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Josiah Thomas, News Editor

Google adds “Speed Trap” feature; Police respond

In the last month, Google Maps added a feature for navigation that indicates where speed traps are located around an individual’s route. Speed traps are locations where police are most likely to pull over speeding drivers and police across the U.S. Android users have been able to report crashes, speed traps and traffic slowdowns right on the app since 2018, with iOS users receiving it in mid-October this year. Police organizations have called for Google to wait on releasing this feature, saying “it could tip drunk drivers off to DWI checkpoints and encourage speeding” according to a report by CBS Dallas.

School cracks down on cheating… with boxes?

The students at Bhagat Pre-University College in Haveri, India had boxes placed on their heads during a chemistry exam in an effort to cut down on cheating in their school. MB Satish, a junior college administrator, reportedly used this technique to curb cheating on an “experimental basis,” saying “there was no compulsion of any kind.”
According to the Times of India, officials from the Department of Higher Education ordered the school to stop the measure after they saw the images online. One administrator called the practice “inhuman,” saying “There are traditional ways of managing students and preventing malpractice in the examination hall and the college can resort to them.” The university has since stopped this practice.

Faygo smoked wings

Smith & Co., a newly-opened restaurant in Detroit’s midtown, has a novel menu item: Red Pop-flavored smoked wings. Opening in a former welding shop, this restaurant features a menu focused on locally-sourced ingredients from all over the state. The menu lists this as a “small plate” dish on Smith & Co.’s website, with the ingredients as follows: “red pop sweet & sour sauce, marcona almond slaw, sesame.” The item costs $13.