Marseille claim Gonzalez received death threats after personal phone numbers circulated in Brazil

Laveta Brigham

Marseille have defended Alvaro Gonzalez from accusations that he racially abused Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and say the defender has received death threats after his phone number was leaked online. 

Neymar claimed the centre-back made a racist comment as the Brazil international left the field after being shown a red card for his part in the mass brawl that saw four more players sent off near the end of Marseille’s 1-0 win on Sunday.

Gonzalez took to Twitter to defend himself and deny the accusation, while PSG have given their backing to Neymar and called for an investigation into the matter.

Marseille, meanwhile, are standing by their player and claim he has been threatened in the wake of the match.

The statement read: “Olympique de Marseille is proud of yesterday’s competitive victory over Paris Saint-Germain. This victory, obtained in a fair way, was played out on the pitch thanks to

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Temperature checks. Spread out desks. How the first day went in a reopened Sacramento school

Laveta Brigham

There were temperature checks for students and desks spread out. Hallways marked so students would only walk in one direction, cutting down on congestion. Everyone was in masks.

This was the school experience on Monday at St. John Vianney in Rancho Cordova, one of 19 campuses in Sacramento County that received a waiver last week to reopen classroom instruction with coronavirus safeguards in place. Of those campuses, 16 were part of the Sacramento Diocese, whose officials worked closely with county health officials to reopen campuses for students in grades TK through sixth grade.

Students at St. John Vianney returned to campus early in the morning, ready for a full day of instruction. Teachers handed students their bags of supplies: books, crayons, and other school materials. There will be no sharing supplies this school year. Students tucked their materials under their desks, near or in pouches behind their chairs.

Classrooms were

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Did Oracle offer a TikTok deal to serve Trump?

Laveta Brigham

Here are some of the strange things about Oracle’s deal for TikTok’s U.S. social media platform that make it seem like a sop to President Trump.

— Structuring the deal as one in which Oracle is a “trusted tech partner” of TikTok rather than an outright buyer doesn’t do anything to wall off the app from its Chinese founders, which supposedly was at the heart of Trump’s concern about the app.

— TikTok, which allows users to post short videos online, is a major hit among consumers, especially young users. To say Oracle has never served that market would be a huge understatement; Oracle’s core market is business — most consumers are probably unaware it even exists.

The White House accepting such a deal would demonstrate that this exercise was pure grift.

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former security chief

— Trump seemed to put his thumb on the scale favoring Oracle

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Meet the exec behind Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI Pentagon cloud contract win and its efforts to woo industries like healthcare, finance, and government

Laveta Brigham

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Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft's president of US regulated industries. <p class="copyright">Microsoft</p>
Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft’s president of US regulated industries.

Microsoft wants to position itself as the top cloud provider for governments, schools, financial firms, and healthcare companies and one key executive is at the center of it all of those ambitions: Toni Townes-Whitley.

Townes-Whitley, the company’s president of US regulated industries who joined Microsoft in 2015 and took on the role in 2018, has already made her mark on Microsoft’s $15 billion public-sector business when she helped the company land a $10 billion cloud-computing contract with the Pentagon in late 2019. 

Then, the importance of her role expanded unexpectedly this year as the coronavirus crisis has forced Microsoft customers to adopt cloud-computing technologies at lightning speed.

She’s steering Microsoft’s government and regulated industries business at an unprecedented time, as the company courts massive customers and shifts its strategy to target industries in her purview — such as healthcare — with

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This Upstart Chinese Brokerage Is Now Bigger Than Credit Suisse

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg) — East Money Information Co., founded by a 49-year-old former stock commentator, is one of the big winners in China’s wildest stock frenzy in half a decade.

Shares in the online broker and market data provider have rocketed 78% this year, giving it a market value of more than 200 billion yuan ($29 billion). That puts it among the world’s biggest traded institutional brokers, making it more valuable than even Credit Suisse Group AG, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Its founder, a former analyst and columnist who goes by his pen name, Qi Shi, has become very rich. After starting the firm in 2005 as Shanghai Dong Cai Information Technology, his 21% stake is now worth $6.2 billion. His father and wife, the second- and third-largest shareholders, own another 5% combined.

