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Gronkowski reportedly seeking more money from Patriots

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has created the impression this offseason that he is strongly considering retirement, but it is starting to look more and more like his indecisiveness has everything to do with his contract situation.Gronkowski i

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Fort Worth progressives look to make gains in longtime conservative stronghold in spring races

Fort Worth’s Tarrant County has been a GOP stronghold for a while, but Team Blue was encouraged by Texas Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke’s narrow victory there last year, and by wins in a local state Senate and county commission race. They’re hoping t
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Fort Worth progressives look to make gains in longtime conservative stronghold in spring races

Fort Worth’s Tarrant County has been a GOP stronghold for a while, but Team Blue was encouraged by Texas Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke’s narrow victory there last year, and by wins in a local state Senate and county commission race. They’re hoping to give Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a Republican who bragged last year that “Fort Worth is one of the largest conservatively led cities around,” a serious fight this year as she seeks a fifth two-year term as head of America’s 15th-largest city. Price won her last campaign two years ago 70-30 against a political newcomer, and she’s likely the favorite in the May 4 nonpartisan contest. (Should no one win a majority then, there would be a June runoff.) However, Democrats are fielding their first credible candidate in a while, with Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples, a former AT&T vice president, kicking off her bid on Tuesday. In her announcement, Peoples hit Price for the state of the local police. She emphasized how, the day she announced, five officers were fired for their role in the July death of a man in police custody, saying that “Right now there is this sense of distrust between part of the population and the police department.” Peoples also went after the mayor for only belatedly calling for an audit of a development project in Fort Worth called Panther Island that has attracted plenty of scrutiny recently. Early last year, Price asked voters to approve a $250 million bond for the $1.16 billion project, which is overdue, over budget, and underfunded. The bond passed, but in October, Price called for Panther Island to be scaled back and for an audit to make sure it was being properly managed. Peoples argued that Price had only called for the audit once people began paying attention to all the problems, declaring, “That is not transparent.” Peoples’ campaign also comes at a time when a progressive group called United Fort Worth, which grew out of the city council’s refusal in 2017 to join other Texas cities in a lawsuit opposing the GOP state government's ban on sanctuary cities, has been gaining prominence. United Fort Worth has been protesting at council meetings and arguing that Price and other local officials haven’t done enough to condemn hate speech aimed at immigrants; it has also been loudly speaking out against city policies it sees as hurting people of color and low-income residents. The group is also running city council candidates this May.

Nuts & Bolts: Inside a Democratic campaign—special districts and boards

It’s another Saturday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a Saturday diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic Campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up anytime: Just visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Last week, I
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Nuts & Bolts: Inside a Democratic campaign—special districts and boards

It’s another Saturday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a Saturday diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic Campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up anytime: Just visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Last week, I talked about school boards and the impact they have on our community. This week, the series covers special districts, private boards, and what some think of as forgotten offices. In many communities around the country, these city or county boards are designed to provide some form of oversight of city or local services. These can include water boards, utility boards, zoning boards, parks and recreation boards, transportation, river, stream, ocean boards, fish and game, wildlife boards, and so on.  Communities are free to create their own elected boards to handle process issues that might be too time-consuming for a city council or county commission, and these boards can focus on specific items, sometimes passing the results of their work on to another board or even a state legislature.

Rookie reps like Ayanna Pressley promise big changes on Maxine Waters-led House Financial Committee

The House Financial Services Committee has historically been regarded as a prime assignment for members of Congress—especially because many of them have received campaign donations from the industries (banking, real estate and insurance) the committee is i
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Rookie reps like Ayanna Pressley promise big changes on Maxine Waters-led House Financial Committee

