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Existing-Home Sales Surge 11.8 Percent in February

Washington, D.C. – March 22, 2019 (nar.realtor) Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in February, experiencing the largest month-over-month gain since December 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Three of the four major U.S. regions saw sales gains, while the Northeast remained unchanged from last month. Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and c...
Tags: Real Estate News, Home Sales, NAR, National Association of Realtors


Listen to My Top 5 Albums from T.I.

Last week, we had the original King of the South in Scarface. T.I. have been calling himself the King of the South for quite a few years now. When he first started to call himself that, there were a lot of people taking excepting to it. Either way, over the years T.I. have earned that name with the great projects he’s released. T.I. been in the game for well over 15 years as he dropped his debut album in 2001. I’m Serious was his debut album and it was an instant southern classic. Because I’m ...
Tags: Albums, Hip Hop, Music


Vast Majority Think 2019 First Quarter is Good Time to Buy Home, says Realtor® Survey

Washington, D.C. – March 20, 2019 (nar.realtor) New findings from a National Association of Realtors® survey show that more Americans believe that now is a good time to purchase a home. Consumer opinions about home buying bounced back in the first quarter of 2019, with 37 percent stating that they strongly believe now is a good time to buy, up from 34 percent in the last quarter of 2018 but down from 38 percent one year ago. Only 35 percent of respondents said that now is not a good time to buy ...
Tags: Real Estate News, Buy Home, NAR, National Association of Realtors


Monday round-up

This morning the court begins the second week of the March sitting with two oral arguments. First up is PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc., which asks whether the Hobbs Act, a jurisdictional-channeling statute, requires courts to accept the Federal Communications Commission’s interpretation of a statute allowing recipients of “junk faxes” to sue the senders for damages. Christopher Walker previewed the case for this blog. Luís Lozada and Isaac Syed have a preview at Cornell L...
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TV Best Bets: LA Dodgers, Angels open the 2019 MLB season

MLB, OPENING DAYThursday, March 28Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 10 a.m., ESPNArizona at L.A. Dodgers, 1 p.m., SNLA/ESPNBoston at Seattle, 4 p.m., ESPNL.A. Angels at Oakland, 1 p.m., FSW Nothing in baseball resonates more than opening day, because everyone is tied for first place (except the A’s, who are already 2-0 after games in Japan). It resonates only to the end of the day, because after all there’s 161 more games left and no one will remember opening day unless they kept their ticket stub. The...
Tags: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Sports, NCAA Tournament


TV Best Bets: Dodgers, Angels open the 2019 MLB season

MLB, OPENING DAYThursday, March 28Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 10 a.m., ESPNArizona at L.A. Dodgers, 1 p.m., SNLA/ESPNBoston at Seattle, 4 p.m., ESPNL.A. Angels at Oakland, 1 p.m., FSW Nothing in baseball resonates more than opening day, because everyone is tied for first place (except the A’s, who are already 2-0 after games in Japan). It resonates only to the end of the day, because after all there’s 161 more games left and no one will remember opening day unless they kept their ticket stub. The...
Tags: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Sports, NCAA Tournament


The Latest: Forecasters: 'historic' flooding could hit South

The Latest on the upcoming flood threat in the South (all times local):
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Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook. Experts plan a briefing on their flood […]
Tags: News, Nation, South, Mississippi River, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration


Clarence Thomas Speaks Up At SCOTUS Arguments For First Time In 3 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas is asking his first questions at Supreme Court arguments in more than three years. Arguments were almost over Wednesday in a case about racial discrimination in the South when the court’s only African-American member and lone Southerner piped up. The case involves a black Mississippi death row inmate who’s been tried six times for murder and a white prosecutor with a history of using jury strikes to exclude African-Americans. Thomas wanted to know if t...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Scotus, Washington, Georgia, Ap, Flowers, South, Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Summer Concepcion, Curtis Flowers, AP story, Sheri Lynn Johnson


Justice Thomas talks at court arguments, 1st time in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas is asking his first questions at Supreme Court arguments in more than three years. Arguments were almost over Wednesday in a case about racial discrimination in the South when the court’s only African-American member and lone Southerner piped up. The case involves a black Mississippi death row inmate who’s […]
Tags: News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Washington, Ap, Nation, South, Clarence Thomas


US no longer needs visa for Brazil

For a few years now , Brazil has been experimenting with its visa program when it comes to travelers from the US. In 2016, the country temporarily waived visa requirements to attract US citizens for the Summer Olympics, and in 2018, it launched an e-visa program to make visa acquisition easier for US travelers. Now, the country is eliminating the visa requirement altogether, making it easier than ever for Americans to travel to Brazil. Starting on June 17, American, Canadian, Australian, and J...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, US, Brazil, North, South, Sao Paulo, All, Midwest, Brazil Visa, Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil travel, Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, Brazil Tourism, Brazil Tourist Visa, US Citizen Visas


