Welcome to the Morning Scoop for August 1, 2018. Our top stories are on 3D printed guns and the Penn State hazing trial. And we’re keeping an eye on this whole “In My Feelings” thing.
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Release of 3D Gun Blueprints Blocked
A lawsuit brought by a gun rights group stopped blueprints for a 3D printed gun from going live on their website Tuesday, after a federal judge agreed that the information could help terrorists and criminals create weapons.
CNN reports, “Judge Robert Lasnik’s ruling didn’t order the plans to be taken down, but temporarily blocked a settlement that Defense Distributed, a Texas-based gun rights organization, and the federal government reached in June that made it legal to post 3D printable gun plans online.”
Previously, the website had advertised that it would release blueprints for several weapons on Wednesday to people who signed up for a login. Several states have sued to stop the plans from going online, and another hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 10.
Penn State Frat Member Avoids Jail Time Over Hazing Death
The first member of a Penn State fraternity was sentenced today in connection to the death of a pledge, however, he will not face any jail time.
Centre County Judge Brian Marshall handed down three months of house arrest, 27 months of probation, a $3,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.
Fraternity member Ryan Burke had pleaded guilty to four counts of hazing and five alcohol violations after the death of Tim Piazza in February 2017, after a night of drinking and hazing in the Beta Theta Pi house. CMN Senior Correspondent Erin Whitten covered the story for us last night.
Beyoncé is Taking Over Vogue’s September Issue
Who runs the world?… Beyoncé.
Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, has reportedly granted Beyoncé unprecedented control over the magazine’s upcoming September issue.
Traditionally, Wintour has always maintained control of the cover, from the choice of the models to the details of their outfits. Cover subjects typically have little say in their shoot and are given a preview of the cover within a week of its release date. CMN’s Tamia Heard has further details in her report.
Today in a Tweet:
This pretty much sums up the #WhyIJoinedTwitter hashtag that’s trending this morning…
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Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Will Run for Senate in 2020
If elected in 2020, Kelly will become fourth-ever American astronaut elected to Congress.
Senator Elizabeth Warren Wants to Create a Public Option for Generic Drugs
The Massachusetts senator wants to take on big pharma.