The city of Milwaukee issued a health alert, urging residents to stop vaping “immediately,” after at least 16 people were hospitalized with severe lung disease this month.
marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates — in the weeks and months prior to being hospitalized. They were diagnosed with severe chemical pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs due to aspirating or inhaling of irritants, according to a press release from the city’s health department. The individuals all reported using vape products or dabbing — which is the vaping of marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates — in the weeks and months prior to being hospitalized. The specific products used were unknown.
Milwaukee’s health commissioner, Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, said she is “committed to protecting the public from the dangers of secondhand exposure” to vaping devices or electronic cigarettes. The city’s health department again “strongly encouraged” residents against using any THC products containing e-liquid. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main active compound in cannabis.
A federal judge on Thursday formally dismissed the criminal sex trafficking case against financier Jeffrey Epstein in light of his death in jail earlier this month. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said at a hearing earlier this week that he was legally bound to dismiss the case. Prosecutors said at that hearing that an investigation into Epstein’s alleged crimes would continue, and that the dismissal would not prevent them from charging possible co-conspirators in the future.
The 66-year-old Epstein was a money manager who once counted U.S. President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew as friends. He was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges involving dozens of girls as young as 14.
Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell on Aug. 10, having been previously taken off suicide watch. A New York City medical examiner concluded that he had died of suicide by hanging.
Epstein’s lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.
The NBA announced on Thursday that Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler is facing a 25-game suspension for testing positive for PED use. According to the league, Chandler tested positive for the growth-hormone-releasing peptide Ipamorelin.
Chandler said in a statement: “during my injury rehab process, before I signed with the Nets, I was prescribed a treatment that included small doses of a substance recently added to the NBA’s prohibited substance list. I did not realize this substance was banned, and neither did the doctor. I accept responsibility and apologize to my Nets teammates, coaches, front office and fans for this mistake. I will continue to work hard to prepare for the upcoming season.”
Chandler, 32, was taken 23rd overall by the Knicks in the 2007 draft and spent three seasons with the team before being traded to the Nuggets in 2011. He averaged a career-high 15.7 points per game in 2016. Chandler joined the 76ers and Clippers via trades 2018 and averaged 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds across 51 games for both teams last season. The Nets signed the veteran forward to a one-year deal in July.
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Veteran NHL defenseman Ben Lovejoy announced his retirement during a Wednesday evening appearance on NHL Network. Lovejoy played 544 games over an 11-year NHL career, scoring 20 goals and 101 points total.
The 35-year-old Lovejoy made his NHL debut in 2008, going back and forth between the Penguins and Pittsburgh’s AHL club until he was traded to Anaheim in 2013. He spent nearly two seasons with the Ducks before he was sent back to Pittsburgh, where he featured on the Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup-winning roster. After winning the Cup, he signed with the Devils in 2016 and was then traded to the Stars in exchange for defenseman Connor Carrick and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Lovejoy’s career is notable for his 2017 pledge to donate his brain to concussion research in partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation, one of the leading research organizations on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that can only be diagnosed posthumously. Lovejoy was the first active NHL player to pledge to donate his brain to concussion research, and as of this spring, he said he intends on keeping that promise.
Actor Matthew McConaughey will take on a new role this fall: professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
McConaughey graduated from UT in 1993. He will be a “professor of practice” at the Moody College of Communication as faculty in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, according to a university news release. McConaughey has been a visiting professor since 2015, but this makes things official.
“We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty,” said Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt. “Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators.”
McConaughey also has the role of “Minister of Culture” in order to create an epic fan experience for UT’s new basketball arena opening in 2021, according to the university.
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Co-writer/director Todd Phillips’ upcoming JOKER origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix just dropped the movie’s new trailer (which you can view at the link here.)
Written by Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker is along the lines of a crime thriller rather than the average comic book movie, and a “dark character study.” The official synopsis reads: “failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow dissent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.”
Phoenix’s co-stars in the film include Robert De Niro as a talk show host; Frances Conroy as Penny, the mother of Arthur Fleck; Marc Maron as an agent; Brett Cullen as wealthy mayoral candidate Thomas Wayne, father of future Batman Bruce Wayne; and Zazie Beetz as a single mother who catches Arthur’s attention.
JOKER is set for release on October 4, 2019.
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Nominees for the 53rd annual CMA Awards were revealed Aug. 28, with select categories announced live on ABC’s Good Morning America by Jimmie Allen and Ashley McBryde.
Maren Morris and Dan + Shay are among the year’s most-nominated acts, while Carrie Underwood is nominated for Entertainer of the Year after two years without a woman in that category.
The CMA awards will be hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guests Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, and will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13 on ABC.
A complete list of 2019 CMA Awards categories is listed in the link below.
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Carrie Underwood’s new rendition of the Sunday Night Football opening will be released September 8, featuring Joan Jett. “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” will also feature 13 NFL players including Julio Jones, Kyle Fuller, Khalil Mack, Mitch Trubisky, Baker Mayfield, Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Fletcher Cox and Russell Wilson.
From 2013 to 2015, Carrie opened SNF with “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” which is based on Joan’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” The re-tooled song replaces “Game On,” which was featured during the 2018 season. Carrie said. “What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with Joan Jett on primetime’s biggest stage?
Sunday Night Football on NBC will debut on Sunday, Sept. 8 when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Watch a sneak preview of Carrie and Joan’s new version of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” at the link here.
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Nas’ single ‘No Bad Energy’ is one of the standouts off of his latest album The Lost Tapes 2, and now Nas has shared the music video for the Swizz Beatz & araabMUZIK-produced track.
Take a look at the video for “No Bad Energy” at the link here.
Nas revealed last month that part 3 and 4 of The Lost Tapes series are on the way. He’s currently on the Royalty tour with Mary J. Blige.
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A$AP Rocky has debuted the video for his single “Babushka Boi.” The rapper debuted the song live on his Injured Generation Tour earlier this year. The “Babushka Boi” video is directed by Nadia Lee Cohen and inspired by Dick Tracy. In the video, Rocky, A$AP Ferg, ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Nast and Kamil Abbas are cast as Depression-era gangsters.
“Babushka Boi” was set to be released earlier this summer, but was pushed back due to A$AP Rocky’s arrest, detainment and eventual guilty verdict in Sweden for assault. The rapper faces no jail time, but has been ordered to pay damages to the victim.
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