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    Exhibits about Ali, nature, motorcycles opening at Graceland

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A massive new exhibition and entertain上海龙凤论坛sbzument hall is set to open at 上海419论坛lyuvElvis Presley’s Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali.

    Graceland officials say the 80,000-square-foot (7,432-square-meter) Graceland Exhibition Center opens Saturday to guests visiting the Presley-themed tourist attraction i上海419论坛mbyn Memphis. The singer, actor and pop icon lived in Memphis until his death on Aug. 16, 1977.

    Presley and Ali were known to be friends. Presley once gave Ali a custom-made robe in Las Vegas in the early 1970s. A replica of that robe is part of the Ali exhibit, along with photos of the heavyweight boxing and civil rights champion and other artifacts.

    Visitors will be able to hit a punching bag and learn the Ali shuffle from a video tutorial by the boxer, who died in June 2016.

    Also scheduled to open Saturday is an exhibit featuring a collection of motorcycles, ranging from basic to flashy, spanning decades of design. A third exhibit, called “National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers,” allows visitors to learn about polar regions, oceans, rain forests, mountains, caves, and the African savanna.

    The exhibition hall is part of a yearslong expansion at Graceland, which already features Presley’s home-turned museum, a 450-room hotel and an entertainment complex that holds a concert venue, Presley-related exhibits and restaurants. The new exhibition hall also includes a food hall and a full-service bar designed to resemble the famous “Jungle Room” in Presley’s former home.

    Bringing上海千花网ixgs the lives of Ali and Presley together at Graceland is fitting because of their impact on their professions, and on American and global culture, said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings.

    “They were pop culture revolutionaries. They were both born very poor,” Weinshanker said. “They weren’t emulating anyone, they weren’t copying anyone. They were just getting out what was inside of them.”

    He said he hopes the new, $20 million hall will attract more conventions to Graceland while bringing more large traveling exhibits to the city — including those that have nothing to do with Presley.

    “Space: An Out-Of-Gravity Experience,” which features interactive exhibits about living and working in space, is scheduled to open Oct. 11 at the new hall.

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    District attorney says Meek Mill should get new trial, judge

    PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him爱上海yl “abused its discretion” and has been biased against him.

    District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office filed a brief questioning Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley’s “impartiality,” citing her decision to check in on Mill at a homeless shelter where he was doing community service and later criticizing him for not doing m上海419论坛vxore.

    Krasner said she improperly referred to her own observations at his sentencing hearing.

    “Judge Brinkley personally assumed the role of investigator,” the brief says.

    Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, became a symbol for criminal 上海龙凤论坛syjustice reform activists after Brinkley sentenced him to 2 to 4 years in prison for minor violations of his probation co上海千花网sofrnditions in a decade-old gun and drug possession case in November 2017.

    He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released in April of last year.

    Krasner said Mill, 32, should get a new trial before a different judge. He said the court “abused its discretion when it imposed” the sentence on Mill. He had asked for a new trial but his request had been shot down. His appeal efforts continue.

    Brinkley has denied any accusations she was biased against Mill 上海贵族宝贝论坛covduring proceedings.

    A message was left Wednesday with attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr., who represents Brinkley.

    Mill’s well-publicized sentencing became a lightning rod for calls to change state probation and parole laws. In January, he joined fellow rapper Jay-Z and the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and New England Patriots to announce the formation of the Reform Alliance.

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    Man suspected of flashing 2 boys in Brooklyn caught on camera

    This suspected flasher was really ready for his closeup.

    Surveillance video released Saturday night by cops in Brooklyn shows a well-dressed young 上海419论坛xmman soon after he allegedly flashed two boys, ages 8 and 11, as they walked in Bay Ridge.

    In the video, the bespectacled suspect, who is wearing all black, looks straight into the camera.

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    Resident clubs, outings and more bring summer fun to Katy’s Cane Island

    Cane Island’s tree-lined Cane Quarter once again will become a hub of activity.

    Cane Island’s tree-lined Cane Quarter once again will become a hub of activity.

    As the school year comes to a close and families welcome the start of summer, Cane Island’s tree-lined Cane Quarter once again will become a hub of activity as resident-only clubs, concerts under the stars, fitness classes and more get into full swing.

