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Philadelphia 76ers: Tony Bradley is thriving in OKC – Section 21505.06.21

Has any bench player captured the hearts, minds, and imaginations of Philadelphia 76ers fans the world over as quickly as Tony Bradley?

BBall Paul Reed maybe. And Marco Belinelli. Really, there are a ton of players who fit that bill, as our fair city has kind of made it a low-key pastime to stan fringe players beyond their abilities and overinflate their abilities to sometimes detrimental degrees, but still, the love affair between Bradley and the Sixers fans was at near Mike Scott-levels in the month of March, without so much as an ounce of realization that maybe, just maybe he wouldnt still be on the team by seasons end.

There was just no way, right? At 23, Bradley was the type of player who could remain on the Sixers for years to come and potentially develop into a long-term backup for their MVP-caliber big man Joel Embiid, long after Dwight Howard finally decides to hang up his shorts and enjoy all the frostys his $242,500,792 in career earnings can buy.

Fun fact: Considering a junior frosty goes for $1.19, $242,500,792 will buy you a lot of frostys (194,000,633) in PA and even more if you buy them in Delaware sans the six percent sales tax (203,782,178).

But then, just like that, it was over. After turning in a perfect game against the Golden State Warriors in the final game before the 2021 NBA trade deadline, Bradley was gone traded to the OKC Thunder in a three-team deal alongside two second-round picks and Doc Rivers son Austin (awkward) for George Hill, and Ignas Brazdeikis (more on that here).

Fortunately, we dont have to feel too bad about Tony Bradleys plight, as hes actually having a pretty darn good run with a well-defined role in a contract year despite going from one of the best teams in the NBA to arguably the worst.

Tony Bradley has officially made 18 appearances and counting for the OKC Thunder, which is only two fewer games than he played with the Philadelphia 76ers in roughly half the time.

While he hasnt earned a start as of yet, exclusively playing behind UCLA-meme-turned-two-way contract convert Moses Brown, Bradley is averaging career-high minutes (18.2), points (8.7), and rebounds (6.3) playing for Mark Daigneaults squad, with very little signs of slowing down anytime soon.

But wait, it actually gets better for the young not-quite-7-footer. Despite not quite playing 50 percent of the Thunders minutes at the five, Bradley is actually outperforming Brown from a statistical standpoint, outpacing the Luigi to his Mario in points and field goal percentage, not that its a competition or anything.

Assuming the duo are retained past their final games of the season versus the Los Angeles Clippers on May 16th, which shouldnt be hard, considering Brown is already locked into a multi-year deal and OKC has both the cap space and Bird Rights to keep Bradley at whatever price point theyd like, the Thunder might actually have a pretty impressive one-two punch at the five spot to pair up with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Darius Bazley, and about two dozen first-round picks over the next seven years.

And as for the Philadelphia 76ers? Did they royally whiff on the enigma known colloquially as Tony TB11 Bradley? Eh, not really.

Considering how well George Hill has played since arriving in Philly as a reliable veteran presence coming off the bench and that the team can pick up his option for the 2021-22 season at a very reasonable roughly $10 million cap hit which could technically be valuable both on the court and as a trade chip its hard to argue with the value Morey got back from three players who werent expected to be a part of Doc Rivers playoff rotation, and a quartet of future second-round picks that wont help this team win a chip anytime soon.

Factor in the, well, fact that Dwight Howard could all but surely be retained for the 2021-22 season if need be and the Sixers presumed desire to actually sign/draft/trade for a stretch five to pair up with Ben Simmons when Joel Embiid is off the court and Bradleys development from a Zhaire Smith contract dump throw-in into a legitimate NBA role player is just gravy for all parties involved.

Sidebar: Assuming Brown and Bradley do end up retained for the forthcoming season, theres a better than not chance that Mike Muscala wont be and could thus be a prime candidate to return to South Philly for a second stint as a floor stretching four/five man behind Joel Embiid. Thats a worthy consolation prize just for his Super Mario Brothers 3 tattoo.

