Cambridge Analytica’s Board Suspends CEO Nix Amid Inquiry

By Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg

Cambridge Analytica said it suspended Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix after the executive was caught on camera boasting about the firm’s willingness to use bribes, entrapment with sex workers and other possibly illegal tactics to undermine political candidates.

 The U.K.-based political-advertising firm’s board said Tuesday that Nix’s suspension is pending an investigation into his comments — which are airing this week after a four-month-long undercover operation by Channel 4 News — and other allegations surrounding the firm. Cambridge Analytica rose to international fame helping Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The company has come under fire in recent days following reports that it improperly harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook Inc. users, then failed to destroy the information when confronted to do so.
 Cambridge Analytica has a history of dubious election tricks, and the firm has been prolific in securing international elections work – and often felt no need to hide its tactics.

Last year, Nix told Bloomberg News that his company was involved in as many as 10 campaigns for prime minister and president every year, including in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

According to documents given to prospective clients, for a campaign in Latvia, the British affiliate of Cambridge Analytica known as SCL Group ran a disinformation operation designed to stoke ethnic tensions between Latvians and ethnic Russians, blaming Russians for unemployment and helping a nationalist candidate to victory. But the firm’s effectiveness has long been in question.

While controversy has swirled around Cambridge Analytica’s role in helping Trump win the American presidency, it wasn’t until this week, when Nix’s latest comments aired, that the firm’s techniques caught up with him. Nix was recorded on camera by Channel 4 News reporters, who posed as potential clients looking to influence elections in Sri Lanka. In one exchange, videos show Nix, whose connection to Trump’s victory minted him and his firm as data wizards, appearing to downplay Cambridge Analytica’s data-mining services and tout more old-school political dirty tricks instead.

One of the firm’s services, Nix said, is facilitating a sting where a politician is approached by someone posing as a wealthy developer and offering a large amount of money in exchange for a kickback. Or the firm could “send some girls around to the candidate’s house,” he said.

 “Deep digging is interesting, but equally effective can be just to go and speak to the incumbents and to offer them a deal that’s too good to be true and make sure that’s video-recorded — these sorts of tactics are very effective, instantly having video evidence of corruption and putting it on the internet,” Nix said. “I’m just giving you examples of what can be done, what has been done.”

Cambridge Analytica can also help sway elections by spreading disinformation about candidates. “It doesn’t have to be true,” Nix said in one of the recordings aired this week. “It just has to be believed.”

The executive also said his company used a self-destructing email server to communicate with clients in order to eliminate evidence of their contact.

In the Channel 4 report aired Tuesday, Nix claimed credit for the work done on Trump’s campaign, saying: “We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting, we ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy.”

“Mr. Nix’s recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation,” Cambridge Analytica’s board said in a statement.

Nix, known as Bertie, graduated from the elite boarding school Eton College. He set up Cambridge Analytica in 2013 to target the U.S. market, installing himself as CEO after 14 years as a director of SCL. In the past couple of years, Nix, 42, has become a darling in tech and marketing circles, popping up on the international speaking circuit to promote his data-driven approach.

Fed up with Facebook? Here’s how to protect your data

Is it time to delete your Facebook account?

That’s the question many of its users are asking in light of revelations that data firm Cambridge Analytica accessed and improperly stored information from millions of users.

 The hashtag #DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter in wake of the news.

“If you’re angry about what Facebook has done with our data then just #deletefacebook,” wrote one user on Twitter. “Remember we aren’t the customers we are the product.”

While deleting Facebook seems like an obvious option, there are other things you can do to protect your information.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to better control what’s shared on Facebook:

Related: Facebook’s data crisis deepens as questions mount

How to (mostly) stop Facebook from sharing your data

Deleting or deactivating Facebook isn’t an option for everyone — you may not want to give up staying in touch with family and friends or participating in support groups.

But you may be surprised how many apps like Airbnb or Venmo you’ve logged into through the social network over the years. Services make it easy to log in with Facebook rather than requiring a separate username and password.

