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Coutinho earns Aston Villa tie v Man Utd

Philippe Coutinho scores on his Aston Villa debut to earn Steven Gerrard's side a point at home against Manchester United. (Author: Gardener)

Aston VillaPhilippe Coutinho struck a late equalizer on his Aston Villa debut as Steven Gerrard's side bounced back from two goals down to set up a pulsating Premier League clash with Manchester United at Villa Park. First he drove in the United defense and helped create the space Jacob Ramsey used to halve the deficit. Then Ramsey slipped over a superb cross from the left that Raphael Varane failed to intercept as he slid back and let Coutinho finish into an empty goal. The goal sparked cheers from both ends of the pitch as Emiliano Martinez also walked into the crowd relieved - it was the Argentine's horrible mistake in the sixth minute that gave Fernandes the visitors' first goal. Given his background - at Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich - Coutinho is a brave loan from Villa and underscores the pedigree of the man they appointed manager in November. Gerrard is not at Villa to learn how to avoid relegation. His aspirations remain as high as they were as a player and Coutinho's arrival is an example of that. Villa have been a better team since Gerrard's arrival and after a slow start against opponents they dominated but lost in the FA Cup five days ago, they grew into the game. The club's other newcomer, Lucas Digne, was one of those United keeper David de Gea fended off - unorthodoxly with his knees - at the end of the first half. Ollie Watkins didn't really put the Spanish goalkeeper to the test as Villa countered in their own half after Edinson Cavani lost the ball. Rooted in his lineage, De Gea's reactions were up to the job as he slapped away Buendia's efforts. As De Gea made more saves after half-time to deny Ramsey and Digne again, it seemed like the picture of the evening for Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson furiously kicked a drinks bottle after gifting possession to Fred Fernandes to prepare for the second place of the guests was immediately followed by his substitution. However, as it was the prelude to Coutinho's arrival, it was the moment that changed the course of the game - and the applause for the Brazilian after the final whistle showed that Villa's supporters are already firmly behind him. It was another frustrating experience for United's interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who has so far been unsuccessful in trying to find a way for his team to control the games and find the balance between defense and attack. United could not have received a greater gift to put their noses up as Martinez appeared distracted by a run from Cavani and dropped a routine save before Fernande's 20-yard shot went through his legs and into his net. Fernandes' second goal - the first time he has scored more than one goal in a game since his opening day hat-trick against Leeds - should have sealed the win. After starting out with back-to-back league wins, Rangnick has now seen his side accumulate five points from four games and they remain seventh, worryingly still a point behind a Tottenham side Antonio Conte is clearly not happy with but who also have two Games in hand at United. * Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - here's everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a moment

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Coutinho earns Aston Villa tie v Man Utd

Philippe Coutinho scores on his Aston Villa debut to earn Steven Gerrard's side a point at home against Manchester United. (Author: Gardener)

Aston VillaPhilippe Coutinho struck a late equalizer on his Aston Villa debut as Steven Gerrard's side bounced back from two goals down to set up a pulsating Premier League clash with Manchester United at Villa Park. First he drove in the United defense and helped create the space Jacob Ramsey used to halve the deficit. Then Ramsey slipped over a superb cross from the left that Raphael Varane failed to intercept as he slid back and let Coutinho finish into an empty goal. The goal sparked cheers from both ends of the pitch as Emiliano Martinez also walked into the crowd relieved - it was the Argentine's horrible mistake in the sixth minute that gave Fernandes the visitors' first goal. Given his background - at Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich - Coutinho is a brave loan from Villa and underscores the pedigree of the man they appointed manager in November. Gerrard is not at Villa to learn how to avoid relegation. His aspirations remain as high as they were as a player and Coutinho's arrival is an example of that. Villa have been a better team since Gerrard's arrival and after a slow start against opponents they dominated but lost in the FA Cup five days ago, they grew into the game. The club's other newcomer, Lucas Digne, was one of those United keeper David de Gea fended off - unorthodoxly with his knees - at the end of the first half. Ollie Watkins didn't really put the Spanish goalkeeper to the test as Villa countered in their own half after Edinson Cavani lost the ball. Rooted in his lineage, De Gea's reactions were up to the job as he slapped away Buendia's efforts. As De Gea made more saves after half-time to deny Ramsey and Digne again, it seemed like the picture of the evening for Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson furiously kicked a drinks bottle after gifting possession to Fred Fernandes to prepare for the second place of the guests was immediately followed by his substitution. However, as it was the prelude to Coutinho's arrival, it was the moment that changed the course of the game - and the applause for the Brazilian after the final whistle showed that Villa's supporters are already firmly behind him. It was another frustrating experience for United's interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who has so far been unsuccessful in trying to find a way for his team to control the games and find the balance between defense and attack. United could not have received a greater gift to put their noses up as Martinez appeared distracted by a run from Cavani and dropped a routine save before Fernande's 20-yard shot went through his legs and into his net. Fernandes' second goal - the first time he has scored more than one goal in a game since his opening day hat-trick against Leeds - should have sealed the win. After starting out with back-to-back league wins, Rangnick has now seen his side accumulate five points from four games and they remain seventh, worryingly still a point behind a Tottenham side Antonio Conte is clearly not happy with but who also have two Games in hand at United. * Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - here's everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a moment

