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NAPA extends support of Chase Elliott and No. 9 team

NAPA will be the livery on the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for 26 races—expanding its role by two events each year—including the Daytona 500. The Atlanta-based auto parts retailer will serve also as an associate sponsor for the remaining races.  ... Kee

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Trump claimed there were no plans for Trump Tower Moscow. There were plans

BuzzFeed is still sticking with its story that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie during his testimony before a congressional committee, and since Rudy Giuliani spent the weekend confessing that, sure, Trump might have coached Cohen on his testimon
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Trump claimed there were no plans for Trump Tower Moscow. There were plans

BuzzFeed is still sticking with its story that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie during his testimony before a congressional committee, and since Rudy Giuliani spent the weekend confessing that, sure, Trump might have coached Cohen on his testimony, it seems more probable than ever that the core of that original story was correct all along. And now BuzzFeed is back with another story on that Moscow Project, showing that, far from being an idea that Trump was just kicking around, or a passing fancy dropped when the campaign got serious, it was actually this project that was Trump’s “lifetime goal.” Forget the election: What Trump wanted most was a massive tower that would have dominated the city skyline, been among the world’s ten tallest buildings, and generated a massive boost to both Trump’s ego and his bottom line. xTrump’s Lawyer Said There Were “No Plans” For Trump Tower Moscow. Here They Are. https://t.co/4vvkufJ8Ci— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 22, 2019 The Moscow Project was everything that Donald Trump wanted. It would put his name on a blazing diamond more than 100 stories above the Moscow streets. It would provide a lavish home to the nation’s undisputed ruler. And it would give Trump a much more direct pipeline to the wallets of the oligarchs whose money he had been laundering for over a decade.  It wasn’t just a dream. It was an architectural design completed in New York and sent to Trump’s Moscow agents in 2015. The same oligarchs Trump had been dealing with were telling him that they were ready to build this monster with his name on it. And there’s no doubt at all that this was more than enough to get Trump to go along with absolutely anything.

With DACA safe for now, advocates urge beneficiaries to use 'the extra cushion' and renew early

The Supreme Court’s refusal this week to fast track the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case was a blow to the Trump administration and has bought program beneficiaries more time to renew their protections—and immigrant youth leaders are c
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With DACA safe for now, advocates urge beneficiaries to use 'the extra cushion' and renew early

The Supreme Court’s refusal this week to fast track the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case was a blow to the Trump administration and has bought program beneficiaries more time to renew their protections—and immigrant youth leaders are calling on them to not waste any of that time.  The administration had been trying to leapfrog the legal process and go straight to the Supreme Court to challenge lower court decisions that had partially resurrected DACA. Following the Supreme Court declining that demand, the case will most likely now be heard in the fall—meaning a decision could come in the first half of 2020—giving beneficiaries a precious buffer to get renewed two-year permits under their belts. “I thought for me this was going to be my last go around for the program,” said Sheridan Aguirre of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the U.S. “Thankfully, we have the extra cushion.” Greisa Martinez, another UWD leader, ”said she’ll be getting her application in by next week. Her DACA was set to end in June.” The group has created a hub to assist DACA recipients with the process. While the importance of DACA cannot be overstated, it doesn’t change the fact that immigrant youth shouldn’t have to keep living their lives from court decision to court decision, worried that their current work permit might be their last. What immigrant youth need is certainty, and while DACA has been life-changing, it doesn’t match permanent relief in the form of a pathway to citizenship. What immigrant youth also know is that the current immigration “deal” from the Trump administration is a deal only for its white supremacist agenda, trading some DACA recipients’ temporary protections for a permanent wall, devastating changes to asylum, and generating more money for detention and mass deportation agents. “No way,” said Martinez. And, renew, renew, renew.

Mass arrest of federal employees outside Sen. McConnell's office: 'Where is Mitch? We want to work!'

Federal employees are growing increasingly impatient as they stand to miss their third paycheck. Today they took their complaints directly where they belong—to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who refuses to even bring a bill to open th
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Mass arrest of federal employees outside Sen. McConnell's office: 'Where is Mitch? We want to work!'

