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Morning Docket: 07.13.20

* The mayor of Bridgeport, CT, is suing Delta Airlines for being bitten by a dog during a flight. This sounds like a law school civil procedure hypothetical. [USA Today] * A Utah prosecutor's office was damaged by protesters after police officers were cleared in a contested shooting. [Salt Lake Tribune] * Robert De Niro's lawyer claimed in a proceeding involving De Niro's ex-wife that COVID-19 has caused the actor to experience financial issues. Guess De Niro can always use Cameo to pick up...
Tags: Utah, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Nbc News, Delta Airlines, Maxwell, Robert De Niro, Trump, Bridgeport, Salt Lake Tribune, Ghislaine Maxwell, De Niro, Bridgeport CT, Morning Docket, President Trump


WH Launches Oppo Campaign Against Fauci As Trump Continues To Downplay COVID

The White House publicly took aim at one of its own leading health experts on the White House’s COVID-19 task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, by sending a list of talking points to various news outlets on Sunday that disparaged the doctor over past comments he’d made about the virus that later turned out to be incorrect. In the statement, which was first reported by the Washington Post, then NBC News and CNN, an unnamed White House aide said that “several” White House officials are “concerned about...
Tags: News, Washington Post, White House, Nbc News, Cnn, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Fauci, Cristina Cabrera, COVID, WH Launches Oppo Campaign Against Fauci As Trump


Atlanta Rapper Marlo Dead

The Atlanta rapper Marlo, born Rudolph Johnson, was found shot dead in a vehicle this weekend, as NBC News reports. The car was discovered on I-285 near the Benjamin E. Mays Drive overpass on Saturday night. "At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are … More »
Tags: Music, Nbc News, Atlanta, Obit, Marlo, Lil Marlo, Rudolph Johnson, Marlo Dead, Benjamin E Mays Drive


‘All the Hospitals Are Full’: In Houston, Overwhelmed ICUs Leave COVID-19 Patients Waiting in ERs

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. This article was produced in partnership with NBC News.  HOUSTON — Houston hospitals have been forced to treat hundreds of COVID-19 patients in their emergency rooms — sometimes for several hours or multiple days — as they scramble to open additional intensive care beds for the wave of seriously ill people s...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, New York City, Nbc News, Houston, Detroit, Mccarthy, White, Mount Sinai, Baylor College of Medicine, HCA, Icahn School of Medicine, Mathews, Hermann, John Light


NBC's new streaming service, Peacock, will launch with free and premium plans on July 15 — here's how to sign up

  Peacock is a new streaming service featuring NBCUniversal TV shows, movies, original series, live sports, and news programs. The platform launched with an early trial for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on April 15, and the streaming service will be available for everyone on July 15. Peacock's base plan is ad-supported, offering a limited catalog of titles at no cost.  A premium version of Peacock's ad-supported service is available for $4.99 per month, giving subscribers the ability to strea...
Tags: Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Nbc News, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Tokyo, Tina Fey, Parks and Recreation, Lg, Kevin Hart, Vizio, Msnbc, Premiere League, Xfinity


Communicators Discuss Challenges for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

This past May 19, PRSA hosted the first webinar in its Diverse Dialogues series to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As a Filipina American and member of the PRSA National Diversity & Inclusion Committee, I appreciated that our first webinar addressed what we, the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, have been dealing with since the COVID-19 outbreak began. The webinar featured some of the country’s leading Asian American communications profession...
Tags: Google, California, Nbc News, America, Diversity, Pr, Ted, United States, Lgbtq, Kim, Nielsen, Pbs, Vietnam, Southern California, Saigon, Nguyen


NYC To Begin Painting Black Lives Matter Mural In Front Of Trump Tower On Thursday

New York City will begin painting the words “Black Lives Matter” in yellow on the road section of Fifth Avenue in front of President Donald Trump’s Trump Tower on Thursday. On Thursday morning, New York 1 News reporter Lindsay Tuchman reported that the city had shut down the street in preparation of the project. Fifth avenue officially closed as the city gets ready to paint a Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower. More on @NY1 pic.twitter.com/KdaZYcnea6 — Lindsay Tuchman (@Lindsay...
Tags: New York, News, New York City, Nbc News, Fifth Avenue, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, De Blasio, Trump, Trump Tower, Cristina Cabrera, Lindsay Tuchman


