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Ex-Parkland resource officer who stayed outside during mass shooting found not guilty

A jury has acquitted Scot Peterson, the ex-school resource officer who stayed outside during the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on all counts. The case was notable for the state’s decision to bring the child neglect charges under a Florida statute that governs caregivers, arguing Peterson as a school resource officer had a duty to protect the students.

The ruling in the trial of a law enforcement officer for his response to a mass shooting found Peterson not guilty of seven counts of felony child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury. Peterson wept in court as the judge read off the verdict, later telling reporters outside the courtroom “I’ve got my life back.” The 60-year-old, a former deputy for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, described the years since the shooting as “an emotional roller coaster.”

Peterson was accused of failing to confront the gunman according to his active shooter training, instead taking cover for more than 45 minutes outside the school’s three-story 1200 building before the killer was apprehended. State prosecutors accused Peterson of ignoring his training and doing nothing as 17 people, including 14 students, were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Peterson’s attorney argued that he didn’t enter the building under attack because he couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from. Peterson said of the shooter: “The only person to blame was that monster. It wasn’t any law enforcement, nobody on that scene, from BSO, Coral Springs. Everybody did the best they could. We did the best we could with the information we had, and God knows we wish we had more at that point.”

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Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action programs in higher education

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that race-conscious admission policies at the University of North Carolina and Harvard violate the Constitution, bringing an end to affirmative action in higher education, and a major victory for conservatives.

The court ruled that both programs violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and are therefore unlawful. The vote was 6-3 in the UNC case and 6-2 in the Harvard case, as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson recused herself.  Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Thomas read a concurring opinion from the bench, while Justice Sonia Sotomayor also read her dissent aloud – marking the first time a dissenting justice has done so this term.

Roberts wrote: “The Harvard and UNC admissions programs cannot be reconciled with the guarantees of the Equal Protection Clause. Both programs lack sufficiently focused and measurable objectives warranting the use of race, unavoidably employ race in a negative manner, involve racial stereotyping, and lack meaningful end points. We have never permitted admissions programs to work in that way, and we will not do so today.” Universities can still consider ‘an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise’. Military academies are effectively exempt from the decision due to the “potentially distinct interests” they present. Students must be evaluated based on their experiences “as an individual — not on the basis of race.” Roberts added: “Many universities have for too long done just the opposite. And in doing so, they have concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice.”

In her dissent, Sotomayor, joined by Justice Elena Kagan and Jackson, said the majority opinion is “not grounded in law or fact and contravenes the vision of equality embodied in the Fourteenth Amendment … Today, this Court stands in the way and rolls back decades of precedent and momentous progress. It holds that race can no longer be used in a limited way in college admissions to achieve such critical benefits. In so holding, the Court cements a superficial rule of colorblindness as a constitutional principle in an endemically segregated society where race has always mattered and continues to matter.”

Nine states have banned affirmative action at public universities: Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington. The decision to end affirmative action will be felt most acutely at highly competitive schools, and ending race-conscious admissions programs would lead to a significant drop in representation of Black and Hispanic students, particularly at elite institutions. In remarks from the White House, President Biden condemned the court’s rejection of affirmative action in higher education: “We cannot let this decision be the last word. While the court can render a decision, it cannot change what America stands for. America is an idea, an idea unique in the world. An idea of hope and opportunity, of possibilities, of giving everyone a fair shot, of leaving no one behind. We’ve never fully lived up to it, but we’ve never walked away from it either. We will not walk away from it now.”

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Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki announces return to tennis after three-year retirement

Caroline Wozniacki, the former No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world, announced Thursday on social media that she is ending her retirement and attempt a comeback.  Wozniacki wrote in the caption of her social media post: “Over these past three years away from the game I got to make up for lost time with my family, I became a mother and now have two beautiful children I am so grateful for. But I still have goals I want to accomplish. I want to show my kids that you can pursue your dreams no matter your age or role. We decided as a family it’s time. I’m coming back to play and I can’t wait!”  The 32-year-old Wozniacki shared in a first-person essay for Vogue that she plans to play in the 2023 U.S. Open, and is also hoping to compete at the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

Wozniacki has previously announced in Dec. 2019, that she would retire from tennis in large part due to her battle with rheumatoid arthritis that left her in constant pain. She cited “things away from tennis” that she wanted to “do more,” including her family and raising awareness about rheumatoid arthritis. Wozniacki married former NBA player David Lee in 2019, and the couple welcomed daughter Olivia in 2021 and son James in October.