This raises concern because users may not realize how much those third-party apps gain access to your personal data.

To do some spring cleaning, you’ll want to visit Facebook’s App page under the Settings menu to see how many apps you have connected to your account. You can select which services you want to remove at the top of the page or disable all of them via Apps, Website and Plugins > Edit.

However, you won’t be able to log into apps like Instagram or Spotify using your Facebook account anymore. Instead, you’ll need to sign up for the service directly with a unique log in.

Keep in mind apps you’ve already installed could still have your shared information even after disabling the feature. You’ll have to contact the app individually and ask for your data to be removed. Facebook doesn’t give instructions on how to best reach out the app.

Another thing you may not know: People on Facebook who can see your information can bring it with them when they use apps such as games. By selecting Settings > Apps > Apps Others Use, uncheck the boxes you don’t want those apps to access, such as your birthday, hometown, and political views.

How to delete or deactive your Facebook

Another way to protect your personal data is to permanently delete your account.

Facebook has a dedicated page to walk you through the steps. But you won’t be able to reactive your account or access any of the content or information you’ve shared, if you change your mind.

The process of wiping the associated data also takes a bit of time.

“It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you’ve posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook,” the company says in its Help Center page.

It’s unclear whether third-party apps will still have access to the data after your account has been permanently deleted.

Facebook users can also opt to deactivate accounts in case they want to access them again. The deactivation option can be found in the Settings menu under Manage Account > Edit.

A disabled profile scrubs names and photos from Facebook, but some information could still be seen by other users, such as in messages previously sent.

If you’re afraid of losing content you’ve posted on Facebook over the years, such as photos or statuses, you can preserve it via Settings > General > Download a copy of your Facebook data.

Bill to arm Tennessee teachers passes another legislative hurdle


A bill to arm some Tennessee teachers passed yet another key legislative hurdle, moving one step closer to the full state House

The legislation, HB 2208, would allow a select number of teachers to carry guns on campuses across Tennessee. It would expand a 2016 law that already allows two rural counties to have armed teachers.

The bill passed the House Civil Justice Committee on Tuesday on an 8-3 vote. It will next move to a House education committee for consideration.

Reps. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, and Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, have argued the bill is necessary due to the absence of funding for school resource officers across the state.

Less than half of the state’s roughly 1,800 schools have a school resource officer in the building. Byrd’s bill has over 45 House sponsors. An amendment was added to the bill during the committee that would eliminate the need to arm teachers if a school resource officer is at a school.

“We are all here for the same reason,” Farmer said. “We are here to protect the lives of every student.”

The proposal comes as Tennessee is in the middle of a nationwide debate about how to protect schools in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month left 17 people dead.

Separately, Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled a $30 million effort to improve school safety. The governor said the exact use of the money would be determined upon the conclusion of his recently formed working group, tasked with creating school safety recommendations.

The proposal to arm teachers has faced pushback from law enforcement, education and parent groups. Haslam has said he has concerns about the bill.

“Such a small percentage of teachers would want to do that,” Haslam said. “My fear is we pass something and say, ‘Oh, well that took care of the problem.’ Most teachers don’t want to be armed. Most school boards aren’t going to authorize them to be armed. Most people aren’t going to go through the training to do that.”

The bill would give school boards and school directors the power to adopt a policy allowing select school staff to carry a concealed firearm on school property.

The proposal, co-sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, would allow one school employee to carry a gun for every 75 students enrolled at the school. That person would need to possess and maintain a state-issued handgun carry permit and have completed 40 hours of handgun training.

It requires annual training for that person and the superintendent to notify law enforcement about who is authorized to carry a gun on a school campus.

The passage of the bill occurred on the same day Haslam announced the $30 million for school safety plan.

But Rep. Martin Daniel, R-Knoxville, said the money the governor proposed spending won’t provide for enough school resource officers to cover every district in the state.

“We would still be at a big deficit as far as SRO needs,” Daniel said.

