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Colorado woman teaches yoga to police officers, firefighters to help with stress, trauma

A Colorado native is helping first responders to manage the demands of their jobs through a thousands-of-years-old practice: yoga.

Olivia Kvitne Mead, 36, of Denver, is the founder of Yoga for First Responders, a non-profit organization she began in 2013. Mead said she was inspired to start the project after working with veterans.

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“There are lots of yoga programs for veterans but they are all focussed on after action, after their tours of duty,” she told news agency South West News Service (SWNS). “That doesn’t happen for first responders. They are in their jobs for 30 years until they retire. They go to work and see trauma, death, destruction, loss and the worst part of humanity, then they have to go home and be a mother or a father, a husband or a wife.”

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Olivia Mead does side plank outside the fire department. (SWNS)

There are many benefits of the relaxation and meditation-focused practice, including reducing stress and anxiety, promoting sleep quality, reducing chronic pain, decreasing symptoms of depression and more. That’s especially important for first responders, an estimated 30 percent of whom battle depression and PTSD, according to one report. 

“There is a missing skillset in first responder training and that is what is leading to these high statistics of burnout, divorce, alcoholism, and suicides,” said Mead. “They need to be taught the ability to handle stress and trauma and process it. Otherwise, you are just going to get squished by all the trauma you witness.”

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Firefighters in a downward dog pose. (SWNS)

Mead first began working with first responders in 2013 when she reached out to the Los Angeles Fire Department. At the time, the head psychologist for the department was interested in the idea but was concerned the firefighters wouldn’t be interested.

“His number one concern was: How are we going to get the alpha male population to do yoga which is marketed as a female, delicate exercise? I said that I already taught veterans and I thought I could speak to this group of people,” said Mead.

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The Des Monies, Iowa PD Academy. (SWNS)

She began volunteering twice a week, holding a yoga session at the department every Tuesday and Thursday. Mead said it was a hit.

Soon after, she was contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department, which was also interested in her services for its employees. Years later, Mead serves 35 police and fire departments across the nation, including those in her hometown of Denver.

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Police officers and firefighters are coping with the stress of life on the front line by practicing yoga. (SWNS)

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“Yoga strengthens the body and makes it more mobile which is very important for first responders as their body is their tool,” she continued. “What the masses care about when it comes to yoga is stretching and a nice butt, but the true essence of yoga is neurological training.”

Added Mead: “It trains the mind and the nervous system to withstand anything by teaching breathing techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy.”

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Discussion Thread: President Trump Addresses the Nation regarding the situation in Iran – 01/08/2020 | Live – 11:00am EST

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Satellite Photos Reveal Extent Of Damage From Iranian Strike On Air Base In Iraq

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A satellite photo from the commercial company Planet shows damage to at least five structures at the Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq.

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Satellite photos taken Wednesday show that an Iranian missile strike has caused extensive damage at the Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq, which hosts U.S. and coalition troops.

The photos, taken by the commercial company Planet and shared with NPR via the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, show hangars and buildings hit hard by a barrage of Iranian missiles that were fired early Wednesday morning local time.

At least five structures were damaged in the attack on the base in Anbar province, which apparently was precise enough to hit individual buildings. “Some of the locations struck look like the missiles hit dead center,” says David Schmerler an analyst with the Middlebury Institute.

Shortly after the strike, President Trump said in an optimistic tweet: “All is well!

He added: “Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”

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There are reports of casualties as a result of the strike on Al-Assad, which follows a U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed Iran’s top military commander.

Schmerler says it is unclear whether targets on the base were chosen to avoid loss of life. “The buildings we’re tallying now seem to be used for storing aircraft,” he says. “There are other structures at the airbase that would be exclusively for people so maybe they intended to strike sites with equipment over people “

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Legal Research Reports: Greece: Higher Education Reforms and University Asylum

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I. Legislative History of the University Asylum Rule

It appears that the first major university reform, which took place in Greece after the fall of the military junta (or the ”Colonels’ Regime”) in 1974, was realized by the adoption of Law 1268/1982.[1] The Law established a framework for the structure and functioning of higher education institutions (Ανώτατα Εκπαιδευτικά Ιδρύματα). Article 2 of the Law, titled “academic freedoms and university asylum,” prohibited police from entering universities without the permission of a three-member panel consisting of the rector and representatives of the faculty and students (art. 2(4) et seq.), except when a felony or a crime against life had been committed. The Law referred to this rule as “university asylum” (πανεπιστημιακό άσυλο).

The university asylum rule was retained in Law 3549/2007,[2] which reformed the framework for higher education institutions. Article 3 of this Law, titled “academic freedoms and academic asylum,” referred to the rule as “academic asylum” (ακαδημαϊκό άσυλο).

