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Gerrit Cole’s new schedule could keep him out of All-Star game

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Gerrit Cole’s New Schedule Could Keep Him Out Of All-Star Game

BOSTON — Gerrit Cole will have a chance to make two starts before the All-Star Break, which may make his break less interesting. The Yankees are shuffling their rotation slightly after Monday’s off day. Their ace is now scheduled to make Tuesday night’s start against the Reds, pushing Luis Severino back to Wednesday night.

That means Cole is lined up to pitch Sunday against the Red Sox, the final game of a three-game set against Boston in the Bronx before the break begins. That also means Cole is likely to be unavailable to pitch in the All-Star Game July 19 at Dodger Stadium.

“We’ll see,” Cole said. “It seems to be playing out that way.

It will be Cole’s fifth All-Star Game invite and while he was “super excited,” for the three first-times — Nestor Cortes, Clay Holmes and Jose Trevino — he still gets excited when he hears his name has been picked too.

“You never take any name of the game for granted no matter how many times you’ve been,” Cole said. “Whether is the fans voting you in and being super appreciative for that or from the pitcher’s side your peers (voting you in). Every time it’s really cool that people can from afar recognize the hard work a player when we vote each other in. So it just kind of means it’s very special and it’s a little bit different than the position players … I’m just so excited to represent the organization.”

The shuffle not only gets Cole into that series with the Red Sox, it serves to limit Severino’s workload heading into the second half. He has been excellent this season. Severino is 5-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 84 innings over 15 starts. He’s struck out 94 and has a WHIP of 1.024.

“He looks like he did in 2018,” one scout who watched Severino over the last week said. “He’s throwing the ball really well. He looks great, it doesn’t look like he missed time. He doesn’t look tired or coming up against it.”But he is coming up against a red flag.

The only alarming number on Severino’s stat line right now is the 84 innings pitched. Because of a torn lat muscle in 2019 and then a torn ulnar collateral ligament requiring Tommy John surgery, the right-hander had pitched just 27.2 innings over the last three years since 2018.

The Yankees haven’t publicly named an innings limit, saying in spring training it was “fluid,” based on his Severino was feeling. Still, there have been conversations about keeping him somewhere between where Corey Kluber (who had missed almost two years with a broken arm and shoulder injury) and Jameson Taillon (coming off his second Tommy John surgery that cost him nearly two years) finished up in 2021. That would be around 120-30 innings.

The Yankees also have workload concerns about All-Star lefty Nestor Cortes, who has never pitched more than 93 innings in the big leagues in a season.

So the Yankees will do more of the rotation reshuffling as the season goes on. They feel they are well prepared for the crunch and the traditional mid-summer slog of pitchers because of their depth. They have Clarke Schmidt stretching out in Triple-A and JP Sears has been excellent in his spot starts this season.

They also have Domingo German coming off the injured list sometime soon. The right-hander spent the first half of the season rehabbing from right shoulder “impingement syndrome,” but coming off his last rehab start, Aaron Boone said that he could be activated before the break.

While German seems headed for the bullpen, a spot he said Sunday he is comfortable working out of, he was a reliable starter back in 2019 before he got suspended under the joint MLB/MLBPA domestic violence policy. He went 18-4 that season with a 4.03 ERA in 22 appearances, including 18 starts.

German could be key to managing Severino and Cortes’ innings. Before he was suspended in 2019, the Yankees were moving him to the bullpen where he was going to “piggyback,” with CC Sabathia to keep the veteran lefty’s workload under control. Severino would be lined up to pitch on Wednesday, which means he could come in and be the bulk man after Severino exits.




Peleton will raise prices and cut jobs

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Peleton Will Raise Prices And Cut Jobs

Peleton raises prices

Peleton, a poster child for the Covid period, was forced to cut prices upon reopening, but is now raising them by $800 to $3495 (is that correct). At the same time, they are cutting 800 jobs, outsourcing deliveries and closing stores.

I’m one of those who don’t understand – at least after Covid.

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“Obama’s documents were processed correctly”

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“Obama’s Documents Were Processed Correctly”

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As it becomes increasingly clear that Donald Trump may have violated the Espionage Act by storing ‘top secret’ government documents in his private residence, the former president has turned to a familiar excuse : Obama did it too.