And hey, assuming the Philadelphia 76ers actually pull this thing out and bring back a championship to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time since 1983, Tony Bradley will surely receive a nice, (presumably) diamond-clad ring for his 20 games of effort whenever he returns to town, which is a pretty nice reward for having a chance to bolster his stock heading into his first bite at the free agency apple.

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Why is this Fayetteville tattoo artist getting so much attention on TikTok? – The Fayetteville Observer05.06.21

Eight months ago, Colorado native Donte Hall started following the TikTok account of Fayetteville tattoo artist Jonathan Dump. Hall was so captivated by Dump's skill, he decided he wanted to get tattooed by him, even if that meant flying to Fayetteville.

Hall got a tattoo of two scenes from the anime "Black Clover" on his bicep. He said last week that he plans to come back in July for more artwork.

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Dump, 27, isn't a stranger to people coming from different parts of the country to be tattooed by him.

"I get a couple from California every now and then, people from New York," he said last week. "The day after (Donte) got tattooed, a girl drove like almost 11 hours from the other side of Tennessee."

Even though his TikTok has more than 600,000 followers, Dump said, people have traveled before to get work done by him after seeing his art on his Instagram account, which has more than 80,000 followers.

Dump created his TikTok account, artofjondump, around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We gotshut down and everything, were quarantined and figured this was a better way to show my brand, get out there more, and I started producing content," he said. "I think my first week on TikTok, I grew it up to like 6,000 followers or something like that."

Some of his portrait tattoos have gained social media attention from hip-hop artists such as Lil Nas X and Megan TheeStallion.

Dump said he likes to be well-rounded, but when it comes to specializing in something, he would say portraits and color work. His portraits are striking for their vivid detail and strong lines.

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Dump, a Fayetteville native and Douglas Byrd High School graduate, said he's always been artistic.

"Even as a kid, I would always doodle on my notes, doodle on tests and stuff like that," he said. "I was probably 14 or 15 when I started being interested in tattoos.

"When I brought it up to my mom that I wanted to be a tattoo artist and she was really against it. So, the rebellious part of me was like, I'm going to do it, and I just gained a love for it."

Dump has been at Best of Ink Fayetteville on Skibo Road since October 2019.Before that he worked at New Addiction on Raeford Road.

As demand for Dump grows, his books are closed until June.

"If I don't close my books, I'll probably be booked out one to two years," he said. "I know when I opened my books last time, I had a line (of clients) going from the front of the shop wrapped around the sidewalk out to the road."

In addition to his artwork, Dump also posts on his TikTok account about positivity.

"I am a firm believer of what goes around, comes around," he said. "I worry about myself, I stick to what I believe in, I try not spread negativity. I hope that everybody else follows suit."

Staff writer Akira Kyles can be reached at akyles@gannett.com.

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Billie Eilish Tattoos: Guide to Ink Designs and Their Meanings – J-1405.06.21

Baring it all! Billie Eilish has a tattoo, and fans finally know where its been hiding.

The Bad Guy songstress unveiled her giant ink design in May 2021, while posing in a nude bodysuit and trench coat forBritish Vogue. Although shes yet to share a clear picture of whats inked on her hip, the small glimpse was enough to send fans into a frenzy. Months prior to her stripping down for the sultry shoot, Billie revealed that she got her first tattoo during an October 2020 interview withVanity Fair.

Since 2016, shes teamed up with the publication to do the same interview one year apart to see how much has changed. After three years of saying no, Billie finally answered yes to the question of whether or not she has tattoos. I did get a tattoo, the California native admitted in the video, which was released in November 2020. But you wont ever see it.

During a previous installment of the interview, when the topic of tattoos came up, Billie said, The only tattoos I want to get are the ones that barely anyone can see.

From the sound of it, Billie changed her mind, because her leg tat made major headlines in May 2021!

Ilove these pictures, and I loved doing this shoot, she wrote on Instagram alongside images from the British Vogue shoot.Do whatever you want whenever you want. Fk everything else.

Throughout the magazine article, Billie shares that although it was her idea to do the photo shoot, it was literally something shes never done before. Yknow, besides when Im alone and st, she added. As for the reasoning behind sharing her body, something thats been a point of conversation since her claim to fame in 2016, Billie told the publication its because I can do whatever I want.