Joy Reid Takes Nightly Anchor Slot at MSNBC

She becomes one of the few Black women to anchor a major American evening news program. The move was made by new leadership at NBC News, which runs the liberal-leaning cable network.
Tags: Television, News, Nbc News, Nbcuniversal, Msnbc, Chris, Rachel, Matthews, Reid, Maddow, Joy Reid, News and News Media, AM Joy (TV Program, Joy-Ann


A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. This article was produced in partnership with NBC News. HOUSTON — When Karen Salazar stopped by to check on her mother on the evening of June 22, she found her in worse shape than she expected. Her mother, Felipa Medellín, 54, had been complaining about chest pains and fatigue, symptoms that she attributed t...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, Boston, New York City, Nbc News, Houston, Medellin, Detroit, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salazar, Gonzalez, Harris County, Peter Hotez, Baylor College of Medicine, National School of Tropical Medicine


Child rapist Mary Kay Letourneau dead at 58

Schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau raped a 12-year-old student, gave birth to his child and later married him, ensuring a lifetime of notoriety long after her 7½-year jail sentence was up. That life is now over, reports CNN. Letourneau died fairly suddenly in her home late Monday, her former attorney David Gehrke told CNN. Most of her family was with her, including Vili Fualaau, her former student and ex-husband who was giving her 24-hour care the last month of her life. A part of the Letou...
Tags: Post, News, Washington, Nbc News, Nevada, Seattle, Crimes, KOMO News, Letourneau, Steve Helling, Mary Kay Letourneau, Vili Fualaau, KSNV NEWS, David Gehrke, CNN Letourneau, KOAA News


NBCU’s New News Chief Pledges Broader Diversity Goals for Unit

The new head of NBCUniversal’s news operations pledged to make the workforce that staffs NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC more diverse, calling for the unit’s employee base to be 50% female and 50% people of color over an undefined period of time. “The demographics of America have been changing for decades… and that change is […]
Tags: News, Nbc News, America, Nbcuniversal, Msnbc, Cnbc, Nbcu, NBC News MSNBC, Cesar Conde


Keke Palmer Recounts Seeing National Guard Members Take a Knee at BLM Protest: ‘I’m Not Looking for You to Kneel’

In a cover interview with Cosmopolitan, Keke Palmer commented on her experience at a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles last month, specifically touching on an interaction that went viral through a clip posted by NBC News in which Palmer is seen urging members of the National Guard to march with protesters and them […]
Tags: News, Nbc News, Los Angeles, Palmer, BLM, Keke Palmer, National Guard, Keke Palner


Top Pence Aide Says Efforts To Make Her ‘More Compassionate’ In Child Separation Crisis ‘Didn’t Work’

Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, casually admitted to having zero empathy for the thousands of migrant children who suffered under the Trump administration’s infamous family separation policy at the border in 2018, according to NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff. In his new book, titled “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy,” Soboroff recounts a jaw-dropping conversation with Miller, who was serving as deputy press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security at ...
Tags: News, White House, Immigration, Nbc News, America, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Miller, Trump, Mike Pence, Breitbart, Pence, Stephen Miller, Southern Border, Katie Miller, JACOB SOBOROFF


WH Hoping Americans Will Just Grow Numb To Rising COVID-19 Death Toll

As President Donald Trump’s approval ratings continue to plummet, largely due to his failed response to COVID-19, White House officials are reportedly now banking on America just getting used to the waves of deaths caused by pandemic still ravaging the nation. The White House hopes Americans will “grow numb to the escalating death toll” ahead of the looming November elections, according to an alarming report by the Washington Post. A senior official told the Post that the administration expec...
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Washington Post, White House, Nbc News, America, Arizona, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, 2020 Elections, White House Situation Room, Cristina Cabrera, COVID-19, John Hopkin University


Fox News Media Will Capitalize ‘Black’ When Referring to Race

Fox News Media announced Monday that when referencing to race, the word “Black” will now be capitalized, along with “White” and “Brown,” in keeping with recommendations from the National Association of Black Journalists.The decision comes after weeks of unrest in America and a national conversation around systemic racism. It also comes after MSNBC and NBC News made the decision to capitalize “Black,” while CNN mandated the capitalization of not only “Black,” but “White.”Jon Glenn, vice president...
Tags: News, Entertainment, Nbc News, America, Cnn, Associated Press, Msnbc, Black, National Association Of Black Journalists, Glenn, Fox News Media, Fox News Media Will Capitalize ` Black, Jon Glenn, The National Association of Black Journalists


