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Gophers women’s basketball loses Niamya Holloway to season-ending knee injury

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Gophers Women’s Basketball Loses Niamya Holloway To Season-Ending Knee Injury

Niamya Holloway, one-fourth of coach Lindsay Whalen’s nationally ranked incoming freshman class at the University of Minnesota, has been lost for the season to a knee injury.

A 6-foot forward, Holloway averaged 16.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, and shot 62 percent from the field last season at Eden Prairie High School. On a team rebuilt almost entirely with freshmen and transfers, she was a strong candidate to log serious minutes for the Gophers.

Holloway will have season-ending surgery on her left knee in August. According to a team spokesperson, Holloway was injured outside of practice or team activities last week. Further details were unavailable.

In a statement, Whalen said the team was saddened to get the news.

“We are here to support Niamya every step of the way as she moves forward in this recovery process,” the coach said.

Holloway is part of a recruiting class that was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally by ESPN when it was completed, joining guards Amaya Battle and Mara Braun and forward Mallory Heyer — four of the Gophers’ nine newcomers this season.

After a 15-18 season in 2021-22 that ended in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, the Gophers lost six players to the NCAA transfer portal, including starting guards Jasmine Powell (Tennessee), Sara Scalia (Indiana) and starting forward Kadi Sissoko (USC). The strong freshman class is expected to help mitigate those losses.

After the Gophers’ first summer practice on June 13, Holloway said the transfers were “shocking — to say the least. But I think it’s more important that we push forward. We’re really excited about the culture we’re trying to build here.”

The Gophers’ 2022-23 scheduled has not been released but the team will begin its regular season on Nov. 7, and play an exhibition on Oct. 30.



Breeding apps lack clear enforcement policies, study finds

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Breeding Apps Lack Clear Enforcement Policies, Study Finds

Most reproductive health apps have done little to prepare for what to do if law enforcement comes looking for user information, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, which also owns the Firefox browser and advocates for a healthy internet, found that only one of 25 apps that track users’ periods, pregnancies or fitness have clearly written policies that explain specific scenarios. in which they would hand over user data.

Although the types of data these apps contain have not typically been used in abortion lawsuits, privacy experts say these companies should have clear policies before law enforcement asks for the data.

Pregnancy data became a burning issue following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, who had made access to abortion a right protected by the federal government.

One of the apps Mozilla questioned, Ovia, a general reproductive health service, has a comprehensive privacy policy that details how it would respond if law enforcement obtained a warrant for user data.

Jen Caltrider, who led the Mozilla study, said the other 24 apps relied on vague assurances or failed to clarify their policies.

“When a company says they might share your personal information if there’s a risk of harm to the user or others, does a fetus count? It gets very grey,” Caltrider said.

In many states, it can be confusing to know exactly what may constitute a criminal abortion. Many reproductive rights advocates have called on people to remove period-tracking apps lest they be used against users.

In known cases that relied on digital evidence to prove abortion-related crimes, prosecutors tended to rely on unencrypted conversations to prove that suspects had let others know that they had sought and performed abortions.

In a recent criminal abortion case in Nebraska, which was launched before Roe was overturned and is still ongoing, prosecutors acquired unencrypted Facebook messages in which a woman allegedly messaged her then-underage daughter on how to take pills for medical abortion. In a sworn affidavit used as evidence, the detective who investigated the case also said he obtained evidence that the girl had previously been pregnant, although he did not say how he confirmed this.

The detective served Facebook with a warrant. Like almost all technology companies, Facebook passes on the information it stores about users if it is legally compelled to do so.

In some cases, however, companies don’t even need a warrant before handing over user data to the police. Amazon, for example, has a policy of turning over video from the Ring camera to police in emergency situations involving “imminent danger” and when “there is insufficient time to obtain a court order.”

Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for digital rights, said that while protecting communications is the most pressing privacy need for people seeking abortions, apps that track reproductive health should also start taking better care of user data.

“I really want all industries to improve their practices, because I think if we take out the kind of data that law enforcement can easily get from Meta or some telco, they’ll start shaking trees and sending money orders to the health tracking app. manufacturers,” Galperin said.

“It’s good that companies are changing their practices now, because change takes time. Businesses are giant ships, and turning them around is slow work. So they have to start now or they won’t be prepared when the warrants start coming in,” she said.


