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The Obamas are leaving Spotify for a new multiplatform podcast deal

Barack and Michelle Obama won’t be signing a new podcast deal with Spotify, Bloomberg reports, marking a major departure for the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Productions. “The company is instead talking to other distributors about a deal worth tens of millions of dollars, among the most-lucrative in the podcasting business,” according to the report.

Amazon’s Audible and iHeartMedia are among the “several” companies Higher Ground is in negotiations with for a new deal. Higher Ground had talked to Spotify as well, but it “declined to make an offer,” Bloomberg says. Higher Ground apparently wants to be able to make multiple shows and release them on platforms simultaneously, which would go against Spotify’s typical exclusives-based strategy.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/20/2303 ... tions-deal
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A waste of money a waste of time big time fail.

CNN+ will shut down at the end of April

New York (CNN Business) CNN+, the streaming service that was hyped as one of the most significant developments in the history of CNN, will shut down on April 30, just one month after it launched.

CNN+ customers "will receive prorated refunds of subscription fees," the company said.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/21/media/cn ... index.html
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Texas junior college pitcher tackles hitter during home run trot, prompting brawl: Video

WEATHERFORD, Texas -- Tackles are usually in football, but you wouldn't be able to tell that judging by what happened on the baseball field in Weatherford, Texas, on Wednesday after a pitcher charged at and took down a hitter during a college game.

Now the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference has announced that it suspended both players and many more from both teams due to the resulting brawl. The batter also was suspended for two games because he was ejected for taunting.

https://abc7.com/texas-baseball-tackle- ... /11777659/
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Gap issues another dire warning as Old Navy CEO exits

Gap (GPS) is like one of its $39.99 logo hoodies worn for a sweaty run on a Peloton treadmill in that they are both stinking up the joint.

The long struggling apparel retailer, which is coming off two disastrous quarters and a nearly 65% stock drop over the last year, served up its next falling knife for investors late Thursday.

https://www.aol.com/finance/gap-issues- ... 33321.html
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Twitter bans ads that contradict science on climate change

BERLIN (AP) — Twitter says it will no longer allow advertisers on its site who deny the scientific consensus on climate change, echoing a policy already in place at Google.

“Ads shouldn’t detract from important conversations about the climate crisis,” the company said in a statement outlining its new policy Friday.

https://apnews.com/article/climate-tech ... fff101ad4a
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Man dies after setting himself on fire at Supreme Court plaza

(CNN) A man who set himself on fire Friday on the plaza in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, has died, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The man was identified as Wynn Bruce of Boulder, Colorado, an MPD spokesperson said Saturday.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/23/politics ... index.html
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RIP Twitter.

Twitter to accept Elon Musk’s $45 billion bid to buy company

Twitter is reportedly prepared to accept Elon Musk’s offer to buy the company for $54.20 per share.

The deal could be reached today if negotiations go smoothly, Bloomberg has reported.

https://www.independent.co.uk/tech/twit ... 1650888159
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Erdogan should be next to sanction & face war crimes

Turkish court jails philanthropist Osman Kavala for life in widely condemned trial

ISTANBUL — Turkish civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala was jailed for life without parole on Monday in a long-running case that sparked a diplomatic crisis and highlighted fears for the rule of law.

The 64-year-old, who has been held in prison for 4½ years, was found guilty of attempting to overthrow the government in connection with mass protests that broke out in 2013.

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The mass exodus of Twitter has begun

Shaun King ‘deletes Twitter’ after calling Musk takeover ‘white power’

Civil rights activist Shaun King appears to have deleted his Twitter account hours after he said the social media giant’s takeover by billionaire Elon Musk was about “white power”.

The activist, who shot to fame during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, did not share a statement confirming his exit from Twitter.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 65746.html
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ap215 wrote: Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:45 am The mass exodus of Twitter has begun

Shaun King ‘deletes Twitter’ after calling Musk takeover ‘white power’

Civil rights activist Shaun King appears to have deleted his Twitter account hours after he said the social media giant’s takeover by billionaire Elon Musk was about “white power”.

The activist, who shot to fame during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, did not share a statement confirming his exit from Twitter.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 65746.html
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Charlotte Hornets fire James Borrego after four seasons as head coach

Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego has been fired, the team announced Friday. This comes after the Hornets were blown out in each of their two play-in games this postseason.

"I want to thank JB for his hard work and commitment during these past four seasons," Hornets team president and GM Mitch Kupchak said. "Beyond his work as a coach, he is a tremendous person. I wish him and his family the best in the future. These decisions are always difficult. Having said that, we have a talented, young core of players which has me very excited about the future of the Hornets. We will begin the search for our new head coach immediately."

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/char ... ead-coach/
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N.Y.'s top court tosses congressional map over Democratic gerrymandering

New York’s top court invalidated the state’s congressional map Wednesday, ruling that Democrats' redistricting process and resulting maps violated the state constitution.

The 4-3 decision is a blow to Democrats who would most likely have won three additional seats in the U.S. House based on the political boundary lines, and it is likely to help Republicans secure a modest lead in national redistricting.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/new-yo ... -rcna26138
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James Corden Leaving ‘The Late Late Show’ In 2023

EXCLUSIVE: James Corden is preparing to say his goodbyes to The Late Late Show.

The Brit has extended his contract for the CBS late-night series for one year and will depart ahead of summer 2023.

https://deadline.com/2022/04/james-cord ... 235011646/
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ap215 wrote: Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:31 pm James Corden Leaving ‘The Late Late Show’ In 2023

EXCLUSIVE: James Corden is preparing to say his goodbyes to The Late Late Show.

