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Bravo star Ryan Serhant and wife Emilia on how they make their marriage work

Being on a reality TV show can put a lot of strain on a marriage, but “Million Dollar Listing: New York” couple Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis Serhant work hard at staying connected even with cameras around.

“I would say don’t let it change you as a couple, but use the time that you’re filming as time together,” Emilia told Fox News at a Godiva event in New York City just in time for Valentine’s Day. “We are really busy people. We’re working all the time so when we’re together filming, it’s our time together.”

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“And be protective of each other,” she added.

“And always have a goal in mind,” Ryan explained. “Like at the end of the day, what are you doing this for? What’s the point of the show you’re on? What’s the point of the content you’re making?”

The couple met in NYC but come from different cultural backgrounds with Ryan being raised in New England while Emilia was born in New York but grew up in Greece and then went to college in the UK.

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“So I am from a very big Greek family and culturally we are different,” she said. “We’re more in each other’s business. Ryan’s family is very New England, but they’re very proper in that they don’t meddle in our business. But I think we actually complement each other very well.”

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‘Million Dollar Listing: New York’ stars, Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis Serhant, shop for Valentine’s Day gifts at the GODIVA café located in NYCs Flatiron district on February 10, 2020 in New York City.  (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Godiva)

“He’s always excited about holidays or with my family because he can do whatever he wants, he can chill, wear whatever he wants. When I’m with his family, I love sitting with his dad. I love the structure of everything and the peace and quiet,” Emilia said with a laugh.

The couple welcomed their first child together, baby Zena, a year ago and being parents has transformed their lives. “Zena walks, she dances, climbs. Every time she hears music, she moves her little feet,” Emilia gushed.

Last season on the Bravo reality show, it seemed like everyone was having kids but the Serhants actually spent the most time with Andy Cohen and his son, Ben. “We still haven’t had a play date with Steve and his baby, but we need to. We’re working and planning that right now. Louis is traveling and Fredrick moved,” Ryan said.

The top NYC broker doesn’t have too much downtime though. He’s currently filming and working hard on his 2020 goals.

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“We already started filming season nine,” he said. “We’re filming in this massive new building. We’re selling some amazing townhouses and doing some crazy renovations. The cameras are following the renovation of our own townhouse. So we just have to up the ante, which is super stressful.”

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Three U.S. Airlines Extend Halt on Boeing 737 Max Flights

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All three U.S. carriers that use Boeing’s 737 Max jetliner have again put off returning the plane to their schedules.

On Friday, United Airlines said it would operate without the jet until Sept. 4, while American Airlines said it would do so through Aug. 17. Southwest Airlines said Thursday that it would do likewise through Aug. 10.

The three airlines had previously said they expected to bring the 737 Max back in June, but none had provided a formal update since Boeing said last month that it did not expect regulatory approval to fly the jet until June or July. Once approval is granted, airlines will have to prepare the planes and train pilots, which would take weeks.

United said Friday that its decision allowed it to plan service during the peak summer travel season with greater certainty, even if regulators clear the 737 Max to fly sooner.

After it reported quarterly earnings call last month, Andrew Nocella, United’s chief commercial officer, said the company did not expect to fly the Max this summer. United has 14 of the 737 Max jets in its fleet. Sixteen more have been produced for the airline, with 155 on order.

Southwest said Thursday that it had chosen to extend its suspension of 737 Max flights in light of “continued uncertainty around the timing” of the jet’s return to service. American said it would formally change its schedule later this month and notify customers whose trips were affected.

The Max has been grounded worldwide after two crashes, in late 2018 and early 2019, killed a total of 346 people. An automated anti-stall system called MCAS was identified as a common factor in the disasters.

To fly again, the 737 Max must overcome a series of hurdles. Boeing will have to resolve several issues in collaboration with regulators, including fixing the problems associated with MCAS and determining whether the company needs to separate wire bundles that could, in rare cases, short circuit and possibly lead to catastrophic failure. Regulators will then have to test the plane and determine how pilots should be trained to fly it.

The problems with the 737 Max have created an opportunity for Airbus, Boeing’s European rival, but Airbus has such a lengthy backlog that it cannot immediately benefit from Boeing’s troubles.