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The dollar is holding slightly firmer to start the session

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The Dollar Is Holding Slightly Firmer To Start The Session

The dollar is rising a bit higher across the board now as bond yields are also starting to trade in Europe. UK 2-year yields jumped after the highest inflation in 40 years, hitting 2.36% – their highest since 2008. This is also driving European and US yields elsewhere.

But in the major currency space, it is the dollar that remains strong this week with USD/JPY expected to rise 0.4% to 134.80 on the day. That said, the pair remains confined by resistance at 135.00 and its 100-day moving average support at 131.66 currently. The technical situation was already described here yesterday.

Meanwhile, EUR/USD is likely to decline around 0.2% to 1.0150, but downside momentum is still limited closer to 1.0100. As for the GBP/USD, it has moved away from a high of 1.2140 against the UK CPI data earlier to hit the 1.2080-90 levels now:

Rejection of the key hourly moving average is keeping short-term sellers in check, but any major downside momentum remains limited closer to 1.2000 for now.

Elsewhere, USD/CAD is up 0.2% at 1.2873 while AUD/USD starts falling back below 0.7000 as sellers look to extend the recent decline in an attempt to target the level of 61.8 Fib retracement at 0.6962:

Looking ahead to today, US retail sales data and the FOMC meeting minutes will be the main risk events to watch out for as they could rattle dollar sentiment. for the rest of the week.


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Rudy Giuliani’s former associate Lev Parnas described branches of the ‘Trump Crime Family’ on Twitter

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Rudy Giuliani'S Former Associate Lev Parnas Described Branches Of The 'Trump Crime Family' On Twitter

Then President-elect Donald Trump seen with his children (left to right) Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr. at Trump Tower in New York on January 11, 2017.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

  • Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas described the “Trump Crime Family” on Twitter.

  • Parnas compared Trump to the “godfather” and his ex-boss Giuliani to Trump’s “consigliere”.

  • He also highlighted the roles played by each member of the Trump family in the organization.

Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas spoke out on the “Trump Crime Family” on Tuesday, comparing the Trumps and their associates to the mafia.

Parnas is a former Trump supporter and Giuliani “fixer” who was convicted in October for his involvement in shadow diplomacy in Ukraine, which led to the former president’s impeachment. He has since become a vocal critic of Trump.

Trump had previously said he didn’t know Parnas, prompting the latter to troll Trump and threaten to post a new photo of them together each time the false claim was made.

On Tuesday, Parnas described in a Twitter thread a summary of what he believed to be the network of individuals linked to Trump whom he likened to classified members of the Mafia.

In his TweeterParnas likened Trump to the “godfather” while pointing to Giuliani as Trump’s “consigliere” or adviser, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as the “underboss.”

Parnas then highlighted who he thought the “capos” were, short for regime capo, which refers to a mafia-ranked captain with high social status. According to Parnas, those “capos” were Truth Social leader Devin Nunes, Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Jim Jordan.

Parnas too Underline 15 GOP lawmakers and conservative media personalities, grouping them under the category of “Trump family soldiers.” He separately brought together 12 other people — including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — under “Trump Family Associates.”

Parnas too weighed on the roles played by each Trump child and their spouse.

“Trump family members – @DonaldJTrumpJr – just want someone to love him,” Parnas tweeted. “@EricTrump – can’t believe his dad is going to scapegoat him.”

Parnas added that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner “just want to keep the money they stole.”

Representatives of Trump’s post-presidential press office and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment. Insider has also reached out to reps for Giuliani, Meadows, Nunes, Graham, Johnson, Jordan and DeSantis for comment.

Parnas is not the first person to compare Trump and his allies to the mob. Earlier this month, former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi compared several Donald Trump allies – including Rep. Matt Gaetz and conservative figure Roger Stone – to members of the mob, calling Trumpworld “an organization criminal”.

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More people need to watch the best show on Apple TV Plus

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Do you remember the early 2000s? Do you remember the “golden age” of television?

TV’s golden age probably started with The Sopranos in 1999, but it really started with shows like The Wire, Lost and Deadwood in the mid-2000s. terms of budget and scale.