Federal employees are growing increasingly impatient as they stand to miss their third paycheck. Today they took their complaints directly where they belong—to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who refuses to even bring a bill to open the U.S. government to the floor for a vote and get back to work.  Here is video of the federal employees putting their bodies on the line outside Mitch McConnell’s office, chanting “Where is Mitch?” and “We want to work!” xLive from Mitch McConnell’s office https://t.co/qJghfWTbtg— Kristin Mink (@KristinMinkDC) January 23, 2019 After the federal employees were arrested and the hall was clear, Getty photographer Win MacNamee captured a jovial, extremely-wealthy-and-not-missing-any-paychecks Senator McConnell returning to his office.

How the 'cultural Marxism' hoax began, and why it's spreading into the mainstream

It all seems plausible enough on the outside, especially for people conditioned to think of Communism as a conspiracy-driven enterprise aimed at overturning Western capitalist societies. Why wouldn’t Marxism, which is mainly devoted to economics, also have
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How the 'cultural Marxism' hoax began, and why it's spreading into the mainstream

It all seems plausible enough on the outside, especially for people conditioned to think of Communism as a conspiracy-driven enterprise aimed at overturning Western capitalist societies. Why wouldn’t Marxism, which is mainly devoted to economics, also have cultural component that complements its ultimate goal? That’s the claim made, anyway, by right-wing pundits and thinkers who insist that “cultural Marxism” is the underlying belief system that brought multiculturalism to the modern world, and is now forcing it all down our throats as “political correctness.” It’s become a common reference in recent years as conservatives have increasingly attacked multiculturalism in the public square. From Fox News to Breitbart to pop philosophers such as Jordan Peterson, “cultural Marxism” is increasingly identified as the source of everything wrong with modern liberal democracies. The problem with these claims, however, is that they are fundamentally groundless. The only place that “cultural Marxism” actually exists is within a very narrow and relatively minor faction of academia, and in the fertile imaginations of the right-wing ideologues who see it as the wellspring of a nefarious conspiracy to undermine and eventually destroy Western civilization. The whole concept is essentially a kind of hoax, a conspiracy theory concocted by radical white nationalists in the 1990s to explain the spread of multiculturalism, and nurtured by a combination of neo-Nazis and nativists over the ensuing years, as it gradually spread to mainstream conservatism through the activism of a handful of key players. It is also deeply anti-Semitic at its root, offering essentially an updated version of the classic “Protocols of the Seven Elders of Zion” conspiracy theory, postulating a scenario in which a cabal of elite Jews conspires in secret to inflict all the ills of modernity onto society for their own benefit.

Border security conference canceled due to 'border security' shutdown. It's worse than it sounds

You might think the CNN headline says it all: «State Department cancels border security conference due to shutdown over border security.» But actually, it gets better … or worse, depending whether you care more about summing up Donald Trump
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Border security conference canceled due to 'border security' shutdown. It's worse than it sounds

You might think the CNN headline says it all: «State Department cancels border security conference due to shutdown over border security.» But actually, it gets better … or worse, depending whether you care more about summing up Donald Trump’s shutdown in a single headline or stopping violence. The conference in question is the 16th International Export Control and Border Security Conference. The “international export control” part of that is important, because while Trump has shut down the government because of the major border security threat of frightened families fleeing violence and poverty, this conference is—or was supposed to be—about “the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and destabilizing accumulations and irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons.” So the shutdown over the border security issue of diaper-wearing children and their parents showing up to ask for asylum is getting in the way of international efforts to crack down on weapons of mass destruction crossing borders. Just great.

