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The Oculus Quest is getting multi-user support soon

Oculus Quest headsets will soon support multiple users, Facebook has announced. The functionality will allow Quest owners to set secondary accounts on their headsets, which will allow other people to log in and access content shared by the primary user while maintaining separate save data and achievements.

The primary account holder will be able to add three secondary accounts and share apps on a single device, though Facebook says you’ll later be able to share purchases across three headsets; the company may also adjust these parameters based on feedback. Apps will be automatically opted-in to the sharing functionality, but developers can opt out before February 12th.

The Quest 2’s Facebook account requirement has been controversial, and unsurprisingly nothing changes here — secondary account users will have to log in with a Facebook account of their own. For households that already have multiple Quest users, though, the features should make life easier.

Facebook says the functionality will come to the Quest 2 next month in experimental form, meaning you can switch it on with a toggle in the settings menu before it gets released to all Quest headsets, including the original model.

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How to use your Oculus Quest 2 to play any PC VR game wirelessly

One of the best features of the Oculus Quest 2 is it can be manually linked via USB to your gaming PC to play more demanding VR games you couldn’t otherwise run natively on the headset. That’s great if you want a way to play games like Half-Life: Alyx, but the obvious downside is that you’re now physically tethered to a PC — so much for the wireless freedom that the Quest 2 advertises.

Thankfully, developers have already figured out the seemingly impossible: how to run system-intensive titles on your PC and stream the visual feed to your VR device while syncing all of your movements over Wi-Fi. It gives you the best of both worlds: letting you play the games you want without being attached by a cable to your computer.

Doing this isn’t as simple as installing an app through the Oculus store; there are several steps involved. I’m going to walk you through the steps required to make this happen on your Quest 2 virtual reality headset. The same steps likely work on the first Quest iteration, but I only have the latest model here to test.

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Get a link cable

Even though this is a how-to on experiencing VR without wires, you’ll need a wire to get started. Oculus sells an expensive 16-foot cable for around $80, but that’s made for people who really want to use the Quest 2 in wired mode. There are other, less costly alternatives, like Anker’s 10-foot USB-C to USB Type-A 3.0 cable, which costs about $20 and gets the job done.

Many USB cables that come with modern Android phones will likely work, too. And the cable doesn’t have to be long — we’re just doing some simple data transfer here. Unfortunately, the USB-C cable that Oculus includes with each Quest 2 didn’t work for this process when I tried it. It’s simply for charging the headset.

Oculus Link cable

This is the official Oculus Link cable. It costs $80 and is difficult to find in stock. You don’t need this specific model to get through this how-to!

Enable developer settings

If you want to load files onto your Quest 2, you’ll need a developer account. Fortunately, it’s easy to do, but it’s a strange process that’s meant to be used by actual developers.

  • Go to this page and sign in to your Facebook account in your browser of choice. Just make sure you sign in to the same Facebook account that you signed in to on your Quest 2.
  • The next part of the process is to name your “organization.” You can name it whatever you’d like. You can find a direct link to this page right here in case you get lost.
  • With those two steps out of the way, open up your Oculus mobile app (iOS or Android) and sign in with the same Facebook account. Then navigate to the “Settings” pane by clicking it at the bottom-right corner of the app window.
  • On the next page, click “Oculus Quest 2” right beneath your name, and a few more options will expand from within it. Click “More Settings”
  • Once you’re there, tap “Developer Mode” and switch it on

Click here to see more options, including “More Settings” that contains the Developer Mode toggle.

Install the Quest 2 driver for your PC

The next couple of steps pave the way for you to sideload software onto the Quest 2 headset, which is a feature usually reserved for developers. If you’re using a Windows PC, you will need to install ADB drivers to let your PC write to the headset; according to the Oculus site, macOS and Linux systems don’t need a driver.

  • Download the software linked here, hosted by Oculus. (Just check the box saying you agree to the terms of the license — you can read it if you want — and click on “Download.”)
  • Once it’s downloaded, extract the contents of the folder. Then right click the item called “android_winusb.inf” and select “Install.”

