Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says he’ll attend OTAs: ‘Find something else to talk about’

Quarterback Lamar Jackson tweeted Friday that he plans to attend the Ravens’ organized team activities, lashing out at an NFL analyst who questioned why Jackson would miss the first week of the team’s voluntary practices.

“This part of OTAs is Voluntary my Guy,” Jackson wrote, responding to a video in which NBC analyst and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms said he didn’t understand why a young quarterback would skip OTAs. “I will be there, just not on your watch.”

Jackson, who didn’t say when he planned to return, added that there were “probably other QBs not attending Voluntary OTAs either but since it’s Lamar it’s a huge deal. Find something else to talk about.” He ended the tweet with an eye-roll emoji and, in a subsequent message, tagged his private quarterback tutor, Adam Dedeaux.

Only three other projected starting quarterbacks missed the first week of OTAs: the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, who’s seeking a long-term contract extension, and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady, both established veterans.

Jackson, the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player, is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and general manager Eric DeCosta said in February that the team was moving at “Lamar’s pace” in contract negotiations. Ravens officials have said they remain committed to signing Jackson to a long-term extension, but if a deal cannot be reached, the team is expected to place the franchise tag on him next year.

Jackson has worked out with Ravens wide receivers this offseason, but he missed Tuesday’s first voluntary workout in Owings Mills, the first no-show of his career, along with several other veteran starters. “Can’t wait to get back,” he tweeted afterward. After Jackson missed Wednesday’s open practice, coach John Harbaugh and teammates were asked about his absence.

“We’ve …read more

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Western allies are considering lifting sanctions on Russian oligarchs who voluntarily donate some of their fortune to fund Ukraine, report says

The Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich at peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 29, 2022.

The West is considering allowing Russian oligarchs “to buy their way out of sanctions,” AP reports. 
The plan entails oligarchs voluntarily donating funds to Ukraine, officials told the outlet. 
Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland pitched the idea at a G7 meeting last week. 

Western allies are considering a proposal that would allow Russian oligarchs “to buy their way out of sanctions,” the Associated Press reports.

The discussions include lifting sanctions on oligarchs who voluntarily give up their foreign assets or funds to be donated to Ukraine, according to the AP. Canada’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, offered up the idea at a G7 conference in Germany last week, government officials familiar with the matter told the outlet.

The meeting was attended by the the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors, the heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Group, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Financial Stability Board (FSB). The Ukrainian prime minister and the Ukrainian finance minister attended virtually. 

A spokesperson for Freeland’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The Canadian deputy prime minister started out her career as a Ukraine-based freelance journalist for the Financial Times and later wrote the award-winning book “Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.” As a foreign correspondent, she was able to meet some of the now-sanctioned Russian billionaires — one of whom she spoke with before pitching the proposal, an anonymous official told the AP. 

This isn’t the first discussion of how Western governments could use the frozen funds and assets of sanctioned oligarchs to fund Ukraine’s defense against Russia.

The …read more

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Going electric: California car mandate would hit mechanics hard

By Nadia Lopez | CalMatters

The pungent odor of motor oil and grease wafts through the air at JR Automotive as Jesus Rojas lifts the hood of a 2014 Honda Civic to inspect its engine.

Gasoline-powered vehicles like this one have hundreds of moving parts and other components that keep mechanics like Rojas busy. Rojas, 42, has spent much of his life refining the specialized skills needed to inspect and repair them.

But as California switches to electric vehicles in its battle against climate change and air pollution, these skills will be needed less and less over the next decade. By 2040, the state projects that nearly 32,000 auto mechanics jobs will be lost in California since electric vehicles need far less maintenance and repair than conventional combustion engines.

“I’m not against electric vehicles,” said Rojas, who immigrated to the Bay Area from Mexico as a teenager and opened his own shop 11 years ago. “I’ve always loved cars and I’ll work on them until I can’t anymore. So we have to adjust. We have to get out of our comfort zones.”

In an effort to transform to a carbon-neutral, climate-friendly state, California’s proposal to phase out all new gas-powered cars by 2035 will drive a wide-ranging transition of the workforce.

