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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
July 20, 2024

Cheryl Miller, Caitlin Clark WNBA All-Star Practice Footage Sparks Severe Christie Sides Criticism

Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark took part in the Team WNBA's first (and only) true practice before their All-Star Game against Team USA takes place Saturday night.

Clark's head coach for the weekend is WNBA legend Cheryl Miller, who is one of the most respected minds in the entire sport of women's basketball.

Multiple different videos of Miller coaching Clark, fellow rookie Angel Reese, and the other Team WNBA players have surfaced on social media. And the plays Miller is drawing up for her rookie sharpshooter is prompting people on social media to start roasting Fever head coach Christie Sides once again.

X user @fettyfilm posted on X Friday saying, "I’ve watched tons of Fever practices and the plays Cheryl Miller has Caitlin running today, Christie Sides wouldn’t even try to do them in game let alone practice." The post already has amassed over 60,000 views on X in less than 12 hours.


July 20, 2024

NFL legend Lawrence Taylor arrested and charged with failing to report move as sex offender again

NFL legend and former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor was arrested in Florida this week and charged again with failing to report a residence change as a sex offender.

The 65-year-old former linebacker was one of the greatest players in the league, but his legacy was tainted with scandal after he was arrested in 2010 on rape and prostitution charges in connection with the assault of a 16-year-old girl.

In that case, he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute, both misdemeanors, in 2011, NBC Sports reported. He claimed the minor told him she was 19. Ultimately, he avoided jail time but was sentenced to six years’ probation and to register as a sex offender.

Taylor turned himself in to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida on Wednesday on a felony warrant, the sheriff’s office said. The reason was his failure to report a residence change as a registered sex offender, the Pembroke Pines Police Department said.


July 20, 2024

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert reveals 5 teams aiming comeback as new league additions

"It's hard for me to comment on that 'cause there'll be rumors that we'll have 15 to 16 teams in that city, but obviously I'll just tell you the ones that have been making a play.

Obviously, the Monarchs in Sacramento, the Cleveland Rockers, the Detroit Shock, the Charlotte Sting and the Houston Comets. I think that all those cities-- the fans would love to bring a W team back," Engelbert said.

"It's complex because you need the arena and practice facility and player housing and all the things you need, committed long-term ownership groups," Engelbert said back in April. "And so, the nice thing is we're getting a lot of calls, we're continuing to engage with cities."

"These can either take a very long time to negotiate or it can happen pretty quickly if you find the right ownership group with the right arena situation," Engelbert added.


July 20, 2024

Seattle seems likely to get new NBA team soon

There are signs that Seattle could be home to a new expansion franchise at the highest level of basketball.

The NBA is currently negotiating a massive 11-year media rights deal with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which will be worth about $76 million. Once that is done, the focus for the league is expected to turn to the “consideration of expansion,” per commissioner Adam Silver.

Silver mentioned Seattle by name when discussing possible expansion cities during the NBA Final. It’s long been rumoured that both Seattle and Las Vegas will get new franchises when the NBA is ready to grow.

North America’s top basketball league still has just 30 teams and has stood by patiently while other major leagues have grown. The NHL has added expansion clubs in Las Vegas and Seattle in recent years, which have been very successful. It’s logical that the NBA could copy that blueprint and see the same success.


July 20, 2024

Top WNBA Draft prospect Paige Bueckers addresses Valkyries fans' social media conspiracies

Then on Friday, Bueckers was in Phoenix for WNBA All-Star weekend and was a guest on a live recording of “A Touch More,” the soon-to-be-revived podcast from former WNBA star Sue Bird and former soccer star Megan Rapinoe. Before the podcast, the Valkyries co-hosted an event in the same building with Togethxr, which left Bueckers surrounded by Golden State signage.

SFGATE asked Bueckers after the podcast whether she’s seen the chatter. Bueckers confirmed, then offered an explanation for the barrage of posts with the colors.

“Lavender purple was always my favorite color. Obviously, the Valkyries latched on to that color, too,” Bueckers told SFGATE. “It just happened to be that way.”

Still, Bueckers said she finds the social media chatter humorous.

“It’s funny to see everybody trying to manifest me going there,” Bueckers told SFGATE. “It’s all love, though. It’s really funny. I laugh at a lot of it. It’s really cool.”