Oculus ADB driver

Install this driver to get this process started.

Buy the Virtual Desktop app for Quest

The Virtual Desktop app lets you access your PC through the lens of a VR headset. You can use it for games, like we’ll be doing, but you can also watch movies you have stored on your PC in a variety of different virtual environments. There’s a Quest-specific version of the app that you can purchase here for $20. (Make sure it says that it’s compatible with Quest underneath the purchase button.)

After you purchase it, install it on the headset. We’ll be returning to this app in just a bit, but for now, a few other steps.

Virtual Desktop

Virtual Desktop running on the Quest 2.

Connect the Quest 2 to your PC

Connect your Quest 2 via its side-mounted USB-C port to your PC’s fastest available USB port. If you’ve done everything correctly up to this point, you’ll see a message displayed in the headset asking if you want to allow USB debugging. Allow it to proceed.

Download and install SideQuest on your PC

SideQuest is a free app and storefront for experiences that can be sideloaded onto your headset. For the purposes of this how-to, you’re just going to use it to apply a necessary patch to the Virtual Desktop app that I just suggested you buy and install on your Quest 2 headset.

  • Head here to find the right installer for your operating system (I used the Windows 10 version for this how-to) and download it
  • Once it finishes installing, run SideQuest
  • At this point, your headset should show up as connected in the top-left corner of the SideQuest app on your PC with a green bubble. If it’s not showing as connected, check your headset’s display for a prompt. It may be waiting for you to allow your PC to access and modify the Quest 2’s file system.

Sidequest app

The green light indicates that your headset is connected.

Sideload the Virtual Desktop VR patch for Quest 2

Within SideQuest, type “virtual desktop” in the search bar. The result you’re looking for is called “Virtual Desktop VR Patch.” This is the necessary key to fooling your computer into thinking your Quest 2 is a wired headset.

  • With your Quest 2 connected to your computer, hit the “Install to Headset” button in SideQuest, located just below the search bar in the app. The process should be pretty snappy, lasting just a few seconds.

Sidequest

Install this necessary Virtual Desktop patch to your Quest 2 headset.

Download Virtual Desktop Streamer

There’s yet one more free application to download: Virtual Desktop Streamer. Made by the same folks who made the Virtual Desktop app you purchased on the Quest 2, this app simply streams PC content to your headset via Wi-Fi.

  • Once this app is downloaded and installed, you’ll need to input your Oculus username in the Streamer window
  • If you don’t know it off the top of your head, you can find it by opening the Oculus app on mobile, navigating to “Settings,” and then tapping on the area that shows your name and email address. The name that will display next to your avatar is your username.

Oculus app

Having a hard time finding your Oculus username? Tap on your full name in the Settings menu to see this view pictured above.

  • After that’s entered, hit “Save”
  • That’s the last step! But remember that it’s crucial to have the Virtual Desktop Streamer app open in order for your headset to communicate with your PC.

Virtual Desktop Streamer

Here’s what the Virtual Desktop Streamer app looks like. It’s very simple.

Open Virtual Desktop on your Quest 2

If every step was done correctly, you’ll see your PC pop up in the list of available devices to connect to from within the Virtual Desktop app on your Quest 2.

Once you’ve connected, the Options button (the left Oculus Touch controller’s equivalent of the Oculus button) is mapped to open up the top-level menu for Virtual Desktop, as shown in the image below. From there, clicking “Games” will reveal every game that’s installed on your PC. You can simply boot each one from there, and your PC will handle all of the hard work.

Virtual Desktop

All of the VR-ready games installed on your PC will show up within Virtual Desktop.

If you aren’t happy with the visual fidelity within each game, you’re free to customize some settings that affect latency, refresh rate, and more. Note that you’ll likely get a clearer, more fluid image if your PC is powerful and your internet connection is fast. Given the reliance on your Wi-Fi network, your wireless router plays a large role in delivering a smooth experience, too.