Atlanta Mayor Orders Protesters to ‘Clear Out’ After 8-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot

The mayor of Atlanta is forcing protesters to “clear out” of the Wendy’s where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last month after a violent night that included a dozen shootings citywide and the death of an 8-year-old girl, the mayor said Sunday. “You shot and killed a baby,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference. “Enough is enough.”Secoriea Turner was shot and killed less than a half mile from the Wendy’s, which had become a place of memorial and protest since Brooks’...
Tags: News, Nbc News, Atlanta, Fox, Wendy, Brooks, Atlanta Police Department, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Rayshard Brooks, Rodney Bryant, Secoriea Turner, Secoriya Williamson


Hugh Downs, Anchorman Whose Career Spanned TV History, Dead At 99

“In a broadcast career that spanned more than a half-century” — he began in radio in 1939 and was on television within a decade, ultimately hosting or co-hosting The Tonight Show opposite Jack Paar, the NBC News morning flagship Today, the game show Concentration, and the ABC primetime newsmagazine 20/20 — “Hugh Downs was one of the most versatile and durable personalities on television. A mainstay of American TV-watching rituals for generations, he held for years the world record for most time...
Tags: Art, Abc, Nbc News, People, Hugh Downs, Regis Philbin, Jack Paar, 07.02.20


Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British heiress and longtime confidant of billionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is in FBI custody. She was arrested in New Hampshire, reports NBC News, and charged with conspiracy to sexually abuse children. The six-count indictment in Manhattan federal court alleges that Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994. "In some instances, Maxwell was present for and participated in the sexual abuse of minor victims," the indict...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Law, Sex Trafficking, Nbc News, Fbi, New Hampshire, Maxwell, Manhattan, Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Robert Maxwell Ghislaine


Morning Docket: 07.02.20

* Novartis has settled a lawsuit which included allegations that the drugmaker gave money to doctors to induce them into prescribing certain medications. These claims would have spiced up the movie Love and Other Drugs... [NBC News] * An Ohio attorney has been arrested on federal bribery and extortion charges. [Toledo Blade] * Only seven law firm mergers and combinations have occurred during the second quarter of 2020 according to Altman Weil, likely due to the chilling effects of the ongoi...
Tags: New York, Law, Nbc News, Harvey Weinstein, Ohio, Novartis, ABA Journal, Altman Weil, Morning Docket, New York Attorney General, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, COVID-19, Love and Other Drugs


The biggest companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, Anti-Defamation League, and Sleeping Giants asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the c...
Tags: Firefox, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Diageo, Unilever, Adidas, Cnn


PR: NBC News and Upshot Studios Partner on New Digital Comic Series - Covid Chronicles

This has nothing to do with comics in the DMV, but I read all 3 and thought the quality was impressive, so I'm posting the PR here - Mike In partnership with Upshot Studios, an imprint of AWA, NBC News THINK has published "Covid Chronicles" – a weekly comic series featuring true stories from frontline workers, those battling coronavirus and tales of hope around the globe. Read each new volume weekly at NBCNews.com/THINK   Covid Chronicles, Vol. 1-3 ...
Tags: Comics, Nbc News, DMV, AWA, Mike Rhode, Upshot Studios Partner, AWA NBC News THINK, NBCNews com THINK Covid Chronicles Vol, Covid Chronicles Vol, Ethan Sacks Art, Dalibor Talajić Lettering, Bosung Kim


SD Gov Says Attendees At Trump’s Mount Rushmore Event ‘Won’t Be Social Distancing’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said late Monday that participants at a July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Trump will not be required to practice social distancing, despite CDC recommendations amid soaring COVID-19 cases in hotspots across the country. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday that attendees "won't be social distancing," at a large July 3 event at Mount Rushmore where President Trump is expecte...
Tags: News, Cdc, Masks, Nbc News, South Dakota, Fox News, Trump, Laura Ingraham, Mount Rushmore, Kristi Noem, South Dakotans, President Trump, Noem, Kristi Noem R, Zoë Richards


Trump’s ‘White Power’ Vid RT Stayed Up For Hours Because Aides Couldn’t Reach Him

