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#1 Dark Phoenix X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Trailer 2 (2019)


‘Dark Phoenix’: Latest Installment In ‘X-Men’ Franchise Scores New Trailer

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Dark Phoenix has a new trailer: 20th Century Fox has released the new clip for the latest installment of the X-Men franchise, which is set to be released on June 7 2019.

The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. Music is composed by Hans Zimmer.

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Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, who produces alongside Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, Todd Hallowell, Dark Phoenix sees the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey.

During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain.

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#2 Purdue basketball


IU Sucks - Hero or Menace?


Does IU in fact suck? I asked former Paint Crew exec board members for their take on the current fracas

G rated newspaper from the most recent Purdue vs. IU game
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You might have seen online that quite a bit of ink (does it still count as ink if it’s online only?) has been spilled about the IU Sucks cheer at the end of Hail Fire and why it’s the worst thing any students at any sporting event have ever done! WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN! The Indy Star reporter, who misquoted me and used barely anything we talked about, think its either “quirky or tacky”, Matt Painter has gone on record of late saying that he doesn’t think Purdue fans can go after the (EXPLICIT LANGUAGE COMING) “Fuck You Haarms” chant that IU did because Purdue has to take care of themselves first. To be fair to our great coach, who I vehemently disagree with here, I’m going to provide his entire quote from the linked article.

“It’s an easy answer for me, because that was something that happened during the course of a game and it goes towards an individual and it shouldn’t have happened and it does. But we do something towards them and a chant that’s inappropriate too, so how can we be mad? You know what I mean? How can we get upset at them? We’ve got to clean up our own backyard before we can point a finger. We’ve tried to do that with our student section and explain that to them and get off of that and we haven’t been able to do that. That speaks for itself. Purdue needs to worry about itself. I am not an ‘IU’ sucks fan. It’s just something that, when I’m 20 years old, I probably would be. When you get older and you grow through things and you’re coaching a team and you’re trying to set an example, it’s not something you want to be said during a game, especially when you have recruits in and you have families in and you try to sell what a classy place Purdue is. When you do that, it’s hard.”

For those of you that don’t know the entire history of the chant I’ll provide a brief TL;DR backstory. I was the VP of The Paint Crew during the 2007-2008 season. This was the first year of general admission and so a lot of things were changing. The other members of the executive board and I, whom I am still in touch with to this day, wanted The Paint Crew to gain a reputation of an intense, loud, and intimidating student section. We wanted to better coordinate not just with ourselves but with the band as well. As such we were invited to a practice with the Boiler Brass to discuss different cheers and chants to accompany songs. It seemed a great idea. The entire board hated the “dance” with Hail Fire and we did what we could to kill it but nothing worked. It hadn’t caught on entirely but the band director, Max Jones if I recall correctly, seemed to love the song and wanted the dance moves to take over the arena. We disagreed. Being the annoying 20-22 year olds we were we decided to kill the song. By throwing IU sucks at the end of the song we were sure we could get the band/higher ups to kill the song much like they had down with that Gary Glitter arena rock classic Rock and Roll Part 2. So we spread the word, but unfortunately, and talk about your all time backfires, the IU sucks cheer after Hail Fire made the song more popular which made the dance more popular, which meant the band never even attempted to kill the song. To this day a handful of us who were around that time will still simply put up one finger during the dancing portion to signify our disapproval. College is weird.

One of the things that hit me about all the anger about the IU sucks chant is that it comes from people who know little to nothing of the tradition and are well past their time of being in college. I’ll just say it, it comes from who we would call “The olds” while we were in charge. We needed them to be rowdy and loud but far too often they wore strange colored sweaters and sat on their hands. As a 21 year old I just couldn’t understand this, they could literally make your ears ring if they got involved but they just often chose not to. “In the end It really just comes down to an age divide in those who love it and those who think it’s classless,” said former exec board member @johnnysalt. Former Paint Crew President Michael Wood (@bigwoodmike) echoed a similar sentiment when he told me that during the post-season parties with the team the consensus among players was that IU Sucks was their favorite cheer/chant. The players noted that it “gets the team re-energized” and after all isn’t that why the home crowd matters? Why are we there if not to try and help out our home team and give them a much needed boost. Further, according to Wood, people behind the scenes in both the athletic department and in the basketball offices are fans of the chant but for various P.R. reasons have to poo poo it in public. That’s fine and I understand that. Names were named but for the protection of the innocent we won’t name them here. Joe Berghoff, Paint Crew President during 2009-2010, notes that despite being told by behind the scenes folks to tamp down other cheers they “never heard about the IU sucks (cheer) in any official capacity.” To me, that speaks volumes. The administration wants and needs the energy The Paint Crew brings and apparently this issue wasn’t deemed a problem at the time of the creation. Trust me, if the administration desperately wanted this gone they could do it, they’ve killed plenty of things The Paint Crew did throughout my time.

