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Man, 55, carjacked, beaten with pipe in Austin: police

A man was carjacked and beaten with a pipe Jan. 21, 2021, in Austin. | Sun-Times file photoThe man was sitting at a red light in the 400 block of North Cicero Avenue when two males approached, one armed with a gun and the other with a short metal pipe, Chicago police said. A 55-year-old man was carjacked and beaten with a pipe Thursday in Austin on the West Side. About 6:35 p.m., the man was sitting at a red light in the 400 block of North Cicero Avenue when two males approached, one armed with a gun and the other with a short metal pipe, Chicago police said. They told the man to get out of his Acura MDX and he complied, but when he did so the male with the pipe hit him several times, police said. The carjackers fled in the man’s vehicle, police said. The man was taken to Mt. Sinai Hos...

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Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

By STEPHEN WADE The Associated Press TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach and local organizers are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be canceled. Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the event appears threatened again. The Times of London, citing unidentified government sources, reported that the Games will have to be canceled. It quoted an unidentified senior member of the ruling government coalition. “No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult,” the source said. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.” In a statement Friday (Thursday night PT), the local organizing committee did not address directly The Times story but said

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GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, has announced articles of impeachment against Joe Biden

Summary List PlacementJust a day after the inauguration of the country's 46th president, GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she would be introducing articles of impeachment against Joe Biden.In a statement released on Thursday, Greene, who represents Georgia's 14th Congressional District, said: "President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the Presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama's Vice President is lengthy and disturbing."Greene then went on to claim that Biden had committed to quid pro quo with Ukrainian officials while he was Vice President in order to help his son "siphon cash from America's greatest enemies Russian and China."Read more: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was suspended by Twitter for 12 hours not long after she told Trump supporters to ...

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2022 Rose Parade will stick with ‘Dream. Believe. Achieve.’ for theme

The Tournament of Roses announced the theme of next year’s Rose Parade will be “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” It’s the same theme the Tournament intended for 2021’s parade before it was canceled. Tournament officials had previously said other aspects of 2021’s planned parade were rolling over to 2022 — anyone who qualified to be a member of the Royal Court in 2021 can run in 2022, all the bands and performers were invited back, too — the theme was still a question mark. That is, until a Thursday evening news release arrived from the Tournament of Roses, explaining that the nonprofit’s Board of Directors confirmed last year’s president and chairman of the board, Dr. Robert Miller, would stay in the post that usually rotates annually. Every other member of the nonprofit’s Executive Committee wi...

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Is HBO Max on Roku? A Guide to Devices and Your Streaming Service of Choice

“Wonder Woman 1984” All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. When HBO Max launched in May 2020, it was only available on a select few devices — and made headlines every time the corporate powers that be struck deals with some of the most popular streaming platforms throughout the rest of the year, until it finally arrived on Roku in December. Corporate dealmaking doesn’t usually make such an immediate difference in most people’s everyday lives, but the ability to stream “Friends” as you fall asleep was important enough that there were even single-serve websites dedicated

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3 keys in the BYU Cougars’ 28-point win over the Portland Pilots

Brigham Young Cougars center Richard Harward (42) gets ready to shoot over Portland Pilots forward Mikey Henn (24) at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. | Laura Seitz, Deseret NewsIn BYU’s first game at home in a month, the Cougars dialed up a strong second half in running away from Portland 95-67 at the Marriott Center on Thursday night. Here are three takeaways from the game: Domination in the paint BYU (12-3, 3-1 West Coast Conference) owned the paint against Portland (6-8, 0-5 WCC), led by a strong overall night from Matt Haarms. The Cougar big man had a game-high 23 points — he shot 9 for 9 from the field — and added six rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal, as BYU had 42 points in the paint to 22 for Portland. Richard Harward added 12 points and six reboun...

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Bernie Sanders Couldn’t Care Less About the Inauguration Memes

NBCSeth Meyers booked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as his guest on Late Night before Wednesday’s inauguration, but by the time Thursday night rolled around, there was really only one thing he wanted to ask him about. “Were you aware that this photo immediately sort of became the meme of the day?” the host asked, holding up the original photo of Sanders sitting by himself with both legs and mittens crossed before the ceremony began. “Not at all,” the senator replied. “I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on.” at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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As a symbolic gesture to reframe America as a land of immigrants, Biden wants to remove the word ‘alien’ from immigration laws

Summary List PlacementPresident Joe Biden wants to remove the word "alien" from US immigration laws as a symbolic gesture to acknowledge the US as "a nation of immigrants." In a summary of his immigration bill, Biden said he planned to replace the word with "non-citizen." "The language change on the first day of this administration, with Kamala Harris the daughter of immigrants, to me it's not just symbolic...it's foundational," Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and undocumented immigrant told CNN. Currently, the US code defines anyone who is "not a citizen or national of the United States," as an "alien." Several local jurisdictions have already moved to modify the word used to define immigrants. In 2015, then California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that removed the word "alien"...

