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    KANYE West has been nominated for FOUR Grammy Awards, despite dissing the award show by PEEING on his trophies last year. The rapper ripped the Recording Academy in a bizarre rant against the music industry and record labels. 5Kanye has been nominated for four GrammysCredit: AFP - Getty 5Last year he released an erratic video of him peeing on his past awardsCredit: Twitter Kanye, 44, has been nominated for FOUR Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Melodic Rap Performance, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Song. The musician has dominated the categories with the release of his album DONDA, despite his erratic rant last year against the award ceremony. The record producer has also received nominations for his collaboration with Lil Nas X on his album Montero and for his performance of Hurricane with the Weeknd and Lil Baby. Kanye rounded off the nominations with his song Jail from DONDA, in the running for Best Rap Song, according to Variety. PEE-ZUS The recognition came as a shock for many after the fashion designer exploded into a wild social...
    Greater Washington startups have been raising a lot of money for the past year, and that includes a few that were founded and are led by women.  Two years after the Washington Business Journal honored Framebridge founder and CEO Susan Tynan as our CEO of the year — the record holder at the time in terms of raises by woman-owned companies — we decided to check where things stand in terms of venture capital raises by woman-owned companies. There’s a new record holder, according to data from venture tracking platform Pitchbook: Arlington risk-management company Interos, which raked in $100 million in July for a lifetime total of $125 million and a valuation of $1 billion. We’ve rounded up the other biggest raises by female-founded firms in the past two years in the gallery above. In terms of methodology, the data from Pitchbook focuses on firms that have at least one woman founder and a woman CEO. It also focuses on VC, so it doesn’t include firms that have raised from private equity… Read the full story from the...
    Apple has a chance to boost sales ahead of the holiday shopping season, especially as Intel is expected to announce more computers running on its own chips instead of processors. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said in June that the latest computers running the company’s powerful M1 processor have “boosted” the growth of the Mac. In the most recent three quarters ending June 2021, Apple sold the Max worth $ 26 billion, up nearly 33% from the same period last year to $ 19.59 billion. “Actually, for Mac, the last three quarters have been the best,” Cook said in June. Prior to the epidemic that increased sales of new computers, many consumers and analysts feared that the MacBook would be ignored in favor of new, fast-growing businesses such as the Apple Watch and iPhones. But Mac computers are essential for Apple. Last month, Apple announced and then introduced new iPhones, iPods and Apple watches, leaving the Apple Max lineup as the flagship product line that has not been updated this fall. The 16-inch MacBook...
    SECRETARY to New York State Melissa de Rosa resigned on Sunday in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment allegations. "It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past 10 years," she wrote in a statement. 1Melissa de Rosa resigned on Sunday in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment allegations "New Yorkers' resilience, strength, and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me every day. Personally, the past 2 years have been emotionally and mentally trying." "I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state," the statement concluded. The high-profile resignation comes as Gov Cuomo faces calls to step down after state Attorney General Letitia James released a report alleging he sexually harassed several women and violated both state and federal laws. Most read in NewsLatestSHOTS FIRED One person dead and another injured after gunfire erupts in Target parking lot'NO SURVIVORS' Horror moment plane crashes into home killing pilot, 72, and two others'EMPEROR...
    Embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa has resigned after admitting 'the past two years have been emotionally and mentally trying.' DeRosa, who serves as Secretary to the Governor of the State of New York, announced her departure in a statement shared Sunday evening. She is Cuomo's closest aide, and is quitting as he faces increasing pressure to resign over a New York Attorney General's report branding him a sex pest. Andrew Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa, pictured on August 2, announced her resignation Sunday night  Breaking story, more to follow  
    An obscure, legless amphibian, colloquially referred to by some as a 'penis snake,' is the latest invasive species to make its way to South Florida. Formally known as a caecilian, these creatures are native to Colombia and Venezuela, but several have been pulled from the Tamiami Canal near the Miami International Airport.  Caecilians can range in size from a few inches to five feet long and have extremely poor eyesight - their name translates to 'blind ones' in Latin.  However, the 'penis snake' has a pair of sensory tentacles between its eyes and nostril that helps it detect food, which it snatches up with dozens of needle-like teeth. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission says caecilians are harmless.  An obscure, legless amphibian, known as a 'penis snake,' is the latest invasive species to make its way to South Florida The first caecilian that was found in the same canal two years ago allowed scientists to conduct a DNA comparison several other specimens recently pulled from the shallow water outside the Miami International Airport - proving the new creatures were...
