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Wednesday October 23rd, 2019 day edition

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal on Tuesday defended Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for posting a tweet in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that kicked off an ongoing dispute between with league and its business partners in China.

The NBA’s business interests in China have been at a standstill since Morey’s Oct. 6 tweet generated backlash from Chinese fans and government officials.

Speaking on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on opening night of the 2019-20 season, O’Neal said Morey was right to call attention to the Hong Kong protests.

We’re allowed to say what we want to say and we’re allowed to speak up about injustices, and that’s just how it goes.

Morey has not made any public comment on the situation since he attempted to clarify his views in a series of tweets earlier this month.

Especially with social media, we can say whatever we want to say, when we want to say it,” O’Neal said.

When TNT returned to its set for halftime coverage, a Hong Kong flag was on prominent display in the crowd. »

US Ambassador Testifies Trump Directly Tied Ukraine Funding to Biden Investigation

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Ambassador Bill Taylor testified today that President Trump directly linked funding for Ukraine to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.According to several people in the room, Mr. Taylor acknowledged that the President wanted an investigation into Mr. Biden, as well as a public statement from Ukraine that they were also investigating the company that Mr. Biden’s son worked for.Members of Congress who heard the testimony described it as “devastating for the President.”

In his opening statement , “Taylor said that he and Sondland spoke by phone about why the aid was frozen, and Sondland cited the need for Ukraine to open an investigation among other reasons.

”Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch described the testimony as “ a sea change ” in the investigation. »

Ryan Saavedra auf Twitter: "SHAQ on China: “They know and understand our values ... and one of our best values in America is free speech. We’re allowed to say what we want to say and we’re allowed to

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2 Proud Boys members sentenced to 4 years

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Instead, prosecutors relied heavily on video, including security camera footage that showed Proud Boys members starting the fight.

Members of the Proud Boys and groups that were protesting McInnes' speech were then seen kicking and punching each other on the sidewalk.

Ten members and associates of the Proud Boys were arrested in the days following the clash. »

Scientists have trained rats to drive tiny cars to collect food

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Rats have mastered the art of driving a tiny car, suggesting that their brains are more flexible than we thought.

Lambert and her colleagues wondered if rats could learn the more sophisticated task of operating a moving vehicle.

Six female and 11 male rats were trained to drive the car in rectangular arenas up to 4 square metres in size. »