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Week In Review

By Darby Daly

Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

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


Entertainment

Teen Stars of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Sue Over Nudity in 1968 Film

Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting assert in a lawsuit that Paramount Pictures should have known that nude images of them in their teens were “secretly and unlawfully obtained.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/movies/romeo-and-juliet-nudity-lawsuit.html?searchResultPosition=1


Jennifer Shah, ‘Real Housewives’ Star, Sentenced in Fraud Scheme

Jennifer Shah, who appears on “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” was sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for her involvement in a telemarketing scheme.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/us/jennifer-shah-rhoslc-sentenced.html?searchResultPosition=1


Top French Film Awards Bar Nominees Who Are Under Investigation on Sexual Violence Charges

The César Academy’s decision is its latest effort to improve its image after years marked by abuse scandals.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/world/europe/france-cesar-awards-sexual-abuse.html?searchResultPosition=1


Arts

Activist Who Removed Banksy Mural From Kyiv Suburb Could Face Prison

The mural, showing a woman in a bathrobe wearing a gas mask and holding a fire extinguisher, was one of seven artworks painted by Banksy on war-ravaged buildings in and around Kyiv.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/world/europe/banksy-mural-ukraine-prison.html?searchResultPosition=1


Sports

Rick Singer, Mastermind of Varsity Blues Scandal, Is Sentenced to 3½ Years in Prison

Although the ruling is a final chapter in the cheating scandal, cynicism over college admissions, athletics, and fund-raising is not going away.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/us/rick-singer-sentenced-college-admissions-scandal.html?searchResultPosition=1


Former U.S.C. Official Sentenced to 6 Months for Role in College Admissions Scandal

Donna Heinel, as the gatekeeper for athletic recruits, also played a key role in the sweeping college admissions scandal.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/us/college-admissions-scandal-heinel-usc.html?searchResultPosition=1


Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest Highlights Danger Across Sports

The collapse of Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills has brought attention to sudden cardiac arrest and the need for the proper medical care and equipment from youth leagues to the professional ranks.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/sports/damar-hamlin-cardiac-arrest.html?searchResultPosition=1


Media & Technology

Sam Bankman-Fried Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud and Other Charges

The founder of the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, who was released on a $250 million bond, returned to New York to appear in court on Tuesday.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/technology/sam-bankman-fried-pleads-not-guilty.html?searchResultPosition=1


Social Media Use Is Linked to Brain Changes in Teens, Research Finds

Teens who frequently checked social media showed an increasing sensitivity to peer feedback, although the cause of the changes was not clear.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/health/social-media-brain-adolescents.html?searchResultPosition=1


Video Game Workers Get a Union Foothold at Microsoft

The outcome, involving about 300 employees, is one of organized labor’s biggest victories at a major U.S. tech company.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/business/video-game-workers-microsoft-union.html?searchResultPosition=1


Twitter to Relax Ban on Political Ads

Twitter said that it would begin to permit cause-based advertising to “facilitate public conversation around important topics.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/technology/twitter-political-ads.html?searchResultPosition=1


Google Employees Brace for a Cost-Cutting Drive as Anxiety Mounts

The tech giant has so far taken steps to streamline without mass layoffs, but employees are girding for deeper cuts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/28/technology/google-job-cuts.html?searchResultPosition=1


As Covid-19 Continues to Spread, So Does Misinformation About It

Doctors are exasperated by the persistence of false and misleading claims about the virus.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/28/technology/covid-misinformation-online.html?searchResultPosition=1


After Boycott from Law Schools, U.S. News & World Report Changes Ranking System

The magazine, which has been rating top schools for decades, said in a letter to deans that it is altering its methods to address their concerns.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/02/us/after-boycott-from-law-schools-us-news-world-report-changes-ranking-system.html?searchResultPosition=1


Meta’s Ad Practices Ruled Illegal Under E.U. Law

The decision is one of the most consequential issued under the E.U.’s landmark data-protection law and creates a new business headwind for the social media giant.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/technology/meta-facebook-eu-gdpr.html?searchResultPosition=1


Detained Journalist’s Hunger Strike Highlights Press Freedom Woes in Senegal

Pape Alé Niang, an investigative reporter, was arrested on charges of disclosing confidential government information. Journalists and rights defenders say he was just doing his job.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/07/world/africa/senegal-journalist-hunger-strike.html?searchResultPosition=1


