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Week In Review

By Giancarla Sambo Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

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


Noncompete Clauses Get Tighter, and TV Newsrooms Feel the Grip

Job-switching barriers are routine at TV stations, even for workers not on the air. A proposed federal rule would curb the practice across all fields.

Throwing Shade at Slim Shady? Eminem’s Opposition to the TM Registration for “Reasonably Shady”

In 2021, The Real Housewives of Potomac cast members Robyn Dixon and Gizelle Bryant launched Reasonably Shady, a podcast in which they dish about their lives as Bravolebrities and whatever else strikes their fancy. According to rapper Eminem, Dixon and Bryant are not the real shady.

Heroin Dealer Who Sold Michael K. Williams a Fatal Dose Pleads Guilty

Irvin Cartagena, who prosecutors said sold fentanyl-laced heroin in Brooklyn to the “Wire” actor, pleaded guilty to narcotics charges and faces at least 24 years in prison.

Lawsuit Accuses Former Associate of Harvey Weinstein of Rape

A former model has filed a suit against Fabrizio Lombardo and Disney.

Live Music Is Roaring Back. But Fans Are Reeling From Sticker Shock.

Buying concert tickets has become a mess of high prices and surcharges, anxiety-inducing registrations and pervasive scalping as some of pop’s biggest acts hit the road again.

Mick Mars Files Lawsuit Against Motley Crue, Alleges the Band Is Attempting to ‘Gaslight’ and Fire Him

Mars alleged as part of the legal action that other group members mimed parts on the 2022 tour, while he played completely live, despite complaints about his performance he says figure into demands to have him sign a severance agreement.

Don Lemon’s Misogyny at CNN, Exposed: Malicious Texts, Mocking Female Co-Workers and ‘Diva-Like Behavior’

Amid the charged atmosphere, sources say that Lemon disrespected colleague Nancy Grace on the air and Soledad O’Brien during an editorial meeting attended by roughly 30 staffers.

Coachella Settles Lawsuit Against Planned ‘Coachillin’ Business Park Near Festival Grounds

A nearby development site has agreed to stop using a name that the festival's organizers claimed was an attempt to free-ride on Coachella's popularity.

AMC Entertainment's $100 Million Settlement Snafu is Cautionary Tale: Judges Want Their Say

Vice Chancellor Morgan Zurn of Delaware Chancery Court refused to go along with a plan that would have allowed movie theater operator AMC Entertainment Holdings to resolve litigation over its novel equity restructuring without waiting for the judge formally to approve the settlement.

UPDATE 1-Pandora loses antitrust fight with comedians over comedy 'cartel'

Pandora, which is owned by SiriusXM, had claimed that the comedians conspired with performing rights organizations Spoken Giants LLC and Word Collections Inc to monopolize comedy copyrights and inflate royalty rates.

Arts Tennessee Judge Rules That Law Banning Drag Shows Is Constitutionally BS

A federal judge in Memphis, Tennessee, temporarily blocked a law restricting drag performances in public from going into effect, saying it was likely “vague and overly-broad” in its restriction of speech.

Citing Idaho Abortion Law, Lewis-Clark State College Censors Its Own Art Show

The exhibit, called "Unconditional Care: Listening to People’s Health Needs," opened Friday and was set to include four pieces from Brooklyn-based artist Lydia Nobles. A few days before the opening, she was told that her series of audio and video interviews featuring four women talking about their own experiences around abortion violated Idaho law.

Art Market Has Climbed Above Prepandemic Level, Major Study Says

High-end dealers and auction houses drove growth, but smaller players have had a harder time recovering, the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report found.

Finding Freedom and Feminism in Ballet. (It’s Possible.)

With new books and a podcast taking another look at the legacy of George Balanchine and the culture of ballet, where does a modern ballerina stand?

Vancouver Clothing Retailer Aritzia Entangled in Copyright Lawsuit

A U.S. toy creator says that its hand-held fidgets have become sculptures in a marketing campaign for Vancouver-based Aritzia — an alleged violation of copyright law.


Supreme Court Rules for Transgender Girl in School Sports Dispute

The justices issued a temporary order allowing the girl to compete on the girls’ track team at a West Virginia middle school.

Biden Plan Allows Limits on Trans Athletes’ Participation in School Sports

It is the first time that the administration has substantively weighed in on the charged debate. The

proposal would also prevent schools from enacting across-the-board bans. This is a proposed rule change that would allow schools to block some transgender athletes from competing on sports teams that match their gender identities.