Streaming VR over Wi-Fi certainly isn’t a perfect solution. I have a Wi-Fi 6-ready router and relatively speedy internet (235Mbps down, 19Mbps up), and I still experience the occasional spot of lag and slightly fuzzy image. Though with enough tweaking on the Virtual Desktop app (turning Wi-Fi off on seldom-used tech items never hurts), I think you’ll have a good time.

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Oculus is shipping the Quest 2 Elite Strap again and extending its warranty after quality issues

Oculus is resuming shipments of its Quest 2 Elite Strap accessory and extending the warranty after reports of defective straps. As UploadVR reported earlier, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company paused Elite Strap shipments in November, saying a small number of users had reported them snapping after use. Now, it tells Android Central that it’s pinpointed the issue as a “processing inconsistency with some early units,” and the product is going back on sale.

Oculus maintains that the Elite Strap problems affect a “very small percentage” of customers. But it’s increasing the standard one-year warranty to a two-year period, during which Oculus will replace broken straps free of charge.

The $49 Elite Strap (and a $129 version with an external battery and carrying case) replaces the standard cloth strap of the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. It’s a major upgrade that makes the $299 Quest 2 far more comfortable, and since it’s reappeared on the Oculus store and is being restocked elsewhere, it’s apparently a viable option once again.

Update 6:00PM ET: This piece has been updated to reflect the Elite Strap being restocked on the Oculus store.

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The century-long quest for worldwide wireless power

In 1902, famed inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla set up shop on Long Island to begin work on his grandest experiment yet. He imagined the construction of a worldwide wireless power delivery system: a network of towers that could light up cities, send communications, and even power aircraft in the sky, all without wires. On the grounds of his lab, he built the first prototype transmission device, a massive structure that came to be known as the Wardenclyffe Tower.

Today, of course, we live in a profoundly wired world. Over-the-air communication is ubiquitous. But with a handful of exceptions like cellphones and toothbrushes, we still send and receive electricity through wires.

So what went happened to Tesla’s big ambition? We traveled to Wardenclyffe to check out the remains of the lab and to talk to a couple of engineers and physicists about what Tesla had right and wrong. It turns out there is some tantalizing progress happening in the world of wireless power transfer today. So… was Tesla onto something?

Watch the video above to find out.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Family: One Man’s Quest to Stay Active



Andy Pendergrass grew up in rural Louisiana as an extremely active and athletic kid. But always looming in the back of his mind was the fact that both his mother and maternal grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Pendergrass knew that his family history meant his chances of having the autoimmune disease were higher than average, but he brushed off the possibility.

“I played football in high school, so something always hurt,” Pendergrass, 33, says. Even if he had had an inkling that it might be RA, “I would have just said ‘I’m a guy. Guys don’t get it…’ and just sort of generalized it like that.”

At age 23, Pendergrass finally learned that he, too, had RA. But the road to his diagnosis was hardly simple or straightforward. And it took a while for Pendergrass to come to terms with his condition.


A Delayed Diagnosis

Pendergrass now suspects his RA symptoms cropped up much earlier, in high school. That’s when he noticed pain that seemed “odd.” Still, he chalked up the symptoms to plantar fasciitis, a form of heel pain common among those who play intense sports.

It wasn’t until Pendergrass went to see his doctor with a severe sinus infection that he sought medical attention for his foot pain. The doctor, Pendergrass says, agreed it might be plantar fasciitis, “till I mentioned that it was really bad in my toes.”

Aware that RA ran in Pendergrass’s family, the doctor ordered blood tests. A couple of days later, the doctor called to confirm a diagnosis for RA and referred Pendergrass to a rheumatologist.

The rheumatologist, however, told Pendergrass that his symptoms didn’t stem from RA but from flat feet.

The new verdict left Pendergrass deeply confused. “I have really big arch in my feet, so it was bizarre,” he says.

At the time, Pendergrass was getting ready to move to Alaska with his new wife. He didn’t have time to sort through the conflicting diagnoses. “I decided not to bother with the pain and put it off.”




