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            by Mary Rose Corkery  The National Basketball League Board of Governors announced plans Thursday to give $300 million over the next decade towards a new foundation supporting economic opportunities for black communities. The NBA will donate $30 million each year for the next ten years towards the NBA Foundation, according to an NBA press release. The 30 NBA teams will each donate $1 million every year to the fund, NBC News reported. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to address racial inequality, many NBA players have begun kneeling for the National Anthem before games, including LeBron James, according to a Bleacher Report Twitter post. Orlando Magic Player Jonathon Issac faced criticism for standing during the anthem...
    DUCHESNE, Utah (AP) — Six people were injured when their plane crashed in Duchesne County, according to a press release. KUTV reports the Cessna T210M took off from Roosevelt on Friday morning en route to Moon Lake. The plane had engine trouble and crashed just south of the lake near a campground, the release states. One man was taken by air ambulance to a hospital in Provo with injuries that were serious but non-life-threatening. The other five were taken by ambulance to Roosevelt. “An update on their conditions is not available,” the press release states. The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
              Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson has vacated his position much sooner than he previously stated he would — without explaining. Nashville Mayor John Cooper in a press release this week announced Anderson’s departure. Cooper announced that Thursday was Anderson’s final day commanding the department, according to the press release. “Deputy Chief John Drake will assume command of the MNPD as Interim Chief beginning Friday, August 7, 2020 while the city continues its national search for a reform-minded Chief of Police who will make Nashville a model of community engagement and policing innovation,” the press release said. “More details of the search process will be announced next week.” As The Tennessee Star reported...
    The National Basketball League Board of Governors announced plans Thursday to give $300 million over the next decade towards a new foundation supporting economic opportunities for black communities. The NBA will donate $30 million each year for the next ten years towards the NBA Foundation, according to an NBA press release. The 30 NBA teams will each donate $1 million every year to the fund, NBC News reported. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to address racial inequality, many NBA players have begun kneeling for the National Anthem before games, including LeBron James, according to a Bleacher Report Twitter post. Orlando Magic Player Jonathon Issac faced criticism for standing during the anthem at an August game, but...
              Republican candidate for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District Kendall Qualls has outraised incumbent Dean Phillips (DFL-MN-03) once again. According to the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) July pre-primary reports released last Thursday, Qualls accumulated significantly more campaign contributions and cash-on-hand than Phillips. In total, Qualls raised over $106,000 more than Phillips, and has about $68,000 more cash-on-hand. Representative Phillips’s $250,000 debt from his previous campaign was also listed on the report. Qualls’s media team issued a press release the following day, which was later reposted by the Republican-endorsed candidate to Twitter and Facebook. “I am exceptionally grateful to every one of the thousands of contributors to our campaign and am energized to see enthusiasm and interest...
              Federal authorities this week charged a Nashville woman with vandalizing the Nashville Metro Courthouse in May. This, according to a press release that staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee published on their website. A criminal complaint charged Shelby Ligons, 22, with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives, the press release said. “The criminal complaint alleges that on the afternoon of May 30, 2020, protesters gathered in downtown Nashville following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later in the evening, a number of persons gathered in front of the Nashville City Hall, also known as the Metro Courthouse. Using various tools, including crowbars and...
    The National Basketball Association's Board of Governors and the National Basketball Players Association on Wednesday said they are creating a $300 million fund to create a foundation that will focus on "economic empowerment in Black communities," according to a press release. Each of the 30 teams in the league will donate $1 million annually to the foundation over the next decade. "The NBA Foundation will seek to increase access and support for high school, college-aged and career-ready Black men and women, and assist national and local organizations that provide skills training, mentorship, coaching and pipeline development in NBA markets and communities across the United States and Canada," the press release stated. The NBA said its foundation will focus on three...
    CHICAGO — Street dining is coming to River North this weekend. Clark Street between Grand Avenue and Kinzie Street will be closed to most drivers starting Friday morning, with the closures returning for upcoming weekends, according to a press release from Frontera Grill. The move will allow restaurants in the eatery-heavy area to set up tables in the streets so they can serve more patrons. The city could not immediately be reached for comment, but it’s implemented similar measures on streets throughout Chicago to help struggling restaurants make it through the coronavirus pandemic. The closure on Clark will run Friday mornings to Sunday nights and is expected to last through patio season, according to the press release. Emergency vehicles will...
    Four teenagers have been charged with crimes related to sometimes-violent protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, according to Department of Justice announcements. The federal courthouse has been the subject of violent demonstrations since general protests began in May, according to Daily Caller reporters on the scene. The four teenagers face charges ranging from arson and assault to trespassing, according to the Justice Department. Four teenagers face federal charges ranging from arson to assault during recurring violent protests and clashes with law enforcement near the Portland federal courthouse. Protests at the courthouse began before President Donald Trump sent federal officers to the city, according to local media reports. More than two dozen people have been arrested in connection...
