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October 1, 2021

Theater News for the Week of October 1st

By Bennett Liebman

Federal arts bailout totals $36 million locally, https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Federal-arts-bailout-totals-36-million-locally-16476384.php

Inside the battle to change a prestigious theater festival's 'broken' culture, https://news.yahoo.com/inside-battle-change-prestigious-theater-130041533.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAACSKucJq2UjBTKVFGhE9qXtjGz-uPTSnFU_lkXkFTcpemKWxpz6Eyooe6VAKMkmZfG8clgfgQRwBToDSxdW-gv3PxB7GDeBRDS1KuFifp-qSINI9kPrCW3UgjzLTle72ivX50pSDtIy1fJ5guc97dg01YC_E2zfyzdwQ_kwIielL

Updated-williamstown-theatre-festival-letter, https://ca-times.brightspotcdn.com/06/37/5851edc0482387ff1b2fee01b155/updated-williamstown-theatre-festival-letter.pdf

The curtain closes on Frozen in Buffalo, https://www.wivb.com/news/the-curtain-closes-on-frozen-in-buffalo-hear-how-sheas-is-safely-bringing-broadway-shows-back/

One show at a time, Broadway theater is coming back, https://www.marketplace.org/2021/09/27/one-show-at-a-time-broadway-theater-is-coming-back/

2021 Tony Awards: Review, https://deadline.com/2021/09/2021-tony-awards-review-1234844692/

For a Broadway Torn by a Pandemic, a Split-Personalities Tonys, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/theater/tony-awards-ceremony-tv.html

Aaron Tveit Tearfully Triumphs Over Zero Competitors, https://www.gawker.com/culture/aaron-tveit-tearfully-triumphs-over-zero-competitors-at-the-tonys

Tony Awards ceremony slumps to 2.6 million low, https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/tony-awards-ceremony-slumps-26-million-low-television-2021-09-27/

Aaron Sorkin on Scott Rudin, https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2021/09/aaron-sorkin-on-scott-rudin-scott-got-what-he-deserves

'Aladdin' will resume Broadway performances after COVID-19 cases, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/09/30/aladdin-will-resume-broadway-performances-after-covid-19-cases/

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga to star in Macbeth on Broadway, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/sep/29/daniel-craig-ruth-negga-macbeth-broadway-barbara-broccoli

The Best and Worst Moments of the Tony Awards, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/theater/tony-awards-best-worst-moments.html?smid=tw-nyttheater&smtyp=cur

Opinion | What Happens Inside a Broadway Theater Can Help Us Heal, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/24/opinion/broadway-danny-burstein.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

Karen Olivo left Broadway to build a better theater industry, https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-09-24/karen-olivo-left-broadway

Now that Tony Awards are over, where does Broadway go from here?, https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/tony-awards-broadway-ticket-sales/2021/09/27/e3bf8c5a-1d4c-11ec-bcb8-0cb135811007_story.html

Takeaways From the 2021 Tony Awards, https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/theater-industry-today-recap-2021-tony-awards-podcast-74044/

Broadway is Back! Are you Going?, https://scarsdale10583.com/section-table/102-shout-it-out/9183-broadway-is-back-are-you-going-reader-survey-results-and-more

Actors' Equity hires attorney to investigate 'Jagged Little Pill' claims, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/09/29/actors-equity-hires-attorney-to-investigate-jagged-little-pill-claims/

How the potential IATSE strike could impact Broadway productions, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/09/29/how-the-potential-iatse-strike-could-impact-broadway-productions/

Charlayne Woodard enjoys return to theatrical 'home', https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2021-09-25/charlayne-woodard-enjoys-return-to-theatrical-home-for-la-jolla-playhouses-the-garden

The lasting testament of Jane Alexander, https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/the-lasting-testament-of-jane-alexander/

Six Gets Its Closeup, "Six" was denied its big spotlight on the day Broadway shuttered. Now at last, it gets its closeup., https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/six-broadway-opening/2021/09/30/4fc8766a-206c-11ec-9309-b743b79abc59_story.html

L.A. Artists Create and Share Anti-Racist Theatre Standards, https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/09/30/l-a-artists-create-and-share-anti-racist-theatre-standards/

'Playwriting Sisters' Martyna Majok, Jocelyn Bioh on Restarting Shows, https://variety.com/2021/legit/news/sanctuary-city-nollywood-dreams-martyna-majok-jocelyn-bioh-1235076019/

Young Women Set the Tone for a Paris Theater Season, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/theater/women-set-tone-paris.html?smid=tw-nyttheater&smtyp=cur

Sports News for the Week of October 1st

By Bennett Liebman

NLRB College Athlete Memo Employee Recognition NLRA Labor Law, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/nlrb-college-athlete-memo-1234641056/

NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo Issues Memo on Employee Status of Players at Academic Institutions, https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-general-counsel-jennifer-abruzzo-issues-memo-on-employee-status-of

NLRB General Counsel: College Athletes Are Employees Under The NLRA, https://abovethelaw.com/2021/09/nlrb-general-counsel-college-athletes-are-employees-under-the-nlra/

'This guy has a pattern': Amid institutional failure, former NWSL players accuse prominent coach of sexual coercion, https://theathletic.com/2857633/2021/09/30/this-guy-has-a-pattern-amid-institutional-failure-former-nwsl-players-accuse-prominent-coach-of-sexual-coercion/

Paul Riley Fired as N.W.S.L. Is Shaken by Abuse Accusations, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/sports/soccer/nwsl-abuse-paul-riley.html

NCAA President Decries 'Patchwork' Of Name, Image Laws, https://www.law360.com/publicpolicy/articles/1426482/ncaa-president-decries-patchwork-of-name-image-laws

Feds Seek Light Sentences For Ex-NFLers In Benefits Scam, https://www.law360.com/articles/1426234

State AG Opinion on the Kentucky State University Foundation, https://ag.ky.gov/Resources/orom/2021/21-ORD-179.pdf

Terry Rozier's 'Scary Terry' Fights Off Federal 'Scream' Lawsuit, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/terry-rozier-scary-terry-1234641059/

Easter Unlimied v. Rozier, https://heitnerlegal.com/wp-content/uploads/Terry-Rozier-MSJ-win.pdf

NYRA to Court: A Hearing Was 'Exactly' What Baffert Had Argued For, https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/nyra-to-court-a-hearing-was-exactly-what-baffert-had-argued-for/

Sports Gambling Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/micro-betting-could-destroy-sports/620188/

Burr bill taxes college athletes who make $20,000 for NIL, https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254628362.html

The weird law that prevents a lengthy Lane Kiffin contract, https://www.al.com/alabamafootball/2021/09/the-weird-law-that-prevents-a-lengthy-lane-kiffin-contract.html

Georgia Judges Tackle College Football: '#GoDawgs', https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/2021/09/27/georgia-judges-tackle-college-football-godawgs/?slreturn=20210901142124

Class action lawsuit by former Villanova player claims athletes are employees, https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/villanova/villanova-trey-johnson-poppy-livers-ncaa-lawsuit-20210930.html

Cornell, Fordham, Villanova Want Fast Appeal on Athlete Pay, https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/cornell-fordham-villanova-want-fast-appeal-on-athlete-pay

Fox Sports Networks Sued Over Use of 'House of the Rising Sun', https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/fox-sports-networks-sued-over-use-of-house-of-the-rising-sun

Was the Super League illegal?, https://theathletic.com/2832247/2021/09/29/was-the-super-league-illegal-why-uefa-is-in-court-with-barcelona-juventus-and-real-madrid/

Boxing bouts fixed at 2016 Olympics, investigation finds, https://apnews.com/article/sports-boxing-2020-tokyo-olympics-e657a0b20aaf897dd96d5708d6ddbb2e

Alexander Zverev: Domestic abuse allegations by Olga Sharypova, https://slate.com/culture/2021/08/alexander-zverev-domestic-abuse-allegations-olga-sharypova.html

Bears sign purchase agreement for Arlington Park property, https://theathletic.com/news/bears-sign-purchase-agreement-for-arlington-park-property-exclusive/QTJyEXELsaMt

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya investigation enters new phase as Athletics Integrity Unit steps in, https://www.infobae.com/aroundtherings/articles/2021/09/30/krystsina-tsimanouskaya-investigation-enters-new-phase-as-athletics-integrity-unit-steps-in/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Los Angeles Rams' St. Louis Lawsuit Puts NFL in Uncomfortable Position, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/los-angeles-rams-st-louis-1234640903/

Ex-NBA Player Randolph Morris Acquitted in Tax-Evasion Case, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/randolph-morris-not-guilty-1234640645/

October 4, 2021

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, and Technology/Media:


Scarlett Johansson and Disney Settle Suit Over 'Black Widow' Pay

In her lawsuit, Scarlett Johansson claimed that Disney breached her contract when it released "Black Widow" simultaneously in theaters and on the Disney+ streaming service. The suit said that Disney had promised that "Black Widow" would receive an exclusive release in theaters for 90 to 120 days and that Johansson's compensation -- based largely on bonuses tied to ticket sales -- had been gutted due to the hybrid release. Pay for actors is a contentious issue, as Hollywood movies are released for streaming at the same time they hit theaters.


Britney Spears' Conservatorship Hearing: What To Know

A hearing on September 29th is set to be a turning point for the pop star, who is trying to remove her father from a conservatorship that has ruled her personal life and finances for 13 years.


R. Kelly's Lawyers Attacked His Accusers. It Backfired

Legal experts said that R. Kelly's defense team focused on undermining the credibility of his many accusers -- a strategy doomed to fail as attitudes about sexual abuse shift.


After R. Kelly's Conviction, Can the Music Industry Change?

The R&B musician's guilty verdicts met a muted response in the music business that made him a star, and survivors and activists say the field has a responsibility to do more.


Opinion: With R. Kelly's Conviction, Black Women Were Finally Heard

The conviction is the first high-profile prosecution in the #MeToo era in which the victims were mainly women of color. It would not have happened but for the determination of Black women -- who organized a campaign to get stations to stop playing Kelly's music and who produced the riveting docuseries that finally prompted serious investigations, who told their painful stories.


Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Agrees to Extradition to U.S. to Face Sex Charges

The 80-year-old Canadian citizen was arrested in December after being indicted by Manhattan prosecutors for sex trafficking and racketeering.


'Fire' Brings a Black Composer to the Met, Finally

For the first time in its 138-year history, and on the heels of an 18-month closure, the Metropolitan Opera presented a work by a Black composer: Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones."


Women Enslaved by ISIS Say They Did Not Consent to a Film About Them

The acclaimed documentary "Sabaya" portrays the rescue of Yazidi women sexually enslaved by the Islamic State terrorist group. However, many of the traumatized women said that they never agreed to be in the film.



Judge Denies Sotheby's Effort to Dismiss a Lawsuit Claiming That the Auction House 'Fleeced' New York Taxpayers Out of Millions

The complaint alleges that certain Sotheby's employees recommended the use of and 'even partially completed' resale certificates for their clients and requested that Client Accounting 'zero out' sales tax from all invoices associated with the purchases with these false resale certificates. Further, the complaint alleges that Sotheby's taxable sales were falsely stated because they excluded sales with the false resale certificates.


An Erotica Pioneer Goes From Hero to Villain for Dozens of Authors

Bethany Burke, according to revelations shared by a dozen authors an former employees, frequently threatened the authors with lower royalties and defamation lawsuits if they defected. Some writers were not being paid for books that Burke's company, Blushing Books was selling, while others were locked into contracts that gave Blushing "permanent and exclusive" rights to their books and pen names, which publishing experts called onerous and outside of industry standards.


He Taught Ancient Texts at Oxford. Now He Is Accused of Stealing Some

Hobby Lobby, the craft chain that helped build a collection for the Museum of the Bible, has sued a former Oxford lecturer, asserting that he sold it stolen artifacts.


Francis Bacon's Friend Has Been Accused of Donating Fake Artworks to the Tate

An archivist connected to Bacon's estate said many of the donated drawings were made with charcoal, casting doubt over their authorship.


For $84,000, An Artist Returned Two Blank Canvasses Titled 'Take The Money And Run'

The money was supposed to be used to create modern art; and it was -- but not in the way a Danish museum expected when it gave an artist the equivalent of $84,000. In return, it received 2 empty canvases. Was this a breach of contract?


French Court Convicts Magazine Over Racist Portrayal of Black Lawmaker

A Parisian court found conservative French magazine Valeurs Actuelles guilty under French hate speech laws of making racist insults over a fictional narrative that it published last year. Prompting a national outcry, the piece depicted French legislator Danièle Obono as an enslaved African who was put up for auction in the 18th century, accompanied by images, including one of with chains around her neck.



Judge Rules that Student Athletes Can Plausibly Allege National Collegiate Athletic Association as Employer

A federal judge permitted student athlete claims against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), saying the athletes "plausibly alleged the regulatory body is their joint employer under the Third Circuit's four-factor 'Enterprise test'". The term "Enterprise test" was coined after the Third Circuit's 2012 ruling in Re: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Wage & Hour Employment Practices Litigation and is used to determine whether a person or entity can be classified as an employer.


National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo Issues Memo on Employee Status of Players at Academic Institutions

The memo providing updated guidance regarding her position that certain college "players" are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and, as such, are afforded all statutory protections. The memo further advises that to misclassify such employees as mere "student-athletes" and leading them to believe that they are not entitled to the Act's protection has a chilling effect on Section 7 activity and is an independent violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.


The NCAA's 'March Madness' Basketball Brand Will Now Include Women

The NCAA had reserved the popular marketing slogan for the men, but inequities at the 2021 women's tournament spurred outrage and change. Starting with 2022, the term will be used with both genders' tournaments.


U.S.A. Bobsled and Skeleton Is Sued Over Brain Injuries

William Person, who competed from 1999 to 2007, wants to lead a class of plaintiffs seeking compensation for health problems that he says were caused by years of sledding.


Former U.S. Olympian Klete Keller Pleads Guilty to Capitol Riot Charge

Former U.S. Olympic medalist Klete Keller has pled guilty to several federal charges stemming from his participation in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, including a guilty plea to a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding.


National Women's Soccer League Cancels Weekend Games After Investigation into Coach

The National Women's Soccer League cancelled games last weekend following player protests concerning the now-former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley who was accused by multiple players of coercing them into sex or risk losing his approval and place on his team. The players also alleged that Riley hopped from team to team, repeating his behavior, first reported to the League 6 years ago.


Most National Basketball Association Players Are Vaccinated, but Skeptics Speak Out

More than 90% of National Basketball Association (NBA) players have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and all referees and key team personnel without exemptions will be, too, by the season's start. However, a few high-profile players, including the Nets star guard Kyrie Irving, have expressed skepticism about vaccines or been evasive about their vaccination status.


