Mar 04,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  US warns of military response to rocket attack.  Mitch McConnell on Donald Trump: We're looking to the 'future,' not 'the past'.  OnPolitics: Keep your eyes on the (COVID) money.  Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown.  Dems advance police reform despite 'defund' claims.  Attorney for former LSU football coach Les Miles wants internal investigation released.  Widely used convalescent plasma treatment doesn't stop COVID-19 patients from getting sicker, study finds.  This top-rated cordless Tineco vacuum just got a big price cut.  Dan Dakich still employed by ESPN as a college basketball analyst.  Inspector General’s Report Cites Elaine Chao for Misuse of Office.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Reopening, Stimulus, Wildlife Cameras: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing.  Biden’s honeymoon is over, but he retains majority approval..  How ‘Lolita’ Escaped Obscenity Laws and Cancel Culture.  A No-Recipe Recipe Manifesto.  A Black Police Officer Is Reinstated, 121 Years Later.  Alamo Drafthouse’s new co-owner embroiled in child neglect scandal.  Why does it take a Post story to get an obvious public-health problem fixed?.  Jeffrey Epstein’s creepy Manhattan mansion set to sell for roughly $50M.  Man who slashed two UPS workers on subway held on $75K bond.  Diet, not exercise, is the only way to lose weight: Duke professor.  
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US warns of military response to rocket attack
       
US warns of military response to rocket attackWednesday's death of the contractor heightens worries that the U.S. could be drawn into another period of escalating attacks, complicating the Biden administration's desire to open talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal.
Mitch McConnell on Donald Trump: We're looking to the 'future,' not 'the past'
       
“We're dealing with the present and the future, not looking back to the past," McConnell told Fox News. OnPolitics:The GOP's Trump problemOnly one of the Senate Republican impeachers – Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – is planning to be on a ballot in 2022. In his Fox interview on Wednesday, McConnell said "absolutely we support Sen. Murkowski," and dismissed the complaints about impeachment during Trump's speech. The CPAC speech came less than two weeks after Trump issued a scathing attack on McConnell over his criticism regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection. "Yeah, well, I want to thank him for the 15-point margin I had in 2014 as well," McConnell told reporters.
OnPolitics: Keep your eyes on the (COVID) money
       
More numbers for you:Senate Democrats reached a deal with President Joe Biden to limit the eligibility for $1,400 checks in his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. with President Joe Biden to limit the eligibility for $1,400 checks in his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. for health insurance through the federally run HealthCare.gov in the first two weeks of the three-month special enrollment period. Who lives, who dies, who is actually getting a COVID checkIt's the question that many Americans want to know: Who is eligible for a $1,400 stimulus check? Who's not quite as happy: Many Americans who could have received at least some payment will now receive none.
Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown
       
APLas Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says the “jury is still out” on whether highly paid right tackle Trent Brown will be back in 2021 after being limited by injuries in his first two seasons with the team. The Raiders gave Brown a $66 million, four-year contract in free agency in 2019 in Mayock’s first season as general manager to be the anchor of the line. But after a strong start to his tenure, Brown has been hampered by various injuries and a bout with COVID-19. “When he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football,” Mayock said Wednesday. “There would be nothing finer than you have Trent Brown at right tackle protecting Derek Carr next year.
Dems advance police reform despite 'defund' claims
       
Dems advance police reform despite 'defund' claimsHouse Democrats are hustling to pass a police overhaul bill named after George Floyd. They also want to avoid a debate that turned into a political liability last year with false claims the law slashes police budgets.
Attorney for former LSU football coach Les Miles wants internal investigation released
       
USA TODAY sued LSU for access to the report in January, after the university refused to release it. "We appreciate that Coach Miles is dropping his objection to the records being released," said Scott Sternberg, attorney for USA TODAY. The internal investigation into Miles is the latest discovery by USA TODAY, which has revealed widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations by LSU’s athletic department and broader administration. Though his actions were deemed to be improper, Miles appears to have faced no public repercussions from LSU. Kansas was not aware of the allegations when it hired Miles in 2018, the school said when USA TODAY disclosed the allegations Feb. 24.
Widely used convalescent plasma treatment doesn't stop COVID-19 patients from getting sicker, study finds
       
The federal government discontinued a research trial of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 saying the blood product from recovered patients doesn't prevent at-risk people visiting emergency rooms from getting sicker. Plasma from recovered patients contains antibodies or proteins generated by the immune system to fight disease. Dr. R. Scott Wright helped run a large convalescent plasma trial last summer out of the Mayo Clinic that concluded plasma can be helpful. Researchers included patients who had COVID-19 symptoms for a week or less, when convalescent plasma is believed to be most effective. "If you don't do these trials, you don't make progress," said Gandhi, whose hospital has used convalescent plasma only as part of clinical trials.
This top-rated cordless Tineco vacuum just got a big price cut
       
Choosing a cordless vacuum that meets your needs can be an overwhelming (and pricey!) In fact, you can get a top-rated Tineco vacuum model for less than $100! While we haven’t tested the Tineco A10 Dash Cordless Vacuum, once $149 and now on sale for $99 just yet, more than 800 Walmart buyers have weighed in on it, with many noting that this vacuum offers some serious bang for your buck—and that’s even before the current $50 discount. Not only did three different Tineco machines rank highly in our round-up of the best cordless vacs, the A10 Dash is closest to our best value pick, the brand’s A10 Hero ($169.99)— and nearly $70 cheaper. It's no wonder buyers simply can’t stop mentioning the great value for the price!
Dan Dakich still employed by ESPN as a college basketball analyst
       
INDIANAPOLIS -- ESPN has talked with college basketball analyst Dan Dakich about his recent Twitter controversy in which a woman college professor accused him of misogynistic speech. ESPN confirmed Wednesday that Dakich is still employed as a college basketball analyst for the network, a job he's held since 2010. "We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of looking into it,” the network told IndyStar. The conversations between ESPN and Dakich follow a recent Twitter dispute over college athlete compensation in which Dakich debated several college professors on Feb. 23. When Dakich asked whether teachers knew anything about sports, Dr. Johanna Mellis responded to Dakich on Twitter : "Dan you want to play in the 'arena?'
Inspector General’s Report Cites Elaine Chao for Misuse of Office
       
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department’s inspector general asked the Justice Department in December to consider a criminal investigation into what it said was Elaine Chao’s misuse of her office as transportation secretary in the Trump administration to help promote her family’s shipping business, which is run by her sister and has extensive business ties with China. In a report made public on Wednesday, the inspector general said the Justice Department’s criminal and public integrity divisions both declined to take up the matter in the closing weeks of the Trump administration, even after the inspector general found repeated examples of Ms. Chao using her staff and her office to help benefit her family and their business operations and revealed that staff members at the agency had raised ethics concerns. “A formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted,” Mitch Behm, the department’s deputy inspector general, said on Tuesday in a letter to House lawmakers, accompanying a 44-page report detailing the investigation and the findings of wrongdoing. Ms. Chao, the wife of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, announced her resignation on Jan. 7, the day after the Capitol riot. At the time of her departure, an aide to Ms. Chao said her resignation was unrelated to the forthcoming release of the investigation.
Reopening, Stimulus, Wildlife Cameras: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
       
“Neanderthal thinking.”That’s how President Biden criticized the governor of Texas and others who have relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. He insisted that it was a “big mistake” for people to stop wearing masks, and that they should continue with social distancing and hand washing. “It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science,” Mr. Biden said. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, echoed Mr. Biden’s remarks, her third such warning in less than a week. Scientists are urging caution until we know more about whether vaccinated people can still spread the virus and about emerging virus variants.
Biden’s honeymoon is over, but he retains majority approval.
       
Whatever honeymoon period he may have briefly enjoyed, President Biden is now past it, according to the results of a Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday. Mr. Biden’s approval rating now stands at 51 percent nationwide, with 42 percent of the country disapproving. That’s a much narrower split than his 54 percent approval and 30 percent disapproval in another Monmouth survey that was conducted just after he took office. The poll found widespread support for the Covid-19 relief bill making its way through Congress, with 62 percent saying they want to see it passed. Two-thirds supported the bill’s provision increasing additional unemployment benefits to $400 a week from $300 a week.
How ‘Lolita’ Escaped Obscenity Laws and Cancel Culture
       
Why had “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” been prosecuted in 1960, but not “Lolita” the year before? In England, all copies were seized by customs from 1955 until 1959, when it was finally published to huge consternation and controversy. I wanted to call people up and ask them if they’d ever actually read “Lolita”? It wasn’t just me concerning myself with the question of whether “Lolita” would find a publisher today. From Dorothy Parker (“‘Lolita’ is a fine book, a distinguished book — all right then — a great book”) to Lena Dunham (who says it’s her “favorite book”), “Lolita” has spellbound women as much as men.
A No-Recipe Recipe Manifesto
       
I spend a fair amount of time writing recipes, instructions for how best to prepare specific dishes. Indeed, I’ve discovered that cooking without recipes is a kitchen skill, no different from dicing vegetables or flipping an omelet. It can also make the time spent there feel more like fun when it can occasionally seem like a chore. You can do the same in the kitchen, even if you don’t consider yourself a particularly good cook. We’ve roasted and sautéed, braised and fried, prepared salad dressings and simple desserts, assembled sandwiches, made soups, baked muffins.
A Black Police Officer Is Reinstated, 121 Years Later
       
Last year, Spectrum News 1 in Los Angeles reported on Mr. Davison’s work, bringing it to an even wider audience. Little is known about Mr. Green, who appears to have been laid off in 1890. But Mr. Stewart was covered regularly by local news outlets, even before he became an officer. Mr. Stewart and Mr. Green were appointed to the Police Department in March. A jeering crowd gathered around Mr. Stewart in 1889, shortly after he became an officer, according to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Alamo Drafthouse’s new co-owner embroiled in child neglect scandal
       
The shocking report alleged that at least 40 states at one point sent their most vulnerable children to Sequel’s facilities, which were run by “inexperienced, low-wage” employees. The reports detailed sexual and physical verbal abuse, including beatings from staff, as well as feces-infested living quarters. Meanwhile, Altamont Capital has pumped $40 million into Sequel over the past three years to fund its expansion. Sequel operates 44 programs in 19 states including a Michigan facility where a 16-year-old boy died last April after being restrained by staff members. The company plans to keep most of its theaters open after it emerges from bankruptcy, according to reports.
Why does it take a Post story to get an obvious public-health problem fixed?
       
We’re glad we got results, but why did area residents’ complaints go unheeded for weeks? We’re trying to help him,” said a Department of Homeless Services rep. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer says she wrote city officials in November to complain about the junk pile, and neighbors had complained to police for weeks and saw cops speaking with the man. Nor does the belated cleanup mean the man is getting the help he so clearly needs. Such is #DeBlasio’s New York, where public problems fester until it bad publicity threatens.
Jeffrey Epstein’s creepy Manhattan mansion set to sell for roughly $50M
       
The Manhattan townhouse where Jeffrey Epstein is said to have sexually abused underage girls is set to sell for roughly $50 million, according to a report on Wednesday. The 28,000-square-foot neoclassical townhouse at 9 E. 71st St. went on the market along with Epstein’s Florida mansion in July. A general view of the home of Jeffrey Epstein located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Christopher SadowskiHis Palm Beach mansion is in contract to sell to developer Todd Michael Glaser for an undisclosed amount, the Journal reported in November. Proceeds from the sale of the mansion are expected to go to Epstein’s estate, which has created a compensation fund to settle claims from his alleged victims.
Man who slashed two UPS workers on subway held on $75K bond
       
A Yonkers man who slashed two UPS delivery men on the subway early Tuesday morning was ordered held on a $75,000 cash bond. Barbuto was arraigned on one count each of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. “In this case, the defendant slashed a random stranger on the subway with a knife,” prosecutor Rachel Schorr told Judge Eric Schumacher, successfully arguing that he be held on $75,000 cash over $225,000 insurance company bond. The victims were able to wrestle the knife from Barbuto and detained him until police arrived, according to a criminal complaint. He was held on $75,000 bond.
Diet, not exercise, is the only way to lose weight: Duke professor
       
“I wouldn’t go as far as to say exercise isn’t important in weight loss,” said Sean Heffron, a cardiologist who treats obesity at NYU Langone. For a star athlete, massive physical energy expenditure will draw away calories from other systems, such as reproduction and immunity. If your goal is to lose weight, Pontzer suggests reducing caloric intake by 3,500 calories per week, or 500 per day. He said this will result in weight loss at a rate of about a pound per week. “Use diet to watch your weight,” he said unequivocally, “and exercise for everything else.”
Knife-wielding toddler chef gives Gordon Ramsay a run for his money
       
He’s only chopping with butter knives for now, but 3-year-old Ilirian Kameraj is well on his way to mastering the art of cooking. Last week, Ilirian even skillfully navigated British chef Gordon Ramsay’s laborious beef Wellington recipe, from the mushroom mash — called duxelle — to the careful assembly of the puffed pastry package. The young chef also borrowed Ramsay’s penchant for shouting. In a more recent update, the pint-sized pastry chef attracted 4 million viewers with his perfectly executed pumpkin pie. Some of Ilirian’s most-viewed videos are his blooper reels, which feature the giddy gourmand giggling through the mess he’s known to make.
Olivia Rodrigo says she doesn’t know Sabrina Carpenter ‘at all’
       
“I actually don’t know her at all,” Rodrigo, 18, said on “Radio.com LIVE!” of “The Goodwin Games” actress Carpenter, 21, who is rumored to be the subject of her seven-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Drivers License.”“I think we’ve met once or twice in passing, but I’ve never had a conversation with her, so I don’t think I could write a song that was meaningful or emotional about somebody that I don’t know,” Rodrigo went on. Fans believe Rodrigo wrote “Drivers License” about her “High School Musical” costar and fan-alleged ex-boyfriend Joshua Bassett, 20, who fans also believe is now dating Carpenter. Carpenter then released “Skin,” which fans guessed was a clap back to Rodrigo as the messy feud continued on. “Olivia wrote about Joshua Bassett who’s allegedly now with Sabrina Carpenter — listen man,” Regé-Jean Page told Pete Davidson in the sketch.
Lady Gaga wrote ‘The Fame’ in NYC apartment that’s listed for $2K a month
       
There are a million reasons this apartment for rent deserves applause, applause, applause since a star was born there. An apartment in the NYC building where Lady Gaga lived while writing her 2008 debut album “The Fame” is available to rent, and this Lower East Side rental is on the edge of glory. French doors open to the bedroom area. CompassThe kitchen area, which is located in the corner of the common space, has a tiny window. CompassThe bedroom has not one, but two, windows — one of which appears to overlook a fire escape.
Shaquille O’Neal caught napping on the job wearing ‘astronaut’ helmet
       
He wins the NBA snoring title. Retired basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal put the zzzs in “Kazaam” after his “NBA on TNT” co-hosts caught him sleeping — quite loudly — while on the job. The original Instagram story of the Shaq-nap has since disappeared, however, the footage is currently going viral on Twitter. “What the hell is going on here,” an aghast Wade, 39, can be heard saying. “We supposed to be working.”If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, the 7-foot-1 Lakers legend begins snoring ferociously, causing the bystanders to collapse into a fit of giggles.
Alec Baldwin amused by talk of Gillian Anderson switching between accents
       
“Even on the phone, my accent will change,” she told British newspaper The Telegraph in 2009. Baldwin’s decision to bring up Anderson’s accent is possibly an attempt by the actor to slyly defend his wife Hilaria Baldwin. The 37-year-old mother of six was called out in December for her fluctuating Spanish accent shortly before she admitted to her real name was Hillary. She was also raised in Boston, as opposed to Mallorca, Spain, as she deliberately led people to believe. More recently, the couple shocked the public as they welcomed child number six just five months after a son, Eduardo, joined their brood.
Spring, is that you? Mild temperatures are set to spread over the eastern U.S. next week.
       
The upcoming pattern shift is a gradual transition to a more springlike weather regime, in which mild temperatures and an uptick in severe weather in parts of the country are likely. New York City was near 50, while Atlanta enjoyed temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. After a mild midweek period, D.C. will spend Friday and the weekend in the 40s — cooler than average for the date. It also matches the city’s average high for the date, highlighting just how mild overnight temperatures may be. Southerly and southwesterly winds ahead of the approaching frontal system would induce the transport of mild, moisture-rich air up the East Coast.
As Democrats bring back earmarks for transportation projects, billions of dollars from years ago sits unused
       
And unlike other federal transportation funding that has to be prioritized in multiyear plans and spent within four years, earmarked money typically doesn’t expire. Last week, before Democrats had confirmed their plans, state officials gathered virtually to discuss the return of earmarks. In some cases, the earmarked money was dwarfed by the size of a project it was attached to. One of the largest is $16 million for a highway project in Bartow County, Ga., known at the time as the U.S. 411 Connector. Earmarked funds for the Massachusetts interchange have been tapped and a preconstruction conference is scheduled for this month, said Kristen Pennucci, a spokeswoman for the state transportation department.
Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes
       
ADADWinslow, 37, was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. Winslow was convicted of rape in a 2019 case involving a 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas, Calif. Winslow, who last played in the NFL in 2013, made an unsuccessful comeback attempt in 2016 and participated in the Spring League for two years. Winslow, you carefully selected your victims, those that were most vulnerable. We had Jane Doe number 1 who was 54, Jane Doe number 2 who was homeless, age 59, Jane Doe number 3 was 57 and Jane Doe number 5 was 77 years old and she was alone in a Jacuzzi in a gym,” Bowman said (via NBC San Diego).
NY Public Library keeping Dr. Seuss books in circulation
       
The New York Public Library will keep six controversial Dr. Seuss books on the shelves despite this week’s decision to cease their publication due to racist imagery. “As with all public libraries the New York Public Library does not censor or remove books,” library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise said. Ron Galella Collection via GettyA spokesperson for the Brooklyn Public Library said Wednesday that the books also remain in circulation. Officials at the Queens Public Library did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. But major libraries, including the Denver Public Library, said this week that they would keep those titles on their shelves as well.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI): HR 1 Bill Asserts The Complete Control Of The Federal Government Over Our Election Process
       
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI/8) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson Show to talk about the Democrat backed 'election integrity' bill HR 1 aimed at reforming election laws. Rep. Mike Gallagher said,"It really is remarkable in its aggressiveness and what it is trying to do, which is nothing less than fundamentally remake our entire election system and nationalize it. I mean, that is the thrust of the bill is to assert the complete control of the federal government over our election process, which has traditionally been determined by the states." But that is a conversation and a decision that must be made at the state level, not at the federal government level. But it is a state decision, not a federal government decision."
Dana Perino Shares Stories From Her NEW Book ‘Everything Will Be Okay’
       
Listen To Guy & Dana's Discussion Below:Dana Perino is the co-anchor of America's Newsroom & co-host of The Five on FOX NEWS CHANNEL. Author of the brand new book, 'Everything Will Be Okay...Life Lessons for Young Women (From a Former Young Woman)Preorder Dana's book HERE
Democrats line up behind Shalanda Young amid new jostling over Biden budget pick
       
Tanden’s withdrawal marked the first major political setback for the Biden White House as it has raced in its opening weeks to confirm key nominees in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Gavin Newsom and close ties to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. “And what has become evident in the last few days is [Young] has that same kind of background.”The White House did not respond to a request for comment. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday the administration still hopes to find Tanden a new position elsewhere. Senate Republicans responded by repeatedly praising her candor: Sen. Lindsey Graham, the top GOP lawmaker on the Senate Budget Committee, opened his statement at the Tuesday hearing by pledging to vote for her confirmation.
Israeli environment minister says Iran caused oil spill that coated country’s coastline
       
She said the government would pursue payment for damages through an international oil pollution compensation program and the ship’s insurance. ADBut other Israeli government officials, including some in her own ministry, expressed skepticism about her claim, according to local media reports. The investigation into the oil spill has been underway since mid-February, when massive amounts of sticky black tar appeared along Israel’s 120-mile shoreline. Officials said many of the large, visible patches of tar and oil had been scrubbed from the coast. The spill is believed to have occurred in early February, more than two weeks before the oil was discovered ashore.
Trade fairness and economic recovery on Biden’s national security agenda
       
“Our policies must reflect a basic truth: in today’s world, economic security is national security,” the White House document said. “We will make sure that the rules of the international economy are not tilted against the United States,” the report said. The last formal National Security Strategy report was released in 2017, under Trump. ADBiden’s priorities share similarities with Trump’s, including identifying China as a strategic competitor in most realms. They haven’t worked.”Still, the Biden administration has not been shy about using military force.
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers
       
"It's kind of hard to remember the cheers, really," Hatton said Wednesday. That's about what Bay Hill is anticipating this week, with tournament officials saying attendance will be limited to 25% capacity. Bay Hill was the last PGA Tour event before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. Rory McIlroy is playing, and Jordan Spieth makes his debut at Bay Hill. "It was the first time since The Players Championship that you heard a roar that ... it gave you goose bumps."
Gov. Newsom suggests teachers 'not comfortable going back in' won’t be required to return to schools
       
"Since the height of the winter surge, we have successfully shifted the conversation from whether to reopen schools to when," Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Monday. State legislatures have allocated $2 billion from the package to support public school needs with personal protective equipment, ventilation upgrades and COVID-19 testing. We’re going to provide supports, supplementary supports for people with compromised immune systems, people that are not comfortable going back in," he told reporters. Newsom has faced fierce backlash for his strict response to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting an effort to recall him for his governorship.
Joe Altobelli, manager who led O's to '83 WS, dies at 88
       
Joe Altobelli, the manager who led the Baltimore Orioles to their most recent World Series title in 1983, has died at the age of 88. The Orioles confirmed Altobelli's death on Wednesday and in a statement said that the manager was a "tremendous leader." Altobelli was hired by the Orioles before the 1983 season — replacing future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver — and immediately found success. He led the Chicago Cubs for one game as the interim manager in 1991. Altobelli also had a successful stretch as the Orioles' Triple-A manager from 1971-76, when the Rochester Red Wings won two International League championships.
Jets' Douglas praises Darnold, but open to trading QB
       
Sam Darnold's time as the face of the New York Jets franchise might be nearing a disappointing end. Douglas' comments during a video call that included new coach Robert Saleh marked the first time the GM directly acknowledged being willing to trade Darnold. Darnold is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to count $9.8 million against the Jets’ salary cap. The Jets could also opt to stick with Darnold, for at least this year, and trade down from No. Agent Erik Burkhardt was critical of the Jets' handling of Maye's situation in a Twitter post Tuesday night, but Douglas brushed off those comments.
Kellen Winslow II, former NFL star, gets 14 years in prison for rapes
       
Kellen Winslow II, a former NFL star tight end, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday as part of a plea deal for a multitude of sexual offenses against five women in Southern California. Winslow was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman called Winslow a "sexual predator" who preyed on women who were especially vulnerable. It was the type of victim that you sought out yourself because you felt that perhaps they wouldn’t report the crime" or "wouldn't be deemed credible by the jurors," Bowman said. Jurors also convicted him of two misdemeanors -- indecent exposure and a lewd act in public -- involving two other women.
Janice Dean brings kindness and love to Fox Nation with ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’
       
The forecast for Fox Nation features a little more kindness and love thanks to Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean. "That’s the really beautiful part of this, all the people you see in the Fox Nation special are the real people, they’re not actors," Dean told Fox News. JANICE DEAN: 'MAKE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE' -- WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT KINDNESS AND GOODWILL IN A TOUGH TIME"Make Your Own Sunshine" hit shelves Tuesday and the Fox Nation series was released to coincide with the launch. For more exclusive content, visit Fox Nation and join today. CLICK HERE TO JOIN FOX NATIONFox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only for Fox Nation subscribers.
Joanna Gaines releasing ‘perfect’ biscuit dough online nationwide: report
       
Soon, Joanna Gaines’ "perfect" biscuits will be available to buy online, according to reports. The Magnolia co-founder and lifestyle guru revealed the recipe for her biscuits in January on her cooking show "Magnolia Table." According to the website, fans can buy the frozen dough from the Magnolia website and it will be shipped from the Gaines’ restaurant, Magnolia Table. JOANNA GAINES SHARES FAMILY’S FAVORITE RECIPE FOR ‘PERFECT’ BISCUITSWhen Gaines revealed her biscuit recipe in January, she explained it took her six months to figure it out. Though the full "Magnolia Table" episode is available to stream on Discovery+, hungry fans can also catch the "perfect" biscuit recipe in the "Magnolia Table" cookbook.
Michael B. Jordan seeks revenge in Tom Clancy action thriller 'Without Remorse'
       
Michael B. Jordan is "more dangerous and effective than any man" in the Navy SEALs in the trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s "Without Remorse." The teaser for the Stefano Sollima-directed action thriller, based on Tom Clancy’s 1993 novel, sees Jordan as elite Navy SEAL Sr. Chief John Kelly. When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret operation, Kelly pursues the assassins at all costs. But with the film adaptation over at Amazon, "Without Remorse" will now debut globally April 30 on Prime Video. NETFLIX’S ‘OPERATION VARSITY BLUES’ TRAILER SKEWERS THE INFAMOUS COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDALAkiva Goldsman, Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and Jordan produce the action thriller.
Accuser's attorney slams Cuomo apology as 'full of falsehoods'
       
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s apologetic news conference Wednesday afternoon was "full of falsehoods and inaccurate information," according to the attorney of a former staffer who has accused him of sexual harassment. The other aide was Lindsey Boylan, who accused the governor of forcibly kissing her in an essay published on Medium last week. And a third woman with no professional ties to the governor, Anna Ruch, accused Cuomo of making unwanted advances, touching her exposed lower back and asking to kiss her. CUOMO'S CREEPY COVID TEST COMMENTS RESURFACENew York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the women’s claims.
Millionaire Beto O'Rourke claims Abbott is 'sacrificing the lives of our fellow Texans' for political gain
       
Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and failed Democratic Senate and presidential candidate, ripped Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday for rescinding the state’s coronavirus mask mandate, painting Texas as a "failed state" as it recovers from severe winter weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Abbott said Tuesday the statewide mask mandate would expire March 10, but he noted that lifting it would not excuse individuals from "personal responsibility." But O’Rourke said lifting the mask mandate would "disproportionately" result in the deaths of "Black and Brown Texans" and slammed Abbott and former Gov. "I use the phrase failed state because I think when you can’t guarantee the electricity, the heat, the running water, the public welfare and safety, you are about there by any classic definition."
'Rollover' in tech stocks is an investment opportunity: Oppenheimer Asset Management
       
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CNBC Markets Now: March 03, 2021
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCNBC Markets Now: March 03, 2021CNBC Markets Now provides a look at the day's market moves with commentary and analysis from Michael Santoli, CNBC Senior Markets Commentator.
CNBC PRO Talks: Top investor John Rogers reveals where he sees buying opportunities right now
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCNBC PRO Talks: Top investor John Rogers reveals where he sees buying opportunities right nowCNBC's Scott Wapner will talk to Ariel Investments Chairman and Co-CEO John Rogers, who made bets on a handful of stocks during the pandemic market rout that paid off in a big way. The duo will talk about how to navigate the markets amid heightened volatility and where he sees opportunities right now.
The Rocket reversal — What could be the next big Reddit target?
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe Rocket reversal — What could be the next big Reddit target? Justin Zhen, Thinknum co-founder & president on potential Reddit targets. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour, Karen Finerman and Steve Grasso.
'The average benefit will be about $6,300' per family under the American Rescue Plan, expert says
       
If the American Rescue Plan is signed into law, "The average benefit will be about $6,300," for families, according to Elaine Maag, a principal research associate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, who cited the center's recent report. Here's how much money families could receive from three of the proposals in the American Rescue Plan if it's signed into law. Child Tax Credit: Up to $3,600 per childOne of the American Rescue Plan's proposals is the expansion of the Child Tax Credit. This would be a major increase from the current Child Tax Credit, which only provides an annual maximum of $2,000 per child from birth through age 16. Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit: Up to $8,000The American Rescue Plan also includes a refundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which could help Americans claim thousands of additional dollars to offset the costs of child care.
New Amex Blue Cash Preferred Card members can earn a $300 statement credit and benefit from an intro $0 annual fee
       
The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is now offering an elevated welcome bonus that can earn you a $300 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first six months from account opening. This new offer comes on the heels of a recent update to the welcome bonus for the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express. And it helps solidify the Blue Cash Preferred card as the best credit card for grocery shopping. The new welcome bonus gives you double the amount of time to reach the spending requirement and is worth $50 more. The Blue Cash Preferred card offers an industry-leading 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%), so you can maximize rewards on groceries.
Epicenter stocks are becoming the new growth stocks, says market bull Tom Lee
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailEpicenter stocks are becoming the new growth stocks, says market bull Tom LeeFundstrat's Tom Lee on whether there's new leadership emerging in the market. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour, Karen Finerman and Steve Grasso.
Why Karen's buying Walmart
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy Karen's buying WalmartWalmart's stock has fallen, and Karen Finerman is buying. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour and Steve Grasso.
Lawmakers, policy analysts call for federal unemployment to offer $400 weekly boost, expire in September
       
The House passed its version of legislation early Saturday, and the Senate is debating provisions this week. Some, including Pancotti, are calling for federal benefit expirations to be tied to labor market indicators, such as the unemployment rate. Without action, 11.4 million people are expected to start losing jobless aid on March 14, according to estimates from The Century Foundation. The weekly federal unemployment boost was up for debate again this week with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) A growing body of research has shown no such correlation between boosted unemployment pay and people not returning to work.
Top investor John Rogers says to look outside of the S&P 500 to find new opportunities
       
Investors searching for gains will need to be more selective and avoid some of the biggest stocks in the S&P 500, Ariel Investments CEO John Rogers said Wednesday during a special edition CNBC PRO subscriber talk. The major market indexes have traded sideways in recent weeks after a dramatic gain from their pandemic lows a year agoRogers appeared earlier in the day on "Closing Bell," where he said he thought value stocks were in for a long bull run. He then joined CNBC's Scott Wapner for a conversation about his investing process and some deeper conversations about his favorite stocks.
Ariel's John Rogers: Here's what companies can do to help close the racial wealth gap
       
John Rogers of Ariel Investments told CNBC on Wednesday that corporations can play a critical role in helping close the racial wealth gap in the United States. In an interview on "Closing Bell," the firm's co-CEO and chief investment officer pointed to retirement savings plans as one place to start addressing it. It found that while Black Americans now report similar ownership levels of 401(k) plans as white respondents, at 53% compared with 55%, respectively, differences in savings rates persist. Rogers said there are a number of factors contributing to Black Americans accumulating less in retirement savings than white Americans. We're much more likely to take hardship loans, early withdrawals to help support expanded families," Rogers contended.
With 'WandaVision' and 'The Mandalorian,' Disney+ has found its magic spell
       
(CNN) Hits are elusive in the entertainment industry, and the fact Disney+ has conjured two with "The Mandalorian" and now "WandaVision" speaks to a certain kind of Disney magic. Yet as the latter prepares to end its run, lessons have emerged about translating "Star Wars" and Marvel into this relatively new medium, as well as the spells they have cast for Disney+. Disney+ has ridden those titles to reaching 95 million subscribers much faster than anyone predicted, by the latest accounting, including the company itself. Weekly scheduling creates more bang for programming bucks. Marvel's Kevin Feige recently likened the week-to-week nature of "WandaVision" to Marvel's blockbuster movies and a "new opening weekend every week," adding that the shows were designed "to be experienced that way."
Stock futures lower after major averages dip amid rising bond yields
       
U.S. stock index futures slid during overnight trading on Wednesday, accelerating losses from the regular trading session which saw the major averages finish in the red across the board. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 62 points. The S&P 500 dipped 1.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 119 points, or 0.38%, lower. "The ability and desire of the consumer to spend on services and experiences should lead to the best economic growth we have seen in over 35 years." Economists surveyed by Dow Jones are forecasting 750,000 first-time filers.
Texas doctors say Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to scrap mask mandate could result in another Covid-19 surge
       
Greg Abbott’s sudden decision to ditch the mask mandate and lift coronavirus restrictions could result in a new surge of Covid-19 infections and deaths. The more difficult problem is that while many people in Texas experienced the pandemic in waves, there’s been no respite for front-line health care providers. Many health care providers fear this could extend the pandemic.”McDeavitt, the Houston hospital’s senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs, said he shares these fears. “As I said, I think the governor’s decision was premature and I think it will cause another surge,” McDeavitt said. We know the governor’s decision increases the chance for another surge, but we’ve already been preparing for another surge.”
The 2-Month Trade Request: How James Harden Forced His Way Out of Houston
       
James Harden might've known that before he agitated his way to Brooklyn over the course of several bitter months. After eight years with the franchise, Harden was starting to feel legitimate doubt about staying in Houston, according to a source familiar with his thinking. He acquired the head coach Harden wanted in Mike D'Antoni and the players Harden wanted in Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. The two met to reaffirm their desire to play with one another and started laying the foundation for a trade, sources say. Jimmy Butler had even OK'd the trade, according to a league source.
What Hollywood's treatment of 'Minari' says about the Asian American Dream
       
I too have prayed for Asian American films like “Minari” to receive all manner of major awards. The film shows a Korean American family overcoming hardships in pursuit of the American dream. In a climate of heightened anti-Asian violence, labeling an Asian American film like “Minari” “foreign” feels even more offensive. Advocacy groups like “Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate” have received more than 2,800 reported incidents of racism and discrimination targeting Asian Americans across the United States. Hollywood needs to recognize that whatever language Asian Americans choose to speak is American, because we are Americans.
Biden administration singles out China as 'biggest geopolitical test' for U.S
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden singled out a “growing rivalry with China” as a key challenge facing the United States, with his top diplomat describing the Asian country as “the biggest geopolitical test” of this century. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks on foreign policy at the State Department in Washington, U.S. March 3, 2021. The Biden administration has indicated it will broadly continue a tough approach to China taken by Trump, but do so in coordination will allies. Blinken sought to set out how foreign policy will bring benefits for American workers and families, and said that was key to the new administration’s approach. “We will fight for every American job and for the rights, protections and interests of all American workers,” Blinken said.
Virginia U.S. senators send White House list of candidates for U.S. Attorney posts
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia’s U.S. Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they were submitting four potential candidates to the White House to be considered for the state’s top two federal prosecutor posts. For the Western District of Virginia U.S. Attorney, they are recommending Erin Ashwell, who serves as chief deputy attorney general for Virginia, and Christopher Kavanaugh, an assistant U.S. Attorney who helped prosecute self-professed Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields, Jr, for killing a counterprotester at the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Biden will decide who to nominate, but traditionally each state’s home senators play a role in interviewing, vetting and recommending candidates for the nation’s 93 U.S. Attorney jobs. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia is known for handling many of the country’s high-profile terrorism and national security-related prosecutions. Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh, a career federal prosecutor who is the first person of color to lead the office, did not apply for the job.
U.S. House cancels Thursday session after police warn of possible plot on Capitol
       
But a House Democratic aide said that the police warning, based on intelligence that “an identified militia group” could present a security threat, contributed to the change in plans. “The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” it said in its statement. The police statement noted that the department already has made “significant security upgrades” at the Capitol, home to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. On Tuesday, Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett notified members of Congress of a possible security threat spanning Thursday through Saturday. Blodgett told lawmakers that the Capitol Police department has “enhanced” its security posture for the coming days.
World's biggest wealth fund puts Japan's Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link
       
FILE PHOTO: An employee works at a beer production line at Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings' factory in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan July 14, 2017. Kirin Holdings was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters. Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, held a 1.29% stake in Kirin Holdings at the end of 2020 with a value of $277.1 million. The Norwegian sovereign fund, formally called the Government Pension Fund Global and set up in 1996 to save petroleum revenues for future generations, owns about 1.5% of all globally listed shares. We therefore have a good foundation for active ownership on the issues to which this matter relates,” the central bank said.
North Korea's Kim stresses roles of city, county leaders: KCNA
       
Slideshow ( 3 images )SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the significance of the role that city and county chief secretaries have in improving the lives of the people and carrying out his five-year economic policies, state news media KCNA said on Thursday. North Korea’s drastic measures to contain COVID-19 have exacerbated human rights abuses and economic hardship, including reports of starvation, for its citizens, already battered by international sanctions, a United Nations investigator said. “Now everything depends on the strenuous efforts and role of the chief secretaries,” Kim said in a statement carried by KCNA. North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) separately held a plenary meeting on Wednesday where it passed laws including social security and the disinfection of imports, designed to protect people’s health, KCNA said. North Korea has not reported any confirmed coronavirus cases, but has imposed crippling border closings, banned most international travel and severely restricted movement inside the country.
Sunak gives UK economy a new boost to see out COVID crisis, tax rises ahead
       
But before then firms can use a two-year “super-deduction” tax break that Sunak hopes will snap them out of their pandemic deep-freeze and invest to boost short-term growth. The government’s budget watchdog said the move was likely to bring forward investment that would have taken place later. Slideshow ( 4 images )The UK Debt Management Office said it planned to sell 296 billion pounds of gilts in the coming year, well above the 247 billion pounds expected in a Reuters poll. Sunak said the corporation tax rise would still leave the headline rate lower than in the rest of the G7 group of rich nations. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that after the tax rises, corporation tax revenues would be a greater share of GDP in Britain than in the United States, Germany, France or Italy.
Melvin Capital gained 21.7% net of fees in February - source
       
FILE PHOTO: Gabriel Plotkin, CEO of Melvin Capital Management, is seen in a video framegrab as he testifies about stock trading and GameStop during an entirely virtual hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services committee hearing, in Washington, U.S., February 18, 2021. House Committee on Financial Services/Handout via ReutersBOSTON (Reuters) - Melvin Capital, the hedge fund at the center of the GameStop trading frenzy, gained 21.7% last month, helping wipe away some of the heavy losses it suffered when it bet that the video retailer’s stock would fall, sources said on Wednesday. Plotkin had bet that GameStop stock, which had traded at less than $5 a share in 2020, would fall. At the end of January Melvin received commitments of $2.75 billion in fresh cash from investors, signaling their confidence in Plotkin’s abilities. In 2020 Melvin Capital gained 53%.
Senate Democrats trim parts of Biden's COVID-19 aid bill, Republicans threaten delay
       
Before the bill hits the chamber floor, Democrats are negotiating limits to a measure Republicans have attacked as wasteful. Senate Democrats said the proposal, which would block Americans earning $80,000 per year or more and couples earning $160,000 or more from receiving the $1,400 payments, was a good solution. Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have denounced the bill. Democrats have been seeking to sort out a welter of competing ideas as they seek to advance the bill. Once the Senate votes on the bill, the House would then have to sign off on the changes before Biden can sign it into law.
Britain's BT says 'super deduction' will significantly cut tax bill
       
FILE PHOTO: People walk past British Telecom (BT) headquarters in London, Britain, November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - BT, Britain’s biggest broadband and mobile provider, said the “super deduction” tax break for investment announced by the government on Wednesday would significantly cut its tax bill for several years. BT is spending billions of pounds in building fibre broadband connections to homes and businesses, and extending its 5G mobile network. “We are expecting to invest significant amounts of capex in plant and machinery over the next several years, and to the extent this proves to be eligible for the super-deduction it could result in a significant reduction in our corporation tax bill for our 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years,” a spokesman said. “This would be offset in later years by the subsequent increase in the corporation tax rate to 25% from April 2023.”
The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone
       
AdvertisementA decade ago, Sakae Kato stayed behind to rescue cats abandoned by neighbours who fled the radiation clouds belching from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. So far he has buried 23 cats in his garden, the most recent graves disturbed by wild boars that roam the depopulated community. Kato leaves food for feral cats in a storage shed he heats with a paraffin stove. The cats also gave him a reason to stay on land that has been owned by his family for three generations. "The thing about cattle, is that they really only think about food," Yoshizawa said.
Goldman-backed secondhand clothing retailer ThredUp files for IPO
       
(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs-backed secondhand clothing retailer ThredUp Inc made its IPO filing public on Wednesday, disclosing a bigger full-year loss ahead of a market debut. The company, founded in 2009, has processed over 100 million unique secondhand items from 35,000 brands, according to its filing. (bit.ly/2NRElgE)Users download the company’s app, or go to the website, and ship their used apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry items. ThredUp, whose investors include Goldman Sachs, Highland Capital Partners and Redpoint Ventures, said its net loss widened to $47.9 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2020, from $38.2 million a year earlier. ThredUp received $175 million in funding in August 2019, which it said would be used to expand its platform to offer resale clothing services to retailers.
Brazil GDP drops 4.1% in 2020, COVID-19 surge erodes rebound
       
FILE PHOTO: Bulk Carrier 'Discoverer' unloads U.S. soybeans at the port of Paranagua, Brazil, December 3, 2020. The full-year 2020 drop was the worst since the current IBGE series began in 1996. Among the gloomiest forecasts at the onset of the pandemic, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund estimated that Brazil’s 2020 GDP would shrink by 8% and 9.1%, respectively. Mexico, which did not provide anywhere near as generous a fiscal support package, saw its economy slump 8.5% last year. GDP per capita fell 4.8%, IBGE said, the steepest fall since at least 2000.
Bangladesh moves more Rohingya Muslims to remote island despite concerns
       
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh is moving nearly 4,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island, officials said on Wednesday, despite complaints from rights groups concerned about the site’s vulnerability to storms and flooding. “Today 2,254 Rohingya people arrived and tomorrow we are expecting 1,700 plus,” Navy official Rashed Sattar said from the island. The government has dismissed safety concerns over the island, citing the building of flood defences as well as housing for 100,000 people, hospitals and cyclone centres. It also says overcrowding in refugee camps fuels crime, while some Rohingya said frequent violence in the camps had driven them to relocate. Bangladesh has called on Myanmar to move forward the stalled process of voluntarily repatriating Rohingya refugees, as international pressure mounts on the military leaders following a coup that reduces the refugees’ hopes of returning home.
U.S. suspends federal agent who joined crowd outside Capitol during rampage, lawyer says
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has suspended an agent who was outside the Capitol when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building, his lawyer said, in the first known case of authorities examining the conduct of a fellow federal agent during the deadly riot. Federal agents have charged more than 300 people so far with taking part in the riot, including several with connections to law enforcement. Gaspari said Ibrahim was outside the Capitol because “it was a historic event.” She said he did not pass a set of metal barricades outside the building that were quickly overrun by the crowd. Gaspari said he had turned in his resignation before Jan. 6, but withdrew it before it took effect. DEA officials learned Ibrahim had been outside the Capitol after he sent photographs from his phone to a group chat of fellow agents.
Bitcoin rises 5% to $50,942.58
       
FILE PHOTO: A collection of bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken Dec. 8, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Illustration(Reuters) - Bitcoin rose 5% to $50,942.58 on Wednesday, adding $2,426.23 to its previous close. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has risen 83.7% from the year’s low of $27,734 on Jan. 4. Bitcoin has fallen 12.7% from the year’s high of $58,354.14 on Feb. 21. Ether, the coin linked to the ethereum blockchain network, rose 7.18 % to $1,595.64 on Wednesday, adding $106.84 to its previous close.
Marvell shares fall as chip supplies expected to remain tight into 2022
       
(Reuters) - Shares of Marvell Technology Group Ltd fell on Wednesday as the designer of 5G networking chips said supplies could remain tight through its fiscal 2022. Marvell forecast revenue and adjusted profit ranges for its current fiscal first quarter with midpoints of $800 million and 27 cents per share, respectively, in line with analyst expectations of $793.3 million and 27 cents per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Marvell shares fell 3.4% to $43.90 in extended trading after closing 4.7% lower earlier in the day. “While we are confident that the industry will respond to these challenges, we anticipate a supply gap for at least through fiscal 2022,” he added. The company’s fiscal 2022 ends in January 2022.
The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone
       
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - A decade ago, Sakae Kato stayed behind to rescue cats abandoned by neighbours who fled the radiation clouds belching from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. Cats that were rescued by Sakae Kato, rest in a cage at Kato's home, in a restricted zone in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 20, 2021. A decade ago, he stayed behind to rescue cats abandoned by neighbours who fled the radiation clouds belching from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. Unuma fled as the cooling system at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s nuclear plant 2.5 km away failed and its reactors began to melt down. Lingering fears about the nuclear plant, jobs and poor infrastructure are keeping many away, though.
American Eagle expects best first-quarter sales in three years on Aerie strength
       
FILE PHOTO: Clothing is seen for sale in an American Eagle Outfitters retail store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 13, 2016. American Eagle is also closing some of its underperforming stores and moving away from malls, where traffic has been thinning, and will open new stand-alone stores. The company plans to open 50 Aerie stores this year. It expects annual capital expenditure to be in the range of $250 million to $275 million, up from $128 million in 2020. Holiday-quarter earnings, however, fell about 25%, weighed by underperforming stores and a charge of $103 million due to pandemic-related expenses.
U.S. readies $40 billion in loans to boost clean energy - official
       
Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Wednesday she is ready to reactivate her department’s loan program office that went mostly unused in the last four years and has more than $40 billion in funds to boost the transition to clean energy. Granholm said Jigar Shah, an expert in clean energy finance, will head the department’s loan programs office. He also founded SunEdison, a solar energy financing company. The Energy Department’s loans office was founded with stimulus funding in 2009 during the Obama administration. It has issued more than $35 billion in loans and loan guarantees and been paid back by companies, including Tesla Inc.
New attack on Iraqi air base fits profile of Iran-backed militia, U.S. officials say
       
BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions between the United States and Iran simmered on Wednesday after a new rocket attack against Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts U.S. forces, which U.S. officials told Reuters fit the profile of a strike by Iran-backed militia. FILE PHOTO: Military vehicles of U.S. soldiers are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq January 13, 2020. One attack on Feb. 16 on U.S.-led forces killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the latest strike fit the profile of an attack by Iran-backed militia but the Pentagon said it was too soon to come to any conclusions. The United States is assessing the impact of the attack and whoever was responsible, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Neera Tanden’s OMB nomination failed. Her fallback plan remains a mystery.
       
