Storm Henri intensifies to hurricane
Storm Henri reached hurricane status on Saturday morning as it powered up the East Coast toward Long Island and southern New England. It was expected to come ashore Sunday. Hurricane warnings are in effect for eastern Long Island, coastal Connecticut, and parts of southeast Massachusetts. Power outages are expected.
Afghanistan under the Taliban
Updates on the situation in Afghanistan: 1. Five Taliban websites that were key to how the militant group spread their messages around the world went offline Friday. It is a sign that efforts to limit their reach are seeing fruition. 2. CNN has been criticized for its nature of reporting on Afghanistan. Their story titled ‘The Taliban are sitting on $1 trillion worth of minerals the world desperately needs’ has come under fire for trying to shift attention from the worrying plight of Afghans to the First World. 3. Amidst what he called a “heartbreaking” week in spite of sticking with his decision, President Biden claimed to bring home any American currently in Afghanistan who wants to return.
Host Mike Richards’ position in jeopardy
Jeopardy! executive producer and Alex Trebek-replacement Mike Richards stepped down as the show’s new daily host days after being promoted to the position. Richards had made offensive remarks about Jews, women, little people, and Haiti on his former podcast The Randumb Show, prompting the outcry of numerous Jeopardy! fans. Actress Mayim Bialik of Blossom and The Big Bang Theory fame was named the host of its prime-time specials and spin-offs.
California judge deems Prop 22 as “unenforceable”
A California judge ruled unconstitutional the controversial Proposition 22 ballot measure that classified Uber and Lyft drivers as independent contractors. On Friday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch declared Prop 22 as “unenforceable” much to the chagrin of Uber who said it intended to appeal. Though Prop 22 was passed by a 59-to-41% vote in November, Roesch identified that it doesn’t actually protect worker interest and rather, serves the economic interest of network companies.