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At the end of Olympic, Salt Lake's Nathan Chen helps bid farewell to the Beijing Games

Gold medalist Nathan Chen was back on the ice for this weekend's figure skating gala. He will leave Beijing with an uncertain future, but his legacy is secure. (Author: Gardener)

Nathan ChenBeijing • Nathan Chen spun across the ice, a swirl of motion amid swirls of red light. His tuxedo performance at Sunday's figure skating gala as part of the celebratory "Caravan" didn't steal the show between a "Rocky"-themed number and the graceful rendition of "Ave Maria" by women's gold medalist Anna Shcherbakova of Russia. By the time he skated at the traditional merry Winter Games wrap-up, Chen had already secured a place of honor in his sport. None other than Yuzuru Hanyu, the Japanese skater who won the previous two gold medals and is one of Chen's greatest rivals and a close friend, put the Salt Lake City skater on a pedestal. "He's such a great figure skater," Hanyu, who finished fourth in Beijing, said through an interpreter on Sunday. "I think he has all the good qualities that you can attribute to a figure skater. I admire him because he can always make a high, perfect jump and it's difficult for me to finish as perfectly as he does. Chen went to those Olympics with all eyes on him — and not just because he seemed to be on TV during every commercial break. Figure skating fans wondered which skater would show up at Capital Indoor Stadium: the one who stumbled through his short program to drop from favorite to 17th place during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, or the one whose long program that same year so ​​a showstopper it brought him back to the brink of an Olympic medal. Hungry by lack and confident by his comeback, Chen's performances in the team event and men's singles were sensational, even record-breaking. And when it was all over, he had secured the gold medal, the only piece of jewelry missing from his trophy case. "I've achieved almost every goal I set out to achieve in skating," Chen told The Salt Lake Tribune a day after his golden triumph. In order to. It's hard to say whether I want to continue or not.” To be clear, Chen hasn't said he plans to retire. However, after completing the Stars on Ice exhibition tour, he plans to return to Yale in the fall. He took two years off school to prepare for the Olympics and told The Salt Lake Tribune he has no plans to train while he's there. "I'm really proud of what I've already achieved," said the 22-year-old. "I'm glad I got those opportunities and, you know, really grateful for all the support I've received to get those opportunities and try to make the best of those opportunities, and I think that is all that really matters to me." (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nathan Chen performs at the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Sunday, February 20, 2022. (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nathan Chen performs in the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Chen won two medals in Beijing but he will only leave with one.The International Olympic Committee said there will be none Allow medal ceremony for team figure skating event until case is solved by Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old announced the day after she helped the Russian team win gold nt reported a positive doping test. The American team, including Chen, protested the IOC's decision not to hold a ceremony. It's unclear when they will receive their medals or if they will be silver or gold. "We're obviously disappointed by that," Chen said of the CAS decision. “And having had the opportunity to watch it with teammates and also to be on the podium for myself, I know how special this moment is. A team ceremony was planned for February 8 at the medal court but did not take place. The IOC later announced that on December 25 Valieva tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine, which improves blood flow to the heart. The positive test became known the day after the end of the team run and she was immediately given a provisional ban by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). This suspension was lifted a day later by that organization's Disciplinary Anti-Doping Panel. CAS then allowed Valieva to continue competing despite complaints from the IOC, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skating Union. She finished fourth in the women's individual competition, removing all controversy over a medal ceremony for that competition. Chen said he felt a mixture of anger and injustice at the US team being denied their celebration. “I wanted to do my part to support the team and everyone ran just phenomenal. We all stood our ground, we all did what we had to do," he said. “Coming here, competing here, of course, but also everything that leads to the Olympics.

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GOP splinter in race for resigning Congressman Kevin Brady's seat

Although there are 11 candidates running in the Republican primary, the vast majority of local... (Author: Gardener)