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Live stream, start time, TV, how to watch

The teams meet for the second time this week. (Author: Gardener)

this weekAfter Manchester United and Aston Villa competed in the FA Cup on Monday, the two sides meet again in a regular EPL game on Saturday. Man U won the last meeting 1-0 after a Scott McTominay header but they are still looking to rise from the middle of the field in the EPL 9-4-6. Aston Villa (7-1-11) are trying not to drop their third straight EPL match. Aston Villa: how to watch English Premier League 2021? When does the game start? Live Steam Options: NBC Sports Live | Peacock Premium | noose | fuboTV - Cable subscribers can use TV provider credentials to watch on NBC Sports Live and the NBC Sports App. If you don't have cable, Premier League games can also be streamed through Peacock Premium and aren't available through the free tier of the service. You can also watch the game using streaming services like Sling and fuboTV. The first Premier League game of the day is the biggest: leaders Manchester City welcome second-placed Chelsea. Newcastle have left the FA Cup embarrassed but hope new striker Chris Wood will help against relegation rivals Watford. Last-placed Norwich host Everton and Southampton visit Wolverhampton. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back for Manchester United's visit to Aston Villa in the evening game. United beat Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup last weekend. Villa manager Steven Gerrard says new signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne are "both fit and running". After the Italian Super Cup defeat, Juventus turn their attention back to Serie A and a home game against relegation-threatened Udinese. It was the Bianconeri's first defeat since November, when they showed signs of regaining momentum after a difficult start to the season. A win on Saturday would put Juventus level on points with fourth-placed Atalanta, although they would have played two more games. Udinese, hit hard by the coronavirus, are just four points above the drop zone and teetering after a hefty 6-2 defeat by Atalanta last weekend. Lazio will hope for their first win of 2022 when they visit bottom-placed Salernitana and the ailing Sampdoria host Torino. FC Bayern Munich are visiting Cologne to recover from a defeat by Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bayern can field most of the players who missed last week's defeat while infected with the coronavirus, but left-back Alphonso Davies is out after being diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation following his infection. Gladbach will want to follow up their win against Bayern with another against Bayer Leverkusen, which is challenging for Champions League qualification. Third in the table Hoffenheim wants to improve on its good form against Union Berlin. Wolfsburg host Hertha Berlin in a game between sides who have hoped for European places this season but are instead close to the relegation zone. With Lionel Messi taking longer than expected to recover from the coronavirus, Kylian Mbappe will once again lead Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain's attack at home against Brest. Messi missed PSG's 1-1 draw in Lyon last weekend. While PSG enjoy an 11-point lead, things are very different for Saint-Etienne. One of France's most storied clubs - they have won a record 10 league titles - are the last ones ahead of the home game against sixth-placed Lens. Saint-Etienne has only two wins and even one more win wouldn't bring it from the end. Sevilla cross Sevilla to play at Real Betis in what is always a hotly contested Copa del Rey derby. Sevilla have won six of their last seven games in all competitions. They also won 2-0 in La Liga at Betis that season. Both rivals are enjoying excellent campaigns, with Sevilla in second place and Betis right behind in third place in the league. Also in the Copa del Rey round of 16, Espanyol travel to Mallorca, while Rayo Vallecano and Cádiz play at second division clubs Girona and Sporting Gijón respectively.

