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#1 Illinois • School • Round Lake Park Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 – HomeThumbs Up Sign

Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116

Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 updated their cover photo.


Indiana man accused of letting 11-year-old drive stolen rental car to school

Police are searching for an Indiana man who allegedly let an 11-year-old family member drive herself and a 9-year-old girl to their elementary school in a stolen rental car earlier this month.

Khafilu Oshodi, 31, was reportedly in the passenger's seat when the girl pulled in to the drop-off area at John J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park, Indiana on January 9. Employees said the two girls then got out of the car, and Oshodi got in the driver's seat and drove away, the Chicago Tribune reports.

A warrant has now been issued for his arrest for two counts of child endangerment and driving with a suspended license. The car was reported stolen earlier this month, police said.

Employees at the John J. Murphy Elementary School reportedly saw the girl pull in to the drop-off area during its busiest time on the morning of January 9

Employees at the John J. Murphy Elementary School reportedly saw the girl pull in to the drop-off area during its busiest time on the morning of January 9 (Google Earth)

Police are encouraging those with information about Oshodi's whereabouts to contact them. Both misdemeanors he has been charged with carry the possibility of a year in prison.

Both girls have been safely placed with other family members.

While police continue to search for Oshodi, Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko told the Tribune that authorities are just grateful no one was hurt in the incident.

The area where the child drove into the school is generally very crowded in the mornings as students arrive to begin their day - which poses the possibility for "a number of tragic scenarios," according to Filenko.

“It’s a circle drive drop-off and there were many staff, parents and students in the area,” he said. “Drop-off and pickup are the busiest times of the school day. If the child loses control, we’ve got disastrous results.”

#2 Procter & Gamble • Earnings P&G – HomeThumbs Up Sign


P&G updated their cover photo.


P&G Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Second Quarter Results

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 23, 2019--The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) reported second quarter fiscal year 2019 net sales of $17.4 billion, even with the prior year level. Excluding the impacts of foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestitures, organic sales increased four percent. Diluted net earnings per share were $1.22, an increase of 31% versus the prior year primarily due to the income tax charges related to transitional impacts of the U.S. Tax Act in the base period. Core earnings per share increased five percent to $1.25. Currency-neutral core EPS increased 13% versus the prior year.

Operating cash flow was $4.0 billion for the quarter. Free cash flow productivity was 103%. The Company returned $2.6 billion of cash to shareholders via nearly $1.9 billion of dividend payments and $0.8 billion of common stock repurchases.

“We delivered strong organic sales in the second quarter, building on our first quarter momentum, which enables us to increase our outlook for the year,” said David Taylor, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus on superiority, productivity and improving P&G’s organization and culture is delivering improved results despite a challenging competitive and macroeconomic environment.”

Net sales in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 were $17.4 billion, unchanged versus the prior year. Unfavorable foreign exchange was a four percent hurt to sales for the quarter. Excluding the impacts of foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestitures, organic sales increased four percent driven by a two percent increase in shipment volume. Pricing was a one percent help to organic sales. Positive mix impact was a one percent help to organic sales due to the disproportionate growth of the premium Skin Care category behind the SK-II brand and strong growth in developed markets.

Beauty segment organic sales increased eight percent versus year ago. Skin and Personal Care organic sales increased double digits due to premium innovation, positive product mix from the disproportionate growth of super-premium SK-II and Olay Skin Care brands and increased pricing. Hair Care organic sales increased low single digits primarily due to increased pricing.Grooming segment organic sales decreased three percent. Shave Care organic sales decreased mid-single digits due to volume declines following devaluation-driven price increases, volatility in quarter to quarter merchandising events and heightened competitive activity. Appliances organic sales was unchanged.Health Care segment organic sales increased five percent. Oral Care organic sales increased mid-single digits due to premium innovation. Personal Health Care organic sales increased mid-single digits due to innovation and increased pricing.Fabric and Home Care segment organic sales increased six percent for the quarter. Fabric Care organic sales increased high-single digits driven by innovation, increased pricing and positive mix due to the disproportionate growth of premium products. Home Care organic sales increased low single digits driven by innovation, increased merchandising activities and increased pricing.Baby, Feminine and Family Care segment organic sales increased three percent versus year ago. Baby Care organic sales was unchanged due to offsetting impacts. Increased pricing and positive mix due to the disproportionate growth of premium products were offset by competitive activity and volume reductions following increased pricing. Feminine Care organic sales increased high single digits driven by innovation and positive product mix due to the disproportionate growth of premium products. Family Care organic sales increased mid-single digits due to innovation, increased distribution and increased pricing, partially offset by negative mix due to disproportionate growth of large sizes.

Diluted net earnings per share were $1.22, an increase of 31% versus the prior year, primarily due to base period income tax charges related to the transitional impact of the U.S. Tax Act. Core earnings per share were $1.25, an increase of five percent versus the prior year driven primarily by a lower tax rate due to implementation of the U.S. Tax Act and a reduction in shares outstanding. Currency-neutral core earnings per share increased 13% for the quarter.

Reported gross margin decreased 100 basis points, including a 20 basis point impact from higher non-core restructuring charges versus the prior year. Core gross margin decreased 80 basis points, including 60 basis points of negative foreign exchange impacts. On a currency-neutral basis, core gross margin decreased 20 basis points, as 150 basis points of productivity savings and 50 basis points of pricing help were more than offset by 90 basis points of commodity cost increases, 30 basis points of innovation reinvestments and 100 basis points of unfavorable product mix and other impacts.

Selling, general and administrative expense (SG&A) as a percentage of sales decreased 90 basis points on a reported basis versus the prior year, including a 10 basis point help from a year-on-year decrease in non-core restructuring charges. Core SG&A as a percentage of sales decreased 80 basis points versus the prior year, including approximately 20 basis points of negative foreign exchange impacts. On a currency-neutral basis, core SG&A as a percentage of sales decreased 100 basis points driven by 60 basis points of net savings from overhead, media, agency fee and advertising production cost productivity and 110 basis points of sales leverage, partially offset by 70 basis points of reinvestments and other impacts.

Operating profit margin decreased approximately 20 basis points versus the base period on a reported basis including a 10 basis point hurt from higher non-core restructuring charges. Core operating margin decreased 10 basis points including approximately 90 basis points of negative foreign exchange impacts. On a currency-neutral basis, core operating margin increased 80 basis points including total productivity cost savings of 210 basis points for the quarter.

Fiscal Year 2019 Guidance

The Company is increasing the high end of its guidance for organic sales growth by one percent. Organic sales growth is now estimated in the range of two to four percent for fiscal 2019. The Company now estimates fiscal 2019 all-in sales growth in the range of down one percent to up one percent versus the prior fiscal year, which includes a headwind of three to four percentage points to sales growth from foreign exchange. The net effect of acquisitions and divestitures should have a modest positive impact on all-in sales growth.

The Company also maintained its expectation for core earnings per share growth of three to eight percent versus fiscal 2018 Core EPS of $4.22. This outlook includes an estimated $1.4 billion headwind from foreign exchange and higher commodity and transportation costs. On an all-in GAAP basis, diluted net earnings per share are expected to increase seventeen to twenty-four percent versus the prior year.

