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Week In Review

By Angela Peco
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below are stories from Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Media, and General News:

ENTERTAINMENT

Aretha Franklin's Handwritten Wills Are Discovered at Her Home

Aretha Franklin was believed to have died without a will, but three handwritten documents were recently discovered at her home. Her estate considers them to be three separate wills, laying out her intentions about distributing her assets after her death, including music royalties and real estate. If the wills are ruled invalid, then her assets would be divided equally among her four sons, in accordance with Michigan
law.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/arts/did-aretha-franklin-leave-her-will-under-the-couch-cushion.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/arts/music/aretha-franklin-will.html

Harvey Weinstein Reaches Tentative $44 Million Deal to Settle Lawsuits

The amount is less than half of what was discussed as a victims' fund last year during conversations between an investor group that would buy assets of the Weinstein Company and the New York attorney general's office. This new deal would see about $30 million go to a pool of plaintiffs that includes alleged victims, creditors of his former studio, and former employees. The deal hinges on all of the plaintiffs agreeing to it and at least two women have rejected the proposal so far.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/business/harvey-weinstein-settlement.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/nyregion/harvey-weinstein-accusers-settlement.html

Singer Rae Solomon Sues Live Nation Over All-Female Country Music Festival Concept

Solomon is suing Live Nation for $25 million, alleging that it stole her idea of an all-female music festival. Solomon alleges that in conversation with Live Nation's Women Nation fund, she was asked to provide a list of acts she was pursuing for her festival. However, the artists she mentioned, who are now headlining Live Nation's Chicago concert, say they never agreed to perform at her Zenitheve festival.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8512654/live-nation-lawsuit-all-female-country-music-festival-lambert-morris

Actors and Directors Call for Boycott if Georgia's Abortion Law Goes into Effect

Two film projects have pulled production from Georgia after a highly restrictive abortion law was passed. However, the film and television industry's response has been far from unified. Top studios have stayed silent, as has much of corporate America, a stark contrast with the widespread boycotts in 2017 following a slew of laws that restricted gay and transgender rights in various states.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/arts/hollywood-georgia-abortion.html

Whitney Houston's Estate Plans a Hologram Tour and New Album

Houston's estate says that it will be releasing a new album supported by a hologram tour. The estate has signed on with Primary Wave Music Publishing in a deal estimated at $14 million. The partnership gives Primary Wave 50% of the singer's royalties from music, film, and merchandising, and the right to use her name and likeness.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/business/media/whitney-houston-hologram-album.html

A New Generation of Rap Artists Emerges in Russia

Streaming and social networks have allowed a new generation of artists to emerge in Russia, a country where Kremlin loyalists act as cultural gatekeepers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/arts/music/russia-rap-hip-hop.html

ARTS

Ghanaian Authorities to Sue "Black Panther" Producers Over Use of Kente Fabric

According to online reports, authorities in Ghana are planning to sue the producers of "Black Panther" over alleged patent and copyright breaches. The Ghana National Folklore Board is reportedly planning a sit-down with Marvel Studios to discuss rules around using the country's traditional fabric, Kente, which the Board alleges the studio used without its permission.

https://guardian.ng/life/ghanaian-authorities-plan-to-sue-black-panther-producers/

Germany Relinquishing Thousands of Kafka Confidant's Papers to Israel

German authorities handed over to Israel nearly 5,000 documents kept by Max Brod, Kafka's friend and literary executor. Prague-born Brod fled Nazi Germany for Tel Aviv in 1939, carrying with him personal documents and works that Kafka had insisted be destroyed after his death. Brod left his personal secretary in charge of his literary estate and directed her to transfer the Kafka papers to an academic institution. Following a recent court ruling, it was decided that the papers would be delivered to the National Library of Israel.

