Nearly two-dozen movie stars, musicians, sports icons and tech titans visited the White House Tuesday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, from President Obama in a star-studded ceremony. Actors Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, rocker Bruce Springsteen, NBA legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres were among the 21 public figures awarded the prestigious honor Tuesday, in what was the final Medal of Freedom ceremony of Obama’s presidency. “Today we celebrate extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened our union, pushed us towards progress,” Obama said at the beginning of Tuesday’s event at the White House. “This is a particularly impressive class. We’ve got innovators and artists, public servants, rabble rousers, athletes, renowned character actors, like the guy from Space Jam ,” the president joked, referring to Michael Jordan’s role in the 1996 … [Read more...] about Celebs, Athletes, Tech Titans Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom at Star-Studded White House Ceremony
Aerial footage captures the area where Tiger Woods crashed his car down a steep embankment in Los Angeles. In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces his toughest recovery of all. Woods was driving through a sweeping, downhill stretch of road through coastal suburbs of Los Angeles when his SUV struck a sign, crossed over a raised median and two oncoming lanes before it toppled down an embankment, coming to a halt on its side. The airbags deployed. A sheriff’s deputy poked his head through a hole in the windscreen to see Woods, still wearing his seatbelt, sitting in the driver’s seat. The crash caused “significant” injuries all down his right leg that featured rods, pins and screws during what was described as a “long surgical procedure” at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. READ MORE: Why Tiger Woods was nervous about a PGA Masters comeback - before his car crash Tiger Woods accident: Justin Thomas fights back tears, support pours in after car crash … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods faces hard recovery from serious injuries sustained in car crash
Tiger Woods suffered what could be career-ending leg injuries following a horrific car crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. — a stunning incident that dominated the news cycle Tuesday, on a level not seen since last January’s fatal helicopter crash in California that included NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter among its victims. Even on a day when COVID-19 deaths continued to climb beyond a half-million Americans and when Congress held hearings about what went wrong in the fatal Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the public's fascination with all things celebrity once again ruled the airwaves. Even former President Trump Donald Trump Romney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE called in to Fox News’ PrimeTime at 7 p.m. program to talk about Woods, not politics. Woods effectively stopped time … [Read more...] about Tiger’s crash trumps the news cycle, but is his career over?
Sue Kim , director of an Oscar-shortlisted short documentary about competitive Rubik’s Cubers, can solve a complex storytelling puzzle in under 40 minutes. In The Speed Cubers Kim rotates between two main characters—Australian Feliks Zembegs and American Max Park, two of the fastest to ever solve cubes in competition. “Feliks is the GOAT in the same way that Michael Jordan is the GOAT. His records may never be broken or no one might ever reach the level of dominance that he reached, but he’s clearly being unseated by Max,” the director tells Deadline. “Max is kind of like LeBron. He’s like the current GOAT, where he’s unbeatable right now, but who knows if he’s going to have the legendary career that Feliks had.” Related Story Dedicated Men, “Incredibly Intelligent” Dogs Pursue Prized Delicacy In Oscar-Shortlisted ‘The Truffle Hunters’ The Speed Cubers recounts how Zemdegs came to the fore in 2013, winning the World Cube Association World Championship. He … [Read more...] about “A Very Improbable Utopia”: Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘The Speed Cubers’ Goes Inside World Of Rubik’s Cube Competitors
South by Southwest (aka SXSW ) has revealed its final round for its already robust lineup of keynotes and featured sessions. The online iteration of the SXSW conference and festival is set to take place March 16-20. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg , host New York Times podcast Together Apart Priya Parker, and Interior Chinatown author Charles Yu join the Keynote lineup that includes previously-announced sessions from political leader and game-changer Stacey Abrams as well as music icon Willie Nelson. “The three Keynote Speakers we’re announcing today are a perfect complement to our Conference lineup for SXSW Online 2021,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “Charles Yu’s amazing novel Interior Chinatown brings a completely unique perspective to the immigrant experience in the United States. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will emphasize SXSW’s continued focus on how technological innovations are transforming mobility. And no one … [Read more...] about SXSW Adds Pete Buttigieg As Keynote; Ava DuVernay, George W. Bush And More Set For Featured Sessions