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Will London Fall?

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London may be the capital of the world. You can argue for New York, but London has a case. Modern London is the metropolis that globalization created. Walk the streets of Holborn, ride an escalator down to the Tube and listen to the languages in the air. Italian mingles with Hindi, or Mandarin, or Spanish, or Portuguese. Walk through the City, the financial district, and listen to the plumbing system of international capitalism. London is banker to the planet.

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https://www.nytimes.com

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Cleveland Browns select quarterback DeShone Kizer

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Four picks into this year’s draft haul, the Browns have finally landed a quarterback.

Cleveland selected Notre Dame star DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kizer is the first quarterback selected in the second round by the Browns in the common draft era (since 1967).

At nearly 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Kizer offers prototypical size as well as the arm talent to make every NFL throw. Many scouts believe he’s the most physically gifted quarterback in this year’s draft class.

That said, he comes with questions about his accuracy, field vision, mechanics and decision making under pressure. He slumped severely enough against Stanford last season to earn a first-half benching.

“He is the classic boom or bust,” one AFC evaluator told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “In terms of arm strength, athleticism, talent, intelligence, he’s the highest-end guy. At the same time, he’s also the one with the most flaws.”

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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000804222/article/cleveland-browns-select-quarterback-deshone-kizer

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25 Years Since Rodney King Riots: Race, Rebellion and Rebirth in South L.A.

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Najee Ali watched the first flares of unrest in South Central Los Angeles from home, heeding his better instincts to stay out of trouble after four police officers were cleared in the beating of Rodney King.

He changed his mind when a group of black men pounded a white trucker unconscious live on TV.

Ali felt sorry for the victim, but he also felt moved by the countless other beatings, killings and daily injustices heaped upon the black community. He got in his car and drove into the heart of the fury, ready to smash and burn anything that represented society’s boots on the necks of African-Americans.

He saw rage and sadness in neighbors’ faces, gang members pooled in the streets, women banging pots and pans, and cops looking frightened.

“If you were non-black on that day, there was no compassion for anybody except for black people,” Ali recalled.

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Najee Ali poses for a portrait“We still have a lot of voices in South Central L.A. that are not being heard,” said Najee Ali. Michael Rubenstein / NBC News

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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ballad-south-l-race-rebellion-rebirth-n751471

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The NBA gets high-tech with VR, drones and futuristic dreams

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This past weekend, something kind of incredible happened; basketball aficionados from across the globe were able to don high-tech goggles to live-stream stereoscopic virtual reality of a highly paid athlete receiving a bounce pass from a custom-designed drone to perform a highly technical slam dunk.

This is the NBA in 2017.

New technologies have always played a major role in how sports organizations attract new audiences and build closer ties between players and fans. This past weekend, the NBA’s tech initiatives were on full display in New Orleans at the sight of the NBA All-Star game.

The new technologies powering efforts on the floor were awesome and plentiful but when I arrived I was interested about the combination of using new tech to enable crazy experiences on the court while also drawing on technologies that allow viewers at home to get closer than ever to the action.

This all centered around a dunk. The NBA Slam Dunk Contest defending-champ, 21-year-old Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon, was set to perform one of the craziest dunks yet, a high-flying drone-assisted shot that relied on the most intimate of communications between man and machine.

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The NBA gets high-tech with VR, drones and futuristic dreams

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From Mercury to Starliner: The Evolution of the Spacesuit

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You won’t explode if you enter space without a suit, but we don’t recommend it.

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Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin wore a SK-1 pressure suit on April 12, 1961, when he became the first human to journey into space.

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http://www.nbcnews.com/slideshow/mercury-starliner-evolution-spacesuit-n718296

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Fourth and final Arkansas inmate Kenneth Williams executed

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Arkansas has carried out its fourth execution within a week, bringing to a troubling end the state’s controversial attempt to run a “conveyor belt of death” in an aggressive burst of killings unseen in the US for more than half a century.

Kenneth Williams was pronounced dead at 11.05pm local time at the end of a 13-minute lethal injection that resulted in disturbing signs of distress on the part of the prisoner.

Eyewitnesses in the death chamber reported that his whole body shook with 15 or 20 convulsions just minutes into the procedure, and that he continued to breathe heavily even after a paralytic was injected into him to render all movement impossible.

After the killing was completed, the Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, the architect of the state’s controversial schedule of quick-fire executions, proclaimed that “the long path of justice ended tonight. Arkansans can reflect on the last two weeks with confidence that our system of laws in this state has worked”.

But observers were left with anything but confidence in the state’s ability to conduct humane executions as doubts continued to dog the week’s proceedings. Those doubts are certain to deepen after Thursday night’s killing, if the eyewitness accounts are any indication.

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Kenneth Williams’ attorneys have appealed to US supreme court to stop his execution on grounds of intellectual disability. Photograph: AP

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/27/arkansas-executions-kenneth-williams-fourth-final

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