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July 26th Mega Millions Draw LIVE – Draw Numbers Featuring 3rd Biggest Jackpot Ever – Check Your Tickets Now

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If you win the Mega Millions jackpot, your identity will become public knowledge in most jurisdictions and you will almost certainly be asked to attend a press conference, according to Mega-Millions.com.

They are not required to comment at the press conference, and some previous winners have even changed their appearance to hide their identities.

Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina are the six states that allow athletes to remain nameless.

Some people wish to remain anonymous, citing concerns about their privacy and the safety of their families.

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Elvis Andrus Reportedly Joining Chicago White Sox To Add Depth To Team At Shortstop – The Denver Post

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Injuries to stars Tim Anderson and Leury García have tested the Chicago White Sox’s depth at shortstop.

The team reportedly signed Elvis Andrus to help out.

Andrus cleared the waivers and is expected to join the Sox on Friday in Cleveland, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday.

Asked ahead of Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros about a possible outside addition for the job, Sox manager Tony La Russa said, “Our guys (in the front office) are working. Maybe there will be an addition to the list, who knows? Otherwise, we can win with these guys.

Andrus, 33, has cut .237/.301/.373 with 24 doubles, eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 106 games this season with the Oakland Athletics. The A’s released the veteran on Wednesday.

He has a career .270/.326/.369 with 87 home runs and 703 RBIs in 1,904 games with the Texas Rangers (2009-20) and A’s (2021-22). He was an American League All-Star in 2010 and 2012.

Anderson went on the disabled list Aug. 9 with a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand and is expected to miss about six weeks. He was injured while checking his swing Aug. 6 against the Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. García, the best option to replace, competed in the 10-day IL on Wednesday with a lower back sprain.

Romy Gonzalez, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, and Lenyn Sosa are the shortstops currently on the Sox roster.

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Dolphins camp: Defense wins in two-minute drill; plus stock up, stock down

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Dolphins Camp: Defense Wins In Two-Minute Drill; Plus Stock Up, Stock Down

The Miami Dolphins defense continues to get the best of the offense in two-minute drill scenarios.

The first-, second- and third-team units all had interceptions of Dolphins quarterbacks when the offense had successive opportunities to drive the length of the field needing a touchdown with limited time on the clock.

First, Tua Tagovailoa was picked off again by second-year safety Jevon Holland for Holland’s fourth interception of Tagovailoa in three days. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw to the end zone on one final play with the clock expiring, into the hands of safety Clayton Fejedelem. Third-string signal-caller Skylar Thompson had a pass go off fellow rookie Erik Ezukanma’s hands, and linebacker Calvin Munson came up with it.

Tagovailoa and Bridgewater dinked and dunked early in their drives, having to eventually force passes downfield pressed on time. Tagovailoa threw into traffic over the middle while getting pressured by defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Bridgewater had a long completion to undrafted rookie Braylon Sanders for about 45 yards against Verone McKinley on his penultimate play, but he still had to throw into a congested end zone on the final heave. The Munson interception was early in the drive, on the offense’s side of the field.

“Got to do your job. That’s what it comes down to,” said Holland about the defense’s key in late-game scenarios. “It’s a high-intensity situation where you got to do your job and then you got to let the plays come to you. Because if you try to force it, then you’re going to miss your opportunity.”

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel has said earlier in training camp that Tagovailoa and Holland have a healthy competition going leading their respective units. Holland has gotten the best of Tagovailoa this week, and Holland spoke after practice about how they communicate to get each other better.

“I usually ask him about plays that I messed up on for,” Holland said. “I’m not really looking for him to explain what I did right or what he saw on that specific play. I’m more looking for things that bother me when I go to sleep at night and how I can correct them.”

Holland added the quarterbacks do check in with him when he gets practice interceptions, and he wants to one day break down film with them to get the altering perspectives.

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To start team portions of practice, Tagovailoa ripped an impressive deep ball to Trent Sherfield for a touchdown over Holland and cornerback Xavien Howard. Sherfield also caught a deep corner from Bridgewater early in team drills. …

Tagovailoa also made fine early throws to Tyreek Hill off a play action and roll to the right and lobbing one to an open Cedrick Wilson Jr. with room to run down the right side. He had another 35-to-40-yard gain to Hill deep against Nik Needham that Hill slowed down to catch with a step on Needham. Late in 11-on-11 action, Tagovailoa found tight end Durham Smythe in the perfect spot between one high and one low defender in a zone. …

Myles Gaskin scored a short rushing touchdown on a Teddy Bridgewater-led situational drive. A Bridgewater pass to River Cracraft set the Dolphins up inside the 10-yard line. An official called holding on the play, but coaches declined the penalty to allow the play to stand. …

Salvon Ahmed had a decent run to the right side of the line early in drills and was also active on short dump-off passes. …

Wilson got open deep for Tagovailoa, and Tagovailoa delivered on target on a pass where he may have been hit if there was live contact on the quarterback, but the ball went through Wilson’s hands. …

Preston Williams caught a pass from Bridgewater for a sizable gain. He also had Elijah Hamilton cover him for a pass breakup. …

Emmanuel Ogbah, in addition to having the pressure that forced the Holland interception, also registered a separate practice sack on Tagovailoa. …

Undrafted defensive end and South Florida local Owen Carney was seen coming around the edge for a would-be sack. …

The team did early portions of practice in the indoor facility before heading out for team drills.

