Study: Killings surge in 2020; pandemic, protests play roles

first_imgO’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Killings rose dramatically across the U.S. last year, and a study suggests that the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice unrest were factors. The study released Monday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, along with Arnold Ventures, looked at crime rates in 34 cities. It found a 30% spike in homicides in 2020 compared to 2019. Study leaders called for urgent action to improve relations with police and expand anti-violence initiatives. A study author says many officers were forced to quarantine last year, and maintaining social distancing kept them from the sort of community outreach needed to help stop violence before it happens.last_img

Jennifer Lopez pulls out of World Cup opening ceremony

first_imgLopez, who recorded the official World Cup song, “We Are One,” with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, had been due to perform with them at the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo but had to cancel, said the football governing body.”For production issues, Jennifer Lopez, one of the artists of the official song ‘We Are One,’ will not be able to perform at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony,” it said in a statement.The 25-minute ceremony will feature 600 artists including acrobatic gymnasts, trampolinists, marshal arts-style capoeira performers and stilt walkers.The grand finale will be a performance of “We Are One” — now minus Lopez — accompanied by Brazilian drumming collective Olodum.Pitbull did not let J-Lo’s withdrawal dampen his enthusiasm.”To be performing ‘We Are One’ to the world, especially in such a beautiful country like Brazil, is going to be a lot of fun. But more than this, it is going to show the world that music is the universal language,” he said in a statement released by FIFA. Lopez also missed the January event where Pitbull and Leitte unveiled plans for the song alongside FIFA officials in Rio de Janeiro.More than 60,000 people will be in Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena to watch the ceremony and kick-off match between Brazil and Croatia. Around a billion people are expected to tune in on TV worldwide.last_img read more

Video: Jawun Evans talks with media after Lakers workout

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers at the team’s facility in El Segundo June 5, 2017. Evans, an All-American in the 2016–17, is projected to be a late first-round or early second round pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett as head coach

first_imgGarrett was relieved of his duties following a disappointing 8-8 season during which some believed the Cowboys had a shot at the Super Bowl. They missed out on their chance to win the division in Week 17.New Cowboys’ HC Mike McCarthy stayed over Jerry Jones’ house on Saturday night, per source. “Once you stay at Jerrry’s house, he doesn’t lose his guy,” said source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2020McCarthy, who sat out a year after entertaining jobs in the 2019 offseason, coached the Packers between 2005 and 2018, leading to his dismissal during the 2018 season. McCarthy has a Super Bowl championship on his resume, winning Super Bowl 45 vs. the Steelers, and his record stands at 125-77-2, not including a 10-8 playoff record.McCarthy’s end with the Packers came amid reports that the relationship between the head coach and quarterback Aaron Rodgers had soured, and was detailed in a lengthy report from Bleacher Report. The confusing Cowboys head coaching odyssey seems to have come to an end.On Monday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Cowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to become the new head coach in Dallas. Scoopage alert: the @dallascowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to be their new head coach. Announcement and press conference expected later this week @NFLonFOX #cowboys— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 6, 2020On Tuesday, the Cowboys made it official, hiring McCarthy to be the next head coach.Mike McCarthy officially hired as #DallasCowboys head coach.MORE →— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 7, 2020The initial report came less than 24 hours after the Cowboys officially parted ways with Jason Garrett, who had been the head coach of the Cowboys since 2011. Garrett was the interim head coach for Dallas in 2010, taking over for a fired Wade Phillips.last_img read more