National Geographic and Double Oscar® Nominee Cynthia Erivo Reveal Highly Anticipated Premiere Date and…

first_img Facebook National Geographic and Double Oscar® Nominee Cynthia Erivo Reveal Highly Anticipated Premiere Date and New Trailer for the Emmy® Award-Winning Anthology Series, GENIUS: ARETHA Pinterest Facebook TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Twitter “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, played by Cynthia Erivo, performing on stage in National Geographic’s GENIUS: ARETHA. Previous articleNational Geographic Announces Spring 2021 Content Rollout at the Television Critics Association Winter Press TourNext articleRoboSense Releases the Latest Version of its Sensor Evaluation System for Autonomous Driving Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

AUDIO – Labour’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ – Newstalk ZB

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Whicker: Cleveland was his NBA home, but Akron is where LeBron’s legacy is

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe first time James left was in 2010. Jersey-burnings were the symbols of Cleveland’s outrage, based on a sense of betrayal.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But Akron was not angry. Maybe it was a little disappointed by the ponderous exit strategy, by “The Decision” show on ESPN that led to the move to Miami that most people felt was predestined in James’ mind. That disappointment passed.“LeBron left the team that plays in Cleveland,” said Robert Brownfield, the principal at St. Vincent-St. Mary, where James studied and played. “He never left us.”RUBBER MEETS ROADAkron tells a familiar, Great Lakes story.It thrived on the backs of its laborers, on the locals and the migrants from West Virginia and Kentucky, and the immigrants from Hungary and what was known as Yugoslavia. It leaned on the family-run tire companies: B.F. Goodrich, Firestone, Goodyear, General Tire. With union protection, you could punch the same clock in the same company all your working life. From 1910 to 1920 Akron’s population grew from 69,000 to 210,000 and eventually reached 290,000. It was down to 172,000 in 2010. Every major tire company but Goodyear had shut down by the early 1990s, and 47,000 rubber-related jobs have disappeared since World War II.Akron native Chrissie Hynde wailed on the radio: “I went back to Ohio/But my city was gone/There was no train station/There was no downtown.”Akron has tried a reset. It has concentrated on hospitals, higher education and polymer research, and has whittled its unemployment rate to 4 percent. There is noticeable money in a new downtown, with a good-looking minor league ballpark (the Rubber Ducks), coffee shops and restaurants like the “Akron-nym.”Meanwhile, fifteen public schools in Akron now carry Naloxone in stock, for those who suffer overdoses.Some places feel like home and some don’t. Some are distinctive, some aren’t. Akron is the home of Gus Johnson, the NBA’s first true power forward, who had a gold star set into one of his front teeth. It produced Hynde and Devo and the Black Keys and Jim Jarmusch, who directed movies not meant for the masses.Patrick Carney of the Black Keys was asked about his vision and said, “I want people to like our music, but I don’t want to make music we know they’re gonna like just to make music we know they’re gonna like.”He also said how disgusting it was to go to Berlin and see a Subway.Then there is Derby Downs on the south side of town, home of the All-American Soap Box Derby, a piece of Americana that used to be a feature of “Wide World of Sports.” Some kids actually put down their earphones and build vehicles, it seems. The Derby stubbornly lives on, in Akron.There are the rows of houses with impressive gables, some occupied, some not. There is the sign that towers above downtown; “Nothing Is Given. Everything Is Earned. You Work For What You Have.”There is the signboard outside a clinic that lists the number of opioid deaths in Summit County for the year. On a mid-August afternoon, it said “583.”Directly across the street is a stately building that once housed a bank. Today it is the I Promise School, founded by LeBron James.CHANCES HE DIDN’T HAVEToday’s basketball gods are polarizing in a way Oscar Robertson and Jerry West never were. Those who find fault with James might consider the 0-and-2 count that his life dealt him.His fatherless childhood was a cycle of different homes, different bedrooms, different logistical problems every day. He missed 83 days of school one year. He couldn’t unpack, not until he moved in with Frank Walker, a youth coach who with his wife Pam put LeBron on a controlled schedule.Then James landed on a Slam magazine cover as a high school sophomore and a Sports Illustrated cover as a junior at St. Vincent-St. Mary. He was the most famous high school athlete in America and one of the most famous basketball players, as an 18-year-old.First, there was no way up. Then there was nowhere to go but down. Somehow James found his own ways to establish his own footing. He’s from Akron.The kids at I Promise are given computers, but also bicycles, because James was helpless for transportation so often. If there is a problem with truancy, the school rings the house and James’ recorded message cajoles the kid back to school.“We all think this will change the way we educate,” said Susan Kushner Benson, an associate professor at the University of Akron.One of James’ promises is to pay the freight at Akron for any I Promise student who graduates from high school. Third and fourth graders began this year, and by 2022 the school will be fully stocked, one through eight.Students who are lagging behind are targeted for I Promise. The school day is eight hours. There are 20 students per class, and there are no traditional rows of desks. Teachers and counselors go classroom to classroom.“There’s an openness that you rarely see,” Benson said. “Kids have challenges, sitting for eight hours. The staff had a challenge with one student and finally told him, ‘You’re not leaving. We don’t do suspensions here.’”Related Articles 9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines But I Promise educates parents, too. There is a food bank at the school, there is a connection to a GED program, and the staff was “blown away,” Benson said, when a parent from every family attended the first open house.This is a partnership between the Foundation and the Akron Public Schools. It is not a charter school. The University of Akron is also public, and there will be a resource center on campus for the I Promise kids.“College can be intimidating for anyone,” Benson said. “Now imagine if you’ve never had anyone in your family go to college before.“Kids can go through this program and say, ‘I see myself as a college student. What do I need to do to get there?’ This is why nobody here doubts Lebron’s genuineness. He’s never seen himself as anything but an Akron kid.”And when you look at the Foundation sponsors, Swenson’s is right on the list. Life is not a drive-thru, not in Akron. MORNING WRAP: Debut of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” reveals who tested positive for coronavirus center_img AKRON, Ohio — When he comes back to Akron, he comes back to Swenson’s.Sometimes, he makes it his first stop. For 84 years they’ve been selling burgers, now in 10 locations from Cleveland to Columbus. But, like LeBron James himself, Swenson’s started here.You park outside and wait for one of the hard-sprinting kids to come to your window with a menu and a tray. James and his guys have been known to pull up in an SUV or a Hummer, and when the window rolls down and that unmistakable face smiles, the running waiter is very impressed. He is even more impressed when James drops a $100 tip.There was much written about James’ “homecoming” in 2014. He was coming to Cleveland, which is about 40 miles north. It was the home of the NBA team with which Akron identified, but it was not home. Now James has left Cleveland twice. He returns Wednesday night with the Lakers. MORNING WRAP: What does USC and UCLA Football do next? Clippers clinch No. 2 seed Little fires everywhere, and big ones, too The case of the journo who uncovered a South Pas pol’s apparent aliases last_img read more

