Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel brushes off Tom Brady tampering questions ahead of preseason game against Bucs


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Last week, the Miami Dolphins were fined for tampering, as they attempted to get Tom Brady and Sean Payton down to South Florida.

Fittingly, the Dolphins’ first preseason game is against Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Saturday in Tampa, Florida.

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Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins addresses the media prior to training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins addresses the media prior to training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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However, head coach Mike McDaniel isn’t even thinking about what occurred between the team and the quarterback years ago.

“For me, nothing happened,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

McDaniel was asked if there was any awkwardness, but McDaniel insinuated that there was no such thing in his own locker room.

“Everyone else is the one making it awkward. It doesn’t occupy a single iota of space with anybody. It’s hard enough to be good in this league.”

Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross has been in some heat lately, as former head coach Brian Flores also accused him of offering to pay him $100,000 for every loss the team had in the 2019 season.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins talks to the media prior to the Miami Dolphins mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on June 7, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins talks to the media prior to the Miami Dolphins mandatory minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on June 7, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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While the NFL’s investigation did not find evidence of bribes, the league did find that Ross felt tanking was in the best interest of the team.

But McDaniel is focused simply on today’s football and not even paying attention to the past.

“As the Miami Dolphins, all of our energy is very coordinated and only has to do with us getting better, and everything else would be an opportunity cost that we’re not willing to expend,” he said.

The Dolphins, rather than acquiring Brady, drafted Tua Tagovailoa with the sixth pick in 2020. They stuck with Flores through last season.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins, right, talks with Tua Tagovailoa during training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins, right, talks with Tua Tagovailoa during training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on July 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Saturday will be the first meeting between the two quarterbacks in the NFL, as Tagovailoa was injured when the teams faced each other last season.



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California public university hosts orientation for ‘Black, Latinx, and Native American’ families


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One public university in California is facing criticism for hosting an orientation for “Black, Latinx, and Native American” families.

The University of California, San Diego is hosting “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation” during its “Triton Weeks of Welcome,” which is designed to welcome students to campus, Campus Reform reported.

The “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation,” takes place from Sept. 9-11.

In a letter to the University of California, San Diego, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression is blasting the university for hosting an event that racially segregates participants.

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The University of California, San Diego is hosting "Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation" during its "Triton Weeks of Welcome," which is designed to welcome students to campus.

The University of California, San Diego is hosting “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation” during its “Triton Weeks of Welcome,” which is designed to welcome students to campus.
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“We understand that conversations concerning race and representation have occupied a prominent place in discourse on the campuses of many colleges, which have legitimate interests in fostering productive student discussion around these issues. But racially segregating a college’s educational programming is not a lawful means of facilitating the conversations,” FIRE said in the letter to the university president.

The free speech organization states that the University of California, San Diego cannot lawfully serve the needs of minority students by “barring students of other ethnicities from educational opportunities or experiences based on their race.”

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The University of California, San Diego is hosting "Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation" during its "Triton Weeks of Welcome," which is designed to welcome students to campus.

The University of California, San Diego is hosting “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation” during its “Triton Weeks of Welcome,” which is designed to welcome students to campus.
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“Laws enacted to protect students from racial discrimination in higher education, at public and private schools, have been in effect for more than 70 years,” the letter states.

FIRE also called on the university to remove the “race-based restriction on attendance in the program’s registration.”

Sabrina Conza, a program officer at FIRE, told Campus Reform that the university is clearly engaging in segregation.

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“It is clear that the University of California, San Diego’s orientation program is limited to certain races, which is segregation in its purest form,” Conza said. “Excluding students from educational programming based on their race is illegal, regardless of those students’ race.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the University of California, San Diego, but did not receive a response.



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Los Angeles City Council approves more funding for police in Hollywood to combat spike in crime


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Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday approved funding for more police patrols in Hollywood to address a rise in crime. 

Hollywood, which is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, has seen a 75% increase in homicides and a more than 35% increase in shots fired this year compared with last year. Robbery and theft, meanwhile, has jumped by nearly 20% and 25%, respectively. 

Los Angeles police block off a street in Hollywood near where two people were shot and killed Wednesday night. 

Los Angeles police block off a street in Hollywood near where two people were shot and killed Wednesday night. 
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The council on Wednesday signed off on a motion by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell to give an additional $216,000 to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division to add additional officers.

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“Today’s unanimous approval of enhanced safety measures in Hollywood will make a world of difference for residents, workers and visitors impacted by crime,” O’Farrell said in a statement, City News Service reported. “We’re investing in a holistic approach to public safety — one that brings unarmed service providers, residents, businesses and LAPD to the table so that we can create safer neighborhoods and communities.”

