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Week In Review

By Kajon Pompey Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News:

Entertainment Weinstein's Conviction is Upheld Harvey Weinstein's 2020 conviction on felony sex crimes is upheld. The decision by a New York appeals court will increase the likelihood that the movie producer will serve a significant portion of his 23-year sentence. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/nyregion/harvey-weinstein-conviction-appeal.html

Heard Defamed Depp in Abuse Allegation; the Trial Exposes the Cost of Social Media in the #MeToo Era Heard represented herself as a 'public figure representing domestic abuse' in an op-ed in The Washington Post. A seven-person jury found that the op-ed defamed Depp and awarded him $10 million in damages. Heard is reportedly 'heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.' The case posed a newsworthy one to watch and while Depp managed to clear the high bar that all celebrities/public figures face in proving defamation, it may create worry among women who want to come forward with abuse allegations. It is one the highest profile defamation cases to make it to trial and has provided lawyers with necessary litigation strategy and legal advice to people considering going public with sexual misconduct accusations. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/arts/depp-heard-trial.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/business/media/depp-heard-journalism-metoo.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/arts/depp-metoo-defamation.html

Cosby Trial Update: Kimberley Burr Kimberly Burr testified that Bill Cosby kissed her at 14. Burr was testifying in another case against Cosby by Judith Huth, who is accusing Cosby of sexual assault at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1975. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/arts/television/bill-cosby-judy-huth-trial.html

Cosby Victims and Their Memories In the Huth lawsuit, the issue of her recollection was presented where Dr. Ziv, a psychiatrist, stated that memories of a sexual assault events could take time for a victim to fully understand and that it is quite common for victims not to report the assault because they are ashamed. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/arts/bill-cosby-judy-huth-witness.html

Stormy Daniels's Lawyer Michael Avenatti is Sentenced to Four Years The actor and Trump accuser Stormy Daniels used Michael Avenatti's legal services in 2018. Avenetti was soon convicted of wire fraud and aggravated theft as part of his plan to steal nearly $300,000 from Daniels. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/nyregion/michael-avenatti-sentenced-stormy-daniels.html

Arts Ferrarini v. Irgit - Bikini Lawsuit The case centers around the copyright of a crocheted bikini. In the amended complaint, Ferrarini tried to frame her case against the defendants for copyright infringement. The district court sided with the defendants that the gravamen of Ferrari's copyright claim was one for ownership, not infringement, and thereby the relevant statute of limitations commended once Ferrarini had notice of the dispute. Thus, the district court found that under the applicable 'notice' statute of limitation, Ferrarini's copyright claim is barred and the Second Circuit affirmed and found for the defendants. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/business/kiini-bikini-lawsuit-ipek-irgit-solange-ferrarini.html

$2 Million Theft at St. Augustine Tabernacle An already struggling Brooklyn Church sees another blow to its restoration with a burglary of gold statues. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/nyregion/tabernacle-st-augustine-church-brooklyn.html

Creativity in the Sanitation Department Sto Len works for New York's sanitization department but also serves as the agency's resident artist, repurposing waste and adding humanity into the profession. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/30/nyregion/sanitation-department-artist-sto-len.html

Kevin Spacey in Britain Actor Kevin Spacey to face four counts of criminal sexual assault charges for his time at the Old Vic theater. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/arts/television/kevin-spacey-sexual-assault-uk.html

Pro-American Images in Chinese Math Textbook is Causing a Stir Illustrations deemed pro-americas, such as "bulges protruding from male students' pants", has promoted textbook publishers to apologize. China's Ministry of Education announced a nationwide investigation of all primary, secondary, and university textbooks. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/world/asia/china-children-textbooks.html

Sports The Dodgers Decides to Embrace a Former Shunned Gay Player At Pride Night, The Dodgers decided to finally embrace an adored outfielder. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/sports/baseball/glenn-burke-dodgers-pride.html

Casino Royale is Headed for New York City On the rise is a plan to bring a piece of Las Vegas vibes to New York City. In April, state lawmakers approved up to three full-service casinos in New York City area. The plan hope to attract new job opportunities, tax revenue, and more tourists. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/04/nyregion/nyc-casinos-gambling.html

Double Base Still Missing in College Softball The double base directs runners toward the outer half and the fielder to the portion inside the foul line, in order to protect players around the bases. Recreational leagues and the Olympics have adopted the double base to prevent injuries, but because State high school associations and the NCAA set their own policies, they are still holding out on the safety measure. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/sports/college-softball-safety-base.html

Media/Technology Supreme Court Blocks Texas from Regulation Social Media Platform The Court decision prevents a Texas law that would ban large social media companies from removing posts based on expressed views. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/us/politics/supreme-court-social-media-texas.html

Lack of Evidence in Palin's Libel Case Sarah Palin lost her bid for a new trial in her libel case against The New York Times, where a judge concluded that Palin lacked a "speck" of evidence necessary to prove the newspaper defamed her in a 2017 editorial. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/business/sarah-palin-new-york-times-libel.html