              U.S. Attorneys for the Western and Middle districts of Tennessee this week announced that federal officials have sentenced four ex-convicts in separate cases for possessing firearms. Federal law prohibits ex-convicts from owning firearms.  Jason Smith Authorities have sentenced Jason Smith, 36, to 60 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm to distribute drugs. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence in a press release this week. “According to information presented in court, on November 5, 2017, homicide officers followed up on a Crime Stoppers tip regarding a Memphis Police Department homicide investigation involving Jason Smith,” according to the press release. “Officers went to a residence on Douglas Avenue where they saw...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Square Cafe, a popular Pittsburgh eatery, is moving. But don’t worry: it’s not going far. T he restaurant and cafe announced Tuesday that it’s moving from Regent Square to East Liberty into the former BRGR/Spoon space. Owner Sherree Goldstein had planned on extending Square Cafe’s footprint for years because of the demand. A press release cites Edgewood’s outdoor seating ordinances and increasing customer requests to open as the reason Goldstein reignited her search while running on a carry-out and delivery model since March. “We want people to have the same Square Cafe feeling and experience — and open it up to people who never made it to our Regent Square location,” Goldstein says in a press release....
    An 18-year-old man was arrested after allegedly setting off an explosive device at the Portland federal courthouse, injuring a U.S. Marshal, the Department of Justice announced Monday. U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said Monday that Isaiah Jason Maza Jr. was charged for the alleged assault and government property damage, according to the press release. The explosion took place July 22 at the Mark O’Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, damaging the deputy marshal’s legs, according to the Justice Department. Marshals spotted Maza July 31 near the courthouse and arrested him after a short foot chase, according to the press release. (Related: Portland Teenager Charged For Courthouse Fire) Court documents state that Maza lit and put a “cylindrical object” inside a window that he and others...
    A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers is pressing the Trump administration to release $20 million in congressionally approved funds aimed at promoting internet access throughout the world, especially in authoritarian countries such as China and Iran.   Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement, “The Open Technology Fund provides a lifeline for people living under oppressive regimes.” He added, “Unfortunately, this critical programming is on the brink of collapse.”   Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the funding hold “a gift to repressive governments in China, Iran and elsewhere,” according to the Washington Post.    Lawmakers spoke out after Laura Cunningham, the acting chief executive of...
    A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers is pressing the Trump administration to release $20 million in congressionally approved funds aimed at promoting internet access throughout the world, especially in authoritarian countries such as China and Iran.   Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement, “The Open Technology Fund provides a lifeline for people living under oppressive regimes.” He added, “Unfortunately, this critical programming is on the brink of collapse.”   Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the funding hold “a gift to repressive governments in China, Iran and elsewhere,” according to the Washington Post.    Lawmakers spoke out after Laura Cunningham, the acting chief executive of...
    “The CMA currently considers that the imminent exit of Deliveroo would be worse for competition than allowing the Amazon investment to proceed and has therefore provisionally found that the deal should be cleared,” the regulator said in a press release at the time. A lot can change in four months, though. The food delivery market has rebounded since April and, according to the CMA, rapidly improved Deliveroo’s finances. As such, the regulator couldn’t approve Amazon’s investment on the basis that Delveroo couldn’t survive without it. The CMA shifted its focus instead onto the money involved and whether Amazon’s theoretical stake would “affect its incentives to compete independently with Deliveroo in both restaurant delivery and online convenience grocery delivery in the...
    Seven U.S. Marines and one sailor were presumed deceased after they went missing during a training “mishap” off California’s southern coast Thursday, NBC News reported. “The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group concluded their search and rescue operation after an extensive 40-hour search for the service members,” officials said in a press release on Saturday, according to the outlet. The release stated: The 15th MEU and the ARG leadership determined that there was little probability of a successful rescue given the circumstances of the incident. On July 30, 15 Marines and one Sailor were participating in a routine training exercise off the coast of San Clemente Island, California, when the amphibious assault vehicle they were riding...
    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday ordered the release of a 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl from a juvenile facility where a county judge sent her for failing do schoolwork and because the teen was a threat to her mother. The court's emergency order calls for the immediate release of the teen into her mother’s custody pending appeal or further order by the appeals court. ProPublica had reported that the girl has been in Oakland County’s Children’s Village since mid-May for violating probation in a case involving allegations of assault and theft. The girl is being called “Grace” to protect her identity. She was placed on probation in April and, among other requirements, was to complete...
              Federal authorities on Wednesday charged Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) with theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud. This, according to a press release that members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee published on its website. Robinson directs the Memphis-based Healthcare Institute (THI), which trains and educates people in the healthcare field. “Between 2015 and 2019, The Healthcare Institute received over $2.2 million in federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During that same time period, Robinson stole in excess of $600,000 from THI by compensating herself in excess of what...
