Illinois judge whose ridicule of lawyer was caught on internet livestream is off the bench

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Cook County Judge William Raines has been taken off the bench of his felony courtroom after he was caught on a YouTube livestream last week mocking an attorney who had argued before him earlier that day. According to an order signed Tuesday by Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Raines has been reassigned to “restricted duties or duties other than judicial duties,” which generally focus on paperwork. He also must undergo sensitivity training and gender bias counseling, and the matter will be referred to the Judicial Inquiry Board. Raines appeared with an attorney before the Circuit Court’s ex… Read More “Illinois judge whose ridicule of lawyer was caught on internet livestream is off the bench”

College Football’s NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2022

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Athlon Sports

By Steven Lassan Examining which teams were winners and losers from the 2022 NFL Draft Early Entry Deadline in college football. The early-entry deadline for the 2022 NFL Draft officially passed on Monday, Jan. 17. Counting seniors who passed on an extra year of eligibility and underclassmen entering early, more than 300 players are shifting their focus to the next level. Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, Alabama receiver Jameson Williams, Ohio State receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, along with North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, are just a few of the names headed to the NFL. The offi… Read More “College Football’s NFL Draft Deadline Winners and Losers for 2022”

LeBron James Was Reportedly A “Significant Proponent” For Lakers Acquiring Russell Westbrook

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Fadeaway World

By Lee Tran View the original article to see embedded media. The Russell Westbrook trade has not worked out well for the Los Angeles Lakers thus far. While Russell Westbrook is putting up solid stats on an individual level, the Los Angeles Lakers have not done well as a team, and they are currently 8th in the Western Conference with a 22-22 record. A lot of people have blamed the Los Angeles Lakers’ front office and Rob Pelinka for the Russell Westbrook move. However, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report claimed that LeBron James was a “significant proponent” for the Lakers acquiring Russell Westbro… Read More “LeBron James Was Reportedly A “Significant Proponent” For Lakers Acquiring Russell Westbrook”

‘Our work’s not done,’ Biden says, addressing skeptics at one-year mark

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Reuters

By Alexandra Alper and Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he had underestimated the extent of Republican opposition to his programs and acknowledged Americans’ frustration at the slow pace of COVID-19 testing, but said the United States was on track to meet considerable challenges from the pandemic and inflation. Marking the near one-year anniversary of his presidency, Biden, a Democrat, faced a flurry questions on the country’s bumpy COVID-19 response, relations with Russia and the future of American democracy during a rare formal news conference. Pro… Read More “‘Our work’s not done,’ Biden says, addressing skeptics at one-year mark”

Gopuff will now sell its own line of products, starting with bottled water

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

Gopuff, the rapidly growing delivery start-up, has launched a line of private-label products such as snacks, batteries, and cleaning items. The company unveiled Tuesday its Basically brand of essentials, which will be available on Gopuff’s platform, starting with bottled water. Other items, such as popcorn, cutlery, and paper products, will be rolled out in the coming months, company officials said. The delivery start-up, founded in Philadelphia by a pair of Drexel University students, has raised billions of dollars from investors and expanded across the United States and Europe. Based on Nort… Read More “Gopuff will now sell its own line of products, starting with bottled water”

Exclusive-Bain Capital nears $2.27 billion deal to buy French IT services firm Inetum -sources

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Reuters UK

By Pamela Barbaglia LONDON (Reuters) -U.S. buyout fund Bain Capital is in final talks to buy French IT services firm Inetum in a deal worth about $2.27 billion that would boost its presence across Europe’s tech sector, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The deal will see Inetum – formerly known as Gfi Informatique – returning into private equity hands after being sold to Qatar’s group Mannai Corp in 2016, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Bain is putting the finishing touches to the transaction which could be signed as early as this week and would value the 52-y… Read More “Exclusive-Bain Capital nears $2.27 billion deal to buy French IT services firm Inetum -sources”

Cities and states find new ways to tax streaming services

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Stateline.org

More than half the states and dozens of cities now levy taxes or fees on digital streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, aiming to recoup the revenue they lose when people cut the cable cord. Cable customers pay sales taxes and a variety of other taxes and fees imposed by state and local governments. For example, states and localities require cable companies to pay franchise fees—up to 5% of gross receipts, under federal law—for the easements allowing them to run cable in public rights-of-way. Cable companies recover these costs by adding charges to customers’ bills. But as more consumers… Read More “Cities and states find new ways to tax streaming services”

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision to face antitrust test

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AFP

San Francisco (AFP) – Microsoft’s $69 billion deal to buy video game powerhouse Activision Blizzard is expected to win out with regulators despite vows in Europe and the United States to rein in tech titans. Analysts interviewed by AFP after the merger plan was announced on Tuesday said the deal would certainly be scrutinized, but likely less intensely than would an acquisition by Amazon, Google, or Facebook-parent Meta. “From a regulatory perspective, Microsoft is not under the same level of scrutiny as other tech stalwarts,” said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. Microsoft chief executive Satya Nade… Read More “Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision to face antitrust test”

50 years later, The Ultimates’ ‘Why I Love You’ has the Philly soul group back in the spotlight

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — In 1971, Sigma Sound Studios was the epicenter of Philly soul. The Stylistics recorded their self-titled debut there. Laura Nyro and LaBelle cut the collaborative album “Gonna Take a Miracle.” Todd Rundgren performed a live radio broadcast. And that year another group, not as well-known, also made music at Sigma that has stood the test of time. The West Philly teenage group The Ultimates recorded a sweet, heartfelt song called “Why I Love You” that got little attention when it was released. But now, the song has been rediscovered as a lost soul music classic. And it’s giving the… Read More “50 years later, The Ultimates’ ‘Why I Love You’ has the Philly soul group back in the spotlight”

Jim Cramer Talks With Devon Energy CEO

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The Street

By Frank Hartzell Rick Muncrief sees latest acquisition driving growth, with fresh assets in key oil regions. What is the key to Devon Energy’s (DVN) – Get Devon Energy Corporation Report recent stock market success? CEO Rick Muncrief told Jim Cramer on a recent episode of “Mad Money” that Devon’s acquisition of WPX Energy has been going very well. The merger gave Devon Energy assets in the Williston Basin and the Permian Basin. Cramer and Muncrief discussed how Devon Energy was the best performing stock in the S&P 500 last year. It’s a stock that still trades for just 10 times earnings. At a … Read More “Jim Cramer Talks With Devon Energy CEO”