The National Basketball Association Denies Andrew Wiggins's Request for a Religious Exemption From the Vaccine

The ruling means that Andrew Wiggins will be barred from attending home games in San Francisco, where his team is based, unless he gets inoculated. The city mandated last month that people show they are vaccinated to attend large indoor events. A negative coronavirus test will not suffice.


UEFA Seeks to Remove Judge From Madrid Court Case Related to European Super League

UEFA began a legal action to remove a judge from a Madrid court case related to its attempts to punish Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus for their involvement in the breakaway European Super League (ESL), after confirming that it suspended legal action against the trio.


New Limits Give Chinese Video Gamers Whiplash

China has a complex relationship with video games. New government rules for minors have made it even more so.



Ozy Media, Once a Darling of Investors, Shuts Down in a Swift Unraveling

The digital media start-up has shuttered after coming under scrutiny for its business practices.


Whistle-Blower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to January 6th Riot

The whistle-blower, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, planned to accuse the company of relaxing its security safeguards for the 2020 election too soon after Election Day, which then led it to be used in the storming of the U.S. Capitol.


Facebook Puts Instagram Kids On Hold Amid Criticism of Planned App

Instagram Kids had been touted as requiring parental permission to join, and was supposed to provide ad-free, age-appropriate content, but U.S. lawmakers and advocacy groups have urged the social media giant to drop its launch plans, citing safety concerns.


Facebook's Effort to Attract PreTeens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show

Internal Facebook documents show the company formed a team to study preteens, set a 3-year goal to create more products for them, and commissioned strategy papers about the long-term business opportunities presented by these potential users.

Facebook's Efforts to Attract Young Users Come Under Senate Scrutiny

During a 3-hour Senate hearing, lawmakers relentlessly pressed a Facebook executive to explain internal documents disclosed by The Wall Street Journal showing that Instagram makes body image issues worse for a substantial minority of teen girls and is blamed by teens for increases in anxiety and depression.



YouTube Bans All Anti-Vaccine Misinformation

In a blog post, YouTube said that it would remove videos claiming that vaccines do not reduce rates of transmission or that includes misinformation on the makeup of the vaccines. Claims that vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that the vaccines contain trackers, will also be removed.


'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.


October 8, 2021

Theater News for the Week of October 8th

By Bennett Liebman

How Broadway Musicals Saved This Doctor After His Dad Died, https://people.com/theater/how-broadway-musicals-saved-doctor-after-dad-died-when-he-was-11-the-beauty-of-life/

Commentary: Plan to support New York artists harkens back to the WPA, https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Commentary-Plan-to-support-New-York-artists-16511981.php

The True History Behind 'Six,' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-true-history-behind-six-the-musical-about-henry-viiis-wives-180978781/

Beanie Feldstein on Longtime Love of 'Funny Girl' and Barbra Streisand, https://variety.com/2021/legit/features/beanie-feldstein-funny-girl-barbra-streisand-1235081712/

The Flea Announces New Resident Company and a Focus on Black and Queer Artists, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/theater/the-flea-black-queer-artists.html

George Ferencz, Innovative Theater Director, Dies at 74, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/01/theater/george-ferencz-innovative-theater-director-dies-at-74.html

Jeremy McCarter: From Drama Critic to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Co-Author, https://observer.com/2021/10/jeremy-mccarter-from-drama-critic-to-lin-manuel-mirandas-co-author/

'The Lehman Trilogy' Music Tells a Story, https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/nick-powell-the-lehman-trilogy-composer-sam-mendes-74079/

Adrian Lester Finally Arrives on Broadway, via Wall Street, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/06/theater/adrian-lester-lehman-trilogy-broadway.html

Theatre Leadership Project Approved for NYC Theatrical Production Tax Credit, https://www.broadwayworld.com/industry/article/Theatre-Leadership-Project-Approved-for-New-York-City-Musical-and-Theatrical-Production-Tax-Credit-20211007

The Lark Is Grounded: New-Play Incubator to Fold After 27 Years, https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/10/05/the-lark-is-grounded-new-play-incubator-to-fold-after-25-years/

An Acclaimed Playwright on Masks and the Return to the Stage, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/theater/sarah-ruhl-smile-bells-palsy.html?smid=tw-nyttheater&smtyp=cur

American Shakespeare Center cancels fall season amid reports of internal strife, https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/shakespeare-staunton-cancels-season/2021/10/06/30e17ea2-2546-11ec-8d53-67cfb452aa60_story.html

A Dance Show on a Cruise Ship? It's Not What You Think, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/01/arts/dance/virgin-voyages-dance-cruise.html

'Connecticut's Broadway:' 6 venues form new coalition to promote theater in CT, https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/Connecticut-Broadway-coalition-theater-16510591.php

Netflix's Diana: The Musical is the year's most hysterically awful hate-watch, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/oct/04/diana-the-musical-netflix-hysterically-awful

Jeremy O. Harris To Pull 'Slave Play' In L.A. Over Lack Of Female Playwrights, https://deadline.com/2021/10/jeremy-o-harris-slave-play-mark-taper-forum-los-angeles-cancellation-1234850308/

Biden's Picks to Head NEH, NEA: Shelly Lowe and Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/10/06/bidens-picks-to-head-neh-nea-shelly-lowe-and-dr-maria-rosario-jackson/

Tentative agreement reached after IATSE strike shutters opening night, http://bunewsservice.com/the-show-goes-on-tentative-agreement-reached-after-iatse-strike-shutters-opening-night-at-north-shore-music-theatre/

Kennedy Center stagehands authorize strike days before 'Hadestown' run, https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/kennedy-center-stagehands-strike/2021/10/07/f942bbf0-26e9-11ec-8d53-67cfb452aa60_story.html

Disney Princess Concert Tour Cancels Fall Dates Due To Covid Concerns, https://deadline.com/2021/10/disney-princess-concert-tour-cancellation-covid-fall-dates-1234850045/

Saving New York Independent Theater: An Update, https://newyorktheater.me/2021/10/05/saving-new-york-independent-theater-an-update/

How Director Michael Longhurst Is Resuscitating Theater on Both Sides of the Atlantic, https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/director-michael-longhurst-resuscitating-theater-201816852.html

Column: Live theater spotlights a welcome virus diversion, https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-theater-diversion-st-1007-20211006-gcbqm4oxsndvfmujn3zjlhmzfm-story.html

'I Didn't See Myself Represented In American Theater': New Play 'Thoughts Of A Colored Man' Arrives On Broadway, https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/10/01/thoughts-of-a-colored-man-play-broadway-diversity/

Sports News for the Week of October 8th

By Bennett Liebman

AAF bankruptcy: Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon claims he, not defunct league's players, should get millions, https://theathletic.com/2869364/2021/10/05/aaf-bankruptcy-hurricanes-owner-tom-dundon-claims-he-not-defunct-leagues-players-should-get-millions/

Zverev Investigation Announced by ATP, https://mailchi.mp/atptour.com/atp-receives-independent-safeguarding-report-zverev-investigation-announced-707022?e=f082265861

NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird, general counsel ousted over Paul Riley accusations, https://theathletic.com/news/nwsl-commissioner-lisa-baird-general-counsel-ousted-over-paul-riley-accusations/dEfW2Z64x8bJ

NWSL's systemic issues cast a long shadow as league returns to the field, https://www.washingtonpost.com/s/sports/2021/10/06/nwsl-protest-washington-spirit-gotham-fc/?pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWJpZCI6IjI0MzI3MDUiLCJyZWFzb24iOiJnaWZ0IiwibmJmIjoxNjMzNjIyMzM4LCJpc3MiOiJzdWJzY3JpcHRpb25zIiwiZXhwIjoxNjM0ODMxOTM4LCJpYXQiOjE2MzM2MjIzMzgsImp0aSI6IjRiODQ4N2U1LWYzMjQtNDI1OC1hMTk0LTllYWNlZWU2NTI0MiIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lndhc2hpbmd0b25wb3N0LmNvbS9zcG9ydHMvMjAyMS8xMC8wNi9ud3NsLXByb3Rlc3Qtd2FzaGluZ3Rvbi1zcGlyaXQtZ290aGFtLWZjLyJ9.MLFd7YAgoZZgr3p-dDD4ritcGR_2b__Sw2aWabWjVPs

Women's Soccer League Hires Law Firm to Investigate Misconduct Allegations, https://www.wsj.com/articles/nwsl-misconduct-allegations-11633297640

NBA Gambling Exec Warns Of Going 'Too Far, Too Fast' On Sports Betting, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/57510/nba-warns-too-far-too-fast-sports-betting/

No more betting firms to sponsor front of football shirt, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-10018601/No-betting-firms-sponsor-football-shirts-governments-review-gambling-laws.html

NBA 2K, Grand Theft Auto Beat Back Appeal of Infringement Suit, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/nba2k-patent-infringement-1234643226/

Urban Meyer Jaguars Contract Legal Dispute Possibility if Fired, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/urban-meyers-jaguars-conduct-1234643186/

Minor League Clubs Strike Out Again in COVID Insurance Appeal, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/minor-league-baseball-covid-1234643126/

DOJ Title IX Investigation Leads to Settlement with San Jose State, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/doj-title-ix-investigation-leads-to-1-4813696/

Soccer player jailed, charged with attempted murder after kicking referee, https://www.wbrz.com/news/soccer-player-jailed-charged-with-attempted-murder-after-kicking-referee/

University of Iowa will pay $400K via Title IX athletics settlement, https://www.thegazette.com/higher-education/university-of-iowa-will-pay-400k-via-title-ix-athletics-settlement/

NCAA Still Waiting on Congress For Federal College Athletics NIL Bill, https://www.sportico.com/leagues/college-sports/2021/ncaa-still-waiting-congress-federal-nil-bill-1234642992/

FOS College: House's NIL Hearing, https://frontofficesports.com/newsletter/fos-college-houses-nil-hearing/

Top NLRB Lawyer Says That College Football Players Are Employees, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/top-nlrb-lawyer-says-that-college-1906682/

No More Celebrities in Gambling Ads in Spain, https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=1edaec18-86bb-4954-a9a9-77e40cb244f8

First Jury Verdict in Football-Brain Disease Case Upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a8891f57-5f87-4392-87c5-120507e0d0fc

Rakoff Won't Call 'Foul' On NBA Agent's Truck Gift For Player, https://www.law360.com/articles/1428831

NY High Court Explores Whether Daily Fantasy Is Gambling, https://www.law360.com/articles/1409368

3 Ex-NFL Players Get Prison Time For $3.9M Benefits Scam, https://www.law360.com/articles/1428425

Excel Sues Endeavor/WME For Poaching Baseball Agents, http://sportsagentblog.com/2021/09/16/excel-sues-endeavor-wme-for-poaching-baseball-agents/

La'el Collins Lawsuit Takes Key Turn to Federal Court and Lands With Zeke Judge, https://www.conductdetrimental.com/post/la-el-collins-lawsuit-takes-key-turn-to-federal-court-and-lands-with-zeke-judge

The last stand of Bob Baffert, horse racing's top trainer, https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-10-01/bob-baffert-rise-fall-from-horse-racing-drug-violations

NYRA hearing for embattled trainer Bob Baffert looming, https://apnews.com/article/sports-bob-baffert-medina-new-york-patrick-mckenna-f4d0768d1e98a5b5cd72d3a3cec33ad3

U.S. charges 18 former NBA players with defrauding league's health plan, https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/eighteen-former-nba-players-charged-with-defrauding-leagues-health-plan-2021-10-07/

October 11, 2021

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:


Supreme Court News: High Court Sweeps IP Cases From Docket on Opening Day

The Supreme Court opened its 2021 term by denying certiorari in several intellectual property cases and cleared from its docket approximately one-fourth of pending petitions in IP cases, leaving in place the 2nd Circuit decisions in Marano and 'Rosemary's Baby'. It left in place the Second Circuit's recent decision in Marano v. Metropolitan Museum of Art, which affirms the SDNY's 12(b)(6) dismissal on the ground that the museum's use of a photograph on its website of Eddie Van Halen playing his "Frankenstein" guitar in an exhibition of rock n' roll instruments constitutes a fair use.


Seuss, ComicMix Close Book On Landmark Copyright Dispute Over 'Star Trek' Mashup

In a final update in the Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. ComicMix copyright infringement case, the parties have settled and asked the court to approve a consent judgment and permanent injunction. ComicMix would not be permitted to distribute any further copies, but would not have to pay any damages or attorneys' fees.

Dr Seuss Enterprises v ComicMix LLC.pdf


'Friday the 13th' Copyright Case Is Rare Termination Rights Guide

Victor Miller convinced both a federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that he wasn't an employee writing the script for the 1980 horror movie as a work for hire under copyright law. Instead, he originally owned a copyright and had a right to terminate his licensing of the script. Termination rights let creators reclaim rights 35 to 40 years after assigning them under the Copyright Act of 1976.


Clint Eastwood Wins $6.1 Million CBD Lawsuit

The Academy Award-winning director accused a Lithuanian company of falsely claiming that he had endorsed CBD products.


NBCUniversal Settles with Ron Meyer

The former vice chairman was fired in August 2020 after he disclosed that he made hush-money payments to a woman to cover up an old affair. NBCUniversal employees confirm that the company made a confidential settlement with the former Universal studio executive.


YouTube Deletes Two R. Kelly Channels, but Stops Short of a Ban

The video platform said that it was enforcing its terms of service, one week after the singer was convicted on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges.


Dave Grohl Suggests That Nevermind Might Get New Cover Art

Former Nirvana band member Dave Grohl said that the iconic cover of the band's second studio album could get a makeover in light of a lawsuit from Spencer Elden, the infant captured in the 1991 underwater shot.


Hollywood Crew Union Votes to Authorize Strike Against Studios

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees is at loggerheads with companies like Netflix, Disney, and Amazon over streaming pay and long workdays.


Trump Granted Hip-hop Manager Clemency but Left Him In Prison, Lawyers Claim

"Rosemond is serving a sentence that no longer exists," his attorneys write. Though the 20-page petition cites obscure examples of informal presidential clemency decrees dating to President Abraham Lincoln's handling of Civil War deserters, Rosemond's attorneys acknowledge in the document that "this exact situation is unprecedented -- it does not appear to have happened in the history of the United States."


Musicians Flee Afghanistan, Fearing Taliban Rule

Dozens of artists and teachers from a prominent music school that promoted girls' education left the country, but more remain behind. "The mission is not complete," its founder said.


Russian Actress and Director to Start Making First Movie on Space Station

The pair arrived at the International Space Station aiming to shoot scenes for the first feature film made in orbit.



President Biden Names His Picks to Lead the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities

Maria Rosario Jackson and Shelly C. Lowe are President Biden's picks to lead the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, respectively. The unemployment rates for the cultural community are among the highest in the country, according to a recent statement from the White House. New York City alone lost two thirds of its jobs in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector over the past year, according to the New York state comptroller's office. "Ensuring the American people have access to humanities institutions, resources, and programs is absolutely critical in addressing the challenges of the 21st century," Lowe said.


