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    The game of golf doesn't have a lot of people like Gavin Parker. His enthusiasm and energy are a draw to anyone who's been around him. Now, this teaching pro at Salisbury Country Club is getting recognition by his peers and PGA of America. We highlighted Gavin in 8@4 presented by VCU Massey …

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    Barely a month after granting himself a third five-year term as China's leader, Xi Jinping is facing a wave of public anger over his draconian “zero COVID" policy. Demonstrators, mainly from the educated urban middleclass, poured into the streets over the weekend in numerous cities including Shanghai and Beijing, in protests unprecedented since the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Most protesters focused their anger on rigid pandemic lockdowns — a form of home detention that has been criticized as neither scientific or effective, but some also shouted calls for Xi and the Communist Party that has ruled China with an iron fist for 73 years to step down.

    Chinese authorities have eased anti-virus rules in scattered areas but affirmed their severe “zero-COVID” strategy after crowds demanded President Xi Jinping resign during protests against controls that confine millions of people to their homes. The protests are the most widespread display of opposition to the ruling Communist Party in decades. The city of Beijing announced it would no longer set up gates to block access to apartment compounds. That followed a deadly fire last week that set off demonstrations following angry questions about whether firefighters or victims trying to escape were blocked by locked doors or other controls. The ruling party newspaper People's Daily defended “zero COVID,” saying it has “withstood the test of practice.”

    Shares have skidded in Asia, with Hong Kong dipping as much as 4% following weekend protests in various cities over China's strict zero-COVID lockdowns. U.S. futures were lower after a mixed, shortened session on Wall Street on Friday. Oil prices fell more than $2 a barrel. The unrest in China is the boldest show of public dissent against the ruling Communist Party in years. Major U.S. indexes notched weekly gains last week, though the S&P 500 declined on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose and the Nasdaq fell. Technology stocks were the biggest drags on the broader market.


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