Feed en-US hourly 1 Who will make the best electric pickup? We'll find out in 2021 as Tesla, Ford and a bevy of contenders face off Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:59:53 +0000 <div> <p>The race to create an electric pickup truck is on, and the stakes could not be higher. The problem is that nobody's sure if people will actually buy electric pickups.</p> <p>Newcomers including Tesla, Rivian and Bollinger Motors are jumping into this potentially lucrative market, as are established brands such as Ford, Nissan and General Motors. Most of those companies are targeting 2021 as the year they'll put electric trucks on the road.</p> <p>As far as the planet is concerned, electric pickups can't come soon enough. The popularity of SUVs and pickups is the reason that transportation is among the fastest-growing contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are pushing the world into a climate crisis.</p> <p>Canadians have bought more than 330,000 new pickups so far this year, according to GoodCarBadCar data. In America, more than 2.3 million pickups have rolled off dealer lots this year alone, and every one of them was powered solely by an internal-combustion engine burning gasoline or diesel. No major automaker has a plug-in hybrid truck on the market right now, let alone an all-electric option.</p> <p>Electric pickups could go a long way toward reversing the troubling trend of rising greenhouse gas emissions, but only if they become as wildly popular as their gas-guzzling predecessors. Right now, that's a big "if."</p> <h3><b>The contenders</b></h3> <p>"Trucks have been the same for a very long time, like 100 years," Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk said at the bombastic unveiling of his company's first pickup. "We need something different."</p> <p>Tesla's wedge-shaped, stainless-steel pickup - called the Cybertruck - is certainly different. It has an angular, covered cargo bay and a claimed towing capacity of more than 6,350 kg, which bests the maximum 5,987 kg of the 2019 Ford F-150.</p> <p>The Cybertruck will be available with up to three electric motors, a range of 800 kilometres in the high-end model, and will be capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h in around three seconds. The company will also sell you an electric ATV that can be driven into the truck bed.</p> <p>Deliveries are supposed to begin in 2021, with prices starting at US$39,900 for the rear-wheel drive model with 400 km of range.</p> <p>Tesla's launch event in Los Angeles on Nov. 21 - taking place at the same time and location as the sci-fi movie <i>Blade Runner -</i> didn't quite go as planned. The Cybertruck's windows smashed onstage during a demonstration meant to show how strong they were.</p> <p>Meanwhile, U.S.-based startup Rivian is on track to beat Tesla - and everyone else - to market. The company came out of stealth mode late last year with its R1T pickup and R1S SUV, and has been gathering momentum and capital ever since. Amazon and Ford are both big investors.</p> <p>Rivian has said it will begin production of its electric pickup at its factory in Normal, Ill. in 2020.</p> <p>The design of the R1T makes the most of the packaging opportunities afforded by compact electric powertrains. Just behind the cab, a tunnel that runs the width of the truck can be outfitted with different modules, one of which is a slide-out camping kitchen powered by the car's battery.</p> <p>Rivian estimates driving ranges between 370 to 660 km per charge, and towing capacity of up to 5,000 kg. Prices will start at US$69,000.</p> <p>Another contender is Bollinger Motors' electric pickup, which is more of a niche proposition. The Detroit-based company is vying to sell an ultra-rugged US$125,000 truck called the B2, which feels more like a military-grade Hummer than a consumer product. All four doors are completely removable, and there's a tunnel that runs through the truck - through the bumper, cabin, and out the back - in case you need to cart around a telephone pole or something like that.</p> <p>"We wanted to go low volume," says company founder and chief executive Robert Bollinger. When he founded the company in 2015, he knew the big manufacturers would build electric pickups eventually, but he wanted something different. "We just built a truck that had everything we want in it, and, you know, screw how much it's going to cost - who cares? That's, like, the coolest truck ever," he says enthusiastically.</p> <p>The founder adds that he is bootstrapping it himself, having so far put "tens of millions" of dollars into the project. The company, which is much smaller than Tesla or Rivian, hopes to deliver its first vehicles to customers in 2021.</p> <p>As for the established automakers, we don't know much about the electric pickups from Ford, GM or Nissan, other than that they're coming. Other brands are sure to follow.</p> <p>Ford, maker of the best-selling F-150, will launch a hybrid version in 2020. A fully-electric F-150 is expected to be on the road in 2021, as is an electric pickup from GM.</p> <p>"We've got the prototypes running now," says Ted Cannis, Ford's global director of electrification. Earlier this year, the company released a video showing a prototype electric F-150 towing a freight train weighing around 500,000 kg.</p> <p>"These aren't like toys, or weekend-excursion-to-the-beach type trucks," Cannis says. Although Ford has invested in Rivian, he says Ford was already working on an electric F-150 and that it's being developed separately.</p> <p>As for how much the electric F-150 will cost or when it will be in showrooms, he wouldn't comment. He did say, however, that customers can expect it to look very much like any other F-150.</p> <h3><b>What's taking so long?</b></h3> <p>Electric cars have been on the road for more than 10 years now. There are electric cars of all sizes in showrooms, and a growing number of battery-powered SUVs too. Some might consider it strange, then, that although pickups are consistently the best-selling vehicles in North America, there is not a single electric truck on the market.</p> <p>It comes down to regulation, according to Sam Abuelsamid, principal mobility analyst at consulting firm Navigant Research. Many of the first electric cars launched in 2010 and 2011 were "compliance vehicles."</p> <p>"Some manufacturers sold [electric vehicles] only because the state of California said if you want to sell anything else, you have to sell EVs," Abuelsamid says. But as sales targets for electric vehicles in California and other states get higher, manufacturers are rethinking their strategy.</p> <p>"Companies are starting to look at, 'What do we have to do to make people actually want to buy EVs, and make enough of them to make them profitable?'" says Abuelsamid. The answer, of course, is trucks and SUVs. "It's why you're seeing the [electric] Mustang Mach-E and the proliferation of electric pickup trucks ... If you can build an electric pickup that consumers want - and sell it - you have an opportunity to kill multiple birds with one stone: meeting regulatory requirements for EV sales and making something people want to buy that's profitable."</p> <p>That the likes of Ford, GM and FCA could get beaten to the market by upstarts like Tesla and Rivian doesn't surprise Rivian's founder and chief executive R.J. Scaringe.</p> <p>"Look at Ford, they're selling a hugely successful product, the F-150. It's so successful that it's hard for them to rationalize doing a completely different vehicle that will not sell 900,000 units a year," Scaringe said in an interview last year. "It's a classic incumbent dilemma."</p> <p>Winning over traditional pickup customers, who are typically very loyal to their particular brand, will be a challenge for any startup.</p> <p>"Toyota has been trying to crack the full-size truck market for 20 years, and they've barely made a dent," says Abuelsamid. "I think Elon Musk maybe has some grand vision of making the new F-150, but I think he'll have a hard time with that ... I think Rivian has the best potential to get a decent chunk of that market, although they don't see themselves selling F-150 volumes."</p> <p>The biggest unknown in all of this is drivers.</p> <p>"Our customers - when you sell almost 900,000 F-series vehicles every year - they come in all types, and there are many early adopters. There are many that are concerned about the climate," says Ford's Ted Cannis. "I know so. We've done tons of research."</p> <p>Trucks are as much a part of the culture as blue jeans and apple pie. They are the workhorses of the American dream. They've been the same for 100 years because people like them; because they work. Are we really ready to buy electric pickup trucks?</p> <p>"That's the multi-billion-dollar question that everybody is worried about right now," says Abuelsamid.</p> <i>Stay on top of all our Drive stories. We have a Drive newsletter covering car reviews, innovative new cars and the ups and downs of everyday driving. </i><i>Stay on top of all our Drive stories. We have a Drive newsletter covering car reviews, innovative new cars and the ups and downs of everyday driving. Sign up for the </i><i>weekly Drive newsletter</i><i>, delivered to your inbox for free. Follow us on Instagram, </i><i>@globedrive</i><i>.</i> <i>Sign up today</i><i>.</i> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business Belinda Johnson Steps Down from Airbnb Chief Operating Officer to Board of Directors Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:58:52 +0000 <div> <p><strong>Airbnb, Inc.</strong> announced that Chief Operating Officer Belinda Johnson will be stepping down from her position and join the board of directors. Johnson had initially joined Airbnb in 2011. </p> <p><img src="">Johnson had this to say, "I want to thank Brian for his kind words and let everyone know how excited I am to be joining Airbnb's Board of Directors. For all that we've accomplished, we are still at the beginning of our Airbnb story with a lot of work yet to be done. And I'm thrilled to help lead that work going forward as a member of the Board. This is an amazing opportunity both as a next step in my career, and for me personally. </p> <p>"Being COO at Airbnb is the best job I've ever had, so I want to share with everyone why I made the decision to step down now. </p> <p>"When my kids were in elementary school, they would come to the office after hours, scooter around the halls, explore the themed conference rooms, eat the snacks and declare they couldn't believe mom got to work at this magical place. Now they're 14 and 17, too old to do those sorts of things. My oldest will be gone to college in less than a year and her younger sister will leave in three years. </p> <p>"We talk a lot about balancing our work lives and our personal lives. For me, the balance part has always been doing my best over the years to be intentional about the choices I make and the priorities I set, and knowing when it is time to reset and prioritize differently. This is one of those times. </p> <p>"I'm extremely fortunate to be able to make this decision and as I look back at the last eight years, I am amazed at how much we've achieved in such a short period of time. Having been a part of the team that took the risk to help build this company has been the journey of a lifetime. I would not change a minute of it. Being elevated to the Board of Directors and contributing to the long term success of Airbnb while taking more time to be with my amazing family is an incredible opportunity. </p> <p>"I'm particularly thankful to Brian who has supported me every second of every day, including in this decision. Without question, he has more vision and creativity than anyone I've ever worked with. I've watched him meeting after meeting redirect the outcomes not just to be bigger and bolder, but to ensure that they are consistent with our values and advance our mission. </p> <p>"As I said, we're just at the beginning of the Airbnb story and I've never been more confident about our future." </p> <p>Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb Brian Chesky said: "Belinda was the first executive I ever hired. When I hired her, Airbnb was beginning to make noise with governments around the world and there were a lot of people who didn't like us. Growing up, I just assumed that when people don't like you, you should avoid them. Belinda taught me better. She told me that we should meet the people that don't like us. As she said, 'It's hard to hate up close.' This was counterintuitive to me at the time, but we went from a Secretary of War to a Secretary of State position, developing partnerships with communities and leaders around the world (500 and counting). We no longer debate 'Will Airbnb exist,' but rather 'How will Airbnb exist?' </p> <p>"One evening this summer, Joe, Nate and I were at dinner together discussing how to evolve our board. At this point, we knew about Belinda's desire to spend more time with her family, but we also knew she wanted to stay involved in Airbnb. It became immediately obvious in that conversation that Belinda would make an excellent board member. </p> <p>"Airbnb's business is complicated and after eight years of having Belinda in the boardroom as an executive, we couldn't imagine her not being there. But more importantly, we had a vision of something much larger. If we are going to be a 21st century company, we need to have a 21st century board. And if we are to be a 21st century board, we need to have someone on our board who could ensure that we are operating with our 21st century principles in mind. This job is best done by someone who has an intimate knowledge of Airbnb and the tradeoffs that are involved. Belinda is the perfect person to fulfill this role, and as a board member, her role will be as important as ever to Airbnb. </p> <p>"Once Belinda transitions out of her role as COO, she will join our Board of Directors. Though we intend for her to serve on our board for a long time to come, I have told Belinda that she can return to Airbnb as an executive if she ever wishes to do so." </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Opera Destiny 2: Xur Place and Items, November 22-25 - Asume Tech Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:56:05 +0000 <div> <img src=""> <p>If you played Destiny, you may be familiar with Xur, the weekly exotic items trader. He is back in Destiny 2 and now appears everywhere on the map. This week you will find Xur in the <strong>EDZ</strong>hang on one <strong>Rock Bluff</strong>,</p> <p> Bungie over polygon</p> <p>Xur's inventory this week includes:</p> <p> </p><ul> <li>The Wardcliff Coil, Rocket Launcher: 29 Legendary Shards</li> <li>The sixth coyote, Jägertruhe: 23 legendary shards</li> <li>One-eyed mask, titanium helmet: 23 legendary shards</li> <li>Verity's Brow, Warlock Helmet: 23 Legendary Shards</li> <li>Isochronous engram: 97 legendary shards</li> <li>Invitation quest: 9 legendary shards</li> </ul> <p>Xur's inventory is limited to 931 when you're 950 years old. He also offers weekly dice for each piece of armor, with different benefits for the same pieces. </p> <h2><strong>The Wardcliff coil</strong></h2> <p>The Wardcliff Spool is one of the most entertaining and unique weapons in Destiny 2. Their first exotic advantage is <strong>Mad scientist</strong>causing the Wardcliff coil to fire a rocket salvo. The secondary advantage <strong>Mechanized autoloader</strong>, the magazine automatically reloads when the user goes through heavy ammunition.</p> <p>advertising</p> <p>This rocket launcher is hard to aim and requires a strange swipe to direct the rockets to where they should land. But it's worth the effort, and Wardcliff's catalyst will reduce the spread if you're lucky enough to get it. At nightfall and public events, the Wardcliff coil can instantly decimate groups of enemies. If you do not have this weapon, pick it up before Xur disappears this week.</p> <h2><strong>The sixth coyote</strong></h2> <p>The Sixth Coyote is an exotic brisket from Forsaken. His exotic advantage is <strong>Double Dodge</strong> how it sounds exactly; Hunter players can hold two stacks of their class ability: Dodge.</p> <p>This could be a great brisket when you are below the level. If you only need to become invisible and revive your allies, this is great equipment that you can combine with Nightstalker.</p> <p>Xur's role this week is <strong>Empty</strong> and comes with 47 total statistics. </p> <h2><strong>One-eyed mask</strong></h2> <p>One-Eyed Mask is a titanium helmet from Forsaken and one of the best PvP exotics in the game. His exotic advantage is <strong>revenge</strong>, If enemies inflict damage on you, mark them and track them through walls. If you kill marked targets, you will get an overshadow and temporarily increase the damage. This helmet is incredible; You must have it if you have or will ever have a Titan.</p> <p>Xur's role this week is <strong>Empty</strong> and comes with 48 total statistics. </p> <h2><strong>Verity's Brow</strong></h2> <p>This Warlock helmet is pretty mediocre. Its exotic virtue is The Fourth Magic, which causes your slain energy weapons to regenerate grenade energy for you and your nearby allies. This advantage is good and always useful. Compared to many other Warlock exotics - the Crown of Storms, Geomag Stabilizers, Chromatic Fire, etc. - there is hardly a situation worth using this helmet for.</p> <p>Xur's role this week is <strong>Solar</strong> and comes with 48 total statistics. </p> <h2><strong>invitation </strong></h2> <p>If you have not completed the invitation quest yet, Xur still offers it for nine legendary shards.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Poor hand hygiene may be biggest transmitter of superbug E.coli Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:49:54 +0000 <div> <p>(Reuters Health) - One of the best ways to cut down on antibiotic-resistant E. coli infections would be making sure that everyone washes their hands after using the toilet, a UK study suggests.</p> <p>Outbreaks of E. coli - a potentially fatal illness - are commonly blamed on undercooked meat or raw vegetables, but when researchers did a genetic analysis of thousands of samples, they found that most E. coli infections in the UK were caused by a strain often found in the human gut and in sewage, but not seen much in the food supply.</p> <p>That suggests the infection is primarily being spread as a result of human fecal particles transmitted from person to person, the study team writes in Lancet Infectious Diseases.</p> <p>David M. Livermore, a medical microbiologist at the University of East Anglia, and his colleagues call E. coli a "Jekyll and Hyde organism." E. coli mainly lives harmlessly in the guts of humans and animals, but a handful of nasty strains can cause food poisoning and bloodstream infections.</p> <p>E. coli is the most common cause of bloodstream infection, or bacteremia, in England, Livermore said in a phone interview. "Over the past 15 years, E. coli has become substantially more resistant to antibiotics and harder to treat," he added.</p> <p>Researchers have known that superbug E. coli strains circulate in humans and food animals like chickens. But it was unclear if the bloodstream infections they cause are picked up from the food chain or passed between people.</p> <p>To find out, the researchers performed genome sequencing on samples collected in 2013 and 2014 from people, animals and sewage in five areas: London, East Anglia, Northwest England, Scotland and Wales.</p> <p>The samples they compared came from human bloodstream infections, human feces, animal slurry, as well as foods like beef, pork, chicken, fruits and vegetables.</p> <p>DNA sequencing showed that antibiotic-resistant E. coli were often seen in sewage and on retail chicken meat, but rarely on other meats and never on plant-based foods.</p> <p>In addition, samples of a particular antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli called ST131 collected from human blood, feces and sewage all matched each other - but they didn't match strains in chicken, cattle and animal slurry.</p> <p>"It tells us the problem in humans is the circulation of human-adapted, resistant E. coli and not infections coming down the food chain. At least, in this particular case," Livermore explained.</p> <p>"I would say one caveat was (our) study relates to the here and now," Livermore said. "Resistant E. coli in the future could be food chain-related."</p> <p>"It is important to practice good food safety practices, but the study demonstrates good hand hygiene to prevent transmission is by far the most important," said Dr. Tamar Barlam, chief of infectious diseases and director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Boston Medical Center, who wasn't involved in the study.</p> <p>Both Livermore and Barlam noted that careful hygiene is especially important in homes for the elderly, as most of the severe E. coli urinary tract infections and bacteremias occur in those settings.</p> <p>"Nursing facilities serve as reservoirs for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and their residents may need help with hygiene while using the toilet or may have urinary catheters," Barlam said.</p> <p>SOURCE: and The Lancet Infectious Diseases, online October 22, 2019.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health How Leonard Cohen's Son Finished His Father's Final (Breathtaking) Record Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:49:20 +0000 <div> <p>In October of 2016, Leonard Cohen released <em>You Want It Darker</em>, the final album of his lifetime. If Bowie had <em>Blackstar</em>, Cohen had this-a seemingly prophetic peacemaking with his final bow. Nineteen days later, Cohen died-he'd been suffering from leukemia along with compression fractures of his spine-and his haunting, reverberating voice, along with his poetic lyricism was, seemingly, extinguished.</p> <p>All of which makes today's release of a new-yes, new-Leonard Cohen record all the more improbable, and all the more of a cause for celebration. The nine songs on <em>Thanks for the Dance</em> are "not the dregs-the discarded b-sides, the junk drawer leftovers," said Cohen's son Adam the other night at a private listening session and record-release party at a townhouse in SoHo. "No, this is vital, beautiful, stirring work."</p> <p>Cohen, you see, didn't work off-the-cuff; he didn't do improv. The songs you hear on his fourteen studio albums were meticulously written, rewritten, refined, and rewritten again-sometimes over a period of decades. And as he stared down the end of his life, he didn't intend for this new batch of songs-then in various states of completion, with some of them semi-finished, while others had only Cohen's vocal take recorded-to go unheard.</p> <p>"In the making of <em>You Want It Darker</em>, a theme emerged-mortality, God," said Adam. "It was a goodbye-but that's not the way it started. My father was working on many, many songs simultaneously, and we'd begun many of them. And they weren't discarded because they weren't to his taste; they were discarded because they didn't belong to this theme that was emerging." After <em>You Want It Darker</em> was released, father laid down a mandate to son: "Please, complete the task; finish what we started."</p> <p>And so it was that, seven months after Cohen passed away, Adam says he "finally got the courage to go into my little backyard studio and fire up the rig, and there was his voice...and suddenly I found myself in his company again-I found myself sitting with my dad and resuming these conversations."</p> <p>In short order, a roster of artists-including Leslie Feist; Richard Reed Perry from Arcade Fire; longtime Cohen collaborator Jennifer Warnes; Bryce Dessner from The National; and legendary producer, guitarist, and songwriter Daniel Lanois-was assembled to flesh out the songs. It should be noted here that the intention wasn't to interpret Cohen's songs for a new audience or a new generation, nor was it to showcase the unique capabilities of this stellar lineup of musicians. "No one was saying, 'This is my opportunity to shine on a Leonard Cohen record,'" Adam said. "It reminded me of the Jewish tradition of bringing a rock to the tombstone-each one of them, one by one, was bringing their little contribution, their gesture of honor." (There's a short video documenting the making of the record that's also out today.)</p> <p>The intention-clearly felt by all-was to finish Cohen's unfinished songs, as much as possible, in the very same way that Cohen himself might have done. Warnes's vocals will be instantly recognizable to the Cohen fan, as will the guitar work of Javier Mas, who played with Cohen for eight years and flew in from Spain to record these new songs-but if other musical motifs, from instrumentation to chord changes, sound as if they were directed by Cohen himself, well...perhaps they were.</p> </div> <img src=',c_limit/C0HXX1-2.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Dance SpaceX's Starship Spacecraft Explodes during Testing - Webby Feed Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:49:07 +0000 <div> <img src="">Tweet on Twitter <img src="">Share on Facebook <img src="">Google+ <img src="">Pinterest <img src=""><p>Even since the founding of SpaceX, Elon Musk plainly announced his main objective: the colonization of Mars. While it may sound extremely unfeasible for some people, space engineers have been investing plenty of time, knowledge and effort to achieve that huge goal. We haven't been to Mars yet, it's true, but tiny steps are required for such an ambitious project.</p> <p>The Starship spacecraft are created for deep space colonization. Well, "deep" as it is humanly possible. We can't expect for the moment to reach for other galaxies or stars with the current technology, but Starship is expected to reach for Mars and the Moon in the near future. Unfortunately, it just failed a test.</p> <h3>Explosion occurs at launch</h3> <p>Chris Bergin is a member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the managing editor of NASA Spaceflight. He announced the news of the explosion of Starship spaceship on Twitter, along with a video captured by LabPadre:</p> <blockquote> <p>RIP Starship Mk1. @LabPadre stream:</p> <p>- Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) November 20, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>Thus, some people's hopes of colonizing Mars have already been shattered in a very violent way. The explosion occurred yesterday (November 21), during a cryogenic test. The Starship Mk1 exploded so violently that its top bulkhead flew off, and frozen vapor had been dispersing over the launch area. The explosion has been seen coming from the spaceship's fuselage. During the loading test, the methane and oxygen tanks had to be filled with a cryogenic liquid, so that scientists shall see how they held up at full pressure.</p> <h3>What SpaceX has to say</h3> <p>The space agency says that the explosion is not really a surprise and that the situation is not as bad as it looks:</p> <blockquote> <p>The purpose of today's test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected. There were no injuries, nor is this a serious setback.</p> </blockquote> <p>However, Starship Mk1 is history, but not also the plans of getting humans to Mars one day.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Phillies reportedly interested in signing Didi Gregorius Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:47:01 +0000 <div> <p></p><center><img src=""></center><p>The New York Yankees decided to take a risk by not making Didi Gregorius a qualifying offer, and now at least one team will reportedly look to sign the star shortstop away from them during free agency.</p> <p>One of the teams pursuing Gregorius in the early part of free agency is the Philadelphia Phillies, Jon Morosi of reports. The Phillies would be open to moving Jean Segura to a different position or trading him if they are able to land Gregorius.</p> <blockquote> <p>Sources: #Phillies pursuing Didi Gregorius in free agency, as I reported on @MLBNetwork today, with the idea that Jean Segura would move to a different position or be traded. Joe Girardi managed Didi in New York, of course. @MLB</p> <p>- Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 22, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>The Yankees still want to re-sign Gregorius, but they chose not to extend a one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer to him. That likely means they want to pay the 29-year-old less than that. Had Gregorius turned the qualifying offer down, the Yankees would have been entitled to draft pick compensation from any team that signed him. Not extending the offer indicates they were afraid he would accept it.</p> <p>Gregorius missed the first half of the season last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He struggled a bit upon returning with a .238 average in 82 games, but he still had decent power numbers with 16 home runs and 61 RBI. There will likely be plenty of interest in him on the open market.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Baseball In Michigan, 7 people a day die from drugs as overdose deaths decline slightly Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:44:36 +0000 <div> <p>CLOSE</p> <img src=""><p>The number of Michigan drug overdose deaths declined, albeit slightly, for the first time in six years, according to figures released Friday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.</p> <p>The state recorded 2,599 overdose deaths in 2018 - or roughly 7 a day. Compared to 2,686 deaths in 2017, they represent 3.2% decrease.</p> <p>Opioid overdoses - which account for the majority of the overdose deaths in the state and across the nation - declined a minuscule .8% from 2,053 in 2017 to 2036 in 2018. They account for about 5½ deaths a day.</p> <p>The new information confirms information reported earlier this year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed overdose deaths declining in Michigan. The CDC also reported overdose deaths declining across the nation as well.</p> <strong>Related: </strong> <p>"We have a plan in Michigan to cut opioid-related overdose deaths by half in five years and we will be using all available resources to make that goal a reality," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for the MDHHS. "This is a step in the right direction, however, there is much work to be done, particularly when it comes to disparities and access to treatment."</p> <p>For example:</p> <p>♦ While the overall overdose death rates among white residents decreased by 6.5%, the rates among black residents increased by 14.7% .</p> <p>♦ Opioid overdose death rates among white residents decreased by 5.1%, while rates among black residents increased by 19.9% . </p> <p>On a local level, overdose deaths in Wayne County continued to climb. It recorded more overdose deaths than any other county in the state with 775 - 678 of them opioid-related - in 2018. In 2017, Wayne County 749 drug overdose deaths; 636 of them were opioid-related. </p> <p>Macomb County had the second-most overdose deaths in 2018, with 333; 281 were opioid-related. Still, those numbers represent a drop from the county's 2017 numbers - 394 overdose deaths; 320 of them were opioid-related.</p> <p>Genesee County had the third most overdose deaths in 2018 - 221 with 184 being opioid-related. Those numbers also represented an increase over the previous year of 161 drug overdose deaths with 131 opioid-related.</p> <p>The number of deaths involving heroin and prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone is declining, according to MDHHS.</p> <p>But the number involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl continues to rise.</p> <em>Contact Georgea Kovanis:</em> <p>Read or Share this story:</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health Padma Lakshmi is breaking the Internet with new Instagram photo Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:42:04 +0000 <div> <img src=""><p><img src=""> Saturday Nov 23, 2019</p> <figure> <img src=""></figure> <p>American TV host Padma Lakhsmi on Friday set the temperatures soaring with her new Instagram photo.</p> <p>The image instantly went viral after Laskhmi posted it on the photo and video sharing app, earning thousands of likes within hours.</p> <p>"When you've been on the road for six months straight and you finally get a minute to yourself, she captioned the photo.</p> <p>Ali Wong, American actress and stand-up comedian, was also among those who liked the picture of the 49-year-old TV host.</p> <p>Laskhmi had taken the Internet by storm last year after she made the shocking revelations about her personal life in a New York Times article.</p> <p>She went on to share that she was raped when she was only 16-year-old.</p> <p>Explaining the reason behind her long silence, she said she feared fingers would be pointed at her for bringing it upon herself.</p> <p>She also received accolades for her article that was highly critical of US President Donald Trump.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Instagram Padma Lakshmi Just Shared A Nude Picture Of Herself In The Bath Because #SelfCare Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:38:35 +0000 <div> <iframe src=";0,0.0405xh&resize=480:*" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe><p>Instagram / Padma Lakshmi</p> <p> </p><ul> <li><em>Padma Lakshmi shared a nude picture of herself lounging in a bathtub.</em></li> <li> <em>The </em>Top Chef <em>host used the post to talk about self-care and treating yourself.</em> </li> <li><em>Padma takes care of herself by "organizing" her thoughts and drinking lots of tea.</em></li> </ul> <p>Padma Lakshmi looks like she is living her best life in her most recent Instagram post. The <em>Top Chef</em> host and author just posted a carefully-posed nude picture of herself lounging in a copper tub filled with pink rose petals, and tbh, her approach to self-care is straight-up <em>iconic</em>. </p> <p>"When you've been on the road for six months straight and you finally get a minute (1) to yourself 🧖🏾‍♀️ #tbt #selfcare #treatyourself #deepsigh," she captioned her post.<br></p> <p>And her famous friends and followers are HERE for it. </p> <p>"Now THIS is self-care...✨," commented Ashlee Marie Preston. And Jesse Tyler Ferguson noted, "Thought I saw a nipple! It was just a rose petal! ❤️❤️❤️❤️."</p> <p>Another fan wrote, "Always the model!! Love ya Padma!" </p> <p>And of course, people are having major tub envy. "❤️ I want that bathtub," one fan wrote, and another simply said, "That tub 😍."</p> <p>Padma is all about taking care of herself. She shared with that she likes to make room for "quiet time."