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View gallery Image Credit: Best Image/ BACKGRID Ben Affleck caught up on some sleep during a Paris boat ride with new wife Jennifer Lopez and their respective kids! The actor, 49, was seriously dozing — mouth open and all — as he crossed laced his hands while seated on the deck of the boat in […]

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Tlaib Kept Up To $100,000 In Rental Income While Calling For Rent Cancellation

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has kept up to $100,000 in rental income during the coronavirus pandemic despite congressional calls to waive rent, according to her latest financial disclosures.

Tlaib’s financial disclosure report, released Thursday, showed she received between $15,001 and $50,000 in rental income in 2021, Fox News reported. Tlaib received this rental income from a Detroit property she owns.

Her 2021 rental income is in addition to the $15,001 to $50,000 she has already reported for 2020, bringing her total rental income throughout the pandemic to between $30,000 and $100,000.

However, as the Michigan congresswoman collected a steady stream of rent checks, she was at the forefront of a progressive movement in Congress to cancel rent and mortgage payments during the pandemic.

Tlaib, along with fellow “Squad” members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), co-sponsored Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) bill. ) aimed at “instituting nationwide cancellation of residential rent and mortgage payments for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic” at the onset of the pandemic in early 2020.

The “Squad” then reintroduced the bill to cancel rents and mortgages in March 2021.

“I join Rep. @IlhanOmar and his colleagues for a press conference on the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act,” Tlaib tweeted at the time. “Our residents need help during this ongoing pandemic and this legislation aims to provide that help to ensure our neighbors have the housing they need.”

Tlaib joins fellow “Squad” member Pressley in collecting monthly rent checks despite pressure for a nationwide pause on rent payments.

Pressley and her husband brought in between $5,000 and $15,000 in rental income throughout 2020, according to Fox News. Pressley has yet to file its 2021 financial disclosure report, which is due by Saturday.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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By CAROLYN THOMPSON and HILLEL ITALIE

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and able to talk Saturday, a day after he was stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York.

Rushdie remained hospitalized with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted in the evening that he was “off the ventilator and talking (and joking).” Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.

Earlier in the day, the man accused of attacking him Friday at the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education and retreat center, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges in what a prosecutor called a “preplanned” crime.

An attorney for Hadi Matar entered the plea on his behalf during an arraignment in western New York. The suspect appeared in court wearing a black and white jumpsuit and a white face mask, with his hands cuffed in front of him.

A judge ordered him held without bail after District Attorney Jason Schmidt told her Matar, 24, took steps to purposely put himself in position to harm Rushdie, getting an advance pass to the event where the author was speaking and arriving a day early bearing a fake ID.

“This was a targeted, unprovoked, preplanned attack on Mr. Rushdie,” Schmidt said.

Public defender Nathaniel Barone complained that authorities had taken too long to get Matar in front of a judge while leaving him “hooked up to a bench at the state police barracks.”

“He has that constitutional right of presumed innocence,” Barone added.

Rushdie, 75, suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye, Wylie said Friday evening. He was likely to lose the injured eye.

The attack was met with shock and outrage from much of the world, along with tributes and praise for the award-winning author who for more than 30 years has faced death threats for “The Satanic Verses.”

Authors, activists and government officials cited Rushdie’s courage and longtime advocacy of free speech despite the risks to his own safety. Writer and longtime friend Ian McEwan called Rushdie “an inspirational defender of persecuted writers and journalists across the world,” and actor-author Kal Penn cited him as a role model “for an entire generation of artists, especially many of us in the South Asian diaspora toward whom he’s shown incredible warmth.”

President Joe Biden said Saturday in a statement that he and first lady Jill Biden were “shocked and saddened” by the attack.

“Salman Rushdie — with his insight into humanity, with his unmatched sense for story, with his refusal to be intimidated or silenced — stands for essential, universal ideals,” the statement read. “Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society.”

Rushdie, a native of India who has since lived in Britain and the U.S., is known for his surreal and satirical prose style, beginning with his Booker Prize-winning 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children,” in which he sharply criticized India’s then-prime minister, Indira Gandhi.

“The Satanic Verses” drew death threats after it was published in 1988, with many Muslims regarding as blasphemy a dream sequence based on the life of the Prophet Muhammad, among other objections. Rushdie’s book had already been banned and burned in India, Pakistan and elsewhere before Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death in 1989.