    Photo via Daddy Kool Records/Facebook The Listen Up Film Series is offering two films for rent online, and 50% of the proceeds will go to its presenter and St. Petersburg record store Daddy Kool records. As July marks Listen Up’s second year anniversary, it is continuing its virtual cinema series, which recently began offering independent films distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories for rent.  The first film, “We Are Little Zombies” won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The Japanese film follows four young orphans who become devoid of all emotion after their parents’ death. With not much left to lose, the quartet starts a band and try to “conquer the world,” according...
    CHICAGO — Fish are returning to the Chicago River and the rest of the Chicago Area Waterway System, according to a new study. The study, from the Shedd Aquarium and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, showed fish populations and species have gradually increased over the past 30 years, while invasive species have declined, according to a press release. The waters are less polluted and have become more “conducive to aquatic life and less degraded than they once were,” according to the press release. The study comes after years of advocacy from Chicago residents to improve the health of the city’s famed river. The Chicago Area Waterway System consists of 78 miles of waterways, according to the release....
    NEW YORK (AP) — Reversing her initial ruling, a federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for a civil rights organization to provide the public with disciplinary records it obtained from New York City’s police watchdog agency. Judge Katherine Polk Failla said the new ruling pertaining to the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will take effect Wednesday afternoon, giving public safety unions challenging the release of such records 24 hours to appeal. Failla had halted the release of disciplinary records last week after the unions sued to block Mayor Bill de Blasio from taking advantage of a recent change in state law to start posting misconduct complaints on a government website. Failla had also barred the NYCLU from...
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok is releasing a book less than two months before this year's presidential election about President Trump and Russia. The book, “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump,” is set to come out Sept. 8, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media told the Associated Press. NEWLY UNCOVERED STRZOK NOTES TURNED OVER TO FLYNN'S LAWYER "Russia has long regarded the United States as its ‘Main Enemy,’ and I spent decades trying to protect our country from their efforts to weaken and undermine us,” Strzok said in a statement accompanying the book's announcement. Strzok, who was involved in the FBI's investigations of Trump campaign ties to Russia as well as Hillary Clinton's email server, drew notoriety for anti-Trump text messages...
    The 5 Most Shorted Dow Stocks 2022 Genesis G70 Spied in Wagon (or Shooting Brake) Form Another cat has tested positive for the coronavirus, but experts say there is no evidence of pets infecting humans © Provided by INSIDER FILE - In this Friday, May 8, 2020 file photo, the owner of a cat cafe checks the temperature of one of her cats in Bangkok, Thailand. According to a study published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, cats can spread the new coronavirus to each other without any of them ever having any symptoms. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Associated Press A pet cat in the UK has tested positive for COVID-19, the first such case in the UK, according to...
    FILE - In this Friday, May 8, 2020 file photo, the owner of a cat cafe checks the temperature of one of her cats in Bangkok, Thailand. According to a study published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, cats can spread the new coronavirus to each other without any of them ever having any symptoms. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Associated Press A pet cat in the UK has tested positive for COVID-19, the first such case in the UK, according to a government press release. Experts say the cat was likely infected by its owners, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, in what is believed to be a rare case of human-to-animal transmission.  There's still no evidence pets can...
    Good morning, Please find below the press release issued today. Best regards, Michele Moore DuhenGlobal PR Manager | Group Marketing & Communications Capgemini Group | LondonTel.: +44 3709 053408 Email: [email protected]_____________________________ Press contact:Florence LièvreTel.: +33 1 47 54 50 71Email: [email protected] Global citizens favor ‘smart cities’ and call for their hometowns to be sustainable Urban sustainability has become a consideration for citizens with 42% willing to leave their town due to pollution concerns Over a third of citizens are willing to pay for more enriched digital services Smart city initiatives are helping city officials manage the COVID-19 pandemic Paris, July 27, 2020 – Today’s city living is falling short of citizens’ increased...
    CARNEGIE (KDKA) — State Rep. Danny DeVito has filed a right-to-know request about Allegheny County’s COVID-19 Field Response Team. The team released its first report just yesterday. According to the report, 68 businesses were checked on by the team to make sure they were adhering to local health guidelines. RELATED STORIES: Allegheny County’s COVID-19 Field Response Team Releases First Report On Inspections Allegheny Co. Creates ‘COVID Field Response Team’ To See Which Businesses Aren’t Following Coronavirus Orders Pa. Licensed Beverage And Tavern Association Calls On State For Bailout Package To Help Restaurant, Bar Owners ‘The Virus Is Making The Rules’: Gov. Tom Wolf Imposes Statewide Restrictions On Bars, Restaurants And Larger Indoor Gatherings Pennsylvania Bar And Restaurant Owners...
    Two friends made a promise in 1992. If one of them won the Powerball jackpot, they’d split the winnings. Nearly 30 years later, one of them did – and made good on his promise, made with a handshake. It all happened earlier this month when Thomas Cook bought a Powerball ticket in Menomonie, Wisconsin, for the June 10 drawing. He ended up hitting the jackpot, according to Wisconsin Lottery. After learning he won a whopping $22 million, Cook called his friend Joe Feeney and told him the news. “He called me and I said, ‘are you jerking my bobber?'” said Feeney, an avid fisherman, according to the lottery’s press release. Cook, though, wasn’t kidding, despite the odds: The overall odds...
