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Earnhardt ready to hit South Korea for NBC Olympics gig

Earnhardt ready to hit South Korea for NBC Olympics gig

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a checkered flag before he leaves to check out Olympic gold. Earnhardt departs Monday for South Korea to start his Olympics coverage for NBC Sports. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst, and he gets his first shot behind the mic next week. Will he slide into a bobsled? Slip on some skis? Earnhardt, long NASCAR’s most popular driver, has yet to receive his assignments from the network. ”I know that they won’t set me up to fail,” Earnhardt said Saturday. ”They want to have good TV and they’re not going to put me in position where I won’t be able to somehow help deliver that. We’re going to have some fun. Whatever that is, we’ll find out in the very last ...
Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City’s central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in Oaxaca state’s capital, nearer the quake’s epicenter. “It was awful,” said Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, who was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City’s trendy Condesa district, too frightened to go back inside. “It started to shake; the cars were going here and there. What do I do?” She said she was still scared thinking of the Sept. 19 earthquake that left 228 people dead in the capital and 369 across the region. Many buildings in Mexico Cit
Austin Passes First Paid Sick Leave Policy in the South

Austin Passes First Paid Sick Leave Policy in the South

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At nearly 1 a.m. on Thursday night, the Austin City Council passed a citywide, mandatory paid sick leave policy that will provide sick days to around 87,000 workers. After more than five hours of emotional testimony and debate, the proposal passed on a 9-2 vote, prompting thunderous applause from the raucous crowd and a rendition of the labor song “Solidarity Forever.” The measure is one of around 40 such policies in the country, but the first in the South. “This is about widening inequality and fighting against it,” said Council member Greg Casar just before the vote, citing the disparities in life expectancy in different parts of Austin. “We have hardworking people in our community and structures in place saying you get 20 more years or you don’t, who ...
South Dakota abandons bill to censor transgender issues in schools

South Dakota abandons bill to censor transgender issues in schools

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South Dakota lawmakers have shelved a first-of-its-kind bill that would have censored discussion of transgender issues in schools. According to the Associated Press, state Sen. Phil Jensen (R) realized “there were issues he hadn’t thought of” when he first proposed S.B. 160. “It wasn’t a hoax,” he said. “It wasn’t until basically yesterday that I decided that I needed to go a different direction.” The AP said he declined to elaborate, but the bill prompted national outcry that it would have made it impossible for teachers to protect transgender students from bullying. The comment, along with Jensen’s reputation of strident anti-LGBTQ positions, suggests he may propose something different in the future. Jensen had already proposed another anti-trans bill this session
Austin becomes first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

Austin becomes first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

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Austin, Texas became the first city in the U.S. South to require paid sick leave for its nearly 1 million residents, a landmark victory after a year of swelling progressive activism throughout the wider state. The Austin City Council voted late Thursday evening to mandate six to eight paid sick days for non-governmental workers across the city, following a campaign led by a coalition of lawmakers and activists. The ordinance passed 9-2, with only Council Members Ora Houston and Ellen Troxclair voting against. Following the ordinance’s passage, those in attendance burst into thunderous applause and began singing in celebration. “After months of building a movement for paid sick days, I’m so proud of the efforts of our community to achieve this historic policy victory,” said Council M
Liverpool open talks to sign South American star, Reds must pay a record fee for him

Liverpool open talks to sign South American star, Reds must pay a record fee for him

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Liverpool open talks to sign South American star, Reds must pay a record fee for him - originally posted on Sportslens.com Liverpool are interested in signing the Roma keeper Alisson at the end of this season. The Brazilian has been outstanding for the Serie A side this season and he is very highly rated within the game. Liverpool need to upgrade on Simon Mignolet and Alisson would be the perfect alternative. German keeper Loris Karius has improved a lot in the recent weeks and he is likely to battle it out with Alisson for the starting berth next season. As per the reports, Liverpool have already held talks to sign the South American. The report adds that Roma value the player at £62m and the Reds must pay a world record price for a keeper if they want him. Liverpool paid a record ...
Austin could become the first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

Austin could become the first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

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A vote this week will determine whether or not Austin, Texas will be the first city in the U.S. South to require paid sick leave, a distinction that could set the tone for other urban hubs in the region, as well as for progressive efforts in the state more broadly. The Austin City Council will decide on Thursday whether or not to require all employers throughout the city to provide paid sick leave to workers. Private employers are currently exempt from providing their workers with paid sick leave, something that has had severe implications for the city. At least 223,000 people in Austin lack access to paid sick days — 37 percent of the Texas capital’s workforce. In some sectors, numbers are higher than others. Between 65 and 70 percent of workers in maintenance and service indu
Cyril Ramaphosa Just Became The New President Of South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa Just Became The New President Of South Africa

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Cyril Ramaphosa Mike Hutchings / AFP / Getty Images Cyril Ramaphosa has been declared as the new president of South Africa, a day after Jacob Zuma resigned.He became president after he was the only individual to be nominated in the South African parliament, where his African National Congress (ANC) party has a large majority.Ramaphosa, a former businessman who has been Zuma's deputy since 2016, was in December elected to replace Zuma as the president of the ANC, which has been the ruling party of South Africa since 1994.Zuma announced his resignation in a televised speech Wednesday, finally succumbing to pressure from within his own party to step down following years of corruption allegations, which the former president denied. ANC supporters of Ra...
South Carolina Man Finds Piles of Recently Killed Dogs During His Morning Walk

South Carolina Man Finds Piles of Recently Killed Dogs During His Morning Walk

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A South Carolina man came across piles of recently killed dogs while taking his daily morning walk on Tuesday. Mickey Fortin was walking along a stretch of road in Laurens County when he saw a pile in the distance. “I’ve seen a lot of things here in my travels,” Fortin said in a Facebook Live video he posted Tuesday morning. “Right now, as I’m walking I’m seeing these things laying in a heap and I’m wondering, ‘What the hell is that?'” Thinking it was trash or old clothes, Fortin went over to see what had been left behind. What he found were four bodies of recently killed Chihuahuas. “Who would do something like this?” Fortin asks in the video. “To me it’s devastating.” crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in
Man City plotting big money deal for South American, fans will be delighted

Man City plotting big money deal for South American, fans will be delighted

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Man City plotting big money deal for South American, fans will be delighted - originally posted on Sportslens.com Manchester City are looking to offer their Brazilian keeper Ederson a ‘stunning’ new long-term deal at the club. The 24-year-old joined the Etihad outfit in the summer and he has been an inspired signing for Pep Guardiola’s side so far. The former Barcelona boss believes that Ederson could be City’s number one keeper for the next decade. The Premier League giants paid £34m for the Brazilian and the player has justified the price tag since then. Ederson’s reading of the game, composure on the ball and passing range has helped Guardiola implement his style of football with ease. The Brazilian is a key factor in City managing to build from the ...