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The Missouri “Picture Cave” featuring Osage Nation art was sold at auction this week. KSDK News / YouTube

On Tuesday, Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, a St. Louis-based auction firm, sold a cave containing Native American artwork dating back over 1,000 years to an anonymous buyer. The purchaser paid $2.2 million for the Missouri cave, which the auction firm has heralded as “the most important rock art site in North America.” The artwork within the cave includes nearly 300 prehistoric glyphs which indicate the meanings of words and sounds, as well as drawings of mythical creatures, weapons, humans, and many other designs. Present-day members of the Osage Nation, the Midwestern Native American tribe whose ancestors were the ones to create the cave art, are expressing devastation in response to the cave’s sale.

“Our ancestors lived in this area for 1300 years,” the Osage Nation statement said; the tribe also said that the sale was “truly heartbreaking….This was our land. We have hundreds of thousands of our ancestors buried throughout Missouri and Illinois, including Picture Cave.” It’s unclear how such a clearly hallowed site came to be available on the auction block; the cave was sold along with the 43 acres of land that surround it, and its future is currently uncertain.

“Auctioning off a sacred American Indian site truly sends the wrong message,” Carol Diaz-Granados, a research associate at Washington University in St. Louis who’s spent two decades researching the cave with her husband, told the Associated Press. “It’s like auctioning off the Sistine Chapel. You get stick figures in other rock art sites, or maybe one little feather on the top of the head, or a figure holding a weapon. But in Picture Cave you get actual clothing details, headdress details, feathers, weapons. It’s truly amazing.”

In terms of caring for and exalting Native American art, the country has a long way to go: just last year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hired its first ever Associate Curator of Native American Art.

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Boston District 7 recount finalizes ballots for November election

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The recount is over, but the result is the same.

Perennial candidate Roy Owens Sr. actually had slightly extended the lead in his preliminary-election success over community organizer Angie Camacho in Boston’s District 7 by the time city elections workers wrapped up the recount on Saturday, with Owens’ advantage rising from 28 to 37 votes.

Camacho, conceding, insisted that she wasn’t dissuaded.

“Oh my God, I feel so great,” she said Saturday afternoon, noting the 30 people who came out to support her campaign during the process. “Everyone came for the same purpose: to make sure that democracy works. I’m going to take that every day.”

The not-yet-certified election results released by the Boston Election Department showed that Owens received 1,300 votes to Camacho’s 1,263. The recount was to determine to see who’d get the second slot in the general-election race Nov. 2. First place finisher Tania Anderson cruised through ahead of them with the first ticket, receiving 2,038 votes.

Camacho requested the recount shortly after the Sept. 14 primary when she came within 28 votes of second-place finisher Owens, who’s run many times for multiple offices in Boston. He already has a website up for his next race: a 2022 Congressional run. He didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The district race, which includes parts of Roxbury, the South End and Fenway, attracted eight candidates after Acting Mayor Kim Janey opted to seek a full term as mayor rather than run again for the district she’s represented since 2018. The first place finisher, Anderson, is executive director of Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, an organization that supports a local business district.

Camacho added that she was disappointed with the turnout for the election.

Because the conversation in Boston was so heavily focused on the mayoral race, she said, 974 ballots were blank for the District 7 seat. “When people are not informed enough to be confident enough to vote down-ballot, that’s something we need to talk about,” she added.

A total of 8,600 District 7 residents cast their ballots, and only about 25% of voters citywide voted in the primary.

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Battenfeld: Kim Janey now in the ultimate dead-end job

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Battenfeld: Kim Janey now in the ultimate dead-end job

Think you’ve got a dead-end job?

Just imagine how Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey must feel.

Janey is wrapping up one of the shortest terms ever for a Boston mayor. She’ll soon be a footnote in history next to former Acting Gov. Jane Swift.

Janey’s not even a lame duck — she’s actually worse than a lame duck because she doesn’t even have a term to wrap up. She’s gone after Nov. 16. And after that, until the year wraps up, she’ll be a lame duck councilor. She’s a double lame duck.

While many people have a job they don’t like, Janey actually desperately wanted to keep hers — but unfortunately she came in fourth in the preliminary election, leaving her out of the final.

Your job may be unfulfilling and not very lucrative, but not Janey’s. She has a pretty great, well-paying gig, as long as you don’t mind taking the credit or blame for everything that happens under your watch.

Here’s what Janey will lose in a matter of weeks:

Her $200,000 a year salary. And come January she’ll lose her $100,000-a-year city councilor salary.

