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IndyCar Season To Open At St. Petersburg This Weekend

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will open with a live telecast of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, March 11 on ABC. The 110-lap race will be contested on a 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary racing circuit that includes St. Petersburg city streets as well as part of an adjacent airport.  Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden will carry onboard cameras in his car during the race as will Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Ed Jones, Will Power, Zach Veach and Graham Rahal.  The race will be the first of five Verizon IndyCar Series races airing this season. Included will be the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27 and two days of Indy 500 qualifications May 19-20.  ...Read more

Miami Heat Guard Dwyane Wade Makes Surprise Visit To Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Dwyane Wade went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in the hopes of bringing some much-needed smiles to faces of students and teachers. Speaking Thursday about his surprise visit to the school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were shot and killed last month, the Miami Heat guard said he was impressed with the students he spoke with. “They are well-prepared and well-aware of what they need to do and what they want to do and the change they want to see,” Wade said. “It’s great. It’s great to hear. It’s great to see that, because I come from a community in Chicago where our youth are getting killed daily and don’t have the same voice, don’t have the same light on them that Parkland has. These kids understand what they have.”  The shooting in Parkland affected Wade because one of the victims was buried in a Wade jersey. Wade has also met with the family of that teen, Joaquin Oliver , and promised them that he would keep using his voice to help facilitate change. ...Read more

Trump Orders New Tariffs With Exemptions For Mexico And Canada

On Thursday, President Donald Trump approved new steel and aluminum tariffs. Shortly before he signed proclamations imposing the tariffs, Trump said in the White House Roosevelt Room, flanked by steel and aluminum workers from Pennsylvania and Kentucky, that “Today, I’m defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel.  You don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.” The tariffs — 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum — will take effect March 23, a senior administration official told reporters. ...Read more

Mississippi Passes Law Banning Abortion After 15 Weeks

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday passed what would be the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, making the procedure illegal in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy.  Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Legislature hope the issue will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The House voted 75-34 in favor of the measure, and Gov. Phil Bryant said again Thursday that he would sign it. The Senate passed the measure on Tuesday. There are two exceptions to House Bill 1510: if the fetus has a health problem that would prevent it from surviving outside the womb at full term, or if the pregnant woman’s life or a “major bodily function” is threatened by the pregnancy. Pregnancies as a result of rape and incest are not exempt.  The state’s only abortion provider pledged to sue, and the attorney general said he expected a tough legal battle ahead. “The Supreme Court has said and re-said again and again that states cannot prohibit women from obtaining abortions prior to viability, which is what a 15-week ban would do,” said Hillary Schneller, staff attorney for the national nonprofit Center for Reproductive Rights. The New York-based group, which advocates for free access to abortion, called the bill unconstitutional and “medically unsound.” ...Read more

Hope Hicks Told House Intelligence Committee Email Accounts Were Hacked

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee last week that one of her email accounts was hacked, according to people who were present for her testimony in the panel’s Russia probe. According to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Hicks indicated that she could no longer access two accounts: one that she used as a member of President Donald Trump’s campaign team, and a personal account. Hicks told lawmakers that one of the accounts was hacked, according to two sources who were in the room.  Hicks’ correspondence has been a subject of interest for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is running a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump associates. ...Read more

Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels Sues President Trump

Adult film star Stormy Daniels sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday, alleging that he never signed a nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with her.  The civil suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and alleges that the agreement not to disclose Stephanie Clifford’s (known professionally as Stormy Daniels) “intimate” relationship with Trump is invalid because while both Clifford and Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen signed it, Trump never did.  Clifford and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, are asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to declare that both the hush agreement and the side agreement “were never formed, and therefore do not exist, because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements.” Avenatti said if the suit is a victory, it would allow his client to “tell her story.” “Ms. Clifford believes it’s important that the public learn the truth about what happened,” he said. “I think it’s time for her to tell her story and for the public to decide who is telling the truth.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ...Read more

South African Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala Attacked With Chainsaw While Training

South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala is recovering in a hospital after a roadside attack left him seriously injured.  According to reports, Gwala was on a training ride on his bicycle before dawn in the coastal city of Durban when he was dragged off the road by three attackers, who attempted to cut off his legs with a dull blade. He was found by a local security company and taken to a hospital. Dennis Jackson, director of the Elite Athlete Development program for KwaZulu-Natal province, told The Associated Press that Gwala told him that the attackers sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone. They missed a main artery, and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said. Gwala became an excellent athlete after overcoming drug and alcohol addictions, and he represented South Africa at international competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands last year, Jackson said. The athlete’s long-term goals were to compete in half or full ironman triathlons.  ...Read more

Philadelphia Eagles Acquire Michael Bennett From The Seattle Seahawks

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. The deal won’t be officially announced until the NFL’s league year opens next Wednesday. Sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the trade information.  Seattle gets wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, while Philadelphia also receives a seventh-round pick. The 32-year-old Bennett has three years remaining on his contract, with a base salary of just $1.65 million in 2018. That number jumps to $6 million in 2019 and $7.5 million in 2020. Bennett had 8 sacks last season and 54 in his nine-year career. ...Read more

Chrissy Teigen And Husband John Legend Mourn Death Of Beloved Dog Puddy

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s dog Puddy has died. Teigen revealed the heartbreaking news on Instagram on Wednesday, March 7, sharing multiple photos of herself with her pup. “Today our baby, Puddy, has gone on to the pup heavens. John and I got Puddy in our first year of dating” she revealed. “10 years ago, on May 30th, I found the dog that would be there for us through every up, down, new house, new city, new tour, new travel. He welcomed new pups and loved on new babies and new bellies. He was there for everything.”  Puddy underwent emergency treatment for heart failure in November 2017 and Teigen told her fans back then that his health was still not fully stable. “…He does have a tumor on his heart and he’s basically a 70 year old man beast but I am so happy to have him home right now.”  Teigen and Legend are currently expecting their second child, a boy.  They also have three other dogs: Pippa, Penny and their newest addition, Pablo, who they adopted in October. ...Read more

Tommy Lee Claims His Son Brandon, 21, Knocked Him ‘Unconscious’ During A Domestic Dispute

Former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee claims he was attacked on Monday, March 6, by his 21-year-old son Brandon.  Lee, who shares sons Brandon and Dylan with ex-wife Pamela Anderson, posted a photo of his swollen and bloodied mouth that evening. “My heart is broken,” the 55-year-old Lee said in tweet before it was deleted.  TMZ published details of the alleged altercation, claiming that Brandon had been acting in self-defense. However, Tommy responded on Twitter denying the altercation happened that way, saying “My fiancé and I were in bed when my son busted into the room and assaulted me. I asked him to the leave house and he knocked me unconscious. He ran away from the police. THAT’s the truth.”  According to sources, Lee plans to proceed with pressing criminal charges against Brandon. Sgt. Matthew Dunn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated that Brandon has been named a person of interest related to a dispute with his father over a social media post, but no arrests have been made. Lee sought his own medical treatment, and Brandon was not on the scene when authorities arrived. Brandon’s attorneys have reached out to the Sheriff’s office and plan to cooperate fully with the investigation. ...Read more