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Plight of Newspapers Generates Uncommon Bipartisan Unity

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CORNELIA, Ga. — When a sport utility vehicle swerved out of its lane several weeks ago, slamming into a pickup truck and killing a teenager, a reporter from The Northeast Georgian raced to the scene. Within hours, the paper had posted the news on Facebook and updated it twice. It was shared by hundreds of people on the social network.

The fatal wreck consumed the town of Cornelia, Ga., nestled near the Chattahoochee National Forest about 90 miles northeast of Atlanta. The Northeast Georgian was the first to report the news, but unless the people who shared its story on Facebook follow a link to its website, either to see an ad or to subscribe to its twice-weekly print edition, the paper won’t get paid.

As with many small papers across the country, that business strategy is not working for The Northeast Georgian. The paper’s five employees do not just report and write. They also edit the articles, take photographs and lay out the newspaper.

“My grandmother used to say, ‘Honey, if you let them get milk through the fence, they’ll never buy the cow,’” said Dink NeSmith, chief executive of Community Newspapers Inc., which owns The Northeast Georgian and 23 other local papers.

But the tough economics facing small newspapers like Mr. NeSmith’s has generated rare bipartisan agreement in Washington.

Anger toward big technology companies has led to multiple antitrust investigations, calls for a new federal data privacy law and criticism of the companies’ political ad policies. Perhaps no issue about the tech companies, though, has united lawmakers in the Capitol like the decimation of local news.

Lawmakers from both parties blame companies like Facebook and Google, which dominate the online ad industry.

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, gave a big boost last week to a bill that may provide some papers a lifeboat. The proposal would give news organizations an exemption from antitrust laws, allowing them to band together to negotiate with Google and Facebook over how their articles and photos are used online, and what payments the newspapers get from the tech companies. (The bill is backed by the News Media Alliance, a trade group that represents news organizations including The New York Times Company.)

The proposal was written by Representative Doug Collins, a conservative Georgia Republican whose district includes Cornelia, and Representative David Cicilline, a liberal Democrat from Rhode Island. Several prominent sponsors have signed on to an identical version in the Senate. They include Democrats like Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Republicans like Rand Paul of Kentucky and John Kennedy of Louisiana.

For the politicians, the issue is personal. They see news deserts in places where one or two local newspapers used to track their campaigns and official actions, keep local police departments and school boards accountable, and stitch together communities with big layouts on Main Street holiday parades and high school sports stars.

“I am a free-markets guy and have fought against the idea that just because something is big it is necessarily bad,” Mr. Collins said. “But look, I’m a politician and live with the media and see its importance. These big, disruptive platforms are making money off creators of content disproportionately.”

Facebook and Google declined to comment about the legislation. Representatives of the companies say their businesses have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on programs to bolster local journalism. The companies also work with news organizations to promote their articles and videos, driving traffic to their websites.

Facebook recently announced partnerships with major news organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN, that would give publishers a bigger cut of advertising revenue generated from their journalism.

“We know this is a challenging time for journalism,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of global news partnerships, said in a statement. “And we are working closely with publishers to find new ways to address those challenges.”

A Google spokeswoman said, “Every month, Google News and Google Search drive over 24 billion visits to publishers’ websites, which drive subscriptions and significant ad revenue.”

Newspapers have faced devastating financial losses for years. One in five newspapers have closed since 2004 in the United States, and about half of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties have only one newspaper, many of them printing weekly, according to a report by the University of North Carolina published in late 2018. In the last year alone, Facebook and Google added tens of thousands of employees and reported billions of dollars in profits.

Take Mr. Collins’s district in northern Georgia. The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the state’s biggest newspaper, has cut its staff by half in the past eight years. In Mr. Collins’s hometown, The Gainesville Times, one of the biggest papers in its region, cut its weekly print publication schedule to five days from seven a year ago.