10 Millennial Women Talk About Where They Donate Money & Why

Millennials are more often associated with the penny-pinching $1 Venmo charge than with charitable giving. But in many of the Money Diaries we publish, right under Utilities and Spotify on the OP's list of monthly expenses is a line for donations. From Planned Parenthood to Patreon to ASPCA, millennial women are giving — regardless of how much money they make — to the causes and charities they care about.Philanthropy isn't a word reserved just for multimillionaires. Whether you factor in donati...
Tags: Spotify, Fashion, Music, Washington, Oregon, Earth, Chicago, Thailand, Aclu, Portland, Peru, Npr, Bronx, South, Venmo, Ottawa


Facetime: Adweek Celebrates Third Annual Arc Awards at SXSW

Adweek's third annual Arc Awards, which took place March 9 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and was presented by Screenvision Media, celebrated the best brand storytelling of 2018. Here's a look at some of the festivities and honorees. (Photos l. to r.) Jeff Litvack, CEO, Adweek; Michelle Wald, U.S. country manager/sprinkles, Tony's Chocolonely;...
Tags: Advertising, Magazine, Facetime, Adweek, South, Sxsw, Southwest, Austin Texas, Tony, Awards & Recognition, Screenvision Media, Jeff Litvack, Michelle Wald


‘Us’ Featurette: The Cast Praises the Unique Vision of Director Jordan Peele

Comedian Jordan Peele has become a powerhouse filmmaker following his directorial debut with Get Out in 2017. Now Peele is back with his sophomore directing effort, a new nightmare simply called Us. The film finds a family in Northern California suddenly hunted by people they never imagined: themselves. A new Us featurette goes behind the scenes of the new horror movie without giving much away about what’s really going on with this story of dangerous doppelgängers. Instead, cast members Lupita ...
Tags: Movies, Horror, US, Adelaide, Universal, Elisabeth Moss, South, Wilsons, Sxsw, Southwest, Northern California, Lupita Nyong, Peele, Jordan Peele, Behind the Scenes Footage, Jacob Hall


Black Editor Resigns From AL Newspaper Urging The KKK To ‘Night Ride Again’

LINDEN, Ala. (AP) — An African-American woman who took over the helm of a small-town Alabama newspaper that recently called for the Ku Klux Klan to “ride again” has stepped down after a few weeks, citing interference from the newspaper’s owner. Elecia R. Dexter told The New York Times on Friday that she stepped down because of continuing interference from the newspaper’s owner who had published the KKK editorial. Dexter said she wanted to maintain her “integrity and well-being.” “I would have ...
Tags: News, Alabama, Kkk, The New York Times, Republican Party, Times, South, Dexter, Ku Klux Klan, Sutton, Klan, Summer Concepcion, Goodloe Sutton, Elecia R Dexter, Elecia Dexter, AP story


American Travel Experiences Everyone Should Try

In recent years I’ve spent a lot more time traveling around my own country and, for the most part, it’s been wonderful. The experiences I’ve enjoyed most times truly surprised me and I’ve learned how to better appreciate the full width and breadth of the U.S. In an effort to encourage other people, American or not, to experience more of what makes the country so much fun to explore, today I want to share some of my own personal experiences that I think best portray what the nation is all about....
Tags: Travel, New York, Yosemite, US, America, Chicago, National Parks, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington Dc, Philadelphia, St Louis, Detroit, Pacific, South, Yellowstone


Selection Sunday: Villanova seeded No. 6, Temple seeded No. 11 in NCAA Tournament

The Wildcats were seeded 6th in the South in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Tags: News, Basketball, Ncaa, South, Villanova, Wildcats


UC Irvine to face Kansas State in first round of NCAA Tournament in San Jose

IRVINE – UC Irvine entered its watch party to the school fight song performed by the band, wearing their Big West championship shirts and hats with pieces of the Honda Center net still on display. The Anteaters, surrounded by fans ready to celebrate, were there to find out their NCAA Tournament destination and opponent. As the selection drew nearer, the happy din died down in anticipation. Then it was revealed: UC Irvine will be the No. 13 seed in the South bracket, and will take on fourth-seede...
Tags: California, Oregon, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Wisconsin, College sports, Ncaa, San Jose, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, South, Ucla, Louisville, Honda Center


Thomas Davis and Tyrod Taylor had to rethink plans before joining Chargers

COSTA MESA — Thomas Davis was next to his wife, Kelly, when the Chargers’ contract offer came in. The three-time Pro Bowler promptly told her he was going to accept. “Wait, wait, wait,” Davis recalled his wife saying. This was not what Davis wanted before free agency opened, but there he was Friday, more than 2,000 miles away from home, with a new NFL team logo behind him as a backdrop. A few feet away from Davis at the podium sat Tyrod Taylor, sporting a mustard-colored suit. He, too, changed i...
Tags: Sports, Cleveland Browns, NFL, Georgia, Sport, Dolphins, Soccer, Davis, Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philip Rivers, Taylor, Carolina Panthers, Joe Flacco, South