Her selection was driven by White House chief of staff Ron Klain, one of Tanden’s key allies inside Biden World. She had deep policy experience and had been helpful to the campaign by providing policy support. The Alaska Republican was the one Republican who had not stated where she stood on Tanden’s nomination to head OMB. “There was no hint of if you do this, I will do that,” said the aforementioned White House adviser. Murkowski has not said whether she ever made up her mind on Tanden’s nomination.
House scraps work schedule amid security threat
       
Razor wire fencing still encloses much of the Capitol Hill area, and members and staffers must enter through checkpoints manned by armed National Guard troops. Nonetheless, congressional leaders say they will heed the security warnings, with members still shaken from the violence that many of them witnessed two months ago. Some of the security presence, particularly the National Guard, appears to have diminished in recent weeks, though tighter new procedures — such as metal detectors into the House chambers — remain in place. Capitol security officials have indicated that they plan to beef up security for lawmakers in transit, recognizing that many have been targeted in recent months when they’re away from the building. We continue to see far-right extremist groups that are fueled by misinformation and conspiracy theories quickly become the most dangerous threat to society.”
U.S. declined to prosecute Trump transport chief after inspector general review
       
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks during a press conference on the One National Program Rule on federal preemption of state fuel economy standards at EPA Headquarters in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute then-Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao after the inspector general’s office referred allegations of potential misuse of office for review, a report made public on Wednesday said. The report included allegations that Chao directed staff to research or purchase personal items for her online using her personal credit card. In December, the inspector general’s office referred its findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for criminal prosecution, which declined to open a criminal investigation. The inspector general’s report added prosecutors said “there may be ethical and/or administrative issues to address but there is not predication to open a criminal investigation.”Chao could not immediately be reached for comment.
U.S. House cancels Thursday session after police warn of possible plot on Capitol
       
“The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” it said in its statement. The statement noted that police have made “significant security upgrades” at the Capitol, home to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. On Tuesday, Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett notified Congress members of a possible security threat spanning Thursday through Saturday. Congress has held hearings on the riot and congressional leaders in coming days are expected to receive recommendations for new, permanent security measures at the Capitol. The House impeached Trump on Jan. 13 on a charge of inciting an insurrection, focusing on an incendiary speech he made to supporters shortly before the mob converged on the Capitol.
Japan's Fast Retailing to cut prices by around 9%
       
FILE PHOTO: Fast Retailing's fashion chain Uniqlo, at a shopping complex in Beijing, China May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Florence LoTOKYO (Reuters) - Retail group Fast Retailing said on Thursday it was slashing prices by around 9% at its Uniqlo and GU stores in Japan, saying it recognised that many customers were experiencing “unprecedented difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic.”The company also said its price tags and displays will be fixed to be tax inclusive, to spare customers the bother of making calculations.
Haaland confirmation likely after picking up support from Collins
       
Collin’s statement comes after Sen. Joe Manchin, the moderate West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Energy Committee, said he would vote to confirm Haaland. “While we will not always agree on the administration’s policy, I want to be clear and open with you,” Haaland wrote. Haaland replied, in part, “I support affordable energy prices for all Americans and understand that prices fluctuate and can hurt consumers.”The answers did not sway Barrasso, who along with fellow GOP senators Steve Daines (Mont.) Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho asked Haaland about her support for expanding electric transmission grids, a policy issue that Haaland backed during her time in the House. He also asked her whether she supported encouraging mining on public lands, which experts say will be needed to supply the fast growing markets for battery and electrification technology.
Vanessa Bryant Talks Kobe And Gigi For People Cover Story: 'This Pain Is Unimaginable'
       
Vanessa Bryant shared in this week’s cover story for People magazine some of what the grieving process has been like since her husband, Kobe Bryant, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, died in a helicopter crash last year. Bryant graced the cover wearing a Los Angeles Lakers jacket as a homage to her basketball legend husband. “This pain is unimaginable [but] you just have to get up and push forward,” Bryant told People. Harry How/Getty Images Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Woollett Aquatics Center on July 26, 2018 in Irvine, California. Gigi, you still make mommy proud.” Last month, Bryant posted a photo of herself with Kobe for Valentine’s Day.
How To Talk To Your Kids About Miscarriage
       
Getty ImagesAlthough miscarriage is very common, it can feel difficult to talk about. But how exactly should you approach conversations about miscarriage with kids? Take your child’s age, developmental level and temperament into account when you share your pregnancy loss. “The more we talk to kids about tough topics like pregnancy loss, the more we can model what it means to experience the hard parts of life and navigate big feelings together, head-on.”Validate their emotional response. Talking to others who have experienced pregnancy loss can be helpful, although everyone’s story and healing process will be different.
Alec Baldwin Subtweets 'The Crown' Star Gillian Anderson Over Accent Switch
       
Alec Baldwin alluded to wife Hilaria Baldwin’s recent heritage controversy this week while taking a dig at Gillian Anderson’s ability to switch between accents. The “30 Rock” actor on Wednesday tweeted a CNN report about Anderson’s Golden Globe win for Netflix’s “The Crown,” in which she played former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Anderson, who was born in Chicago but spent much of her childhood in London, was noted as having “accepted the award using her American accent.”The “X-Files” and “Sex Education” star is quoted in the article as saying she “tried hard to cling on to my British accent” when her family relocated from England to Grand Rapids, Michigan, when she was 11. And though she’s once again based in London, she added, “I just slip into one or the other.”Apparently, that didn’t sit well with Baldwin, who tweeted, “Switching accents? That sounds...fascinating.”
Newsom confident MLB fans can return to California stadiums in April
       
| Harry How/Getty Images Newsom confident MLB fans can return to California stadiums in AprilOAKLAND — California fans can likely catch Major League Baseball games in person when the season begins in April, Gov. The fact that Newsom believes ballparks can safely allow some fans to attend — outside — is the latest indicator that Newsom has high confidence in California's progress. California is home to five MLB teams: the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, the San Diego Padres, the Anaheim Angels and the reigning champion Los Angeles Dodgers. In the yellow tier, teams could expand capacity to 25 percent. Allowing MLB teams to bring back fans by then may require looser thresholds than those already established.
New Virginia PAC forms to diversify state's political landscape
       
Lack of diversity within campaigns has been a longstanding issue in both Democratic and Republican politics. People of color represent less than 1 percent of all political consultants. “We want to create networks of support.”The group is launching in the heat of Virginia’s crowded and diverse gubernatorial primary. Their ultimate goal, Kasey said, is for the state’s political landscape to become so diverse that groups like theirs are obsolete. “And a lot of the old Virginia still kind of permit permeates the politics in the commonwealth.”
U.S. issues warning after Microsoft says China hacked its mail server program
       
The U.S. has issued an emergency warning after Microsoft said it caught China hacking into its mail and calendar server program, called Exchange. The perpetrator, Microsoft said in a blog post, is a hacker group that the company has “high confidence” is working for the Chinese government and primarily spies on American targets. CISA, the U.S.’s primary defensive cybersecurity agency, rarely exercises its authority to demand the entire U.S. government take protective steps to protect its cybersecurity. Contacted by email, a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Washington referred to recent comments by spokesperson Wang Wenbin. The campaign not only gave the hackers access to the victims’ emails and calendar invitations but to their entire network, Microsoft said.
Activist Chicago priest Michael Pfleger facing multiple sexual abuse allegations
       
Michael Pfleger, a prominent Chicago priest who gained a national profile for his progressive social activism, of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers. The affidavit was released on Wednesday by attorney Eugene Hollander, who is also representing two brothers accusing Pfleger of misconduct. "We smoked marijuana again and I pretended to be asleep. The lawyers also denied Pfleger ever took him to clubs or smoked marijuana with him. Monico and Figliulo have also rejected those claims, saying "these allegations are false.”The archdiocese is investigating Pfleger over the brothers' claims.
Eddie Glaude on moves to restrict voting rights: ‘There’s something eerily familiar about this’
       
Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University Eddie Glaude reacts to GOP lawmakers moving to restrict access to voting and says it is “an all-out assault on the franchise extended to Black folk”
Kaufman’s revenge
       
Kaufman’s revenge Presented by Defending Democracy TogetherWith help from Allie BiceWelcome to POLITICO’s 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administrationTED KAUFMAN does not strike the pose of a #resistance icon. If the Biden administration isn’t explicitly anti-Wall Street, it’s certainly the least Wall Street White House in many decades. Kaufman’s anti-Wall Street streak may be more visceral than Biden’s, but it’s not completely out of step with it. NEC director BRIAN DEESE worked for Wall Street firm BlackRock as the global head of sustainable investing after working all eight years of the Obama administration. As a senator, Kaufman’s two central objectives were reforming presidential transitions and hemming in Wall Street after the Great Recession.
Greg Abbott has left Texans to fight Covid alone
       
Gregg Abbott announced Tuesday that "state mandates are no longer needed" and that "it is now time to open Texas 100 percent." Texas, like much of the rest of the country, is seeing meaningful progress in vaccinating residents and decreasing daily infection rates. Abbott has purposefully injected a new infection into the state in the form of irresponsible policies that will promote unnecessary infection, hospitalization and death. Intentionally or not, Abbott has left the lives of Texans in their own hands. It should not be left to regular Texans to provide their own basic protection, but Abbott has left us with no other choice.
Beto O’Rourke on TX lifting its mask mandate: ‘This action is going to kill more Texans than have already died’
       
Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke expresses his outrage over Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to reopen businesses to full capacity and the lack of leadership in the state amid a crush of crises
How Two Skiers Conquered Yosemite's Half Dome
       
How Two Skiers Conquered Yosemite's Half DomeEnlarge this image toggle caption Jason Torlano/AP Jason Torlano/APAt the end of last month, two skiers achieved an unprecedented feat: descending the summit of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome into the valley below. Since then, Half Dome has become a popular, but challenging, hike. But on Feb. 21, Jason Torlano and Zach Milligan made the nearly 5,000-foot trek down on skis. Skiers and snowboarders have descended Half Dome in the past. Unsuitable snow conditions had thwarted Torlano's previous three attempts to ski down Half Dome.
Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends
       
Greg Abbott says Texas is lifting a mask mandate and lifting business capacity limits next week. Greg Abbott says Texas is lifting a mask mandate and lifting business capacity limits next week. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DALLAS (AP) — Now that Texas’ mask mandate is ending, florist Lucy Alanis is reconsidering a rare treat she allowed herself in Dallas during the coronavirus pandemic: the occasional meal at a restaurant. ADVERTISEMENTPresident Joe Biden also reacted to America’s second-largest state winding down virus restrictions for nearly 30 million people, calling it “Neanderthal thinking.”The mask mandate, which has been in place since July, and occupancy limits on restaurants and retail stores end March 10. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said his officers will continue wearing masks.
U.S. Civilian Contractor Dies During Rocket Strike On Iraq Air Base
       
Last month, there were three similar rocket attacks in Iraq, blamed by the U.S. on Iran-backed militants. The largest strike hit a base in the northern city of Irbil, where such attacks are rare, on Feb. 15. There, a barrage of rockets struck a base used, among others, by U.S. forces, next to the civilian airport. Last year, an American strike in Baghdad killed powerful Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. A Twitter account used by a representative of Kataib Hezbollah praised what he called the "Iraqi resistance" for today's attack on the Ain al-Asad air base.
Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol
       
Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's victory. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, rioters storm the Capitol, in Washington. Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's victory. Police were ill-prepared for the mass of Trump supporters in tactical gear, some armed, and it took hours for National Guard reinforcements to come. “We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.” Police did not identify the militia group in the statement.
Avient Stock, RealPage, Steel Dynamics, Yeti Enter The IBD 50
       
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Stock Market Rally Teeters Amid Growth Sell-Off; Polaris Shows Uncanny Strength
       
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Review: In ‘Truffle Hunters,’ an enchanting but beset world
       
These are some of the stars of “Truffle Hunters,” a profoundly lovely movie that delights in the noble scavengers of a dog-eat-dog world. “The Truffle Hunters” — surely among the greatest dog movies — even wryly occasionally shifts to a dog’s point of view. We see — via dog cam — like one of the hunters’ dogs when he’s let out of the car and runs down a path, panting. Just as last year’s beekeeping beauty “Honeyland,” “The Truffle Hunters” is a richly allegorical documentary of a vanishing agricultural pastime. “The Truffle Hunters,” a Sony Pictures Classics release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some language.
‘Unusual’ restrictions placed on National Guard before Capitol riot, general says
       
WASHINGTON — Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response. Guard troops who had been waiting on buses were then rushed to the Capitol, arriving in 18 minutes, Walker said. “The Army senior leadership” expressed “that it would not be their best military advice to have uniformed Guardsmen on the Capitol,” Walker said. Contee said Sund was pleading with Army officials to deploy National Guard troops as the rioting escalated. Thousands of National Guard troops are still patrolling the fenced-in Capitol, and multiple committees across Congress are investigating mistakes made on Jan. 6.
'No Remorse': Toronto's Van Attack Killer Found Guilty Of 1st Degree Murder
       
'No Remorse': Toronto's Van Attack Killer Found Guilty Of 1st Degree MurderEnlarge this image toggle caption Cole Burston/AFP via Getty Images Cole Burston/AFP via Getty ImagesTwenty-eight-year old Alek Minassian was found guilty on 26 charges that include murder and attempted murder Wednesday for purposefully driving a van through a crowd in Toronto nearly three years ago. On April 23, 2018, the man drove a white rental van onto a crowded sidewalk and plowed into pedestrians, killing 10 people and wounding another 15. She found Minassian guilty of 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder. Murder in Canada carries a life sentence and those found guilty must serve at least 25 years before being considered for parole. The Ontario Autism Coalition released a statement following Molloy's verdict, applauding the judge for rejecting the attempted autism defense.
Okta Will Buy Identity Software Firm Auth0 in $6.5B Deal, and Its Stock Is Falling
       
Okta said on Wednesday that it had agreed to acquire Auth0, an identity software provider, for $6.5 billion in stock. Okta stock (ticker: OKTA) fell 11.3% in after-hours trading to $214; that follows a decline of 6.9% in Wednesday’s regular session. Okta CEO Todd McKinnon explains that his company’s focus historically has been on employee identity management. “Combining Auth0’s developer-centric identity solution with the Okta Identity Cloud will drive tremendous value for both current and future customers,” McKinnon added in a statement. For the fourth quarter, Okta posted revenue of $234.7 million, up 40% from a year ago, and ahead of the Street consensus at $221.9 million.
Trumps Aim for Hefty Profit on $49 Million Palm Beach, Florida, Mansion
       
A Palm Beach mansion opposite former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and with longstanding ties to his family has hit the market for $49 million. The younger Mr. Trump, 37, touted the new listing on his personal twitter account Wednesday morning. Mr. Moens did not respond to a request for comment. Along with its close proximity to Mar-a-Lago, the home sits directly opposite a mansion that also belongs to the former president, property records show. The Palm Beach Daily News first reported the listing.
Most Expensive Private Island in the Florida Keys Sells for $11 Million
       
A nearly five-acre private island in the Florida Keys sold for an unprecedented $11 million on Friday, making it the priciest sale ever in Marathon, Florida, and the most expensive private island sold in the Keys. It was also the highest private island sale ever in the Florida Keys, said listing agent Pierre Marc Bellion of Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty. “Here in the Keys, $11 million is a record sale,” he said. “In the Florida Keys, we have pretty shallow waters everywhere,” he noted. That’s also caused a frenzy of home buying in Florida and led to several record sales in recent months.
Splunk Stock Is Rallying Because Earnings Crushed Estimates
       
Splunk stock is trading higher in late trading Wednesday after the analytics-software company posted better-than-expected results for its fiscal-fourth-quarter ended Jan. 31. For the quarter, Splunk (ticker: SPLK) posted revenue of $745 million, down 6% from a year ago, but well above the Wall Street analyst consensus estimate for $686 million. Splunk said it had 510 customers with ARR above $1 million, up 44% from a year earlier. For the April quarter, Splunk sees revenue of $480 million to $500 million, falling shy of the Street consensus at $507.3 million, with ARR of $2.42 billion to $2.44 billion. “We now have more than 500 customers investing over $1 million annually in our platform and solutions.”In late trading, Splunk stock is up 5% to $150.50.
Paramount+ Launches Thursday. What ViacomCBS Investors Need To Know.
       
Paramount+ launches on Thursday as the conversation on Wall Street over the future of ViacomCBS in a streaming-dominated world continues. ViacomCBS (ticker: VIAC) is calling Paramount+ a brand-new service, but it’s more of an expansion and rename of its CBS All Access platform. ViacomCBS management expects to have 65 million to 75 million streaming subscribers globally in 2024, up from just under 30 million at the end of 2020. Post-pandemic, we expect a shakeout among streaming services at the consumer level. We’ll take the ‘under’ on the Paramount+ (and Showtime) guidance.”Juenger rates ViacomCBS stock at the equivalent of Sell with a $23 price target—the lowest on the Street.
EU, Britain clash again over trade rules
       
Commission vice-president Maroš Šef?ovi? said in a statement that UK’s decision to unilaterally extend a grace period on checks for goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland amounts to “a violation” of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol was designed to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. The sensitivity of Northern Ireland’s status was underscored earlier this year when the EU threatened to ban shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Northern Ireland as part of moves to shore up the bloc’s supply. Šef?ovi? held discussions Wednesday with cabinet minister David Frost, the former chief Brexit negotiator now responsible for EU relations. Before their talks, Šef?ovi? said he would tell Frost “the European Commission will respond to these developments in accordance with the legal means established by the Withdrawal Agreement and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.”
Yext stock falls as revenue outlook disappoints
       
Yext Inc. YEXT, -6.60% shares dropped in the extended session Wednesday after the cloud-based software developer’s revenue outlook fell short of Wall Street expectations even as quarterly results topped them. Yext shares dropped 15% after hours, following a 6.6% decline in the regular session to close at $16.55.
Jets’ plans at quarterback are becoming increasingly clear
       
NEW YORK — Jets GM Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh haven’t quite tipped their hand for their plans at quarterback yet, but those plans are becoming increasingly clear. Perhaps the clearest statement came from Douglas when he was asked a leading question about trading the Jets’ boatload of picks for a player. “Ultimately, for us to get where the great teams are, the most consistent teams are, you do that through the draft,” Douglas said. The GM basically confirmed a month-old ESPN report that the Jets are in trade discussions with other teams about Darnold. Safety Marcus Maye, the team’s clear MVP last season, is a free agent, although the Jets could franchise tag him.
Marvell Technology’s Sales Got a Lift From 5G. Its Outlook Was Mixed,
       
The global chip shortage has raised expectations for semiconductor companies. DreamstimeMarvell Technology Group reported revenue that topped Wall Street expectations, and adjusted profit that was in line with analysts’ models, but its forecasts for the current quarter raised concerns its next results may not be a strong as hoped. There is a global shortage of semiconductors, so investors have had lofty expectations for chip companies. They expect results that are comfortably above what Wall Street had penciled in, and forecasts pointing to a bullish outlook.
RIA Deal Driven by Passion for Social Justice
       
Two prominent wealth management firms that operate with an eye toward achieving social justice goals have merged in a deal seen as a bellwether for rising interest in the issue. Abacus Wealth Partners, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm with $3.6 billion in assets under management, has acquired small but prominent RIA Robasciotti & Philipson of San Francisco, which bills itself as majority-owned and operated by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The firm serves a client base that largely mirrors the...
Reports: Dan Dakich to keep ESPN job, but receives scolding from network over internet bullying
       
UFC president Dana White also backed that sentiment, telling MMA Junkie that Chimaev "ain't quitting." Then, on Tuesday, Kadyrov posted a message via the Visit Chechnya Instagram account, in which he said that he talked Chimaev out of retiring. "Friends, you've probably already heard the news about Khamzat Chimaev, who announced his departure from the UFC in his account. That is how Khamzat wrote on Instagram. When he wasn't physically able to train for the bout, Edwards was re-booked opposite Belal Muhammad for the same date.
Roku’s Nielsen Deal Means It Can Make Money Off Traditional TV Viewers. Here’s How.
       
Earlier this week, streaming platform Roku (ticker: ROKU) said it was buying Nielsen’s Advanced Video Advertising unit, which includes technology that makes it easier for advertisers to target specific audiences. The Nielsen (NLSN) deal means Roku can make money off people who watch TV the traditional way—tuning into a scheduled program on its original channel, according to KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Justin Patterson. “This increases value to programmers who can now leverage Roku to grow both their direct-to-consumer (D2C) and linear TV revenue streams,” Patterson said in a note. Roku also has a deal to acquire the content library of defunct Quibi, adding 75 shows and documentaries and other content. Roku also plows more money and brainpower into research and development, which should support its growth against rivals like Vizio, Patterson added.
Cuomo responds to harassment scandal: ‘I’m not going to resign’
       
In the face of multiple sexual harassment claims and a pending investigation from the state attorney general’s office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized for his behavior but rejected calls for his resignation, saying, “I’m not going to resign. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. I feel awful about it and, frankly, I am embarrassed about it.”The governor said he “never touched anyone inappropriately. More New York Covid-19 News:
Voting rights an intensifying partisan battleground, as Democrats push H.R. 1 and Republicans alter election procedures at state level
       
Yet to many Republicans, it amounts to an unwarranted federal intrusion into a process that states should control. The bill would mandate early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought changes that Republicans reject. “ Former Virginia attorney general and Trump administration official Ken Cuccinelli is spearheading a $5 million campaign to pressure Senate Democrats to oppose H.R. Democrats say their aim is to make it easier for more people to vote, regardless of partisan affiliation. But challenges lie ahead in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, including the independents who caucus with Democrats.
How ‘Interest Discovery’ Can Satisfy Difficult Clients
       
“These are times that try men’s souls,” an advisor exhorted to me recently. Of course, the pain from Covid has been felt everywhere, and so many clients are still on edge. How best to deal with your customers these days? Here’s one ritual I want you to consider adopting. It comes from my late mentor, Roger Fisher, who co-founded the Harvard Negotiation Project.
Snowflake’s Stock Remains Volatile After a Better-Than-Expected Quarter
       
Snowflake shares were volatile in late trading Wednesday after the cloud-based software firm posted better-than-expected revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter but offered a slightly weak sales outlook for the current year. For the quarter, Snowflake (ticker: SNOW) had total revenue of $190.5 million, up 117% from a year ago and ahead of the Wall Street consensus estimate of $178.5 million. The company had product revenue of $178.3 million, up 116% and above the company’s guidance range of $162 million to $167 million. The stock fell 8.7%, to $247, in regular trading Wednesday, amid a broad selloff in tech stocks. After continuing to fall in late trading, Snowflake shares have recovered and are currently up 2.9% in the after hours session.
High-Yield Debt Issuer GFL Eyes Green Bond Deal
       
(Bloomberg) -- GFL Environmental Inc., a waste management company whose largest shareholder is investment firm BC Partners, is considering a debut in the green bond market as the company looks to digest an acquisition spree and reduce debt costs. “Our view is that there is going to be a couple of projects that actually qualify for that program,” said Dovigi, adding that an eventual green bond may be priced at a lower yield than its regular securities. GFL, which carried out around $4 billion of mergers and acquisitions in 2020, is looking to reduce interest rates on its debt. While GFL would be a new company for green bond investors, it’s a regular borrower in the high-yield debt markets. Spruce Point officials didn’t reply to requests for comment about their views on GFL and whether they continue to hold a short position on GFL.
Sunak Plans Highest U.K. Taxes Since 1960s to Pay Pandemic Bill
       
(Bloomberg) -- British finance minister Rishi Sunak will keep spending big to help the economy through the pandemic crisis and intends to raise the U.K. tax burden to its highest level for more than 50 years to begin to pay the bill. What’s in the U.K. Budget as Sunak Targets Covid and DeficitBritain has already endured its deepest recession in more than 300 years, alongside the worst pandemic death toll in Europe. The measures will raise the total tax burden from 34% to 35% of GDP in 2025-26, the highest level since the late 1960s. Sunak extended the main crisis support measures for three months beyond that date, in case the coronavirus outbreak gets worse. ‘Super Deduction’With that in mind, Sunak also announced measures to encourage investment and incentives for businesses to hire more apprentices.
How I Learned To Budget While Living Paycheck To Paycheck
       
As of late 2020, 63% of Americans said they were living paycheck to paycheck, with 21% having no emergency savings. Work, pay your bills, work, pay your bills, repeat. My friends were also all living paycheck to paycheck and had the same spending habits, which normalized this behavior. I felt so bad about myself, I was living paycheck to paycheck, couldn’t afford anything, and yet I was supposed to be helping businesses manage their money. Anticipating my bills was helpful, and I was able to save my first $1,000, which became the key to not living paycheck to paycheck.
'When will it end?': How a changing virus is reshaping scientists’ views on COVID-19
       
But, they say, data in recent weeks on new variants from South Africa and Brazil has undercut that optimism. And, scientists say there is still much to be learned about the immune system's ability to combat the virus. The shift in thinking among scientists has influenced more cautious government statements about when the pandemic will end. Around the same time, researchers learned of the impact of the faster-spreading variants in South Africa and in Brazil. Novavax’s clinical trial data showed its vaccine was 89% effective in a UK trial, but just 50% effective at preventing COVID-19 in South Africa.
16 Best Poufs, Ottomans, and Footstools for Your Every Need
       
ReutersFormer Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung, among the most vocal supporters of Beijing's moves to tighten control over the territory, did not rule out a return to his former post in an interview on Wednesday. "I'd do anything to serve Hong Kong well and to serve the country," said Leung, who was chief executive from 2012-2017 and is vice chairman of China's top political advisory body the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), when asked if he ruled out the possibility of returning to the post. Asked if he is open to running for - or being selected as - Hong Kong's next chief executive, Leung listed the position's requirements: a Chinese citizen at least 40 years old who has lived in Hong Kong for more then 20 years.
Fossils of oldest member of huge dinosaur group found in Argentina
       
Yahoo EntertainmentEddie Huang's new movie Boogie is dedicated to one of his stars, the rapper Pop Smoke who was killed in a 2020 home invasion. Pop made his film acting debut in the movie, where he plays Monk, the on-court rival to Huang's protagonist, Boogie. Huang recently spoke to Yahoo Entertainment about working with the rapper and being impressed by his acting chops. And he didn't have an ego about it and he wouldn't get scared about it." Watch more about Pop Smoke from Huang in the video above.
Collins to back Haaland for Interior, sealing her approval
       
The announcement makes Haaland's confirmation by the Senate nearly certain and follows Haaland's endorsement last week by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, had been publicly undecided through two days of hearings on Haaland’s nomination by President Joe Biden. The landmark law, co-sponsored by Collins in the Senate, authorizes nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. Interior oversees the nation's public lands and waters and leads relations with nearly 600 federally recognized tribes. The Senate energy panel is set to vote on Haaland's nomination Thursday.
Schumer says Senate will take up relief bill as early as Wednesday
       
Members of the Sexual Harassment Working Group also said they expected more allegations to follow – and accused Cuomo of “gaslighting” his accusers. Letitia James, the state attorney general, meanwhile, announced the first step in mounting an external investigation of the governor’s behaviour. Cuomo, the son of a former governor and himself a former US housing secretary, is one of America’s most prominent governors. On Sunday he acknowledged for the first time that some of his behaviour towards women “may have been insensitive or too personal”. Now.” New York’s US senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and the congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among Democrats who demanded an independent investigation.
Covid: Police break up 'fake vaccine network' in China and South Africa
       
In late 2017, the U.S. Treasury added Artem Chaika, son of Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika, to those sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Act. He is co-owner of a Russian company called Quantum Technologies and serves on the boards of various state-owned companies. During Chaika’s tenure as prosecutor-general, his sons, 45-year-old Artem Chaika and 33-year-old Igor Chaika, created huge business empires. (Arkady recently to came to Putin’s rescue by claiming, unconvincingly, that he was the owner of “Putin’s palace,” exposed by Navalny. Arkady’s son Igor Rotenberg, 47, has held numerous positions in the Putin government and also is on the boards of several gas and power companies.
Palestinian COVID-19 vaccine rollout under fire over doses for VIPs
       
By Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-MughrabiRAMALLAH (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday confirmed that it diverted some COVID-19 vaccination doses meant for medical workers to VIPs as critics charged but said this involved a small fraction of inoculations. A health ministry statement said 10% of the 12,000 doses it received were given to the Palestinian national football team, government ministers, presidential guards and members of the Palestine Liberation Organization's topmost Executive Committee. But it said the other 90% went to health workers treating COVID-19 cases in intensive care units and emergency departments, and health ministry workers. The West Bank and Gaza, home to a combined 5.2 million Palestinians, have received around 34,700 vaccine doses to date. But Israeli officials have said that under the Oslo peace accords, the PA health ministry is responsible.
Palestinian Authority faces criticism over vaccine rollout
       
But to date it has only acquired enough doses to inoculate 6,000 people in a population of nearly 5 million. “We have focused from the beginning on health workers, but there are around 100,000" in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Health Minister Mai Alkaila told reporters on Tuesday. The PA acquired another 10,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. Alkaila said 2,000 doses have been shipped to Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas and is under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. Story continuesOf the remaining 9,800 doses, she said 90% have been given to health workers.
National Guard troops defending Capitol say they’ve been made sick by eating raw chicken, mouldy bread, and metal shavings
       
The sergeant also claimed the troops, some of whom he said have been hospitalised after eating the food provided for them, were also served mouldy bread and food containing metal shavings. “Yesterday, for instance, there were 74 different meals found with raw beef in them,” the sergeant told WXYZ before providing them with photos of the undercooked meat. “Since the beginning of the mission on 7 January, we’ve served about 26,000 personnel more than 1.2 million meals. And of that, in 0.01 per cent we’ve discovered the appearance of undercooked meals,” the spokesperson said. Five people died and several more were injured on that day, causing House members to barricade themselves inside their offices.
Analysis: Lord Frost wastes no time in ruffling Brussels' feathers
       
The new tougher approach is believed to be backed by Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis. This will not bother Lord Frost, who only began his new role as minister for relations with the EU on Monday, one jot. It is an open secret that he is no fan of the Northern Ireland Protocol and he has form when it comes to ruffling feathers in Brussels during his spell as the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator. Lord Frost was determined that the same mistakes made by his predecessor would not be repeated during the trade talks. Lord Frost has now plucked the same page out of his negotiating playbook to try and shake Brussels out of its complacency over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Confirmation unsure for Biden health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra
       
Her withdrawal marks the president’s first failure as he seeks Senate confirmation for his cabinet nominees. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work.” Tanden’s confirmation had faced increasingly steep odds. Republican senators who opposed her nomination cited tweets attacking members of both parties prior to her nomination. Biden’s cabinet is slow to fill as some of his nominations hit hurdles on the way to confirmation. The president’s prospective health secretary, Xavier Becerra, faces a crucial committee vote in the Senate finance committee, where he is taking heat from Republicans for his support of abortion rights.
Myanmar U.N. envoy, junta make rival claims to U.N. representation
       
However, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the office of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was notified on Tuesday that the Myanmar junta had terminated Kyaw Moe Tun and appointed his deputy Tin Maung Naing as the acting U.N. envoy. The rival claims to represent Myanmar will now likely have to be considered by a nine-member U.N. credentials committee that reports to the General Assembly, which will then make the final decision. The United Nations has previously had to address competing claims for representation at the world body. In September 2011, the General Assembly approved a Libyan request to accredit envoys of the country's interim government. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, met virtually with Kyaw Moe Tun on Tuesday.
Nearly 40 killed in violent day of protests against Myanmar coup, U.N. envoy says
       
(Reuters) - Thirty-eight people were killed in Myanmar as the military quelled protests in several towns and cities on Wednesday, the United Nations said, the most violent day since demonstrations against last month's military coup first broke out. "Today it was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on the 1st of February. SUSTAINED SHOOTINGKo Bo Kyi, joint secretary of Myanmar's Assistance Association for Political Prisoners rights group, had said earlier the military killed at least 18. 'WE SHALL OVERCOME'Security forces breaking up protests in Yangon detained about 300 protesters, the Myanmar Now news agency reported. Images of a 19-year-old woman, one of two shot dead in Mandalay, showed her wearing a T-shirt that read "Everything will be OK".
Israel sentences Palestinian lawmaker to two years in prison
       
Refinery29AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 29: Texas Governor Greg Abbott arrives for his COVID-19 press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Greg Abbott announced that the state’s COVID-19 restrictions —including a mask mandate and limited capacity at restaurants — would be lifted in full. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100%,” he said. “This is the second time that our state leadership has put us in a bad position by reopening too early,” Michael Fojtasek, an Austin-based chef, told the Austin American-Statesman. What is clear now is that Texas leadership — under the guidance of Gov.
Daily Crunch: Google swears off ad-tracking
       
Google says it's focusing on privacy-friendly approaches to ad targeting, Okta acquires Auth0 and a flying taxi startup raises $241 million. This is your Daily Crunch for March 3, 2021. Instead, he pointed to Google technologies like its interest-based Federated Learning of Cohorts. The tech giantsOkta acquires cloud identity startup Auth0 for $6.5B — With Auth0, Okta gets a cloud identity company that helps developers embed identity management into applications. The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch's roundup of our biggest and most important stories.
The Aston Martin DBX is a tale of two vehicles
       
The Aston Martin DBX is the brand's first SUV -- and the stakes for the iconic British luxury car maker couldn't be higher. (The version Aston Martin provided to TechCrunch for a test drive had the option-loaded retail price of $205,186 DBX, including delivery fees.) Aston Martin set a goal of selling 14,000 vehicles by 2023, a steep hike for a small, boutique brand. Image Credits: Aston MartinAs slick technological features become more important, Aston Martin may need to rethink how it solves for lagging behind. Aston Martin indicated in its latest earnings call that offering a hybrid SUV will be important for the company.
Brazil's COVID Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say
       
(Dado Galdieri/The New York Times)RIO DE JANEIRO — COVID-19 has already left a trail of death and despair in Brazil, one of the worst in the world. And the variant has slipped Brazil’s borders, showing up in two dozen other countries and in small numbers in the United States. Story continues“You need vaccines to get in the way of these things,” said William Hanage, a public health researcher at Harvard T.H. By January, scientists had discovered that a new variant, which became known as P.1, had become dominant in the state. “It was a horror film.”Since then, the coronavirus crisis has eased somewhat in Amazonas but worsened in most of Brazil.
Disney to close at least 60 Disney Stores in North America before end of year
       
Disney announced Wednesday it will be closing at least 60 Disney retail stores in North America as the company focuses its efforts on boosting its e-commerce platforms. The move came about as consumers have shopped more online rather than physical locations – a trend that has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it is also weighing significant reductions of stores in Europe. Locations in China and Japan will not be affected nor will Disney Parks Stores. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM FOX BUSINESSDisney also expanded its digital operations in Australia, New Zealand and India late last year.
House cancels Thursday votes amid security threats at Capitol
       
The House of Representatives canceled votes Thursday in Washington amid new security threats at the Capitol and members will work late into the evening Wednesday. House leadership announced the sudden change in plans Wednesday. The House was to vote Thursday on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, but instead the House will vote on that police reform measure late Wednesday and cancel votes for the remainder of the week. WARREN, PRESSLEY AMONG DEMS PUSHING TO STRIP POLICE OF 'QUALIFIED IMMUNITY'Police announced Wednesday increased security at the Capitol amid new potential threats to lawmakers and the Capitol complex. Lawmakers are still reeling from Jan. 6 riot when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, destroyed property, threatened lawmakers and forced Congress to evacuate.
Facebook lifting political ad ban imposed after 2020 election
       
Facebook says it’s lifting a ban on political ads starting Thursday. “We put this temporary ban in place after the November 2020 election to avoid confusion or abuse following Election Day. Both Democratic and Republican digital strategists were furious over the Facebook ban on political ads. Google – the other giant when it comes to digital political advertising – also instituted a ban surrounding the 2020 general election. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSFacebook and Google are the two biggest digital platforms for political ads.
Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion selling for roughly $50M
       
GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe property was the most valuable of Mr. Epstein’s extensive property portfolio, which also included homes in Paris, New Mexico and Florida. It was later used as a school and was formerly owned by Leslie Wexner, the billionaire retail tycoon and a onetime close associate of Mr. Epstein. Mr. Epstein paid $20 million for it in 1998, according to a person familiar with the situation. The proceeds of the sale are slated to go to his estate, which has created a compensation fund to adjudicate claims from Mr. Epstein’s alleged victims. To read more from The Wall Street Journal, click here.
Okta Sets $6.5B Deal for Auth0
       
Okta unveiled an all-stock deal for identity-verification rival Auth0 and reported a weaker-than-expected outlook . Okta (OKTA) - Get Report, an identity-verification specialist said it was acquiring Auth0, a rival in the industry, for $6.5 billion of stock Wednesday after the bell. At last check, Okta shares were off 11% at $215.70. Under the terms, Okta will acquire Auth0 "based on a fixed number of Okta shares and an Okta share price of $276.21." For the fiscal first quarter Okta sees an adjusted loss of 20 cents to 21 cents a share on revenue ranging $237 million to $239 million.
Will the real Melo please stand up? And the real KD while we’re at it
       
Carmelo Anthony has been known as “Melo” since the future Hall of Famer was selected as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. The 19-year-old built his resume around the world before being selected as the third overall pick by the Hornets in last year’s draft. He became the youngest player ever to record a triple-double when he did so in January against the Atlanta Hawks. I’m the real KD.... your name Kevin Durant act accordingly ?? https://t.co/zz9nKERprd — 3:14 (@kashdoll) February 27, 2021The debate caught the attention of many, even 50 Cent posted about it on his Instagram.
David Fletcher to set an aggressive tone for Angels with his old-school mentality
       
Joe Maddon wants the Angels to play “like it’s 1985,” an approach the manager describes as a “real assertive, aggressive, attitudinal kind of game, maybe pushing it on the bases. He knows to stay in his lane.”AdvertisementFletcher’s primary job is to get on base for the sluggers behind him. If there is one phase of the game Maddon would like to see Fletcher expand, it’s on the basepaths. Fletcher has 13 stolen bases and has been caught stealing four times in 283 big league games. Advertisement“You’re probably going to see the best version of him, if we’re able to leave him there,” Maddon said.
Postal Service to consolidate postal districts, offer early retirement to non-union workers
       
Postal Service (USPS) said on Wednesday it is offering early retirement to non-union employees as it consolidates postal districts in an effort to stem billions in red ink. The USPS will merge the existing 67 Postal Service Districts into 50 Districts and will also centralize district-level marketing and retail efforts, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement. Last month, DeJoy told lawmakers the U.S. mail system is losing $10 billion a year and urgently needs reform and legislative relief. DeJoy said last month USPS is committed to having electric vehicles make up 10% of its next-generation fleet. THE USPS WILL NOT BE SAVED WITH MORE MONEYUSPS last month awarded a $482 million contract to Oshkosh Defense to finalize production for the next-generation postal vehicles.
US gets 'C-,' faces $2.59 trillion in infrastructure needs over 10 years: report
       
The United States faces a $2.59 trillion shortfall in infrastructure needs that requires a massive jump in government spending to address crumbling roads, bridges and other programs, according to an assessment by an engineers group issued on Wednesday. The biggest projected gap is in surface transportation, which faces $1.2 trillion in projected unmet needs over 10 years, while water systems face $434 billion and schools $380 billion in funding gaps. It remains unclear how Biden or Congress will fund new infrastructure spending. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSThe report praised state and local governments for boosting infrastructure spending. Since 2010, 37 U.S. states raised gas taxes to fund transportation and U.S. voters approved 98% of local infrastructure ballot initiatives in November.
Europe fears creating COVID-19 vaccine passports could lead to discrimination, division
       
After months of political clashes around the world over lockdowns and travel restrictions, Europe is at the forefront of a thorny new COVID-19 controversy: vaccine passports. And like earlier disputes, national disagreements over vaccine passports are playing out against a backdrop of frayed tempers and pandemic fatigue. That has given added impetus to the vaccine passport question, with a formal government review to be completed by June. AdvertisementIn some European countries, the vaccine passport debate is shadowed by the past. Within France, Ribeiro said, a health pass could mark a return to a cherished lifestyle of cozy café rendezvous and nights out at the cinema.
In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. ET with none other than “Gone With the Wind.”“We know millions of people love these films,” said TCM host Jacqueline Stewart, who is participating in many of the conversations. Advertisement“I grew up in a family of people who loved classic films. The classic film podcast “ You Must Remember This ” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be. And Stewart, for her part, doesn’t believe that you can simply remove problematic films from the culture.
‘Unraveling’: America’s two major parties are at war over the rules that govern voting
       
To an extent not seen in a century, America’s two major parties have gone to battle over the rules that govern voting — an intensifying fight that threatens to dominate and embitter the country’s politics. Skirmishes along the battle line flared repeatedly this week:At the Supreme Court, Republican and Democratic lawyers clashed over part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. And it would restore voting rights nationwide to felons who have completed their terms, giving voting rights back to several million people. AdvertisementIn the 1960s, for example, Congress engaged in marathon debates over voting rights for Black Americans. But those fights, which led to passage of the Voting Rights Act and outlawed poll taxes with the 24th Amendment, split both parties.
Siemens accuses GE of exaggerating trade-secret theft claims
       
In a January lawsuit, GE claimed that Siemens Energy used confidential information about GE’s gas turbines to help the German company’s US unit unfairly win at least nine gas-turbine contracts that GE claimed were worth billions of dollars. GE claimed a Siemens account manager obtained the information during a bidding process and shared it with dozens of colleagues, some of whom used it to alter a Siemens bid for a Dominion Energy Inc. project in Virginia. Siemens Energy accused General Electric of embellishing claims of trade-secret theft in a bid to put its German rival at a disadvantage in the tough market for gas-power turbines — the latest allegation in a US lawsuit between the two companies. The information was limited to the one project, yet GE has expanded that to claim there was a more extensive theft of information, including some that’s actually public, Siemens Energy said. GE has filed a request that certain Siemens officials be barred from participating in developing bids for gas turbine projects in Belgium, Italy, and South Carolina.
Chronic flooding puts Countryside Elementary School project on the front burner, officials say
       
AdvertisementThe virtual walkthrough Feb. 10 was part of a study the MSBA completes before deciding the next steps for a school. Beyond insufficient internal space, Gilman said the school is also around a wetland area. According to its website, the MBSA board of directors distributes grants “based on need and urgency.” Goldman said this would be the third MSBA project for Newton, after Angier and Cabot Elementary Schools. “You just don’t make up 40 years of neglect in a couple of years.”David Fleishman, superintendent of Newton Public Schools, said Countryside typically serves about 400 students. “Countryside is a wonderful school that needs a lot of work,” Fleishman said.
Man pleads not guilty to motor vehicle homicide charges crash that killed Salem police officer
       
A Salem man pleaded not guilty to two counts of motor vehicle homicide and other offenses Wednesday in connection to the crash that killed off-duty Salem police officer Dana Mazola last June, officials said. Juan Marinez, 26, was arraigned in Salem District Court and ordered not to drive, the Essex district attorney’s office said in a statement. The case is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 22, the statement said.
Watchdog finds GOP congressman harassed staff, drank while serving as White House physician
       
After allegations emerged that Jackson had improperly distributed prescription drugs, created a hostile work environment, and had problems with drinking, the White House withdrew his nomination. AdvertisementJackson went on to win a crowded Republican primary race to represent a district in northeastern Texas and was elected to Congress in 2020. “I also categorically deny any implication that I was in any way sexually inappropriate at work, outside of work, or anywhere with any member of my staff or anyone else. Jackson had previously recounted to witnesses that he found that rule to be stupid, investigators found. AdvertisementFormer subordinates interviewed by investigators additionally raised the concern that Jackson took Ambien, a powerful sleep-aid medication, to help him sleep during long overseas travel.
MIT researchers read a letter without opening it
       
There it languished, along with nearly 600 other letters, sealed and unread for centuries. The algorithm was tested against an opened letter that confirmed the folding pattern. When asked why researchers didn’t simply open the letter, researcher Nadine Akkerman of Leider University explained that the sealed letter would be forever changed were it opened. Some had “built-in traps that actually ripped the paper and could even ruin the message.”AdvertisementA computer-generated unfolding animation of a sealed letter. Unlocking History Research GroupMIT Library Conservator Jana Dambrogio says that keeping the letter in its locked state preserves history itself.
Cooks get creative as Newton culinary studio offers both in-person and virtual experiences
       
At a Newton-based culinary studio, people are getting back into hands-on classes — an activity in short supply during the pandemic. After months of cooking in their own kitchens, Create A Cook’s doors are now open in Newton Highlands to customers for in-person culinary experiences in addition to virtual. AdvertisementDana Fernandez, co-president of Zervas Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, used Create A Cook’s to host a private, virtual cooking class for parents. Juskalian and Gangal said they donated the food they were going to use for cooking classes, and then sat down to try and make a plan. “She tried it, loved it and continued to eat it.”Create A Cook has hosted many private cooking classes for families and individual cohorts.
Hirokazu Sawamura ‘excited’ after making first bullpen appearance for Red Sox
       
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Under gloomy skies, Hirokazu Sawamura threw 23 pitches to Kevin Plawecki in the bullpen adjacent to the Red Sox clubhouse Wednesday morning. “It was my first bullpen session ever in the U.S. and wearing this jersey, the Red Sox jersey. “Very likable guy,” Sox manager Alex Cora said of Sawamura. AdvertisementEvery Red Sox starter had at least one hit and it was 12-1 after an eight-run fourth inning. I know he’s going to be fine and we’re going to get back to competing again.
In a concession to Democratic moderates, Biden signs off on tighter income limits for stimulus checks
       
Under the changes agreed to by Biden and Senate Democratic leaders, individuals earning $75,000 per year and couples earning $150,000 would still receive the full $1,400-per-person benefit. Narrowing eligibility for the stimulus checks was just one change Democratic moderates such as Shaheen and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virgina had been seeking. Senate Democrats do not intend to adopt the suggested change to unemployment benefits, and they will stay at $400 per week, the aide said. The unemployment benefits are set to expire March 14; the Biden bill would extend them through August. With 50 votes in the Senate, Democrats must stay united to pass the legislation, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any tie.
Teens on the edge in HBO Max’s ‘Generation’
       
But HBO Max’s new half-hour show, which premieres March 11, is not here to ridicule or judge the kids. The opening of each of the first episodes of “Generation” is cringe comedy at its spikiest. Some segments zero in on particular teens in the ensemble, but we also see them all together as their friendships tighten. Times have changed, TV has changed, and teens have changed, and more explicit and unsettling shows like “Generation,” “Euphoria,” and even “Sex Education” have become the thought-provoking standard. GENERATIONStarring: Justice Smith, Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Martha Plimpton, Chase Sui Wonders, Uly SchlesingerOn: HBO Max.
Oakland A’s takeaways: What A.J. Puk’s progress means for the rotation
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Oakland A’s let a seven-run lead slip into the Arizona breeze in Wednesday’s 10-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Puk’s progress and what it means for the rotationA.J. Puk’s progress in the final stages of his post-surgery rehabilitation will be crucial to determining the A’s pitching picture. “As the season goes on, you need 10 starters or eight starters, there’s always room for starters and that means there’s always room for depth,” Emerson said. Major League Baseball delayed the minor league season by a month, pushing the start of the Triple-A season from early April to early May.
Newly eligible, R.I. teachers struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine appointments through CVS
       
In the early morning hours on Wednesday, teachers were allowed to start signing up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the retail pharmacy’s web portal. Sara Sousa, a 36-year-old preschool teacher at a Catholic school in Warwick, Rhode Island, has been going to work in-person every single day. Retail pharmacies in Rhode Island receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from both the federal government’s allocation and from the state. “Rhode Island is one of the few states in the country without a plan to vaccinate teachers. CVS requires that patients schedule their second vaccine appointment when making an appointment for their first dose.
Progressive loss in State House primary resurfaces debate over ranked-choice voting
       
If Tuesday’s race was a test of Massachusetts liberals’ electoral mettle, they did not pass. To some, this week’s outcome points to the need for ranked-choice voting, a system Massachusetts voters rejected last year, 55 percent to 45 percent. It was “a tragic thing to see that the first election to happen after the defeat of [ranked-choice voting] on the ballot last year is one where ranked-choice voting very well could have led to a different outcome,” said Jonathan Cohn, elections committee chair for Progressive Massachusetts, which had backed Jaramillo. For Turco, discussion of ranked-choice voting amounts to “sour grapes,” and his victory is a win for the political center. Jaramillo, who supports ranked-choice voting, said he considered Tuesday a victory in that “this community overwhelmingly voted for pro-worker, pro-immigrant, pro-women values,” he said.
State Police colonel tasked with reform is accused of breaking rules to promote his allies
       
But now a lawsuit filed by three veteran supervisors alleges recent improprieties around the agency’s promotional exam and promotions process, laying blame with Mason. Kevin M. Burke, a former state legislator, district attorney, and state public safety head, said the suit adds fuel to complaints he’s heard for years about colonels “playing around” with promotions. Ahern alleged the department avoided promoting him in retaliation for investigating corruption, including within State Police. Fifth in line was the third plaintiff: Carmelo Ayuso, 61, who identifies as Black and Hispanic and is president of the Massachusetts Minority State Police troopers Association. Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, whose office works closely with State Police, lauded Mason’s work as colonel.
Bruins’ Charlie Coyle out vs. Capitals because of COVID-19 protocols
       
It was a pleasant run of COVID-19 health and safety for the Bruins. But at 5 p.m. Wednesday, two hours before dropping the puck against the Capitals at TD Garden, the Bruins placed center Charlie Coyle on the list. No immediate update was available regarding the issue that placed Coyle on the list. Coyle, who scored twice in Sunday’s win over the Rangers, was present at the morning skate. The Weymouth product went 10 games without a goal, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 21, before he scored against the Flyers in Lake Tahoe.
Santa Clara County’s red-tier reopening: ‘Are you ready to come inside?’
       
At Bill’s Cafe on The Alameda, co-owner George Zafiris greeted one of his regular customers outside the front door early Wednesday morning, the first day of Santa Clara County’s return to the less-restrictive red tier during this pandemic era. “Are you ready to come inside to eat?”“Of course. We’re not as stupid as Texas!” Ron Rosso said, pointing to his masked face and eliciting a big laugh from Zafiris before heading into the San Jose restaurant. San Francisco and Napa counties also moved into the red tier, with similar but not identical restrictions. “The move to the red tier provides a much-needed lifeline to restaurants,” he said.
San Leandro: Two take plea deals in 2018 fatal stabbing
       
OAKLAND — Two Bay Area men who’d been facing murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a man in his 20s accepted plea deals and sentences of four and 14 years, respectively, court records show. Michael Mendoza-Roche, 25, of Alameda, pleaded no contest to manslaughter and is expected to receive a 14-year prison term at a sentencing hearing later this month. His co-defendant, Oakland resident Alex Fernandez, also 25, pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and accepted a four-year prison term, court records show. Both men were arrested in 2018 in connection with the stabbing death of Michael Kittrell Smith, 25, and the near-fatal stabbing of a second victim. After his arrest, Mendoza-Roche denied stabbing anyone but declined a more detailed police interview.
Readers rejoice: San Leandro drops library fines
       
SAN LEANDRO — San Leandro Public Library patrons who might procrastinate on returning borrowed items are getting some good news — the system will no longer assess overdue fines. The idea behind the change is that by eliminating overdue fines, people will no longer face a financial barrier to using the libraries, making them more accessible and equitable for everyone. Eliminating overdue fines has become a nationwide trend for libraries. Library members in San Leandro, however, still will be expected to return library materials on time and will be billed for lost or damaged items. Along with scrapping fines, the council also removed the library’s fee card policy, which will open up San Leandro library card memberships for all current California residents who apply for one.
ASU football team starts spring football with lofty expectations
       
More:ASU football schedule - 2021“It was one of those practices I think is similar to the first day of school. We got a third team that can go in there, like a whole team, on both sides of the ball so that's interesting," he said. Edwards and recruiting coordinator Antonio Pierce have focused on bringing in athletes that fit the DNA they're looking for. We look different at all positions, every single one of them. Quick hitsThis will be the first time in several years ASU comes into spring ball looking for a No.
Dallas artist paints with her heart in moving tribute to friend with cancer
       
A new exhibition featuring work by Dallas artist Melanie M. Brannan expresses the joy and heartbreak of a special friendship. Through her paintings, Brannan explains their shared experiences and interests as well as the things they have laughed about. “I paint more with my heart than a brush.”True friends are often difficult to find, especially for adults, Brannan said. While they were driving home, Wegloski rolled down the window, stuck her head and pinwheel out and yelled “WEEEEEEEEE!”“We both laughed,” Brannan said. The book is about “vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love,” Brannan wrote on her website.
Former staffer to Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers files $500K notice of claim against state
       
The former assistant to Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers has filed a $500,000 notice of claim Wednesday against the state, alleging a wrongful termination. Michael Polloni, the former aide, "was bullied, harassed, and humiliated during his employment by Sen. Rogers," the claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — states. The claim follows the dismissal on Tuesday of an ethics complaint made by Polloni against Rogers, R-Flagstaff, alleging a hostile work environment. The Arizona Department of Administration, which along with the state was named as the "responsible government entities," were not immediately available for comment. The claim filed Wednesday does not name the senator but an accompanying statement said Polloni may take "additional legal remedies" against her.
Cardinals GM was in the batter's box before saying he might 'take a swing' at signing Watt
       
“If there’s an opportunity that makes sense on both the football side and the business side, we will certainly take a swing,” Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7-FM. Just a couple days after Watt officially became available, he was on the phone with agent R.J. Gonser ready to talk business. But first, Keim spent a good day and a half watching as much recent game tape on Watt as he could find. It didn’t take long for him to decide the Cardinals needed to go “all in” right then and there. “I quickly realized J.J. Watt still looked like J.J. Watt, in my opinion,” Keim said on Wednesday during a Zoom conference call with Arizona reporters.
Cardinals GM Steve Keim: No timeline for Larry Fitzgerald to decide if he will return
       
Steve Keim says that Larry Fitzgerald is still deciding about his future, and that's OK with the Arizona Cardinals' general managerIn a news conference on Wednesday, Keim said the Arizona wide receiver does "not necessarily" need to let the team know his plans by March 17, the start of NFL free agency. Keim said that they have been in frequent communication, but he is also giving Fitzgerald space as he mulls whether he will retire or come back for an 18th season. The past two years, Fitzgerald decided well before the start of free agency. "Knowing him, he's probably just trying to make me sweat," Keim said. "It's a private thing for a player, and we've always given Larry his space.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro out after testing positive for COVID-19
       
Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro has tested positive for COVID-19, manager Torey Lovullo said on Wednesday. Locastro is feeling fine and is asymptomatic, Lovullo said, adding that Locastro is not sure how he contracted the virus. In the past, the Diamondbacks had spoken with pride about how their players and staff have managed to be careful when away from the ballpark. We have responsibilities when we step away from the ballpark. He still could, but Lovullo said that Locastro will miss at least 10 days, assuming the test wasn’t a false positive.
Phoenix Rising FC will begin preseason March 13 at Wild Horse Pass facility
       
Phoenix Rising FC announced its upcoming preseason schedule Wednesday, with the club's first match set for March 13 against Sporting KC at its new Wildhorse Pass home facility. There will be no fans or media allowed in the stadium for the first match of the preseason. The club said it will look to lift fan restrictions closer to the beginning of the 2021 season, expected to begin May 1. Rising will then finish the preseason at home for the final three games facing Colorado Springs FC on April 17, New Mexico United on April 24th and finish it off with FC Tucson on April 25. The regular season USL Championship league schedule has yet to be announced.
Horde of candidates vying to replace the late Ron Wright of Arlington in Congressional District 6
       
At least 18 candidates are running in the special election to replace the late Arlington Republican Ron Wright in Congress. The lesser-known GOP candidates are Arlington business and English lecturer Michael Ballantine, tax attorney John Anthony Castro of Mansfield, Arlington lawyer Sery Kim, Austin caregiver Jenny Garcia Sharon, Arlington businessman Michael Wood, Arlington police officer Travis Rodermund and Arlington Republican Mike Egan. Michael F. Olson, Bishop of Fort Worth, leads the funeral service for Congressman Ron Wright Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Moses is making his first run for public office, while Lassiter was a 2021 candidate for the Fort Worth City Council. Though the district leans Republican, a strong Democratic candidate could be a threat if the candidate can make the runoff.
Plano-based biltong maker and snack food brand Stryve to go public through SPAC
       
The emerging snack food company Stryve plans to go public through a direct listing on the NASDAQ later this year in a deal valuing the Plano company at $170 million. Stryve is merging with the publicly traded Andina Acquisition Corp. III, a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC — an entity set up to seek companies to buy. Its biltong snacks are on shelves in 17,000 stores across the U.S., including Walmart, Kroger, Sprouts, 7-Eleven and 25 other retailers. Several companies have emerged with biltong products in recent years to capitalize on the meat snack category, which is estimated to become a $5 billion market in 2022. Before the deal with Andina, Stryve raised $16.5 million in 2019 in a Series B funding round.
McKinney will adjust water rates and provide other disaster relief after winter storm
       
McKinney City Council members have approved a resolution to provide disaster relief to residents and businesses. “Collectively, these initiatives represent a significant step to provide thoughtful, meaningful relief to our residents and business community after suffering through the winter storm,” said Mayor George Fuller in a news release. Stand-alone and alterations permit fees for residents and businesses will be waived for 60 days. The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will waive construction and demolition material fees at their landfills and transfer stations for McKinney residents through the end of the month and residents may deliver debris twice at no cost. For more information, residents are encouraged to visit the city’s weather recovery and assistance page.
Review: A swaggering Chinese American teen dreams of making the NBA in undercooked ‘Boogie’
       
It only takes a few minutes of “Boogie” before the title character, high school basketball star Alfred “Boogie” Chin, lets loose on Jeremy Lin. The Warriors G Leaguer and former NBA phenom is a “model-minority Jesus freak,” Boogie (Taylor Takahashi) says. But he doesn’t get along with his coach (Domenick Lombardozzi), and he’s got a reputation as a hot ead. Starring Taylor Takahashi, Talour Paige, Pop Smoke and Eddie Huang. Directed by Eddie Huang.
Take a look at a five-bedroom Dallas home with three spaces for work or studying
       
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Two 6-2 losses in less than a week has the Avalanche setting off an alarm
       
Absorbing 6-2 losses twice in six days has set off an alarm with the Avalanche, which had a lengthy team meeting ahead of Wednesday’s two-game series finale at San Jose. The Sharks on Monday overcame a 2-0 deficit and scored six unanswered goals against the Avs, who also lost 6-2 last Wednesday at home to Minnesota. “It’s tough at times with the expectations that we have for our team,” Avs defenseman Devon Toews said. “We’ve shown stints where we can be a really good hockey team this year,” forward Brandon Saad. That’s the biggest thing,” Saad said.
Colorado Rapids add two homegrown signees
       
The Colorado Rapids have been successful in recent years signing homegrown youth players such as Cole Bassett and Sam Vines. They are the 13th and 14th Rapids Academy players to sign professional deals with the club. Yapi, a native of Colorado, joined the Rapids Academy at the age of 12. “Darren’s ability and quality has been evident throughout his time in our academy,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith. The midfielder was named Rapids Academy Player of the Year in 2015.
Man found fatally shot in his backyard in Rylie
       
A 20-year-old man was found fatally shot early Wednesday in the backyard of his home in the Rylie area of southeast Dallas, police said. Jason Izaguirre was found shot about 1:20 a.m. at the 1500 block of Elk Creek Road, according to police. Authorities were called to his home, where they pronounced him dead. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting and authorities are investigating, police said. Anyone with information about the case may call Detective Christopher Walton at 214-701-8453 or christopher.walton@dallascityhall.com and refer to case No.
Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given in Wisconsin surpasses 1.5 million; 9% of residents fully vaccinated
       
As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin dipped to levels last seen around the Fourth of July, the number of vaccine doses administered in the state surpassed 1.5 million Wednesday. The newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose, is set to arrive in the state next week, health officials have said. The infusion of about 47,000 doses from Johnson & Johnson is expected to help providers vaccinate teachers quickly before moving on to other groups that became eligible this week. Nearby Michigan ranks second in the country in variant cases, with more than 400. Nationally, there are more than 2,500 known variant cases, according to the CDC, but since labs perform genome sequencing on a fraction of positive tests to identify variant cases, the actual number of such cases is thought to be much higher.
A West Allis man fatally shot a stranger while trying to rob a Columbia County home in 2019, police say
       
The West Allis man arrested Feb. 25 in connection with a murder in Columbia County has now been charged with the crime and is being held on a $2 million cash bond. Wolf went upstairs to grab a pistol and went to the basement to check out the noise. "This turned out to be a random homicide," Brandner said during a Wednesday news conference. "It was a person that was not known to the family, to us or even has really been in Columbia County in the past." The sheriff said Kijewski is also a suspect in a Juneau County armed robbery that took place a few hours after the Columbia County murder.
As Republicans welcome maskless crowd, Democrats say those following COVID-19 precautions are essentially shut out of government process
       