In 2011, the provision of Law 3549/2007 containing the academic freedom rule was repealed by Law 4009/2011[3] (frequently referred to as the ”Diamantopoulou Law” after Anna  Diamantopoulou, who was then minister of education). From a cursory review of the literature, it appears that the changes made in the framework by Law 4009/2011 were generally associated with the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (or PASOK) government’s effort to respond to the financial crisis that Greece was experiencing at the time and the internal and external political circumstances that followed from it, such as the negotiations that the government was conducting with European Union institutions and other international organizations in hope of securing financial assistance.

In 2017, the academic asylum rule was reinstated by the adoption of Law 4485/2017[4] during the government of the Coalition of the Radical Left (or SYRIZA) party, whose strong showing in the January and September 2015 legislative elections appears to be seen by many observers in the media as a reaction to the economic policies that were introduced in relation to the financial crisis and the conditions the ”European troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) was imposing on Greece in return for financial assistance.

Finally, in August 2019, the academic asylum rule was repealed once again by Law 4623/2019.[5] A cursory look at the official records of the debate in the plenary session of the Hellenic Parliament suggests that a main argument of members of parliament (MPs) in opposition was that the total repeal of the asylum rule was unconstitutional, violating Article 16 of the Greek Constitution,[6] which enshrines the right to education, academic freedom, and freedom of teaching and lays down certain principles regarding the organization of universities. Some MPs from the ruling New Democracy party appear to have argued that Article 16 does not guarantee an ”academic asylum” rule, and that it was the government’s constitutional obligation to protect academic activity from disruption, which they argued was caused sometimes as a result of the abuse of the asylum rule.[7]

In the explanatory statement[8] for the provision repealing the asylum rule in the bill that became Law 4623/2019, it was submitted that the reason for repeal was the rule’s misuse by persons who psychologically or physically harass students, teachers, and staff within the universities and damage public property by engaging in illegal activities on university campuses that have no relation to research, teaching, or free expression in general, and the abuse of asylum by perpetrators who commit crimes outside of the university premises and then seek refuge within them to take advantage of the rule. Besides repealing the asylum rule, the amending provision also changed the title “academic freedoms” of article 3 of Law 4485/2017, under which the rule had existed, to read “academic freedoms—upgrading the quality of the academic environment” (Ακαδημαϊκές ελευθερίες – Αναβάθμιση της ποιότητας του ακαδημαϊκού περιβάλλοντος).

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II. Relevant Legislation and Legislative Resources

The following table highlights relevant legislation and its impact on the academic asylum rule:

Legislation

Governing Party / Prime Minister

“Academic Asylum” Rule

Law 4623/2019

New Democracy / K. Mitsotakis

Repealed

Law 4485/2017

SYRIZA / A. Tsipras

Reinstated

Law 4009/2011

PASOK / G. Papandreou

Repealed

Law 3549/2007

New Democracy / K. Karamanlis

Retained

Law 1268/1982

PASOK / A. Papandreou

Established

Resources on the relevant legislation (draft bills, explanatory statements, commission reports, and minutes of plenary debates) can be found in Greek on the Hellenic Parliament’s website. For resources relevant to recently passed Law 4623/2019, visit https://www. hellenicparliament.gr/Nomothetiko-Ergo/Anazitisi-Nomothetikou-Ergou?law_id= f31f14e0-2a45-4999-b6b2-aa9d01836f05.

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III. Short Bibliography on Post-Junta Period Greek University Reforms

Bonikos, Dionysēs S., To mellon tou panepistēmiou [The Future of the University] (Ekdoseis Kastaniōtē 1998), https://lccn.loc.gov/00276617.

Gounari, Panayota, Neoliberalizing Higher Education in Greece: New Laws, Old Free-Market Tricks, 4 Power & Educ. 277 (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/power.2012.4.3.277.

Gounari, Panayota, & George Grollios, Educational Reform in Greece: Central Concepts and a Critique, 3 J. Pedagogy 303-18 (2012), https://doi.org/10.2478/v10159-012-0015-7.

Greek Higher Education: Prospects for Reform (Dimitris Keridis & Chryssostomos Sfatos eds., Pella Pub. Co. 1998), https://lccn.loc.gov/98066745.

Higher Education in Austerity Europe (Jon Nixon ed., Bloomsbury 2017).

Karamanolakis, Vangelis, From the Fall of the Junta to Change: The Timid Transition of Higher Education in Greece (1974-1982), 2(2) Espacio, Tiempo y Educación 33-48 (2015), https://doi.org/10.14516/ete.2015.002.002.003.

Kladis, Dionyssis, Μεταρρυθμίσεις και αντιμεταρρυθμίσεις στα ελληνικά πανεπιστήμια (1974-2014): Συνδέοντας την πολιτική με τις κοινωνικές δυναμικές [Reforms and Counter-Reforms in Greek Universities (1974-2014): Connecting Policy with Social Dynamics], 4 Academia 154 (2014), https://perma.cc/Z79R-GRXS.

