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    The Atlanta Hawks have given general manager Travis Schlenk an extra title: president of basketball operations. Owner Tony Ressler announced the promotion on Monday, saying he is 'extremely pleased with the direction that Travis and our entire basketball operations team has us heading as a franchise.' As he goes into his third year with the Hawks, Schlenk has totally overhauled the roster and assembled an impressive core of young players through the draft, including Trae Young, John Collins and incoming first-round picks De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish. The Hawks have endured two straight losing seasons but Ressler says the massive rebuilding job has provided 'the cap space, draft picks and financial flexibility needed to have long-term success in the NBA.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Vince Carter is putting off retirement for at least one more season. With that, he'll claim the longest career in NBA history all to himself. A person familiar with the situation confirmed that Carter has agreed to terms on a one-year contract to return to the Atlanta Hawks for his record 22nd season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The 42-year-old Carter never wavered in his desire to play with someone this season. He is tied with Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis and recently retired Dirk Nowitzki — all of whom played for 21 seasons — for the longest career in NBA history. 'Just waiting for the right opportunity,' he said on a recent conference call to discuss the upcoming Jr. NBA Global Championship, when questioned by a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 'Nothing has changed as far as that goal and that dream of mine.' The deal was first reported by ESPN. Essentially an extra coach during his first season with the Hawks, Carter served as a mentor to some of the NBA's most promising young talent, including point guard Trae Young and forward John Collins. This year, the Hawks added first-round picks D'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, giving the team two more players who will surely benefit from Carter's experience and leadership. Carter also showed last season that he's still got some hoop skills. He was a valuable member of the playing rotation on a rebuilding team, playing in 76 games with nine starts, averaging 17.5 minutes and 7.4 points per contest. While Carter is likely to get less playing time after the additions of Hunter and Reddish, the Hawks wanted him back and finish off what is expected to be a 14-man roster this season. Carter entered the league in 1998 — the same year Young was born — as the fifth overall pick out of North Carolina. He sparked a wave of 'Vinsanity' in Toronto, where his high-flying style made him one of the league's top players. He began a run of 10 straight seasons where he was selected to the All-Star Game appearances and averaged more than 20 points a game. Carter was dealt to New Jersey in a blockbuster trade early in the 2004-05 and spent nearly five seasons with the Nets. Since then, he bounced around to Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and Sacramento before landing in Atlanta last season. The only blemish on his resume is the lack of an NBA title, which isn't likely to change in Atlanta. The Hawks, who are in the midst of a total roster makeover focused on young talent, went 29-53 last season and are again pegged as a longshot to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. After reporting for training camp a year ago in Atlanta, Carter said he still feels like a 20-something when a new season rolls around. 'This is like I'm in my third, fourth, fifth year,' he said. 'I'm excited about the opportunity. I'm excited about playing. I still love playing. I still love competing. I still enjoy the traveling, the ups and downs of the league. That's what it's all about. It's hard to let go.' Coach Lloyd Pierce, who is heading into his second season with the Hawks, loved having Carter around to give players such as Young and Collins an extra shoulder to lean on during their transition to the NBA. Pierce is only eight months older than Carter. 'When we have our locker room and on-the-bus debates and conversations, he's on our side,' Pierce joked. 'He can relate a little closer to the coaching staff than he can with the players.' ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paulnewberry ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • In a major turn of events, Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of NBA player Lorenzen Wright, pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of murder in the first degree in connection with Wright's 2010 death and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.  >> Read more trending news  The judge asked Sherra Wright, 48, if she understood if they went to trial she could face life in prison.  'That is why I am here,' Wright said.  Wright must serve at least 30 percent of the sentence and will get credit for time served, which means she could be eligible for parole by late 2026.  According to state law, facilitation of first-degree murder is a Class A felony under a “range one sentencing guideline. So, after serving 30 percent of the actual sentence, the person can become eligible for parole. Lorenzen Wright's family pledged to fight any parole opportunities Sherra Wright might receive in the future.  After Sherra Wright took the stand, Lorenzen Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, had a moment to speak to the courtroom. Wright's attorneys did not allow her to respond.  