Christmas Barbie is Coming!

Christmas Barbie is Coming!

Barbie has had many jobs throughout the years like astronaut, chef & fashion designer! Now, she’s going to be add Queen of Christmas to her resume! Mariah Carey is officially getting her own Barbie this year in her classic sparkly red dress! Maybe she’ll sing All I Want For Christmas Is You!!

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Billy Joel plays his final monthly residency show at MSG Thursday

Billy Joel plays his final monthly residency show at MSG Thursday

Billy Joel will play the final show of his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden Thursday night. It will be his his 150th lifetime performance at the Garden. His first performance at the venue was 14 Dec 1978, and his monthly residency, the first of its kind, started in January 2014. With his 65th show in July 2015, Joel broke the record for the most lifetime performances by any artist.

Tom Thibodeau, 2-time NBA Coach of the Year, agrees to 3-year extension with Knicks, AP source says

Tom Thibodeau, 2-time NBA Coach of the Year, agrees to 3-year extension with Knicks, AP source says

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau has agreed to a three-year contract extension after leading the New York Knicks to three postseason appearances in his four seasons, a person with knowledge of the details said Wednesday.

The Knicks have made back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals and rewarded Thibodeau for turning around what had been one of the worst teams in the league before his arrival.

Thibodeau had one year remaining on his contract before the extension, which was first reported by ESPN and confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.

Thibodeau has twice been voted NBA Coach of the Year, including in 2020-21 after leading the Knicks to the playoffs in his first season. They went 50-32 last season, their best record since winning 54 games in 2012-13, and fell one game shy of reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2000.

A Knicks fan growing up in Connecticut who later served as an assistant coach with the team, Thibodeau returned to the franchise in 2020 after the Knicks had missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons.

He promptly led them to a 41-31 record in his first season and has gone 175-143 in his four seasons, placing him fifth on the franchise list for coaching victories.

The Knicks had already agreed to a contract extension with All-Star guard Jalen Brunson during this offseason, traded for Mikal Bridges and re-signed OG Anunoby, and the extension for Thibodeau was expected to follow.

Known for his demanding style and strong defensive teams, Thibodeau guided the Knicks through a number of injuries to earn the No. 2 seed in the East last season. They could be one of the top challengers to the NBA champion Boston Celtics in the East in 2024-25.

Thibodeau was also voted the NBA’s top coach in 2011 as a first-time head coach with the Chicago Bulls, after his first of three 50-win seasons in Chicago. Thibodeau also led Minnesota to the playoffs in 2018 and is 527-389 in his 12 seasons.

Thibodeau was an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics when they won the 2008 NBA title and with the U.S. Olympic team when it won a gold medal in 2016.


AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA

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Getting Closer to Showtime

Getting Closer to Showtime

The first Joker film became the highest R rated film in history and was nominated for 11 Oscars taking home best original score and best actor for the Joker himself Joaquin Phoenix. The second one stars Joaquin and Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn and is set to hit theaters October 4th. The latest trailer is here and will be a musical which fans are nervous could take away from the original.

Wardrobe Malfunction

Wardrobe Malfunction

Anna asked the universe for one thing, not to have a wardrobe malfunction while she was on TV- and she had a wardrobe malfunction while on TV. What happened? Catch up with the podcast!
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McNeil’s latest homer sends Mets to 3-2 win over Yankees in Subway Series opener

McNeil’s latest homer sends Mets to 3-2 win over Yankees in Subway Series opener

By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff McNeil kept up his sudden power surge with a two-run homer that snapped a sixth-inning tie, and the New York Mets held off the New York Yankees 3-2 on Tuesday night in their Subway Series opener.

With both teams in playoff positions, Jose Quintana (5-6) and five relievers combined on a five-hitter before a sellout crowd of 47,453 at Yankee Stadium as the Mets (52-48) matched their season high of four games over .500.

Under rookie manager Carlos Mendoza, who spent the previous four years as the Yankees’ bench coach, the Mets are 3-0 against their crosstown rivals — including a two-game sweep at Citi Field last month.

“It’s a really good team win,” reliever Jake Diekman said.

Diekman worked a hitless ninth for his fourth save, subbing for Edwin Díaz because the star closer was unavailable following a 28-pitch outing Monday. After walking Juan Soto with one out, the veteran lefty froze Aaron Judge with a 96 mph fastball on the inside corner for a called third strike, then retired rookie Ben Rice on a game-ending grounder.

“He showed us a lot right there,” McNeil said.

The Mets had walked Judge his first four times up, once intentionally, but the Yankees couldn’t capitalize.

“I know how hot he is right now,” Quintana said.

Of the 19 pitches Judge saw, the only four in the strike zone were thrown by Diekman in the ninth.

“The last heater was spotted perfectly,” Diekman said. “I just challenged him and made quality pitches.”

Judge insisted he wasn’t frustrated by the Mets’ approach.