Kladis, Dionyssis, et al., Hē metarrythmisē tou Hellēnikou panepistēmiou [The Reformation of the Greek University] (Ekdoseis Papazēsē 2007), https://lccn.loc.gov/2007422967.

Lianos, Anthony A., To ekkremes tēs panepistēmiakēs metarrythmisēs: apo ton ekdēmokratismo tēs metapoliteusēs ston asterismo tēs diadikasias tēs Bolonia [The Pending University Reform: From the Democratization of the Opposition to the Constellation of the Bologna Process] (Ekdoseis Papazēsē 2012), https://lccn.loc.gov/2012437656.

Margaritis, Stephen C., Provlēmata anōtatēs Paideia [Higher Education in Greece] (Leontiadis Pub. c1976), https://lccn.loc.gov/80106769.

Papadimitriou, Antigoni, Coping with the Crisis: Academic Work and Changes in Greek Higher Education, in The Relevance of Academic Work in Comparative Perspective 41-57 (William K. Cummings & Ulrich Teichler eds., Springer 2015).

Papadimitriou, Antigoni, Laws, Regulations and Economics: Academic Identity Formation in Greek Higher Education, in Academic Identities in Higher Education: The Changing European Landscape 239 (Linda Evans & Jon Nixon eds., Bloomsbury 2015).

Papazoglou, Manos G., Stratēgikē Gia tēn hellēnikē anōtatē ekpaideusē: enallaktikes prosengiseis [Strategy for Greek Higher Education: Alternative Approaches] (Ekdoseis Papazēsē 2009), https://lccn.loc.gov/2010491771.

Souvlis, George, & Panayota Gounari, State and Universities in Greece, 1974-2018: From the Demand for Democratization to the Constellation of Neoliberalism, 10(12) Critical Educ. 1-19 (2019), https://doi.org/10.14288/ce.v10i12.

Veremēs, Thanos, & Victōr Papazēsēs, Dialogos Gia tēn tritovathmia ekpaideusē [Dialogue on Higher Education] (Ekdoseis Papazēsē  2007), https://lccn.loc.gov/2007422147.

Zmas, Aristotelis, Financial Crisis and Higher Education Policies in Greece: Between Intra- and Supranational Pressures, 69 Higher Educ. 495–508 (2015), https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-014-9787-0.


Prepared by Kayahan Cantekin*
Foreign Law Specialist
November 2019

*At present there are no Law Library of Congress research staff members versed in Greek. This report has been prepared by the author’s reliance on practiced legal research methods and translation tools, and on the basis of relevant legal resources currently available in the Law Library and online.

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[1] Law No. 1268 of 1982 on the Structure and Operation of Higher Education Institutions, Ephemeris tes Kyverneseos tes Hellenikes Demokratias [E.K.E.D.] (Official Journal), 1982, A:87 (in Greek), https://perma.cc/KN66-VMF5.

[2] Law No. 3549 of 2007 on the Reform of the Institutional Framework for the Structure and Operation of Higher Education Institutions, E.K.E.D., 2007, A:69 (in Greek), https://perma.cc/46MD-QN66.

[3] Law No. 4009 of 2011 on the Structure, Operation, Quality Assurance of Studies and Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions, E.K.E.D., 2011, A:195 (in Greek), https://perma.cc/3YGW-XUCQ.

[4] Law 4485 of 2017 on Organization and Operation of Higher Education, Regulations Regarding Research and Other Provisions, E.K.E.D., 2017, A:114 (in Greek), https://perma.cc/3EAV-SKW6.

[5] Law 4623 of 2019 on Ministry of Interior Regulations, Digital Governance Provisions, Pension Regulations and Other Urgent Issues, E.K.E.D., 2019, A:134 (in Greek), https://perma.cc/JH78-Y3SA.

[6] Constitution of Greece, as Revised by the Parliamentary Resolution of May 27th, 2008, of the VIIIth Revisionary Parliament (official translation in English), https://perma.cc/A96D-957E.

[8] Explanatory Statement for the Draft Law on Ministry of Interior Regulations, Digital Governance Provisions, Pension Regulations and Other Urgent Issues 34-35 (in Greek), https://perma.cc/2BFD-B9UY.

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Florida mom gives birth to 2 sets of twins in 1 year

A Florida mom who gave birth to twins twice in one year said she didn’t even know multiples ran in her family until after she welcomed her four boys in 2019. Alexzandria Wolliston first welcomed Mark and Malakhi in March, she told WPTV.com, and then unexpectedly found out in May that two more were on the way, with all four conceived naturally.

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“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I never thought I would have two,’” Wolliston, who also has a toddler daughter, told the news outlet.

