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Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Conductor Kurt Masur’s 91st Birthday

Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Conductor Kurt Masur’s 91st Birthday

Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Conductor Kurt Masur's 91st BirthdayConductor Kurt Masur was an ardent believer in the healing power of music.

Considered one of the last old-style maestros, Masur (pronounced mah-ZOOR) spent much of his career in East Germany, serving as music director of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra for 26 years. Later, he would lead the New York Philharmonic for 11 years, reinvigorating an orchestra previously known for years of lackluster performances.

But it’s Masur’s efforts orchestrating peace that Google highlights in a doodle Wednesday celebrating the conductor’s 91st birthday. In 1989, when Leipzig was at the center of the pro-democracy movement that resulted in the fall of the Berlin Wall, Masur was part of a group that helped avert a confrontation between protesters and police that could have led to bloodshed.


Kurt Masur, renowned as a maestro conductor, was born in Brieg, in present-day Poland, in 1927 when it was part of Germany. He could play many instruments and trained as a pianist, cellist, percussionist, and organist.
As a youth, he was forced to play in Volkssturm, an army band established by the Nazis, but after he injured a tendon in his right hand, he switched to conducting which he studied at the Leipzig Conservatory.
As a youth he was forced to play in Volkssturm, an army band established by the Nazis in late 1944, but an inoperable injury to his hand at the age of 16 meant he had permanent tendon problems.

As Leipzig’s streets filled with thousands of protesters, Masur used his influence as Gewandhaus’ leader to convene a meeting of musicians, dissidents, police and Communist Party officials that drafted a statement calling for nonviolence and open dialogue. A month later, East Germany’s Communist government was toppled in a bloodless revolution.

Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Conductor Kurt Masur's 91st Birthday

In 1991, Masur moved on to the New York Philharmonic, where a decade later he would again employ the healing powers of music in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Nine days after the attacks left New York City physically and emotionally battered, Masur led the orchestra in a nationally broadcast performance of Brahms’ “German Requiem.” The New York Times called the performance “his finest hour, and a gift to the city.”

Masur bears numerous honors including Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor from the French government, New York City Cultural Ambassador, Commander Cross of Merit of the Polish Republic, Honorary Citizen of Brieg, the Leo Baeck Medal for promoting tolerance and social justice, and a Goldene Henne award for public policy work.

For his global cultural and humanitarian accomplishments, Masur received multiple honors, including Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor from the French government, New York City Cultural Ambassador, Commander Cross of Merit of the Polish Republic, Honorary Citizen of Brieg, the Leo Baeck Medal for promoting tolerance and social justice, and a Goldene Henne award for his work in public policy.

Born on July 18, 1927, in the Prussian town of Brieg (now in Poland), Masur trained as a pianist, organist, cellist and percussionist until the age of 16, when an injury to his right hand ended his playing ambitions and led him to concentrate on conducting.

Masur, who died in 2015 at the age of 88, is depicted in Wednesday’s doodle conducting an orchestra without a baton, due to his childhood injury.


News Source: cnet.com, newsweek.com, independent.co.uk, time.com

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National Ice Cream Day Celebration – Free Ice Cream and Lots of Deals Today

National Ice Cream Day Celebration - Free Ice Cream and Lots of Deals Today

National Ice Cream Day Celebration – Free Ice Cream and Lots of Deals Today

National Ice Cream Day Celebration - Free Ice Cream and Lots of Deals Today

National Ice Cream Day 2018 is this Sunday, July 15, and plenty of ice cream shops are embracing the big day by giving out free ice cream. While some of the country’s favorite ice cream shops like Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs don’t have any National Ice Cream Day freebies this year, other big ice cream sellers — including Baskin-Robbins and Carvel — have great deals.

Ice cream was the treat of choice for many on Sunday. It was National Ice Cream Day.

Newswatch 16 stopped by Mountain Freeze in Mountain Top where people were filling up on the frozen dessert.

It was an appropriately hot day for people to enjoy some ice cream.

Here are all the best free ice cream deals for National Ice Cream Day 2018

Baskin-Robbins

Customers with the Baskin-Robbins mobile app will get access to a few special offers for National Ice Cream Day 2018, including buy-one-get-one-free cones, $2 off medium milk shakes, and a $.99 sundae when you buy one at regular price.

Carvel

For National Ice Cream Day 2018, Carvel will give you a free cup or cone of soft-serve ice cream in any size when you buy one at regular price.