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Here's how to watch NFL wildcard weekend online, on TV, and on time

Cincinnati is in the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season. (Author: Gardener)

NFLEither the Las Vegas Raiders or the Cincinnati Bengals will win a playoff game on Saturday, January 15, and that's news in itself. The game will be broadcast live on fuboTV. The frustration for one will end Saturday when they meet for an opening round playoff game in Cincinnati. The Raiders' last postseason win was 19 years, a conference championship before they lost to Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl. Since then, they've made just one playoff appearance, a one-time wildcard game post-season 2016. The Bengals are under significant pressure to end their long streak of playoff wins. Cincinnati are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, but have not made it out of the opening round since the 1990 season. The Bengals defeated the Houston Oilers in the wildcard round on January 6, 1991 before losing to none other than the Raiders the next week. Cincinnati struggled for another 15 years before coming back in 2005. Seven postseason trips have gone without a win since then, including five in a row from 2011-2015. The Bengals (10-7) won the AFC North with Chase -- their fifth overall pick in the 2021 draft -- and other young stars, behind the stalwart Burrow, the top draft pick of 2020. Running back Joe Mixon gained more than 1,500 yards rushing and receiving combined. Tee Higgins, a runner-up in 2020, had 1,091 receiving yards. The Raiders (10-7) have had to overcome several troubling issues off the field this season. Receiver Henry Ruggs III was cut after being charged with DUI, resulting in one death. Under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders have won their last four games -- each decided by four points or fewer -- and secured a wildcard spot with a win over the Chargers in the season finale. The game between the Bengals and Raidersis is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The game is streamed live on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. The Raiders Bengals game will be broadcast on NBC. THE REMATCH: Cincinnati went to Las Vegas in Week 11 and beat the Raiders 32-13. The Bengals were coming off two bumpy losses and a bye week, and the win helped get them back on track. "They're super talented and trained well," said Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. RUN TO DAYLIGHT: The Raiders got a big boost during their season-ending four-game winning streak when they ran back Josh Jacobs. After struggling behind a weak offensive line for much of the season, Jacobs delivered two of his best games in this final phase. He rushed for a career-high 129 yards in a Week 16 win against Denver and then surpassed it in the playoff finals against the Chargers with 132 yards. RECORDS FALL: In addition to returning to the playoffs, the Bengals broke a string of team records in a season in 2021. Chase had the most yards (1,455) ever for a Cincinnati receiver. Burrow broke records for passing yards (4,611), touchdowns (34), passer rating (108.3), and games with more than 300 passing yards (six). Rookie Evan McPherson's 58-yard field goal on December 19 in Denver set a new team record. UNDER PRESSURE: The Raiders' forte all season has been a defensive line that has created consistent pressure on the quarterback, led by edge rushers Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue. Crosby led the NFL with 101, according to Pro Football Focus, and Ngakoue had a team-high 10 sacks. Now they have a chance to tee off against a Bengals line that allowed the third most sacks in the league at 51.

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Live stream, kick off time, how to watch the NFL playoffs opener on Saturday

Here's how to watch Saturday's playoff game. (Author: Gardener)

