Pac-12 football outlook: Ranking the impact newcomers for 2021

In each of the past three seasons, the most impactful newcomer in the Pac-12 has been a quarterback. The streak began with the Mustache Man, Washington State’s Gardner Minshew, continued with USC true freshman Kedon Slovis in 2019 and then Washington rookie Dylan Morris, who only played four games last fall but led his team to a division title. There are more qualified arrivals this season than in the past, thanks to extreme transfer portal churn and the easing of eligibility restrictions, both by the NCAA and the Pac-12. But as we survey depth charts and assess division contenders for ’21, the the Hotline’s crack research staff came to a familiar… Read More

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SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s 23rd for NASA in just under a decade. A recycled Falcon rocket blasted into the predawn sky from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. After hoisting the Dragon capsule, the first-stage booster landed upright on SpaceX’s newest ocean platform, named “A Shortfall of Gravitas.” SpaceX founder Elon Musk continued his tradition of naming the booster-recovery vessels in tribute to the late science fiction writer Iain Banks and his Culture series. The Dragon is carrying more than 4,800 pounds… Read More

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Afterpay and Klarna deliver strong performance following summer spending surge and recent growth initiatives

Major buy now, pay later (BNPL) providers Afterpay and Klarna posted strong volume and user growth. An upswing in consumer spending in the early summer months likely benefited BNPL providers. Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Payments & Commerce industry. Learn more about becoming a client. Two major buy now, pay later (BNPL) providers posted strong volume and user growth. There will be over 45 million BNPL service users this year. Insider Intelligence Afterpay’s global underlying sales more than doubled, increasing 102% year over year (YoY) and hitting $22.8 billion in its fiscal year 2021 (ended June 30, 2021). Global active customers also grew to… Read More

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71-year-old woman killed in shooting outside her home; 86-year-old man charged

A 71-year old woman was killed in a shooting outside her home Monday and police have charged her 86-year old man in connection with her death, according to the Bristol DA’s office. Police found Dianne Silveria, 71, out on the driveway of her Bay Street home suffering a gunshot wound when they arrived to investigate a report of a shooting at 8:55 p.m., the DAA’s office said. Silveria was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 9:23 p.m. The suspect in the shooting, Edmund Silveria fled back into the couple’s home after the shooting, according to police. A SWAT team was called to secure the home… Read More

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A billionaire investor who called the 2008 crash says crypto is a bubble that will ‘go to zero’ and tells investors buy gold

John Paulson Spencer Platt/Getty Legendary investor John Paulson trashed crypto and recommended gold in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg TV. He described crypto as a “limited supply of nothing,” referring to the fixed quantity that some coins have. Paulson told Bloomberg that he was newly bullish on gold as a hedge against rising inflation. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Legendary investor John Paulson, whose bet against the housing market in 2008 made him a billionaire, trashed crypto and recommended gold in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg TV. “I would say that cryptocurrencies are a bubble,” said Paulson, who last year quit the… Read More

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Stanford football preview: Schedule gives no quarter to Cardinal, new starting quarterback (whoever it is)

Other than national champion Alabama, perhaps no team had a better end to last season than Stanford, which won its last four games despite not being able to play or practice on campus. Now, will that momentum carry over to this season? “It was difficult, it was hard. But the experience was awesome,” Cardinal coach David Shaw said. “Our young people grew that year. They fought difficult things, difficult circumstances, and they went out there and performed and they performed at a high level. … Resilience is one of the most important things that you can have as an individual, being able to bounce back from difficult circumstances. Our guys… Read More

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Americans’ obsession with staying home hurts vulnerable workers

Summary List Placement I was watching Hulu when I first saw the ad.  “COVID-19 can spread rapidly,” an upbeat, urgent voice said. “Or we can make choices that help us stay home and stop the spread.”  The advertisement went on to encourage people to have medication delivered via the startup Capsule, to “help keep our communities safe.” It was an ad targeted to people like me, who had spent the pandemic working from home and binging hours of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The message was clear: the right thing to do to stop the spread of COVID-19 was to stay inside. But, what about the workers who have to travel… Read More

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Minneapolis will no longer use influencers to cover first George Floyd murder trial

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images The Minneapolis City Council has walked back a plan approved last week that would have paid influencers to share city-approved messages during the upcoming trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, Motherboard reported. He’s one of four former Minneapolis cops charged in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, which sparked protests across the country last summer. The Minneapolis City Council approved the plan on Friday, which called for six influencers to be paid about $2,000 each to spread the city’s messages with Black, Native American, Hmong, and Latino communities. The goal was to “address/dispel incorrect information” by using “trusted messengers,” part of a program the… Read More

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NYC sanitation workers have been deemed essential in the coronavirus pandemic. They also have one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

To combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reduced the state’s workforce to only those who are “essential.” Alongside healthcare workers and reporters, New York’s sanitation workers were deemed essential by the state. Sanitation workers also have the fifth most dangerous job in America, and it’s the only job in the top five deemed essential. It’s also perhaps one of the most arduous jobs — thanks to hazardous waste and dangerous equipment. We shadowed two sanitation workers in NYC — one of the filthiest cities in the US — early one morning to see what made the job so dangerous. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for… Read More

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