Whole Foods

For National Ice Cream Day 2018 on Sunday, all Whole Foods stores offer a special deal: two pints of Ben & Jerry’s or Talenti ice cream for $6. Amazon Prime members get an extra 10% off. And Prime members who spend $10 or more at Whole Foods can get a free $10 credit to use at Amazon during Amazon Prime Day 2018 sales, which kick off at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 16, and stretch out over 36 hours.

Yogurtland

From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on National Ice Cream Day 2018, customers at Yogurtland locations around the country can get a free order of ice cream when they purchase one at regular price. The flavors included with the buy-one, get-one-free deal are: chocolate, vanilla, chocolate malt ball with Whoppers, butter pecan, and Oreo Cookies and Crème.

Dippin’ Dots

Dippin’ Dots stores around the country are giving free mini cups of Dippin’ Dots to customers on Sunday for National Ice Cream Day. Exact times for the giveaways vary by location, but a spokesperson says many stores will offer free ice cream in roughly two-hour windows around noon.

PetSmart

All PetSmart stores with PetHotel facilities are giving away dog-safe ice cream for free on Sunday for National Ice Cream Day 2018.

Your Pie

The deal for National Ice Cream Day 2018 at Your Pie is free gelato for all customers, no purchase required. The freebie is available at 50+ participating Your Pie locations around the country on Sunday, July 15.

Monkey Joe’s

Customers get free ice cream cups on Sunday while supplies last at Monkey Joe’s, an indoor play center for kids.

Cumberland Farms

From 8 a.m. until closing on Sunday, text the word SCOOPS to 64827 and you’ll get an offer for $1 off any pint of Cumberland Farms Ultimate Scoops Ice Cream.

16 Handles

For National Ice Cream Day 2018, 16 Handles customers who have downloaded the 16 Handles rewards app get their first three ounces of frozen yogurt and toppings for free.

Notable Things

Ice cream dates back thousands of years. It’s long been beloved by Americans and people around the world. Modern statistics show just how much people adore the dessert today.

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, here’s a look at eight things you probably didn’t know about the creamy summertime favorite.

1. Ice cream is older than you think.

Ice cream dates back to ancient times. Alexander the Great reportedly enjoyed snow and ice flavored with nectar and honey, while the Roman emperor Nero Claudius Caesar sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was flavored with juice.

In the 1300s, Marco Polo brought an early version of ice cream — resembling a modern-day sherbet — back to Europe after his global travels.

By the late 1700s, American high society enjoyed ice cream as a delicacy. And in 1776, America’s first ice cream parlor opened in New York.

2. Even ice cream cones are more than a century old.

Concessions vendors invented ice cream cones at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, according to Ben and Jerry’s. They were designed to help people eat ice cream easily while enjoying the fair’s attractions.

The “sundae” dates back to the 1890s. Ice cream merchants introduced a non-carbonated version of ice cream soda to serve on Sundays in response to criticism of the rich ice cream soda as too sinful for the Sabbath.

3. There’s a considerable amount of science behind ice cream.

Ice cream contains microscopic air bubbles that keep it nice and fluffy. When it melts, the air bubbles collapse. So, if you refreeze melted ice cream, it’ll be less soft.

There’s science behind brain freeze, too. When a cold substance touches the roof of the mouth, the blood vessels running between the mouth and the brain tense up, trapping blood in the brain. That extra pressure causes mild pain.

4. Ice cream is adored around the world.

New Zealand consumes the most ice cream of any country, measured by the gallons per person per year, according to icecream.com. The United States is second, followed by Australia, Finland and Sweden.

The world’s tallest ice cream cone — a whopping 10 feet tall — was scooped in Norway.

5. But Americans really, really, love ice cream.

Eighty-seven percent of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time, and the average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year.

The state that produces the most ice cream? California.

6. American presidential history and ice cream are closely intertwined.

Thomas Jefferson, while not responsible for introducing ice cream to the United States, did help popularize it.

He’s credited with the first known recipe recorded by an American, and there are six references to ice cream being served at the President’s House during the Jefferson administration.

In 1813, Dolley Madison served a famous strawberry ice cream dish at her husband’s second inaugural banquet.

7. Cows play a crucial role in bringing you that perfect sundae.

A cow provides enough milk to make two gallons of ice cream per day — or 730 gallons per year.