</p> <p>"I think when you become a parent and have so many projects going on, it's hard to find time to just be alone in a room. Not on your phone, not reading, not going to the gym-just literally sitting still," she said. "Some call it meditation; I just call it organizing my thoughts. Even if it's just half an hour a day. I'll pretend I'm running an errand and just sit in a cafe and have a cup of tea." </p> <p>Oh, and speaking of tea...Padma's SUPER into the hot and healthy bev. "I love tea. I drink 45 cups of it a day. We have a drawer in my house which is just full of tea bags and honey and mugs stacked all on top of each other. By the end of the day, every cup has been used," she also shared with "I love Hediard black tea with half-and-half and sugar. It's my version of a cappuccino. It's really strong and abundantly sweet." </p> <p>Clearly, Padma's a self-care guru. (Brb, taking notes.)</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health Man 'performed sex acts' on stuffed Olaf from Frozen toy in middle of Target Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:37:50 +0000 <div> <p>A MAN is accused of performing sexual acts on a stuffed Olaf doll in the middle of a Target store.</p> <p>Cody Christopher Meader, 20, allegedly approached a display of Disney "Frozen" merchandise and picked up a large stuffed "Olaf" doll on October 23, reported NBC Miami.</p> <p>He's then accused of placing the plaything on the floor and performed a series of sexual acts, according to a police report.</p> <p>The plush toy wasn't able to be resold, forcing Target to let it go and promptly destroy it after the lewd acts.</p> <h3>YEARS OF pain</h3> <p> Andrew's paedo pal Epstein 'repeatedly raped teen & shared her with friends' </p> <h3>'GRISLY SCENE'</h3> <p> Brit doc & fiancee tied up and killed by apartment doorman, trial hears </p> <h3>FINAL SECONDS</h3> <p> Vid of cruise grandad dropping toddler to her death could save him from jail </p> <h3>TRAGIC PAST</h3> <p> Home where Hollywood star Robin Williams killed himself on sale for $7.2m </p> <h3>'NOTHING WORSE'</h3> <p> Granddad who dropped toddler from cruise ship window faces 3 years jail </p> <h3>SCARED & ALONE</h3> <p> Two kids and a toddler found huddled together after living alone for WEEKS </p> <p>Meader, who has a history of similar behavior, is also accused of getting frisky with a unicorn stuffed animal, according to the report.</p> <p>He admitted to doing "stupid stuff", the affidavit said.</p> <p>Meader was arrested inside the store and charged with criminal mischief.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Florida Padma Lakshmi sets the temperature soaring with new Instagram photo Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:35:16 +0000 <div> <figure> <img src=""></figure> <p><i>Top Chef</i> host Padma Lakhsmi on Friday set the temperatures soaring with her new photo that she shared on Instagram.<br></p> <p>The image instantly went viral after Laskhmi posted it on the photo and video sharing app, earning thousands of likes within hours.</p> <p>"When you've been on the road for six months straight and you finally get a minute to yourself", she captioned the photo.</p> <p>Ali Wong, American actress and stand-up comedian, was also among those who liked the picture of the 49-year-old TV host.</p> <p>Laskhmi had taken the Internet by storm last year after she made the shocking revelations about her personal life in a New York Times article.</p> <p>She went on to share that she was raped when she was only 16-year-old.</p> <p>Explaining the reason behind her long silence, she said she feared fingers would be pointed at her for bringing it upon herself.</p> <p>She also received accolades for her article that was highly critical of US President Donald Trump.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Instagram Zooey Deschanel Moves Divorce Along With Estranged Husband Amid New Romance With Jonathan Scott Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:31:50 +0000 <div> <p>Even though it's only been a couple of months, Deschanel is already accepted and loved by Jonathan Scott's family.</p> <p>"Property Brothers" co-star Drew recently spoke to US Weekly about his brother dating the TV star.</p> <p>"It's exciting. And it means I get to get Jon out here to spend more time with us in L.A.," he said.</p> <p>He also revealed that the couples have been going on double dates, because "We have a lot of the same interests. We have quirky personalities." During Halloween, they all took a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood for Halloween Horror nights and were photographed among a group of killer zombies.</p> <p>Last month, Zooey and Jonathan attended the Halloween-themed wedding of the other Scott brother, JD. The stars dressed up as Batman and Catwoman, and Deschanel later took to Instagram to reflect on the special and fun night.</p> <blockquote> <p>"It's the first time I've ever been cat-woman escorted to a fancy dress party wedding by Batman. Only for the nuptials of @mrjdscott and @annaleebelle could I be so inspired! Congrats to these gorgeous and gracious love birds, I was overjoyed to celebrate such a happy union!"</p> </blockquote> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Romance Health groups urge Pres. Trump to move ahead with e-cig flavor ban Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:30:00 +0000 <div> <p>WASHINGTON - Health advocates are encouraging President Donald Trump to move forward with a federal ban on thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes.</p> <p>Pres. Trump is meeting at the White House on Friday with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping.</p> <p>Electronic cigarette use by teenagers has surged, but federal authorities have not finalized a plan for regulating e-cigarettes. Pres. Trump says he's at the meeting to listen. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar calls regulating e-cigarettes "highly complex."</p> <p>Gary Reedy of the American Cancer Society told the president the federal government should remove all flavors, including mint and menthol.</p> <p>Pres. Trump's meeting comes as some states begin to take action in response to growing concern about the health effects of vaping products.</p> <footer> <p>Trademark and Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.</p> <br></footer></div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Politics Jets vs. Raiders: Game Time, Announcers, Week 12 on TV in New York, Tickets and More Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:27:48 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src=""></figure></p> <p>FOX has a doubleheader while CBS will show a single game to each region this week.</p> <strong>If you live in the New York area, you will see:</strong> <p>Raiders at Jets early on CBS</p> <p>Giants at Bears early on FOX</p> <p>Cowboys at Patriots late on FOX.</p> <p>.............</p> <p>Greg Gumbel and Trent Green will call the 1:00 p.m. kickoff between the Jets and the Raiders on CBS. The fact the Raiders are in the Playoff mix means this Jets game is higher up the announcer depth chart than many other games we have seen recently. It also means the game has a wider distribution than Jets games in recent weeks. In the Northeast, the viewing areas are limited to New York and Hartford. There are many markets in the Midwest showing the game, however, including Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita. Additionally, in the West the game will be shown in California markets along with Reno and Las Vegas.</p> <p>To get a full view of whether you will get Jets-Raiders along with the other Week 12 action, go to</p> <p>The entire nation will see Packers at 49ers Sunday night on NBC and Ravens at Rams Monday night on ESPN.</p> Buy tickets to Jets vs. Raiders from StubHub HERE. </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Jets Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts lands today on PC, consoles Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:23:18 +0000 <div> <main> <p>Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts has been released.</p> <p>CI Games has released <strong>Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts</strong> where you play an assassin for hire in Siberia.</p> <p>You can expect new a contracts-based system, and hundreds of ways to take down a wide range of targets with a focus on sniping, stealth, and tactics.</p> <p>In the game, you will find various contracts across the region and you will need to take out these targets in order to progress to new areas.</p> <p>While there are a total of 25 main contracts in the campaign, each region also has side-objectives to complete. You can expect "emergent combat encounters," so that no two deployments play out the same as each contract was designed to be repeatable.</p> <p>New features include the Dynamic Reticle System, which allows you to manage the atmospheric conditions of every shot. New gadgets include scout drones, an augmented reality mask, and specialist bullets.</p> <p>Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.</p> </main><footer> <p>Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.</p> </footer></div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Nomada Studio Gray will launch for PS4 on November 26, the physical version of Limited Run Games is announced - Mash Viral Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:19:43 +0000 <div> <img src=""> <p>Programmer Roger Mendoza of Nomada Studio visited the PlayStation blog to announce the exciting news that his magnificent hand-painted game, Gris, will hit PlayStation 4!</p> <p>And to improve things, the wait for the PS4 version will not be long, since the game will be released on November 26. After announcing the exciting news of the release date, Mendoza continues to say that Limited Run Games will launch a special physical edition of the game. If you are a natural person or a digital download person, Gris is definitely a game that you must learn.</p> <p>Check out the magnificent Gray launch trailer below:</p> <p> [/ embed]</p> <p>If you're just learning about the game for the first time, be sure to check out the full description of what you should expect from Gris's story below:</p> <p>Gris is a hopeful young woman lost in her own world, dealing with a<br> Painful experience in your life. Your journey through pain is<br> manifested in her dress, which grants new skills to navigate better<br> His faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gray will grow emotionally and<br> see your world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using<br> your new skills</p> <p>GRAY<br> It is a serene and evocative experience, free from danger, frustration or<br> death. Players will explore a meticulously designed world led to<br> life with delicate art, detailed animation and an elegant original<br> Punctuation. Through the game, light puzzles, platform sequences and<br> Optional skill-based challenges will be revealed as more than Gray<br> The world becomes accessible.</p> <p>Gris will launch for PS4 on November 26. It is currently available at this time on Nintendo Switch and PC. Are you planning to choose the successful independent game? Thinking about double immersion? Let us know in the comments below!</p> <p>Source: PS Blog</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games Liberty opens Bahamas Showcase with win over Morgan State Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:19:35 +0000 <div> <p> <img src=""> </p> <img src=""><p>Published Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, 2:57 pm</p> <p>Join AFP's 100,000+ followers on Facebook</p> <p>Purchase a subscription to AFP | Subscribe to AFP podcasts on iTunes</p> <p>News, press releases, letters to the editor:</p> <p>Advertising inquiries:</p> <p><img src="">For the first time in Liberty's Division I era, the Flames are 6-0 to start the season as they began the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase with an 89-44 win over Morgan State.</p> <p>The Flames will face the winner of the Rice vs. Milwaukee game in the second round of the tournament.</p> <p>Liberty created distance early in the game as they went on a 24-2 run to take the lead. Coming off the bench, Kyle Rode provided the spark on offense scoring a game-high 15 points in the first half shooting 5-6 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from three-point range.</p> <p>Liberty would score a season-high 50 points in the first half, creating a 24-point lead at the break. Liberty's defense was exceptional all day as they held Morgan State to just 28.6 percent (14-49) from the field throughout the game.</p> <p>"I thought we were consistently sound on the defensive end, and when you have a group that is as unselfish as we are and capable of scoring from a lot of different spots on the floor, I thought we outlasted them," Liberty coach Ritchie McKay said. "Morgan State is a good team, and I have a lot of respect for them; they pulled out a win at George Washington, so I am really proud of our guys."</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Politics This Week's Weird News | ROCK 105.3 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:17:18 +0000 <div> <section> <figure> <img src=",0),quality(80)"></figure></section><section> <p>An eerie Greta Thunberg doppelganger from a century-old photo, the possibility that there may be bugs on Mars, and a massive gathering of Flat Earth fans in Texas were among the strange and unusual stories to cross our desk this past week.</p> <p>In a surprising story from the world of science, an esteemed entomologist from Ohio University argued this week that images from the Mars Rover show evidence for both living and fossilized insects on the Red Planet. Dr. William Romoser's presentation at an entomology conference sparked headlines around the world, but his hypothesis was quickly rebutted by scientists who responded that the professor had likely just experienced pareidolia and that 'bugs' were probably misinterpreted rocks. </p> </section><section> <figure> <img src=",0),quality(80)"></figure></section><section> <p>Last week, hundreds of Flat Earth enthusiasts from throughout the world flocked to Dallas, Texas for an annual gathering of believers in the controversial conspiracy theory. On hand for the festivities, Coast to Coast AM got a first hand look at the proverbial highs and lows of this much-maligned and often misunderstood community, from the attendees' exuberance at being among fellow Flat Earth believers to the seemingly endless ridicule that they are forced to endure for their unorthodox, to put it mildly, opinion on the shape of the planet. </p> </section><section> <p>One of the weirder stories we've seen in quite some time unfolded earlier this week when an 1898 photo featuring a child who bore an uncanny resemblance to teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg popped up online. As one can imagine, the image quickly went viral with people jokingly declaring that the youngster was a time traveler, while others posited that the photo was doctored. The latter theory turned out to be false, as it is a genuine image from the University of Washington, and we have our doubts when it comes to Thunberg being a time traveler, though it would be pretty awesome. </p> <p>For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.</p> </section></div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Zooey Deschanel is Joining Jonathan Scott's Family for This Holiday Tradition Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:17:06 +0000 <div> <img src=""><p> </p><p><strong>Jonathan Scott</strong> is opening up about some of his and his girlfriend <strong>Zooey Deschanel</strong>'s holiday plans!</p> <p>The 39-year-old <em>New Girl</em> actress is joining the 41-year-old <em>Property Brothers</em> star's family for caroling this year - and she's in charge.</p> <p>"She is leading that mix," <strong>Jonathan</strong> told . "She is so into Christmas."</p> <p><strong>Jonathan</strong> revealed that their go-to carols are "Joy to the World," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and "Mele Kalikimaka," and they complement the tunes with cookies and hot chocolate.</p> <p>Last year, <strong>Jonathan</strong>'s family's caroled in Los Angeles, where his brother <strong>Drew Scott</strong> and his wife <strong>Linda Phan</strong> recently moved.</p> <p>"We went caroling, and the neighbors were aghast," <strong>Jonathan</strong> said. "They were like, 'What is happening? What is going on? Should we call the police? Who is it?' And then they would see us and be like, 'Oh, okay.' ... We're good singers and whatnot, but [ <strong>Zooey</strong>] is a professional. [This year] it is going to be a full performance with separate acts."</p> <p>"The one thing that [ <strong>Drew</strong> and I] do that benefits, as far us as being twins, is that [when] we go caroling ... <strong>Drew</strong> and I have the ability to resonate off each other's voices and harmonize," <strong>Jonathan</strong> added.</p> <p>"[ <strong>Zooey Deschanel</strong> and I] were singing from the moment that we first met," <strong>Jonathan Scott</strong> shared. "The funny thing is I think that we caught her more off guard, because <strong>Drew</strong> and I sang 'Joy to the World' during <em>Carpool Karaoke</em> and she heard that and she was like, 'What?' She didn't realize that we could harmonize."</p> <strong>READ MORE:</strong> Zooey Deschanel & Jonathan Scott Post Flirty Comments About Each Other! <img src=""> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Family Nomada Studio's Gris Set to Release for the PS4 November 26, Limited Run Games Physical Version Announced - Gameranx Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:16:43 +0000 <div> <p><figure><img src=""></figure></p> <p>Roger Mendoza Programmer at Nomada Studio took to the PlayStation Blog to announce the exciting news that their gorgeous hand painted game, Gris, is coming to the PlayStation 4!</p> <p>And to make things even better, the wait for the PS4 version won't be long as the game is set to release on November 26th. After announcing the exciting news of the release date, Mendoza then goes onto to say that Limited Run Games will releasing a physical special edition of the game. Whether your a physical person or digital download person, Gris is definitely a game you need to pick up.</p> <p>Check out the gorgeous launch trailer for Gris down below:</p> <p>If you're just learning about the game for the first time, make sure to check out the full description of what you should expect from the story of Gris down below:</p> <em>Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities. </em> <em>GRIS is a serene and evocative experience, free of danger, frustration or death. Players will explore a meticulously designed world brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation, and an elegant original score. Through the game light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges will reveal themselves as more of Gris's world becomes accessible.</em> <p>Gris is set to release for the PS4 on November 26th. It is currently available right now on the Nintendo Switch and PC. Are you planning on picking up the hit indie game? Thinking about double dipping? Let us know in the comments below!</p> Source: PS Blog </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Tesla teases electric truck with pop-up camper mode Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:16:07 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src=""></figure></p> <p>Electric-car manufacturer Tesla just released its highly anticipated Cybertruck in an over-the-top performance meant to demonstrate the truck's ruggedness. The new truck will come in three versions with a range between 250-500 miles, but the most interesting part for outdoor enthusiasts was a rendering that showed a futuristic pop-up tent set up on the back of the Cybertruck. <em>Love campers and trailers? </em><em>Come join our community group</em><em>. </em></p> <p>Made from ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel, the oddly shaped, punk-inspired Cybertruck features a wide windshield, angular proportions, and a sloped rear end that looks drastically different from other trucks on the market. The rendering shows a pull-out kitchen on the right hand side as well as a foldable countertop area for food prep. The sleeping quarters are under a pop-up tent with-it's hard to make out-what looks to be a bed for two. </p> <p>Each truck can seat a total of six adults on the road, with a payload of 3,500 pounds and 100 cubic feet of storage space. The single motor rear-wheel drive truck ($39,900) will be able to tow 7,500 pounds, while the triple motor all-wheel drive ($69.900) should tow 14,000 pounds. That's good news for anyone looking to pull campers and trailers with an electric truck, and another rendering shows the Cybertruk pulling a boxy, futuristic looking travel trailer. </p> <p>Beyond the rendering, there's no word whether Tesla is actually planning to build a camping kit for their truck. We've reported in the past on how people camp in their Tesla Model S using "Camper Mode"-the long-lasting 90 kilowatt hour batteries on the car allows for climate control and air filtration all night long, without any tailpipe emissions or sound. The seats also fold flat, prompting one company to make bed kits specifically for Tesla models. </p> <p>But the RV industry as a whole is becoming more eco-conscious. Tesla's direct competitor, Rivian, released plans for their electric truck with a Teprui roof-top tent and a slide-out kitchen. It could be that Tesla wanted to show the Cybertruck's camping capabilities from the get-go in order to compete with Rivian, which is expected to release its pickup in late 2020. Ford also has an all-electric F-150 coming to market. </p> <p>If real-world testing can confirm the Cybertruck's ranges, that would be big news for adventurers looking for tow vehicles or electric overlanding trucks. We recently saw a European electric motorhome debut with a 249-mile range and Winnebago Industries has a commercial RV that has a range of 85-125 miles per charge, which isn't long enough for most American RV enthusiasts. </p> <p>Itchin' to get your hands on a Tesla truck already? The Cybertruck won't be rolling off the assembly line until late 2021, but preorders can be made here. </p> <p><figure> <img src=""></figure><figure> <img src=""></figure></p><h3>Sign up for the Curbed Daily Newsletter</h3> <p>A daily dose of design and real estate news, intel, and eye candy</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business Packers' Cole Madison: Suffers torn ACL Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:16:06 +0000 <div> <p>Madison sustained a torn ACL during practice this week, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.</p> <p>Madison will require season-ending surgery to address his ACL injury, so expect him to be placed on IR in the near future. The 2018 fifth-round pick sat out his entire rookie campaign for personal reasons related to working on mental health. He provided valuable interior depth for the Packers this season but did not ultimately suit up for game action. Yosh Nijman could be a candidate to be promoted from Green Bay's practice squad to replace Madison on the 53-man roster.</p> <p> </p><div> <p><figure><img src=""></figure></p> </div> <div> <div> <p>Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe.</p> </div> <div> <h3>Thanks for signing up!</h3> <h4>Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.</h4> </div> <h3>Sorry!</h3> <h4>There was an error processing your subscription.</h4> </div> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport Whitney Cummings Opens Up About The Details Behind Her Nude Photo Scandal Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:13:27 +0000 <div> <p>Whitney Cummings opened up about what really happened when she shared her nude photos online during an appearance Thursday on "The Kelly Clarkson Show."</p> <p>As previously reported, the comedian shared a photo of herself that showed her nipple on Twitter in August after someone reportedly tried to extort Cummings.</p> <p>"It was actually my own fault," she admitted. "I was doing Instagram Stories one night and weed is now legal in California, which is not a good mix. I had done [a Story] and it kind of slipped a little bit."</p> <p>Cummings detailed the situation to fans on Twitter when she first put the nude photo on the internet. <strong>(RELATED: Whitney Cummings Shares Nude Photo In Response To Being Extorted)</strong></p> <p>"1) In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple," she tweeted. "Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo."</p> <blockquote> <p>1) In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple. Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo.</p> <p>- Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 12, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>"2) They all must think I'm way more famous than I am, but they also must think I'm way more easily intimidated than I am," she added. "If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it's gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks."</p> <p>Cummings claimed she shared the photos herself because she didn't know what else to do to.</p> <p>"I just took the bargaining chip off the table. It was the only thing I knew how to do," Cummings told Clarkson. "It's a boob!"</p> <p>"I was like, I'm not giving you my money, I've worked too hard," she stated. "I paid good money! I'm proud of them."</p> <p>"There are better nude photos of me. I'm in the bathtub. I look like I'm having a home birth."</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> China Dangerous disease killing deer across country moving into southeast Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:12:47 +0000 <div> <p><strong>ATLANTA</strong> - Across the U.S., a mysterious disease is killing deer, slowly. It eats holes in their brains and the animal wastes away. The process can take months, even years. But once the animal dies the disease lives on. </p> <p>Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, isn't new but the threat to Georgia is. New research suggests the mad cow disease-like malady could impact monkeys. The threat to humans is unknown. </p> <p>According to Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, they're testing deer to make sure the disease has not crept in from neighboring states. </p> <strong>Download the FOX13 Memphis app to receive alerts from breaking news in your neighborhood.</strong> <strong>Trending stories: </strong> <p>"It's a slow and cryptic disease, and we don't really know the long-term effects of it on the deer population," said Georgia DNR's deer biologist, Charlie Killmaster. </p> <p>Killmaster explained there is no blood test for CWD because it attacks the nervous system. They test for it by taking the lymph nodes from the neck of a dead deer.</p> <p>The DNR spot-checks deer killed by hunters and brought to processing facilities across the state. Killmaster said the unknown impacts of the disease mean wildlife managers are on guard. </p> <p>"We've never had it jump from a deer to a human to date, but we don't know that it can't, either," Killmaster said. </p> <p>CWD spreads easily through urine, saliva, and the nervous system of an infected animal, dead or alive.</p> <p>If a hunter harvests a deer in one location and discards the bone and brain tissue in another, that can spread the disease. But CWD is tough to diagnose because it could take more than a year for symptoms to show. </p> <p>"Overtime it's going to lead to a degeneration of that nervous tissue, that brain tissue and once that happens you can see a whole suite of abnormal behavior," explained Mark Ruder, with the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. </p> <p>Ruder said CWD appears to have a strong species barrier, and the disease has not been found in humans or domestic animals. But Canadian researchers found evidence the disease impacted monkeys that ate CWD infected deer meat over a period of time. </p> <p>"It shows that there's potential and we should be vigilant," Ruder said. </p> <p>The disease has not been spotted in Georgia. Killmaster said hunters need to be aware of the areas testing positive for CWD. </p> <p>"It's still safe to consume venison but you have to be aware of these potential risk factors in an area that has chronic wasting disease," Killmaster said. </p> <p>Tennessee wildlife managers found the state's first positive case of CWD nearly a year ago. Since then, 193 deer tested positive. Tennessee's Wildlife Resources Agency said this hunting season that number will rise. </p> <p>"Since December when we found CWD in our midst it has become a new normal for hunters unfortunately," said TWRA spokesperson Jennifer Wisniewski. "If you look at pockets of CWD that has sprung up across the country they're not contiguous, so a lot of it has been due to the transport of deer by people." </p> <p>Tennessee law enforcement agencies now post officers on bridges and near interstates to watch for hunters transporting potentially infected deer across state lines. Tracking and testing for the disease cost valuable resources and time. </p> <p>Hunters may have unknowingly help spread the disease, but wildlife experts said they can also help stop it by hunting down deer in known infected areas. They're encouraging hunters to harvest more deer in CWD positive zones, and have it tested by TWRA to make sure it's safe. </p> <p>"The higher the population the greater the chance the disease will spread," explained TWRA biologist Chuck Yoest. "I would just recommend to other states that they go out of their way to detect it as early as possible."</p> <p>Georgia's DNR said citizens are one of their greatest tools in detecting the disease. </p> <p>"Notify us if you see a deer that is acting strangely or appears to be sick the public is our best resource for locating the clinical animals," Killmaster said.</p> <section> <p><a href=""> <p><img src=""></p> </a></p> </section></div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Georgia Michael J. Pollard, actor in House of 1000 Corpses and Scrooged, dies at 80 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:12:38 +0000 <div> <p>Michael J. Pollard, a veteran actor known for his roles in (1988) and <em>House of 1000 Corpses</em> (2003), has died at the age of 80, Rob Zombie confirmed on his Facebook page today.</p> <p>"We have lost another member of our <em>House of 1000 Corpses</em> family," wrote the horror director. "I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died. I have always loved his work and his truly unique on-screen presence. He was one of the first actors I knew I had to work with as soon as I got my first film off the ground. He will be missed. I can't believe all three of my friends in this picture are now gone."</p> <img src=""> <p>Born in Passaic, New Jersey in May of 1939, Pollard began his acting career began in 1958 with a segment on <em>Omnibus</em>, an educational variety show hosted by Alistair Cooke. For the next 61 years, he appeared in projects like <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> (the 1967 movie), <em>Tales From the Crypt</em>, <em>The Ray Bradbury Theatre</em>, <em>Toxic Crusaders</em>, and the original <em>Star Trek</em> series.</p> <p>"Michael J. Pollard was one of a kind. Made every film he was in better. You sat up and took notice. I met him once on the street in Beverly Hills and tried to pay him a compliment. He growled at me. I mean - literally growled at me. It was a perfect moment," wrote producer Larry Karaszewski ( <em>Ed Wood</em>, <em>Dolemite is My Name</em>) on Twitter.