At some hearings, few or no GOP lawmakers wear masks — like Wednesday's in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics. The committee held a public hearing on bills that would bar government officials and employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations and prohibit public health departments from closing church buildings during a public health emergency, among other measures. Committee Chairman Chuck Wichgers of Muskego held the public hearing in a large hearing room, with spaced-out seating for lawmakers and the public. The Capitol rotunda and another Capitol hearing room, which is about 500 square feet, were used as an overflow area for the crowd. Wisconsin's statewide mask mandate applies to parts of the state Capitol, but not in areas that the Legislature and Supreme Court control.
‘Boss Level’: Time to wake up to Frank Grillo’s star power
       
Got tangled up in a Time Loop Review cycle. (Fun fact: Footballer Rob Gronkowski plays the gunman in the helicopter.) Director Carnahan provides his usual stylish, saturated-colors, quick-cut visuals as we see Roy taking it this way and that, most notably at the hands of the sword-wielding assassin Guan Yin (Selina Lo), who says the same thing every time she decapitates Roy: “I am Guan Yin, and Guan Yin has done this.” (One imagines Tarantino cackling with appreciative envy over Guan Yin and her catchphrase.) But WHY do so many people want Roy dead, and HOW did he get caught in this time loop? Mostly, though, this is Grillo’s film to carry, and he pulls it off with a combination of brute force and light charm.
Backup catchers Mercedes, Collins shine in White Sox loss
       
Royals 6, Sox 5 (6)Catchers shineCatcher Yermin Mercedes is doing what he can to soften his reputation as an offensive catcher. Mercedes also had an RBI single and lined into an inning-ending double play (Eloy Jimenez was caught off second). And he was charged with an error for hitting Taylor at first on pickoff attempt, allowing a run. The injury to Grandal is a reminder of the value Mercedes and Collins could provide waiting in the wings. But carrying three catchers would knock an extra infielder or outfielder off the roster and probably isn’t be in the plans, La Russa said.
Crying ‘racism’ at Smith College
       
I don’t believe I ever set foot on the Smith campus, although our beagle, Joan, cleverly turned herself into a campus dog and gained several pounds. Nevertheless, what happened at Smith College in 2018 caught my eye partly because I’d had an experience somewhat like it, albeit on a purely personal scale. “It’s outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color.” She mentioned the security guard’s “lethal weapon.”She accused several college employees of bigotry, publishing their photos and email addresses. Smith College announced “anti-bias” training for staff and faculty, complete with intrusive psychological queries. “I believe in money privilege.”Tuition and fees at Smith College come to $78,000 a year.
Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy
       
Californians for the Arts, for example, surveyed arts and culture nonprofits in the state and found that about 64% had shrunk their workforces. They will be navigating a very different financial pathway.”Newman-Scott said BRIC has been helping sustain smaller arts nonprofits and offering artists unrestricted $10,000 grants through its Colene Brown Art Prize. The most vulnerable nonprofits may try to reduce costs this year by narrowing their focus or by furloughing workers. Some may seek a merger or an acquisition to bolster their financial viability, Harold noted, although doing so would still mean that fewer nonprofits would survive. We saw that with hundreds and hundreds of foundations.”___The Associated Press receives support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits.
Live pipe bomb found at polling place in Iowa: police
       
ANKENY, Iowa — The discovery of a live pipe bomb at a central Iowa polling place as voters were casting ballots in a special election forced an evacuation of the building, police said. Officers called to the Lakeside Center in Ankeny around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday found a device that looked like a pipe bomb in grass near the center. Police later confirmed in a news release that the device was a pipe bomb. The banquet hall was being used as a polling place for an Ankeny school district special election. Fitzgerald and police said other polling places in Ankeny were checked and no other bombs or suspicious devices were found.
Tank Noodle staff gets $700,000 in back pay after Labor Dept. probe
       
The agency said it recovered the money for 60 employees of Tank Noodle, 4953 N. Broadway. Scott Allen, a spokesman for the Labor Department, said the investigation covered the restaurant’s activities from January 2018 to January 2020. He said Tank Noodle agreed to restitution last December and that “a good portion” of the workers have received their money. Federal records show Tank Noodle received $163,557 in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program last May to retain 30 jobs. Allen said that money had no role in the Labor Department probe.
Apartment burglaries reported in Chatham: police
       
Police are warning Chatham residents about a series of recent apartment burglaries in the South Side neighborhood. In each incident, the burglar enters the apartment through the front or back door and makes off with property including wallets, purses, televisions, jewelry, cell phones, tablets and video game systems, Chicago police said. The burglaries happened between Feb. 24 and March 1 in:The 800 block of East 82nd Street;The 7900 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue;The 8100 block of South Drexel Avenue; andThe 8200 block of South Ingleside Avenue. Police did not provide a description of any suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Area Two detectives at 312-747-8273.
The Mix: ‘Women of History,’ ‘Duchess!’ and more things to do in Chicago March 4-10
       
Pioneering womenChicago Detours reboots its “Badass Women of History” tour as a live, interactive virtual event, which highlights diverse women who forged groundbreaking paths in science, business, culture and social justice. Duchess!” Soon there will be a royal wedding and rules must be taught and absorbed as a duchess (Sydney Charles) meets and tutors the young soon-to-be duchess (Celeste M. Cooper) in the ways of her future family. Loosely inspired by Meghan Markle’s experience with the British royals, Barnes investigates how society’s institutions of power affect Black women. Tickets: $15. Tickets: $15.
Barbie celebrates International Women’s Day with release of Eleanor Roosevelt doll
       
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt did not get to experience becoming a Barbie during her lifetime, but she will soon enter Barbie’s dream world. Barbie announced the former first lady has become the newest doll in the brand’s “Inspiring Women” series. Roosevelt will join shelves alongside earlier released historical role model dolls like Billie Jean King, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Sally Ride. It was the first time the doll was recreated to resemble other body types aside from its stick-thin frame. The Eleanor Roosevelt doll will be on shelves staring Wednesday, ahead of International Women’s Day which is March 8.
Blackhawks thankful yet careful as NHL’s COVID-19 rate rapidly improves
       
The NHL’s COVID-19 list on Wednesday included only four players. That number would’ve been difficult to fathom on Feb. 12, when the COVID-19 list reached a peak of 59. And for the Blackhawks, who peaked with five players on the list from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 but haven’t had anyone on it since Feb. 13, it arrives as welcome news. The rate began rapidly increasing on Jan. 31, however, and continued to rise sharply until the aforementioned Feb. 12 peak. Teams have also lost 278 man-games so far due to players out on the COVID-19 list for games that happened nonetheless.
Pedro Strop on returning to the Cubs this spring: ‘This is my home’
       
MESA, Ariz – There’s one thing you can guarantee when right-hander Pedro Strop is around. Strop has been in Cubs’ camp for less than a week and his presence has already been felt around the organization. He returned to the Cubs on a minor-league deal last season and worked at the alternate site before being shut down due to injury. “Right now, I’m 100 percent and I’m so happy where I’m at right now,” Strop said. Cubs add Sogard on Minor-League dealThe Cubs have signed infielder Eric Sogard to a minor-league deal, according to a source.
Majority of Nevadans support Sisolak’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic, poll shows
       
Steve Sisolak and President Joe Biden are leading the state and nation, with more than half supporting Sisolak’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Sisolak speaks during a press conference announcing a new grant program aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoPresident Joe Biden, left, and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, right. Steve Sisolak and President Joe Biden are leading the state and nation, according to results of The Nevada Poll released Tuesday. “Governor Sisolak has failed Nevadans at every turn during this pandemic,” the state GOP said.
Defense officials restricted sending National Guard to Capitol riot
       
Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement. The hourslong delay cost the National Guard precious minutes in the early hours of the rioting. Another military official who testified said that then-acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller wanted to make the decisions of how the National Guard was used following criticism last spring. Much of the focus on Wednesday’s Senate hearing centered on communications between the National Guard and the Defense Department. Contee said Sund was pleading with Army officials to deploy National Guard troops as the rioting escalated.
Mercy Hospital enters deal that could keep historic Bronzeville hospital from closing
       
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center might not be closing after all. Mercy and Insight Chicago will continue to negotiate the terms of the sale over the coming weeks. Until the pending deal with Insight Chicago is signed, Mercy’s overall plans for the hospital remain unchanged, the hospital said. If the agreement is finalized before then, Mercy will help Insight Chicago in transitioning services, according to the statement. Regardless, Mercy still plans to open a care center sometime this year.
Can social media influencers lure tourists back to Las Vegas?
       
Social media influencers are expected to be in Las Vegas next weekend to get a look at how the city is readying for anticipated pent-up demand for the entertainment and activities it is famous for. People wait in line to take photos at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s seven-member marketing committee spent 90 minutes Monday hearing details of a plan developed by R&R Partners, its contracted marketing and advertising agency. If R&R’s plans are adopted by the LVCVA board of directors next week, efforts to bring tourists back to Las Vegas will hit a peak in late April or early May. Tours also will give meeting planners the opportunity to see firsthand how well prepared Las Vegas is to bring back conventions and meetings.
Right side of Raiders offensive line about to be rebuilt
       
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock implied in comments Wednesday that the team is poised to move on from right guard Gabe Jackson and right tackle Trent Brown. (Heidi Fang /Las Vegas Review-Journal) @HeidiFangLas Vegas Raiders offensive guard Gabe Jackson (66) lines up during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)Change appears to be coming on the Raiders’ offensive line, and it might mean a completely new tandem at right guard and right tackle. While Raiders general manager Mike Mayock would not confirm reports that veteran right guard Gabe Jackson will soon be released, he also didn’t deny them. The expectation is Jackson will be cut in a cost-saving move that creates $9.6 million in salary cap relief.
Florida politics and election news
       
Florida lawmakers appear ready to junk the state’s unemployment benefits system, CONNECT, over its failures to process payments at the height of the pandemic. But GOP leaders have rebuffed Democratic proposals to address other issues with the system that struggled to pay out paltry benefits even before the coronavirus hit. That could be changing, at least in the Senate.
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Gray RohrerGray is the Sentinel’s Tallahassee Bureau reporter, covering the Legislature and the rest of state government at the Capitol. He grew up in Brevard County and is a proud alumnus of the University of Central Florida. He worked for papers in Jacksonville and the Fort Myers area before covering state government for online publications in Tallahassee.
‘I would spend the rest of my life in a 6-by-8 cell for her,’ says father accused in slaying
       
Witnesses, surveillance videos, and cellphone records helped identify Hamilton as the shooting suspect and he was arrested Tuesday. During questioning, he described the ongoing feud between himself and the victim over the poor treatment of Hamilton’s daughter, detectives said.
Florida moves toward junking unemployment system, perhaps with a boost in benefits
       
Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat who has fielded thousands of requests for help with the unemployment system since it ground to a halt last March and April when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, has filed a bill to increase benefits to $500, set the maximum weeks at 26 and impose new oversight measures on the system. But she’s encouraged the issue of the payments getting attention from GOP lawmakers one year after the crisis hit.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II is sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape and other sexual offenses
       
Bowman called them “brazen” crimes. He noted that Winslow continued to prey on women even after his first arrest. He performed a lewd act in front of a 77-year-old woman at a gym while hiding his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet with a towel. He also exposed himself to a 57-year-old neighbor who was gardening despite having a bike app that gave his location at the time.
The Spin: Divided Democrats to pick state party chair tonight | Lightfoot proposes new police search warrant policy | White Indiana city councilman says Dave Chappelle skit inspired him to wear blackf
       
“If Ms. Young was the biggest drug kingpin, we still should have treated her with dignity and respect,” said Brown, who was not Chicago’s top cop during the February 2019 raid at her home. “That should be clear to everyone that her dignity and respect had nothing to do with whether or not she was actually the focus of this or this was a mistake and it was the wrong house, she still deserves a measure of respect.”
Family of Whiting girl killed in 2017 police pursuit reaches $1.2 million settlement with Hammond, East Chicago
       
Howard drove them to Strack and Van Til, 4725 Indianapolis Blvd., in East Chicago, and told her to go in and steal three cases of Modelo beer to sell for drugs, court records state. Pichon told investigators she tried to leave the store with the beer in her cart, but a worker stopped her, so she grabbed one of the cases and ran from the store to her blue Dodge Durango, where Howard was waiting, according to court records.
Oklahoma St. freshman Cunningham breaking out late in season
       
Oklahoma State's star freshman was coming off a 40-point performance in an overtime win at Oklahoma last Saturday and fans anticipated an encore in a rematch two nights later. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 10 minutes, and the Cowboys won 79-75. Cunningham's grasp of how to be most effective is the main reason Oklahoma State is one of the nation's hottest teams. After he made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws in the first game against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said the race to determine the top pick in this year's NBA draft should be over. “I'm not getting paid by any team, I'm not under -- my rights as a player are not under any (NBA) team.
Early completion of Ocean Parkway's Greenway's 10-mile extension lets runners, bikers enjoy ocean views
       
A 10-mile extension of a four-mile bike and pedestrian path along Ocean Parkway in Babylon has been completed, three months ahead of schedule, Gov. New plantings, including beach grass, evergreen trees, bayberry plants and beach plum shrubs, were added to the path, with shaded rest stops placed about every 3 miles along the path, officials said. For added safety, curves in the path will slow bicyclists at driveways, while signs alert drivers and path users of crossing traffic and a reflective cable guiderail was erected between the path and Ocean Parkway, state officials said. The Greenway's first phase was completed in 2013 and runs from the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway along the Wantagh State Parkway to the Jones Beach boardwalk. The second phase, which runs from Jones Beach to Tobay Beach, was completed in 2014.
Listen: DEA agent interrupts scam call by fake DEA agent
       
In its efforts to spread the word about a widespread fraud scheme, the Drug Enforcement Administration released audio Wednesday of a scammer impersonating a DEA agent on the phone, who — when confronted by a real DEA agent — threatened to shoot him. He said if he sent the DEA agent the arrest warrant, the agent would have to arrest the man. That’s when the DEA agent stepped in. Then the scammer became upset and swore at the DEA agent, demanding his phone number. When the DEA agent continued, the scammer threatened him.
AG James: Gyms must return fees charged fraudulently during pandemic
       
Fees fraudulently charged to members of New York Sports Clubs and Lucille Roberts while the gyms were shuttered amid the pandemic could one day be paid back as part of a $250,000 settlement agreement announced Wednesday by New York State Attorney General Letitia James. They unlawfully charged monthly dues to members under multiple "illegal and fraudulent practices," James said in a statement. The quarter-million-dollar agreement must be approved by a court, and would amount to a recovery of bond payment from Town Sports International, James said. The company, also known as TSI, posted the bond in 2015 because of a provision in state law pertaining to health club services, officials said. The law requires gyms to post a bond for its members in case gyms file for bankruptcy or break the law, authorities said.
WCHA Final Faceoff could make or break Gophers’ NCAA tournament future
       
With COVID eliminating interleague play this season, selecting the at-large bids for the NCAA women’s hockey tournament will be difficult. The only way to do that is win this weekend’s WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena. “They’re a team with a lot of depth, and that’s something that’s hard to play against,” Gophers senior Taylor Wente said. The Gophers have been to the NCAA tournament every season since 2006-07, winning it all four times. “I think we’ll get Skaja back, hopefully this weekend,” Frost said.
Chilling behavior by Suffolk officers
       
It’s hard to say what’s more disturbing in the video of a handcuffed Christopher Cruz being pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly by Suffolk County Police Department officers last week. The violent behavior by law enforcement officers is inexcusable, even if the suspect, minutes earlier, had rammed his stolen car into police vehicles trying to stop him. But the nonchalance of the other officers present, including a supervisor, is just as chilling. The two officers seen assaulting Cruz in the video are suspended without pay, and targets of a criminal investigation. And they are left to wonder when the Suffolk County Police Department will get the cameras on every officer and when the change in police culture necessary to stop this behavior will happen.
Big East teams to get tickets for men's hoops tournament at MSG
       
The Big East Conference is going to provide a limited number of tickets to each of the participating teams in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden next week. Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement allowing partial spectator capacity at sporting events in the state. All tickets will be specifically designated for use by the members of each school's official travel party in order to permit families and guests of athletes, coaches and team staffs to attend the men's basketball games. Each person attending the games will be required to comply with all state public health regulations and arena policies. There will be no public sale of tickets to this year's tournament.
Dominic Smith to make Mets exhibition debut Thursday vs. Nationals
       
JUPITER, Fla. — Late to camp, Dominic Smith is late to playing in exhibition games, too. The Mets are taking it slow with Smith in part because of his injury history, manager Luis Rojas said Wednesday. With Smith splitting time between those positions during spring training, the Mets want to avoid a repeat. "This time, we want him to spend more time in left," Rojas said. Extra basesCatcher Bruce Maxwell played first base during the Mets’ 14-9 exhibition loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday .
Oregon softball’s home-opening doubleheader delayed until Saturday due to weather
       
EUGENE — Oregon softball’s home-opening doubleheader has been pushed back a day due to an inclment weather forecast. 6 Ducks (9-1) were to host Boise State and Portland State starting at 2:30 p.m. Friday but instead will open the home weekend at Jane Sanders Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against PSU and 4 p.m. against BSU. UO will play the Broncos and Vikings in another doubleheader on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. All Oregon games can be watched via Pac-12.com and heard on KWVA 88.1 FM. Updated Weekend Schedule:Saturday, March 611 a.m. – Portland State vs. Boise State1:30 p.m. – Oregon vs. Portland State4 p.m. – Oregon vs. Boise StateSunday, March 710 a.m. – Boise State vs. Portland State12:30 p.m. – Oregon vs. Boise State3 p.m. – Oregon vs. Portland State
Top Cuomo aide quits virus task force, another leaves executive chamber
       
Gareth Rhodes left a high-level position on Cuomo's coronavirus task force to return to his job in the state Department of Financial Services. Two sources close to Rhodes said he left in protest because of sexual harassment accusations raised by two former staffers and a third woman against Cuomo. The sources said more Cuomo staffers, including in the press office, were considering exits. A third woman said Cuomo made inappropriate advances on her at a wedding at which she and Cuomo both were guests. Cuomo faces an investigation overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James.
Suicide rates in young people declined in Minnesota in 2020. Could the pandemic be the reason?
       
The state Department of Health released data Wednesday for 2020, showing an unexpected decrease in suicides among young people. The department released suicide totals for people 24 and younger, and expects to release similar statistics later for older people. In Minnesota, children under age 15 generally have low rates of suicide — but they fell even further in 2020 to seven suicides statewide. Although the Health Department hasn’t tallied the numbers yet, it is expected that 2020 suicide rates for older people will fall, too. It also could be because younger people admit they have mental health problems, said Shannah Mulvihill, director of the non-profit Mental Health Minnesota.
Oregon State survives California, and now it’s Oregon in the season’s rubber match with added stakes of a Pac-12 tournament
       
It’s back to normal times, at least on paper, after Oregon State edged California 71-63 Wednesday afternoon at the Pac-12 tournament to get a shot at rival Oregon. If Oregon State vs. Oregon seems familiar, it is. Until this season, Oregon and Oregon State played their pair of regular season games as back-to-backs on a weekend since 2012-13. Oregon State called timeout and regrouped. “Clearly not the performance we saw the other day (at Oregon),” Rueck said.
Did James Fuller Plymell III need to die?
       
Like Morris, Schroff, now 27, received all of her police training in the Willamette Valley. “You need to get out of the car,” Schroff interjected, lowering her voice. “I’m a licensed driver,” Plymell told her, still seated. “You’re gonna get tased if you don’t get out of the car,” Schroff warned as she tugged at Plymell’s arm. Bell, who had never encountered Plymell before, ran toward the Nissan, where Schroff and Morris were grappling with Plymell.
Oregon State Beavers men’s basketball at Utah Utes: Live updates
       
Oregon State tries to match a streak that has been accomplished in nearly two decades when the Beavers face Utah at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The Beavers, coming off a road sweep of California and Stanford, try to win three consecutive conference road games for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Oregon State (13-11, 9-9) at Utah (10-11, 7-10)Time: 4 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake CityOn air: ESPN2KenPom ranking: Oregon State 100, Utah 82NCAA NET ranking: Oregon State 108, Utah 108Betting line: Utes by 5Projected starters for Oregon StateG – Ethan Thompson (6-5 senior)G – Zach Reichle (6-5 senior)G – Jarod Lucas (6-2 sophomore)F – Warith Alatishe (6-7 junior)C – Roman Silva (7-1 senior)Up next for OSU: Oregon, 5 p.m. Sunday, Gill Coliseum (FS1)Previous meetings: Utah leads the series 19-16. On Feb. 18, Oregon State beat the Utes 74-56 in Corvallis. Notable: Thompson scored 25 points in the Beavers’ easy win over Utah two weeks ago.
Lake Oswego HS cancels practices, games due to multiple COVID-19 cases
       
Lake Oswego High School has canceled this week’s games and practices for several sports following multiple COVID-19 cases stemming from a social gathering outside of school on February 25, according to Lake Oswego School District superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz. “I am notifying you of cases of COVID-19 in our learning community so that you may take the necessary precautions to help minimize potential exposure.”“We have been made aware of multiple cases of COVID-19, contracted outside of school at a social gathering Thursday, Feb. 25. These cases had participated in athletic practices and an onsite activity Friday-Tuesday. Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury was an outspoken proponent for the return of high school athletics, appearing on FOX News last month. “They need some sense of normalcy.”Lake Oswego football was slated to travel to Tigard High School for a highly-touted 6A football match-up Friday night.
House to wrap early, cancels Thursday session amid threat of violence at the Capitol by a militia group
       
Capitol Police said earlier Wednesday they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. The news comes nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Oregon moves to ban display of nooses, a racist symbol
       
“He was killed basically for offending a white man,” Evans, a member of the Eugene City Council, testified Tuesday. His body was riddled with bullets, and then he was set on fire.”Louisiana, Virginia, California, New York, Maryland and Connecticut previously criminalized the display of nooses. The bill under consideration in Oregon would make intimidation by display of a noose a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $6,250 fine. He believes most people who place nooses are fully aware of the pain it causes Black people. A Republican on the judiciary committee, Dallas Heard, who is white, asked what would happen if antifa protesters came to the Oregon State Capitol and hanged an effigy of him.
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Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends
       
The impact of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott repealing many of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions — tweeting “Texas is OPEN 100%” — began taking shape Wednesday as businesses shed rules, city leaders plotted new safeguards and the state’s 5 million schoolchildren largely remained under orders to keep wearing masks for now. But what daily life in Texas will look like come next week remains unsettled following one of the country’s most dramatic rollbacks, in particular the requirement to wear masks, which health experts say is among the most effective ways to curb the spread of the virus.
Capitol Police say they have intelligence of a ‘possible plot’ by a militia group to breach US Capitol on Thursday
       
The announcement comes as the Capitol police and other law enforcement agencies are taking heat from Congress in contentious hearings this week on their handling of the Jan. 6 riot. Police were ill-prepared for the mass of Trump supporters in tactical gear, some armed, and it took hours for National Guard reinforcements to come. By then, rioters had broken and smashed their way into the building and roamed the halls for hours, stalling Congress’ certification effort temporarily and sending lawmakers into hiding.
17 indicted after Waterbury, DEA investigation into Connecticut heroin, cocaine trafficking
       
“We are very appreciative for the support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and for our partnership with the DEA to attack drug trafficking in our community,” Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said. “This is the second long-term wiretap investigation the Waterbury Police Department has participated in over the last three years, and we expect to continue to work with federal authorities on these kinds of cases going forward.”
Aaron Boone to receive pacemaker, expects to return to Yankees within days
       
“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high. I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days, but during my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption.”
After UConn football’s defense struggled in 2019, players are ready to move on
       
“We kind of adjusted to his playing style, just to dominate and be that physical defense,” Fortt said. “These past two years we’ve learned a tremendous amount of information that will make us more comfortable to be on the field and play ball, and not have to think, and to just go out there and make plays. That’s what coach Spanos allows us to do.”
Highlands wrestlers gaining experience in their 1st year on the mats
       
There were lots of pins Feb. 27 at Dixie Heights as four wrestling teams competed against each other in a varsity wrestling meet. Few brought more noise than the one by Highlands junior Henry King as he engaged in a tense back-and-forth match against Peyton Mayer of Walton-Verona. “It was only his third match of the year,” Highlands head coach John Hazares said. Hazares, a veteran youth wrestling coach who also coached at Northern Kentucky University last season, was tabbed to lead the varsity program heading into its first season. They will head into this weekend’s girls state championship before the Bluebirds head into the postseason and gain valuable experience.
Police: Report of shots fired at French Park prompts search with helicopter
       
French Park in Amberley Village was temporarily closed Wednesday while police searched for signs of a shooting, officials said. Amberley Village Police responded to the park at around 1 p.m. Wednesday for a report of two shots fired. French Park is a City of Cincinnati park, located in Amberley's jurisdiction. Police say the park was temporarily closed as a precaution. The search was completed and French Park has since reopened to the public, police said at around 4:45 p.m.
Artist Spotlight: Cousin Mouth
       
A weekly showcase featuring local musiciansName: Cousin MouthLine up: Alex Burns, songwriter and producer, and producer LexSound: R&B, psychedelic, pop, experimentalThe latest: Cousin Mouth started 2021 off fresh, releasing the album "MayflowerPeacemakerHolyredeemer" as both a digital album and on vinyl on Feeder Loft Records, an Eastern Market-based studio and record label. It's a follow-up to their full-length "Medusa," which Detroit label Paramita Sound released in 2018. The video for the single "New Memories" from the new album dropped in January. Watch it below. Melody Baetens
Joe Altobelli, Detroit prep star who managed Orioles to 1983 World Series title, dies at 88
       
Joe Altobelli, who grew up in Detroit and was a star three-sports athlete before going onto a long career in professional baseball and managing the Baltimore Orioles to the 1983 World Series championship, died Wednesday. Altobelli spent 11 years managing the Red Wings, who then were the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, before he succeeded the fiery Weaver in 1983. They beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, in the ALCS, and the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the World Series. Baltimore was 85-77 the following season, but never had a chance in the AL East against the eventual World Series champions from his hometown of Detroit. The Orioles haven't won a World Series since 1983.
Revamped Michigan coaching staff brings 'different energy' to Wolverines
       
“We’ve got a young staff, and I really love all the coaches that Coach Harbaugh brought in. It’s kind of a different energy around Schembechler (Hall) these days. Just learning different things from NFL guys, from guys that came from different programs, just learning different things. “In practice, I’ve seen some energy, some things I’ve never seen these past three years being on this team. You can tell in practice that there’s a different type of energy around Schembechler.”achengelis@detroitnews.comTwitter: @chengelis
Reward set for tips in 2020 slaying of Puerto Rico native in Detroit
       
Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced a $2,500 reward Wednesday for tips in a shooting last year in Detroit that left a 19-year-old Puerto Rican native dead. Witnesses weren't clear where the shots came from, Crime Stoppers reported. The victim had arrived in Metro Detroit about four months earlier and worked for a demolition company, Crime Stoppers said. "He was here to help his sister with her newborn child and save money to have his parents join them," the group said. Anyone with information can anonymously submit tips at 1-800-SPEAK-UP and www.1800speakup.org.
Western Asset Mortgage: Q4 Earnings Snapshot
       
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp. (WMC) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $10.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Pasadena, California-based company said it had profit of 18 cents. The real estate investment company posted revenue of $47.7 million in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $9.5 million. For the year, the company reported a loss of $328.4 million, or $5.72 per share, swinging to a loss in the period.
'High danger' domestic violence calls up during pandemic, funding slashed
       
'High danger' domestic violence calls up during pandemic, funding slashedSue Villilo discusses why 'high danger' domestic violence calls up during pandemic and funding is decreased.
Official: Democrats OK tightened income limits for relief
       
The COVID-19 relief measure Senate Democrats planned to unveil will also retain the $400 weekly emergency jobless benefits that were included in a House-approved version of the legislation, the official said. The Senate bill was expected to largely mirror the House-approved package, with the most glaring divergence the Senate’s dropping of language boosting the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly. Democrats’ push to include it in later legislation suggested an effort to satisfy progressives while avoiding jeopardizing the current package. Progressives, though, were still smarting over the virtual certainty that the Senate bill will lack the minimum wage boost, up from $7.25 hourly locked in since 2009. Opposition by moderates including Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has left Democrats without the votes needed to salvage it.
'Driven to Win: Racing in America' explores need for speed
       
Believed to be the first comprehensive exhibit covering auto racing in America, “Driven to Win” explores popular forms of racing, including speed racing, hill climb racing, Indy Car racing, stock car and drag car racing. The foundation of the exhibit comes from The Henry Ford’s extensive collection of historic racing vehicles and artifacts. While stock car racing is one of the most popular forms of racing, others boast legions of enthusiasts as well, including land-speed racing. “Driven to Win” also offers more than 50 profiles of people involved in racing: race drivers, team owners, engineers and others. The film includes exclusive footage and interviews with drivers and crew members from the worlds of stock car, drag racing, Indy car, hill climb and land speed racing.
Falcon Minerals: Q4 Earnings Snapshot
       
NEW YORK (AP) _ Falcon Minerals Corporation (FLMN) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $352,000. The New York-based company said it had net income of 1 cent per share. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. The company posted revenue of $9.5 million in the period, also falling short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $11.1 million.
Trip.com: Q4 Earnings Snapshot
       
SHANGHAI (AP) _ Trip.com Group Limited (TCOM) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $155 million. On a per-share basis, the Shanghai-based company said it had net income of 25 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 27 cents per share. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was breakeven on a per-share basis. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $735.1 million.
Splunk: Fiscal Q4 Earnings Snapshot
       
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Splunk Inc. (SPLK) on Wednesday reported a loss of $139.5 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the San Francisco-based company said it had a loss of 86 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 38 cents per share. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 1 cent per share. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $676.4 million.
Basketball 3-on-3 national championship set for Indianapolis
       
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will have a new format this year. The third annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held April 2-4 at The Pavilion in downtown Indianapolis, site of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Seniors from all 32 Division I conferences will team up with other aspiring professional prospects from around the country for a share of a $150,000 purse, one of the largest prizes at a FIBA 3-on-3 sanctioned event. Each conference will be paired with another based on geographic region, comparable KenPom preseason rankings and conference history at the national championship. The teams will be separated into two pools, leading to more guaranteed games and chances to win a share of the $150,000.
GCP Applied Tech: Q4 Earnings Snapshot
       
(AP) _ GCP Applied Technologies Inc. (GCP) on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $700,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said it had a loss of 1 cent per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 22 cents per share. GCP Applied Tech shares have climbed nearly 10% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $25.93, a rise of 37% in the last 12 months.
U.S. Poet Laureate, native Oklahoman Joy Harjo releases first album in a decade
       
Tulsan Joy Harjo — the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States — digs deep into the indigenous red earth in her first new recording in a decade, "I Pray for My Enemies," to be released March 5 on Sunyata Records/Sony Orchard Distribution. Collaborating with Latin Grammy-winning producer/engineer Barrett Martin on her new album, Harjo brings a fresh identity to the poetry and songs that have made her a renowned poet of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and beyond. “The concept for 'I Pray for My Enemies' began” says Harjo in a statement, “with an urgent need to deal with discord, opposition. It could have been on a tribal, national or a personal level. The urgency had a heartbeat and in any gathering of two or more, perhaps the whole planet, our hearts lean to entrainment – that is, to beat together.”Tulsan Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – is releasing "I Pray for My Enemies" March 5 on Sunyata Records/Sony Orchard Distribution.
Business Highlights
       
It estimates it would cost $5.9 trillion over the next decade to bring roads, bridges and airports to a safe and sustainable level. ___Technology stocks lead indexes lower as yields resume climbNEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies led stocks lower on Wall Street as another rise in bond yields rattled investors. Higher bond yields can signal that inflation could be on the way as the economy picks up. They can also make stocks that have made huge gains, like many of the Big Tech companies, look expensive. Banks benefited from the increase in bond yields, which allows them to charge higher rates on mortgages and many other kinds of loans.
Mayfield stops Browns' QB carousel, team pleased with growth
       
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns won't be chasing a quarterback in free agency. They aren't stressing over which one to take in the NFL draft or looking to make a trade. Baker Mayfield has brought wins, change and calm to Cleveland. Coming off a solid third season and playoff appearance, Mayfield has brought much-needed comfort to the Browns, who entered 2020 still unsure if the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2018 was the answer but now feel confident they've got their guy.
AUTO RACING: NASCAR heads to Las Vegas
       
Last race: William Byron pulled away as three cars battled behind him at Homestead-Miami Speeday to win for the second time in his career. Fast facts: Byron is 13th in the points race after three races. Points leader Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers with two top-five finishes. ... Harvick and Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell are the only drivers with top-10 finishes in all three races. ... Byron's victory was the 264th for Hendrick Motorsports, four behind Petty Enterprises for most all-time in the top series.
Smith, Gators get last run, top Auburn in SEC women's opener
       
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kiki Smith scored 19 points, Danielle Rainey added 13 and 12th-seeded Florida opened the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 69-62 win over 13th-seeded Auburn on Wednesday after blowing an 18-point third quarter lead. Both teams had a pair of double-digit runs in the second half, the Gators getting the last one that was enough to propel them into the quarterfinals against fifth-seeded and 17th-ranked Kentucky on Thursday. Auburn, trailing by 18, closed third quarter with a 12-0 run and scored another 11 straight after a Florida basket to open the fourth quarter, taking a 57-54 lead. Kristina Moore then hit a 3-pointer and Rainey two more as the Gators scored 12 straight for a 66-57 lead with 3:51 to go and that was enough.
Barcelona rallies late, returns to Copa del Rey final
       
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona eased some of the pressure on the club by rallying late to force extra time and defeat Sevilla 3-0 on Wednesday, reaching its ninth Copa del Rey final in 11 seasons. Barcelona trailed 2-0 from the first leg but pulled even in the fourth minute of stoppage time, when Gerard Piqué scored with a header to make it level 2-2 on aggregate. Martin Braithwaite then netted early in extra time to give the Catalan club a 3-2 win over both legs. Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen had kept Barcelona in it by saving a 73rd-minute penalty kick that would have practically ended the team's chances of advancing. Ousmane Dembélé opened the scoring early for Barcelona, which will be trying to win a record 31st Copa title.
Mississippi close to putting limits on transgender athletes
       
The Republican-controlled state Senate passed the bill 34-9 on Feb. 11, with five senators not voting and four voting “present." During the Senate debate, nobody asked whether any transgender athletes are competing in Mississippi. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Angela Hill of Picayune, did not volunteer such information but said “numerous coaches” had called her wanting a ban. Brandon Jones, Mississippi policy director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a Feb. 25 statement that the proposed ban on transgender athletes on girls’ and women’s teams is “reckless and hurtful to Mississippi students.”“Transgender collegiate athletes should be allowed equal opportunities to play any sport they choose as their authentic selves and reap the same benefits, just like any other student,” Jones said. “Our laws and the lawmakers who write them should work to protect Mississippi’s transgender youth, not encourage discrimination against them.”Reeves is the father of three daughters.
Ticker: State flags financial problems at Becker College
       
Worcester’s Becker College is facing a precarious enough financial situation that officials at the Department of Higher Education believe the school “is unlikely to sustain full operations through the next academic year” and have engaged in contingency planning in case of a closure. A Tuesday statement from the department and the New England Commission of Higher Education attributed Becker’s financial uncertainty to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and said the college’s trustees have “been meeting regularly to explore all reasonable options and determine how best they can leverage all available resources to help support a plan that prioritizes the best interests of students, faculty, and staff.”“As stewards of Becker College, the Board of Trustees has been working to examine a number of challenges facing higher education, including the decline of college-age students, the increased cost of providing a high-quality education and, most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic,” Becker Board of Trustees chair Christine Cassidy said in a statement. “We have been undergoing a thoughtful process of evaluating the impact of these forces on our College and considering every option.”The higher education department said it’s working with the college to develop contingency plans that will “ensure students will have opportunities to transfer to other institutions of higher education with minimal disruption to their education” if Becker does not sustain its operations at or near current levels next school year.
PGA: Viktor Hovland has changed for the better, rolls into Arnold Palmer Invitational on a scorcher
       
PGA: Viktor Hovland has changed for the better, rolls into Arnold Palmer Invitational on a scorcherORLANDO, Fla. — Viktor Hovland has changed. But the youngster out of Oklahoma State isn’t the player he was six months ago. Back then, he was still pretty stout adapting to the learning curve of the PGA Tour. Amateur champion had broken through for his first PGA Tour title in the 2020 Puerto Rico Open and looked destined to become a week-in, week-out threat in the professional ranks. Hovland still posted some fine results when golf returned in June but his work to increase his speed, improve his putting and chipping and elevate his overall game started to take hold.
OU vs. Texas men's basketball: How to watch live stream, TV channel, game time, lineups
       
Three things to know• OU senior Brady Manek is just four points shy of 1,400 career points after his 20-point performance Monday against Oklahoma State. He’ll also be just the second to score at least 1,400 points and make 200 3-pointers, joining Buddy Hield. Only eight teams have won six regular-season games over top-15 opponents in the last 25 seasons. OU has lost three straight games, while Texas has lost five of its last six against ranked opponents. OU won the first matchup 80-79 on Jan. 26.
Raiders GM Mike Mayock: 'Jury is still out' on Trent Brown
       
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says the “jury is still out” on whether highly paid right tackle Trent Brown will be back in 2021 after being limited by injuries in his first two seasons with the team. The Raiders gave Brown a $66 million, four-year contract in free agency in 2019 in Mayock’s first season as general manager to be the anchor of the line. But after a strong start to his tenure, Brown has been hampered by various injuries and a bout with COVID-19. “When he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football,” Mayock said Wednesday. If Trent gets in shape and stays committed, there’s not a better talent out there.”
Ducey issues order for Arizona schools to reopen this month
       
“As a state, we should be collaborating to provide as much preparation and planning time as possible ahead of significant changes to school operations,” Hoffman said in a statement. The news comes as Arizona health officials reported 1,284 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths Wednesday. The state also opened its fourth mass vaccination site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. All state-run vaccination sites are transitioning to vaccinating people by age group and will now allow people 55 or older to make an appointment. “When we looked at 55 and above, that's responsible for 65% of our hospitalizations and 90% of all deaths in Arizona,” Christ said while visiting the college vaccination site.
4-year-old girl dies after being hit by vehicle in Glendale
       
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl died and a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck on a walkway outside a store in Glendale, police said. They said the incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. as a family of five was walking toward the entrance of the store. Police said the driver of the truck backed out of a parking space, came to a stop and then went forward back into the parking space — striking a parked car and then the children. Witnesses told police that the girl was pinned under the vehicle and they began performing CPR on the child before paramedics arrived. Police said the two children were rushed to a hospital, where the girl died.
No place for those who betray young children
       
Standing behind his troop leader in the dark storage room, Bobby waited to be handed something to carry upstairs, but when the troop leader turned around he was only holding his belt buckle. Bobby went to public school, so he didn’t get the good jobs. Then one day he saw a man his age on television, talking about being sexually abused as a child, by a Boy Scout leader. The little boy inside of me is better now, so I’m better now.”Wendy Murphy is an attorney and victims’ rights advocate. Bobby, a childhood friend, is involved in the Boy Scouts bankruptcy settlement for abuse survivors.
EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat
       
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that Britain's “unilateral action" on trade rules will breach international law and is threatening legal action as post-Brexit tensions continue to escalate between the two sides. Commission vice-president Maroš Šef?ovi? said in a statement that UK's decision to unilaterally extend a grace period on checks for goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland amounts to “a violation" of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol was designed to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. “This is the second time that the UK government is set to breach international law," Šef?ovi? said. The EU's anger was sparked by the British government's decision to extend until October a grace period for checks on agri-food entering Northern Ireland that was set to expire at the end of the month.
California city believed 1st in US to ban new gas stations
       
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city has become what's believed to be the first in the country to ban all new gas stations in an effort to curb carbon emissions. The Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Monday to prohibit the creation, expansion, reconstruction and relocation of gas stations, encouraging owners to transition to stations that serve electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The city of 58,000 people 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of San Francisco hopes to become carbon neutral by 2030. “I hope other cities will follow suit, and if they have existing fossil fuel stations that satisfy the needs of their community, they too will decide that they don’t need any more,” Fischer said. Petaluma has 16 gas stations, with one more expected to be built as part of a grocery store.
Chicago mayor proposes new rules after botched police raid
       
Lightfoot has come under intense criticism for the way she and the city responded to the botched raid at Young's home. Then, when WBBM-TV aired the video from Young’s home late last year, Lightfoot said she was only then learning about the video. She acknowledged later that she received a detailed email about the video a year earlier. On Wednesday, Brown suggested that the problems won't be solved simply by changing rules. “If Ms. Young was the biggest drug kingpin we still should have treated her with dignity and respect,” he said.
Michigan expands vaccine eligibility to those age 50 and up
       
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan announced Wednesday that everyone ages 50 to 64 can start getting COVID-19 vaccinations on March 22 and that those in that group with certain medical conditions can begin being immunized next week. It is the largest expansion of eligibility since Jan. 11, when state officials allowed vaccinations of seniors age 65 or older and additional frontline workers such as teachers. Starting Monday, two new priority groups will be eligible: 816,000 people age 50 or older with medical conditions or disabilities, and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs. More than 20 underlying health conditions qualify, including common ones such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and obesity. All people ages 50 to 64 — 2 million total — will be eligible two weeks later, though 13% already have gotten at least one shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine because they qualify for another reason.
NBA star's trustee vote shows race fight in South Carolina
       
“We’ve got to make our faculty and staff resemble the population of the state, you know. And I think we have to do the same thing with the students,” English said. About 10% of students are Black at the University of South Carolina's main campus in Columbia. English said in a statement he will always support students using their voices to make change. But as a trustee, he would listen, then eventually defer to the Legislature.
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President Biden criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, saying that we are on the cusp of being abl…
Panel OKs Arizona bill to allow larger families to save more for college, tax free
       
"So families aren't even getting to the $2,000 or the $4,000,'' Livingston said. "But for the few families that could, I don't think we should discriminate if they have more than one kid.'' So a couple that has eight grandchildren could, at least theoretically, get a $32,000 reduction in the amount against which their state income taxes are computed. She noted that Arizona has a progressive tax rate: The more someone earns, the higher the tax bracket. And Kaiser said he'd be happy to support legislation to create a flat tax rate, something Democrats generally oppose.
Police: 2 men rob drug dealer, then one kills the other
       
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two men robbed a drug dealer of his marijuana, but when they met later to split what they had stolen, one of the robbers shot and killed the other because of his body language, according to Norfolk police. Police said Raphael Cuffee, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the October shooting death of Michael Perry, 35, The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday. According to police, Cuffee confessed that he and Perry robbed a drug dealer of his marijuana, but Perry kept all of what they stole. The two were to meet to split what they took, but Cuffee told investigators he felt threatened by Perry and started shooting, police said. Officers responding to a report of a car crash found Perry in the driver’s seat of a sedan with multiple gunshot wounds.
70-year-old Colorado man arrested in 1982 murder case
       
Updated 5 times AlertMeDENVER — A 70-year-old Colorado man accused of killing two women in 1982 has been arrested, officials said Wednesday. Alan Lee Phillips, of the mountain hamlet of Dumont, was being held in Park County Jail on suspicion of killing Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Oberholtzer, 29, Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw told a news conference. Schnee’s corpse was located six months later, fully clothed, in a creek in rural Park County. Reached Wednesday by telephone, Phillips’ public defender, Kyle Nettleblad, declined to comment on the case. With each year that has passed, they have remained vigilant in their unwavering commitment to seek justice for Bobbi Jo and Annette,” McGraw, the Park County Sherriff, said.
Civil suit in U.S. over British teen's death can proceed
       
According to the lawsuit, Anne Sacoolas was driving her Volvo SUV on the wrong side of the road near the Croughton base when she struck Dunn. In court this week they filed a “notice of correction” to an earlier order from the judge seeking to clarify her conduct. Also, the lawyers acknowledged that she left the country swiftly after the U.S. invoked diplomatic immunity on her behalf but say that's standard procedure. They say she fully cooperated with authorities while in England, and took a breathalyzer test that showed no alcohol in her system. “You can make your case to the public if you wish but you can't change my order by filing a notice of correction,” he said.
Governor says NM face mask mandate staying put
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........SANTA FE — Texas may be scrapping its face mask mandate, but New Mexico’s is staying in place for the foreseeable future. But the governor said the state’s face covering requirement for public places is not going away any time soon. “Here’s what won’t change: Absolute mask mandates, mandates for social distancing, making sure that businesses go through a safe-certified (process),” Lujan Grisham said during the 25-minute interview that was broadcast online. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face masks in public settings, and masks are required to be worn on airplanes, trains and other forms of public transportation. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................New Mexico’s face mask mandate was imposed by the Lujan Grisham administration in May 2020 and includes exemptions for eating and drinking, but not for exercising.
Grant to give $200K to farmers in need
       
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Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office
       
Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday rejected calls for his resignation in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have threatened his hold on power and damaged his national political standing. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. Cuomo said he will “fully cooperate” with an investigation into the allegations overseen by the state’s independently elected attorney general. “The facts will come out” in the attorney general’s investigation, he said, reiterating his position that he “never knew at the time” that he was making anyone feel uncomfortable. The harassment allegations follow accusations that Cuomo covered up the true COVID-19 death toll on nursing home residents.
4-year-old girl dies after being hit by vehicle in Glendale
       
Updated 3 times AlertMeGLENDALE, Ariz. — A 4-year-old girl died and a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck on a walkway outside a store in Glendale, police said. They said the incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. as a family of five was walking toward the entrance of the store. Witnesses told police that the girl was pinned under the vehicle and they began performing CPR on the child before paramedics arrived. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Police said the two children were rushed to a hospital, where the girl died. Police said the 68-year-old driver of the pickup remained on the scene and impairment wasn’t believed to be a factor pending further investigation.
Former firefighter arrested in Midlothian gets 10 1/2 years in child sex solicitation case
       
Brian Kosanovich, 58, thought he had been corresponding on the Internet with a Midlothian woman and said he was interested in having sex with them. He drove to a restaurant in Midlothian on Feb. 18, 2020, expecting to meet the woman, but was instead greeted by the FBI and placed under arrest. Both the government and Kosanovich's lawyer asked U.S. District Judge M. Hannah Lauck to impose a 10-year term, the minimum mandatory sentence. The government said that Kosanovich enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1980 after high school and was honorably discharged. He was a firefighter since 2001.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge; CDC director urges US to stay vigilant
       
Buoyed by a surge in vaccine shipments, states and cities are rapidly expanding eligibility for COVID-19 shots to teachers, Americans 50 and over and others as the U.S. races to beat back the virus and reopen businesses and schools. Until now, the vaccination campaign against the outbreak that's killed over a half-million Americans has concentrated mostly on health workers and senior citizens. But teachers have resisted returning without getting vaccinated. The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered all states to make teachers, school staff, bus drivers and child care workers eligible for shots. That's a major shift for the Biden administration, which controls access to COVID-19 vaccines but previously allowed states to set their own guidelines.
Letter to the Editor, March 4, 2021: Lower taxes, better service not possible
       
Lower taxes, betterservice not possibleEditor, Times-Dispatch:A number of articles and letters recently have been published that bemoan the Virginia Department of Health's vaccine rollout and the Virginia Employment Commission's inability to respond to record numbers of applications for unemployment. While these complaints are understandable, I would like to remind readers that politicians' constant promises to reduce taxes have very real consequences. Why should anyone be surprised that they suddenly are incapable of a coordinated, efficient response to a crisis? As voters and as citizens, we simultaneously can't demand both lower taxes and more services. The next time you step into a voting booth, give some thought to the long-term consequences of your choices.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge
       
Before that, she kept her classroom windows open and used space heaters. “If you want schools to be successful and safe and you want your teachers to have their heads in the game, get them the vaccination,” she said. Doug Ducey on Wednesday ordered students and teachers to return to school this month, saying many teachers have already received their second dose. The U.S. has administered over 80 million shots in a vaccination drive now hitting its stride, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 20% of the nation's adults, or close to 52 million people, have received at least one dose, and 10% have been fully inoculated.
Richmond's Homelessness Advisory Council recommends new resource center, oversight of providers
       
City officials and some members of the homelessness advisory council praised the job the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care and its coordinating agency, Homeward, have done to respond to the public health crisis. One of the report’s recommendations is to “highlight” the work the service providers do. “The system works, and I think it works a lot better here than in some of the largest cities,” said Ricky Martin, a member of the council who was formerly homeless and now owns his own fitness business. Others who took part in the month-long process questioned the group’s focus on fixes that hinge on new local funding, rather than how the existing system could improve the region’s ongoing emergency response. Over the last year, the city has spent millions in federal dollars to shelter hundreds of people in hotel rooms around the region.
House passes civilian review board bill after nixing change to Louisville mayoral election
       
FRANKFORT — The House passed a bill Wednesday to give indirect subpoena power to Louisville's new civilian review board for police oversight, shortly after a controversial provision to change the manner of the city's mayoral election was stripped from the legislation. Louisville Metro Council voted 25-1 in November to create the 11-member civilian review board, which can initiate investigations of the police by its inspector general but not issue subpoenas to compel testimony and documents. Under House Bill 309, Louisville's civilian review board would have only indirect subpoena power, having to receive permission from an existing Metro Council committee that controls the board's "powers, duties, membership, internal protocols and reporting requirements." Much of the push behind the creation of the civilian review board and legislation to grant it subpoena power were the racial justice protests last year responding to the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. House Bill 309 now heads to the Senate, which had SB 247 on its orders of the day Wednesday but did not take up the bill.
Eight injured in 'suspected terrorist' stabbings in Sweden
       
“In fact, the campaign’s cash balance is actually higher than previously listed on the campaign finance reports. In the 2016 cycle, before Donald Trump was elected, the Jordan campaign received a little over $733,000 and spent about $423,000, according to FEC records. But in 2020, they soared: he raked in $18.6 million and spent $13.2 million, and now sits on a $6 million stash. “FEC reports carry-forward financial information to subsequent reports,” he said. “The lack of a quorum of commissioners until the end of last year meant that FEC enforcement had stalled.
U of L basketball all-stars take a shot to inspire others to get COVID-19 vaccine
       
All four former athletes are in the 60-or-older age category now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine under state and local guidelines to prioritize limited supplies. Griffith, 62, known in his years at U of L as "Dr. Dunkenstein," said he had no doubts about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In Louisville, Baptist Health, University of Louisville Health and Norton Healthcare all are providing vaccination appointments through their websites. Related:'Deadly serious': NAACP leaders, Beshear encourage COVID-19 vaccine receptivenessWednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear reported that more than 731,000 Kentuckians have now received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Black contractors demand halt to Beecher Terrace redevelopment, allege unpaid wages
       
Scott said in the days since he and several others first gathered outside the Beecher Terrace apartments, at the intersection of W. 10th and S. Jefferson streets, that he began negotiations with Messer. In a statement sent to The Courier Journal on Wednesday, John Megibben, Messer's vice president and Louisville region leader, said: “Messer has met or exceeded all MBE goals for Phase I and Phase II of the Beecher Terrace project. We have had productive discussions with subcontractors regarding work performed at Beecher Terrace, and we are focused on resolving any outstanding concerns." The Beecher Terrace redevelopment has city backing, with LMHA having invested approximately $35 million into the project, with funds provided by U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants. Funds for the project were originally granted under the condition that minority contractors be involved.
Threats to Capitol prompt House to cancel Thursday votes
       
House Democrats will accelerate passage of a sweeping police reform bill, bringing the legislation to the floor Wednesday night — and canceling votes Thursday — amid revelations of new threats to the Capitol. Democrats had initially intended a Thursday vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. "[There's] growing concern about threats to the Capitol and Democratic lawmakers in particular tomorrow," one Democratic lawmaker texted. The heightened security has been condemned by many of Trump's Republican allies on Capitol Hill, who have accused Democrats of maintaining unnecessary precautions against a nonexistent threat simply to portray Trump's supporters as universally violent. Although the House will now be on recess beginning Thursday, the Senate is scheduled to remain in session as it continues work on a massive coronavirus relief package.
Carlo Ancelotti wants Everton players to use ‘expectation’ as ‘motivation’ in chase for Champions League
       
Carlo Ancelotti has urged his Everton players to embrace ambition in a battle for European places he expects to go down to the final day of the Premier League season. But, despite these stumbles, Ancelotti said there was no harm in raising expectations on his players. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “I think West Brom are playing now how Allardyce wants them to,” Ancelotti added.
Starship finally lands without exploding in major milestone towards Mars
       
SpaceX has successfully completed the latest test of its Mars-bound Starship spacecraft, marking another milestone towards Elon Musk’s Mars ambitions. The high-altitude test of Starship SN10 was the first major flight test of a Starhip prototype to land on the launchpad, with both SN8 and SN9 both crashing in a fiery explosion upon landing. The test took place at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas on Wednesday following several delays. The earliest crewed Starship missions are planned for 2023, with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa already booked in for a flight around the moon. The first crewed missions to Mars could then occur either in 2024 or 2026 at the earliest, according to Mr Musk.
US Border: Unaccompanied kids being held by Border Patrol for 77 hours on average
       
