MLB insider Jon Morosi: Mariners may have what Theo Epstein would want

The Mariners are searching for a new team president and CEO after their last one, Kevin Mather, resigned due to his now infamous comments that he made while speaking to a local rotary club. Should Kelenic debut on opening day? The cases for and against it During that 45-minute conversation, Mather made racially insensitive comments about current and former Latino and Japanese players, alluded to the Mariners manipulating service time with top prospect Jarred Kelenic and insulted many veteran players on the current roster. Mather’s comments resulted in his resignation, and the Mariners, who said Mather’s comments were his own and don’t represent the organization, are now trying to mend… Read More

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Tony Finau honors idol Tiger Woods by wearing ‘Sunday red’ ensemble

Tony Finau wore Tiger Woods’ famous ‘Sunday red’ ensemble at the final round of the WGC-Workday Championship in Bradenton, Florida on Feb. 28 to honor Woods, who was in a serious automobile accident on Feb. 23. | Twitter screenshot Five days after Tiger Woods was in a serious automobile accident, Utah native and fellow PGA Tour golfer Tony Finau was among a group who honored him on Sunday at the WGC-Workday Championship by wearing Woods’ famous final round ensemble of a plain red Nike shirt with a white swoosh, black pants and a black hat with a white swoosh. The Tour posted video of Finau warming up prior to his… Read More

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Cuomo asks state AG, top judge, to launch harassment probe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state’s attorney general and chief appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him. The move came after legislative leaders assailed Cuomo’s plan to appoint a retired federal judge to conduct the probe. “The Governor’s Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach,” Beth Garvey, special counsel to the governor, said. “We had selected former Federal Judge Barbara Jones, with a stellar record for qualifications and integrity, but we want… Read More

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CASE STUDY: How Goldman Sachs changed the retail banking game — by entering it (GS)

Summary List Placement Digital-only banks are redefining retail banking in major markets around the world. Spurred on by consumer frustrations with incumbents and growing willingness to use digital channels for accessing financial services, these tech-savvy players have acquired customers at pace and ramped up pressure on established firms. In the US, these challengers got off to a slower start than elsewhere, especially compared with Europe. But they’ve begun gaining traction in the last year. One of the most unique players at the forefront of this disruption, though, is challenger brand Marcus, launched not by a startup, but by Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs. To understand why Goldman launched Marcus and… Read More

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How to watch the 2021 Golden Globes online

Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images Awards season in Hollywood begins Sunday, February 28th, with the 78th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes, usually considered a harbinger of who may take home awards at other shows like the Oscars, will look a bit different this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The hosts and presenters will be in different locations in the US and around the world. Streaming services have finally come into their own at the Globes, with Netflix leading the pack of with 20 total nominations for its television shows; Hulu has six total nominations, Apple TV Plus has two,… Read More

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How Mark Ramadan turned Mondelez’s minority stake in chocolate brand Hu into a $340 million deal

Summary List Placement Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on January 7, 2021.  Mark Ramadan first met one of Hu Kitchen’s founders in the lobby of a Hilton in Anaheim, California, in March of 2019. It was one of a series of meetings that Ramadan took at Expo West, one of the food industry’s largest conventions. But the meeting with Hu co-founder Jason Karp turned into more than a run-of-the-mill networking opportunity. Hu was looking for a new CEO, and Ramadan was looking to move on from Sir Kensington’s, a condiment brand he had founded as a student and later sold to Unilever. The meeting went so well, Karp… Read More

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Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Many Republican lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency restrictions since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Now that most legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation. In their own comments or by inviting skeptics to testify at legislative hearings, some GOP state lawmakers are using their platform to promote false information about the virus, the steps needed to limit its spread and the vaccines that will pull the nation out of the pandemic. In some cases, the misstatements have faced swift backlash, even getting censored online. That’s raised tough questions about how aggressively to combat potentially dangerous misinformation from elected… Read More

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Cuomo reverses course, asks New York Attorney General and top judge to appoint independent investigator over sexual harassment claims

Summary List Placement New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said he planned to revise his widely criticized plan to have a former federal judge with ties to a longtime ally investigate sexual harassment claims against him.  In a Sunday press release, Cuomo’s office said he would instead ask New York Attorney General Letitia James and Janet DiFiore, the chief judge on the highest court in New York, to name “a jointly select an independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation to conduct a thorough review of the matter and issue a public report.”  “We had selected former Federal Judge Barbara Jones, with a stellar record for… Read More

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Verizon support says you should turn off 5G to save your phone’s battery

Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Despite its relentless promotion of 5G phones and the fact that it spent more than $45 billion bidding on a new faster spectrum, Verizon support now is advising people on Twitter to turn off their phones’ 5G access to preserve battery life. In a Sunday morning tweet, Verizon support helpfully suggested that “one way to help conserve battery life is to turn on LTE” if users found their batteries were “draining faster than normal.” That step would, of course, turn off 5G in a phone that has it available. It’s also worth pointing out that you don’t actually “turn on LTE”… Read More

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Walmart has reportedly lured away two Goldman Sachs bankers to help lead its new fintech venture

Summary List Placement As Walmart looks to launch a fintech startup, the retailer is turning to Wall Street veterans to help it move into the banking world. Walmart Inc. has picked up two senior bankers from Goldman Sachs to help lead the retailer’s new fintech startup arm, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. Omer Ismail, the head of Goldman’s consumer bank, and David Stark, one of his top lieutenants, will leave the bank to help bolster Walmart’s venture into financial services with investment firm Ribbit Capital, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The departure of Ismail, the head of consumer business at Goldman, was a “surprise,” the sources told Bloomberg.  Walmart… Read More

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