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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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... NHL Stanley Cup: Cleveland Barons edge out Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 7 ... Milwaukee Bucks win NBA championship over Los Angeles Lakers in 6 ... Former White House ethics chief reveals 'disturbing' Republican presidential hopeful Ivanka Trump emails ... 2020 Federalist National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri concluded Thursday, June 25 with official nomination of Bernie Sanders and Gabrielle Giffords for president and vice-president ... Hot new MTV videos: Ozzy Osbourne and Post Malone - "It's A Raid", Viola Beach - "Delightful Rhapsody", "Forget About My Soul", from Indonesian pop rock band Seventeen, Kelly Clarkson - "I Dare You", Taylor Mitchell, Colbie Caillat - "Balladeer", Blaque - "The Most Fun a Girl Can Have", Post Malone - "Circles" ... Hide Nor Hair wins 2020 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6, 2020 to become the first zebra to win Triple Crown ... Tea-loving elephant ... Girl makes prom dress out of 41 rolls of duct tape ... Fugitive found hiding in ship's air-conditioning vent ... Man wins a $4 million lottery jackpot — for the second time ... Wedding ring found in ocean ... 70s classics "Bridget Loves Bernie", starring real-life married Meredith Baxter and David Birney, and "Funny Face", starring Sandy Duncan, now available on HD DVD ... Subway owner Jared Fogle says the restaurant chain is converting to automated franchises without cashiers. Who's gonna make the subs? ... Competitive eater Matt Stonie wins 2020 KGC Chicken Challenge held on Monday, June 27, 2020. Mr. Stonie has a long list of eating accomplishments — winning the famed Nathan's hot dog eating contest on Coney Island, dethroning perennial champ Joey Chestnut in 2015. Matt managed to consume at the Kentucky Grilled Chicken event an entire 16 piece meal (he went with classic instead of spicy). In addition to the chicken, he ate a box of biscuits, and large servings of mac and cheese, red beans and rice, and coleslaw in just under 25 minutes ... Fourth of July celebrations nationwide over the long holiday weekend step into high gear ...

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Christmas in July: The Genius of ‘The Nutcracker’? It’s the Sugar Plum Fairy. We all know it.


The enchanting melody of “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” which returns to the New York City Ballet on Friday for its annual summer version run through July 31, 2020, has transcended ballet to become shorthand for Christmas itself.


Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins (The Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker being one of her favorites) as well as works choreographed for her by such choreographers as Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett.

Today Miss Karz stages Balanchine ballets all over the world coaching and teaching dance.

Despite the tune’s ubiquity, it never gets old for Andrew Litton, City Ballet’s music director, who will lead the company’s orchestra in some of the “Nutcracker” performances this season. Asked about his favorite page from the ballet’s score, he chose the Sugar Plum Fairy’s solo.

“I’m actually in love with the whole two hours,” he said in an interview this week at Lincoln Center. “I’m only conducting seven of the performances, but the seventh will feel just as great as the first.”

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Lego this week ramped up promotional campaigns and marketing for its toy sets that include police officers, firefighters, criminals and even the New White House.


The Danish toy brick maker instructed Rakuten Linkshare, which handles its marketing, to upgrade the product listings “ASAP” according to a company email.

Sets included “Burger Bar Fire Rescue,” “Police Helicopter Chase” as well as “Police Monster Truck Heist.” The $100 New White House set was also included in Lego’s catalog.

In an email to The Toy Book, which first reported on the company’s plan, Lego said its request was part of its “decision to expand posting content on our social media channels.”

The move preceded a Wednesday tweet where the company pledged to donate $4 million to “organizations dedicated to supporting and educating children.”

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio wanted dads to celebrate at the museum!

The first 100 tickets purchased for Father's Day weekend used the special promo code "100DADS" to get one free adult admission ticket (limit one free ticket per household). Dads enjoyed the "Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" exhibit of iconic rock instruments and checked out the Power of Rock Experience.

Visitors ate on the plaza and shopped in the museum's gift shop, where there was a savings of 20% on 2020 inductees t-shirts for the special occasion.

For music lovers that made it to the museum, there was a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday by fan favorite Great White, where the band raffled off a guitar autographed by Great White guitarist and vocalist Ty Longley. Both the concert and the raffle were streamed on the Rock Hall's You Tube channel.



