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    I was visiting the main Tehran bazaar one sticky hot summer in the early ’90s, when an older woman shrouded head-to-toe in black chador loudly accosted me with a wagging finger and branded me a prostitute. I was around 7 years old, dawdling in the doorway of one of the many stalls inside the cavernous marketplace waiting for my mom, wearing a long-sleeved thick cotton shirt from the Gap, and a heavy checked skirt that grazed my calves. But my inky, unmistakably Persian hair—with a mild frizz that would remain untamable well into my teens—was bereft of a silk cover. (At the time it wasn't strictly required for girls under 12, though it was encouraged by the religious zealots in charge). The visible wisps even pulled back into a scrunchie were somehow viscerally offensive to this stranger. She screamed that my mother—herself clad in black baggy garb, her short blonde curls tightly covered—should be ashamed of herself for raising such a whore of a girl. Then, as abruptly as she came, the woman—this unwanted and unofficial morality overseer—walked away, seemingly...
    The 22-year-old woman emerged from the Tehran subway, her dark hair covered with a black headscarf and the lines of her body obscured by loose clothing, when the capital city’s Guidance Patrol spotted her. They were members of Iran’s notorious morality police, enforcers of the conservative Islamic dress and behavior rules that have governed daily life for Iranians since the 1979 revolution, and newly energized under a hard-line president who took office last year. By their standards, Mahsa Amini was improperly dressed, which could mean something as simple as a wisp of hair protruding from her headscarf. They put her in a van and drove her away to a detention center, where she was to undergo reeducation. Three days later, on Sept. 16, she was dead. Now, over eight days of rage, exhilaration and street battles, the most significant outpouring of anger with the ruling system in more than a decade, her name is everywhere. Iranian protesters in dozens of cities have chanted “women, life and freedom” and “death to the dictator,” rejecting the Iranian Republic’s theocratic rule by targeting...
    (CNN)As record-setting rain and rising river waters threaten to seep into their homes, residents in Jackson, Mississippi, are once again packing up their belongings and hoping for the best.The city -- still dealing with the toll of historic flooding in 2020 -- is bracing for more damage as the state's Pearl River is predicted to crest at 35.5 feet Monday morning, lower than previously anticipated but still high enough to flood streets.As many as 150 homes were expected to be affected by the ensuing flooding, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Saturday, telling residents to "get out now." Get out now: Mayor urges residents to flee ahead of rising river waters in Mississippi"We need our residents to take heed to these warnings and move out quickly," Lumumba told CNN's Amara Walker on New Day Sunday.Authorities are warning that communities facing the highest risk are the same ones affected by the flood more than two years ago.Read MoreIn February 2020, the Pearl River reached its third highest crest on record at 36.7 feet, flooding several neighborhoods in northeast and downtown...
    On Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles were once again without running back Miles Sanders at practice, as he deals with a hamstring issue. Entering his fourth NFL season, Miles Sanders is being hyped up. Unfortunately, the hype train has taken a momentary pause. After injuring his hamstring over the weekend, Sanders has been absent this week from the Philadelphia Eagles. The running back missed another day of practice on Friday afternoon, all but ensuring he won’t play in the Eagles’ second preseason game when they take on the Cleveland Browns this upcoming Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Fourth straight missed practice for Miles Sanders. #Eagles — Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 19, 2022 Last year, Sanders had one of the more bizarre stat lines you’ll ever see. Despite rushing for 754 yards on a phenomenal 5.5 yards per carry, he couldn’t find the end zone once. Sanders also caught 26 passes for a n additional 158 yards, but again, no touchdowns.Miles Sanders misses another Eagles practice with a hurting hamstring.This season, the offense is geared up in a way where Sanders...
    (CNN Business)Two years after then-President Donald Trump said he would ban TikTok in the United States through an executive order, the short-form video platform is once again under scrutiny in Washington. And the underlying issue remains largely the same: TikTok's ties to China through its parent company, Bytedance. A growing number of US lawmakers are calling for the Biden administration to take action against TikTok, citing apparent national security and data privacy concerns. The criticism stems from a Buzzfeed News report in June that said some US user data has been repeatedly accessed from China. The reporting cited leaked audio recordings of dozens of internal TikTok meetings, including one where a TikTok employee allegedly said, "Everything is seen in China." TikTok pledges more transparency for researchers amid renewed scrutinyIn a response to the report, TikTok previously said it "has consistently maintained that our engineers in locations outside of the US, including China, can be granted access to US user data on an as-needed basis under those strict controls." A TikTok executive testified before a Senate panel last year that it...
    By Catherine Thorbecke | CNN Business Two years after then-President Donald Trump said he would ban TikTok in the United States through an executive order, the short-form video platform is once again under scrutiny in Washington. And the underlying issue remains largely the same: TikTok’s ties to China through its parent company, Bytedance. A growing number of US lawmakers are calling for the Biden administration to take action against TikTok, citing apparent national security and data privacy concerns. The criticism stems from a Buzzfeed News report in June that said some US user data has been repeatedly accessed from China. The reporting cited leaked audio recordings of dozens of internal TikTok meetings, including one where a TikTok employee allegedly said, “Everything is seen in China.” In a response to the report, TikTok previously said it “has consistently maintained that our engineers in locations outside of the US, including China, can be granted access to US user data on an as-needed basis under those strict controls.” A TikTok executive testified before a Senate panel last year that it doesn’t share information...
