Daily Archives: February 2, 2024

Hey NBA, Knicks’ Jalen Brunson is damn good and proving the naysayers wrong

After yet another disappointing, early-season loss, Jalen Brunson stood at his locker, ready to speak with the media in Milwaukee. As the point guard turned around, straight-faced as usual following the Knicks’ fourth defeat in six games, he donned a homemade T-shirt, all black and with white lettering on it, that appeared as if it were straight off the Vistaprint …

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Wayne Kramer, Influential MC5 Guitarist, Dies at 75

Wayne Kramer, whose explosive guitar playing with the influential Detroit band the MC5 in the late 1960s and early 1970s helped to set the template for punk rock, died on Friday. He was 75. The death was confirmed in a post on his official Instagram account, which said the cause was pancreatic cancer. It did not say where he died. …

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U.S. Conducts Retaliatory Strikes Against Iranian Proxies as War Deepens

The United States on Friday carried out a series of military strikes against Iranian forces and the militias they support in seven sites in Syria and Iraq, marking a sharp escalation of the war in the Middle East that the Biden administration has for four months sought to avoid. The airstrikes, targeting command and control operations, intelligence centers, weapons facilities …

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​​NHL player poll: Why 78 percent say there should be no neck-guard mandate

Mandatory neck guards are coming to youth hockey in the United States. Already required in Canada and many other countries, USA Hockey, which governs the sport at the amateur level in the U.S., has long held its line at “recommending” laceration protection — namely neck guards, but also cut-resistant socks, sleeves and undergarments. The decision was announced Sunday and will …

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Watch Carl Weathers Memorable Performances: ‘Rocky,’ ‘Star Wars’ and More

When you look back on the career of Carl Weathers, who died on Thursday at the age of 76, certain images immediately come to mind. There is Weathers, abs glistening, in American flag shorts in the “Rocky” movies. Or Weathers wearing dirty fatigues in “Predator.” Comedy junkies might immediately picture him waving alongside an alligator in “Happy Gilmore.” Throughout Weathers’s …

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Israel Signals Its Military Will Move Into Rafah, in Southern Gaza

Israel’s defense minister has signaled that ground forces will advance toward the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, which has become a refuge for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians pushed from their homes by nearly 13 weeks of war. Rafah, which has also been a gateway for humanitarian aid, is a sprawl of tents and makeshift shelters crammed …

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Taylor Swift at the Super Bowl would be a ‘gift from the gods’ for CBS’ broadcast

Fred Gaudelli has been the lead producer of the Super Bowl television broadcast on seven different occasions. If you are into Roman numerals, Gaudelli has produced Super Bowls XXXVII, XL, XLIII, XLVI, XLIX, LII, and LVI. He has been in the production truck for some of the most exciting NFL title games in history, including Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, …

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Joe Madison, Radio Host and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 74

Joe Madison, an influential talk radio host with a rumbling musical baritone, who interviewed President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and numerous other political leaders in his Washington, D.C., studio, urging them to take action on civil and human rights issues, has died at his home in Washington. He was 74. His family announced the death on Thursday but …

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HBO Drops Milos Bikovic, ‘White Lotus’ Actor Criticized by Ukraine

HBO has parted ways with Milos Bikovic, a Serbian actor whose casting in the third season of “The White Lotus” had drawn criticism from Ukraine’s foreign ministry for his ties to Russia, according to an HBO spokeswoman. Bikovic’s role in the dark comedy will be recast, the spokeswoman said. In a statement provided through a spokesman on Friday, Bikovic said …

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What Withholding Funds to UNRWA Means for Gaza

Since the start of the conflict, a supplemental budget jumped to $47 million a month from $12 million a month, according to Tom White, UNRWA’s Gaza director. That extra money has paid for flour for 350,000 families; 14 million food items including canned meat and packets of dried chickpeas; mattress pads, blankets, and kitchen sets; the distribution of 20 million …

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