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Emma Raducanu explains why her hand blistered during Australian Open defeat

Emma Raducanu’s hand injury caused her problems in her second-round defeat (Picture: Andy Cheung/Getty Images)Emma Raducanu has explained a combination of factors led to her hand suffering a blister as she crashed out of the Australian Open. The British No.1 suffered a three-set defeat to world No.98 Danka Kovinic in the second round but was badly hindered by a blister to on her hand. Raducanu had to have medical treatment in the opening set to try and keep the pain at bay but then spent the rest of the game trying to play backhand shots and sliced forehands. As well as the heat and humidity, the 19-year-old feels her period in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus last month meant her hands suffered. ‘It’s very rare for me to be that long away from tennis so I thi...

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More cities should follow Chicago’s lead by sharing water billing data

A woman walks across North La Salle Street in front of City Hall, located at 121 North LaSalle Street, in the Loop neighborhood. on Nov. 1. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-TimesThe lack of transparency by other utilities presents a challenge for community organizations, public health experts, and homeowners and customers who want to understand water costs and come up with solutions for water affordability. This past week, my nonprofit, Elevate, released a study with the Metropolitan Planning Council to assess the growing water affordability challenge in Chicago. We’ve done similar research in the past to look into water affordability challenges, like water bill costs throughout the region. But this study is novel because the City of Chicago took the bold step of sharing its water billing data for ou

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Congress must enact strong climate legislation — now

A kayaker paddles in August in Lake Oroville as water levels remain low due to continuing drought conditions in Oroville, Calif. According to three different reports released on Jan. 10, the United States staggered through a steady onslaught of deadly billion-dollar climate disasters in an extra hot 2021, while the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year jumped 6% because of surges in coal and long-haul trucking, putting America further behind its 2030 climate change cutting goal. | Ethan Swope/APThe Earth is in what scientists say is the last decade in which there is an opportunity to ward off the worst effects of rising temperatures. Averting climate disaster should be a bipartisan issue. At his press conference last Wednesday, President Joe Biden asked: “What are Republicans for? Na

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Burying history to protect white people’s feelings won’t work

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing legislation that takes aim at how history and racism are taught in public schools and even by private businesses. | APRon DeSantis and his GOP allies are pushing a bill in the Florida legislature that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from teaching or training about racism in ways that make white people squirm. Those poor, wittle babies. Their feelings are hurting. Some poor, wittle white people are uncomfortable about the hundreds of years of racism and hate that built this nation. Ron DeSantis, the famously infamous Republican governor of Florida, wants to relieve white Americans from any “discomfort” they may feel about our nation’s racist past — and present. DeSantis and his GOP allies are pushing a bill in the Florida legislatur

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Brian Daboll is red-hot, but is he the real deal?

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (right) chats with Bears quarterback Justin Fields (left) before the Bears-Bills preseason game on Aug. 21 last season. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times, Ashlee Rezin/Sun-TimesThe Bills’ offensive coordinator turned Josh Allen into a star. It’s up to the Bears to determine if that means he’ll have the same success with Justin Fields — and if the “hot coordinator” will be a successful head coach. That’s a hit-and-miss proposition for NFL teams. Bears SEP/potash If Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is your guy, is it the Brian Daboll who turned Josh Allen into a star? Or the Brian Daboll who struck out with Chad Pennington and Brady Quinn and coaxed a really mediocre year out of Brett Favre? Even people who hire coaches for a living don’t always k

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Woman who repaid £27k debt and now owns multiple properties shares her money secrets

Julie Haneline says a ‘no spend month’ each year helps her save (Picture: Jam Press/@juliehaneline)A woman who was in major debt due to student loans, credit cards, and frivolous shopping has revealed how she got herself out of it – and why she does a no-spend-month every year, saving £1,200 every time. Julie Haneline, 36, from Greenville, South Carolina, US, first got into saving after doing a finance course at university. Five years ago, she decided to give herself a challenge by not spending any money whatsoever – beyond necessary bills such as rent – and was blown away by just how much money she was wasting on frivolous purchases. The experiment was such as success that Julie has done it every year since, usually saving between $1,300-$1,700 USD (£950-£1,200) each time – racki

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Christine Brown Kicks Out Kody: I Need Intimacy in My Marriage!

The beginning of the end. That's what Sister Wives fans will witness on this Sunday's new episode of the long-running TLC hit. Back on November 2, as you very likely know at this point, Christine Brown announced she was leaving spiritual husband Kody after over two decades as a couple. The split came as a surprise at the time. But now that we've been watching Sister Wives Season 16, it's clear the writing wasn't just on the wall for this couple a very long time ago. It was written on this wall in permanent marker. At various points over the past few installments, Kody has clashed with his spouses over his extremely strict COVID-19 guidelines. Aside from Robyn, each of Meri, Janelle and Christine has taken exception at different times to Kody's apparent lack of trust in...

