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Last season the University of Oregon won the Pac-12 title and earned a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Ducks reached the Elite 8, defeating Duke in the regional semifinals and losing to Oklahoma and Buddy Hield in the regional finals

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(Reuters) – In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor in the United States. Obama will present recipients including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul singer Diana Ross, former basketball champions Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford with the medal at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, the White House said on Wednesday

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If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease

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Dear Mr. Goodell, Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander received a 10-game suspension for marijuana use. Lane Johnson, right tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, was suspended for 10 games for performance enhancing drugs.

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have formally signed the documents to finalize their divorce settlement , according to TMZ.  The website states that both Kardashian and Odom have signed the papers, which they filed on Friday , and are now just waiting for a judge’s signature to make the whole thing final. The two also reportedly reached a property settlement.  Kardashian first  filed for divorce in December 2013 after four years of marriage.

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ATLANTA ― For Republicans nervous about an electoral catastrophe next month, Lesley Jones could be a harbinger of doom.

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“ Moonlight ” is a lyric poem in three stanzas. It’s a movie for everyone who’s ever clung to shards of hope in the midst of dejection

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High school athletes are reminding the world that sexual assault is most definitely not  “ locker room banter .”  In a photo shared to Facebook on October 13 , six male athletes stand in a locker room sporting shirts that read “Wild Feminist.” The young men pictured in the photo are basketball, football, soccer and cross country athletes from Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon. The photo was shot in the high school’s locker room in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recently leaked 2005 comments about women . The  hot mic video  featured Trump bragging that he “ just kisses ” women without their consent, and “ grabs them by the pussy ” because “ you can do anything ” to women when you’re famous

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Petros Papadakis, former USC college football captain and current analyst for Fox Sports, tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the lure of the game for young people. The two also debate whether politics belong on the field and in the locker room.

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Donald Trump had strong advice for entertainer Bill Cosby in 2014 when a reporter for the E! Entertainment television channel asked about Cosby’s growing sexual assault scandal. Rather than express anger at Cosby over numerous accusations he drugged and assaulted women, or empathy for those who said they had been victimized, Trump criticized the legendary comic for failing to push back harder against the claims.

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Why Trump Is Afraid Of Debates Now

02Ago

Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of trying to “rig the debates” by scheduling them against football games. Not only do the facts reject this argument, but Trump ignores his own double- standard, as he pulled the plug on several debates with Republican opponents in 2016

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Xi Jinping’s foreign policy hinges on realizing “the China dream.” But, beyond a nationalistic desire to “stand tall” on the global stage, few Westerners can articulate the underlying dynamics and motivations of Beijing’s increasingly assertive behavior. This article takes a humanistic approach by asking two questions: Which Chinese do the Chinese themselves revere and what does this reveal about the country’s place in the world moving forward? More..

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook announced he will not play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, adding to a substantial roster of NBA stars who are opting out of the games. “After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year’s Olympics,” Westbrook said in a statement released Friday

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James stepped in front of Steph Curry Wednesday night with less than three minutes remaining in the third and and got his fingertips on a lazily lobbed Golden State Warriors pass. After nearly falling to the ground, James sent the rock ahead to Kyrie Irving, who tossed it near the rim, leading LeBron into the one-handed oop

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When Muhammad Ali refused to take the oath of induction into the U.S. Army in 1967 in Houston, Texas, he became a hero to those that were against the war, but he also became toxic to many that were in favor of it and even to some of those in the mainstream.

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Susan F. Axelrod is Executive Vice President of Regulatory Operations at FINRA . In this capacity she oversees Enforcement, the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence, and Member Regulation.

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Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested Monday on a felony domestic violence charge  after allegedly assaulting a woman at a residence outside Sacramento.

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In a 336-minute, seven-game series, the Golden State Warriors needed less than 170 seconds in the third quarter to dismantle, dishearten and dispose of the Oklahoma City Thunder, doing what they do best and knocking down five treys in three minutes to earn their second consecutive berth in the NBA Finals with a 96-88 victory Monday night. Of course, it started and ended with Stephen Curry.

