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Government’s star witness took to the stand Tuesday morning as the trial of Franklin Fennell moved into day two.

Mike Pick, owner of M P Properties in Terre Haute, was called to the stand and spent his morning under direct examination by deputy US Attorneys. We expect cross examination to take place Tuesday afternoon.

Pick confirmed he did tree and stump removal work for the Vigo County School Corporation at the direction of Fennell, who was the Facilities Director at the time.

Pick said he began doing work for the VCSC in April of 2014 with a job at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. Pick described the process for getting the job as like one we’ve heard before with government jobs.

He submitted an estimate for the work, was awarded the job, and submitted an invoice once the work was complete.

Pick says this was the last of his 50 plus jobs with VCSC that was handled this way.

At North, Pick claims he and Fennell were talking by the football bleachers. It was here Pick says Fennell approached him about providing kickbacks to Fennell and Frank Shahadey, who happens to be an old friend of Pick’s.

Pick said the payoff for him was he was to receive more work, as VCSC was placing an added emphasis on how the 28 school campuses were looking. Pick also admitted that his sons got into trouble over drugs, and that Shahadey had helped one of those situations go away.

Pick said he paid Fennell and Shahadey each a $500 kickback from that first job at North, and it came from the profits of the job itself.

From that point forward, Pick said Fennell instructed him to inflate estimates and invoices by the amount of the kickback, usually $1000. Also, estimates and invoices were submitted together before jobs were completed, Pick said.

Pick said Shahadey nicknamed the kickback money “geeb,” which Pick understood was the Arabic word for money.

Pick claims Fennell told him the kickbacks were to be paid the same day as Pick received his check from VCSC, and they were to be paid in cash in the form of $100 bills. Shahadey claimed that made the transaction “untraceable.”

Pick also claims there were three to four jobs in which he was paid for doing no work. Fennell called those “fake invoices” according to Pick’s testimony.

One such job came in May of 2014, when Fennell instructed Pick, according to his testimony, to write up an invoice claiming bridge and walkway repairs at North High School and Honey Creek Middle School. Pick testified he did no such job, but was paid $4,600. That money was split three ways.

It was at this point Pick said he quit working for VCSC “for a few months” because he wasn’t comfortable with fake invoices. However, the work resumed, although testimony didn’t make it clear when his work hiatus took place.

Another such “fake invoice” job took place, according to Pick,
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in February of 2015. Pick testified that Fennell asked him to clean gutters and downspouts at Riley Elementary School, a $7,300 job.

The estimate and invoice were submitted together, according to Pick. He claims the day before the job, he was called by Fennell who ordered him not to do the work at Riley. Still, VCSC paid Pick for the job, and they split the check three ways again, per Pick.

As 2015 rolled on, the volume of work increased, according to Pick.

He said he was juggling between four and five jobs at a time for VCSC. He claims the kickbacks also increased. He said both men wanted more money for Spring Break, moving up the kickbacks to $4,500 dollars.

Pick said Fennell and Shahadey spent their breaks in Florida. Pick also claims Fennell used this same technique to help fund a trip to Disney World.

Pick said on one job, Fennell asked him for a $10,000 kickback so he could make a down payment on a house. Pick said he only gave him $5,000, because he was concerned a kickback that large would send up red flags throughout the corporation.

Pick also recalled a call he received while on vacation in Aruba on June 8, 2016, the day the FBI raided VCSC. He at first told the jury he denied the investigators’ allegation. A month later, he took his lawyer to the US Attorney’s office saying he would cooperate.

Part of that cooperation included recording all phone and in person conversation he had with Fennell or Shahadey.

The jury heard from multiple conversations.

Pick pointed out the Fennell we heard in court was not similar to the one he dealt with prior to the raid. Pick testified after the raid, Fennell became very paranoid, claiming the FBI was taping everything they said and constantly watching him. Even Shahadey’s demeanor changed somewhat, according to Pick, saying he told him to “keep his mouth shut.”

Pick said the scheme continued after the raid, except the FBI paid for the kickback to Shahadey and Fennell.

Pick said all of his checks also went into an escrow account to VCSC could recover its money.

“My family appreciates you helping us out,” is what Fennell allegedly said to Mike Pick as Pick paid him a kickback in the parking lot of Terre Haute Savings Bank,
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where Fennell sometimes did some paid work (which dried up after the raid).

