Reno News & Review

Week of Sept. 21, 2022

From the editor’s desk

Grant Denton, who founded the Karma Box Project to connect homeless people with necessities, has some new projects to help the city’s unsheltered population, Janice Hoke reports.

Reporter Jesse Stone checked the University of Nevada, Reno’s USDA files in the wake of a report about “inhumane treatment” of animals at Wolf Pack Meats and found problems noted in previous inspection reports.

An education advocate and a college professor are facing off for the open Northern Nevada seat on the Nevada Board of Regents. We take a look at their positions on several issues.

Any fan of science fiction movies knows what eventually happens when artificial intelligence thinks for itself. A group of local religious leaders told reporter Lynn Lazaro that programmers should insert ethics in algorithms before a Skynet-type computer decides humans aren’t really needed on this planet after all. That’s easier said than done, scientists say.

Speaking of movies, reviewer Bob Grimm opines that Mia Goth delivers one of the year’s most powerful performances and “creates an all-time-great cinematic psycho” with “Pearl,” a prequel to “X” from horror maestro Ti West.

I’ll see you in the funny papers,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Feds warn UNR slaughterhouse about ‘inhumane treatment’ of animals

By Jesse Stone

September 21, 2022

Public inspection reports from the United States Department of Agriculture show multiple incidents of “inhumane treatment” of animals at Wolf Pack Meats, a local slaughterhouse operated by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Homeless advocate creates new housing, employment programs

By Janice Hoke

September 17, 2022

Grant Denton, known as the “Karma Box guy” in the Truckee Meadows, has experienced life on the streets first-hand. Once homeless, a drug addict and in and out of jail, he has parlayed his experiences into a vocation helping unsheltered people.

A professor and an education advocate vie for local Regent’s seat

By Frank X. Mullen

September 19, 2022

A businessman with experience on statewide education-related panels and a college professor who has been an administrator are facing off for the open seat representing Northern Nevada on the Nevada Board of Regents.

Unnervingly authentic: Mia Goth is amazing as a burgeoning psycho in ‘Pearl’

By Bob Grimm

September 19, 2022

As Pearl, Mia Goth runs the gamut of emotions, from extreme joy to tears bursting out of her eyes, and it all feels so natural.

Local religious leaders: instill ethics in the cold logic of artificial intelligence

By Lynn Lazaro

September 20, 2022

Local religious leaders suggest a code of ethics be ingrained in artificial intelligence systems before computers become sentient and … well, you’ve see the movies.

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