The Pandora Papers Leak Reveals How the Late Dealer Douglas Latchford Used Offshore Accounts to Sell Looted Cambodian Antiquities

The Pandora Papers, a trove of 11.9 million leaked documents, are revealing the shadowy business dealings of some the world's wealthiest and most powerful people. Among the prominent names from the art world to emerge is that of late antiquities dealer Douglas Latchford, a leading Cambodian art scholar who, the papers show, used offshore trusts to sell looted art. He was accused of falsifying invoices, provenance documents, and shipping information to smuggle illicitly obtained artworks internationally. Some of the world's leading museums are also now coming under increased scrutiny over works in their collections that were once owned by the late collector.


Antiquities Dealer Pleads Guilty for Role in Sale of Looted Items

The dealer, Nancy Wiener, acknowledged in court that she used fake provenances to cover for the murky histories of some items she sold. Some of the items she sold to major museums in Australia and Singapore, while others were sold on the auction block at Christie's and Sotheby's, according to investigators. The items ranged in value from $100,000 to $1.5 million.


A Judge Paves the Way for Scholar Marc Restellini's Lawsuit Over Ownership of Valuable Modigliani Research to Move Forward

The court dismissed the Wildenstein-Plattner Institute's counterclaims against Restellini of copyright infringement.


'The Beginning of the Snowball': Supply-Chain Snarls Delay Books

Shipping delays, printer backups and worker shortages are forcing publishers to postpone new titles and leaving booksellers in a lurch for some old ones.


National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Covid Relief Grants

The American Rescue Plan Act, with its $87.8 million in funding, will support projects at nearly 300 cultural and educational institutions in the country. The grants, which total $87.8 million, will provide emergency relief to help offset pandemic-related financial losses at museums, libraries, universities, and historical sites in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Northern Marianas.


Cuomo's $5 Million Book Deal Is Subject of a New Ethics Inquiry

The move by a state ethics panel is a forceful example of how much the political environment has been reshaped since Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor.


Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded to Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah

Zanzibar-born writer Abdulrazak Gurnah receives the prize for what the judges described as his uncompromising and compassionate presentation of the effects of colonialism and the fate of refugees.



Former National Basketball Association Players Charged in $4M Health Care Fraud Scheme

Eighteen former National Basketball Assocation (NBA) players were charged with pocketing about $2.5 million illegally by defrauding the NBA's health and welfare benefit plan in a scam that authorities said involved claiming fictitious medical and dental expenses. Terrence Williams was the alleged ringleader of the group that submitted false invoices for medical expenses to the NBA's healthcare fund, prosecutors said.



National Women's Soccer League Players Protest Abuse Scandal as League Returns to Field

In their first matches since confronting the accusations that have shaken their league, women's soccer players stopped play to make a point.


Female Soccer Players Are Done Taking Abuse. Let's Stop Dishing It Out.

Players in the National Women's Soccer League are demanding the respect all female athletes deserve but rarely get.


Two Winter Olympics Underdogs That Have Already Won

Actively Black, a Black-owned small business, will outfit Team Nigeria at the Olympic Games. The collaboration is also part of a larger trend of Olympic sponsorships increasingly becoming an important milestone for brands of all sizes, not just the usual athletics giants. For example, Skims, Kim Kardashian West's shapewear brand, was the official underwear outfitter for female athletes for Team U.S.A. at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.


The Electrician Who Shocked the National Football League With the Videos of Urban Meyer

How did the viral clips of the Jacksonville Jaguars coach emerge? They were posted by an Ohio State fan.



A Star Corporate Lawyer Now Set to Take On Corporate America

For years, while representing Microsoft and other companies, Jonathan Kanter, the Biden administration's choice to be the Justice Department's antitrust chief, has been an anti-Google legal warrior. If confirmed, he will inherit the department's suit against Google, filed last October, accusing the company of illegally abusing its market power to protect its monopoly in internet search and search advertising.


The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It

The former Facebook product manager who left the company in May revealed that she had provided internal documents to journalists and others, saying that her goal is to help prompt change at the social media giant.

Facebook's Outage Frustrates Advertisers Heading Into the Holiday Season

The outage was an unpleasant reminder to many advertisers of Facebook's powerful influence on their ability to do business. Ten million advertisers contribute more than 98% of its revenue. In the three months ending in June 30th, it pulled in an average of $78 million in ad sales every 6 hours, much of it from small companies, organizations, and individuals.


Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew

A trove of leaked documents, published by The Wall Street Journal, hints at a company whose best days are behind it.


Facebook Hearing Strengthens Calls for Regulation in Europe

A whistle-blower who told Congress about the tech giant's inner workings has spoken with top policymakers in Brussels, Britain and France about the need for tougher oversight.



Apple Files Appeal In Epic Games Case, Potentially Delaying App Store Changes For Years

Apple is asking for a stay on the injunction that says developers can add in-app links to non-Apple payment websites. If Apple wins the stay, which will be decided by a judge in November, the change to Apple's policies may not take effect until appeals in the case have finished, a process that could take years.


Trump Loses Effort to Keep Suit Over YouTube Ban in Florida

Google's legal battle to keep Donald Trump banned from the company's YouTube video-sharing platform was transferred from Florida to a federal court in California over objections by the former president. The ruling by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami means that Trump's lawsuit seeking a return to the social media platform will be moved to the Northern District of California, near the headquarters of Google owner Alphabet Inc. Moore agreed with YouTube that its terms of service allow the company to choose the forum for such lawsuits.


Ozy Media is Accused In a Lawsuit of "Fraudulent Conduct"

A fund management company that invested more than $2 million in Ozy Media filed a lawsuit claiming that Ozy "engaged in fraudulent, deceptive and illegal conduct." The lawsuit, filed by LifeLine Legacy Holdings of Beverly Hills, Calif., represents the latest challenge for Ozy, which was backed by a bevy of high-profile investors and announced on Friday that it had shut down after its business practices and leadership had come under scrutiny.


Ozy Media Facing New Questions, This Time About How It Spent $5.7M In COVID-19 Relief Loans

Ozy certainly wasn't the only media company to accept PPP funding. Yet in all likelihood, it was the only one (as media columnist Ben Smith's explosive New York Times report revealed) with a co-founder who is said to have impersonated a YouTube executive while on a conference call with Goldman Sachs during a pitch for investment funding.


Google and YouTube Say They Won't Allow Ads or Monetized Content Pushing Climate Denial

Google announced that it would no longer allow ads or monetization for content that promotes climate change denialism. The policy change will apply to publishers, advertisers, and YouTube creators, who will no longer be able to make money from content that "contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change."



Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours

Outage Shakes Facebook: When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers -- and some Facebook employees were locked out of their offices.


Canadian Admits Fabricating Terrorism Tale Detailed in New York Times Podcast

In exchange for the admission of the man, Shehroze Chaudhry, Canada dropped criminal charges against him.


Attack on Teacher May Have Been Inspired by TikTok Challenge, Police Say

Larrianna Jackson, 18, a student at Covington High School in Louisiana, is a facing a felony battery charge after she repeatedly punched a teacher, the authorities say.


Awarding the Nobel to Journalists Recognizes the Growing Repression of Media

"Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press," the committee said, "it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time."


Philippines' Nobel Prize Newsroom is Overjoyed but Under Siege

Maria Ressa, one of the news outlet's founders, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 'courageous fight for freedom of expression'.


Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov

Journalists are honored for efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.


Chinese Journalist Detained After Criticizing Government-Sponsored Blockbuster

The police arrested Luo Changping on Thursday, 2 days after he questioned China's role in the Korean War, the subject of China's box office hit "The Battle at Lake Changjin."


General News

Finance Leaders Reach Global Tax Deal Aimed at Ending Profit Shifting

The Group of 7 nations agreed to back a new global minimum tax rate that companies would have to pay regardless of where they are based.


Read That Link Carefully: Scammers Scoop Up Misspelled Cryptocurrency URLs to Rob Your Wallet

These aren't typos: wwwblockchain.com and conibase.com, and there's big money in little typos. A man in Brazil paid more than $200,000 worth of bitcoin between last November and February for those and other typo Web addresses, according to sales records leaked after a hack of Epik, an Internet services company favored by the far-right. He also purchased conibase.com for more than $16,000, meant to mimic Coinbase, another cryptocurrency exchange.


October 15, 2021

Theater News for the Week of October 15th

By Bennett Liebman

A Racial Reckoning Is Underway in Theater. Where Is the Gender Reckoning?, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/opinion/theater-race-gender.html

Cheerleading for the arts, https://www.wamc.org/arts-culture/2021-10-10/cheerleading-for-the-arts

Maverick Threatens To Foreclose On Historic East Village theater, https://therealdeal.com/2021/10/14/hardball-lender-maverick-seeks-foreclosure-sale-on-historic-east-village-theater/

The Public Theater Cancels First Previews for THE VISITOR, https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/The-Public-Theater-Cancels-First-Previews-for-THE-VISITOR-20211014

Actors of Indian descent proud to lead Broadway's 'Aladdin', https://dailyprogress.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/actors-of-indian-descent-proud-to-lead-broadways-aladdin/article_fad9c099-ea77-5697-b2f8-7aef68d18f9e.html

Creative Goods launches QR-enabled buying program for Broadway merch, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/10/12/creative-goods-launches-qr-enabled-buying-program-for-broadway-merch/

Broadway Black Names Davon Williams Executive Director, https://www.broadwayworld.com/industry/article/Broadway-Black-NamesDavon-WilliamsExecutive-Director-20211014

Canadian Stage announces indoor theatre season starting January, https://nowtoronto.com/culture/canadian-stage-announces-indoor-theatre-season-starting-january

Neil LaBute Seeks 'The Answer to Everything' in Germany, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/theater/neil-labute.html

How Lili Taylor Caught Wallace Shawn's 'Fever', https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/10/14/how-lili-taylor-caught-wally-shawns-fever/

'Jesus Christ Superstar' at 50: What Was the Buzz?, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/theater/jesus-christ-superstar-50th-anniversary.html

Performers struggle to balance covid safety and the show, https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/shows-canceled-performers-covid-safety/2021/10/06/99cc4fdc-25e6-11ec-8d53-67cfb452aa60_story.html

Kennedy Center stagehands spare 'Hadestown', https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/kennedy-center-stagehands-reach-agreement-with-the-performing-arts-venue-sparing-hadestown-from-cancellation/2021/10/09/6ea97c44-2901-11ec-9de8-156fed3e81bf_story.html

'Hadestown' musical's creators explain the magic behind the showstopping song 'Wait for Me, https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/theater-dance/hadestown-kennedy-center/2021/10/12/71cb5b4e-2790-11ec-8d53-67cfb452aa60_story.html

Sam Mendes The Lehman Trilogy Ted Sarandos Helped British Stage Workers in pandemic, https://deadline.com/2021/10/sam-mendes-broadway-return-the-lehman-trilogy-ted-sarandos-british-stage-workers-afloat-during-pandemic-1234856097/

Jim O'Quinn, Founding Editor of American Theatre Magazine, Dies at 74, https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/10/12/jim-oquinn-founding-editor-of-american-theatre-magazine-dies-at-75/

Broadway Is Ready To Pull The Plug On 'Aladdin', Says Source, https://okmagazine.com/p/broadway-ready-pull-the-plug-aladdin-ticket-sales-dont-increase-says-source/

'Hamilton' Producers Deny Trans Actor's Discrimination Allegations, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/arts/hamilton-suni-reid-eeo-complaint-discrimination-retalition-1235031057/

Caesars signs $100M deal to create live theater projects at casinos, https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/caesars-signs-100m-deal-to-create-live-theater-projects-at-casinos/

Lynn Nottage, Clint Ramos, and More Call for the End of 10 out of 12s, https://thebroadwayblog.com/lynn-nottage-clint-ramos-and-more-call-for-the-end-of-10-out-of-12s/

An Insider's Guide to Latinx Theater, https://now.tufts.edu/articles/insider-s-guide-latinx-theater

Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Awards $1.3M In Reopening Grants, https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/LaurentsHatcher-Foundation-Awards-13M-In-Reopening-Grants-20211013

Slave Play Will Remain in Center Theatre Group Season After Organization's Commitment to Gender Equity, https://www.playbill.com/article/slave-play-will-remain-in-center-theatre-group-season-after-organizations-commitment-to-gender-equity

Racist incident rattles 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' cast at Engeman Theater in Northport, https://connecticut.news12.com/racist-incident-rattles-smokey-joes-cafe-cast-at-engeman-theater-in-northport

George Chakiris celebrates 60 years of 'West Side Story' at Redford Theatre, https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/2021/10/13/george-chakiris-celebrates-60-years-west-side-story-redford-theatre/8427968002/

Sports News for the Week of October 15th

By Bennett Liebman

U.S. women's soccer hid issues for NWSL to succeed, says O'Reilly, https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/us-womens-soccer-hid-issues-nwsl-succeed-says-oreilly-2021-10-09/

Women's soccer reminds us of the fragile state of professional women's sports, https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/women-s-soccer-reminds-us-fragile-state-professional-women-s-n1281121

Abuse Scandal Rocks Portland, the Epicenter of Women's Soccer, https://www.wsj.com/articles/abuse-scandal-rocks-portland-thorns-11633735769

Allegations Of Harassment, Institutional Failures, And The NWS, https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045963511/allegations-of-harassment-institutional-failures-and-the-nwsl

Crisis experts evaluate future for scandal-ridden NWSL, https://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/Journal/Issues/2021/10/11/Upfront/League-direction.aspx

NCAA Athletes Want Wage Class Cert., https://www.law360.com/pennsylvania/articles/1430979/ncaa-athletes-want-wage-class-cert-notice-to-thousands

MLB's Labor Talks Remain Stalled as Big Spending Dodgers Hang On, https://www.sportico.com/leagues/baseball/2021/mlbs-labor-talks-remain-stalled-1234643901/

Jon Gruden Resigns After Homophobic and Mysogynistic Comments, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/11/sports/football/what-did-jon-gruden-say.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

Jon Gruden Emails NFLPA Washington Investigation DeMaurice Smith NLRB, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/jon-gruden-emails-nflpa-1234643962/

How Jon Gruden's Emails Became Collateral Damage, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/sports/football/jon-gruden-emails-dan-snyder.html

Letter to Corporate Sponsor, re Washington Football Team 211013, https://kmblegal.com/sites/default/files/211013%20-%20Letter%20to%20Corporate%20Sponsors.pdf

N.F.L.'s Top Lawyer Had Cozy Relationship With Washington Team President, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/sports/football/nfl-washington-emails-jeff-pash.html?campaign_id=190&emc=edit_ufn_20211015&instance_id=42926&nl=updates-from-the-newsroom®i_id=281184&segment_id=71734&te=1&user_id=8ac93053dffeb815a0d5877892775eae