The Company now expects to exceed its target of 90% adjusted free cash flow productivity for fiscal 2019. P&G expects to pay over $7 billion in dividends and repurchase up to $5 billion of common shares.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release or presentation, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives, and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.

Risks and uncertainties to which our forward-looking statements are subject include, without limitation: (1) the ability to successfully manage global financial risks, including foreign currency fluctuations, currency exchange or pricing controls and localized volatility; (2) the ability to successfully manage local, regional or global economic volatility, including reduced market growth rates, and to generate sufficient income and cash flow to allow the Company to affect the expected share repurchases and dividend payments; (3) the ability to manage disruptions in credit markets or changes to our credit rating; (4) the ability to maintain key manufacturing and supply arrangements (including execution of supply chain optimizations and sole supplier and sole manufacturing plant arrangements) and to manage disruption of business due to factors outside of our control, such as natural disasters and acts of war or terrorism; (5) the ability to successfully manage cost fluctuations and pressures, including prices of commodities and raw materials, and costs of labor, transportation, energy, pension and healthcare; (6) the ability to stay on the leading edge of innovation, obtain necessary intellectual property protections and successfully respond to changing consumer habits and technological advances attained by, and patents granted to, competitors; (7) the ability to compete with our local and global competitors in new and existing sales channels, including by successfully responding to competitive factors such as prices, promotional incentives and trade terms for products; (8) the ability to manage and maintain key customer relationships; (9) the ability to protect our reputation and brand equity by successfully managing real or perceived issues, including concerns about safety, quality, ingredients, efficacy or similar matters that may arise; (10) the ability to successfully manage the financial, legal, reputational and operational risk associated with third-party relationships, such as our suppliers, distributors, contractors and external business partners; (11) the ability to rely on and maintain key company and third party information technology systems, networks and services, and maintain the security and functionality of such systems, networks and services and the data contained therein; (12) the ability to successfully manage uncertainties related to changing political conditions (including the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union) and potential implications such as exchange rate fluctuations and market contraction; (13) the ability to successfully manage regulatory and legal requirements and matters (including, without limitation, those laws and regulations involving product liability, intellectual property, antitrust, data protection, tax, environmental, and accounting and financial reporting) and to resolve pending matters within current estimates; (14) the ability to manage changes in applicable tax laws and regulations including maintaining our intended tax treatment of divestiture transactions; (15) the ability to successfully manage our ongoing acquisition, divestiture and joint venture activities, in each case to achieve the Company’s overall business strategy and financial objectives, without impacting the delivery of base business objectives; and (16) the ability to successfully achieve productivity improvements and cost savings and manage ongoing organizational changes, while successfully identifying, developing and retaining key employees, including in key growth markets where the availability of skilled or experienced employees may be limited. For additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those projected herein, please refer to our most recent 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

The Procter & Gamble Company

Exhibit 1:Non-GAAP Measures

In accordance with the SEC's Regulation G, the following provides definitions of the non-GAAP measures used in Procter & Gamble's January 23, 2019 earnings release and the reconciliation to the most closely related GAAP measure. We believe that these measures provide useful perspective on underlying business results and trends (i.e., trends excluding non-recurring or unusual items) and provide a supplemental measure of year-on-year results. The non-GAAP measures described below are used by management in making operating decisions, allocating financial resources and for business strategy purposes. These measures may be useful to investors as they provide supplemental information about business performance and provide investors a view of our business results through the eyes of management. These measures are also used to evaluate senior management and are a factor in determining their at-risk compensation. These non-GAAP measures are not intended to be considered by the user in place of the related GAAP measure, but rather as supplemental information to our business results. These non-GAAP measures may not be the same as similar measures used by other companies due to possible differences in method and in the items or events being adjusted.

The Core earnings measures included in the following reconciliation tables refer to the equivalent GAAP measures adjusted as applicable for the following items:

Incremental Restructuring: The Company has had and continues to have an ongoing level of restructuring activities. Such activities have resulted in ongoing annual restructuring related charges of approximately $250 - $500 million before tax. In 2012, the Company began a $10 billion strategic productivity and cost savings initiative that included incremental restructuring activities. In 2017, we communicated details of an additional multi-year productivity and cost savings plan. This results in incremental restructuring charges to accelerate productivity efforts and cost savings. The adjustment to Core earnings includes only the restructuring costs above what we believe are the normal recurring level of restructuring costs.

Transitional Impact of U.S. Tax Reform: As discussed in Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the U.S. government enacted comprehensive tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) in December 2017. This resulted in a net charge of $628 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, comprised of an estimated repatriation tax charge of $3.8 billion and a net deferred tax benefit of $3.2 billion. The adjustment to core earnings only includes this transitional impact. It does not include the ongoing impacts of the lower U.S. statutory rate on current year earnings.

We do not view the above items to be part of our sustainable results and their exclusion from Core earnings measures provides a more comparable measure of year-on-year results. These items are also excluded when evaluating senior management in determining their at-risk compensation.

Organic sales growth: Organic sales growth is a non-GAAP measure of sales growth excluding the impacts of acquisitions and divestitures, the impact from the July 1, 2018 adoption of new accounting standards for "Revenue from Contracts with Customers" and foreign exchange from year-over-year comparisons. The impact of the adoption of the new accounting standard for Revenue from Contracts with Customers is driven by the prospective reclassification of certain customer spending from marketing (SG&A) expense to a reduction of Net sales. We believe this measure provides investors with a supplemental understanding of underlying sales trends by providing sales growth on a consistent basis. This measure is used in assessing achievement of management goals for at-risk compensation.

Core operating profit margin: Core operating profit margin is a measure of the Company's operating margin adjusted for items as indicated. Management believes this non-GAAP measure provides a supplemental perspective to the Company’s operating efficiency over time.

Core gross margin: Core gross margin is a measure of the Company's gross margin adjusted for items as indicated. Management believes this non-GAAP measure provides a supplemental perspective to the Company’s operating efficiency over time.

Core selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense as a percentage of net sales: Core SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales is a measure of the Company's selling, general and administrative expenses adjusted for items as indicated. Management believes this non-GAAP measure provides a supplemental perspective to the Company’s operating efficiency over time.

Core effective tax rate: Core effective tax rate is a measure of the Company's effective tax rate adjusted for items as indicated. Management believes this non-GAAP measure provides a supplemental perspective to the Company's operating efficiency over time.

Core EPS and currency-neutral Core EPS: Core earnings per share, or Core EPS, is a measure of the Company's diluted net earnings per share adjusted as indicated. Currency-neutral Core EPS is a measure of the Company's Core EPS excluding the incremental current year impact of foreign exchange. Management views these non-GAAP measures as useful supplemental measures of Company performance over time. These measures are also used when evaluating senior management in determining their at-risk compensation.

#3 Iowa • Fetal heartbeat bill • Law • Abortion

Tommie Clark KCCI

Iowa could soon have the nation's toughest abortion bill. Here's what happened overnight. #fetalheartbeat #IApolitics

Iowa’s ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

The legislation for the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States was aimed at triggering a challenge to Roe v. Wade.

Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled.

Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the restriction in May 2018, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant.

In the ruling, posted online, District Court Judge Michael Huppert wrote, “It is undisputed that such cardiac activity is detectable well in advance of the fetus becoming viable.”

A fetus that is viable outside the womb, usually at 24 weeks, is widely considered the threshold in the United States to prohibit an abortion.