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A mosquito-born virus linked to birth defects may keep a six-time NBA All-Star champion from playing in Brazil’s Olympics.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were 12 minutes away from returning to the NBA Finals. They were up by eight entering the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, and things were looking good. Russell Westbrook was nearing a triple double.

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Score update: pic.twitter.com/MdDTbnQTwx — GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) May 23, 2016 More…

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A back-and-forth battle in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals led to a surprising early-series deficit for the Golden State Warriors. And, for a time Wednesday, it looked as if Game 2 was headed for another photo finish in the Warriors’ showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder.  But then, about halfway through the third quarter, Warriors MVP Stephen Curry got a little mad

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👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 #What pic.twitter.com/FDPgusa6t2 — Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 17, 2016 More…

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Watch Maxwell James in the season finale of The Family , Sunday, May 15, at 9/8c. More…

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TOP STORIES WHAT A NIGHT FOR BASKETBALL Only Lakers legend Kobe Bryant could score 60 points in his final game. “Mamba out” indeed

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The Warriors have done it. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms

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Saint Thomas More: “Why not be a teacher?

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A white former suburban Detroit police officer was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months to 10 years in prison for the beating last year of a black motorist during a traffic stop caught on video.

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#CoplineBling This. #CoplineBling brought to you by University of Delaware Police Posted by University of Delaware on Friday, January 29, 2016 Police at the University of Delaware are taking on a new public safety beat — to the tune of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” The department released a hilarious video  rendition of the rapper’s single on Friday in an effort to encourage the public to — what else? — call them when you need their help

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Is Under Armour Copying Nike’s Playbook?

31Ene

Under Armour just announced earnings that were better than expected. This caused their stock to jump 15.49% at the closing bell on Thursday

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SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it had detained a U.S. university student for committing a “hostile act” against the country who, if confirmed, would be the third western citizen known to be held currently in the isolated state.

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The world is full of awesome Prince stories, from the time he played basketball against Eddie Murphy and then served pancakes to tales of him showing up on doorsteps to preach on behalf of the Jehovah’s Witnesses .  Now, there’s another tale of just how unique The Purple One is, courtesy of Questlove, and this story involves speeding golf carts, awkward seating arrangements and shutting down his DJ gig to replace him with a cartoon fish.  Check out Questlove’s Prince story in the clip above, which was animated by Hectah  for Okayplayer .   Also on HuffPost: — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Basic Wage, Basic Rights

20Ene

This last Monday, on Martin Luther King holiday, Oxfam released its annual report on inequality. The report found that the world’s 62 richest people now own as much wealth as the “the bottom half of humanity,” — some 3.6 billion people

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Sometime during the next few months, the US Supreme Court will issue a decision that could profoundly weaken public employee unions across the country. By all accounts, the justices — in the oral argument in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association — signaled that they are poised to rule that workers’ payment of dues to public sector unions must be voluntary

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Ted Cruz’s wife is a managing director of Goldman Sachs and the firm loaned Cruz money for his Senate campaign. Hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer has donated millions to his super PAC

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Baby Boomers Feel the Bern

20Ene

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has attracted an enormous following of millennials – the diverse group of millennials who sat on stage behind Sanders at his town meeting in Carroll, Iowa on Tuesday showed as much. But surprisingly, the audience facing Sanders at noon Tuesday was mainly made up of older generations. Sanders is currently polling 2-1 with millennials against democratic opponent Hilary Clinton, according to an NBC poll

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The Clintons have no shame, that much you can count on. That stupefying arrogance was on full display in the most recent presidential campaign debate when Hillary Clinton countered Bernie Sanders’ charge that she was compromised by her close ties to Goldman Sachs and other rapacious Wall Street interests with the retort: “Sen.