Throughout the economy, an estimated 64,700 jobs will be lost because of the mandate, according to the California Air Resources Board’s calculations. On the other hand, an estimated 24,900 jobs would be gained in other sectors, so the estimated net loss is 39,800 jobs, a minimal amount across the state’s entire economy, by 2040.

But no single workforce in the state would be hurt more than auto mechanics: California has about 60,910 auto service technicians and mechanics, and more than half of those jobs would be lost over the next two decades if the …read more

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California bill would allow lawsuits for marketing guns to kids

A portion of a WEE1 Tactical press release.

The man at the gun show lifted a 2.2-pound rifle and pulled back the stock with an audible “chock,” presenting it to the YouTube segment’s host.

“When we set out to produce a small firearm for children in an AR-looking package, we were pretty sure we needed to have a ‘wow factor’ in the safety area,” Eric Schmid, owner of Wee 1 Tactical, said in a video uploaded in January.

What Utah-based Wee 1 Tactical produced was a smaller model of the AR-15, called the JR-15. Schmid was in Las Vegas in January to promote the smaller weapon, which the company pledges will look and feel “just like Mom and Dad’s gun.”

Schmid demonstrated a safety pin intended to keep the weapon’s trigger locked. He and the host noted that it would likely prevent small children from operating a firearm without their parents present.

“It takes a lot of tension to be able to pull that out,” said host Barret Kendrick.

“Your 12-year-olds are gonna unlock it really quickly,” Schmid replied.

A bill that passed out of the Assembly on Thursday night would make the marketing of firearms to children and those not legally allowed to possess them a civil liability. AB 1594 would allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers based on their marketing, one of the few exemptions to a federal ban on such lawsuits. The bill is now in the hands of the Senate.

Brought by San Francisco Democrat Phil Ting, the bill is an attempt to ensure that gun manufacturers can’t object in state court to lawsuits that target their marketing – an argument Smith & Wesson made in a San Diego court last year.

The proposal is similar to a bill passed last year in New York – one that survived a legal challenge from guns rights advocates in federal court …read more

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Making technology more accessible to farmers could help solve the world’s hunger and food insecurity crisis, according to a panel of experts at the World Economic Forum

Ishmael Sunga, Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU).

From satellite soil-monitoring sensors in Pakistan to blockchain in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s coffee bean cherry production, technology is reshaping the agricultural sector.
But at a World Economic Forum session in Davos, a far simpler solution to solving world hunger issues was put forward: improved infrastructure and access to basic technology like cell phones.
These easy fixes could create more equitable supply chains and drastically transform the world’s agricultural sector.

Food insecurity is a long-standing issue that requires a combination of technology and real-world solutions to solve.

This was the message put forward by Ishmael Sunga, CEO of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), on the last day of the World Economic Forum conference in Davos.

At least 720 million people worldwide are thought to be hungry today. And although food supplies have been disrupted by the war in Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot pin these world events on the continued problem of global hunger, he told the room.

“The ones that are feeding the world are themselves hungry,” said Sunga, who joined fellow panelists from Nestlé, the Indian government, and chemicals company Yara International in a panel discussion.

During the session, which sought to discuss how technology can drive food security, he called for equity and fairness in distribution, as well as improved infrastructure for the world’s agricultural sector. “Technology plays an important role,” Sunga said. “But context matters. Technology should be at the service of farmers, and it should be able to help solve their problems.”

Many of those problems are simple and require simple solutions. “And yet those solutions can be very profound,” he told attendees.

Technology as a solution 

Technological advancements offer a promising opportunity for farmers around the world to improve their output and …read more

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CEO pay rose 17% in 2021 as profits soared; workers trailed

By STAN CHOE

NEW YORK (AP) — Even when regular workers win their biggest raises in decades, they look minuscule compared with what CEOs are getting.

The typical compensation package for chief executives who run S&P 500 companies soared 17.1% last year, to a median $14.5 million, according to data analyzed for The Associated Press by Equilar.

The gain towers over the 4.4% increase in wages and benefits netted by private-sector workers through 2021, which was the fastest on record going back to 2001. The raises for many rank-and-file workers also failed to keep up with inflation, which reached 7% at the end of last year.