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/05/21/world/europe/ap-eu-germany-kafkas-treasures.html?searchResultPosition=4

SPORTS

University of Southern California Records Reveal Dire Warnings About 'Psychopath' Gynecologist

Following decades of complaints, officials at the University of Southern California were told by medical experts that Dr. George Tyndall was preying on vulnerable Asian students and had signs of "psychopathy." According to the report, language skills and lack of familiarity with American gynecology made international students ripe for victimization and unlikely to complain. Following the 2016 report, the university neither fired Tyndall nor notified the state medical board, arranging instead for him to leave his post with a financial payout and a clean professional record. More than 650 lawsuits have been filed alleging sexual misconduct by Tyndall.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-usc-george-tyndall-asian-students-abuse-women-gynecologist-20190523-story.html

Former USA Diving Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexual Battery of Teen Diver

William Bohonyi, former USA Diving and Ohio State University diving coach, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery stemming from allegations that he repeatedly pressured a 16-year-old diver into sex. Bohonyi could spend up to 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender in Ohio.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/william-bohonyi-estee-pryor_n_5ce6d5b2e4b05c15dea8c9d2

Former Partner of Deceased Skater John Coughlin Says She Was Sexually Abused

Figure skater Bridget Namiotka has come forward with allegations that her former pairs partner sexually abused her for two years. Coughlin was 33 when he died by suicide earlier this year, one day after he received an interim suspension from the U.S. Center for SafeSport. SafeSport received three reports of sexual misconduct against Coughlin. This past February, it announced it would close its investigation given Coughlin's death.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/sports/ex-partner-of-deceased-figure-skater-john-coughlin-says-he-sexually-abused-her.html

Nike Says That It Will End Financial Penalties for Pregnant Athletes

Nike announced that it will waive performance pay reductions for 12 months for athletes who decide to have a baby, promising to add terms to reinforce this policy into its contracts with sponsored athletes. A number of recently published opinion pieces by Nike-sponsored runners criticized the company's endorsement contracts, which have specific performance thresholds for compensation and provide no exceptions for maternity leave.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/sports/nike-pregnant-athletes.html

Robert Kraft Looking Likely to Avoid National Football League Discipline

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated writes that attitudes surrounding Kraft's situation have shifted - "most owners and team executives seem to have cooled on the idea that discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy is a necessary step." The video evidence related to Kraft's charges of soliciting prostitution was thrown out because the warrant did not instruct police on how to minimize surveillance to avoid capturing non-criminal activity. Kraft's trial has been postponed indefinitely while prosecutors appeal the video evidence ruling.

The prevailing view is that if Kraft wins in court, he'll likely escape National Football League (NFL) discipline. If the case is dismissed, he would have a misdemeanor charge without a conviction in a non-violent case, something for which no player has been punished. It seems that the union has also not pushed for discipline, since sanctions here could create a precedent that the players might not want.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/05/23/robert-kraft-patriots-nfl-spring-meeting-playoff-schedule-draft-combine

The NFL and NFL Players Association Cooperating on Study of Marijuana Benefits for Players

The NFL and NFL Players Association will form two new joint medical committees: one for pain management and one for comprehensive mental health and wellness. The first of the two will study the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players and review teams' policies and practices for the use of prescription medication by players. Any major policy change will still have to be made through the traditional channels of the collective bargaining agreement, or via changes to the jointly administered drug policies. Marijuana remains on the NFL's list of banned substances.

https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/nfl-and-players-union-to-study-potential-use-of-marijuana-for-pain-management/

Former NFL Start Kellen Winslow Jr. on Trial for Rape

Winslow has pleaded not guilty to raping three women, including a 17-year old girl from when he was in college. The other two incidents are recent and include 54-year-old and 59-year-old accusers. Defense lawyers contended the women were trying to prey on Winslow and that the sex was consensual. Winslow was suspended in 2013 for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

https://www.apnews.com/8cfbcfd44bc34a05b5518d8cdaf55661

Boxer Daniel Franco Sues Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports After Suffering Brain Injury

Franco is accusing his promoters of encouraging him to go ahead with a 2017 fight even after he attempted to postpone the fight after a bout of flu that left him unfit to compete. Franco went on to fight twice more that year, but was forced into retirement later that year after suffering a near-fatal brain injury. His lawsuit alleges that he had suffered two skull fractures in one of the earlier fights of 2017, and that had those been identified at the time, the final fight would have been cancelled.

