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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:


Hollywood Writers Strike Agreement Gives Writers Guild Most of What It Wanted

Studios and the Writers Guild of America reached a deal on Sunday night, but with actors still on picket lines, much of Hollywood will remain shut.

Actors’ Equity Seeks to Unionize Broadway Production Assistants

The position is one of the few nonunion segments of the theater industry’s work force.

Hollywood’s Focus Turns to Actors After Writers Agree to Deal

The studios and the actors’ union haven’t spoken for more than two months, but a deal is needed before the entertainment industry can fully return.

TV and Movie Writers to Begin Returning to Work on Wednesday

The leadership of the Writers Guild of America voted to end a 148-day strike. Members will start voting on the deal’s ratification next week.

Hollywood’s Deal With Screenwriters Just Rewrote the Rules Around A.I.

The tentative deal announced this week by the Writers Guild of America includes many industry-specific aspects, but everyone from autoworkers to white-collar middle managers should be paying very close attention to how this deal was achieved.

Studios and Striking Actors Will Resume Talks on Monday

The two sides announced the step a day after the leadership of the Hollywood writers’ union approved a tentative deal that ended its monthslong strike.

Supreme Court to Clarify Copyright Infringement Limits in Case Against Warner Music

There's uncertainty as to whether the statute of limitations for copyright infringement starts to run when the infringement occurs or when the copyright holder learns of it.

Netflix Sued Over ‘Rebel Moon’ by Game Maker That Claims Its World-Building Was Used in Movie

Evil Genius Games filed a lawsuit against the streaming giant over a tabletop game it created for Zack Snyder's space opera, which will allegedly incorporate ideas from the game maker.

Man Is Charged With Murder in Tupac Shakur Case

The man, a former gang leader named Duane Keith Davis, has said the four shots that killed the rapper in 1996 came from the vehicle he was riding in.

Disney, DeSantis Legal Fights Ratchet Up as Company Demands Documents From Florida Governor

The Florida governor asked that the company's First Amendment lawsuit against him be tossed from federal court, and Disney demanded emails, texts, and other communications from the governor's office in a separate state court lawsuit originally brought by DeSantis appointees of Walt Disney World's governing district.


Authors' Lawsuit Against OpenAI Could 'Fundamentally Reshape' Artificial Intelligence, According to Experts

Plaintiffs include famous authors like George R.R. Martin and Jodi Picoult.

Sudden Closure of Art Institutes Leaves 1,700 Students Adrift

The for-profit network of colleges is closing its final eight campuses several years after it shuttered most of them.

Juilliard’s Top-Tier Graduate Acting Program Is Going Tuition-Free

Starting with the next academic year, the drama school will eliminate an “unrealistic burden” for graduate acting students.

A Tiananmen Square Musical Worries About China’s Glare

The original lead actor and director withdrew from the Phoenix production of a show about the 1989 pro-democracy protests, a topic that China aggressively censors.

How NFT Collectors Are Using DeFi To Make Art Affordable

Art collecting is generally the preserve of the wealthy, as only a select few are able to purchase million-dollar paintings. But NFTs, are enabling much broader art ownership, which is good news for the blockchain, for art, and for art lovers.

Peter Nygard, Disgraced Fashion Designer, Faces Trial in Toronto

Mr. Nygard, the 82-year-old former executive behind a defunct women’s clothing company, is accused of sexual assault and forcible confinement.

Croatian Museums Return Art Looted During Holocaust to Jewish Heir

The collection of a Zagreb businessman murdered in Auschwitz includes paintings by André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck, along with lithographs by Picasso and Cézanne.

Museum Worker Sold Paintings and Put Forgeries in Their Place

An in-house appraiser noticed something was awry when the canvas on his workbench did not match a catalog entry.


Legal Arrangement in ‘Blind Side’ Case Is Terminated

A judge ended a nearly 20-year-old conservatorship that had given a couple broad authority over the affairs of the former N.F.L. player Michael Oher.

Sports Betting in Florida Still on Hold as Seminole Tribe Secures a Win in Court Ruling

A Washington, D.C.-based appellate court on Thursday refused to put on hold a ruling that upheld a 30-year deal giving the Seminole Tribe of Florida control over sports betting throughout the state.

Florida Targets Fantasy Sports Firms

Florida gambling regulators have sent cease-and-desist letters to three daily fantasy-sports operators accused of offering potentially illegal mobile betting games and threatened legal action if the sites don't immediately stop.

Former Spain Women's National Team Coach Jorge Vilda Added to Probe into Rubiales' Kissing a Player

Former Spain women's national team coach Jorge Vilda has been summoned to appear before a judge in the probe involving former soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for his kissing a player on the lips after the team won the Women's World Cup title last month, court officials said Wednesday.

Soccer Opens a Door to Russia’s Return, and Faces a Backlash

The angry reactions to a vote by European soccer’s governing body to partly lift its ban on Russian teams could be a preview of fights in other sports.

France Issues Arrest Warrant For Ex-FIFA VP Bin Hammam Over Qatar 2022 Vote

The Qatari national is considered to be a key suspect in French investigations into the controversial awarding of the 2022 World Cup to his home country.

UN Slams France’s Decision to Ban French Athletes’ Hijabs at 2024 Olympics

“No one should impose on a woman what she needs to wear, or not wear,” said Maria Hurtado, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Tuesday.


U.S. Accuses Amazon of Illegally Protecting Monopoly in Online Retail

The Federal Trade Commission and 17 states sued Amazon, saying its conduct in its online store and services to merchants illegally stifled competition.

