Carmichael Dave: The ’02 Kings in NBA 2K? I’m Still Not Over It…..

So last week it was announced with some fanfare that the 2002 Sacramento Kings team would be featured in the newest edition of NBA 2K, the popular video game amongst millennials and old people and everything in between. That’s right, we get to see video C-Webb, Peja, even video Hedo go at it with the rest of the NBA. Kind of a cool achievement, considering they never won an NBA title. Shows the type of respect and love that team engenders 15 years later.

I made a comment on twitter when the news hit, asking if there would also be a video ref crew that would steal Game 6 from them. Haha and lolz, but someone at some point asked why I was still salty, why I wasn’t over it yet.

Why?

WHY???

Its like being dumped by your first love. There are two, and ONLY two ways to get over it: die, or find a new love. That’s it. You can work out, diet, take hot yoga, have fling after fling, but until you find a new love to fill that hole in your heart, it ain’t happening.

So yeah, I’m still salty. And so are more than a few of my friends as well. Since we got dumped by a pack of inept referees, and the subsequent absent-minded walkthrough atrocity that served as Game 7, we’ve had:

Webber’s injury

Quincy Douby

Jimmer

Ben

Pete

Isaiah being traded

An entire class of Hall of Famers drafted AFTER our picks

So yeah, we haven’t exactly found the new hot POA and fallen in love. What we HAVE done is gone on numerous dates with jobless losers who get us excited and then leave us with the dinner bill.

So at least we will be able to play our video-ex in a game. Maybe in the cyber-world, we can do the screwing, instead of the other way around…..

US Post Offices In Path Of Eclipse Offer Special Postmarks

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 110 U.S. Postal Service offices are offering special postmarks for Monday’s total solar eclipse.

The post offices are in or near the path of the full eclipse, which cuts across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.

Spokesman Mark Saunders says the postmarks will be unique in some locations, while most will use one designed by the national office. He says some post offices are using the special postmark only on Monday but others are also using it before and after the eclipse.

The post office earlier issued a heat-sensitive eclipse stamp. A touch of the finger transforms the image of a solar eclipse into the moon.

Professor, Oxford Official Charged In Chicago Murder

CHICAGO (AP) — The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge Sunday at a bond hearing for the men.

An Illinois prosecutor shared disturbing new details about the July 27 slaying, describing to the court how Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, the 26-year-old boyfriend of since-fired microbiology professor Wyndham Lathem, was stabbed 70 times at Lathem’s Chicago condo and with such brutality that he was nearly decapitated. His throat was slit and pulmonary artery torn.

Lathem, 46, had communicated for months before with Andrew Warren, 56, about “carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves,” Natosha Toller, an assistant Cook County state’s Attorney, told the court. While the prosecutor used the plural in talking about the alleged fantasy to kill, she did not say there were other victims.

Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. at one point shook his head in apparent disgust as he listened to the prosecutor offer a chilling narrative of the slaying.

He later deemed both men potentially dangerous and flight risks, ordering them to remain in jail pending trial on first-degree murder charges.
“The heinous facts speak for themselves,” he said.

Lathem and Warren — a British citizen employed as a financial official at the Oxford, England, university — were dressed in their own clothes Sunday at their first court appearance in Chicago. They stood calmly, their hands behind their backs, as the prosecutor and judge spoke.

Lathem paid for Warren’s ticket to travel to the United States and he picked Warren up at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport a few days before the killing, the prosecutor said. On July 26, one day before the killing, Lathem booked a room for Warren near the condo, Toller said.

Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native, had been asleep in Lathem’s high-rise Chicago condo when Lathem let Warren into the 10th-floor unit around 4:30 a.m. on July 27 — treading carefully so as not to wake the victim. As Warren stood in a doorway, Lathem crept up to Cornell-Duranleau and began plunging a 6-inch drywall saw knife into his chest and neck, Toller said.

Lathem had told Warren to take video of the killing using his cellphone, but Warren did not end up recording it, the prosecutor said.
When Cornell-Duranleau awoke, he began screaming and fought back; Lathem yelled at Warren, asking him to help subdue Cornell-Duranleau, the prosecutor said.