Khomeini died that same year, but the fatwa remains in effect. Iran’s current supreme leader, Khamenei, never issued a fatwa of his own withdrawing the edict, though Iran in recent years hasn’t focused on the writer.

Investigators were working to determine whether the suspect, born a decade after “The Satanic Verses” was published, acted alone.

District Attorney Schmidt alluded to the fatwa as a potential motive in arguing against bail.

“Even if this court were to set a million dollars bail, we stand a risk that bail could be met,” Schmidt said.

“His resources don’t matter to me. We understand that the agenda that was carried out yesterday is something that was adopted and it’s sanctioned by larger groups and organizations well beyond the jurisdictional borders of Chautauqua County,” the prosecutor said.

Barone, the public defender, said after the hearing that Matar has been communicating openly with him and that he would spend the coming weeks trying to learn about his client, including whether he has psychological or addiction issues.

Matar is from Fairview, New Jersey. Rosaria Calabrese, manager of the State of Fitness Boxing Club, a small, tightly knit gym in nearby North Bergen, said Matar joined April 11 and participated in about 27 group sessions for beginners looking to improve their fitness before emailing her several days ago to say he wanted to cancel his membership because “he wouldn’t be coming back for a while.”

Gym owner Desmond Boyle said he saw “nothing violent” about Matar, describing him as polite and quiet, yet someone who always looked “tremendously sad.” He said Matar resisted attempts by him and others to welcome and engage him.

“He had this look every time he came in. It looked like it was the worst day of his life,” Boyle said.

Matar was born in the United States to parents who emigrated from Yaroun in southern Lebanon, the mayor of the village, Ali Tehfe, told The Associated Press.

Flags of the Iran-backed Shia militant group Hezbollah are visible across the village, along with portraits of leader Hassan Nasrallah, Khamenei, Khomeini and slain Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Journalists visiting Yaroun on Saturday were asked to leave. Hezbollah spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment.

Iran’s theocratic government and its state-run media assigned no motive for the attack. In Tehran, some Iranians interviewed by the AP praised the attack on an author they believe tarnished the Islamic faith, while others worried it would further isolate their country.

On Friday, on AP reporter witnessed the attacker stab or punch Rushdie about 10 or 15 times.

Event moderator Henry Reese, 73, suffered a facial injury and was treated and released from a hospital, police said. He and Rushdie had planned to discuss the United States as a refuge for writers and other artists in exile.

A state trooper and a county sheriff’s deputy were assigned to Rushdie’s lecture, and police said the trooper made the arrest. But afterward some longtime visitors to the Chautauqua Institution questioned why there wasn’t tighter security given the threats against Rushdie and a bounty of more than $3 million on his head.

On Saturday the center said it was boosting security through measures such as requiring photo IDs to purchase gate passes, which previously could be obtained anonymously. Patrons entering the amphitheater where Rushdie was attacked will also be barred from carrying bags of any type.

The changes, along with an increased presence of armed police officers on the bucolic grounds, came as something of a shock to Chautauquans who have long relished the laid-back atmosphere for which the nearly 150-year-old vacation colony is known.

News about the stabbing has led to renewed interest in “The Satanic Verses,” which topped best seller lists after the fatwa was issued in 1989. As of Saturday afternoon, the novel ranked No. 13 on Amazon.com.

The death threats and bounty Rushdie faced over the book after its publication led him to go into hiding under a British government protection program, which included an around-the-clock armed guard. After nine years of seclusion, Rushdie cautiously resumed more public appearances.

In 2012 he published a memoir about the fatwa titled “Joseph Anton,” the pseudonym he used while in hiding.

He said during a New York talk that year that terrorism was really the art of fear: “The only way you can defeat it is by deciding not to be afraid.”

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DL Hall up and down in debut as Orioles fall to Rays, 8-2, lose ground in wildcard race – The Denver Post

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As far back as DL Hall can remember, he took the mound with a jump and a jump over the foul line. It’s so second nature now that the left-hander doesn’t think about it anymore. Plus, he had a lot on his mind when he came out of the dugout at Tropicana Field on Saturday to make his major league debut.