https://www.thefader.com/2019/05/22/jay-z-roc-nation-sports-daniel-franco-lawsuit

Women's Hockey Players Form Players Association

More than 200 of the world's top women's hockey players have filed paperwork to form a union with the goal of helping to establish a sustainable professional league in North America. As per the press release, "the formation of the PWHPA follows a decision by more than 200 of the world's top female hockey players to sit out the upcoming professional hockey season." The group has made it clear they want a league that provides health insurance, financial and infrastructure resources to players, and support for training programs.

https://www.tsn.ca/professional-women-s-hockey-players-association-formed-1.1308581

Women's Hockey Sees WNBA As a Model for NHL-Backed League

Since the Canadian Women's Hockey League ceased operations earlier this month, the National Women's Hockey League is the only professional women's hockey league left in North America and top stars are refusing to play in it. Players would like to see a formal relationship with the men's league, similar to what is in place between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Women's NBA (WNBA), though query how the WNBA's recent struggles might bear on the future of an National Hockey League-backed women's league.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/sports/nwhl-wnhl-wnba-womens-hockey.html

Houston Rockets' Twitter Account Suspended Over Use of Copyrighted Music

The Rockets' official Twitter account was suspended earlier this week due to social media posts containing unlicensed copyrighted music. Several college football programs also saw their respective accounts temporarily disabled in the face of Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaints.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2019/05/20/houston-rockets-twitter-account-suspended/3748238002/

NBA's Kings and Mavericks Announce They Are Disbanding Their Dance Teams

The Sacramento Kings is disbanding its dance time in order to form a "gender-inclusive hip-hop dance troupe." The new squad will have even numbers of men and women. The Dallas Mavericks (Mavs) will also be making changes, disbanding the dance team and replacing it with a new "entertainment squad." The Mavs have recently had to address a spate of sexual harassment complaints and is said to be aiming for a more "family-friendly" type of entertainment.

https://clutchpoints.com/mavs-news-dancers-maniaacs-to-be-replaced-by-a-new-entertainment-group/

https://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article230671294.html

Maryland and Florida Not Going Along with Stronach Group's New Horse Racing Regulations; Preakness Stakes' Future in Maryland is Still Undecided

The Stronach Group instituted a series of changes at Santa Anita Park in California following 23 horse deaths in the span of 4 months. The measures include a reduction in race-day Lasix and use of riding crops only for safety. However, the changes have been met with resistance from Maryland horsemen and regulators, with the Maryland Racing Commission saying they are in violation of state regulation. Meanwhile, the City of Baltimore is standing behind its lawsuit to block the Stronach Group from moving the Preakness Stakes from its current home at Pimlico Race Course to Laurel Park. The lawsuit claims that under Maryland law, the race must stay at Pimlico unless a disaster or emergency arises that would force it to move to another track in the state.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/horse-racing/preakness/la-sp-santa-anita-stakes-races-horse-deaths-20190524-story.html

https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/horse-racing/preakness/bs-sp-preakness-tim-ritvo-pimlico-future-0519-story.html

Canadian Football League and Players Ratify New 3-year Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Canadian Football League (CFL) and CFL Players Association (CFLPA) have ratified a three-year "bridge deal" running through the 2021 season. Media outlets reported that talks hit a snag when the CFL decided to delay bargaining for two weeks earlier this month, after which the CFLPA urged a training camp boycott. The two sides ultimately signed a memorandum of agreement one day before the start of training camps.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-players-union-labour-deal-ratified-1.5144745

Land Developer, Montreal Baseball Investors Reach Deal on Potential Major League Baseball Stadium

Stephen Bronfman heads a group of investors interested in bringing baseball back to Montreal. His firm has reached a deal with real estate development firm Devimco to purchase and develop a plot of land known as the Peel Basin. The announcement came on the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Montreal Expos' first season. The Expos relocated to Washington, D.C., following the 2004 season.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2019/05/22/land-developer-montreal-baseball-investors-reach-deal-on-potential-stadium-site.html

Qatari Executive Charged with Corruption in Scandal Implicating Track and Field's Governing Body

