Carmelo Anthony’s departure from the New York Knicks wasn’t exactly done under the best of circumstances. Anthony and then-Knicks boss Phil Jackson butted heads, and Jackson seemed quite eager to get his then-star out of town. Eventually, a deal was reached, and Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a second-round draft pick.
A whole lot has happened in the years since — Anthony moved around a bunch, Jackson lost his job, and the Knicks have gone through a few overhauls, the most recent of which saw longtime agent Leon Rose become the team’s president. With Rose at the helm, the Knicks have been linked to a number of big names, including a handful of Rose’s former clients.
One such name is Chris Paul, and according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the possibility exists that the Knicks would receive a whole lot of interest, should that happen, from Anthony, one of his pals and another ex-Rose player.
However, if point guard Chris Paul makes his way to the Knicks via a trade, sources have said Anthony is likely to want to follow. Anthony and Paul are close friends who dreamed of playing together in the NBA and saw their alliance in Houston end prematurely.
Apparently, the Knicks would be “amenable to an Anthony return even without Paul,” per Berman. How a Paul trade would work is unclear, if only because Oklahoma City’s priorities are unknown and they don’t exactly need gobs of draft capital after the Paul George and Russell Westbrook trades. Still, if the Thunder want to embrace a full-blown youth movement, they can certainly get a whole lot for Paul.
As for Anthony, he is an unrestricted free agent, and while he’s no longer the sure-fire All-Star he was during his heyday, he had his moments alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. At the very least, whenever fans are allowed back in arenas during the 2020-21 season, we’re sure the Madison Square Garden would love to watch Melo suit up for the Knicks again.
The final Trump-Biden debate: five key moments
Donald Trump and Joe Biden squared off for the final time on Thursday night with just a week and a half until the election in a televised debate that saw the presidential candidates spar over everything from the Covid-19 pandemic to race relations in America.
The bipartisan commission that organises presidential debates imposed new rules after the first debate, when Mr Trump repeatedly interrupted and spoke over Mr Biden, his Democratic challenger. The president’s own advisers acknowledged that the president’s bombastic approach during that encounter may have backfired.
This time, debate organisers gave each candidate two minutes uninterrupted — with their opponent’s microphone turned off — at the start of each policy discussion. Both Mr Trump and Mr Biden followed the rules, and there were far fewer interruptions than in the first face-off, allowing for a largely substantive debate that underscored the policy differences between the two men.
However, the exchange grew more testy in the second half, which was marked by barbs and eyerolling. At one point, Mr Trump retorted: “Don’t give me this stuff about how you’re this innocent baby.”
In another instance, Mr Biden had a dig at Mr Trump after he likened himself to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president who freed the slaves. “Abraham Lincoln over here is the most racist president we have ever had,” Mr Biden said, nodding towards the president. “This guy has a dog whistle about as big as a fog horn.”
Here are five key takeaways from the debate:
Mr Trump claimed a coronavirus vaccine was “ready” and would be announced “within weeks”, even though manufacturers are still conducting clinical trials while health experts say an inoculation will not be widely available until next year.
Their kids were ripped from their [parents’] arms and separated. And now . . . those kids are alone. It’s criminal
“We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready,” the president said, namechecking pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer. “It’s going to be announced within weeks, and it’s going to be delivered.”
When challenged, Mr Trump said his timeline would be “more accurate” than the estimates provided by health experts.
Mr Biden said voters could not trust the president, saying: “This is the same fellow who told you this is going to end by Easter last time, this is the same fellow who told you that, don’t worry, we’re going to end this by the summer. We’re about to go into a dark winter . . . and he has no clear plan.”
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 210,000 Americans, and Covid-19-related hospitalisations are on the rise in several states.
Money, money, money
Mr Trump and Mr Biden repeatedly levelled corruption allegations against each other. Mr Trump claimed Mr Biden was profiting from his son Hunter’s business dealings, while the Democrat referenced a recent report from the New York Times that revealed the president has a Chinese bank account.
M Biden said Mr Trump’s claims about Hunter were false. “I have not taken a penny from any foreign government,” he said. Mr Trump said he had shut down the Chinese bank account before he ran for president.