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Mark and Malakhi were born in March, while Kaylen and Kaleb made their debut on Dec. 27. (Alexzandria Wolliston)

In late December, Kaylen and Kaleb joined their brothers Mark and Malakhi, and shortly after Wolliston found out that both of her grandmothers lost twin boys at birth, making her additions all the more special.

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“I always say that I feel like my grandmothers gave me their kids because two sets of twins and their twins passed away,” she told the news outlet. “I feel like they just sent them down for me.”

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Wolliston said that while Kaleb was recently able to join his three siblings at home, she’s hopeful that Kaylen will also be released from the NICU soon.

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Iran’s ‘final answer’ following general’s death is to ‘kick all US forces out of the region,’ Rouhani warns

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned Wednesday that the Islamic Republic’s “final answer” to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani “will be to kick all U.S. forces out of the region”.

The fiery rhetoric comes hours after Iran launched missiles at two bases housing American and coalition troops in Iraq.

“General Soleimani fought heroically against ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda… if it weren’t for his war on terror, European capitals would be in great danger now,” Rouhani said.

“Our final answer to his assassination will be to kick all U.S. forces out of the region,” he added.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, meets family of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in the U.S. airstrike in Iraq, at his home in Tehran, Iran, on Saturday.

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The tone in Rouhani’s remarks was a shift from comments Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made Tuesday evening, in which he said his country “took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense” for the killing of Soleimani, striking the bases where the missiles targeting him were launched.

“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” Zarif had tweeted.

President Trump is set to speak out about the Iranian missile strikes in an address scheduled for 11 a.m. ET this morning. No U.S. or other NATO forces were injured in the attacks, officials told Fox News.

The office of Iraq’s president condemned the strikes Wednesday as a breach of the country’s sovereignty.

Barham Saleh’s office said in a statement that the fate of U.S. troops in Iraq is an internal matter based on legal agreements to combat the Islamic State terrorist group.

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The statement adds that Iraq “has previously declared its refusal to be a starting point for aggression against any country, and also refuses to be a source of threat to any of its neighbors.”

The Iraqi prime minister has publicly said U.S. troops must leave after a drone strike killed Soleimani — Iran’s top military commander — in Baghdad last Friday, and parliament has passed a non-binding resolution pushing for withdrawal.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the strikes Wednesday, tweeting that the bloc is calling on Iran to “refrain from further violence.”

Four U.S. defense officials told Fox News that the military did not attempt to shoot down the ballistic missiles fired from Iran into Iraq because there were no American military assets in place to intercept them.

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The Patriot and Avenger anti-missile defense systems are deployed to other locations in the Middle East, but not to the two Iraqi bases – al-Asad and Erbil – targeted by Iran. Officials say the American assets are in high demand and short supply around the world.

“For the past few years, our focus was defeating ISIS and keeping a light footprint in Iraq. We did not need air defense systems against ISIS,” as one official explained for why there was no U.S. missile defense systems in place at the Iraqi bases.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tom Brady’s NFL future: What he’s said on retirement, theories about him walking away, possible landing spots

Will Tom Brady retire a New England Patriot or finish his career wearing No. 12 in another uniform? That’s the question pundits, fans and his team of two decades have been asking for years, and the quarterback has always responded by coming back. But there are real doubts about Brady’s 2020 season.

Brady, who will be 43 in August, has expressed his desire to play in the NFL. His contract expires March 17, and, while he has not ruled out a return to the Patriots, he has also said he will explore other options.

Read below for what Brady has said this season about continuing his career in 2020, some of the conspiracy theories around his future and potential landing spots for the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

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WHAT TOM BRADY HAS SAID ABOUT HIS FUTURE

While the rumblings were small, Brady didn’t exactly commit to playing for the Patriots in 2020 while talking to reporters in training camp in August. He acknowledged that he had one year on his deal left but said: “we’ll see what happens.” He said that he plans to play until he was 45.

WITH NEW CONTRACT, BRADY STILL NOT LOOKING TOO FAR AHEAD

Brady started to talk about his future more in October. He said in a radio interview that there will be a time where he has had “enough,” but those decisions will be coming at the “appropriate times.”

“That is the great part for me, I don’t know,” Brady told WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.” “I think that has been a unique situation that I have been in because I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years you kind of feel like [there is] the responsibility to always fulfill the contract.”

He added: “For me, it’s been good because I am just taking it day-by-day and I am enjoying what I have. I don’t know what the future holds and the great part is for me, football at this point is all borrowed time.”

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Tom Brady has continued to say he wants to play until he’s 45. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

TOM BRADY ADMITS HE’S UNSURE OF FUTURE AS THEORY ARISES ABOUT HIS POSSIBLE PATRIOTS DEPARTURE

Days later, he told Fox News contributor Jim Gray on his Westwood One radio program that “nothing has changed” for him and that the goal was still to play until he was 45.