SaturdayIt's finally time for the NFL playoffs. The six-game wild card weekend begins with a clash between AFC teams at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday afternoon when the Bengals host the Raiders at 4:30 p.m. EUROPEAN DAYLIGHT TIME. Joe Burrow and his burgeoning Cincinnati team are hoping for their first playoff win since 1991, while Derek Carr and the Raiders try to keep the momentum going after winning a Week 18 play-in matchup against the Chargers in overtime. The matchup is the first of two playoff games on Saturday; The Bills will host the Patriots in the nightcap. The Bengals are favored by 4.5 points according to Fanduel Sportsbook. How To Watch Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals (AFC Wild Card Weekend) When does the game start? - The game on Sunday starts at 16:30. EST and will be televised nationally via NBC. If you don't have cable, you can sign up for Sling or fuboTV (with a free trial) to watch online. CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals wanted to be rested and ready for the first round of the playoffs, so they didn't play many of their key starters in the regular-season finals against the Cleveland Browns. Star quarterback Joe Burrow watched Sunday's game from home, and many starters were either resting or on the reserves/COVID-19 list. Ja'Marr Chase only played long enough in the first quarter to break the team record for yards received in a season. The AFC North champions Bengals were quickly preparing to host the Las Vegas Raiders in Saturday's playoffs. Cincinnati (10-7) is hoping the battered Burrow and his cast -- one of the best receiving groups in the game -- will be physically and mentally refreshed for the team's first postseason game since the 2015 season. Chase only played briefly on Sunday; Receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd sat out. Just getting there won't be good enough for the Bengals, who haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season. They then defeated the Houston Oilers 41-14 in the wild card round at Riverfront Stadium before being defeated the next week by the then-L.A. Hunters. The next seven times, Cincinnati made the playoffs, it was one and done. "That's all we hear all the time," Chase said. The team's top stars weren't even born when City last saw a playoff win. Chase (21) is a rookie. Burrow (25) and Higgins (22) are sophomores. Running back Joe Mixon is a five-year veteran but only 25 years old. "Sometimes they don't know what they don't know, and that can be a good thing. Some of the narratives that sometimes surround us with playoff experience you certainly won't be able to avoid. But these guys don't have playoff experience. "This team is the 2021 Bengals," Taylor said, "and that's all that matters." If there was a opportune time for the Bengals to be hit by the coronavirus, it was the week before a meaningless game. Mixon, offensive linemen Trey Hopkins and Quinton Spain, defensive linemen Trey Hendrickson, Larry Ogunjobi and safety Vonn Bell were among the starters placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week. Granted, the offensive line was without a few regulars, but quarterback protection remains an issue for Cincinnati, who started three rookies and a sophomore on the line on Sunday. Chase is a nominee for Offensive Rookie of the Year. His 1,455 yards is the best for an NFL rookie in the Super Bowl era. His 81 receptions and 13 touchdowns are the most all-time for a Bengals rookie. He finished 18 yards behind the NFL rookie record for a single season held by Houston's Bill Groman (1,473 in 1960). As a substitute for Burrow, Brandon Allen was unspectacular. He was 15 for 29 for 136 yards and threw a late touchdown to Chris Evans. Burrow is down but should be ready to play. Among the other bumps and bruises, he hobbled away with a sore right knee late in the Week 17 division-clinging win over Kansas City. DT Josh Tupou (knee) was out in the third quarter. 24 - Yards Chase gained on a wide receiver screen in the first quarter, which allowed him to break the record of 1,440 Bengals in a single season held by Chad Johnson (2007). Get everyone healthy, especially Burrow, for Saturday. The Bengals beat the Raiders 32-13 on November 21 in Las Vegas. Now the Raiders (10-7) are getting a rematch at Paul Brown Stadium with a lot more at stake.

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Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat odds, tips and predictions

Analysis of Friday's Atlanta Hawks at the Miami Heat and lines, with tips, predictions and best bets from NBA experts. (Author: Gardener)