General News

Trying to Trademark ‘Rigged Election’ and Other Revelations From the Jan. 6 Transcripts

The Jan. 6 committee released a whirlwind of documents in its final days and wrapped up its work.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/02/us/politics/jan-6-committee-transcripts.html?searchResultPosition=1


From Gingrich to McCarthy, the Roots of Governance by Chaos

Newt Gingrich began the zero-sum politics that mutated into the brand of the Tea Party and Trump M.A.G.A. Republicans and that presaged the raucous speaker battle in the House of Representatives, where Kevin McCarthy, after 15 rounds of voting, was finally elected as Speaker.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/07/us/politics/speaker-mccarthy-gingrich-trump.html?searchResultPosition=1


Speaker Drama Raises New Fears on Debt Limit

An emboldened conservative flank and concessions made to win votes could lead to a protracted standoff on critical fiscal issues, risking economic pain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/07/us/politics/speaker-election-debt-limit-republicans.html?searchResultPosition=1


U.S. Moves to Bar Noncompete Agreements in Labor Contracts

A sweeping proposal by the Federal Trade Commission would block companies from limiting their employees’ ability to work for rivals or similar companies. Some experts believe this to be overreaching and likely to be challenged.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/05/business/economy/ftc-noncompete.html?searchResultPosition=1


Biden Administration Defends Student Loan Cancellation at Supreme Court

In a brief, the president’s lawyers argued that his administration had acted within its authority in moving to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student debt.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/us/politics/biden-student-loans-supreme-court.html?searchResultPosition=1


Abortion Pills Can Now Be Offered at Retail Pharmacies, F.D.A. Says

Mifepristone, the first of two drugs in medicinal abortions, previously had to be dispensed only by clinics, doctors or via a few mail-order pharmacies. Now, if local drugstores or pharmacy chains agree to certain rules, they can provide it. CVS and Walgreens have indicated that they will offer the pills in states where it is legally permissible to do so.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/03/health/abortion-pill-cvs-walgreens-pharmacies.html?searchResultPosition=1


F.D.A. Approves New Treatment for Early Alzheimer’s

The drug, Leqembi, may modestly slow cognitive decline in early stages of the disease but carries some safety risks. Still, data suggests that it is more promising than the small number of other available treatments.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/health/alzheimers-drug-leqembi-lecanemab.html?searchResultPosition=1


Two Years Later, Prosecutions of Jan. 6 Rioters Continue to Grow

The Justice Department’s investigation of the Capitol attack, already the largest it has ever conducted, has resulted in 900 arrests, with the potential for hundreds more to come.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/us/politics/jan-6-capitol-riots-prosecutions.html?searchResultPosition=1


Judge Scolds Trump Legal Team and Lets James’s Lawsuit Proceed

A New York judge declined to dismiss the state attorney general’s suit against the former president and called his lawyers’ filing frivolous.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/nyregion/trump-letitia-james-lawsuit.html?searchResultPosition=1


Federal Panel Rules That South Carolina Congressional District Is Illegal Gerrymander

A 3-judge federal panel unanimously ruled that South Carolina’s redrawn First Congressional District illegally removed 62% of the Black voters in Charleston County.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/us/south-carolina-gerrymandering.html?searchResultPosition=1


South Carolina Constitution Includes Abortion Right, State Supreme Court Rules

The decision overturns the state’s 6-week ban on abortion, a major victory for abortion rights in the South, where the procedure is strictly limited.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/05/us/south-carolina-abortion-supreme-court.html?searchResultPosition=1


A Heavily Armed Man Caused Panic at a Supermarket, But Did He Break the Law?

In states with permissive gun laws, police and prosecutors have limited tools at their disposal when a heavily armed individual sows fear or panic in public.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/02/us/atlanta-gun-laws.html?searchResultPosition=1


L.A. County to Pay $20 Million for Land Once Seized From Black Family

California officials seized a beachfront property from Willa and Charles Bruce in 1924. Los Angeles County returned it to their great-grandsons last year. Now they are selling it back.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/us/bruces-beach-la-county.html?searchResultPosition=1


Brazilian Authorities Will Revive Fraud Case Against George Santos

A 2008 court case had been suspended because Brazilian law enforcement officials could not find George Santos. After the unfavorable news coverage about his campaign lies, they now know where he is.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/02/nyregion/george-santos-brazil.html?searchResultPosition=1

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