Ex-49er Alex Smith’s recovery from ghastly leg injury celebrated in emotional Instagram post


Remember when life was simple for Alexander Douglas Smith? All he had to worry about was the notoriety of being taken with the first pick in the 2005 NFL draft by a 49ers team in the midst of eight consecutive losing seasons. And being paired with novice head coach Mike Nolan whose expertise lay on the defensive side of the ball. And then being passed off to Mike Singletary, another head coaching novice whose expertise consisted of knocking quarterbacks down, not building them up.

There was the conga line of offensive coordinators. There were the unflattering comparisons between Smith, the first pick of the 2005 craft and Aaron Rodgers, the last pick in that first round, who was spreading his wings in Green Bay. And just when everything was starting to click for Smith, coach Jim Harbaugh benched him for Colin Kaepernick — during a Super Bowl run.

There was the move to Kansas City. Then the move to Washington. It seemed that Smith was always too early or too late. Then came Nov. 18, 2018 when Smith suffered a sickening injury to his right leg in a game against Houston. And — just guessing here — gained more of a universal understanding of happiness, pain, success, patience and what is important and what is small stuff.

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24 of the wildest office holiday party stories we’ve ever heard

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Holiday party season is upon us.
Business Insider asked readers to share their wildest work party stories.
There’s a good way to avoid, say, chipping your coworker’s tooth, as one of our readers did: Don’t drink too much.
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No matter how many times we warn you against letting loose at the company holiday party, some people just don’t listen.

But it’s important to remember that you’re still on company time, and how you behave matters.

As a lesson to us all, we asked readers and combed the web for wild stories of office holiday parties past. Here are some of the most cringeworthy:

Some answers have been edited for clarity.

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“Our new janitor has no idea why everyone is treating him so nicely.”

“There was this quiet, old janitor that worked our office building who was scheduled to retire on Christmas, so our Christmas party kind of included his farewell; we gave gifts to each other, put up a Christmas tree, people brought cakes and pastries, Christmas stuff.

“Then here comes the old janitor and he leaves a fairly big bag of presents under the tree; we’re all kind of surprised because no one seemed to interact with him that much, but nonetheless we thank him and wish him the best and stuff, then he leaves and presumably sets off to the Midwest. The next day, we open the presents, including his.

“Turns out, the retiring janitor gave everyone in the office a little bottle of sulfuric acid. Everybody got one, even me, I still have it. We don’t know where he got them or how much …read more

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The world’s first electric racing aircraft was unveiled in Dubai, ahead of a clean energy air race to promote greener flight

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A UK company unveiled the world’s first electric race aircraft, ahead of a landmark all-electric plane race next year.
UK-based Condor Aviation displayed White Lightning, which can race at around 300 miles per hour, at the 2019 Dubai Airshow.
Condor Aviation hopes to create a more powerful version of the plane for next year’s Air Race E, an all-electric version of the existing plane race Air Race One.
Condor Aviation, Air Race E, and Airbus, which is backing the race, all say they want to foster new technology for electric planes to be used more widely.
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The world’s first electric race aircraft was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow this week, ahead of an all-electric plane race that aims to push the aerospace industry in a greener direction.

UK-based Condor Aviation displayed White Lightning, an electric race plane that it spent months refining for Air Race E, an electric flight contest planned for next year.

Teams around the world, including Uber Technologies in the US, are working on technology to create planes for the race.

Airbus, one of the founding partners of the event, says it hopes the race will spark a new drive for electric flight technology.

Jeff Zaltman, the CEO of Air Race E, said in a statement that “the racing series will provide a test bed for innovation and accelerate the journey towards electric commercial travel.”

“We’ve now shown it is possible and are on track to again create history when planes like the one on display at the Dubai Airshow take to the skies for the race next year.”

The race is actually an electrified version of its existing race, Air Race One, which attracts thousands to see planes roar around a circuit every year. Zaltman told the BBC that he plans to continue the traditional …read more

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Police: Man drove girlfriend across US, killed her and impersonated her on social media

By Amir Vera | CNN

A Pennsylvania man admitted to taking his girlfriend from Pennsylvania to Nevada under the guise of a vacation and then killing her, according to an Allegheny County criminal complaint filed Friday. Police say he then impersonated her through text and social media for roughly two months.

John Chapman, 39, faces charges of kidnapping, obstructing administration of law and criminal use of a communication facility in Pennsylvania, according to the complaint.

Whether Chapman will be charged with murder is up to Nevada, as Pennsylvania lacks jurisdiction, said Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Timothy O’Connor.

Chapman is being held at Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania and was denied bail. A preliminary hearing is set for November 21.

CNN has not been able to identify an attorney for Chapman and calls to his family were unanswered Monday.

Chapman told his girlfriend the trip was a vacation

Chapman told police the incident began in September, according to the complaint. He convinced his girlfriend Jamie Feden, 33, to drive with him from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas under the guise of a vacation and the potential to move there together, the complaint said. They arrived in Vegas around September 23.

Chapman told police the incident began in September, according to the complaint. He convinced his girlfriend Jamie Feden, 33, to drive with him from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas under the guise of a vacation and the potential to move there together, the complaint said. They arrived in Vegas around September 23. (Bethel Park Police)

Feden has VATER syndrome, according to police. This refers to several birth defects that often occur in conjunction with one another and impact the vertebrae and other parts of the body, according to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. The criminal complaint says the condition limited Feden’s mental capacity.

On September 25, Chapman convinced Feden to drive …read more

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