CEO pay took off as stock prices and profits rebounded sharply as the economy roared out of its brief 2020 recession. Because much of a CEO’s compensation is tied to such performance, their pay packages ballooned after years of mostly moderating growth.

In many of the most eye-popping packages, such as Expedia Group’s, valued at $296.2 million and JPMorgan Chase’s $84.4 million, boards gave particularly big grants of stock or stock options to recently appointed CEOs navigating their companies through the pandemic or to established leaders they wanted to convince to hang around.

The CEOs often can’t cash in on such stock or options for years, or possibly ever, unless the company meets performance targets. But companies still must disclose estimates for how much they’re worth. Only about a quarter of the typical pay package for all S&P 500 CEOs last year came as actual cash they could pocket.

Whatever its composition, the chasm in pay between CEOs and the rank-and-file workers they oversee keeps widening. At half the companies in this year’s pay survey, it would take the worker at the middle of the company’s pay scale at least 186 years to make what their CEO did last year. That’s …read more

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CEO pay rose 17% in 2021 as profits soared; workers trailed

By STAN CHOE

NEW YORK (AP) — Even when regular workers win their biggest raises in decades, they look minuscule compared with what CEOs are getting.

The typical compensation package for chief executives who run S&P 500 companies soared 17.1% last year, to a median $14.5 million, according to data analyzed for The Associated Press by Equilar.

The gain towers over the 4.4% increase in wages and benefits netted by private-sector workers through 2021, which was the fastest on record going back to 2001. The raises for many rank-and-file workers also failed to keep up with inflation, which reached 7% at the end of last year.

CEO pay took off as stock prices and profits rebounded sharply as the economy roared out of its brief 2020 recession. Because much of a CEO’s compensation is tied to such performance, their pay packages ballooned after years of mostly moderating growth.

In many of the most eye-popping packages, such as Expedia Group’s, valued at $296.2 million and JPMorgan Chase’s $84.4 million, boards gave particularly big grants of stock or stock options to recently appointed CEOs navigating their companies through the pandemic or to established leaders they wanted to convince to hang around.

The CEOs often can’t cash in on such stock or options for years, or possibly ever, unless the company meets performance targets. But companies still must disclose estimates for how much they’re worth. Only about a quarter of the typical pay package for all S&P 500 CEOs last year came as actual cash they could pocket.

Whatever its composition, the chasm in pay between CEOs and the rank-and-file workers they oversee keeps widening. At half the companies in this year’s pay survey, it would take the worker at the middle of the company’s pay scale at least 186 years to make what their CEO did last year. That’s …read more

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Top GOP senator slams Democrats’ plan to renew Obamacare aid that would help Americans buy health insurance, calling it ‘free money’

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., at a Congressional hearing.

A top GOP senator slammed a Democratic effort to renew bulked-up Obamacare aid.
“I don’t think this is our problem,” Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told Insider.
Democrats must renew Obamacare financial aid on their own if they want the program to continue.

A top Republican senator attacked a Democratic effort to renew enhanced financial assistance that makes health insurance cheaper under the Affordable Care Act. The program is poised to expire at the end of the year unless Democrats renew it in a party-line tax and spending bill that won’t attract GOP votes.

“I don’t think this is our problem,” Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of Senate Republican leadership, told Insider this week. “Anytime you give people free money and you take it away, they would rather keep it.”

He went on: “But I think they are going to be much more motivated by higher prices at the gas pump and the grocery store than they are an additional subsidy on their health insurance.”

The Missouri Republican argued the the bulked-up subsidies are flowing to “a higher income group than the law was designed to assist.”

“They’re gonna go away unless Democrats decide they want to use their one reconciliation opportunity for that and whatever they could possibly add to it,” Blunt told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Blunt’s remarks reflect the staunch GOP opposition to the Affordable Care Act. The GOP embarked on a failed effort to repeal and replace the law under President Donald Trump in 2017.

