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2023 State of the Union: President Biden urges Democrats and Republics to work together

While dlivering his second State of the Union address Tuesday night from the U.S. Capitol, President Biden called for political unity — and challenged Congress to pass immigration reform, protect abortion rights, ban assault weapons, and help rebuild the middle class.

Entering the House chamber to applause and a standing ovation from both Republicans and Democrats, Biden began his address by recognizing new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. Said Biden: “I start tonight by congratulating the members of the 118th Congress and the new Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy. Mr. Speaker, I look forward to working together.”

During his 80-minute address, Biden touted economic accomplishments during his time as President, despite acknowledging record inflation: “As I stand here tonight, we have created a record 12 million new jobs, more jobs created in two years than any president has ever created in four years,” Biden said, adding, “Here at home, gas prices are down $1.50 a gallon since their peak. Food inflation is coming down. Inflation has fallen every month for the last six months while take-home pay has gone up.”

Biden stressed that “unity” is required between Democrats and Republicans to “finish the job”: “To restore the soul of the nation. To rebuild the backbone of America, the middle class. To unite the country. We’ve been sent here to finish the job. To build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out, not from the top down. Because when the middle class does well, the poor have a ladder up and the wealthy still do very well. We all do well.”

First lady Jill Biden invited multiple guests to Tuesday’s speech, including the Ambassador of Ukraine Oksana Markarova, and RowVaughn and Rodney Wells, parents of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols, the Black man who died last month after he was beaten by a group of Memphis police officers during a traffic stop. Additional guests included Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was the victim of a politically motivated attack in October, and Brandon Tsay who disarmed a shooting suspect in the Monterey Park, Calif., mass shooting this past month.

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LeBron James breaks record for most career points in NBA history

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James set the record for most career points in NBA history, passing fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James had scored 27 points on Saturday against New Orleans to pull within 36 points of the record; and during the Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, James scored his 36th point of the night late in the third quarter, bringing his career total to 38,388 points.

Abdul-Jabbar was in attendance at the Lakers’ game to see James surpass his record. Abdul-Jabbar previously set the record April 5, 1984, passing Wilt Chamberlain; and then went on to increased the record total to 38,387 points by the time he retired in 1989. The record had stood since Abdul-Jabbar’s retirement in 1989; and since James doesn’t appear likely to retire in the next few years, he could potentially top 40,000 points before his NBA career comes to an end

Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone now holds third place, but is still nearly 1,500 points shy of Abdul-Jabbar. Kobe Bryant, with nearly 5,000 points fewer than James, stands fourth all-time, with Michael Jordan rounding out the top 5.  All but Jordan played for the Los Angeles Lakers at one point in their careers.

James entered the NBA in 2003; in his rookie season, he averaged 20.9 points per game, and has since averaged at least 27 points per game 12 times, including this season. His highest single-season total was 31.4 points per game in his third season. James scored 23,119 points in 11 seasons in Cleveland, scored 7,919 points in Miami; and now has just over 7,300 points in his time with Los Angeles. James has also made the playoffs in 15 of 19 seasons, and holds the record for most points in NBA history combining the regular season and the playoffs.

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Florida mass shooting suspect killed by police during car chase

Authorities in Florida confirmed that the suspect in a Florida mass shooting is dead after being shot and crashing his car after a police chase. Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor said that officers had sought to arrest 21-year-old Alex Greene on Monday for an outstanding burglary warrant, but as officers went to arrest Greene, he fled.

Authorities said Greene ran into a restaurant and then proceeded to carjack another woman’s vehicle; however when Lakeland police officers told Greene to get out of the car, Greene drove the vehicle toward the officer. The officer then shot Greene, whose swerved into oncoming traffic before crashing. Greene was declared dead after being transported to the hospital.

Police suspect that Greene was one of four gunmen in a sedan that opened fire on both sides of a street in “a challenged neighborhood” of Lakeland, Fla., on Jan. 30, injuring at least 10 people. Police Chief Taylor said “we are very confident he was, in fact, involved, to what extent we don’t know yet.” The victims were described as men between the ages of 20 and 35.

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San Francisco 49ers hire Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator

The San Francisco 49ers have hired former Carolina Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks as the team’s defensive coordinator.  Wilks replaces DeMeco Ryans, who accepted the Houston Texans’ head-coaching job.

Carolina promoted Wilks last season from defensive pass game coordinator and secondary coach to interim head coach after firing Matt Rhule.  The 53-year-old impressed when he took over as head coach, with the Panthers going 6–6 with Wilks at the helm after inheriting a 1-4 Carolina team under Rhule’s leadership.  The Panthers nearly managed to win the NFC South before a late-season loss to the Buccaneers.

Wilks served as the Cardinals’ head coach in 2018, and followed as defensive coordinator at Missouri in 2021 and with the Browns in 2019. Prior to his time in Arizona, he spent 2012 to 2017 with Carolina, filling the roles of defensive backs coach, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. While Wilks received some interest for the full-time position with the Panthers, Carolina opted to hire former Colts coach Frank Reich. After the Panthers announced the decision, Wilks said he was “disappointed but not defeated” about not getting the chance to continue as head coach of the franchise.

