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Montalban, who died in 2009, was born in Mexico and gained fame in America as Mr. Roarke, the lead character of the hit television show, “Fantasy Island,” which ran from 1977 84.

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The website cites William Poundstone’s series of “Big Secrets” books as a source and adds Montalban confirmed the same thing in at least two interviews.

The website cites an April 1896 New York Sun article that referred to the saying as “a new phrase, which has become popular in New York.”

The site states the article was syndicated in many American newspapers.

The Oxford English Dictionary has an example of the term’s usage in 1896 in George Ade’s, “Artie.” The passage reads, “A Johnny on the spot. was tryin’ to keep cases on her.”

The site states the name doesn’t refer to a specific person. Instead, it’s a generic male name.

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Amir Meshal has lived in Minnesota since 2012, and is currently attending school at Interstate Truck Driving School in South St. Paul, Minn. Meshal has already completed 80 of 160 hours of classroom instruction. The $4,000 tuition paid for by the state Workforce Program. When the Fox 9 Investigators went to the school last week, he was learning to back up trucks.

Last June, a Bloomington mosque, Al Farooq, kicked Meshal out and had him ticketed for trespassing. According to a police report, Al Farooq told Bloomington Police, “We have concerns about Meshal interacting with our youth. Several sources confirm for the Fox 9 Investigators that Meshal met many of the 14 Minnesota men and one woman accused of being recruited to fight for ISIS at Al Farooq, where they would gather for payer, religious studies, and to play basketball.

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and he would be taken off the List.” Meshal refused and he was released in his native New Jersey. Meshal, who is of Egyptian descent, has an intriguing family tree. His uncle, Khalid Ibrahim, is an un indicted co conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Meshal moved to Minnesota in 2012, to live with wealthy relatives who have supported him financially.

Last winter, the Fox 9 Investigators, reported that Meshal had gotten a job as a snow plow driver for the Minnesota Department of Transportation at the MnDOT garage located a couple hundred feet from the runway of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Meshal was fired from that job after only a few weeks. Attorney Andy Luger about Meshal recruiting young people at Al Farooq.

Luger: “Good to hear the same question another time.”

Lyden: “I never give up.”

Luger: “And you shouldn There nothing in the complaint that talks about M. Meshal, the only mention of Al Farooq is in relation to Mr. Yusuf, but keep asking.”

Despite Meshal history, and even though he on the Fly List, Meshal was able to pass an FBI background check when he got his certification to drive a school bus.

When the FOX 9 Investigators tried to talk to Meshal after he attended school in South St. Paul, he didn want to talk about his career prospects or the ISIS recruits. “Talk to my lawyer.” he said as he got into his vehicle.

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I saw the movie “Concussion.” After walking out of the theater, I no longer was able to think about or watch football the way I had for a virtual lifetime.

I have covered the NFL for nearly 40 years. I still love the game. I still thoroughly enjoy writing and talking about it for a living. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

It’s just that I find myself questioning much more of what I have witnessed all of these years, what I have helped glorify to a large extent, and wondering what the future holds for a sport that has been blamed for causing long term brain damage to players at the professional level. I honestly never gave a single thought to such ramifications, especially when I began covering the league in the late 1970s.

I readily accepted those harmless sounding terms such as a player being “dinged” or having his “bell rung.” I found anecdotes such as the one where Jim Kelly, after taking a blow to the head, began reciting plays from his high school days in the huddle amusing when they were shared after the game. I’ve had postgame interviews (at least one of which took place at a Super Bowl) with players who said they couldn’t remember certain parts of what took place on the field, and remember them being fairly lighthearted discussions.

There was absolutely nothing lighthearted about seeing “Concussion” recount tormented Hall of Fame Steelers center Mike Webster living in his truck (where he would spend part of his time yanking out his teeth and Krazy gluing them back in) until he passed away in 2002. That led to the autopsy that began sounding the alarms about the elevated danger of head injuries in football.

