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the north face katavi jacket A look at businesses that are closing in the Region

For years, people have wondered how Schererville can sustain so many mattress stores.

Five Mattress Firms are located along a mile stretch of Indianapolis Boulevard at the border of Schererville and Highland, and a sixth is located about a mile and half down the road. The unusual cluster of so many Mattress Firms, which mostly started out as different brands that Houston based Mattress Firm all eventually acquired, has attracted national media attention, including from the National Public Radio show Freakonomics Radio and a Fox affiliate in Kansas City.

Now the public should find out how many of those Mattress Firms in Schererville and Highland were actually making money. The company, which was acquired last year by the South African multinational conglomerate Steinhoff International, announced it would be closing 200 locations across the country.

Company officials said they would close under performing and duplicative stores over the next year and a half, but wouldn’t say where.

“We will not be announcing specific stores at this time, however, optimizing our fleet has always been a part of our strategic roadmap and we continuously evaluate duplicative or under performing stores with this intention,” Mattress Firm Chief Real Estate Officer Randy Carlin said. “Any potential closures over the course of the next 18 months are a result of ongoing, case by case evaluations of stores and lease end dates and are not specific to any geographical market. In addition we continue to open stores in under penetrated and new markets so that we may best serve the local community and our employees.”

The Market at the former Strongbow Inn site at 2405 Morthland Drive in Valparaiso closed the restaurant portion and has been re conceptualized as a special events space. 30 and Ind. 49 where generations of Region residents ate Strongbow’s famed turkey dinners would better serve as a banquet hall hosting events including wedding receptions, corporate office parties and trade shows. It also will stage pop up events such as an upcoming one night only return of the Valley Kitchen Bar that was a dining destination in downtown Valpo.

Owners Cory and Blair Muro decided to pull the plug on the chef driven contemporary Southern restaurant that replaced the Strongbow Inn in 2016.

“It was hard to manage the restaurant,” said owner Cory Muro. “You couldn’t see the bar from the hostess stand. You couldn’t see the kitchen from the bar. It was laid out so wide it was hard to feed people. Tour buses would pull up on a Monday when we weren’t ready because we were staffed for a Monday. The size of it makes it well suited to events, but challenging to do a restaurant. We gave it a shot.”

The 250 seat restaurant served high end versions of down home favorites including chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, smoked brisket with Miller High Life barbecue sauce, bone marrow braised greens, and the Ol’ Dirty Biscuit, a biscuit and gravy dish named after the legendary Wu Tang Clan rapper.

Some of the food, such as the fried chicken, brisket, pulled pork and pimento cheese, will remain on the catering menu, which Muro said strives to be more than the usual “steamed veggies, instant mashed potatoes and dry chicken.” The Market also does off site catering for corporate functions, family reunions and other groups between 50 and 200 people.

The new main focus of the business however is now hosting wedding receptions, which are mostly booked a year in advance. The Market has rooms that can accommodate 40 people to 400 people, and can host as many as 600 at the same time.

The Market also plans to host special events, such as the Valley Kitchen pop up, a cabaret, brunches and a beer dinner.

The Market is partnering with a ticket service to sell tickets to these events, which gives it more flexibility to try new culinary concepts.

“We can do something fun and have a dining experience without the grind of a restaurant,” he said. “We’re not tied down to doing the same thing all the time and can create a little bit of excitement.”

A family owned jewelry store that’s been a staple in downtown Valparaiso is closing after more than four decades of helping couples get engaged and celebrate anniversaries.

Engstrom Jewelers at 3 Lincolnway across from the Porter County Courthouse in downtown Valparaiso is shutting down in a few weeks. Owner Greg Engstrom plans to semi retire he has real estate and other business ventures he plans to keep going.

“I’ve been at this a long time, and I own some other businesses and so forth,” he said. “The industry has changed. It’s gone more online. I’m old school and not internet savvy enough to change over. Internet sellers do it much differently.”

