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Week In Review

By Eric Lanter

Deflategate: What's Happened So Far, and What's Next

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing to hear arguments Thursday, March 10th, from the National Football League (NFL) and the Patriots' Tom Brady. Both sides will be arguing about Judge Berman's decision, with the center of the controversy being whether Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL, exceeded his authority granted under the collective bargaining agreement in determining that Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" surrounding Patriots employees deflating footballs below the legal limit.


Bitter Contract Dispute Extends to Who Owns Yosemite Names

Yosemite National Park, one of the premier American national parks, is now the center of a trademark dispute. A New York company, Delaware North, has trademarked the name "Yosemite National Park", as well as many brands within the park, including "The Ahwahnee Hotel" and "Wawona Hotel," familiar to many of the park's visitors. Delaware North is now seeking to have the next concessionaire for the park to pay $44,000,000 for the rights to use the names. In the meantime, the park's many signs have been covered with tape and the names of the familiar locations have all been changed, evoking outrage and anger from parkgoers.


Prosecutors Lay Out Case Against Suspect in Destruction of Mali Shrines

The International Criminal Court, located in The Hague, Netherlands, is grappling with a novel case; one addressing cultural destruction as a heinous crime. The accused, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, was part of an organization linked with al Qaeda, in the north of Mali. Prosecutors allege that Mr. Mahdi destroyed 10 historic Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, which were protected as World Heritage Sites. A panel of three judges will decide whether the prosecution has introduced evidence sufficient for a trial of Mr. Mahdi.


Aroldis Chapman's Stance Changed from Defiance to Acceptance

Aroldis Chapman, one of the hardest throwing pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB) and a Yankee, has been handed a 30-game suspension by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. This suspension comes as a result of an incident in October, when Mr. Chapman allegedly put his hands around his girlfriend's neck during an argument and fired a gun eight times. While Mr. Chapman is permitted to work out at the Yankees' complex during his suspension, he will not be on the mound donning the Yankees' uniform until May 9th.


Ivy League Moves to Eliminate Tackling at Football Practices

Responding to the growing concerns about brain trauma and other injuries in football, Ivy League football coaches have agreed to eliminate full-contact hitting from their practice sessions during the regular season. The eight coaches agreed to the measure last week, and pending approval by the Ivy League's athletic directors, policy committee, and university presidents, the measure will take effect.


Santiago Calatrava's Transit Hub is a Soaring Symbol of a Boondoggle

After a dozen years of delays and construction, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava, is due to open to commuters. With a $4 billion price tag of public money, many feel that it is nothing more than an expensive labyrinthine transportation hub. Others admire the pristine, light-filled main hall. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times concludes that it should have aspired to be more akin to Grand Central, with both reasonable cost and timeless beauty.


Private Art Becomes Public

There has been a notable rise in private art museums opening up throughout the country. Prior to the Pension Protection Act of 2006, collectors who donated artworks to museums were allowed to keep those works in their homes while reaping the benefit of tax breaks. With that practice being prohibited, many collectors have opted not to risk their artworks being donated to museums only for those works to be in storage, but instead open tax-exempt private museums. However, that wave of private museums has drawn scrutiny from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, which has launched an investigation into these private museums.


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