In fact, about 9 percent of milk produced in the U.S. is used to make ice cream.

8. Statistics suggest that ice cream doesn’t bring out our best manners.

One in 10 people admit to licking the bowl after they finish a helping of ice cream. One in five say they share it with their pets.

It takes about 50 licks to finish a cone of ice cream.


News Source: time.com, usatoday.com, wnep.com

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It’s 7 Eleven Today – A Free Slurpee & $1 Hot Dogs

It’s 7 Eleven Today - A Free Slurpee & $1 Hot Dogs

It’s 7 Eleven Today – A Free Slurpee & $1 Hot Dogs

Are you feeling a little sluggish today? Do you have the feeling that an intense sugar rush is just the thing you need? While the logic is debatable, the impulse is not. You can satisfy that urge for free because Wednesday, July 11, is 7-Eleven Day (7/11? Get it? Eh?). As it does every year, 7-Eleven is giving out free Slurpees at every US location.

An ice-cold Slurpee from 7-Eleven is a great way to cool down on a hot day in Sacramento, especially when that Slurpee is free.

It’s 7 Eleven Today - A Free Slurpee &  $1 Hot Dogs

To mark its 91st birthday, the chain is giving away small Slurpees Wednesday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This includes the featured Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries limited-time flavor.

“Free Slurpee day may be the most anticipated day of the year for millions of 7‑Eleven customers and new customers alike,” said Raj Kapoor, 7‑Eleven senior vice president for fresh food and proprietary beverages in a press release. “7‑Eleven Day is a celebration, not only of our birthday, but more importantly, of our customers.”

7-Eleven launched the Slurpee, named after the sound it makes when traveling through a straw, 52 years ago in 1966 and has celebrated its birthday with free Slurpees on 7/11 since 2002, according to the release.

For its 91st anniversary, the convenience store will let you drop in and pick up a free small Slurpee from 11am to 7pm (local time). Even better, the new flavor available on 7-Eleven Day is a ridiculous breakfast throwback. The featured flavor is Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries, which is only available for a limited time. You can try it for free, and it won’t even cut the roof of your mouth.

If you’re hungry, you can pair your free Slurpee with $1 Big Bite hot dogs, according to a press release. Then, 7-Eleven will celebrate inching one year closer to its centennial with freebies for all of its 7Rewards members all week long. “Members” makes it sound more complicated than it is. Download the store’s free mobile app via the App Store or Google Play, and you’ve just become a member.

Other promos for the week include:

July 12: Free 7-Select Pure Water with the purchase of any Bodyarmor sports drink.
July 13: Free Big Gulp with the purchase of a share-size Snickers.
July 14: Free popcorn with the purchase of a 20-ounce Smartwater.
July 15: Free Reese’s with the purchase of a share-size bag of 7-Select gummies.
July 16: Free 20-ounce Coke with the purchase of any package of Cheez-Its.

“Free Slurpee day may be the most anticipated day of the year for millions of 7‑Eleven customers and new customers alike,” Raj Kapoor, the chain’s senior vice president for fresh food and proprietary beverages, said in a statement. “7‑Eleven Day is a celebration, not only of our birthday, but more importantly, of our customers. I encourage everyone to look around the store, grab an old favorite like a Big Bite hot dog to enjoy with their free Slurpee drink or maybe try something they haven’t. We have lots of delicious new choices in stores.”

A lot of the deals seem like a perfect stop on your way to the movie theater. Impress your date with your ability to sneak in an entire bag of popcorn. Everyone will be in awe. Probably.


News Source: sacbee.com, thrillist.com

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome their first Child – Kulture Kiari Cephus

Cardi B and Offset Welcome their first Child - Kulture Kiari Cephus

Cardi B and Offset Welcome their first Child – Kulture Kiari Cephus

Cardi B and Offset Welcome their first Child - Kulture Kiari Cephus

The 25-year-old rapper (whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar) and husband Offset of Migos welcomed their first child together, daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus, on Tuesday, July 10, Cardi B announced on Instagram Wednesday alongside a nude maternity photo.

The baby girl is the first child for Cardi B and the fourth for Offset (birth name Kiari Cephus), who has three children from previous relationships.

Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18🎀🌸 @offsetyrn

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The birth of their daughter comes two weeks after the new mom confirmed that she and Offset, 26, secretly tied the knot this past September. “Well now since you lil [nosy] f—s know at least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock,” Cardi B tweeted on June 25.