US Reinstates Federal Death Penalty, 5 Executions Immediately Ordered

first_imgThe Justice Department announced Thursday that it will reinstate the death penalty after nearly two decades.Attorney General Bill Barr immediately ordered the death penalty related to five death-row inmates convicted of murder, and in some cases raping children and the elderly.“The federal inmates whose executions have been scheduled are Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group convicted of killing a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl; Lezmond Mitchell, convicted of stabbing to death a 63-year-old woman; Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl; Alfred Bourgeois, convicted of sexually molesting and beating to death his 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter; and Dustin Lee Honken, convicted of shooting five people to death,” NBC news reports.The executions are set to take place in December 2019 and January 2020.Barr said in a statement the Justice Department owes it to the victims and their families to “carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”According to reports, there are currently 62 inmates on federal death row including convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.The last federal execution occurred in 2003.last_img read more

“Egregious” Behavior Gets Two Miami Police Officers Fired

first_imgA police chief in Miami-Dade County said she recently released two of her officers from the department for “egregious” behavior.Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt explained Wednesday that the two men, identified as Jaiver Castano and Jordy Yanes Matel, are under a criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. One of the officers is accused of physically attacking a suspect’s acquaintance. Meanwhile, the other officer is accused of trying to cover up that act by not downloading his bodycam footage, which is officers are required to download after every shift.Records show the Miami Gardens Police Department hired Castano in August 2018 and Yanes Matel in October of that year.According to the victim in the case, the beating happened on March 21 at the RaceTrac gas station located at 19100 NW 2nd Ave., in Miami Gardens. “I terminated the officers because the behavior was egregious and will not be tolerated at the department,” Noel-Pratt added in a statement.center_img The firings took place due to a beating that was caught on several videos.last_img read more

