Summary of “The Leftovers: The Best NBA Free Agents Still on the Market”

While sights are already being set on the start of the 2018-19 season, the free-agent market hasn’t closed just yet.
Here are some of the best remaining free agents, ranked by how much they may be able to help a contending team.
His disappointing fourth season and the lack of teams with cap space has left him without a market.
It’s why the Cavaliers, who are apparently still looking to remain in the East playoffs after extending Kevin Love’s contract, are reportedly interested in signing Hood to a three-year deal way below what he expected to get heading into the season.
On a micro level, it was a reminder that he’s still got it; zoomed out, his performance raised the question of whether an aging Wade is still Miami’s best offensive option in crucial moments.
As another offseason passes with the Heat locked into the same team, bringing Wade back becomes even more important for the franchise - not just for the sake of legacies, but because they still lack a clear-cut scoring option in crunch time.
Crawford should still be good to average double-digit points - he hasn’t averaged fewer than 10 since his sophomore season, in 2001-02 - but he hasn’t cracked 42 percent from the field in five years.
Trevor Booker O’Shaughnessy: Booker made more noise among real estate agents than he did on the court last season.

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Summary of “A record number of folks age 85 and older are working. Here’s what they’re doing.”

Seventy may be the new 60, and 80 may be the new 70, but 85 is still pretty old to work in America.
Overall, 255,000 Americans 85 years old or older were working over the past 12 months.
Labor Department figures show that at every year of age above 55, U.S. residents are working or looking for work at the highest rates on record.
Workers age 30 and younger are staying on the sidelines at rates not seen since the 1960s and ’70s, when women weren’t yet entering the workforce at the level they are today.
People who are still working at age 85 or above are, as you might guess, unusual.
Workers age 85 and older are more common in less physical industries, such as management and sales, than they are in demanding ones such as manufacturing and construction.
Nobody questions whether older workers can make a difference.
Few people of any age get the opportunity to work as crossing guards, funeral directors or musicians.

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Summary of “Your success isn’t down to free will”

What if differences in intelligence are down to nurture, not nature? Again, luck: you didn’t choose your parents or most of your teachers; and in any case, you might not have been gifted with the self-discipline to learn from them.
OK, but what if you taught yourself the self-discipline? Still luck: you were gifted with the sort of character capable of cultivating self-discipline.
The troubling conclusion is that the person born in poverty, with no parental support, who scrimps to put himself or herself through college, finally achieving success through ceaseless suffering, owes their triumph no less to luck than, say, Eric Trump does.
Or, as Strawson pithily puts it: “Luck swallows everything.”
If it’s true that luck swallows everything, there is also a sense in which differing degrees of privilege are the only thing there is: your social situation is a matter of luck, but then so are your underlying skills and character.
We should fight, strenuously, to make society less sexist and racist.
The result won’t be a world in which accidents of birth matter less; it will be a less sexist and racist society, in which accidents of birth still account for everything.
It’s dizzyingly unsettling, but that’s just my tough luck.

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Summary of “Why Teenagers Become ‘Allergic’ to Their Parents”

In short, adults can find themselves in a season of parenting when nothing they do sits right with their teenagers.
We are rarely as ready to separate from our teenagers as they are ready to separate from us.
Go out for coffee with friends whose teenagers also look at them askance and reassure your wife that she’s still got it, even if her dance moves do cause your ninth-grade daughter to break out in hives.
For teenagers whose allergies manifest as persistent disrespect, laying down some ground rules can help.
Once teenagers have had time and space to establish their own skills, interests and tastes, their allergic response to their parents usually dies down.
We can have bothersome quirks that our teenagers view as entirely our own; we can have characteristics they admire, but don’t care to cultivate.
Our teenagers can embrace interests that they happen to share with us.
Teenagers’ allergies to their parents may make a brief return at moments when they want tight control of their personal brands – such as during college visits, or when highly regarded peers are nearby.

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Summary of “How this optical illusion made me question my reality”

The latest visual illusion to make me question my reality is a blurry swirl of colors that disappear if I stare at them for long enough.
The illusion popped up on the r/woahdude Reddit today, but versions of it have existed since at least 1804 when a philosopher named Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler described how an image can fade away if you stare at it hard enough.
When our senses get used to a consistent sensation, it’s called neural adaptation, explains Susana Martinez-Conde, a professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and author of the book Champions of Illusion.
Of course, the moment that happens, the illusion breaks and I can see all the colors again.
I asked Martinez-Conde whether my excitement that the illusion had worked somehow made the image reappear.
Still, if the illusion doesn’t work for you, Martinez-Conde recommends closing one eye so that you only have to focus on keeping one eye still.
If it still doesn’t work, change the contrast on your monitor and give yourself a good 45 seconds to let the illusion disappear.
There’s no shame in letting the illusion trick your mind, Martinez-Conde says.

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Summary of “Emma Gonzalez profile: What you need to know about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas student”

She hid in the auditorium while Nikolas Cruz was firing on her classmates: Gonzalez says that as she waited in the dark room at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on February 14, she searched Google News for updates.
Her father fled Cuba and is a lawyer: Gonzalez was born in the US. Her dad sought refuge from Fidel Castro’s regime by moving to New York in 1968.
Her mother is a math tutor and worries about her: In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” mom, Beth, reminded viewers that Gonzalez is still young despite the strength she’s displaying: “It’s like she built herself a pair of wings out of balsa wood and duct tape and jumped off a building, and we’re just like running along beneath her with a net, which she doesn’t want or think that she needs.”She’s says being open about her sexuality has helped propel her activism: Gonzalez has been president of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance for three years.
She shaved her head two weeks before school began in September.
She’s been on the cover of Time: The April 2 issue of the magazine features Marjory Stoneman Douglas students who are leading the national conversation about gun control.
Along with Gonzalez, it also features David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin with the word “ENOUGH,” written in bold letters and imposed across the image.
She’s still planning on college after graduation: Just four days before the shooting, Gonzalez went on a tour of New College of Florida in Sarasota.
That’s still her plan, People magazine reported.

