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Vin Scully's 1988 World Series ring goes missing, found in a bag of ribs from Costco

Vin Scully can find his way into our hearts even during the gloomiest winter afternoons, as he proved again Thursday when he unwittingly starred in his own holiday movie.

The Ribs That Saved Christmas.

"I feel like such a dummy," Scully said with a laugh. "Only Scully could lose a ring while putting meat in a bag."


http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-vin-scully-plaschke-20141219-column.html

Breakfast with who?!?!



Well then...

Richard C. Hottelet, last of original 'Murrow's Boys,' dies

Source: Yahoo

Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97.

CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at his home in Wilton.

Hottelet was a foreign correspondent for the United Press in Berlin at the start of World War II — and even spent several months in a Nazi prison — before joining CBS in London in 1944.

He reported from many battlefronts, and went on to become CBS' correspondent for the United Nations, an assignment he began in 1960. He resigned in 1985 to join the U.S. Mission to the U.N. as its public affairs counselor, leaving that post in 1987 over differences with Ambassador Vernon A. Walters.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/richard-c-hottelet-last-original-murrows-boys-dies-163352908.html

Pope Francis played key role in U.S.-Cuba deal

Pope Francis played a key role in finalizing a deal to open relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 53 years, according to a U.S. official.

While discussions took place in Canada over the last year and a half, a key meeting also happened at the Vatican in the fall. Aside from President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, the pontiff was the only other foreign leader directly involved in the talks, said a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the talks publicly.

Francis' support was particularly important given Cuba's historical and cultural Catholic identity, the official said, and his election as the first-ever pope from Latin America gave him particular credibility.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/17/pope-key-role-in-us-cuba-deal/20533525/

Ohio Legislature goes down to the wire on measure to reform redistricting

Source: Aurora Advocate

Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature have hammered out an agreement to reform the way the state draws its legislative districts following negotiations that stretched overnight Dec. 11.

The Ohio Senate OK’d the proposed constitutional amendment on a vote of 28-1 just after 4 a.m. Dec. 12, and the Ohio House is expected to do the same on its final voting session of the year on Dec. 17.

The final resolution requires bipartisan agreement on new district lines or implements an “impasse” provision restarting the process, initially after four years.

“This is the most significant bipartisan activity that I’ve been involved in my time here in the House in the general assembly,” said Rep. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), a primary co-sponsor of the resolution. He added later of the plan, “It will provide more bipartisanship in decision-making, more openness, more transparency and a better product for the people of this state.”

Read more: http://www.auroraadvocate.com/latest%20headlines/2014/12/12/ohio-legislature-goes-down-to-the-wire-on-measure-to-reform-redistricting



I'm surprised Republicans agreed to this.

I have to ask: What's the catch?

Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels

Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year.

The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call.

Negotiators in Lima are currently trying to advance the outline text of an agreement at UN-led talks.


http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30408022

Cross-posted in the Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity group.

Bishops call for end to fossil fuels

Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year.

The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call.

Negotiators in Lima are currently trying to advance the outline text of an agreement at UN-led talks.


http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30408022

Florida man calls himself God, steals mushrooms, threatens to fight guy, urinates on floor

Port St. Lucie police encountered “God,” whose real name is Martin Najera, on Nov. 21 at an apartment in the 1800 block of Southeast Walton Lakes Drive, according to an arrest affidavit.

A man identified as the victim said Najera, 24, took some mushrooms and wanted to fight him.

“He said Martin also urinated on the floor and was tearing up the apartment,” an affidavit states.

An officer tried to speak with Najera, but said Najera spit in his face.


http://offthebeat.blogs.tcpalm.com/2014/12/04/1004/

The Onion: Michigan fans thankful program not relevant enough to be humiliated on national stage

Following yesterday’s firing of head coach Brady Hoke, fans of the University of Michigan football team confirmed Wednesday that they are simply thankful the program is no longer relevant enough to be completely humiliated on a national stage. “It’s actually a relief to know that our years of total mediocrity basically preclude us from being crushed in front of millions of people during some sort of big-time game,” said 26-year-old Joseph Reilly, one of thousands of Michigan fans who admitted to taking some comfort in the program’s insignificance, as it virtually ensures they will not have to be thoroughly embarrassed during an ABC or ESPN primetime broadcast in the near future. “At this point, we’re so far removed from the national picture that we’re almost immune to being on the receiving end of a huge blowout during a major bowl game. Honestly, I’m just glad we’re so much of an afterthought that we’re at least free to disgrace ourselves in relative obscurity.” Reached for comment, members of the Michigan athletic department told reporters they are equally thankful the program’s fall from prominence has drastically lessened the pressure to get the next coaching hire right.


http://www.theonion.com/articles/michigan-fans-thankful-program-no-longer-relevant,37579/

The Onion: Pope Rummaging Through Vatican Basement For Plastic Nativity Scene Figures



Hoping to have all his holiday decorations up by the weekend, His Holiness Pope Francis has spent the past two hours rummaging through the basement of the papal apartments in search of the Vatican’s plastic nativity scene figures, sources confirmed Friday.

After climbing over dusty cases of sacramental wine and bins filled with mothballed vestments, the pope reportedly found the set’s plywood manger in a corner of the room near the sump pump, though sources noted he has yet to locate all the blow-molded polyethylene representations of the Holy Family and their Christmas visitors.

“Oh, come on, where’s the third wise man?” the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics said as he pushed aside several priceless Raphael and Fra Angelico paintings to peer into a cardboard box, aided by the dim light of a bare bulb hanging overhead. “I could’ve sworn I put him away with everybody else. There’s a ton of donkeys and sheep in here, but a lot of good that does me with only two wise men. Jeez.”

“I don’t have time for this,” he added. “I’ve still got an epistle that needs to be finished.”


http://www.theonion.com/articles/pope-rummaging-through-vatican-basement-for-plasti,37608/

Gotta love The Onion!

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