Connect with us

Morning Scoop

Monday Scoop: Life Sentence

🦁 Plus, have you seen the new Lion King trailer?

Avatar

Published

on

The UAE still believes Matthew Hedges is a secret service operative. (image: Guardian video)

The big story…

British Academic in the UAE Sentenced to Life for Espionage, Then Pardoned

Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student from the U.K., was sentenced to life in prison last week for spying in the United Arab Emirates where he was pursuing research. The UAE believed, and seemingly still believes, that Hedges was a secret service operative for MI6 who conspired to steal the country’s national security secrets, the topic of his doctoral research. Hedges was jailed for months, most of which was spent in solitary confinement, but  received a presidential pardon on Monday. However, it appears that the UAE still believes that Hedges is a British intelligence agent as the country has shown videos of the doctoral student’s supposed confession.


At the border…

Tijuana Declares ‘Humanitarian Crisis,’ Border Agents Fire Tear Gas

With almost 5,000 Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, the mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis, asking the United Nations for help. The migrants now face months of living in a makeshift shelter in a Tijuana sports complex as the U.S. processes thousands of asylum requests. During protests at the border yesterday, many migrants attempted to clear the fence dividing the two countries. U.S. border agents fired tear gas at the group. Mexico’s Interior Ministry has said that it will immediately deport the 500 migrants who attempted to “violently” enter the U.S.


In national news…

Papadopoulos Ordered to Report to Prison

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos will start a 14-day prison sentence on Monday for lying to federal officials looking into the Russian probe. The judge who sentenced him denied Papadopoulos’ requests to pause his sentence, saying he failed to file any court appeals within the allotted window.


At Michigan State University…

Michigan State University Ex-President Charged in Larry Nassar Case

MSU’s former president has been charged with lying to law enforcement officials during the Larry Nassar investigation. Read more in Tamia Heard’s report for CMN.


At Dartmouth…

Dartmouth Accused of Allowing Sexual Misconduct in $70 Million Lawsuit

Seven women are suing their alma mater for perpetuating a culture of sexual harrassment and assault at the Ivy League school. Read more in Grace Cooper’s report for CMN.


In space…

NASA’s InSight Lander to Land on Mars Today

At 3 p.m. EST today the InSight Lander will enter Mars’ atmosphere. NASA will be watching and hoping that the 1,500-pound robot that cost $1 billion and 10 years of research becomes the country’s eighth successful landing on the red planet. And you can too.


In health…

Experimental Alzheimer’s Vaccine Shows Promising Results

A new Alzheimer’s disease vaccine is showing good results in animal testing and will hopefully be making its way to human trials soon. Researchers say that if this vaccine really works, it could cut the number of dementia cases in half.


In bad news…

Sea Turtles Wash Up on Cape Cod Shore

Over 200 sea turtles washed up on the shores of Cape Cod, Mass. All of the turtles were cold-stunned by the low temperature of the water, leaving 173 dead while 54 survived. On the other side of the world more than 140 pilot whales were stranded and died on a beach in New Zealand.


In good news…

Record Number of Female Rhodes Scholars

This year’s class of 32 Rhodes Scholars includes 21 women — a record number.


Trending today…

Lion King Teaser Trailer

The new Lion King trailer has a lot of people talking…or crying.


Last but not least…

All the Holiday Music Feels

It is now the holiday season and CMN’s music writers are here weigh in on the good, bad and ugly of holiday tunes.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Tamia HeardGrace CooperNatalia Kolenko, and the CMN Staff. Cyber Monday is expected to be the biggest yet with a predicted $7.8 billion in sales. Happy shopping!

Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.

Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

CMN Music

Music2 days ago

Don’t Be Stale, Mate – Try Snailmate

Nerdy, asthmatic, expulsive, and self-critical songs.

Music6 days ago

Viewpoint: Pitchfork’s Best of the Decade is Full of Pleasant Surprises

A notable balance between well-known artists and smaller independent acts.

Music2 weeks ago

Pitchfork’s 200 Best Albums of the 2010’s has Plenty of Gaps

How does one come to the conclusion that Death Grips come out just above Leonard Cohen but below Janelle Monáe?

Music4 weeks ago

Album Review: Tamino – ‘Amir (Deluxe)’

An expanded edition that offers poetic drama from beginning to end.

Music1 month ago

What Makes A Scary Song? Three Things Every Spooky Tune Needs

Genuinely scary sounds, an unsettling story, or just party jams with eerie sound effects?

Music2 months ago

React: Paste Magazine’s Best Albums of the 2010’s List

It's difficult for any one person to approach a list with complete objectivity,

CMN Vibes2 months ago

CMN Vibes: Spooky Season

The only playlist you'll need as Halloween gets closer.

Music2 months ago

4 Places to Read Great Music Journalism

Where to find great, free music writing and journalism on the web.

Essentials3 months ago

Four Useful Spotify Features for Music Writers: Part One

Tips, tricks and cool shortcuts to deepen your knowledge.

Music3 months ago

‘We’ll Carry On’: Examining the Legacy of Rock in the 2000s

The seeds planted by these bands are the reason rock will thrive for generations.

Music3 months ago

Man Arrested in Connection of Death of Rapper Mac Miller

28 year old Cameron James Pettit was arrested today on allegations of supplying deceased rapper Mac Miller with lethal drugs....

Music3 months ago

5 Things You’ll Quickly Learn After Moving From the USA to New Zealand

So you graduate college without any real career plan and decide to spend a year bartending so you can travel...

Music3 months ago

Review: Captain Beefheart, “Hair Pie: Bake 2”

An odd intrigue.

Essentials3 months ago

4 Podcasts Every Music Writer Should be Familiar With

Music journalists these days need to listen to a whole lot more than just music.

Music3 months ago

Cocaine and Rhinestones – Breaking Down Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie from Muskogee’

Tyler Mahan Coe brings the facts and the feel of history.

Music3 months ago

Track Review: Pool Kids – ‘$5 Subtweet’

Diving into a new age of confrontation.

by , SUNY Brockport
Music3 months ago

Hip-Hop’s Most Influential Artists of the Last Half -Decade

Drake, Migos, Travis Scott and more make the list.

by , SUNY Brockport
Music3 months ago

Podcast Review: The Needledrop: How To Get Into Death Grips

Dominick Rabrun joins Anthony Fantano for some intense chat.

Music4 months ago

Desert Island Disc: ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

This album challenges misogyny, materialism and issues within relationships

Music4 months ago

Liily: Aiming to Turn the Music Industry Upside Down

California band is on the way up and has new music due out this fall.

Music4 months ago

Interview with Singer Natalie Clark

A CMN Q&A that touches on playing guitar, growing up in Glasgow, and being starstruck on 'The Voice.'

Essentials4 months ago

5 Essential Websites for Music Journalists

Great sources to confirm facts or come up with story ideas.

Great Reads

[]
1 Step 1
keyboard_arrow_leftPrevious
Nextkeyboard_arrow_right

Copyright © 2019 College Media Network