GOPMorgan Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL running in the Republican primary for the 8th congressional district, speaks during a campaign event Saturday at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Morgan Luttrell, a congressional candidate, salutes supporters prior to the Texas First Rally Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Morgan Luttrell, a congressional candidate, greets Vicki Fullerton prior to the Texas First Rally Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Morgan Luttrell listens as his brother Marcus speaks during Morgan's campaign rally on Saturday February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. A group of people speak during the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Guy and Lesha Daniel pray during the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable Philip Cash speaks during the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough listens during the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Montgomery County Commissioner Robert Walker speaks during the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Dan Patrick speaks during the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Holly Luttrell listens to her son Morgan during his campaign rally on Saturday February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Former US Secretary of Energy and Governor of Texas Rick Perry is introduced by Marcus Luttrell during a campaign rally for Marcus' brother Morgan on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Alex Brueswitz speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Rick Perry, former US Secretary of Energy and Governor of Texas, introduces Morgan Luttrell, a congressional candidate, during his campaign event Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Mike Lindell, Founder of My Pillow, and US Rep. Madison Cawthorn speak during a campaign rally for Christian Collins on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Mike Lindell speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Mike Lindell speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. People cheer as US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands on Saturday February 19, 2022. People cheer as US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands on Saturday February 19, 2022. Christian Collins, second from left, stands with U.S. Reps. Madison Cawthorn and Marjorie Taylor Greene during a rally at Grace Woodlands Church on Saturday. Congressional candidate Christian Collins speaks during his campaign rally on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Congressional candidate Christian Collins, center, stands on stage with U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, left, and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene during his campaign event Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Leslie Wilson prays during a campaign rally for Christian Collins on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. CONROE -- Hundreds of people crowded into the veteran-themed Honor Cafe here on Saturday as Marcus Luttrell, the retired Navy SEAL from "Lone Survivor," campaigned to send his twin brother Morgan to Congress. But in between praising Morgan's toughness, Marcus Luttrell also, thinly in disguise, fired at Christian Collins, his brother's much younger rival in the March 1 Republican primary. "Nothing against anyone going up against my brother, but if you're a boy trying to be a man in this world, you're in the wrong place," Marcus Luttrell said. About a 15-minute drive south on Interstate 45, Collins, 33, was in the middle of his own rally at Grace Woodlands Church, where he was joined by two of his most prominent supporters: U. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, both members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus. Across the street, Marcus Luttrell pinned Collins — without mentioning him by name — for "bringing people in from out of state just to talk about me and my brother." The 11-candidate Republican primary to succeed retiring Congressman Kevin Brady has divided conservatives in Houston and Washington, with the vast majority of local officials, donors and well-funded outside groups lining up behind either Collins or Morgan Luttrell. The two agree on virtually every major policy issue, and both have attracted support from right-wing conservatives, though Collins is more confidently aligning himself with the party's far-right faction and focusing on issues that enliven Trump's most loyal supporters -- enthusiastically a nationwide scrutiny of the election Demand 2020, for example. Luttrell - a former Navy SEAL, like his brother - also vows to aggressively support conservative policies in Congress, listing priorities including building a southern border wall, ending "radical classroom indoctrination" and ending federal vaccination regulations. People wait to attend the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe on Saturday, February 19, 2022. People wait to attend the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Dave Warren shows off his tattoos prior to the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Dave Warren shows off his tattoos prior to the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Marcus Luttrell speaks during a campaign rally for his brother Morgan Luttrell on Saturday February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Marcus Luttrell speaks during a campaign rally for his brother Morgan Luttrell on Saturday February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Marcus Luttrell speaks during a campaign rally for his brother Morgan Luttrell on Saturday February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Marcus Luttrell speaks during a campaign rally for his brother Morgan Luttrell on Saturday February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. Leslie Luttrell, right, and her father James Webb hold their son Lincoln as they listen to her husband Morgan Luttrell during the Texas First Rally, one of her husband's campaign events, Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe . Leslie Luttrell, right, and her father James Webb hold their son Lincoln as they listen to her husband Morgan Luttrell during the Texas First Rally, one of her husband's campaign events, Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe . But Collins, a conservative activist and political activist who has previously worked for Brady and US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, insists Luttrell's rhetoric is undermined by his support of a super PAC with close ties to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California will. Collins also frequently notes that Luttrell, 46, is supported by two Republicans, U.S. Reps. Dan Crenshaw of Houston and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who have taken issue with the party's far-right faction -- represented by Greene and others representing uncompromising loyalty to the former appreciate President Donald Trump and his agenda. Portraying himself as an insurgent ready to play tough with the leadership of the Republican House of Representatives, Collins vowed Saturday to formalize his alliance with Greene and other like-minded members by forming an "America first, Patriot Squad." , a nod to the four-man squad. of progressive Democrats, to which U belongs. “The question for this district, Congressional District 8, is not whether we're going to vote for a Republican, because we are. It's what kind of Republican," Collins said. At a debate this month, Luttrell defended his support from the McCarthy-affiliated Super-PAC, saying the group supports him because "plain and simple, I'm a better candidate." He also vowed to "never step out of line" on certain matters and suggested that opposing the leadership of the House of Representatives presented less of a challenge than the life-and-death decisions he faced in the Navy . Luttrell also brushed aside Collins in the debate for blasting Kinzinger, whose outspoken criticism of Trump has alienated him from the party. Luttrell dismissed Kinzinger's anti-Trump actions and said his campaign returned a $5,000 check he received from Kinzinger's PAC last year, though he also pushed back on Collins' characterization of Kinzinger as a "traitor." Morgan Luttrell, a congressional candidate, speaks during his campaign rally Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. He fought for his country in a war," Luttrell said before turning to Collins. Cawthorn, speaking at Collins' rally on Saturday, said after watching the debate he decided to support Collins over Luttrell - deciding the latter would take a "laissez-faire, hands-off approach" to the Governing in Washington, D., represent. "America first, patriots need to get around Christian Collins so we have someone who wants to come to Washington, DC, not just to get a seat ... but to go there to actually get something done," Cawthorn said. Congressional candidate Christian Collins stands on stage with US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene during his campaign rally on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Less than a week before the early vote, the race has seen a cascade of outside spending, led by a $593,000 infusion from last week's McCarthy-aligned Super PAC to fund a television ad for Luttrell. The 30-second spot says Luttrell will "crush the awakened mob" and "protect the energy of Texas like he did in Trump's energy department" — a reference to Luttrell's role as special adviser to former Energy Secretary Rick Perry. (Trump didn't endorse any candidate in the primary.) Even with the pro-Luttrell TV ad, Collins has benefited from most of the outside spending in the race, including more than half a million dollars apiece from a super PAC associated with the connected is House Freedom Caucus and a Super PAC funded entirely by Robert Marling, a bank executive from The Woodlands. Another super PAC called Drain the DC Swamp, funded largely by a Colorado-based GOP mega-donor who has also supported far-right Republicans like Greene and US Rep. Lauren Boebert, dropped $75,000 on direct mail and texting to support Collins. Rick Perry, former US Secretary of Energy and Governor of Texas, speaks during the Texas First Rally, a campaign rally for Morgan Luttrell, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Honor Cafe in Conroe. The spate of outside spending has helped Collins stay financially competitive with Luttrell, who as of Feb. 9 had raised nearly $2.2 million, more than five times Collins's. Four other GOP candidates had raised between $17,000 and $44,000 since the campaign began: former Navy helicopter pilot Dan McKaughan, businesswoman Candice Burrows, Willis Public Works director Taylor Whichard and Jessica Wellington, a former district director for retired Congressman Ted Poe . The four remaining candidates had reported no fundraising. The winner meets the only Democrat running for the seat, former San Jacinto County Democratic Party Chairwoman Laura Jones. A man listens during a campaign rally for Christian Collins at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands on Saturday February 19, 2022. A man listens during a campaign rally for Christian Collins at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands on Saturday February 19, 2022. Ryan Fournier speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands on Saturday February 19, 2022. Ryan Fournier speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands on Saturday February 19, 2022. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. US Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. US Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks during a campaign rally for Christian Collins on Saturday February 19, 2022 at Grace Woodlands in The Woodlands. Although the district retained its partisan makeup, it lost about 175,000 residents from southern Montgomery County while ceding most of its northern rural territory to neighboring districts. It now includes more than 300,000 new residents in West Harris County. One of the district's longtime residents, Lt. gov. Dan Patrick told attendees at the Luttrell rally on Saturday that Luttrell has an overall victory within reach on March 1 - potentially allowing him to avoid a grueling runoff in May. "Here's my message to you: We don't want [Luttrell's wife] Leslie and Morgan working three months and raising another million and a half dollars," Patrick said.