Senior White House aides reportedly scrambled to convince President Donald Trump to take down his retweet of a video in which one of his supporters yelled “White power!” on Sunday. NBC News reported on Monday night that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law,” and other top officials unsuccessfully tried to contact Trump for hours about the post. However, the President reportedly could not be reached because he was out golfing and had not taken his ...
Tags: News, White House, Nbc News, Donald Trump, Trump, White Supremacy, Sen Tim Scott, White House Press, Washington Post Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, Jared Kushner Trump, McEnany, Trump Tweets, Cristina Cabrera, White Power Vid RT


All of the companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, and Anti-Defamation League asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the content despite re...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, Trends, Unilever, Cnn, Patagonia, Starbucks, Honda, Naacp, Coca Cola


HHS is paying Peter Thiel's Palantir $24.9 million to track coronavirus. Lawmakers want to know if it's using that data to help ICE deport people.

Fifteen Latino lawmakers are demanding answers about the Department of Health and Human Services' $24.9 million coronavirus contract with Palantir, a company that has contracts with ICE. Palantir is a data-mining firm founded by Trump megadonor Peter Thiel. It makes software that aggregates information on millions of people, including employment history, social networks, phone records, and more. HHS paid Palantir to make a new platform specifically meant to track the spread of coronavirus, but...
Tags: Nbc News, Trends, Fbi, Peter Thiel, Pentagon, Palantir, Business Insider, Trump, HHS, Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Protect, Palantir Palantir


Coronavirus live news: Bolsonaro says he may have had Covid-19 as cases rise in 27 US states

Mike Pence to hold first coronavirus task force briefing in weeks on Friday; Texas pauses next phase of reopening; Brazil registers 39,483 new cases; Follow the latest updatesBolsonaro says he may have had coronavirusCases rise in 27 US states More than 20m Americans could have contracted Covid-19, experts sayEngland: major incident declared as people flock to south coastSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.27am BST Get in touch on Twitter @helenrsullivan. 3.26am BST This is another tried...
Tags: Texas, Science, Nbc News, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Indiana, Karen, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Brazil, Trump, Mike Pence


Facial Recognition Bill Would Ban Use By Federal Law Enforcement

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation Thursday that seeks to ban the use of facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technology by federal law enforcement agencies. The legislation would also make federal funding for state and local law enforcement contingent on the enactment of similar bans. The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, is supported by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Ma...
Tags: Minneapolis, Nbc News, Tech, United States, Pramila Jayapal, Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, Jeff Merkley D Ore, Sens Ed Markey, Federal Law Enforcement, George Floyd


Trump requests toppled Confederate statue in DC be restored – report

President asks to put back up statue of Brigadier Gen Albert Pike, a senior figure in the South’s military forces, NBC reportsDonald Trump has personally requested that a statue of a Confederate general be put back up after protesters in Washington tore the monument down, according to NBC News.The networked reported that the US president had called interior secretary David Bernhardt and asked the Park Service to restore the fallen monument to Albert Pike, a senior figure in the slave-holding sou...
Tags: News, Nbc, Washington, White House, Nbc News, US, Pentagon, Trump, Interior, Park Service, Andrew Jackson, Charlottesville Virginia, Pike, Albert Pike, David Bernhardt, An interior department


Making the case against LWOP, the bigger and badder death penalty

This new NBC News commentary by Peter Irons makes the case for paying more attention to, and getting rid of, LWOP sentences.  The piece's full headline highlights its themes: "A prison sentence of life without parole isn't called the death penalty.  But it should be.  Before we cheer the huge drop in capital punishment cases, we need to revisit and replace the extended death penalty — life without parole."  I recommend the full piece, and here are excerpts: [A]s more and more prosecutors seek t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Nbc News, Alabama, Miller, Douglas A Berman, LWOP, Peter Irons


Google Says It Will Keep Less Browser History and Location Data By Default

Google said Wednesday it was changing the defaults on its services in an effort to store less browser history and location data on its servers. NBC News reports: Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post that the first time a person turns on location history, the default option would be for the data to be stored for 18 months. Activity from the web and from apps would also default to 18 months for new accounts, he said. "This means your activity data will be automatically and continuously del...
Tags: Google, Nbc News, Tech, Sundar Pichai, Pichai