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Bush, Obama blasts will be water off Trump’s back:

The Presidents club is turning on its newest member.

Breaking the code of silence that retired commanders in chief normally maintain about their successors, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama delivered clear jabs at the current occupant of the Oval Office on Thursday.
President Donald Trump, however, likely didn’t feel a thing. His entire political brand stands as a living rebuke to the political establishment that both men once led and to the traditionalists who believe his behavior is eroding the prestige of the presidency itself.
While neither Bush nor Obama mentioned Trump by name or referred to his claims this week that he had been more attentive to relatives of slain US service members than they were, they used coincidental events to register their alarm with Trump’s politics.
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Lupita Nyong’o shares Weinstein story, hopes to end ‘conspiracy of silence’

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has a Harvey Weinstein story, too. And she’s sharing it in hopes of doing her part to end what she calls in a New York Times op-ed a “conspiracy of silence.”

In her piece, Nyong’o recounts several encounters with Weinstein, whom she met while she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. Two of their meetings bear resemblance to other accounts from the more than 40 women who have accused Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.
Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all allegations of non-consensual sex.
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A bell tolls for peace as Richard Spencer arrives at Univ. of Florida

As white supremacist leader Richard Spencerprepared to take the stage at the University of Florida, a concert of bells rang through campus leaving a poignant message of unity.

Laura Ellis, a music professor at the university, went up 11 flights of stairs in the school’s carillon tower on Thursday to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the black national anthem.
“I think it was an appropriate time to play this song, to show our support for those who need it the most,” Ellis told CNN.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” was first written as a poem in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson as part of a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at the all-black Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida.
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13:  (L-R) Lavar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the audience during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Man Behind MJ’s First Nike Deal Says LaMelo & BBB Can Revolutionize the NCAA

With the exception of perhaps LeBron James, there’s never been a 16-year-old athlete with a large enough platform to realistically sell a sneaker like LaMelo Ball. And as a result, there’s been no pre-collegiate basketball player in a position to challenge the NCAA like the youngest Ball brother.

Sonny Vaccaro, the marketing legend known for his time at Nike, where he signed Michael Jordan to his first sneaker deal, says LaMelo is the perfect person to challenge the NCAA’s amateurism guidelines with the release of his new sneakers. Should the NCAA rule LaMelo ineligible because of his financial relationship with Big Baller Brand and his signature sneaker, the Melo Ball 1, the Ball family could sue the NCAA, and turn college sports on its head.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19:  Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs during game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Dodgers Advance to World Series over Cubs Behind Enrique Hernandez’s 3 HRs

For the first time since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers will play in the World Series after defeating the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, in Game 5 of the 2017 National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field.

Enrique Hernandez was the offensive hero for Los Angeles with three home runs and seven RBI, including a grand slam in the top of the third inning. Clayton Kershaw exorcised his playoff demons with one run allowed on three hits with five strikeouts over six innings to lead the Dodgers to their first NL pennant in 29 years.

Kershaw’s playoff shortcomings have been well-documented. Coming into Thursday’s game, the three-time NL Cy Young winner had a 4.57 ERA with 15 home runs allowed in 100.1 innings over 20 starts in the postseason.

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