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Three U.S. Airlines Extend Halt on Boeing 737 Max Flights

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All three U.S. carriers that use Boeing’s 737 Max jetliner have again put off returning the plane to their schedules.

On Friday, United Airlines said it would operate without the jet until Sept. 4, while American Airlines said it would do so through Aug. 17. Southwest Airlines said Thursday that it would do likewise through Aug. 10.

The three airlines had previously said they expected to bring the 737 Max back in June, but none had provided a formal update since Boeing said last month that it did not expect regulatory approval to fly the jet until June or July. Once approval is granted, airlines will have to prepare the planes and train pilots, which would take weeks.

United said Friday that its decision allowed it to plan service during the peak summer travel season with greater certainty, even if regulators clear the 737 Max to fly sooner.

After it reported quarterly earnings call last month, Andrew Nocella, United’s chief commercial officer, said the company did not expect to fly the Max this summer. United has 14 of the 737 Max jets in its fleet. Sixteen more have been produced for the airline, with 155 on order.

Southwest said Thursday that it had chosen to extend its suspension of 737 Max flights in light of “continued uncertainty around the timing” of the jet’s return to service. American said it would formally change its schedule later this month and notify customers whose trips were affected.

The Max has been grounded worldwide after two crashes, in late 2018 and early 2019, killed a total of 346 people. An automated anti-stall system called MCAS was identified as a common factor in the disasters.

To fly again, the 737 Max must overcome a series of hurdles. Boeing will have to resolve several issues in collaboration with regulators, including fixing the problems associated with MCAS and determining whether the company needs to separate wire bundles that could, in rare cases, short circuit and possibly lead to catastrophic failure. Regulators will then have to test the plane and determine how pilots should be trained to fly it.

The problems with the 737 Max have created an opportunity for Airbus, Boeing’s European rival, but Airbus has such a lengthy backlog that it cannot immediately benefit from Boeing’s troubles.

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Arrests made in November murders of 2 California boys

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Union City police in California made an arrest in the previously unsolved murder of two juvenile boys on Friday after they were viciously gunned down, while sitting in a van outside of a school, shortly before Thanksgiving last year.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, made the announcement alongside law enforcement, detailing the arrest of Jason Cornejo, 18, of Castro Valley, Fox 2 reported.

Police also reportedly arrested a 17-year-old boy who was not immediately identified. Both suspects were charged by the Alameda County District Attorney with the murders of Sean Withington, 14, and Kevin Hernandez, 11.

Withington and Hernandez were sitting in a van outside Searles Elementary School, 30 miles southeast of San Fransisco when the murderer opened fire on the car. Residents called 911 after hearing the shots ring out around 1:30 a.m. Police arrived to find Withington had died on the scene, while Hernandez perished in transit to the hospital.

2 CALIFORNIA BOYS, AGES 11 AND 14, KILLED IN SHOOTING OUTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Both suspects happened to already be in custody on unrelated charges when police made the connection between them and the shooting.

Prosecutors plan to add gang enhancements and special circumstances to the case.

Authorities said the defendants were acting in connection with a street gang — a theory law enforcement was considering shortly after the killing. They did not, however, go into detail on who may have ordered the hit or what the motive was behind the killing.

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Prosecutors also said a rap song was posted to the internet, praising the alleged involvement of the two defendants in the murders, according to Fox 2.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report

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Bill de Blasio Plans to Endorse Bernie Sanders

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Major League Baseball to raise minor league salaries in 2021

Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press.

Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from federal minimum wage laws, MLB opted to give those players a wage increase between 38 percent and 72 percent. The bump was discussed at last week’s owners meetings and confirmed in the memo from Morgan Sword, executive vice president of baseball economics and operations.

Players at rookie and short-season levels will see their minimum weekly pay raised from $290 to $400, and players at Class A will go from $290 to $500. Double-A will jump from $350 to $600, and Triple-A from $502 to $700.

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Minor leaguers are paid only during the five-month season and don’t receive wages during the offseason or spring training.