The House Financial Services Committee has historically been regarded as a prime assignment for members of Congress—especially because many of them have received campaign donations from the industries (banking, real estate and insurance) the committee is in charge of regulating. This week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made history as she took over leadership of this important committee—becoming the first woman and black lawmaker to do so. This year, some of the freshman members of the committee are pledging to do things differently—rejecting corporate money and instead focusing on protecting Americans from things like predatory practices, debt and systemic inequality. Three of the newest members on the committee are rising stars in the Democratic Party: Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). In a recent interview with The Boston Globe, Pressley spoke about why she wanted this assignment and her policy priorities for the committee going forward. Pressley originally ran to address inequality in her district and believes that a spot on the committee will allow her to continue work she’d already been doing locally on consumer debt, affordable housing and consumer protection. When it comes to housing, she’s particularly excited about taking on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. “The thing I’m most excited about is to keep Ben Carson in my sightline. He has all but abandoned public housing. I have one of the largest housing developments in the country.” This is great news. We need someone to remain vigilant and make sure that HUD doesn’t complete collapse under the inept leadership of Carson. In addition to making sure the people of her district have access to fair, affordable housing and that poor people in public housing aren’t made more vulnerable in the Trump administration, Pressley is also thinking about student debt. With the largest concentration of college students in the country residing in her district, Pressley says “student debt is crippling and handicapping dreams.” She is concerned about predatory agreements where students take on huge loans and sign away huge portions of their income for decades. Pressley also plans to address the wealth and wage gap and has a plan to address those issues from an intersectional framework which looks across dynamics of race, class and gender.  One important thing that Pressley plans to do differently than predecessors on the committee is to reject corporate PAC money. The previous Congress accepted more than $30 million from PACs and individuals in the finance, real estate and insurance sectors. Though this is legal, its shouldn’t be as it is a blatant conflict of interest. Pressley does not want nor believes she needs to accept money from those companies whose industries are under the jurisdiction of the committee.  I think we’ve proven that this is a representative democracy — and our campaign did expand the table of democracy by igniting and growing the electorate, by engaging new voices, by lifting up the voices of those who contributed one penny, one dollar and ensuring they have a stake in government and can take part in building our promise for tomorrow. That’s what I’m about and that’s not only what I espouse, that’s what I practice, so no, I will not be accepting those contributions. The women of the freshman class of this Congress are ambitious, smart and motivated. It is exciting to see them step into leadership so boldly and to have a clear vision for governing that they are bringing to the table. In the time of unfettered capitalism, greed and growing economic inequality, it will be important to have members of the House Financial Services Committee who are focused on doing what’s right for everyday people and not the super wealthy. Under the leadership of Rep. Maxine Waters, the committee will no doubt do incredibly important work in the next two years. And with Pressley and her freshman colleagues on it, we can rest assured that much needed change and reform are coming.  

Amid Trump drive to cut funds for Puerto Rico, top official at Housing and Urban Development resigns

If it wasn’t downright terrifying, it would be sort of comical how hard it is for Donald Trump to keep employees in his administration. Over the last two years, we’ve seen the mass exodus of political appointees and career staffers who have realized th
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Amid Trump drive to cut funds for Puerto Rico, top official at Housing and Urban Development resigns

If it wasn’t downright terrifying, it would be sort of comical how hard it is for Donald Trump to keep employees in his administration. Over the last two years, we’ve seen the mass exodus of political appointees and career staffers who have realized that they want nothing to do with the dumpster fire that is the Trump presidency. Today’s high-profile departure is the deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Pam Patenaude. According to the Washington Post, Patenaude resigned Thursday amid frustrations with the agency’s political leadership—specifically its views on housing policy and its attempts to divert disaster-recovery money for Puerto Rico.  Who can blame her? Under this administration, HUD is a complete mess. The agency’s current secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, has no experience and is completely unfit to lead housing policy. Instead of working on behalf of poor people and communities, Carson is trying his best to raise the rents of poor people in public housing. Agency employees have said that morale among career staffers has declined under his leadership. Before the shutdown, HUD failed to renew hundreds of contracts for affordable housing. This means that low-income tenants may not have access to stable housing, and property-owners are not getting paid. In other words, under Carson’s watch, vulnerable people were just made even more vulnerable to homelessness, while Trump keeps the government closed over his mad quest for a border wall.  Though Patenaude claims to be leaving for personal reasons and to “spend time with her husband at their home in New Hampshire,” her confidantes say that it’s actually because she had some major disagreements with Carson on several issues. One of them had to do with addressing racism in housing. Patenaude disagreed with the agency’s handling of an Obama-era fair-housing rule requiring communities receiving federal funds to address long-standing patterns of racial segregation, according to three people with direct knowledge of internal HUD debates. Carson had suspended the 2015 rule, calling it “burdensome.” Patenaude was also a vocal advocate for Puerto Rico. She visited the island six times during her tenure and was trying to make sure a recovery plan was in place post-Hurricane Maria. She recently met with Puerto Rico’s governor to discuss the development of affordable housing. Her departure represents not just a loss for the agency, but also a loss for sensible leadership within the administration on behalf of Puerto Rico. According to Carlos Mercader, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, “Pam Patenaude showed the most commitment to Puerto Rico of any of the public officials inside the Trump administration.” It’s to be expected that political appointees come and go based on interests and relationships with the administration. But it’s another thing entirely to lose career civil servants en masse because of the incompetence and malice of this president and his friends. It’s sad to lose an experienced administrator and a voice of reason. But we should all wish Patenaude well in her departure. We can only imagine the hell and sheer stupidity she’s had to put up with over the last two years. 

