Day: January 8, 2018

TCL’s new 4K Roku TVs could be the best value of 2018 – The Verge

The Verge

TCL's new 4K Roku TVs could be the best value of 2018
The Verge
TCL's P-Series was hands down the best TV you could buy for under $1,000 in 2017. It offered fantastic image quality with full-array local dimming, both Dolby Vision and HDR10, and Roku's easy-to-use software in a package priced between $599 and $650
TCL Alto Is the First Roku-Equipped Speaker LinePCMag
This Roku Sound Bar Is Part Smart Speaker and Part Remote ControlGizmodo
TCL 6-series Roku TV promises great picture for a low priceCNET
Digital Trends -SlashGear -Dealerscope -Yahoo Finance UK
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Powermat joins Wireless Power Consortium – (blog)

Powermat joins Wireless Power Consortium (blog)
Established in 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium is an open, collaborative standards development group of more than 360 company members based in approximately 23 countries. WPC´s members include Apple, ASUS, Belkin, Bosch, Canon, Dell, Google, Haier

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Flo Golden South Returns To The First Academy In Orlando May 19th – FloTrack


Flo Golden South Returns To The First Academy In Orlando May 19th
After two years at the National Training Center in Clermont, Flo Golden South (formerly the Golden South Classic) will return to The First Academy on May 19th, 2018. The Orlando school will play host to the 42nd edition of the meet that has seen high

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Trump likely could not refuse Mueller subpoena to answer questions –

Two former White House counsels, under Republican and Democratic presidents, agreed Trump would have no legal grounds, other than the Fifth Amendment, to reject a subpoena for his testimony. Both spoke on condition that they not be identified.

While that ruling involved a private civil case, the court said the need for evidence in a prosecution is even greater.

“We have made clear that in a criminal case the powerful interest in the ‘fair administration of criminal justice’ requires that the evidence be given under appropriate circumstances lest the ‘very integrity of the judicial system’ be eroded.”

“The President’s generalized assertion of privilege must yield to the demonstrated, specific need for evidence in a pending criminal trial and the fundamental demands of due process of law in the fair administration of criminal justice,” the court said in 1974.

WASHINGTON — If Robert Mueller seeks to question President Donald Trump, could the White House successfully refuse to make him available?

Mueller could try to summon the president to appear in court, though his lawyers could cite the Clinton precedent and seek to have the questioning done in the White House. In its ruling in the Clinton civil case, the Supreme Court said, “We assume that the testimony of the President, both for discovery and for use at trial, may be taken at the White House.” But that was a civil case with no grand jury.

While it’s unlikely Trump could successfully refuse to answer Mueller’s questions if subpoenaed, how he does so would probably be negotiated. The special prosecutor might not be able to force him to appear on videotape for a deposition and might have to settle for written answers.

Starr’s team had earlier interviewed both the president and Hillary Clinton in 1995 about the Whitewater real estate matter, and they gave sworn testimony about Whitewater the year before to Robert Fiske, the special counsel who was initially appointed to investigate the issue.

Like anyone whose testimony is sought by grand jury subpoena in a criminal case, the president could cite his Fifth Amendment right not to testify against himself. Such a move, however, would carry significant political risk.

Why this year’s flu season is so bad and what you can do about it. Is flu shot effective? – ABC News

Next, make sure to wash hands carefully to limit the spread of the virus and try to avoid close contact with sick people.

The predominant flu strain this year is H3N2, a form of influenza A. This strain is included in this year’s flu vaccine, but information on how effective the vaccine has been is typically not available until the flu season is over.

It can take up to two weeks for the body to build up defenses against the virus, he added.

Vaccine effectiveness typically ranges from 40 to 60 percent in a good year. Preliminary estimates from last year show the vaccine was 40 percent effective in the U.S., similar to 2014-2015.

“Stay home, don’t go to work, don’t go to the gym, don’t go to religious services,” he said. “Nobody wants to be a dreaded spreader.”

“If you get sick, call your provider, because your provider might prescribe an antiviral,” Schaffner said. “If we get in early enough, we can make your infection less severe, perhaps shorten it by a day and make it less likely that you get the complications.”

Jacksonville death toll troubling, but officials say there is hope – Florida Times-Union

“It is a message of, ‘If you continue to do this, here’s what going to happen to you,’” Williams said.

“The Kids Hope Alliance that we will have consolidated early next year [2018] has to get it right,” Curry said. “There is going to be a spotlight on it. That was my intent, because every single person and every child in this city is a family to this city and a child to this city.”

Last year’s total homicides, as reported in the Homicide Tracker at, had already matched 2016’s reported numbers on Nov. 19. The numbers included 107 victims shot to death, six beaten, six stabbed and two run over. Seven were shot by police, while 13 died from unknown causes. Sadly, at least 24 of the overall victims were younger than 20 and six not even 5 years old.

Their names and ages vary — 86-year-old Melvin Grant Clark and 3-year-old Connor Mickens; 1-year-old Hannah Htoo and 76-year-old Mary Anne Rolnick.

“With all of these homicides, someone knows. And until they break the code of science, it will be the same thing,” Foy said. “Until they decide enough is enough, it will happen again. And until you can get some funding out here for groups like us to get involved and get out and do that, we will have the same problem.”

