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Daniel Krauthammer: Here’s how Charles Krauthammer, my dad, would react to what is going on in US today

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Following the publication last year of my father’s posthumous book, “The Point of It All,” I spoke and was interviewed around the country to raise awareness for its release. I met and heard from thousands of people who followed my father’s commentary, and it was one question — above all others — that so many dearly wished they could know the answer to: “What would Charles say about this?” My father’s voice is missed, now more than ever.

In his public life, my father played a very special role. He was not just another talking head. He was a trusted guide to so many who read his columns and watched his commentary on television. As one colleague described it: “I often found myself hoping Charles would … write about some particular issue I was struggling with so that I’d know what to think about it.” The refrain I heard over and over again from his admirers was “I feel lost without him.”

On a deeply personal level, I know that feeling more intensely than anyone. But it was both moving and enlightening for me to learn that so many others feel similarly lost, adrift in a world that has become even less navigable in the time since he has gone, even less clear in its truths and falsehoods. Our politics have become more brutal, our discourse is more shrill and uncharitable.

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Against this, my father represented something very different: an exemplar of a better kind of politics and a higher mode of discourse. That is why so many people — whether they agreed with his conclusions or not — relied on him to help them work out their own thoughts on what was happening in the world. They trusted him. He earned and retained that trust, I believe, by embodying several crucial tenets of free and open debate.

First, he was truthful. He said what he believed. He did not pull punches, alter his stance or mouth party tropes to please anyone or to mirror public opinion. There was a consistency to his positions. He wouldn’t shift them to follow changing trends. And it is remarkable to see — as perfectly illustrated in his book — how unswerving his reasoning remained on so many issues over the span of nearly four decades.

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Second, my father was logical. He would show you exactly why and how he came to his conclusions, walking you through every step of reasoning and evidence to his closing point. He was determined to make the very best argument he could for the positions he thought were right, and to address the most compelling objections and counter-arguments that he found on the opposing side.

This intellectual rigor raised the quality of debate for everyone who engaged with his arguments. It helped guide others on not just what to think but how to think about important questions. Those who agreed with him better understood why they did. Those who disagreed would see a strong counterargument that forced them to defend and appreciate their own positions better. And those in between could see exactly which principles or assumptions or empirical evidence they found convincing, and which not.

Third, my father’s goal was to persuade. This may seem obvious, but it is not. Many in politics seek only to rally those who already agree with them, to discredit their opponents or simply to intimidate and overpower the other side. Leading others to change their mind of their own free will is no easy task.

In the end, the success and survival of democracy depend on choosing persuasion over brute force. My father did the hard work of democracy. He didn’t take the shortcuts. And that is the kind of commitment that democracy requires of its leaders and its citizens. It requires a democratic spirit. And it requires personal virtue. The founding fathers recognized this. “Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics,” wrote John Adams. And as Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have said after the Constitutional Convention, the American people had “a republic, if you can keep it.” Only republican virtue could keep this democratic republic alive.

My father was a man of such virtues. And his public greatness was inextricably linked with his personal goodness — as so many who knew him and witnessed his impact on our country have observed. The most important things about my father’s life were not political, and they were not public. I feel that as deeply as any truth I know. But he did not trumpet his personal virtues, or his personal life, in any significant way. His vocation — his calling — was in politics and the service he gave to our democracy. And he would want his memory to be based therein.

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I believe we owe it to him, and to ourselves, to appreciate how fundamentally his democratic spirit derived from his humane soul. His belief in human liberty, in freedom of conscience and thought and in democratic pluralism was absolutely core to his being. But he could never have been such a strong, resonant and dearly missed voice in our politics if not for his honesty, his decency, his magnanimity, his bravery and his humanity.

It was put best, perhaps, by his friends and colleagues, who wrote: “He was … a giant, a man who not only defended our civilization but represented what’s best in it.” May we all take inspiration from his example.

Adapted from the preface to the paperback edition of Charles Krauthammer’s posthumous book, “The Point of It All” (Crown Forum). Daniel Krauthammer is the author of this excerpt and is the editor of the book. For more please visit CharlesKrauthammer.com.

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Tasmanian tiger seen 80 years after it was thought to have gone extinct: report

Nearly 80 years after it was thought to have gone extinct, multiple witnesses have reported seeing a Tasmanian tiger.