“I don’t know why it’s being brought up,” Brady said. “I had a good quote that came to mind. Somebody told me that ‘the past and the future are in the mind. I’m in the now,’ and I think that’s a great way to live life. I’m not thinking about many things beyond this week.”

He added: “It’s probably that time of year where you don’t need to focus so much on the wins and losses, you start focusing on a lot of other things and I think the media has the right to do that. I certainly don’t. I’m focused on what I need to do this year.”

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS’ TOM BRADY ADDRESSES FREE AGENT RUMORS, VOWS TO PLAY UNTIL 45: ‘NOTHING HAS CHANGED’

Brady said he was focused on staying healthy, something he was adamant about in August.

Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero, added a new wrinkle into the quarterback’s future in November. He said in a radio interview that his client planned to play until he was 46 or 47.

“No one thought you could play at the elite level in your late 30s, early 40s. That is something we always felt we could do. I have really wanted to be there to help him accomplish that goal. I certainly do believe that 45 is a very realistic goal,” Guerrero said.

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Tom Brady’s future came into doubt in the beginning of the season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Guerrero added: “We talk about it all the time. Every year he just adds another year. He goes in and he’s like, ‘Guys, I feel so good still. I think I am going to go till 45.’ I am like, ‘OK.’ Now he’s like, ‘Alex, I think I can go like 46 or 47.’”

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As Brady’s performances on the field appeared to diminish, questions about Brady’s future got louder. He had 24 touchdown passes, 4,057 passing yards and eight interceptions in 2019. But over his last eight games, his completion rate was only at 57 percent and he only just 11 touchdown passes. He also took 14 sacks in that span.

Brady mentioned in a “Today” interview that even his mother or wife would prefer that he retired because they hate seeing him take hits on the field.

Brady’s adamant line about playing until he was 45 was tweaked just a bit on Dec. 23 in a separate interview with Gray.

“I think I’ve said for a long time, my tune hasn’t changed, I hope to continue playing,” Brady said. “I’ve had long-term goals, I’ve had short-term goals, football is a contact sport, you never know when your last game is going to be and you should count your blessing every time you walk off the field healthy.”

Health became a huge factor toward the end of the year. Brady was battling tennis elbow and reportedly suffered a foot injury in December. It could have hampered him during the team’s playoff loss against the Tennessee Titans. After the game, Brady addressed once again whether he would retire.

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“I would say it’s pretty unlikely,” Brady said, adding “hopefully unlikely.”

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Tom Brady has six Super Bowl victories with the Patriots. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

“I love the Patriots. It’s the greatest organization. Playing for Mr. [Robert] Kraft all these years, and for Coach [Bill] Belichick, there’s nobody who’s had a better career, I would say, than me — just being with them. So I’m very blessed,” he said.

“I don’t know what the future looks like, so I’m not going to predict it.”

While the AFC wild card game may have been his last at Gillette Stadium, fans hoping he would stay greeted him with raucous chants and even signs that read, “Please Stay Tommy.”

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“I personally appreciate everything they’ve contributed — not just this year, but a lot of years,” he said. “Just very grateful for the experience playing this year for the team, this organization, and over the course of my career, too. I appreciate it. I hope I’ve always tried to do the right thing out there. Who knows what the future holds? So I’ll leave it at that.”

He added: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m not going to predict it. No one needs to make choices at this point. I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I’ve loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games. I don’t know what it looks like moving forward, so we’ll just take it day-to-day.”

In early January, after losing to the Titans, Brady posted an Instagram picture with a caption saying he had “more to prove.” He didn’t mention anything about returning to the Patriots.

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CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT BRADY’S FUTURE

There have been some theories and suggestions about Brady’s future being spouted during the 2020 season.

One of the biggest theories came from ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter in October during a Patriots game against the New York Jets earlier in the season.

“Let’s boil this down to the basic facts once again,” Schefter said. “Let’s look at some simple things: Has he put his home for sale? Yes. Has his trainer put his home for sale? Yes. Has he set up his contract to void after this season to become a free agent? Yes. So if he’s selling his home and his trainer is selling his home and he’s voiding his contract? What does that tell you? He’s setting up to move on.”

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Schefter added: “There are many times people set up things in their lives to move on and they walk to the abyss, look down and say, ‘Whoa, I’m not jumping now.’ So he could change his mind.”

Schefter didn’t clarify what “move on” meant. Whether it means to move on from the Patriots or move on from football altogether was unclear.

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It is certain that Brady did put his Brookline, Mass., home on the market in the summer, as did his trainer Guerrero with his Norfolk home, according to Mass Live. The price tag has since come down.

