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American Airlines Can't Shrink Its Way Out Of Strategic Failures (NASDAQ:AAL

American's Ticket Counter at its New LaGuardia Airport Terminal All airlines operate marginally profitable flights in the best of times; some new routes take time to reach profitability while others are considered "strategically necessary."

After its international route announcements, AAL announced two new partnerships that will replace domestic American mainline or American regional carrier service on the west coast and in New York City and Boston.

American's schedules through August show that it is either exiting or rebuilding its capacity from LAX to the western U.S. slower than other carriers as well as exiting a number of routes to other carriers strength markets such as Atlanta (Delta), Houston (United), and Nashville (Southwest) as well as to smaller cities in the west.

During the first two decades of the new millennium, Southwest became one of the big 4 U.S. airlines with market share greater than United and comparable to American and Delta.

However, considering the market share of all of the merger partners that each carrier engaged in, including Southwest, DOT data shows that American, Delta, and United all lost market share over the past two decades even though their revenues grew dramatically.

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Return of sports helps bars score audiences

Franco Camminatore said baseball isn't the same draw in Edmonton as NHL hockey and he's expecting brisk business when teams are back on the ice just a few blocks east of the bar.

In Edmonton, the general manager of the 1stRND sports bar near downtown said Saturday afternoon's matchup between the Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays brought in four or five tables of customers despite the early start — 1 p.m. local time.

Sports bar owners say the Jays' season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday and the Raptors' scrimmage versus the Houston Rockets the same evening brought customers back to patios that sat empty after being forced to close during the pandemic.

Toronto sports fans aren't the only ones cheering the return of the Blue Jays and Raptors, who both played their first games this week since the COVID-19 pandemic put the MLB and NBA seasons on hold.

Meanwhile, Peter Sergakis, the owner of several Montreal sports bars, said he, too, was looking forward to the NHL resuming.

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AI predicts a Dodgers World Series win after a COVID-shortened season

Unanimous AI Similarly, the company believes that the Dodgers will win the National league pennant and make it to their third World Series in four years.

Unanimous AI Unanimous’ baseball predictions last year were accurate roughly 59 percent of the time, a significant advantage over the 55 percent success rate that professional handicappers typically achieve against the Vegas bookmakers.

“We captured their knowledge, wisdom, insight and intuition, in real time,” Rosenberg explained, “and allowed them to converge on these forecasts.”

“The fundamental core of our system is a technology that captures input from groups of people by connecting them together in real time using AI algorithms modeled after swarms,” Dr. Louis Rosenberg, Unanimous’ founder and chief scientist, told Engadget.

That said, Unanimous did bet on the Astros winning out last year, just before the Nats caught fire and roundly pounded Houston over the course of sixty-three soul-cleansing innings.

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South Carolina Supreme Court Says Cops Aren't Getting Any No-Knock Warrants Anytime Soon

Earlier this year, Louisville (KY) police officers killed an unarmed woman during a no-knock drug raid.

This latest killing continued the long narrative of violent actions by drug task forces, who supposedly avail themselves of no-knock raids to increase the safety of officers and occupants.

The Houston Police Department had no choice but to rewrite its rules after a no-knock raid ended with two citizens dead, five officers wounded, and two of those officers hit with multiple criminal charges.

IT IS ORDERED that a moratorium upon the issuance of no-knock warrants by all circuit and summary court judges of this state take effect immediately and remain in effect until instruction is provided to circuit and summary court judges statewide as to the criteria to be used to determine whether a requested no-knock warrant should be issued.

In recognition of the dangers that the execution of no-knock warrants present to law enforcement and members of the public, and in order to ensure that these warrants are issued based upon the proper constitutional and statutory criteria, I FIND it necessary to address the issuance of no-knock search warrants by circuit and summary court judges statewide.

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Matt Mullenweg of WordPress: How a Fully Distributed Company Keeps Its Team Engaged

Co-founder of website-building platform WordPress and Automattic, its parent company, Mullenweg lives in Houston while overseeing a fully distributed team of about 1,100 employees operating in 77 cities around the world.