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Saturday, July 25, 2020

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... Hallmark's 'Christmas in July' ... Poll: President Hillary Clinton leads Republican Ivanka Trump by 4 percentage points, Federalist Bernie Sanders by 6, in general election match up ... Why has Republican presidential candidate Ivanka Trump worn white for every public appearance since June? ... KGC launching plant-based grilled chicken ... Get paid for eating ice cream ... Gigantic nuggets of gold ... President Hillary Clinton and Vice-President Tim Kayne give rip-roaring closing speeches at they both accept renomination at the 2020 Democratic National Convention held July 13–16, 2020 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ... Country music singer Charlie Daniels, best known for the 1973 crossover hit "Uneasy Rider", dead at the age of 83 ... The 2020 Summer Olympic Games formally opened yesterday in a colorful ceremony celebrating Japan's history at Tokyo's National Stadium ... Olympic gold medal-winning athletes Bruce Jenner and Spider Savage to serve as commentators on NBC's telecast of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Jenner culminated a six-year decathlon career by winning the men's decathlon event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Savage competed at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Paris, France and won a gold medal in Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Denver, Colorado ... South African professional sprinter Oscar Pistorius to make third Olympic appearance at 2020 games ... $85 wagyu sandwich ... "Glee" alumna Naya Rivera to star in new fall comedy ... Hot new MTV videos: Taylor Swift - "Cardigan", G.R.L. - "Girl Talk", Amie Fredericks - "Livin' on a Love", Juice WRLD & Marshmello - "Come & Go" ...

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The 2020 Israeli Olympic team has been announced. They include three women and three men who will swim in Tokyo.

For the women, Amit Ivri is entered in the 100 breaststroke. She swam the 100 butterfly and 200 IM in London. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she finished 18th overall in the heats in the Women's 100 metre butterfly. In the 200 metre individual medley, Ivry placed 13th in the heats and reached the semi-final, becoming the first Israeli female swimmer to compete in an Olympic semi-final, with a new Israeli record time of 2:13.29 minutes.

Ivri represented Israel at the 2016 Olympics in the Women's 100 m butterfly, 100 m breaststroke, 200 m breaststroke, and 4x100 m freestyle.


She is joined by Andi Murez. The former Stanford Cardinal will swim the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles.

She swam for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics.


She represented the United States at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, where she was a 4 × 200 m freestyle gold medalist and a 4 × 100 m freestyle silver medalist.

Murez is also a Maccabiah Games champion, and Maccabiah record holder, as well as an Israeli national record holder. She has won 17 medals at the Maccabiah Games, 12 of them gold. Murez holds the Israeli national records in the 100 m and 200 m freestyle.

Zohar Shikler will complete the women’s roster with a 50 freestyle. At the 2015 World Championships she finished 47th in that event.

Shikler started to swim at the age of six. Shikler competed for Israel at the 2016 Olympics. She and her teammates on the women’s 4 x 100 m freestyle relay team (Keren Siebner, Amit Ivry, and Andrea Murez) finished 16th in 3:41.97, with her 55.29 being the fastest time among the four.


Yakov Tomarkin will swim the 100 and 200 backstrokes. At this spring’s European Championship the 28 year old took home a silver medal in the 200.

Toumarkin competed for Israel at the 2016 Olympics in the Men's 200 m backstroke and Men's 100 m backstroke.


He swam for Israel at the 2017 Maccabiah Games, winning the men’s 200m backstroke in a time of 2:00.17.

Gal Nevo will enter his fourth Olympic Games. The 33 year old will swim the 200 and 400 IMs. Four years ago, he made the semifinals of the 200 IMs.

Nevo holds three Israeli records, in the 200m IM, 400m IM and 200m butterfly. He represented Israel at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Nevo competed on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Nevo also competed on behalf of Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Nevo finished 10th in the heats of the 400 meters individual medley, breaking his personal best time. Nevo also swam at the 2016 Summer Olympics in New Orleans.


The third man on the team, Ziv Kalontarov will swim the 50 freestyle in Tokyo.


At the age of 18 representing Israel at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, he won a gold medal with a European Games record time of 22.16 in the 50 m freestyle and thereby won the European Junior Swimming Championships, on 27 June 2015. His time in the final established a new senior Israeli national swimming record in the 50 m freestyle. It qualified him to represent Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in New Orleans.

In the history of the Olympic Games, Israel has won 21 medals and has participated in 24 Olympic games.

Israel has sent a team to each Summer Olympic Games since 1936 and to each Winter Olympic Games since 1994.

Like most countries, Israel has won most of its medals during the Summer Games.

