

Volume 2 of season four of Netflix's Stranger Things drops today in the epic conclusion of the shows scariest, highest-stakes season yet.

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💻 Tesla Hit With Another Lawsuit

A new lawsuit filed in California court from 15 former and current Tesla employees alleges they were subjected to racial harassment while working at the company's factories by co-workers and managers.

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💻 Meta Shutters Novi Service

Meta announced they will be shutting down their e-wallet Novi Service in September amidst a lengthening crypto winter.

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⚖️ Don't Say Gay Bill Takes Effect in Florida

Ron DeSantis's controversial \"Don't Say Gay\" bill went into action in Florida today, prompting a new wave of criticism.

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💻 Another Crypto Broker Hits Pause

The crypto broker Voyager announced today they were suspending transactions, deposits, and withdrawals on the platform in another blow to the struggling crypto market.

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⚖️ Liz Cheney Faces Trump Endorsed Challenger

Republican House Representative Liz Cheney, who is also leading the committee investigating the Capitol riots, debated a Trump-endorsed candidate in the Wyoming GOP primary debate. Cheney was steadfast that Trump's claims of election fraud were entirely false and defended her involvement with the committee as a demonstration of her commitment to the truth.

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⚖️ Next on the Docket for the Court

The Supreme Court announced its intentions to hear cases that challenge affirmative action and voting rights, examine whether people can refuse services to gay couples, and potentially narrow the Clean Water Act next term.

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⚖️ Kentucky Abortion Clinics Reopen Today

Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry granted a request from two abortion providers in Kentucky to suspend the enforcement of state trigger laws, which allowed the providers to reopen today as a temporary relief for women seeking reproductive care.

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⚖️ Abortion Access Update

Abortion access is back online temporarily in states like Kentucky, Utah, and Louisiana after state judges have blocked trigger laws from going into effect.

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🍿 Joe Turkel Passes Away at 94

Turkel played the bartender in \"The Shining\" and enthralled viewers with performances in \"Blade Runner,\" and \"Paths of Glory\".

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Hits South Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Power outages

  • Most of the power outages were in Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, Dorchester, and Williamsburg counties.
  • About 1.8 million customers are still without power in Florida, and about 277,000 are without power in South and North Carolina.
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Impact on Florida

  • The flooding in central Florida is expected to get worse as the record downpours reach main waterways.
  • More than 700 rescues have been confirmed in Lee and Charlotte counties.
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South Carolina

  • Hurricane Ian caused flooding and power outages in South Carolina.
  • Part of three famous piers in Myrtle Beach washed away.
  • Early reporting suggests the impact on South Carolina is less severe than the devastation it caused in Florida.
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Technology

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

September 30, 2022
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The context
The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
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FBI catches on

  • Jareh Sebastian Dalke worked for the NSA from June 6th to July 1st, 2022.
  • During his employment with NSA, he used an encrypted email account to send photos to an undercover FBI agent he believed was working for a foreign government.
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Charged with espionage

  • Dalke was charged with violating the Espionage Act; if convicted, he could spend life in prison or face the death penalty.
  • He worked as an information systems security designer with top-secret clearance at the NSA.
  • He offered up documents in exchange for cryptocurrency and sent three classified documents to the undercover agent investigating him.
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Molly Russell Ruling

September 30, 2022
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The context
The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Molly Russell Ruling

The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Negative impact of social media

  • 14-year-old Molly Russell committed suicide in November 2017.
  • Russell viewed large amounts of content about suicide and self-harm on social media.
  • The coroner said that the content she viewed greatly impacted her mental health. He said he would make recommendations to Meta, Pinterest, and the British government to help prevent future cases like Molly's.
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The inquest

  • Executives from Meta and Pinterest both testified at the inquest into Russell's death.
  • In the inquest, the coroner testified that content on Instagram and Pinterest impacted Russell's mental health and contributed to her death.
  • Meta's representative pushed back on the inquest, saying that the posts Russell had seen on Instagram had been deemed safe by the platform.
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