Atlanta HawksThe Atlanta Hawks (17-23) travel to South Beach on Friday for the second game of their back-to-back home-away game against the Miami Heat (26-15). Heat odds and lines and meet our expert NBA tips, predictions and bets. The Heat, who were 2.5-point underdogs, beat the Hawks 115-91 in Atlanta in the opener of their back-to-back Wednesdays. Miami passed Atlanta from all over the floor to win three of the "four factors" as the Heat outplayed the Hawks in three of the four quarters. Atlanta is 1-4 straight up (SU), 1-4 against the spread (ATS) and 2-3 over/under (O/U) with the third worst net rating of -9.7 in January. Miami is 3-2 SU, 4-1 ATS and 4-1 O/U with the sixth best net rating at plus-8.5 this month. Tipico Sportsbook odds; Access the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a complete list. Hawks +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Heat -200 (bet $200 to win $100) Hawks +4.5 (-105) | Heat -4.5 (-120) C (ankle) off SG (foot) questionable SF (ankle) questionable Deposit $10 or more and get $100 instant bet credit at Tipico Sportsbook! Place your legal online sports bets at Tipico. While I think the Heat win comes in handy, Miami (-200) is too expensive for any NBA regular-season moneyline favorite, especially one playing against a team that just finished last season's Conference Finals has reached. BET the HEAT -4.5 (-120) for 1 session because I see this playing out the same way as the Hawks Heat meeting in Atlanta on Wednesday. The only change between the two meetings could be the potential return of Miami's Butler, who plays at the All-NBA level. Miami outrebound Atlanta 54-37 Wednesday and outperformed the Hawks in the Color 46-30. Miami bats on poor defense and Atlanta has the third worst adjusted defense rating. The Hawks have been terrible on the road this season. Atlanta ranks 9-13 on the road (8-14 ATS) according to CleaningTheGlass.com, with the adjusted net rating at 19 at minus 3.4. "LEAN" to OVER 220.5 (-115) for a third of a unit, if that, because Miami's Point Spread is my favorite bet in this game. The Heat are 9-7 O/U at home while the Hawks are 12-10 O/U on the road. The Heat have the second best 3-point percentage and the Hawks are 21st on defensive 3-point percentage. Bet legally online with a trustworthy partner: Tipico Sportsbook, Sportsbook Wire's official sports betting partner in CO, NJ and soon also in IA. Bet now! Bet now! If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tips, access all of our content on SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW. Please play responsibly. Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn income from Tipico for referring viewers to betting services. Tipico has no influence on this income and is in no way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or reporting. General terms and conditions see Tipico.com. General terms and conditions see Tipico.com. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).

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A winter storm could bring 7-11 inches of snow to Des Moines. Here's what awaits you

A winter storm warning was issued for Des Moines ahead of Friday's snow storm. Here's how much snow could fall and when to expect it. (Author: Gardener)

Des MoinesA winter storm warning was issued for central Iowa, including Des Moines, ahead of the Canadian snowstorm on Friday. The winter storm warning is in effect from 9 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday for the following counties: Polk, Dallas, Story, Jasper, Guthrie, Poweshiek, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Tama, Marshall, Carroll, Greene Boone and Audubon. Weather officials said much of the state will get at least 4 inches of snow, while areas in midstate from Estherville in northern Iowa to Ottumwa in southern Iowa could get 10 or 11 inches. According to the National Weather Service, travel will be most disrupted during afternoon school trips and evening commutes. More: Updates on Friday's Iowa winter storm Across Iowa, less than a foot of snow is expected to fall, National Weather Service meteorologist Rod Donavon said. The storm will make a direct north-south path. Expect 7 to 10 inches of snow on a trail from Estherville south to Des Moines. Des Moines could get 7 to 11 inches of snow from a snow storm on Friday. Carroll could get 6-10 inches of snow. Chariton and Storm Lake could get 6-9 inches. Locations on the eastern and western borders of Iowa receive the lowest amounts. Sioux City and Council Bluffs could get 3 to 6 inches of snow. Davenport could only get 1 inch and Dubuque only a track of snow. A powerful low-pressure system known as the "Saskatchewan Screamer" will sweep into the northern plains and eventually the Missouri River Valley from south-central Canada Thursday evening. North Dakota will be hit Thursday night before the storm moves to eastern South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. The storm will move to central Iowa on Friday and northern Missouri on Saturday morning. "Difficult driving conditions are likely in this region as roads become snow covered," said a forecast from the National Weather Service. A snowstorm will hit much of the Midwest Friday and Saturday morning. Des Moines could get 7 to 11 inches of snow on Friday. Winter storm warnings were issued for most of Iowa Thursday afternoon. A winter storm warning is issued when 6 inches or more of snow is expected within 12 hours or 8 inches or more of snow within 24 hours and/or could cause life-threatening and damaging snow and ice. "Really, in a large part of central Iowa, it looks like we could be paying off a duty an hour for at least a few hours," Donovan said. More: Iowa snow: Here are the largest single-day snowstorms in Des Moines history Some gusts of more than 30 miles per hour are expected. Iowa needs the snow. Most of eastern Iowa was classified as unusually dry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest drought monitor released Thursday morning. There is only about 1 inch of precipitation for every 8-10 inches of snow. As of January 13, Des Moines has received 5.8 inches of snow this winter, which is 8.6 inches below average. Parts of eastern Iowa are still in a moderate drought. The winter storm system should move into areas of northern Iowa like Estherville around 3 or 4 a.m., Donovan said. As of 7 a.m. Friday, most of the roads in northern Iowa were at least partially covered in snow, and thunderstorms raged in the central Iowa air. Snowfall rates on the subway are expected to increase over the next few hours into the afternoon. "Really, the largest volumes -- which could impact commuting -- will be in the early evening tomorrow afternoon," Donovan said. More: Winter storm could bring up to 10 inches of snow to Iowa on Friday. "Our initial snow band is moving through, we're going to have a cold front behind it and that's going to increase the winds," Donovan said. "That will create the opportunity for some wind and drift in addition to the transition to looser snow." Des Moines public schools announced Thursday that classes will be canceled on Friday. More: Ahead of the Iowa snowstorm, these Des Moines-area schools are canceling classes and announcing early departures More: Ahead of the Iowa snowstorm, these Des Moines-area schools are canceling classes and announcing early departures, officials said that the school day was cancelled, rather than being dismissed two hours early, due to the timing of the storm and the impact it is expected to have on traffic in the afternoon. Cities across central Iowa, including Bondurant, Grimes, Pleasant Hill and West Des Moines, announced their snow ordinances and emergency parking bans would go into effect. City of Des Moines officials encouraged residents to follow the progress of plowing on DMSnow.org and follow @dmdpw on Twitter and Des Moines Public Works on Facebook to keep up with the latest information. Officials also reminded residents that they have 48 hours after the snowfall stops to clear their sidewalks before facing fines. Philip Joens reports breaking news for The Des Moines Register. This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Winter storm could bring 7-11 inches of snow to Des Moines.

