May 31, 2023

The Free Press

High School Debates End Debating

At national tournaments, judges are making their stances clear: students who argue ‘capitalism can reduce poverty’ or ‘Israel has a right to defend itself’ will lose—no questions asked.
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The U.S. Sun

Moscow Blitzed By Drones

In response to recent attacks, Ukraine launched a swarm of kamikaze drones toward Moscow, including one shot down near Putin's palace, injuring two people in the wealthy suburbs of the Russian capital.
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Associated Press

LGBTQ+ Plans New Strategy

Following Target's relocation of Pride displays to less prominent areas in Southern stores, LGBTQ+ activists are pushing for campaigns to ensure corporations remain steadfast allies to the community.
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Chicago Sun-Times

"Shrinkflation" Hits Store Shelves

Despite easing inflation, many consumer brands continue the trend of "shrinkflation," silently reducing product size or quantity while maintaining the same prices, thereby impacting the value for consumers.
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tree of Life Trial Begins

In the trial of Robert Bowers, accused of the deadliest antisemitic attack in US history at a Pittsburgh synagogue, his lawyer acknowledged he was the shooter despite his not-guilty plea to 63 charges.
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FOX 29 Philadelphia

School Bus Driver Duct Tapes Student

Juliet Pratt, a 54-year-old bus driver, is facing charges including unlawful restraint and assault, after using duct tape to bind a 10-year-old boy to his seat on a school bus trip to Hillcrest Elementary School.
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Airline Weighing Passengers

Air New Zealand is weighing passengers anonymously before flights as part of a Civil Aviation Authority-mandated survey, aimed at gathering data to ensure safety and maintain balance in the aircraft.
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The Guardian

Biden Accuser Defects to Russia

Tara Reade, who accused President Biden of sexual assault in 2020, has relocated to Moscow, citing safety and respect concerns in the US, and has given a press conference to Russian state media.
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Explaining The War on Pride

Amid conservative backlash against pride-friendly marketing, Rep. Garcia urges CA’s LGBTQ caucus to prepare for a confrontation during Pride Month to counter efforts to reduce LGBTQ visibility.
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New York Post

Lowry: Bud Light Flap Good for U.S.

Facing backlash against "woke marketing," Bud and Target highlight the risk to brand image and sales when corporations engage in culture wars, indicating a burgeoning era of conservative consumer power.
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Delta Optimist

Purdue Pharma to Settle Opioid Claims

A federal appeals court cleared the way for the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of legal claims tied to the opioid epidemic while shielding the wealthy owners of Purdue Pharma from future lawsuits.
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