Kulture :’)…no better feeling ❤️🌸

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Following months of speculation, Cardi B, 25, revealed her pregnancy in a televised performance on Saturday Night Live in April. As she performed the song Be Careful, the camera panned out to reveal her stomach. After the show she told fans: “I’m free!”

TMZ recently revealed that the couple secretly married in Georgia in September 2017, despite Offset publicly proposing to Cardi B on stage in Philadelphia a month later. “This why I name my album Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B tweeted in response to the publication of their marriage certificate. “Privacy cause people will do the most to be nosey about your life.”

She clarified that the pair woke up one morning and “decided to get married”. She wore no dress or ring and the ad hoc ceremony was witnessed by her cousin. “Well now since you lil nosey fucks know at least ya can stop saying i had a baby out of wedlock,” she wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

Cardi recently became the first female rapper to have two No 1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100. featuring the reggaeton artists Bad Bunny and J Balvin topped the charts almost a year after her song Bodak Yellow. Her debut album , released in April, also topped the US Billboard 200 and has been certified Platinum (more than a million units sold) in the US.

Cardi recently filed a countersuit against her former manager Klenord “Shaft” Raphael, who was suing her for $10m (£7.5m) claiming that he had been “frozen” out of her career. She claims that he put barriers between her and people close to her “in an effort to maintain complete control over her” and dictated “who she should and should not see romantically”. The countersuit calls him “deceitful and disloyal” and “self-serving and controlling”.


News Source: people.com, bustle.com, cbsnews.com, theguardian.com

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Mega Millions Jackpot – $340 Million for Fridays Drawing

Mega Millions Jackpot - $340 Million for Fridays Drawing

Mega Millions Jackpot – $340 Million for Fridays Drawing

Once again, there was no winner of the $306 million Mega Millions jackpot for the drawing held on Tuesday, July 10.

Because there was no jackpot winner, that means the drawing on Friday, July 13 will be worth $340 million with a cash option of $204 million.

There was no grand prize winner of Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lottery, which increases the jackpot to $340 million ($204 million cash) for Friday’s drawing.

According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, the numbers drawn were:

1-17-28-56-70, Mega Ball 14, Megaplier 3x.

There were two Match 5 tickets with the Megaplier sold in Illinois and New York, worth $3 million each.

In Arkansas, there were three Match 4 tickets sold, worth $500; and one Match 4 ticket with the Megaplier sold, worth $1,500. There were six Match 3 + Megaball tickets sold, worth $200; and four Match 3 + Megaball with the Megaplier tickets, worth $600.

Mega Millions winners for July 10:

  • While there was no grand prize winner, two players matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million. Those tickets were sold in Illinois and New York.
  • However, neither player played the Megaplier option, which would have increased their winnings to $3 million.
  • There were 418,448 tickets sold that won at least $4 in the drawing. In Michigan, 17,613 tickets sold won at least $4 in the drawing.
  • In Michigan, one ticket sold won $10,000. That was the largest prize won in the state.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 70; the Mega ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 25. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 302 million.

In other Michigan Lottery news:

  • The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday night, July 11 with an estimated jackpot of $90 million and a cash option of $54.9 million.
  • The next Lotto 47 drawing is also Wednesday night, July 11 at 7:29 p.m. with a jackpot of $2.25 million. Deadline is 7:08 p.m. that day.
  • Wednesday’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is an estimated $105,000. The drawing is at 7:29 p.m. Deadline is 7:08 p.m.

News Source: magnoliareporter.com, mlive.com, philadelphia.cbslocal.com

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Mel B Garnished to Pay Off hundreds of thousands of dollars tax bill – struggling financially

Mel B Garnished to Pay Off hundreds of thousands of dollars tax bill - struggling financially

Mel B Garnished to Pay Off hundreds of thousands of dollars tax bill – Struggling Financially

The revelation came to light in newly filed court documents, obtained by The Blast. The “America’s Got Talent” judge explains that the money owed to the IRS for back taxes has put an incredible strain on her wallet.