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    For some residents, summer in Cane Island is a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors while lounging in poolside cabanas, taking in Cane Island’s Father’s Day trip to an Astros game or perhaps while dinin上海龙凤论坛xdog in the community’s new on-site restaurant, The Oaks Kitchen & Bar. Residents also come together for summertime dive-in movies, wine tastings, progressive dinners as well as classes in wine appreciation, gardening and bird feeding — all planned by the community’s full-time lifestyle director.

    Those looking to get in tip-top shape will find plenty of company thanks to Cane Island’s popular running club, yoga club and other fitness groups. Cane Quarter also offers a robust summer schedule of Barr上海419论坛qcye, Zumba, core and sculpt group fitness classes, yoga classes, cardio kickboxing and high-intensity interval training.

    Opened in spring 2015, the carefully planned, 1,200-acre community presents luxury homes from the mid-$200,000s by several award-winning builders. The 2016 GHBA Community爱上海vcr of the Year, Cane Island provides the convenience of I-10 access minutes west of the Grand Parkway, proximity to major west Houston employers and Katy ISD schools.

    The Katy community also offers a custom-home neighborhood, The Estates at Cane Island, featuring half-acre homesites with lakefront views and forested settings.

    To learn more about Cane Island, visit any of the community’s showcase model homes, open daily for public tour, or go to CaneIsland.com.

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    Adam Scott just couldn’t replicate excellence

    Adam Scott slept on the best round of the second day at the PGA Championship, but awoke Saturday and just couldn’t replicate it.

    The 38-year-old Australian could not carry momentum from his 64 on Friday and shot a third-round 72 at Bethpag上海龙凤论坛fce Black, dropping him to 3-under for the tournament and nine shots back of leader Brooks Koepka.

    Scott made three bogeys on the front nine to turn at 37, and from there, he just tried to grind his way in.

    “I really needed a solid start,” said Scott, who was in the second-to-last group with Danny Berger (who shot 78), making them feel a world away from Koepka. “I really needed under-par front nine I thought to just keep interested in chasing him down.”

    Despite the huge deficit, Scott, the 2014 Masters champion, was still looking for someth爱上海cnling miraculous to happen on Sunday.

    “You’ve got to tee off with the hope,” Scott said. “I mean, I shot 6-under [Friday]. Maybe they’ll set the pins up a little friendlier and give someone a chance to do that. You never know. It’s possible he could struggle and shoot a couple over.”

    Unheralded 23-year-old Jazz Janewattananond from Thailand shot a third-round 67 and went to 5-under for the tournament. He is to be in the penu上海千花网budxltimate group Sunday with Luke List. Janewattananond was loving the New York crowds, who kept mispronouncing his name.

    “I heard all sorts,” he said. “Some pretty good ones. I don’t want to remember it.”

    Englishman Matt Wallace shot a third-round 70 and was 4-under, eight back of the lead. He was also impressed with the New York banter.

    The long hitters sure are at an advantage at Bethpage. List, for one, made his way up the leaderboard with a 1-under 69. Ranked third on the PGA Tour in driving distance behind only Cameron Champ and Rory McIlroy, List had a chance to be in second by himself before bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18.

    “The more I treat it like a normal event for me, the better,” said the 34-year-old, who has never won on the PGA Tour. “I’m just going to go out and try to shoot under-par.”

    Former Mets star David Wright followed around the final pairing of Koepka and Jordan Spieth, traveling with the media just inside the ropes. Acting as an ambassador for the championship, Wright got a lot of fan attention and responded to almost every comment in kind.

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    Sanctions Threaten North Korea’s Old and New Elites

    By all accounts, North Korea’s cash-strapped economy is flagging under crippling internation上海龙凤论坛ldmal sanctions and the slowdown means the traditional elite and a rising merchant class may be feeling pinched, experts say.

    “The elites in Pyongyang are really feeling it,” said Joshua Stanton, a Washington attorney who helped draft the North Korean Sanctions Enforcement Act in 2016.

    “They’re having a very tough time right now. I think they’re losing their wealth rapidly. And they’re concerned about the government’s policies and directions, and the failure to get sanctions lifted in Hanoi,” he continued.