The French case against Yousef al-Obaidly relates to his time as a senior official of a company created by Qatar to bid for the track and field world championships. Authorities say that his company paid $3.5 million to another company controlled by a man with ties to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), in an apparent bribe. Though Qatar was unsuccessful in landing the 2011 championships, it did host the event in 2017. The charges are the result of a long-running inquiry that has already revealed that high-ranking officials at the IAAF tried to extort athletes who had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/sports/qatar-bein-iaaf-world-championships.html

MEDIA

Julian Assange is Indicted Under the Espionage Act

The Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for revealing government secrets under the Espionage Act, marking the first time a publisher has been charged under this law. The indictment charges Assange with 16 counts of receiving or disclosing material leaked by then-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. The act has no exception for reporters or publishers. Previous administrations have only prosecuted government employees who provided materials to journalists and have not invoked the law against journalists for fear of colliding with the First Amendment. Journalists and press freedom groups reacted with alarm following the announcement, saying that the move opens a new front in the government's campaign against illegal leaks and risks criminalizing journalistic practices.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/politics/assange-indictment.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/business/media/assange-first-amendment-wikileaks.html

Google Changes Abortion Ad Policy

Starting in June, abortion ads on Google will include disclosures that state whether or not the advertiser provides abortions. Google will require advertisers to apply to get certified as abortion-providers or non-providers. This move comes following criticism that the company was enabling organizations that oppose abortions to present themselves as facilities that provided the service, in an effort to get women to contact them and to then dissuade them from seeking the procedure.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/business/media/google-abortion-ads.html

Facebook Targets Hate Content for Removal

In response to global pressure to improve how it polices content, Facebook states in one of its biannual reports that the company's automated detection software is improving, removing more than half of the hate speech on the platform. It also says that it is beginning to use artificial intelligence to detect and remove the sale of guns and drugs on its platform.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/technology/facebook-content-rules-data.html

San Francisco Police Chief Apologizes for Raid of Journalists Home-Office

San Francisco police raided freelance journalist Bryan Carmody's home in an effort to discover his confidential sources after he referred to
information he got from a police report dealing with the death of a local public defender. When Carmody refused to identify who had given him the report, the police obtained a search warrant, raided his apartment, and detained him for six hours. Following a hearing earlier this week, his seized property was returned. The Chief of Police apologized for the raid, saying that it raised questions about whether California shield law was violated. The shield law protects journalists if they refuse to disclose sources or refuse to disclose unpublished information.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/business/media/press-freedom-carmody-freelancer.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/san-francisco-police-chief.html

Geoffrey Rush Awarded $2 Million in Defamation Case

Actor Geoffrey Rush was awarded a record $2 million payout in his defamation case against Rupert Murdoch's Nationwide News. Rush accused a tabloid newspaper of wrongly portraying him as having behaved inappropriately toward a female co-star in two front-page articles published in 2017. The case was closely watched in Australia, where advocates argue that celebrities can fend off #MeToo accusations through a defamation claim.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/world/australia/geoffrey-rush-defamation.html

GENERAL NEWS

Federal Judge Upholds Subpoena for Trump's Financial Records

A federal judge in Manhattan ruled against a request from President Trump to block Deutsche Bank from complying with congressional subpoenas seeking his detailed financial records. Trump is expected to appeal the ruling, and the committees have already agreed to let the appeals play out before enforcing the subpoenas.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/us/politics/mcgahn-trump-congress.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/business/deutsche-bank-trump-subpoena.html

IRS Memo Says Trump Tax Returns Must Be Turned Over to Congress

Secretary Mnuchin declined to comply with a House Ways and Means Committee subpoena last week asking for six years of Donald Trump's tax returns. The draft IRS memo that has now surfaced says that tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president asserts executive privilege over them. It also states that the law does not allow the Treasury Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information. The memo was reportedly never forwarded to the Treasury Department.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/us/politics/irs-memo-trump-taxes.html

