Nowhere is Kevin Durant’s free-agency decision more glaring than at the bottom of the NBA standings. Five months after Durant bolted them to sign with the Nets, the injury-thinned Warriors have the NBA’s second-worst record at 5-20. That’s one win better than the Knicks, who have plunged deeper into irrelevance since Durant and Kyrie Irving spurned the chance to lead them to their first postseason since 2013. Wednesday’s Warriors-Knicks game at Chase Center is being billed as a “race to the bottom,” which sort of misses the point. Thanks to league rules introduced last season to discourage tanking, teams with the three worst regular-season records each have a 14% chance of landing the No. 1 pick, a far cry from previous years when the worst team had a 25% chance of winning the lottery, the second-worst had 19.9% odds and the third-worst had a 15.6% shot. This leaves the Warriors, who remain adamant that they’re not losing in the name of lottery … [Read more...] about Why Warriors-Knicks isn’t necessarily a ‘race to the bottom’
CALIFORNIA — Cities across California are working to improve their sustainability efforts, but how do they compare to the rest of the U.S.? Commercial Café, a commercial real estate website, ranked the top 50 cities nationwide who are making the largest strides in urban sustainability. California cities dominated the list, with 10 cities ranking among the top 50. For each city, Commercial Café analyzed at the reduction in CO2 emissions, improvements in air quality, differences over time in the share of walking and biking commuters, the increase in number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications earned, the growth in environmentally focused occupations, as well as ratings given by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Los Angeles was the highest-scoring California city to make the list, due to its significant increase in LEED-certified buildings and sustainable city policies, the website said. San Francisco made the … [Read more...] about 10 CA Cities Among Top 50 For Urban Sustainability Progress
Ciara won’t be getting sole custody of her young son, Future Zahir. A judge ruled on Tuesday that the R&B singer and her former fiancé, rapper Future, instead will share joint custody of the 2-year-old boy. The unfortunate custody battle between the formerly engaged superstars has been drawn out and fairly ugly. Future has blasted his ex-fiancée via social media and in interviews; Ciara filed a lawsuit in a Georgia court accusing him of defamation, slander, and libel—to which Future countersued. All the while, Future released hit albums and singles and Ciara scored a prestigious modeling contract and got engaged to an NFL superstar. But aside from how this drama is affecting their personal lives and the well-being of their little boy, there’s also the attention it’s gotten from fans and critics. This hip-hop Kramer vs. Kramer has turned into a battleground of ideas about misogyny, social norms, blended families, and infidelity. And it’s split … [Read more...] about Will Future’s Anti-Ciara Bros Ever Grow Up?
FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Fox News called the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) at 8:05 p.m. Central over her Democratic opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen. Minutes later, Politico followed suit and called the race for Blackburn as well.The two have been competing for the seat currently held by the retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). With 15 percent of precincts reporting, Blackburn had 61.7 percent of the vote to Bredesen’s 37.1 percent. Heavily Democratic Davidson County (Nashville) and Shelby County (Memphis) have not yet reported their results. Early voting returns suggested Bredesen might have had a better night than the final results indicate. Election day turnout in Nashville/Davidson County, a heavily Democrat area, was slightly higher than the 2016 Presidential election. The promise of that heavy turnout, however, turned illusory for Bredesen, as every one of the state’s 95 counties appeared to experience very heavy voter … [Read more...] about Marsha Blackburn Elected as Tennessee’s First Woman Senator