    The BBC is facing a “crisis” as over the past two years, one million households in the UK have stopped paying the television tax which supports the publicly-funded broadcaster. According to the annual report from the British Broadcasting Corporation, 700,000 British households stopped paying for the TV licence that funds the BBC. This is on top of the 300,000 households which dropped the service in 2019. The chairman of the House of Commons media select committee, Conservative MP Julian Knight told The Times that it is “clear the BBC is haemorrhaging support amongst a significant proportion of the British public.” “The broadcaster — if this trend continues — could soon reach vanishing point where evasion is so widespread as to undermine faith in the TV licence system. This is fast becoming a crisis for the BBC,” Knight added. The recently installed chairman of the BBC, Richard Sharp defended the broadcaster’s performance, saying “against a landscape of unprecedented market pressures, it has kept delivering world-class programming across all genres.” The drop in revenue comes on top of the 260,000 elderly pensioners...
    Scientists have revealed the foods that are safe to eat past their 'best-before' date - including one snack that lasts up to two years after expiry.  Food safety is a major issue in Australia, with 4.1 million people reporting food-related illnesses each year along with more than 30,000 hospitalisations, according to the national Food Safety Information Council. To avoid these situations, experts say the most important thing to consider is whether a food is stamped with a 'use-by' or 'best-before' date. Use-by dates are given to perishable and potentially unsafe products such as seafood, meat and chicken, which should never be eaten after their use-by due to the risk of food-borne illnesses such as salmonella and listeria. Best-before dates are commonly found on less perishable items such as spreads, sauces and dried fruit, as well as dry staples including flour and pasta.  These dates are a good guide to a food's longevity, but experts say they are just that - a guide - with many others factors to consider. Scientists have revealed the foods that are safe to eat past...
    George Floyds girlfriend says they struggled with opioid addiction at Derek Chauvin trial Yoga still banned in Alabama public schools, for now, as conservatives cite Hinduism ties There is something magical about Opening Day, isn’t there?  It’s the start of a new season. Hope is springing eternal. The excitement of what might happen is intoxicating. We are waiting to be wowed, and if we are not laser focused on any one particular team, we are rarely disappointed.  FOSTER: 21 things I really want to see during the 2021 MLB season So, to kick off the 2021 season, let’s look at the 21 most impressive individual performances over the past 100 years of baseball’s Opening Day. One quick note: This list is about overall performances, not just moments. If it was about moments, where historical importance was the primary factor, the list would start with these three … 1. Jackie Robinson breaking MLB’s color barrier in 1947 2. Hank Aaron tying Babe Ruth with his 714th homer in 1974 3. Babe Ruth opening Yankee Stadium with a homer...
    TEEN Mom star Kailyn Lowry says she is “thankful” she “moved past the bulls**t” with son’s stepmom Vee Torres after years of feuding.  Promoting the latest episode of their show “Baby Mamas No Dramas” on Instagram, the two women couldn’t help but remark on their incredible friendship and how far they’d both come. 5Kailyn and Vee celebrated their friendship as they promoted the new episode of their podcastCredit: instagram Wearing khaki pants and a biscuit-coloured sweater, Kailyn, 28, is seen beaming for the snap as she holds an affectionate hand on Vee’s arm.  Underneath the photo of the pair, the mom of four wrote: “Every time I see pix of us I can’t believe we are here.  “Thankful we were able to move past the bulls**t & wish to give other co-parents hope that they can & will get along in the future.  “Just takes time & patience.” 5The two women have a great relationship now after years of feuding 5Kailyn has a son with Vee's husband Jo Rivera Vee, 28, looking chic in black pants and an animal print...