“Much deserved,” tweeted Ben Verlander, who pitched five minor league seasons and is the younger brother of Astros star Justin. “We’d put in 12 hours a day at the baseball field and all we ask for in return is a livable wage. Love this”

The raises come as MLB is negotiating with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the governing body of the minors, to replace the Professional Baseball Agreement that expires after the 2020 seasons. MLB proposed cutting 42 of the 160 required affiliated teams during those negotiations, a plan criticized by small-town fans and politicians at the local and national level.

“MLB’s priorities include reducing the travel burden on players and improving player working conditions,” Sword wrote. “These and other objectives only can be achieved with agreement of the National Association, or absent an agreement, following the expiration of the current PBA in September. However, we can move forward unilaterally with our goal of improving compensation for minor league players.”

The most talented players frequently get hundreds of thousands — even millions — of dollars in signing bonuses, but there are also players who sign for as little as $1,000. The financial burden has prompted some players to use tattered equipment, accept charity from more fortunate teammates, or in the case of one player, to live out of a school bus.

“I think it’ll keep guys mentally in it longer,” said Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Joe Mantiply, who has played six minor league seasons. “I know I’ve played with numerous guys that chose to go another way just because they felt like financially it wasn’t worth it for them to stick it out.”

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“Not to say money is the only reason to play, but you have to have money to live,” he said at camp.

Said major league players’ union head Tony Clark: “It’s a start, but there’s a long way to go before these young players are being compensated and treated fairly.”

The major league minimum is $563,500 this year, and the top players make over $30 million annually. For players on 40-man rosters on option to the minors, the minimum is $46,000 this season.

A group of minor leaguers filed a lawsuit against major league teams in February 2014, claiming most earned less than $7,500 annually in violation of several laws. While the case has not yet gone to trial, Congress passed legislation stripping minor league players from protection under minimum wage laws. Congress put the “Save America’s Pastime Act” onto page 1,967 of a $1.3 trillion spending bill in 2018 at MLB’s urging.

“It’s good to see that MLB is finally serious about increasing salaries,” said Garrett Broshuis, a former minor league pitcher who is a lawyer for the suing players.

“They’ve been ignored for way too long and an increase is long overdue. At the same time, even with this increase, the majority of players are still going to be paid at a level that’s below the poverty line. And this increase doesn’t do anything about the players who are required to report to spring training and extended spring training, and who aren’t paid at all during those work periods,”he said. “This is this is an encouraging step, but more work needs to be done, without a doubt.”

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Minor league salaries have largely been stagnant since 2005, and players have strained to make ends meet on as little as $5,500 per season. Some players live in overcrowded apartments, sleeping on air mattresses, subsisted on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and sacrificed potential training hours to work better-paying jobs in the offseason.

Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski spent six full seasons in the minors and 40 games last year before his promotion by San Francisco.

“I think for a long time we’ve had this idea in baseball that you have to put in your time. To an extent that may be true, but we need to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to make themselves better,” he said. “I think it’s really hard to be focused on other things in the offseason when guys have a significant advantage because they don’t have to go work 30 hours a week or 40 hours a week to try and keep up just with regular life.

“So I think it’s great that there’s going to be a better opportunity for guys to make some comfort in their lives. Obviously I know the long road that that took and I think it just takes a lot of stress off a lot of families, which is very good,” he said. “I think it’s just a positive way that baseball is moving forward.”

Commissioner Rob Manfred repeatedly has said player wellness is MLB’s priority in negotiations, seeking improvements in facilities, travel and salaries. MLB teams are fully responsible for minor league player salaries under the current PBA.

At the winter meetings in December, Manfred became agitated when asked why improving minor league salaries was being offered as a defense of the proposal.

“Obviously there is a way to pay people more without reducing the number of franchises,” Manfred said. “I think the question there becomes who should bear all of the costs associated with the player-related improvements that we think need to be made in the minor league system.”

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The Toronto Blue Jays independently issued 50% raises to their players with minor league contracts before the 2019 season. They are the only team known to have paid their players more than the minimum.

Only players on 40-man rosters are part of the major league players’ union.