The jewelry business also has become dominated by large retail behemoths.

“There’s been a lot of consolidation,” he said. “The strong have grown stronger, and the weak have grown weaker. The chains have huge marketing budgets, which makes it difficult for independents to compete even though I’d say we have better quality than the big box stores.”

Engstrom opened the jewelry store in 1975 after his mother, an art teacher, taught him about jewelry design and repair.

“At this point I’ve sold wedding rings to people, then to their kids and then their grandkids,” he said. “When the third generation comes in that’s when you start feeling old.”

Downtown Valparaiso has since staged a major comeback, and a health food store is waiting in the wings to replaceEngstrom Jewelers when it closes.

“At the time, people went to the shopping centers and the malls,” he said. “It’s changed totally. The downtown is back the way it was 100 years ago where people are shopping on the main floor and living on the upper floors.”

After a liquidation sale started, old customers have been flooding into Engstrom Jewelers with fond reminiscences, both online on Facebook and in person. The shop has been so swamped employees sometimes haven’t been able to grab lunch until late into the afternoon.

It will stay open for a few more weeks as the jewelers work on sizings and remountings.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by all the kind words and the support, all the stories we’ve heard,” Engstrom said. “But things change. We’d like things to stay the same all the time, but there’s an evolution. It can be kind of sad but it’s out with the old and in with the new.”
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the north face quince A local holistic doctor faces charges after posting vicious thre

Fitt has made headlines. Although his other offenses weren’t as daunting, this time officials say he’s crossed the line.

Roby Mitchell has earned his way yet again into the local spotlight after taking to social media when he learned of the death of his beloved friend and reported patient, Jodi Bytheway.

Based on Mitchell’s Facebook page, Bytheway was dear to him. He posted various videos and pictures of her while fighting cervical cancer.

Mitchell practices holistic’s, meaning his medicine treats both the mind and body. When Bytheway needed a procedure, she was cared for by Dr. Robert Kauffman and his staff at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

According to Mitchell’s Facebook she apparently died in their care, resulting in this post.

“Make no mistake that my desire is to put a bullet into the head of Robert Kauffman and all of his flying monkeys that participated in her demise.”

He then goes on to say that he will track these people down until he breathes his last breath.

“Terroristic threat is a statement that implies or states an imminent threat to do something bad, murder assault, or whatever to a another person with the intent of causing fear or a reaction in the person you’re making the statement about,
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” James Farren, Randall County District Attorney, said. “In fact, the law doesn’t even require the other person to actually be in fear, if your intent is to cause that kind of reaction, that alone can be enough to end up with criminal charges.”

After learning of this incident , we reached out to Texas Tech who released this statement.

Farren said he believes there is sufficient evidence to justify terroristic threat charges, so his office will be doing so.

Back in 2004, Mitchell’s medical license was suspended after prescribing medicine to patients without conducting tests on them first. Although his license to practice medicine was revoked,
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he legally has the right to call himself a doctor because he earned the degree.

Because Mitchell threatened more than one person he could face stacked felony charges and serve time in jail. We did reach out to Mitchell who didn’t return any phone calls.

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Mary came with me to the talk I was giving in Bridgeville, and driving through the country was great. We saw lots of birds but no ground wildlife. Kathy, who lives there, saw a moose. I sure didn’t want to see one of those.

Mary came with me to the talk I was giving in Bridgeville, and driving through the country was great. We saw lots of birds but no ground wildlife. Kathy, who lives there, saw a moose. I sure didn’t want to see one of those.

Everyone is starting to get their homes ready for Christmas, while I’m still eating little bags of chips. Where are they getting the spirit so soon? I’m not ready, and there isn’t any snow yet. It takes me awhile to get that feeling sometimes it takes right until the last minute.

People get friendlier, and the feel of giving gets a lot easier it’s easier to put money in a kettle than to put it in any other thing.