During a Real Talk Business Reboot webinar on Wednesday, Mullenweg told Inc. editor-at-large Tom Foster that any person--or company--can adjust to post-office-life if they try.

Asked how businesses can track the productivity of employees working from home, Mullenweg noted that even in the office "measuring productivity is actually really, really hard."

Mullenweg considers certain habits employees may use to signal hard work in a traditional office environment--showing up early and staying late, for example--as "false proxies," saying that "where you work and how you work don't really matter."

According to Mullenweg, Automattic barely uses email except to communicate with people outside the company.

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Download: macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, tvOS 13.4.6, HomePod 13.4.8 Released

Adds a new option to optimize video streaming on HDR-compatible Mac notebooks for improved battery life – Fixes an issue where the computer name may change after installing a software update – Resolves an issue where certain USB mouse and trackpads may lose connection Apple’s release of watchOS 6.2.8 brings with it support for the new digital car key feature so long as you’re wearing an Apple Watch Series 5 if you’re the owner of specific BMW cars.

Apple News‌ – Local news in your Today feed provides extensive coverage of San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City – More stories available from local news providers with a subscription to ‌Apple News‌+ – Your daily newsletter from ‌Apple News‌ can now be personalized with stories that reflect your interests This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.6 introduces local news in your Today feed in ‌Apple News‌ and improves the security and reliability of your Mac.

Apple released macOS 10.15.6 to the public with the new Apple News support for local news from a variety of providers.

Finally, Apple also released a new HomePod update under version number 13.4.8.

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World’s Most Rare Birds Plover Vanishes, Puzzling New Zealand Scientist

In past releases shore plovers had been found to fly as far south as Christchurch in the South Island, and despite their small size they showed considerable pluck, Houston said.

Houston said his team were unsure what exactly had happened to 26 of the birds, though it had tracked three survivors to Plimmerton beach on the mainland, with a search and recovery team hoping to recapture them later this week.

Shore plover recovery group leader Dave Houston from DoC said the birds’ mysterious disappearance was “frustrating”, as substantial time and money had gone into their recovery.

The birds were colour-banded but not tracked, the department of conservation (DoC) said, and it now appears nearly the entire population has again vanished: either having being killed by avian predators such as rūrū, or having flown off to the mainland.

Radio transmitters would also be attached to the birds so conservationists “can determine their fate … We might not find them at all though,” Houston mused.

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Image of article 'As support for Black-owned business grows, some are left behind'

As support for Black-owned business grows, some are left behind

Business at the Lucille’s Fine Southern Foods, a Black-owned Houston restaurant, surged so much, so fast after social media campaigns to support Black-owned businesses took off that owner Chris Williams had to close for a few days to reconfigure operations to meet social distancing guidelines.

In addition to addressing longstanding issues such as access to capital, markets and the institutions where business connections are forged, white America needs to expand its perception of Black-owned companies beyond the corner store or cafe, Black business leaders said.

Carol Guess, the chair of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, said that will require a conscious shift in the types of Black-owned businesses with which people are willing to interface.

The power to change society But even the owners of businesses experiencing a surge in customers said they have mixed feelings about the campaign to support Black-owned companies.

If more of that money, plus more from outside the Black community, were spent at Black-owned businesses, it could create a kind of self-sustaining economic cycle in which businesses prosper and hire more workers, who in turn spend their earnings at other Black businesses, which then also grow and hire.

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Black Americans' True Plight Is Not Systemic Police Brutality

And like white people, if they have the means, black people cannot wait to leave troubled cities.

The five cities whose suburbs have the fastest-growing black populations are Miami, Dallas, Washington, Houston, and Atlanta.

Yet, what has that meant for a large segment of the black cities have the poorest-quality public education despite their large, and growing, school budgets.

On top of this, in many of these cities, blacks are mayors, often they dominate city councils, and they are chiefs of police and superintendents of schools.

Some of the most dangerous big cities are St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Newark, Buffalo, and Philadelphia.