There does seem to be some truth to the reports that higher ups at Purdue, and not just in athletics, want the cheer gone. There were meetings of student section leaders with Purdue President Mitch Daniels in both 2016 and 2017 in which the leaders were encouraged to end this cheer because President Daniels was receiving “mountains of emails” complaining about it. I’m skeptical of the mountains comment but as some other members chimed in to note when you put someone behind a keyboard their boundaries go away.

I’ve always been bothered by the comparison of some, including Coach Painter above, of the IU Sucks cheer to other, much more vulgar, cheers like Fuck You Haarms from the IU students. Perhaps it’s the fact that Purdue students get that one moment to yell at IU and get out their anger is the reason we don’t see more derogatory chants. At least, that’s the argument of former Paint Crew Vice President Danielle (@dmmetzcus). She argues that keeping the IU Sucks contained to one moment is good otherwise you’d allow “rowdy students to have creative control and make it worse.” Sort of an interesting Purge-type argument there but there’s a certain amount of sense to it. Plus, to compare the vulgarity that we saw from IU students to Purdue students, and the rest of the arena I might add, saying IU sucks seems disingenuous at best.

We were all dumb in some sense in college. We all said stupid things or did stupid things. Especially at sporting events. Just ask former Paint Crew President Matt Lake (@boilerlaker) who first told me that, “As a 22 year old college student I screamed a lot of things I shouldn’t have - at officials, at players, and yes at the team down south,” and as someone who sat by him every game for 3 years at least I can confirm the accuracy of this statement. Is Lake proud of the impact he had in creating this phenomenon? That’s a more difficult question to answer. “Listen, the chant isn’t the classiest thing in the world. It isn’t my proudest achievement. It is, however a low-key way to express our displeasure with the other school in our state. When we took a Paint Crew trip to Bloomington, we were yelled at with profanities, spit at, and flipped the middle finger. When the Paint Crew greeted the other team’s bus, we sang Hail Purdue at them, and they whined about that. That, coupled with the chants from the game in 2019 should tell you everything you need to know about which school has class.”

So where does Lake come down on the IU Sucks chant now, at age 33 with two children? “To be honest, I lean a little to the side of the chant is silly, but I’m still far far from thinking the chant is classless or vulgar or needs to stop. It’s college kids rebelling in a very tiny way. As a parent, I believe I will take on more difficult tasks than explaining to my child what sucks means and that they can’t say it even though they heard it.”

Possibly the most passionate fan I ever met was the Secretary of The Paint Crew in ‘07-’08. Her twitter handle is private so I’ll just say her name is Kelsey and leave it at that. Kelsey was in charge of digging up dirt on all opposing players during this season. During the nascent days of Facebook this was easy. Random girl from another school requests to be your friend in that day and age you just naturally accept. I’m sure this urge was even worse for young basketball players. Kelsey was then able to view everything about these players and I mean EVERYTHING, “I wrote scathing dirt gossip reports for basketball opponents that did everything from publish opposing players’ private intimate pictures with their girlfriends to share out their personal phone numbers for PC members or do with whatever they’d like.” This practice was stopped as players got smarty and administration pushed hard to stop the targeting of specific players. With all that in mind Kelsey looks back now if not in embarrassment by her conduct she certainly sees the contradictions, “The personal side of me loves seeing all our students (and a healthy selection of alumni) coming together in that pinnacle moment of Hail Fire. But I also cringe every time, particularly when we are playing anyone other than Indiana, because we’re allowing our attention and energy to meander down to Bloomington. And why?” Maybe in college she felt differently because after all she was the girl that “loved Touchdown Penis and the wave-starting Purdue Jesus. I was also the girl yelling, “Get the corpses off the field!” when an opposing player got hurt,” but life is truly full of contradictions. Kelsey is a deep thinker about not only the impact of the cheer but also how she feels as she looks back at the origins, “A conversation I’m constantly having with my high school students is that of intent versus impact. I love love love the origin story for “IU sucks” after Hail Fire! It’s the cheer that, meaning to be squandered, accidentally became a sensation. The original intent was pure and somewhat innocent. The impact, though, is the reason we’re having this discussion. And maybe that’s the question we really need to be asking: What is the impact of this cheer? And is that the reputation Purdue students want to have?”

