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MLB Reporter Hit in Head by '95 MPH Line Drive' in Giants-Rockies Game Is Recovering

MLB reporter Kelsey Wingert says she's recovering after being struck in the head by a line drive foul ball during the ninth inning of the Colorado Rockies' game against the San Francisco Giants earlier this week.

“I took a 95 MPH line drive to my head,” Wingert said in a tweet, along with a photo that showed a row of stitches on her forehead.

Wingert, who covers the Rockies for AT&T Sportsnet, was in the camera well past the Rockies' first-base dugout on Monday night. Giants outfielder Austin Slater fouled a ball off Rockies reliever Daniel Bard and the ball hit Wingert.

She said she spent five hours in a hospital, where tests revealed no fractures or internal bleeding. She said she "received internal & external stitches.”

Wingert and the Rockies also retweeted a statement from AT&T SportsNet about the incident.

“Reporter @KelsWingert was hit by a foul ball during Monday’s Rockies game. Kelsey immediately received medical attention and we’re happy to share that she’s doing well under the circumstances,” the statement read. “We’re wishing Kelsey a speedy recovery and we’ll see her soon on the @Rockies broadcast.”


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Judge orders trial in Tesla autopilot manslaughter case

(CN) — The case against Kevin Riad, believed to be the first driver to face manslaughter charges over a crash while using Tesla’s “Autopilot” self-driving feature, can proceed to trial, a judge ruled Thursday after a two-hour preliminary hearing.

Riad faces manslaughter and gross negligence charges over a 2019 crash that killed two people. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges and declined to comment Thursday.

Gilberto Lopez, 40, and Maria Nieves, 39, were on their first date on Dec. 29, 2019, sometime after 12:30 a.m. according to prosecutor Brandy Chase. Lopez was driving a black Honda Civic; Nieves was in the passenger seat. As Lopez was turning left at a turn light, Riad’s gray Model S Tesla smashed into them, killing them both. Riad and the passenger in his vehicle were taken to the hospital but were not seriously injured.

At the preliminary hearing, in which a judge decides whether or not there is probable cause for a case to proceed to trial, Tesla engineer Eloy Rubio-Blanco testified that Riad had engaged the car’s “Autopilot” function about 20 minutes before the crash. The feature is akin to a sophisticated version of cruise control. The car will maintain a certain speed, set by the driver, unless it detects a car in front of it; when it does, it slows down to match the speed of that car, following at a distance set by the Tesla’s driver. It also automatically steers the car to stay in the center of the lane. Drivers using the Autopilot mode are given a series of warnings, by the car, if their hands ever leave the steering wheel.


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A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents sh

SpaceX, the aerospace firm founded by Elon Musk, the world's wealthiest man, paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct claim against Musk in 2018, Insider has learned.

The attendant worked as a member of the cabin crew on a contract basis for SpaceX's corporate jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to interviews and documents obtained by Insider.

The incident, which took place in 2016, is alleged in a declaration signed by a friend of the attendant and prepared in support of her claim. The details in this story are drawn from the declaration as well as other documents, including email correspondence and other records shared with Insider by the friend.

According to the declaration, the attendant confided to the friend that after taking the flight attendant job, she was encouraged to get licensed as a masseuse so that she could give Musk massages. It was during one such massage in a private cabin on Musk's Gulfstream G650ER, she told the friend, that Musk propositioned her.


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Minnesota GOP chair Hann apologizes for antisemitic image

The chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota apologized Thursday for an image that was projected at the party's state convention of George Soros manipulating the strings of puppets with the faces of two prominent Jewish Democrats.

Republican Party Chair David Hann said in a statement that after speaking to staff at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, the party understands concerns that the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

“It should not have happened, we apologize, and are committed to working with the JCRC to educate our staff and candidates on antisemitism,” Hann said in the statement.

The image was contained in a video shown by secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett. The faces on the puppets were DFL elections attorney Marc Elias and Secretary of State Steve Simon. Soros is also Jewish.

Crockett, who won the party endorsement at the convention, has not spoken publicly about the video, but Hann said he talked to her.

“I have concluded after talking with Ms. Crockett that the depiction of Mr. Soros was not intended as antisemitic, and that neither Ms. Crockett nor her creative team were aware that the depiction of a puppet-master invokes an old but persistent antisemitic trope,” Hann said.

In the days after last weekend's convention, the Minnesota DFL Party called on Crockett to apologize.


Roeper School in Michigan closed after assignment compares Barack Obama to monkeys

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (FOX 2) - On Wednesday, FOX 2 learned about a stunning assignment at a prestigious private school that compared former President Barack Obama to primates. On Thursday, the school was closed and we learned the teacher was placed on administrative leave.

The Roeper School is facing a wave of controversy after students in a high school biology class were given an assignment titled 'an introduction to primates' and former President Barack Obama's photo was listed. The assignment asked students to select from the gallery of photos which ones were primates.

Dr. Demi Karzanis sends her twin daughters to Roeper and said teachers should have done more to prevent this from happening.

"There is no excuse," Karzanis said. "Do your due diligence! Look at the ditto, or the handout you’re passing out. Did she think that was okay in 2022 in a woke school?"


Sissy Spacek sings 'Coal Miner's Daughter'

AOC is engaged.

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