According to O’Farrell’s motion, the demand for public safety has exceeded the available resources in Hollywood. 

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“We’re thankful to Council Member O’Farrell for these additional resources and look forward to quickly putting them to use to prevent, deter and address crime,” Blake Chow, LAPD deputy chief, said in a statement to City News Service. 



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Sen. Josh Hawley: FBI has been ‘weaponized’ in modern politics


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Missouri senator Josh Hawley reacted to the latest updates following the FBI’s raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on “Jesse Watters Primetime.”

SEN. JOSH HAWLEY: I’d like to know what it was they were looking for in the first place. I mean, this is what Garland owes the American people – an explanation. And frankly, so does Joe Biden. Because I don’t believe for a minute, not for a minute, that the White House was totally in the dark on this. This is Joe Biden’s FBI. It is Joe Biden’s DOJ. 

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And they have weaponized this FBI at every turn. They sent it after parents and called them domestic terrorists. This is an administration that tried to set up a disinformation board to police the speech of Americans who questioned the vaccine, who had questions about masks. This is an administration that is totally, totally out of control. And I tell you, it will take a long time to repair the basic constitutional norms and democratic norms here that this administration is trampling.

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What this makes clear to me above all, is that though our constitutional framework of government is strong, and I believe that, we have deep, deep corruption in our government. Deep corruption. We’re going to have to make it a focus to root it out.

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Dartmouth graduate dies hours after college graduation in ‘horrible accident’ near bridge: officials


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A New Hampshire college graduate was pronounced dead on Sunday after a “horrible accident” took place near a bridge by the Dartmouth College campus just hours after his graduation ceremony.

David Gallagher, 24, a 2020 graduate of Dartmouth College, was found by police officers on an embankment around the Ledyard Bridge in Hanover, New Hampshire, on early Sunday morning. Hanover Police Lieutenant Michael G. Schibuola called the death a “horrible accident” and said that alcohol might have been involved, according to the Boston Globe.

“We are not sure exactly sure how he sustained his injuries that led to his demise. We are investigating. We don’t anticipate any criminal charges,” Schibuola said.

His friends called 911 after Gallagher was seriously injured, according to the report.

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The incident took place just hours after the university held a make-up-commencement ceremony on Aug. 6 for graduates from the class of 2020 whose graduation ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which Gallagher attended.

A friend of Gallagher’s told police that the 24-year-old did not participate in an activity dubbed the “Ledyard Challenge,” where students run across the bridge into Vermont while streaking, then swim back to Hanover, New Hampshire, according to the report.

According to the Associated Press, a Dartmouth student died in 2005 while participating in the challenge.

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Ledyard Bridge

Ledyard Bridge
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Hanover police Capt. James Martin described the area where Gallagher was found as “often inaccessible to walk in on foot from the roadway from Hanover” and “very rocky, steep terrain,” according to WMUR.

Gallagher was on the college’s lacrosse team, which tweeted that he attended the graduation celebration for the class of 2020 on Sunday.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our Dartmouth men’s lacrosse brother, David Gallagher ‘20. He passed away Sunday, a day after attending the commencement celebration for the Class of 2020,” the team tweeted. “Dave was a terrific team member from the West Chester area of Philadelphia. He brought many great characteristics and values to the program. He was tough, worked hard on the field and in the classroom, had high character and a positive attitude.”

Dartmouth College spokeswoman Diana Lawrence said in a comment to Boston.com that their community is saddened by Gallagher’s death.

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“The Dartmouth community is deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy,” Lawrence said. “President Hanlon has been in touch with the parents of David Gallagher to share his condolences on their profound loss.”



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DeSantis is a ‘wannabe dictator,’ ‘undermining’ democracy, says suspended Florida attorney


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Suspended Florida state attorney Andrew Warren suggested that Gov. Ron DeSantis could be a threat to democracy while appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday.

Warren was previously suspended from his position by DeSantis on Thursday after he refused to prosecute cases that ran afoul of the state’s abortion and child sex change laws. While he has previously referred to the state’s abortion laws as “unconstitutional” and vowed to uphold the “right to privacy,” the former state attorney insisted that this was a “war” on his free speech. 

“I mean, let’s look at what he did,” Warren said about DeSantis. “He’s waging a war on free speech, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or neither, everybody should be outraged, and everybody should be worried, too. Think about the groups that DeSantis has already attacked for speaking out against him. First it was businesses, then teachers, now public servants? Who is next? I mean, the governor likes to brag about the so-called free state of Florida, but it sure doesn’t feel very free to a lot of us.” 

