AI Beats Human Lawyers At Their Own Game

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The robot apocalypse isn’t all bad news: A new study suggests artificial intelligence makes better lawyers than humans do.LawGeex pitted 20 experienced attorneys against a three-year-old algorithm trained to evaluate contracts. Spoiler alert: the computer won.“Few would be surprised that artificial intelligence works faster than lawyers on certain non-core legal tasks,” according to the report. “However, lawyers and the public generally believe that machines cannot match human intellect for accuracy in daily fundamental legal work.”Participants were given four hours to identify and highlight 30 proposed legal issues in five standard non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). “It is not enough to merely skim the agreements,” LawGeex Head of Data Gil Rosenblum said in a statement. “A deeper analysis is required.Lawyers and the AI, for instance, were penalized for missing an exemption relevant to the contract, or mistakenly identifying an exemption where it was irrelevant.In the end, LawGeex’s neural network achieved an average 94 percent accuracy rate, compared to the lawyers’ average of 85 percent. And while it took humans anywhere from 51 minutes to more than 2.5 hours to complete all five NDAs, the AI engine finished in 26 seconds.Score one for the technology.The AI contract review automation solution—founded in 2014—was trained using a custom-built machine- and deep-learning technology; it studied everything from software and services agreements to purchase orders and NDAs.The process is not without its complications, though. No existing computational language models could read legalese coherently, making it difficult for the machine to understand technical language. Add to that the high accuracy required in statutory AI training.That didn’t stop LawGeex, which created proprietary “languages” that helped the computer identify various concepts no matter where or how they appear in a document.Research was conducted with input from academics, data scientists, and legal and machine-learning experts, and was overseen by an independent consultant and lawyer Christopher Ray.This is, of course, not the first study to pit AI against human in the field of law. It is, however, the most evenly matched, according to LawGeex.So what does it mean for the future of litigation? Hopefully the unencumbrance of work for already-hard-working people. “For over-extended lawyers carrying out everyday contract review, this technology allows them to focus on only relevant sections of a contract, pre-validated by the AI,” the company said. “This is part of a wider technology-driven disruption [that] has already created a shift in the legal profession.”Sign up online to read more about the study—conducted in partnership with professors from Stanford University, Duke University School of Law, and the University of Southern California.last_img read more

Games With Loot Boxes Are Now Illegal in Belgium

first_imgStay on target Don’t Just Disclose Odds For Video Game Loot Boxes, Ban ThemWill This U.S. Senator’s Bill Finally Kill Video Game Loot Boxes? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Late last year, Belgium began investigating whether or not loot boxes in games like Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II were a form of gambling. The country’s Gaming Commission believed these games were detrimental to players (especially children) because of the addictive nature of loot boxes. After several months of investigating, Belgium has declared games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA 18, and more illegal. This means publishers of these games can now be punished under criminal law.In a press release (translated by GameRevolution), Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens said the investigation began after the loot box fiasco surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront II. Overwatch, CS: GO, FIFA 18, and Battlefront II were four titles the Belgian Gaming Commission investigated. Geen said: “An interview with the sector is imminent. It is often children who come into contact with such systems and we can not allow that.”“Mixing games and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for mental health,” continued Geens. “We have already taken numerous measures to protect both minors and adults against the influence of, among other things, gambling advertising. That is why we must also ensure that children and adults are not confronted with games of chance when they are looking for fun in a video game.”One title that escaped the judgment of the Belgian Gaming Commission is Battlefront II. Thanks to all of the negative press surrounding the title prior to launch, EA removed loot boxes from the game. It did not have loot boxes when the investigation was underway.If the guilty publishers (in this case, Valve, EA, and Activision) do not remove loot boxes from these games, they can face a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 800,000 euros. It is unclear how Belgium would enforce this new law given that they are dealing with gaming publishers, and not citizens of Belgium. We also don’t yet know how Valve, EA, and Activision will respond to this ruling.We now have to wonder if other countries will follow in Belgium’s footsteps. The Netherlands and Germany have already banned loot boxes in games. Even here in the states, there is a debate about what should be done about loot boxes. This could all be a moot point in the future considering how titles like Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Star Wars: Battlefront II have already removed loot boxes. It is difficult to see publishers include loot boxes in any upcoming AAA game with the current climate.The debate about loot boxes won’t like die down any time soon. We’ll keep you updated on any developments as they arise.last_img read more

