AG Miyares joins lawsuit against Meta

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares joined 41 other attorney generals throughout the country in a lawsuit against Meta in federal and state courts.

The federal complaint supported by 33 states alleges that Meta knew the harmful impacts on young people who use their platform including Facebook and Instagram.

The complaint alleges Meta concealed information about the psychological and health effects of young people addicted to the platforms and utilized data of users under 13 without parental consent.

The complaint relies on confidential information but also cites publicly available information released by former Meta employees who have stated that the company profited by purposely making the platforms addictive.

Last week multiple school districts in the DC area joined forces in their own lawsuit against the company.

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VSP needs your help in cruiser competition

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey
Virginia State Police Encourages Virginians to Help Vote Virginia’s Cruiser the Best Looking 

 

The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) is conducting its annual “Best Looking Cruiser” contest for the 10th year in a row.  The contest began as a friendly competition between state agencies and proves time and time again that healthy competition between communities and departments are a great way for various states to interact with their law enforcement divisions. Various police cruisers from every state are photographed and sent towards the AAST foundation, and the public can vote on which photos showcase the police cruisers to the fullest. The 12 lucky photos that receive the most votes are featured in the AAST’s “America’s Best Looking Trooper Cruisers 2024 Wall Calendar.” The grand prize for the state police or highway patrol agency that receives the majority vote shall earn a “Best Looking Cruiser Award” and will win a place on the calendar’s cover. Calendar sales benefit the AAST Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to dependents of AAST member state troopers nationwide.

In the first year of the contest, the Virginia State Police (VSP) won a spot in the calendar and has worked hard on reaching that goal again. To emphasize the design of the cruiser and the beauty of our state, this year’s photo submission was taken outside Arlington National Cemetery on July 4, 2023. It features the Washington, DC skyline in all of its glory featuring our capitol in the distance and a brilliant display of fireworks above.

The public is invited to cast their vote and support the VSP in this upcoming vote.  To vote, access the website link through the Virginia State Police social media pages, as well as the AAST Facebook page, or click here and scroll through the state agency photos to find VSP’s cruiser. To cast your vote, scroll through the photos and at the bottom of the page select your favorite cruiser from the drop-down menu. Agency rankings are posted on the Facebook page daily at 4 p.m. Don’t delay in voting, however, as voting closes on July 31st.

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