Remember the homeless, not just the children who are on the low income, but their families also. Just think how you would feel if you had no gift, no matter how old you were, just think a new pair of gloves and a book could make all the difference in the world to someone. You think, but there are all those groups helping those people. But you can do your share, even if it’s an elderly man or woman up the street, a little extra would put a smile on their face and it really does feel better to give than to receive. Try it, if you haven’t already.

I want to thank Kathy O. for dropping off the knitted knockers at The News office it’s never too late to give. Soft knitted slippers or socks are great to get too, it’s so nice of you to take the time and think of someone else. They appreciated it greatly, they are so comfortable.

Pain wise this week wasn’t so bad well not as bad as last week well OK then, half as bad as last week.

I’m trying hard to get ready for the craft sale in Trenton next week. I better check the date so I’m not the only person there.

Debbie, Elmo isn’t getting better. He is so bad, he will let a person in the yard, but you try to leave, ha, not happening unless you run fast.

Chemo is next week but I may have to change it until the following week because I can’t miss the craft show.

Dad and Janet were over this weekend to help me with the flea market, and they will be over to help me with the craft show. I remember last year it was cold and we had snow the day of the craft show. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather is good this year.

My shoulder is having a lot of pain. I think I will have to go for radiation soon since it’s getting hard to move.

Happy Birthday on the 17th Mandy, love you have a great birthday.

Weight wise 152.2, not too bad, but I have to start eating more. Everything I think of eating, nope, I don’t want it after I see it. I don’t mind one meal a day, but that will do.

Tip of the week: Remember it’s getting dark earlier and for those people who walk on the side of the road or street, wear light clothing, it’s hard to see you when you’re walking in the same direction as we are diving. The other way we can see your face, but even then you’re hard to see.

I sure miss my girls around this time of year. I also missed Emma’s first Halloween. A woman said to her, I know who you are, you’re a princess. My granddaughter said, “NO, I’m Emma.” Woohoo, she has the answer for everything, she is so funny. My other granddaughter, I was the first person to take her out trick or treating. The first house, no way until she saw all the candy she got, then that was it, run nanny.
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the north face cycling A legacy of leniency

After a sex fueled party that led to a scandal, a suicide, and a resignation, the chief’s job is on the line. But the department’s approach to discipline predates him.


One police officer wrote bad rent checks and warned his landlord not to do to make life tough on him. Another officer sent a picture of his genitals to undercover detectives working a sex sting. Two more entered a home without a warrant to arrest a man over a misdemeanor noise complaint.

But none of the officers involved were fired or suspended for their actions in these cases.

Indeed, North Port police officials ignore serious infractions and allow repeat offenders to remain on the force regardless of their conduct, according to a Herald Tribune investigation.

Nowhere is this more evident than in a recent case involving a wild, embarrassing party, an episode that led to two officers being accused of sexual battery. The case led to one officer’s suicide and another’s resignation, and now has the police chief fighting to save his job.

The majority of North Port officers perform their jobs with honor and distinction, but the newspaper’s review of 18 years’ worth of city records shows that many who committed serious offenses were allowed to return to duty without serious repercussions.

To analyze the city’s handling of misconduct, the newspaper examined the department’s internal affairs log, obtained more than a dozen reports and interviewed 15 former employees, current officials and law enforcement experts.

Among the findings:

Officers were allowed to remain on the force even after repeated investigations. Nineteen officers have been investigated three or more times for offenses ranging from unbecoming to burglary. Seven people were investigated five or more times four of whom are still on the force, including Officer Eric Stender. Stender has been investigated eight times for 11 violations of department rules. The allegations were sustained five times. The records do not contain details of the actual violations, other than to say he committed unsafe acts and had questions raised about his competency, courtesy and respect.

Even when there is confirmed misconduct, supervisors are often forgiving. More than a third of all sustained charges resulted in the lightest form of punishment, a written reprimand. Eighteen percent of the internal investigations led to a suspension or firing.

