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Bay Area firefighters prepare for bike ride to New York City to honor 9/11 victims

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) — A group of Bay Area firefighters plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a cross country bike ride ending in New York city.

Because some days in American history are so significant, people can remember exactly where they were, even decades later.

September 11, 2001 is one of those days for retired Santa Clara firefighter Darrell Sales.

“That morning I happen to come into work and we had a group of 17 brand new firefighters that were in the last week of their fire academy,” Sales said. “For the first two or three hours of our training, all of us watched as the events unfolded.”

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They watched nearly 3,000 Americans killed on that day, including 343 firefighters.

To honor the lost lives 20 years later, Sales and a team of retired and current firefighters are preparing to ride across the country on bikes.

40 days, 3,800 miles.

An honor ride from the Bay to Brooklyn.

“Trying to come up with a way to honor the 343 firefighters that gave their life on that day, we thought that this would be a good way to do that,” Sales said. “We’re looking at averaging 100 miles a day, going across the heart of the United States, connecting with fire departments each way and then coming into New York in time for the 9/11 events.”

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The group consists of ten firefighters and military vets ranging in age from 38 to 72.

Sales was part of the team that participated in the first event of its kind in 2011.

The team makes stops at other fire stations throughout the journey and passes by landmarks commemorating events from 9/11.

Sales says he never could’ve anticipated the feelings that came with finishing the journey ten years ago and he can’t wait to do it again.

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“People will ask you, ‘why do you do this? How do you get the energy to do something like this?’,” Sales said. “It really goes along with your thought process for the fire service. You just make that sacrifice, because that’s what you do because you want to give back to your community.”

The ride will begin on August 1 in Santa Clara.

The team is also raising money for the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation.

To donate to the cause, visit the Bay to Brooklyn Ride website here.

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Uber driver sexually assaulted 15-year-old girl during ride, court documents say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police are asking for your help in finding a 49-year-old Uber driver who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while giving her a ride.

According to Houston police, Leonel Medina is wanted on two counts of sexual assault of a child under 17 years old.

Police said that on May 12, the teen ordered an Uber to take her to a local Family Dollar store. They said Medina picked up the girl and began driving her to the back of a neighborhood before stopping at a dead end.

That’s when investigators said Medina told the girl to cancel the ride. He then got into the backseat and locked the doors as she struggled to get out, according to court documents. Medina sexually assaulted the teen, according to investigators, drove her back home and dropped her off.

The teen told investigators she didn’t alert Medina when she noticed he wasn’t driving to the store because she thought he was taking an alternate route.

In an interview with investigators, Medina reportedly admitted to assaulting the girl. But once a warrant was out for his arrest, authorities say he went on the run.

Medina is described as a Black man who is about 5 feet, 4 inches tall. He’s said to weigh 164 pounds, has brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information regarding Medina’s whereabouts is urged to call 713-222-8477.

When ABC13 reached out to Uber for a response regarding the incident, the company issued the following statement:

“The horrific details being reported are something no one should ever have to experience. We immediately banned the driver and stand ready to work with law enforcement on their investigation.”

The company also said it runs background checks on all potential drivers. The process checks MVR and criminal offenses at the local, state and federal level.

Drivers are re-screened annually, according to Uber.

In addition, the company also has a “Minor Policy,” which states anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to ride.

Uber will deactivate a rider’s account if a driver, third party, or riders themselves gives reason to believe they are under 18. The account can only be reactivated if the account holder submits documentation proving that he or she is 18 or over.

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Author: Steven Romo

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Ride an electric bike for free: Government scheme could offer cost-free bikes to millions

And that’s not all.

To further fuel sales, the Government is looking to fund an e-bike purchase subsidy as well as loan schemes.

Bicycle Association executive director Steve Garidis said: “I certainly still think this model has a lot going for it in terms of introducing new people to e-bikes, in an environment in which they may be more comfortable to try a new activity, and which can form a fun part of a holiday. There is a direct benefit at the tourist location if this cuts short trips.”

Cycling minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed: “E-cycles could be hugely important to our goal of bringing non-traditional groups to cycling including older and disabled people. We are establishing a national e-bike support programme, which could include loans, ‘opportunity to try’ schemes, subsidies, or other financial incentives, using the learning from other schemes in the UK and abroad.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Swan song? Simone Biles gears up for one more Olympic ride

The meet is the start of a frantic stretch that will end with Biles attempting to become the first woman in over 50 years to repeat as Olympic champion.