The demand for local news remains. One day shortly after the fatal car crash, all of the discussion at Fender’s Diner, a 1950s-inspired eatery in Cornelia, was about the victim and allegations that the woman behind the wheel of the S.U.V. had been drinking.

“I care more about the people who walk through my front door of my place and the issues that matter to them than anything going on in Washington,” said Bradley Cook, the owner of the restaurant.

Many local leaders say the power of local newspapers was on display recently in Jesup, in southeastern Georgia. One of Mr. NeSmith’s papers in the area, The Press Sentinel in Wayne County, discovered that an Arizona-based company backed by wealthy investors, including Bill Gates, had quietly applied to dump 10,000 tons of coal ash in Jesup.

The paper published more than 70 articles about the application, and Mr. NeSmith wrote several editorials. The attention led to public hearings, and the company, Republic Services, to delay its plans.

Many officials also say that without robust local coverage, they are constantly fighting against misinformation that spreads on social media. After the Board of Commissioners in Habersham County, Ga., proposed a bond issue to expand the county jail, speculation spread online about the motivations for the project and the burden for taxpayers, said Stacy Hall, the board’s chairman. Voters defeated the proposal in November.

“Disinformation on social media is our No. 1 problem,” Mr. Hall said. “There is a crisis in getting the facts — the basic facts that only community newspapers can provide.”

The proposed antitrust exemption for news organizations still faces hurdles. Congress passed few bills of note in 2019 — and it may pass even fewer this year, in the face of impeachment and the November election. Conservative think tanks and some consumer groups are pushing back on the bill, wary of giving any antitrust exemptions to businesses.

“Instead of trying to innovate and find solutions that way,” said Neil Chilson, a senior research fellow for technology and innovation at the Charles Koch Institute, “they are trying to make better deals with people with more money, and that doesn’t solve their basic business-model problems.”

Supporters of the legislation said it was not a magic pill for profitability. It could, they say, benefit newspapers with a national reach — like The Times and The Washington Post — more than small papers. Facebook, for instance, has never featured articles from Mr. NeSmith’s newspaper chain in its “Today In” feature, an aggregation of local news from the nation’s smallest papers that can drive a lot of traffic to a news site.

“It will start with larger national publications, and then the question is how does this trickle down,” said Otis A. Brumby III, the publisher of The Marietta Daily Journal in Georgia.

But the supporters say it could stop or at least slow the financial losses at some papers, giving them time to create a new business model for the internet.

“The tech industry platforms benefit from our news,” said Robin Rhodes, the executive director of the Georgia Press Association, which supports the proposal. “And we need to be on a level playing ground.”

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Sanders fires back at Trump: Polling surge ‘means you’re going to lose’

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Bill Cowher learns he been elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame during pregame broadcast

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Bill Cowher spent his entire head coaching career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning one Super Bowl title and having only three losing seasons in 15 years.

On Saturday, Cowher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a surprise announcement that took place on CBS’ NFL pregame show before the Baltimore Ravens played the Tennessee Titans. Cowher was greeted by Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker during the broadcast, along with his family.

The show’s co-hosts all held up black T-shirts with “Hall of Fame” and “Bill Cowher” written in gold letters.

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“Football is a total team sport,” Cowher said. “I had some great players, some great coaches, the best organization in football. I’ve lived a blessed life. I’ve come to the best network on TV. It’s a family here, like it was a family that we had there.

“And, to have to give back just something to the game of football, that’s been a part of my life, the virtues that it teaches you, the morals that you have the obligation to move on, the platforms that we have, you know, I’m a blessed man and I’ve been very blessed to have been surrounded by some very special people.”

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Cowher had an overall record of 161-99-1 before he retired and passed the reins to Mike Tomlin.

A special panel met at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Wednesday to elect the centennial slate of this year’s inductees, marking the first time any members were elected during a selection meeting held there.

