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The good news? Air travel is booming. The bad news? There aren’t enough pilots to handle it

The good news? Air travel is booming. The bad news? There aren’t enough pilots to handle it

Pilots are pose inside the cockpit of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 as Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Qatar Airways and Air Italy celebrate the delivery of their first 737 MAX in Everett, Washington on May 11, 2018. ; Credit: JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® With air travel expected to double over the next 20 years, there’s no […]

Rising sea levels may jeopardize internet infrastructure

Rising sea levels may jeopardize internet infrastructure

Florida Coast Line; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images AirTalk® The internet may feel immaterial or even magical, but behind each tweet, ‘like’ and email is a network of data centers and stretches of underground cables — and rising sea levels may put some of that coastal hardware in jeopardy. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which […]

MGM sues Vegas shooting victims to avoid liability. We discuss the legal grounds and backlash

MGM sues Vegas shooting victims to avoid liability. We discuss the legal grounds and backlash

After the marquees on the Las Vegas Strip went dark for 11 minutes, a tribute message for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival is displayed on the marquee of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images AirTalk® MGM Resorts International has […]

After bar altercation between Proud Boys and Democratic Socialists of America-LA, how should bar owners and restaurateurs handle similar incidents?

After bar altercation between Proud Boys and Democratic Socialists of America-LA, how should bar owners and restaurateurs handle similar incidents?

A still from a video posted on Twitter captured part of a confrontation between Proud Boys and Defend North East Los Angeles. AirTalk® On Saturday night, a group of Proud Boys — self-described “western chauvinists” from a fraternal order of men who “refuse to apologize for creating the modern world” — gathered at The Griffin, […]

State agencies released a draft of permanent regulations for legal marijuana in CA, a check-in on the industry

State agencies released a draft of permanent regulations for legal marijuana in CA, a check-in on the industry

A budtender displays cannabis at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® For the last seven months that California’s recreational marijuana industry has been officially legal, growers, manufacturers and retailers have been operating under emergency regulations, the most […]

What to make of Justice Dept. announcement of indictment of 12 Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere in 2016 election

What to make of Justice Dept. announcement of indictment of 12 Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere in 2016 election

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images AirTalk® The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney […]

As DOJ reopens 1955 lynching case of Emmett Till, we examine its historical significance

As DOJ reopens 1955 lynching case of Emmett Till, we examine its historical significance

A plaque marks the gravesite of Emmett Till at Burr Oak Cemetery May 4, 2005 in Aslip, Illinois. The FBI is considering exhuming the body of Till, whose unsolved 1955 murder in Money, Mississippi, after whistling at a white woman helped spark the U.S. civil rights movement. ; Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images AirTalk® The federal […]

Mental health experts diagnose and dissect WHO’s designation of compulsive sexual behavior as a mental health disorder

Mental health experts diagnose and dissect WHO’s designation of compulsive sexual behavior as a mental health disorder

World Health Organization Director-General is seen behind a sign of the WHO during the opening day of the World Health Assembly on May 21, 2018 in Geneva.; Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® In its June update of its official International Classification of Diseases list (ICD-11), the World Health Organization (WHO) grabbed headlines for its classification […]

After Trump taps textualist Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, the confirmation fight ahead and potential impact on midterm elections

After Trump taps textualist Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, the confirmation fight ahead and potential impact on midterm elections

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence pose for photographs before a meeting in McConnell’s office in the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. U.S. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images AirTalk® President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left […]

Exploring the compensation issues at play in lawsuit filed by Boston Symphony Orchestra’s lead flutist

Exploring the compensation issues at play in lawsuit filed by Boston Symphony Orchestra’s lead flutist

Flutist Elizabeth Rowe, performing as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2016.; Credit: Winslow Townson/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra AirTalk® The Boston Symphony Orchestra is world-renowned for being home to some of the top symphony orchestra musicians anywhere, and those who rise to the top positions in the ensemble often earn six-figure […]