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EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Featuring Robust Career Mode Launches Worldwide Today With Over 3.6 Million Players Already in the Game

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 9, 2020–

Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) launched EA SPORTSFIFA 21, where players can manage every moment of their team’s journey with new additions to Career Mode or immerse themselves in the soul of the streets with groundbreaking updates to VOLTA FOOTBALL, which offers more ways to play with friends online. Combined with the most intelligent gameplay to date and new social experiences in FIFA Ultimate Team™, fans can discover unrivaled authenticity on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin™ and Steam.

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This year, more players than ever before are jumping into the game early, with over 2.3 million players worldwide already experiencing the excitement of stepping out on the virtual pitch through EA Play**. Players have also been busy creating their dream squads, with more than

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The News launches Education Lab to deepen coverage of our schools and explore solutions to persistent challenges

Rarely has there been a more critical time to provide in-depth coverage of our schools.

A global health crisis and social justice movement have brought the deep inequities and challenges that have long plagued education to the forefront of community conversations.

Finding solutions to those issues that help lead to better outcomes for all children is critical to the future of North Texas.

That’s why The Dallas Morning News is launching the new Education Lab, a community-funded journalism initiative aimed at not only expanding our coverage of the most pressing issues in education but also deepening the conversations we have with students, parents and educators.

The Education Lab will build on The News’ longstanding commitment to quality journalism. We will report on pressing issues such as how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting students’ access to opportunities; how well schools are preparing tomorrow’s workforce; and how state funding challenges are affecting

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Whalerock Industries Launches Echoverse Podcasting Studio Headed By Mark Stern

EXCLUSIVE: Whalerock Industries, Lloyd Braun’s West Hollywood-based production and consulting company behind such unscripted series as Battlebots, Hyperdrive and Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness, is making a push into podcasting. The company has launched Echoverse, a first-of-its-kind podcast studio focusing on science fiction, supernatural, and fantasy audio experiences, headed by former Syfy executive Mark Stern.

The studio is funded by Whalerock, along with individual investors.

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“The sci-fi, supernatural, and fantasy genres represent a significant opportunity in the scripted podcasting market, and Mark Stern is the ideal executive to bring this vision to life.” said Anne-Marie O’Neill, CEO of Whalerock.

Stern was most recently president of Fearless Media Group, which he launched in 2018 as an extension of the work he began as the head of IM Global Television. Prior to that, Stern was president of original content at Syfy for 11 years, where he developed and

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Barbie launches ‘Campaign Team’ doll set featuring a black woman as a presidential candidate

Barbie has released a new 2020 “Campaign Team” set, which features a black doll as a presidential candidate.

While the current US presidential nominees are both white men, toy company Mattel is hoping to nurture the dreams of young girls that they could one day become the first female president.

The new launch features four dolls who each have roles within the campaign and election process, including a black presidential candidate dressed in a pink blazer who comes holding a microphone.

The other dolls are also all women, including a campaign manager, a fundraiser, and a voter.

Mattel said the set aims to “expose girls to public leadership roles and pique their interest in shaping the future”.

“Since 1959, Barbie has championed girls and encouraged them to be leaders whether in the classroom, community or someday, of the country,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie

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Barbie launches new “Campaign Team” dolls for 2020 election

Mattel announced a new Barbie 2020 “Campaign Team” set on Tuesday, featuring four dolls who each have roles within the campaign and election process. The set, which aims to “expose girls to public leadership roles and pique their interest in shaping the future,” consists of a candidate, campaign manager, campaign fundraiser and voter doll, according to a Mattel press release. 

The diverse collection of dolls features a Black Barbie as the candidate. 

“With less than a third of elected leaders in the U.S. being women, and Black women being even less represented in these positions, we designed the Barbie Campaign Team with a diverse set of dolls to show all girls they can raise their voices,” Lisa McKnight, the SVP and Global Head of Barbie & Dolls at Mattel, said in the press release. “Our goal is to remove barriers to leadership by giving girls the tools to imagine and

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Natural History Museum Launches Online Summer Camps For Kids

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With in-person summer camps and typical summer plans put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Museum of Natural History is stepping up to offer online programs for kids.

