Video: Car flipped, air conditioners blown from roofs after possible tornado, severe weather – NJ.com

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Merkel Seeks to Reassure Western Balkans On EU, Stresses ‘Strategic Interest’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to reassure Western Balkan nations that support for their membership in the European Union remains strong, stressing that it is in the bloc’s “strategic interest” to bring in the new members.

Merkel told a Western Balkan summit in Poznan, Poland, on Friday that concerns expressed by French President Emmanuel Macron that the countries’ governance mechanisms become more efficient should not delay accession talks.

“I share President Macron’s view that the EU’s working mechanisms must be improved,” she said. “I don’t see that as an abandonment of the accession talks.”

She added that the accession process for Balkan nations aspiring for membership — Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and North Macedonia — was sufficiently lengthy to allow time for improvements to be made.

North Macedonia hailed

Speaking at a news conference as the summit concluded, Merkel singled out North Macedonia’s “courage” in trying to overcome divisive issues with its neighbors, especially a dispute over its name with Greece.

Athens opposed the country’s use of the name Macedonia, saying it implied territorial designs on the Greek province of the same name. A compromise was reached, leading Skopje to change the country’s name to North Macedonia.

“That was a huge step. We waited for years for this step and we are very relieved,” Merkel said.

“I look optimistically toward the autumn” for the opening of membership talks, she added.

Last month, EU member states postponed until October a decision on whether to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, amid resistance from some bloc members, including France and the Netherlands.

The latest EU strategy for the region suggests membership for Montenegro and Serbia by 2025, but officials have said that goal is “extremely ambitious.”

FILE – Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks during a news conference at the White House, June 12, 2019, in Washington.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, who hosted the Poznan summit, criticized the EU for delaying accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia and urged the bloc to offer the Balkan states a clear path toward EU membership.

The Balkan states should not be asked to participate in a race “where they cannot see the finish line,” Duda said Friday.

Some EU leaders worry that too many delays on the EU’s part could allow Russia, Turkey and China to increase their influence in the region.

“Russia has used a variety of instruments to exercise — often pernicious — influence in the region,” the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group said in a report last month.

This article contains material from AP, Reuters and dpa.


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Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead – The Jerusalem Post

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Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead  The Jerusalem Post

At least 544 civilians have been killed and over 2,000 people injured since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began two …


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Good luck scoring on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

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We haven’t seen a wing combination that can put the clamps on defenses like this in a long, long time.

With Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers have added two of the NBA’s seven best players, a pair of perennial MVP candidates who are smack dab in the middle of their primes with more room to improve. They directly and indirectly complement each other in obvious ways, and after spending most of their careers in winning situations alongside fellow megastars, they have a natural synergy that’s born from being familiar with sacrifice and accepting it.

Both possess skill-sets designed to be lead dogs on their own teams – each finished in the 97th percentile in usage percentage last season, per Cleaning the Glass – but it’s not hard to see how they peacefully coexist. They aren’t known as playmakers, but both can comfortably navigate through any possession, on or off the ball, in ways that force a defense to account for every step. When they share the court, they’ll loosen the floor for each other by keeping the other team off balanced. When they instead star as the solo act alongside a crew of sensible role players, they should have a fun time mowing through bench units with an assurance that whenever they need to rest, a proven system can step in to remove pressure from their shoulders. Los Angeles’s offense is in terrific hands.

But it’s the other side of the ball where the Clippers can flex in ways that not only separate them from every other team in the league, but arguably every other team of the last 20 years. We haven’t seen a defensive duo this potent since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen turned basketball courts into lonely, vulnerable prairies.

When healthy and unbothered by the responsibilities that come with life as any franchises’s only star, George and Leonard are the two most imposing perimeter defenders in basketball. Leonard has won two Defensive Player of the Year awards and has made an all-defensive team every year aside from his rookie year and 2017-18, when he missed all but nine games with a quad injury. George has made All-Defensive team four times and led the league in steals last season. Each approaches that end with nuanced, game-changing force, and a level of confidence that’s impossible for others to duplicate without tumbling into reckless behavior. When they reach, they also teach.