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The NBA will honor the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in a special ceremony at halftime in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game

Usher, Spike Lee, Tiffany Haddish and Anthony Anderson will narrate and take fans on a journey through the league's first 75 years. (Author: Gardener)

NBANEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) will honor the NBA's 75th anniversary team in a special halftime ceremony during the 71st NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 20 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. Eight-time GRAMMY Award winner and Cleveland Cavaliers partner Usher, five-time Academy Award winner and two-time Emmy Award winner Spike Lee, GRAMMY and Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish and Emmy Award nominee Anthony Anderson will narrate and the fans A journey through the league's first 75 years, recognizing the players who shone the brightest and highlighting the themes that have served as cornerstones of the NBA since its inception: competition, culture and inclusion. Nine-time GRAMMY Award winners Earth, Wind & Fire will perform their hit "Shining Star" for the semifinals. Prior to the tip, Billboard Award-winning artist and Cleveland native Machine Gun Kelly and acclaimed producer and award-winning DJ D-Nice will introduce the 2022 NBA All-Stars. Four-time GRAMMY Award winner Macy Gray of Ohio will sing the US national anthem, and Toronto native, two-time Juno Award nominee and platinum-selling artist Ryland James will sing the Canadian national anthem. On Saturday, February 19th, GRAMMY Award-winning music mogul DJ Khaled will be joined by a host of high-profile friends including nine-time GRAMMY Award winner and two-time Academy Award winner Mary J. Blige, three-time GRAMMY Award winner Ludacris, the five-time GRAMMY Award winners Lil Wayne, Gunna, Migos and Lil Baby headline an unforgettable performance before the AT&T Slam Dunk during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. As previously announced, ahead of the start of the inaugural NBA HBCU Classic presented by AT&T on Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET on TNT, ESPN2 and NBA TV, award-winning actress, music artist and television personality Keke Palmer will perform the U. 🌟 DJ Khaled is joined by Gunna, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige and Migos. to headline #StateFarmSaturday performances on TNT! Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Anthony Anderson is the star and executive producer of ABC's multi-award-winning sitcom Black-ish, in which he portrays Andre "Dre" Johnson, which is currently airing its eighth and final season. Anderson will also reprise his role as Detective Kevin Barnard in Season 21 of Law and Order, which marks a highly anticipated return to television. He also hosts the ABC game show To Tell the Truth. Anderson is executive producer on black-ish and its spin-off grown-ish. He has numerous other television and film roles including TRANSFORMERS, THE DEPARTED and HUSTLE & FLOW. Anderson received seven Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series as Producer, and three Golden Globe nominations and three Critics Choice nominations for his role in Black-ish. He has won seven Image Awards and received 16 nominations in his career. In 2020 he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The legendary DJ, rapper, beatboxer, producer, photographer and philanthropist has touched millions on Instagram Live with timeless records, on stage at memorable gigs and online with his revolutionary virtual Club Quarantine. The NAACP Image Awards named him Entertainer of the Year, Time Magazine nominated him for 2020 Person of the Year, while he took home the 2020 Webby Artist of the Year award for Outstanding Achievement, and Ebony Magazine took home him in his 2021 Power 100 list. Most importantly, Club Quarantine has had a positive impact around the world, raising millions for first responders, HBCUs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Apollo Theater and more. Since beginning his career two decades ago, GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul and mega-producer DJ Khaled has sold 18 million singles and 5 million albums and generated more than 3 billion streams. He hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016 with the gold-selling "Major Key" and in 2017 with the platinum-certified, GRAMMY Award-nominated "Grateful." The latter boasted a six-time platinum Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "I 'm The One" (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) and "Wild Thoughts" (which features his 12th full-length album, Father of Asahd, was No 1 most-streamed record, received a Gold certification from the RIAA and marked his third consecutive Top 2 debut on the Billboard Top 200. He also directs We the Best Music Group, is a New York Times bestselling author and an associate judge Fox's top-rated hit "The Four" of 2018. Earth, Wind & Fire is a music institution. The group have had eight number one hits and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. They have released 23 albums, eight of them were certified double platinum and reached the top 10, which made her one of the best-selling artists of all time e GRAMMY Awards, including one for lifetime achievement (2012). In 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing their lasting influence on popular music. Earth, Wind & Fire's music is more alive than ever as they continue to inspire new audiences and delight those who have been with us since the beginning. Like the elements in the group's name, Earth, Wind & Fire's music has withstood the ever-changing trends in the world and shows no signs of disappearing. From the funky and infectious "Let's Groove" to the timeless dance classic "September" to the heartfelt "Reasons," Earth, Wind & Fire's catalog of hits has become the soundtrack of many lifetimes; now, then and forever. Six-time GRAMMY nominee Lil Baby is one of the most dominant and critically acclaimed names in music with over 30 billion streams worldwide. In 2020, he released My Turn, the #1 streamed and best-selling album of any genre that year, which also charted 14 records simultaneously on The Billboard Hot 100, and bonded him with music titans Prince and Paul McCartney. His 2021 collaboration, The Voice of the Heroes, with Lil Durk was his second #1 project on the Billboard 200. He has three BET Awards for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Duo with Lil Durk, and get the best new artist. He was also named Vevo's Best Hip-Hop Artist, MVP at Rap Caviar, and won Global Artist of the Year at the Apple Music Awards. He has received six Grammy nominations in his young career. Lil Wayne Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum rap icon, founder of Young Money Entertainment, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist and storied superstar has left an indelible tattoo on culture. As of 2020, he forever cemented his legacy as one of the best-selling artists of all time, amassing more than 100 million records worldwide with 15 million album sales and 37 million digital track sales in the United States alone. He has received 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs and eight NAACP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as "the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley for most entries on the Billboard Hot 100," posting a staggering 109 entries. With a discography marked by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008's triple platinum, triple GRAMMY Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum follow-up Tha Carter IV in Highlighted in 2011, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Concurrently, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as CEO. As a recording artist, Ludacris has sold more than 15 million albums domestically thanks to the blockbuster success of singles such as "Stand Up", "Get Back", "Southern Hospitality", "Number One Spot", "Money Maker" and "My Chick". Bad" not only starred in Carrie Underwood's hit single "The Champion," but also co-wrote it. His feature film credits include Universal Pictures' blockbuster franchise Fast & the Furious, including Fast 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Fate of the Furious”, which broke records at the box office and became the highest-grossing film premiere