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THURSDAY - 09/03/20
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—Senator Ed Markey

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POLITICS 🏛️

Sen. Ed Markey defeats Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts Senate Primary

  • In a hotly contested election, Sen. Markey won his re-election bid for Senate on Tuesday night, receiving 54% of the votes compared to 46% for Rep. Kennedy 
  • Joe Kennedy’s loss strikes a blow to the Kennedy family political dynasty, which has never before lost an election in Massachusetts

WORLD 🌎

Trials for Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris begin

  • On Wednesday, 14 people went to trial over their alleged involvement in a series of terrorist attacks that took place 5 years ago. The attack began when two brothers– Saïd and Chérif Kouachi– attacked the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France and killed 11 people
  • The defendants face charges of participating in a terrorist criminal association, with several facing up to 20 years or life in prison

US 🦅

Judge rules University of California system can no longer consider SAT and ACT scores for admissions

  • Alameda Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman issued a preliminary injunction to block the UC university system from accepting standardized test scores, specifically the SAT and ACT 
  • The decision was in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this year that stated acceptance of such scores during the coronavirus pandemic harms disabled students who lack the same test-taking opportunities as non-disabled students

TECH 📱

Microsoft to launch program that can detect manipulated media

  • On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft Video Authenticator, which analyzes photos and videos to give a “confidence score” on whether the media is artificially manipulated by deepfake technology
  • Deepfakes are typically videos that have been altered, such as replacing one’s face with another or changing the movement of mouths to make it look like something else is being said
  • Though it’s inevitable that deepfake tech will adapt to evade detection, Microsoft hopes their tech can be useful in the short-run, particularly leading up to the 2020 election

BUSINESS 💰

BTS’s agency files to go public on stock market

  • In recent months, Big Hit Entertainment– the agency behind the K-Pop group BTS– took steps to pursue an initial public offering (IPO). Big Hit’s first offering will list 7,130,000 shares on the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), each estimated to be worth around $88.40 and $113.66
  • Set to launch its listing on the KOSPI in October, Big Hit is hoping to raise as much as $812 million from its IPO, which is set to be the country’s largest in three years

CORONAVIRUS 🦠

Fauci: Coronavirus vaccine could be available earlier than expected if vaccine trials produce good results

  • Two ongoing clinical trials with 30,000 volunteers are scheduled to conclude by the end of the year, but an independent board has authority to end trials weeks early if interim results are overwhelmingly positive
  • The US is currently seeing about 40,000 new cases a day but needs to lower them to below 10,000 a day

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • 2020 Election 🇺🇸 . Old Navy to pay store employees to work polls on Election Day 
  • Science 🔭 . Astronomers discover massive black hole 
  • Entertainment 🎥 . Tyler Perry becomes a billionaire
  • International 🗺 . US imposes sanctions on top ICC officials investigating alleged war crimes committed by US troops 
  • Interesting 🧐 . Voters in Mississippi will vote on new flag design this November


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