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Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin tweets she's 'not at all concerned' about false sexual harassment claims

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Teen Vogue columnist and outspoken feminist Emily Lindin came under fire on social media Tuesday after tweeting that she was “not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs” over false allegations of sexual assault or harassment.

Lindin explained the reasoning for her admitted “unpopular opinion” in a multi-part thread, first claiming that “false allegations VERY rarely happen, so even bringing it up borders on a derailment tactic. It’s a microscopic risk in comparison to the issue at hand (worldwide, systemic oppression of half the population).”

Despite immediate backlash, Lindin pressed on.

“The benefit of all of us getting to finally tell the truth + the impact on victims FAR outweigh the loss of any one man’s reputation,” she said, adding, “If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.”

“How many of our reputations have suffered unfairly?” Lindin continued. “How many of our lives have ALREADY BEEN destroyed because of physical violence against us? Why was that acceptable, but now one man’s (potentially) unfair loss of a career opportunity is not?”

The most cogent critique of Lindin came from CNN anchor Jake Tapper. “The Lead” host tweeted, “I’m guessing you didn’t get a good grade for your 7th grade book report on To Kill A Mockingbird,” referencing the classic novel that features the trial of a black man falsely accused of rape in 1930s Alabama.

When Lindin attempted to respond, Tapper cut her off.

“You said ‘if some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.’ That’s immoral,” Tapper wrote. “And it’s not a price *you* would be paying, btw. It would be innocent men doing that.”

The backlash apparently drove Lindin to make her Twitter feed private, leading to renewed social media criticism.

Teen Vogue’s parent company, Conde Nast, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Lindin’s byline last appeared on Teen Vogue’s website in July of this year. Past articles by her have born the headlines “What You Need to Know Before Sending a Nude Photo” and “6 Ways You May Be Slut-Shaming Without Realizing It.”

Lindin is also the founder of The UnSlut Project, a group that claims to promote gender equality, sex positivity, and comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education for all ages” on its website. An email request for comment was not immediately returned.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

WGMD Fishing Report 11-22-17

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Small craft advisories flew on Tuesday and will be back up on Wednesday.

At Lewes Harbour Marina Tony said no one ventured out to the bay or the ocean.  They will be open on Thanksgiving and that is the next day that looks fishable.

At Old Inlet Bait and Tackle they told me that Claude Davis caught a 20-inch speckled trout while jigging a shiner-like shad among the rocks on the southside on the inlet.  On the northside, from Bubblegum Beach on back to the Coast Guard Station, the rockfish bite slowed down from Monday, but several fish to 25 inches were taken on bucktails with white plastic worms and small, white shads.  The long-line fly fishermen were able to catch a few rockfish working the rips east of the Coast Guard Station.  The hard-core jetty jockeys working the early morning shift caught a few keeper rock before the sun came up.  Bucktails with a white plastic worm are a good bet for this fishery.

At Hook ‘em and Cook ‘em they said one private boat went out and came back with a few tog. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.


 

Louisiana missionary home after being detained in Guatemala

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A Louisiana man detained by Guatemalan authorities since March while on a church mission trip has returned to the United States.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson helped secure Zachary Wilson’s release. More than 100 friends and family greeted Wilson as he arrived Wednesday afternoon at Shreveport Regional Airport.

Wilson was only supposed to be in Guatemala for a week but was not allowed to leave the county last March. He was detained at the airport while attempting to return to his home in Keithville after authorities found old hunting ammunition in his bag and placed him under arrest.

Cassidy and Johnson thanked Guatemala Ambassador Manuel Espina for his help in getting Wilson back home.

Police seek man just released from prison in fatal shooting

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Police in western Maryland are looking for a man they say shot and killed a woman two days after he was released from prison.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Devaughn Tyrone Drew. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Destiny Boccone.

Deputies say they responded to a reported car crash late Sunday in Hagerstown. Authorities say Boccone was found dead, seated in the car, of a gunshot wound.

Online court records show Drew was sentenced in 2012 to six years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office refused to say what relationship, if any, existed between Drew and Boccone.

'Call of Duty WWII' review: Back to the basics

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One of the most successful video game franchises to date, “Call of Duty” has taken a step back from its recent futuristic offerings. This newest addition takes place in various locations during the WWII era, using the military technology of the time. “Call of Duty WWII” is a fast-paced first-person shooter that is published by Activision and is known for its competitive online multiplayer.

“Call of Duty” has always been one of the most popular shooters of all time, and also has a major eSports following.  The fans love the faster-paced gameplay along with the customization offered and “WWII” offers a few new features. Players can now choose classes, which can be leveled up to earn benefits such as silent walking or increased sprinting speed. Now this is a pretty cool feature, even though it may not take long to level up that class and obtain all four abilities.