AI Uses Goodreads to Predict Amazon Best Sellers

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. There are no shortage of instructions for propelling your book to the top of the Amazon charts.Use keywords, create an attractive cover, choose the right category. Have it professionally edited and properly formatted. Write a good description, price it right, get positive reviews.Or, stick your story into an algorithm that can predict whether a book will become a best seller on Amazon within 15 days of its publication.AdChoices广告Researchers at Northwestern University, Microsoft Research India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur developed a model that does just that: by studying reading behavior on online database Goodreads.“We have been working on analyzing the popularity dynamics of various social media entities, such as hashtags in Twitter, topics in Quora, etc.,” Animesh Mukherjee, associate professor of computer science at IIT Kharagpur, told TechXplore. “We felt that a similar approach could be taken to analyze the popularity of books and we found Goodreads to be ideal for this investigation.”The social cataloging website—acquired by Amazon in 2013—allows users to search for books, annotations, and reviews and generate library catalogs and reading lists, among other functions.Much to authors’ chagrin, there is no magic spell you can cast over a book to ensure chart-topping success. Popularity can be measured using several parameters—but in this case, researchers focused on how book reading characteristics influence its favor.The team analyzed the collective reading behavior of Goodreads consumers, and studied characteristics of Amazon best sellers in terms of the site’s entities—books, authors, shelves, genres, user status posts.They then developed a machine learning-based model using these unique features to predict whether a book will hit No. 1 in two weeks of its launch.“We observed that the ratings and reviews received by a book on Goodreads are not as effective in predicting the best sellers as the reading status post patterns of the users,” according to Mukherjee.One of my favorite aspects of the site is the ability to post updates about what page I’m on and how much of a book I’ve read (I’m a slow reader, so sue me). Folks can also post comments about their experience with the novel, memoir, cookbook, comic, whatever.“We find these features to be very effective in predicting whether the book is going to be a bestseller in the future,” Mukherjee said.The AI boasts an average accuracy of 88.72 percent in predicting imminent chart-toppers. That’s a 16.4 percent improvement over baseline methods that use traditional popularity factors like ratings or reviews.“One of the most important insights that we obtain from this study is that … a large majority of [Amazon bestsellers] have reader status post patterns that strongly distinguish them from the rest of the books,” Mukherjee said.The study is available to read online via the Cornell University Library.Artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day: It recently detected more mysterious cosmic radio bursts, learned to create drugs from scratch, and helped map developing brains. Read more about algorithms and books on McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Netflix Urges People to Stop Doing the Bird Box Challenge

first_img A viral “Bird Box” challenge is taking over the internet, and Netflix is urging fans to not participate in it.On Wednesday, Netflix issued a warning to customers about the dangerous challenge. The streaming media service wrote, “We appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019The challenge, which is becoming very popular on social media outlets, requires people to blindfold themselves like the characters in the sci-fi horror flick. Some participants have walked around their homes and drove cars with blindfolds, prompting concern and hilarious reactions from the greater online community.Some people really taking this Bird Box Challenge too far. Y’all need to stop with the foolery. #BirdBox #netflix #NetflixBirdbox #movies #entertainment #funny #films #film #movie— Allie Jay (@AllieJay105) December 25, 2018 Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer center_img The only Bird Box challenge that should exist.— Kristina Hernandez (@KrisWroteThis) January 2, 2019While it might be a cool experience to walk around blindfolded, DON’T do this at home, in your car, or at the mall. No one wants to start off the New Year with an impromptu trip to the emergency room.If you haven’t watched Bird Box yet, you can stream it here.More on Permanently Removes iTunes Billing for New CustomersNetflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Trailer Is a Creepy Mind TripIs That Netflix Email Legit? FTC Warns of Phishing Scamlast_img read more

