On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, the party was hit with another email scandal. WikiLeaks posted almost 20,000 emails sent by staffers from the Democratic National Committee. Some of them point to a bias against Senator Bernie Sanders. An accusation Sanders supporters have been aiming at the DNC during the primaries. In response to the leak, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz has resigned after serving five years in the position. The National Convention has continued as planned — without the chair who organized the event.
Rio's got problems
1. The Olympics are schedule to start in 10 days. Rio is planning for over 17,000 athletes to be using the Olympic Village. Like any Olympics, a number of records are expected to be broken. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt will be competing in their last games. There's a lot to look forward to in terms of athletics.
2. But Rio doesn't seem prepared for the games. Within in the village, there's plumbing, electrical, gas and structural issues that are raising safety concerns.In fact, the Australian Olympic team is refusing to house their athletes in the village. Outside the village, there's a high threat of terrorism, high crime rates, Zilka virus, highly polluted waters, riots and political turmoil. There's protests for boycotting the Olympics since the games are costing Rio billions during the country's worst recession.
2. So is Rio 2016 still safe?
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The 2017 All-Star Game is being moved from Charlotte because of the NBA's objection to North Carolina House Bill 2. The controversial bill limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The NBA is expected to select a new location for the event in the next few weeks.
A new report has confirmed a state-sponsored doping program was run by Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The report was issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency after a two-month investigation. The Agency has recommended that all Russian athletes be banned from competing in this year's Olympics. At least 312 results were falsified and the state-run program lasted from 2011 through to at least last year's world swimming championships. This report likely increases pressure on the International Olympic Committee to discipline Russia and its athletes before the Rio Olympics.
Should Tesla disable its 'autopilot' mode?
1. Tesla has reported that another of its vehicles crashed with its "autopilot" mode activated. This is the second publicized car wreck for Tesla within a month. The semi-autonomous driving software failed to distinguish a nearby vehicle from its surroundings, causing the crash. In light of these accidents, some are wary of semi-autonomous and driverless cars. Many drivers are anxious about depending on software to navigate roads and highways.
2. So far, only one person has been killed in a crash involving a vehicle in a semi-autonomous driving mode. This was the Tesla S crash that made headlines two weeks ago. There have been no deaths in fully autonomous car tests being conducted by companies like Google. Most accidents are caused by driver error — resulting in about 35,000 deaths a year. Tesla argues that its semi-autonomous "autopilot" feature can create safer conditions on the road.
3. So, should Tesla disable its "autopilot" mode?
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