There was absolutely nothing lighthearted about seeing the movie recreate the moment, in 2011, when former standout Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson wrote a suicide note before grabbing a pistol that he would point at his chest before pulling the trigger. He didn’t want to shoot himself in the head so that his brain would remain intact for examination.

There’s absolutely nothing lighthearted about the topic of head trauma. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve only developed a better understanding and awareness of it, as it pertains to football, in recent years now that it has drawn so much attention.

At the very least, “Concussion” will continue to prompt more conversations/debates such as the ones I’m guessing took place at many holiday gatherings since its release on Christmas Day. At the very most, it will cause some parents to do the very thing that is at the heart of one of the most powerful scenes of the movie: an exchange between the Pittsburgh pathologist (Dr. Bennet Omalu, brilliantly portrayed by Will Smith) whose findings triggered the controversy, and Steelers neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon (played by Arliss Howard).

“Do you have any idea of the impact of what you’re doing?” Maroon says. “If just 10 percent of mothers in America decide that football is too dangerous for their sons to play, that is it it is the end of football. Kids, colleges and eventually it’s just a matter of time, the professional game.”

I have a very hard time thinking it will ever come to that, but then for the vast majority of my career I never envisioned I’d be dealing with this subject. I certainly never envisioned myself walking through an NFL locker room, as I did earlier this week, and asking players about a movie that casts such a troubling light on their livelihood.

In my informal and small sampling of opinions, I found only one member of the Buffalo Bills, defensive tackle Corbin Bryant, who had actually seen “Concussion.” Several others said they were planning to see it.

“I thought it was very informative,” Bryant said. “What really resonated with me was the Dave Duerson part. I’m a Chicago guy, he played for the ’85 Bears, so I know a lot about him. And him writing that letter at the end, right before he killed himself ”

Bryant, who will complete his third year in the NFL with Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, acknowledged that the league has a “real problem” with retired players suffering from the lingering effects of concussions.

“We all get hit in the head,” he said.

But Bryant insisted that “Concussion” didn’t cause him to have even the slightest doubt about what he does for a living. He loves playing football. He also points to significant changes that have helped make the same safer from coaches who stress to players at his position “to use your hands and athletic ability and not your head,” to advancements in helmet technology, to reduced practice time and contact in training camp and between regular season games.

“I’ll watch it at some point, but I’m not rushing out to see it,” said center Eric Wood, who will complete his seventh season in the league Sunday.

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it definitely crossed my mind a few times,” Wood said. “I’ve had a lot of fun playing in the NFL, worked hard to get here. If I knew the potential beforehand of head injuries, which I didn’t, I don’t think I would have changed my path. But I may regret it down the line, having a little girl now. If you’re not there, that’d be tough.

“But when I was coming out” of the University of Louisville in 2009, “nobody even talked about it. I don’t necessarily feel lied to, but maybe my feelings will change after seeing the movie. In any big time corporation, and the NFL’s one of them, there’s always something hidden in the background.”

Then, Wood brought up a reality that is always going to be present when mothers ponder whether to allow their sons to play football. For that very small percentage of exceptionally talented athletes who are able to reach the highest level of the game, there is a considerable amount of money that can be made. Riches beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

“Growing up in a blue collar family on the west side of Cincinnati, I’ve been able to create generational wealth for my family,” Wood said. “I help out my parents, my siblings. I’ve been able to do a lot financially I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise probably.”

Guard Richie Incognito, finishing his ninth NFL season, also expected the movie to be tough to watch. “You hear about all this concussion stuff and how bad it is, and, obviously, it’s a very prevalent issue,” he said. “We use our heads a lot when we’re just making (minimal) contact.”

However, Incognito believes there’s more to the story of players, such as Webster, who wind up down on their luck when their playing days end. He sees other factors contributing to their emotional struggles and inability to cope with the world around them.