Ex-NBA player David Vaughn’s fall after NBA riches

first_imgPUTTING LIFE BACK TOGETHER—David Vaughn, 36, a former NBA power forward, stands outside his apartment in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 29. His story, he says, is one of a young man with sudden riches, manic spending habits and little advice from those who should have given him direction. It’s also one of a man whose friends are coming to his aid this weekend.Drafted by the Magic in 1995 as the 25th pick out of Memphis, he bought a Yukon, a Corvette, a Mercedes Benz, a Range Rover, a Lexus and another Yukon.The Corvette, especially, was ridiculed by his teammates.“They said, “Hey rook(ie), get rid of it, it’s too small,” Vaughn recalled in an interview, calling toll-free from Orlando.“I should’ve just bought a Buick.”He purchased a $250,000 house in Orlando, which he had two loans on; paid a note on his grandfather’s house near Nashville; bought a $212,000 home in Nashville; and invested in a construction deal that went sour.“The money just exhausted itself,” Vaughn said.His financial advisers, he said, “never stepped in and never made anything last a lifetime; I was left to make my own decisions.”These days, there’s a mandatory NBA rookie transition program designed to head off such problems.His NBA pension, he said, won’t kick in until he’s 48. He also played for the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls, averaging just under 10 minutes and 2.9 points a game.“I wouldn’t trade my NBA experience for anything in the world,” Vaughn said.After his release from the NBA in 1999, he played briefly in Europe, then ended up back in Orlando with little money and working a series of blue-collar jobs: a FedEx package handler, and warehouse work at a supermarket and then a furniture store.Before long, his marriage deteriorated and last year he was living out of his 2000 Impala on the streets of Orlando. He took showers at the Salvation Army where he got free meals. He’d go to a fitness center to get a shower and do stretching exercises so he wouldn’t feel so cramped in his car.“It was a very lonely situation,” he recalled.Vaughn recently reconciled with his wife and rejoined her and their two sons, aged 11 and 8.“Basically I knelt down and said a long prayer,” he recalled. “Later I read all of the New Testament, and it gave me strength.”Said wife Brandie: “Even though we may not have material things, we have the love of God which is more priceless than that.” But he’s still “looking for work,” just like millions of Americans. He was laid off over the summer by a furniture store that employed him as a warehouse worker and delivery man.Friends and family in Nashville, where he grew up, will have a fund-raiser for Vaughn on Saturday.“He’s made mistakes that we all do as human beings,” said Earl Jordan, a community activist who arranged the event after being touched by Vaughn’s plight. Jordan is president of Partners in the Struggle, a nonprofit that advocates against gun violence and helps families of murder victims.Vaughn’s life has revived memories of another Nashville pro athlete, Joe Gilliam Jr., who won two Super Bowl rings as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers but ended up drug addicted and living in a cardboard box under a bridge for two years. He died in 2000.Vaughn, grateful for the help, blames most of his woes on himself.“I bought houses that were too big and too many luxurious cars,” he said. “I wish I’d have lived more simply because I’d be better off. I lived like there was no tomorrow.“I appreciate people stepping forward. It’ll help me put some of my life back together.” by Joe EdwardsNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—David Vaughn knows the adulation of NBA crowds. He also knows the humbling task of maneuvering his 6-9 frame into his Chevy Impala to sleep.Less than a decade after the end of a four-season NBA career, the former power forward spent six months on the streets of Orlando, Fla., having run through the $2.2 million he earned in the league. These days, the 36-year-old Vaughn is looking for a job in Orlando, where he spent two seasons playing for the Magic.last_img read more

Portrait of Eternity—The life and journey of Bill Nunn Jr.

first_imgART ROONEY II at Bill Nunn Jr.’s gravesite. (Photo by Thomas Sabol)It was a just another day (at least it was for me) on the morning of May 7.  I had just concluded prerecording a new radio show that I began hosting, just three weeks prior to Mr. Bill Nunn Jr. making his final departure to join his ancestors.I peeped into the office of Alan Lincoln the former president of the Radio Division of the Sheridan Broadcasting Network one of the pioneers of Black American radio broadcasting and syndication. He now heads the Riverside Sales Group which has formed a partnership with 1550 WZUM in Pittsburgh, the classic oldies station.  Alan is also the executive producer of the aforementioned program that I host, “Knights over Egypt.”Anyway, I was about to yell out my usual “see you next week,” but before I could get it out Alan said, “I know you could not have known but Bill Nunn passed away last evening.”  At that point my next destination became a blur and seemed a trillion miles away.  I cannot for the life of me recall my response but it had to be incomprehensible.  The next action that I was truly cognizant of was getting on the elevator in my office building and pushing the button to take me to the 18th floor.  My schedule was so hectic on the date that Mr. Nunn passed away, I could not have possibly been privy to the information because I left home too early that morning to get the news and I was far too exhausted to even turn on the television when I arrived back late that night.last_img read more