House Speaker Pelosi won't allow Trump to deliver his State of the Union address until shutdown ends

«The House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution . . . until the government has opened»
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House Speaker Pelosi won't allow Trump to deliver his State of the Union address until shutdown ends

«The House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution . . . until the government has opened»

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Hola Code tackles the real migration crisis

Tamara Davison Contributor Share on Twitter Tamara Davison is a British journalist reporting from Mexico. She has written for The i Newspaper and Entrepreneur as well as many regional newspapers worldwide, and she is the current editor of Aztec Reports. Afte
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Hola Code tackles the real migration crisis

Tamara Davison Contributor Share on Twitter Tamara Davison is a British journalist reporting from Mexico. She has written for The i Newspaper and Entrepreneur as well as many regional newspapers worldwide, and she is the current editor of Aztec Reports. After spending eight months in an immigration facility in the United States, Abimael Hernandez made […]

Microsoft Edge on mobile now includes a built-in fake news detector

In 2019, we still don’t really know what to do about fake news. With nothing to disincentivize viral hyperpartisan headlines and other exercises in confirmation bias, online misinformation seems to run as rampant as ever. It’s a tricky problem, pa
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Microsoft Edge on mobile now includes a built-in fake news detector

In 2019, we still don’t really know what to do about fake news. With nothing to disincentivize viral hyperpartisan headlines and other exercises in confirmation bias, online misinformation seems to run as rampant as ever. It’s a tricky problem, particularly because it’s one that requires the readers most drawn to too outrageous to be true […]

New science details discovery of bacterial pathogen in brains of Alzheimer's patients

New science uncovers how an unlikely culprit, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) -- the bacterium commonly associated with chronic gum disease -- appears to drive Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology.
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New science details discovery of bacterial pathogen in brains of Alzheimer's patients

New science uncovers how an unlikely culprit, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) -- the bacterium commonly associated with chronic gum disease -- appears to drive Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology.

Andes Grew to Towering Heights in Two Explosive 'Growth Spurts'

As the now-iconic Andes Mountains rose skyward along the western coast of South America dozens of millions of years ago, violent volcanic activity rocked the continent, a new study finds.
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Andes Grew to Towering Heights in Two Explosive 'Growth Spurts'

As the now-iconic Andes Mountains rose skyward along the western coast of South America dozens of millions of years ago, violent volcanic activity rocked the continent, a new study finds.

Verizon Media Group is laying off 7 percent of its workforce

The Verizon division formerly known as Oath is laying off 7 percent of its workforce, which amounts to roughly 800 employees. Oath was created after Verizon acquired AOL, followed by Yahoo, bringing them together two years ago as a combined digital media enti
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Verizon Media Group is laying off 7 percent of its workforce

The Verizon division formerly known as Oath is laying off 7 percent of its workforce, which amounts to roughly 800 employees. Oath was created after Verizon acquired AOL, followed by Yahoo, bringing them together two years ago as a combined digital media entity with a new name. However, it seems that the organization hasn’t performed […]

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Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake News

Fake news activity will be reduced on Facebook soon: The social media platform is enforcing new initiatives that aim to prevent pages from posting false content. On Wednesday, Facebook in a press release […] The post Facebook’s New Page Initiative
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Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake News

Fake news activity will be reduced on Facebook soon: The social media platform is enforcing new initiatives that aim to prevent pages from posting false content. On Wednesday, Facebook in a press release […] The post Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake News appeared first on Geek.com.

Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her Thumb

A volunteer at an Ohio zoo is recovering after an orangutan reached through a barrier in its mesh enclosure, bit her arm, and somehow detached her thumb. Officials at the Toledo Zoo said […] The post Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her T
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Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her Thumb

A volunteer at an Ohio zoo is recovering after an orangutan reached through a barrier in its mesh enclosure, bit her arm, and somehow detached her thumb. Officials at the Toledo Zoo said […] The post Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her Thumb appeared first on Geek.com.

NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From Boeing’s Starliner Test Flight

NASA just announced a major crew assignment update: Astronaut Eric Boe, who was scheduled to be part of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, is not flying due to medical reasons. On […] The post NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From B
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NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From Boeing’s Starliner Test Flight

NASA just announced a major crew assignment update: Astronaut Eric Boe, who was scheduled to be part of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, is not flying due to medical reasons. On […] The post NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From Boeing’s Starliner Test Flight appeared first on Geek.com.