Wright's defense attorney planned to use a battered woman's defense, claiming she, along with her children, were beaten by the former NBA player. Sherra Wright's co-defendent in the case, Billy Turner, 48, was charged with first-degree murder in December 2017 along with Wright and is scheduled for trial Sept. 16.  The 34-year-old Lorenzen Wright was found dead from multiple gunshots in a field in suburban Memphis in July 2010.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are marking their 73rd wedding anniversary, approaching George and Barbara Bush as the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. The Carters married July 7, 1946, in a Methodist church in their hometown of Plains, Georgia, when he was 21 and she was 18. The Bushes wed Jan. 6, 1945. They had been married 73 years and 111 days when Barbara Bush died in April 2018. WAGA-TV reports that on Valentine's Day this year, the Carters were caught on the 'Kiss Cam' at the Atlanta Hawks game. The Carters have three sons, one daughter, eight grandsons, three granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Carter, a Democrat, was president 1977-81. He is 94. George H.W. Bush, a Republican, was president 1989-93. He was 94.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation says the Atlanta Hawks have acquired veteran forward Chandler Parsons in a trade which sent Miles Plumlee and Solomon Hill to Memphis. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the trade can't be finalized before Saturday. The 30-year-old Parsons averaged 7.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25 games, including three starts, for Memphis last season. The Hawks acquired Hill from New Orleans in a trade during the NBA draft. Parsons will make $25.1 million in the upcoming final year of his contract. Hill and Plumlee will make a combined $25.3 million on their expiring contracts. A left knee injury limited the 30-year-old Plumlee, a 6-foot-11 center, to 18 games last season. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks have traded Kent Bazemore to the Portland Trail Blazers for Evan Turner is a swap of high-priced players heading into the final year of their contracts. Bazemore was the last holdover from the Hawks' 60-win team in 2014-15. The 6-foot-5 swingman lost his starting job midway through last season and is set to make nearly $19.3 million in the last season of a four-year, $70 million deal. The drafting of De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish figured to cut into Bazemore's playing time even more, leading to Monday's trade. Turner, the second overall pick in 2010, fills Atlanta's need for a backup point guard behind rookie star Trae Young and is essentially a wash in terms of costs with $18.6 million left on his contract. The Hawks will be Turner's fifth team in 10 seasons. Bazemore posted a gracious note to Atlanta on social media, saying he had a 'lot of roots planted in this city' and thanking the team for 'putting me in a situation to thrive.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Cam Reddish is looking forward to playing for the Atlanta Hawks after he was hampered by a groin injury during his one season with Duke. The 19-year-old Reddish joins a promising young core with Atlanta that also includes Trae Young and John Collins after he was selected by the Hawks with the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft. Former Virginia star De'Andre Hunter also is headed to Atlanta once its draft-day trade with New Orleans becomes official next month. 'It's truly a blessing and a dream come true,' Reddish said Monday at the Hawks' training facility. 'The city of Atlanta is so beautiful. I'm just really happy to be here. 'I think it's a perfect fit in a way.' Reddish was one of college basketball's top prospects heading into last season. But his stock slipped a bit after he averaged 13.5 points on 35.6 percent shooting with the Blue Devils, filling a supporting role behind fellow freshmen stars Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett. Reddish's commitment level was called into question during the run-up to last week's draft. But the 6-foot-7 swingman from Norristown, Pennsylvania, said he has a laid-back personality and was bothered by a minor groin tear during his short stay at Duke. The injury shelved Reddish for the Blue Devils' preseason Canada tour last summer. It also kept him out of an NCAA Tournament game. 'It was kind of nagging me the entire season,' Reddish said. Reddish recently had surgery to address the issue. He will miss the NBA's upcoming summer league while he recovers from the procedure. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he felt Reddish fit what they are trying to do after watching him for years. 'We've had the opportunity to see him many times playing for USA Basketball, playing on the AAU circuit and then playing at Duke last year,' Schlenk said. 'So, he's a guy that we've seen for several years. We're looking for guys that are multidimensional, multi-positional.' Coach Lloyd Pierce envisions Reddish taking pressure off Young as a ballhandler. On the other end of the court, Pierce is looking forward to incorporating Reddish's 7-1 wingspan into a defense that last season was one of the NBA's least efficient. 'I think defensively is where you get excited ... The more playmakers and facilitators you can put on the floor, the better your team is, and we saw the amount of attention Trae will get,' Pierce said. 'We saw it late in the year, and we'll see it more next year.' Reddish thinks the Hawks can make the playoffs after finishing with the NBA's fifth-worst record last season at 29-53. 