According to a newly released document from Tasmania’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, just this year there have been two sightings of the rare tiger, also known as a thylacine.

In July, a man claimed to have seen a Tasmanian tiger footprint in Sleeping Beauty mountain. One month later, a man reported that he believed “he saw a Tassie Tiger on his land 7 years ago.”

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Benjamin, the last Tasmanian tiger in captivity, died in September 1936. (Credit: Getty Images)

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There were also multiple reported sightings in 2018, including one woman who believes she saw a Tasmanian tiger and her two cubs at Hartz Mountains in November.

Another couple from Western Australia reported that they had seen one of the tigers after it crossed a road near their car in February 2018.

“An animal walked out slowly onto the road. [Redacted] was driving and stopped the vehicle,” the report reads. “The animal walked from the right hand side of the road [redacted] (and [redacted] were heading south to Zeehan and Strahan) three quarters of the way across the gravel road, turned and looked at the vehicle a couple of times, and then walked back in the same ‘run’ it had come out of. It was in clear view for 12-15 seconds.

“The animal had a stiff and firm tail, that was thick at the base. It had stripes down it’s back. It was the size of a large Kelpie (bigger than a fox, smaller than a German Shepherd). The animal was calm and did not act scared at all. Both [redacted] and [redacted] are 100 [percent] certain that the animal they saw was a Thylacine.”

In total, there have been eight reported sightings of the Tasmanian tiger since 2016. News of the document’s existence was first reported by The Independent.

In 2017, a grainy and fleeting videotape reportedly showed Tasmanian tigers in their natural state: one walking slowly at a distance, one with its nose at the camera lens and another with a cub.

A study published in December 2017 suggested that thanks to advancements in DNA research, it may be possible to bring the thylacine, which first appeared 4 million years ago, back from extinction.

The Tasmanian tiger, a striped marsupial carnivore, was thought to have gone extinct after Benjamin, believed to be the last member of the species, died in captivity in the Hobart Zoo in September 1936.

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‘VeggieTales’ creator Phil Vischer says show’s comeback has ‘classic’ feel with new Bible stories

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For anyone who grew up watching “VeggieTales,” have we’ve got good news for you!

The popular animated Christian show is coming back with 18 brand-new episodes, after it came to an end in 2004 with Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber’s tagline: “Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much.”

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“The goal with the new series is to go back to the feel of the classic ‘Veggies’ since I was involved,” said show creator Phil Vischer, who lost ownership in 2004.

The show will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) over the next three years in partnership with The Big Ideas Content Group and NBC Universal, according to CBN News. Vischer said it will be more like a variety show with different segments and story lengths.

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“It was what I was interested in and what the fans have been asking for,” he added. “You can take smaller, more obscure Bible stories and introduce them to kids for the first time. It’s fun to dip into smaller stories that they’ve never heard before.”

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The show, which started in 1993, is making a comeback with a Christmas special, “The Best Christmas Gift,” which will be released Tuesday on DVD and digital. It marks the first Christmas-themed VeggieTales since 2014.

Vischer says fans can expect “new Bible stories, new silly songs, and then the opportunity to see the characters behind the scenes to see what’s going on in between segments.”

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Vischer released his first children’s Bible last month.

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Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized after another fall at his Georgia home

Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized after again falling at his home in Georgia, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall yesterday evening at his home in Plains, Georgia,” Deanna Congileo, director of communications for The Carter Center, said in a statement. “He is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at home.”

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The statement said he’s been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center “for observation and treatment of a minor pelvic fracture.”

Carter, 95, also fell at his home in Plains earlier this month. He received 14 stitches above his brow and sustained a black eye. The injury did not keep the 39th president from helping the nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity, to build a home in Tennessee.

“I had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses,” Carter told a crowd earlier this month while addressing his brief hospital visit. Carter, the following day, participated in his 36th building project with Habitat for Humanity.

Carter, whose birthday was Oct. 1, appeared at the building site with his left eye swollen and bruised. He wore a white bandage above his eye. His wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, 92, joined him.

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Former President Jimmy Carter answers questions during a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity project Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter fell at home on Sunday, requiring over a dozen stitches, but he did not let his injuries keep him from participating in his 36th building project with the nonprofit Christian housing organization. He turned 95 last Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Before construction began, Carter led a morning devotion for a group of several hundred volunteers.