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“WWII” also brings ‘basic training’ to the series, letting players further customize their soldiers with a specialist ability. Players for example, can choose from taking two primary weapons, a launcher to shoot down enemy aircraft, and the option to reload while sprinting.  I see this as both good and bad from the franchise. “Call of Duty” used to have ‘perks,’ which was 3 slots to put in whatever abilities the players wanted. In “WWII,” it seems like these abilities are more grouped together.  Players have four classes, or combat roles, to choose from, and then pick one basic training ability. So players only choose between two different options to make their playstyle different from others. On the other hand, there are plenty of basic training abilities to choose from. Each with a different style of play.

Score streak is a concept within the series that has always kept the game fast paced. When a player earns enough points, they can call upon various help on the battlefield. Paratroopers, artillery fire, and carpet bombing are a few of the options. These used to be called kill streaks, where players would actually have to kill a player to start unlocking the features. In “WWII,” it is based on the score in a single life. This is a much better system, highlighting supportive gameplay and taking down objectives.

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The story mode may have the least amount of interest from most players. Most fans go straight to the online portion of the game, since the story is completely optional. The real shock came from that the fact they added a health bar. Yeah, it may add more of a “realistic” option to the story, but this is completely different from what “Call of Duty” is known for. It isn’t a major fault since health packs are all over the place; it just felt more of a random addition to the series.

Verdict: 8/10

AP FACT CHECK: Man dissed by Trump has put felons in prison

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The Alabama Democrat who was disparaged by President Donald Trump as “soft on crime” is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted church bombers and domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph.

Trump has given Republican Roy Moore a near endorsement in Alabama’s Senate race, saying Moore “totally denies” allegations of sexual misconduct with teens. Trump called Democrat Doug Jones soft on crime, border security and the military.

Jones was a federal prosecutor for 12 years. He’s best known for leading the prosecution in the early 2000s of two Ku Klux Klansmen who bombed Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, killing four girls.

He also coordinated the task force that led to Eric Rudolph’s indictment for the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham abortion clinic that killed an off-duty police officer.

Charlie Rose accused of making an intern watch a sexually explicit movie scene

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A new accuser for Charlie Rose has come forward to allege the now-fired journalist of sexual harassment. The incident stems from an alleged encounter in which he showed an intern a sexually explicit movie scene.

Sarah Gordon, a former intern for Rose on his 2002 independently-produced talk show, told NBC News that Rose allegedly sexually harassed her one night when she went to deliver mail to his apartment. According to her account, she brought the mail and Rose asked her to come inside because he wanted to show her a scene from a movie. The movie in question was “Secretary,” which focuses on a young woman who engages in a relationship with her boss.

“I proceeded to go into the living room, and he said I want to show you this scene from this movie and he said have a seat, you know, relax, and he proceeded to turn on the film ‘Secretary,’ which is a sexually involved film involving S&M, unfortunately,” she told the outlet.

Rose reportedly asked her how the movie made her feel and if it aroused her. She claims that the former host never physically touched her, but she had to find a respectful way to get out of the situation. She reportedly changed the subject by asking Rose if she could bring anything back to the office for him before she left.

The news comes just a day after Rose was fired from CBS, PBS and Bloomberg TV following a bombshell report from The Washington Post in which eight women came forward with reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him for his behavior over the years. According to Entertainment Weekly, three more women have come forward following an internal CBS investigation into Rose’s activities.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement provided to The Post. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues… It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed.”

Rose went on to say that he always thought that he was pursuing “shared feelings,” but now acknowledges he was “mistaken.”

Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

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The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident was part of a broader, systemic problem that needs to be fixed.

Proposed revisions to the department’s civil rights procedures, distributed last week among civil rights officials at the department, remove the word “systemic” from the guidelines.

The changes also would allow schools a greater say in how a case is handled, compared to the student or parent who filed the complaint, and would eliminate the appeals process.

The document is only a draft; a final version is expected to be published next year after suggestions and proposals from staff.

The action comes as the Trump administration looks for ways of streamlining the work and trimming the budgets of many federal agencies. The administration has called for a $9 billion, or 13.5 percent, cut to the education budget, which would mean the loss of more than 40 employees out of about 570 at the agency’s Office for Civil Rights.

The Education Department did not comment on the proposed document Wednesday.

Seth Galanter, former principal deputy assistant secretary for human rights in Obama’s Education Department, criticized the proposed revisions, saying the civil rights office’s key mission is to identify and solve systemic problems.

Galanter gave an example of a complaint stemming from a white and a student of color getting into a fight, but the student of color being disciplined more harshly than the white student. Under the previous procedure, OCR would examine that particular case but also look at whether that teacher, school or school district was engaging in other similar discriminatory behavior.

“It’s a very surface level fix that certainly will make that particular parent happy, but isn’t fulfilling OCR’s obligation,” Galanter said. “OCR is underfunded and understaffed and in order to get through all the complaints in some kind of timely manner, staff is being forced to give them superficial treatment.”

Another proposed revision would allow the school or school district to negotiate a resolution agreement with the agency before any findings are released to the parent in a letter. Galanter said that was cause for concern because the parent was being kept in the dark.

“The letter may still reach the same result, but it may be completely diluted of any fact that would inform the parent and the community about what’s going on in the school,” Galanter said.