Albany Closes a Loophole for Presidential Pardons

The New York State Assembly passed a bill that would allow President Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have been barred from seeing his federal filings. The new law also exempts the state's double-jeopardy law from cases involving presidential pardons, meaning that state prosecutors can pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/new-york-lawmakers-pass-bill-to-let-congress-obtain-trump-tax-returns/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/nyregion/trump-tax-return-bills-new-york.html

Federal Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Plan to Direct Funds to Border Wall

A federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the administration from redirecting funds from a national emergency declaration to build a border wall. The temporary injunction is part of a larger legal challenge claiming that President Trump overstepped his constitutional authority by using money allocated to other agencies to fund a border wall without congressional approval.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/judge-blocks-trump-border-wall.html

Trump Circumvents Congress to Sell Weapons to Middle East Allies

President Trump is moving forward with arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, a move that was blocked by Congress last year, by declaring an emergency over Iran. The decision drew criticism from lawmakers, who are furious over the civilian death toll from the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/world/middleeast/trump-troop-increase-middle-east-iran.html

Potential Clash Looming Between Justice Department and the CIA Over Declassification Order

President Trump has delegated his power to declassify documents to Attorney General Barr. More specifically, he has instructed Barr to declassify any intelligence that led to the Russia investigation in an effort to find out what the intelligence agencies knew about the investigation into his campaign. Critics say the move could endanger the CIA's ability to keep the identities of their sources secret, and puts the agency on a collision course with the Justice Department.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/politics/trump-barr-declassify-intelligence.html

Stolen National Security Agency Hacking Tool Being Used Against U.S. Cities

A hacking tool developed by the NSA is now being used to attack the site of the agency's own headquarters. The City of Baltimore went offline after a cyberattack that was followed by a ransom demand that the city refused to pay. Cybercriminals are reportedly focusing on vulnerable American towns and cities with aging digital infrastructure, paralyzing their local governments, hospitals, and airports, and driving up costs.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html

Pelosi-Trump Battle Escalates as They Question Each Other's Mental Fitness

The public exchange came after President Trump walked out of an infrastructure meeting and called an unexpected press conference, declaring that he will not work with House Democrats until they stop investigating him. Pelosi had previously told reporters that Trump is engaged in a "cover-up" after House Democrats held a meeting to discuss possible impeachment proceedings against the president.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/politics/impeaching-trump-nancy-pelosi.html

Democratic Calls for Impeachment Inquiry Grow as House Pursues Tougher Tactics Against Trump

Prominent liberal Democrats have now declared that they see no choice but to initiate an impeachment inquiry based on concerns that President Trump may be permanently weakening Congress's powers. Calls for impeachment are growing louder out of a fear that Trump is not only evading accountability himself but is also rewriting the rules of engagement between the legislative and executive branches, as shown by him successfully calling on former White House counsel Don McGahn to skip a scheduled hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/us/politics/mcgahn-subpoena-house-impeachment.html

Transcripts of Michael Cohen's Interviews with Lawmakers Released

Newly released transcripts provide additional details of Michael Cohen's discussions with the president's legal team and with lawmakers, including those on the House Intelligence Committee. They include claims about possible pardons and Trump's relationship with Russia, among others.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/us/politics/michael-cohen-testimony.html

Environmental Protection Agency Will Adopt New Method for Projecting Health Risks of Air Pollution

The New York Times reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to adopt a method that has not been peer-reviewed and is not scientifically sound. The change would drastically lower an earlier Trump administration estimate that as many as 1,400 more people could die prematurely each year under the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule governing emissions from coal plants.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/climate/epa-air-pollution-deaths.html

$16 Billion in Aid for U.S. Farmers Hurt by Trade Wars

President Trump unveiled a $16 billion "bailout" for farmers earlier this week, signaling a protracted trade war with Beijing. Widely seen as a political move, the aid is meant to appease an important constituency for Trump in 2020, especially as China's tariffs against products like soybeans, beef and pork have hit swing states the hardest.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/politics/farm-aid-package.html