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HBO's euphoria is back - and with it the trigger-warning discourse

In this week's newsletter: Call it woke, call it sane — but content warnings show creators like Zendaya are at least thinking about how their work is affecting people (Author: Gardener)

HBOI'm thinking specifically of HBO's no-holds-barred teen drama Euphoria, which returned to screens this week and was preceded - for UK viewers - by an announcement that the episode would contain "depictions of drug abuse, very strong language, some strong violence, scenes of a sexual nature and strong... Naked pictures from the beginning". Elsewhere, there was a more explicit content warning on Instagram, where the show's star and executive producer, Zendaya, said that season two was "deeply emotional" and "triggering," urging fans to only watch if they care felt good. While many would have been grateful for the warning, content warnings — sometimes known as trigger warnings — have been a divisive issue on film and television. A study published by the British Board of Film Classification last September found that 64% of teenagers wanted to be made aware of the potential for distressing scenes in a film - for example references to suicide, self-harm or eating disorders. Joanna Williams, writing for right-wing website Spiked, protested the extra warnings in cinemas, adding that "kids are bombarded with messages telling them 'it's okay not to be okay'... Grown-ups have kids taught that they are emotionally fragile". But is it about "emotional fragility" or just appreciating the profound impact movies and TV shows can have on viewers of all ages? It's A Sin - Russell T. Davies' brilliant, sobering look at life during the AIDS crisis of the '80s - is a case in point. Originally released without warning on Channel 4 and its streaming platform All 4, many viewers were enthralled by the show but terrified by its vivid depiction of the serious illness and death caused by HIV/AIDS (a friend of mine said the show gave them nightmares and that their worries about having already contracted the disease were "crippling"). Viewers and charities like the Terrence Higgins Trust asked the broadcaster to add additional guidance. What followed was an excellent example of a program maker quickly turning 180 to accommodate the broader cultural conversation, with messages about changes in sexual health and science and supporting information added as the series progressed. Meanwhile, HBO set up a free 24/7 text crisis hotline for Euphoria, which has previously addressed issues like substance abuse and gender dysphoria. Ultimately, it's important for creators to think about how their work can and does affect people. Because all the warnings in the world mean nothing when the actual content is potentially problematic (eating disorder charity Beat last year, for example, chided not the lack of warnings surrounding Princess Diana biopic Spencer, but the fact that the film risked a " glorifying" bulimia and advising those who were currently unwell or concerned about their health not to look at him). As helpful as they may be for some, trigger warnings may not work for everyone, which is all the more reason to move beyond them and for film and television makers to instead consider what else they can do to help their viewers. Some call it wokery, but they'd probably never see Euphoria anyway.

