In a sign of easing tensions in Israel after the suspension of a contentious judicial overhaul, the United States ambassador to Israel said on Tuesday that President Biden would host the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Washington in the coming months, but did not specify a date. The possibility of such a meeting, long coveted by Mr. Netanyahu, came after other shifts in tone overnight from the Biden administration, as Washington signaled its support for Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to delay the divisive judicial plan . But the news did not suggest a complete reset after weeks of fraught relations: The ambassador, Thomas R. Nides, said that no date had been fixed for any meeting, leaving open the possibility that it could be delayed if Mr. Netanyahu pushed ahead with the plan after a delay. The news was nevertheless one of several signs on Tuesday that emotions were calming across Israel after concerns over the judicial overhaul had set off civil unrest on a scale … [Read more...] about With Judicial Overhaul Paused, U.S. Softens Tone on Netanyahu
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Becky G’s fiancé Sebastian Lletget apologizes amid cheating allegations
(CNN) Sebastian Lletget has issued a public apology to his fiancée, singer Becky G., amid speculation that he was unfaithful. The soccer star posted a lengthy statement on his verified Instagram account , writing, "As an athlete I have always tried to hold myself to a higher standard, recognizing the blessings and privileges in my career." "I know in my heart that I couldn't have achieved a lot of my personal & professional growth, let alone navigate the challenges in my life without the love & support of Becky by my side," his post continued. "Yet behind this abundance, there is a reality I've hid from everyone around me." Lletget went on to write that he has struggled with "personal trauma and acute anxiety compounded by my own denial, pride and bad decisions." "Over the last several weeks, during a moment I regret deeply, a 10-minute lapse in judgment resulted in an extortion plot," the statement went on to read. "Since this person did … [Read more...] about Becky G’s fiancé Sebastian Lletget apologizes amid cheating allegations
Texas names Rodney Terry as full-time coach after Elite Eight run
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas on Monday named Rodney Terry as full-time head basketball coach, removing the interim tag after he led the Longhorns to the Elite Eight following the midseason firing of Chris Beard. The school tweeted the news of Terry's appointment and scheduled a Tuesday news conference to introduce him as head coach going forward. The announcement came barely 24 hours after the Longhorns' season ended when Texas was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Miami on Sunday. Financial terms and years of the agreement were not immediately available. Rewarding Terry with the promotion was no surprise. This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 He took over the Longhorns as acting head coach when Beard was first suspended on Dec. 12 after a felony domestic violence arrest. Terry was then given the title of interim head coach when Beard was fired Jan. 5. The charge against Beard was dismissed in February. … [Read more...] about Texas names Rodney Terry as full-time coach after Elite Eight run
Is Michael Cohen’s Big Mouth Derailing the Trump Prosecution?
Shhh. Photo: MEGA/GC Images As we continue week two of the Donald Trump–indictment watch, questions abound. Is it really going to happen ? Did last week’s testimony from lawyer Robert Costello in defense of Trump successfully throw a wrench in the process? Does the testimony on Monday from David Pecker — the former publisher of the National Enquirer who helped arrange the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels that appears to be at the center of the prospective prosecution — mean that the case is back on track for an indictment? And what, exactly, is the holdup? The answers to these questions are as elusive at the moment as they are tantalizing, but one thing has become clear: Key witness Michael Cohen and his pathological need for media attention have not been making things easier for the Manhattan district attorney’s office in recent weeks. The former Trump lawyer has always been a curious figure in this saga. He pleaded guilty to a slew of criminal charges during … [Read more...] about Is Michael Cohen’s Big Mouth Derailing the Trump Prosecution?
NYPD’s Illegal Parking Needs to Be Curbed
Keep it orderly, please. Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photo: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images Addressing a gathering of municipal movers and shakers at the Crain’s Power Breakfast, Commissioner Keechant Sewell recently floated the idea of improving police-community relations by focusing on the first impressions formed when citizens encounter the NYPD. “It’s the first 15 seconds, the first 15 feet, the first 15 minutes of your interaction with the police department that really determines how you feel about how you were treated and how the police department is functioning,” she told the gathering. It’s a great idea, but for traffic safety advocates, the commissioner’s words sounded like a bitter joke. Every day, cops illegally park their personal vehicles on sidewalks, in crosswalks, at bus stops, and in bike lanes, turning the streets and sidewalks around every police precinct into a trash-strewn obstacle course (sanitation sweepers can’t clean gutters blocked … [Read more...] about NYPD’s Illegal Parking Needs to Be Curbed
MLB The Show breaks barrier with Negro League players
MLB The Show has broken a video game barrier: For the first time, the franchise will insert some of the greatest Negro League players — from Satchel Paige to Jackie Robinson — into the 2023 edition of the game as playable characters. Video gamers are now able to venture into a storyline mode involving eight Negro League legends through MLB The Show 23, which releases Tuesday. The narrative experience will feature short videos about the players along with gameplay focused on the epic moments of their careers. Along with Robinson and Paige, the game also features other players including Buck O’Neil, Rube Foster, Hilton Smith, John Donaldson, Hank Thompson and Martin Dihigo. “This made sense on multiple levels,” said Bob Kendrick, the narrator of storyline experience and president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum , which is located in Kansas City, Missouri. Along with the museum, he partnered with Sony for the historic Black players’ insertion into the game. “The way … [Read more...] about MLB The Show breaks barrier with Negro League players