'I definitely feel like it's a possibility. It all starts with our chemistry,' Reddish said. '(Young is) a phenomenal, phenomenal player. Just talking to him made me feel really good.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Even NBA legends like former Atlanta Hawk Dikembe Mutombo can be victims to petty crimes. The Hall of Famer and Sandy Springs resident was enjoying dinner with his family in Buckhead on Father’s Day and returned to his car to find his windows smashed, according to a police report obtained Monday by AJC.com. He told Atlanta police he and his family went inside the Landmark Diner on Roswell Road about 9:45 p.m. June 16. When they walked back to Mutombo’s Rolls-Royce Phantom around 10:30 p.m., the driver’s-side window and both passenger-side windows were shattered.  Nothing was reported stolen, according to the report. The incident was captured on surveillance video. TMZ obtained the footage.  A police spokesman said Monday no arrests have been made in the case. An investigation is ongoing. Mutombo played five seasons of his 18-year NBA career with the Hawks. An eight-time All-Star with a 7-foot-6-inch wingspan, Mutombo has dedicated much of his retirement from the game to humanitarian work.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • When the careers for players like De'Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver are long over, when they look back at the scrapbook of their basketball lives, they will more than likely see photos of draft night. And they'll have the same reaction. 'Why did I have that hat on?' It'll be a fair question. A plea to the NBA: Going forward, do everyone a favor and let common sense prevail. The NBA has some fairly strict rules that get followed on trades, and there are a lot of reasons why some trades that were agreed to in recent days can't be executed until the new league year starts on July 6. It's why Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. While everyone believes he is a Laker, he really is still a Pelican and will be until his trade to Los Angeles can become official in a couple weeks. But since everyone knows the trades are happening, why pretend otherwise? The draft - a five-plus-hour ordeal on Thursday night - had so many great moments with players crying and rejoicing for college teammates, along with plenty of confusing moments. Hunter was talking about joining the Atlanta Hawks while wearing a Lakers hat. Culver is going to Minnesota, and wore a Phoenix hat when he walked across the stage. This went on all night long. Guys were getting traded left and right, and very few of the deals could be officially announced - or even spoken about by teams - because they aren't finalized. 'It's a little weird,' Hunter said. It's a domino effect, too. The Lakers-Pelicans trade affects certain other deals, like the Pelicans-Hawks trade, and so on, and so on. A handful of trades, mostly ones where draft rights to soon-to-be-rookies or even future picks were exchanged, got done Thursday night and didn't need to wait until the new league year. The biggest deals, like the Davis trade, cannot be completed until the new salary-cap year officially begins on July 6. And the Davis trade is now a precursor to other trades. The Pelicans traded the No. 4 pick, which became Hunter, to Atlanta without technically owning it yet since it is part of the payoff in the Davis deal. Hence, the potential for confusion. July 6 isn't an arbitrary date. It represents the end of the league's annual moratorium period, which is basically about a week to do some accounting and auditing for the previous year - including the determination of what the 'Basketball Related Income' or BRI for the just-concluded season was. That moratorium is also why players who agree to free-agent deals starting on June 30 won't be able to officially sign until the league year starts on July 6. Not having a mechanism in place for these trades to be done on draft night - or even the ability to pretend that they're done - not only can be puzzling for fans, but it even can deny some players their ideal welcome-to-the-NBA moment as well. After all, they'll never be drafted again. 'It's kind of different,' Culver said. 'I'm just happy to be in the NBA and have this opportunity. It's a lot of work to be done. So wherever I end up, I've got to stay true to myself and give whatever team I'm playing for everything I've got.' What makes this worse is that it isn't just affecting draft night. There are summer leagues starting in Sacramento and Salt Lake City on July 1, and then the full-scale NBA Summer League starts in Las Vegas on July 5. Miami is playing in the Sacramento league, and it would have been a nice perk for former Stanford forward KZ Okpala - California born and raised, went to college there as well, an All-Pac-12 player last season - to get his first taste of pro ball in his home state. Can't happen. Okpala is going to be a member of the Heat, but not until July 6 and long after the start of summer play. He's not alone. Plenty of other hopefuls around the league will be in the same boat. Okpala is a second-rounder who will wind up in Miami through trades with Phoenix and Indiana. He will likely face an uphill fight to make Miami's opening-night roster, and now he misses out on an opportunity to impress the Heat brass because he will not be able to play in any of the three summer games in Sacramento and probably the team's opener in Las Vegas - at minimum. 