In one case, Officers John McKinney and Todd Choiniere were accused of entering a man’s home by cutting the screen of his lanai without a warrant or the homeowner’s consent to investigate a misdemeanor loud music complaint. The pair were accused of collaborating to omit certain details of their entry in their reports. McKinney received a written reprimand. Choiniere had already been terminated for an unrelated offense: handcuffing his wife and throwing her into their pool during a domestic fight.

The agency’s internal affairs data are in disarray. The cases are kept in a written log, key elements, such as outcomes and discipline, are missing from the records, complicating efforts to quickly determine how often an officer has been investigated or disciplined. It took the Herald Tribune about three hours to turn the written log into an electronic spreadsheet and conduct an analysis of the data.

While other police chiefs also allowed officers to return to duty after serious misconduct, the March party has put Chief Kevin Vespia in the crosshairs of the city manager, the City Commission and the public.

North Port has hired an outside agency to conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of Vespia’s department. City Manager Jonathan Lewis says he will use the results of that inquiry to evaluate the chief.

Vespia would not comment on internal affairs cases that happened before he took office and recognized that the party would bring extra scrutiny. But he defended the agency in an hourlong interview with the Herald Tribune and says recent events are not a reflection of the department.

are people, said Vespia, who has been with the agency since 1999. they make poor decisions. Our policy is pretty clear, but you can’t possibly be in the loop about all of your people. is not the first North Port chief to face criticism for his handling of misconduct, and internal affairs records are rife with questionable disciplinary practices by the city.

During his decade as chief, David Yurchuck fired three people including one who was reinstated by the city manager after he was fired for violating the department’s rules concerning truthfulness and honesty. Another officer, Eric Stender, was investigated four times over four years under Yurchuck’s tenure.

From 2006 to 2010, records show Chief Terry Lewis allowed one officer to resign after he came to work high on prescription pain pills and burglarized an elementary school where he worked as a security officer.

In 2009, another police officer, Sean Butcher, was allowed to resign amid an investigation. He had been accused of shopping, filling multiple prescriptions for the same ailment. His conduct was not reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to the agency’s database. Triplett resigned after he showed other officers a video of a woman exposing her breasts to a police camera.

And Officer Michael Shinsky was suspended for eight hours in 2009 but allowed to use a vacation day in lieu of lost pay after he started a fight outside a Tampa bar and was hospitalized with a broken jaw.

According to state data, none of these officers was reported to the FDLE for further investigation.

The law says that police departments are required to report all serious misconduct character violations to a state board that oversees officers’ certifications.
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the north face summit A Labrador Odyssey

The Letter of Marque, O’Brian’s complex creation Dr. Stephen Maturin philosophises that “More tears have been shed of over prayers that were answered than those that were not.”Doc. Ours prayers for clearing weather were answered this morning, and though we were sorry to leave the great folks at the Hillbilly Ranch Bar and grill in Happy Valley (Hi, Linda. Hi, Velma) we have no complaints about finally making it to the Labrador coast. The clouds and Scottish mist of Goose Bay prevailed most of the way , over Davis Inlet and Nain, until suddenly, with dramatic effect, sunlight bathed the burgeoning Torngat Mountains and lit up the icebergs sailing just off shore. early warning installation here at the mouth of the fjord before landing on the strip.some with very recent young, scampered away, before turning, full of curiosity, to watch us bear scooted up a loose scree as we portaged the outfit a kilometre to the ocean.just out from the wind blasted, ice sanded rocky shore a substantial berg bobbed.this under a clear, sunny sky that brings the earth tones of the Labrador rock to life like acrylic.heady rush that always attends the first wetting of canoes on a trip caught everyone in its grip, and we paddled away towards Torr writing in unaccustomed luxury, seated on a little folding chair I picked up in Summerside which straps neatly to the side of my day pack. Geoffrey started this chair thing on the Winisk two years ago,
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and the one he brought along then was coveted throughout the trip. It IS nice on the back, and I will, given time, get over the thought that I ought to parking my butt on a rock and suffering a, the view is nothing short of stunning. The sun is just a glow above the snow streaked hills to the west, and we are camped on a patchy of springy moss.Woods Coppermine tent, in green and gold, sits nicely beside the North Face VE 25 and Himalayan Hotel,A driftwood fire, nursed by Andrew and eagerly fed by Tom, who loves heat, is producing potatoes, fried onions, thick slices of corned beef (we’ll eat the heavy stuff before that 15 mile portage1) and Mike just brought me a steaming mug of tea.temperature has settled nicely at about 5C. and will no doubt nudge the freezing mark. One of two ambitious mosquitoes are out and about, but not enough to bug anyone.bear brightened our two hour paddle, and that situation will require some vigilance. We have been warned of the bear density here, and early signs are that no one was exaggerating.would be grand if the weather witches stayed out of this area for a few days so that we can make up lost time and get off the ocean with lots of leeway for the portage and Korok River descent.
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the north face nuptse boots A journalist’s walk into the future of energy