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Image of article 'Electrolux, Others Conned Out of Big Money by BEC Scammer'

Electrolux, Others Conned Out of Big Money by BEC Scammer

He also set up a shell account, “Kugu Palpal Invest Develop LLC” in Washington State under the name Myung Kim, with an associated, different KeyBank account that Kim also placed money into; after that, money was transferred again, from KeyBank to a Bank of America account also associated with Kugu Palpal Invest Develop LLC.

In the former case, Kim used a fake email account that had a similar name to a legitimate company email address to convince Solid Bridge to wire more than $200,000 to an account that Kim controlled.

Kenenty Hwan Kim (a.k.a. Myung Kim) admitted in federal court (the Southern District of Texas) that he had carried out the elaborate schemes, which involved spoofed emails that purported to be internal communications from executives at the target companies.

A 64-year-old business email compromise (BEC) guru has plead guilty in Houston to bilking appliance giant Electrolux and one other company out of a combined half a million dollars — in addition to other fraud schemes.

Kim also had 36 different credit cards in a variety of names, four different Social Security numbers, two dates of birth, 11 different overlapping addresses and a prior real estate license suspension for engaging in fraud.”

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Researchers study alternative training tools designed to improve Soldier performance

The Effects of Neurocognitive Temporal Training on Weapon Firing Performance study is published in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills.

Researchers said the results of this study suggest neurocognitive timing and rhythm training can improve marksmanship precision and that TPL is a sensitive and useful marksmanship performance measure.

Taken together, the research and conception of timing and rhythm underlying movement patterns, suggests the training with the device could be beneficial to improving marksmanship performance among Soldiers, especially those who may experience attention or coordination difficulties."

The first studies found positive associations between neurocognitive temporal assessment scores and service members' academic scores, Army physical fitness test scores, musculoskeletal injuries and consequent lost duty days and symptoms of attention deficits during advanced individual training, researchers said.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, Army Medical Department Field Element, located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, recently conducted a series of examinations of neurocognitive temporal training and Soldier performance.

Protests in George Floyd's Hometown Remain Peaceful

For licensing opportunities of our original content, please Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody, is surrounded by family members as he speaks at a protest rally against his brother’s death, inHouston, Texas, U.S., June 2, 2020.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo was seen walking alongside protesters after being one of the first members of law enforcement to speak out on the death of Floyd.

On Tuesday, 16 members of Floyd’s family showed up with thousands of other protesters at a march downtown, The WSJ reported.

Protesters gathered in downtown Houston on Tuesday afternoon holding signs protesting Floyd’s death and called attention to police brutality, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In George Floyd’s hometown of Houston, Texas, tens of thousands of people have shown up to protest his death but the city has seen fewer instances of violence than other protest sites.

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Epidemic of wipes and masks plague sewers, storm drains

Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in Philadelphia had experienced clogs from face masks, gloves and wipes residents had pitched into the potty, Kenney said.

Sanitary sewer overflows jumped 33% between February and March in Houston because of clogs from rags, tissues, paper towels and wipes, said public works department spokeswoman Erin Jones.

“At one wastewater pumping station alone, one that does not have grinder pumps, we have seen an increase of 37,000 pounds of wipes during January–March 2020 compared with the same time period in 2019," said utility spokeswoman Lyn Riggins.

In Macomb County outside Detroit, maintenance workers are removing two tons of wipes per week from one pump station, and officials say some clearly are the “flushable” variety.

In March, Washington became the first state to adopt requirements for the size, placement and visibility of “Do Not Flush” warnings on wipes that manufacturers and local officials agree should not go down toilets.

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Image of article 'Murals for George Floyd around the world memorialize his death and show solidarity against racism'

Murals for George Floyd around the world memorialize his death and show solidarity against racism

Irish artist Emmalene Blake’s mural of George Floyd rendered his portrait in grayscale, with red letters reading, “HIS NAME WAS GEORGE FLOYD.”

Meanwhile, in Germany, the artist eme_freethinker painted a mural of Floyd on the Berlin Wall, along with the hashtags #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #sayhisname.

