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Dustin Johnson’s US Open hopes fade on back 9

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) Dustin Johnson had a four-stroke lead after 36 holes and was still in striking distance heading onto the back nine in the final round of the U.S. Open.

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Midday open thread: Gun extremists want eastern WA to secede; scientist—CA fire warnings too weak

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Trumpie Bear! What you may have missed on Sunday Kos… Remembering the horrors of the Jonestown massacre 40 years later, by Sher Watts Spooner Has America reached peak hate under Trump, and where do we go next
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Midday open thread: Gun extremists want eastern WA to secede; scientist—CA fire warnings too weak

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Trumpie Bear! What you may have missed on Sunday Kos… Remembering the horrors of the Jonestown massacre 40 years later, by Sher Watts Spooner Has America reached peak hate under Trump, and where do we go next? by Frank Vyan Walton Democrats and progressives won Midterm 2018: Here is how we keep the win, by Egberto Willies Donald Trump is not a smart man—and his latest voter fraud statement proves it, by Mark E Andersen The Obama economic expansion keeps rolling on, by Jon Perr Republicans need to decide if protecting Trump is worth the price of destroying their party, by Laurence Lewis  Beyond deplorable: Trump threatens and attacks U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and on the mainland, by Denise Oliver Velez International Elections Digest: Brazil elects fascist president who adores military dictatorship, by Daily Kos Elections House Democrats are right to push for stronger labor protections in Trump's revised NAFTA, by Ian Reifowitz • NRA-backed extremists want eastern Washington to secede and form a pro-gun state: After 60 percent of Washington state voters approved a package of modest gun law reforms earlier this month, the secession idea was reiterated by Jim Lydigsen, according to a webpage of the Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF).The new gun restrictions include more thorough background checks and a waiting period for anyone buying a semi-automatic military-style rifle, an age limit of 21 or older to buy such weapons, and safe-storage requirements for all firearms. The leading promoter of secession is Republican state representative Matt Shea, an extremist who has written a manifesto pointing out the “biblical basis” for launching a religious holy war to stop abortion and same-sex marriage. He seeks a 51st state hacked from eastern Washington and named “Liberty.” • Black conservatives object to renaming of Ben Carson High School: The Detroit Board of Education decided to rename Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine after members reacted to opposition to the Trump regime among the city’s residents. But a black conservative group, Project 21, objected to the renaming, which it labeled “a purely political” act. The school had been named after neurosurgeon Carson before he was chosen by Trump to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  MIDDAY TWEET • Scientist says California’s alarming warnings on wildfires don’t go far enough: «I think what we have been observing has consistently been outpacing what we've been predicting,» said LeRoy Westerling, professor of management of complex systems at the University of California, Merced, who modeled the risk of future wildfires as part of the California Climate Change Assessment released in August. The report estimated that the average area burned by wildfires would increase 77 percent by 2100 and the frequency of extreme wildfires would increase by nearly 50 percent if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at a high rate. • Broward County election supervisor resigns: The supervisor of elections for Broward County, Florida — Brenda Snipes — who has faced national scrutiny in recent days for her county’s chaotic performance during the recount in the Florida Senate and gubernatorial races, resigned on Sunday, The Sun Sentinel reported. [...] Her county’s performance during the most recent recount — which was delayed by faulty machines and missing ballots, prompting Gov. Rick Scott (R) to make unsubstantiated allegations of voting fraud — is just the latest in a string of mismanaged election issues in Broward under her supervision. • Anti-vaccination stronghold in North Carolina struck with chickenpox: At the Asheville Waldorf School, which enrolls children from nursery school to 6th grade in Asheville, N.C., 12 chickenpox infections at the beginning of November grew to 36 by Friday, the worst outbreak at the school since the vaccine started being used 20 years ago. The two-dose treatment has vastly reduced the disease that once infected about 90 percent of the U.S. population. A study shows that while the  varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox hasn’t been wiped out, the nationwide incidence of infection is 9 to 10 times lower than before the vaccine was in use. But many families at the school object to vaccinations on religious grounds. That’s not the only place or reason for objecting. In schools around the nation, some parents don’t want their children vaccinated because they believe junk science that claims vaccines cause autism. No scientific studies back this up. As a consequence of the misguided opposition, the percentage of children under 2 years old who haven’t received any vaccinations has grown fourfold since 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chickenpox is not only serious, but also “life-threatening, especially in babies, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems,” the CDC says. • Oh, Newt, get real. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin recaps another weekend in Pleasure! And Paradise. The blue wave continues rolling in. As Trump begins to lose his grip, noted genius Maco Rubio decides he has to become Trumpier. CIA pins Khashoggi on MBS. WH set to ban Acosta again. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) 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Though she's not Georgia's next governor, Stacey Abrams isn't going anywhere

