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.
As many reporters get ready to end a two week trip that took us to both the Democratic and Republican conventions, I wanted to give you a look behind the scenes, to give you a feel for what it is like to not only be at a major party gathering, but also what you don’t really see on TV each night.
In both Cleveland and Philadelphia, the venues were a stadium used for an NBA team (and NHL here in Philly) – so it’s a big facility in a big city – both sides dressing it up to their own tastes.
My press seat each time has been way up high – in Cleveland, they built a temporary work area for radio reporters – here in Philadelphia, we’re up in the press box area.
Here’s a look down my row last night – you can see all the microphones, and all the different stations and networks doing broadcasts from the event. It was the same at the GOP – very little room to do anything but your job.
As for how much room we have – imagine a regular size laptop. Now add about 3 inches on each side, and that’s basically your work area.
My view has been off to the same side of the podium in each city. This is from Cleveland:
This is in Philadelphia:
Outside is where the real work space is located for reporters; here in Cleveland there are temporary tents that were erected, and they serve as the holding area for many reporters, whether newspaper, online, TV or radio.
The main media tents are located just across the “street” from the arena; so it’s not a big hike.
Look closely in the middle there, and you see the skyline of downtown Philadelphia.
Let’s say you are a TV crew in from some other city, sometimes the host city even sets up a little backdrop for you to use to do an interview – like this one here in Cleveland.
The sign even says, “Film your stand-ups here, an invite to TV reporters to stop by and use the space.
These are the tents that you might have heard about the other day, when a giant thunderstorm hit Philadelphia, as water leaked in and the tents themselves swayed in the wind.
As for the TV networks, they are in bigger tents and trailers outside the arena – CNN has a big stage set up a few blocks from there, where they broadcast live.
It’s been very hot outside this week in Philadelphia, and I’m sure even warmer in front of those TV lights. That’s something this radio boy is happy that he does not have to deal with.
Just across from there is the “CNN Grill,” which serves as sort of a de facto bar and hangout place for reporters during the evening – mainly because there really isn’t anywhere else to go.
This was where Megyn Kelly of Fox News was seen on Wednesday night, prompting a lot of people to wonder if she was looking for a new job, with a new network.
In Cleveland, the CNN Grill was just on the edge of the secured zone – one day the fire trucks all zoomed down the street to its location, because a small fire had started on the roof.
If you don’t want to go to the CNN Grill, you can head over to the food truck area and get yourself at $7 beer. Cheeseburgers at $10. A Gatorade is $6. A bottle of water is $4.50.
So, on this last night of the Democratic National Convention, I’ll be way up in the rafters watching it all – this is my 15th major party convention (my first was in 1988).
In a lot of ways the conventions are different, but for the most part, they are all the same. You rush into town and deal with security hassles and a place you maybe have never been before. Just when you figure out what door to go in, and how to get to your work space, it’s time to leave town.
Thanks to everyone for checking on my blog during these last two weeks. It should be an interesting run to November.