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MTV VMAs Scores 6.4 Million Viewers; CW Has Strong Showing With Simulcast – Deadline

As award shows try to figure out the right formula for putting on an event comparable to live, pre-COVID TV events, MTV’s annual Video Music Awards put on quite a show Sunday. Complete with social distancing, COVID-compliant production numbers and lots of cool face masks (thanks to Lady Gaga), the VMAs delivered strong numbers with its 2020 ceremony hosted by Keke Palmer.

Although down 5% from last year, the VMAs still managed to net a solid 6.4 million viewers with its pre-show, post-show, main show and encores. The ceremony, which was simulcast on 13 ViacomCBS brands, was also up 8% from last year in Total Minutes Consumed on linear and digital combined (1.330 billion vs. 1.229 billion a year ago).

For the first time, the VMAs aired on broadcast TV via the CW, which helped grow the audience in the Sunday time slot specifically in the younger demo.

Executive produced by Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic, the 2020 VMAs definitely spoke to an era as it included socially distanced red carpet interviews, virtual interactions with audience members at home, lots of segments that were clearly shot on a green screen and drive-in performances.

The ceremony could have easily been called the “Gaga Awards” as she topped the night with five Moon Persons including trophies for Artist of the Year and the inaugural Tricon Award. The Weeknd took home the award for Video of the Year with “Blinding Lights,” while Ariana Grande and K-pop super group BTS took home four awards each.

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Beijing’s Bullying Escalates Down Under – The Wall Street Journal

Australia is the Western nation most exposed to China’s military, economic and diplomatic power, so their relationship bears watching as an indicator of how the Communist Party in Beijing wants to treat other countries. In the latest example of bullying, China has detained with no public explanation Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen and television anchor for a Beijing media outlet.

It’s becoming clear that foreigners work and travel in China at their peril. Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been held on vague “espionage”…

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Full Corn Moon 2020: Best times to view – MSN Money

(CNN)It’s that time of year when the air gets a little cooler, pumpkin decor pops up across stores, and the Corn Moon fills the sky.

The Corn Moon gets its name from the Native Americans, according to the Farmers Almanac. This moon was an indicator that it was time to harvest the corn.
This moon can get confusing because it can also be called the Harvest Moon, or the moon that occurs closet to the autumnal equinox. Depending on the year and when the phase of the moon falls, it can be both.

When can you see it?

This year you will be able to see the full beauty of the Corn Moon starting September 2 around 1:22 a.m. ET.
CNN Meteorologists Judson Jones said his favorite time to watch the full moon is as it is rising over the eastern horizon.
“When the moon is low on the horizon, it allows you to capture the view with objects in the foreground, making the moon appear bigger,” Jones said.
“Say you are in the city, and you’re watching between a couple of buildings or over the skyline, it will make it feel that much bigger and give it more impact.”

Which moon is next?

Since the Harvest Moon and Corn Moon are different this year, the Harvest Moon will be the next full moon set to appear on October 1.

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Dodgers: David Price Has Not Expressed Desire to Opt Back Into the Season – Dodgers Nation

The Dodgers’ starting rotation is getting a little bit of a shakeup this week. Ross Stripling was shipped off to Toronto(Buffalo) at the trade deadline in exchange for a few players to be named later. And Tony Gonsolin was named to the rotation by Andrew Friedman.

In the conversation about sending off Ross Stripling, David Price’s name came up. The question came up to Friedman on whether or not Price would be allowed to opt back into the season if he so desired. Apparently, it would take a few extra steps to do so. 

David Price was brought up on the reporters conf call. He would have to seek reinstatement from the commissioner if he wanted to opt back into the season. #Dodgers

— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) August 31, 2020

The Dodgers adding Price into their rotation would probably change things up pretty dramatically, but that sounds like that’s not much of a worry. Friedman confirmed that he talks to Price fairly often, but that he has not expressed an interest in rejoining this team this year…yet. 

Price opted out of MLB’s restart right before Summer Camp workouts started. The Dodgers traded for him in the Mookie Betts deal and had the intention of placing him directly into the middle of their starting rotation. Price still has two years left on his contract after this season, so he will be around for a while. Price’s salary for those two years will be half paid by the Boston Red Sox. 

Dodgers Trade RHP Ross Stripling to Toronto Blue Jays

Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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SpaceX delays launch of next 60 Starlink internet satellites to Thursday –

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 58 Starlink satellites and three Planet SkySats into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Aug. 18, 2src2src.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 58 Starlink satellites and three Planet SkySats into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Aug. 18, 2020.