Under last year’s stimulus law, the temporary Obamacare initiative strengthened financial aid to many middle-income Americans for the first time. For years, they often found that buying health insurance through the federal or state marketplaces was too expensive for them with subsidies only available for lower-earners.

Democrats embarked …read more

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Cathie Wood’s ARK bought $44 million Nvidia shares after the gaming firm beat earnings

Cathie Wood, CEO and CIO of ARK Invest

Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest bought almost 250,000 Nvidia shares for $43.7 million on Thursday.
The chip designer reported strong revenues, but predicted declining sales and tough macroeconomic conditions.
ARK bought Nvidia stock across three of its ETFs amidst analyst optimism on the company’s performance

Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest bought almost $44 million in shares of Nvidia on Thursday, according to a trading update, after the tech company reported its first-quarter earnings.

ARK’s purchase of 245,286 Nvidia shares at Thursday’s closing price of $178.51 were worth $43.7 million.

Nvidia’s earnings report showed stronger than expected revenues, but the chip maker warned that tough macroeconomic conditions would reduce its sales. The company said the Russia-Ukraine war and COVID restrictions in China would have a $500 million hit on its revenue for the current quarter.

Nvidia’s revenue for the current quarter is expected to be $8.10 billion, “plus or minus 2%,” the company said. Its revenue for the first quarter was $8.29 billion, up 46% from a year ago.

The company’s shares dropped over 10% after the report on Wednesday, but had climbed back up by Thursday and closed the day up 5.16%. Nvidia stock is down over 37% in the year to date.

ARK bought Nvidia stock across three of its ETFs, including its flagship ARK Innovation ETF, ARKK, which bought the most, at over 191,000 shares. ARK had previously owned Nvidia stock but completely shed its holdings in November last year.

Analysts cut price Nvidia price targets after the announcement but remained optimistic on the company. Analysts at Bank of America maintained their “Buy” rating on the company, saying “Q2 miss with realigned gaming expectations, but reiterate Buy with product launches, data center strength driving growth.”

Nvidia’s announcement follows similar announcements by other tech companies. Notably, social …read more

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These were the 5 worst performing cryptos over the past week amid bitcoin bear market

While bitcoin and ethereum dominate the headlines, there are more than 19,000 crypto coins.
With less liquidity and more volatility, these alternative cryptocurrencies can deliver investors massive losses or gains in a short period of time.
These were the five worst performing cryptocurrencies over the past week, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin’s bear market has sucked the life out of many popular cryptocurrencies, with the total crypto market capitalization falling from $3 trillion to around $1.2 trillion today. 

With more than 19,000 cryptocurrencies in existence and counting, there are more than triple the number of crypto coins than there are US exchange-listed stocks. That massive amount of supply makes it nearly impossible to keep track of all the big movers in the crypto sector outside of well known coins like bitcoin, ether, and dogecoin.

The surge in new crypto coins came amid a massive bull market for the sector in 2021, but a more than 50% decline in bitcoin from its November high has dragged the whole sector lower, especially smaller coins that saw extraordinary gains last year like solana, cardano, and polkadot. 

The implosion of Luna and its related stablecoin, TerraUSD, has also dented confidence in the crypto space and has some investors questioning the stability of other dollar-pegged coins. 

With less liquidity and more volatility, these alternative cryptocurrencies can deliver investors massive losses or gains in a short period of time. For example, squid game token fell 99% in a single day last year after delivering swift gains of 75,000%.

Keeping an eye on the weekly winners and losers can help investors identify which coins are beginning to gain and lose traction in the crypto community.

These were the five worst performing cryptocurrencies with a market value of more than $1 billion over the past week, …read more

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The mayor’s parents pull a few strings

 

Eric Garcetti’s parents are trying to get him a job.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but the situation here is unusual, because Eric Garcetti is the mayor of Los Angeles, and he has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as ambassador to India.

That’s the job Garcetti’s parents, former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, 80, and his wife Sukey, 82, are trying to get for him. The nomination has been stalled for months after some senators expressed concerns about Garcetti’s knowledge and handling of sexual harassment allegations against his former top advisor, Rick Jacobs.