worldwide. He's getting back in the studio working on new music with an album release sometime this year. Recent ventures include the launch of his educational platform, KidNation, dedicated to the enrichment of children, and the opening of his much-anticipated restaurant, Chicken-n-Beer, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. Mary J. Blige, the GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, Oscar-nominated actress, producer and philanthropist, is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment, making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine GRAMMY Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, a SAG nomination, and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, Blige has plenty, among many other accolades to offer cemented itself as a global superstar. The singer/songwriter has attracted a very loyal following, being responsible for sales of more than 50 million albums worldwide. Blige just released her 15th studio album, GOOD MORNING GORGEOUS, and performed on the historic Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. Acclaimed artist, actress, activist and strong woman, Macy Gray is no stranger to saying what needs to be said and acting on her words. Since breaking onto the music scene in 1999 with the release of her triple-platinum debut album, How Life Is, Gray has emerged as an R&B and soul powerhouse. She has built a loyal global fan base and has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. A five-time GRAMMY nominee, Gray received the 2000 GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance for her iconic song "I Try" and has been honored with two BRIT Awards. Gray's latest album will be released in 2022. Entitled The Reset, the album is geared to spur further discussion about what's happening in the world today and will help redefine what pop music should be while offering music lovers amazing music, good times and a great message. Gray's talents resonate beyond music. She starred in Tyler Perry's Black Reel Award-winning For Colored Girls and has been on screens from Brotherly Love and Cardboard Boxer to the NETFLIX hit Fuller House. Recording artist Machine Gun Kelly is a multi-talented artist with an impressive career that began in Cleveland and has made him a worldwide star in both music and film. Machine Gun Kelly's fifth studio album, Tickets To My Downfall, was released on September 25, 2020 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The platinum album was the first rock album of 2020 to top the chart and exceeded the Half brought in billions of streams in less than a week. He has landed 18 songs on the Hot Rock Songs Billboard chart and to date, "Tickets to My Downfall" has sold over 2.5 million albums and had over 3.6 billion streams worldwide. MGK has received numerous accolades including an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Artist, back-to-back MTV VMAs for Best Alternative, iHeart Radio's Best Alternative Rock Album, and the 2021 Billboard Music Awards for Best Rock Artist and Best Rock Album. With almost 30 billion streams and 68 billion YouTube views, Migos and her Culture series are in the pantheon of hip-hop greats. The group has received massive critical acclaim and 47 award nominations, and was the first rap group to tie the Beatles for most concurrent Hot 100 entries. Every year since 2017, when they broke with original culture, Migos has taken home the best group at the BET Awards. With more than a dozen gold and platinum singles, two multi-platinum albums and hundreds of songs behind them, Migos stepped down to prepare for the final part of their Culture trilogy. Keke Palmer is an Emmy-winning actress, singer, songwriter, producer and television host. Earlier in the year, Palmer co-starred and executive produced the Steel Springs Pictures feature film Alice, alongside writer-director Krystin Ver Linden's Common and Johnny Lee Miller. This summer she will star in Nope, Jordan Peele's highly anticipated next feature film at Universal. In 2021, she received a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of the five members of the Taylor family in her own series, Turn Up With the Taylors, which she produced with Kids at Play for Facebook Watch, based on the original characters featured on her social networks media became more and more popular. Keke is currently voicing "Maya" in Disney+'s revival of The Proud Family and "Rochelle" in Netflix's new Big Mouth spinoff Human Resources, having appeared in Season 5 of Big Mouth can be heard voicing the role of "Brynn" opposite Pete Davidson on Broadway Video's Audible scripted podcast "Hit Job." Ryland James, a two-time JUNO Award nominee and platinum-certified vocal dynamo, is an emotionally-sharp songwriter and powerhouse performer. A Deseronto, Ontario native, he took to the global stage in 2019 with his breakout single "In My Head." The song peaked at #1 on Shazam Canada's Top 200 chart and was certified platinum in Canada. He supported multi-platinum superstar Alessia Cara on a sold-out North American tour and has performed at festivals such as Life Is Beautiful. After his self-titled debut EP Ryland James in 2020, he surpassed 72 million global streams. James welcomed in 2022 with a brand new single entitled "I Give Everything" through Universal Music Canada and Republic Records. The track comes after a year of self-reflection and immense personal growth from James, who has not only come to terms with who he is, but is embracing himself with pride. Academy Award® winner SPIKE LEE has an iconic storytelling that has had a lasting impact on filmmaking and television. Most recently, he has entered into a multi-year partnership with Netflix to direct and produce narrative features. He previously worked with Netflix on projects such as Da 5 Bloods (which he directed and co-wrote), the series She's Gotta Have It (which he created, wrote and directed), the film version of Rodney King . (which he directed) and the sci-fi film See You Yesterday by Stefon Bristol (which he produced). In August 2021, he directed and produced the four-part documentary NYC EPICENTERS 9/11➔2021½, which was released by HBO and streamed on HBO Max. In 2018, the visionary filmmaker co-wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed hit film BlacKKKlansman, which won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Emmy and Grammy award winner Tiffany Haddish has established herself as one of the most in-demand comedy actresses in the world. She has appeared in the Apple TV crime series The Afterparty, alongside Dave Franco, Ben Schwartz and Ilana Glazer, and opposite Oscar Isaac in the critically acclaimed Paul Schrader film The Card Counter. . She is also currently working on the production of the Disney film Haunted Mansion and will next begin producing Cory Finley's feature film adaptation of the National Book Award winning Landscape With Invisible Hand. Other recent projects include reprising her role as Tuca in the adult animated series Tuca & Bertie, in which she hosts TBS's new weekly film screening and talk show, Friday Night Vibes, and Netflix's Bad Trip, starring Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery. Haddish is perhaps best known for her breakout role in the hit comedy Girls Trip, in which she starred as the scene-stealing Dina alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall. Usher changed music, culture and countless lives. Aside from selling more than 80 million records worldwide and collecting dozens of awards, he's simultaneously lit up the small screen on NBC's The Voice and the big screen in blockbusters like Hustlers. He has also been a tireless philanthropist, raising tens of millions of dollars for various causes with his New Look Foundation since 1999 and encouraging youth. The multi-GRAMMY Award-winning international megastar, actor, dancer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and proud Atlanta resident is once again inspiring change in 2022 and beyond. He has won eight GRAMMY Awards to date and is Billboard's "No. 1 Hot 100 Artists of the 2000s", "No. 2 highest-grossing artists of the 2000s" and "one of the best-selling artists in American music history," according to the RIAA. He catapulted four consecutive albums to #1 on Billboard's Top 200, beginning with the seminal, diamond-certified "Confessions" in 2004. With a string of singles and shows, he continued to push boundaries before setting the stage for his ninth full-length album prepared 2022.