The centennial slate included 10 “seniors,” three “contributors” and two “coaches” Seniors were considered players who last hit the field more than 25 seasons ago. Contributors included people other than players or coaches.

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“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Cowher said. “I mean, what can I say? I just think about the players. I just think about the Pittsburgh franchise and Dan Rooney when he hired me, he took a chance on a 34-year-old kid from Crafton, Pennsylvania, and my first goal was just to not get fired before my 20th high school class reunion.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Eagles’ Josh McCown reveals gruesome hamstring injury he endured vs. Seahawks

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Josh McCown suffered a gruesome hamstring injury in last week’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, and details are now coming to light.

McCown was forced into the game after Carson Wentz left with a head injury. McCown was seen limping or walking gingerly at points during the game. On Thursday, McCown said in an interview on the “Thomahawk” podcast with ex-NFL players Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins that he tore his hamstring off the bone.

“Gotta head back over to Lincoln Financial [Field] and see if I can find my hamstring somewhere out there,” he said. “It’s still over there I think or halfway down my leg by this point.”

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The 40-year-old was 18-for-24 with 174 passing yards and took six sacks. He scrambled late in the second quarter to set up an Eagles field goal.

McCown will have surgery before beginning a six-month recovery process, according to multiple reports. It may influence his decision on whether to keep playing in 2020.

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McCown was emotional when talking about his career.

“This year has been nothing short of special for me. I’ve really enjoyed it and have learned so much from so many people. I’m thankful to be a part of it. As far as the future goes, we’ll see. I haven’t made any decisions yet. I’ll get with my family and talk with them. I retired once, so I know how to do that. We’ll just see. I don’t know yet.

“I’ll probably reflect on that later. Again, it’s probably with a sour taste, but I’m thankful. My wife and family have moved around a lot and have been there for me. To go out there and get to play in a playoff game was special. I can’t thank them enough for their support. It was a heck of a ride. I left it all out there, I know that much. It is different playing at [age] 40. Your body talks to you a lot. I’ll reflect on that later, but it was fun to be out there for sure.”

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He appeared in three games during the regular season.

McCown said he wasn’t sure whether he was planning on playing in 2020.

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Warren Fires Back At Sanders Campaign Criticism: ‘I Hope Bernie Reconsiders’

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa ― Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday responded to talking points circulated by the campaign of fellow progressive presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that portray her as a candidate of the elite.

“I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” Warren told reporters after a town hall on Sunday. “Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time … I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.”

Warren and Sanders, longtime friends whose presidential campaigns hold up similar progressive values and policies, have until recently abided by a non-aggression pact, refraining from attacking one other on the campaign trail. In September, some Sanders aides began blasting Warren on social media, but the sniping subsequently died down, reportedly at the behest of Warren’s team.

Sanders and his campaign have continued to abstain from blasting Warren in public. But as campaigns tend to do, his has crafted a customized pitch for Warren supporters that Politico obtained and published on Friday night. (The campaign also has special pitches for supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, according to the Politico report.)

The script reportedly directs Sanders volunteers to tell Warren-leaning voters that “people who support her are highly educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what” and that she’s “bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.” It immediately sparked accusations that the Sanders campaign had begun to rethink its light-touch approach.

A person close to Sanders’ campaign told Politico that the senator was likely aware of the script critical of Warren.

“We were told never to go negative or contrast with other candidates,” the person said. “Bernie would let us know when it was OK. So if that’s happening, he’s aware.”

Some of Warren’s supporters have rallied in her defense in the wake of Politico’s report.

Nelini Stamp, the national organizing director for Working Families Party, a progressive group focused on labor issues that has endorsed Warren, appeared to push back on the Sanders campaign’s talking points in a tweet Sunday.

“I don’t have a high school diploma,” Stamp wrote. “I am not affluent. And I support Elizabeth Warren.”

Of course, the line between acceptable contrasts and negative campaigning of the kind Sanders admonished his supporters against after entering the race ― and has since reiterated on the campaign trail ― is fuzzy.