Battle Between Steam and Epic Games Store Gets Bloody Over Metro Exodus

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Last year when Epic revealed the Epic Games Store, a PC video game marketplace designed to give the Steam monopoly the first real fight of its life, we thought things would get ugly. With Fortnite’s fortunes at its disposal, Epic had the sheer financial strength and technical infrastructure to challenge Valve by offering sweet exclusivity deals. But incredibly savvy moves like offering indie developers a fairer cut of profits suggested Epic had the brains to win this battle, too. It made you want to overlook how sparse the Epic Games Store is at the moment when it comes to features.The Epic Games Store is just about two months old and already the fight between it and Steam has blossomed into a full-on war. The latest major battle? The fight over Metro Exodus.As we said, Epic’s go-to move right now to gain support for their store is by scoring high-profile exclusives. Ever since Valve pretty much stopped making video games, Steam is mostly useful as a centralized collection of third-party PC games. And the more of those games migrate to Epic’s camp the more appealing it is and bigger blows get dealt to Valve. Epic Games Store exclusives include Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 from Ubisoft, the next project from Supergiant Games Hades, and now most controversially the post-apocalyptic Russian shooter Metro Exodus.You see Metro Exodus wasn’t always an Epic Games Store exclusive. Before that store was even a thing you could pre-order it on Steam. And to be fair those that did will still have their purchases honored when the game releases on February 15. But going forward, at least for however long the exclusivity deal lasts, you’ll only be able to buy Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store.And lots of folks had something to say about that. Steam users, unused to competition, felt like collateral damage in a fight between corporate titans. Valve itself called the move “unfair” in a post pulling down Metro’s pre-order page. Even the messaging coming from Metro Exodus publisher THQ Nordic seems mixed. One tweet blamed parent company Koch Media for the move and wished players had a choice. But executives have been resolute in their support for the deal.Expect this to get even worse if Metro Exodus launches on Steam in a condition even slightly worse than its Epic Games Store counterpart. And while we now all know a change-up like this is possible, next time Epic gets another exclusive we do hope players get more of a heads up. Of course, you can also just skip this drama and get the game on your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 instead. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Watch Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than You