Miriam Rollin, director of the National Center for Youth Law, said those changes, coupled with eliminating the appeals process, were bad news for students.

“School deficits will be held accountable less for violations and parents will have less opportunity to get justice,” Rollin said.

But Rick Hess, director of education policy at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, praised the revisions, saying Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was seeking to fix the Obama administration’s tactic of using the agency’s civil rights investigations to push policy.

“What the Department of Education is talking about is wholly sensible and is an appropriate and totally unsurprising correction to what the Obama administration did,” he said.

NFL repays billions in American taxpayers’ dollars with a knee. No thanks

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This Thanksgiving, for the first time since I was a toddler, I will not be watching any NFL games. I find the League’s disrespect for our country and our national anthem reprehensible and a totally unwarranted injection of partisan anti-police politics into a cherished sport.  I’m hardly alone in that belief, as a recent Remington Research poll found that 80 percent of Americans responded that they’d like to see less politics during sporting events. 

Most of the blame for this mess clearly lies with Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose feckless lack of leadership allowed this issue to fester despite clear NFL rules about players standing respectfully for our flag.  Amazingly, Goodell is about to ink a new contract that, according to ESPN, will pay him approximately $40 million a year and perhaps include such perks as lifetime private jet travel.  It’s astounding that the NFL owners, a very savvy group of business leaders, would reward Goodell with such generosity after his many management fumbles including the Ray Rice scandal, Deflate-gate, and sagging TV ratings.

At first when I saw news of this largesse, I thought “well who cares, if the NFL owners want to overpay their Commissioner, that’s their problem.”  Except…it isn’t, not entirely.  In reality, the degree to which we taxpayers subsidize the NFL almost defies belief.  It represents, at both the local and national levels of government, the very worst kind of cronyism and a complete giveaway of welfare to the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent.  Both directly and indirectly, we the taxpayers are paying both these billionaire owners and the rest of this disrespectful, unpatriotic organization, including Roger Goodell.

The funds flow primarily via mammoth subsidies for NFL stadiums.  The Super Bowl will be played this year in the Minnesota Viking’s US Bank Stadium, which cost taxpayers there over $500 million despite the reported $5.3 billion wealth of team owner Zygi Wilf.  Adding to that insult, Minnesota government officials who approved that deal received free tickets and food to all future games there.

Minnesota’s massive misuse of hard-earned taxpayer capital is hardly unique. Las Vegas just promised its $500 million subsidy to lure the Oakland Raiders to move.  The San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara fleeced taxpayers there for $621 million.  All told, according to Watchdog.org, the billionaire club of NFL owners and, by extension, Roger Goodell has expropriated $7 billion since 2000 on taxpayers subsidies for stadiums.  In addition, because funding bonds are typically issued as municipal projects, they evade federal taxation, costing the federal Treasury $3.2 billion during the same period.

The NFL and other sports leagues try to rationalize this welfare to moguls and corporations through economic investment arguments.  But a 15 year study by George Mason University economists debunked those claims. They determined that “little or none of the money makes its way back to the taxpayers who subsidize professional sports teams.

NFL owners need to follow the lead of New England Patriot owner Robert Kraft and privately finance their stadiums.  Taxpayers cannot fund a private league that pays players and coaches millions per year while charging ticket prices totally out of reach to working class fans. And Roger Goodell should be given a pink slip rather than an exorbitant new contract. 

Steve Cortes is a Fox News contributor, former Trump campaign operative and spokesman for the Hispanic 100. For two decades, he worked on Wall Street as a trader and strategist. 

Thieves steal 1,800 gallons of vodka from LA distillery

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Police are searching for thieves who swiped more than 1,800 (6,800 liters) gallons of vodka from a Los Angeles distillery.

Investigators say the suspects sawed through dead bolts to get inside a storage room at the Fog Shots distillery

Company representative Art Gukasayan says the thieves made away with about 90 percent of the company’s holiday inventory and that the take was worth about $278,000.

KABC-TV reported Wednesday that detectives are examining surveillance footage that shows three men behind a razor wire fence. One of them climbs the fence and knocks the camera over before the break-in.

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Information from: KABC-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/

Man convicted in killing over New Jersey Devils hat comment

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A man has been convicted of stabbing another man to death near a popular Philadelphia park because of a comment about the killer’s New Jersey Devils hat.

Philly.com reports Wednesday that 42-year-old Steven Simminger has been convicted of first-degree murder for the 2016 killing of 24-year-old Colin McGovern in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square.

One of McGovern’s friends testified that he said something along the lines of “screw the Devils” before Simminger stabbed McGovern 10 times.

Simminger’s attorney maintained that her client killed the Pennsylvania man out of fear for his own life. But prosecutors called Simminger a “ticking time bomb” who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

The National Hockey League team this season is 12-5-3.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

UN hopes sex misconduct cases buoy efforts to help women

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The United Nations began campaigning to end violence against women decades ago, but its effort gained little traction — until the outpouring of allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, the U.S. Congress and boardrooms put the issue on front pages and TV screens around the world.

