August, 01 2022

🍿 Deshaun Watson Suspended

The quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson, has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after inappropriately soliciting massage therapists.

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🍿 No Music at Atlanta Midtown

The Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, has been canceled after a court ruling made it impossible for the festival to ban guns on the premise.

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⚖️ Pelosi Touches Down in Singapore

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has touched down in Singapore on the first stop of her tour through Asia. The White House has not yet confirmed whether she will visit Taiwan at the end of the trip, but an official from the Taiwanese government revealed that Pelosi is expected to visit Taipei, Taiwan, and spend the night there.

🍿 More Andor

The new trailer for Andor, the prequel to 2016's star wars hit, Rogue One, was released by Disney today. The show will star Diego Luna as Cassian Andor. It will debut on Disney+ on September 21st, with three episodes dropping at once, making it Disney's biggest launch on their streaming service.

💻 Bring the Mall to You with Amazon

Amazon is launching a same-day delivery service that includes items from Mall-superstars PacSun, GNC, Superdry, and Diesel.

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⚖️ Biden Is Positive Again

President Biden tested positive again today for Covid-19 after testing negative last Wednesday. Biden tested positive agin on Saturday and is experiencing a rebound case of reinfection that some patients taking Paxlovid are at risk of. The White House doctor did not specify whether Biden was experiencing symptoms but did say that the president was feeling well.

⚖️ Adams Issues State of Emergency

New York Mayor Eric Adams has declared a state of emergency in the city over an ongoing Monkeypox outbreak. The state of emergency will allow Adams to focus resources on vaccinating and educating New Yorkers to prevent the spread of the disease.

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⚡️ Kentucky Counts Flood's Victims

The Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, confirmed today that the number of known victims of the deadly, record-breaking flash flooding that ravaged eastern Kentucky over the weekend is 35. He also said that the number of victims might continue to climb as rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing.

💻 Bolt Mobility Bolts for the Hills

The popular scooter and e-bike sharing company, Bolt Mobility, has all but vanished, leaving behind hundreds of e-bikes and ghosting city officials who are desperate to know where in the world they could have gone.

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⚖️ Guy Reffitt Sentenced to Seven Years

Guy Reffitt, who participated in the Capitol riots, has been sentenced to the longest sentence of any January 6th rioters. He was sentenced to seven years in prison for leading rioters into the Capitol while carrying a gun.

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🍿 Beyoncé Confirms Change to Song

Beyoncé confirmed she will change a lyric in her song \"Heated\" from the new Renaissance album. In the song, she uses a term that, for fans in the U.K., is derogatory towards people with cerebral palsy.

💻 SEC Cracks Down on Crypto Crusaders

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged eleven \"crypto-crusaders\" today for their connection to Forsage, a crypto pyramid scheme. Forsage was a platform for retail investors to transact on Ethereum, Tron, and Binance blockchains, raising $300 million from investors. Amongst the eleven arrested are the company's four founders.

⚖️ U.S. Kills al-Qaeda Leader

President Biden confirmed this afternoon that a U.S. drone strike killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second in command in al-Qaeda during 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden's successor.

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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.
Technology
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.
Politics
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

October 5, 2022
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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.
Technology
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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