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Mark Cuban’s Solution to NBA Suspension over Coronavirus

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is making arrangements to financially support the team, employees and arena workers who won’t be able to work due to the NBA’s suspended season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuban has not provided the specifics or his emergency plan, but he revealed during a press conference on Wednesday that he has “already started the process of having a program in place” to pay workers whose household income is dependent upon NBA game days.

“It’s stunning, but we are where we are,” Cuban said, according to ESPN. “We have to be smart in how we respond. This is people’s lives at stakes. This isn’t about basketball; this isn’t about the Mavericks. This isn’t about when do we start, do we start? Or how do we start? This is a pandemic, a global pandemic where people’s lives are at stake. I’m a lot more worried about my kids and my mom, who is 82 years old — in talking to her and telling her to stay in the house — than when we play in our next game.”
Cuban added that the Mavericks’ program might require employees to do “volunteer work.”

“I reached out … to find out what it would cost to financially support people who aren’t going to be able to come to work.”

Amid the Mavericks 113-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, league officials learned that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had tested positive for COVID-19. The Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was subsequently postponed, and shortly after the NBA was suspending play until further notice.

During the Mavericks’ game on Wednesday, sideline cameras captured Cuban’s stunned reaction to the news that the NBA would not play games until further notice.

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CNN on-boards Andrew Yang as Political Commentator

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is joining CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.

“I’m excited to join @CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates’ experiences,” Yang posted via Twitter.

“Learned a lot these past months and am glad to contribute to the public discussion.” He’ll appear on the network in his new capacity later Wednesday, he added.

The tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang suspended his campaign last Tuesday, Feb. 11 in his bid for the White House.

“We’ve accomplished so much together,” Yang said during a speech to supporters in Durham, N.H.

Thank you #YangGang.

Posted by Andrew Yang for President 2020 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Yang rose from obscurity to become a highly-visible candidate, rallying a coalition of liberal Democrats, libertarians and some disaffected Republicans to form a devoted group of followers known as the Yang Gang.

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New York Rapper Pop Smoke Shot and Killed at 20

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The budding Brooklyn rap star Pop Smoke (Bashar Barakah Jackson) has reportedly been murdered. 

According to TMZ, Pop Smoke was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in what appears to be a home-invasion robbery.

LAPD confirmed the rapper’s death, claiming that two men wearing hoodies and masks broke into Pop Smoke’s Hollywood Hills house around 4:30AM, shooting Pop Smoke multiple times and fleeing the scene on foot.

He was pronounced dead upon arriving at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood.

No suspects have been apprehended or identified at this time, and there is no word on whether the rapper had any connection to the them.

The young emcee rose to fame with his first single, “Welcome to the Party,” which also featured rap heavyweight Nicki Minaj on the remix. 

The rapper’s death came just days after he released his anticipated new mixtape, Meet the Woo 2. Pop Smoke was age 20 when he passed.

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U.S. Passengers released from Quarantined Cruise Ship in Japan

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The United States has reportedly evacuated its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan on Monday morning after they had been quarantined for more than a week in the Japanese port city of Yokohama. 

Other nations are preparing to follow suit as global concerns heighten over the spread of the deadly disease with a death toll of 1,700 at its Chinese epicenter.

Fourteen people who tested positive for the coronavirus were among the more than 300 American citizens and family members evacuated by plane from the quarantined ship, the US State Department revealed Monday.

More than 70,500 have been infected across China by the COVID-19 virus as the world battles to contain the outbreak that has sparked panic buying and jitters over the global economic impact.

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