Hannah Howell

Hannah Howell

Members of Congress called for a DOJ investigation against Netflix film ‘Cuties’

Texas Senator Ted Cruz called for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Netflix and their new film “Cuties” to determine if the filmmakers broke any federal laws regarding the production and distribution of child pornography.  The French film entitled “Mignonnes” – known as “Cuties” in English – depicts young girls in a dance …

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Battery-powered face mask seeks to fight COVID and foggy glasses

South Korean company LG Electronics has invented a battery-powered filtered face mask designed to reduce problems associated with conventional designs, such as breathing difficulties and fogged-up glasses. The mask also resolves the dilemma of homemade masks being of inconsistent quality and disposal masks being in short supply. The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier comes in one …

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Philippine police draw criticism for plan to monitor social media during quarantine

Philippine police drew criticism from the internet and social activists concerning a plan to monitor social media as an attempt to enforce quarantine regulations. Critics accuse the Philippine authorities of authoritarianism and double standards.  The plan to monitor social media seems to show the police agency “wants to use the pandemic to turn us into a …

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Venice Film Festival Opens

The 77th Venice International Film Festival commenced on Wednesday, September 2, and plans to run until Saturday, September 12. This is the first international event to take place since the coronavirus pandemic began back in March, and took a damaging swing to the movie industry.  “It’s not for us, everything that we’re doing and are …

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Protests in Boston Erupt Over Governor Baker’s Mandate Flu Vaccine Order

Protesters surrounded the Massachusetts State House on Sunday, August 30, demanding Governor Charlie Baker to call off a mandate that requires most students in the state to receive the flu vaccine if they are to attend in-person school.    Governor Baker has announced the public health order is intended for anyone six months or older …

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Californians experience record-breaking temperatures amidst intense heatwave

Californians experienced record-breaking temperatures of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius) on Friday, September 4th in the midst of a heatwave, affecting not only the state’s residents but also the risks of wildfires and power blackouts.  Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, a proclamation that enables power plants to operate beyond traditional …

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First High-tech Amazon Fresh Grocery Store Opens in Woodland Hills, California

Amazon opened up its long-awaited new high-tech grocery store in Woodland Hills, California on Thursday, August 28, that goes by the name of Amazon Fresh. The store is designed to offer a more convenient shopping experience for its guests through the use of technological enhancements. Shoppers will be able to use the multifunction Amazon Dash …

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San Francisco Has Become the First County in the Nation to Offer Free Phone Calls to Inmates From County Jail

San Francisco has become the first county in the nation to offer free phone calls to inmates from county jail. This is one reform among a series of others Mayor London Breed has announced as an attempt to “stop generating revenue from incarcerated people and their families.” Charging high prices for phone calls and commissary …

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Singapore Develops Technology to Better Enforce Quarantine

Singapore is to enforce travelers to wear electronic monitoring devices, which will ensure compliance with the country’s coronavirus quarantine regulations as the city-state gradually reopens its borders.  Beginning on August 11, the devices were given to incoming travelers, including citizens and residents, from a select group of countries. They are able to isolate themselves at …

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