'That's the way it goes in the game today,' said Heat President Pat Riley, speaking generically about because by league rule he couldn't talk about Okpala since he isn't actually on Miami's roster yet. A solution would be to push back the start of summer leagues, to avoid things like this happening in the future. But that will take cooperation from television partners, as well as the teams, since the later summer goes the less downtime there will be before the beginning of training camps. Making a change like that won't be easy. And that won't address the issues on draft night either. So maybe in 2020, let's start small and give players the right hat. 'I don't necessarily know what I'm going to do with it,' Hunter said of his L.A. cap. 'Probably give it to a Lakers fan. Have them wear it.' ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • According to many polls, Americans – especially those who say they are Democrats -- are not that fond of the Electoral College. Neither are many of the Democratic candidates for president. >> Read more trending news  With just over 14 months until the 2020 presidential election, a movement to change the way electoral votes are awarded and who will be elected president has gained some steam. The National Popular Vote Compact (NPV), which has its roots in the most contested presidential election in U.S. history, sets in state law a policy that awards all a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. Under the Electoral College system used today, 48 states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all the state’s electoral votes to the person who gets a majority of votes in that state. The Electoral College does not take into consideration that national popular vote. Sixteen states, along with the District of Columbia, have passed the NPV agreement. They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island. While legislation has been passed in the 16 states and the District of Columbia, the agreement would not go into effect until states with a collective 270 electoral votes — the number needed to win the presidency — agree to join. Currently, the District of Columbia and the 16 states in the agreement hold a combined total of 196 electoral votes, meaning the pact would need enough new state members to get 74 electoral votes.Supporters say the system would give the person who got the most votes country-wide the presidency he or she deserves. Opponents say states would be forced to hand over electoral votes to a candidate who did not win that state. For instance, in the 2016 election, a state such as Florida, in which President Donald Trump earned more votes, would have had to pledge its 29 electoral votes to Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, who won the national popular vote in the 2016 election. The Electoral College of today was established by the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution which replaced the method for electing the president and vice president provided in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3. Under the system, when voters cast a ballot for president, they are actually choosing members of the Electoral College, called electors, who are pledged to that presidential candidate. Following the election for president, electors then meet to choose the president. Electors almost always vote for their state’s popular vote winner, and some states have laws requiring them to do so. However, electors are not bound by federal law to vote for a specific candidate – for instance, the one who won the popular vote in their state. In 29 states and the District of Columbia, electors are bound by state law or by a pledge they sign to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote of the state they represent. Five men have won the presidency in the Electoral College while not winning the country’s popular vote: John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016. The National Popular Vote campaign goes back to Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's loss to Bush in 2000, according to The Associated Press. Gore won the popular vote but lost the election over a vote count in Florida.
  • Fans of all things Disney are in Anaheim for the D23 Expo. And news of future development for the properties at the Disney Parks around the world has already started being released. Inside the Disney Parks 'Imagining Tomorrow, Today' Pavilion at the 2019 D23 Expo visitors will be able to see what is coming next to the Disney Parks around the world. While there are a lot of cool things to share, in this post we are going to focus on the upcoming additions coming to Walt Disney World! There is an all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World!  >> Read more trending news  The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship called the Halcyon.  Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.  Also in the pavilion is a model of the multi-year transformation of Epcot complete with new experiences, 'that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless, and more relevant.' The reinvention of Epcot will include several new additions, and the first one we learned about was a new attraction called Journey of Water which is inspired by 'Moana.' This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, 'Moana,' will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting. And this October, guests will be able to visualize all the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside excitement to see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot during this unprecedented period of transformation. The Disney Parks pavilion also features other upcoming Walt Disney World attractions including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park as well as Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. On Sunday, August 25, we'll find out more details on these and other announcements during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation at D23 Expo 2019!
