Juice WRLD, Khalid, YBN Cordae & More: Morning BarsAll the latest hip-hop news in one place.Donna-Claire Chesman4 hours ago
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Juice WRLD drops Death Race for Love.
Khalid drops “My Bad.”
YBN Cordae drops “Have Mercy.”
Solange drops “Almeda” video.
Def Jam drops Undisputed.
Kari Faux drops CRY 4 HELP.
Juice WRLD covers Billboard.
Pitchfork reviews DaBaby's Baby On Baby.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule lands successfully in crucial step toward human spaceflight
The Dragon’s test comes at a turbulent time for billionaire CEO Elon Musk.
Watch SpaceX’s Dragon capsule's successful splash-down to earth
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft made a successful trip back from to Earth from the International Space Station on March 8. (NASA)
By Christian DavenportMarch 8 at 8:54 AM
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft splashed down safely in the Atlantic Friday after undocking from the International Space Station, appearing to successfully complete the first mission of the vehicle the company designed to fly humans.
There were no people on board the spacecraft, built to carry four NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The nearly week-long journey culminated when the spacecraft disembarked from the station about 2:30 a.m. Friday, fired its engine to slow down, and barreled through the thickening atmosphere on its fiery return to Earth until finally splashing down into the Atlantic Ocean at 8:45 a.m.
The capsule was hoisted out of the water and placed on the deck of a recovery boat shortly before 10 a.m.
Crew Dragon is on SpaceX’s recovery vessel—completing the spacecraft’s first test mission!
The mission comes at a precarious time for brash billionaire Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, who has come under fire for his sometimes erratic behavior.
The reentry is one of the biggest tests of the Dragon and of SpaceX, the company founded by Musk in 2002 with the ultimate goal of flying humans to Earth’s orbit and beyond. If deemed a complete success, the mission would give NASA increased confidence in one of its prime contractors and propel the space agency a step closer to restoring human spaceflight from U.S. soil.
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Since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA has been unable to fly its astronauts. Instead, it has paid Russia for rides to the space station at an increasing price tag that now tops $80 million.
In 2014, NASA awarded contracts worth a combined $6.8 billion to SpaceX and Boeing to build spacecrafts capable of carrying NASA’s astronauts to the orbiting laboratory 250 miles above Earth. Since then, both companies have faced delays and setbacks. But now, SpaceX has taken a major leap forward and is poised to fly its first test mission with two NASA astronauts on board later this year.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, left, with NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Doug Hurley, Bob Behnken, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins inside the crew access arm with the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft visible behind them during a tour of Launch Complex 39A before the early Sunday morning launch of the Demo-1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Joel Kowsky/AFP/Getty Images)
Boeing is scheduled to fly its first uncrewed mission to the station by next month at the earliest, though that date is likely to slip, officials have said.
SpaceX’s uncrewed mission began early Saturday, when its Falcon 9 rocket blasted off in the predawn darkness from a historic launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the crew of Apollo 11 began their journey to the lunar surface.
Once aloft, the SpaceX craft traveled to the space station, whizzing around Earth at 17,500 mph, catching up early the next morning. Before the mission, NASA officials had said the spacecraft’s ability to dock autonomously to the station would be one of the biggest tests of the vehicle.
Russia, one of NASA’s key partners on the space station, initially objected, citing concerns with SpaceX’s computer systems that would fly the vehicle toward the station.
But like the launch, the docking was a success, and soon the three astronauts on board the station — NASA’s Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko of Russia, and Canada’s David Saint-Jacques — were able to check out the first commercial space vehicle designed for human space flight ever to dock with the station.
In a call with the astronauts on board the station Wednesday, Vice President Pence said, “It was inspiring to see the launch, and it was actually more inspiring to see the docking, and to see you all open that door and float into that spacecraft knowing that we’ll very soon have American astronauts arriving at the International Space Station in the same vehicle.”
The successful landing is a coup for SpaceX and a relief for Musk, who said he wouldn’t be able to relax until the spacecraft had landed safely.