Rare Rolls-Royces Steal Limelight at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction

Rare Rolls-Royces from the last century made an impactful sale at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction that took place on January 17-18, 2019. The first in the list is 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca that was offered from the Calumet Collection, a
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Rare Rolls-Royces Steal Limelight at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction

Rare Rolls-Royces from the last century made an impactful sale at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction that took place on January 17-18, 2019. The first in the list is 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca that was offered from the Calumet Collection, a Southern California auto museum, including a handful of noteworthy Rolls-Royce models that stand out as some of the marque’s best from the previous century. This unique car, “finished in dark red and garnet, with part of the aluminum coachwork left unpainted and polished to a beautiful mirror-like contrast, accentuated by a folding black leather top and hinged window frames, a signature of the Salamanca design,” as the RM Sotheby’s report says, was sold for $235,200. The 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon that was also offered from the Calumet Collection was sold for $103,600. It is “one of 27 examples of this handsome design built by James Young on the Silver Wraith chassis, of which 13 were fitted with a division window, Silver Wraith chassis no. WOF23 was exhibited on Young’s stand at the 1951 Earls Court Motor Show, as noted in Bernard L. King’s Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Silver Wraith. It was subsequently delivered in July of that year to Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd., the well-known British contracting firm whose leaders were longstanding Rolls-Royce clients in good standing, as noted in period registration documents,” RM Sotheby’s stated. Another Rolls-Royce, the 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V State Landaulet by Mulliner Park Ward, from the Calumet Collection, was sold for a high price of $445,000. “With the exception of minor paint and bodywork, necessitated by a slight bump received in Pittsburgh traffic, the State Landaulet remains unrestored and in immaculate condition, with a rich patina and a remarkable 161,795 actual miles recorded at the time of cataloguing. All of its original accessories function beautifully, including the radio and the adjustable rear seat. Accompanying the car is a comprehensive file covering the  entire ownership and the maintenance work performed,” according to RM Sotheby’s. Next in line was the 1972 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward that was sold for $291,000. “This Phantom VI, chassis number PRH4703, was commissioned by the well-known Rolls-Royce dealers Lex Mead of Maidenhead as a company ‘demonstrator,’ that would show every available luxury accoutrement that could be specified for one’s new limousine,” the auction house said. The 1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit I Emperor State Landaulet by Hooper & Co., the British coachbuilding firm that built specialty vehicles for Great Britain’s royal family, was yet another important sale for Rolls-Royce in the auction and the car was sold for $190,400. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

RM Sotheby’s Makes $37 Million at the Arizona Sale

RM Sotheby’s first sale of the year turned out to be extremely successful as it saw standout prices and strong bidder amounting to $37 million. “RM Sotheby's kicked off its 2019 auction calendar with the company's 20th annual Arizona sale, 17–18 January
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RM Sotheby’s Makes $37 Million at the Arizona Sale

RM Sotheby’s first sale of the year turned out to be extremely successful as it saw standout prices and strong bidder amounting to $37 million. “RM Sotheby's kicked off its 2019 auction calendar with the company's 20th annual Arizona sale, 17–18 January, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The two-evening auction totaled $37 million in sales, with 85 percent of all lots finding new homes. The top sale of the week was a fresh-to-market, 2,900-mile 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, which drew enthusiastic bidding from several parties on Thursday night before selling for a final $3,360,000 (Estimate: $3,200,000–$3,600,000),” states the auction house. Commenting on their top lots and the success of the first sale of 2019, RM Sotheby’s stated: “Additional top sale highlights from the auction cover the spectrum of the collector car market, from American Classics in high demand through high-performance modern collectibles, illustrating strong collector interest in several segments. Thursday evening also saw a Classiche-certified 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina offered from nearly 20 years of single ownership bring a strong $2,012,500 to become the second-highest sale of the auction. Adding to Ferrari highlights for Thursday night, a one-off 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spider with intriguing design by Michelotti sold for an above-estimate $670,500 (Estimate: $600,000–$650,000), while a highly optioned, 280-mile 2017 Ferrari F12tdf attractively finished in Grigio Titanio over a two-tone blue interior sold for $1,006,000 (Estimate: $950,000–$1,100,000). Modern collectibles also drew strong interest in the form of a one-of-50 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package, which sold for a final $885,000 (Estimate: $850,000–$1,100,000).” Global Head of RM Sotheby’s Auctions, Gord Duff, shared his happiness on the success of the Arizona sale and said: “We were thrilled to bring an exceptional, high-quality offering of blue-chip collector cars to our 20th Arizona sale.” He further added, “We received fantastic feedback on the catalogue of cars, and while we certainly witnessed a continued shift in collecting interests, we saw strong prices achieved for fresh-to-market motor cars from several segments of the market, most notably for great American Classics and for late-model collectibles. There was an enthusiastic atmosphere throughout our preview hours, and high energy and a packed house inside the tented auction area on both sale evenings, with the strongest bidder turnout we've seen at Arizona in more than five years, signaling new interest in the hobby.” https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder at RM Sotheby’s Paris Auction