On average, over the last 21 days the US Border Patrol, part of Customs and Border Protection, arrested around 340 children who crossed the US-Mexico border alone, according to preliminary data outlined in the document. The Biden administration has been reluctant to call the situation unfolding on the US-Mexico border a crisis, instead referring to it as a challenge. After being taken into Border Patrol custody, unaccompanied children are turned over to HHS. in January 2019, the year where there were surges on the border, the Border Patrol encountered 5,515 unaccompanied children. Customs and Border Protection acknowledged the increases in border crossing.
Manchester United 14 points behind City after dour draw at Crystal Palace
       
Now 14 points behind their neighbours as Manchester City’s procession to a third league title in four years continues, United laboured in attack throughout against opponents who are made in the image of their manager, Roy Hodgson. Cavani should have scored from the resulting corner after a goalbound header struck Rashford and fell at his feet . Yet if they were feeling the exertions of the backs-to-the-wall performances in their past two matches, Palace certainly did not show it. A volley from Townsend that bobbled just wide of the post was another warning shot for United as they once more struggled to find any attacking rhythm. It was not until the substitute Daniel James saw his header deflected over the bar by Patrick van Aanholt that United even looked like scoring.
Nikki Haley doesn’t understand Republican hatred of a diverse America, says former senior GOP strategist
       
A former senior strategist in the Republican Party has said that former Trump UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley does not understand the hatred of a diverse America brewing with the base of the GOP. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. The reason why he became the Republican nominee is because that's who the Republican Party is. He said that what really unites the Republican base "is this complete hate of a diverse America," adding that any Republican who takes a stand against Donald Trump doesn't "recognize what the modern Republican Party fundamentally is".
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticises ‘too slow’ performance in dull draw at Crystal Palace
       
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no attempt to downplay the poor nature of his team’s performance in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday night. A little bit off and when you’re off, if you’re not spot on you’re not going to win games,” he told Sky Sports. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “It’s not what we want but we’re in the Premier League and you have to play better to win games.
Race horse owner Philip Reynolds vows to support Gordon Elliott amid Regulatory Board hearing
       
Prominent owner Philip Reynolds has vowed to support trainer Gordon Elliott, while launching an impassioned plea for people to find it in their hearts “not to destroy him”. He believes the “scars of this week” are the “ultimate punishment” for Elliott - and underlined his personal, positive experiences at the Cullentra stable. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. He’s only human.”Like Reynolds, Gigginstown House Stud signalled their support for Elliott earlier in the week, describing the photo in question as “unacceptable” but stating their horses would remain at the yard.
Klobuchar tears into Ron Johnson for conspiracy theory blaming Jan 6 on ‘provocateurs’
       
Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has resisted Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson's repeated attempt to divert the blame from the Capitol riot onto a few so-called "provocateurs". During a joint Senate hearing Wednesday, Mr Johnson said he was only trying to seek out "the truth". Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Mr Johnson read selectively from the piece aloud: "Then, a loud, bellowing shout from behind: ‘Forward!
Judge refuses to name fame-craving ‘incel’ killer as she convicts him of 10 murders
       
“The accused committed a horrific crime, one of the most devastating tragedies this city has ever endured, for the purpose of achieving fame,” Judge Molloy wrote in the ruling. Judge Molloy rejected that argument. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. But Judge Molloy appeared to reject that explanation as well. In delivering her verdict, Judge Molloy read out the names of all 26 victims.
Mariah Carey’s estranged older brother sues her for defamation
       
Mariah Carey’s older brother Morgan Carey is suing the singer over claims she made in her 2020 memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. According toTMZ, the singer's estranged brother claims Mariah damaged his reputation when she wrote about an allegedly violent struggle he had with their father, and an alleged attack against their mother. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, a passage in the book reads: “It took 12 cops to pull my brother and father apart. Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Early goals put Man City in control after first leg of Women’s Champions League tie with Fiorentina
       
Manchester City took a decisive lead in their Women’s Champions League last-16 tie against Fiorentina with a dominant 3-0 victory. City took the lead after two minutes when Chloe Kelly drove down the right and crossed for Hemp, who made no mistake to open the scoring. Scotland international Caroline Weir came close to adding a third, forcing Fiorentina goalkeeper Katia Schroffenegger to come off her line and punch. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. City added a third in the 89th minute when Kelly provided another assist, this time for Mewis, who headed past the keeper at the far post.
Biden urges Democrats to stick together on $1.9trn Covid relief plan as progressives grumble it’s not enough
       
Joe Biden spoke to House Democrats on a conference call on Wednesday to urge them to continue backing his $1.9trn Covid relief plan, a wide-ranging proposal that has been taking weeks to wend its way towards the legislative finish line. “It’s good policy,” Mr Biden said, “and it’s good politics.”After a public round of fawning introductory remarks from Mr Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the president threw on the cloak of privacy to field questions from members gathered virtually for the House Democrats’ annual retreat. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Senate Democrats had planned to vote on their own Covid relief package this week.
Thousands of asylum seekers cross US-Mexico border after year-long wait
       
Asylum seekers who have been waiting at the border for over a year while they pursued their cases have started entering the US this week. After taking office in January, President Biden announced it would suspend enrolment in the Trump administration’s Migration Protection Protocols program, known as MPP, also known as the “remain in Mexico” program.
Warnings of possible QAnon threat to Capitol prompt House lawmakers to cancel Thursday schedule
       
The House of Representatives will dash its schedule for 4 March following warnings from security officials of a possible threat to the US Capitol, two months after a deadly insurrection inside the halls of Congress. A DHS terrorism advisory bulletin due to a “heightened threat environment” across the US in the wake of the Capitol riots remains in effect through the end of April. House lawmakers have moved the remainder of their schedule to Wednesday night to avoid putting lawmakers at risk on Thursday. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
The 'vaccine hunters' helping older people get Covid jabs
       
Americans baffled by the complex online system for booking a vaccine appointment are getting help from tech-savvy young people. Carl Cimini enlisted Kevin Hayes and his computer skills, to help him get a shot in Pennsylvania. Another so-called vaccine hunter, teenager Benjamin Kagan, has secured 115 appointments.
Trump accused of ‘political interference’ in case of Huawei executive held in Canada
       
Donald Trump’s comments about intervening in the case of a Huawei executive to get a better trade deal with China are being cited by lawyers as a reason to have her extradition case dismissed. The former president’s alleged political interference and violation of her legal rights have now been presented as reasons by her lawyers that Ms Meng’s extradition case should be thrown out. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. China’s ambassador to Canada said in a video press conference on Twitter on Wednesday that Ottawa could restore relations between the two countries by quickly releasing Ms Meng.
More than 200,000 Americans signed up for Obamacare within two weeks of Biden reopening healthcare marketplace
       
Joe Biden re-opened the federal health insurance marketplace to uninsured Americans from 15 February through 15 May. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Nearly 15 million Americans lost employer-sponsored health insurance plans by October 2020, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund. Following his inauguration, Mr Biden issued an executive order to temporarily reopen the government’s insurance marketplace.
Turkish father 'kills daughter by shooting her 20 times after she refused to say where ex-wife was'
       
A Turkish father allegedly killed his daughter by ramming her car off the road before shooting her 20 times in the head and body when she refused to tell him where his ex-wife was. General practitioner Gulnur Yilmaz, 28, refused to answer her father who then allegedly fatally shot her. Yilmaz then dragged his daughter from the car to his vehicle and demanded to know where her mother was. But when Gulnar refused to tell him, he shot her with 20 bullets, 11 of them in her head, according to local media. Meanwhile, the victim's mother Gulden Yilmaz divorced from Yilmaz in January 2020.
Video: Umbrellas shield patient leaving King Edward VII Hospital in London
       
Video: Duchess of Cornwall says Prince Philip's health is 'slightly improving' and royal family are 'keeping their fingers crossed' as Duke remains at specialist cardiac centre in St Bartholomew'sStaff use umbrellas to shield Prince Philip as he was transferred to St Batholomew's Hospital, after leaving the King Edward VII's Hospital, where he is being treated for an 'infection.'
'Terror motive' investigated after eight hurt in stabbing attack in Sweden
       
Eight people have been injured in a Swedish town after a stabbing attack police say could be terror-related. A man in his 20s attacked people in the town of Vetlanda, about 210 miles south of the capital Stockholm, on Wednesday afternoon. Aftonbladet said the weapon used was a knife but the Associated Press reported it was an axe. AdvertisementHe said: "In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes. Regional police chief Malena Grann said: "We have started a preliminary investigation of attempted murder but there are details in the investigation that make us investigate possible terror motives."
Video: 'Generation rent to generation buy': Suport announced for homebuyers
       
Video: New 5% deposit mortgages: Which lenders will offer the new government-backed loans and when can I get one? Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced support for people looking to buy property as he and the Prime Minister look to turn 'generation rent into generation buy.' The stamp duty cut will continue alongside a 5%...
'Virulent' outbreak of equine herpes forces European equestrian events to be axed
       
A virulent outbreak of equine herpes in eastern Spain has forced European equestrian events to be cancelled across the continent. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports said the move will see events axed in 10 European countries until 28 March. The ban affects upcoming events in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia. The federation's general secretary, Sabrina Ibáñez, said an unspecified number of horses have already died from the outbreak. The outbreak appears to have originated in Valencia, Spain, and has been linked to subsequent outbreaks in three other European countries.
Video: Duchess of Cornwall says Prince Philip is 'slightly improving'
       
Video: Duchess of Cornwall says Prince Philip's health is 'slightly improving' and royal family are 'keeping their fingers crossed' as Duke remains at specialist cardiac centre in St Bartholomew'sCamilla Parker-Bowles says Prince Philip is 'slightly improving.' The Duchess of Cornwall's comments came while she was on an engagement at a vaccination centre in Croydon as the Duke of Edinburgh remains in St...
Kim Kardashian dresses her daughter North's bearded dragon Speed in custom SKIMS Cozy hoodie
       
Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian glammed up her eldest child North West's central bearded dragon Speed in a custom SKIMS Cozy hoodie. Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian glammed up her eldest child North West's central bearded dragon Speed in a custom SKIMS Cozy hoodieTiny! Central bearded dragons eat insects and leafy greens, and they can live between 10-18 years in captivity. I really wasn't planning on liking Speed the way I do but she grew on me...North and her bearded dragon go everywhere together it's kinda cute!' Little Speed will surely be a hit with Kim's younger children - son Saint, 5; daughter Chicago, 3; and son Psalm, 22 months.
Pigeon who ran a-fowl of two angry birds is violently pushed onto NYC subway tracks
       
Don’t run a-fowl of these angry birds or you might end up like this pigeon that was almost ‘sleeping with the fishes.’Eyewitnesses filmed the horrific crime that happened in broad daylight on the platform of the 4th Avenue-9th Street G subway platform in Brooklyn. As the Bay Ridge-bound train approached the station, two pigeons decided they were going to ‘whack’ one of their own and teach it a lesson it won’t soon forget. The would-be murderers thought they had managed to get rid of their victim, but additional footage shows that it survived the ordeal, apparently keeping its head down while the train passed overhead. The two would-be hit-birds flew off as the G train pulled into the stationThe would-be murderers thought they had managed to get rid of their victim, but additional footage shows that it survived the ordeal, apparently keeping its head down while the train passed overheadLet's hope for the two pigeons' sake that their victim doesn't decide to become a 'rat' for law enforcement. New Yorkers have complained about the danger of desolate subway stations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it appears some pigeons are taking their cues from the criminals.
Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava reveals change from bright blonde hair to lavender hued tresses
       
And Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava Phillippe took a drastic turn with her look as she unveiled lavender tresses on Instagram Wednesday afternoon. Reese Witherspoon's daughter, Ava Phillippe, took a drastic turn with her look as she unveiled lavender tresses on Instagram Wednesday afternoon. Ava, who's father is actor Ryan Phillippe, stood in front of a snowy mountainscape backdrop as she revealed her new hairstyle. She sported a tie-dyed sweater and wore eye masks while waiting for her hair to be saturated by the color. For her big reveal, Ava held up to red Hally boxes and showed off a fresh blow out of eggplant hued hair.
Halsey shows off her growing baby bump and she and partner Alev Aydin model eclectic styles in LA
       
Pop star Halsey was seen out for lunch with her partner Alev Aydin in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday. The 26-year-old cosmetics mogul wore a baggy white sweatshirt that nonetheless revealed her burgeoning baby bump underneath. Baby bump alert: On Wednesday, pop star Halsey was seen out for lunch with her partner Alev Aydin in Los AngelesShe matched this with deep purple crushed velvet pants. She stayed protected from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a cute black and orange plaid face mask. Earlier this week, Halsey took to her Instagram stories with a message regarding how her pregnancy came to be.
Harrison Ford braves rainy weather to visit a bike shop, sports face mask to stay Covid-safe
       
Rain or shine, Harrison Ford is determined to get back on his wheels. The 78-year-old actor braved the rainy weather to stop by a Santa Monica, California bike shop on Wednesday. Wheels up: Harrison Ford was spotted braving the rainy weather to stop by a Santa Monica bike shop on WednesdayHarrison took safety precautions against the coronavirus with a black face mask, and bundled up against the chilly rain with a green jacket. The Hollywood veteran arrived in his olive green land cruiser to get his bike fixed up. The upcoming movie will reportedly be the last time Harrison ever plays the character that he originated in Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 1981.
Jessica Simpson sports Guns N' Roses T-shirt to do yoga stretches with her 'snoring' dog Penny Lane
       
Jessica Simpson sported a Guns N' Roses T-shirt to do yoga stretches with her 'snoring' dog Penny Lane. 'She snores while I stretch out the sore': Jessica Simpson sported a Guns N' Roses T-shirt to do yoga stretches with her dog Penny LaneJessica then linked her post to her billion-dollar brand's $39.99 three-piece 'Fitness Bundle' in cheetah print. On Tuesday, Simpson promoted her business again by Instastorying a snap of herself modeling the $89 'Shelbie Platform' slides in caramel. The platinum-blonde Texan originally founded the Jessica Simpson Collection in 2005 as a shoe company. Jessica is partnering with Amazon Studios to produce a fictionalized coming-of-age series about her mid-twenties, as well as an unscripted docuseries with music.
Blake Shelton says he and Gwen Stefani didn't know if she said 'yes out loud' during his proposal
       
Blake Shelton proposed to longtime love Gwen Stefani in October 2020. And five months after she said yes, Blake gave fans a firsthand account of how the proposal went down. The latest: Blake Shelton proposed to longtime love Gwen Stefani in October 2020. Blake shared the same photo with the caption: 'Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020... And the rest of my life. Blake shared the same photo with the caption: 'Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020... And the rest of my life.
Jennifer Aniston is delighted by stunning fan art of her beloved Schnauzer mix Clyde
       
Jennifer Aniston's love for dog Clyde is no secret. Aniston, 52, posted an awe-inspiring illustration of the Schnauzer mix by artist Michelle Wilson, telling the creator her pup 'loves' the piece. Jennifer Aniston shared cute fan art of her dog Clyde on Instagram WednesdayPuppy love: The Friends star is known for her love of animals, seen with Clyde aboveJennifer also shared the original photo of Clyde the art was based off of, proving Wilson's knack for capturing pets. She's already mom to a pitbull named Sophie and last fall the talent welcomed a yellow Labrador rescue puppy named Lord Chesterfield to the family. 'But I have to be very sensitive to Clyde and Sophie because it's all about whether they are going to be happy.'
Shawn Mendes goes for a solo walk in Miami...after sending birthday wishes to Camila Cabello
       
The hitmaker's stroll comes not long after he sent his now-24-year-old girlfriend Camila Cabello birthday wishes on her special day. Taking it easy: Shawn Mendes was seen going for a solo walk in Miami after sending birthday wishes to his girlfriend Camila Cabello on WednesdayMendes was dressed in a long-sleeve half-zip sweater that he left all the way open. Before heading out on his walk, the songwriter shared an image to his Instagram account showing him having fun with his girlfriend and operating a camera. Mendes was not the only entertainment figure that wished Cabello a happy birthday, as Ryan Seacrest sent her well-wishes through his Twitter account. Thank you for all the love and birthday wishes, I’m so thankful for all the love and I’m sending it right back!'
Jason Sudeikis and Keeley Hazell spark claims they're living together in London amid dating rumours
       
Jason Sudeikis and Keeley Hazell have sparked claims they're living together in London following reports they've 'grown close' since his split from Olivia Wilde. MailOnline has contacted representatives for Jason Sudeikis and Keeley Hazell for comment. Despite claims Jason finds Keeley 'incredibly attractive', their potential romance is said to only be in its early days and he is not ready to jump into a new relationship. 'When Jason found out about his wife and Harry, Keeley was one of the people whom he turned towards. Jason and Olivia enjoyed a seven-year engagement before announcing their split in November, and have been focusing on prioritising their children amidst their parting.
Taylor Swift's pal Todrick Hall is accused of 'slut-shaming'
       
Taylor Swift's close friend Todrick Hall is being accused of 'slut-shaming' after he defended the star against a 'deeply sexist' Netflix joke about how 'fast she goes through men' - by calling out other singers who 'run through guys like it's cardio'. Taylor herself chimed in, tweeting: 'Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. Taylor wrote and released two albums during quarantine already. Mostly, critics accused Todrick of slut-shaming for calling out pop stars 'who run through men/women like it’s cardio' and sexism for comparing Taylor to a man. I HIGHLY doubt that you’re embarrassed NOW to respond to this,' he wrote, calling Kim a 'self-absorbed, entitled, stubborn little queef.'
Cedric The Entertainer says Bill Cosby still deserves credit for his contribution to black culture
       
Cedric The Entertainer says Bill Cosby still deserves credit for his contribution to black history and culture, despite his status as a convicted sex offender. Cedric, 56, made the claim in an Instagram video shared last Friday, during which he honored Cosby as a part of Black History Month. So he has to be shouted out, for his contribution to the Black History of Comedy. Cedric The Entertainer says Bill Cosby still deserves credit for his contribution to black culture and the black community, despite his status as a convicted sex offenderCosby was widely credited as one of the most influential African American entertainers in US history. However, Cedric The Entertainer still believes that Cosby's crimes should not completely mitigate his achievements.
Revenge of the Sussex survivors' club: The inside story of how a fairytale turned into a nightmare
       
Referred to only half-jokingly as the 'Sussex Survivors' Club', its membership is sadly rising. His most recent role before becoming Cabinet Secretary last year was serving as private secretary to Prince William. THE TOUGH TALKING AUSTRALIAN: Formerly the Queen’s assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen had planned to quit Buckingham Palace in 2018. The well-liked but tough-talking Australian became the Sussexes’ private secretary, but left in 2019 to work for the environmental charity Cool Earth. Famously she once paid for an ice cream stand for her new staff at Kensington Palace, with the event later – surprise!
Meghan Markle's 'bully' claims are the worst royal crisis since the abdication writes RICHARD KAY
       
But his silky skills in crisis management were never tested there as they were in his next big job — working for Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex. For more than two years he has worked exclusively for Prince William, and is now chief executive of the Cambridges' Royal Foundation. 'Broken' royal aides told of feeling humiliated, 'sick', 'terrified', left 'shaking' with fear, and being reduced to tears by the duchess. They claimed that when Meghan was urged to support Palace staff she replied: 'It's not my job to coddle people.' THE TOUGH TALKING AUSTRALIAN: Formerly the Queen’s assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen had planned to quit Buckingham Palace in 2018.
AC Milan salvage Udinese draw with last-gasp penalty
       
Franck Kessie scored a penalty with the final kick of the match to snatch a point for AC Milan against UdineseAdvertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Franck Kessie scored a 97th-minute penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for AC Milan at home to Udinese on Wednesday, giving Serie A leaders Inter Milan the chance to pull six points clear at the top. But a needless handball from Udinese substitute Jens Stryger Larsen offered Milan a lifeline, with Ivorian international Kessie converting the penalty with the final kick of the match. Francesco Caputo's stoppage-time penalty earned Sassuolo a dramatic 3-3 draw against Napoli, as Gennaro Gattuso's side dropped vital points in the race for the Champions League places. Benevento continued their slide down the table following a 3-0 loss against Hellas Verona, while Genoa and Sampdoria drew 1-1. Cristiano Ronaldo added a late third as the Portugal star notched 20 league goals for the 12th straight season.
World Wildlife Day: New livestreams encourage us to keep an eye on reserves
       
World Wildlife Day: New livestreams encourage us to keep an eye on reservesEYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24By: Georja Calvin-Smith Follow | Laura DI BIASIO 14 minIn tonight's edition: France admits for the first time that French soldiers murdered a top Algerian independence figure then covered up the crime. And in South Africa, a top sponsor of South Africa's Love Island TV series pulls out of the production following outrage over the predominantly white casting in a country where 80% of people are black; And finally, an anti-poaching unit in South Africa has set up smartphone surveillance in a nature reserve to invite everyone with an internet connection to watch out for endangered species at the Kruger National Park.
Yankees manager Boone receiving pacemaker, taking medical leave
       
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is having surgery to receive a pacemaker, but says he expects his absence from the team to be briefAdvertising Read moreMiami (AFP)New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was having surgery to receive a pacemaker on Wednesday and will take medical leave, the Major League Baseball team said. However, Boone said he expects to be back at work he said he expects to return to work "in the next several days". The Yankees are due to play the first game of the regular season against the Blue Jays on April 1. Boone, 47, had surgery in March of 2009 to replace an aortic valve. "Our only priority at this time is Aaron's health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery."
'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
       
Share this Story: 'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn A report found the Labour party had committed 'unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination' involving anti-Semitism during Corbyn's time as leader Photo by Wheatley/WENN; Chris Wattie/ReutersArticle content OTTAWA – A prominent Canadian Jewish advocacy group says it was shocked to find out that NDP MP Niki Ashton is joining a talk with former U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was forced to resign over his handling of a report concluding his party did not take action to prevent anti-Semitism. Try refreshing your browser, or 'Shock, disappointment': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Back to video He was reacting to an upcoming virtual “conversation” announced by MP Niki Ashton on social media Thursday between herself and Corbyn on March 20, 2021. Rick Smith, head of the Broadbent Institute, a left-wing think-tank bearing the name of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, also described Ashton’s participation as “unfortunate” on social media. This is not the first time Ashton is at the centre of controversy surrounding an event she attends. At the time, the NDP took a step back from Ashton, noting “the position advanced by these organizations is not the party’s position”.
Knife attack in Sweden leaves at least eight injured, three critically
       
Police forensics team members work at a knife attack site where several people were injured before the suspect was shot by police and taken into custody in Vetlanda, Sweden March 3, 2021. Swedish police said they were investigating possible terror motives for a knife attack on Wednesday in which at least eight people were injured, and that the assailant has been arrested after being shot and wounded. All eight victims were hospitalised and three had life-threatening injuries, the Jonkoping regional council said on its website. Police were alerted to the attack in Vetlanda, a town of around 13,000 people, around 3 p.m. and initially said it did not appear to be an act of terrorism. Then we saw a man enter the store, shouting that he had been stabbed,” Asa Karlqvist, owner of a florist shop, told local newspaper Vetlanda-Posten.
Brazil reports 2nd straight day of record Covid deaths
       
The sprawling country of 212 million people is having its deadliest week of the pandemic, with an average of 1,331 deaths per day. - 'Brink of collapse' -Intensive care units are currently more than 80 percent full in 19 Brazilian states, according to Fiocruz. Brazil is so far using Chinese-developed CoronaVac and the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine, both of which require two doses. Instead, in the absence of a nationwide response from the federal government, Brazilian states and cities have resorted to piecemeal containment measures. "More than 1,000 people are dying every day in Brazil.
Extra-time winner lightens mood as Barcelona reach Spanish Cup final
       
Gerard Pique had equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time with virtually the last play of the game to save Barca. That was after Ousmane Dembele, who scored in the 2-0 win at Sevilla in La Liga at the weekend, had given the 30-time Spanish Cup winners a 12th-minute lead in the second leg. Part of the social media campaign included criticising current and former players like Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez, and iconic coach Pep Guardiola. Barcelona will face either Athletic Bilbao or Levante, who are 1-1 in their semi-final, in the final on April 17 in Seville. Before that, however, Barcelona will attempt another comeback effort when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie next week.
Moscow Targets Chinese Nationals Amid Coronavirus Fears. And the Arctic Heats Up in Record Speed
       
This week on the podcast:— China has complained that Moscow’s response to coronavirus is discriminatory and risks damaging relations with Beijing. Associated Press correspondents Francesca Ebel and Dasha Litvinova looked at how Moscow authorities went into great lengths to track down Chinese nationals. — The battle for the Arctic is heating up — literally — as countries, companies and citizens wrangle to protect and advance their interests in the region. We’ll speak to American journalist Alec Luhn about the effects of climate change on the Arctic, and Russia’s political and economic strategy for its icy north. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow.
Russia Gets Tough on Coronavirus. And What Does Surkov's Departure Say About Modern Russia
       
From today — that’s Thursday the 20th of February — most Chinese citizens will be temporarily blocked from entering Russia as part of Moscow’s latest moves to contain the spread of coronavirus. The ban covers all Chinese citizens traveling to Russia on employment, tourist and student visas. to discuss Russia’s latest moves to stop the coronavirus spread is Alexander Gabuev , chair of the Asia-Pacific programat Carnegie Moscow Center.
Russia Prepares for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases
       
This week on the program we look at how Russia is dealing with the coronavirus, with experts on the line to take us through the latest developments and assess how Russia’s health system and economy will cope with the pandemic. — Moscow Times reporter Evan Gershkovich joins us to go over the steps Russia has taken in recent days. — And finally, ING’s Chief Russia Economist Dmitry Dolgin explains how the massive global economic disruption caused by the coronavirus will affect Russia. Read More:Russia Says It Has Very Few Coronavirus Cases. ‘We Don’t Have Enough Intensive Care Beds’: Coronavirus Will Test Russia’s Creaking Healthcare System
Putin Forever? And Russia's Economy Rocked by Coronavirus Fallout
       
This week on the podcast:— In a televised statement to Russia’s parliament, Vladimir Putin backed a constitutional shake-up that could see him remain president for another two full terms. — Last week, Russia rejected a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cut oil production in response to the economic fallout of the coronavirus, kicking off an “oil price war” and sending global energy prices tumbling. In the studio to weigh up those claims and assess the real damage is Natasha Doff, economy and government editor at Bloomberg News here in Moscow. From Russia With News is hosted by Jake Cordell and produced by Pjotr Sauer. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow.
Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?
       
This week on the podcast:— The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. Financial Times Bureau Chief Henry Foy joins us in the studio to discuss what is at stake for both countries. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Read More:Russia’s Syria gamble under pressure as Turkey attacks in IdlibHawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
John Ivison: Colourful words of Chinese diplomacy can't hide Orwellian double-think behind them
       
Share this Story: John Ivison: Colourful words of Chinese diplomacy can't hide Orwellian double-think behind themJohn Ivison: Colourful words of Chinese diplomacy can't hide Orwellian double-think behind them The Chinese foreign ministry operates like Orwell’s Ministry of Truth — so that listeners are encouraged to believe that slavery is freedom and war is peace Photo by Justin Tang/The Canadian Press/FileArticle content There is something quite engaging about the use of metaphors by Chinese diplomats. Try refreshing your browser, or John Ivison: Colourful words of Chinese diplomacy can't hide Orwellian double-think behind them Back to video Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, recently said Canada was “like a thief posing as a judge” in its attempts to launch a declaration against arbitrary detention aimed at China. The range of language cannot obscure the narrowness of thought permitted by China, and parroted by its envoys around the world. The ambassador cautioned foreigners, including Canada’s parliamentarians, against interfering in China’s domestic affairs in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. “I would stress Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong and no one, no force, no country has the right to interfere in Hong Kong-related issues.” This is more evidence of the Orwellian double-think at the core of the Communist Party narrative.
Insurrection and Sedition in Russian Translation
       
In other words, I’m very into sedition and insurrection these days. Russian has four main words for insurrection, ranging from big and planned to spontaneous and/or violent. And then there’s ???? (rebellion, revolt, uprising), which is often even less organized and even more riotous than ????????? or ?????. To describe what happened in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, Russian newspapers and commentators used pretty much every word in the book — ?????, ????, ????????? — subtleties of language be damned. ????????? ???????? ?????? ? ????????????????? ? ?????? (Democrats accused Trump of sedition).
The Language of UnFreedom from the Gulag
       
???????: a funeral (camp slang) It is very rare that I get to combine my two favorite pastimes: going to museums and studying the Russian language. But this week the Gulag History Museum in Moscow opened an exhibition called “The Language of [Un] Freedom” dedicated to a new dictionary of camp slang, and I was almost first in the door. The prisoners needed to create their own language to describe their reality.” The camp language lesson begins at the start of the exhibition with ??? (prisoner, inmate, convict). The word appeared in one of the first work camps that was opened in the 1930s to build the Belomor-Baltic Canal. In camp slang it’s a term for a fancy funeral outside the Gulag.
All That Glitters is Russian Gold
       
The verb ??????????? is derived from the noun ??????? (silver), which shares the same root as the word in other Baltic and Slavic languages. ?????? (gold), which appears to share a root with the word ?????? (yellow) actually comes in a variety of colors. But what about ????? ?????? (white gold) and ?????? ?????? (soft gold). Gold more than silver is the measure of a good person in Russian: ??? ?? ??????, ??? ? ???? ?????? (I tell you, she’s made of gold). This is a case of ?? ??? ?? ??????, ??? ??????? (all that glitters is not gold).
Two Hundred More Ways to Get Russian Wrong
       
??????: pop or cottonThe Russian language has a plethora of ways to trip up the foreigner trying to have a conversation or read a newspaper article. ), “fleeting vowels” (so the vowels in Russian run away?! This ensures that you’ll always get something wrong no matter what you are doing in Russian. The Russian words appear to be the same, but their etymology is different: the coward ???? shares a root with ?????? (to shake), which is presumably what cowards do. I think Russian vowels should just stay fat and stressed, like they are in the Urals, and make our spelling life easier.
State moving to strip Des Moines Public Schools superintendent of license over in-person learning
       
DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) -The superintendent of Iowa’s largest school district is at risk of losing his administrator license. According to a report by WOI in Des Moines, a document filed on February 3rd with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners alleges Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ahart violated Iowa law by not submitting or implementing a lawful return-to-learn plan for the 2020-21 school year. At the time, Iowa law required at least 50% of instruction to be in-person unless a district was granted a temporary waiver for 100% remote learning. In its notice of hearing and statement of charges, the board says it received complaints on September 30th and October 21th regarding Des Moines Public School not returning to the classroom. Ahart is scheduled to appear before an administrative law judge, who is acting on behalf of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, on May 20th.
How the Internet Is Changing Politic?s
       
There is no doubt that the internet has fundamentally changed society and politics as well as how citizens and government interact with each other. Social media has become a symbol and an instrument for street protests and color revolutions around the world. And it seems that an increase in internet use almost always leads to a rise in dissatisfaction toward one's government. We've invited Ruben Enikolopov, Rector of the New Economic School, and Sergei Guriev, a Professor of Economics at Sciences Po in Paris, to discuss this with us. A joint project of VTimes and New Economic School (NES) that focuses on the problems of the economy healthcare, education and personal investments.
Of Men, Galoshes and Horseradish
       
In any case, ??????? ??????? (old age) is followed by ?????????? ??????? (very old age). ????????? ????? — ?? ?????????? ?? ???????? ??????? (The singer’s fanbase ranges from teens up to really old men). Old men have their own adjective — ???????????? — and Russians seem to have a lot of notions about what is old-mannish. I have come across ???????????? ?????? (old man’s frailty); ???????????? ??????????? (old man’s curiosity); ???????????? ???? (old man’s anger); ? ???????????? ????? (old man’s voice). If you are very fond of an old man, or if an old man is sympatico, you might call him ????????.
Christine Blasey Ford’s Lawyer Is Representing One Of Andrew Cuomo’s Accusers
       
The lawyer who represented Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser is representing one of the women who has accused Democratic New York Gov. “This is textbook sexual harassment.”Katz represented Christine Blasey Ford in September 2018. The lawyer who represented Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser is representing one of the women who has accused Democratic New York Gov. Katz represented Christine Blasey Ford in September 2018 when Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. (RELATED: With No Lawyer Or Public Relations Rep And Little Backing From Prominent Women’s Groups, Tara Reade Stands Alone)“Ms.
South Dakota House lawmakers leave AG impeachment in doubt
       
He said that a "fair and transparent" hearing on impeachment was not possible while lawmakers are under a gag order. However, Nick Nemec, Boever's cousin who has been outspoken against the attorney general since shortly after the crash, confronted lawmakers with his frustrations. That creates a higher vote threshold to move forward with impeachment than if the House were to take up the matter during this year's legislative session. If the Legislature reconvenes, the House would need a simple majority to advance the impeachment charges to the Senate. There, it would require two-thirds of senators to convict and remove the attorney general from office.
Excessive force, sexual violence used to silence protesting women: NGO
       
Amnesty International has accused Mexican authorities of using excessive force and sexual violence against women protesting peacefully against gender-based violence at five protests in 2020. The authorities violated their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly by using “unnecessary and excessive force, arbitrary detentions and even sexual violence,” Amnesty International said. “The violent response of the various authorities to the women’s protests violated their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. During the arrests and transfers, police officers spoke to the women using violent and sexualized language, threatened them with sexual violence and subjected them to physical and sexual violence. The organization issued a plea to the authorities to acknowledge the legitimacy of women’s protests and and to refrain from making stigmatizing statements against protesters.
Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants
       
(AP) - Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received over $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses. Records on the grant program show a ranch belonging to Noem’s family received $500,000. Also, a business operated by her brothers, Rock and Robb Arnold, received a payment of just over $100,000. Noem once maintained part-ownership of the ranch, but her office says she no longer does.
AOC Warns Biden That Giving Relief Checks to Fewer People Than Trump Would Be Nonsensical 'Own-Goal'
       
"I don't understand the political or economic wisdom in allowing Trump to give more people relief checks than a Democratic administration. "I don't understand the political or economic wisdom in allowing Trump to give more people relief checks than a Democratic administration." Conservative Dems have fought so the Biden admin sends fewer & less generous relief checks than the Trump admin did. "That means more generous relief checks, $15 min wage, ending the filibuster to protect our democracy. But one is that this would likely ensure that many of oft-discussed middle-class suburbanites who flipped from Trump to Biden will have received stimulus checks from Trump but not Biden.
House to vote on bill named in honor of George Floyd aimed at preventing police misconduct
       
PoliticsThe House of Representatives is slated to vote Wednesday on legislation aimed at preventing police misconduct that Democrats named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody sparked nationwide calls to overhaul policing and address racial injustice. Supporters of the bill say it would improve law enforcement accountability and work to root out racial bias in policing. Democrats have reintroduced the legislation and are on track to approve the measure for a second time with their House majority. It would ban racial and religious profiling by law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels, and it would overhaul qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that critics say shields law enforcement from accountability. The House intends to vote on the bill Wednesday night though it had earlier been slated for Thursday.
Trump wants GOP supporters’ cash. So does the party. Therein could lie a rub
       
Save America has more than $80 million in cash on hand, including $3 million raised after the CPAC speech, according to a person familiar with the total. He’s already endorsed a Republican challenger to GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, who voted to impeach Trump over the U.S. Capitol riot. Money raised through Trump’s website now goes to Save America JFC, a joint fundraising agreement between the two. AdvertisementAnd the National Republican Senatorial Committee warned this week that its “limited edition” T-shirts featuring Trump were almost sold out. Regardless of Trump’s next move, the GOP is unlikely to remove him from its sales pitch anytime soon.
China sparks outrage after ruling homosexuality can be branded a ‘psychological disorder’ in uni textbooks
       
A CHINESE court has sparked outrage after ruling homosexuality can be branded as a "psychological disorder" in university textbooks. 4 Xixi sued Jinan University Press in 2017 Credit: AFP - Getty4 A court in China has sparked fury after ruling homosexuality can be branded as a psychological disorder Credit: Getty - ContributorThe description resulted from "perceptual differences" the ruling on February 9 explained. According to South China Morning Post Xixi came across a psychology textbook that described being gay as a mental disorder in 2016, during her first year at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou. "The teaching material classifies homosexuality as a psychological disorder, which it isn't," the 24-year-old NGO worker said. The young woman added that the evidence she had provided was enough to prove the description of homosexuality was wrong.
Explosive development of a dangerous Tropical Cyclone along northeast Queensland, Australia. Heads for New Caledonia this weekend
       
Off to the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, a rapidly developing tropical cyclone Niran forms this week. Tropical Cyclone Niran will be passing just south of New Caledonia this coming weekend, around 60 hours from this local morning March 4th. The good thing for Queensland is that Tropical Cyclone Niran is now beginning a slightly faster forward speed, so its effect is decreasing for the coastal areas and will not bring any dangerous threat. TROPICAL CYCLONE NIRAN HEADS TOWARDS NEW CALEDONIATropical Cyclone Niran will continue strengthening this Thursday and could peak at around 105-110 knots by Friday. Flooding could become a serious issue of Tropical Cyclone Niran passes or landfalls on the island.
Paterson city councilmen Michael Jackson, Alex Mendez indicted in voting fraud case, Grewal says
       
Joe MalinconicoPaterson PressPATERSON — Two City Council members — Michael Jackson and Alex Mendez — have been indicted on various voting fraud charges stemming from last May’s Paterson elections, the New Jersey Attorney General announced on Wednesday. “These indictments are an important step in our prosecution of these two sitting city councilmen on charges including second-degree election fraud,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. But neither Khalique nor Razyen were identified as being covered in the Jackson and Mendez indictments. Jackson and Mendez were charged by the state grand jury in separate indictments, Jackson on Feb. 17 and Mendez on Feb. 24, authorities said. They were indicted on charges of election fraud, fraud in casting mail-in votes, unauthorized possession of ballots, tampering with public records and falsifying records.
Team Biden surprises with positive vaccine news
       
Vaccine manufacturer Merck, a competitor of Johnson & Johnson, then agreed to help manufacture the newly approved vaccine to double its U.S. capacity, a move brokered by the Biden White House. Using the Defense Production Act, the Biden administration allocated $100 million to expand drug manufacturing and to convert a Merck facility into a manufacturing plant. Everything clicked into place on Saturday, when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved by the FDA. Postal Service and FedEx hubs for delivery on Tuesday, when the first Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered to Americans. Still, the challenge of vaccinating enough Americans to reach herd immunity is momentous and not entirely within Biden’s control.
U.S. weighs possible retaliation for rocket attack in western Iraq
       
The White House warned that the U.S. may consider a military response to the rocket attack that hit an airbase in western Iraq where American and coalition troops are housed. "Thank God, no one was killed by the rocket, but one individual, a contractor, died of a heart attack. Those strikes were in response to an attack on American forces in northern Iraq earlier in February. "Coalition forces are in Iraq to fight Daesh at the invitation of the Iraqi government," he tweeted, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. Marotto, the coalition spokesperson, said the Iraqi security forces were leading an investigation into the attack.
President of the Central Bank of Iceland calls bitcoin “financial pyramid”
       
Ásgeir Jónsson, the president of the Central Bank of Iceland, criticized the speculation sparked by bitcoin (BTC), according to the local publication The Reykjavik Grapevine. Last Monday (1), the bureaucrat gave an interview to radio Bylgjan, and compared the cryptocurrency to a financial pyramid. “When you hear about people buying these ‘coins’ to make a profit, it’s worrying,” begins Jónsson. “I warn against all speculation, and we are talking about a very strange asset. Ásgeir Jónsson has influenced the country’s political guidelines since the 2000s, according to the Central Bank itself.
SpaceX lands Starship prototype rocket for the first time after a high-altitude flight test
       
Starship prototype SN9 launches from the company's development facility in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX was attempting a test flight of Starship rocket Serial Number 10 on Wednesday, aiming to fly the prototype as high as 10 kilometers, or about 32,800 feet altitude. The Starship prototype stands at about 150 feet tall, or about the size of a 15-story building, and is powered by three Raptor rocket engines The rocket is built of stainless steel, representing the early versions of the rocket unveiled in 2019. Elon Musk's company is developing Starship with the goal of launching cargo and people on missions to the moon and Mars. Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.
U.N. Says 38 Killed in Myanmar in ‘Bloodiest Day’ Since Coup Began
       
At least 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday, the biggest one-day toll in a worsening repression of anti-coup protests, the United Nations special representative for the country said. The representative, Christine Schraner Burgener, reported the deaths as news emerged that the junta’s own choice for U.N. envoy had abruptly resigned. Wednesday’s developments came as the United States, which is president of the United Nations Security Council for March, scheduled a meeting on Friday to deal with the crisis in Myanmar, diplomats said. Myanmar has been thrown into turmoil since a military junta seized control on Feb. 1 and arrested the civilian leaders whose party, the National League for Democracy, had won an overwhelming victory in national elections. Security forces have used increasingly brutal means to crush the anti-coup protests.
Disney to close at least 60 North American stores, focus on e-commerce
       
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co will close at least 60 Disney retail stores in North America this year, about 20% of its worldwide total, as it revamps its digital shopping platforms to focus on e-commerce, the company said on Wednesday. Disney currently operates roughly 300 Disney stores around the globe. Consumers have been moving to digital shopping over physical locations, and chains including Walmart Inc and Macy’s Inc have shuttered brick-and-mortar stores. Digital shopping gives Disney a chance to offer a much broader selection and include higher-end products from all of its Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars brands. It recently unveiled streetwear featuring Grogu, the “Star Wars” character popularly known as Baby Yoda.
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US Border: Unaccompanied kids being held by Border Patrol for 77 hours on average
       
On average, over the last 21 days the US Border Patrol, part of Customs and Border Protection, arrested around 340 children who crossed the US-Mexico border alone, according to preliminary data outlined in the document. The average time in Border Patrol facilities, which are not designed to hold children, was 77 hours, longer than the 72 permitted under US law. After being taken into Border Patrol custody, unaccompanied children are turned over to HHS. in January 2019, the year where there were surges on the border, the Border Patrol encountered 5,515 unaccompanied children. Customs and Border Protection acknowledged the increases in border crossing.
House cancels Thursday session after police warn of 'possible plot to breach the Capitol'
       
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives canceled its Thursday session after receiving information about a possible security threat at the Capitol on March 4. The United States Capitol Police said Wednesday they were aware of a “possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group,” and a notice sent to all congressional offices said the agency was bolstering its security presence on Capitol Hill. March 4 has been highlighted by the debunked QAnon conspiracy as the “true inauguration day” for former President Donald Trump. More:Police bolster security at US Capitol as QAnon theory claims Trump will become president March 4The Senate has not announced plans to discontinue its Thursday session. The House moved its remaining votes for the week to Wednesday night to avoid putting lawmakers at risk on Thursday.
General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot
       
Guard troops who had been waiting on buses were then rushed to the Capitol, arriving in 18 minutes, Walker said. “The Army senior leadership” expressed “that it would not be their best military advice to have uniformed Guardsmen on the Capitol,” Walker said. Much of the focus at Wednesday’s Senate hearing was on communications between the National Guard and the Defense Department. Contee said Sund was pleading with Army officials to deploy National Guard troops as the rioting escalated. Thousands of National Guard troops are still patrolling the fenced-in Capitol, and multiple committees across Congress are investigating mistakes made on Jan. 6.
Budget 2021: Everything you need to know
       
Today's Budget (3 March 2021) focused on helping individuals and businesses who have struggled because of the pandemic. Here’s everything you need to know about the Budget and how it will impact your finances. Here is what was included:Furlough extensionThe furlough scheme, which was due to end in April, will now be extended to 30 September 2021. The furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) has so far protected over 11 million job between March 2020 and 15 February 2021. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be worth 80% of three months’ average trading profits up to £7,500 covering Feb, March and April.
BBC apologizes for interview with man impersonating US senator Cory Booker
       
The BBC has issued a correction and apology on its website for airing an interview with a man who claimed to be the US senator Cory Booker but was actually someone impersonating the Democratic politician from New Jersey. The BBC said that the interview “has not appeared elsewhere”, and no audio clips or videos are circulating online, though one Twitter user heard the interview on New York’s WNYC public radio station and could tell something was amiss. “Listening to the @bbcworldservice Newshour on @wnyc and trying to figure out how they did an entire interview with someone they introduced as Senator Cory Booker, who I’m pretty sure was definitely not Senator Booker, and didn’t realize it,” wrote Twitter user Amy Eason. Tyresse Horne, another Twitter user, tweeted to Booker saying, “did you do an interview today with the BBC discussing the Khashoggi killing? I Googled to see if there was a different Cory Booker,” tweeted another user, Charles Clarkson, after learning of the BBC’s correction.
Horror scenes as SEVEN students plunge to their deaths in university balcony collapse
       
WARNING: Distressing content: Seven university students have been killed and four others seriously injured after plummetting from a fourth floor balcony at a campus in Bolivia. Horrific video captured by a bystander at the Public University of El Alto showed dozens of students wedged against the railing outside a lecture hall. The metal railing gives way and a group of students can be seen plunging more than 16 metres over the edge of the balcony. Bolivarian Police general commander Jhonny Aguilera Montecinos since said a young woman filmed “pushing” will be summoned for questioning. A woman screams for help as she dangles upside down from the balcony.
Phil Collins’s Ex-Wife Orianne Cevey Could Make Another $1 Million Selling Off Even More of The Singer’s Stuff
       
A little over a month after she gave up her “armed occupation and takeover” of her ex-husband Phil Collins's mansion and auctioned off a few of his gold records, Orianne Cevey is putting even more of the musician's possessions up on the auction block. Kodner Galleries, who previously worked with the jewelry designer to purge her possessions that “no longer spark joy,” will host a second online auction of Cevey's belongings beginning on March 3. The auction also features different types of rare and commemorative coins, as well as a large number of very pricey men's watches from Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Richard Mille. The jewelry designer gave 10% of proceeds from select items being donated to the Never Give Up Foundation, a charity focused on spinal muscular atrophy in children. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Hopefully Whoever Replaces Neera Tanden as OMB Nominee Has Never Called Ted Cruz a “Vampire”
       
That was a no-go for the White House, as Politico reported, and Biden accepted Tanden’s letter withdrawing from consideration. “You should be judged by the time,” one White House official told PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. “And the time we were in, we just had a fool in the White House tweeting all kinds of shit. — How the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Was Hobbled by Turf Wars and Magical Thinking— From the Archive: The Complicated Dynamic Between the Young JFK, His Formidable Brother, and Their Tycoon Father— Not a subscriber? Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Solange Knowles Says She Was Hospitalized Several Times and “Fighting for My Life” While Recording When I Get Home
       
Half the time I didn’t know where it was coming from. Believe me I’ve tried saying ‘nah I’m just playing’ so many times, ha. I’m not a big fan of talking about shit I don’t know yet. The stories of my past I've survived that I had stored all up in my body...till it said....no more. Life has now become before WIGH and after WIGH.” She concluded, “I'm so grateful for you guys allowing me the space and time.
A Masked Intruder Tried to Break Into Sandra Lee’s Malibu Home Twice Last Month
       
Sandra Lee's Malibu home was apparently the location of an attempted break-in last month that is still under investigation. The Food Network star wasn't there at the time, and the report states that nothing was taken from the home, nor were any of its windows or doors damaged or breached. But while Lee was able to stave off a more serious crime from occurring, a source told the outlet that she's still shaken by the incident. In December, Lee also spoke about the hard time she was having moving out of the Westchester County home she once shared with her former partner of 14 years, Governor Andrew Cuomo. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Rita Ora Explains How She Wound Up on the Floor With Madonna the First Time They Met
       
Rita Ora's first encounter with Madonna may not have gone exactly how she imagined it would, but the pop star insists that getting to meet her music idol was still “amazing” and the most starstruck she's ever felt. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ora revealed, “The highlight of my life is obviously Madonna, that's one of the biggest idols of all time. I had an amazing moment with her, very awkward, but also very unbelievable.” That awkward, but amazing moment came in 2013 when the pop star was hand-selected by Madonna to star in the campaign for her and her daughter Lola's clothing line, Material Girl. "She really just made me find my light, and by doing that we had to kneel on the floor," Ora explained. What's happening?’” But despite being baffled by the request, the pop star went along with it.
Republican Governors Celebrate COVID Anniversary With Bold Plan to Kill Another 500,000 Americans
       
On Tuesday, the governor announced that he was ending Texas‘s mask mandate and allowing businesses to reopen at 100% capacity by March 10. (Shortly thereafter, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves also announced that his state would no longer require people to wear masks, and that businesses will be able to operate at full capacity.) Abbott’s decision to effectively fully return to pre-pandemic normality, while the pandemic is still raging, was reminiscent of the time last spring when he lifted COVID restrictions—which, you guessed it, caused cases to spike in the weeks that followed. While Texas has recently seen a slowdown in infections, just 6.57% of the state has been fully vaccinated as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, far short of the level it needs to achieve herd immunity. “There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we cannot let our guard down now to ensure victory is inevitable; we can’t assume that,” he said.
“You Want Him Weakened So He Can’t Run”: Democrats Are Playing War Games With Andrew Cuomo’s Political Future
       
Rumors have been swirling among New York Democrats that more women will be coming forward with new allegations. Democratic political operatives I spoke to said Cuomo would be unlikely to survive if a new accuser came forward. Another reason Cuomo looks like he will weather the storm is that powerful Democrats aren’t motivated to push him out the door. “If you’re James, you want him weakened so he can’t run,” the political consultant said. “The behavior described in these allegations against Governor Cuomo is completely unacceptable, and every allegation of sexual harassment must be taken seriously and be reviewed,” she said.
Kelly Marie Tran on the Empowering Anger of Raya and the Last Dragon
       
Her character’s name may be in the title, but Kelly Marie Tran was one of the last actors—if not the last—to join Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Tran noted that the relationship between Raya and Sisu, the dragon voiced by Awkwafina, also changed enormously. “You only know what you know,” Tran said of the larger machinations of the film, describing that siloing of information as part of an “isolating” film industry. In 2015, a largely unknown Kelly Marie Tran scored what should have been a dream role. In voicing the titular hero in Raya and the Last Dragon, she has become Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess.
The Mandalorian’s Bill Burr on Gina Carano: “She Was an Absolute Sweetheart”
       
The Mandalorian actor Bill Burr weighed in on Lucasfilm severing ties with Gina Carano in a recent episode of his podcast. Super-nice fucking person,” Burr said on his podcast The Bill Bert Podcast, which he co-hosts with Bert Kreischer. The post was one of many offensive stances Carano publicized in the last few months. “Joe DeRosa with an interesting take, look at you!” Burr replied. Now I gotta watch what the fuck I say.”“It’s fucking crazy time,” Burr continued.
Colbert: Don Jr. Whines About Dr. Seuss Because He Reads “at a Second-Grade Level”
       
Seuss books should be fun for all people: Black, white, straight, gay. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told the Associated Press in a statement. “I literally know The Cat in the Hat by heart,” Trump Jr. groused in a Fox News clip rolled by Colbert. “Also I think his dad calls him and Eric [Trump] Thing 1 and Thing 2.”Besides, Colbert reminded viewers, there are millions of other children’s books to choose from. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Meghan Markle Denies Allegations of Bullying and “Unbearable Pressure” On Her Former Palace Aides
       
The claim was made in October 2018, five months after her wedding to Prince Harry, by Jason Knauf, who worked as communications secretary to Harry and Meghan. The duchess denies bullying, and Meghan’s lawyers stated that one individual left after findings of misconduct. Reports emerged about Meghan’s alleged diva-like behavior behind palace walls, and that she was nicknamed “Duchess Difficult” by some courtiers. One of the stories circulating at the time was how Meghan had upset palace staff by sending 5 a.m. emails. There was also a report in The Sun newspaper that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge had reprimanded Meghan over how she spoke to Kensington Palace staff.
White House Doc Who Said Trump Could Live to 200 Reportedly Sexually Harassed Staff, Got Wasted on the Job
       
Remember Ronny Jackson? Former White House doctor nicknamed the Candyman because of the way he allegedly doled out prescription drugs? Claimed that Donald Trump had “incredibly good genes” and that if he’d eaten a little healthier, he could have lived to be “200 years old”? Earned a nomination to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, which he later withdrew over accusations that he created a toxic work environment and was drunk on an overseas work trip? There’s a new Pentagon report out concerning his behavior, and it’s not a great look!
Pence Can’t Quit the Big Election Lie That Nearly Got Him Killed
       
The bill serves “one goal only: to give leftists a permanent, unfair, and unconstitutional advantage in our political system,” Pence wrote in the Daily Signal, arguing H.R.1 would hinder election reform at the state and local level. As is characteristic of those sowing unfounded doubt on the election process, the former vice president kept it vague. “I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election,” Pence wrote, reiterating evidence-free allegations of “an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law.” The op-ed—among his most substantial remarks since the Capitol attack—was notably without mention of the man who popularized such election misinformation, as Politico’s Kyle Cheney pointed out. “I do think he should’ve stood up for Trump,” one CPAC volunteer told the Times of the former president’s impossible request that Pence overturn Biden’s legitimate election victory. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Inclusive sizing in 2021: What needs to continue and what needs to change
       