In Houston, artists Donkeeboy and Donkeemom painted a mural of Floyd with wings and halo.

In Minneapolis, local artists painted a mural on the wall of Cup Foods convenience store at 38th and Chicago—the intersection where Floyd died at the hands of police after being arrested and pinned to the ground.

The Organization of Black American Culture, a collective of black writers, artists, and thinkers, painted a community mural called the “Wall of Respect” on the South Side of Chicago in 1967.

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50/hour is Uber’s average trip rate for new by-the-hour service

Now, when running errands or making various other small trips that will add up to an hour or more of travel, users don’t need to make additional requests — they can simply add new locations while on their trip.

Requests can be made just like one would for a shorter trip, however: “Once requested, you’ll be matched with a driver who has a more spacious and newer vehicle make/model of cars that are eligible for Uber Comfort.”

This feature will simplify how riders and drivers make multi-trip journeys together and allow people not to have “to re-request a trip at each location you visit.”

After a pilot program proved successful in cities within Australia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Uber announced on Friday that select U.S. cities will be gaining access to an Hourly ride option.

This Hourly ride option is rolling out to users in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., Houston, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Tacoma and Tampa Bay and will be available to all people in these locations by June 2.

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Pandora brings customizable 'Modes' to Qmunity station, launching Pride-themed Snapchat lens

Here are more details on what you’ll find on the new station with Modes feature: Beginning today, listeners can tune into our just-launched Qmunity station sponsored by Xfinity to help them celebrate Pride however and wherever they may be rocking out.

Check out the Qmunity station and Future of Pride Mode on Pandora and across additional platforms including Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex!

The station will launch as one of Pandora’s first genre stations to feature its Mode functionality, giving listeners more control over the types of songs played on the station with selectable “modes” that are thematic.

After launching ‘Modes’ back in 2019, Pandora is bringing this feature to offer a customized listening experience to its first genre-based station as well as lending some of its music tech to a new Pride-themed Snapchat lens.

Qmunity will include iconic Pride anthems from Madonna, Whitney Houston, and ABBA, but will also have a “Future of Pride” Mode, which will allow listeners to tune the station to play more music from emerging artists like Sam Smith, Kim Petras, and Troye Sivan.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Delivers Two Astronauts to International Space Station

The Falcon 9 took off from the same launch pad used by NASA's final space shuttle flight, piloted by Hurley, in 2011.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 pm EDT on Saturday (12:52 am IST on Sunday) for the journey to the space station.

Applause could be heard from the station's downlink to mission control in Houston, Texas as Behnken, 49, and Hurley 53, became the first American astronauts launched to the station from US soil in nearly a decade.

Nearly 24 hours after launching from Florida, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule delivered NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the first US space capsule to do so with a crew since 2011.

Boeing, which is producing its own launch system in competition with SpaceX, is expected to fly its CST-100 Starliner vehicle with astronauts aboard for the first time next year.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX delivers two astronauts to the ISS with automatic docking

The three space station residents kept cameras trained on the incoming capsule for the benefit of flight controllers at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Thousands jammed surrounding beaches, bridges and towns to watch as SpaceX became the world's first private company to send astronauts into orbit and ended a nine-year launch drought for NASA.

The docking occurred just 19 hours after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Saturday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, in the first US astronaut launch to orbit from home soil in nearly a decade.

With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, with no assistance needed.

SpaceX has delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA, following up a historic launch with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk's company.

SpaceX's astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station

Thousands jammed surrounding beaches, bridges and towns to watch as SpaceX became the world’s first private company to send astronauts into orbit, and ended a nine-year launch drought for NASA.

The docking occurred just 19 hours after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Saturday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, the nation’s first astronaut launch to orbit from home soil in nearly a decade.

With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.

The three space station residents kept cameras trained on the incoming capsule for the benefit of flight controllers at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Launch gives spectators pride, reprieve from troubled times

Sarah Bryant’s 14-year-old son, Brooks, is obsessed with space, and had written out a checklist of all the steps in the launch process.