Her police chauffeur and her big police SUV. It’s back to driving herself around town, in a car without blue lights and a siren. What a comedown.

The palatial, fifth floor mayor’s office, which has a nice view of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

A private bathroom in the mayor’s office, complete with a shower.

The private elevator, which can take Janey outside behind City Hall in case she wants to make a quick getaway from nosy reporters.

The title of mayor, which Janey relished — refusing to be called what she really is, the acting mayor.

The title of councilor and her other fifth floor office. Pretty soon no one will call her mayor or even acting mayor — or councilor for that matter. She’s just a private citizen like the rest of us.

All those highly paid aides and appointees, like the out-of-town coronavirus czar, who served under Janey. They are on thin ice, because the new mayor is likely to bring in her own team. Time to update those LinkedIn profiles.

That $20,000 a month contract with her political consultant, Doug Rubin. He was well worth the money, don’t you think? Janey should ask for a refund and see whether the attorney general’s consumer protection division can help her.

The ability to command attention at a moment’s notice. Her press conferences will be sparsely attended, to say the least. And her supporters are still waiting for her to show up to her election night party.

No more fawning pieces in the local media. Time to cancel that Globe subscription. And no more of those softball “Mondays with the Mayor” interviews on public radio.

Those special Mayor Kim Janey pencils she handed out to school children. Maybe the kids can scratch out “Mayor.” Throw them in the pile with all the “Office of the Mayor” stationary.

No more being asked about her favorite Dunkin order or her favorite movies, though she could land a part in “The Departed.”

And those well-worn Converse sneakers? They’re already out of style, so maybe it’s time to turn them in and replace them with slippers, which she can wear around the house.

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Lawrence air game the difference in 37-26 win at Andover

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ANDOVER – Lawrence went to Andover High seeking a statement victory. They came away with that and even more on a picture-perfect afternoon.

The Lancers threw four TD passes, including three in the first half, as they upset Merrimack Valley Conference opponent and seventh-ranked Andover, 37-26.

“I’ve been outcoached by (Coach EJ) Perry a number of times,” Lawrence coach Rhandy Audate said. “I’m not saying I outcoached him here, but I’m telling you that the heart of these kids came through. This has everything to do with the kids and the coaching staff. … Today, going through the air really did help.”

Sophomore Jayden Abreu got things going with his first pass, a 76-yard catch and score to senior Joenel Figueroa to put Lawrence up 7-0.

Abreu wasn’t done as he completed his next three passes a couple drives later with a 16-yard strike to Figueroa again along the sideline to put the Lancers in front for good, 14-12. The Lancers’ defense forced a three-and-out and with 28 seconds left Abreu needed just two pass plays to find a streaking junior Andy Medina to go up 21-12 at the half.

“The first couple games all we did was rush, rush, rush, rush, rush,” said Audate. “All we were concerned about is playing our game. We like matchups and wherever we like the matchup every week whether it be throwing it or rushing it. That’s what we are going to do.”

Abreu ended up going 8-for-8 for 171 yards in the first half and completed his first 11 passes to go 11-of-12 for 202 yards.

The pass play that put this game away came on a trick play to open the fourth quarter as Abreu followed a fake handoff with a real handoff to Figueroa. The senior then threw it towards the end zone as a draped Estarling Morales completed the catch while on his back. A two-point pass from Abreu to junior Janiel Herrera made it a two-possession contest at 29-20 early in the final frame.

The ground game took over from there as junior Jadiel Gomez ran it four times in the fourth for 76 yards, including two 30-yard runs to eat up some clock and a 10-yard touchdown run to put this game away, 37-20.

“They put their trust in me today,” Gomez said about the Lancers’ coaching staff. “They put all their trust in me. … I showed them why they could trust me. We are 3-0 now and it is just going to keep getting better for us.”

Andover (2-1) was led by junior Lincoln Beal, who scored three touchdowns, including his second rushing score to cut the deficit to 21-20 with 9:23 left in the third. He added a 54-yard catch-and-run from junior Scotty Brown in the final minutes to make it a closer 37-26. The lone lead for the Golden Warriors came just three plays after Beal’s first score as Brown forced a fumble that junior William Sheehan took to the house from 29 yards out.

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Lawrence Academy beats Belmont Hill on 2-point conversion in double OT

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BELMONT — Rotating two quarterbacks for a whole game can be tricky, as sometimes a hot hand can cool off on the sidelines.

