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How a Charlotte native landed a job on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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This image released by NBC shows, from left, Andrew Dismukes, Lauren Holt, Cecily Strong, and Beck Bennett during the “Coronavirus Holiday” sketch that aired Dec. 12, 2020 on “Saturday Night Live.” Holt, a 29-year-old Charlotte, N.C. native, is a featured player on the late-night sketch-comedy series. (Will Heath/NBC via AP)

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Lauren Holt was on an extended break from her adopted hometown of L.A., riding out some of the pandemic by staying at her parents’ house in the shadow of her old stomping grounds — Charlotte’s Alexander Graham Middle and Myers Park High schools — when her cellphone rang.

She only answered it out of boredom.

“I thought it was a scam call,” Holt recalls, “because I saw a number that I didn’t know. … I was like, ‘Ugh, well, I’m not doing anything, so I’ll answer it just to see.’ And it turns out it

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How a Charlotte native landed a job on ‘Saturday Night Live’ :: WRAL.com

— Lauren Holt was on an extended break from her adopted hometown of L.A., riding out some of the pandemic by staying at her parents’ house in the shadow of her old stomping grounds — Charlotte’s Alexander Graham Middle and Myers Park High schools — when her cellphone rang.

She only answered it out of boredom.

“I thought it was a scam call,” Holt recalls, “because I saw a number that I didn’t know. … I was like, ‘Ugh, well, I’m not doing anything, so I’ll answer it just to see.’ And it turns out it was Lorne Michaels!” ” she continues, her voice quickly melts into giddy excitement at the mere memory.

Yes, that would be the Lorne Michaels, famed executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” and the purpose of his call was to offer the 29-year-old Charlotte native a spot

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UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov- Karol Rosa vs Joselyne Edwards: Prediction and Analysis

The women’s bantamweight division is perhaps one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC, with Amanda Nunes at the helm. However, the UFC’s conveyor belt of talent ensures that the division is always injected with fresh new talent. The same will be the case when Karol Rosa takes on Joselyne Edwards this weekend at UFC Vegas 18. 

Both women are new entrants in the UFC and are unranked. The fight this weekend will be a good opportunity for both women to secure another win and take one step closer to attaining a rank in the division. 

Ahead of the fight, we take a look at the strengths and weaknesses for both women and analyze the possible routes to victory for both fighters. 

Read: ‘My time is coming to an end’- Alistair Overeem provides disappointing news for his fans 

Karol Rosa takes on Joselyne Edwards in a bantamweight showdown at

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Bats soar to heights of 1600 metres by riding late night winds

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European free-tailed bat (Tadarida teniotis) roosting

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Bats can get lift from their landscape. The flying mammals surf on air currents, which sweep upwards as they hit hills or slopes, to reach altitudes of up to 1600 metres. Birds do this too, but it wasn’t clear whether nocturnal bats could take advantage of the technique given that winds are a lot less active in the night sky.

Riding thermals is relatively easy for a bird flying during the day, says Teague O’Mara at Southeastern Louisiana University.

“Because the sun heats up the landscape, there’s rising warm air. Winds come in and lift and push birds through,” says O’Mara. Birds also benefit from long-distance visibility, which may allow them to “read” and exploit the landscape.

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“But at night the energy in the atmosphere drops, and the wind drops, and there’s just

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