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Nets' injuries leave them wondering 'what if' after Game 7 loss to Bucks
The Nets were so close to beating the Bucks despite injuries that limited stars Kyrie Irving and James Harden during the series.       
usatoday.com
There’s never been anything like Ryan Pulock’s miraculous Islanders stop
There had never been anything like this at the Old Barn. Yhere has never been anything like this, anywhere.
nypost.com
Indian Sprinter Milkha Singh, Known as 'The Flying Sikh,' Dies From COVID
He died one month after his wife, a former volleyball captain, also died from COVID.
newsweek.com
Nets show resiliency sometimes isn’t enough
It ended here. It ended 115-111, Bucks.
nypost.com
Emory University School of Medicine formally apologizes after rejecting an applicant for his race
More than 60 years ago, Marion Gerald Hood was rejected from a medical school because of his race. This week, the school apologized.
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Man at Florida Pride Parade Is Struck and Killed by Driver
The head of a gay men’s chorus said the driver was “part of the Chorus family” and that the crash did not appear to be an attack on the L.G.B.T.Q. community.
nytimes.com
Tribute to the Kings results: Anderson Silva turns back the clock, wins in boxing return vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Former UFC star Anderson Silva successful in his boxing return, edges Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in split decision at Tribute to the Kings.       Related StoriesTribute to the Kings results: Anderson Silva turns back the clock, wins in boxing return vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - EnclosureGame plan for not: Serghei Spivac forced to improvise during UFC on ESPN 25 winGame plan for not: Serghei Spivac forced to improvise during UFC on ESPN 25 win - Enclosure 
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High school basketball: Southern California Regional results
High school basketball: Southern California Regional results
latimes.com
Young women hit by errant bullets in NYC
Two teenage girls were shot in the leg by stray bullets around 10 p.m on June 19, 2021. Police stated that five men fled the scene on foot and they are indeed looking for them. 
nypost.com
After disappointment, Simone Manuel, Nathan Adrian have one last chance to make Olympic swim team
Simone Manuel and Nathan Adrian both qualified with the third-fastest swims for their 50 finals with a spot at the Tokyo Olympics on the line.       
usatoday.com
Phil Mickelson’s US Open dream is over: ‘Completely lost it’
A third round was not to be for Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open.
nypost.com
Twitter reacts to Anderson Silva's upset of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in boxing return
Anderson Silva pulled off a sizable betting upset in his return to boxing when he beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.      Related StoriesTwitter reacts to Chan Sung Jung's tactical win over Dan Ige at UFC on ESPN 25Twitter reacts to Rory MacDonald's stunning loss to Gleison Tibau at 2021 PFL 5UFC on ESPN 25 bonuses: Marlon Vera, Davey Grant get $50,000 for bloody rematch 
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David Peterson does it all for Mets in another encouraging outing
David Peterson checked off a couple of firsts offensively on Saturday, notching his first major league hit and scoring the first two runs of his career.
nypost.com
Cops release pic of suspect in NYC shooting near kids
Police released have released the picture of the suspect behind the June 17, 2021 shooting in NYC that two children were very close to. Both children were and the victim is in stable condition.
nypost.com
Florida Rep. Wasserman Schultz nearly struck in Pride parade crash that kills at least 1: reports
A pickup truck driver slammed into spectators at a Florida Pride parade on Saturday evening – narrowly missing U.S. Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz and leaving at least one person dead, according to reports. 
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IRS Denies Christian Non-Profit Tax-Exempt Status: 'Bible's Teachings Affiliated with Republican Party'
A Christian non-profit is challenging the Internal Revenue Service after the agency denied them tax-exempt status saying "the Bible's teachings are typically affiliated with the Republican Party and candidates."
