Week In Review

By Elissa Hecker posted 07-03-2023 09:46 AM


By Giancarla Sambo

Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

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


The Family of a Former Supreme Battles for Control of Her Life

Cindy Birdsong’s relatives have asked a court to place her in a conservatorship after they became concerned that her longtime friend had too much say over her care and finances.

‘Rust’ Armorer Passed Off Cocaine After Shooting, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors accused Hannah Gutierrez-Reed of transferring the drugs on the day the film’s cinematographer was killed. Her lawyer said she would plead not guilty.

Kevin Spacey Begins U.K. Trial on Sexual Assault Accusations and Prosecutor Calls Him a ‘Sexual Bully’

The actor faces 12 charges related to incidents that prosecutors say involved four men and occurred between 2001 and 2013.


Gay Rights vs. Free Speech - Supreme Court Backs Web Designer Opposed to Same-Sex Marriage

The 6-3 decision, which turned on the Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment, appeared to suggest that the rights of L.G.B.T.Q.IA+ people are on more vulnerable legal footing, particularly when they are at odds with claims of religious freedom. They settled a question left open in 2018: Whether businesses open to the public and engaged in expression may refuse to serve customers based on religious convictions.

What Opera Singers Gained, and Lost, Performing While Pregnant

Women in the industry are speaking out about what they feel are cancellations motivated by their appearance rather than sound, even as there is a belief that pregnancy and childbirth have positive effects on the voice.


NCAA Sets Up Confrontation With State Lawmakers Concerning NIL Guidelines

The NCAA  set up a confrontation with state lawmakers around the country concerning its rules governing athletes’ ability to make money from their name, image, and likeness.

LIV Golf Resists Senate Request for Greg Norman’s Testimony on Saudi Deal

Less than two weeks before a planned hearing about a transaction that could reshape golf, lawmakers are struggling to assemble a witness list.

NBA Players Face Risk When Partnering With Cannabis Companies

The relationship between professional sports and cannabis has long been complicated, with leagues and teams often taking a hardline stance against marijuana use by players. Yet times are changing, and the NBA is at the forefront of this shift by shattering the grass ceiling.

The Secret Deal for a Tribal Casino and Why It Imploded

As a deadline loomed for reaching a gambling deal with the Seneca Nation of Indians, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office tried to give the tribe a new casino near Rochester. It backfired.

No Alcohol For Fans Who Attend 2024 Paris Olympics −Except For VIPs

A Paris 2024 spokesperson explained that the ban on booze stems from the application of Evin's law, a 1991 statute pertaining to the sale and advertisement of alcohol.


Polish Authorities Detain Athlete on Charges of Being Russian Spy

It was the 14th arrest stemming from the dismantling of what officials say was a plot to sabotage arms shipments to Ukraine.


Supreme Court Puts First Amendment Limits on Laws Banning Online Threats

The case concerned Billy Counterman, a Colorado man who became obsessed with a singer-songwriter, sending her disturbing messages on Facebook.

Publishers Clearing House Pays $18.5 Million in ‘Dark Patterns’ Suit

Publishers Clearing House, the direct marketing company that uses sweepstakes to sell magazine subscriptions, agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission, which accused the company of using what is known as dark patterns to trick customers into paying for products or giving up their data.

Trump Countersues E. Jean Carroll, Claiming She Defamed Him This Time

The former president, who was found liable for sexually abusing Carroll, argued that she should not have said he raped her.

Fox News Agrees to Pay $12 Million to Settle Hostile Workplace Suit

The settlement with a former producer, Abby Grossberg, is the latest development in a series of legal battles involving Fox.

As Creators Sue Montana, Its TikTok Footing the Bill

“We walked into the lion’s den almost a whole week before TikTok decided to come and back us up on this, because we see how important this is.”

Microsoft and Activision Chiefs Testify That Merger Will Benefit Consumers

In federal court, Satya Nadella and Bobby Kotick opposed an attempt by the FTC to delay Microsoft’s $70 billion acquisition of a video game giant.

General News

SCOTUS Issues Key Decision on Territorial Reach of Lanham Act

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Abitron Austria GmbH v. Hetronic International, Inc. concerning whether trademark plaintiffs can recover damages for sales made outside of the United States.

Supreme Court Rejects Affirmative Action Programs at Harvard and U.N.C.

In earlier decisions, the Court had endorsed taking account of race as one factor among many to promote educational diversity.

Rejection of Affirmative Action Draws Strong Reactions From Right and Left

Conservatives hailed the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling, which could drastically alter college admissions policies across the country, while Democrats rued the change.


Affirmative Action Ruling May Upend Hiring Policies, Too

The Supreme Court decision on college admissions could lead companies to alter recruitment and promotion practices to pre-empt legal challenges.

Supreme Court Allows Unusual Pennsylvania Law on Corporate Suits

A novel Pennsylvania law requires corporations that do business in the state to consent to being sued there, even if the suits have nothing to do with the state.

Supreme Court Sides With Postal Carrier Who Refused to Work on Sabbath

The unanimous decision interpreted a federal civil rights law to require employers to make substantial efforts to accommodate their workers’ religious practices.

No NY office? No problem: New York Gives Green Light to Out-of-State Attorneys

The State Legislature has paved the way for out-of-state attorneys to practice in the Empire State without the need to maintain a physical office within its boundaries.


Stress Tests Show Largest Banks Are Sturdy, Fed Says

The Federal Reserve tested banks’ abilities to endure a real estate crash, high unemployment, and trading turmoil.

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Ban

The court said that the state Constitution provides a limited right to abortion, but not a “fundamental” one.

Governor Vetoes Louisiana’s Ban on Transition Care for Transgender Minors

Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana vetoed a ban on gender-transition care for transgender minors, standing in the way of his state becoming the latest to prohibit that kind of care.,schools%20and%20among%20young%20people.