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3 Devastated Dow Jones Stocks Poised for a Strong Rebound

The market punished a handful of very vulnerable names as general weakness loomed, but some selling was far too overblown. (Author: Gardener)

3If you're keen on buying stocks while they're on sale, there's certainly no shortage of these names right now. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now down more than 6% from its January high and is back to where it was trading around the middle of last year. Here's a closer look at three devastated Dow Jones stocks that are poised for a big rally. Admittedly, athletic apparel company Nike (NYSE:NKE) has investors baffled. Newly unpredictable demand in China -- which accounts for about a fifth of its business -- makes it hard to hold back. No wonder the then-overbought stock is now down 20% from its November high. After all, this is still the number one athletic footwear brand in the world, and it's no loser on the clothing front either. Sure, a little more security in China would be nice; However, this is not the largest market or even the second largest market. Those accolades still belong to North America and Europe, if you add in the Middle East and Africa, both of which, incidentally, posted revenue growth for both the quarter ended November and the quarter ended August. In the meantime, the company continues to expand its own ways of connecting with customers online and offline. Sales made directly to customers rather than through third-party retail distributors accounted for more than 40% of revenue for the prior quarter, up 8% year over year, while Nike's digital sales for the same three months are year over year up 11%. That homegrown progress is a big reason why analysts are still calling for company-wide revenue growth of nearly 6% this year, which is huge for a company Nike's size. Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) stock, down more than a third (and trading at new 52-week lows) since its November peak, seems radioactive to investors - nobody wants to touch it. Sales here have been so targeted that a hard landing is likely, spurring an equally big and equally quick rebound. Salesforce.com is one of the world's first cloud computing companies to offer salespeople browser-based online access to customer databases. It's also still one of the most productive cloud companies in the world, with more than 150,000 enterprise customers contributing combined revenue of $21 billion in fiscal 2021, a 24% increase over 2020 revenue. That number is expected to grow to over $26 billion this year and nearly $32 billion in the next fiscal year. This stock isn't cheap, mind you...perhaps one of the main reasons it's rallied over the past few weeks. After the last look, shares are valued at more than 40 times their trailing and forward-looking earnings. Finally, add Honeywell International (NASDAQ:HON) to your list of downed Dow Jones stocks poised to dish out a big rally. Honeywell is, of course, the iconic industry name that manufactures everything from thermostats to aircraft parts to drug development technologies, plastics recycling solutions and more. But these are all things you would notice if manufacturers suddenly stopped making them. This constant marketability is the main reason why this company is a reliable revenue and profit generator. In fact, Honeywell International hasn't beaten quarterly earnings estimates at any point in the past four years, including the difficult period in 2020 when the pandemic first swept North America. Incidentally, the stock market hasn't given the company any credit for that reliability of late, as shares are down 15% from the January peak and 20% from the August peak. Much of that loss is due to Honeywell's 2022 guidance, which was released earlier this month. The company is targeting sales of between $35.4 billion and $36.4 billion and earnings of between $8.40 and $8.70 per share. The revenue expectation is in line with estimates, but the earnings forecast range did not compare favorably to the analyst community's collective estimate of $8.57. I tend to think the worst may be over for Honeywell. After all, the company has a penchant for making more profits than is widely believed. An earnings surprise could end up being the psychological bullish catalyst needed to start the stock's recovery move.