Its all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery, she added. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, fk it if you feel like you look good, you look good.

As fans step into the new world of Billie, one where she takes body confidence to the next level, the question arises of whether or not the Therefore I Am musician has more plans to unveil any other surprise tattoos. Only time will tell it seems. Scroll through our gallery for a breakdown of the singers ink designs.

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5 things to know about Lions fourth-round pick Derrick Barnes – mlive.com05.06.21

The Lions traded up to make back-to-back picks early on day three of the NFL Draft.

With the 113th overall pick, the Lions selected linebacker Derrick Barnes out of Purdue. That pick came one after Detroit selected Amon-Ra St. Brown out of USC.

Here are five things to know about Barnes.

1. Multi-positional

Barnes came to West Lafayette as a linebacker and made his first career start as a freshman against Wisconsin.

He started his final three seasons with the Boilermakers, including the second half of the 2019 season at defensive end before returning to linebacker in 2020. There, he had a team-high 54 tackles plus 5.5 tackles for loss in 2020.

In high school, Barnes was also a 1,500-yard rusher as a running back.

2. Signing day flip

Barnes was almost not a Big Ten, or even a Power 5 player. After his senior year of high school near Cincinnati, Barnes held only one Power 5 offer and was committed to Toledo as a two-star recruit. But after Jeff Brohm was hired by Purdue, he extended a late offer to Barnes, who took him up on it and flipped his commitment on signing day. He went on to become one of the better linebackers in the conference he almost didnt get a spot in.

3. A fitting tattoo

Barnes already has some appropriate ink for his new team. His right pectoral features a tattoo of a Lion, which he said is his favorite animal.

The lion is the king of the jungle, heart of a lion is what I say I have, Barnes said. Loyalty, just power and just leadership. I think thats all the traits I grew up having so Ive always been a fan of the lion.

4. Big junior season

Barnes had a somewhat quiet senior season, which was shortened due to COVID-19. He had 54 tackles in six games but no sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. As a junior in 2019, Barnes had 7.5 sacks, during which he played a hybrid defensive end position, to go along with 11 tackles for loss and 63 tackles.

5. Special teams experience

Early in his Boilermakers career, Barnes got some experience on special teams that could come in handy in his pro career. He had 17 tackles and a forced fumble as a freshman, playing some on defense but largely on special teams.

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20 Books Every Man Should Read in His Lifetime – Men’s Journal05.06.21

Books are transportive, eye-opening, life-affirming. Whether youre jonesing for your next adventure or looking for a bit of inspiration, get all that and more from these glorious reads. Theyre our top list of books every man should read in his lifetime.

With some classics and curveballs thrown in the mix, theres something for every kind of reader. And if youre looking for a great gift for the bilbliophile in your life, this list has got you covered.

Its a miracle this page-turning 2009 memoir and New York Times best-seller hasnt been turned into a movie. A few years back, Sean Penn was set to direct the film adaptation of the book, but it fell through. We think its a blessing in disguise, because no amount of cinematic glory could ever capture this unbelievable tale of a young boy surviving a mountainside plane crash interwoven with surfing stories, road trips, and a look at Ollestads troubled relationship with his father.

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This posthumous travel guide released in spring of 2021 is already a New York Times No.1 best-seller, and with good reason. Its funny, sharp, practical, and makes this pale blue dot seem like ours for the taking. Whether youre seeking Bourdains thoughts on Tangier or where to stay in Toronto, this comprehensive book has it all, along with some stellar essays from Bourdains friends, brother, and co-workers about the man who made us all want to journey to parts unknown, be they around the corner or half-way across the globe.

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When Alboms college professor from nearly 20 years ago is diagnosed with ALS, hean overworked sports writer, whose life is unravelingis able to reconnect with him and learn the lessons of life and death that too many are afraid to teach or speak. If youre feeling burdened by dense tomes as of late, this 1997 best-selling memoir can easily be devoured in a sitting or two.

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If youre all about being one with the mountains, its hard to outshine this collection of alpine stories that was the winner of the 2019 National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature, as well as the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Award for Climbing Literature. Fittingly, it covers a lot of ground, from essays on adventuring in the 21st century to adrenaline-filled sagas from life at great, glorious, and terrifying heights.

