Watch: Mariners rookie OF Taylor Trammell blasts first MLB home run

When Mariners rookie outfielder Taylor Trammell got to the plate against Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda in the third inning, he got an 88 mph pitch right over the heart of the plate on the second pitch of the at-bat. He didn’t miss. Drayer: Making sense of Mariners’ struggles to start the 2021 season Trammell, Seattle’s starting center fielder to start the 2021 season with Kyle Lewis on the injured list, gave the Mariners an early lead with this big blast off Pineda, which was the first home run of Trammell’s young career. Save that baseball! pic.twitter.com/u9uylZM4IY — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 10, 2021 According to Baseball Savant, Trammell’s home… Read More

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Wellington City Council fires police chief amid sexual harassment allegations

Wellington Police Chief Rory Bradley speaks during a press conference after an officer-involved shooting in September of 2019. City council members voted on Friday, April 9, 2021, to fire Bradley from his position amid sexual harassment allegations. | Deseret News Wellington Police Chief Rory Bradley was fired by the City Council on Friday after sexual harassment allegations came to light last month. The City Council met Friday night to discuss the allegations against the now-former police chief Bradley after he had been placed on paid and then unpaid administrative leave for weeks with no public explanation. Wellington City Attorney John Schindler said a female colleague had reported that beginning in… Read More

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This small town in Utah is No. 6 on Airbnb’s top U.S. travel spots

Snow at the Court of the Patriarchs in Zion National Park, Utah, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Orderville, a town about 20 minutes from the national park, made Airbnb’s new list of popular travel destinations in the U.S. | Ravell Call, Deseret News Airbnb has identified 10 locations in the U.S. that will likely see a travel boom in the coming months — and a small town in Utah made the list As COVID-19 restrictions start to lift — and as President Joe Biden has called for a return to normal by July 4 — Airbnb has seen a growth in customers visiting its website and planning trips for the… Read More

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Lawsuit against Amazon alleging it failed to protect workers from COVID-19 moved back to NY state court

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images A federal judge has granted the New York attorney general’s request to move a lawsuit against Amazon back to New York state court, Reuters reported. AG Letitia James’ lawsuit alleges that the ecommerce giant failed to protect workers at its Brooklyn and Staten Island warehouses from COVID-19 during the early months of the pandemic, and retaliated against employees who complained about the lack of safety measures. Amazon had sought to have the case moved to federal court, arguing that workplace safety issues were not under James’ purview. The company pre-emptively sued James on February 12th, and James sued Amazon four days later. Amazon then moved… Read More

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A California city is paying its homeless population to clean up their tent sites as the state fights a homelessness crisis

Summary List Placement Officials in the California town of Elk Grove are paying those who are homeless in its city to keep their encampment sites clean, according to CNN. Elk Grove, which sits about 15 miles south of Sacramento, appears to have started the pilot program about a year ago. The city’s housing and public services manager, Sarah Bontrager, told CNN that the public works team distributes trash bags and visits the homeless encampment every two weeks. If they arrive and those living there have trash bagged, she said they are eligible for $20 gift cards to grocery stores. Per the report, whoever receives the gift cards can use them… Read More

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Acceptance rates at elite colleges hit a record low as students face cancelled college entrance exams and online learning difficulties

Summary List Placement The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for students who wish to land one of the coveted spots at an Ivy League university. Acceptance rates at elite schools have hit a “record low” as the Class of 2025 faces hurdles brought on by the pandemic including canceled college entrance exams and remote learning difficulties. Harvard accepted 3.4% of applicants to the Class of 2025. Over 57,000 applications were received but only 1,968 were accepted, according to The Harvard Crimson, the university’s newspaper. Despite a surge in applications, it is the lowest admissions rate in the college’s history. Columbia received over 60,000 applications for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle… Read More

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says that voters waiting in long lines can order from Uber Eats

Summary List Placement GOP Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia suggested in a Newsmax interview earlier this week that voters waiting in line to vote could order food from online delivery apps like Grubhub or Uber Eats, as he continues to face blowback for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game leaving the state over its newly-enacted voting law. The law, known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021 or SB 202, tightens election rules in the state by limiting drop boxes, strengthening voter identification requirements, and banning water and food from being distributed by volunteers to voters waiting in line, among other measures. It has been slammed by prominent Democrats including President Joe… Read More

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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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