September 10, 2018: U.S. Open Final Ends in Dramatic Fashion With Naomi Osaka Defeating Serena Williams, Miss New York Crowned Miss America In Revamped Competition, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Get Into Fight at New York Fashion Week Party

By Ian Zelaya September 10, 2018, 9:05 AM EDT

1. U.S. OPEN FINAL ENDS IN DRAMATIC FASHION WITH NAOMI OSAKA DEFEATING SERENA WILLIAMS: The U.S. Open women's final on Saturday ended in chaos, as Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in a match filled with boos, tears, and confrontations between Williams and the umpire. The New York Times: “Osaka soundly defeated her childhood idol, Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4, in the women’s final of the United States Open on Saturday, blocking Williams from winning a record-tying 24th major singles title. But the match will long be remembered for a series of confrontations between Williams and Carlos Ramos, the match’s chair umpire, who issued three penalties against Williams in the second set, after Osaka had established her dominance. The first was a warning after Ramos felt Williams was receiving instructions from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, from the stands, which is against the rules. Williams was offended by the implication that she was cheating, and she demanded an apology. Later, after losing a game, she smashed her racket on the court, incurring a second penalty and the loss of a point. Finally, after she called Ramos a “thief” for taking the point from her, Ramos cited Williams a third time, resulting in the loss of a game. Williams’s anger intensified, and she pleaded for help from the tournament referee, Brian Earley, and the Grand Slam supervisor, Donna Kelso. ... 'She played an amazing match,' Williams conceded. 'She deserved credit. She deserved to win.' Osaka’s power, speed, and ability to shut out the distractions allowed her to prevail over Williams, who was also vying to become the first woman to win seven U.S. titles in the Open era. It would have been her first since giving birth to a daughter last year. But what should have been a moment of uninhibited joy for Osaka turned into tears of sadness. The postmatch celebration was tarnished by the angry booing from fans upset over what they perceived as Ramos’s unfair treatment of Williams, and amid the cacophony, amplified by the closed roof because of rain, Osaka pulled her visor down over her face and cried."

2. MISS NEW YORK CROWNED MISS AMERICA IN REVAMPED COMPETITION: New York's Nia Imani Franklin was crowned Miss America 2019 on Sunday, in a pageant that had been affected by numerous controversies in the past year—two executives resigned over crude emails about contestants, Gretchen Carlson took over as chair, the organization eliminated swimsuits from the competition, and Miss America 2018 Cara Mund wrote a scathing letter about her experience last month. ABC's broadcast, the first to not have a swimsuit portion, included memorable moments from the introductions, questions, talent portions. Washington Post: “The beginning of the show kicked off, as usual, with all the contestants proudly introducing themselves and their states. The intros were extremely tame—until Miss Michigan drew gasps from viewers as she delivered a harsh call for attention to the Flint water crisis. 'From the state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water but none for its residents to drink,' she said, 'I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma.' Some contestants sang songs, others played the piano, a couple delivered spoken word monologues—and then came Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei, who performed an Irish step dance and moonwalked. The moonwalk really sent it over the edge; alas, it wasn’t enough for the win, as she was named the first runner-up behind New York. ... the show proceeded to pat itself on the back one too many times, with the repeated phrase 'Miss America 2.0' and pushing the narrative that Miss America is still extremely relevant in our culture. (According to Mund’s letter, this is a talking point that the show really wants to get across.) And in case you managed to miss the swimsuit news, the show emphasized that the segment is dead. Miss Alabama Callie Walker confessed she was shocked when she heard the news but assured the audience that it’s for the best: 'Sometimes change is hard, but change is good.' At one point, co-host Ross Mathews interviewed Miss America 1948 Bebe Shopp, who was sitting in the crowd to remind everyone that the competition is evolving with the times, going 'from swimsuits to educational programs.'"

3. CARDI B AND NICKI MINAJ GET INTO FIGHT AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK PARTY: Rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B got into a physical altercation at the Harper's Bazaar Icons fashion week party at the Plaza hotel on Friday. The fight happened while Christina Aguilera performed upstairs. New York Daily News: “Cops arrived within minutes of the 11 p.m. rumble to find Minaj gone and Cardi B unwilling to answer any questions. The barefoot Cardi, with a large visible bump over her left eye, was escorted from the event by security. 'The responding officer did offer Cardi B medical attention, but she declined,' an NYPD source told the Daily News. 'We attempted to ask her several questions, but she refused to cooperate.' Cardi B was shoeless with her backside hanging out from a torn red Dolce & Gabanna gown when making her exit, according to People magazine. In a later Instagram posting, the 25-year-old 'I Like It' rapper accused Minaj of dissing her two-month-old daughter Kulture Kiari and and trying to derail her career. According to reports, Minaj was just finishing a conversation with someone when the enraged Cardi B tried to attack her—with Nicki’s security guards intervening. ... Video of the fight at the ICONS party hosted by Harper’s Bazaar later surfaced on social media. Other guests at the event included fashionistas and models like Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, and Candice Swanepoel—with everyone gossiping about the rappers’ brawl in its aftermath."


ATLANTA:  The 17th annual Taste of Atlanta will take place October 19-21 at Historic Fourth Ward Park. The event will have bites from more than 100 Atlanta restaurants. 

CHICAGO:  The 15th annual Chicago Turkish Festival will take place September 13-15 at Daley Plaza. 

LOS ANGELES:  AIDS Walk Los Angeles fund-raiser will take place October 21. The event benefits A.P.L.A. Health and 20 other L.A. county H.I.V. service organizations.

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NEW YORK:  D&D London has opened British restaurant Bluebird London at the Time Warner Center. The restaurant features a menu of contemporary takes on classic English dishes, helmed by executive chef Nicolas Houlbert. Designed by CetraRuddy, the restaurant includes an 18-seat private dining room. 

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TORONTO:  After a monthlong delay, the Fairland Funhouse will open at 241 August Avenue on September 14. Running through October 31, the experiential art maze will be put on in partnership between artist collective Mondo Forma and Universal Music Canada. The ticketed event is open to the public. 

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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