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Maybe the House minority leader could use a few more zzzzzs to clear his head.
Diana Taurasi hit the 3-pointer, but had no buzzer to beat.
The face of a new Chile begins taking shape this weekend as the South American country elects 155 people to draft a constitution to replace one that has governed it since being imposed during a military dictatorship. That document, which created a strong presidency and guarantees protections for private property, has guided the nation through a period of overall prosperity but also of intense inequality.
Heir of desperation as Japan wrestles with looming royal succession crisis Experts convened to consider changing male-only succession laws amid preponderance of women in the royal family Controversy over the on-off marriage of Princess Mako has brought more urgency to the question of Japan’s male-only succession laws. Photograph: The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images
Far-right Jewish groups and Arab youths claim streets of Lod as Israel loses controlLod’s mayor has described events as a ‘civil war’ with city filled with rocks, burnt cars and armed police in riot gear Jewish volunteers work to enlarge a synagogue that was burnt in the mixed Arab Jewish city of Lod. Photograph: Quique Kierszenbaum
GettyIt was love at first sight. I was 14, leaning against a railing on the top deck of a large old ship that had taken much too long to make the 18-mile journey from Naples. I looked out at the port of Ischia and the hills and mountains that engulfed it. Even before I stepped foot on the island, I knew it was where I belonged.I have been fortunate enough to have gone to Ischia every year since. While New York is where I make my home and my living, Ischia has always had my heart and always will. My family comes from the island, friends I have had for decades live there and it is where some of my warmest memories rest. My two grown children have grown to love the island as much as I have, moving our family love affair with Ischia one generation forward.But Covid-19 changed that. I could not go to Ischia last summer and have no plans to go this summer. But, I will be there come summer 2022, to again visit the places and people I have known most of my life.Here are a few of the things I can’t wait to do when I get back:1. LUNCH AT DA SALVATORE. It’s a small restaurant on the beach, nestled between another restaurant and a hotel. It’s a family run operation—the father takes your order; the son brings the food; their wives prepare the meals. Father and son are always in bathing suits and usually shirtless. The wine is local and served chilled, the food is top-tier and made from local produce. The view is stunning and the company of Salvatore and son will always leave you with a smile.2. ALDO POLI AT THE BAR CALISE. The Calise is open all day and night, every day of the week. And there is no better way to bring an end to your day than with a stop there, to drink, have a gelato and listen to Aldo Poli sing and play. He starts his show at nine, but it really gets going at 11 p.m. and wraps up at 2 a.m. During those hours, both locals and tourists come to listen to him play and take over the dance floor to his mix of Southern Italian love ballads, ready to rock medleys and contemporary sounds. For me, as I listen to Poli, usually with one or two glasses of Fernet Branca on ice, I look at the people around me. The older couples who have been coming to the Calise since they were teenagers, either dancing or sitting together and holding hands; and the young couples just beginning their life’s journey. The Bar Calise is a large space, covering two square blocks, tables out and in, always crowded and always welcoming. It is more than a bar. It is a place that holds memories, all of them warm and cherished.3. THE SANTUARIO DEL SOCCORSO. This 16th century church is dedicated to sailors and emigrants. The exterior is white plaster and all sides of the church are embraced by the waters of the bay. It is my favorite church to visit, located in the borough of Forio (one of the five that make up the 48- mile island). I like to go in the late morning, when it is empty and sit either inside or on the square and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the view.4. THE D’AMBRA VINEYARDS. The largest vineyard of the five on Ischia, it has been there since before World War II and its wines can be found in every restaurant on the island. Touring the vineyard, under the skilled eye of co-owner Sara D’Ambra, a young and energetic woman with a great smile and a warm manner, is a must do when I visit Ischia. It’s located in Serra Fontana, on the highest point of the island. The view from the vines down to the waters miles below is stunning. And then, after the tour, you enter the main office, where Sara breaks out a