Daylight Saving Time is on thin ice, millennials regret buying homes, and more top insights

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Is it time to ditch Daylight Saving Time? Actually, many argue the culprit is Daylight Saving Time’s less sunny other half: standard time. Several states, including Florida, California and Oregon, are looking to make DST a year-round affair, which would give us more evening daylight hours. Their reasoning? The time shifts have been associated with disrupted sleepincreased rates of depression and a modest uptick in heart attacks. Sticking with DST all year may even help keep the peace, with extra evening daylight connected to a reduction in crime. (P.S. Remember to switch your clocks forward an hour on Sunday.) • Here’s what people are saying.

The rise of fire-resistant housing: The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is testing fire-resistant materials and landscaping to withstand the kind of wildfires that have devastated parts of the U.S. Using fiber cement composite rather than wood, metal gutters instead of vinyl and landscaping with rocks rather than mulch can keep embers from turning into full-scale blazes, reports CNBC. Wildfires destroyed more houses and structures in the U.S. last year than at any point on record, costing California alone $19 billion real estate damages. • Here’s what people are saying.

A smart stop sign that could save lives: Researchers at The University of Texas in San Antonio have developed a solar-powered stop sign that can flash a light at the right moment to make sure drivers don’t roll past the sign altogether, therefore raising the risk of an accident. The sign uses infrared sensors to detect the vehicle type and its velocity, allowing it to trigger a light at the right time to allow a safe stop. 54% of U.S. traffic deaths occur on rural roads, according to New Atlas. And in many cases, those accidents come from drivers missing stop signs. • Here’s what people are saying.

Millennials suffer from housing remorse: After a bit of delay, millennials have finally entered the housing market, with homeownership rates among those under 35 and between 35 and 45 on the rise, The Washington Post reports. But these new homeowners are not so thrilled. A recent survey by Bankrate found that 44% of all homeowners have misgivings about their purchase, but that figure rises to 63% among millennials. The reasons for regret include unexpected costs and maintenance, lack of space and location. • Here’s what people are saying.

China’s factories are running low on workers: As China’s services economy expands rapidly — with e-commerce and delivery services booming — manufacturers are struggling to fill their ranks, Bloomberg reports. Trade tensions with the U.S. have only made matters worse, with some factories looking to close shop and move to places like Cambodia or Vietnam. In the meantime, some Chinese manufacturers are offering 10% to 20% pay bumps and traveling to remote villages to find candidates. • Here’s what people are saying.

One last idea: Putting your unique thoughts and original work out into the world is a risky, daunting pursuit. But author Jon Acuff reminds us that the potential rewards are worth the risk.

“You never know where your idea is going to go, but you've got a guarantee that it won't go anywhere unless you share it. Put it out there. Sing the song. Write the book. Start the business. There's a whole world waiting for your idea.”

Want to get ahead at work? Looking for advice from the pros? Share your burning career questions in the comments with #YouAsked and we’ll get experts to weigh in.


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The Link Between Meat and Cancer: MSK Experts Explain the Headlines

Debunking the Link Between Meat Consumption and Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, announced that it had classified processed meat as a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent, “based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.” It also classified red meat as a probable carcinogen based on limited evidence linking its consumption to cancer and “strong mechanistic support supporting a carcinogenic effect.”

In the report, a group of 22 experts from ten countries concluded that every 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten per day — the equivalent of a hot dog or two or three strips of bacon — increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

Experts from Memorial Sloan Kettering put this news into perspective.

Summary

An agency within the World Health Organization classified processed meats as carcinogens — cancer-causing agents. These high-fat, high-calorie foods contribute to obesity, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer. Also, foods high in preservatives like processed meats have been linked to gastrointestinal cancers for years. But the increased risk is modest

Highlights

  • An international cancer agency classified processed meat as a carcinogen.

  • It also classified red meat as a probable carcinogen.

  • The link between foods high in preservative salts and cancer risk has been known for years. 

  • The increased cancer risk from processed meats is modest.

  • Keeping a healthy, balanced diet is most important.You’ve probably seen the attention-grabbing headlines this week: Bacon causes cancer! But what’s the real story behind the news?

Earlier this week, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, announced that it had classified processed meat as a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent, “based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.” It also classified red meat as a probable carcinogen based on limited evidence linking its consumption to cancer and “strong mechanistic support supporting a carcinogenic effect.”

In the report, a group of 22 experts from ten countries concluded that every 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten per day — the equivalent of a hot dog or two or three strips of bacon — increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

Experts from Memorial Sloan Kettering put this news into perspective.

“This announcement didn’t come as a big surprise to most of us,” says MSK gastroenterologist Robin Mendelsohn. “We’ve known for a long time that obesity is associated with cancer, so there’s a direct link between eating high-fat, high-calorie foods like meat and an increased cancer risk.”

Medical oncologist Clifford Hudis, Chief of MSK’s Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Vice President for Government Relations, and Chief Advocacy Officer, adds that foods high in preservative salts, such as processed meats, have been associated with gastrointestinal cancers for more than 100 years. He also notes that the refrigerator, by allowing us to eat things that use less of these specific salts, contributed to a decline in stomach cancer in the last century.