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Man shot to death driving in Brighton Park

A man was fatally shot while driving Jan. 22, 2022 on the Southwest Side. | Sun-times fileThe man, 33, was driving in the 4200 block of South Archer Avenue about 5:15 a.m. when an SUV pulled alongside him and someone inside opened fire, striking him in the head, police said. A man was shot to death early Saturday morning while driving in Brighton Park on the Southwest Side. The man, 33, was driving in the 4200 block of South Archer Avenue about 5:15 a.m. when an SUV pulled alongside him and someone inside opened fire, striking him in the head, Chicago police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His name hasn’t been released yet. No one was in custody. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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Florent Malouda urges Chelsea to explore ‘interesting’ moves for Declan Rice and Ousmane Dembele

Declan Rice has been heavily linked with a return to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Florent Malouda has urged Chelsea to add ‘quality’ to Thomas Tuchel’s ranks and believes his former club should explore moves for Declan Rice and Ousmane Dembele. Chelsea enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League season on the back of their Champions League success last term, but results and performances dropped off a cliff over a difficult winter period. The Blues now find themselves 12 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City down in third place and Tuchel has been desperate to strengthen this month to make up ground on Pep Guardiola’s champions. However, Chelsea are yet to any signings with just a week remaining of the January transfer window and there remains uncertainty over the future of s

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Huge 15km lorry queues at Dover blamed on Brexit

Exasperated lorry drivers have reported queueing for up to eight hours to get through controls (Picture: Rex/PA)Huge 15km queues piling up at the Port of Dover have been blamed ‘entirely’ on extra controls brought in after Brexit. Exasperated lorry drivers have reported queueing for up to eight hours to get through controls as staff processing drivers struggle with complex new customs declarations and rules-of-origin forms. The queues of lorries waiting to be processed have become so long that the tailbacks can even been seen on Google Maps satellite images. Images from space show hundreds of lorries lining the roads around the port. It is not clear when the pictures were taken, with Google Earth only saying it is from March 2021 or newer. However they came to light as l

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What could the Covid endemic look like in the UK? An expert weighs in

The UK is preparing to enter the endemic stage (Picture: Getty)Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Plan B rules will soon be scrapped – triggering the start of the UK’s transition from a Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic. The easing of restrictions comes as the country’s coronavirus cases continue to plummet. As England prepares to remove their face masks and return to the office, many are starting to wonder what ‘living with Covid-19’ will entail. Here, Metro.co.uk spoke to an expert about what a post-pandemic world could look like. What is an endemic? You may have heard the term ‘endemic’ being thrown around by politicians, scientists, and the press over the past few weeks – but what does the term actually mean? Essentially, an ‘endemic’ is when

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Dan Evans admits Andy Murray may regret his Australian Open gesture after ‘panicking’ in defeat

Dan Evans suffered a straight-sets defeat in the third round (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Dan Evans says he’s expecting a message from his British compatriots after ‘wasting’ their time watching his defeat at the Australian Open. The British No.2 suffered a 4-6, 1-6, 1-6 defeat to world No.9 Felix Auger-Aliassime on Saturday, meaning all of Britain’s male and female players are now out of the singles competitions. Despite making a solid start, Evans was blown away by the 21-year-old’s talent in the final two sets and had few answers to the Canadian’s serve. Fellow Brits Murray and Joe Salisbury were in the John Cain Arena to cheer on Evans but the latter didn’t put on the performance his supporters deserved. ‘It’s a nice gesture that they come out. They’re probably re

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49ers’ 5 keys to beating Green Bay: Is a 285-yard rushing encore possible?

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — When Lambeau Field welcomes in the 49ers on Saturday night, it will mark the Packers’ first playoff game since … the field goal. Remember last year, when Packers coach Matt LaFleur settled for a field goal rather than let Aaron Rodgers go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 8-yard line, down by eight points? That call got second-guessed as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ate the final two minutes to win the NFC Championship Game, 31-26, en route to their Super Bowl championship. It extended the Packers’ Lombardi Trophy drought to 10 years and spelled the latest heartbreak for Aaron Rodgers. All of which is to say: the Packers won’t dare take the ball — and their fate — out of Rodgers’ hands again, not if they want to retain the services of the league’s MVP going fo

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Dear Abby: Boyfriend flirts with other women while we’re out together

Jealous girlfriend sees the small talk with strangers as a sign that she’s not enough for him DEAR ABBY: I’ve been going out with this guy for a couple of months. The problem is, he has to always talk to every woman he sees — from a two-second conversation to a several-minute conversation. He doesn’t even know 99% of them. When we go to a store, I feel like I’m invisible. He’ll walk away from me and start talking to women. I don’t trust him completely because sometimes he flirts or says something that could be taken in a sexual way, and I worry that one of these women could take it like he’s interested in her. I don’t want to break up with him. I love him. But I feel I have reason to be jealous. I wish I was the only girl for him. Please give me advice. — NOT NUMBER ONE IN PENNSYLVANIA

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Dog who lived muzzled in crate for two years is finally free and searching for loving new home

Bandit was kept muzzled in a crate for years after he attacked a cat (Picture: RSPCA)A ‘sweet and lovable’ dog who was kept muzzled in a crate for at least two years is finally free after being rescued – and he’s now looking for a very special home. Five-year-old mastiff cross Bandit arrived at RSPCA Brent Knoll, in Somerset, in September, having been rescued by Inspector Miranda Albinson. The welfare worker said: ‘Poor Bandit was in a real state when he first came into our care, having been signed over by his owners who just couldn’t meet his needs. ‘He’s a big dog but was underweight and had suffered significant hair loss around his backend as well as poor muscle tone, possibly caused by long-term malnutrition. ‘His eyes were sunken and he was suffering from entropion; a pain

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