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SpaceX has pushed the launch of its next big batch of Starlink internet satellites back two days, to Thursday (Sept. 3).

A Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled to loft the 60 Starlink satellites on Tuesday morning (Sept. 1) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But those plans have changed, SpaceX representatives announced today (Aug. 31).

“Now targeting Thursday, September 3 at 8:46 a.m. EDT for launch of Starlink from Launch Complex 39A, pending Range acceptance — team is using additional time for data review,” SpaceX said via Twitter this afternoon. (“Range” refers to the Eastern Range, the U.S. Space Force entity that oversees launches from the East Coast.)

Now targeting Thursday, September 3 at 8:46 a.m. EDT for launch of Starlink from Launch Complex 39A, pending Range acceptance — team is using additional time for data reviewAugust 31, 2020

SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage on a ship at sea during Thursday’s Starlink mission. You can watch all of Thursday’s action live here at, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly via the company.

SpaceX has already launched 600 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit. But the constellation will get far bigger than that, if things go according to plan: SpaceX has approval to loft 12,000 Starlink spacecraft and has applied for permission to launch about 30,000 more on top of that.

The upcoming Starlink launch was originally targeted for Sunday (Aug. 30), but bad weather scuttled that attempt.

Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook. 

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A ‘real-life Wakanda’: R&B singer Akon moves ahead with ‘Akon City’ in Senegal – USA TODAY

The Associated Press
Published 5:40 p.m. ET Aug. 31, 2020


Chadwick Boseman had been battling colon cancer since 2016, according to a family statement.


DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — American R&B singer Akon is moving ahead with plans to create a futuristic pan-African city, announcing Monday that construction will begin next year on the $6 billion project despite global tourism’s uncertain future.

Akon, who first announced his idea for the utopian city back in 2018, has described it as a “real-life Wakanda,” comparing it to the technologically advanced fictional African place portrayed in the blockbuster film “Black Panther.”

On Monday, Akon said he hoped his project would provide much needed jobs for Senegalese and also serve as a “home back home” for Black Americans and others facing racial injustices.

“The system back home treats them unfairly in so many different ways that you can never imagine. And they only go through it because they feel that there is no other way,” he said.

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“So if you’re coming from America or Europe or elsewhere in the diaspora and you feel that you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop.”

Akon, who was born in the United States to Senegalese parents, spent much of his childhood in the West African country where in only 44 percent of rural households had electricity even in 2018.

Senegalese authorities have embraced him as a native son, introducing him by his given name Aliuane Thiam and praising him for investing in Africa at a time of such global financial uncertainty.

On Monday, he traveled with government officials to the grassy fields in Mbodienne some 100 kilometers (62 miles) outside the capital where construction has yet to begin.

Tourism Minister Alioune Sarr said Akon’s launch comes at a time when private investment is scarce and badly needed. International flights have resumed in Senegal, but at the moment are only for citizens and residents with a few exceptions.

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“COVID-19 has sown doubt everywhere. This means that those who had doubts about the attractiveness of Senegal, and Africa in general must convince themselves that there are men and women who believe in Africa,” he said.

Akon said the project already has secured about one-third of the $6 billion needed, but declined to publicly identify his investors, citing non-disclosure agreements. After construction begins in early 2021, the first phase of the project alone could take more than three years, he said.

The almost surrealist, water-like designs of Akon City were inspired by the shapes of traditional sculptures long made in Africa’s villages, he said. However the gleaming structures of Akon City will be made of metal and glass, not wood.

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A hotel within the city plans to feature rooms decorated for each of the 54 nations of Africa. However, the project was designed by a Dubai-based architect because Akon said he couldn’t find a suitable one in Africa fast enough. It’s also unclear what percentage of the building materials and construction teams will be sourced locally.

Akon City is promising a bit of everything: a seaside resort, a tech hub, recording studios and even a zone dubbed “Senewood” that developers hope will help develop Senegal’s film industry.

The singer acknowledged the comparisons made between Akon City and the utopian society in “Black Panther,” calling it an “honor.”

Plans eventually call for Akon City to have its own hospital, police station and even its own cryptocurrency already named AKoin. Without giving specifics, the singer also said he’s considering franchising the concept to other countries on the continent.

Akon rose to R&B fame after his 2004 debut album, but has increasingly focused on development projects in Africa in recent years.

In 2014, he started Akon Lighting Africa, which backs solar energy projects in rural area. For him the inspiration was deeply personal: he found his grandmother was still using candles in Senegal to light her home.