And as we transition into the new normal, that agenda is headlined by the need for inclusivity in sizing. Ahead, insiders and style enthusiasts tell us what they’d hope for the inclusive sizing movement to accomplish this year. The road towards an inclusive future is a long one, but it helps to celebrate the small wins along the way. Rethinking sizing metricsMany factions across the industry are also questioning the relevance of an arbitrary sizing metric. Ultimately, if the industry is to become inclusive in essence and deed, she believes that a two-pronged approach is called for.
Aditi Rao Hydari picked a pastel pink bralette + pants set for ‘The Girl on the Train’ promotions
       
Most recently, it was Aditi Rao Hydari who gave the fail-safe look her vote of approval. Aditi Rao Hydari's bralette came with a romantic twistAlong with its soothing palette, what really stood out from Aditi Rao Hydari's latest co-ord set was her romantic top. With this all-pink look, Rao Hydari went with strappy beige heels from Dech Barrouci, which featured sweet ruffled detailing. If you're a fellow fan of co-ord sets, Aditi Rao Hydari's pastel bralette + trouser set is the best deal for you. Aditi Rao Hydari paired her pink separates with beige heels © Instagram.com/sanamratansiCo-ord set, July Issue, Rs 8,000Heels, Dech Barrouci, Rs 3,300Also read:Aditi Rao Hydari dressed up her relaxed jeans with a blue checkered tie-up crop topAditi Rao Hydari celebrated Pongal 2021 in a breezy blue floral anarkali
From tigers to leopards: 5 best reserves and properties in India for wildlife spotting
       
If you want to spot tigersVisit: Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra“It is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park. Tadoba is one of the most successful breeding grounds for tigers, with 135+ tigers in its landscape (core and buffer). If you want to spot blackbucksVisit: Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, Bhavnagar“Velavadar’s Savannah grasslands and scrub provide optimum habitat for blackbucks. The wilderness of Jawai is not part of any national park or sanctuary. Expect personalised service and a fantastic safari experience, with custom jeeps and excellent guides.
Mushrooms are set to take over your wellness routines—here's why
       
From supplements and coffee mixes to shampoos infused with reishi mushrooms, adaptogenic blends are quickly becoming ubiquitous in the wellness sphere. Adaptogens, or herbal pharmaceuticals, offer a diverse range of benefits, and mushrooms have been leading the charge for centuries. “Mushrooms are a great vegan source for supporting a healthy immune system. It has been traditionally used to balance energy, increase mental sharpness and support a healthy immune system. Also read:You’ve been ‘boosting’ your immune system all wrongFrom ashwagandha to chaga mushrooms: How to find the right adaptogen to combat stressIs psychedelic therapy the future for mental health treatment?
Reality show, které dokoukáte do konce, i když to nep?iznáte
       
Reality show, které dokoukáte do konce, i když to nep?iznáte Natálie Debnárová 3. Seznamte se s nejzajímav?jšími reality show sou?asnosti, o kterých sice možná na Zoom meetingu mluvit nebudete, zato na jiné myšlenky vás v dnešní dob? p?ivedou na 100 %. U Circle se budete p?edevším bavit a možná si zlepšíte i online komunikaci. Když se p?enesete p?es lehce ordinérní vzhled maklé?ek, za?nete si tento po?ad užívat naplno nejen díky nádherným lokacím, ale možná se i p?iu?íte v oboru. (Harry je z Austrálie a já v?bec nevím, kde to je.)
Blýská se na lepší ?asy? Móda doby postpandemické podle Acne Studios
       
Móda doby postpandemické podle Acne Studios Martin Váša 3. 2021 Sdílet Zkopírovat odkazVzpomínáte si, kdy naposledy Acne Studios zklamalo? A krajinou sn? skute?n? byla, ale krajinou sn? p?echázející v realitu, asi jako když se nad ránem probouzíte do reality díky v?ni ?erstv? uva?ené kávy. V p?ípad? Acne Studios pochopiteln? kávy v doprovodu sladké kanelbulle. A pokud se nám poda?í získat a udržet si Jonnyho pozitivní p?ístup, máme se na co t?šit.
Iris Law Is Joining The Family Business With A Transformative Screen Debut
       
Iris Law is following in the footsteps of her father, Jude Law, and her older brother Rafferty, having been cast in her first professional acting role. A six-episode TV series called Pistols, it will follow the story of legendary band the Sex Pistols, and is based on the 2018 memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales from the Sex Pistols, written by band member and self-described “94th greatest guitarist of all time” Steve Jones. Aside from her modelling work, Iris also champions a more sustainable approach to fashion, and is currently studying textiles at university. Johnny Rotten cited Catwoman’s “skill, style and bravery” when discussing London’s early punks in the rockumentary The Filth and the Fury (2000), which charted the rise of the Sex Pistols. Iris Law will transform as Soo Catwoman for her screen debut.
The Year I Spent Texting My Husband From 5 Metres Away
       
But this night my husband was downstairs, yammering on the phone at a volume that I feared might disturb this nocturnal passage. (According to my iPhone’s Screen Time analysis, I spend an average of 34 minutes a day texting, which is definitely more than I spend eating lunch.) But for many couples, texting has become the primary mode even when a hermetic seal isn’t necessary. What’s more, conventional wisdom argues that texting is a poor substitute for face-to-face communication. “Texting,” McWhorter said, “is not writing at all.” It is, instead, “fingered speech – now we can write the way we talk”.
10 Things To Know About Nicolas Di Felice, The New Man At Courrèges
       
If a Le Corbusier house is a machine for living in, an André Courrèges garment is a machine for moving in. Courrèges’ original space-age futurism was an immediate hit with the ’60s jet set. © Printemps-EteNow, 60 years after Courrèges established his Parisian house, Nicolas Di Felice is making his debut as its artistic director. Di Felice describes autumn/winter 2021 as “an homage to the Courrèges atelier and archives, but a bit more ‘Belgium’. Courrèges is straight to the point: it's a shade, it's geometry, it’s a fabric, it’s simple.
Nothing Treats Period Pain Quite Like An Orgasm – It’s Science
       
A huge 80 per cent of women experience period pain, but while it’s incredibly common, it is rarely discussed openly. But a new study of nearly 500 women has found that there is something that can help address our varying degrees of pain: masturbation. While the average intensity of period pain experienced initially was 6.7, it had dropped to 5.4 after the test phase. However, given we know that exercise can help with period pain, it could be that orgasms also ease symptoms by increasing blood flow to the pelvic area. So next time you’re wracked with period pain, forget the Ibuprofen… you know what to do.
6 Beauty Trends To Note From MFW AW21
       
Here are the top hair, make-up and beauty trends from the Milan Fashion Week autumn/winter 2021 shows. The trend: part to the sideFendi autumn/winter 2021. The trend: graphic eyesPhilosophy autumn/winter 2021. The trend: fringe maniaPucci autumn/winter 2021. The trend: slicked-backPorts 1962 autumn/winter 2021.
“The World Assumes Disabled People Are Sexless”: Author Molly McCully Brown On Sexual Desire & Cerebral Palsy
       
Most of me was certain that the boy in the dining hall was right in all the ways that mattered. I don’t notice people staring, don’t trip on my way in to teach a class and send 35 student papers flying everywhere. No one I don’t really know needs to put their hands on me. That there is no perfect reconciliation, only the way I hold it all suspended: wonderful, and hugely difficult, and true. ‘Places I’ve Taken My Body’ by Molly McCully Brown (Faber & Faber) is out now.
Glass Rings Are The Next Big Thing In Nostalgic Jewellery
       
Bea Bongiasca’s wiggly enamel creations have been bookmarked by Dua, along with plastic fantastic rings from Spanish brand La Manso. Gigi Hadid wearing Keane’s colourful glass rings and a phone charm from String Ting. Things are always evolving.”Gigi Hadid brightened New York’s sidewalks with fistfuls of Keane’s glass rings earlier this year, wearing a sunshine-yellow Sllyme ring, as well as red, tangerine, lavender and baby-pink Thin rings. Keane’s glistening gems have also received Kylie Jenner’s stamp of approval: its glass rings and earrings have cropped up on her grid. Kylie Jenner wearing rings and earrings from Keane.
Irina Shayk Gears Up For The Versace Show In A Classic Donatella Look
       
It was always a given that the new-gen supers would arrive in Milan for the phygital shows in style. While Gigi Hadid opted for oversized tailoring and cosy Ugg boots (a firm favourite for most right now), Irina Shayk is doing as the locals do by embracing high-octane Italian glamour. Last season, after emerging from lockdown, Donatella Versace created a new business model for her brand. But,” she told British Vogue, “don’t forget the glamour, the supermodels, the hair and make-up!” Enter: Gigi and Irina ready for business. More from British Vogue:
From Healing Plants To Tribal Scars: Thebe Magugu On His Spiritual Inspirations For AW21
       
“I think I design for curious women,” says Thebe Magugu, the young Johannesburg designer and winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize. The collection is brimming with thoughtfully chosen, carefully researched references, all of which can be traced back to Magugu’s biggest source of inspiration: South Africa. Magugu interviewed and underwent sessions with traditional healers to inform pieces that explore the changing face of South African spirituality. “There [is so much] people don’t know about South Africa and I want to – in my own way – contribute to the knowledge sharing,” he says. Thebe Magugu designs for customers who “want to wear clothes that convey emotion – not just product for product’s sake.” His clothes are anything but that.
Katie Holmes Is Fully Committing To This ’90s Jeans Trend
       
Drawing inspiration, Katie Holmes is taking the louche style one step further in ’90s-inspired super baggy jeans. For many months now, Holmes has been gradually increasing the diameter of her jeans. Throughout NYC’s balmy summer months and into autumn too, Holmes paired her eco-conscious wide-leg Jackie jeans with relaxed tees and insouciant checked shirts. Holmes clearly loves the relaxed fit of oversized jeans. Just leave it to Holmes to commit fully and bring back the super-baggy style.
5 Things To Know About Dries Van Noten’s Dance-Inspired AW21 Collection
       
Van Noten’s desire to use the pandemic as a tool for advancement was equally reflected in the collection, so elegant and “dressed” — not a memory of comfort-wear or dressing for home in sight. “Honestly, when I hear marketing terms like that, the last thing I want to do is exactly that. I don’t care about those things. “We have to invite people to dress up, to explain what they want to say through their garments, and not just being ‘comfortable’. At one point in the shoot, everyone was wearing 11cm heels.
Gabriela Hearst Has Revived This Iconic Chloé Bag
       
Signature Chloé bags – including the Faye, the Drew and the Marcie – were nowhere to be seen at Gabriela Hearst’s debut fashion show for the French house. “My first luxury handbag was the Chloé Edith bag and it is a piece I still love and wanted to pay homage to,” says Hearst, while shedding light on the formative stages of her design process as creative director. “This season, the Edith bag has been re-issued staying true to its original design. “To me, these [bags] are luxury pieces that show how quality and craft can coexist without opulence,” Hearst mused on her grounded approach to design. Here, the forward-looking handbags from Gabriela Hearst’s first Chloé collection.
“Ghana Is Better Than This”: Lady Phyll On The Urgent Need To Protect Ghana’s LGBTQIA+ Citizens From Homophobia
       
The recent closure of the new LGBTQIA+ centre in Accra, Ghana, has broken my heart. It breaks my heart that people like me live under threat of violence and second-class citizenship, and that such violence is co-signed by the leaders elected to protect them. And it breaks my heart because I am Ghanaian, and this is not who Ghanaians are. Ghana and its citizens know well the trauma, violence and human rights violations that flourish under oppressive regimes. We are speaking up and speaking out because everyone deserves to live free from violence.
Designers of Three Arab Brands and Their Artistic Muses on Inspiring Each Other’s Creativity
       
Ranging from Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and the UAE, Nafsika Skourti, Kage, and Nora Al Shaikh celebrate each other’s talents and creative processes. These emerging Arab brands shared their love and passion for their art with their respective muses, symbols of creativity and trust. She identifies with the same philosophy – somewhere between “glamour and anti-glamour” – saying, “The Nafsika Skourti woman is confident and outspoken. Lebanese designer Donna Hourani, a rising star in the jewelry world and a childhood friend, serves as the Kage muse. I would like to see Kage grow into a lifestyle brand that embodies the values and life of the Kage woman.
Say Goodbye to Sweats and Hello to Comfortable Housedresses
       
Photographed by Zoe Ghertner, Vogue, December 2019A recent Vogue article inspired me to start wearing comfortable house dresses. The article outlined the psychological power of ditching your slippers for actual shoes, like dressed-up loafers and fancy flats, while working from home. These dresses are comfortable and easy enough for at-home wear, with non-constricting silhouettes, long hemlines, and comfortable fabrics. Thanks to brands like Batsheva and Hill House Home, the housedress is a closet champion that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Here, shop the best house dresses to wear inside now, and out and about later.
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Molly Ringwald Looks Back on Pretty in Pink, 35 Years Later
       
John Hughes had a knack for speaking to teenagers without speaking down to them. He had spiky hair and these crazy sneakers,” Molly Ringwald says of Hughes nearly 40 years after their first meeting. Hughes understood that high school was a reservoir of class warfare and emotional bloodshed, where a snide remark (“Where’d you get your clothes? Pretty in Pink, Hughes’s third and final film with Ringwald, was also his most hopelessly romantic. Released 35 years ago this week, the teen rom-dram follows Andie Walsh, a working-class high school student whose secondhand clothes make her an outcast among her more affluent peers.
Bing Bang Bong: On the Unbridled Thrills of Drag Race UK
       
And so to RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, the debutante ball for British drag acts ascending to global notoriety. I wake on Mondays, clamoring for the Drag Race’s dauphinoise of simmering temperaments, savage snapbacks, and antagonizing lip syncs. I’m forever counting down the hours until I’m back with the queens, with their cheek, their nerve, their gall, their audacity, and their gumption. While some queens were criticized for being regional (RIP, Tia Kofi), regional accents were the beating heart of “UK, Hun?,” each Scottish “bing,” Welsh “bang,” and cockney “bong” working together in harmony like an expensive scented candle. Sometimes she’s just back from a vigorous shampoo with club grease from Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” video; other times she’s demure in a lacy ankle-length bathing gown.
Aurora James Shares a Look at Her Light-Filled Los Angeles Bedroom
       
“It’s pretty empty,” Aurora James says of her Los Angeles bedroom. “But it’s been so much work to keep [it] empty.”“Mister Chow, my chow chow, is my favorite new addition to my home here in LA,” James says. It's nice to have the honor of a tree being open to share space with you,” James says. But amid the pandemic she could finally give Los Angeles, and its perennial 72-and-sunny weather, a shot. The 15 Percent Pledge founder is settling in quite nicely: her favorite addition to her new abode, she says, is her fluffy puffy chow chow, aptly named Mister Chow.
How Three Texans Feel About the State’s Controversial Reopening
       
In other words, Abbott’s decision to reopen the state feels premature, to say the least—and for many Texans, it’s terrifying. What if they had state-level logistical support, combined with the members’ local knowledge and deep, personal kindness?” he wonders. Hinman isn’t the only Texan who’s been forced to place more trust in grassroots methods of community protection than in top-down governmental aid. And they shouldn’t have to, you know?”For many Texans, the lack of COVID-19 oversight from the state’s highest office feels like yet another betrayal of public trust. Katherine Trakhtenbroit, 36, a Houston resident, says that her initial sense of hope around the pandemic has been completely extinguished by Abbott’s reopening.
These Are the New Names to Know From Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2021
       
Anyone who thinks new fashion designers in Italy are scarce hasn’t been paying enough attention. A talented new generation is alive and kicking at Milan Fashion Week, slowly but surely taking its place in an industry dominated (perhaps overly dominated) by longtime superstars. These are just some of the obstacles a young designer has to surmount in order to achieve success on Italian shores. The collection they presented at Milan Fashion Week was a good example of such methodology. Pieces of a disassembled balloon dress in tiered tulle landed on a black tailored blazer worn as a minidress.
Send Your Friends a Gift, Just Because
       
Dear Annabelle rose notecards $80 DEAR ANNABELLE Shop NowA Bedside CarafeWe’re no longer as on-the-go, making reusable, portable water bottles less useful. Gift your friends a pretty bedside carafe to help them stay hydrated while at home. Bearaby velvet napper $279 BEARABY Shop NowA Hand Care KitWe’re washing our hands more diligently than ever before. Barnes & Noble Book Stack gift card $50 BARNES & NOBLE Shop Now Whole Foods Market gift card $50 AMAZON Shop NowA Luxe JournalWriting can be therapeutic. Cosabella Bella relaxed long sleeve top & pant $133 COSABELLA Shop NowA Daily PlannerIt’s still early in the year.
Dries Van Noten Offers a Fresh Twist on a Classic Red Clip
       
"It's real movements, it's real emotions," Dries Van Noten told Vogue of his Fall 2021 short film, which featured models and dancers performing onstage at the deSingel theater in Antwerp. In keeping with the same senses of motion and realness, a blurred red lip, done many different ways, was the single beauty statement worn by the cast as they danced out the emotions of the past year in slouchy suits and satin slip-dresses. From brick red to salmon pink to deep crimson, each shade was a softer alternative to a classic bold lip and tailored to complement each model's skin tone. A more muted, lived-in vinyl red lip not only feels fresher than an opaque, full-coverage one, but is entirely fitting for the times, whether it's mask-friendly makeup—or a night of passion—you so desire. As she says, "To kiss, to express, to take somebody in your arms, it represents everything that is forbidden now."
Who Is Kathy Hochul, the Politician Who Could Become the First Female Governor of New York?
       
To say that Kathy Hochul has kept a low profile during her six-plus years as lieutenant governor of New York State is an understatement. That could all change within the next few weeks, or perhaps even days. If Governor Cuomo, increasingly beset by charges of sexual harassment (with a third woman going public with her accusations this week), finally resigns, then Hochul would become the state’s governor, making her the first woman to ever hold that position and the second person in a little more than a decade to do so because of scandal. (In 2008, then lieutenant governor David Paterson was elevated to the governor’s position when Eliot Spitzer resigned following revelations that he had been a regular customer of a high-end prostitution ring.) He might even try to mollify his critics by announcing that he will not run for a fourth term in 2024.
Taraji P. Henson on Her Hair Evolution, and the Confidence Philosophy That ‘Set Her Free’
       
Her passion for hair extends into her own line, TPH By Taraji, which champions the importance of good scalp care, as well as coil nourishment. We started with scalp care. Henson has found joy in hair care since she was little. “When I dyed my hair red, she gave me the confidence to embrace it.” And when Henson cut her hair off? “But my scalp care line is my favorite,” Henson says.
Nail Artist Lila Robles on the Beauty of Airbrushing and Celebrating Her Xicanx Heritage
       
Lila Robles, aka @nailjerks, creates the type of art that stops you mid-scroll. Which is why her work, unsurprisingly, has already caught the attention of brands like Sephora and KVD Beauty, singer Kali Uchis, and rapper Leikeli47. They shared her love of “weird nail art and would create nail calendars with dead stock sneakers,” Robles remembers. She began interning for M.I.S.S., helping them create nail art for shoots and writing as one of the main columnists on their site, while attending school to be a manicurist. It shows people another side of what nail art, or art in general, can be.”Photo: Courtesy of Lila Robles Photo: Courtesy of Lila Robles
Gottmik, the First Trans Man on Drag Race, Is Already a Winner, Baby
       
In high school, Gottmik first started playing around with makeup—a signature element of their drag. “The first time I ever performed was in a bar in Tucson, Arizona [when I was 18],” says Gottmik. “The only type of makeup that excited me was crazy, over-the-top drag makeup,” says Gottmik, whose signature makeup look is a face painted white with thin, drawn-on brows. Whatever the look, a Gottmik outfit is always campy, but nods to high-fashion designers: See their rainbow latex dress and crash dummy couture for evidence. I love any designer that has a grunge feel but makes it just so polished; I feel like that’s reflective of my drag style.”
Meryll Rogge Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Rogge, helped greatly by friends, is essentially a team of one working from her parents’ home in the Belgian countryside. After seven years in the city, Rogge returned to Antwerp and worked as the head of women’s for Dries Van Noten, with whom she shares a great love of color. “There’s always this aspect of masculine/feminine that comes in,” says Rogge of her house codes. Throughout the line-up, as in a cutaway sweater set that’s actually all one piece and has nothing mumsy about it, Rogge makes use of deconstruction. In possessing those qualities, Rogge is bringing that legacy forward to a new generation.
Vaquera Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
A year in lockdown hasn’t dimmed the Vaquera designers’ flare for fashionable expression. There’s without a doubt a new level of finesse to the new season’s vegan leather motorcycle jackets; they call them “real” pieces, ones they “couldn’t have done without Comme” (Comme des Garçons owns DSM). The collection at least partially takes its cues from the way the designers themselves are dressing. There are sweatshirts fused with bras and slip dresses, and the front panel of one skirt is embellished with a pair of satiny panties. Still, they’re making a signature of lingerie dressing, a trend that’s been heating up over the last few seasons, and those vegan perfectos will find eager customers.
Paul Smith Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
This Paul Smith womenswear proposition was a traveling-without-moving whistle-stop tour of wearable subcultural styles that spanned decades but was built for the immediate future. As Smith and his team did for its brother menswear collection presented back in January, here they had toured his vast and seemingly chaotic trove of designs and memorabilia: He seemed chuffed at the impact this had on the youngsters. A bias-cut dress in bird-silhouette silk Hawaiian print contrasted with panel-legged houndstooth suiting inspired by a Smith look once favored by pan-gender pioneer David Bowie. Smith reckons that come fall/winter time, we’ll be both itching and at liberty to slip on fresh glad rags and mingle. In this collection he presented multiple pieces whose acquaintance it would be fantastic to make, first time around or not.
Megan Thee Stallion on Her Bag Obsession and How To Have a Hot Girl Spring
       
I love Chanel bags, I always try to find Chanel bags that are hard to find. I can be wearing sweats, and my Louis bag just really turns the outfit up. You’re known for always having a Hot Girl Summer—but how can we have a Hot Girl Spring? And I’m like, girl, you know, let me go to rehearsal. Everybody has been waiting for Tina Snow [her alter ego] to come back, so my girl may be popping up soon.
A SNL Star Brings Back an It-Girl Classic
       
Yesterday in New York City, the actress opted for a vintage faux leopard coat that she had bought from Le Grand Strip. It’s a classic downtown cool-girl look, not unlike the tried-and-true signatures of Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow. She wore it over a light blue floral print Dauphinette dress and a pair of bubblegum pink boots by Brother Vellies. Gardner also marks a bit of a new generation of SNL cast members who are style-conscious. There is also, of course, Pete Davidson who has been known for his love for low-key label Online Ceramics and the cult-beloved Elara hat.
Dolly Parton Kick-Starts a Cold-Shoulder Trend to Get the Vaccine
       
Dolly Parton is in a celebratory mood and dressing accordingly. The beloved singer, bleached-blonde bouffant and all, wore a sparkling violet top yesterday to get her COVID-19 vaccine, specifically the Moderna shot. (She even intro’d the moment with a remix of “Jolene”: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.”) The 75-year-old dressed strategically to get the jab, opting for a clingy top with clever shoulder cutouts along with matching cutoff gloves and a purple mask. It seems that Parton may be starting a trend with her cold-shoulder top. Last year, she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which worked with drugmaker Moderna to develop the vaccine.
Courrèges Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Nicolas Di Felice had his Courrèges debut today. The fact that Di Felice took all this in stride speaks to his experience. Di Felice’s confident launch is a showcase for both his understanding of André Courrèges’s Space Age legacy and his own cutting chops. Courrèges’s ’60s futurism has been filtered through Di Felice’s child-of-the-’90s eyes. Reviving a 60-year-old brand in a busy world is a big task, but Di Felice has a good foundation.
Dries Van Noten Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
There’s something cathartic about watching pent-up rage, frustration, confusion, longing and separation being danced out on a darkened Antwerp stage in Dries Van Noten’s film for fall 2021. There’s kind of a rawness and directness also—it’s real movements, it’s real emotions.”Twelve months and a pandemic have taken Van Noten a very long way from the mentality of wanting to show on a runway. “It’s rare that I’ve seen so much emotional kind of things which have cropped up in the body,” Van Noten remembers. For Van Noten, the show-as-dance in his home city also circled back to the relationship he struck up with De Keersmaeker, who emerged as a force in contemporary dance in Brussels at the same time as Van Noten and his fellow designers of the Antwerp Six were on the rise in the late ’90s. I think there’s now a realness and intensity, with the videos and pictures, and the way that everyone is finding their way to express themselves.
Jenny Packham Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Not that you’d be able to spot the quick turnaround, given the labor-intensive and meticulous craftsmanship involved in her sumptuous, hand-beaded, sequin-dripping dresses for fall. The point of difference this season, however, was finding Packham in an even more playful mode. A series of gowns is decorated in gold and silver sequins that radiate outward like glittering fireworks. An ethereal, Grecian-inspired dress from last season was a particular hit, prompting Packham to work on a series of crepe silk gowns with sensual draping across the back. “People who have waited may just want to order something, as they won’t have the time to go through the whole process,” says Packham.
Kwaidan Editions Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
This has been a year of domestic pleasures, but that means different things for different people. Hung La and Léa Dickely of Kwaidan Editions have done their fair share of cooking and cleaning up, like the rest of us. But in their collection and in the images Dickely has taken to document it, they’ve also been exploring the world of fetish. Latex plays a starring role in the new collection, on second-skin tops, pencil skirts, and sharp trenches. But Kwaidan Editions works a different angle, and you don’t need to be a connoisseur of kink to appreciate the ’90s inflections of their streamlined tailoring and slinky shirt- and slip-dresses.
Chloé Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Watching Gabriela Hearst’s first show for Chloé unfold was like seeing the child of two familiar people grow up before your eyes. Hearst called her Chloé collection the “Aphrodite” to her own brand’s “Athena”: sensual and playful femininity versus a heroic and wise androgyny. Sustainability was Hearst’s way into the collection: her inspiration, her material, her technique, and even her silhouette. Supported by her likeminded CEO Riccardo Bellini, Hearst said that Chloé had already decreased this collection’s environmental footprint by 400% compared to last winter’s line. Hearst’s efforts will resonate with the luxury neo-hippie eco warrior to whom her tenure at Chloé will doubtlessly cater.
Acne Studios Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
       
Spending it at his Swedish country house, he has found it a sort of pastoral escape from reality: “a dreamscape, fantasy situation,” he said. But his brand regularly leans into a curated, vintage sensibility, and within the context of his audience’s desires, it maybe makes more sense. Stripped back, some of the underlayers (notably a tie-dye, silken dress, or a button-down micro-floral ’90s number) were charming. But who really knows how any of us will really feel when we finally get there? Maybe the arrival of this collection in stores will prove me wrong.
2021 Home Decor Trends: Interior Designers On What They’re Buying Now
       
It’s lockdown season two, winter edition, and it’s likely you’re spending the majority of the day couch, desk, or bed-bound. (We’d call this phenomenon corona-and-chill, except instead of relaxing, you’re clouded in an omnipresent state of anxiety.) In the pursuit of doable home improvement, Vogue decided to ask 18 of our favorite interior designers what home objects, exactly, they were loving during the this time. “As 2021 kicks off, we want to surround ourselves with objects that have a personality, sense of humor, don’t take themselves too seriously, and create conversation. Lisa Frantz, of Lisa Frantz interiors, seconds that: “Buy pieces that evoke happiness.” So perhaps that's the ultimate home decor trend for 2021: a splash of fun.
Hood By Air Relaunches Its Ready-to-Wear, Starring Naomi Campbell
       
“Everyone likes the concept of slowing down, but they’re so addicted to the pace,” says Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver over the phone. Hood By Air’s official relaunch was announced in the summer of 2020 and supported by merchandise releases throughout the fall. Now Oliver is finally giving birth to his first official ready-to-wear project of the new HBA era: A campaign starring Naomi Campbell. The Mother collection, which Campbell wears, is an homage to the maternal figures in Oliver’s life. Campbell, who is a close collaborator of Hood By Air’s fashion director Carlos Nazario, made perfect sense to act as the spokesmodel for this aspect of the collection.
Jen Shah Leaked Audio: Real Housewives Star UNLOADS in Shocking Tirade!
       
Despite a minor scandal early on, Jen Shah was one of the standouts from the reality series as it progressed. New, leaked behind-the-scenes audio reveals that she's even worse off camera, which if you've watched the show, you know is saying a lot. Which you expect from Jen Shah, but not like this. To say that it is a challenge to make out what Jen Shah appears to be saying, or to whom is an understatement. Those who had watched Jen on RHOSL could not help but observe that, well, she'd been a lot like this on camera.
90 Day Fiance: The Hottest Couples in Franchise History
       
90 Day Fiance is the most-watched non-competition reality show on TV for a reason. Some couples have one or even two scammers. But there's more than the ticking clock of the K-1 visa and drama that drives the show. We all know that some of these couples are just plain hot. Let's take a look at some of the hottest couples in the franchise's history.
Justin Duggar Shares Wedding Video, Kisses Claire Spivey for the First Time
       
On Tuesday, Justin Duggar shared an intimate video of his his recent weddding to Claire Spivey, which included a glimpse at the pair locking lips. This wouldn't be a cause for celebration, or anything to really note... except you know by now how the Duggar family works, right? Several members of the Duggar family have since congratulated the married couple on Twitter and Instagram. Duggar announced in September that he began courting Spivey after the two met in spring of 2019. For her part, Spivey said in the video that the couple's families have known each other for nearly two decades.
Kim Kardashian: Kanye Is Having Another Meltdown, Y'all!
       
"Kim and Kanye are in contact with regards to their kids. The entire family has acted as a huge support system for Kim," adds the source. Kanye, sadly, has no such support system, but insiders say Kim has made it clear that he can always reach out to her if he feels the need. And while she didn't forewarn Kanye that she would be filing, Kim reportedly feels that he should have seen it coming. "Kim filing for divorce from Kanye is just a formal part of the process," the third source said.
Jamie Spears Defends Conservatorship: I Control Britney for Her Own Good!
       
In the aftermath of that and the Framing Britney Spears documentary, Jamie seems to be scrambling to save face. "[Jamie] would love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship," she then alleged. "Whether or not there is an end to the conservatorship really depends on Britney," Vivian insisted. "If she wants to end her conservatorship," she announced, "she can file a petition to end it." But we mentioned that fans characterized Vivian's claims about the conservatorship being "up to Britney" as dishonest.
Farrah Abraham: Uhhh, How Did She Just Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?
       
Farrah Abraham recently admitted to a history of mental illness. Farrah Abraham just got the COVID-19 vaccine. "G.I Joe - Mom reporting for duty #covidvacccine complete woman who have compromised immune systems prioritize your #covid19 vaccine," Abraham wrote on her page yesterday, adding several hashtags to her post. Abraham has worked as a reality star, an adult video cam star and a quasi Instagram influencer. Others, meanwhile, took Farrah to task for donning a lacey face mask and a spaghetti strap top to get the vaccine.
Joe Exotic Hires Anti-Carole Baskin Attorney: Get Me Out of Prison!!
       
Tiger King star Carole Baskin was targeted with a DWTS ad by the family of her missing husband. Now, incarcerated reality star Joe Exotic appears to like that idea. On Tuesday, he shared that he had been retained by convicted animal abuser and attempted murderer Joe Exotic. Phillips says that it was after this attempt went nowhere that Joe Exotic reached out to him. One has to imagine that Joe Exotic selected Phillips since he is already going after Carole Baskin on behalf of her missing husband's family.
Carole Baskin: Family of Missing Husband Airs Ad During DWTS
       
In a show of questionable judgment, Dancing With The Stars cast Carole Baskin this year. "Discomfort" doesn't begin to describe how the family of her missing husband, Don Lewis, seems to feel. But others, however, have assumed that Carole murdered her husband -- some even imagining that she fed some of his remains to tigers. "I’m not gonna engage with Carole Baskin on that,” Cardi replied. Law enforcement have come to believe that Don Lewis' signature on his alleged will was forged, copied from his marriage certificate.
Amy Roloff Drops Major Wedding Hint; Are We Getting Close?!?
       
"I'm excited, I’m so surprised, I’m thrilled!” Amy told People Magazine after saying yes. “I never in a million years thought I’d be getting married again, but I also hoped for it! Amy shares the aformentioned quartet of kids with ex-husband Matt Roloff, with whom she still films Little People, Big World. “I’m much more of a traditional person … I want the wedding and the reception,” Amy has said, shooting down talk of eloping. “Yes, I will wear a wedding dress,” Amy also noted, but added that “it may not be white.”
Braunwyn Windham-Burke: Fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County?
       
Serious changes are coming to The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2021. Braunwyn Windham-Burke is about to get the axe, according to this astute observer of the franchise. “Ummmmm we’re just gonna gloss right past Braunwyn physically abusing her husband on multiple occasions!?" In related news, no one seems to know just who will return for The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 16. And that's because Kelly Dodd may have said one too many racist and/or elitist and/or stupid things this past season to continue.
Meghan Markle Responds to Claims She Bullied Palace Staff
       
Throughout her time in London, Meghan Markle was repeatedly victimized by bullies. On Tuesday, the Times of London reported that Meghan was the subject of a bullying complaint lodged by an adviser to Kensington Palace. The allegation comes at a time when the simmering tensions between Meghan and the Royal Family are already on the verge of boiling over. Now, reps for Meghan have issued a statement regarding the situation on the Duchess' behalf. For now, Meghan can't even issue a full response to the allegations, as the specifics are being kept under wraps.
Meghan Markle to Father: Please Stop Bullying Me!
       
In the months since she married Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's life has developed into a unique mix of fantasy and nightmare. However, Meg is absolutely floored by her father's decision to take part in Samantha's relentless bullying campaign. According to new reports from multiple outlets, just prior to her wedding, Meghan penned a heartfelt letter to her father, in which she implored him to stop making disparaging comments to the press. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship," reads a portion of the letter, according to the Daily Mail. They revealed that in response to his daughter's letter Thomas Markle suggested that the two of them participate in a photoshoot.
Chelsea DeBoer Talks About 'Creating' Her South Dakota Home
       
Chelsea DeBoer Gives an Inside Look at the South Dakota Home She and Cole ‘Created’ for Their FamilyStylish abode! Teen Mom 2 alum Chelsea Houska gave an inside look at her and husband Cole DeBoer’s “edgy, comfy” South Dakota home. “We have a lot of black in our house, and our house is black on the outside. “I don’t know if it’s just the South Dakota in me, but we do have quite a bit of those around our house too,” she jokes. And so we just went for it.”Courtesy Chelsea Houska/InstagramChelsea and Cole’s house is absolutely stunning!
Ariela Weinberg: Why Eagle-Eyed 90 Day Fiance Fans Think She's Back in America
       
During Ariela Weinberg's recent 90 Day Bares All appearance, she didn't have great news for fans. Some time in the back end of 2020, Ariela Weinberg and Biniyam Shibre left Ethiopia. So, recently, Ariela delivered her grim relationship update on 90 Day Bares All. In Ethiopia, outlets tend to receive narrow prongs, rather than America's set up involving long, flat prongs and often a third rod. Additionally, back when we learned that Ariela and Biniyam weren't in Ethiopia, the two were spotted in Kenya.
Maci Bookout Throws Major Shade at Ryan Edwards: You're a Delusional Loser!
       
Even though Ryan Edwards is sober now (or so he claims), he's still got a lot of work to do in terms of self-improvement. These days, Ryan's not even allowed to see Bentley, which is probably for the best. Maci Bookout has always had reasons to be concerned, but they've been amplified by Ryan's behavior over the past year. Viewers were stunned to see Ryan bullying Bentley, and apparently, those scenes had an effect on Maci as well. Ryan's wife, Mackenzie Standifer, kicked things off with memes about the importance of removing toxic people from your life.
Kylie Jenner's Latest Selfie Shocks Fans: Stop Trying to Change Your Race!
       
Kylie Jenner has shown us quite a few different looks over the years. (Some of these might be attributable to plastic surgery, but the new "Thicker Kylie" that's attracting so much attention these days seems to be all-natural.) But apparently, many of them feel that Kylie has simply gone too far with her latest look. Many fans have observed that she looks darker than usual, and several remarked that she changed her skin tone to an offensive degree. “You completely changed skin color," remarked yet another user.
Brielle Biermann Turns 24, Celebrates in Bahamas with Bikini Thirst Traps
       
Brielle Biermann is, simply put, a knockout. Kim Zolciak's eldest daughter would be turning heads even if she weren't related to anyone famous. But having a reality TV career just means that there are more heads to turn, so to speak. Happy birthday, Brielle!) Take a look at the mind-boggling thirst traps that Brielle shared with her fans and followers to mark the occasion.
Meri Brown Very Clearly Calls Out Kody on Instagram: You're Nothing Like Jesus!
       
Over the past year or so, we've written who-knows-how-many-articles about Meri Brown seemingly throwing shade at her spiritual husband, Kody. And yet... Meri has also insisted of late that she's staying with Kody. She said she loved Kody and was committed to Kody and would folks pretty please stop saying otherwise?!? TLC has aired an episode in which Kody straightforwardly states that he's done trying with Meri, while Us Weekly has quoted Kody as essentially daring Meri to divorce him. Does anyone out there really think Meri couldn't do a lot better?!
Briana DeJesus Gets Dragged By Fans: Stop With the Plastic Surgery!
       
Like many of her Teen Mom colleagues, Briana DeJesus has had a bit of work done. It's easy for viewers to judge, but we think most people can probably imagine what an alluring option plastic surgery must seem to newly-rich and newly-famous single moms. And during a recent discussion of her new look on a Teen Mom Reddit forum, critics absolutely unloaded on the mother of two. "The plastic surgery I got done shouldn’t matter cause I still take care of my kids. Regardless of how the rest of us feel about Briana's plastic surgery, it's her body, and she's free to do with it as she pleases.
Are Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews Married? Wedding Plans
       
When Are Patrick Mahomes and Fiancee Brittany Matthews Getting Married? Now that Patrick Mahomes and fiancée Brittany Matthews welcomed baby No. It’s always you and me,” Brittany captioned a series of Instagram photos from the big day. “We will share photos of her when we [feel] the time is right. “Right now, we are just soaking in every minute with her.”Now that they are a family of three, Patrick and Brittany are back to wedding planning mode.
Larissa Lima Finally Tells All About "Date From Hell" With Corey Rathgeber!
       
A year and a half ago, Larissa Lima met up with another 90 Day Fiance star and snapped a selfie. Why did she go on what she now calls a "date from hell" with Corey Rathgeber? Corey wanted advice for Evelin on how to deal with a barrage of hatred, and who would know better than Larissa? And according to Larissa, Corey claimed to her that he and Evelin Villegas had broken up, calling her a jealous "ex." By the time that Larissa and Corey met, she already had her suspicions.
Jenelle Evans: I Hate Barbara Again and I'm Fighting For Full Custody of Jace!
       
It can be hard to keep up with everything that's going on in the life of Jenelle Evans. Yes, the conflict between Jenelle and her mother, Barbara Evans, began back in January when Jenelle claimed to have regained custody of Jace, her eldest son. The 11-year-old has been living with Babs ever since Jenelle signed over custody when Jace was an infant. Shortly thereafter, Barbara called Jenelle out for lying and revealed that she, Babs, still has custody of Jace. As it turned out, Jace was temporarily living with Jenelle because of behavioral issues, but the custody arrangement remained unchanged.
Celebrities Wearing Visible G-String: Photos of the Trend
       
Your Favorite Celebrities Love the Visible G-String Trend! One of the best ways to capitalize on the concept is to play with the visible g-string trend, of which A-listers like Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and Dua Lipa are big fans. However, the back of the gown was completely open — and revealed a matching visible thong. !” In the photo, the reality star wore a tight black dress with a low-cut open back and a visible red g-string. Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of your favorite celebs rocking the visible g-string trend!
Rachel Lindsay: Cancel The Bachelorette Until It's Less Racist!
       
Rachel Lindsay is not on social media at the moment. Season 25 suitor Rachael Kirkconnell was forced to issue an apology awhile back after a number of her old social media posts emerged. Chris Harrison, however, mostly defended Kirkconnell last month -- in an interview with Lindsay, no less. As for her choice to leave social media for the time being? … People are attacking me because they think that I’m trying to cancel someone so they’re on a mission to cancel me.
Does Britney Spears Have Custody of Kids Preston and Jayden?
       
Does Britney Spears have custody of her kids? The singer has been in an ongoing legal battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Why Did Britney Lose Custody of Her Kids? The “Toxic” singer gave birth to her oldest son Sean Preston, who goes by Preston, in September 2005. In 2019, the “Gimme More” singer was granted 30 percent custody of Sean Preston and Jayden.
Did Meghan Markle Bully Her Staff at Kensington Palace?
       
Meghan Markle responded to claims she “bullied” her former staff at Kensington Palace while she and husband Prince Harry were living there before they moved to Frogmore cottage in 2018. The Times was unable to corroborate Harry and Meghan’s lawyers’ claim that one staffer left after findings of misconduct. Meghan and Harry, 36, stepped back as senior royals in January 2020. On February 19, Queen Elizabeth II confirmed the young couple is not returning as senior members of the royal family. Harry’s grandmother, 94, added: “While we are all saddened by their decision, the duke and duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”
Kylie Jenner 'Peed' Her 'Pants' While Filming Drunk Video With Kendall
       
Kylie Jenner Reveals She Wet Herself While Filming Drunk Video With Kendall: ‘I Peed My Pants!’Sister shenanigans! Kylie Jenner revealed she wet herself while filming a drunk YouTube video with her sister Kendall Jenner on Tuesday, March 2. “I peed my pants, I peed my pants!” the 23-year-old laughed hysterically while rocking an extremely exaggerated makeup look complete with blue lipstick. The makeup mogul also shared a video of an equally as made-up Kendall, 25, dabbing her tongue with a paper towel. “But we have similarities, too — we’re definitely sisters,” Kendall added.
90 Day Fiance's Deavan Clegg, Topher Park: Photos
       
90 Day Fiancé star Deavan Clegg moved on with her boyfriend, Topher Park, in the midst of drama with her estranged husband, Jihoon Lee. In Touch confirmed Deavan was already in a new relationship just days after Jihoon confirmed their split in August 2020. They tied the knot in South Korea shortly after his birth and in the summer of 2019, Deavan permanently relocated to South Korea to live with Jihoon, Taeyang and Drascilla. Things quickly went south between Deavan and Jihoon and she moved back to the states in May 2020 amid their split. Following her breakup, Deavan and Topher realized they had a mutual friend from the same town in California where they grew up.
'Teen Mom’ Franchise Kids Over the Years: Photos Then VS. Now
       
Chelsea Houska, Maci Bookout and more Teen Mom stars’ kids have grown up in front of the cameras. The South Dakota native gave birth to her eldest daughter, Aubree, in 2009 with her then-boyfriend, Adam Lind, when they were high school seniors. They got engaged in 2015 and tied the knot the following year after Aubree gave the traffic control specialist permission to marry her mom. When Houska gave birth to baby No. I think it’s the best way to go for our situation.”Keep scrolling to see Aubree and Bentley all grown up, along with more Teen Mom cast members’ kids.
Chelsea Gives Inside Look at 'Edgy, Cozy' South Dakota Home
       
Teen Mom 2 alum Chelsea Houska gave an inside look at her and husband Cole DeBoer’s “edgy, comfy” South Dakota home. “We have a lot of black in our house, and our house is black on the outside. “I don’t know if it’s just the South Dakota in me, but we do have quite a bit of those around our house too,” she jokes. So, we were like, ‘Let’s just get the main floor feeling good,'” she explains. “The main floor is looking good, it looks finished.
Brittany Matthews Reveals Post-Baby Body After Giving Birth
       
Patrick Mahomes‘ fiancée, Brittany Matthews, revealed her postpartum body just over a week after giving birth to their first child, daughter Sterling Skye. The new mom’s post-baby tummy was on full display — and she was smiling proudly in the snapshot. Brittany Matthews/InstagramThe personal trainer and the NFL star, 25, welcomed their first child on February 20. “We will share photos of her when we [feel] the time is right,” the Brittany Lynne Fitness founder continued. Alongside their sonogram, Brittany wrote via Instagram at the time, “Mom and Dad, taking a small detour to the wedding.”
Shanna Moakler, Matthew Rondeau Flaunt Bodies During Beach Day
       
Travis Barker‘s ex-wife Shanna Moakler and her boyfriend, Matthew Rondeau, flaunted their toned bodies while enjoying a date at the beach on Tuesday, March 2. “Loved our beach day, babe,” the 45-year-old captioned a photo of herself and her man, 28, posing in their bathing suits on the sand while enjoying a picnic lunch. “I don’t know why my name came up when they just made it official. I don’t know why my divorce 10 years ago became relevant again,” the Wedding Singer actress told Us Weekly in an interview published on February 27. “Travis won’t get in the middle of Kourtney and Shanna’s relationship,” an insider exclusively told Life & Style on February 24.
Shaquille O’Neal Is Ready for a ‘Challenge’ in AEW Match
       
Shaquille O’Neal is ready to bring the pain when he steps into the All Elite Wrestling ring on Wednesday, March 3. “I have nothing to prove,” O’Neal said in an All Elite Wrestling promo interview this month. I’ve got a lot of moves in my arsenal,” O’Neal told the outlet. I’m coming with the power game. When I get hands on him, I’m going to display this power.”The Kazaam actor added: “Oh, I’m winning.
Kylie Jenner Reveals She Wet Herself During Drunk Video With Kendall
       
Kylie Jenner Reveals She ‘Peed’ Her ‘Pants’ While Filming Drunk Video With KendallSister shenanigans! Kylie Jenner revealed she wet herself while filming a drunk YouTube video with her sister Kendall Jenner on Tuesday, March 2. The makeup mogul also shared a video of an equally as made-up Kendall, 25, dabbing her tongue with a paper towel. “But we have similarities, too — we’re definitely sisters,” Kendall added. Kylie told the outlet, “I feel like I can relate to every single one of my family members in a different way.”Scroll through the gallery below to see photos from Kylie and Kendall’s hilarious drunk YouTube video shoot!
Shop the Top Golden Globes 2021 Red Carpet Jewelry Trends for Less
       
At the 2021 Golden Globes, which aired on Sunday, February 28, stars wore some serious ice and whether they walked the red carpet or got their glam on from the comfort of their own homes, the diamonds definitely didn’t disappoint. While we had our chance to admire the stars’ sparkling bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings through our screens, we also know that their jewelry isn’t necessarily on the affordable side. In fact, some of the looks total up to millions (lookin’ at you, Regina King!). But just because we can’t splurge on upwards of 50 carats of diamonds from the likes of Harry Winston, Graziela or Forevermark, doesn’t mean we can’t rock the same trends for less. To find out where to shop the red carpet’s biggest jewelry trends without breaking the bank, keep scrolling, because we’re breaking down how to get the night’s top looks.
90 Day Fiance's Paul and Karine Staehle's Photos of Baby Ethan
       
90 Day Fiancé couple Paul and Karine Staehle (née Martins) celebrated the arrival of their second child, Ethan, on February 5, and shared the first photos and videos of their precious bundle of joy. Not long after the former Louisville, Kentucky, resident announced the news, some stars from the 90 Day Fiancé franchise gushed over baby Ethan. !”Before their son’s birth, Paul and Karine made sure to get everything set in place so she could have a smooth delivery. We are hopeful and eager to possibly return in the future in a more positive time.”Paul and Karine have been married since November 2017. Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of their son Ethan.
'90 Day Fiance': Karine Staehle Post-Baby Body Photos
       
90 Day Fiancé alum Karine Staehle (née Martins) showed off her post-baby body just four weeks after giving birth to baby No. Courtesy of Karine Staehle/InstagramThe former 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? Just days before Karine’s post-baby selfie, Paul shared a video clip of his wife following along to a postpartum workout video. TLC and Sharp [Entertainment] have both been very considerate to our situation,” the 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days alum wrote at the time. We will be posting some positive highlights on our social media and YouTube.”
Adam Busby Claps Back Over Kids Not Wearing Life Jackets
       
Adam Busby clapped back at a fan who parent-shamed the OutDaughtered star over life jackets. When they were on the boat, why not life jackets? “There were life jackets in arms reach of everyone on the boat. Baby on the lake without a life jacket … not such a great idea,” added a second, referring to the photo. A third chimed in, “Jesus God, put a LIFE JACKET on.
Luxury brands once shunned resale sites. Now, they’re embracing secondhand
       
The resale industry is growing explosively, with sales accelerating during the pandemic, and luxury brands have mixed feelings about it. Chanel, for instance, has sued TheRealReal and What Goes Around Comes Around, claiming secondhand stores are “piggybacking on [its] reputation.” Forward-thinking luxury brands aren’t resisting or ignoring resale, though—they’re embracing it. This partnership is meant to accelerate Vestiaire’s growth within the fast-growing resale sector, while giving Kering a way to explore potential new revenue streams from secondhand goods. Grégory Boutté, Kering’s chief client and digital officer, recognizes that the luxury sector has had a troubled relationship with resale in the past. So we want to play an active role in shaping it, and defining our own place within it.”Over the past two years, we’ve seen how luxury brands can partner with resale platforms.
Irina Shayk Gushes Over Ex Bradley Cooper in Rare Interview
       
Irina Shayk gushed over her ex-boyfriend Bradley Cooper during a rare interview. “Bradley and Irina have put their differences aside and were friendly exes at the BAFTA Vogue and Tiffany’s afterparty,” the source explained of their encounter. “Bradley affectionately touched her arm.”In Touch confirmed the exes went their separate ways in June 2019, though their uncoupling wasn’t exactly surprising. “Bradley and Irina have been on the verge of splitting for months but have tried to make it work for the sake of their daughter,” a separate insider revealed. “Their daughter, Lea, is the best thing that’s ever happened to Bradley, so he doesn’t have any regrets,” a third source divulged.
Adrienne Bailon 'Happy' Kourtney Kardashian Is Dating Travis Barker
       
Adrienne Bailon is “happy” Kourtney Kardashian found love with boyfriend Travis Barker. Travis is “amazing with the kids,” a source previously told Life & Style. Kourtney’s siblings and mom, Kris Jenner, “are glad to see her happy again” and all agree that Travis is “a much better fit” for the E! “He’s more age-appropriate and mature — and treats her with respect — so it works well.”Courtesy of Kourtney Kardashian/InstagramSimilar to Kourtney, Travis coparents his teenage kids, Landon and Alabama, with ex-wife Shanna Moakler. “As long as she’s great to my kids and they’re both happy, I’m happy for them,” the Pacific Blue actress, 45, told Us Weekly regarding her thoughts on Travis and Kourtney’s relationship.
Kylie Jenner's Fans Call Her Out for Instagram Selfie
       
Kylie Jenner is receiving major backlash from fans after posting an unrecognizable selfie on Instagram. In the looped clip, Kylie, 23, wore a full face of makeup with heavy emphasis on her eyeliner. In fact, her sister Kim Kardashian has been called out for blackfishing and cultural appropriation on a number of occasions — most notably when the Skims founder dressed up as late artist Aaliyah for Halloween in 2017. “Why aren’t people talking about how Kim Kardashian said ‘we don’t see color in my household’ in her apology?!? “Kim Kardashian owed NO apology for the costume.
Kendall Jenner 'Sees a Future' With Boyfriend Devin Booker
       
Kendall Jenner and boyfriend Devin Booker “are getting serious” after taking their relationship Instagram official last month, an insider exclusively tells Life & Style on Wednesday, March 3. Courtesy Kendall Jenner/InstagramKendall and Devin first sparked romance rumors in April 2020 after taking a trip to Sedona, Arizona, together. During their time together, Devin has gotten to know Kendall “pretty well,” says the insider, which has helped to strengthen their bond. “Kendall’s been the one family holding out to go public with a serious romance, until now,” divulges the insider. They like the same movies, there are no awkward moments.”We can’t wait to see what’s next for Kendall and Devin!
Kim Kardashian Staying in Hidden Hills Home Amid Kanye Divorce
       
Kim Kardashian has no plans to move out of her Hidden Hills home amid her divorce from husband Kanye West, a source confirms to In Touch. TMZ was the first to break the news of Kardashian’s living situation on Wednesday, March 3. “She has made her life there and it’s her kids’ main home,” an insider tells Us Weekly about her choice to stay near family in Calabasas. After nearly seven years of marriage, Kardashian filed for divorce from the Yeezy fashion designer on February 19, listing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their breakup. Khloé Kardashian later posted a cryptic quote appearing to show support to her sister.
Meghan Markle Responds to Bullying Claims From Palace Staff
       
Meghan Markle responded to claims she “bullied” her former staff at Kensington Palace while she and husband Prince Harry were living there before they moved to Frogmore cottage in 2018. The Times was unable to corroborate Harry and Meghan’s lawyers’ claim that one staffer left after findings of misconduct. Meghan and Harry, 36, stepped back as senior royals in January 2020. On February 19, Queen Elizabeth II confirmed the young couple is not returning as senior members of the royal family. Harry’s grandmother, 94, added: “While we are all saddened by their decision, the duke and duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”
Customers say they're boycotting Trader Joe's after the chain fired an employee who asked the CEO to enhance COVID-19 protections
       
People are calling for a boycott of Trader Joe's after an employee said he was fired. Trader Joe's is facing calls for a boycott after firing an employee in New York. In addition, you state that Trader Joe's is not 'showing up for us' without adopting your policies. "Nothing is more important at Trader Joe's than the safety of our Crew Members and customers," the representative added. During his short tenure with Trader Joe's, this Crew Member's suggestions were listened to, and appropriately addressed."
Senate bill will narrow income eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks
       
