We can have social media as we know it, or we can have democracy

Prior to the 2020 U.S. election, there has been a great deal of fervor amongst academics and journalists about the potential threat of high-tech deepfake videos, which use AI to create realistic representations of people saying or doing things they never said or did. As of yet, we haven’t had a major political disaster involving […]

Big Sean’s

Big Sean raps like someone racing against time to deliver an important message, syllables rushing out, nipping at each other’s heels like playful dogs prone to taking off across a room without fair warning. You can hear him in action on “Lucky Me,” an early highlight from Detroit 2, the Michigan rapper’s fifth studio album […]

‘Manasanamaha’ Makes History at the International Film Festivals

‘Manasanamaha’ is a short film that has won more than 120 awards in various international film festivals. It marked the first time a Telugu short film had ever won the most international awards. “Inta gelichi raccha geluvu” is a very prominent and timeless Telugu idiom which means ‘Win at home before you conquer the world’. […]

3 MLB games postponed, players decide after Kenosha shooting

“There are serious issues in this country,” Seattle’s Dee Gordon tweeted. “For me, and for many of my teammates, the injustices, violence, death and systemic racism is deeply personal. This is impacting not only my community, but very directly my family and friends. Our team voted unanimously not to play tonight.”

Michigan Democratic governor’s residence getting security upgrades, including new perimeter fence

“As a matter of practice, we’re constantly reviewing security protocols and adjusting as needed,” Shanon Banner, spokeswoman for the Michigan State Police, told the Detroit News. “We don’t comment on specific threats against the governor nor do we provide information about security measures.”

A new front in coronavirus disinformation: Wall Street research

“It was one of the more disturbing pieces of research I’ve seen in 33 years in this industry,” said Cembalest, in a note to JP Morgan clients several days later. “Misinformation and mindless regurgitation of poorly vetted sources are, in my view, part of the reasons why” the United States is behind other developed countries […]

‘Unprecedented’ Pacific Northwest fires approach Portland

“We do not have any information on threatened or burned structures at this time,” the district’s social media post said. “We apologize for not being able to have more accurate information. Our main focus was protecting the lives of our community members, campers, and firefighters.”

At Least 20 Police Chiefs Have Resigned Since Protests Began in May

Chief La’Ron D. Singletary of Rochester, New York also stepped down this week, along with two deputy chiefs employed with the Rochester Police Department, following protests sparked by the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died a week after he was taken into custody by Rochester police offices. The officers placed a spit […]

DC Police release bodycam footage showing moment cops shoot dead 18-year-old black man after he pulled a gun – sparking protests – as it’s revealed the teen was a ‘validated gang member’

In June, amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation requiring the MPD to release any body camera footage from any fatal shootings or use-of-force incidents within five days. 

Oregon Fire Map, Updates As Over 300,000 Acres Incinerated by Out of Control Blazes

The fire was originally listed at 469 acres but had grown overnight to over 131,000 acres due to “high winds and “extremely dry fuels.” This rapid-fire growth is the reason behind the renaming of the fire—acknowledging that the “Beachie Creek Fire was no longer the main cause of rapid-fire growth and was instead fed by […]