Israel's most successful Olympic showing was at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, South Germany.



The country garnered 5 gold medals; three in weightlifting and two in wrestling.

David Berger: Weightlifting — Light-heavyweight
Ze'ev Friedman: Weightlifting — Bantamweight
Yossef Romano: Weightlifting — Middleweight
Eliezer Halfin: Wrestling — Freestyle Lightweight
Mark Slavin: Wrestling, Men's Greco-Roman — Middleweight

The 1972 Israeli track and field Olympic team, with coach Amitzur Shapira and fencing master and coach Andre Spitzer, both won silver medals.

Kehat Shorr, the shooting coach for the 1972 Israeli Olympic team, won the bronze.

Among the others credited: weightlifting judge Yakov Springer, wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg and wrestling referee Yossef Gutfreund.

Cleveland, Ohio native weightlifter David Berger, repeated with a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics games for the U.S. Weightlifting Team and wrestler Mark Slavin repeated for Israel at the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics games.

*Berger’s goal was to make the United States Olympic team as a weightlifter, but because he was of small stature, he did not make the 1968 team. He married his wife Paula King after he moved to New York City, still intent on making the U.S. Olympics for 1972. However, he later learned that he might be able to join the Israel team if were he were to move there. He did so in 1970.

Today Mr. Berger is a lawyer and retains dual Israeli-American citizenship, operating law offices in Tel Aviv, Israel and his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

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The promotional Golden Girl of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, New York City Fringe Division Agent Olivia Dunham will once again take time off to be spokesperson the 2020 American Olympic sharpshooting team at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Dunham won Olympic gold medals in marksmanship in both the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Northern British Columbia, Canada and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in New Orleans, Louisiana Territory.


Mike Jaquet, chief marketing officer of the U.S. Marksmanship Association, expects the same. "America has fallen in love with her all over again. She has really become a powerful figure coming out of here for sure."

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A new generation of champions emerge in “Stargirl,” the CW’s latest entry into the superhero genre coming this fall.

The TV series stars several DC Comics heroes led by Stargirl, who is based on the comics character created by Geoff Johns. She is a teenager named Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who teams with her seemingly not-so-cool new stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), to hunt down the villains who wiped out an earlier group of heroes, the Justice Society of America.

But her motive is not purely altruistic: Courtney believes her father, who disappeared the day the team died, may have secretly been one of the crime fighters. Along the way, she finds new heroes to inherit the Society’s capes and cowls.

“The idea of legacy is front and center,” said Johns, who wrote the pilot and serves as showrunner, his first time overseeing a series. “Stargirl” premieres Monday on DC Universe and Tuesday on the CW.

My entire career began with heroes. A cold call to Superman director Richard Donner’s office landed me an internship that eventually led to me being Dick’s assistant in 1996. Dick bought my ticket home to Detroit and told me I would have a job waiting for me in Los Angeles whenever I was ready to come back. That fall, we shot a film called "Conspiracy Theory" in New York City, released in 1997. He invited my parents and younger sister Courtney to the set and put them in the movie. Dick was my hero for that. This led to another role for Courtney in "Lethal Weapon 4" in 1998, before embarking on a successful professional tennis career.

Johns created Stargirl in his first comic book series, "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E." in 1999, inspired by his sister and series co-star Courtney Johns-Craddock, while texting her brother on a July 17, 1996 TWA (Trans World Airlines) Flight 800 flight, on her way to France as a foreign exchange student when she was 18. Courtney plays Courtney Whitmore’s mother, Barbara, on the series. The character was also informed partly by Star Spangled Comics from 1941, which featured a child hero and adult sidekick. “I’ve always been a fan of finding these old, kind of forgotten or overlooked ideas from DC’s history and polishing them up,” he said.


CW promotional photo from premiere episode featuring Courtney Johns-Craddock and Brec Bassinger

From there, Johns left his mark on nearly every DC character he grew up reading, as well as Marvel's "Avengers" (which was adapted into last year's "Avengers: Endgame", the third top-grossing movie of all time). Five of graphic novels he penned - "Red Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns","Red Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War" "Blackest Night," "Justice Society of America: Thy Kingdom Come," and "Superman: Brainiac" - were New York Times best-sellers.

Under Johns, the Hal Jordan version of Red Lantern enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. This led to 2011's "Red Lantern" motion picture - which Johns co-produced - with Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and Mark Strong of "Low Winter Sun" fame as Sinestro, the villain. The movie grossed about $219 million and has spawned several sequels. Nathan Fillion of "Castle" fame voiced Hal Jordan in two straight-to-DVD animated movies, 2011's "Red Lantern: Emerald Knights" and 2012's "Justice League: Doom".