Warren ran over to cover the victim’s mouth, then struck him in the head with a heavy lamp in an attempt to silence him, Toller said. As Lathem continued to stab the victim, Warren left the room and returned with two kitchen knives, she said.

Warren bent over Cornell-Duranleau and joined Lathem in stabbing him, the prosecutor said. At one point, the victim bit Warren’s hand as he struggled to fight off the attack.

She said the victim’s last words were to Lathem: “Wyndham, what are you doing?”

While prosecutors said Lathem and Warren had concocted a plan to kill themselves after the stabbing, Toller did not say why they never followed through with it.

After showering, Lathem and Warren left the apartment an hour after the stabbing began, the prosecutor said. They surrendered to California authorities on Aug. 4 after an eight-day manhunt and were recently returned to Illinois.

The stab wounds to Cornell-Duranleau included 21 to the chest and abdomen, and 26 in the back, as well as multiple cuts on his hands. Cornell-Duranleau’s lungs were also both punctured, and there were wounds to his colon, spleen and liver.

After leaving the apartment and renting a car, Lathem on the same day left an anonymous $5,610 donation — in cash — at the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago in the name ‘Cornell-Duranleau.’ They then drove to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and, 13 hours after the first payment, Lathem went to its public library and wrote a $1,000 check as a donation, also in the victim’s name, the prosecutor said.

Toller said Lathem, while on the run, sent a video message to his parents and friends, admitting to the killing and telling them “he is not the person people thought he was.”

Lathem’s lawyer, Barry Sheppard, said in a brief statement to reporters after the hearing that people shouldn’t “engage in a rush to judgment.” He said his client had led “a life of unblemished … citizenship,” which included academic work on the bubonic-plague virus.

Warren spoke briefly when the judge asked if he wanted a British diplomatic office to be in contact. “No,” Warren said. For the bond hearing, Warren relied on a public defender, who did not comment later.

The judge set a Tuesday hearing for the men, when another judge will be assigned to oversee the criminal case. Both would have a chance to enter pleas at a later arraignment.

Oliver Stone to Head Powerful Jury at Busan Festival

Oliver Stone, the ever controversial American-French director, has been named as president of the competition jury for the upcoming Busan International Film Festival. The Busan festival is no stranger to controversy. Stone heads an impressive panel including Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), French cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”), Philippines... Read more »

Anti-Immigration Group Dwarfed By Counterprotesters At Beach

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A small group of people demonstrating against illegal immigration in Laguna Beach were outnumbered on Sunday by hundreds of counterprotesters who gathered on the same stretch of sand to denounce racism in the coastal California city.

The group America First! said it wanted to focus attention on what it says are victims of DUI crashes and gang-related crimes committed by people living illegally in the U.S. Organizer Johnny Benitez said the group also wanted to protest “cheap labor” from those here illegally.

“I think immigration should happen when it’s beneficial to the host country,” Benitez said. “That’s not happening in the U.S. right now.”

They were dwarfed by a larger group of counterdemonstrators, some of whom shouted “No hate,” and carried signs that said “Immigrants are welcome here.” Police officers, some on horseback, separated the groups as business carried on in the picturesque city of about 23,000 people. A short distance away, beachgoers gathered for a drum circle and a plane flew overhead pulling a banner that said “Hate is beneath us.”

Police said there were no significant incidents as officers continued to monitor the crowd Sunday evening.

Anthony Bruneio, 37, said he came to engage with the America First! protesters and said he found common ground with Denise Ruiz, 39, who said she came to remember “those who are lost.”

“Both sides agree that the extremists are defining the groups,” Bruneio said.

“I think we all believe in a lot of the same things,” Ruiz said. “Most of the media over-exaggerate.”

The gathering came a day after a large crowd converged in Laguna Beach for what was called a peace and unity rally. Marchers held signs with slogans like “Unity over division, love over hate” and “Make America human again.”

Organizers said Saturday’s demonstration was a response to the planned America First! rally and to the deadly events at a white nationalist gathering last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

‘Game of Thrones’ Delivers an Astonishing Episode of Ice and Fire

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Beyond the Wall” the Aug. 20 episode of “Game of Thrones.” It’s not always easy to tell what’s happening in any given episode of “Game of Thrones,” but Sunday night’s episode “Beyond the Wall” was an exception. During the extra-long episode’s climactic finale, the Night... Read more »

Damien Barling: SummerSlam Recap

Considering the length of the show, the length of the highlight packages, and the frustrating outcome of the Nakamura Jinder Mahal match this was a very good show. The big names all delivered and the main event was spectacular.