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How Rainbows Could Boost Your Roof’s Solar Power
Ashley Cooper/GettyThe solar panels on your roof are not perfect machines.They are made up of individual solar cells, where the sunlight is converted to electricity, but there is inevitably a little bit of space between each cell—more or less wasted real estate. So what if you could take the light hitting that dead space and repurpose it to produce more energy? And, even cooler, what if you could do it using rainbows?Researchers at the University of Arizona have created a holographic system designed to reduce some of the lost efficiency in solar panels due to those blank spots between the cells. A holographic light collector is inserted into the solar panel just over the dead space; the sunlight passes through this collector and splits into its ROYGBIV colors (because only certain wavelengths of light are of most use to a solar cell, in this particular case those producing yellow to red light). The useful colors are then bounced back up and off the glass covering the panel, and down into the solar cell itself.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Fast Beauty’ Might Be Cheap. It’s Also Costing the Earth.
GettyFast fashion has grown to saturate much of the fashion market. It made trends readily available to the masses at a fraction of the cost of designer items, and turned companies like Zara and H&M into multi-billion-dollar enterprises. Of course, with that level of mass production came many environmental costs ranging from pollution to supply chain issues, compounded by eco-related labor issues. Fast fashion proved itself to be ethically questionable, although companies have begun making amends for their past environmental missteps. Brands have begun using more sustainably sourced materials, creating clothing recycling programs, and reorganizing their supply chains to be eco-friendlier.As fast fashion has started cleaning up its act, a new frontier has emerged: fast beauty. Fast beauty companies like Kylie Cosmetics, Winky Lux, and Deciem, churn out products at a pace never before seen in the beauty industry. Typically in beauty, products are developed over a very long course of time with a chemist to ensure quality is met. With fast beauty, products are produced very quickly with immediate customer satisfaction uppermost in manufacturers’ minds. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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15-Year-Old Katie Grimes Makes Olympic Team, Called 'Future of Swimming' by Katie Ledecky
Grimes' time Saturday night is the third-fastest time all-time for the 15-16 age group behind only Katie Ledecky (2013) and Janet Evans (1988).
newsweek.com
Braveheart’s Warped History Keeps Suckering Evangelicals
20th Century-Fox/GettyWhen Chloé Zhao took home the awards for Best Picture and Best Director for her movie Nomadland at this year’s Academy Awards, she made history. The film was only the second best-picture winner directed by a woman, and the first by a woman of color. In her acceptance speech, she thanked those she had “met on the road” who had taught “us the power of resilience and hope and for reminding us what true kindness looks like.”Twenty-five years ago, the Best Director and Best Picture awards went to a strikingly different feature film. That year, Mel Gibson captured both for his epic film Braveheart. Gibson also starred in the film as the freedom-loving, kilt-wearing William Wallace. Based on the legendary thirteenth-century Scottish warrior, the film was less about kindness and hope and more about unquenchable violence avenging evil and injustice. In a very different way, Gibson’s film, too, would make history.Gibson was a conservative Catholic, but it was white evangelicals who would become the film’s most fervent fans. With William Wallace their hero and “Freedom!” their battle cry, American evangelicals assigned the film a prominent place in their culture-wars liturgies.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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OMG, I Want That House: Gramercy Park, NYC
Courtesy VRBOThere are only so many late night hosting time slots, and it doesn’t seem like the current reigning champs—Stephen and Seth and Samantha, Jimmy and Jimmy and James—are going anywhere any time soon. So instead of making endless lists about the line-up of celebrities you dream of peppering with questions while they’re sitting on your couch, pivot your TV goals to something a little more realistic: taking over the home of one of the greats. Who needs to work their way up to stardom when you can buy it by way of taking over Jimmy Fallon’s quirky Gramercy Park palace. The price? A cool $15 million. When you live in a three-floor, 4,950-square-foot Manhattan flat, there are plenty of living rooms to entertain in. The best way to tell these spaces apart is to give them each a theme. Welcome to the “Saloon Room” that, true to its inspiration, comes with a fireplace, a vintage bar, and a massive antler chandelier.We think this eat-in kitchen has enough seating to qualify as a genuine New York City diner. But unlike your favorite coffee-and-booth corner establishment, this one comes with a view. Whip up your kitchen’s daily special overlooking Gramercy Park.Read more at The Daily Beast.