Simone Biles hops up in a chair and lets out a small sigh.
“Only 12 more weeks,” the greatest gymnast of her generation and any other says with a hint of wistfulness.
Not 12 weeks until the Tokyo Olympics begin. But until they’re over.
Don’t misunderstand. This summer, the 24-year-old has every intention on becoming the first woman to repeat as Olympic champion in more than a half-century. To drag, push and pull her sport into the future. To use her ever-expanding platform to advocate for real, substantive change within USA Gymnastics as it tries to emerge from the rubble of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. 
Still. Biles is tired. The five years since her glorious star turn in Rio de Janeiro — when she won four gold medals and five in all — have taken a toll. On her mind. On her spirit. And definitely on her big toes, which remain in her words “shattered.”
She needs a break. Probably an extended one. Maybe a permanent one. 
“She’s ready for the next phase,” said Cecile Landi, who along with husband Laurent has served as Biles’ coach since the fall of 2017.
For now, history beckons.
Biles will walk onto the competition floor for the first time in more than 18 months on Saturday night at the US Classic in Indianapolis. The meet marks the start of a frantic stretch in which Biles will stand at the center of a white-hot spotlight of her own creation not only as the face of gymnastics but the entire U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Tokyo Games themselves. 
Yes, that’s her megawatt smile featured at the end of nearly every NBC Olympic promo. The image and the ubiquity of it initially caught her off guard. Scared her even. Not anymore.
Maybe because she treats it as part of the outside noise she’s done her best to mute.
She didn’t ask to be immersed in three different social movements at once. It happened anyway. Three years ago she came forward as one of the hundreds of young women abused by Nassar — a longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor — under the guise of medical treatment. As a prominent Black athlete, she’s found herself trying to find a way to use her platform to speak out against social injustice. As a female, she’s become increasingly focused on aligning herself with entities that make empowering other women a priority, one of the driving forces behind her decision to recently leave Nike for Athleta. 
“It’s kind of scary sometimes having that power placed into my hands because I didn’t ask for it,” she said. “So I’m also getting used to that and I have to be careful about what I say because I know the impact that I can have.”
It takes discipline. There are times she finds herself with her phone in her hands, her emotions running high and an off-the-cuff message typed out. 
Thank God for the delete button. 
“Because since I’m very blunt, I have to put it in a way that is going to make it seem not as harsh,” Biles said.
Whatever emerges, she stressed, has to remain authentic. Yes, she’s aware she’s become in some ways a brand. Yet there remains something refreshingly unassuming about her worldview, even if it comes at a cost.
“She is highly scrutinized for everything she says, everything she does, everything she wears, everything that comes out of her mouth,” her mother Nellie Biles said. “I mean, it’s a hard world to live in because you’re being judged and everyone is judging you about who they think you represent.”
So Biles does her best to lead by example, an influencer in the original sense. That includes trying to nudge the sport she’s dedicated her life to into a new, more balanced era.
Biles is one of a select few still competing who are holdovers from the reign of former national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. The rigid and occasionally abrasive Karolyi oversaw USA Gymnastics’ ascendance into a global power, a rise in which the athletes were largely powerless soldiers. The system predicated on silence and obedience paved the way for prodigies like Biles to become champions. It also allowed Nassar’s predatory behavior to run unchecked.
USA Gymnastics is still trying to find a way forward, with more than a little prodding from Biles. She expressed frustration in 2018 at having to train on the Karolyi Ranch, the site of some of Nassar’s abuses. Shortly thereafter, USA Gymnastics backed out of an agreement to take over the facility. Later that year Biles chastised then-president Kerry Perry for her ineffectiveness. A month later Perry stepped down  under  pressure. Perry’s successor, Mary Bono, lasted less than a week after Biles questioned  an Instagram post in which Bono took issue with Black athletes who chose to protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
While Li Li Leung’s arrival in the spring of 2019 has provided some stability, Biles will go to work for a national governing body for which her feelings remain complex. 
“It’s hard,” she said. “Especially when you have so many pent-up emotions about it because of what I’ve been through. … I block it out, go out there represent the gym, represent the country. It’s the last thing on my mind.”
The first thing on her mind? Doing what she does better than anyone else on the planet.
Biles hasn’t spent the last five years coasting. She’s spent it pushing herself and gymnastics to places it once seemed impossible to go. She has turned the sport’s Code of Points into her own personal keepsake. She has elements named after her on multiple events, with perhaps another on vault in the offing.
Laurent Landi believes Biles is “very close to her full potential.”
Which really was the point of the whole thing. Why she opted — on her own terms, she insists — to return to the gym in late 2017. Why she stuck around for a full year after the 2020 Olympics were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s in a leotard with the world watching where she’s most comfortable. Doing the things only she can do, awing her peers while trying to silence her inner critic in the process. 
Still, she knows she can’t just go out there and “just” win. She’s done that for the last eight years. She needs to put on spectacle much as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt did during their unparalleled Olympic careers.
In some ways, Biles understands she’s a victim of her own brilliance. At the same time, ask her which medal from Rio means the most and she brings up the bronze she won on balance beam when she reached down to grab the 4-inch slab of wood in the middle of her routine, a rare miscue that cost her a shot at gold.
“People were really upset,” Biles said. “Guys, it’s still a medal for the country and it’s still a medal for myself, and if anybody else was going to get bronze they would have been cheering but it was Simone so they were, like, pissed.”
Still, there’s a reason the couches in her office at the sprawling World Champions Centre in the northern Houston suburbs are gold, after all.
That’s the standard she’s set for herself. A standard she alone can touch. A standard she is embracing not out of habit or duty but choice. 
“I want to do this and nobody is forcing me,” she said. “Now, it’s just for myself.”
Enjoy the show. However long it lasts.
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NBA 2K21 and TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2