Those are truly important questions but honestly it’s where Kelsey and I part ways. It is certainly an important question but I believe that we are placing too much emphasis on this one cheer. I find it hard to believe that this cheer is going to warp one innocent mind. A former Paint Crew Executive Board member who preferred not to be named due to continuing relationships with the Purdue Athletics Department, agrees, noting that, “There are specific racist things yelled from old people that far outweigh IU sucks. I don’t understand why Mitch makes this a big deal.” I agree. This is low down on my list of things any of us should worry about but for some reason it continuously bubbles up.

So what should we do? Should we continue to fight for the cheer that most of us seem to still love or at least consider it a guilty pleasure? Should we listen to Coach Painter and try to tamp it down or end it? If we wanted to do that would it even be possible? Berghoff errs on the side of Coach Painter, “my opinion is, that while I don’t see the issue with it, if he feels strongly about it, we ought to listen to him.” Coach Painter has been good to The Paint Crew more than most people know. He helped fight to allow The Paint Crew to camp, he fought for general admission, he paid for pizza parties, watch parties, helped immensely with road trips etc.. So what do we owe Coach in this situation? Dylan Reynolds (@dreynolds15), Paint Crew President from 2008-2009, finds himself hedging a bit on what the future of the cheer should be, “You can make a valid argument either way about whether we should do it, but can’t deny it’s a special, and relatively harmless, moment of EVERY home game we have. For better or worse it is tradition now and that’s ok.” Tradition matters and even though this is a young tradition, going on season 11 now, the fact that it started organically means a lot. Forced traditions, The Furnace anyone?, never seem to take. We’ve got to allow students to have fun and allow them to decide what will survive as a tradition for years. Ultimately, I’ll give the final word to Kelsey “the only people who can alter what students say... is students. So any plea for change must be directed at and play to the needs of that specific audience. The rest is absolutely feudal alumni banter... the kind we all despised as 20-year-olds freezing our asses off sleeping in a tent on the Mackey concrete waiting for a front row spot at a basketball game.”

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#3 Hyundai Motor Group • Kia Motors • Product recall


Kia, Hyundai recall over 500,000 cars over potential engine fire risk

Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 500,000 vehicles as both companies continue to be investigated by the federal government.

The largest individual recall involves about 380,000 Kia Soul vehicles from 2012 to 2016 with 1.6-liter engines. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, high exhaust gas temperatures can cause damage to the catalytic converter, which can result it "abnormal engine combustion."

Kia also issued two other recalls, one for certain 2015-2018 Sedona vehicles with faulty occupant detection system wiring harnesses, and another for some 2011-2012 Kia Sportage vehicles with potential engine oil pan leakage.

Meanwhile, Hyundai is recalling 120,000 Tucson vehicles from 2011 to 2013 due to potential engine oil pan leakage. If not addressed, the loss of oil may result in engine damage.

Crosswalk danger?: Pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high, suggesting SUV boom raises safety risks

Autonomous vehicles: BMW, Mercedes-Benz maker join forces to pursue self-driving cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Kia and Hyundai in 2017 to find out if the automakers moved quickly enough in recalling over 1.6 million vehicles because of engines stalling. Last year, the NHTSA expanded probes into Hyundai and Kia engine failures to include complaints about fires in the automakers' vehicles.

Following a recall in January, each automaker promised to do a “product improvement campaign” that covers a total of 3.7 million vehicles to install software that will alert drivers of possible engine failures and send the cars into a reduced-speed “limp” mode if problems are detected.

Hyundai and Kia did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.

Follow USA TODAY intern Ben Tobin on Twitter: @TobinBen

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#4 Record Store Day • Phonograph record • Record shop • Prince

Record Store Day

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Record Store Day 2019: Ten of the best releases

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Some of the records available for Record Store Day 2019

Ever wanted to own Baby Shark as a 7-inch picture disc? Or Shakespears Sister's fourth album on red vinyl?