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target A dancing cockatoo named Snowball achieved YouTube and late-night talk show fame back in 2009, when he was filmed grooving to a Backstreet Boys song. But it turns out Snowball’s dancing talent is not limited to a few simple moves like head bobbing and foot lifting.A team of researchers have presented new evidence that Snowball responds to music with diverse and spontaneous movements using various parts of his body, and has taught himself 14 different dance moves.The finding, described in the journal Current Biology, suggests that dancing to music isn’t an arbitrary product of human culture but a response to music that arises when certain cognitive and neural capacities come together in animal brains, the researchers say.“What’s most interesting to us is the sheer diversity of his movements to music,” said senior author Aniruddh Patel, a psychologist at Tufts University and Harvard University, noting that Snowball developed those moves without any training.Patel authored a previous study that confirmed that Snowball could move to the beat, which was notable in part because dancing is a natural ability in humans that’s absent in other primates.Soon after that study, Snowball’s owner and an author on the new paper, Irena Schulz, noticed that Snowball was making movements to music she hadn’t seen before.Researchers decided to study Snowball’s dance moves and look for similarities to humans’ dancing, specifically diversity in the movements and body parts used when responding to music. To do this, the team filmed Snowball grooving to ’80s songs “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. They played each of the tunes for him three times for a total of 23 minutes.The study’s first author R. Joanne Jao Keehn, a cognitive neuroscientist and a trained dancer, then used frame-by-frame analysis with the audio muted. She focused on each “dance movement” or sequence of repeated movements. The movements of interest were clearly intentional, but Snowball wasn’t making them to achieve any plausible external goal.“Snowball developed this behavior spontaneously,” Patel told the Washington Post. “He was never given a food reward for any of this. He was never taught to make dance moves.”The video captured Snowball completing a diverse repertoire of 14 dance movements and two composite movements. He bobs, swings, and circles his head around in several different ways, sometimes in coordination with foot lifts or other movements.Unlike the way humans normally dance, Snowball tended to dance in snippets of about three or four seconds, the researchers said. Each time he heard a particular tune he danced a little differently, a sign of flexibility and the researchers speculate, even creativity.Virtually none of the movements were what anyone would consider natural for a cockatoo. “Certainly, they do movements as part of courtship,” Patel said. “But many of the moves we see in this study are things nobody has ever reported in the wild in terms of cockatoo behavior.”Snowball isn’t the first parrot to move to the music, but there have been questions about how such moves are acquired. In the study, researchers propose that the reason humans and parrots share a natural ability to dance may arise from the convergence of five traits: vocal learning; the capacity for nonverbal movement imitation; a tendency to form long-term social bonds; the ability to learn complex sequences of actions; and attentiveness to communicative movements.Read the full study here.More on Baby Bird Gets Sold Uber Ride to Utah Rehab CenterEndangered Baby Kakapo Parrot Gets World-First Brain SurgeryParrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, UsesI It to Order Treatslast_img read more

WWE attendance 717720 Battleground TV Tapings

first_img WWE attendance figures from July 17 to July 20, 2015.* 7/17 NXT live event in Cocoa Beach, Florida: 300 fans (sellout).* 7/17 live event in Newark, New Jersey: 7,000 fans.* 7/18 live event in Peoria, Illinois: 4,000 fans.* 7/18 live event in Danville, Illinois: 3,500 fans.* 7/18 NXT live event in Venice, Florida: 400 fans.* 7/19 Battleground PPV in St. Louis, Missouri: 11,000 fans.* 7/20 RAW TV Tapings in Kansas City, Missouri: 9,800 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up ChangesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Google+ Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retirelast_img read more

Nia Jax undergoes double knee surgery Matt Riddle removed from weekend NXT

first_imgFacebook Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Nia Jax and Dean Ambrose Match Reportedly Cancelled Videos Articles WWE’s Nia Jax Hopes Her Body Positivity Will Inspire Others Pinterest Nia Jax Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Former RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax has undergone the double knee surgery we reported she was slated to undergo. Jax had been working through two torn ACLs.Jax was last seen at WrestleMania 35 teaming with Tamina in a losing effort for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. That match was won by The IIconics and also included Sasha Banks and Bayley, as well as Natalya and Beth Phoenix. There is no timetable set for her return yet. Riddle removed from this weekend’s NXT house showsMatt Riddle posted on his Twitter that he has been removed from this weekend’s NXT house shows due to a mild arm infection. Riddle tweeted out an apology to fans expecting to see him.The NXT house show schedule starts tonight in Omaha, Nebraska, heads to Davenport, Iowa on Friday, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, and St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday.I’ve been pulled from all the shows this weekend due to a mild arm infection which saddens me greatly, but real talk I got my new creature skateboard from CCS yesterday and I’m gonna go tear it up at the local skate park #originalbro #kingofbros #stallion #brover #splx— matthew riddle (@SuperKingofBros) April 25, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants A WWE Match Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Captain Marvel: WWEs Nia Jax Challenges Brie Larson To A Match WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Nia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE Evolution Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Report on WWE making a pitch to put the NXT show on