During the civil just committee meeting, Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association and Tennessee Association of Chief of Police representatives spoke out against the bill

“The organization fundamentally believes that school resource officers are the only way to address school safety,” said retired sheriff Terry Ashe, the sheriffs’ association executive director.

The Tennessee Education Association, the state’s teacher union, has also spoken out about the bill. And parent group Moms Demand Action, which advocates for additional gun-control laws, also testified against the bill before the committee.


Lone resource officer’s quick action stopped the Maryland school shooter within seconds

(CNN)The school shooting was over in seconds. But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school resource officer.

When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland’s Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school’s sole resource officer, Blaine Gaskill, was instrumental in bringing the incident to a quick end.
Gaskill’s response was hailed as an example of exactly what a resource officer is supposed to do in such a circumstance, particularly when contrasted to the actions of the security officer in last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida. (In the incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, the armed school resource deputy waited outside the school building as the shooter gunned down students inside.)
“He responded exactly how we train our personnel to respond,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron told reporters.
As soon as the gunfire began, Gaskill rushed to the scene. He fired a round at the shooter, who also fired a round at the same time, Cameron said.
It’s not yet clear whether the shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins, was felled by the officer’s bullet or killed himself.
“DFC [Deputy First Class] Gaskill fired at the shooter … almost simultaneously as the shooter fired,” Cameron said. “This is something we train, practice and in reality, hope would never come to fruition. This is our worst nightmare.”
Gov. Larry Hogan called Gaskill “a very capable school resource officer who also happened to be a SWAT team member.”
“This is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly and took the right kind of action,” he said. “And while I think it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives.”

Over in seconds

The incident began in a school hallway at 7:55 a.m., just before classes started. Authorities say Austin, armed with a handgun, shot a female student, with whom he had a prior relationship, and another male student.
Gaskill responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said.
Cameron said the entire incident took less than a minute, possibly seconds.
The 16-year-old female student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old male student who was shot is in stable condition.
Gaskill was unharmed.
“He’s doing well and we’re going to do everything to support and promote him and his well-being,” Cameron said.

Playing to a narrative

Gaskill’s actions were praised, rightly, across social media. But some — most notably, the NRA — held him up as an example of the “good guy with a gun” theory. The theory goes, that bad guys will always find a way to circumvent whatever gun laws are in place. And “to stop a bad guy with a gun,” as NRA head Wayne Lapierre said, “it takes a good guy with a gun.”
“This [Great Mills High School] armed school resource officer, you’re not hearing anyone in #MSM talk about it because it disrupts their narrative,” NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said in one of several tweets Tuesday. (MSM is short for mainstream media.)
So far, this year, there have already been 17 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed.
In the Parkland shooting, school resource deputy Scot Peterson never entered the building after taking a position outside. He resigned after he was suspended without pay for his inaction.
“Had our resource officer taken action immediately, the result of the Stoneman Douglas Valentine’s Day Massacre would have been different,” Parkland student Kai Koerber told CNN.
“We might not have had to walk over the bodies of our classmates, once lovely and wonderful people, as we were led away from murderous tragedy.”
Speaking to reporters, Dr. James Scott Smith, the superintendent of St. Mary’s County’s public schools, put the senselessness of it all in perspective.
“It looks as though the SRO [school resource officer] did exactly what the SRO is trained to do, and yet we still have a tragic loss of life,” he said. “We still have somebody in critical condition. And we have students at the school and staff at the school impacted.”

Governor Haslam proposes $30 million to improve school safety

Posted 10:07 am, March 20, 2018, by Eryn Taylor, CNN Wire and Andrew Ellison, Updated at 05:54PM, March 20, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —School shootings like the ones in Maryland and Florida have Tennessee’s governor and lawmakers taking action.

Governor Bill Haslam is proposing an amendment to the 2018-2019 budget which would include an additional $30 million to improve school safety.