Well, the long wait is finally over - with both those gems being released for Record Store Day on Saturday 13 April.

More than 550 records will hit the shelves of independent stores around the UK, with exclusives from Aretha Franklin, Robyn, Pink Floyd and Idles.

Courtney Barnett, The Flaming Lips and The Beloved are also releasing brand new material to mark the occasion.

You can even get a Mickey Mouse disco album, if that's your sort of thing.

Now in its 12th year, Record Store Day is hugely important for local, independent stores.

More than 90,000 albums and singles were bought at last year's event - making it the biggest sales day outside Christmas for many shop owners.

This year's list of releases even includes an ode to record stores by Sheffield rock band Bang Bang Romeo.

"It was in your arms where I found The Smiths and The Flaming Lips," sings Anastasia Walker on Cemetery. "Hours never wasted, always got my kicks."Her sentiments are echoed by Iggy Pop - whose 72nd birthday happens to fall on Record Store Day.

"In my life, music has been a balm for loneliness," he said. "It was in the cheap-ass little record store that I found a way to connect with other people.

"Everywhere on earth I go, there are freaks minding a record store. It's a good hang - daylight vs dimly lit, clear-eyed vs stoned, and social vs savage. So that's why I like 'em."

The full, exhaustive list of Record Store Day releases has just been published - but here are 10 of the highlights.

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Various Artists - Mickey Mouse Disco

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"Mouse trap / Uh huh / He grabs the cheese and away he flees."

A sought-after curio from 1979, Mickey Mouse Disco was Disney's belated attempt to cash in on the disco craze; mixing original songs with club versions of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah and Chim Chim Cher-ee.

And if you think that's weird, wait until you hear Macho Macho Duck - a tribute to Donald Fauntleroy Duck in the style of the Village People's hit Macho Macho Man - which features the lyric: "Ladies love to touch his uniform".

I swear I'm not making this up.

Long out of print, the album is being pressed onto black vinyl for Record Store Day.

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Otis Redding - Just Do It One More Time! (Live at Monterey)

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"I'm pretty sure I'd just seen God on stage," said The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, after watching Otis Redding at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967.

"Otis looked to be 12 or 14 feet tall, stalking the lip of the stage like a caged tiger, just shooting lighting and sparks. He was amazing."

Redding's scorching five-song set has been cleaned up and remastered for this release - featuring Shake, Respect ("a song that a girl took away from me"), I've Been Loving You Too Long, Satisfaction, and Try a Little Tenderness,

The marbled vinyl LP also includes opening performances by Booker T and the MGs, and the Mar-Key Horns.

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Prince - The Versace Experience

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The Versace Experience is the most expensive cassette ever sold at the online music marketplace Discogs, fetching $4,087 (£3,075) back in 2016.

A rare, one-off release, it was originally given away to guests at Versace's Paris Fashion Week show in the summer of 1995.

It features edits and remixes of tracks from Prince's Gold Experience album including P Control, Gold and Shhh, some of which never released anywhere else, alongside material from side-projects like the New Power Generation and jazz-fusion band Madhouse.

Like the original, this release is only being issued on cassette.

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Trembling Bells - I Am The King

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Psychedelic Glaswegian folk band Trembling Bells are using Record Store Day to announce their split, issuing one final EP as their swan song.

"After 10 years of being in a band which has felt more like a family, these are the final two statements from Trembling Bells," said drummer and founder member Alex Neilson.

The band's final two songs are I Am The King and Medusas "which sounds like it's a Greek myth but is actually about jelly fish".

On the b-side are two songs Neilson recorded under his solo pseudonym Alex Rex, in tribute to his younger brother, Alastair, who died in his sleep last year.

"I dream about him regularly," said the singer. "In one of my dreams we sang the Night Visiting Song [originally by Luke Kelly] together as a way of saying goodbye and to induce his passage into the world beyond."

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Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks (Original New York Test Pressing)

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It's easy to forget that, when Blood On The Tracks was released in early 1975, Bob Dylan's career had been on the slide for almost a decade.

Maybe that's why, months before it was released, the star pressed up a test-run of the album to play to friends and family.