“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, most of which are classified. How many of them were nuclear? The word is, a lot! Asset job on his social media platform on Friday.

But soon after, Fox News’ top political anchor Bret Baier went to great lengths to inform viewers that Trump’s whataboutism is without merit.

“There is a process,” Baier explained, noting that President Obama “followed these processes to get these documents to Chicago.” Although “there was a lot of grumbling that they weren’t posted as promised,” he said, “the way they were handled was done by that process.”

“President Obama’s documents were handled properly,” Baier added. “And the question is, is there a paper trail and a process for these documents if that’s what Trump’s lawyers and the former president are arguing.”

Specifically, Trump claims he personally “declassified” all of the documents in question, citing the story of Michael Scott. declaration of bankruptcy on Office— but as Baier also noted on Fox Friday afternoon, it’s not that simple.

“Now it’s a great power that the president has, a broad power to declassify, but there are also regulations that have to, a process has to take place,” he explained. “It’s not like you’re waving a magic wand and saying all these boxes are declassified.”

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Literary calendar for the week of Aug. 14

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Undated Black And White Courtesy Photo Of Pulitzer Prize-Winner Diane Seuss. Seuss And Pulitzer Finalist Mai Der Vang Will Present A Virtual Program Aug. 16, 2022, In Friends Of The Hennepin County Library'S Talk Of The Stacks Series, Presented By Mineapolis-Based Graywolf Press, The Poets' Publisher.


Diane Seuss

Graywolf Press honors their authors Diane Seuss, winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for “frank: sonnets,” and Mai Der Vang, Pulitzer finalist for her collection “Yellow Rain”, in a free virtual event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, presented by Friends of the Hennepin County Library’s Talk of the Stacks. They will discuss their work with Jeff Shotts, executive editor at the Minneapolis-based literary press.

Seuss’ collection transforms the sonnet form into autobiography, telling the story of Suess’ working-class childhood in rural Michigan, the dangerous allures of New York City and back again. Her topics range from thought and time to poetry and punk, AIDS and addiction, Christ and motherhood. She is a teacher and writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Mai Der Vang’s “Yellow Rain” is about how Hmong refugees, abandoned by the U.S. at the end of the war in Vietnam, recounted stories of a mysterious substance that fell from American planes during the people’s escape from Laos, causing illness and death. She teaches creative writing at California State University-Fresno.

Mai Der Vang
Mai Der Vang 

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JEFFREY D. NELSON discusses “What Should I Do? A Family Physician Discusses Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Difficult Decisions” with Lori Sturdevant. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. In-store. Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

JOHN RICHARD SAYLOR presents “Lakes: Their Birth, Life, and Death” in conversation with Jeff Forester. Virtual event. Presented by Magers & Quinn with thanks to Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates. Viewing information:

POETRY NIGHT: With Jeanne Lutz and Athena Kildegaard. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. In-store. Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

SARA WOSTER discusses “Painting Can Save Your Life” with Amy Thielen. In-store. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.


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Gwen Westerman  (Photo by Melanie Zacek)

Minnesota State Poet Laureate Gwen Westerman is one of 22 poet laureates named fellows by the Academy of American Poets, which will give each laureate $50,000. The fellows were chosen on the basis of positive contributions to their communities in these roles and beyond. The money is to be used by the recipients for public poetry programs in the year ahead as presented to the academy by their proposals.

Westerman, the first indigenous Minnesota poet laureate, is the author of “Follow the Blackbirds” (Michigan State University Press, 2013), a poetry collection written in Dakota and English. She teaches American and Native Nations literature, technical communication and humanities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In collaboration with the Minnesota Center for the Book, Westerman will use her Fellowship money for Poets in the Park, a program to  engage underserved Minnesota youth in grades five through eight with art and nature through three summer workshops at regional state parks, where students will write poetry about their relationships to the land. She will work with poet Michael Torres and graduate students in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University to bring these young people to inspiring landscapes and encourage them to write poems in English and their home languages on the beauty of the state parks.