But that was just the beginning. The TV kept rolling. Towards the end of the decade it was Breaking Bad and Mad Men, later it was game of thrones and The Walking Dead. Eventually, the idea that television played second fiddle to the cinematic experience began to erode and crumble.

Television was king.


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But the golden age of television never really ended. It kept going to the point where the phrase golden age ceased to have any meaning. “Prestige TV,” or whatever you want to call it, was just the new normal: content that pushed the boundaries of what was possible. Fresh ideas, great writing, world-class performances. This quality is the basis now. There are grown adults who have literally no understanding of what it was like to search for remains via shows like Twin Peaks or The X-Files.

For the past 20 years we have been overwhelmed with incredible television. Drown in it.

2021 has been one of the best years for TV that I can remember. Already. yellow jackets, station elevenThe White Lotus, Succession, Dopesick, Arcane, Midnight Mass. That’s before we even start talking about the superhero shows they keep falling on Disney+.

It’s just a year! ONLY ONE YEAR!

Incredibly, 2022 has not given up. What brings us — ultimately — to the show I want to talk about now: Breakup.

Severance is a sci-fi show on Apple TV Plus, set in a barely explained universe where a process called “severance” allows employees to split into two separate entities: a working self, which only exists for office hours, and a me at home. , who is completely divorced from work. The work ego has no understanding or memory of what happens outside the office, and vice versa.

At its core, Severance is a high-level concept show focused on exploring that original idea – of divided lives and an artificially imposed and physically induced work-life balance. But despite its uniquely elevated concept, Severance also plays to tropes established over the last 20 years of prestige television.

It operates on several levels. Severance is definitely a “mystery box” show, like Lost. There’s a central mystery to solve, and the show feeds the audience information, playing Reddit sleuths who like to figure out twists and turns before they happen.


Severance’s take on the mundanity of work is simply the absolute best.

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But Severance turns that on its head by being so…extremely funny. It never takes itself as seriously as a show like Westworld. He never wallows in his own importance. In many ways, Severance draws inspiration (but also parodies) from shows like The Office, which celebrate the day-to-day of office life. The cast of Adam Scott, who has spent years on office-like parks and recreation, plays a crucial role here and helps deepen the disparity. Severance features a clean, minimalist desktop, much like the one you might see on Parks and Recreation, but all is not what it seems.

This is what makes Severance special. It becomes compelling like Lost and funny like The Office. It becomes lyrical about the human condition, but also manages to parody the era of which it is a part. In many ways, Severance is the first post-prestige television classic. He does everything.

Severance isn’t flashy, it doesn’t have to establish its greatness with serious monologues or soaring orchestral soundtracks. It’s a show that gets its cake and eats it. Severance is informed by the classics that came before it, but feels distinct from them. A show that swallows and digests everything we’ve consumed in the past 20 years and spits it out like a fully-formed vomit masterpiece that subverts the kind of television we’ve grown accustomed to over the past two decades.

However, Severance only lasts one season. Promising shows have already collapsed. Even a show as well formed as Severance could collapse under public expectations. They could ruin everything.

But I have great faith in Severance. He has the example of shows like Lost and Westworld to learn from. We know what could be mistaken. If Severance keeps its narrative tight and stays true to what made the show so compelling in the first place, we could witness greatness. If nothing else, Severance is my favorite show of 2022 so far and – for my money – the best show on Apple TV.


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Cortez Masto’s failed attack on Laxalt’s opioid dossier

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Cortez Masto'S Failed Attack On Laxalt'S Opioid Dossier
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“As Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt refused to prosecute an opioid company that dumped 400 million pills on our streets. That may be because Laxalt took tens of thousands of dollars from opioid manufacturers to fund its campaign. Adam Laxalt took their money and turned his back on Nevada.

Campaign announcement for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), out Aug. 2

“When the city of Reno wanted to sue the opioid manufacturers for the damages they caused, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt tried to stop Reno from holding them accountable. That may be because Laxalt took over $20,000 from opioid companies for its campaign.

Cortez Masto adpublished on August 13

The Senate race between incumbent Cortez Masto and Republican challenger Adam Laxalt is one of the tightest in the nation.

Nevada has been one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis. In an attack ad, Cortez Masto accused Laxalt of refusing to prosecute opioid manufacturers when he was attorney general. The ad grimly suggests that Laxalt’s stance was influenced by campaign contributions.

