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Tuesday April 28th, 2020 morning edition

image for Norman Greenbaum on ‘Spirit in the Sky’ at 50: ‘The Interest in It Just Doesn’t Wane’

“I’ve got an audience that’s coming around again,” Greenbaum, now 77, says over the phone from his home in California.

“The song started with kids’ grandparents and then their parents and then they hear it in all these movies.

I was playing at the Troubadour and a producer of all the Lovin’ Spoonful hits [Erik Jacobsen] happened to be there that night.

In the meantime, I had come across a greeting card that said “Spirit in the Sky.”

One particular day, he did a song about a miner that was up in the hills, digging for gold.

I took some of the seriousness out of it, but I didn’t do it as a joke or against anyone.

No, I had fooled around with the music long before [Hooker’s version with Canned Heat], just playing it without words. »

April 27 updates ::

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6:30 p.m.: North Carolina is set to hire 250 employees to help trace contacts of those exposed to COVID-19.

5:30 p.m.: An WRAL News poll asking "When do you think schools in North Carolina should reopen?"

1:00 p.m.: The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is increasing COVID-19 testing at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW) in Raleigh. »

Release Date Updates For The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima

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Amidst some disruptions to our working styles, we wanted to provide an update to PlayStation gamers who are eager to learn when our next exclusive titles will arrive to PlayStation 4.

As we begin to see an ease in the global distribution environment, I am pleased to confirm that The Last of Us Part II will arrive on June 19.

And Ghost of Tsushima will follow on July 17. »

Fancy That: Comcast's Network Holding Up Fine Without Usage Caps

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Fancy That: Comcast's Network Holding Up Fine Without Usage Caps.

from the captive-audience dept. For many years in the early aughts, broadband providers insisted they needed to impose usage caps and costly overage fees to help manage network congestion.

We engineer the network to handle spikes and shifts in usage, and what we have seen so far with COVID-19 is within our capacity.". »