Separately, Mr Trump also suggested that Mr Biden was in the pocket of Wall Street and criticised the vice-president’s fundraising machine, which has broken new records for a presidential campaign. “You’re the one who takes all the money from Wall Street,” said Mr Trump, who has also received donations from financiers.
Asked why he had not released his tax returns, Mr Trump said they were being audited and suggested he was being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr Trump and Mr Biden laid out competing visions for US foreign policy and the degree to which the US should be working with foreign adversaries such as Russia and North Korea.
Mr Trump trumpeted the fact that he had met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un unlike his predecessor Barack Obama.
“Having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing,” Mr Trump said. Mr Biden retorted: “We had a good relationship with Hitler before he in fact invaded Europe . . . come on.”
The candidates sparred over the Trump administration’s decision to break up migrant families after reports 545 children remain stranded because their parents — who have since been deported — cannot be found.
“Their kids were ripped from their [parents’] arms and separated,” Mr Biden declared. “And now . . . those kids are alone. It’s criminal.”
Mr Trump insisted that it was Mr Obama and his vice-president Mr Biden who had put migrant children in cages and that the children were being looked after. “They are so well taken care of. They are in facilities that are so clean,” the president said.
Mr Trump defended his decision to end the “catch and release” policy, which had allowed detained migrants to remain outside of custody until scheduled to appear in court.
“They never come back,” Mr Trump said, referring to those who did not attend their court appearances. “Only the really — I hate to say this — but those with the lowest IQ, they might come back.”
In a heated exchange about climate change and environmental policy, Mr Trump asked Mr Biden if he would close down the oil industry. Mr Biden replied: “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.”
“That’s a big statement,” Mr Trump said. “It is a big statement,” Mr Biden agreed. “The oil industry pollutes significantly . . . it has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.”
The comments were seized upon by the president and his Republican allies, who said the former vice-president would lose support in key battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Texas, which are reliant on the oil and gas sectors.
Trump vs Biden: who is leading the 2020 election polls?
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Mr Biden currently leads in Pennsylvania — a state Mr Trump won in 2016 by just 44,000 votes — by a nearly 6-point margin, according to a Financial Times analysis of RealClearPolitics data. In Texas, a traditionally Republican state, the margins are even closer, with Mr Trump holding on to a 3.4-point lead.
Some Democrats sought to distance themselves from the former vice-president’s comments. Kendra Horn, a Democratic congresswoman seeking re-election in Oklahoma, another state with a large oil and gas sector, said on Twitter that she did not agree with Mr Biden, adding: “We must stand up for our oil and gas industry.”
Speaking to reporters after the debate, Mr Biden said fossil fuels would not be eliminated “for a long time . . . probably 2050”.
Who Is Annie Wilkes In Hulu’s Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’?
Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes | Hulu
Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes | Hulu
Hulu’s Stephen King-inspired anthology series Castle Rock premiered its second season on October 23, diverting its attention from the first installment’s ominous events. Instead of answering the lingering questions sparked by the Season 1 finale, the program pivoted entirely to a whole new set of characters and conflicts. And at the center of it all is a troubled young nurse named Annie Wilkes.
Truth be told, those other story details are interesting and all. But it’s Annie Wilkes’ inclusion in the Castle Rock canon that holds the most weight. The fictional nurse, based loosely on real-life killer nurse Genene Jones — who, in 1985, was convicted in the state of Texas for murdering infants in her care — is one of Stephen King’s most iconic characters, her big-screen representation in Rob Reiner’s 1990 film adaptation of King’s book, Misery, won Kathy Bates her first and only Academy Award.
King’s 1987 novel, and Reiner’s movie, follow author Paul Sheldon (James Caan) as he works to put his renowned Misery Chastain romance book series behind him. After Sheldon finishes a new manuscript titled “Fast Cars,” he gets stuck in a nasty snowstorm and drives off the road, crashing in a desolate part of Silver Creek, Colorado.
