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Reality Check Recap: August 11, 2014

 
Posted Monday, August 11th 2014 @ 9am

Tony Stewart dropped out of yesterday's NASCAR race after he hit and killed a fellow driver, 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr., on Saturday. They were competing in the Empire Super Sprints series event in Upstate New York. Ward's car crashed into an outside wall after being clipped by another driver – believed to be Stewart. Ward walked on the track to confront Stewart when Stewart's car actually hit him. At this point, police are investigating the situation as an "on-track crash" and no criminal charges are pending right now.

Source: cnn.com

Protests in Missouri around the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by police on Saturday, turned violent last night. Crowds threw bottles at police and kicked cop cars. Witnesses say that Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when a police officer shot and killed him, but police dispute that story. Some are comparing this situation to the Trayvon Martin case. The police are saying that the officer was trying to leave his car when Brown pushed him back in and physically assaulted the officer. A shot was fired inside the police car, and Brown was eventually shot about 35 feet away from the car. The medical examiner will determine how many times Brown was actually shot.

Source: cnn.com

The NCAA has announced that they will appeal a ruling that would allow universities to offer student-athletes a limited share of revenue – at least in part. A federal judge said on Friday that the NCAA had violated antitrust laws by not paying players for the use of their names, images, and likenesses. Critics of the NCAA say it's ridiculous that colleges are making billions from these athletes but the players don't see a penny of that. The NCAA says the system provides many opportunities and athletes are more likely to graduate from college than non-athletes.

Source: mcall.com

Rory McIlroy has won the 96th PGA Championship. He finished 16-under par – and beat Phil Mickelson by one shot.

Source: usatoday.com

And as it turns out, EDM is good for you! A recent study says that listening to electronic dance music may actually make you act more authoritatively. A team of researchers led by Northwestern University's Dennis Y. Hsu wanted to know what features of music might make listeners feel more powerful and found that when listeners heard heavy bass they were more likely to be assertive and take risks even after their took their headphones out and turned the music off.

Source: refinery29.com

And if you have terrible vision or need glasses to use your phone, your tablet may soon help you with that. Engineers from UC Berkeley and MIT have developed a prototype tablet display that corrects vision. The software changes the light from each individual pixel based on your glasses prescription. There's also a thin plastic pinhole filter that enhances sharpness. This would change the lives of everyone who needs a computer at work and has a hard time looking at it all day.

Source: bbc.com

And Aunt Jemima's relatives want to get PAID. The woman whose image was used for Aunt Jemima died in 1955, and now her relatives are looking for $2 billion in unpaid royalties. They claim that Pepsi, Quaker Oats, and two other companies conspired to deny that Harrington worked for Quaker Oats, but they continued to use and exploit her image for over 60 years without paying her. Harrington was selected for the role for her pancake recipe, which they recreated and sold in grocery stores, but her heirs believe racial exploitation was involved. In addition, the companies apparently talked her out of getting a lawyer – which allowed them to get out of paying her for the recipe.

Source: tmz.com

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