On late Friday afternoon, the uncertainty surrounding the results of Georgia’s gubernatorial race effectively ended when Democrat Stacey Abrams gave a powerful non-concession speech in which she acknowledged that Republican Brian Kemp would likely be ce
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Though she's not Georgia's next governor, Stacey Abrams isn't going anywhere

On late Friday afternoon, the uncertainty surrounding the results of Georgia’s gubernatorial race effectively ended when Democrat Stacey Abrams gave a powerful non-concession speech in which she acknowledged that Republican Brian Kemp would likely be certified as the winner and the next governor-elect of the state. Abrams did so reluctantly while making sure to call attention to Kemp’s “gross mismanagement” of the voting system as the Secretary of State—conveniently, purging voters from the rolls, holding up voter registration applications, withholding much-needed new voting machines from certain precincts and not counting provisional and absentee ballots overseeing a race where he was also a candidate.  xStacey Abrams: «To watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling. So let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession.» (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/n4jyBXIFTG— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 16, 2018 As noted by AP, there was a time that refusing to concede would risk ire from both political parties and condemnation as a “sore loser.” But these are unusual times. By making voter suppression and the protection of voting rights the focus of her speech, Abrams brings awareness to what should be a nonpartisan issue—the right of eligible citizens to cast their ballot in free and fair elections and to have their votes counted. 

Trump finally admits he 'probably' won't voluntarily sit for an interview with Mueller

After repeatedly claiming over the last year that he was game for an interview with Robert Mueller, Donald Trump is finally admitting that when push comes to shove, he can't go toe to toe with special counsel in an interview. When asked during a Fox appearanc
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Trump finally admits he 'probably' won't voluntarily sit for an interview with Mueller

After repeatedly claiming over the last year that he was game for an interview with Robert Mueller, Donald Trump is finally admitting that when push comes to shove, he can't go toe to toe with special counsel in an interview. When asked during a Fox appearance Sunday about doing such an interview with the special counsel, Trump said “we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we’re finished.” Probably. Still can't quite bring himself to admit that he's too much of a patsy to meet Mueller face to face. To justify his reluctance, Trump also leaned on the claim that sitting with Mueller would be a «perjury trap»—as in, he's constitutionally incapable of telling the truth and so talking to anyone under oath would inherently be a «trap.»  Case in point: Trump also told Wallace he had no idea his acting attorney general appointee Matthew Whitaker had previously expressed opposition to the Mueller investigation. “I did not know he took views on the Mueller investigation as such,” Trump said. Of course, multiple reports have indicated that Trump talked about the Russia probe with Whitaker during his time serving as Jeff Sessions' chief of staff. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly even described Whitaker as the West Wing’s «eyes and ears» at the Department of Justice. Not to mention the fact that several people have said Whitaker's cable TV appearances caught Trump's eye. As the Washington Post wrote: Two Republicans close to the president said he had enjoyed Whitaker’s TV appearances and the two had struck a bond. Those TV appearances included one on CNN in which Whitaker suggested that the Mueller probe could be starved of resources. Trump has also told his inner circle that he believes Whitaker will be «loyal» and wouldn't have recused himself overseeing the Russia investigation the way Sessions did. Call me crazy, but it kinda seems like Trump was damn well aware of Whitaker's musings on the Russia probe.  During the Fox interview, Trump also said there's no reason to hold Whitaker accountable for his previous comments concluding that no collusion took place between Trump's campaign and Russia. “He’s right,« Trump said. »What do you do when a person’s right? There is no collusion. He happened to be right. I mean, he said it. So if he said there is collusion, I’m supposed to be taking somebody that says there is?” Just imagine how excited Trump was about appointing someone to oversee Mueller who had repeated his very own «There is no collusion» talking point on cable TV. Genius.