In addition to the three workshops, there will be a statewide call for students to write a poem about their favorite state park that will be part of a digital anthology that includes the poems from the summer workshops. The anthology will be published through a free, online resource: MN Writes MN Reads. Poetry in the Parks will be promoted widely through both statewide and local networks.


Kathleen Glasgow reports that her novel “Girl in Pieces” has been on the New York Times young adult paperback bestseller list since last October. Her story about a 17-year-old girl who ends up homeless includes a realistic look at a teen who either suffers from or comes in contact with the trauma of self-abuse (cutting), addiction and suicide. Its universal appeal is obvious since it’s been published in 24 countries.

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Ultra-conservatives in Iran, Pakistan and Syria celebrate attack on Rushdie

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Ultra-Conservatives In Iran, Pakistan And Syria Celebrate Attack On Rushdie

Eghtesad Salem, a conservative news site, published a column saying the attack sent a clear message to US officials. He said they would be hunted for the assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassim Suleimani, who died in a US airstrike in January 2020.

The front page of the Iranian newspaper Vatan-e-Emrooz, which read — Knife in the neck of Salman Rushdie: renegade author attacked in western New York. Image Courtesy:

New Delhi: The assailant who attacked British author Salman Rushdie at a literary event at the Chautauqua Institution in New York on Friday has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, by police. He was arrested at the scene and awaiting arraignment.

Matar was born a decade after “The Satanic Verses” was published. The motive for the attack is unclear, State Police Maj. Eugene Staniszewski said.

Iran, Syria and Pakistan celebrate

Meanwhile, as the world continues to try to come to terms with the attack and the message it sends to artists, writers and supporters of creative freedom, Iran’s ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan on Saturday hailed the attacker who attacked British author Salman Rushdie, the target of a 1989 Iranian fatwa calling for his death.

The Bullet Won't Stop Until It Hits Its Target Ultraconservatives In Iran Pakistan Syria Celebrate Attack On Rushdie

The front pages of the August 13 edition of the Iranian newspapers, Vatan-e Emrooz, front, with the headline in Farsi: “Knife in the neck of Salman Rushdie”, and Hamshahri, back, with the headline: “Attack on a Satanic Verses writer,” are pictured in Tehran on Saturday August 13, 2022. AP

Rushdie was on a fan after being stabbed at a literary event in New York state on Friday, more than 30 years after going into hiding following the fatwa of former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini .

“Congratulations to this courageous and duty-conscious man who attacked the apostate and depraved Salman Rushdie in New York,” writes the newspaper, whose leader is appointed by the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Let us kiss the hands of the one who tore the neck of the enemy of God with a knife”, adds the daily.

With the exception of reformist publications whose Etemadthe majority of Iranian media followed a similar line, describing Rushdie as an “apostate”.

Government supporters hailed the stabbings, saying it is Khomeini’s fatwa finally materializing after 33 years. Some said they hoped the author, who was knighted in 2007 in Britain “for services to literature”, died following the brutal attack.

Others warned that those seen as enemies of the Islamic Republic would suffer the same fate as him.

A quote from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s current leader, was reportedly shared online with him saying the fatwa against Rushdie was “fired like a bullet that won’t stop until it reaches his target”.

The Daily mail reports, Iran’s conservative pundit Keyvan Saedy said on Twitter: “This deserves congratulations: God willing, we will soon celebrate Salman Rushdie going to hell.”

Hossein Saremi, a conservative social media activist, added that a “lion” beat Rushdie and that the attacker was part of the “soldiers of Islam without borders”. He wrote: “Revenge may be delayed, but it will inevitably come”.

A senior adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, said he would not shed a tear for the writer ‘who unleashes endless hatred and contempt for Muslims and Islam “.
Several accounts affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, which Matar was reportedly sympathetic to, openly bragged about the attack.

news from syria posted a message saying, “The order was executed in a place they never thought of. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t die; it is important that they understand that the battle is not over.

Eghtesad Salem, a conservative news site published a column saying the attack sent a clear message to US officials. He said they would be hunted for the assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassim Suleimani, who died in a US airstrike in January 2020.