But for Lawrence Academy in Saturday’s Independent School League opener at Belmont Hill, the Spartans found success with the system, and it paid off big time in a 22-21 double-overtime win.

Sophomore Ryan Puglisi took a bootleg around the right side for the game-winning two-point conversion after fellow quarterback Luke Reynolds played the first overtime. It was a classic finish in the first game for both teams since 2019.

“Finally we’ve got some depth here at Lawrence Academy, and you saw a lot of kids play today,” Lawrence coach Jason Swepson said. “The quarterback position in our system is no different. So both are going to play all year long.”

Belmont Hill had rallied from a 14-7 deficit to tie it with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter after quarterback Chris Milmoe hit AJ Muse for a 45-yard touchdown.

That sent the game into overtime, but it was far from over. The ISL uses college overtime rules, and each team started from the other’s 25-yard line. But neither Lawrence nor Belmont Hill could move the ball in the first extra frame, as each team missed a field goal.

In the second overtime, Belmont Hill scored first as Milmoe — who completed 19 of 30 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns — hit Sean Egan for a 17-yard score. Matthew Martines booted the PAT, and Belmont Hill had the 21-14 lead, and seemingly all the momentum.

But as it had all game, Lawrence leaned on senior running back Fenix Figueroa in the second OT. He ran three times, the first for 17 yards, the second for 4 more, and the last for a 4-yard touchdown. For the game, the 5-foot-11, 250-pounder rumbled for 132 yards on 22 carries.

Instead of going for the tie, Swepson went for the win. Puglisi went under center, then faked a handoff to Figueroa. The quarterback rolled to his right and, instead of dumping it off to a receiver, outraced a Belmont Hill defender to the pylon for the game-winning two-point conversion.

“Win the game,” Puglisi said of his mindset in that overtime. “It was that simple. We hadn’t been out here in two years. To come out here and win this as a team was a blessing and one I’ll never forget. Now all I’m looking forward to is next week.”

“It’s been way too long,” Reynolds said of the long layoff. “But it was super fun to come out here with the team.”

The offenses took a while to get going. Belmont Hill scored first on a 55-yard strike from Milmoe to Charlie Walsh in the first quarter. Lawrence answered when Puglisi found Evan Thompson on a 7-yard touchdown in the same place Puglisi later ran in the two-pointer.

Reynolds put Lawrence ahead in the third quarter when he made a tough, 10-yard touchdown run to give his team the 14-7 lead. Belmont fought back, but it was not enough to hold down the visitors late.

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Tent fire draws emergency response in Boston’s Methadone Mile

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One of the tents that’s sprung up on Methadone Mile caught fire early Saturday morning, drawing emergency responders to the troubled area.

A Boston Fire spokesman said the department responded to reports of a tent fire on Atkinson Street around 4 a.m. When they showed up, there was in fact a tent ablaze, but there was no one in the tent — or around it.

Boston Fire said the incident remains under investigation, and no other structures were ablaze. Boston EMS said no one was treated at the scene or transported to a hospital.

Boston Police said they too responded to the incident, which was first called in as being near the corner of Atkinson and Southampton streets — close to the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard intersection that gives the “Mass and Cass” area its name — but ended up being more toward Atkinson and South Bay Avenue, the area tucked back toward the Nashua Street Jail and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

The Mass and Cass area, also called the city’s Methadone Mile, has increasingly become a dangerous open-air drug market, with more and more people living on the streets over the past few years, and crime following. This summer was particularly bad, and locals and advocates have said they’ve seen the number of permanent residents in tents skyrocket from a dozen to more than a hundred starting in August.

Advocates have worried that the “tent city” that’s sprung up is boosting crime in the area, where open-air drug use is regularly visible and there have been multiple slayings this year.

The deteriorating conditions in the area — and the often–controversial city responses — have made plans for the Mile a major issue throughout the ongoing mayoral campaign. About a month ago, the city was planning something of a cleanup effort, which they then didn’t do as the ACLU threatened legal action.

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Schools without mask policy more likely to have coronavirus outbreaks, CDC studies find

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Schools without a mask requirement could be 3.5 times more likely to have coronavirus outbreaks compared with schools that require masks, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies.

“These studies found that school districts without a universal masking policy in place were more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks. Nationwide, counties without masking requirements saw the number of pediatric COVID-19 cases increase nearly twice as quickly during this same period,” read a CDC press release.