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All Sydney train services were canceled on Monday. Here's the latest

The city's transport network is at a standstill, when will it return to normal? (Author: Gardener)

SydneyA row between the NSW Government and rail travelers led to the cancellation of all Sydney passenger trains on Monday. Thousands of commuters were stuck with trains on the Sydney network in the early hours of Monday morning and NSW TrainLink intercity passenger services were suspended. The disruptions left frustrated commuters on Monday wondering why the services aren't running and how long they will last. RTBU NSW Secretary Alex Claassens said workers would participate in a 'modified work' ban, meaning they would work their assigned shifts without modification. "If commuters are seeing their services impacted, it is not because of workers' actions, it is because the NSW Government is spitting out the dummy and trying to make a mark," he said in a statement on Monday. “There is no strike – the workers just work the shifts we set without any changes. "We stand ready to run the trains whenever the NSW government allows us to." Mr Claassens also addressed the media on Monday morning, asking the state government to "get David Elliott back out of here today". "Get out of here and have a decent damn conversation and we can get these trains running again and do the right thing by the people of NSW," Mr Claassens said. 'Get out of here and have a proper bloody talk and we can get those trains moving again' - RTBU NSW Secretary Alex Claassens But Transport Secretary David Elliott has insisted the Government is not to blame for Monday's disruptions. Sydney Trains CEO Matt Longland says commuters face a "very difficult" Monday as services in the greater Sydney area and on the intercity network are suspended and routes from Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and Kiama on the south coast are affected . Commuters are urged to avoid trains wherever possible, use alternative modes of transport and allow more time for journeys. "Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services are not operating today due to industrial action," Transport for NSW said on social media just before 4am. Transport for NSW Secretary Rob Sharp added that additional buses would eventually become available but industrial action would leave tens of thousands of people stranded. "We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on commuters and we sincerely apologize to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this industrial action," he said. The matter was discussed before the Fair Works Commission over the weekend, and a decision was taken to cancel trains around midnight on Sunday after action by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union made it impossible for the services to operate safely, he said in a statement. But the union says workers are not going on strike and are conducting two weeks of protected industrial action that would not affect commuters. She accused the government of trying to "silence workers by blocking their legal industrial action." In a statement, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union blamed the state government for the mess and claimed workers were planning "low level" industrial action before they were "told by management that trains would not be running today". The action is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between the government and the union over safety guarantees, hygiene and privatization concerns. The matter returned to the Fair Work Commission on Monday morning. Transport for NSW warned over the weekend that drivers could go on strike over pay and working conditions. "From Sunday 6 February to Monday 7 March, Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink Intercity and regional trains could be disrupted due to ongoing protected industrial action by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union," a statement released on Sunday said Explanation. "Other railway unions are also conducting various forms of industrial action during this time." "You can expect different impacts on the network as some services are delayed and canceled at short notice." It comes after the state government announced last week that train services would be suspended will return to a weekday schedule from February 28 after being restricted during the pandemic. Monday's strike is likely to cause commuter chaos as many return to the office from their homes during the Omicron wave. The number of people using rail transport last week rose by seven per cent compared to the previous week, with an average of 541,905 daily weekday journeys made on Sydney Trains, according to Transport Secretary David Elliott.

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What to expect from every player Lane Kiffin has signed

Ole Miss Football was not active on National Signing Day 2022 but held on to its signers from December and added a large class of transfer portals. (Author: Gardener)

