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State Dept briefing gets heated as reporter asks if Biden admin taking credit for Trump accomplishments

An Associated Press reported took State Department spokesman Ned Price to task Monday for suggesting that President Joe Biden was responsible for a policy that had started under the Trump administration.
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BaubleBar hosts 20% off sale sitewide including Disney, celebrity styles
Nothing puts a gleam in one's eye more than a good sale.
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Endangered Whale Dies After Being Caught Up in Fishing Gear for Five Months
The death of the animal is the latest case in what officials have called an "Unusual Mortality Event" that has been ongoing among North Atlantic right whales since 2017.
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Tom Brady still ‘fired up’ about scouting report 21 years later
We all know the story of Tom Brady – overlooked in the 2000 NFL Draft coming out of the University of Michigan, falling to the sixth round and pick No. 199. Twenty-one years and seven Super Bowl rings later, he still remembers where he came from. Bleacher Report unearthed a video of Brady being interviewed...
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Trump repeats false claim he won 2020 election, teases potential future White House bid during CPAC speech
Former President Donald Trump delivered his first major speech since leaving office at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in Orlando, Florida. CBS News political reporter Adam Brewster, CBS News political contributor and Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright, and Maggie's List spokeswoman and former Romney campaign aide Lauren Zelt, join CBSN's Lana Zak with more on the former president's speech, plans for the 2022 midterms, and why some high-profile Republicans did not attend the conservative conference.
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Is ‘The Mauritanian’ on Netflix? Where To Watch ‘The Mauritanian’
The Mauritanian premieres Tuesday, March 2 on VOD!
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Twitter thinks Jason Sudeikis was high after his Golden Globes win
The actor appeared virtually from the UK as he's filming the second season of "Ted Lasso."
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Florida Senator Rick Scott on future of Republican party
Senator Rick Scott joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss the future of the Republican Party amid an apparent divide, and how he plans to flip the Senate in 2022.
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Why the Blue Jays could be a threat to the Yankees in the AL East: Sherman
The Blue Jays and Yankees began a familiarity tour Sunday. They opened spring training to close February — a 6-4 Toronto win — and still have six more games in March before starting April and the regular season in The Bronx. Six of the first 12 games that count are Tor-NYY. In all, 13 of...
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Tom Brady admits unfavorable scouting report 'still gets me fired up'
Tom Brady, as everyone knows at this point, was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and his scouting report is something he still uses as motivation.
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Budweiser Select is making a comeback as light beer sales surge
With Americans drinking more light beer than ever, Anheuser-Busch is giving them another option with the nationwide release of Budweiser Select.
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Steps to take to ensure you get back your security deposit when moving from your apartment
A few questions to consider include: Do I need to fill nail holes? Do I need to repaint a wall? When can I disconnect the utilities? Do I need to change out lightbulbs?
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How to communicate with your tween or teen (and why that’s so hard)
You and your child spoke the same language even when you didn’t speak. You spoke it fluently. And you spoke it as a team. But, that was then.
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UK officials tracking down person infected with Brazilian COVID-19 variant
Health officials in the UK are trying to track down a person who has been infected with a Brazilian variant of COVID-19 – one of six cases found in the country in February, according to a report. The person did not complete a registration form after using a home testing kit, prompting an appeal for...
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Dog learns how to jump rope
Looking for a workout partner? Try man’s best friend. This pet owner taught her dog, Joey, 8, to hop in the air with each turn of the jump rope. Subscribe to our YouTube!
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'A fight can be worthwhile.' What lessons WGA learned from its battle with agencies
Q&A with David Goodman, president of the WGA West, on what writers gained from new agreements with the top talent agencies.
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Stephen King talks new novel 'Later,' kid protagonists and storytelling during COVID-19
Stephen King marries crime and horror again with new "Later," which features the latest in a long line of the legendary author's kid protagonists.       
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China, the first country to ground Boeing 737 Max in 2019, not ready to recertify plane
China is, along with North America and Europe, one of the biggest markets for Boeing Co. Approval by Beijing important for its commercial success.       
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Elizabeth Warren proposes wealth tax on 'ultra-millionaires'
Now that Democrats control the White House and Congress, President Joe Biden and other party leaders are pushing to spend big to revive the economy and address income inequality.