It was only later when Pendergrass moved to Missouri, and as his joint pain continued, that he decided to get a second opinion. A new rheumatologist confirmed that Pendergrass indeed had RA.

The news took a mental and emotional toll on Pendergrass, a young man who prized being physically active.

“At the time, the biggest question on my mind was what the rest of my life going to look like,” he says.

Acceptance of his lifelong condition came after time, research, and support, especially from Pendergrass’s mother.

“It’s hard for people who don’t have the disease to understand. Because you can’t look at me and say when I’m having a flare-ups,” he says. “That’s one of the things she understands.”


Looking Ahead, and Reaching Out

In the decade since his diagnosis, Pendergrass has managed to keep his athletic dreams alive, even if he can’t exactly take up any sport without hesitation, as he once envisioned. In the last couple of years, he has also gotten into CrossFit — a form of high-intensity interval training exercises that involve squats, pulling, and pushing with adjustable weights — and enjoys playing golf. He credits CrossFit workouts with strengthening his muscles and easing stress on his joints.

“I want to maximize the time that I get to be an athlete. It’s my passion; it’s where I get my frustration out, and I feel free,” he says. “And I don’t want RA to mess with that. If that means I need to eat clean, stay away from inflammatory foods, and stretch more, then so be it.”

Pendergrass moved back to his home state of Louisiana a couple of years ago. Living with a chronic disease can be isolating, particularly for those who live outside major cities. But social media has given Pendergrass an avenue to find support and to link with others.

Recently, he set up an Instagram account @rheumadad to share his journey.

“Honestly, if there are any young guys out there, I would like to really connect with them. Because I think we lack a community of young guys with arthritis to be able to commiserate with, to share ideas with, and to just feel like I belong,” he says.


Pendergrass has two young sons now. The thought that his children might become the fourth generation with RA has crossed his mind. But Pendergrass refuses to dwell on it.

“I don’t allow those thoughts to really to take root in my mind. I know it’s possible. I’m not going to put my head in the sand. And so, if it happens, we will deal with it. It will break my heart.

“Rest of your life is not going to be consumed with having RA. You can let it … but you shouldn’t. Life is about way more than having RA.”



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SOURCES:

Orthoinfo.aaos.org: “Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Playing the Waiting Game to Find Out if You Have an Autoimmune Disease?”

Andy Pendergrass, 33, Louisiana, member of Creakyjoints.org.



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Love Island’s Molly-Mae leaves dentist as quest for natural beauty continues


Molly-Mae Hague was spotted leaving the dentist on Friday as she continued on her quest for more natural beauty.

The 21-year-old former Love Island star looked sensational as she wrapped up in an elegant designer outfit shortly after her appointment at Ruh Dental in Manchester.

The blonde bomshell – who is dating her Love Island beau Tommy Fury – opted for a chic cream overcoat and an enormous Balenciaga scarf to keep her warm against the blustery weather.

She also finished her look off with a pair of chunky statement trainers and light blue denim jeans.

Molly completed the outfit with a black leather bag as she walked away from the cosmetic dentist office.

Molly-Mae Hague was spotted leaving a dentist clinic in Manchester

The reality star slicked her hair back into a gorgeous French plait and added a slick of natural make up to finish off her ensemble.

It has been speculated in the past that Molly-Mae may have had veneers fitted to achieve her pearly whites, however it is unclear whether she had any procedures during her visit this week.

Molly’s latest trip to the dentist came shortly after the star revealed she was trying to ‘reverse’ some of her dramatic beauty procedures.

The reality star looked sensational in her winter outfit

Molly paired a smart cream coat with a fluffy Balenciaga scarf

Last month, the television star revealed she that had filler dissolved in her lips after admitting she may have gone ‘too far’.

Molly also captured the entire process on video and shared the details with her loyal YouTube following.

The Love Island star has since revealed to fans that she does ‘not miss’ her old lips, and was touched by all the messages she had received from fans.

Molly-Mae recently had her lip fillers removed

“You guys have been so nice about my new lips, you can’t really see because I’ve got so much lip liner on,” she said on social media.

