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Heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder says he wants to kill an opponent in the ring

You could say that every boxer is out to kill their opponent in the ring, figuratively speaking. But WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder would literally like to kill one of his.

Wilder said as much in a recent interview with New York City radio program The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 FM.

“I want a body on my record, I want one,” Wilder told hosts  Charlamagne Tha God & Angela Yee, explaining that he’s so focused on the task at hand when he gets into the ring that he becomes someone else, a person that would have no problem taking an opponent’s life. “I always tell people, when I’m in the ring, I don’t really care. Everything about me changes. I don’t get nervous, I don’t get scared, I don’t get butterflies, I don’t have no feeling towards the man I’m fit to fight.”

Wilder added that with is punching power (39 of his 40 wins have come by way of knockout), he at times almost expects it to happen.

“The power that I have, it’s easy to be able to do,” Wilder said. “I thought I had one one time with [Artur] Szpilka because he wasn’t breathing when he hit the canvas. Somebody is going to go.”

The former U.S. Olympian extended his record to 40-0 several weeks ago with a 10-round TKO of Luis Ortiz.

 

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Mark Cuban at center of racial discrimination lawsuit

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been brought to the fore of a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the company which manages the team’s facility, American Airlines Center (AAC).

Michelle Newsome,  a former employee with the Arena Operating Company, the outfit which manages the AAC, filed a petition Thursday in Dallas County court seeking to depose Cuban regarding any information he might have about racial discrimination and sexual harassment at the AAC. The New York Post reports that Newsome filed a $13 million wrongful termination lawsuit against the arena last year, saying the work environment she was forced to endure in her 13 years as a sales executive with the company was hostile and discriminatory.

“The Animal House culture that has been described at the Mavericks’ office is very similar to what’s going on at American Airlines Center, and they [arena operators] are very aware of it,” Newsome told the Dallas Morning News Thursday.

The lawsuit also alleges that a noose was found hanging near Cuban’s suite back in February of 2011, and Cuban grabbed it and threw it out. An anonymous employee, who is African-American, claimed to have seen Cuban remove the hangman’s noose and not make any further mention of it.

“As an African-American male, I took the hangman’s noose as a threat of violence against African-Americans,” the employee stated, according to the suit.

Cuban reportedly declined to comment Thursday.

 

 

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Police shot Stephon Clark six times in the back, an independent forensic pathologist says

An independent forensic pathologist on Friday said Stephon Clark the unarmed black man who was killed by the police was fatally shot six times in the back.

Dr. Bennet Omalu, who conducted an autopsy days after Clark was killed told reporters that his examination showed that Clark was hit by eight bullets, and all but one entered while his back was facing police. He added that the eight bullet that hit Clark on his left thigh came while he was on the ground and had already been shot multiple times.

“That he was assailing the officers, meaning he was facing the officers, is inconsistent with the prevailing forensic evidence” as documented in the autopsy, he said.

Sacramento police fatally shot Stephon Clark, 22, in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, during their search for a vandal in the neighborhood. No weapon was found on him other than a cellphone phone.

This independent autopsy finding has raised new questions about Clark shootings. However, police have released videos showing the incident but urged the public not to take law into their hands until the investigation is complete.

“It’s very simple. The narrative that’s been put forth is they had to open fire because he was charging toward them,” said civil rights litigator Ben Crump, who is representing Clark’s family. Yet the autopsy shows, Crump said, “all of the bullets were from behind.”

Stephon Clark was buried on Thursday at a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners including Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Twelve people killed as protesters and Israeli military clash in Gaza

A six-week campaign of protest in Gaza as resulted almost immediately into chaos and bloodshed with at least 12 Palestinians reported killed by Israeli soldiers in confrontations along the border fence.

The Israeli military reported Friday morning that Palestinian protesters were rioting in six different locations along the border, burning tires and throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the fence and at Israeli’s soldiers beyond it.

By late afternoon, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said that 12 people had been killed by Israeli fire, while more than 1000 injured.

The area surrounding the Gaza Strip has long been declared a closed military zone by the Israeli military, and “responding with riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators.” said the military. Israeli forces fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.

The march tagged the “Great March of Return,” or the “March of the million” by the organizers have in attendance about 20, 000 Palestinian including women and children who have erected tents in recent days about 700 yards from the border with Israel. The organizers also provided portable washrooms, free food, water and Wi-Fi

Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the chief spokesman of the Israeli military, described the protest organizers as “an organization in crisis” and accused its commanders of hiding behind women and children.

“This is not Scouts summer camp,” the said of the border encampment in a radio interview on Thursday. “It’s a battle zone.”

 

 

 

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Rob Gronkowski suddenly the subject of trade rumors

The NFL rumor mill hasn’t really been churning out many jaw-droppers this offseason.

Odell Beckham Jr is certainly one, but that’s hardly a surprise. Beckham’s frequent on and off the field antics with the Giants have made him a good bet for the chopping block for quite some time now. But, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick possibly dealing Gronk is the whopper of NFL trade rumors thus far.

It remains to be seen if there’s any truth to the notion, but 49ers Webzone appears to be on to something. Quoting an anonymous source, the website is suggesting that the uncertainty surrounding Gronkowski’s football future has already got Belichick preparing for life without the most dominant player in football. Surely, the news that Gronk just landed a movie role isn’t helping either.

“A Bill Belichick-friendly source agreed with my thinking that once a player makes Belichick start to contemplate life without him, Belichick starts to warm to being without that player. He imagines you gone,” the report states. “The longer Gronkowski goes without saying he’s all in, the chances of him being traded increase, the source said.”

Again, it’s only the beginnings of a rumor at this point, but it’s the juiciest one the offseason has graced us with yet in 2018.

