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‘I wish this day never came’: An emotional Willson Contreras tries to soak in his likely last games at Wrigley Field with the Chicago Cubs

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‘I Wish This Day Never Came’: An Emotional Willson Contreras Tries To Soak In His Likely Last Games At Wrigley Field With The Chicago Cubs

Tears started to fill Willson Contreras’ red-rimmed eyes.

For months the Chicago Cubs All-Star catcher had kept thoughts about his future at bay. Free agency, the trade deadline, all the uncertainties after 13 years with the only big-league organization he has known — those were things to worry about later.

He had maintained since spring training that he was focused on the present and taking things day-by-day, refusing to let his contract situation affect his performance or become a distraction in the clubhouse. Nothing seemed to faze Contreras until Monday night.

Loud cheers and a chant of “Willson!” down the left-field line greeted Contreras as he stepped into the batter’s box for his final at-bat in the eighth inning of the Cubs’ 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His night ended securing the strikeout for reliever Scott Effross’ first save. For a moment, as Contreras congratulated Effross near the mound and they went through the post-win handshake line, it felt like a typical win. “Go Cubs Go” blared for 37,342 fans celebrating the Cubs’ season-high fifth-straight victory.

But with a day game Tuesday before the team embarks on a seven-game trip that takes them through the Aug. 2 trade deadline, Monday night likely represented Contreras’ final start behind the plate at Wrigley Field as a Cub.

“It’s been a tough couple days for me,” Contreras said afterward. “I’m trying to appreciate everything Wrigley Field is, thinking about all the memories that I have here since 2016. … This is probably my last homestand with the fans this year. It’s tough for me.

“I knew it would get to me at some point. I wish this day never came. But it’s a business. I know that. I respect that.”

Contreras paused as he started to choke up.

“And I love my team,” he continued. “I love my teammates most and I don’t want to get too attached because you never know what’s going to happen next week or even this week in San Francisco. It’s been a tough, tough couple of days for me.”

Hours earlier, outfielder Ian Happ addressed his own unknowns and future with the organization, perhaps soon joining the notable roster departures within the last three years.

“It’s crazy to think you could wake up one day and not be here,” Happ said. “It’s part of the game. It’s part of what we sign up to do.”

The way Contreras let his emotions show through his play is part of what makes him great. Manager David Ross has witnessed Contreras’ evolution from his debut in 2016 through the bigger role he seized this year.

“He’s a special player. He’s a special man, and he’s done special things here,” Ross said. “And to watch him continue to get better, not just as a player but also as a teammate and as a leader, those qualities have come out.”

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo memorably did not play in the Cubs’ final home game before the trade deadline last year. Rizzo was dealt by the time the team left for the airport that day. Bryant had his helmet on and was preparing to pinch hit when the game ended, one final loss at Wrigley.

Ross was amused Monday at the idea of a conspiracy to keep the duo out of the lineup a day before the deadline, instead noting it was “super organic” because one asked for the day off while the other had an off day.

Contreras’ anticipated final chapter at Wrigley with the Cubs should feature him in the lineup Tuesday as the designated hitter. Expect another emotional day for one of the franchise’s most decorated catchers.




Every officer resigns from the police in the city of Florida. It happened elsewhere too

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Every Officer Resigns From The Police In The City Of Florida. It Happened Elsewhere Too

A small-town police force goes dark after every officer leaves, the Florida city has announced.

The six Melbourne Village police officers tendered their resignations on August 15, with most of them taking effect on August 19, according to a city press release. The reason for the resignations was not disclosed. .

Now Melbourne Village – with a population of 822 – will have to decide whether to rebuild the police department or extend a contract with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, which will step in to deal with policing in light of the resignations , officials said. .

Regardless of the ultimate direction the City chooses…rest assured that City residents and businesses will continue to receive comprehensive law enforcement and police protection services at all times,” the statement read.