“But yeah, I’m just trying to get use to them.

She continued: “I do not miss my lumpy, bumpy horrible filler!

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Oculus rolls out support for 90Hz games in first big Quest 2 update


Oculus has rolled out its first big update for the Quest 2 standalone virtual reality headset, fulfilling a few promises it made when the headset launched last month. Headlining the new features is the 90Hz refresh rate mode that now expands to all system-level apps by default — including through Oculus Link, which has officially exited beta.

The company says it’s now allowing developers to ship Quest titles with native 90Hz support, as opposed to the Quest 2’s 72Hz base refresh rate that was active by default. Soon, the likes of Superhot, Echo VR, Beat Saber, Vacation Simulator, Job Simulator, Racket: Nx, and Space Pirate Trainer will support the higher refresh rate. Hopefully Tetris Effect and Rez Infinite will soon join that list.

If you connect the Quest 2 to your PC via an Oculus Link cable (or a cheaper, compatible USB 3.0 cable), you’ll be able to toggle between 72Hz, 80Hz, or 90Hz through the Oculus app on PC. Oculus says it has improved overall visual quality when using the Link function and the automatic graphics profile settings have been retuned to tax your GPU harder for better performance. You’ll find a new interface for tweaking graphical settings in the app, as well as for easily adjusting the render resolution for a sharper image.

Next week, Oculus is rolling out Oculus Move, the app that lets you track fitness metrics gathered from playing VR games. With it, you’ll be able to see how many calories you’ve burned and minutes spent being physically active in games that you play. It seems kind of neat, especially if you aren’t moving around all that much outside due to the pandemic.

There are two more additions: Later in November, Oculus is going to let you capture the headset’s screen through the iOS or Android app, so you can make clips of your own. Before this, you had to either share recorded clips directly to Facebook or manually hook up your Quest 2 to your PC and drag-and-drop the files.

Lastly, Oculus is making it possible to gift games and experiences through the Oculus store, either in-browser or from within the app. You’ll just need your friend’s e-mail address. The company mentioning this feature is timely, since the Black Friday sale at the Oculus Store will kick off next week, so maybe hold off on buying new games until then.



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TOWIE’s Chloe Brockett documents boob job in quest to get an ‘hourglass figure’


Chloe Brockett is taking her fans every step of the way through her breast surgery in her quest to get an ‘hourglass’ figure.

The TOWIE star, 19, took to Instagram on Monday afternoon to document the operation, revealing she was going from a “small C” to a DD cup.

She explained that she wanted her breasts to be “in proportion” with her body as she has a curvy bum and thighs.

Chloe told her followers: “I wanted to look more in proportion with my body size as I’ve got a really big bum and quite curvy thighs.

“On top I’ve always been quite flat so I thought by getting boobs it would make me look more hourglass.

Chloe Brockett has revealed she went from a ‘small C’ to a DD cup in a boob job

She thought her boobs weren’t in proportion with the rest of her body

“It’s not a decision I made lightly.”

Before the operation she got a blow-dry and hadn’t eaten all day before she went under-the-knife.

Afterwards she filmed herself in her hospital bed feeling “amazing” but admitted her heart-rate was high.

Chloe said she felt ‘amazing’ after the surgery

She said: “I’m all out of surgery now, it went amazing but I woke up and my heart-rate was a bit high.

“But I think that was because I thought I hadn’t hds the surgery and woke up midway – do you blame me for having a high heart rate?”

Chloe then filmed herself when she was home and in her pyjamas.

She was back home the same day

She admitted she still had morphine in her system and wasn’t feeling much pain.

The TV star then took questions from her fans about the operation.

She admitted she was scared to be put under but the staff made her feel at ease.

It took about 40 minutes for her surgery and she was home the same day.





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The Oculus Quest 2 was preordered five times as much as the original


The new Oculus Quest 2 VR headset was preordered more than five times as much as last year’s original model, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed on Facebook’s earnings call. Zuckerberg characterized the launch of the Quest 2 as the company taking “major steps forward in building the next computing platform.”