I had no idea the pre-show started at 3pm. I didn’t watch but heard The Usos and New Day had another great one.

JOHN CENA VS BARON CORBIN

The story of the match was Cena taunting Corbin and the announcers selling he’s still thinking about losing the Money In The Bank Briefcase on Smackdown Live. Corbin hit a nasty chock slam onto his knee. I have no idea how that didn’t hurt incredibly bad. Corbin was very physical throughout the match and pushing his anger from losing the briefcase. Cena ultimately won with Attitude Adjustment, which I 100% believe was the right call. If Cena loses, Nakamura beating him is significantly minimized. I get guys want Cena to “put over” the younger talent. This wasn’t the time for that.

NATALYA VS NAOMI (SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP)
Nattie won by working over the leg and locking in the Sharpshooter. For some reason the WWE feels the need to make the women who lose (or sometimes win) sit in the ring and cry. Naomi did that. Nattie gloated. Match was fine.

BIG SHOW VS BIG CASS (WITH ENZO ABOVE THE RING IN A SHARK CAGE)
Enzo’s act is wearing thin and this match was only slightly worse then I expected. The crowd was dead. Really dead, and thats saying a lot for Brooklyn. Enzo oiled himself up and slide out of the shark cage. He got kicked in the face for his efforts. Cass dominated Big Show and pinned him after two big boots and an elbow drop that made the People’s Elbow look like the most deadly move in history. This was all sorts of bad and the thought of Big Cass and Baron Corbin in future main events is terrifying.

RANDY ORTON VS RUSEV
Randy Orton hit the RKO before I had the chance to finish typing a text message. Remember when Rusev was a badass heel? Yeah, me either.

ALEXA BLISS VS SASHA BANKS (RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP)
There was a backstage shot of Sasha walking to the ring where she runs into Bayley. The crowd booed. HEAVILY!!! The WWE managed to make fans hate the cute girl next door. This match was solid. Alexa is incredible. Sasha Banks won with the Bank Statement in a match that paled in comparison to what we saw from Asuka and Ember Moon on Saturday night. Feed Sasha to my girl Nia Jax and I’m a happy man.

“THE DEMON” FINN BALOR VS BRAY WYATT
I understand most of us felt The Demon would make an appearance, what I don’t understand is why the WWE felt the need to tell us on Monday that he would. I don’t like the WWE treating these two Balor personas as, well, two Balor personas. I feel like they’re flirting with the Mankind/Dude Love/Cactus Jack thing. I would’ve been happier had the Demon just appeared, as telegraphed is it may have been, without the official announcement. The match itself was fine with a, rightfully, predictable outcome. Balor wins.

THE SHIELD VS JASON’S FAVORITE WRESTLER SHEAMUS AND FRIEND OF THE LO-DOWN, CESARO (RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP)
Cesaro ripped apart a beach ball that was bouncing around in the crowd. Said crowd pooped big! Cesaro is now the GOAT. This match was pretty long but it never dragged. It was actually pretty entertaining. Nothing crazy happened but it told the story of Sheamus and Cesaro being a well oiled machine while Ambrose and Rollins are teaming together for the first time in years. The finish was great and worth going out of your way to see. The Shield wins the tag team championship.

 

AJ STYLES VS KEVIN OWENS WITH SHANE MCMAHON AS THE SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE (UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP)
This was a great match with Shane taking a number of bumps at the hands of Owens and Ambrose. He also had on some customized Jordan 31’s. He was also sweating. A LOT!!!! Seriously, this was as a great of a match as you’d expect from the two. Shane played his role perfectly including a three count he immediately waved in which Owens thought he won. I love Shane McMahon. AJ wins with the Styles Clash. (I hate that move).

JINDER MAHAL VS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP)
This is exactly what I feared it would be. WWE is forcing Jinder Mahal down our throat. They sacrificed one of the biggest stars in the business for a title reign that is, and has meant nothing. The Mahal experience has been an epic failure which is why I felt there was no way WWE was going to give up on it. Mahal pins Nakamura after interference from the lackeys. Awful. Match quality doesn’t matter.