Michael Jackson’s legacy shouldn’t be erased because HBO says he’s a smooth criminal

The world has been buzzing since HBO debuted its much-anticipated documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which airs new allegations of child sex abuse against the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The two-part, four-hour documentary went into unbelievably graphic detail chronicling fresh accusations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck — who defended Jacko back in the day, but now say he groomed them, seduced them and ultimately sexually molested them over a period of years. Jackson’s estate tried despera...
Tags: Hbo, California, Steve Jobs, Opinion, US, Sport, Soccer, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, South, Michael, John Phillips, KABC, Joan Crawford, MANCHESTER England


A Wealth Tax is Constitutional

Calvin H. Johnson The Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 4, requires that a “direct tax” must be apportioned among the states by population.    Elizabeth Warren has proposed an annual wealth tax, reaching the rate of 3% of wealth for those who have more than a $1 billion of wealth.     Warren’s wealth tax would be constitutional.    The defining characteristic of a “direct tax,” according to the Founders, is that it is the kind of tax in which apportionment among the states by...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Boston, Virginia, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Pennsylvania, House, Paris, Treasury, Warren, Philadelphia


La Moneda – A Rare Glimpse Inside Chile’s Presidential Palace

Santiago is pretty generous with residents and tourists. Admission is free to many great museums—including the Museo Historico Nacional, the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, the Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos—and parks are open to the public until late at night. Few places are off limits in the capital, except, quite understandably, the Palacio de la Moneda, the seat of the President of the Republic of Chil...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Santiago, Chile, South, Presidential Palace, Pinochet, Salvador Allende, Palacio de la Moneda, Derechos Humanos, Allende, Republic of Chile, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, South America 2018-2019, Museo de la Memoria, Museo Historico Nacional


Daily Crunch: NVIDIA is buying Mellanox for $6.9B

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. NVIDIA to buy supercomputer chipmaker Mellanox for $6.9B, beating out Intel and Microsoft The news caps off what the media had reported as a bidding war between NVIDIA, Intel and Microsoft for the chipmaker now based out of San Jose but originally founded in Israel. The deal underscores ongoing consoli...
Tags: TC, Usa, New York, Microsoft, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, Intel, Getty Images, Nvidia, Manhattan, Harry Potter, San Jose, Ny, Equity, South


Southerners Love Wilderness

UGA study reveals that 89 percent of visitors to public land support Wilderness Wilderness designation is a tool for permanent protection of the South’s wildest places, but how do Southerners feel about wilderness areas? With population swelling in the South, should wilderness areas be opened to resource extraction, or are wilderness areas more vital than ever?   A new study from the University of Georgia aimed to answer these questions. Southern Appalachia is home to nearly 50 wild...
Tags: Congress, Hiking, Environment, Georgia, Water, Sport, Cycling, North Carolina, Forest Service, South Carolina, South, Issues, Public Lands, University Of Georgia, UGA, Pisgah National Forest


Facebook’s Early Investor-Turned-Critic Wants Presidential Candidates to Regulate Tech

An early investor--and now major critic--of Facebook wants to make the regulation of tech giants a central issue for the 2020 presidential race. Roger McNamee, an outspoken critic and former mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, said at South by Southwest that he's been advising several Democratic presidential nominees on how to potentially regulate tech...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Advertising, South, Sxsw, Southwest, Roger McNamee


Goodbye, Silicon Valley, hello, Atlanta: Black entrepreneurs part of new migration to South

Atlanta's black middle class, rich history of entrepreneurship and small but growing tech scene are drawing blacks weary of mostly white tech hubs.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Atlanta, Usa Today, South, Goodbye Silicon Valley


At least five more tornadoes cause damage across South; two injuries reported

Authorities were assessing storm damage after tornadoes were confirmed in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Mississippi, Usa Today, South, Louisiana Arkansas


Tornadoes cause damage in south; no injuries reported

Two powerful winter storms threatened strong winds, heavy snow and even blizzard conditions in the north; hail, possible tornadoes in the South.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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More Tornado Watches Issued for the South as Alabama Still Recovers

Tornado watches are issued in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas
Tags: Weather, News, Uncategorized, Alabama, Tornadoes, South, American South, Onetime, Tennessee Mississippi Louisiana


Winter storms threaten heavy snow, high winds in north; hail and twisters south and east

Two powerful winter storms threatened strong winds, heavy snow and even blizzard conditions in the north; hail, possible tornadoes in the South.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Usa Today, South