Carter said God gives all life and freedom. “With our freedom, every one of us can make a basic decision. … ‘What kind of person do I, myself, choose to be?'”

He said every person “can be a complete success in the eyes of God.”

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Carter also suffered a fall at his home earlier this year, which resulted in a broken hip. The 39th president was given successful hip replacement surgery in Mayat Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga. Carter fell while leaving to go turkey hunting.

This year, Carter became the oldest living U.S. president, following the death of former President George H.W. Bush in November 2018.

Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981 and has lived the longest after leaving office—with January 20 of this year marking 38 years since he was succeeded by Ronald Reagan.

In August 2015, Carter announced that doctors had found melanoma in his brain and liver. He underwent radiation treatment and later announced, in December 2015, that he was cancer-free.

Fox News’ David Lewkowict, Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Does Gus Malzahn’s massive buyout at Auburn make him untouchable?

On an unseasonably warm evening in October 2017, Gus Malzahn arrived at his postgame news conference wearing a striped Auburn polo and traces of a scowl.

The Tigers had just blown a 20-point lead on the road against LSU. They were 10-10 in their past 20 games in the Southeastern Conference. They hadn’t beaten Alabama or Georgia in nearly four years. And their past three seasons had ended with records of 8-5, 7-6 and 8-5.

“It’s not the end of the world,” Malzahn told reporters.

In Auburn country, however, there was a growing sense it might soon be the end of Malzahn’s time on the Southern plains.

Then, in a span of just seven weeks, everything changed. Auburn clobbered then-No. 2 Georgia and dominated then-No. 1 Alabama. Malzahn went from coaching on the hot seat to signing a seven-year, $49 million contract extension — complete with a massive buyout clause that won’t dip below eight figures until 2023.

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That buyout — which would be more than $27 million at the conclusion of the regular season — was intended to give Malzahn some much-needed stability, to cool a proverbial seat that always seems to be warm. Instead, it has become a potential complicating factor.

The 10th-ranked Tigers might be 6-1, but a murderers’ row of LSU, Georgia and Alabama awaits — and, if history is any indication, the narrative surrounding an Auburn coach can change quickly.

“The buyout that Gus has gives you a level of security,” former Tigers coach Gene Chizik told USA TODAY Sports. “But it doesn’t guarantee you anything.”

This, after all, is the same Auburn that fired Chizik two years after he led the school to a national championship. It’s the same place where administrators secretly borrowed a booster’s plane to meet with an opposing coach while its current coach was still employed. It’s the place where Terry Bowden beat Alabama, won the SEC West Division in a 10-3 season — and then was pushed out less than a year later.

“I got a job that expects to win championships, and I expect to win championships,” Malzahn told reporters at SEC Media Days in mid-July. “Some places (get) eight wins, they celebrate. That’s just not part of Auburn.”

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So what does that make Malzahn’s buyout? A source of stability, or a price tag that wouldn’t stop the school from getting rid of him, only make it significantly more expensive?

Malzahn, athletics director Allen Greene and interim university president Jay Gogue all declined to be interviewed for this story through university and athletics department spokespeople. Jon Waggoner, the secretary to Auburn’s board of trustees — which is required to approve contract extensions like Malzahn’s — told USA TODAY Sports in an email that neither he nor board members were “appropriately positioned to discuss personnel matters.”

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In response to multiple interview requests and questions about Malzahn’s contract, the university issued a written statement from Greene, who said Auburn is “committed to investing in the success of its athletics programs and our student-athletes.”

“The Auburn family is excited about the direction of our football program,” Greene said in the statement. “The Board just approved a new football facility, Coach Malzahn is on track to have one of our best ever recruiting classes and he has the team playing hard-nosed Auburn football. They’re getting better every week while playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. We have a lot to be excited about in football and all our other athletics programs.”

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In a world of skyrocketing coaching salaries and seemingly-endless contractual perks, only four public school coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision have larger buyouts than Malzahn’s this year, according to data from USA TODAY Sports’ annual review of coaches’ compensation: Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm.

Massive coaching buyouts — and salaries, generally — are nothing new. At least 83 FBS head coaches will make $1 million this year, including Malzahn, whose $6.83 million in total compensation ranks sixth in this year’s database. Fifty-three coaches would also be due $5 million or more if they were fired without cause on Dec. 1, though some would have a contractual obligation to look for a new job and mitigate the payout.

