Mark Cuban to Pay $10 Million for #MeToo-related Violations By Mavericks

Following a seven-month investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct within the offices of the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA and Mark Cuban have agreed he will donate $10 million to organizations that promote women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence.

According to the NBA’s report about the investigation, the Mavericks were found to have “serious workplace misconduct by former and current employees” and “improper or ineffective management.”

Also, the NBA’s report says that claims of inappropriate comments and touching by former Dallas Mavericks president and CEO Terdema Ussery were substantiated by 15 current and former employees.

Under league rules, the NBA can only fine an organization $2.5 million, so the donation tactic is somewhat of a loophole and also underscores how bad the problems in Dallas were.

In addition to the donations, the NBA will also require the team to file quarterly reports to the NBA league office and report any significant employee misconduct.

In the original Sports Illustrated report that exposed the issues in Dallas, the work environment surrounding the Mavericks was described as ” a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior.”

The report also mentioned “alleged public fondling by the team president; outright domestic assault by a high-profile member of the Mavs.com staff; unsupportive or even intimidating responses from superiors who heard complaints of inappropriate behavior from their employees; even an employee who openly watched pornography at his desk.”

Players on the team were never implicated and denounced the behavior when the allegations surfaced.

Report: NBA Star Jimmy Butler Requests Trade Away From Minnesota Timberwolves

With NBA training camps set to open up in a number of days, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is trying to force his way out of Minnesota and has requested a trade from the Timberwolves.

According to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Butler has given the T-Wolves a list of one-to-three teams with which he would sign a contract extension.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports those three teams are the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New York Knicks. All three have enough cap space to sign Butler to a maximum deal when he becomes a free agent in July.

T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been resistant to the idea of trading Butler but is running out of options with the team’s training camp set to start on Tuesday.

Thibodeau had been planning to meet with Butler in Minnesota about the situation but instead traveled to LA to see him earlier this week.

Apparently, the meeting did not go well.

The Hardest Known Substance In the Universe Is Something Called “Nuclear Pasta”

As substances go, “nuclear pasta” is far from a limp noodle.

According to researchers from McGill University, a substance of that name may be the strongest material in the universe.

Stronger than steel, diamond, and graphene, nuclear pasta is the material that makes up neutron stars. It is formed during implosions called supernovas that compress a sun-sized object down to about the size of Montreal.

Beneath its outer crust, opposing forces between the protons and neutrons within nuclear pasta cause the particles to form cylindrical or flat shapes which are known as “lasagna” and “spaghetti.” (Hence the name.)

“A lot of interesting physics is going on here under extreme conditions and understanding the physical properties of a neutron star is a way for scientists to test their theories and models,” according to McGill postdoctoral research fellow Matthew Caplan. “The strength of the neutron star crust, especially the bottom of the crust, is relevant to a large number of astrophysics problems, but isn’t well understood.”

Report: Urban Meyer Warned NFL Team Not to Draft Aaron Hernandez

Former University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer warned at least one NFL team not to draft Aaron Hernandez – it just wasn’t the New England Patriots.

The current Ohio State coach, who clearly is not always the best judge of character, told an official from an unspecified team not to touch the toxic tight end in the NFL draft.

“Look, this guy’s a hell of a football player, but he f-cking lies to beat the system and teaches all our other guys to beat the system,” Meyer said according to a new book from ESPN’s Ian O’Connor. “With the marijuana stuff, we’ve never caught this guy, but we know he’s doing it. … Don’t f-cking touch that guy.”

After New England coach Bill Belichick, Meyer’s friend, ended up drafting Hernandez in the fourth round, the former Florida coach was shocked by the move.

Hernandez went on to play for the Patriots and have a good deal of success on the field before his off-field issues caught up to him. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison before committing suicide in 2017.

Previously, it’s been implied the Patriots – and Belichick in particular – could have done more to prevent Hernandez’s crimes.

Eddie Murphy Joins ‘Grumpy Old Men’ Project

Eddie Murphy has signed on to make his return to big-screen comedies with a reimagining of Grumpy Old Men. Though exactly what relationship the new movie will have to the 1993 version starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret is yet to be revealed, Murphy is onboard to star, with Tim Story of Think Like a Man and Ride Along attached as director.

The 1993 movie told the story of two elderly neighbors fighting over a woman who moves onto their street. Murphy’s co-stars have not yet been announced, but the Deadline story that originally broke the news suggested that the moviemakers are interested in Samuel L. Jackson.

Triathlete Banned From All-You-Can-Eat Buffet After Eating 100 Plates of Sushi

German triathlete Jaroslav Bobrowski went out to an all-you-can-eat buffet in Landshut, Germany, and in a matter of minutes, Bobrowski had eaten 100 plates of food. The athlete follows a special diet, fasting for 20 hours a stretch, and this was his first meal following one of those fasts. According to The Washington Post, Eater estimates that Bobrowski consumed as much as 18 pounds of sushi, or 4,000 calories.

The restaurant’s owner said that Bobrowski’s food intake was “not normal” and that he ate as much as five diners normally would. He also did not buy any alcohol, which was a blow to the restaurant’s bottom line, writes The Post.

“I myself am dead after 13 plates, but he always took five or seven plates at a time,” said the owner, who gave his name as Tan, according the Local, a news website and reported by The Post. “So there was a gap on the sushi carousel and the other guests asked if we had skimped on the fish. I want to win customers and not offend any guests. But … we only earn money on the drinks and he only consumed one tea the whole evening.”

Bobrowski, a former bodybuilder and Iron Man competitor, was a regular at the restaurant, but the owner called his meal out of line and banned him from dining in again.

