Week In Review
Updated: May 16, 2022
By Caroline Solochewicz Edited by Elissa D. Hecker
Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News:
During the ongoing defamation suit filed by Johnny Depp against ex-wife Amber Heard, it came to light that Depp had lost $22.5 million after being pulled from his leading role in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. Disney removed the actor in response to Amber Heard's Op-Ed in the Washington Post following the couple's divorce.
Amber Heard then took stand and disputed his testimony that she was the aggressor in their relationship.
Kidd Creole, a Hip-Hop Pioneer, Sentenced to 16 Years in Killing
Nathaniel Glover, a rapper by the stage name of Kidd Creole and part of the groups Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, stabbed a homeless man on the way to his copy-shop job. He was convicted of manslaughter in April in the death of John Jolly.
In Echo of Soviet Era, Russia's Movie Theaters Turn to Pirate Screenings
Since many Hollywood studios have pulled films from Russia due to the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, Russia is now screening bootleg films.
Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York
Broadway is slowly ending its mandate on vaccine checks as cases rise in New York. For-profit theater owners and operators agreed to stop checking for proof of vaccination, however, several nonprofit Broadway theaters will continue to check and require vaccinations.
Goodwill Sold a Bust for $34.99. It's an Ancient Roman Relic
Laura Young found a relic in a Texas Goodwill that was a part of a Bavariac king's collection. The antique will be returned to its pre-World War II home in Germany.
Louvre Bids to Keep a Chardin Bought by U.S. Museum in France
The Kimbell Art Museum in Texas is revealed to be the buyer of "Basket of Wild Strawberries", at an auction that The Louvre has named a "national treasure". The museum has expressed great interest in acquiring the painting to add to the other paintings it already houses by the artist Chardin.
How a Debut Graphic Memoir Became the Most Banned Book in the Country
Non-binary author Maia Kobabe wrote a graphic memoir about their experience and the book is now in the midst of conversational opinions about whether or not it should be allowed in schools throughout the nation.
Delayed Philip Guston Show Opens, With a Note From a Trauma Specialist
After a large debate, four museums postponed a major exhibition over concerns about Klan imagery in some paintings. However, the show is opening in Boston.
In a Nod to Changing Norms, Smithsonian Adopts Policy on Ethical Returns
The Smithsonian Institution announced that it has adopted a policy that will formally authorize its constituent museums to return items from their collections that were looted or were otherwise once acquired unethically. Previously, the legal right to a piece was looked upon as sufficient justification to keep it. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/03/arts/design/smithsonian-ethical-returns.html#:~:text=The%20Smithsonian%20Institution%20announced%20Tuesday,were%20otherwise%20once%20acquired%20unethically
Lawsuit Filed Against All Elite Wresting Over Alleged Violation of the ADA
A lawsuit has been filed against All Elite Wresting LLC that says the company breached the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
https://itrwrestling.com/news/lawsuit-filed-against-aew/ Former Oregon Football Player Loses Case Against NCAA
Former Oregon offensive lineman lost his civil case against the NCAA, in which he sued for damages based on an incident in January where he and two other football players were hospitalized with extertional rhabdomyolysis.
Georgia High School Association Uses New Law to Implement Anti-trans Sports Ban
Republican Gov. Kemp allowed a high school in Georgia to ban transgender students in Georgia from competing on sports teams consistent with their gender identities.
Plaintiffs Suing Deshaun Watson Want Judge to Force Watson to Appear for Depositions in May
The attorney for the women who are suing Deshaun Watson has asked a Texas judge to force the National Football League (NFL) quarterback to appear for pretrial depositions this month, after Watson claimed his new job in Cleveland prevented him from doing so.
Figure Skating Federation Proposes Raising Minimum Age to Compete
The figure skating federation is proposing to raise the minimum age of skaters from 15 to 17 after a medical assessment showed that elite competition may hurt younger athletes in terms of their "psychological and social development."
NFL Finds No Proof That Browns Paid Hue Jackson to Lose Games
Former U.S. attorney Mary Jo White led the NFL's look into claims made by former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson, who accused the team of providing incentives up to $750,000 as part of a four-year plan to deliberately lose games to improve their position in the draft in coming years.
Tennis Great Boris Becker Jailed for Two Years in Bankruptcy Case
Tennis player Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for hiding his assets from creditors after he had declared bankruptcy.
Trevor Bauer Suspension Explained
As per Major League Baseball (MLB) policy, Los Angeles Dodgers Trevor Bauer was suspended for domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. This suspension is the longest non-life suspension issued by MLB in the seven years of its domestic violence and sexual assault policy.
U.S. Government Says Brittney Griner Was 'Wrongfully Detained'
Two months ago W.N.B.A. star Brittney Griner was accused of having drugs in her luggage and taken into custody in Russia, the U.S. State Department said that it had determined she was "wrongfully detained," and will continue to legally support her.
