The Johnson & Johnson lawsuit, new Chicago mayor-elect Brandon Johnson, and more in today’s Bwoglines!
Happening in the World: Healthcare company Johnson & Johnson proposed a payment of almost $9 billion to resolve the 40 thousand lawsuits it faces in North America, a large increase from the previous proposal of $2 billion. Following claims that its baby powder and other talc-based products cause cancer, the company began pulling products from the shelves in the US. Last year, it was announced that the sale of talc-based baby powder by Johnson & Johnson will end sales globally. It has reported commitments from 60 thousand of the current claimants to support this new settlement. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Brandon Johnson was elected to be Chicago’s next mayor yesterday. Johnson—a Cook County commissioner, union organizer, and former teacher—beat former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas in a close race. He will succeed current mayor Lori Lightfoot. Johnson was endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union, and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His victory marks the highest office won by any active teachers union member in recent history. (AP)
Happening in NYC: Former President Donald Trump appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday afternoon, where he pled not guilty to 34 charges of felony business fraud. The 34 charges correspond to 34 false statements made to cover up various crimes. Hundreds of supporters and protestors gathered outside the courthouse in Lower Manhattan yesterday. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg held a press conference following the arraignment in which more information about the trial and charges was detailed. (The Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: Interested in video editing or podcasting? As part of the Podcasting Workshop series, an online event will be held today from 3 to 4:30 pm which will go through the basics of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. This workshop will cover importing and organizing media, adding effects and text, and mixing audio.
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