“There will be no interruption in coverage as the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will immediately provide professional law enforcement and police protective services within the city’s municipal limits,” said the city said in the statement. “In fact, for several years BCSO has fully covered many shifts.”

The city of Melbourne Village, located about 70 miles southeast of Orlando, is not the first to see its police department wiped out by widespread resignations.

In July, the majority of the Kenly, North Carolina City Police Department resigned following a dispute with newly hired City Manager Justine Jones, citing that the department was “understaffed and stressed out,” reported the News Observer. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office stepped in to serve the community after most officers left.

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During the same month in Colorado, the chief of the Springfield Police Department resigned, along with all officers, citing work opportunities elsewhere and “personal reasons”, KKTV reported.

And less than a year ago, a Missouri police department collapsed after police chief Kimberling and his officers resigned without “immediate authorization,” The Hill reported in September 2021. The mayor de Kimberling called the resignations “unexpected” and said the short notice was “disappointing”.

According to the Police Executive Research Forum, resignations increased by 18% in police forces between 2020 and 2021. Police forces also found themselves hiring fewer people on average than the previous year.

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Rs 55-lakh prize money, jobs for govindas, holidays in Spain: Maharashtra’s Dahi Handi policy

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Rs 55-Lakh Prize Money, Jobs For Govindas, Holidays In Spain: Maharashtra'S Dahi Handi Policy

Both factions of the Shiv Sena attempt to outdo each other by holding large-scale Dahi Handi celebrations. Raj Thackeray’s MNS upped the ante by offering a total prize of Rs 55 lakh and a trip to Spain. BJP organizes programs in Sena strongholds of Mumbai

Dahi Handi celebrations have become the latest flashpoint between two Shiv Sena factions in Maharashtra. AFP

Dahi Handi is now a sport in Maharashtra and even politicians are playing a game of one-upmanship. The festival is part of the Janmashtami celebrations which see ‘govindas’ move through towns and compete to break handis (earthen pots) filled with curds and win big prizes.

After two years of subdued festivities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra government lifted all restrictions this year. Now, the festival has become another flashpoint between the two factions of the Shiv Sena. Even Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has upped the ante and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the latest entrant in the state’s ‘Dahi Handi’ politics.

Dahi Handi events, mainly sponsored by political parties, have increased the prize money this year. It starts at around one lakh and goes up to 55 lakh. But there is more.

Shinde promises jobs and insurance to govindas

The biggest trump card was of course played by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, who decided to give Dahi Handi an “adventure sport” status. This will allow young govindas, who form human pyramids to break their hands, to apply for government jobs under the sports quota.

That’s not all. The government will also provide insurance coverage of Rs 10 lakh to participants. Apart from this, if a govinda loses his life, insurance of Rs 10 lakh will be provided to the family. The government will award Rs 7 lakh to a seriously injured participant and Rs 5 lakh will be awarded in case of fracture.

The handis are often placed high up and there is a risk of injury when the govindas climb the pyramids formed by their teammates.

Sena vs Sena, the Dahi Handi Edition

The latest clash between the two factions of the Shiv Sena, one led by Uddhav Thackeray and the other by Shinde, concerns Dahi Handi.

Both sides put up billboards and banners across Mumbai, neighboring Thane and other towns with pictures of Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and party strongman and Shinde mentor Anand Dighe.

Shinde’s son and MP for Kalyan, Shrikant Shinde, said their event portrays respect for the deceased leaders, Thackeray and Dighe. On the other hand, Thackeray faction MP Rajan Vichare said their event reflected loyalty, unity, culture and voice of Hindutva, according to a report on NDTV.

In Thane, where Shinde grew up and has a lot of influence, the two factions held mega events about a mile apart. The Maharashtra CM led faction organized Dahi Handi in Tembhi Naka and that of Vichare in Jambhali Naka.

The Tembhi Naka Dahi Handi was first started by Anand Dighe, a tradition taken up by Shinde and now his son Shrikant.

