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WNBA players show support for Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s election opponent – Fox News

WNBA players showed support for Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s opponent Raphael Warnock in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia on Tuesday prior to the day’s slate of games.

Players from Loeffler’s co-owned Atlanta Dream, Seattle Storm, Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury wore “Vote Warnock” T-shirts before their games. The Republican senator drew the ire of players across the league after she spoke out against the WNBA’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement.


Loeffler wrote a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert expressing feelings about the league’s support for social justice causes. She is running against Warnock in the election. Warnock is a Black pastor in Atlanta.

“It’s funny I was counting them as they got off the bus,” Dream coach Nicki Collen said. “How many of them can’t vote in the state of Georgia? There’s some irony in that.

“Their camaraderie saying they are in this together. I certainly didn’t have any part in that. That’s something the players came up with themselves and wasn’t alerted until I saw the T-shirts come in. Didn’t have anything to do with players association and league in any way. That’s the players doing that. It’s their way to remind people that Black Lives Matter.”


Dream forward Elizabeth Williams explained the decision to wear the shirts.

“We are @WNBA players, but like the late, great John Lewis said, we are also ordinary people with extraordinary vision,” she wrote in a tweet. “@ReverendWarnock has spent his life fighting for the people and we need him in Washington. Join the movement for a better Georgia at”

Basketball legend Sue Bird came up with the idea and had conference calls with Warnock before the show of support.

Loeffler blasted the league in a statement, decrying what she called “cancel culture.”


“This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them. It’s clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball,” she said.

Warnock also issued a statement on the matter.

“Senator Loeffler and those like her who seek to silence and dismiss others when they speak up for justice have planted themselves on the wrong side of history,” he said. “We are in a moment of generational, transformative change, and there is no place in that movement for bigotry. We celebrate the courage and resolve of these players standing for justice, and I am proud to stand with them.”


Loeffler and Warnock are just two of the candidates running for the seat on Nov. 3. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the two top finishers will advance to a January runoff.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Crew Dragon likely to support extended space station stay – SpaceNews


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The Demo-2 Crew Dragon spacecraft approaching the ISS May 31. NASA says the spacecraft is doing “very well” in orbit, giving NASA confidence the mission can last until August. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is performing well enough on orbit to give NASA confidence that the mission can last until August, an agency official said June 9.

Ken Bowersox, the acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA, told an online meeting of two National Academies committees that NASA had been monitoring the health of the Crew Dragon spacecraft since its launch May 30 on the Demo-2 mission, carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station.

NASA, he noted, had not set a length for the mission, saying they wanted to see how the Dragon performed in space. “The Dragon is doing very well, so we think it’s reasonable for the crew to stay up there a month or two,” he told members of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and Space Studies Board.

NASA said before the launch of Demo-2 that the spacecraft was rated to spend up to 119 days in orbit, with the performance of its solar arrays the limiting factor. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at one pre-launch briefing that NASA was targeting Aug. 30 for the launch of the first fully operational Crew Dragon mission, called Crew-1, and thus would plan to bring the Demo-2 spacecraft back about a month before that launch to provide enough time to review the spacecraft and formally certify Crew Dragon for use on routine crew rotation missions.

The agency’s original plan for Demo-2 was for it to be a short test flight, lasting roughly two weeks, but NASA chose to extend it to address a shortfall in crew time on the station. Only three people, including just one NASA astronaut, Chris Cassidy, were on the ISS at the time Demo-2 launched.

An extended stay would, among other things, allow Behnken and Cassidy, both experienced spacewalkers, to carry out several spacewalks to replace batteries in the station’s power system. Those spacewalks, Bowersox said, would be completed by late July. “About two months from now, we’ll start thinking about bringing Doug and Bob home.”

One issue is restrictions on acceptable winds for landing for the Demo-2 spacecraft, which he said is stricter than the limitations for later Crew Dragon spacecraft. “We’ll need to provide extra lead time for the weather possibilities, but I think it will all work out in August,” he said. “August is often a light wind month in the parts of the Gulf [of Mexico] and the east coast of Florida that we’re looking at landing, so I think we’ll be able to find a good opportunity.”

Bridenstine also mentioned weather as one issue determining when to bring Behnken and Hurley home on the Demo-2 Crew Dragon. “Remember, this is a test flight, and as such, if we have a good window to come home and they’re not necessary on the International Space Station, we will be taking it,” he said at a May 26 briefing.

Crew Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner are intended to restore human orbital spaceflight capability for the United States after the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. Those vehicles also promised to offer lower costs to both save NASA money and to attract other customers.

Bowersox, though, said the cost savings that both commercial crew and cargo vehicles provide compared to the shuttle, on a per-seat or per-kilogram basis, aren’t as big as expected. “It’s kind of surprising. We did lower the costs, but we didn’t lower it as much as we were hoping,” he said. “People were hoping for a factor of 10 reduction in costs, right? And we’re just not there. I’d say it’s probably more like 20% to 40%.”

However, he said the commercial vehicles, because they are smaller than the shuttle, are significantly less expensive to operate on a per-flight basis. “If you have more commercial participation, costs can come down more,” he said. “I think there’s tremendous promise. I think we’re on a good path.”

He added that it’s possible that companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX with its next-generation Starship launch system under development might yet achieve that factor of 10 reduction in costs. “I wouldn’t bet against Elon.”

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Hulu scraps support for older Roku devices – Ars Technica

Streaming Sticks —

These devices were already limited to the classic app with no live TV support.

The 2src17 Roku Ultra, which will still be supported by the latest Hulu app.

Enlarge / The 2017 Roku Ultra, which will still be supported by the latest Hulu app.

Several older Roku devices will lose access to the latest Hulu app on June 24, 2020, the subscription-based streaming service has announced with an update to its support pages. Users of the affected devices will see messages like “Hulu is no longer supported on this device,” or simply “your user session has expired,” according to Hulu documentation.

Affected devices include Roku Streaming Stick models 3420 or earlier, as well as Roku Streaming Player models 2400 to 3100. Roku device owners can navigate to the About panel under Settings within the Roku interface to determine which model they have.

The sticks and players were already limited to using the “classic” Hulu app instead of the modern one. The classic app has a number of limitations—most notably the lack of live TV support. However, with this change, it appears that users of these models will not be able to access Hulu in any form after the end-of-support date.

This end-of-the-road problem isn’t unique to either Roku or Hulu; HBO recently announced that it would end support for older Apple TV devices. The company pushed back the date amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though, when affected users complained that it was a suboptimal time to make them go out and buy a new device to enjoy entertainment at home.

The affected Roku players were introduced in 2012 and earlier and have not been sold in quite some time. According to Hulu documentation, they were the only Roku devices that were not supported by the modern app, so this is likely a case of Roku ending software support for that version of the classic app. Hulu currently lists the following devices as ones that are supported by the modern app, and users can therefore expect these to be supported for a while yet:

  • Roku Ultra
  • Roku Premiere and Premiere+
  • Roku Express and Express+
  • Roku 3 and 4
  • Roku 2 (model 4210)
  • Roku Streaming Stick (model 3500 or later)
  • Roku TV
  • 4K Roku TV

In December, Hulu announced that newer Roku devices were getting 4K and 5.1 audio, so modern devices like the Roku Ultra and Roku TVs are still being actively supported—though it’s worth noting that newly added 4K support came after a long and frustrating saga for Roku users.

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