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Trixie Mattel and Kim Chi Feud Explained: What Happened Between the Ru Paul Drag Race Stars?

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DRAG queens and global makeup sensations Kim Chi and Trixie Mattel have garnered a massive following since appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The two were good friends even before they entered the drag competition, but tweets between Trixie Mattel and Kim Chi have fans worried.

What happened between Trixie Mattel and Kim Chi?

Brian Michael Firkus, known as Trixie Mattel, took to Twitter to express his disappointment with Kim Chi, whose real name is Sang-Young Shin.

Both queens fired tweets back and forth, tagging each other in dodgy tweets.

On July 23, 2022, Trixie tweeted, “You love playing the victim while riding high on a moral horse, but anyone can see through you.

“You’re not as elegant as you think you are. I have the receipts and you’re the one getting off it.”

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She tagged Kim in this tweet so there was no confusion as to who the skinny legend is shadowing.

It wasn’t long before Kim responded, tweeting, “People do change. I am not suprised. Just disappointed. I will reveal the truth to everyone soon. Karma is a bitch and so are you.”

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A day later, Kim said she was taking a break from social media to work on her mental health, but returned a minute later to say, “I’m back! This break from social media was sorely needed! Take care of yourself first!”

Trixie responded to that tweet, telling Kim to “open the Notes app and address this situation.”

The All-Stars winner then took to her own account to ask fans to recreate Mean Girl’s iconic burn book scene with Kim’s face.

She returned to the app to share the image, which she tweeted with the caption: “@KimChi_Chic I’m ready to let people know who you really are.”

In response, Kim tweeted, “I can’t believe you fooled everyone for so long. @trixiemattel Once I reveal your truth, you’re done for. Start counting your days.”

Both queens have since remained silent on the matter, while Trixie promotes her and All-Star Katya’s merchandise.

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Kim and Trixie have been friends for years, promoting each other and working together on videos and drag shows.

While they were on different seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Kim Chi had helped Trixie land one of her first drag jobs in Chicago.

They’ve endorsed each other’s makeup brands since their inception — Kim Chi Beauty and Trixie Cosmetics.

Some fans are concerned that a major rift has opened up between the longtime friends.

Others believe this is an advertisement for some kind of collaboration.

Kim Chi Beauty’s website reads, “Something big is happening soon…stay tuned in.”

Fans think this could be a makeup collab between the two brands as the queens have similar makeup styles.

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Many fans have said that Kim Chi would not openly address an argument this way.

Others just live for the drama and wait to see what unfolds.

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Heat’s Victor Oladipo discusses his Revenge Tour, workouts with Russell Westbrook

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Victor Oladipo calls it his Revenge Tour, the Miami Heat guard regularly filling his social media with posts about his grueling offseason workout schedule, including recent sessions with Russell Westbrook in Los Angeles.

As he explained on Vince Carter’s VC Show podcast, it has been work with the singular goal of getting back to the All-Star level previously reached before a string of knee and quadriceps issues.

“That’s something that I came up with, just because I felt like the last couple of years have been really tough on me,” Oladipo said, “and I’ve obviously gone through a lot individually and my team, my family have gone through a lot with me collectively.”

Last year, that meant Oladipo playing on an NBA-minimum salary, spending more than half the schedule rehabbing before a late-season debut.

But, from there, there were breakout moments during the Heat’s playoff run within one victory of the NBA Finals, and then a two-year, $18 million free-agency contract to return.

Now, the focus is singular, the intent of his summer of sweat geared toward one reality.

“That I’m one of the best players in the world. Period,” the 30-year-old veteran said. “I think that my injury has kind of built a misconception of who I am as a player.”

Even with the salary upgrade, free-agency interest was tepid, leaving Oladipo with further fuel.

“Why can’t I come back from this injury and what I’ve been through and have an even greater career than I thought I could have prior to it? Why can’t I?” Oladipo said in a passionate moment during the interview with Carter. “And I don’t see no reason why I can’t.