Like the popular Robinhood Markets Inc. app in the U.S., East Money has found a sweet spot

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New Rowling book draws more transphobia allegations

Laveta Brigham

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling was hit Monday with renewed criticism calling her views transphobic as she releases her latest book, a mystery novel about a serial killer who dresses as a woman to prey on his victims.

The novel, “Troubled Blood,” is to be published Tuesday as the fifth installment in the “Cormoran Strike” detective series, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Strike’s latest mystery revolves around a cisgender man who dresses as a woman, according to a review from The Telegraph.

The theme is being called out by those who have highlighted Rowling’s history of sharing transphobic opinions online, causing #RIPJKRowling to trend trend on Twitter Monday. Some tweeted that although Rowling is still alive, her career is most likely dead, while others imagined Rowling gone so they could enjoy the “Harry Potter” series without associating the novels and films with her.

“in memory of jk rowling,” one

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Diesel launches a GoFundMe to survive the pandemic as bookstores struggle

Laveta Brigham

Diesel bookseller Lynn Aime makes a sale next to a sign asking customers to contribute to the shop's GoFundMe. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Diesel bookseller Lynn Aime makes a sale next to a sign asking customers to contribute to the shop’s GoFundMe. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Next to a bottle of hand sanitizer, on a table at an entrance to Brentwood’s Diesel bookstore, is a message to customers describing an existential crisis induced by a pandemic. It says, in essence: We need your help.

“We have tried to weather this storm, with creative reinvention, hard work, and perseverance, as we always have,” reads the note from Diesel owners Alison Reid and John Evans. “We’ve managed to keep our booksellers afloat financially and with the necessary health care. But at this point, our stores are foundering.

“… So we are asking for your support to restore us to a sustainable level, to make it through this taxing time… We have resisted this appeal to our wider community, but now we are running

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Biden Cites Close Police Ties After Shooting: Campaign Update

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg) — Democratic nominee Joe Biden spoke with officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after two deputies were shot over the weekend. Kanye West will not appear on the West Virginia ballot. And Colorado voters can now track mail-in ballots online, joining a growing list of states.

There are 50 days until the election.

Other Developments:

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Biden Reaches Out to Shot Sheriff Deputies’ Department

Biden said he’s spoken with officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after two deputies were shot over the weekend.

“I talked with the sheriff’s department in California, those two young deputy sheriffs were attempted to be assassinated. They’re both alive, thank God, by the grace

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Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine says Netflix should ‘cancel’ ‘Cuties’

Laveta Brigham

With the fall streaming season officially on, Netflix launched a wave of fresh content over the weekend, including TV shows like The Duchess and Julie and the Phantoms and the buzzy feature documentary, The Social Dilemma. But the most talked-about title on the streaming service remains Cuties, the French coming-of-age story that’s at the center of an ever-growing national controversy over its depiction of growing up in the social media era.

Since the film’s release on Sept. 9, a #CancelNetflix campaign has been one of the top trending topics on Twitter. In a report provided to Yahoo Entertainment, the data trends analytics company SEMrush noted that over 50,000 tweets were posted about Cuties from Sept. 10 to Sept. 14, and almost half of those also carried the #CancelNetflix hashtag.

Some of those tweets are coming from prominent political voices. On Thursday, author, lawyer and political strategist Christine Pelosi

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Colorado Now Lets Voters Track Mail-In Ballots: Campaign Update

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg) — Colorado voters can now track mail-in ballots online, joining a growing list of states. Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s staff has become more diverse since the campaign last disclosed demographic data, in June. And a former economic adviser to President Donald Trump isn’t sure if he’ll vote for him.

There are 50 days until the election.

Other Developments:

Millionaires Would Pay Up Under Biden Tax Plans, Study ShowsDeJoy Gave $600,000 to GOP After Postmaster Job Opened UpTrump Team’s China Focus Distracts From Russia Election MeddlingTrump Campaign Slashes Ad Spending in Key States in Cash Crunch

Colorado Becomes Latest State to Track Mail-In Ballots Online

Colorado will allow voters to track the status of their mail-in ballots online, joining a growing list of states to offer the amenity.

Voters will be able to receive notifications by phone, email or text about the status of their mail ballots, from the moment

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