The district court decision is a victory for supporters of abortion rights, but abortion opponents have vowed to take the fight to Iowa’s appellate courts, the Des Moines Register and other media reported.

The legislation is aimed at triggering a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision which established that women have a constitutional right to an abortion, activists on both sides of the issue previously told Reuters.

Protesters rally outside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' office, on May 4, 2018, at the Statehouse in Des Moines.

Protesters rally outside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office, on May 4, 2018, at the Statehouse in Des Moines.

Iowa state Sen. Janet Petersen of Des Moines, the Democrats’ leader in the Iowa Senate, praised the ruling.

“The extreme law should have been overturned, because it restricted the freedom of Iowa women and girls to care for their bodies, and it forced motherhood on them,” she told the Register. “The governor and legislative Republicans should stop attacking women’s health care.”

Proponents of the law had expected a long court fight.

The ultimate goal, abortion opponents have told multiple media outlets, is to get the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has become more conservative under President Donald Trump.

When the Iowa law was first passed, Republican state senator Rick Bertand of Sioux City told Reuters, “We created an opportunity to take a run at Roe v. Wade - 100 percent.”

(Editing by Nick Macfie)

Judge strikes down Iowa 'fetal heartbeat' abortion law

An Iowa judge struck down a state law Tuesday banning a woman from obtaining an abortion once a fetus' heartbeat is detected, saying it violated the state's constitution.

Judge Michael Huppert wrote that the measure was counter to "both the due process and equal protection provisions of the Iowa Constitution as not being narrowly tailored to serve the compelling state interest of promoting potential life." Huppert also cited several cases in federal court, including decisions in 2015 and 2016 in the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, indicating that such laws were unconstitutional.

The legal challenge by abortion providers Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Emma Goldman Clinic kept the law from taking effect last July.

Fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, making the Iowa law the most restrictive anti-abortion measure in the U.S.

"I am incredibly disappointed in today's court ruling, because I believe that if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then a beating heart indicates life," said Gov. Kim Reynolds, who signed the bill into law in May.

Republican Rep. Sandy Salmon, the main sponsor of the bill in the House, was disappointed the judge ended the case before it could be tried before a jury.

"He didn't even let it go to trial so that an unborn baby could be defended in court," she said.

She said she hopes the state appeals the ruling to the Iowa Supreme Court and she suspects Republicans will work on further legislation "to make corrections to what the courts have done."

Erin Davison-Rippey, Planned Parenthood's State Executive Director of Iowa, said the law was Reynolds' "egregious attempt to ban safe, legal abortions in Iowa."

"Planned Parenthood will continue to stand up for Iowa women and fight back against the Legislature's attacks on reproductive health. We will do all we can to make sure abortion continues to be safe and legal in our state -- no matter what," she said.

Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen said the decision sends a strong message to Iowa women that their constitutional rights are important, and that they, not politicians, should be making their health care decisions.

"The extreme law should have been overturned because it restricted the freedom of Iowa women and girls to care for their bodies and it forced motherhood on them," she said.

The providers argued in court in December that the law is "blatantly unconstitutional under clear Iowa law." Planned Parenthood attorney Alice Clapman said courts in several states that recognize abortion as a fundamental right -- including North Dakota, Arkansas and Mississippi -- have dismissed similar abortion bans before trial.

The Iowa Supreme Court in June struck down an earlier law that required a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was unconstitutional and that "autonomy and dominion over one's body go to the very heart of what it means to be free."

Attorney Martin Cannon argued for the state that the bill is extremely narrow in focus by saying a beating heart signifies life in a fetus and that human life must be protected once an abdominal ultrasound identifies the heartbeat rhythm.

He didn't immediately reply to a message seeking comment.

Cannon said the bill does not prevent an abortion but pushes women to get one sooner in the pregnancy. He argued there are too many disputed issues to be heard at trial and the judge should not end the lawsuit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

#4 Weather Chicago Winter Weather Update, 1/23/19

Heart of Illinois ABC

WINTER WEATHER UPDATE: Meteorologist Joe Puma is watching the roads & radar. Let him know what you're seeing in your area.

Wintry mix of ice, sleet and snow causing messy and slick morning commute

CHICAGO -- The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for McHenry County that will remain in effect until noon Wednesday.

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings remain for several Chicago-area counties including DuPage, Cook, Lee, Lake, Kankakee, Kane, Will, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, DeKalb

A wintry mix of snow, ice and freezing rain is blanketing the Chicago area. The morning commute will be impacted by accumulating snow that will continue Wednesday morning generally from Chicago west and north. 1 to 4-inches of additional snow are expected, with greatest amounts north along the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.

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Kelly Davis


Snow plows are cruising along the tri-state! Take is slow this morning. @WGNMorningNews

Some schools are opening late or closed due to the weather. Check for the latest.

A treacherous morning commute is anticipated due to the icy, snow covered roads that are causing slick conditions.

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Nancy Loo


ROAD UPDATE: Route 20, just north of I-90 in McHenry County. Roads are snow packed and snow is still falling. ❄️ @WGNMorningNews

A number of accidents have already been reported across the area. Allow extra time and drive with extreme caution.

Snow will diminish and end during the afternoon hours. Temperatures will fall through the day to the mid 20s by the afternoon.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Rain turns to snow during Wednesday morning commute: weather service

A woman jogs with her dog on Saturday morning in a snowstorm. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A woman jogs with her dog on Saturday morning in a snowstorm. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A mix of snow and rain will make for hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning in the Chicago area, the National Weather Service is warning.

Rain will change to snow as temperatures quickly fall from the 30s in the morning to below freezing in the afternoon, the weather service said. A winter weather advisory is in place until noon Wednesday.Less than an inch of slushy snow is expected to fall across most of Cook County, the weather service said. The worst driving conditions will be northwest of Interstate 55.

The weather service urged drivers to allow for extra travel time, especially across the north and western parts of the Chicago area.

Dozens of suburban schools were closed Wednesday or opening late due to the winter weather.

By 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, at least 140 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport, the Chicago Department of Aviation said. Midway Airport saw two cancellations in the last 24 hours.

A bitterly cold Arctic air mass will arrive behind a strong cold front on Thursday, according to the weather service. Friday could see below-zero temperatures, with a wind chill of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

National Weather Service

#5 Members Only, Vol. 4 XXXTENTACION – Sauce! (Members Only Vol- 4)

XXXTENTACION - Sauce! (Audio)

XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4 Stream: Official Audio by XXXTENTACION - Sauce! (Audio) © 2019 Members Only / EMPIRE

XXXTentacion album drops on what would have been his birthday: Members Only, Vol. 4 tracklist, download info and more

The rapper died in Florida in June 2018

A second posthumous album by XXXTentacion has dropped on what would have been the American rapper’s 21st birthday.

XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol 4. finally arrived on streaming services after fans were teased with previews on social media.

The 24-track album features guest appearances from Ski Mask the Slump God, Kid Trunks, Craig Xen, Bass Santana, Tankhead, Corey, Flyboy Tarantino, Ikabod Veins, Cooliecut, Killstation and more.

The rapper’s newest offering coincides with the release of the music video for Lil Wayne’s track Don’t Cry, which X collaborated on.

