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2 giant blobs at the core of our galaxy are spewing radiation. Scientists don’t know how they got there.

In 2010, astronomers working with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope announced the discovery of two giant blobs. These blobs were centered on the core of the Milky Way galaxy, but they extended above and below the plane of our galactic home for over 25,000 light-years. Their origins are still a mystery, but however they got there, they are emitting copious amounts of high-energy radiation.

More recently, the IceCube array in Antarctica has reported 10 super-duper-high-energy neutrinos sourced from the bubbles, leading some astrophysicists to speculate that some crazy subatomic interactions are afoot. The end result: The Fermi Bubbles are even more mysterious than we thought.

Related: Huge Milky Way Gas Bubbles Clocked at 2 Million Mph

Two giant blobs of hot gas

It’s not easy to make big balls of hot gas. For starters, you need energy, and a lot of it. The kind of energy that can spread hot gas to a distance of over 25,000 light-years doesn’t come easily to a typical galaxy. However, the peculiar orientation of the Fermi Bubbles — extending evenly above and below our galactic center — is a strong clue that they might be tied our central supermassive black hole, known as Sagittarius A*.

Perhaps millions of years ago, Sag A* (the more common name for our giant black hole, because who wants to keep typing or saying “Sagittarius” all the time?) ate a giant meal and got a bad case of indigestion, with the infalling material heating up, twisting around in a complicated dance of electric and magnetic forces, and managing to escape the clutches of the event horizon before falling in. That material, energized beyond belief, raced away from the center of the galaxy, riding on jets of particles accelerated to nearly the speed of light. As they fled to safety, these particles spread and thinned out, but maintained their energetic state to the present day.

Or perhaps a star wandered too close to Sag A* and was ripped to shreds, releasing all that potent gravitational energy in a single violent episode, leading to the formation of the bubbles. Or maybe it had nothing to do with Sag A* itself, but the multitude of stars in the core — perhaps dozens or hundreds of those densely packed stars went supernova at around the same time, ejecting these plumes of gas beyond the confines of the galactic more.

Or maybe none of the above.

No matter what, the bubbles are here, they’re big, and we don’t understand them.

Related: 8 Baffling Astronomy Mysteries

Gamma and the neutrino

You can’t see the Fermi Bubbles with your naked eye. Despite their high temperatures, the gas inside them is incredibly thin, rendering them all but invisible. But something within them is capable of making the highest-energy kind of light there is: gamma rays, which is how the Fermi team spotted them.

We think that the gamma rays are produced within the bubbles by cosmic rays, which themselves are high-energy particles (do you get the overall “high energy” theme here?). Those particles, mostly electrons but probably some heavier fellas too, knock about, emitting the distinctive gamma rays.

But gamma rays aren’t the only things that high-energy particles can produce. Sometimes the cosmic rays interact with each other, perform some complicated subatomic dance of matter and energy, and release a neutrino, an almost-massless particle that only interacts with other particles via the weak nuclear force (which means it hardly ever interacts with normal matter at all).

The IceCube Observatory, situated at the geographic south pole, uses a cubic kilometer of pure Antarctic water ice as a neutrino detector: every once in a rare while, a high-energy neutrino passing through the ice interacts with a water molecule, setting up a domino-like chain reaction that leads to a shower of more familiar particles and a telltale flash of light.

Due to the nature of its detectors, IceCube isn’t the greatest when it comes to pinpointing the exact origin location for a neutrino. But to date, it has found 10 of these little ghosts coming from roughly the direction of the two Fermi Bubbles.

Is this coincidence, or conspiracy?

A subatomic puzzle

So something could be producing these extremely exotic neutrinos inside the Fermi Bubbles. Or not — it could just be a coincidence, and the neutrinos are really coming from some distant part of the universe behind the Bubbles.

What’s more, somehow the cosmic rays are producing all the gamma rays, though we’re not exactly sure how. Perhaps we might get lucky: maybe there’s a single set of interactions inside the Bubbles that produces both gamma rays and the right kind of neutrinos that can be detected by IceCube. That would be a big step up in explaining the physics of the Bubbles themselves, and give us a huge clue as to their origins.