    People walk beneath portraits of late leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 18, 2017.

    North Korean aristocrats

    The most privileged government and military officials, considered North Korea’s aristocrats, are estimated to number about 2,000 people. Born into families who backed the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung in the 1940s and 1950s, they are fiercely loyal to the Kim dynasty, said William Brown, former CIA analyst and a North Korea economy expert.

    Despite their fealty to current leader Kim Jong Un, this top echelon of what is supposed to be a classless society is losing money. The state-run enterprises they control in the centrally planned socialist economy — heavy industries such as mining and light industries such as textile and clothing factor上海千花网wuies — have been hit hard by the sanctions that President Donald Trump refused to lift at the Hanoi summit earlier this year, demanding that North Korea agree to full denuclearization as a precondition for relief.

    These families share their profits from state enterprises with a newer privileged class, the merchants called donju, who help the aristocrats by facilitating the export of goods produced from state-run mines, farms and factories or by selling them domestically now that sanctions make overseas trade difficult, Brown, the economy expert, said.

    Similar to oligarchs or private entrepreneurs and capitalists by the Western standards, the donju emerged from the market economy, which grew out of the country’s worst famine in the 1990s as workers, paid by the state in food rations, started trading whatever they could find for food on black markets. The markets established in a time of shortages were legitimized, then encouraged under Kim. Today, the donju partner with the elite families, providing funds for construction projects such as building apartments in Pyongyang while the families provide labor, usually workers they re-assign from state-owned enterprises.

    North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un visits Taesong Department Store just before its opening, in this photo released April 8, 2019 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.

    “The donju touch on about just everything, everything from construction to manufacturing to things happening in the markets to transportation issues,” said Ken Gause, director of the International Affairs Group at the Center for Naval Analyses.

    “Right now, they’re under increasing pressure in terms of … getting the hard currency that they need in order to continue to do various projects that they do inside North Korea, which allows them to maintain their influence that they have within the regime and on the society,” he added.

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    Unlike ordinary North Koreans, members爱上海nbe of these privileged classes enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. Some drive imported cars. Some occasionally travel abroad. Others send their children to the country’s prestigious Kim Il Sung University, Kim Jong Un’s alma mater.

    But as the government runs ever shorter on hard currency, it’s confiscating their wealth.

    “[The] North Korean government has always historically used a lot of its money to keep those people happy,” said Stanton, listing gifts of luxury goods, apartments and “access to … material wealth.”

    But that’s changing, Stanton said, “because the government is running out of money, it’s doing a lot of anti-corruption investigations and inspections. It’s trying to find their money, their savings, any cash that they have stored away, any bank accounts that they have in China, any wealth that they’ve accumulated.”

    The overall lack of cash and the government’s confiscation of what it finds among the elite are creating discontent but not so much as to trigger organized unrest.

    “They could put pressure on Kim defi上海419论坛rjownitely,” Brown said. “But [as] more of a loyal opposition rather than a radical opposition. I think … the most likely unrest would come from workers, state enterprise laborers, miners, people who are working for the state and who are barely being paid at all, and have to go into the marketplace to make a living.”

    FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2016, photo, a man watches a TV news program reporting North Korea’s nuclear test at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests at its Punggye-ri site, the first in 2006.

    ​A ‘mounting toll’

    In October 2006, the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) imposed sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s first nuclear weapons test. They were designed to pressure North Korea into ending its nuclear ambitions by banning sales to Pyongyang of heavy weaponry, missile technology and material, and select luxury goods, according to a Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder. In March 2016, the UNSC sanctioned sales of aviation fuel to North Korea after its fourth nuclear test.

    Since November 2016, after Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test, the UNSC has aimed sanctions at North Korea’s economy by banning its export of key commodities such as copper, coal, seafood, textiles and labor.

    The sanctions were aimed at cutting off foreign currency flowing into the country — most of the wages paid to North Korean workers contracted to work overseas ended up in Pyongyang — and the UNSC capped North Korea’s imports of the crude oil and refined petroleum that the country needs to sustain its economy and run the military.