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Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux Courtesy Image

This spring 2021 release is Theroux at his fictive finest: descriptive, nuanced, sagacious, and just a touch unlikable for how damn good of a writer he is. The novel chronicles a champion surfer who accidentally kills a homeless man with his car while hes inebriated. Surf culture, Hawaii, the road to renewaltheres a whole lot to love in these 421 pages.

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Okay, well try not to fill this whole list with Theroux picks. This 1982 instant best-seller was shortlisted for the American Book Award, and its a novel you wont be able to put down, even on your fifth read: The crazed and genius inventor Allie Fox relocates his family from America to the Honduras jungle in a story that may very well change how you look at the world. In 1986, Harrison Ford starred in the movie rendition of the novel, and it now makes for an especially timely read, or reread, as its an Apple TV series starring Therouxs nephew, Justin Theroux.

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If theres ever been a hiking memoir to read, its this one. Hailed as one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and more after its 2012 release, Strayed tells a deeply moving, sometimes humorous, and ever-vivid account of her more than 1,000-mile hike along the PCT in an attempt to turn her life aroundor at least find something like life again after her moms death, the dissolution of her marriage, and drug addiction in a few short years in her early- to mid-twenties.

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This 2001 Wisconsin memoir will both entice and dissuade you from taking the plunge. After a 10-year absence, Perry moves back to his rural Wisconsin hometown and joins the volunteer fire department where he fights fires and works as an EMT. In a hamlet of only 485 people, he takes calls of heartbreaking tragedy and crazier-than-fiction humor along the way, chased by plenty of philosophical waxing that never preaches, yet really makes you think.

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What happens when a pro runner carves his way across the country with a high-quality camera? An excellent tribute to the people and places that make up our nation on this athletes journey from South Carolina to San Francisco. The only downside? The last page has you wishing you had about 100 more pictures and stories to go.

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This 1971 hit book got an excellent movie treatment starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro in 1998, but nothing compares to the trip of both the psychedelic and highway persuasion captured on the page in Thompsons inimitable tongue. Expect drugs, drama, and for some strange Dr. Duke interludes.

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Quite possibly the best cross-country travelogue youll ever read by one of Americas finest authors, this 1962 criss-cross takes you to cities and wastelands, striking vistas and craggy cliffs. Steinbeck evocatively captures himself, his beloved pup Charley, and his country in a moment ripe with literal and figurative crossroads.

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The Kiowa novelist and poet dazzles in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Abel, a veteran and Native American toeing the line between his cultural upbringing and the modern world that is just as relevant today as when it was first published in 1968. With breathtaking natural scenery and lyrical language throughout, youll definitely finish feeling inspired to wander through New Mexico, or retreat into a dingy dive in Los Angeles nursing a whiskeyor both.

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How could we not put this non-fiction marvel on the list? It follows the real-life story of Christopher McCandless peregrinations to Alaska from his cushy upbringing in Virginia. If youve seen the 2007 filmdirected by Sean Pennand loved it, prepare to be truly amazed when you pick up the 1996 international best-seller. (And if youve already read this one half-a-dozen times, may we suggest adding Krakauers fine exploration of Mormon fundamentalists, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

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Everyone needs a good self-help book once a while. Preferably one that doesnt disappoint. Weiners quest for the most joyful place on the planetand its inhabitants secretsmore than delivers with science, laugh-out-loud personal anecdotes, and hard-won lessons woven in throughout. Good luck closing the last page not feeling in a better place than when you started.

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From the author of Bright Lights, Big Citycomes this delightful 2006 collection of essays on all things wine. It pairs really well with a five oclock tipple.

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Historical fiction keeps you enthralled from the first page until the last in this Pulitzer Prize-winning stunner about the antebellum South. With characters that leap off the page and language that punches you in the gut, allow this to be your gateway into the Trinity School- and Harvard-bred author.

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Mrquez chronicles the shipwreck of a Colombian boat, and one man who survived 10 days alone at sea. Published in 1955, its one of the best sagas of man versus nature youll ever read. Its certainly a non-fiction gem youll want to return to again and again.