Lane KiffinAfter signing 17 players in the December signing period and adding 13 mid-year sign-ups via the transfer portal, Ole Miss did not sign any players on National Signing Day Wednesday. Coach Lane Kiffin said he plans to save the Rebels' few remaining stipends for potential transfer portal signings in the spring and summer. THE PLAN: Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss Football didn't have a big signing day. WHAT RULES?: Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss like to take advantage of 'a big problem' in the NCAA transfer portal's rules. As of Wednesday afternoon, Ole Miss ranks No. 23 in the 247Sports composite team recruitment rankings and No. 13 in the combined recruitment and broadcast portal rankings. Follow below for a look at the players the Rebels added during the December contract period. What to Expect: Ole Miss went on the defensive in last year's class. But with cornerbacks Jaylon Jones and Deane Leonard and safetyman Jake Springer exhausted this fall, the Rebels will need to bring in new talent. At his height, Cull is likely to profile himself as a Nickelback or inside security, and may take on Tysheem Johnson when he moves outside to the sidelines next year. What to Expect: Igbinosun committed to Ole Miss after the early signing deadline, but must have sent in his paperwork earlier since the rebels were able to announce him as a signer in January. One of the biggest gems of the Rebels class, Igbinosun has the length to play outside and the pedigree to be considered the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey for the class of 2022. What to Expect: It's unfair to any freshman to ask him to take the role of Jake Springer in this Ole Miss defense, but that might be what Groves needs to do. Groves is a tall and slender safety who could become a multipurpose safety alongside AJ Finley and Otis Reese next year. No freshman should be expected to be a Springer-level differentiator on day one, but Groves will likely have to contribute at least early on. Whether he's eating better interior space or fighting tackles on the edge, Ole Miss needs to find a role early on for Harris and his unique physique. What to Expect: Ole Miss absolutely reloaded this class at Linebacker. He has the size and talent to be a fixture at the center of the Ole Miss defense for years to come, and it never hurts that he's from the same high school as Mark Robinson and Otis Reese, who are currently in the Play Ole Miss Defense. What to Expect: It will be interesting to see how Ole Miss decides to use Banks. His ball-in-hand experience can make him a jumbo running back or tight end, his size could land him as an edge rusher, or his coverage experience could make him a linebacker. There are many options here, and Ole Miss would be foolish not to explore as many of them as she can. What to expect: Ole Miss turned Carswell's signing from Miami on signing day. He fits the profile of the type of offensive lineman the Rebels tend to sign. He's an interesting project signing and one who should become a key figure in the rebel line. What to expect: Cushman is a little different than the hulking linemen the Rebels signed in the last two classes. He's still tall at 6ft 5 and 285 pounds, but he's also athletic and can play tackle, guard and center. That versatility should come in handy, especially in defense and center where Ole Miss has struggled to develop consistent depth over the past two seasons. What to Expect: Ole Miss has signed five wide receivers in the last two years. With Braylon Sanders, Dontario Drummond and Jahcour Pearson turning pro, the Rebels need some receivers to move up. What to Expect: Ole Miss made a late push to get east. He once again fits the profile of the long-armed, projectable offensive linemen the Rebels like and, like Falentha Carswell, just like his colleague Falentha Carswell, has room to grow into his physique when the need arises. What to Expect: Barring an exodus to the transfer portal, Ole Miss should have a bit of a deadlock on the end next year. Casey Kelly and Chase Rogers should be back and Hudson Wolfe will be growing after an injury-plagued first year. Where Heath fits in remains to be seen, but his ability to play in line or flank at receiver should make him a valuable asset to a coaching staff that likes to use their tight ends in a variety of ways. What to Expect: Ole Miss has found success with junior college and grad transfer linebackers Chance Campbell, Mark Robinson and Lakia Henry in recent years. With Robinson, Henry and the senior MoMo Sanogo transfer safely gone and Campbell with an option to turn pro, Hughes may need to be a plug-and-play option inside the Ole Miss defense. Nobody expects him to be Campbell or Robinson from day one, but his size and college experience make him valuable for a position where Ole Miss needs help. What to Expect: When Ole Miss and Kiffin like running back, that's usually a good thing. It's hard to tell what the running back room will be like next year until Jerrion Ealy makes his NFL decision. But after rushing for 3,016 yards and 51 touchdowns over the past two seasons, Judkins has the potential to break into the Rebels' backfield in early 2022. What to Expect: Simmons is Ole Miss' longest-serving recruit and the Rebels should be rewarded for their loyalty to the three-star recipient. His speed and length could make him an outside weapon for Ole Miss, or at least prove valuable on special teams. What to expect: Stinson is another in the line of smaller defenders that Ole Miss is recruiting to play inside his 3-2-6 scheme. But he should have the build and agility to cover in the slot and over middle against smaller receivers and running backs. What to Expect: Linebacker is a position that Kiffin and the company have slightly under-recruited over the past two years. The Rebels have signed just one freshman as an inside linebacker the past two seasons, making White's signing a key element of depth. There will be a lot of turnover at this position in the offseason, so White may have time to compete for early reps alongside 2021-start rotations like Austin Keys and Ashanti Cistrunk. What to Expect: Kiffin doesn't waste grants on special teamers. Like last year with kicker Caden Costa, when Kiffin goes out and brings in a specialist, he expects that player to make a difference. Expect Masin, a tall and athletic Aussie punter, to step in for what Mac Brown has been doing for the past four years and take over the Rebels' punting game.