    The New York Yankees are taking a significant pitching risk with latest acquisitions By: Alexander Wilson January 25, 2021 ShareTweetFlipReddit“Optimistic” isn’t a word I would associate with the New York Yankees’ starting pitching rotation, especially after their latest acquisitions. Before general manager Brian Cashman signed Corey Kluber and traded for Jameson Taillon, the rotation was seemingly thin and strung out. Utilizing a bevy of unproven talent, the Yankees were preparing to rely on starters either coming off injury or with minimal MLB experience. Whether you feel confident with the starting rotation or not, the group is severely lacking healthy players coming off quality seasons. With the addition of Luis Severino and Domingo German for the 2021 season, expecting them to play at a premium level would be overzealous. Cashman has put a lot of his chips in on injured talent looking to make a comeback next season. If things pan out, they will be in great shape, but injuries always seem re-kindle at some point during a 162 game season. Here’s...
    2 starting pitching the Yankees should consider trading for By: Alexander Wilson January 23, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditNew York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman continues to scour the market for pitching support, despite signing Corey Kluber to a one year, $11 million deal. It is becoming clear that Cashman doesn’t feel necessarily optimistic about his starting rotation, considering three players haven’t played in a combined five years. Those players are Kluber, Luis Severino, and Domingo German. While they hold plenty of talent, it has been quite some time that any of the three have taken the mound in a competitive way. Kluber and Severino have both dealt with injuries the past two years, and German has spent the last season serving a domestic abuse suspension. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees make another move relatively soon, whether it be a free agent signing or trade. I’m leaning more toward a trade, considering the Yankees have plenty of assets they can part ways with for a cheaper option to fit under their salary....
    For as different as this NFL season has been due to the impact of COVID-19, the first two weeks of the playoffs have generally followed the trends of recent years. Over the past two weeks, I have compiled trends from the wild-card and divisional rounds of recent NFL playoffs. In the wild-card round, it was obvious going in that road teams had held an edge of late. They did so again in 2021. In the divisional round, I explained that hosts typically won three of the four games. That’s exactly what happened last weekend.  Up next are the conference championships, and the most noticeable factor when analyzing recent conference title games is that besides the road sweep two years ago, home teams have won every game outright since 2013. They also own an ATS edge of 10-4 during that seven-year stretch. Last year’s games were decided by double digits, re-establishing the trend that was thwarted in 2019, when the previous 10-game run by the hosts produced average scores of 33.3-16.  Using similar methodologies to that of the past...
    McConnel spent the past two years proudly blocking more than 400 pieces of legislation passed by the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won a seventh term, according to an Associated Press projection, defeating Democrat Amy McGrath. Kentucky voters kept the Republican despite his historic record of obstruction. It is unclear whether he will remain Senate Majority Leader, as control of the U.S. Senate has not been determined yet. McConnell put the odds of a GOP majority at "50-50" last week. McConnell has spent much of the past two years blocking popular House-passed legislation from coming up in the Senate and pushing to confirm Donald Trump's conservative judges to lifetime appointments.