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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When you’re as good as Stephen Curry, there’s no bad time to try out a new sleight of hand. At least that seemed to be the reigning MVP’s mentality on Monday night, when a tied game in the second half proved as good a moment as any to test out his latest Harlem Globetrotter-esque, highlight-worthy assist

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"Leaders," Keeping Secrets

09Ene

Hillary, Rahm, Snyder, Walker — the list goes on. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Dismissing the Notion of Insubordination

08Ene

by Rod Collins, Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors In a recent article in Acoustic Guitar , Adam Perlmutter chronicles the unusual career path of Dick Boak, one of Martin Guitar’s most creative luthiers. Today Boak is the historian-in-residence of the 183-year old company and one of the most respected craftsman in his profession, but his entrée and advancement in the revered company is an intriguing and unconventional tale. Boak was enamored with music and woodmaking at an early age.

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Dear Madam Secretary, Please Help Sharks

07Ene

ATTN: The Honorable Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce Email: [email protected] Dear Madam Secretary, My Name is Jonah Bryson, and I am a 15-year-old American who is concerned about his future and the future of our planet. I have devoted much of my time and passion to making the world a better place. And at this point in time, with what we know, I am shocked that policy-makers still allow others to contribute to the extinction of species and depletion of biodiversity

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Shark Tank Edition: How to Value a Startup

06Ene

Lately, it seems like every week we read about a new hot startup selling for millions of dollars. Despite the high prices investors are willing to put on these companies, many are not profitable, and some are not even generating revenue

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As a little girl, I used to wave at the sky as I rode in the back seat, saying “hi” to God. But life has a way of changing, and while I still believe in God wholeheartedly, I do not wave at the sky anymore.

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Uh, What Even Is This Stephen Curry Shot?

12Nov

The Golden State Warriors, reigning world champions, are 9-0 and beating teams by an average of 17.6 points per game.

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16 Signs You’re The Youngest Child

06Nov

Younger siblings are part of a very special pack. The youngest child never knew a world in which he or she was the only child. They’re used to sharing their space with other people, not always coming first and being the butt of a joke.

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What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Water

03Nov

(Photo-Illustration: Photos: Corbis) By Alexa Tsoulis-Reay In 1963, a 15-year-old girl presented herself to a pair of dermatologists in Pennsylvania complaining that she’d broken out in angry, red lesions after a session of waterskiing. That first mysterious outbreak became a trend: Blotchy, itchy hives would pop up all over her limbs every time she took a bath, went swimming, or perspired heavily. The doctors conducted a series of tests to rule out obvious possible triggers like cold and, using a hand towel soaked in distilled water, identified a condition called aquagenic urticaria: Sufferers are so sensitive to pure water it causes them to erupt in hives within minutes of exposure.

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The Harlem Globetrotters took a break from beating the Washington Generals to join a theater group known for beating on anything that happens to be around.  Performers from the New York production of ” Stomp ” joined the one-of-a-kind basketball team to make a one-of-a-kind music video in celebration of the Globetrotters’ 90th anniversary.  The clip features basketball theatrics from Bull Bullard , Cheese Chisholm , Firefly Fisher and Handles Franklin , who are joined by members of “Stomp” as they work together to create a rhythm using basketballs and handclaps.  “For years, we’ve had a basketball routine as part of ‘Stomp,'” the show’s co-creator, Steve McNicholas, told the Associated Press.

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The Best Community Colleges of 2015

22Oct

As the cost of attending a four year college or university continues to grow throughout the country, community colleges have assumed an increasingly important role in our higher education system. Tuition and fees at community colleges are one third those at public four year colleges and universities, on average.

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LeBron James is arguably the best basketball player alive, but when it comes to building an NBA franchise, most NBA general managers would pick someone else to start a team from scratch.  That someone else is New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis , according to NBA.com’s annual general managers survey, which was released on Tuesday.  In past years, James was almost always the automatic answer to the survey’s question on which player a general manager would sign today if they were starting a new NBA team.