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Melania Trump is out of the White House, but she left her mark on its public spaces
Though we never saw the private quarters, she installed a tennis pavilion and brought true red back to the Red Room.
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Bar and bat mitzvah dates have been locked in for years. When the pandemic changed everything, families got creative.
“This is a life-cycle event for a child,” says one party planner. Enter drive-by congratulations and, of course, Zoom.
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Too Often, Journalists Think Analytics Can Tell Them Everything About Their Audiences
The news audience is unknowable.
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Why Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 vaccine is a game changer
A pharmacy technician holds a dose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine before it’s used for a clinical trial on December 15, 2020, in Aurora, Colorado. | Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images The vaccine is very effective — and most importantly, it only requires one shot. One big reason to be excited about the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Covid-19, which was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration over the weekend for emergency use in the US: Unlike the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines already in use, it requires only one shot for full protection. That’s a big deal. From a practical standpoint, it means that the new vaccine could really speed up America’s vaccination campaign — certainly more than another two-dose vaccine would. It also fixes a problem that’s long bedeviled medical treatments that require multiple doses: A lot of patients tend to drop off after the first appointment. “Especially when you’re trying to think about a massive public health program like this vaccine rollout, a single-dose vaccine would have made it much, much simpler” if it were the first to get approval, Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told me. Some have been skeptical of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because the reported data on its efficacy was lower than that from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Initially, the vaccine was reported at 66 percent effectiveness against Covid-19, which paled in comparison to 90-plus percent for the other two authorized vaccines. But in many ways, that’s looking at the wrong number. The vaccine’s effectiveness at preventing people from getting sick with symptoms is arguably much less important than the vaccine’s effectiveness against hospitalization and death. And there is the promising news: In trials, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine brings both of those down to zero. It squashes the biggest thing that made Covid-19 so threatening to people: its ability to kill. Given the ongoing supply constraints and high demand, experts say people should get whichever vaccine is first available to them — that’s how we’ll beat Covid-19 as quickly as possible. But for people who are bad at follow-up appointments (including me) and from a broader public health perspective where speeding and smoothing the vaccine rollout is crucial, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and other one-shot inoculations are genuine game changers. 1) The one-shot vaccine we have is really effective In non-pandemic times, Americans deal with common infectious illnesses that don’t force society to shut down schools, businesses, and other interactions with people outside our households. Nobody likes getting the common flu or cold, but because most of us don’t expect it to hospitalize or kill us, we by and large just live with them. (Though, seriously, more people should get their flu shots — that would still save lives.) This is the marvel of the Covid-19 vaccines approved so far: They turn the coronavirus into something much more manageable, like a cold or flu. Some people who get the vaccine may still develop sniffles or even a fever if the virus infects them. But based on the clinical trial and some real-world data, the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death drops massively — to zero or almost zero, particularly for hospitalizations or deaths. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is no different in this regard. According to data released by the FDA last week, the clinical trials found an efficacy rate of about 72 percent in the US. But that’s the number that only tells us about any symptomatic infection, down to the sniffles or a short-lived fever. For hospitalizations and death, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine reported 100 percent effectiveness after 28 days (all of the vaccines so far take weeks to build up the body’s defenses). So Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine might not be as effective as the competition against the milder symptomatic cases, but it’s as effective for the kinds of illnesses that make Covid-19 truly scary. “I would take it,” Jen Kates, director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told me. “A lot of us who look at the data say we would definitely take a vaccine that’s that effective.” One of the big concerns right now is whether the vaccines work against Covid-19 variants. There, too, is good news: Johnson & Johnson ran part of its trials in South Africa, where the variant with the most confirmed effect on immunity has shown up. The vaccine still worked, with a 64 percent overall effectiveness against any symptomatic disease and 100 percent effectiveness against hospitalization and death. There are still some genuine unknowns about the vaccine. We don’t know how much it stops the spread of the disease, although the early data suggests it likely has at least some effect. Some of the data indicated the vaccine might not be quite as effective among older populations