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MLB Sued After Relocating All-Star Game

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(Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press)

The Job Creators Network filed a 21-page lawsuit in New York City against Major League Baseball following the relocation of the July 13 All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver.

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  • The Job Creators Network is seeking $100 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages from MLB. They describe themselves as a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to educate and protect people who depend on small business success. They demand that the game return to Atlanta.
  • On April 2, MLB relocated the game and the draft as a direct result of the Election Integrity Act signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp in March. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star game and MLB Draft,” Commissioner Rob Manfred stated in the announcement.
  • The national outcry over the Election Integrity Act is largely due to its strict measures on early voting times, the requirement of photo ID to vote by mail, among other restrictions. Job Creators Network argues that the Act has nothing to do with baseball and that the MLB’s decision to move was intended to punish business owners.
  • The complaint states that the Atlanta metro area has suffered economic loss as a result of this decision, citing more than 8,000 canceled hotel reservations. However, the Job Creators Network may still struggle to prove legal standing in the case as MLB had no direct legal duty to their organization.

While the lawsuit may be nothing more than publicity, organizations like MLB and the NCAA have begun to take a stand against legislation they feel contradicts their values.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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