NFL hasn't set meeting with former Washington Football Team employee, https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2021/10/14/nfl-hasnt-set-meeting-former-washington-football-team-employees/8452191002/

Kyrie Irving Vaccine Contract Issues with NBA Nets, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/kyrie-irving-vaccine-1234643870/

Ronaldo Hacked Evidence Rejected as Leaks Shake Sports Industry, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/cristiano-ronaldo-manchester-1234643737/https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/cristiano-ronaldo-manchester-1234643737/

US Soccer USWNT Amicus Brief, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/us-soccer-uswnt-amicus-brief-1234643316/

Is Florida Sports Betting At Hard Rock Really Starting Friday Or Not?, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/57954/mobile-florida-sports-betting-launch-delayed/

Calalang cleared by USADA and WADA after eight-month battle to overturn ban, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1114225/calalang-cleared-usada-wada-doping-ban

Texas House approves sports bill targeting transgender youth, https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/14/texas-transgender-sports-bill/

Will Injured Kids Sue the Catholic Church Over Youth Football?, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/sports/catholic-church-football-concussions.html

La'el Collins suspension: Federal court judge upholds penalty, https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/lael-collins-suspension-federal-court-judge-upholds-penalty-ahead-of-cowboys-vs-patriots-in-week-6/

Fantasy Constitution: New York's highest court is set to hear argument, again, https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edit-fantasy-constitution-20211015-wcmfwv76hjglxavhzyfyi3yo34-story.html

Sportradar's Universal Fraud Detection System targeting match-fixing in sport, https://www.news.com.au/sport/more-sports/universal-fraud-detection-system-uncovers-over-1100-suspicious-sporting-fixtures-since-start-of-covid19-pandemic/news-story/4cc6ca7b2714005c2eb56e66c2069b32

Pro Athletes Support Transgender Rights in Connecticut Lawsuit, https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/pro-athletes-support-transgender-rights-in-connecticut-lawsuit

'This behavior just cannot go on': St. Louis judge fines NFL owners for missing deadline, https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/this-behavior-just-cannot-go-on-st-louis-judge-fines-nfl-owners-for-missing-deadline/article_9e74f204-bb18-5413-9366-287e4d74e50f.html

Explaining St. Louis's lawsuit against the NFL and what comes next, https://www.si.com/nfl/2021/10/13/business-of-football-understanding-st-lous-rams-lawsuit

October 19, 2021

Week In Review

By Ariana Sarfarazi

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


'Hollywood Ending' as Behind-the-Scenes Workers Agree to a Contract

Late on Saturday, October 16th, IASTE - the union of Hollywood's behind-the-scenes workers - reached a tentative agreement for a new 3-year contract with film and TV studios including Disney, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Amazon, Apple, and Netflix, therefore narrowly averting a strike that would have begun on Monday, October 18th. IATSE negotiators agreed to a deal after winning concessions on several fronts, including 54 hours of rest on weekends (on par with actors), a minimum rest of 10 hours between leaving set and returning, pay increases, and funding by the studios of a $400 million deficit in the IATSE pension and health plan without imposing premiums or increasing cost of health coverage.


Chappelle Show Raises Questions 'Is It Art?' but Also 'Is It Hate?'

Comedian Dave Chappelle's comments on transgender people and gender in his latest Netflix special "The Closer" have led to outside criticism and internal unrest at Netflix, a company that once revolutionized Hollywood. Netflix employees have internally taken 2 separate sides - while Netflix executives have supported the special on the grounds of free speech, other employees have planned a walkout, been suspended, and even been fired for actions taken in protest of what they deem to be transphobic hate speech.


Clover v. Tesfaye

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment entered in favor of Abel Tesfaye (also known as "The Weeknd") and his collaborators in a copyright infringement claim alleging that the defendants' song "A Lonely Night" illicitly copied the plaintiffs' song "I Need to Love". The Ninth Circuit found that plaintiffs Brain Clover and Scott McCulloch failed to establish that the defendants had access to their work because "I Need to Love" was never released to the public or generated any royalties. Additionally, the Court held that the plaintiffs failed to show that the works were so similar that their resemblance could only be explained by copying rather than coincidence, independent creation, or prior common source. Further, the Court found that the plaintiffs failed to adequately address evidence of a prior common source: Blondie's 1979 song "Heart of Glass".

Clover v. Tesfaye.pdf

For One Cosby Juror, The Work Continues

Cheryl Carmel, a jury forewoman in Bill Cosby's 2018 trial on sexual assault charges, is now an activist lobbying to change Pennsylvania law on consent. Throughout Cosby's trial, Carmel and other jurors learned that Pennsylvania law does not recognize being too intoxicated to physically or verbally resist a sexual encounter as lack of consent in sexual assault cases. Since Cosby's trial ended, Carmel has been fighting to get Pennsylvania to define consent as an affirmative act, or one that emphasizes that the absence of "no" does not constitute permission.


Short Flight Makes Star of 'Star Trek' the Oldest Space Tourist

At 90 years old, William Shatner, the actor who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek, became the world's oldest space traveler when he flew aboard a rocket built by Blue Origin for space tourists, the private space company owned by Jeff Bezos. The rocket traveled at 2,235 miles per hour, sent the crew 65.8 miles high, and lasted approximately 10 minutes and 17 seconds, which gave the passengers about 4 minutes of weightlessness.


Durst Is Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2000 Murder of Friend

Robert Durst, disgraced New York real estate mogul whose story was memorialized in a documentary, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2000 execution-style murder of a close confidante, Susan Berman. A Los Angeles jury convicted Durst of first-degree murder last month after it found that the prosecution had proven special circumstances - that Durst shot Berman, a journalist and screenwriter, because he feared she was about to tell investigators what she had learned about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathie McCormack Durst.



Dealer Admits Selling Fakes

The owner of Sadigh Gallery, a well-known antiquities gallery in Manhattan, pled guilty to selling thousands of fraudulent ancient artifacts that were in actuality modern mass-produced knockoffs made to look old. In an elaborate scam taking places over decades, owner Mehrdad Sadigh falsified certificates of authenticity, hired a company to remove negative reviews suggesting the items' inauthenticity, and influenced others to post false positive reviews of the gallery, thereby inventing dozens of appreciative customers. In a sentencing memorandum filed with the court, the District Attorney's office asked that Sadigh be sentenced to 5 years' probation and banned from ever again being involved in the sale of antiquities, "both genuine and fake."


Once-Rising Artist Turned into a Forger, Prosecutors Say

Christian Rosa, a once-rising artist, was charged by federal prosecutors for scheming to defraud art buyers through the sale of 4 pieces purportedly by artist Raymond Pettibon. According to federal prosecutors, Rosa swindled buyers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the fraudulent sale of paintings that were backed by certificates of authenticity on which Rosa allegedly forged Pettibon's signature. Rosa was living in California prior to fleeing from the United States and remains at large.


A Female Conductor Makes a Breakthrough

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has chosen Nathalie Stutzmann, a conductor and singer from France, as its next music director. Stutzman will be only the second woman in history to lead a top-tier American orchestra, after Marin Alsop, who recently ended her tenure as the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Not one of the other 25 largest orchestras in the United States are led by a woman.


Visa Backlog Snarls Return for Classical Artists

As the easing of coronavirus restrictions has allowed live performances to return, many cultural organizations, including the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, are struggling to get artists into the United States because of a long backlog of visa applications at American embassies and consulates. The delays are affecting many industries, but the visa backlog is particularly upending classical music, which relies on stars from all over the world to perform in concert halls and opera houses.


A Reminder of Racism Sets Off a Storm

Composer Bright Sheng has stepped away from a class he teaches at the University of Michigan after students complained that he had shown a 1965 film of Laurence Olivier playing "Othello" in blackface. After students complained to the department that they were not only offended by the video itself but also questioned why it was selected to be shown in class, Sheng initially apologized. However, after weeks of emails, open letters, and cancelled classes, Sheng voluntarily stepped back from the class entirely in order to allow for a "positive learning environment."


Female Icon to Replace Columbus in Mexico

Mexico City has replaced a statue of Christopher Columbus with one of a precolonial indigenous woman. The new statue is widely seen as an attempt by Mexico City's mayor, the first woman elected to lead North America's largest city, to address fierce debates over the region's legacy of European conquest and colonialism and the treatment of women.



Ronaldo Hacker Info Rejected While Gruden Resigns as Leaks Shake Industry

A federal magistrate judge has recommended the dismissal of Kathryn Mayorga's $100 million lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo, which alleges that Ronaldo raped Mayorga in 2009, because Mayorga's attorneys relied on confidential documents obtained through a hacker. The ruling comes as other highly publicized leaks rattle the sports industry, including the "Pandora Papers" which apparently reveal the offshore bank accounts held by several high-profile sports figures, and the leak of emails of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden, causing his resignation within hours of their release.


National Football League Coach Out Over Slurs in His Emails

Las Vegas Raiders Coach Jon Gruden resigned after sending emails using misogynistic and homophobic language to disparage people. Gruden resigned merely hours after The New York Times detailed emails in which he denounced the emergence of women as referees, the drafting of a gay player, and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem. As part of a separate workplace misconduct investigation that did not involve Gruden directly, National Football League (NFL) officials found that he casually and frequently unleashed misogynistic and homophobic language over several years to mock some of the NFL's most momentous changes.


Lawyer for NFL Had Cozy Ties to Team Official Under Scrutiny

A trove of 650,000 emails gathered in the NFL's investigation of workplace misconduct in the Washington Football Team's front office show that from 2009 to 2018, Jeff Pash, the NFL's General Counsel, had a chummy relationship with Bruce Allen, the Washington executive Pash was expected to oversee and who he was investigating. The emails show that for nearly a decade, Allen sent emails to Pash in which he casually joked about racial and political diversity, griped about referees and NFL initiatives to improve player safety, arranged tickets and perks, and thanked Pash for getting a fine lifted.


Washington State Football Coach's Refusal of Vaccine Roils a Campus and Results in Dismissal

Nick Rolovich was fired from his Washington State coaching position for cause for refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Rolovich was denied a religious exemption from the mandate. Additionally, 4 Washington State assistant coaches have also been terminated for the same reason.


The Nets Bar Kyrie Irving from All Games Until He Is Vaccinated

The National Basketball Association has barred the Brooklyn Nets's starting point guard Kyrie Irving from playing all games until he is vaccinated, a move that could jeopardize the success of the season for the Nets and could set up a battle with the players' union. Irving has faced the prospect of only being able to play on the road with the Nets because of local coronavirus ordinances in New York that require most individuals to be at least partially vaccinated to enter facilities such as sports arenas, but the Nets's general manager and owner have made the decision to bar Irving from all games and practices. The Nets's decision to sit Irving for the road games that he is eligible to play sets the stage for a potential battle between the team and the players' union, though Irving will still be paid for road games this season.


Electronic Arts Sports Imagines a FIFA-less FIFA

Negotiations have stalled between Electronic Arts (EA) and FIFA regarding the renewal of a licensing agreement that allows the California video game maker to use FIFA's name. The licensing agreement has grown to become FIFA's single most valuable commercial agreement (now worth about $150 million), and FIFA is currently seeking more than double what it currently receives. In addition to the existing financial dispute between the parties, the negotiations have also stalled because FIFA and EA cannot agree on what the gamer's exclusive rights should include.


FIFA to Introduce New Agent Regulations and Limit Commission

FIFA plans to issue new regulations next year requiring the amount of money agents earn from deals to be made public. New regulations will also include a licensing system, character tests, and commission caps (at 3% of a player's salary when representing a player and 6% if representing both player and buyer), and will prohibit conflicts of interest, such as club or national association officials owning stakes in player agencies.


China's Boom Takes Big Hit, Leaving League in Limbo and Players Unpaid

China's top soccer league, once heralded as the sport's new frontier thanks to a few years of powerful support, ambitious owners, and massive spending that lured top players, is now having an existential crisis. Teams that once spent millions to acquire players cannot pay their bills and China's top division, the Super League, hasn't played a game in months. FIFA is investigating complaints filed by players and future prospects for the Chinese league remain unclear.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is Latest Sport Rocked by Abuse Allegations

Martial arts star and owner of an organization called Fight Sports, Roberto Abreu, has been heavily criticized for mishandling sexual abuse allegations in his Brazilian jiu-jitsu organization. Abreu has been fiercely criticized for ignoring a young girl who accused another instructor and Abreu's close friend of sexual assault instead of using his influence to expose and forcefully denounce sexual misconduct in the sport.



To Plug Leaks, Facebook Clamps Down on Its Internal Message Board

Facebook recently announced to its employees that is making some of its internal online discussion groups for workers private within the company, thereby limiting who can view and participate in threads focused on platform safety and protecting elections, which Facebook refers to broadly as "integrity". The move to minimize leaks from within the company follows the disclosure by Frances Haugen, a former employee and member of Facebook's civic misinformation team, of thousands of pages of internal documents to regulators, lawmakers, and the news media.


For Instagram, Dread at Loss of 'Teen Time'

Instagram has privately wrestled with retaining and engaging teenagers on the app according to internal documents. The app deems the loss of teenage users to other social media platforms as an "existential threat", as if it loses the teen foothold in the U.S., it loses the "pipeline", according to a strategy memo that laid out a marketing plan for this year. To combat this threat, starting in 2018 it earmarked nearly $390 million a year to targeting teenagers through digital ads, though focusing so singularly on a narrow age group is highly unusual according to marketers.


Strict Policy of YouTube Spills Over to Facebook

YouTube's strict policies against election misinformation were followed by sharp drops in the false and misleading videos on Facebook and Twitter, underscoring the video service's power across social media. Researchers at the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University found a significant drop in the number of election fraud claims shared on Facebook and Twitter after YouTube announced that it would remove videos that promoted the unfounded theory that widespread errors and fraud changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.


Governor Accuses a Journalist of Hacking

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has asked for a criminal investigation of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter after flaws in a state website were revealed to display teachers' social security numbers. The reporter had alerted Missouri education officials and the teachers' union that the website listed teachers' names, certification status, and social security numbers, and waited 2 days until the state had fixed the problem before publishing on article revealing the security problem. At a subsequent news conference, Parson asked prosecutors to investigate the reporter, who he accused of carrying out a "hack" of teachers' private information, in a move that infuriated reporters and media rights groups, who said that the reporter was being threatened with a criminal investigation for doing their job.


Apple's Plan to Scan Phones in Europe Gets Red Flagged

More than a dozen prominent cybersecurity experts have criticized plans by Apple and the European Union to monitor people's phones for illicit material in an effort to detect images of child sexual abuse on iPhones. The technology, known as client-side scanning, would allow Apple (or potentially law enforcement officials) to scan images uploaded to Apple's iCloud storage device. Privacy experts say that the technology is dangerous because it would erode digital privacy and could be used by authoritarian governments to track down political dissidents and other enemies. Apple has said it will reject any such requests by foreign governments, but the opposition has led Apple to pause the release of the scanning tool.