The Brit has extended his contract for the CBS late-night series for one year and will depart ahead of summer 2023.

https://deadline.com/2022/04/james-cord ... 235011646/
Interesting, looks like CBS wanted to keep him.

A few celebs have said that he isnt the best person to deal with or the show isnt. I dont know anymore than that.
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Say goodbye to Ida: Name of deadly hurricane retired

Ida will join the ranks of retired storm names after the Category 4 hurricane claimed dozens of lives and wrought widespread destruction across the nation, even when weakening into a tropical rainstorm, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Hurricane Committee ruled Wednesday.

The panel maintains the rotating lists of names that are used in each tropical cyclone basin, only altering the list to remove a name in the case of a particularly deadly or costly storm. Hurricane Ida met the criteria two-fold.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurrican ... on/1179447
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Trevor Bauer suspended for two seasons

Major League Baseball announced a 324-game suspension for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday, the equivalent of two full seasons and by far the most severe punishment handed out under the sport's domestic violence policy.

Bauer promptly released a statement announcing he was appealing the suspension, thus becoming the first player to appeal punishment through MLB's domestic violence policy.

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Former tennis great Boris Becker sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for flouting the terms of his bankruptcy.
Earlier this month, the 54-year-old Becker, a former world No. 1 and three-time Wimbledon champion, was found guilty of four offenses relating to his bankruptcy, including failing to disclose, concealing and removing significant assets, the Insolvency Service said.

The assets he concealed included €426,930.90 (around $450,000) -- which was transferred to several third parties -- a property in Leiman, Germany, and 75,000 shares in Breaking Data Corp, according to the Insolvency Service.

Becker "was selective in the declaration of his assets. When it suited him, he made full disclosure; when it didn't, he didn't," said prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley, who had urged the judge to pass a custodial sentence, according to Reuters.
https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/29/tennis/b ... index.html
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LA Dodger pitcher Trevor Bauer suspended for two full seasons violating MLB's domestic violence policy.
Trevor Bauer received a record two-year suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday for violating its domestic abuse policy, a significant penalty for an elite pitcher who now finds his future in the game in doubt.

Yet unlike the 15 players previously suspended under MLB's domestic violence policy, Bauer will contest his suspension to the end. He has appealed MLB's suspension and is ineligible to pitch until an arbitrator upholds, reduces or overturns the league's ruling. Since MLB and the MLB Players' Association jointly agreed to its domestic violence policy in 2015, all 15 players have accepted or negotiated suspensions ranging in length from 15 to 162 games.

"In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy," Bauer said in a statement released by his representatives. "I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings."

Bauer, 31, signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, months after winning the National League Cy Young Award in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He won eight of his first 17 starts with the Dodgers but in June was accused by a San Diego woman of assault during two sexual encounters; Bauer countered that their interactions were "wholly consensual."
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Number6 wrote: Fri Apr 29, 2022 4:30 pm LA Dodger pitcher Trevor Bauer suspended for two full seasons violating MLB's domestic violence policy.
He is real head case. His last game with Cleveland he got mad and threw the ball over the center field wall from the pitchers mound.
During the game.
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Netflix layoffs hit Tudum, its editorial arm, just five months after launch

Netflix laid off a contingent of its editorial staff just five months after launching its in-house publication Tudum. Netflix declined to share further details, but said that the Tudum is not being shut down. Over ten writers have tweeted that they were laid off, including an editorial manager. The layoffs reportedly affected 25 people total across Netflix’s marketing department.

“Our fan website Tudum is an important priority for the company,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.

https://techcrunch.com/2022/04/28/netfl ... editorial/
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ISIS 'Beatles' cell member Alexanda Kotey sentenced to life in prison

(CNN) A member of the ISIS terror cell nicknamed the "Beatles" was sentenced to life in prison on Friday by US District Judge T. S. Ellis in Alexandria, Virginia, after gut-wrenching statements in court from family members of victims.

Alexanda Kotey had pleaded guilty in September to taking part in a hostage scheme that led to the deaths of American, Japanese and British citizens in Syria. As part of his plea, Kotey will be transferred to the UK, where members of his family live, to serve the rest of his term after serving 15 years in the US.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/29/politics ... index.html
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Naomi Judd suicide.
We are woefully behind where we should be in mental health help in our country.
Every person here needs to read Patrick Kennedy's book about his struggles.
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ap215 wrote: Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:45 am The mass exodus of Twitter has begun

Shaun King ‘deletes Twitter’ after calling Musk takeover ‘white power’

Civil rights activist Shaun King appears to have deleted his Twitter account hours after he said the social media giant’s takeover by billionaire Elon Musk was about “white power”.

The activist, who shot to fame during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, did not share a statement confirming his exit from Twitter.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 65746.html
Shaun King lost credibility years ago, which is too bad because he did not have to. :/
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Detroit Red Wings fire coach Jeff Blashill after 7 seasons

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings fired Jeff Blashill on Saturday, moving on from the coach tabbed to guide the storied NHL franchise through a long rebuilding process.

General manager Steve Yzerman said the team was not renewing the contracts of Blashill, assistant Doug Houda and goaltending coach Jeff Salajko.

https://sports.yahoo.com/detroit-red-wi ... 43672.html
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NCAA president Mark Emmert steps down with delayed exit after 12 years leading association

The NCAA announced Tuesday that long-time president Mark Emmert, 69, is stepping down from his role with the association. Emmert, who has been steering college sports' top organization since 2010, will remain in his position until a new president is hired or until June 30, 2023, whichever comes first.

"Throughout my tenure I've emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes," said Emmert in a statement. "I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis."

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footb ... es%20first.
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