The CDC on Friday released three new studies demonstrating the importance of masks in schools with one report from Arizona showing that schools in two of the state’s most populous counties were 3.5 times more likely to have virus outbreaks if they didn’t have a mask requirement at the start of the school year.

In that study, out of 191 school-associated coronavirus outbreaks that occurred, 113 were in schools that had no mask requirement and 62 were in schools that implemented masking a couple weeks after the school year began. Only 16 schools with an early mask policy had outbreaks.

Another study looked at COVID-19 cases in kids during the two weeks following the start of school.

The average change in case rates, about 16 cases per 100,000 people per day, was lower in counties with school mask mandates compared to schools without one, which was around 34 cases per 100,000 people per day, according to the data.

The third CDC report released Friday examined school closures caused by coronavirus.

There have been about 1,800 school closures nationwide so far this year, but 96% of public schools have been able to stay open for full in-person learning, which authors said highlights the importance of using several COVID prevention strategies.

The number of school closures was highest in the south. The CDC is currently recommending masking in schools among other measures such as vaccination, handwashing and proper ventilation.

In Massachusetts, all public school students and teachers are required to mask up inside until at least Oct. 1 when the policy could be extended, changed or discontinued.

The school year in the Bay State kicked off about two weeks ago, and nearly 4,000 positive cases have been reported among staff and students so far.

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CU Buffs fall to Arizona State in Pac-12 opener

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Colorado found some offense in the desert, but not nearly enough to snap its losing streak.

Arizona State pulled away in the second half to hand the Buffaloes a 35-13 defeat at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buffs (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) have lost three in a row and dropped their conference opener for the first time since 2017. ASU (3-1, 1-0) rebounded from its first loss, led by quarterback Jayden Daniels, who accounted for 311 yards in total offense and two rushing touchdowns.

Shut out a week ago for the first time in five years, CU’s struggling offense finally found some success, at least relative to the past two weeks.

Alex Fontenot ran for 65 yards and a touchdown and the Buffs gained 183 rushing yards overall. That helped them avoid a third straight game with less than 10 points – something no CU team has done since 1963 – but there wasn’t enough firepower to threaten the Sun Devils in the second half.

Freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis completed just 7-of-17 passes for 67 yards, his third consecutive game with less than 100 yards.

CU’s offense got off to a slow start, while ASU jumped to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run from Daniels.

ASU added an 11-yard touchdown run from Rachaad White for a 14-0 lead 9:28 to go in the second quarter.

Despite the 14-0 deficit, there were some signs of life by the CU offense in the second quarter.

Down 7-0, the Buffs drove to the ASU 28-yard line early in the second, but Cole Becker’s 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

Then, down 14-0, the Buffs had their best drive in a while, going 58 yards in 10 plays to set up Becker for another field goal attempt. After a 0-for-3 start to his career, Becker hit this one, from 51 yards, to put the Buffs on the board with 13 seconds to play in the half.

Becker’s field goal snapped a scoreless streak of 137 minutes, 11 seconds for the Buffs, dating back to the first quarter of the Sept. 11 matchup against Texas A&M.

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At least 3 dead in Amtrak train derailment in Montana

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Sheriff’s office: At least 3 killed in Amtrak derailment

By AMY HANSON and TAREK HAMADA

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — At least three people were killed Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, toppling several cars onto their sides, authorities said.

The westbound Empire Builder train derailed about 4 p.m. near Joplin, a town of about 200, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in a statement. The accident scene is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the border with Canada.

Liberty County sheriff’s dispatcher Starr Tyler told The Associated Press that three people died in the derailment. She did not have more details. Amtrak said in a statement that there were multiple injuries.

The train had about 141 passengers and 16 crew members onboard, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said. The train had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed, he said.

“We are deeply saddened to learn local authorities are now confirming that three people have lost their lives as a result of this accident,” Abrams said.

Megan Vandervest, a passenger who was going to visit a friend in Seattle, told The New York Times that she was awakened by the derailment.

“My first thought was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I had heard stories about trains derailing,” said Vandervest, who is from Minneapolis. “My second thought was that’s crazy. We wouldn’t be derailing. Like, that doesn’t happen.”

She told the Times that the car behind hers was tilted, the one behind that was tipped over, and the three cars behind that “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train.”

Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center, where some passengers were being taken, Vandervest said it felt like “extreme turbulence on a plane.”

Residents of communities near the crash site quickly mobilized to help the passengers.

Chester Councilwoman Rachel Ghekiere said she and others helped about 50 to 60 passengers who were brought to a local school.