LinkedIn Set to End Operations in China

Citing a "challenging" environment and difficult compliance requirements, LinkedIn is shutting down its professional networking service in China. LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft, says that it will offer a new app for the Chinese market focused solely on job postings, which will not have social networking features such as sharing posts and commenting. LinkedIn had previously been censoring posts in China to operate there in compliance with the country's laws, as the internet is closely controlled by the government. LinkedIn had been one of the only American social networks to operate in China - Twitter and Facebook have been blocked in the country for years, and Google left more than a decade ago.


A Defamation Case That Rests on a Single Apostrophe

A missing apostrophe in a Facebook post could cost a real estate agent in Australia thousands of dollars after a court ruled that a defamation case against him could proceed. In the post in question from last year, the agent accused his former employer at a real estate agency of not paying its "employees" retirement funds to all the agency workers. At issue is the word "employees" - a judge in New South Wales ruled that the lack of an apostrophe in the word "employees" could be read to suggest a "systematic pattern of conduct" by the agency rather than an accusation involving one single employee, and allowed the defamation case to proceed.


Modi Uses India's Antiterror Law to Jail Critics for Years

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's government has jailed thousands of people through a statute that critics say is aimed at silencing dissent. India's antiterrorism law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, makes one guilty of terrorism unless they are able to prove their innocence, and gives judges the right to extend pretrial detention almost indefinitely. More than 8,300 people have been arrested and jailed in the last 5 years, including political dissidents and organizers. The Modi government has also shut down the internet during protests, given itself greater access to people's online data (including tracing encrypted messages), and has persuaded social media giants to shut down millions of accounts in India for offenses against the government, which opponents argue is an abusive of power.



Let Her Finish: Interruptions of Female Justices Led to New Supreme Court Rules

Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said that the Supreme Court's rules for oral arguments have been revamped after a study found that female justices were more prone to being interrupted by male justices and attorneys. The new format now allows justices to ask questions individually, in order of seniority, after an attorney's time is up, which Justice Sotomayor has said has made an "enormous impact" in the courtroom.


Justices Weigh Letting Kentucky A.G. Defend Abortion Law

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a Kentucky abortion case, but the justices barely discussed the Kentucky law at issue - an anti-abortion law that challengers say effectively bans the common method of abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy (dilation and evacuation). Instead, the justices focused on the question of whether Kentucky's attorney general (a Republican) can defend a state abortion law when the governor (a Democrat) refused to pursue further appeals after a federal appeals court struck down the law. As the argument progressed through complicated jurisdictional and procedural questions, the justices seemed inclined to say yes - the Kentucky attorney general can intervene even if the governor has declined to do so.


Biden Formally Recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day

President Biden has proclaimed Monday, October 11th as Indigenous Peoples' Day, becoming the first U.S. president to formally recognize it. While some states, such as Alaska and New Mexico, have adopted the holiday over the years thereby choosing to forego Columbus Day celebrations, not all states have accepted Indigenous Peoples' Day. Though it is not yet a federal holiday, there is a bill currently pending in Congress that proposes to make it one, but some members of indigenous communities say recognizing the day does not go far enough.


Administration to End Raids on Immigrants in Workplace

The Biden Administration has announced that it will not conduct mass arrests of undocumented workers during enforcement operations at U.S. businesses, a reversal from the Trump Administration's policies. "Work-site raids" have long been criticized for dissuading workers from reporting labor violations out of a concern that they would be arrested. The change in policy comes during a labor shortage in the United States and offers reassurance that undocumented workers are not at risk of being deported en masse.


Study Finds Racial Bias Skewed Aid in Program

A study shows that Black business owners were more likely to get Paycheck Protection Program loans from online lenders than from banks and other financial institutions. The majority of Black borrowers who received aid from the PPP program got their loans from a financial technology company, not a bank. These findings come amid growing scrutiny of how algorithmic systems can inadvertently perpetuate biases, therefore making it harder for Black business owners to find a willing lender. Regulators like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are examining whether lenders using such systems run afoul, even inadvertently, of fair-lending laws.


Food and Drug Administration, in First, Gives Backing to E-Cigarette

The Food and Drug Administration has approved 3 Vuse vaping products, saying that the product's benefits in helping smokers quit outweighs the risks of hooking youths. This is the first time that an electronic cigarette has been approved to be sold in the United States.


Couple Accused of Trying to Sell Submarine Secrets Appear in Court

A Maryland couple accused of trying to sell some of America's most closely guarded nuclear submarine secrets face life in prison if convicted on the charges. The couple is accused of attempting to sell nuclear propulsion secrets to an undercover FBI officer through a series of dead drops featuring memory cards hidden in peanut butter sandwiches, gum packages, and Band-Aid wrappers. The Justice Department has sought the continued detention of both Jonathan Toebbe, a nuclear propulsion expert who after leaving the military worked for the U.S. Navy as a civilian, and his wife, arguing that they are flight risks.


U.S. Regains Seat on Council for Human Rights at United Nations

The United States has regained its seat at the U.N. Human rights Council, 3 years after quitting under the Trump administration. The Trump administration had abandoned its seat in 2018 because of what it called the body's hypocrisy and anti-Israel prejudice, but the Biden administration says that the U.S. can be more effective as a member. Based in Geneva, the Council is regarded as the world's most important human rights body.


FBI Deputy Director Dismissed Under Trump Wins Back His Pension

Andrew G. McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired under Trump, will receive his pension and other benefits after settling a lawsuit with the Justice Department. The Justice Department has now reversed McCabe's firing and has settled the lawsuit he filed asserting that he was dismissed for political reasons. Under the settlement, McCabe will officially retire, receive his pension and other benefits, and will get about $200k in missed pension payments.


International Monetary Fund Director Survives Accusation of Misconduct

The International Monetary Fund's executive board has determined that Kristalina Georgieva will remain managing director despite allegations that she manipulated data to placate China when she was a World Bank official. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that absent further evidence regarding Georgieva's role in data manipulation at the World Bank, there was no basis for change in leadership, a position that could lead to political blowback for the Biden administration. Republicans and Democrats in Congress previously urged Yellen to insist on "full accountability" after evidence emerged that Georgieva instructed staff to find a way to ensure that China's ranking did not fall in its annual report on national business climates.



U.S. to Open Land Borders to Vaccinated

The Biden Administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers. Foreign travelers who provide proof of vaccination and are looking to visit friends and family or shop in the United States will be allowed to enter. The lifting of the bans will effectively mark the reopening of the United States to travelers and tourism for the first time in nearly 19 months.


Biden Offers 17 Million Vaccine Doses to Africa

President Biden announced the donations of millions of coronavirus vaccines to a group of African countries during a meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Biden's first in-person meeting at the White House with a leader of an African country. The Biden administration's donation of 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union comes a month after Kenyatta publicly pleaded for more equitable vaccine distribution around the world at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.


Panel Endorses Second J&J Dose For All Over 18

A key federal advisory committee has voted unanimously to recommend Johnson & Johnson booster shots, which will be available next week if the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accept the recommendation as expected. Committee members also made clear that they believe Johnson & Johnson recipients might benefit from the option of a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Modern vaccine, something the FDA is currently considering.


October 22, 2021

Theater News for the Week of October 22nd

By Bennett Liebman

Shea's Buffalo Theatre will restore its prized Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, https://www.buffalorising.com/2021/10/sheas-buffalo-theatre-will-restore-its-prized-mighty-wurlitzer-organ/

Broadway Is Back. Here's What It's Like for Theatergoers, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/theater/live-performance-coronavirus.html

Broadway ticket buyers make more last-minute decisions, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/10/21/broadway-ticket-buyers-make-more-last-minute-decisions/

NY Theatre Producers Offered Tax Credits for Doing Diversity Jobs Training, https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/10/20/ny-theatre-producers-offered-tax-credits-for-doing-diversity-jobs-training/

Broadway star claims he was fired for Christian beliefs, https://pagesix.com/2021/10/21/broadway-star-claims-he-was-fired-for-christian-beliefs/

Broadway to Have Its Blackest Season Ever, https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/broadway-record-breaking-season-black-artists-74121/

"Is This a Room" and "Chicken & Biscuits" Bring the Unexpected to Broadway, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/25/is-this-a-room-and-chicken-biscuits-bring-the-unexpected-to-broadway

Blackness comes to 'The Great White Way, https://thegrio.com/2021/10/18/blackness-shows-theater-new-york/

BroadwayPlus brings lasting connections to ticketholders, https://www.amny.com/news/broadwayplus-brings-lasting-connections-to-ticketholders-and-actors-through-vip-and-group-experiences/

As Borders Reopen, New York Wants Foreign Tourists Back, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/nyregion/nyc-tourism.html

For Sharon D Clarke, a 'Big Sing' and a Big Broadway Moment, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/theater/sharon-d-clarke-caroline-or-change.html

Opinion: Is It Time for Performers to Renegotiate the Eight-Show Week?, https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/opinion-alternates-on-broadway_92880.html

Ari'el Stachel Departs the Visitor, https://deadline.com/2021/10/ariel-stachel-the-visitor-musical-public-theater-david-hyde-pierce-arab-american-depiction-1234859141/

Neil A. Mazzella, puts hammer and nail to restore sparkle, https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/broadway-returns-sets-mazzella/2021/10/20/05633010-2fad-11ec-93e2-dba2c2c11851_story.html

Smaller shows will go on at Ida-damaged Louisiana theater, https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/smaller-shows-will-go-on-at-ida-damaged-louisiana-theater/ar-AAPDcvp?ocid=BingNewsSearch

How two daughters of Broadway legends came to premiere a new play, https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2021/10/17/how-two-daughters/

97-year-old actor: 'I enjoy working with other people, particularly young -- well, in my case, they're all younger than I am', https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/97-year-old-actor-i-enjoy-working-with-other-people-particularly-young--well-in-my-case-theyre-all-younger-than-i-am/2021/10/18/8699dfec-2159-11ec-b3d6-8cdebe60d3e2_story.html

2020 was supposed to be theater's reckoning, https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/theater/2020-was-supposed-to-be-theaters-reckoning-2021-suggests-reasons-for-cautious-optimism

Rebecca Caine speaks out on abuse she suffered, https://www.onstageblog.com/editorials/2021/10/20/rebecca-caine-phantom

Directors of Inclusion in Theatre Need to be more than Symbolic Positions, https://www.onstageblog.com/editorials/2021/10/20/directors-of-inclusion-in-theatre

Forcing audiences into casinos to see theatre is just what Sydney doesn't need, https://www.smh.com.au/culture/theatre/forcing-audiences-into-casinos-to-see-theatre-is-just-what-sydney-doesn-t-need-20211003-p58wqf.html

Piers Morgan slams 'virtue-signalling' as theatre bans 'racist' word, https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/celebs-tv/piers-morgan-slams-virtue-signalling-6074884

No Mask Required: The Joys and Fears of Seeing U.K. Theater Now, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/theater/british-theater-fans.html

Leslie Bricusse obituary, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/oct/20/leslie-bricusse-obituary

We know they can do it when it suits them: theatre became more accessible, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/oct/15/we-know-they-can-do-it-when-it-suits-them-theatre-became-more-accessible-during-covid-will-it-last

Sports News for the Week of October 22nd

By Bennett Liebman

Chinese broadcast of Boston Celtics game pulled after Kanter's pro-Tibet video, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1114450/basketball-nba-kanter-china

Wada uncovers 'potential wrongdoing' in drug testing of British cyclists, https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/oct/19/wada-uncovers-potential-wrongdoing-in-drug-testing-of-british-cyclists

House Democrats press NFL for emails, answers about WFT workplace culture probe, https://theathletic.com/news/house-democrats-press-nfl-for-emails-answers-about-wft-workplace-culture-probe/JkwQRCabIptR/

House Democrats press NFL for answers about WFT probe, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/10/21/congress-nfl-wft-emails/

Analysis: Nick Rolovich's firing by WSU has consequences, and not just for him, https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/wsu-cougar-football/analysis-nick-rolovichs-firing-by-wsu-has-consequences-and-not-just-for-him/

Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich has limited options after firing, https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/former-washington-state-coach-nick-rolovich-has-limited-options-after-firing-over-vaccine-mandate/ar-AAPKQUP?ocid=BingNewsSearch

Texas Bill Restricting Transgender Student-Athlete Participation to Become Law, https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/former-washington-state-coach-nick-rolovich-has-limited-options-after-firing-over-vaccine-mandate/ar-AAPKQUP?ocid=BingNewsSearch

Vaccines in sports at a glance, https://www.miamiherald.com/news/article255132912.html

New York State high school student-athletes can profit off their name and likeness, https://www.wgrz.com/article/sports/high-school/new-york-state-high-school-student-athletes-could-profit-off-name-image-likeness/71-1c8bcb63-b653-48f4-ab31-4894e2850f45

Why NFL expansion speculation is a really bad idea, https://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/ben-frederickson/benfred-in-latest-rams-relocation-hearing-a-reminder-why-nfl-expansion-speculation-doesnt-have-to/article_1d6b2dbb-ddaf-5231-9b64-56a7778dbd63.html

Judge sacks lawyer Bob Blitz from St. Louis relocation lawsuit against Rams, https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/judge-sacks-lawyer-bob-blitz-from-st-louis-relocation-lawsuit-against-rams-nfl/article_0602860d-0a6e-5683-bf4c-d56b23991168.html

Deflategate Lawyer Has 1,000 Emails Among the 650K That Took Down Jon Gruden, https://www.barstoolsports.com/blog/3389976/goodells-sketchy-deflategate-lawyer-has-1000-emails-among-the-650k-that-took-down-jon-gruden

Deflategate Legal New England Patriots Washington Football Jeff Pash, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/deflategate-legal-new-england-1234644194/

Opinion | What Jon Gruden's Emails Tell Us About Cancel Culture, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/opinion/culture/jon-gruden-nfl-cancel-culture.html

La'el Collins Lawsuit Drug Suspension Judge Rules for NFL, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/lael-collins-drug-suspension-nfl-1234644108/

NFL to remove 'race-norming' from concussion settlement evaluations, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/10/20/nfl-players-race-norming-concussions/

Adviser Accused of Defrauding NFL Players Must Pay SEC Fine, https://news.bloomberglaw.com/securities-law/adviser-accused-of-defrauding-nfl-players-must-pay-sec-fine

Which states have best NIL laws for college athletes to make money, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/10/21/name-image-likeness-laws-state-rankings/

The 5 Biggest Name, Image, and Likeness Takeaways for Athletic Conferences, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-5-biggest-name-image-and-likeness-7878638/

More States are Allowing College Athletes to Profit off Their Names, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/more-states-are-allowing-college-3335836/

Gabe Feldman explains the new era of compensation for college athletes, https://news.tulane.edu/pr/tulane-sports-law-expert-gabe-feldman-explains-new-era-compensation-college-athletes

Lawmakers call on US Soccer and NWSL to investigate abuse allegations, https://www.axios.com/nwsl-abuse-allegations-investigations-d380ab54-38ad-4385-8c86-904f58dbd730.html

NCAA Authorizes "March Madness" for Women's Basketball Jump Ball! https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/jump-ball-ncaa-authorizes-use-of-iconic-1715751/

World Cup every two years project loses momentum. https://www.infobae.com/aroundtherings/articles/2021/10/21/world-cup-every-two-years-project-loses-momentum-infantino-agrees-not-to-put-the-issue-to-a-vote-in-december/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Referees need a law for safety, https://www.mariettatimes.com/opinion/editorials/2021/10/referees-need-a-law-to-keep-safe/

October 25, 2021

Week In Review

By Christina Stylianou
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

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


Netflix Employees Walk Out to Protest Dave Chappelle's special

Amid cheers and chants of "Team trans!," dozens of Netflix employees walked out of a company office building to protest a recent Dave Chappelle stand-up special, in one of the most visible signs of worker unrest in the history of the streaming service. Critics inside and outside the company have said that Chappelle's show, "The Closer", promotes bigotry against transgender people. The protest put the tech company directly at the center of broader cultural debates about transphobia, free speech, and employee activism.


Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Fatal Shooting on Set Was Safe, Officials Say

On a ranch in northern New Mexico, Alec Baldwin was filming a new movie afternoon when his character needed a gun. An assistant director grabbed one of three prop guns that the film's armorer had set up outside on a gray cart, handed it to Baldwin, and, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Joel Cano of the Santa Fe County sheriff's office, yelled "Cold Gun!" -- which was supposed to indicate that the gun did not have any live rounds in it. When Baldwin fired the gun, law enforcement officials said, it struck and killed the film's cinematographer and wounded its director and raised new questions about firearms safety on film sets.


Striving for Authenticity, Films Often Use Real Guns on Set

Hollywood was in a state of shock after Baldwin fired a gun being used as a prop on a New Mexico film set, killing a cinematographer and wounding the director. Real firearms are routinely used while cameras are rolling, and injuries of any kind are rare. The reason is that safety protocols for firearms on sets are well established and straight forward.


Alec Baldwin Film Set Had Previous Accidental Gun Discharges, Crew Members Say

There were at least two accidental gun discharges on the set of an Baldwin movie being filmed in New Mexico days before he fatally shot the cinematographer, according to three former members of the film's crew. The discharges occurred on October 16th, the former crew members said, prompting a complaint to a supervisor about the safety practices on the set, which was outside Santa Fe. The crew members, who asked not to be named out of fear that their future employment in the industry could be affected, were among several workers who quit, just hours before the fatal shooting, over complaints about unpaid work and working conditions on the production.


YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban

A number of videos of animal abuse were available on YouTube until very recently. Some of the videos have been on the site for years, viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Some also carried advertisements for pet food or vacation rental homes. That meant that YouTube's parent company, Google, was sharing advertising revenue with the people who posted the videos. The videos are now the subject of a lawsuit filed in California Superior Court in Santa Clara. Lady Freethinker, an animal rights nonprofit, sued YouTube, accusing it of breach of contract. The suit claims that the platform failed to live up to its agreement with users by allowing animal abuse videos to be uploaded and failing to take action when alerted about the content.


Russian Film Crew Wraps Space Station Shoot and Returns to Earth

A Russian actress and a film director landed safely on Earth after spending 12 days aboard the International Space Station shooting scenes for the first feature-length drama made with scenes shot in space. Yulia Peresild, the actress, and Klim Shipenko, a film director, were launched into space with a Russian astronaut on October 5th aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They used the orbital laboratory as one of the main sets for their movie "The Challenge". The 12-day journey, backed by Russia's space agency Roscosmos, was the latest act in a race among spacefaring countries to generate public excitement about human spaceflight and demonstrate that destinations like the space station aren't exclusive to government astronauts. The mission also adds another superlative to Russia's spaceflight record over the United States: beating Hollywood to orbit.



Broadway Is Back. Here's What It's Like for Theatergoers.

The return of live performance -- on stages from Broadway to Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to the Brooklyn Academy of Music -- after the long shutdown has been a cause for celebration for culture-starved theatergoers and music and dance lovers. As with so many things in the age of the coronavirus, coming back has entailed a few adjustments: the ability to deftly juggle proofs of vaccination, photo IDs, and tickets to get inside; preshow announcements that now urge people to keep their cellphones off and their masks on; and the absence of intermissions at some concerts and dance performances.


As Broadway Returns, Shows Rethink and Restage Depictions of Race

Broadway is back, but as shows resume performance after the long pandemic shutdown, some of the biggest plays and musicals are making script and staging changes to reflect concerns that intensified after last year's huge wave of protests against racism and police misconduct.


Art Institute of Chicago Ends a Docent Program and Sets Off a Backlash

Like many museums around the country, the Art Institute of Chicago has been trying to forge closer ties with the racially and economically diverse city it serves. Museum officials decided that one area in need of an overhaul was its 60-year-old program of volunteer educators, known as docents, who greet school groups and lead tours. Last month, the board overseeing the program sent a letter to the museum's 82 active docents -- most of whom were white older women -- informing the volunteers that their program was being ended. The letter said that the museum would phase in a new model relying on paid educators and volunteers "in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility to participate." The move has erupted into the latest cultural flash point as museums around the country wrestle with making their staffs, boards, and programming more diverse.


Jefferson Statue Will Be Removed From New York City Council Chambers

For more than 100 years, a 7-foot-tall statue of Thomas Jefferson has towered over members of the New York City Council in their chamber at City Hall, a testament to his role as one of the nation's founding fathers and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Yet for the last two decades, some Black and Latino Council members, citing Jefferson's history as a slaveholder, called for the statue to be banished -- a push that gained significant momentum in the last year, as the nation has broadly reconsidered public monuments that can be viewed as symbols of systemic racism. Last week, city officials voted unanimously to remove the statue from Council chambers, but delayed a decision on where to put it.


Chinese Pianist Is Held on Prostitution Suspicion, State Media Says

A prominent Chinese pianist, Li Yundi, has been detained on prostitution suspicion in Beijing, state-run news outlets in China reported. Li, 39, who had gained celebrity in China as a performer and a reality television personality, was accused of soliciting a 29-year-old woman, according to People's Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party. The authorities in Beijing did not provide many details of the incident, saying in a statement that a 39-year-old man with the last name Li had acknowledged wrongdoing and had been detained "in accordance with the law." In an apparent reference to Li's case, the Beijing authorities later posted a photo of piano keys alongside the text: "The world is not simply black and white, but one must distinguish between black and white. It must never be mistaken."



Plan Filed to Scrap Race as Factor in National Football League Concussion Settlement

After months of haggling, the National Football League (NFL) and lawyers representing Black players who accused the league of discrimination filed a joint proposal that will scrap the use of a race-based method to evaluate dementia claims made by former players in the NFL's concussion settlement. The tentative agreement was filed more than a year after two former players sued the NFL for discrimination. They asserted that the league has systematically and secretly denied benefits worth potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars to Black players, and criticized how the league has handled the groundbreaking class action settlement that has paid more than $800 million in claims so far.


High School Sports: New York State Public High School Athletic Association Allows State High School Athletes to Profit From Accomplishments

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has opened the door to state high school athletes earning revenue from their names and athletic accomplishments. The NYSPHSAA approved changes to its amateur rule that allows students to benefit from their names, images and likenesses (NIL) in certain situations. The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee decision follows the NCAA adopting an NIL policy this past summer that permits athletes to benefit from their achievements through endorsements, business deals or being compensated for speaking engagements or autographs. The state organization stipulated that NIL arrangements are only allowed if that athlete's school is not involved, stating that they can "participate in commercial endorsements provided there is no school team, school, section or NYSPHSAA affiliation." Students are also prohibited from appearing in their schools' uniforms in endorsements and cannot use the logos or marks of the schools, sections or the NYSHPSAA in endorsements.



Roblox, the Gaming Site, Wants to Grow Up Without Sacrificing Child Safety

In March, Roblox debuted on Wall Street. As of Friday, it was worth $44 billion and more than 43 million players used it each day -- more than double the number of daily users it had two years ago. One of the most striking differences, though, is the age of its users. As users have grown up, Roblox, a colorful, blocky platform that offers millions of online games of all types, from exploring tropical islands to fostering digital pets, has attempted to grow up with them. Roblox's effort to keep in touch with an older audience while maintaining a safe environment for its youngest users offers both a road map and a cautionary note for other internet companies attempting the opposite: engaging with a younger audience.


Jail For '84 Gold Medalist Paul Gonzales Over Teenage Girls Sex Offenses

Paul Gonzales, part of the most decorated Olympic boxing team of all time, has been jailed for over three years for sex offenses with minors. The 57-year-old, who won gold in 1984 alongside the likes of Mark Breland and Pernell Whitaker, was accused of using his position as a trainer to gain access to young girls. The former fighter-turned-coach pleaded no contest to two molestation charges of conducting lewd acts on a child aged 14 or 15.


Vanessa Bryant, in Deposition, Describes Learning of Deaths of Kobe and Gianna

Details of the day Kobe, 41, and Gianna Bryant, 13, had been killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles have become public for the first time through questions Vanessa Bryant answered during a videoconferencing meeting with a lawyer in Los Angeles County. She is suing the county and some of its agencies and employees for emotional distress she said was caused by emergency medical workers who took and shared photos of the human remains at the helicopter crash site.


Celtics Games Are Pulled in China After Enes Kanter's Pro-Tibet Posts

Boston Celtics games were abruptly pulled from the Chinese internet after a center on the team, Enes Kanter, said on social media that the country's leader, Xi Jinping, was a "brutal dictator," citing his government's repressive policies in Tibet. The incident could spell fresh trouble for the National Basketball Association (NBA) in China. The NBA has millions of devoted fans there but has also just spent two years mending its image in the country after a Houston Rockets executive tweeted support in 2019 for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.



Facebook Will Pay Up To $14 Million To Settle Claims That It Favored Foreign Workers

Facebook agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle claims brought by the federal government in the waning days of the Trump administration that the company had discriminated against United States workers. The Justice Department sued the company in December, arguing that Facebook had declined to "recruit, consider or hire" qualified United States workers for thousands of positions. Instead, prosecutors said, the company gave those jobs to foreign workers who held temporary work visas. The agreement with the Justice Department included payments of $4.75 million to the government and as much as $9.5 million to "eligible victims of Facebook's alleged discrimination," according to a news release. The combined settlement is the largest ever collected by the agency's civil rights division for violations of the anti-discrimination provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The company also separately settled concerns raised by the Labor Department this year over whether it had violated labor regulations.


Mark Zuckerberg Will Be Added To a Facebook Privacy Lawsuit

The attorney general for the District of Columbia added Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to a consumer protection lawsuit, in one of the first efforts by a regulator to expose him personally to potential financial and other penalties. The attorney general, Karl Racine, said that continuing interviews and reviews of internal documents for the case had revealed that Zuckerberg played a much more active role in key decisions than prosecutors had known.


Facebook's Oversight Board Faults Its Policy on Preferential Treatment

The panel appointed by Facebook to review its policy decisions sharply criticized the company on Thursday for not being transparent about an internal program that gives prominent users preferential treatment on the social network. The group, known as the Facebook Oversight Board, said that Facebook failed to provide relevant information about a system called cross check, which was first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal and exempts high-profile users from rules like those prohibiting harassment or incitement to violence that others on the platform must follow.


Internal Alarm, Public Shrugs:Facebook's Employees Dissect Its Election Role

In early November 2020, a Facebook data scientist wrote in a note to his co-workers that 10% of all U.S. views of political material -- a startlingly high figure -- were of posts that alleged the vote was fraudulent. In numerous cases, Facebook's employees sounded an alarm about misinformation and inflammatory content on the platform and urged action, but the company failed or struggled to address the issues. The internal dispatches were among a set of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times that give new insight into what happened inside the social network before and after the November election, when the company was caught flat-footed as users weaponized its platform to spread lies about the vote.


Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes

Russia's boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways: with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms. The messages, sent by Russia's powerful internet regulator, demanded technical details, like traffic numbers, equipment specifications and connection speeds, from companies that provide internet and telecommunications services across the country. Then the black boxes arrived. The telecom companies had no choice but to step aside as government-approved technicians installed the equipment alongside their own computer systems and servers. Sometimes caged behind lock and key, the new gear linked back to a command center in Moscow, giving the authorities startling new powers to block, filter, and slow down websites that they did not want the Russian public to see. The process, underway since 2019, represents the start of perhaps the world's most ambitious digital censorship effort outside China. Under President Vladimir V. Putin, who once called the internet a "C.I.A. project" and views the web as a threat to his power, the Russian government is attempting to bring the country's once open and freewheeling internet to heel.


Google Said It Had Successfully 'Slowed Down' European Privacy Rules, According To Lawsuit

Google said in an internal document that it had successfully "slowed down" European privacy rules in collaboration with other tech companies, according to a legal filing. Ahead of a 2019 meeting with other major tech companies, Google said in a memo that it had "been successful in slowing down and delaying" the European Union's ePrivacy Regulation process and had been "working behind the scenes hand in hand with the other companies," according to the filing. The new details appeared in an unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by Texas and 11 other states, which argued that Google had abused its dominance over the intricate technology that delivers ads to consumers online. News organizations, including The New York Times, had asked the judge in the case to remove the redactions from the complaint. The details offer a rare look into how major tech companies have lobbied against a growing array of proposed regulations.


German Editor in Sex Inquiry Is Forced Out

Germany's most powerful newspaper removed its top editor after months of defending his sexual relationships with women in the workplace as the scandal began to envelop the paper's globally ambitious parent company, Axel Springer. Bild, a center-right tabloid that has fed popular anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Covid-19 restrictions, dismissed the editor in chief, Julian Reichelt, after The New York Times reported on details of Reichelt's relationship with a trainee, who testified during an independent legal investigation that in 2018 he had summoned her to a hotel near the office for sex and asked her to keep a payment secret. Hours after Reichelt was ousted, the newsmagazine Der Spiegel published allegations that Reichelt had abused his position to pursue relationships with several women on his staff. The dismissal marked the belated arrival of the global #MeToo movement at Axel Springer and it came as the German company is making significant investments in the American market, including its acquisition this summer of Politico for $1 billion.