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Bradley Cooper remembers well the day he first had humans in his gun scope.

It rare in movies that filming happens chronologically. But the opening scene in American Sniper the Clint Eastwood directed biopic of the late Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle was also Cooper first try at filming with a gun.

had three months of training, and I chosen to become comfortable with three guns, Cooper says. Mark 11, the .338 (Lapua Magnum) with boom and the .338 Win Mag (Winchester Magnum). I really focused on getting into the mindset of what it would be to be a sniper. He gotten fairly proficient at hitting targets hundreds of yards away.

then the first week in Morocco (which substitutes for Iraq), we shooting the opening scene in the movie. I only ever had my gun with live ammo. I looking through the scope at the two actors and like, my stomach turned. I pulled the gun away and I said, can shoot the scene with them there. Admittedly not a major stumbling block, given movie magic. military history, with 160 confirmed kills. Ironically, after being honorably discharged, he was killed in 2013 at a shooting range by a fellow veteran he was counseling.

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At the time, Cooper was already in the process of producing Kyle story with the intention of starring in it. They had not met face to face, but had talked on the phone and emailed frequently. It hard to spend that much time with someone, you come to care for and understand, and carry the voices of their family and kids. I immediately called Bradley and there was just silence at the other end. It was very traumatic. Sniper seemed to become much more personal to Cooper after that starting with the signing of Eastwood, Kyle own choice for director of his story, and a commitment to putting on 40 pounds of muscle and immersing himself in the character of the former Texas rodeo rider Kyle. was sometime after we finished filming that I realized I was only just meeting Bradley Cooper for the first time, says Sienna Miller, who plays Kyle wife Taya.

Though David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook introduced people to Cooper, the serious actor, the easygoing guy of The Hangover movies, and the clownishness of Russell American Hustle still obscured what the actor is capable of.

This year, audiences will have seen him immerse himself twice as Kyle, and as the tormented Joseph Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.

two roles were real people who I admire greatly and so I felt a tremendous responsibility. I just did everything I could to do right by them, Cooper says. for me, have always been healing. The Elephant Man (with John Hurt) was a movie that affected me in such a massive way, it made me want to be an actor. It always made me feel like I wasn’t so alone. That’s why I do what I do. I love storytelling so much.”

As for Eastwood, Cooper longtime love for Unforgiven began to insinuate itself on the filmed narrative of Kyle life.

construct is that of a western. There a sharpshooter and an enemy sharpshooter and there a showdown at the end. And (instead) of that tumbleweed, there a desert storm that blows in, and it sort of (he whistles the theme to The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and laughs). We even did that in the (studio) pitch, Cooper says, laughing again.

just thought it would be a very compelling way to get the audience interested in this story. Chris is talking to (his son) at the end of the movie and he says, a hell of a thing to stop a beating heart. And (Unforgiven William Munny says, a hell of a thing to kill a man, take away what he got and ever gonna have. we were doing that scene, Clint didn talk about it. But when you look at Clint catalogue, it all about the different stages of a man. And it almost like this character is William Munny prior to Unforgiven.

Clint, you so excited to come to the set every day. It never gets old. It like, the most exciting thing. John Huston said curiosity keeps you going. And Clint is just so curious, he like a little kid. with another impending role in the cooking comedy Adam Jones (again with Sienna Miller), Cooper inevitably had to let Chris Kyle go. He claims to remember the exact day it happened.

left me, like, three and a half weeks after the movie finished. That was a sad day, but I went to a different transition. Miller makes a connection in ‘American Sniper’

an odd thing playing someone who alive, says Sienna Miller of her role as the Taya Kyle, the wife of America greatest military sharpshooter in American Sniper.

Even odder, she admits, is that, year I played two women whose husbands have both been murdered. also played Nancy Schultz in Foxcatcher, wife of the Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), who was murdered by the unhinged billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).

always a huge responsibility in when you playing someone who can critique your performance. It very difficult to ask questions about someone who just lost her husband, but it important in your examination of the character. producer and star Bradley Cooper was betting on chemistry between the American born, British ex model Miller and the no nonsense Texan Taya.