Both have become irrepressible offensive fireworks, but they initially forged their identities with defense as their DNA. Leonard and George etched names for themselves by snuffing out the opponent’s best scorer, knowing they weren’t drafted in a slot high enough to demand 20 shots a night. Both guarded prime LeBron James in the playoffs early in their years without crumbling. They’re versatile and long and smooth, sure, but also committed. It’s not easy to screen either one off their initial assignment, and they impact the other team’s approach no matter where they stand on the floor.

Great offensive players have gravity, meaning they attract attention whether they have the ball or not, as if they’re a bright light drawing in a floating moth. But Leonard and George have an inverse “anti-gravity” effect on the other end. Instead of attracting players from the other team to their geographic location, their mere presence is a natural repellent.

Swing the ball towards either one at your own risk. Use their man to set a ball screen, and pray they don’t spring out and trap the handler 30 feet from the rim — or, even worse, switch onto the play’s initiator and muzzle things another way. Both have spent a majority of their careers forcing offenses to rearrange their entire game plan, making them venture outside their comfort zone before a set is even called. As one coach told Sports Illustrated’s (and now Clippers executive) Lee Jenkins about Leonard back in 2016: “You go at him, you’re asking for trouble.”

A great defense can be built around either one, so to have both at the same time isn’t fair. Factor in point guard Patrick Beverley and new forward Maurice Harkless as ideal complements, and the Clippers have a defensive unit that’s imposing enough to strip most teams of their offensive identity. If your momentum is generated by stars who draw help and then find the open man, what happens against a team that doesn’t need to help?

Consider the Clippers’ potential playoff opponents. How will the Houston Rockets handle the George/Leonard duo if one guards Harden, Beverley sticks Chris Paul, and the other member of the George/Leonard duo sticks to Clint Capela to switch Houston’s pick-and-roll and vaporize the play? Houston can hunt for lesser defenders and/or develop a system that involves more player and ball movement, but in crunch time of a tenacious playoff game, they may lean on the isolation-heavy style they know. Problem is, what they know plays right into L.A.’s hands.

Then consider the Portland Trail Blazers or Utah Jazz. Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Donovan Mitchell, and Mike Conley will all be forced to attack a defense that sees virtually no drop from its best and second-best defender. Can the Denver Nuggets bully them down low with Nikola Jokic, or will it not matter if/when Jamal Murray gets erased from the equation? What can the new-look Lakers do?

The Clippers’ personnel opens up so many different options. They can be uber-aggressive (which is how the Oklahoma City Thunder unleashed George last season, with shades of LeBron’s Miami Heat), or be more conservative and let the action come to them. George and Leonard are deadly on the ball, but in certain matchups, the Clippers can also mess around by throwing one onto a non-threat, then turn him loose in passing lanes as a roving security guard. Safe plays will sit below a flashing yellow light: proceed with caution. George and Leonard will throw off timing and make offenses either think a beat too long or act a split-second too slow. Hesitate or rush, either way you’re toast.

Health definitely matters, with George coming off shoulder surgery (no small matter for a defender who fights over dozens of ball screens every night) and Leonard limping his way through a historic Finals run, during which his defense toggled between brilliant (against the Milwaukee Bucks as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s primary defender) and lackadaisical (he wasn’t himself on that end through most of the Finals). The rest of the roster has questions, particularly in the rim protection department, where Ivika Zubac and Montrezl Harrell are the only big men right now. Should the Clippers match up against the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals – or the crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers, who now boast Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins — size will matter.

But there should be plenty of opportunity to add more between now and when the buyout market opens up in the middle of the season. This is a team that had a bottom-third defense for the last two seasons, and was forced to stick Beverley on Kevin Durant with their season on the line in this year’s playoffs.

Things are different now. Leonard and George are the backbone of a title contender that can do things nobody else can. And on paper, that arguably makes them the team to beat.