Downfall in Austria Highlights How Cozy Ties to Media Can Turn Dark

At only 31, Sebastian Kurz became Austria's youngest-ever chancellor and formed a government with the far right. Kurz was quickly seen in Europe as the poster boy of an ascendant right for a new generation, a political Wunderkind who had salvaged conservatism by borrowing the far right's agenda, buffing it up and bringing it into the mainstream. However, prosecutors now say that many polls before that election were falsified and that Kurz and a small cabal of allies with cultlike devotion to him paid off one of Austria's biggest tabloids to ensure favorable news coverage. Once in power, prosecutors say, he institutionalized the system, using taxpayers' money to elevate the appearance of his own popularity and punish journalists and media outlets that criticized him. Kurz, who stepped down as chancellor on October 9th, has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime, but he remains under investigation for bribery and embezzlement.


General News

Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas Abortion Law and Supreme Court Again Refuses

In a forceful brief, the Biden administration urged the Supreme Court to temporarily block a Texas law that bans most abortions in the state while a legal challenge moves forward, calling the law "plainly unconstitutional." Leaving the law in effect, the brief said, would allow Texas to flout half a century of Supreme Court precedents that forbid states from banning abortions before fetal viability, or about 22 to 24 weeks into a pregnancy. The challenged law, called Senate Bill 8, has been in force since the beginning of September and effectively bars abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy.

The Supreme Court then once again refused to immediately block the Texas law, but in an unusual move, the justices agreed to fast-track their consideration of appeals from the Justice Department and abortion providers in Texas, scheduling arguments for November 1st. The justices will now be grappling with two high-profile abortion cases in the space of a month. The case from Texas will require them to sort through complex procedural questions prompted by a novel law drafted to avoid review in federal court -- an approach to restricting abortion that other states are also considering. Then, on December 1st, the Court will hear a challenge to a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks and that anti-abortion activists hope will lead the Court's expanded conservative majority to overturn or undermine the constitutional right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade in 1973.



A Century-Long 'Reign of Error' for a Supreme Court Typo

A new study of the extraordinary impact of a tiny typographical error in a Supreme Court opinion almost a century ago highlights the importance and potential consequences of every word written into a Court opinion. The mistake appeared in a slip opinion issued in 1928, soon after the Court announced a decision in a zoning dispute. It contained what seemed like a sweeping statement about the constitutional stature of property rights: "The right of the trustee to devote its land to any legitimate use is property within the protection of the Constitution." However, the author of the opinion, Justice Pierce Butler, had not meant to write "property." He meant to say "properly." The Court eventually fixed the mistake, but the wrong version of the statement has appeared in at least 14 court decisions, the most recent of which was issued last year; in at least 11 appellate briefs; in a Supreme Court argument; and in books and articles.


University of North Carolina Can Keep Affirmative Action, Judge Rules

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may continue using race as a factor in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled, rejecting the argument of a conservative nonprofit legal group that is trying to dismantle college affirmative action policies across the country. In her ruling, which came down decidedly against the plaintiff, Judge Loretta C. Biggs said that the university's use of race in deciding which students to admit was narrowly tailored, and that the university had made an effort to consider race-neutral alternatives.


Climate Change Poses a Widening Threat to National Security

The Biden administration released several reports about climate change and national security, laying out in stark terms the ways in which the warming world is beginning to significantly challenge stability worldwide. The documents, issued by the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense as well as the National Security Council and director of national intelligence, mark the first time that the nation's security agencies collectively communicated the climate risks they face. The reports include warnings from the intelligence community about how climate change can work on numerous levels to sap the strength of a nation.


Treasury Warns That Digital Currencies Could Weaken U.S. Sanctions

The Biden administration warned that digital currencies posed a threat to America's sanctions program and said in a new report that the United States needed to modernize how sanctions were deployed so that they remained an effective national security tool. The warning was included in a six-month Treasury Department review of the nation's sanctions program, which has been used more aggressively in recent years as a lever in international diplomacy. The focus on digital currencies coincides with an administration-wide effort to determine how to regulate new financial technology without stifling innovation.


Black Staff Members Are Leaving Congress. Those Left Are Sounding the Alarm.

Low pay, a high cost of living and an insulated culture make it hard for Black aides to build a career in Congress. Now Black staff members are sounding the alarm on a "painful" two years, including the coronavirus pandemic and the January 6th attack on the Capitol, that they say have exacerbated the challenges they face in pursuing a career on Capitol Hill. In a published letter, two congressional staff associations called for better pay and "a stronger college-to-Congress pipeline" to recruit Black graduates. They also urged voters to push lawmakers to diversify their staffs. Published on behalf of more than 300 Black staff members who work in the House and the Senate, it offers a glimpse at the experiences of those who work behind the scenes drafting policy, interacting with constituents and advancing the agendas of members of Congress.


Trump Sues to Block Release of White House Papers To January 6th Inquiry

Former President Donald J. Trump sued Congress and the National Archives, seeking to block the disclosure of White House files related to his actions and communications surrounding the Capitol riot. In a 26-page complaint, a lawyer for Trump argued that the materials must remain secret as a matter of executive privilege. He said that the Constitution gives the former president the right to demand their confidentiality even though he is no longer in office and even though Biden has refused to assert executive privilege over them. The lawsuit touches off what is likely to be a major legal battle between Trump and the House committee investigating the attack. Its outcome will carry consequences for how much the panel can uncover about Trump's role in the riot, pose thorny questions for the Biden administration, and potentially forge new precedents about presidential prerogatives and the separation of powers.


House Finds Bannon in Contempt for Defying January 6th Inquiry Subpoena

The House voted to find Stephen K. Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress for stonewalling the investigation into the Capitol attack, pressing for information from a close ally of Trump even as Republicans moved to insulate the former president from accountability. The vote of 229 to 202, mostly along party lines, came after Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the assault, declining to provide the panel with documents and testimony. The action sent the matter to the Justice Department, which now must decide whether to prosecute Bannon and potentially set off a legal fight that could drag on for months or years.


In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human, and It Worked

Surgeons in New York have successfully attached a kidney grown in a genetically altered pig to a human patient and found that the organ worked normally, a scientific breakthrough that one day may yield a vast new supply of organs for severely ill patients. Researchers have long sought to grow organs in pigs that are suitable for transplantation into humans. Technologies like cloning and genetic engineering have brought that vision closer to reality in recent years, but testing these experimental organs in humans has presented daunting ethical questions.


Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties With the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Russia plans to cease its diplomatic engagement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in the latest sign of unraveling relations between Moscow and the West. Though significant on a diplomatic level, the announcement was not apparently accompanied by any military moves by Russia threatening European security and Moscow still maintains diplomatic relations with the individual governments in the alliance. The decision will end a post-Cold War experiment, which was never very successful, in building trust between Russia and the Western alliance, established decades ago to contain the Soviet Union, which officials in Moscow accused of later encroaching on former Soviet territory.


A Warning That Africa's Last Glaciers Will Soon Vanish

The last three mountain glaciers in Africa are receding at such a rapid pace that they could disappear within two decades, a symbol of the broader devastation being wrought by climate change on the continent, according to a new U.N. report. While African nations contribute less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the report by the World Meteorological Organization and other agencies underscored the outsize impact that changes in the climate are having on the continent's 1.3 billion people as floods grow worse, droughts last longer, and temperatures continue to rise.


Afghan Women Who Once Presided Over Abuse Cases Now Fear for Their Lives

In mid-August, as the Taliban poured into Kabul and seized power, hundreds of prisoners were set free. Men once sentenced in female judges' courtrooms were among them. Within days, female judges began receiving death threat calls from former prisoners. More than 200 female judges remain in Afghanistan, many of them under threat and in hiding, according to the International Association of Women Judges. Taliban officials have recovered their personal information from court records, several former judges said, and some have had their bank accounts frozen.


'No Girls': Women in Egypt Fight to Get Judgeships

When 98 women were sworn in to serve on Egypt's highest administrative court, breaking a barrier and taking seats in an enclave once restricted to men, the moment was celebrated in an hourlong ceremony broadcast on national TV. Yet for many Egyptian women seeking to become judges, it was the exception that proved the rule.



Food and Drug Administration to Allow "Mix and Match" Approach for Covid Booster Shots

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans to receive a different Covid-19 vaccine as a booster from the one they initially received, a move that could reduce the appeal of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and provide flexibility to doctors and other vaccinators. The government would not recommend one shot over another, and it might note that using the same vaccine as a booster when possible is preferable, people familiar with the agency's planning said. Vaccine providers could also use their discretion to offer a different brand, a freedom that state health officials have been requesting for weeks.


Small Needles and Short Lines: Biden's Plan to Vaccinate Young Children

The campaign to vaccinate young children in the United States against the coronavirus will not look like the adult version. There will be no mass inoculation sites. Pediatricians will be enlisted to help work with parents. Even the vials -- and the needles to administer doses -- will be smaller. Biden administration officials, anticipating that regulators will make the vaccines available to 5- to 11-year-olds in the coming weeks, laid out plans to ensure that some 25,000 pediatric or primary care offices, thousands of pharmacies, and hundreds of school and rural health clinics will be ready to administer shots if the vaccine receives federal authorization.


October 29, 2021

Sports News for the Week Ending October 29th

By Bennett Liebman

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bill restricting transgender student athletes, https://www.npr.org/2021/10/27/1049634164/texas-new-law-restricts-transgender-athletes-participation-on-school-sports-team

Transgender Athletes Face Bans From Girls' Sports in 10 U.S. States, https://www.npr.org/2021/10/27/1049634164/texas-new-law-restricts-transgender-athletes-participation-on-school-sports-team

The NCAA coined 'student-athlete' in 1950s. Its time might be up, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/10/27/ncaa-student-athlete-1950s/

8th Circ. Axes Part Of Minn. Athletes' Win In Title IX Case, https://www.law360.com/sports-and-betting/articles/1435605/8th-circ-axes-part-of-minn-athletes-win-in-title-ix-case

Appeals court upholds settlement between Brown and athletes, https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/32488795/appeals-court-upholds-settlement-brown-athletes-sued-dropped-women-varsity-sports

NAACP calls on athletes not to sign with Texas teams due to recent legislation, https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/32497111/naacp-calls-athletes-not-sign-texas-teams-due-recent-legislation

Can Two Sports Teams In The Same City Have Identical Names?, https://abovethelaw.com/2021/10/can-two-sports-teams-in-the-same-city-have-identical-names/

Cleveland Guardians Lawsuit Trademarks Roller Derby Native American, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/cleveland-guardians-lawsuit-1234645084/

Tom House Lawsuit Pitching Coach Tom Brady Intellectual Property Law, https://zcfgcgfc322d222wscsaascaccccacacaczxxqzc

Congress Demands NFL Emails Roger Goodell Jon Gruden Washington, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/congress-demands-nfl-emails-1234644767/

Report to the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team, https://jenner.com/system/assets/assets/11549/original/Report%20to%20the%20Chicago%20Blackhawks%20Hockey%20Team%20-%20October%202021.pdf

'Animalism': Blackhawks Scandal Raises Culture Questions, https://www.si.com/hockey/news/animalism-blackhawks-scandal-raises-culture-questions

Kyle Beach: 'My Battle Is Really Just Beginning', https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10016520-kyle-beach-my-battle-is-really-just-beginning-as-blackhawks-try-to-destroy-my-case

Stan Bowman: Chicago Blackhawks GM out after investigation, https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/blackhawks/ct-chicago-blackhawks-sexual-misconduct-review-20211026-rtifpbh4zvdvpl2qdpqaw56wu4-story.html

Evander Kane assault accuser asks bankruptcy court to allow her case to proceed, https://theathletic.com/2920353/2021/10/28/evander-kane-assault-accuser-asks-bankruptcy-court-to-allow-her-case-to-proceed/

Los Angeles Rams Kroenke angers NFL owners with financial pivot, https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32486646/los-angeles-rams-owner-stan-kroenke-angers-nfl-owners-financial-pivot-related-lawsuit-st-louis-move-sources-say

Lucas Hernandez Continues Career Thanks To Suspended Sentence, https://www.conductdetrimental.com/post/lucas-hernandez-continues-career-thanks-to-suspended-sentence

Ex-NFL players say painkiller suit isn't barred by federal labor law, https://www.conductdetrimental.com/news/ex-nfl-players-say-painkiller-suit-isn't-barred-by-federal-labor-law-

Ex-NFL Players Say Painkiller Suit Isn't Barred By Labor Law, https://www.law360.com/articles/1435278/ex-nfl-players-say-painkiller-suit-isn-t-barred-by-labor-law

GOP Bill Would Make It Illegal For Sports Venues To Skip National Anthem, https://www.wpr.org/gop-bill-would-make-it-illegal-sports-venues-skip-national-anthem

Celtics' Enes Kanter torches Nike for remaining 'silent' on China's slave labor, https://www.foxbusiness.com/sports/celtics-enes-kanter-torches-nike-for-remaining-silent-on-chinas-slave-labor

Nerlens Noel Lawsuit Rich Paul NBA Agent Certification Arbitration, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2021/nerlens-noel-lawsuit-rich-paul-1234644675/

Riddell Beats Suit Over Ex-High School Footballer's Suicide, https://www.law360.com/articles/1435330/riddell-beats-suit-over-ex-high-school-footballer-s-suicide-

Concussion complaints against NCAA continue to be filed in courts, https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/concussion-complaints-against-ncaa-continue-to-be-filed-in-courts

The Alabama law that would have required Nick Saban to retire at 70, https://www.al.com/alabamafootball/2021/10/the-alabama-law-that-would-have-required-nick-saban-to-retire-at-70.html

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Sports Gambling News for the Week Ending October 29th

By Bennett Liebman

New York Mobile Sports Betting Operators May Work With a 64% Tax Rate, https://www.gamblingnews.com/news/new-york-mobile-sports-betting-operators-may-work-with-a-64-tax-rate/

New York Getting Down to Brass Tacks of Selecting Online Sportsbook License Winners, https://www.covers.com/industry/new-york-sports-betting-licenses-2021

New York Mobile Betting Amended Bid Deadline: 3 Storylines To Watch, https://sportshandle.com/ny-mobile-deadline-three-storylines/

The Week In Sports Betting News: Where Does New York Stand?, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/58331/sports-betting-news-october-25-2021/

CT Sports Betting Enjoys A New York Bump But For How Long?, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/58350/new-york-bump-ct-sports-betting/

Newly regulated Connecticut drawing sports bettors from New York says GeoComply, https://sbcamericas.com/2021/10/25/newly-regulated-connecticut-drawing-sports-bettors-from-new-york-says-geocomply/

NY Sports Betting Deadline Nears, Lawmaker Wants All Bids Approved, https://www.casino.org/news/ny-sports-betting-deadline-nears-lawmaker-wants-all-bids-approved/

New York's sports betting disaster, https://www.casinocitytimes.com/i-nelson-rose/article/new-yorks-sports-betting-disaster-67624

Gambling Ads Become the New Normal for American Sports, https://www.wsj.com/articles/gambling-ads-become-the-new-normal-for-american-sports-11635084000

