'Pokemon Go' distance change uproar goes deeper than one issue, fans say


The Washington Post 27 August, 2021 - 03:13pm 17 views

Did Pokemon go change the Pokestop distance?

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is permanently increasing the game's interaction radius. The studio has once again increased the distance from which players can interact with gyms and PokeStops to 80 meters, after controversially decreasing that range last month. CNETPokemon Go permanently increases gym and PokeStop distances after fan outcry

Pokémon Go's Season of Mischief starts in September, Hoopa has arrived

Gamepur 28 August, 2021 - 07:10am

The upcoming season for Pokémon Go is called the Season of Mischief, and Niantic has been throwing big hints about this season since the beginning of Pokémon Go Fest 2021 in July. The season will revolve around the Mythical Pokémon, Hoopa, who was first seen during Pokémon Go Fest 2021 and has been causing trouble ever since.

The big feature of the event will be the season-long Special Research story, starring Hoopa, the mythical Pokémon. Hoopa is arriving on September 5. On that day, you’ll need to complete a series of tasks, and you’ll unlock access to Hoopa Confined. There will be multiple tasks to finish throughout the season. These dates include September 5, 8, and 21. There will be two more event days in October and then November.

We can expect a new rotation of events to start during the second week of September when we learn more about the transition from Pokémon Go’s Season of Discovery to the Season of Mischief. More Pokémon are expected to arrive throughout the season, with new rotations for the northern and southern hemispheres.

We can expect more Ghost, Dark, and Psychic-type Pokémon to appear during these events, given we’re moving towards fall and Halloween. In addition, the upcoming release of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will also mean we can expect an upcoming release for players to get hyped about the remastered Nintendo games coming to the Switch.

We don’t have too many details about the upcoming season, but players interested in catching Hoopa will have their chance during the Season of Mischief.

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MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Hot and breezy this weekend in Tampa with scattered afternoon storms

The Mercury News 28 August, 2021 - 05:05am

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — It’s a mild and a breezy morning with low passing clouds. As Hurricane Ida moves through the central Gulf of Mexico today, winds will stay breezy out of the east and southeast this afternoon. Gusts up to 20 miles per hour are likely at times.

Temperatures will be hot and humid today with high temperatures up near 93 degrees and feels like temperatures above 100 degrees.

Rain chances will stay very low through the midday hours before increasing to a 40% after 2 p.m. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop with the heating of the day on the outskirts of the circulation around Ida. As the showers and thunderstorms passed by, they will contain gusty winds as well.

Rain chances decrease overnight with a dry start expected Sunday morning temperatures will be in the upper 70s. High temperature Sunday afternoon will top out near 91 degrees and it will not be as breezy. Rain chances will increase to a 50% in the late afternoon hours for scattered showers and thunderstorms developing and pushing toward the coast in the evening.

The only affects the Tampa Bay area will see from Ida this weekend will be a high risk for strong rip currents along our beaches, as well as rougher than normal offshore Waters. A small craft advisory is in effect past 20 nautical miles.

Early next week, as Ida pulls north, tropical moisture will be pulled North as well leaving rain chances to decrease to a 30% Monday and Tuesday afternoon. It will be hot though with high temperatures in the low to mid-90s.

The tropical moisture will return by the middle and end of the week increasing rain chances once again. An onshore wind will developed by the middle of the week as well leading to a higher chance for morning showers at the coast. 

Hurricane Ida will be in the central Gulf of Mexico this weekend rapidly strengthening over the warm Gulf of Mexico Waters. It is moving swiftly toward the northern Gulf Coast and will make landfall as a major hurricane in Louisiana. It is a very serious situation for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi. Storm surge heights will be 10 to 15 feet high just to the east of the eye. Localized flooding is likely with very heavy rain. Winds could gust over 140 miles per hour near the center of the storm where it comes ashore. Again, no direct impacts will be felt in the Tampa Bay area.

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - Florida's new weekly COVID-19 report is out, and kids are the only age group where cases are still increasing.

According to the latest report from the Florida Department of Health, there has been an increase of more than 20,000+ COVID cases per day, many of which are children.

A combination of voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been called for cities and communities across the region including New Orleans, where the mayor ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas outside the city's levee system and a voluntary evacuation for residents inside the levee system. But since the storm quickly escalated in intensity, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said it wasn't possible to order a mandatory evacuation for the entire city, which would require using all lanes of some highways to leave the city.

As of the 5 a.m. update, the system was moving northwest at 16 miles per hour with max sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. However, it expected to strengthen into a category four hurricane before landfall — making it "an extremely dangerous major hurricane," the NHC said.

Sirhan Sirhan, man who assassinated Robert F Kennedy, granted parole

Attack of the Fanboy 27 August, 2021 - 06:20pm

The decision was a major victory for Sirhan Sirhan, 77, though it did not assure his release.