“When you get done playing this game, this game you played your entire life, you’re not the man anymore,” Incognito said. “You’re not making money anymore. There’s a lot more factors into guys’ lives being ruined after the game than just say concussions. I think there’s a lot of stuff that goes on.

“I think, big picture, (the movie) has a very small impact. Now there will be some parents that don’t let kids play football, which is fine. My mom didn’t let me play when I was younger for fear of injury. I had to wait until the sixth, seventh grade, when other guys were playing in the fourth grade.

“But it’s an assumed risk. We know what the risks are. You can go out there and hurt another part just as bad. But I think the thing with the concussions is that they didn’t know much about it before and now they know much about it.”

Bryant hasn’t discussed “Concussion” with any of his teammates. He has talked about it with his girlfriend, who accompanied him to the movie.

How did she feel about what she saw?

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He was a turkey with a fan club.

For months, starting sometime in November, the Brighton Dale turkey captivated passers by with his constant attendance at a bench near a golf course green, just a few dozen yards from Highway 75 in Brighton.

The young male turkey stayed by the bench all day, every day, until drivers who traveled the road regularly, including students at nearby Brighton School, began to get attached. People brought bird feed and corn. Someone wedged a bale of straw next to the bench, providing a warm roost and a windbreak.

His fans began to refer to him by name. Chuck.

It may all have gone to his head.

By spring, Chuck had moved from his place by the bench to the pavement on the edge of Highway 75, where he would puff out his feathers, spread his tail and drag his wings, the typical dance of a male turkey looking to impress the ladies.

Drivers often pulled over to watch, and sometimes go out to take pictures. Some mornings several cars were lined up in a row taking in the show.

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Another fan was Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, who lives nearby and who, along with his kids, kept an eye out for the bird every day.

Then last week, Chuck disappeared.”We have no clue what happened,” Beth said. “I know the golf course was nervous about him going after people. He had started going after people in cars.”

Maybe he was run off or worse by golf course employees, Beth speculated.

Nope, said Kenosha County golf course manager Dan Drier.

“I don’t know what happened to him,” he said. “I do know that the DNR wasn’t happy that people were feeding it.”

Drier admitted that he was relieved the turkey had taken a powder before the golf season got into full swing.

“They do become territorial and become aggressive, and I sure didn’t want it to go after our guests,” he said.

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“Children of Men” is a dystopian action movie set in England in a version of 2027 where women have stopped conceiving children, and the world has plummeted into self destructive despair. It got good reviews and picked up some award nominations, mainly in technical categories, but left theaters after a few weeks, a box office failure.

Its director, Alfonso Cuaron, then known for the art house hit “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and the third Harry Potter film, would disappear for several years before returning with his Oscar winning triumph “Gravity.” I eventually sort of forgot about “Children of Men” too, as it coincided with a film I loved even more at the time, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the macabre fairy tale by Guillermo del Toro.

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In the film’s version of England, technology, entertainment and commerce have advanced plausibly, while everything else about society has collapsed. Gangs and militarized police prowl the streets, infrastructure is decaying, the government has succumbed to totalitarianism,
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It’s not a typical futuristic sci fi film. This world feels spent, exhausted by the passing years. Cuaron fills every frame with background information bits of context and exposition embedded in urban graffiti, omnipresent advertising, the bleak countryside, vague spoken references to mass tragedies. The dangers are tangible and everywhere. But there’s no explanation why, suddenly, women stopped having babies.

At the dawn of 2017, the political systems of Europe and now the United States have been seized by populist movements that are amplifying nationalist paranoia, discarding sensible democratic norms and threatening to erode decades’ worth of civil rights progress. In “Children of Men,” the planet has crumbled into nihilism because of its infertility crisis. In the real world, we’ve simply voted chaos into reality.

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Young loved performing for American audiences.

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The video, which features Young Strange performing a trick in the background of a television news report, was staged. The reporter was in on the joke, and the full length version revealed that. But the clip that went viral makes it appear the reporter was oblivious to the activity going on behind him.