“I think they’re just trying to be a little careful and you’ve just got to pass the baton to the next guy,” he said. “It’s part of it. It’s a team game. Even if I went 4 for 4 today, we still might not win. So it’s just about, if I get a pitch to hit I’ve got to do some damage on it.”

Gleyber Torres homered early and Alex Verdugo had an RBI double for the scuffling Yankees. Rookie right-hander Luis Gil struck out six in five solid innings, yielding his only run when he plunked Francisco Lindor with a bases-loaded pitch in the fifth.

The score was 1-all when Pete Alonso greeted Michael Tonkin (3-4), cut twice by the Mets early this season, with a leadoff double in the sixth. One out later, McNeil launched his ninth home run of the year — fourth in five games since the All-Star break — to put the Mets ahead for good.

“More confident. I feel like my swing is right where it needs to be,” McNeil said. “I feel a lot better. I feel like myself. … I’m swinging the bat freely. I’m trying to get a good pitch I can drive.”

After recovering from a fever last weekend, Quintana permitted one run and three hits over five innings in his first start since the break. He struck out six and walked five.

It was another feel-good win for the sleep-deprived Mets, who arrived home in the wee hours Tuesday morning after their flight from Miami was delayed.

“We’ve had travel delays before,” McNeil said. “We were all prepared, and we showed it out there.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Rookie RHP Christian Scott was placed on the 15-day injured list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. Mendoza said Scott will be examined by multiple doctors before it’s determined how much time he could miss. … RHP Sean Reid-Foley (shoulder impingement) faced hitters Monday and hopes to make a rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Brooklyn.

Yankees: OF Jasson Domínguez (oblique strain) took live batting practice Monday at the team’s complex in Florida and is headed to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to ramp up. He could be playing games within the week. “So he’s getting close,” manager Aaron Boone said.

UP NEXT

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (3-1, 4.60 ERA) starts Wednesday night against LHP Sean Manaea (6-4, 3.73) as the Mets try to sweep the season series.

Cole was tagged by the Mets for six runs and seven hits — including four homers — over four innings June 25 at Citi Field in his second start of the season after returning from an elbow injury.


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Big Lots to close 2 stores on Long Island

Big Lots to close 2 stores on Long Island

Big Lots is closing 40 stores across the country including 2 locations on Long Island
The Carle Place and Centereach are closing and running sales to clear out the store’s inventory. There is no word on how much longer they will be open.
There are five other Big Lots locations on Long Island that will remain in business.

Secret Service director steps down after assassination attempt against ex-President Trump at rally

Secret Service director steps down after assassination attempt against ex-President Trump at rally

By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the Secret Service resigned Tuesday in the aftermath of the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump that unleashed an outcry about how the agency failed in its core mission to protect current and former presidents.

Kimberly Cheatle, who had served as Secret Service director since August 2022, faced growing calls to resign and several investigations into how a gunman was able to get so close to the Republican presidential nominee at an outdoor campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

“I take full responsibility for the security lapse,” she said in an email to staff obtained by The Associated Press. “In light of recent events, it is with a heavy heart that I have made the difficult decision to step down as your director.”

Cheatle’s departure was unlikely to end the scrutiny of the long-troubled agency after the failures of July 13, and it comes at a critical juncture ahead of the Democratic National Convention and a busy presidential campaign season. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have promised more investigations. An inspector general probe and an independent, bipartisan effort launched at President Joe Biden’s behest will keep the agency in the spotlight.

Cheatle’s resignation came a day after she appeared before a congressional committee and was berated for hours by both Democrats and Republicans for the security failures. She called the attempt on Trump’s life the Secret Service’s “most significant operational failure” in decades, but she angered lawmakers by failing to answer specific questions about the investigation.

Biden said in a statement that “what happened that day can never happen again,” and he planned to appoint a new director soon, but he did not discuss a timeline.

The president and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas thanked Cheatle for her service. Mayorkas appointed Deputy Director Ronald Rowe as acting director. He has worked for the agency for 23 years.
Congressional questioning
At the hearing Monday, Cheatle remained defiant that she was the “right person” to lead the Secret Service, even as she said she took responsibility for the failures. When Republican Rep. Nancy Mace suggested Cheatle begin drafting her resignation letter from the hearing room, Cheatle responded, “No, thank you.”

The 20-year-old shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks, was able to get within 135 meters (157 yards) of the stage where the former president was speaking when he opened fire. That’s despite a threat on Trump’s life from Iran that led to additional security for the former president in the days before the rally.

Cheatle acknowledged Monday that the Secret Service was told about a suspicious person two to five times before the rally shooting. She also revealed that the roof from which Crooks fired had been identified as a potential vulnerability days earlier. But she failed to answer many questions about what happened, including why there were no agents on the roof.

A bloodied Trump was quickly escorted off the stage by Secret Service agents, and agency snipers killed the shooter. Trump said part of his right ear was pierced in the shooting. One rallygoer was killed, and two others were critically wounded.