Washington (CNN) President Joe Biden has agreed to a compromise with moderate Democrats to narrow the income eligibility for the next round of $1,400 stimulus checks that are included in a bill the Senate is expected to take up this week, a Democratic source told CNN Wednesday. The new proposal will completely cut off those who earn more than $160,000 a year and individuals who earn more than $80,000 a year. The House legislation , which passed Saturday, set the income caps at $200,000 for couples and $100,000 for individuals. But the same households will receive the full payment of $1,400 per person, including children. Individuals earning less than $75,000 and couples earning less than $150,000 will -- just as in the House bill.
Abigail Disney and other wealthy elites call for substantial and permanent taxes on the rich to pay for COVID-19 fallout
       
More than 80 of the world’s richest people have publicly called on world governments to initiate immediate, substantial, and permanent taxes on the rich in order the help fund the economic recovery that’s needed as a result of the COVID-19 fallout. The group, which calls itself “ Millionaires for Humanity, ” includes major names such as Disney heiress Abigail Disney and Jerry Greenfield, the cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. In an open letter posted on the group’s website, its members state, “As Covid-19 strikes the world, millionaires like us have a critical role to play in healing our world. Permanently.”One of the most high-profile signatories of the letter is Abigail Disney, who is no stranger to speaking out about social inequalities and responsibilities—and urging governments to force change. We are not fighting on the frontlines of this emergency and we are much less likely to be its victims.
Live Updates: Narrower Income Limits for Stimulus Checks Win Biden’s Approval
       
michael barbaro From “The New York Times,” I’m Michael Barbaro. michael barbaro OK, and in terms of size and scale, how does this package number three stack up against the first two? jim tankersley You get aid to state and local governments, who have had to lay off a lot of workers. michael barbaro So this is non-traditional stimulus, but stimulus uniquely suited to a pandemic recession? michael barbaro Jim, this is a pretty historic thing to pass on a party line vote, $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus.
House passes Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package
       
We can finally get our economy moving again, and the people of this country have suffered far too much for too long," he said, speaking from the White House. It had been expected to pass on a party-line vote as House Republicans urged their members to vote against the package and worked to limit defections. When Senate Republicans went to the White House to suggest cooperation, President Biden's team said no thanks," he said. "The White House Chief of Staff admits this liberal wish-list is 'the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation.' The White House did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on the governors' statement.
March 2, 2021 Covid-19 stimulus updates
       
It’s a similar strategy they already deployed in February during the initial vote-a-rama on the bill. Still, Schumer has urged Democrats privately to vote against Republican amendments that comes up and not split the caucus. Another amendment to block high-end earners from receiving stimulus payments passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. And a group of eight Democrats voted “yes” on an amendment that would have banned immigrants in the country illegally from receiving stimulus checks. Multiple aides familiar with the talks are still optimistic that the legislation would come to the floor for consideration tomorrow.
Mixed-status citizenship and stimulus checks: What to know for the next payment
       
If it becomes part of the final stimulus bill, the move to include mixed-status families in the new, upcoming stimulus check would extend to millions. Note that for a mixed-status family to qualify for stimulus money, one member needs to have a Social Security number. One spouse is a "lawful permanent resident" with a Social Security number and the other isn't a citizen and doesn't have a Social Security number. Neither parent is a US citizen or "lawful permanent resident" with a Social Security number, and a child is a US-born citizen with a Social Security number. With the first stimulus check from the CARES Act, only those with a Social Security number qualified for a payment.
These new fragrances will be made from carbon captured from the atmosphere
       
Beginning next fall, the ethanol used in some fragrances made by beauty company Coty, which produces the fragrance lines for luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Calvin Klein, will be made from recycled carbon emissions. Alcohol is a key ingredient in many fragrances because it carries scent well and evaporates on skin. Currently, Coty fragrances use ethanol made from sugarcane and sugar beets, but even though this kind of ethanol is made from natural materials, it still has a big environmental impact. LanzaTech makes its ethanol out of carbon emissions from industrial sources like steel mills. The carbon-capture ethanol has a double environmental impact: it uses less land and water, while also preventing more carbon emissions from being released.
Employee expectations are changing. Here are 5 ways to keep up
       
Organizations can improve employee experience (from recruiting and retaining talent to culture and connectivity) in a number of ways. In a survey of full-time employees in the U.S., respondents indicated that the number-one way they want to be engaged is through HR promoting learning opportunities. Voice-of-employee programs can help identify how employees want to work whereas technology can account for how they work. Make referrals easierAt a time when many cannot meet face-to-face, employee referrals become even more important in securing new talent. Employee referrals was named the second most valuable recruiting tool, preceded by employee-review sites according to a survey of 500 HR leaders in the U.S.
Old buildings are inefficient: This prefab kit makes it easy to retrofit them
       
New buildings perform better, but most of the buildings that will exist in 2050—when humanity’s carbon footprint needs to shrink to zero—already exist now. That means that each of those buildings will have to be renovated to become more efficient. The panels are designed to help cut energy use in half after a simple installation; brackets are embedded in the old walls to support the new panels. “The panels work by clipping onto the existing structure, so you’re actually not pulling the old walls down, you’re just adding this new outer layer,” he says. “It’s a holistic approach.”Although the system was specifically designed for social housing—buildings that are common throughout Europe—it can be adapted for other types of buildings.
This new Ulta Beauty platform sells beauty products in reusable packaging
       
Anyone who likes beauty products is familiar with the mountain of packaging waste they create, from tiny jars to shampoo bottles, mascara tubes, cellophane wrappers for face masks, compacts for blush or foundation, and pump bottles that once held lotion. By one estimate, the cosmetics industry makes more than 120 billion units of packaging every year. A new online platform from Ulta Beauty and Loop offers an alternative: Everything on the site comes in reusable packaging. When they use up products, they put the packages back in a reusable shipping tote and schedule a free pickup. Loop runs its own platform with a broader range of products, including food.
Staying creative in extreme isolation: Lessons from Japan’s ‘hikikomori’
       
It is now estimated that around 1.2% of Japan’s population are hikikomori. In addition, many female hikikomori are not acknowledged because women are expected to adopt domestic roles, and their withdrawal from society can go unnoticed. This shift is manifested through increased awareness of the complexity of the hikikomori experience within the mainstream media and acknowledgment of social pressures that can lead to social withdrawal. In line with this image change, some hikikomori have rich creative lives, and this can sustain vital human connection. “Tell me your emotional scars” is an ongoing creative project by Watanabe.
A founder has an identity mini-crisis after a corporate breakup
       
I don’t think having someone on the cap table who is no longer a part of the company is uncommon. Don’t beat yourself up about the fact that the cofounder didn’t work out. You have always been a founder and though you once had a cofounder you no longer do. It wasn’t the right fit and I let her go, though she has equity in the company and is on my capitalization table. If you have a great company and a lot of investor interest you will not have to worry about this.
Kind Snacks founder explains his “3 Cs of Entrepreneurship”
       
On last season’s Shark Tank, the judges heard pitches from two impressive entrepreneurs who struggled to articulate the key attributes that differentiated their product. It struck me that that they may have skipped a critical step along an entrepreneur’s journey: the part where we become our own worst critics. An entrepreneur’s journey unfolds in three distinct, dependent, and yet entirely separate phases. It’s very important that each phase be embraced fully and that once you move on from one, you move on completely. I first introduced the Three Cs of Entrepreneurship on Shark Tank, and I’m excited to build on them here for the first time.
World Changing Ideas: Raising the Minimum Wage
       
Video How PayPal is actually closing the racial wealth gap Black-owned businesses have been some of the worst hit by the pandemic. Now, PayPal is putting its money where its mouth is. In June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, the company announced a $535 million commitment to to support minority-owned businesses in the fight against economic inequality. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and EVP of global sales Peggy Alford join host Chris Denson to discuss why this needs to be a movement and not just a moment.
This beautifully designed deck of playing cards honors Black icons, from MLK Jr. to Oprah
       
The deck—called Revolution Cards—features prominent Black historical figures instead of the standard face cards. While the cards can be used like any normal deck, Johnson also wanted it to spark conversations about Black luminaries. The visual style of the card deck is purposefully pulled from that of traditional cards, where the face cards have a very flat, angled, illustration style. They depict major Black figures like Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. The deck can also a hidden teaching moment, and a fun way to keep the conversation about Black history going beyond Black History Month.
Online pharmacy Ro is now vaccinating seniors at home
       
Ro, an online pharmacy that got its start prescribing sexual health products, is now offering to vaccinate seniors at home in New York. The company is working with the New York Department of Health as well as local organizations on the effort. Some seniors have faced incredible difficulty trying to book an appointment because they don’t have a computer. Reitano is hoping that his program will be able to reach seniors even if they can’t book appointments themselves. This will enable Ro to administer health exams and tests, augmenting its online primary care.
Stimulus check eligibility update: Here are the winners and losers, according to the latest plan
       
Wondering where your next stimulus check is hiding? The good news is, Congress has all but signed off on this third round of stimulus checks, which have bipartisan support. Here’s what we know so far:WinnersDependents aged 17-24, including college students: Previous stimulus checks only paid for dependents up to age 16, and the amounts were $500-$600. Previous stimulus checks only paid for dependents up to age 16, and the amounts were $500-$600. Note that any of these details could change in the final Senate bill.
Sorry, Salt Lake City and Denver. Gen X homebuyers are just not that into colder cities
       
Generation X may have listened to Marc Cohn’s Grammy Award-nominated hit song “Walking in Memphis” a bit too much over the years, because homebuyers in that age group are gravitating toward the Bluff City more than any other large metro area in the United States. That’s according to new research by LendingTree, which found that 33.42% of mortgage purchase requests in Memphis, Tennessee, came from Gen-Xers, the highest share out of the 50 metro areas ranked. Rounding out the top 10 are Washington, D.C. (31.7%); Orlando, Florida (31.62%); Miami (31.55%); New Orleans (31.36%); Baltimore (31.32%); Tampa, Florida (31.27%); and Raleigh, North Carolina (31.23%). The inclusion of eight warm-weather metro areas suggests that the generation weaned on Kurt Cobain doesn’t expect to find nirvana in colder climates. Salt Lake City saw the lowest interest from homebuyers born between 1965 and 1980—22.66%—followed by Denver (24.46%); Minneapolis (25.39%); Boston (26.16%); Buffalo, New York (26.32%); Austin, Texas (26.54%); Pittsburgh (26.70%); Seattle (26.98%); Nashville, Tennessee (27.13%); and San Jose, California (27.36%).
Stop wishing ill on Texans just because of the state’s poor leadership
       
Who: Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann. And also just like when Bush introduced that banner, Michael Moore had something to say about it. The documentarian’s comments this time, though, have not exactly gone over as well as Fahrenheit 9/11 among the left-leaning set. And now you’ve removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 3, 2021The above tweet, more or less wishing death upon legions of Texans, was quickly flooded with thousands of comments calling Moore a variety of names such as “absolute goon” and the like.
The world’s dramatic retreat from democracy, in one chart
       
Seventy-three countries saw their freedoms retreat, whereas just 28 countries made strides toward a more democratic society:That means nearly three-quarters of the earth’s people now live in a country where democracy is declining. Of those countries, some saw a deeper retreat than others, including Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Tanzania, India, and the United States. Meanwhile, the United States, the world’s most visible democracy, shed several points on the freedom index in the aftermath of its presidential election, when defeated candidate Donald Trump refused to concede. According to Freedom House, 2020 was a bad year for democracy across the board. And in El Salvador, the government deployed troops to enforce a COVID-19 lockdown, confining thousands of people for alleged violations.
Walmart says it will spend an additional $350 billion on American-made products over the next decade
       
Walmart has announced that it will spend an additional $350 billion on products made, grown, or assembled in America over the next ten years. The company says the move is a strengthening of its commitment to U.S. manufacturing. But Walmart says it’s doing more than just writing a large check. The company says its commitment will have ancillary benefits, including:Supporting more than 750,000 new American jobsAvoiding an estimated 100 million tons of CO2 emissions due to products being manufactured closer to the end-userSeeing an increase in support and spending for small businesses and diverse suppliers and sellersWhile Walmart sells products that fall into dozens of categories, its additional $350 billion cash injection into American-made products focuses on six in particular: textiles, plastics, small electrical appliances, food processing, pharmaceutical and medical supplies, and Goods Not for Resale (GNFR). The company also announced it is launching a concept called American Lighthouses that aims to bring together manufacturers, NGOs, academia, government and local economic development groups, and other stakeholders to find better pathways to sustainable and more efficient supply chains and manufacturing in the United States.
Study: Eco-friendly car owners are undermining environmental gains by buying second vehicles
       
An inconvenient truth: Fuel-efficient vehicles may not be saving the environment as much as you thought. A new study in The RAND Journal of Economics finds that owners of eco-friendly cars tend to spring for a second vehicle that is much less eco-friendly, thereby tragically negating most environmental gains of the eco-friendly car. You see this phenomenon everywhere: The family that owns one eco-friendly commuter car, and one gas-guzzling minivan or SUV. The researchers looked at six years of vehicle records from the DMV in California, the state with the country’s most progressive fuel economy standards, and thus a large number of fuel-efficient cars on the road. More bad news: The study also found that owners of fuel-efficient vehicles a tend to drive those cars longer and further, which further negates their emissions benefits.
Are you microdosing psychedelics? The benefits might be a placebo effect
       
See: Ayelet Waldman’s book , A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life. A new study suggests that all the hype about microdosing might be more hype than reality. Researchers in London undertook the largest-ever placebo-controlled study of microdosing, and it suggests that all the creativity, uplift, and cognitive improvements may be a placebo effect. The psychoactive drug takers reported big benefits to their psychological well-being—but so did the placebo takers. This finding is not a definitive answer—participants provided their own psychedelics, which negates any apples-to-apples comparisons of participants—but the results do raise doubts as to whether microdosing benefits most people.
Facing a $40 billion shortfall, U.S. transit agencies jump into real estate
       
According to the American Public Transportation Association, transit ridership in 2020 was down 79% nationally compared to pre-pandemic rates. And though no public transit agencies in the United States get all their revenue from ridership alone, the shortfall of riders is putting many transit agencies in a bind. Agencies face a collective budget shortfall of nearly $40 billion through the end of 2023.advertisementadvertisementThis has pushed some transit agencies to think creatively about how else they can pull in revenue from diverse sources, with many transit agencies now looking at land development. “In the ’80s, our transit agency built seas of parking, and the theory was if you build it they will come, meaning they’ll park here and ride. It has also underscored the agency’s importance as a steward of taxpayer money, according to Jacob Vallo, MARTA’s senior director of transit-oriented development and real estate.
These are the hidden challenges of onboarding in a remote environment
       
This important socialization process, sometimes called newcomer onboarding, is complicated enough without the influence of the pandemic. Onboarding remotelyIn an attempt to get a handle on remote onboarding, researchers from HR software company TINYpulse recently analyzed 100 organizations that onboarded 500 face-to-face new hires between April 2019 and September 2019. They compared that data with the same organizations’ onboarding of 500 remote new hires during the same time frame a year later, so between April and September 2020. Interestingly, when comparing face-to-face and remote onboarding, there is no change in employees’ satisfaction with the onboarding process. The findings illustrate that new employees gave 34% less recognition to colleagues through the cheers-for-peers feature when working remotely in 2020 compared to when working face-to-face in 2019.
What Milton Glaser reveals about the limits of rational design
       
The one on the left was designed for a German bank in 1976 by Milton Glaser. The language and visual design are neutral, accessible, and “approvable.” There’s fine print on the bottom, which I’m sure is legally required. Milton, on the other hand, produced his poster alone, with a client who wanted to try something new, without expectations. But it’s worth examining how the two extremes function in the design world, and what effect they have on the final product. This produces a gravitational pull for design work to be rationalized.
Today's Mortgage Rates Drop Again | March 3, 2021
       
With lower interest rates, many borrowers will be able to lock in favorable rates for either a home purchase or a mortgage refinance. Today’s mortgage refinance ratesThe average rates for 30-year loans, 15- year loans and 5/1 jumbo ARMs are:The latest refinance rate on a 30-year fixed-rate refinance is 3.771%. Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possibleThere is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage, consider a shorter-term loan like a 15-year loan or an adjustable-rate mortgage. Our mortgage rate methodologyMoney’s daily mortgage rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders across the United States the previous business day.
Taking a Break Doesn’t Always Mean Unplugging
       
So don’t get caught in the trap of what one research team termed “screen guilt”: the idea that a break doesn’t really count unless you step away from your devices. That won’t give your brain or your body the break from work it needs. If you’re working remotely or social distancing, the feelings of isolation can be acute. Research has shown that household clutter can make people depressed and overwhelmed—and if you’re working from home, you don’t get a daily 8-hour break from its impact. Other research also suggests that casual video gaming during a work break can reduce perceptions of stress.
Engineering a Driverless Future
       
They also discuss:How Aurora’s founders built their “no jerks,” team-oriented culture. The importance of new LIDAR sensors (light-radar) for achieving faster speeds with bigger vehicles. Why Aurora is skipping the baby steps and heading straight for the prize of fully autonomous driving (in specified locations and conditions). @azeem@ExponentialView@chris_urmson@aurora_innoFurther resources:HBR Presents is a network of podcasts curated by HBR editors, bringing you the best business ideas from the leading minds in management. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Harvard Business Review or its affiliates.
The New U.S. Stimulus Package and the Meaning of Brexit
       
Does the U.S. economy need more help right now, and is the latest stimulus package well designed for the moment? Plus, Brexit has fully arrived – what happens next? Felix, Rawi, and Mihir discuss the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package in the U.S. and the departure of the UK from the European Union. You can follow Youngme, Mihir, Rebecca, and Rawi on Twitter at: @YoungmeMoon, @DesaiMihirA, @RebeccaReCap, and @RawiAbdelal. HBR Presents is a network of podcasts curated by HBR editors, bringing you the best business ideas from the leading minds in management.
What Biden’s Sustainability Agenda Means for Business
       
For both U.S. business, and any business operating in the U.S., the message is very clear: To survive and thrive in the net-zero future, now is the time to scale up climate action. Companies that fail to take climate action soon are risking that their products and services will become unviable. When it comes to climate, companies like Orsted are a great example of the benefits of taking decisive action. It aims to achieve 100% clean electricity nationwide by 2035, with 40% of clean energy funding directed to disadvantaged communities. By backing clean energy, Biden recognizes that it is competitive and will only become more so.
The U.S. Needs a Third Reconstruction — and Business Should Lead It
       
It is today perhaps the largest business collaboration dedicated to addressing Black oppression, with more than 1,000 members. Here’s another idea to incentivize good behavior: Add a substantial compensation boost, e.g., 25%, to management for increases in the number of Black employees and promotions of Black employees. Good business people don’t maintain and promote bad employees, so increased compensation will incentivize closer relationships with Black employees to ensure their success. Realistically, it is hard to imagine that per capita Black wealth in America will ever reach parity with per capita white wealth. But, business can help lead a New Reconstruction that closes the gap and makes the entire nation better off.
PODCAST: Love and Money with Mari Adam
       
Certified Financial Planner Mari Adam joins us to talk about the techniques she’s learned and shared in decades of advising. David Muhlbaum: Good, good. David Muhlbaum: In our main segment, we’ll talk with financial planner Mari Adam about love and money, and keeping a harmonious relationship with both. Mari Adam: Well, I think the most important thing is you want to have a candid conversation. Mari Adam: And it’s a great idea, because first of all, not all relationships are recognized through marriage.
Credit Bureaus Extend Weekly Free Credit Reports Until 2022
       
But consumer advocates say the reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion should be free permanently
Stock Market Today: Growth Stocks Gashed
       
The "great rotation" was in full swing yet again Wednesday, with a wide disparity between the market's value- and growth-oriented sectors. Dragging on stocks broadly were reports that President Joe Biden and moderate Senate Democrats had reached a deal to reduce the number of Americans eligible for the next round of stimulus checks, with individuals being cut off at $80,000 in income instead of $100,000. The Institute for Supply Management's February services index reading declined in February, to 55.3 – a slower rate of expansion affected by last month's winter storms, as well as higher input costs. Sign up for Kiplinger's FREE Investing Weekly e-letter for stock, ETF and mutual fund recommendations, and other investing advice. "In the event, the pattern of readings across categories seems broadly consistent with disturbances from the extreme cold snap."
How Much Should You Pay a Financial Advisor?
       
But when it comes to fees for financial advisors? That’s the conclusion of the 2020 Kitces Research Financial Planning Process Study, from popular planner, speaker and author Michael Kitces. Get Started TodayWhat Financial Advisors Really ChargeAs you shop for the right advisor, knowing the typical amounts involved is important information to have. According to the Kitces report, for instance, the median amount charged for a comprehensive financial plan is $2,500. in Today’s Wild MarketsHow to Choose a Financial Advisor
The Social-Tracking BUZZ ETF: What It Is, What It Isn't
       
Read on as we discuss what the BUZZ ETF really is ... and what it isn't. What It Isn't The BUZZ ETF is not a way to recreate the r/WallStreetBets phenomenon. Wise also points out that despite being borne of high positive sentiment, the BUZZ ETF isn't just a list of hot growth names. What the BUZZ ETF Is This ETF is a second chance. What It Isn't The BUZZ ETF certainly isn't like most ETFs in that it's launching with some controversy.
Senior Marketing Specialist in New York, New York
       
The Sr. Marketing Specialist is responsible for a broad range of marketing responsibilities: planning, value proposition development, product marketing, budget management, campaign marketing, digital and social media, sales enablement, and marketing communications. They will demonstrate excellent project management skills, as well as a mix of marketing skills, and the ability to prioritize work very efficiently in a fast-paced, highly matrixed work environment. Job Responsibilities:Supports development of the Communications marketing strategy, including planning and executing campaigns that deploy an appropriate mix of marketing tactics and channels to deliver consistent and impactful marketing that meets sales/business objectives. Aligns with the Communications marketing plan to develop product marketing collateral and web content, case studies, thought leadership, and sales enablement tools in conjunction with the business product leaders/managers and the wider Governance and Communications marketing team. Creates impactful, on-brand marketing communications -including sales communications, emails, newsletters, social media posts, webinars, and other thought leadership content.
A COVID Storm Hits Senior Living
       
Vaccination provides a light at the end of the tunnel for senior living communities (including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and CCRCs), but it’s unclear how long the tunnel is. All senior living communities face financial challenges now—more so if they came into the pandemic that way. Look for senior living communities that make this data available. By December, those reserves were starting to be tapped out, says James Balda, president and CEO of Argentum, an association of senior living communities. When a senior living community fails, generally it is sold.
Will You Still Get a Third Stimulus Check Under the New Senate Plan?
       
Fewer Americans would get a third stimulus check under a new plan agreed to by President Biden and Senate Democrats. However, led by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a handful of Democrats in the Senate pushed for the stimulus check plan to be more "targeted" to people who need assistance the most. In other words, those Senators argued that people with higher incomes should not receive a stimulus check. Stimulus Check Plan Passed by the House On February 27, the House of Representative passed the budget reconciliation bill that is being used to usher the president's stimulus package through Congress. Senate's New Phase-Out Rate Under the new plan being considered by the Senate, the stimulus check phase-out thresholds would not change.
Facebook Removes 5 More Networks in February for Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior
       
Facebook’s Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report for February 2021 provides details on five networks that were removed from its platform, totaling 915 accounts, 606 Instagram accounts, 86 pages and 21 groups.
Facebook Journalism Project Accelerator Publisher Participants Report Their Progress
       
Facebook Journalism Project shared an update on the progress made by participants in its Accelerator program and shared details on what to expect in 2021.
Eric Toda on Rethinking the CMO Role as the Marketer’s Career Pinnacle
       
After working on brands such as Nike, Snap, Airbnb, and GAP, Facebook alumnus Eric Toda returned to the social marketing space as Facebook’s Global Head of Social Marketing. Eric, an avid advocate of anti-racism sentiment to #StopAsianHate, has continued his mission of empowering the voices of underrepresented communities, sharing why it’s important to have “cultural adds” on teams to help reveal blind spots.
Facebook Ends Its Political Advertising Ban 4 Months After the Election
       
Facebook is lifting its ban on political advertising that the social media giant instituted after the polls closed on Election Day in November. Google lifted a similar ban last week, which was put in place following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Clubhouse: How to Find More People to Follow
       
When you create a Clubhouse account, the Clubhouse application will encourage you to follow at least 25 people. If you want to find new people to follow in the Clubhouse app, our guide will show you how this is done.
How to Rise to the Challenge of Cookie-less Advertising
       
Don't miss The Business of Marketing, a new series featuring leading c-suite executives sharing insights on the importance of leveraging the intersectionality of marketing, finance, technology, HR and the boardroom to drive business growth.
Lucas Cridland, Former Dentsu Media Exec, Now Leads a New Group within MediaLink
       
Lucas Cridland, Former Dentsu Media Exec, Now Leads a New Group within MediaLinkHis goal is to drive adoption of Hudson MX
February 2021 Cable Network Ranker: Fox News, MSNBC and CNN Can All Lay Claim to Being No. 1
       
The network came in third in total viewers behind rivals CNN and MSNBC the previous month. MSNBC, for the first time in network history, averaged more total viewers than any other cable network across the 24-hour day, just under 1.4 million. While the network marked back-to-back months as the most-watched basic cable network in the A25-54 demo (and 4 consecutive months at No. 1 on cable news in the demo), it fell behind both Fox News and MSNBC in total viewers. Here’s the February 2021 basic cable ranker, sorted by average total viewers in descending order:February 2021 Basic Cable Ranker (Total Viewers)
Kelly Rowland Partners With JustFab for Her First Designed Footwear and Apparel Collection
       
Musician and actor Kelly Rowland‘s new line with membership shopping platform JustFab, for example, is modeled off of the strength, creativity and grace she has witnessed in women around the world throughout the pandemic.
Rebuilding Our Growth Momentum: What to Expect Across Industries in 2021
       
Editor’s note: Adweek worked with Matthew Scott Goldstein, a consultant with a deep knowledge of the media industry, to craft his quarterly newsletter into an Adweek article. Through his findings on various industry earnings calls, we’re bringing you insights about how your favorite brands, agencies, media companies, publishers and tech companies are performing on a quarterly basis. His goal was to go past what the trades were focusing on, which mostly revolved around revenue, and tap into the nitty-gritty data shared on these calls.
A+E Networks Upfront Emphasizes Power of Linear TV, Total Audience Metric Shift
       
After the pandemic forced A+E Networks to jettison its upfront event plans at the 11th hour last year, the company has returned to the upfronts this year with a virtual presentation that played up the power of linear TV as many of its rivals begin to focus on streaming—while also trying to convince marketers to change the way they have transacted business for decades.
Disney Streaming Vet Kevin Mayer Joins DAZN as Chairman
       
Kevin Mayer, the former heard of streaming at Disney, has joined the U.K.-based sports streaming service DAZN Group as chairman, replacing executive chairman John Skipper, the company said today. Mayer is best known for laying the groundwork for the fast-growing streaming service Disney+.
Fox Renews The Simpsons for 2 More Years, Through Season 34 in 2023
       
Fox Renews The Simpsons for 2 More Years, Through Season 34 in 2023The show extends its record as the longest-running prime-time scripted series in history
Majority Launches With Commitment to Diversity—and an Assist from Shaquille O’Neal
       
Majority Launches With Commitment to Diversity—and an Assist from Shaquille O’NealThe agency was founded by CPB, Momentum vet Omid Farhang, along with Asmirh Davis and Jorge Hernandez
Touching Swiss Animation Is a Powerful Reminder That Each Senior Has a Story to Tell
       
Touching Swiss Animation Is a Powerful Reminder That Each Senior Has a Story to Tell'Rosemarie's Life' is part of a healthcare worker recruitment drive in the country
Google Just Dropped Another Privacy Bomb on Independent Ad Tech
       
The level of cooperation from independent ad-tech players, publishers and even some media agencies to replace the third-party cookie with hashed email addresses had led to growing speculation that even Google would get behind the initiative.
Walk Around Virtual Austin at SXSW; Cadbury Creme… Beer?: Tuesday’s First Things First
       
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Joe Ortiz Joins Freeform as Content Marketing Head
       
Marketing executive Joe Ortiz, the svp and head of marketing and brand for Group Nine Media-owned news site NowThis, is joining Freeform as svp of content marketing, the company said today.
Former Pepsi Marketing Lead Sadira Furlow Named Happy Money CMO
       
Consumer debt solutions provider Happy Money has hired Sadira Furlow as chief marketing officer with an initial focus on broadening the company’s client base to include underserved populations in the financial services space. Don't miss The Business of Marketing, a new series featuring leading c-suite executives sharing insights on the importance of leveraging the intersectionality of marketing, finance, technology, HR and the boardroom to drive business growth.
After a Year of Record Retail Bankruptcies, Michaels Agrees to Go Private in $5 Billion Deal
       
While the net sales of nonessential retailers suffered during the pandemic, arts and crafts banner Michaels Stores saw double-digit growth in both the second and third quarters of 2020, demonstrating consumers’ appetite for hobbies while confined to their homes.
How Temporary Assignments Boost Innovation
       
Image courtesy of Joyce Hesselberth/theispot.comJust as digitalization and automation are transforming the shop floor, they are changing the role of front-line manufacturing employees. As a result, front-line innovation has become one of the largest sources of sustained competitive advantage in manufacturing industries. Knowledge Transfer and Employee LearningOur analyses reveal two distinct pathways through which front-line mobility fosters manufacturing innovation. Thus, for front-line innovation, turning to related units in similar contexts is better than visiting technologically advanced but unrelated ones. Companies that adopt a front-line innovation mindset — one that stimulates, objectively evaluates, and swiftly implements front-line ideas — can therefore make significant strides.
Why So Many Data Science Projects Fail to Deliver
       
This bank also offered data science training tailored for business managers at all levels and taught by the head of the data science unit. Senior executives can ensure the alignment of data science activities with organizational strategies and systems by more tightly integrating data science practices and data scientists with the business in physical, structural, and process terms. This dual approach recognizes the epistemic interdependence between the data science and business professionals — a scenario in which data science seeks to address today’s business needs as well as detect opportunities to innovate and transform current business practices.7 Both roles are important, if data science is to realize as much business value as possible. At the very least, user testing should be an explicit part of the data science project life cycle. But companies probably should not depend on data scientists in this way, and they may not want to — after all, the technical expertise of data scientists is a scarce and expensive resource.
Does Your C-Suite Have Enough Digital Smarts?
       
Email Updates on Digital Culture & Strategy Get monthly email updates on platforms, digital leadership, digital transformation, and ethics. As Jean-Pascal Tricoire, chairman and CEO of energy management company Schneider Electric, told us, “When every business becomes a digital business, every executive needs to take digital transformation personally. (See “The Most — and Least — Digitally Savvy Executive Roles.”) Slightly less than 1 in 4 CEOs, and only about 1 in 8 CFOs, are digitally savvy. We found that as the percentage of digital savviness on top teams increases, so does net margin and revenue growth. Principal’s board approved the significant investment needed to accelerate the transformative digital business strategies, and the company communicated its intent to the investment community.
Blue Bird takes on the future of mobility in Indonesia
       
During the pandemic, Purnomo relied on her grandmother’s teaching to ensure that Blue Bird would not only survive but grow stronger. Focusing on this core mission, and with a renewed sense of optimism, trust, and hope, Purnomo has focused on making Blue Bird lean and agile. In the 48-year history of Blue Bird, I don’t think we’ve ever been hit so badly. In the early 1980s, when Indonesia had only three engine analyzers [to diagnose engine issues], Blue Bird had one of them. My first job at Blue Bird was to put a converter in our taxis, converting from petrol to CNG [compressed natural gas].
The Best Stories Can Happen When Things Don’t Go As Planned
       
I was tired and crabby as my husband Michael and I headed over to a friend’s house to watch the finale of The Bachelorette. As soon as the thought entered my head, I knew I would need proof in order to get it out. Of course, when you buy the cheapest pregnancy test, even when it gives you an answer, you’re still not sure what the answer is. Michael pointed out that it didn’t say anything. Michael walked out of the bathroom.
Furlough extension, corporation tax and green investment – the main points of the Budget
       
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AP Top Stories March 3 P
       
AP Top Stories March 3 PHere's the latest for Wednesday March 3rd: Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol; CDC is warning against virus fatigue; US contractor dies in rocket attack at Iraq base and Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office.
Mo’ money, less relief
       
And hate to break it to you, but not everyone is getting a third relief check. You may have a COVID-19 relief check coming your wayHave a sweet six-figure income? Senate Democrats reached a deal with President Joe Biden to limit the eligibility for $1,400 checks in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill to Americans earning less than $80,000, according to two sources. Biden's COVID-19 relief plan includes a child tax credit boost popular with Democrats but a "nightmare" to Republicans. "I fully support a woman’s right to come forward, and I think it should be encouraged in every way," Cuomo said.
Gannett Teams in Texas Provide Vital Information to Local Communities Impacted by Storm
       
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMWhen the unprecedented winter storm devastated Texas, journalists at the Austin American-Statesman provided critical information to their local communities, despite also personally enduring effects from the inclement freezing weather. As Texas continues to deal with aftermath of the storm, Gannett is mobilizing to offer support and aid to Texas employees. Design Center and Digital Optimization Team teams stepped in on their off days to package indispensable information for Gannett newspapers. Beyond the newsroom, Gannett is working to provide aid and relief to Texas employees as well. The Austin American-Statesman office became a refuge (following COVID safety protocols) for employees seeking power, water, heat and supplies.
Back to school for Jill Biden, new education chief
       
Back to school for Jill Biden, new education chiefJill Biden, the teacher in the White House, along with new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona go back to school in a public push to show districts that have yet to transition back to in-person learning that it can be done safely.
House cancels Thursday session after police warn of 'possible plot to breach the Capitol'
       
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives canceled its Thursday session after receiving information about a possible security threat at the Capitol on March 4. The United States Capitol Police said Wednesday they were aware of a “possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group,” and a notice sent to all congressional offices said the agency was bolstering its security presence on Capitol Hill. March 4 has been highlighted by the debunked QAnon conspiracy as the “true inauguration day” for former President Donald Trump. More:Police bolster security at US Capitol as QAnon theory claims Trump will become president March 4The Senate has not announced plans to discontinue its Thursday session. The House moved its remaining votes for the week to Wednesday night to avoid putting lawmakers at risk on Thursday.
New York Jets GM Joe Douglas keeping all Sam Darnold options open, including a trade
       
The New York Jets, on the verge of another franchise-defining offseason makeover, are leaving all their options open as they pick their next quarterback. The way general manager Joe Douglas talked on Wednesday, it's impossible to know if that future will include Sam Darnold. Douglas said he still believes in the soon-to-be 24-year-old quarterback, who has struggled through his first three seasons as a pro. But he also acknowledged that their stance on Darnold has changed: Douglas is now open to the possibility of trading Darnold. "Our goal and our plan is to be a team that really builds this through the draft, and hitting on draft picks," Douglas said.
Nigeria is trapped in a cycle of kidnappings and thousands are missing amid predatory practices
       
Tuesday morning the girls were set free, stirred from their sleep by their captors’ celebrations that a ransom had arrived. After a decade of war with Boko Haram, 23,992 Nigerians are registered missing with the local Red Cross, the humanitarian agency’s highest toll on earth.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Jangebe kidnapping. But their motivation is clear: an attempt to raise the money, and perhaps infamy, that Boko Haram received in the wake of #BringBackOurGirls. Thousands are still struggling for freedomUltimately, the Chibok girls became actors in their own struggle for freedom. They fasted for days, snuck food to captives Boko Haram was trying to starve, and memorized the Book of Job.
5 tips on how to live your best #VanLife
       
New commercial vans can cost more than $50,000. But you should be able to get a used one for half that price or even less, depending on its condition and mileage.
New York to loosen travel restrictions for Americans who've gotten the COVID-19 vaccine
       
New York, one of the first states in the U.S. to implement travel restrictions on domestic visitors last spring, took another step toward relaxing its COVID-19 policies Wednesday by lifting the quarantine and COVID-19 testing restrictions on people who have been vaccinated within 90 days of their second inoculation. "Domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine or test out within 90 days of full vaccination," Gov. Beyond the 90 days, travelers would still have to quarantine and test out. People who have not been vaccinated or who have not completed their shots must also continue to quarantine under the existing guidelines. State-by-state travel restrictions: See what's required where you're going
Good news about the 'Moderna arm' vaccine rash — it's no worse with second shot
       
The reaction occurs only in people who get the Moderna vaccine, not the one from Pfizer-BioNTech. Doctors and patients first began to hear reports of the reaction soon after the Moderna vaccine began to be distributed. Those who had the reaction after the second shot said it faded within two to three days, Freeman said. Getting the second shot on the opposite arm can help but isn't necessary. The good news is, in those few cases, patients didn't have a reoccurrence of the rash with their second dose of vaccine, she said.
Tiger Woods told deputies after car crash he did not remember driving
       
TORRANCE, Calif. — Tiger Woods told sheriff's deputies after crashing a car that he could not remember driving, and he did not know how the collision happened, according to an affidavit for a search warrant used to obtain the “black box’’ of the vehicle Woods was driving Feb. 23. “The deputies asked him how the collision occurred" at the scene of the crash, according to the affidavit . Data from the car Woods was driving “constitutes evidence that tends to show the commission of a felony or misdemeanor offense,’’ according to the form filled out to obtain the search warrant. “Absent the evidence of impairment … you’re not going to get a search warrant. One said it looked like a classic case of being asleep at the wheel, because Woods' vehicle went straight into a median instead of staying with the road as it curved right.
'You better look out': Joe Exotic is planning a 'Tiger King' tell-all book
       
The Tiger King is ready to tell his side of the story. Joseph "Joe Exotic" Maldonado-Passage's book, "Tiger King: The Official Tell-All Memoir," is set to be published in November from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The tell-all will focus on Maldonado-Passage, "a proud polygamist and self-proclaimed 'gun-toting, gay redneck with a mullet,'" says a description on the publisher's website. Maldonado-Passage rose to fame when Netflix released documentary "Tiger King" at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic. News: "It's going to be a truth-tell book... Everybody that's ever done anything good, it's going to be in there and anybody that's got bones in your closet, you better look out."
Disney Will Close 30 Percent of Its Stores in North America: Live Updates
       
ET Disney Will Close 30 Percent of Its Stores in North America: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Philanthropic donors gave more than $20 billion in response to the pandemic last year. Disney will close 30 percent of its stores in North America this year. The Walt Disney Company said on Wednesday that it would dramatically downsize its chain of Disney Stores, which have struggled amid the pandemic and a broader consumer shift to online shopping. At least 60 locations in North America — 30 percent of the Disney Store footprint in the region — will close this year. He was among a group of central bank officials who initiated the Fed’s Racism and the Economy conference series.
Jeffrey Epstein is the inspiration behind this new horror movie
       
Jeffrey Epstein’s monstrosity has inspired an upcoming horror movie. “I made a horror movie because it is a horrifying thing,” Nekrasova recently told The Los Angeles Times. Jeffrey Epstein poses for a sex offender mugshot after being charged with procuring a minor for prostitution on July 25, 2013 in Florida. “Those elements were developed out of wanting to infuse the movie with the visual vocabulary of the Epstein stuff,” Nekrasova told the LA Times. Stag Pictures“I felt very, very grounded in the real kind of horror of it,” she said.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman calls standardized testing ‘a pillar of systemic racism’
       
Rep. Jamaal Bowman, one of the newest members of “The Squad,” says standardized testing is a manifestation of “systemic racism.”In a pair of tweets Tuesday, Bowman (D-NY) wrote simply, “Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism,” before linking to an article from the National Education Association, one of the two largest teachers unions in the country. The article from the NEA was titled “The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing.” It was published in April 2018. “Since the beginning of standardized testing, students of color, particularly those from low-income families, have suffered the most from high-stakes testing in U.S. public schools. The Biden Administration’s refusal to grant waivers for standardized testing is WRONG,” he wrote alongside one of the videos. All of the data that they claim they need standardized tests to analyze can be better understood by speaking with the educators in our classrooms,” he continued.
Democrats’ #MeToo hypocrisy and other commentary
       
Cuomo watch: Democrats’ #MeToo HypocrisyGov. Cuomo should be facing “explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans,” reason Axios’ Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen. “And it’s not a close call.” During the #MeToo moment, Democrats “led the charge” in purging powerful men in politics, media, fashion and the movies for exploiting and harassing young women. But “the Biden team is exposing its own hypocrisy,” since the president is determined to ­renew talks with the Tehran regime, which has gallons of dissident blood on its hands. Then, too, Team Biden ignores the fact that “MBS has, over the past four years, engineered a breathtaking expansion of individual liberty” by curbing the religious establishment — reforms that a hard-line stance from Washington could undo.
Islamic State says it killed female media workers in east Afghanistan
       
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed three female media workers in eastern Afghanistan. Relatives carrying the coffin for one of the female journalists killed by ISIS at her funeral in Kabul on March 3, 2021. Violence has risen around Afghanistan and media workers and civil society members in urban areas have been targeted in recent months even as a peace process takes place in Qatar’s capital of Doha. The Afghan government and the Taliban have been holding talks to try to reach a political settlement to end decades of conflict. But progress has slowed as the new Biden administration in Washington reviews its plans for the peace process, including whether to entirely withdraw troops by May as originally planned.
Man who helped drug Cipriani chef hit casino as victim died: prosecutors
       
The ex-boyfriend of a Queens sex worker accused of helping her drug and rob a Cipriani chef hit up a casino while the victim lay dead on a motel room floor, prosecutors revealed Wednesday. “[He] spent some time at that casino all the while he knew the victim was laying on the floor in that hotel room where the victim was dead,” the prosecutor said. Prosecutors say that Barini and Lescano conspired to lure Zamperoni, 33, to the Queens motel to drug and rob him. The prosecutor countered that the only reason Lescano and Barini aren’t charged with causing Zamperoni’s overdose death was because the body wasn’t found immediately. Three days after Zamperoni’s fateful visit to the motel, investigators found Barini and the chef’s rotting remains inside the room.
Bipartisan bill introduced to repeal Iraq War authorization after Biden bombed Syria
       
A bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday would repeal the 2002 Iraq War authorization in the wake of President Biden’s decision to bomb facilities in Syria that were allegedly used by an Iran-backed militia. The largely symbolic bill was introduced by four Senate Democrats and four Senate Republicans led by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the Executive Branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers,” Kaine said in a press release. Biden did not cite the 1991 or 2002 war authorizations — or the 2001 anti-al-Qaeda authorization — when he bombed Syria in his first airstrikes as president. Biden said that the attack was intended to deter a Shiite militia group from attacking US troops inside Iraq.
Bloodied Brad Pitt spotted filming scene with Joey King
       
The movie star was spotted looking bruised and gory while filming a scene in Los Angeles Tuesday for his new movie “Bullet Train,” in which he plays a deadly assassin alongside co-star Joey King. Pitt, 57, was seen wearing dark slacks and a dirtied white T-shirt as fake blood covered his arms and knuckles. Brad Pitt looked a mess as he filmed for his action scene. CPR/D.Sanchez / BACKGRIDMeanwhile King, 21, was also seen masked up to keep in line with COVID-19 precautions. CPR/D.Sanchez / BACKGRID“Bullet Train,” directed by David Leitch, was written by Zak Olkewicz and is based on Kotaro Isaka’s best-selling Japanese novel “Maria Beetle.”
Big East Tournament to have limited number of fans at MSG
       
The Big East Tournament will have spectators — just not many of them. The league announced that at next week’s conference tournament at the Garden each team will be given an undisclosed number of tickets. Each school, sources said, will be given slightly fewer than 100 tickets each at the outset of the tournament. As the tournament progresses and teams get eliminated, the number of tickets for each school will incrementally increase. The Big East Tournament opens next Wednesday with a tripleheader starting at 3 p.m. and concludes on Saturday with the championship game at 6:30 p.m.
Villanova vs. Creighton prediction, line: Wildcats will bounce back
       
The Villanova Wildcats are coming off their worst 3-point shooting performance of the coach Jay Wright era, going 2 of 27 from 3-point range on Sunday in their loss at Butler, and they will look to get back on track Wednesday against Creighton. Prior to Sunday’s loss, Villanova had been shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range, good for 29th in the country. Creighton on defense forces a lot of shots to the outside as it ranks first in the Big East in opponent 2-point shooting percentage. But the Bluejays rate 312th in free-throw shooting percentage and allow opponents to rebound 26.5 percent of their miss shots. All of this should lead to Villanova being able to rebound from a cold shooting performance on Sunday.
Feud between school safety agent union chief and Jumaane Williams escalates
       
The gloves have come off in the feud between Jumaane Williams and the head of the school safety agents union. Union chief Greg Floyd — who is furious that Williams has accused his members of abusing students and is trying to boot them from schools — brought up Williams’ arrest record Wednesday. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has pushed for more school guidance counselors and social workers in favor of school safety agents. The Public Advocate — a graduate of the city school system — contends that they create a hostile and criminalized atmosphere for students. “The majority of school safety agents are Black and brown people.
LI cops suspended after bodycam footage shows them kicking handcuffed suspect
       
Two Suffolk County police officers who were seen repeatedly kicking a handcuffed suspect on the ground on bodycam footage have been suspended without pay. Three other officers who were at the scene were placed on modified duty in what County Executive Steve Bellone called a “disturbing” incident at a press conference Tuesday night. “What I saw was disturbing, unacceptable, and something that cannot be condoned.”The video, posted by WPIX-TV, shows the cops shove 30-year-old Christopher Cruz to the ground during the Feb. 23 incident, then kick him multiple times while other cops watch. That’s where one of the officers’ bodycams caught the kicking incident. Cruz was charged with third-degree grand larceny, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
Downhill baby walker caught by fast-acting biker
       
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Capitol Police ups security after uncovering ‘possible plot’ by ‘militia group’
       
The Capitol Police is increasing security in an effort to thwart a potential attack Thursday by “an identified militia group,” the department revealed Wednesday. Scott ApplewhiteWednesday’s statement from the department also comes in the midst of weeks of congressional hearings into the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. Last week, Congress heard from the acting Capitol Police chief and the acting House sergeant-at-arms, as well as their predecessors who resigned in the wake of the riot. Members of the National Guard walk near the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill on March 3, 2021. It is not clear what additional reinforcements the Capitol Police took up in the wake of the March 4 threat.
David Schwimmer says ‘Friends’ reunion is finally ready to film
       
The much-delayed — and anticipated — “Friends” reunion on HBO Max will finally be taped “in a little over a month,” according to cast member David Schwimmer. Clockwise from top: “Friends” stars David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry. Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett CollectionBut when the gang does actually get back together, don’t expect them to be in character. But yeah.”In Wednesday’s chat, Cohen also asked about the rumor last year that daytime talker Ellen DeGeneres might host the reunion special. “No,” responded Schwimmer, adding that Billy Crystal was also not in the running.
Listen to Episode 11 of ‘Fullcourt on Flatbush’: The Incredible James Harden feat. Derrick Coleman
       
To talk about a successful first half of the season and Harden’s exceptional play, we bring you a brand new episode of our Brooklyn Nets podcast, “Fullcourt on Flatbush,” with Robin Lundberg and Kerry Kittles, featuring an interview with Nets great Derrick Coleman. Fullcourt on Flatbush Podcast with Robin and Kerry :James Harden playing at an incredible level. Derrick Coleman Interview:Nets forward (1990-95), 1994 NBA All-StarThe New Jersey Nets back then vs. having success now in Brooklyn. Catch up on all episodes of “Fullcourt on Flatbush,” a Brooklyn Nets podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Kerry Kittles and Robin Lundberg on Twitter @Kerry_Kittles30 and @robinlundberg.
Cuomo rips de Blasio, NYC amid apology over sex harassment claims
       
Andrew Cuomo took time to take a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City during a press briefing Wednesday where he repeatedly apologized over sexual harassment accusations leveled against him by three women. “You also have New York City, which is in a very precarious situation. “We have to get New York City functional again and safe again and viable again — and we have to do that quickly,” he continued. “Governor Cuomo insulted the people of New York City today in a pathetic distraction from his woes. It’s the second time in two weeks that Cuomo has offered up a hellscape depiction of New York City as de Blasio has blasted away at his administration.
Ghost-hunting couple discover human skull
       
A human skull was discovered by a pair of ghost-hunting YouTubers near an abandoned hotel in the United Kingdom, authorities said. Danny and Felicity Duffy were filming just after midnight Monday near a former hotel in Bolton when they stumbled on the remains, the Daily Star reported. Oh my God it’s got a jaw!”Danny then put on gloves and picked up the remains from the ground. Danny Duffy discovering a human skull near Egerton Park in Bolton. Exploring With Danny YouTubePolice have since confirmed that the remains, in fact, belong to a human.
Washington Football Team replacing cheerleaders with coed dance team
       
The Washington Football Team is eliminating its longtime cheerleading squad, months after former members alleged team employees made inappropriate videos from calendar shoots. The organization will replace its cheerleading squad, founded in 1962, with a coed dance team, according to reports. “My desire is to create a team that is all of that — inclusive, diverse, coed, athletic — to set the gold standard in the NFL. We’re looking for that super athlete that can dance, perform tricks and stunts and manipulate whatever props that will create a really great show.”Former cheerleaders previously employed by Washington will be able to try out for the coed dance team, Pope said. Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform in 2019.
Mariah Carey’s brother hits her with defamation suit for tell-all memoir
       
Morgan Carey, 61, says the “Always Be My Baby” singer — who is ten years his junior — falsely portrayed him as violent when they were growing up in her book “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” published in September. The brother — who now lives in Maui, Hawaii — claims he lost out on a film project that he was in negotiations for because of Carey’s claims, the court papers charge. Mariah Carey with her brother Morgan Carey. “The violence was entirely one-sided, with the plaintiff being the recipient of his misplaced rage,” the court documents claim. “And I would continue to pay and pay.”Morgan also alleges it was defamatory when Carey called him “sometimes drug dealing, been-in-the-system, drunk-ass brother,” the court papers show.
Aaron Boone cried to teammates when he needed his first heart surgery
       
TAMPA — Shortly after Aaron Boone was hired by the Yankees in December 2017, he recalled the day in 2009 he told his new Astros teammates he needed heart surgery, while in the final season of his career. “I remember crying more than I expected,” Boone, who took a leave of absence from the Yankees on Wednesday to receive a pacemaker, said in 2017 of that meeting. I knew I was looking at the beginning of the end of my career, knowing it was the final days. Later, he was cleared to resume playing and worked through a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the majors in September. At the time of Boone’s hiring in The Bronx, he said he hadn’t dealt with issues with his hearts since the procedure.
NFL to consider fourth-and-15 alternative to onside kick, delaying coach hiring cycle
       
Successful onside kicks have become increasingly rare in the NFL since the league enacted safety-related rule changes on kickoffs before the 2018 season. The Eagles also submitted the fourth-and-15 proposal last year after it was submitted the previous year by the Denver Broncos. ADADUnder last year’s proposal, a team could have utilized the fourth-and-15 option up to twice in a game, whether trailing or not. Owners tabled the fourth-and-15 proposal last May, when it did not have enough votes for ratification, for reconsideration at another time. Only one Black head coach was hired by an NFL team this offseason, David Culley by the Houston Texans.
Lawmakers pan Gov. Cuomo’s comments on sexual harassment allegations
       
Andrew Cuomo issued over allegations of sexual harassment lodged by three women. Matthew McDermott for NY PostAdded state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), “Cuomo didn’t address anything today. “If Cuomo was sorry, he would have resigned yesterday.”Several political groups and lawmakers, including Democrats, have called for Cuomo to step down as governor. The briefing did nothing to change the mind of state Sen. Gustavo Rivera. “The Cuomo press conference was a master class in gaslighting, but changes nothing,” the Bronx Democrat told The Post.
Judge clears Montgomery officer of assault conviction for slamming knee into handcuffed suspect
       
The results were “commensurate with the Montgomery County disciplinary process,” Innocenti said. Moris joined the Montgomery County Police Department 10 years ago. In the videos, Moris can be seen grabbing Pesoa’s hair and slamming his right knee down into Pesoa’s neck area. In June 2020, Pesoa sued Moris and Montgomery County over the encounter. The county executive called the video of this ‘horrifying.’ Now a civil jury will decide how to hold Montgomery County accountable for their officer’s behavior.”
Class AAA season is delayed four weeks, cementing return of alternate sites
       
The Class AAA season had been scheduled to start on April 6. The newly remodeled Class AAA East is scheduled to begin May 4 and the Class AAA West on May 6. ADThe original schedule created a limited but real logistical conundrum: If the Class AAA season were to begin April 6, those players slated for Class AAA rosters would need to participate in some form of spring training in March. The whole thing amounted to a headache for front-office staff trying to allocate talent to minor league rosters. Now teams will be able to option players back and forth to the alternate sites as they did in 2020.
Man buys bowl worth up to $500,000 for $35 at a yard sale
       
Acting on a hunch that he had something special on his hands, the unidentified man emailed pictures and information to famed auction house Sotheby’s, requesting an evaluation, according to the AP. The email stood out from the barrage of similar requests, impressing Sotheby’s in-house experts on Chinese ceramics and art, Angela McAteer and Hang Yin. AD“The style of painting, the shape of the bowl, even just the color of the blue is quite characteristic of that early, early 15th century period of porcelain,” she told the news outlet. Sotheby’s told the AP that the Yongle Court was recognized for introducing a new style of porcelain ovens in the city of Jingdezhen. ADThe lotus-bud or chicken-heart shaped dish will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s in New York on March 17.
Feta is having a moment. Jump on the bandwagon with these 5 recipes.
       
