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Week In Review

By Caroline Solochewicz


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


Entertainment

Study Shows Disability Representation Onscreen Is Increasing, but Still Falls Short

A study shows that television falls short behind film when it comes to representation of characters with disabilities.


Will Smith Says He Is 'Deeply Remorseful' Over Chris Rock Slap

Four months later, Will Smith addressed the slap in a video he posted online.


Phyo Zeya Thaw, Burmese Pro-democracy Rapper, 41, Is Executed

Hip-hop star who is a democracy activist in Myanmar, was sentenced to death and executed.


Arts

Who Can Play the King? Questions of Representation Fuel Casting Debates

Production casting is looking into actors of various features and abilities in an effort to promote inclusivity and look beyond race, ethnicity or abelism.


Tourist Jailed for Taking Artifacts in Iraq Has Conviction Overturned

A British tourist who was detained and sentenced to 15 years in prison was acquitted on appeal.


Sports

U.S. Offers Prisoner Swap to Secure Griner's Release

In an effort to get WNBA player Griner and another American detainee back to the U.S, the government has proposed exchanging a Russian arms dealer.


Penn State Setback In Vintage Brand Lawsuit Could Shake Sports Industry

A court ruling challenges longstanding assumptions about trademark protection for sports logos.


FBI Indicates That It Is Willing to Settle Nassar Lawsuits

In a letter to the lawyers of the women who have sued the FBI, the bureau said that it would consider settlements.


Federal Judge in Louisiana Halts New Horseracing Safety Rules in Two States

Louisiana passed an Act in 2020 in an effort to address horse deaths and injuries. However, new safety rules over thoroughbred horseracing are on hold there and in West Virginia, after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction.


Judge Blocks Enforcement of Indiana Transgender Sports Ban

A lawsuit was filed in May and challenges an Indiana law known as HEA 1041 that bars transgender girls from participating on K-12 public school sports teams that are designated for girls. The 11-year-old who was barred is allowed to rejoin the team while the lawsuit continues.


Under Armour Agrees to Pay UCLA More Than $67 Million to Resolve Lawsuit

Under Armour and UCLA have agreed to a $67.491 million settlement to end the university's lawsuit against the company after the brand tried to end their 15 year contract.


Case Against Rugby Union Governing Bodies on Dementia Destined for Courts

A legal case involving a group of rugby players diagnosed with early-onset dementia and other irreversible neurological impairments is being questioned in court.


Will Anyone Hold Daniel Snyder Accountable?

The Washington Commanders' owner finally appeared before a Congressional committee investigating his team's workplace culture.


For Women Cyclists, It's a Steep Climb to Tour Equality

After 33 years, a women's Tour de France is back.


Major League Baseball Players Choose Status Quo Over International Draft

The league and its players' union can't agree on a plan to reform the acquisition of international amateurs.


Technology/Media

Federal Trade Commission Sues to Block Meta's Virtual Reality Deal as It Confronts Big Tech

The lawsuit is an example of how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is approaching tech deals and the metaverse by specifically targeting Facebook.


Democratic Lawmakers Want FTC to Go After Gun Ads

Lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would push the FTC to scrutinize the way the gun industry markets firearms.


Parents of Sandy Hook Victim at Alex Jones Trial Seek $150 Million in Damages

Lawyers representing the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting told a jury that the conspiracy broadcaster Alex Jones should pay them $150 million for claiming that they were complicit in a government plot to fake the shooting as a pretext for gun control efforts.


One American News, a Dependable Trump Promoter, Faces a 'Death Blow'

The future of One America News (OAN), a powerful conservative media outlet, has been dropped by major carriers such as Verizon due to promoting political falsehoods.


Instagram, Facing Criticism From Kylie Jenner and Others, Tries Explaining Itself

A number of celebrities are openly criticizing Meta for the changes and updates to Instagram as the company tries to keep up with its competitor, TikTok.


Senate Advances Expansive Industrial and Technological Policy Bill to Counter China

The vote indicated bipartisan support for the legislation and would allow for $250 billion to be allocated for research.


General News

Manchin Won a Pledge From Democrats to Finish a Contested Pipeline

To secure the senator's support for a climate and tax package, Democrats promised to pass a law to complete the line and to prioritize some other fossil fuel projects.


Assault Weapons Makers Testify That They Bear No Responsibility for Gun Violence

Amid mass shootings throughout the nation, two executives testified that they bore no responsibility for the surge in gun violence that has taken place, although they promote guns to young men and revenue from sales has been surging.


Last Two Officers Involved in George Floyd's Death Are Sentenced to Prison

A judge sentenced J. Alexander Kueng to three years in prison and Tou Thao to three and a half years.


Sixth Teenager Charged in Central Park Jogger Case Is Exonerated

The Central Park Five were teenagers of color wrongfully charged with the rape of a jogger in a case that shook New York City and the nation. Steven Lopez, now 48, had his conviction overturned.


'Kind of Wild/Creative': Emails Shed Light on Trump Fake Electors Plan

Communications show that advisors knew of fake voters leading up to the presidential election.

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