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PORTLAND, Ore. — No offense to the Utah Jazz, but Damian Lillard said scoring 60 points against them was fairly simple. Not easy, just simple.

Lillard had a season-high 60 points, hitting nine 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Jazz 134-124 on Wednesday night.

Lillard tied for the second-most points in the NBA this season. Donovan Mitchell had 71 in an overtime game for Cleveland against Chicago on Jan. 3, and Luka Doncic scored 60 in Dallas’ OT victory over New York on Dec. 27.

“I think any time you score 60 points it’s special, but I think this one I just felt like it came pretty simple,” Lillard said. “I thought I played the game as it should’ve been played. I knew we needed to win so I came out with a mentality to attack and be aggressive, but it wasn’t like I just came out on fire. It wasn’t one of those games.”

Jerami Grant added 19 points to help Portland win its second straight game.

Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 24 points. He had a layup followed by a tip shot with 5:20 left that got Utah to 115-108.


Damian Lillard, who scored 60 points, drives past Jordan Clarkson during the Trail Blazers' 134-124 win over the Jazz.
Damian Lillard, who scored 60 points, drives past Jordan Clarkson during the Trail Blazers’ 134-124 win over the Jazz.
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Grant and Anfernee Simons had back-to-back dunks to put Portland up 121-110 and the Blazers led comfortably the rest of the way.

When Lillard came to the free-throw line late in the game, the home crowd stood and chanted “MVP! “MVP!” Lillard hit both free throws to reach 60, but missed a jumper from distance with 29.1 seconds left that would have topped his career best 61.

He wasn’t even aware he was near his career high until Blazers coach Chauncey Billups let him know after those free throws. Lillard thought he was coming out.

“Next time I came down they double-teamed me and I just rose up for three real quick and then they came down and scored,” Lillard said. “There was still time on the clock, but I wasn’t going to be that thirsty to come back down with that much time in the game just to get a career high.”


Damian Lillard, going up for a layup, said he felt his 60-point night "came pretty simple."
Damian Lillard, going up for a layup, said he felt his 60-point night “came pretty simple.”
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Lillard has four career games of 60 points or more. He’s reached 61 twice.

Jazz coach Will Harvey was asked what Utah could have done to stop Lillard after double-teaming him for much of the game.

“I guess in theory we could have sent three people at him,” Harvey quipped.

After struggling for much of January, the Blazers were coming off a morale-boosting 147-127 victory over San Antonio on Monday.

Lillard finished 21 of 29 from the field, 9 of 15 on 3s and 9 of 10 at the line. He also had eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.

During the third quarter Lillard scored 20 straight Portland points.

“You just kind of sit back and just enjoy it,” Blazers teammate Nassir Little said about watching Lillard reach 60. “Marvel at his greatness.”


Lillard is among just five NBA players with four or more 60-point games. Wilt Chamberlain leads the list with 32, followed by Kobe Bryant with six. Lillard, James Harden and Michael Jordan all have four.

“I ain’t catching Wilt,” Lillard laughed.


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Chrishell Stause spent her Wednesday in a hospital, revealing she underwent a “minor surgery” to have an ovarian cyst removed.

The reality TV star, who is best known for starring in the hit Netflix show “Selling Sunset,” shared a snap from the hospital bed shortly after the operation took place.

Stause told her 3.6 million Instagram followers that the cyst had caused her major discomfort, forcing her to have it removed.

“Had minor surgery today and had a large ovarian cyst removed,” the 41-year-old wrote on her Instagram Story. “Thank you Dr. Hakakha for taking such good care of me.”

Stause went on to issue a suggestion to her fans, urging them to get a check-up if they experience “bad, unexplained cramps.” She went on to tell followers, “Don’t ignore it.”

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Stause said she was experiencing “bad, unexplained cramps.”
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The “All My Children” alum added that she was “feeling good” and was “being looked after by my 💜,” possibly in reference to her partner, G Flip.

Stause revealed in May 2022 on a reunion episode of the hit Netflix show that she was in a relationship with G Flip, 28, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

The pair first laid eyes on one another at a Halloween party in LA in 2021 but reconnected at another gathering months later.

Chrishell Stause hugging G Flip as they take a selfie.
Stause is currently dating musician G-Flip, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

Chrishell Stause and G Flip holding hands as they walk together.
Stause is currently dating musician G-Flip, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.


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Stause is currently dating musician G-Flip, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.


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Stause – who was fresh off her breakup with her “Selling Sunset” boss and co-star, Jason Oppenheim – said she shared a kiss with G Flip at the bash, but initially didn’t think much of it.

The lovebirds later had the chance to get to know each other while filming a steamy music video for G Flip’s single “Get Me Outta Here.” Stause played G Flip’s love interest in the clip.

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Chrishell Stause is best known for starring in the hit Netflix show “Selling Sunset.”
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After sparks flew, the pair decided to go public with their romance on the “Selling Sunset” Season 5 reunion.

Days after Stause went public with the relationship, G Flip got a tattoo on their leg of the song’s title.

As well as her ill-fated romance with Oppenheim, Stause was previously married to “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley. The pair tied the knot in 2017 but called it quits just two years later.


