But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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A new method developed by researchers at RMIT University in Australia has mastered Atari video games 10 times faster than state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI), with a breakthrough approach to problem solving.,A 2015 study showed Google’s DeepMind AI learning to play Atari video games such as ‘Video Pinball’ to a human level.,However, the algorithm notoriously failed to learn a path to the first key in 1980s video game ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ due to the game’s complexity.,To tackle the challenge, the new breed of algorithms – developed by researchers from the university based in Melbourne – saw computers set up to autonomously play ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’, learn from mistakes and identify sub-goals 10 times faster than Google DeepMind to finish the game.,Last July, DeepMind developed a neural network capable of engaging with human players in a multi-player video game, Quake III Arena’s ‘Capture the Flag (CTF)’, through an adapted approach to machine learning.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles teachers' strike that sent thousands of shouting educators into downtown streets, paralyzing traffic during a rainstorm and leaving a half-million students in uncertainty, isn't the kind of publicity Mayor Eric Garcetti needed for his potential presidential campaign.,The Democratic mayor, who has said he will soon decide whether to enter the 2020 White House contest, would anchor his candidacy to the idea that local government is where things get done in America, in contrast to the turmoil and vast political divide in President Donald Trump's Washington.,But as a mayor, Garcetti faces numerous hurdles not shared with potential rivals like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren or former Vice President Joe Biden, who are fixtures in the Washington establishment.,Other mayors considering White House bids have their own challenges but have more cushion than Garcetti - they are no longer in office.,Mitch Landrieu, who spent two terms leading New Orleans, gained national attention with his decision as a white mayor of a majority black city to remove high-profile Confederate monuments and arguing that the nation needs a frank discussion on race.

Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.

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For the first time in years, Central Florida won’t be the home base for a U.S. Senator.,But now, as Central Florida and the I-4 Corridor grows stronger in importance in both state and national elections, it will lose its local presence in the upper chamber as Southwest Floridian Rick Scott joins U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Miami on Tuesday.,While a number of lawmakers and officials played a hand in its location and its funding, including U.S. Rep. John Mica, as a Republican Senator from Central Florida, “I was in a unique place and time to nudge [President Bush’s] Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jim Nicholson.,Rubio, who also has an office in Orlando, visited Central Florida six times in 2018, including attending the Republican Party meeting at the Rosen Centre in January, discussing Puerto Rico issues in April and September in Kissimmee and meeting with the Greater Orlando Sports Commission in December about Orlando’s World Cup bid.,Democrat Linda Chapin, who preceded Martinez as mayor, said the region’s congressional delegation will also play an increased role – especially as its three Democratic sophomore representatives, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, and U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando, are now in the majority.

Just a few weeks ago, Cleary held in his hands for the first time, his first album: Key & Cleary “Love is the Way,” an anthology of 22 songs that he and his fellow musicians recorded throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s in Buffalo.,Each track of the double disc album tells a story: Cleary’s journey from the East Side of Buffalo to the Marine Corps, to owning his own construction company to running the computer department at Dunkirk Ice Cream.,While themes of black empowerment are evident in some tracks, Key and Cleary’s music evolved over the years to take on more universal themes and expressions.,Producer David Griffiths, a long-time fan of Key and Cleary, brought their music to Alapatt’s attention, about two years ago.,Key and Cleary, as with many of their songs over the years, re-recorded and produced their music, especially “What It Takes to Live.”

On June 13, an emergency text alert advising Wyoming Valley residents to “take shelter now” was sent to area cell phones at 9:55 p.m.

Barely five minutes later, 130 mph winds tore a path of destruction across the Arena Hub Plaza and surrounding commercial areas in Wilkes-Barre Township.,It was like raining in the building,” said Joe Stager, manager at at Barnes & Noble in the Arena Hub Plaza who was closing up for the night with employees Mary Zoltewicz, Patrick Abdalla, Rachel Trojan and Tara Steffon as the storm plowed into the store.,Embattled Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Marcella Lendacky retired in June following the March release of a report by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association that depicted a department in turmoil, with morale at a low point.,More than 10,000 turned out for the Trump rally, which dwarfed a last-minute Nov. 4 “Pennsylvania Votes Blue” Democratic rally that drew Casey, former Vice-president Joe Biden and other candidates to a cramped corridor at Pittston Area High School on a Sunday night.,On the other hand, Reading-based Boscov’s whose Wilkes-Barre store remains a fixture on the downtown business scene, had a very good year. read more

It belongs to Jim McVay, a sports executive who for the past 30 years has run the Outback Bowl, a second-tier college football postseason game featuring third-place teams.,While several bowl bosses manage other games or major events, McVay’s core duties remain as focused as they were when he took the job in 1988: negotiate contracts and sell sponsorships and tickets for one football game each year.,[Perspective: When college football powers want more coaches than rules allow, they call them analysts] The decision by the Outback Bowl’s board — a volunteer group of local businesspeople and dignitaries — to pay McVay, year after year, more than many of his peers further stands out because their bowl, historically, is among the stingiest when it comes to giving to charity.,McVay, who has defended his pay in news reports as recently as last year, declined an interview request for this story, and a bowl spokesman cited a new policy that forbids Outback Bowl officials from publicly discussing compensation.,Another main reason the Outback board has more than tripled McVay’s pay over the last 20 years, according to Schember, is because McVay routinely tells them NFL teams are trying to pry him out of the bowl world.

Stubbs, a performance mentor who works with some of the biggest names in sport, including Michael Maguire ahead of the 2014 NRL premiership, Michael Cheika, Eddie Jones, and more recently, Trent Robinson.,Appearing on Bill and Boz on Wednesday night, Stubbs explained his philosophy of manifesting success with a change in mindset and attention to detail — right down to language — banning the use of words ‘hope’, ‘want’ and ‘maybe’.,Stubbs changes the way the coach communicates and the words players are using when speaking to journalists or on social media, making the focus exclusively on winning.,AWKWARD: BARRETT TO ARRIVE AT SEA EAGLES TRAINING IN TWO-COACH FARCE

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