Recently, a team of researchers pored through the available data, even adding results from the newly operational High Altitude Water Cherenkov detector (a super-awesome ground-based gamma ray telescope), and combined that information with various theoretical models for the Bubbles, searching for just the right combo.

In one possible scenario, protons inside the Bubbles occasionally slam into each other and produce pions, which are exotic particles that quickly decay into gamma rays. In another one, the flood of high-energy electrons in the Bubbles interacts with the ever-present radiation of the cosmic microwave background, boosting some lucky photons into the gamma regime. In a third, shock waves at the outer edges of the Bubbles use magnetic fields to drive local but lethargic particles to high velocities, which then begin emitting cosmic rays.

But try as they might, the authors of this study couldn’t find any of the scenarios (or any combination of these scenarios) to fit all the data. In short, we still don’t know what drives the gamma ray emission from the Bubbles, whether the Bubbles also produce neutrinos, or what made the Bubbles in the first place. But this is exactly how science is done: collecting data, ruling out hypotheses, and forging onward.

Read more: “Correlation of high energy neutrinos and gamma rays on the direction of Fermi Bubbles

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, host of Ask a Spaceman and Space Radio, and author of “Your Place in the Universe.” Sutter contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights

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Hurricane Dorian: NASA’s launch hardware survived storm, Kennedy Space Center confirms

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Launch infrastructure at Kennedy Space Center survived Hurricane Dorian, NASA has confirmed.

“We’re happy to report no flight hardware was damaged during this storm,” Kennedy Space Center tweeted late Thursday.

The Space Center reopened for normal operations earlier this morning.

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Aerial footage showed the gigantic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center unscathed in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Earlier this week, NASA posted a video on social media that showed 62 mph wind and rain from Hurricane Dorian whipping through the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Center parking lot at 3.a.m. EDT Wednesday.

At its closest point, the eye of the hurricane came within 70 nautical miles of Cape Canaveral, according to NASA. “Data from our 250 foot tower clocked the top windspeed at 90 mph,” Kennedy Space Center tweeted.

A 120-strong team of NASA personnel rode out the storm at Kennedy Space Center, carefully monitoring key launch infrastructure.

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On Aug. 30, NASA confirmed that its Mobile Launcher had been moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building to protect it from Dorian.

The Mobile Launcher is key to America’s space future. It’ll be used to launch NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for future Artemis missions to the Moon.

Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex also reopened Friday.

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In 2017, NASA said that Kennedy Space Center had sustained “a variety of damage” as a result of Hurricane Irma. A year earlier, NASA reported limited damage to Kennedy Space Center from Hurricane Matthew.

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Hurricane Dorian howled over North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday. Its winds down to 90 mph, the Category 1 hurricane lashed communities with wind, rain and floodwaters as it hugged the islands. Around midmorning, it blew ashore at Cape Hatteras, making its first landfall on the U.S. mainland.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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NASA discovers mysterious green light that quickly disappeared

NASA has spotted something mysterious in deep space that it can’t quite explain — bright flashes of green and blue spots that appeared and disappeared in a cosmic second.

The NuSTAR X-ray observatory was looking at the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) and saw multiple blobs of blue and green light that appeared and disappeared within weeks, according to a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory also witnessed the appearance and disappearance of the green blob, known as an ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX), confirming the sighting.

“Ten days is a really short amount of time for such a bright object to appear,” said Hannah Earnshaw, a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech, in a statement. “Usually with NuSTAR, we observe more gradual changes over time, and we don’t often observe a source multiple times in quick succession. In this instance, we were fortunate to catch a source changing extremely quickly, which is very exciting.”

