Judge voids contract in Zion Williamson’s $100M legal fight

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A federal judge on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to a $100 million lawsuit against former Duke basketball star Zion Williamson, ruling that the contract the player first signed with a Florida agent violates North Carolina law.

In her 20-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs of Winston-Salem agreed with Williamson’s attorneys that the 2019 agreement he signed with Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing fails to meet the requirements of the state’s Uniform Athlete Agents Act.

The law, one of 40 around the country, is designed to protect student-athletes from unscrupulous agents. Williamson was still a Duke student

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Georgia judges: Pandemic could backlog jury trials for years

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FILE – Harold Melton, Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Georgia, speaks during a dedication of the state’s new Nathan Deal Judicial Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Judges say Georgia’s court system could take years to dig out of a backlog of jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Melton told lawmakers during hearings Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that it could take one to two years to catch up.

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Jackson Law Firm Moves from Historic Covington Building it Saved

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The Law Offices of Christopher L. Jackson announced last week that it will relocate back to its previous home at 713 Scott Blvd. in Covington, leaving the historic Fourth Street building that Jackson saved from possible demolition.

Jackson has been a local attorney for eighteen years, sixteen of which have been spent in Covington.

The building at 121 East Fourth Street was sold to CovCor, which recently purchased and developed the corner of nearby Fourth & Garrard streets, turning it into an outdoor recreation area with food businesses that serve from repurposed shipping containers. Further details about the building’s future

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“Have a Good Life”: Trump Pardons Nearly 150 of His Favorite Criminals on the Way Out the Door

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When Donald Trump kicked off his bid for the presidency in 2015, he famously claimed he was going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. Then he got into office and the line became taxpayers will put up the money but Mexico will reimburse us. That subsequently shifted to Mexico will pay through tariffs, which turned into Mexico will pay “indirectly through NAFTA,” which was followed by the wall will pay for itself, which preceded Congress will fund it and if they don’t I’ll shut down this whole damn government, and,

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Collective punishments in sports had to be left in last century, says Russian diplomat – Russian Politics & Diplomacy

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MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Russia believes it is inadmissible to use the principle of collective punishments in present-day sports since it is a method of the last century, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

“In the course of several years, decisions were made on the collective punishment, on the collective responsibility following specific accusations,” Zakharova said in an interview with Russian sports television channel Match-TV. “This is inadmissible.”

“The collective responsibility is something that had to be left in the 20th century without coming into the 21st century,” she continued. “This approach is inadmissible for us and

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