Sen. Bob Corker, one of the most outspoken Republican critics of President Trump, has decided not to run for re-election, ending weeks of uncertainty about his future. The Tennessee U.S. senator has spent much of this month rethinking his decision to forgo a third term and saying little in public about his status. On Tuesday, his chief of staff Todd Womack issued a written statement cementing his plans. After Corker initially said he was stepping down, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., entered the contest. Democrats, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has the inside track for his party’s nomination.
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Public schools in West Virginia remained closed Tuesday as thousands of schoolteachers continued their demands for better wages. Teachers on strike have demanded a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the state legislature to address their complaints, a union official said Monday. Schoolteachers announced they would continue to strike until they are granted a meeting with the state’s leaders, said Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teacher’s West Virginia chapter. The average pay for West Virginia teachers ranks among the lowest in the nation. Last week the state’s Republican governor signed a bill into law that would raise pay for teachers and state employees. Teachers would see a pay increase of $808 next year and $404 the following two year; however teachers said the increases are not enough, especially as health care costs rise. Missed class time as a result of the strike will be automatically added to the end of the school year.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will appeal the NFL’s decision to seek reimbursement of legal fees stemming from his actions related to Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension as well as Roger Goodell’s contract extension. The NFL is seeking in excess of $2 million from Jones, citing a resolution that was added to the NFL constitution in 1997 that says if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees. The Cowboys offered a letter of support in the Elliott case as the running back fought the NFL’s six-game suspension. “Really don’t have any comment,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Tuesday. “I’ll let Jerry address that at the appropriate time, but don’t really have anything to say about that right now.” Stephen Jones said he was not aware of any other time the rule has been enforced, “but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened,” he said.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have identified the fan who directed racial taunts at San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills during Sunday’s game at Quicken Loans Arena and have banned him indefinitely. The fan, whom the team did not publicly identify, is barred from events at Quicken Loans Arena. The team will review the ban after one year. When Mills was at the foul line late during the Spurs’ 110-94 win, the fan was heard on the ABC broadcast yelling, “Hey Jamaica called, they want their bobsledder back.” Mills, who is black, is from Australia and is of Aboriginal heritage. Mills responded to a Twitter user who shared a video of the incident on Sunday, saying he hoped to “enlighten this confused, hateful fan.”
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Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming to Netflix. The comedy legends announced a new special for the streaming service, which will be called “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.” The special will launch globally on Netflix later this year. Martin tweeted a brief video announcement, where he and Short promised that they’ll be working with “the best video people in the business.” Martin and Short taped the special at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina during their current tour. “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” was directed by Marcus Raboy and executive producers include Martin, Short, Lorne Michaels, Erin David and Marc Gurvitz. You can watch the announcement video from Martin and Short here.
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The Walt Disney Company is celebrating the enormous success of Black Panther by donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, according to a news release. The donation is meant to further develop the organization’s youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.” The Boys & Girls Club will use the money to fund STEM centers at “12 communities across the country,” as per the release, Marvel’s Black Panther has earned $700 million in the worldwide box office, after two weeks of release.
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Country singer Brett Young proposed to his longtime girlfriend — Taylor Mills, who accepted — earlier this month. The couple told People, “We are both more excited than we can express, and looking forward to starting this chapter of our lives together.” Young proposed at the Graduate Hotel near Ole Miss, where he went to college. According to Young, the couple met over 10 years ago in Arizona, while Mills attended ASU. Young and Mills dated for six years, broke up when he moved to Nashville and then reconnected. He says he wrote much of his first record, the Brett Young album, about her – it includes love songs like “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You,” and also breakup songs like “Mercy and “Like I Loved You.” Young said: “It was just the wrong time for us. We recently got back in touch and realized that we were both finally in the same place and knew it was right.”
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Miranda Lambert and her Muttnation Foundation showed some love to shelters all across the United States by sending out huge donations to animal shelters in multiple cities. The monetary gifts ranged anywhere from $3000 to $5000 each for the 50 shelters that received help from Lambert and her team. After all the money was sent off to help the pets at various humane societies, it totaled up to $189,000 for all of the shelters’ needs. The singer’s mother, Bev Lambert, began the Mutts Across America campaign, which has aided more than 200 shelters in total during its run. Encouraging fans to give back to the initiative, the money raised always goes to spay and neuter protection, pet adoption and relocation of animals from dangerous situations and homes. Currently, Miranda is touring across the country for her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour with Jon Pardi. Tickets and tour date information can be found on her official website.
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Cardi B is on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine’s April 2018 issue and she has a lot to say, especially regarding her relationship. The 25-year-old rapper explained that it’s not anybody’s business why she decided to stand by her fiancé Offset, following rumors about an alleged liaison with another woman. “It’s like everybody is coming down my neck like, ‘Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem,’ ” Cardi told Cosmopolitan for their cover story. She added: “I don’t have low self-esteem,” she added. “I know I look good. I know I’m rich, I know I’m talented. I know I could get any man I want—any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my s— with my man, and I don’t got to explain why.” Cardi B also opened up to Cosmopolitan about how she’s not willing to change who she is, even if some people find her opinions offensive. Cardi B’s full Cosmopolitan interview hits stands March 6.
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Big Sean ended 2017 with his joint project Double or Nothing, then announced his plans to go on tour. However on Monday, Big Sean took to Twitter to announce he was postponing the ‘Unfriendly Reminder’ Tour. He stated: “I’ve been in a deep creative space & decided I need to stay focused in the studio – so unfortunately, I am postponing my upcoming tour. I learned in life u have to follow your intuition, I hope you do the same. Thank you for your continued love & support It means the world to me.” No dates or information have been released on when the tour can expect to officially begin.
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