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In addition, many processed meats like sausage and ham are smoked, which may further increase the number of carcinogenic compounds in them.

For other, nonprocessed red meat, the mechanism by which eating them may lead to cancer is not entirely clear, Dr. Mendelsohn says, but many of these foods also tend to be high in fat and calories.

Speaking about the IARC findings, Dr. Hudis explains, “an 18 percent increased risk is considered real but modest from a public-health standpoint, compared to cigarettes and tobacco, which increase the risk of lung cancer 800 percent or more. Some of the elevated risk may reflect the association of meat consumption with increased weight.”

“Given that much larger increases in risk are seen with tobacco as one example,” he says, “red meat is not the biggest issue. There are great reasons to avoid meat, including its high calorie content. The global issue we face is rising rates of obesity.”  And like tobacco use, obesity is a modifiable risk factor for cancer, which means that people may be able to avoid increased risk by maintaining a healthy weight throughout their life.

“Obesity will soon replace tobacco as the leading modifiable risk factor for cancer, at least in Western countries, ” Dr. Hudis says, noting a policy statement issued by the American Society of Clinical Oncology earlier this year.

The bottom line: Experts agree that the most important thing to focus on is a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as exercising regularly and keeping your weight under control. A diet low in meat can be an easy way to achieve this goal, says Dr. Hudis.

“Anytime you choose to eat something healthy, that’s better, but I like to eat a steak or a hot dog once in a while, and that’s OK. Everything in moderation,” says Dr. Mendelsohn.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified processed meats as carcinogens — cancer-causing agents.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified processed meats as carcinogens — cancer-causing agents.

Judge Mathis has agreed to being spokesman for 1 Million Jobs Campaign

Judge Greg Mathis

Judge Greg Mathis

 

Judge Mathis is a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for urban youth, and equal justice.  His inspirational life story of a street youth who rose from jail to Judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on the Emmy award-winning television court show Judge Mathis each day.

 

Judge Mathis’s public service career began in college where he led Free South Africa and voter registration campaigns on campus, while also working nights at McDonalds as a swing manager. After graduating from college in 1983, he joined the staff of Detroit City councilman Clyde Cleveland and continued to work as an advocate for equal justice with Reverend Jesse Jackson’s PUSH Excel, where he currently serves as Chairman. Judge Mathis has also served as a national board member of the NAACP and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

 

In his efforts to reach out to youth and ex-offenders both in and outside of the courtroom, Judge Mathis opened the Mathis community center in his hometown of Detroit and has assisted thousands of youth with his non-profit agency Young Adults Asserting Themselves (Y.A.A.T.), an agency that provides career, business start-up and job opportunities, as well as job training and college enrollment assistance.

 

In 2009, in honor of his years of work and commitment to his hometown of Detroit, the city named one of the streets, Mathis Avenue, after him.  The street is part of a new housing development, which replaced the housing projects he grew up in.

 

Judge Mathis has received numerous awards and keys to the city from government officials and is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from both Florida A&M University and Eastern Michigan University. He has been recognized for his efforts by numerous newspapers, magazines and television networks.  He has appeared on such shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today ShowLarry King Live, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  

 

Judge Mathis is married, and the proud father of four children, and recently became a grandfather.

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Thrill of the skate _ Philly sees roller rink revival

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Thrill of the skate _ Philly sees roller rink revival

By BARBARA BOYER, The Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Floyd Williams, soon to be 82, has no plans to stop roller skating.

Neither does one-time roller derby competitor Zia Hiltey, 34. The two, both of west Philadelphia, dance hand-in-hand when they cross paths on skates Tuesday night at the Holiday Skating & Fun Center in Delanco. They’re at the Burlington County rink for the live organ music played for the past 22 years by business executive Ralph Brown, and, most of all, for the thrill of the skate.

On any given day in the Philadelphia region, home to at least 11 thriving roller rinks, children of all ages, their parents, and grandparents are lacing up and rolling onto hardwood floors for a perennial pastime that is back — again. The roller skating revival draws together folks of diverse ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds for hours of fun on wheels.

For some, it’s a welcome throwback, or as Williams put it, “I feel like 20 in the rink.”

Hiltey, a professional photographer, skated as a child and took an interest again in 2006 when she was lured by the punk aspect of roller derby. She competed with the Philly Roller Girls for two years and now skates just for fun.

Since the debut of roller rinks in the United States in the early 1900s (Chicago opened one in 1902 and it attracted more than 7,000 people its first day), roller skating has held a singular place in American culture from urban centers to the suburbs.

Jim McMahon, executive director of the Roller Skating Association International, said the renewed interest started several years ago on the West Coast, where California’s temperate climate provides a welcome backdrop. The revival has since moved to the East Coast, where rinks are seeing an uptick in customers.

Although the number of rinks in the United States has fallen from about 1,260 five years ago to 1,200 today, more people are skating, McMahon said. In 2017, 36 million skaters went to a rink. Last year, it climbed to 38 million, and the industry expects that number to rise to 44 million in 2019. Rink owners are now partnering with educators through STEM programs, in which students learn the science behind roller skating. They study physics, rink design, and the art of combining music with skating. Then they put it all together in the rink.