    After four months of having to claim the highest COVID rates in California, the Bay Area has dropped back to its familiar position through most of the pandemic — among the state’s lowest infection rates. Earlier this month, Los Angeles and San Diego both surpassed the nine-county Bay Area as the highly contagious BA.5 variant spread throughout the state. The switch comes as L.A. considers reinstating an indoor mask mandate, which some campuses in Southern California such as UC Irvine have already done. The Bay Area’s unusual turn atop California’s case rates defied the pattern seen in all but a handful of days during 2020 and 2021 as the region benefited from aggressive shutdowns and social distancing. But the omicron waves and the lifting of nearly all mandates has changed things. From late February to early July, the Bay Area was reporting a higher case rate than the state, at times more than 50% higher. At one point, the region’s rate was among the highest in the country. Now case rates in the Bay Area appear to be modestly declining,...
    CONOR McGREGOR has branded Jake Paul as a "flop" and a "nobody" after he was once again called out for a boxing bout. YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul has made no secret of his desire to pit his wits against the UFC legend inside the squared circle. 2UFC star Conor McGregor has branded Jake Paul as a "flop" on social mediaCredit: Getty 2Paul has made no secret of his desire to face the Notorious inside the squared circleCredit: Sportsfile Speaking in May, the Problem Child vowed to knock out the Irishman in either a boxing or MMA scrap after lauding his punching power. He then criticised McGregor's boxing skills as "embarrassing" last month, leading the Notorious to brand the 25-year-old as a "jackass". And Paul is continuing to seek a fight against the Dublin native where he stated that a potential dust-up could see them rake in up to $100million {£84.3m]. The ex-Disney actor, who faces Hasim Rahman Jr on August 6, talked up a clash against McGregor in an interview with the MMA Hour. READ MORE IN BOXINGSPAR WARS Rahman Jr claims...
    When Stephen Colbert watched Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel pitch in relief during an 18-4 loss to the New York Yankees a few weeks ago, the late-night talk show host was amused by his eephus pitch. “I’m no baseball player,” Colbert said on “The Late Show.” “And neither apparently is Frank Schwindel.” Instead of laughing along and enjoying the national shout-out, the usually easy-going Schwindel took umbrage last week when asked about Colbert’s remark. “I didn’t appreciate that one,” Schwindel said. “I’d like to see him do it.” That’s something we both can agree on. I’d also like to see Colbert pitch for the Cubs. He couldn’t do much worse than the current bunch, and we already have tired of watching Schwindel pitch at the end of lopsided games. Colbert made his one and only appearance at Wrigley Field in September 2016, when he threw out a ceremonial first pitch disguised as a hot dog vendor named Donny Franks. It became a hilarious segment of Colbert’s show a few weeks later. While listening to Colbert talk in the Cubs...
    BOSTON (CBS) — With home victories in Games 3 and 4, the Boston Bruins made significant strides toward giving themselves a real chance to get past the Carolina Hurricanes in their first-round playoff series. Those chances took a massive hit, though, with a flop in Carolina in Game 5. Following their 5-1 loss in Game 5 on Thursday night, the Bruins are now facing elimination. And historically, when teams have fallen behind 3-2 in a series, it has not worked out well for them. Overall, when a team has won Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead, that team has won the series in 219 out of 277 occurrences — or 79.1 percent of the time. When it’s been the home team winning that Game 5, the numbers are a bit stronger, with that team winning the series in 138 of 171 occurrences — or 80.7 percent of the time. That means, of course, that the historical data gives the Bruins a 19.3 percent chance to win this series. Those ugly numbers, though, can just be temporary. In terms of forcing a...
    On the drive back from the first weekend of this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Liz Sánchez felt more run-down than usual. Sánchez, an L.A. resident in her mid-20s, said that as she first walked through the gates to see headline acts like Harry Styles and Billie Eilish, she felt nervous about returning to crowded music festivals, even outdoor ones. “After hearing about Coachella lifting all of its COVID-19 restrictions, I almost sold my ticket,” she said. “My friends were determined to go, though. No one seemed to be worried about getting COVID-19.” By the time she got home, Sánchez feared that she had come down with more than post-fest exhaustion. “I got tested a couple days later, and it was positive for COVID-19,” she said. “I wish I wore a mask for at least part of the weekend.” She’s not alone. Reports from the Coachella Valley’s nine cities said cases spiked 77% after the festival’s first weekend, likely driven by the new Omicron subvariant BA.2. More new coronavirus cases likely went unreported, due to the preponderance of...
    Are we even surprised that a candidate endorsed by Donald Trump is up to some shady business? A congressional campaign has denied text messages that indicate plans to commit election fraud after they were leaked by a fired former campaign manager. Congressional candidate Joe Kent’s team claims the texts are fabricated, but a former campaign manager insists they were not. The texts were first published by right-wing blog Red Voice Media, which posted screenshots of the texts on Thursday. While the article did not specify how the texts were received, it noted that “the allegations against Kent are both heavy and concerning.” The texts were then confirmed to be authentic to The Dispatch by former campaign manager Byron Sanford. Sanford was fired by Kent in December. He told the outlet that days before being let go, Kent sent messages to current Campaign Manager Ozzie Gonzalez via the secured app Signal, alleging he would buy the votes of less fortunate folks. Listen and subscribe to Daily Kos Elections’ The Downballot podcast with David Nir and David Beard x Embedded Content According...
