Blue Jays farm report: Conner Greene getting tips from Aaron Sanchez

Aaron Sanchez sees some of his younger self in Conner Greene, which is why he was more than willing to share when the Toronto Blue Jays prospect sought some help with his off-season workouts last winter. The two right-handers share similar body types, repertoires and upside, making their fit together a natural one, a relationship developing to include regular FaceTime calls between a 25-year-old mentor and a 22-year-old apprentice. “I just keep telling him he’s the exact same way I was in double-A, wanting to be in different spots than where I was, being frustrated that you’re not moving quickly – there’s a ton of things he’s going through or… Read More

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Before sharks became movie villains, they were celebrated in myths across the world

Close your eyes and think of sharks. Chances are, you picture Jaws, bloody shark attacks, tacky Shark Week specials, or maybe Sharknado. Sharks have had a rather one-dimensional reputation in the West. But while our modern imagination sees sharks almost exclusively as terrifying creatures, the history and mythology around sharks is markedly more complicated and rich. In many cultures, sharks have been part of the folklore for centuries. “No other animal elicits such fascination and fear as the shark,” writes Dean Crawford in Shark. In this book, Crawford lays out some of the mythos of this powerful predator around the world. Predictably, the cultures with the most shark myths are… Read More

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Is household debt leading us to a new financial crisis?

Credits Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Alt Text House prices Experts warn we could be heading into trouble again, but history may not repeat itself just yet In Depth Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 3:15pm Debt problems seen in the run-up to the financial crisis are “rearing their heads” again,” according to MP Rachel Reeves, the new head of the parliamentary business select committee, reports the BBC. See related Maternity leave discrimination: What you need to know Her warning came a day after the Bank of England’s director for financial stability warned of a “spiral of complacency” pushing household debt to “dangerous” levels, says The Guardian. Reeves and the bank are the… Read More

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Princess Diana’s Brother on His Wrenching Eulogy: ‘I Was Out of Oxygen’ — and on Protecting Her Sons

When Princess Diana‘s brother stood at the pulpit of Westminster Abbey for her funeral on September 6, 1997, he faced a daunting responsibility. Speaking as “the representative of a family in grief, in a country in mourning, before a world in shock,” as Charles, 9th Earl Spencer put it before the gathered mourners and the millions more watching on television, he used the occasion to both pay tribute to his sister as the “very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty” — and to condemn the treatment she’d faced from the tabloid media. Noting the irony of his sister’s namesake as the goddess of hunting — in the… Read More

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This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends

For the past few decades, the unstoppable increase college tuition has been a fact of life, like death and taxes. The sticker price of American college increased nearly 400 percent in the last 30 years, while median household income growth was relatively flat. Student debt soared to more than $1 trillion, the result of loans to cover the difference. Several people—with varying degrees of expertise in higher-ed economics—have predicted that it’s all a bubble, destined to burst. Now after decades of expansion, just about every meaningful statistic—including the number of college students, the growth of tuition costs, and even the total number of colleges—is going down, or at least growing… Read More

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Woman Who Accused Bill Cosby of Sexually Assaulting Her at Playboy Mansion Arrested on Heroin Charges

A woman who accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 2008 was arrested on Sunday after allegedly bringing heroin to a California jail, reports say. Chloe Goins, 27, faces charges of possessing a controlled substance and bringing alcohol or drugs in prison after police allegedly found her outside the George F. Bailey Detention Center in Otay Mesa with a drug believed to be heroin in her car, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. She was booked into the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility on $25,000 bail, according to NBC San Diego. It wasn’t immediately clear if she has entered a plea or retained an attorney. Goins was parked outside… Read More

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Aerial Sports League holds first of its kind drone drag race

As drones grow in popularity, the uses for them flourish. No longer confined to military purposes, they are used in filmmaking, construction and other fields. One of the newer areas for dones is the competitive scene, and competitions between drone pilots is quickly becoming a spectacle. One of the leaders in the industry is the Aerial Sports League, which teamed up with Comcast to hold the California Drone Speed Challenge on July 20. Held in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the contest pitted 16 competitors from California against one another. They had to pilot their drones through what organizers call a “twisted quarter-mile.” The size of the… Read More

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Commentary: Will the Republicans accept Kid Rock?

Kid Rock? Mitt Romney? What type of person does the Republican Party need in the Senate? I admit I’ve never been a big Romney fan, but I thought it would be great if he were in the United States Senate. I was legitimately excited about the prospect of him running in Utah in 2018. A distinguished leader with great experience and expertise, Romney would be a Republican everyone in the GOP could rally around and be proud of. He has the distinguished demeanor, sober judgment and sound wisdom required of a senator. On the other hand, I have always been a huge fan of Kid Rock. But the idea of… Read More

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A stinging problem — how to relocate a wasp nest

DEAR JOAN: We have discovered a very small wasp nest — or hive of a bee or some other pollinator — attached to our house in a place that would ordinarily not bother us. Related Articles My kittens don’t go nuts for catnip. Should I worry? Was landlord correct in killing rampaging raccoon? Skinny fawn hard to ignore, but best left alone Killing Cecil the lion’s son, Xanda, has dire consequences What’s got the robin so agitated? I would simply leave it alone, as we have fruit trees and need pollinators; however, we will be painting the exterior of our house, which will disturb it. Can I try to move… Read More

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