The older generation of skaters, those in their 70s and up, say they worry that the art of roller figure skating — holding hands, skating in unison, spinning — is slowly disappearing. They say it’s a style that many younger skaters don’t embrace.

“What we do, it’s a lost art. I was here in its heyday,” said Joe “Sonny” White, 80, of Philadelphia. “I met the love of my life roller skating.”

The year was 1951 when White spotted his beloved Dottie, “a hell of a skater,” at a rink at Broad and Poplar that closed years ago.

Although his wife died 10 years ago, White, who has had two knee replacements, keeps skating. He visits the Palace rink in Northeast Philly where there’s a much younger crowd and modern music. He prefers Holiday, where Ralph Brown plays the organ every Tuesday night. Since 1996, Brown, who lives in Reading, has driven 90 minutes each way for the Delanco gig. He also plays at a rink close to his home. He has been playing at roller rinks for 53 years, he said.

On a recent night as dozens of skaters arrived at Holiday, Brown climbed into the booth and took a seat behind the Hammond organ. His fingers danced across the keyboards as he bounced a knee to songs like the “Chicken Dance” and “You Should Be Dancing” by the Bee Gees.

“Couples only,” Brown announced before he played “I Will Always Love You,” followed by “Love Story.” He flipped the lights off and the rink fell dark but for the kaleidoscope of colors from a hanging disco ball and the red-and-green lights blinking above the snack bar and skate-rental desk.

Vivian Veith-Ackroyd, 84, has been a manager at Holiday since 1972. She remembers when skating was so popular that customers were turned away after the first 1,200 skaters arrived.

“We would have a line out the door and down the road,” Veith-Ackroyd recalled, the disco lights reflecting off her gray hair. “It was crazy. It’s not like that now.” Now, a good night is when several hundred skaters show up.

Kadeem Vaughn, manager of ISC Cherry Hill, has noticed the renewed interest in skating at that rink.

“Originally it seemed like it was mostly younger kids. Now it seems like everyone is roller skating,” he said. “We’re riding the wave. When things picked up, we added theme events like glow parties, or backward skates.”

It’s “magical” for kids and awakens the inner child of parents who return to skate nights, or rent the rink for adult ’80s-themed parties. “They go back to a happier time,” Vaughn said.

Janet Jordan of Voorhees, a retired assistant Camden County prosecutor, is a national champion figure skater who no longer competes. She judges competitions across the United States and teaches roller skating in Cherry Hill and Perth Amboy. She has no plans to give up skating, which she started as a young girl.

“It’s a passion,” she said. “Once you get it in your veins, it’s addictive.”

Caren Eickmeyer of Marlton brought her 5-year-old daughter, Allie, for a morning class with Jordan the other day in Cherry Hill. After the class, Eickmeyer pulled on a pair of rentals to join her daughter in the rink.

“It brings you back to your childhood ... all those Friday nights skating,” said Eickmeyer, adding that the 1980 musical roller-rink love story Xanadu was among her favorite movies.

Back on skates with her daughter, Eickmeyer said, “I can’t believe how much I miss it.”

Out on the floor, champion skaters who dazzle with fancy footwork join amateurs working to master simpler moves. In the world of skating, different regions are known for different styles. Philadelphia and South Jersey are known for skating backward; New York and North Jersey favor chain skating.

Roller skating does not attract the same recognition as ice skating, an Olympic sport. But several skaters pointed out that Olympic gold medal ice skater Tara Lipinski, a Philly native, got her start on roller skates, and her first big wins were on wheels, not blades, when she was 8 and 9 years old.

With skating’s popularity on the rise, rinks across the region have gotten creative, hosting birthday parties, gospel nights, and adult skating after 10 p.m.

Tracy Medley, the managing partner of the Millennium Skate World in Camden, said roller rinks cater to a diverse crowd with varied interests, but have one common denominator: fun.

“All walks of life come together as one,” said Medley, who started skating as a child and later turned her Stockton University business degree and passion for skating into a career when the rink opened nearly 20 years ago. “It was my dream.”

On a busy skate night when hundreds crowd the Millennium floor — where rapper Meek Mill, on skates, filmed his “Monster” video in 2015 — Medley recognizes the regulars. There are doctors, lawyers, teens.

“It’s a getaway, no matter what you have going on in your life,” she said. “They call it ‘leave it on the wood.’ You come here, zone out, enjoy the music, and have a great time.”

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Lawyer: Rapper 21 Savage granted immigration bond

In an emailed statement, lawyers Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro said they’ve been speaking with ICE since his arrest to “clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.”

They said they received notification in the previous 24 hours, “in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform,” that he was granted an expedited hearing. The Grammy Awards ceremony was held Sunday.

Abraham-Joseph was nominated for two awards at the Grammys, including record of the year for “Rockstar” alongside Post Malone. His second solo album “I Am I Was,” released in December, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

After his arrest, ICE said Abraham-Joseph entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, when he was 12, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006. He was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia, ICE said. He was placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.