Garcetti says he didn’t know anything about it. Multiple witnesses have come forward to dispute that.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, decided to conduct a new investigation and hear from those witnesses. His report concluded that Garcetti likely knew or should have known about his advisor’s alleged conduct.

Back on April 3, Axios reported that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s team was privately acknowledging to Senate Democrats that Garcetti did not have the 50 votes for confirmation. And now Politico has reported that a federal lobbying registration filing on April 5 revealed that Garcetti’s parents hired McGuireWoods Consulting, a high-powered law and lobbying firm with 24 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, to persuade the Senate to confirm their son as the next ambassador to India.

“McGuireWoods Federal PAC has donated more than $900,000 in the 2021-22 election cycle,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

It’s hard to imagine that reluctant senators will be persuaded by a lobbyist’s pressure on this particular nomination. India “is maybe the most pivotal country to the current crisis,” said Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee. “If they make a choice to join the West instead of to stay linked to Russia, it has huge implications for both China and Russia.”

Murphy …read more

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CDOT’s final flood recovery project, Colo. 7 near Lyons, reopens Friday

A gravel pull-off on Colo. 7 in the South St. Vrain Canyon became a place of celebration Thursday.

At a lectern set up along the roadside, five miles west of Hall Ranch trail head, CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew shared the good news with a crowd of roughly 20 people. After being closed for 2013 flood damage repairs, Colo. 7 will reopen to motorists at noon Friday.

Work on the highway is nearly complete, with construction between mile markers 23.3 to 29.6 expected to wrap up in November. Once finished, Colo. 7 will mark the state’s final flood recovery project.

The road will remain closed to bicyclists until final construction is finished, and some single-lane closures can still be expected as partners wrap up final work on Colo. 7.

While some minor elements of the road are still in the process of being repaired, Lew illustrated just how much progress has been made. She described the damage that the road from Lyons to Estes Park endured nine years ago in the flood.

Mass amounts of debris, rock and sediment carried by floodwaters filled the South St. Vrain Creek, which runs along the highway. This altered the course of the creek, causing even more damage to the highway.

Heather Paddock, CDOT regional transportation director, said at least nine miles of the highway became severely damaged or lost. In some places, it was hard to tell a road had been there at all.

Paddock said the 2013 flood impacted more than 400 miles of roadways and more than 120 bridges and structures — leading to a $750 million flood recovery program. Repairs to Colo. 7 cost roughly $60 million.

As far as work that still needs to be completed, Paddock said crews will next repair a retaining wall, put down a final layer of asphalt and finish planting seeds for …read more

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Russian stocks are ‘essentially worthless’ after the Ukraine invasion based on pricing in a key derivatives market, MSCI says

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian stocks are “essentially worthless” based on pricing in the credit default swaps market, according to MSCI.
The disconnect between pricing in Moscow’s stock exchange and the derivatives market is driven by trading restrictions for foreigners.
Russian stocks could find redemption if the war against Ukraine ends and sanctions by Western countries are quickly lifted, MSCI said.

Russian stocks are “essentially worthless” despite the perceived value they hold on the Moscow stock exchange, MSCI said in a note on Thursday.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Moscow Exchange plunged by as much as 44% before recovering a chunk of those losses. A combination of economic sanctions and reduced trading have crippled the Russian economy, though sky-high gas prices have helped Russia’s oil exports business.

Still, Russian stocks are likely not worth their perceived values on the Moscow exchange, MSCI said, pointing to current pricing in the credit default swaps market. A CDS is a financial contract that allows investors to eliminate possible debt losses that would arise from the default of an issuer of bonds.

The five-year CDS probability of default for five of Russia’s largest stocks has surged to more than 80% from a pre-war level of just 20%.

The disconnect between what the derivatives markets are pricing for Russian stocks and what the Moscow exchange currently trades at is driven by the fact that Russia restricted foreign investors’ ability to trade Russian stocks.

“A basic explanation for the disconnect is that investors trading on one market are not trading on the other. Most foreigners are unable to trade Russian stocks, and CDS are only accessible to institutional investors,” MSCI said.

