Interesting News: Open-Source Protective Filter

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According to Forensic Magazine, consumers of media content today face a number of challenges in determining the trustworthiness of the information they find online, particularly with the new phenomena of deepfakes. Questions: Has this been used yet to perpetrate a financial fraud? Can you think of a way that it could be used for fraud… Read more »

What a Sad Day: Say It Ain’t So!

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According to the Dayton Daily News, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy “in order to overcome the financial strain resulting from prolonged COVID-19 related venue closures” and to restore the kids-entertainment-and-pizza chain to a position of long-term success, according to a release from CEC Entertainment, Inc. All across… Read more »

New York City Eviction Rates Will Soar Soon

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According to the New York Times, eviction cases are expected to soar in New York City as housing courts reopen and landlords seek to recoup income lost during the pandemic. Questions: What is the estimate of how many eviction actions will be filed in New York City’s housing courts in the coming days? In addition… Read more »

Does This Situation Seem to be Ethically Correct During a Pandemic?

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  HCA Healthcare, one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains, earning more than $7 billion in the past two years and worth $36 billion, paid its chief executive $26 million in 2019. However, as the pandemic spread across America, HCA did not provide adequate protective gear to medical staff, froze wages for nurses, and has… Read more »

More Easing of the Rules

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More easing of the rules The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily loosened labeling and information rules for food manufacturers for the fifth time during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Questions: Why were the rules eased and what do advocacy groups fear? What rules were eased? According to the article, what type of food disruption have led to… Read more »

Sad Times for a Retail Icon!

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This week, J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection after a prolonged decline over the past 20 years, becoming the latest and largest retailer to fall during the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the industry. Questions: How many employees does this affect? When and where did the company start? How many stores does the company have… Read more »

Hey Top Spender!

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According to The New York Times, with travel dropping to near nothing and no resumption in sight, major airlines and hotels are offering their highest-spending customers many perks. Questions: What do these perks include? According to the President, the economy is going to bounce back to 2019 levels by the end of 2020. What do… Read more »

Shake Shack

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The fast-food chain, Shake Shack, was among the businesses criticized for accessing emergency funds for small businesses from the U.S. federal government. Questions: What is the stimulus money to be used for? What has been the controversy associated with the funds? Why did the chain decide to return the loan money? Source: Ramzy, A. (2020)…. Read more »

Don’t Delay Reporting to Federal Officials

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According to the Washington Post, The Life Care Center of Kirkland in Washington State failed to report an outbreak of respiratory illness to local authorities for two weeks as required by law under Medicare and Medicaid, which led to 40 COVID-19 deaths at the nursing home. Questions: How much is the per-day civil penalty levied… Read more »

Shopping Life Changes During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Nationwide, many stores are closing an hour earlier than regular closing times “to allow employees to clean and restock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.” Questions: Besides closing early, what are some stores doing? What is Dollar General encouraging their shoppers to do? What types of stores were primarily highlighted in… Read more »