'Nonbinary Runners Have Been Here the Whole Time'
In the past year, road races have debuted a nonbinary category, typically with around two dozen or fewer such competitors at each event.
Riot Games Sued Again For Gender Discrimination and Harassment
Following a gender discrimination suit, a former employee of Riot Games is suing the company on the same grounds, along with additional allegations, which include wrongful termination, gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, failure to prevent sexual harassment, and negligent hiring, supervision or retention.
New York City Sues Activision Over $68.7 Billion Microsoft Acquisition
Activision Blizzard is facing a new lawuist that could have serious consequences for tech company Microsoft and its deal to acquire the company. The New York Employees' Retirement System (NYCERS) has filed a lawsuit in Delaware, claiming that the CEO of Microsoft is "unfit to negotiate a sale."
New York City Pension Funds Sue Activision Over Financial Records
The funds claim Activision failed to turn over records as they investigate whether Activision secured a fair price in its planned sale to Microsoft.
Russia Kicked Out of Women's Euro 2022 as UEFA Extends Ongoing Ban for Clubs
Due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the UEFA decided to ban Russia from any form of participation in events and has announced that all results are considered null.
British Boxer Bowes Banned for Four Years Over Doping Violation
British boxer Bowes has been banned due to a failed drug test. The boxer tested positive for a drug that is designed to mimic similar effects to testosterone.
As World Cup Nears, Brands Weigh Cost of Teaming With Qatar
Wary of human rights issues, sponsors have decided to pull out of deals relating to sponsorships in Qatar for the World Cup.
Modern Pentathlon Trades Horses for an Obstacle Course
The Modern Pentathlon in the Olympics will be replaced by obstacle course racing. The decision came in light of concern over animal welfare, however, some athletes are not content with the change.
NBC News Says Parts of 11 Articles Were Plagiarized
NBC News said that it has found instances of plagiarism in 11 articles written by an unnamed reporter over the past year. The network said that an editor's note had been placed on each article and the plagiarized sections had been removed.
Musk Joins Moguls to Kill SEC 'Gag Orders' at the Supreme Court
Elon Musk has not been shy about his efforts to tackle the tech industry and desires to contribute to major changes affecting investors. He joined a brief that could have big implications for how the SEC brings cases and whether defendants who settle can ever talk about them. One focus of the group of executives, which includes Mark Cuban, is supporting Barry Romeril, a former chief financial officer of Xerox. The group is asking the Supreme Court to review a 2003 deal that Romeril made with the SEC that required him to be silent about a fraud case against him.
Inside Elon Musk's Big Plans for Twitter
Elon Musk has announced a number of changes in an effort to raise the number of users, varying from raising revenue to cutting down advertisements.
Apple faces European Union Antitrust Charges Over Apple Pay
European Union regulators accused Apple for blocking PayPal and other apps from access to technology features in the iPhone that allow for people to make a purchase with a quick tap.
A Leak That Slowed, but Did Not Stop, the Presses
In an effort to keep readers well informed, The New York Times slowed down printing after a lead on the court opinion regarding overturning Roe v. Wade.
Democrats Plan a Bid to Codify Roe, but Lack the Votes to Succeed
In announcing a vote on doomed legislation to enshrine abortion rights into federal law, the top Senate Democrat teed up a political fight for the midterm campaign.
American Bar Association May Eliminate Standardized Tests for Admissions
The ABA is rethinking the use of the LSAT for Law School Admissions. The committee will come together later in the month to come to a decision. This idea came to light after many agreed that the performance of law students is most important in law school and how quickly they pass the bar, rather than on standardized testing.
Pelosi Increases Pay Scale for House Staff, Setting a New Wage Floor
In an effort to improve working conditions on Capital Hill, Nancy Pelosi announced she was instituting a higher pay scale for House staff, moving for the first time to set a floor on annual wages and boosting the maximum salary.
Karine Jean-Pierre Is Named White House Press Secretary
President Biden selected Karine Jean-Pierre as the principal deputy press secretary, making her both the first openly gay and Black woman to hold one of the most high profile jobs in American politics.
Death Toll During Pandemic Far Exceeds Totals Reported by Countries, World Health Organization Says
Nearly 15 million more people died during the pandemic than would have in normal times, according to the World Health Organization. The calculations allow for scientists to assess the overall pandemic.
U.S. Intelligence Helped Ukraine Strike Russian Flagship, Officials Say
Although initially hesitant to help with battlefield intelligence, the United States provided tips that helped Ukrainian forces locate and strike the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, which shows the administration is easing its self-imposed limitations on how far it will go in helping Ukraine fight Russia.
Brian Benjamin Won't Be on the New York Ballot After All
Brian Benjamin, the former New York lieutenant governor who resigned after being indicted on federal bribery charges, will no longer appear on the state Democratic primary ballot after legislation passed that made it possible to remove him. Hochul will be signing a bill that was passed by the Assembly and Senate, which allows candidates who have been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor or felony after being nominated to be removed from the ballot if they do not intend to serve.