“It just doesn’t make sense how 20 years can pass by and the condition doesn’t change,” he said back in 2016.

In Mbodienne, hopes are high that this project will change lives even if two-thirds of the funding needed has yet to be secured.

“We have a lot of hope. Many promised us projects, but we saw nothing,” village chief Michel Diom said.


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Liberty University announces investigation into tenure of Falwell Jr. – The Hill

Liberty University announced Monday that it is launching an independent investigation into the tenure of its former President Jerry Falwell Jr. after he departed last week.

The evangelical university’s school board said in a release that it has hired an outside firm to investigate “all facets of Liberty University operations” under the former president. It said it wants to learn “the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship.”

The probe into Falwell’s nearly 13-year tenure will include examinations of financial, real estate and legal matters, the board said.

The announcement comes after Falwell officially resigned last week.

His resignation came after Reuters reported a business associate’s sordid allegations about Falwell and his wife. Falwell claimed the former business partner was blackmailing him

It also followed Falwell being placed on indefinite leave earlier this month after posting a photo of himself on a yacht with his arm around a young woman with their pants unzipped. 

The Falwells said in a statement to The Associated Press that they back the university’s board and “welcome any inquiry as we have nothing to hide.”

Falwell became president of Liberty University after the death of his evangelist father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., and he remained in headlines in recent years due to his support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump compares police who use force to golfers who ‘choke’ Pence told to be on standby to assume powers during Trump’s abrupt Walter Reed visit: book Top Senate Democrat requests German ambassador nomination pulled over past inflammatory comments MORE and his business dealings, the AP noted. 

“Some may say that all the signs were there for a long time before last week,” the board said in its announcement. “It’s certainly fair to say that there were questionable comments made, worrying behavior, and inappropriate social media posts, but all the signs were not there until the start of last week.”

The university said it is considering creating a university leadership position designed to assist other leaders as a “spiritual coach, mentor, and guide” to ensure they “live out the Christian walk expected of each and every one of us at Liberty.”

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Federal Government Relaxes Rules on Feeding Low-Income Students – The New York Times

Under pressure from Congress, the Agriculture Department agreed to extend special rules making it easier for schools to provide subsidized meals, but only through December.

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The Agriculture Department, under pressure from Congress and officials in school districts across the country, said on Monday that it would allow schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to any child or teenager through the end of 2020, provided funding lasts. Advocates for the poor hailed the announcement as an important step to ensure that more needy children are fed during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was a partial reversal by the department. Previously, the agency had said that when schools returned to session, whether remote or in-person, it would require them to resume serving meals only to students enrolled in their district — and to charge students who did not qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

But the department’s announcement on Monday still fell short of what advocates and many officials had been pushing for, namely to extend the special rules through the end of the school year, in 2021.

When schools shut down in the spring because of the coronavirus, the department authorized districts to distribute subsidized to-go meals to any child or teenager under 19. The change was intended to make it easier to get meals to low-income children while they were stuck at home — even if that meant offering free meals to everyone. Some districts offered meals at curbside pickup, while others brought them to bus stops or delivered them to students’ homes.

Officials in districts where schools started remotely in August said that going back to the regular rules had created hurdles for low-income parents and had led to huge drops in the number of subsidized meals they were serving, resulting in children going hungry. Unlike in the spring and summer, some parents had to go to each school where they had a child enrolled, rather than a single location, to pick up meals. And parents could no longer get meals for siblings below school age.

Lisa Thrower, a school nutrition director in Yuma, Ariz., said that in the spring, demand was so high for grab-and-go meals in her district, where three out of four students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, that her staff could barely keep up. But since school started with remote instruction on Aug. 4, the number of meals the district was distributing had fallen to less than a tenth of what it was providing in April and May.

On Monday, Ms. Thrower said she was “elated” that the Agriculture Department had changed its policy, but wished the change had come sooner.

“I think it’s great for all food service operators,” she said, “especially those who haven’t started school yet, because I wouldn’t wish this nightmare on any of them.”

About 20 million children in the United States normally receive free lunches at school, and two million more receive meals at reduced prices, making the school lunch program the nation’s second-largest nutrition assistance program, after food stamps. (Children living in households with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level qualify for free meals. Those in households with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty level qualify for reduced-price meals, which cannot cost more than 30 cents for breakfast or 40 cents for lunch.)


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When schools closed their doors in March, many children lost access to that critical source of nutrition. Then the Agriculture Department, using powers granted by Congress in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, issued waivers giving schools and community organizations significant flexibility in how they could distribute meals.

