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Senate passes bill to award Congress’ highest honor to first Black NHL player
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Senate passes bill to award Congress’ highest honor to first Black NHL player

The US Senate passed legislation this week to grant Congress’ highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the first Black player to compete in the National Hockey League. The bipartisan measure to honor Willie O’Ree unanimously passed the chamber on Tuesday. It now must be approved by the US House of Representatives for O’Ree to…MORE

Here’s everything you can’t get right now
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Here’s everything you can’t get right now

Tacos, coffee, cars, jet fuel. computer chips, Nike shoes and school supplies: What do they all have in common? They’re all (nearly) impossible to find — or getting there. Shortages are popping up across the supply chain as the pandemic messes with shipping, demand, supply and all the other levers of the global economy. One…MORE

Hollywood’s shift to streaming is rewriting the script for stars’ big paydays
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Hollywood’s shift to streaming is rewriting the script for stars’ big paydays

Like other changes to entertainment distribution through the years, the studio shift toward streaming — hastened by the unforeseen consequences of the pandemic — has Hollywood talent and their representatives demanding a different way to be paid. Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over the simultaneous streaming release of “Black Widow” marks perhaps the most significant…MORE

Why women gymnasts compete to music in their floor routines but men don’t
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Why women gymnasts compete to music in their floor routines but men don’t

When Olympic gymnasts compete Sunday and Monday in the individual floor exercises in Tokyo, viewers will notice a key difference between the events. The women will leap and flip and tumble to recorded music. The men’s routines will be accompanied by silence. The reason for the disparity dates back almost a century, when female gymnasts…MORE

Elaine Thompson-Herah defends Olympic 100m title in all-Jamaican podium
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Elaine Thompson-Herah defends Olympic 100m title in all-Jamaican podium

The celebrations started even before she had crossed the line, gesturing with her left arm and shouting in delight. A month-and-a-half ago, Elaine Thompson-Herah thought she wouldn’t be able to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as she struggled to overcome a nagging Achilles injury. Now, she’s not only a gold medalist, but an Olympic record…MORE

Queens man accused of robbing an 11-year-old girl on her way to a grocery store
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Queens man accused of robbing an 11-year-old girl on her way to a grocery store

A Queens man was arrested and charged on suspicion of dragging an 11-year-old girl into an alleyway, robbing her and cutting her neck with a sharp metal object, a district attorney in the New York City borough said Friday. Jonathan Perez, 34, allegedly approached the girl early Sunday as she was on her way to…MORE

DeSantis and other GOP 2024 prospects target public health officials with political attacks
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DeSantis and other GOP 2024 prospects target public health officials with political attacks

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ warning this week of a “Faucian distopia” offered the latest glimpse at how ambitious Republicans eyeing 2024 presidential bids are increasingly targeting public health officials as they attempt to grow their national brands in front of conservative audiences. “It is very important that we say unequivocally no to lockdowns, no to…MORE

Olympics schedule and events to watch Saturday
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Olympics schedule and events to watch Saturday

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games get into the second weekend of competition, medals will be awarded in swimming, fencing, judo and tennis, to name a few. Here are some of the events to watch. Remember, Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time. Swimming: Medals in swimming will be given out in…MORE

Question of the Day

July 30

Q: Out of the people who have tattoos…about 15-percent say they have a tattoo of this… A: Their pet

July 29

Q: About 25% of people say they have been annoyed by a neighbor doing this… A: Playing an instrument

July 27

Q: 2% of people say they never ever wash this… A: Pillow cases