Sanders has already been comfortable distinguishing his “Medicare for All” plan from Warren’s, which the Massachusetts senator would implement in two stages. Warren plans to pass a public health insurance option first and introduce a single-payer or Medicare for All bill only once the public option is law, in the third year of her presidency. Sanders would introduce the bill, which he is fond of noting that he “wrote,” right away.

As the race tightens ahead of the caucuses, it was becoming more and more likely that the unspoken truce would fray. Sanders had his first-ever lead in Iowa in the Des Moines Register/CNN poll that came out on Friday night. But the influential survey also showed Warren trailing him within the margin of error, with Buttigieg and Biden hot on her trail.

In the past, the Sanders campaign has insisted that it is courting Biden’s supporters, who skew more working class, more heavily than Warren’s.

But there are at least some left-wing Iowans who are deciding between the two New England senators, according to David Yepsen, an Iowa politics specialist and former Des Moines Register campaign reporter. 

“Of course Bernie and Elizabeth Warren are competing with each other for progressive votes,” Yepsen said in an interview on Saturday.

But whether it was wise for Sanders to throw the first punch is another question. 

Jeff Link, an unaligned Democratic strategist based in Des Moines, warned Sanders strongly against it in an interview Sunday morning, noting that Sanders has benefited from a united front with Warren in the debates and that he has successfully avoided negative attack ads of any kind.

“The Sanders campaign has been served well by staying very close to Senator Warren, even in the fall when it looked like that was a dangerous decision,” said Link, a veteran of Democratic presidential campaigns. “Now that he’s got momentum and is ahead, it’s easier to stand with her. I don’t understand why they would change now.” 

As it played out, Warren found a way to frame Sanders’ comments as a direct validation of her candidacy. Warren and her allies have been trying recently to cast her as the contender uniquely capable of uniting the Democratic Party’s progressive and moderate wings. 

Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro made the case explicitly on Sunday, speaking ahead of Warren in an elementary school auditorium. Castro, who endorsed Warren last week after he dropped out of the primary, referenced polls showing that high percentages of Democrats would be unhappy voting for Biden and Sanders in the general election.

“She could bring this party together!” Castro declared over the cheers of the audience. “She could unify Democrats to defeat Donald Trump in November of 2020!”

Warren was more subtle in her remarks to reporters, but her meaning was clear, particularly since she referenced the acrimonious 2016 contest between Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  

“Democrats want to win in 2020,” she said. “We all saw the impact of the factionalism in 2016 and we can’t have a repeat of that.”

Warren both refused entreaties to run in that race and later, to the consternation of many Sanders partisans, declined to endorse Sanders.

Her absence from the Clinton-Sanders brawl offers Warren an advantage as she seeks to cobble together a coalition of progressives who cast ballots for Sanders, as well as former Clinton supporters who nurse resentment over Sanders’ critiques of Clinton, which they believe weakened her against then-candidate Donald Trump. 

“Democrats need to unite our party. And that means pulling in all parts of the Democratic coalition,” Warren said. “It means building a grassroots movement with face-to-face conversations, with people who door knock. … We need someone who will excite every part of the Democratic Party, someone that every Democrat can believe in.”

The Sanders campaign declined to comment on Warren’s remarks.

After Warren’s comments, her campaign began using the remarks from Sanders’ campaign in fundraising emails.

“This type of attack isn’t about disagreeing on issues — it’s about dismissing the potency of our grassroots movement,” the email said.

What remains to be seen is whether the dispute between the field’s two most progressive presidential hopefuls will continue on the debate stage in Des Moines on Tuesday night. 

At the very least, Sanders’ lead in Iowa is likely to make him the target of attacks ― whether they come from Warren or other candidates like Biden, whom the Sanders campaign has been hammering relentlessly.

“It’s going to be really good. It’s going to matter,” Link said of the upcoming debate. “The stakes are high.”

