Touch The Sky: Hawks Introduce 7’3 Cape Verdean As Horford And The Crew Return

(Atlanta, Ga) – Media day took place in the ATL, for the Atlanta Hawks, and one thing stood out for

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sure….7’3, Cape Verdean Walter ‘Edy’ Tavarres. This kid is HUGE! He’s one of four rookies signed to the Hawks. Louisville/Dominican Republic guard Edgar Sosa, Lamar Patterson and Terran Petteway round out the rest.

The Hawks have added a lot of height to this year’s team with 7-footer Earl Barron and Tavarres who made one heck of an entrance. Sweet baby Jesus, with his wingspan he’s got to be 8ft.

Tavarres was drafted 43rd overall in the 2014 draft, by the Hawks. Atlanta signed him on July 9th, 2015. Last season he averaged 8pts, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 22.1 minutes for Gran Canaria of the Spanish ABC league.

He led the ABC league in rebounds (274) and blocks (60). He is the first Cape Vearden native to be drafted or sign a contract to play in the NBA.

Recovering From Injuries

Hawks Guard, Kyle Korver does an interview with Fox Sports South. Hawks Guard, Kyle Korver does an interview with Fox Sports South.
Hawks Guard, Kyle Korver does an interview with Fox Sports South.

On the injured report, Thabo Sefolosha is back looking healthier than ever. As reported last week, he has been medically cleared to resume basketball activities along with Shelvin Mack and 3-point king, Kyle Korver who says he and Thabo have been going one on one basically every day.

Hopefully, they will all be cleared completely, by opening night, as they continue to recover from injuries.

As for Kyle, he’s looking forward to going back to work. Korver said he really had a good summer break. Taking advantage of the downtime, he was really able to spend

Kyle Korver talks to the media.
Kyle Korver talks to the media.

time with his family and be in daddy overdrive…as he sweetly put it..a father to his kids. The family man followed by basically saying…and now it’s time for Daddy to go to work! Despite losing DeMarre Carroll, the Hawks have added a nice mix of size, speed and legacy.

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Reality Check: Drug CEO Will Lower Price of Daraprim After Hike Sparked Outrage

(NBC News) – The pharmaceutical company boss under fire for increasing the price of the drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent said Tuesday he will lower the cost of the life-saving medication. Martin Shkreli did not say what the new price would be, but expected a determination to be made over the next few weeks.

He told NBC News that the decision to lower the price was a reaction to outrage over the increase in the price of the drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

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Martin Shkreli, chief investment officer of MSMB Capital Management, sits for a photograph in his office in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. MSMB made an unsolicited $378 million takeover bid for Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc. and said it will fire the drugmaker’s top management if successful.
“Yes it is absolutely a reaction — there were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action, I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people,” Shkreli said, 32.

Turing Pharmaceuticals of New York bought the drug from Impax Laboratories in August for $55 million and raised the price. Shkreli said Tuesday the price would be lowered to allow the company to break even or make a smaller profit.

RELATED: Drug That Fights Potentially Deadly Infection Goes From $13.50 to $750

Daraprim fights toxoplasmosis. The infection is particularly dangerous for people who have weakened immune systems, like AIDS patients, as well as for pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Bound, Brutally Bludgeoned And Forced To Listen To His Wife Being Raped: Dr. Petit Reveals Horror In New Book

(SL) – It was an unspeakable tragedy. I cringed reading it. Imagine having to live through it. The Cheshire Murders was the crime that horrified America.  As reported on the Daily Mail website, on a balmy summer night in 2007, a mother and her twpetit booko daughters were brutally murdered by a pair of callous petty criminals.

Joanna Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17, died at the hands of Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes.

 Mrs Hawke-Petit was raped and strangled, her daughters burned to death and Michaela sexually assaulted. The only member of the family to survive was the little girl’s father, William Petit. One of the killers later revealed that he raped 11-year old Michaela as well.

Now Dr Petit, 58, has revealed the details of what really happened on that fateful night in a new book, The Rising, Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town, by Ryan D’Agostino. The author has fill access to Dr. Petit and his family.

In it, he details how two small time criminals who met in a half way house for released prisoners turned a happy family Sunday into a night of unsurpassed savagery that ended with three murders.

On the night of the killings, Dr Petit woke up on the sun room couch to find himself bound and with two strange men looking down at him.

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Love for Sale? Blackmail Attempt Backfires

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Jagr (seen in 2015) has laced up his skates as a member of eight teams and won two Stanley Cups in the 1990s

(Daily Mail) – An attempt to blackmail an NHL great about a photo of him in bed next to an 18-year-old model who wasn’t even born when he won his first Stanley Cup has led his fans to create Instagram memes.