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This visible-light image of the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) comes from the Digital Sky Survey, and is overlaid with data from NASA’s NuSTAR observatory (in blue and green). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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While researchers are quick to point out that ULXs are a common occurrence in space (this was the fourth one spotted in this galaxy), they also note that ULXs are “typically long-lived.” With this ULX, there was “visible light … detected with the X-ray source,” which likely rules out that it was a supernova.

So what is it? The researchers offered several theories for the appearance of the green blob, including the fact it could be a black hole consuming another object.

“If an object gets too close to a black hole, gravity can pull that object apart, bringing the debris into a close orbit around the black hole,” NASA wrote in the post. “Material at the inner edge of this newly formed disk starts moving so fast that it heats up to millions of degrees and radiates X-rays.”

But given the fact that ULX-4 could be a recurring event, another possible explanation is that it is a neutron star. Neutron stars, which are about the same mass as the Sun, are able to draw in material, creating disks of debris that can generate ULX sources.

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However, if the neutron star spins too fast, the magnetic fields it creates can actually cause a barrier, which would prevent the material from reaching the star’s surface.

“It would kind of be like trying to jump onto a carousel that’s spinning at thousands of miles per hour,” Earnshaw added.

The barrier effect would prevent the star from being a source of X-rays. However, the barrier might “waver briefly,” which would allow material to fall through and land onto the neutron star’s surface, which could explain the sudden appearance and disappearance of the ULX, researchers suggested.

“This result is a step towards understanding some of the rarer and more extreme cases in which matter accretes onto black holes or neutron stars,” Earnshaw said.

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Joe Biden claims he once told Vladimir Putin ‘I don’t think you have a soul’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden claims he once told Russian President Vladimir Putin he has no “soul.”

During a fundraiser in New York on Thursday, Biden spoke of meeting with Putin while he was vice president during the Obama administration.

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Recalling what he told Putin, Biden said, “I don’t think you have a soul and his response was, ‘Well, we understand each other.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (right) claims he once told Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) he has no “soul.” (Associated Press).

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The comments evoke memories of former President George W. Bush’s comments in 2001 after meeting Putin, when he said, “I looked the man in the eye” and “I was able to get a sense of his soul.” (Bush has since said “Putin changed.”)

During the fundraiser, Biden vowed to get tough with Putin if elected president.

“You screw around with us, worse is coming your way,” Biden said. “They gotta understand there’s a price to pay.”

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Speaking of Russia’s attempts to interfere in U.S. elections, Biden called for new election security measures.

“We have to get every state in the union to move toward having paper ballots. We need the backup,” he said.

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Country singer Kylie Rae Harris fought back tears in emotional video hours before death

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Hours before country singer Kylie Rae Harris died after being involved in a car crash in New Mexico on Wednesday night, the 30-year-old posted an eerie video reminiscing about the very roads that she would later die on.

Harris, who was on her way to play the Big Barn Music Festival in Taos on Thursday, shared an emotional moment with her fans on Instagram Stories shortly before her death.

“I just got to Taos, N.M., and I’m playing this festival here,” a teary-eyed Harris began. She explained that she had spent the “last 20 years of my life” traveling to Taos with her dad and sister to visit her grandparents, uncle and other family members that lived there.

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“But basically, literally everybody that was here passed away except for my uncle — including my dad and I’m going to cry,” she said while fighting back tears. “Sorry, Instagram.”

She said she became emotional while driving to Taos for the festival because she recalled the many times she drove these same roads with her dad.

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“I started getting real sad [while driving] and then all of a sudden, these random cows show up in the middle of the road,” she said. “And it might sound really crazy, but there was this time…with my dad and my sister. I was in the back seat, asleep…and we hit something really hard and I popped up my head and was like, ‘What was that?’ and my dad said, ‘Cow guard’ but really he had hit a cow.

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“I know that’s very depressing, but just the fact that…I was on my trek through the mountains, and I was crying and I was sad and all of a sudden these cows appeared out of nowhere and you know we grieve in different ways, but like, I don’t know,” she said before ending the video.

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The singer’s rep confirmed Harris’ death to Fox News on Thursday: “We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night. We have no further details to share, and ask for privacy for her family at this time. Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music. The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you.”

