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Ronald McDonald House raises awareness for childhood cancer with 'September Step Up' challenge

Ruth Browne, president and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House in New York City, said Wednesday that there's good news to report in the battle against cancer and highlighted the organization's "September Step Up" challenge, which is geared toward raising funds for patient care. 
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Unity Software’s shares soar in NYSE debut
Shares of Sequoia-backed startup Unity Software jumped 44.2 percent in their debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, signaling sustained demand for new stocks. The company’s stock opened at $75 per share, giving the firm a market value of $19.75 billion. The Silicon Valley startup on Thursday raised $1.3 billion in its IPO,...
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Governor Cuomo Still Wants You to Get a Flu Shot But That Viral Muscle Pic Is from 2019
"Wow my man really flexed for the flu shot," someone commented on Cuomo's Instagram post.
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As of Today, it’s Election Day in 7 States. Buckle Up
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Don’t let those countdown clocks on the corner of cable-news screens tell you how many days we are from Election Day. In fact, it’s already here in seven states,…
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How Jimi Hendrix’s London Years Changed Music
“It’s so lovely now,” Jimi Hendrix said in his muzzy mumble, his topplingly elegant, close-to-gibberish, discreetly space-traveling undertone, onstage one night in 1967 at the Bag O’Nails in London. “I kissed the fairest soul brother of England, Eric Clapton—kissed him right on the lips.”This is one of many groovy scenes recorded in Philip Norman’s new Hendrix biography, Wild Thing. The fairest soul brother, we can be sure, was transported. Hendrix had arrived in London a year earlier, with not much more than the clothes he stood up in, and immediately induced holy dread in the city’s top guitarists. “There were guitar players weeping,” reports the singer Terry Reid of one early Hendrix performance. “They had to mop the floor up. He kept piling it on, solo after solo. I could see everyone’s fillings falling out.” And of them all, Clapton was the toppermost: CLAPTON IS GOD read the spray-paint legend on a wall in North London. Hendrix, who—let’s be real—could have destroyed Clapton with a flick of his wrist, was all humility: He reverenced Clapton’s work in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and (especially) Cream. Clapton, terrified at first—“You never told me he was that fuckin’ good,” he protested to Hendrix’s manager, Chas Chandler, over a wobbling backstage cigarette—fell swiftly and properly in love.As did everybody else. The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, at every Jimi Hendrix Experience show he attended, would punctually weep for joy: “In whatever dark London vault the Experience played,” writes Norman in a particularly beautiful sentence, Jones “would be visible as a dual glint of blond hair and tear-wet cheeks.”[Read: The history of rock and roll in one song]Norman is a veteran music journalist and biographer, best known for 1981’s Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation, a classy piece of Beatleology that was nonetheless renamed Shite! by a less-than-thrilled Paul McCartney. Wild Thing is good on Hendrix’s meteoric impact on Swinging London (and then the world), the crater he left in consciousness. It’s not quite as good on the precise electric-acoustic dimensions of that crater. But that’s always the challenge with Hendrix: how to describe, how to even verbally gesture at, the extraordinary sounds he made? Or to reconcile this diffident, melancholy man with the Promethean audacity of his art? The best analysis in the book, rather poetically, comes from an unnamed Finnish journalist quoted by Norman, who reviewed a Hendrix show in 1967 and heard “a voice from the reality of today’s worldwide information network that effectively spreads both terror and delight.”The other challenge with Hendrix—a challenge for us, now—is to part the beaded curtains and the veil of dope smoke, to pierce the purple haze and reckon with him politically, aesthetically, and culturally as a Black artist in his time. Charles Shaar Murray did a musicologist’s version of this with 1998’s Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and the Post-war Rock’n’Roll Revolution, but the canon of Hendrix biography, in my opinion, still awaits a book with the historical heft and acumen of David Remnick’s King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero—a book, in other words, capable of mapping the larger forces of which Hendrix was the electrified nexus.Hendrix came out of the blues, but he harnessed feedback; he cut his teeth as a road guitarist with Little Richard and the Isley Brothers, but he was drawn to the spaciest frontiers of