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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:


Entertainment

Rap Star Bankrolled Gangs That Killed on His Orders, Prosecutors Say

Sheff G, whose real name is Michael Williams, dangled rewards like fame and money, according to an indictment that included 31 other people.


Ed Sheeran Prevails in a Second ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Lawsuit, as Judge Dismisses Similar Copyright Case

What might have felt like double jeopardy has turned into a double win for Ed Sheeran, as the pop superstar prevailed in yet a second copyright infringement lawsuit filed over the song “Thinking Out Loud”. The same judge who oversaw the previous case dismissed this additional suit before it ever went to trial.


Strippers Unionize at California Club After Long Fight

The club agreed not to block the dancers from affiliating with Actors’ Equity in what appears to be the industry’s first unionization since the 1990s.


Priscilla Presley and Riley Keough to Settle Dispute Over Family Trust

Lawyers for Elvis Presley’s ex-wife and granddaughter are seeking to keep the agreement, which appears to end a battle over control of the estate, under seal.


Disney Argues New Florida Law Nullifies DeSantis-Backed Suit

The company wants a state court case involving development at Disney World dismissed, saying actions by the Florida governor and his allies made it moot.


‘Rust’ Prosecutors Seek Further Tests on Gun Handled by Alec Baldwin

The prosecutors, who dropped criminal charges against Alec Baldwin after learning that the gun he was rehearsing with might have been modified, are sending the gun to a forensic specialist.


A Top Japanese Talent Agency Apologizes Amid Sexual Abuse Accusations

The chief executive of the agency said she had not been aware of the claims against the agency’s founder, despite years of them coming to light.


No Joke: China Fines a Comedy Firm $2 Million for ‘Insulting’ the Military

The penalty came after a popular comedian joked about a military slogan often used by China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has strictly curbed expression.


Journalist Spit on by Johnny Depp’s Cannes Director Speaks Out: Maiwenn Is ‘Outspokenly Anti-#MeToo

“Jeanne du Barry” opened the Cannes Film Festival, marking Depp’s return to the red carpet, following legal battles that have largely defined the actor for the past few years. Ahead of the film’s premiere, the director, French actor, and filmmaker Maiwenn, admitted to assaulting a journalist by spitting on him.


Arts

Supreme Court Rules Against Andy Warhol in Copyright Case

The justices considered whether the artist was free to use elements of a rock photographer’s portrait of the musician Prince. In a 7-2 decision, the Court sided with the photographer.


Tony Awards Broadcast Can Proceed After Striking Writers’ Union Agrees

The Tony Awards, a key marketing opportunity for Broadway, can go ahead in an altered form after the striking screenwriters’ union said that it would not picket this year’s broadcast.


Florida School District Is Sued Over Book Restrictions

A free-speech organization and the country’s largest book publisher said that the district violated the First Amendment and the Equal Protection clause.


After Decades of Drinks and Laughs, Is It Last Call at the Friars Club?

The New York headquarters of the legendary entertainment fraternity is facing the threat of foreclosure as its leaders look for a buyer willing to help keep the party going.


Sotheby’s Provenance Disputed in Claim by Heirs for Art Lost in Nazi Era

The relatives of a Jewish gallery owner who left a Tiepolo painting behind when he fled Austria say the auction house posted a misleading history of the work during a 2019 sale.


Sports

Mickelson Among Players Interviewed in Antitrust Inquiry Into Pro Golf

The Justice Department met with PGA Tour lawyers, but a timeline for the completion of its review is unclear.


Brittney Griner Is Creating a New Normal, for Herself and the W.N.B.A.

Griner returns to basketball after her detention in Russia with a bigger platform and a desire to reshape women’s sports.


An N.F.L. Doctor Wants to Know Why Some Players Get C.T.E. and Others Don’t

The newly opened National Sports Brain Bank plans to study head trauma specific to athletes. Jerome Bettis has already pledged to donate his brain.