The U.N. women’s agency now hopes to capitalize on the spotlight.

“This is the moment!” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, said in an interview ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25. “It really has to come out of the woodwork.”

She credits the surge of allegations to the rising power of women who now sit in boardrooms themselves and are sympathetic to women who are bringing complaints.

“In the past, the story would have just been shoved under the carpet,” she said. Now, she said, “women are being believed more and more.”

Sexual harassment, abuse and rape have been taking place as long as women have gone out to work, Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “Why has it taken so long before so many women have courage to speak out?”

Answering her own question, she said that besides more women being in positions of power, there are better regulations and policies, and she pointed to “the increase in the bravery of the women to actually complain about the perpetrators who are otherwise powerful.”

Mlambo-Ngcuka said she believes the issue has become more visible in recent years because perpetrators are facing repercussions such as lost jobs and lawsuits and also because high-profile men are being hit with allegations.

She singled out the late British entertainer Jimmy Savile, described by police in 2013 as a sexual predator who allegedly committed 214 offenses, including 34 rapes, over more than half a century, the majority against youngsters under age 18. The charges emerged after Savile died in 2011.

She also pointed to pioneering black actor Bill Cosby, once known as “America’s Dad,” who has been accused by more than 50 women of forced sexual contact over decades and is facing a second trial — and to Harvey Weinstein, fired from his movie company after a New York Times expose of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him that was followed by similar tales from more than 100 women. And she noted the claims against the Republicans’ Senate candidate in Alabama, Roy Moore, who is alleged to have gone after young girls. All three men have strenuously denied wrong-doing.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said a staggering number of women have come forward to accuse a growing number of powerful men. She said the women have never met and they “could not have concocted a story,” and that makes it difficult to say that “these women are lying.”

“The drama and the publicity of the consequences for those who have become abusers, literally in the last couple of months, is shifting away this whole concept of not being believed,” she said.

“In fact when people don’t believe you, the spotlight is on them for daring to disbelieve a woman,” she said. “And I think that’s a good thing.”

But Mlambo-Ngcuka said women still face an uphill struggle, especially in many countries where there aren’t a lot of powerful women to support them. She said much more needs to be done to combat sexual misconduct and other forms of violence against women globally.

UN Women estimates 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence or both from an intimate partner or non-partner, though some national studies put the figure from an intimate partner as high as 70 percent.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said it’s time for men and boys to take much more responsibility.

“This is a man’s problem,” she said. “Most of our work on fighting against violence and other ills has been dedicated to what women can do to fight for themselves, to protect themselves.”

Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is from South Africa, quoted the late Nelson Mandela as saying that “when good men do not do anything where there are violations against women, there is a conspiracy against women.”

The U.N. has several campaigns that involve men to promote equality, including HeForShe and Gender Champions, but she said it’s not enough.

She said the pace of dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct and violent acts targeting women also must be stepped up and laws in many countries need changing, including in 42 mainly Middle East, African and Latin American nations where there are no laws on domestic violence.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said every form of violence traumatizes women, whether it’s sexual harassment at work, domestic violence, bullying in cyberspace or being married off as a child.

The United Nations marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday because of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the United States.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a commemoration that women’s rights activists are being targeted at alarming levels, female politicians are more likely than men to encounter violence, and recent reports of sexual harassment in the workplace worldwide show “how pervasive this form of sexual violence is.”

He said violence against women and girls — “the most visible sign of pervasive patriarchy and chauvenism” — will only end “when gender equality and the full empowerment of women” become a reality.

Guterres also voiced support for UN Women’s ongoing campaign, “UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030,” which starts with 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence. This is the first year the campaign set a target date to end violence against women.

“Today we UNiTE again to say this is NOT the world we want to live in,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.

“We stand with women who are finding their voice and summoning their courage to expose powerful men who prey on the less powerful,” she said.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said justice for women, sanctions and accountability are critical to change behavior so that coming generations “are socialized differently” and know that violence against women and girls in any form is not acceptable.

Climate activist convicted after pipeline protest in Montana

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An activist who was trying to call attention to climate change has been found guilty of criminal charges for closing a valve on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States.

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A Montana jury found Leonard Higgins of Portland, Oregon, guilty of criminal mischief and trespassing on Wednesday.

Sentencing was expected later in the day.

Higgins faces up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine on the felony criminal mischief charge.

Trespassing is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in county jail and a $500 fine.

Higgins entered a fenced site near Big Sandy, Montana, in October 2016 and closed a valve on pipeline operated by Spectra Energy.

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Activists simultaneously targeted other pipelines in Washington state, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Immigrant allowed to return home after living in church

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A native of Ecuador living in Connecticut who took sanctuary inside a New Haven church last summer to avoid deportation can go home to his family.

An attorney for Marco Reyes Alvarez says the Department of Homeland Security has agreed not to arrest, detain or deport him while his appeals paperwork is being processed. Alvarez was notified on Wednesday.

