The roundabout, risky way John Tavares could get nine years

The John Tavares sweepstakes are in full-swing, with reporters standing outside the CAA offices documenting the arrivals of team executives and hoping for a post-meeting thought when they depart.

Good luck with that.

#SJSharks contingent has arrived in LA for Tavares meeting – Pete DeBoer, Doug Wilson, Doug Wilson Jr. and Joe Will (photo by @westcoasthky)

— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) June 26, 2018

Although Tavares is meeting with five teams, and expected to talk with others over the phone, the prevailing opinion is that he’ll re-sign with the Islanders. Lou Lamoriello and Co., don’t have a ton of leverage over the likes of Toronto, Tampa Bay or San Jose — teams already built to win now — but they do have a leg up on the competition in one regard.

The Islanders are the only team that can offer Tavares an eight-year contract — everyone else is capped out at seven. There have been some wondering whether or not Tavares could be attracted to sign a one-year max-cap deal of $15.9 million, but that on its own comes with security and injury risks that the player may not want.

“There’s so much danger in hockey, everybody gets injured more or less,” Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston said Monday on the FAN 590’s Good Show. “There’s so few players that don’t have things happen via concussions, they get hit in the face with a puck. There are all kind of fluky ways you could see your career end, so it’s hard to give up the security of a seven- or eight-year offer from a team even if you think you might make more down the road.

“I think the one-year deal is too much risk for where he’s at in his career and the kind of money that’s on the …read more



Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus now have support for FM radio

FM radio has somehow thrived in the age of streaming services, and it will now be easier for some Samsung phone owners to access. Unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are getting support for FM radio reception in their latest update. Now, you can listen to FM radio on the devices as long as you have wired headphones plugged in, as spotted by a Reddit user yesterday.

Samsung teamed up with broadcaster-backed app NextRadio back in January to bring FM radio support to its phones in the US and Canada, but the software support didn’t reach unlocked S9 and S9 Plus devices. As part of the new update, unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices are also getting security patches, which have taken longer to arrive compared to locked…

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Pitts: Charles Rhines is going to be executed — probably because he’s gay

By Leonard Pitts Jr.
Miami Herald

So it looks like Charles Rhines is going to be executed — and it’s probably because he’s gay.

Well, not only that. There’s also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in Rapid City, South Dakota, by an employee named Donnivan Schaeffer, stabbed the 22-year-old in the abdomen and back. Then, as Schaeffer pleaded for his life, Rhines thrust the blade into the base of his skull.

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Point being that this guy is no hero or martyr. He is undeserving of pity.

That said, the circumstances of his case — more specifically, his sentencing — ought to concern anyone who believes in equal justice under the law. It seems that, in deciding what sentence to impose — death or life without parole — jurors worried that, as a gay man, Rhines might enjoy prison. They thought condemning him to that all-male environment would be like the old folk tale about Br’er Rabbit tricking Br’er Fox into throwing him into the briar patch where he wanted to be all along.

So they gave him death.

Evidence of the effect of Rhines’ sexuality on the panel’s reasoning abounds. Jurors sent the judge a note asking if he would be housed in general population, if he might “brag” to “young men” about his crime, if he might ever marry or have conjugal visits, if he would have a cellmate. As if that weren’t enough, several jurors later issued sworn declarations affirming how homophobia warped their deliberations.

One juror was quoted as saying that putting a gay man in prison would be “sending him where he wants to go.” Another quoted …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


Lawmakers move to limit gay conversion therapy in California

By Sophia Bollag | Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — Selling or advertising gay conversion therapy may soon be classified as a fraudulent business practice in California under a bill passed Thursday by the state Assembly.

Conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation, has been shown to be ineffective, said Assemblyman Evan Low, who wrote the bill that now heads to the state Senate.

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Low, who is gay and leads the Legislature’s LGBT caucus, said the therapy is harmful and those who are defrauded by people advertising or selling the therapy should have legal recourse.

“This is a very personal issue to me,” the Campbell Democrat said. “This notion that we would accept as a legal practice that conversion therapy works is antithetical to my very existence in this body.”

Several lawmakers voiced concerns about whether the bill could inhibit freedom of religion by preventing discussions of sexual orientation change. They asked Low to clarify how the bill would affect religious organizations.

Low says the bill does not impede freedom of speech or religion and applies only to commercial practices and financial transactions. He said people will still be able to preach about changing sexual orientation but cannot advertise or sell conversion therapy.

The bill does not prohibit people from selling books about conversion therapy or from talking about it.

“You can still try to pray the gay away if you’d like, but it hasn’t proved to be effective,” said Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, a Stockton Democrat. “To advertise that you can change someone’s orientation is simply that — fraudulent.”

Assemblyman Matthew Harper said he still believed the bill infringed on religious freedom.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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