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DA demands bail increase after man posts bail hours after mass shooting

Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey asked the court to increase Tory Johnson's bail to $2 million and order Johnson's "immediate arrest." (Author: Gardener)

Montgomery County DistrictThe man charged with murder and six counts of assault in Sunday morning's mass shooting at Bama Lanes off Atlanta Highway was released from prison hours after his arrest. Tory Johnson, 23, posted bonds totaling $270,000 on Sunday, court filings show. He faces one murder charge and six assault charges in connection with the shooting, which police said took place around 1 a.m. at the bowling alley, killing Jeffery Reed, 21, and injuring six others. On Monday, Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said in a filing that the $270,000 bail was "woefully inadequate to protect the public from this dangerous and violent criminal." He asked the court to increase Johnson's bail to $2 million and order Johnson's "immediate arrest." "A review of court records shows that no response to Bailey's application had been filed as of 5 p.m. Monday. In his request for higher bail, Bailey argued that Johnson illegally owned a gun and was the only person armed when he shot at least six times inside, but one of the seven people shot was a verbal one, according to Bailey's request Engaged in an altercation with the alleged gunman, and that person was unarmed and attempting to de-escalate the situation Captured on video allegedly shows Johnson was the only man armed and the only one who fired shots, according to the application. Johnson could not be reached for comment Monday and court records showed no attorney on his behalf. "There was no court yesterday (Sunday)," Bailey told the Advertiser. "When a defendant is arrested by law enforcement, he appears before (a) a judge and the judge determines whether there is probable cause to issue a warrant for the Alabama Supreme Court." The judge noted that in the case probable cause existed, and issued the warrants, he said. "Once a warrant is signed, it's sent to our office for prosecution, and we review the case and file applications as necessary," Bailey said. "In this case today (monday) we received the paperwork and made requests for bail increases as i believe bail is insufficient Jeffery Reed was found in the bowling alley with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead before being taken to a Ordinary people doing the extraordinary: Chief Harris applauds citizens after bowling alley owner Steve Landers shot and killed Bama Lanes h at, declined to comment until the police investigation is complete.Police said all were shot during a bowling altercation in an alley. Interim Montgomery Police Commissioner Ramona Harris praised onlookers who helped the injured after the shooting. In the first nine days of the new year, the Montgomery Police Department classified five deaths as homicides or a death investigation. Police have referred to Sunday's shooting in Bama Lanes as an isolated incident rather than a mass shooting, but the Advertiser and the National Gun Violence Archive both define a mass shooting as one involving at least four people, excluding the accused, approximately are killed or injured by gun violence at the same time and in the same place. In his request for higher bail, the prosecutor also described the incident as a mass shooting. In 2021, Montgomery police investigated 76 murders, eight more than the year before. Half of those killed were reportedly under the age of 30, while three quarters of those accused in the murder investigation were under the age of 30. Mayor Steven Reed said in a statement Sunday night that "thoughts and prayers are not enough" to stem the killing tide of gun violence in Montgomery. He mentioned the city's new Office for Violence Prevention and other community-based programs, as well as plans to hire more officers, increase patrols and expand law enforcement technology. This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Bama Lanes Shoots Suspicious Tory Johnson Bonds Out of Montgomery Prison

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Ahmaud Arbery's "Southern hospitality" murder shows don't always apply to blacks

It first appeared on The Conversation. The idea... (Author: Gardener)

