Phil Mickelson’s chip over the grandstands at Genesis Open 2019 – PGA TOUR

In the second round of the 2019 Genesis Open, Phil Mickelson masterfully executed a difficult flop shot over the grandstands on the 18th hole.

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The Genesis Open is contested at Riviera Country Club near Los Angeles, California. Reigning TOUR championship winner Tiger Woods is playing at the event and doubles as the tournament host. In 2018, Bubba Watson claimed his third Genesis Open title and 10th TOUR win.

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Australia political parties hacked by ‘sophisticated state actor’ – Aljazeera.com

Australia‘s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the country’s major political parties were hacked earlier this month alongside the federal parliament by a “sophisticated state actor”.

The announcement on Monday came 10 days after the launch of a probe into the cybersecurity breach of the parliament’s computer network.

Morrison told parliament that, while investigating the parliament hack, “we also became aware that the networks of some political parties, Liberal, Labor and Nationals have also been affected”.

“Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity,” he said.

The parliament hack, which was unveiled on February 8, had forced MPs and staff members to reset their computer passwords as a precaution.

At the time, the Australian Signals Directorate had confirmed it was working with parliament in response to the breach, a move that indicated the possible involvement of sophisticated actors.

Local media had also reported intelligence agencies were looking into whether a foreign government could be behind the attack.

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Australia is expected to hold elections in mid-May, raising concerns that hackers could be trying to influence the outcome of the vote or change the tenor of the debate.

Along with Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, Australia is part of the Five Eyes intelligence network, which gives it access to a host of signals and human intelligence to back up any suspicions of state hacking.

“Our political institutions represent high-value targets. But we have resilient systems in place to detect compromises and remediate them,” said Alastair MacGibbon, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

He added that the hackers were sophisticated enough to get into the network, but “not sophisticated enough to remain undetected”.

He said it was unclear whether the attackers gained access to sensitive data or emails.

“We don’t know. These are very early days,” he said. “We genuinely do not know.”

Morrison insisted, however, that there was “no evidence of any electoral interference”.

“We have put in place a number of measures to ensure the integrity of our electoral system.”

He added that the Australian Cyber Security Centre stood ready to help any party or electoral body in need of support.

“They have already briefed the Electoral Commissions and those responsible for cybersecurity for all states and territories.”

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Sixth grader arrested in Florida after refusal to participate in Pledge of Allegiance led to confrontation – NBC News

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A sixth grader in Florida was arrested after his refusal to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance escalated into a confrontation with police and school officials, authorities said.

The unnamed boy was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence on Feb. 4, the Lakeland Police Department said in a news release.

A local news outlet, Bay News 9, reported that the confrontation began after the student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, near Tampa, called the flag racist and described the national anthem as offensive.

Citing a statement provided to the Polk School District by the boy’s substitute teacher, the station reported that the teacher asked him, “why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live.”

“They brought me here,” the boy replied, according to the statement.

After the teacher told him he could “always go back,” she called the school’s office “because I did not want to continue dealing with him,” the station reported.

The district did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday, but a school spokesman told the Ledger, a local newspaper, that students are not required to participate in the pledge.

The spokesman, Kyle Kennedy, told the newspaper that the teacher, Ana Alvarez, wasn’t aware of that policy and would no longer work with the district.

The boy’s mother, Dhakira Talbot, could not immediately respond to an interview request on Sunday, but she told Bay News 9 that Alvarez’s response “was wrong.”

“She was way out of place,” Talbot said, according to the station. “If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should’ve resolved that in a way different manner than she did.”

After the confrontation began, the school’s dean of students tried unsuccessfully to calm the student down, asking him to leave the class 20 times, police said.

“The school resource officer then intervened and asked the student to exit the classroom and he refused,” the department said. “The student left the classroom and created another disturbance and made threats while he was escorted to the office.”

According to Bay News 9, the student denied making threats.

The Lakeland Police Department said in a statement that the boy was not arrested for refusing to stand for or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. “This arrest was based on the student’s choice to disrupt the classroom, make threats and resisting the officer’s efforts to leave the classroom.”

“I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled,” Talbot said.

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 10: “Omega” Review – IGN


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Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow…

“I’m glad you and my mom are friends.”

While not an action-packed, or even particularly intense, chapter, “Omega” is one of the best Walking Dead episodes in a long while. Several factors helped here, but first and foremost it’s because Daryl is finally starting to shape up as a fully-realized character. It’s sad that it took nine years, but there’s no better time than the present, right? Especially if we’re looking at him to take over as the new Rick – a notion that was rumored after Andrew Lincoln’s exit, but one that feels even more concrete now after Danai Gurira is also reportedly leaving.

Over the years, Daryl, as a stoic and reclusive badass, has overflowed with potential, but his primary function has been that of a self-exiled outcast. A capable fighter, sure, but not a character that’s ever resonated much further than his vest and crossbow. He’s felt the major emotions, yes. Rage, guilt, despair. But for one of the show’s major core characters, he’s more or less suffered in silence and been relegated to terse quips and not showering.