“I’ve been very impressed and excited by the progress that our teams have made on this,” Zuckerberg said on the call. “I think that the new Quest 2 product is extraordinary. I love using it. And I’m really proud of the work that we’ve done there.”

It’s not really surprising that there’d be pent-up demand for the Quest 2. The improved standalone headset is shipping with a starting price of $299 — that’s $100 less than the previous model, which has been difficult to find in stock all year. Facebook is clearly going all-out to make this as mainstream and as accessible a device as it can be.

Third-party Oculus developers are benefiting from the influx of new users, too. Denny Unger of Pistol Whip creators Cloudhead Labs says the games sales have increased tenfold since the launch of the Quest 2, while Apex Construct studio Fast Travel Games saw an 800% uptick in sales.



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MLB broadcaster Casey Stern’s emotional quest to save his kids from alleged abuse


Casey Stern wants to tell his story. It has to do with his kids, now just 6, 5 and 3 years old. It is about alleged child abuse.

There are felony charges against his ex-wife and her boyfriend in Atlanta-Fulton County.

Casey’s ex-wife, Shanon Stern, has been charged with four counts of second-degree child cruelty and six counts of reckless endangerment. Her boyfriend, Alexander Soriano, is facing five counts of first-degree child cruelty.

Trials await.

The charges against Shanon and Soriano are graphic and disturbing. There is one alleged crime that is so inhumane, you may feel sick or cry or both.

Casey believes that telling the story is the most meaningful way to make an impact on a system that he claims fails to take care of children, his included.

In a time when there are important movements for justice sweeping our country, he wants the story of abused children to be told. They are voiceless.

Casey, 42, has a voice, a big one. He hosts a drive-time national talk radio show on SiriusXM’s MLB Network. He has sat next to the likes of Charles Barkley, Pedro Martinez and Isiah Thomas on MLB, NBA and NCAA Tournament coverage on TBS and NBA TV.

And yet, he says, no one would listen to him.

A Marriage And Three Kids

It was only eight years ago, on July 4, 2012, that Casey and Shanon exchanged vows.

“We got married where all Jews in Long Island get married — Woodbury,” Casey says. “Crest Hollow on Woodbury Road. Nice place.”

They met when both were working at MLB.com. When they tied the knot, he was 34, she was 25.

Two years later, in 2014, they had their first baby, a son. Soon after, Casey landed the Turner MLB pregame gig that led into one of the league championships each October.

It was a prestigious job to add to drive-time hosting on MLB Network Radio. Married, with a baby and in the center of baseball’s media coverage, he seemingly had it all.

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Casey Stern on the TBS MLB set.Courtesy of Turner Sports

But Casey and Shanon just didn’t fit right. When they were near the end of their marriage, the duo tried a Hail Mary and had a third child, a daughter.

Though Casey looks at his baby girl as a blessing, divorce was inevitable. In April 2017, Casey and Shanon agreed to split custody in what he says was a painless three-hour mediation, with Shanon keeping the house they leased and Casey finding a new place in Atlanta.

The Charges

In Casey’s view, you need to understand the abuse charges and the process to comprehend why the Family Law aspect of the judicial system must be improved.

This past February, Shanon and Soriano each were charged after nearly two years of Casey trying to gain the full attention of the system.

Trials, delayed by the pandemic, await for Shanon and Soriano, so all accusations are alleged, pending a day in court. Shanon’s lawyer declined comment on the case, and Soriano’s attorney could not be reached.

Both are out on bail. Neither has pled yet. Shanon has not seen her children in eight months.

The alleged abuse began when Casey’s eldest was 4 and the youngest was 1, occurring between December 2018 and September 2019, according to the warrant.

In January 2019, Casey and Shanon had agreed, according to court documents, that Soriano was not to be around the children or Shanon. The abuse lasted for another nine months.

When one of the children had an accident, Soriano told the child to drink the child’s own urine from the floor, the warrant states.