Here Are the 2 Tactics Amazon Used to Undermine Competition, the F.T.C. Says

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission said the internet giant used its monopoly power to stifle competition and raise prices.

Biden Administration Plans to Bring Back ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

The head of the Federal Communications Commission said the government needed to protect open access to the “essential infrastructure of modern life.”

Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to State Laws on Social Media

The tech industry argues that laws in Florida and Texas, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship by tech platforms, violate the First Amendment.

‘Unprecedented’ Secrecy in Google Trial as Tech Giants Push to Limit Disclosures

Efforts to seal testimony have increasingly raised questions as the federal antitrust case enters its third week in court.

Top Apple Executive Defends Favoring Google on iPhones

Eddy Cue, a longtime executive at the company, said Apple’s multibillion-dollar deals with Google were driven by quality, not money.

Complaints Filed Say MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment Failed to Protect Information From Cyberattack

MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment are facing class action lawsuits over the recent cyberattack the properties experienced.

ChatGPT Can Now Respond With Spoken Words

A new version of OpenAI’s popular chatbot behaves a lot like Siri and Alexa. You can talk to it — and have a conversation.

More than 120 Activists Call on Advertisers and App Stores to Drop Twitter/X

The signatories are also calling on Apple and Google to remove the platform from their app stores, which would effectively make X’s app inaccessible to the vast majority of mobile users.

Black Plaintiffs File Lawsuits for Wrongful Arrests or Jailing Due to Facial Recognition Technology

Randal Quran Reid is among at least five Black plaintiffs who say they were misidentified by facial recognition technology and then wrongly arrested.

IBM Tries to Ease Customers’ Qualms About Using Generative A.I.

The company will assume the legal risk of businesses that use its A.I. systems and will publish the technology’s underlying data.

E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation

The law, aimed at forcing social media giants to adopt new policies to curb harmful content, is expected to face blowback from Elon Musk, who owns X.

China Uses ‘Deceptive’ Methods to Sow Disinformation, U.S. Says

The accusations reflect worry in Washington that China’s information operations pose a growing security challenge to the United States.

Why is France Raiding a Graphics Card Company?

A raid by French authorities of the offices of a technology firm named as Nvidia in media reports is the latest among a string of such actions by European regulators as they look to check the dominance of Big Tech companies from thwarting competition.

UK Seeks Greater Access to AI Companies’ Technology: FT

The UK government is seeking expanded access to the technology that drives models for artificial intelligence companies, Financial Times reports, citing several unidentified people familiar with the discussions.

General News

Death of Dianne Feinstein, Newsom Faces Pressure to Quickly Appoint a Replacement

Filling the seat would help Democrats maintain control of a closely divided Senate during a critical time in Washington. But the choice could be complicated for California’s governor, Gavin Newsom.

Biden Signs Bill Keeping the Government Open Through Mid-November

With just hours to spare, the House and Senate passed a bipartisan bill to avert a government shutdown, and President Biden signed it before the midnight deadline. The law includes more domestic disaster relief aid but no money for Ukraine.

Supreme Court Declines to Revisit Alabama Voting Map Dispute

For the second time in recent months, the Supreme Court ruled against Alabama lawmakers and their proposed congressional district map.

Judge Rules Trump Committed Fraud, Stripping Control of Key Properties

The decision in a lawsuit that could go to trial next week is a major win for Attorney General Letitia James, who says former President Donald J. Trump overvalued his holdings by as much as $2.2 billion.

As Trump Prosecutions Move Forward, Threats and Concerns Increase

As criminal cases proceed against the former president, heated rhetoric and anger among his supporters have the authorities worried about the risk of political dissent becoming deadly.

Two Looming Rulings Could Shape Trump’s Fraud Trial in New York

Donald J. Trump has adopted a long-shot legal strategy to try to delay his upcoming civil trial and severely limit the case against him.

Will a Judge’s Fraud Ruling Dismantle Trump’s New York Empire?

The judge overseeing the case said there would be no fast answers about the fate of the Trump Organization and its nearly dozen New York properties.

Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Effort to Delay Trial in Fraud Case

Former President Donald J. Trump had sued the judge presiding over his case, Arthur F. Engoron, aiming to pause a trial that will likely begin as soon as Monday.

Peak Oil Is Near, Energy Agency Says, but Climate Change Is Far From Solved

Despite the rapid growth of electric vehicles and solar power, other efforts to tackle warming are lagging, according to the International Energy Agency.

With Diversity Efforts Under Fire, New York State Bar Association Gives Blueprint for the Legal Profession

The New York State Bar Association on Wednesday offered an industrywide blueprint for maintaining and increasing the ranks of law students, judges, and attorneys from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented within the legal profession while staying within the bounds of the law.

First Impeachment Hearing Yields No New Information on Biden

In a chaotic session, Republicans accused the president of crime and corruption, but even their witnesses said the case for impeachment hadn’t been made.

Hunter Biden Sues Giuliani for Spreading Information From Laptop

The president’s son accused Rudolph Giuliani of breaking California law about data privacy by disseminating personal messages from a computer he left at a repair shop in Delaware.

McCarthy Faces Test as Gaetz Moves to Oust Him for Working With Democrats

A day after the Republican speaker turned to Democrats for help passing a stopgap spending bill to avert a shutdown, the far-right congressman promised to try to remove him from his post.

Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia Election Interference Case Pleads Guilty

Scott Hall, a Trump supporter who is among the 19 people charged in a racketeering case involving the former president, is the first defendant to plead guilty.

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