XXXTentacion: The US rapper was shot dead in Florida (AP)

X’s first posthumous album, Skins, was released back in December 2018 and featured Kanye West and Blink-182’s Travis Barker.

X, real name Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, was shot and killedon June 18, 2018 in Deerfield Beach, Florida.


  1. Corey’s Intro
  2. Nothing (feat. Cooliecut, Craig Xen, Killstation)
  3. Sauce!
  4. Gassed Up! (feat. Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Bass Santana, Kin$oul)
  5. Plottin (feat. Kid Trunks, Flyboy Tarantino, Robb Bank$)
  6. Pick Your Poison (feat. Tankhead, Ikabod Veins)
  7. Fall in Love with Death (feat. Bass Santana, Cooliecut, Kin$oul)
  8. Love Hard, Fall Fast (feat. Flyboy Tarantino, Craig Xen)
  9. Now or Never (feat. Flyboy Tarantino, Craig Xen, Kidway)
  10. Cold Weather (feat. Killstation, Cooliecut, Craig Xen)
  11. Touch Eem Body (feat. Bass Santana, Kin$oul, Reddz)
  12. Jahseh on my Wrist (feat. Bass Santana, Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Craig Xen)
  13. He Diddy! (feat. Ski Mask the Slump God)
  14. You are Not M.O (feat. Bass Santana, Kin$oul, Robb Bank$, Bhris, absentwill)
  15. Make Eem Run! (feat. Bass Santana, Ski Mask The Slump God)
  16. PROUD PUPPY LOVER! (feat. Craig Xen)
  17. Woah (Freestyle) (feat. Kid Trunks)
  18. MEMBERS ONLY! (feat. Tankhead, Ratchet Roach, Flyboy Tarantino, Cooliecut, Kid Trunks, Craig Xen, SB, Kin$oul, Bass Santana)
  19. Radar (feat. Ratchet Roach, Bass Santana, Robb Bank$)
  20. Hey Wendy! (feat. Bass Santana, Kin$oul, Kid Trunks, Flyboy Tarantino)
  21. Over the Rainbow (feat. Cooliecut, Kin$oul, Rawhool Mane)
  22. Red Pills (Love in the Matrix) (feat. Cooliecut, Kin$oul)
  23. Empty (feat. Cooliecut, Craig Xen, Kin$oul, Ski Mask The Slump God)
  24. Rebirth (2016) (feat. Killstation)

How to stream:

XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol 4. is available on Spotify and Apple Music now.

Posthumous XXXTentacion mixtape released to mark late rapper’s 21st birthday

'Members Only, Vol. 4' has just dropped with a ton of guest features

The latest posthumous XXXTentacion release, the ‘Members Only, Vol. 4’ mixtape, has dropped to commemorate what would’ve been the late rapper’s 21st birthday today.

The Florida rapper and singer was shot and killed during a robbery in Deerfield Beach, Florida on June 18, 2018. He was 20.

A number of posthumous XXXTentacion releases have come out since his death, with ‘Skins’, his third studio album, arriving back in December and hitting the number one spot in the US charts.


XXXTentacion performing in 2017

The late rapper’s-affiliated ‘XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4’ has now been released to mark what would’ve been his 21st birthday today (January 23).

The 23-track collection features guest appearances from the likes of Ski Mask The Slump God, Kid Trunks, Craig Xen, Bass Santana, Tankhead, Corey, Flyboy Tarantino, Ikabod Veins, Cooliecut, Killstation and more. You can listen to the mixtape below.

“X was also supposed to be on there,” he said during a Beats 1 interview. “Could be later things though, so it’s not for sure not happening – so me and XXXTentacion could still have songs.”


#6 Honor View 20 hands-on

The Verge

The Honor View 20 is the future of bezel-less phones.


Honor View 20 arrives in Blighty with full-screen design and 48MP camera

Chinese sub-brand beats Samsung to the punch... er, hole

Honor View 20 arrives in Blighty with full-screen design and 48MP camera
Honor View 20 arrives in Blighty with full-screen design and 48MP camera

HUAWEI SIDEKICK Honor has launched its long-teased View 20, which packs a 'punch hole' display and a monstrous 48MP rear camera.

First shown off back in December, the Honor View 20 eliminates the need for a notch by embedding a 25MP camera into its display. A 4.5mm cutout sits in the upper left of the handset's FullView display, equipping the phone with a 9.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio, and seeing the self-styled "e-brand" beating rival Samsung to the punch... er, hole.

The cut-price flagship is also the first to feature 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, giving us flashbacks to 2012's Nokia 808 Pureview which packed a 41MP camera. This comes paired with a 7nm Kirin 980 processor, the same found inside the Mate 20 Pro, which Honor boasts enables its new 'AI Ultra Clarity' for producing images with "unmatched detail and clarity".

This camera can also turn the View 20 into a motion-controlled gaming console, Honor claims, "allowing you to play 3D motion games like never before."

Elsewhere, the Honor View 20 will packs a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be available in 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB configurations and comes with a 4,000mAh battery that can be charged to more than 50 per cent in around half an hour.

The handset doesn't offer any level of waterproofing though, nor does it support wireless charging.

The smartphone will be available in four colours - blue, black, red, and, er, "phantom blue", and you'll be able to pick it up for £499 (6GB+128GB) or £579 (8GB + 256GB) when it launches in Blighty on 23 January.

Honor also this week launched the Watch Magic and Watch Dream wearables; both offer 50m (5ATM) water resistance, a body that's just 11mm thick and AMOLED displays. µ

Specs comparison: Honor View 20 vs Honor View 10

In 2018, the affordable flagship category is where the action really was and we don’t see this trend abating in 2019 either. When we reviewed the Honor View 10 earlier last year, we found it to be a perfectly good package that delivered a high-end experience at a mid-range price. One year later, the all-new Honor View 20 has its sights set on everything from the Pocophone F1 to the OnePlus 6T.

But how big a difference has one year made? We find out in our Honor View 10 vs Honor View 20 comparison.

Honor View 10 Honor View 20
Display 5.99-inch IPS
1080 x 2160 resolution
403 ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
~78% screen-to-body
6.53-inch FHD+ LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
402 ppi

18.7:9 aspect ratio

Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970 Huawei Kirin 980
Octa-core CPU (2 @ 2.6GHz, 2 @ 1.92GHz, 4 @ 1.8GHz)
Dual NPU
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Mali-G72
RAM 4/6 GB 6/8GB
Storage 64/128 GB
microSD card expansion up to 256 GB
No microSD card slot
Cameras Rear cameras
Main sensor: 16 MP RGB, f/1.8 aperture
Secondary sensor: 20 MP monochrome, f/1.8 aperture

Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.0 aperture

Rear: 48MP, f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF,
TOF 3D stereo camera
Front: 25 MP, f/2.0
Sensors Fingerprint
Electronic compass
Ambient light
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery 3,750 mAh 4,000mAh, USB-C (with fast charging 5V/4.5A 22.5W)
Material Metal unibody Aluminium Frame, Glass Back
IP Rating None None
Connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX HD
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Ports USB Type-C
3.5 mm audio jack
USB Type-C
3.5mm audio jack
SIM Dual Nano-SIM Dual Nano-SIM
Software Android 8.0 Oreo
Android 9.0, Magic UI 2
Colors Navy Blue, Midnight Black, Beach Gold, Aurora Blue, Charm Red Red, Magic, Sea Blue, Phantom Blue, Night Black
Dimensions and weight 157 x 75 x 7 mm
172 g
156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1mm

Honor View 10 vs View 20: Design

Honor went back to the design board for the View 20 and completely did away with the humdrum design of the View 10. Where the older model opted for a simple aluminium body, the View 20 is a glass-and-aluminium beauty. A laser-etched “V” pattern on the back adds much-needed flair to the design and makes the phone utterly unique. Like the View 10, the View 20 sports dual cameras at the back alongside an LED flash. We’ll talk more about this in a bit.

