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China Experts Call on Beijing to Release Detained Canadians

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, above, and businessman Michael Spavor were detained separately by China on national-security charges. Photo: julie david de lossy/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

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David Mulroney, Canada’s ambassador to China from 2009 to 2012, said he and other signatories hoped to convey that it was in China’s interest to be understood. “Allowing people like Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor to do their work safely and freely helps to foster such understanding,” said Mr. Mulroney.

Asked about backlash from Western experts, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said she didn’t know about the specific situation, but in general questioned whether critics are well-informed.

“How much do they know about these two cases?” said the spokeswoman, Hua Chunying. Foreigners are welcome in China, she said, and “as long as they abide by laws and regulations they don’t have to worry about anything.”

Messrs Kovrig and Spavor were detained separately on national-security charges in what was seen as retaliation by China for Canada’s arrest, at U.S. request, of the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., a Chinese telecommunications-equipment behemoth.

While Beijing hasn’t leveled specific accusations against the Canadians, who are being held in undisclosed locations, it has excoriated Ottawa for arresting Meng Wanzhou. Ms. Meng has denied charges she lied about Huawei’s business with Iran, and she is living in Vancouver on bail ahead of extradition hearings.

Over the weekend, China’s consulate-general in Vancouver—a popular destination for Chinese tourists—warned Chinese visitors to Canada to be careful of their safety and follow local laws. The advisory comes just before the Lunar New Year, when many Chinese travel.

The letter decrying the Canadians’ detentions is the second time in recent months that China specialists are openly criticizing Beijing. For years, many China watchers shied away from speaking out for fear of being denied visas, as happened to some. In November, several hundred scholars condemned the mass detentions of Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.

—Yoko Kubota contributed to this article.

Write to Eva Dou at eva.dou@wsj.com

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In the wake of Sam Hauser’s crazy basket against Creighton, let these Wisconsin sports buzzer-beaters be your moment of zen

Marquette forward Sam Hauser gets off his three-pointer just before the buzzer that sends the Golden Eagles’ game against Creighton into overtime Wednesday night.

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Sam Hauser received an inbound pass with 0.8 of a second left and heaved up a game-tying three-pointer that forced overtime for Marquette against Creighton on Wednesday, creating one of the more remarkable buzzer-beaters in Wisconsin sports history.

Marquette went on to win the game, cementing the play’s greatness (especially given that Creighton allowed Marquette to even have the rebound after an unforced error on its own inbound).

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The 0.8 on the clock is certainly a limited amount of time to work with, and it called to mind a number of other crazy buzzer-beaters in recent (and even not-so-recent) Wisconsin sports lore. Chew on some of these.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Time on clock when play started: 8.6 seconds

One of the more iconic moments in Giannis Antetokounmpo history came Jan. 4, 2017 in New York, when the Bucks star hit a game-winner that swished through as the buzzer sounded, giving Milwaukee a 105-104 win.

Vander Blue

Time on clock: 6.7 seconds

Vander Blue took the ball near midcourt and drove inside before scoring with his left hand, giving Marquette a 59-58 win over Davidson in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles avoided being upset as the three seed against No. 14, then advanced to the Elite Eight.

Jerome Whitehead

Time on clock when play started: 3.0 seconds

Probably one of the most overlooked plays in Wisconsin sports history came during Marquette’s stunning run to the 1977 national championship. Jerome Whitehead’s dunk as time expired against UNC-Charlotte in the Final Four sent the Warriors into the title game, where they eventually prevailed.

Butch Lee threw a baseball pass down the floor, which missed its intended target (Bo Ellis), lofted over a defender and was wrestled away in the paint by Whitehead, who rose up for the winner. It was the Christian Laettner play with an equal degree of difficulty 15 years earlier.

Ben Brust

Time on clock: 2.4 seconds

Ben Brust’s half-court buzzer-beater forced overtime against No. 3-ranked Michigan at the Kohl Center in 2013, and Wisconsin went on to win the game in the extra session, 65-62.

Khris Middleton

Time on clock: 2.1 seconds

Well technically the play started much earlier, with 10.8 seconds left when Jerryd Bayless won a jump ball over Michael Beasley. But with 2.1 seconds left, Zaza Pachulia saved a ball from going out of bounds (so technically, we can count the inbound from there), and Khris Middleton quickly launched a three-pointer that gave the Bucks an 89-88 win over the Miami Heat in 2015. The BMO Harris Bradley Center went up for grabs.

Time on clock: 2.0 seconds

Nobody’s going to soon forget Bronson Koenig’s 2016 buzzer-beater in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, when a quick inbound and shot from the corner gave Wisconsin a 66-63 thriller over Xavier. Sad Bill Murray!

Jerryd Bayless

Time on clock: 1.3 seconds

In Game 4 of the opening round in the 2015 NBA playoffs, the Bucks warded off elimination when Jared Dudley found Jerryd Bayless sneaking behind the defense for a layup that gave Milwaukee a 92-90 victory. The Bucks won the following battle at the BMO Harris Bradley Center but then fell in Game 6.

