The FBI and NFL security said on Monday that they found a jersey stolen from the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady after his team won the Super Bowl last month in Mexico. >> Read more trending stories Along with the jersey, worn during Brady during Super Bowl LI, authorities also recovered a second jersey worn by Brady during the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl XLIV victory against the Seattle Seahawks, NFL officials said in a statement. “The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” according to the NFL. Houston police Chief Art Acevedo praised his department’s work in finding the jersey, which was traced to Mexico. Diario La Presna, the newspaper of the Mexican Editorial Organization, said on Twitter that the case involved the former director of the newspaper. A statement on the connection was expected Monday. Few details were immediately available in the investigation. The story made headlines across the country after Brady noticed his jersey was missing from the locker room after the historic Super Bowl win. “I put it in my bag and then came out and it wasn’t there anymore,” Brady said at the time. “So it’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know. Try to track that down.” The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
It’s Tuesday. My favorite day of the week. Because tacos. The rumors are true - I love tacos. Crispy tacos. Soft tacos. Beef tacos. Chicken tacos. Even shrimp tacos. They’re all my favorites. But what does Tuesday have to do with tacos? At some point in our US culinary culture, someone put the word “taco” in front of “Tuesday” and created a benchmark dietary staple on a memorable day with a nice alliteration for the title - Taco Tuesday! But, don’t plan on using that for a theme for your new taco business, lest you have a strong legal team. While most people know about Taco Tuesday, they’re considerably less aware of who actually OWNS the ‘Taco Tuesday’ copyright. And that distinction belongs to Wyoming-based restaurant Taco John’s. (app users can see tweet here) (app users can see Facebook post here) We’ve even found what we’re told is the very first ‘Taco Tuesday’ radio commercial from Taco John’s. Behold: (app users can hear the commercial here) Priceonomics has an entire report on the history of ‘Taco Tuesday,’ that starts with this piece of startling information for a restaurant owner who dared use “taco Tuesday” as a promotion: When the owners of the Old Fashioned Tavern and Restaurant received a cease and desist letter demanding they stop holding Taco Tuesdays, they thought it was a joke. For almost a decade, the restaurant had sold $2 tacos on Tuesday night. Other restaurants and bars in the area had similar promotions, and in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, Taco Tuesday specials are as plentiful as yoga classes. But the author of the letter claimed that “Taco Tuesday” was a federally registered trademark that belonged to Taco John’s, a chain of around 400 Mexican-style fast food restaurants. And as Old Fashioned manager Jennifer DeBolt told the local Cap Times, they quickly realized that “the law firm is completely legit.” So, like hundreds of restaurant owners and managers who have received letters from Taco John’s lawyers in the last two decades, they stopped using the term Taco Tuesday.
A lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife is being withdrawn from federal court and filed in state court in South Florida. Attorneys for 61 Pulse victims and family members of those killed filed the lawsuit in state court in Palm Beach County on Monday. The change in venues was made just days after a federal judge said in an order that he doubted federal court was the proper jurisdiction for the case. The lawsuit claims Omar Mateen's employer, security firm G4S, and the wife of Mateen, could have stopped the gunman before the attack last June but didn't. Forty-nine people died in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history, and dozens more were injured.
Orlando and Orange County officials want the first anniversary next June of the Pulse nightclub massacre to be marked with acts of love and kindness. Elected officials on Monday said that June 12 officially would be dedicated as 'Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness.' Officials also announced a series of events planned throughout the day on June 12. An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center, followed by a memorial service at the site of the former gay nightclub. Another memorial ceremony will be held in the evening around downtown Orlando's Lake Eola. Forty-nine people died in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history; dozens more were injured.
It will be another day in court for accused murderer Markeith Loyd on Tuesday. The judge could make a decision about whether Loyd needs not only a full psychological evaluation, but an attorney. Markeith Loyd murder case controversy continues with new court filings Scott doubles down on decision to remove Ayala from Loyd's case Chief Mina 'extremely upset' over decision to not seek death penalty in… The Public Defender’s office has already said it has a conflict and is out, and the Office of Criminal Conflict is up next to bat. That office also said there could be an issue, which means the chief judge may appoint a private attorney as stand-by counsel. “The best course of action is that you appoint a seasoned, stand-by counsel whether or not Markeith Loyd wants it or not,” said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer. But there are only a few who can take over the case. The options for attorneys are all death-penalty certified, and are on a rotation. In Loyd’s case, two attorneys could be appointed, and one will be a seasoned lawyer. Legal analysts say there are a few likely on a shorter list. “In a case like this, the court is going to err, they are going to err on the side of caution,” said Sheaffer. Taxpayers will have to pay for one of the attorneys if it comes to that.
Ending a lengthy summer break, lawmakers in the House and Senate return to work this week on Capitol Hill, starting their session with a politically charged debate and vote on a Republican resolution that would block President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
The issue has energized Republicans, who argue the nuclear deal doesn’t do enough to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and this week it will attract more than just Congressional opposition.
I will be in Washington D.C. on Wednesday,1 P.M.,in front of the Capitol, to protest the horrible and incompetent deal being made with Iran.
Debate will begin Tuesday in the Senate and on Wednesday in the House; right now, a majority of Congress is likely ready to vote to disapprove of the Iran agreement, but it’s not clear if that plan will even get to the President for a veto.
Iranian parliament will vote on Iran deal but Harry Reid seeks to block vote in US Senate?
Democrats have already mustered enough votes in Congress to block any GOP effort to override a Presidential veto of this disapproval resolution – but the White House would really like a few more Democrats to filibuster the plan, stopping the plan on Capitol Hill, before it gets to the President’s desk.
“Supporters and critics of the Iran nuclear agreement have always known that sixty votes would be necessary to advance any resolution in the Senate,” said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.
Democrats in recent weeks have rallied behind President Obama on the Iran deal, not because they’re convinced it is perfect, but because they say it’s the best available move right now.
“Supporting the Iran agreement is the better of two flawed options,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who announced his support of the Iran deal in recent days.
The White House on Sunday finally won over the head of the national Democratic Party, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who had stayed on the fence for weeks on the agreement while other south Florida Democrats came out against the plan.
“This is the most difficult decision I have had to make in the nearly 23 years I have served in elected office, and this vote will be the most consequential,” the Florida Democrat wrote in an op-ed in the Miami Herald newspaper.
24 hours later, the normally press savvy Wasserman Schultz had still not used Twitter to showcase her decision, which seemed certain to anger some of her Jewish constituency in south Florida.
The House is scheduled to vote in relation to the Iran deal by Friday at the latest; a timetable for a Senate vote remains unclear.
More than just the Iran vote
The month of September won’t all be about the Iran nuclear deal – also on the horizon in the Congress are a number of other issues. They include:
+ Partisan battles over funding the federal budget, which runs out September 30
+ Efforts by some Republicans to block money for Planned Parenthood; a House panel holds a first hearing Wednesday on those undercover videos and how the group sells fetal tissue from abortions
+ A visit to Washington and a speech to the Congress by Pope Frances on September 24
+ A possible coup attempt against Speaker John Boehner by more conservative Republicans in the House.
And don’t forget the intersection of the Presidential race with whatever is going on in the Congress; the next GOP debate is September 16.
After a quiet August, it should be a busy September.