Details continue to emerge about signs of trouble that day and the roles of the Secret Service and local authorities. The agency routinely relies on local law enforcement to secure the perimeter of events. Former top Secret Service agents said the gunman should never have been allowed to gain access to the roof.

After Cheatle’s resignation, Trump posted on his social media network: “The Biden/Harris Administration did not properly protect me, and I was forced to take a bullet for Democracy. IT WAS MY GREAT HONOR TO DO SO!”

The House Homeland Security Committee had asked Cheatle to testify Tuesday for another hearing on the assassination attempt, but lawmakers said she refused. Cheatle’s name was on a card on a table in front of an empty chair during the hearing, which began shortly before her decision to step down became public.
Investigating an ever-growing number of threats
The Secret Service is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes immigration, transportation security and the Coast Guard. The department was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

A few years ago, there was a movement to shift the agency back to the Treasury Department, where it was housed before Sept. 11, particularly because Homeland Security’s intense focus on immigration added to the growing divide between what the Secret Service sees as its dual missions — protecting the president and investigating financial crime — and the mission of its parent department.

Roughly half of the Secret Service’s $3 billion budget is spent on protective services. It also has a robust cybercrime division, state-of-the-art forensic labs and a threat-assessment center that studies how to mitigate and train against threats.

With a workforce of 7,800 special agents, uniformed officers and other staff, the Secret Service has investigated an ever-increasing number of threats against the president and other officials under its protection. It has also managed a growing number of high-profile government figures asking for support. Staffing has not kept pace with the workload increase. Around Sept. 11 there were about 15 full-time protectees. That number has now more than doubled.

Trump is the first modern ex-president to seek another term, and because of his high visibility, his protective detail has always been larger than some others. That protective bubble got tighter in recent months as he drew closer to the nomination. All major party nominees are granted enhanced details with counterassault and countersniper teams similar to the president.
Calls for accountability
There were calls for accountability across the political spectrum, with congressional committees immediately moving to investigate and issuing subpoenas. Top Republican leaders from both the House and the Senate said Cheatle should step down.

Biden, a Democrat, ordered an independent review into security at the rally, and the Secret Service’s inspector general opened an investigation. The agency is also reviewing its countersniper team’s “preparedness and operations.”

On Tuesday, Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson said Cheatle’s resignation was “overdue.”

“Now we have to pick up the pieces. We have to rebuild the American people’s faith and trust in the Secret Service as an agency,” Johnson said.

Meanwhile, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., introduced legislation Tuesday to require Senate confirmation of future Secret Service directors.

Cheatle served in the Secret Service for 27 years. She left in 2021 for a job as a security executive at PepsiCo before Biden asked her to return in 2022 to head the agency.

She took over amid a controversy over missing text messages from around the time thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, following his 2020 election loss to Biden.

During her time at the agency, Cheatle was the first woman to be named assistant director of protective operations, the division that protects the president and other dignitaries, where she oversaw a $133.5 million budget. She was the second woman to lead the agency.

When Biden announced Cheatle’s appointment, he said she had served on his detail when he was vice president and he and his wife “came to trust her judgment and counsel.”


Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick, Rebecca Santana, Zeke Miller and Alanna Durkin Richer in Washington and Michelle Price in New York contributed to this report.

Biden will address the nation Wednesday on his decision to drop his 2024 Democratic reelection bid

Biden will address the nation Wednesday on his decision to drop his 2024 Democratic reelection bid

By AAMER MADHANI Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will address the nation from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening on his decision to drop his 2024 Democratic reelection bid.

Biden posted on X that he would speak “on what lies ahead” and how he will “finish the job for the American people.” He will speak at 8 p.m. ET.

He declined to preview his message after he returned to Washington, telling reporters to “watch and listen.”

“Why don’t you wait and hear what I say?” he said.

The president departed Delaware shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, after nearly a week of isolating at his Rehoboth Beach home after his second bout with COVID-19. Biden is now testing negative for the virus and his symptoms have resolved, according to a letter from his doctor, Kevin O’Connor, released Tuesday.

Holding a blue paper mask, he told reporters that “I am feeling well” but did not answer other questions, such as whether Vice President Kamala Harris can defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Biden has not been seen publicly since July 17, but he called into a campaign meeting on Monday to address staff and express his support for Harris’ bid to replace him a day after announcing he would leave the race.

Anna & Raven’s Olympic Correspondent

Anna & Raven’s Olympic Correspondent

We’re looking for children between the ages of 8 and 11 to be our Olympic Correspondents! If your child would like to report on what exciting things are happening during the Olympic games, please fill out the form below. Every week, we will have a different child give their update on who won, the medal count, and what they thought was awesome happening in Paris!

All recordings will be done over the phone. This is a light and fun segment and we can’t wait to have your kids be part of it!