Tom Haines? I asked the man wearing a North Face shirt, cap, carrying 40 pounds of supplies in a red backpack with a walking stick from North Dakota. He assured me he was.Haines was walking this Tuesday afternoon another eight miles north toward White Deer . He was headed to a piece of land owned by Mark Urbanczyk where he hoped to bed down next to the reason he was here over spring break in the first place a wind turbine.knew I wanted to keep getting out there, said Haines on his arrival at UNH five years ago, wanted to write about big issues. There a lot of issues, but some of them clearly are energy, environment, climate change, the whole deal. How do we keep this going? And so I wanted to go the source. he has. This project, that began in 2014 and will end in September when his last words are sent to his editor, is a book, To The Sun. It Haines personal odyssey as he explores six different sites in the United States three of them renewable energy, three of them fossil fuels that will greatly impact future energy in this country. in the last 40 years. He has explored the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, believed to be the largest volume of recoverable natural gas in the country. coal deposits reside, and on the coast of Maine and the Maine Tidal Project where energy is converted from ocean tides into electricity.The only things that remain is his 10 day foray this week in Carson County, home to 635 turbines that convert the wind kinetic energy to mechanical power and ultimately to electricity, and a rather hot walk in June at the Mojave Desert Ivanpah Solar Facility, the world largest solar thermal power station.One of the blessings or curses of the journalist is to be naturally curious. When he and wife Julie bought a house five years ago, it had an outdated oil heating system. A new natural gas furnace was installed, and the man who did it told Haines the high efficiency from this little backpack looking device was incredible.we know so little how this works, how the whole industry works, Haines said. idea was to go to the source, and see where our fuel and energy comes from. And how could I do that was interesting and exciting for me? That where the walking has come in. who traveled to 40 countries while with the Globe, branded calves in North Dakota and rode in a pilot boat in Maine at 14 knots while it docked next to a cargo ship. It his way of knowing the people in and around the future of this country energy.what I love about journalism and writing is that it gets you out in the world, he said. kind of this adventure that takes you into people lives. I tell my students, this is kind of the key to the world. Whether it funny or serious, I can talk to people about what matters to them, and that kinda cool. would be walking anyway, but he has no choice after his rental car from Amarillo was run over last weekend by a large TerraGator in Groom. Haines was shaken, but fine. His totaled Hyundai Accent not so much.On his walk Tuesday from Groom to White Deer with his trusty walking stick, Haines saw a flock of sandhill cranes flying above, chatted with a girl riding a horse, was offered a place to stay the night by someone who stopped to talk.He declined the offer, instead camping out under some turbines in what turned out to be 28 degree weather. The roaring hum of the turbines that evening sort of hit him.sun comes up and you back to the natural rhythm of how the earth works, Haines said. at this energy and start connecting the two. This country has a huge appetite for energy, and this is an example in the Texas Panhandle of how we going to engineer ourselves into the future. who arrived here on March 10, will leave on Sunday. One more trip remains in three months to the solar world of the Mojave Desert.
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the north face sandals A Jeep for the streets

Certainly the Wrangler still hews to most of the original elements that made a name for the ex military go anywhere machine. However, most of the world is now paved, or at least outfitted with forest service roads. Not everybody needs a big lift kit and huge knobbly tires, especial not when you have to commute on them.

