BYU basketball officially adds 6-11 Atiki Ally Atiki to its roster

BYU coach Mark Pope, center, is surrounded by his players during a timeout in the Cougars’ 73-62 loss to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament first round at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 20, 2021. | BYU photo Atiki, who has a 7-foot-2 wingspan, is from Mwanza, Tanzania. He moved to Ontario, Canada, in 2018 to complete high school. He played at the London Basketball Academy.  The BYU basketball program has officially added another player from Africa to its roster. Coach Mark Pope announced Friday that 6-foot-11 center Atiki Ally Atiki has signed a scholarship agreement with the Cougars. “We are incredibly excited to announce Atiki as the newest member… Read More

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NASA awards $2.9B to SpaceX for Starship lunar lander; Blue Origin team is left out

An artist’s conception shows SpaceX’s Starship rocket ship on the moon. (SpaceX Illustration) In a surprise move that was dictated by budget constraints, NASA is awarding $2.89 billion to SpaceX alone for the development of its Starship super-rocket as a lunar landing system for astronauts — leaving out Alabama-based Dynetics as well as a team led by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture. If all proceeds according to plan, SpaceX would demonstrate Starship’s capabilities during an uncrewed mission to the lunar surface, and then follow up with a crewed demonstration mission for NASA’s Artemis moon program in the mid-2020s. “NASA’s Artemis program is well underway, as you can… Read More

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Salt Lake mayor picks councilman as city’s new homelessness director

Salt Lake City Councilman Andrew Johnston, second from right, chats with Mayor Erin Mendenhall and other City cCouncil members after it was announced he has been hired as the city’s director of homelessness policy and outreach during a press conference at the corner of 800 West and North Temple in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 16, 2021. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced Friday she has created a new position within her office specifically devoted to homelessness — and she’s picked a member of the City Council to fill it. Councilman Andrew Johnston will leave his west-side District 2 seat as well as… Read More

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Edward Snowden NFT sells for more than $5.4 million

Sarah Stacke / NYPL Today, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s NFT sold for about $5.4 million, or 2,224 ETH. The NFT is of an artwork that shows an image of Snowden’s face made from pages of a US appeals court decision that ruled the mass surveillance program Snowden exposed had violated US law. The image is called “Stay Free.” The profits won’t go to America’s most famous exiled whistleblower, however. Instead, the sale is meant to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where Snowden is the president. Its board includes actor John Cusack, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and the writer Glenn Greenwald. We have a winner, internet friends. I want to… Read More

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Analysis: Will Dwyane Wade joining Utah Jazz ownership make the team more competitive on the free agent market?

Former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade speaks during a jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Miami. The three-time NBA champion and 13-time All-Star now owns a piece of the Utah Jazz. | Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press 13-time All-Star now owns piece of the Jazz franchise. What impact might it have on the team? Three-time NBA champion and 13-time All-Star Dwyane Wade now owns a piece of the Utah Jazz. When the news dropped on Friday that Wade was joining Ryan Smith and the Jazz’s new ownership group, there was a very understandable and natural… Read More

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How Worried Should You Be About J&J Blood Clotting? Not Too Worried, But Here’s What To Know

Pharmacist Antoun Houranieh holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Janssen Vaccine at the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Boston Healthcare System’s Jamaica Plain Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts on March 4, 2021. – The mobile vaccination team is in it’s fifth week of at home vaccinations and has vaccinated 183 veterans so far. Today marks the first day the Johnson & Johnson single shot Covid-19 Vaccine will be used. Boston VA received 300 vials of the Johnson & Johnson single shot Covid-19 vaccine so far and expects more on the way. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images) On April… Read More

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Vaughn Palmer: First Nation gives Horgan political cover as B.C. logging blockade moves toward showdown

VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan gained some leverage this week over an old-growth logging protest that has been festering for months in his political backyard. The battleground is Fairy Creek, a heavily forested watershed near Port Renfrew in the premier’s Langford-Juan de Fuca riding. The Teal-Jones logging group has been prevented from exercising its timber cutting-rights in the area since protesters set up a blockade in August. They have refused to budge, despite a recent court injunction. But this week came an open letter from the Pacheedaht First Nation, whose traditional territory includes Fairy Creek. …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics       

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June Shannon’s Daughter to Geno Doak: You Helped Ruin Our Life!

One confrontation down. One to go. On last week’s emotional episode of Mama June: From Not to Hot, Lauryn Shannon and Alana Thompson finally sat down across from their troubled mother and spilled their hearts out. Poor Honey Boo Boo cried her eyes out and asked her mother why she basically chose to smoke crack instead of raise her kids. On this Friday’s installment, meanwhile, Lauryn faces off with Geno Doak for the first time in many, many months. Doak, of course, is still dating Mama June Shannon. He has been for years now and he’s played a crucial role in her drug habit, getting arrested alongside Shannon in March 2019… Read More

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin signs off with ’emotion and gratitude’: ‘Thank you for all the love’

Brooke Baldwin fought back tears as she anchored her CNN show, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, for the last time Friday. “I am filled with emotion and gratitude,” she said after her co-workers surprised her with a video compilation of some of her notable stories. She explained that her job was initially supposed to be temporary. Baldwin was supposed to be filling in for a week until a permanent host could be found, she said. She ended up staying in that position for 11 years, which she called “a profound privilege.” The author of Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power thanked her CNN family for pushing her and making… Read More

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Teresa Guidice Accused of Promoting Fraudulent Business

Right now, Teresa Giudice’s boyfriend is in the hot seat as his exes speak out. But Tre herself may be in hot water, too. She is accused of promoting a fraudulent business to her fans and followers. Given her history, that is a worrisome claim. A fan blog called @therealbadfashions took a break from humorous memes to share something more serious. “Can someone remind Teresa what she went to prison for?” the blog’s caption began. “Oh yeah, FRAUD,” the caption stated in reference to the above screenshot of Tre. “I mean I get she wears faux,” the Instagram blogger wrote. “But,” the blogger shared, “this is actually really dangerous what… Read More

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