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Boxer Claressa Shields loses shot at world title over coronavirus

Sports activities: Claressa Shields, first American to win twin boxing Olympic golds in a row. Topic of subsequent yr’s film “Flint Robust” starring Ice Dice.

Quickest male or feminine fighter to win three world titles, twice Particular person Sportswoman of the Yr, first girl to headline boxing on Showtime, Ladies’s Boxing Athlete of the Decade. Billie Jean King tweeted congratulations. She was set for her junior middleweight world title bout Saturday till clocked by CV’s TKO.

Promoter Dmitry Salita: “Forcing this champ to postpone that match, the progress she dropped at the game may erode. What’s the way forward for girls’s sports activities if champions are stored from the highlight?”

So, hear, if you happen to solely watch the Flintstones and don’t know who she is, not my downside.

Small-scale studio

Pronouncements: Jeffrey Katzenberg. Ran studios. Spielberg and Geffen had been his DreamWorks SKG companions. However the world shrunk. Him, too. Now he runs small-screen Quibi for “fast bites.” Like Invoice Murray, Chrissy Teigen, Christoph Waltz — in your cellphone.

The sensible man says: “Film theaters return. Companies too. Workplaces will rely on what your job is, how intently packed in you’re. Issues have to be rethought. We’ll discover our approach again to some model of that. Seeing individuals on Zoom’s not the identical in a artistic surroundings once you’re collaborating, pitching concepts, the pheromones, that ‘within the room’ chemistry simply isn’t.”

So how does he look on Zoom?

Amusing, then, “Like I actually really am 69 years previous.”

Studying’s rising

Literature: Sufficient studying dangerous information and binge-watching TV. On-line e-book gross sales, e-books, precise books and audiobooks are up 25 p.c because the lockdown.

Greatest-selling Nelson DeMille: “Even my backlist elevated. In troubled instances, individuals gravitate towards superheroes like in my John Corey novels. Authors work in lockdown anyway, so quarantining hasn’t modified my daytime routine.

“Far as I do know, nobody’s writing a novel a few pandemic. However subsequent yr, there can be a lot of great things written throughout this isolation.”

Pol place

Politics: Andrew Yang. Itchy for fame or a job, the man now needs to take Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. Not making president, he’s scratching to be mayor. Failing that, he’ll possibly accept alderman.

He studied at Columbia. Launched an organization that, he mentioned, “didn’t work out.” Then labored for a startup one thing. Then based Enterprise for America, which created jobs in Baltimore (which has issues) and Detroit (which has issues) and now needs NYC, which additionally has issues.

Belief Mom. He’s gearing to seize Metropolis Corridor — if Chirlane lets him.

Pen pal checks in

Individuals: Scandals in the past, Tama Janowitz circled each get together. Her mouth was headlines. “Bratty frat pack creator,” she poked us. Peed on us. Wrote “Slaves of New York” and “Scream: A Memoir of Glamour and Dysfunction.”

As we speak Tama says: “My life has not been straightforward for a few years now. I left town in 2012, have scarcely ever been again since.” Her handprinted letter is from a small village upstate.

New York is my faith. A religious New Yorker, I stay, breathe and eat New York. And I really feel for our yellow cabbies. Sure, the entrance seat typically has a deli aroma. Their music’s from a far-off galaxy. They’re accessible besides when it rains. Or will reply a hail with a center finger out the window — and up. However they’re ours. Us. New Yorkers. When that business had front-page issues, I selected to do constructive tales. A fleet’s Mr. Rattner didn’t take my name. Didn’t return my name. I phoned once more. Left my identify. And message. And cellphone quantity. No name again.

Simply saying that’s solely in New York, children, solely in New York.