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone radiation therapy to treat a malignant tumor discovered during routine blood tests in early July, according to a statement from the court. >> Read more trending news  Ginsburg, 86, began a three-week course of radiation therapy Aug. 5 at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 'The Justice tolerated treatment well,' Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. 'She cancelled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule.' Arberg said doctors noted an abnormality during a routine blood test in early July and that a subsequent biopsy on July 31 confirmed a 'localized malignant tumor' on her pancreas. After Ginsburg underwent treatment, Arberg said, 'There is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.' 'Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans,' she said. 'No further treatment is needed at this time.' In January, Ginsburg missed arguments in the Supreme Court for the first time since joining the court in 1993 while recovering from surgery to remove cancerous growths from her left lung. She previously underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, according to the Associated Press. Ginsburg is the eldest person serving on the Supreme Court and leads its liberal wing.
  • A service is set for next week for the three members of a prominent Atlanta family killed in an apparent double murder-suicide.  Marsha Edwards, 58, and her two children, 24-year-old Christopher Edwards II and 20-year-old Erin Edwards, will be remembered during a memorial Wednesday in southwest Atlanta, according to a spokesman for the family.  The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church, which is at 3144 Cascade Road.  Investigators believe Marsha, the former wife of surgeon and civic leader Christoper Edwards, shot and killed the couple’s children before turning the gun on herself. Their bodies were found by police Wednesday inside her upscale Vinings townhouse after officers were asked to perform a wellness check. RELATED: Ex-wife of Atlanta Housing chairman killed 2 children, herself, police say Lots of questions remained unanswered Friday. Among them: • Who requested the wellness check? • When did the shootings take place? • What kind of gun was used? • Who is the registered owner of the gun? • What evidence prompted authorities to classify the investigation as a double murder-suicide? It could be weeks before autopsy and toxicology results shed light on those and other questions. “Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” spokesman Jeff Dickerson said Thursday in an emailed statement. A longtime fixture in the Atlanta medical community, Edwards serves on the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and was formerly on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital. He is the chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board. As news of the deaths spread, condolences poured in from those who knew the family and strangers touched by the tragedy. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her husband were among the mourners.  Erin Edwards, a Boston University student, was an intern in the mayor’s communications office last summer. Christopher Edwards II joined the Atlanta film and entertainment office in 2018 as a digital content manager.  Both were Woodward Academy graduates. They were “promising young adults and budding NABJ media professionals,” said Sarah Glover, the former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Glover said on Twitter she met the siblings at a conference in 2017.  Their mother, a medical equipment provider, was also a member of the organization, which advocates for and supports black journalists.  AJC.com has reached out to Cobb police for additional information about the deaths.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
  • Volkswagen AG has issued a recall of 679,000 cars sold in the U.S. since 2011. >> Read more trending news  The recall deals with electrical issues where a driver could take out the key after coming to a stop, even if the car was not in park. Silicate can build up on the shift lever micro switch and cause the problem, Reuters reported. The car will show that it is in park but it is still in gear, CNET reported. The car could then roll away, according to Reuters. The recall involves the following Volkswagen models: Jetta Beetle Beetle Convertible Golf Golf SportsWagen GTI. The cars affected come from various model years, from 2011 to 2019. Dealers will turn off a micro switch, install a different switch outside of the gear lever housing and add a new circuit board, CNET reported. Owners of affected vehicles will be alerted about the issue on or after Oct. 11, according to CNET.
  • Health officials in Illinois said Friday that a person who was hospitalized with lung problems after vaping has died in what might be the first death linked to e-cigarettes and similar devices in the United States. >> Read more trending news  The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement that the unidentified individual, who was between 17 and 38 years old, had been hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness shortly after vaping. 'The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,' Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike said Friday. In Illinois alone, health officials said at least 22 people between the ages of 17 and 38 have experienced respiratory illnesses after vaping. Officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived Tuesday in Illinois to help state health officials investigate, Ezike said. In a statement released Wednesday, officials with the CDC said that between June 28 and Aug. 20, nearly 150 cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes were reported in 15 states. Health officials continue to investigate the illnesses. According to the CDC, no specific product or compound has been linked to all of the cases and it remained unclear Friday whether the cases shared a common cause. Poison control officials have been concerned about exposure to vaping products, including e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, in recent years due to the high concentration of nicotine when compared with other tobacco products, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Association officials said that as of July 31, poison control centers have managed 2,439 cases connected to e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine this year. Last year, officials fielded 2,470 such cases, according to figures from the association.