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Marlon Byrd: With Their Chemistry, Mets Can Win 90 Games — Or More

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  Marlon Byrd believes in the Mets.

And he doesn’t even play for them anymore.

The right fielder — who was excellent for the Amazin’s in 2013 before being traded to the Pirates — signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies in November.

The 36-year-old veteran remains close with several Mets players, and he worked out with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin in the offseason.

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Byrd still has a tremendous amount of respect for the organization that took a flyer on him last year and paved the way for his lucrative deal with Philadelphia. And unlike many, he’s not at all surprised that the Mets are off to a hot start and winning games.

“The chemistry over in that clubhouse … there’s a reason that the team’s winning over there,” Byrd said, according to WFAN’s Ed…

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Oprah: Basketball Mogul? Winfrey Joins Geffen, Ellison In Bid For Clippers

Originally posted on Variety:

Oprah Winfrey is at the center of an empire that includes stakes in a cable network and a glitzy magazine. Is she about to add a major sports team to her holdings?

“Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available,” said Nicole Nichols, a spokeswoman for the lifestyle guru, in a statement. The Wall Street Journal previously reported Winfrey’s interest in the team.

The Los Angeles Clippers are widely seen as being in play – the mergers-and-acquisitions kind, that is – after National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver ruled that current owner Donald Sterling was banned from the league after being caught on tape uttering racist remarks about African-Americans. According to Silver, Sterling verified his voice was the one heard on the recording. Silver has said he will try to get NBA owners…

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Facebook Launches Mobile Like Button For Sharing From Apps

Originally posted on Deepak verma:

Facebook today announced the launch of its mobile ‘Like’ button for sharing from apps. This complements Facebook’s Like button for the mobile and desktop web. Given the importance of mobile apps for Facebook, it’s a surprise the company didn’t launch this before. Read More

April 30, 2014 at 11:26PM
By Deepak verma

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Miami Tops List Of Most Pampered Pet Cities In The U.S.


Uh . . . hooray?!

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Congratulations Miami! Amazon has unveiled a list of the top 20 U.S. cities where residents pamper their pets the most and Miami is in the No. 1 spot.

The list was compiled by comparing Amazon.com pet item sales in 2013 on a per capita basis among cities with more than 400,000 residents.

Miami ranked highest for pampering their dogs, cats, birds, aquatic animals and reptiles.The residents of Miami also purchased the most toys overall for their pets, and spoiled their dogs and cats by buying the most apparel and accessories, grooming products and health supplies. In addition, Miami locals spent more money on pet items in 2013 than any other city.

Here’s the full list:

1. Miami
2. Seattle
3. Atlanta
4. San Francisco
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Las Vegas
8. Austin, Texas
9. Tucson, Ariz.
10. San Diego
11. Sacramento, Calif.
12. Raleigh…

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Period Piece ‘Belle’ Offers Unique Look at 18th Century Slavery


I have read a wonderful review of this new film from Elle Magazine, making me really excited about seeing 18th Century slavery from the female perspective. The same viewers that turned last weekend’s “The Other Woman” into the Number #1 blockbuster (and everyone else really) need to support this independent film!

Originally posted on Variety:

“Belle,” directed by Amma Asante, opens on May 2 (Fox Searchlight).

WHY IT MATTERS: The film takes an original approach to 18th century slavery, making the troubling point that it was the foundation of a region’s economic system — yet the topic is handled as if it were written by Jane Austen. As Variety’s Justin Chang wrote, the two elements make a “surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying fit.” The film is based on the true story of a woman born to an aristocratic English father and a black slave, who struggles to figure out where she fits in. Says Asante: “I started studying Austen in an adult-literature class. I was taken by the way she was able to pack a punch by using wit and humor in this genteel world of 18th century English society. And I wanted to transpose that in a period movie.”

ORIGIN OF FILM: “The BFI and the…

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