It’s been claimed that the Spice Girl and her ex-husband owe thousands of dollars in tax dating back to 2016, with it being estimated the amount owed falls between $350,000 (£262,000 and $650,000 (£487,500). The 43-year-old is now allegedly being taxed at source from her America’s Got Talent paycheques, meaning the money is immediately taken from her salary, according to legal documents seen by The Blast, in a bid to keep up with payments. In the documents, she reportedly claims to have told the IRS that the money owed has put a strain on her finances and she has been unable to keep up with recent payments.

With the added costs of being the main breadwinner between her and Belafonte, and the long divorce, the former “Spice Girl” says “I do not have the financial capabilities at this point to pay for these community property debts.”

As we reported, Mel is unsure if she will be able to remain a judge on “AGT” come October, and is scrambling to straighten out her financial turmoil with Belafonte as she prepares for the worst.


The Spice Girls star and her ex-husband owe hundreds of thousands of dollars dating back to 2016, with Mel estimating owing between $350,000 and $650,000 to the IRS just for 2017

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Mel’s America’s Got Talent paycheques are now being garnished, meaning money to pay her bills is automatically being deducted before she receives her salary.

As a result of the extra costs of her long divorce battle and being the main breadwinner between herself and the producer, the I Want You Back singer – who has daughters Phoenix, 19, and Angel, 11, from past relationships and six-year-old Madison with Eddie – is struggling financially.

She said in the documents: “I do not have the financial capabilities at this point to pay for these community property debts.”

Mel has been a judge on AGT since 2013 but is concerned she won’t be asked back after the current season ends in September, which would worsen her financial situation.


Mel B is said to be struggling financially in the wake of her marriage split. Mel B‘s financial situation has gotten so bad she says that her paychecks are now being garnished by officials to satisfy outstanding debts owed between her and Stephen Belafonte

She explained: “I am currently a judge on the NBC television show, America’s Got Talent. I am currently in contract until the end of October 2018. I do not know if I will be asked back as a Judge on America’s Got Talent or if they will renew my contract… My current state of financial affairs is of utmost concern due to the fact that Stephen and I have immense tax debts and have been unable to repay those debts.”

Despite her financial worries and bitter split from Stephen, Mel seemed to have had some good news recently as she shared a cryptic Instagram post last month about having found “true love” with a mystery man.

Posting a picture of herself surrounded by a heart-themed filter, she wrote: “The way he makes me laugh and smile gives me butterflies beyond belief Everything about him makes me more than happy and grateful #younowhoyouare #humble #lovehim #truelove #finally (sic)”


News Source: ewn.co.za, theblast.com, metro.co.uk

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Travis Pastrana – Evel Live – Nails All Three of Evel Knievel’s Historic Jumps

Travis Pastrana - Evel Live - Nails All Three of Evel Knievel's Historic Jumps

Travis Pastrana – Evel Live – Nails All Three of Evel Knievel’s Historic Jumps

Pretty much every extreme sports star owes something to the late Evel Knievel.

While Knievel might not have necessarily been the most successful stunt artist in terms of, uh, completing all his jumps and stunts, he was among the most daring ever and inspired a generation to think bigger.

Travis Pastrana didn’t jump the Caesars Palace fountains with a motorcycle Sunday. It was a time machine — hitting the ramp precisely at 56 mph and sending some in the crowd all the way back to 1967.

Clifford Branan saw Pastrana. But the 57-year-old was also remembering how, as a young boy, he watched Evel Knievel on TV’s “Wide World of Sports” wipe out trying to make the same jump more than five decades ago.

“It made me nostalgic,” he said. “At that time, it was unbelievable.”

Branan was visiting Las Vegas with his son, Ford, from Oklahoma. The 22-year-old said he hadn’t seen Knievel’s iconic jump until Sunday. On YouTube.

Travis Pastrana is one of those who has followed the path started by Knievel, and he paid tribute to America’s most legendary stuntman by completing – and heightening – three of his famous jumps in one evening in an event called “Evel Live” on the History channel.

The first jump Pastrana recreated was Knievel’s 50-stacked-car jump, which Knievel landed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in February of 1973.

Pastrana, dressed in a full Evel Knievel getup, left no doubt in nailing a 52-car jump – complete with red, white and blue pyrotechnics.

Pastrana’s stunt was aimed at honoring Knievel. Pastrana, the founder of Nitro Circus — which features a variety of stunt-driven entertainment — said that even though he was born in the 1980s, he was well aware of Knievel from his parents. He even owns Knievel toys — some of which now sell on EBay for more than $200.

