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CCIV, the SPAC that Lucid Motors will complete a merger with later in 2021, has seen extreme volatility with its stock share price in the past several months. After reaching the mid-$60s in February, it has sunk to its current level of $19.43. This comes despite an ongoing flurry of positive catalysts that show there could well be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow once the company is fully underway.

Lucid Motors had exceedingly positive results after testing their vehicle in harsh cold conditions: With Lucid Motors rolling out their initial vehicle line later this year…

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Forward Detlef Schrempf was one of the most useful players in the NBA during a 16-year career as a star. He seemed to do a little bit of everything, filling in the score sheet from every imaginable angle. Now years after he retired as a player, he is still working hard and being useful as ever, except now something even more important than basketball — erasing hate.

Born in Germany, Schrempf came to the United States as a high school senior and ultimately enrolled at the University of Washington, where he starred for their basketball team. The 6'10" forward could…

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Ezra Sutton was a productive baseball star of the 19th century; well known and highly regarded for his talent and affability. While he is largely forgotten today, he made such great connections as a player that he was able to garner great support later in his life as he experienced unspeakable tragedies leading up to his death.

The right-handed hitter was renowned for his powerful arm and a potent bat. In 18 big-league seasons (1871–1888), he played for three different teams, spending his last 12 seasons with the Boston Beaneaters of the National League. In 1,263 games (for much of…

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When prospects enter the NBA, those who go on to have successful careers take varying lengths of time to reach their stride and become productive. That includes these four former first-round draft picks who are having break-out seasons in 2020–2021.

Robert Williams, Center- Boston Celtics: The Celtics selected Williams with the 27th overall pick in 2018 out of Texas A&M because of his elite, springy athleticism. He had somewhat of a reputation for being immature and raw, but with his obvious physical talents, he was a risk worth taking late in the first round.

It appears that Boston’s draft diligence…

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Although outfielder Buck Freeman hit less than 100 home runs during his career, he was one of baseball’s most lethal sluggers during the Dead Ball era, when there weren’t a lot of long balls. Not only was he a prodigious masher of balls, he even had one well known blast that caused quite a dustup between a passerby and a policeman.

The left-handed Freeman did become a regular player until he was 27 but went on to enjoy a productive 11-year big-league career (1891; 1898–1907). Seven of those seasons were spent with the Boston Beaneaters/Americans, where he was quite the…

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The United States Have Literally Been Built on Cancel Culture

The movement of consequence has a long-standing history in this country

Republican leaders have increasingly spoken out against “cancel culture” as a liberal tool of censorship and mob mentality (while frequently attempting to utilize it for their own gains). However, this is not a new phenomenon and in fact has been a longstanding and important bedrock of American history.

Cancel culture, the act of widespread withdrawal of support, or in some cases even practical shunning, is a social tool utilized against individuals and entities believed to have committed transgressions that go against our values. …

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The Covid-19 pandemic has been a terrible blight to the United States (and the world), causing over 500,000 American deaths to date and straining the capacities of the economy, healthcare system and human emotions for the past year. Despite the horribleness of it all, it is important to look for bright spots where we can. This may include rising used car business CarLotz, Inc. (LOTZ), which has seen their prospects on the rise coinciding with the cause-and-effect responses to the infectious illness.

As I have previously written, CarLotz began operations in 2011 as a regional used car business. Their basic…

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Baseball isn’t really a game of predictability. It’s actually often a game of improbability. Few players embodied that more than Willie Keeler, who was one of the greatest hitters who ever lived, despite a diminutive stature that earned him the nickname of “Wee Willie.” In the year leading up to his untimely death at the age of 50, he reflected on his extraordinary career.

A native of Brooklyn, Keeler stood a modest 5’4” and tipped the scales at 140 pounds. Even in his day, he was slight, especially for a professional ballplayer. …

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More than a century after he last played, Honus Wagner is still regarded by many to be the finest shortstop who has ever played the game of baseball. An inaugural member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, he may not have gotten a chance to define the position if not for early in his career when a teammate’s dispute with their manager about a sore finger grudgingly pushed the “Flying Dutchman” to what turned out to be his destiny.

Wagner was wide-bodied, muscular and had pronounced bowlegs. During a 21-year career (1897–1917 with the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates, he…

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So many terrific Negro League baseball players were prevented from playing Major League Baseball because of the color barrier that wasn’t broken until 1947, and not fully torn down until many years after that. One of these great stars who was unjustly barred was third baseman Ray Dandridge. Despite being in the prime of his career when Jackie Robinson broke into the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he never got a shot of his own; something he spoke out in an interview later in life after being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The right-handed Dandridge was slight, listed…

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