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BTS’ ‘Butter’ Breaks YouTube Record for 24-Hour Views



Who else but BTS could break a BTS record?

With their latest English-language single “Butter,” the Korean supergroup shattered their own record for most YouTube views in the first 24-hours of release on Friday, reaching nearly 113 million views by midnight ET, according to the platform’s public views tracker.

The previous record was set by BTS’s 2020 single “Dynamite,” their first entirely in English. According to official YouTube figures, the video received 101.1 million views in the first 24 hours, despite having 98.3 million public views.

The summer dance-pop jam “Butter” by BTS was launched on YouTube on Thursday, May 21, at 12AM ET/1PM KST, and has been pushed to new heights by the group’s devoted followers, ARMY.

With over 3.9 million combined viewers, the album set a new all-time record for the largest YouTube music video premiere and debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart within two hours of its release.

The video had been viewed over 116 million times by 1 a.m. ET Saturday.

BTS has previously set several 24-hour views milestones, such as for “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey in April 2019, which received 74.6 million views on the first day.

The band announced at a press conference in Seoul on Friday that their first performance of “Butter” will be at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 23. They were nominated for four awards this year, the most in a single year, in the following categories: Top Duo/Group, Top Social Artist (for the fifth year in a row), Top Song Sales Artist, and Top Selling Song (for “Dynamite”).

Speaking of the upcoming broadcast, Suga acknowledged on Friday that “the first appearance of a song still makes you nervous.”

“Of course, the Billboard Awards are a very relevant, interesting, and meaningful stage for us,” he said.

Jungkook stated that the event would be significant for the band.

“Of course, the fact that we were nominated in four categories is not straightforward. It’s a tremendous honour,” he added. “It’s been a year since ‘Dynamite,’ and I think this reveals that the album is really loved by a lot of people, which makes us really happy.”

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Longball bites Griffin Jax, Twins in 5-2 loss to Blue Jays



Rondo Commemorative Plaza to hold ‘Every Brick Counts’ ceremony Wednesday

The first ball landed just past an outstretched Nick Gordon, who raced back from his position at shortstop to try to nab it. The second dropped in between center field Byron Buxton, second baseman Jorge Polanco and Gordon.

Neither was hit hard.

The third one sure was, though. Danny Jansen’s three-run homer landed in the stands and helped sink starting pitcher Griffin Jax and the Twins in a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

Jax’s start could have looked a lot different if the two softly-hit balls — neither was hit harder than 70 miles per hour off the bat — hadn’t fallen in. Instead, he was bitten once again by the longball on a day when both the rookie and his manager thought he threw the ball well.

Jax viewed those two hits, as well as one in the first inning, as three hits that nine times out of 10 would have been outs.

But not on Sunday.

“A majority of the time, those are going to go my way,” Jax said. “Unfortunately they didn’t today. But I think for the most part, those two home runs were the only thing that beat me today.”

Jax gave up one more home run in his five-inning start, to George Springer in the fifth inning. That pair of home runs brought Jax up to 23 on the year — in just 75 innings. Jax has now given up a home run in 10 straight starts, and a home run in all but two of his 17 major-league outings.

“Down in the minors, some of the pitches that I could be making … they’d be outs or they’d be missing it,” Jax said. “But here, they don’t.”

His own offense hit one home run — Byron Buxton’s 16th of the season — but never captured a lead after falling behind by three runs to the Blue Jays (87-69) in the second inning.

Buxton’s home run tied a career high set in 2017. This time, he did it in 55 games, as opposed to the 140 games it took him to get to 16 home runs back then.

“He’s been basically the best player in baseball for the time he’s had on the field,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “ … Buck is a great player. We see it every day when he’s out here.”

Buxton’s home run was the only offense in the game for the Twins (69-87) besides a Jake Cave RBI single in the second. Blue Jays starter Alek Manoah gave up just the two runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched while striking out eight.

The Twins finished the day 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight on base.

“At every point really we felt like we were absolutely in the game. A baserunner and a big swing away from something happening. I think we got beat today, every way you kind of look at it,” Baldelli said. “…We didn’t get enough baserunners out there. We didn’t take advantage of the ones we did get out there. We needed to do more offensively.”