    Like all local companies, Benchmark Theatre had to close down in March because of the coronavirus, but co-founder and producing artistic director Haley Johnson managed nonetheless to be productive. In April, with her partner Marcus Pirozzoli, she gave birth to a son, Mason. In so many ways, this changed everything. Still, Johnson and Rachel Rogers, Benchmark co-founder and executive artistic director, were able to absorb the shock of closure, figure out how to make sure the company survives and plan for the future. Benchmark’s 2020 season will begin this fall with what the directors term “bite-size programming” that still cleaves with this year’s original theme: Hopes and Fears. Benchmark is a relatively new company that took up residence in the Lakewood venue once occupied by Rick and Patty Yaconis’s Edge Theater. Over the past two years Johnson and Rogers have created some memorable productions, from A Kid Like Jake, about a four-year-old boy who loves princesses and the overbearing mother determined to get him into a first-rate kindergarten, to the light-hearted period piece Parfumerie to The Quality of Life, which...
    Barbara Jo Kammer finds therapy in music, and in better times, she and her band, The Hippie Buckaroos, can often be found playing to the residents of senior homes in and around Boulder County. Of course, COVID-19 has made that next to impossible. The Lafayette resident didn't want to let a global pandemic stop her from helping others. She's taken her act solo and plays just outside the window for elders, many of whom are stuck inside and in need of a distraction. "I've been working with elders as a music therapist since I graduated from Naropa in 2000," Kammer says. "It's been a wonderful experience for the elders, for the staff and for us especially." The past few weeks have even made playing outside a bit of a challenge because the smoke from nearby fires and those in California have forced many senior homes to close their windows. Related Stories Playing Wind Instruments and Singing Can Spread COVID-19. Now What? How Denver's Open Mics Are Playing Out the Pandemic Country Singer Taylor Shae Tells Stories Through Song ...
    Donald Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, said that the president “doesn’t have a sense of humor” and isn’t joking when he has repeatedly hinted at staying past two terms. During an hour-long interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the convicted felon said that, in his opinion, the president’s mental faculties have eroded during his nearly four years in office and that Trump really would prefer to rule the country in perpetuity. Throughout his first term, Trump has often suggested that he might run past 2024, despite being constitutionally limited to two consecutive terms in the White House. “Over time, do you feel like his sentience has declined, in what you described in him spelling or the way that he speaks or sometimes has trouble with words,” Maddow asked, alluding to the fact that his mental and physical capabilities — as well as his 2020 rival Joe Biden’s — have become campaign fodder. “Is he — has that changed over time? Is he the same person that speaks now that you recognize working with him for all those years?” “He’s not...
    BOERNE, Texas – When former Kendall County Judge Kirsten Cohoon took her place as 451st District Court Judge in January 2018, she became the county’s first elected State District Court Judge, defeating an incumbent appointed by the governor. Cohoon defeated veteran Judge Bill Palmer in the Republican primary election. Palmer had been appointed to the post by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot after the Legislature created the court in 2015. Kendall County district court judge conducts first live jury trial since COVID-19 outbreak “I just ran on what I wanted to run on and what I wanted to do with the court, and I didn’t really think about that part,” Cohoon said when asked about the significance of defeating a male 16-year veteran incumbent. While creating the court, the Legislature eliminated several positions, including the county judge, leaving Cohoon with a challenging workload. “We have a full plate,” Cohoon said. “We are a busy court. We have one court. There are no criminal courts, no civil, probate or juvenile courts.” Cohoon said Kendall County’s rapid growth has left behind the perception...
    Following an improbable series split with the Dodgers this past weekend in Los Angeles, the Giants are riding high. As well they should be. To take two of four from the presumptive National League champions — a team that’s, let’s face it, far better than San Francisco — is worth celebrating. But despite the Giants’ relative successes this past weekend, the gap between them and the Dodgers remains massive. San Francisco might have won two games, but L.A.’s 10-run advantage in the series was no fluke. In a few years, Farhan Zaidi’s current team might be able to go toe-to-toe with his former team, but right now, the Giants would be fools to think they’re on the same level as Los Angeles. Yes, they’re in the same division, but they’re effectively in different leagues. In fact, the distance between the two teams is so large right now that the Giants might get lost trying to close it. But the gap between the Giants and their next opponent, the San Diego Padres, isn’t nearly as large. That’s the team the Giants...
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