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7-year-old girl dies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park after tree falls on her tent

According to a news release from the National Park Service, a 7-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell on her tent while she and her family slept in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Park rangers responded to an emergency in the Elkmont Campground at around 12:30 a.m. on July 27 after the tree fell on the girl, who is from Georgia. Other family members, including her father and two siblings, were not injured. The large, red maple tree was about two feet in diameter.

The Elkmont Campground is located between Gatlinburg and Townsend. Emergency responders from Gatlingburg Fire Department, Gatlingburg Police Department and the National Park Service responded to the site, the release said. The campsite affected and adjacent campsites were closed, while Elkmont Campground remains open.

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House passes $280B bill to provide incentives for manufacturing semiconductor chips

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $280 billion bill to provide incentives for production of semiconductors and other investments in science and technology. The House passed ‘The Chips and Science Act’  by a vote of 243-187.  The bill passed the Senate on Wednesday with a 64-33 vote; it will now go back to President Biden to be signed into law.

The $280 billion Chips and Science Act will subsidize domestic semiconductor manufacturing while also investing billions of dollars in science and tech innovation. It provides $52 billion in federal grants for semiconductors manufacturing and research. Roughly $100 billion is provided over five years for regional tech hubs to support start-up companies. The bill is expected to make the chip supply chain more resilient after having experienced shortages that adversely impacted the economy.

That bill invests $369 billion in energy and climate change spending over 10 years while raising an estimated $313 billion from the corporate minimum tax and $124 billion through IRS enforcement of reformed tax code. It raises another $14 billion in revenue by closing the carried interest loophole for high income individuals, resulting in a deficit reduction of more than $300 billion.

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New Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi addresses vaccination status after being traded to New York

Newly acquired Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi is addressing his vaccination status since being traded from the Kansas City Royals to New York.

Benintendi spoke with the media on Thursday to address the matter for the first time; when asked whether or not he was planning on getting vaccinated, Benintendi revealed he has still not received the vaccine. Benintendi said: “I’m still positioned in the same spot. I’m open-minded about it. I’m not against it, but time will tell.” Benintendi added that his vaccination against COVID-19 was not something that he had to agree to prior to being traded.

Prior to his trade to the Yankees, many questioned whether Benintendi’s decision to not be vaccinated against COVID-19 would impact his value on the open market. Benintendi’s vaccination status became known when he was unable to play in Kansas City’s series in Toronto earlier this month.  However, the Yankees did not hesitate to pursue the Royals star outfielder.

Benintendi is having an exceptional year, hitting a career-best .320 with three home runs and 39 RBI in 93 games. He was selected to his first-career All-Star game earlier this month. Benintendi joins the best team in baseball, as the Yankees look to win their first World Series since 2009.

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DK Metcalf signs three-year extension with the Seattle Seahawks worth $72 Million

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seattle Seahawks star wide receiver DK Metcalf is expected to sign a three-year, $72 million extension with the organization.   The 24-year-old Metcalf is guaranteed $58.2 million, and will also reportedly receive a $30 million signing bonus — the most for a wide receiver in NFL history.

The fourth-year receiver caught 75 passes for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season behind center for the Seahawks. In his 2020 Pro Bowl season, Metcalf finished with a team-best 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns on 83 catches.

This will also be Metcalf’s first season without former teammate Russell Wilson as his starting quarterback, after Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks have yet to name its 2022 starting quarterback, but Geno Smith and Drew Lock are the two most likely options.

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Willie Nelson reveals details and lineup for Farm Aid 2022

Willie Nelson has shared that the 2022 Farm Aid festival is set for Sept. 24, and has also revealed the location and the lineup for the one-day food and music festival.

Farm Aid 2022 will take place at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C.  In addition to Nelson, performers for the 2022 festival include Nelson’s fellow Farm Aid Board of Director members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds) and Margo Price. Other performers include Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Allison Russell, Charley Crockett, Brittney Spencer and Particle Kid.

Farm Aid’s mission is to celebrate and support local farmers, and festival-goers will have a chance to sample products from local farms via the festival’s Homegrown Concessions. The event also has a Homegrown Village, where fans can learn about farming through exhibits, demonstrations and more. The first Farm Aid festival was organized by Nelson, Mellencamp and Neil Young in 1985. Matthews was added to the Board of Directors in 2001 and Price joined in 2021. The non-profit organization has raised more than $64 million since its inception.

