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WEDNESDAY - 10/14/20
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Supreme Court allows Trump Administration to halt census counting

  • On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sided with the Trump Administration and granted their request to end the census count ahead of schedule
  • While the ruling only pauses the census until the debate between advocacy groups and the White House are dealt with in federal court, it effectively ends the census as it would be difficult to restart before its original deadline on October 31 
  • The Trump Administration cited the U.S. Census Bureau’s need for more time to crunch the numbers before the congressionally-mandated deadline at the end of the year. In turn, Justice Sotomayer, who wrote the dissent, wrote that “meeting the deadline at the expense of the accuracy of the census is not a cost worth paying”

WORLD 🌎

New countries elected to UN Human Rights Council

  • With 15 countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, others have expressed concern as many of those elected have previously been condemned for human rights abuses themselves—specifically, China, Cuba, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan
  • Saudi Arabia failed in their bid to win a seat on the Council. Human Rights Watch U.N. Director Louis Charbonneau lamented the lack of competition in the internal election stating that “had there been additional candidates, China, Cuba and Russia might have lost too”

BUSINESS 💰

Dropbox turns permanently online

  • San Francisco-based cloud-storage company Dropbox announced on Tuesday that they will standardize their online work policy, even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. The company stated that “Remote work (outside an office) will be the primary experience for all employees and the day-to-day default for individual work”
  • Dropbox is the latest company to shift to a permanent online model. Twitter, Square, and Microsoft have all shifted to some level of remote working while Facebook has predicted that a portion of their employees will remain working from home forever

TOURISM ✈️

Peru reopens Machu Picchu for one tourist 

  • In mid-March, Japanese boxing instructor Jesse Katayama was stranded in Peru as the country shut down in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The 26 year-old dreamed of travelling the world and planned to complete his journey with a March 16 visit to the Inca citadel
  • Katayama’s visit quickly turned into seven months as Machu Picchu’s reopening was continually delayed. However, on Sunday, Katayama was able to visit the UNESCO world heritage site after the culture minister granted him special access for his patience and perseverance

US 🦅

Anchorage Mayor resigns 

  • The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, Ethan Berkowitz, resigned Tuesday citing his “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship.” The recently exposed relationship was between Berkowitz, who is married, and a local television anchor
  • The TV anchor, Maria Athens, posted a video Friday making allegations against Berkowitz. Athens was later arrested for trespassing in the television studio where she formerly worked and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct

TECH 📱

Amazon Prime Day sales spread across tech market 

  • Prime Day, Amazon’s annual event offering a wide variety of sales to Amazon Prime members, launched on October 13, lasting until October 14. Sales dominated the tech market, offering drastically lowered prices on a variety of items
  • The Macbook Air saw its lowest ever offer at $850 (a $150 discount) alongside other Apple deals. A variety of gaming items also were offered as high discounts  
  • Microsoft offered a sale meant to compete with Prime Day, as they discounted laptops, tablets, and Xbox accessories

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Culture ⭐️. Stevie Nicks joins TikTok 
  • Entertainment 📺 . Conchata Ferrell, “Two and a Half Men” star dies
  • Sports 🏈 . Florida Gators pause football activities after COVID outbreak amongst players
  • Coronavirus 🦠 . BYU-Idaho to suspend students “intentionally” trying to contract coronavirus
  • Interesting 🔍. Bird flies from Alaska to New Zealand—nonstop


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