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Steelers Place Franchise Tag On Le’Veon Bell For Second Year In A Row

The Steelers officially placed the exclusive franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, the last day for teams to use the designation. The exclusive designation means that Bell is only permitted to negotiate with the Steelers. The tag for Bell is worth $14.544 million for the 2018 season, and the Steelers and Bell have until July 16 to agree to a multiyear contract or he will have to play the season on the franchise tag. Bell adjusted his contractual floor to $14.5 million per year to align with his tag salary. He won’t play for a contract that averages less annually, and also said he wasn’t bluffing when he told ESPN back in January that he would consider retirement if asked to play on the tag another year.  ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love Opens Up About His Experience With Panic Attacks And Therapy

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said he had a panic attack during a Nov. 5 game against the Atlanta Hawks, and opened up about how the experience has changed his view on mental health. In an essay published Tuesday for The Players’ Tribune, Love detailed what happened Nov. 5: “When I got to the bench, I felt my heart racing faster than usual. Then I was having trouble catching my breath. It’s hard to describe, but everything was spinning, like my brain was trying to climb out of my head. The air felt thick and heavy. My mouth was like chalk.”  Love made his way back to the locker room as he experienced the attack.  Accompanied by a member of the Cavaliers staff, Love was checked out at the Cleveland Clinic, where test results showed no physical injuries. The team later helped Love set up an appointment with a therapist. Love said that it was difficult for him to open up about his situation, but he now realizes that talking about his emotions is not a sign of weakness and hopes it helps raise awareness to the importance of mental health issues. ...Read more

Washington First In Nation To Protect Net Neutrality

Washington became the first in the country to sign a bill specifically opposing the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of net neutrality regulations. Net neutrality requires providers to treat all content in a similar fashion, without slowing down or speeding up users’ service. Washington’s bill prohibits companies that offer internet services from blocking legal content, applications, services or non-harmful devices. It also prevents providers from impairing internet traffic based on the content users are viewing. “Today we make history: Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “We’ve seen the power of an open internet. It allows a student in Washington to connect with researchers all around the world — or a small business to compete in the global marketplace.” The law was approved by the state Legislature last month and will take effect on June 6. ...Read more

White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn To Step Down

The White House said on Tuesday that top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a Wall Street banker who became a key architect of the 2017 tax overhaul within the Trump administration, is resigning. “It has been an honor to serve my country and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform. I am grateful to the President for giving me this opportunity and wish him and the Administration great success in the future,” Cohn said in a statement issued by the White House. Cohn’s resignation came after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Trump’s pledge to impose tariffs prompted speculation Cohn might leave the White House because of his opposition to the policy. Cohn was the former president and chief operating officer of investment bank Goldman Sachs, and was hired by Mr. Trump after the 2016 presidential election. ...Read more

Kendall Jenner Hospitalized Ahead Of Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party

22-year-old model Kendall Jenner was hospitalized over the weekend prior to attending the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party on Sunday. According to sources, Jenner had a bad reaction to a vitamin drip, resulting in a trip to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “She was working hard and took a vitamin drip over the weekend and had a bad reaction,” the source says. “Kendall checked herself into Cedars and quickly bounced back.”  Though she was recovering from a trip to the hospital, Jenner looked amazing at the Vanity Fair after-party on Sunday, rocking a black mini-dress. “I would have never been able to tell that she was hospitalized prior,” an eyewitness says. “She appeared to be having a great time with model pal Joan Smalls; laughing and mingling with party-goers.”  ...Read more

Tony-Winning Actress Ruthie Ann Miles Injured In Car Crash That Killed Her 4-Year-Old Daughter

A Tony-winning actress was hospitalized, and her 4-year-old daughter has died, after they were hit by a car in Brooklyn, New York Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, whose stage name is Ruthie Ann Miles, won a Tony Award in 2015 for her role in the Broadway revival of The King and I. According to the New York Daily News, she, her daughter Abigail, another woman with a 1-year-old son, and a fifth victim were struck when a driver ran a red light. Both children did not survive.  Reports claim that the driver is said to have suffered a seizure and does not remember the crash. Miles, who is also pregnant, is said to be in stable condition at a Brooklyn hospital as of early Tuesday. The other woman, Miles’ friend Lauren Lew, is also recovering. The Broadway community – including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, and Sutton Foster – are rallying around Miles, and many are sending messages of condolences and support for her and her family.  ...Read more

Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran To Resign On April 1

Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said on Monday he will resign on April 1st. The 80-year-old Cochran stayed home for a month last fall with urinary tract infections, returning to Washington in October to give Republicans the majority they needed to pass a budget plan. Cochran said in a statement, “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge. I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate.”  Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.  Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint a temporary replacement, and a special election will be held to fill the rest of the term through January 2021. ...Read more

Despite Mueller Subpoena, Former Trump Aide Sam Nunberg Says He Will Not Testify

Sam Nunberg, a former aide to Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to appear before a grand jury, but he says he’s not planning to testify.  The subpoena also asks that Nunberg hand over communications between him and a number of members of the Trump campaign, including the president himself. Nunberg told The Washington Post he won’t provide that information either.  Mr. Nunberg worked for Mr. Trump from 2011 to 2015; however he was fired from the Trump campaign after Business Insider published a story about racially charged Facebook posts he had made. ...Read more