Biden Plan for Transgender Title IX Rules Began on Inauguration Day

Officials were working on a plan to protect transgender athletes since the day when the president was sworn in. In recent months, they raced to issue protections as states moved to revoke them.

Activision Blizzard Settles With DOJ Over Esports Pay Claims

The Department of Justice reached a settlement with Activision Blizzard Inc. over allegations it suppressed the wages of its esports players and limited competition between the teams.

This Is Not a Moment in Women’s Basketball. It’s Momentum.

This year’s women’s N.C.A.A. tournament brought new depth, a breadth of talent, and record numbers of viewers. But what you are seeing isn’t new.

European Tour May Punish LIV Golfers, Arbitrators Rule

The decision by a panel in London was an early test for the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit, which is also facing legal battles in the United States.


FTC Issues Orders to Social Media and Video Streaming Platforms to Provide Information on Their Advertising Practices

Asserting that fraud on social media is "surging," the Federal Trade Commission issued orders to eight social media and video streaming platforms, seeking information about their advertising placement practices as well the steps they are taking to ensure that consumers are able to identify commercial advertising on their platforms as advertising.

Why Leaked Pentagon Documents Are Still Circulating on Social Media

Twitter and the social media platform Discord have policies about how they would handle the material. But those rules have gray areas and can be unevenly enforced.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has received the message.

SPAC Tied to Trump Media Rushes to Complete Deal

The merger of Digital World and Trump Media has been held up by investigations, but executives are rushing to complete the deal by a Sept. 8 deadline.

DeSantis and Disney Clash Anew Over Florida Theme Park’s Authority

The Florida governor wants the state inspector general to look into Disney’s efforts to limit oversight of Walt Disney World. The company called his action “anti-business.”

Right-Wing Media Splits From DeSantis on Press Protections

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s war against mainstream media outlets is poised to wound even his boosters in the conservative press. Is the Florida governor biting the hand that feeds him?

For Lower-Income Students, Big Tech Internships Can Be Hard to Get

Critics say the intern selection process often favors wealthier students, just like the admission process at some elite colleges.

This Historically Black University Created Its Own Tech Intern Pipeline

A new program at Bowie State connects computing students directly with companies, bypassing an often harsh Silicon Valley vetting process.

TikTok Is Fined $15.9 Million Over Misusing Minors’ Data in Britain

The video-sharing app inappropriately allowed access by more than one million underage children in the United Kingdom in 2020, regulators said.

Want an A in His Class? You Had Better Go Viral.

A marketing professor gave his students a challenge: If they made a video that got a million views, the final exam would be canceled.

Attacks on Dominion Voting Persist Despite High-Profile Lawsuits

Unproven claims about Dominion Voting Systems still spread widely online.

Senior Twitter Lawyer Resigns, the Latest in a Series of Executive Departures

The lawyer had been closely involved in the company’s talks with the Federal Trade Commission over promises it had made on privacy.

No More Hush Money at National Enquirer, Its New Publisher Says

“Catch and kill,” the tactic of buying and burying stories at the heart of the case against former President Trump, is no longer in practice, said Ted Farnsworth, who is now overseeing the tabloid.

Rupert Murdoch Can Be Forced to Testify in Defamation Trial, Judge Says

Star hosts for Fox News like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity may also appear in person at the high-profile trial, which is set to start April 17.

Twitter Labels NPR ‘State-Affiliated Media,’ in Change to Policy

The broadcaster denounced the move as “unacceptable.” Previously, NPR was cited as an exception to Twitter’s policy on the label.

In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution

Technology companies were once leery of what some artificial intelligence could do. Now the priority is winning control of the industry’s next big thing.

Twitter Takes Aim at Posts That Link to Its Rival Substack

Elon Musk’s company made the norm-shattering move two days after the publishing start-up Substack unveiled a Twitter-like service.

Instant Videos Could Represent the Next Leap in A.I. Technology

A start-up in New York is among a group of companies working on systems that can produce short videos based on a few words typed into a computer.

A.I., Brain Scans and Cameras: The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

In the Middle East, artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies have become part of everyday policing.

‘Chilling Effect’: Arrest of Journalist Makes Covering Russia Even Tougher

The detention of the Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich poses new obstacles for Western journalists seeking to report on Vladimir V. Putin’s rule.

In Rare Call With Lavrov, Blinken Demands Release of Imprisoned American Journalist

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with his Russian counterpart after the American basketball star Brittney Griner, who was detained for almost 10 months by Russia, urged the U.S. government to use “every tool possible” to secure Evan Gershkovich’s release.