Abraham-Joseph’s lawyers disputed that. They said last week that Abraham-Joseph came to the U.S. when he was 7 and remained in the country until June 2005, when he went to visit the United Kingdom for a month. He returned on a valid visa on July 22, 2005, they said.

“Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for almost 20 years, except for a brief visit abroad,” his lawyers said. “Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph lost his legal status through no fault of his own.”

Federal immigration officials have known Abraham-Joseph’s status since at least 2017, when he applied for a new visa. That application is pending, his attorneys said.

The attorneys also said ICE was incorrect that Abraham-Joseph has a felony conviction on his record. Fulton County prosecutors said they could not provide information on that case because it is sealed.

Abraham-Joseph’s lawyers said Tuesday that he asked them to send a message to his supporters.

″(H)e says that while he wasn’t present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together,” they said.

He added that he “will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country. And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.”

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Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage.

Childish Gambino’s disturbing look at race relations, “This is America,” won record and song of the year on Sunday’s telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song won both of those awards, considered — with album of the year — the recording industry’s most prestigious.

Kacey Musgraves won top album and matched Childish Gambino with four Grammys total. A year after many women felt left out of the Grammy telecast, they delivered the night’s most memorable performances. The best new artist winner, British singer Dua Lipa, also cast major shade on the outgoing recording academy president.

Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile won three Grammys apiece, and former first lady Michelle Obama was a surprise guest at the top of the show on CBS.

Childish Gambino, the stage name of actor Donald Glover, and another prominent rap nominee, Kendrick Lamar, both declined invitations to perform or attend Sunday’s show. Some rap artists feel the Grammys have been slow to recognize how the genre now dominates popular music.

Ludwig Goransson, a songwriter and producer on “This is America,” said backstage that he was surprised the victories were so historic. Just listening to the radio, watching the culture and seeing how many rap songs are downloaded is evidence of rap’s impact.

“It’s about time something like this happened with the Grammys as well,” Goransson said.

Cardi B became the first solo woman to win best rap album , although Lauryn Hill was the lead singer of the Fugees, which won the same award at the 1997 Grammys. Cardi B was so nervous accepting the award that she joked, “Maybe I need to start smoking weed.”

Jason Cole, from left, Hiro Murai and Ibra Ake pose with the award for best music video for Childish Gambino's "This Is America." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She looked anything but rattled earlier, when her rendition of “Money” was among the night’s performance highlights. Janelle Monae delivered a smoking version of her hit “Make Me Feel”; St. Vincent and Dua Lipa’s duet on “Masseduction” was steamy; H.E.R. turned heads with “Hard Place”; and Carlile sang an inspired version of her hit “The Joke.”

Being part of a big night for women was huge to her, Carlile said backstage after the show.

“I’m a kid from the ’90s and Lilith Fair, you know, and those women were just dominating those platforms,” she said. “They were dominating those arena and amphitheater stages. They were getting record deals. They were becoming record executives themselves. They completely controlled the airwaves. They were on the radio. And to watch that backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking. Tonight, it gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters.”

When she accepted her best new artist award, Dua Lipa pointedly said, “I guess this year we really stepped up.”

Dua Lipa accepts the award for best new artist. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

That was a reference to outgoing Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow, who said women needed to “step up” when he was asked about the lack of women in top categories in 2018. He later acknowledged it was a poor choice of words and delivered another mea culpa on Sunday’s show.

Yet Dua Lipa was rewarded by having her acceptance speech cut off mid-sentence. She wasn’t alone, however, as a handful of other artists were also hustled off the stage, and the show seemed disjointed at the end, rushing through its final awards. Under the circumstances, having a lengthy tribute to Portnow before he gave his own speech seemed tone-deaf.

Lipa said later she would have thanked her fans, her inspirations and team if she had more time.

When she was onstage, Lipa was one of a handful of winners who paid special tribute to fellow artists. Another was Drake, whose appearance to accept the Grammy when “God’s Plan” won best rap song was a surprise because he’s not big on award shows.

He reminded fans and fellow artists that awards are based on the subjective views of others, and aren’t contests in which there are clear winners and losers.

“You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you. You already won,” he said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Musgrave picked up album of the year for “Golden Hour,” which is labeled country but had wider appeal.

“I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love, such warmth, such positivity,” said Musgraves, who performed a stately version of her song “Rainbow.”

Kacey Musgraves wins four awards at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Dolly Parton starred in the best of the night’s two tributes to veteran artists, performing a medley of her songs with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Maren Morris. The highlight of Diana Ross’ night was the cute introduction by a grandson with a mountain of hair.

The Grammys took some online blowback by having Jennifer Lopez deliver a tribute to Motown , once the nation’s preeminent label for black artists. Despite her hustle, Lopez was outshone by show host Alicia Keys and Smokey Robinson delivering one verse of “Tracks of My Tears” a capella.

Obama appeared on the show’s opening with Keys, Gaga, Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to describe the role music had played in their lives — seemingly a pointed reference to last year’s controversy over women artists.

“Music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”

Another ex-White House resident was awarded a Grammy on Sunday. Former President Jimmy Carter, who is 94, won an award for best spoken word recording.

It’s his second Grammy.

