TIME Baseball

Baseball Tips Its Cap to Derek Jeter in Farewell Video

Teammates, rivals, and fans both celebrity and local join in


New York Yankees veteran Derek Jeter, who has announced that he’ll retire after the current season, earns a lot of respect in a new commercial from Jordan Brand, the Nike subsidiary that has endorsed him since 1999.

As Jeter gets ready to bat, he notices that he’s being saluted by the opposing pitcher, fans in the crowd, famous people in the crowd (including Spike Lee), New York City cops and firefighters, rappers Jay Z and Action Bronson, athletes Carmelo Anthony and Tiger Woods, begrudging players on rival teams, and, eventually, Michael Jordan himself.

This is Nike’s farewell to a player who’s been celebrated for his character both on and off the field for two decades. It will air during Tuesday’s All-Star game, which will be Jeter’s 14th, and last.

TIME beauty

Miss Florida Just Lost Her Crown Because of a Voting Error

Beauty queen dethroned due to "error in the tabulation process"

Elizabeth Fechtel was crowned Miss Florida on June 21, but enjoyed her title for only a few days before it was revoked Friday due to the discovery of an “error in the tabulation process.

First runner-up Victoria Cowen was given the crown instead after an independent audit and review of the ballots revealed that she had actually earned the highest score, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The pageant coordinators did not cite any specific details about the error in their official statement. The family was told that “in the last 15 seconds of the time allotted to vote, [one judge] drew lines to reverse his first vote,” mother Dixie Fechtel wrote in an email to the Times.

[Tampa Bay Times]

TIME movies

Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in an ‘FBI Wedding Comedy’

ABC's "Good Morning America" - 2014
Jason Bateman is a guest on "Good Morning America," on May 28, 2014 on the ABC Television Network. Fred Lee—ABC/Getty Images

He's making his third trip to the director's chair

Jason Bateman will do double-duty as star and director of an upcoming “FBI wedding comedy” for Universal Pictures. The studio has yet to release a timeline or title for the movie, Variety reports.

This marks Bateman’s third trip to the director’s chair. He is currently in pre-production for The Family Fang, and he made his directorial debut with Bad Words in 2013.

Universal bought the rights to the project from Warner Bros back in 2011. At the time, Steve Carell was expected to star.



TIME World Cup

World Cup Scores a Big Ratings Goal in the U.S.

Americans watched in big numbers

Soccer is gaining some serious traction stateside.

Thursday’s World Cup match between Germany and the U.S. attracted an average audience of more than 12 million across ESPN’s audio, television, and digital platforms, the network said Friday. It also notched a U.S. household rating of 6.7, making it the second-highest rated soccer game in the network’s history, as well as the the third-most viewed.

That rating was exceeded only by June 22′s U.S.-Portugal game, which scored a U.S. household rating of 9.7 and was the most-viewed soccer game ever across all U.S. networks, averaging 18 million viewers. Nielsen reports that a total of 24.7 million Americans tuned into the matchup against Portugal that day, which places it solidly ahead of the NBA Finals’ 18 million average viewers, but still well short of NFL numbers—the last Super Bowl drew an average of 111.5 million viewers.

TIME Drugs

Los Angeles Is Getting a Farmers’ Market for Pot

Legalizing Marijuana
Marijuana is displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Elaine Thompson—AP

Farm-to-table marijuana

Say hello to the newest addition to the farmers’ market: marijuana.

Los Angeles medical-marijuana users will soon be able to buy their product straight from the people who grew it, according to Paizley Bradbury, executive administrator of the California Heritage Market. The farmers’ market is set to open the weekend of July 4, and anyone with a medical-marijuana card will be able to walk through and check out the booths, where vendors will peddle cannabis flowers, edibles and more.

“It’s going to be so much easier for patients to get their medicine at a more affordable rate, and something that they can trust,” Bradbury tells TIME. “They can say ‘How did you grow this? Is it organic? What kind of nutrients did you use? What kind of strain is this?’ There’s just so much more behind it.”

Bradbury hopes direct patient-farmer contact will protect customers from what she calls the major problems in the industry: big markups from brokers who shuttle the product from farms to dispensaries, and dishonest practices by dispensaries, which Bradbury says sometimes post inaccurate analyses of the product hoping the average consumer won’t know any better.

The California Heritage Market hopes to keep running every weekend, provided it does not hit any legal barriers. Bradbury says she has been working very closely with an in-house lawyer to ensure everything goes smoothly.

“With this industry, you just never really know how things are going to turn out until after you do it,” she says.

TIME World Cup

New York’s Governor Gave Everyone a Longer Lunch Break to Watch the Soccer Game

"I am approving an extra hour for an extended lunch today for every New York State employee"

Good news for all soccer fans employed by the Empire State: There’s no need to furtively peek at a livestream in the corner of your screen while pretending to “work.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved an extended lunch hour Thursday so that state employees could watch the World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany.