There he was, jumping over that white line. This routine will not change, even if Hall’s environment changes drastically. When he warmed up in the bullpen near left field, Orioles pitching staff gathered to watch, then punched the 23-year-old on the way to dugout . When he entered the field and quickly threw five consecutive balls, there was nowhere else to look. When he came back in the second set and retired the side, it was just as thrilling.

The attention was not for the success he found – Hall left after 3 2/3 innings, having allowed five runs in the 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, it was for all he stood for, another piece of that rebuild to finally hit the majors.

However, this transition will be short-lived. Manager Brandon Hyde announced after the match that Hall would be returned as an option to Triple-A Norfolk to develop as a reliever before potentially returning to the club in September.

Long before the first pitch, Hall stood in the dugout next to rookie catcher Adley Rutschman, one of his closest friends in the organization, and dunked himself into the empty stadium. Rutschman was looking forward to this moment, seeing the look on Hall’s face when the No. 4 pipeline prospect from Baltimore looked over a large league park before his debut.

These two – receiver and starting pitcher – should play a key role in the turnaround envisioned by the Orioles (59-54). Rutschman already does, proving himself as the American League’s Rookie of the Year candidate. Others will follow, including shortstop Gunnar Henderson, the sport’s top-ranked prospect according to Baseball America.

Perhaps others will arrive to help the Orioles before the end of the season, as Baltimore finds itself half a game away from third-place wildcard for the Rays (59-53) with the Minnesota Twins (58 -53) yet to play. They’re within reach, and while Saturday didn’t show it, we think having Hall in the mix will serve as a boost.

Hall could have arrived sooner had he not suffered a season-ending stress reaction in his elbow last year, stopping him after 31 2/3 innings at Double-A Bowie. Hall’s progress was slow, as he stayed in Florida for extended spring training before appearing with High-A Aberdeen, Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.

Hall came on as a backup for Baltimore’s playoff hunt, a hard-throwing southpaw who posted showy numbers at bat in the minor leagues. In 70 innings for Norfolk, he struck out 114. But he also averaged 5.7 walks per nine innings, with command issues being the biggest problem.

He appeared early Saturday. Hall walked the first batter he faced and allowed a run in the first inning before returning for the second showing off the elite tricks he possesses. For his first strikeout, first baseman Christian Bethancourt threw a 95.9 mph fastball. Then outfielder Jose Siri was caught watching a change before Hall backed up for a 97.2mph quad that escaped outfielder Roman Quinn’s bat.

At this point, Hall had a lead to work with. The Orioles scored two runs on singles by Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos. But that lead evaporated in the third inning, when Hall allowed three runs after walking the point guard and allowed two doubles and a single.

Hall did not finish fourth, with a sacrificial fly scoring the fifth and final run against him. Hall hit the ball in his plain brown glove – opting not to use the bright teal glove he had with the Tides – before handing the ball to manager Brandon Hyde.

As Hall left the field, he did not jump the foul line. He stepped over it instead, barely breaking stride, as he adjusted his cap at the end of his first major league appearance. There were ups. There were downs. But it still happened.

Tempers ignite

After plate umpire Andy Fletcher granted a late timeout call to Chirinos in the eighth inning, Rays right-hander Pete Fairbanks was the exception. He hit Chirinos with the next pitch, then aimed the words at home plate — whether it was Chirinos or Fletcher was unclear.

Chirinos heard, however, and turned back to Fairbanks. When he took several steps to the reliever, the benches cleared and Chirinos, outfielders Brett Phillips and Anthony Santander and shortstop Jorge Mateo all had to be held.

However, the feud died down fairly quickly and there were no ejections.

In the midst of a playoff race, tempers can flare. And with Tampa Bay and Baltimore battling for a wildcard spot, it’s no surprise.

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>> Right-hander Grayson Rodriguez was at Tropicana Field to support Hall, his longtime minor league teammate. Rodriguez, baseball’s top pitching prospect, will come off the mound on Monday as he continues his recovery from a Grade 2 pulled rectus muscle. It will be the third time in the past week that he’s been thrown off the mound.

>> Right-hander Spenser Watkins, who was in line to start Saturday for Baltimore, moved to the bullpen instead and pitched three innings. Watkins, who Hyde says should be back in the rotation by the middle of next week, allowed three runs on six hits.

>> Right-hander Tyler Wells threw a long pitch downfield before the game. It was another positive step for the starting pitcher after suffering an oblique injury late last month.

This story will be updated.

