Larry Stone: The story of Mariners manager Scott Servais' career and life is rooted in small-town Wisconsin
COON VALLEY, Wis. — Scott Servais is telling one of his favorite Coon Valley stories — and he's got a million to choose from. He's standing near the spot it happened: A baseball field, naturally, though residual mud from the latest in a series of recent floods prevented him from venturing all the way out. It was 1987, and Servais had just gotten back from competing in the Pan Am Games in Indianapolis. He and his girlfriend, Jill, attended a wedding in Coon Valley, and then near midnight Scott drove her to the picturesque, Field of Dreams-like ballpark, Veterans Memorial Field, that had been th...
The Seattle Times
Suns bludgeon Knicks for 15th consecutive win, 118-97
NEW YORK — There was no moral victory in the cards Friday night. In a season in which no lead has been safe, for or against the Knicks, the Suns came to Madison Square Garden Friday night and stamped the drama out of the building in a 118-97 victory. The Knicks (10-9) could not break through the Suns’ suffocating defense, and could do nothing to slow the offense that has carried Phoenix (16-3) to 15 straight wins. Coming off of an encouraging win over the Lakers (albeit without LeBron James) on Tuesday, the Knicks once again proved inconsistent. They have not won consecutive games since Octobe...
New York Daily News
'Squabble fest': Why push for election audit may be imploding in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. — The campaign to further investigate unproven claims of wrongdoing in Michigan's 2020 presidential election has become engulfed in claims of wrongdoing that its top supporters are lodging against each other. The infighting has played out on social media in recent weeks, culminating Tuesday with Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, a vocal critic nationally of the election and the author of books about treasure hunting, publicly criticizing Michigan Republican Party Co-Chairwoman Meshawn Maddock. Pulitzer, whom a Michigan Senate committee previously accused of spreading false information, cla...
The Detroit News
Former head of Rio 2016 sentenced to 30 years in jail for allegedly buying votes for city to host Olympics
The former head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months behind bars for allegedly buying votes for the city of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The 79-year-old former volleyball player for the Brazilian national team served as the country’s top Olympics official for over two decades. Nuzman, who also headed the Rio 2016 organizing committee, was found guilty of corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and criminal organization, according to the Brazilian news portal G1. The ruling was announced Thursday by Judge Marcelo B...
New York Daily News
Elizabeth Holmes trial: Holmes signals intent to blame ex-lover Balwani for alleged Theranos fraud
SAN JOSE, California — In a strong signal that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes will seek to blame her co-accused and ex-lover Sunny Balwani for alleged fraud at her failed startup Theranos, the defense team has asked the judge in her trial to let them put statements previously made by Balwani before the jury. In a motion filed this week, Holmes’ attorneys said that they had sought to call Balwani — the former Theranos president who she has alleged in court filings coerced, controlled and abused her in ways that affect the issue of guilt — to testify at her trial, but his lawyer said that if ...
The Mercury News
What's your car worth? Honda, Lexus take home JD Power Residual Value Award, again
Buy a new home and you can track its value on Zillow or Redfin. Buy a new car and JD Power is at your service tracking residual value. If you own a Honda or Lexus, then your asset is looking pretty good. That's the conclusion of ALG, a division of JD Power, and its 2022 Residual Value Awards which honor the Japanese companies as the top brands in the mass market and premium segments. In addition to the coveted brand awards, ALG handed out trophies to models in 29 segments this month, including the GMC Sierra HD as winner of ALG's first award for fullsize heavy duty pickup. Other notable Detroi...
The Detroit News
Racing commissioners challenge Arlington Park’s request to run off-track betting parlors after it closed its track
CHICAGO — Illinois racing officials are challenging a request to allow off-track betting by Arlington International Racecourse, even though it is not licensed for racing next year, as the statute appears to require. Hawthorne Race Course officials proposed that they could instead take over the parlors, which allow gamblers to bet remotely on races around the country and watch them on television. The decision, set for next month, could affect millions of dollars in bets and horse racing purses. Arlington owner Churchill Downs Inc. shut down the track permanently in September and has a prelimina...
$1.1 million raised from donors around the world to aid exoneree Kevin Strickland
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Money and words of support kept flowing into a GoFundMe fundraiser to benefit Kevin Strickland, growing to $1.1 million Friday, according to the fundraiser's page. Strickland, 62, was exonerated in a 1978 triple murder that he has always said he did not commit. He was released from the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron this week after a judge granted Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker's motion to free him. The Midwest Innocence Project set up the online fundraiser in June saying at the time it was confident Strickland would be released and that he woul...
The Kansas City Star
Nina Metz: From ‘Succession’ to ‘Spencer,’ Hollywood is obsessed with the lives of the ultra-rich and oblivious
The ongoing saga of a billionaire media oligarch and his blundering offspring clambering for his approval, “Succession” is a hothouse of the rich and damaged, stuck in a trap of their own making. The show functions as an engraved invitation: Come and smirk at their absurdity and enjoy the opulent surroundings while you’re here. Joke about their power rankings! Just please, don’t think too deeply about the systems that bolster these entitled ogres so luxuriously. Three episodes remain in the current season, but never fear, there’s plenty more where this came from, should you want to seek it out...
Auto review: Subaru heads for the wildness with a more-off-road-oriented Forester for 2022
In an era when shopping and working are done online, and the need to be anywhere is less essential than ever, the demand for all-wheel-drive vehicles with the ability to get anywhere at any time makes little sense. But neither does the fact that Americans have bought 15 million Chia Pets. This explains the new for 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, a new trim level first seen on the Subaru Outback that tarts up the exterior, raises the car’s ride height, adds knobby, off-road tires and adds touches of gold trim that’s almost gaudy. But Subaru has long thrived on being the automotive equivalent o...
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