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Memphis Hires Penny Hardaway As Tigers’ New Head Coach

Rumors of Penny Hardaway returning home to the Memphis Tigers have proven true; the school has announced they have reached a deal with their former star player to become the new head coach of their men’s basketball team.  Hardaway replaces former coach Tubby Smith, who was fired last week. Penny was the third overall pick in 1993 and played in the NBA from 1993 to 2008 with four different teams including Orlando, Phoenix, New York and Miami. The 46-year-old, four-time NBA All-Star will be officially announced as head coach on Tuesday when a formal press conference is scheduled to be held.  ...Read more

President Trump’s Opioid Addiction Plan To Include Harsher Penalties

President Donald Trump unveiled a plan to combat the opioid epidemic that will include increased funds for treatment and harsher sentences for drug traffickers. One of the major components of the plan will be to pursue the death penalty against drug traffickers. “The Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers when it’s appropriate under current law,” Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council said on Sunday. Mr. Trump’s plan will also ask Congress to pass legislation that lowers the amount of illegal drugs needed to invoke federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers “who knowingly distribute certain illicit opioids that are lethal in trace amounts.” ...Read more

Austin Police Seek ‘Serial Bomber’ After Fourth Explosion

After the fourth explosion in less than three weeks in Austin, Texas, officials said on Monday that it appears to be the work of a serial bomber. Authorities warned that the devices appear to be getting more sophisticated. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said “we are clearly dealing with a serial bomber,” adding that he was unable to answer questions about whether the incidents should be considered domestic terrorism. “We will have to determine if we see a specific ideology behind this.” The most recent occurrence was on Sunday just after 8:30 p.m. local time, when two bicyclists received non-life-threatening injuries after apparently setting off a tripwire in the southwest of the city. “With this tripwire, this changes things,” said Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio division. “It’s more sophisticated, it’s not targeted to individuals … a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something.”  The two latest victims, white men ages 22 and 23, set off the bomb that had been left next to a fence and were recovering in the hospital with “significant injuries,” Manley said.  ...Read more

President Trump Claims Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s Memos Are ‘Fake’

President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and raised doubts about whether a fired top FBI official kept personal memos outlining his interactions with Mr. Trump. In a series of tweets, the President elevated his tension with Mueller, whose team is examining Trump campaign ties to Russia; former-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired on  Friday by the attorney general; and former FBI Director James Comey, fired by the President last year.  Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said this past week that they had completed a draft report concluding, after a yearlong investigation, that there was no collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia; committee Democrats vehemently disagreed. ...Read more

Vladimir Putin Overwhelmingly Wins Another 6 Years As Russian Leader

Vladimir Putin won in a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia’s president.  He told cheering supporters in a brief speech that “we are bound for success.” There was little doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest as he only faced seven minor candidates. Putin had amassed 76 percent of the vote with ballots from 80 percent of Russia’s precincts counted by early Monday in Russia.  Putin became President in Russia on New Year’s Eve 1999 after Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation. ...Read more

Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman To Host “SNL” With Musical Guest Cardi B

Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War star Chadwick Boseman will be hosting Saturday Night Live on April 7 on NBC. He’ll be joined by musical guest Cardi B. The announcement came during this week’s broadcast hosted by Bill Hader. This will mark the first appearance for both performers on the legendary sketch show. Cardi B posted about her upcoming gig on Instagram, writing, “APRIL 7th SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE!!! Who finna not go to the club to watch Bardi on tv?!”  Boseman and Cardi B have had successful years; Black Panther continues to break box office records, and Cardi has seen continued success for her music.  They both also have projects coming out in the coming month: Cardi B recently announced that her album will be out sometime in April, and Chadwick Boseman will return as the Black Panther in Marvel’s Infinity Wars on April 27. ...Read more

Loyola Chicago Knocks Off Third-Seeded Tennessee In NCAA Tournament

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers are headed to the Sweet 16 after beating Tennessee in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Saturday in Dallas. No. 11 Loyola pulled off the 63-62 upset against No. 3 Tennessee at the American Airlines Center. The Ramblers were coming off of a first round victory against No. 6 Miami. Loyola faces No. 7 Nevada or No. 2 Cincinnati on Thursday in the Sweet 16 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. ...Read more

UMBC Makes NCAA Tournament History With 74-54 Win Over Top-Seeded Virginia

UMBC (formally known as the University of Maryland, Baltimore County) became college basketball’s ultimate Cinderella story when they pulled off the most stunning upset in tournament history; they are the first 16 seed to upend a No. 1, beating Virginia 74-54.  Virginia had been the best team in the nation for the majority of the regular season, entering the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition. However, UMBC’s senior guard Jairus Lyles led the team to victory over Virginia by scoring 28 points.   ...Read more