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Elon Musk’s Neuralink may have illegally transported pathogens, animal advocates say – One America News Network

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By Rachael Levy

(Reuters) – An animal-welfare organization said it plans to ask a U.S. government agency on Thursday to investigate Elon Musk’s brain-implant company Neuralink over records it said show potentially illegal movement of hazardous pathogens.

The Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine (PCRM) said in a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was shared with Reuters, that it has obtained emails and other documents that suggest unsafe packaging and movement of implants removed from the brains of monkeys. These implants may have carried infectious diseases in violation of federal law, PCRM said.

The letter said records that the group obtained showed instances of pathogens, such as antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus and herpes B virus, that may have been transported without proper containment measures.

PCRM’s letter adds to the scrutiny facing Neuralink, which is developing a brain implant it hopes will help paralyzed people walk again and cure other neurological ailments.

In December, Reuters reported that Neuralink has been under a federal investigation over potential animal welfare violations and that some of its staff made internal complaints about experiments being rushed, causing needless suffering and deaths.

The incidents that involved potential breaches of hazardous material transportation regulations happened in 2019, when Neuralink relied on University of California, Davis to help carry out its experiments on primates, according to the documents cited by PCRM.

While Neuralink’s partnership with UC Davis ended in 2020, PCRM said the company continues to employ the neurosurgeon who oversaw the experiments and other staff involved may also still be employed.

Reuters reviewed the UC Davis records cited by PCRM in its letter. It is unclear whether further records exist that provide a different or fuller account of what happened. PCRM obtained the records from UC Davis through public information requests. Neuralink messages and records not shared with UC Davis are not subject to such information requests.

Representatives for Neuralink, including Musk, and the Department of Transportation did not respond to comment requests. A UC Davis spokesperson would only say that the university abides by all biohazard and lab safety regulations.

PCRM’s letter said pathogens were carried on removed implants from monkeys after improper sanitization and packaging. The group said those pathogens could cause serious health issues in infected humans, such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia and severe brain damage, among other problems.

PCRM, which opposes the use of animals in medical research, did not identify any harm as a result of these incidents, but said Neuralink’s actions “may pose a serious and ongoing public health risk.”

“The company’s documented track record of sloppy, unsafe laboratory practices compel DOT to investigate and levy appropriate fines,” PCRM said in the letter.

PCRM said it also found instances that appear to describe UC Davis employees urging immediate biohazard training for Neuralink employees following incidents that had caused contamination concerns. On one occasion in April 2019, a UC Davis employee wrote in an email that the university’s primate center is “at risk” for “monkey contaminated hardware.”

“This is an exposure to anyone coming in contact with the contaminated explanted hardware and we are making a big deal about this because we are concerned for human safety,” wrote the employee, whose name was redacted from the records.

PCRM has raised concerns about Neuralink in the past. Last year, it wrote to federal officials about alleged animal-welfare issues during Neuralink’s research partnership with UC Davis, citing another set of records it obtained. A federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California referred PCRM’s complaint to the USDA Inspector General, which later launched the federal probe into Neuralink, Reuters previously reported.

During its partnership with UC Davis, Neuralink grew frustrated with what it regarded as the slow pace of testing on primates, current and former company employees told Reuters, and has since built out extensive in-house animal testing facilities. The company has missed deadlines set by Musk to proceed to human trials, however. His pressure on Neuralink’s staff to make progress contributed to mistakes plaguing some experiments, Reuters reported.

(Reporting by Rachael Levy in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Greg Roumeliotis and David Gregorio)

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Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss’ widow Allison files for half of his estate after his death

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Allison Holker Boss, the widow of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, has asked a California court to grant her half of the late dancer’s estate after he died without a will.

Stephen, who was a regular fixture on “The Ellen Show,” died by suicide on Dec. 13. He was 40.

In court documents obtained by Page Six Wednesday, Allison filed a California Spousal Property Petition in the Superior Court of California on Feb. 6 to formally request all of her late husband’s assets to be put in her name.

As Stephen did not have a will in place at the time of his death, Allison asked the court for “confirmation of property belonging to the surviving spouse” and “determination of property passing to the surviving spouse” — a standard procedure in such cases.

In the filing, Allison Boss, who shared kids Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3, with the late dancer, said he did not have a net worth when they married in 2013.

Allison said he “owned only personal effects of little value” before landing a permanent spot on “The Ellen Show.”

Allison shared a photo with her late husband on Instagram.
Allison Holker Boss shared a photo with her late husband on Instagram.
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The filing also mentions the property the mother of three wants to receive as Stephen’s surviving spouse but notes she is not requesting administration over her late husband’s estate.

“This includes any interest in a trade or business name of any unincorporated business or an interest in any unincorporated business that the deceased partner was operating or managing at the time of death,” the documents state.

She said there were “no written agreements between” them prior to his death, as she requested Stephen’s half of Stephen Boss Productions and his Goldman Sachs investment account.

Per the court filing, Allison is also requesting royalties from Cast and Crew Production Services; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.; GEP Talent Services, LLC; and SAG/AFTRA.

Allison Holker Boss and Stephen "tWitch" Boss in a promo shoot for "Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Special."
Allison Holker Boss and Stephen “tWitch” Boss in a promo shoot for “Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Special.”
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Stephen was found dead in a Los Angeles motel room near his home in California at the age of 40 after he took his life via a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities also found a suicide note which alluded to previous struggles but its exact contents have not been released.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.




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