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Lil Baby arrested, accused of reckless driving in a Corvette

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Lil Baby was arrested in Atlanta after he recklessly passed other cars at high speed in an orange Corvette and tried to flee a state trooper, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The rapper, whose given name is Dominique Jones, faces charges of failing to signal when changing lanes, reckless driving and attempting to flee or elude police. He was booked into the Atlanta City Detention Center and was released on a signature bond.

A representative for Jones didn’t respond Friday to an email seeking comment and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.


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This undated police photo released Feb. 8, 2019, by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections shows rapper Lil Baby whose real name is Dominique Jones. Jones, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 7 and faces charges of failing to use a turn signal, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude police. (Atlanta Department of Corrections via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Lil Baby was arrested in Atlanta after he recklessly passed other cars at high speed in an orange Corvette and tried to flee a state trooper, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The rapper, whose given name is Dominique Jones, faces charges of failing to signal when changing lanes, reckless driving and attempting to flee or elude police. He was booked into the Atlanta City Detention Center and was released on a signature bond.

A representative for Jones didn’t respond Friday to an email seeking comment and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

A trooper saw Jones fail to signal when changing lanes Thursday evening and then saw him recklessly passing other cars in an area with a lot of pedestrians, according to a State Patrol statement. The trooper activated his emergency equipment and chased Jones as he wove between cars at high speed.

The statement said that when the trooper caught up, Jones initially tried to flee but became stuck in traffic. The trooper exited his vehicle and ordered Jones to do the same. Jones got out of his car, laid on the ground and was arrested without incident, according to the statement.

The Atlanta rapper’s songs “Yes Indeed,” featuring Drake, and “Drip Too Hard” became Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot chart. Last week, he announced plans to headline The New Generation Tour, kicking off next month, to support his latest mixtape, “Street Gossip.”

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Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring!

Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring

February 2, 2019

Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume, second from right, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 133rd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast an early spring. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs.

Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW’-nee) Phil emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania at sunrise and didn’t see his shadow. Nearly the same series of events unfolded about 300 miles (483 kilometers) to the east, where Staten Island Chuck’s handlers also revealed the same prediction.

The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney. That’s about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island’s Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.

And he wasn’t the only New York City mayor who struggled with the holiday. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten at a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2009.

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Kelly Rowland to host Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

Rowland to host Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Rowland will host the 12th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards this month.

Essence announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning singer, who has had some acting roles, will host the Feb. 21 luncheon honoring actresses Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Amandla Stenberg and Kiki Layne.

Rowland says in a statement she’s happy to “shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism.”

Rowland has had roles on “Empire,” ″Girlfriends” and “Think Like a Man.” She will play Gladys Knight in the new BET series “American Soul,” which focuses on the iconic music TV program “Soul Train” and its creator Don Cornelius. It debuts Tuesday.

The Academy Awards will take place Feb. 25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Rowland will host the 12th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards this month.

Essence announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning singer, who has had some acting roles, will host the Feb. 21 luncheon honoring actresses Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Amandla Stenberg and Kiki Layne.

Rowland says in a statement she’s happy to “shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism.”

Rowland has had roles on “Empire,” ″Girlfriends” and “Think Like a Man.” She will play Gladys Knight in the new BET series “American Soul,” which focuses on the iconic music TV program “Soul Train” and its creator Don Cornelius. It debuts Tuesday.

The Academy Awards will take place Feb. 25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


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Copy of 21 Savage’s English origins stun fans of the Atlanta rapper

21 Savage’s English origins stun fans of the Atlanta rapper

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FILE - In this Sunday, May 20, 2018, file photo, 21 Savage arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was a shock for fans when 21 Savage was taken into custody Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, by U.S. immigration agents in Georgia. It was an even bigger shock to learn he had been an immigrant in the first place. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a shock for fans when 21 Savage was taken into custody by U.S. immigration agents in Georgia. It was an even bigger shock to learn he had been an immigrant in the first place.

The Grammy-nominated rapper and his music are so deeply associated with Atlanta that the notion he was actually born in England and brought to the U.S. as a child felt downright bizarre.

Scores of surprised tweets came after his Sunday arrest. Memes bloomed that some called cruel under the circumstances, including one of him dressed as a Buckingham Palace guard, along with an old video of him talking in a mock English accent about tea and crumpets. While the United Kingdom is responsible for rap icon Slick Rick, he also grew up in America, and its rappers traditionally have not had much success in America.

“It seems so outlandish that the prototypical Atlanta rapper is not from Atlanta,” said Samuel Hine, a writer and editor at GQ who researched 21 Savage and spent a day with him for a profile in the magazine last year. “I think that’s why so many people were sort of making fun of him, and making memes.”

By all accounts, few knew his real birthplace, and it certainly wasn’t publicly known. His accent gave no indication, and his birth name, She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, could come from any number of birthplaces.

“I certainly heard no whispers challenging his accepted backstory,” Hine said.

Abraham-Joseph was detained in a targeted operation in the Atlanta area and put in deportation proceedings, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said.

Abraham-Joseph’s attorneys said U.S. immigration officials have known his status at least since 2017, when he applied for a new visa. That application is pending, and his attorneys say he should be freed while it’s pending.