News had to put out a Tweet that it not real, he said. quite proud of that.

Since magic depends upon precise timing and sleight of hand for a trick to work, having a partner would seem to complicate the process or at least increase the chances of something going wrong. Young said the opposite is true.

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Images of some of these weapons also show the bump stocks.

Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, said that the day after the shooting, his store sold out of bump stocks completely. To his understanding, many other stores around the country have as well.

“A lot of people are just not aware of that and whenever an incident like this happens, these products people are aware of and then they sell out,” Cargill said.

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Stoehlien is legally blind, but has made a hobby out of building and shooting guns because the likes the feel of them. He will go out with friends and shoot at targets when he uses bump shots.

People who are legally blind can purchase a gun, though it is unlikely that they would be able to pass a license to carry exam which has a shooting proficiency test, Cargill said.

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So please, please, please heed this warning: Do not take the kids! This is an adult movie about crime, punishment, gun violence, sexual perversion, wild insults and other deviant behaviour perpetrated by people in an alcoholic haze!

Meanwhile, this is also a learning opportunity. I sat down for one on one interviews with each of the three leading actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks. Talking turkey, with a side of cranberry sauce, they each offered insights into their own holiday traditions and how much that contrasts with the way Bad Santa 2 so gleefully trashes the Christmas spirit.

Some background first: For better or worse, audiences dive back into the criminal world of mall Santa Willie T. Stokes (Thornton reprises the role, of course). Willie is persuaded by his former partner and now sworn enemy Marcus (played by Tony Cox) to team up for another score. But they will have to go to Chicago.

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Billy Bob Thornton, an Arkansas born Oscar winner, turned 61 this year. He plays Willie with gusto. But he remembers the Christmas traditions he grew up with as a very different experience from the one depicted in the two Bad Santa movies.

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Kathy Bates has three Oscar noms, with one win as best actress for Misery (1990). At 68, Bates is feeling this Christmas more than she does most. has been a very reflective time for me, she says, tears welling up in her soulful eyes. been very aware of what going on in the world. I had so much given to me, this year especially, in terms of work and honours and attention. People say: you deserve it! Well, we all deserve it! feels haunted by images of orphaned refugee children from war zones. see their faces and I think: want them to have all of this, too. Then she sees her country elect Donald Trump as its next president and despairs. want to give him an opportunity but I am so worried! solace, Bates plans to spend Christmas 2016 as she has for years: Alone in her Los Angeles house with her dogs, watching the year movies on Academy screeners. At New Year she will join close friends in New York.

For Bates, doing Bad Santa 2 was escape hatch from the pressures she felt building up all year. She also thinks there is something beneath the surface that audiences should value.

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Christina Hendricks, now 41, earned six consecutive Emmy Awards for her sterling support work on TV Mad Men, playing the vivacious office manager Joan Harris. The native of Knoxville, Tenn., grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas in a secular way. it really was a time of being together and taking that time to relax and cook and socialize and decorate the house. and her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, are hosting this year, inviting both their families to come calling at Christmas.

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The last two windows have been busy affairs at Turf Moor, with Burnley breaking their transfer record three times since August with the additions of Steven Defour, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady, and while Dyche said the players remain focused on the on pitch battle, he has to be able to look ahead as well.

“There is some background planning to that, of course,” he said of transfer plans for the summer.

“We have to look at what’s available in the market, what’s out there in our reality and possible situations we can act on. Some of that work goes on with the recruitment staff, of course, but within the group, it’s the next game.”

Dyche will be keen to add to his squad in the summer but tying down Andre Gray to a new contract will also be a priority for the Clarets.

The 25 year old, who has eight Premier League goals to his name this season, has less than 18 months remaining on his current deal and in recent weeks Tottenham have been linked with a move for Burnley’s top scorer.

“It works no different to any other player. Simple as that. They keep playing, we want them to perform, and the rest takes care of itself one way or the other down the line somewhere,” Dyche said of Gray’s contract.