As legend has it, his brother David Zimmerman wasn't keen on the album, and convinced Dylan to re-record five of the songs - Tangled Up in Blue; You're a Big Girl; Idiot Wind; Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts; and If You See Her, Say Hello - in order to brighten up the stark, confessional album.

The advice paid off: Blood On The Tracks is widely considered to be Dylan's best work.

Only five copies of that test pressing survived... but it's now getting a full vinyl re-release for Record Store Day, duplicated from the original disc.

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Bananarama - Remixed

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Just to prove Record Store Day isn't just for depressed managers having a mid-life crisis, here's Bananarama, with the first in a forthcoming series of remix albums.

This volume contains a strobing disco mix of the band's debut single Aie A Mwana, Tom Moulton's classic eight-minute reconstruction of Cruel Summer; and two brand-new versions of their smash hit Venus.

The Nanas are also putting out their 2000s albums Drama and Viva on vinyl for the first time.

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Nichelle Nichols - Know What I Mean / Why Don't You Do Right?

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Nichelle Nichols was a singer long before she became Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura, touring with both Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington in the 1950s.

Her first single for Epic Records, Know What I Mean, was released in 1967 and although it wasn't a commercial success, it's become a collector's item for Northern Soul fans, with original copies changing hands for £250.

Written by Floyd 'Everybody Wants To Be A Cat' Huddleston, it's a cheeky soul stomper that features the unforgettable line: "I ain't about to part with all my home-made fudge."

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REM never toured in support of their multi-million-selling album Out Of Time - but they did play two secret shows at London's Borderline Club the week it came out, under the name Bingo Hand Job ("sanitised for your protection," read a sign outside the venue).

Tapes of the show were bootleg gold throughout the 1990s, but now a recording of the second night is being officially released for the first time.

The two-disc album will include live versions of Losing My Religion, The One I Love, Half A World Away and Radio Song, alongside covers of Tom's Diner, Love Is All Around and Moon River.

Sadly, Stinky (Michael Stipe), Raoul (Peter Buck), Ophelia (Mike Mills) and The Doc (Bill Berry) had already disowned Shiny Happy People, so it gets left off the setlist. ?

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"The Mighty Boosh are a million miles from Radio 4," said the BBC's commissioners when Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt first proposed their fantastical, anarchic series in 1999.

Thankfully they persevered, and the nation was introduced to the zoo-based antics of Howard Moon and Vince Noir.

Most of the episodes were reworked for the duo's subsequent TV show, but there's a subtle thrill to hearing these early, embryonic versions - on a three-disc, paint-spattered album, for some reason.

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Duran Duran - As The Lights Go Down

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In 1984, at the height of their fame, Duran Duran played to 150,000 people over three nights at California's Oakland Coliseum.

The concerts were filmed for TV specials that aired around the globe, but were never officially released... until now.

The 11-track record includes live versions of Girls On Film, Is There Something I Should Know and Save A Prayer - which Simon Le Bon dedicated to Marvin Gaye, who had been shot dead days earlier.

"I rarely look back over my shoulder but listening to the mastered version of this album, it motivated us to recently play the song The Seventh Stranger for the first time since 1984," said keyboard player Nick Rhodes.

"Things only got stranger because when we rehearsed it sounded the same as when we wrote it and when we last performed it… I think this record captures the spirit of who Duran Duran were then and still reflects who we are now."

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Further listening

Al Green and Aretha Franklin are releasing box sets of their classic 1960s singles.

Courtney Barnett will treat fans to an exclusive new song, Everybody Here Hates You.

The first anniversary of Mark E Smith's death will be marked with five previously-unreleased live albums by The Fall.

The sci-fi soundtrack to Black Mirror's USS Callister episode is being released in a limited run of 1,000 LPs.

Pop star Robyn releases a white vinyl EP collecting songs from her Body Talk trilogy, including a previously-unreleased acoustic version of Stars 4-Ever.

Bastille issue volume four of their Other People's Heartache EP on vinyl.

The Wedding Present's "lost" 1988 single Davni Chasy finally sees the light of day, ahead of the 30 year anniversary re-release of The Complete Ukrainian John Peel Sessions.

