August, 18 2022

⚖️ Weisselberg Pleads Guilty

The Trump Organization's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, pled guilty today to participating in tax fraud. As CFO, Weisselberg lied about the value of Trump Organization-owned properties to get tax breaks and loans.

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💻 Tik Tok Tackles Misinformation

Tik Tok announced the creation of an Election Center on the app, where they will post fact-checked information about the midterm elections in November. They will also begin reviewing and removing videos containing election-misinformation.

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💻 Bombshell at Crypto.com

According to a report from The Verge, Crypto.com has been quietly laying off staff after publicly announcing they would lay off 5% of their team in June. Sources from the company told the publication that employees are disappearing from internal Slack channels or scheduled meetings without warning from the cryptocurrency giant.

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🍿 The NFL Decides on Deshaun

The NFL and the NFL Players Association settled the case of Deshaun Watson. The Cleveland Browns quarterback will serve an 11-game suspension without pay for allegedly sexually assaulting and harassing women during massage therapy sessions while he was a member of the Houston Texans. He will also pay a $5 million fine and undergo behavioral therapy.

🍿 Big Ten Goes Big Time

The Big Ten is entering into groundbreaking media rights agreements that will provide fans unprecedented access to College games. The new deals will allow fans to watch Big Ten football games from morning to night on Saturdays on broadcast platforms like Fox, CBS, and NBC. The conference is partnering with to stream games on Fox at Noon ET, CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET, and NBC in prime time.

💻 Alphabet Workers Union Petitions Google

Members of the Alphabet Workers Union at Google have petitioned the company, asking Google to expand privacy protections for people seeking abortions or gender-affirming surgeries.

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🍿 Brian Stelter Leaves CNN

CNN announced that they would be canceling \"Reliable Sources,\" the network's longest-running show. The show has been helmed by Brian Stelter for the past nine years. Conservatives have targeted Stelter for his coverage of the Trump administration.

🍿 Kanye Fumbles the Gap Bag

Kanye has responded to criticism about how his new Gap collection is being displayed. The collection is displayed in forty black Frakta bags, sorted by color, size, and style. Some internet users have said that the collection looks like it's being displayed in trash bags. However, Kanye said he is an innovator and made no apologies for the display.

⚖️ Watchdog Outs the Secret Service

A report published by the organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, revealed that the Secret Service did not inform Capitol Police about a threat made against Speaker Pelosi until after the Capitol Riot began on January 6th. The Secret Service was aware of messages on the app Parler that threatened Pelosi, other members of Congress, and President Biden as soon as two days before the riot but did not pass the information along.

🍿 Jonah Hill Protects his Mental Health

In an Instagram post, actor Jonah Hill wrote that he would no longer be promoting his films to protect his mental health. He also wrote that he had spent nearly twenty years experiencing anxiety attacks from \"public-facing events\" and that he has dealt with childhood insecurities exacerbated by public mockery about his body.

⚖️ Parents Take Advantage of New Utah Law

The parents of two high school students asked the Utah High School Activities Association to investigate the gender of a female student who beat their kids at state-level competition. The parents said the student violated HB11, a new Utah law banning transgender students from participating in sports in the gender group they identify with. The UHSAA contacted the student's school and asked for records going back to kindergarten to find evidence that she was female, which she was.

⚖️ Man Who Attacked Rushdie Indicted

24-year-old Hadi Matar has been indicted for rushing the stage and attacking the author Salman Rushdie while he spoke at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Matar is expected to appear in court. The 75-year-old author is recovering from his severe injuries in a hospital.

⚖️ The U.S. Will Manufacture Monkeypox Vaccines

As the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread in the U.S., the Danish manufacturer of the vaccine has reached a deal with the U.S. to allow American manufacturers to produce the vaccine to meet the rising demand.

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⚖️ DeSantis Blocked By Judge

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida Chief Judge Mark Walker temporarily blocked the implementation of the Stop Woke Act was championed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The act curbs the ability of workplaces and schools to discuss race or gender during diversity training or instruction. The injunction blocks the law from taking effect on the grounds that it violates the right to free speech.

🍿 R. Kelly Trial Proceeds

R. Kelly is on trial once again for 13 counts of producing and sharing child sex abuse images and obstruction of justice. The subject of a video that sparked a trial in 2008 about Kelly's predatory pattern of sexual abuse, where Kelly urinates on a teenage girl, testified today. She didn't testify in the singer's 2008 trial after being coerced and intimidated by Kelly.

💻 Apple's Security Flaw

Apple revealed that an anonymous researcher had tipped them off to three serious security flaws in iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The flaw could allow hackers to gain complete control of devices, so Apple cautioned users to update their devices to the most recent operating system with the highest protection.

🍿 Tevin Campbell Comes Out

R&B star Tevin Campbell shared with fans today that he identifies as a gay man in People Magazine's podcast \"PEOPLE Every Day.\" Campbell told the hosts that he had been living in fear for most of his career but that he had finally found the courage to be himself thanks to supportive fans.

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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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