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Velvet Sky Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles AEW asking fans to vote for the final team for upcoming World Tag Title Tournament Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) A rumor has been making the rounds in the wrestling media.According to PWInsider and F4WOnline, WWE has made a pitch to the USA Network about moving NXT off the WWE Network and onto network television.This show would run head-to-head with AEW’s television show on TNT in the same time slot. The premiere date for NXT could come before October 2, which is when the AEW show premieres. In the move, NXT would become a two hour broadcast with a live component, though it is not known if they will be live every week or every other week.It was long rumored in the wrestling media that NXT could be a candidate for FS1 with WWE’s new deal with FOX, but USA Network is looking to be the true candidate.While nothing has been confirmed by WWE, expect news of NXT’s future to be announced soon.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+last_img read more

Ricochet Baron Corbin advance to the Quarterfinals of the King of the

first_img Following last night’s RAW, Ricochet and Baron Corbin have advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament.Ricochet defeated Drew McIntyre to win his King of the Ring 1st Round Match. Ricochet will go on to face Samoa Joe in the Quarterfinals, which take place next week on RAW from Baltimore, Maryland.Baron Corbin defeated The Miz to win his King of the Ring 1st Round Match. Corbin will go on to face Cedric Alexander in the Quarterfinals next week on RAW.Tonight’s Smackdown Live event will feature the final King of the Ring 1st Round Matches. Buddy Murphy will take on Ali, and Chad Gable will take on Shelton Benjamin. Elias and Andrade have already advanced to the Quarterfinals on the Smackdown Live brand.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Videos Articles Facebook WhatsApp Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Drew Mcintyre CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Moviecenter_img Twitter Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injurylast_img read more

Officials hope new sketch helps ID woman killed in 1991 crash

first_imgInvestigators released a new sketch Tuesday that they hope will help identify a woman exhumed from a Longview cemetery who was killed in a crash on Interstate 5 in 1991.The Washington State Patrol said the remains were exhumed from an unmarked grave at Longview Park and Cemetery in January 2014.The woman was buried there following her death in a fiery crash on the highway north of Kalama on May 14, 1991.Forensic artist Natalie Murry used the woman’s skull and bone structures, along information from witness who saw her before the crash, to make the sketch, according to the state patrol.Such sketches are routine for law enforcement investigations, the agency said, but are rarely used to identify people involved in a crash.The state patrol said investigators hope the sketch can help them find leads or name the woman. The state patrol asked anyone with information on the crash or the woman in the sketch to call Detective Sgt. Stacy Moate at 425-401-7745.last_img read more

Officer on fatal Charlottesville crash Hahahaha love this

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Massachusetts police officer is facing disciplinary action for writing “Hahahaha love this” on Facebook in response to a story about a car striking and killing a counter-protester at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.Springfield Officer Conrad Lariviere later apologized, saying in a Facebook conversation with that he’s a “good man who made a stupid comment.”Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said he received a complaint about the comment Sunday.“I took immediate steps to initiate a prompt and thorough internal investigation,” Barbieri said via email. “If in fact this post did originate from an officer employed with the Springfield Police Department, this matter will be reviewed by the Community Police Hearings Board for further action.”Democratic Mayor Domenic Sarno denounced the comments.“There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield Police Officer,” Sarno said in a statement.Lariviere had written on Facebook: “Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block road ways.”He was responding to a story about the death on Saturday of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was struck by a car that plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Nineteen others were injured. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, was arrested shortly after and charged with second-degree murder.Lariviere also questioned whether the driver of the car that struck the crowd was a “nazi scumbag.”He responded to a critic who asked whether he had ever been struck by a car, saying he had been struck by someone “with warrants, but who cares right you ignorant brat live in a fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal with the real danger.”last_img read more

