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Major League Baseball May Consider Robotic Umpires

By Jonny Lupsha, Freelance News Writer | Mar 4, 2019

Baseball’s trendsetting independent organization, the Atlantic League, may begin using the ball-tracking technology Trackman to call balls and strikes in its games. This automation would regulate the “strike zone” via robotics instead of umpires’ discretion, likely causing the MLB to follow suit. But why do we use robotics? […]

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Pug in Germany Seized, Sold by City to Cover Family’s Debts

By Jonny Lupsha, Freelance News Writer | Mar 11, 2019

For the first time, city officials in a German town took a family dog and sold it on eBay to pay for its owners’ unpaid debts. The city, Ahlen, has claimed the seizure is legal, although the city has drawn criticism. The incident suggests a good time for a refresher look at the takings clause of the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment and eminent domain laws. […]

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New York Man Fakes Own Abduction to Avoid $50K Championship Football Squares Game Payout

By Jonny Lupsha, Freelance News Writer | Mar 12, 2019

Police found Robert Brandel tied up in his own truck as part of an effort to defraud his friends, according to CBS News. The 60-year-old man claimed two members of his betting pool kidnapped and stole $16,000 from him, but police determined the story was false. What can we learn from kidnappings gone wrong? […]

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