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the first time I talked to her, I didn know what to expect. And like two or three sentences in, it was like, this is good, Kyle says.

we were laughing and I tell her something I thought was special or poignant, about a first kiss with Chris and me, and she got it. I say something and she start laughing. She was connected, our energy was similar. Poor Bradley to have to have been around it. personal breakthrough paid off. was always available, and she gave us access to every single email she and Chris sent when Chris was away, Miller says. was very personal and we wanted as much as possible to concentrate on how much they loved each other. On the phone, it was like she was my sister. says he didn really know what to expect when he auditioned Miller, that I was a massive fan of hers. But I watched the audition and it was about 50 seconds before I even knew it was Sienna Miller. She throws herself into it completely, zero vanity, utterly vulnerable at a moment notice. She lives her life with her heart on her sleeve. experience was a gamble for Kyle too. I met Bradley and (director) Clint (Eastwood) in person, I was so focused on Chris, and how do I tell you everything? I remember sitting with Bradley in the car, losing it. motivation was to help reach out to Mideast war veterans, as her husband was doing after his discharge when he was killed on a shooting range by a troubled PTSD victim.

than 1% of Americans ever sign up for service. And they there because they willing to put their life on the line for this country, Kyle says. wouldn have done that. I love this country, but I truly wouldn do it.

I have people that come up to me still. I have a medal from a Marine that came home who said Chris saved his life, who said, have a two year old daughter I wouldn have without Chris.
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REMEMBER the days when going out for a burger meant hitting the same two takeaway giants? Now, it seems, almost every other pub does a quality burger (the other half, obviously, do pizza).

On top of that, we have seen a rash of high end burger joints opening up in town with Byron and Gourmet Burger Kitchen in the vanguard. So you might think we’d all be a bit, well. burgered out.

Not a bit of it, judging by the reaction to the opening of the city centre’s latest outlet which managed the impossible feat of acquiring cult status on its opening night.

Occupying a prime location in the old Jaeger store in Magadalen Street, Five Guys is big, buzzy and noisy. And it already has a formidable reputation for great burgers under its belt, which accounts for the instant fanbase.

I arrived on a Sunday evening three days after it opened and the place was packed the buzz of lively conversations drowned out by the pulse racing strains of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades. Yep, the music is great.

First thing’s first: it’s not a gourmet dining experience.

You queue up to place an order, which itself is a project given the number of toppings (15 items) and permutations. You can get as many extras as you like for free.

You are then issued with a numbered receipt, and wait for your order to be prepared from scratch and dispatched. This means it’s all ultra fresh and bespoke. Yet even on a busy afternoon, the wait was no longer than five minutes.

There’s a separate station for collecting milkshakes, which are also made to order from an even more bewildering combination of up to 11 flavourings.

I was advised to try the banana, salted caramel and bacon; it sounds dodgy, but is delicious, if, predictably, salty. At 4.75 they are certianly not cheap, but are excellent, and almost a meal in themselves.

The burgers also cost significantly more than you’d pay at Mcdonalds or Burger King (6.75 for a basic, 8 for cheese or bacon), but they are significantly superior the meat delicious, juicy and plump, the bun fresh and springy and the toppings fresh and generously portioned. This makes for a cleaner more wholesome bite.

The jury is still out on the hotdogs, which are a little strange, being sliced down the middle, flattened and a little too salty for my taste, but also accompanied by the same range of toppings.

They are served in heat retaining wraps whether you eat in or take away.

The chips (2.75 small and 4 regular) are the best around, cooked in peanut oil which gives them a lovely distinctive flavour and served in huge portions in paper cups and brown paper bags (be sure not to over order!).

As well as those epic milkshakes, they can be washed down with a bottled beer (great to see Brooklyn Lager: 4.50) or, if you need some sugar in your life, a bottomless cup of fizzy pop from the machine which also offers a dizzying array of drinks I had never before heard of (cherry Doctor Pepper anyone?).

All in all, it’s a welcome addition to the city centre. If you are in the mood for a quick, comforting, if not especially cheap (or healthy), bite, and you like your music very loud, Five Guys is definitely for you.
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Is the campaign risk worth the election reward?