With a substantial number of schools, including almost all major urban districts, returning to school this fall with remote instruction only, members of Congress from both parties had urged the Agriculture Department to extend the special rules through the end of the school year. Of particular interest was allowing schools and community organizations to continue operating their summer nutrition programs, which fed all children under 19 without charge.

But Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture, had asserted that his department had neither the money nor the authority to do that. Democrats disputed that, asserting that providing meals under the special rules had not cost any more than the standard school breakfast and lunch program, and that, in any case, Congress had given the department additional funding.

Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, accused Mr. Perdue of using the issue to pressure schools to reopen physically, as President Trump has pushed them to do.

Part of what was at stake for school districts was financial. Many school food programs, which rely on economies of scale to stay solvent, had already seen major declines in participation after schools closed in the spring; further drops could have threatened their very existence.

Speaking at an elementary school in Georgia on Monday morning, Mr. Perdue repeated his argument that his department did not have the authority or the funding to extend the special rules through the end of the school year, and said he did not think it was appropriate to provide free meals to all students on a permanent basis.

But he said the department had listened to the concerns of school officials around the country and, after carefully analyzing the available funding, decided it could likely extend the special rules through the end of the calendar year. He said schools should prepare to return to the pre-coronavirus rules in January if Congress does not provide additional funding.

Ms. Stabenow and Representative Robert C. Scott, a Democrat of Virginia and the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, issued statements saying they were pleased by the change while exhorting the department to further extend the special rules.

“After a summer in which as many as 17 million children went hungry, the federal government should be doing everything in its power to address our nation’s child hunger crisis,” Mr. Scott said. He called the extension of the special rules through December “a temporary solution that will expire long before the child hunger crisis ends.”

The Agriculture Department has declined to answer questions about how much extending the rules through the end of the school year would cost. Asked about the cost of extending the program through this year, Mr. Perdue on Monday would only say, “It’s expensive.”

In Yuma, Ms. Thrower’s excitement was tempered by concerns about how quickly she could make parents aware that they could now come and get free meals for all of their children. And she wondered if the department was planning to make the change retroactive, so that her district could reimburse families who had been paying $1.50 a day per child over the last month.

“We finally are getting the word out to families that they do owe money when they come,” she said. “But now we’re going to say, ‘Hey, guys, guess what? It’s free now.’ So I think confusion will set in.”

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Florida man known as ‘the Antifa hunter’ sentenced to more than three years over racist threats – The Hill

A Florida man known as “the Antifa hunter,” who launched online harassment campaigns against those who disagreed with white supremacy, was sentenced on Monday to three years and five months in prison. 

A federal judge in Virginia sentenced Daniel McMahon, 32, of Brandon, Fla., after he admitted to using social media to threaten a Black activist to stop him from running for office and threatening to sexually assault a female activist’s autistic daughter, The Associated Press reported

McMahon pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office in April. 

The FBI recovered his computer and several loaded guns from McMahon’s home that he shared with his parents, prosecutors said, with the computer showing evidence of his harassment campaigns and of his interest in racially motivated killings. 

McMahon operated his cyberstalking through the name “Jack Corbin,” an alias under which he convinced activist Don Gathers against running for the City Council of Charlottesville, Va. Prosecutors said he alleged Gathers had attacked a white supremacist group member and called for a “diversity of tactics” to be used against him, according to the AP. 

After Gathers was informed of the threats, he announced that he wouldn’t run for office.

Following McMahon’s arrest, a woman told prosecutors that he had threatened her and her daughter, an autistic minor, over Facebook and attempted to get information from her about another protester. 

McMahon said he would sexually assault the daughter “all in the service of his self-assigned ‘mission’ to hunt down and silence anyone who spoke out against white supremacy,” prosecutors said. 

“The defendant’s conduct is reprehensible, and it served a despicable purpose. And in the process, his victims suffered real harm,” the prosecutors wrote, according to the AP. 

Law enforcement found 35 gigabytes of data on McMahon’s computer that he weaponized against his online targets. Prosecutors said they found folders including one dedicated to photos of dead Black men as well as others that had information about those he was harassing. 

McMahon’s defense attorney Jessica Phillips requested her client be sentenced to a year and a half and for his time in custody since his Sept. 18, 2019, arrest to count. She said McMahon made “bad choices” but regrets them and takes full responsibility, attributing the actions to a mental health disorder, alcohol abuse and a “lack of social stability,” according to the AP. 

“While he did not realize the impact of his words at the time, he certainly does now,” Phillips wrote in a court filing.

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