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Supreme Court to decide if offensive names such as 'Redskins' and 'Slants' can be trademarked - LA Times

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether The Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Ore., can trademark its name despite the government’s objection that it is an offensive term.

This clash between free speech and trademark protection has drawn wide attention in part because the Washington Redskins football team is locked in the same dispute.

The court also said it will decide a free-speech dispute involving fees charged to merchants who accept credit cards. Under challenge are laws in California, New York, Florida, Texas and several other states that forbid retailers from disclosing the surcharge to customers who use a charge card.


2-Minute Drill: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats | The Gazette


Northwestern isn’t handling the rush this year and the competition is only going to rise. The Wildcats are 11th in the league with 177.0 yards allowed per game. Teams average 4.47 yards a carry. On 88 first-down rush attempts against the Cats opponents have averaged 4.99 yards a carry.

That’s given offenses a huge comfort zone and allowing them to set up shop, operate and sustain drives.


Green, defense beach Miami

Perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, still fuming over his dropped third down pass on Sunday in the fourth quarter against Denver, took over the Thursday night showcase at Paul Brown Stadium before 60,843 with 10 catches for 173 yards and led  the Bengals to an ugly but utterly necessary 22-7 victory.

The win lifted them back to 2-2 in front of a 10-day break before they head to Dallas and New England. The night was a celebration of defense as the Bengals rung up five sacks with marauding Pro Bowlers Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins doing the damage with multiple sacks and holding Miami out of the red zone.

Quarterback Andy Dalton survived another brutal night by the running game with a crisp 296-yard passing night.



Lorne Michaels: Tina Fey suggested Alec Baldwin to play SNL's Trump

It was Tina Fey's idea to enlist her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump on several episodes of NBC's Saturday Night Live, starting with this weekend's 42nd-season opener (11:30 p.m. ET/PT).

SNL's executive producer Lorne Michaels was talking to Fey (an alum of SNL) over the summer, and "She said, 'You know who would be a great Trump is Alec!' " he recalls. "I talked to Alec, who was finishing a movie, he was getting ready to have a baby — it couldn't have been worse timing. But, slowly, the idea grew on me. People on the show liked it, and I thought he'd be great with Kate" McKinnon, who plays Hillary Clinton.

"And I thought, well, he's Alec," who holds the record as 16-time host of the late-night institution and might offer a fresh take on the Republican presidential candidate and NBC's TheApprentice star, at least until the election.

At first, Michaels says, Baldwin was uncertain: "He said, 'I'm not sure I have a Trump,' and I said, 'Yeah, you do.' "

Darrell Hammond, who begins his third season as the show's announcer, will give up the role, but is expected to continue playing Bill Clinton.


Obama Cabinet Official Says It's A Good Thing Scalia Died | The Daily Caller

It’s a good thing for labor unions that Antonin Scalia died earlier this year, Tom Perez, President Obama’s Labor Secretary, said on Thursday.

Perez, a progressive whom Hillary Clinton considered choosing as her running mate, was answering questions during a session at the Washington Ideas Forum when he was asked about strategies to increase labor union membership.

“Well, I think you have all these — there’s an unmitigated assault on labor unions across a number of states and there was a case that went before the Supreme Court recently, and frankly if Justice Scalia had not passed away it would have really made it very difficult for public sector labor unions to organize and that would have been one step in a very transparent and well-choreographed set of objectives from folks on the far right to eviscerate the labor movement,” Perez told the audience.

Scalia, a conservative, died on Feb. 13, 2016 at the age of 79. His seat has not been filled, though President Obama has nominated appeals court justice Merrick Garland.


With Matt VandeBerg out with a foot injury, how will the Iowa Hawkeyes replace him on offense? - Black Heart Gold Pants

So in case you’ve been off the internet for a few days now (how did you do it? I can’t seem to pry myself away, send help), you already know that Matt VandeBerg has been ruled out indefinitely with a foot injury. The news shook Hawkeye Nation, which is now left wondering what the Hawkeyes are going to do for offense in the absence of the Meerkat. We’re not mind readers, nor do we claim to know exactly what it is that Kirk Ferentz and Greg Davis plan to do, but they sure do have a plethora of options. Let’s take a look at the many solutions the Hawkeyes can take until he comes back next year (you know, assuming he gets the medical redshirt that he is eligible for).