Alvarez entered the U.S. illegally in 1997 and has been living in Meriden. The father of three was supposed to board a plane to Ecuador on Aug. 8 but instead took refuge inside the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church.

His supporters say a family member was murdered in Ecuador and he fears for his life if he returns.

Alvarez’s attorney says he will remain on GPS monitoring.

Week 12 AP pro picks

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The tripleheader on Thanksgiving isn’t all that tasty, except for the traditional opener at Detroit.

The NFC North leader from Minnesota visits Ford Field this year, and carries a two-game edge over the Lions. So this is a particularly huge game for the hosts.

“They’re all big,” coach Jim Caldwell says. “Every single one of them’s a factor in the grand scheme of things. The most important one is the next one.

“Someone else might have a different philosophy. I don’t believe in functioning that way. My experience has been it can work against you more than it works for you when you start looking at the grand scheme of things.

`You can’t act as if one game is going to make a complete difference in the season, because you don’t know what’s going to happen the rest of the season. You have no idea.”

Judging by Pro Picks’ struggles last week against the spread, having no idea is a familiar concept. Minnesota, ranked fourth in the AP Pro32, is a two-point favorite over No. 12 Detroit.

VIKINGS, 23-20

KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP

The Jaguars had an easy enough time with the Browns. Do we trust the Bengals to do the same? Why would we when we still have 9-1 PHILADELPHIA available?

No. 8 Jacksonville (minus 4) at No. 23 Arizona

Jaguars favored on road? You bet. And …

BEST BET: JAGUARS, 20-10

No. 16 Los Angeles Chargers (plus 3 1-2) at No. 15 Dallas, Thursday

Cowboys are rattled, on and off field. Chargers are dangerous.

UPSET SPECIAL: CHARGERS, 23-20

No. 30 New York Giants (plus 7) at No. 27 Washington, Thursday night

Redskins are ravaged by injuries, yet still should win close one.

REDSKINS 21-17

No. 20 Houston (plus 7) at No. 14 Baltimore, Monday night

A lot of points for Ravens to give. Of course, they might get another shutout.

RAVENS, 13-10

No. 28 Chicago (plus 12 1-2) at No. 1 Philadelphia

Not much “Roar, Bears, Roar” these days. Try “Fly, Eagles, Fly.”

EAGLES, 27-10

No. 26 Miami (plus 16) at No. 2 New England

Patriots coasting toward AFC’s top seed?

PATRIOTS, 30-13

No. 19 Green Bay (plus 13 1-2) at No. 3 Pittsburgh

Steelers tend to lollygag through these games.

STEELERS, 24-13

No. 18 Buffalo (plus 9) at No. 11 Kansas City

Jim Kelly at QB next? Doug Flutie? Chiefs need rebound game.

CHIEFS, 19-12

No. 5 New Orleans (plus 2 1-2) at No. 6 Los Angeles Rams

Huge game in NFC seedings race between surprise division leaders.

RAMS, 24-23

No. 25 Tampa Bay (plus 8 1-2) at No. 9 Atlanta

Bucs struggle on road, though Falcons not that comfy in new digs.

FALCONS, 26-16

No. 7 Carolina (minus 4 1-2) at No. 24 New York Jets

Panthers need to be careful here with Saints, Vikings on their schedule next. Could be trap game.

PANTHERS, 26-20

No. 13 Tennessee (minus 4) at No. 29 Indianapolis

Look for bounce back from Marcus Mariota.

TITANS, 20-13

No. 10 Seattle (minus 7) at No. 31 San Francisco

Like Redskins, Seahawks very banged-up, but good enough to survive this week.

SEAHAWKS, 24-14

No. 27 Denver (plus 5) at No. 21 Oakland

This looked like a blockbuster when schedule came out. No more.

RAIDERS, 23-13

No. 32 Cleveland (plus 8) at No. 22 Cincinnati

Bengals thinking wild card. Browns thinking “when does this end?”

BENGALS, 20-13

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2017 RECORD:

Last week: Against spread (6-8). Straight up (8-6)

Season Totals: Against spread (73-77-3). Straight up: (96-63)

Best Bet: 7-4 against spread, 9-2 straight up.

Upset special: 7-4 against spread, 7-4 straight up

Toddler receives kidney transplant after initial procedure stalled over dad's probation violation, family says

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A toddler who was born without kidneys finally received a life-saving transplant on Wednesday, more than a month after his initial procedure was reportedly stalled when his father — a perfect match for him — violated his probation, the boy’s mother said.

A.J. Burgess underwent a kidney transplant Wednesday morning, his mother, Carmellia Burgess, wrote in a Facebook post. She posted a video of the 2-year-old boy in the hospital bed being prepped for the three-hour operation.

“Heading back to surgery. Keep my baby in your prayers,” Burgess wrote before writing an update saying he was out of surgery and in recovery.

“Surgeons just said usually it takes the kidney sometime to make urine when coming from a deceased donor..So they have to watch him closely..They came right back&&said AJ is already making urine yesss lord show out,” the mother wrote.