Musk and his companies have been under scrutiny lately. The Securities and Exchange Commission fined him $20 million last year after it said he misled investors of his electric car company, Tesla, when he tweeted that he would take the company private. More recently, the SEC claimed he violated the terms of the settlement, which require an attorney to review tweets that could affect Tesla’s stock price.
A judge in that case gave Musk until Monday to say why he should not be held in contempt for violating the terms of the settlement.
Musk has also faced trouble at SpaceX. The Air Force recently announced it was reviewing the certifications it had granted SpaceX that allow to launch national security payloads. After Musk smoked marijuana during a podcast appearance, NASA announced it was conducting a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing. And Bloomberg News reported Thursday that Musk’s marijuana use also prompted the Pentagon to review his security clearance.
Despite the distractions, Friday’s landing appeared to be another triumph for SpaceX, and validation of years of work.
Leading up to the reentry, Musk had said he was worried about whether the spacecraft would end up in an uncontrollable spin.
The Dragon is outfitted with abort thrusters that make the spacecraft asymmetrical, which he said “could potentially cause a roll.” But he said he thought it was “unlikely” since the company had run “simulations a thousand times.”
Still, he added “hypersonic reentry is probably my biggest concern."
Valparaiso vs. Loyola-Chicago odds, line: 2019 MVC Tournament picks, predictions from model on 111-87 roll
SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated Friday's Loyola vs. Valparaiso game 10,000 times
- by CBS Sports Staff
- 2 hrs ago • 2 min read
The Loyola Ramblers battle the Valparaiso Crusaders in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. ET. The Ramblers are favored by 7.5 points, while the over-under is 120 in the latest Loyola vs. Valparaiso odds. After making a run to the Final Four last season, the Ramblers got off to a tough start in non-conference play but went on to win the regular-season MVC title. With an NET ranking of 128, they likely need to win the conference tournament in order to make the Big Dance.
Before you make your Valparaiso vs. Loyola-Chicago picks, be sure to look at the college basketball predictions for this Missouri Valley quarterfinal from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. Over the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned nearly $4,200 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks. It also entered Week 18 of the 2018-19 college basketball season on a strong 111-87 run against the spread. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now, the model has simulated Loyola vs. Valparaiso 10,000 times. We can tell you it is leaning over, and it also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.
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The matchup will be streamed on ESPN+ at 1:00 p.m. ET, with streaming available via the Watch ESPN app. Further streams can be found via Reddit on the NCAA Basketball Streams subreddit. Direct streams can be found behind this link.
Valparaiso enters this game at 15-17 overall on the season. The Crusaders have lost six of their last seven games heading into Thursday’s tourney opener. Valparaiso will look to rely on Derrik Smits, who is averaging 12.4 points per game for the Crusaders, along with 5.8 rebounds. He leads the team in both categories.
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As for Loyola, they’re 19-12 overall this season, sitting at 3-1 in their last four outings. Guard Marques Townes is leading the way in scoring for the Ramblers, averaging 15.9 points per game. Sophomore center Cameron Krutwig leads in rebounding, racking up an average of 7.3 boards a game.
Both teams have something to prove in the Missouri Valley Tournament. Loyola is ranked No. 1 going into the tourney, and will be sure to try and uphold their ranking. Of course, college aficionados and novices alike will remember Sister Jean and last year's shocking Final Four run.
The game is set to start at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+ at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Loyola Chicago is favored by five.
Early bird, VIP tickets sold out for 'Something in the Water' festBy:
Posted: Mar 08, 2019 10:03 AM EST
Updated: Mar 08, 2019 01:25 PM EST
Prices for a three-day general admission pass started with early-bird package of $150 and $175, with additional fees of $45 and $47.22, respectively.
Three-day VIP passes will cost between $450 and $500, with fees of $94.44 and $100, respectively.
A $195 general admission package -- with fee of $49.44 -- was added after ticket sales went live, while the $150 and $175 were removed.
Festival officials announced on Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. that early bird tickets and VIP passes were sold out.
The festival, which is set for April 26-28, will feature more than 25 national acts including Pharrell and Friends and Virginia natives Missy Elliott, Pusha T, D.R.A.M. and Dave Matthews Band.