Where the older model opted for a simple aluminium body, the View 20 is a glass-and-aluminium beauty.

While the View 10 included a fingerprint scanner under the screen area, the View 20 moves this over to the back. We had no issues reaching out to the fingerprint scanner despite the taller dimensions of the phone. The use of glass and rounded edges have made the View 20 just a bit more comfortable to hold as well.

Honor View 10 vs View 20: Display

Changes on the front are a bit more dramatic and they really bring to light the technological leap a single year can make. Forget having a notch, the View 20 is amongst the first phones on the market to use a punch-hole display. The hole in the screen approach is the latest in a series of design variations in a bid to reduce bezel size and the area occupied by the front camera. Meanwhile, the View 10’s design predates teardrops and notches and consequently, has rather large bezels.

The View 20 opts for a slightly larger resolution at 2310 x 1080 pixels, compared to the 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution of the View 10. For the consumer, this means a slightly taller phone. Indeed, the View 20 is about a millimetre taller than the View 10, which has allowed Honor to cram in a larger 6.4-inch display compared to the 5.99-inch screen on the older model. The larger display and minimal bezels, coupled with the punch-hole camera make the View 20 stand out as one of the nicest looking smartphones in the mid-range segment.

Honor View 10 vs View 20: Performance

Predictably, the View 20 outperforms last year’s model. The Kirin 980 chipset used here is the same as on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and delivers blazing fast performance. Performance is as good as it gets and you’re unlikely to run into issues with gaming, multitasking or even general day to day use.

Complete with dual NPUs, Honor touts a lot of AI-related enhancements but the most visible will be the ones made in the imaging department. The View 20 also builds on the View 10’s GPU Turbo feature and enhances it further for popular games. Expect smoother frame rates all the way through.

The Kirin 980 chipset used here is the same as on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and delivers blazing fast performance.

RAM too has seen an upgrade and, depending on the SKU, you’ll get between 6 and 8GB onboard compared to the 4 or 6GB on the View 10. While 6GB is enough to get the job done for most users, the extra RAM on the View 20 is good to have for future proofing. You might want to spring for the higher end model if you plan to do a lot of multitasking and gaming on your phone.

Honor View 10 vs View 20: Imaging

The View 20 has jumped on to the high-resolution camera sensor bandwagon and opts for a 48-megapixel primary camera. Outdoors in bright daylight, the camera should let you capture incredibly detailed images. In not-so-great lighting conditions, you can switch over to a lower 12-megapixel resolution that will use pixel binning to increase camera sensitivity. By combining adjoining pixels, the camera should be able to produce brighter shots with lower noise. Compared to the 16-megapixel primary camera on the View 10, it would be fair to expect more flexibility and better image quality.

Honor View20 cameras

The secondary sensor on the View 20 takes a completely different approach this time around. While the View 10 sported a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, Honor believes that pixel binning on the primary sensor will be sufficient to improve low-light imaging. Instead, the View 20 opts for a time of flight (TOF) sensor that can be used to generate 3D portraits. Is this something that’ll really catch on? Only time will tell.

Over at the front, the 25-megapixel camera sits within the punch-hole display. Technically an upgrade over the 13MP sensor on the View 10, Honor’s overzealous approach towards beautification features means that fine details get lost.

The Honor View 20 represents a massive upgrade over the View 10.

Unlike the View 10, the View 20 does not have support for microSD expansion but with an option for 256GB of storage, this is not something that users will miss much. The base variant of the phone now ships with 128GB of storage instead of the 64GB default on the View 10. Other changes include a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery compared to the 3,750 mAh battery on the former.

The Honor View 20 represents a massive upgrade over the View 10.  Between the updated internals and the eye-catching design, Honor appears has done enough here to make the View 20 an appealing upgrade for most. What do you think? Is the Honor View 20 a credible update over the View 10 and does it have what it takes to compete with devices like Pocophone F1 and OnePlus 6T? Let us know in the comments.

#7 Venezuela

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Noticia de última hora Venezuela le ha dicho a Nicolás Maduro ya no te queremos Venezuela en estos momentos noticias Minuto a minuto

Thousands in Venezuela Join Protests Against Maduro

Supporters of the Venezuelan opposition marching in Caracas on Wednesday, the anniversary of the 1958 uprising that overthrew the military dictatorship.CreditCarlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

ImageSupporters of the Venezuelan opposition marching in Caracas on Wednesday, the anniversary of the 1958 uprising that overthrew the military dictatorship.CreditCreditCarlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

By Ana Vanessa Herrero

CARACAS, Venezuela — Thousands of Venezuelans, many draped in their country’s flag, took to the streets on Wednesday, answering the opposition’s call for a nationwide protest to force President Nicolás Maduro from office.

“Freedom, freedom!” one group chanted in Caracas, the capital.

“Today I am not afraid,” said Marta López, a 46-year-old business manager who added that the country’s economic crisis has become unbearable. “Today we all need to turn out to rescue our homeland.”

The demonstration is part of a renewed push by Venezuela’s opposition, which was left largely powerless and divided after a burst of antigovernment activism in 2017 was crushed by security forces. The opposition is hoping that a significant turnout on Wednesday will help persuade the nation’s military to break ranks with the president.

Scores of anti-government demonstrations throughout the country erupted overnight. Opposition leaders say the effort to oust Mr. Maduro, who was sworn in for a second term on Jan. 10, has a better chance of succeeding now because his government is collapsing under the weight of an economic crisis and is more isolated than ever.

The United States and many of Venezuela’s neighbors have called the president an illegitimate dictator and signaled strong support for a plan to establish a transitional government.

President Nicolás Maduro may find it harder to weather this challenge to his legitimacy than he has in the past, opposition leaders and analysts say.CreditFederico Parra/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
President Nicolás Maduro may find it harder to weather this challenge to his legitimacy than he has in the past, opposition leaders and analysts say.CreditFederico Parra/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“What we are witnessing is a unique, historic moment we have been preparing for, fighting for, over the past 20 years,” María Corina Machado, an opposition leader, said on Tuesday. “Obviously, it is the moment of greatest peril for all Venezuelans and the moment of greatest responsibility for those of us who are aware of what is at stake.”

Mr. Maduro and his allies have called for rival demonstrations on Wednesday, accusing opposition leaders, whom he calls “terrorists,” of trying to sell out Venezuela to the United States.

“The imperialists and the oligarchs are desperate to run Venezuela directly,” Mr. Maduro told supporters Tuesday night. “Are we going to surrender Venezuela’s sovereignty?”

Mr. Maduro will probably find it harder to weather this challenge to his legitimacy than he has in the past, opposition leaders and analysts say.