July 20, 2024

NH: Sununu signs bans on trans girls in girls' sports, gender affirming surgeries for minors

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a series of bills that will limit the rights of transgender youth Friday, banning transgender girls in grades 5 to 12 from participating in girls’ sports teams and prohibiting medical professionals from carrying out gender-affirming surgeries for minors.

The decisions – which LGBTQ+ advocates denounced Friday and called an attack on the transgender community – were cheered on by Sununu’s fellow Republicans, who have made gender in high school sports and gender-affirming surgeries a key political battleground.

Sununu also signed a bill that would allow parents to opt their children out of any public school instruction that features LGBTQ topics – and would require teachers to give parents at least two weeks notice before teaching such material.

But he vetoed a fourth bill, House Bill 396, that would have allowed businesses and government entities to discriminate on the basis of biological sex in bathrooms, locker rooms, sporting events, jails and prisons, mental health hospitals and treatment facilities. That bill would have directly rolled back some of the gender identity anti-discrimination protections Sununu signed into law in 2018.


July 20, 2024

Where things stand with Iowa's near-total abortion ban

Three weeks after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state should be able to enforce a near-total abortion ban, the law is still on hold.

Polk County District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell said during a July 19 virtual conference that the Iowa Supreme Court had not yet issued an order transferring the case back to District Court. That needs to happen before the judge can dissolve a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the ban (House File 732).

Under Iowa’s rules of civil procedure, the high court cannot transfer a case to lower court within the first 21 days after a Supreme Court ruling (that period ends on July 19), or “while a properly filed petition for rehearing” is pending. The plaintiffs in this case—Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the Emma Goldman Clinic, and Dr. Sarah Traxler—filed a petition for rehearing on July 11. They provided three reasons the Iowa Supreme Court majority should have left the injunction in place while litigation proceeds.

It’s not clear when the Supreme Court will accept or reject the petition for rehearing. The court rarely grants such requests and rarely makes significant changes to decisions already published.


July 20, 2024

Lucas County Children Services running out of money, adding levy to November ballot

TOLEDO, Ohio — Lucas County voters in November will see a 1.5-mill levy on the ballot for Lucas County Children Services.

LCCS Executive Director Randy Muth said the agency is in dire need of money, so if this new levy doesn't pass, there will be financial cuts. Since the agency is predicted to be operating in the red by the end of 2025, Muth said it's necessary to ask taxpayers to help in the short term.

"While this is no doubt an extraordinary investment, it's a lot of upfront money. It will pay off in the long run," Muth said.

He explained how children, through no fault of their own, are taken into the system. While some don't come from abusive situations, there are others who need to be rescued and receive special care. A new federal law, the Family First Prevention Services Act, has changed child placement rules and specific requirements for those special children.


July 20, 2024

Foster City OKs new business license tax ballot measure

Foster City voters will decide whether to enact an updated business license tax, as the council approved a new model expected to generate an additional $1.4 million in annual revenue.

The proposal would increase the rate for many businesses, especially the city’s largest, ranging from 75 cents per $1,000 in gross receipts to $3 per $1,000 in gross receipts, depending on the firm’s revenue. The city’s smallest businesses would only be subject to a minimum $100 annual tax.

Other models proposed by staff would have increased the maximum amount from the current cap, roughly $28,000, to $500,000, which did not receive council support. The limit that will be on the ballot will increase the cap to $250,000.

Updating the BLT revenue stream has been a frequent topic of discussion among several Peninsula cities as of late — including South San Francisco, Belmont and Redwood City — especially as budget deficits abound and other income sources, such as property-tax-in-lieu-of-vehicle license fees, were recently put in a precarious position.


July 20, 2024

A ton of local tax, bond measures are headed for the ballot

Haney Hong looks at the potential November ballot in San Diego County with a sense of awe and considerable concern.

The president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association said 12 municipal tax measures and 19 school bonds may go before voters across various local jurisdictions, so far. Only one of the proposals will be on the countywide ballot — a half-cent sales tax proposal for transit-oriented transportation projects.

So, while the overall scope may seem daunting, that probably won’t be the case for most individual voters, who may face the transit tax and maybe a city and/or school board proposal.

The exact number of ballot measures won’t be determined for several weeks, after boards and councils finalize their plans and the county Registrar of Voters determines whether initiatives qualify for the ballot.


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