That what it boiling down to for two wannabe London mayors, Paul Cheng and Paul Paolatto, whose shared tactic essentially, jumping the gun and campaigning in all but name earlier than allowed by law has been obvious by the TV ads, billboards and hall meetings that have sprung up in recent months.

perfectly legitimate for some voters to say, distrust somebody who wants to push the rules right to the limit. That a risk they take in doing this. But I also think it the right of these potential candidates to try to get their views known before the election. and Paolatto have made public their plans for mayoral runs in the October civic election, but under Ontario Municipal Elections Act, they can launch official bids for the top job for months.

Candidates aren allowed to collect or spend money on a campaign until they file paperwork to enter the race on or after May 1.

That in sharp contrast to the last election cycle in 2014, when nominations opened in January and began a 10 month campaign.

But those rules haven stopped either of Brown rivals from conspicuously advertising, appearances at high profile civic events or weighing in on key issues like a divisive plan for the largest infrastructure project in the city history, a $500 million bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

And this week, Paolatto unveiled a platform plank like case against the BRT plan the alternative transit plan he promised to outline is pretty much guaranteed to be a pillar of a future campaign.

Both not yet candidates also have crafted TV commercials that smack of two minute mayoral pitches, with Paolatto taking aim at London leadership and Cheng targeting BRT. But neither directly mentions a mayoral run.

A cynic might argue both men are taking advantage of a law that leaves the run up to May 1 a little muddy, some say.

Others say the pre campaign dance is likely unintended fallout of the revised Municipal Elections Act, changes that delayed the start of the nomination period from Jan. 1 to May 1 because of complaints that Ontario civic elections dragged on too long.

The move brings municipal campaigns more in line with provincial and federal election periods. Once the writ is dropped for Ontario 2018 provincial election, expected in June, it will be a relatively speedy 28 days until voters head to the polls.

But it also makes things tricky for challengers trying to garner recognition in a race,
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especially stacked up against incumbents like Brown, who have a natural stage for big announcements even before the race begins.

Before the timing change, candidates including Brown, who plans to seek a second term were free to enter the race as soon as the new year arrived.

Early campaigning this time around could be enough to turn off Londoners, some of whom are wary of seeing the mayor office embroiled in scandal yet again, observers say.

Both Cheng and Paolatto refute the idea they playing fast and loose with election ethics.

Cheng argues he asking questions any taxpayer might pose, and said he pays for his town hall events out of pocket.

a citizen, I have free speech, he said. has nothing to do with the election. stopped TV advertising after he was informed of a complaint filed with the city clerk, but said he continue to promote his blog and engage with Londoners on social media.

He said the truncated campaign period is a huge hindrance.

all trying to figure this out. I trying to be respectful, but also give my candidacy a fighting chance, he said.

Political scientists agree it would be dangerous to muzzle citizens from talking about civic issues or challenging the status quo. Until May 1, Cheng and Paolatto are no different than any other citizens in the eyes of the law.

A Municipal Elections Act that can be a little fuzzy even for the experts doesn help.

lots of room for interpretation, and I think there probably is an opportunity to play it very close to the line and still not cross it, said John Mascarin, a Toronto based lawyer who specializes in municipal law.

close to the line on spending rules isn necessarily a predictor of rule breaking to come in the mayor office, he added.
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A gigantic asteroid which is larger than the world’s tallest building will hurtle past our planet in around two weeks’ time.

The 2002 AJ129 asteroid has been classed a “potentially hazardous” by Nasa and will fly past at speeds of 67,000m/h (107,826km/h).

This makes it nearly 15 times faster than the world’s quickest manned aircraft the hypersonic North American X 15, which travelled at 4,520m/h (7,300km/h), according to the Daily Mail.

For reference,
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the distance between the Earth and the moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

Nasa describes asteroids as “hazardous” if they come within 4,600,000 miles (7,403,00km) of our planet.

It is the largest space rock to brush past our planet this year and previous research has found a rock of this size could plunge Earth into a mini ice age if it hit.

The impact would cause average temperatures around the world to fall by as much as 8C,
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according to a 2016 study on the effects of a collision with a 0.6 mile wide (1km) asteroid.

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The 23 year old’s grandparents have travelled down from Scotland to make the announcement today.

Corrie, who is based at RAF Honington, has not been seen since disappearing on the morning of September 24 after a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds.

A huge police operation has been underway since then to try and find him, which has involved scouring CCTV footage of the town and trying to identify anyone seen in it who may have met him that night.