On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump joined other members of the Trump administration in issuing a message of support for the Venezuelan opposition: “@POTUS@VP and the whole Administration stand with the people of Venezuela as they seek freedom from the oppression of dictator Maduro,” she wrote on Twitter.

Supporters of Mr. Maduro at a pro-government rally in Caracas on Wednesday.CreditMiguel Gutierrez/EPA, via Shutterstock

Supporters of Mr. Maduro at a pro-government rally in Caracas on Wednesday.CreditMiguel Gutierrez/EPA, via Shutterstock

Vice President Mike Pence issued a video message to Venezuelans on Tuesday, sprinkled with words in Spanish, that urged them to take to the streets on Wednesday and that promised, “We will stay with you until democracy is restored and you reclaim your birthright of libertad.”

Discontent has deepened across Venezuela’s socioeconomic classes as hyperinflation has rendered wages worthless. Citizens of what was once one of the region’s wealthiest nations have starved to death and died from preventable diseases.

More than three million Venezuelans have left the country in recent years, and those who stayed behind have struggled to find food and medicinewhile contending with water shortages and rampant crime.

Eva Golinger, an American lawyer who was a close friend of the leftist strongman Hugo Chávez, Mr. Maduro’s mentor and predecessor, said the government could no longer count on its traditional bastions of support to overpower opposition movements, which in the past were led by wealthy and middle-class Venezuelans.

“The difference this time is that the discontent is not just opposition,” said Ms. Golinger, who wrote a memoir called “Confidante of ‘Tyrants,’ ” about her ties with Venezuelan and other leaders. “In fact, it’s mainly poor people who are tired of going without basic products and earning decent wages.”

The remnants of an antigovernment demonstration in the capital Tuesday night.CreditMiguel Gutierrez/EPA, via Shutterstock


The remnants of an antigovernment demonstration in the capital Tuesday night.CreditMiguel Gutierrez/EPA, via Shutterstock

Other notable differences include the youth of the politicians now leading the quest to oust Mr. Maduro, and the careful messaging they have deployed as they build support.

The opposition’s new leader, Juan Guaidó, is a 35-year-old industrial engineer who was little known at home or abroad until this month, when he was sworn in as president of the National Assembly. His appointment reinvigorated that opposition-dominated legislative body, which had become ineffectual and deeply unpopular in recent years.

“People had lost faith,” said Maria Amelia da Silva, 54, at one of the outdoor town hall-style meetings that opposition lawmakers convened in recent days to promote their plan. “Then a leader emerged, and this new leader has become our biggest hope.”

Mr. Guaidó says he is ready to lead an interim government that would distribute humanitarian aid, take steps to turn the economy around, and convene free and fair elections. He has argued that doing so would not violate the Constitution because Mr. Maduro, whose re-election last year was denounced as rigged, had “usurped” the presidency.

Past antigovernment demonstrations were dominated by rage and indignation, but Mr. Guaidó and his allies have tried to strike a hopeful, conciliatory tone. They have taken great pains to urge members of the military to turn their backs on Mr. Maduro, arguing that doing so would constitute not a coup, but adherence to their oath to uphold the Constitution.

A protester throwing back a tear gas canister fired by police in Caracas.CreditManaure Quintero/Reuters


A protester throwing back a tear gas canister fired by police in Caracas.CreditManaure Quintero/Reuters

On Monday night, Mr. Guaidó and his wife, Fabiana Rosales, recorded video messages appealing to the consciences — and the aspirations — of members of the armed forces.

“None of you can live in a dignified manner on your military paycheck, you can’t meet the basic needs of your children and relatives,” Mr. Guaidó said. “In the midst of this debacle, the people responsible for this crisis have forced you to clamp down and repress demonstrations of people who are only demanding to eat, to have access to health care, to have water at home, electricity.”

The town hall meetings, known as cabildos, have drawn thousands of people in recent days. Speakers have fired up crowds by talking about freedom of the press, economic policy and the bleakness of the holiday season in Venezuela as more and more people have moved abroad.

“You can feel hope in the air,” said Annie Stone, a 63-year-old retiree in Caracas who wore a rosary with yellow, blue and red beads — paying tribute to the Venezuelan flag — to a recent meeting. Referring to the youthful speakers, she added: “These aren’t superheroes that emerged overnight. But for the first time, we see a solution in sight.”

Some in the opposition have reservations about the current approach. Juan Andrés Mejía, a lawmaker, said making overtures to the military — the linchpin of their plan — was perilous.

“We’re living in a dictatorship,” he said. “Any contact we were to make is considered the worst of crimes.”

But Venezuelans said they were cleareyed about the dangers involved in resisting a government that has killed protesters and detained and tortured people suspected of being dissidents.

“We are forced to be optimistic because the risk we face is staring us in the face,” said Luz Mely Reyes, who runs the independent news site Efecto Cocuyo. “Those of us who are democrats know that if this time we fall short, with deep regret, we’ll have to bury what little remains of democracy in Venezuela.”

Opposition launches protests to oust Maduro as U.S.-Venezuela tensions rise

Anti-Maduro protesters take to the streets of Caracas

Thousands of protesters took the streets of Caracas to protest President Nicolás Maduro whose policies have plunged the country into chaos. 

January 23 at 11:18 AM

 Amid sharply rising tensions between Washington and Caracas, the U.S.-backed opposition here sought Wednesday to fill the streets with protesters and spark the beginning of a sustained uprising aimed at ousting President Nicolás Maduro from office.

Overnight, the smaller-scale protests that began on Monday started to spread, with a throng of demonstrators in Bolivar state setting alight a statue of Hugo Chávez, the leftist firebrand who established Venezuela’s socialist state and anointed Maduro as his successor before dying of cancer in 2013.

By midday Wednesday, at least one protester was reported dead. Barely an hour after they began, Wednesday’s protests were shaping up to be the country’s largest in two years.

At least 43 people have been detained in protests since Monday, according to Foro Penal, a nonprofit legal firm that tracks and defends political prisoners.

The actions against Maduro took place as U.S. officials sought to undermine him. In a video, Vice President Pence on Tuesday called Maduro a “dictator with no legitimate claim to power” and backed the opposition protests as “a call for freedom.” Coming on the heels of a series of U.S. sanctions, the move prompted Maduro late Tuesday to order a “revision” of diplomatic ties with the United States.

The freshly re-energized Venezuelan opposition, meanwhile, faced a vital test on Wednesday in its effort to unseat Maduro, who was sworn in this month for a new six-year term after elections that were internationally condemned as a fraudulent power grab.

Pence to Venezuelans: 'Maduro is a dictator'

Vice President Pence called Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro a "dictator" in a message to the people of Venezuela released Jan. 22, ahead of expected protests. 

As people started to gather on a rainy Caracas morning, protests in some areas were being dispersed by security forces with tear gas. In eastern Caracas, people yelled: “Who are we? Venezuela. What do we want? Freedom.”

Washington has already thrown its support behind the new leader of the opposition, Juan Guaidó, a 35-year-old industrial engineer who heads the country’s National Assembly.

Stripped of its power by Maduro in 2017, the assembly is nevertheless widely recognized internationally as the only democratic institution left in the country. Now, Guaidó is seeking to unite an opposition long plagued by mismanagement and infighting and ignite the largest wave of protests here since 2017, when hundreds of thousands took the streets. That movement was ultimately crushed after official repression led to the deaths of more than 100 people.