Show off your handles on the hardwood or your reflexes on the road, all in this weekend’s Free Play Days. NBA 2K21 standard edition and TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2 are available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, May 13 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, May 16 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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The NBA Playoffs are almost upon us, and NBA 2K21 is the perfect way for fans to get into the game. Enjoy best-in-class gameplay and one-of-a-kind immersion into all facets of NBA basketball and culture with the full game this Free Play Days weekend.

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2
Enjoy the unique experience of TT Isle of Man 2 with Free Play Days. Race across an over 60 km long ultra-technical track at breakneck speed requiring realistic riding skills, challenge your friends, and become the best motorcycle rider in the most dangerous race in the world.

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

Keep the Fun Going

Purchase the game and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

Author: Dean Shimabukuro, Sr. Marketing Program Manager, Xbox
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Did You Know Link Can Ride On Giant Barrels In Zelda

Did You Know Link Can Ride On Giant Barrels In ZeldaNintendo Life

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch is now more than four years old and somehow players are still discovering new things within the kingdom of Hyrule.

Over the past few weeks, many players seem to have just found out that Link can actually ride large barrels in the game. It appears to have surprised everyone. Some commenters in the below Reddit post didn’t even know there were barrels this big in Breath of the Wild.

This is where you can find one of these giant barrels, according to the individual who posted the Reddit video (we also found it ourselves outside the Woodcutter’s house):

“I found this one on the Great Plateau near “Old Man’s hut”, IICRC there was one located at some ruins…

“There were also other comments that mentioned you can find it near somewhere on Lanayru Wetlands and Eventide Island.”

And here’s another look at it in action, courtesy of a few others – including Nintendo Life video producer, Jon Cartwright:

One other purpose giant barrels serve appear to be as cover to enter enemy locations undetected…

What do you think of this barrel roll Link can perform? Did you know you could do this in Breath of the Wild? Vote in our poll and leave a comment down below.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

All-new Cowboy 4 electric bikes are faster, redesigned and charge your phone as you ride

“The Cowboy 4 completely redefines life in and around cities,” shared Adrien Roose, Cowboy Co-Founder and CEO. “By designing two frame types featuring our first-ever step-through model, an integrated cockpit, and a new app, we are now able to address a much larger audience and cater to many more riders to move freely in and around cities.

“Our mission is to help city dwellers move in a faster, safer and more enjoyable way than any other mode of urban transportation. Be it wandering through the city or staying fit, it’s a reconnection with your senses and a rediscovery of the simple thrill of riding a bike.”

Both Cowboy 4 and Cowboy 4 ST cost £2,290 (€2,490) which includes built-in mudguards. You can pre-order these next-generation electric bikes with a £100 deposit today exclusively on cowboy.com, with deliveries starting in September 2021. Test ride bookings on cowboy.com of both models will begin from July across nine countries, including the UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Spain.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Texas MS 150 bike ride canceled due to weather

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The annual Texas MS 150 bike ride scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to the weather, according to organizers.

“We monitored the weather forecast through the night, but the heavy rain, flash flood warnings and the advisement our teams on the ground deemed this an unsafe ride and safety is our top priority for everyone connected to Bike MS,” organizers tweeted Saturday morning. “While this is immensely disappointing and we understand the desire to ride, we strongly discourage riding the route on your own.”

Organizers said they plan to give updates next week about the next Bike MS: Texas MS 150 event.

The Texas MS 150 ride had several locations where participants were to begin riding Saturday morning, including in Katy, Waller, La Grange and Todd Mission. The finish line was set to be at Kyle Field at Texas A&M in College Station.

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Alton Towers' Gangsta Granny ride inspired by David Walliams' nan

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This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

David Walliams is opening his own theme park ride based on his successful children’s book Gangsta Granny.