Enter the Renegade, a cheerful little crossover that’s certainly got the face of a Jeep, but has the underpinnings of an urban runabout. The purists aren’t very pleased about it, but Jeep still stocks Wranglers to please those who want mud on their boots; this machine is meant to keep sales figures in the black and provide a little Jeep flavour that still works if you need to get around in the city.

If you like pugs, you will like the looks of this car. A B segment crossover of the type intended to take on the like of the Nissan Juke, the Renegade makes the most of its small footprint, giving it a squished face and boxy, bunchy appearance.

It’s adorable, especially in a bright colour. The two tone effect imparted by the plastic lower body cladding sets off the front tow hooks, and the iconic round headlights and front grille look eager to please. This is a very happy looking car, making it something of a standout when every other machine on the road looks like it wants to murder you.

Probably the most polarizing element is the X shaped cross in the rear taillights, something I’ve heard many people remark on. They’re a bit odd, but then so is the whole machine: not bad odd, but certainly quirky.

My mid grade tester rode on upgraded (from 17 inch) optional 18 inch alloys, while the base Sport model comes with 16s and the top spec Limited rides on standard 18s. The pick of the litter is probably the runty little Trailhawk, which manages to look tough but cute at the same time.

Inside, the Renegade seems to be a little insecure about the Jeep badge on its nose, and makes up for it by being absolutely festooned with little Easter egg hints to its heritage. There are little Jeep grilles everywhere in here, a giant dash mounted grab handle for the passenger, a topographical map in the cupholder, and “Since 1941” proudly emblazoned on the dashboard.

Taken all together, it’s a little gimmicky, but there’s plenty to like. Because of its boxy outline, the Renegade is plenty roomy front and back, with a trunk space that’s entirely usable. A full 524 litres of cargo capacity is on offer, which isn’t far off larger crossovers like the Honda CRV. With the larger 2.4 litre engine, maximum towing capacity is a little more than 900 kilograms, good enough for a small trailer.

With regards to infotainment, my tester lacked navigation and had quite a small display screen, but was easy to hook up to a smartphone, and the Bluetooth worked well. The optional backup camera was hardly needed given the Renegade’s short length, but it’s there.

One of the most eyebrow raising mechanical bits hidden behind the Renegade’s tough looking sheetmetal has to be its nine speed automatic transmission. and 175 foot pounds of torque. My tester was outfitted with the latter.

For a B segment crossover, these power outputs should be plenty, especially with lots of gears to make sure you’re always in the right ratio. However, the Renegade is a hefty little beast, some hundred kilograms or so heavier than its rivals. Getting up to speed on an on ramp is no big deal, but there’s certainly a sense of weight here. It feels bigger than it actually is.

On the plus side, the extra mass is there because the Renegade has genuine offroad capability. In fact, the approach angles and low range ratio of the Trailhawk version mean this little crossover can go pretty much anywhere a Grand Cherokee can, if not a fully offroad prepped Wrangler. Will owners ever use these abilities? Probably not, but the people who buy North Face jackets don’t intend to overnight on Everest either. Sometimes it’s just nice to know the possibility is there.

And as for on road dynamics, the Renegade is far better behaved than any Wrangler. Fully loaded models do feel fully laden, so if you want a bit of sport from your ride, you might want to stick to a lightly optioned 1.4T model with the six speed manual. The all wheel drive North is probably the volume seller, and while it’s heavier than others in the class, it also drives with space and an airy feel.