Brandon Jennings

Time on clock: 0.7 of a second

So maybe the clock was ever-so-slightly late to start on the inbound, but Brandon Jennings started the 2012-’13 season off with a bang when he took a pass from Mike Dunleavy and hit a game-winning three from the top of the key in the home opener against Cleveland.

Aaron Rodgers

Time on clock: 0.0 seconds

An un-timed down after a penalty turned into possibly the greatest regular-season moment in Packers history, a Hail Mary heave from Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers for a 61-yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions in late 2015.

Bonus: Did you totally forget about this Monta Ellis winner?

The Bucks’ win in Houston on Wednesday unfairly crept to the back burner given Marquette’s success, the Packers holding a news conference for new coach Matt LaFleur and the Brewers signing free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal. So let’s tie the whole room together. Monta Ellis’s 2013 winner against the Rockets in Houston was crazy. Sad James Harden.

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2018’s most bankable stars, from Ryan Reynolds to Sandra Bullock to Will Smith

Who are the most bankable stars of 2018? 24/7 Wall St. has identified the performers who ensure the highest box office earnings when cast in a movie’s lead role. At No. 25, Ryan Reynolds • Avg. box office gross: $73.4 million • Most recent leading role: "Deadpool 2" (2018) • Highest grossing movie: "Deadpool" (2016) • Lifetime lead roles: 16

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Crews search for woman missing in Pennypack Creek

Rescue crews are actively searching for a 30-year-old woman who is reportedly missing in the Pennypack Creek.

The incident was reported just before 6 p.m. Saturday in the area of Ryan and Sandyford avenues in Northeast Philadelphia.

Her boyfriend told police they were taking pictures near Lexington and Brous just before the woman went into the water.

Rescuers are searching the creek from Ryan Avenue on south.

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4 sinkholes open in The Villages retirement community

A spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says the new sinkholes opened up Monday in The Villages following a week of nonstop rain in central Florida. (WFLA)

THE VILLAGES — Four sinkholes have opened up in a fast-growing retirement community in Florida, including one in front of a home that was abandoned months ago because of an earlier sinkhole.

A spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says the new sinkholes opened up Monday in The Villages following a week of nonstop rain in central Florida.

No evacuations were ordered as of Monday afternoon.

Spokeswoman Lauren Lettelier says the sinkholes are in a golf course community lined with homes and a lake. Two homes and three people were evacuated from the neighborhood in February because of a sinkhole.

Of the four new sinkholes, one is underneath the lake, two are in yards and one is in a road in front of one of the abandoned homes.

WFLA showed images on a live video on its Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

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Russia, Turkey and Iran need to help clear Syria of terrorists: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia, Turkey and Iran need to help Syria’s government clear its country of terrorists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

Foreign Ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey gather for a family photo following their meeting in Moscow, Russia April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

He was speaking at a meeting in Moscow with his counterparts from Turkey and Iran.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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Fashionistas become trashionistas at Ripley’s Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie, TX — Believe it or not, looking trashy has never looked so good! Several aspiring fashion designers tested their skills on Saturday, using reclaimed materials for a Trashy Fashion Show competition hosted by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

"As a company, Ripley’s really pushes for recycling and conservation," says marketing manager Chelsea Hatchett. "We also specialize in anything odd, strange, or weird, so this is kind of right up that alley."

Jeanetteh Guerra was up to the challenge, incorporating electrical cords, lamp shades, netting from Halo oranges bags, and string from gift-bag handles into an tropical islander-themed outfit.

"I like to experiment in competitions like these and see what will work," says Guerra, a UNT senior majoring in fashion design. "And being eco-friendly, because that’s where fashion needs to go, I think. We need to use things that we already have."

The materials on display included bubble wrap, newspapers, plastic bottles, garbage bags, cut-up CD pieces, and the dress that won the $1,000 grand prize was made out of Pepsi cans! It will be on display at Ripley’s for the next month so you can go see it for yourself.

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This Week’s Dallas-Fort Worth Deal Sheet

Tellworks Communications signed a 723K SF lease at Park 20/360 in Arlington. Park 20/360, owned by Ridge and Invesco Real Estate, is a 1.6M SF industrial development at 4101 Research Blvd.

“Tellworks operates facilities in 42 states, but the new warehouse in Arlington is our first superhub,” Tellworks Managing Partner Christo Makrides said in a statement.

The massive spec development began to deliver in November, with the last of the four buildings in Phase 1 delivered in January. The property is 71% leased. Phase 2 is on the way with another 360K SF.

“The vision for Park 20/360 has developed into a much-needed, state-of-the-art addition to the 100M SF GSW industrial district,” Transwestern Vice President Joe Rudd said in a statement. “It is extremely rewarding to see what was a dream 3.5 years ago become a reality.”

Transwestern’s John Brewer and Joe Rudd represented the landlord.

SALES

AANZR LLC dba Jordan Industries LLC bought 126K SF at 1715 Fourth St. in Graham from Mercer Graham Properties LLC. Henry S. Miller’s Scott Axelrod represented the buyer. Mercer Co.’s Jeff Mercer represented the seller.