According to CBS Sports, Brady might have Hollywood and Los Angeles on his mind when deciding where to play in 2020. The report cited Brady’s interest in making movies and TV shows as well as training there over the summer as key reasons why he would look to play in Los Angeles.

Coincidentally, it appears Phillip Rivers will not return to play for the Los Angeles Chargers, possibly opening up the door for Brady to join the Chargers as they begin playing at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

NFL broadcaster Cris Collinsworth also predicted he would play for the Chargers.

One commentator predicted that Brady would just retire altogether.

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Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck told the New York Post in December he doesn’t believe that Brady returns to play for the Patriots.

“I have a wild projection based on no facts. But I know this firsthand: People look at players and all they consider in the decision is Xs and Os and football. I can tell you from experience that those things are important, but they are not most important in your priorities. Your family is most important: wife, kids, health.”

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POTENTIAL LANDING SPOTS

Should Brady and the Patriots part ways after 20 seasons, there may be some teams in need of a quarterback that would come calling for the champion’s services.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: Out of the choices listed below, the Chargers might be the most obvious spot for Brady. He will be in Los Angeles where he reportedly desires to be. He would have solid weapons in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams around him. And he would be able to draw Chargers fans to home games, which is something the organization has struggled with since moving from San Diego to the City of Angels.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Brady going to the Colts could only be a possibility if Indianapolis decides they are good enough to move on from a young quarterback like Jacoby Brissett and go to Brady and have a chance to play in the Super Bowl. What makes Indianapolis attractive is playing indoors half the year. Brady would not have to deal with the weather and some of the weapons around him in T.Y. Hilton and Marlon Mack. Brady is 2-1 at Lucas Oil Field with eight touchdown passes and 944 passing yards.

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CHICAGO BEARS: While Indianapolis is attractive because of the climate control inside Lucas Oil Stadium, going to Chicago would be attractive because the Bears have a defense that is Super Bowl ready. The defense is expected to be completely healthy for 2020 and couple that with David Montgomery, Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, might make things interesting. However, the division is way more competitive than the AFC East and it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for Brady to win and make the playoffs.

DALLAS COWBOYS: The Cowboys made their decision on head coach but have yet to extend Dak Prescott beyond the 2019 season. Dallas has the weapons and the offensive line to extend Brady’s career a few more seasons but parting with a young quarterback like Prescott may come back to hurt Dallas. It would be interesting to see whether a shrewd owner wanting to win another Super Bowl would jump at the chance at someone like Brady.

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Republicans preach fiscal conservatism, yet they always find money for war

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Democrats often just don’t understand what Republicans mean by these things. They live by them, they’re just fundamentally incompatible with everything we think of as good in the world.

Family values means women obeying men, a lack of sexual liberation, and a tribalistic focus on relatives over non-relatives.

Law and order very openly means the harsh punishment of poverty crimes. Republican support for law and order isn’t because of some high respect for the concept of law, they generally prefer living in rural areas where they can do what they wish. It’s about wanting the type of people they don’t empathize with removed from society completely.

They certainly have religious values but again it’s about anti-feminism, anti-sexual liberation, an opposition to the LGBT, and a strong opposition to abortion.

It’s one of the reasons that it’s hard to imagine how we’ll bring the country back together down the line. Our base values are so fundamentally different.

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$1.1 million 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is very green machine

This car looks sweet.

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Last January at his company’s Scottsdale auction, Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson paid $1.1 million for the rights to the first 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to come off the production line, and it’s truly one of a kind.

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The proceeds of the sale were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Jackson was able to specify his car anyway he wanted, including the paint. It’s not one of the factory hues, but a custom candy apple green developed by BASF to match another million-dollar Mustang Jackson owns.

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The EXP500 is an experimental 1968 Shelby GT500 prototype built by Ford and Shelby that’s known as “The Green Hornet,” which is one of just two that feature a notchback body style.

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Jackson also owns the other. It’s a 1967 GT500 prototype called “Little Red” that was thought to have been destroyed until Jackson found it rotting in a Texas field in 2018.

Jackson didn’t say what he paid for “Little Red,” but when he put the “The Green Hornet” up for auction in 2013 it received a high bid of $1.9 million, which wasn’t enough to meet the reserve price he had in mind.

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The 2020 Shelby had its special paint applied by Penske, which is where Ford sends the $73,995 cars when they are ordered with a $10,000 hand-painted and clear-coated racing stripe option it offers regular customers. Jackson also had the 760 hp coupe equipped with a carbon fiber track package that lists for $18,500 and other features that would push a similar GT500’s price over $100,000.

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Both of the green Mustangs will be on display at this year’s Scottsdale auction, which kicks off on January 11 and will also host the public debut of the now-restored Little Red and the sale of another soon-to-be-historic car.

It’s the first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which is scheduled to be built in February. The all-new Corvette for the first time features a mid-engine design that makes it a particularly significant car and the auction will benefit the Detroit Children’s Fund, which supports the Motor City’s public school system.