A.J. Burgess has suffered kidney issues his whole life and was scheduled to receive a transplant from his father, Anthony Dickerson, on Oct. 3 at Emory University Hospital, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dickerson, 26, was first arrested in 2011 on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge. However, he landed back in jail for violating his probation in September and charged with possession of a firearm.

The hospital then allegedly stalled the procedure over his probation violation. 

“They’re making this about dad,” Burgess told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.”

The hospital sent a letter, obtained by Atlanta Journal Constitution, which stated it would “re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of this completed documentation.” It also said it was following nationally accepted guidelines on approving donors.

The boy was hospitalized late October for an abdominal infection.

The family received news on Tuesday the 2-year-old boy will be getting a deceased donor kidney, hours after actor Tyler Perry gave Burgess a new car as a gift, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Burgess posted a photo of the brand new vehicle on Facebook. She also previously said she didn’t have a car to take her son to kidney dialysis appointments three times a week. 

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Atlantic City Q3 casino earnings up nearly 21 percent

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Atlantic City’s casino earnings increased by nearly 21 percent in the third quarter of this year compared with a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday.

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The seven casinos posted a gross operating profit of $252.5 million for the quarter, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement’s numbers show.

Gross operating profit reflects earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and other charges, and is a widely accepted measure of profitability in the casino industry.

Tropicana’s earnings were up 67 percent for the quarter, to $46.2 million. The Golden Nugget was up 15.4 percent to $12.8 million, and Caesars was up nearly 11 percent to $29 million.

Only the Borgata posted a quarterly loss, and theirs was less than half a percent, down to $81.8 million.

Bally’s was up 10.7 percent to $18.1 million; Harrah’s was up just under 1 percent to $37.7 million, and Resorts was virtually flat at $10.7 million.

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Among internet-only entities, Caesars Entertainment-NJ was up 55.4 percent to $3.7 million, and Resorts Digital went from a $570,000 profit in the third quarter of last year to a $’12.1 million profit in the third quarter this year.

For the first nine months of this year, Atlantic City’s casinos show an operating profit of $561 million, up 19.8 percent from the same period last year.

The average Atlantic City hotel room cost $118 a night in the third quarter. The Borgata had the highest average price at $121, and the Golden Nugget had the cheapest at just under $93.

The casino hotels were mostly full during the quarter, averaging nearly 96 percent occupancy.

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Week 12 NFL pick 'em

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Last week: 4-8-1

Official totals in weeks 4-11 against the spread: 45-54-4

Home teams show in in bold.

Minnesota (-3) vs. Detroit

Lions haven’t lost on Thanksgiving in four years, and games between these two teams always seem to be close.

Pick: Detroit (+3)

Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) vs. Dallas

With the pass rush of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, Dak Prescott is going to have a tough time staying upright. Chargers win and continue their climb up the AFC West.

Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5)

Washington (-7.5) vs. New York Giants

Washingtonhas the potential to be a real good football team, but they have a ton of injuries and aren’t exactly feeling great after giving away a big game in New Orleans.

Pick: New York Giants (+7.5)

Kansas City (-10) vs. Buffalo

Sean McDermott is starting Tyrod Taylor this week after Nate Peterman looked totally over-matched against the Chargers. The Chiefs absolutely need a feel-good win, and I think it’ll come here at the hands of the Bills.

Pick: Kansas City (-10)

Carolina (-5) vs. New York Jets

This one should be a low-scoring, defensive battle. Carolina has more talent, though.

Pick: Carolina (-5)

Philadelphia (-13.5) vs. Chicago

The Eagles are really, really good.

Pick: Philadelphia (-13.5)

Cincinnati (-8) vs. Cleveland

Eight points seems like a ton. Browns will probably lose this game, but it will be close.

Pick: Cleveland (+8)

New England (-16.5) vs. Miami

16.5 points is a huge number, but New England is rolling.

Pick: New England (-16.5)

Atlanta (-10) vs. Tampa Bay

Atlanta is coming off a short week to play an in-division game at home. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not that bad and keeps Tampa Bay in the game.

Pick: Tampa Bay (+10)

Tennessee (-3) vs. Indianapolis

Marcus Mariota is better than that performance he put up against the Steelers last week.

Pick: Tennessee (-3)

Seattle (-6.5) vs. San Francisco

The Seahawks are banged up, but even with the injuries they are the better football team.

Pick: Seattle (-6.5)

Oakland (-5) vs. Denver

Two teams who have disappointed greatly, although it is nice to see the Broncos finally give Paxton Lynch a shot. The Raiders (and Derek Carr) have to have a showing that proves 2016 wasn’t a fluke soon, right?

Pick: Oakland (-5)

Jacksonville (-5) vs. Arizona

Blaine Gabbert against the Jags defense should be a sight to behold.

Pick: Jacksonville (-5)

Los Angeles Rams (-2.5) vs. New Orleans

Game of the week? The Saints’ rushing attack is impressive, and right now they probably don’t think they can lose.