Sandberg's Reign in Tech is the Exception Sheryl Sandberg announced that she was resigning as the chief operating officer at Meta. Her reign in Tech does nothing for the ascension of women in powerful positions in this industry, with many obstacles still to climb for many. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/technology/sheryl-sandberg-women-in-tech.html

Hate on the Web The Buffalo massacre suspect had surfed through a lot of racist and antisemitic websites online. For instance, on BitChute, a video sharing site known for hosting right-wing extremism, he listened to a lecture on the decline of American middle class. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/technology/fringe-mainstream-social-media.html

Crypto Hype and Celebrities Collab Logan Paul takes to Twitter to market a new cryptocurrency--Dink Doink https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/27/technology/crypto-influencers.html

NFT Fraud is Here Manhattan prosecutors accused a former employee of OpenSea of insider trading. The employee is accused of using his knowledge of which NFTs would be showcased on the website's homepage to secretly purchase from those collections in advance. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/business/crypto-insider-trading-opensea-nft.html

Google Translate adds Allinllachu, Quechua On the quest to include languages from underrepresented parts of the world, Google technology aims to connect communities worldwide. The indigenous language, Quechua, has 7 million speakers and is now added to google translate. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/world/americas/google-translate-quechua.html

Kremlin Punishes War Critics for Using Voice Vladimir Efimov, a local Russian politician, was charged with 'discrediting the army' and charged with a $500 fine three times in recent months over antiwar comments on social media. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/world/europe/russia-ukraine-war-critics-arrests.html

General News Biden Demands Lawmakers Respond to Mass Killing President Biden wants lawmakers to pass laws banning assault-style weapons, expand background checks, and pass 'red flag' laws after the Texas and New York massacres. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/us/politics/biden-guns-speech.html

Four Laws That Could Have Saved 35 Lives in Recent Mass Shootings Congress is now considering key gun control proposals that, if enacted in 1999, would have prevent four young gunmen under 21 from buying rifles used in the most recent mass shootings. All together, four measures could have prevented loopholes in background checks, preventing theft of rifles by encouraging or requiring safe gun storage, and preventing large magazine purchases that allows the gunmen to upgrade their guns. The upgrade allow each gunman to take least an additional of 16 lives. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/04/upshot/mass-shooting-gun-laws.html

Buffalo Jury Indicts on 25 Counts in Massacre The man accused of racist shooting in Buffalo supermarket is indicted by grand jury on 25 counts, including murder, domestic terrorism, and other charges. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/nyregion/buffalo-gunman-indictment.html

Lack of Communication and Coordination in the Uvalde Police Response An examination of the police response at Robb Elementary found a breakdown in communication and tactical decision-making. For instance, according to sources, the Chief Arredondo did not have a police ration with him. Such breakdowns possibly contributed to additional deaths and a critical delay in medical attention to the wounded. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/us/uvalde-police-response.html

New York Democrats Flex by Passing Stricter Gun Bills Democrat lawmakers in Albany enacted protections denied elsewhere in wake of the numerous mass shootings across the nation. The broad package of laws enacted include gun bills aimed at raising the minimum age to buy a semiautomatic rifle to 21, ban most civilians from purchasing bullet-resistant body vests, and revise the state's so-called red flag laws. This makes New York the first state to approve such legislation following the events in Buffalo and Texas. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/nyregion/guns-abortion-laws-ny.html

A First in New York: Terrorism Hate Charge In wake of Buffalo massacre, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an executive order to establish a unit to monitor social media for violent extremism. Hochul also backed a number of new measures to tighten the state's gun laws. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/nyregion/buffalo-shooting-suspect-murder-hate-crime.html

Victim in Subway Shooting Sues Gunmaker Victimized in the worst shooting in New York's transit system in decades, Illene Steur was struck in the buttocks on her way to her real-estate job. Steur filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the firearm used in the attack claims that it should be held liable for the chaos. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/nyregion/subway-shooting-victim-sues-gun-maker-glock.html

Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach 4-Million-Year High and Climbing Carbon Dioxide broke a record in May - it is now 50% higher than the preindustrial average, before humans began the widespread use of oil, gas, and coal in the 19th century. The growing average indicates that countries have made little progress toward the goal originally set in Paris in 2015--limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/climate/carbon-dioxide-record.html

Environmental Protection Agency to Allow States to Block Pipelines The Biden Administration, reversing Trump, will move to restore authority to states and tribes to veto gas pipelines and other energy related projects. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/climate/states-tribes-pipelines.html

U.S. Debates Seizure of Russian Assets Leaders around the world are calling for seizure of more than $300 million of Russian central bank assets and handing funds to Ukraine to help rebuild the country. The U.S. is resistant to do the same, holding the belief that this would discourage other countries from turning to the U.S. as a safe haven for their investments. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/us/politics/russia-sanctions-central-bank-assets.html

Reagan's Attempted Assassinator Will be Freed Soon John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981. A federal judge said he would be 'unconditionally released' on June 15th. www.nytimes.com/2022/06/01/us/john-hinckley-reagan.html


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