selection of her best wines and serves them with a platter filled with cheese, prosciutto, salami and oven-fresh bread. The stories that are shared are as good as the wine. A great place to spend a long sun-drenched afternoon.5. THE CASTEL ARAGONESE. It is the castle that centuries ago, protected the island against invaders. These days, it welcomes tourists and locals alike. The walk up to the top of the castle is steep, but around every bend there is something to see, a piece of history to absorb. On the third tier is the medieval room, where weapons from a time long past are stored behind glass cases. On the fourth, there is a small bar that serves the freshest lemonade on the island. The next tier is home to an upscale restaurant, The Monastery. At the very top, there is a place to sit, enjoy a gelato from the nearby bar and take in the view. It is a view that on a clear day, allows you to see the islands of Capri and Procida and, with luck, the volcano that embraces the city of Naples. It is a place for tourists to take photos; lovers young and old to sit and take it the view. Once seen, the memory of the visit will always be remembered.Much like the island of Ischia. Ballantine Books Lorenzo Carcaterra’s newest book, THREE DREAMERS, was be published on April 27.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
GettyVaccinated Americans have been promised a summer of abandon, a once-in-a-lifetime bacchanalian return to partying, hedonism, and tongue kissing the first stranger in sight… or at least having the chance to see the lower half of their unmasked face. Though the pandemic is far from over—India’s devastating second wave reached its peak this week—its hold on the this country’s attention span certainly seems to have wavered.Whether its New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tearing into a Shake Shack hamburger on camera promising free fries to those who get their shot or Joe Biden ceremoniously addressing the press, face uncovered, the intended message seems to be: you deserve fun. Go out and have fun.I’m a Pediatrician and Can’t Wait to Throw Out My Mask. But Here’s Why I’m Concerned.Since I got my vaccine at a local CVS, while Gloria Esteban’s “Turn the Beat Around” played prophetically in the background, I have tried to have fun the old way: small parties, outdoor gatherings, meeting a friend for drinks just because it’s Tuesday. For the most part, my efforts have been incredible failures.A few weeks ago my friends trudged through Prospect Park to set up a birthday picnic of Popeyes and wine in celebration of my birthday. I felt very loved, appreciated, and lucky. I also had no clue what to say to any of them. I let my chattier friends go on about an impending vacation while I stared at the grass.When one of my best friends and I set up a night to catch up, I decorated the day in my calendar with sketches of hearts and lots of exclamation points. But when we sat down across from each other, I found myself suddenly shy. Thankfully, an adorable dog sitting with a couple dining one table over from us took interest in my friend’s hamburger. We spent an hour giving it scratches and cuddles, which distracted us from any real conversation.The “post-quarantine” conversation, already parodied by Saturday Night Live, is a tortuous exercise. Nothing makes me recognize how completely empty my brain has become than struggling to figure up a response to, “So what have you been up to?”At a recent backyard barbecue, I found myself wanting to stab a stranger with the grill tongs after he told me his pandemic was “Great!” He picked up journaling and even bought a house. “Aw,” I cooed and nodded in response. I don’t think I’ve ever ever hated anyone more.Britt Mullin, a 29-year-old receptionist from St. Paul, Minnesota, already had “mild society anxiety” before the pandemic. A year of few interactions has exacerbated those feelings.“Oh gosh I kind of forgot how to talk to my best friend for a bit!” Mullin, who uses they/them pronouns, told me. “We’d been chatting via text or Snapchat and my brain just kind of shut off and forgot how to have an in-person conversation for fun.”During Mullin’s reunion with an old friend, the pair sat in a car and talked about some nearby construction projects. “It was so awkward,” they said.But Mullin’s friend can relate. “We all have some post-pandemic anxiety, I think,” they said. “My family thinks my stories of my brain turning off and forgetting how to talk or be ‘normal’ are funny.”Jessica Lam, a software engineer and startup tech executive describes herself as an “introvert.”