Anyhow, I’m not going to turn this into a whole Daryl rant since he seems to be turning a corner, but now all the hints that were dropped back in the early seasons – particularly in Season 5’s “Consumed,” when Daryl grabbed a book on how to treat survivors of childhood abuse – about Daryl’s early trauma is finally starting to surface and serve the story. To be fair, a big reason why Daryl’s kept to himself, and only let himself get close to a select few, is because of his trauma. I get that. He, understandably, has a fear of connecting. In “Omega” though, he’s able to reach out to Lydia, the daughter of a crazed and abusive mother, in a way that both allowed himself and the story as a whole to open up.

In fact, having most of the episode be about the ramifications of abuse – whether it was Daryl’s, Carol’s, or Lydia’s – made this a much more impactful and interesting Walking Dead in general.

Daryl’s use of Henry, and then (reluctantly) himself, to get information out of Lydia is the most emotionally proactive thing he’s done in years. And when you mix that in with Lydia’s own confused and tormented mind, which takes us through an “unreliable narrator” flashback with a few nasty twists, “Omega” is able to stand tall as chapter that not only evolves Daryl but also gives us a very quick and effective introduction to Alpha and her entire gimmick as the show’s new antagonist. Hell, we’re still waiting on Negan’s backstory, years later, and he’s been the show’s biggest villain to date. See how cool it is to just get handed someone’s deal right at the outset?

Granted, it doesn’t always work. Especially when it comes to a character’s very drastic and savage take on the zompocalypse. Fear the Walking Dead tried to explain its most recent baddie, Martha, with a series of flashbacks and it didn’t work. Mainly because there was a weird disconnect between what happened to her and what she wound up as. She was denied help so she… turned into someone who thought only walkers were “strong?” It didn’t feel right. Anyhow, the tactic does with Lydia’s mom – aka Alpha – because the twists help us discover that her mom was always a tormentor. She wasn’t a meek person who turned insane and savage. She was a horrible abuser who became even worse when the world went to hell. It’s much easier to buy someone like that going all “Whisperer” than someone calm and innocent making such a harsh and harrowing choice.

By the time Alpha shows up at the end, with a pack of Whisperers (it’s cool and creepy to see them just mosey along normally), at the gates of Hilltop, we’re all set. We have a solid jumping-off point for her whole shtick. I suppose the surprising element is that Alpha returns for Lydia, when Lydia insists that she’ll be left behind, but overall we’re ready to tussle here. The episode’s loyalties are with Lydia, Henry, her backstory, and Daryl. There’s a B story involving Magna, Yumiko, Connie, and Kelly trying to mount a rescue for Luke, but it doesn’t distract too much from what’s a more-focused-than-usual installment. No Alexandria, no Kingdom: Just Hilltop and their prisoner.

Even Henry isn’t wholly terrible this week. There’s a still a push and pull with regards to his naiveté, but he makes huge strides when, after he discovers Daryl was snooping on him and Lydia, he asks why Daryl didn’t bring him into the plan in the first place. As in, he was willing to help get information out of her, even if he simultaneously saw the “good” in her and cared about her. So… good for him. It’s unclear whether or not he’s working with Daryl, at the end, when he’s showing Lydia the camp. And if he isn’t then it was a boneheaded move that could have gotten him killed. Either way, Daryl’s watching and would have stopped Lydia if she’d grabbed that hammer. I guess I choose to believe that, after their previous conversation, Henry was working with Daryl at this point. It was a like a twisted chaperoned date.

Um, also…relationship goals? Find someone who’ll pre-clean your earthworm for you. Sorry, that’s as innocuous as I could make that sound.

The Verdict

The Walking Dead took a step outside its usual M.O. of meandering threads and too many characters to hone in on a very specific dynamic between Daryl, Henry, and Hilltop’s new prisoner. With the central theme being the survivors of abuse and/or those still being abused, the show really clicked in ways it hasn’t in a long while. Especially with regards to Daryl. And – hey! – it even redeemed Henry a little bit.

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True Detective is a universe now? An investigation – Entertainment Weekly News

At the penultimate hour of the third season of True Detective, my favorite character is Elisa (Sarah Gadon), the documentarian mercilessly interviewing Wayne (Mahershala Ali) about the confusing trail of bodies left in the wake of the Purcell children.

Elisa is, at times, a ludicrous character. Her affair with Wayne’s son is one of the season’s most florid twists. At times, she seems to exist as a straw man, representing everything that series creator Nic Pizzolatto doesn’t like about true-crime infotainment, and internet theorizing, and millennials in general. I often joke that she is the villain of the season, because she is the most forceful presence antagonizing Wayne on screen. She’s often filmed next to a picture of Wayne’s dead wife, Amelia (Carmen Ejogo), another woman who kept asking Wayne tough questions he didn’t want to answer. Key motifs this season: Interrogated Men, Interrogating Women.