Malzahn’s deal has no such provision. If he is fired without cause at any point, he is due 75% of whatever is left on the deal, without restrictions. Half of his buyout, or roughly $13.5 million as of Dec. 1, would be due in a lump-sum payment within 30 days of his departure.

Bob Lattinville, an attorney with the law firm Spencer Fane LLP, said he believes the increase in guaranteed compensation is the result of athletics directors operating in fear. There’s so much pressure to make “defensible” coaching moves these days, Lattinville said, that the fear of failure and criticism has led to premature contract extensions and unnecessary buyouts.

“If you’re good, you’re going to get paid that as part of salary. If you’re bad, why should (universities) also pay you that as part of a severance?” said Lattinville, who assists USA TODAY Sports with its annual compilation and analyses of coaches’ compensation.

“I look at that and it’s kind of an exponential benefit for the coach. … I think that’s really counterintuitive, and I don’t think universities are paying attention to that. And they need to.”

Buyout clauses have been part of coaching contracts for decades, but the money involved has grown exponentially over the past 15 years — at least in part due to a scandal at Auburn that’s become known as “JetGate.”

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In 2003, Auburn administrators were caught secretly meeting with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino about the possibility of taking over for coach Tommy Tuberville, who was set to coach the Tigers in the Iron Bowl against Alabama that weekend. News that the school had considered paying the buyout in Tuberville’s contract — $4 million, a whopping sum at the time — gave coaches and their agents enough leverage to ask for higher buyouts.

Tuberville, for his part, led Auburn to an undefeated season the following year — and brokered a seven-year contract with a $7 million buyout shortly thereafter. He said he thinks buyouts serve a critical role for coaches whose job security is always in flux.

“I can’t imagine not having buyouts in some of these contracts,” said Tuberville, who is now a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama. “The big thing you’ve got to remember is it’s not just about one person. It’s about 100-150 people. It’s the assistants and their wives and families. It’s the strength coaches and their wives and families.

“When the head coach has got that kind of buyout, I think (there’s) security for all the families involved. I think it’s really helped college football.”

‘The perfect storm’

To understand how and why Malzahn went from coaching on the hot seat to signing a $49 million extension, it’s important to understand the timeline.

Less than three weeks after Auburn’s loss to LSU in 2017, athletics director Jay Jacobs announced his intention to retire in the coming months, setting the stage for Malzahn to possibly follow him out the door. Then came the wins over longtime rivals Georgia and Alabama — which, when taken together, were enough to save Malzahn’s job.

“You have a great year if you win one of those two,” said athletics director emeritus David Housel, who spent 40 years at Auburn as a student and an employee. “But if you win both of them, you have a very special year.”

Between the Georgia and Alabama games, meanwhile, a complicating factor emerged: Arkansas decided to fire both its athletics director and head coach, creating a high-profile vacancy in Malzahn’s home state, where he had been a longtime high school coach before entering the college ranks.

Before long, Arkansas was being reported as a suitor for Malzahn and Auburn was facing pressure to re-sign him, even though neither school had a full-time athletics director. Auburn’s president Steven Leath, who had been on the job for just eight months, became the point person in negotiations with Malzahn’s high-powered agent, Jimmy Sexton, who had just negotiated a $75 million deal for Fisher at Texas A&M.

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Lattinville said the administrative turnover at Auburn created “the perfect storm” of leverage for Malzahn.

“There wasn’t really anybody at the wheel when that happened,” Lattinville said.

Leath did not respond to numerous messages left for him via phone and email. But two days after Malzahn agreed to his huge new deal, Arkansas hired Chad Morris, another Sexton client, and gave him a six-year deal worth $21 million — less than half of what Auburn wound up agreeing to pay Malzahn.

A few weeks after the final signature was added to Malzahn’s contract, Auburn’s board of trustees approved a series of revisions to its bylaws, including a new clause that requires the university president to report “the total financial exposure and buyout risk” of coaching contracts when presenting the annual budget. 

The revised bylaws, which had been discussed at a November workshop, also reiterate in three separate places that any non-faculty contract or extension with a buyout provision must be approved by the full board, or its designees. (Athletics contracts, for example, require approval from only three board members, including the lead trustee for athletics.)