Ahmaud Arbery'sThe idea of ​​community and who belongs and doesn't belong was a common theme in the sentencing hearing of three white men convicted of the January 7, 2022 murder of Ahmaud Arbery. "They targeted my son because they didn't want him in their community," Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said during the hearing. Arbery was the 25-year-old unarmed black man who was shot dead on February 23, 2020 while jogging through a predominantly white, middle-class neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. Race was largely unspoken throughout the process, but the idea of ​​belonging was clearly drawn in black and white. As a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Clark and Atlanta University, I witnessed and studied superficial Southern ways, often referred to as Southern "gentility" and Southern "hospitality." These "Southern" ways of knowing and being are presented as niceties, but they often serve to maintain the racial order of the past. At first glance, these shared rituals — like waving at neighbors and strangers — paint the Southerner as gentler and kinder than others, closer to God, and perhaps even more patriotic. As a practice, the actions bind people not only to the country but to a culture. And the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a striking example of how that gentility can mask deadly discrimination. In a nation still reeling from the killing of George Floyd and other violent attacks on people of color, many breathed a sigh of relief after Greg McMichael and his son Travis were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for Arbery's murder had been convicted. McMichaels' neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan was sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole. Before sentencing, Judge Timothy Walmsley observed a minute's silence, which he later explained represented a fraction of the five minutes Arbery spent fleeing the three white men who were chasing him in pickup trucks that Sunday afternoon. "At the very least," Walmsley said, "the death of Ahmaud Arbery should compel us to consider expanding our definition of what a neighbor can be and how we treat them." I contend that a neighbor is perhaps more than the people who only own property around your home. Judge Timothy Walmsley observed the trial of three white men convicted of the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery last November. In a way, Walmsley urged those gathered in the courtroom and on television to slip into Arbery's running shoes and imagine the sheer shock of discovering that Southern hospitality had a violent reality. Or the respectful and deferential "Yes, Ma'am," "No, Sir," or other courtesy titles customarily given to whites and withheld from blacks, regardless of age. NETWORK. Du Bois referred to this latter practice as "the public and psychological rewards of whiteness." Du Bois suggested that even among white low-wage earners, the racial identity of being white pays dividends that people of color could not. Simple Southern practices like waving at strangers are imbued with ambiguities that help perpetuate a de facto segregation. Consider this: there is an expected order of action-interaction indeed, speaking or otherwise gesturing with strangers. Arbery didn't hire the men or play the game of deference. In How Ingrained Racism Became Invisible, I explain where and where people belong, and with whom they are part of an often unspoken broader US racial structure that positions whites at the top and blacks at the bottom. In my larger body of research, I contend that despite advances made by racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups, traces of this American Jim Crow belief system still operate in society. This racial ideology may be more pronounced in some parts of the nation, like the southern US, but my research shows that this racial order is present above, below, and above the Mason-Dixon lineage. Kara Cebulko, a sociologist and global studies scholar, explains how racial privilege allows whites and those deemed white to “navigate public space without being stopped, questioned, arrested, detained, and/or deported.” This was clearly not the case with Arbery, who was Black and could not claim that privilege. At the sentencing hearing, the defense attorney also emphasized that the defendants had good intentions and simply wanted to support their community. In this telling of the story, the defendants were portrayed as good neighbors - hardworking individuals who just looked out for one another. It was painted as the southern way, and they were simply concerned with southern hospitality. But in Study the South magazine, Betsie Garner writes that Southern hospitality employs language and practices whose very purpose is to "exclude minorities and perpetuate their marginalized status in the community." "The politics of belonging in Southern communities continue to be determined in large part by the practice of Southern hospitality," says Garner. If the McMichaels and Bryan's actions that day were meant to help their community, Arbery didn't belong in that community. Before his son Travis fired the shots that killed Arbery, defendant Greg McMichael told the 911 emergency call center the reason for his call: "I'm out here in Satilla Shores. There's a black man walking down the street." During cross-examination by the prosecutor at her trial, defendant Travis McMichael stated, "I wouldn't say [I] ordered [Arbery to stop running], I asked him ... [to] keep the situation calm." But soon after the murder, Senior McMichael told police, "We had him like a rat." Travis McMichael argued that he felt threatened by Arbery and feared for his own life, until he drew his shotgun and fired at him. Ahmaud Arbery's sister didn't mince words when she said she believes race - not self-defense - played a role in her brother's shooting. He had thick, curly hair and would like to rotate it often," Jasmine Arbery said at the sentencing hearing. These are the qualities that led these men to believe that Ahmaud was a dangerous criminal.” By all accounts, Arbery was not a dangerous criminal. But in the eyes of the three white law enforcement officers, Arbery was clearly not their neighbor. Barbara Harris Combs is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University. This article was republished by The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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