    Since Trump took office in 2017, the U.S. has issued its own set of sanctions through the so-called “maximum pressure campaign,” which blocks from the U.S. financial system any foreign business or individual involved in trade with North Korea, and exposes any assets of the foreign businesses or individual to seizure by the U.S. government. Last week, U.S. officials seized a North Korean ship allegedly used in the illegal coal trade.

    Undated photo released by the U.S. Justice Dept. on May 9, 2019 shows the North Korean cargo ship ‘Wise Honest’.

    “I’m convinced that the international and other sanctions on North Korea are taking a mounting toll on [North Korean] economy,” said Evans Revere, former State Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

    “The pressure from sanctions and related measures may not now be enough to destabilize the regime,” he added, “but if these measures remain in place, and especially if more sanctions and other measures are applied, they have the potential to do so.”

    Economic growth impaired

    According to a report on 38North, a website devoted to analyzing North Korea, the growth rate of the country’s economy in 2018 was 4.6%, the lowest since 2006, based on the assessment it made from the data on North Korea’s 2019 budget reported at its parliamentary session in April.

    “This corresponds with Western reports on sanctions, especially those issued since 2017, having an impact on North Korea’s economy,” the report said.

    Troy Stangarone, senior director at the Korean Economic Institute, said, “Kim Jong Un does face a dilemma” of how long he can “continue on the current path without sanctions relief.”

    Many coal mines in North Korea are reportedly closed because of a drop in coal exports, and transportation and military sectors are also struggling because they are running short on raw materials.

    Scores of government-backed factories closed after the Hanoi summit, and workers were told to find work elsewhere because the factories are unable to keep the lights on, pay their workers or provide food rations.

    “What we have now is a situation where North Korea’s heavy industry appears to be collapsing,” Stanton said. “The effect of this is going to become more noticeable in the coming weeks and months.”

    Rations reduced

    North Korea is currently facing a food crisis with more than 10 million people estimated to be without enough food to last until next year, according to a U.N. report on the上海419论坛mk country’s food security issued earlier this month.

    As the state-enterprises are failing, displaced factory workers are turning to the private markets to make money, much as they did in the 1990s.

    “It allows people to get off the official economy, the economy that is controlled by the state, which has basically dried up early since the ’90s, into the 2000s, and the 2010,” Gause said. “That part of the top-down economy has been weaker and weaker, and the markets have basically filled in the gaps.”

    Stangarone said, “As long as North Korea’s able to control the flow of information and maintain control of the population, I think this shift towards marketization is probably permanent.”

    Gause said, “If [Kim] is not able to show progress on [economy] … either one, he’s got to re-engage in diplomacy with the United States and see if he can get sanctions relief there or he has to potentially go toward more brinkmanship in order to try to reset the chess board.”

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    Belfast Marchers Call for Same-Sex Marriage Rights

    Thousands of people marched through Belfast Saturday to de上海419论坛vzmand the recognition of same-sex marriage in Northern I上海龙凤论坛ujvreland, the only region of the United Kingdom where it does not have legal status.

    Attempts to legislate for same-sex marriage have been blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party, a key ally of British Prime Minister Theresa May, despite opinion polls in recent years showing most in the region are in favor.

    Sara Canning, the partner of journalist and LGBT rights campaigner Lyra McKee who was killed in April, led the march alongside a number of gay and lesbian couples. Canning said that she and McKee had been planning to marry.

    “We pay our taxes, we are governed by the same laws, why should we not be afforded the same rights in marriage” as the rest of the United Kingdom, said Canning, who was wearing a “Love Equality” T-shirt. Protesters waved rainbow flags and placards saying “Love is a human right.”

    Protesters called on May’s government to bypass the DUP and introduce legislation in the British parliament in Westminster. The Northern Ireland power-sharing government has been frozen for two years because of disagreement between the DUP and the largest Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein.

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    An artist built a temple to help people heal after the Parkland school shooting. He’s now going to set it on fire

    Artist David Best bu上海千花网iboilt the 上海419论坛txTemple of Time just minutes away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people on February 14, 2018. The massacre renewed calls for gun control legislation, prompted students to become activists and left an entire community struggling to cope with its grief.

