Weekly News Update


*A federal appeals court rebuffed an effort by NYPD unions to keep alive an appeal of a ruling that found police stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional and ordered reforms. [Newsday]

*A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee suggested during a hearing that it would be unprecedented to dismiss the team’s lawsuit against five Native Americans who complained about the name to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. [Philly.com]

*New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected to a second term in office on Tuesday after defeating Republican challenger Rob Astorino. [Huffington Post]

*In the first six months of 2014, requests for Facebook user data were up 24% compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content restricted by local laws rose about 19%, according to the third global Government Requests Report. [All Facebook]

*Following legal pressure from pro-life clinics such as the Evergreen Association, Inc. and the Life Center of New York, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal that challenges a 2011 ruling that requires New York crisis pregnancy centers to inform women as to whether or not they staff licensed medical providers. [Jezebel]

*Republicans took the Senate majority in a commanding sweep on Tuesday, winning nearly every contested race across the country, gaining governor’s mansions and adding to their majority in the House of Representatives. [The Atlantic]

*A law firm representing former mayor Michael Bloomberg bought up hundreds of website names for the new .nyc domain, apparently to prevent cyber punks from creating embarrassing sites according to DomainNameWire.com. [New York Post]

*Gigi Jordan has been convicted of manslaughter, not murder, in the killing of her son. Ms. Jordan admitted she poisoned the 8-year-old with a lethal dose of medications. But she said she did so only because she feared she would be murdered by her first husband, and her son, who had autism, would end up in the custody of his father, a man she suspected of committing child abuse. [NY Times]