    States like Florida and Texas are (rightfully) earning a deep amount of outrage over anti-queer and anti-trans legislation—some signed into law by Republican governors, some simply proposed, and some actually not law but based on legal analysis—a growing number of states are, and have been, pushing discriminatory and hateful legislation. One such state is Missouri, where efforts to demonize and discriminate against LGBTQ+ youth and adults are well underway and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. As of Tuesday, we’ve seen two separate efforts to legally exclude and disparage LGBTQ+ folks thrive with state lawmakers. These legislations include HB 1973, which bars trans youth from participating in public school sports teams that align with their gender identity, and an attempt to pass a version of the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would ban discrimination in hiring and firing against LGBTQ+ public school teachers, as reported by the Springfield News-Leader. RELATED STORY: Watch openly gay Democrat tell anti-trans Republican colleague exactly what he needs to hear Some background on trans sports in Missouri: Right now, only two openly trans girls participated on girls’...
    Logan Couture said it himself: he’s not getting any younger. So it’s especially frustrating for the captain – a Sharks lifer and one of the organizations’ all-time clutch playoff performers – to not be a part of the postseason for a third straight year. “It’s not what you expect coming into a hockey season,” Couture, 33, said Thursday night after the Sharks’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a result that officially knocked them out of playoff contention. “You expect to be in the playoffs, you expect to play for the Stanley Cup and I look at it this way: it’s one less year that you have a chance to win it. I’m getting older, so it hurts more and more each year.” This marks the first time in franchise history the Sharks (29-33-11) have been out of the playoffs for a third straight season. It didn’t happen in the earliest days of the franchise 30 years ago after two difficult seasons at the Cow Palace, before the Sharks enjoyed a massive turnaround in their first season in what...
    If you have the funds to access goods by small makers and small businesses, it's a really great way to shop. That said, not everyone is lucky enough to have a space for local artists to sell locally that are actually affordable for their budget. Etsy is perhaps one of the biggest sellers in the game, in that small businesses can sell their products on an already well-established and widely used platform. Provided you’re okay with longer waits or paying more for shipping, you can order from (pretty much) anywhere. This sounds like a win, but according to Etsy sellers, the platform is taking advantage of the vulnerable position many artists are in. This is a source of income, and, according to sellers, the platform has gotten too used to taking a chunk of their survival money in fees. Now what? Etsy sellers are going on strike from April 11 to April 18.  RELATED: Workers at Amy’s Kitchen are organizing after years of unsafe working conditions More than 14,000 Etsy sellers are asking shoppers to stay off of Etsy for the...
    Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis gleefully signed anti-queer legislation into law this March. The Florida conservative surrounded himself with children while signing the hateful HB 1577 into law and blabbering about “parental rights” as an excuse to essentially silence and exclude LGBTQ+ identities and topics from public school classrooms in the state. This legislation has gotten a lot of national media attention, especially since Disney has gotten involved—at first CEO Bob Chapek did too little, causing Disney workers to speak out and protest, and since DeSantis signed the legislation into law, Disney has vowed to work to get it repealed.  But it’s not only a big corporation fighting the good fight—it’s Florida parents, children, and teachers, too. For example, the first lawsuit has been filed against the state of Florida (including the Florida State Board of Education, its commissioner, and several school boards) over the law, backed by Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), as reported by CNN. The suit was filed in a federal court in Tallahassee, Florida, and argues that the law is unconstitutional in its...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics are a broken record. The beat the team keeps repeating is one that has the Celtics absolutely decimating any team that stands in their way. It’s a lovely beat, actually, and on Wednesday night at TD Garden, they played it for the Utah Jazz. Boston hit all of its usual beautiful notes from the last three months, playing smothering defense while mixing in some exquisite ball movement on offense. It threw the Jazz — the NBA’s leading offense — completely out of tune, and led to yet another blowout victory for the Celtics. READ MORE: Tatum, Brown Sizzle, Celtics Roll To 125-97 Win Over JazzThe 125-97 win was another statement by the Celtics, another warning to the rest of the NBA. While doubters see Boston as a one-hit wonder that won’t go anywhere in the playoffs, the Celtics’ recent country-wide tour of beatdowns says otherwise. The Celtics have now won five straight, with four of those coming on the road, by a combined total of 108 points. But it goes far beyond that small...
    Volodymyr Zelensky is a Ukrainian comedian who became a president. Today, he is a war-time leader whose courage is known throughout the world as he defies an invading tyrant. Russia isn’t laughing. His homeland, Ukraine, is a fledgling democracy whose citizens are mounting one of the most valiant defenses in modern times. What this means is that we’re living once again in a defining moment in history. Eight decades ago we let another dictator run loose in Europe, and the world paid a steep price. This is personal for me. Not just because my maternal grandmother, Fanny Bellick, came from Ukraine, but because my daughter-in-law has family trapped in Odessa, now, facing an uncertain future. “One cousin and his family got out to Moldova,” my son, Stefan, told me. “But her uncle and other cousins stayed.” The reason? The cousins want “to ride it out, help people, so they’re staying.” Riding it out means facing a non-stop Russian onslaught from land and air. Ukraine has, in effect, become Vladimir Putin’s frontline war against the West, being fought on the soil...