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There will be a south-of-the-border element for the Miami Heat when the NBA schedule is released in coming days.

The Heat, under current NBA plans, are scheduled for a Dec. 17 game in Mexico City, one that will count against the San Antonio Spurs’ home schedule.

It will be the Heat’s first regular-season game outside of the United States or Canada since defeating the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Dec. 9, 2017 in front of a listed 19,777 in Mexico City.

The game at Mexico City Arena is part of the Spurs’ expansion beyond their AT&T Center home.

For the Heat, the game will come in place of their annually scheduled regular-season trip to San Antonio. Last season’s Heat visit to San Antonio had to be rescheduled due to the pandemic, when the Heat could not field the required eight players in uniform. The Heat swept last season’s two-game series from the Spurs.

During the Heat’s 2017 trip to Mexico City, then Heat-guard Dion Waiters said, “I just found out it was actually bigger than New York. That’s crazy.

“I’ll tell you one thing, the cars don’t stop. It’s worse than New York. It’s crazy.”

Of that 2017 game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said at the time, “I was pleasantly surprised walking around and seeing NBA games on the TV everywhere we went, and the fans recognized us. It felt like we were in Miami.”

That 2017 game in Mexico City came three months after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city, requiring an NBA site inspection ahead of the meetings with the Nets.

It again will put the Heat at extreme elevation, Mexico City is 7,350 feet above sea level. The NBA’s highest elevation is Denver, at 5,280.

“It feels like we played two games,” then-Heat guard Goran Dragic said after that 2017 exhibition.

In 2013, a game between the Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City had to be postponed due to smoke filling the arena from a generator malfunction.

Last month, in the Arboledas Park area of Mexico City, NBA Mexico designed local courts with a mural that included a section with a painting of Heat mascot Burnie.

The NBA is returning to international games this season and this preseason after a break due to the pandemic. The last regular-season NBA game in Mexico came in 2019, between the Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

The NBA already has announced preseason games on Oct. 6 and Oct. 8 between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The league also will stage a regular-season game between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons in Paris on Jan. 19.

The NBA’s first game outside of the United States or Canada was a 1984 exhibition between the Suns and New Jersey Nets. The first international regular-season game was in Tokyo in 1990, between the Suns and Utah Jazz.

Among other international venues for Heat games (all exhibitions) have been Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tel Aviv; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Paris, London; Beijing; Shanghai and Rio De Janeiro. The Heat do not have an international exhibition this year.

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Starting today, you can help someone in need literally put a better foot forward.

The Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is holding an area-wide shoe drive.

They accept new and lightly worn shoes to be sent to developing countries.

You can drop off the shoes until 5 p.m. tonight.

This fundraising will continue until October.

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Justin Fields to Darnell Mooney. Why one ‘routine’ big play from the preseason win gives the Chicago Bears offense confidence.

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Justin Fields To Darnell Mooney. Why One ‘Routine’ Big Play From The Preseason Win Gives The Chicago Bears Offense Confidence.

On the Chicago Bears’ second offensive series of the preseason, on a third-down play from their 38-yard line, quarterback Justin Fields broke the huddle and set himself in the shotgun with positive vibes.

Fields scanned the Kansas City Chiefs defense, recognized the man coverage he would be facing and identified a matchup he loved with his favorite receiver Darnell Mooney in the slot to the left against cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.

“I pretty much knew what was going to happen,” Fields said.

Roll the tape.

With a look he loved and enough protection in front of him, Fields hit the top of his five-step drop and launched — on time and in rhythm. Mooney, with a crisp outside release on a fade route, got a bit of a pick from fellow receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and created separation. Fields’ ball was on Mooney’s back shoulder, requiring a slight adjustment but keeping safety Juan Thornhill at bay.

Mooney twisted, jumped and hauled in the football for a gain of 26 yards.

“I think Darnell knew where I was going to put that ball,” Fields said.

Added Mooney: “I just went and grabbed it. We had an opportunity to make ourselves a play. And it was nice to get that in game-like conditions going against some other guys.”

In terms of yardage gained, that was the Bears’ biggest play from scrimmage in their 19-14 victory at Soldier Field, a 26-yard chunk play that brought the crowd to life — at least for a few moments. An argument could be made that that deep shot was also the team’s biggest play as far as future potential is concerned.