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Crossing double white lines on toll lanes is costly: Roadshow

Q: I see a lot of people driving across the double white lines on the Interstate 880 toll lanes. What is the fine if caught for doing so? Heath Broccoli, Oakland Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: The fine is $300 but could be more if a driver is ticketed for another reason. Q: Also, I don’t think you can call toll lanes anything but a money grab. We went from two-person carpools with no toll during commute hours to three-person carpools with a half-price fee during carpool hours. We also went from lane restrictions only during commute hours to lane restrictions that extend well beyond commute hours. Do any readers have something positive to say about the 880 toll lanes? Heath Broccoli A: A lot of folks are ups

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Huntington Library announces $7.5 million Rose Garden Tea Room renovation

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens will soon renovate and expand its historic Rose Garden Tea Room, creating a new outdoor dining space and refreshing the aging entrance with a $7.5 million project, according to a Thursday news release, Jan. 21. The San Marino-based nonprofit, famed for its gardens and art collections, will restore the entrance of the original 1911 building. The group plans to create “a new outdoor dining experience and expand functionality in its service areas,” the release says.  Related linksHuntington Library announces $7.5 million Rose Garden Tea Room renovation Take a peek into the Huntington Library’s expanded Chinese Garden Why has the Blue Boy painting endured as a cultural icon? Photos: See the renovated Picture Bridge at the Langham Hunt...

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At least three hurt in East Oakland shooting

OAKLAND — Police were at the scene of a shooting in an East Oakland neighborhood that left at least three people suffering from gunshot wounds, authorities said Thursday. Just before 6:15 p.m., police responded to reports of ShotSpotter activity near Royal Ann Street and 107th Avenue in the city’s North Stonehurst neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found signs of blood at the scene in the 10700 block of Apricot Street, and soon found a 22-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to a thigh. Casings dotted the spaces between parked vehicles along the closed stretch of 107th Avenue between Royal Ann Street and E Street while blood stained every few squares on the sidewalk. Several neighbors along 107th were asked to park elsewhere and escorted by officers through the scene to thei...

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Coronavirus vaccine rollout in LA County leaving many frustrated

When Chris Edwards, 59, found out that all Los Angeles County residents 65 and older could receive a coronavirus vaccine, she raced to the internet to enroll her 80-year-old mother. What she found at VaccinateLACounty.com was a hodge-podge of options sending her to various portals — buttons linked to sites operated by the county or the city of Los Angeles or a collection of community clinics and hospitals or a long list of supermarket pharmacies. She tried to register at Dodger Stadium, but most of the slots were already full. The county hotline at 833-540-0473 wasn’t much better. Edwards said the line disconnected three times before she gave up. “I felt very betrayed because I couldn’t get her signed up,” Edwards said. “I thought to myself ‘I feel bad for anybody who has no access to a co

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Los Angeles County seeing 30% fewer coronavirus cases, but rates still elevated

Los Angeles County’s coronavirus situation is gradually improving as officials have tallied 30% fewer cases this week compared to last, but officials are still urging the public the stay vigilant as infection rates remain much higher than months ago. Reporting 262 new coronavirus-related deaths and 8,512 new cases on Thursday, Jan. 21, a news release from public health officials says the county has seen 10,560 cases in a seven-day average this week, compared to 15,182 last week, noting a decrease of 30%. Hospitalizations have also declined this week, down 7% since last Thursday, the release says. Thursday, Jan. 21, marked the second day in a row that the county has seen fewer than 10,000 new cases reported in a single day. “The last time we had two days under 10,000 was the first two days

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An ad agency CEO sued Omnicom’s DDB, alleging he was ‘exploited’ to win a $4 billion US Army contract

Summary List PlacementNew York ad agency Hero Group sued Omnicom-owned agency DDB in federal court this week, alleging DDB "exploited" Hero to win the US Army contract and didn't pay it for two years of work. The suit filed in the Northern District Court of Illinois stems from a $4 billion Army account that DDB won in 2018 and claims misrepresentation, breach of contract, and fraud. The suit is seeking $100 million in damages based on an estimate of the revenue Hero Group would have earned if it worked with DDB on the entire 10-year contract, the suit claims. Hero Group founder and CEO Joe Anthony told Insider that former DDB US president Paul Gunning brought him on to help pitch the account in late 2016, using his experience working with the Army's past ad agencies, McCann and Leo Bur...

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Michelle Pfeiffer to Star as Betty Ford in Showtime’s ‘The First Lady’

Michelle Pfeiffer is set to star in Showtime’s “The First Lady,” an upcoming anthology series that will examine the lives of several former first ladies. Variety reported on Thursday that Pfeiffer, who starred in recent films such as the upcoming “French Exit,” as well as “mother!,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” will portray Betty Ford, who served as First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977. Susanne Bier will direct and executive-produce the hour-long series. The filmmaker most recently served as the director behind HBO’s “The Undoing,” and prior, Netflix’s “Bird Box,” but also helmed Danish favorites including “After the Wedding” and “Open Hearts.” A premiere date for “The First Lady” is still under wraps. The synopsis for the show, which was previo

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Plane wheel lands in yard of Jefferson Park home: police

The 5500 block of West Leland Avenue, where a wheel fell of a plane and landed in the yard of a home Jan. 21, 2021. | Google MapsThe wheel “disconnected from an aircraft” and was discovered in the yard just before 7 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Leland Avenue, according to Chicago police. A wheel fell off a small plane bound for O’Hare International Airport Thursday and landed in the yard of a home in Jefferson Park on the Northwest Side. The wheel “disconnected from an aircraft” and was discovered in the yard just before 7 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Leland Avenue, according to Chicago police. No injuries were reported. The Chicago Department of Aviation said the wheel fell off Boutique Air Flight 835, which runs “an essential air service route between Chicago and Ironwood in Michi...

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