The 28-year-old Mantiply was a 27th-round draft pick by Detroit in 2013. The lefty has pitched in six major league games in his career, including one for the Yankees last season.

“You can only control certain things as a player and one of the things is giving yourself as many opportunities as you can. It’s tough for guys when they get to a point, where in another profession they could probably be making more money,” he said.

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Shuttered Stores, Fewer Tourists: Luxury Feels Coronavirus Effects

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LONDON — Chinese tourists normally flock to Bond Street, home to some of the most expensive retail space in the world. They gather behind the velvet ropes outside the Gucci store or emerge from the flagship boutiques of Chanel and Louis Vuitton with stuffed shopping bags.

This week, however, there were next to none. The scene was replicated on the shopping boulevards of Paris, in the malls of Dubai and on the streets of Hong Kong. The coronavirus has caused the quarantine of more than 50 million people in China, and travel and visa restrictions to more than 70 countries. Alongside widespread shutdowns of stores and malls in China, it has taken a heavy toll on the global luxury goods sector, long dependent on the spending of Chinese shoppers at home and abroad.

Some fear that the sector could be facing its worst crisis since the global financial meltdown of 2008.

The investment bank Jefferies estimates that Chinese buyers accounted for 40 percent of the 281 billion euros, or $305 billion, spent on luxury goods globally last year, and drove 80 percent of the past year’s sales growth in the sector, making them the fastest-growing luxury shopper demographic in the world.

Now, with the latest season of fashion weeks well underway — and several runway show cancellations in New York, London, Milan and Paris — some of the biggest names in the industry are publicly counting the cost of coronavirus-related disruption on bottom lines.

“Our environment has changed significantly with the coronavirus outbreak,” Kering’s chief executive, François-Henri Pinault, said on an earnings call Wednesday, adding that half of the company’s China stores were closed, while those still open had limited hours.

“Due to the evolving nature of the situation, it is impossible at this time to fully evaluate the impact on business and how fast it will recover,” he said.

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      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
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Despite posting robust quarterly results, Kering, owner of names like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, had seen “a serious drop in traffic in mainland China,” Mr. Pinault said, and a “strong drop” in global sales in recent days because of the virus.

Burberry, which derives about two-fifths of its sales from Chinese consumers, has said the effect of the virus is worse than the disruption caused by the Hong Kong protests, which halved sales for the British luxury brand in its last fiscal quarter. Roughly a third of Burberry stores in mainland China have been shut, the company said in a statement, while foot traffic had plunged 80 percent at the stores that remained open, prompting the company to scrap its full-year guidance.

Several leading American fashion groups have also cut their profit forecasts this month. Last week, Capri, the owner of Michael Kors, Versace and Jimmy Choo, said it was reducing its sales outlook for the quarter by $100 million after closing 150 of its 225 mainland China stores. And Tapestry, which owns Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, said it was expecting sales to drop as much as $250 million after closing most of its stores across mainland China.

“Luxury spending has hit a sudden stop in China, with sales either at zero for most brands or down by at least 80 percent,” said Luca Solca, a global luxury goods market analyst at Bernstein. “The coronavirus is likely to have a greater impact on the sector than the SARS epidemic did in 2003, given how much more reliant brands are on China and Asia for sales growth.”

Concerns are also growing around the effect on consumer morale. Beyond just the physical barriers to luxury spending, the contamination fears centered on crowded places are unlikely to create the sort of positive emotional and psychological background that make people inclined to shop.

Little wonder, then, that major names have clamored to publicly donate money to combat the outbreak. On Jan. 27, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy LVMH announced that it had given $2.2 million to the Red Cross Society of China. Days later, Richemont donated $1.4 million to the same cause, and Kering donated $1.1 million.

The outbreak could not have come at a worse time for many Western luxury brands. It coincided with the Lunar New Year festival, which is usually one of the most commercially significant weeks on the global trading calendar. It also means that thousands of factories — already closed over the celebratory New Year period — have yet to reopen, bringing manufacturing to a near standstill.

Few top-tier luxury names produce in China (and those that do are often not willing to disclose it). Ralph Lauren makes a quarter of its goods in China, according to estimates by Wells Fargo, while the number for the upmarket outerwear company Canada Goose is around 10 percent.