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Carlos Ghosn Attacks Japan and Nissan in Defense of His Escape: Live Updates

For the first time since he fled Japan more than a week ago, Carlos Ghosn is telling his story to the public.

Mr. Ghosn, the former head of an auto empire that spanned continents, was facing charges of financial wrongdoing and had been under house arrest in Tokyo since spring. On Wednesday, at a news conference in Beirut, the Lebanese capital city where he has since taken refuge, Mr. Ghosn portrayed himself as the victim of a rigged justice system and a corporate coup by disloyal underlings.

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Nearly an hour into the news conference, Mr. Ghosn had not taken a single question from the reporters who gathered in Beirut hoping to hear an account of his escape.

Instead, he focused on detailing his legal defense, outlining the minutiae of the case against him and discussing specific emails and statements to prosecutors, complete with a presentation of documents to support his argument. The documents were full of highlighted bullet points and red outlines. But there was a problem: The text was too small for anyone in the room to read.

He noted that both of his companies have fared worse without him. “By the way, the market cap decrease of Nissan is more than $10 billion,” he says. “By the way Renault is not better. … The market cap of Renault went down by more than $5 billion.”

“As a shareholder of Nissan, I say who is protecting me,” he said.

At times he sounded like he was addressing a corporate board, not a global television audience. His soliloquy on corporate finance got deep into the weeds of how Nissan accounted for compensation and corporate expenses.

Mr. Ghosn began his speech as if he were giving a corporate presentation, promising a point-by-point defense and projecting documents on to a screen. It looked as if he were set to draw on his background as a detail-oriented chief executive to sell another product: himself.

But he soon began to ramble, jumping from descriptions of his treatment by Japanese prosecutors to his theory that his arrest was the work of Nissan executives.

Mr. Ghosn said he thought his arrest was motivated by the fact that Nissan’s performance had begun to decline.

“The collusion between Nissan and the prosecutor is everywhere,” he said.

And, he said, the charge of underreporting income isn’t one that should have landed him in jail.

“There is no democratic country I know where you go to jail for these kinds of accusations, even if they were right,” he said.

Mr. Ghosn briefly turned to an even more personal issue: “Let’s go to character assassination,” he said.

He began with a defense of a lavish party that he held at the Palace of Versailles in 2016, which has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by French prosecutors since it was referred to them by Renault. At question is whether the party was a misuse of company money, because it coincided with his wedding to his second wife, Carole, and with her 50th birthday.

Mr. Ghosn said the party emerged from a pre-existing relationship between Versailles and the auto alliance.

“We were big sponsors of Versailles,” he said. “The image of Versailles fits with the image of the alliance.”

Still, he said, “Obviously this is not a very cheap party.”

One of the major public criticisms of Mr. Ghosn has been over houses purchased by Nissan, which reports have said where made for the benefit of Mr. Ghosn. The properties include houses in Rio de Janeiro and Beirut.

On Wednesday, Mr. Ghosn argued the purchases of the houses were made with the assent of top officials at Nissan. He displayed documents which he said showed that Greg Kelly, his onetime lieutenant, and Hiroto Saikawa, his successor as chief executive and one of the company officials he blames for his downfall, signed off on the purchases.

The criminal charges against Mr. Ghosn in Japan do not include the properties. But Mr. Ghosn said the accusations were publicly leaked as part of a Nissan smear campaign.

“This is not part of the charges,” he said. “This is part of the character assassination.”

Since his arrest, Mr. Ghosn and his family have denounced the Japanese justice system, arguing that the former auto executive has been a victim of “injustice and political persecution.” His comments followed a similar line.

“I have not experienced a moment of freedom since Nov. 19, 2018,” he told the room of reporters. “It is impossible to express the depth of the aggravation and my profound appreciation once again to be able to be reunited with my family and loved ones.”

Mr. Ghosn defended his decision to flee Japan rather than face trial. “It was the most difficult decision of my life,” he said.

“I did not escape justice. I fled injustice and political persecution,” he added. “I was left with no other choice but to protect myself and my family.”

Mr. Ghosn also assailed his treatment by prosecutors.

“It will be over if you just confess,” he said, recalling what Japanese officials told him. “If you don’t confess, not only are we going to go after you, we are going to go after your family.”

And he told reporters that he was not planning to “talk about how I managed to escape from Japan.”

“I am here to talk about why I left,” he said.

Mr. Ghosn walked with his wife, Carole, into a frenzy of cameramen in a plain white conference room in Beirut, with a burst of flash bulbs going off. Organizers were pleading with the cameramen to back off. A burly, bearded bodyguard stood next to Mr. Ghosn at the lectern.

