Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 12.9.2014

PRWeek 2014 Hall of Fame class honored; LeBron wears "I can't breathe" T-shirt; Military, intelligence officials prepare for "torture report" release.

1. PRWeek honored six industry luminaries in its 2014 Hall of Fame class on Monday night. Ofield Dukes, Daniel Edelman, Margery Kraus, Marina Maher, Bill Nielsen, and D’Arcy Rudnay were recognized in New York City.


2. LeBron James, America’s most recognizable athlete, warmed up for Monday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets wearing an "I can’t breathe" T-shirt to protest last week’s grand jury decision not to indict the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner this summer. He was joined by members of both teams, including Kevin Garnett and Kyrie Irving.


Protesters staged a "die-in" in the streets outside the Barclays Center, where both Jay-Z and Beyonce and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the game.

On the West Coast, more than 1,000 protested in Berkeley, California, shutting down Interstate 80.

3. Senate Democrats are set to release a years-in-the-making report on enhanced interrogation techniques used first during the George W. Bush administration — called torture by critics — on Tuesday. US military and intelligence officials are preparing for violence overseas in response, putting marines in the Middle East on high alert.

Proponents of enhanced interrogation methods, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, have made the media rounds this week in anticipation of the report going public.

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4. Tech-sector heavyweights including Bill Gates and Twitter cofounder Evan Williams have donated a total of $25 million to petition website change.org to help the portal grow. The site hosts crowdfunded requests for governments and companies to take action on issues.

5. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will make the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, bending legislators’ ears on the need for immigration, patent, and privacy reform.

6. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is planning to release a report on Tuesday on organizations with nonprofit status that don’t do much for charitable purposes. It’s part of his effort to close loopholes in the tax system. 

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