acid rock, which he transgressed and then exploded. Courted by the Black Panthers and the subject of an FBI file, he was a Black man whose most urgent communications to America were made in the form of heaven-scraping noise. Racism is almost a fully formed character in Wild Thing, popping up all over with demonic buoyancy, here in a thoughtless characterization from a ’60s journalist (“Jimi ... could pass for a Hottentot on the rampage”), there in the menace of the segregated South, which Hendrix knew from touring. Norman is sensitive to the racial context, except when he isn’t. A passing portrait of the young Clapton gives rise to the most regrettable sentence in the book: “Blues music had rescued Clapton from despair in leafy Surrey as surely as it had any beaten and starved Mississippi slave.”[Read: The feud that birthed the electric guitar]Where Wild Thing succeeds, sometimes spectacularly, is in its retelling of the Hendrix fairy tale: the story of little motherless “Buster” Hendrix, pigeon-toed from years of too-small shoes, rising out of deprivation and the blue-cold Seattle winter to storm the spires of rock and roll. The details have a strange glimmer—neglectful Al Hendrix, as if anticipating his son’s otherworldly dexterity, is born with an extra finger on each hand. Music chases the boy from the beginning: “He’d tell Grandma he had all these weird sounds in his head,” his brother Leon tells Norman, “and she’d swab out his ears with baby-oil.” In early manhood, he joins the 101st Airborne, and experiences the trippiness of jumping out of airplanes. “It’s almost like blanking and it’s almost like crying,” Hendrix says later, “and you want to laugh. It’s so personal because once you get there it’s so quiet.” Then he hits the road with his guitar. Writes Norman, “Curtis Mayfield expelled him for accidentally damaging an amplifier. On tour with Bobby Womack, his behavior was so exasperating that Womack’s road manager brother threw his guitar out of the bus window while he was asleep.” Later, his fame achieved, Hendrix makes an awkward visit to his old high school in Seattle. A kid asks him how long ago he left: “Oh, about 2,000 years.”Hendrix carried sadness with him all of his short life, a kind of emotional dispossession for which he compensated with sartorial flamboyance, huge amounts of sex, a keen interest in UFOs, etc. It also poured through his guitar, of course. And a sadness sets in as one reads the last two chapters of Wild Thing. It’s the sensation of Hendrix slipping out of the story, out of this world, out of the hands of another biographer. Jimi Hendrix passed into oblivion in September 18, 1970 in a London flat, unattended, having taken 18 times the recommended dose of a German sleeping pill called Vesparax. Leon, whose life had become a kind of shadow version of his older brother’s, got the news in jail, jail-style: He was “waiting to start his shift in the kitchens, when a fellow inmate shouted to him that his brother was dead.”Could Hendrix have been saved? Possibly. Did he want to be saved? Who knows. His friend Eric Burdon, of the Animals, thought not: “He died happily and he used the drug to phase himself out of existence.” But Chandler, the man who four years earlier had brought Hendrix to England, would not countenance the idea of self-destruction: “Out of the question.” For us, 50 years on, Hendrix seems simply to have vanished, oh so wastefully, into the maw of a ’60s-flavored contingency, his evanescent personality finally dissolved in a random suspension of pills, carelessness, appetite, desolation. What he left us with, meanwhile, can never die.
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LACMA demolition is nearly complete. Here are the latest photos
The last of four buildings being torn down at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art should be completely gone by next month, the museum says.
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Trump Has Appointed 216 New Federal Judges and it Could Be 230 By Election Day
Trump has appointed far more federal judges than his predecessors. Data from Heritage.org shows former President Barack Obama appointed 158 federal judges among 188 nominees, while George W. Bush and Bill Clinton both appointed 203 judges, on 239 and 221 nominees, respectively.
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De Blasio announces reopening of NYC’s indoor pools at 33 percent capacity
Grab your goggles and swim cap, the city’s public and private indoor pools can now reopen at 33 percent capacity on Sept. 30, Mayor de Blasio announced Friday. “As New York City continues its gradual reopening and economic recovery, we’re proud to announce we are ready to reopen indoor pools,” de Blasio said in a...
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Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' Blew Up a Real Plane For a Very Practical Reason
After realizing that it would be more cost effective to blow up a real plane for a scene in "Tenet," Nolan opted to go that route rather than use CGI effects.