    "Voters wait in line to cast their early ballots at Miami Beach City Hall in Miami Beach, Florida on October 20, 2020." The unauthorized party affiliation switching of South Florida voters from Democratic to Republican has been anything but a one-off occurrence. Miami Herald reports that of the more than 140 voters it spoke to, nearly all of them had their party affiliation changed by Republican canvassers without their permission. Many of these voters have been lower income and immigrants, targeted in Hialeah and Little Havana housing. Among them was 69-year-old Nelia Estevez, who told Miami Herald she’d been a registered Democrat “since the day I became a citizen.” But documents showed she’d been switched by canvassers to Republican last December. She knew nothing about this. “Estevez doesn’t even remember speaking with any of them,” the report said. “In all, 22 voters at Vernon Ashley Plaza, the public housing complex in Hialeah where Estevez lives, told reporters their party affiliation had also been changed without their knowledge or consent last year,” Miami Herald reported. “All of them became Republicans. All of the paperwork was...
    Reports emerged on Thursday that the Spice Girls have shelved plans for more future gigs and an animated movie after their sold out Spice World – 2019 Tour, with the band going their separate ways once again.  And on Friday morning, Emma Bunton, 46, took to Instagram where she shared a smiley group snap of herself sitting with Geri Horner, 49, Melanie Brown, 46, and Melanie Chisholm, 48.  Baby Spice posted the photograph - taken while filming a Coin Master advert in mid-January - and wrote alongside: 'Hanging out with my Spice sisters. Always the best days.'  Spice sisters! O Friday, Emma Bunton, 46, took to Instagram where she shared a smiley group snap of herself sitting with Geri Horner, 49, Melanie Brown, 46, and Melanie Chisholm, 48 The snap of the singers sitting together on the couch, showed them all in outfits suiting their Spice Girl names, save for Ginger who wore a sleek white ensemble. Scary wore a one-shouldered animal print maxi dress, Baby wore a pink mini dress and Sporty wore athletic wear.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    It's the second winter of the nation's COVID-19 pandemic and once again: We're boned. The New York Times seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has spiked to the highest level ever recorded, topping last January's worst surge numbers with 267,000 new cases. The continuing surge caused by the delta variant is now being itself overwhelmed by new omicron cases, and we're not yet at whatever peak might happen after the holiday travel season wraps up. What we don't yet know is what proportion of these new record numbers are in vaccinated versus unvaccinated Americans. So far we're seeing that vaccinated Americans can generally cope with an omicron infection without needing hospitalization, and Americans who have gotten a recent booster have a near-zero risk of death. But if these new cases match each of the recent surges, the majority of cases are spreading among those who have not been vaccinated. The outlook for those patients isn't nearly as rosy. This new spike also comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revises its self-quarantine period for positive but asymptomatic...
    Remember when "going to the lobby" was a real thing?  We're not singing that tune anymore. Some of the most historic movie houses, like the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, are still closed.  And yet, with brand-new offerings from big-time directors like Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Chloé Zhao, that might be enough to get us back to the multiplex. "To have this many big movies, of potentially this kind of quality, is exciting," said film critic Elvis Mitchell. Correspondent Lee Cowan asked, "Do you see any trends this fall?" "I think the trend is, Please come!" Mitchell laughed. If audiences do come, they'll see familiar faces, reminding us of the days when theaters were king.  Tom Cruise is scheduled to return in "Top Gun: Maverick" (in theaters November 19, then on Paramount+ 45 days later).  To watch a trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick," click on the video player below: Top Gun: Maverick (2022) – New Trailer - Paramount Pictures by Paramount Pictures on YouTube Keanu Reeves is back in "The Matrix: Resurrections" (December 22): The...
    "In reaching this conclusion, we do not find that any member of the General Assembly who voted in favor of S.B. 824 harbors any racial animus or hatred towards African American voters," the judges said. "But rather, as with H.B. 589, that the Republican majority 'target[ed] voters who, based on race, were unlikely to vote for the majority party. Even if done for partisan ends, that constitute[s] racial discrimination.'" Lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Allison Riggs, said, "The state's Republican-controlled legislature undeniably implemented this legislation to maintain its power by targeting voters of color."What else?The ruling dealt another blow to decade-long Republican efforts to pass a voter ID law in the state, WRAL-TV reported. Republicans have argued that a photo ID requirement would enhance election security and bolster confidence in state elections. Defendants vowed to challenge the decision, likely sending the case to the state appeals court, which previously blocked the law's enforcement last year. "Once again, liberal judges have defied the will of North Carolinians on election integrity," said Sam Hayes, general counsel for Republican House Speaker Tim Moore,...