Jaromir Jagr, 43, was captured on camera in bed next to an 18-year-old from the Czech Republic when she took a selfie of them snuggled up under the covers while he dozed in the background.

The model, who has been identified as Catherine from Moravia, flashed the peace sign and puckered up for the camera when she took the picture and then tried to use it against Jagr.

The woman, or someone close to her, threatened to publish it unless the NHL legend was willing to hand over 50,000 Czech crowns [about $2,000 US currency], according to Czech outlet Blesk.

Jagr started playing in the NHL in the 1990s.
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Jagr is the idol of Czech junior player Dominik Rudl (left) who just happens to be Catherine’s (right) boyfriend

The translation via BroBible reads: ‘An 18-year old model tried to blackmail Jaromir Jagr by asking for 50,000 Czech Koruna’s or she would publish a picture of the pair taken directly after the two engaged in sexual intercourse.

‘Jagr responded by saying ‘I don’t care,’ and she published the photo.

‘The girl ended up being the girlfriend of Czech National Junior Team defenseman Dominik Rudl.’

After the photo posted on social media, Jagr fans began creating their own versions of themselves puckering up and flashing the peace sign next to humans, stuffed animals, pets and even liquor bottles.

Jagr has not offered up a response, but it’s a safe bet he doesn’t care about those versions either.

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The leading point scorer among all active NHL players has laced up his skates as a member of eight teams and won consecutive Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

He now plays right wing for the Florida Panthers.

Catherine’s boyfriend Rudl, who was born in 1996, calls Jagr his idol, Puck Daddy reported.

Beautiful Elegance: First Daughters Sasha And Malia Stun During Meeting With Pope Francis

(SL) – First Lady Michelle Obama is known for her fashion sense, and now miniskirt-loving Sasha and Malia have upped the sartorial stakes by showing off sweetly fashionable, yet modest, outfits for their historic meeting with Pope Francis.

2CA757F800000578-3245298-image-m-7_1442956911988The girls took time off school to greet the 78-year-old Roman Catholic leader immediately after his plane landed on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

Fourteen-year-old Sasha was wearing a pleated colorblock skirt by Kate Spade, while Malia, 16, paired a short-sleeved black top with a coordinating graphic print skirt that also fell below the knee.

No Pomp and Pageantry…Just a Fiat! Pope Francis’ Historic And Humble U.S. Arrival

Washington (CNN) – Pope Francis landed on U.S. soil for the first time just before 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, launching a six-day visit that will highlight his love for the poor and his willingness to tackle the nation’s most significant political, social and economic controversies.

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In an unprecedented welcome for a foreign dignitary, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters along with Vice President Joe Biden and his family traveled to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington to greet the pontiff, who arrived from Cuba.

The flags of the United States and the Vatican flapped from the cockpit windows of the pope’s chartered Italian jet as it rolled to a stop near a line of priests in black and red robes and a group of children from local Catholic schools. The Argentine-born pope appeared at the top of the stairs of the plane in a white cassock, smiled and removed his skullcap so it would not be blown away by the wind. Obama greeted him at the foot of the steps with a handshake and a warm smile.

The crowd chanted “Ho Ho, Hey, Hey Hey, Welcome to the U.S.A.” as Francis became the fourth head of the Catholic Church to visit the United States, nearly 50 years after Paul VI made the first visit by a pontiff to the country in October 1965.

On the plane en route to the United States, Francis told reporters, including CNN’s Rosa Flores, that he was happy to make his first U.S. visit. He dismissed suggestions that he was a socialist or a “lefty,” saying that despite his warnings of the inequities in the global economic system, his beliefs were consistent with the established social doctrine of the Church.

150922210918-12-pope-francis-usa-0922-tease-only-exlarge-169After a brief private meeting with Obama in a VIP suite, the pope climbed into a black Fiat hatchback car with the number plate SCV 1, which was much smaller than the limousine foreign visitors normally take in Washington — in keeping with his rejection of much of the pageantry that accompanies the papacy and his desire to live a humble life. After a busy few days in Cuba, Francis has no scheduled events on Tuesday night and will remain at the residence of the Apostolic Nuncio or Vatican ambassador to the United States.

Obama will roll out an official welcoming ceremony for Francis on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday. The pope will then parade through downtown Washington in his Popemobile, with thousands of people expected to line the sidewalks. He’ll hold a canonization later in the day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Thursday could be the most politically significant day of his trip, with the first-ever joint address to Congress by a pontiff. He’ll then head to New York, where he will host a religious service at the ground zero site of the September 11 attacks in 2001 and address the United Nations. His trip ends Sunday in Philadelphia.