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Summary of “The LeBron James to Los Angeles storyline won’t die, but is LeBron even a fit for the Lakers?”

His first season as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was such a rough one, there were actually two eight-game losing streaks, a six-game losing streak and three other losing streaks of at least four games that could have sent him to one of his closest mentors for advice.
They have an opportunity to fast-forward their timeline to contend for championships again if they can sign free agents like Paul George, 27, or LeBron James, 33.
Can superstars already in their prime, like James or George, fit into the culture the Lakers have spent the past few seasons trying to build? Can the Lakers’ young core evolve quickly enough to play at James’ or George’s level?
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will spend this weekend in Los Angeles being serenaded by hopeful Lakers fans and looking at four adoring billboards placed around the city by a self-described Lakers diehard, Jacob Emrani.
If James were to join a young team like the Lakers, he’d immediately become the center of the Los Angeles sports universe.
James would be some 10 years older than the Lakers’ best players, with at least three rings and more basketball wisdom than the entire core put together.
As one league source put it, if LeBron James goes to the Lakers, they were able to clear space like Cleveland did when James returned to the Cavs in 2014.
If LeBron James decides to stay in Cleveland, it won’t be because he and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert have suddenly started going out for Frappuccinos together.

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Summary of “​Nappies, takeaways and bubble wrap: could I remove plastic from my life?'”

In just a week we’ve made a nappy dent, massively cut back on plastic bags and got rid of plastic water bottles altogether.
A late-night McDonald’s comes with dips in disposable plastic tubs, as well as my plastic-lined drink cup with its plastic lid and straw.
My bathroom is where a lot of the plastic action happens: cotton balls and toilet rolls in plastic packaging, makeup in plastic tubes, shower gel and shampoo, too.
The kitchen is the other culprit: for dinner, I make a big batch of chicken bake and am left with plastic packaging from the chicken breasts, the plastic pouch from the sauce and the film on the container of mushrooms.
The morning after her party, the flat is full of plastic cups, straws and bottles; soon thrown away in several plastic bin bags.
On bin collection day, I start gathering rubbish and then remember Pankhurst’s advice: “You don’t actually need to use bin bags – I don’t. The only stuff that goes in my main bin is unrecyclable plastic, as I separate food waste, plastic, glass, paper and card into my recycling bins, so there’s no need for a bin bag in the main kitchen bin as there’s nothing dirty or horrible in there. I empty my kitchen bin straight in to the outside wheelie bin.” Sounds good, though I live in a shared flat and my flatmates may take some convincing.
Thanks to smug friends and colleagues gleefully piping up with “Did you remember to include xyz?”, I learned that my clothes were a bit plastic; that even the foil-looking bags for crisps and nuts are plastic; and, worst of all, teabags also count.
Payday arrived in the middle of my week logging plastic use, and I was surprised to realise that having less money made me consume less plastic.

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Summary of “The 10 Biggest Post-Christmas Questions in the Eastern Conference”

Here’s a look at the 10 topics in the Eastern Conference that we’re most interested in over the next four months of the regular season.
Despite a 9-2 record since Mirotic’s return, Chicago still has almost twice as many losses than wins on the season.
After one loss late last season, one player openly talked in the locker room, within earshot of a few team personnel members, about wanting to play elsewhere next season.
A few days earlier, after a coach mustered up a rah-rah speech about not yet being officially eliminated from playoff contention, another player made a joking aside about the season already being over.
Simmons, technically in his first season after sitting out 2016-17, is av-.
It’s probably unfair to pin the Sixers’ 15-win season to a player who is still a net positive, but Philly’s 1-7 record without Joel Embiid on the floor will surely be used against him.
He’s on the accelerated Anthony Davis track-he rose to prominence in a flurry of exclamatory tweets, fell almost out of sight as the losses piled up, and settled into a safe middle ground after his team traded for a high-level running mate, all within the first 32 games of the season.
Without the ability to directly set up his lesser offensive teammates at an elite level, like James Harden did last season, or a teammate to match his elite production, as Kevin Durant had in 2013-14, Giannis may be stuck on the other side of a glass ceiling keeping him from the top two, maybe three spots in the league’s hierarchy.

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Summary of “Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more”

Tom Petty at his home in Malibu on Sept. 27, 2017.
After six rewarding but also physically demanding months on and off the road, Petty was supposed to get a moment to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the return to domestic life with Dana, his wife of 16 years, and the rest of their family, including his two adult daughters, Adria and Annakim Violette, from his first marriage; Dana’s son, Dylan, from her previous marriage; and their 4-year-old granddaughter, Everly Petty.
Tom Petty performs with the Heartbreakers at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 21.
No, this wasn’t supposed to be the end of the road for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, even though the group’s namesake talked about what might cause that to happen – one day, perhaps, far down the line.
After six months on the road, Petty was supposed to get some time to forget about those rules, just a little.
“I’m just trying to get the best I can get out of it,” said Tom Petty, head Heartbreaker and fisher of music, “As long as it remains holy.”
Why losing Tom Petty feels like losing a piece of ourselves.
The heartbreaking Instagram dispatches Tom Petty’s daughter sent as the rock star clung to life.

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