“The State of New York stands strongly behind Team USA,” he wrote in a public letter to U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Therefore, I am approving an extra hour for an extended lunch today for every New York State employee, beginning at 12:00 PM, so they can root Team USA on to victory.”


TIME celebrities

Here’s the Heartbreaking Thing Harry Potter Said About Hedwig

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Daniel Radcliffe portrays Harry Potter with Hedwig the Owl in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." Jaap Buitendijk—Warner Bros/AP

Hedwig not his favorite

Harry Potter’s owl isn’t even his favorite Hedwig.

Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s book series, said Friday that he would choose the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch over Hedwig, Harry’s beloved snowy owl.

The question during a BuzzFeed event was admittedly ill-formed: What did it mean to “choose” one over the other? Were his options seeing a Broadway show starring Neil Patrick Harris once or owning a highly intelligent, mail-delivering, proud, loyal bird? If so, his choice seems inexplicable.

“They’re also hard things to compare,” Radcliffe conceded, after making his selection.

Fans disappointed by his choice were probably further saddened to learn that Radcliffe was not a big fan of the Harry Potter book series as a child. On the bright side, they just learned that the Diagon Alley theme park will open its doors early next month.

TIME technology

Drone Research Site Opens in Texas

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi opens a research site, the fourth of its kind

The country’s latest drone research site is now up and running, regulators said Friday, on a Texas campus where researchers will explore operational issues at a time when commercial use of drones seems poised for expansion.

The site, the fourth of six that will be dedicated to studying and testing unmanned drones, is at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Researchers will explore airworthiness standards, safety issues and detect-and-avoid technologies in an effort to gauge how drones can be integrated into U.S. airspace.

The drones will be used for projects such as “preservation and restoration of the ocean and ocean wetlands along the Padre Island National Seashore; research in advance of approaching tropical depressions; support to law enforcement in the Padre Island National Seashore; and providing metrics and lessons learned from these flights to the FAA,” the FAA said.

The FAA has granted the campus a two-year license to use an RS-16 drone, which weighs about 85 pounds and has a wingspan of almost 13 ft.

TIME Immigration

White House Moves to Address Surge in Unaccompanied Children at Border

U.S. Border Patrol agents detain a group of young migrants from Honduras and Guatemala near the Anzalduas Dam.
U.S. Border Patrol agents detain a group of young migrants from Honduras and Guatemala near the Anzalduas Dam at the Mexico-U.S. border in south Texas, March 25, 2014. Todd Heisler—The New York Times/Redux

An attempt to address an "urgent humanitarian situation"

The Obama Administration said Friday that it will send a surge of government lawyers and judges to the southern border and provide some $254 million in aid to address the “urgent humanitarian situation” of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.

Describing these children as vulnerable to violent crime and sexual abuse, the White House tasked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with organizing a response.

“Our first priority is to manage the urgent humanitarian situation by making sure these children are housed, fed, and receive any necessary medical treatment,” the White House said. “We also are taking steps to improve enforcement and partnering with our Central American counterparts in three key areas: combating gang violence and strengthening citizen security, spurring economic development, and improving capacity to receive and reintegrate returned families and children.”

Approximately 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended along the country’s southern border since October 2013, said DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Another 39,000 adults with children were apprehended. The influx of unaccompanied children has further inflamed the debate in Washington over immigration reform, which appears dead in the current Congress.

The Administration announced several new programs in Central American nations to address the issue, ranging from youth outreach to facilities that reintegrate returned migrants. The White House also called for an increase in government resources at the border, as it looks to improve its ability to detain adults who travel with children and carry out immigration court hearings efficiently, while protecting those who seek asylum.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not offer any details on how the Administration plans to pay for the surge.

-Additional reporting by Zeke J Miller

TIME Prisons

California to Investigate Illegal Sterilization of Female Inmates

The state auditor's report demands that health agencies look into the violations


An investigation of the California prison system revealed troubling numbers of female inmates who had been sterilized without their consent, in addition to many other breaches of protocol.

A report released on Thursday by the California State Auditor examined 144 cases of tubal ligations (more commonly referred to as having one’s “tubes tied”) performed on imprisoned women over the course of eight years.

“Some of the inmates were sterilized unlawfully, and there were certain safeguards that were designed to limit those occurrences, and those failed,” Margarita Fernández, the auditor’s chief of public affairs, tells TIME.

Among the 144 cases, 39 sterilizations were performed without the inmate’s lawful consent. In another 27 cases, the inmate’s physician did not sign the form that confirmed two key components of consent: first, that the patient was mentally competent and understood the lasting effects of the procedure, and second, that the required waiting period had been satisfied.

State law requires that at least 30 days and no more then 180 days must pass between the inmate signing over their consent and undergoing the procedure. In some cases, this waiting-period window was not observed properly, Fernández said. One sterilization took place 196 days after consent was given.

The auditor called on the Medical Board of California to investigate the 39 cases in which consent was not obtained, and asked the California Department of Health to investigate physician and hospital practices. The move comes after the Center for Investigative Reporting broke a story that reported over a hundred cases of unlawful sterilization.

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