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Stephen Hawking Legendary Physicist Has Passed Away At 76

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Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist who is credited with helping to shape modern cosmology, has passed away at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76.

His family confirmed the passing in a statement, sharing some sweet words about their father and a loving quote from him about the universe according to The Guardian:

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.”

Hawkings, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or motor neurone disease in 1963, was told by doctors that he would only live for just two more years. He was 21 when he was diagnosed with the disease. He went on to live several decades more and would become a legendary figure whose scientific work touched on general relativity and black holes, among a host of other things. Hawkings eventually became the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the U.K.’s University of Cambridge. It was a position once held by Isaac Newton.

The famed scientist, who is credited with helping make complicated ideas accessible to the mainstream, published his best-selling cosmology book A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes back in 1988. It has since went on to sell over 10 million copies.

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Malcom Jenkins Responds To NFL’s New Policy For The National Anthem

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The NFL has decided to create a new policy that prohibits players from kneeling during the national anthem.

The league’s new national anthem policy, players are required to either stand for the anthem prior to a game, or stay in their locker room. If a player comes out for the anthem and kneels, their team would be fined, and commissioner Roger Goodell would “impose appropriate discipline.”

This comes off as the NFL owners trying to silence players and some players are not happy about the new policy.

“What ownersners did today was thwart the players’ constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country,” Jenkins said, per TMZ. “Everyone loses when voices get stifled […] While I disagree with this decision, I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting.”

Jenkins also reaffirmed his support for the players that chose to protest.

“The national conversation around race in America that NFL players forced over the past 2 years will persist as we continue to use our voices, our time and our money to create a more fair and just criminal justice system, end police brutality and foster better educational and economic opportunities for communities of color and those struggling in this country,” he said.

 

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Kobe Byrant Was Shocked By Kanye’s Slavery Comments

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Future HOF and Oscar Winner Kobe Bryant spoke out about Kanye’s recent slavery comments.

The NBA legend spoke with high school students at We Rise LA over the weekend, an event dedicated to inspiring future generations. In a video posted by TMZ, Bryant gave his two cents about West’s opinions during a Q&A session.

“I’m sure [I felt] the way everybody else here in this room feels,” Bryant admitted when a student asked about his response to the slavery comment in particular. “‘The hell are you talking about?’ I think that was my reaction as is everybody else’s reaction.”

Bryant continued, “The thing about our country is that you have the right to say whatever it is that you want to say. That’s the beautiful part about living in a democracy. Conversely, you have to take the responses that come after that as well.”

The athlete explained his theory that entertainers like Ye are “always in a state of growth,” challenging themselves and frequently questioning  their own opinions. However, in this case, Bryant’s opinion is firm: “Completely disagree.”

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JJ Watt Offers To Aid With The Funerals For The Victims Of The Santa Fe Shooting

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt plans to cover the costs of the funerals of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Santa Fe High School was the site of the latest school shooting tragedy. Ten people were killed, nine of them students, and another 10 were injured at the Houston area high school on Friday after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire with a shotgun and a revolver in the school.

When the news hit Watt responded with a tweet about the tragedy that ended lives due to gun violence.

Watt responded by offering to help the families during the worst moments of their lives. J.J. Watt reached out to the school to provide the support he could for the families of the victims, offering to cover all funeral costs for those killed in the tragedy.

Watt has used his stature in the Houston community to help those in need after tragedies in recent years, most notably raising $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief after it ravaged the city last August.

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