First off, let’s take a look at the wide receivers. How will the Hawkeyes replace his 300+ yards of total offense? Well, at the slot receiver, a pretty good solution could be Riley McCarron. He’s undersized, but that would fit in well with slot receiver abilities, as he’s not quite big enough to catch jump balls over opposing defensive backs, but could settle into the soft spots of opposing defenses. He’s also seldom used by the Hawekeyes, as he has just 14 receptions and 142 yards in his career. I’m not sure why I thought he had more, but I guess he’d be as good as most to be that next man in.


Johnson, Hawkeyes chase perfection

IOWA CITY — Jaleel Johnson isn’t satisfied.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The Iowa defensive tackle expects more of himself and of the Hawkeye defense in general, illustrative of his pursuit for perfection.

“There are times when I can be my worst critic, but I believe it helps push me to be the best player I can be,’’ Johnson said.

The senior sees room for growth as Iowa prepares for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Northwestern, a game where the Hawkeyes will continue to work toward improvements in defending the run.

Opponents have gained on average 179 yards per game on the ground against Iowa, nearly 68 yards more per game than the Hawkeyes surrendered last season against the run.

“That’s not acceptable,’’ Johnson said. “We’re a better defense than that. We know it and it’s time that we show it.’’


Howard vows to make most of chance

Surrounded by his teammates, Jordan Howard probably wouldn't be the first Bears player you'd notice. The rookie fifth-round draft pick isn't particularly vocal or physically intimidating.

But that doesn't mean that Howard, a 6-foot, 222-pound Alabama native, isn't beginning to develop into a productive all-around running back just three games into his NFL career.

"The thing that stands out to me about Jordan is the fact you wouldn't really know he's in a room because he doesn't say much," said right guard Kyle Long. "He's wise beyond his years. You can tell that he's been through some things in life that have forced him to mature at an accelerated pace.



Lady Gaga headlines Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show -

Global superstar LADY GAGA, winner of six Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominee, will headline the PEPSI ZERO SUGAR SUPER BOWL LI HALFTIME SHOW on FOX at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Lady Gaga is a one-of-a kind artist and performer. Her new single "Perfect Illusion" off her upcoming fifth studio album "Joanne," due out October 21st debuted at #1 on iTunes in 60 countries. She holds the distinction of generating three consecutive Number One albums on the Billboard Hot 100, has won an aforementioned six Grammy Awards, and was recently featured as Billboard's "Woman of the Year." She has amassed an outstanding 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Lady Gaga expanded her talents to television last Fall when she appeared as The Countess on the fifth season of Ryan Murphy's anthology series "American Horror Story: Hotel" for FX Network. Subsequently, she won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress -- Miniseries or Television Film" for her performance on the show. Next up she will star in the Bradley Cooper-directed film "A Star is Born" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

This will be Lady Gaga's second time performing on the Super Bowl stage, after having sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 last February.


AGs file suit in last-ditch bid to stop hand-off of internet control | Fox News

Republican attorneys general are making a last-ditch bid to block the Obama administration from ceding U.S. oversight of the internet’s domain name system, filing suit in federal court ahead of an imminent deadline for the hand-off. 

The AGs from Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada asked a judge late Wednesday to step in and stop the transition to an international oversight body, after GOP lawmakers failed to stall the move as part of a short-term spending bill. 

“Trusting authoritarian regimes to ensure the continued freedom of the internet is lunacy,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The president does not have the authority to simply give away America’s pioneering role in ensuring that the internet remains a place where free expression can flourish.”

Paxton was among the four Republican AGs who filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division. 

The U.S. government has been in charge of domain names for more than three decades, thanks to a Commerce Department agency's oversight of an obscure, but powerful, Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).