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#5 Vineyard Vines • Target Corporation


Target, Vineyard Vines team up on new limited edition collaboration for spring

Just about everyone has spent more money at Target than they planned to. Here's how to avoid doing it again. Buzz60's Natasha Abellard has the story. Buzz60

Target will likely have a whale of a time with its latest limited-edition collaboration.

The Minneapolis-based retailer is partnering with Vineyard Vines, the company best known for the smiling pink whale, for a 300-plus-piece line-up that includes home, outdoor and pet goods in addition to apparel, accessories and swimwear.

The items' price range is $2 to $120, though most are under $35, Target announced Thursday. The Vineyard Vines collection launches May 18.

This deal represents some firsts for Vineyard Vines. The company has never done tablewear and games before, for example, Target said.

“Vineyard Vines is a brand that our guests know and love, and one that exemplifies our shared sense of optimism and joy through their use of bold colors and prints,” Mark Tritton, Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, said in a statement. The merchandise is "meant to bring people together, whether it’s for a shared meal with friends or a family trip to the beach," he added.

Where can I find cheap wine near me? At Target starting this weekend for less than $10

New strategy: Target rips a page from Walmart, Amazon, welcoming outside sellers to website

Target has done similar limited-edition collaborations with well-known companies, including TOMS, Lilly Pulitzer, Hunter and Marimekko.

Brothers Shep and Ian Murray founded Vineyard Vines in 1998 and took inspirations from summers they spent on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The company now has more than 100 freestanding stores and its merchandise is also sold in over 600 specialty and department stores.

More and more companies are making it easier for consumers to rent clothes rather than buy them. Buzz60's Sean Dowling has more. Buzz60

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#6 Eau Claire North High School • Wisconsin • Hockey • Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association


Eau Claire North's Sam Stange earns state hockey player of the year honor

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Eau Claire North forward Sam Stange was named the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association player of the year at Wednesday night's player of the year/state tournament banquet at the Alliant Energy Center's Exhibition Hall, according to Wisconsin Hockey Report.

University of Wisconsin commit Stange and fifth-seeded Eau Claire North play fourth-seeded Verona at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday in a WIAA state boys hockey tournament quarterfinal at the Dane County Coliseum.

The other finalists were, as previously reported:

Gavin Abric, G, Hayward

Drake Baldwin, F, Madison West

Cole Danielson, F, Hudson

Garrett Larsen, G, Waukesha North co-op

Robby Newton, F, University School of Milwaukee

Jake Osiecki, D, Verona

Jack Rhode, F, Northland Pines

Twenty-five nominations were trimmed to eight finalists.

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#7 New York Mets • St. Louis Cardinals


New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis will play the corner infield spots as the Mets face the St. Louis Cardinals in a spring training game on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Mets notes

Alonso is 3-for-9 with a home run and two RBIs this spring, while J.D. Davis is 4-for-12 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored. ... Michael Conforto is 2-for-8.

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Rajai Davis, LF Matt Carpenter, 3B
Michael Conforto, RF Dexter Fowler, RF
Wilson Ramos, C Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Pete Alonso, 1B Jose Martinez, LF
J.D. Davis, 3B Tyler O'Neill, DH
Juan Lagares, CF Yairo Munoz, SS
Danny Espinosa, DH Drew Robinson, 2B
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Francisco Pena, C
Dilson Herrera, 2B Randy Arozarena, CF

Who is pitching for the Mets?

LHP Jason Vargas, who went 7-9 with a 5.77 ERA in 20 starts last season, will start for the Mets. While he went 2-6 with an 8.60 ERA in the first half, he went 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 11 games after the All-Star break.

Who is pitching for the Cardinals?

RHP Miles Mikolas, who went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 32 starts last season. Mikolas, 30, just signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension.

Upcoming schedule

The Mets face the Detroit Tigers on the road on Friday at 1:05 p.m.

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#8 Philadelphia 76ers • Oklahoma City Thunder • Joel Embiid


Thunder vs. Sixers odds, line: NBA picks, predictions from model on 46-32 roll

The short-handed 76ers hope to avoid a 20th straight loss to the Thunder when the contenders clash in Oklahoma City on Thursday. It's an 8 p.m. ET tipoff from Chesapeake Energy Arena. Philly, coming off a 1-point win in New Orleans on Monday, will be without big men Joel Embiid and Boban Marjanovic due to injuries. The Thunder enter on a two-game skid but remain third in the Western Conference. Bookmakers list OKC as a 7.5-point favorite in the latest 76ers vs. Thunder odds, with the over-under for total points set at 239. Before you make any Sixers vs. Thunder picks and NBA predictions, see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks. It entered Week 20 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 222-169 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 20 on a blistering 46-32 run. Anybody who has followed it is way up.