    The U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout is beginning to slow down once again, especially in the deep South. Just over 800,000 Americans are getting shots every day, a ten percent decrease from the previous week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The drop may partly be due to Labor Day weekend, during which many traveled or participated in other activities rather than getting jabbed. A similar drop also happened after July 4, though it took a while for daily vaccines to reach previous levels. In the South, where Covid vaccination rates are the lowest and more shots are needed the most, the amount of people receiving the shots every day has declined the most. Louisiana has had the most significant drop, with daily vaccines dropping 50 percent with the past three weeks after Hurricane Ida rampaged through the state at the end of August.  One week ago, on September 1, more than 900,000 Americans were receiving a COVID-19 shot every day. That figure was reached after climbing from mid-July to early...
    Former Force Reconnaissance Marine and pro MMA champion Chad Robichaux spoke to Vince and Jason about his mission to get thousands of people out of Afghanistan and the possible terror threat to America today. “Vince & Jason Save The Nation” is a political debate show that grapples with America’s most pressing questions. The show features intelligent, brutally honest conversations between Vince Coglianese and Jason Nichols, two nationally renowned political commentators who come from opposite sides of the political divide but share a profound love of country. Enlisting the support of their fascinating and talented guests, Vince and Jason tackle the existential issues confronting America and set out on their quest to Save the Nation. Subscribe to Save The Nation on Apple Podcasts: https://rb.gy/mletxb Subscribe to Save The Nation on Spotify: https://rb.gy/jd7gdx
    A female student in Afghanistan, going by the name Sahar, expressed her sadness and outrage on "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday, calling the Taliban a group of "savage puppets" who are once again trying to imprison women in the war-torn nation.  Her remarks come just over a week after the U.S. completed its withdrawal of armed forces, a move that garnered significant bipartisan backlash for the Biden administration's hasty strategy which left 13 service members dead.  "Well I am furious and saddened by what is happening," said Sahar. "After all the challenges we have dealt with and issues within the national society of Afghanistan over decades and we have fought for generations to achieve what we have right now as females in society." 4 PRISONERS OBAMA EXCHANGED FOR BOWE BERGDAHL NOW IN SENIOR TALIBAN POSTS Despite the Taliban claiming they will modernize and respect basic human rights, reports have surfaced over recent days questioning the validity of that assertion.  The Islamic militants are reportedly ‘hunting’ anyone who has aided the U.S. in the war over the last 20 years and...
    I USED to drive around Kabul in a battered old Volkswagen Beetle with my pet dog Sherard riding shotgun. This wasn’t in the city’s hippy heyday, when flower power travellers flocked to the Hindu Kush mountains to sample Afghanistan’s legendary marijuana and Afghan students wore miniskirts at Kabul University. 5Jerome with his dog Sherard 5The Volkswagen Beetle car he used to drive in Afghanistan It was just a decade ago when I spent five years in the Afghan capital, when the US military surge was at its peak. One of my favourite drives took me through a narrow gap between two hills cluttered with mud houses and past the parliament building to a mixed boarding school where I taught the occasional English class. I didn’t want to teach at first but I was talked into it by a young boy called Najib who had lost an eye in a rocket attack that killed his younger brother Hamid. No matter how bad the news that day, how many people had been killed or injured, how many millions squandered on corrupt officials...
    Republican members of Congress who supported Donald Trump's Big Lie and voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election have received more than $1.5 million in campaign contributions from corporate PACs since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to Federal Election Commission records. Many corporate PACs vowed to pause their contributions after 147 Republicans voted to block the certification just hours after a mob of Trump supporters attacked Capitol police and overran the halls of Congress to interrupt the vote. Several police officers involved in the response testified on Tuesday before the first hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. But while corporate donations largely dried up in the months immediately following the attack, they have rapidly picked up over the summer as campaigns seek to accumulate funds for next year's midterm elections. Some companies have funneled money to Republican committees that help fund individual campaigns — thereby remaining at arm's length from specific members — the latest round of campaign finance disclosures show that some corporate giants have resumed direct...
    How ‘bout them Cowboys – again. The Dallas Cowboys will be the featured team for the third time on “Hard Knocks,” HBO and NFL Films’ behind the scenes training camp show, the NFL announced. As the program enters its 20th season, the comeback of Dak Prescott will be a main attraction, as well as how Mike McCarthy does in his second year as head coach. Owner Jerry Jones will likely be a focus, as he is with nearly everything that involves the star. Dak Prescott’s return will likely be a main focus on the upcoming season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”Getty Images The first episode will run on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. on HBO. The Cowboys were also spotlighted in 2002 and 2008.  The Cowboys are the first team to be the main event three times on the program. The Bengals and Rams have been featured twice. The Rams and Chargers split the series last year, giving an inside look at how they were dealing with the pandemic. Filed under dallas cowboys ,  hard knocks ,  hbo ,  nfl...
    Islanders’ Anthony Beauvillier proving once again the playoffs are his time Rob Taub May 26, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditStop me if you’ve heard this one before: Anthony Beauvillier is thriving in the playoffs for the Islanders. In the Isles’ current first round series with the Penguins, Beauvillier has been one of the better forwards for an Islander team that has struggled to generate offense consistently. According to Natural Stat Trick, Beauvillier ranks fourth among Islander forwards in GF/60 (Goals For) at even strength and is second on the team in HDCF/60 (High Danger Chances For) in the postseason. The 23-year-old has registered a point in all but one contest — the 2-1 game two loss in Pittsburgh — going into the possible clincher tonight. His goal on Monday night was a thing of beauty and showed how much confidence he’s playing with again on the postseason stage. Anthony Beauvillier. What a freaking goal! pic.twitter.com/lGBIzRvVZP — Rob Taub (@RTaub_) May 24, 2021 Beauvillier’s ascension in the playoffs seems to becoming an annual ritual especially...