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Steve Grand’s patriotic package, Jake Bain’s Jeep, & Maluma at sea

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This week Lil Nas X came out of the closet, Netflix distanced itself from Chelsea Handler’s homophobia, Tom Holland suggested Spider-Man should be gay, and Queerty caught up with John Waters in Provincetown. Here’s what happened on Instagram:

Nyle DiMarco crawled inside a sea cave.

Brad James reflected.

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True story: I came into this industry over 10 years ago as a pure actor, rather than as transfer from some other medium. (Many that were having success then were former rappers, singers, comedians, models, etc…) And at the time no one seemed want my “look” in major productions, as every casting call I went to was full of Tyson Beckford look-a-likes. Though it was an uphill battle, breaking through types and carving out a niche that didn’t exist before has had some rewarding results. I get to see young people get shots at roles that they don’t even realize didn’t exist a decade ago… But listen… Don’t skip the work. Don’t confuse popularity with ability. This #craft allows us the opportunity to bring people on adventures through our eyes and your social media followers can’t act these scenes out for you. Let’s do iconic work. I’m grateful for my new deals and partnerships that are forming. As I’m moving more into producing/directing/creating it’s time to break through and open doors again… We still have far to go. So let’s go. P. S. This post was gonna be about how I like these jeans and need a pair in black, but then I wrote this other shit instead. ???? #STARZ #BET #UMC #AMAZON #NETFLIX #BETHER #AMAZONPRIME #TBS #TIDAL #SHAVEWISE #MANAGEMENT360 #JPERVIS

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Antoni Porowski practiced his “sporadic sprezzatura.”

Darren Kennedy hit some waves.

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?Cornwall ???? #surfer #britishsummer #tbt #menshair

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Barrett Foa showed off his stache.

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Does this stache make me look skinty? ??

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Aquaria dressed for the Christopher Street Pier.

Omar Sharif Jr. had a beer.

Chris Marchant found a real life Tom of Finland drawing.

Steve Grand celebrated America with friends.

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Okay one more ?? happy #4thofjuly !!! ?????

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Matthew Risch floated on.

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Zero filter. None.

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Darren Young marched with police.

Brian Jordan Alvarez tried on clothes.

Trey Songz performed shirtless.

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Oh My Fest ?

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Matthew Camp explored the Hudson River Valley.

Alex Pettyfer visited Venice Beach.

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Venice ?????

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Tom Daley arrived In Korea.

Maluma went sailing.

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Bebe necesita capitán? ??? ?

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Matteo Lane took a hike.

Wilson Cruz went to Equinox.

Pietro Boselli chose yellow.

Ryan Cleary showed off his man.

Jake Bain struck a pose.

Anthony Bowens celebrated the Fourth at home.

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Happy 4th everyone ??

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And Frankie Grande sported a subtle look for Pride.

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the best of #pride … (part 1) ?????

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Iran religious leader threatens UK over capture of oil tanker – Al Jazeera English

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Iran religious leader threatens UK over capture of oil tanker  Al Jazeera English

Official says Britain should be ‘scared’ of Iran’s retaliation over seizure of Iranian tanker off the coast of Spain.

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mikenov on Twitter: Residents found billionaire Chris Cline’s helicopter overturned in water near the Bahamas – CNN (Top stories -…) michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/resident…

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Residents found billionaire Chris Cline’s helicopter overturned in water near the Bahamas – CNN (Top stories -…) michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/resident…


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Residents found billionaire Chris Cline’s helicopter overturned in water near the Bahamas – CNN

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Residents found billionaire Chris Cline’s helicopter overturned in water near the Bahamas – CNN

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GOP senators urge Trump to reject Iran’s ‘nuclear blackmail,’ seek to ‘snapback’ sanctions at the UN – Fox News

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Bahamas police were told billionaire Cline was on helicopter | News

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Billionaire coal entrepreneur Chris Cline, who worked his way out of West Virginia’s underground mines to amass a fortune and become a major Republican donor, was killed in a helicopter crash along with six other Americans, his lawyer’s office confirmed on Friday.

Cline and his 22-year-old daughter Kameron were on board the aircraft when it went down Thursday, said Joe Carey, a spokesman for attorney Brian Glasser, who planned to issue a family statement later Friday.