Trump Administration Seeks Rollback of Transgender Health Rules

The Department of Health and Human Services plans to redefine the terms of an Obama-era policy that kept health care providers from discriminating against transgender patients. The agency is rewriting an Affordable Care Act regulation that prohibits health care discrimination on the basis of sex, citing a need to ensure consistency in the interpretation of 'sex discrimination' across federal departments.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/politics/donald-trump-transgender-protections.html

Advertising Firm Files $50 Million Countersuit Against the National Rifle Association

Ackerman McQueen, the advertising firm that has worked with the National Rifle Association (NRA) for nearly four decades, is seeking $50 million, claiming that it was defamed by the gun rights group. The NRA accused the firm of refusing to fully cooperate with an audit, defaming chief executive Wayne LaPierre, and breaching confidentiality agreements. It effectively accused the firm of orchestrating the failed leadership coup as part of an attempt to tarnish and destroy the public image of the NRA.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/nra-ackerman-mcqueen-lawsuit.html

15 States Are Trying to Make the Electoral College Obsolete

Nevada became the latest state to pass a bill that would grant its electoral votes to whomever wins the popular vote across the country, not just in Nevada. It is joined by 14 other states promising to adopt this new system. The interstate pact would take effect once enough states have joined to guarantee the national winner 270 electoral votes; the 14 states that have currently "signed on" have a total of 195 electoral votes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/us/electoral-college.html

Vermont Moves to Amend State Constitution to Protect Abortion Rights

While the bill would not change the status quo in Vermont, where there are no legal limits on abortion, it is meant to send a message by formally prohibiting the government from interfering in any way with the right to have an abortion.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/us/vermont-abortion-bill-h57.html

Missouri Governor Signs Bill Banning Abortion After 8 Weeks

The law bans abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy and makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Doctors who perform abortions could be charged with felonies and sentenced to prison terms of up to 15 years. Women who seek abortions would not face prosecution. At least 4 other states have passed so-called fetal heartbeat bills this year, as conservatives see an opening to press their case to the Supreme Court.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/missouri-abortion-law.html

Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi's Abortion Law

In issuing the preliminary injunction, Judge Carlton Reeves noted that the state's "heartbeat" abortion ban would force clinics to stop providing most abortion care. He added that "by banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, the law prevents a woman's free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/mississippi-abortion-law.html

The Language Wars of the Abortion Debate

The article traces the way language has shaped the abortion debate, beginning with the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" phrases of the 1960s, continuing with the more recent references to "heartbeat" legislation and "forced pregnancy bills."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/us/fetal-heartbeat-forced-pregnancy.html

Federal Judge Rules That Qualcomm Violated Antitrust Laws

Qualcomm is the largest maker of modem chips for connecting smartphones to wireless networks. Its customers complain that the company uses unfair practices to force companies to agree to excessive licensing fees. The Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm in 2017, arguing that the latter used its monopoly position to compel handset makers to pay onerous fees for the use of its patents. In her ruling earlier this week, Judge Koh wrote that "Qualcomm's licensing practices have strangled competition" and the company must abandon its practice of not selling chips to phone makers unless they first agree to license its patents (whether or not they end up using the chips).

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/business/qualcomm-antitrust-ruling.html

https://www.wired.com/story/judge-finds-qualcomms-pricing-policy-violates-antitrust-law/

MeToo's Legal Forces Take on Harassment at McDonald's

Twenty-five McDonald's employees filed sexual harassment complaints against the company, announcing three civil rights lawsuits as well and two other lawsuits in coordination with the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. The accusations involve a wide range of inappropriate behavior by supervisors, gender-based discrimination, and retaliation for speaking up.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/business/mcdonalds-female-employees-sexual-harassment.html

Under a State Department Policy, Daughter of American Same-Sex Parents Does Not Qualify for Citizenship

A decades-old State Department policy requires a child born abroad to have a biological connection to an American parent in order to receive citizenship at birth. The articles traces a number of court cases challenging the policy for discriminating against same-sex couples and for its treatment of births from assisted reproductive technology.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/us/gay-couple-children-citizenship.html

United Nations Report Finds Siri and Alexa Promote Sexist Attitudes Towards Women