Aaditya Thackeray will visit the Dahi Handis organized by his party in Mumbai and CM Shinde will also visit those who have been supported by his camp.

Rs 55Lakh Price Jobs For Govindas Spain Holiday Maharashtras Dahi Handi Policy

The BJP has organized 370 Dahi Handi programs across Mumbai as it eyes the upcoming BMC elections. AFP

Prize money keeps growing

Thousands of rupees are offered as prize money for Dahi Handi. For the winning teams of the Mumbai and Thane events, the Shinde camp has announced Rs 2.51 lakh.

Vichare said there would be two handis in Thane, one named after Bal Thackeray and the other after Anand Dighe. The top prize will be Rs 11 lakh for each of them.

Another MLA from Thane Pratap Sarnaik’s Shiv Sena upped the game, offering Rs 21 lakh to the team who break the handi in an event hosted by him.

It gets even bigger. The MNS does not look sideways. It has announced a total prize amount of Rs 55 lakh this year. Thane and Palghar Party Chairman Avinash Jadhav says the winner will get Rs 11 lakh and the team that ties or beats the world record will get a chance to visit Spain, reports News18.

BJP vs. Shiv Sena

In view of the upcoming Birhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, the BJP has organized 370 Dahi Handi programs in Mumbai. It is the first time that he has organized these events which are associated with Maharashtra festivals – mainly the Shiv Sena but also the MNS.

The BJP held a grand celebration at the Jamboree Maidan at Worli in Mumbai, a venue where the Shiv Sena held the event till 2019. Worli is the constituency of Sena MLA and Thackeray scion Aaditya.

The party also organizes similar festivities in the Sena strongholds of Mumbai, Parli, Lalbaug, Dadar and Girgaum. The BJP has also insured 20,000 govindas for a sum of Rs 10 lakh, reports The Indian Express.

The Shiv Sena organized ‘Nishtha Dahi Handi’ in front of their headquarters, the Sena Bhavan at Dadar in Mumbai.

The Shiv Sen has been organizing the festival since the 1960s and 70s. “It has helped the Sena project itself as a party that values ​​local culture. Such programs are popular in central Mumbai, which is Sena’s ‘gadh’ (stronghold), and this has not allowed the BJP to enter these areas. Now the BJP will do its best to break the tradition. The Sena will do everything in their power to counter this,” said Mumbai-based political analyst Sanjay Patil. The Indian Express.

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NASA’s Mega Moon rocket hits the launch pad before liftoff – Tampa Bay Now

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Nasa'S Mega Moon Rocket Hits The Launch Pad Before Liftoff – Tampa Bay Now

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida CW44 News at 10 | (CNN) — The Artemis I mega lunar rocket has arrived on the launch pad, and this time it’s for liftoff on a trip around the moon.

Engineers and technicians were busy with final checks and tests of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket stack made a few trips to the launch pad in March and June for the wet dress rehearsal, a test that simulated every stage of the launch without liftoff.

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On Tuesday evening, the real event began.

The Artemis team is targeting its first two-hour launch window from 8:33 a.m. ET to 10:33 a.m. ET on Monday, August 29. There are backup launch windows on September 2 and September 5.

The massive 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) pile embarked on a slow 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) journey aboard one of NASA’s giant exploration robots from the Apollo era, from the assembly building to the launch pad – just as the shuttle missions and the Apollo Saturn V rockets have already done.

The 6.6 million pound (3 million kilogram) robot carried the massive rocket stack and its mobile launcher at a top speed of 1 mile per hour (1.6 kilometers per hour). The stack of rockets arrived on the launch pad at 7:30 a.m. ET Wednesday morning after a nearly 10-hour journey.

The iconic robot is one of two that have operated for more than 50 years at Kennedy Space Center. The massive carriers first entered service in 1965 and can each carry 18 million pounds (8.2 million kilograms), the weight of more than 20 fully loaded 777 jets, according to NASA. The tracks are so wide that a pro baseball field could sit on each one.