What that looks like

“Our children deserve to learn in a safe and secure environment and I’ve asked the working group to make specific recommendations on school safety measures,” Haslam said. “These additional school safety funds, which include doubling the current amount of recurring funding we have through our school safety grants, will provide our schools with additional resources to meet their specific needs.”

Proposed by Governor Haslam the money would pay for campus safety measures. The list of options is being worked out by a governor-appointed group that includes state representative David Byrd.

“There are several recommendations that it could be used for,” Byrd said. “Surveillance cameras, you know, metal detectors.”

Hiring armed school resource officers is also on the table.

In a release Tuesday, the governor said the funding includes $25 million in nonrecurring safety grants. An additional $5.2 million will be recurring.

These grants would come with strings attached. Any school district awarded one would have to match 20 percent of the funds.

Keith Williams with the Memphis Shelby County Education Association says Shelby County Schools have enough security. He’d prefer the district spend money on improving curriculum.

“We do want to be safe but we do want to also provide a quality education to children,” Williams said.

In addition to security upgrades programs for mental health might be funded, a good idea to Williams.

“Violence is a behavior. It’s something psychiatrists and psychologists probably could solve in children,” Williams said.

The general assembly would have to approve the governor’s proposal. Supporters say it’s crucial to preventing what happened in Florida and Maryland from happening in Tennessee.

Recent shooting

Earlier this month, the governor tasked a School Safety Working Group with reviewing safety procedures at schools across the states. They are expected to return their recommendations for improvements in the next couple of days.

The news comes just hours after a shooting in Maryland injured three students at Great Mills High School.

According to CNN, there have been numerous school shootings since the beginning of the year.

The parameters CNN followed in this case:

A shooting that involved at least one person being shot (not including the shooter)

A shooting that occurred on school grounds

We included grades K through college/university level

We included gang violence, fights and domestic violence

We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met

(The list doesn’t include Tuesday’s incident in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, because we don’t yet know if it resulted in injuries.)

March 13: Seaside, California

A teacher accidentally discharged a gun during a public safety class at Seaside High School, injuring a student.

March 8: Mobile, Alabama

One person was hospitalized after a shooting at an apartment building on the campus of the University of South Alabama.

March 7: Birmingham, Alabama

One student was killed and another critically wounded after an accidental shooting during dismissal time at Huffman High School. Police wouldn’t elaborate further.

March 7: Jackson, Mississippi

A student was shot inside a dormitory at Jackson State University. His injuries were not life-threatening.

March 2: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Two people were shot to death at a dormitory on the campus of Central Michigan University. The victims were not students and police think the incident stemmed from a domestic situation.

February 27: Norfolk, Virginia

A student at Norfolk State University was shot from an adjacent dorm room while he was doing homework. He was not seriously injured.

February 27: Itta Bena, Mississippi

A person was shot in a rec center at Mississippi Valley State University. Police said the person was not a student and the injury was not life-threatening.

February 24: Savannah, Georgia

A person was shot on the campus of Savannah State University and taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. Neither the victim nor the shooter were university students, the college said.

February 14: Parkland, Florida

A 19-year-old man gunned down students and staff with a rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, slaughtering at least 17 unsuspecting students and adults. The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from the high school over disciplinary problems, officials said.

February 9: Nashville

A high school student was shot five times in the parking lot of Pearl-Cohn High School.

February 5: Oxon Hill, Maryland

A high school student was shot in the parking lot of Oxon Hill High. The victim was treated and later released. Police arrested two teens and said they are acquaintances of the victim.

February 1: Los Angeles

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl shot in the wrist at Sal Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, officials said. Two other students were grazed by bullets. A 12-year-old girl was booked for negligent discharge of a firearm in that shooting, which was considered “unintentional,” Los Angeles police said.

January 31: Philadelphia

A fight led to a shooting in the parking lot of Lincoln High School, fatally wounding a 32-year-old man.

January 23: Benton, Kentucky

A 15-year-old student shot 16 people — killing two other 15-year-olds — at Marshall County High School, authorities said. The student faces two charges of murder and 12 counts of first degree assault.

