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Brendan Walsh says Maxfield will need his ‘best run’ to win the Big ‘Cap

Trainer Brendan Walsh, a 47-year-old native of Ireland, chuckled when asked if he’d brought his unbeaten colt Maxfield to run in Saturday’s $400,000 Grade I Santa Anita Handicap for a shot at the “Wild West Bonus.” “I didn’t even know it existed,” Walsh said during a telephone interview this week. Instituted this year, the connections of any horse that sweeps the Big ‘Cap, the Hollywood Gold Cup (May 31) and Del Mar’s Pacific Classic (Aug. 21) will earn a $1 million bonus on top of the purse money for winning those Grade I stakes races. Anybody can use a cool $1.875 million, right? “It didn’t even enter my head,” Walsh said. “But it’s a nice thing to be there for whoever wins on Saturday. It will be an added incentive to try to win the other two races as well.” It could be described as poe

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Southern California adopts plan to build 1.3 million new homes by 2029

Southern California leaders voted Thursday, March 4, to adopt a new housing plan for the 2020’s that will triple its future homebuilding goals, acting over repeated objections from public officials that the number is too big. Thursday’s vote by the full membership of the Southern California Association of Governments – made up of elected officials from 191 cities in six counties – officially requires local governments to draft plans to zone for 1.34 million new homes by the end of 2029. That’s equivalent to adding almost as many new homes in the region as now exist in Orange and Ventura counties combined. In addition, SCAG’s governing body voted to launch a new campaign to reform the state’s home-planning process and to restore local control over planning and zoning decisions. This story ...

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US demands Myanmar release protesters, journalists

By Matthew Lee | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration stepped up its condemnation of the coup in Myanmar on Thursday, demanding that military authorities stop their brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and release demonstrators and journalists who have been detained. The White House called the situation, including the arrest of an Associated Press journalist, “troubling” and of “great concern.” The State Department said it’s working with other countries to send a unified message to the military that its actions are unacceptable and will be met with consequences. The U.S. has already imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s top military leaders since the Feb. 1 coup, but stepped up pressure after security forces killed as many as 38 people on Wednesday. The administration sa

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SF Giants beat White Sox: Alex Wood praises Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Darin Ruf stand out

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.– When new Giants starter Alex Wood signed with the club in January, he said throwing to catcher Buster Posey was one of the primary reasons he was looking forward to the 2021 season. After his first spring training outing in the Giants’ 3-1 win over the White Sox on Thursday, Wood revealed another example of why he’s excited about his first year in San Francisco: He doesn’t have to try to get Posey out. “He’s one of the most frustrating people ever to face because he can beat you in so many different ways,” Wood said. Posey owns a career .269 average against Wood and he’s never homered in 26 career at-bats against the southpaw, but their head-to-head matchups stand out for good reason. “I almost would rather have (Posey) have a homer off of me because he’s gotten so many

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‘Bridgerton’ Star Nicola Coughlan: TV Shows, Movie Roles & More

Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan has delighted audiences with her intelligence and wit on the popular Regency-era Netflix show. Following the success of Bridgerton and her other stellar performances, the 34-year-old Irish actor has amassed a massive fan base garnered loads of respect for her stance on the racial diversity shown in the series and for standing up to body shamers. While the Shondaland-produced series catapulted Coughlan to head-spinning fame, she got her start voicing characters for animated TV series like The Fairytales. After honing her skills, Coughlan eventually landed a guest spot as Marie Callaghan on Doctors, the long-running and award-winning British soap, in 2012. Coughlan's most recognizable pre-Bridgerton roles, however, are in a handful of other small-screen proje

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‘Power’ spinoff starring Joseph Sikora now filming in Chicago

Joseph Sikora appears at Tommy Egan on “Power.” He now is now shooting a spinoff series, “Power Book IV: Force.” | StarzThe Northwest Side native’s Tommy Egan character is front and center on the upcoming Starz series “Power Book IV: Force.” A spinoff of the hit Starz series “Power” now is filming in Chicago. “Power Book IV: Force” centers on the popular character Tommy Egan — played by Northwest Side native Joseph Sikora — after he cuts ties with the St. Patrick family. The series takes place in Chicago and is being filmed here, the Chicago Film Office confirmed. Sikora, a Columbia College alumnus, posted an Instagram photo of himself at the Far South Side’s Altgeld Gardens and Phillip Murray Homes. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Joseph...

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Clubhouse is at the heart of a revolution over ‘non-fungible tokens.’ And it’s led to a ‘buyer beware’ situation.

Summary List PlacementLike many a tech journey, musician 3LAU's crypto obsession began with the Winklevoss twins. The electronic dance artist hit it off with the brothers in Mexico while touring with Avicii, and then flew to LA to hang out with them during the Grammys. "They were talking about Bitcoin. And I, of course, had no idea what this thing was in 2014," 3LAU said Wednesday evening on the "The Good Time Show," a popular room on the buzzy audio-only Clubhouse app. That's a far cry from where 3LAU is today. This week he sold 33 non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, for over $11.6 million. The tokens could be redeemed for things like special edition vinyl 3LAU albums, unreleased music, or unique experiences.  The news of such a sale has reverberated around both the music and the crypto worl...