Mary and Oliver McKeague, from Cupar in Fife, believe his disappearance may involve a third party that he may have gone with.

The grandparents and father of missing Corrie McKeague at a press conference to announce a five figure reward for information regarding his disappearance. Father Martin with a new poster

Oliver said: “Corrie’s base at RAF Honington is near two other military bases, RAF Marham to the north, and Aldershot Camp to the south, and each recently reported suspected kidnapping attempts of military servicemen.

“You could draw a near straight line on a map and connect all three. Corrie’s base is right in the middle.”

Interview with Corrie McKeagues mother, Nicola Urquhart. Pictured here with Corrie’s brother Darroch McKeague.

He added:”Since Corrie disappeared I have been sick to the stomach with worry I can’t sleep.

“Corrie made plans to see us at Halloween. But after 10 weeks of searching we know nothing. I don’t know that I am ever going to see Corrie, my grandson,
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Today will see Mary and Oliver retrace Corrie’s last known steps along Brentgovel Street and into a loading area behind shops near Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre off Short Brackland.

Oliver continued: “We are 10 weeks down the line, I believe something sinister has happened to Corrie and somebody knows something. We are hoping this reward will make somebody come forward then this torture and torment can end.

Suffolk Constabulary CCTV footage of Corrie McKeague

“No one in the world deserves to go through this pain. If you know anything, then do the right thing and pick the phone up. Lets get Corrie back to his family.”

Mary added: “We’ve pledged this reward in hopes that it will motivate someone to come forward and help us find my beautiful grandson, Corrie, who went missing the day of his stepmother’s birthday.

Missing Corrie McKeague with his puppy

“We’re heartbroken, but we’re not giving up. Corrie would expect us to stay strong.

“I can’t describe how empty and helpless you feel when a family member goes missing. This is what has happened to us. This is why we’re here. To ask for your help.

Police continue their search for Corrie McKeague on the A11 near Fiveways Roundabout.

“We have pledged this reward following the now ten week search involving local Suffolk police and military, The Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue organisation and masses of volunteers from in and around Bury St Edmunds. Their support has been incredible. Now we need someone to come forward.”

Corrie went out with friends in Bury St Edmunds on the evening of September 23, but was separated early the following morning while leaving the Flex nightclub on St Andrews Street South.

Suffolk Constabulary CCTV footage of Corrie McKeague

He was last seen in the town centre on CCTV at 3.25am wearing a light pink Ralph Lauren shirt, white jeans and brown suede timberland boots with light soles.

Corrie’s last sighting shows the young squaddie walking from a shop doorway and walking into a horseshoe shaped area at 3.25am in Brentgovel Street and no sighting of him emerging.

A police pod will be in place in the centre of Bury St Edmunds as officers continue to investigate the disappearance of Corrie McKeague. Officers work to identify individuals seen on CCTV in the Brentgovel Street and Short Brackland area of the town between 3am and 8am.

Oliver said: “The CCTV cameras show him walking in but not coming out. He seems to have just vanished. But people don’t just vanish; they leave or they get taken away.”

“We think Corrie arranged to meet someone that night but we don’t know who, and then got into a car and disappeared.

The McKeague family are asking for any information from anyone who may have been in the town that evening or who may know of Corrie’s whereabouts.
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Ever since its admittedly slow first season, “Peaky Blinders” has been strongest in its serpentine storylines and powerful guest performances. Season four delivers both of these in spades.

The last season finale ended with gang leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) trading in his family to the police with the promise that he had a plan to bail them out. Season four opens where it left off, with the aforementioned plan going into effect mere seconds before major players Polly (Helen McCrory), Arthur (Paul Anderson), John (Joe Cole) and Michael (Finn Cole) are to be hanged. Viewers probably could have guessed that season four wouldn’t have dared to take off without these characters, but their barely spared lives make for a shocking first few minutes nonetheless.

The pace of the season doesn’t let up at all, and soon the Shelbys are faced with a harsh new primary villain fresh from New York: Luca Changretta, brought to life by a mustache twirling, devious Adrien Brody, seeking revenge for the death of his father that occurred earlier in the series. Among the international gang war, mounting class tensions in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution and a family that still doesn’t quite trust him after his instrumentality in their arrests, Tommy has his hands full this season.