“So I truly believe that I can, and that’s what I’m trying to prove to myself, first and foremost, is that I’m capable of great things even now, it’s never too late, no matter what anyone says or what the world may think or what people tell you.”

In many ways, Oladipo finds himself in a similar place as Westbrook, who, at 33, increasingly finds himself among those who doubt his ability to reclaim prior All-Star form.

Oladipo and Westbrook were teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016-17.

“Me and Russ go way back,” Oladipo said. “We played together when he won MVP. So he prepared me for the following year to have the year I had after I left OKC. And I felt like I prepared himself for his MVP season before he became MVP. And right now, we’re on the same wavelength.

“We’re not going to let each other fail.”

Amid his rehab work after he was acquired by the Heat from the Houston Rockets at the 2021 NBA trading deadline for Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley, Oladipo insisted a better version would emerge, even while limited to four regular-season appearances with the Heat in 2020-21 and eight this past season.

Now, for the first time since 2018, there has been the ability to challenge himself during an offseason.

“I’m itching just thinking about it. It’s so crazy. It’s like a rebirth,” the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA draft said. “And being in my 10th year, it feels like I’m in Year One all over again. But it’s like a Year One with a little bit of experience.

“I’m going to prepare myself for any and everything this summer. So whatever happens next year, it’s no shock to me.”

All while planning to arrive at training camp the final week of September as both a new man as well as his former All-Star self.

“I make sure people know that I’m coming for everybody,” he said of his Revenge Tour. “At the end of the day, it really don’t matter who it is. I just want to prove that I’m Victor Oladipo and I stand for who I am.”

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Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner since 2021 after manufacturing defects

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Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner Since 2021 After Manufacturing Defects

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Boeing delivered its first 787 Dreamliner in more than a year on Wednesday, ending a pause in jetliner deliveries triggered by a series of manufacturing defects.

American Airlines has taken the first new delivery from Boeing’s 787 factory in South Carolina, carrier CEO Robert Isom said in an Instagram post.

Delivery is an important milestone for Boeing. Planes are a key source of cash for the maker, and most of a plane’s price is paid on delivery – although the company has had to compensate customers for the delays.

Deliveries have been suspended for much of the past two years. Boeing said earlier this year that production defects and a drop in production while waiting for delivery would cost it $5.5 billion.

Dreamliner customers like American and United Airlines have had to do without their new planes, which are often used for long-haul international routes, amid an upsurge in demand for such trips this year.

Among the issues discovered was tiny, incorrect spacing in some parts of the fuselage.

“Every action and every decision influences our customers’ trust in Boeing – we build trust one aircraft at a time,” Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing’s Commercial Aircraft Unit, wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday. “We will continue to take the time necessary to ensure that each one meets our highest quality standards.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said earlier this week that it had cleared Boeing to resume deliveries, which were due to begin this week.

Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen toured the 787 plant last Thursday and met with FAA safety inspectors about steps to improve production quality, the agency said more early this week.

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Vikings’ Mond, Mannion are co-backup QBs on first depth chart

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Vikings’ Mond, Mannion Are Co-Backup Qbs On First Depth Chart

The Vikings released their first unofficial depth chart of the season on Tuesday, and there were no surprises among those listed as starters. But there remains some drama at backup quarterback.

Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion were listed as co-backups behind Kirk Cousins. The two have been splitting second-team reps during training camp, although Mond got the first opportunity with the second team in Monday’s night practice at TCO Stadium. The Vikings play their preseason opener on Sunday at Las Vegas.

Among starters, Jesse Davis was listed as the right guard, Camryn Bynum at safety and Cameron Dantzler at cornerback. But rookies Ed Ingram at guard, Lewis Cine at safety and Andrew Booth Jr. at cornerback still could pose challenges at those spots.

The Vikings list Austin Schlottman as the backup center behind Garrett Bradbury, and Chris Reed as the backup left guard behind Ezra Cleveland. But Reed has been taking some second-team snaps and could push Bradbury at center.