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Controversy over anti-Biden ad blocked by Facebook: 'Someone needs to fact check the fact checkers'
The Daily Wire and PolitiFact don’t see eye to eye on whether or not a pro-Trump ad is misleading.  
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Carol Baskin's first husband's family attorney says new account contradicts her claim
The family lawyer of Carole Baskin's first husband, Don Lewis, spoke exclusively with Nancy Grace on her Fox Nation "Crime Series" show.
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Andy Puzder: Trump vs. Biden in first debte — Here's why the president needs to really prepare
Joe Biden is an experienced and talented debater. Remember his debate against Paul Ryan?
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White House, Congress struggle to complete stop-gap spending bill as October shutdown looms
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Patina Restaurant Group out at Music Center, Dodger Stadium's Levy Restaurants takes over
Levy Restaurants, which handles concessions at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center, is taking over dining operations at DTLA's Music Center.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Becoming’ On Disney+, A LeBron James-Produced Docuseries Where Star Athletes And Entertainers Go Back To Their Childhoods
The docuseries profiles Ashley Tisdale, Rob Gronkowski, Cobie Caillat, Nick Kroll, Nick Cannon, Julianne Hough and Anthony Davis, among others.
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One Good Thing: No TV show understands the horror of middle school better than PEN15
Hulu The Hulu comedy achingly captures the trials and tribulations of puberty and teenage best friendship. In its first season, the conceit of PEN15 seemed straightforward. The Hulu TV series is a woman-led, semi-autobiographical middle school comedy set right around the start of the new millennium; two adult women play their preteen selves, while everyone else in their world is portrayed by more age-appropriate actors. The sell is that the show’s (often raunchy) humor that comes from its very specific, very nostalgic Y2K references, and from the dissonance of seeing two grown women perform the hormonal trauma that is 7th grade, right alongside actual preteens. It’s a good sell, and it made for an incredibly funny and sometimes heart-wrenching watch. I fell in love with 13-year-old Maya Ishii-Peters and Anna Kone, coming to forget they were played by women years older than me in real life (30-something PEN15 co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle). I tore through season one’s 10 episodes when they came out in early 2019. I immediately bought into the show’s deadpan hilarity of adult women in butterfly-print cargo pants, wanting to be liked by “hot” preteen boys and win tickets to a B*Witched concert. But the emotional moments wrapped up in that hilarity — the ones that captured how strange it is to confront your racial, sexual, and personal identities for the first time — won me over even more. In my laughter I found not just cringey memories and sympathy but a powerful sense of empathy, too. And where PEN15’s first season concentrated on building out the show’s premise with episodes about AIM and the Spice Girls, its second season (the first seven episodes of which are newly streaming on Hulu) evolves beyond that pretense and looks inward at Maya and Anna. The show becomes more concerned with how strong the bond of friendship can be between young girls, especially as they experience complications on top of what’s already a complicated time of life. And it makes for beautifully relatable stuff, particularly thanks to the show’s increased focus on how puberty strains Maya and Anna’s friendship. In season two, the girls’ relationship is stretched almost to a breaking point. Anna struggles with her parents’ divorce and seeks out self-empowerment while offering undying support to Maya. Maya delves headfirst into her sexual awakening, continuing to lust after her season-one crush. (As things often go if you’re unpopular in middle school, that ends pretty badly.) I remember experiencing both of these common scenarios, but even the show’s more specific events are powerfully resonant. Anna’s feeling of betrayal when she discovers that Maya’s been getting her period for months already and never told her will likely speak strongly to anyone who watched a friend develop before them. Puberty is more than physical, we all came to learn so quietly; it’s an emotional evolution, too. Both seasons of PEN15 force possibly unwanted memories of weird hair growth and torturous clothes shopping back into our heads. And while it finds plenty of ways to laugh about them, these are the parts of growing up that I’ve never seen so honestly depicted on any other show. As awkward and painful as they can be to watch, the intimacy of reliving the traumas of middle school is what makes me love PEN15. Anna and Maya’s best friendship makes me remember what it was like growing up with my friends, all of us enclosed within the same confusing walls of what that all meant. We made sense of it together, imperfectly. The show’s understanding of what female friendship looks like during adolescence is rare to find on TV. Everything that Maya and Anna feel is shared between them; what continues to glue them together is that