Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said he’ll be ‘essentially blind’ for a month after emergency eye surgery

Summary List Placement Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a two-term Republican representing Texas, said Saturday that he’d be “essentially blind” for at least the next month after he underwent emergency surgery on his eye Friday. In a press release posted Saturday to Twitter, Crenshaw said he would be “off the grid for the next few weeks” following the surgery. He said he first noticed a problem earlier in the week when he noticed some “dark, blurry spots” in his vision. Read more: Congressional stock report: Diet Coke-loving Debbie Dingell buys the competition, environmentalist Lois Frankel eyes oil, and Dan Crenshaw gets his move on When he went to a doctor Thursday, Crenshaw… Read More

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Heavy police presence gathers at shooting scene at Salt Lake County Jail

Law enforcement officers are seen near the Salt Lake County Jail in South Salt Lake on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Initial reports are that at least one law enforcement officer has been shot. | Annie Barker, Deseret News Police sources indicate an officer has been shot A heavy police presence is unfolding near the Salt Lake County Jail on Saturday, after a shooting that appears to involve police. Unified police confirmed on Twitter the incident did involve a shooting, but didn’t release other details. Police sources have indicated an officer has been shot. 3300 S and 900 W near Salt Lake County jail is shut down. I’m hearing from police… Read More

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Salesforce invests $40 million in text-marketing startup Community

Summary List Placement Salesforce is investing $40 million in the text-marketing startup, Community, the Wall Street Journal reported.  The new funding, which comes through the company’s investment division, Salesforce Ventures, brings Community’s total amount raised to around $90 million.  Community first launched in 2019, raising tens of millions of dollars from investors like Ashton Kutcher to build an app where celebrities and influencers could send texts directly to their fans. Early users included Paul McCartney, Jake Paul, Ellen Degeneres, and Jennifer Lopez. In January, the company told Insider that it had begun targeting business customers in addition to celebrities. “We’ve started moving into small businesses, streetwear brands, big brands, and… Read More

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NASA delays Mars helicopter flight after a crucial rotor-blade-spinning test ended abruptly

Summary List Placement NASA has delayed the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter after a crucial test-spin of the drone’s rotor blades abruptly stopped. This was the last major test to make sure the helicopter would be ready for its first flight, which was originally scheduled for early Monday. Now NASA has delayed the historic liftoff — which would mark the first powered, controlled flight on another planet — to Wednesday. For the test on Friday, Ingenuity was supposed to spin its blades at full speed while on the ground. The two pairs of blades should have spun in opposite directions at more than 2,500 rotations per minute —… Read More

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A new study found that Black women are 3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 when compared to white men

Summary List Placement New research suggests Black women are dying from the coronavirus at higher rates than any other demographic in the US, except Black men.  A team of university researchers from schools all around the country published an analysis earlier this week that found Black women are more than three times likelier to die from COVID-19 than white men.  The study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, examined mortality patterns in Georgia and Michigan. Researchers sorted their findings by race and gender.  “The deaths we see in the pandemic reflect pre-existing structural inequities; after the pandemic is gone, those will still be there,” Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, assistant professor of… Read More

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First flight test for NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter pushed to Wednesday

NASA engineers have decided to delay the Ingenuity helicopter’s debut flight on Mars to at least Wednesday, April 14th, after running into a minor computer glitch during a rotor spin test late Friday night, the agency said on Saturday. The tiny craft is healthy, but engineers need some more time to review telemetry data from the unexpected hiccup before proceeding. Ingenuity, a mini four-pound helicopter that arrived on Mars February 18th attached to NASA’s Perseverance rover, was initially slated to carry out its first flight test late Sunday night (or, mid-day Mars time). The first bits of data on whether the flight attempt was successful was expected to come early… Read More

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‘They wanted me there’: How Kerry Hyder Jr. ended up with the Seahawks

In talking with new Seahawks pass rusher Kerry Hyder Jr., you get the sense that he wants to be wanted. Jake and Stacy: Is it worrisome Hawks haven’t extended Adams? To his credit, what player wouldn’t feel that way about his team? After all, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve spent the bulk of the NFL offseason hearing about Russell Wilson’s frustration with the Seahawks’ failure to protect him with a top-ranked offensive line. You may have also heard Aaron Rodgers openly questioning his future in Green Bay, or Tom Brady pleading the fifth when asked whether he felt appreciated by Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft. After the… Read More

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What Utah’s former governor and former congressman have to say about America’s political divide

Astrid Tuminez, president of Utah Valley University, top left, former Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, top right, and former Gov. Gary Herbert, bottom, participate in an online panel on partisanship on Friday, April 9, 2021. | YouTube Utah’s former governor and former congressman voiced their hope Friday that for the future of American democracy amid the tumultuous political divisiveness that is gripping the country. Former Gov. Gary Herbert, who left office after more than a decade at Utah’s helm, and former Rep. Ben McAdams, a Democrat who was ousted after one term by Republican Rep. Burgess Owens, talked about the threat of the nation’s political divide and their ideas on overcoming… Read More

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Facebook spent $23 million for CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s security in 2020

Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images A new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Facebook spent more than $23 million last year on security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook’s annual reviews of company security “identified specific threats to Mr. Zuckerberg,” according to a proxy statement filed Friday. “He is synonymous with Facebook, and as a result, negative sentiment regarding our company is directly associated with, and often transferred to, Mr. Zuckerberg,” the proxy says of the Facebook CEO’s role. The company’s annual review of security programs showed the costs of protecting Zuckerberg and his family rose in 2020 mainly due to COVID-19 travel protocols, increased security… Read More

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The team behind Age of Empires IV wants you to learn history while playing the game

Image: Microsoft Age of Empires games have always taken place against a historical backdrop, but Microsoft and Relic Entertainment want to take things even further with Age of Empires IV. The game will feature narrated documentaries throughout the campaigns, time period-accurate language and music, as well as art and game design that looks to take inspiration from both world history and the history of the Age of Empires franchise. On release, Age IV will focus on the Middle Ages, having players start with small agrarian villages and build up to castles and kings. While players can experience hundreds of years of history in a single match, the game will also… Read More

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