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Week In Review

By Donyale Y. Reavis Edited by Elissa D. Hecker


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


Entertainment

R Kelly Trial: Accuser of R Kelly gives searing details as trial begins, charges have changed as have a world's views, and prosecutor's witnesses say that R. Kelly knowingly infected his girlfriends with herpes https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/nyregion/r-kelly-trial-allegations.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/nyregion/r-kelly-trial-jerhonda-pace.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/nyregion/r-kelly-trial-jerhonda-pace.html


National Humanities grants for a range of projects totals $28.4 million and will support 239 projects across the country, 35 projects in New York totaling $3.6 million in grants https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html


Rise in Covid cases forces Garth Brooks to cancel tour https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/arts/music/garth-brooks-cancel-concerts-covid.html


New Jeopardy host lasts one day due to offensive and sexist comments https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/business/mike-richards-quits-jeopardy.html


Arts

Theater chief with inflated resumé quits, citing mental illness https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/16/theater/christopher-massimine-pioneer-theater.html


Why some in Chinatown are protesting new museum dedicated to their culture https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/nyregion/chinatown-museum-protests.html


Chuck Close dies at 81; should we put an asterisk next to his name? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/arts/design/chuck-close-artist-of-outsized-reality-dies-at-81.html


What constitutes art sales under duress? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/arts/design/duress-bellotto-painting.html


Taliban promises to protect Afghan cultural heritage sites https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/arts/taliban-afghan-cultural-heritage.html


Denmark now has two little mermaids. The famous one is suing. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/arts/design/little-mermaid-denmark-dispute


Sports

Topps loses its licensing deal for baseball cards and tears up its plan to go public https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/business/topps-baseball-cards-ipo.html


Scientists correct study that limited female runners https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/sports/olympics/intersex-athletes-olympics.html


Judge rejects restraining order against Trevor Bauer https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/sports/baseball/trevor-bauer-restraining-order.html


Nike changes name of building that honored coach for sexual and emotional misconduct https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/sports/nike-alberto-salazar-building.html


Falcons become the National Football League's first team to achieve full vaccination https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/public-global-health/568226-atlanta-falcons-first-nfl-team-to-reach-100-percent


Japan grants asylum to soccer player from Myanmar https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/world/asia/japan-soccer-player-myanmar-asylum.html


Female Afghani athlete in confinement pleads for help to get to Tokyo https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/female-afghan-athlete-makes-plea-help-get-tokyo-2021-08-17/


Seventeen year old teenage member of Afghan soccer club falls from plane https://www.vice.com/en/article/jg84gg/afghan-fall-plane-kabul-teenager


Media/Technology

U.S. revives Facebook antitrust suit https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/technology/ftc-facebook-antitrust.html


In fighting child sex abuse, Apple worries privacy advocates https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/technology/apple-child-abuse-tech-privacy.html


Facebook hid report on top posts https://www.techtimes.com/articles/264405/20210821/facebook-allegedly-hid-original-report-viewed-content-save-face.htm


Site finds plagiarism at Snopes https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/13/business/media/snopes-plagiarism-David-Mikkelson.html


OnlyFans says it is banning sexually explicit content https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/business/onlyfans-porn-ban.html


China passes vast new data collection law https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-20/china-takes-next-step-in-taming-big-tech-with-personal-data-law


Defying bans, Taliban ramps up on social media https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/technology/taliban-social-media-bans.html


Taliban tighten their grip on dissent https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/world/asia/afghanistan-protests.html

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn secure Afghan users' accounts amid Taliban takeover https://www.reuters.com/technology/facebook-says-it-is-securing-afghan-user-accounts-amid-taliban-takeover-2021-08-19/


General News

Record rise in food stamp aid aims to stem hunger's spread https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/15/todayspaper/quotation-of-the-day-record-rise-in-food-stamp-aid-aims-to-stem-hungers-spread.html


A frantic demand for U.S. visas https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/16/us/afghanistan-visa-refugees-us.html


To protect Afghans, Biden's tough position on antitrust could chill legitimate deal-making https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/16/business/economy-stock-market-news#biden-antitrust-ftc


Court blocks vast drilling project in Alaska over climate damages https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/climate/alaska-willow-oil.html


July was Earth's hottest month on record, NOAA says https://scitechdaily.com/its-official-noaa-declares-july-2021-earths-hottest-month-on-record/


Ominous sign of warming, rain in the Arctic https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Scientists-see-ominous-signs-of-rapid-global-3075708.php


Sacklers threaten to withdraw their opioid settlement pledge to pay $4.5 billion, unless they are shielded from lawsuits related to Purdue Pharm https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/health/sacklers-purdue-opioids-settlement.html


New York lawmakers, facing broad backlash, will continue investigating Cuomo https://www.mytwintiers.com/news/cuomo-under-fire/reversing-course-after-backlash-new-york-state-assembly-will-continue-its-investigation-of-gov-andrew-cuomo/


Survivors of Tulsa massacre ask U.S. to take over search for graves https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/08/18/doj-tulsa-mass-graves-race-massacre/


California Superior Court judge rules gig worker law unconstitutional https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/technology/prop-22-california-ruling.html


Taliban captures Kabul, stunning U.S. as 20-year effort unravels in days https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/15/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-kabul-surrender.html


Death toll rises past 1900 in Haiti quake as tropical storm ebbs https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/17/haiti-earthquake-tropical-storm-grace/


Competing global needs and past misuse of funds in Haiti may result in far fewer contributions this time

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/21/world/americas/haiti-earthquake-aid.html


COVID-19

As Delta surges, a realization that Covid Isn't going away https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/16/us/covid-delta-variant-us.html


U.S. to recommend booster shots for most Americans after eight months https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/16/us/politics/booster-shots.html


Cuomo orders vaccine mandate for healthcare workers https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-covid-19-vaccination-mandate-healthcare-workers


New York City requires shots at its museums https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-york-city-vaccine-mandate-museums-1995427


New York city vaccine mandate will become the first city in the country to require proof of at least one vaccine shot for workers and patrons alike https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/03/nyregion/nyc-vaccine-mandate.html


Year of Covid fueled surge in start-ups https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/19/business/startup-business-creation-pandemic.html


Texas' Abbott, an opponent of mandates, tests positive https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/us/greg-abbott-texas-covid-positive.html

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