    Yankees: Home run ball once again ruins a Jameson Taillon outing, but better days are ahead Andres Chavez April 26, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees dropped the series finale against Cleveland 7-3 on Sunday. Jameson Taillon, the starter for the Bombers, had pitched three scoreless innings to open the game, but things started to unravel in the fourth frame. The Yankees’ hurler threw 36 pitches in that fourth frame, in which Cleveland scored four runs. Three hits produced a run, capped by an Amed Rosario single. But it was Franmil Reyes’ three-run bomb the one that ruined Taillon’s outing. He left a 94 mph fastball in the fat zone of the plate, and Reyes, a known slugger, didn’t miss. “Those are the tough ones to swallow,” Taillon told MLB.com after the game. “I thought I threw the ball really well, but this is a results league. You get to two strikes, and you’re giving up two-strike hits; that’s all it takes to win a game. Today was a streak of three...
    Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (CNN)A wooden Black Power fist stood for months at the makeshift memorial in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed before it was replaced by a metal fist. Last week, the original sculpture, along with the pain and demands for justice it represents, found a new home in Brooklyn Center after yet another Black man was killed by police.People in Minneapolis were already bracing for potential unrest over the trial of Derek Chauvin when a police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright about 10 miles away in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. Within days it became a new national flashpoint, as America continues to reckon with racial injustice and police accountability.The outcry over Wright's fatal shooting has been eerily similar to protests that followed the deaths of Floyd and other Black men killed in police encounters in Minnesota's Twin Cities.Hundreds of people have chanted Wright's name on consecutive nights of demonstrations. The Wrights have joined a long list of families seeking justice for dead loved ones. Local officials have vowed to hold someone accountable, and activists are calling...
    US crime rise not letting up in major cities Haiti women protesters denounce violence, political instability There's no line too high for Gonzaga bettors. Even though the Bulldogs were 14-point favorites at BetMGM, the largest spread for a national semifinal game in at least 25 years, it's another round of bettors loading up on Gonzaga. Of all the money bet on the Gonzaga-UCLA game at BetMGM, 79 percent is on Gonzaga laying a huge number.  That pattern follows the first four rounds of the NCAA tournament. Bettors haven't lost on Gonzaga yet. Gonzaga has covered in each tournament game Despite having the largest spread in each of the first four rounds, Gonzaga has covered the spread in each of their four tournament games. In three of the games, the cover was never in doubt. Gonzaga has been the story of the tournament. They got through the season undefeated and are two wins from being the first undefeated champion in 45 years. The Bulldogs' dominance has been impressive. UCLA is an 11 seed but is coming off wins against Alabama...
    See chart. The recovery from buybacks is spectacular. They must be reckoned with. The post After a long period of very weak, buybacks are again a permanent bullish factor of the first order first appeared on Serenity Markets.
    Three attacks against Western interests in a week in Iraq. Experts say pro-Iranian Iraqi militant groups suspected of firing are seeking to increase pressure on their government amid Iran’s impatience with the new US administration. A U.S. military official explained Tuesday that rocket fire had erupted against the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Incumbents, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, are two serious forces in Iraq. The United States, led by the International Anti-Jihadi Coalition, is stationing about 2,500 troops there, backed by al-Hussein al-Sabi, a powerful ally of paramilitary forces affiliated with the Iranian government in Iraq. After months of silence over an agreement reached by pro-Iranian factions, it faced threats from the United States to suspend its diplomatic mission. The rockets landed near the US embassy in Baghdad on Monday. On Saturday, gunfire further targeted an Iraqi employee of a U.S. company responsible for maintaining F-16 aircraft, targeting an Iraqi air base north of Ballad. On February 15, rockets struck a military base supplying foreign coalition troops at Erbil Airport (north). Two...
    Variants make school reopenings a challenge despite new CDC guidelines; IRS wont push back tax deadline: Latest COVID-19 updates Blackouts cascade beyond Texas in deepening power crisis Once again, the Olympics are being used to obscure human rights violations. Will the IOC finally take a stand? Here, now, comes another chance for the International Olympic Committee to do the right thing. No, not canceling that 2020(ish) Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Although it should probably think very hard about that too. The 2022 Winter Games in Beijing are even more concerning, given China’s appalling human rights record against dissenters and religious minorities. Last week, yet another well-sourced article was published about the abuses against the Muslim Uighurs in a complex of prisons and re-education camps that have, by some estimates, swallowed up a million people. This time, the accusation is of systemic rape and forced sterilization. New U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called the abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang province genocide, echoing his predecessor Mike Pompeo.  Early this month, 180 human rights groups called for a...