“I was fine for most of the pandemic, but after about a year, I really miss live music, parties, dancing, and being out,” she said. Lam will finally attend her first post-vaccine party next Friday. She’s forgotten how to prepare: “I need to make sure I still fit in my clothes… and it’s been so long that I think all my makeup is expired and I’m not sure if I even remember how to use them.”Allison Chawla, a psychotherapist and certified coach who works in Rhinebeck, NY, assured me that many of her clients feel a similar way. “It’s a huge issue,” Chawla said. “There’s that phrase: if you don’t use it, you lose it. The same goes with social interactions—we’ve forgotten how to do it.”Socialization, Chawla said, is all about sharing things you have in common with others. “But we’ve all been mourning and hearing only about that pandemic or other tragedies,” she explained. “We have nothing else to talk about right now, and even trying to be nostalgic can be painful for some people. It’s uncomfortable to think about the pleasurable things.”Rebecca Weingarten, a counselor, suggests that people still try to connect, even if just in small groups. “Assert yourself in a comfort zone, and don’t try to move out of it too much,” she said. “Slowly get used to getting back in the swing of things. If you go to one party, maybe plan to go to another in two weeks, three weeks, a month so you have a break. And when you get home from a gathering, do something you loved doing while you were in quarantine.”Chawla also recommends baby steps. “Don’t throw yourself into a huge group, but find ways to submerge yourself in a sea of people so that it’s normal again,” she said. “Maybe just go shop for food when it’s a little bit busier in the grocery store, to get used to people.”Jessica Tomko, a psychotherapist and owner of Clarity Health Solutions in Jupiter, FL, added that “there is a delicate balance between one’s comfort zone and avoidance.”“That’s the biggest thing I would say—everyone’s rusty, but check yourself to make sure you’re not just trying to avoid the future,” she said. “Test yourself a bit. If you don’t want to go to a concert, go to the beach. Don’t expect the moon, but don’t use the pandemic to avoid your own anxiety.”Spurred by Tomko’s tough love, the first really sunny day of the season, and the CDC’s announcement that vaccinated people can ditch their masks indoors, I tried again. I made plans with a friend of a friend—someone I’ve seen around and think is cool but don’t know very well.We met at an astrology-themed bar. At first it had the air of a Tinder date—that awkward moment we recognized each other and fumbled into a half-hug. I think I might have nervously held up finger guns, a gesture I’ve never made in my life, when I said hi. I wished for death.But then a funny thing happened. We were talking about quarantine hobbies, namely how we didn’t have any. I copped to completely abandoning my workout routine, she said she hadn’t felt nearly as creative as all her friends who learned how to throw pots or bought paint sets during the pandemic did.“This is the first time I’m seeing someone since March 2020 who’s not my boyfriend or my best friend,” she said. I agreed. “It’s kind of fun,” she said.Fun! We were having fun. Not the balls-out bender the people who use “Shot girl summer” in a sentence might be talking about, but fun nonetheless. I didn’t look at my phone once. Suddenly, it was last call. We made plans to meet again soon—a promise it will feel good to keep.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
NBCThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.This week:Struggling to say something nice about Ellen.“That could’ve been a 30 Rock joke” is our new reality.More great Girls5eva content.Could the Friends reunion BE any weirder?Two Wendy Williams are better than one.All TV Is Just “30 Rock” Now“Twenty-five super-hot moms. 50 eighth grade boys. No rules.”MILF Island was one of 30 Rock’s best jokes, a fake reality series dreamed up by Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy that was so outlandish in premise it could only be a comedy-series gag, but so cynically observant about where society was heading in its craven tastes that it only barely counts as satire.You could say the same about God Cop (“Crime just got a worst new friend”), the game show Homonym! (“au pair” or “oh, pear”), and Black Frasier (no tagline needed). Jenna Maroney’s ridiculous stint on America’s Kidz Got Singing is even given a self-referential send-up in Tina Fey’s new series Girls5eva, on which Renée Elise Goldsberry’s character is hired to judge American Warrior Singer: “I loved your vocals and your backstory was moving, but you left your neck unprotected so it’s a no from me.”Who knew how prescient all of those jokes would be in the age of the streaming boom, in which new streaming services and content to fill them are announced every day and the bar for what discerning viewers will actually watch is apparently in the basement.The announcement this week that NBC would be making an actual televised game show called Ultimate Slip ’N Slide, based on the summer backyard