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For your Tuesday here are two news stories and for an interesting fact today is "National Chocolate Chip Day!" (<--- That makes me want to go home and bake cookies )
The developer of Cleveland’s new casino says he believes the facility, along with “other new and exciting developments,” will be the “shot in the arm” that the city needs. “From the time that we embarked on this $350 million casino development, we have looked for ways to create a more powerful impact for downtown Cleveland and our guests,” said Gilbert, who is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, Inc. “We have doubled down on our commitments to Ohio. We believe more than ever that Horseshoe Cleveland — combined with the many other new and exciting developments under way in this city — will be a big shot in the arm for this hard-working community. During Monday night’s grand opening, Gilbert was joined by Caesars Entertainment Corporation CEO and President Gary Loveman. The Horseshoe Casino — Cleveland is a joint venture between Gilbert’s Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars. “It is a genuine pleasure to finally bring the Horseshoe brand and its legacy of great hospitality as well as our Total Rewards loyalty program to this exciting new market,” Loveman said. “Our team members are proud to play a part in bringing Ohio’s first casino to the city of Cleveland.”
Kyrie Irving accepted his KIA NBA Rookie of the Year Award at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence.
He earned a trophy and a Kia auto and won points for his humility and poise, attributes he often displays on the court. His coach Byron Scott said, “I expect so much more from him this next season and many more to come.” Irving thanked his teammates, the coaches, the media, the great Cleveland fans for embracing him, and most importantly, his family. Irving, who averaged 18.5 points per game talked a lot about his father, whom he says helped shape his basketball game and, more importantly, his view of life. “I love you man,” he said as he looked down at his father, seated next to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. “This is going on the mantle, with flashing lights on it,” he joked upon getting the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy. Irving alluded to how nervous he was before his first practice, hoping to live up to expectations as the No. 1 choice in the draft. Irving established a reputation for being coolest when the pressure is the greatest with several game-winning shots. “It’s just surreal. I practice those shots so much, they are second nature,” he said. Irving is the second Cleveland Cavaliers player to win the honor. LeBron James won it in 2003-04. Irving totaled 592 points and received 117 first-place votes, besting Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves by a large margin.
Joseph Kony considers himself quite a good Christian, and he wants Uganda to be a Christian nation. So in 1987 he formed a resistance group called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and the LRA has been at civil war against the Ugandan government ever since. If the LRA wins, Kony has promised that Uganda will become a theocracy, with laws based on the Biblical Ten Commandments.
Kony's LRA has kidnapped an estimated 20,000 children for use as fighters or sex slaves. As part of their initiation, these children are often required to kill their own parents, so they'll have no homes to return to. (It's not clear which of the Ten Commandments Kony's strategy is based on.) Once kidnapped, children are used as pack mules, carrying LRA supplies until they are too weak to walk, at which time they're killed or simply left to die. Kidnapped boys also serve as targets and decoys, sent to the front lines -- unarmed -- whenever the Ugandan Army engages the LRA. Kidnapped girls that Kony or his senior commanders find attractive become their "wives" (Kony is reputed to have 60). Troublesome captives have their noses, lips, and/or ears cut off, and are then made to eat their own flesh.
Kony and the Ugandan government occasionally issue public statements suggesting that peace negotiations would be welcome, but this seems unlikely. When asked about peace talks recently, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Kony and the LRA's senior commanders must die. "The wages of sin is death", he added.