“I went to the school and assisted with water, food, wiping dirt off faces,” she said. “They appeared to be tired, shaken but happy that they were where they were. Some looked more disheveled than others, depending where they were on the train.”

A grocery store in Chester, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the derailment, and a nearby religious community provided food, she said.

The passengers were taken by buses to hotels in nearby Shelby, said Ghekiere, whose husband works for the local emergency services agency and was alerted to the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will send a 14-member team, including investigators and specialists in railroad signals and other disciplines, to investigate the crash, spokesman Eric Weiss said.

Weiss said the derailment occurred around 3:55 p.m. and no other trains or equipment were involved. The train was traveling on a BNSF Railway main track at the time, he said.

Photos posted to social media showed rail cars on their sides and passengers standing alongside the tracks, some carrying luggage. The images showed sunny skies, and it appeared the accident occurred along a straight section of tracks.

Amtrak said that because of the derailment, the Sunday westbound Empire Builder will terminate in Minneapolis, and the Sunday eastbound Empire Builder train will originate in Minneapolis.

Other recent Amtrak derailments include:

— April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train going more than 100 mph in Chester, Pennsylvania. The lead engine of the train derailed.

— March 14, 2016: An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, sending five cars off the tracks and injuring at least 32 people. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed delivery truck hit the track and shifted it at least a foot before the derailment.

— Oct. 5, 2015: A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed when it hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge. The locomotive and a passenger car spilled down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.

— May 12, 2015: Amtrak Train 188 was traveling at twice the 50 mph speed limit as it entered a sharp curve in Philadelphia and derailed. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train’s seven passenger cars jumped the tracks. Several cars overturned and ripped apart.

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Hamada reported from Phoenix. Associated Press Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this report.

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Howie Carr: Abolish the FBI? You heard it here first

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I saw a headline this week in The Wall Street Journal that made my day: “Abolish the FBI.”

The reason I was so pleased was because above my column in this newspaper on Jan. 24, 2018, was this headline: “Scandal-ridden FBI must be abolished.”

Is there an echo in here?

All I can say is, what took everybody else so long to realize how rotten to the core the Famous But Incompetent G-men have become, and actually have been for more than half a century now?

As the Journal noted, the FBI’s last sustained good “run of publicity … came more than 50 years ago thanks to Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and his weekly show on ABC, “The FBI,” which went off the air in 1974.

Even by dismal modern FBI standards, though, the news just keeps getting worse and worse.

Last week, one of Hillary Clinton’s lawyers was indicted by Russian collusion hoax Special Counsel John Durham. The Democrat operative was charged with lying to a James Comey briefer about one of the largely forgotten lies in the Russian hoax — Alfa Bank’s “secret servers,” which of course didn’t exist except in the fevered imaginations of far-left Democrats and their stenographers in the media.

Durham has been taking his own sweet time bringing these corrupt Deep State bad actors to justice, but better late than never. He knows a lot about how deep the corruption runs. He first brought down Whitey’s FBI hitman, Zip Connolly.

This latest indictment came only days before the five-year statute of limitations ran out.

Five years! It took that long to bring a single one of these bent Democrats before the bar of justice. But then, in this case, as in so many others involving the FBI, the cops are the actual criminals.

The joke in this latest bust is that obviously the FBI knew that Hillary’s lawyer was lying when he told the agent that he was peddling his ludicrously false stories.

Maybe not, though. They’re not making special agents like Inspector Lew Erskine anymore.

Durham’s indictment happened the same week that a newly declassified court rulings showed that the FBI had 100% lied during its illegal investigation into Trump aide Carter Page.

In the FBI’s botched frame-up of Page, one FBI lawyer has already been convicted of obstructing justice, although his punishment scarcely rose to the level of a slap on the wrist.

And yet … and yet … the alt-left media, which spent more than two years running one fake story after another about Russia-Russia-Russia, yawns. Could it be because they gave themselves Pultizer Prizes for their “deeply sourced” stories about … stuff that never happened, that they swallowed credulously because … Orange Man Bad?

The perfectly coiffed preppie trust-funder now running the FBI is a Deep State lapdog named Christopher Wray. On Capitol Hill he’s known as Alibi Ike, because his only job seems to be providing both excuses and apologies for the feds’ latest scandal.

It’s a full-time job, trying to cover up his agents’ nationwide crime spree, almost all of which end in ignominy and scandal.