Majid Motamedi wrote: “The execution of the order to assassinate Salman Rushdie 33 years after it was issued sends a message to US officials that they must fear revenge from Iran against General ‘Qassim Suleimani, until their death, even if revenge takes 33 years.’

However, Iranian authorities have yet to make any official comment on the stabbing attack on Rushdie.

In Pakistan a Dawn journalist Ali Waqar came out in favor of Matar. He tweeted:

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49ers fans pump up Levi’s Stadium with preseason energy

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49Ers Fans Pump Up Levi'S Stadium With Preseason Energy

SANTA CLARA (KPIX) — San Francisco 49ers fans weren’t disappointed with the energy at Levi’s Stadium for Friday night’s preseason opener.

Many said they were proud to be born as Faithful Niners.

“We were raised two blocks from Candlestick Park, for 25 years. We used to sell our garage and parking spaces to all the Candlesticks – all the 49ers fans,” said Saga Vae of San Francisco. “We are here, we share the blessings.”

“We were just here to support the Niners. We’re from the city of San Francisco. We just gotta represent our home team! You gotta show it. We just show them what the Bay Area is,” said Jojo Vae from San Francisco.

The preseason opener was also about eating game day favorites, sporting the red and gold and starting them young.

“Our tradition started last year just after they started letting people back into games and we got hooked on it,” said Shaleek Finley who takes his 6-year-old son Elisha to the games.

Elisha had the chance to do some kid-friendly training drills before the doors opened.

That’s when KPIX cameras caught eager fans running up the stairs to enter Levi’s Stadium.

“The first pre-season game we put out – we just wanted to know what Trey Lance looked like. So far we’ve been looking great,” Pittsburg boss Tagaloa said.

“We rode an hour and a half just to be here today and we are delighted to sit closer to the peloton today,” said Araceli Ramirez of Manteca.

Even Green Bay Packers fans like Modesto’s Janny Guzman brought their little ones to make memories.

When asked what it was like to be in the minority, Guzman replied, “We keep walking. Smiling.”


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White House condemns ‘reprehensible’ attack on Salman Rushdie: ‘This act of violence is appalling’

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Salman Rushdie Was Stabbed Multiple Times Before A Speech At The Chautauqua Institution In Chautauqua, New York, On Friday.

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The White House said Friday it found author Salman Rushdie’s stabbing “reprehensible” and Biden administration officials are praying for his recovery.

Rushdie was stabbed multiple times before a speech at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, on Friday. The assailant allegedly rushed to the scene and stabbed him in the neck. Rushdie undergoes surgery at a local hospital.

“Today the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack on writer Salman Rushdie,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement. “This act of violence is appalling. All of us in the Biden-Harris administration pray for his speedy recovery.”


Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times before a speech at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, on Friday.
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“We are grateful to the good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for their quick and efficient work, which continues,” he continued.

A state trooper assigned to the event at Chautauqua Institution took the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, into custody immediately after the attack, state police said. New York. The event moderator also suffered a minor head injury.

Andrew Wylie, an agent for Rushdie, told The New York Times that the writer was on a ventilator and unable to speak.


The Assailant Allegedly Rushed To The Scene And Stabbed Rushdie In The Neck.

The assailant allegedly rushed to the scene and stabbed Rushdie in the neck.
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“The news is not good,” Wylie said. “Salman is likely to lose an eye; the nerves in his arm have been severed; and his liver has been stabbed and damaged.”

Rushdie lived under threat of a fatwa on his life after Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned his book, “The Satanic Verses,” as blasphemy in 1989 and called for the author’s death. The book was also banned in Iran. A fatwa is a decree from an Islamic religious leader.

Iran has offered over $3 million to anyone who kills Rushdie.

Rushdie Lived Under The Threat Of A Fatwa On His Life After Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Condemned His Book,

Rushdie lived under threat of a fatwa on his life after Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned his book, “The Satanic Verses,” as blasphemy in 1989 and called for the author’s death.
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The Iranian government has since backed away from Khomeini’s decree, but Rushdie has always faced opposition. A semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised a bounty for Rushdie in 2012 of $2.8 million to $3.3 million.

Fox News’ Adam Sabes and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.


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