    Two friends made a promise in 1992. If one of them won the Powerball jackpot, they'd split the winnings. Nearly 30 years later, one of them did – and made good on his promise, made with a handshake.  It all happened earlier this month when Thomas Cook bought a Powerball ticket in Menomonie, Wisconsin, for the June 10 drawing. He ended up hitting the jackpot, according to Wisconsin Lottery.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox After learning he won a whopping $22 million, Cook called his friend Joe Feeney and told him the news. "He called me and I said, 'are you jerking my bobber?'" said Feeney, an avid fisherman, according to the lottery's press release.  Cook, though,...
              U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) this week announced he is co-sponsoring the School Choice Now Act alongside U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). This, according to a press release Alexander’s staff published on his website. Alexander chairs the U.S. Senate Education Committee. The bill, if passed into law, will give families more options for their children’s education, the press release said. “All parents, regardless of income or circumstance, should be able to decide which school best meets their child’s needs, whether that school is public or private,” Alexander said. “The School Choice Now Act provides scholarships to students to have the opportunity to return to the private school they attended before the pandemic—and gives other students...
    You could work and live in a tropical paradise for a year. Shutterstock/Styve Reineck Barbados has officially launched its 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a new visa that allows remote workers to live and work from the Caribbean country for up to a year. Applicants must submit documents, such as a copy of their passport and birth certificate, electronically. It costs $2,000 for an individual visa, or $3,000 for a "family bundle." Visa-holders will not have to pay Barbados Income Tax. It's important to note that nonessential travel is discouraged in many places amid the coronavirus pandemic, including the US, where the CDC warns against it. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Barbados has officially launched its 12-month...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The NHL’s newest team finally has its name: the Seattle Kraken. The expansion franchise unveiled its nickname Thursday, ending 19 months of speculation about whether the team might lean traditional or go eccentric with the name for the league’s 32nd team. “The Kraken is a name born of the fans. It was suggested and championed by the fans,” Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke said. In opting for the sea creature of Scandinavian folklore, Seattle bypassed options like Sockeyes, Evergreens or Metropolitans, the last of which would have been a nod to Seattle’s hockey history. There was even a push from some fans for the team to try to acquire the Thunderbirds name from the local junior...
            by Thomas Catenacci  The federal government pledged $1.95 billion for an order of 100 million doses, with an option to acquire an additional 500 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine, which is set to enter key large-scale trials in the coming weeks. American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German partner BioNTech announced the deal in a press release Wednesday. The companies are on track to produce 100 million doses by the end of the year and potentially 1.3 billion doses by 2022. “We’ve been committed to making the impossible possible by working tirelessly to develop and produce in record time a safe and effective vaccine to help bring an end to this global health crisis,” said Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer’s chairman and...
    A soldier was found dead outside of Ford Hood Army base in Texas on Wednesday, marking the third time a soldier’s remains were discovered in a month, according to Army officials. Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, was found dead July 17 outside the Army base in the vicinity of the Stillhouse Hollow Lake, a reservoir that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District operates, according to a Fort Hood press release. Officials haven’t suggested whether foul play was involved and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating the incident, the press release said. “The Black Knight family is truly heartbroken by the tragic loss of Private Mejhor Morta,” said Lt. Col. Neil Armstrong, in the statement. “Private Morta...
    The U.S. government paid nearly $2 billion to Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday for up to 600 million doses of their vaccine that is set to enter phase 3 trials soon. Americans would receive the vaccine, which could be ready by early 2021, for free, according to the companies’ press release. The federal government has made similar deals with other pharmaceutical companies as part of Operation Warp Speed to ensure that doses are ready once a vaccine receives approval. The federal government pledged $1.95 billion for an order of up to 600 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine, which is set to enter key large-scale trials in the coming weeks. American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German partner BioNTech...
    Second stimulus check: How much money to expect from the next IRS payment Yankees release righty Adam Warren Gigolos Star Ash Armand Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Girlfriend © Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Star Magazine Gigolos star Ash Armand has been arrested. ET can confirm that Armand, whose real name is Akshaya Kubiak, is in custody on a murder charge. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a press release that on Thursday at approximately 10:23 a.m. they responded to a 911 call from Armand after his girlfriend was unresponsive in their home. When officers arrived, the woman was deceased and showed signs of trauma. Armand was arrested on the spot. Detectives are investigating the incident. Detectives learned that...
    The Justice Department has charged one MS-13 gang member with terrorism, and another is facing the death penalty as a result of a joint task force initiative cracking down on the violent criminal organization. “In 2017, the President directed the Department of Justice to go to war against MS-13, and we did just that,” Attorney General William Barr said in a press release Wednesday, summarizing the work of Joint Task Force Vulcan. “In coordination with our partners at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department’s law enforcement components have successfully investigated, charged, and arrested command-and-control elements of MS-13 responsible for murder. Joint Task Force Vulcan’s operations have significantly degraded MS-13 capabilities. While there is still work to be...