they’re never self-conscious with each other, comparing their pubic hair while talking on the phone, or yelling made-up incantations while holding hands in the school greenhouse, or awkwardly taking a joke one step too far and pretending to be a baby and breastfeeding mom in the school hallway. (Never forget that these girls are extreme weirdos.) I consistently cover my mouth with my hands in horrified recognition of what Maya and Anna are going through, and more than I do watching any other show. Which is why I found myself sometimes wondering, to quote Vox’s Alex Abad-Santos in his review of the show’s first season, “Who is this show truly for?” “The best answer is,” Abad-Santos wrote, is “[a]nyone whose childhood consisted of pretending to be a hot 26-year-old with brown hair and blue eyes in an AOL chatroom.” But that answer doesn’t seem exactly right to me. People had cellphones by the time I was in middle school, which slowly pulled them away from AOL Instant Messenger. So for me, the cultural nostalgia of PEN15 — funny as it is — isn’t as meaningful as it might be for other viewers. Instead, learning that the thing you love is “uncool,” trying to impress popular girls and boys, and awkwardly trying to handle a first period on your own: These are the experiences that PEN15 traffics in with such painful authenticity as to render Erskine and Konkle’s real ages invisible. These are the timeless, traumatic experiences I gasped at, surprised and impressed by how much they resembled my own memories of seventh grade. And they’re what has made me fall deeper and deeper for the show. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone make sense of an increasingly chaotic world: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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Atlanta Fed chief says US racial wealth gap is stuck in last century
The “pernicious and persistent” impact of long-outlawed policies like “redlining” blacks out of white neighborhoods continues to influence the ability of minority families to amass wealth, and requires a deeper look at how those longstanding problems might be addressed, Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic said on Friday. Even as laws have moved forward to forbid...
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Massachusetts home of Lizzie Borden listed for $890K
A house that once belonged to suspected ax murderer Lizzie Borden is up for sale. The Victorian-style home in Fall River, Mass, where Borden lived until her death in 1927, was recently listed with Century 21 for $890,000. The property itself, located at 306 French St., is not directly connected to the infamous murders of...
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Jerry Harris' 'Cheer' coach Monica Aldama is 'devastated' following his arrest for child porn
"My heart is shattered into a million pieces," Monica Aldama, coach of the cheer team Texas' at Navarro College said following Jerry Harris' arrest.       
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Melania Trump favorability remains same, according to new poll
First lady Melania Trump's favorability rating remains at 47%, according to a new Gallup poll, and her unfavorable rating increased by seven points, to 43%, following her Republican National Convention speech last month.
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There Is No More Election Day
Many Americans can vote in the presidential election right now.
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How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?
A huge percentage of voters —about a third — say they would like to vote by mail in the elections this year. Here's a state-by-state guide to voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Parents, teachers slam de Blasio over last-minute delay in school openings
An angry parent of a Big Apple public school kid and a frustrated teacher blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio during a radio interview Friday over his bungling the reopening of city schools.
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‘I’m f-cking hungry!’: Maskless woman threatens to stab KFC worker who refused service
Her order was hard to stomach. An irate customer at a California KFC restaurant hopped up onto the counter and threatened to stab a worker after she was refused service for not wearing a face mask, wild video shows. The frenzied woman had just been refused her mashed potatoes and gravy at the chain in...
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Ivanka Trump raises $7.5 million for campaign in Texas, Florida trips
White House adviser Ivanka Trump raised $7.5 million for her father’s campaign in trips to Texas and Florida over the past week, a Trump aide familiar with fundraising told Fox News. 
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People line up in Minnesota as early voting begins
The battleground state of Minnesota has begun voting in the presidential election. Polling stations opened in every county Friday morning and officials began mailing out absentee ballots. (Sept. 18)       
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'Goodfellas' at 30: Lorraine Bracco recalls turning down 'Sopranos' role after Scorsese movie
Lorraine Bracco, best known as Dr. Melfi on HBO's "The Sopranos," reflects on her Oscar-nominated role in "Goodfellas" on its 30th anniversary.       