with comorbidities like heart disease or diabetes, but the sample size was too small to draw hard conclusions. For the vast majority of people, though, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine does exactly what you would want it to do: It makes it so Covid-19 is no longer deadly — the kind of pathogen you can give as much thought to in any given year as a common flu or cold. 2) A vaccine that doesn’t require follow-up is a big deal In health care, simply getting people in the door can be the first big hurdle. People in need might not have health insurance or be able to afford care. Even if they have insurance, they can have other problems — inconsistent transportation or an inflexible job schedule — that make them less likely to end up at a doctor’s office. Or people might think too much of their own health because they’re young and fit, or they might not like going to the doctor. This is a well-known problem in public health. For some people, getting multiple doses of a treatment is “a lot,” Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease epidemiologist at George Mason University, told me. “That’s why it’s really hard to get people to get their full hep B vaccine.” Studies back this up. As Dylan Scott wrote for Vox: [B]ased on research that evaluated compliance with other multi-dose vaccines, patients are really, really bad at getting their second dose. Bad as in, as many as half of patients never do. Studies conducted in both the US and UK on the hepatitis B vaccine — which, like the Covid-19 vaccines, is supposed to have around a one-month period between the first and second doses — found that roughly 50 percent of patients failed to get their follow-up shot within a year after their first. Maybe the numbers will look better for the Covid-19 vaccines. The stakes of a deadly pandemic are much higher, and perhaps people will react accordingly. But if a significant number of people fail to get their second shots, and the first dose of Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines proves to not be enough, that could doom the prospects of herd immunity, when enough of the population is vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus. On the flip side, some people may simply be unable to schedule a follow-up appointment, especially as supply and distribution problems with vaccines persist. This will likely become less of a problem over time, as the vaccine rollout steadily expands and improves. But in the meantime, it creates an additional risk of people missing their second shot. All of this is no longer hypothetical. In the US, about 14 percent of the population has gotten the first dose of a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, while just 7 percent has gotten the second dose, according to the New York Times. Some of this is because the rollout is still in its early stages, but nearly 3 million Americans haven’t received their second vaccine doses on time. How much the gap between first and second doses closes — or widens — will show the need for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine and other one-shot vaccines. 3) A one-shot vaccine could really speed our path to herd immunity One of the most obvious benefits to a one-shot Covid-19 vaccine is it could dramatically speed up — literally double — the US’s vaccine rollout. Over the past couple of weeks, America has hovered around 1.5 million vaccine doses a day. That number had been steadily climbing until the recent snowstorms, which temporarily slowed things down. But imagine the US somehow gets stuck at the current rates. Under that scenario of 1.5 million doses a day, the requirement for two shots means the US wouldn’t get to a threshold of herd immunity of 80 percent — a number that could be too high or too low; we just don’t know yet — until spring 2022. But if the US somehow replaced all its vaccines with a one-shot vaccine — not at all likely, but it’s helpful for demonstration purposes — the current pace would be enough to reach herd immunity toward the end of summer. In a more realistic scenario, where one-third of vaccines are one-shot, the US would reach herd immunity by the end of this year. Now imagine that the US manages to get to 3 million shots a day (which no longer seems unlikely). At that rate, two-dose vaccines would get us to herd immunity at the end of the summer, and a one-shot–only approach would get us there before summer. If one-third of vaccines are one-shot versions, we reach herd immunity by mid-summer — leaving the rest of the summer to, hopefully, live much closer to normal than the last year. You shouldn’t take these numbers too seriously. We don’t know, because we don’t have a crystal ball, how much the US vaccination campaign will ramp up in the coming months. We don’t know how much Johnson & Johnson, which has already reported manufacturing problems, will scale its vaccine production from the 20 million the company promised by the end of March to the 100 million it promised overall. We don’t know if the 30 percent of Americans who currently report vaccine hesitancy will remain hesitant, which would doom the prospects of herd immunity. And we don’t yet have a vaccine authorized for use in children — and since those under 18 make up about 20 percent of the population, that could also ruin the chance of herd immunity. But the numbers, at least, demonstrate the potential of a one-shot vaccine like Johnson & Johnson’s. It could speed up the vaccination process in the US by weeks or even months. With thousands of people still dying every day from Covid-19, that boost could translate to upward of tens of thousands of lives saved. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter. Every Friday, you’ll get an explainer of a big policy story from the week, a look at important research that recently came out, and answers to reader questions — to guide you through the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s administration.