Another time, Soriano is alleged to have locked a child in a basement for an extended period until Shanon found the child. The children allegedly were subjected to alternating hot and cold baths that Casey describes as a form of “torture.”

The warrant says one of the children was “spanked” across the face and hit in the stomach by Soriano.

The children’s behavior changed and a survival instinct kicked in.

“There was one night where they were running around with backpacks,” Casey said. “The nanny and I were like, ‘What game are you playing?’ They were preparing to run.”

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One of Stern’s children was asked in therapy to use stick figures to show where they were hurt during the alleged abuse.Courtesy of Casey Stern

‘I Was So Broken’

Back in March 2018, Casey thought that his children’s crying when they had to stay with their mom might just be a normal part of divorce. He initially wasn’t thinking about abuse.

Although the arrest warrant details allegations beginning in December 2018, the children’s nanny, Mary Ruth Watson, first became suspicious by August of that year, comparing before and after pictures of the children that showed bruises, according to Casey. Though Casey did not know the full extent of what was happening at that point, he urged the authorities to investigate further, but there were roadblocks.

Casey says his kids were coached not to talk about the alleged abuse. Later, the arrest warrant stated the children were told “not to tell people.”

On January 15, 2019, a Special Victims Unit investigator told Casey she would not pursue the case.

According to Casey, “This investigator said, ‘Let’s be honest, sir, if they really were put in a hot bath, ‘Where are the burns?’”

“I was so broken,” Casey says.

Officer Anthony Grant, from Atlanta Police Department’s Public Affairs division, could not comment on what happened in the original SVU investigation, including the “Where are the burns?” comment, but pointed to the final outcome in a statement.

“Both Mr. Soriano and Ms. Shanon Stern have been arrested in this case,” Grant said. “The file has now been turned over to the DA’s Office and awaiting adjudication.“

The February 2020 arrest warrant said that Soriano hit Shanon with a chair, according to the children. Casey said that Shanon confessed to him that a black eye was from Soriano.

High-speed Chase

On January 23, 2019 — a little more than a week after the first investigator dropped the initial inquiry — Casey and Shanon agreed in Superior Court of Fulton County to a temporary order that “the mother and the children are prohibited from having any type of contact with Alex.”

During the ensuing months, Casey repeatedly tried to get the attention of authorities to enforce the order, fearing terrible things were going on when he dropped his kids with his ex-wife, per their custody agreement.

It escalated to the point where Casey was put in danger trying to prove the injunction against Soriano was being broken.

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Casey Stern during a brief quiet moment at home alone.Courtesy of Casey Stern

When violence is suspected in a relationship, a guardian is put in place to try to mediate and referee on behalf of the children. One day, the guardian saw Soriano’s car at the house of Stern’s ex-wife, in violation of the court order. The guardian needed a second witness, and she and Casey’s lawyer agreed Casey was the only one available.

Soriano once DMed Casey, calling Casey a “p—y,” Casey said. Another time, according to Casey, Soriano told one of the children to relay to Casey that Soriano would hit Casey in the face.

“He’s a lunatic,” Casey says.

Now, Casey was asked to go make sure Soriano wasn’t illegally around his children. Casey knew he had to go to the house, even if it didn’t feel right.

“Think about this: We know he is dangerous,” Casey says. “Clearly, he probably hates me. Imagine. And you need me to go there. You can’t call the police? They broke a court order. Think about this? Think what I was thinking. The guardian just saw them breaking a court order and wants me to go there.

“I couldn’t understand that if you tried to explain to me a million times because it is ridiculous. What am I going to do? What do you mean [Shanon and Soriano] are together? I start driving. I drive past his car. He’s getting things out of his trunk. I snapped a couple of pictures. I’m driving to go out of the exit. I thought he had already left again. He is stopped, waiting for me to come around the bend. Gets out of his car with a golf club.

“I peel around him and he gets back in his car and starts to speed after me. For about five or 10 minutes, I have to lose him in a neighborhood. This is not a sane individual.”