Because of the pandemic, NASA had tried to discourage people from coming for the launch of astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken and had drastically limited employees and visitors inside Kennedy Space Center.

Saturday's launch was the first of NASA astronauts from Florida since 2011, when the space shuttle program ended, and the first by a private company.

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- For many spectators who filled parks, beaches and roads along Florida's Space Coast, the launch of two astronauts into orbit Saturday was a welcome accomplishment and a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic, economic worries and now unrest in the streets.

Omar Francis, who works at NASA's Johnson Space Center on the space station program, had driven from Houston with his wife, Charlene, and preschool-aged boys, Miles and Carter, to be at Wednesday''s attempt.

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Image of article 'Uber now lets U.S. riders book trips for $50 an hour'

Uber now lets U.S. riders book trips for $50 an hour

Uber’s new hourly bookings will go live from Tuesday in the following 12 cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tacoma, and Seattle.

Hourly bookings make some sense for Uber, opening the company to a market previously held by the likes of Zipcar — though with the addition of a personal driver and at a vastly inflated price.

Above: Uber: Hourly bookings The rates don’t include tolls and other surcharges, and there is also a mileage limit for each hour booked — this varies by city, but a typical limit is around 40 miles.

Uber has in recent weeks been trialing its new hourly service in a handful of cities around the world, including in Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Uber is introducing an option that allows riders in the U.S. to book trips by the hour, the latest in a string of offerings the company has launched to offset the impact of the pandemic.

Nuro's autonomous vehicles to deliver CVS prescriptions in Texas

Self-driving startup Nuro is well-positioned to pursue its ambitions of autonomous delivery, having received a first-of-its-kind exemption from the US Department of Transport back in February.

Nuro has spent the last couple of years testing out various versions of its autonomous delivery vehicles through tightly monitored trials with Walmart, Domino’s and supermarket retailer Kroger.

The new partnership with CVS, which is also investigating deliveries by drone, will explore how the company’s autonomous vehicles can make fulfilling orders more efficient, beginning with three zip codes in Houston, Texas.

This will see one of Nuro’s autonomous Prius vehicles, which featured in its earlier grocery trials, drop the goods curbside at their home address for retrieval via confirmation of their identity within a few hours.

The autonomous deliveries will be free and while they will use Nuro’s fleet of modified autonomous Priuses to begin with, the company plans to soon incorporate its latest model, the custom-built, zero-occupant R2, into the operation.

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Lithium producers must wait as pandemic slows electric vehicle revolution

Still, electric vehicle sales should ultimately rise as environmental concerns have prompted EV subsidies and regulations in China and the European Union.

Analysts point to Ganfeng Lithium Co’s move this year to take control of an Argentina lithium project from smaller, indebted miner Lithium Americas Corp as the type of opportunistic deals likely during the pandemic.

“This pandemic further kicks the EV can down the road,” said Seth Goldstein, a lithium industry analyst with Morningstar.

JOHANNESBURG/HOUSTON (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic has paused the electric vehicle revolution, forcing producers of battery metal lithium into survival mode with output cuts, expansion delays and sales of major assets.

“For good or bad, this EV thematic is driven by regulations and government incentives, rather than economics,” Paul Graves, chief executive of lithium producers Livent Corp, told Reuters.

Why Lebron James Does Not Want to Criticize China's Community Party over Hong Kong

That’s a lot more than LeBron James would lose if he were also supportive of Hong Kongers’ right to protest by not putting their hands over their hearts as “March of the Volunteers” was played over a loudspeaker.

But James’ criticism of Morey’s support for Hong Kong democrats reaches beyond America’s borders — both literally and substantively.

Moreover, “King” James recently expressed views about respecting the US national anthem that are inconsistent with his dismissal of Morey’s support for protesting Hong Kongers.

Last October, just before the start of the NBA season, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey found himself in hot water when, in support of the protests by Hong Kongers, he posted the image “Fight For Freedom.

For several years now, at the start of sporting events in particular, Hong Kongers have made it clear by their hoots and hollers that the Chinese anthem holds no place of honor with them.