BROCK LESNER VS ROMAN REIGNS VS SAMOA JOE VS BRAUN STROWMAN (UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP)
This was awesome. Four monsters beating the absolute crap out of each other. For everything the WWE did wrong in the previous title match they did perfectly in this one. The build was fantastic. The match was perfect. Stop everything you’re doing and watch this match. The crowd was so into it and these 4 guys killed it. Braun Strowman is super over. He sent Brock Lesnar out on a stretcher. Lesnar returned. Roman punched everyone. Joe chocked a couple of guys. Lesnar wins after an F-5 on Roman Reigns.

Octogenarian Widow Stands In The Way Of Giant Florida Development

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There’s a new twist in the standoff between an octogenarian widow in Florida who refused to sell her townhome and the giant developer that constructed a timeshare resort around her vacant, two-story building anyway.

In order to get a county permit for tenants to move into the new timeshare units, the company needs her signature — and she’s not giving it. That prompted the parent company of Westgate Resorts to sue Orange County, Florida, this month, demanding that the county issue the occupancy permit anyway.

The timeshare giant’s lawsuit is the latest development in the ongoing fight between Julieta Corredor and Westgate Resorts. Corredor was the last owner in her condominium development who refused to sell to Westgate so it could build the new timeshare complex in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district. The company tweaked its plans, but moved forward, building a seven-story, multimillion-dollar edifice within feet of the Corredor townhome.

The 82-year-old woman’s townhome was damaged when a contractor for the timeshare company was clearing the site for the construction of Westgate’s timeshare complex. No one now lives in the property, which was used as a vacation home by the South Florida-based Corredor family. The home, which Westgate said the family has not used in more than a decade, has now been deemed uninhabitable because of the damage.

Orange County officials have told Westgate their contractor needs a demolition permit for the unpermitted work done on Corredor’s building before it will grant the occupancy permit for one building and a building permit for the second building in the timeshare complex. That requires the signature of Corredor, who has so far steadfastly refused all of the company’s offers to buy out her unit.

“The fact that Westgate apparently undertook demolition without proper permitting from Orange County, substantially damaging Mrs. Corredor’s condominium in the process and rendering it uninhabitable, is one of the big reasons that we’re in this mess,” said Corredor’s attorney, Brent Siegel.

County spokeswoman Doreen Overstreet said the county wouldn’t comment due to the pending litigation. Corredor and her sons weren’t named as defendants in the lawsuit, although their fight with Westgate looms large over the complaint.

In emails filed with the court, a lawyer for Westgate complained that the county’s decision not to issue the occupancy permit is costing Westgate “tens of thousands of dollars every day.” The lawsuit said the company has passed all final inspections and that the county has “a clear legal ministerial duty” to issue the occupancy permit.

The county also told Westgate it needs to make repairs to the Corredor home in order to get the permit, and that also requires Corredor’s signature. That’s something she is willing to sign off on, provided she gets all the details on the proposed repairs, her attorney said.

Officials at the timeshare company said they’ve offered to rebuild the Corredors’ unit at the same or a new location and provide $50,000 in furnishings. They’ve presented an offer of a $150,000 cash buy-out, and they’ve said they’re willing to offer a comparable, newly-renovated unit in a different building. The Corredors have repeatedly said “no.”

The Corredors have said that their case is a matter of principle on property rights and that they feel bullied by Westgate.

The Corredors have two lawsuits pending against Westgate. There have been no steps toward settlement talks since the beginning of the year, Siegel said.

KPIX 5’s Ken Bastida Joins Eclipse Watch

SALEM, Ore. (CBS SF) — Millions of Americans have converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years.

Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away.

With 200 million people within a day’s drive of the path of totality, towns and parks braced for monumental crowds. Among those cities is Salem, Oregon, where KPIX 5’s news anchor Ken Bastida has joined the eclipse watch.

Here are his reports:

Losing Is The New Success Assured. 

Am up at night thinking about a future I believe is possible. The very one I have imagined and perceived as the right path for me – one God has orchestrated.  So I wear my flaws as a badge of honour in approaching my dreams. If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt  from losing so…

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