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This is just not Iggy Azalea’s year…decade…century…lifetime.  After  canceling her “Great Escape” tour  and facing an onslaught of criticism  for cultural appropriation and questionable rapping skills , the 25-year-old Australian rapper took an extended break from music and the public eye.  Azalea made her big return on the sixth track off of Demi Lovato’s “Confident” album called “Kingdom Come.” The reception to the duet has been brutal to say the least.  SPIN magazine’s Brennan Carley dubbed Azalea’s verse ” the worst rap verse of 2015.” There are structural, rhythmic, and simple AABB rhyme scheme problems with Azalea’s verse from the start,” Carley asserts.’And that be me, I got a king in my cavalry / Them other knights, say goodnight, they get apathy,’ she drawls in her regularly critiqued, heavily (fake) accented vocals, shooting from half-court trying to link “cavalry” and “apathy” and coming up an acre short.  He goes on to critique Azalea’s “muddled” delivery.  Beyond the paltry lyrics, Azalea’s cadence and flow are so completely muddled here that it’s easy to make the argument that the verse was recorded so quickly and haphazardly that nobody thought, ‘Hey, this could use a Take Two.’ She stumbles on her words, stringing syllables together in a marvelous flameout of mush-mouth, measure after measure. The music industry might have started to play Azalea out, but there’s one friend who is sticking by her side — Demi Lovato. Lovato, who will serve  as a bridesmaid at Azalea’s forthcoming wedding to basketball player Nick Young,  shared this Instagram post after the rapper’s engagement.  Could not be happier for this woman.

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We all thought it was a miracle when the Badgers beat Kentucky in the Final Four. Legislators – both Republican and Democrat – couldn’t wait to honor the University of Wisconsin basketball team.

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So What If My Kids Stink At Sports?

16Oct

Though nothing is certain, it is possible that both of our children may stink at team sports.

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A few years ago, Ian, now 22, was an honors student with a scholarship to play college basketball. Now he’s homeless, unemployed and admits he uses drugs. His parents, Rachael and Tino, turn to Dr

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Larry Brown was awarded the hat trick this week by the NCAA. For the third time in his college coaching career Brown is the head basketball coach at a university whose basketball program was found to have violated NCAA regulations. The first came in the early eighties at UCLA where his program was found to be guilty of getting “improper inducements” from UCLA boosters.

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Obama’s China Syndrome

27Sep

President Barack Obama’s Washington summit and White House state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping marked one of the administration’s last big attempts to place U.S.-China relations on a good track. With China’s secretive and troubled massive economy affecting others in ways we’re still learning, growing American concern over cyber-espionage matched by Chinese concern about global surveillance, and China becoming still more aggressive in its extraordinary maritime claims, Obama has a lot to overcome.

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The Myth of SEC Football

26Sep

First of all, no one is dumb enough to argue that the SEC (Southeastern Conference) doesn’t play damned good football.

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Last season, the Utah Jazz went 38-44 and were generally not a factor in the stacked Western Conference of the NBA. Heading into this season with the second-youngest team in the entire league, with an average of just 24.6 years old according to Real GM , the Jazz will be relying on center Rudy Gobert to be the rock of the squad on the inside. Last year, Gobert’s 8.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game were certainly not eye-popping numbers

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Jeb Bush’s first post-debate political rally started a few minutes early, in a rec center room built for 200 but only half-full. He started with an in-joke, about a candidate who would not be named and whose rallies were at least a basketball stadium larger. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms

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A bill being considered  in the House that would restrict colleges from punishing students accused of sexual assault is meeting near-universal opposition from advocacy organizations who work with rape victims. The Safe Campus Act, originally sponsored by Republican Reps. Matt Salmon of Arizona, and Pete Sessions and Kay Granger of Texas, would prohibit colleges and universities from punishing a student accused of sexual assault and battery unless the reporting victim also goes to police with the complaint.  Twenty-five advocacy organizations working with sexual assault victims contacted by The Huffington Post in recent days said they are opposed to the bill

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The Houston Rockets’  James Harden  can now rest assured he has graduated from mere basketball star into pop culture reference. Beyonce wore Harden’s No

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As our nation celebrates a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of our labor force, remember that these advancements often stem from disputes. In fact, when considering the biggest sports law issues making news lately, virtually all of them derive from disagreements between employees and employers.

