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Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder alleges former team president Bruce Allen played role in negative stories

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder's efforts to clear his name amid allegations of widespread sexual harassment and misconduct toward women formerly employed by his organization remains ongoing. His latest target is none other than former team president Bruce Allen, who once ranked among Snyder's closest advisers.

Snyder filed a request in federal court for permission for his attorneys to search the communications of Allen, believing the former team official is one of the sources of the negative reports that have surfaced about him.

News of Snyder’s request to search Allen’s text messages and other communications was first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Snyder had filed a lawsuit in India against a media outlet called MEAWW after the company reported unsubstantiated allegations against him around the time that the Washington Post published a series of stories revealing sexual misconduct allegations against Washington team officials.

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Empty Middle Seat In Flights Can Reduce Exposure To Covid: CDC

Empty middle seats on flights can lower passengers’ exposure to infections diseases, including COVID-19, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC has recommended airlines to keep aircraft cabin middle seats vacant to prevent transmission of viruses.

CDC says flights can hold large numbers of people very closely for long periods of time, a very suitable condition for transmitting infectious diseases. However, according to a study, when the middle seat was kept vacant, transmission were reduced by 23% to 57%, compared with full aircraft occupancy.

“Physical distancing of aircraft passengers, including through policies such as middle seat vacancy, could provide additional reductions in SARS-COV-2 exposure risk,” the study notes.

Researchers at CDC estimated how far airborne virus particles travel inside a plane by using mannequins that emitted aerosol to measure the flow of virus particles through airline cabin mock-ups.

Current CDC guidelines recommend against travel for persons who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and a January 2021 CDC order requires masking for all persons while on airplanes.

Last year, Delta, Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue blocked middle seats on planes, while United Airlines refused to do it. American Airlines blocked seats for a short time.

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Ali Bahrynian Tapped As Director of Development and Production At QC Entertainment

QC Entertainment has hired Ali Bahrynian as Director of Development and Production. She joins the company this week and will continue to be based in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining QC, Bahrynian served as an agent at WME in the Motion Picture Literary Department. Promoted to agent in 2019, she has since spent her time fervently advocating for female and diverse filmmakers, helping champion fresh and innovative stories across all genres.

QC – standing for Quality Control – is led by founding partners Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield and Edward H. Hamm, Jr. QC Entertainment is renowned for championing bold storytellers and fresh stories that connect with audiences worldwide, both from veteran auteurs and new voices. The company has a multi-year first look deal with Paramount Pictures which covers scripted feature film projects and allows for QC to co-finance projects the company brings to the studio.

“Ali’s extensive network of talent and industry relationships, her keen eye for material and passion for inventive storytelling make her an invaluable addition to the QC team as we ramp up our upcoming slate of projects” said Mansfield And McKittrick.

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PPG Industries Inc. Q1 adjusted earnings of $1.88 per share

PPG Industries Inc. (PPG) announced earnings for its first quarter that advanced from last year.

The company’s bottom line totaled $378 million, or $1.58 per share. This compares with $243 million, or $1.02 per share, in last year’s first quarter.

Excluding items, PPG Industries Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $450 million or $1.88 per share for the period.

The company’s revenue for the quarter rose 14.8% to $3.88 billion from $3.38 billion last year.

PPG Industries Inc. earnings at a glance:

-Earnings (Q1): $450 Mln. vs. $310 Mln. last year.
-EPS (Q1): $1.88 vs. $1.31 last year.
-Revenue (Q1): $3.88 Bln vs. $3.38 Bln last year.

Next quarter EPS guidance: $2.15 – $2.20

Democrats’ Supreme Court Expansion Plan Draws Resistance

Lawmakers and activists say more justices are needed to rebalance the court, but a top Democrat said any action would have to await the work of a new presidential commission.

By Carl Hulse

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