Murphy imbues Tommy with his usual steely competence in handling these many trials, but not without allowing the proper cracks to form in his facade after the seemingly never ending traumas that befall his family. His performance is part of what glues the season together; the camera almost captures every new wrinkle and grey hair, emphasizing the depth of Murphy’s exploration of Tommy’s flaws and weaknesses.

Murphy’s stolid presence as the leader of the Blinders gang and center of the Shelby family is buttressed by a slew of compelling guest performances. Foremost is Brody as the vengeful villain who pushes the hero away from the tenuous sense of security he finally begins to establish at the season’s start. From his slick 1920s New Yorker purr to his classic wardrobe, Brody clearly has a ball embodying the instantly recognizable archetype of a Prohibition era gangster.

Aidan Gillen also enters the cast as Aberama Gold, the leader of a mercenary group condemned even by the criminals who hire him for his brutality. Completely devoid of the quiet cunning he was known for in his famous “Game of Thrones” role, Gillen’s Gold provides a lion maned,
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wildcard counterpart to the cold, plan obsessed Tommy.

Tom Hardy rounds out the trifecta when he returns as Alfie Solomons, who is just as charming as he was in previous seasons as he peppers his meandering monologues with mixed metaphors and a healthy dose of cockney “right”s and “innit”s. One of his best scenes comes when Solomons butts heads with Changretta as their characters struggle through their respective short tempers to reach a precipitous agreement, Hardy and Brody seem locked in a scenery chewing competition.

Of course, a season providing a colorful host of characters while being so densely plotted runs the risk of allowing ridiculousness, and here, such a risk isn’t entirely avoided. At times, the character portrayals almost verge on self parody. In particular, Changretta’s introduction, where Brody has a suspicious looking fedora tipped suspiciously over half his face as he suspiciously heckles a Liverpudlian customs officer for no apparent reason might as well have had “Bad Guy Approaching” splashed across it in bold.

The writing, too, falters at times. This is especially noticeable during the communist revolution subplot, which seems more like a mere a thorn in Tommy’s side (and the backdrop for an oddly placed romance storyline) than a fair examination of an important time in history, especially in a society so steeped in a classist hierarchy.

Despite these momentary weaknesses, season four presents a strong return to form for “Peaky Blinders.” Its impeccable scene composition and neat character arcs create an atmosphere of precision reminiscent of stage productions. And for all its grandiosity, it is, to date, easily the most devourable season of a consistently entertaining show.
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MANCELONA The celebration didn’t last too long. Glen Lake players rushed head coach Jason Bradford as he held the program’s second consecutive regional championship trophy above his head. There was some yelling and cheering and big, wide open smiles, but those lasted for only a few seconds and then the Lakers were ready to get back to business. “Yeah, there were a few cheers. Yeah, there was a little jumping around, and then they all just settled down. I was like, ‘OK . you ready to go home already or what?” Bradford said, laughing. “Did they expect it? Did they just take it as a stepping stone? They were focused when they came in and knew what was at stake.” The Lakers came out strong and showed they were the better team, slamming the gas pedal to the metal on their way to a 66 35 victory over Charlevoix in Thursday’s Class C regional title game at Mancelona High School.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newsmakers 2017 profiles people, places and events that made news in the Grand Traverse region during the past year.

Oak Island, a small wooded island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, is said to be the hiding place of a mysterious buried treasure. It has been the site of several excavation attempts since the early 1800s, particularly around what is known as the “Money Pit,” a man made shaft reinforced with oak platforms, coconut fiber and ship’s putty and protected by a sophisticated labyrinth tunnel system.

The show follows Traverse City entrepreneur Marty Lagina and his brother, Rick, as they renew efforts to discover the legendary treasure with advanced machinery.

Season 5 of the show premiered Nov. 7 with a tribute to Drake. The episode attracted more viewers than any premiere in the show’s history, according to Nielsen figures. Craig Tester believes it’s a testament to his son, who was a member of his school’s choir, track and cross country teams.

“I think it’s that and the attitude of the show,” said Tester, who returned to the series in honor of Drake despite worries about spending time away from his wife and daughter back in Traverse City. “We get a lot of families watching it.”