The highly anticipated visit is triggering one of the largest security mobilizations in U.S. history, jointly run by the U.S. Secret Service and the F.B.I. and involving federal, state and city law enforcement. Officials have said, however, that they have not detected any specific terrorist threat to the pope while he is in the United States.

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Darnell Docket’s Search To Find Mother’s Killer

(Bleacher Report) – Darnell Dockett is on a journey. One that has lasted for over 20 years.

darnell dockettOn July 4, 1994, then-13-year-old Darnell returned to his Decatur, Georgia, home to discover his mom’s lifeless body lying in the hallway. Dockett vividly remembers the blood on the wall and the position in which he found his mother. The case remains unsolved. There are currently no leads and no suspects for the murder of Cheryl Hambrick.

To this day, Dockett is thoroughly convinced the person responsible was someone his mother knew. Someone close to the family. He’s also convinced the killer is watching him closely, but from afar…hiding in shame.

The former Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl defensive tackle opens up about his life before and after that horrific day. For the first time since his mother’s death, Darnell visits the house where his life trajectory so violently changed course. He searches into the ghosts of his past hoping to find the closure he so desperately seeks.

Sean Penn Suing Empire Co-Creator Lee Daniels For Implying He’s A Wife-Beater

(Daily Mail) – Sean Penn has filed a $10 million defamation suit against director Lee Daniels, who he claims falsely accused him of being a wife beater in a recent interview.

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While he has never served time for hitting either of his two wives, Penn’s alleged violence against first-wife Madonna has been widely reported

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published last week, Daniels compared the domestic violence histories of both Penn and Empire star Terrence Howard, saying: ‘[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f*****’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.’

But Penn claims that Daniels was wrong to compare him with Howard – who has admitted to hitting two of his wives.

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Sean Penn has filed a $10million defamation lawsuit against director Lee Daniels for comparing him to admitted wife-beater Terrence Howard

The Daily Mail reports, Daniels falsely equates Penn with Howard, even though, while he has certainly had several brushes with the law, Penn (unlike Howard) has never been arrested, much less convicted, for domestic violence, as his ex-wives (including Madonna) would confirm and attest,’ the lawsuit reads. Penn’s lawyer, former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, writes in the lawsuit that as a public figure, the actor has ‘for years been the subject of scandalous, scurrilous, and baseless attacks.

‘But Penn like any citizen, has a right to defend himself and will no longer tolerate the reckless and malicious behavior of others, who seek to aggrandize themselves or their projects at his expense. Accordingly, and because of Daniels’ defamatory statements, Penn brings this action for monetary relief, and to deter Daniels and others from their defamatory actions.’

Penn went on to say that Daniels statements about Howard were ‘egregious’ in the sense that they also seem ‘to condone Howard’s reported misconduct.’ Daniels directs Howard on the Fox hit series Empire.

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Who? What Iranians Think Of The Republican Nominees

(CNN) – The Republican 2016 hopefuls may have spent most of Wednesday night’s CNN debate savaging each other on everything from marijuana and immigration to abortion and taxes, but they also devoted plenty of time to their favorite boogeyman abroad: Iran.

imageFrom frontrunner Donald Trump to underdog Ted Cruz, candidate after candidate lined up to burnish their foreign policy credentials by slamming the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.

We’ve heard what the Republicans have to say about Iran — but what do Iranians thinks of the candidates?

We stopped people in the streets of Tehran today and asked them if they could recognize photos of four of the most prominent candidates — and then asked them to respond to their stances on Iran.

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The Goddess: Lupita Nyong’o Scores Second Vogue Cover

(Daily Mail) – Lupita Nyong’o resembled a golden goddess clad in Valentino on her second Vogue cover,

image which hits newsstands next Tuesday. ‘What an honor, joy and THRILL it was to work on this October issue!’ the 32-year-old Oscar winner wrote to her 1.7M Instagram followers.
Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot the Non-Stop actress – styled by Tonne Goodman – in Paris at the Schiaparelli House and the Picasso Museum.

The discrimination continued while the 12 Years a Slave star attended Massachusetts’ Hampshire College at age 20.
‘I realized that my skin color was making some people see me differently,’ the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress recalled.
‘As Africans, we don’t grow up with a racial identity.

Double duty: The Yale School of Drama grad will next head up two major films for Disney, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book
Double duty: The Yale School of Drama grad will next head up two major films for Disney, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book

We grow up with cultural and ethnic identity before racial identity. I never used the word black as a child. It was never a thing. When was I ever discussing black? Why?’
Now an undisputed fashion icon, Lupita fronts Lancôme and relies on her stylist Micaela Erlanger for vibrant red carpet ensembles.