 

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Study sheds light on developmental origins of ‘butterflies of the soul’

Interneurons, also referred to as the “butterflies of the soul,” play critical roles in transmitting information between sensory and motor neurons. And a new study sheds light on their developmental origins, according to Phys.org.

The Harvard Medical School team used single-cell analysis to track the behavior of interneurons, tracing their lineage from the earliest precursor states all the way into mature forms in mice. They found key genetic programs that determine the fate of developing interneurons, as well as when they are turned on and off.

“We knew more than 100 years ago that this huge diversity of morphologically interesting cells existed in the brain, but their specific individual roles in brain function are still largely unclear,” said Gordon Fishell, co-senior author of the study.

“Our study provides a road map for understanding how and when distinct interneuron subtypes develop, giving us unprecedented insight into the biology of these cells,” he said. “We can now investigate interneuron properties as they emerge, unlock how these important cells function and perhaps even intervene when they fail to develop correctly in neuropsychiatric disease.”

The findings were published in Nature.

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Chicago Blackhawks run out of goalies, turn to 36-year-old accountant

A 36-year-old accountant had seven saves for the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night in a 6-2 win over over the Winnipeg Jets.

Sounds like fake news, but it actually happened. After starter Anton Forsberg was injured in pregame warmups, backup goalie Collin Delia got the start. And that meant Chicago needed an emergency backup for Delia, so they signed Scott Foster, a married father of two who crunches numbers for an asset management company and played at Western Michigan, to an amateur contract.

Of course, no one ever expected he’d actually get on the ice. Emergency goalies never do. According to USA Today, the first known instance of an emergency goalie appearing in a modern era game came last season when Carolina Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves suited up for the team. And he was in the game for all of seven seconds. But when Delia experienced cramping early in the third period, the unthinkable happened. The Blackhawks had no choice but to turn to Foster, a guy whose only hockey experience since Western Michigan in 2006 had been with an amateur rec league.

After the game, Foster told reporters he was just as stunned as everyone else that he got the call.

“The initial shock happened when I had to dress. I think you just kind of blackout after that,” Foster said. “A few hours ago I was sitting on the computer typing on a 10-key,” Foster said. “Now I’m standing in front of you guys having just finished 14 and a half minutes of NHL hockey. That’s something you’ll never forget.”

 

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GoFundMe page for Andrew McCabe raises $187,000 and counting

A crowdfunding page for Andrew McCabe, the recently fired FBI deputy director, garnered more than $200,000 within a few hours of going live Thursday afternoon. The page, which is on GoFundMe and is authored by “friends of the former FBI deputy director,” says that it is raising money for legal bills that McCabe may face in months ahead.

The page initially set a goal of $150,000. After surpassing that amount in its first five hours, it set a new goal of $250,000.

“The support for Andrew #McCabe has been overwhelming, humbling & deeply appreciated,” Melissa Schwartz, a spokesperson for McCabe, tweeted Thursday. “Unfortunately, the need for a legal defense fund is a growing reality.”

McCabe was fired earlier this month less than two days before he was due to retire with full pension benefits. The reasons for his firing are under debate, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that McCabe displeased him by authorizing FBI agents to talk to reporters about an ongoing Hillary Clinton probe and lacking “candor” when internal investigators asked him about it.

The GoFundMe page says that it is not a retirement fund, however. It states that it is funding a legal defense team that will be headed by Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general.

The page says that the legal fees may pay for responses he may have to give to congressional inquiries and the Office of the Inspector General’s ongoing investigation, along with potential lawsuits that McCabe might choose to file. The Inspector General’s office had recommended that the FBI fire him, according to Sessions.

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Uber’s cutbacks in motion sensors may have made driverless car more likely to crash

The self-driving Uber car that fatally hit a pedestrian in Arizona last week had fewer motion sensors and thus more “blind spots” than earlier driverless prototypes Uber was testing two years ago. The revelation came from five former Uber employees and four industry experts, who were speaking with reporters about the crash that hit and killed Tempe, Arizona, resident Elaine Herzberg while she was crossing a street with her bicycle.

The sources said that Uber had an early fleet of self-driving Ford Fusion cars that it retired in 2016 and replaced with new self-driving Volvo sport utility vehicles.
Each Fusion had a network of seven “lidar” sensors, which use laser light pulses to detect other cars, people, or obstacles in the Fusion’s path so it would dodge them. The new Volvos each had only one lidar sensor, and it was on the rooftop.

The lack of any side sensors caused the Volvo’s to have blind zones up to three meters distant all around them in which they could not detect a pedestrian, the sources said. Velodyne, maker of the lidar sensors, confirmed that the blind spots exist and said that the company will have to start putting more sensors on every car.

“If you’re going to avoid pedestrians, you’re going to need to have a side lidar to see those pedestrians and avoid them, especially at night,” Marta Hall, president and chief business development officer at Velodyne, told Reuters.

Velodyne documents stated that each lunar sensor can see in a 360-degree circle but only in a narrow horizontal band. It cannot see objects low to the ground and needs supplemental sensors and detectors to fill in this visual gap.

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Proposed bill would fine employers for requiring employees to respond after work hours

 A recently proposed bill would make it illegal in New York City for companies with more than 10 employees to require employees to respond to communications such as emails and text messages outside of the normal workday.

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans work an average of eight hours per day.

The legislation, which would exclude government employees, would enact a monetary fine on companies and would also restrict employers from retaliating against employees for not replying.

The bill was introduced during the third week in March, 2018 by Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. Espinal reportedly modeled it after a similar law in France.

Espinal’s proposal would require companies to establish a policy for ‘communications expectations’ once employees leave the office. It also includes exceptions for emergencies. Employers would still be able to contact employees, but not require a response.