Both sides agree that Abraham-Joseph has not had legal status since his family’s visas expired in 2006. ICE alleges that Abraham-Joseph came to the U.S. in 2005 at age 12 while Abraham-Joseph’s attorneys say he began living here at age 7, and the 2005 arrival was from a monthlong visit to England.

“Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for almost 20 years, except for a brief visit abroad,” Kuck Baxter Immigration, the law firm representing Abraham-Joseph, said in a statement Tuesday. “Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph lost his legal status through no fault of his own.”

The attorneys also said Tuesday that ICE was incorrect that Abraham-Joseph has a felony conviction on his record. Fulton County prosecutors said they could not provide information on that case because it is sealed.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox declined further comment Tuesday.

Abraham-Joseph spent his teenage years in Atlanta — the city that birthed rap gods OutKast — and his image and later his music became defined by the city’s distinctive and rich hip-hop culture. Even the “21” in his name is a reference to the block where he lived there.

“Him growing up in Atlanta is a pretty fundamental part of his story,” Hine said. “His identity is so rooted in his Atlanta sound, his Atlanta crew.”

Abraham-Joseph was truthful when he rapped about his youthful exploits in Atlanta, including run-ins with the law over guns and drugs, Hine said. He just left out the stuff that came before that.

A pair of mixtapes in 2015 made his star rise quickly in the Atlanta underground. Collaborations with Atlanta artists including Metro Boomin and Offset of rap group Migos raised his profile.

He signed with Epic Records and made a pair of successful albums. His latest, “I Am I Was,” debuted at the top of the Billboard top 200 album charts this past December.

He collaborated with Drake, Cardi B, and Post Malone, whose song with 21 Savage, “Rockstar,” is nominated for two Grammys at Sunday’s awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

For many who love 21 Savage, surprise about his arrest quickly gave way to outrage.

Offset tweeted that he was “PRAYING FOR MY DAWG. ALL THE MEMES ... AINT FUNNY HIS FAMILY DEPENDING ON HIM.”

Rapper Vince Staples joined many others in tweeting, “Free 21!”

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors established an online petition to stop his deportation that was fast gaining signatories.

Singer Demi Lovato felt some of the anger when she tweeted Sunday that “21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.” She later clarified that she wasn’t laughing “at anyone getting deported,” but subsequently deleted her Twitter account.

While it’s not clear if it had anything to do with his own status, Abraham-Joseph did just recently address the subject of immigration and detention. Last week on the “Tonight Show,” he added a verse to his song “A Lot: that include the line, “been through some things, but I couldn’t imagine my kids stuck at the border.”

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This version corrects spelling of the GQ writer and editor’s last name to Hine, not Hines. It also updates the spelling of the rapper’s first name to She’yaa, instead of Sha Yaa, per new information from attorneys.

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Associated Press Writer Kate Brumback in Atlanta contributed.

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Kristaps Porzingis tells Knicks fans to 'stay woke'

Three days after he was traded from the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks, All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis suggested in an Instagram post that his ex-team's fans should "stay woke."

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    Team president Steve Mills said the Knicks feel like they did the right thing by trading former first-rounder Kristaps Porzingis. "You don't want to commit a max [contract] to a player who clearly says to you he doesn't want to be here," Mills said.

"The city deserves better than that.... My suggestion for Knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!! Peace," Porzingis wrote on his verified account early Sunday morning.

Knicks president Steve Mills said that Porzingis, a restricted free agent this summer, informed him that he "no longer wanted to be a part of our group" during a Thursday morning meeting. The meeting lasted less than five minutes, league sources told ESPN.

Hours later, New York traded Porzingis to the Mavericks in a deal that brought back two future first-round picks, Dennis Smith Jr. and two veterans on expiring contracts in Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan.

There has been a strong disconnect between Porzingis and Knicks management in recent years, and it culminated in Thursday's meeting. Porzingis expressed concerns on the state of the franchise and his future with the organization in the meeting, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Knicks GM Scott Perry said the Knicks were aware of Porzingis' displeasure with the direction of the franchise in recent weeks.

Mills cited Porzingis' time spent at the team facility -- which had decreased recently -- as one sign of his disconnect from the franchise.

"When you try to think about how you want to build your team for the long term, you don't want to commit a max [contract] to a player who clearly says to you he doesn't want to be here," Mills said Thursday. "That would be a disservice for our organization and disservice to our fans."

Mills noted that both parties seemed to be on the same page at the beginning of the season after New York elected not to extend Porzingis' rookie contract, before Porzingis began showing signs of a disconnect.

New York began to speak to teams about different trade scenarios involving Porzingis in the days leading up to Thursday.

"When the meeting occurred this morning, we'd already been having many conversations with a number of teams," Perry said Thursday. "So we decided to act upon one."

In doing its due diligence, New York contacted the New Orleans Pelicans about an Anthony Davis trade in recent days. There was uncertainty about Porzingis' desire to play with the Pelicans long term, sources said.

At the time of their trade of Porzingis, the Knicks had several offers for the 23-year-old big man, league sources told ESPN.

But multiple teams interested in making an offer for Porzingis said that they were unable to do so before New York traded Porzingis to Dallas, league sources said.