This week in the war on workers: New Jersey to get $15 minimum wage

Since New Jersey shed itself of Chris Christie, things have been looking up. And now around a million of the state’s low-wage workers will be getting a raise. Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders reached an agreement on $15 minimum-wage legislation, s
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This week in the war on workers: New Jersey to get $15 minimum wage

Since New Jersey shed itself of Chris Christie, things have been looking up. And now around a million of the state’s low-wage workers will be getting a raise. Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders reached an agreement on $15 minimum-wage legislation, something Christie had previously vetoed. Under the plan, most workers would get a $15 minimum wage in 2024. The first raise will come July 1, to $10 from the current $8.85, then rise by a dollar a year until it reaches $15. Once it reaches $15, it will be adjusted for inflation annually. The tipped-worker minimum wage will rise gradually from $2.13 an hour to $5.13 an hour. Exceptions to $15-in-2024 include workers at businesses with five or fewer employees and seasonal workers, who will take longer to reach $15, and farm workers, who will get to $12.50 in 2024 and then be at the mercy of state officials to decide whether they should eventually reach $15. Because … farm work isn’t hard enough to be worth $15 an hour? There sure are always people lined up to demand crappy concessions on worker-friendly bills. But one key attempt at undermining the policy was defeated, and teen workers will get the full $15 in 2024. As is so often the case, it’s imperfect but a huge step forward. And coming the same week as congressional Democrats introduced a $15 minimum-wage plan, it reinforces that the country, if not the Republican Party, is on the right path on this issue.

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DNC says Russian hackers hit it with phishing effort after midterms - CNET

The Democratic National Committee apparently hasn't lost its allure for Russia-linked hacking groups like Cozy Bear.
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DNC says Russian hackers hit it with phishing effort after midterms - CNET

The Democratic National Committee apparently hasn't lost its allure for Russia-linked hacking groups like Cozy Bear.

Sebi turns down L&T's Rs 9,000-cr share buyback citing compliance issues

L&T applied for the buyback in compliance with the required ratio post buyback on the basis of its standalone financial statements
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Sebi turns down L&T's Rs 9,000-cr share buyback citing compliance issues

L&T applied for the buyback in compliance with the required ratio post buyback on the basis of its standalone financial statements

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Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot

Illinois’s startup market in 2018 was very strong, and it’s not slowing down. Let’s take a quick look at the state of venture in the Land of Lincoln.
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Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot

Illinois’s startup market in 2018 was very strong, and it’s not slowing down. Let’s take a quick look at the state of venture in the Land of Lincoln.

TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings

Last April, Spotify surprised Wall Street bankers by choosing to go public through a direct listing process rather than through a traditional IPO. Instead of issuing new shares, the company simply sold existing shares held by insiders, employees and investor
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TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings

Last April, Spotify surprised Wall Street bankers by choosing to go public through a direct listing process rather than through a traditional IPO. Instead of issuing new shares, the company simply sold existing shares held by insiders, employees and investors directly to the market – bypassing the roadshow process and avoiding at least some of Wall […]

The social layer is ironically key to Bitcoin’s security

A funny thing happened in the second half of 2018. At some moment, all the people active in crypto looked around and realized there weren’t very many of us. The friends we’d convinced during the last holiday season were no longer speaking to us. They had
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The social layer is ironically key to Bitcoin’s security

A funny thing happened in the second half of 2018. At some moment, all the people active in crypto looked around and realized there weren’t very many of us. The friends we’d convinced during the last holiday season were no longer speaking to us. They had stopped checking their Coinbase accounts. The tide had gone […]

