Author: Zoe Licata (Boston, Massachusetts)

Newscoop Footnotes: June 29, 2019

Welcome to Newscoop Footnotes — the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about. Hi, I’m Zoe Licata. We’re back. With a rundown of the news in what’s been a very chaotic world of late. First, to Hong Kong — a special autonomous region of China that operates under its own government and economic… Read more »

Tom Wheeler, former FCC chair:
“Keep pushing. Remember SOPA.”

On May 8th of last year, I spoke with Tom Wheeler, former chair of the FCC under President Obama, about the current FCC’s move in December 2017 to overturn protections for the Open Internet in America (otherwise known as “net neutrality”). The actions of current chair Ajit Pai (former attorney for Verizon) and his commission… Read more »

Would You Accept This $7.5 Million?

If someone offers you $7.5 million, you’re likely going to take it — few questions asked. This is what Meharry Medical College did when they were gifted the second-largest grant in the institution’s history. But many in the community were outraged at the college’s acceptance of the donation. The reason? The financial contributor of the… Read more »

Air Pollution is Getting Worse

Most would assume that we’ve gotten at least a little better at decreasing our environmental impact. Many people carry around reusable bags and water bottles. Most coffee shops provide paper straws and recyclable cups. Cars are becoming more efficient, and the use of rideshare apps and carpooling has increased. But according to the Environmental Protection… Read more »

Newscoop Footnotes: May 15, 2019

Welcome to Newscoop Footnotes — the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about. Hi, I’m Zoe Licata. Looking today at the state of our planet. April 22nd was the 49th anniversary of the first Earth Day, birth of the modern environmental movement. That watershed effort in 1970 drew support from Democrats and Republicans,… Read more »

Newscoop Footnotes: April 23, 2019

Welcome to Newscoop Footnotes — the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about. Hi, I’m Zoe Licata. While our Footnotes this week may appear at first to be just a rundown of recent Trump shenanigans, each of these U.S. policy changes stands to have a profound impact on future global stability. First, after… Read more »

Newscoop Footnotes: April 15, 2019

Welcome to Newscoop Footnotes — the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about. Hi, I’m Zoe Licata. This week around the world, it’s about elections. In local elections in Turkey on March 31st, the party of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a huge setback. Erdogan’s AKP party lost control of both Ankara,… Read more »

Newscoop Footnotes: April 8, 2019

Welcome to Newscoop Footnotes — the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about. Hi, I’m Zoe Licata. This week around the world, it’s about elections. In local elections in Turkey on March 31st, the party of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a huge setback. Erdogan’s AKP party lost control of both Ankara,… Read more »

Newscoop Footnotes: March 25, 2019

Welcome to Newscoop Footnotes — the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about. Hi, I’m Zoe Licata. A wild world this week. After the European Union agreed on Thursday to delay the UK’s exit from the EU, a British online petition to cancel Brexit went viral — garnering 4 million signatures by Saturday…. Read more »

Newscoop Footnotes: March 18, 2019

Welcome to Newscoop Footnotes —  the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about.   Hi, I’m Zoe Licata. In recent months, there’s been a sudden surge of attention in the U.S. to the dramatic and still-growing inequalities in American society. This includes everything from criminal justice to income and wealth, and now college… Read more »

49 Killed in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

49 people have been killed and another 48 hospitalized after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacks occurred Friday, first at Al Noor Mosque, followed by another shooting at Linwood Mosque a few miles away. A portion of the first shooting was live-streamed on Facebook, reportedly from a helmet camera. The 17-minute… Read more »