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Friday, August 19, 2022

Two Ohio fraternity members have been sentenced in the hazing death of Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz. ... Foltz, 20, died in March 2021 from alcohol intoxication that prosecutors alleged stemmed from a hazing incident for the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity's Delta Beta Chapter in Bowling Green, CNN previously reported. An autopsy showed that Foltz, a sophomore, had a blood alcohol content of .35, which is more than four times the legal limit. read more


A Michigan judge on Friday blocked county prosecutors from enforcing the state's 1931 ban on abortion for the foreseeable future after two days of witness testimony from abortion experts, providers and the state's chief medical officer.


For 50 years, Judy and Jerry Griffin have been telling friends and family the fairy tale story of how they met on the way to Woodstock in 1969 and have been together ever since. The only downside to their meet-cute is that they never had any physical proof that they were at Woodstock together -- until two months ago. read more


Two pilots are believed to have fallen asleep and missed their landing during a flight from Sudan to Ethiopia on Monday, according to a report by commercial aviation news site Aviation Herald. The incident took place on board an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 en route from Khartoum to Addis Ababa, the report said, "when the pilots fell asleep" and "the aircraft continued past the top of descent." read more


Paul Krugman: I don't want to sound Trumpian and claim that Biden is doing an awesome job, a perfect job, the best job anyone has ever seen. What he has done is deal, reasonably effectively, with the real problems America is facing. The thing is, what we're getting from Biden should be routine in a wealthy, sophisticated nation; indeed, it was routine before the G.O.P. took its hard right turn. At this point, however, competent, reality-based government comes as a shock. read more


A restaurant customer in Fort Lauderdale has died of a bacterial infection after eating raw oysters. A man in Pensacola, Florida, died the same way this month. Both cases involved oysters from Louisiana. "Over the course of 60 years, we have served a couple billion oysters, and we never had anyone get sick like this guy did," Oreal said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Vibrio bacteria doesn't make an oyster look, smell, or taste any different. The agency said about 80,000 people get vibriosis in the United States each year, and about 100 people die from it. The Florida Department of Health says 26 people in the state this year have become infected with the bacteria and six of them died after eating raw shellfish, including oysters. In 2021, 10 people died out of 34 people sickened. In 2020, seven people died among the 36 who became ill. read more


Eighteen top Trump officials told CNN that there was no standing declassification order for documents removed from the White House. While some of the officials spoke anonymously, both of Trump's Chiefs of Staff went on the record. John Kelly said "Nothing approaching an order that foolish was ever given" and Mark Meadows who replaced Kelly said he is "not aware of a general standing order." The officials that CNN spoke with all agree that "even if Trump had sought to broadly declassify documents, there is a specific process that the president is supposed to follow". David Laufman, Former chief of the DoJ's counterintelligence division said "It can't just be an idea in his head. Programs and officials would have been notified. There is no evidence they were." Former National Security Advisor John Bolton called the claim "a complete fiction".


Narcissism refers to grandiose self-regard. Narcissism is associated with feelings of superiority and hubris, jealous tendencies, a sense of entitlement, manipulativeness, self-promotional behavior, and aggression toward rivals. read more


As prosecutors gather evidence of thousands of war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, a number of prominent figures have joined the Ukrainian government to call for a new Nuremberg-style tribunal to hold Russia's leaders soldiers and propagandists to account. read more


Florida officials have arrested and charged 20 people with felony convictions and charged them with illegal voting, Florida governor Ron DeSantis said on Thursday, a move designed to show the muscle of a new office tasked with policing voting in the state. read more


Nathan Connolly and his wife, Shani Mott, say an appraisal company undervalued their home based on their race. The couple has filed a lawsuit in Maryland. read more


Thursday, August 18, 2022

A federal judge has suspended partial enforcement of Florida's "Stop WOKE Act," a bill backed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that restricts how companies and schools discuss race. ... "We look forward to proceeding to trial, winning, and seeing this law permanently overturned," [plaintiff attorney] Goel Agarwal said. "It is a direct attack on American free speech values as well as on free enterprise in Florida."


Three men were indicted on Wednesday in the death of the notorious gangster James (Whitey) Bulger, who was beaten to death four years ago in a West Virginia federal prison where he was serving a sentence for crimes that terrorized Boston in the 1970s and '80s.


In the first major on-air personnel move under CNN chief Chris Licht, the network is parting ways with senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and canceling his Sunday program "Reliable Sources." Stelter announced his departure to NPR. A CNN representative did not respond to a request for comment. Stelter is scheduled to do his final broadcast on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The person said CNN will continue to cover the media on its digital platforms, including the "Reliable Sources" newsletter that was a popular read among media industry insiders. But the thinking inside CNN under Licht is that a program analyzing the media was too inside baseball for a TV audience, especially on Sunday morning when a large number of viewers tune in for news. read more


Garrett M. Graff: Historically, the F.B.I. has been arguably the most culturally conservative and traditionally white Christian institution in the entire U.S. government. That's right: Far from being a bastion of progressive thinking, every single director of the F.B.I. has been a Republican-aligned official, going all the way back to its creation. read more


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