toy, would seem outrageous had game-show versions of putt-putt golf, tag, and even “the floor is lava” not already existed. (To be fair, Floor Is Lava is a delight.)But this week also saw the announcement of Unidentified with Demi Lovato, in which the pop singer and her friend and sister “help uncover the truth about the UFO phenomena” on Peacock—a TV-development Mad Libs that Liz Lemon herself would give the famous eye roll.And Peacock is really on one. This week it also announced Baking It, a series in which contestants will be judged on their baking skills by actual grandmas; The Kids Tonight Show, a version of Jimmy Fallon’s late-night series hosted by and programmed by children; and America Ninja Warrior Junior, which barely skirts being its own 30 Rock joke.There has never been more television and, more importantly, more great television. Or, as Jack Donaghy predicted, you could just watch adults belly flop onto a lubricated slide while cameras roll.Never Not Thinking About “Girls5eva”The great thing about having binged the entirety of Girls5eva three times in its first week of release is that now the constant ticker tape of anxieties, regrets, and stresses that run through my head is soundtracked by the show’s ridiculous earworm theme song.In the shower? “I’m gonna be famous five-eva…” Doing the dishes? “Cuz forever’s too short…” Walking down the street. Cooking dinner. Writing this newsletter. There is not a moment in the day that I am not singing those two lines to myself on a loop. Heidi Gutman/Peacock The good news is that on Thursday, a full version of the song and an accompanying music video—a pitch-perfect homage/skewering of Y2K girl-group videos—was released, and the lyrics are, of course, amazing: “People staring at us / Thinking that we’re badass / Watchin’ as we wave goodbye / Our stomachs are the flattest.”In related, equally wonderful news, Girls5eva star Sara Bareilles released a concert video performed from the Hollywood Bowl. The arena was empty because, you know, pandemic, but it was meant to usher in hope for the future of gathering together. You will likely cry intensely while watching it, since it is impossible not to when Sara Bareilles sings. Try. I dare you.The surprise delight of Amidst the Chaos: Live From the Hollywood Bowl, however, was the cast of Girls5eva—Bareilles, Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Busy Philipps—performing “Four Stars” live together, and then the singing backup for Bareilles as she closed the show with “Brave.” It’s all just a very happy thing that I can’t recommend enough that you watch. (Watch here.)The “Friends” Cast Is Reuniting, Or Maybe They All DiedI cannot explain the depth to which I have no idea what in the world is going on with this Friends reunion.It was announced this week that it will premiere May 27. Yay! That’s soon! That announcement was also accompanied by the world’s weirdest trailer, with footage of the cast from behind walking in slow motion at dusk while music plays that is so morose it would be out of place at a funeral. Is the Friends cast reuniting? Or did they all die? Based on the trailer, who could say. In other reunion news, the special will feature appearances from James Corden, BTS, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Cindy Crawford, and, of course, Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai, famously Team They Were On a Break! It is, as Jarett Wieselman said on Twitter, “the most random collection of names since Renée Zellweger’s Oscar acceptance speech.”When Wendy Met WendyI truly believe that if I stare at this photo of Wendy Williams with her Madame Tussaud’s wax-figure likeness long enough, I may unlock the secret to life’s fulfillment at the center of humanity’s existence.What to watch this week: The Underground Railroad: It’s an astonishing series. But take your time; it’s tough. (Fri. on Amazon)High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Before she was the “driver’s license” girl, Olivia Rodrigo was the star of this shockingly smart and funny series. (Fri. on Disney+)Pride: A remarkable attempt at chronicling 60+ years of LGBT history. (Fri. on FX)What to skip this week:The Woman in the Window: Putting Amy Adams in a bad movie should be a felony. (Fri. on Netflix)Ellen DeGeneres’ Farewell Tour Is Already a Whiny, Tone-Deaf DisasterRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Luka Doncic had his 11th triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and the Dallas Mavericks guaranteed themselves a top-six finish in the Western Conference, to avoid the NBA's play-in next week, with a 114-110 victory over Toronto on Friday night. Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, made a 3-pointer on the game's first shot and the Mavericks never trailed in their regular-season home finale, though the undermanned Raptors cut it close late.