thedailybeast.com
The Cruel and Twisted Discoveries at Germany’s Stonehenge
GettyWhen you think of Stonehenge what do you think of? England? Druids? Partygoers celebrating the solstice? A unique piece of ancient heritage? Chances are that you don’t think of Germany. As it turns out, however, Saxony-Anhalt has its own Early Bronze Age wooden henge—Ringheiligtum Pömmelter—and recent excavations have added more detail to its dark and distinctive history.The reason that you might not have heard of Ringheiligtum Pömmelter is that it was only discovered in 1991. The monument, which is located near the village of Pömmelte, in the district of Salzlandkreis, was discovered when aerial photography of the region revealed the outline of the structure. Like Wiltshire’s Stonehenge, it is concentric and is made up of seven rings of raised banks, ditches, and palisades in which wooden posts were positioned. If you visit the 380-feet-wide circle today you can see the attractive reconstructed monument. The painted wooden posts erected at the site give tourists a sense of what it was like in its heyday.Like Stonehenge the orientation of the site appears to have been determined by the summer and winter solstices. Thus, until recently, archaeologists assumed that Ringheiligtum was a ritual site that was used for religious purposes, stargazing, and the celebration of seasonal festivals. It was essentially a sacred flex space. Now excavations begun last month and reported this week by Heritage Daily, have revealed that people actually lived there. During the course of the May 2021 excavations scientists have discovered 130 dwellings (80 of which are complete), 20 ditches, and two burials. The newly discovered structures were built between 2800 BCE and 2200 BCE, with most of the houses dating to the latter period.Read more at The Daily Beast.
thedailybeast.com
1 person is dead after a truck hit pedestrians at a Florida Pride parade
Two pedestrians at a Pride parade near Miami on Saturday were hit by a truck, leaving one dead and the other injured, according to police.
edition.cnn.com
This rabbi is joining the German army, 90 years after Hitler expelled Jewish soldiers
During Germany's Covid-19 lockdown, Rabbi Zsolt Balla earned a devoted online following, live-streaming prayer services on Facebook.
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This rabbi is joining the German army, 90 years after Hitler expelled Jewish soldiers
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For Biden, confronting Putin may have been easier than dealing with Republicans back in Washington
With confidence and elan, President Joe Biden rallied allies abroad last week around the viability of 21st century democracy. Proving it here at home will be harder.
edition.cnn.com
Man in wheelchair shot on NYC street
The 32-year-old victim was sitting outside on Sterling Place in Weeksville around 10 p.m. when shots rang out, law enforcement sources said.
nypost.com
Maxine Waters: 'I'm Told' Organizing for January 6 Riot Took Place in the Trump Campaign
Saturday, during an appearance on CNN, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) suggested the Trump campaign played a role in the January 6 Capitol Hill riot.
breitbart.com
Why India Is Dealing With a Deadly 'Black Fungus' Epidemic
The deadly disease has sickened former coronavirus patients across the country. Doctors believe that hospitals desperate to keep Covid patients alive made choices that left them vulnerable.
nytimes.com
Iran’s System Keeps Its Grip, Despite the Chaos (or Because of It)
Governments rooted in revolution like Tehran’s have proved to be among the world’s most stable, even drawing strength from crises.
nytimes.com
Regional Elections in France Will Test the Far Right’s Appeal
Voting on Sunday will set the stage for next year’s presidential race and may hint at the strength of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen’s far-right party.
nytimes.com
Carolyn Hax: A second child, demanding grandparents and a husband who’s had enough
You'd like your parents to babysit more. Instead, you get the silent treatment for forgetting to make a bed.
washingtonpost.com
Cyclist killed by Amazon truck in the Bronx
An Amazon truck driver struck and killed a 22-year-old cyclist on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. Police say the driver was not charged with a crime following the accident. 
nypost.com
Ask Amy: Widower aims to keep promise to move on with his life
He begins dating 4 months after wife’s death. His family thinks he should slow down.