The festival’s website shows Pharrell and Friends will feature guests including Diddy, Missy Elliot, Usher, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg, according to the festival’s website.
The festival’s main acts will perform on the 5th Street Stage. A preliminary map was revealed this week, showing the vast layout of the festival.
Events at “Something in the Water” will include a pop-up church, karaoke featuring trap music and a screening of the film "The Burial of Kojo", which is set to premiere on Netflix March 31.
Information about tickets and the festival’s schedule can be found at this link.
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Usher, Diddy, other big-name artists added to Something in the Water festival lineupPOSTED 9:54 AM, MARCH 8, 2019, BY WEB STAFF, UPDATED AT 12:19PM, MARCH 8, 2019
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – On Friday morning a few more big name artists were added to the Something in the Water festival lineup.
Gwen Stefani, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Diddy are now listed under the “Pharrell & Friends” section on the event announcement.
The festival will be held from April 26 to 28 at the Oceanfront during College Beach Weekend.
Some of the other artists listed are:
- Travis Scott
- Lil Uzi Vert
- Jaden Smith
- Dave Matthews Band
- Jhené Aiko
- Maggie Rogers
- Deepak Chopra
- Radiant Children
- Missy Elliott
- Mac Demarco
- Geoffrey Canada
- Trap Karaoke
- Pusha T
- J Balvin
- Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
- Pharrell & Friends
- Janelle Monae
- Virgil Abloh
- Pop Up Church Service
Organizers said Thursday they expect 25,000 people to attend the Something in the Water festival each day. They also laid out logistics to members of the Resort Advisory Commission on Thursday afternoon ahead of the event.
Tickets went on sale March 8. According to the website, a message saying that tickets for three-day general admission are “currently unavailable” means all tickets have been carted. Options will say “sold out” once fully sold out.
Currently, three-day general admission tickets are being sold at price points including $150, $175 and $195.
Finland's government resigns over failed healthcare reform
Finland's entire government has resigned over its failure to achieve a key policy goal on social welfare and healthcare reform.
Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "hugely disappointed" in the outcome.
Finland's extensive welfare systems are under financial pressure as the nation's population ages, yet reform plans remain politically controversial.
Mr Sipila's government is expected to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a planned election in April.
Some political opponents questioned the need for the high-profile resignation of the Centre Party government with just weeks to go until the election.
But Antti Kaikkonen, a senior member of the Centre Party, defended the decision, which was taken after it became clear the party could not achieve its goals.
"If anyone asks what political responsibility means, then I would say that this is an example," he tweeted.
Mr Sipila, a former IT entrepreneur who made millions before entering politics, had previously said he would consider resigning if his primary reform policy failed.
The government had hoped its planned reforms would save up to €3bn (£2.6bn) over the next decade.
What is Finland's healthcare problem?
Like many developed nations, Finland has an ageing population that is putting financial pressure on its social welfare systems.
As an increasing number of people live longer in retirement, the cost of providing pension and healthcare benefits can rise. Those increased costs are paid for by taxes collected from of the working-age population – who make up a smaller percentage of the population than in decades past.
In 2018, those aged 65 or over made up 21.4% of Finland's population, the fourth highest after Germany, Portugal, Greece, and Italy, according to Eurostat.
Finland's welfare system is also generous in its provisions, making it relatively expensive. Attempts at reform have plagued Finnish governments for years.
Mr Sipila's proposed solutions included creating regional authorities for health and welfare services, rather than the local municipalities that currently manage the system, and offering including private companies in the healthcare system to a greater extent to offer "freedom of choice".
Mr Sipila's government also famously experimented with a guaranteed minimum income scheme – giving €560 (£480) a month to 2,000 unemployed people as a basic income with no conditions attached.
Initial results suggested the pilot scheme left people happier, but still unemployed.
Mr Sipila's Centre Party has been in a centre-right coalition government since 2015. Since a 2017 re-negotiation, the government has been formed of the Centre Party, the National Coalition, and Blue Reform.
The opposition Social Democrats have taken the lead in recent polls by several percentage points.