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Week In Review

By Jessie Schuster

Edited by Elissa D. Hecker


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


Entertainment

Alec Baldwin Will Be Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in 'Rust' Killing

New Mexico Prosecutors believe actor Alec Baldwin had a duty to ensure that the gun used on the set of 'Rust' was safe to handle and will therefore be charging him with two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Halyna Hutchins. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the woman responsible for loading the gun, will have the same charges as the actor, and Dave Halls, the assistant director of the film already took a plea deal on his charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/arts/rust-shooting-charges-alec-baldwin.html?searchResultPosition=1


Alec Baldwin Charges Spur Debate on Responsibility for Guns on Set and Actors Worry

Professionals in the film industry are distraught over Baldwin's involuntary manslaughter charges, as it is widely believed by armorers and actors alike that it is not the actor's responsibility to ensure that a gun is safe on set. Actors fear that they will become responsible for guns on set.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/20/arts/alec-baldwin-gun-safety-film.html?searchResultPosition=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/arts/alec-baldwin-manslaughter-rust.html?searchResultPosition=1

Rapper Flo Rida Wins $82 Million Lawsuit Against Energy Drink Company Celsius

It has been found that Celsius breached its four year endorsement deal and hid information from Flo Rida, leading him to win millions in the suit brought against the energy drink company.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/rapper-flo-rida-wins-82-million-lawsuit-energy-drink-company-celsius-rcna66448


Kanye West's Legal Team Wants to Drop Him Via Newspaper Ad

Kanye West's legal team plans to use their constitutional right to notify him via newspaper to inform him that they will no longer be representing him after his controversial outbursts. The rapper has been avoiding communication with his former legal team, and they claim that they have no choice but to notify him in this manner.

https://www.news-journal.com/kanye-wests-legal-team-want-to-drop-him-via-newspaper-ad/article_a8b6982c-8832-57eb-ae61-d7e8573fe52b.html


'Real Housewives' Star Jen Shah Ordered to Complete Mental Health Program After Prison Sentence

Reality star Jen Shah, from the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to 78 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for committing wire fraud.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/real-housewives-star-jen-shah-ordered-mental-health-program-rcna65975


Zach Bryan Flips Off Ticketmaster, Aims to Shut Down Scalpers on New Summer Tour

Country star Zach Bryan is not looking to watch his fans pay absurd prices for his concerts and deal with what many Taylor Swift fans went through just months ago. The singer will be selling his tickets primarily through AXS.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/zach-bryan-2023-tour-dates-1234663912/


Romanian Court Extends Andrew Tate's Detention on Alleged Human Trafficking

The Big Brother and TikTok personality will remain behind bars in Europe with his brother as the two are facing criminal charges for sex trafficking.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/romanian-court-extends-andrew-tates-detention-alleged-human-traffickin-rcna66695


Arts

After 220 Years, the Fate of the Parthenon Marbles Rests in Secret Talks

The Greek government and a British museum are attempting to negotiate a deal over ancient Parthenon marbles to decide where the artifacts shall remain. Arguments from each side suggest that the marbles would be better off in its country, and the Greek government is not thrilled with the idea of England borrowing what it claims to be stolen artifacts, even though the British claim that the Marbles were acquired legitimately.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/17/arts/design/parthenon-sculptures-elgin-marbles-negotiations.html?searchResultPosition=1


Painter Awarded $2.5 Million in Dispute Over Work He Denied

Artist Peter Doig won millions of dollars when Judge Gard Feinerman ruled for him against a former corrections officer and an art gallery when the two sued him for denying a painting that seems to have been painted by an artist of the same name. One of the art dealers representing the gallery is considering an appeal, while Doig plans to donate a share of the money to a nonprofit to help incarcerated people make art while imprisoned.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/17/arts/design/peter-doig-painter-lawsuit.html?searchResultPosition=1 A Fake Death in Romancelandia

Romance novelist Susan Meachen claims that she has not done something legally wrong by faking her death online for two years, while other authors feel "gaslit" by her lie and have gone as far as filing a report with the FBI cybercrimes unit.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/16/health/fake-death-romance-novelist-meachen.html?searchResultPosition=1


After Lecturer Sues, Hamline University Walks Back Its 'Islamophobic' Comments

Hamline University calls a professor's actions "Islamophobic" after she showed her art history class an image of the Prophet Muhammad. The school is now taking back that comment, as the professor filed a lawsuit in MN District court, claiming that the comment caused damage to her reputation and emotional distress.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/17/us/hamline-lawsuit-prophet-muhammad-religion.html?searchResultPosition=1


Sports

U.S. District Court Upholds West Virginia's Transgender Sports Law

West Virginia's law that forbids people who identify as transgender to participate in sports that are not played by their birth sex has been upheld by the U.S. District Court. The federal judge found the law to be constitutional under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause and Title IX, after an 11-year-old transgender girl was not allowed to try out for her school's girl's cross-country team.

https://www.wvnews.com/statejournal/news/u-s-district-court-upholds-west-virginias-transgender-sports-law/article_e13c6044-9054-11ed-b43b-23c9d7e0153e.html


FIFA Trial Could Implicate Fox, a Major Player in Soccer

Fox Corporation's former executives could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of wire fraud and money laundering charges. The former executives are being accused of bribery, trafficking inside information, and hiding payments, all with the goal of gaining the rights to one of the FIFA World Cup matches.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/16/sports/soccer/fifa-trial-fox.html?searchResultPosition=1


Witness Says Inside Information Helped Fox Win World Cup Rights

It has been reveled in federal court that a former sports marketing executive that worked for Fox had been bribing a FIFA official for years. That official happened to be the decision maker of TV deals, leading to Fox winning a bid over ESPN and NBC in a blind auction for World Cup rights.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/20/sports/soccer/fox-world-cup-fifa-trial.html