Daily Kos announces support of Pelosi in House Speaker bid

Today, Daily Kos Founder and Publisher Markos Moulitsas announced the organization’s endorsement of Rep. Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. “Grassroots progressives were essential to delivering the U.S. House majority to Democ
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Daily Kos announces support of Pelosi in House Speaker bid

Today, Daily Kos Founder and Publisher Markos Moulitsas announced the organization’s endorsement of Rep. Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. “Grassroots progressives were essential to delivering the U.S. House majority to Democrats in this election, and Daily Kos fully supports recognizing the will of this crucial community and proudly endorses Pelosi for Speaker,” said Moulitsas. “Pelosi is not only the House Speaker Democrats need and deserve in the hour of their triumph; she’s also Donald Trump’s worst nightmare. Democrats are coming off their biggest net gain of House seats since Watergate, and Pelosi—with her unwavering focus on health care as a winning midterm issue, tireless campaigning, and fundraising leadership—deserves immense credit for the party’s incoming House majority. “Pelosi has proven herself time and time again to be a skilled and effective leader of both the Democratic Party and of the House itself,” Moulitsas continued. “Her speakership will not only again be historic, but it will also provide an essential check on Trump as he continues to threaten and undermine our democracy.” Daily Kos has led the way in supporting Democrats across the country this cycle, raising over $8.7 million for candidates in small, grassroots donations in 2017-2018. We will continue this crucial work into the 2020 cycle.

Pelosi's opponents are pinning their hopes on an Underpants Gnomes strategy. Here's what that means.

Led by Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, the handful of malcontents who are trying to stop Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker of the House again after she helped usher in historic election gains don’t really have much of a plan. In fact, their strategy, suc
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Pelosi's opponents are pinning their hopes on an Underpants Gnomes strategy. Here's what that means.

Led by Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, the handful of malcontents who are trying to stop Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker of the House again after she helped usher in historic election gains don’t really have much of a plan. In fact, their strategy, such as it is, looks like it was crafted by the Underpants Gnomes—and that’s not a good thing. If you’re not familiar with them, the gnomes were made famous by an episode of the TV show South Park that first aired 20 years ago next month. These diminutive cave-dwellers, who naturally sneak around at night stealing people’s underwear, are self-proclaimed “geniuses at corporations,” but their plan for turning their thieving into a buck is a bit … lacking: Phase 1: Collect underpants Phase 2: ? Phase 3: Profit This lampoon of corporate business plans became a celebrated internet meme, applied by critics to skewer all manner of half-baked schemes. But seldom has it been as perfectly applicable as it is now, because the second phase of the anti-Pelosi rebels’ plan truly is a giant question mark. Here’s the deal.

Nearly 120 days past federal judge's deadline, migrant kids are still in US custody

Campaign Action The administration could be starting up another humanitarian crisis without having resolved the one it already created. During a Senate hearing last week, Ronald Vitiello, Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcemen
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Nearly 120 days past federal judge's deadline, migrant kids are still in US custody

Campaign Action The administration could be starting up another humanitarian crisis without having resolved the one it already created. During a Senate hearing last week, Ronald Vitiello, Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), refused to rule out whether the administration would officially revive the state-sanctioned kidnapping of children at the southern border, telling senators, “that option and that discussion is underway. But Monday, November 19, marks 116 days since a federal judge’s deadline ordering the return of children stolen from parents under the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy that Vitiello helped implement as the former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief, and kids continue to remain under U.S. custody, according to recent numbers. Of 25 kids eligible for reunification, tweeted MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff, the parents of 18 have already been deported.  Some kids may never see their parents again, because a court filing also revealed that officials have a separate group of ninety-nine kids who have “deported parents who have chosen not to reunite,” Soboroff continues. Perhaps some parents felt their child deserved a chance here. Perhaps others were coerced into being deported, as reports have indicated. Look at this administration’s track record, there’s plenty of reason to believe it’s more of the latter. “Family separation doesn’t happen without Ronald Vitiello,” tweeted Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith. “He fractured more than 2,500 immigrant families as the head of CBP. Now Trump wants him to run ICE.” Vitiello shouldn’t be rewarded with another top federal post for his role in this humanitarian crisis, and the Senate should reject his nomination. Just as importantly, vulnerable families broken apart at the southern border by the Trump administration must be reunited. Free the children and give them and their families a chance to live here in safety.