</p> <img src=""> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Kanye West's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' Is A Narrative Album: Part 1 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:08:09 +0000 <div> <figure><div><img src=""></div> <figcaption><fbs-accordion><p>LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Musician Kanye West performs onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at ... [+] </p> </fbs-accordion><small>WireImage</small></figcaption></figure> <p>Today marks nine years since Kanye West released what many consider to be his magnum opus: <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em>. While many albums are praised right away then forgotten, or ignored into cult-status before an eventual admission of greatness, <em>Twisted Fantasy</em> has maintained a consistency of recognition. </p> <p>For example, <em>Billboard</em> released "Best Albums of the 2010s" lists in 2015 and 2019, at the midpoint and closing of the decade. <em>Twisted Fantasy</em> was #1 on both. <em>Pitchfork</em> did the same but in 2014 and 2019. The results were almost identical, with <em>MBDTF</em> taking #1 and #2, respectively. In 2018, it was reported the Kanye's lovely nightmare had crossed the 1 billion plays threshold on Spotify. </p> <p>Despite the public and critical acclaim, one aspect of the album's artistry is consistently missing from the conversation- <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em> is a concept album, a narrative album. And it's time we get on the same page about that, otherwise it's legacy will forever be incomplete. </p> <p>This is part 1 in a series of articles that will lay out the narrative of <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em>. </p> <strong>Structure: overview</strong> <u>Turning point:</u> <ol>All of the Lights (Interlude) </ol> <u>Fantasy Life:</u> <u>Fantasy Love:</u> <ol>Who Will Survive in America </ol> <strong>Background: Part 1</strong> <u>Songs are like movies</u> <p><em>Fade to Black</em> is the documentary of the making of Jay-Z's 2003 project, <em>The Black Album. </em>At one point in the documentary, we see Kanye in the studio with Jay. West says: "When I did the Twista song ["Slow Jamz"], I was making that shit like it was a sitcom itself. Or like a piece of a movie or something. Like say, like, if <em>The Black Album</em> was <em>The Black Movie</em> or something. So the songs-the soundtracks are like scores to scenes that's going on in the movie." </p> <p>After a brief commentary, we cut to Kanye continuing his thought, "This record ain't a record. It's a movie and shit. Like a scene from a movie." </p> <p>Even in 2003, months before the release of his debut album, <em>The College Dropout</em>, and seven years prior to <em>Twisted Fantasy</em>, West saw albums as a movie, and songs as scenes in a movie. </p> <p>This may not surprise long-time fans of Kanye, as his love of cinema has been well-documented and is the stuff of lore. One of his early, unreleased songs, pre-dating <em>Dropout</em>, was called " Livin' in a Movie " that included the chorus: "And I'm livin' the movies, not livin by rules/It's just a movie, don't lose your cool/Sit back and enjoy the show." </p> <u>The first "movie"</u> <p>West would put this "movie approach" into practice with <em>The College Dropout</em>, as there's a very clear three-act structure, with each song progressing the character and plot just like scenes do in a movie. </p> <p>For <em>Dropout</em>, act 1 is Kanye living his life in Chicago, commenting on the people around him and his hustle to get a chance in the music industry. With "Jesus Walks" and "Never Let Me Down," we see our hero transition from the life he had known to having a real opportunity in the rap game. </p> <p>Act 2 is the character's early struggles in the music industry, too focused on what will make him popular with people. He's tries to get them to put their hands in the air, offers snake-oil secrets to women wanting to get ahead, slows down the music because that's what girls say they want to dance to, then concludes with making "more of that bullshit ice rap." The line that best summarizes act 2: "Always said if I rapped I'd say somethin' significant/But now I'm rappin' but money, hoes, and rims again." Ironically, the title of act's final track, "Breathe In, Breathe Out," is a dumbed-down play on the conscious and thoughtful "Respiration" by Talib Kweli and Mos Def (performing as Blackstar). That's why West includes the line, "I got to 'pologize to Mos and Kweli." </p> <p>Act 3 finds West being infused with "school spirit" and rediscovering his voice, getting back to saying things that are significant like he did in act 1 on "We Don't Care" and "All Falls Down." You get the fire and thoughtfulness of "Two Words," "Through the Wire," and "Family Business." Kanye crowns the album with "Last Call," where, over 11-minutes, he explains the real-life events <em>Dropout</em> has dramatized. </p> <p>In 2007, Kanye released his third album and second narrative album: <em>Graduation</em>. It also has a three-act structure and tells a coming-of-age story, otherwise known as a Bildungsroman, a tale of education. Some famous examples include books like <em>Great Expectations</em>, <em>A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man</em>, <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>, and <em>Harry Potter</em>. Or movies like: <em>The Land Before Time</em>, <em>The Sandlot</em>, <em>Juno</em>, and <em>Almost Famous</em>. </p> <p>Typically, the coming-of-age story involves a child, teen, or young adult who is still innocent about some aspect of the world. Whether that's the ugliness of people, violence, financial struggles, etc. On <em>Graduation</em>, the innocence relates to fame. </p> <p>One of <em>Graduation</em> 's final tracks is "Homecoming." The lyrics detail West's relationship with a girl he's known since he was three-years-old, experiences they've had over the years, and how he ultimately left her to pursue his dreams. At the end, it's revealed the girl is actually Chicago. This fake-out is an allusion to West's fellow Chicago-artist, Common. Specifically, Common's hit song, "I Used to Love H.E.R." </p> <p>"I Used to Love H.E.R." is Common commenting on the way hip hop has changed since he was a kid. Going from something pure to something commercial and ugly. But he doesn't just say that. Instead, he tells a story. </p> <p>At the beginning it's "I met this girl when I was ten years old/And what I loved most, she had so much soul." But we eventually wind up with "Now she's a gangsta rollin' with gangsta bitches/Always smoking' blunts and gettin' drunk/...Stressin' how hardcore and real shit is/She was really the realest, before she got into showbiz." </p> <p>The impressive thing isn't that Kanye has a song about him and Chicago that's a re-telling of "I Used to Love H.E.R." The impressive thing is that Kanye has an about him and Chicago that's a re-telling of "I Used to Love H.E.R." That's what <em>Graduation</em> is, the story of Kanye going from someone with so much soul and potential, to someone ruined by showbiz, by fame. </p> <p>Each of the three verses on "I Used to Love H.E.R." is an act. We're introduced to "her." Then get the relationship Common had with "her." Then watch the tragedy of how "her" went wrong. </p> <p>A similar three-acts play out on <em>Graduation</em>. We're introduced to a character who is ready to achieve big things, his whole future ahead of him. After his first taste of the limelight, of the indulgences fame has to offer, he has to decide if he leaves behind everything he's known-friends, family, and Chicago-to pursue his dream? Does he break up with his old life to pursue a new one?</p> <p>The second act details the character's relationship with fame and how fame changes him. Pointedly, the first song of the second act is "Good Life," which finds him traveling city to city, partying and indulging. He name drops Atlanta, L.A., Miami, and New York. Houston, Philly, D.C., and San Francisco. It's clear he has put Chicago in the rearview. </p> <p>The next several songs detail the rise of an ego that's uncaring about what others think. "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Barry Bonds," "Drunk and Hot Girls," "Flashing Lights," and "Everything I Am" all describe the actions and mindset of an incredibly arrogant and selfish person. "But my head's so big," Kanye raps, "you can't sit behind me." </p> <p>The second act concludes with "The Glory." There, the character finally achieves what he had hoped for on "Champion" and "I Wonder": the glory of being the best in the game. The character flexes his artistry, his success, his possessions. At one point he says, "Yeah that tuxedo might have been a little guido/But with my ego/I can stand there in a Speedo/And be looked at like a fucking hero." This is definitely the climax of the surging bravado. </p> <p>We then head into the third and final act, which is brief, in comparison. Just two songs: "Homecoming" and "Big Brother." On the first, the character attempts to return to Chicago to celebrate his obtaining such glory. Only to discover he can't come home. That he dashed his old life when he left, and nothing can be the same again.</p> <p>"Big Brother" breaks us out of the dramatization, of the fiction, similar to "Last Call." It's Kanye straight-up describing his relationship with Jay-Z over the years. From being an adoring fan with only dreams of being a musician like Jay, to getting a chance to work on <em>The Blueprint, </em>to becoming an artist on Jay's level, to competing with Jay. The twist is that "Big Brother" is an apology. There had been drama between the two, as West had been complaining about Jay behind Jay's back. </p> <p>Instead of the album ending on a high, it ends with West essentially whimpering about the cost of fame and how ego can cause you to harm relationships that are incredibly important to you. The innocence he had is gone. He's been indoctrinated into the reality of things. That's there's a cost to what you say, do, and pursue. </p> <p>We see this kind of re-telling occur in all narrative fields. James Joyce's book <em>Ulysses</em> was based on Homer's <em>The Odyssey</em>. <em>The Black Swan</em> starring Natalie Portman was inspired by the 1948 movie <em>The Red Shoes</em>. The tv show <em>It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia</em> has many episodes that adapt famous books or movies, presenting familiar elements with unique <em>Always Sunny</em> flavor. </p> <p>That Kanye adapted a song into an album isn't astoundingly unique, but it is important to understanding <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em>. </p> <p>Check back soon for part 2, where we learn about Kanye's obsession with the play <em>Wicked </em>and why it's the secret ingredient of <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em>. </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Islam Pick Six: How will the Raiders fare against a stout, New York run defense? Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:08:05 +0000 <div> <p> </p><div> <div> <p>The Oakland Raiders needed to come home, and they took full advantage of all the amenities of being back in the Bay Area.</p> </div> <div> <p>After a brutal, six-week stretch on the road, Head Coach Jon Gruden and Co. returned home, and went a perfect 3-0 back at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to launch themselves into playoff contention in the AFC.</p> </div> <div> <p>Now, after nearly a month home, the boys are back on the road, this time with a Week 12 clash against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium next up on the schedule.</p> </div> <div> <p>Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 AM PT; here are six things to watch once the game gets underway.</p> </div> <div><strong>1. Can the offense stay crisp?</strong> </div> <div> <p>Most importantly, the Silver and Black beat the Cincinnati Bengals last week 17-10, but by no means was it the team's prettiest outing of 2019.</p> </div> <div> <p>The offensive line uncharacteristically gave up three sacks, Josh Jacobs fumbled in the red zone, effectively taking points of the board for the Raiders, and Derek Carr threw his first interception since Week 3... All that, and the Raiders <em>still</em> beat the Bengals, which really is a testament to much the Silver and Black have evolved throughout the season.</p> </div> <div> <p>As good as last Sunday was, I'm excited to see if those mistakes will be cleaned up this week against the Jets, a team that actually boasts a pretty decent defense - particularly against the run.</p> </div> <div> <p>Was last week's outing a bit of an apparition? I think so, but nevertheless, I'll be keeping an eye on the offense to see if they can clean up the mistakes and put together a quality 60-minute effort.</p> </div> <div><strong>2. How do you limit Jamal Adams?</strong> </div> <div> <p>We've collectively talked about Jamal Adams <em>a lot</em> this week, and for good reason.</p> </div> <div> <p>Not only does the former LSU Tiger have the ability to wreak havoc on a receiving corps, but with five sacks in the past two weeks, Adams is rushing the passer better than a bunch of defensive linemen.</p> </div> <div> <p>From John Gruden, to Derek Carr, and really everyone with an eye on the offensive side of the football for the Silver and Black, they've all essentially said the same thing - if you want to have any type of success moving the ball, you have to figure out a way to neutralize No. 33.</p> </div> <div> <p>I'm sure a lot of that pressure will fall on the shoulders of Josh Jacobs and the running backs, but with a dude like Jamal Adams flying around, it's going to be all hands on deck in trying to keep him out of the ballgame.</p> </div> <div> <p>Oh, and I don't think it's a coincidence that Adams' two best games have coincided in Jets' wins.</p> </div> </div> <div> <div> <p>Is Sunday the day that Josh Jacobs officially hits the 1,000-yard mark?</p> </div> <div> <p>Through 10 games, the stud rookie is averaging just over 92 yards per contest, and since he's currently sitting at 923 rushing yards, if the numbers hold up, Jacobs has a chance to hit 1,000 yards just 11 games into his 2019 campaign.</p> </div> <div> <p>That said, the Jets boast the top run defense in the NFL, surrendering just 79.1 rushing yards per game.</p> </div> <div> <p>To be fair though, the Chicago Bears also owned one of the best total defenses in the NFL when the Silver and Black met them in London, and Jacobs didn't seem fazed in the least, galloping for 123 yards in the Week 5 win.</p> </div> <div> <p>The University of Alabama product is going to get to 1,000 yards at some point this season, but I'm hopeful he can do it Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.</p> </div> <div><strong>4. Which version of Sam Darnold do we see?</strong> </div> <div> <p>It's isn't a secret that the second-year quarterback has had no shortage of ups and downs in his sophomore season in the Big Apple.</p> </div> <div> <p>Darnold has put together games where we looks pedestrian at best, games where he flashes all the potential in the world, and games where he claims to see undead spirits roaming the secondary.</p> </div> <div> <p>However, all kidding aside, the Raiders are going to get their shot at the former USC Trojan just a week after what was far and away his best performance of 2019, a four-touchdown outing against the Washington Redskins.</p> </div> <div> <p>Darnold's struggles in 2019 haven't been squarely on his shoulders - I think it's unfair to lay the blame on just him - but nevertheless, with 10 interceptions on the year, he's going to give Paul Guenther's defense chances to make plays against him.</p> </div> <div> <p>It remains to be seen which version of Sam Darnold shows up for Week 12, but getting a little bit of pressure on young Mr. Darnold would go a long way in helping the Raiders notch their seventh win of 2019.</p> </div> <div> <p>Look, would it be awesome if Maxx Crosby took Sam Darnold down behind the line of scrimmage four times like he did to Ryan Finley last week? Uh, yeah, it'd be great, and I'm pretty sure it would be some type of NFL record too.</p> </div> <div> <p>That said, as great as four sacks would be, I'll be keeping an eye on No. 98 to see how he follows up his otherworldly performance last week against the Bengals.</p> </div> <div> <p>The Jets have surrendered more sacks (41) than just two teams in the NFL, which does bode well for a Raiders' pass rush that has come alive as of late, and I'm fired up to see what Crosby does with his chances to make big plays.</p> </div> <div> <p>Another guy to keep an eye on at MetLife Stadium? Benson Mayowa.</p> </div> <div> <p>Mayowa leads the Silver and Black with seven sacks, and after not adding to his lead last week in Oakland, I have a feeling he's going to be gassed up and ready to rock at MetLife.</p> </div> </div> <div> <div><strong>6. What role does the weather play?</strong> </div> <div> <p>It looks like we might finally get our first "weather" game of 2019.</p> </div> <div> <p>As of now - and weather forecasts seemingly change from hour to hour - we're looking at a 100 percent chance of rain on Sunday, as well as winds topping out at 11 miles per hour.</p> </div> <div> <p>Now, will that forecast ring true, and will we actually get some precipitation Sunday afternoon? That remains to be seen, but if we do, be sure to watch and see how both teams deal with the conditions.</p> </div> <div> <p>Rain typically goes hand in hand with sloppy weather, and sloppy weather typically means pounding the rock, which could be good news for the Silver and Black.</p> </div> <div> <p>Mother Nature can be tricky this time of year, let's see if she says hello this Sunday.</p> </div> </div> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Raiders Dolly Parton: The woman who continues to make waves Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:06:08 +0000 <div> <p>Dolly Parton's popularity has endured, in large part, because even after five decades of stardom she remains an enigma in plain sight. Call it the Parton Paradox: Hers has been one of the most scrutinised female bodies in the history of modern celebrity, and yet no one can tell you for certain what her forearms look like. "Very often someone will wow you, but as you get to know them, the mystery wears off," Jane Fonda, Parton's co-star in the feminist film 9 to 5, told Rolling Stone in 1980.</p> <p>The magical mysteries of Dolly Parton seem to be captivating a whole new generation. The 73-year-old is riding high on a trifecta of millennial milestones: She's the subject of a serialised podcast (WNYC's Dolly Parton's America), the inspiration for a Netflix anthology series (Dolly Parton's Heartstrings), and the featured vocalist on an EDM song (the Swedish duo Galantis's "Faith").</p> <p>In some sense, though, 2019 is an odd time for a Dolly renaissance. It's easy to see why someone like Fonda - a kind of octogenarian Greta Thunberg - is enjoying an uptick in intergenerational support from a politically aware cohort too young to remember her days of antiwar activism. Parton, on the other hand, has remained reluctant to make the slightest hint of a political statement, even in these urgent times.</p> <p>At the 2017 Emmys, Parton did what she's also done when some interviews have gotten too political or contentious: she pulled from her trusted arsenal of boob jokes. "Well, I know about support," she quipped, gesturing toward her chest. "If it weren't for support, Shock and Awe here would be more like Flopsy and Droopy."</p> <p>One reason Parton's approval rating is so high, though, is that all the attributes that used to set her up for criticism - the outrageous, hyper-femme style; the unapologetic business savvy needed to pull off her late-70s pop crossover; even the so-what acknowledgment of her own cosmetic surgery - are no longer taboo.</p> <p>A generation that's grown up with Snapchat-filtered selfies and pop feminism seems to have an innate understanding that artifice doesn't negate authenticity, or that a penchant for towering wigs and acrylic nails doesn't prevent someone from being a songwriting genius. Perhaps that's why her rhinestone DNA is visible in young artists as varied as Kacey Musgraves and Cardi B - to say nothing of Parton's own goddaughter Miley Cyrus.</p> <p>Both-sides-ism rarely feels as benevolent as it does when coming from Parton, but that's nothing new. When asked, in 1997, how she was able to maintain fan bases within both the religious right and the gay community, she replied, "It's two different worlds, and I live in both and I love them both, and I understand and accept both."</p> <p>Parton was born in January 1946, to parents so poor they paid the doctor who delivered her in cornmeal. She started making up little songs before she even knew how to write. She sang with a voice like a rainbow: clear, bright, so cartoonishly pretty it's almost hard to believe it's a naturally occurring phenomenon. The night she graduated from high school - the first in her family to do so - her bags were already packed. She left for Nashville the next morning.</p> <p>Though Parton, at first glance, comes off as an extraterrestrially confident ray of light, much of her music is grounded by an authentic sense of insecurity that she's worked hard to overcome. She's not a one-dimensional paper Dolly. She has bled.</p> <p>Dolly Parton in 2019 contains a unique mixture of the old-fashioned and newfangled celebrity. Like a vintage Hollywood studio head, she understands stardom as a kind of blank dream screen onto which people project their own stories and fantasies. But she has also - long before social media - known the importance of the avatar, the fun that can be had in creating an exaggerated public caricature of oneself. And what are her pithy Dollyisms - "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap" - if not proto-tweets?</p> <p><em><strong>© 2019 The New York Times</strong></em></p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business Bumble Bee tuna files for bankruptcy, citing 'legal challenges' Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:06:03 +0000 <div> <p>One of the country's oldest and best-known tuna brands has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but Bumble Bee cans will not be suddenly disappearing from your local grocery store.</p> <p>Bumble Bee Foods said in a news release Thursday that Taiwan-based FCF Fishery has entered into an agreement to purchase Bumble Bee's assets for approximately $925 million.</p> <p>Bumble Bee cited easing a debt burden "caused by recent and significant legal challenges" as the reason for the bankruptcy filing.</p> <p>"It's been a challenging time for our company but today's actions allow us to move forward with minimal disruption to our day-to-day operations," Bumble Bee president and CEO Jan Tharp said in the release. "We have an experienced leadership team in place and plan to transform our business in bold and innovative ways that will build a legacy worthy of our proud 120-year-old history."</p> <p>The company anticipates that Bumble Bee tuna and other products from their additional brands, including Beach Cliff, Brunswick, Snow's and Wild Selections, will remain on the shelves in the U.S. and Canada.</p> <p>"It is our clear intent that all U.S. and Canadian operations continue uninterrupted,'' Tharp said in the release. "Employees will get paid, our customer partners can count on us to continue delivering outstanding brands and services, and vendors will be paid in the ordinary course of business."</p> <p><a href=""><p><img src=";428;7;70;5.jpg"> </p> </a> </p> <p>The "legal challenges" include pleading guilty in 2017 to price fixing the cost of canned tuna and tuna pouches, which came with a $25 million fine.</p> <p>The San Diego-based company still has to pay $17 million of the fine to the U.S. Department of Justice, according to its bankruptcy filing. The company also has been entangled with civil lawsuits related to the price-fixing, according to CNBC.</p> <p>Bumble Bee's woes come as tuna consumption continues to decline. According to a 2016 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), canned tuna sales have dropped 42 percent over the last three decades.</p> <p>Reasons for the decline include processed foods coming under increased scrutiny for being unhealthy and many popular diets stressing fresh produce over packaged foods.</p> <p>Leading tuna companies like Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea have also tried to make their products easier to consume, with pouches and ready-to-eat cups instead of traditional cans that require a can opener.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Food Airbnb in the hot seat: Congressional Black Caucus members want answers from CEO Brian Chesky ASAP Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:04:40 +0000 <div> <p>Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has earned the ire of a half dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who on Thursday sent him a letter requesting a briefing within two weeks. (Keep in mind that Thanksgiving is next week.)</p> <p>Responding to multiple media reports about scams, fake hosts, and deceptive listings, the congresspeople want to know why Airbnb hosts continue to operate in violation of both local laws and Airbnb's own policies. The letter points out that despite Airbnb's "One Host, One Home" policy, one New York City company generated $20 million in revenues in three years.</p> <p>"We are confident you agree with us that these reports are extremely disconcerting," the letter states. "This is why we hope to work with you to resolve our concerns expeditiously. We would appreciate a meeting with you to answer the following questions." This is code for: Dear Brian Chesky, Congress is about to put you in time out.</p> <p>We reached out to Airbnb for comment and will update if we hear back.</p> <p>Chesky will need to explain how hosts are verified and answer questions such as "Can you tell us what or who Airbnb considers a 'host'?" and "How often does Airbnb currently check existing rental listings to ensure compliance with Airbnb's stated policies, if at all?" and "What sort of compensation can guests who are subject to fraud, deception, discrimination, or other failings expect to receive?"</p> <p>The letter was signed by Democratic congresspeople Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Barbara Lee of California, Robin Kelly of Illinois, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, and Yvette Clarke of New York. It arrived just hours before Airbnb's COO announced that she is stepping down from her role and joining the board.</p> <p>In summary: Your weekend will be much better than Brian Chesky's.</p> </div> <img src=',f_auto,q_auto,fl_lossy/wp-cms/uploads/2019/11/p-1-airbnb-in-the-hotseat-congressional-black-caucus-members-want-answers-from-ceo-brian-chesky-asap.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business First CWD-positive wild deer detected in Dunn County Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:03:37 +0000 <div> <p>The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed Friday that a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease near Menomonie in Dunn County.</p> <p>The CWD-positive deer was an adult buck killed during the 2019 archery deer season that was tested as part of the department's disease surveillance efforts and is the first wild CWD-positive deer recorded in Dunn County. Its location is 18 miles outside of the existing Chippewa Valley CWD surveillance area, where five wild white-tailed deer have previously tested positive for CWD in southwest Eau Claire County in 2018 and 2019.</p> <p>Last year, as part of disease detection efforts throughout the agency's entire West-Central District, 373 samples were submitted from Dunn County with no resulting CWD detections. Last year's sampling effort was comprehensive, and this recent detection indicates the disease is unlikely to be distributed throughout the county, the DNR said in a news release.</p> <p>However, disease distribution is often not spread evenly, and biologists need samples from the area around this positive test to better understand the local distribution of CWD.</p> <p>State law requires that the Wisconsin DNR to enact a ban on baiting and feeding of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a wild or farm-raised deer that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis. Dunn and Chippewa counties already have a baiting and feeding ban and are identified as CWD-affected counties because of their proximity to the positive detections in Eau Claire County. As required by law, this new positive will renew the baiting and feeding bans in both counties.</p> <p>"We are committed to working closely with local communities, including the citizen-based Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team, as we explore future response and management options for this disease in Dunn and the surrounding counties," DNR West Central District wildlife supervisor Kris Johansen said in the release.</p> <p>The agency is encouraging hunters to submit a sample from deer they kill this hunting season for free CWD testing at sampling locations in regional counties to give scientists more information about the prevalence of the fatal, neurological disease. Hunters also are urged to use deer carcass waste disposal options during the remainder of this deer season. Locations of both are listed on the DNR website at</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Wisconsin Padma Lakshmi posts a nude Instagram photo of herself relaxing in the bathtub - Mash Viral Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:03:07 +0000 <div> <img src=""> <p>The host of "Top Chef," Padma Lakshmi, enjoyed a little "me" while immersing himself in a beautiful bronze bathtub, sharing the peaceful photo on Instagram.</p> <p>"When you've been on the road for six months in a row and you finally get a minute (1) for yourself #tbt #selfcare #treatyourself #deepsigh," the author wrote next to a photo of herself soaked in the rose petal bathtub.</p> <p>Lakshmi could be referring to the time he spent on the road while filming his next series of Hulu, which has not yet been titled, which, according to Refinery 29, involves the gourmand traveling through the United States to highlight dishes and recipes of immigrants and regional communities.</p> <p>Several of Padma's famous friends commented on the photo, including "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler, who jokingly wrote: "I thought I saw a nipple! It was just a rose petal! ❤️❤️❤️❤️."</p> <p> . (tagsToTranslate) Page Six (t) naked celebrities (t) padma lakshmi</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Instagram Resident Evil 3 remake rumored for 2020 release | PC Invasion Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:03:04 +0000 <div> <p> Raccoon City keeps calling us back.</p> <p>It looks like it won't be long before another <em>Resident Evil </em>gets its long-awaited makeover. <em>Resident Evil 3 </em>is rumored to be next in line for an RE Engine beauty treatment with a release as soon as 2020. News of the potential remake comes courtesy of YouTube channel Spawn Wave. The channel had previously predicted , including George R. R. Martin's involvement. Sources from Eurogamer and VGC have come forth with similar information regarding the existence of the remake.</p> <p>The <em>Resident Evil 2 </em>remake, which released January of this year, was a critical and commercial success. PC Invasion agreed that the remake was a horror experience that no one should miss out on. With three million copies sold in the launch week alone, it's no surprise that Capcom wants to strike while the iron is still hot. Capcom has yet to confirm or deny the rumors, however.</p> <h2>A new era of <em>Resident Evil </em> </h2> <p>With such a quick development time, the rumored remake will almost certainly borrow assets from the <em>Resident Evil 2 </em>remake, just as that title borrowed from <em>Resident Evil 7. </em>And like the last remake, a <em>Resident Evil 3</em> remake would also have to scrap fixed camera angles for an updated third-person experience. The talented folks over at Capcom have already proven how well the horror translates over to the new perspective.</p> <p><em>Resident Evil 3 </em> initially released in 1999 for the PlayStation, later making its way over to the Dreamcast, GameCube, and Windows. It released digitally on PSN in 2009 but has managed to dodge any remasters or re-releases on PC. The remake would be the perfect opportunity to reunite fans with the classic horror game.</p> <p>Capcom is also hard at work on <em>Resident Evil </em>spin-off <em>Project Resistance</em>, an asymmetric multiplayer experience with an emphasis on horror. We can expect to hear more on that game before we hear any news on a <em>Resident Evil 3</em> remake.</p> <p>But if the rumors are true, then we look forward to another terrifying trip to Raccoon City.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Rumors Garth Brooks breaks a Ford Field record selling a staggering number of tickets Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:02:07 +0000 <div> <p>DETROIT - Country music superstar Garth Brooks just sold a staggering number of tickets in a short amount of time for his upcoming Detroit stadium concert. Brooks will be at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p>When tickets for the concert went on sale this morning, fans bought more than 70,000 of them in just 90 minutes making it a sell-out. DLI Entertainment says the 70,000 tickets are the most ever sold at Ford Field for a one-night musical event.</p> <p>This will be the first time Brooks has ever performed a concert at Ford Field and will be the only Michigan stop on his stadium tour.</p> <b>The biggest remaining concerts coming to Michigan in 2019.</b> <p>The last time Brooks was in Michigan was when he made a surprise appearance this past summer at the 99.5 WYCD Hoedown at DTE Energy Music Theatre.</p> <p>Brooks recently won CMA Entertainer of the Year, his seventh time doing so. That's a first for any music artist. Earlier in the year he received iHeartRadio's inaugural Artist of the Decade Award at the iHeartRadio Awards in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Brooks is the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each. He remains the No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history with more than 148 million albums sold.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Ford No Mbappe, but Neymar returns from injury to face Lille Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:58:38 +0000 <div> <img src=""><strong>It looks almost certain that PSG will finish top of their Champions League group, so next week's trip to Madrid to face Real could be an interesting game to watch.</strong> <p>The Parisians have often looked vulnerable on the road in Europe so they will want to get a good result to give them belief in the future. Most of the players have moved on, but the dramatic 6-1 defeat to Barcelona will still leaves scars at the club.</p> <p>In a way it's ironic that the Barcelona star from that night is now leading the charge for PSG as they look for European success. Neymar has been injured for a few weeks so you might think that he would be used sparingly tonight to keep him fresh for Madrid.</p> <p>The opposite is true, as he's been thrown straight back into the starting line up to face Lille:</p> <blockquote> <p>The eleven selected by Thomas Tuchel including the return of @neymarjr!</p> <p>?#PSGLOSC</p> <p>- Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) November 22, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>It's also interesting to see that Icardi starts instead of Cavani up front. The Argentine has really found form in the past few weeks and it's starting to look like Cavani's days at the club could be numbered. A move to MLS has been mooted, and it would make sense at this point.</p> <p>The big absence from the team is Kylian Mbappe. He's been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid so it would've been great to see him play at The Bernabeu next week, but he looks set for a spell on the sidelines.</p> <p>Neymar was the hero for PSG the last time he returned from injury, they would happily settle for another decisive contribution from their star man tonight.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports Code Vein Season Pass DLC begins rolling out early 2020 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:57:43 +0000 <div> <p> </p><p>Bandai Namco at last confirms that <em>Code Vein</em> fans can expect at least three DLC packs out of their Season Pass investment, and the first should go online starting early 2020. The upcoming DLC promises new in-game content including story updates, new bosses, player character customization parts and items, and more.</p> <p>In the meantime, Bandai Namco also announces that all <em>Code Vein</em> players are due for a free game update before the end of December 2019 that will introduce a new "photo mode" and additional player character customization parts, including a height adjustment parameter. Perhaps your Revenant can literally be the ankle-biter you always wanted to be.</p> <p><em>Code Vein</em> launched earlier this September 27th across the PS4, Xbox One and PC with an option to purchase a $24.99 USD Season Pass bundling whatever upcoming DLC would be in store for Bandai Namco's action RPG in the vein (pun intended) of Dark Souls and God Eater series.