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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker Says He Will Not Run For Re-Election

Sen. Bob Corker, one of the most outspoken Republican critics of President Trump, has decided not to run for re-election, ending weeks of uncertainty about his future. The Tennessee U.S. senator has spent much of this month rethinking his decision to forgo a third term and saying little in public about his status. On Tuesday, his chief of staff Todd Womack issued a written statement cementing his plans. After Corker initially said he was stepping down, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., entered the contest. Democrats, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has the inside track for his party’s nomination.  ...Read more

West Virginia Schools Still Closed As Teachers Strike For Better Wages Enters Its Fourth Day

Public schools in West Virginia remained closed Tuesday as thousands of schoolteachers continued their demands for better wages. Teachers on strike have demanded a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the state legislature to address their complaints, a union official said Monday. Schoolteachers announced they would continue to strike until they are granted a meeting with the state’s leaders, said Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teacher’s West Virginia chapter.  The average pay for West Virginia teachers ranks among the lowest in the nation. Last week the state’s Republican governor signed a bill into law that would raise pay for teachers and state employees. Teachers would see a pay increase of $808 next year and $404 the following two year; however teachers said the increases are not enough, especially as health care costs rise. Missed class time as a result of the strike will be automatically added to the end of the school year. ...Read more

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones To Appeal NFL’s Demand For $2M Reimbursement

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will appeal the NFL’s decision to seek reimbursement of legal fees stemming from his actions related to Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension as well as Roger Goodell’s contract extension. The NFL is seeking in excess of $2 million from Jones, citing a resolution that was added to the NFL constitution in 1997 that says if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees. The Cowboys offered a letter of support in the Elliott case as the running back fought the NFL’s six-game suspension. “Really don’t have any comment,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Tuesday. “I’ll let Jerry address that at the appropriate time, but don’t really have anything to say about that right now.” Stephen Jones said he was not aware of any other time the rule has been enforced, “but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened,” he said. ...Read more

Cavaliers Issue Indefinite Ban To Fan For Taunting Spurs’ Patty Mills

The Cleveland Cavaliers have identified the fan who directed racial taunts at San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills during Sunday’s game at Quicken Loans Arena and have banned him indefinitely. The fan, whom the team did not publicly identify, is barred from events at Quicken Loans Arena. The team will review the ban after one year. When Mills was at the foul line late during the Spurs’ 110-94 win, the fan was heard on the ABC broadcast yelling, “Hey Jamaica called, they want their bobsledder back.” Mills, who is black, is from Australia and is of Aboriginal heritage. Mills responded to a Twitter user who shared a video of the incident on Sunday, saying he hoped to “enlighten this confused, hateful fan.” ...Read more

Steve Martin And Martin Short Announce Netflix Comedy Special

Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming to Netflix. The comedy legends announced a new special for the streaming service, which will be called “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.”  The special will launch globally on Netflix later this year. Martin tweeted a brief video announcement, where he and Short promised that they’ll be working with “the best video people in the business.”  Martin and Short taped the special at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina during their current tour.  “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” was directed by Marcus Raboy and executive producers include Martin, Short, Lorne Michaels, Erin David and Marc Gurvitz.  You can watch the announcement video from Martin and Short here. ...Read more

Disney Donates $1 Million to STEM Programs Following ‘Black Panther’ Success

The Walt Disney Company is celebrating the enormous success of Black Panther by donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, according to a news release. The donation is meant to further develop the organization’s youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.” The Boys & Girls Club will use the money to fund STEM centers at “12 communities across the country,” as per the release, Marvel’s Black Panther has earned $700 million in the worldwide box office, after two weeks of release. ...Read more

Florida Governor Launches Investigation Into School Shooting Response

Florida Governor Rick Scott called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sunday to investigate law enforcement response to the deadly school shooting in South Florida last week.  The call for an investigation comes after a state representative asked the governor to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from his post for his deputies’ “incomprehensible inaction” during the shooting.  Much debate has surfaced over the response of Broward deputies after Israel announced Thursday afternoon the resignation of Scot Peterson, the school resource officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting. Israel said Peterson, who was armed, never went into building where the shooter was firing at students and instead took a position outside and did “nothing.” Peterson was suspended without pay pending the investigation but chose to resign completely, Israel said. The sheriff said his department is also looking into reports that at least three other Broward Sheriff’s deputies didn’t enter the school building during shooting. ...Read more

Supreme Court Rejects Trump Appeal On DACA

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from the Trump administration to decide the legality of the president’s plans to end the DACA program affecting young illegal immigrants. In an unsigned comment released Monday, the Supreme Court denied the unusual request to take up the issue, saying the appeal should move through the normal appellate process. The move kicks the case back to the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. In recent months, lower court judges have moved to stop the administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects about 800,000 young immigrants brought to country illegally as children from deportation. ...Read more

Kansas City Chiefs To Aquire Two Los Angeles Rams Picks For Marcus Peters

The Kansas City Chiefs will receive a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback Marcus Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick, according to league sources.  The trade cannot be officially announced until the start of the 2018 league year on March 14.  Peters will cost $1.74 million toward the salary cap this season. The Rams will have until May 3 to pick up Peters’ fifth-year option for 2019. ...Read more

San Jose Sharks Acquire Evander Kane From Buffalo Sabres

The San Jose Sharks traded for free agent Evander Kane on Monday, according to reports. The Buffalo Sabres will receive a conditional first-round pick in 2019 if Kane re-signs with San Jose, but it will be a second-rounder if he doesn’t. Buffalo also gets a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020 and forward prospect Dan O’Regan. Kane, 26, has posted 20 goals and 20 assists in 61 games in 2017-18 for the Sabres. He is in the final season of a six-year contract he initially signed with the Winnipeg Jets that has an annual salary-cap hit of $5.25 million.Kane has been traded for the second time in his career. He was dealt to the Sabres in February 2015. ...Read more