    Getty Mike Tyson attends Comic-Con International 2014 on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. Mike Tyson vs. a shark? That’s what a press release sent out by the Discovery Channel on Wednesday suggested was happening later this year during its upcoming” Shark Week” festivities. Tyson, 54, is a former heavyweight boxing champion on the comeback trail in 2020, and “Iron Mike” revealed via that same press release that jumping into the deep end with arguably the scariest apex predator on the planet was all part of his training plan. “I took on this challenger to overcome fears I still deal with in life,” said Tyson via press release. “I equate this with overcoming my fear of getting...
              A Minnesota House committee approved a resolution Tuesday declaring racism a statewide “public health crisis.” The resolution passed out of the House Rules Committee and now heads to the House floor for debate, with a final vote expected for July 20. Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) authored the resolution, which applies to the entire state of Minnesota and affirms that the Minnesota House will be “an active participant in the dismantling of racism.” “Black, Indigenous, and people of color have known for generations that the systems in this country were designed to exclude them,” Richardson said in a press release after the resolution passed. “The devastation we are seeing in our communities today...
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive Jamie Dimon announced that the bank generated $4.7 billion of net income in the second quarter of 2020, its “highest quarterly revenue ever.” JPMorgan, the largest American bank with total assets of roughly $2.7 trillion, beat expectations — including its own second quarter forecast — on trading revenue due to higher market volatility and actions taken by the Federal Reserve in order to support credit markets, CNBC reported. “We are prepared for all eventualities as our fortress balance sheet allows us to remain a port in the storm,” Dimon said in a press release. Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) In response to the coronavirus pandemic, JPMorgan...
    Walt Disney World Resort: 7 takeaways from the July reopening The best foods for your gut — and why you should care Washingtons Name Change Press Release Used The Old Team Name Seven Times The NFL team in Washington announced this morning that it would be changing its longtime racist name. The news was made official in a brief announcement on the team's official @Redskins Twitter account. The word that they will not be using anymore appeared seven times in the release saying they weren't going to use it anymore. That includes the name and logo still appearing at the top of the press release. © Provided by The Big Lead pic.twitter.com/wFvTxdUP9s— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 13, 2020The...
    Lisa Marie Presley Opened Up About Being ‘Ferociously Protective’ of Her Kids in 2014 Interview Nasdaq hits record high Mondays open as stock market buoyed by coronavirus vaccine hope The Washington football team couldnt even get a historic press release right After a week of waiting for official word, it’s officially official: the Washington NFL team’s nickname is no more. © USA TODAY USA TODAY The franchise announced in a release on Monday morning that a review of the team name has resulted in the Redskins name and logo being “retired.” It also says that owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera “are working closely to develop a new name and design.” But NFL fans, reporters and others...
    Israel Adesanya in the UFC 4 game (via EA Sports/UFC) Everything you need to know about the new EA Sports’ UFC 4 video game. The UFC has finally revealed the cover and details for EA Sports’ UFC 4, the fourth installment of the UFC video game. On the cover is BMF champion and welterweight title contender Jorge Masvidal and UFC middleweight champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, arguably two of the coolest fighters on the UFC roster. “EA SPORTS UFC 4 is the best fighting game ever made,” said UFC president Dana White via an official press release. “Fans can play in the top arenas, as well as in Backyard and Kumite environments. This game allows you to play with the top...
    Photo via SPDSarasota Police officers reopened a portion of North Lido Beach after a highly flammable military marking round was found Friday morning. The device was reported in a parking lot near Polk Drive and Benjamin Drive, which were then closed. A bystander who noticed the device near a garbage can in the parking lot called 911 just before 7 a.m., according to a press release from the Sarasota Police Department. Currently, it is unknown how the device made its way to a North Lido Beach parking lot.  Soon after, members of the department’s explosive materials unit determined that the device was a military marking round.  Representatives from MacDill Airforce Base arrived at North Lido Beach, removed the marking round...
              Memphis-based Varsity Spirit founder Jeff Webb this week endorsed Manny Sethi’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate. According to a press release Sethi emailed Thursday, Webb built Varsity Spirit from startup to annual revenues approaching $2 billion with 8,000 employees in all 50 states. He also founded and chairs American Populists, a political organization dedicated to restoring America’s middle class. “Jeff Webb is dedicated to building the small business environment that enabled him to grow, Varsity, into a major force in the cheerleading community,” Sethi said in the press release. “Jeff’s dedication to helping others follow in his success is what is so inspiring to me and why his endorsement of my campaign for...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than $11 million worth of meth entering Texas, officials confirmed Tuesday. During X-ray and K-9 inspections on July 3, officers intercepted the meth from a vehicle driving in Laredo on the World Trade Bridge, according to the Laredo Morning Times. The meth weighed 570.79 pounds and was worth an estimated $11,415,85. “These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the officers in our cargo facilities,” Port Director Gregory Alvarez said in a press release Tuesday. (Related: CBP Seizes Hundreds Of Pounds Of Drugs In Single Weekend) “Significant enforcement actions like this one illustrate CBP’s ongoing offensive against criminal networks and their organizations,” Alvarez added. Trucks are...
