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How social media – aided by bots – amplifies Islamophobia online

(THE CONVERSATION) In August 2021, a Facebook ad campaign criticizing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the United States' first Muslim congresswomen, came under intense scrutiny. Critics charged that the ads linked the congresswomen with terrorism, and some faith leaders condemned the campaign as "Islamophobic" – that i ... (full story)


Minerals, drugs and China: How the Taliban might finance their new Afghan government

(THE CONVERSATION) Now that the Taliban have reportedly taken full control of Afghanistan and begun forming a government, a looming challenge awaits: How will they keep their country and economy afloat financially?
For the past 20 years, the U.S. government and other countries have financed the vast majority of the Afghan gover ... (full story)


7th District partially remands aggravated robbery case

A defendant accused of reaching for a police officer’s gun during booking appealed a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court’s decision finding him guilty of aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business.
Richard Lamp argued there was insufficient evidence for the aggravated robbery and ... (full story)


Summit County attorney appointed to UA Board of Trustees

A longtime Summit County attorney and alumna of The University of Akron (UA) and its law school has taken her seat on the UA Board of Trustees.  
Cuyahoga Falls resident Trina M. Carter officially began her term on July 30 after being appointed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to fill the vacancy left by former trustee Olivia ... (full story)


State


Supreme Court hanging up phone, back to in-person arguments

Supreme Court hanging up phone, back to in-person arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The justices are putting the "court" back in Supreme Court.
The high court announced recently that the justices plan to return to their majestic, marble courtroom for arguments beginning in October, more than a year and a half after the in-person sessions were halted because of the coronavirus ... (full story)


Crushed by pandemic, conventions mount a cautious return

Crushed by pandemic, conventions mount a cautious return

In pre-COVID times, business events __ from small academic conferences to giant trade shows like CES __ routinely attracted more than 1 billion participants each year. The pandemic brought those global gatherings to a sudden halt, emptying convention centers and shuttering hotels.
More than a year later, in-person meetings are o ... (full story)


Technology


Ohio judge suspended for Facebook chatting with defendant

It had to happen eventually. And if not in Florida, why not in Ohio? Remember, kids: Your social media conversations are not private. No matter what you think (or don’t think).
Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Paul Winters, who is the sole judge in that court’s general and domestic relations division, recently receiv ... (full story)