“When I went to the checkout, I wanted to tip, but the waiter did not want to accept that. I’m banned from now on because I’m eating too much. I was stunned,” Bobrowski told the Local.

Bitcoin Miners Met With Chilly Reception in New York

In Massena, New York, a hulking aluminum plant has started to make noise again, four years after Alcoa shut it down. But things are different this time: the sound is coming from thousands of Chinese computer servers whirring away 24 hours a day, producing Bitcoin and other digital currencies. The machines are powered by the same cheap source of electricity once used to extract aluminum from ore, reports The New York Times.

Coinmint, the company behind the machines, is trying to convert the 60-year-old smelting works into the world’s biggest cryptocurrency mine. The company has led an influx of entrepreneurs, who all want to capitalize on the soaring value of digital currencies like Bitcoin, to the economically depressed region. But their arrival has been met with wariness and fear.

The iconic corporations that abandoned plants in Massena left behind abundant, cheap electricity flowing from a dam in the St. Lawrence River. But most locals only heard of cryptocurrency when their utility bills increased last winter, the same time learning that start up ventures cashing in on the Bitcoin boom were responsible.

Emily Ratajkowski Offers Advice On How To Wear a Sheer Dress

Although she has had – and owned – them in the past, Emily Ratajkowski knows how to avoid wardrobe malfunctions – at least when a sheer dress is involved.

Before stepping out to an Emmys after-party, Ratajkowski shared a picture of herself in a sheer black number with the potential to be a bit too revealing to wear in public.

However, ever conscious about showing too much skin, Ratajkowski apparently had a friend shine a bright light on the dress before she left to make sure it was fit for mass consumption

 

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“Real friends take flash pics to see how sheer your dress is before you leave the house,” she captioned the photo.

The advice proves that besides being a fashionista, Ratajkowski is also a fashion hacker.

Later in the evening, she shared another SFW photo of herself in the dress.

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Hurricane Florence Is Causing Lagoons of Pig Waste to Overflow

Hurricane Florence is creating a strain on North Carolina’s hog lagoons. Because of the storm, at least 77 lagoons in the state have either released pig waste into the environment or are at risk of doing so soon, according to a report issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and reported by The New York Times. 

When a pig at a large-scale farm urinates or defecates, the waste falls through slatted floors into holding troughs below, which are periodically flushed into an earthen hole in the ground, called a lagoon. That lagoon is filled with water, pig excrement and anaerobic bacteria, which digest the slurry. According to The Times, North Carolina has 9.7 million pigs that produce 10 billion gallons of manure, mostly on large-scale farms. When storms like Florence hit, the waste in the lagoons can be released into the environment through structural damage or because of flooding and overflow.

These lagoon leaks can cause environmental trouble, including killing off fish and algal blooms if the waste enters rivers.

SpaceX Chooses Entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa to Be First Private Traveler to the Moon

Entrepreneur and art collector Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private citizen to travel to the moon, if all goes according to plan. Maezawa and Elon Musk stood side-by-side as the pair announced that the Japanese businessman has secured his spot as the first person to buy a SpaceX ticket for the moon, slated for 2023 at the earliest.

Maezawa has a vast personal fortune thanks to his ownership of the Japanese online clothing store Zozo, and has paid a large, unnamed price tag for the trip and the rocket that will take him there. As part of Musk’s long-established aim to usher in the age of space tourism, the B.F.R., SpaceX’s next-generation spacecraft, will shuttle the tourists to the moon, though Musk said Monday that the rocket is less than five percent completed.

Maezawa announced that he would like 5-8 artists and performers to join him on the 4-5 day trip. At this point in history, only 24 humans have ever traveled to the moon.

The Japanese billionaire also invited Musk himself on the trip, according to The New York Times, to which the tech mogul replied, “I don’t know… Maybe we’ll both be on it.”

North and South Korea Seek Joint Bid to Host 2032 Summer Olympics

As part of a larger move toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, North and South Korea are pursuing a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

Representatives from both countries announced their intentions at a news conference Wednesday in Pyongyang, although details such as which cities would host events were revealed.

The Olympics were held on the peninsula earlier this year when South Korea hosted the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang and the countries fielded a unified team made up of athletes from both nations.

The Summer Games were last held on the peninsula when Seoul hosted the 1988 competition.

In addition to North and South Korea, bidders for the 2032 games include Brisbane, Australia, and Germany.

Tokyo (2020), Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) are slated to host the next three Summer Olympics, while Beijing will host the next Winter Olympics in 2022.

Elizabeth Smart’s Kidnapper To Be Released From Prison Today

Wanda Barzee, one of two people who abducted 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, will be released from prison sometime Wednesday, reports CNN. Barzee was serving a 15-year sentence when the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole unexpectedly credited her with 2,436 days for time served, which moved her release date up from 2024.

Smart urged officials to reconsider releasing the woman who assisted in her kidnapping and rape, and claims she is still a threat to the community. Barzee’s lawyer, however, said that the 72-year-old woman deserves a chance to prove she is ready to return to society after serving her time. She will be on supervised release for five years, most likely living alone in a private residence.

CNN reports that Barzee will follow standard release conditions, as well as a special condition that she must participate in a mental health treatment program.

In 2010, Barzee pleaded guilty to kidnapping and unlawful transport of a minor for the purpose of sexual activity. She received lenience in sentencing in exchange for her plea and testimony against her husband, Brian Mitchell.

Smart, now 30, said that Barzee abused her just as much as Mitchell did.

“She is a woman who had six children and yet could co-conspire to kidnap a 14-year-old girl, and not only sit next to her while (she was) being raped, but encouraged her husband to continue to rape me. So, do I believe she is dangerous? Yes, but not just to me. I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in our community,” Smart said, according to CNN.