“He’s still learning, he’s still adapting to life in the Premier League. There’s a lot of work he needs to continue doing, which he’s willing to do, and we enjoy what he’s doing for us. That’s it really.

“I can’t remember who said it the other day about the change in football and how it works now. It’s a very different business from 10 years ago.

“Players have a different view through their agents on what it is. I heard another manager the other day speak completely openly about someone else’s player. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

“I thought: If that was on a phone, it would be an illegal approach. The way it is now, it’s just people throwing names around willy nilly about who they want, who they can get, what their contract situation is.

“It’s not a private business any more. It’s just out there. You have to adapt to it and be flexible within it. It’s all you can do.”

Dyche said Burnley would try and do their business, in terms of incomings and outgoings, behind the scenes, but he admits that can be tougher to do now.

Michael Keane is also entering the final 18 months of his deal, and Everton boss Ronald Koeman recently spoke of his admiration for the central defender.
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mont blanc pen prices ‘Art For Well Beings’ at the Emerson Center

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IN HER brand new art space, artist Judy Gittelsohn prepares four workstations of pushed together desks for the arrival of about 10 developmentally challenged children.

At each workstation, she has placed a plant sprout in a cup, her outline drawing of the plant divided into six panels and neatly filled palates of colored paint. The children will paint one square each in this composite picture that Gittelsohn likens to quilting. “It’s about the cycle of life,” she explains, just before the children arrive in a flurry of activity.

With two aids in tow, they chatter, sit, stand, explore, sit as Gittelsohn explains the objective through the din. Colors flow; paints, papers, brushes are in disarray, and it’s over in a matter of minutes. Watching the kids interact with the project at hand, you see moments of intense concentration, of delight, of being engrossed in the hand to eye experience the majority of these moments are measured in seconds, split seconds.

Gittelsohn is not disappointed. Surveying the finished paintings, she marvels at the unique personality each student has contributed. “Just like a thumb print,” Gittelsohn comments, “our marks application of paint, marker, pencil, chalk precisely our own. Amazing.”

The miracle of Judy Gittelsohn is fluidity. An award winning painter with an architectural background, Gittelsohn provides a structured (often elaborately so) template, then she lets go, come what may. Once a finished product is in front of her, goal orientation shifts to “What can we make of this”?

The groups Gittelsohn teaches youth, developmentally challenged children, adults recovering from illness or injury all overcome huge hurdles to paint.

One of her students was a highly paid professional before he fell ill and lost his career to debilitating seizures. “He wanted to draw with perspective, but he couldn’t get his mind around it.” Gittelsohn recalls his breakthrough moment. “I said look at the corners of the room and see if they are an ‘A’ or a ‘V.'” He got it. And she still remembers “watching him smile and begin to rework his brain.”

In the case of illnesses, she points out, sometimes it’s just a question of helping the brain to approach old tasks (“something difficult that used to be familiar”) in new ways.

In her at risk youth program, Gittelsohn devised a project for young girls from East Palo Alto to interview and then paint important women in their community. She compiled the paintings in a booklet simply called A Book About Women by Girls and has saved up nearly half the money needed to print 1,000 copies of the books. She believes that it is important for these artists and their contributions to be part of the community at large.

These artists’ proud sense of accomplishment is the reason Gittelsohn plans to celebrate the new space and gallery for her “Art for Well Beings” programs (thanks to support from Early Learning Institute president Charles D. Bernstein) with a grand opening and all inclusive art exhibit (May 6, 3 5pm).

The work of Gittelsohn’s students can be seen around the South Bay, and at least one of her developmentally challenged adult proteges, Mike Jennings, has sold a number of paintings. With several paintings on exhibit at “Art for Well Beings,” Jennings’ youthful style captures an essence of raw delight. Gittelsohn says he always greets her the same way: “‘You are Judy and I like art really like art.'”
mont blanc pen prices 'Art For Well Beings' at the Emerson Center