Leath, meanwhile, was ousted in June after less than two years on the job. Auburn said in a news release that he and the school “mutually decided to part ways.” 

The 62-year-old reached a separation agreement with Auburn that includes a non-disparagement clause, and the university will pay him $4.5 million over three years.

“I think part of the problem at Auburn is there’s not always an alignment, and everybody being on the same page, and everybody being on board,” said Chizik, whose two daughters are students at Auburn.

“It’s a phenomenal place. They’ve got some great things going on. But for them to have continued success, they need to be in full alignment at all times.”

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The Alabama effect

When Leath first announced Malzahn’s contract extension in late 2017, he billed it as something of a reflection of the football program and where it was heading.

“Strength and stability go hand in hand,” he said, “and we have both in Coach Malzahn.”

But last year, as Auburn neared the end of an 8-5 season and a fifth-place finish in the SEC West, the rumors about Malzahn began to swirl again. There were reports that Auburn reached out to Bob Stoops about replacing Malzahn (which Stoops denied) and that the school offered to retain Malzahn only if he accepted a smaller buyout (which Malzahn has publicly refuted). 

Chizik, who is now an analyst with the SEC Network, said there’s always been a win-now pressure at Auburn, which counts itself as a perennial powerhouse in college football’s most competitive conference. But “it’s gotten worse,” he said, because of the success of Alabama, which has won five national titles in 10 years under Saban.

“That’s where the pressure is so high, to be able to have a team that can compete (with Alabama),” Chizik said. “And because of that, you have pressure to deliver at Auburn every single day. And if you don’t, to the satisfaction of the people that make decisions, then your job is going to be on the line.”

Only five active coaches have beaten Saban over the past 10 years, and Malzahn is the only one left in the SEC. Chizik, who previously employed Malzahn as his offensive coordinator, said he believes that is one of the reasons the Tigers chose to give his former assistant that lucrative 2017 deal — and why the school would be silly to let him go, even if, financially, it is able to do so.

Any potential buyout payment would come amid a string of significant facility investments at Auburn. The university has spent $54.3 million on major upgrades to various football facilities over the past decade, and the board recently voted to move forward with plans to build a “football performance center” at a still-to-be-determined cost.

However, the Tigers Unlimited Foundation, a legally separate 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the fundraising arm of the Auburn athletics department, reported more than $22 million in unrestricted assets in 2018 — signaling that the department would, theoretically, have enough cash at its disposal to cover the initial payment required by Malzahn’s buyout, should Auburn choose to go that route.

“At any point in time, if they need and want to find the money to make a change, they can do it,” Chizik added.

The problem is the optics of such a move.

“If you’re an athletic director and a president and a board of trustees, you’ve got to think long and hard before you pull the trigger in this day and time on some of these buyouts,” Tuberville said. “Because it doesn’t sink in too well with people on campus, your professors, different colleges.”

The largest known buyout clause that has been executed in college football involved Charlie Weis, who received just under $19 million over six years after he was fired by Notre Dame in 2009. Malzahn’s buyout would surpass that amount even if he was fired at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

In fact, Malzahn’s current buyout of $27 million would actually require payments of more than $33 million when factoring in the buyouts of his staff, including coordinators and assistant coaches. That amount could cover the entire cost of a new engineering laboratory that’s being built on the university’s campus, or fund the annual salaries of about 1,200 residents in Auburn, according to the most recently available US Census data.

For now, Malzahn appears to be safe, though the second half of the season — starting Saturday at No. 3 LSU — could prove to be pivotal. Beat Georgia and Alabama and it’s another special year. Lose in spectacular fashion and the questions will only grow louder. There’s no telling what the future might hold for Auburn — and its $49 million head coach.

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Ex-college football coach Mark Richt suffers heart attack

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Former college football coach Mark Richt revealed Monday he suffered a heart attack and is excepting a quick recovery.

Richt made the revelation in a tweet. The former Georgia Bulldogs and Miami Hurricanes coach plans to return to work as an ACC Network analyst for ESPN.

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“I am assuming word travels fast,” he wrote in a tweet. “So I wanted to be able to inform everyone that I did have a heart attack this morning. I am doing fine. As I went through the experience I had peace knowing I was going to heaven but I was going to miss my wife. I plan to be at work this week.”

Rice added in a tweet later: “I guess I’m off the cheese balls!”