Pick: New Orleans (+2.5)

Pittsburgh (-14) vs. Green Bay

I whiffed on Brett Hundley last week, who looked terrible after a decent game against the Bears. The Steelersusually mess around and let the other team hang around in these games, though. The Packers’ skill players on offense have the talent to make a couple plays.

Pick: Green Bay (+14)

Baltimore (-7) vs. Houston

Seven points seems like a whole lot with the way the Ravens’ offense has performed.

Pick: Houston (+7)

Josh Gordon practiced with Browns for first time since 2016

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Wide receiver Josh Gordon practiced Wednesday with the Cleveland Browns for the first time since the 2016 preseason.

Gordon was conditionally reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this month after being suspended numerous times for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The 26-year-old, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since the end of 2014, ran pass routes and caught passes during the segment of practice — his first since Aug. 31, 2016 — open to reporters.

It was Gordon’s first practice in the regular season since Dec. 26, 2014.

He has been suspended for Cleveland’s past 43 games and 53 of the past 58.

As long as he fulfills guidelines established by Goodell, Gordon is eligible to play in Cleveland’s Dec. 3 game at Los Angeles and could be on the field for the season’s last five games.

Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 2013 when he scored nine touchdowns.

Purdue falls to Vols 78-75 in OT in Battle 4 Atlantis

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Tennessee: The Volunteers were trying for their first 3-0 start since the 2010-11 season, along with earning their fourth win against a ranked opponent under third-year coach Rick Barnes. They certainly found a thrilling way to do it, from Turner’s 3 to Williams’ huge effort after a scoreless first half.

Purdue:Pointsdidn’t come easily for a team that entered the game as one of the nation’s best offenses. The Boilermakers were averaging 102 points per game and shooting nearly 57 percent from the field. They also were shooting roughly 49 percent from 3-point range after making a school-record 19 3s against Fairfield on Saturday. But Purdue shot just 37 percent and had 18 turnovers.

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Tennessee: The Volunteers will play the Western Kentucky-Villanova winner Thursday.

Purdue: The Boilermakers will play the Western Kentucky-Villanova loser Thursday.

Quad-City airport launches alliance with local businesses

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An airport in western Illinois is launching an initiative to encourage area businesses along the Illinois-Iowa border to prioritize flying local.

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The Fly Local Alliance program comes as the Quad-City International Airport in Moline works to increase its passenger numbers, the Quad-City Times reported . The airport is looking for ways to dissuade area travelers from choosing airports in Chicago or elsewhere.

“We are actively trying to grow this airport,” said Dave Heller, chairman of the Air Service Committee. “The only way we can do it successfully is for people who live, work in the Quad-Cities and choose air travel to choose to fly out of the Quad-City airport.”

Airport officials said participating companies won’t pay a membership fee. Member benefits for endorsing the alliance include access to the airport’s business lounge and on-site meeting rooms.

In exchange, companies promise to communicate with airport officials about their travel spending. Businesses will also be asked to share a customer satisfaction survey and trip cost calculator tool with employees.

“This is more opportunity to receive feedback,” said Cathie Rochau, the airport’s marketing representative. “That’s where we may hear things that are important to people, but may not be related to the flight. Those are things we can fix.”

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Inaugural alliance member W. Kenny Massey said that the importance of buying local and bringing jobs to the community applies to air travel.

“More passengers using the Quad City International Airport means more air carriers will consider this region for expansions,” Massey said.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

Kevin Spacey investigated by UK police over second sex-assault claim

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Police in London are investigating a second allegation of sexual assault against actor Kevin Spacey, British media reported Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police force said it had received a complaint “of sexual assaults against a man” in 2005 in the London borough of Lambeth.

The force didn’t identify Spacey as the alleged perpetrator. British police don’t name suspects until they are charged.

But it said the same man was accused Nov. 1 of another assault in 2008, also in Lambeth. The suspect in that case has been widely named in British media as Spacey.

“Officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating,” the force said in a statement.

A two-time Academy Award winner, Spacey was artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre between 2004 and 2015.

The new allegation was made to police a day after the Old Vic said it had received 20 claims of inappropriate behavior by Spacey and it had encouraged 14 of the complainants to go to the police.

The theater launched an investigation into its former leader last month after American actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had climbed on top of him on a bed when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26.

The Old Vic said it received the claims of inappropriate behavior in recent weeks, although the alleged incidents were said to have taken place from 1995 to 2013. It said many of the alleged incidents took place at the theater — located in the borough of Lambeth — and involved members of staff.

Only one of the alleged victims reported the incidents at the time. The Old Vic said a “cult of personality” around Spacey had discouraged people from speaking out.

In the past few weeks Spacey has been fired from the Netflix TV series “House of Cards,” was dropped by his talent agency and publicist and is being cut out of Ridley Scott’s finished film “All the Money in the World.”

Spacey apologized to Rapp Oct. 30 for “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” and later released a statement saying he was seeking unspecified treatment. He has not commented on the London allegations, and the Old Vic says he did not respond to a request to participate in its investigation.