Stock up

As obvious as it is with his stock already high, Holland continues to consistently create turnovers in practice. For an outside-the-box selection, kicker Jason Sanders made all his field goals while the team was inside on Thursday. He’s coming off a 4-for-4 performance on field goals in the exhibition opener at Tampa.

Stock down

Rookie wide receiver and fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma had the ball intercepted by Munson go off his hands initially while getting hit by a defensive back. He had a quiet week after building up considerable hype through a week-plus stretch of consecutive strong practices.

Injury report

Left tackle Terron Armstead missed practice Thursday after he also did not participate in team drills on Wednesday. He was coming off strong workloads in his recovery from offseason knee surgery both in Tuesday drills and the final joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle stretched with the team to start Thursday’s session but did not participate in drills as the Dolphins are taking it day to day in what McDaniel deemed a “preventative” measure for a minor injury.

Guard Solomon Kindley missed Thursday practice. Safety Eric Rowe, tackle Greg Little, outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett and fullback John Lovett also remained out.

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Police direct traffic past an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8. (Terry Renna/AP)

CNN, joined by the Washington Post, NBC News and Scripps, asked a court last week to unseal documents related to the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence – including documents not covered by the Department of Justice’s own offer to unseal a selection of collateral materials.

Specifically, CNN and the other outlets are asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to unseal the entire court filing, including all probable cause affidavits filed in support of the warrant. search. These explain why investigators believe there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and that evidence of this crime existed in recent days at the site where the search was sought.

The request was filed after the Justice Department submitted its own request in Federal Court to unseal certain warrant documents. In remarks announcing the request, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is seeking the release of the “search warrant and property receipt” from the FBI search.

In the unsealing filing filed by CNN and other media with the court, they stressed “the historical significance of these events.”

“Before the events of this week, not since the Nixon administration exercised the power of the federal government to seize the records of a former president so publicly,” the media said in the filing.

The filing says “the overwhelming public interest in these particular documents outweighs any alleged interest in keeping them secret.”

“Media responders are certainly not seeking these recordings for improper purposes,” the media said. “On the contrary, public access to these documents will promote public understanding of this historically significant and unprecedented execution of a search warrant at the residence of a former president.”

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Inmate found dead in his cell at Stillwater prison; drugs also discovered

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Castle Rogers Ahlbeck, 24, Of Brooklyn Park. Ahlbeck Is Charged With Is Charged With First-Degree Assault Of An Officer, Second-Degree Assault, Possession Of Afirearm By An Ineligible Person, And Fleeing Police In A Motor Vehicle. Booking Mug From Nov. 18, 2016. (Photo Courtesy Anoka County Sheriffs Office)

State prison officials said Thursday a man was found dead in his cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, along with methamphetamine and fentanyl — and an investigation continues into how he got the drugs.

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Prison staff found Castle Rogers Ahlbeck, 30, unresponsive in the prison in Bayport around 11 a.m. Monday. They attempted to revive Ahlbeck, as did paramedics, who pronounced him dead.

Staff discovered substances and paraphernalia consistent with drug use in Ahlbeck’s cell and preliminary tests came back positive for both methamphetamine and fentanyl, Department of Corrections spokesman Nicholas Kimball said.

The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office will work to determine Ahlbeck’s cause and manner of death through an autopsy and toxicology.

“While we await the medical examiner’s findings, the Department of Corrections Office of Special Investigations, in collaboration with local law enforcement, is actively investigating how the drugs were introduced to the facility,” Kimball said.

Investigators are working “several leads” related to the source of the controlled substances, he added.

SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT, ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION

Ahlbeck was serving a sentence in connection with a November 2016 incident during which he shot and wounded a man following a drug deal at an East Bethel convenience store and then crashed into a police squad car during a 16-minute chase through Anoka County that reached speeds of up to 120 mph.

After crashing his vehicle into a squad car on westbound U.S. 10, authorities said, Ahlbeck ran away and was shot by Coon Rapids police officer Brian Platz, who had issued several orders to stop and at one point said he saw Ahlbeck holding a black object in his hand, authorities said.

Platz, who believed the object was a gun, shot Ahlbeck in his buttocks area after he turned toward the officer, who thought Ahlbeck was going to shoot, authorities said. When Ahlbeck was ordered to show his hands, the officer discovered that the black object he had seen was a cellphone.

The Ramsey County attorney’s office concluded in August 2017 that Platz was justified in the shooting.

Ahlbeck pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person; three other charges were dismissed. In June 2018, he was sentenced to just over 13 years in prison.

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MAYVILLE, NY — A judge on Thursday refused to grant bail to the man accused of trying to kill Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a talk in western New York.

Hadi Matar, 24, appeared in a western New York courtroom after a grand jury indicted him for rushing the Chautauqua institution scene and repeatedly stabbing Rushdie in front of a crowd horrified.

