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President Biden speaks at the 153rd National Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery

President Joe Biden laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to mark Memorial Day, mentioning the many  “precious” lives buried there.  Biden said: “We must never forget each of these markers — both known and unknown here at Arlington and far beyond — represent a precious life. A son, a daughter, a mother, father, brothers sisters, a friend a neighbor.”

Biden’s address came on the six-year anniversary of his son Beau’s death. “For those who mourn a loved one today, Jill and I have some idea how you’re feeling,” Biden said.  Beau Biden died of brain cancer at the age of 46 in 2015, and was a judge advocate general who served two tours in Iraq with the Delaware Army National Guard where he achieved the rank of major. He travelled to the war zone over 25 times.

Biden was accompanied at Arlington National Cemetery by first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley. The ceremony took place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the cemetery, where 400,000 of the nation’s fallen service members and veterans are buried.

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Montreal Canadiens defeat Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 to win series

The Montreal Canadiens’ won Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a score of 3-1 at Scotiabank Arena to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Montreal made an impressive comeback in a series that saw them trail the North Division semifinal series 3-1 before winning Games 5 and 6 in overtime, and forcing Monday nights showdown which gave them the series win. Montreal’s Carey Price turned away 29 of the 30 Leaf shots, with Brendan Gallagher and Corey Perry scoring second-period goals and Tyler Toffoli adding another goal towards their win.

The Habs now move on to face the Jets in Game 1 in Winnipeg Wednesday night, with the Round 2 series winner representing the North Division in the third round.

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Montreal Canadiens defeat Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Montreal Canadiens’ won Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a score of 3-1 at Scotiabank Arena to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Montreal made an impressive comeback in a series that saw them trail the North Division semifinal series 3-1 before winning Games 5 and 6 in overtime, and forcing Monday nights showdown which gave them the series win. Montreal’s Carey Price turned away 29 of the 30 Leaf shots, with Brendan Gallagher and Corey Perry scoring second-period goals and Tyler Toffoli adding another goal towards their win.

The Habs now move on to face the Jets in Game 1 in Winnipeg Wednesday night, with the Round 2 series winner representing the North Division in the third round.

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from 2021 French Open

After being fined for not participating in post-match interviews during the Grand Slam tournament last week, Naomi Osaka announced that she would withdraw from the 2021 French Open.

In a message on Instagram, Osaka, 23, said: “Hey everyone, this isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.”  Osaka also said that she was thought the decision to skip press conferences was best for her “self-care” after feeling both vulnerable and anxious while in Paris for the French Open.

Ahead of the tennis tournament’s start, Osaka announced she wouldn’t be doing press during the championship in an effort to preserve her mental health. On Sunday, Osaka won her match, but was fined $15,000 for not participating in media requirements. The board of Grand Slam tennis tournaments had released a statement on Sunday, warning that she could face possible expulsion in the future.  The joint statement from the French Open as well as the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open said that “following this announcement, the Roland-Garros teams asked her to reconsider her position and tried unsuccessfully to speak with her to check on her well-being, understand the specifics of her issue, and what might be done to address it on site. She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not meeting them, and that rules should equally apply to all players.”

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