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How I met your father needs a Barney

How I Met Your Father didn't get off to a promising start. Injecting some Barney Stinson magic would go a long way towards making the show more fun and engaging. (Author: Gardener)

BarneyThe How I Met Your Father series sequel got off to a far less promising start. If I could only describe the series in one word so far, it would be lukewarm. It's reassuring that How I Met Your Father is aware of the backlash from How I Met Your Mother and seems intent on avoiding the mistakes of its predecessor. However, the fear of making these mistakes prevents the show from being good. In contrast, the How I Met Your Mother pilot was successful due to the liveliness of the characters, most notably Barney Stinson. Aside from making him a legend - wait for it - Dary, his over-the-top enthusiasm for everything from licking the Liberty Bell to creating the perfect playlist breathes life into How I Met Your Mother. How I Met Your Father needs a character like that. The good news is that How I Met Your Father already has a few characters who could step in to play the Barney role. Ellen seems to be the most natural fit. She already has a lot in common with Barney. Her goal of wanting to ask Kate McKinnon out is very Barney-esque. In How I Met Your Father Season 1 Episode 2, she realized that the experience of being rejected over and over again was just as valuable as a date. Like Ellen, he is interested in trying new things and having experiences for the sake of experience. One of Barney's most important roles on How I Met Your Mother was convincing other characters to do things they normally wouldn't do. Charlie also seems to have a knack for pushing the other characters out of their comfort zones. In How I Met Your Mother Season 1 Episode 5, he led efforts to help Sid overcome his awkwardness towards Sophie's mother and return Jesse to where he had humiliated himself with the failed proposal. This has the added benefit of making Jesse and Sid more interesting too. Another similarity that both Ellen and Charlie share with Barney is that they tend to have more surreal plots that are relatively more interesting than the A stories. One of the wiser moves How I Met Your Father has made so far is to take them and let them bounce off each other. So the potential for How I Met Your Father to have characters as the spirited Barney is there; It's the writing that needs to be up to date. While it seems unlikely based on what has aired so far, it's not out of the question that How I Met Your Father will improve drastically. Comedy often takes more time than drama to figure out the characters and find their identities. Parks and Recreation didn't figure out what made Leslie Knope a character worth watching until the end of season one. Unfortunately, the current age of television doesn't give television shows time to find their identities. Who knows if I How I Met Your Father will get another season. It wouldn't be the first time a TV show hasn't lived up to its promise before cancellation. However, if I How I Met Your Father is going to have any chance of being a good show, things need to get brighter. It has to wholeheartedly embrace the weird and surreal like its predecessor. No character represented this aspect of How I Met Your Mother better than Barney Stinson. How I Met Your Dad shouldn't take every page from Barney Stinson's playbook, but there are plenty of pages to use for inspiration. Despite the decline in, or perhaps because of, the quality of How I Met Your Mother in later years, people still remember it and discuss it passionately because it was memorable. One of the best ways to make a TV show memorable is to create memorable characters like Barney Stinson - something How I Met Your Father desperately needs. What are your thoughts on How I Met Your Father so far? Do you think any of the characters can fill the Barney void? 19 Characters Who Would Sacrifice Their Love Lives For The Greater Good

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Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker discuss PLAZA SUITE on CBS Sunday morning

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica stopped by CBS Sunday morning to talk about their upcoming appearances in the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite at the Hudson Theater. (Author: Gardener)

Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica stopped by CBS Sunday morning to talk about their upcoming appearances in the Broadway revival of Plaza Suite at the Hudson Theater. Two-time Tony Award winner Broderick and two-time Emmy Award winner Parker will star in this first-ever New York City revival of Neil Simon's classic comedy about marriage. Plaza Suite, in a Tony Award-winning production by John Benjamin Hickey. Jane Pauley interviewed the superstar duo and explained, "In March 2020, Plaza Suite had just arrived on Broadway after a sold-out performance in Boston. ...And just as they were about to begin their first performance at the Hudson Theater on Broadway, darkness fell." Pauley discusses the stars' early Broadway origins, from Annie to Brighton Beach memoirs, the revolutionary affair in the comedic Plaza Suite, quarantine hobbies and The Plaza Suite marks Broderick and Parker's first Broadway stage since the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 1995. This event also marks Broderick's return to the words of Neil Simon after winning his first Tony Award for the role of Eugene Jerome in Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, followed by its sequel Biloxi Blues Two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in this explosive and penetrating look at love and marriage from legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon. This new production marks the first revival of a Neil Simon play his death last August at the age of 91. Previews begin February 25 at The Hudson Theater.

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Sunday morning bobblehead thread

Let's just leave it at "less ethical Nosferatu". LOLOL (Author: Gardener)

SundayHere's her take on Eminem responding to Giuliani's absurd criticism of kneeling in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick during the Super Bowl halftime show. CNN “State of the Union”: Secretary of State Antony Blinken … President of Finland Sauli Niinistö … Governor of Colorado Jared Polis. Panel: Susan Glasser, Scott Jennings, Kristen Soltis Anderson and Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas). NBC "Meet the Press": Secretary of State Antony Blinken...William Taylor...Mayor of San Francisco London Breed...Richard Engel reporting from Ukraine and Matthew Bodner from Russia. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Courtney Kube, Peggy Noonan, and Ashley Parker. Panel: Rick Klein, Donna Brazile, Rachael Bade, and Frank Luntz.

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Bendr for affordable housing in South Bend

Founders Shane Inez and Ashley Hairston call on all those who call South Bend home to contribute their talents in the name of new, safe and affordable housing. (Author: Gardener)

South BendSOUTH BEND, Indiana (WNDU) – The founders of a new affordable housing initiative called Bendr stepped into the spotlight with Jack Springgate on 16 News Now Sunday morning. Founders Shane Inez and Ashley Hairston call on all who call South Bend home to use their talents in the name of clean, safe and affordable housing. They especially connect with people with expertise in real estate, construction, lending, finance and loan repair as they begin phase one and renovate existing homes in South Bend. This model shows the community they want to build based on prefabs that put home ownership within reach, especially for people of color living in South Bend. "Black and brown communities are typically at the bottom of the totem pole of almost every statistic, so it's important, but South Bend as a whole will benefit from this type of development in this district," said Bendr Founder Shane Williams-Inez.

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