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Austin Declares ‘Local Disaster’ Cancelling SXSW Due to Coronavirus

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For the past 34 years, South by Southwest has taken place in Austin, Texas, bringing tens of thousands of people to the city for an annual tech, film and music conference.

Now the annual proceedings have been disrupted for the first time, as city officials have decided that it would be irresponsible to continue on with the events due to fear of spreading the coronavirus.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared a local disaster in a statement issued on Friday, as they look to prevent anyone from getting the COVID-19 virus that has affected over 100,000 people globally.

While the city of Austin is taking every precaution to control this matter, there has still been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Travis County, where Austin is located.

The cancellation of SXSW is a devastating blow to the city, as local businesses would have reaped the benefits of the thousands of patrons that would have flocked to Austin for this conference.

Last year, there were 73,716 attendants of SXSW, with 19,166 of them coming from outside of the country.

The sheer amount of people and the diverse locations they would be traveling from are also what caused the concern that led to the cancellation of this event, as 40,000 people signed a petition urging the city to take this action.

One of the unfortunate ramifications of cancelling SXSW is that it effects creators who were hoping to use the conference as a springboard to bring their content to the mainstream.

Hopefully the fears and concerns that have come with the outbreak of the coronavirus can be quieted soon and other events won’t meet a similar fate as South by Southwest.

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WTF Baron Davis | Season 1 Episode 1

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It appears to be a normal day at the Davis household. Then Brandon “B-Dot” Armstrong storms in ready to make his entrepreneurial dreams a reality only to find Baron working on a wolf puzzle with his next door neighbor Kenny, a tech wizkid living under the thumb of his leech parents. Baron also introduces B-dot to Ron, a political strategist whose strategy appears to be eating Baron’s cereal and roasting B-dot. 

We also meet Baron’s team: Andy, an exuberant and enthusiastic business manager who knows absolutely nothing about basketball (and potentially nothing about business) and Zoe, Baron’s ever-unimpressed publicist who’s just trying to pick up her paycheck. 

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Charles Barkley Selling MVP Trophy and Other Memorabilia to Build Affordable Housing in Alabama

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Before he was a Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley was just a kid growing up in Leeds, Alabama.

Barkley went from being an unheralded prospect in high school, to a star player when he attended college at Auburn University. He later left Alabama when he was drafted fifth overall by the Philadelphia 76ers and went on to have an incredible NBA career.

Still, Barkley has never forgotten where he came from. Now he has made the decision to sell some of the most prized collectibles from his career to give back to the community that raised him.

In a radio appearance on The Roundtable on 94.5 WJOX on Friday, Barkley announced that he would be selling some of his prized collectibles from his career to raise money for affordable housing in Leeds, Alabama.

Barkley will reportedly auction the MVP trophy from his 1993 season, when he led the Phoenix Suns to an NBA-best 62-20 record. That year, Barkley averaged 25.6 points on .520 shooting, 12.2 rebounds and a career high 5.1 assists per game.

The MVP trophy alone is worth anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000 according to Barkley. He will also auction off one of his gold medals and a flag signed by the infamous Dream Team.

Barkley is often remembered for the fact that he never won an NBA championship during his playing career.

While he never reached that particular mountaintop, Barkley was on the best players in NBA history and won gold medals in the 1992 and the 1996 Olympics.

Still, Barkley’s greatest achievements may be some of the things he has done off the court, as he is going out of his way to make the lives better for the people living in poverty in his hometown.

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The BIG All-Star Experience | Powered By: SLiC Studios

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2020 All-Star Weekend in Chicago was an instant classic | Powered By: SLiC Studios

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