January 22: Italy, Texas

A 15-year-old student was wounded in a shooting at a high school in Italy, Texas, authorities said. The suspect, also 15, was quickly apprehended.

January 20: Winston Salem, North Carolina

A Winston-Salem State University football player, Najee Ali Baker, was shot to death at a party on the campus of Wake Forest University.

Governor Haslam proposes $30 million to improve school safety


Spring snowstorm snarls travel in Northeast, unleashes biggest storm of season for some

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist

  • Long-duration storm to bring heavy, wet snow in part of Northeast.
  • Risk of downed trees, regional power outages.
  • Moderate coastal flooding, beach erosion likely.
  • Travel to become dangerous, especially on secondary roads.
  • Expect flight delays and cancellations.

Another major storm will spread wet snow and travel disruptions from parts of Kentucky and Ohio to coastal New Hampshire and Maine as spring begins.

Long-duration snow, wintry mix for some areas

The slow forward speed of the entire storm system will continue to bring an extended period of wet snow and/or a wintry mix from the eastern part of the Ohio Valley to the upper part of the Delmarva Peninsula and New Jersey through Wednesday night.

For part of this area, the storm has the potential to bring the greatest snowfall of the winter and early spring. However, the amount of snow that accumulates on grassy areas and on vehicles will be much greater than what accumulates on roads and sidewalks.

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Washington, D.C., has only received 3.7 inches of snow this season, compared to an average of 14.7 inches to this date. Baltimore has received about 54 percent of its seasonal average of 19.3 inches.

Cities such as Hagerstown, Maryland; Martinsburg, West Virginia; Winchester, Virginia, and York, Lancaster and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, may all have their heaviest snowfall this year from this storm.

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In the area from northern Ohio to northern Pennsylvania, much of the Hudson Valley of New York state and central New England, snow may struggle to accumulate despite lower temperatures. The rate of snow in this area will tend to be lighter than in parts of central Ohio, West Virginia, northern Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and part of New Jersey.

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As the storm over the Ohio Valley begins to weaken, a new storm will develop and strengthen along the mid-Atlantic coast during through Wednesday.

As this coastal storm moves northeastward, snow will spread farther to the north along the coast on Wednesday. This is when a heavy, slushy accumulation of snow is most likely to occur around Philadelphia and New York City and for the snow to finally reach Boston.

“Anyone from just north of Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York City and close to Boston may easily pick up 6-12 inches of snow with the storm with locally higher amounts,” according to AccuWeather Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist Rich Putnam.

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“In New York City, temperatures look to be slightly lower for this storm, compared to other storms in recent weeks,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek. “That may translate to perhaps more snow on the roads in the five boroughs of New York, provided it snows hard enough during the daylight hours.”

The same is especially true for Center City Philadelphia.

The heaviest snowfall is expected from the mountains of western Maryland northeastern West Virginia eastward through the Lower Susquehanna Valley and northern suburbs of Baltimore. It is in part of this area where more than a foot of snow is likely to accumulate.

“A swath of moderate snowfall is likely from near Pittsburgh to part of central Ohio, as well,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg.

Roads to stay mainly wet outside of heavy snow area, while flight delays will be likely

Except where the snow falls at a furious rate, or at a moderate pace at night, much of the snow is likely to melt as it falls on paved surfaces like roads in urban areas.

Motorists and pedestrians should expect slippery and slushy conditions on elevated surfaces, such as bridges, overpasses and decks, and in rural areas or locations that do not receive much direct sunlight during the day.

Even though a significant amount of snow may melt on the roads, motorists may want to avoid venturing out during the height of the storm as conditions may change from one minute to the next and one mile to the next with this setup.

In forested areas, there will be the potential for trees and power lines to fall and block secondary roads.

Airline delays are likely due to deicing operations, poor visibility and a low cloud ceiling. A number of flights may be canceled as well.

Prolonged winds to threaten minor damage; Moderate coastal flooding possible

In terms of wind, this will not be a powerhouse storm like the nor’easters that struck earlier this month.