A report by UNESCO finds that the default use of female-sounding voice assistants on smartphones and other gadgets reinforces commonly held gender biases that women are subservient and tolerant of poor treatment. A USC sociology professor cited in the report found that "virtual assistants produce a rise of command-based speech directed at women's voices" and affect the way people behave towards women in real life.

https://www.techradar.com/news/alexa-siri-and-google-assistant-promote-sexist-attitudes-towards-women-says-un

Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Canadian Billionaire's Donation to Trump Super PAC

The watchdog group Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Canadian billionaire Barry
Zekelman violated a federal ban on contributions by foreigners when his U.S.-based company donated $1.75 million to a Trump-affiliated PAC. Zekelman has said that he left it to members of his corporate board, who are either U.S. citizens or legal residents, to decide on the donations.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/us/politics/donation-trump-super-pac-canadian.html

Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Will Be Delayed Until Trump Leaves Office

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the redesign of the $20 bill featuring Tubman will no longer be unveiled in 2020, citing a need to redesign the currency for counterfeiting issues. The unveiling was scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/us/harriet-tubman-bill.html

Michael Avenatti is Charged with Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Avenatti is accused of stealing nearly $300,000 from his client, Stormy Daniel, and using the money on personal expenses. He allegedly forged a letter to her literary agent, demanding that the agent wire an advance to a client trust account that he controlled.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/us/politics/michael-avenatti-stormy-daniels.html

Amazon Shareholders Reject Facial Recognition Sale Ban to Governments

At their annual meeting this week, Amazon shareholders rejected two proposals that would have requested the company not to sell its facial recognition technology to police, law enforcement, and federal agencies, i.e. government customers. In light of accusations that the technology has bias and inaccuracies that can be used to racially discriminate against minorities, one of the now rejected resolutions would have demanded an independent human and civil rights review into the use of the software.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/technology/amazon-facial-recognition.html

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/22/amazon-reject-facial-recognition-proposals/

Morehouse College Official Cheers 'Transformational' Gift

Morehouse College's vice president for external relations and alumni engagement reflects on hearing Robert F. Smith's announcement of his student-loan-eliminating gift. Calling it a "transformational moment," he hopes the gift will lead to a greater recognition of the work of historically black colleges, whose graduates carry a federal debt load that is about one-third higher than graduates of other public and non-profit four-year institutions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/us/video-of-morehouse-college-commencement.html?login=email&auth=login-email

Is a Technological Cold War Between the U.S. and China Inevitable?

The United States' aggressive new stance restricting Huawei's access to American technology can be seen as the beginnings of a digital Iron Curtain. Google has already limited the software services it provides to Huawei, a move that will likely impact Huawei's status as a rising company in the European smartphone market. It remains to be seen how China, and its most successful tech companies, will retaliate.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/business/huawei-trump-china-trade.html

China Uses High-Tech Surveillance to Subdue Minorities in the West

The article looks into technologies produced by China's state-run defense manufacturer that could be deployed to monitor and subdue certain groups. One of the systems unveiled at an industry fair is able to tap into networks of neighborhood informants, track individuals and analyze their behavior, anticipate potential crime, and then recommend which security forces to deploy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/world/asia/china-surveillance-xinjiang.html

Kenya's Highest Court Upholds Ban on Gay Sex

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of Kenya's High Court upheld a set of colonial-era laws that criminalize same-sex relations. Only Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, and India have struck down similar laws that were put in place by 19th century British colonial rules.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/world/africa/kenya-gay-ban-british.html

India Election Gives Prime Minister Narendra Modi a Second Term

In the biggest election to date, 900 million people were eligible to take part in seven rounds of voting. Though Modi is largely seen as a modernizer, there are concerns that he will continue sending India farther down the path of becoming a religious Hindu state, which could pose dangers for minorities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/world/asia/modi-mandate-india-elections.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/world/asia/india-election-narendra-modi.html

UK Prime Minister Theresa Announces Resignation

Theresa May will step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7th and will stay on as Prime Minister until a new leader is chosen. May failed to secure domestic support for an exit deal she struck with the European Union.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/world/europe/theresa-may-resignation.html

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