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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 15, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

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The president of the NAACP Spokane, Washington, chapter Rachel Dolezal has resigned, according to a letter from her which was posted Monday on the NAACP Spokane Facebook page. Dolezal did not address allegations that have landed her and her family in the national spotlight over the past several days. Her parents, who are white, allege that she has been lying and presenting herself as black when she is not. The story ignited debate over race and identity and blew up on social media.

North Carolina - Two young people were vacationing in the beach town of Oak Island, swimming in shallow, waist-deep water, when they were severely injured in shark attacks, town officials said Monday.The attacks - in which a 12-year-old girl lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury and a 16-year-old boy lost his left arm less than 2 miles away - happened less than 90 minutes apart Sunday, officials said.

Six young Irish citizens were killed and at least eight other people were injured when an apartment balcony collapsed early on Tuesday in the California city of Berkeley, Ireland's foreign minister said.

New Presidential Candidates - Donald Trump throws his hat in the ring to announce he’s running for President. Jeb Bush made it official as well. The former Florida Governor speaking before a diverse crowd in Florida said, “Not a one of us deserves the job by right of resume, party, seniority, family, or family narrative. It’s nobody’s turn. It’s everybody’s test.”

Gap announced on Monday that it planned to close one-fourth of its stores in North America over the next few years, potentially affecting thousands of jobs, as the brand struggles to turn around a business mired in a long sales slump

Passing - Kirk Kerkorian, the son of poor Armenian immigrants who used his gambler's instincts to become a multibillionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon, Hollywood mogul, airline owner and auto industry investor, died at age 98. Kerkorian, who founded MGM Resorts International and was its largest shareholder, died in Los Angeles on Monday night, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Nine Dead In Church Shooting - Police in Charleston, South Carolina, were searching on Thursday for Dylan Roof (captured a short time later) who killed nine people in a historic African-American church including the pastor, a black state senator, in an attack the U.S. Department of Justice called a hate crime. The shooter, a 21-year-old white man with sandy blond hair, sat with churchgoers inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for about an hour on Wednesday before opening fire. The church beloved as “Mother Emanuel” reopened its doors Sunday morning, four days after an unspeakable tragedy turned it into a crime scene.
Hundreds lined up early Sunday in the hot Charleston sun to slowly enter the sanctuary. The the organist played “Come to Jesus,” and the church bells rang out with “Amazing Grace.”
Worshipers from Charleston and across the country filled the seats, and some comforted each other in long embraces.

Technology - Four senior Microsoft executives, including Stephen Elop and Mark Penn, will leave the technology company, in the biggest organizational shake-up yet under chief executive Satya Nadella.

In an email sent to Microsoft employees on Wednesday morning, Mr. Nadella said three of the departures were related to his decision to organize the company’s engineering efforts into three groups. The three executives leaving as a result are Mr. Elop, the former chief executive of Nokia who has been leading Microsoft’s devices group; Eric Rudder, the leader of its advanced technology and education efforts; and Kirill Tatarinov, the head of its business solutions group.

AT&T Fined - The US FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION has slapped AT&T with a record $100m fine for misleading millions of customers with unlimited data plans by slowing down their service without informing them. The FCC first accused AT&T of "deceptively throttling" the connections of millions of customers on unlimited data plans in October, saying that the operator had charged for unlimited data but reduced data speeds by up to 90 percent.

The Chevy Volt is so quiet that some people forget to to shut it off. That can be dangerous when the the hybrid's gas engine kicks in and the car is parked in your garage. It doesn't happen a lot, but General Motors is aware of two incidents when carbon monoxide buildup caused problems. It issued a recall Thursday of 64,186 Volts from model years 2011-2013.

According to the data tracked by the HTTP Archive, the average time to download a website is up because the average size of a website is nearly doubly what it was three years ago.
Videos, pictures, embedded tracking tools and increased website security are partly to blame.
Each not only makes a site bulkier, but requires separate data fetching tasks, and all that takes time. Online traffic is up too, thanks to mobile devices, and that also slows things down.

Google said it would soon create a process for victims of revenge porn to request the removal of private photographs from the search engine’s results.
Revenge porn is a digital phenomenon that entails the distribution of sexually explicit images without a person’s consent, typically as a form of retribution or blackmail.

It seems like Sony just can’t catch a break. On Thursday, WikiLeaks added 276,394 more private documents, emails and financial files, leaked from the embattled tech and media giant, into its database. The files, which relate mostly to legal and financial documents (among stranger items), are the second massive release of files on the site from last November’s major data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment by the “Guardians of Peace” hacker group. Fallout from the data leak left Sony’s internal infrastructure crippled and many company executives scrambling to atone for embarrassing comments made in the thousands of private emails that were leaked.

Sports - The Chicago Blackhawks captured their third Stanley Cup in six seasons with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

NBA CHamps - The GOlden State Warriors are the NBA Champs - defeating Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval gets
benched for Thursday’s game against the Braves for using Instagram while he was playing on Wednesday. Sandoval told reporters that he was using the bathroom during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game, and grabbed his phone along the way. Instagram users are able to see when other users “like” photos as long as they are following them, and Sandoval’s account showed activity during the time of Wednesday’s Red Sox-Braves game.

Entertainment news - Elvis Still On Top - Graceland, is voted #1 in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers' Choice contest for “Best Musical Attraction” from a field of iconic music-themed landmarks.

“Game of Thrones” set a series record for total viewers with its season finale Sunday night with 8.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen. TheHBO show’s previous record was the season premiere in April, which attracted eight million viewers. Last year’s season finale brought in 7.1 million viewers.

Beatles fans are to be offered a glimpse of the creative process that spawned a number of the band’s most famous albums – in the shape of a new stage musical based on the Abbey Road recording sessions. Described as “a musical documentary”, The Sessions at Abbey Road – which will open at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 1 April 2016 – will emulate the process by which albums such as Revolver and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were made, using a stage replica of building’s Studio Two.

NBC News said Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his job as "Nightly News" anchor following his suspension for misrepresenting himself, but will be given a second chance as a breaking news anchor at the cable network MSNBC.
Lester Holt, who has been subbing for Williams since his suspension in February, will take over the job full-time, the network said.

 
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