July, 13 2022

⚡️ Inflation Up Again

Inflation rose 9.1% in June, reaching a 40-year-high, higher than experts anticipated.

💻 LimeWire, Back from the Dead?

The former person-to-person file sharing platform is reborn today as an NFT marketplace.

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⚖️ There's a New Commissioner In Boston-Town

The current chief of the Ann Arbor Police Department in Michigan, Michael Cox, is the new Boston Police Commissioner. Cox is a former Boston police officer who was beaten by his colleagues while undercover.

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🍿 Happy Birthday Harrison

Actor Harrison Ford turns 80 today. He is beloved for roles in Star Wars, Bladerunner, and more.

🍿 Paging Ms. Marvel

The final episode of the Disney/Marvel mini-series Ms. Marvel and the finale sees Kamala finally transform into a hero.

🍿 Harry Styles Does Some Late Night Talking

The playful new music video for \"Late Night Talking\" by Harry Styles was released today.

💻 Healthcare Hack

The Personal Finance Company, a debt collection firm, disclosed they had been hacked in February, and the leak affected up to 650 medical providers. PFC contracts with healthcare providers to process unpaid bills and hold outstanding balances. The ransomware attackers took patient names, addresses, and even their outstanding debt balance.

⚖️ Abortions Legal in Louisiana Until July 18th

A judge in Louisiana issued a temporary hold on trigger laws in Louisiana that outlawed abortion after it took effect when another state judge ruled it could be implemented. As a result, until July 18th, the trigger law banning abortion will not be enforced, allowing clinics to provide abortion services.

💻 Ring the Police

Amazon admitted to giving footage from Ring doorbell to the police and the government without permission.

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💻 Merger to Create Video Game Unity

Video Gaming powerhouse Unity is merging with Ironsource are merging in a $4.4 billion deal.

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⚖️ Texas Temps Rise

Texans were asked again today to conserve energy to avoid stressing an already strained power grid as temperatures soared to the triple digits.

⚖️ Uvalde Footage Divides the Town

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.

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⚖️ Biden Visits Israel

President Biden is visiting Israel on the first stop of his first trip to the Middle East in an attempt to hopefully create stronger diplomatic ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia as oil prices remain high and unpredictable.

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🍿 Lauren London Speaks Out

Lauren London, who was married to rapper Nipsey Hussle before he was murdered, appeared on the Angie Martinez Podcast, \"We're All Going to Die.\" London spoke about experiencing \"pure love\" with the rapper and how grief has changed her life.

🍿 Kehlani and Tik Tok Star Christopher Walker, One Starbucks Drive Through

Tik Tok-er, Christopher Walker, posted a video of him confronting the singer Kehlani at a Starbucks drive-through. Walker claims Kehlani told the drive-through window operating to be careful around him because of his often aggressive content.

⚖️ Read the Polls

President Biden responded to low polling approval numbers and statistics that showed many Democrats would prefer a different Democratic nominee in the next presidential election, saying, \"That poll showed that 92 percent of Democrats if I ran would vote for me.\" He referenced the New York Times/Sienna College poll that said 92% of Democrats would vote for Biden if he were to run right now.

🍿 We're Back with the Munsters

The trailer for Rob Zombie's \"The Munsters\" was released today. Fans who are excited about the nostalgic remake love the authenticity, while fans who were hoping for more of an updated take are divided.

⚖️ Dispatch from the Rockies

Former Marine Ray Epps attended the Capitol riot, but then he became the focus of a nefarious conspiracy theory posing him as an FBI agent designed to incite violence. Now, Epps resides in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, his life destroyed by the baseless conspiracy, according to an interview he gave the New York Times.

⚖️ Former CIA Employee Convicted

Former CIA employee, Joshua Schulte, was found guilty of nine charges for leaking classified documents that WikiLeaks published. The leaks, known as \"Vault 7,\" showed that the CIA hacks into computers, smartphones, messaging apps, and even TVs to surveil civilians.

⚡️ Sri Lankan President Flees

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister has imposed a state of emergency, including a curfew, and authorized the military to do whatever is necessary to restore order after the Sri Lankan President fled to the Maldives.

⚖️ If You See a UFO

The House of Representatives voted to make it easier for civilians to report UFO sightings today. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act promises to protect formerly silenced individuals or UFO witnesses to encourage them to come forward about their close encounters of the extraterrestrial kind.

🍿 Pete Davidson Can't Wait to be a Dad

Pete Davidson, the comedian and beau to Kim Kardashian, revealed on Kevin Hart's show that he is extremely excited to become a dad, calling it his \"dream.\"

🍿 Khloe, Tristan, True, and Baby Makes Four

Khloe Kardashian is expecting a baby via surrogate with the father of her daughter True, Tristan Thompson. Tristan is a player on the Chicago Bulls and is notorious for cheating on Kardashian multiple times.

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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

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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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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Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

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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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.
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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