 

In a statement, Pastrana said the stunts were “an opportunity to pay tribute to the man who inspired a generation to live for the moment and not be afraid to take chances.”

But Gary Gray, a 48-year-old from Minnesota who was in the stands awaiting Pastrana’s attempt to jump the fountains, said the whole event was about nostalgia.

He said he remembered seeing the Knievel wreck on the fountain landing, which left the stuntman with multiple broken bones. He had the Knievel toys. He got into motorcycles and ultimately landed a job with Indian Motorcycle, the maker of Knievel’s bike.

Gray said that Knievel was inspirational and that one of his most treasured possessions is a framed letter he got from the daredevil decades ago with a business pitch.

“I’ve told people that if I ever move my office, they can break anything in there — except that letter,” he said.

“I think the hardest part was getting the whole costume on,” Pastrana joked after landing the jump.

Pastrana’s second jump was a recreation of Knievel’s (ultimately failed) jump of 13 buses at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1975.

Pastrana cleared 16 Greyhound buses – once again with the requisite pyro – firing up the Las Vegas crowd.

“Man, this is just an awesome honor,” Pastrana said of clearing two of three jumps in record fashion.

Pastrana wore a replica of Knieval’s leather jumpsuit for his three stunts as well — despite temperatures in excess of 104 degrees. And his ride from a lot behind Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino where the bus and car jumps took place to Caesars Palace on the Strip almost brought traffic to a halt.

From the stands above the heads of the thick crowd, all that could be seen heading down Las Vegas Boulevard was a Knievel-like helmet and a fluttering cape.

If it weren’t for the ubiquitous pose of people holding cellphones taking pictures, the full-size wall promo for Donny and Marie Osmond on the Flamingo hotel and the sounds of Rage Against the Machine blasting from speakers, one could’ve imagined it was Knievel himself heading to the ramp.

Pastrana weaved his way through the crowd on his bike and headed to the starting point. He revved the engine several times and accelerated quickly. The crowd was on its feet. The motorcycle — a virtual replica of what Knievel jumped on — sailed through the air.

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The finale was a recreation of perhaps Knievel’s most famous (or infamous?) stunt: jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Knievel attempted the jump on New Year’s Eve in 1967. It did not go well.

Knievel suffered numerous injuries as a result of the crash; though ironically the wild wipeout raised his profile like nothing had before.

Knievel would obviously recover and go on to become an American icon for his high-flying stunts. He died in 2007 at the age of 69.

Over 50 years after Knievel’s memorable crash, Pastrana cleared the fountains outside the Las Vegas casino.

It was a daunting proposition even for the 34-year-old freestyle motocross and X-sports legend, who has done some pretty crazy things in his career. Among them: the first-ever dirt-bike double back flip, stunning crowds at the 2006 X Games; backflipping a motorcycle between two rooftops; and skydiving without a parachute. He won his first motocross title at age 14, and has been a dominant force in the sport ever since.

Looking relaxed and confident throughout the three-hour live event, Pastrana alternated highly demanding stunt performances with quick hits of on-camera commentary.


Sources: history.com, usatoday.com, latimes.com

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Brie Larson Posts Wrap Photo Of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Next Upcoming – Captain Marvel

Brie Larson Posts Wrap Photo Of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Next Upcoming – Captain Marvel

Brie Larson Posts Wrap Photo Of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Next Upcoming - Captain MarvelBrie Larson, Academy Award-winning actress, and star of Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie posted a captionless picture of the Captain Marvel clapperboard with a decorated calendar announcing that July 6 was the last day of shooting.

Of course, true to Marvel Cinematic Universe form, no secrets or hints were given away from this photo. However, the clapperboard is filled with autographs from what is assumed to be the cast and crew of the movie. So if you can find any Easter eggs in there, more power to you.

And since Marvel Studios won’t be making an appearance at Comic-Con in a couple of weeks, this may be the only kind of Captain Marvel news we get in a long time. We kind of saw a cameo of Captain Marvel in the post-credits scene of Infinity War, but other than that, we have nothing else to gnaw on.

Larson shared the news with a snapshot of the film’s clapperboard.

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In the photo, which the 28-year-old Oscar winner posted without a caption, the clapperboard — which appears to be signed by most of the cast and crew — rests on a calendar with the days marked off up until July 6, which is circled and the words “last day” are written below.