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Some of Richt’s former players expressed their concerns after hearing of his ailment.

Richt joined the ACC Network in April after three seasons with the Hurricanes. He retired as Miami’s coach after going 26-13 over those three seasons. In his last year, Miami went 7-6 including a loss in the Pinstripe Bowl.

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Richt, 59, spent 15 seasons at Georgia before joining Miami. He was 171-64 and 10-7 in bowl games.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Wedding Dress Had Its Own Hotel Room ― Of Course

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Some of the many positives of a wedding dress having its very own hotel room are that it won’t raid the minibar or steal towels.

Jennifer Lawrence made such an arrangement for her wedding dress before marrying Cooke Maroney in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday, according to reports.

Sequestering the dress was actually for security, People noted. But still. A friggin’ frock may have enjoyed more luxury than most gowns can dream of.

Weekend rates at the Hotel Viking started at around $350 per night on travel sites Tuesday morning. Perhaps the Oscar-winning actress got a deal for last weekend? Or maybe the dress did its own research.

“The Dior design team flew in directly from Paris the day before J.Law tied the knot, and the gown had a private guest room booked for safekeeping at Newport’s historic Hotel Viking for the evening,” a source told Page Six.

The Dior team then loaded the dress into a car the next morning, perhaps the same source told People.

The “Red Sparrow” star and Maroney, an art gallery director, exchanged their vows at a mansion in Newport in front of guests that included Amy Schumer, Adele and Emma Stone.

And the dress.

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New England Patriots acquire Mohamed Sanu from Atlanta Falcons: report

The New England Patriots reportedly acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday in an effort to boost the weapons around Tom Brady.

The Patriots traded a second-round pick to the Falcons for Sanu, ESPN reported, citing league sources. New England attempted to acquire Sanu during the NFL Draft but failed and had to wait several months to get their guy, according to the NFL Network.

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Sanu is a veteran wide receiver who was in the middle of his fourth season with the Falcons. In seven games this season for the Falcons, he had 33 catches for 313 yards and one touchdown. But given Atlanta’s current record (1-6), it appears trading away Sanu was the best option.

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Sanu still has one year left on his contract. He is owed $3.5 million this season and $6.5 million next season and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, according to Spotrac.

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The former Rutgers wide receiver spent his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before he joined the Falcons during the 2016 season. He’s never had more than 70 receptions or 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

New England adds Sanu to a loaded corps that already includes Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.

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The Patriots are 7-0 this season after a Monday night thrashing of the New York Jets.

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Tomi Lahren: Gov. Newsom ‘absolutely delusional’ to claim CA homeless crisis is being solved

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The homelessness crisis in California is only getting worse under the leadership of Democrats, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said Tuesday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, Lahren said that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s claims that leadership was fixing the homelessness in the Golden State are false.

“This is the biggest issue in the state and Governor Newsom is absolutely delusional to think that it is being solved,” said Lahren. “It absolutely is not. I can tell you that because I see it every day.”

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At an event in San Francisco last week, Newsom said that “everyday” people were coming off the streets and their lives were being “radically changed for the better.”

“The reason that this issue is becoming a bigger issue for Californians is because it’s starting to impact those rich liberals who are starting to see that they don’t want people living outside of their very expensive homes,” Lahren told the “Friends” hosts.

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“Unfortunately, we live in a state where when Democrats say something, people just take it as the gospel truth and they don’t bother looking into it. They don’t bother to realize that this problem has not gotten better in the last several years and it’s getting far worse,” she added.

A recent PPIC Survey shows California residents rank homelessness as a top issue alongside jobs and the economy. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, California was home to almost a quarter of the United States’ homeless population in January of 2018.

“So, at some point, we don’t want this to always be a partisan issue, but when your leaders are all Democrats: it’s a partisan issue,” she said. “And, part of the problem too is they don’t want to crack down on the problem.”

“Yes, we feel compassion for those people who are unsheltered, those people who are homeless,” Lahren said. “But, at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself: why is California the state that is experiencing this problem to this extent?”

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“We have the fourth or fifth largest economy in the world, and yet we’re spending $100 million a year on illegal immigrant health care and even the residents in this state are saying homelessness is the number one problem,” said Lahren.

“Something stinks here. Something’s a problem. We need better leadership to address it,” she concluded.

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