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By Aron Solomon Last week saw the latest startup implosion. This was a company that tech media (and the company itself) hyped up as a future unicorn. The company was recognized by organizations that rank the top startups in the nation and everything looked great on the surface. This cautionary tale (no one will actually pay attention, so it’s not really “cautionary”) involves a startup that raised close to $200 million and, between what they did to themselves and coronavirus finishing them off by pulling out one Jenga piece at a time, just sold for $3 million. Of course, in…

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By Aron Solomon No matter the technology, there is no better time than now to have technology be the catalyst to drive social change, to improve the outcomes of our use of vehicles while allowing us to continue to use them to help our economies grow. The CDC Report on Global Road Safety is some remarkably sobering reading. According to the report, the leading cause of death for people under 55 is automobile accidents. While passenger vehicles are something that we now take for granted in the United States, they literally drive economic development around the world. The threshold issue is why…

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By Aron Solomon The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Niz-Chavez v. Garland is a compelling one on several levels and a real head-scratcher when it comes to the 6-3 majority in the case. Framing this case is easy: For far too long, multiple federal governments have played a little fast and loose with notice requirements. The specifics of the case involve the plaintiff, Agusto Niz-Chavez, who was born in and a citizen of Guatemala. Niz-Chavez came to the United States illegally in 2005. A full eight years later, he was served with a notice to appear in deportation proceedings. This is where the…

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By Aron Solomon After winning her first-round match on the revered red clay at Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for skipping the Women’s Tennis Association’s mandatory press conference and has been threatened with increased fines and expulsion from the tournament should she continue to refuse. The WTA, the governing body of women’s tennis, undoubtedly has a world-class legal team, which it is going to desperately need unless it quickly reverses course. From an analysis of the relevant legal documents, it’s clear that the legal score is Advantage Osaka with match point on the horizon. The WTA has an…

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By Aron Solomon On Wednesday, the NFL made a shocking announcement that they would end “race-norming,” a league practice that assumed Black players started out with lower cognitive function than white players. The NFL was using race-norming to assess players in the ongoing $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims. Part of what makes this such a shocking announcement is that so few people even knew the NFL was doing this. In what has the look and feel of an NFL Films retro classic — but actually goes back two centuries when ardent and often deeply racist phrenologists believed that bumps, indentations,…

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By Aron Solomon Before 1972 we lived in a collective Olympic bliss, being able, for the most part, to divorce ourselves from the geopolitical stresses of the world and enjoy the fellowship of sport. Then came the horrors of Munich, which forever changed not only the Olympics, but the legal issues surrounding this long-standing international competition. Given the past 15 months battling a global pandemic that has taken 3.5 million lives, there is grave concern being expressed around whether it is even possible for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics to be safe. In May, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach addressed this…

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https://open.spotify.com/episode/5LVMOtQIHOjhgPGO8yLME5?si=9nbBThV8RviJtjWYUe6Z9Q Dina Elsayed is the Senior Producer of a superb program, Common Ground.Originally from Cairo, Dina started her journalism career in 2012 as a producer for NPR’s Cairo bureau covering the Arab Spring. In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship position with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington D.C. On this episode of the Next Level podcast we discuss how and why Berlin and so many cities in the world have become too expensive for most people to live in and we explore solutions.

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https://open.spotify.com/episode/2p61H30EBPrFMcAr9T6bwC?si=KxWGbjlmSW6eH4fR4-EIUw Kenneth Artz is the Texas Bureau Chief for Texas Lawyer, part of ALM’s law.com legal information and news hub. As he sits at the center of the most timely legal industry news in the nation, we discussed the current state of legal journalism. With so much content out there, how can we be discerning consumers of what we read and believe?

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By Aron Solomon Sunday, a 40-year-old spider monkey and much-beloved resident of the El Paso Zoo, was reportedly one of the monkeys in the viral video last weekend in which a Texas woman fed two spider monkeys Hot Cheetos. According to a report in Inside Edition, the woman was fired by the law firm she worked for not only because she endangered the primates but also took the video of her act, which quickly became Internet-famous, which is almost never a good thing. Her former firm called her illegal entry into the El Paso primate enclosure “irresponsible and reckless,” and…

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By Aron Solomon After the latest CDC guidelines for wearing a mask were released, even the most hopeful anti-maskers did not expect the agency would come down so quickly to announce that fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear a mask either outdoors or indoors. The CDC’s dictates were soon followed by proclamations from major retailers, including Costco, Walmart, Publix and Trader Joe’s, who said their corporate policies would be in line with the CDC. These were the first big-name corporations to confirm mask-free shopping was immediately permitted, adding, in some cases, that vaccinated store employees can also work…

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