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Dealer Industries LLC purchased a 74K SF property at 2001 110th St. in Grand Prairie from 2001 110th Street Grand Prairie LLC. Lee & Associates’ Trey Fricke and Reid Bassinger represented the seller. NAI Robert Lynn’s Todd Hubbard represented the buyer.

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An undisclosed buyer purchased 0.84 acres in Turtle Creek’s Oak Lawn District on the northeast corner of Brown and Hood streets. Range Realty Advisors’ Dillon Cook and Jordan Harris represented the undisclosed seller.

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Pederson Natural Farms Inc. purchased a 42K SF property at 1001 Santerre Drive in Grand Prairie from Santerre LLC. NAI Robert Lynn’s Todd Hubbard represented the buyer. Mercer Co.’s Corby Hodgkiss represented the seller.

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A local buyer purchased a 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites and a 96-room Comfort Suites from Supreme Bright Grapevine II and IV LLC. Both properties are in Grapevine. Marcus & Millichap’s Chris Gomes and Alan Miller represented the seller.

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Main Mercer Properties purchased 0.25 acres at 2461 Houston St. in Grand Prairie from Edward Palmer III. Mercer Co.’s Corby Hodgkiss represented the buyer.

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Transwestern Investment Group and S2 Capital LLC purchased a 464-unit multifamily community, Oak Creek Apartments at 1161 Oak Creek Lane, in Bedford. Transwestern’s Taylor Snoddy, Philip Wiegand and James Roberts represented the seller.

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Kingsley Industrial LLC sold its 54K SF building at 2601 West Kingsley Road in Garland to Snell Motor Co. Stream Realty Partners’ Matt Dornak and Ryan Wolcott handled the transaction.

LEASES

ABC Supply Co. leased 40K SF at 4884 Duncanville Road in Dallas at Redbird Industrial Park. Henry S. Miller Brokerage’s Dan Spika represented the tenant. NAI Robert Lynn’s Matt Elliott represented the landlord, Texas Industrial Development LLC.

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A&W Trucking leased 32K SF at 13290 Senlac Drive in Farmers Branch from Principal Financial Group. Holt Lunsford Commercial’s Andrew Gilbert represented the landlord. Paladin Partners’ Trace Fielding represented the tenant.

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TDI Technologies Inc. leased 19K SF at 1600 10th St. in Plano from KFG Investments. Holt Lunsford Commercial’s Josh Barnes and Ben Wallace represented the landlord. Custom Computer Cables of America Inc. leased 20K SF at 1600 10th St. in Plano from KFG Investments. Holt Lunsford Commercial’s Josh Barnes and Ben Wallace represented the landlord. Citadel Partners’ Andy Goldston represented the tenant.

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Feed My Starving Children Inc. leased 16K SF at 1680 North Glenville in Richardson from Adler Realty Services. Holt Lunsford Commercial’s Josh Barnes and Ben Wallace represented the landlord.

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Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co. leased 10K SF at 1305 North Watters Road in Allen from Gateway Industrial. Holt Lunsford Commercial’s Josh Barnes and Ben Wallace represented the landlord. Swearingen’s Bruce Hecht and Ben Goldthorpe represented the tenant.

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Ord Network leased 11K SF at 4109 Lindbergh Drive in Addison from JSALA Really Ltd. Mercer Co.’s David Wilganowski represented the landlord.

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Continental Datalabel Inc. leased 33K SF at 9600-9660 Dilworth Road in Dallas from ML Realty Partners. Stream Realty Partners’ Matt Dornak represented the landlord. Stream Realty Partners’ Ryan Wolcott represented the tenant.

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Recycling and Waste Reduction leased 27K SF at 992 Haltom Road in Fort Worth from Enigma Properties Haltom LLC. Jeff Traylor represented the landlord, and Stream Realty Partners’ Forrest Cook and Matt Dornak represented the tenant.

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Marine Toys for Tots Foundation leased 30K SF at Heritage Business Park at 800 Industrial Blvd. in Grapevine. Stream Realty Partners’ Blake Kendrick, Ryan Boozer and Sarah Ozanne represented the landlord, Prologis.

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Soho Somervell Trinity L.P. sold its 266K SF building at Trinity 161 Trade Center at 3100 State Highway 161 in Grand Prairie to Colony Industrial. Stream Realty Partners’ Cannon Green and Sarah Ozanne represented the buyer.

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Magpie Land LLC sold its 44K SF building at 1371-1373 and 1375 Round Table Drive in Dallas to DTC Real Estate Holdings LLC. Colliers’ Tom Pearson and Brad Balke represented the seller. Stream Realty Partners’ Jason Moser and Hanes Chatham represented the buyer.

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DexYP renewed and expanded its lease at 2200 West Airfield Drive. DexYP added 22K SF to its existing space for a total of 449K SF leased. Colliers International’s Bob Acuff and Tom Sutherland represented the tenant. CBRE’s D.J. Decker represented the landlord, Verizon Realty Corp.

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Facebook naysayers cash in

The worst week for Facebook shareholders since 2012 was capped by billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk deleting his Facebook pages. But the stock’s recent slide turned into a cash bonanza for investors who bet it would fall.

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