    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A rare collection of previously unissued recordings by legendary jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley is becoming more accessible thanks to two small jazz labels seeking to keep jazz history alive. Vancouver, Canada-based Cellar Music Group’s imprint Reel to Real and New York distributor la reserve records are scheduled Friday to release a digital version of Adderley performing at Seattle’s Penthouse jazz club. “Cannonball Adderley’s Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse” features the jazz great’s quintet captured live on radio in 1966 and 1967 over four performances. For decades, the recordings sat largely unheard in archives until Canadian saxophonist and Cellar Music Group founder Cory Weeds found out about them. Weeds...
    “We’re really excited to bring this well-known and much-loved franchise back to mobile,” said King vice president of game design Stephen Jarrett, in a press release. The story — in case it matters to you — sees Crash once again taking on his nemesis Neo Cortex as he attempts to lay claim to the multiverse. Curiously, you can expect more from the game than just the typical, flick-to-jump running segments the genre is known for. The game’s trailer notes that you’ll be able to craft additional weapons for Crash as he attempts to foil Cortex’s plans, and this morning’s press release hints that you may spend quite a bit of time building up your base with Coco and embarking...
    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A rare collection of previously unissued recordings by legendary jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley is becoming more accessible thanks to two small jazz labels seeking to keep jazz history alive. Vancouver, Canada-based Cellar Music Group’s imprint Reel to Real and New York distributor la reserve records are scheduled Friday to release a digital version of Adderley performing at Seattle’s Penthouse jazz club. “Cannonball Adderley’s Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse” features the jazz great’s quintet captured live on radio in 1966 and 1967 over four performances. For decades, the recordings sat largely unheard in archives until Canadian saxophonist and Cellar Music Group founder Cory Weeds found out about them. Weeds told The Associated Press...
    By The Associated Press The Rolling Stones will release a new version of their 1973 album “Goats Head Soup” featuring three unheard tracks, including one featuring Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. The band announced on Thursday that the release on Sept. 4 will include a four-disc CD and vinyl box set editions that includes 10 bonus tracks, including outtakes and alternative versions. Page appears on a song called “Scarlet,” and the Stones also released a video for one of the unheard songs, called “Criss Cross.” “Goats Head Soup" features one of the band's well known acoustic ballads, “Angie." Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    (CNN)Three Black Lives Matter roadway murals in Vermont were defaced, state police say.The murals, located in and near Underhill, featured the slogans "Black Lives Matter" and "Black Trans Lives Matter." On Monday morning, a state trooper discovered that two of the murals had tire burnouts over the them, while a third had been defaced with white and brown paint, according to a state police press release.The vandalism comes after similar incidents in Maryland and California. In Baltimore, chalk messages by elementary school students in support of "Black Lives Matter" were washed away by adults. And in Northern California, two people face hate crime charges for painting over a "Black Lives Matter" roadway mural.The defacements are being investigated as potential bias-related...
    By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Buttigieg's next book has a unifying message. Liveright Publishing announced Wednesday that the former Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor had written “Trust: America’s Best Chance,” scheduled for release Oct. 6. According to Liveright, the book combines history and personal reflections in an “urgent and soul-searching” exploration into creating a stronger democracy. “In order for our country to move forward in the years ahead, it will be more important than ever to build trust — trust in our institutions and leaders, trust in each other, and trust around the world in America itself," Buttigieg said in a statement. "Now is a time to consider the foundational role trust plays...
    A rescue dog in Franklin, Tennessee, is being praised for alerting her owner to what might have been a tragic situation on Saturday. Just before 10:45 p.m., Jeff LeCates’ three-year-old Belgian Malinois, Roux, began barking frantically at his front door, according to a press release from the city. “When he opened the door to investigate, she went flying out. He followed and discovered his neighbor’s house was on fire,” the release said. LeCates then started banging on the door to wake the three people who lived inside and get them out of the house, Fox 13 reported. Thankfully, the family and their pets escaped unharmed and LeCates tried to put out the fire while his neighbor called 911. “I’m just glad everybody ended...
    PANAMA CITY – US prosecutors have charged two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in reference to bribery and cash laundering linked to Brazilian building agency Odebrecht, in accordance with a federal criticism unsealed on Monday. Luis Enrique Martinelli, 38, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, 40, have been arrested earlier within the day in Guatemala Metropolis as they tried to board a flight to Panama, and face extradition to the US, Guatemala’s police mentioned in a press release. A Martinelli household spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the fees. However the household mentioned in a press release following the arrest that it was working to make sure the sons have authorized help in Guatemala and...
              Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) have introduced legislation that they say will combat illegal immigration fraud and eliminate loopholes in birthright citizenship that foreign nationals exploit. This, according to a press release Blackburn published on her website Monday. The Ban Birth Tourism Act will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and ban birth tourism as a permissible basis for obtaining a temporary visitor visa, according to the press release. “Over the last two decades, birth tourism has grown to be a sizable industry. Each year tens of thousands of people exploit this immigration law loophole. Our nation’s citizenship is not for sale to those who pay to come here and...
    The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona reopened on Saturday, after more than three months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, by welcoming medical staff first, in thanks for their commitment. This first phase of the reopening of the modernist “temple” – one of the most visited buildings in Spain – is meant to be a “tribute” to all those who have mobilized against the epidemic in the second city of Spain. Caregivers, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, etc. strolled again, masked, in the building listed as World Heritage of Humanity. Matilde Fuentes, a 49-year-old doctor, was particularly touched: “We have gone through very difficult times, we have tried to be there whenever we were needed, and now that...
    Julian Assange is currently detained in the UK. He is ‘claimed’ by the United States who wants to try him for spying. Release and blocking This Friday, July 03, forty organizations defending human rights and press freedom called for the “immediate” release of the controversial Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. As a reminder, this is continued at United States for having published in 2010 more than 700,000 documents classified with regard to American military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Afghanistan and in Iraq. As Le Figaro reports with the French Press, in a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice, Robert Buckland, the signatories of the request require the British government to release “immediately” Julian Assange. They also request a...
    A man who was shot Thursday afternoon in North Minneapolis died from his injuries shortly afterwards, police said. The department received a report of a shooting near 21st Avenue North and 4th Street North at about 2:48 p.m., according to a press release. Officers found a man shot with no pulse nor respiration. They administered CPR and other life-saving measures until paramedics took the man to the hospital, where he died. A man was reported seen running away from the scene. Officers detained and questioned him to see “what role he played in this case, if any,” the press release said. This death is the 28th homicide in Minneapolis this year.
              U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty on Wednesday announced more than 1,000 endorsements from government officials, business leaders, law enforcement officers, and community leaders across all of Tennessee’s 95 counties. This, according to a press release that members of Hagerty’s campaign posted on his website. “Team Hagerty continues to gain momentum every day, and Chrissy and I are humbled to have such strong grassroots support across all 95 counties,” Hagerty said in the press release. “I am grateful for their insight as we work to share my conservative vision with Tennesseans across the state. They are joining me as I work alongside President Trump to stand up for Tennessee families. Together, we will put Tennessee...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs Sports Academy is offering virtual basketball clinics to children starting on July 13, a press release said. Young athletes will be able to improve their basketball skills while maintaining social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic during the week long clinics. The clinics are available to kids ages 6 to 15. Spurs Sports Academy, digital software company launch virtual basketball workouts According to the press release, the clinics will provide instruction to players by helping them learn fundamentals. “While we anxiously await to safely return on the court, and see our new and returning campers, we are excited to roll out a new virtual way to connect and engage with our young athletes,” said Joe Clark,...
    In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of preeminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing its eighth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases demand justice. Here’s July's list, ranked in order of urgency: 1. Maria Ressa (Philippines)Filipino-U.S. dual citizen sentenced in cyber libel case. On June 15, a Manila court convicted Maria Ressa, editor of the privately owned Rappler news website, and Reynaldo Santos, a former researcher at the outlet, of cyber libel. The criminal offense requires each journalist to pay $7,950 in fines and moral damages as...
    Adam Savage denied claims that he sexually assaulted his sister, Miranda Pacchiana, after she filed a lawsuit in opposition to him. Hollywood’s Sexual Misconduct Scandals The previous MythBusters cohost, 52, was accused of abusing his sister in paperwork filed on Tuesday, June 30, with the Westchester County clerk in New York. The alleged incidents happened between the years of 1976 by means of 1979. In accordance with the paperwork obtained by Us Weekly on Tuesday, Pacchiana, 51, claimed that “Adam Savage, would repeatedly rape” her and “drive oral intercourse upon her.” The doc outlined six claims, together with allegations that Pacchiana’s brother would “forestall” her from “leaving her mattress and would anally rape her” when she was between...
    A total of seven athletes at the University of Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release sent out by the school on Tuesday night. It’s unclear which sports these athletes play, though the press release did confirm positive tests across multiple sports. This came as a result of 170 administered tests, according to the press release, and the athletes with confirmed cases will self-isolate. They will undergo additional screening and will need to be cleared by a team physician before returning to team activities. In the meantime, the athletes will have access to all the necessary resources and food, according to the press release. This is the first confirmed cases of COVID-19...
    SAN MARCOS – The City of San Marcos announced Tuesday that it would be conducting free testing for COVID-19 at San Marcos High School from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., July 12-16. The high school is located at 2601 Rattler Road. The free walk-up COVID-19 testing and was made possible by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Army National Guard in collaboration with the Hays County Office of Emergency Management and the City of San Marcos Office of Emergency Management. According to a press release from the city, no pre-registration is needed prior to testing. “Testing is available for anyone, ages five and up, regardless of symptoms,” the city’s press release states. “Participants are not required to...