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How Vernon Jordan became a one-of-a-kind Washington presence
       
“You knew you had a friend who would never break a confidence, and that’s important in Washington,” says Cafritz. To wit: Jordan hosted an annual lunch before the Alfalfa Club dinner, an off-the-record gathering of America’s most powerful political and business leaders. Jordan famously told him he would support his old friend Hillary Clinton, but pledged his wholehearted endorsement should Obama win the primary. The two men shared the stage at Howard University in 2016, when Jordan formally introduced Obama as the commencement speaker. Howard President Wayne Frederick sent Jordan a framed picture of the two, which hung in a cherished place in his home.
FBI director Chris Wray confirms the right is lying about Jan. 6 - The Washington Post
       
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray was emphatic in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: “We have not, to date, seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to antifa in connection with the 6th,” he said. They would have rightly been labeled as deflecting focus and dangerously muddying the waters as we tried to isolate and disarm threats. It is telling — and unsurprising — that Republicans seem so panicked at the prospect of identifying the specific ideology that drove the attackers. It is also not clear whether he will look at the political actors who incited the mob with the Big Lie. ADADWe need answers as to the involvement of political players and the failures of our response.
Four reasons you’re tired of Zoom calls — and what to do about it
       
It draws on existing academic theory and research and says there are four possible reasons for so-called “Zoom fatigue.” The paper, Bailenson writes, should not be perceived as “indicting” Zoom or other video-conferencing platforms. On top of all that, participating in video calls may increase cognitive load, meaning more mental effort is needed. Because she has to focus more intently on people’s faces during video calls to read lips, it increases her cognitive load, she said. Meeting hosts should also give people breaks to look away from their screens during video calls, Song said. While these tips may help alleviate the effects of “Zoom fatigue,” Bailenson urged people to remember video calls aren’t the only effective way to communicate.
Opinion | How copyright law can save Dr. Seuss — and the rest of us — from cancel culture
       
All those people may have different definitions of what makes a work too toxic — or at least too touchy — to make money from. But set “Stark Raving Dad” free and we can learn a lot about Jackson’s role in pop culture history without burdening the conscience of the creators. How would you write a law that says “books or television shows or movies or cartoons that fall victim to cancel culture must be made free for everyone to reprint”? Would libertarians and conservatives really want a government panel determining the acceptable reasons for keeping a book in print or out of print? But taking a common-sense approach to copyright and profit would at least allow us to declare a truce on this particular set of battles.
They Just Seem a Little Weird: Tales of 70’s Rock with Doug Brod
       
Greg's guest today is former editor-in-chief of SPIN magazine and TV Guide, Doug Brod. He's here to talk about his new book "They Just Seem a Little Weird: How Kiss, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Starz Remade Rock and Roll." Follow Doug on Twitter: @DougBrod
Capitol Police say intelligence shows militia group may be plotting to breach the Capitol
       
ADThe Capitol Police and the FBI have been criticized for not acting on intelligence supplied by the FBI’s Norfolk field office shortly before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. We are always on alert for any potential threats.”The D.C. police declined to discuss their response to the potential threat. “In regards to public safety planning, MPD does not discuss operational tactics,” police spokeswoman Alaina Gertz said in an email. ADIn addition to the National Guard and increased police presence, the Capitol grounds have been surrounded by security fencing since the Jan. 6 insurrection. But after that briefing, members of Congress reacted negatively to the idea of maintaining expansive physical barriers to the Capitol.
Amy Klobuchar’s surprise call for filibuster reform shows urgency of the moment - The Washington Post
       
“I would get rid of the filibuster,” Klobuchar says. “I have favored filibuster reform for a long time and now especially for this critical election bill.”In the past, Klobuchar, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, has indicated she was open to eliminating the filibuster, but these comments to Mother Jones are her most definitive statement to date. Though her Democratic colleagues Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have said they would not support abolishing the filibuster, Klobuchar notes that the spread of new GOP anti-voting bills boosts the need for Democrats to enact HR 1 — and that increases the pressure to end or alter the Senate filibuster. “We have a raw exercise of political power going on where people are making it harder to vote and you just can’t let that happen in a democracy because of some old rules in the Senate,” she says.
Opinion | Democrats won’t gain anything from scaling back stimulus checks
       
Progressives wanted to do as much as possible, and moderates wanted to find ways to scale back the bill’s ambitions. ADADIt does mean, however, that some people who got stimulus checks from then-President Donald Trump won’t be getting them from Biden. (Republicans wanted the stimulus checks to be reduced even further, so you could argue that the final bill will have moved slightly in their direction, even if they won’t support it.) Cutting back the stimulus checks won’t make it any more so. And no senator would have been the victim of a vicious attack ad skewering them for allowing stimulus checks to phase out slightly more slowly for people in the middle- to upper-middle class.
Live updates House scraps plans for Thursday session after security officials warn of possible plot to breach Capitol
       
The full Senate might not vote on Merrick Garland’s nomination to be attorney general until “into next week,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday, accusing Senate Republicans of refusing to expedite Garland’s confirmation. The Judiciary Committee voted 15 to 7 on Monday to advance his nomination, with four Republicans joining the panel’s 11 Democrats to approve the move. “Unfortunately, there was an objection to expediting his nomination so he would get to work at the Department of Justice,” Durbin said. It was not immediately clear who was raising an objection to voting on Garland’s nomination, or for what reason. Some said they did so because he would not answer their questions at his confirmation hearing and in written follow-ups.
Yankees' Aaron Boone takes leave of absence to get pacemaker
       
Aaron Boone is taking an absence from the New York Yankees to get a pacemaker after experiencing some issues breathing over the last two months. Boone is in the middle of trying to get the team prepped and ready for the 2021 season. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days," Boone said in a statement Wednesday. The procedure will take place at a Tampa, Fla., hospital as the Yankees are in the Sunshine State for spring training. Boone would briefly play that season but retire and later work for ESPN.
Virginia governor candidate Pete Snyder reveals election-integrity plan
       
EXCLUSIVE - Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder revealed on Wednesday his plan to ensure election integrity in the state as the race for governor heats up. "Having secure, legal, and trustworthy elections is something that we must demand in our Commonwealth," Snyder told Fox News in a statement. "The pillars of my plan are the first steps to restoring voter confidence and protecting our democracy," Snyder said in a statement. IN VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL RACE, AMANDA CHASE CASTS HERSELF AS 'TRUMP IN HEELS'Snyder's announcement comes as many Republicans say they have lost faith in U.S. elections. State Sen. Amanda Chase appears to be the only Republican in the race for governor making stolen election claims part of her campaign.
7-year-old Alabama girl sells lemonade to help fund her brain surgeries
       
A 7-year-old from Alabama – faced with the daunting cost of upcoming brain surgeries – has helped her family raise more than $315,000 to help pay for the procedures. So, she put her homemade lemonade stand to use. That stand, coupled with her online fundraiser, "Lemonade for Liza - Zest for Life w/ Brain Surgery" helped pave the way for her upcoming surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital. When Elizabeth Scott is not running the family business, Savage’s Bakery, she is taking care of Liza and her 3-year-old brother, Finnley. Still, Elizabeth Scott said she never expected she would be in this position.
Cracker Barrel announces prime rib to-go meal as part of its spring line-up
       
In a press release, the chain revealed that it will be offering a prime rib option for its to-go meal package. Cracker Barrel also revealed that the classic Easter meal with spiral-sliced sugar cured ham will also be available this year. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe prime rib meal will include au jus and horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet yeast rolls and two additional sides. According to the press release, both the prime rib and ham options for the Heat n’Serve meals take about three hours to be prepared. Cracker Barrel will also offer an Easter Heat n’Serve Feast, which will feed eight-to-10 people and will also take about three hours to prepare.
Mattel releases Eleanor Roosevelt Barbie doll before International Women's Day
       
Mattel has released a collectible Barbie modeled after first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. "Barbie is proud to honor Eleanor Roosevelt as the newest in the line of Inspiring Women. BARBIE TAKES STAND AGAINST RACISM IN LATEST VLOGThe Eleanor Roosevelt Barbie wears a floral-patterned dress that Barbie Signature Designer Carlyle Nuera believes is a reflection of the first lady’s style. BARBIE RELEASES SECOND DIA DE MUERTOS DOLL, ANNOUNCES NEW COLLECTIONThe announcement of the Eleanor Roosevelt Barbie comes two days after the start of Women’s History Month. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAccording to an older press release, Mattel’s Inspiring Women line was introduced in 2018 on International Women's Day.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on lifting COVID restrictions: 'If not now, when?'
       
Reeves joined Texas Gov. “It is a full 100% opening of the state,” he told host Neil Cavuto. MISSISSIPPI ANNOUNCES BUSINESSES FREE TO REOPEN WITHOUT STATE-IMPOSED CORONAVIRUS RULESThe only remaining limitations in Mississippi are a 50% capacity restriction for large indoor venues and “a few restrictions on K-12 schools,” Reeves said. Ending COVID-19 restrictions doesn’t mean residents in his state will stop taking steps to mitigate the spread, especially if they are part of a vulnerable population, Reeves added. But my rhetorical question back is: ‘If not now, when?’”FOX Business’ Brittany De Lea contributed to this article.
Rep. Zeldin on Cuomo harassment allegations: ‘Big question’ whether others will come forward
       
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., says a "big question" remains as to whether others will come forward with allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D.Three women have come forward with harassment allegations against the governor, prompting calls for his resignation. REP. LEE ZELDIN: "There's two big questions that are still left. TRUMP ALLY REP. LEE ZELDIN EXPLORING NY GOVERNOR BID AMID CUOMO CONTROVERSIESThere is certainly … a long standing battle between Governor Cuomo and individuals in his own party. No one is stepping forward and reminiscing on that time five years ago when Governor Cuomo went to bat for them.
Joe Montana's advice to Tom Brady after latest Super Bowl victory: 'Play as long as you can'
       
Montana, who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships in the ‘80s, played 16 years in the NFL. The Western Pennsylvania native was the first player ever to take home three Super Bowl MVPs in addition to his two regular-season MVPs in ‘89 and ‘90. Like many NFL fans across the country, Montana witnessed Brady win his seventh Super Bowl championship during this first season with the Buccaneers in 2020. To go along with his seven Super Bowl titles, Brady also earned five Super Bowl MVPs. In two seasons he did lead the Chiefs to the playoffs but was unable to carry the team to the Super Bowl.
De Blasio camp hits back after Cuomo slams ‘teetering' New York City
       
Andrew Cuomo implied during his Wednesday press conference that De Blasio was responsible for his city "teetering" with rising homelessness, crime, and people leaving. "We have to get New York City functional again, and safe again, and viable again, and we have to do that quickly," he said. DE BLASIO POUNCES ON CUOMO SCANDALS: 'HE CANNOT GOVERN' IF CLAIMS ARE TRUEIn response, De Blasio's press secretary, Avery Cohen, suggested that Cuomo was trying to distract from his own scandal. Cuomo's comments came after De Blasio raised concerns about the allegations and argued the governor should lose his emergency powers. Anna Ruch, who did not work for Cuomo, was reported Monday to have said he asked to kiss her at a wedding.
New York Democrat calls on CNN's Chris Cuomo to apologize for 'cracking jokes' with brother
       
Democratic New York assemblyman Ron Kim called on CNN anchor Chris Cuomo to apologize Wednesday for "cracking jokes" with his brother, Democrat New York Gov. "So I think Chris Cuomo also needs to apologize for making some bad decisions at a time when we should have focused on saving people's lives." "What never made sense to me was Chris Cuomo covering him when things were going well for Andrew Cuomo." Chris Cuomo's CNN interviews of his brother took place during that time period, and the two made jokes about Gov. "Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise: Chris Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo are brothers, and journalists can’t reliably cover their brothers," the Washington Post's Erik Wemple wrote last month.
McConnell blasts COVID relief bill as 'wildly out of proportion' with America's needs
       
The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by the House is "a wildly out-of-proportion response to where the country is at the moment," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told "The Story" Wednesday. "This $1.9 trillion bill is the same size of the bill we passed last April, right in the middle of the pandemic," McConnell told host Martha MacCallum. Only 9% of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care, and less than 1% of this $1.9T bill is related to vaccines." Despite his criticism, McConnell said he suspected the bill would narrowly pass the Senate, with moderate Democrat Sens. There's nobody [who's] going to come close to beating Lisa Murkowski when she runs for reelection next year."
Whitmer defends secret payout to former health director as Michigan GOP demands details
       
The Michigan governor was pressed on whether the deals amount "hush money," as alleged by state Republicans. "The nature of the separation agreement is that when someone leaves, there are terms to it and you cannot share every term to it. Michigan GOP communications director Ted Goodman blasted Whitmer on Wednesday, claiming she appeared to be "buying the silence" of top state health officials amid the coronavirus pandemic. The scrutiny comes following revelations that former Michigan Department of Health Director Robert Gordon and Whitmer had quietly reached a secret separation agreement that netted a $155,506 payout for Gordon. The Michigan governor on Tuesday was threatened with a subpoena by state GOP lawmakers who accused the governor of having "bought the silence" of her former employees.
Las Vegas murder: Retired cop killed in random one-punch attack on the strip
       
A retired cop vacationing in Las Vegas was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning on the strip when a man attacked him in a "single punch pre-dawn confrontation," authorities said. Driscoll was pronounced dead at a Las Vegas hospital shortly after the attack with head and neck injuries. He worked for the Connecticut State Police for 22 years before retiring in 2009, spending most of his career on patrol in Hartford and North Canaan. "It saddens us to hear that he died after being assaulted," a spokesperson for the Connecticut State Police told Fox News. "He knocked me out so now I have to see a doctor about my possible concussion," one of the men told the local news outlet.
J.P. Morgan Gabriela Santos: China's equities and bonds are just starting to grow
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJ.P. Morgan Gabriela Santos: China's equities and bonds are just starting to growGabriela Santos, JP Morgan asset management, joins 'Closing Bell' to discuss China markets and its influence on U.S. growth in equities. She also discusses growth and value stocks.
Crypto will have its "Amazon moment" after Coinbase debuts, DA analyst
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCrypto will have its "Amazon moment" after Coinbase debuts, DA analystGil Luria, D.A. Davidson analyst, has given Coinbase its first buy rating. The analyst writes the cryptocurrency industry is going to have its "Amazon moment" with the upcoming direct listing of Coinbase. He joins 'Closing Bell' to discuss.
Disney plans to close at least 20% of stores with focus on e-commerce
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDisney plans to close at least 20% of stores with focus on e-commerceDisney is closing at least 20 percent of its stores as the company moves to focus on building out its e-commerce business. In North America, at least 60 stores will be closed. Julia Boorstin joins 'Closing Bell' to report.
JP Morgan's Gabriela Santos: There's still time to rotate from growth to value stocks
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJP Morgan's Gabriela Santos: There's still time to rotate from growth to value stocksGabriela Santos, JP Morgan asset management, joins 'Closing Bell' to give her take on whether it's too late for investors to transition from growth to value stocks as we see the big tech stocks drop in today's market.
Post-Market Wrap: March 03, 2021
       
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New rules for self-employed and gig workers applying for PPP loans are out. Here's what you need to know
       
The Small Business Administration on Wednesday released a new application and loan calculation formula for Paycheck Protection Program loans for self-employed and gig workers. The new PPP application for self-employed workers and sole proprietors who file IRS Form 1040 Schedule C now asks for the total amount of gross income, found on line 7 of the tax form. Previously, Schedule C filers applying for PPP loans were asked to give the SBA their net profit, from line 31 on the form. What to know before applyingThe Biden-Harris administration in late February announced updates to the SBA program aimed at helping the smallest businesses access the forgivable loans. While the priority window opened in late February, the new eligibility rules and updated loan calculation formula for some borrowers weren't set to go into effect until the first week of March.
Democrats lower income caps for stimulus checks
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDemocrats lower income caps for stimulus checksYlan Mui joins 'Closing Bell' to report individuals who earn more than $80,000 will no longer receive the $1,400 stimulus checks. For couples, the check will no longer be eligible for those who have incomes above $160,000. It's an effort to direct the stimulus checks to those who need it most.
Keurig Dr. Pepper CEO discusses consumer behavior since pandemic
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailKeurig Dr. Pepper CEO discusses consumer behavior since pandemicBob Gamgort, Keurig Dr. Pepper chairman and CEO, says that since the pandemic there has been an uptick in the company's at-home business — there are 12 million customers who have bought Keurigs in the past five years. He joins 'Closing Bell' to discuss the impact of the pandemic on its business.
Renaissance Macro Research Degraff: I believe energy has more to run
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailRenaissance Macro Research Degraff: I believe energy has more to runJeff Degraff, Renaissance Macro Research, joins 'Closing Bell' to discuss the state of the markets. He also says the markets are being under-appreciative of energy stocks, which have more to run. "I think this is a digestive period as we transition from early cycle, mid cycle, and I think that's what we expect to see," Degraff said.
The First 10 Minutes: Kensington Garden Rooms
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe First 10 Minutes: Kensington Garden RoomsKensington Gardens Rooms builds and installs hand-crafted custom gazebos. They're beautiful structures but also pricey. And for such a high ticket item, they're not marketing to the right people. Marcus must refine their process and their target audience. Watch the first 10 minutes and catch the all-new episode of "The Profit: Bonus Edition" Tuesday at 10P ET on CNBC.
Snowflake falls after product revenue growth forecast fails to impress
       
In the quarter Snowflake announced new features for developers and support for unstructured data such as audio and video files. Almost 94% of Snowflake's revenue came from product revenue in the fiscal fourth quarter. For the full 2022 fiscal year, the company sees $1.00 billion to $1.02 billion in product revenue, representing 81% to 84% growth, a decline from 116% product revenue growth in the fiscal fourth quarter. Excluding the after-hours move, Snowflake stock has fallen 11% since the start of 2021, while the S&P 500 index is up 2% over the same period. The structure had been in place since September, when Snowflake stock debuted on the New York Stock Exchange.
A key to revenue growth in Big Tech era is missing at most companies
       
Top "digitally savvy" companies generate 59% of revenue from innovations introduced within a three-year-period. Take media, software and telecom, which ranked highest among sectors, with one-third of executives being rated as digitally savvy. Woerner: Companies can also rely on having existing digitally savvy members of management teams guide them. So they hired another digitally savvy director, and they talked to each other, and no one understood their language. Woerner: Our digital savvy board members say being savvy allows the team to evaluate the risk of not doing something.
Credit reporting agencies extended free weekly credit reports for another year—here's where to get yours
       
The three major credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — have announced that they will continue to offer free credit reports to all Americans weekly through April 20, 2022. The additional year extension comes after the bureaus first offered weekly free credit reports at the start of the pandemic. The free credit reports are available on AnnualCreditReport.com. Before the pandemic, consumers were only entitled to one free credit report from each bureau per year. Here is how to get your free credit report from each bureau, plus why your credit report is important.
Fiat Chrysler spent over $300 million on green credits in Europe last year — mostly from Tesla
       
Fiat Chrysler said Wednesday on an earnings call that it spent EUR 300 million (US $362 million) on regulatory credits last year in Europe alone — most of which it bought from Tesla. In 2019, FCA committed to spend about $2 billion on environmental regulatory credits through the end of 2021. Selling these regulatory credits has been an increasingly important part of Tesla's business as the automaker has pushed toward sustained profitability. In 2020, Tesla generated $1.58 billion in revenue from sales of regulatory credits, nearly tripling its 2019 figure of $594 million. 2020 regulatory credit sales ended up being higher than our expectations, and it's difficult to give guidance on that," Kirkhorn said.
Apollo Global confident in return of business conventions as it strikes deal with Las Vegas Sands
       
Apollo Global Management is betting on a strong return of business conventions once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, a belief reflected in its recent deal with Las Vegas Sands, according to David Sambur, co-lead partner of private equity at the firm. Announced earlier Wednesday, Sands said it will sell the real estate for the Venetian, Palazzo and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas to Vici Properties for $4 billion. Travel overall has been hurt by the Covid pandemic, but there's growing optimism around a recovery as vaccinations are deployed. For example, a recent report from American Hotel & Lodging Association said "demand for business travel is not projected to return to 2019 levels until 2023." Additionally, Bill Gates, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, predicted last fall that more than 50% of business travel will go by the wayside post-pandemic as companies adopt a "very high threshold" for trips.
Sen. Ron Wyden said it's a 'prescription for trouble' to end jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed
       
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks at a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 25, 2021. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Wednesday it's a "prescription for trouble" to end jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and gig workers in August, during a congressional recess, instead of September. Wyden is among about a dozen Senate Democrats who this week pressed Biden to support legislation that would automatically issue stimulus checks and jobless benefits. The Senate is now debating the $1.9 trillion relief bill, the American Rescue Plan. Democrats aim to get a bill on Biden's desk by the end of next week.
Apple has an easy new way to copy all your photos and videos to Google Photos
       
Apple quietly rolled out a tool that lets you copy all of the pictures you have stored in Apple Photos over to Google Photos. It's an easy way to move everything over if you're switching to an Android phone, since you can't upload to Apple Photos from an Android phone. Like Apple Photos, Google Photos will create automatic highlight video clips set to music, but it will also automatically create collages, animations, add filters (that often look really good) and more. Both services have their strengths, and I use both as a way to create a backup of the other. It's also useful if you want to switch from iCloud Storage to Google One storage.
Melvin Capital posts return of more than 20% in February, sources say
       
Gabe Plotkin, chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Melvin Capital Management LP, speaks during the Sohn Investment Conference in New York, May 6, 2019. Melvin Capital, which previously had a large bet against the video game retailer, saw a return of over 21.7% in February, according to the sources. The fund declined by 53% in January during the dramatic short squeeze that sent GameStop and other stocks soaring. Melvin received new investments into its fund during the turmoil, with Citadel and Steve Cohen's Point72 injecting $3 billion into Melvin. "I think us at Melvin, we'll adapt and I think the whole industry will have to adapt," Plotkin said.
Texas and Mississippi ditch mask mandates and other restrictions — here's how it could affect you, wherever you live
       
Here's how the change of rules in Texas and Mississippi — and any other states that follow suit — could affect you and your health. There could be another surgeMcDeavitt worries that people will interpret the governor's actions as permission to stop wearing masks and let their guard down. Many people will continue to wear masks to "set an example for the community," he adds. Some businesses have already signaled that they're still going to require customers and employees to wear masks. Jeffrey Zients, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, urged other state and local leadership to keep wearing masks and "keep the course," he said Wednesday.
Rock band Kings of Leon will release new album as an NFT, making it a digital collector's item
       
American rock band Kings of Leon is getting in on the frenzy over non-fungible tokens, widely known as NFTs. The group announced they'll offer their latest album, "When You See Yourself," in the form of an NFT, making it among the first bands to do so. Kings of Leon is offering its album package with a vinyl and digital download for a token priced at $50. It'll be released Friday on YellowHeart (a ticketing and music NFT platform) and open for two weeks starting at noon ET. Kings of Leon is also offering more exclusive items as part of a series called "NFT Yourself."
Facebook to lift its ban on political advertising
       
(CNN Business) Facebook (FB) said it plans to lift a moratorium on US political advertising this Thursday, ending a ban that had been in place since the November elections. The move reopens the door to ads on Facebook by political campaigns as well as issue advertisers. It follows what Facebook said was "a lot of feedback" on its approach to political advertising. Google GOOGL also lifted its similar ban on political advertising last week. And in some cases, the limitations on issue advertising reportedly ended up blocking pro-vaccine ads.
Wendy's went all in on breakfast. It's paying off
       
But Wendy's (WEN) says they're still showing up for breakfast. But once stay at home orders set in and many people stopped commuting to work, breakfast sales fell off. Wendy's big breakfast bet is paying off. Wendy's success at breakfast can be partially attributed to the chain's huge breakfast marketing push shortly before the pandemic shut down parts of the United States last year, leaving Wendy's top of mind for customers. And people who ate Wendy's breakfast during the pandemic have been satisfied, Penegor said.
Stocks making the biggest moves after the bell: American Eagle, Snowflake, Vroom & more
       
American Eagle logged earnings of 39 cents per share on revenue of $1.29 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected earnings per share of 36 cents on revenue of $1.28 billion. Snowflake – Snowflake stock pulled back 4% after the company issued lackluster full-year revenue guidance. Analysts polled by FactSet expected revenue guidance of around $1.01 billion. Vroom reported revenue of $406 million, while analysts polled by Refinitiv expected revenue of $401 million.
Dollar Tree will open 600 stores this year
       
New York (CNN Business) Dollar Tree said Wednesday that it will open 600 new stores this year, continuing dollar store chains' torrid growth across the United States. Dollar Tree DLTR The announcement comes as the pandemic has taken a toll on many retailers and forced thousands of stores to close. The company, which also owns the Family Dollar chain, will open 400 Dollar Tree stores and 200 Family Dollar stores this year. Family Dollar is tailored to lower-income shoppers in rural and urban areas, and stocks more food and household basics than Dollar Tree. All products at Dollar Tree sell for $1, although the chain is testing out a new initiative to sell select products from $1 to $5.
Violence erupts as kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls returned to families
       
A pair of slippers belonging to one of the JSS Jangebe school girls is seen a day after over 300 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits, in Zamfara, Nigeria February 27, 2021. The raid in Zamfara state was the second such kidnapping in little over a...moreA pair of slippers belonging to one of the JSS Jangebe school girls is seen a day after over 300 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits, in Zamfara, Nigeria February 27, 2021. The raid in Zamfara state was the second such kidnapping in little over a week in the northwest of the country, where schools have become targets for mass kidnappings for ransom. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari urged state governments not to reward "bandits" with money or vehicles. REUTERS/Afolabi SotundeClose
U.S. Postal Service will offer early retirements, consolidate postal districts
       
Postal Service(USPS) said on Wednesday it is offering early retirement to non-union employees as it consolidates postal districts in an effort to stem billions in red ink. Postal Service (USPS) logo is pictured on a mail box in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriThe USPS will merge the existing 67 Postal Service Districts into 50 Districts and will also centralize district-level marketing and retail efforts, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement. Last month, DeJoy told lawmakers the U.S. mail system is losing $10 billion a year and urgently needs reform and legislative relief. USPS last month awarded a $482 million contact to Oshkosh Defense to finalize production for the next-generation postal vehicles.
Swedish police investigating possible 'terror motives' in knife attack
       
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish police said they were investigating possible terror motives for a knife attack on Wednesday in which at least eight people were injured, and that the assailant has been arrested after being shot and wounded. All eight victims were hospitalised and three had life-threatening injuries, the Jonkoping regional council said on its website. “We have started a preliminary investigation of attempted murder but there are details in the investigation that make us investigate possible terror motives,” regional head of police Malena Grann told a news conference. Police were alerted to the attack in Vetlanda, a town of around 13,000 people, around 3 p.m. and initially said it did not appear to be an act of terrorism. “Blood was pouring from his shoulder, so we got towels and applied pressure on the wound,” she said.
Amazon in talks with NFL for Prime Video rights deal: WSJ
       
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol(Reuters) - The National Football league (NFL) is close to a media rights deal with Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video service, which would allow the streaming platform to carry many games exclusively, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. A deal with Amazon would result in a significant number of Thursday night games exclusively on Prime Video and represent the league’s deepest foray into streaming, WSJ reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. If completed, the deal will not take effect until after the 2022 season, the report said. Last week, the Sports Business Journal reported a media rights deal between NFL and Walt Disney Co’s ESPN and ABC channels.
Permira bids for medical device maker LivaNova: FT
       
(Reuters) - Private equity group Permira has made a takeover bid for medical device maker LivaNova, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the report, the offer, made in mid-February, values LivaNova’s stock at more than $80 a share. LivaNova did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Talks are ongoing but there is no certainty that a deal will be reached, the FT report added. LivaNova, which has a market capitalization of $3.71 billion, was created in 2015 through a merger of Cyberonics and Storin.
Venezuela's Guaido calls for opposition input into new electoral body
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Wednesday that he would support naming a new electoral council but said its members should not be chosen unilaterally by the National Assembly currently held by the ruling socialist party. The socialists won handily, but neither the opposition nor its international allies like the United States and European Union recognize the legitimacy of the new, socialist-held parliament. Maduro argues that the conditions of the December 2020 elections were the same as when the opposition won control of the legislature in December 2015, and that opposition parties chose not to participate because they thought they would lose. Maduro has overseen an economic collapse that has led to a humanitarian crisis since taking office in the once-prosperous OPEC nation in 2013. Washington has imposed sanctions to try to oust Maduro, who it accuses of corruption, rights violations and rigging his 2018 re-election.
Pot producer Green Thumb partners with Gwyneth Paltrow-backed beverages brand
       
(Reuters) - Pot producer Green Thumb Industries Inc said it would make and distribute Gwyneth Paltrow-backed CBD-infused sparkling water “Cann” across the U.S, banking on the brand’s early success in California and rising demand for cannabis drinks. Green Thumb, among the largest U.S. cannabis companies by market value, said on Wednesday it would begin distributing Cann in Illinois this spring and later expand to additional markets, including New Jersey, which recently legalized recreational marijuana. Top cannabis operators across North America are trying to establish early dominance in the drinks market, a product considered to be more socially accepted than smoking is. Sales of cannabis-infused beverages were up 40% last year, according to data from Headset, used widely by industry analysts. Green Thumb may launch its own cannabis beverage brand in the future, Kovler told Reuters, adding that it was not in the works right now.
Wall Street slides on tech sell-off, other world stocks flat
       
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Wednesday as investors sold off technology stocks, while shares from Asia to Europe were flat, while the dollar rose even as U.S. jobs data disappointed investors and virtual curreny bitcoin jumped. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.05% and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.68%. Emerging market stocks rose 1.30%. Euro zone government bond yields rose again on doubts about whether the bloc’s central bank will step in to curb the recent sharp increase, while data reflected optimism about economic recovery. The dollar index rose 0.157%, with the euro down 0.21% to $1.2064.
Millions of U.S. households would not get COVID-19 payments under new Biden plan
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Millions of U.S. households who received coronavirus-relief payments under President Donald Trump would not get aid under a modified version of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion aid package announced on Wednesday, analysts said. That means nearly 9 million fewer households would get direct payments this time around, said Kyle Pomerleau, a tax analyst with the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy calculated that those payments now would help 11.8 million fewer adults and 4.6 million fewer children than the more generous version that passed the House. But 200 million adults and 80 million children would still see benefits, the left-leaning think tank estimated. Some 162 million households received payments under the first round of payments included in the CARES Act of 2020, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Another Petrobras director to follow CEO out, shares slide
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )A day earlier, four other board members stepped down at Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known. Castello Branco is likely to formally step down at a shareholders’ meeting, whose date has yet to be set. The four board members would also step down at that time. Two departing board members said they could not accept reappointment for personal reasons, while another said his term was being “interrupted unexpectedly” without explanation. Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo said the board meeting was being delayed due to concerns about Silva e Luna’s qualifications.
Analysis: Global bond rout puts BOJ's yield curve control in spotlight
       
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonThe Japanese central bank has kept bond yields largely pinned inside a narrow range around 0%, since it adopted its yield curve control (YCC) policy in 2016. Indeed, some central banks are warming to YCC as they hunt for ways to reflate growth with dwindling policy ammunition. Australia’s central bank adopted YCC in 2020 and defended its three-year yield target with huge bond buying. The European Central Bank does not conduct explicit YCC but is tying its stimulus more heavily to the yield curve. “But there’s a lot of uncertainty on whether it will work.”For now, major central banks see no problem with higher inflation.
Ten rebels killed, three captured in Colombia military bombing
       
Colombia's Defense Minister Diego Molano holds a news conference to inform about a bombing that left ten former members of Colombian guerrilla group FARC killed in the rural municipality of Calamar, at the headquarters of the Defense Minister in Bogota, Colombia, March 2, 2021. Javier Casella/Courtesy Colombian Defense Minister/Handout via REUTERSBOGOTA (Reuters) - Ten former members of Colombian guerrilla group FARC were killed and three were captured during a bombing in southeastern Guaviare province, the defense minister said on Tuesday. The fighters, who reject the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s 2016 peace deal with the government, were targeted in the rural municipality of Calamar. “In a bombing of our armed forces, with help from the attorney general’s office, 13 members of the FARC dissidents commanded by alias Gentil Duarte in Calamar were neutralized,” Defense Minister Diego Molano said on Twitter. The deal saw some 13,000 FARC members demobilize and ended the group’s part in a more than five decade conflict which has killed 260,000 people and displaced millions.
Exxon scales back shale ambitions to focus on lower costs, dividend preservation
       
Exxon last year fell out of the Dow Jones index of top U.S. companies and shares fell to a two-decade low. Production will remain largely flat at around 3.7 million barrels of oil and gas per day. Oil and gas production spending will focus on Guyana, Brazil and U.S. shale oil. Such efforts will account for about 3% of new spending, Exxon said, up from 1% previously. Exxon expects $2 billion of a proposed $3 billion in savings from workforce reductions and efficiencies, said Andrew Swiger, chief financial officer.
World's biggest wealth fund puts Japan's Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link
       
FILE PHOTO: An employee works at a beer production line at Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings' factory in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-NoonOSLO (Reuters) - The Norwegian central bank said on Wednesday it had put Japan’s Kirin Holdings Ltd Co on a watch list for possible exclusion from its $1.3 trillion sovereign wealth fund over the firm’s ties to a business owned by Myanmar’s military. “Kirin has recently announced an intention to end this business cooperation, and the implementation of this will be followed up as a part of the observation,” the central bank said in a statement. Kirin Holdings was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters. Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, held a 1.29% stake in Kirin Holdings at the end of 2020 with a value of $277.1 million.
Siemens Energy to replace Beiersdorf in German DAX index
       
FILE PHOTO: Nivea tins are seen in a production line at the plant of German personal-care company Beiersdorf in Hamburg, Germany March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian BimmerBERLIN (Reuters) - Siemens Energy, which supplies turbines to the power sector, will replace Nivea manufacturer Beiersdorf in Germany’s blue-chip DAX index from March 22, stock exchange operator Deutsche Boerse said on Wednesday. Beiersdorf will take Siemens Energy’s place in the MDAX, it added.
German watchdog puts Greensill Bank on hold due to risk concerns
       
FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Germany’s financial watchdog warned of “an imminent risk” that Greensill Bank would become over-indebted on Wednesday as it imposed a moratorium on the lender making disposals or payments. FILE PHOTO: The Greensill Bank is pictured in downtown Bremen, Germany, July 3, 2019. BaFin said an audit found that Greensill Bank could not provide evidence of receivables on its balance sheet purchased from mining tycoon Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance. Prosecutors in Bremen said earlier they had received a criminal complaint from BaFin regarding Greensill Bank, but did not provide further details on it. In Britain, meanwhile the financial regulator took action against GFG’s own trade finance arm Wyelands Bank.
New U.S. president will not undo Trump’s interference, Huawei CFO's lawyers say
       
Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada March 1, 2021. Trump’s alleged political interference and violation of her legal rights are cited by Meng’s lawyers as reasons her extradition case should be thrown out. Ten days after Meng’s arrest, then-President Trump told Reuters in an interview that he would intervene in the case to get a better trade deal with China. “Our contention is that his words amount to an abuse of process.”Canadian prosecutors have said Trump’s statements about Huawei and the trade deal are no longer relevant since he has left office and the deal has already been signed. “Nothing the ambassador can say now will dissuade me from understanding that is indeed the case,” he said.
South Africa's information regulator says WhatsApp cannot share users' contact information
       
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Facebook Inc cannot share any contact information it collects from WhatsApp users in South Africa with its other properties without first obtaining authorisation from the country’s Information Regulator (IR), the agency said on Wednesday. The move has sparked backlash among users in South Africa and elsewhere, and prompted many to opt for rival services such as Signal or Telegram. The regulator said its decision was in accordance with section 57 of the Protection of Personal Information Act, South Africa’s data protection law. The agency also said that it has written to Facebook South Africa and outlined its concerns about the company’s privacy policy. “WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook and that policy applies to users everywhere, including in South Africa,” the spokesperson added.
Czech Republic to get Chinese vaccines
       
It is not clear how many doses were ordered | Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesThe Czech Republic today became the second EU country after Hungary to request coronavirus vaccines from China, according to a statement from President Miloš Zeman's office. "The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic [Andrej Babis] has asked the President of the Republic to contact the President of the People's Republic of China [Xi Jinping] to request the delivery of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine," the statement said. "The President of the Republic granted this request and wrote to the President of the People's Republic of China. According to a report by the Czech embassy in Beijing, the Chinese side decided to comply with this request immediately," according to the statement, posted on the website of the Czech presidential office. The move followed Prague's decision to buy Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, as Babis lashed out at the EU's slow provision of vaccines to member states.
Brazil GDP drops 4.1% in 2020, less than forecast
       
FILE PHOTO: Bulk Carrier 'Discoverer' unloads U.S. soybeans at the port of Paranagua, Brazil, December 3, 2020. The full-year 2020 drop was the worst since the current IBGE series began in 1996. The 2020 plunge was also the worst since a 4.35% fall in GDP recorded in 1990, according to central bank data going back to 1962, and the third-steepest in that series. Among the gloomiest forecasts at the onset of the pandemic, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund estimated that Brazil’s 2020 GDP would shrink by 8% and 9.1%, respectively. GDP per capita fell 4.8%, IBGE said, the steepest fall since at least 2000.
Kelly Marie Tran Doesn't Need Social Media: ‘I'm Not Here To Sell Flat-Tummy Tea’
       
Kelly Marie Tran isn’t going anywhere — except maybe on social media. “I’ve had my agents tell me [I’m] forgoing brand partnerships, but I’m not here to sell flat-tummy tea to young girls.”When the world first met Kelly Marie Tran, she was the girl who had won a golden ticket — and wanted to bring everyone along on her tour of the chocolate factory. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Imagse Kelly Marie Tran attends "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on December 18, 2019 in London, England. “We can talk about the interaction between mental health and social media, but also mental health and this idea of fame and what it does to you,” she told THR. Kelly Marie Tran has deleted all the posts off her Instagram due to months of harassment she has received for her character Rose in #TheLastJedipic.twitter.com/ipxdbDH30C — Star Wars Facts (@SWTweets) June 5, 2018
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich slams Texas governor for lifting Covid mandates
       
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich blasted Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday for rescinding Texas' mask mandate and rolling back other Covid-19 restrictions, calling the decision "mystifying," "ridiculous" and "ignorant." "I'm worried about the people in our state," said Popovich, who has led the Spurs to five world titles. "People that didn't want to wear masks in the first place, how do the businesses get them to wear masks? I urge all Americans, please keep washing your hands, stay socially distanced, wear masks."
Opinion | Confront Dr. Seuss’ Racism, Don’t Cancel It
       
Then why has Dr. Seuss Enterprises chosen to yank the books now? The Dr. Seuss Enterprises decision also appears to predate the Loudoun County, Va., school system initiative to deemphasize (not ban) his books. But what’s equally apparent is how much Dr. Seuss Enterprises stands to profit from stopping the presses. Dr. Seuss earned $33 million last year, more than any other dead celebrity besides Michael Jackson by one measure. ******Dr. Seuss was not a doctor, by the way, not even a chiropractor!
Texas doctors say Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to scrap mask mandate could result in another Covid-19 surge
       
Greg Abbott’s sudden decision to ditch the mask mandate and lift coronavirus restrictions could result in a new surge of Covid-19 infections and deaths. The more difficult problem is that while many people in Texas experienced the pandemic in waves, there’s been no respite for front-line health care providers. Many health care providers fear this could extend the pandemic.”McDeavitt, the Houston hospital’s senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs, said he shares these fears. “As I said, I think the governor’s decision was premature and I think it will cause another surge,” McDeavitt said. We know the governor’s decision increases the chance for another surge, but we’ve already been preparing for another surge.”
Ron Klain has one of the busiest jobs in D.C. — and one of the most active Twitter feeds, too
       
Now, six weeks into the Biden administration, it’s not the president but his White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, whose online activity is generating the most intrigue in Washington. By comparison, White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted a total of only 43 times in the same 37-day stretch. Most of Klain’s tweets — about 40 percent — are retweets from journalists or news organizations who post about the work of the administration. So certainly what he’s projecting and communicating about is reflective of what we’re focused on internally day to day,” Psaki said. “We decided pretty early on we want people engaging on Twitter,” said Rob Flaherty, the White House digital director.
EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat
       
European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic speaks during a media conference, after a General Affairs Council meeting, at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (John Thys, Pool via AP)European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic speaks during a media conference, after a General Affairs Council meeting, at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Commission vice-president Maroš Šef?ovi? said in a statement that UK’s decision to unilaterally extend a grace period on checks for goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland amounts to “a violation” of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol was designed to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. The sensitivity of Northern Ireland’s status was underscored earlier this year when the EU threatened to ban shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Northern Ireland as part of moves to shore up the bloc’s supply.
Golf returns to Bay Hill and to some semblance of cheers
       
ADVERTISEMENT“It’s kind of hard to remember the cheers, really,” Hatton said Wednesday. That’s about what Bay Hill is anticipating this week, with tournament officials saying attendance will be limited to 25% capacity. Bay Hill was the last PGA Tour event before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. 31 in the world before Bay Hill a year ago. ADVERTISEMENTRory McIlroy is playing, and Jordan Spieth makes his debut at Bay Hill.
Pennsylvania teachers, school staff to get 1-dose vaccine
       
(Emily Matthews/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With growing emphasis on getting students back in schools during the pandemic, teachers and school staff will receive the first doses delivered to Pennsylvania of the newly approved one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, under Gov. ADVERTISEMENTEducation groups have asked Wolf to prioritize school staff for the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it an “absolutely essential” step toward reopening schools and keeping them open. State data shows about 121,000 public school and charter school teachers, plus another 100,000 full- and part-time support staff, as of last year. In Philadelphia, which gets vaccine shipments directly from the federal government, city officials expect to receive 13,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, with no additional doses for at least three weeks after. To deploy the vaccine, state agencies are working through Pennsylvania’s 28 regional intermediate units to set up vaccine sites, the governor’s office said.
A state program offers health coverage to seniors regardless of legal status
       
At 67 years old, he’s now getting access to health insurance for the first time. Illinois is implementing a first-of-its-kind program to offer health care access to low-income immigrant seniors, whether they’re legal permanent residents who previously didn’t have access, or if they’re undocumented. Under federal law, Americans who lack legal status are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or "Obamacare" enrollment. “If you’re uninsured, you frequently will defer care,” said Jeff McInnes, the director of Value-Based Care Strategy at the Esperanza Health Centers in Chicago. Juan's family said the program has given them peace of mind when it comes to his health.
‘Meme stocks’ go mainstream: There’s now a fund for that
       
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for banks are offset by losses in technology companies and other parts of the market. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Interested in trading some of the stocks that have rocked Wall Street recently fueled by social media buzz? Has the craziness of the comments talking up the so-called meme stocks on Reddit and other sites kept you away?
Snowflake Stock Falls As April Quarter Product Revenue Guidance Edges By Views
       
Snowflake stock fell after the software maker reported a narrower loss for the January quarter from a year earlier as revenue topped expectations. Snowflake product revenue guidance for the April quarter edged by analyst estimates. Snowflake said product revenue rose 116% to $178.3 million vs. estimates of $166.8 million. Snowflake Stock: Product Revenue Guidance Edges By EstimatesFor the current quarter ending in April, Snowflake forecast product revenue in a range of $195 million to $200 million. The relative strength line of Snowflake stock has weakened since the expiration of the IPO lockup period in early January.
Dow Jones Futures: Why The Market Rally Is Only 'Mostly Dead'; Boeing Leads As Amazon, Zoom Break Long-Term Support
       
Dow Jones futures were little changed Wednesday, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The Dow Jones fell modestly while the Nasdaq tumbled to fresh lows, but the stock market rally isn't "all dead" yet. Dow Jones Futures TodayDow Jones futures were just below fair value. Stock Market Rally WednesdayThe stock market rally sold off, closing at session lows. Stock Market Rally 'Mostly Dead'Is this a violent stock market rotation out of growth, or the beginning of a tech-led market correction?
Splunk Fourth-Quarter Earnings, Revenue Smash Estimates
       
Splunk (SPLK) reported quarterly results late Wednesday that came in well above analyst estimates as the company continues its business transition. Splunk stock rose. XThe data analytics company reported adjusted earnings of 38 cents per share on revenue of $745 million. Analysts expected Splunk to report earnings of 4 cents a share on revenue of $686 million, according to FactSet. Splunk stock climbed 4%, near 149, during after-hours trading on the stock market today.
Chipmaker Marvell Technology Delivers Mixed Results, Guidance
       
Chipmaker Marvell Technology (MRVL) late Wednesday matched Wall Street's target for earnings in its fiscal fourth quarter and beat views on revenue. Analysts expected Marvell earnings of 29 cents a share on sales of $794.3 million. For the current quarter, Marvell expects to earn an adjusted 27 cents a share on sales of $800 million. MRVL Stock Drops In Late TradesIn after-hours trading on the stock market today, MRVL stock fell 5.2%, near 43.20. During the regular session Wednesday, MRVL stock dropped 4.8% to 45.56 amid a down day for tech stocks.
Fed survey finds modest gains in the US economy in February
       
The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The Fed survey released Wednesday shows that the central bank’s business contacts were expressing optimism last month about a stronger rebound as more COVID-19 vaccines are distributed. Reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints, according to the Fed survey. The beige book survey found that demand for labor varied considerably by industry and skill levels.
Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy
       
Californians for the Arts, for example, surveyed arts and culture nonprofits in the state and found that about 64% had shrunk their workforces. They will be navigating a very different financial pathway.”Newman-Scott said BRIC has been helping sustain smaller arts nonprofits and offering artists unrestricted $10,000 grants through its Colene Brown Art Prize. The most vulnerable nonprofits may try to reduce costs this year by narrowing their focus or by furloughing workers. Some may seek a merger or an acquisition to bolster their financial viability, Harold noted, although doing so would still mean that fewer nonprofits would survive. We saw that with hundreds and hundreds of foundations.”___The Associated Press receives support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge
       
Hartford Public Schools Safety Officer Victor Rodriguez flexes his arm muscle after receiving a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)Hartford Public Schools Safety Officer Victor Rodriguez flexes his arm muscle after receiving a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are reserving the first doses of the new one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for teachers. In Texas, where teachers have been battling to gain access to shots, state officials on Wednesday ordered vaccine providers to begin administering shots to school workers. “The more people we can get the safe and effective vaccine, the faster we can return to a sense of normalcy,” Michigan Gov.
'Neanderthal Thinking:' Biden Says Too Soon For States To Lift Mask Mandates
       
'Neanderthal Thinking:' Biden Says Too Soon For States To Lift Mask MandatesEnlarge this image toggle caption Alex Brandon/AP Alex Brandon/APPresident Biden said on Wednesday that states like Texas and Mississippi are making a big mistake by ending mandates to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at a time when the nation is making a push to boost vaccinations. "The last thing — the last thing — we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine, take off your mask. It still matters," Biden told reporters as he met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Oval Office. It was uncharacteristically harsh language from Biden, who has placed a premium on civility. The governors argued that cases have fallen, so the public should be able to make their own decisions about safety.
Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrested
       
Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrestedPolice are seen in the area after several people were attacked in Vetlanda, Sweden, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Mikael Fritzon/TT News Agency via AP)Police are seen in the area after several people were attacked in Vetlanda, Sweden, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Mikael Fritzon/TT News Agency via AP)STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town Wednesday before being shot and arrested, police said. The man was shot by police, who said the condition of those attacked and of the perpetrator was not immediately known. The events took place in downtown Vetlanda with police saying they got calls just after 1400 GMT about a man assaulting people with an ax.
Red Robin Q4 losses widen as lockdowns hit revenue
       
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. on Wednesday said that losses widened in the fourth quarter as pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions harmed revenue in the period. The restaurant chain said its loss per share was $2.53, compared with a loss of 60 cents in the comparable quarter a year ago. Its net loss was $39.3 million, compared with a loss of $7.7 million a year ago.
‘Go out and buy yourself some gold’ if Warren’s wealth tax passes, says billionaire Leon Cooperman
       
“ ‘If the wealth tax passes, go out and buy yourself some gold because people are going to rush to find ways of hiding their wealth.’ ”They’re at it again. Net worth exceeding $1 billion would see a 3% tax on every dollar above that level. Warren has argued that such a wealth tax, which has proven popular in public opinion polls, would help fund efforts to pay for plans to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. April gold GCJ21, -1.40% on Wednesday dipped below the $1,700 level for the first time since June before settling at $1,715.80 an ounce. It was later reported that a mug for “Billionaire Tears” had become one of the hottest-selling items on Warren’s presidential campaign website.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. stock outperforms market on strong trading day
       
Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. BBBY, +4.69% advanced 4.69% to $29.03 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around dismal trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -1.31% falling 1.31% to 3,819.72 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. closed $24.87 below its 52-week high ($53.90), which the company reached on January 27th. The stock outperformed some of its competitors Wednesday, as RH RH, -5.61% fell 5.61% to $460.01, Container Store Group Inc. TCS, -0.43% fell 0.43% to $16.37, and Macy's Inc. M, +4.14% rose 4.14% to $15.86. Trading volume (9.7 M) remained 5.6 million below its 50-day average volume of 15.3 M.
BlackBerry Ltd. stock falls Wednesday, underperforms market
       
Shares of BlackBerry Ltd. BB, -3.33% slipped 3.33% to $10.15 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around poor trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -1.31% falling 1.31% to 3,819.72 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. This was the stock's second consecutive day of losses. BlackBerry Ltd. closed $18.62 below its 52-week high ($28.77), which the company achieved on January 27th. Trading volume (14.8 M) remained 42.3 million below its 50-day average volume of 57.1 M.Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet. See our market data terms of use.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Cl B stock outperforms market on strong trading day
       
Shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Cl B BRK.B, +0.93% inched 0.93% higher to $251.55 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around grim trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -1.31% falling 1.31% to 3,819.72 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Cl B hit a new 52-week high, surpassing its previous peak of $251.34, which the company achieved on March 2nd. Trading volume (6.1 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 5.1 M.Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet. See our market data terms of use.
Bob Doll to Retire From Nuveen
       
Bob Doll, the veteran stockpicker well known for his annual list of market predictions and frequent television appearances, is retiring from Nuveen. The asset management company, a unit of TIAA, disclosed Doll’s plans in an internal memo obtained by Barron’s Advisor. A spokesperson confirmed that he will leave later this month. Doll, 66,...
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. Cl A stock falls Wednesday, underperforms market
       
Shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. Cl A AMC, -3.92% slipped 3.92% to $8.58 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around rough trading session for the stock market, with the NASDAQ Composite Index COMP, -2.70% falling 2.70% to 12,997.75 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. This was the stock's second consecutive day of losses. AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. Cl A closed $11.78 below its 52-week high ($20.36), which the company reached on January 27th. Trading volume (54.7 M) remained 119.6 million below its 50-day average volume of 174.3 M.
Oscar Health Boosted the Size of Its Offering. The Stock Closed Below the IPO Price.
       
About half of Oscar Health's subscribers are active monthly users, according to a company filing. Kholood Eid/BloombergStock in Oscar Health, the insurtech backed by Joshua Kushner, fell below its initial public offering price on its first day of trading. Shares of Oscar Health (ticker: OSCR) opened at $36 and closed at $34.80, off nearly 11% from its $39 IPO price. This makes Oscar a broken deal.
American Eagle's profit falls by a quarter
       
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. reported a drop in earnings and net sales and had more than $90 million in charges related to the impairment of dozens of its stores. The retailer's profit for its fourth quarter decreased 26% to $3.5 million. Earnings were 2 cents a share, down from 3 cents a share. Adjusted earnings were 39 cents a share.
Cathie Wood’s highflying ARK ETF just entered a bear market–a sign of the times?
       