Additionally, the disconnect in the derivatives market for Russian stocks could be driven by a combination of technical-default fear, failure of the underlying CDS auction mechanism, and restrictions …read more

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Gunbarrel Brewing closes after 5 years in Boulder

Gunbarrel Brewing founders Marie and Jamie Fox in 2017.

Courtesy of Gunbarrel BrewingGunbarrel Brewing founders Marie and Jamie Fox in 2017.

Gunbarrel Brewing, which built up a strong local following after it opened in 2017, said Thursday that it will close its doors for good at the end of the day Sunday.

Founded originally by Marie and Jamie Fox, the 20,000-square-foot brewery specialized in hazy IPAs, but it also made and served dozens of other styles, some of which it canned and distributed.

“We are very sad to inform you that due to circumstances outside of our control, Gunbarrel Brewing Company will be closing its doors,” Marie Fox wrote on Facebook. “Seeing such an extraordinary expression of creative craft beer and community come to an end is disappointing and difficult. Rather than reflect upon this sadness, we look forward to the future with hope and gratitude for this experience and all of you.”

“It has been our absolute pleasure to serve you these past five years. You have welcomed us into the community with open arms. You have enjoyed our beers and provided us with feedback that helped us improve our craft. You shared a piece of your life with us, and in turn allowed us to share our lives with you,” she added.

In January, Ska Street Brewstillery, which opened just a few hours before all bars and restaurants were close on March 17, 2020, in the face of the pandemic, closed its doors. Durango-based Ska Brewing, which owns the Boulder outpost, has said it could reopen the venue in another form.

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6 ‘Star Wars’ movies and shows to stream before you watch ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ on Disney Plus

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Ewan McGregor in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi.’

The first two episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” hit Disney Plus ($8/month) on May 27.
The iconic Jedi has played a big role in many “Star Wars” movies and series.
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“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is the latest “Star Wars” series on Disney Plus. The new show focuses on the Jedi Master 10 years after the events of “Star Wars Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” and nine years before Kenobi’s first big-screen appearance in “Star Wars Episode IV — A New Hope.”

Ewan McGregor returns to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for the first time in 17 years. When the show picks up, Kenobi is still dealing with the guilt of losing his Jedi Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, to the dark side. The show’s creator Joby Harold explained that the script aims to fill in pieces of the timeline to explain how Obi-Wan goes from fiery and passionate in the prequels (as played by McGregor) to the wise Jedi Master played by Sir Alec Guinness in “A New Hope.”

Check out the trailer for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

In addition to shots of Obi-Wan on Tatooine watching over a young Luke Skywalker, the trailer also shows Kenobi on a new adventure while the Empire attempts to track him down. The end of the trailer teases the …read more

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Memorial Day weekend cookout: Holiday dishes to remember

Broccoli Salad in New York, April ...
Armando Rafael, The New York Times

Broccoli Salad in New York, April 27, 2022. These three delicious recipes give you big savory and tangy flavors — and more time to spend with family and friends. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

It is easy to understand why broccoli salad is a mainstay of potluck dinners and community gatherings. Not only is it a crowd-pleaser, but also raw broccoli is a clever make-ahead ingredient because it maintains its hardy texture and crunch over time. (This Southern-inspired recipe can be made up to 24 hours ahead, then stored in the fridge.) While most traditional Southern broccoli salads feature a creamy mayonnaise dressing and are finished with bacon bits and grated cheese, this vegan riff offers a punchy vinegar mixture that serves as a quick pickling liquid for the onions and raisins before it’s used as the final dressing. If you are making this salad in advance, leave the toasted almonds out until you are ready to eat.

By Hetty McKinnon

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup golden or black raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • Kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

For the salad:

  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli (about 2 heads)
  • 1 apple (any variety), cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
  • Kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal) and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds, pepitas or sunflower seeds (see tip)
  • 1 cup red or green grapes (optional), halved crosswise

Preparation

1. Make the dressing: Place raisins and red onion in a small bowl. Add vinegar, sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons of water, and toss to combine. Leave to pickle for 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

2. Peel the woody exterior from the broccoli stalks and discard. Chop the stalks into 1/2-inch pieces. Chop the broccoli florets into 1/2-inch pieces. (The pieces do not have to be uniform or the same shape.) Place all the broccoli into a large mixing bowl.