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Esper Says He Didn’t See Specific Evidence Iran Planned to Attack 4 Embassies

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said on Sunday that he never saw any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack on four American embassies, as President Trump had claimed last week as a justification for the strike on an Iranian general that sent the United States and Iran to the brink of war.

“I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies,” Mr. Esper said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” But he added: “I share the president’s view that probably — my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies. The embassies are the most prominent display of American presence in a country.”

The muddled message on Sunday by Mr. Esper and other administration officials only added to the public debate over the Jan. 3 strike that killed Iran’s most important general, Qassim Suleimani, and whether there was appropriate justification for the killing. The administration has offered shifting rationales for the strike, first indicating that it was a response to an “imminent” threat and then backing away from that idea, before sporadically reclaiming it.

As critics, including some Republicans, in Congress expressed dismay, administration officials have in recent days often avoided offering specifics about what prompted the airstrike. But Mr. Trump said on Friday that part of the reason was that Iran was planning attacks on four American embassies.

Mr. Esper sounded more supportive of Mr. Trump’s claim in another interview on Sunday, on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“What the president said in regard to the four embassies is what I believe as well,” he said. “And he said he believed that they probably, that they could have been targeting the embassies in the region.”

But appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Robert O’Brien, the national security adviser, also played down Mr. Trump’s claim of specific, imminent threats to four American embassies in the region.

“Look, it’s always difficult, even with the exquisite intelligence that we have, to know exactly what the targets are,” Mr. O’Brien said. “We knew there were threats to American facilities, now whether they were bases, embassies — you know it’s always hard until the attack happens.”

“But we had very strong intelligence,” he added.

Senator Mike Lee of Utah, one of the administration’s most outspoken Republican critics after the strike, said on CNN on Sunday that he was “worried” about the quality of the information that national security officials were sharing with Congress and had not “been able to yet ascertain specific details of the imminence of the attack.”

“I believe that the briefers and the president believed that they had a basis for concluding that there was an imminent attack, I don’t doubt that, but it is frustrating to be told that and not get the details behind it,” he said.

Asked specifically whether administration officials had briefed Congress on Iranian threats to four American embassies, as they have subsequently claimed, Mr. Lee said he did not believe so.

“I didn’t hear anything about that,” he said. “Several of my colleagues have said the same. So, that was news to me, and it is certainly not something that I recall being raised in the classified briefing.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck a similar tone, telling ABC’s “This Week” that “I don’t think the administration has been straight with the Congress of the United States” about the reasons for killing General Suleimani.

On “Face the Nation,” Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, accused the president and his top national security aides of “fudging” the intelligence around the Iranian threat.

“Frankly, I think what they are doing is overstating and exaggerating what the intelligence shows,” Mr. Schiff said.

He also disputed that Congress had been told about specific threats to American embassies, or other targets.

“There was no discussion in the Gang of Eight briefings that these are four embassies that were being targeted and we have exquisite intelligence that shows these are the specific targets,” he said, referring to the group of congressional leaders and Republican and Democratic leaders of the intelligence committees. “I don’t recall frankly there being a specific discussion about bombing the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.”

He added, “In the view of the briefers, there was plotting, there was an effort to escalate being planned, but they didn’t have specificity.”

The strike on General Suleimani, who was responsible for the killing and maiming of hundreds of American troops at the height of the Iraq war, prompted retaliatory strikes last week. The Iranian military launched 16 ballistic missiles at bases in Iraq where Americans are stationed, bringing both countries to the brink of war.

When the Iranian retaliatory strikes did not kill or injure anyone, both sides pulled back. But hours after the strikes, a Ukrainian airliner was shot down over Tehran, Iran’s capital, by Iranian air defenses, killing all 176 aboard. Iranian officials said the downing of the plane was “unintentional” and the result of heightened tensions in the region.