    Feeling Sluggish? Get Back on Track With These Detox Teas Floridas Johnson speaking, calling teammates via FaceTime Wonder Woman 1984 Reviews Are Finally Here! Gal Gadot Once Again Dazzles The reviews for Wonder Woman 1984 are finally in! © Provided by People Clay Enos/ ™ & © DC Comics Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 The follow-up to the hit 2017 film, starring Gal Gadot as the titular superhero, received mostly positive reviews from critics ahead of its release in select theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day. On Rotten Tomatoes as of Tuesday afternoon, the film has a favorable 89 percent score. The critics consensus reads, "Great Hera! Wonder Woman 1984 is an epic dose of heart and vibrant escapism that proves there are still unexpected thrills to be found in superhero cinema." © Clay Enos/ ™ & © DC Comics Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 The Wrap's Alonso Duralde said in his review that the Patty Jenkins-directed film "provides the expected thrills and excitement." He also said that both Wonder Women films are "two of...
    For the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, it was the shortest offseason ever. For the eight teams that haven’t played since March, the offseason dragged for longer than most seasons last. And for all 30 clubs, questions are far more prevalent than answers these days. Ready or not, the NBA is back. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Training camps open around the league Tuesday, though on-court sessions will be limited to individual workouts and only for those players who have gotten three negative coronavirus test results back in the last few days. Mandatory “group training activities,” another way to describe what would otherwise be called practice, will begin in some cities Friday and for most clubs Sunday, the league said. “I feel like a kid getting excited for the first day of school again,” Atlanta guard Trae Young tweeted. As is the case with school, there will be tests in NBA camps. Lots of them. Players and coaches will be tested for coronavirus daily around the league, and a positive test at this point would likely...
    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer For the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, it was the shortest offseason ever. For the eight teams that haven’t played since March, the offseason dragged for longer than most seasons last. And for all 30 clubs, questions are far more prevalent than answers these days. Ready or not, the NBA is back. Training camps open around the league Tuesday, though on-court sessions will be limited to individual workouts and only for those players who have gotten three negative coronavirus test results back in the last few days. Mandatory “group training activities,” another way to describe what would otherwise be called practice, will begin in some cities Friday and for most clubs Sunday, the league said. “I feel like a kid getting excited for the first day of school again,” Atlanta guard Trae Young tweeted. As is the case with school, there will be tests in NBA camps. Lots of them. Players and coaches will be tested for coronavirus daily around the league, and a positive test at this point would likely derail someone...
    Loading the player... People on social media are trolling President Donald Trump‘s supporters, using the hashtag #MillionMAGAMarch. Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump sit at a restaurant during the “Million MAGA March” from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court, on November 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump marching to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) When searching on social media for the Make America Great Again March, which was held on Saturday in Washington, D.C., in light of the “stolen election,” images of pancakes will flood search results thanks to internet sensation Shea Depmore. what to do about the million mega mad boy march on satsomeone pls help me get in touch with the kpop stans ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/v480H2zbG5 — Shea Depmore (@SheaDepmore) November 12, 2020 Read More: Trump returns to White House amid jeers and taunting songs Before the march, Depmore posted a video on TikTok and Twitter telling her followers to misappropriate the MAGA hashtag with some “syrupy goodness.” Theyre calling the #MillionMAGAMarch the #MarchForTrump this morning. Its...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Reuters The two most powerful people in Congress — at least for the next two months — renewed their calls for coronavirus stimulus on Friday. A relief deal could prove just as difficult to reach as it did before Election Day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., again called for a targeted aid package. In Kentucky, he argued a better than expected October jobs report that saw the U.S. unemployment rate fall to 6.9% reduces the need for a sweeping stimulus bill. "I think it reinforces the argument that I've been making for the last few months, that something smaller – rather than throwing another $3 trillion at this issue – is more appropriate," he told reporters, according to Reuters. McConnell noted that he will not necessarily lead the Senate in January: NBC News projects both Republicans and Democrats will hold at least 48 seats, with four races unsettled. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Republicans to restart aid talks that fell apart before the 2020 election. She...
    9 flu shot myths you should stop believing and spreading Luke Braceys Relationship History Features Some Familiar Faces Millions of White voters are once again showing who they are © Getty Images Millions of White voters are once again showing who they are and -- spoiler -- it's not really that great for America, but in particular for Black and brown people. The miasmic uncertainty hanging over the 2020 presidential election, as hundreds of thousands of legal votes in key battleground states continue to be counted, is damning, even if Democrat Joe Biden ekes out a victory. For one thing, despite four years of President Donald Trump -- that is, of a man who has made White nationalism a central part of his administration and whose abject negligence in the face of a pandemic has contributed to more than 230,000 dead -- millions of voters are turning out for him. White voters, especially. While early exit polls (which, it's important to underscore, are notoriously mercurial) indicate that Trump may receive more support from voters of color this year than...
    Screengrab via Sylvan Ramble Lights/FacebookAs Halloween approaches, a popular South Tampa home’s annual light display is once again going all out. Sylvan Ramble Lights, which features 200 thousand lights synchronized with music, smoke, moving props, is located at 4412 W Sylvan Ramble St. The nightly show will run for the rest of this week at 8 p.m. 8:30 p.m., and 9 p.m., and will run continuously on Halloween night.  Show-creator Sam Johnson began working on the show this past summer, and is looking to improve upon past years. “In 2018 we started using regular Christmas lights, they weren’t individually controllable, but last year we had about 7,000 individually controllable lights and this year we have 16,000 lights. So it’s definitely gotten bigger every year,” said Johnson to WFLA.  One of the most important aspects of the show every year are the different charities that donations are gathered for. This year, donations will be going toward Clothes For Kids, a Tampa-based nonprofit that provides new and quality used clothing to low-income or in crisis school-age children for free.  So far, the...