Leaders of industry, government and academics in West Virginia eulogized Cline as a coal industry visionary and a generous giver.

“He was a very farsighted entrepreneur,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “Chris was just one of those folks who had the Midas touch.”

Forbes estimated his fortune at $1.8 billion this year. Cline donated heavily to President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Federal records show he gave the president’s inaugural committee $1 million in 2017 and spread thousands more to conservative groups as well as committees representing prominent Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Bahamas Police Supt. Shanta Knowles told The Associated Press that they began searching when police received a report from Florida that Cline’s helicopter failed to arrive in Fort Lauderdale as expected on Thursday.

The bodies of the four women and three men were recovered and taken to the capital in Nassau to be officially identified, Knowles said. The helicopter was still in the water, and based on preliminary information, she did not believe there had been a distress call before it went down.

A Royal Bahamas Police Force statement said authorities and local residents found the crash site two miles off Big Grand Cay, group of private islands Cline owned.

Knowles said that preliminary information suggests there was no distress call before it went down. The helicopter was still in the water Friday, and She said a specialized ship was coming from Florida with equipment to pull the helicopter from the water.

Aviation safety investigators in the Bahamas are working to determine the cause, said Jaime Nixon, an aviation safety analyst for the Air Accident Investigation Department of the Bahamas. The Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority told the Federal Aviation Administration that the Augusta AW139 helicopter was located in the water at about 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Cline started in the coal industry at 22 years old, working in an underground mine in southern West Virginia, as his father and grandfather did, according to a biography on one of his companies’ websites.

He quickly moved into management roles and soon formed his own energy development company, the Cline Group, which grew into one of the country’s top coal producers.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tweeted that he “lost a very close friend” in Cline, “a WV superstar.”

“Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving, and giving man,” Justice tweeted.

Cline also donated $5 million to support West Virginia’s Marshall University Sports Medicine Institute and another $3.5 million for the school’s athletics foundation.

“Our hearts are heavy,” said Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert. “Chris’s generosity to our research and athletics programs has made a mark on Marshall University and our students for many years to come.”


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‘Wonderful man and great Republican’: Chris Cline dies in helicopter crash | World news

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The coal tycoon Chris Cline, a major Republican donor, has died in a helicopter crash outside Big Grand Cay, a string of islands he owned in the Bahamas.

In tweets, Donald Trump expressed sympathy for the loss of a “great businessman and energy expert” and said Cline was “a wonderful man and great Republican!”

Cline and his 22-year-old daughter, Kameron, were on board the aircraft with five others when it went down on Thursday, a spokesman for Cline’s attorney Brian Glasser said on Friday.

The death of the 60-year-old magnate led to eulogies from industry leaders, government officials and academics, who described Cline as a visionary generous with his $1.8bn fortune.

Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said Cline began working in the mines of southern West Virginia at a young age, rising through the ranks of his father’s company. He formed his own energy development business, the Cline Group, which grew into one of the country’s top coal producers.

When he thought mining in the Appalachian region was drying up, he bought reserves in the Illinois Basin in a smart investment in high sulfur coal, according to the website of Missouri-based Foresight Energy, a company he formed.

Cline sold most of his interest in Foresight for $1.4bn and then put $150m into a metallurgical coal mine in Nova Scotia, according to a 2017 Forbes article titled Chris Cline Could Be The Last Coal Tycoon Standing.

The piece captured his opulence: a mansion in West Virginia with a manmade lake big enough to waterski on and a white stallion stud name Fabio. A gun collection so deep federal officials would take stock once a month. A 200ft yacht called Mine Games.

In the piece, Cline defended coal and waved off some scientific evidence for climate change.

“People deserve the cheapest energy they can get,” he said. “Tell the poor in India and China that they don’t deserve to have reliable, affordable electricity.”

To that effect, he also spoke about solar panels, wind turbines and Tesla batteries on Big Grand Cay, saying: “Where it makes sense, I’m absolutely for it.”