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Whitney Cummings would prefer her naked leaks than this article Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:54:27 +0000 <div> <p>Presley Ann / Getty Images</p> <p> </p><p>A word for the wise! </p> <p>In August, comedian <strong>Whitney Cummings</strong> faced a great dilemma when a blackmailer threatened to post a picture of her naked in exchange for money. Instead of succumbing to the threat, Whitney decided to release the photo herself in an attempt to regain her power. While the event was clearly jarring for the star, she sat with <strong>Kelly Clarkson</strong> in his new talk show <em>The Kelly Clarkson show</em> to explain why she was happy that they were her nudes and not her embarrassing screenshots. </p> <p>"I had a leak of nude photos," he shared. "First of all, let me tell you something, it wasn't that bad." Kelly agreed that it could not have been so bad, and said: "First, if I had his body, I would almost filter it myself." </p> <p>After being surprised by the hilarious comment, Whitney shared why she is glad they were only the nudes. "I have to say that I was actually much more embarrassed by all the inspirational quotes screenshots I had on my phone," he joked with the host. "I thought, & # 39; Please, don't release them & # 39;". </p> <p> </p><p>He joked that the incident happened because "marijuana is now legal in California," and I was a little high when I was publishing the Instagram story that accidentally revealed his chest. </p> <p>"I am not giving you my money. I have worked very hard," Whitney said of his decision not to use money to solve the problem. He also joked about getting a breast job and not being ashamed of his body. "I have paid good money for this. I am proud of them," she said. </p> <p> </p><p>"I was upset because I thought there are better pictures of me naked," she joked. "I'm in the bathtub and it looks like I'm having a home birth." </p> <p>Kelly praised her for taking over her life and not letting the bullies depress her. "I just removed the currency from the table," he shared. "The only thing I knew how to do was that I was going to publish it myself." </p> <p> </p><p>Let that serve as a lesson for everyone: don't mess with Whitney! </p> <p><i>MY! News</i> Come back in the morning from Monday to Friday in early 2020!</p> <p>var fbendtime = new Date();</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Philadelphia McDonald's employee 'hit with brick', assaulted just after refusing to give boys cost-free food stuff, cousin says - GO Tech Daily Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:51:11 +0000 <div> <p>A 17-yr-previous Philadelphia McDonald's personnel was strike with a brick and crushed unconscious earlier this 7 days following she refused to give absolutely free food items to a team of teenager boys, her cousin claimed.</p> <p>The attack on Appeal Sullivan commenced although she was performing powering the counter Wednesday night time, her cousin, Khadijah Lovett, told NBC 10. She reported at the very least four boys approached her and asked for absolutely free foodstuff, but when Sullivan denied their request, they started attacking her and followed her when she tried to flee into the restaurant's lavatory.</p> <p>"The only thing she retains stating is she doesn't know why her. Why her?" Lovett told the station.</p> <strong>MCDONALD'S Employee ATTACKED IN Push-THRUE BY TWO Clients Just after DISPUTE ABOUT Monthly bill</strong> <p>The McDonald's locale in Philadelphia exactly where the attack is alleged to have occurred.<br> (Google Maps)</p> <strong>EX-BOYFRIEND OF Missing NJ Woman REPORTEDLY Observed Lifeless Soon after Being NAMED Particular person OF Desire IN HER DISAPPEARANCE</strong> <p>Spouse and children members declare Sullivan afterwards was discovered unconscious concerning two cars and trucks in the parking great deal following the circumstance spilled outdoors.</p> <p>"They assaulted her many times," Lovett told NBC 10. "They hit her with a brick in front of McDonald's."</p> <p>Photos Lovett launched next the incident showed her cousin with accidents to her eyes and lips.</p> <strong>Click In this article TO GET THE FOX Information APP </strong> <p>A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson instructed Fox Information on Friday that Sullivan submitted a report immediately after the alleged assault. Investigators, nonetheless, have not still produced any specifics with regards to the attackers.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Philadelphia McDonald's worker, 17, is beaten by a group of teenage boys Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:51:11 +0000 <div> <h2>McDonald's worker, 17, is beaten unconscious and hit with a brick by a group of teenage boys after she refuses to give them free food</h2> <ul> <li><strong>Charm Sullivan, 17, was beaten by at least four boys on Wednesday night at a McDonald's in Hunting Park </strong></li> <li><strong>'She's hurt,' the girl's cousin, Khadijah Lovett, explained. 'The only thing she keeps saying is she doesn't know. Why her. Why her?' </strong></li> <li><strong>Lovett said the violence was sparked when Sullivan refused to give the teens free food </strong></li> <li><strong>The group attacked the employee both inside and outside of the restaurant </strong></li> <li><strong>Sullivan was found unconscious between two cars in the restaurant's parking lot, her family said</strong></li> </ul> <p>A Philadelphia McDonald's employee was brutally assaulted and beaten unconscious by a group of teenage boys because she refused to give them free food, according to the victim's family.</p> <p>Charm Sullivan, 17, was beaten by at least four boys on Wednesday night at a McDonald's in Hunting Park. She was attacked both inside and outside of the restaurant. </p> <p>'She's hurt,' the girl's cousin, Khadijah Lovett, explained to NBC10. 'The only thing she keeps saying is she doesn't know. Why her. Why her?' </p> <p>Scroll down for video </p> <p>Lovett said that the violence was sparked when Sullivan refused to give the teens free food. The group attacked the employee and continued attacking her as she tried to flee to the bathroom. </p> <p>Sullivan ran outside and was continuously attacked by the group.</p> <p>She was found unconscious between two cars in the restaurant's parking lot, her family said. </p> <p>'They assaulted her several times,' Lovett said. 'They hit her with a brick in front of McDonald's.'</p> <p>Photos show Sullivan's injuries, with her right eye and lip swollen and bruised. </p> <p>'She's all beat up,' Lovett said. 'She had to go to the hospital.'</p> <p>Lovett declared that her cousin will no longer work at the McDonald's. </p> <p>Police have launched an investigation. </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business McDonald's worker, 17, battered with brick 'for refusing to give boys free food' Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:51:11 +0000 <div> <p>A young McDonald's worker was viciously assaulted by four boys with a brick for refusing to give them free food, it is claimed.</p> <p>Charm Sullivan, 17, was left with a badly-swollen face that required hospital treatment after the attack at a McDonald's near Hunting Park in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.</p> <p>Charm's cousin Khadijah Lovett said: 'She's hurt," Lovett said. "The only thing she keeps saying is she doesn't know. Why her. Why her?</p> <p>'They assaulted her several times.</p> <p>'They hit her with a brick in front of McDonald's.</p> <p> </p><p>To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video</p> <p>'She's all beat up. She had to go to the hospital.'</p> <p>Charm says she was serving behind the counter when the boys started pestering her, and that they jumped her when she went to use the bathroom.</p> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe></p> <p>The assault continued outside, and ended with the teenager laying unconscious between two parked cars, it is claimed.</p> <p>Charm suffered swollen lips and a busted right eye in the attack, and has now vowed never to return to the McDonald's where she was assaulted.</p> <p>Philadelphia Police are hunting for her attackers, but have yet to release a description of the suspects, or make any arrests.</p> <p>A manager at the McDonald's refused to comment on the attack when contacted by NBC10.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Food Philadelphia McDonald's worker 'hit with brick', assaulted after refusing to give boys free food, cousin says Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:51:10 +0000 <div> <p>A 17-year-old Philadelphia McDonald's employee was hit with a brick and beaten unconscious earlier this week after she refused to give free food to a group of teen boys, her cousin said.</p> <p>The attack on Charm Sullivan began while she was working behind the counter Wednesday night, her cousin, Khadijah Lovett, told NBC 10. She said at least four boys approached her and asked for free food, but when Sullivan denied their request, they began attacking her and followed her when she tried to flee into the restaurant's bathroom.</p> <p>"The only thing she keeps saying is she doesn't know why her. Why her?" Lovett told the station.</p> <strong>MCDONALD'S EMPLOYEE ATTACKED IN DRIVE-THRUE BY TWO CUSTOMERS AFTER DISPUTE ABOUT BILL</strong> <p><img src=""> </p> <strong>EX-BOYFRIEND OF MISSING NJ WOMAN REPORTEDLY FOUND DEAD AFTER BEING NAMED PERSON OF INTEREST IN HER DISAPPEARANCE</strong> <p>Family members claim Sullivan later was found unconscious between two cars in the parking lot after the situation spilled outside.</p> <p>"They assaulted her several times," Lovett told NBC 10. "They hit her with a brick in front of McDonald's."</p> <p>Images Lovett released following the incident showed her cousin with injuries to her eyes and lips.</p> <strong>CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP </strong> <p>A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson told Fox News on Friday that Sullivan filed a report after the alleged attack. Investigators, however, have not yet released any details regarding the attackers. </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Philadelphia Bollinger's badass EV utility trucks arrive in 2021 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:51:10 +0000 <div> <p>Unfortunately, that huge battery pack also translates into exceedingly long charging times. Even with a Level 2 (240V) charger, you're looking at a good 8 - 10 hours to fully replenish the system. However if you can get access to a Level 3 commercial charger, you can completely refill the Bollinger's batteries in just 75 minutes.</p> <p>The B's are not available as kits, Bollinger will only be selling them as finished vehicles, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to customize it to your heart's desire. Pretty much everything on the B's is removable. That includes the windows, the doors, the roof panels, the bumpers and the rear seats -- even the windshield if you're so inclined. You can practically strip these trucks to the frame and they'll still function. Most of the body is made from aluminum to keep the weight down, though the company is looking into offering carbon fiber components in the future, as well as potentially a cab-on-chassis design where customers can customize their vehicle from the ground up.</p> <p>If you do take out the rear seats, the B1 and B2 offer a total of 113 cubic feet of cargo space. And if you need to haul extremely long items, say 12-foot lengths of 2x4s, the Bollingers offer a clever passthrough system running the length of the vehicle. Since there's no internal combustion engine in the way, you can flip down both the rear and the <em>front</em> tailgates to accommodate the long load.</p> <p>The Bollingers are massive vehicles. They're rated as Class 3 trucks, putting them on par with the likes of the Chevy Silverado 3500 or Dodge Ram 3500 (minus the dually). As such, the Bollingers do not come with airbags. "We simulate side pole impacts for both passengers and batteries," Bollinger said. "Rollover is a big one [on account of the off-roading capabilities], and we also have to crash test for a number of things. We're going to do a lot of due diligence safety work on top of what [the NHTSA] requires."</p> <p>The company is currently ramping up production on the B's and hopes to have that completed by the end of next year with the first batch of deliveries made to pre-order customers by early 2021. If you want one for yourself, however, you're going to need to pony up $125,000 for either model.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Trucks Michael J. Pollard, Oscar-Nominated Actor in 'Bonnie and Clyde,' Dies at 80 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:50:38 +0000 <div> <figure> <img src=""></figure><h2>He worked again with Warren Beatty in 'Dick Tracy' and starred in the comedies 'Roxanne' and 'Scrooged.' Michael J. Fox's middle initial is a tribute to him.</h2> <p>Michael J. Pollard, who portrayed the gas station attendant lured into the criminal world of bank robberies by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the landmark <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em>, has died. He was 80.</p> <p>Pollard died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his longtime friend, Dawn Walker, told <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. </p> <p>"He was quite a character without knowing it," Alison Martino, who first reported Pollard's death, wrote on her Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page. "He walked EVERYWHERE and never repeated his stories because he had so many. The only thing he repeated was his love for Turner Classic Movies. And you could never call him after 7:30 because he'd be watching <em>Jeopardy</em>."</p> <p>With an impish face and mischievous grin, Pollard became somewhat of a cult actor opposite Robert Redford in the biker film <em>Little Fauss and Big Halsy</em> (1970), as outlaw Billy the Kid in <em>Dirty Little Billy</em> (1972), in Jonathan Demme's <em>Melvin and Howard</em> (1980), in the comedies <em>Roxanne</em> (1987), <em>Scrooged</em> (1988) and <em>Tango and Cash</em> (1989) and in <em>Dick Tracy</em> (1990) - where he reunited with Beatty.</p> <p>As an escaped American POW in Michael Winner's 1969 comedy <em>Hannibal Brooks</em>, Pollard was paid $75,000 for his performance, five times what he earned on <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> two years earlier.</p> <p>In his career spanning seven decades, Pollard also appeared in Rob Zombie's <em>House of 1000 Corpses</em> (2003) and on television in <em>The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis</em>, <em>Alfred Hitchcock Presents</em>, <em>The Andy Griffith Show</em>, <em>Gunsmoke</em> and <em>Superboy</em>, as the villain Mister Mxyzptlk.</p> <p>In 1966, he memorably portrayed a Peter Pan-type character in the bittersweet <em>Lost in Space</em> episode "The Magic Mirror," and in <em>Star Trek</em>'s "Miri," he was the adolescent leader of a group of orphaned children inhabiting an Earth-like planet.</p> <p>For his performance in <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> as C.W. Moss, a composite character of real gang members W.D. Jones and Henry Methvin, Pollard received a supporting actor nomination. He lost to George Kennedy of <em>Cool Hand Luke</em>. (Pollard was one of five actors nominated for the movie.)</p> <p>At the end of the film, his onscreen father, played by Western stalwart Dub Taylor, is instrumental in the violent killing of the famous criminals.</p> <p>Pollard also picked up a Golden Globe nom (losing to Richard Attenborough for <em>Doctor Dolittle</em>) and a BAFTA nom for most promising newcomer - that award went to co-star Dunaway.</p> <p>For <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em>, Pollard told <em>The New York Times</em> in 1968 that on the set he initially refused to wear ear plugs during the shootout scenes.</p> <p>"So I shot this thing off and [director] Arthur Penn came over and asked me something and all I could see was his face moving and no sound coming out," he recalled. "I was deaf for half an hour after."</p> <p>Born Michael John Pollard in Passaic, New Jersey, on May 30, 1939, the cavalier actor began with a school production of <em>H.M.S Pinafore</em>, then joined the Actors Studio. He appeared on Broadway with Beatty in <em>Loss of Roses</em> in 1959 and originated the role of Hugo Peabody in the 1960 production of <em>Bye Bye Birdie</em>.</p> <p>Walt Disney reportedly hoped he would become a go-to-actor for his family films, but he only made one movie for him - <em>Summer Magic</em> (1963), opposite Hayley Mills.</p> <p>In the early 1970s, Pollard befriended members of the English rock band Traffic and planned to make a film with drummer Jim Capaldi.</p> <p>During a session of lyric writing and brainstorming, Pollard scribbled the phrase "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" in a notebook. The movie never materialized, but Capaldi turned that phrase into a near 12-minute song on Traffic's 1971 album of the same name.</p> <p>Influence struck again, this time without Pollard's knowledge, when actor Michael J. Fox took Pollard's middle initial, since the Screen Actors Guild already had a "Michael Fox" on its books.</p> <p>"And then I remembered one of my favorite character actors, Michael J. Pollard, the guileless accomplice in <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em>," Fox wrote in his 2002 autobiography, <em>Lucky Man: A Memoir</em>. "I stuck in the J, which I sometimes tell people stands for either Jenuine, or Jenius, and resubmitted my forms."</p> <p>Pollard was married to actress Beth Howland (Vera Gorman on the CBS sitcom <em>Alice</em>) until their divorce in 1969. He struggled with alcohol and drug abuse before sobering up in the 1980s, Walker said.</p> <p>Survivors include his daughter, Holly; son, Axel; and cousins Alicia, Joseph, Elizabeth, Julie and Peter.</p> <em>Mike Barnes contributed to this report.</em></div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Michael J. Pollard Dies: Oscar-Nominated 'Bonnie And Clyde' Actor Was 80 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:50:38 +0000 <div> <figure> <img src=""></figure><p>Michael J. Pollard, whose long list of acting credits stretches back to the late 1950s but likely will is best remembered for his Oscar-nominated, star-making turn as the dimwitted but lovable sidekick C.W. Moss in 1967's <em>Bonnie And Clyde</em>, has died. He was 80.</p> <p>His death was announced on Facebook today by filmmaker Rob Zombie, who directed Pollard in 2003's <em>House of 1000 Corpses. </em>A <em>New York Times</em> obituary cites Pollard's friend Dawn Walker, who says the actor died Thursday of cardiac arrest at a Los Angeles hospital.</p> <p>"Another member of our<em> House of 1000 Corpses</em> family has left us," Zombie wrote. "The great Michael J Pollard has died. I have been a huge fan of Michael since I first saw him on the <em>Star Trek</em> "Miri". He was amazing in everything from <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> to <em>Little Fauss and Big Halsy</em> from Dirty Little Billy to The Four of the Apocalypse. 20 years ago he was one of the first actors I casted in 1000 Corpses. He was a hoot and will be missed."</p> <p>Pollard was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the landmark Arthur Penn-directed film in which Pollard co-starred with Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons. Hackman was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, but both lost to George Kennedy for his performance in <em>Cool Hand Luke.</em></p> <p>Born in Passaic, NJ, and as a young man studying at Actors Studio in New York, the short-statured, babyfaced Pollard was already familiar to observant TV watchers by the time <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> came along. He'd made many guest appearances on such series as <em>Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis</em> (as the cousin of Bob Denver's Maynard G. Krebs), <em>Route 66, The Lucy Show, Gunsmoke, Lost in Space, </em>the fan-favorite <em>Star Trek</em> episode "Miri" (he played Jahn)<em>, Five Fingers</em> and <em>The Andy Griffith Show</em> (as the extremely awkward cousin of Don Knotts' Barney Fife). Pollard had small roles in such films such as <em>Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man</em> and the 1963 Disney film <em>Summer Magic</em>, with Hayley Mills.</p> <p>On stage, Pollard created the role of Hugo Peabody in the original 1960 production of <em>Bye Bye Birdie</em>, and in 1963 was cast as Marvin in Carl Reiner's <em>Enter Laughing</em> (he later was cast in the 1967 film version).</p> <p>But his rise to international fame came with<em> Bonnie and Clyde</em>, which made him so famous that there was a 1968 joke campaign and novelty song fake-nominating him for president.</p> <p>Subsequent films included a starring role opposite Robert Redford in 1970's <em>Little Fauss and Big Halsy</em> (he played the former), 1972's Billy the Kid biopic <em>Dirty Little Billy</em>, and in 1980 he had a supporting role in <em>Melvin and Howard</em>.</p> <p>Other post- <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> career highlights include 1987's <em>Roxanne</em>, starring Steve Martin, 1988's <em>Scrooged</em> starring Bill Murray, 1990's <em>Dick Tracy</em>, and, in 2003, Rob Zombie's <em>House of 1000 Corpses</em>. His last listed credit is 2012's <em>The Woods, </em>with two projects listed as in production</p> <p>According to Pollard's official Facebook page, he was married to actress Beth Howland from 1961 to 1969 (she died in 2015), and has a daughter, Holly Howland, from that marriage.</p> <p>Angela Cartwright, who starred in <em>Lost in Space</em>, tweeted:</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Amazon's blowing out Fire tablets for Black Friday starting at $29.99 friday/amazon-blowing-fire-tablets-black-friday-starting-2999-66402086 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:50:31 +0000 <div> <p>When it comes to tablets, there are really only two options you should even consider. If you want something high-end and you don't mind paying the price, get an iPad. If you want something more affordable that does everything an iPad can do, you get a Fire tablet. That's it. And now that Amazon's week-long Black Friday 2019 blowout is here, Fire tablets are definitely the way to go because Amazon is blowing them out starting at just $29.99! That diminutive sum gets you a Fire 7 Tablet, or you can upgrade to the Fire HD 8 for just $49.99. Finally, if you want a display that's just as beautiful but even bigger, the Fire HD 10 is down to $99.99! All of these prices match all-time lows, so there is literally no better time to buy a Fire tablet than right now.</p> <h2>Fire 7 Tablet</h2> <p> </p><ul> <li> 7″ IPS display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD) </li> <li> Faster 1.3 GHz quad-core processor </li> <li> Up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music </li> <li> Now Alexa hands-free </li> <li> 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording </li> <li> Dual-band Wi-Fi </li> </ul> <h2>Fire HD 8</h2> <p> </p><ul> <li> 8″ HD display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 400 GB with microSD) </li> <li> 1.3 GHz quad-core processor </li> <li> Up to 10 hours of battery life </li> <li> Alexa hands-free enabled </li> <li> 2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera </li> <li> Dual-band Wi-Fi </li> </ul> <h2>Fire HD 10</h2> <p> </p><ul> <li> 10.1″ 1080p full HD display; 32 or 64 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD) </li> <li> Now 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM </li> <li> Longer battery life-Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music </li> <li> Hands-free with Alexa </li> <li> 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording </li> <li> Dual-band, enhanced Wi-Fi </li> <li> Now with USB-C and faster charging. Includes a USB-C cable & 9W power adapter in the box. </li> </ul> <em>Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web. Prices subject to change without notice. BGR may receive a commission on orders placed through this article.</em> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Black Friday World's Largest Hedge Fund Bets $1 Billion That Stock Market Will Fall by March 2020 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:48:29 +0000 <div> <p>Bridgewater Associates LP, one of the largest investment management companies in the world, has reportedly bet more than $1 billion that either the S&P 500, Euro Stoxx 50 or both will fall by March 2020.</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the wager was assembled over the span of several months and was carried out by multiple firms, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley. The bet itself is composed of "put options," which are contracts that give the owner the right to sell an asset at a predetermined price, also known as a strike, by a certain date. </p> <blockquote>The report noted that the Bridgewater options' expiry date is set in March, and that the investment company paid an estimated $1.5 billion for the put options contracts, which happen to be linked to roughly $100 billion worth of the indexes, sources familiar with the matter told the Journal.</blockquote> <p>The matter of how much Bridgewater stands to gain from the wager is dependent on various factors, especially time. </p> <p>According to Investopedia, the worth of a put option is highly contingent on the amount of time left until the contract's listed expiration date. "The value of a put option decreases as its time to expiration approaches due to time decay, because the probability of the stock falling below the specified strike price decreases," the site explains. </p> <p>However, as the Journal points out, stock indexes would not necessarily have to fall below the designated strike price in order for Bridgewater to see any profits from its bet, since the firm could easily decide to simply sell off contracts that are increasing in value.</p> <p>The matter of why Bridgewater made the wager in the first place is presently unclear, as the firm has declined to offer an explanation of its trades. </p> <blockquote>"Though we won't comment on our specific positions we do want to make two things clear," Bridgewater said in a statement to CNBC. "First, the way we manage money is to have many interrelated positions, often to hedge other positions, and these change often, so that it would be a mistake to look at any one position at any one time to try to deduce the motivation behind that position."</blockquote> <p>"Second, we have no positions that are intended to either hedge or bet on any potential political developments in the US," the firm added.</p> <p>News of the move comes a week after Ray Dalio, Bridgewater's billionaire founder, told eventgoers at the annual National Committee on US-China Relations gala in New York that an all-out capital war was on the horizon.</p> <blockquote>"There is a trade war, there is a technology war, there is a geopolitical war, and there could be capital wars. And how that's approached is going to determine what our futures are like," Dalio said at the November 14 event. "I honestly don't know how it will be approached. We want to be optimistic."</blockquote> <p>That event, however, was not the first time that Dalio had made such remarks. The New York native made similar comments in October while speaking on a panel on the sidelines of an International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Market WWE 2K20 PC Patch is Corrupting Save Files Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:48:22 +0000 <div> <p>In the past 24 hours, 2K issued a new update for across all platforms. Patch 1.03 is 2K's much-anticipated patch addressing bugs, crashes, and general game stability in , a game that's been rife with issues since its launch on October 22. While players are still learning just how impactful <em>WWE 2K20</em>'s 1.03 update is on general gameplay, one new issue is causing massive frustrations for PC players. There are increasing reports that patch 1.03 is corrupting PC players' save files.</p> <p><em>WWE</em> games YouTube content creator SmackTalks posted a warning to their followers Thrusday after the patch went out. The Twitter post starts with "WARNING" and then explains that installing patch 1.03 on PC will corrupt the player's save file, causing them to lose all of their progress and data.</p> <div> <p>Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view.</p> </div> <p>Their tweet is accompanied by an image showing the effects of the corruption. A prompt tells the player "Load failed. <em>WWE 2K20</em> save data has been corrupted. Would you like to create new save data? Note: Creating new save data will overwrite the current corrupted data." If players say yes, their save file is simply erased. If they say no, they go to the title screen and are unable to do anything in-game until they accept the new save file.</p> <p><strong>RELATED: Borderlands and WWE 2K 20 Facebook Pages Hacked With Offensive Messages</strong> </p> <p>There are several replies to SmackTalks' Twitter post, as well as on the patch thread on Reddit, saying that the corrupted save file issue happened to them. "50 hours of game lost..." reads one reply, to which another player replied, "59 hours for me... Everything is gone." Other repliers are saying that they're hoping their game hasn't auto-updated and that they won't play again until more information about the issue has been provided.</p> <p>SmackTalks asked the official 2K support Twitter account and the official <em>WWE</em> games account for a response to the issue, but neither has provided a statement as of yet. The 2K Support Twitter account has responded to <em>WWE 2K20</em> PC players who have asked for help directly, but only to refer them to 2K Support's official live chat. It's unclear if 2K Support has been able to help any of the <em>WWE 2K20</em> players as of yet.</p> <p>This new issue with <em>WWE 2K20</em> on PC may be the worst problem yet. For players who cared enough to invest their time and attention to the game despite <em>WWE 2K20</em> many issues to now have all of their progress and achievements erased by an official update that was supposed to fix the game's many problems is a cruel joke. The best thing <em>WWE 2K20</em> players on PC can do right now is to not update the game if possible, or not open it otherwise.</p> <p>It's unclear if the save corruption is happening to all <em>WWE 2K20</em> players on PC, but it's clearly happening to enough players that it's worth trying to avoid. Otherwise, if players are comfortable losing their save file, then letting it get corrupted and starting anew seems to be fine.</p> <p><strong><em>WWE 2K20</em></strong> is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.</p> <p>MORE: 10 Hidden Details Everyone Missed In WWE 2K20 </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology 'Frozen 2' Box Office off to a Solid Start and Headed into a Record-Setting Weekend Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:47:41 +0000 <div> <img src=""> <p> is off to the box office races already with numbers coming in for the Disney sequel's Thursday evening previews. Boasting $8.5 million ahead of its domestic debut, <em>Frozen 2</em> gets a strong start. That tally compares to Disney/Pixar's recent summer preview frames for films like <em><strong>Aladdin</strong></em> ($7 million) and <em><strong>Toy Story 4</strong></em> ($12 million). And that's just on the domestic front.</p> <p><em>Frozen 2</em> started its international rollout on Wednesday in 26 markets, bringing in $18.6 million as it opened at #1 in all of them. It also set the highest animated opening day of all-time in Korea, Indonesia, Turkey, Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and UAE; France's opening day was the highest Disney Animation opening day of all-time, followed by other solid debuts throughout Europe. Some big international markets open up today, including China (with its opening day prediction of $11.4 million, which would set a record for the Highest Disney Animation/Pixar opening day of all-time), as well as Japan, Mexico, UK, and Spain.</p> <p>Disney's highly anticipated animated sequel to the worldwide phenomenon that launched back in 2013 should easily take in over $100 million this opening weekend, something last weekend's Top 10 couldn't manage to do in total. Early signs are good for Disney since <em>Frozen 2</em> already set records for pre-sales earlier this month at both Fandango and Atom Tickets. It'll easily eclipse the current record holder for best November opening weekend for an animated film (2004's <em><strong>The Incredibles</strong></em> with $70.4 million) and could take in as much as $115 million if predictions are accurate; it could even exceed this limit.</p> <p>Are you going to check out <em>Frozen 2</em> this weekend, or are you waiting for the Thanksgiving holiday? Let us know, and be sure to read <strong>Matt Goldberg</strong>'s review here if you want a second opinion. Oh, and stick around after the credits roll.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Resident Evil 3 remake could be Capcom's next big release Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:46:08 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src=""> </figure></p> <p>It seems the success of Capcom's <em>Resident Evil 2</em> remake has prompted the company to begin working on a remake of <em>Resident Evil 3</em>. New reports claim that such a remake is currently in development over at Capcom, with the company planning to release it at some point next year.</p> <p>YouTuber Spawn Wave reported this rumor in the video you see embedded below, while Eurogamer later corroborated the report. Details are pretty slim at this point, with Spawn Wave questioning when Capcom might reveal the game. Eurogamer's sources, meanwhile, say that the remake has been in development for some time already.</p> <p>That last bit is hardly surprising. When it released back in January, the <em>Resident Evil 2</em> remake was well-received by fans and critics alike. Indeed, for this year's Game Awards, <em>Resident Evil 2</em> is up for a number of awards, including Best Action/Adventure Game and Game of the Year.</p> <p>So, if Capcom can remake <em>Resident Evil 3</em> with the same focus on quality, fans of the franchise would almost certainly be receptive toward it. Eurogamer notes that Capcom suggested t could remake other games in the series depending on the response to <em>Resident Evil 2</em>, and considering the acclaim that game received on release, it's probably safe to assume that all systems are go on a <em>Resident Evil 3</em> remake.</p> <p>Capcom, of course, declined to comment when reached by Eurogamer, but if the company is looking at a 2020 release for this game, we'll probably be hearing about it soon. The Game Awards could be a good place to announce Resident Evil 3, so we'll see what happens there. Stay tuned, because we'll let you know once Capcom makes this remake official.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Deer tests positive for CWD in Dunn County Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:46:04 +0000 <div> <p><strong>Dunn County (WQOW) -</strong> On the eve of Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season, the DNR is announcing another deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in the Chippewa Valley.