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Carly Pearce announces ‘29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City)’

Carly Pearce has announced the live album dubbed ‘29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City).’

The album, produced by Pearce alongside David Clauss, was recorded during Carly’s intimate concert event at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, featuring special guests Lee Brice, The Isaacs, Matthew West, Jenee Fleenor, and Ashley McBryde.

Pearce will also be joining Blake Shelton’s Back To The Honky Tonk Tour, kicking off February 16 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fans can pre-order ‘29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City)’ ahead of its release on March 24 – here.  A limited number of signed copies are available for pre-order through Pearce’s webstore.

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Dierks Bentley and Ashley McBryde team up for ‘Cowboy Boots’

Dierks Bentley has recruited Ashley McBryde for his new track “Cowboy Boots,” the latest track off Dierks’ upcoming tenth studio album Gravel & Gold. 

The duo have also shared a performance video of “Cowboy Boots,” filmed at the famous downtown Nashville club Robert’s Western World, on Lower Broadway. The new song is written by Bentley with Casey Brown, Jordan Minton, and Hunter Phelps, and Bentley says of the track: “When I first really fell in love with country music, Jim Beam and cowboy boots came along for the ride. I’ve had a few pair of boots over the years, many requiring duct tape at times. But, they’ve been my consistent and steady companion through this crazy ride. Not only does Ashley have one of the best voices in country music, she also always rocked a pair of boots when we were on tour together last year. I wanted someone that I could authentically sing this song with, and I didn’t have to look any further than stage left. She’s the real deal.”

‘Gravel & Gold’ will be released on February 24; to pre-order, head here.

Dierks Bentley And Ashley McBryde Hit The Honky Tonk In Music Video For Dierks’ New Single, “Cowboy Boots”

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Maria Menounos expecting first child via surrogate after fertility struggles

Television personality Maria Menounos is expecting her first child with her husband, Keven Undergaro, via surrogate.  The baby news for Menounos, 44, and Undergaro, 55, comes years after the couple tried to start a family, but faced a decade of infertility. Menounos shared with People magazine: “Just after a decade of trying everything, we are so grateful to the beautiful family helping us conceive our baby. Keven, my dad and I are all beyond excited for this soul to come into our lives. What a blessing.”

Menounos also confirmed the news on social media, paying tribute to her late mom, Litsa Menounos, who passed away in May 2021 after a battle with brain cancer. Menounos wrote on Instagram“We are overjoyed to share that we are finally gonna be parents! Thank you to Stephanie Levich at @familymatchconsulting, Andrew Vorzimer, @kimkardashian and @zoesaldana for all your help on this journey!  Cant believe I’m sharing this news without her [Maria’s mom] in the physical … But I know she made it happen on the other side and is going to be with me every step of the way.”

Menounos and Undergaro tied the knot in 2017 after dating for more than two decades. They previously told People in February 2022 about their struggles with infertility, with Maria noting that she “definitely didn’t think it was going to take this long … It’s been years. We’ve used different services, different people,” adding that she began IVF treatments a decade ago. “It’s just been a very frustrating process.”

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SLIPKNOT shares surprise new ‘Yen Director’s Cut’ dubbed ‘Bone Church’

Slipknot is sharing a second video for the song “Yen,” featuring new visuals and a new arrangement of the song as well. The reimagined version is dubbed “Yen” Director’s Cut, with the subhead “Bone Church.”

Unlike the original video that featured other members of the band, frontman Corey Taylor appears to be the only Slipknot member in the new clip — but he is often shown primarily in a close-up of his glasses-covered eye.

Take a look at the video for the director’s cut for Slipknot’s “Yen” – here.

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to launch North American Tour

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will hit the road again this year for two dozen North American tour dates. The spring/summer tour will kick-off April 25 in Shreveport, La., wrapping-up on July 5.  The duo will perform music from their most recent collaborative album, 2021’s ‘Raise the Roof’, as well as their Grammy-winning release from 2007, ‘Raising Sand.

Plant and Krauss’ March 2 performance at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater will be streamed worldwide on March 16, with ticket purchasers able to re-watch the stream for 48 hours. More information and tickets for both the tour and the stream can be found on Plant and Krauss’ website.

Tickets for the “Raising The Roof Tour” are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Unveil 2023 Tour Dates

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Watch the first teaser for the remake of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ starring Jack Harlow

20th Century Studios have shared a ‘first-look’ teaser for the upcoming remake of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ starring Jack Harlow in his acting debut. Harlow’s casting in the film was announced last March, after his first-ever screen audition. Harlow is an avid basketball superfan, and he was a star player in last year’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Harlow portrays Jeremy alongside Sinqua Walls, who plays the role of Kamal. Their characters embody the roles of Sidney and Billy from the original ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ flick from 1992, starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, respectively. Staying true to the original film’s plot line, the new teaser follows Jeremy and Kamal — avid basketball players who downplay their skills in street matches to hustle others out of their betting money.

Directed by Charles Kidd II and written by ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris, the ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ remake will stream on Hulu in the US (and Disney+ internationally) starting May 19. You can watch the teaser trailer – here.

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