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2nd Person Arrested in Dominican Republic in David Ortiz Shooting

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Charles Krupa/Associated Press A second person has reportedly been arrested as part of the investigation into the David Ortiz shooting.TheAssociated Press(h/t Washington Post) cited Julieta Tejeda, who is a spokeswoman for the Dominican Republic’s national prosecutor’s office, and reported the news Tuesday. The AP pointed out “there is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.”Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, said the former Boston Red Sox slugger is “stable, awake and resting comfortably” in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after he was flown there Monday.An earlier update from the AP on Tuesday revealed police in the Dominican Republic said the gunman who shot Ortiz on Sunday has not been arrested. However, “the driver of the motorcycle carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar.”Anyi Lizardo, Amir Vera and Eliott C. McLaughlin of CNN cited national police spokesperson Felix Duran Mejia, who said “the bullet went through his stomach” after …

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The Difference Between Celebrating Pride, And Just Selling It

By Ernest OwensEvery June, I’m reminded that I don’t have enough money to celebrate Pride the way many people do: by, well, spending money. From Memorial Day weekend until July 4, my social media feeds are filled with gay men traveling from city to city, partying it up without a care in the world. Most of those men don’t look like me, and sometimes, feeling left out can leave me bitter. Then, I remember the reason for this celebration: Joy can be an act of resistance — especially for a community that’s often been terrorized for simply existing.And while my friends and I have opted out of extravagant trips, including a Pride-themed cruise (yes, really), what we agreed upon was this: We do deserve our own designated spaces to dance, love, and be ourselves without surveillance. This is what Pride month is supposed to be — a time for queer people to be as visible and outspoken as we choose, without fear or retribution. That is what every day should be.But that’s not what Pride month has b…

Energy vs alliances: Abe’s Middle Eastern tightrope walk

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Tokyo, Japan –A crisis in the Middle East, leading to a visit toIranin an attempt to mediate between two powerful adversaries, and help secure a nation’s future energy needs.This is the mission that 64-year-old Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has chosen for himself as he travels to Iran this week. But it also describes what was happening in 1983, when Abe’s father, Japan’s then Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe, travelled to Tehran to try and broker peace between Iran and neighbouring Iraq when those two countries were locked in an existential war. Shinzo Abe, then 28, accompanied his father as a secretary on that trip.Today, Iran is not under attack from a neighbour, but is engaged in a dispute with the United States that’s crippling its economy. After pulling out of an international nuclear deal last year, US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran that, amongst a long list of other actions, prevent it from exporting oil to some of its biggest customers.One of those custom…

The Best Trade Assets of the 2019 NBA Offseason

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Darren Carroll/Getty Images Lonzo Ball, PG, Los Angeles LakersNow that he’s worked his way through two injury-plagued seasons, we’re starting to get a feeling for what Ball will become.He’s got terrific defensive potential, aided by his 6’6″, 190-pound frame. Passing will continue to be a positive, as he’s big and strong enough to zip assists all over the court.That shot, though. After he made just 38 percent of his field-goal attempts in his first 99 career games, Ball may never be a dominant scoring threat. Think of him as a taller, supercharged Ricky Rubio. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s perhaps not what most envisioned when he entered the draft as the No. 2 overall pick in 2017.2020 Memphis Grizzlies First-Round Pick, via Boston CelticsThe Celtics have three first-round picks in the 2019 draft, but their most valuable selection won’t come until at least 2020.The pick owed to them by Memphis is only protected for the top six selections next summer and becomes completel…

Jada Pinkett Smith To Receive Trailblazer Award At The 2019 MTV TV & Movie Awards

We know, we know — at this point, it seems like every day there’s more news about the rapidly approaching MTV Movie & TV Awards. But seriously, there’s less than one week until it all goes down, and there are still some things you absolutely need to know before the star-studded event airs on TV. The latest? Jada Pinkett Smith will be the recipient of this year’s Trailblazer Award, which “recognizes game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment.”“Jada has been a powerhouse since the beginning of her career and has achieved multi-hyphenate status throughout,” said Amy Doyle, General Manager, MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo. “She is the epitome of someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and we are thrilled to present her with this year’s Trailblazer Award.”From launching her own successful — and deeply candid — web talk show (Red Table Talk) alongside her daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, to being a vocal advocate for human r…