Look, August in the NFL is always a search for promising signs. And that Fields-to-Mooney connection Saturday qualified as one bright spot during an afternoon in which the rebuilding Bears looked very much like a team with a long, long way to go to compete at the highest level.

Still, when the chemistry between the quarterback and the top receiver is evident, it’s at least a little something to feel good about, right?

“I think that was a routine play for us,” Fields said. “It was, of course, a great catch by (Mooney). But we’ve seen that many times. So it was no surprise.”

That’s a significant big-picture goal for Fields and the offense, to more consistently feel like their big plays are routine. And with four weeks left until the regular season begins, the established and still-growing connection between Fields and Mooney remains noteworthy.

“It feels great,” Fields said. “It’s just knowing how he’s going to run the route, how he’s going to work the defender, where he’s going to end up. Just the chemistry between us two and the work put in in the offseason, that shows right there.”

To be clear, the production of the Bears’ first-unit offense Saturday was far from spectacular and barely satisfactory. Fields took 18 snaps over three possessions with the Bears managing all of 78 yards and four first downs.

The drive chart — punt, punt, punt — felt all-too familiar and registers as at least moderately concerning.

From the start of training camp through Saturday’s victory, there has been little evidence to believe that a significant offensive breakthrough is coming anytime soon. But internally, the baby-stepping Bears are eagerly identifying things they can build on.

Coach Matt Eberflus, for one, applauded the way Fields operated, handling the huddle and showing a feel for the game.

Mooney recognized the offense was playing behind a work-in-progress line without the services of receivers Byron Pringle, Velus Jones and N’Keal Harry, who are out with injuries. In addition, starting running back David Montgomery and tight end Cole Kmet sat out.

“Definitely a lot of guys missing right now,” Mooney said. “But with the guys who are here, I feel like we executed well. I’m interested to see (on video) how smooth it was.”

If the Bears wanted a glimpse of what they’re one day striving to become, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes happily obliged. Overseeing just one drive Saturday — and really just looking to break a sweat and relax — Mahomes took the Chiefs on an 11-play, 72-yard march into Soldier Field’s north end zone.

Bing, bang, boom.

The 2018 league MVP and Super Bowl LIV champion spread his six completions around to six receivers and finished the series with a 5-yard screen pass to tight end Blake Bell for a touchdown.

“We did what we were supposed to do,” Mahomes said.

Perhaps one day, Fields and the Bears will be able to expect similar efficiency and ease in how they carve up opposing defenses. But for now, they’re in a different stage of the grind with a less experienced quarterback learning a new system with so many new faces all around.

To Fields’ credit, his first-blush review of the early offensive output was appropriately subdued.

“I think it went all right,” he said. “There’s always room to improve.”

Fields was asked what he was most looking forward to dialing in on when he had his first chance to review the 18 plays.

“I’ve got to dissect every play,” he said. “Go back to my rules. What am I supposed to do on this play? (Look at) protection and stuff like that. It’s just being process-driven and making sure I did my job.”

For an NFL starting quarterback with the grandest of ambitions, the celebration of 26-yard completions can go only so far when points aren’t added to the scoreboard.

So Fields would be the first to acknowledge that the Bears’ climb barely has gotten started.

He did add another crowd-pleasing completion late in the first quarter, recognizing extra Chiefs pressure coming before the snap, adjusting the protection, then hitting Tajae Sharpe on the right sideline to convert third-and-9.

“Justin did a great job of putting it in a spot where only I could get to it,” Sharpe said.

Much of the Bears fan base reacted similarly.

Hurray! Now … more of that. Much more.

For the record, the Bears scored all 19 of their points after halftime with backup quarterback Trevor Siemian leading two touchdown drives and a short-field field-goal series. Siemian hit rookie Trestan Ebner with a 12-yard touchdown pass over the middle and later connected with Dazz Newsome for a 13-yard score.

Cairo Santos added field goals of 20 and 47 yards to punctuate the victory.

Now the Bears will flip the page with training camp practices Monday and Tuesday followed by a second preseason game Thursday night in Seattle against the Seahawks. At this stage in the growing process, Fields and the offense must take all their victories, however small they might be, and pocket them without apology. But they also must demand more of themselves, striving to produce big plays and bright moments far more frequently.

Said Fields: “We’re just going to keep working, keep stacking days and continue to get better with the small details.”

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