While there are plenty of technological add ons for the Renegade, be wary of ticking off the options boxes too much, or this little crossover can get costly. Fitted with just a few items like heated seats and the upgraded stereo, my test vehicle went quickly from $27,495 to the low $30K range. It’s possible to option Limited and Trailhawk versions up to very costly levels.

Having said that, the Renegade offers options you simply can’t get elsewhere, like the removable roof panels. Fuel economy is decent, with official figures rating 8.0 (litres/100 kilometres) on the highway for manualequipped cars, and 11.2 in the city.

Fun and quirky looks; lots of personality; good use of space.

Heavy feeling for the segment; options can get costly The checkered flag A really fun little addition to the Jeep family.

Mini Countryman ($29,950): Another departure from company script, the Countryman burst onto the scene as a new, larger Mini. A bigger Mini? Is anyone else seeing the oxymoron here?

However, like the Renegade, the Countryman does make a lot of sense. It’s got all the quirks and the fun to drive spirit of the original Mini Cooper, just with a greater carry capacity. It can’t do off road what the Renegade does, but it’s livelier on the tarmac.
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the north face cheshire oaks A humorous look forward to 2018 in the world of sports

Jan. 21: In an untimely accident, Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler and Markus Granlund bonk heads during the Canucks pre game soccer warm up in Winnipeg. That leaves the Canucks with 14 healthy players and forces the organization to sign Cliff Ronning, Jyrki Lumme, Darcy Rota, Tony Tanti, Gary Nylund and a guy named Bob who leading his beer league team in Corsi.

Canucks also petition the NHL to play goalies Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson at the same time. Citing the unusual circumstances around the team, the league allows this. The Canucks still drop a 5 2 decision to the Jets. Ronning, however, is named the game third star.

Feb. 4: The New England Patriots down the Minnesota Vikings 34 31 in a controversial Super Bowl marred by questionable referees decisions. The Vikings have a touchdown called back for, running into the end zone. A crucial sack of Tom Brady is overturned for, tackling of a 40 year old.

Feb. 25: The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang comes to end when speedskater Sergei Bupkes, the last clean athlete from Russia, tests positive for EPO, human growth hormone, steroids, beta blockers and cough syrup. Bupkes aroused suspicion during the 10,000 metres when a hypodermic needle fell out of his backside on his way to a first place finish.

From Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin says Bupkes disqualification is further evidence of a global conspiracy against Russia. Donald Trump immediately tweets: know, the man might have a point. Ronning was a surprise late addition to Team Canada after his starring turn as an emergency signing with the Canucks in January. Beer league Bob is named the tournament MVP.

Marc Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes as a shot goes by teammate Luca Sbisa, right, during their game at the T Mobile Arena on Dec. 12, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Feb. 26: The first place Vegas Golden Knights, winners of 10 straight games, stun the hockey world when they hang on to pending free agents James Neal, David Perron, Jonathan Marchessault and Luca Sbisa at the trade deadline.

this wasn part of the plan, but what are you going to do?, says Knights general manager George McPhee.

With the emergence of David Clarkson as an elite forward, the Knights believe they are Stanley Cup contenders. Clarkson, who started the season coaching high school in Toronto, has made a miraculous comeback after sitting out the last year and a half. The Knights took him from Columbus as a salary dump and never expected Clarkson to play this season.

he wasn part of the plan, either, says McPhee.

May 31: The Knights become the first expansion team in NHL history to win the Cup, sweeping all four series. Clarkson narrowly wins the Conn Smythe Trophy over Sbisa, who leads the Knights in ice time during the playoffs. William Karlsson leads the post season in scoring. Goalie Malcolm Subban wins all 16 games for the Knights.

not going to lie to you, says McPhee. lot of things went right for us this season. parade is held in the parking lot at Caesars Palace. Wayne Newton entertains at the after party.

Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden pauses for a moment during a news conference at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on April 29, 2015.