Adding to the situation, Casey felt if an incident was reported, it would direct attention to him and hamper his ability to be heard about what was going on with his children.

“I don’t need, ‘So and so was in a domestic violence dispute,’” Stern says. “This is not where I want to be. I sped away.”

The restraining order was never enforced, Casey said.

The February 2020 arrest warrant states Shanon continually violated the injunction that Soriano was not to be around her or the children.

The Cost Of Safety

Casey says the forensic evaluation, the doctors, the guardians, the lawyers and the therapists have cost $130,000. He is determined to change the system or help less fortunate people be able to afford the costs associated with pursuing a child abuse case.

“You can’t even say hello to the forensic psychologist as the parent without $2,500,” Stern said. “Then you have to pay for everything. The therapy appointments have cost me thirty grand. People don’t have that money. I don’t have that money.

“What are they going to do? Even now, in COVID, if a kid was going to tell a teacher, he doesn’t see any teachers. These kids can’t go do anything. There is nobody for them to tell.”

One Person, Two People

Even as Casey put on an affable face during his shows the last two years, he was experiencing hell — running on no sleep, living on energy drinks and suffering from clinical anxiety.

He has had to be two different people.

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Casey Stern, trying to live a double life, seen here while pulling an all-nighter between NBA postseason shifts.Courtesy of Casey Stern

Candace Parker, a Turner/NBA TV analyst, sat next to Casey on set many nights. Casey usually would flip a switch when he went on the air, so only a few co-workers knew what was happening in his personal life. One day, Parker noticed Casey’s energy changed. Parker has become a confidant.

“The things that he told me, no parent and no kid should ever have to go through,” Parker said. “It broke my heart. Casey being Casey, he continues to do what he has to do and puts his kids first. That’s admirable.”

When you are a lead host, you are expected to be places. When Kobe Bryant passed away, Casey couldn’t go to Los Angeles to contribute to NBA TV’s coverage. He missed hosting the Hall of Fame ceremonies. He was supposed to do play-by-play for a US National basketball team game. Some at Turner Sports knew the reason, but many did not. He couldn’t leave his kids.

This postseason, TBS replaced Casey with Ernie Johnson as the lead MLB studio anchor. Johnson is considered one of the best hosts in the business.

Casey has a year remaining on his TBS/NBA TV deal, though he no longer has a role at the networks. He continues every day on SiriusXM and plans on having a long career, but he has a new mission.

‘It Is My Turn’

Casey knows this whole story is something that he could keep private and tuck away as a secret, and that was a consideration.

But his children inspired him as they have spoken out courageously about what allegedly happened to them. To borrow a phrase from his field, Casey thinks he is up.

“It is my turn to talk about how proud I am of them,” Casey says. “And be willing to step out of the background and tell the people that I’m afraid to tell. The people who are the public, who judge me every day. The people I’m afraid of that I’m not afraid anymore. That’s why.”

Operation ExHale

Casey says the turning point came when his oldest children, Lucas and Hayley, saw the alleged abuse begin to happen to their baby sister, Hannah.

“It was, ‘Enough was enough,’” Casey says. “They were so brave. Their lives are going to be bettered because they have understood what that means for them. That moment of, ‘I’m not ashamed.’”

With their continued therapy, his children are starting to thrive, breaking down walls with new painful revelations being jogged from their memory. The oldest, Lucas, now 6, has blown away Casey with how he has led. The youngest, Hannah, just 3, isn’t afraid of anything anymore, according to Casey, after not being old enough to communicate about the scary situation.

The middle child, 5-year-old Hayley, has gained confidence.

“It is like a totally different person,” Casey says. “She is now walking with swag. She was totally introspective in a corner before.”

Every night, Casey and his three children say the same mantra: “This is a safe house. There is no hitting. Only love.”

Now Casey wants to help others be heard. He has started a foundation called Operation ExHale. The goal is to assist families experiencing instances of child abuse by raising money and awareness for those in need.

Its slogan: “Together, we can help keep children safe!”

That is why Casey Stern wanted to tell his story.



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