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The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of 28!
The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of '28!
By Georgie London, Staff Writer
Published May 13, 2024
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What we’re reading: Russian court extends detention of US journalist, lawsuit filed against Panera Bread and more

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A journalist films as Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty editor Alsu Kurmasheva sits in a glass cage in a courtroom in Kazan, Russia, Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. A Russian court on Monday ordered a Russian-American journalist who was detained last week on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent to remain in custody until early December, her employer reported. (AP Photo/Vladislav Mikhnevskii)

Off-duty pilot tries to shut off engines on Alaska Airlines flight

A worker cleans a jet bridge at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., before passengers board an Alaska Airlines flight on March 4, 2019. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines owns Horizon Air. An off-duty pilot riding in the extra seat in the cockpit of a Horizon Air passenger jet on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, tried to shut down the engines in mid-flight and had to be subdued by the crew, according to a pilot flying the plane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

A passenger attempted to turn off an aircraft’s engines mid-flight Sunday, diverting the Everett-to-San Francisco flight with 80 passengers and four crew members onboard to Portland, Oregon, according to ABC News.

The suspect, Joseph David Emerson,  an off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot, was riding in the cockpit “jump seat” on Horizon Air Flight 2059 departing from Seattle Paine Field International Airport. He was subdued by flight crew and later arrested by the Port of Portland Police Department after the plane landed safely at Portland International Airport.

The suspect has been charged with 83 counts of attempted murder, according to officials.

Russian court extends detention of US journalist 

A Russian court has ordered Russian-American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva to be held in detention until Dec. 3 for allegedly failing to register as a foreign agent, according to CNN.

Kurmasheva works for the Tatar-Bashkir service Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). She was detained in June in Russia while awaiting a flight home to the Czech Republic. 

Kurmasheva’s arrest comes amid an intensifying crackdown on free speech under President Vladimir Putin, with Russia expanding its restrictive foreign agent laws following the invasion of Ukraine.

The date of Kurmasheva’s next appearance in court is currently unknown, but her lawyer said Kurmasheva is not guilty and will appeal.

Kurmasheva is the second U.S. journalist detained in Russia this year after Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was arrested on a work trip in March and charged with espionage.

Iranian teenager reported ‘brain dead’ weeks after subway incident by state media

In this image from surveillance video aired by Iranian state television, women pull 16-year-old Armita Geravand from a train car on the Tehran Metro in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. The mysterious injury suffered by Geravand not wearing a headscarf while boarding a Metro train in Iran’s capital has reignited anger just after the one-year anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini and the nationwide protests it sparked. (AP Photo/Iranian state television)

Iranian authorities said Sunday that 16-year-old Armita Geravand has been pronounced brain dead after collapsing on the Tehran subway shortly after entering with her hair uncovered earlier this month, according to The New York Times

Geravand’s case has drawn comparisons to that of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody last year after being accused of violating Iran’s strict dress code. Two Iranian journalists, Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, who covered the case of Amini, were sentenced Sunday to seven and six years in prison respectively on charges of “cooperating with the ‘hostile’ government of America,” the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.

Geravand’s mysterious case has fueled accusations that enforcers of Iran’s compulsory hijab laws harmed her, though the government claimed she simply fainted from low blood sugar.

It’s still unclear what happened inside the subway, as Iran authorities have not released the camera footage from inside the subway car.

Family files wrongful death lawsuit against Panera Bread

2A wrongful death lawsuit alleges a University of Pennsylvania student with a heart condition died after drinking Panera Bread’s “charged lemonade,” which contains nearly 400 milligrams of caffeine in a large size – more than standard cans of Red Bull and Monster energy drinks combined, according to NBC News.

Sarah Katz, 21, had a heart condition called long QT syndrome type 1 and avoided energy drinks on doctor’s advice. 

The lawsuit filed by Katz’s parents claims she went into cardiac arrest hours after buying a large charged lemonade, which Panera’s website shows has more caffeine than its dark roast coffee despite in-store marketing portraying similar amounts. 

A Panera spokesperson said they are working to investigate this matter in a statement released Monday afternoon.

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