Barbra Streisand praises Bloomberg in tweet about philanthropic empire
NEW YORK — Babs is singin’ for Mike.Superstar Barbra Streisand praised Michael Bloomberg for pouring his billions into “good causes” Saturday even as she tweeted a critical investigation of how the ex-mayor has leveraged his philanthropy for political gain.“A very generous man who puts his money where his mouth is … especially about climate change, gun safety and so many other good causes,” Streisand wrote on Twitter.The former mayor’s philanthropy has been a boon for progressive causes, earning support from Democrats nationwide even as parts of his record give them pause.The “People” songbird...
New York Daily News
Foltynewicz, Braves try to put one awful inning behind them this spring
NORTH PORT, Fla. — There are a thousand tasks this spring of greater importance to Mike Foltynewicz than putting trolls in their place. He knows this, surely. What a colossal waste of time and energy it is to swim in the shallow end of social media.Although …If the need arises …“That’s the world we live in. I (sometimes) give it back to them,” said the Braves starter who, as the face of last season’s National League Division Series implosion against St. Louis and the possessor of a career as erratic as a squirrel caught in traffic, can be subject to a most colorful bouquet of Twitter and Insta...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Target says its 'Minnesota Badgers' onesie is donesie, apologizes
MINNEAPOLIS — A fashion misstatement has Target apologizing Tuesday to Minnesota Gophers fans.The fan website GopherHole.com tweeted a photo from Kileigh Carpenter of a maroon onesie sporting a block “M” insignia with the words “Minnesota Badgers” — the nickname for neighboring Big Ten rival Wisconsin.“Color us red,” Target said in a statement that leaned on the shade that the retail giant shares with the Badgers and is known to reveal embarrassment. “As a Minnesota-based company, we know we are home to the Gophers. We’ve worked with our vendor to remove this item and apologize to any sports f...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Diane Bell: Oscars role of 'Star Wars' actress fuels fan reaction
Social media was abuzz over the role of “Star Wars” actress Kelly Marie Tran during Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.The former San Diegan, who suffered the unfair arrows of online trolls after debuting as resistance fighter Rose Tico in “The Last Jedi,” had returned in the series finale, “The Rise of Skywalker.” However, she had a much diminished role.That controversy was rekindled when Tran appeared as a presenter at the Oscars. Why? Because she seemed to have more visibility on the Academy Awards stage and red carpet than she did in the “Star Wars” finale, estimated by fans to total about 80 second...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcos Breton: We should be able to talk about Kobe Bryant's rape case without receiving death threats
Two prominent female journalists were pummeled on social media, one was even suspended from her job. Both received death threats for having the audacity to mention a well-established rape charge against the late Kobe Bryant.Just consider the irony of that for a moment. You thought we were in the #MeToo generation and that we had moved beyond the previously allowed, or rationalized, shaming of women who raised their voices against sexual assault or harassment of women.Well, not so fast. The rules are clearly scrambled when the alleged abuser is a world-famous man whose death moved some of his f...
The Sacramento Bee
Super Bowl LIV's most preposterous prop bets include Trump tweets, Andy Reid's wardrobe and meals
The best part of the Super Bowl isn’t watching the pinnacle of professional football or gathering with friends and loved ones for the game. It’s spending your hard earned money on nonsensical prop bets that aren’t available during the regular season.Super Bowl prop bets cover everything from who will score the first touchdown to what color Gatorade the winning head coach will be drenched in. Here are some of the funnier ways you can light your money on fire during Super Bowl LIV. Odds are courtesy of Bovada.———Will Andy Reid coach the Super Bowl in a Hawaiian shirt? (Yes +1400, No -10000)As a ...
New York Daily News
Curtis Granderson retires after 16 seasons in majors
CHICAGO — Three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson has retired after 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, the veteran outfielder announced on social media Friday.Granderson, a Blue Island native and standout for Thornton Fractional South High School and UIC, began his career with the Tigers from 2004 to 2009 before stints with the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Marlins, with whom he spent his final season last year.“I’ve been blessed to play professional baseball for the greater part of two decades,” Granderson — who will turn 39 next month — wrote in a letter he posted Friday mor...
White Castle breaks hearts, says news of first North Carolina site is elaborate hoax
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A social media campaign announcing the “first White Castle in North Carolina” was an elaborate hoax that apparently duped hundreds of burger lovers around Charlotte over the past two days.The responsible party is still a mystery, but the mischief included a Facebook page that revealed an opening date in the fall and an address for the restaurant outside Charlotte in Indian Trail.“It’s fake news,” White Castle spokeswoman Wendy Schwantes told McClatchy News on Thursday.“White Castle does not have any plans at this point to open a White Castle in North Carolina. Sorry to disapp...
The Charlotte Observer
Facebook may pay Illinois users a couple of hundred dollars each in $550 million privacy settlement
CHICAGO — Facebook will pay $550 million to Illinois users to settle allegations that its facial tagging feature violated their privacy rights.The settlement — which could amount to a couple of hundred dollars for each user who is part of the class-action settlement — stems from a federal lawsuit filed in Illinois nearly five years ago that alleges the social media giant violated a state law protecting residents’ biometric information. Biometric information can include data from facial, fingerprint and iris scans.Illinois has one of the strictest biometric privacy laws in the nation. The 2008 ...
Jason Benetti is taking a quickie trip to Rome, while Steve Stone blocks boors for fun. Checking in with the White Sox TV announcers and their fierce Twitter battle.
CHICAGO — Jason Benetti, who’s spending his White Sox offseason calling basketball games on TV every few days, knows he needs a break to recharge before baseball returns in just a few weeks.So right after SoxFest, he’s getting on a plane bound for Rome, where he’ll spend four whole days before jetting home and getting back to work.“It’s only eight hours” away by plane, Benetti said at the White Sox fan convention, as if that explains why he’s taking less than a week off to see sites and spool pasta.Four days is an April road trip to Anaheim. Not even the Griswold family would consider that eno...