Giving back to community brings joy to Rivera

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NEW YORK — Looking back on that day at Lehman High School in the Bronx, T.J. Rivera was nervous. Perhaps it was Rivera’s old fear of public speaking rippling back to the surface. Perhaps it was the simple memory that when he was that age, he was “too cool for school.” Whatever the reason, the nerves vanished as soon as Rivera grabbed a microphone and realized how enthralled the students were that he, a Major League Baseball player, was taking time out of his day to share his story.

This may seem like a small thing, but for Rivera, it was everything. Since completing his journey from undrafted free agent to big leaguer in 2016, Rivera has become one of the Mets players most committed to community service.

There was the visit to his old high school, a stone’s throw from Citi Field. There was the day last November, when Rivera delivered turkeys and full Thanksgiving meals to Mets fans in Corona, Queens. There was the summer afternoon he stepped in for teammate Wilmer Flores, who was unable to fulfill one of his own charitable commitments due to injury. There was the time last spring, when Rivera helped put on a clinic for Special Olympics athletes in Florida.

“I’ve always just wanted to give back to the best of my ability,” Rivera said. “There’s a lot of people who are less fortunate that don’t have opportunities like others do, and especially in the cities and certain areas of the world. It’s sad to me. I want to be able to give back the best that I can, whether it just be going to one of these events that the Mets put together, clinics, anything like that. To see a little kid smiling because they look up to you — it’s weird to me still that you can put a smile on a kid’s face just by showing up to a hospital or to a school, or to their front door and giving them food. They look up to you.”

For his efforts, Rivera was honored recently as the Mets’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which typically goes to more established players with charitable foundations of their own. Rivera’s father, who grew up in Puerto Rico idolizing Clemente, was “over the moon.”

“That’s probably one of my favorite accomplishments,” Rivera said of his nomination for an award that ultimately went to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “I’m looking at the list and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ Just being a nominee is a blessing. A lot of the guys have been in the league forever and they have their foundations and they’re doing so much for the community. The names that were out there were crazy. These guys were All-Stars, and then they take time out of their day and money out of their pocket to help others. I felt honored just to be mentioned.”

This offseason, Rivera won’t be attending as many community events as usual as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery in Alabama. He and his wife, Ashton, are expecting their first child in early December, preventing Rivera from flying to New York for the Mets’ various holiday initiatives.

But that has not stopped Rivera, who is poking around his offseason home for ways to help, including donating gift cards to a local charity.

“People that are less fortunate, I’ve always wanted to give back to them,” Rivera said. “It’s just really special when you get to put a smile on someone’s face.”

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lovers inadvertently featured on 'Rob Gronkowski erotica' book lose lawsuit

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To football fans, he is the “Gronk.” To a couple unwittingly enmeshed in a less-than-literary work of fiction, it was an invasion of their privacy. To a panel of judges, it was case dismissed.

A federal appeals court this week turned away a lawsuit by an unnamed married couple who claimed their likeness was improperly used for a self-published piece of erotic fiction that deals with a woman’s infatuation with New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski.

The digitally published “A Gronking to Remember” – distributed by Kindle, Smashwords, CreateSpace and NOOK Press – was billed as the first installment in the “Rob Gronkowski erotica series.”

For the cover art, author Greg McKenna downloaded a photograph he found on the Internet of an Ohio couple taken at their engagement and put it online without their permission or compensation. The couple – named in court papers and Jane and John Roe – sued, saying the work was “less than tasteful and is offensive.”

Among the more tepid lines in the book: “I’ll never forget the first time I saw Gronk spike a football … The unrivaled power of his touchdown dance: ‘The Gronk.’ It jettisoned jiggling ribbons of electric jelly through my body.”

But the cover was not necessarily illegal. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found the companies had no input in the creation or design of the book’s cover page. Amazon and Barnes & Noble were among the companies providing the online publishing services.

The court found the Roes failed to prove the companies were liable over any photo rights issues.

As the court explained, the 2014 work by McKenna — using the pseudonym Lacey Noonan — deals with “the make-believe exploits of a married woman who becomes fascinated with New England Patriots football player Rob Gronkowski.”

“We conclude that the plaintiffs have not offered any facts to support a finding of liability on the part of the Corporate Defendants,” said the judges. “The Roes do not argue, and there is no summary judgment evidence in the record to suggest, that there was any commercial value in associating their likeness with the Corporate Defendants.”

The case is Roe v. Amazon Inc. (16-3987).

The Roes’ lawsuit against the self-published author still continues. 

Forest Service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse

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The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada.

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The agency announced Tuesday that it’s working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which also is reviewing its plans for the struggling bird following an order by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Forest Service spokesman John Shivik says the coordinated review makes sense two years after federal officials decided the chicken-sized bird shouldn’t receive endangered-species protections. But the government did impose restrictions on land use.

The agency is taking public comments in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming through Jan. 5. It says it will review the input before deciding if changes are needed to its plans.