But many other high-end apparel and footwear brands are reliant on the country when it comes to their supply chains. There could be added costs because of order backlogs and logistics delays, as well as a looming threat to global trade. Given that China is the world’s largest textile producer, with exports worth more than $280 billion a year, some analysts think shortages may soon become apparent in stores, even though the fashion industry often orders goods further in advance than many other sectors, owing to seasonal collection cycles.

“The next few weeks should be critical, as further delays in the restart of production could begin to result in out-of-stocks at U.S. shelves as early as mid-April,” the Wells Fargo analyst Edward Kelly said in a note to investors.

Regardless of widespread jitters about the short-term disruption caused by the virus, key luxury stocks like LVMH and Kering have remained relatively resilient. Most analysts think that well-managed luxury brands with enduring popularity and high margins should be able to withstand the short-term volatility.

Concern is reserved for hard luxury players (groups, like Richemont, that largely sell watches and jewelry) and midmarket labels with less ability to absorb financial shocks or that were already seeing sluggish sales. Assuming a 20 percent drop in Chinese consumption in the second quarter of 2020, UBS predicts a 3 percent decrease in earnings per share for brands like LVMH and Hermès, compared with 8 percent for Richemont and 7 percent for Burberry, which has a particularly high exposure to China.

“The market seems to be taking the coronavirus in its stride, with the idea that this will be temporary, while the underlying appeal of the sector and its strength is very strong,” Mr. Solca of Bernstein said. “It would appear investors think this will be a temporary blip, and then we will go back to normal.”

Right now, however, the sidewalks of Bond Street feel much different. One shop assistant at an Italian luxury house, who asked not to be named discussing store business, said the absence of Chinese shoppers had been keenly felt. She estimated that in the last month, sales had dropped 40 percent.

“There are still clients coming in, mainly from Britain, America and the Middle East,” she said, adding, “It feels far from normal.”

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Trump slams Manchin as a ‘puppet’ – even after West Virginia Democrat signals he’s open to endorsing president

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President Trump on Friday continued his assault on Sen. Joe Manchin even though the moderate Democrat signaled he wants to make peace with the president after his impeachment guilty vote.

Trump called Manchin a “puppet” for Democrat leaders — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer — while praising West Virginia’s other senator, Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, as a “great person.”

“I was told by many that Manchin was just a puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. That’s what he is!” Trump tweeted.

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Manchin, D-W.Va., did not cross party lines to vote with Republicans and found Trump guilty in the Senate impeachment trial, denying the GOP a chance to tout a bipartisan acquittal. Instead, the lone party defector of either side was Republican Sen. Mitt Romney.

Manchin, who is up for reelection in 2024, said he’s open to backing Trump for his reelection in 2020, despite believing he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

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“I don’t rule anything out. I really don’t rule anything out,” Manchin told Politico. “I’m always going to be for what’s best for my country. Everybody can change. Maybe the president will change, you know? Maybe that uniter will come out, versus the divider.”

Manchin said he will be more open to backing Trump if he thinks West Virginia has been better off under the president and if the Democrats nominate someone who is too out of step with his centrist beliefs.

“I hope he changes,” Manchin said of Trump. “I’m looking for that person that has heart and soul and compassion.”

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Since Trump’s impeachment acquittal, the president has taken a victory lap and began exacting revenge on those he’s deemed disloyal. He’s blasted Romney and forced out Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who testified in his impeachment probe.

While Trump and Manchin have forged a relationship before, the president has ridiculed him on Twitter as “Munchkin” since his impeachment vote.

Trump, who is very popular in West Virginia, campaigned against Manchin during his 2018 reelection. But Manchin forgave him immediately afterward and now hopes the president can also move on from impeachment grudges.

“It’s not different [from] when he wanted to have lunch the week after I was elected. And he said: ‘I knew we couldn’t beat you.’ And I said, ‘It wasn’t for lack of trying.’ Boom, it’s over, let it go. I did. I’m asking him to do the same thing I did,” Manchin said at the time. “He tried to remove me.”