Wozniacki, a three-time Olympian, started playing professional at 15 years old in 2005, earning her first win in 2006 and making her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon 2006. Wozniacki, who owns a 635-264 record on the singles circuit, claimed 30 WTA singles titles, a WTA Finals victory and earned more than $35.2 million in prize money. She became the top player in the world on Oct. 10, 2010, holding the No. 1 ranking for 71 weeks.

Wozniacki plans to enter the National Bank Open, held from Aug. 4 to 13 in Montreal, before heading onto the U.S. Open, taking place Aug. 28 – Sept. 10 in Flushing, N.Y. Wozniacki said she “thinks” she can win the tournament: “I’ll start out playing in Montreal just to get back into the groove, and then we’ll all head to New York,  After that, I’ll have a couple of months to prepare for Australia, and we’ll take it from there. The Paris Olympics are definitely a goal too.”

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NFL suspends Isaiah Rodgers, other players for entire 2023 season for gambling violations

The NFL announced on Thursday the suspensions of Indianapolis Colts veteran cornerback Isaiah Rodgers, Colts defensive end Rashod Berry, free agent Demetrius Taylor and Nicholas Petit-Frere of the Tennessee Titans for violations of its gambling policy as part of the NFL’s latest investigation. Rodgers, Berry and Taylor each were suspended through the entire 2023-24 season for betting on NFL games during the 2022-23 campaign. Petit-Frere was also suspended for six games instead of indefinitely because he bet on non-NFL sports while at the Titans facility (part of the league’s gambling rules state that no NFL employee can gamble in any club or league facility/venue including a team’s practice facility).

Rodgers, Berry and Taylor are eligible to petition the league to be reinstated once the 2023 season ends. As a result, the Colts waived both Rodgers and Berry shortly after the news broke. Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in a news release: “We have made the following roster moves as a consequence of the determination that these players violated the league’s gambling policy. The integrity of the game is of the utmost importance. As an organization, we will continue to educate our players, coaches, and staff on the policies in place and the significant consequences that may occur with violations.”

The NFL has now suspended nine additional players this offseason: Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams and wideout Stanley Berryhill were suspended six games for betting at team facilities, and Lions WR Quintez Cephus and safety C.J. Moore, as well as Commanders defensive lineman Shaka Toney, were suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games.  Berryhill, Cephus and Moore were subsequently released.

The 25-year-old Rodgers, a fourth-year cornerback and kick returner for the Colts, took “full responsibility” for his alleged gambling shortly afterward, apologizing via social media. Rogers totaled 34 combined tackles, four fumble recoveries, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in 15 games last season. Berry, 26, totaled four combined tackles in eight appearances over his first two seasons with the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions. He spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad before signing with the Colts in January. The 24-year-old Taylor appeared in one game last season for the Lions, spending most of the 2022-23 campaign on the practice squad.

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Brandi Carlile’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Weekend” returning for 2024

Brandi Carlile will return to Mexico for the fifth iteration of her Girls Just Wanna Weekend in January 2024. The all-inclusive concert vacation will occur on January 18 through 21, taking place for the first time at the Barceló Maya Riviera Resort.

This year’s updated venue will accommodate all ticket-holders on a single property, and will feature a custom live performance stage and on-site beach access. On top of sets from female musicians, guests can enjoy complimentary beverages, authentic cuisine, local microbrew brews, interactive art installations, yoga and wellness workshops, karaoke nights and a variety of off-site excursions.

The artist lineup for Girls Just Wanna Weekend 5 will be released in the months leading up to the event. Previously billed musicians include Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Lucius, Marren Morris, The Secret Sisters, Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles and Joy Oladokun.

Blind Faith Presale for the event is ongoing at the event website. Early access travel packages will be available to event alumni (beginning at 12 p.m. EDT) and ‘Bramily’ members (beginning at 2 p.m. EDT.) A general pre-sale will follow that evening, at 4 p.m. EDT.

For more information about Girls Just Wanna Weekend 5 including how to book all-inclusive packages and payment plan details, visit:

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Kelsea Ballerini struck in face with object during Idaho concert

Kelsea Ballerini was hit in the face after a fan threw an object onstage at her show in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Ballerini was performing her song “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)” when she was struck; video shared on Twitter appears to show her stop singing while her violinist checked her face.

