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Oklahoma Guard Trae Young Leaves OU To Enter NBA Draft

On Twitter this Tuesday, Freshman guard Trae Young posted that he will be leaving the University of Oklahoma to enter the NBA draft in June.  Young, 19, delivered a first-team All-America season and has elevated himself into comparisons with a young Stephen Curry. Young and his family, including his father, Ray, will soon start meeting with prospective agents for representation. Young is expected to start training for the pre-draft process with a trainer in California. Young had 28 points and eight assists in the Sooners’ season-ending loss to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. For the season, Young led Division I players in scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.7 per game).  ...Read more

FedEx Explosion In San Antonio Is Being Linked To Austin Blasts

A package that exploded at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday is being linked to four blasts in Austin this month, according to sources. Tuesday’s explosion occurred around 12:25 a.m. local time (1:25 a.m. ET) in the sorting area of a facility in Schertz, Texas, officials said. At a news conference Tuesday morning, authorities declined to make a connection between the FedEx explosion and the Austin incidents, but a source briefed on the investigation later said that the blasts are indeed linked. Schertz is located 50 miles away from Austin; the bomber is thought to have mailed two packages from a FedEx drop-off center on Brodie Lane in Austin. One of the packages made it to Schertz where it exploded before it was to be sorted and returned to Austin, while the other arrived at a FedEx facility near the Austin airport, according to the source. Both packages are believed to have contained nails, the source said. They were both thought to be bound for Austin. ...Read more

2 Injured, Gunman Dead In Maryland High School Shooting

A 17-year-old student shot and critically wounded two fellow students at a Maryland high school on Tuesday morning. The gunman was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer, the county sheriff said.  The shooting occurred just before 8 a.m. at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, county Sheriff Timothy Cameron said. A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were wounded and taken to hospitals. The girl was in intensive care with life-threatening critical injuries, the sheriff said, while the boy was in good condition. The gunman was identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins. Sheriff Cameron said there was “an indication” of a prior relationship between him and the female student, though he said that was still under investigation. Rollins pulled out a Glock semiautomatic handgun around 7:55 a.m. in a hallway and shot the students, the sheriff said. The attack lasted less than a minute, ending after the school resource officer, Deputy 1st Class Sheriff Blaine Gaskill, ran inside the building and engaged with Rollins, with both firing a single round almost simultaneously. The officer was not harmed, however Rollins was confirmed deceased after being taken to a hospital. ...Read more

Cynthia Nixon Officially Announces Run For NY Governor

Former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has announced her run for the New York governor’s seat. The actress made the official announcement on Monday that she plans to run in the Democratic Primary against current Governor Andrew Cuomo. Nixon, who was born in New York, was rumored to run in the gubernatorial race for months. She posted her official announcement to Twitter on Monday, along with an ad and a link to donate to her campaign at her official campaign website: cynthiafornewyork.com. Nixon has three children (Samantha, 20, Charles Ezekiel, 14, and Max Ellington, 6), and married her wife Christine Marinoni in 2012; Nixon has been an outspoken defender of her fellow LGBTQ citizens.  ...Read more

Fifth Harmony Announce Hiatus to Pursue Solo Careers

Fifth Harmony announced on Monday, March 19 that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus in order to pursue solo endeavors. The surprising announcement came from group members Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui. The group was formed during second season of The X Factor in 2012, after judge Simon Cowell suggested they work together (fifth member Camila Cabello left the group in December 2016). “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”  5H continued on as a foursome following Cabello’s exit, however each band member started recently venturing into solo projects. After completing an Asian tour last week and a show at Universal Orlando the night before their announcement, 5H’s next scheduled show is May 11 in Hollywood, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock.  ...Read more

Tyronn Lue Temporarily Stepping Down As Cavaliers Coach Due To Illness

Tyronn Lue is stepping down as head coach of the Cavaliers temporarily to deal with his ongoing illness, which has caused him to miss three games and impacted him for virtually the entire season. Chief assistant Larry Drew will take over for Lue, beginning with Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. In a statement released Monday morning by the Cavs, Lue, 40, made it clear that he intends to return this season. He said he has “had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year.” Lue also said in the statement  “After many conversations with our doctors and Koby (Altman) and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season.” Lue has been examined repeatedly by Cleveland Clinic doctors for months and undergone a battery of tests, but there is still no diagnosis. He did not return for the second half of Saturday’s win over the Bulls; previously he missed the second half of a loss to Orlando on Feb. 6 and the entire game against the Bulls on Dec. 21. ...Read more

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