Rookie pitcher Joe Ryan, who is currently on the bereavement/family medical emergency list, is scheduled to start on Thursday. Baldelli said the Twins did not want him to come back and rush back into his start, so this will allow him to throw a bullpen after his return. … Michael Pineda is scheduled to start the second game against the Tigers; the Twins have not named a starter for Tuesday’s series opener.

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Saints wrap up home slate in style with 11-1 win over Iowa Cubs



Miranda drives in four as Saints rout Indianapolis

It was only appropriate that the St. Paul Saints, known for their zany between-innings entertainment and out-of-the-box approach to having fun at the old ballpark, would end the home portion of their season with a laugher.

Thanks in part to a gift from the visiting Iowa Cubs in the form of 13 walks, the Saints celebrated with an 11-1 victory, putting a bow on their first season as the home of the Twins’ Triple-A team.

“It’s been fun for me, personally,” Saints manager Toby Gardenhire said. “I have a bunch of family in the area. My wife (also from the Twin Cities) gave out 22 tickets today; they’re all sitting up in a suite, which is pretty cool.

“In the past I haven’t really had that, where family and friends can come to the game, unless someone comes to town for a visit. And growing up here, it’s been pretty special that I’ve been able to manage here.”

The Saints finish the season with a 37-28 record at home. They are 28-32 on the road. Their road record took a major hit at the end of August when they lost all six games of a six-game series at Toledo and 10 of 12 on the trip.

It was that trip that also knocked the Saints out of contention in the division.

“That’s pretty good,” Gardenhire said of the home record. “I try not to set any goal numbers-wise. We just play. You never know what is going to happen in Triple-A throughout the season, You lose players, you gain players. But it is nice to know we were able to win a bunch of games at home.”

The Saints improved their record in the Final Stretch to 4-1, keeping them in the hunt for the cash prize that goes to the Triple-A team that has the best record in the 10-game postseason tournament.

Earning that cash prize, believed to be $75,000, won’t be easy for the Saints, as they close the season with five games at division leader Toledo.

On Sunday, the Saints took advantage of five walks and a wild pitch in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Jose Miranda had the only hit in the inning, a two-run single to center.

Two more walks led to two more Saints run in the third. Catcher David Banuelos picked up a pair of RBIs with a double off the right-field wall. The Saints added a run in the fourth, four more in the seventh and one more in the eighth.

Left-hander Andrew Albers allowed only one run in five innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 7-4. The 35-year-old Albers pitched at least five innings in 15 of his 17 starts this season, including the last 15 in a row. He allowed three runs or less in nine of those starts.

“He’s a pro,” Gardenhire said. “Today is a good example of what he’s able to do. He’s been doing it for a while, and he’s good at it.”

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Pine Hills neighborhood holds annual street fair



Pine Hills neighborhood holds annual street fair

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hundreds came out to the Upper Madison Street Fair on Sunday afternoon. The Upper Madison Street Fair in Albany is held every September. Unfortunately, the fair wasn’t around last year because of COVID. People were excited to see the street fair make a comeback this year.

“I go to the Madison Street Fair a lot, like every year. I like going to support the local businesses,” says fair-goer Mary Coyle. Many came out to support the local vendors. “Local businesses are just handmade, it’s definitely more original than a chain,” says EJ Verhoff.

This year’s fair had a little bit of everything including live music, arts & crafts, local vendors, kids zone and book sales. “We were a little intentional about keeping things a little farther apart to make a little more space for people to walk so people can really feel comfortable and safe here. That’s the only difference here,” says Upper Madison Street Fair organizer Anne Savage.

Anne says this year’s street fair is extra special. “This is really a coming together as a neighborhood, we haven’t been together in about 18 months. We did not have a street fair last year because we were in the heart of the COVID pandemic so it’s a really wonderful time for people to feel together again…This is what people need. A sense of togetherness and community it’s what makes Pine Hills really special.”

The fair gave local restaurants a chance to share their menu favorites. Curry House Inc, an Indian & Pakistani restaurant has been a staple on Madison Ave for 21 years. The Upper Madison Street Fair is something restaurant owner Mohammed Manik looks forward to each year. “Channa Masala everybody likes it, it’s one of our popular dishes. Every year we do it here [and] this year I am really, really busy.”

Every dollar raised from the fair goes back into the community. Anne Savage says it’s all about making improvements and moving the Pine Hills neighborhood forward.