He wakes up in an unfamiliar cabin with bright-eyed Annie Wilkes tending to his injuries. It doesn’t take long for Sheldon to discover that there’s more to Wilkes than the seemingly kind-hearted passerby she initially makes herself out to be. And as her psychotic tendencies begin to seep through her hokey Midwestern exterior, Paul finds himself being tortured — in case you forgot, he gets hobbled — and held hostage while his “number one fan” forces him to resurrect Misery Chastain for one more novel.
According to King’s book, Wilkes moved to this remote cabin, in the middle of Colorado, to escape her past. And while we don’t get too much of her backstory here, the novel does say she’s been murdering people since the ripe age of 11. She killed her father, neighbors, college roommates, a hitchhiker. She also put babies and old people down, providing a literary connection to Genene Jones.
The story hits a violent climax as Paul finishes Misery’s Return only to set the manuscript on fire in front of Annie and then murder her. He makes it back to New York safely. And in the movie’s final moments, Wilkes pays the author a visit, in the guise of a waitress at a restaurant, alluding to the lingering effects of such a trauma. At least, that’s one meaning the audience can take away from it.
For King, however, Annie Wilkes represented something much more personal: his decades-long drug addiction. “Misery is a book about cocaine,” the author told Rolling Stone in 2014. “Annie Wilkes is cocaine. She was my number-one fan.” Knowing the dual-layered inspiration behind the killer nurse adds a whole lot of context to the character, as she was both written in King’s book and portrayed in Reiner’s movie.
This brings us to Lizzy Caplan’s version of the author’s iconic killer. How exactly does one differentiate their take on such a famous character, especially after someone like Kathy Bates wins the Oscar, forever connecting her face to that of Annie Wilkes? As Caplan explained to Variety, it was all about incorporating shades of Bates’ performance with her own.
“I wanted to have our Annie feasibly be able to become that Annie in the future,” the actress said. “So there were different shades of how to attack that, and I thought a lot about how, if I was just a viewer of the show, I wasn’t going to be particularly interested in seeing a brand new, completely start-from-scratch version of Annie Wilkes — because what Kathy Bates did was so beloved; it certainly was for me. I wanted to have a few shades to quite a few shades of her performance in my own just so it felt like our Annie Wilkes could grow into hers.”
These efforts come to fruition in Season 2 of Castle Rock, which pays attention to the unexplored details of Wilkes’ life — the ones that are mentioned in mere passing in Stephen King’s book. In turn, Caplan takes on a specific gait, mannerisms, and vernacular that feels believably fluid. As she struggles to make sense of the supernatural goings-on in Jerusalem’s Lot, and run from her bloody past, we see an Annie trying to do good. But her grasp of reality isn’t strong, and something tells us she won’t be continuing her role of parent to young Joy for long.
After all, the Annie Wilkes we know is a murderous loner. And what really matters here is how she becomes the monster we all know and fear. This season will hopefully answer those questions as we follow Wilkes on her journey from Castle Rock, Maine, to that cockadoodie cabin in the Colorado woods.
Body of missing jogger, 28, found after seven-month search
A body discovered in Worcestershire has been formally identified as missing jogger Zobaidah Salangy who disappeared seven months ago.
Ms Salangy, 28, told her family she was going for a jog in Bromsgrove on March 29 but never returned.
A murder investigation was launched and stretches of the Worcester and Birmingham canal were drained to hunt for a body.
West Mercia Police found remains in Copyholt Lane on October 16. Officers confirmed the body had been formally identified as Ms Salangy on Thursday.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Peter, of West Mercia Police, said: ‘Our police officers have been searching tirelessly for Zobaidah and although this is a very sad discovery, we hope this will now give some closure to her loved ones.
’We would like to thank the community for their patience and support whilst we carried out searches.’
Nezam Salangy, 42, of Austin Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, appeared in court earlier this year charged with murdering 28-year-old Ms Salangy.
His younger brothers, Mohammed Yasin Salangy, 32, and Mohammed Ramin Salangy, 29, appeared at a separate hearing in May, accused of assisting an offender.
The three siblings are due to stand trial at Worcester Crown Court on March 16 next year.
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