This car will be a part of lot 180 at the auction and its pre-auction value is estimated to be around €950,000 - €1,100,000. “Competing against the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder proved to be able to hold its own against t
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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder at RM Sotheby’s Paris Auction

This car will be a part of lot 180 at the auction and its pre-auction value is estimated to be around €950,000 - €1,100,000. “Competing against the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder proved to be able to hold its own against the very best that the automotive industry could muster. Utilizing the very best materials, components and technology, Porsche created a car that was not only stunning in its performance, but one that was equally stunning in its looks and sheer attention to detail,” states the auction house. This 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder has covered less than 4,100 km from new and it is finished in desirable Liquid Metal Chrome Blue amongst other desirable options. Commenting on the details of the car, the auction house stated: “Utilizing a chassis constructed almost entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic composite, at the 918’s heart is a 90-degree V-8 based upon that found in Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 Le Mans prototypes. Thanks to its flat-plane crankshaft, titanium connection rod, four valves per cylinder and dry-sump lubrication, it can rev to an ear-piercing 9,000 rpm. As a result, it puts out a 608 bhp, which equates to an incredible 133 bhp per litre of displacement. In addition to this, the 918 Spyder’s combustion engine is supported by a pair of electric motors, with one being mated to the engine itself and another providing drive to the front axle. These electric motors produce an additional 284 bhp, bringing the 918 Spyder’s total output to 887 bhp and 994 foot-pounds of torque. All this horsepower is managed through Porsche’s tried and true PDK seven-speed transmission, and its delivery can be further refined through five driving modes, ranging from full electric to ‘Hot Lap,’ which utilizes every ounce of available performance from the powertrain.” It is argued that this car is the most practical and user-friendly of the trio of hybrid hypercars and is also considered truly a marvel of 21st century engineering. “The 394th 918 Spyder built, this example has been beautifully outfitted from the factory with a number of desirable options. Finished in Liquid Metal Chrome Blue and boasting the optional 918 Spyder Magnesium wheels and the Weissach package rear spoiler, these options combined would have cost the owner over $100,000. Inside, the interior is trimmed in Agate Grey leather with Garnet Red accents throughout, making for a very tasteful color combination,” mentioned RM Sotheby’s in their press release. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

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PSG beats Strasbourg 2-0 but star Neymar limps off injured

French Cup holder Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 against Strasbourg but lost Neymar to what appeared to be a right foot injury on Wednesday
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PSG beats Strasbourg 2-0 but star Neymar limps off injured

French Cup holder Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 against Strasbourg but lost Neymar to what appeared to be a right foot injury on Wednesday

GT3 cars set for Bathurst street tour

The parade will take place after the event has officially started, with 10 cars – one for each manufacturer represented at the race – lapping the circuit before pulling off at Murray's Corner and heading for the city centre at 11:20am.Under a police escor
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GT3 cars set for Bathurst street tour

The parade will take place after the event has officially started, with 10 cars – one for each manufacturer represented at the race – lapping the circuit before pulling off at Murray's Corner and heading for the city centre at 11:20am.Under a police escort, the cars will head down Brilliant and George Streets, into Russell Street, and then park outside the Bathurst Court House building for ...Keep reading

Senior Bowl 'golden opportunity' for small school prospects

John Cominsky has more people watching Senior Bowl practices this week than he figures would typically attend his games at Division II Charleston
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Senior Bowl 'golden opportunity' for small school prospects

John Cominsky has more people watching Senior Bowl practices this week than he figures would typically attend his games at Division II Charleston

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