June 4: The Canucks finish the year in 28th place overall. At the draft lottery, NHL vice president Bill Daly initially pulls out a Vancouver card in the 15th slot. When a stunned Trevor Linden protests, a smiling Daly says: know that not possible. I just messing with you. you going there, didn I?, he says to Linden. the Canucks. Did you really think you win this thing. The world continues to turn on its proper axis. Open cut at Shinnecock Hills, but finishes with rounds of 81 and 79. Still, Woods claims low net honours in the over 40 division. Golf scribes immediately hail this as a sign Tiger is back. Lions name Ed Hervey, left, as the club’s new general manager at a news conference in Surrey on Nov. 30, 2017. Wally Buono, head coach and VP of football operations, is at right.

Aug. Lions football department holds an emergency meeting with owner David Braley, head coach and VP of football operations Wally Buono and GM Ed Hervey. The meeting gets off to a rocky start when Braley is confused by Hervey presence. he?, the Lions owner asks. When told he the Lions GM, Braley says: I be.

Sept. Place from the province. The family immediately announces they bringing a rugby team, a WNBA team and roller derby to fill in the available dates at The Dome. It also rumoured they pursuing a tournament bass fishing stop on Lost Lagoon.

The deal came together when their attempts to buy Vancouver Island fell apart.

Oct. 31: The New York Yankees win their first World Series in nine years, blitzing the Los Angeles Dodgers 37 2 in Game 4 to complete a sweep. Giancarlo Stanton hits six home runs for the Bronx Bombers in the deciding game and Aaron Judge adds five more. Mike Trout, who the Yankees picked up at the trade deadline, goes seven for eight with six runs scored and five RBI. Josh Donaldson, another mid season acquisition, contributes four homers of his own behind the pitching of Corey Kluber.
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The following editorial appeared in Thursday’s Washington Post:

One of the darkest shadows over the new year is the danger the Trump administration will stumble into a devastating war with North Korea. The president has repeatedly exchanged threats with the North’s young and unpredictable ruler, Kim Jong Un; after Mr. Kim boasted in a New Year’s Day address he had a “nuclear button” and could strike anywhere in the continental United States, President Donald Trump’s response was as alarming as it was infantile: “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

It is consequently heartening Mr. Kim coupled his latest threats with an offer to open a dialogue with South Korea an opening quickly seized by the South’s president, Moon Jae in. On Wednesday a hotline between the two governments was reopened for the first time in nearly two years, and face to face talks could begin next week. There are plenty of risks in this diplomacy and little chance that it will lead to a permanent solution to the crisis caused by the Kim regime’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons. But it should be welcomed as a chance to reduce tensions and prevent a slide toward war.

Mr. Kim’s overture did not surprise some Korea experts, as it came just weeks before the South is due to host the Winter Olympics. Mr. Kim offered to discuss the participation of a few of the North’s athletes, something Mr. Moon had proposed. The regime’s past practice has been to demand economic or political concessions in exchange for such cooperation, so it won’t be surprising if it does so in this case.

In that sense, the most obvious risk is that Mr. Kim will seek to use the talks to drive a wedge between the dovish Mr. Moon and Mr. Trump. Mr. Moon, clearly aware of that possibility, said Tuesday that any improvement of North South relations must be linked to “resolving North Korea’s nuclear program.”

In truth, it is most unlikely that the Kim regime will agree anytime soon to give up its nuclear weapons or even seriously discuss that possibility. Ultimately, the elimination of the North Korean threat will probably require regime change, which the United States should seek to promote by nonmilitary means. But diplomacy could lower tensions and perhaps eventually advance some important interim measuressuch as a freeze on further nuclear and missile testing by Pyongyang. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said, “We won’t take any of the talks seriously if they don’t do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea.” The best approach is to keep seeking to raise the pressure on the Kim regime through sanctions and other economic pressures, while encouraging short term deals to lower tensions and avoiding pointless provocations. Before his reckless tweet about his “Button,” Mr. Trump struck a more appropriate note: “Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not we will see!”
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