USC, Pac-12, NCAA Subject of Complaint by Labor Board Wanting Athletes Classified as Employees

Employee status and unionization may eventually be on the table for college athletes.


Technology/Media

Supreme Court Won’t Hold Tech Companies Liable for User Posts

The justices ruled in one case that a law allowing suits for aiding terrorism did not apply to the ordinary activities of social media companies.


Possible Cyberattack Disrupts The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Inquirer, citing “anomalous activity” on its computer systems, said it was unable to print its regular Sunday edition and told staff members not to work in the newsroom at least through Tuesday.


TikTok Users Sue Montana, Calling State Ban Unconstitutional

A spokeswoman for the state attorney general said that his office had “expected a legal challenge” and was “fully prepared to defend the law.”


Extremism Finds Fertile Ground in Chat Rooms for Gamers

In the past year, about half the people who played online multiplayer games in the world’s major gaming markets encountered extremist statements, a new study found.


Twitter Accuses Microsoft of Improperly Using Its Data

In a letter to Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, Twitter said the tech giant had violated a data agreement.


A.I.-Generated Content Discovered on News Sites, Content Farms and Product Reviews

The findings in two new reports raise fresh concerns over how artificial intelligence may transform the misinformation landscape online.


Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes

More than a dozen companies have popped up to offer services aimed at identifying whether photos, text, and videos are made by humans or machines.


In Battle Over A.I., Meta Decides to Give Away Its Crown Jewels

The tech giant has publicly released its latest A.I. technology so people can build their own chatbots. Rivals like Google say that approach can be dangerous.


Microsoft Says New A.I. Shows Signs of Human Reasoning

A provocative paper from researchers at Microsoft claims A.I. technology shows the ability to understand the way people do. Critics say those scientists are kidding themselves.


For Gen Z, Playing an Influencer on TikTok Comes Naturally

There’s stuff to promote now. The followers can come later.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/17/business/tiktok-influencers-gen-z.html E.U. Approves Microsoft’s $69 Billion Deal for Activision

The green light follows objections to the blockbuster deal by American and British regulators on the grounds that it would undercut competition.


General News

Supreme Court Takes Up Case on Trump Hotel Records

The justices will decide whether individual House Democrats have standing to sue for documents concerning possible conflicts of interest.


Supreme Court to Consider South Carolina Voting Map Ruled a Racial Gerrymander

A unanimous three-judge panel found that a Congressional voting district anchored in Charleston, S.C. violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.


Supreme Court Won’t Block Illinois Laws on High-Powered Rifles

The justices struck down a New York gun control law last year, announcing a new test to evaluate the constitutionality of such measures.


After Biden Predicted Chaos at the Border, a Quieter Than Expected Weekend

The days after pandemic-era immigration restrictions were lifted showed the ability of federal authorities, local governments, and private nonprofits to temporarily triage the situation at the border.


After Years of Political Hype, the Durham Inquiry Failed to Deliver

A dysfunctional investigation led by a Trump-era special counsel illustrates a dilemma about prosecutorial independence and accountability in politically sensitive matters.


Drug Shortages Near an All-Time High, Leading to Rationing

A worrisome scarcity of cancer drugs has heightened concerns about the troubled generic drug industry. Congress and the White House are seeking ways to address widespread supply problems.


Celtics Tickets, Political Revenge: U.S. Attorney Accused of Broad Misconduct

Rachael S. Rollins, who plans to resign from her office in Boston, tried to aid a political ally, lied under oath and violated the Hatch Act, a pair of government watchdog reports found.


E.P.A. Announces Crackdown on Toxic Coal Ash From Landfills

The Biden administration is moving to close a loophole that had exempted hundreds of inactive coal ash landfills from rules designed to prevent heavy metals like mercury and arsenic from seeping into groundwater, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


Feinstein Suffered More Complications From Illness Than Were Publicly Disclosed

Senator Dianne Feinstein, 89, whose recent bout with shingles included contracting encephalitis, is frailer than ever. She remains unwilling to entertain discussions about leaving the Senate.

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