The Vikings list as their primary punt returner second-year wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who has never returned a punt in an NFL regular-season game. Rookie wide receiver Jalen Nailor is listed as the backup punt returner.

Here is the full unofficial depth chart:

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks
Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Kellen Mond OR Sean Mannion

Running backs
Starter: Dalvin Cook
Backups: Alexander Mattison; Kene Nwangwu; Ty Chandler; Bryant Koback

Fullbacks
Starter: C.J. Ham
Backup: Jake Bargas

Wide receivers
Starters: Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson
Backups: K.J. Osborn and Ihmir Smith-Marsette; Bisi Johnson and Myron Mitchell; Trishton Jackson OR Jalen Nailor and Dan Chisena; Albert Wilson; Thomas Hennigan and Blake Proehl (Proehl is on the Active/PUP list)

Tight ends
Starter: Irv Smith, Jr.
Backups: Johnny Mundt; Ben Ellefson; Zach Davidson; Nick Muse; Shaun Beyer

Tackles
Starters: Christian Darrisaw (LT) and Brian O’Neill (RT)
Backups: Blake Brandel (LT) and Olisaemeka Udoh (RT); Vederian Lowe (LT) and Timon Parris (RT)

Interior offensive linemen
Starters: Ezra Cleveland (LG), Garrett Bradbury (C) and Jesse Davis (RG)
Backups: Chris Reed (LG), Austin Schlottmann (C) and Ed Ingram (RG); Kyle Hinton (LG), Josh Sokol (C) and Wyatt Davis (RG)

DEFENSE

Defensive ends
Starters: Dalvin Tomlinson and Armon Watts
Backups: Jonathan Bullard and James Lynch; Jaylen Twyman and Esezi Otomewo; Jullian Taylor

Nose tackles
Starter: Harrison Phillips
Backups: T.J. Smith; T.Y. McGill, Jr.; Tyarise Stevenson

Outside Linebackers
Starters: Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith
Backups: Pat Jones II and D.J. Wonnum; Luiji Vilain and Janarius Robinson; Andre Mintze and Zach McCloud

Inside Linebackers
Starters: Eric Kendricks (MLB) and Jordan Hicks (WLB)
Backups: Troy Dye (MLB) and Brian Asamoah II (WLB); Chazz Surratt (MLB) and Blake Lynch (WLB); Ryan Connelly (MLB — on Active/PUP list) and William Kwenkeu (WLB)

Cornerbacks
Starters: Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler, Sr.
Backups: Chandon Sullivan and Andrew Booth, Jr.; Kris Boyd and Akayleb Evans; Parry Nickerson and Harrison Hand; Nate Hairston and Tye Smith

Safety
Starters: Harrison Smith and Camryn Bynum
Backups: Lewis Cine and Josh Metellus; Myles Dorn and Mike Brown

SPECIAL TEAMS
Kicker
Starter: Greg Joseph

Punters/holders
Starter: Jordan Berry
Backup: Ryan Wright

Long snapper
Starter: Andrew DePaola

Kickoff returners
Starter: Kene Nwangwu
Backup: K.J. Osborn; Ty Chandler

Punt returners
Starter: Ihmir Smith-Marsette
Backup: Jalen Nailor

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India to scrap airfare caps from end of August

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India To Scrap Airfare Caps From End Of August

The Ministry of Civil Aviation will remove the lower and upper limit on fares starting August 31, the ministry said in a circular today.

This would mean that air fares would once again be regulated by the market and competition would become fiercer.

The government had put fare caps in place at the start of the COVID pandemic to avoid any sudden increases or decreases in airfares.

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“After reviewing the current state of scheduled domestic operations, namely passenger demand for air travel in terms of the purpose specified in Initial Order No. 02/2020 of 21.05.2020, it has been decided to abolish the tariff bands notified from time to time concerning air fares with effect from 31.08.22”, reads the circular.