The comedian who has become a well-known children’s author has raked in millions for his successful tales, and now the popular book characters will appear at Alton Towers.

The ride is based around book Gangsta Granny, which was made into a film in 2013, starring the likes of Joanna Lumley, and Miranda Hart.

The ride includes interactive elements, where you will ride through a tunnel of adventure as the story of Gangsta Granny comes alive in 3D.

Characters such as Ben, Raj, The Queen, and Linda can be spotted around the ride.

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David Walliams launches his own Gangsta Granny ride

The star shared the new on Instagram and shared the first insight into the new ride, ahead of its opening next month.

He took five children for the first exclusive chance to enjoy the adventure, which officially opens to the public from May 17.

Walliams said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the brand new #GangstaGranny ride at @altontowers.

“My story has been brought to life in such an exciting and hilarious way.

“The attraction will be open to the public on May 17.”

There is also a gift shop based around character Raj, filled with sweets and goodies, as well as Gangsta Granny merchandise.

David Walliams telling his book fans about the ride

What’s more there is also a carousel and another ride for smaller children.

David has his own world at the park named ‘The world of David Walliams’ where the attractions will be based.

The star has 26 books to date including the likes of Billionaire Bairn, Mr Mingin, The Boy in the Dress, and Ratburger.

Members of the public shared their excitement for the opening of the ride.

One fan said: “Wow! Fantastic!”

Another added: “Brilliant, you must be so pleased.”

A third agreed: “Looks so cool.”

A number of fans were tagging their friends in the announcement post and said, “we have to go”.

‘RHOA’s Marlo Hampton Hints That ‘Ride Or Die’ Pal NeNe Leakes May Return Next Season

Author: Lanae Brody
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

‘RHOA’s Marlo Hampton revealed she thinks BFF NeNe Leakes may not be done with the show for good in this EXCLUSIVE new interview with HollywoodLife!

NeNe Leakes, 53, parted ways with the show that helped put her on the map, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, after season 12 — but her good pal and friend of the show Marlo Hampton, 44, thinks she may not be done. “To be honest, I do,” Marlo told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY during an episode of TVTalk on Instagram Live on April 19 when asked if she could see her bestie returning. “I know she’s probably saying no, but don’t you see it? I see a scene that she just pops out and is like, ‘Hey!’”

The OG peach holder was embroiled in drama as she feuded with cast members Porsha Williams, 39, and Kenya Moore, 50, last season. NeNe even struggled to get along with former good friends Cynthia Bailey, 54, and Kandi Burruss, 44, in her social circle — leaving Marlo the only person she had a relationship with on the show. After walking off at the virtual reunion in April 2020, NeNe announced via her YouTube channel that she was leaving. “I have made the hard and very difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13,” she revealed. “It wasn’t an easy decision for me.”

But Marlo decided to carry on this season as a friend of the show yet again as she focused on trying to have her own friendships with Kenya and Porsha that were messy because of her ties to NeNe. “So she’s used to me being with NeNe, being a ride or die for NeNe Leakes, which I love,” Marlo said of Porsha. “That’s my sister, my heart. Our relationship is different, Porsha and I’s. NeNe has been there for me as well, but now, you cannot tell me not to be friends with someone because you’re not friends with them. As long as I’m not your business, who cares? I’m just at a place where it’s easier to smile at Kenya. It was too much energy fighting with Kenya every episode.”

Kenya and Marlo shocked fans when she made an appearance at Moore Manor earlier in the season and she thinks NeNe doesn’t care, either. “That was shocking,” Marlo said of visiting her former frenemies house. “I had a good time. I had to order food though. Kenya didn’t have food. We’re in a good place. I think the old NeNe would be [upset over the friendship], but I don’t think the new NeNe would be. I think she’s above that now.”

With the season 13 reunion about to kick off, Marlo teases that some answers will finally be revealed! While she kept things vague, we can only imagine she’s referring to the giant questions surrounding Bolo the stripper and what happened at Cynthia’s bachelorette party earlier in the season. “The truth is going to be told about what happened,” Marlo revealed. “The truth is going to be told. You’re just going to see some people are going to have some ways. I just feel like money has changed a lot of people on our show and I feel like these girls are totally different. It’s like, sweetheart, I’ve come on this show. You were not. Sit down. I brought the fashion, I brought the lifestyle, I brought the cocktail glasses with rhinestones and I just feel they don’t give me my flowers and I’m at the point where I’m going to take my flowers while I’m here. I’m happy with how I showed up. I’m happy with what I said. I was disappointed in some parts about what I said because of the reaction, but it is what it is, you know? “

The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion kicks off Sunday, April 25 at 8pm on Bravo.