However, in some spots, moderately strong winds are in store for a longer duration when compared to each of the three earlier storms.

Peak gusts along the coast are projected to be between 40 and 50 mph. A few gusts may approach this level in parts of the central and southern Appalachians by midweek.


Sporadic power outages may evolve into regional power outages from part of the the central Appalachians to the upper mid-Atlantic and New England coasts due to the combination of gusty winds and heavy snow.

Motorists and pedestrians should watch for falling tree limbs in wooded areas.

Because of the 24- to 36-hour period of moderate onshore winds, moderate beach erosion and coastal flooding are likely, especially at times of high tide.

Fortunately, since the new moon occurred a couple of days ago, this storm will not be synchronized with the new or full moon, when astronomical tides are highest.

At peak, tides are likely to run 2-3 feet above average from northern Delaware to southern Maine.

Some minor back bay flooding may occur from North Carolina to New Jersey as the storm begins to move away at midweek.

Penny Hardaway reminds Memphis what Tigers basketball can be


You should have seen him after the press conference. You should have seen Penny Hardaway posing for dozens of photographs, and signing dozens of autographs and hugging dozens of old friends.

There were kids in Orlando Magic jerseys. There were kids in Memphis State jerseys, too. There were construction workers, who ducked over on a break. There were fans who had driven over from Little Rock to soak it all in.

Someone tried to tell Hardaway it was time to knock out some interviews.

“Two more people,” Hardaway said.

But it wasn’t just two more people. It might have been closer to 200 more people. It was an unending receiving line of joy.

“It’s a family reunion,” Hardaway said. “We’re back to being family.”

For the dwindling Memphis Tigers family, it wasn’t a moment too soon.

Hardaway was introduced as the Memphis basketball coach Tuesday before a giddy throng of fans at the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center. To say he won the press conference does not begin to capture the spirit of the event.

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Hardaway stepped to the lectern at 11:01 a.m. He spoke for exactly three minutes, 22 seconds. But there was more passion, more emotion and more hope in that three minutes, 22 seconds than in the program’s previous two years.

“It was emotional and passionate because I feel the city’s pain; I feel the school’s pain; and I feel like I can do something about it and I want to do something about it,” Hardaway said.

Winning a press conference is meaningless, of course. Coaches are hired to win games.

But it’s impossible to win at Memphis without connecting with Memphis, without understanding the things that make the Memphis job different — and then reveling in those things.

The last coach spent his entire tenure explaining why Memphis is just like every other place he’d ever coached. Hardaway spent the first morning of his tenure explaining why Memphis is not like any other place on Earth.

He talked about games at The Pyramid and practices at the fieldhouse. He talked about the days when Memphis State flags flew on every car.

As he talked, he reminded fans why they had fallen in love with Memphis basketball in the first place, and why they should allow themselves to fall in love again.

Indeed, isn’t that why the Hardaway hire has been so emotional for so many in this city? Because it has reconnected fans to memories and times that had started to slip away. Because it has reconnected fans to a civic institution — and Memphis basketball is nothing if not a civic institution — that seemed in danger of fading into sad irrelevance.

So it meant something to see this massive family reunion. It meant something to see John Wilfong and Elliot Perry and Kenneth Moody and Vickie Finch.

Finch, Larry’s widow, said her husband would “be incredibly proud” of his former player.

“Oh, Larry would smiling,” she said.

Just like everyone else in the place.

More: Penny Hardaway: ‘I absolutely believe that whole destiny thing’ say excited fans

The job will get harder quickly, of course. But that was the other reassuring part of the day. Hardaway seems to know exactly what he is up against, including all the things he doesn’t know. He said he wants a staff of experienced assistants. He said he likes his chances to recruit the high school players he coached at East High School and on his AAU team. He said he is aware there are skeptics out there, and understands the skepticism.