washingtonpost.com
Nestor Cortes Jr. answers call in ‘huge’ Yankees moment
Nestor Cortes Jr. answered the call, coming on in relief to escape a jam for the first of three scoreless innings he pitched in the Yankees’ 7-5 win.
nypost.com
Bucks edge Nets in OT in Game 7, withstand Durant's 48
The Milwaukee Bucks withstood Kevin Durant's NBA-record 48 points in a Game 7, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals by beating the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime Saturday night.
foxnews.com
Trans People Talk Prejudice, Pain, Pride, and Why ‘Trans Joy Is Revolutionary’
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast“Being a black woman, being a Black trans woman, and then being in the South, that’s more of a fight, every day.”“I was really going through a hard time, all the media, just in my face, then all these anti-trans bills popping up.”“I’m in a really good place, which is awesome. I’m about to go off to college and I’m very proud of myself, and a lot of that has to do with being able to figure out who I am.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Adult Star Alix Lynx on Why Sex Ed Should Include Porn
GettyFor once, The New York Times published an accurate story about the porn industry. This week, Peggy Orenstein wrote an op-ed encouraging sex education teachers to discuss porn during their classes. Her piece was well researched, but she only hit the tip of the iceberg.I’ve worked in the porn industry for nearly a decade, and over that time have encountered a million crazy arguments from parents and teachers about why porn threatens teenagers’ lives. Porn teaches boys to rape! Porn misleads kids about the nature of sex! Porn inspires murderers! The list goes on and on. Most of these fear-mongering parents seek out parental blockers, cell phone spy apps, and, in the most extreme cases, legislation banning porn because they believe they can keep their sons’ eyes away from BangBros.com. Think again.We all know teens watch porn, because we all have been teens. When I was a teen, my girlfriends and I all sought out porn. When many people’s grandfathers were teens, they stole copies of Playboy from the convenience store. Who can blame any of us? Teenagers are curious about sex, and young adults love to break the rules. What’s a bigger rule to break than digesting X-rated content?Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Martin, Pulock help Isles top Lightning 3-2 to tie series
Matt Martin capped New York's three-goal second period, Ryan Pulock made a diving stop in front of an open goal in the closing seconds and the Islanders held on to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Saturday night to even their Stanley Cup semifinal series at two games apiece.
foxnews.com
Spirit finds plenty to be proud of in a 1-1 draw with Chicago
The shorthanded Spirit settles for a 1-1 draw after allowing a penalty in stoppage time.
washingtonpost.com
The Strange Tale of the Beautiful Library and the Town That Never Asked for It
Mark Summerfield / AlamyHenry H. Gardiner, nicknamed The Human Fly (he claimed Grover Cleveland gave him the diminutive title), drew the largest crowds ever seen in every city he visited. From 1905 until the mid-1920s, he was a hamming-it-up showman who scaled more than 700 buildings without any equipment, sometimes in a suit and dress shoes but often dressed in white so the throngs below could pick him out.He scaled state capitols, newspaper headquarters, and triumphal arches. And on Aug. 11, 1920, crowds gathered to watch him scale an elegant copper-clad onion dome—in a small town in the northern Shenandoah Valley.“Why here?” is the question anybody visiting from afar that day likely would have asked. But they wouldn’t have been directing it at Gardiner. Traveling showmen went to towns big and small and he was there to raise money for the American Legion.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Victorious Gay Greek Army That Got Canceled by History
Public DomainWhy do we see so many football and rugby teams named for the Spartans, and only one for the Thebans, though Thebes in fact defeated Sparta in battle and ended its reign as superpower of Greece? The explanation lies deep in the prejudices of ancient Greek historians and thinkers, as does the inspiration for that one exception: The Caledonian Thebans, Scottish ruggers who define themselves as gay, bisexual, or LGBTQ-inclusive.Let’s start by noting that Greek Thebes (not to be confused with the Egyptian city of the same name) had unusually gay-friendly laws and social customs. Plato, who examined male love relationships in his dialogue Symposium, singled out Thebes and one other city, Elis, as places where such bonds were natural and normal, whereas, in his native Athens, they were more “complicated.”The Thebans drew on this normative view of male love in 378 BC by training male couples as infantry soldiers and stationing them together in battle. One hundred and fifty such couples formed a powerful regiment, the Sacred Band, that led Thebes to victories over the dreaded Spartans. One of those victories, at Leuctra in 371 BC, destroyed as much as a third of Sparta’s military manpower and ended its long supremacy.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Corona Centennial tops Mater Dei for Open Division girls' basketball title
Corona Centennial fought back a Mater Dei rally in the third quarter to win the Southern California Regional championship.
