July, 05 2022

⚖️ Update on the Highland Park Shooting

The shooter who killed six people and injured twenty-four at the Highland Park parade yesterday has been identified as Robert E. Crimo III.

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⚖️ Officers Shot in Philadelphia

Two officers were shot during a fireworks show on July 4th in Philadelphia, and both are in stable condition now.

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🍿 Bette Midler Sparks Controversy

Actress Bette Midler sparked debate over trans-inclusive language when she posted a tweet yesterday saying, \"WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name! They don't call us \"women\" anymore; they call us \"birthing people\" or \"menstruators,\" and even \"people with vaginas\"! Don't let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you!\"

🍿 Singer Macy Gray in Hot Water

Grammy-winning Singer Macy Gray appeared on the Piers Morgan Show, where she voiced her opinion that gender-affirming surgeries and using feminine pronouns do not make trans people women. She caught plenty of flack online for her take on gender identity.

🍿 Adele Shares Vegas Residency Story

In a radio interview with BBC Radio 4, superstar singer Adele defended her decision to postpone her Las Vegas Residency.

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⚖️ She is 10

The hashtag, she's 10, is trending on Twitter today after the story of a ten-year-old Ohio girl who was raped and had to travel to Indiana to get an abortion went viral. The Enquirer published the story in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it was retweeted by Ohio Senate hopeful Gavi Begtrup.

💻 FIFA turns to AI

FIFA announced they will be using AI to track players' bodies and make offside calls at the 2022 World Cup.

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💻 Twitter Sues India

Twitter is suing India's government which has been removing or blocking Twitter users over content the government deems non-compliant with Indian speech laws or inappropriate.

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⚖️ Fulton County Strikes Back

A special grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia that is investigating potential criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election has subpoenaed members of Trump's team, including Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis.

🍿 Anti-Trump Roar from Rogan

Podcaster Joe Rogan shared on the Lex Fridman Podcast that he rejected offers to interview Donald Trump on his show, The Joe Rogan Experience.

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🍿 Britney Spear's Business Manager Implicated

Britney Spears might be a free woman, but the truth of the conservatorship she was subjected to is still unraveling. The pop star's attorney exposed her former business manager's involvement in the conservatorship scheme.

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⚡️ 7th Victim Dies from Highland Park Shooting

Another Highland Park shooting victim succumbed to injuries today, making them the 7th person to be killed in the mass shooting. Authorities have also revealed that the shooter fired 70 rounds into the crowd.

⚖️ Democrats Worry About Biden

CNN reports that several top Democrats are frustrated with the Biden administration's lack of response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The report comes after several celebrities and activists joined a call last Monday hosted by White House aides about the possible responses to the decision. This frustrated attendees since there didn't seem to be a clear plan of action already in place.

🍿 Love for the New Thor Movie

Reviews are in for the new Thor movie starring Natalie Portman as the female Thor alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, \"Thor: Love and Thunder.\" While the film doesn't quite live up to the prequel, \"Thor: Ragnarok,\" reviewers agree that director Taika Waititi has crafted a fun and outrageous movie worth watching. crafted a fun and outrageous movie that's worth the watch.

💻 Drone Makers Consolidate

Ondas Holdings, the company behind American Robotics, announced its intentions to acquire Airobotics this morning in a deal estimated to be worth $18.4 million and merge the two drone makers. In a joint statement, American Robotics and Airobotics said, \"the combined companies offer the potential to be a truly global provider of automated drone solutions to commercial markets.\"

💻 Youtube and Discord Pull the Plug on Robert Crimo III

Accounts and videos belonging to the suspected Highland Park shooter, Robert Crimo III have been pulled by Youtube, Instagram, Discord and Twitter. Spotify and Apple music also removed titles posted under an alias by the suspected shooter.

⚡️ Two More Victims Identified

Two of the Highland Park Shooting victims have been identified as the parents of a two-year-old boy who was found wandering alone after the shooting. The parents' names are Irina and Kevin McCarthy, and their son is in the care of his grandparents.

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Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Overwatch 2's Shaky Launch

Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
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Tuesday kick off

  • Overwatch 2 went live on Tuesday.
  • Many players were unable to make it onto the new game servers or experienced issues while they were on.
  • Blizzard's Overwatch Game Director Aaron Keller provided an update today, saying that DDoS attacks had slowed down servers but that the developers were working to improve the game functionality for players.
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DDoS impact

  • Activision Blizzard president Mike Ybarra tweeted that the game was experiencing server issues and that teams were working to fix the problems.
  • The server issues were caused by a massive DDoS attack which kept players from getting into the game and forced them into long queues.
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An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Court Rules Against DACA

An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
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DACA decision

  • The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed a 2021 ruling by a federal district judge in Texas who ruled that DACA was an overreach of former President Barack Obama's authority.
  • The Texas ruling allowed for DACA to continue while the litigation continued.
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Reconsidering

  • The ruling sent the case back to a lower court to consider the new Biden administration guidelines, which were issued in August.
  • The decision also ruled that current enrollees could renew their status and still obtain work permits and a Social Security number.
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Crew 5 Launches

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NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Crew 5 Launches

NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
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New crew

  • The crew members took flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
  • Nicole Mann is the mission commander, and the crew includes a Russian astronaut, Anna Kikina, and a Japanese astronaut, Koichi Wakata. Joe Cassada is the pilot for the mission.
  • The crew will spend about six months conducting scientific research about fluid behavior in microgravity, cardiovascular health in space, and bioprinting to help prepare future missions for space exploration.
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Russian addition

  • The inclusion of Russian astronaut Anna Kikina shows that the US and Russia are still collaborating on space exploration despite the war in Ukraine.
  • Kikina is the first Russian astronaut to fly aboard a SpaceX vessel and was training to be on a Russian space flight but was transferred to the SpaceX mission.
  • The mission commander, Nicole Mann, is the first Native American woman to fly in space.
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