On Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Facebook with allegedly encouraging, enabling and causing housing discrimination through its targeted advertising practices. HUD said that Facebook is violating the Fair Housing Act – federal legislation that prohibits discrimination against people seeking to buy or rent a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement: “Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live. Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”
Facebook replied in a statement, saying: “we’re surprised by HUD’s decision, as we’ve been working with them to address their concerns and have taken significant steps to prevent ads discrimination. While we were eager to find a solution, HUD insisted on access to sensitive information — like user data — without adequate safeguards. We’re disappointed by today’s developments, but we’ll continue working with civil rights experts on these issues.”
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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected for the second time in three days a bid by gun rights activists to block the President’s new ban on “bump stock” attachments that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly.
The policy went into effect on Tuesday. The ban is a rare recent instance of gun control at the federal level in a country that has experienced a succession of mass shootings.
The court in a brief order refused to grant a temporary stay sought by the group Gun Owners of America and others in a lawsuit filed in Michigan challenging the ban while litigation continues. Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday rejected a similar bid to block the policy in a separate legal challenge brought in Washington by individual gun owners and gun rights groups including the Firearms Policy Foundation and Florida Carry Inc.
Opening Day has finally arrived and the 2019 MLB regular season began with a full lineup on Thursday. All 30 teams were in action with 15 games spread across the afternoon and evening.
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Virginia Tech guard Ty Outlaw will play Friday in their Sweet 16 game against Duke, after Outlaw was charged with possession of marijuana.
Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams said in a statement that the school hired an outside agency to administer a drug test to Outlaw Wednesday, and the test came back negative. Marijuana was apparently found in Outlaw’s dormitory in Blacksburg, Virginia, while the team was in San Jose, California, for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. Police found it after obtaining a search warrant due to a supposed “disturbance.”
No. 4 Virginia Tech faces top-seeded Duke in the Sweet 16 Friday night at Capital One Arena in the District.
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Chris Young will be presenting “The 3rd Annual The Legends Cast For a Cure Big Bass Tournament & Party” outside Nashville, TN on June 1st. The event will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s leading foundation to fund innovative cancer research.
For the third year in a row, Chris Young will join NBC Sports Outdoors’ Th3 Legends, Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston and Roland Martin at 6am on June 1 at Sanders Ferry Park on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN. For guests wishing to attend without joining the tournament the Party in The Park event is free and open to the public and will kick-off at 10am that same morning including live music, silent auction, family-friendly activities, photo opportunities and more. Additional guests will be announced for the Party in The Park and Big Bass Tournament in the coming weeks.
Registration for the “Chris Young Presents the 3rd Annual Th3 Legends Cast for A Cure Big Bass Tournament” is open at CastForACure.org. All proceeds from the tournament benefit T.J. Martell Foundation.
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Luke Combs is extending his headlining Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour with 29 dates this fall and winter. Some of the newest dates on the tour include Indianapolis, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Nashville and more, as well as multiple dates in Canada.
Special guests throughout the tour include Morgan Wallen, The Cadillac Three and Jameson Rodgers.
Ticket pre-sale begins on April 2 at 10 a.m. local time, with general on-sale following on April 5 at 10 a.m. local time.
Combs is having a huge week, and has made history as the first artist to simultaneously top all five Billboard country charts for multiple weeks.
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Angelina Jolie could be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jolie is in negotiations to star in The Eternals, one of Marvel’s properties that’s about to head to the mainstream.
The film will explore the titular superhero team who regularly do battle with their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Created by an alien race known as the Celestials, the Eternals were originally intended to be Earth’s defenders.
As of press time, it is unclear what role Jolie is being consider for in the film. The Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao and is slated to go into production in August.
Next up for Jolie is the sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, the upcoming Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which it set to debut on October 18.
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CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” has made television history. The long-running show began shooting it’s 276th episode this week, making it the longest running multi-camera sitcom. The show surpassed “Cheers,” which made 275 episodes.
The longest running live-action sitcom in TV history is “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” which shot 435 episodes between 1952 and 1966.
“The Big Bang Theory” first debuted in 2007 and is currently in its 12th and final season. It follows the lives of a group of sci-fi loving friends, played by Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik.
The Big Bang Theory” has earned 52 Emmy nominations and numerous awards over the years.
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Ice Cube dropped his latest album Everythangs Corrupt in December, making it his first studio release in 9 years.
Featured on the album was Bay Area legend Too Short, assisting Cube on the smooth track ‘Ain’t Got No Haters’. Now the West Coast veteran duo have dropped the official video for the track.
Watch Ice Cube featuring Too Short in the video for “Ain’t Got No Haters” in the link below.
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Ciara has unveiled her brand new single ‘Thinkin Bout You.’
‘Thinkin Bout You’ serves as the second release under Ciara’s newly launched label Beauty Marks Entertainment, following her single, ‘Greatest Love’. As can be judged from the song’s title, it is a love song but has an upbeat but laid back feel.
‘Thinkin Bout You’ is the latest single off Ciara’s forthcoming album Beauty Marks, which hits stores later this year. Check out the album cover below.
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