The tech geeks who took on the bookies and made billions, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/40f645e8-34fa-11ec-8ef4-8e6db1a4b82a?shareToken=ae94596cc4e80abf251d1ac3a88b3d80

Big Players Place Big Bets on Sports Gambling in Illinois, https://www.chicagomag.com/chicago-magazine/november-2021/big-players-place-big-bets-on-sports-gambling-in-illinois/

Illinois bill allowing in-state college sports betting heads to governor, https://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/illinois-bill-allowing-in-state-college-sports-betting-heads-to-governor/article_3f8a5b33-c801-5493-bbaa-9dc5493aaf2b.html

DraftKings Brings Back Sports Betting National Championship, https://www.njonlinegambling.com/draftkings-sports-betting-national-championship-announced/

New Hampshire Releases Revenue Numbers, Sets State Record, https://www.gambling.com/us/news/new-hampshire-releases-revenue-numbers-sets-state-record-2751300

U.S. Department of Interior slams Fla. businesses suing over tribal sports betting compact, https://www.conductdetrimental.com/news/u.s.-department-of-interior-slams-fla.-businesses-suing-over-tribal-sports-betting-compact

Don't Bet On It: NJ College Betting Expansion Unlikely to Pass On Nov., https://www.playnj.com/news/college-sports-betting-expansion-nj-unlikely-to-pass/58763/

Analysis: Can Fanatics Become A Top-Five Sportsbook Operator?, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/57776/can-fanatics-become-top-sportsbook-operator/

Gannett's Bet On Sports Gambling Has Great Odds, https://seekingalpha.com/article/4461460-gannetts-bet-on-sports-gambling-has-great-odds

Sports betting ads will have live odds, https://adage.com/article/marketing-news-strategy/sports-betting-ads-will-have-live-odds/2375106

Opinion: How Blurred Are The Lines Between DFS And Sports Betting?, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/58341/opinion-dfs-sports-betting-blurred-lines/

Sports Betting: How Can Tech Help to Mitigate Risks?, https://techacute.com/sports-betting-tech-to-mitigate-risks/

Casinos report winnings as Nevada tourists and events return, https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-sports-business-sports-betting-las-vegas-950797272ec419116fcc55aa41e4e2f4

What Stocks Benefit From Sports Gambling?, https://marketrealist.com/p/what-stocks-benefit-from-sports-gambling/

Online sports betting, iCasino fully launches in Connecticut, https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/gov-lamont-announces-sports-betting-icasino-to-open-to-all-adults-21-on-tuesday/

D.C. Sports Betting Sees Big September Jump: $20.7M Wagered, D.C. Sports Betting Sees Big September Jump: $20.7M Wagered (lineups.com)

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Theater News for the Week Ending October 29th

By Bennett Liebman

New York's $3 million tax credit aims to help restart Broadway, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/10/29/new-yorks-3-million-tax-credit-looks-to-help-restart-broadway/

Is Broadway Booming Or Bombing?, https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeseymour/2021/10/28/is-broadway-booming-or-bombing-the-box-office-tells-two-stories/?sh=4247ff935472

Broadway shows filled 85% of all seats last week, League says, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/10/27/broadway-shows-filled-85-of-all-seats-last-week-league-says/

As Broadway Returns, Shows Rethink and Restage Depictions of Race, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/23/theater/broadway-race-depictions.html?smid=tw-nyttheater&smtyp=cur

'Is This a Room,' 'Dana H.' to close on Broadway in November, https://broadwaynews.com/2021/10/25/is-this-a-room-dana-h-to-close-on-broadway-in-november/

A massive new indoor-outdoor stage will overlook Times Square, https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/a-massive-new-indoor-outdoor-stage-will-overlook-times-square-102721

David Paymer reprises "Mr. Saturday Night" role in new musical adaptation at Barrington Stage, https://www.wamc.org/podcast/the-roundtable/2021-10-21/david-paymer-reprises-mr-saturday-night-role-in-new-musical-adaptation-at-barrington-stage

Lortel Awards Move to Gender-Neutral Acting Categories, https://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/news/lortel-awards-move-to-gender-neutral-acting-catego_92931.html

Most Popular High School Plays and Musicals of 2020-21 Revealed!, https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Most-Popular-High-School-Plays-and-Musicals-of-2020-21-Revealed-20211026

Donnelley Foundation survey shows arts organizations still hesitant to open, https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ent-donnelley-foundation-arts-organization-pandemic-survey-tt-1026-20211027-a7llowwb2rdvtnijneq6ui6ndq-story.html

COVID-19 side effect: In theater, harder to be party of one, https://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/os-prem-et-orlando-theater-party-of-one-20211028-tef5wp5dmrfgja45bxl7zu5bja-story.html

Hilary Mantel play to close amid Covid uncertainty, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/26/hilary-mantel-play-to-close-amid-covid-uncertainty-the-mirror-and-the-light

Seeking respite, theater's glorious return to Chicago offered just the ticket, https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/10/27/22747692/seeking-respite-reality-theater-teatro-zinzanni-broadway-in-chicago-plays-musicals-offered-ticket

How is UK Theatre Faring Since Reopening Post Pandemic?, https://www.backstage.com/uk/magazine/article/good-times-again-uk-theatre-leaders-reflect-on-reopening-74183/

Bringing back WFH would be 'hammer blow' for theatres in London's West End, https://consent.yahoo.com/v2/collectConsent?sessionId=1_cc-session_468c632a-9842-4351-b5c6-7e42148443b6

Actor Chad Kimball Claims He Lost 'Come From Away' Job Over Religion, https://deadline.com/2021/10/chad-kimball-come-from-away-lawsuit-broadway-christian-beliefs-1234860005/

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces New Commissioning Program, https://www.broadwayworld.com/industry/article/Manhattan-Theatre-Club-Announces-New-Commissioning-Program-New-Slate-Of-Commissions-and-Inaugural-Groundworks-Lab-For-New-Work-Development-20211027

Caroline, or Change reviews: Sharon D Clarke's 'titanic' performance, https://www.goldderby.com/article/2021/caroline-or-change-reviews-broadway/

Potempa: Chicago Shakespeare shakes up stage with Beatles' blend 'As You Like it', https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-potempa-col-st-1028-20211027-lrnqzwh2fnhgzncgjvag6mnqhi-story.html

Broadway's Biggest Licensing Company Could Be Put Up For Sale, https://www.forbes.com/sites/marchershberg/2021/10/28/broadways-biggest-licensing-firm-could-be-put-up-for-sale/?sh=5f5e2ce23daf

Broadway's 'Phantom of the Opera' plots a cautious return to the stage, https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/broadways-phantom-opera-plots-cautious-return-stage-2021-10-24/

Peter Scolari, 'Newhart' and 'Girls' Actor, Is Dead at 66, Peter Scolari, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/22/arts/peter-scolari-dead.html

WAITING FOR GODOT in Yiddish to be Presented at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, https://www.broadwayworld.com/sweden/article/WAITING-FOR-GODOT-in-Yiddish-to-be-Presented-at-the-Royal-Dramatic-Theatre-20211027

Mark Strong on acting, insecurity and life without a father, https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/oct/28/mark-strong-acting-insecurity-life-without-father

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October 31, 2021

Week In Review

By Donyale Reavis
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

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


Gun Handed to Alec Baldwin Was Not Thoroughly Checked, Affidavit Says and 'Rust' Armorer Has 'No Idea' How Live Rounds Got on Set, Lawyers Say, and Criminal Charges Are Possible

Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the set of the film where Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer last week as he rehearsed with a gun he was told had no live ammunition, issued a statement defending her adherence to safety protocols and saying that she did not know how live rounds wound up on the set. The bullet that killed the cinematographer was recovered and investigators believed that there were more live rounds on the set. Furthermore, the Santa Fe County district attorney said that she was not ruling out criminal charges.




Rapper Fetty Wap and 5 Co-Defendants Arrested on Federal Drug Charges at Citi Field

The rapper Fetty Wap pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents at Citi Field, where he was scheduled to perform at the Rolling Loud music festival. The artist, whose legal name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was arraigned at a federal court in Central Islip, N.Y. He and five co-defendants, including a former New Jersey corrections officer, were charged with one count of conspiring to distribute and possess controlled substances.


Dave Chappelle Responds to Netflix Controversy With a Video Clip From His Concert

Dave Chappelle responded to the controversy over his Netflix standup special "The Closer", which has been criticized as promoting bigotry toward transgender people, by posting a five-minute video clip to Instagram in which he denied that he had been invited to speak to transgender employees of the streaming service and refused.


Netflix Eyes New Jersey Army Base for Major Production Hub

The streaming service said it would bid for a nearly 300-acre chunk of Fort Monmouth and it has the support of Gov. Phil Murphy.


'Different Way of Fighting'

Lyrics Are the Weapons of All-Women Roma Band. Many Roma women face pressures to marry young and take on traditional gender roles. Pretty Loud, a hip-hop group from Serbia, wants girls to decide for themselves.



G.O.P. Attack Involving Toni Morrison Novel Inflames Virginia Contest

A Republican ad featured a mother who had tried to have Beloved banned from her son's curriculum. Democrats saw a coded racist message.


Remove a Confederate Statue? A Tennessee City Did This Instead

Some residents want the monument removed. In the meantime, Franklin, Tenn., erected a statue of a U.S. Colored Troops soldier, broadening the way the community memorializes the Civil War.


Newly Unearthed Work by a Revered and Reviled Novelist Causes a Stir in France

A legal battle is raging over manuscripts written by the antisemitic writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline that disappeared almost eight decades ago.


More Than 200 Looted Objects Connected to Dealer Subhash Kapoor Sent Back to India by U.S.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office said that it had returned 248 objects to India. These items, collectively valued at $15 million, were uncovered after a decade of five different criminal investigations. Of the 248 items, 235 had been brought in to the country by former antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor.


Looted Treasures Begin a Long Journey Home From France

The return to Benin of 26 ransacked objects will be the first large-scale act of restitution to Africa by a former European colonial power. More than a century after French colonial troops ransacked a West African royal palace and took its treasures, President Emmanuel Macron of France began the formal transfer of 26 of those artifacts to Benin.


Citizen Activists Lead the Hunt for Antiquities Looted From Nepal

In just the past year, volunteers working for the Nepal Heritage Recovery Campaign have played a role in the return of seven artifacts.


OnlyFans May Be a Refuge for Nude Fine Art

The Vienna Tourist Board has joined the adults-only site to display artworks that other social platforms have censored. However, its account will not feature after-hours photos of employees. Instead, the Board will use the adults-only site to show images of paintings and sculptures displayed in the Austrian capital that have been blocked by social media sites for nudity or sexual content.



Court Upholds Settlement in Women's Sports Case at Brown University

A federal appeals court upheld a settlement between Brown University and student-athletes who had challenged the Ivy League school's decision to drop several women's varsity sports.


Texas' New Law Restricts Transgender Athletes' Participation on School Sports Teams

It requires public school students compete in interscholastic athlete competitions based solely on their assigned sex at birth, and takes effect on Jan. 18. The law says that K-12 students who participate in interscholastic competition can only play on teams in accordance with the sex listed on their official birth certificate -- which is defined as the one issued at or near the time of their birth and may not correspond with their gender identity.


Blackhawks Ignored 2010 Sexual Assault Accusation, an Investigation Says

An independent investigation commissioned by the NHL club revealed that the team failed to act promptly after a player accused a video coach of sexual assault, in part because club executives were concerned about winning the Stanley Cup.


With Accusations of Abuse, Blackhawks's Kyle Beach Forces National Hockey League to Confront Its Failings

The cultural problems of hockey seem to have met a moment that makes them impossible to ignore, and when consequences -- however belatedly -- are finally being meted out.



After a Year of 'Rampant' Cheating, Elite Bridge Tries to Clean Up

As the pandemic forced most players online, the problem of cheating consumed the game's highest levels. Top players say that a tight-lipped culture is finally changing.


Major League Baseball Equivocates Over Atlanta Native Chop as Racist Caricatures Endure

Asked about the Atlanta team's longstanding use of a faux war chant, Rob Manfred claimed that Native Americans in the area are "wholly supportive" of it. That's not what one New York Times columnist found.


Former Washington Football Staff Members Demand Investigation's Findings

Two women formerly employed by the team interrupted a meeting of the National Football League's (NFL) team owners to ask the NFL to release the full findings of an inquiry into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.


Attorneys for Ex-Washington Football Team Employees

Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, the attorneys representing 40 former Washington Football Team (WFT) employees who participated in the investigation, rejected NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's position on releasing the WFT probe findings, saying that he "misrepresented the wishes of our clients."



The U.S. Copyright Office Just Struck a Blow Supporting the Right to Repair

The U.S. Copyright Office is expanding a legal shield for fixing digital devices, including cars and medical devices. It submitted new exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which bars breaking software copy protection. The resulting rules include a revamped section on device repair, reflecting renewed government pressure around "right to repair" issues.


TikTok, Snap, and YouTube Defend How They Protect Children Online in Congressional Hearing

Executives from all three companies committed to sharing internal research on how their products affect children -- an issue that has come to the forefront in the past several weeks as tens of thousands of pages of Facebook's internal documents have been revealed by a whistleblower.


Anonymity No More? Age Checks Come to the Web

To protect children online, more companies and governments are forcing users to prove how old they are.


Facebook, Show Us the Mess

This op-ed piece questions whether the public and Facebook would benefit if glimpses into internal operations were not so rare. Facebook and other internet powers could help us understand the world by showing us a little more of the messy reality of running virtual hangouts for billions of humans.


The Case Against Mark Zuckerberg

Insiders say that Facebook's CEO chose growth over safety. The SEC has been asked to probe whether his iron-fisted management style, described in newly released documents and by insiders, led to disastrous outcomes.


Inside the Big Facebook Leak

In a time of mega-leaks, journalists' sources have become power players. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.


Facebook Tells Employees to Preserve All Communications for Legal Reasons

Facebook has told employees to "preserve internal documents and communications since 2016" that pertain to its businesses because governments and legislative bodies have started inquiries into its operations. The move, known as a "legal hold," follows intense media, legal and regulatory scrutiny over the social network's harms.


Facebook to Change Company Name to Meta in Focus on Metaverse

The social media service will retain the Facebook name even as the umbrella company readies billions of dollars in investments in its new mixed-reality platform.


In India, Facebook Grapples With an Amplified Version of Its Problems

Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in the country, the company's biggest market.


As Hong Kong's Civil Society Buckles, One Group Tries to Hold On

Unions and other organizations have dissolved after facing pressure under a new security law. The Hong Kong Journalists Association is hoping it can avoid that fate.


Ignoring Sanctions, Russia Renews Broad Cybersurveillance Operation

The new campaign came only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of spy operations it had conducted around the world.


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