July, 29 2022

🍿 Ready for the Renaissance

Beyoncé's newest album, Renaissance, is now available for listeners to stream. The new album is full of tracks that feature hip-hop, soul, trap, and dancehall beats.

🍿 Will Smith Apologizes on Youtube

Actor Will Smith posted a Youtube video apologizing for slapping Oscar's host Chris Rock over a joke by Rock about Smith's wife. He apologized for the slap, which he called an unacceptable way to deal with feelings of anger or disrespect. He added that while he has reached out to Rock's team, the two haven't spoken since the incident.

🍿 Shakira's Taxes Cue the Music

A Spanish prosecutor has asked for the singer Shakira to face a penalty of 8 years in prison in a $23.5 million tax fraud case if she is convicted. Shakira bought a home with her former partner in Barcelona in 2012. She was accused of tax fraud in 2018 after officials claimed she lied that her Barcelona home was not her primary residence.

⚡️ Kentucky Death Toll Rises

Fifteen people have died in the extreme flooding hitting eastern Kentucky. The governor of Kentucky has said that number is likely to double as severe flooding ravages the state.

⚡️ Your Pain at the Pump, Their Gain

Exxon Mobil and Chevron reported record profits from their Q2 earnings. In the second quarter alone, Exxon reported $17.9 billion in earnings while Chevron posted $11.62 billion.

⚖️ Filling the Gaps in Trump's Border Wall in Yuma

The Biden administration approved the completion of Trump's border wall with Mexico to fill four existing gaps in Yuma, Texas. The gaps have become some of the most heavily trafficked crossings from Mexico to the U.S.

🍿 Surrender to Maggie Rogers

Singer Maggie Rogers released her sophomore album, \"Surrender,\" today. Rogers completed the album while studying religion and music at Harvard, and the tracks are infused with divine energy.

💻 Lemonade Crosses the Final Metro-mile

The insurance company Lemonade has closed its acquisition of Metromile. One of their first actions as owners of the auto insurtech company was to lay off 20% of its staff.

💻 Twitter Trial Date Set

The epic showdown between Elon Musk and Twitter over the broken deal to buy Twitter is scheduled for October 17th. Musk will have from October 17th-20th to explain why he is attempting to back out of the $44 billion deal to buy the social media platform to a Delaware Court.

💻 Hack Hits the Courts

A report from Politico broke the news today that the Department of Justice is investigating a security breach of the federal court system that occurred in early 2020. Lawmakers were informed of the hack in March 2021.

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⚖️ Pelosi's Trip to Asia Stirs Controversy

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi leaves today to lead a congressional delegation on a tour of Asia. She plans to stop in Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. But, the proposed final stop on her tour, Taiwan, is causing tensions between China and the U.S. to flare.

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🍿 Ben Affleck Returns for Aquaman 2

Ben Affleck will return as Batman in Aquaman 2, starring Jason Momoa as the underwater ruler. Affleck was featured in an Instagram post by Momoa, confirming the rumors of his return.

⚖️ Reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban

The House voted to pass an assault weapons ban after overcoming internal party drama. The ban is the first in 30 years to pass in the House after Congress failed to renew a ban passed in 1994 and expired in 2004.

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⚖️ Blinken Urges Russia to Sign Up for Swap

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the press today that he spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and encouraged him to agree to a prisoner swap that would return WNBA star Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan to America. Blinken did not offer details about the call or say if Russia was likely to take the deal or not.

💻 Head on a Swvl

Swvl's deal to acquire Zeelo for $100 million is off due to the tech stock slump and ongoing market volatility. In a statement, the transportation sharing company said the decision to terminate the merger with the smart bus platform was mutual.

💻 Vintage Games in Your Pocket

Analogue is releasing a video game made by MIT scientists in 1962 on the Pocket. The game Spacewar! is known for being the first video game ever developed.

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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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The context
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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