Andrew Tate Is Released From Jail and Placed Under House Arrest

Andrew Tate, a social media influencer, and his brother Tristan, had been in custody since December, when they were arrested on allegations of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized criminal group.

General News

Analysis: A Surprise Accusation Bolsters a Risky Case Against Trump

The unsealed case against Donald J. Trump accuses him of falsifying records in part to lay the groundwork for planned lies to tax authorities.

Trump Decries Charges After Pleading Not Guilty to 34 Felony Counts

The charges center on a hush money deal with a porn star, but prosecutors also accused the former president of orchestrating a broader scheme to pay off another woman and a doorman during the 2016 campaign.

I.R.S. Unveils $80 Billion Plan to Overhaul Tax Collection

The 10-year strategy document outlines a focus on improving customer service and cracking down on tax evasion by corporations and the wealthy.

Lawmakers Call for Tighter Ethics Code After Revelations About Justice Thomas

An investigation by ProPublica revealed that Justice Clarence Thomas accompanied Harlan Crow, a conservative donor and real estate billionaire, on a series of luxury vacations without disclosing them.

Justice Thomas Says He Was Advised Lavish Gifts Did Not Need to Be Reported

In a statement, the justice said that he had followed past guidance from others at the Court, but that he would now comply with new guidelines and disclose gifts and free travel.

In Hundreds of Jan. 6 Cases, Justice Dept. Wins a Battle (for Now)

The ruling of a federal court left open the possibility of future challenges to a law that has been used against hundreds of people charged in the Capitol attack.

NASA Names Diverse Astronaut Crew for Artemis II Moon Mission

For the first time in more than half a century, NASA has named a crew of astronauts headed to the moon. Humans have not ventured more than a few hundred miles off the planet since the return of Apollo 17, NASA’s last moon mission, in 1972.

Millions on Medicaid May Soon Lose Coverage as Pandemic Protections Expire

A requirement that states keep people on Medicaid during the coronavirus pandemic has come to an end, and 15 million people could lose their coverage as a result.

Norfolk Southern’s Push for Profits Compromised Safety, Workers Say

Federal officials are investigating the railroad’s safety practices and culture after the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and worker deaths.

Wisconsin Rout Points to Democrats’ Enduring Post-Dobbs Strength

A resounding victory by a liberal judge who ran on abortion rights showed that a largely unified political left is keeping up its momentum and served as a new warning sign to Republicans.

Strange Days at the U.N. as Russia Takes the Helm of the Security Council

The monthlong presidency of an organization dedicated to preserving world peace is now in the hands of a nation waging the biggest land war in Europe in decades.

U.S. Acknowledges Afghanistan Evacuation Should Have Started Sooner

President Biden’s decision to end a 20-year war in August 2021 led to the swift collapse of the Afghan government and military. His administration has placed heavy blame on his predecessor.

Ukraine War Plans Leak Prompts Pentagon Investigation

Classified documents detailing secret American and NATO plans have appeared on Twitter and Telegram.

House G.O.P. Subpoenas Former Manhattan Prosecutor in Move to Defend Trump

The subpoena of Mark Pomerantz, who led the New York investigation into Donald Trump’s finances before resigning in protest, was an escalation of Republican efforts to protect the former president.

Pence Won’t Appeal Ruling Forcing Testimony to Jan. 6 Grand Jury, Aide Says

The decision may clear the way for potentially consequential testimony that federal prosecutors have long sought as they explore Trump’s attempts to stay in office.

Leaked Documents Reveal Depth of U.S. Spy Efforts and Russia’s Military Struggles

The information, exposed on social media sites, also shows that U.S. intelligence services are eavesdropping on important allies.

Judge Invalidates F.D.A. Approval of the Abortion Pill Mifepristone

The Texas judge’s ruling was quickly contradicted by another federal judge in Washington State who ordered the F.D.A. to keep mifepristone available.

Outrage at G.O.P. Could Propel Expelled Democrats Right Back to House

A day after two young Black lawmakers were expelled from the Tennessee legislature, momentum was building to reappoint them directly back to their seats.

Taliban Bar Women From U.N., Threatening Afghanistan’s Last Lifeline

The Taliban administration extended a ban on women working in aid organizations to the United Nations, putting at risk one of the country’s last sources of badly needed aid.

Finland Joins NATO in a Power Shift and Rebuke to Putin

The Nordic country became the alliance’s 31st member, spurred by the war in Ukraine, in a strategic setback for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Ex-Leader of Kosovo Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes Charges

Hashim Thaci, the former president and prime minister, went on trial in The Hague on charges related to the country’s bloody fight for independence.

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