Now that the rocket stack has arrived, engineers and technicians will prepare the rocket systems for launch.

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The uncrewed Artemis that I will launch for a mission that will go beyond the moon and back to Earth. Once launched, the spacecraft will reach a deep retrograde orbit around the moon, traveling 1.3 million miles (2.1 million kilometers) in 42 days. Artemis I will dive in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego on October 10. Orion’s return will be faster and hotter than any spacecraft has ever experienced on its way back to Earth.

The Orion spacecraft will travel further than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown, reaching 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) beyond the far side of the moon, according to NASA.

There are no humans on board, but Orion will carry 120 pounds (54.4 kilograms) of memorabilia, including toys, Apollo 11 artifacts and three mannequins.

Sitting in Orion’s commander’s seat will be Commander Moonikin Campos, an adapted dummy who can collect data on what future human crews might experience while traveling on the moon. The model will wear the new Orion Crew Survival System suit designed for astronauts during launch and re-entry. The suit has two radiation sensors.

Two “ghosts” named Helga and Zohar will ride in other Orion seats. These mannequin torsos are made of materials that mimic a woman’s soft tissues, organs and bones. Both torsos have more than 5,600 sensors and 34 radiation detectors to measure the amount of radiation exposure during spaceflight.

This mission will launch NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the Moon and land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025 – and eventually make way for exploration human from Mars.

Artemis I will also perform a number of science experiments, some of which will be set up once the rocket and spacecraft arrive at the launch pad.

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Georgian man suspected of raping women while posing as a priest: police

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Georgian Man Suspected Of Raping Women While Posing As A Priest: Police

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Georgia police are desperate for an accused rapist who claims to be a youth pastor before he sexually assaults women.

Marco Aries Johnson, 46, is suspected of rape by the Dunwoody Police Department. Police have not revealed how many victims Johnson allegedly abused, but are seeking counsel to discern more information about him.

Investigators say Johnson is targeting women near bus stops. After approaching them and striking up a conversation, the suspect allegedly told them that he was a “priest of the EFY religion and a spiritual reader”.


Dunwoody, Georgia police are asking for the public’s help in locating Marco Johnson.
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In the Church of Latter-day Saints, EFY means especially for young people and is the name of a week-long seminar for Mormon youth.


“Johnson then takes the women to an apartment in Dunwoody, beats them and sexually assaults them,” the police department said. It has also been seen in the Georgian towns of Chamblee and Doraville.

Officers say Johnson is 5-foot-7 and weighs about 170 pounds. He also has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen with a beard.


Johnson also allegedly drove a black Toyota Camry with Georgian license plate CCQ3983, police say.

Police Say The Suspect Was Often Seen In Dekalb County, Which Is North Central Georgia.

Police say the suspect was often seen in DeKalb County, which is north central Georgia.
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Dunwoody Police are actively investigating this matter. Anyone who may have information about the suspect is asked to call Detective Ehlbeck at 678-382-6925 or email him at [email protected]


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Eurozone current account balance in June €4.2 billion vs. -€4.5 billion previously

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The non-seasonally adjusted figure also shows a return to the surplus of 3.2 billion euros, against -15.4 billion euros previously. This is a welcome development after rising energy and commodity prices drove the current account into deficit over the previous two months.

That said, the negative terms of trade shock is not over yet. Details from Germany this month showed it was running a current account deficit with China, its first since 2012. So it’s not just the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war whose Europe should beware, but also a slowdown in China.


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VOA Interview: US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

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Voa Interview: Us Secretary Of Energy Jennifer Granholm

Iuliia Yarmolenko of VOA’s Ukraine Service speaks with US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to discuss how the war in Ukraine has affected European energy security. Camera: Kostyantyn Golubchuk.

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