Morning Headlines - Monday, June 17, 2024

U.S. & World and Wisconsin headlines, and today's meme.

Morning Headlines - Monday, June 17, 2024

U.S. and World Headlines

Surgeon General Demands Warning Label On Social Media Apps

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in an op-ed in the New York Times Monday said the threat social media poses to children requires urgent action, and he demanded Congress to put a label on the apps as with cigarettes and alcohol.

“The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency — and social media has emerged as an important contributor,” Murthy said in his op-ed.

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Moore To Pardon 175,000 Marijuana Convictions In Maryland

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) will be issuing a mass pardon for more than 175,000 marijuana convictions on Monday.

The pardons will be one of the country’s biggest acts of clemency involving the drug that’s now widely used recreationally.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Moore said it will be a step to heal decades of social and economic injustice that disproportionately harmed people of color.

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AI Experimentation Is High Risk, High Reward For Low-Profile Political Campaigns

Adrian Perkins was running for reelection as the mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, when he was surprised by a harsh campaign hit piece.

The satirical TV commercial, paid for by a rival political action committee, used artificial intelligence to depict Perkins as a high school student who had been called into the principal’s office. Instead of giving a tongue-lashing for cheating on a test or getting in a fight, the principal blasted Perkins for failing to keep communities safe and create jobs.

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Netanyahu Disbands His Inner War Cabinet, Israeli Official Says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the six-member war Cabinet, an Israeli official said on Monday, in a widely expected move that came after the departure from government of the centrist former general Benny Gantz.

Netanyahu is now expected to hold consultations about the Gaza war with a small group of ministers, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer who had been in the war cabinet.

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Nova Explosion Of Nearby Star Will Soon Light Up Earth's Skies

The vast expanse of the night sky, a canvas dotted with countless stars, is about to unveil a rare and spectacular phenomenon. Brace yourself for a stellar light show as T Coronae Borealis, a seemingly unremarkable star nestled within the constellation Corona Borealis, is on the brink of a dramatic nova explosion.

T Coronae Borealis, affectionately known as T CrB, is no ordinary star. It’s a binary system, a celestial pattern of two stars locked in a gravitational embrace.

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Wisconsin Headlines

How Delta-8 Is Shaping The Marijuana Debate In Wisconsin

CBD. THC-O. Delta-8. When it comes to marijuana alternatives available in Wisconsin, there’s a veritable alphabet soup of options.

But because marijuana itself is still illegal in the state, these products live in something of a regulatory “gray zone,” according to Lucas Richert.

“You almost need a Ph.D. in agriculture and maybe also a law degree to understand what’s happening here,” he joked in an interview with WPR’s “Wisconsin Today.”

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More Northeastern Wisconsin Manufacturers Adopting ‘Industry 4.0’ Tech, Survey Show

More manufacturers in northeastern Wisconsin are adopting “industry 4.0” technologies such as cloud computing, AI and networked devices, a new survey shows.

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance recently released its latest Industry 4.0 Talent & Technology study, building on previous surveys conducted in 2019 and 2021 exploring the use of these technologies. The latest survey was conducted by Appleton’s St. Norbert College between January and March of this year using an online survey instrument, which got responses from 72 business leaders in the region.

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Columbia Co. Sheriff: Driver Arrested For OWI After Driving Into Lake Wisconsin

A driver was arrested for his first OWI offense after crashing into Lake Wisconsin on Thursday night, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports.

At about 11 p.m., the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call regarding a report of a vehicle that crashed into the water at Highway 113 Ferry Crossing in the Town of West Point.

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Risk Of Pavement Buckling Rises With Temperatures

Warmer temperatures forecast throughout Wisconsin over the next several days could create conditions for pavement buckling. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is advising motorists to be alert and take extra caution.

Pavement can buckle when the weather quickly goes from cool to very hot. This causes slabs of pavement to expand and push against one another. If the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle and create unexpected bumps or dips.

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What We Know About The Charges Against 9 Waupun Employees, Alleging Abuse Of Prisoners

Nine current and former staffers at Wisconsin’s Waupun prison face felonies following an investigation into a spate of deaths at the maximum-security facility.

Experts say the charges, which are pending in Dodge County Circuit Court, are a relatively rare but not unprecedented instance of corrections workers being prosecuted for alleged neglect of inmates.

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Last Update: Jun 17, 2024 6:17 am CDT

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