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If youre reading our site, were going to go ahead and guess youre a fan of the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson. In this revealing 2016 memoir, his son Juan shares his experience of growing up with the legendary author in Woody Creek, CO, including their struggles and triumphs.

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Jim Harrison has always held a special place on our bookshelf. This 1988 glimpse into the life of a young woman who leaves California to return home to the wide expanse of Nebraska for a new life with her long-lost son. This is poignant and powerful, jabbing and jeering.

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I sing of arms and a man begins arguably the most epic journey of all time as Aeneas sets sail to Rome. Translated by Robert Fagles, this classic text dates back to somewhere around 20 BC. The Latin epic poems 12 books covers war, love, treacherous seas, and enough profound lines to fill a tattoo wish list.

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King Soopers employees share what they saw during the mass shooting in Boulder – 9News.com KUSA05.06.21

BOULDER, Colo. More than a month has passed since the mass shooting at the King Soopers on Table Mesa in Boulder. For the first time, employees who were at the store that day when 10 people died share what they saw to 9NEWS.

Several of the victims were employees themselves.

"It definitely doesn't feel like over a month," said Logan Smith, a barista at the Starbucks inside the Boulder King Soopers. "Every single day has felt like just one day."

Smith was working at the Starbucks when he heard the gunfire. He visits the store several times a week to pay his respects at the memorial. On the day of the shooting he was not sure he was going to walk out of the King Soopers alive.

"Perched up against the wall, I day dreamed three different realities of how I was going to get killed," he said.

He said he watched the shooter kill his friend and co-worker Rikki Olds as he called 911 for help. He said her laugh lit up any room.

"There are times at night I have survivors guilt and I am like, why couldnt it have been me who was one of the 10," he said.

Emily Giffen was a manager at King Soopers. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Giffen said she had put in her two weeks notice so she could move back home to take care of her mom.

"Five days before my last day is when this happened," she said.

She was taking a smoke break outside when the gunman arrived. Giffen believes that saved her life.

"Hearing the stories of my coworkers hiding in the chip aisle and hiding in cupboards and cabinets, it breaks my heart," she said.

Over her heart, Giffen now has a tattoo that reads "Boulder Brave." She also got another tattoo with the initials of the 10 shooting victims.

"With everything that happened and everything I saw, I needed to localize the pain. It is so hard to even comprehend seeing your neighbors get shot, to seeing your coworkers get shot," she explained.

A chain-link fence is still up around the parking lot of the King Soopers. Recently, employees had an opportunity to go inside the store again.

"Unbelievably grateful is all I could say," said Smith. "No one should have to go through this."

It will take more time before the store reopens to the public. When it does, fear will not keep employees away.

Smith said he plans to return to work at King Soopers.

"To be a part of the family again. To stay strong is what I value most and that is why I would return," said Smith.

Giffen said she will fly to Colorado to be there for the reopening, too.

"Boulder is a good place and this guy is not going to ruin it for us," she said.

All nine civilians who were killed when the gunman opened fire were killed prior to police arriving at the store, prosecutors said in late April.

Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, who was among the first three officers to enter the store on Table Mesa Drive, is the 10th victim of the shooting.

The suspect now faces a total of 54 counts related to the March 22 shooting.

He had previously faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Prosecutors filed a motion to amend the charging document this week and it now has a total of 54 charges which include the following:

About 115 people were inside the store when the shooting began and another 25 were in the parking lot, according to prosecutors.

Below is a list of the victims as they're named in the charging document:

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‘It was a wild goose chase’: Family reunited with dog stolen and taken over 50 miles away – wtkr.com05.06.21

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Claire, a 1-year-old pitbull mix belonging to James and Amber Holda, was playing soccer in her Dam Neck yard on Tuesday.

"She loves to play defense,"said James Holda.

Claire has been away, literally on a rollercoaster ride since Thursday.

"She got through a crack in the fence," said James.

After the Holdas noticed Claire escaped, they immediately checked their home surveillance cameras.

"You can see Claire on the left of your screen running in the court, and you can see a woman scooping up the dog and putting it in her car," said James.

The rest of the story is complicated, but basically the owners called the police, filed a report and put up reward signs all within minutes.