</p> <p>According to the DNR, the buck was shot during the bow season near Menomonie. It was the first deer to ever test positive in Dunn County.</p> <p>Last year, 373 deer were submitted from Dunn County and none of them tested positive for CWD, according to the DNR. Officials say that's good news because the disease probably has not spread throughout the county.</p> <p>State law requires the DNR to enact a baiting and feeding ban in counties where CWD has been found. This does not really change anything in Dunn County because baiting and feeding was already prohibited due to CWD in Eau Claire County.</p> <strong>Related: Another deer tests positive for CWD in Eau Claire County</strong> <p>"We are committed to working closely with local communities, including the citizen-based Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team, as we explore future response and management options for this disease in Dunn and the surrounding counties," said DNR West Central District wildlife supervisor Kris Johansen.</p> <p>DNR staff will be at four locations from 3-7 p.m. this weekend to provide in-person CWD sampling opportunities.</p> <p> </p><ul> <li>Pleasant Valley Town Hall, County Hwy. W, Eleva, WI 54738;</li> <li>Welcome Matt Bar, W3530 State Rd. 37, Eau Claire, WI 54701;</li> <li>Rock Creek Town Hall, N995 County Rd. H, Mondovi, WI 54755;</li> <li>DNR Service Center, 1300 W Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701</li> </ul> <p>Additionally, several other CWD sampling options are available for Dunn County, including cooperating stations and self-service CWD sampling kiosks in the following locations:</p> <p> </p><ul> <li>Kyle's Market, 115 Main St., Colfax, WI;</li> <li>Downsville Red Cedar Kiosk, Hwy C and 25, Downsville, WI;</li> <li>Luer's Grocery Kiosk N1959 St. Rd 85, Eau Claire, WI;</li> <li>Dodge Taxidermy, E10095 408th AVE, Eau Clare, WI;</li> <li>Spring Brook Meats, N3485 810th St, Elk Mound, WI;</li> <li>Cenex Kiosk, 318 Railroad St., Ridgeland, WI;</li> <li>Bridge Stop Kiosk, 101 WI-25, Wheeler, WI;</li> <li>Any DNR office by request.</li> </ul> <p>For a list of CWD sampling locations, tap/click here.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health Epic investigating Fortnite issue where sniper shots don't register damage | Dot Esports Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:45:08 +0000 <div> <p>If you've been playing <em>Fortnite</em> recently and hit a shot with a sniper only to have it not deal any damage, you aren't alone.</p> <p>Epic Games has acknowledged that there's an issue where sniper shots may not register damage even when landing the shot. The developer has even added it as a known bug on the community Trello page.</p> <figure><blockquote> <p>r/FortNiteBR: The developer supported, community run subreddit dedicated to the Fortnite: Battle Royale game mode by Epic Games.</p> </blockquote> </figure> <p>A recent Reddit post highlighted the issue, showing a shot hitting directly but no damage was dealt whatsoever. In the thread, an Epic employee confirmed that the team knows about the problem and they're investigating it.</p> <p>It's possible that the bug could have something to do with the damaged player holding out a shotgun at the time, but it's anyone's guess what causes the problem at this point.</p> <p>The same thing happened to top streamer Turner "Tfue" Tenney. Both he and his viewers acknowledged it. That kind of visibility on this issue could turn out to be a good thing since many players might have experienced the same issue.</p> <p>For now, <em>Fortnite</em> players should be wary that every sniper shot they hit could mean nothing when it comes to dealing damage to an enemy.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport Beware: Fortnite snipers are completely broken | Fortnite INTEL Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:45:08 +0000 <div> <p>Sniper shots in Fortnite have felt off for the past couple of days. I had a sniper last night and swore I hit at least a few shots with nothing registering as damage.</p> <p>I just figured that I had missed my shots, at first, but then I heard the very distinct sound of a sniper shot hit me; only I didn't take any damage. I chalked it up to an audio bug and kept on moving.</p> <p>Today, though, I took a look at the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit and realized what was happening. It was all a bug! Sure, I probably missed some of those shots, anyway, but my aim wasn't to blame for all of them.</p> <p>As is the case with any Tfue clip, this one got more attention than some of the others. Tfue wasn't the only player experiencing this glitch, however.</p> <p>Chap and ZexRow were also on the receiving-end of sniper shots that didn't do any damage to them. In this next clip, ZexRow got blasted in the head.</p> <p>It's quite ironic that, at the time of this writing, Epic has released the 'Sniper Shootout' LTM that should bring this bug to the forefront.</p> <p>Here's another look at the glitch. This is Chap getting sniped and reacting to the fact that it didn't do any damage.</p> <p>So, that's where we are. As of writing, Epic still hasn't issued a response on the topic.</p> <p>I'd stay away from the sniper, for now. This bug is adding a bit of RNG into whether or not your sniper shots do any damage. We'll keep you updated when Epic responds or fixes the issue.</p> <p><img src=""> </p><div> <p>Jimmy is a passionate gamer and lover/hater of all things Fortnite. Good comms on Twitter @JimmyDangus.</p> </div> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology Michael J. Pollard, Character Actor in 'Bonnie and Clyde,' Dies at 80 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:43:38 +0000 <div> <div> <p> </p><p>A familiar face in movies and on television, he rose to fame in 1967 as the outlaw couple's dimwitted accomplice, earning an Oscar nomination.</p> <div><figure><div><img src=""></div> <figcaption>From left, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Michael J. Pollard in "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967). Credit... Everett Collection </figcaption></figure> </div> </div> <section><div> <p>Michael J. Pollard, who rose to fame in the 1967 hit film "Bonnie and Clyde" as C.W. Moss, the dimwitted gas station attendant who became a criminal accomplice, and went on to a long career as a Hollywood character actor, died on Thursday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 80. </p> <p>A friend, Dawn Walker, said in an interview that the cause was cardiac arrest. </p> <p>Mr. Pollard had been a familiar face on television since the late 1950s. He most often played likable but socially inept characters, and usually ranked fairly far down on the cast list. In two separate shows, he played the cousin of a beloved supporting character - Jerome Krebs, cousin to Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," and Virgil, cousin to Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts), on "The Andy Griffith Show."</p> <p>He also had a memorable role in the first season of the television series "Star Trek," in 1966, playing the creepy, mischievous teenage cult leader on a planet of children; the character turns out to be 300 years old.</p> <p>But his performance in "Bonnie and Clyde," which earned him an Academy Award nomination, raised his profile - and changed the way Hollywood saw him.</p> </div> <div> <p>In a 1968 interview with The New York Times, Mr. Pollard noted that directors had once been frustrated by his slow, somewhat eccentric way of delivering lines, but that the success of "Bonnie and Clyde" had changed that. "They say, 'Just do your thing, Michael, whatever it is,'" he said. "Same thing I've been doing for 10 years, man." </p> <p>"His thing" was evident in a scene in "Bonnie and Clyde" in which Mr. Pollard, who is supposed to be driving the getaway car for the two outlaws, ends up parking the car. </p> <p>"We made that up," Mr. Pollard told the film critic Roger Ebert in 1969. "See, I can't drive a car. There was this guy teaching me, but I couldn't learn. So here I was stuck in the parking place, and Penn" - Arthur Penn, the director - "said, 'O.K., do it that way.'" <em>A complete obituary will appear shortly.</em></p> <p>Daniel E. Slotnik contributed reporting. Susan C. Beachy contributed research. </p> </div> </section> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Movies Oscar-Nominated Bonnie and Clyde Actor Michael J. Pollard Dies at 80 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:43:38 +0000 <div> <p>Michael J. Pollard, who gave an Oscar-nominated performance in 1967's <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em>, has died. He was 80.</p> <p>His death was confirmed by director Rob Zombie, who mourned the actor on Facebook. Zombie and Pollard worked together on the director's 2003 cult horror movie <em>House of 1000 Corpses</em>.</p> <p>"We have lost another member of our HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES family. I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died. I have always loved his work and his truly unique on screen presence. He was one of the first actors I knew I had to work with as soon as I got my first film off the ground. He will be missed," he wrote.</p> <p>Pollard's death comes just two months after his costar from the film, Sid Haig, died in late September, also at 80.</p> <strong>RELATED:<em> House of 1000 Corpses</em> Horror Icon Sid Haig Dies at 80</strong> <img src=""><p>The late actor was best known for his performance as C.W. Moss in <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> opposite Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. His character was based on the real-life W.D. Jones, who served as accomplice to the infamous outlaws.</p> <p>Pollard was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars and the Golden Globes. He won the BAFTA Awards for most promising newcomer to leading film roles after the movie.</p> <p>Pollard would go on to star in other famous titles like 1987's <em>Roxanne</em>, 1988's <em>Scrooged</em> and 1989's <em>Tango & Cash</em>. He also appeared in 1972's <em>Dirty Little Billy</em> and 1980's <em>Melvin and Howard</em>.</p> <p>Pollard's most recent movie was 2012's <em>The Woods</em>.</p> <p>A celebrated character actor, Pollard also inspired Michael J. Fox to use the letter "J" as his middle initial for his stage name. Fox's real middle name is Andrew, though he chose to honor Pollard instead of keeping it.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Celebrities Monster Hunter World Horizon Crossover Comes to Iceborne Today Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:43:25 +0000 <div> <figure><img src=""></figure> <section><p><em>Horizon Zero Dawn</em> makes its return to<em> Monster Hunter: World Iceborne</em>, with yet another cross-over event (at least for PS4 players). This time, you'll have a chance to earn gear from <em>The Frozen Wilds</em>, like the Stormslinger Prototype a bowgun that mirrors the Improved Stormslinger found in <em>Horizon</em>. Or if bowguns aren't for you, you can earn a weapon pendant made to look like Aloy's Focus device via an Event Quest. The cross-over starts today and runs until January 10, 2020.</p> <p>The Stormslinger Prototype bowgun heavily references its source material, even down to the way you earn it. To get your hands on the bowgun, you have to defeat a beast known as Zinogre, which resembles a creature from <em>The Frozen Wilds</em> called Scorcher. Make sure to bring Thunder Resistance with you on your quest to defeat Zinogre.</p> <img src=""> <p>Roy Postma, Art Director on<em> Horizon Zero Dawn </em> elaborated on the origins of the Improved Stormslinger:</p> <blockquote> <p> For the design, we took the technical parts from that spear and arranged them on a ropecaster framework, which allowed us to plausibly extend its power capacity. Using the concept of "the more power the better" as a guiding principle, we then strapped together additional capacitators and wired all the technological parts together.</p> <p>Another important concept we wished to convey was the humans' limited understanding of technology; the weapon had to reflect this in look as well as in feel. For the look, we created a very chaotic layout by arranging the capacitators at different angles and snaking the wires all around and through the weapon. For the feel, we wanted the Improved Stormslinger to behave temperamentally when using its charge-up mechanic. The ability to overcharge the weapon causes the capacitators to glow and spark, eventually resulting in blowback that can cause massive damage to its wielder.</p> </blockquote> <p>To get started with the cross-over content, head to the Quest Board and select the Into the Frozen Wilds Event Quest.</p> <p>This isn't the first time Capcom has brought the PlayStation exclusive <em>Horizon Zero Dawn</em> into <em>Monster Hunter: World</em>. After the game first launched, a series of quests appeared in-game that would allow you to earn special gear themed after Aloy's attire. Seeing as how both games feature large-scale battles with enormous creatures, it's fitting to see them come together.</p> <p>The continued success of<em> Monster Hunter: World</em> and its <em>Iceborne</em> expansion cannot be overstated. The expansion alone has reached more than 3 million units sold, along with the base game reaching a staggering 14 million units sold. For those reasons, it's easy to see why Capcom has continued support on <em>Monster Hunter: World</em>, even almost two years after launch.</p> <p>[Source: PlayStation Blog]</p> </section> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Lifestyle Padma Lakshmi Wears Nothing in Bathtub With Flower Petals Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:43:11 +0000 <div> <img src=""><p> </p><p><strong>Padma Lakshmi</strong> ditches her clothes for a relaxing bathtub session.</p> <p>The 49-year-old author and <em>Top Chef</em> host took to Instagram on Thursday (November 21) to post a photo of herself enjoying the pampering time.</p> <strong>PHOTOS:</strong> Check out the latest pics of <strong>Padma Lakshmi</strong><p>"When you've been on the road for six months straight and you finally get a minute (1) to yourself 🧖🏾‍♀️ #tbt #selfcare #treatyourself #deepsigh," she captioned it.</p> <p>It features <strong>Padma Lakshmi</strong> kicking back while soaking in the flower petal-filled water.</p> <p>Check it out below!</p> <strong>READ MORE:</strong> Padma Lakshmi Gets First Solo Cooking Show on Hulu <img src=""> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Iowa Dept. of Ag confirms 2 cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:42:33 +0000 <div> <p>The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed Friday that Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in captive white-tail deer on two separate farms in Van Buren County, Iowa. Officials say both sites are quarantined while the department works to trace potential exposures and contain the disease.Department officials say there is no evidence that CWD can spread to humans, pets or domestic livestock. CWD is a neurological disease that only affects deer, elk and moose. It is caused by an abnormal protein called a prion and impacts the brain of the infected animal. The prions can attach to soil and spread the disease among deer. Symptoms of the disease include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness as well as drooping ears and head. State officials said the disease was detected as part of the Department's voluntary CWD monitoring program. Participating producers test deceased farm-raised deer and elk over 12 months of age. Positive test results must be reported to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Chronic Wasting Disease was first identified in captive mule deer at a research facility in Colorado in 1967. The disease was then found in Wisconsin in 2002. Since 2002, Iowa has tested for CWD in 7,447 captive deer and elk as part of its surveillance program. The last confirmed case in Iowa was in Buchanan County in 2016.</p> <p>The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed Friday that Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in captive white-tail deer on two separate farms in Van Buren County, Iowa. </p> <p>Officials say both sites are quarantined while the department works to trace potential exposures and contain the disease.<br><br>Department officials say there is no evidence that CWD can spread to humans, pets or domestic livestock. </p> <p>CWD is a neurological disease that only affects deer, elk and moose. It is caused by an abnormal protein called a prion and impacts the brain of the infected animal. The prions can attach to soil and spread the disease among deer. Symptoms of the disease include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness as well as drooping ears and head. <br><br>State officials said the disease was detected as part of the Department's voluntary CWD monitoring program. Participating producers test deceased farm-raised deer and elk over 12 months of age. Positive test results must be reported to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. <br><br>Chronic Wasting Disease was first identified in captive mule deer at a research facility in Colorado in 1967. The disease was then found in Wisconsin in 2002. Since 2002, Iowa has tested for CWD in 7,447 captive deer and elk as part of its surveillance program. </p> <p>The last confirmed case in Iowa was in Buchanan County in 2016.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Iowa Whitney Cummings Would Rather Her Nudes Leak Than This Item Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:41:26 +0000 <div> <img src=""><p>Presley Ann/Getty Images</p> <p> </p><p>A word to the wise! </p> <p>In August, comedienne <strong>Whitney Cummings</strong> faced a major dilemma when a blackmailer threatened to release a nude photo of her in exchange for money. Instead of succumbing to the threat, Whitney instead decided to release the photo herself in an attempt to take back her power. While the event was clearly jarring for the star, she sat down with <strong>Kelly Clarkson</strong> on her new talk show <em>The Kelly Clarkson Show</em> to explain why she was glad it was her nudes and not her embarrassing screenshots. </p> <p>"I had a nude photo leak," she shared. "First of all, let me just tell you something, it wasn't that bad." Kelly agreed that it couldn't possibly have been that bad, saying, "First of all, if I had your body I'd almost leak it myself." </p> <p>After being caught off guard with the hilarious comment, Whitney shared why she's just glad it was only the nudes. "I have to say, I was actually way more embarrassed by all the screen grabs of inspirational quotes that I had in my phone," she joked with the host. "I was like, 'Please don't release those.'" </p> <img src=""><p> </p><p>She joked that the incident occurred because "weed is now legal in California," and she was a little high when she was posting the Instagram story that accidentally revealed her boob. </p> <p>"I'm not giving you my money. I've worked too hard," Whitney revealed about her decision not to use money to make the problem go away. She also joked about getting a boob job and not being ashamed of her body. "I've payed good money for these. I'm proud of them," she said. </p> <p> </p><p>"I was annoyed because I was like, there's better nude photos of me," she joked around. "I'm in the bathtub and I look like I'm having a home birth." </p> <p>Kelly commended her on taking charge of her life and not letting the bullies get her down. "I just took the bargaining chip off the table," she shared. "The only thing I knew how to do. I was just like I'm just gonna post it myself." </p> <p> </p><p>Let that stand as a lesson to all-don't mess with Whitney! </p> <p><i>E! News</i> returns weekday mornings at the beginning of 2020!</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Nintendo Launches Apparel And Merchandise Store On Amazon Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:41:05 +0000 <div> <p>There is a ton of Nintendo Merchandise out there in the world right now if you know where to look. But some of it is VERY unofficial, and when it comes to the official stuff...let's just say Nintendo isn't the best and leave it at that. But, it appears they're finally changing their tune!</p> <p>We say that because live on Amazon right now is an official merchandise store for Nintendo. Complete with sections for Legend of Zelda, Mario, Star Fox, Splatoon, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and more.</p> <p>Things you can get include t-shirts, hoodies, toys, action figures, posters, bedspreads, and much, much more. All for reasonable prices (even when including Amazon shipping...).</p> <p>Now, there are some notable things missing, including no stores for things like Fire Emblem shirts or Smash Bros merchandise per se (though Amiibos technically qualify as that), but it's a new store, and it's likely to grow in the future.</p> <p>If you pay attention to the store there is sure to be some good deals going down for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So if you've been waiting for a chance to let your Nintendo flag fly, here is your opportunity!</p> <p>In the meantime, be sure to check out the latest episode of the Nintendo Entertainment Podcast where we discuss all things Pokemon Sword and Shield!</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nintendo Rumor: Capcom's giving us a Resident Evil 3: Remake in 2020 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:40:34 +0000 <div> <img src=""><p>Rumor has it we're going to see another remake of a beloved 90s horror game - in this case, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. After the remake of <em>RE2</em> was such a delight, we can't wait to see more... and we might not have to. The word is we could be seeing this remake as soon as 2020.</p> <p>The primary source for the rumors is YouTuber SpawnWave, though the likes of Eurogamer and VGC have since reported hearing similar things. Other than its purported release date, we have no clues as to how Capcom's going to proceed with the game. The original was released about a year-and-a-half after its predecessor, so it'd be particularly impressive if the company managed to replicate that feat with the remakes.</p> <p>Being honest, we all probably suspected Capcom was working on a Yoshiaki Hirabayashi outright saying in <em>RE3</em> remake. Assuming they didn't already have it in pre-production before <em>Re2 Remake </em>came out (I'm gonna put my chips on "they absolutely did"), the latter was so successful that it'd be folly not to at least consider it. And if the rumors are true, and the game does arrive in 2020, it must have been in the works for a while. This jibes with producer an interview with GameWatch that the main reason they remade RE2 was because the fans kept asking them to. Well, they've asked for <em>RE3</em> just as much, I'm sure.</p> <p>But it's going to have to try something different if it wants to remain true to the spirit of the original game. <em>RE2</em> hewed closely to the original in terms of the limited ammo/limited zombies/combat not always being your best option, putting the emphasis on the "survival" part of survival horror. <em>RE3 </em> is a bit more combat-oriented. Protagonist Jill Valentine and her commando allies are better prepared than Leon and Claire, and traverse a much larger part of Raccoon City.</p> <p>Also, if we're going to put Nemesis in the game, we're going to have to find a way to differentiate him from the Remake's Mr. X. I'm kind of delighted to think of Jill vs what's essentially the Alien from <em>Alien Isolation</em>. Given Jill's longer, more linear path, you could make his appearances more random and intimidating, with him stomping around muttering "STARS" in that hideous monotone voice.</p> <p>A Capcom spokesperson said the company has nothing to announce about <em>Resident Evil 3</em> at this time. The company, for the moment, seems to be focused on its <em>RE </em>multiplayer game, <em>Project Resistance</em>.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Gaming DeForest wins Division 3 state football title with touchdown, 2-point conversion in final minute Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:37:44 +0000 <div> <p>The undefeated DeForest football team rallied in the final minute and defeated Menasha 8-7 in the WIAA Division 3 state football championship game Friday at Camp Randall Stadium.</p> <p>Norskies senior quarterback Trey Schroeder completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Gabe Finley with 32 seconds remaining to play.</p> <p>The Badger North Conference champion Norskies (14-0) then decided to go for two. The left-handed Schroeder faked into the line and then completed a jump pass to an open Nolan Hawk, a 6-foot-5 sophomore receiver, in the middle of the end zone.</p> <p>The two-point conversion gave the Norskies the 8-7 lead, then DeForest's defense thwarted Menasha's last drive. Senior defensive back Adam Szepieniec intercepted a pass at the Menasha 40-yard line.</p> <p>Register for more free articles</p> <p>DeForest's scoring drive began at its 37-yard line with 1 minute, 15 seconds left.</p> <p>It was DeForest's second state title. The victory sent DeForest coach Mike Minick out on a victorious note. Minick said late in the regular season that this would be his final season. Minick, who played on DeForest on the Norskies' 1982 state title team, was an assistant for longtime coach Jerry Roelke. Roelke stepped down after the 1999 season and Minick took over as head coach.</p> <p>Menasha (12-2) scored first on Davontre Smith's 9-yard touchdown run with 5:34 left in the first quarter.</p> <p>Subscribe to our BadgerBeat email!</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Football Record-breaking Dysart twins celebrate first birthday Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:37:34 +0000 <div> <p>DYSART -- Born 18 weeks premature, twins Kambry and Keeley Ewoldt survived, shattering records and shocking the world. On Sunday they celebrate their first birthday.</p> <p>"From the day they were born they were strong," said mom Jade Ewoldt.</p> <p>The Ewoldt family will quietly mark the girls' birthday Sunday, with plans for a larger gathering in May when the risk of contracting respiratory viruses wanes. Delaying a big celebration will protect the girls' still-fragile lungs and immune systems, Jade said.</p> <p>"We take a lot of precautions. A common cold can still kill them," she said.</p> <p>Keeley James and Kambry Lee were born on Nov. 24, 2018, delivered at just 22 weeks and one day gestation. A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks. </p> <p>Parents Jade and Wesley knew the odds were stacked against their tiny daughters. Nationally, just 10% of babies born that early survive, said Dr. Jonathan Klein, a neonatologist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, where the girls were born. At UI Stead Family Children's Hospital, the survival rate is 65%.</p> <p>At birth, Keeley weighed 1 pound and Kambry weighed 13.4 ounces. Each baby was about the length of a dollar bill. Kambry lost weight soon after birth, reaching a low of 11.64 ounces - less than a can of soda. Their fragile skin could tear at the most gentle touch. Their eyelids had not yet formed. They were at risk for heart problems, bleeding in the brain and countless other complications. Miraculously, they developed none of them.</p> <p>"From birth we were told they could have all these problems, and they haven't," Jade said. "They continue to surpass and avoid all the things that could have gone wrong. Their resilience has not surprised me. They are just kicking butt."</p> <p>The twins spent five months in the Iowa City neonatal intensive care unit and were discharged about a month after their original March 29 due date. In October, Guinness World Records named them the World's Most Premature Twins, breaking a 20-year-old record.</p> <p>Today, Keeley weighs in at 14.7 pounds, and Kambry is 14.4 pounds. They smile. They laugh. They wiggle. Their appetites are healthy, and they've begun experimenting with solid baby foods, "just for the flavor. Keeley loves peaches and Kambry seems to really like yogurt, but isn't sure about green beans," Jade said, laughing. "It's fun to see them explore the food."</p> <p>It will be a while before they're given more than a few bites per day.</p> <p>"They still take mostly bottles," Jade said. "Most people think that with the girls at a year old they should eat more solids, but for them, their brains aren't developed enough to swallow, and because they're on oxygen they can aspirate," the food.</p> <p>At the girls' last medical checkup a few weeks ago, doctors said they are developmentally about 5 months old. Like other babies that age, they've begun exploring their surroundings. Keeley can sit up unassisted for short periods of time and both girls are becoming more mobile.</p> <p>"When we first came home I couldn't even think about how to get through the days. Now, I'm figuring out how to keep up with them moving around. They scoot and grab and get into their (older) brother and sister's toys," Jade said.</p> <p>The twins' continued progress depends on minimizing risks. The Ewoldts take drastic measures to protect the girls from infections. The twins leave the house for doctor visits and occasional, brief outings. Few visitors are allowed in their home. Those who do come must be vaccinated and free of even the slightest sniffle. Respiratory syncytial virus is especially dangerous for the girls.</p> <p>"RSV season is a big hurdle," Jade said. "We can't expect everyone to take all the precautions they need so we make sure we're minimizing exposure."</p> <p>The family decided that older siblings Koy, 6, and Kollins, 3, would be homeschooled this year so as not to bring home germs and viruses that tend to make the rounds in kindergarten and preschool classrooms.</p> <p>"We have been blessed by God to have an amazing woman from our community who volunteers to help with homeschooling Koy. She helps us two to three times per week. It's amazing. I can't even thank her enough," Jade said.</p> <p>Koy and Kollins get time to play outside, changing clothes and showering when they come inside to help protect their baby sisters from allergens and bacteria. Wesley, a pattern maker with Woodland Pattern in Waterloo, takes the same measures each day after work.</p> <p>A pediatric nurse visits their home once a week for a few hours to allow Jade and Wesley time to run errands or simply get out of the house.</p> <p>"We each struggle with this," Jade said. "We have to get out and do things for our mental health. Isolation isn't what anyone wants, and we do have some bad days. It can be hard to explain why we can't go outside and play."</p> <p>Even with precautions, the twins have had setbacks. Each has been hospitalized more than once with respiratory illness. And each time, the family's support system jumps in to help navigate their complex -- but rewarding -- life.</p> <p>"We have so many unsung heroes. Without our tribe and all of these people who love and support us, we'd struggle so much harder," Jade said.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health The Tesla Cybertruck is more concept car than production Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:35:44 +0000 <div> <figure><img src=""><img src=""> </figure><p>Tesla unveiled its wacky Cybertruck last night, and despite the positively sky-high performance stats and specs, there are a lot of questions still to be answered. Given how extreme the design is, don't expect that the Cybertruck as presented last night will reach production unchanged. In fact, it's about as concept car-like as any previous Tesla reveal to date.</p> <p>In true concept car fashion, there are no mirrors or wipers, and the lighting is also questionable. This concept doesn't even appear to have camera mirrors installed anywhere, and who knows when those will be greenlit by U.S. regulators anyway. The Cybertruck has just one light bar in the front and another light bar in back. We're not sure where the third brake light is yet either. We'll assume that the turn signals, headlights and DRLs are all housed in the full horizontal light up front, but that's unclear.</p> <p>Its wheels and tires look like they're straight out of a sci-fi movie, and the setup doesn't look like it would be viable for production. The steering wheel looks like something out of a race car, so we imagine plenty of interior changes will be coming, too,</p> <p>But we assume the overall design and materials are production-intent, and we're curious about the safety aspects of the truck's design, so we talked to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) about it.</p> <p>First off, all of the sharp angles made us wonder how the truck will interact with pedestrians in a crash. "That's definitely an issue with SUVs and pickups. Pedestrians are more likely to get killed by them. But I'm not sure if the angles would necessarily contribute to that," Joe Young, IIHS media relations associate told us.</p> <p>David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer, also pointed out there is no U.S. federal requirement that vehicles need to meet to interact with pedestrians in a certain way, as there is in Europe and elsewhere. "It's hard to say whether this will be worse or better than being hit by a different type of truck," Young adds.</p> <p>We were also curious how making this truck's exterior out of stainless steel might affect its crashworthiness. "Regardless of what the material is that they're making the vehicle out of, whether it's stainless steel or forged aluminum, it's hard to say how it would impact its crashworthiness, or how if it did hit a pedestrian, how that would affect it. It's more how they apply the material and what the underlying structure is and so forth," said Zuby.</p> <p>"Just from a design standpoint, it might be difficult to test [for roof crush]," Young noted.</p> <p>Obviously, there's much more to learn about the Cybertruck in the coming months, both in safety and elsewhere, as Tesla translates what it presented last night into a salable vehicle for the road.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Lifestyle Electric Citi Bikes are coming back to NYC this winter Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:35:36 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src=""></figure></p> <p>The return of the electric Citi Bike is nigh! Several thousand pedal-assist electric bikes were yanked from service last April after "dozens" of people were injured due to harder-than-expected brakes. But now the brakes are fixed, and hundreds of e-bikes will begin appearing at docking stations across the city starting this winter. The news follows a similar announcement that e-bikes are coming back to San Francisco, after a couple battery fires put those bikes out of service, too. </p> <p>New York City's Citi Bike and San Francisco's Bay Wheels are both operated by Motivate, a national bike-share company owned by Lyft. Citi Bike says it has redesigned the bikes' brake setup, and is now working with a different battery supplier. </p> <p><q>"We're sorry for the delay and appreciate your patience"</q> </p> <p>"We expect to initially launch several hundred e-bikes this winter and will gradually ramp up to a larger fleet," Citi Bike said in a blog post. "We're sorry for the delay and appreciate your patience."