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Al Pacino had viewers thinking he was asleep during 2021 Golden Globes
Say hello to his pillow friend. Al Pacino had fans wondering if he had fallen asleep during the 2021 Golden Globes Sunday night when he was caught on Zoom with his eyes closed. The 80-year-old star was nominated in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category for his role on the Amazon Prime show...
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NY restaurants and bars win court victory against Gov. Cuomo's 11pm curfew
An upstate New York restaurant owner, along with his legal representatives, discussed new developments in their case against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restaurant curfew on Monday.
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Prince Philip moved to 2nd hospital as he continues to battle infection
Philip was transferred to St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London on March 1.
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Girl, 4, found alone on NYC sidewalk is still unclaimed three days later
Three days after the New York City police officers discovered a four-year-old girl apparently alone and roaming the streets of New York City, officials said Monday her parents or guardians have still not come forward to claim her.
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Nicolas Sarkozy Fast Facts
See CNN's Nicolas Sarkozy Fast Facts for a look at the life of the former president of France.
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TV pioneer and former NFL star Irv Cross dies at 81
Broadcasting pioneer and former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Irv Cross died Sunday morning in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on the team's website. He was 81.
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What to Know About California’s Covid-19 Relief
Monday: Information about who’s eligible for state pandemic aid and how to get it. Also: The Golden Globes.
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Third shot on the market: Johnson & Johnson begins one-dose vaccine distribution
The FDA has authorized the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot, making it the third vaccine cleared to prevent the disease in the U.S. On Sunday, a CDC advisory panel recommended the vaccine for people age 18 and over, paving the way for inoculations as early as this week. Errol Barnett is in Louisville, Kentucky, where doses are being rolled out Monday morning.
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NCAA Tournament bracketology: Illinois surges in as new No. 1 seed, replacing Ohio State
Iowa's win over Ohio State pushed the Buckeyes out of their final top seed, and Big Ten rival Illinois surged in to nab a projected No. 1 seed.       
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Flooding in Kentucky sparks rescues, evacuations for seniors
Up to 5 inches of rain has slammed parts of Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, leaving residents stranded, roads washed out and buildings flooded.
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Bellator free fight: Yaroslav Amosov continues unbeaten streak at Bellator 252
Recap the action from Uncasville as welterweight contender Yaroslav Amosov edged past Logan Storley at Bellator 252 to take his career to 25-0.      Related StoriesVideo: UFC 259 'Countdown' for Amanda Nunes vs. Megan AndersonSkid over, Alexis Davis 'can breathe again' and is ready for next levelMick Maynard's Shoes: What's next for Jairzinho Rozenstruik after UFC Fight Night 186 loss? 
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Guilty of Bribery, Sentenced to Prison
Gonzalo Fuentes via ReutersFormer French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of influence peddling for attempting to bribe a judge. He was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended.Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and who was nearly as famous for his marriage to Italian starlet Carla Bruni as for his political prowess, has the right to ask for his sentence to be served on house arrest.The charges stem from an investigation into alleged discrepancies in campaign finances tied to his political party. He was accused of asking magistrate Gilbert Azibert for information that would help his defense in exchange for a posh appointment in Monaco. Two of Sarkozy’s lawyers were also charged with the former president.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Prince Philip, 99, Moves Hospital for Testing Over Heart Condition
Queen Elizabeth II's husband is now being treated for an infection and undergoing testing for a pre-existing heart condition, this time at an NHS hospital.
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Officials shift resources away from COVID-19 testing to vaccinations
As COVID-19 vaccinations rise across the country, testing appears to be declining as variants spread. "CBS This Morning" lead national correspondent David Begnaud spoke to a hair stylist who depends on regular testing to keep her job. She says her usual testing site closed down.
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Kaley Cuoco jokes about Golden Globes 2021 loss with pizza party
There's nothing a little pizza and cake can't fix.
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Khashoggi's fiancé says Saudi royal must be "punished without delay"
The Biden administration has indicated no willingness to sanction the next leader of a vital Mideast ally for a brutal murder. The victim's ex-fiancé says that "will endanger us all."