Now, it's dialed in on Thunder vs. Sixers. We can tell you the model is leaning under, but it also has an against-the-spread pick that hits in over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is available only at SportsLine.

The model has factored in OKC's dominance over the Sixers, which includes four straight covers. The Thunder bring a dynamic duo that typically goes off for big numbers at home. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 10.9 assists, while Paul George ranks second in the NBA with 28.6 points per game. George gets to the charity stripe repeatedly and has drained 31 of his last 33 foul shots.

But just because Oklahoma City has dominated the series doesn't mean it'll cover the Sixers vs. Thunder spread on Thursday.

Although Philly hasn't had Embiid (sore left knee) since the All-Star Break, the Sixers have won three of four and are fourth in the loaded Eastern Conference. Trade acquisition Tobias Harris is averaging 20.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, providing an effective complement to Ben Simmons (17 ppg, 7.8 apg) and Jimmy Butler (18.5 ppg). Harris had 29 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's 111-110 win over the Pelicans.

The only previous meeting this season saw OKC prevail 117-115 in Philly, with the 76ers covering as 2.5-point underdogs. Now the 76ers, who have won four of their past five road games, are getting five more points from sportsbooks.

Who wins 76ers vs. Thunder? And which side of the spread cashes over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Sixers vs. Thunder spread you need to be all over Thursday, all from the advanced computer model that's up over $4,000 on top-rated NBA picks this season.

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First look inside the Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

The Star Wars land attraction will have riders will work as a team to fly the ship during a space battle with First Order TIE fighters.

An artist’s conception of the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride, opening in June at Disneyland. (Courtesy of Disney Parks)
PUBLISHED: February 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm | UPDATED: February 28, 2019 at 9:07 am

The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride coming this summer to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland invites aspiring pilots, gunners and flight crew members to transport contraband cargo for a space pirate aboard the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

Disney offered a sneak peek of the flight simulator attraction during a behind-the-scenes tour of the new 14-acre land coming to the Anaheim theme park. Here’s what we saw:The setting: The Smugglers Run mission begins at a spaceport in the “Star Wars” village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet of Batuu. The 110-foot-long Millennium Falcon will spool up its engines and vent thrust gases while docked at a spaceship maintenance bay.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will let Disney guests walk the hallways and experience other areas of the “fastest ship in the galaxy.” (Photo by Joshua Sudock, Disney Parks) 

The queue: Visitors enter Ohnaka Transport Solutions and wander past communication equipment and storm trooper armor spilling out of cargo containers as they work their way up a switchback catwalk to the second floor. An animated blaster-riddled starship engine suspended from the ceiling glows a pulsating red.

Sights and sounds: The Ohnaka crew can be heard preparing the often-damaged ship for its next mission. Riders can view the Millennium Falcon from multiple angles while passing through the queue.

Meet the boss: Riders receive their smuggling mission from an audio-animatronic Hondo Ohnaka, the dreadlocked space pirate with six tusk-like chin protrusions. His trusty droid R5P8 fixes failing equipment in the Command Center and keeps the boss on schedule. The Millennium Falcon hovers behind them on a video screen before landing in the hangar bay.

The “chess room” is one of several areas Disney guests will discover inside Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge before taking the controls in one of three unique roles. (Photo by Joshua Sudock, Disney Parks) 

The set-up: Riders enter the main hold of the ship where they can play hologram chess and take photos while waiting for a flight crew assignment. Hondo appears on a monitor in a tube-shaped “chicklet corridor” to give pre-flight specifics of the smuggling mission.

Inside the cockpit: Six riders take their seats with the pilots up front, gunners in the middle and flight engineers in the rear. Cockpit buttons, switches and levers make sounds when they are activated. The hangar bay of Ohnaka Transport Solutions is projected on a domed screen outside the cockpit windows of the flight simulator.

What’s next: Disney didn’t offer a test ride during the tour. During the ride, the flight crew will work as a team to fly the ship during a space battle with First Order TIE fighters.

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