ARK Investment, one of the fastest-growing fund managers in 2020, just saw its flagship company enter a bear market, highlighting a brisk selloff in growthy, technology-related stocks amid a persistent rise in interest rates. Led by CEO and founder Cathie Wood, ARK Innovation ARKK fell some 6.3% on Wednesday, pushing the exchange-traded fund down 20% from its peak at $156.58 put in on Feb. 12, representing the commonly used definition for a bear market used by market technicians. Over the past year, ARK has seen the assets under its seven exchange-traded funds explode by more than 10-fold. She recently upped her stake in Zoom Video Communications ZM, which has been a beneficiary of the work-from-home trends, according to reports. Ark Innovation’s shares are down 8.6% so far this week, hanging onto a less than 1% year-to-date gain.
The Dow Fell 121 Points Because Higher Rates Wrecked Growth Stocks
       
Interest rates popped again, planting potholes for growth stocks. The S&P 500 dropped 50.57 points, or 1.31%, to end at 3,891.72, and the Nasdaq Composite tumbled 361.04 points, or 2.70%, to close at 12,997.75. Large-cap tech stocks, some of the most high-profile growth stocks, capsized the market-cap-weighted S&P 500 as they plunged. Higher interest rates hurt growth companies in particular because they erode future cash flows, and drag down valuations. Many growth companies expect to see their most profitable years in the future, while mature, value companies are in their bottom-line primes now.
Vroom falls more than 12% after wider quarterly loss
       
Shares of Vroom Inc. VRM, -8.29% fell more than 12% in the extended session Wednesday after the online used-car retailer reported a wider-than-expected adjusted fourth-quarter loss. Vroom said it lost $60.7 million, or 46 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with a loss of $42.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 14.1% to $405.8 million, Vroom said. Analysts polled by FactSet expected Vroom to report an adjusted loss of 37 cents on sales of $401.2 million in the quarter. For the full-year 2021, Vroom guided for a net loss per share between 61 cents and 68 cents.
Pfizer Inc. stock rises Wednesday, outperforms market
       
Shares of Pfizer Inc. PFE, +2.63% rose 2.63% to $34.39 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around dismal trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -1.31% falling 1.31% to 3,819.72 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. Pfizer Inc. closed $8.69 below its 52-week high ($43.08), which the company reached on December 9th. The stock outperformed some of its competitors Wednesday, as Johnson & Johnson JNJ, -1.76% fell 1.76% to $156.22, Merck & Co. Inc. MRK, +0.62% rose 0.62% to $73.30, and Novartis AG ADR NVS, -0.69% fell 0.69% to $87.56. Trading volume (45.9 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 34.1 M.
Cathie Wood’s highflying ARK ETF just entered a bear market–a sign of the times?
       
ARK Investment, one of the fastest-growing fund managers in 2020, just saw its flagship company enter a bear market, highlighting a brisk selloff in growthy, technology-related stocks amid a persistent rise in interest rates. Led by CEO and founder Cathie Wood, ARK Innovation ARKK, -6.29% fell some 6.3% on Wednesday, pushing the exchange-traded fund down 20% from its peak at $156.58 put in on Feb. 12, representing the commonly used definition for a bear market used by market technicians. Over the past year, ARK has seen the assets under its seven exchange-traded funds explode by more than 10-fold. She recently upped her stake in Zoom Video Communications ZM, -8.37% , which has been a beneficiary of the work-from-home trends, according to reports. Reports also indicated that she bought more Tesla as the electric-vehicle maker’s shares slumped.
Okta to buy competitor Auth0 for $6.5 billion, stock drops as earnings outlook comes up short
       
Okta OKTA, -6.89% shares dropped 13% in Wednesday’s after-hours session, following a 6.9% decline in the regular session to close at $241.22, compared with a 2.7% decline in the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -2.70% . For the year, Okta sees an adjusted loss of 49 cents to 44 cents a share on revenue of $1.08 billion to $1.09 billion, while analysts had forecast a loss of 2 cents a share on revenue of $1.07 billion. Okta also announced it will acquire identity-platform company Auth0 for $6.5 billion in stock. “Combining Auth0’s developer-centric identity solution with the Okta Identity Cloud will drive tremendous value for both current and future customers,” said Todd McKinnon, chief executive and co-founder of Okta, in a statement. Analysts had forecast an adjusted loss a penny a share on revenue of $221.8 million.
Snap Inc. stock falls Wednesday, underperforms market
       
Shares of Snap Inc. SNAP, -6.96% shed 6.96% to $60.02 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around rough trading session for the stock market, with the NASDAQ Composite Index COMP, -2.70% falling 2.70% to 12,997.75 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. Snap Inc. closed $13.57 short of its 52-week high ($73.59), which the company achieved on February 24th. The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as Apple Inc. AAPL, -2.45% fell 2.45% to $122.06, Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -2.89% fell 2.89% to $3,005.00, and Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -2.70% fell 2.70% to $227.56. Trading volume (22.6 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 21.8 M.Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
GameStop Corp. Cl A stock outperforms competitors on strong trading day
       
Shares of GameStop Corp. Cl A GME, +5.08% rallied 5.08% to $124.18 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around grim trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -1.31% falling 1.31% to 3,819.72 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. GameStop Corp. Cl A closed $358.82 below its 52-week high ($483.00), which the company achieved on January 28th. The stock outperformed some of its competitors Wednesday, as Apple Inc. AAPL, -2.45% fell 2.45% to $122.06, AT&T Inc. T, +1.77% rose 1.77% to $28.72, and Best Buy Co. Inc. BBY, -2.10% fell 2.10% to $100.37. Trading volume (18.9 M) remained 26.9 million below its 50-day average volume of 45.9 M.
Employment rose among those in California universal-income experiment, study finds
       
When the program started in February 2019, 28% of the people slated to get the free money had full-time jobs. It could cost nearly $3 trillion a year to provide a guaranteed income to everyone. Still, guaranteed income programs seem to be gaining momentum across the country. More than 40 mayors have joined Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, with many planning projects of their own. Tubbs said that’s a big difference from when he first announced this guaranteed income program four years ago.
National Beverage Corp. stock outperforms competitors on strong trading day
       
Shares of National Beverage Corp. FIZZ, +0.02% inched 0.02% higher to $48.39 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around rough trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -1.31% falling 1.31% to 3,819.72 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.39% falling 0.39% to 31,270.09. National Beverage Corp. closed $49.83 short of its 52-week high ($98.22), which the company reached on January 27th. The stock outperformed some of its competitors Wednesday, as Reed's Inc. REED, -2.78% fell 2.78% to $1.05, Monster Beverage Corp. MNST, -2.62% fell 2.62% to $84.60, and PepsiCo Inc. PEP, -1.47% fell 1.47% to $129.14. Trading volume (569,974) remained 767,017 below its 50-day average volume of 1.3 M.
Declining Covid Cases and Vaccine Rollout Boost Economic Prospects Across U.S.
       
Just over half of the firms reported no change. Staffing firms reported that wages were increasing across the salary spectrum. Many contacts reported supply chain issues, including longer lead times and higher prices of inventories. Large leisure and hospitality firms reported a strong willingness from furloughed employees to return to work when called back. The full impact of the mid-February winter storms isn’t yet known, but some contacts reported temporary facility shutdowns.
Online secondhand-clothing retailer ThredUp files for IPO
       
ThredUp Inc. has filed for an initial public offering, the latest retailer trying to capitalize on generational shifts toward online sales and used goods. The Oakland, Calif., company, which sells secondhand clothing and accessories online, had confidentially filed for a public offering in January. Thredup registered to sell $100 million worth of stock, although that’s often a placeholder used to calculate filing fees. The pandemic has accelerated trends toward online sales, and rising environmental concerns have fueled growth in resale. Read: The shift to thrift: COVID-19 propels an already surging secondhand clothing market“We believe that we are in the early stages of capitalizing on a large and growing market opportunity in secondhand clothing,” the company said in the filing.
Marvell stock declines on in-line earnings
       
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. shares declined in the extended session Wednesday after the chip maker reported quarterly earnings that met Wall Street expectations and forecast a potentially disappointing outlook in a relatively strong season for the industry. Marvell MRVL, -4.75% shares fell 4.5% after hours, following a 4.8% decline in the regular session to close at $45.56 on a day that the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -2.70% dropped 2.7%.
Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years for string of rapes, sex offenses in Southern California
       
Winslow was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure and lewd conduct in public. Had he been convicted of the 12 charges including seven felonies that he originally faced without a plea deal, Winslow could have faced life in prison. Before Wednesday's hearing, Winslow agreed in February to yet another plea deal, reducing his maximum sentence to 14 years. 'I don't ever feel safe'The homeless woman Winslow raped was one of four women to provide statements at Wednesday's sentencing hearing. The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, Winslow II was selected by the Browns as a first-round draft pick out of Miami in 2004.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vows to remain in office; former aides reject latest apology
       
Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he intends to remain in office in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have weakened his support and led to calls for his resignation. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. Cuomo said he will “fully cooperate” with an investigation into the allegations being overseen by the state’s independently elected attorney general. The harassment allegations follow accusations that Cuomo covered up the true COVID-19 death toll on nursing home residents. “I didn’t know at the time I was making her feel uncomfortable.
House suddenly amends week’s schedule because of reported QAnon-linked threat to U.S. Capitol
       
The U.S. House is abruptly finishing its work for the week given the threat of violence at the Capitol by a militia group seeking to storm the building, as happened in the deadly siege on Jan. 6. See: Police uncover possible militia plot to breach Capitol this weekHouse Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland notified lawmakers late Wednesday of the sudden schedule change.
Texas BBQ chain's 'crew members will stay in masks' despite state lifting restrictions: CEO
       
BenzingaEach day, Benzinga takes a look back at a notable market-related moment that occurred on this date. On this day in 2009, the U.S. government committed another $30 billion to bail out American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG). Where The Market Was: The S&P 500 was trading at 700.8 and the Dow closed the day at 6763.29. Another Financial Crisis Bailout: March 2009 was the darkest time of the financial crisis. The government ended up providing a total of $62.5 billion to AIG to get it through the crisis.
The hottest housing markets of 2020
       
With the Australian dollar gaining to almost 80 U.S. cents, the Aussie product is becoming out of reach for many importers. Prices have even overtaken the U.S., which traditionally holds the title for the world’s most expensive beef. The government forecaster Abares sees U.S. and Brazil expanding shipments through 2022-23 to high-value markets, notably China. Indonesia is Australia’s largest export market for cattle and beef offal.Though Australia accounts for only 4% of global beef production, the country is one of the world’s largest shippers, with major markets in China, Japan and South Korea. And then you’re kind of stuck again, depending on how prolonged the drought scenarios are looking.
Snowflake lower after reporting mixed earnings
       
Snowflake Inc. reported mixed earnings, posting a beat on the top line but a miss on the bottom line. The company posted a loss per share of 70 cents, a wider-than-expected loss than the street estimated loss per share of 17 cents. JARED BILKRE: Yeah, that's right. So basically in line right there. But to summarize, it was a beat on the top line revenue, but a substantial miss, a much bigger loss than anticipated for Snowflake here, guys.
Hospital staff missed her cancer — then went to great lengths to cover it up, lawyers say
       
The hospital hired a separate digital forensics expert to review Johnson’s medical record, as Garrett did, but the hospital didn’t submit findings in court, according to court records. Johnson’s lawyers said they don’t believe the hospital’s explanations. For nearly two years, according to Garrett’s report, those notations remained in Johnson’s medical record. “The changes to Johnson’s medical record were designed to hide the wrongdoing of Johnson’s medical providers and shift the blame to Johnson,” said Parker, Johnson’s attorney. An appeals court upheld that decision in November, and now Johnson’s lawyers are appealing to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Nicola Sturgeon chokes back tears as she rejects 'absurd' claims she was out to destroy Alex Salmond
       
Ms Sturgeon said on Wednesday: "I am not accepting that that happened, therefore I am clearly not accepting that was authorised." Ms Sturgeon has claimed she "forgot" about the March 29 talks despite the explosive content. The ministerial code requires this to be recorded and officials to be informed, which Ms Sturgeon did not do until June that year. On Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon did not dispute she may have used this language but said that "crucially" she had not stepped in. A spokesman for Ms Sturgeon said: "The First Minister today dismantled all of the claims which have been made against her.
Grads on senior trip discover they’re victims of Texas travel agent’s scheme, feds say
       
Large groups of high school students arrived at meeting spots ready to celebrate graduation by traveling — only to learn their trip was canceled. It wasn’t an accident, authorities say, and the Texas travel agent who booked the trips could go to prison for years. After customers paid Barragan, he completed reservations and provided them with confirmations purporting to show travel arrangements were completed, authorities say. However, he canceled the reservations before the trips and kept the refunds, authorities say. ‘My mom deserves justice.’ Pack of dogs kills woman walking on street, Texas cops say
Sao Paulo shuts down as raging virus prompts Brazil Pfizer deal
       
The GuardianDuke University neuroscientist urges international community to challenge Brazilian government over its failure to contain Brazil is experiencing the worst moment of the coronavirus pandemic, with an explosion of cases. “Brazil is an open-air laboratory for the virus to proliferate and eventually create more lethal mutations,” warned Nicolelis. Nicolelis said Bolsonaro’s failure to halt the outbreak and launch an adequate vaccination campaign had created a domestic tragedy from which Latin America’s most populous nation was unlikely to emerge until late 2022. “To this day, Brazil doesn’t have a national plan to combat Covid-19,” Temporão complained, attacking Bolsonaro’s failure to secure sufficient vaccines by striking deals to buy shots made by companies such as Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Just 3.3% of Brazil’s population has so far been vaccinated, compared to 15.2% in the US, 18% in Chile and 29.9% in the UK.
Disney to close at least 60 North American stores, focus on e-commerce
       
People wearing masks amid the Covid-19 pandemic are pictured on October 24, 2020 in downtown El Paso, Texas. About 43,000 Texans have died from Covid-19, against a national total death toll of 517,000, by far the world’s highest. When the restrictions are lifted, Texas will become the most populous US state that does not require residents to wear face coverings. When receiving her jab, the country music legend broke into an adaption of one of her biggest hits, Jolene, singing: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.” Although Parton made jokes in the video showing her getting vaccinated, her appearance also had a serious aim: combatting vaccine hesitancy, which is thought to be a serious problem in the US.
Creator of CPAC golden Trump statue admits it was made in China, after saying Mexico
       
Golden statue of former US president Donald Trump at CPAC (AFP via Getty)The golden Donald Trump statue that appeared at last week’s conference for the country’s conservatives was actually made in China — rather than Mexico — the creator reportedly admitted. Artist Tommy Zegan told reporters last week that the six foot statue of the former US president was assembled in Mexico — a country routinely belittled by Mr Trump. It immediately went viral after it was wheeled into the hall at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida, for last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where Mr Trump delivered an address on Sunday. "Two years ago, when I saw all those statues of naked Trump and Trump on a toilet, I said, 'You know what? I can do better,' " Mr Zegan said.
Cathie Wood’s ARKK Sinks 20% From Peak as Tech Sells Off
       
(Bloomberg) -- The main fund from Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment Management extended its drop from a February peak to 20%, highlighting a swift turnaround for the formerly high-flying stocks favored by the firm. The $24.6 billion Ark Innovation ETF (ARKK) tumbled 6.3% on Wednesday alone as growth stocks such as Pinterest Inc. and Zillow Group Inc. took a beating. And even after the recent losses, ARKK is still slightly up for the year. Story continuesInflows to the fund have faltered in the past week, but there’s yet to be a mass exodus. ARKK took in more than $600 million combined the past two days, after losing more than $690 million last week in its worst five-day period on record.
CFPB nominee sounds alarm on possible 'avalanche of defaults' after student loan payments restart
       
He was also a former student loan ombudsman for the bureau. For instance, in 2016, the CFPB took action against Wells Fargo for "illegal private student loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penalized certain student loan borrowers." At the state level, attorneys general have also pursued lawsuits against loan servicers for illegal practices. We're suing Navient, one of the country’s largest student loan servicers, for misleading, deceptive, and unconscionable practices that have added to the heavy burden that student loan debt imposes on New Jersey residents. “So it's critical that loan servicers live up to their obligations.”Rohit Chopra in Hart Building on February 14, 2018.
Scaramucci says if GOP goes with Trump in 2024 he'll 'liquidate' the party
       
Anthony Scaramucci, managing partner of SkyBridge Capital and former White House communications director for the Trump administration, says if the Republican Party goes with Trump as its 2024 nominee, he'll work to make the GOP a "minority party for at least a generation." However, Scaramucci, who has publicly and repeatedly disavowed Trump, thinks Trump would be defeated once again if he's the nominee. What's more, if the Republican Party embraces "Trumpism," Scaramucci said there's a large working group exploring ideas on starting another party, with many willing participants ready to contribute money to make a third party viable. "I am not starting a new party," Trump said. Scaramucci, a life-long Republican, said Trump has turned the party into "a Trump personality cult" instead of a principle-based organization.
Cuomo on reopenings: ‘Some states are going too far, too fast’
       
Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday argued that “some states” are being too hasty in relaxing restrictions as COVID cases continue to decline. Cuomo, 63, urged New Yorkers stricken by “COVID fatigue” not to let their guard down amid the lingering pandemic. BIDEN'S COVID-19 RELIEF BILL INCLUDES BILLIONS IN AID FOR STATES THAT DON'T NEED IT“Environmentally, we can’t relax too soon,” Cuomo said. COVID fatigue. In my opinion, some states are going too far, too fast.
Gun sales slow down in February, show 10% jump year-over-year
       
The surge in gun sales seen in much of 2020 into early this year appears to have slowed down in the month of February, when analysts estimated a slight 10% jump in firearms sold year-over-year, new statistics show. SAAF reaches its monthly conclusion by analyzing the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Gun background checks are indicative of sales trends, though don’t translate directly to the number of unit sales. For example, someone can buy multiple firearms at once and have only one background check conducted. FBI'S JANUARY GUN BACKGROUND CHECK STATISTICS SHOW PEOPLE BUYING FIREARMS AT 'BLISTERING PACE,' EXPERT SAYSMORE THAN 23M FIREARMS SOLD, OVER 21M GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS CONDUCTED IN 2020February’s statistics indicate a slowdown in gun sales compared to 2020 and earlier this year.
Texas' oldest, largest power cooperative files for bankruptcy after $2.1B ERCOT bill for winter storm
       
The largest and oldest electric power cooperative in Texas, Brazos Electric, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. "Brazos Electric will not foist this catastrophic 'black swan' financial event onto its members and their consumers, and commenced this bankruptcy to maintain the stability and integrity of its entire electric cooperative system." In comparison, the price was $20.79 per megawatt hour in the weeks before the storm hit, according to ERCOT records. "As a result of the catastrophic failures due to the storm, Brazos Electric was presented with excessively high invoices by ERCOT for collateral and for purported cost of electric service, payment of which was required within days." “The risk of increased extreme winter weather events in the United States underscores the need for adequate preparation,” Khanna wrote.
American Eagle Tops Estimates on Strong Margins
       
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO) - Get Report reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, helped by strong margins and growth in its Aerie loungewear business. "We ended 2020 on a positive note, with fourth quarter adjusted operating income up 38%, driven by strong margins across brands," said Jay Schottenstein, American Eagle CEO and executive chairman, in a statement. American Eagle said Aerie revenue increased 25% to $337 million and comparable sales increased 29% in the latest quarter. American Eagle also "unsuspended its share repurchase program." Shares of American Eagle fell 81 cents, or 3.2% to $24.62 in after-hours trading Wednesday.
Snowflake Down After Loss Meets Estimate, Revenue Beats
       
Snowflake, the cloud-based data-storage and -management platform, reported a wider fiscal-fourth-quarter net loss as revenue more than doubled. Snowflake, (SNOW) - Get Report the cloud-based data-storage and -management platform, reported a wider fiscal-fourth-quarter net loss as revenue more than doubled. The revenue beat Wall Street's estimates while the adjusted loss met expectations. A survey of analysts by FactSet produced consensus estimates of a GAAP loss of 43 cents a share, or an adjusted loss of 17 cents a share, on revenue of $178.5 million. In the current quarter, Snowflake offered product revenue guidance of between $195 million and $200 million.
Review: For better or worse, ‘Chaos Walking’ crushes the possibility of a sci-fi franchise
       
If you think men are annoying in our world, wait till you get a load of them on the planet New World in “Chaos Walking,” the once highly anticipated prospective tentpole starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. That’s a lot of baggage for one movie to bear yet “Chaos Walking” is neither the disaster one might fear nor the thrilling hoped-for first installment of a would-be trilogy. Similar to Earth in many ways, the beautifully dystopian planet features breathable air, drinkable water, lush forests and perpetual daylight. It moves quickly enough to gloss over plot holes but leaves the impression that the novel was stripped for parts. Conceptually, the Noise is “Chaos Walking’s” inventive strength, a fitting analogy for the information overload of our modern age, especially for young people.
Los Angeles Times files suit to unseal search warrant used to obtain senator’s phone
       
The Los Angeles Times has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to unseal the warrant that authorized federal authorities to search Sen. Richard M. Burr’s cellphone as part of the FBI investigation into stock trades just as the coronavirus pandemic began to surge across the country. The lawsuit, which was filed Feb. 24 but became public late Tuesday, seeks to have a federal judge make public the warrant, supporting affidavits and related materials connected to the search of the North Carolina senator’s phone. The Times first reported on the search warrant, which was served May 13 on the Republican lawmaker at his home in Washington. Much of the stock Burr sold was invested in businesses that in subsequent weeks were hit hard by the plunging market. In January, Burr’s lawyers announced the Justice Department had dropped its investigation.
Marvell Technology Falls Despite Q4 Revenue Beat
       
Shares of chipmaker Marvell (MRVL) - Get Report were falling Wednesday after the company reported its fiscal fourth quarter results after the closing bell. The company reported quarterly earnings of 29 cents per share on revenue of $798 million. Marvell was expected to earn 29 cents per share on revenue of $786 million, according to analysts polled by FactSet. For the current fiscal first quarter, Marvell widened its net revenue guidance range to between $760 million and $840 million with earnings expected to be between 23 cents and 31 cents per share. Analysts were expecting revenue of $787 million and earnings of 27 cents per share.
Don't Let the Rotation Deceive You: It Was Worse Than It Looked
       
Rotation into "reopening" stocks helped cover up some of the damage, but it was a very ugly day for much of the market. The Dow Jones industrial average was positive for much of the day, but rolled over and lost about 0.4%. Over 600 stocks hit new 12-month highs, but many of them were in groups like oil, travel, and other reopening plays. The irony of this market is that economic conditions continue to improve, and optimism about the end of the pandemic is growing. The path of least resistance right now is to the downside, but there are plenty of interesting situations that are developing.
When are California museums reopening? Some already have. Here’s the list
       
California museums have joined the reopening of the state: Despite rising coronavirus case counts in the region, the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana began welcoming visitors again Friday, and more museums have set reopening dates for July. The Times arts team will be tracking the scene in the weeks ahead, updating the following list of who’s reopening and when. It’s important to note that while some institutions are eager to serve their audiences once again and give employees a chance to return to work, others say it’s simply too early and not safe. The Underground Museum, which this week was named a recipient of a Getty Foundation COVID-19 relief grant, issued a statement criticizing the city for providing “minimal guidelines and zero financial support, leaving small non-profits like ours to best guess how to keep our staff and our visitors safe.”The museum, in L.A.’s Arlington Heights neighborhood, sounded a voice of caution about a pandemic that has hit Black and Latino populations disproportionately hard: “We are prioritizing the care of our community over calls to restart our economy. Craft Contemporary, L.A.: MidsummerAdvertisementThe Broad, downtown L.A.: Phased reopening in midsummerUSC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena: Aug. 17USC Fisher Museum of Art, L.A.: Aug. 17Asian Art Museum, San Francisco: Mid-AugustAdvertisementNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County, L.A.: Late summerLa Brea Tar Pits Museum, L.A.: Late summerNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena: Late summer or early fallHammer Museum, Westwood: SeptemberFowler Museum at UCLA: Mid-OctoberAdvertisementPalm Springs Art Museum: Likely not until October or November::To be announced (no stated timeline):Autry Museum of the American West, L.A.AdvertisementBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film ArchiveCalifornia African American Museum, L.A.Chinese American Museum, L.A.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (De Young and Legion of Honor)AdvertisementGriffith Observatory, L.A.Japa
Dua Lipa is pop’s new superstar. She’s also a bit of a mystery
       
“I’ve always been persistent, and I’ve always fought for the things that I’ve wanted,” Lipa, now 25, says in her crisp English accent. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)According to Grammy oddsmakers, “Future Nostalgia” trails Taylor Swift’s rootsy “Folklore” for the highly coveted album award, which Swift has won twice since 2010. Lipa’s album spawned a couple of monster streaming hits in “IDGAF,” a tart kiss-off with marching-band drums, and “New Rules,” which layers her low, husky singing over a sleek, EDM-ish beat. At the same time, she’s so genuine that you feel close to the music.” Hudson is right: You feel close to the music, if not necessarily to Dua Lipa herself. “I’m very much the same person onstage as I am at home,” says Dua Lipa.
Review: An ‘Affair’ to forget, almost immediately
       
The multi-decade-spanning drama “The Affair” raises more questions than it answers: Questions such as “Who?” “Which?” “What?” “Where?” and, mostly, “Why?”The primary question is “Why is this movie called ‘The Affair’”? You may be asking, “What affair?,” but you might as well be asking, “Which affair?,” as there are four (maybe three, it’s not clear) in the story, and the most important one, between the two female leads, isn’t really an affair. Liesel and Hana, says Hana, are both married to Jewish men. And the film’s depiction of sex tends to be of physically uncomfortable encounters between people who don’t care for each other. ‘The Affair’ Rated: UnratedRunning time: 1 hour, 44 minutesPlaying: On demand March 5.
Jets GM says he’ll ‘answer the call’ if trade offers come for Sam Darnold
       
It appears the New York Jets will be driving a hard bargain if any teams come calling for quarterback Sam Darnold. Following months of speculation about Darnold’s future in New York being in jeopardy, Jets general manager Joe Douglas said he’d be willing to listen to trade offers for the 2018 No. The Jets also are expecting a decent-sized bounty in exchange for Darnold as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. While many teams are on hunt for a quarterback, it appears the Jets aren’t willing to give up their No. 2 overall pick as part of any potential Darnold trade package.
California museums are starting to reopen. Here’s the list
       
After the daily count of new COVID cases plummeted in California, more nonessential businesses such as restaurants, nail salons and gyms have been allowed to reopen at limited capacity. Museums in some Bay Area counties, the state announced Tuesday, can reopen at 25% capacity or for 100 people at a time with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Gavin Newsom’s purple tier to the less restrictive red tier, more museums that first closed nearly a year ago are likely not far behind. Here’s a calendar of museum reopenings, which we will update regularly as institutions announce their dates. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, March 4AdvertisementAquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, March 4De Young Museum, San Francisco, March 6 (member access March 4)San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, March 7 (member access March 6)California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, March 17 (member access March 15)
Opinion: Pence is out of office, but he’s still doing Trump’s dirty work
       
Last month I wrote about how former Vice President Mike Pence, while he may have been a potential target of the Jan 6. Pence abetted then-President Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the 2020 election, praising an ill-fated lawsuit filed by Texas in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn election results in four states. And the changes being pushed by Republican state legislators would make it harder for people (especially Democrats) to vote. To paraphrase Trump’s description of the death toll from COVID-19, Pence is what he is. Bloomberg News reports that Trump’s advisors have been discussing a female or Black running mate for Trump.
Ex-White House doctor made sexist comments, drank, took sleeping pills on duty: Report
       
The Department of Defense inspector general released a scathing report Wednesday on the conduct of Ronny Jackson, now a congressman from Texas, when he worked as a top White House physician. AdvertisementAfter interviewing 78 witnesses and reviewing a host of White House documents, investigators concluded that Jackson, who achieved the rank of rear admiral, failed to treat his subordinates with dignity and respect. The report also said the investigation into Jackson “was limited in scope and unproductive” as Trump’s White House counsel insisted on being present at all interviews, which had a “potential chilling effect” on the probe. And witnesses said Jackson took sleep medication on long overseas travel, which left subordinates worried that it could have left him incapacitated and unable to work. After allegations emerged that Jackson had created a hostile work environment and improperly distributed prescription drugs, the White House withdrew the nomination.
Newsom says state is on track to allow fans at MLB games by opening day
       
California’s major league ballparks were closed to fans for every game last season, but Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated Wednesday that they could be open to fans for every game this season. AdvertisementNone of the five counties that host California’s major league teams are in the orange tier, which indicates moderate spread of the coronavirus. Under the current state guidance, teams in counties in the orange tier can play to 20% of capacity. AdvertisementIn the American League West, two of the non-California teams play in Texas, where Gov.
AG wins settlement in tech scam case
       
Under the settlement, Shalu and Vishal Chawla, who operated Vtech Software Solutions Inc., also agreed to be barred from ever again operating any technical support companies. Advertisement“This couple ran a company that scammed elderly residents into paying money for tech support on their computers they didn’t need,” Healey said in a statement following approval of the settlement in Suffolk Superior Court. Healey’s office estimates that between June 2014 and November 2016, VTech Software Solution Inc. sold at least $70,000 in fake tech support services to Massachusetts residents. The company charged more than 200 Massachusetts consumers approximately $200 to $3,000 each for unnecessary and illusory computer support services, the suit says. The $145,000 settlement will be used to pay full refunds to Hutchinson and other victims, the attorney general’s office said.
L.A. County sheriff obtains search warrant in Tiger Woods crash, seeking SUV data
       
Seeking answers to why Tiger Woods crashed on a dangerous stretch of a Palos Verdes Peninsula highway, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s traffic investigator has obtained a search warrant for the pre-crash data from the Genesis GV80 SUV’s onboard computer systems. Under National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules for more recently built vehicles, the event data recorders must record 15 data inputs. Those include engine rpm, steering, the length and force of the crash, and what braking occurred during a crash. The Driver Privacy Act of 2015 requires the protection of a driver’s data privacy; a law enforcement agency must obtain a search warrant to access such information. Woods was driving a tournament car for the Genesis tournament at the Riviera Country Club that had just finished and he hosted.
Guard commander details breakdowns that delayed troops as Capitol was attacked
       
The Pentagon had removed his authority to quickly deploy his troops, which also slowed the response to the riot, he said. Military officials had authorized Guard troop deployment at 3:04 p.m., according to the Pentagon, an approval that was itself delayed as officials there debated concerns about the optics of sending troops into the Capitol. He said he could have had 150 troops at the Capitol in 20 minutes. He also said that he believed that Pentagon officials’ concerns about optics were misguided and that forces needed to be quickly sent to the Capitol to help repel the rioters. Meanwhile, Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the US Capitol on Thursday.
Quincy literacy program shows that where there’s a will, there’s a way
       
For over four years, she has been a student of the Literacy Program at Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy. On Wednesdays, Wesline Désir, 46, of Brockton, attends English literacy tutoring from the small screen of her cellphone. By learning to use technology for their lessons, the tutors also feel less isolated, said Mary Diggle, manager of Quincy library’s Literacy Program and program manager of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts-Quincy. Many literacy tutoring students didn’t have their own computer or reliable Internet at home before the pandemic. In January 2020, the library began partnering with Tech Goes Home, a Boston-based nonprofit, to provide free Chromebooks and at-home Internet to literacy tutoring students, along with basic computer classes.
Wednesday’s Red Sox spring training report: An explosive fourth
       
Breakdown : The Sox had 15 hits, nine for extra bases, including a pair of home runs by Bobby Dalbec. They scored eight runs in the fourth inning as the first nine batters reached base off Glenn Sparkman and Chandler Shepherd. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli opted to end the inning with one out. Next: The Sox play the Orioles in Sarasota Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Matt Andriese gets the start against righthander Dean Kremer. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.
A better forecast for ‘climate tech’
       
Advertisement“Over the past decade, my biggest win was survival,” says Rob Day, a longtime investor in energy technologies who is based in Marblehead. But there’s a new wave of interest in what has been renamed “climate tech,” and lots of money is once again flowing. Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures in January committed an additional $1 billion to investing in startups that can reduce carbon emissions, and one of its top leaders, Carmichael Roberts, is based in Brookline. A decade ago, talking about developing new technologies that would impact the climate was “a bit of a third rail. “But if you’re looking to remove half a gigaton of carbon emissions a year, those kinds of technologies are probably getting deployed in multiple countries, on multiple continents.
Son of Rhode Island Senator Elaine Morgan charged with sexual assault on a minor
       
The criminal complaint against Ian E. Morgan was filed Monday, but the assault occurred on or around Feb. 23, according to court documents. PROVIDENCE — The 18-year-old son of Senator Elaine Morgan has been charged with felony third-degree sexual assault of a child, according to Fourth Division District Court records. The mother and her daughter provided a formal statement describing the girl’s encounters with Morgan, according to the affidavit. The girl told police with her mother present that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with Morgan. The girl told police Morgan was aware she was not over the legal age of consent - 16 in Rhode Island - before they had sex, the affidavit states.
Google ends sale of ads using individual web tracking data
       
Instead, Google proposes grouping together web users with similar interests and keeping web histories private on user devices. That safeguard is a change from Apple’s long-held practice of requiring iPhone users to go into settings to block apps from tracking them. Analysts say Facebook stands to lose billions of dollars if most iPhone users don’t grant the social network permission to track them. Unlike Facebook, Google has a crucial business relationship with Apple. Advertisement“Apple and Amazon and Google have more diversified business models, where tracking is important but not central,” Sinnreich said.
She answered J.D. Salinger’s fan mail, and now her memoir is a movie
       
“My Salinger Year,” directed by Philippe Falardeau, hits theaters and streaming services March 5, starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley. The movie is set in “New York’s oldest and most storied literary agency,” where Rakoff landed a job. Salinger.”Rakoff put two and two together: Jerry was the author of “Catcher in the Rye.” And one of her jobs was answering Salinger’s plentiful fan-mail. One day, she started answering Salinger’s letters in her own voice. When did you find out it would be a movie with Sigourney Weaver?
Fight over status of gig workers heats up on Beacon Hill
       
A debate that could shape the future of the so-called gig economy in Massachusetts is heating up on Beacon Hill this week, as advocacy groups face off over how state law should treat workers who earn money through services such as Uber and Lyft. They want lawmakers to clearly classify gig workers in state law as contractors, while also making it easier for them to receive benefits. AdvertisementHenry DeGroot, the organization’s executive director, said he believes these reforms make sense however the question of employment status shakes out. “Uber, Lyft, and the other app companies present a false choice: either workers’ rights or flexibility,” DeGroot said. The debate is playing out as gig economy companies are emboldened by an electoral win last year in California, where they convinced voters to overturn a state law classifying gig workers as employees.
Are you doing too much? Let the Dutch introduce you to the art of ‘niksen’
       
That’s why when I saw two self-help books — published in the last year — about niksen — the Dutch wellness practice of doing nothing — I grabbed them. Olga Mecking’s “Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing” was released in January as a response to her 2019 New York Times article about the practice, which went viral. She writes, “I had people near and far asking me for advice on how to find more niksen time. In a chapter about why Dutch women might be happier, she writes, “Dutch women rarely experience the burdens felt by women in other countries who are required to take care of not just their children but also their aging parents. AdvertisementSure, I might try for some good niksen on a wandering walk around my neighborhood, sometimes noticing a bird.
Snapdragon Chemistry plans expansion in Waltham
       
A Waltham chemical manufacturer plans to significantly expand its footprint and more than double its workforce to supply drug makers with experimental medicines for clinical trials. Snapdragon Chemistry, a privately held startup founded in 2014 by two chemistry professors from MIT and Boston University, plans to open a 51,000-square-foot building at 360 Second Ave. sometime in the last three months of the year. The company’s 16,000-square-foot headquarters is located nearby at 300 Second Ave.Snapdragon has 38 employees, but will add at least 50 jobs “in the coming years,” the firm said in a news release.
To combat hunger, Newton opens a community ‘Freedge’
       
That’s what Newton residents will be able to do any hour of any day when the city’s first-ever Freedge opens in Nonantum on March 14. AdvertisementJohnny’s Luncheonette had been donating soup to the Newton Food Pantry since the start of the pandemic. Soup is an “ideal” meal to have in a community fridge, Masterson said, because it’s both portable and nourishing. AdvertisementShe said she has noticed the stigma surrounding food insecurity, and it may disincentivize people from coming out to a food pantry. The Rotary Club of Newton, a junior partner, has worked with the Newton Food Pantry over the past several months.
Bay Area gardens: 15 virtual gardening workshops to take this spring
       
Whether you’re an inexperienced gardener or a total newbie, these virtual classes and workshops will get you up and running. bit.ly/gfeonlinebeginningbeekeeping1Small Space Gardening: 10 a.m. March 11. Take full advantage of the Bay Area’s unique gardening climate, where you can grow your own fruits and vegetables nearly year-round. www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/Making the Most of Your Gardening Space: 9-10:30 a.m. March 13. Bay Area News Group garden and wildlife columnist Joan Morris and a panel of experts will delve into common gardening mistakes and answer your gardening questions.
Lori Loughlin dresses to be photographed doing good works
       
It’s easy to wonder if Loughlin knew she’d be photographed by the paparazzi while doing her volunteer work. Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) was spotted for the first time since she was released from prison. During her first outing, we see her doing charitable work for Project Angel Food. pic.twitter.com/JzjqMEByQN — Netflix (@netflix) March 1, 2021Loughlin looks to feature prominently in the documentary, given that the once-wholesome-seeming Hallmark Channel actor became the star defendant in the wide-ranging admissions bribery scheme. Giannulli is finishing his five-month sentence at the federal prison in Lompoc.
Fewer getting tested for COVID-19, which is a problem, experts say
       
The declining testing numbers threaten the progress the state and country have made in curbing the virus’s spread this winter, experts and officials said. Individuals should continue to test regularly if they experience symptoms, are exposed to someone with the virus, or interact with people outside their household without proper social distancing, experts and health officials said. But testing remains crucial, CDC officials said, to curb spread but also to better address the threat of variants. The seven-day average number of new molecular tests hit its 2021 high on Jan. 8, with 25,022 individuals tested. Experts and health officials said a number of factors could be lowering the public’s interest in testing.
Worcester field hospital to close as COVID admissions decline
       
A field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester is slated to close this month as the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus across Massachusetts continues to decline. Officials at UMass Memorial Health Care, who run the field hospital, said they plan to stop operations by mid-March and decommission the site in mid-April if hospitalizations continue to drop. The medical site, built on the convention floor of the DCU Center, helped alleviate the strain on Massachusetts hospitals during the winter surge of COVID-19, treating about 650 patients since it opened in early December. It also treated about 300 people during the first wave of COVID last spring.
Historic downtown San Jose building may be on the move — again
       
A deal fell through to move the 1910 building a few blocks from its current location at Reed and First streets in downtown San Jose, and the developer of the residential high-rise set to go in its place was set to demolish it in February. But now, a month after it was expected to be reduced to rubble, the Pallesen building got a reprieve if not a future. But the collaboration seems solid among PAC-SJ, Habitat for Humanity, the city of San Jose, developers KT Urban and Scape, and community partners including Garden City Construction and individuals to make this a reality. Lots of flowers, and a fountain, meant lots of insects and a few other curious critters, which Linda started photographing. She occasionally posted photos on Facebook, and her friends encouraged her to “do a book,” as friends will do.
Simone Manuel trained in a backyard pool to get ready for Tokyo Olympics
       
Especially with this year, mentally it has been draining.”The Tokyo Olympics that were postponed a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic are five months away. Manuel, 24, said she is training as if the Olympics will open July 23 on schedule. The San Antonio event is an important step to get ready for Tokyo, said Greg Meehan, Stanford’s coach. Then a Stanford student, Manuel won four medals in Rio and has not slowed down since. Meehan, who doubles as the U.S. women’s Olympic coach, has tried to organize the past year into phases, he said.
Warriors hoping Nico Mannion, Jordan Poole can provide boost to second unit
       
Every so often while quarantined in the G League bubble, Nico Mannion’s phone would light up with a text message from Draymond Green. The initial plan for Mannion and Poole was for both to finish the G League season, which runs through March 11, with Golden State’s G League affiliate. “That second game is going to be very difficult,” Kerr said of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. But I don’t know when.”This could also be an opportunity for Kerr to see if the young guards can provide a much-needed jolt to the Warriors’ second unit that starts second and fourth quarters. While it’s unclear when they will play during this two-game stretch, Mannion and Poole will have a chance to show if their G League experience can provide the Warriors what they need.
Raiders’ O-line shuffle could include Trent Brown, Gabe Jackson
       
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said Wednesday the “jury is still out” on right tackle Trent Brown, while declining to confirm or deny a report that right guard Gabe Jackson has been informed of his release. Together, Brown and Jackson represent 715 pounds and more than $23.5 million in salary cap space with free agency beginning on March 17. There would be nothing finer than having Trent Brown at right tackle protecting Derek Carr next year, Week 1. Related Articles Inside the Raiders: Should Trent Brown stay or should he go? — The Raiders signed long-snapper Trent Sieg, a restricted free agent, to a three-year extension.
1 child dead, 1 in hospital after being hit by vehicle in Walmart parking lot in Glendale
       
One child has died and another is in the hospital after a truck hit a car into a family of five on Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in north Glendale, according to police officials. A 68-year-old woman was driving her pickup truck into a parking spot when she bumped a parked car in front of her. The car was pushed onto the sidewalk and struck the family, pinning a 4-year-old girl under it, city spokesperson Jose Santiago said. Paramedics arrived and transported the 4-year-old to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her 3-year-old brother is currently in the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening.
House on the cusp of passing landmark voting rights, ethics bill
       
By Brian Slodysko and Lisa Mascaro | Associated PressWashington — House Democrats are poised to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. This bill “will put a stop at the voter suppression that we’re seeing debated right now,” said Rep. Nikema Williams, a new congresswoman who represents the Georgia district that deceased voting rights champion John Lewis held for years. In Iowa, the legislature has voted to cut absentee and in-person early voting and prevent local elections officials from setting up additional locations to make early voting easier. It would limit states’ ability to purge registered voters from their rolls and mandate the restoration of former felons’ voting rights. Some Democrats have discussed options like lowering the threshold to break a filibuster, or creating a workaround that would allow priority legislation, including a separate John Lewis Voting Rights bill, to be exempt.
Real estate: Investor grabs three Santa Clara office buildings for nearly $80 million
       
SANTA CLARA — A big Bay Area private equity investor has bought three office and research buildings in Santa Clara that sit on big enough parcels that they could be redeveloped as a large project. Acting through separate affiliates, GI Partners paid $79 million in cash for the buildings, county public records show. The buildings have addresses of 2855 Bowers Ave., 2805 Bowers Ave., and 2710 Walsh Ave. in Santa Clara. Fox also believes that the buyers find Santa Clara in particular an attractive city for property purchases. “Investors see Santa Clara as a pro-business, pro-development city with low energy costs.
Bay Area man gets six years for gun, meth found after scuffle with BART cop
       
Malcolm Cummings, 27, was sentenced at a Wednesday afternoon court hearing before U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam. Before he was sentenced, Cummings apologized for making a “horrible mistake.”“I never expected to catch a federal case. Cummings was arrested in September 2019 on an Oakland train bound for the Dublin/Pleasanton station, according to the criminal complaint against him. Johnson told Cummings he knew he had drugs, to which Cummings replied, “Sorry,” the complaint says. As the train pulled up to the Coliseum station, Johnson allegedly told Cummings to put his hands behind his back; Cummings responded by leaving the train and running away.
ASU wrestlers break Pac-12 competition and championship trophy
       
Zeke Jones figured it was safe to entrust the Pac-12 wrestling championship trophy to senior Kordell Norfleet for a few hours Sunday night. The Sun Devils have not won an NCAA trophy for a top four finish since 1995 and their 1988 national championship is the only one earned by a school west of Oklahoma. "He's trying to wrestle the international style, do all upper body because he's trying to focus on making the Olympic team while he's wrestling the college season. Valencia won his fourth Pac-12 title, just the third Sun Devil to do so, beating previously career unbeaten Shane Griffith of Stanford 7-1 in the final. More:ASU wrestling wins another Pac-12 title with five individual championsReach the reporter at jeff.metcalfe@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8053.
Bagley expected to play as ASU ends regular season with road trip to Colorado, Utah
       
And they're going to need it because the last road trip of the regular season will not be an easy one. The Sun Devils (10-11, 7-8) take a modest three-game win streak into this week's games against the mountain schools — Colorado and Utah. ASU defeated Washington twice last week, then outlasted Washington State 77-74 in overtime on Saturday with the difference being Remy Martin's 3-pointer. Coach Bobby Hurley's team was supposed to face the Cougars again in a Monday matinee but that was canceled 90 minutes before tipoff due to coronavirus issues in the Washington State program. Hurley said in a weekly radio interview Wednesday morning he expected Bagley to play this this week.
New owner plans to replace Sloan’s Lake Church with 10 single-family homes
       
Denver-based homebuilder Blvdway Communities paid $3.35 million last month for the former Sloan’s Lake Church building at 2796 N. Utica St., according to public records. The company paid $46 a square foot for the 1.67-acre lot, which is a block north of Sloan’s Lake Park. Cartwright said construction could begin in Sloan’s Lake toward the third quarter, with closings taking place early next year. In November 2019, Brown said, Sloan’s Lake Church merged with Arvada Church of God. Some potential users looked at the Sloan’s Lake building, but found that a challenge.
How the UIL, TAPPS and SPC have reacted to Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to reopen Texas
       
The University Interscholastic League announced Wednesday that it plans to release updated COVID-19 mitigation guidance in the wake of Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift business restrictions and remove the statewide mask mandate, but details of the UIL’s new plan weren’t announced. Current UIL COVID-19 mitigation guidelines require spectators to wear masks at events. TAPPS soccer state championships are also scheduled for this weekend, which is before Abbott’s rescinding on COVID-19 mandates goes into place. I think most of our schools have a very conservative approach.”As for Abbott’s decision to lift COVID-19 mandates, Windham said he didn’t agree with it.
“Journey for justice has a much clearer path” following suspect’s capture in 1982 cold case murders near Breckenridge
       
Phillips is being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of kidnapping, said Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw. The two women worked in Breckenridge and were believed to be hitchhiking home, separately, when they were both abducted and shot on Jan. 6, 1982. Schnee’s body was found six months later in a rural area in Park County. “I’ve been trying to define my emotions and it’s been hard to do,” McCormick said at Wednesday’s news conference. “It’s a relief to have this done, have an arrest, and give closure to the families,” she said.
Special election to fill vacant Grand Prairie City Council seat heading to runoff
       
The special election to fill a vacant seat on the Grand Prairie City Council is heading to a runoff. Nine candidates filed for the Feb. 27 special election, with none receiving more than 50% of the vote, leading to the runoff. King led the nine candidates with 35% of the votes cast in the special election, while Gonzalez had 29% of the vote. Early voting for the runoff election runs from March 10 to 23 at The Summit recreation center. The winning candidate will complete the unexpired District 2 term which ends in May 2022.
Despite Alamo Drafthouse’s bankruptcy filing, Denver-area theaters appear safe for now
       
The three metro Denver locations — Littleton, on West Colfax Avenue near Sloan’s Lake in Denver and a Westminster theater that opened in 2019 — appear safe for now. “Our intention is to re-open when we can,” Alamo spokeswoman Brandy Fons said in a text message to The Denver Post on Wednesday. Twenty-three Alamo theaters are owned by franchisees, according to Bloomberg. The Altamont-Fortress investment group bought $100 million in Alamo’s debt before Wednesday’s bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. But “difficult decisions” about the company’s leases are coming during the bankruptcy, he saidGarcia said that is true across the industry.
Mild Thursday; cooler Friday
       
Mild weather will continue Thursday with a mix of clouds and sunshine and high temperatures in the low 70s. It will bring a chance of spotty showers and a drop in temperatures. Highs will be in the mid 60s with a gusty north wind. The weekend will be quiet with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 60s. Another chance of showers and thunderstorms will arrive by Wednesday of next week.
City Council rejects Arts District food truck lot
       
The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to deny permission to use a vacant Arts District lot as a space for hosting up to 10 food trucks. The Las Vegas City Council denied permission to use this lot in the Arts District to host up to ten food trcuks. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoA view of the lot in the Arts District that Las Vegas City Council ruled against developing into a food truck lot. Another 14 people — including Arts District landlords, business owners and residents — submitted comments electronically in opposition. And I think what the City Council saw today is that we are a united community and neighborhood.”Contact Al Mancini at amancini@reviewjournal.com.
Alleged gunman charged with killing teen mistaken for rival gang member
       
A second man has been charged with murdering a 17-year-old boy who was mistaken for a rival gang member before he was gunned down in Austin. Hakeim Stone fired the shots that left Avion Aldridge dead in a vacant lot on Sept. 26 in the 200 block of North Leamington Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday. About 11 a.m. on the day of the shooting, reputed gang members Stone and Jones were with a group of others when they thought they spotted a rival, prosecutors said. There, Stone chased Aldridge into the vacant lot and shot him four times, prosecutors said. Surveillance footage captured Stone and Jones immediately before and after the shooting, and a fingerprint recovered from the stolen car matched Stone’s, prosecutors said.
Colorado defense lawyers request investigation of judicial branch be modeled after Elijah McClain probe
       
The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar this week called for the investigation into alleged sexism, harassment and cover-ups at the Colorado Judicial Branch to be modeled after the independent investigation into the death of Elijah McClain in Aurora. “It’s incredibly important to restore public trust in the state judiciary,” said Tristan Gorman, legislative policy coordinator for Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. “You never know who went to law school together, who worked together, who has served on some board,” she said. The group is expected to draft a request for proposal for investigators in the coming weeks. The proposal will then be open for about a month before the investigators are chosen.
Jussie Smollett hires former Cook County prosecutor to lead defense team
       
A former Cook County prosecutor has been hired as Jussie Smollett’s lead defense attorney. But Uche said he filed paperwork in court last month to join Smollett’s defense team and will be working as the lead attorney in the case. Uche said he plans to use his experience as a former prosecutor in the state’s attorney’s office to aid in Smollett’s defense. “I think it helps to have an idea of how prosecutors look at evidence and at cases,” Uche told the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday. “From what I’ve seen of the evidence ... I’ve won multiple cases I think are more difficult than this,” he said.
White Sox’ Yoan Moncada is getting his groove back
       
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yoan Moncada battled fatigue issues due to the aftereffects of the coronavirus last season. That’s something I’m going to be able to maintain throughout the season.”Feeling weaker is the likely reason Moncada lost it. It’s a lot better.”Aches and painsOutfielder Adam Engel (ankle) told La Russa he feels “much improved.”“I don’t know if he plays tomorrow or the next day, but he’s feeling better,” La Russa said. La Russa called prospects Jimmy Lambert and Jonathan Stiever “future rotation fixtures” who will stay stretched out and serve as starting depth in 2021. *Second baseman Nick Madrigal, who had shoulder surgery after the season, is slated for his first start Monday, La Russa said.
Kohl's just launched a massive spring refresh sale and the savings are incredible
       
Whether that means snagging some spring-ready apparel for your closet or giving your space a good old-fashioned makeover, Kohl’s has got you covered with its Great Refresh Sale. Through Sunday, March 7, you can shop this massive savings event to nab major markdowns on kitchen appliances, vacuums, bathroom accessories and so much more. Further sweetening the deal, orders of $75 or more will ship free, saving you an additional $8.95. Its antigravity positioning provides for incredible comfort, while Kohl's buyers also noting that these chairs are well-made, too. Ahead, scroll through to discover even more amazing discounts at this Kohl’s sale.
Anchor-reporter Nicole Koglin, who said 'goodbye to television news' in 2020, is coming back to Milwaukee TV at CBS 58
       
WDJT-TV (Channel 58) announced Wednesday that Koglin has been named director of strategic initiatives at the Milwaukee CBS affiliate. In the post, a new position, she will oversee station projects and partnerships, and also will appear "regularly" on Channel 58 newscasts. “As a Milwaukee native, Nicole truly understands our community,” Channel 58 General Manager Anne Brown said in the announcement by the station, which is owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting. Brown joined Channel 58 as general manager in July 2020 after more than 12 years at Channel 6, where she had been director of strategy and marketing. Koglin's the second former Channel 6 on-air personality to join Channel 58 during Brown's tenure.
Jimmy Butler travels with Heat to New Orleans after missing two games with sore knee
       
If Butler misses Thursday’s game, he then would have another six days afterward to recover during the Heat’s weeklong All-Star break, the Heat’s schedule not to resume until a March 11 home game against the Orlando Magic. The Heat are expected to reconvene at AmericanAirlines Arena for practice on Tuesday evening.
Chef Alon Shaya helped a Holocaust survivor recreate recipes from his prewar youth
       
While Fenves has an affinity for languages — even as a child he was trilingual — translating the “rescued recipes” was beyond entering them in Google translate. The recipes are handwritten, so he had to decipher 100-year-old script that may have regional differences of language. Some survivors’ recipes may be written in a combination of languages, such as Yiddish and Polish. And it’s an emotional process for survivors remembering their losses. (The museum is accepting donations to fund the translation and rescue of more recipes so that prewar food traditions can continue.)
Jews in mourning finding unexpected comfort in virtual minyans
       
Millennia in the making, Jewish mourning rituals are among the most foundational aspects of the religion. Grieving Jews can expect to be comforted in their homes during the shiva period by a stream of visiting family members and friends who come bearing food and uplifting tales of the deceased. The memory of the dead is kept alive for the next 11 months through the Kaddish, which is recited in physical proximity to at least nine other Jews.
Pentagon says US contractor died of heart attack during rocket attack at air base in Iraq
       
The rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province early in the morning, U.S.-led coalition spokesperson Col. Wayne Marotto said. Kirby said the rockets were fired from east of the base, and that counter-rocket defensive systems were used to defend forces at the base. He added that while 10 rockets hit the base, he didn’t have information on what, if any, impact the defensive systems had in stopping any strikes. He said damage assessments were ongoing.
2 arrested after fleeing police, crashing on I-80/94 near Calumet Avenue
       
As the pursuit continued, the driver of the vehicle turned off all the lights in the car “in what the officer believed was a further attempt to flee,” according to the release. While traveling without lights, the vehicle crashed into the trailer of a westbound semitractor-trailer, according to the release.
Film and TV crews spent less in Illinois because of coronavirus, but ‘2021 seems like it’s going to be a very strong year’
       
“2021 seems like it’s going to be a very strong year,” Illinois Film Office Director Peter Hawley said at a virtual news conference. “We’re right at the same level we were in our record-break