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January 11, 2021 GMT

MAYORAL RACE IN TEXAS DECIDED BY DRAWING FROM A TOP HAT

DICKINSON, Texas (AP) — You have to tip your hat to the way a hotly-contested political race in a Houston suburb was decided. That’s because it was decided by a hat — a hat from which the winner’s name was drawn. Sean Skipworth and Jennifer Lawrence were in a battle to be the next mayor of Dickinson, located about 40 miles southeast of Houston. But they each ended up with 1,010 votes after a runoff election last month — and a recount last week. Since the winner couldn’t be decided with a vote, it was decided by chance. Texas law allows a tie in a race for public office to be resolved by casting lots. During the ceremony last Thursday, Skipworth became mayor after a ping pong ball with his name on it was drawn from a hat. Though she came out on the short end of the pick, Lawrence says she trusts the process and vows to support the new mayor.

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DRONE RACES?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — In this case, the sky is literally the limit when it comes to a new kind of event to bet on. The online gaming company DraftKings has begun taking bets on events in the Drone Racing League. As the name suggests, pilots fly aerial drones in races — and people place bets on who will win. There was an event over the weekend — and bets were taken in Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia, where it’s legal to do so. So far, there’s only been an upside to betting on drones, with DraftKings saying the initial response to the sport is about 30% higher than usual for a new event introduced to the betting platform.