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn is looking and acting increasingly vulnerable in Texas. The final two weeks of the 2020 election are upon us, and with the political climate continuing to favor Democrats overall, Daily Kos Elections is moving our race ratings in 11 more contests—nine shift to the left, while two move towards the GOP. We also now have a total of 11 GOP-held Senate seats rated as Lean Republican or better for Democrats. You can find all our Senate, gubernatorial, and House ratings at each link. • TX-Sen (Likely R to Lean R): Democrat MJ Hegar not only swamped Republican Sen. John Cornyn 2:1 in fundraising over the last quarter, she just got a big vote of confidence from the Senate Majority PAC, which announced it would invest almost $9 million to support her bid—the first time outside Democratic groups have spent money on a Texas Senate race in forever. (Yep, even Beto didn't get that kind of love.)  All polls still have Cornyn ahead, and Texas is still Texas. But the gap has narrowed, and with presidential polling showing a...
    Catherine Wallace Hope might live in the Pacific Northwest these days, but her roots are planted deep in Colorado soil. From her ancestry to her education, it’s all Denver. And so is her novel Once Again, a science-fiction thriller released this month that takes advantage of the local landscape and asks the question What if you had one chance to save someone you lost? It's an interesting question, especially during this pandemic, but also one long asked in literature and entertainment. Works including H.G. Wells, W.W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw," Stephen King's 11/22/63 even Avengers: Endgame have all given their takes on time and the possibility and price of traveling within. We caught up with Hope to talk about her novel, her family’s strong history in Denver, her ongoing work with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and how she hopes to give something back, literary-style. Westword: Tell me about your new novel and where the idea for it came from.Related Stories Tattered Cover's Rapid About-Face on Black Lives Matter Solidarity Lighthouse Writers Workshop Takes Lit Fest and Classes Online TaraShea Nesbit on Writing and This...
    Texas state House candidate Brandy Chambers The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● State Legislatures: With the nation's primary elections finally concluding last week, we're pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the Daily Kos Elections State Legislative Open Seat Tracker is now complete. Overall, Democrats are contesting more seats at the legislative level than Republicans, and fewer of the party's incumbents have opted to retire, suggesting continued optimism about Team Blue's chances across the country. This year, 5,876 seats are on the ballot across 86 legislative chambers in 44 states nationwide. We've counted 361 Republican and 298 Democratic incumbents who are calling it quits this fall, while an additional 113 Republicans and 82 Democrats are term-limited and will not be on their states' respective ballots this November. Finally, a further 90 Republican and 60 Democratic incumbents were defeated in primary elections. A detailed seat-by-seat look...
    PHOTO VIA SENATORRUBIOPRESS/TWITTERFlorida’s U.S. senators are making a new push for year-round daylight-saving time, this time tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Two years after backing a state legislative effort to put Florida on year-round daylight-saving time, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott introduced a bill to skip the change to standard time this fall across the country. The Republican senators said in a news release that the intent is to provide “one year of stability for families who are already dealing with enough change with virtual learning, work from home, and other disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic has placed into our daily lives.” Scott, while serving as governor in 2018, signed legislation aimed at putting Florida on year-round daylight-saving time. But the idea requires congressional approval and did not advance. “After months of staying inside amid the coronavirus pandemic, families across the nation could use a little more sunshine and time to enjoy all that Florida has to offer,” Scott said in Wednesday’s news release. To try to move the new proposal forward, Rubio plans...
    College football ticket dilemma: For every two seats that are put together, I’m killing 20 seats My Two-Year-Old Tested the New Lovevery Play Kit Subscription Box Airlines got travelers comfortable about flying again once before -- but 9/11 and a virus are a lot different The US airline industry has generally faced two obstacles in enticing more people to fly: fear and fares. © Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 20: Passengers onboard an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, NC at San Diego International Airport on May 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. Air travel is down as estimated 94 percent due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, causing U.S. airlines to take a major financial hit with losses of $350 million to $400 million a day and nearly half of major carriers airplanes are sitting idle. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images) Before the novel coronavirus, few feared flying thanks to the extreme rarity of airline crashes in the United States, and domestic inflation-adjusted fares that were about the lowest ever. As a result, a record 811 million...
    Ray J and Princess Love are giving their marriage one other shot. The “Love & Hip Hop” star, 35, filed for divorce from Ray J, 39, in Could however requested to dismiss the divorce in early July. The request was accredited a number of days later. A supply confirmed to Web page Six solely that the once-estranged couple formally have reconciled and reside collectively once more. Reps for Ray J and Love didn’t instantly return Web page Six’s request for remark. Following her divorce submitting, Love requested full custody of their two youngsters, daughter Melody, 2, and son Epik, 6 months. The reunited couple had a tumultuous 12 months after Love claimed Ray J deserted her and their daughter in Las Vegas. After the incident, Love moved out.
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