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Day: October 14, 2021 (Page 1 of 3)

Former Boeing 737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot indicted for fraud

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging a former Chief Technical Pilot for Boeing with deceiving the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group in connection with their evaluation of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane, and scheming to defraud Boeing’s U.S. based airline customers to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing.

According to court documents, Mark A. Forkner, 49, formerly of Washington State and currently of Keller, Texas, allegedly deceived the FAA AEG during the agency’s evaluation and certification of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane. As alleged in the indictment, Forkner provided the agency with materially false, inaccurate, and incomplete information about a new part of the flight controls for the Boeing 737 MAX called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

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Elton John is the first artist with top 10 U.K. singles across six decades

ET Canada »

With his latest single “Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa, remixed by Pnau, poised to become No. 1 in the U.K. this week, John, 74, has seen his share of collaborations reach the top of the charts over the years. Most of his top 10 U.K. hits in the 2000s have been collabs with artists like Blue, Chipmunk and, posthumously, Tupac. He’s also seen a resurgence in catalogue songs enter the charts years after release, thanks to their use in advertisements and on streaming sites. His last top 10 hit was his 1973 holiday song “Step Into Christmas”, which ended 2020 in the top 10, thanks to streaming figures.

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Phthalates, chemicals used in cosmetics and food packaging, connected to 100,000 deaths a year in the U.S.

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian »

The group of chemicals called phthalates, also known as plasticizers, may contribute to the early deaths of 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the US each year, according to a new study.

Adults between 55 and 64 with the highest concentrations of phthalates in their urine were more likely to die of any cause, especially heart disease, than adults with lesser exposure.

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Alden Global Capital » The secretive hedge fund that is gutting newsrooms across the U.S.

McKay Coppins, The Atlantic »

Here was one of America’s most storied newspapers—a publication that had endorsed Abraham Lincoln and scooped the Treaty of Versailles, that had toppled political bosses and tangled with crooked mayors and collected dozens of Pulitzer Prizes—reduced to a newsroom the size of a Chipotle.

Spend some time around the shell-shocked journalists at the Tribune these days, and you’ll hear the same question over and over: How did it come to this? On the surface, the answer might seem obvious. Craigslist killed the Classified section, Google and Facebook swallowed up the ad market, and a procession of hapless newspaper owners failed to adapt to the digital-media age, making obsolescence inevitable. This is the story we’ve been telling for decades about the dying local-news industry, and it’s not without truth. But what’s happening in Chicago is different.

In May, the Tribune was acquired by Alden Global Capital, a secretive hedge fund that has quickly, and with remarkable ease, become one of the largest newspaper operators in the country. The new owners did not fly to Chicago to address the staff, nor did they bother with paeans to the vital civic role of journalism. Instead, they gutted the place.

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The right-wing attacks on the COVID-19 vaccines are knocking down confidence in other types of childhood immunization

Aaron Blake, Washington Post »

The new YouGov poll shows that fewer than half of Republicans — 46 percent — now say parents should be required to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases.

That’s both far shy of where Democrats are at — 85 percent — and also far shy of where Republicans used to be. Used to be, as in last year.

YouGov has polled this question repeatedly over the years, and up until recently Republicans were in a pretty similar place to Democrats. Back in 2015, both 81 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans believed such vaccines should be mandated for children.

And that split held pretty constant, through 2020 — until the coronavirus vaccines.

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