Neighbors of Fruit Valley lake point fingers at city

first_imgMost workday mornings, I drive south on Fruit Valley Road to get to The Columbian offices, and most evenings I take Fruit Valley north again. There’s little suspense or surprise involved in making this commute — other than the usual creeping hazard of tailgate zombies, always impatient with my maddeningly law-abiding pace. That does get my adrenalin pumping, a little, during too many commutes.But when hard rain fell in mid-February, an intermittent body of water I’ve always called “Frito Lake” submerged a slice of Fruit Valley Road and tested the mettle of commuters along that route. Apologies to the Frito-Lay plant that happens to be west of a dip in the road that’s usually shallow enough to ignore — until it fills with rainwater. Then, suddenly, it’s not so shallow anymore.I turned my little sedan around and went a different way. Then I called Burgener’s Woodworking, the small business on the east side of the road, which finds itself ground zero for Fruit Valley flooding. When I started to explain my question — what’s up with the body of water I’ve now renamed “Burgener Bottoms”? — somebody yelped “Oh my gosh,” and passed me directly to the boss.Robin Burgener said he’s been in business since the early 1990s at 4809 Fruit Valley Road, a building built in the 1970s. But no lake ever submerged Fruit Valley or his business, he insisted, until the city of Vancouver widened and improved the road about a decade ago — and installed a new stormwater system underneath it.“They changed the grade of the road at that point,” he said. “The street drains run downhill to this drywell, but it doesn’t have the capacity to deal with the rain.” So when it rains hard, he said, rainwater doesn’t just pool at this spot after falling from the sky. It also rises up from below.last_img read more

SR 14 traffic shifting to temporary roundabout

first_imgTraffic on state Highway 14 will shift to a temporary roundabout at 32nd Street as construction continues on two roundabouts in Washougal.Using a temporary roundabout will minimize delays and move traffic more efficiently than a temporary traffic signal. It also will allow the permanent roundabout to be built without closing Highway 14.From 7 p.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday, drivers can expect to alternate through a single lane, with flaggers, at the intersection of Highway 14 and 32nd Street. Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, all traffic will use the temporary roundabout for about five weeks.This work is weather dependent and could be delayed.The temporary roundabout will be built on the south side of Highway 14 and will be much smaller than the permanent roundabout. It will include curbing, striping and pavement markers to guide drivers.Large permitted truck loads on Highway 14 can drive through the roundabout, but there will be some turn restrictions.Drivers from 32nd Street southbound turning right onto Highway 14 westbound will need to yield to highway traffic.Interested in tracking the construction progress? Check out this online construction camera: read more

Messi out of ICC

first_imgLionel Messi will sit out Barcelona’s International Champions Club preseason campaign, according to Goal.Ernesto Valverde’s squad to the preseason competition is missing Messi, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.The Argentine captain will miss the Barcelona’s preseason tour of the United States due to his participation in the World Cup with Argentina.The talisman has been given extra time to recover from the World Cup even though his country was eliminated in the second-round against France on June 30.Barcelona travel to the US on Tuesday where they’ll come against AS Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan over the next ten days.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Spanish duo of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquet are also expected to miss out on the tour of the United States. Also missing in action, are the French pair of Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele who won the World Cup with France.The list of absentees mean Barcelona have a relatively inexperienced squad with the likes of Sergi Samper, Munir and Marlon part of the traveling party.New boys Clement Lenglet and Arthur are also part of the squad while goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen is expected to join that team at a later date.last_img read more

Southampton excited to see what Danny Ings brings to the team

first_imgThe English forward joined Southampton from Liverpool after three years with The Reds; he only played 14 matchesDanny Ings joined Southampton this Thursday night, on a season-long loan from Liverpool.And comments about his new club and what is expected from him came soon.Southampton boss Mark Hughes spoke to the club’s website to say something about the new loan.“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us,” he was reported saying by Sky Sports News.“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room,” he added.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front. He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove,” the manager commented.“It’s a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality player into the squad, and we’re excited about what he can bring to the group.”Your newest Saint! ? #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 9, 2018last_img read more

