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Friday April 5th, 2019 evening edition

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The city of Chicago says the Empire actor owes more than $130,000 for investigating what they say was a staged attack.

The city of Chicago says Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse costs of investigating what authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack.

The city’s law department also said in a statement on Thursday that it would be drafting a lawsuit in response and would sue the Empire actor in Cook County civil court.

The city “will file the suit in the near future”.

The Jussie Smollett saga: a look into Chicago's broken criminal justice system Read more.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law chief sent Smollett a 28 March letter demanding the actor pay $130,106.15 within seven days.

Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains he has told the truth since reporting to police that two masked men assaulted him, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck. »

Study: Children Whose Parents Don’t Read To Them Enter Kindergarten With A ‘Million-Word’ Vocabulary Gap

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A new Ohio State University study explores just that — the relationship between children’s vocabulary and reading, in children younger than 5-years-old.

The study found that children whose parents read them five age-appropriate books a day (containing between 140 and 228 words, on average) enter kindergarten with a vocabulary potentially richer for 1.4 million words.

The calculations show that children whose parents read them five books a day hear over 1.4 million words before entering kindergarten. »

Nintendo of America auf Twitter: "Experience 2 beloved games in new ways with the Toy-Con VR Goggles from the #NintendoLabo: VR Kit!…"

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Google dissolves AI ethics board just one week after forming it

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The advisory board, called the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC), included a number of prominent academics in fields ranging from AI and philosophy to psychology and robotics.

By the beginning of this week, thousands of Googlers had signed a petition asking for James’ removal from the board.

Now, Google leadership tends to face substantial collective action around any hot-button topic the company finds itself embroiled in. »

Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bags

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These moves come after report highlights the large amount of plastic waste generated by Vietnamese people.

Vietnam ranks fourth globally in the amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Some local cafes and restaurants have also been encouraging the reduction of plastic use by offering straws made with recyclable or biodegradable materials. »