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Who won the Democratic debate:

After suffering through the 2015-2016 Republican primary debates between entirely too many candidates — relegated to a two-tier system consisting of “varsity and junior varsity” forums — I was unsure how a field of more than 20 Democratic primary candidates would work this time around.

The decision to split the qualified candidates into two groups based on luck of the draw instead of rankings created an opportunity for the lesser known contenders to compete on the same stage as their more notable rivals.

Surprisingly, the tightly controlled format worked well. It was fast paced and engaging. It favored candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who excelled at articulating her positions with clarity, confidence and ease. Other standouts were Julián Castro and Cory Booker, whose campaigns desperately needed a boost.

 

A boy was bullied with anti-immigrant taunts. His mom was beaten when she defended him:

A 13-year-old New Jersey boy faces assault charges for allegedly attacking the mother of a classmate, after the classmate reported him to school officials for anti-immigrant taunts, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a media release.

The mother, identified as Beronica Ruiz by her attorney, Daniel Santiago, told authorities she was walking down a street in Passaic, New Jersey, with her 1-year-old baby and her 12-year-old son on June 19 when she and her son were attacked.

Beth Chapman, ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star, has died:

Beth Chapman, who with her husband Duane “Dog” Chapman starred in the popular reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” died Wednesday in a Honolulu hospital, a spokesperson for the family confirmed to CNN.

She was 51.
Gillian Sheldon told CNN that Chapman died early this morning and was surrounded by her family.

Mediterranean diet named the best for 2019:

If you’re a fan of the Mediterranean diet, get ready to do a victory dance. For the first time, the Mediterranean diet has won the gold as 2019’s best overall diet in rankings announced Wednesday by US News and World Report.

The analysis of 41 eating plans also gave the Mediterranean diet the top spot in several subcategories: best diet for healthy eating, best plant-based diet, best diet for diabetes and easiest diet to follow.

Report: Kevin Durant Sells Beachfront House in Malibu for $12.1M Ahead of NBA FA:

Kevin Durant has sold his oceanfront Malibu home for $12.15 million, according to the Los Angeles Times‘ Neal J. Leitereg.

The sale coincides with Durant’s recent decision to decline his $31.5 million player option with the Golden State Warriors, which paved the way for the 30-year-old to become an unrestricted free agent when the window opens Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, as reported Wednesday morning by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman are in New York, evaluating free agency options,” Wojnarowski added. “So far, process has stayed private.”

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