The Knicks were looking for salary-cap relief and young players or future first-round picks in a trade. So while the Knicks could have fielded more offers for Porzingis -- possibly increasing their return in the process -- the transaction with Dallas seemingly accomplished their objectives.

By clearing their books of the money owed to Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee -- who were both moved to Dallas in the Porzingis trade -- ESPN's Bobby Marks projects the Knicks to have a league-high $71 million in salary-cap space this summer. That's enough cap space to attempt to sign two maximum-salary free agents.

New York will target the top players on the market, who are expected to include Kevin DurantKawhi LeonardKyrie Irving and Kemba Walker.

Some close to Durant see New York as a possible landing spot for the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP if he chooses to leave the Golden State Warriors, according to league sources.

In addition to Smith, the Knicks will get the Mavericks' unprotected first-round pick two years after they send one to the Atlanta Hawks to complete their draft-day deal for Luka Doncic and another protected first-round pick two years after that, sources said.

Those picks could come as soon as 2021 and 2023 if Dallas does not move into the top five this year.

The Mavs deemed Porzingis' potential to be worth the price, considering him a franchise-caliber player whose game complements 19-year-old rookie star Doncic.

Dallas is hoping to re-sign the 7-foot-3 Porzingis to a long-term deal this summer, and it is confident that Doncic and veteran Dirk Nowitzki -- a player Porzingis grew up idolizing -- can play significant roles in making that happen, a source told ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Porzingis, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, was averaging a career-best 22.7 points per game before he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a breakout All-Star season in 2017-18. He also was averaging 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

Porzingis will probably not play for the Mavericks this season as he continues to recover from the injury, owner Mark Cuban told ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Porzingis was evaluated in January by the Knicks' medical staff, which confirmed his knee is healing well. He recently worked out with a coach on the court for roughly 45 minutes, during which he was shooting pull-up 3-pointers and dunking.

Porzingis will have an introductory news conference in Dallas on Monday.

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Zion Williamson: Would Be Dope to Play with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving on Knicks

For the New York Knicks, the dream summer would involve landing the top overall pick in the NBA draft lottery, drafting Duke superstar Zion Williamson and signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency.

And Williamson, when asked about Knicks fans dreaming about such a scenario, said he is excited by the idea.

"It would be dope to play with KD and Kyrie but whatever team drafts me I'm going to be ready to play hard and work," he told Adam Zagoria of SNY on Saturday. 

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had his own take on the possibility:

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Williamson, 18, is the prohibitive favorite to be the first pick in the NBA draft this summer. He's absolutely dominated at the college level, averaging 22.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game while shooting an incredible 68.1 percent from the field. 

As an added bonus, he's one of the most explosive and exciting players to watch in years, creating one highlight after another with his ability to play above the rim and slam home impressive dunks. Few rookies will come into the NBA with more buzz than Williamson next season.

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The Knicks, meanwhile, hold the NBA's worst record at 10-41. Due to changes in the lottery this season, the bottom three teams will hold identical 14 percent chances to win the top overall pick, so the odds remain far more likely that the Knicks will end up with a pick in the 2-5 range if they maintain that league-worst record.

Even if they won the top overall pick, there's no guarantee that the team wouldn't trade it. If Anthony Davis isn't traded before the summer, for instance, the Knicks could build a package around Williamson and Kevin Knox to land the superstar and combine him with two max free agents to chase a title. 

The Knicks could also find themselves in a situation where they miss out on the top free agents and in need of a full rebuild. Suffice it to say, their summer will be fascinating to watch unfold.

As for Williamson, he'll be the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year no matter where he ends up, given the dominance he's displayed at Duke. On a team full of elite prospects, Williamson has stood out, and that's no small feat. 

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Anthony Davis Trade Rumors: Lakers 'Don't Have the Assets' to Complete Deal


The Los Angeles Lakers are going to do everything in their power to land New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis either this season or over the summer. But it's growing increasingly clear that the Lakers may not have the pieces to entice the Pelicans.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst spoke about that fact on the The Sedano Show

"For Davis, a top-five arguable player who is going to be desired in many different markets, the Lakers just don't have the assets. ... It's just not enough for the Pelicans. They just don't like what the Lakers have to offer. And that is not lost on Davis. That is why it's pretty clear his camp is waging a battle to make Boston not even bid so the Lakers have a chance. Because it's as clear as day that Boston can outbid the Lakers. They just don't have the assets."

Windhorst pointed out that it wasn't necessarily an indictment on L.A.'s young players, like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, and that a package of those players would be enough to land many players around the NBA. But for a game-changer like Davis, the Lakers' packages remaining unappealing to New Orleans.

The Pelicans can also take their time, since Davis is under contract through next season, leaving them with all of the leverage for the time being.

"The Pelicans have no motivation to hurry; this season is lost anyway. They have no motivation to necessarily trade around the draft if they can't get the player they want. ... Talking to sources in New Orleans, they don't feel any pressure to move quickly."

The Lakers and Celtics have been the two teams most widely linked to a trade for Davis, and it isn't hard to imagine the New York Knicks making an offer this summer, especially if they land the top overall pick. They could dangle the pick and Kevin Knox in a package for Anthony and then use their two max slots to bring in superstars to play alongside him.

