August, 04 2022

🍿 Brittney Griner Sentenced

Russia delivered the verdict in the case of WNBA player Brittney Griner, sentencing her to nine years for drug possession and smuggling charges. Griner was detained after vape cartridges were found in her luggage while she was playing in Russia during the WNBA offseason.

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⚖️ Garland Charges Louisville Police Officers

The Department of Justice has filed charges against four Louisville, Kentucky, police officers for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor. Taylor was shot and killed by officers conducting a no-knock search shortly after midnight while she slept in bed with her boyfriend. The officers fired 32 shots.

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🍿 Adding to The View

Ana Navarro and Alyssa Farah Griffin will co-host season 26 of the talk show, The View. Both Navarro and Griffin are Republicans and are expected to provide conservative commentary. While Navarro has been a staunch critic of former president Trump, Griffin worked in the Trump administration.

⚖️ DeSantis Doubles Down

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is suspending the democratic state attorney, Andrew Warren, over his refusal to prosecute people who violate Florida's ban on abortions or gender-affirming surgeries.

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🍿 Lady Gaga Will Play Harley Quinn

Lady Gaga will star alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the sequel to The Joker as Harley Quinn. The new movie is rumored to be a musical and will be titled, Folie A Deux.

⚖️ CPAC Kicks Off

The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off today in Dallas, Texas. This year's conference will feature speeches from former president Donald Trump, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orbán spoke today, fighting for \"Christian values\" and law and order.

💻 BlackRock Goes For Crypto

BlackRock will partner with Coinbase Prime to offer institutional investors a channel for purchasing and holding crypto. The value of Coinbase shares rose in response to the deal.

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⚖️ Dick Cheney Calls Trump a Coward

In an ad for his daughter Liz Cheney's reelection campaign for Senator of Wyoming, Dick Cheney calls Trump a coward and calls out Republicans for supporting Trump, calling him the greatest \"threat to the Republic\" the country has seen in 246 years.

⚡️ Public Health Emergency

The Biden administration classified the ongoing monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency today. Six thousand six hundred cases have been confirmed in the U.S. thus far. The declaration will free up additional funding for the country to provide vaccinations and bolster its response to the outbreak.

💻 Ongoing Fallout from Solana Hack

The cryptocurrency exchange platform Solana revealed today that hackers gained access to users' holdings through Slope Finance's mobile wallet, where some Solana users stored their cryptocurrency holdings.

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🍿 HBO Max and Discovery+ to Merge

HBO Max and the streaming service Discovery+, which Warner Bros. Discovery owns, will merge into one single streaming platform in the summer of 2023.

⚡️ Shots Fired at Mall of America

Police have responded to reports of gunshots at the Mall of America outside of Minneapolis. The police secured the scene and evacuated the mall. They have not found a victim, and there is no suspect in custody.

⚖️ Jury Decides in Jones Trial

The jury decided today that Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the family of a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting. The jury in the defamation trial deliberated for less than a day and will award punitive damages tomorrow.

💻 Meta's NFT Support Goes Global

Meta will roll out its support for NFTs on Instagram starting today, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The change will allow users in 100 countries to post their NFTs. He also announced that the platform will support Coinbase and Dapper as third-party crypto wallets.

💻 Lyft Flourishes in Second Quarter

Lyft beat Wall Street's expectations and announced earnings of $990.7 million in the second quarter, up from their earnings in the first quarter. The earnings reflect Lyft's cost-cutting measures, including laying off staff and internal restructuring.

🍿 Franco to Play Castro

Actor James Franco will play the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, in the upcoming film, \"Alina Of Cuba.\" Ana Villafañe will play Castro's daughter, turned defector, turned advocate, Alina Fernandez.

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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 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 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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