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Suicide increases, AI lawsuit, and bookstore success
VNN Weekly Digest August 7-13
Here’s a look at the week’s top stories:
A Look at the Latest Suicide Data and Change Over the Last Decade
(NATIONAL) From 2011 to 2022, over half a million lives (539,810) were lost to suicide, with 2022 showing the highest number of deaths on record. Within this period, the adjusted suicide rate increased by 16%. Recognizing the mounting mental health crisis and demand for accessible crisis care, the federal government introduced a new crisis number, 988, available nationwide in July 2022.
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Arrested woman says AI got it wrong, sues City of Detroit
(MICHIGAN) As artificial intelligence continues to gain traction within society, facial recognition technology has become a tool some police departments use to identify suspects in criminal cases. The City of Detroit is facing a lawsuit from a woman who says she was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned over the improper use of the technology. The incident happened back in February when Porsha Woodruff, a Detroit woman, was eight months pregnant.
Mvskoke citizen-owned bookstore survives through the pandemic
(OKLAHOMA) Celebrating the third anniversary of the opening of Deer Clan Bookstore, owner Claudette Robertson (Mvskoke) hosted an Oklahoma author signing on the evening of July 28. Deer Clan Bookstore’s inventory holds books from about 87 Oklahoma authors. Due to the bookstores’ limited capacity, 25 of those authors were in attendance for the celebratory signing.
WEATHER ACROSS AMERICA
(NATIONAL) Flash flooding and severe thunderstorms shift to the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley/Mid-Atlantic, a dangerous heatwave across the South, another across the Pacific Northwest Sunday, and Monsoonal showers continue across the Four Corners region with some locally heavy downpours possible.
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