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Former NBA All Star Chris Webber is launching a $100 million fund to help minority entrepreneurs get ahead in cannabis. He told why it’s crucial to build an inclusive industry from the start.

Summary List PlacementFormer five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber has a new mission: Helping minority entrepreneurs access the economic boom created by the wave of cannabis legalization sweeping the US. "Let's be honest," Webber said in an interview with Insider. "This is a great industry. It's bustling. But I don't know of any other industry where this type of vested interest has been made to make change. It hasn't been in tech — tech is lucrative. It damn sure wasn't in cotton, it wasn't in transportation." To remedy that, Webber launched a $100 million impact fund in February to target cannabis startups run by Black and other minority founders. He's partnering in the fund with Jason Wild, the president and founder of the $2.2 billion JW Asset Management, and the two of them along with...

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Coronation Street spoilers: Big wedding drama revealed for Carla Connor and Peter Barlow

Will they make it down the aisle this time? (Picture: ITV)Coronation Street has hinted at a wedding for Carla Connor (Alison King) and Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne). Carla has been supporting Peter throughout his alcohol recovery process. However, she recently lied to Peter about getting drunk with Jenny (Sally Ann Matthews). Also, she’s been constantly swayed by old flame Lucas (Glen Wallace), and has been left questioning her relationship with Peter. With Peter’s recovery being a slow and painful one, things will take a turn this spring as his health will start to deteriorate. Lies, drama and romance are all on the way, but they eventually decide they should tie the knot (took them long enough). Time will start to run out for Peter and Carla as they plan their Weatherfie...

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Why some viewers won’t be able to watch Giants, A’s, Warriors, Sharks games

How’s this for a sports fan’s nightmare: Imagine being told that in a month you’ll no longer be able to watch Giants, Warriors, A’s or Sharks games on your television or devices. For DISH Network and Sling TV viewers, no imagination is needed — their reality is the plug will be pulled on almost all of those games April 1. Because of a breakdown in negotiations between those services and NBC Sports Regional Networks, subscribers of DISH and Sling TV were notified Tuesday that NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California won’t be available to them. Coincidentally, the DISH and Sling TV black out begins on Opening Night for both the Giants and A’s. A spokesperson for Sling TV released a statement saying the company could no longer justify carrying the Regional Sports Networks on its platfo

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Cathie Wood’s flagship ETF has tumbled 25% in just 3 weeks amid a sharp tech sell-off

Summary List Placement A correction in technology stocks has taken its toll on the performance of Cathie Wood's flagship fund. The ARK Disruptive Innovation ETF has tumbled 25% in just three weeks as a spike in interest rates helped spark a rotation out of high-growth sectors like tech and into cyclical stocks. The ETF continued its decline on Thursday, falling as much as 6% as top holdings Tesla and Square sold off. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Investors in Cathie Wood's Ark Invest ETFs have had a rough few weeks as a broad sell-off in technology stocks took a toll on performance. Wood's flagship fund, the ARK Disruptive Innovation ETF, has fallen 25% since its record close on February 12, based on Thursday's low of $118. A bulk of the dec...

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Residents encounter problems trying to book vaccine appointments at the United Center

Work to create a mass vaccination center on a United Center parking lot began Feb. 26. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times fileRegistration for 110,000 appointments opened up Thursday for people 65 or older. Registration for COVID-19 vaccinations at the United Center got off to a glitchy start Thursday, with some complaining they were unable to book appointments online or by phone. The online problems appeared to have been resolved by late morning. “As expected, we are experiencing huge demand on both the ZocDoc online registration system and our COVID hotline. Thousands of appointments have already been booked, but we urge people to be patient in accessing registration. There is no onsite registration at the United Center,” said Andrew Buchanan, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Public Health...

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Paul Bettany Trolled ‘WandaVision’ Fans, Admits ‘Surprise Actor’ He Touted Is Himself

Paul Bettany sure did get himself into trouble with “WandaVision” fans. Since late January, the actor has been touting a massive cameo in the Marvel series that would shock fans. Bettany’s tease ignited dozens of theories predicting which comic book character might show up, from Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange to Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier or Michael Fassbender’s Magneto. Then came the season’s penultimate episode, which included a post-credits scene that showed the birth of White Vision (played by Bettany). The scene left many “WandaVision” fans with the same question: Is the actor Bettany touted for weeks just himself? The answer is yes. “You know when you think something is going to be funny and you say it and then you panic about it? That’s what I did,” Bettany said on “Go

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WWE’s Kayla Braxton quits Twitter and ‘deactivates account’ hours after coming out as bisexual

The broadcaster made the announcement this week (Photo: WWE)WWE star Kayla Braxton appears to have left Twitter account just hours after she came out as bisexual. The 27-year-old personality – who works for the company as a backstage interviewer and panellist among other roles – made a powerful announcement on Wednesday night after sharing a picture of the bisexual pride flag. However, now Kayla – who hasn’t posted on Instagram since the tweets – isn’t on Twitter and it looks like she’s deactivated her profile. Her break from the platform comes after she dropped an inspirational announcement for her followers while referencing her own heritage. She tweeted: ‘My whole life, I’ve had to choose. Are you black? Are you white? Which bubble do you fill in on the SATs? ‘I always ...