He gave Trump’s inaugural committee $1m and shared thousands more with conservative groups and Republican figures such as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and the Florida senator Marco Rubio, according to federal records.

Cline gave at least $8.5m to Marshall University in West Virginia.

“Our hearts are heavy,” said Marshall’s president, Jerome A Gilbert. “Chris’s generosity to our research and athletics programs has made a mark on Marshall University and our students for many years to come.”

Authorities began searching for the helicopter after police received a report from Florida that it failed to arrive in Fort Lauderdale as expected on Thursday, Bahamas police superintendent Shanta Knowles said.

The bodies of four women and three men were taken to the Bahamian capital, Nassau, said Delvin Major, chief investigator for the Bahamas’ Air Accident Investigation Department. The Augusta AW139 helicopter was still in the water. Major did not believe there had been a distress call. The cause of the crash was undetermined, officials said.

A Royal Bahamas police force statement said authorities and locals found the aircraft two miles off Big Grand Cay, which Cline bought in 2014.

Big Grand Cay comprises about 213 acres over about half a dozen narrow islands. Real estate agent John Christie, who sold the land, said it was developed by the late Robert Abplanalp, inventor of the modern aerosol spray valve and a friend of Richard Nixon. The property became known as an escape for the disgraced president in the 1970s.


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Reddit users offer their best comebacks for someone who uses ‘gay’ as a pejorative

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Somewhere along the way, the word “gay” went from meaning “lighthearted” and/or “homosexual” to also meaning “foolish, stupid, or unimpressive,” as the Oxford Dictionaries attest. And that third meaning really chafes one Reddit user, who asked for advice about “handling friends who constantly say the word ‘gay’ in the wrong way.”

Related: Jocks who use antigay slurs aren’t actually homophobic, says new study

This Redditor has a friend who uses gay as a pejorative on the regular: “Died in call of duty? Gay. Didn’t get the day off work? Gay. Don’t like the news headline? Gay.”

“It’s just not registering with him that it’s inappropriate and hurtful,” the user wrote.

Thankfully, the users of the r/gay subreddit were full of ideas. Read on for some of their comments.

Ask for clarification

“When he says it, ask, ‘And how is that gay?’ And when he answers just give him a blank look and say, ‘I don’t get it. Gay is to be with someone [of] the same sex, not that. I think that word doesn’t mean what you think it means.’ Then give him other words to use as options in that instance. If he gives you sass, just tell him you are taking the word gay back.”

Be smooth but underhanded

“I’ve had this problem and this is pretty much how I handled it with almost my entire straight friend group. I’ll just say something like, ‘And how is it gay?’ Every time, I would say something smooth but underhanded to make them think about it. They have all stopped.”

Use sass

“What I did is to fake a laugh very loud, and claim, ‘You’re right! Because being gay is BAD! I just get it!’ Usually, if there’s more people around, they get the sarcasm and call the dude out on not using gay as an insult. Depends on the crowd, though, so think before doing this.”

Related: Gay or queer? Redditors sound off on the delineation

Take them to class

“Call it out, if it does actually bother you. Teaching your own friends how best to communicate with you is how it’s done. If you truly do find his particular use of the word ‘gay’ as being hurtful and inappropriate, and (as you suggest) that your friend is unaware how this is landing, then you can take it as your own responsibility to call that out and lovingly defend yourself and teach your friend.”

Ask for credentials

“Ask ’em to produce their Gay Union Card. If they cannot produce one then they cannot use the word ‘gay’ in any way shape or form.”


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Mike Tyson’s historic fight against Buster Douglas deserves a deep rewind

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A 42 to 1 underdog story

On February 11, 1990, Mike Tyson fought James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo, Japan for the heavyweight title. It was the tenth title defense for Mike Tyson, who entered the fight unbeatable in the eyes of many boxing fans. This fight wasn’t meant to change anyone’s mind either. It was a tune up fight for Tyson leading to a match up against the number one contender, Evander Holyfield.

