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Children orphaned by the quake in Turkey and Syria face an uncertain future

A baby began her life surrounded by chaos and devastation this week.

Reportedly named Aya – meaning ‘miracle’ in Arabic – she was born under the rubble of Monday’s deadly earthquake, still attached to her mother’s lifeless body by the umbilical cord when rescue workers found her.

Her story certainly seems miraculous, as she survived for more than 10 hours under the wreckage of her family’s five-story apartment building in northern Syria after it was leveled to the ground during the pre-dawn 7.8 magnitude quake.

“We heard a voice while we were digging,” the baby’s cousin, Khalil al-Suwadi told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Tuesday. “We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord (intact), so we cut it and my cousin took her to hospital.”

Tragically, the baby’s mother did not survive and is thought to have died hours after giving birth. In fact, the newborn is believed to be the sole survivor of her immediate family, her cousin told the news agency.


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How to watch the 2023 ACC women’s basketball tournament

The ACC women’s basketball tournament runs Wednesday-Sunday at Greensboro Coliseum, with Notre Dame holding the top seed as the regular-season champion.

Here’s the complete schedule and TV information for the tournament:

ACC women’s tournament TV schedule
Greensboro Coliseum

First Round – Wednesday, March 1

No. 12 Wake Forest 68, No. 13 Virginia 57

No. 10 Clemson 71, No. 15 Pitt 53

No. 11 Boston College 62, No. 14 Georgia Tech 57

Second Round – Thursday, March 2

No. 12 Wake Forest 65, No. 5 Florida State 54

No. 8 NC State 83, No. 9 Syracuse 58

No. 7 North Carolina 68, No. 10 Clemson 58

Game No. 7 – No. 6 Miami vs. No. 11 Boston College, 8 p.m. (ACC Network)

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 3

Game No. 8 – No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 12 Wake Forest, 11 a.m. (ACC Network)

Game No. 9 – No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 8 NC State, 2 p.m. (ACC Network)

Game No. 10 – No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 North Carolina, 6 p.m. (ACC Network)

Game No. 11 – No. 3 Virginia Tech vs. Winner of Game No. 7, 8 p.m. (ACC Network)

Semifinals – Saturday, March 4

Game No. 12 – ACC Semifinal No. 1, Noon (ACC Network)

Game No. 13 – ACC Semifinal No. 2, 2:30 p.m. (ACC Network)

Championship – Sunday, March 5

Game No. 14 – Championship Game, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

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klahoma voters will reject legalization of recreational marijuana,

Voters in Oklahoma will reject a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state for adults ages 21 and older, CNN projects.

The ballot measure at stake in Tuesday’s special election was one of several such measures on cannabis use that has been considered by voters in recent months.

Oklahoma’s measure would have allowed for possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana and the growth of up to six mature marijuana plants and up to six seedlings. If it had passed, there would also have been a 15% tax of sales for recreational marijuana in the state.

Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in the Sooner State had pushed to see this measure on the ballot for years. Due to legal challenges and ballot inclusion deadlines, State Question 820 was left off the ballot in November.

During the midterms, voters in five states considered legalizing recreational marijuana. Ballot measures in November failed in Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota, while voters in Maryland and Missouri were able to pass similar ballot measures.

s medical marijuana legal in Oklahoma?
Yes. In 2018, Oklahoma approved a ballot measure legalizing the use, sale and growth of medical marijuana. Recreational use of marijuana, however, remains illegal in the state.


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Rangers’ Jacob deGrom ‘felt really good,’ takes massive step toward injury recovery

Jacob deGrom’s tenure with the Texas Rangers got off on the wrong foot as he was already dealing with an injury. However, deGrom now seems to be on the right track and ready to help the Rangers make a postseason push.

deGrom dealt with left side tightness on the onset of Spring Training. However, the Rangers’ new ace was able to throw his first bullpen session on Thursday. After throwing 22 pitches, deGrom seemed to be past the side tightness that originally derailed him, via’s Kennedi Landry.

“I felt really good,” deGrom said of his bullpen session. “The past few days it felt really good and back to normal. So we just took four days off without throwing before I got back to normal. It was a step in the right direction. The plan moving forward is to keep progressing and build up pitch count and get in some games.”

Before even coming to Spring Training, deGrom said he threw at least five bullpen sessions on his own. While he may have been shut down, he said it was more precautionary and that he didn’t feel behind any other of the Rangers’ pitchers.

Texas will be elated to hear of Jacob deGrom’s quick recovery. Injuries have been the one thing holding the right-hander back. Over the past three years, deGrom hasn’t made more than 15 stars in a season and was limited to just 11 in 2022.

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