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Travel industry taking another hit as COVID cases rise, airlines warn



Travel industry taking another hit as COVID cases rise, airlines warn

In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask and protective goggles as he walks through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Several leading U.S. airlines warned Thursday that the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant is hurting their bookings and further delaying recovery for the travel industry.

American Airlines said a slowdown that started in August has continued into September, and the airline further lowered its outlook for third-quarter revenue.

In another regulatory filing, United Airlines said its flying and revenue are both weaker than previously expected, and it is cutting its schedule for later this year to match the lower demand. United forecast a pretax loss in the third quarter that could extend into the fourth quarter if the virus outbreak continues.

Delta Air Lines said it still expects to post an adjusted pretax profit for the third quarter, but revenue will be toward the lower end of its previous forecast.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the rise in COVID-19 cases won’t derail the travel recovery but will delay it by 90 to 120 days. He said the variant has particularly affected business and international travel, which are both critical to the largest U.S. airlines.

Southwest Airlines reported that leisure travel, too, has weakened, with more cancellations and softer bookings for September and October.

Southwest said, however, that demand over the Labor Day holiday was solid other than cancellations that it attributed to Hurricane Ida’s aftermath, and it said booking patterns for the winter holidays look normal.

Shares of all four airlines fell 1% to 2% minutes after regular trading opened on Thursday.

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Cabbage Patch Kids, garden-variety sand lead Toy Hall of Fame finalists



Cabbage Patch Kids, garden-variety sand lead Toy Hall of Fame finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Cabbage Patch Kids, the rosy-cheeked dolls that left store shelves picked clean during the first big holiday toy craze, are up for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame, part of a finalist group announced Wednesday that also includes garden-variety sand and the toy fire engine.

Also among the finalists being considered for a November induction are five competitive games: Battleship, Risk, The Settlers of Catan, Mahjong, and billiards, as well as the piñata, American Girl Dolls, Masters of the Universe, and Fisher-Price Corn Popper.

The 2021 finalists were pulled from the thousands of nominations the National Toy Hall of Fame receives each year. Anyone can nominate a toy and a panel of experts, along with input from the public, votes in the three to be inducted. The 74 previous honorees have run the gamut from the simplest cardboard box and stick to the groundbreaking Atari 2600 Game System and universally known Checkers, Crayola crayons, and marbles.

To be inducted, toys must have withstood tests of time and memory, changed play or toy design, and fostered learning, creativity or discovery.

All of the 2021 finalists have “greatly influenced the world of play,” said Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at the hall, which is located inside The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

“These 12 toys represent the wide scope of playthings—from one of the most universal playthings in the world like sand to a game-changing board game like Risk to the popular adult game of billiards,” Bensch said.

Fans are invited to vote for their favorites as part of a “Player’s Choice” ballot that closes on Sept. 22.

The three toys that receive the most public votes will be submitted as one ballot to be counted with the 22 other top-three ballots submitted by the National Selection Advisory Committee, effectively making the public one member of the committee.

The winners will be inducted on Nov. 4.

About this year’s nominees:

– American Girl Dolls: Created in 1986 by educator and newscaster Pleasant Rowland, each doll comes with a narrative that reflects an era of American history.

– Battleship: Originally played with paper and pencil, Milton Bradley’s 1967 plastic adaptation popularized the two-person strategy game. It was among the first board games to be computerized in 1979.

– Billiards: Commonly known as pool in the United States, the game evolved from earlier European outdoor games and became popular in the 1800s.

– Cabbage Patch Kids: The dolls, each unique, were launched in 1979. Complete with adoption papers, they were the must-have holiday toy of 1983, paving the way for Tickle Me Elmo, Beanie Babies, and Furby that followed.

– Fisher-Price Corn Popper: Introduced in 1957, the push-toy got toddlers walking, mesmerized by bright flying balls and the popping sound.

– Mahjong: The gambling card game that originated in China became popular in the United States in the 1920s.

– Masters of the Universe: He-Man, She-Ra, and the line’s other action figures became popular through Mattel’s use of comic books and television, including the cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, from 1983 to 1985.

– Piñata: The treat-filled paper mache object is commonly associated with Mexican culture but may date back to early 13th-century China.