The fight was so lopsided that American fans wouldn’t pay to see it, so it was shipped overseas to Japan. Casinos wouldn’t even take bets on the fight. The only legal sportsbook to take wagers was The Mirage who had to raise the odds all the way to 42 to 1 in order to finally get bets placed on Douglas. No one expected Buster to make it out of the first couple rounds but he held his own into the 10th in one of the most memorable boxing matches in history.

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Pete Buttigieg and His Husband Chasten Turn Provincetown into ‘PeteTown’ for a Day: VIDEO, PHOTOS

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten paid a visit to the LGBTQ resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts on Friday, a day the town was crawling with tourists celebrating the 4th of July holiday. The South Bend, Indiana mayor was greeted by signs everywhere reading “PeteTown,” a play on the town’s familiar abbreviation, “Ptown”.

Buttigieg capitalized on the play on words in signs distributed for an overflowing public rally at the historic Town Hall. He also held a private fundraiser in the town’s west end.

Buttigieg stopped by the Adam Peck Gallery to see a portrait done by local Provincetown artist Jo Hay, who often paints larger-than-life political figures.

He and Chasten then went up the street for lunch at Liz’s Cafe, where diners politely watched them finish their meal before breaking into a standing ovation as the couple left the restaurant.

Mayor Pete and Chasten also took a stroll through town which Buttigieg later said “quickly turned into a parade” as onlookers greeted and photographed the couple and joined the procession down the main thoroughfare, Commercial Street.

Before addressing hundreds at town hall, Pete and Chasten greeted the overflow crowd on the front lawn outside.

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Attending the public rally at Town Hall were a number of kids from Camp Lightbulb, a sleepaway summer camp for LGBTQ teens. Buttigieg was introduced by his husband Chasten and took questions, including some from camp attendees, after giving a speech on a variety of topics including winning the election, taking back our democracy, turning out the vote, freedom, security, the climate crisis, religion, elections, and the hijacking of the term “values” by the Republican Party.

Buttigieg seemed genuinely touched by the town, telling the crowd inside, “What a reception. It really does feel like ‘PeteTown’. Chasten and I are having such a great time. We are so grateful for the incredibly warm welcome that we’ve gotten from all of you walking up the street today. It felt like our own little parade. People coming to say hi to share their own stories, to let us know how we fit in to their story. People from really close, people from across the country. It reminded me of what it is to be in a place that celebrates inclusion, that celebrates belonging. And we have an opportunity to make America a place that celebrates inclusion, that celebrates belonging, and we better do it before it’s too late.”

Watch Buttigieg’s full Town Hall speech.

Here are some additional photos from Mayor Pete’s trip to Provincetown.

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Father of the year dedicates first tattoo to his gay children

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A lot of parents are proud of their LGBTQ children, but not all of them would show that pride in tattoo ink like John Atwell would.

John’s story surfaced after his daughter, Kaitlyn, posted screenshots of her text conversation with him to Twitter on June 30.

“I convinced my dad to get his first tattoo and he sent me something that my little sister painted,” she wrote in the caption of the post. “Let’s just say I’m a crying mess right now”

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In the text thread, Kaitlyn asks John whether he’d get the black-and-white version of her sister’s artwork or the color. And just check out his response:

“I think I’d have to get the color. She put the colors for a reason. It’s almost pride like right? I do have two gay daughters whom I’m very proud of, so I think I would definitely get the color.”

“I love you so much, my heart is bursting right now,” Kaitlyn responded. “Thank you for loving me and for loving who I love and for treating us like we’re literally just human beings who like other human beings.”

He wrote back: “You just made me cry! I love you and your sisters with every once of me kid!”

As the story went viral — with 52k retweets and 352k likes by last count — Kaitlyn told her Twitter followers that John was “crying AGAIN” from the online response to their story. “He’s so proud of each of you even if your parents don’t feel the same way,” she added.

Related: Gay dad is furious when his son gets a tattoo — until he sees what it is

Before long, John had created his own Twitter account. “I’m very overwhelmed and humbled by all of the attention my daughters tweet has garnered,” he wrote in his second-ever tweet. “I’m by no means anything special. I just love my kids. I’ll have Kaitlyn update when I get my tattoo!”


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