Ballerini attempted to proceed with the song, and briefly is seen in the video footage exiting the stage. After the incident, Ballerini returned to the stage and addressed the crowd, as seen in a TikTok shared by a fan account: “Can we just talk about what happened? All I care about is keeping everyone safe. If you ever don’t feel safe, please let someone around you know … If anyone’s pushing too much or you just have that gut feeling, just always flag it. Don’t throw things. You know? I always want shows of mine—every show for every artist, but I’m control of this one—I just want it to be a safe place for everyone. We have little kids and just…can you help me do that tonight?”

Ballerini took to her Instagram story on Thursday to elaborate on what happened: “I’m fine. Someone threw a bracelet, it hit me in the eye, and it more so just scared me than hurt me. We all have triggers and layers of fears way deeper than what is shown, and that’s why I walked offstage to calm down and make sure myself, band and crew, and the crowd all felt safe to continue. That’s all I ever want, is for shows to feel like a safe place for us all.”

Ballerini is just one of several female artists who have had incidents onstage in recent weeks. Pink was stunned after a fan threw their mother’s ashes at her during her show at the British Summer Time Festival in London, while pop star Bebe Rexha was injured after a concertgoer threw a phone on stage, striking her in the face mid-show.

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Rachel Brosnahan, David Corenswet cast as Lois Lane and Clark Kent in ‘Superman: Legacy’

Deadline reports that David Corenswet has been cast as Clark Kent, with Rachel Brosnahan set to portray Lois Lane, in DC Studios “Superman: Legacy.”

New studio heads James Gunn and Peter Safran has said that the latest on-screen iteration of the iconic comic book hero will largely be a workplace origin story.  Safran said earlier this year when he and Gunn shared the planned DC films and series: “It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks of kindness as old-fashioned.”

Corenswet, who had his break-out role in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series “Hollywood,” will play reporter Clark Kent at the fictional newspaper The Daily Planet; with Brosnahan (best know for her award-winning work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)  as his colleague and love interest, Lois Lane.  Gunn is directing the project from his own screenplay, based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. with Safran serving as producer.

The film is not expected to go into production until January 2024, with a tentative release date of July 11, 2025.

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The Chemical Brothers drop single, announce new book

The Chemical Brothers have released the new track “Live Again,” the follow-up to the recently-released “No Reason.” Live Again will be featured on Chemical Brothers’ tenth studo album, due later this year as the follow-up to 2019’s No Geography. The duo also have a series of previously- announced live dates in the UK and across Europe over the summer and into the fall.

In addition, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have also announced the publication of their first book, Paused in Cosmic Reflection, set for release on Oct. 26. Teaming with author Robin Turner, the book will trace the band’s 30-year history and a collection of photography from the group’s archives that has been previously unseen. Paused in Cosmic Reflection also includes contributions from the likes of Noel Gallagher, Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Beck, Beth Orton, and Michel Gondry, and more.

Take a listen to ‘Live Again’ – here.
To stream ‘Live Again,’ head here.

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Alice In Chains announce headlining U.S. shows this fall

Alice In Chains announced a series of headlining shows, alongside their run as opening act on the 2023 Guns N’ Roses tour. Alice in Chains is serving as support for GN’R at four stops (Kansas City, San Antonio, Houston, and San Diego) from September 23rd through October 1st, and again on October 11th in Phoenix and October 16th in Vancouver.

The September/October dates will see the Seattle rockers play eight dates of their own , in addition to the GN’R appearances.  Alice In Chains said: “We’re excited to add some special headline dates while we’re out with Guns N’ Roses this fall.”  For more information, head to:

Live Nation pre-sales can be found via Ticketmaster (using the code DISCO); general tickets go on sale Friday (June 30th).

Alice In Chains’ most recent album is 2018’s “Rainier Fog”, which debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 upon its release.  Check out the “Rainier Fog” video here.

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Post Malone shares “AUSTIN” album tracklist and release date

Post Malone has officially unveiled the tracklist and release date of his forthcoming album, AUSTIN, sharing on social media: “My new record AUSTIN has 17 songs and drops July 28th 🍻💕heres a snippet of one of em 🥹 I love you!!!”

AUSTIN is the follow-up to Post’s 2022 LP, twelve carat toothache. He confirmed a July 28 release date for the new LP, and revealed a 17-song tracklist which features previously-released singles “Chemical” and “Mourning.” (to stream Mourning, head here).  AUSTIN will also be supported with the upcoming North American If Ya’ll Weren’t Here, I’d Be Crying tour, with Post previously sharing: “I love y’all so very much and I’m so excited to get out and do some more shows for y’all. Help me put a baby through college and come on out. Some cool new production, new songs, and a very very handsome man up on stage. Sending love to you and yours.”

AUSTIN drops July 28; to pre-order, head here.

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