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White Actors Leaving Nonwhite Roles at β€˜The Simpsons’ and β€˜Family Guy’

By Dave Itzkoff

Mike Henry said he would no longer voice the ‘Family Guy’ character Cleveland Brown, while the producers of ‘The Simpsons’ said they would stop using white actors to play nonwhite characters.

Tribe in South Dakota Seeks Court Ruling Over Standoff on Blocking Virus

By Mark Walker and Emily Cochrane

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe set up checkpoints to limit the spread of the coronavirus. After the state objected, the White House got involved. Now the tribe has asked a federal judge to intervene.

German EU Presidency: Government sets priorities as β€˜motor and moderator of Europe’

By Christina Goßner, Philipp Grüll

One week before Germany takes over the EU Council presidency on 1 July, its highly anticipated programme went through the cabinet, with priorities focused on managing the coronavirus crisis and its economic and social fallout. However, that was not enough to placate critics in the green and left-wing opposition. EURACTIV Germany reports.

IMF’s Georgieva: Kudos to Europe for the recovery fund

By Jorge Valero

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, congratulated the EU for stepping up its collective response to the COVID-19 crisis with the proposed €750 billion recovery fund, but cautioned that the proposal will first have to survive “long nights of negotiations".

N.H.L. Will Open Practice Rinks Next Week

By The Associated Press

The league also announced that its playoff series would be best-of-seven after an initial qualifying round under its plan to restart the season with 24 teams.

Lawmakers Say Puff Bar Used Pandemic to Market to Teens

By Sheila Kaplan

The e-cigarette company, which has quickly eclipsed Juul, has advertised its products as a break from “parental texts and WFH stress.”

Navy arms amphibs with 13 F-35s, changes future attack tactics

By Kris Osborn

Launching a massive, fast-paced air assault from the sea, providing close-air support for amphibious assault forces and bringing forward-operating surveillance and networking technology to maritime warfare -- are all part of the changing operational calculus introduced by adding F-35s to maritime attack.

Media press group launches media press US

By Robert Briel

Media press has announced the establishment of media press US, Inc. as well as the appointment of Kathy Weidman as CEO of the new US based subsidiary.

Media press US will service international and North American-based customers providing European metadata and services for 18 countries in 28 languages. Media press’ European metadata services currently reach over 80 million households providing TV, OTT and radio metadata for over 5,300 channels, 880,000 broadcast events per week and 26 million broadcast assets including 9.3 million images with detailed data and descriptions.

Media press group´s US subsidiary will be based in Wayne, Pennsylvania and will bring European metadata services to international and North American customers for content providers, broadcasters, TV operators, OTT services, application services and business intelligence services.

Kris Cechnicki, Chairman of the Board, media press group: “I am so please to have Kathy Weidman lead our efforts in expanding to new markets. Her experience in the metadata industry as well as media press’ 30+ years of experience in the European TV and entertainment metadata business bring a unique opportunity for our continued expansion. We are extremely confident in our ability to bring additional value to the worldwide marketplace. Our highly skilled, localized metadata teams and our cutting edge software solutions will help new clients develop best-in-class services when it comes to the discovery of European content.”

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