Before he emerged, more than 100 journalists from across the world had jostled to get inside the conference room at the Lebanese Press Syndicate. A security team checked IDs and bags, and Lebanese reporters interviewed their Japanese counterparts about Mr. Ghosn’s escape from Tokyo.

Then the power briefly went out, as is wont to happen in Lebanon, where daily power cuts force the population to rely on private generators.

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Mr. Ghosn, 65, a celebrity in Japan and a hero to many in Lebanon, oversaw a turnaround at Nissan starting in the late 1990s and had the rare position of running two major companies simultaneously: Nissan and France’s Renault.

Born in Brazil and raised in Lebanon, Mr. Ghosn attended some of France’s best schools, the Lycée Saint-Louis and the École Polytechnique. He started his career at the tire maker Michelin and became head of the company’s North American operations. He lived in Greenville, S.C., before joining Renault as an executive in the 1990s.

But his career collapsed in late 2018, when he was arrested by the Japanese authorities and later charged with underreporting his compensation and shifting personal financial losses to Nissan. Nissan had also been indicted on charges of improperly reporting Mr. Ghosn’s income — and had said it would cooperate with prosecutors.

Throughout the more than 13 months since he was first arrested, Mr. Ghosn has denied any wrongdoing.

Mr. Ghosn’s escape late last month seemed to be written by Hollywood screenwriters — and, in fact, the fallen auto executive met with a Hollywood producer before his escape.

Accompanied by a former United States Green Beret turned security consultant, Mr. Ghosn was flown from Osaka to Istanbul and then to Beirut, evading authorities in at least two countries and crossing borders.

After his arrest in Japan, Mr. Ghosn was held for more than 100 days, after which he was in and out of jail. He was released after he posted bail and agreed to strict conditions: He could not leave Tokyo, and his movements would be monitored, although he was not required to wear an ankle bracelet.

After he was arrested again in April, prosecutors imposed another condition for his release: Mr. Ghosn was forbidden from communicating with his wife. For seven months, the two did not speak a word to each other.

No official account of how Mr. Ghosn escaped has emerged yet. But reporting by The New York Times and news media in multiple countries has revealed a basic outline of what likely took place.

On the afternoon of Dec. 29, he walked out of his home in Tokyo and took a bullet train to Osaka, about 340 miles southwest of the capital. Then he boarded a corporate jet at Kansai International Airport, hidden inside a box designed for concert equipment. He landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, switched planes and flew to Beirut.

The escape plan was months in the making: A team of operatives spent hundreds of thousands of dollars scoping out airports and other entry points in at least five countries before settling on Turkey as a stopover between Japan and Lebanon.

Mr. Ghosn was aided in the escape by Michael Taylor, a former member of an Army Special Forces team who had ties to Lebanon and accompanied him on the plane from Japan to Turkey.

The authorities entered the offices of Carlos Ghosn’s lawyers in Japan with a search warrant on Wednesday, more than a week after the fallen auto executive publicly announced that he had fled the country.

But the law firm of Junichiro Hironaka, Mr. Ghosn’s top lawyer in Japan, said that lawyers kept the authorities from confiscating two computers that Mr. Ghosn had used.

In a written statement, Mr. Hironaka’s office said that six officials from the Tokyo prosecutors’ office arrived with a search warrant in the morning looking for the computers. The authorities left empty-handed, Mr. Hironaka’s office said. The computers belong to the lawyers and contain private client information, it said.

The firm’s depiction of events could not be confirmed through the prosecutors, who declined to comment. Television footage showed them leaving with their satchels but without cases or boxes.

Carole Ghosn, a critic of husband’s treatment in Japan, is now herself a target of the Japanese authorities.

On Tuesday, prosecutors in Tokyo said they had obtained an arrest warrant for Mrs. Ghosn, 53, on suspicion of giving false testimony in the case nine months ago. She responded on Tuesday in an interview with the French newspaper Le Parisien, calling the arrest warrant “an act of revenge by the prosecutors” meant to put pressure on Mr. Ghosn. “They announced it just before the conference,” she said, “hoping to put pressure on my husband and to punish me once again.”

The warrant raised questions about whether Mrs. Ghosn, a dual citizen of Lebanon and the United States who is in Beirut with her husband, would be extradited to Japan if she took an American trip. That outcome is far from assured.

The United States has an extradition treaty with Japan, but it has been rare for the American authorities to send back citizens to Japan. American officials would require Japan to prove before a federal magistrate that it had probable cause of a crime.

The thornier problem for Japanese officials for now, however, is that Mrs. Ghosn is in Lebanon with her husband.

At his news conference, standing before a room of more than a hundred journalists and supporters, Mr. Ghosn received applause after thanking his wife for her support.

Reporting was contributed by David Yaffe-Bellany, Ben Dooley, Vivian Yee, Kevin Granville, Carlos Tejada and Geneva Abdul.

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