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Chelsea Houska: Yeah, I’m Still Rocking Some Pregnancy Pounds! So What?!

It's only been about six weeks since Chelsea Houska welcomed her fourth child. But even though Chelsea quit Teen Mom 2 last year, she's still in the limelight thanks to her Instagram following. And those millions of fans want regular updates about Houska's latest bundle of joy -- and her post-pregnancy body. Yes, there are downsides to being famous, and one of them is that total strangers tend to take an interest in your physique. For most of us, that sounds like a waking nightmare. But for people who grew up on reality television, it's just part of the job -- and unfortunately, it continued even after you leave the show that made you famous. Thankfully, Chelsea doesn't seem to mind. Just a few weeks after she gave birth to little Walker, Chelsea flaunted her post...

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The national debt will nearly double by 2051 if taxing and spending stay the same, CBO says

Summary List PlacementThe federal government's debt pile is on track to nearly double over the next three decades, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Government debt swelled over the past year as lawmakers passed stimulus bills aimed at helping Americans through the COVID-19 recession. The increased spending led federal debt to reach 100% of gross domestic product at the end of 2020. Should current laws for taxing and spending stay the same, that share is estimated to reach 102% of GDP by the end of this year, the CBO said in its long-term outlook report. Federal debt would then reach a record-high 107% of GDP in 2031 and nearly double to 202% of GDP by 2051, the office added. The federal budget deficit — the amount that government spending exceeds tax incom...

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Thursday’s high school basketball scores

Richards’ Daniel Jones (30) on the way to the basket avoids Tinley Park’s Bryant Green.All the scores from Thursday, March 4, 2021. Please send scores and corrections to preps@suntimes.com Thursday, March 4, 2021 CATHOLIC - CROSSOVER St. Joseph at Brother Rice, 7:00 FOX VALLEY Cary-Grove at Crystal Lake South, 7:00 LITTLE TEN DePue at Indian Creek, 5:30 NIC - 10 Belvidere at Guilford, 7:30 Boylan at Freeport, 7:30 Harlem at Belvidere North, 7:30 Hononegah at Jefferson, 7:30 Rockford East at Auburn, 7:30 NORTHEASTERN ATHLETIC Christian Liberty at Parkview Christian, 7:30 Our Lady Sacred Heart at Alden-Hebron, 5:30 Schaumburg Christian at Christian Life, 7:30 South Beloit at Harvest Christian, 6:00 NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY Antioch at Round Lake, at Magee MS, 7:00 Grant at Grayslake Central, 7:1...

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Apparently, Dr. Seuss Is “Canceled”

Did you hear Dr. Seuss was “canceled”? It must be true, because Fox News has been running panic stories about it for a full day straight, bookended with their continued breathless coverage of the fact that Mr. Potato Head is now gender-neutral. Neither of those stories is actually true. Really, it takes only 20 seconds to read the first paragraph of any given news article to understand the full context of what those inflammatory headlines are working so hard to conceal: the company that publishes Dr. Seuss' books has decided to stop production of six of his books (for context, Seuss wrote over 50 books) because they contain objectively racist depictions of Asian people. They are all pretty much Seuss B-sides. I read constantly in elementary school and I haven’t even heard of four of the si

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Empowering Ways To Celebrate Women’s History This Month

Women have been making history as long as human history has been around. However, women's history was essentially a foreign concept as recently as the 1970s — in fact, it was barely even taught in the K-12 curriculum. Women's History Month gives us 31 days to celebrate the progress we've made, giving long-overdue acknowledgment to women whose accomplishments were overlooked, and recognize where gender gaps still exist. Want to kick off March in a simple, supportive way? Celebrate Women's History Month by donating to organizations that strive to work toward equality. The wage gap is often among the first disparities mentioned when talking about gender inequality. In 2020, women earned 81 cents for every $1 that a man made when comparing the median salary of men and women. When you take oth

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‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoffs: Premiere Dates, Casts, Plots & Everything To Know

Fans may not be ready to say goodbye to The Walking Dead once it concludes with a super-sized Season 11, but fortunately, they don't have to. At least, not entirely. In addition to the two spinoffs already on AMC (Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond), two more TWD offshoots will keep the fictional story going. With that many shows in the works, the series is already giving the numerous Game of Thrones prequels a run for their money. The Walking Dead proper won't end until its final, 24-episode season wraps in 2022, so there's plenty of time to mentally prepare yourselves. In the meantime, here is everything we know about the spinoffs: the untitled Daryl and Carol series and Tales of The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead Spinoff Premiere Dates Because the new projects we

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Writer Danyel Smith On Music Legends, Young Divorce, & Her Big Break

Since her early days as a journalist, Danyel Smith has made it her career mission to put Black music front-and-center in mainstream media. She made her mark with intimate interviews with the world’s biggest stars — Beyoncé, Wesley Snipes, and Simone Biles — the secret to which is Smith candor. “I had no problem telling Whitney Houston that I was recently divorced and that, at that time, I was still harboring some desire to get back together with my husband,” Smith says. “I talked to her about that. And that allowed her to speak to me frankly about her relationship with Bobby Brown.” A conversation with Danyel Smith is like this. When it comes to the conversations she’s had with many of her A-list interviewees, she says, “[The publicist] told me I had an hour. Please — you know I got four.”

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