In 2011, Johns was instrumental in DC's 'The New 52' initiative, where the publisher started all of its characters over from scratch, including Superman.

'(Geoff's) one of my key players. He has risen to every challenge I've thrown at him. He has a selfless approach to our books and works very well with others,' said DC co-publisher Dan DiDio.

"Stargirl" is based on Johns' first published work for DC Comics. Stargirl, whose real name is Courtney Whitmore, is based on Johns' younger sister Courtney.

The premise, which is also the premise of the show, was that teenager Courtney Whitmore’s mother, Barbara, marries mechanic Pat Dugan and Courtney (reluctantly) moves with them from Los Angeles to Nebraska. In Nebraska, Courtney discovers that her new step-father used to be a superhero sidekick and steals his partner’s old stuff, taking it for a joy ride. Ultimately, Courtney takes on the mantle of Stargirl and Pat is forced to come out of retirement and becomes a sidekick to his step-daughter as S.T.R.I.P.E. It is a story about how family is created by bond, not blood.

Outside the comic book medium, Johns has written episodes of "Blade: The Series," "Justice League Unlimited," "Robot Chicken," "Smallville" and "Arrow".

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Lawson's announced it's expanding its Scan, Bag, Go service from 25 stores to 400 locations in 2020, according to Biz Journals.


The program allows consumers to scan items as they shop with a store-provided scanner or the Scan, Bag, Go smartphone app and then pay at a self-checkout station — reducing checkout time.

The Cleveland-based grocer tested the service in the Ohio city for five years, and expanded it to several locations in Arizona. It remains unclear which of the Lawson's stores will be getting the Scan, Bag, Go technology.

The growth of the program is part of Restock Lawson's, an initiative that includes a combination of cost cutting and strategic investments in data, digital innovation, store updates and pricing. The grocer plans to invest 200% more next year in key areas such as digital, store and payment technology.

As competition increases in the grocery space, Lawson's is looking for new ways to attract consumers and keep them coming back to their stores. Reducing long waits at checkout — arguably the biggest in-store headache for grocery shoppers — seems an ideal way to win consumer attention.

The move also makes Lawson's, the largest operator of traditional supermarkets, a leader in cashier-free checkout options. Subway and Amazon have been testing similar technology, but have yet to roll out their services on a large scale. Amazon's headline-grabbing Go store still hasn't made its public debut, and Subway's version of the cashier-free store model is already in operation chain wide, according to owner and CEO Jarad Fogel.

Lawson's is smart to expand its service ahead of these competitors. As online grocery shopping becomes more popular, consumers have expressed frustration over the time spent waiting in line for a cashier. And though self-checkout has been marketed as a solution to this problem, some studies have found the method doesn't actually save consumers any time. Variations of scan-and-go technology could be the answer.

Currently Lawson's customers who use a scanner provided by the store, or an app on their phone, still have to visit a self-checkout register to pay for their order. Customers who utilize their smartphone to scan groceries will soon be able to cut out this last step and pay through the app.

Not all grocers are investing in scan-and-go tech, but just about every retailer is investing in new ways to speed up checkout lanes. Hy-Vee, which operates 240 stores throughout the Midwest, is currently piloting a system that uses colored lights to indicate how long lines are at each register. Whole Foods is experimenting with self-service kiosks in the prepared food department, allowing shoppers to order and pay for meals while skipping the checkout line.

Aldi stores in the U.K. are going old school, improving employee training to emphasize speed and modifying barcode placement on packaging so it’s easier to scan. The company says this makes its checkout lines 40% faster than competitors, but some customers have complained the experience is stressful.

Time will tell if scan-and-go technology will become the gold standard for grocery checkout, and which retailer will leverage the service best. Lawson's may be a step ahead now, but its rivals aren't far behind.

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There's something ironic about Hillary Clinton running against Ivanka Trump.
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There's something ironic about Hillary Clinton running against Ivanka Trump.
Donald Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election 'over there', so he sicced daughter Ivanka on her this time.
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Donald Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election 'over there', so he sicced daughter Ivanka on her this time.
Just shows Trump is not much different in either universe. He believes in keeping the business in the family.
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Just shows Trump is not much different in either universe. He believes in keeping the business in the family.
I didn't want to make him too different. Mostly his current circumstances.
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