An hour later, they oddly got a picture of Claire texted to their phone.

"Someone had identified the dog, and said, 'I know who has it,' and that started the wild goose chase," said James.

Through a tattoo on the alleged dognappers arm, the couple took to Facebook and became amateur detectives asking for help. Within minutes, someone gave them a name and number of who they thought took Claire.

"I was able to text her picture and say, 'Hey, we know who you are, and the police are involved,'" James said.

The person on the other end said they thought the dog was lost and said it was with them in Suffolk.

"They said, 'We didn't mean to take the dog; we wanted to turn it in, but it jumped out,'" James explained.

Another tipster called the family and said the alleged dognapper was staying in a motel in Suffolk, so the family hightailed it there.

"We went to the motel looking for the car," said Amber Holda.

Guests at the motel told the Holdas they had seen the dog handed off to another person, another twist.

"We were anxious - so many ups and downs and clues; so many leads. So close, so many times," said Amber.

After chasing down leads and putting up more reward posters of Claire, they got a call Monday night.

"The guy said he had the dog and was willing and straightforward to give her back," said James.

That person said they were given the dog and had it in Windsor.

Related: Owners reunited with pet after Chesapeake home broken into, dog and other items stolen

"It was a rabbit chase," said James.

Four days later, Claire was reunited with her family.

"The reunion was something else. Her tongue was out, tail waggin', and everyone was in tears," said James.

The Holdas say they have many people to thank on Facebook for helping them follow the breadcrumbs. No arrests have been made, but Virginia Beach Police are investigating.

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‘It was a wild goose chase’: Family reunited with dog that was stolen and taken 50 miles away – KERO 23ABC News05.06.21

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR) - Claire, a 1-year-old pit bull mix belonging to James and Amber Holda, was playing soccer in her Dam Neck yard on Tuesday.

"She loves to play defense,"said James Holda.

Claire has been away, literally on a rollercoaster ride since Thursday.

"She got through a crack in the fence," said James.

After the Holdas noticed Claire escaped, they immediately checked their home surveillance cameras.

"You can see Claire on the left of your screen running in the court, and you can see a woman scooping up the dog and putting it in her car," said James.

The rest of the story is complicated, but basically the owners called the police, filed a report and put up reward signs all within minutes.

An hour later, they oddly got a picture of Claire texted to their phone.

"Someone had identified the dog, and said, 'I know who has it,' and that started the wild goose chase," said James.

Through a tattoo on the alleged dognappers arm, the couple took to Facebook and became amateur detectives asking for help. Within minutes, someone gave them a name and number of who they thought took Claire.

"I was able to text her picture and say, 'Hey, we know who you are, and the police are involved,'" James said.

The person on the other end said they thought the dog was lost and said it was with them in Suffolk.

"They said, 'We didn't mean to take the dog; we wanted to turn it in, but it jumped out,'" James explained.

Another tipster called the family and said the alleged dognapper was staying in a motel in Suffolk, so the family hightailed it there.

"We went to the motel looking for the car," said Amber Holda.

Guests at the motel told the Holdas they had seen the dog handed off to another person, another twist.

"We were anxious - so many ups and downs and clues; so many leads. So close, so many times," said Amber.

After chasing down leads and putting up more reward posters of Claire, they got a call Monday night.

"The guy said he had the dog and was willing and straightforward to give her back," said James.

That person said they were given the dog and had it in Windsor.

"It was a rabbit chase," said James.

Four days later, Claire was reunited with her family.

"The reunion was something else. Her tongue was out, tail waggin', and everyone was in tears," said James.

The Holdas say they have many people to thank on Facebook for helping them follow the breadcrumbs. No arrests have been made, but Virginia Beach Police are investigating.

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We still blow up mountains to mine coal: Time to end the war on Appalachia – Salon05.06.21

On Earth Day this year, as President Biden assembled world leaders to a climate summit to focus on a "clean energy future," retiredcoal miner Chuck Nelsonhunkered down in the green hills of West Virginia, recovering from a recent stroke and with one remaining kidney, as thousands of tons of explosives from mountaintop removal strip mining operations detonated nearby with atoxic haze of coal dust.