</p> <p>Citi Bike is also getting rid of the flat $2 fee its applied to all e-bike rentals earlier this year, and will instead charge riders only for the length of time they have the bike. "We heard your feedback," Citi Bike said. "Members told us they did not want to pay a flat charge every time they chose an e-bike."</p> <p>The new pricing for e-bike rentals is a $0.10 per minute charge for annual members, and a $0.15 per minute charge for non-members. Members' charges will also be capped at $2 for rides 45 minutes or less beginning and / or ending outside Manhattan. Citi Bike is also removing the two-minute wait period between rides.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business 'Frozen 2' lacks the magic of the original Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:34:50 +0000 <div> <p>It's hard to believe it's taken six years for a sequel to hit theaters. After the instant success of the first film-over $1.2 billion in worldwide grosses, obscene merch sales, an inescapable soundtrack, and one Oscar win-the existence of was foregone. The only question is, what took so long? </p> <img src=""><p>We've had five new movies in between the s. So, after all this time, what is there to say about ? You can't call it a cash grab, although its earning potential is certainly a justification for its existence. It's also not a project driven by creative demands, with its repeated attempts to rekindle the spark that catapulted so high. arrives with astronomical economic forecasts and milder critical expectations. </p> <p>This is a long-winded way of saying that is a safe movie that plays everything right down the middle. The franchise is too valuable to deliver anything other than a safe, anodyne experience. digs into the history of both Arendelle and Elsa and Anna's family. The two are inextricably linked, and as truths about the past come to light, all involved have to recalibrate everything they thought they knew. It starts with a flashback to Elsa and Anna's parents, Queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood) and King Agnarr (Molina), telling the girls Arendelle's origin story. It involves their ancestors striking a deal with the indigenous people, the Northuldra, with King Runeard (Jeremy Sisto) brokering the deal with the natives. </p> <img src=""><p>I know isn't the place to expect a deep dive into colonization, cultural appropriation, and other thorny subjects, but this is the most compelling aspect of the story. The script, by Jennifer Lee (who also co-directs with Chris Buck), does a commendable job incorporating it and making it palatable for younger viewers. It also provides a teaching moment for parents, which Radheyan Simonpillai thoroughly explains for Now Toronto. </p> <p>In the present, Elsa (Idina Menzel) begins hearing voices that belong to the spirits of the nearby enchanted forest, which she has awakened unknowingly. She and her crew-Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and his reindeer Sven-head into the forest to rectify the betrayals of the past in order to save Arendelle's present and future. Along the way, the group splits off for side adventures and plenty of songs. The story gets stuck in a rut often, as the adventures aren't all that compelling, and the musical numbers lack the punch of the first film. </p> <p>It was always inevitable that the music wouldn't quite stack up. "Let it Go" is hard to capture twice, and I don't envy songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. But what they come up with here is fine. The songs are fleet and catchy enough, with a few big moments. But nothing matches "Let it Go," "Love Is an Open Door," or "For the First Time in Forever" in grandiosity or energy. If there's a surprise among the songs here, it's that Jonathan Groff's "Lost in the Woods" is probably the best of the bunch. On the plus side, for parents especially, likely won't become the soundtrack to the next six years of your life like the original did. </p> <img src=""><p>As the story moves along, the characters all struggle with the notion of change. There's a push and pull between maintaining the status quo, reflected in tracks like "Some Things Never Change" and "The Next Right Thing." Everyone in the film deals with this struggle directly, but it resonates most with Anna and particularly Elsa, as she reckons with her powers and potential. The movie's message that embracing change is necessary and necessarily good strikes the right chord. </p> <p>The film's poignant themes help make up for aspects that don't work as well. The autumnal setting's drab, muted colors have a dulling effect. The films lack the vibrancy of the Mouse House's Pixar output, and at times, is an eyesore, notably during a scene where Elsa is alone in a cave. There's a general lack of visual imagination that keeps me at a distance. With unlimited resources, is this the best the visual team could do? In a year where the big studios gave us new <i>How to Train Your Dragon </i>and films, not to mention Laika's <i>Missing Link </i>, trails noticeably behind the rest of the pack. </p> <p>plays for me the same way as , which is to say it's pleasant enough, but ultimately forgettable. My kids' infatuation with the first lasted a couple of months, and I expect a similar, or shorter, bout with . As far as family-friendly movies go, serves its purpose, but you can do better. </p> <strong>READ MORE:</strong> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Apparently SNL's Cowbell Sketch Ruined Christopher Walken's Life Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:34:49 +0000 <div> <p> </p><p> </p><div> <p><figure> <img src=""></figure></p> </div> <div> <p>More cowbell! I gotta have more cowbell! Christopher Walken's music producer Bruce Dickinson kept demanding "More Cowbell" in <em>Saturday Night Live</em>'s now iconic sketch on Blue Oyster Cult recording "(Don't Fear) the Reaper." The SNL bit became a little <em>too</em> popular for Walken, since he told Will Ferrell -- who co-wrote "More Cowbell" -- that the sketch has ruined his life.</p> </div> <div> <p>In the 2000 SNL sketch, producer Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken) keeps pushing for musician Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell) to play more cowbell in "(Don't Fear) the Reaper." The random bit is dominated by episode host Christopher Walken and SNL cast member Will Ferrell, but also includes Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Jimmy Fallon.</p> </div> <div> <p>Will Ferrell is returning to host SNL this Saturday, November 23. While promoting that, Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon discussed the "More Cowbell" sketch on <em>The Tonight Show</em>. That's when Ferrell shared that Walken might actually be kind of annoyed with Ferrell for making him do the bit:</p> </div> <div> <blockquote> <p>Here's the crazy thing. I go to see Christopher Walken years later, in a play. I say hello to him backstage and he's like, 'You know, you've ruined my life. People during curtain call bring cowbells. The other day I went for Italian food for lunch, and the waiter asked if I wanted more cowbell with my pasta bolognese.' I think he was really mad at me.</p> </blockquote> </div> <div> <p>Heh. Yeah, if I ever meet Christopher Walken, I can't promise I wouldn't yell "Guess what? I've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!"</p> </div> <div> <p>It's worth noting that Will Ferrell said Christopher Walken had a little smile while he was talking about the cowbell sketch ruining his life, so he probably wasn't really <em>that</em> mad. Still, if you're doing a play and people start playing cowbells during curtain calls -- I can see how that would get old. Maybe stop that. We don't need Walken to snap.</p> </div> <div> <p>Watch the "More Cowbell" sketch again below. Jimmy Fallon always did break during scenes, but I can't blame him for cracking up over Christopher Walken and Will "Muffin Top" Ferrell:</p> </div> <div> <p>Will Ferrell hosts SNL Season 45 this Saturday night on NBC, with King Princess as musical guest. Here's hoping Christopher Walken shows up in the audience with a cowbell.</p> </div> <div> <p>Future SNL hosts for the rest of 2019 include Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, and the return of Eddie Murphy. Keep up with everything heading to TV in early 2020 with our handy schedule.</p> </div> <div>Blended From Around The Web </div> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Save $50 On Amazon's Best Selling Fire HD 10 Tablet Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:34:31 +0000 <div> <p>The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet is already down to its Black Friday price, coming in at just $100. Taking $50 off of its regular price.</p> <p>The Fire HD 10 is one of Amazon's best selling tablets right now. It has over 700 reviews, with an average of 4.5 stars out of five. So it's a pretty good tablet.</p> <p>This is also the newest version, that just came out back in September. So it's got all of the latest and greatest tech inside. We're looking at a 10.1-inch Full HD display. Powered by an octa-core 2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There is a 64GB of storage model available that will cost slightly more.</p> <p>Now if that's not enough storage for you, there is a micro SD card slot that you can utilize to have even more storage. And it now supports up to 500GB. That's plenty of space for storing content offline for a long flight or car ride.</p> <p>With the Fire HD 10 tablet, you also have Amazon Alexa built-in. This will allow you to control your smart home products, ask Alexa for something to watch and much more. Alexa continues to improve every single day, with more and more skills being added all of the time.</p> <p>Of course, we can't forget that the Fire HD 10 now has USB-C for charging. And it also has fast charging. It has a 9W power adapter in the box. Which, that's not super fast, like the Galaxy Note 10+'s 25W or 45W charging, but 9W is almost twice the speed of the smaller 5W charger that was available with the Fire HD 10 previously. So that's a nice upgrade. And it should cut charging times down quite a bit.</p> <p>You can pick up the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet from Amazon for $99 right now by clicking here. </p> <p>Amazon Fire HD 10 - Amazon - $99 </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology WIAA state football: Late touchdown, two-point try lifts DeForest past Menasha Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:34:14 +0000 <div> <p>CLOSE</p> <img src=""><p><img src="">Buy Photo </p><p>Menasha's Devontre Smith (26) runs for a touchdown during Friday's WIAA Division 3 state football championship game against DeForest at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. (Photo: Tork Mason/USA Today NETWORK-Wisconsin) </p> <p>MADISON - A touchdown in the waning moments followed by a successful two-point conversion play propelled the Menasha football team in last week's thrilling state semifinal win.</p> <p>The Bluejays now know all too well how agonizing it feels to be on the losing end of such a sequence.</p> <p>A 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Schroeder to Gabe Finley with just 32 seconds remaining in the game, followed by Schroeder's pop pass to Nolan Hawk on the two-point conversion try, completed a stunning rally as DeForest topped Menasha 8-7 in Friday's WIAA Division 3 state championship at Camp Randall Stadium.</p> <p><strong>RELATED:</strong> Four champions crowned during Thursday's WIAA state football action</p> <p>Menasha rallied to beat Menomonie 36-35 in last Friday's state semifinal, scoring a touchdown with 51 seconds remaining and then completing a two-point conversion pass for the decisive points.</p> <p>Schroeder needed just six plays and 43 seconds to drive the Norskies (14-0) 63 yards for what proved to be the winning score. The senior quarterback then executed the two-point try perfectly, selling the run before looking up and flicking a pass to a wide-open Hawk in the end zone.</p> <p>DeForest started the drive on its own 37, but a pass interference call against Menasha moved the Norskies to the Bluejays 48. Schroeder later hooked up with Logan Bierman for a 28-yard connection on a third-and-14 play to move the ball to the Bluejays 24.</p> <p>An 11-yard completion between Schroeder and Hawk one play later set up the game-winning sequence.</p> <p>The Bluejays (12-2) had the ball on their own 30 with 32 seconds remaining to open the ensuing drive, but a Norskies interception as time expired clinched the title victory.</p> <p>Davontre Smith's 9-yard touchdown run capped a 12-play, 67-yard drive for Menasha on its first offensive series.</p> <p>The Bluejays were limited to 182 yards and committed four turnovers. Defensively, Menasha forced four turnovers.</p> <p>Menasha quarterback Cole Popp rushed for 62 yards and threw for 80 yards. Luke Maurer finished with nine receptions for 65 yards.</p> <p>Menasha 7 0 0 0 - 7</p> <p>DeForest 0 0 0 8 - 8</p> <strong>SCORING</strong> <strong>First quarter</strong> <p>M: Davontre Smith 9 run (Josh Jones kick)</p> <strong>Fourth quarter</strong> <p>D: Gabe Finley 13 pass from Trey Schroeder (Nolan Hawk pass from Trey Schroeder)</p> <strong>INDIVIDUAL LEADERS</strong> <p><strong>Rushing:</strong> M - Cole Popp 19-62, Tyler Roehl 15-28. D - Trey Schroeder 15-56, Gabe Finley 12-32.</p> <p><strong>Passing:</strong> M - Cole Popp 11-20-3-80. D - Trey Schroeder 6-15-2-97.</p> <p><strong>Receiving:</strong> M - Luke Maurer 9-65. D - Lane Larson 2-39.</p> <em>Contact Brett Christopherson at (920) 993-7117 or Follow him on Twitter at @PCBrettC.</em> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport Liberty dominates Morgan State to open the Islands of Bahamas Showcase Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:33:56 +0000 <div> <p>Liberty opened play in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase on Friday morning but had no problems with the Morgan State Bears, winning 89-48. With the win, the Flames improve to 6-0 for first time in the school's Division I era and just the second time in school history.</p> <p>It was a very unique setting for a college basketball game as it was played in the ballroom of a hotel in the Bahamas with makeshift benches and chairs located throughout the ballroom.</p> <p>Caleb Homesley made the start after missing the previous game this past Tuesday night against Navy. Morgan State's pressure sped the Flames up early as the Bears took the early lead into the first media timeout at 7-5 with 15:47 left in the first half.</p> <p>Scottie James scored Liberty's first two points of the game as he got an offensive rebound and put it back in. Those two points allowed the redshirt-senior to reach the 1,000 career point mark.</p> <p>Liberty would respond with early second chance points from Scottie James and Kyle Rode as the Flames took the lead. Freshmen Rode and Shiloh Robinson provided a big lift off the bench in the opening minutes as Rode scored 5 early points and Robinson had a rim-rattling dunk as he drove the baseline. The Flames took the 17-13 lead at the under 12 minute media timeout.</p> <p>Consecutive Rode and Darius McGhee three-pointers helped Liberty push its lead to a game-high of nine at 23-14 as Morgan State head coach Kevin Broadus called a timeout.</p> <p>Following the timeout, Kyle Rode continued his hot play as he knocked down two more three-pointers on consecutive offensive possessions. Then, Elijah Cuffee got in on the action with a corner three as the Flames showed no early signs of difficulty shooting from the ballroom. Following Cuffee's three, Liberty lead 36-16 with 5:09 left in the first half.</p> <p>The pace slowed down considerably down the final minutes of the first half as Liberty got into the bonus and took advantage by knocking down three straight free throws to take a 39-16 lead at the final media timeout of the half.</p> <p>With the large lead and the Flames set to play 3 games in 3 days, McKay opted to utilize a much deeper bench that typical. Josh Price, Colton Reed, and Blake Preston all got considerable time in the first half and were able to maintain the lead.</p> <p>The Flames got to the line 20 times in the first half as Liberty scored 50 points in the opening 20 minutes to take a 50-26 lead into the break.</p> <p>Liberty came out of halftime the same way it ended the first half as the Flames opened on a 15-5 run before the first media timeout. Elijah Cuffee scored two buckets in the opening minutes as he reached double figures, joining Rode.</p> <p>Caleb Homesley played just 6 minutes in the first half and he did not see the court in the second half as it seems that Coach McKay is resting him for the final two games this weekend that are expected to be much more competitive. McKay continued to utilize his bench frequently giving his starters plenty of rest as Liberty pushed its lead to double Morgan State at 68-34.</p> <p>Liberty would maintain its margin throughout the game and coast to the win while getting its main rotation players plenty of rest. The Flames would coast to the win with noone playing more than 27 minutes.</p> <p>New career highs were made by Kyle Rode (17), Shiloh Robinson (9) , Brendan Newton (6), and Josh Price (5). Rode had 14 in the first half, as he connected on all three of his first half three point attempts.</p> <p>Scottie James had a very solid afternoon with 15 points and 4 rebounds as he got to the free throw line 12 times, making nine of them. Elijah Cuffee also made double figures, finishing with 12 as he made 5-of-6 field goals.</p> <p>As a team, Liberty got to the free throw line 47 times, making 33 of them. The Flames also shot 54.5% from the field and 47.1% from 3.</p> <p>The defense continued to play very well, holding the Bears to 14-of-49 shooting (28.6%) and 3-of-19 from three-point range (15.8%).</p> <p>With the win, Liberty moves into the winner's bracket of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase and will play Saturday evening at 5 p.m. The Flames will play the winner of Game 2 from the Bahamas, Milwaukee and Rice.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports Report: Mariners prospect Evan White agrees to historic $24 million deal before reaching majors Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:33:43 +0000 <div> <img src=""> <img src=",1889,x0,y0&width=660&height=372&format=pjpg&auto=webp"> <p>The Seattle Mariners and their top prospect have agreed to a historic $24 million deal before he has even played an inning in the major leagues or above Class AA.</p> <p>Evan White, the 17th overall pick in the 2017 draft, and the Mariners agreed to a six-year, $24 million deal with three options, according to multiple reports. first reported the agreement. The deal can max out at $55.5 million if the options are exercised. </p> <p>White spent the 2019 season with Class-AA Arkansas in the Texas League. No player at that level has ever received a long-term extension.</p> <p>The contract is almost identical to the one Scott Kingery and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to before the 2018 season. Both deals guaranteed $24 million over six years, but Kingery's deal could max out a $65 million and he played a full season at the Triple-A level.</p> <p>White, 23, is regarded as an excellent defender with a plus bat. He hit .293 with 18 homers and 55 RBI over 90 games in Double-A and was named to the Futures Game last season.</p> <p>Barring any setbacks, he is expected to be Seattle's first baseman on opening day in 2020. He will also be the only player on the roster signed beyond the 2021 season. </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport Bernie Sanders Walks Out to Young Thug's 'Pick Up the Phone' at Campaign Rally Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:33:06 +0000 <div> <figure> <img src=""><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe></figure><p>Feel the Bern.</p> <p>During his campaign rally at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Thursday (Nov. 21), Bernie Sanders was introduced to the sounds of Young Thug and Travis Scott's hit "Pick Up the Phone." The Democratic presidential candidate took the stage to roaring applause from the crowd, who held up campaign signs as Thug's verse played throughout Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Plaza.</p> <p>"Pick Up the Phone," which also features Quavo, originally appeared as a bonus track on Thug's 2016 mixtape <em>Jeffrey</em> and later on Scott's sophomore album <em>Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight</em>.</p> <p>The Vermont senator has been popular with celebrities including Ariana Grande. On Tuesday, Sanders showed up at the pop superstar's "Sweetener World Tour" in Atlanta. Grande called Sanders "my guy" and shared photos of the two hugging backstage.</p> <p>"thank you Senator Sanders for coming to my show, making my whole night and for all that you stand for!" she tweeted. "@headcountorg and i are doing our best to make you proud. we've already registered 20k+ young voters at my shows alone. also i will never smile this hard again promise."</p> <blockquote> <p>MY GUY. thank you Senator Sanders for coming to my show, making my whole night and for all that you stand for ! @headcountorg and i are doing our best to make you proud. we've already registered 20k+ young voters at my shows alone. also i will never smile this hard again promise.</p> <p>- Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 20, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>In July, Cardi B sat down with Sanders for a campaign video aimed at encouraging young voters. During the 12-minute interview, they discussed issues facing Americans today including police brutality, immigration, student debt, healthcare, wages, and more.</p> <ul> <img src=""></ul> <ul><label>Likes</label><img src=""></ul> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment UPDATE: Deer that may have been hunted in area known for chronic wasting disease located - Nanaimo News Bulletin Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:33:01 +0000 <div> <div> <img src=""><p>A Government of B.C. document showing a map created by the United States Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Centre depicting distribution of chronic wasting disease. (Government of B.C./USGS image)</p> </div> <h2>UPDATE: Deer that may have been hunted in area known for chronic wasting disease located</h2> <p>Conservation officers made urgent request for any info about hunters thought to be from Nanaimo</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Conservation officers have located the animals they were concerned about in regards to chronic wasting disease. According to a social media post from the B.C. Conservation Service, the animals thought to be harvested south of Calgary by Nanaimo hunters have been located and the investigation continues.</p> <p>"The BCCOS and Wildlife Management (FLNRORD) would like to extend their appreciation to those who responded to our concerns," the post noted.</p> <p><strong>PREVIOUSLY POSTED:</strong> Conservation officers are making an urgent request for information after Nanaimo hunters may have harvested deer in an area in Alberta known for cases of chronic wasting disease.</p> <p>The B.C. Conservation Officer Service advised via social media Thursday that it is "urgently asking the public for information" on the case. The post notes that COs received a tip that hunters harvested a mule deer south of Calgary and brought the carcass back to Nanaimo for processing.</p> <p>"The concern is that the hunt took place in an area known for CWD, which can be devastating for wildlife populations," the post notes. "Although its presence has yet to be detected in B.C., human importation of infected carcasses is the highest threat of introduction to B.C. wildlife."</p> <p>COs say the disease cannot spread to humans, but deer meat infected with CWD "is not fit for human consumption."</p> <p>The province has been monitoring for the disease since 2002, notes the post, with the Peace and East Kootenay regions considered high-risk areas for disease entry into B.C.</p> <p>"No cases of CWD have been found in B.C., however, more sampling is needed to confirm B.C.'s CWD-free status and inform any additional response," the conservation service notes.</p> <p>B.C.'s Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development released an information bulletin earlier this fall after Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks discovered nine animals with chronic wasting disease south of the B.C. border.</p> <p>The information bulletin notes that CWD is a progressive, fatal nervous-system disease affecting mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose and elk. It can spread when a healthy animal comes in contact with an infected animal or a contaminated environment. Animals with CWD may exhibit symptoms such as thinness, drooling and stumbling.</p> <ins><strong>READ ALSO: Experts alarmed after deer meat from diseased herd allowed into Canada's food system</strong></ins> <ins><strong>READ ALSO: Rod and gun club collects samples from deer, elk, moose for CWD</strong></ins> <br><br><strong>Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter </strong> <p>Anyone with information is asked to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277.</p> <p>For more information on CWD, visit</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health 'Love that Warbs', 'Decent' - Loads of QPR fans are very happy with their XI ahead of derby clash | Football League World Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:32:35 +0000 <div> <strong>Loads of Queens Park Rangers fans have reacted to Mark Warburton's selection choice ahead of their clash with Fulham on Friday night.</strong> <p>The R's travel to the Whites for their second West London derby of the season tonight in what looks set to be a thoroughly entertaining affair under the lights at Craven Cottage.</p> <p>They have not won any of their last four games but know that a win tonight would see them jump above their local rivals in and into seventh place.</p> <blockquote> <p>📝 Teams are in!#FULQPR</p> <p>- QPR FC (@QPR) November 22, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>Considering their hosts will be without star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the visitors will have undoubtedly been given a boost in confidence in the build up to this one.</p> <p>And it was an attacking line-up chosen by Warburton with both Nahki Wells and Jordan Hugill starting in attack, although Ilias Chair dropped to the bench, with Toni Leistner returning also for the suspended Geoff Cameron.</p> <p>Here is what they had to say about the choice of team...</p> <img src=""> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Football Kyrie Irving Debuts Signature Shoe Inspired By RFID Chips Government Secretly Implants In Anesthetized Patients Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:32:06 +0000 <div> <figure><p><img src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw=="> </p> </figure> <p>BEAVERTON, OR-Claiming he wanted a sneaker that reflected his deepest passions, NBA star Kyrie Irving held a press conference Friday to debut his new Nike Kyrie 7 signature shoe, modeled after the RFID chips the government implants in the brains of every citizen who gets anesthetized. "I really wanted a design that speaks to how the government is slowly taking over our minds through intrusive thoughts that are telegraphed into our brains with implanted microchips," said the Nets point guard, who revealed that engineers worked around the clock testing the hidden GPS tracker in the sole, which monitors not only the wearer's locations but all their vital signs and transmits the information back to Nike headquarters. "Every single shoe has a small interior inscription of the all-seeing eye, surrounded by the Valos Council's signature phrase 'Sumus Ubique.' I just hope kids will wear this shoe and get a little understanding of the forces that control our every action without us even knowing." At press time, the success of the shoe had inspired Irving to explore similar sponsorships, including a Gatorade-brand chemtrail athletic mist and warm-up gear modeled after the flight attendant uniforms on Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.</p> <p>Recommended Stories </p> <img src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw=="> </div> <img src=',f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_675,pg_1,q_80,w_1200/nds9tktvzoowe33zd30o.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport World's largest hedge fund Bridgewater bets big on stock market crash Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:30:05 +0000 <div> <p>Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, appears to be placing a $1.5 billion bet that stock markets will plunge -- and that the crash will happen before the end of March.</p> <p>The bet, or hedge, has been made over the past few months and is focused on a drop in the S&P 500-stock index of the largest U.S.-based companies. Bridgewater's hedge could also pay off if European stocks crash and the U.S. market simply doesn't rise during the next four months, according to the Wall Street Journal. </p> <p>Veteran stock market watchers say this particular Bridgewater bet may signal that one of Wall Street's most sophisticated traders is skeptical that the U.S. and China may be able to reach a trade deal. </p> <p>Ray Dalio, the hedge fund's colorful founder, has in the past few years become one of Wall Street's top experts on China, cultivating sources high up in the Chinese government, according to Dalio's writings. Bridgewater could be betting that what has so far been mild worries about what a continued trade war between the U.S. and China could do to the global economy could turn into a full blown panic over the next few months.</p> <p>Bridgewater, which on its website says one of the core principals of the firm is to "require its people to be open," declined to comment to CBS MoneyWatch. The hedge fund told the Wall Street Journal that it was not betting on a particular outcome in the U.S. election next year. Another top hedge fund manager, Paul Tudor Jones, recently predicted at a hedge fund conference that the market would plunge 25% if Elizabeth Warren was elected president. Dalio was on stage at the conference at the same time Jones made the comment.</p> <figure> Ray Dalio says wealth inequality is a national emergency </figure><p>Dalio, though, has bungled his own presidential stock market calls. On the eve of the 2016 election, Dalio said that he thought the market would crash if Donald Trump was elected president. Instead the market quickly rose, and is now 50% higher than it was in November 2016.</p> <p>Bridgewater was one of the first hedge funds to draw a large portion of its investors not from just rich people but also from pension funds and other large institutional investors. It helped popularize a particular type of hedge fund strategy called risk-parity trading, in which hedge funds try to diversify their assets based on volatility risks, rather than geographic risks or asset-type risks like too much money in stocks vs. not enough money in bonds. </p> <p>Bridgewater now manages $150 billion. About half of that money is in it's All Weather Strategy risk-parity fund. Recently, risk-parity funds have been blamed for causing larger swings in the stock market with their computer-trading-assisted selloffs.</p> <p>It is not uncommon for a hedge fund to place some bets that would rise in value if the stock market fell. Most hedge funds, as the name suggests, make these bets even if they think the market in general will rise. </p> <p>Still, the Bridgewater bet is larger than usual. And the fact that U.S. or Europe markets would need to crash by the end of March to pay off is unusual as well. Both of those factors, along with Dalio's China expertise, is what is drawing attention to the bet.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Market Kanye West Fans Come Together on the Anniversary of "Devil in a New Dress" Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:29:09 +0000 <div> <p>Today marks the ninth anniversary of the release of "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". Instead of praising the album or the more popular songs, Kanye fans have flooded social media with memes and comments praising the Rick Ross assisted track "Devil in a New Dress"/ </p> <p>"Devil in a New Dress" is a soulful track that features Kanye and Rick Ross trading verses over a Smokey Robinson sample. It's the 8th track off MBDTF but one of the album's deeper cuts when compared to songs like "Monster", "Runaway", and "Power". Instead of talking about the hits, fans bonded over their shared love of "Devil in a New Dress". </p> <p>Rick Ross recently detailed the making of the song in his new autobiography "Hurricanes". Kanye flew Ross out to Honolulu, Hawaii where the producer/rapper had rented out all three rooms at Avex Honolulu Studios for 24 hours a day in order to finish the album. </p> <p>Ross describes the recording process as one of the most intense, unique experiences he's had in his music career. "I did know that something different was taking place here." He wrote in Hurricanes, "Kanye had flown in a murderer's row of emcees, producers and songwriters to work on this project. Legendary beatmakers like No I.D., Pete Rock and DJ Toomp. Young superstars in the making like Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and Big Sean."</p> <p>Ross says the first thing he noticed was a collection of signs on the studio walls that told him this was going to be something completely different than what he was used to. </p> <blockquote> <p>NO TWEETING<br> NO HIPSTER HATS<br> ALL LAPTOPS ON MUTE<br> JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP SOMETIMES<br> NO TWEETING PLEASE THANK YOU<br> NO BLOGGING<br> NO NEGATIVE BLOG VIEWING<br> DON'T TELL ANYONE ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING WE'RE DOING!<br> NO RACKING FOCUS WHILE MUSIC IS BEING PLAYED OR MUSIC IS BEING MADE<br> TOTAL FOCUS ON THIS PROJECT IN ALL STUDIOS<br> NO ACOUSTIC GUITAR IN THE STUDIO<br> NO PICTURES</p> </blockquote> <p>"Kanye's creative process was a little chaotic. He's a real theory." Ross wrote "One minute Kanye would be with me working on "Live Fast, Die Young" and then suddenly he'd leave to see how Nicki's verse was coming along on "Monster" in the other room."