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NFL Announces New National Anthem Policy Which States Players Must Stand On Field

NFL owners approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta. Any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players. “A club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem,” Goodell said in a statement. ...Read more

Stacey Abrams Makes History By Winning Georgia Democratic Primary In Bid To Become First Black Female Governor

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams won the Democratic primary Tuesday, bringing her closer to becoming the nation’s first African-American woman governor. The former state House minority leader beat former state Rep. Stacey Evans. In the GOP gubernatorial primary, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp advanced to a runoff on July 24. The candidates needed 50% of the vote, plus one ballot, to avoid a runoff election. “We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s future where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired,” Abrams said during her speech at her post-election party. “We are writing a history of a Georgia where we prosper together.” The candidates are vying to replace Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is term-limited.  ...Read more

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Under Police Investigation For Sexual Misconduct

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali, confirming a 60 Minutes television report that aired this weekend. Batali “vehemently” denied the new allegations in a statement to CBS, which airs the program. An NYPD public information officer said in an email on Monday the department was investigating the allegations, however they did not respond to a question about whether the 2005 incident was too old to face prosecution. Batali, who owns numerous restaurants, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting an employee at one of his restaurants in 2005 in the new criminal investigation, according to the report. Batali was fired in December 2017 by ABC as co-host of The Chew, a daytime food and talk show, and also stepped away from his restaurant company after the accusations by the four women first surfaced. ...Read more

“Show Dogs” Filmmakers Respond To Critics Implying Movie Sends Message About Sexual Abuse

The new film “Show Dogs” stars Will Arnett and Ludacris, who is the voice of a talking police dog named Max who has to infiltrate a prestigious dog show, is causing concern among parents for a subplot which involves Max becoming comfortable with strangers touching his genitals. In the PG-rated film, Max must learn how to perform well as a show dog, which includes behaving during the “inspection” of his genitals by the show judges. Critics have likened that plot line to sexual predators “grooming” children to become comfortable with inappropriate touching. The filmmakers responded to the concerns with a statement: “It has come to our attention that there have been online discussion and concern about a particular scene in Show Dogs, a family comedy that is rated PG. The dog show judging in this film is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges. Global Road Entertainment and the filmmakers are saddened and apologize to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film, with no hidden or ulterior meaning, but respect their right to react to any piece of content.” The movie debuted in theaters on May 18.  ...Read more

President Trump Suggests Summit With North Korea’s Kim Could Be Delayed

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out” for June 12. Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, trying to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the North Korea summit. “If it doesn’t happen, maybe it happens later. There are certain conditions that we want,” Trump said Tuesday. He added if they aren’t met, “we won’t have the meeting.” He declined to elaborate on those conditions. ...Read more

Mariners’ Dee Gordon Placed On 10-Day DL After Toe Injury Diagnosed As Fracture

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday they placed center fielder/second baseman Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured toe on his right foot. Gordon came to the Mariners in a December trade with the Miami Marlins during the offseason. Gordon has played well through the adjustments, producing a line of .304/.330/.386 to go with an American League-leading 16 stolen bases in just 45 games.  ...Read more

Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum Headline NBA All-Rookie 1st Team

The NBA announced the members of the 2017-18 All-Rookie teams Tuesday.  Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz were named unanimous selections. Simmons and Mitchell received the maximum 100 first-team votes, while the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum received 99. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen rounded out the first-team selections. Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins, Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson make up the All-Rookie second team. ...Read more

LeBron James Scores 44 Points To Take The Cavaliers To Win Over Boston: Series Even With Celtics

LeBron James scored 44 points on 17-of-28 shooting to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games each.  Kyle Korver scored 14 points for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 13 points and Kevin Love collected 11 rebounds while scoring nine points. Game 5 will be on Wednesday in Boston ...Read more

Baltimore County Police Officer Killed After Confrontation; Police Searching For Suspects

Backed by aircraft and trained dogs, police continued to search a greater Baltimore suburb early Tuesday, seeking up to 4 suspects believed armed and dangerous after the death of a female officer. Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said Monday evening that the enormous manhunt was continuing in the suburban community of Perry Hall, Maryland, where witnesses reported hearing a pop before seeing a Jeep run over the officer Monday afternoon. The officer, who wasn’t immediately identified, was bleeding badly from significant injuries and was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital. ...Read more

5 Women Sue USC, Alleging Sexual Abuse By Campus Doctor

Five women filed lawsuits on Monday against the University of Southern California, alleging the school’s former gynecologist had sexually abused them during medical examinations and that the university failed to protect students. More suits are expected to be filed by the end of the week. “There will be other women coming forward,” said Louanne Masry, a lawyer at Taylor & Ring, a law firm in Manhattan Beach, Calif., that represents one of the women. A second lawsuit, filed on behalf of four unnamed women, called the former gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, a “serial sexual predator” and blamed the university for “actively and deliberately” covering up Dr. Tyndall’s predations for years. ...Read more