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Fresh off a ruling that Northwestern University football players can’t form a union, the NCAA is about to face a more direct challenge to its longstanding policy of not letting schools pay athletes like they’re professionals. A federal judge who issued a landmark decision against the NCAA last year is considering whether to grant class-action status to lawsuits by current and former college athletes seeking to abolish the NCAA’s prohibition against competitively paying players.

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The Powerful Allure of Sports

23Ago

Ultimately, the best part about sports has nothing to do with championships, awards, win-loss records, or outstanding statistical performances. Those things are all ego-based. The best part about sports is the strong relationships that are formed – often for life

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When New York Liberty veteran Swin Cash heard that the under-11 Charlottesville Cavs had been disqualified from their tournament for playing a girl, she was in shock.   “Huh? That’s still happening right now?

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Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Chief Brand Officer, oversees all strategies and applications surrounding the team’s brand as it is presented to fans world-wide. Working in the executive office since 1989, Anderson’s experience has enabled her to become one of the most innovative and versatile executives among women in professional sports. Her vision and direction guides the Cowboys in stadium design, fan engagement, entertainment, licensed apparel, cause marketing, and community service.

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The Simplistic Importance of Shareholder Docs

13Ago

So you just came up with the next billion dollar idea, and finally grew the courage to take the plunge and enter the entrepreneurial life. You have a million tasks to accomplish, and there is never enough time nor capital to accomplish all of your goals

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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says that billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn accepted his offer to be treasury secretary in a Trump administration. In addition, Trump also said he would pick former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for a top cabinet position if he was elected president.

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Every day, I work with corporate leaders who understand the power of business platforms to make a difference. Regardless of the specific professional missions of their companies, these executives recognize that there’s a natural social mission they can tap into that will transform their place in the world, greatly impacting their communities, employees and bottom lines

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I finished the back half of the San Francisco marathon today. I share that to encourage others, not to congratulate myself

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Ten Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

24Jul

Democracy cannot breathe, and will die, if those enjoined to protect and uphold the law snuff it out unjustly and without consequence. Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this.

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Q&A with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

24Jul

Nir Barkat, 55, has served as Mayor of Jerusalem since 2008 and was re-elected in 2013 for a second five-year term. Born in Jerusalem, he holds a degree in computer science from the Hebrew University. Barkat launched a successful software company, start-up incubator and venture firm before entering politics, first in 2003 in a failed mayoral attempt, followed by service on the city council and then his successful mayoral bids

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Exceptional talents call for exceptional living. Some of New York’s most unique and luxurious real estate has been scooped up by celebrities, and with the spotlight always on, their real estate investments have become examples of market conditions. While Michelle Williams’s recent purchase of a 114 year old Colonial Revival in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park opened the nation’s eyes to the suburban-like possibilities right outside Manhattan, Katie Holmes’ $25K per month rental in Chelsea served as a reminder of the limitless prices, amenities, and possibilities New York has to offer

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Bow Wow Had No Idea He Was In ‘Furious 7’

18Jul

Where my dawgs at?  A better question might be, “Where my checks at?” Bow Wow, also known as Shad Moss, played Twinkie in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” and rumors  that he would show up in “Furious 7” started making news way before the movie’s release

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The Special Olympics are about to begin in Los Angeles and by this time next year the Olympics and Paralympics will be underway; the world will be watching sport and judging success in wins and losses. While many of the athletes working with me at Laureus USA are Olympians and Paralympians, we understand something as a collective group which is very important – not every kid is going to compete for gold, but every kid deserves a chance to play sports. Therefore we’ve banded together as a Laureus family to promote universal access to sport for kids, which means a commitment to inclusion .

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