latimes.com
Fringe Republican Bets on Proud Boy Fandom in Wacky Guv Race
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos via FacebookOn June 8, the day before attending a forum alongside his fellow candidates, New York gubernatorial hopeful Derrick Gibson tweeted an advertisement for a campaign event. The lead image showed Gibson on a motorcycle next to a seal with two acronyms: “POYB” and “FAFO.”Or, in the language of the far-right group the Proud Boys, which popularized the acronyms, “Proud of your boy” and “fuck around and find out.”New York’s November 2022 gubernatorial race should—in theory—pose a promising opportunity for the state’s Republicans. Their possible eventual opponent, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is currently weathering scandals over sexual harassment allegations and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Stunning Evolution of the Hollywood DILF
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos via Getty/AlamyWhen actor Christopher Plummer passed away in February, cinema lost a legend. Fans reflected on his most memorable roles, from The Sound of Music to Knives Out. Plummer’s portrayal of Captain von Trapp was probably his most widely-loved performance. It’s easy to see why: he’s a stern and decidedly old-school father figure, with an anger that quickly melted away when he chose to stop fighting the sexual tension and fall in love with Maria (Julie Andrews). Captain von Trapp will go down as one of the most thirsted-after dads in cinematic history. In fact, it’s not outrageous to call him cinema’s original DILF.Since Plummer made people horny for a strict dad with a sensitive side, cinema has given us DILFs of all varieties. In The Parent Trap (1999), Dennis Quaid played Lindsay Lohan's hot dad, complete with a vineyard, an evil twenty-something year-old girlfriend and a pattern of abandonment that triggered everyone’s daddy issues. There’s Jude Law as Graham (aka ‘Mr Napkinhead’) in The Holiday (2006), the eternally ageless Paul Rudd as beta dad Pete in Knocked Up (2007) and John Krasinski saving his family (including real-life wife Emily Blunt) from killer aliens in A Quiet Place (2018). Other actors who’ve played DILFs over the years are Idris Elba (Obsessed), Jake Gyllenhaal (Wildlife), Colin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks) and Henry Golding (A Simple Favor). Bizarrely, yet entirely unsurprisingly, Gay Twitter even started thirsting en-masse over the “hot dad” from Pixar’s 2015 animated film Inside Out.Fatherhood and attractiveness seem to be linked, both in the “real world” and on screen. “Dad bod” has become the most lusted-after body type, apparently, with studies confirming that men who are dads—particularly those who are considered “good dads”—are viewed as more attractive than men without children. Studies also show that we’re more likely to like and trust people we find hot.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Chan Sung Jung wants Max Holloway next: 'He doesn't have punching power'
Chan Sung Jung is gunning for a showdown with Max Holloway to determine the clear featherweight No. 1 contender after UFC on ESPN 25.       Related StoriesChan Sung Jung wants Max Holloway next: 'He doesn't have punching power' - EnclosureUFC on ESPN 25 results: Chan Sung Jung mixes it up, earns BJJ black belt in win vs. Dan IgeUFC on ESPN 25 results: Chan Sung Jung mixes it up, earns BJJ black belt in win vs. Dan Ige - Enclosure 
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Sen. Rand Paul: 'In all likelihood' COVID escaped from a Wuhan lab
Sen. Rand Paul slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci Saturday on ‘Unfiltered’ for a possible ‘conflict of interest' related to the theory that COVID escaped from a Wuhan lab, and said the NIAID director was continuing to make scientific mistakes related to the virus.
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