Justise Winslow had season highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held on to defeat the Sacramento Kings 107-106 on Friday night. Killian Tillie and Xavier Tillman each had 16 points for Memphis, with Tillman adding 10 rebounds. John Konchar finished with 15 points.
Marcell Ozuna and Ozzie Albies hit Atlanta’s first back-to-back homers of the season to help the Braves snap a three-game skid with a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Atlanta led 2-1 before Ozuna and Albies went deep against reliever Eric Lauer. On Lauer’s first pitch of the fifth inning, Ozuna blasted a 439-foot drive to center field that bounced off the American Family Insurance sign at the bottom of the scoreboard.
The University of California won't consider SAT and ACT scores that are submitted with admission and scholarship applications under a settlement of a student lawsuit that was announced Friday. The 10-campus system, which has more than 280,000 students statewide, decided not to continue fighting a judge's injunction issued last fall that barred it from considering the scores for admission even when they were submitted voluntarily, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Activists have long argued that standardized tests put minority and low-income students at a disadvantage.
Diana Taurasi made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to give the Phoenix Mercury a 77-75 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night. The 38-year-old Taurasi made just two of her first 12 field goals before hitting the winner in the opener for both teams. The officials stopped play after Taurasi's basket because the clock inadvertently stopped at 6.8 seconds when Minnesota turned it over.
Martín Maldonado homered and drove in three runs to back seven solid innings from Zack Greinke, and the Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Kyle Tucker and Myles Straw each had two hits and two RBIs for the Astros. Maldonado, who finished with two hits as well, launched a two-run homer to left field in the fifth to increase Houston’s lead to 10-2.
Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run double during a five-run seventh inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Friday night. J.T. Realmuto returned to the Phillies' starting lineup one day after being placed on the COVID-19-related injured list and drew a bases-loaded walk that made it 1-all in the seventh. The star catcher went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter.
Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points and fell a rebound shy of a triple-double as the Houston Rockets snapped a seven-game skid with a 122-115 victory over a Los Angeles Clippers team that rested several starters Friday night. Olynyk had 11 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win for the first time since April 29. “Every one of them coming together to have a victory is really good stuff," coach Stephen Silas said.
State prosecutors moved on Friday to dismiss several rape charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux, who starred on an episode of the 2014 Bravo reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male. Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, stood accused of multiple rapes in Newport Beach, Calif. By dismissing rape charges against them, prosecutors will […]
Ramón Laureano hit the first of Oakland’s four homers and Frankie Montas pitched six effective innings, helping the Athletics beat the sliding Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Friday night. Sean Murphy and Stephen Piscotty each hit a two-run shot, and Mark Canha contributed a pinch-hit homer. The Athletics have won five of seven.
Big Tech needs to take more decisive action against the "Disinformation Dozen," says the group that identified them.
City twice fought back from a goal down and extended the gap at the top of the table to 13 points. Torres, who signed from La Liga club Valencia for 20 million pounds ($28.20 million) last August, scored once in the first half of the game and twice in the second, taking his total goal tally for City this season to 13.