– Risk: The strategy board game first published in the United States in 1959 challenges players to control armies and conquer the world.

– Sand: The substance is perhaps the most universal and oldest toy in the world, according to the National Toy Hall of Fame.

– The Settlers of Catan: The cooperative board game now called “Catan” was first published in Germany. Players representing settlers establish a settlement on an island by spending resources, which are earned through trade and rolls of the dice.

– Toy fire engine: Materials, design and technology have evolved but the appeal has remained.

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Rolling Stones open American tour in St. Louis, pay tribute to late drummer Charlie Watts



Rolling Stones open American tour in St. Louis, pay tribute to late drummer Charlie Watts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rolling Stones are touring again, this time without their heartbeat, or at least their backbeat.

The legendary rockers launched their pandemic-delayed “No Filter” tour Sunday at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis without their drummer of nearly six decades. It was clear from the outset just how much the band members — and the fans — missed Charlie Watts, who died last month at age 80. Except for a private show in Massachusetts last week, the St. Louis concert was their first since Watts’ death.

The show opened with an empty stage and only a drumbeat, with photos of Watts flashing on the video board. After the second song, a rousing rendition of “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It),” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood came to the front of the stage. Jagger and Richards clasped hands as they thanked fans for the outpouring of support and love for Watts. Jagger acknowledged it was emotional seeing the photos of Watts.

“This is our first-ever tour we’ve ever done without him,” Jagger said. “We’ll miss Charlie so much, on and off the stage.”

The band then dedicated “Tumbling Dice” to Watts.

The tour had been scheduled for 2020 before the coronavirus virtually shut down the touring industry. Signs of the pandemic were everywhere at the show in Missouri, a state hit hard by the virus’s delta variant.

The tens of thousands of fans wore masks as required by St. Louis’ anti-virus protocol. The Stones themselves appeared in a public service announcement urging anyone with symptoms to stay home. A vaccination site was set up at the dome, with plans for similar sites at each tour stop.

The concert itself featured the same driving beat personified by Watts, thanks to his replacement, Steve Jordan. The drummer may be new to fans but he’s hardly new to the Stones — Jordan has performed for years with Richards’ side project, X-Pensive Winos, along with many other leading acts.

Still, die-hard fans couldn’t help but miss Watts, widely considered one of rock’s greatest drummers, even though his real love was jazz. He joined Jagger and Richards in the Rolling Stones in 1963. Wood joined in 1975.

For Laura Jezewski, 62, of Omaha, Nebraska, seeing the Stones without Watts was bittersweet.

“It’s really sad,” she said. “He’s the first of the old Stones to pass away.”

The show featured the band’s long litany of hits. Jagger hardly looked like a 78-year-old man, strutting around the stage like a man half — or one-third of his age; a constant whirl of motion. His vocals, and the guitar work of Wood and Richards, sounded as good as ever.

After St. Louis, the tour will include stops in Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Nashville, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Tampa, Florida; Dallas; Atlanta; Detroit; and ending in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 20. The band also added new dates in Los Angeles on Oct. 14 and Oct. 17, and a concert in Las Vegas on Nov. 6.

Jezewski and her 60-year-old husband, Brad, brought their 30-year-old daughter, Sarah, to St. Louis for the concert. It was Sarah’s first chance to see the Rolling Stones. Her mom and dad have seen them in various places — Ames, Iowa; Boulder, Colorado; Denver; even Wichita, Kansas — dating back to the 1970s.

With the surviving band members well into their 70s, the Jezewskis didn’t want to miss this chance.

“If it is their last time — we’re here,” Brad Jezewski said. “And if there’s another tour, we’ll be there, too.”

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

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With moratorium over, St. Louis sheriff now free to carry out evictions



With moratorium over, St. Louis sheriff now free to carry out evictions

ST. LOUIS – The You Paid For It Team is speaking with St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts, who has resumed evictions following the lifting of the eviction moratorium.

At present, there is a backlog of about 130 eviction cases in St. Louis.

Sheriff Betts says he’s not fielding extra crews at the moment and will just use the current two-person crew to handle the job.

Betts says landlords must go to circuit court and get a judge’s order for eviction. Once a person is notified by the sheriff, they have three days to vacate the residence.

Betts thought there would be a lot more evictions but that can still happen.