The historic museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan recently launched a wide-range of thought-provoking online summer science camps for children between the second and ninth grade.

The online activities will include virtual hall visits, guest scientist talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and live-animal encounters. Additionally, there will be offline hands-on science projects, games, and crafts.

The camps will take place starting on July 27 and run until Sept. 2, ranging from $175 to $500 in price.

You can sign up for any of the online summer camps on the museum’s website.

Here are the different programs you can choose from:

Grades 2-3

Keys to the Kingdoms of Life

  • Session 1: Monday, July 27 — Friday,

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Ford CEO Jim Hackett has finally come into his own as the carmaker launches its much-anticipated Bronco SUV

Ford CEO Jim Hackett speaks at the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field on April 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett speaks at the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field on April 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.

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  • Ford CEO Jim Hackett has faced steady criticism since he took over at the automaker in 2017.

  • Hackett is a staunch proponent of “design thinking,” and the first Ford vehicles shaped by that process are starting to come to market.

  • The best example is the all-new Bronco SUV, which debuted last week after years of anticipation — and racked up so many reservations that it briefly crashed the pre-order website.

  • Ford has challenges ahead, as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and a near total shutdown of its manufacturing operations.

  • But Hackett’s vision for the company is finally showing results and shaping the future of the 117-year-old automaker.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When nobody was looking, Ford CEO Jim Hackett quietly got on a

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Biden launches ‘roadmap’ for reopening schools as Trump calls for return to the classroom

As back-to-school time inches closer and the debate over how –or if– students should return to classrooms this school year rages on, former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden laid out his “roadmap to reopening schools safely,” Friday afternoon, calling on Congress to provide an influx in funding to help get students back into the classroom.

“Everyone wants our schools to be open. The question is how to make it safe, how to make it stick. Forcing educators and students back into a classroom, into areas where the infection rate is going up or remaining very high is just plain dangerous,” Biden said in a video released along with his plan.

The former vice president laid out five areas of focus in his roadmap, including insuring schools have the funding needed to allow for in-person learning for students, calling on Trump and Senate Republicans to allocate the $58

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Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis

Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis
Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has launched an open letter signed by thousands of activists and celebrities, and hundreds of scientists demanding global leaders take measurable, immediate action to genuinely tackle the climate crisis.

“The race to safeguard future living conditions for life on Earth as we know it needs to start today,” reads the letter, sent to all EU leaders and heads of state on Thursday. “Not in a few years, but now.” Signatories include Malala Yousafzai, Leonardo DiCaprio, Priyanka Chopra, Opal Tometi, Jane Fonda, Shawn Mendes, Coldplay, Mark Ruffalo, Margaret Atwood, and many others.

The Swedish teen climate activist teased something big on Twitter on Thursday, then tweeted out the link to the letter, noting the campaign hashtag #FaceTheClimateEmergency.

Written by Thunberg alongside fellow climate activists and School Strike 4 Climate organisers Luisa Neubauer, Anuna de Wever

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Bode Miller launches winter sports academy

Bode Miller’s go-for-broke, risk-taking style on the slopes put him in a class by himself.

Now, school’s in session for that sort of knowledge – a crash course in avoiding those crashes on the course.

The retired American ski racer will partner with the Institute for Civic Leadership Academy to launch a Bode Miller winter sports academy.

It’s an online learning program designed for ski racers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers and any other outdoor sports enthusiast in grades 7-12. Miller’s responsibilities include direct communication with students, along with creating video content, workouts and webinars to help local club coaches better instruct their athletes. At least, that’s the blueprint in this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

Down the road, Miller envisions opening an actual school near Big Sky, Montana, where he and his family make their winter home.

His end goal: Produce the next wave of standouts – in the classroom and

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