</p> <p>Rick Ross was able to record a 4 bar bridge on the song "Monster" and then a verse for "Devil in a New Dress". Kanye ended up releasing "Devil in a New Dress" without Ross' verse as part of his G.O.O.D. Music Fridays back in 2010. He then reworked the song with Mike Dean and invited Ross to New York City as he was finishing the album.</p> <p>Ross says Kanye didn't like the verse he recorded in Hawaii and asked him to write a new one for the album. "I know that you can do something better than that," he said to Ross. </p> <p>"In all my years no one had ever asked me to rewrite a verse before." Ross said of the encounter, "Even when I was a nobody ghostwriting for artists way bigger than me no one had ever said something like that." He added that he was "shocked but I wasn't offended." He wrote and recorded a new verse that day and the rest is history. </p> <h2>Social Media Pays Homage to the Song Instead of the Album</h2> <p>"Devil in a New Dress" started trending on Twitter this morning and didn't stop. Tweets poured in from Kanye and Rick Ross fans praising the song and sharing memes and memories from the song's release. </p> <blockquote> <p>Devil in a New Dress is one of the greatest songs of all time.</p> <p>- Deante' Hitchcock (@DeanteVH) November 22, 2019</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>omg i did not think this many people thought devil in a new dress was the best rap song ever like me. that song always stood out to me.</p> <p>- ****** (@IIGNOMIINY) November 22, 2019</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Devil In A New Dress is honestly the most underrated greatest song ever. Crazy how it's been 9 years already 🔥🔥</p> <p>- Ɛ˙⅁˙ᴚ (@trezgarza3) November 22, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>Instead of praising the release of the album, fans took the opportunity to focus on an underrated song that usually gets eclipsed by the more popular cuts on the album. </p> <p>One fan recorded a cover of the iconic guitar solo at the end of the song and another posted some art inspired by the song. </p> <p>The widespread focus on the song was unexpected but appeared to connect music fans from all over who bonded over the deep cut on the album. </p> <strong>READ NEXT: Christopher Walken Told Will Ferrell that the SNL "Cowbell" skit "Ruined" his life </strong> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment WWE 2K20 Releases New Patch; Features Fixes For Crashes, Custom Images, Hair, and More Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:28:05 +0000 <div> <p> has had its share of issues since its launch, especially in regards to the online side of things. Last week 2K and developer Visual Concepts released a new patch for the game that aimed to address the biggest issues, but in their initial statement they did say it was the first of several patches in the coming weeks, and yesterday they released another patch that aimed to fix another round of issues. The updates include general fixes like crashes and issues with important images in custom arenas to issues with crashes and images not appearing on characters in regular play, universe mode, and online play. You can check out the complete rundown of fixes in the new patch below.</p> <p><strong>GENERAL</strong><br>Addresses reported crashes throughout the game<br>Addresses reported opacity issue causing invisible CAS parts<br>Addresses reported crash in custom arenas using imported images<br>Improvements to sweat<br>Addresses reported input settings not saving (PC only)</p> <p><strong>CHARACTERS</strong><br>General improvements to hair and cloth behavior<br>Addresses reported concerns with missing hair and cloth throughout the game<br>Addresses reported concerns that images may fail to be correctly displayed on the Superstars' attire<br>Addresses reported concerns of a crash when using DLC CAS parts for MyPLAYERs<br>Addresses reported concerns with allowing male face paint color changes to appear correctly in-game<br>Addresses reported concerns with CAS parts that may cause hair to float with certain Superstars<br>Addresses reported concerns with assigning locked moves when user previews and selects it inside of Move-Set for MyPLAYER<br>Addresses reported concerns that CAS T-shirt logos may appear incorrectly in-game</p> <p><strong>UNIVERSE MODE</strong><br>Addresses reported concerns that a crash may occur when selecting a save slot<br>Enabled importing Roster and other settings when creating a new Universe save<br>Addresses reported concerns that a crash may occur when loading into match for the first time with several creations<br>Addresses reported concerns with 6-man tag match<br>Addresses reported concerns that a crash my occur when simulating to WrestleMania</p> <p><strong>GAMEPLAY</strong><br>Improvements to strike aiming and dash strikes<br>Addresses reported concerns with soft lock-in pin mini-game after performing certain moves</p> <p><strong>ONLINE</strong><br>Addresses reported concerns that a crash may occur in Road to Glory when using DLC CAS parts<br>Addresses reported concerns that a crash may occur when downloading Superstars with custom images<br>Community Creations: Addresses reported concerns that images may fail to display correctly in Custom Arenas<br>Community Creations: Addresses reported concerns of a white texture issue that may occur in downloaded arenas<br>Community Creations: Addresses reported concerns that may occur when downloading custom shows with custom arenas and logos</p> <p>Are you playing ? Let us know what you think of the newest patch in the comments or feel free to hit me up on Twitter @MattAguilarCB for all things <em>WWE 2K20</em>!</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts Review - Hitman from a Distance Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:27:46 +0000 <div> <img src=""><p>Just like its name, there are a lot of factors that make up <em>Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts</em>. It takes the sniping gameplay of its predecessors and creates an all-new structure that brings in smaller, more dense open worlds and a mission-based structure. But just like the sniping, a lot of the shots don't hit.</p> <p>There are clear influences from the likes of <em>HITMAN</em> and even <em>Battlefield</em>, but Contracts never really finds its footing as to why it should be the best at what it's trying to do. It's evident that there's a strong baseline somewhere in <em>Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts</em>, especially with the satisfying sniping and potential for really unique objectives and environments, but to get there you have to fight through repeated technical problems and a lot of repetitive, unoriginal gameplay that a lot of other games do significantly better.</p> <img src=""> <p>"There's very little differentiation in terms of objectives throughout the game's five base missions, though."</p> <p>After a brief introduction where you're introduced to your boss, or "Keeper," you're dropped into the tundra of Siberia, where it's immediately evident how much CI's soft reboot of the series draws its structure directly from the rebooted HITMAN series in its relatively open-ended missions and wide array of possibilities. You're given a series of missions, each of which takes place in a different map around Siberia and consists of a list of objectives, ranging from eliminating a target to retrieving an important piece of data.</p> <p>There's very little differentiation in terms of objectives throughout the game's five base missions, though. Being a primarily sniping-focused game, every mission has a target to kill and something to retrieve from their area. It gets repetitive by the end, especially when you're being asked to take out dozens of enemy guards with them every single time. While there are a couple of interesting offshoots of these basic objectives, they all likely end up with you killing everyone anyway.</p> <p>One unique objective asks you to determine which of two identical people is the real target you're searching for, but you end up having to kill both anyway. This is a microcosm of how standard the missions can become despite a hint of originality, where objectives can feel original because of a unique location or an interesting objective, like freeing a prisoner before time expires, and yet they all ultimately boil down to killing everyone in sight.</p> <img src=""> <p>"At the outset of each mission, the entire map is open for you to roam around and explore."</p> <p>Within each mission, though, you can attack any of your objectives in any order you want, so if you want to start by killing the head honcho and work backwards to find the important piece of data, that's yours to decide. There are an impressive number of ways to attack each objective. As is expected with a game with "sniper" in the name, stealth is encouraged. You'll be able to find different paths that lead to sniping outlooks on each camp, but there's a lot of creativity in finding how you can get inside the boundaries of each camp without being noticed.</p> <p>Walls have broken sections, and there are ground-level openings that you can crawl through to get past security cameras or turrets. The most interesting ones are the ones that allow you to get in and out of enemy territory without a peep. Like being able to kill a target in HITMAN without alerting anyone, finding these is among the most satisfying moments in the game, and knowing there's a lot left to find means there is replay value for those who want to optimize their runs.</p> <p>At the outset of each mission, the entire map is open for you to roam around and explore. Each map is ultimately either a snowy or grassy environment, and, while they're generally pretty to look at, they do start to blend together after a while, especially outside of the primary landmarks in each map.</p> <p>There are some side activities to complete throughout each map, such as finding collectibles or completing bounties on someone in the area, allowing for some organic experiences outside of just the primary objective areas. However, because fast travel points are available from the start, there's not much motivation to do any of the external challenges, primarily because the rewards from them are negligible for the rest of the experience. You can get money to buy weapon upgrades or special types of ammo, but I never really felt the need to stray away from my trusty original one-hit kill sniper.</p> <img src=""> <p>"What's frustrating about this stealth element, though, is that, while the game encourages you to be stealthy and perfect your sniping expertise, it doesn't complement that with enough of an ability to stay hidden for extended periods of time."</p> <p>With that sniper, too, there's a lot of satisfying kills you can get. It does a great job of telling you which way the wind is blowing and which direction your bullet will fly, and getting a headshot on an enemy 200 meters away never stopped making me feel like I was a badass, especially when it used the bullet cam. You can also mark enemies with your binoculars or interrogate enemies to tell you the locations of the rest of the soldiers, which is great at enhancing your ability to be entirely stealthy, though I wish it was more common for soldiers to tell you about other locations, like the objective or primary target.</p> <p>What's frustrating about this stealth element, though, is that, while the game encourages you to be stealthy and perfect your sniping expertise, it doesn't complement that with enough of an ability to stay hidden for extended periods of time. Even playing on the Normal difficulty, I was rarely able to make it through any single objective without being seen because enemies can see you from virtually anywhere and can alert the entire camp within just a few seconds of noticing you. Though you have a slight buffer to take out an enemy who's found a dead body before they ring the alarm, the game doesn't do a good job of telling you when someone has found one, nor does it do a good job of telling you when you're being shot at.</p> <p>At the same time, though, these didn't give me the motivation to go back and try the section again to get it without being seen. Instead, I would either sit back and try to snipe at enemies shooting at me, or I would go in guns blazing and try to brute force my way through. Either way, death is common in Contracts to a frustrating extent. There are points where it hits a really nice balance of trial and error for stealth, but there are a lot of other moments where it felt futile to even try to be sneaky because there felt like no way to get through a mission without alerting everyone. I didn't want as much action as I had, especially because the gunplay is clearly focused on the snipers and less refined in assault rifles and snipers, but I was forced into it a lot of times.</p> <img src=""> <p>" <em>Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts</em> is a game with a strong skeleton that's unsupported by the structure and organization of everything surrounding it."</p> <p>Unfortunately, Contracts is hampered by consistent significant bugs throughout. Some of these are particularly amusing, such as my character floating in the air upon each death, but some of them can be downright infuriating. During my playthrough, every single mission had at least one area where markers I put on enemies would disappear quickly, forcing me to play effectively blind despite my efforts to take note of their locations. This came alongside some enemy teleportation issues and significant stuttering issues later in the game. It's clear that this game is a platform for more missions and patches, which your boss not-so-subtly hints at, so it's very possible that these issues will be ironed out. However, it's frustrating nonetheless that these issues exist so thoroughly throughout the game.</p> <p><em>Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts</em> is a game with a strong skeleton that's unsupported by the structure and organization of everything surrounding it. I enjoyed many pieces of my time sniping and sneaking around camps, but any time I was forced into an action sequence or hit with another wave of bugs, I couldn't help but feel disappointed. It has promise for future updates and additional missions that could add more variety and clean up some of the technical issues, but it's unfortunate that the main package isn't where it needs to be. While there is a number of improvements and a clear foundation for future installments, Contracts is more of a step sideways than a step forward for the series.</p> <p><strong><em>This game was reviewed on the PlayStation 4.</em></strong> </p> <img src=""><img src=""><p>A copy of this game was provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Click here to know more about our Reviews Policy.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Gaming Citi Bike say e-bikes are returning to NYC this winter Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:27:36 +0000 <div> <p>Bike lovers, rejoice!</p> <p>Citi Bike is bringing back its electric pedal-assist rides this winter after pulling them from service across the Big Apple in April due to brake issues.</p> <p>Lyft, which owns Citi Bike, once hoped to have the e-bikes back this fall, but said the company is "taking extra time to make sure they're safe and ready to go for New York City streets."</p> <p>The pedal-assist bikes were yanked from service earlier this year after some riders "experienced stronger-than-expected braking force" on the front wheel, the company said.</p> <p>Battery problems then struck similar e-bikes in San Francisco, which forced the company to find a new battery supplier as it reworked the bike's troublesome brake setup.</p> <p>"It's taken longer than anticipated to get all the necessary components for the new bikes and complete safety testing, but we're making progress," Lyft said.</p> <p>Citi Bike plans to initially launch several hundred e-bikes this winter "and will gradually ramp up to a larger fleet."</p> <p>The company is also ditching its previous plan to charge a $2 fee for every e-bike ride, opting to charge 10 cents per minute for annual Citi Bike members and 15 cents per minute for non-members.</p> <p>"We've done the math, and the majority of riders will pay less for e-bike rides with per-minute pricing," the company claimed. "When e-bikes were in service, 80 percent of member e-bike rides were under 20 minutes."</p> <p>Citi Bike will also cap e-bike charges at $2 for member rides that begin and/or end outside Manhattan and will remove the two-minute wait period between rides.</p> <p>Additionally, starting Jan. 15, Citi Bike will cut its extra time fees on its classic bikes.</p> <p>Members will now pay 15 cents per minute after the included 45 minutes, instead of $2.50 every 15 minutes. Riders with a single ride pass will also pay 15 cents per minute after the included 30 minutes.</p> <p>"These changes will eliminate a point of frustration and save riders money by only charging them for the time they use," said the company.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business Cole Madison out for season Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:27:06 +0000 <div> <figure><iframe src=",offset-y0.50&width=620&height=320" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe></figure><p>It was learned today that Cole Madison will miss the remainder of the 2019 season with a torn ACL. Matt LaFleur noted in his press conference that Madison suffered a significant injury. Moments later Ian Rapoport reported that, "Packers OL Cole Madison tore his ACL during practice this week and is out for the season."</p> <blockquote> <p>#Packers OL Cole Madison tore his ACL during practice this week and is out for the season, source said. Coach Matt LaFleur described it as significant and said his heart breaks for him.</p> - Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2019 </blockquote> <p>Madison was in the process of working his way back on the field after sitting out the entirety of the 2018 season due to personal issues. Madison was up and down in preseason but made the team out of training camp and earned his way onto the 53-man roster. As the season progressed Madison found it difficult to find the field and has been inactive for each of the Packers' first ten games this year.</p> <p>With training camp about eight months away, Madison will be hard-pressed to be ready for the start of 2020 practices. Madison has the mix of strength, size, and athleticism to become a contributor in the NFL, but this will be another difficult setback as he looks to finally get his career off the ground in 2020.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport Packers G Cole Madison suffers significant knee injury, needs surgery Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:27:05 +0000 <div> <p>The football journey for Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison hit another bump in the road on Thursday.</p> <p>According to coach Matt LaFleur, Madison - who missed all of last season while away dealing with a personal issue - suffered a significant knee injury during Thursday's practice and will likely need season-ending surgery.</p> <p>"My heart breaks for him, man," LaFleur said Friday. "He works hard, and he's getting better, and it's just one of those bad injuries."</p> <p>According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Madison tore his ACL during the practice and will miss the rest of the 2019 season.</p> <p>Madison, a fifth-round pick of the Packers from Washington State, made the 53-man roster as a backup interior offensive lineman but hasn't appeared in a game this season.</p> <p>Throughout the summer, the Packers sounded optimistic about Madison's development as a young player in a new system.</p> <p>He missed his entire rookie season while working through mental health issues. The Packers reinstated him to the active roster on April 8.</p> <p>Recovery from reconstructive surgery will almost certainly rob Madison of the offseason workout program and possibly a good chunk of training camp next year.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Packers WIAA D3: DeForest rolls the dice late, tops Menasha 8-7 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:26:44 +0000 <div> <p>DeForest rolled the dice in head coach Mike Minick's final game at the helm.</p> <p>It payed off.</p> <p>The Norskies went for two after scoring their first touchdown of the day in the final minute of the WIAA Division 3 championship game, converting and holding on for an 8-7 win over Menasha and their first title since 2007.</p> <p>Quarterback Trey Schroeder hit Gabe Finley on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds remaining to get DeForest on the board, before floating a jump pass to Nolan Hawk for the two-point conversion.</p> <p>Schroeder completed three passes on the Norskies' go-ahead drive, hitting Logan Bierman for 28 yards and Hawk for 11 yards before finding Finley for the score.</p> <p>For a while, it appeared that Menasha's first-quarter touchdown would hold up as the game-winner.</p> <p>Davontre Smith punched in a nine-yard rushing touchdown on the game's opening drive, a lead that lasted until the final minute of the fourth quarter.</p> <p>The Bluejays' defense made plays throughout, piling up seven tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions, while recovering a pair of fumbles.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport This early Black Friday deal on 'Frozen 2' toys is just too good Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:25:08 +0000 <div> <p><img src=""></p><p>Celebrate the release of Disney's "Frozen 2" with this huge sale happening on select toys on Amazon. (Photo: Funko / Dinsey / eKids) </p> <em>- Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed's editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.</em> <p>Disney's <em>Frozen 2 </em> has finally arrived in theaters, and we know that we're not the only ones who are really excited. Right now and for today only Amazon, you can get up to 30% off some of the hottest toys of the holiday season inspired by the movie, including Funko Pop! dolls, arts and crafts kits, and more.</p> <p>This deal-which apart of Amazon's Gold Box-is only good for today, so you really shouldn't wait. I wrote about this deal in our daily roundup and several toys, like the Disney Frozen Elsa Deluxe Styling Head and the Disney Frozen 2 Talking Small Plush Anna, are already sold out, which should tell you everything about just how sought-after <em>Frozen 2 </em>toys are this year.</p> <p><strong>More: </strong>You can get a huge deal if you sign up for this Disney+ bundle </p> <p>Luckily, there are still some good deals left, and they're on mega-popular toys that you probably won't see on sale again after today, even on Black Friday. One of the biggest is the Disney 2-in-1 Battery-Powered Frozen Train with Caboose and Tracks, which usually retails for $99 but is on sale for $42 off its usual price, which is a wild deal. If you grab this train, you can also get a holiday Mickey or Minnie Mouse plush toy for just $5, which could make a great stocking stuffer. </p> <p>You can also save on other fun <em>Frozen 2 </em>toys, like this Funko Pop! Disney: Frozen 2 Elsa toy (just $8.39), these Disney Frozen 2 Kids Headphones (Save $20.39), and more. Since products are selling out so quickly, we definitely recommend shopping this sale as quickly as you can if you want to get the Anna or Elsa-loving kiddo in your life something extra-sweet for the holidays.</p> <em>The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest deals, reviews, and more.</em> <em>Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.</em> <p>Read or Share this story:</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Toys Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman to Play Himself in New Movie 'Hunting God' Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:25:03 +0000 <div> <p>Dog the Bounty Hunter will be taking on a new challenge as he tests out his acting chops in the faith-based thriller <em>Hunting God, </em>in which he will play a supporting role, reported Friday. Duane "Dog" Chapman will reportedly be playing himself in the film, which has yet to declare a release date, alongside a cast including Wesley Truman Daniel, Ann Sonneville, and Mickey O'Sullivan. </p> <p>According to IMDb, Hunting God follows the story of a recent widower who reunites with old church friends to film a hunting show in the remote woods, where a supernatural presence forces him to confront his faith.</p> <p>Director Justin Jackola told <em>Deadline</em>, "This isn't your grandfather's faith-based film. Our goal is to break the mold and hopefully inspire more fresh and innovative content. We're thrilled to have Dog on board. He brings a level of understanding and compassion to the film no one else could match."</p> <p>Dog certainly has been through the ringer lately, being open about relying on his faith as he mourns the loss of wife Beth Chapman in June to complications associated with her cancer diagnosis. In the <em>Dog's Most Wanted</em> Season 1 finale, the reality personality revealed he was struggling with suicidal thoughts after her death, telling the cameras, "I'm so glad I had her the little time that I did."</p> <p>"I'm only been alone as I showered and I had to run out of there without a towel, because I can't be alone right now. That's when I start thinking about things," he added, beginning to tear up. "And I start to take a nap, and I reached over to touch something and it was the freakin' dog."</p> <p>"I don't realize yet psychologically that she's gone and I'll never ever see her," he continued. "I don't realize that. I just hope I don't live very much longer without her, because now she made the first step, she's through the gate. She's paved the way for me."</p> <p>Soon after Beth's death, Dog was hospitalized for chest pain he was experiencing, but what doctors feared was initially a heart attack was due to stress and high blood pressure.</p> <p>"It feels much better now. And I'm going through some psychological things right now too, so that doesn't help," Dog told KDVR recently. "I think, basically, I had a broken heart. And of course, it's going to heal."</p> <em>Photo credit: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images</em><p>-----</p> <p>WAIT! Subscribe to GroupChat,'s official Reality TV podcast! Check it out by clicking here or listen below.</p> <p>Hit play to listen to GroupChat's new Episode 12! The Sexiest Man Alive John Legend has arrived! And Khloe Kardashian won a People's Choice Awards and didn't even know it? Tune in and tap subscribe for these deets and more on Sean Spicer getting the boot from 'DWTS' and some Royals Christmas Controversy!</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Actor Michael J. Pollard From 'House Of 1000 Corpses' & More Dead At 80 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:24:48 +0000 <div> <div><img src=""> </div> <section> <p>Writer, director, and musician Rob Zombie has informed the world that actor Michael J. Pollard has passed away at age 80. Rob Zombie wrote the news over on his Facebook page, where he made the unfortunate announcement:</p> <blockquote> <p>"I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died," Rob Zombie began. "I have always loved his work and his truly unique on screen presence. He was one of the first actors I knew I had to work with as soon as I got my first film off the ground. He will be missed."</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Rob Zombie sadly finished his message with a caption for a picture he posted along with it, stating: "I can't believe all three of my friends in this picture are now gone."</p> </blockquote> <div> <blockquote> <p>We have lost another member of our HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES family. I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died....</p> <p>Posted by Rob Zombie on Friday, November 22, 2019</p> </blockquote> </div> <p>It's been a truly unfortunate year for horror fans, not long before Rob Zombie's <em>3 From Hell</em> was released, actor Sid Haig had also passed away. Obviously fans would remember his performance alongside the late Michael J. Pollard in <em>House of 1000 Corpses</em>. Unfortunately that particular movie has had a massive series of losses for its cast members over the years. At least they were able to give the film their all and something extra for fans to remember them by.</p> <p>Of course, Michael J. Pollard has had a rather lengthy career which included some of his earlier films like <em>The Smugglers</em>, <em>Hannibal Brooks</em>, and <em>Dirty Little Billy</em>, and later films like <em>Heated Vengeance</em>, <em>The American Way</em>, <em>Roxanne</em>, <em>American Gothic</em>, <em>Scrooged</em>, <em>Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland</em> and <em>Tango & Cash</em>.</p> <p>It's also worth noting he was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" when he played in <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em> in 1968.</p> <p>It's sad to see another loss this year for the film community, but thankfully he left us with a great catalogue of work.</p> </section></div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment Bumble Bee Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection - CFO Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:24:23 +0000 <div> <p>Bumble Bee Foods has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing "recent and significant legal challenges." In a statement Thursday, the San Diego-based company said it had entered into an agreement with FCF Fishery, its largest creditor, to sell its assets for approximately $925 million.</p> <p>"It is our clear intent that all U.S. and Canadian operations continue uninterrupted. Employees will get paid, our customer partners can count on us to continue delivering outstanding brands and services, and vendors will be paid in the ordinary course of business," Bumble Bee said in a statement.</p> <p>The FCF bid includes $275 million in cash and $638.5 million in debt. Bumble Bee said it would file bid procedures and a sale motion promptly, and FCF would serve as a stalking horse for the sales process. It said it has sufficient liquidity to fund the business through the closing of the sale, which it anticipated within 60 to 90 days.</p> <p>"It's been a challenging time for our company but today's actions allow us to move forward with minimal disruption to our day-to-day operations," chief executive officer Jan Tharp said in a statement.</p> <p>In its bankruptcy filing, the company said it owes the Department of Justice $17 million stemming from a 2017 guilty plea when it acknowledged price-fixing and forming a cartel with Chicken of the Sea and StarKist.</p> <p>Bumble Bee's CEO at the time, Christopher Lischewski, was indicted and the company was fined $25 million for its role in that conspiracy. StarKist was fined $100 million. Bumble Bee's fine was initially $136.2 million but that figure was reduced when it was revealed the company could not pay without jeopardizing the viability of the organization.</p> <p>Lischewski is currently on trial in federal court in Northern California.</p> <p>Bumble Bee also faces civil lawsuits related to price-fixing.</p> <p>The company was bought by London-based private-equity firm Lion Capital in 2010 for $980 million.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Bankruptcy Fortnite trades rifles for rods in this weekend's Fishing Frenzy Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:24:22 +0000 <div> <img src=""><main> <p>Now here's an esport I can get behind. Fortnite Chapter 2 brought a pretty decent fishing mini-game to Epic's battle royale, and now it's time to prove who's the best at sitting patiently next to a puddle. Pack your sandwiches and put on those waders. Fishing Frenzy is kicking off a high-stakes weekend of baiting and waiting, with some real-life loot up for grabs if you snag the most fish.</p> <p>Now, isn't that much nicer than shooting each other up?</p> <p>Expect this weekend's Fortnite games to be much more relaxed. Fishing Frenzy will award a real-life, engraved Llama trophy to one persistent fisher per server region who catches the most fish over the next few days. There are prizes for flat-out netting the most fish, with extra categories for reeling in the most Small Fry, Floppers and Slurpfish. You'll also instantly snag a fancy Bottom Feeder pickaxe for hooking a Mythic Goldfish. </p> <p>That's an in-game prize. Epic won't mail you mining equipment.</p> <p>Anyone who picks up a rod during the event will also receive a participation prize, in the form of a "Play to win" sticker. Fishing Frenzy also adds the Triggerfish skin to the item store, in case you fancy being a gun-slinging goldfish for a bit. </p> <p>Of course, all those players taking time to stop and try their luck should also make for plenty of stationary targets. If you're the kinda jackass who's up for ruining some fun, I'm sure it'll feel just like shooting fish(ers) in a barrel.</p> <p>You'll need to have two-factor authentication enabled on your account to participate, while more terms and that can be perused over on the Fishing Frenzy announcement. The event kicks off today and runs 'til 1am on Monday morning UK time (8pm Sunday, ET).</p> <p>No prizes for using a harpoon gun, either. That's cheating.</p> </main></div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games Airbnb COO Johnson to Step Down Before Expected IPO, Will Join Board in 2020 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:23:19 +0000 <div> <p>Airbnb Chief Operating Officer Belinda Johnson will be leaving the company on March 1, 2020, according to a copy of an email sent to employees Friday that was viewed by CNBC. </p> <p>In the letter, the 52-year-old executive, who has been with Airbnb since 2011, said that she needs to prioritize more time to spend with her family. Johnson will not be leaving the company entirely next year, however, as she will transition into a role on the company's board as its ninth member. </p> <p>"The work was all-consuming ... to some this might sound awful, but it wasn't. The work and what we were accomplishing made me a happier person and thus, I decided, a better mom and wife," Johnson's letter said. </p> <p>Johnson was Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky's first executive hire and reportedly has served as his second-in-command for eight years. Before becoming operating chief, Johnson was the company's chief business affairs and legal officer. </p> <p>"Once Belinda transitions out of her role as COO, she will join our Board of Directors. Though we intend for her to serve on our board for a long time to come, I have told Belinda that she can return to Airbnb as an executive if she ever wishes to do so," Chesky said in a statement. </p> <p>Airbnb had been expected to debut on public markets in 2019, but the company has expressed that it is in no rush, with Chesky telling CNBC Monday that "We don't need to raise money, and so we haven't been in a rush."