Meanwhile, there are still resources in the city to help struggling families pay their rent. A spokesperson for Mayor Tishaura Jones says people can call 2-1-1 to get more information on the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

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Downtown crime tempers excitement for some fans attending Rolling Stones concert



Downtown crime tempers excitement for some fans attending Rolling Stones concert

ST. LOUIS – The Rolling Stones hit the stage inside The Dome at America’s Center on Sunday evening, more than a year after the show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the coronavirus is not the only concern for people traveling downtown, as crime has many cautious about coming to the area.

St. Louis was lucky enough to be chosen as the first stop for The Rolling Stones on their long-awaited No Filter Tour. With over 66,000 people traveling from near and far to attend the concert, safety is a main priority.

Last weekend alone, St. Louis had over 20 shootings, including 8 homicides. Many fans found other means of transportation to the show due to reported carjackings, break-ins, and robberies in the area.  

Because of the massive crowds, there was an increased police and security presence to ensure everyone is safe and enjoying this historical moment for all rock ‘n roll fans.

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Young Cardinals fan donates allowance to Adam Wainwright’s charity



Wainwright reaches 2,000 strike-out milestone

ST. LOUIS – Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was in Chicago this weekend to support his teammates as they continued their winning ways against the Cubs.

Hours after the Cardinals clinched their 16th consecutive win, Wainwright shared a story on his Twitter feed about a young fan who melted his heart.

Wainwright describes meeting Emery and her mother in both Milwaukee and Chicago. Emery gave Wainwright a letter on Sunday, saying she was happy to meet him and congratulated him on his 2,000th strikeout.

Emery’s letter, which she handed to Waino just before Harrison Bader clocked a home run in the top of the eighth inning, also included a plastic bag filled with dollars and coins. It was her allowance money. She gave it to Wainwright for his charity, Big League Impact.

“I hope it will help you help more people,” Emery wrote.

She also gave Wainwright her own autograph, “if I ever get famous.”

Wainwright joked Emery may be a good luck charm for the team and thinks she may have to come to some October games if and when the Cardinals make the playoffs.

Big League Impact is a nonprofit with goals of making clean water accessible, reducing hunger, and ending poverty. The organization has raised more than $5.8 million since its inception in 2013.

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FA-18 fighter plane in Forest Park to receive overdue maintenance and cleaning



FA-18 fighter plane in Forest Park to receive overdue maintenance and cleaning

ST. LOUIS – A piece of aviation history in Forest Park will get a touch-up early this week. The COVID pandemic disrupted the plane’s routine maintenance last year.

A piece of aviation history in Forest Park will get a touch-up early this week. The COVID pandemic disrupted the plane’s routine maintenance last year.

“This is an important display and we want it looking good and we want to make a good impression for St. Louis and all visitors,” said Diane Earhart, a member of the Greater St. Louis Ninety-Nines and spokesperson for Big River Aviation.

Earhart is referring to is the retired FA-18 fighter plane that has called Forest Park home for more than a decade. 

“The airplane is traditionally cleaned and restored. Any touch-up (or) repainting is taken care of,” Earhart said.

The National Naval Aviation Museum permanently loaned the fighter plane to the St. Louis Science Center in 2010.  

On Tuesday, volunteers will begin sprucing up this piece of aviation history.  

“Being on permanent display, obviously, it’s subject to all kinds of weather in St. Louis,” Earhart said. “From 0 degree to 100 degrees and all of the elements, it just needs some tender love and care.” 

Earhart said the work is usually done by the owner of Big River Aviation and the labor fee paid by the St. Louis Science Center is donated to a local charity.  

“This year, the charitable organization is the Ninety-Nines; and they’re going to use the donation for the Adela Scharr Scholarship Fund,” Earhart said.

Adela Scharr was a pioneer for women in the aviation industry.  

“She was a public school teacher for many years,” Earhart said. “She was also the first commercial pilot and first ground and flight instructor at Lambert Airport and one of the first members of the Ninety-Nines and what is now the Greater St. Louis Ninety-Nines.” 

More than a dozen volunteers will give the FA-18 the attention it didn’t get last year because of the pandemic.   

“It’ll be scrubbed down really well and get all the dirt and everything off of it,” Earhart said. “We’re going to make her shine.”

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