By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Wed., Nov. 21, 2018 And as the season turns to American Thanksgiving – the point at which playoff position begins to take focus -- the Leafs find themselves with the elite in the Eastern Conference, but it’s crowded at the top. After Carolina’s 5-2 win over Toronto on Wednesday night, the Leafs have 30 points in 22 games. Ditto the red-hot Buffalo Sabres, winners of seven in a row. One point up are the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s worth noting the three best teams in the Eastern Conference are in the same division. Given the playoff format, only one of them would survive past the second round. Arguing the merits of changing the playoff format is a conversation for later. Promise. We’ve got another 60 games. The other thing worth noting is that the Leafs have compiled this lofty record without the services of William Nylander and, for half the time, Auston Matthews. Those are two pretty … [Read more...] about Takeaways: Leafs wilt vs. Hurricanes but good news on way
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Lifestyle A 525-year-old copy of a letter by Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican was returned on Thursday after joint sleuthing by U.S. Homeland Security agents and Holy See antiquity experts. 14 Jun 2018 10:00PM Bookmark VATICAN CITY: A 525-year-old copy of a letter by Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican was returned on Thursday after joint sleuthing by U.S. Homeland Security agents and Holy See antiquity experts."We are returning it to its rightful owner," said U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich, at a handover ceremony in a frescoed room of the Vatican Library, which houses tens of thousands of rare, historic items.While still at sea returning to Europe in February, 1493 - four months after discovering the New World - Columbus penned a letter to Spain's monarchs describing what he had found and laying the groundwork for his request to fund another voyage.His original letter was written in Spanish. A Latin translation was … [Read more...] about US returns stolen 525-year-old Columbus letter to Vatican
caption Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos source Mike Segar/Reuters Amazon revealed the top contenders that could land its second headquarters in early 2018. Nine of these cities are offering major economic incentives as part of their bids. Three have said they will not give Amazon any tax breaks. Out of all of these metros, Montgomery, Maryland is proposing the largest incentive package valued at $8.5 billion. In January, Amazon named 20 North American cities as the top contenders for the future home of the company’s second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The company says HQ2 will bring 50,000 jobs, and late last year launched an open call for city proposals that explain why the e-commerce giant should invest $5 billion in building a campus there. In addition to offering huge swaths of land, financial incentives have become key parts of bids from many of these metros. A few incentive packages offer … [Read more...] about Cities are throwing hundreds of millions at Amazon to land HQ2 — here’s how they stack up
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., March 30, 2018 The Maple Leafs have clinched. Now it's up to Tampa and Boston to sort each other out. The Leafs record against Boston: 3-1-0 with the Leafs outscoring Boston 12-10. The Leafs record against Tampa: 1-2-1 with the Lightning outscoring Toronto 13-10. You decide. It's a Long Weekend, and this is a Long Mailbag. You might need all three days to get through it. Article Continued Below Here we go. TO THE MAILBAG QUESTION: Hello Kevin, I heard about the job cuts at the Star a little while back, but couldn't see you on it until now. I would just like to offer my deepest apologies about this loss, and wish you all the best in your new role. I really value all the work you do as a member of your community, and will whole-heartedly support any future endeavours you end up deciding to pursue.On a brighter note though, I can't believe it's only be en a few weeks since Borgman's position at the big club slipped … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Will the Leafs play the Bruins or the Lightning
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.