The Taos County Sheriff’s Office told us that three vehicles were involved in a crash on Wednesday night on State Road 522. They said two drivers – a 30-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl – were killed and that the third driver escaped injury. The Sheriff’s Office says alcohol is suspected as being a factor in the crash.

Harris leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter.

Fox News’ Julius Young and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Demi Lovato faces her ‘biggest fear’ with bikini snap showing off her cellulite: ‘This is what I got’

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Demi Lovato faced her “biggest fear” by sharing a new picture of herself in a leopard-print bikini without any editing.

The picture, which was taken during a trip she took to Bora Bora earlier this summer, shows the 27-year-old singer posing in a pool up to her knees while looking over her shoulder. She puts her backside on display and, in a lengthy caption, Lovato explains that showcasing her cellulite was a point of anxiety for her.

“This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body,” she explained.

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Lovato previously turned heads with a handful of snaps in the same bikini while on the same trip. However, she now admitted those pictures were edited.

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“Yes the other bikini pics were edited — and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth,” she wrote.

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She continued: “This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.”

The star was likely referencing her previous battles with eating disorders, drug addiction, mental illness and her near-fatal overdose in July 2018.

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“It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet s—,” she explained. “Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem..”

The star concluded her post with a note explaining to fans that, despite the body-positive snap, she’s not 100 percent happy with the way she looks. However, she notes that being appreciative of her body is the best she can do.

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Lovato later took to her Instagram Stories to note that she’s still anxious about having posted the picture but was finding her followers’ love and support calming. She even posted a few images of fans recreating her pose and showing off their own “CELLULIT” figures.

This isn’t the first time that the singer has taken a stand when it comes to her looks. In March, she blasted a report about her “fuller figure” by writing: “I am more than my weight.

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“I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes,” she explained at the time. “Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder.”

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Silicon Valley bigwig buys $100M Malibu mansion

More than a year after he left Facebook over privacy disputes, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum has decided to plunk down some of the riches bestowed upon him by the social network on a $100 million mansion.

Koum purchased the longtime Malibu estate of NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer, according to Variety. The estate, which includes 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths in the 13,693 square-foot house and a couple of guesthouses, was originally listed for $125 million. Built in the late 1990s, the property sits on a 3-acre blufftop lot that overlooks Paradise Cove.

Some of the other features included in the luxurious living space include a sculptural floating staircase, a wall of glass, clerestory-style windows and a chef-accommodating kitchen. Also included are a pool, a professional-grade home theater and a two-story library and gallery.

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Koum, who also owns several pieces of property in Silicon Valley, will move into an area that counts Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and music mogul Jimmy Iovine as neighbors.

The WhatsApp co-founder has a rather expansive real estate portfolio, including a high-tech converted warehouse in Burlingame, Calif., where he stores part of his vast car collection; an $8.5 million mansion in Atherton, Calif.; and a $5.5 million mansion in Hillsborough, Calif., Variety added.

He also owns another $100 million property in Atherton that sits on 5.6 acres and includes multiple mansions, swimming pools and a 10,000+ sq. ft. garage.

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The Paradise Cove property has a storied history, with Meyer acquiring the formerly vacant land in 1997 from his former partner at talent agency CAA, Mike Ovitz, for $5 million. Ovitz, who purchased the property because he knew Meyer wanted it, admitted in 2016 that he regretted swooping in to buy the home.

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“One of the reasons I made that mistake is I didn’t have him to advise me not to do that,” Ovitz was quoted as saying. “That’s the way it went in our relationship.”

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Facebook bought WhatsApp, which now has over 1 billion monthly active users, in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock, making it one of the largest acquisitions ever in the tech industry.

The Ukrainian born Koum left the social network in May 2018 amid reports that he had clashed with WhatsApp parent company Facebook over data privacy issues.

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Rudy Giuliani blasts Bill de Blasio’s tenure as NYC mayor: ‘It breaks my heart’

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani lashed out at the Big Apple’s current mayor, Bill de Blasio, Friday on “Fox & Friends,” saying it “breaks [his] heart” to see the direction of the city.

