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• NBC Sports Nascar analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy, an interior designer, "will transform a dilapidated 150-year-old historic home in Key West, Fla., into a gorgeous coastal retreat" in DIY Network’s new series, Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy. The four-episode series premieres Saturday, June 2.

• The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier announced a new special exhibition, “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11,” which explores how “sports and athletes helped to unite the country, console a grieving nation and give us a reason to cheer again following the 2001 attacks.” Opens June 27. Details here.

• Athletes First, a sports agency that represents such athletes as Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthew, Nick Foles, Josh Norman, Jamaal Charles and Deshaun Watson; and coaches including Jason Garrett and Urban Meyer, is launching Athletes First Partners (A1P), an international sales and marketing services company.

A1P's said its first client is Think450, the for-profit subsidiary of the National Basketball Players Assn., for which it would “help monetize collective sponsorship, licensing and content opportunities” on behalf of the 450 professional NBA players the Union represents.

Athletes First co-founder and president Brian Murphy will serve as CEO of A1P. Former NFL and Nascar executive Jim O'Connell will be president. Full story here.

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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May182009

After Court Ruling, Nets See 2011 As Firm Brooklyn Date

May 18, 2009: The Nets are still planning events for their New Jersey Izod Center arena, but seem thismuch closer to realizing their move to Brooklyn, N.Y., according to team majority owner Bruce Ratner. In a unanimous decision late last week, the New York state Supreme Court's appellate division upheld a lower-court ruling that rejected a challenge to the state's use of eminent domain to obtain properties. The appeals court had struck down a lawsuit by opponents of the Project seeking to block the state from using eminent domain powers to seize the Atlantic Yards 22-acre development property in Brooklyn on which Forest City Enterprises plans to build Barclays Center, a 20,000-seat arena, for the Nets, concerts and other events. Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner, said in a statement that the company intends to break ground on the project this year "with the goal of having the Nets play basketball in the new Barclays Center arena in the 2011-2012 season." The company also expects to start at least one residential building during the first phase of construction. "We're thrilled with this decision, which is the 23rd in a row in favor of the development," Ratner said in a statement. "The world has changed significantly since we announced this project in December, 2003. But one thing has never changed - Forest City's commitment to bringing the Nets to Brooklyn and to building an arena and residential community that will bring jobs, affordable housing, entertainment and the excitement of major-league sports to the people of Brooklyn and the entire city of New York." In addition to Barclays, which has the exclusive naming rights for the arena, eight other companies have signed on as sponsors, according to the company. Back to Home Page