It’s one of those highly technical issues that makes it ripe for campaign mischief. Coincidentally or not, after we started asking questions, the campaign released a new ad aimed more specifically at the criticism. This new ad removed the accusation that he refused to sue a particular company, but instead said he tried to stop Reno from taking action against the manufacturers.

Laxalt, son of Sen. Pete Domenici (RN.M.) and grandson of Governor and Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.), served as state attorney general from 2015 to 2019.

In 2016, Nevada was ranked sixth among states for the number of milligrams of opioids dispensed per adult, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. In June 2017, Laxalt announced it was working with a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general to assess whether manufacturers had engaged in illegal practices in the marketing and sale of opioids.

Such multi-state investigations are often undertaken when a national crisis results in litigation. States pool investigative resources and negotiate settlements directly with manufacturers or other parties accused of wrongdoing. When Cortez Masto was Attorney General of Nevada, she was involved in a similar action against the Big Five mortgage managers accused of harming homeowners during the Great Recession. During her Senate run, she touted her role in getting that deal done.

The Cortez Masto ads are based on a dispute Laxalt’s office had with Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve in November 2017. Shortly after Laxalt announced he was running for governor, Schieve said that the city wanted to bring its own lawsuit against the opioid manufacturers. (Reno mayor is a nonpartisan position, but Schieve received support from Democrats when she ran and she ended up endorsing Laxalt’s opponent, Democrat Steve Sisolak, in the race for governor.)

Questions returned to Laxalt and Schieve did not answer a query. Based on our review of news excerpts and letters, as well as an interview with a former official in the Attorney General’s office, this appears to be a tactical dispute. Yet the ads turn it into a nefarious ploy to protect opioid manufacturers.

Indeed, Laxalt’s letter to Schieve urging it to suspend filing the lawsuit was also signed by Nevada consumer advocate Ernest Figueroa. He’s a respected nonpartisan figure in the state who was recently reappointed by Aaron Ford, the Democrat who succeeded Laxalt as attorney general.

The Laxalt-Figueroa letter said that “your initiative brings honor to all Nevadans” and that “we share the same objectives”. But he called for a “united front” to tackle the opioid crisis. In particular, the letter expressed concern that a separate lawsuit against Reno could “undermine Nevada’s position in the multistate investigation in which our office has been actively engaged for more than a year.”

“We thought the multi-state process was the best vehicle,” the former assistant to the Nevada attorney general said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the issue has become politically charged. He added that a separate trial was “uncharted territory” and that “we thought we could be kicked out of the multi-state process.”

Schieve responded with his own letter, saying his lawsuit would not affect the multistate settlement. “While I understand, and can certainly appreciate, your concerns about how a lawsuit from the city could impact this collective investigation, please know that I have serious concerns about the dramatic impact that the opioids have on our city, because of the exorbitant amounts of stress it puts on our emergency rooms to our public safety officers and the countless lives lost,” Schieve wrote.

In the end, Schieve ignored Laxalt and Figueroa and filed his own complaint 10 months after this exchange of letters. By then, Laxalt had already filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and its affiliates. When the Reno lawsuit was filed, Laxalt applauded the action, having determined that it would not undermine Nevada’s standing in the multistate process. “When we weren’t kicked out, we were okay with the suit,” the former assistant said.

Not to get too far into the weeds, but when Ford became Nevada’s attorney general, his office joined the Reno lawsuit and opted out of the $26 billion multistate litigation, only to join him later. Under a 2021 agreement, the state shares settlement payments with 29 local government entities.

Ford, when he was Senate Majority Leader, helped push through an amendment in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session that removed a set of caps on fees recoverable by outside law firms that enter into conditional fee contracts with the state. He was working at the time for a litigation law firm, Eglet Adams, which contracted with municipalities such as Reno to sue opioid manufacturers. (Trial lawyers, of course, are among the biggest supporters of Democrats.)

In other words, tactics and politics have played a big role in the dispute over how best to sue opioid manufacturers. There wasn’t necessarily a right or wrong approach, and eventually the state merged the two. It should be noted that when Laxalt sought the GOP nomination for governor, his main opponent, state treasurer Dan Schwartz, also attacked him for discouraging the Reno lawsuit.