Giuliani took particular issue with rising homelessness in New York City, which reportedly reached a record earlier this year.

“Homelessness was gone and homelessness should be gone,” Giuliani said. “There’s a way to look at homelessness that these liberals just don’t get. When I see a city with homeless people, I see a city with a mayor who doesn’t give a damn about people, because if you give a damn about people, you don’t let them lay on the street.”

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Giuliani said during his administration police officers were directed to intervene and offer to bring people to homeless shelters.

He said he disagrees with his mayoral successor, Michael Bloomberg, on many political issues but credited him for turning over to de Blasio the “best-run city” in the country.

Host Brian Kilmeade asked Giuliani about de Blasio’s claim that he has improved the city since taking office in 2014.

“He must be smoking something,” Giuliani jokingly responded.

De Blasio appeared Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where he was pressed by Carlson on his floundering presidential campaign, his push for gun control and much more.

He said he plans to stay in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, with the goal of making the October debate stage.

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“I’ve said very clearly my goal is to get into those next debates — and that’s a month away until that cut-off period,” he said. “I’m going to put ideas out there that I think are going to be meaningful for people. Even a $1 donation helps me to get into the next debates.”

The New Yorker added that his experience running America’s largest city is good grounding for the skills needed to execute the office of the presidency.

He cited what he considered “real, serious foundational changes” in New York and likened his current role to that of a chief executive.

A recent New York Post article claimed de Blasio spent only seven hours at City Hall in the month of May, when he launched his presidential campaign.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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Placido Domingo’s 2020 Dallas Opera event canceled amid new allegations of sexual misconduct

The Dallas Opera has canceled a 2020 Placido Domingo event due to harassment and groping allegations against the opera superstar.

The opera said Thursday the gala had been set for March 11 but was taken off the calendar due to “ongoing developments regarding allegations made against” Domingo.

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Eleven women have come forward in an AP story published Thursday with new allegations of sexual misconduct against Domingo.

In a statement, Domingo’s spokeswoman said the new allegations were riddled with inconsistencies, but she provided no specifics.

Spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer did not immediately respond to an email about the Dallas Opera’s performance cancellation.

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In this Nov. 5, 1994 file photo, Placido Domingo performs in the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Herodiade” in San Francisco. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, the San Francisco Opera said it is canceling an October concert featuring Domingo after the publication of an Associated Press story that quoted numerous women as saying they were sexually harassed or subjected to inappropriate behavior by the superstar. (AP)

Nine women previously told The Associated Press that they had been harassed by the star.

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In the weeks since that story was published, the women have shared new stories about encounters with Domingo, currently the general director of Los Angeles Opera, that they said included unwanted touching, persistent requests for private get-togethers, late-night phone calls and sudden attempts to kiss them on the lips.

Several additional backstage employees described for the AP how they strove to shield young women from the star as administrators looked the other way.

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Taken together, their stories reinforce a picture of an industry in which Domingo’s behavior was an open secret and young women were left to fend for themselves in the workplace.

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Green Bay Packers’ Tramon Williams takes shot at Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky after win

The Green Bay Packers put on a great defensive showing to back up quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ lone touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the second quarter in their win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams took a shot at Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after the win and expressed his confidence about his team winning the ball game because of the opponents’ quarterback play.

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“We wanted to make Mitch play quarterback,” Williams told reporters after the game, according to The Athletic. “We knew they had a lot of weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all of those things. But we knew if we could make Mitch play quarterback, that we’d have a chance.”

Trubisky was 26-for-45 with 228 passing yards and an interception. He was also sacked five times.

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Adrian Amos had the one interception for the Packers, while Williams had three tackles.

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Green Bay Packers’ Preston Smith sacks Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. The Packers won 10-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Packers won the game 10-3.

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Williams is in his second season with Green Bay. He played all 16 games last season and had 54 total tackles.

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