Tickets for the 2022 Farm Aid festival go on sale Saturday (July 30) at 10AM ET.  For more details about this year’s music and food festival, head here:

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Amy Grant hospitalized after bicycle accident in Nashville

Amy Grant is recovering after being hospitalized for injuries she sustained in a bike accident in Nashville.  The 61-year-old Grant was injured while biking at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.   A spokesperson for the singer said she was wearing a helmet, and that Grant fell while cycling with a friend.

Grant is being treated for cuts and abrasions as a result of the accident; as of press time, she was reported to be in stable condition and is expected to stay Thursday night for observation and extended care.

The incident comes more than two years after Grant had open-heart surgery to correct pulmonary venous return (PAPVR), a rare heart condition she’s had since birth.  Also earlier this month, Grant was revealed as one of five recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.

Amy Grant Hospitalized After Bicycle Accident In Nashville

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Entertainment Daypop

Take a look at the trailer for “Me Time” starring Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg

Netflix shared the first trailer for ‘Me Time’, starring Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg.

The trailer follows Sonny (Hart), a family man, as his wife (Regina Hall) takes their two children on vacation for a week so he can have some time to himself.  When Sonny reunites with his old friend Huck (Wahlberg), things take a ‘different’ turn.

Starring alongside Hart, Wahlberg, and Hall is Jimmy O. Yang and Luis Gerardo Méndez.  Hart also serves as a producer alongside Bryan Smiley and John Hamburg, who also wrote and directed the movie.

Me Time debuts on Netflix Aug. 26. Take a look at the trailer – here.

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Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo to host primetime show on NewsNation

Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is returning to primetime TV to host a new show for NewsNation, the cable news channel owned by local TV giant Nexstar. NewsNation is led by Michael Corn, a former executive producer of ABC’s Good Morning America (Cuomo also used to work at ABC News). The news channel was launched as a programming block in 2020, with the whole channel rebranding last year. Before shifting to cable news, it operated as a cable channel known as WGN America.

Cuomo’s show will debut in the fall.  He said: “I want to find a way to help people, I am going to come to newsNation and I want to build something special here. I’ve decided that I can’t go back to what people see as ‘the big game,’ I think we need insurgent media, I think we need outlets that aren’t fringe and just trying to fill their pockets.”

Cuomo was fired by CNN in December after new details emerged about the lengths he went to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, respond to allegations of sexual harassment. Earlier this month, Cuomo launched a podcast called The Chris Cuomo Project. The debut episode, which included an interview with actor Sean Penn, also featured Cuomo’s first comments about CNN since his departure from the cable news channel.

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Rock Daypop

Bush return with their new single from the upcoming album ‘The Art of Survival’

Bush has returned with the new single “More Than Machines” taken off their ninth studio album The Art of Survival, the band’s first release since The Kingdom in 2020.  The Art of Survival is due out on October 7th; to pre-order/pre-save the album, head here,

Frontman Gavin Rossdale says of the track ‘More Than Machines‘: “This is an action-packed song with three really big topics. Off the bat, I don’t understand how anyone has the audacity to get involved or assume responsibility for women’s bodies. I wanted to reference that because it’s important to discuss. As much as the song is about the destruction of women’s rights, it’s about the destruction of the planet and the move for A.I. and a world of robots to replace us. It’s a topic we’ve heard since the ’50s. I’m not here to teach anything though; my job is medieval like a town crier. I come into town with my elixirs and sing about it, so it hopefully goes out into the universe.” 

You can take a listen to the new single More Than Machines  – here.

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Take a look at the video for Ghost’s new single ‘Spillways’

Ghost has shared the video for “Spillways,” the latest single from their recent LP, Impera.  You can buy or stream Imperahere.

Ghost’s North American run of shows, titled ‘Imperatour’, will see the band headlining 19 arenas across the U.S. and Canada, including an appearance at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Rock Fest. The trek will kick-off August 26 at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena, running through September 23 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Take a look at the video for “Spillways” – here.

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