The ministry also reiterated that airlines and airports should ensure that guidelines to contain the spread of COVID are strictly adhered to and COVID-appropriate behavior is strictly enforced during travel.

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ASK IRA: Is it big or bust with Heat salary ballast?

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Ask Ira: Is It Big Or Bust With Heat Salary Ballast?

Q: What is more important: Trading Duncan Robinson now for a strong power forward like Jae Crowder, or keeping him as a trade piece for a big fish down the road? – Bob, Davie.

A: Which is why I downplayed Duncan Robinson (if the Suns even would want to take on such a long-term contract) in yesterday’s response to the question about Jae Crowder. If the Heat are going to make a big move that does not involve Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler or Kyle Lowry, then they have to hold on to Duncan’s contract as salary ballast. Similarly, the Heat are not in position to randomly deal away a first-round pick (or two) when it comes to a trade smaller than for a legitimate or potential star. So, yes, I agree – you wait. The question then becomes whether you hold on to Tyler Herro for a similarly significant move. If so, that means you have chosen not to sweat the small stuff at the moment.

Q: Ira, the Heat didn’t want to sign P.J. Tucker for $10 million a year for three years, however they may end up paying the same or more for Jae Crowder if they bring him back in a trade. Is Jae an upgrade over P.J.? – Carl, Kapaa, Hawaii.

A: This has more to do with the intricacies of the salary cap than valuations of the players. If the Heat were to bring in Jae Crowder at his $10.2 million for this season, they would not be hard capped, because it would be via trade. If the Heat signed P.J. Tucker for that same amount for 2022-23, they would have been hard capped, because it would have been a free-agent signing. It doesn’t matter if that makes sense, it’s just the rules. And I happen to believe Jae would be excellent as a P.J. replacement, if the cap-o-nomics could work.

Q: Ira, in looking at your recent list of eligible free agents,. there are several players that could help the Heat. Pat Riley, Andy Elisburg, please, please do not sign Udonis Haslem to the last spot. – Joel.

A: The open offer has already been extended. So this no longer is a Pat Riley or Andy Elisburg decision; it is a Udonis Haslem decision. And solely a Udonis Haslem decision.

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Protest camp in Sri Lanka evacuated after 4 months in action against leaders

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Protest Camp In Sri Lanka Evacuated After 4 Months In Action Against Leaders

Demonstrations began on April 9 to protest against shortages of basic necessities. (Case)

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Protesters in Sri Lanka who toppled the previous government announced on Wednesday they were dismantling their main protest site near the president’s office following a crackdown on their leaders.

The group led by university students and left-wing parties said it was clearing its tents along the Galle Face seafront promenade in the capital.

A spokesman said they also withdrew four legal challenges to a police order ordering them to leave the area which claimed their tents were an obstacle to nearby hotels.

Activists were seen tearing down their tents and removing other structures they had erected to support their struggle against the administration.

The demonstrations began on April 9 to protest against shortages of essentials such as fuel, food and medicine in Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis.

They culminated when tens of thousands of people poured into Colombo and stormed Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s presidential palace on July 9, forcing him to flee and eventually resign.

Days after Rajapaksa fled to Singapore and announced his resignation, troops evicted the protesters occupying the palace and the prime minister’s home and office.

Security forces have been accused of using excessive force to evict protesters, with more than 80 people sustaining injuries that required hospitalization.

Since then, dozens of activists have been arrested for damaging state property.

A prominent labor leader, Joseph Stalin, was released on bail on Monday following international criticism of his arrest last week for causing damages worth $90.

Rajapaksa’s successor, Ranil Wickremesinghe, drew a distinction between “protesters” and “rioters” and promised firm action against “all troublemakers”.

Shortly after protesters swarmed the palace, there were social media posts showing them frolicking in the pool and bouncing on four-poster beds inside the sprawling compound.

But protesters also handed authorities around 17.5 million rupees ($46,000) in cash found in one of the rooms.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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