One protester at Wednesday’s demonstrations, 32-year-old accountant Ailyn Arreaza, said she woke up at dawn to come to Caracas from a suburb 18 miles to the south. “My family motivates me, as well as my friends who left because of this. My husband is in Peru,” she said. “I march for him to come back, and for many other families to come back, too.”

Gabriela Aristimuño, a 40-year-old lawyer, escaped tear gas in western Caracas and quickly joined the crowd in the east. “Fear? No, nothing. Freedom and my children are all I care about,” she said. “I want everything I had before, before all this tragedy.”

The official state television channel, meanwhile, showed images of pro-Maduro crowds and urged viewers to join. “The streets belong to Chavismo,” the narrator said, referring to the government’s left-wing ideology and encouraging people to use that as a hashtag on Twitter.

At the pro-government demonstration, people wore red caps and listened to Maduro and Chávez campaign songs. “Yesterday there was an insolent call by the United States. Today we have to go out to defend the revolution,” said Guillermo Blanco, an employee of Venezuela’s state oil company. “We don’t take orders from anyone.”

Turnout will probably influence the momentum of the opposition and gauge whether it has been truly reborn with new leadership and growing international support.

 “Today we will have the chance to reunite as one in all of Venezuela,” Guaidó tweeted Wednesday. “The eyes of the world will be on our homeland today.”

Backed by Russia, China and Cuba, Maduro has ordered the arrest, torture and exile of scores of opposition politicians. One day after Maduro’s swearing-in, however, Guaidó openly challenged his rule, saying he would be willing to become interim president if he won the support of the military, foreign powers and the people.

Since then, thousands of desperate Venezuelans confronting record levels of hyperinflation and fast-spreading hunger and disease have been showing up in cities across the nation to hear Guaidó’s speeches.

“Only if the protests are massive and cross-class could they demoralize and give pause to people in the military and within the ruling party,” said David Smilde, a Venezuela expert and sociology professor at Tulane University.

The military’s loyalty remains key to Maduro’s survival. A U.S. intelligence official told The Washington Post this month that Maduro’s defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López, has privately told Maduro that he should step aside. And thousands of police and military rank and file have deserted their posts. But outward signs of division within the military have been limited.

Nevertheless, there are growing indications of cracks. On Monday, dozens of Venezuelan National Guard personnel stole arms from two Caracas units, kidnapped four officials, and recorded themselves in a northern slum urging people to join them in rebellion. The videos circulated on social media, but shortly afterward, the government announced the arrests of 27 dissenting officials.

On Tuesday night, spontaneous protests also erupted in more than 60 neighborhoods across the capital and in interior states. Many of the demonstrations were repressed by security forces with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets.

In the state of Bolivar, protesters burned the statue of late leader Chavez, and footage of the incident went viral on social media. In a western Caracas slum, one 16-year-old was reported dead after being shot at a demonstration, according to exiled lawmaker and doctor José Manuel Olivares, who said he received the information from the hospital that treated the boy.

The demonstrations led some observers to suggest that the poorest sectors of the capital could join the opposition’s traditional upper-class base in Wednesday’s protests — something that has rarely happened in the past.

“I’m tired,” said Gladys Ibarra, a 40-year-old informal merchant who was protesting in a northwestern Caracas slum. “I’m tired of not having water, energy. Tired of waking up at dawn trying to find gas to cook.”

The turnout is also likely to be closely watched in the United States and other nations that have been pressing for Maduro’s ouster. Colombia, Brazil and Chile have already joined the United States in offering support for Guaidó and refusing to recognize Maduro.

Luis Almagro, head of the Organization of American States, has gone as far as recognizing Guaidó as Venezuela’s “interim president” — a title that not even Guaidó himself has yet claimed. On Tuesday, the National Assembly named a “special representative” to the OAS. If the organization accepts the new appointment, it could further undermine Maduro’s ability to represent Venezuela internationally.

The heightened diplomatic war of words between Caracas and Washington was capped Tuesday by Pence’s sharply worded video, which included passages in Spanish. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Pence additionally lashed out at Maduro and vowed that “the U.S. will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles.”

“Mr. Maduro has exacerbated the country’s corruption and socialist policies, accelerating its descent from one of the richest countries in the Western Hemisphere to one of the poorest and most despotic,” Pence said.

 Maduro responded late Tuesday, saying: “Never before has an official of such high rank gone out in the name of his government to say the Venezuelan opposition should overthrow the government.”

Maduro threatened diplomatic action against the United States “within hours.” As of early Wednesday, however, Venezuela had yet to announce concrete steps. The government did announce a counterdemonstration — a march for the fatherland — in which Maduro was scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. local time.

The two nations already maintain limited diplomatic relations. Although they both have operating embassies in each other’s capitals, they have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010.

 Venezuela’s lifeblood is oil, and the United States remains its largest cash buyer. But Venezuela’s oil production has collapsed under Maduro. Currently, Venezuela sells around 500,000 barrels per day to the United States, or about half the volume of a decade ago.

Still, experts say it would be risky for Maduro’s government to wholly sever diplomatic relations. Such a move could give the Trump administration the trigger it has been looking for to take harsher steps, including freezing Venezuelan government accounts and instituting an oil embargo that would completely cut off the U.S. market.

A clean cut in diplomatic relations could also put at risk the Maduro administration’s control of Citgo, the U.S.-based oil firm owned by the Venezuelan government.

Yet taking such a radical step could also help Maduro mobilize Venezuelans against a common enemy to the north.

As Venezuelans weighed whether to join the protests, many feared that the pro-government security forces would deploy the same kind of violence now as they did in 2017. For many, that was too high a cost, especially after the opposition became ineffectual in the months that followed.

Yet Guaidó, who was briefly detained by the intelligence police on Jan. 14, has brought a new sense of hope to that disillusioned support base. Felix Seijas, a Caracas-based political analyst, said the outcome on Wednesday would show whether the opposition was able to “generate enough pressure” to escalate its bid to unseat Maduro.

Faiola reported from Rio de Janeiro. Krygier reported from Miami.

#8 Michigan basketball FB Watch Highlights: Minnesota at Michigan | Big Ten Basketball

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Charles Matthews knocked down the game-winning basket as time expired to help lead Michigan to a 59-57 win over Minnesota.

Anatomy of a buzzer-beater: How Michigan basketball survived Minnesota

John Beilein saw the ball leave Charles Matthews' hands. He heard the buzzer shortly after.

And then the ball dropped through the net, giving No. 5 Michigan basketball a last-second, 59-57 win over Minnesota.

The Wolverines rebounded from their first loss of the season in dramatic fashion.

Nothing went as planned, including the final offensive possession that led to the win.

But the only thing that mattered was Matthews' buzzer-beating jumper from along the baseline.

“I knew it was good," Matthews said. "I always have some fear in my head cause Purdue last year ... You never know, but I remember the game clock was 24.7 and the shot clock was 24 seconds at the time. When I saw it was one second, I knew for a fact that I had the time. You just do simple math.”

Here's how U-M won, despite the blown lead, along with everything that goes into a buzzer-beating shot.

Offense falters late

In the 64-54 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday, Michigan's offense was cold most of the game, and especially during the last 6 minutes.