Dressed in a black and white prison uniform, Matar remained silent during the hearing as his lawyer tried unsuccessfully to persuade the judge that he should be released pending trial. Public defender Nathaniel Barone said Matar had no criminal record and would not flee the country if released.

Barone also asked the judge to do something to stop reporters from trying to contact Matar at the Chautauqua County Jail. The lawyer said the prison had received “several hundred phone calls” from people trying to reach Matar.

Part of this media awareness led Matar to give a brief interview to the New York Post, in which he spoke of disliking Rushdie and praising Iran’s late supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Khomeini issued an edict in 1989 demanding Rushdie’s death for his novel “The Satanic Verses”, which some Muslims consider blasphemous. A semi-official Iranian foundation posted a bounty of more than $3 million.

Matar’s attorney complained that the media coverage could potentially lead to a biased jury.

“He is entitled to a fair trial. He is entitled to due process no matter what he is charged with,” Barone said.

Judge David Foley denied the request, but ordered the lawyers involved in the case not to grant interviews.

“Do not speak to the press until we resolve this issue,” Judge said.

Rushdie, 75, is being treated at a Pennsylvania hospital for serious injuries. His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said Rushdie had a damaged liver and severed nerves in one arm and could lose an eye.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt called the attack “pre-planned.”

The author had just taken the stage at the normally quiet lakeside retreat for a discussion about the protection of exiled writers and freedom of expression when Matar jumped on stage.

Henry Reese, 73, co-founder of Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, was on stage with Rushdie and suffered a gash to his forehead, bruises and other minor injuries.

Matar, who lived in Fairview, New Jersey, with his mother, is charged with attempted murder and assault. He could face decades in prison if convicted. He pleaded not guilty.

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With faith (and help from Australia), Lake Elmo teen pens all-youth musical

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Evangelyn Hill, 17, Smiles As She Poses Outside.

When the vindictive Pied Piper lured away the unsuspecting children of Hamelin with his enchanted flute, one disabled child who couldn’t keep up was left behind to recount the magical, miserable tale to his bitter and unforgiving village.

“That sack must be heavy,” sings young Lukas to the villagers in the town square, two years after his survival made him a pariah to every mournful parent, including his own. “Do your arms and back get sore? We all have weights to carry. My sister’s shadow weighs much more.”

Eschewing comedic cuteness in favor of poignancy, 17-year-old Evangelyn Hill of Lake Elmo spent most of her summer break scripting, producing and directing “The Piper’s Mountain,” an all-youth dramatic musical hosted this weekend, Friday through Sunday, by the Stillwater Evangelical Free Church on Manning Avenue.

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Evangelyn had to wrangle a cast of 17 child actors ages 5 to 15, almost all of them home-schooled like herself and recruited from home school co-ops. Still, she wasn’t exactly in it alone.

She cast her 15-year-old sister Ariana Hill as the villainous Pied Piper, and her 12-year-old brother Alexander Hill as Lukas, the heroic outcast who ventures to the magic mountain to find his peers. Her youngest brother Elias Hill, 8, plays a smaller supporting role in the mischievous Theo, “which is kind of perfect for Elias,” Evangelyn said.

Her father helped with stage sound and the business end of ticket sales, but otherwise her parents were largely hands off, said Evangelyn, a rising high school junior who is taking post-secondary enrollment college courses through the University of Northwestern, a faith-based university in Roseville.

The script began taking shape on paper over one-and-a-half years ago, and then hit an impasse.

“That’s when I realized I’m not a songwriter,” quipped Evangelyn, who turned to the Young Writer’s Workshop, an online writing circle for young Christians. Help came from Down Under. She soon held virtual brainstorming sessions with new friend Debbie Coll, a faith-based songwriter and composer just a few years her elder and wrapping up college studies in Melbourne, Australia.

The two clicked, and Coll’s songs now weave through every scene in the production, which with intermission runs to two-and-a-half hours. Rehearsals, which began in June, were four hours long, twice per week, and offered both organizational lessons and a learning opportunity in “how to direct kids and at the same time not be too bossy, and let them have fun,” Evangelyn said.

A dress rehearsal on Tuesday night had all the predictable bumps of an amateur production, but there was no shortage of pathos for those who listened intently to the lyrics. “I’m somewhat selfless, almost fearless, halfway heroic, I guess,” sings the Job-like Lukas, sounding unconvinced after finding a young fan who believes he’ll rally like Moses and lead the enchanted youth to freedom.

“That’s definitely my favorite song,” said Evangelyn, who aimed for subtlety over overt religious references. “It’s not an explicitly Christian theme, though it’s written from a Christian perspective. There is a happy ending.”


IF YOU GO

WHAT: “The Piper’s Mountain,” a youth-led dramatic musical.

WHERE: Stillwater Evangelical Free Church, 7671 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m, Saturday, Aug. 20 at both 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.

HOW: Tickets are $13-$15 and free for kids under age 5. They’re available online through linktr.ee/pipersmountain.

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/thepipersmountainmusical

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