In the film, Larson stars as Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot who gains immeasurable superhuman powers after an accident leads to her DNA mixing with that of an alien being, thus become the eponymous Captain Marvel.

Brie Larson Posts Wrap Photo Of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Next Upcoming - Captain MarvelThe movie is set in the 1990s, meaning it predates almost everything fans have seen in all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, except for some key flashbacks scattered throughout the 20 films.

Given its setting, fans will also get to see Samuel L. Jackson reprise his role as Nick Fury, however without his signature eye-patch, as the movie takes place before he suffered whatever injury caused the damage.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed Captain Marvel from a script from a writing team that included Boden and Fleck as well as Meg LeFauve,  Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive, and Carly Mensch. The film also stars Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Lee Pace, Gemma Chan, and Djimon Hounsou.

Several familiar characters from the MCU will be returning, including Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, along with Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. Lee Pace will also reprise his role as Ronan the Accuser and Djimon Hounsou’s mercenary Korath.


News Source: deadline.com, etonline.com

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The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway – 4 are Out, 9 to Go

The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway - 4 are Out, 9 to Go

The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway – 4 are Out, 9 to Go

The second phase is underway of the rescue of the boys and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand, officials said. The rescue operation started around 11 a.m. local time (midnight ET) and will take several hours.

Multiple sources tell CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy rescue workers have carried the first person from this phase on a stretcher to an ambulance, and a sixth may be nearing the surface.

The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway - 4 are Out, 9 to Go

The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game. Monsoon flooding blocked off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.

The four who were rescued were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for evaluation. Two divers were assigned to each child to help them navigate the dangerous, narrow passageways. It could take two to four days complete the mission, officials said.

On Friday, the death of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place oxygen canisters along the route.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn said Saturday that mild weather and falling water levels in recent days had created the “perfect” conditions for an underwater evacuation. Those conditions won’t last if the rain resumes, he said.

Heavy rain started falling as soon as the four were removed from the cave. Narongsak said experts told him the new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to 108 square feet.

The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway - 4 are Out, 9 to Go

After more than a week of searching the flooded cave complex, and then days of planning a daring and increasingly desperate rescue, divers safely evacuated four of 13 members of a youth soccer team on Sunday.

Nine remained behind, waiting their turn to escape, as of early Monday morning. The boys on the team range in age from 11 to 16, and the coach with them is 25.

One by one, the first four to be rescued emerged after a treacherous, hourslong journey through the tight, underwater passageways of Tham Luang Cave. Skilled cave divers, part of a team assembled from around the world, hugged the four to their bodies as they swam through the dark.

The rescue was far from over — but it was a remarkable turn in the 16-day drama that has captivated Thailand and the world.

“Today, everything was very smooth,” Mr. Narongsak told a throng of reporters at a news conference. “Today is the best day, with the best situation of the weather, the health of the boys and the water level.”

Second phase of cave rescue underway, officials say

Divers have gone in for the second rescue attempt, Thai officials said. The second operation started at 11 a.m. local time Monday (midnight ET). It takes several hours.

The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway - 4 are Out, 9 to GoChiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osattanakorn said the second phase began at 11 a.m. and authorities “hope to hear good news in the next few hours.” Nine people remain trapped in the cave.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda had said early Monday that the same divers who took part in Sunday’s rescue would return to extricate the others as they know the cave conditions and what to do. He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route.

Officials say rescued boys are hungry but in good health

Thai authorities said the four boys rescued from the cave are hungry but in good health.

The chief the rescue mission said they are being kept apart from relatives because of infection concerns, Reuters reports. The rescued boys are in quarantine, BBC News reports.

Rescue to resume Monday, Washington Post reporter says

The divers are expected to go back into the cave Monday, said Washington Post reporter Shibani Mahtani, who is in Mae Sai. She said the supplies need to be restocked, mainly the oxygen tanks since the government said they had depleted their oxygen tanks.

The rescuers need to also check on the boys who are still there and make sure they are strong enough to be rescued.

The boys and the coach are coming out through a buddy system, and she said she has heard some “pretty dramatic scenes of the rescue.”

For the boys in the region, soccer is “really a way of life.”

The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway - 4 are Out, 9 to Go

As for the coach who has been trapped with the boys, Mahtani said she has learned he has a “tragic” story. He was orphaned after a disease spread through his town, killing his parents and his younger brother. He moved to a monastery, but has moved back to the region to care for an ailing grandmother.