All the Developers Who Want You to Want a New York Casino

Developers hoping to open casinos in the greater New York City area include SL Green in partnership with Caesars entertainment, the developer of Hudson Yards with Wynn Resorts, the Soloviev Group, Hudson's Bay Company, Steve Cohen, Thor Equities with Saratoga Casino Holdings, and Las Vegas Sands with RXR Realty. The potential developers are marketing the plans as opportunities for jobs and entertainment, not just games. Not everyone agrees.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/17/nyregion/casino-developers-nyc.html?searchResultPosition=1

Media & Technology

Supreme Court Poised to Reconsider Key Tenets of Online Speech

Two upcoming Supreme Court cases may change the way social media governs its platforms. Typically, online networks have control over what can and cannot be posted on their platforms, and the networks cannot be held responsible for what users post, but these upcoming cases may change those regulations.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/technology/supreme-court-online-free-speech-social-media.html?searchResultPosition=1


Auburn Banned TikTok, and Students Can't Stop Talking About It

Students at Auburn University are not thrilled to have to use their personal data if they choose to use the popular social media app on campus. As growing political concerns over cyber-security make their way through the news cycle, college campuses are making a statement by taking the app off their campus-wide Wi-Fi networks.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/15/business/auburn-tiktok-ban-students.html?searchResultPosition=1


Lawyers Barred by Madison Square Garden Found a Way Back In

MSG Entertainment's new facial recognition technology is causing more legal trouble for the company and its venues after the technology has been used to scan the faces of lawyers who are banned from concerts and shows at the New York spots. Attorneys from firms that are representing parties who are suing MSG Entertainment are now also filing complaints to the attorney general's office.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/16/technology/madison-square-garden-ban-lawyers.html?searchResultPosition=1


Tech Layoffs Shock Young Workers. The Older People? Not So Much.

Gen-Z and millennial workers are not seeing layoffs from major tech companies as a blessing in disguise, unlike older generations. Age is being found to greatly affect the way people react to being laid off from companies like Lyft and Microsoft, as older employees have already experienced a similar phenomenon in the early 2000s during the dot-com crash.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/20/technology/tech-layoffs-millennials-gen-x.html?searchResultPosition=1


AI Isn't to Blame for Layoffs at Microsoft and Other Tech Companies

While tech workers are fearful AI is responsible for the massive companywide layoffs, it actually is the current state of the economy that is forcing tech giants to let go a percentage of their work force.

https://time.com/6248290/microsoft-layoffs-ai/


In Hunt for FTX Assets, Lawyers Locate Billions in Cash and Crypto

As lawyers from Sullivan & Cromwell continue to work to recover assets from the Crypto company FTX, they revealed that $5.5 billion has been found in customer accounts and in other parts of the company.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/17/business/ftx-assets.html?searchResultPosition=1

General News Supreme Court Investigators Say That They Have Not Identified the Person Who Leaked Draft Abortion Opinion

The Supreme Court's internal investigation to identify the person who leaked the opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade last May has failed. The investigators found it unlikely that a hacker was responsible for the leak, but the internal investigation did not point to any person that works with or closely to the Court.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/us/politics/supreme-court-leak-roe.html?searchResultPosition=1


America Hit Its Debt Limit, Setting Up Bitter Fiscal Fight

The U.S. has reached $31.4 trillion in debt, causing the Treasury Department to use "extraordinary measures" to ensure the country can keep up with its necessary commitments financially. Economists fear a major financial crisis if immediate action is not taken by congress.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/us/politics/debt-limit-economy.html?searchResultPosition=1


Right-Wing Trump Allies Win Seats on Oversight Reflecting G.O.P. Priorities

Some of the most conservative representatives that had and continue to have a close relationship with former President Donald Trump were assigned to the Oversight and Accountability Committee, sparking concern amongst both Democrats and more moderate Republicans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/18/us/politics/republicans-trump-house-oversight-committee.html?searchResultPosition=1


George Santos Lands 2 House Committees: Small Business and Science

Despite the growing accusations against Congressman George Santos regarding fraudulent information about his background and calls for him to resign, he still managed to land positions on two different House committees.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/17/nyregion/santos-business-committee-space.html?searchResultPosition=1


Judge Rules That DeSantis Was Wrong, but Lacks Authority to Overturn Prosecutor's Suspension

Governor Ron DeSantis violated Florida's state constitution by removing the state's top prosecutor from office following the prosecutor's statement against criminalizing abortion. The 11th Amendment, however, makes it impossible for a U.S. District judge to reinstate the prosecutor's position, since the issue at hand is not a federal one.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/20/us/desantis-prosecutor-suspended-warren.html?searchResultPosition=1


LaSalle Is Rejected by New York Senate Panel in a 10-9 Vote

Governor Hochul's top judge nominee, Justice Hector D. LaSalle, was rejected by the N.Y. Senate Panel. The unprecedented event shed light on the current state of the Democratic party, where some members felt that LaSalle might be too conservative for the role.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/18/nyregion/chief-judge-lasalle-hearing.html?searchResultPosition=1


Illinois Passed a Sweeping Ban on High-Powered Guns. Now Come the Lawsuits.

Illinois' new assault weapon ban, which was put in place with hopes to save lives state-wide, is quickly being followed by lawsuits from residents who feel that the ban is unconstitutional.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/20/us/illinois-gun-ban-second-amendment.html?searchResultPosition=1


Dwindling Snow Leaves Swiss Alpine Villages Staring at an Identity Crisis

Global warming is taking a toll on both climate and the economy in the Swiss Alps, as ski resorts are finding difficult to maintain accumulated snow and make artificial snow.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/15/world/europe/switzerland-skiiing-alpine-villages-no-snow.html?searchResultPosition=1

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