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Bitcoin price falls below $5,000 for the first time since October 2017

Bitcoin declined as much as 9% to $4,958, while so-called alternative coins slumped even more, with Ether tumbling as much as 12% and Litecoin cratering as much as 13%
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Bitcoin price falls below $5,000 for the first time since October 2017

Bitcoin declined as much as 9% to $4,958, while so-called alternative coins slumped even more, with Ether tumbling as much as 12% and Litecoin cratering as much as 13%

Indonesia keen to buy sugar from India; seeks duty cut on refined palm oil

An Indian delegation is scheduled to visit Indonesia this week to negotiate trade between the two nations for these two commodities
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Indonesia keen to buy sugar from India; seeks duty cut on refined palm oil

An Indian delegation is scheduled to visit Indonesia this week to negotiate trade between the two nations for these two commodities

SBI Cap Ventures to float funds for SMEs and affordable housing

Mumbai, 19 NovemberSBI Capital Ventures (SVL), an alternative asset management arm of the State Bank of India group, will float two funds. One, of Rs 4-billion for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and a Rs 3.5-bn one for affordable housing. This is part o
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SBI Cap Ventures to float funds for SMEs and affordable housing

Mumbai, 19 NovemberSBI Capital Ventures (SVL), an alternative asset management arm of the State Bank of India group, will float two funds. One, of Rs 4-billion for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and a Rs 3.5-bn one for affordable housing. This is part of a plan to expand its portfolio of funds. SVL is a subsidiary of SBI Capital Markets.Both funds are targeting closure in the second half of the next financial year (2019-20). The SME fund will be broad-based, covering both manufacturing and services. The affordable housing fund will focus on the metropolitan areas of Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi; also on Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. It will take stakes in Special Purpose Vehicles for a particular project. Says Varsha Purandare, managing director at SBI Capital Markets: «With these two funds, we are looking forward to strengthening our foothold in economically and socially relevant sectors.» While the gap in debt funding to SMEs is increasingly being bridged by ..

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NASA chooses the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission

Five years and sixty potential locations later, NASA has chosen the Jezero Crater as the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission. Slated to launch in July the Mars 2020 rover mission will touch down at the Jezero Crater as NASA’s exploration of t
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NASA chooses the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission

Five years and sixty potential locations later, NASA has chosen the Jezero Crater as the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission. Slated to launch in July the Mars 2020 rover mission will touch down at the Jezero Crater as NASA’s exploration of the Red Planet enters its next phase. The rover will be looking for […]

Microsoft acquires FSLogix to enhance Office 365 virtual desktop experience

Back in September, Microsoft announced a virtual desktop solution that lets customers run Office 365 and Windows 10 in the cloud. They mentioned several partners in the announcement who were working on solutions with them. One of those was FSLogix, a Georgia
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Microsoft acquires FSLogix to enhance Office 365 virtual desktop experience

Back in September, Microsoft announced a virtual desktop solution that lets customers run Office 365 and Windows 10 in the cloud. They mentioned several partners in the announcement who were working on solutions with them. One of those was FSLogix, a Georgia virtual desktop startup. Today, Microsoft announced it has acquired FSLogix. It did not […]

Inboard opens general availability of its premium electric scooter

Inboard, the startup that sells a range of electric scooters and skateboards, has just opened sales of its first premium scooter — just in time for the holiday season. The company has already sold 285 of the scooters in a private pre-sale, with 80 perce
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Inboard opens general availability of its premium electric scooter

Inboard, the startup that sells a range of electric scooters and skateboards, has just opened sales of its first premium scooter — just in time for the holiday season. The company has already sold 285 of the scooters in a private pre-sale, with 80 percent of the orders coming from the United States and 35 […]

NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology Project Passes Major Milestone

NASA has officially committed to a development timeline that will lead to the first flight of its X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft in just three years.
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NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology Project Passes Major Milestone

NASA has officially committed to a development timeline that will lead to the first flight of its X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft in just three years.

Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage

Good morning! Except if you’re a hosted Microsoft customer who’s locked out of your account right now. Microsoft’s cloud-based multi-factor authentication services went down across the globe early Monday morning, preventing access to users w
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Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage

Good morning! Except if you’re a hosted Microsoft customer who’s locked out of your account right now. Microsoft’s cloud-based multi-factor authentication services went down across the globe early Monday morning, preventing access to users who are required to sign in using a second layer of authentication to their account, such as a text message, a […]

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Audit: Spending oversight issues at Louisiana tourism agency

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new audit has found oversight problems in Louisiana's tourism department. The legislative auditor's office says spending isn't properly tracked, payroll policies aren't followed and park fees haven't been appropriately collected. Th
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Audit: Spending oversight issues at Louisiana tourism agency

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new audit has found oversight problems in Louisiana's tourism department. The legislative auditor's office says spending isn't properly tracked, payroll policies aren't followed and park fees haven't been appropriately collected. The audit reviewed Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's office and the Department of Culture, Recreation ...