Welcome to the abnormalization of transportation

Bill Goodwin Contributor Share on Twitter Bill Goodwin is the head of legal policy at Airmap. Tyler Finn Contributor Tyler Finn is the policy manager at Factual. Something odd is in motion in Los Angeles. On a recent day at the office, colleagues debated the
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Welcome to the abnormalization of transportation

Bill Goodwin Contributor Share on Twitter Bill Goodwin is the head of legal policy at Airmap. Tyler Finn Contributor Tyler Finn is the policy manager at Factual. Something odd is in motion in Los Angeles. On a recent day at the office, colleagues debated the merits of the Boring Company’s proposal to alleviate Dodger traffic […]

Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika

We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists have gone full steam ahead with fundraising efforts, several
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Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika

We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists have gone full steam ahead with fundraising efforts, several startups have closed multi-hundred million dollar rounds, a virtual influencer raised equity funding and yet, all anyone wants to talk […]

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This Robot Recreated the Walk of a 290-Million-Year-Old Animal

Prehistoric creatures died years ago, however, a new AI device could help us better understand how they moved across the Earth: Meet OroBOT, a robot that can replicate the walk of a 290-million-year-old […] The post This Robot Recreated the Walk of a 29
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This Robot Recreated the Walk of a 290-Million-Year-Old Animal

Prehistoric creatures died years ago, however, a new AI device could help us better understand how they moved across the Earth: Meet OroBOT, a robot that can replicate the walk of a 290-million-year-old […] The post This Robot Recreated the Walk of a 290-Million-Year-Old Animal appeared first on Geek.com.

Bald Eagle Rescued in Missouri After Being Caught in Fence May Have Ingested Poison

A bald eagle found entangled in a wire fence earlier this week may have ingested poison used to kill rodents, according to officials at a Missouri zoo where the eagle is being treated. […] The post Bald Eagle Rescued in Missouri After Being Caught in Fe
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Bald Eagle Rescued in Missouri After Being Caught in Fence May Have Ingested Poison

A bald eagle found entangled in a wire fence earlier this week may have ingested poison used to kill rodents, according to officials at a Missouri zoo where the eagle is being treated. […] The post Bald Eagle Rescued in Missouri After Being Caught in Fence May Have Ingested Poison appeared first on Geek.com.

This Portable HD Projector Is the Ideal Match for Your Nintendo Switch

Enjoy big screen gaming action on your Nintendo Switch anytime and from anywhere with the AAXA S1 Mini Projector. This extraordinary device is small and lightweight so it travels easily and since it’s […] The post This Portable HD Projector Is the Ide
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This Portable HD Projector Is the Ideal Match for Your Nintendo Switch

Enjoy big screen gaming action on your Nintendo Switch anytime and from anywhere with the AAXA S1 Mini Projector. This extraordinary device is small and lightweight so it travels easily and since it’s […] The post This Portable HD Projector Is the Ideal Match for Your Nintendo Switch appeared first on Geek.com.

Prada Spring/Summer 2019 Womenswear and Menswear Double Exposure Advertising Campaign

Male, female; fact, fiction; still, moving — the duality inherent to Prada and embodied in the Spring/Summer 2019 women’s show is expounded in the new evolution of Prada 365, reality transformed into a cinematographic projection for a new campaign for bot
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Prada Spring/Summer 2019 Womenswear and Menswear Double Exposure Advertising Campaign