    A 72-year-old California woman was attacked by a bison Monday at Yellowstone National Park after she approached it for a photo, the National Park Service (NPS) said in a press release. The woman repeatedly walked within 10 feet of the bison at the Bridge Bay Campground Monday evening trying to get a picture before the animal charged and gored her. She was treated on the scene for multiple wounds before being airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, NPS said in the press release. (RELATED: Man Is Fined $1,000 For Breaking Yellowstone National Park Rules) Keep Your Distance and Keep Wildlife Wild! ????‍♂️????#FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly pic.twitter.com/uhNKSjp9ME — National Park Service (@NatlParkService) June 26, 2020 Yellowstone’s Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia...
    A heavily redacted FBI report in 2006 confirmed that white supremacist groups were asking their members to join law enforcement agencies in order to continue to spread hatred. But as of this date, the report has barely been reviewed. READ MORE: Van Jones secretly helped develop Trump police reform order In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Elijah McClain at the hands of police, there are renewed calls to make the entire report public. Neo-Nazi protestors organized by the National Socialist Movement demonstrate near where the grand opening ceremonies were held for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Democratic California congresswoman Norma Torres, along with 27 lawmakers has asked for...
    Visitors would be able to see what's going on inside the farm. Courtesy of Goldsmith.Company A floating poultry farm designed to house 7,000 hens is coming to Merwehaven, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, according to its designer, the Goldsmith architecture company. According to a press release shared with Insider, the walls of the planned farm would be made of a combination of glass and translucent polycarbonate panels to allow visitors a peek inside the building. Other than egg-laying hens, the farm would have space for growing vegetables and herbs using LED lights, according to the press release.  Goldsmith.Company's design shows an air system within the farm designed to reduce emissions of poultry dust and nitrogen. The press release also...
    (CNN)A little more than three months after the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, it has become evident that both the research cycle and the news cycle have accelerated to levels never seen before in our lifetime.According to the Milken Institute, there are at least 254 treatments and 172 vaccines currently in development to fight Covid-19. I've reported on many of them. Some of them are just being developed, like PAC-MAN, a new anti-viral treatment that uses the gene therapy technology CRISPR. Others are drugs finding a new life, like remdesivir, which initially showed effectiveness in treating animals with SARS and MERS, and was even trialed unsuccessfully for Ebola.US taxpayers are funding six Covid vaccines....
    EL PASO, Texas – There’s roughly a month left for one lucky Powerball winner to claim their $1 million prize. A winning ticket for the Jan. 25 Powerball drawing will expire soon and the winner will forfeit the $1 million prize if it has not been claimed by July 23. The ticket was sold at Big Savers Market at 3630 Alameda Ave. in El Paso. A press release from the Texas Lottery says the winning ticket matched all five white-ball numbers, 2-9-17-36-67, but not the Powerball number, 18. The ticket holder must claim the prize by 5 p.m. on July 23 at a claim center by requesting an appointment online at www.txlottery.org or by calling 800-375-6886. Walk-in claims will not...
              U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03) endorsed Bill Hagerty Wednesday for the United States Senate, citing the former ambassador’s business acumen among the reasons for his support. “Bill Hagerty is a trustworthy conservative businessman, just like President Trump, who has my complete support,” Fleischmann said in the press release.  “Bill’s economic background more than qualifies him for the U.S. Senate. As businesses in Tennessee and around the country begin to open again, we need someone like Bill helping lead our state. Tennesseans will be well-served with Bill in the Senate.” Hagerty, in the same press release, said he appreciated the congressman’s support. “He is a good friend, who is working hard alongside President Trump...
              The United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses and organizations, on Monday endorsed Bill Hagerty for United States Senate. This, according to a press release that Hagerty posted on his website. According to the press release, the Chamber endorsed Hagerty because of his business background. “I’m honored and humbled to be endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce,” Hagerty said in the press release.  “The Chamber and President Trump understand that we need business-minded leaders in the Senate to help get our economy going again – that’s why they’ve endorsed my campaign. In the Senate, I will continue to work...
    (CNN)Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York who has investigated a number of associates with ties to President Donald Trump, said he will not leave his post shortly after the Department of Justice announced late Friday night he was stepping down. Read his full statement:"I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was 'stepping down' as United States Attorney. I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations...
    Former National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected to make new allegations against President Donald Trump in his upcoming memoir about his time in the White House. Simon & Schuster, the publisher for Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened,” released a promotional press release Friday, where they announced Bolton would accuse the president of committing “Ukraine-like transgressions” with other countries. (RELATED: John Bolton Sides With John Kelly In Dust-Up With Trump) “This is the book Donald Trump doesn’t want you to read,” the press release states. The press release also signals that Bolton will be critical of House Democrats’ impeachment process. The White House claimed executive privilege to prevent Bolton from testifying to either the House or the Senate...