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Commentary: Why 'Ted Lasso' is the perfect tonic for our trying times
'Ted Lasso' is a show about a coach providing a sense of optimism and hope to his beleaguered soccer club. That's why it's so good for 2021.
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'American Idol': TikTok-famous singer Samantha Sharpe gets golden ticket to Hollywood
Samantha Sharpe, 25, of TikTok fame, wowed the "American Idol" judges with a rendition of "Titanium" on Sunday, winning her a ticket to Hollywood.      
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"Nomadland," Chadwick Boseman and "The Crown" win top honors at Golden Globes
The 78th Golden Globes Sunday night featured a diverse group of winners in film and television. While the socially distanced night had some technical glitches, it was also marked by emotionally charged moments including a posthumous win for the late Chadwick Boseman. Kevin Frazier reports.
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Where to Watch the Golden Globes 2021 Replay
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Globes' first-ever bicoastal show.
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Jane Fonda at Golden Globes 2021: Hollywood needs more diversity
Jane Fonda used the Golden Globes’ platform to call for greater diversity in Hollywood as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
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What it’s like to announce an NBA game to an empty arena
The Denver Nuggets play the Utah Jazz in an empty stadium. | Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images How do you hype up a crowd when there’s no crowd? Nikola Jokic, center for the Denver Nuggets, might win the NBA MVP this year. On January 31, he tied a career high with 47 points against the Utah Jazz on his home court, which was an exceptional feat accomplished in near-total silence. The coronavirus pandemic has forced most sports leagues to operate with extremely limited fan presences for the foreseeable future, and in Colorado, no civilians are permitted to any sports arenas. That has given the games an eerie vibe. If you watch this highlights compilation, the only voice you can hear, save for the TV broadcasters, is that of Kyle Speller, the Nuggets’ public address announcer of 16 years. Speller hasn’t called a conventional game of basketball in almost a full calendar year. The last normal game he attended was on March 9, 2020, just two days before commissioner Adam Silver suspended the basketball season. Last summer, Speller took a trip down to Orlando, Florida, to serve as part of the surreal NBA bubble, and since the start of the 2020-2021 season in December, he treks to the Ball Arena in downtown Denver for the Nuggets’ home games. The traditional duties of a PA — announcing the roster, handing out giveaways, and introducing the halftime acts — have all been thrown into flux. With no fans in the building, there is technically no reason to boom over the microphones after Jokic dumps in a three. Instead, Speller is here to provide a sense of normalcy to the TV viewer; a brief escape into a world that isn’t in the middle of the worst public health crisis in living memory. Speller, like many PA announcers, has a day job. He provides voice talent to other ventures, and works as an onboarding specialist at Comcast. Like the rest of us, he’s been making his way through the plodding, gray nothingness of this pandemic, and from talking to him, it’s clear that live basketball has been a respite — like any sports fan, he’s relying on the nightly slate of games to break up the interminable doldrums. We talked about that, as well as his anxieties heading into the bubble, and how, in the absence of a rowdy crowd, energetic announcing is the best way to motivate the home team out of a timeout. What do you remember about getting invited to go to the NBA bubble? When they first started talking about the bubble, I was concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to call the rest of the season. I was like, “Will they bring any announcers down there? How will this work?” As I learned more details, I resigned to the idea that I probably wouldn’t be calling any more games. But then they announced that teams could bring down some individuals, and I wondered if I’d get the call. I didn’t reach out to the Nuggets, I just kinda waited around to hear. Then one day, they contacted me and said, “Hey, the NBA wants you in the bubble, is that something you could do?” I talked about it with my wife. As long as she was on board, I was on board. I got approval from my day job, because at my company, we’ve all been working from home. So I figured I could work from everywhere. So you were working from your hotel room in between your time calling the games? Absolutely. A lot of people were in the bubble because their job demanded it. But I was working full time down there as well. Were you nervous about going down there? “Once the ball goes up, it’s just basketball” It was like, “Okay, what’s it going to be like in the bubble? Am I going to be safe?” We had to quarantine for seven days, and I didn’t know what that was going to be like. But I was quarantining at home, so switching to a hotel room felt kinda normal. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. One of my biggest concerns was flying down there and going through the airport. There were a few Denver TSA employees who had come down with Covid, and I knew Orlando was a hot spot at the time. So landing in that airport was also kind of concerning. I had my N95 mask, I didn’t touch anything, and didn’t eat anything, I just got through it. The NBA has done a lot of work to create a sense of normalcy during both the bubble and this current season. A big part of that is having a PA announcer making the calls, even if there isn’t a crowd around. Is that important to you? Do you believe that you’re responsible for creating that normalcy? My mentality has shifted from trying to encourage the crowd to just trying to encourage my team. You realize the crowd isn’t there, but the people pumping in the fake crowd noise have gotten really good at it. For me, it’s like they feed off my reactions and what’s going on in the game, and if you close your eyes, when everything is in sync, it feels like there’s a crowd in the building. Once the ball goes up, it’s just basketball. Was there an adjustment period for you? Was it awkward at all at first announcing for no people? Or did you find it pretty seamless? For me, it wasn’t. Going into the bubble, I felt like my purpose was to remain professional at all times and really support whatever team I’m calling for. It was just part of the job for me. I don’t think about the lack of a crowd. We’re playing, and let’s try to get a victory. I was watching a Cavaliers game a couple days ago, and after coming back from commercial, their PA guy said something like, “Everyone wins free curly fries from Arby’s!” as part of a giveaway — even though there were maybe a couple thousand people in the stands. Are you still doing stuff like that? How much have you cut out from your announcing schedule? We’ve cut out anything like that. It’s funny, there are certain things we’d do with our crowd where I’m like, “Well, can’t do that now.” One tradition we have is that nobody sits down until we score our first bucket. I feel that in my brain, but I’m not actually saying it. We’ve done free Chick-fil-A nuggets in the fourth quarter if the other team misses two free throws, and I yell out, “Free chicken!” And those moments are definitely not there. We had our mascot Rocky hit his world-famous backward basketball shot, and that was sponsored, so we’re not doing that as well. We miss that stuff, we look forward to having them again. Also, I have a lot of calls that are crowd-specific. If our guy hits a three-pointer, I’ll say, “So-and-so for one, two,” and the crowd shouts “three.” But we went and recorded a crowd yelling “three,” so we can still do that. If there’s a traveling violation, I’ll say, “Whose ball?” And we have a recording of “Nuggets’ ball!” Justin Edmonds/Getty Images Speller announcing with a crowd of fans behind him, in 2012. One of the narratives during this NBA season is that we’ve had a lot of blowouts. One of the theories behind that is that, without a home crowd, players can’t latch onto that energy when they’re down 10 to go on a run. Have you felt that at all in your games? Have you been able to fill that void? I think on occasion it has happened with our squad. I’m just an announcer, so who knows, but there’s been a couple games where we picked up our intensity, and so did they. There was one time where our guys were down, and I was frustrated by their performance, and I wasn’t feeling like doing anything at that moment. My boss was like, “You know what, let’s give it a shot.” So he picked up his energy, and the next thing we knew, the momentum shifted and we won that game. This is my 16th season, and there’s been numerous times where I’ve been a part of that. But there’s also been times where we tried to pick up our intensity and it worked for a minute, but we still wound up taking an L. But I do think we’re making a difference. We’re coming up on a year since the last time you had a home court full of fans. How much do you miss it? I can’t wait for them to come back. It’s just not the same. We’re holding it down until they can come back. And when they do? Oh, man, it’s gonna be awesome. There are certain fans that are season ticket members, and you get used to knowing where they are every game. We’re a big family. I miss those folks.
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Trump, DeSantis favored for president in 2024 by CPAC attendees
Former President Donald Trump will remain in politics from his new home base of Florida, and his followers see Gov. Ron DeSantis as his heir apparent.       
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Domestic violence incidents rose in the US during pandemic lockdowns, analysis finds
Domestic violence incidents rose in the United States by about 8.1% after the imposition of pandemic-related lockdowns, according to an analysis by the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice.
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Scientists Say First Wolf Found Near Yosemite for Century a 'Beacon of Hope'
The gray wolf's travels into California from Oregon this year shows the species can "return and flourish as long as they remain legally protected," a leading wolf advocate has said.
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to jail in historic ruling
A French court on Monday sentenced former President Nicolas Sarkozy to three years in prison for corruption and influence peddling, but suspended two years of the sentence.
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