Now watch how these ads frame this murky disagreement:

  • The first ad claims that Laxalt “refused to sue an opioid company that dumped 400 million pills on our streets.” This flimsy assertion is based on the fact that a company was named in the Reno lawsuit that had not yet been addressed in the multistate litigation. But Laxalt did not refuse to sue them.
  • The second ad claims that Laxalt “tried to stop Reno from holding them accountable.” He urged Reno not to sue, but his letter — written with the state’s consumer advocate — made it clear that all parties had the same goal of holding manufacturers accountable.

Both ads then suggest that Laxalt may have been influenced by the campaign contributions.

  • Ad #1: “Maybe it’s because Laxalt took tens of thousands of dollars from opioid manufacturers to fund its campaign.”
  • Ad #2: “Maybe it’s because Laxalt took over $20,000 from opioid companies for its campaign.”

The Cortez Masto campaign provided documents showing that Laxalt received $20,500 in campaign contributions between 2014 and 2018 from pharmaceutical companies making opioids, such as Purdue Pharma and Mallinckrodt.

But these contributions undermine the idea that Laxalt did not take action against opioid companies because of campaign money. He sued Perdue Pharma in 2018 after receiving $2,750 in contributions from Perdue between 2014 and 2016. Laxalt did not sue Mallinckrodt – who appears to be the source of the claim in the first announcement that he “refused to sue – although the company was named in the Reno suit.

As for Cortez Masto, during this campaign cycle, it has received tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from pharmaceutical companies, including Mallinckrodt.

“Masto’s ads are designed to mislead voters,” Laxalt campaign spokeswoman Courtney Holland said in a statement. “As Nevada Attorney General, Adam Laxalt aggressively pursued legal action against numerous manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and he prioritized a legal strategy that was most likely to succeed in obtaining justice for the victims of the opioid industry. He did this in addition to appointing the first-ever statewide opioid coordinator and launching the state’s “Prescription for Addiction” opioid program.

Josh Marcus Blank, a campaign spokesman for Cortez Masto, defended the ads. “As Attorney General, Adam Laxalt tried to block the city of Reno from moving forward with its lawsuit against a major opioid manufacturer — an action the mayor described as an “effort to deter the pursuit of the claims by the city” and declared “pitting Nevadans against Nevadans,” he said in a statement. “At the same time, the Laxalt campaign took thousands from that same opioid company. The announcement accurately reflects these facts.

The Cortez Masto campaign tries mightily to connect the dots in sinister fashion. But they don’t add up. The first version of this ad was particularly bad, falsely claiming that Laxalt had refused to sue a particular company. The revamped version, centering on the dispute with the mayor of Reno, erroneously says he didn’t want to hold opioid manufacturers accountable.

This was a dispute over tactics, not Laxalt wanting to give the opioid makers a break. The ads then insinuate — using the crazy word “maybe” — that Laxalt was indebted to drug companies because of campaign contributions. There is no evidence that this is the case, especially since he sued one of these companies.

Viewers’ eyes might fix on a murky debate over whether a multi-state trial or individual trials is the best approach. But that’s the problem here – not overblown accusations that lack evidence. The first ad was worthy of Four Pinocchios, but the second ad just managed to win Three.

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Child calls 911 to report man and woman fatally shot in St. Paul residence

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A Man And Woman Were Found Fatally Shot In A Residence In The 2000 Block Of California Avenue In St. Paul On Aug. 16, 2022. (Courtesy Of The St. Paul Police Department)

Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman in a St. Paul residence after they were notified by a child who called 911 Tuesday night.

Officers did not arrest anyone and aren’t seeking suspects, according to police.

A man and woman were found fatally shot in a residence in the 2000 block of California Avenue in St. Paul on Aug. 16, 2022. (Courtesy of the St. Paul Police Department)

The child who called 911 at 9:15 p.m. reported two people were shot and killed in the 2000 block of California Avenue in the Northern Hayden Heights neighborhood of the Greater East Side.

Paramedics pronounced the pair dead at the scene.

Investigators and crime scene analysts continued collecting evidence as of early Wednesday. Police called the case a “tragic incident” in a press release, which didn’t include additional information about the circumstances.

Police said they will release the names of the people who died after the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office conducts autopsies.

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