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Dancing On Ice star Sonny Jay’s poignant tribute to Capital FM producer as he dedicates routine to late friend

Ex Dancing On Ice star Maura Higgins accuses judges of over-marking 'basic' routines Dancing on Ice judges slammed by viewers for 'snide' comment to Faye Brookes Rebekah Vardy speaks out after Dancing on Ice elimination‘He’s the person I’d sit here and rinse constantly.’ Since his friend’s death, he’s been open about about mental health, ...read more Source:: Metro

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US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a person looks inside the closed doors of the Pasadena Community Job Center in Pasadena, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. | APThursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims rose by 9,000 from the previous week. WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims rose by 9,000 from the previous week. Though the pace of layoffs has eased since the year began, they remain high by historical standards. Before the virus flattened the U.S. economy a year ago, appl

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SF Giants: If Opening Day isn’t realistic, when will two offseason pick-ups contribute?

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When the Giants made Jason Vosler their first free agent addition of the offseason in early November, there was a legitimate question as to whether the former Padres prospect would hang onto his 40-man roster spot all winter. Vosler, a left-handed hitting infielder, knew the Giants’ roster was filled with veterans who might block his path to a big league debut, but he didn’t necessarily care. “I didn’t really know what to expect my first time going through free agency, but the Giants were really aggressive at the start,” Vosler said. “I was hearing a lot from the front office and from (Gabe Kapler), and regardless of the deal or not, it just seemed like the place to be.” When the Giants signed John Brebbia a little more than a month later, they did so knowing there was

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Driver deliberately knocked man down and almost killed him – then filmed the aftermath

Larry Blackshire, 24, was charged with attempted murder on March 3 (Picture: Salt Lake County Jail)A raging driver allegedly mowed down a man on purpose and then filmed the aftermath on his smartphone. Larry Blackshire, 24, has been charged with attempted murder after police say he intentionally hit another man with his car after his alleged victim broke his car window. Blackshire is then said to have recorded a cell phone video after hitting the man with his car, saying ‘he had to hit..’ the man, according to police in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the incident happened. A police probable cause statement describes how officers responded to a report of a person struck by a car and when officers arrived on the scene, they found a man lying in the street. Witnesses told detective...

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SPACs are taking over the stock market. Here’s an easy guide to the journey they take from start to finish.

Summary List PlacementSPACs were once a little-known way for private companies to go public without having to IPO. But in 2020, the number of SPACs on the market quadrupled from the year before, according to SPAC Insider data. And so far this year, the number has almost reached that record high from last year. January was a record-setter, with close to $26 billion raised via SPACs. Those launching SPACs aren't just former CEOs or private equity investors anymore. Celebrities, like Colin Kaepernick and Shaquille O'Neal, have gotten in on the action. Plus, everyday investors are buying into the new trend. The concept of a SPAC and the process to create one aren't as complicated as they may seem. A SPAC stands for "special purpose acquisition company." It's a fancy term that simply refers ...

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How this 1979 LA murder-for-hire led to the true crime investigation ‘The Darkest Glare’

In the late 1990s, after Chip Jacobs left his job as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News to begin work on his first book, he headed to Hollywood Boulevard to meet up with a source, the developer-turned-community activist named Jerry Schneiderman. “I wanted the next great investigative idea, but he wanted to start telling me about his past,” says Jacobs on a recent video call from his home office in Pasadena. The story Jacobs’ source shared that day would become the basis for “The Darkest Glare: A True Story of Murder, Blackmail and Real Estate Greed in 1979 Los Angeles,” published March 9 from L.A.’s Rare Bird Books (Jacobs will be in conversation about the book with Ron Franscell at a virtual event at Vroman’s on March 10). In the late 1970s, Schneiderman, who died in 2011, was the

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UK records another 6,573 Covid cases and 242 deaths

The UK’s official Covid death toll now stands at 124,025 (Picture: PA/Rex)Another 6,573 people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health has confirmed. Today’s figures show a further 243 people have died within 28 days of being diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the nation’s official death toll to 124,025. However, data from the UK’s statistics agencies including fatalities where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate puts the figure above 140,062. Deaths and cases have been falling week-on-week, two months into the nation’s third national lockdown. While current restrictions are helping to bring the numbers down, the rollout of the Covid vaccine is also starting to take effect. A total of 20,982,571 people ha...

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Alec Baldwin quits Twitter after his Gillian Anderson accent joke backfires

Alec Baldwin announced Wednesday he has left Twitter, saying it’s full of  “a-holes” who don’t appreciate that he was using “irony” when he made a joke about Gillian Anderson’s fluctuating American and British accents after she won a Golden Globe award Sunday night. Gillian Anderson attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Baldwin apparently is mad that his joke reminded people that his influencer wife is mired in a controversy over using a fluctuating American and Spanish accent for more than 10 years to mislead people about being Spanish. The famously testy “30 Rock” star fumed in an Instagram video, saying Twitter is where “all the a–holes in the United States and bey

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