Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren And Cory Booker To Speak Monday Night At DNC
Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker are scheduled to speak tonight on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Speeches are scheduled to start around 8 pm central tonight with Senator Booker speaking first. The First Lady and Senator Warren will follow. Senator Bernie Sanders is the featured speaker of the evening. Highlights of the rest of the week will be former President Bill Clinton tomorrow night and President Obama on Wednesday night. Lezley McSpadden, mother of the late Michael Brown, will appear on stage on Tuesday night as part of the “Mothers of the Movement” group.
It was announced yesterday that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. The announcement comes in the wake of WikiLeaks releasing 19,252 emails from seven of the top DNC officials. Hillary Clinton released a statement yesterday announcing that Wasserman Schultz will serve as an Honorary chair for her campaign. Senator Sanders had called for her resignation after the leaked emails showed a clear bias against his campaign.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district, tried to address the crowd at a pre-convention breakfast with Florida delegates this morning, but was booed and heckled.
Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.83 Billion
Verizon has reached an agreement to buy Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion, according to various sources. Verizon’s purchase includes Yahoo’s advertising, content, search and mobile business. Yahoo will retain ownership of its stakes in Alibaba as well as Yahoo Japan, as well as it portfolio of patents. Yahoo’s corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, California will transfer to Verizon.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote a letter to employees, who she calls “Yahoos”, announcing the sale and her intention to stay with the company. It’s expected she will only stay on board until the deal is completed. The embattled CEO is expected to receive a severance package worth $57 million. Yahoo, founded in 1994, was worth as much as $125 billion at one point.
Star Trek Beyond Wins Weekend Box Office
Star Trek Beyond earned an estimated $59.6 million in its debut over the weekend to easily win the weekend box office crown. The Secret Life of Pets comfortably took the second spot with $29.3 million in its third weekend of release. Lights Out took in an estimated $21.6 million in its debut, while Ice Age: Collision Course brought in $21 million.
While Lights Out and Ice Age 5 brought in about the same about in their debuts, their production budgets were vastly different. Lights Out was made for an estimated $4.9 million while Ice Age was made for $105 million.
Saint Louis FC Earns A Big Three Points Against Colorado Springs
Saint Louis FC played one of its best games of the season at home on Saturday night in beating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-1. James Musa and Irvin Herrera scored for Saint Louis. STLFC moved into 7th place in the USL West with a record of 7 wins, 8 losses and 5 draws for 26 points. Colorado Springs, which had an opportunity to take over the conference lead last week, fell into a tie for third place. Saint Louis FC returns to action this Saturday at home against Oklahoma Energy FC. Tickets are available at SaintLouisFC.com.
Check out a condensed replay of STLC’s 2-1 win over the weekend below.
10,000+ Turn Out For Legends of the Dome Flag Football Game
The clock turned back over the weekend at The Dome at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. Kurt Warner hit Issac Bruce for a touchdown pass. Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz roamed the sidelines. Orlando Pace protected the quarterback. The Rams were doing the “Bob and Weave” in the end zone. 10.600 fans turned out to celebrate the St. Louis Rams era at the Legends of the Dome flag football game to benefit the Issac Bruce Foundation. Officially, the White team coached by Dick Vermeil beat Mike Martz’s Blue team 56-49. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a recap of what was a great day of football at The Dome. Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat has another recap.
East St. Louis Adult Club Blames Ballpark Village For Business Decline
Ever since Ballpark Village opened in downtown St. Louis it has become popular for businesses to blame the venue for any decline in their own business. Roxy’s, an adult club across the river in the Metro East, is the latest to blame BPV. The Riverfront Times has the story about Roxy’s cutting hours but maintaining that they will be staying open. The club now opens at 7 pm rather than noon Tuesday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The president of the company that owns Roxy’s blamed Ballpark Village, in part, for people staying in downtown St. Louis rather than venturing east to his establishment in the wee hours of the morning.
John Oliver On The Republican National Convention
John Oliver reflected on the recently complete Republican National Convention. From the opening statements by Dana White to Melania Trump’s speech to Ted Cruz to the overall mismanagement of the week to Donald Trump is general, Oliver reflected on it all.
John Oliver on the Republican National Convention