Tester said Drake had planned to return to the island and likely would have worked side by side with his brother, Jack Begley, who spends about 25 weeks a year there.

“Jack is going through the drilling samples,” Tester said. “I think it would have been great having those two working on that.”

The show premiered in 2014 and is the network’s top series in key demographics, averaging 5.4 million viewers per episode.

So far the Oak Island team has failed to uncover any treasure. But it unearthed a gold coin, pottery fragments, animal fiber parchment, bookbinding leather, and even human remains. The island is rumored to be the hiding place of everything from the Holy Grail seized by the Knights Templar, to Shakespeare manuscripts, to Spanish gold captured by privateer Francis Drake.

“We made quite a few very interesting discoveries,” said Marty Lagina, a winemaker and renewable energy developer who lives near Tester on the Old Mission Peninsula. “My brother Rick is not likely to give up.”

An ominous legend says that seven people must die in pursuit of the treasure before Oak Island will reveal her secrets. So far six men lured in by the treasure hunt have died. But a handful of viewers speculated that Drake, who died from a seizure disorder he had since birth, was the seventh.

“I heard nothing directly. There were one or two comments out of thousands,” Tester said, noting the outpouring of sympathy for Drake’s family.

Marty Lagina attributes the show’s renewed popularity to the intrigue of the island.

“I think that there’s something extremely intriguing about Oak Island. However it works its magic or its curse, depending on how you look at it, it has captivated people for 225 years now smart people, wealthy people. And it captures them for life,” he said.

“I’ve said to my brother, Rick, ‘Maybe there isn’t anything. Maybe this is all misplaced, confused, misinterpreted.’ And then we find bones near the Money Pit and they’re human bones by DNA analysis. And they’re deeper than anyone has ever been before. Certainly we’ve found nothing you could call treasure and yet the island gives you just enough to keep on going.”
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he O’Reilly Factor” has reportedly been scaled back from five days a week to four, as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly deals with the fallout from a report of sexual harassment allegations against him.

Over the past few months, O’Reilly hosted his Friday program only twice last Friday and Inauguration Day back in January. Other Fox hosts such as Bret Baier, Eric Bolling,
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Chris Wallace and Jesse Watters have filled in for him.

Although unannounced, Fox News is reportedly planning a spinoff show called “Friday Factor,” which would feature a rotating lineup of hosts to fill O’Reilly’s chair.

A Fox spokesperson told the newspaper that “Friday Factor” has been the name in the television listings for the past few weeks, although the show’s format including logo and opening have not changed.

O’Reilly is on vacation for the next few weeks,
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which he announced Tuesday.

His vacation comes at a time when a sexual misconduct controversy is looming over both the Fox News host and his network. Over 90 companies have pulled out their ads from his show after reports surfaced that he has paid $13 million to five women to settle claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.

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Progressive minded ministers joined political activists for a Monday rally aimed at convincing the Florida Legislature’s Republican leaders to reconsider much of their 2018 agenda.

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The ‘Moral Monday’ rally in the Capitol rotunda was hosted by the Poor People’s Campaign, a movement founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to oppose perceived legislative injustices affecting low income Americans and minorities.

The activists took particular aim at a proposed crackdown on so called ‘sanctuary cities’ that passed the Florida House last month. The measure is a top priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R Land O’Lakes), whose political committee has produced a television ad touting it as critical to fighting crime wrought by undocumented immigrants.

“Ain’t nobody talking about the poor other than these hate filled racists that call the homeless ‘vagrants,’ call poor countries ‘s holes,’ call immigrants ‘terrorists’ in an attempt to change the narrative,” said Rev. Ron Rawls.

The ‘Moral Monday’ messages which also included calls to raise Florida’s minimum wage and reverse a House proposal to raid the state’s affordable housing trust fund in order to balance the budget largely fell on deaf ears, with rank and file Republicans broadly supportive of their leadership’s agenda.

“We want to make sure that people need to know, if they’re going to come to Florida, that they need to have legal status,” Rep. Larry Metz (R Yalaha) said on the House floor during the ‘sanctuary cities’ debate. “We don’t want to see more people coming into the country illegally.”

But, Rawls told the crowd at Monday’s rally, millions of low income Floridians are underrepresented in Tallahassee and deserve to have their voices heard.
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