</p> <p>A short statement from the company released in September said that it intends to become a publicly-traded company sometime in 2020. </p> <p>This year's disappointing IPOs for tech companies may make the San Francisco based online lodging company hesitant to join the fellow unicorns who have taken the plunge this year. </p> <p>Airbnb CEO Chesky told Jim Cramer this week on Mad Money, "Most people that are really rushing to go public, the No. 1 reason they do is because they need the money. We don't need to raise money, and so we haven't been in a rush."</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Investing Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Given a $220.00 Price Target by Royal Bank of Canada Analysts Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:21:05 +0000 <div> <p>Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) received a $220.00 target price from investment analysts at Royal Bank of Canada in a report released on Friday, Borsen Zeitung reports. The firm presently has a "sell" rating on the electric vehicle producer's stock. Royal Bank of Canada's target price suggests a potential downside of 34.27% from the company's previous close.</p> <p>TSLA has been the subject of several other research reports. Argus set a $396.00 target price on Tesla and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Friday, October 25th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $325.00 price objective on Tesla and gave the company a "hold" rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 21st. Needham & Company LLC reissued an "underperform" rating on shares of Tesla in a research note on Thursday, October 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies reduced their price objective on Tesla from $386.00 to $372.00 in a research note on Friday, October 18th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Tesla from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Eighteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Tesla has an average rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $263.57.</p> <p>NASDAQ TSLA traded down $20.11 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $334.72. 976,871 shares of the company's stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 10,857,574. The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $295.43 and a 200 day simple moving average of $244.01. Tesla has a 1-year low of $176.99 and a 1-year high of $379.49. The firm has a market cap of $64.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -58.52 and a beta of 0.58. The company has a current ratio of 1.08, a quick ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.64. </p> <p>Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The electric vehicle producer reported $1.86 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.42) by $2.28. Tesla had a negative return on equity of 13.42% and a negative net margin of 3.39%. The business had revenue of $6.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $6.48 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.90 earnings per share. The firm's revenue was down 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that Tesla will post -4.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. </p> <p>In other news, CFO Zachary Kirkhorn sold 150 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $352.32, for a total value of $52,848.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 9,701 shares in the company, valued at $3,417,856.32. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Kimbal Musk sold 64,190 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $350.06, for a total value of $22,470,351.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 198,238 shares in the company, valued at approximately $69,395,194.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 77,458 shares of company stock worth $26,571,221 in the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 24.40% of the company's stock. </p> <p>A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC lifted its holdings in Tesla by 8.1% during the third quarter. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC now owns 520 shares of the electric vehicle producer's stock worth $125,000 after acquiring an additional 39 shares during the period. Joseph P. Lucia & Associates LLC raised its stake in shares of Tesla by 1.0% in the third quarter. Joseph P. Lucia & Associates LLC now owns 4,050 shares of the electric vehicle producer's stock valued at $976,000 after buying an additional 42 shares during the period. Regentatlantic Capital LLC raised its stake in shares of Tesla by 4.7% in the second quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC now owns 994 shares of the electric vehicle producer's stock valued at $222,000 after buying an additional 45 shares during the period. Clarus Wealth Advisors raised its stake in shares of Tesla by 83.3% in the second quarter. Clarus Wealth Advisors now owns 110 shares of the electric vehicle producer's stock valued at $25,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the period. Finally, BB&T Securities LLC raised its stake in shares of Tesla by 1.4% in the second quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 3,560 shares of the electric vehicle producer's stock valued at $795,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 54.41% of the company's stock. </p> <strong>About Tesla</strong> <p>Tesla, Inc designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles, and energy generation and storage systems in the United States, China, Netherlands, Norway, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Automotive, and Energy Generation and Storage. The Automotive segment offers sedans and sport utility vehicles.</p> <p>Further Reading: What is the Fibonacci sequence?<br></p> <img src=""> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Canada Michigan overdose deaths down first time in six years, but not among black people Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:21:03 +0000 <div> <p>Overdose deaths have declined in Michigan for the first time in six years.</p> <p>The Department of Health and Human Services announced the news Friday afternoon, with a 3.2 percent drop from 2017. </p> <p>"This is a step in the right direction, however, there is much work to be done, particularly when it comes to disparities and access to treatment," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS.</p> <p>The decline, albeit a slight one with only 87 fewer people in 2018, still represents a gradual shift in a state that's been rocked by an opioid epidemic that has blanketed the country. The Centers for Disease and Control report Michigan was among 23 states that saw a significant increase in drug overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017. Michigan also ranked 8th in opioid deaths in 2017.</p> <p>Of the 2,599 overdose deaths in 2018, 2,036 were opioid-related. In 2017, the opioid-related deaths were 2,053. </p> <p>MDHHS said the decline was largely due to decreases in heroin and prescription deaths, like the painkiller oxycodone. Despite this decline, the state also reported an increase in deaths connected to fentanyl - a synthetic drug considered much more potent than other painkillers.</p> <p>In mid-May this year, the Bloomberg Foundation announced plans to commit $10 million to Michigan to fight the opioid crisis, the second of 10 states that would receive money. </p> <p>Beneath the good news is a collection of dark statistics, however: overdose deaths declined for all races in Michigan, except for black residents. The number of black people in Michigan who died from an overdose increased by 14.7 percent. Overdose deaths for white people declined by 6.5 percent and 9.1 percent for all other races other than black residents. </p> <p>That state says it has several tools in place to lower the racial disparity at play, including a $1 million statewide anti-stigma campaign, offering toolkits for medical providers on safer opioid prescribing practices, and expanding syringe service programs.</p> <p>Gov. Whitmer has also announced plans in August to build an Opioid Task Force that would map out a plan across several state departments.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Michigan 'Bonnie and Clyde' Actor Michael J. Pollard Dies at 80 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:19:48 +0000 <div> <p>Oscar-nominated actor Michael J. Pollard-who starred in <em>Bonnie and Clyde</em>-has died at the age of 80, The Wrap reports. Filmmaker Rob Zombie broke the news in a Facebook post Friday morning, recalling Pollard's performance in his own film <em>House of 1000 Corpses</em>. "I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died. I have always loved his work and his truly unique on screen presence," Zombie wrote. "He was one of the first actors I knew I had to work with as soon as I got my first film off the ground. He will be missed." A representative for Pollard has not spoken publicly about the matter.</p> <p>Pollard acted on television throughout the '50s and '60s. His supporting role in<em> Bonnie and Clyde</em> was his breakout role, and the one that got him Oscar attention. In addition to starring in Zombie's 2003 cult film, he also starred in <em>The Woods</em> in 2012 and was reportedly involved in two projects that were still in production when he died.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Movies STUDY: New possible vaping injury "Popcorn Lung" Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:18:43 +0000 <div> <div> <p>by: Erica Pettway</p> <p>Posted: / Updated:</p> </div> <figure> <div><img src=""></div> <figcaption><p>FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, a woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. With one in four teenagers now using e-cigarettes, underage vaping is universally condemned, and the federal government considers it an epidemic. But some other researchers believe recent trends continue to show vaping's promise as a tool to steer millions of adult smokers away from cigarettes, the nation's leading cause of death. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)</p> </figcaption></figure><p>(WIAT & CNN) A new study suggests vaping could cause different kinds of damage to the lungs.. including the condition called, "Popcorn Lung,"</p> <p>According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal published the study, Wednesday. Researchers looked at a case involving an Ontario teenager.</p> <p>Health Officials say the teen was placed on life-support after officials say he suffered a severe vaping-related illness.</p> <p>Researchers found the teen's condition was more in line with "POPCORN LUNG."</p> <p>The lung disease got the nickname after factory workers developed it from breathing in chemicals found in buttery or caramel-like flavors.</p> <p>Doctors say the case shows proof that vaping-related illnesses can take different forms and are calling for more research.<br>Meanwhile, the number of lung injury cases tied to vaping continues to rise in the U.S.</p> <p>The centers for disease control and prevention released new numbers Thursday, bringing the number of cases to 2,290 and 47 deaths.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Injury Citi Bike delays rollout of e-bikes in NYC, tweaks fees - amNewYork Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:18:36 +0000 <div> <p>The bike share pulled its battery-powered bikes from docks after riders reported unusually forceful front-wheel braking.</p> <p>Citi Bike is delaying the re-introduction of its e-bike fleet after it had removed its bikes from service due to brake issues earlier this year.</p> <p>The Lyft-owned bike share first promised to fix and roll out the pedal-assist bikes again in the fall, but Citi Bike is now aiming to relaunch its e-bikes this "winter" along with a new payment structure, according to an update sent to riders Friday afternoon.</p> <p>"It's taken longer than anticipated to get all the necessary components for the new bikes and complete safety testing, but we're making progress," Citi Bike wrote to riders.</p> <p>The bike share pulled its popular, battery-powered bicycles from docks in New York City, San Fransisco and Washington, D.C. after riders reported unusually forceful front-wheel braking. One seasoned cyclist in the city said he broke his hip after a gentle tap on his e-bike brake locked his wheel and threw him from his bike.</p> <p>"As you know, earlier this year we removed ebikes after some riders experienced stronger-than-expected braking force on the front wheel," Citi Bike continued in its update. "Several months after that, we also experienced challenges with batteries on our ebikes in the Bay Area. Those issues led us to work with a new battery supplier while we simultaneously redesigned the bike's brake setup."</p> <p>When the bikes finally do return though, they'll come without a $2 charge per ride. Citi Bike will be eliminating the flat fee altogether, instead charging an additional 10 cents per minute for annual members and 15 cents per minute for non-members. Members will have their e-bike fees capped at $2 for any trip that starts or ends at a dock outside of Manhattan. The two-minute wait period between rides will also be eliminated to allow users to more quickly swap between a pedal bike and an e-bike.</p> <p>Extra time fees will also be adjusted as well, beginning Jan. 15, to more accurately charge riders for time spent with their bikes, according to Citi Bike. Members will pay $0.15 per minute after the included 45 minutes-a change from the current $2.50 charge every 15 minutes. Riders with a single ride pass will pay $0.15 per minute after the included 30 minutes.</p> <p>The update came shortly after Lyft announced it would redeploy its e-bikes in San Fransisco this December. A spokesman for Citi Bike said the Bay Area's bike models-a hybrid fleet of deckles and docked rides-differed from New York's, allowing Lyft to give a more definitive timeline for their return.</p> <p>Citi Bike first introduced its e-bikes in New York City in August 2018, with plans to eventually grow to a fleet of 4,000. The bike share had roughly 1,000 e-bikes in circulation when they were pulled.</p> <p>Lyft still plans for a goal of 4,000 bikes in the city's system, but the timeline for that is not yet clear, according to the spokesman.</p> <p>"We expect to initially launch several hundred ebikes this winter and will gradually ramp up to a larger fleet," Citi Bike said.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport BREAKING: Citi Bike E-Bikes Will Return this Winter - With Per-Minute Fees Instead of Flat Rate Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:18:36 +0000 <div> <p>It will be the winter of Citi Bike members' content.</p> <p>Several hundred pedal assist e-bikes, which vanished from the streets in April amid safety concerns, will return at some point this winter, the first phase of an expansion that will eventually comprise 4,000 of the popular and game-changing electric bicycles, Citi Bike said Friday, updating a previous promise that the bikes would return this fall.</p> <p>The return of the e-bikes will come with a new pricing plan that eliminates an earlier notion of charging members and non-members a flat add-on fee of $2 per e-ride. Now the company says it will price the turbo-charged rides at 10 cents per minute for members, 15 cents for non-members and 5 cents for Reduced Fare Bike Share members. The per-minute fees are capped at $2 - the cost of a 20-minute ride - if the ride begins or ends outside of Manhattan.</p> <p>"We heard your feedback. Members told us they did not want to pay a flat charge every time they chose an e-bike," the company said in a statement. "These changes will eliminate a point of frustration and save riders money by only charging them for the time they use."</p> <p>Pricing will be a key element of the success of the electric Citi Bikes, which enable far longer rides from far-flung neighborhoods, holding out the promise of reducing tens of thousands of car trips, a stated goal of Mayor de Blasio, who nonetheless does not put city money into this crucial part of the public transit network.</p> <p>Citi Bike officials said that the outer-borough fee cap is meant to encourage people to take an e-Citi Bike across a major bridge, a challenge on a "classic" Citi Bike.</p> <p>"E-bikes are great for crossing steep bridges, and we want to help riders farther from Manhattan commute across the East River conveniently and affordably," the company said.</p> <p>At the same time, Citi Bike will no longer lock out users for two minutes after they check in a bike, so e-bike riders will be able to swap out the metered bike for one <em>without</em> a minute-by-minute fee if they no longer think they need the boost.</p> <p>The pricing fee is similar to the way e-scooters and dockless bike share works in other cities - with per-minute fees after an initial unlock charge, typically $1 or $2. But Citi Bike said its members, who pay $169 per year for unlimited, 45-minute rides, did not want a high unlock fee for e-bike rides, most likely because the vast majority of e-bike rides were less than 20 minutes during their initial deployment (though at that time, the e-bikes were free to members, so it's likely that the new fee will discourage short trips).</p> <p>Friday's announcement will immediately affect Citi Bike users within the existing footprint of Manhattan below 130th Street, the thin western edge of Queens, and Brooklyn from Park Slope to Greenpoint, with a newly added zone pushing deep into Bushwick to the Queens border.</p> <p>The remainder of Manhattan, a slice of the East Bronx and more of Queens will get Citi Bike by 2023, the company has previously announced. Hunts Point, Elmhurst, Bay Ridge and other neighborhoods that would benefit from a massive e-bike fleet will not be getting Citi Bike any time soon.</p> <p>Jon Orcutt of Bike New York thinks the return of e-bikes, and the pricing structure, are wins.</p> <p>"We think removing the flat charge will be well received by riders," he said. "More important, making a big pedal-assist fleet available on city streets is likely to propel Citi Bike usage beyond even this year's massive ridership."</p> <p>Friday's "winter is coming" announcement by Citi Bike overwrites the earlier, and oft-repeated, promise that the bikes would return in the fall - a promise made to Streetsblog as recently as Nov. 12. The Lyft-owned company consistently declined to provide a more specific date even as fall approached its annual resignation to winter on Dec. 21.</p> <p>On Friday, company officials who briefed Streetsblog would not be more specific about the return date beyond "this winter." Winter runs from Dec. 21 through March 21.</p> <p>This whole saga began in April, when the entire 1,000-bike electrified fleet was hastily pulled off the streets after reports that some riders had experienced "stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel."</p> <p>Citi Bike had been expected to deploy 4,000 of the speedsters by that June, but nowhere near that number made it to the streets before the repair crisis, which affected similar bikes in Lyft-own systems in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Bikes in San Francisco also had battery problems that required the company to test multiple new designs and find an entirely new supplier.</p> <p>Company officials said that process, including the fabrication of thousands and thousands of new batteries themselves, took longer than expected, though San Francisco's e-bikes will return in mid-December - at least a week, but more likely months, before New York's. For now, cyclists in D.C. are out of luck.</p> <p>"We're working hard to bring e-bikes back to the Capital Bikeshare fleet as soon as possible," a company spokesperson said.</p> <p>Despite the loss of e-bikes, Citi Bike has actually been experiencing a robust period, with daily ridership frequently exceeding 80,000 trips per day and total miles traveled every day on the rise, too. There are more than 150,000 annual members. September was the most popular month ever for Citi Bike, with nearly 2.5 million rides, the company said.</p> <p>One dark cloud on the horizon: Citi Bike officials will have to deal with the ramifications of pending e-bike and e-scooter legislation that passed in Albany earlier this year that bans pedal assist e-bikes on the Hudson River Greenway, the most popular bike lane in the country. The bill remains unsigned by Gov. Cuomo, and its fate is unknown.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business Citi Bike to bring e-bikes back to NYC in winter, months later than promised Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:18:36 +0000 <div> <p> <section> <div> <div> <p>Easy-riding electric Citi Bikes won't return to New York until the winter, nearly a year after hundreds were pulled from service because they were too dangerous to ride.</p> </div> <div> <p>The bike-sharing network's parent company Lyft on Friday announced that "several hundred" pedal-assist e-bikes will be added to the Citi Bike fleet sometime "this winter."</p> </div> <div> <p>The new e-bikes may see further hold-ups if Citi Bike's operating company Motivate can't agree on a new contract with Transport Worker Union Local 100, which represents the network's employees.</p> </div> <div> <p>Workers griped that the old e-bikes were more than 50 pounds, the most weight they're allowed to carry under their current contract that ends in February.</p> </div> <div> <p>Union sources said that the new contract must include special work rules around e-bikes in order for Lyft's roll out to move forward.</p> </div> <div> <p>Lyft is also changing the way it prices the e-bikes. The last batch included a $2 surcharge on top of the standard bike rental fee. The new roll out will instead include a per-minute surcharge.</p> </div> <div> <p>"We've landed on new pricing: a $0.10 per minute charge for annual Citi Bike members, and a $0.15 per minute charge for non-members when choosing an ebike," the Lyft wrote in an email to its paid members.</p> </div> <div> <p>That means that people who do not pay Citi Bike's $169 annual membership fee will end up paying more for e-bikes under the new pricing model if they ride for more than 13 minutes.</p> </div> <div> <p>The e-bike fee for Citi Bike members will be capped at $2 so long as their rides start or end outside of Manhattan - a provision not offered to non-members who pay $2.75 per ride.</p> </div> <div> <p>Lyft has experimented with new designs for its e-bikes, and the company said in an email that an issue with their battery supplier delayed the roll out.</p> </div> <div> <p>The company also said it fixed its e-bike braking issue. The brakes on the old e-bikes were build by Shimano, but a representative from the company said in April that Citi Bike misused their products in building its electric models.</p> </div> <div> <p>Shimano specifications require power modulators on ebike brakes to help control braking. The old electric bikes did not have them.</p> </div> </div> <div> <p> <img src=""> </p> </div> </section> </p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business Friday Panthers Injury Report: Cockrell Questionable Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:17:05 +0000 <div> <p>The Panthers will head to New Orleans with one of their cleanest injury reports in weeks as they have no one out this week and cornerback Ross Cockrell, as well as rookie tackles Dennis Daley and Greg Little, are all designated as questionable - Cockrell missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and participated in a limited fashion on Friday.</p> <p>"It's very steady," Ron Rivera said about Cockrell's progression this week after the corner missed Week 11's loss to the Falcons. "Everyday was a step in the right direction in terms of being able to get back on the football field. We're keeping our fingers crossed that tomorrow he has a good day and then Sunday, pre-game, we can see what happens from there."</p> <p>With Greg Little drawing the start, the team is hopeful that Dennis Daley - who missed last week's game with a groin injury - is available to serve as a backup. While Little is listed with a questionable tag after having knee soreness this week, Rivera said he's not worried about the rookie making his second consecutive start.</p> <p>"I'm not as concerned [with] Greg," said Rivera. "With Greg, we had to follow the protocol in terms of [having] a little tendinitis, so we've got to put it on the list. But we want to make sure Dennis continues to progress."</p> <p>Both Daley and Little participated fully in practice on Friday Check the full (albeit short) injury report:</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Panthers Fulham v QPR Live Stream, Where Can I Watch? KO 19:45 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:17:05 +0000 <div> <img src=""><strong>Friday night football is back as Fulham take on QPR from Craven Cottage - here's how you can watch the game from 19:45 tonight.</strong> <h2>How Can I Watch Fulham v QPR Live Streaming</h2> <h2>What Channel is the Fulham QPR Match on?</h2> <p> </p><ul>The match can be watched with Bet365 online or is available to watch with Sky Sports. The action kicks off at 19:45 at Craven Cottage.</ul> <h2>Where is the Fulham v QPR Game being played?</h2> <p> </p><ul>The match is being played at the Craven Cottage, Fulham, West London, England</ul> <h2>Is Fulham v QPR on Sky?</h2> <p>The match is being shown live on Sky Sports Football live from 19:45.</p> <p>That's it.</p> <p>No more international football until March 2020, which means no more breaks or interruptions, just none stop domestic football for four months starting with a London Derby in the Championship on Friday night as Fulham host QPR.</p> <p>Two points adrift of the playoffs the pressure is slowly rising on Scott Parker.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Cottagers have won just four of their last eleven league games, which simply isn't good enough for a team of their quality.</p> </blockquote> <p>That said, they've only lost twice in the same period, picking up five draws along the way. So while they're not actually losing that many games, they're not winning enough either.</p> <p>As for QPR they're one of the surprise packages of the season so far. Mark Warburton has the Hoops scoring for fun netting 26 goals in their opening 16 games, only Leeds and West Brom have scored more, and they currently sit just four points off the playoffs.</p> <p>After a run of four games without a win, including defeats against league leaders Leeds and Brentford, the international break came at exactly the right time for QPR, who's last win came on the road at Hull.</p> <p>Despite having the league's top goal scorer amongst their ranks in Aleksandar Mitrovic, who'll actually miss Friday's game, Fulham have struggled for goals in recent games during blanks in three of their last five outings.</p> <p>QPR are 5/1 to keep a clean sheet, which isn't likely considering their recent defensive struggles. The R's have conceded two or more goals in each of their last six games, Fulham are 4/6 to score twice or more.</p> <p>QPR's Nahki Wells has 8 goals to his name already, and he's 6/1 to open the scoring on the road.</p> <p>The last five head to heads at Craven Cottage have produced over 2.5 goals and it's 8/13 to cop again.</p> <p>Both sides took a share of the points following a two all draw the last time these two met at Craven Cottage and it's 12/1 for a repeat scoreline Friday night.</p> <p>Fulham head into the game as 20/23 favourites, the draw is 11/4 and QPR are 10/3 to get back to winning ways.</p> <strong>Live Stream Terms & Conditions</strong> <p> </p><ul> <li>To use the Live Streaming service you will need to be logged in and have a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours.</li> <li>Any fixture/event on our website which has the Play or Video icon next to it is scheduled to be shown via Live Streaming.</li> <li>Watch and bet geo restrictions apply - funded account required & bet must have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify to access streams. 18+ Begambleaware</li> </ul> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports Study reveals how adults exposed to alcohol go on to develop compulsive drinking behaviors Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:14:44 +0000 <div> <p>Occasional binge drinking isn't uncommon, but about 30 percent of all adults exposed to alcohol go on to engage in compulsive drinking behaviors despite negative effects and consequences - a major feature of alcohol use disorder.</p> <p>For years, researchers have sought answers as to why alcohol produces such radically different outcomes for drinkers - how is it that some individuals can drink for their entire adult life without developing compulsive habits, while others transition quickly to problem drinking?</p> <p>Now, a new study from neuroscientists at Vanderbilt and The Salk Institute is providing initial answers to those long-standing scientific questions and a new method for researching what causes this transition from moderate to compulsive alcohol consumption.</p> <p>The paper appears this week in <em>Science</em>.</p> <blockquote> <p>In our lab, we're focused on the neuroscience of addiction and understanding how neural activity patterns give rise to compulsive drug and alcohol use. In this study, we initially sought to understand how the brain is altered by binge drinking to drive compulsive alcohol consumption. In the process, we stumbled across a surprising finding where we were actually able to predict which subjects would become compulsive based on neural activity during the very first time they drank."</p> <p>Cody Siciliano, assistant professor of pharmacology and author on the study</p> </blockquote> <p>Using a behavioral model in mice, the team presents findings showing that even when subjects are given the same opportunity to drink, they split into distinct categories based on characteristics: light, heavy and compulsive binge drinkers (that is, those that continued to drink despite it resulting in a negative outcome).</p> <p>The team began by recreating a drinking scenario (called a "binge-induced compulsion task") to assess how predisposition interacts with experience to produce compulsive drinking. They tracked compulsive alcohol drinking during these first drinking experiences, and again at later timepoints.</p> <p>Using cellular-resolution calcium imaging and miniature microscopes, the researchers tracked the luminescence of the activity in neurons during the very first time the subjects drank alcohol. The brighter and more active the neurons became, the less likely the subject would be to go on to develop compulsive drinking behaviors. In contrast, the neurons in drinkers predisposed for compulsive behavior quieted and decreased activity during drinking events.</p> <p>Interestingly, the differences in neural activity were observed during the very first drinking experience, well before compulsive behaviors emerged, allowing researchers to predict ahead of time which subjects would go on to display problem drinking behaviors.</p> <p>As a result, the findings helped construct a novel behavioral model, and the team identified the specific cortical-brainstem circuit that serves as both a biomarker and a cellular platform for the eventual development of compulsive drinking behavior.</p> <p>According to Siciliano, the biomarker and platform findings not only have implications on the future of alcohol addiction studies - but on other substance abuse studies, as well.</p> <p>"We developed this model to study the path to alcohol use disorder, but we plan to apply a similar framework to advance our understanding of compulsive use of other substances."</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Research Tesla Cybertruck hauls relief for GM and Ford Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:13:59 +0000 <div> <p>Tesla's futuristic pick-up truck has given investors reassurance the electric carmaker won't encroach on Detroit's territory.</p> <p>A day after Elon Musk unveiled its Cybertruck, analysts said the highly-anticipated vehicle is unlikely to appeal to more than a niche group of buyers. General Motors and Ford, whose trucks generate a large portion of their profits, will maintain their hold over the US truck market.</p> <p>CFRA's Garrett Nelson said the Cybertruck "was a huge missed opportunity in our view, as despite very competitive pricing . . . and specs . . . its DeLorean/militaristic appearance was met with harsh criticism".</p> <p>"Furthermore, management's claims of bulletproof glass were shattered, literally, when a metal ball thrown at them shattered two windows," he added.</p> <p>Investors punched a hole in Tesla's stock on Friday, sending shares more than 5 per cent lower.</p> <p>Shares in GM and Ford were up more than 2 per cent, with Wall Street envisioning little threat to their sales.</p> <p>Daniel Ives, analyst at Wedbush, noted that "gaining market share with stalwarts such as Ford and GM entrenched in this landscape will be a difficult task for Fremont", referring to the location of Tesla's California factory.</p> <p>The US truck market is both massive and lucrative. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler - the three largest sellers - delivered a combined 1.7m full-size trucks in the first nine months of 2019. Ford and GM sold another 180,000 smaller, midsize trucks. Ford F-series, Fiat Chrysler's Ram and GM's Chevrolet Silverado ranked first, second and third, respectively, among the best-selling vehicles in the US during the same period.</p> <p>Morgan Stanley estimated last year that F-series trucks account for 90 per cent of Ford's global profits.</p> <p>Mr Ives acknowledged the <em>Blade Runner</em>-inspired design "will be a hit" with Tesla owners globally and extolled the cheaper than expected price starting at $39,900 - below the $69,000 price tag for the R1T from Rivian, the upstart electric vehicle company backed by Ford and Amazon.</p> <p>But attracting demand from existing truck owners will be a challenge given the outside-the-box look, Mr Ives said.</p> <p>Ford and Chevrolet are expected to launch battery-powered pick-ups in 2021, around the same time the Cybertruck is due to hit the market.</p> <p>"Investors will question if this is a mass market pick-up going after Ford and GM with ~3 million pick-up trucks sold annually in the US, or a more niche 'wow factor' model that will be more limited in demand/production scale and scope," Mr Wedbush wrote to clients.</p> </div> <img src='' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business