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Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

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EPAEight people, many of them women of Asian descent, have been killed in shootings at spas in the US state of Georgia.Police said the shootings took place at a massage parlour in Acworth, a suburb north of Atlanta, and two spas in the city itself.South Korea later confirmed that four of the victims were of Korean descent.Officials said a 21-year-old man had been arrested and was believed to be the suspect in all of the attacks.No motive has yet been established.However, hate crimes against Asian-Americans have spiked in recent months, fuelled by rhetoric that blames them for the spread of Covid-19.In an address last week, President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated."From insults to murder - anti-Asian ...
Ex-WNBA player Renee Montgomery makes history as new Atlanta Dream co-owner

Ex-WNBA player Renee Montgomery makes history as new Atlanta Dream co-owner

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Former WNBA star Renee Montgomery made history Friday as the first former player to become an owner and executive of a WNBA team when the league approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a group led by investor Larry Gottesdiener. Suzanne Abair, the president of Gottesdiener's Northland Investment Corp., a real estate firm, also is part of the three-member investor group that purchased the team from former Sen. Kelly Loeffler and fellow former Dream owner Kelly Brock. Advertisement "My Dream has come true," Montgomery said in a news release. "Breaking barriers for minorities and women by being the first former WNBA player to have both a stake in ownership and a leadership role with the team is an opportunity that I take very seriously. "I invite you to join me as the Drea...
LeBron James, Mookie Betts interested in buying WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

LeBron James, Mookie Betts interested in buying WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

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Jan. 6 (UPI) -- NBA star LeBron James and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers say they are interested in purchasing the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. "Think I'm going to put together an ownership group for the the Dream," James tweeted Wednesday. "Who's in?" Advertisement Betts, actor Kevin Hart and The View co-host Sunny Hostin were among the celebrities to reply to the tweet and said they were interested in buying part of the franchise. "Count me in," Betts tweeted. U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffle (R-Ga.), who is projected to lose a runoff election, is a co-owner of the Dream. Loeffler has said she "adamantly" opposes the Black Lives Matter movement, which has led to conflict between Dream players and ownership. She sent a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert in July to criticize the WNBA's ...
Atlanta Falcons fire head coach Dan Quinn, GM Thomas Dimitroff

Atlanta Falcons fire head coach Dan Quinn, GM Thomas Dimitroff

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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Falcons have fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the team announced Sunday. The decision to part ways with Quinn and Dimitroff came hours after the Falcons' loss to the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta dropped to 0-5 for the first time since 1997 following the defeat. Advertisement Falcons team president Rich McKay will assume day-to-day oversight of football operations in an interim role, according to the team. An interim head coach is expected to be announced Monday. Falcons defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter -- both former head coaches of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- are candidates to move into the interim head-coaching job, along with assistant head coach/linebackers coa...
Atlanta Braves not changing team name, reviewing ‘Tomahawk Chop’

Atlanta Braves not changing team name, reviewing ‘Tomahawk Chop’

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July 12 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves announced they won't change their team name but will review the club's famous "Tomahawk Chop" celebration. In an email to season-ticket holders Sunday, the Braves said the organization "respects the Native American community" and "will always be the Atlanta Braves." Advertisement "The Atlanta Braves honors, respects and values the Native American community," the letter said. "As an organization, we have always drawn strength from our diversity and respect for everyone. That will never change. We have had an active and supportive relationship with the Native American community for many years. "Last fall, we furthered this relationship and pledged to meet and listen to Native American and tribal leaders from many areas, including the Eastern Band of the C...