The Trump administration has also tried to keep up pressure on Tehran. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that new sanctions the administration had announced last week against Iran would target industries beyond its oil sector to pressure its government.

“This is all really about cutting off money, oil sales, other revenue that would be funding their terrorist activities and their nuclear weapons development,” Mr. Mnuchin said. “We don’t want to target the people of Iran.”

Despite the new measures, questions remain about the Trump administration’s ability to further ramp up sanctions on Iran after having already used such tools so aggressively.

Meanwhile, China has continued to buy Iran’s oil. The United States has been cautious about confronting China too forcefully amid trade negotiations, but Mr. Mnuchin said he had been pressuring the Chinese to cut off their purchases of Iranian oil.

“China is subject to sanctions just like everybody else,” Mr. Mnuchin said. “We will continue to pursue sanction activities against China and anybody else around the world that continues to do business with them.”

Nicholas Fandos and Chris Cameron contributed reporting.

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Prince Harry may have landed Meghan Markle Disney voiceover job

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Prince Harry might have sparked Disney’s interest in Meghan Markle for a voiceover deal that she recently signed.

On Saturday, it was announced that Markle, 38, had signed a deal with Disney to provide a voiceover for an upcoming project from the studio in exchange for a donation to a non-profit benefiting elephants in Botswana.

In a video obtained by the Daily Mail, Harry, 35, could be seen speaking with Disney CEO Bob Iger at the premiere of “Lion King” last summer.

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“You know, she does voiceovers,” Harry could be heard saying to Iger, 68, as the prince pointed to his wife.

“Oh really, I did not know that,” Iger said.

“She’s really interested,” said Harry.

“We’d love to try,” Iger responded.

Markle was present for the conversation but was speaking with Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the time.

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The premiere where they spoke actually served as a partnership between Disney and the royals, as it raised funds for Harry’s African wildlife conservation efforts.

Following Harry and Markle’s announcement that they’d “step back” from their royal duties, rumors have swirled that the pair will follow in the Obamas’ footsteps and sign a production deal, using Hollywood as a medium to promote charitable causes.

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“I think they can definitely do it,” said Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in reference to the royal couple working in Hollywood. Jackson has served as a producer for several television shows.

It was previously announced that Harry also would partner with Oprah Winfrey to produce a mental health-centered documentary for Apple TV+.

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Fisherman catches 350-pound fish near southwest Florida, researchers confirm it’s ‘a big old fish’

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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this is “a big old fish.”

In late December, a fisherman caught a massive Warsaw-grouper near southwest Florida. Now, biologists from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have determined that this is one truly impressive catch.

The research institute posted about the fish to their Facebook page, where they revealed that this particular fish is the oldest specimen of its kind that they’ve studied. According to the post, samples obtained from catches this old and large are considered rare.

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The caption for the photo, which shows the massive fish looming over the man who caught it, starts off with a somewhat obvious statement: “A big old fish!”

The post continues, “This 350-lb Warsaw grouper was caught by hook-and-line on December 29th 2019, off Southwest Florida in ~600 ft of water. Biologists from FWRI’s Age & Growth Lab estimated the age of this fish at 50 years old, making this the oldest sample collected for our aging program. Acquiring the otolith from this fish was extremely valuable as samples from larger and older fish are rare.”

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According to the FWC’s website, otoliths are hard structures located behind the brain of bony fished and can be used in the detection of sound and gravitational forces. They’re also referred to as earstones.

“Warsaw are characterized by an elongated second dorsal spine,” the post continues. “They’re the only grouper with 10 dorsal spines; all others have 11. Although adults usually occur in depths of 180-1700 ft, juveniles are occasionally seen around jetties and shallow-water reefs in the northern Gulf.”

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While the FWC appears to be excited about this particular catch, they don’t promote fishermen targeting these fish. According to them, the “status of the population in the Gulf is unknown.”

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Hillary Clinton: The most exonerated politician ever

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Bar Association Calls Out William Barr

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