Gattuso warns of match against Roma

first_imgFor the AC Milan manager, the Giallorossi is a very strong opponent, which has very quick players in the Italian Lega Serie AGennaro Gattuso is not comfortable after his AC Milan club lost their opening match of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.The Italian manager is looking for his first win, and in front, they have a strong Roma opponent.“We’re preparing for a match against an opponent with very different characteristics,” Gattuso warned as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to pay attention to Dzeko. They have quick players, they’re good on the break, and they’ve got tall players so we need to be very careful on dead balls and pay close attention.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“In terms of mentality very little will change, we always have to go into a game with balance and not feel like it’s a scrap,” he said.“Against Napoli saw the real Milan for 60 minutes. When we keep the ball, when we make our opponents think, it’s hard to play against us.”“We ran more than Napoli, the problem is how you run. That’s why I say we have to play on 25-30 meters, when we go chasing it and just swing crosses in that’s where our problems come from,” he explained.“If the goal for 2-2 didn’t deflect of [Giacomo] Bonaventura he’d have saved it. Two out of three times that ball would go out, the other it’ll go where it did.”“We can’t single one person out for blame, on the third goal everyone fell asleep. There was an individual error, but I’m happy with Donnarumma,” he added.last_img read more

Paulo Dybala thrilled with confidence boosting goal

first_imgJuventus forward Paulo Dybala is pleased to get off the mark as the club made their best start to a season in 88 yearsThe Serie A leaders claimed a seventh successive win on Wednesday night with Dybala registering his first goal of the season with an acrobatic effort from a rebound before Blaise Matuidi sealed a 2-0 win over Bologna.Speaking afterwards, Dybala spoke of his delight to finally get his name on the scoresheet this season following a Man of the Match display.“It’s a goal that gives me confidence,” he told the club website.“I work hard to give my best for the team. Prior to tonight, I had not been playing badly, but was unable to find the net, so it’s great to get off the mark.”After making some big recruits in the summer, Juventus are the only side in the Serie A to win all six of their opening games.“Big players have arrived at the club and we’ll find out if Juventus are now the strongest team. There’s a buzz around the place, also because of Cristiano [Ronaldo], so long may that continue,” said Dybala.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“That said, it’s important to underline that we do not play only for Ronaldo. Yes, we help him to score, but the end goal is to win football matches.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli on Saturday at Turin.Dybala added: “Against Napoli, we will be going for three more points. Ultimately, these are easy games to prepare for, because they are worth so much.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri stated his belief that Dybala will form a strong partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo after the win.I’m back 🔙! Felice per il gol ma soprattutto per la vittoria ⚪️⚫️ #serieA #juventus #soccer #futbol #dybalanation— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) September 26, 2018last_img read more

Arsenal Legend reveals why he wishes he was still a player

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder and Nice manager Patrick Vieira has expressed his feelings over the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.Patrick Vieira has had a reasonable start to life as Nice manager and the Italian has been a key member of his squad although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term.Vieira was appointed the manager of the French side in the summer and they are currently seventh place in Ligue 1 table, four points outside the Champions League places.In an interview with l’Equipe, as quoted in Football London, Vieira gave an astonishing response to questions about Balotelli and why he wished he was still a player.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…He said: “When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”last_img read more

Leeds manager Bielsa admits spy claims

first_imgLeeds boss Marcelo Bielsa accepts he did send someone to spy on Derby County’s training but still hasn’t apologised for the scenario.Derby reported that a Leeds employee had to be removed by police around the training ground ahead of Friday night’s Championship match between the clubs.Derby manager Frank Lampard suspended training and took the players off the pitch after the ‘spy’ was discovered.Asked about the incident before facing Derby, Bielsa told Sky Sports:“It’s true it was someone from Leeds United. I am responsible for it. It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, or right or wrong…Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“For me, it is enough that Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do, for me to believe that I didn’t behave well.“Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he said I didn’t respect the rules of fair play. I have a different point of view on it, but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby think.“I am the only one responsible for it, because I didn’t ask for the permission of Leeds to do it.“Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifiers for the World Cup with Argentina. It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. For some people, it’s the wrong thing to do and for other people, it’s not the wrong thing to do.”last_img read more