an act or expression of criticism and censure
Students came from across the country, in groups large and small—traveling by car, train and plane—to
their lawmakers for failing to adequately address gun violence.
- The Wall Street Journal (Mar. 24, 2018)
The March for Our Lives was held last weekend in Washington, D.C. with smaller events held around the country. The student-led event was organized to protest what the marchers see as a lack of effective gun control laws in the United States. It is estimated that over 800,000 people participated in the event, which was inspired and led by survivors of the Parkland school shooting that occurred in February.
a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
This was a
of trust, and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time," Mark Zuckerberg said in the signed ad, which was published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and six British papers.
-USA Today (Mar.25, 2018)
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, took out ads in major newspapers this week to apologize for the data
breach involving Cambridge Analytica. It was revealed that Cambridge Analytica used the voter information of 50 million Facebook users without permission. Critics contend that Zuckerberg's apology is not enough and that he must do more to ensure the safety of user data, with some calling on him to testify before Congress.
Mr. Dowd, along with other lawyers on the team, recognized the risks of putting a client prone to
and inaccuracies in the same room with prosecutors.
-The New York Times (Mar. 22, 2018)
John Dowd, one of the lawyers who was representing the president in the Russia investigation, resigned from Trump's legal team. Reportedly, Dowd felt he was not being listened to by the President and that his advice would not be heeded. President Trump's legal team has some big decisions to make, including whether or not the President should testify as part of the Mueller investigation.
the act of forcing out someone or something
Germany and France made good on those threats by announcing
and in a coordinated move, other states across the EU followed suit, along with Canada and Ukraine.
- reuters.com (Mar. 26, 2018)
In response to a nerve gas attack on a former Russian spy in Britain, the United States has
expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian embassy in Seattle. The move is part of a collective response by several Western nations, including Canada and many countries in Europe, to punish Russia for the brazen attack. The move is drawing praise for President Trump, who has been seen by some as quick to excuse Russian aggression.
the act of capturing, especially a criminal
Last week, the office announced that it's "seeking the
of Punxsutawney Phil for deception. On February 2, 2018, Phil promised that there would be 6 more weeks of winter."
- USA Today (Mar. 26, 2018)
Famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil peeks out of a hole every year on Feb 2. If he sees his shadow, supposedly that means six more weeks of winter. Since winter conditions in the northeast have lasted longer, a sheriff in Pennsylvania has issued a warrant for poor Phil's
apprehension. Someone's got to take the blame for four Nor'easters in a four weeks, and if we don't blame the groundhog, I worry for the safety of our local weather forecasters.
lacking sufficient water or rainfall
Even in the most
places on Earth, there is some moisture in the air, and a practical way to extract that moisture could be a key to survival in such bone-dry locations.
- goodnewsnetwork.org (Mar. 26, 2018)
Researchers at M.I.T. have found a way to extract moisture from even the driest air by means of what is known as a metal-organic framework (MOF) powered by solar panels. Unlike many other extraction systems, which depend on foggy or otherwise wet conditions or are merely theoretical, the MOF system has been proven to work on a small scale even in desert conditions. The next step is to scale up the system so it can produce liters of water at one time.
admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding
Improving public safety has always been the emphasis of Arizona’s approach to autonomous vehicle testing, and my expectation is that public safety is also the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state,” Ducey wrote in the letter. “Arizona will not tolerate any less than an
commitment to public safety.”
- bloomberg.com (Mar. 27, 2018)
Last week, a self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. This week, Arizona banned the testing of self-driving cars on its roads and highways. Arizona and California had been the two states with the most lenient testing policy for these autonomous vehicles.
prevent the progress or free movement of
A federal appeals court revived Oracle Corp.’s multibillion-dollar copyright infringement claims against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, in a ruling that could give fresh muscle to leading software makers but
upstarts developing new applications for computers and smartphones.
-The Wall Street Journal (Mar.27, 2018)
A court ruled this week that the use of Oracle's Java app in Google's Android phones is not "fair use" as had been previously decided. In copyright law, "fair use" usually applies when only a part of a copywritten work, like a song, is quoted in another work. In this case, the court said that using the entire code of the app is
not "fair use." The ruling could mean that developers who want to use apps like Java would have to pay Oracle use fees, which could
discharge in, or as if in, a rapid burst of gunfire
California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Tuesday for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the latest
in a feud between Sacramento and Washington over federal immigration policies.
- USA Today (Mar. 27, 2018)
The Trump administration is adding some controversial material to the 2020 Census questionnaire. The new census will ask if respondents are citizens. Critics say this question will interfere with getting an accurate count of immigrant populations whose members are not citizens or who are in the process of obtaining citizenship. California has sued to prevent the new question from appearing, and twelve other states have filed a separate lawsuits
incorporation of a formerly excluded group into a community
Linda Brown, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood and who thus came to symbolize one of the most transformative court proceedings in American history, the school
case Brown v. Board of Education, died on Sunday in Topeka, Kan.
- The New York Times (Mar. 26, 2018)
Linda Brown died this week at the age of 75. Mrs. Brown was the African-American girl whose attendance at an all-white school in Topeka, Kansas in 1954 ultimately led to the
desegregated schools in the United States in 1954. It took a Supreme Court case,
Brown v. Board of Education to accomplish this historic feat. The court ruled that in the case of segregated schools, "separate but equal" was "inherently unequal."