    With the help of hundreds of families in the community, Best and his team worked around the clock for two weeks to finish the temple on time for the 上海贵族宝贝论坛mrbfirst anniversary of the shooting. Since then, many have visited to inscribe their own messages on the temple walls and pay tribute to the victims.

    “To those that cannot fight beside us, we will demolish this epidemic of hate and will harness your beautiful and strong energy to do so. To never be forgotten is to live forever. Love, MSD Class of 2013,” a note reads.

    Best has been building similar wooden temples at Burning Man, an annual 10-day festival dedicated to community in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, for years. He built the non-religious structure in Coral Springs to give people a place to address their pain and grief, he said.

    Like his past pieces, he created it with the intention of eventually burning it. For him, the burning isn’t destruction. It’s a way of bringing people together.

    “It’s about healing and forgiveness,” Best said about the 43-foot-tall structure.

    Matthew Aguilar, a graduating senior at Stoneman Douglas, walked through the temple one last time this week to write a note on a small piece of wood and left it among the hundreds of handwritten notes, photos, teddy bears and flowers draping over the structure.

    “Love is what matters. It’s what is important. And it’s all that we need. Please share love,” he wrote.

    The 18-year-old was a junior when the shooting happened and some of the victims were his friends.

    “It was nice to have it (temple) here to comfort us and to share what we feel and how we fee上海龙凤论坛xcl about our friends and family,” he said.

    The temple will be set alight at 7 p.m. Sunday. The families of Parkland shooting victims Nicholas Dworet, Gina Rose Montalto and Chris Hixon will help light the temple on fire, said Lynne Martzall, a Coral Springs spokeswoman.

    Dworet, 17, was a senior at Stoneman Douglas and was known as a swimmer. Montalto, 14, was also a student and was on the winter guard team. Hixon, 49, was the school’s athletic director.

    Two of the four benches surrounding the temple that were also built by Best will be given to the families of Dworet and Helena Ramsay, another student and victim of the shooting. The others will be on display in Coral Springs and Parkland, city officials said.

    The Temple of Time is among five large-scale art installations being displayed in Coral Springs and Parkland over two years. The projects are an extension of an art therapy program that has turned the Coral Springs Museum of Art into a space that has helped children and educators cope since the shooting.

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    Country star Travis Tritt’s tour bus sideswiped in crash that killed 2

    (CNN)A tour bus carrying country musician Trav爱上海kguis Tritt was sideswiped during a crash that left two people dead in上海419论坛se South Carolina, he said.

    In a series of posts on social media, Tritt said the accident occurred Saturday morning in front of his tour bus on Veterans Highway in Myrtle Beach. The bus was sideswiped while trying to avoid the crash after a driver going the wrong way hit another car, he added. “The Jeep driver hit a pickup truck head on right in front of us. Thank God we are all okay. I feel 上海龙凤论坛adso bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m literally shaken by what I witnessed.上海贵族宝贝论坛ei God bless those who died and their families,” he said.

    The tour bus was slightly damaged as it tried to avoid the crash, he said.

    “Bus damage can be fixed, b上海419论坛vmbut lives cannot be replaced,” he tweeted. “It could’ve been so much worse. God was obviously watching over us tonight.”

    The Grammy-winning musician performed Friday night at North Myrtle Beach.

    The Horry County Fire and Rescue said two people died during a multi-vehicle crash about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, while a third person suffered minor injuries. It did not identify the victims.

    The accident involved two vehicles and a tour bus, with no reported injuries on the bus, it said.

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    This Day in History: May 19

    On this day, May 19 …

    20上海千花网ad18: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are married, becoming Duke and Duc上海龙凤论坛wpkbhess of Sussex.

    Also on this day:

    19上海419论坛pwck28: An explosion in a coal mine kills 195 miners in Pennsylvania.

    1962: Marilyn Monroe perfo爱上海kxjrms a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” for President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    1992: Mary Jo Buttafuoco is shot in the head by Amy Fisher, the 17-year-old mistress of her h上海419论坛nskwusband, Joey Buttafuoco.
    2001: Apple opens its first retail stores in Tysons Corner, Va., and Glendale, Calif.