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Ticket information for Kobe Bryant memorial service announced

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Fans hoping to attend the Feb. 24 memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles can now register for tickets, the Lakers announced Friday.

Tickets for the event are priced in three tiers: $24.02 each, two for $224, and $224 each — combinations of numbers that represent the No. 24 worn by Bryant over his final ten NBA seasons and the No. 2 worn by Gianna on her youth basketball team.

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Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, the Lakers said.

Ticket registration hours were scheduled from 11 a.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Monday through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system. On Tuesday, registered fans will receive emails with non-transferable personal access codes that will allow them to participate in the public sale on Wednesday morning.

In a move apparently intended to prevent a repeat of the massive crowds that flocked to Staples Center after Bryant’s death, the Lakers said the memorial will not be shown on exterior video screens at the arena or in the adjacent L.A. Live entertainment area.

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Members of the public without tickets to the memorial were advised not to come near the arena or L.A. Live because they will not be able to enter the area, the team said.

The Lakers’ statement did not include any details about the memorial itself.

Staples Center, known as “the house that Kobe built,” is where the NBA All-Star played most of his storied two-decade career for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed Jan. 26 when the helicopter they were aboard crashed in Calabasas, Calif., as they were flying to a basketball tournament where Gianna was to play with her team.

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Bryant and Gianna were buried Feb. 7 at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, Calif. near the family home, according to death certificates.

On Monday, several thousand people came to Angel Stadium of Anaheim to mourn three of the other victims: Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter, Alyssa, who was Gianna’s teammate.

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Also killed in the crash were Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach the girl’s basketball team, as well as Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton, another of Gianna’s teammates, and pilot Ara Zobayan.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Rare Weedy Seadragons Hatch At California Aquarium

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A baby weedy seadragon swims at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Calif. Two of the rare fish hatched there recently, making the aquarium one of the few in the world to successfully breed them. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography via AP hide caption

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A baby weedy seadragon swims at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Calif. Two of the rare fish hatched there recently, making the aquarium one of the few in the world to successfully breed them.

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After years of trying, a Southern California aquarium has two very tiny — and very rare — bundles of joy.

Two weedy seadragons recently hatched at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. The delicate creatures resemble bits of seaweed and are distant cousins of the seahorse. And they’re notoriously difficult to breed.

Birch announced the news on Thursday and is now one of only a few aquariums worldwide to get the finicky animal to reproduce in captivity. Jennifer Nero Moffatt, the aquarium’s senior director of animal care, science and conservation, called it a “momentous occasion.”

“Seadragons are charismatic, sensitive, and require detailed husbandry,” Moffatt said in a statement. “We have spent over 25 years working with these animals and love that we have made the next steps to conserve this delicate species.”

Birch Aquarium says it has bred 13 types of seahorses since 1995 and started its weedy seadragon program because of that track record of success.

The aquarium says the inch-long babies are already feeding on tiny shrimp. They’ll grow to about 18 inches.

It’s not clear whether the newly hatched little ones are male or female — and the Birch says it likely won’t know until they reach sexual maturity in a few years.

The weedy seadragon, or Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, is native to waters off Australia. They have long, thin snouts and small fins that propel them through the water, though they often drift like seaweed.

As part of their mating rituals, the seadragons do a spinning dance, snout to snout — that’s how they transfer eggs from the female to the males.

Like other seahorses, the males carry the eggs after the females deposit them on the male’s spongy tail. The eggs incubate, then hatch in about six weeks.

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The weedy seadragon, or Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, is a lesser-known cousin of the seahorse that resembles seaweed when floating.

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The fish was once a “near-threatened” species but has since been designated as “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. That’s partially because there is little data on the population, according to the Birch Aquarium.

The creatures are especially hard to track because of their rugged and remote habitat along Australia’s southern coast — and weedy seadragons are good at camouflage.

But warming oceans and destructive fishing practices threaten their habitat, creating a greater need for aquariums to breed and study the rare animals, the aquarium said.

But if you’re in Southern California and want to get a glimpse at the teeny-tiny seadragons, don’t get your hopes up. The aquarium says they’ll stay behind-the-scenes and out of the public eye for now.

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