The Philadelphia 76ers are also a team that can't be ignored, if only because a young star like Ben Simmons would almost assuredly be attractive to New Orleans, though it's hard to imagine the Sixers dealing their 22-year-old All-Star. 

But Windhorst noted that two other "mystery teams" could jump into the fray: The Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets. The Raptors could build a deal around talented young players like Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby and gun for a title this season with Kawhi Leonard and Davis. Obviously they would be risking everything in that trade, as Leonard could leave in free agency this summer and Davis could follow suit next year.

But Leonard and Davis could also enjoy playing together in Toronto and choose to stay long term.

Denver, meanwhile, could build a package around players like rookie Michael Porter Jr., Jamal Murray or Gary Harris potentially, as Windhorst noted, pairing Davis with offensive superstar Nikola Jokic. 

Windhorst noted that he hadn't heard that either team had called the Pelicans with an offer, but he said he'd be very surprised if they didn't at least inquire. 

When you add it all up, at least five teams—the Celtics, Knicks, Sixers, Raptors and Nuggets—could offer better deals than the Lakers. The Lakers may be pushing all of their chips into the center of the table when it comes to Davis, but they are doing so without the best hand.


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When marketing flops: 5 Super Bowl ads that backfired

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When marketing flops: 5 Super Bowl ads that backfired

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by Ram Truck Brand shows a scene from the company's Super Bowl spot. Last year, a Ram truck ad showed people doing service-oriented tasks set against audio of King’s speech, which urges people to be “great” by serving the greater good. The ad was supposed to highlight the volunteer program Ram Nation. The ad was criticized by people who objected to the use of King's speech to sell trucks. (Ram Truck Brand via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what the Ram truck company did with a Martin Luther King speech or what Groupon did spoofing promos for charities.

Though such messages can get attention, it’s the wrong kind of attention. Groupon got buzz all right, but most of it was negative.

Here’s a look at five Super Bowl ads that flopped, despite months of planning and great expense.

2018: RAM PROMOTES VOLUNTEERISM

Last year, a Ram truck ad showed people doing service-oriented tasks set against audio of King urging people to be “great” by serving the greater good. The ad was supposed to highlight the volunteer program Ram Nation.

Instead, viewers and ad experts criticized it for forging too tenuous a connection with the civil rights hero. On Twitter, many people felt that the use of King’s speech was merely exploiting emotions to sell trucks.

Fiat Chrysler, which owns Ram, said it worked closely with the King estate on the ad. It has stayed mum on whether it’s advertising during this year’s game.

2013: VOLKSWAGEN’S “GET HAPPY”

Volkswagen’s ad for Passat depicts a white American so happy with a Passat that he starts speaking in a Jamaican accent, much to the consternation of his co-workers. The company said it was trying to stress the optimistic nature of VW users and chose the Jamaican ad for showcasing that message in a funny, easy-to-understand manner.

Volkswagen released the ad ahead of the Super Bowl, only to run into criticism. Some people said it bordered on racism because it portrayed the Jamaican accent as a caricature.

The furor was eventually quelled, however, by Jamaicans themselves, and the ad did run during the Super Bowl.

2013: GODADDY “PERFECT MATCH”

Web hosting service GoDaddy has made a name for itself during the Super Bowl with crass commercials starting in 2005, but its 2013 ad outdid itself in the taste department.

The ad showed supermodel Bar Rafaeli making out with a bespectacled nerdy man in a very tight, extended close-up. While the ad succeeded in grabbing attention, some dubbed it “gross.”

The company — and Super Bowl advertisers in general — toned down ads after that. For the past several years, GoDaddy hasn’t advertised during the Super Bowl at all.

2011: GROUPON’S PSEUDO PSAs

Deal site Groupon wanted to make a humorous debut as a Super Bowl advertiser but ended up striking the wrong tone .

Groupon ran three ads that made fun of public service announcements. In one, Timothy Hutton says “the people in Tibet are in trouble, their culture is in jeopardy,” as pictures of Tibet are shown on the screen. The punchline? It turns out he was talking about a fish curry deal Groupon was offering. Other ads poked fun at charities for saving the whales and the Brazilian rain forest.

Groupon was actually trying to raise money for the charities the ads were spoofing, but the ads didn’t make that clear.

The ads sparked widespread negative reaction on Twitter and Facebook. According to research firm Alterian, which produced a “Buzz Bowl” score of online activity, Groupon was among the five most-discussed advertisers online. But the buzz was twice as negative as it was positive.

Groupon returned to the Super Bowl last year with an ad starring Tiffany Haddish but is sitting out this year.

1999: JUST FOR FEET

An ad from Just For Feet, a now-defunct sportswear retailer, featured mostly white commandos in a Humvee chasing a barefoot African man in a desert. They drug him and force him to wear sneakers, which he tries to shake off.

The ad was labeled racist. Just For Feet later sued the agency that created the spot, Saatchi & Saatchi. Later that year, the company filed for bankruptcy and faced accounting fraud changes, unrelated to the ad. It was bought by another company and closed for good in 2004.

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