“It does seem he has dedicated a lot of himself to the team,” Mahtani said.

Mahtani said the community where boys are from is “definitely a small town … not a rich town.” She said a lot of people in the region are refugees, and move back and forth between Thailand and Myanmar.

“It’s an extremely close-knit community,” she said. “For sure, this is the biggest thing that has happened here, maybe in forever.”

19 Australian personnel involved in rescue, foreign minister says

Australia’s foreign minister says 19 Australian personnel are involved in the Thailand cave rescue operation including a doctor who’s played an essential part in assessing which boys can leave and in what order.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters in Australia that anesthetist and experienced cave diver Richard Harris is working with the Thai medical team inside the cave “to make the decisions about the order in which the boys were to be extracted.”

Crews will have to replenish air tanks along the route before rescuing the others.

Thai officials meeting to discuss next phase

Thailand’s interior minister says the same divers who took part in Sunday’s rescue of four boys trapped in a flooded cave will also conduct the next operation as they know the cave conditions and what to do.

The Second Phase of Thai Cave Rescue Underway - 4 are Out, 9 to Go

In comments released by the government, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said officials were meeting Monday morning about the next stage of the operation and how to extract the remaining nine people from the cave in the country’s north.

Anupong said divers need to place more air canisters along the underwater route to where the boys and their coach have been trapped since June 23. He said that process can take several hours. He said the boys rescued Sunday are strong and safe but need to undergo detailed medical checks.

Ex-U.S. Navy SEAL explains why so many divers are involved

Dave Sear, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, joined CBSN to explain why there are 90 divers involved in the rescue mission and what kind of assistance the U.S. can offer Thailand officials. Fifty of the rescuers are from Thailand and 40 others are from across the world. Sear said some of the divers are likely staging oxygen tanks and fixing lines of rope along the cave.

“A rope will go along the entire cave to guide them so they can find their way out of the cave. They will make sure it is in place. Then you are going to stage oxygen bottles or air bottles, depending on what they are using, along that route so that they can switch out as they go. They will have bottles there so they can refresh them, and put new bottles on. The other divers will get them out and replace them,” Sear said.

Sear said the U.S. will likely offer planning and logistic experience in terms of coordinating equipment needed for the mission.”We have some of the best divers in the world and, we can hook them up with internet, Skype, mobile stations and power sources,” he said.


News Source: cbsnews.com, nytimes.com

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are Engaged: US Media Reports

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are Engaged: US Media Reports

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are Engaged: US Media Reports

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are Engaged: US Media ReportsJustin Bieber popped the question to girlfriend Hailey Baldwin Saturday night in the Bahamas, and the model said yes, according to TMZ.

First reported by TMZ, later by E! News, the lovebirds got engaged on Saturday night in front of a small crowd at a resort on the islands. Baldwin, the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, started to date Bieber again after he broke up with singer Selena Gomez.

The couple has been going steady for all of about a month.

There’s “One Less Lonely Girl” after Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin got engaged over the weekend, according to multiple reports. It appeared the Canadian superstar popped the question during a Bahamas trip after the couple recently got back together.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are Engaged: US Media Reports

“Two eyewitnesses who claim to have seen the proposal . . . tell us it happened at a resort in the Bahamas. They say everyone was at a restaurant on the property doing salsa dancing when Justin’s security told everyone to put their phones away because something special was about to happen. We’re told Justin then proposed in front of everyone,” TMZ reported.

Bieber has had a string of high-profile past relationships including one with fellow pop star Selena Gomez

@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!

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Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 21, have not commented on their engagement on any of their social media platforms, but the “Baby” singer’s father and mother posted about it on Sunday.

“Proud is understatement! Excited for the next chapter,” Jeremy Bieber posted on his Instagram, with a picture of Justin looking at a sunset.

Justin’s mom, Pattie Mallette ‏also appeared to confirm the news: “Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.”

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are Engaged: US Media Reports

As the newly engaged couple celebrated the milestone in their relationship, Twitter users had mixed reactions, with many expressing disbelief over the news that now Bieber will have “Somebody To Love.”

“If Justin Bieber really is engaged to Hailey Baldwin. My heart breaks twice, once for myself and once for Selena,” Twitter user @kaitpennington wrote.

“just found out about justin bieber’s engagement… please respect my privacy during this difficult time” wrote another.


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