“That’s their opinion,” he said. “It’s not just going to happen because I’m Anfernee Hardaway and I’m going to go be a college coach and kids are going to fall into my lap. I have to grind. I have to go work. But I’m willing to put that all in, put the work in and prove the critics wrong.”

With that, he headed back out into the massive entryway, where lingering fans waited for more.

“Can I get a picture?”

“Of course,” said Hardaway, who is bringing them back, one fan at a time.

(REALLY?) ‘Fieri’s Follicles’ lets you name a strand of Guy Fieri’s hair after someone

By Taylor Rock | The Daily Meal

For decades, many people who struggle to find the perfect gift have defaulted to naming stars after loved ones — but the practice has been roundly criticized by the International Astronomical Union. So instead of immortalizing your friends and family with a fictitious title to a flaming ball of plasma, you might as well dedicate a strand of Guy Fieri’s hair instead.

  • On a website called “Fieri’s Follicles,” fans can unofficially name one, two, or several of the TV personality’s goatee or bleached-blonde head hairs after a special someone. One “standard” hair costs $10, two “binary” pieces of hair can be had for $15, and a “constellation” of hair will set you back $20. Each purchase comes with an official certificate issued by the Fieri Follicle Federation, an official welcome letter, and two tickets to fictitious Flavortown.

The website notes that it makes no legal claim to officially assigning names to hairs on the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host’s head. Instead, the federation admits that only Fieri has “the authority to assign names to his hairs and it would be totally weird if he started doing that” — as if this wasn’t weird already.



Alas, it’s not a joke. If you add any of the packages to the virtual shopping basket, it’ll take you to a checkout where customers can pay via credit card or PayPal. Fortunately, a portion of the proceeds do go to the celebrity chef’s non-profit, Cooking with Kids, which encourages children to learn how to cook.

The Daily Meal has reached out to Guy Fieri for comment.


‘Stranger Things’ Stars Land Season 3 Pay Raises

Variety Magazine

The stars of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” have landed big pay increases for the sci-fi drama’s upcoming third season.

According to a report in Deadline, the child and adult stars of the series will all make six figures per episode for the coming season. Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin, the show’s young male stars, are set to make more than $150,000 per episode, according to the report. Millie Bobby Brown, considered the breakout from the first two seasons, is reportedly earning more than three boys. All four reportedly earned $30,000 per episode for the first two seasons.

The two main adult stars, Winona Ryder and David Harbour, are now set to make more than $200,00 per episode, according to the report.

Created by the Duffer Brothers, who return as exec producers and showrunners, “Stranger Things” is coming off another critically acclaimed season. It earned a recent Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for best ensemble in a drama series.

The show is executive produced by the Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, Iain Paterson, and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps. Earlier this month, Netflix revealed that Maya Hawke would join the cast as a new co-lead for season three, with Priah Ferguson being promoted to series regular.

‘Keyboard Cat’ Has Tickled His Last Ivory

(Newser) – An online memento to Bento is how many fans found out some sad news late last week about one of the internet’s most famous cats. People reports that a six-minute tribute to the renowned “Keyboard Cat” was posted Friday, announcing the musically inclined feline’s death on March 8 at the age of 8. Although the YouTube star, owned by Charles Schmidt, wasn’t the original Keyboard Cat—that honor goes to Schmidt’s previous orange tabby, Fatso, who died in 1987, per Mashable—Bento took over the ivories in 2010, posting videos on the Keyboard Cat YouTube channel and even landing a Wonderful Pistachios commercial.

So how did Fatso, who died long before the internet had infiltrated nearly every household, become an online sensation in the first place? Schmidt had in his archives a 1984 VHS tape of Fatso “playing” the keyboards, and that footage wound up on YouTube in 2007. The clip eventually went viral. Comments underneath the YouTube tribute to Bento offer condolences to Schmidt and lament the loss of an epic online star. “[I’m] more sad about this than Hawking,” one particularly broken-up fan writes. Others are holding tight to the memories: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it [happened].” (These YouTube stars awoke to a horrifying ordeal.)