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Michael Jordan builds his success in aXiomatic:

Michael Jordan builds his success in aXiomatic:

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Basketball superstar Michael Jordan is the latest sporting legend to invest in esports, following in the footsteps of fellow NBA stars Rick Fox, and Shaquille O'Neal. Perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time is venturing into esports, becoming the latest investor in esports and video gaming company aXiomatic Gaming. Jordan is leading an investor round worth $26 million into aXiomtic Gaming, the parent company of professional esports franchise Team LiquidAnother investor was Declaration Capital, the family office of Carlyle Group billionaire co-founder David Rubinstein. Formed in 2015, aXiomatic Gaming acquired a controlling stake in Team Liquid the following year. Team Liquid was established in 2000 and is now worth $200 million according to a recent Forbes valu...
Ex-Green Beret captured in Venezuela believed U.S. backed overthrow plot: family

Ex-Green Beret captured in Venezuela believed U.S. backed overthrow plot: family

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Luke Denman would have never knowingly participated in a rogue operation to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, his relatives say. Frank Denman was at his home in Austin last January when he received a call from his son, Luke. A former Green Beret, Luke had been searching for his calling after leaving the service. On the phone that day, he suggested to his father that he had found it. “He said I had something come up in Florida,” Frank recalled. “He said it was a confidential kind of thing.” The elder Denman still remembers exactly what Luke said next: “But I can tell you it’s the most meaningful thing I’ve ever done in my life.” Luke Denman with girlfriend Tatianna Saito.Courtesy of Family Luke had been working as a commercial diver on offshore oil rigs in Louisia...
‘I gave this to my dad’: COVID-19 survivors grapple with guilt of infecting family

‘I gave this to my dad’: COVID-19 survivors grapple with guilt of infecting family

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A haunting feeling afflicts those who believe that in the fog of the coronavirus’ early spread, they unwittingly exposed the people they loved the most Paul Stewart thought he’d caught a bad cold. In the third week of March, he came down with a sore throat, mild fever, cough, chills and body aches. The coronavirus was just starting to spread across Illinois, shuttering schools and workplaces, including the clinic in DuPage County where he worked as a rehabilitation technician. It didn’t occur to him that he might have the virus, even after a co-worker tested positive. Paul’s symptoms came and went, and on some days he felt well enough to go on a 5-mile run. Then his father started coughing. Paul, 55 and twice divorced, lived with his parents in the house he grew up in. He assu...
Pompeo advised firing of State Department watchdog, White House official says

Pompeo advised firing of State Department watchdog, White House official says

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The secretary of state "recommended the move and President Trump agreed," the official said. WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours after the sudden firing of a State Department watchdog critical of personnel moves within the agency, a White House official said the ousting came on the advice of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo "recommended the move" and President Donald Trump "agreed," the official said. Friday night's firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick came as he "was looking into the Secretary's misuse of a political appointee at the Department to perform personal tasks for himself and Mrs. Pompeo," a Democratic aide told NBC News. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel, D-New York, said Friday that he learned Linick "had opened an inves...
Obama tells graduates, ‘Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think.’

Obama tells graduates, ‘Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think.’

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Former President Barack Obama gave a virtual commencement address to graduating high school seniors across the country Saturday night during a televised event hosted by NBA star LeBron James. It was part of a special called "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" that included appearances by numerous musical stars, celebrities and athletes, including the Jonas Brothers, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams, Maren Morris and Malala Yousafzai. "Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think," Obama said. "Unfortunately a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles, important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up."
Coronavirus live updates: Obama slams politicians for COVID-19 response as U.S. death toll nears 90,000

Coronavirus live updates: Obama slams politicians for COVID-19 response as U.S. death toll nears 90,000

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Former President Barack Obama slammed U.S. politicians for their handling of the coronavirus at a virtual commencement address to graduating high school seniors across the country on Saturday night. "Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles, important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up," he said without naming President Donald Trump or his administration. He was speaking at the televised "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" event hosted by NBA star LeBron James that included appearances from the Jonas Brothers, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams, Maren Morris and Malala Yousafzai. At another virtual comme...
11 Los Angeles firefighters injured in downtown explosion

11 Los Angeles firefighters injured in downtown explosion

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LOS ANGELES — Eleven firefighters were injured, three critically, when an explosion erupted during a fire Saturday downtown, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. An additional firefighter was in serious condition, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "Good news is everybody’s going to make it," he said. LAFD medical director Marc Eckstein said four of the firefighters were in an intensive care burn unit at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California. Two of them were on ventilators, he said.