Yes, Greta (Thunberg), we stillblow up mountainsin the United States to mine deadly coal.

While coal mining has decreased dramatically in recent years,state permits for reckless mountaintop removal operationsby absentee corporations, which involve only small numbersof non-union heavy equipment operators and explosives, in contrast tolabor-intensive underground mines,continue to be doled out in central Appalachia in a desperate attempt to shake down the region for a final coal tattoo.

In fact, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection celebrated Earth Day by rubber-stamping anew strip-mining permitfor an out-of-state coal company, slated to destroy 1,085 acres of forested ridges and wreak havoc for neighboring communities for the next eight years, despitedecades of protestby local citizens andreams of shocking health studiesonheightened cancer, heart andbirth defectrates associated with mountaintop removalmining dust.

Theendlesswaron the central Appalachian mountains continues. Needlessly, we should add.

"Millions of acres of Appalachian mountains have been permanently destroyed, and thousands of miles of streams have been permanently buried," emailed Nelson, whose wife died from chronic obstructive pulmonarydisease in 2019. "Witha flow of permits being processed right now, thousands more acres are planned to be wiped away forever. As devastating asmountaintop removal mining is to our majestic mountains, and the people's health impacts, only 3% of it is for electrical demand only 3%. Mountaintop removal mining goes against everything we're fighting for in trying to deal with the climate crisis. These are criminal acts carried out by criminal enterprises."

Instead of recognizing thecentury-old legacy of ruin in coal country, from Appalachia to Alaska and 20-odd states and several First Nations in between including an enduring array of abandoned mines, dangerous coal slurry impoundments, fraudulent "reclamation" projects, polluted waterways, desperate black lung victims, and gutted and sick communities with few economic options the Biden administration risks falling into the trap of outdated policies.

Two days after Earth Day applause, the Department of Energyquietly awarded millions of dollars"toboost the economic potential of coal and power plant communities," and subsidize"critical mineral extraction from coal and associated waste streams," as well as widely debunkedcarbon capture and storageschemes.

Listen here:Advocates in coal country have been calling for a Green New Deal since 2008 and acoalfields regeneration fundfor everyone in coal mining communities, not simply the out-of-state companies, and not justthrowing out a few job training opportunities for the dwindling ranks of largely non-union miners.

If the Biden administration and Congress truly want to build back better, theyshould have passed theRECLAIM ACT years ago, simply to start the process of reclaiming and reinvesting in all mining regions.And they should now double down on the commitment and make the Appalachian region, like all extraction zones fromthe IllinoisBasin totheNavajo Nation to thePowder River Basin, a showcase for a clean energy economy, not a backwoods of denial.

If the Biden administration and Congress want to end the war on Appalachia, they should simply pass theAppalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act,which calls for a moratorium on such devastating operations until a basic health study is completed.

This is one of the most shameless realities in regulation: One of the Trump administration's first acts was to cancel a long-term health study on the impacts ofmountaintop removal mining.

The sad truth is that this humanitarian and environmentalcrisishas been a federally sanctioned disaster sinceJimmy Carter begrudginglysignedtheSurface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in 1977, complaining that it would allow "the mining companies to cut off the tops of Appalachian mountains to reach entire seams of coal."

Let's repeat that phrase, "cut off the tops of Appalachian mountains" as in the tops of more than500 mountains for over a half-century, literally clear-cutting deciduous forests and the region's ancient carbon sink, blowing ridges into oblivion withexplosives and dumping the toxic remains and pulverized heavy metals in polluted streams, and ravaging the lives of citizens considered collateral damage, along with everything else in the way.

It doesn't have to be like this. Last month, Canadian government officials reversed theirown 45-year policy for open-pit coal mining, admitting, "We didn't get this one right."

It's time for Biden and Congress to get this one right in Appalachia and all mining communities.