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Celtics Blow a 17-point lead
What I'm Hearing: Celtics have to go back to the drawing board before next game against the Heat        
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Trump undeterred by Russian threats to US election
With less than 50 days to go until the U.S. elections, President Donald Trump is steadfastly dismissive of foreign interference risks to the November ballot. His opinion runs counter to US intelligence officials and experts in the field. (Sept. 18)       
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Billy Joel Hit 'We Didn't Start the Fire' Deserves a New Verse for 2020
"If only a verse would be enough... I think he could record a whole album and would still have to leave stuff out," one Redditor mused.
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Minneapolis business owners worry about being looted again as riots weigh on minds of voters
As Minneapolis businesses struggle to clear rubble from their store fronts, business owners are concerned the rioters might destroy what they’ve built for a second time if they rebuild.
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The youngest Emmy nominees ever, from Millie Bobby Brown to Fred Savage and Sara Gilbert
These kids are taking Hollywood by storm. From Millie Bobby Brown to Frankie Muniz and Keshia Knight Pulliam, here's a list of the youngest Emmy nominees.       
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Designers made New York fashion week happen. Sort of.  
Designers began unveiling their spring 2021 collections this week — a slow, drip-drip process that will continue into October. Nothing is certain in the industry except the desire to distract customers from their woes.
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Venus is a Russian planet -- say the Russians
No longer confined to territories here on Earth, Russia has now staked its claim on Venus, saying it is a "Russian planet."
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Emmitt Smith says he would 'do something' in name of social justice if he was still playing
Emmitt Smith would kneel during the national anthem if he was playing in the NFL today.
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Hurricane Sally scrapes Alabama coastline
Satellite images taken before and after Hurricane Sally passed over the Alabama coast shows damage to homes and seafront structures. (Sep. 18)       
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This year's Beyond Fest film lineup lifts a 'resilient middle finger' to COVID-19
The L.A. genre festival's 2020 "F— COVID edition" announces a full slate of world premieres and drive-in double features, to be held Oct. 2-8.
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Outgoing US ambassador to China rips Beijing over handling of COVID-19
Outgoing US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad slammed Beijing on Friday over its handling of the coronavirus when it first emerged in the country.
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5 burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN+ 36
5 burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN+ 36        Related StoriesUFC on ESPN+ 36 breakdown: Can Colby Covington get back into title contention vs. ex-champ Tyron Woodley?Twitter reacts to ex-Bellator champ Michael Chandler signing with UFCUFC on ESPN+ 35 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media 
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TikTok dating guru gives tips on how to bag athletes, rich guys in NYC
Her video “Best Place in NYC if You’re Looking for a One Night Stand” racked up a whopping 452,000 views. “I’ve woken up to a lot of sweaty strangers," she said.
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Ryan Murphy's 'Ratched' Netflix series leaves critics disappointed: 'It's really bad'
Critics aren't loving Ryan Murphy's "Ratched" series about Nurse Ratched, the iconic character from 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,"        
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The iPhone’s Voice Memos Feature Might Be Tracking Your Location
Here's why—and how to turn it off.
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Hubble spies stormy weather on Jupiter
The Hubble Space Telescope captured a new image of Jupiter and one of its moons, Europa. It has revealed new storms and updates on the Great Red Spot and its cousin.
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It's National Black Voter Day. Here's what to you need to know.
The inaugural National Black Voter Day is designed to educate African Americans on how to register to vote, make a plan and encourage others to vote.       
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NC State parents OK'd to attend Saturday football game
North Carolina State University said Friday it has received permission from the state to allow up to 350 fans to attend its Saturday home football game against Wake Forest University.
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Boutique Rugs helps you turn a house into a home
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New push to test COVID-19 shots in diverse groups
Efforts are gearing up to enlist trusted voices in hard-hit communities of color to help ensure potential COVID-19 vaccines are tested in the minority populations most ravaged by the virus. (Sept. 18)       
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Bravolebrity All-Stars Unite For New Talk Show ‘Bravo’s Chat Room’
Kate, Porsha, Gizelle, and Hannah are "ready to speak their truths and spill the tea" and we are here for it.
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U2, ‘Fire’: The Week In One Song
Wildfires plague the West Coast.
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