2018: The Golden Globes’ Year of (Literal) Fashion Statements – The Atlantic

Shailene Woodley
What she wore: “That’s what the power of sisterhood is. It’s celebrating each other. It’s eradicating judgment and ego and competition … Support is the base of everything.”

America Ferrera
What she wore: “It’s so incredible to look around and see everyone in solidarity, ready to really address the issues that exist in our industry and across all industries. It’s our job—right now, the time is now—for us to do the work that will make women and all people more safe and more equal in their workplaces and in their lives.”

Marai Larasi
What she wore: “There’s something about in women in Hollywood speaking out. There is a wall of silence around violence against women and girls, and every time somebody speaks out, it just creates a bit of a crack in that wall.”

Mark Ruffalo
What he wore: “Wearing black today in solidarity with the men and women asking for respect and equality across industry lines. Let’s bring a stop to sexual harassment in the workplace. Join us in wearing black and saying #TimesUp.”

Salma Hayek
What she wore: “I was wearing black on Thursday and yes I’m wearing black today —not out of mourning but out of an awakening.”

It succeeded, to the extent any such shift could have been expected to: The celebrities’ outfits, which normally speak subtly—about their wearers, about their designers, about the culture of a moment—spoke, this time around, stridently. They forced conversations on the red carpet about fairness, about structural change: not “Who are you wearing?” but “Why are you wearing it?” And, so, there was a paradox at play on the red carpet on Sunday evening: The clothes in one way mattered more than ever. And the clothes, in another, mattered not at all. While the dresses and jumpsuits donned by invited celebrities were accessorized, often, with striking accessories and glittering jewels—a black dress can, on top of everything else, serve as a canvas for other forms of wearable art—the accessories most in demand were words.

Uzo Aduba
What she wore: Because the numbers don’t lie. Because tomorrow is too far. Because your fight is my fight. Because enough is enough. Because it’s time.”

Anne Hathaway
What she wore: “Today I wear black to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced. I wear black for all who have gone before, on whose shoulders we have been lifted to this moment. I wear black in hope and rage. I wear black for me, and for you, too.”

Justin Hartley
What he wore: “It means a lot to me and I think it means a lot to everyone and I think we all stand in solidarity here and I think we can all agree that time’s up.”

Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 1/8/18 – 95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports

NCAAFB – College Football – College Football National Championship
CFP National Championship – Mercedez-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
(4) Alabama vs. (3) Georgia, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – National Football League Playoffs – Divisional Round
Next Saturday
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m.
Tennessee at New England, 8:15 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Girls Basketball
Lake Michigan Catholic at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.

NFL – Bears interview Chiefs’ Nagy for coaching job
The Chicago Bears were interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for their head coaching job.  Nagy has spent 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He did not call plays until late this season, but has drawn praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. In Chicago, he would be trying to develop No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky. The Chiefs won the AFC West, only to blow an 18-point halftime lead in a playoff loss to Tennessee on Saturday. The Bears met with Nagy in Kansas City on Sunday. Chicago has also interviewed Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Minnesota and New England offensive coordinators Pat Shurmur and Josh McDaniels, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The Bears fired John Fox after a 14-34 record in three years and a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second-lowest in franchise history. They were 5-11 this past season.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Detroit Red Wings 2
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Edmonton Oilers 1

Olympics – Skiing – Shiffrin gets 40th career win
Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin dominated a women’s World Cup slalom for her 40th career win and seventh in her last eight events. Shiffrin, of EagleVail, is tied with Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark for the second-most World Cup victories before their 23rd birthday, one behind Austrian
standout Annemarie Moser-Proell.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Kalamazoo Wings 3, Wichita Thunder 2 – OT

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
(10) Ohio State 78, (22) Michigan 71 – OT
(2) Notre Dame 77, Georgia Tech 54
Minnesota 83, Michigan State 77

NFL – National Football League Playoffs – Wild Card Weekend
Tennessee Titans 22, Kansas City Chiefs 21
Atlanta Falcons 26, Los Angeles Rams 13

Here’s a novel idea: If you don’t like Jeff Session’s marijuana decision, change the law –

As reported in Politico, Sessions’ action may make the legalization of marijuana more likely, as a lot of legislators who have been trying to have it both ways are forced to take a position. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., for example, who refused to discuss his position on marijuana legalization with Politico “just a few weeks ago,” is now pledging to fight for legalization.  

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And it’s for that reason that, even though I favor marijuana legalization, I approve of what Sessions has done. He’s basically told Congress that if they don’t like the marijuana laws that are on the books, they need to get off their butts and change them. As an executive official, he’s telling the legislative branch that he’s going to respect the constitutional separation of powers, which means that if the law is changed it will have to be changed by the lawmakers.

There’s even a bill in front of Congress to do just that, HR 975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., in 2017. It has bipartisan sponsorship, divided roughly evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

This is basic civics stuff, but it seems to have eluded a lot of people. People such as Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who exploded in response to Sessions’ announcement, saying that marijuana laws should be left to the states, and who vowed to “take all steps necessary” to secure a reversal of Sessions’ announcement, including holding up nominees to the Department of Justice.

Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution provides that: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”