Nov 10, 2018

Chip and Joanna Gaines in talks for media network with Discovery

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After ending their series in April, HGTV "Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are in talks with Discovery for a "lifestyle-focused media network," People Magazine reports.

The big picture, from Axios' Sara Fischer: This is the latest move by Discovery to expand their lifestyle TV dominance after purchasing Scripps Network for $14.6 billion in 2017. The additional programming could also help Discovery build its own digital skinny bundle service with home and lifestyle content, something CEO David Zaslov alluded to earlier this year. Bringing in the Gaines’ also highlights how valuable modern lifestyle brands can be. Discovery clearly sees value in launching a network with the Gaines’ powerful brand behind it, as opposed to building it from scratch.

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The difficulty of calculating the real unemployment rate

Data: U.S. Department of Labor; Note: Initial traditional state claims from the weeks of May 23 and 30, continuing traditional claims from May 23. Initial PUA claims from May 16, 23, and 30, continuing PUA and other programs from May 16; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

While economists predict that today's nonfarm payrolls report will show around 20 million Americans were unemployed in May, it's likely the real number is close to double that.

Why it matters: Traditional economic reports have failed to keep up with the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and have made it nearly impossible for researchers to determine the state of the U.S. labor market or the economy.

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How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar

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The NBA's Board of Governors approved Thursday the league's 22-team plan to resume play at Walt Disney World — a plan that also includes tentative dates for both this season and next.

Why it matters: The league's proposed trip to Disney World not only impacts this season but could have a domino effect that impacts seasons in the future — and could permanently change what time of year the NBA plays its games.

Buffalo police officers suspended after shoving elderly man

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Two Buffalo police officers were suspended without pay Thursday night after video emerged of them violently shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground while clearing a protest in the wake of George Floyd's killing in the city’s Niagara Square, WBFO reports.

The state of play: Before WBFO’s video of the incident went viral, a Buffalo police spokesman issued a statement that said "one person was injured when he tripped and fell."