Male, female; fact, fiction; still, moving — the duality inherent to Prada and embodied in the Spring/Summer 2019 women’s show is expounded in the new evolution of Prada 365, reality transformed into a cinematographic projection for a new campaign for both women and men, as per an official release.As per the release, photographed by Willy Vanderperre, the imagery for the women’s and men’s campaigns are drawn from a series of filmic shorts, specially-created by Prada. These movies, directed by Vanderperre, are scored as feature films: acclaimed cinematographer Benoit Debie is the Director of Photography; the sound artist Frederic Sanchez has specially composed scores for each. Five have been created to showcase the Spring/Summer 2019 women’s collection, accompanied by two celebrating the menswear collection. As with Hollywood movies, these posters — a new evolution of Prada 365 — serve as previews, of films coming soon. They will be released through January and February 2019 on prada.com.According to the release, this campaign approach emblemises the concept of Prada as an auteur, whose style and thematic preoccupations underscore the visuals. A great movie can be seen as a world view — a window onto an imagined universe unto itself. Here, Prada directs multiple realities, refashioning five female models — Freja Beha Erichsen, Gigi Hadid, Maike Inga, Liu Wen and Anok Yai — as characters named after Prada’s supporting cast of accessories. Sybille, Sidonie, Margit, Odette and Belle: this nomenclature was inspired by a rich heritage of female cinematic icons, thus completing a Mobius path from the inspirational to the inspired, and back again.   As per the release, the male models — Daan Duez, Jonas Gloer and Tae Min — are in turn presented as matinee idols, masculine counterparts to the female stars. Models become movie protagonists, recreated as modern-day silver-screen idols.   According to the release, the advertising campaign takes the form of a series of enigmatic and intriguing film posters, drawing their visual language from the moving image, translating them to stills. As with a fashion campaign, movie posters are synched to a particular moment in time — by their nature, fleeting and ephemeral, yet later prized and pored-over as emblematic of the cultural moment in which they were devised. Here, they transgress their time, visual quotations reactivated for today, cinematic conventions used as literal frames, to entice, attract and seduce the viewers.As per the release, drawing on the distinct and immediately-recognizable iconography of cinema, the images imply their place as part of a larger whole. Each is presented as a fragment of the original films’ narrative — figures turning away, seemingly captured in locomotion, without comment or explanation, gazes panning out of frame, in ambiguous aesthetic conversation. Frozen in attitudes and gestures drawn from classic cinema, in moments seized, their poses are half-remembered, part familiar. They are both reflections and refractions, simultaneously old and new.   According to the release, the implicit duality is made explicit by a graphic layering of imagery — another duo, black and white portraits as backdrop to the foreground action, a double-vision of each figure, images that are still but hint at movement. They are immediately reminiscent of the dual personality of actor versus the role they play, of movie star versus movie character. But they are also expressive of the multiple personae inside all of us in the cinema verite of everyday life.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the campaign  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Scientists Find ‘Tiny Animal Carcasses,’ Signs of Ancient Life in Buried Antarctic Lake

In what is being called a “surprise discovery,” scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny, ancient animals that have lain undisturbed for thousands of years  in a lake buried under more than […] The post Scientists Fi
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Scientists Find ‘Tiny Animal Carcasses,’ Signs of Ancient Life in Buried Antarctic Lake

In what is being called a “surprise discovery,” scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny, ancient animals that have lain undisturbed for thousands of years  in a lake buried under more than […] The post Scientists Find ‘Tiny Animal Carcasses,’ Signs of Ancient Life in Buried Antarctic Lake appeared first on Geek.com.

Hands-On: The Division 2’s Overhauled Multiplayer Modes Are Exactly What the Series Needed

Tom Clancy’s The Division took an interesting approach to multiplayer with its Dark Zone. This cordoned off section of the map allowed players to fight against each other in order to get the […] The post Hands-On: The Division 2’s Overhauled Mul
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Hands-On: The Division 2’s Overhauled Multiplayer Modes Are Exactly What the Series Needed

Tom Clancy’s The Division took an interesting approach to multiplayer with its Dark Zone. This cordoned off section of the map allowed players to fight against each other in order to get the […] The post Hands-On: The Division 2’s Overhauled Multiplayer Modes Are Exactly What the Series Needed appeared first on Geek.com.

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Lightning head into All-Star break on a high note after 6-3 win over Sharks

Steven Stamkos scored twice and NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov added a pair of assists as the Lightning defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Saturday.
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Lightning head into All-Star break on a high note after 6-3 win over Sharks

Steven Stamkos scored twice and NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov added a pair of assists as the Lightning defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Saturday.

Tom Lehman rallies to win PGA Tour Champions opener

Tom Lehman rallied to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship, taking advantage of David Toms' closing three-putt bogey
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Tom Lehman rallies to win PGA Tour Champions opener

Tom Lehman rallied to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship, taking advantage of David Toms' closing three-putt bogey

Nikola Vucevic's 27 points not enough for Magic in home loss to Bucks

Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Orlando Magic 118-108 on Saturday night.
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Nikola Vucevic's 27 points not enough for Magic in home loss to Bucks

Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Orlando Magic 118-108 on Saturday night.

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