Just listen to Vernon Haltom, director ofCoal River Mountain Watch,based in the frontline extraction zones of West Virginia, not in Washington, an organization thatdeserves as much support as possible:

With millions of Americans seriously ill or dead from the COVIDpandemic, the stockholders and executives of Alpha Metallurgical Resources have no qualms about filling the air in Appalachian communities with carcinogenic blasting dust. Their enablers at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection have no qualms about rubber stamping new and renewed mountaintop removal permits, "just following the law"to sentence innocent people to death and misery. People like WVDEP permit supervisor Laura Claypool face no negative consequences for their actions, apparently not even remorse, but the people face the consequences of death. How do they sleep at night? It's not as if they don't know about the dozens of peer-reviewed health studies demonstrating that mountaintop removal is a deadly public health threat. No, they sleep soundly in the comfort of a steady job doing the coal barons' bidding. The WVDEP has made it personal by approving the death of friends and family like Judy Bonds, Larry Gibsonand Joanne Webb, so they shouldn't be surprised if we make it personal about their cold, inhumane decisions. But since they've proven their incapacity for basic human decency, we need the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, H.R. 2073 in this U.S. Congress, to protect the people.

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Therapy to heal the world with Micki Free – Verde Independent05.06.21

Native American flautist Micki Free will perform Friday May 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sedona Arts Academy at The Collective, 7000 SR 179, in the Village of Oak Creek.

Live Climate, Avanti Consortium and Sedona Arts Academy collaborate to bring the performance by Micki Free, Commanche/Cherokee Native American, Grammy-award-winning, NativeAmerican Music Hall of Fame inductee and musician extraordinaire offering his Native American Flute music for healing, love and spirituality for the world.

Frees performance is scheduled Friday May 7, 7-8:30 p.m. at Sedona Arts Academy at The Collective, 7000 SR 179, in the Village of Oak Creek.

From Wikipedia

Free is a mixed-blood Native American born in West Texas and moved to Germany soon afterward. He claims Irish, Comanche, and Cherokee descent.

His stepfather, a U.S. Army sergeant, was stationed in Germany, and Free was introduced to rock n roll there as a child, when one of his five sisters received tickets to a Jimi Hendrix concert and took him along to the show.

It just blew my mind, Free remembered.

His family later moved to Illinois, where Free formed a rock band, Smokehouse. When he was 17, he was discovered by Gene Simmons of KISS, during a concert at which Smokehouse was the opening act for KISS, Ted Nugent, and REO Speedwagon.

After Simmons encouragement, Free joined Shalamar in 1984, just in time for the bands big successes, including a #17 position in U.S. Top 20 in 1984 with Dancing In The Sheets from the Footloose soundtrack, and a Grammy for Dont Get Stopped In Beverly Hills from the Beverly Hills Cop (1984) soundtrack in 1985.

With Shalamar, he was nominated for a Grammy three times.

After Shalamar, Free and Jean Beauvoir (of The Plasmatics) founded an AOR band, Crown of Thorns. Free later founded (and still tours with) The Micki Free Electric Blues Experience, with Jon Brant (formerly of Cheap Trick) on bass, and Curly Smith (formerly of Boston) on drums.

Recognition for his musical career after Shalamar came from the Native American Music Awards, where he won in the categories of Male Artist in 2002 and Pop Rock artist in 2004.

Micki Free has recorded with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the DVD/CD/EP release Micki Free Live in Hyde Park featured Bill Wyman, formerly of The Rolling Stones.

In 2002, he was cast to play Tonto in a new production of The Lone Ranger.

Native Music Rocks is a music program created by Micki Free, designed to give Native American musicians an opportunity to tour alongside Micki and his band, American Horse Trio.

The band features Cindy Blackman-Santana, former drummer for Lenny Kravitz, and David Santos on bass. Free was Director of the Native Music Rocks program and went on to create the first Native American Record company, Native Music Rocks Records, distributed by Fontana/Universal Music. He was a recording artist on the label as well as Chief Creative officer/VP.

The event was sponsored by Hard Rock International and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Free was invited to appear as part of an all-star cast of Native American musicians, known as Native Rocks, at the American Indian Inaugural Ball in Arlington, Virginia, on the occasion of president Barack Obamas inauguration.

He performed with Native Rocks at a related event at the Hard Rock Cafe prior to performing at the Inaugural Ball.

Tattoo Burn (2012), is a blues-rock style album written, produced, arranged, and performed by Free.

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