The Wolverines dealt with similar problems Tuesday night.

Michigan struggled to shoot in the first half. Then the offense got worst during the final minutes yet again.

After a short jumper from Jon Teske gave U-M a 10-point lead with 4:57 remaining, the Wolverines missed their next five field goal attempts and two free throws. Minnesota inched closer by attacking the paint.

“We just weren’t hitting shots," Teske said. "We were getting some good looks, maybe forcing it a little bit, but we have to execute better down the stretch."

With Michigan up three and under a minute left, Ignas Brazdeikis had a chance to ice the game. But his driving layup rolled out. That set the stage for the final 40 seconds.

The Gophers began their final possession with a ball screen for Dupree McBrayer near the top of the arc. Michigan responded with a soft hedge against McBrayer with Zavier Simpson and Brazdeikis.

Gabe Kalscheur, who started the play in the corner, ran up as if he was going to set another screen for McBrayer. Then he darted outside the arc.

Simpson switched over to Kalscheur, but McBrayer swung the ball over to Kalscheur, who rose up and buried a 3-pointer to tie the game at 57.

Crisler Center was quiet, with only Minnesota's bench and guest section celebrating.

U-M inbounded the ball, and Simpson dribbled past half-court before Beilein motioned for a timeout.

As Matthews mentioned, there were 24.7 seconds left on the game clock and 24 seconds left on the shot clock.

The final play

During the break, Beilein drew up a play for Brazdeikis.

The goal was to get Brazdeikis, a 77.1 percent free-throw shooter who made 9-of-11 free throws, isolated and going toward the basket late.

Either he would score at the basket, draw a foul, or miss close – giving Michigan a chance at an offensive rebound.

"We didn’t want to settle in that situation," Beilein said. "We were 3-for-22 from 3, and it wasn’t time to dial up a 3 to win by 3, it was a time to score and get to the tunnel."

Simpson initiated the action with 10 seconds left. Brazdeikis, starting in the right corner, worked his way to the top of the arc for a handoff from Simpson. Jordan Poole came up to set a screen on the defender. Poole's man and Jordan Murphy followed Brazdeikis as he drove left. Two more defenders came over to help.

The shot went up, a driving layup that was deflected into the air. Teske, almost directly underneath the basket, reached out to tip the ball.

Matthews was standing in the left corner. As Brazdeikis had drove past him, Matthews held both hands out, ready to catch and shoot just in case the ball found him.

He was also ready to crash the boards.

“I know Iggy. That’s my little brother. He’s like a bull in the china shop when he’s going to the rim," Matthews told reporters. "So he ain’t looking to kick out. So I just said, ‘You know what, he might miss this one, let me try to just go get the rebound.'

"And thank God I was in the right position for it. Gotta know your teammates. Know your personnel."

As he saw the ball tipped toward him, he darted forward with a couple quick steps. Then he got the ball.

"(Charles is) always around the basket," Beilein said, "and he mopped up.”

When Matthews caught the ball, there were roughly 2 seconds left on the game clock — which he was keenly aware of.

He took one dribble forward and went up to shoot, releasing the ball with under a second remaining.

When the shot dropped through, he raised his arms, jogging toward mid-court to celebrate with his teammates.

“I was just like, thank goodness he’s about to shoot it, and then the ball looked like it was in slow motion from my view and then it went in," Brazdeikis said. "I was just so excited. I don’t even remember, I was just screaming, I was just so excited to be in that moment and share that moment with him and the team.”

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It looked like Michigan and Minnesota were headed for overtime.

Charles Matthews had other ideas:

The review

Upon first glance, it appeared Matthews had gotten the shot off before the buzzer.

But the officials still met for an extended review.

As it turned out, it wasn't primarily to determine whether Matthews had beat the game clock. The officials were trying to figure out if he had beaten the shot clock – and if he had, whether any additional time needed to be added on.

“I heard them talking to maybe (Big Ten Network reporter) Andy Katz," Beilein said, "I could listen in from afar, and that allowed me to know that the big dispute was did the shot clock go off, was it out of his hands, was there any time left, and it all worked out."

The Wolverines, fresh off a celebration, watched the big screen in anticipation of a call they expected to go their way.

Their coach, meanwhile, told them to be prepared in case the officials added 0.5 seconds to the clock.

Eventually, an official signaled that the game was over.

Matthews' shot counted. U-M had won by the narrowest of margins.

“I saw the clock, like, when I did get the ball," Matthews said. "I’m not sure exactly how much time, but I did know that there was time on the clock."

Tuesday nearly ended in defeat for the Wolverines, just as it did Saturday at Wisconsin.

Michigan didn't turn the ball over to Minnesota as many times as it did against the Badgers. It found more open shots.

Still, the offense went cold at the most inopportune of times – again. Michigan's scoring output over the past two games is the lowest it has had over any two-game stretch this season.

That'll have to change in the near future, especially with tougher games remaining on the schedule. And the Wolverines understand that.

“Yeah, I’m happy, but I don’t feel like we played (well)," Matthews said.

For now, though, they'll enjoy the result: another hard-earned conference win. And a step forward after their first loss of the season.

"Like I said, from Wisconsin to this game we improved," Teske said, "but from this game on, we’ve got to improve even more, and we’ll definitely do that.”

Contact Orion Sang: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @orion_sang.

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If anyone is interested I am Top40 online. In the real world my name is David Russell Ellenberger. I am a SWM 57 and live in Louisville, Ky. I started about 4 years ago. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted the website to be about but I liked the idea of people voting on items in ranked lists. The voting on these ranked lists will move the items up or down in the rankings you vote by clicking the + or - buttons below or next to the item in a list, refresh the page and the item will then appear in it's new ranking. IMHO voting really is one of the most important things you can do. Your vote is literally worth millions of dollars and that's one thing the politicians want you to do but don't want you to think about in that way. In other words vote for me I'm the best and I'm for this I'm for that I am for all the things that you want and that's why should vote for me. In reality what its about is control over you and money. So next time you vote you should demand to get paid. But I digress that's voting on items is just one of the reasons I started I also wanted to get my point out to the people and hopefully other people will want to use my website to get their point out or at least create their own lists. I had hoped for this to be another social media website. That hasn't really happened and I have been online for almost 5 years now. More about that later.


Everyone thinks just put your website up and they will come but that's not really the case. Part of the problem is search engines like Google have almost complete control of the web and all the traffic on it and they want you to pay. They also don't like other social media sites or search engine type sites they are what's known in the business as viral sites or sites that mostly contain links and not much original content which is exactly what Google is. But I maintain that links are part of the branding and the way you show your links to the world is an original aspect of any website and part of the branding and is orginal content in and of itself. But Google doesn't think so, Because that's what they are and they of course want complete control and they have it and no one seems to care. I didn't care until I started this website. But again I digress.


Back to the point. Why I started this website. Well another reason was to make money you can sell things or you can put advertising on your website. You can go out and sell advertising yourself or simply sign up for advertising services that have already sold the advertising and put the ads on your website for you. Services like this from Google and it's advertising service called adsense. If you read up on the internet how to make money with a website You will eventually find Adsense and various websites will tell you you can make tens of thousands with website adverting its so easy. And that may be true just from a numbers point of view but then reality sets in. More coming in a few days. Thanks for reading....

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