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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

California Governor Urges Hollywood to Protect Its Liberal Views

Gov. Newsom took sponsored an ad in Variety to speak directly to Hollywood regarding removing media and entertainment businesses from states like Georgia and Oklahoma to protect liberal views on guns, civil rights, and abortion choice. Further, Newsom introduced a $1.65 Billion, five year extension of California's film and television production tax program.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/us/newsom-hollywood-abortion-states.html


Arts

Broadway Ends To Kill A Mockingbird

In New York, the stage adaptation of the book will be pulled from Broadway due to a dispute among the producers and rights owners.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/29/theater/to-kill-a-mockingbird-closes-broadway.html


Potential Merger in the Literary Field

Penguin Random House brokered a deal to purchase rival Simon and Schuster back in the fall of 2020. The potential merger would shrink the big publisher market from the Big Five to just four. Antitrust experts weigh in and opine that it would raise intense scrutiny from regulators as the merger would be the combo would produce a disproportionate percentage of top-selling books.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/31/books/penguin-random-house-simon-schuster-antitrust-trial.html


Broadway, The Hard-Knock Life

Should the theater change itself and address wellness, compensation, and child care, or stick with the hard knocks of paying dues with injuries, 18-hour days, and missing families due to auditions and performances?

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/theater/theater-safer-work-reformation.html


Sports

Brittney Griner Found Guilty

A Russian court found WNBA player Brittney Griner guilty of an attempt to smuggle illegal narcotics into Russia and sentenced her to nine years in a Russian penal colony. Her conviction will now lead to the negotiations of a Griner and Paul N. Whelan swap. Among many Americans who are wrongfully detained by Russia, President Biden is intensifying the pressure for her release.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/08/04/world/brittney-griner-trial-verdict-russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/sports/basketball/wnba-brittney-griner-supporters.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/world/europe/russia-brittney-griner-sentence.html


LIV Golfers v. PGA Tour Antitrust Lawsuit

11 LIV Golfers filed an antitrust lawsuit challenging their suspensions and more. In a memo, the PGA Tour challenged the lawsuit, arguing that it was an attempt by the golfers to use the platform to 'promote themselves and to free ride on [their] benefits and efforts.'

https://www.wsj.com/articles/liv-golf-phil-mickelson-sue-pga-tour-antitrust-fedex-cup-playoffs-11659544753

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/cycling/pga-responds-to-lawsuit-filed-by-saudi-golf-league-employees-in-scathing-memo/ar-AA10hwTe?ocid=msedgntp


Triathlon Permits Transgender Women to Compete

The Olympic sport of triathlon will continue to permit transgender women to compete in its female category at international events. However, there are new eligibility rules.

https://www.centredaily.com/sports/article264157351.html


Former Attorney General Appointed to Cleveland Brown Quarterback Deshaun Watson Case

The National Football League (NFL) appointed Peter C. Harvey to hear its appeal of the six-game suspension of Deshaun Watson for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/sports/football/peter-harvey-deshaun-watson-nfl.html


Technology/Media

Alex Jones, Infowar Host, Acknowledges Lies and is Told to Pay The Piper

In a defamation lawsuit, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones faced evidence showing that he withheld key information regarding the lies he spread about the deadly 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. The text messages evidence will be sent to the Jan. 6th panel for investigation. The texts contain two years of data, including messages with Trump allies. The House Committee believes that they may be relevant to Jones's participation in organizing the riots.


A Texas jury also awarded Sandy Hook Elementary School victims with $4 million in compensatory damages, then added $45.2 million in punitive damages in the defamation case for Jones's spreading the lie that a victim's parents helped stage the massacre.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/us/politics/alex-jones-texts-jan-6-committee.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/us/politics/alex-jones-trial-sandy-hook.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/us/politics/alex-jones-damages-sandy-hook.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/us/politics/alex-jones-verdict.html


Musk v. Twitter

Musk accuses Twitter of fraud, alleging that Twitter concealed the true number of fake account son its platform. He claims that the fake accounts are at least 10% of Twitter's daily active users. Twitter disagrees with the allegations.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/technology/musk-twitter-fraud.html


Antitrust Bill for Big Tech Becomes A New Priority in Midterm Elections

Politicians, activists, and regulators were hoping that this summer would be a Hot Antitrust Summer for Big Tech.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/business/antitrust-bill-klobuchar.html


The State of Student Privacy is at Risk

Software used by school districts to track student progress also contain sensitive and confidential information about the students; on record, the software has information such as whether the student is homeless, suffers mental illness, and more. With access to such information, cybersecurity in the education system has become a major risk.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/31/business/student-privacy-illuminate-hack.html


Man with Rifle Found Outside Iranian Writer's New York Home

A trespasser was arrested and found with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle outside the Brooklyn home of an Iranian American journalist, who is a target for an international kidnapping plot.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/31/nyregion/iran-masih-alinejad-rifle-arrest.html


General News

Biden Administration Kills Alleged Key Plotter in 9/11 Attack

Ayman alZawahri, a key plotter in 9/11 and the latest leader of Al Qaeda, was killed by a drone strike in Afghanistan.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/01/us/politics/al-qaeda-strike-afghanistan.html


Senator Sinema Joins Other Democrats in Climate, Health, and Taxes

Senate Sinema supports moving forward with climate, tax and health care package, which is a win for President Biden's domestic agenda and NY Senator Chuck Schumer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/us/politics/sinema-inflation-reduction-act.html


MonkeyPox: An American Emergency

The Biden Administration declared the growing Monkeypox outbreak a national health crisis.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/health/monkeypox-emergency-us.html


G.O.P. Treasurers Combat Climate Actions

Republicans are working to fight against companies seeking to create green plans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/climate/republican-treasurers-climate-change.html


Kansas Abortion Vote Shifts Republican Tone

Republican candidates are starting to switch gears and appeal their strict abortion views after realizing such tone would hurt their fall campaigns.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/us/politics/republicans-abortion-kansas.html


Indiana Lawmakers Pass Abortion Ban

Indiana is the first post Roe v. Wade state to draw up and approve sweeping new limits on the procedure. The bill bans abortion from conception except in some cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality or when the pregnant woman faces risk of death or certain severe health risk. The bill will now go to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/us/indiana-abortion-vote.html


G.O.P. Election on the Rise

Republicans who have disputed the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election could potentially see victories in a few important voting states.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/us/politics/arizona-2020-election-conspiracy-theories.html


Officers Face Federal Charges in Breonna Taylor Murder

Federal prosecutor accuse officers of including false information to obtain a warrant.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/us/breonna-taylor-officers-charged.html


Conservative Lawyer Pushed for Jan. 6th Lawsuits Challenging the Election Results

John Eastman, along with others, used legal tactics to bolster their challenge to the 2020 election.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/us/politics/john-eastman-trump-election-fraud.html


Two New NATO Members

Finland and Sweden were approved by Senate to join NATO.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/us/politics/sweden-finland-nato-senate-vote.html

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