3. After 10 minutes, finish the dressing by adding the olive oil and sesame oil to the bowl with the pickling raisins and red onion, and stir well to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed. It should be tangy, slightly sweet and a little salty.

4. Add the raisin-and-onion dressing to the broccoli along with the apple and scallions. Using two large spoons, toss well so that everything is well coated. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste. Taste to make sure you are happy with the seasonings, adding more if needed.

5. When you are ready to eat, add the almonds and grapes (if using), and gently toss. Serve at room temperature.

TIP: To toast almonds, lay them out in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment, then roast at 300 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until golden. Let cool completely before adding to the salad.

Tajín Grilled Chicken

Tajín grilled chicken in New York, ...
Armando Rafael, The New York Times

Tajín grilled chicken in New York, April 27, 2022. These three delicious recipes give you big savory and tangy flavors — and more time to spend with family and friends. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

Tajín is a Mexican seasoning made from dried, ground red chiles, sea salt and dehydrated lime juice. It is great sprinkled over fresh cut fruit like mango and pineapple, or rimmed on an ice cold margarita. But it is also an easy way to add chile and lime to your favorite grilled meats, rubs or sauces. In this dish, the lime in the Tajín balances out the sweetness from the agave syrup, while the red chiles complement the smoky flavor of the chipotles. Serve the chicken as is or on toasted hamburger buns with a schmear of mayonnaise, chopped grilled scallions, cilantro leaves and sliced pickled jalapeños. This Tajín sauce also would pair well with grilled bass, cod or salmon, or with shrimp skewers.

By Rick A. Martinez

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for the grill
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • Sea salt (or kosher salt)
  • 1/2 cup light agave syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped, plus 1/4 cup adobo sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Tajín Clásico
  • 8 scallions, root ends trimmed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems

Preparation

1. Prepare a grill for medium-high, direct heat; clean the grates well, then brush them with vegetable oil. Alternatively, heat a grill pan on medium-high and brush the pan with oil.

2. Arrange the chicken on a sheet tray and generously season both sides with salt. Whisk together the agave syrup, orange juice, orange zest, chipotles, adobo, garlic, olive oil and Tajín in a medium bowl.

3. Brush both sides of the chicken with the Tajín sauce. Grill the chicken, turning and basting often with the Tajín sauce, until cooked through, charred but brick red and glazed, 7 to 9 minutes. Grill the scallions, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on all sides, about 5 minutes.

4. Serve the chicken with the grilled scallions, topped with cilantro.

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These delicious dishes give you big savory, tangy flavors — and more time with family and friends. The salad and cake are perfect for making ahead and sitting out on the picnic table, and the chicken can be basted while you chat over the grill. For more Memorial Day weekend cookout recipes, go to nytcooking.com. — Genevieve Ko

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Armando Rafael, The New York TimesPineapple Upside-Down Cake in New York, April 26, 2022. These three delicious recipes give you big savory and tangy flavors — and more time to spend with family and friends. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

This Southern staple is the kind of cake that’s always on the table, ready to greet anyone who comes over. Good enough for dessert, it’s also not supersweet, so you could have it for breakfast with coffee or tea, or at any time of day. Made with canned pineapple and maraschino cherries (which can stay in the cupboard for a long time), it’s a delicious and beautiful cake that’s also budget friendly. The caramel finish is simple to put together, and the base is light and moist, but strong enough to hold up that joyful topping. If you don’t want to use whole milk, you could use an equal amount of the reserved pineapple juice. The end result will be slightly sweeter, but that’s not a bad thing.

By Millie Peartree

Yield: 8 to 12 servings

Total time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

For the topping:

1/2 cup/110 grams packed light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup/57 grams unsalted butter, melted and still hot
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 (20-ounce/567-gram) can pineapple slices, drained
15 to 20 maraschino cherries, stems removed

For the cake:

2 cups/256 grams cake flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 cup/113 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup/200 grams granulated sugar
2
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