Geek Deals: $40 PS Plus, $200 PSVR Bundle, Xbox One X Black Friday Bundles Now Live

Days before Black Friday begins, the deals start coming in fast. We’ve noticed a lot of incredible deals like a $40 one-year PS Plus subscription, a $180 Fire TV Recast, and a handful […] The post Geek Deals: $40 PS Plus, $200 PSVR Bundle, Xbox On
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Geek Deals: $40 PS Plus, $200 PSVR Bundle, Xbox One X Black Friday Bundles Now Live

Days before Black Friday begins, the deals start coming in fast. We’ve noticed a lot of incredible deals like a $40 one-year PS Plus subscription, a $180 Fire TV Recast, and a handful […] The post Geek Deals: $40 PS Plus, $200 PSVR Bundle, Xbox One X Black Friday Bundles Now Live appeared first on Geek.com.

Video Editing Tools Digitally Alter Everyday Urban Infrastructure

Russian motion designer Vladimir Tomin (previously) manipulates the world around him by overlaying video editing tools onto streets, construction sites, and even his apartment building windows. A pixelated cursor peels back a white strip of paint from the r
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Video Editing Tools Digitally Alter Everyday Urban Infrastructure

Russian motion designer Vladimir Tomin (previously) manipulates the world around him by overlaying video editing tools onto streets, construction sites, and even his apartment building windows. A pixelated cursor peels back a white strip of paint from the road, while another “pastes” birds on top of the air vent of an industrial building. All of the digitized tricks blend seamlessly into the everyday footage, reminding his audience how easy it has become to make something false appear as unquestioned reality.  More

Ruins of Abandoned World War II Village Unearthed Due to Low Water Levels

Low water levels at a reservoir in England have revealed the rarely-seen ruins of an abandoned village. The village of Derwent Hall in Derbeyshire, England was last inhabited during the Second World War […] The post Ruins of Abandoned World War II Villa
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Ruins of Abandoned World War II Village Unearthed Due to Low Water Levels

Low water levels at a reservoir in England have revealed the rarely-seen ruins of an abandoned village. The village of Derwent Hall in Derbeyshire, England was last inhabited during the Second World War […] The post Ruins of Abandoned World War II Village Unearthed Due to Low Water Levels appeared first on Geek.com.

Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM (AP) - Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The company said Monday it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements «that are at the core of the dispute between th
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Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM (AP) - Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The company said Monday it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements «that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.» Airbnb says that ...

Bridge operator marks 19 years on the job

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - There are benefits to being the bridge tender at Eel Pond Bridge: Sometimes, said Michael Botelho, fishermen stop by with fresh-caught bluefish, stripers, or lobster, just to thank you for operating the short, 40-foot drawbridge that al
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Bridge operator marks 19 years on the job

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - There are benefits to being the bridge tender at Eel Pond Bridge: Sometimes, said Michael Botelho, fishermen stop by with fresh-caught bluefish, stripers, or lobster, just to thank you for operating the short, 40-foot drawbridge that allows boats to pass from the blue expanse of Vineyard ...

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Colin Cowherd breaks down the future for 5 current football coaches

Colin Cowherd spins the coaching carousel and breaks down possible future moves for Urban Meyer, Jason Garrett, Brian Kelly, John Harbaugh and Mike McCarthy.
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Colin Cowherd breaks down the future for 5 current football coaches

Colin Cowherd spins the coaching carousel and breaks down possible future moves for Urban Meyer, Jason Garrett, Brian Kelly, John Harbaugh and Mike McCarthy.

IHSAA Football State Finals to be televised live by FOX Sports Indiana

Class A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A games will air on FOX Sports Indiana; Class 6A championship will air on FOX Sports Indiana Plus
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IHSAA Football State Finals to be televised live by FOX Sports Indiana

Class A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A games will air on FOX Sports Indiana; Class 6A championship will air on FOX Sports Indiana Plus

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