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Don Imus at the 2010 AFTRA AMEE Awards. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for AFTRA

Famed radio personality, author and TV host Don Imus died Friday morning in Texas after being hospitalized since Christmas Eve, his publicist told Axios in a statement.

  • Imus spent nearly 50 years as a shock jock, hosting major political players like President Trump and former Sens. Joe Biden and John McCain and uttering controversial remarks and racial slurs.
  • Imus won four Marconi Awards, was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989, and was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine in 1997.

Go deeper: Radio's decline is podcasting's gain

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35 mins ago - Technology

Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.