Lately, though, I’ve been wondering if Pizzolatto has been up to something with Elisa. Her mission with the Purcell case is also our mission as viewers: sifting through a confusing array of near-facts and loose ends, struggling toward the truth without all the information we need. That’s also Wayne’s story arc, of course, but Elisa is arguably a better investigator than Wayne. Like, she never accidentally killed a major suspect after torturing that suspect in a farm.

And Elisa was at the center of my favorite scene from Sunday’s episode. Read Derek Lawrence’s full recap here, but I want to zero in on the headline moment from “The Final Country.” It’s the scene where we learned True Detective is not just an anthology of different American crime stories. There is a True Detective fictional universe!

“In 2012, two former Louisiana state police stopped a serial killer associated with some kind of pedophile ring,” Elisa tells Wayne. By way of explanation, she pulls up a PDF of a newspaper’s front page on her laptop. “Former State Police Officers Stop Alleged Serial Killer,” declares the headline of The Daily Advertiser. And there are pictures of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart, the faces of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson staring outward at Wayne as if judging the truthiness of his detection.

Elisa has a (fan) theory. “I think what happened to the Purcell children was connected to a similar group,” she says. “These groups, they take runaways. Kids in orphanages. Outright kidnapping… In both the Louisiana and Nebraska cases, high-level politicians and businessmen were implicated,” Elisa concludes. “People with the power to make these things go away.”

What Elisa is suggesting isn’t just that season 1 and season 3 of True Detective take place in the same fictional world, the way some deeper readers noticed some references in season 2. She thinks that the central cases are directly related, revealing an underworld of rich, child-snatching sex freaks. Could it be that the Tuttles of season 1 go to the same hellish orgies as the Hoyts of season 3?

Top-level question here, to be possibly answered in the finale: Is Elisa right? Wayne looks suspicious of her analysis. “You saw nothing that suggested obfuscation from higher quarters?” she asks. He says no, and declares he’s done with the documentary. But he also seems to be lying — covering up, maybe, for the shadowy Hoyt patriarch who carries him away in the episode’s 1990 cliffhanger.

It’s possible that Elisa’s wild speculation is a meta-goof on the wild theorizing that defines True Detective fandom. It’s also possible that Elisa is onto something — and that next week’s finale will offer some sort of continuation of the saga begun in season 1. “Despite evidence of accomplices,” she says, “the case never went wider.” In 2012, Rust and Marty didn’t get all the bad guys. At the end of season 1, that seemed like a purposefully ambiguous ending. Was it actually an ending at all?

Now, I don’t think this season will end with Rust and Marty swinging by the Ozarks to swap tales of society-corrupting skullduggery. And my gut tells me that Elisa is wrong to connect the two cases. Some of the plot nudges in “The Final Country” suggest Hoyt melodrama that’s more Miss Havisham than Yellow King.

And if there is no connection between the cases, this whole sequence will feel goofy, a nonsense cameo from former stars too busy to participate. Much of Elisa’s role in the show is confusing, and it’s becoming less clear why Wayne is participating in this documentary. Also, Elisa apparently doesn’t recognize Roland West (Stephen Dorff) when he swings by Wayne’s house mid-filming. Isn’t she an expert on the case? (Maybe she’s confused by his old age makeup too.)

Then again! This season of True Detective has, I fear, lost the mad energy that has defined the anthology. Season 1 had hallucinations, and that long-take action scene. Season 2 was a frequent dumpster fire, but certain sequences (the saddest bar singer ever! the death march through the salt fats! the phrase “Panticapaeum Institute”!) achieved a goofy poetry. Whereas season 3 has been a long simmer, mournfully depressive, elegiac when it isn’t just boring.

Viewed from that perspective, this sudden explicit act of universe building (and the promise of a finale appearance by blockbuster weirdo Michael Rooker) could be the narrative Hail Mary sending this grimgray season into the stratosphere. Pizzolatto could be unleashing his version of the twist ending of Split, the epilogue that revealed you were watching a sequel all along. Or maybe he’s aiming to create his version of the Red Riding series, a vaguely linked series of stories building toward a grand finale.

Either way, the promise of connection across True Detective seasons gives the upcoming finale an extra tension. I have no predictions, only one profound hope: If Elisa sets Wayne down for one more interview, maybe she can suggest another connection, with another curious criminal case? “In Los Angeles,” she will say, “There once was a true detective named Ray Velcoro…”

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Miranda Lambert reveals secret wedding – CBS News

Nashville, Tenn. — Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married. Lambert posted on Twitter that in honor of Valentine’s Day, she wanted to share that she “met the love of my life. And we got hitched!” 

A representative for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos on social media Saturday showing her in a white lace gown with her new husband, Brendan Mcloughlin. It’s unclear when the marriage occurred. 

The two-time Grammy winner was previously married to country star Blake Shelton, but she hadn’t spoken publicly about her relationship with Mcloughlin before Saturday. 

The Texas-born singer who is also a member of the group Pistol Annies has had hits with songs like “The House That Built Me,” ”White Liar,” ”Mama’s Broken Heart,” and “Gunpowder and Lead.” 

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