This week Wray absorbed his Congressional tongue-lashing from Sen. Rand Paul about the FBI’s use of the secret FISA courts while operating as the Democrat party’s secret police, an American Gestapo.

Wray laughably said the use of the secret Star Chamber-like FISA court “protected Americans.”

Surely he meant to say it protected Democrats, especially corrupt Democrats, like the entire top brass of the FBI.

Paul pointed out to the preening Wray that when their fellow Democrats invented the preposterous Russian collusion hoax, “You guys took it hook, line and sinker.”

Of course they did. Because they were on the gag. Just like those Pulitzer Prize winners at the newspapers.

The week before, it was Wray in front of a different Senate committee, apologizing for the agency allowing Dr. Larry Nassar to molest hundreds of young female gymnasts. See, the G-men wanted to get jobs after their retirement. Sound familiar?

Wray said he was “profoundly sorry” and “especially sorry” because the FBI agents’ mishandling of the cases was “inexcusable.” It always is with these hacks, isn’t it?

The week before, it was the “kidnapping” plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that unraveled. The FBI broke that story a couple of weeks before the 2020 election to make it look like the dastardly deed was set up by Trump supporters.

It turns out there were more FBI agents than so-called militia in the “conspiracy.” The FBI picked up the tab for everything. The lead agent, whose social media was filled with vile anti-Trump ravings, was fired two weeks ago.

He’s charged with beating his wife after a wife-swapping party in Kalamazoo went bad. Again, does this all ring a bell? Remember the FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page?

The FBI needs mandatory vaccinations — against Trump Derangement Syndrome.

If you’ve been in Boston for a while, this grotesque combination of corruption and incompetence is nothing new. The framing of four innocent men for a murder they didn’t commit, the Tsaranevs, the Gary Sampson ball-drop, two G-men in prison for organized-crime hits, six agents on the Mob’s payroll …

Now the rot in Boston has gone nationwide. As the satirical Babylon Bee put it in a headline last week: “FBI Admits It’s Really Hard to Solve Crime They Didn’t Make Up Themselves.”

We’ve come a long way from ABC on Sunday nights in the 1960s with Inspector Lew Erskine chasing real bad guys and then driving home in his Ford Mustang convertible as the closing credits roll.

There’s only one solution to corruption and incompetence this pervasive. Abolish the FBI.

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Duxbury hangs on to defeat Scituate

NEEDHAM — There was plenty of rust to knock off Saturday when the Governor’s Academy and St. Sebastian’s football teams took the field with the rest of the Independent School League for the first time since 2019. But what eventually emerged from underneath was a thriller.

The host Arrows won the turnover battle, but Governor’s won the turnover war, recovering a fumbled handoff with under two minutes to play and St. Sebastian’s on the verge of the go-ahead score at the 1-yard line, holding on for the 15-9 win.

“There was a void for two years,” said Governor’s coach Jim O’Leary. “Some of these guys were affected by it, some of them are new to the school, but just being out here playing football again is so nice.”

Senior quarterback Tristan Aboud, a Quebec native, did most of his work on the ground, carrying the load on both GA scoring drives in the second half. He finished with 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

“We were missing one of our offensive lineman and there was a lot of pressure coming so we had to switch up the gameplan,” said Aboud. “It felt good to be back. This was extremely special.”

Trailing 15-9, St. Sebastian’s converted a critical third-and-14 on the Governor’s 34 with 2:04 to play when Braeden Donovan split two defenders with a beautiful throw to Jack Boyle, setting up first-and-goal on the 10.

Andrew Hahn carried to the 1 and nearly got in, but was injured on the play. After a short delay, the Arrows tried an unsuccessful halfback option throw on second down, then couldn’t execute the handoff, with Cooper Haas jumping on the loose ball.

The teams were scoreless at halftime before heating up after the break. Aboud’s 8-yard keeper gave the Governors a 7-3 lead midday through the third but they turned the ball over for the third time in the game on their next possession and Donovan, who threw for 143 of his 164 yards in the second half, finally made them pay with a 59-yard strike to Aidan Maguire to grab the lead back for the Arrows at 9-7.

Kristian Pothel had an answer, however. The freshman wide receiver had a huge return to kick-start a Governor’s drive then finished it on a third-and-goal from the 5, shedding a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on a jet sweep then powering through another at the goal line for the winning score with 5:32 remaining.

“Every game we play against St. Seb’s is a fistfight,” said O’Leary. “It’s been like that for years. It’s the last team that wants to get back up after they have been hit down wins the game.”

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