The ruling by the two-person panel at Sirhan’s 16th parole hearing will be reviewed over 90 days by the California parole board. Then it will be sent to the governor, who will have 30 days to decide whether to grant it, reverse it or modify it.

Douglas Kennedy, a toddler when his father was killed in 1968, said he was moved to tears by Sirhan’s remorse and said he should be released if he’s not a threat to others.

“I’m overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr Sirhan face-to-face,” he said. “I think I’ve lived my life both in fear of him and his name in one way or another. And I am grateful today to see him as a human being worthy of compassion and love.”

Robert Kennedy, a New York senator and brother of President John F Kennedy, was a Democratic presidential candidate when he was killed on 6 June 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, moments after delivering a victory speech in the pivotal California primary.

Sirhan, convicted of first-degree murder, has said he doesn’t remember the killing. His lawyer, Angela Berry, argued that the board should base its decision on who Sirhan is today.

Prosecutors declined to participate or oppose his release, under a policy by Los Angeles county district attorney George Gascon, a former police officer who took office last year. Gascon, who said he idolized the Kennedys and mourned RFK’s assassination, believes the prosecutors’ role ends at sentencing and they should not influence decisions to release prisoners.

As Douglas Kennedy spoke, Sirhan, in a blue prison uniform with a paper towel folded like a handkerchief and tucked into his pocket, smiled as Kennedy spoke. Sirhan said he had learned to control his anger and was committed to living peacefully.

Some Kennedy family members, Los Angeles law enforcement officers and the public submitted letters opposing Sirhan’s release, parole board commissioner Robert Barton said at the start of the proceeding, which was held virtually.

“We don’t have a DA here but I have to consider all sides,” Barton said.

Sirhan, a Christian Palestinian from Jordan, has served 53 years. He has acknowledged he was angry at Kennedy for his support of Israel. When asked how he feels about the Middle East conflict today, Sirhan broke down crying and temporarily couldn’t speak.

“Take a few deep breaths,” said Barton, who noted the conflict had not gone away and still touched a nerve.

Sirhan said he doesn’t follow what’s going on in the region but thinks about the suffering of refugees.

“The misery that those people are experiencing. It’s painful,” Sirhan said.

If released, Sirhan could be deported to Jordan. Barton said he was concerned he might become a “symbol or lightning rod to foment more violence”.

“The same argument can be said or made that I can be a peacemaker, and a contributor to a friendly nonviolent way of resolving the issue,” Sirhan said.

Paul Schrade, who was wounded in the shooting, also spoke in favor of his release. Robert F Kennedy Jr, who has spoken in favor of Sirhan’s release in the past, wrote in favor of parole.

Sirhan was sentenced to death but that sentence was commuted to life when the California supreme court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972. At his last parole hearing in 2016, commissioners concluded after more than three hours of intense testimony that Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime.

Sirhan has stuck to his account that he does not remember the killing.

Lugia, Lake Guardians return in 5-star raids in Pokémon Go for September | Dot Esports

TheGamer 27 August, 2021 - 04:16pm

Mega Slowbro and Mega Houndoom will also be available in Mega Raids throughout the month.

September is almost here, and it’s bringing a few familiar faces to raids for Pokémon Go fans.

Throughout the month, Pokémon Go players will be able to add Lugia and Sinnoh’s Lake Trio to their teams. Mega Slowbro and Mega Houndoom will also be available in Mega Raids.

Lugia will be available in five-star raids for players to team up and battle against once again from Sept. 1 at 10am to Sept. 14 at 10am in players’ local times. Those who successfully take down the generation-two Pokémon will have the chance to capture and add a Lugia with the Flying-type charge move Aeroblast to their team.

The Lake Guardians from Sinnoh—Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf—are also returning to the mobile game and will be available for players to encounter based on their region. Uxie will appear in the Asia-Pacific region, while Mesprit will arrive in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India. Azelf will become available for players in the Americas and Greenland. Each of the three legendaries will pop up in five-star raids beginning on Sept. 14 at 10am to Oct. 1 at 10am local time.

Those who are looking to catch a large number of these four legendary species this month will have the chance to do so each week. Every Wednesday, a Raid Hour event will take place starting at 6pm local time. During these hour-long events, one legendary Pokémon will be featured more heavily than others, giving players the chance to catch more of the species than usual. The Raid Hour event schedule is as follows, according to the official Pokémon Go site:

Mega Slowbro and Mega Houndoom will also be featured in Mega Raids throughout the month of September. The Water and Psychic-type Mega Evolution will appear in Mega Raids from Sept. 1 at 10am to Sept. 14 at 10am local time, while Mega Houndoom will make its appearance from Sept. 14 at 10am to Oct. 1 at 10am local time.

With the start of September, Niantic is launching Pokémon Go’s Season of Mischief, featuring a season-long Special Research story, appearances by Hoopa, a spawn rotation of Psychic, Dark, and Ghost-type species, and more.

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