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren was suspended from his position on Aug. 4.

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren was suspended from his position on Aug. 4.
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He reiterated that he plans to fight his suspension, claiming that his suspension has greater ramifications for both Republicans and Democrats.

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“Because they know that this is a fight for democracy, a fight to preserve the integrity of our elections, a fight for free speech, to make sure that we have the freedoms in Florida and are not subject to the tyrannical rule of a wannabe dictator,” Warren said.

Though guest host Jonathan Lemire called his claims “certainly strong words,” Warren doubled down and said DeSantis is violating democracy to further his presidential ambitions.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News, "We're going to take action, decisive action, to protect the people of the state."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News, “We’re going to take action, decisive action, to protect the people of the state.”
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“Well, it is just a blatant abuse of power. And he is abusing his power to further his own political ambitions, because he has this obsession with running for president, to out-Trumping Trump or both, but he’s abusing his power in a way to violate the most fundamental sacred aspect of our democracy, the fact that people’s vote matters, that the people get to elect their elected officials. I mean—even my 8-year-old understands that. That’s how democracy works,” Warren said.

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He closed, “So, what DeSantis is doing here is undermining the fabric and the framework of our democracy.”

In an op-ed for the Miami Herald, Warren similarly blasted DeSantis’ decision as an abuse of power for political gain.

DeSantis has dodged questions as to whether he plans to support Donald Trump in 2024 if he were the presidential nomination.

DeSantis has dodged questions as to whether he plans to support Donald Trump in 2024 if he were the presidential nomination.
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He wrote, “DeSantis suspended me for no greater cause than blind political ambition. The governor’s illegal action is unwarranted and unconstitutional, it is a blatant abuse of power by a Republican governor, intent on governor intent on gaining national attention from the most extreme members of his own party as he looks to run for president in 2024. For DeSantis this is all political theater—let’s look tough and kick out of office a prosecutor who is a Democrat and who has embraced effective criminal justice policies he doesn’t like.”



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Miami OnlyFans model charged with boyfriend’s murder after bloody fight ruled self-defense


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A Florida OnlyFans model accused of stabbing her boyfriend months ago has been criminally charged, according to Miami-Dade State’s Attorney Kathy Rundle. 

Courtney Clenney, a 25-year-old known online as Courtney Tailor, was spotted covered in blood on the balcony of her luxury Miami high rise on Sunday, April 3, after police said she stabbed her 27-year-old boyfriend, Christian “Toby” Obumseli, once in the chest.

No charges were filed at the time after police characterized the slaying as self-defense.

But Rundle’s office opened a review of the case that lasted nearly fourth months.

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Christian Tobechukwu Obumseli suffered "an apparent knife wound" in a domestic violence incident Sunday, according to Miami police.

Christian Tobechukwu Obumseli suffered “an apparent knife wound” in a domestic violence incident Sunday, according to Miami police.
(Instagram/@christianvstoby)

The sealed arrest warrant on a second-degree murder charge is expected to be made public Thursday, according to Rundle’s office.

Police arrested Clenney in Hawaii Wednesday, according to her attorney, Frank Prieto.

“We are completely shocked at Courtney’s arrest based upon the clear evidence of self-defense in this matter. Obumseli attacked her and choked her that evening; Courtney had no choice but to meet force with force,” her attorney, Frank Prieto, told Fox News Digital Wednesday. “Further, we are disappointed that the State Attorney sought an arrest warrant in this matter; we have cooperated with the investigation from the beginning with both the State and the City of Miami Police Department.”

He said his client had “always offered to self-surrender” if charges were to be filed and that she maintains the stabbing came in self-defense in response to domestic abuse.

A heavily redacted police report states officers arrived at the couple’s home around 5 p.m. in response to an aggravated battery call. They met a front desk supervisor who brought them up to the apartment, where police found Obumseli with a single stab wound to the torso.

The initial decision not to charge Clenney outraged Obsumseli’s family.

“Although the family is still mourning the untimely death of Mr. Obumseli, we believe that once a full investigation is done Ms. Clenney will be held to account for taking the life of Mr. Obumseli,” their attorney, Larry Handfield, predicted at the time.

Miami model Courtney Clenney's lawyer said she is a domestic violence survivor.

Miami model Courtney Clenney’s lawyer said she is a domestic violence survivor.
(Instagram/@courtneytailor)

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Obumseli’s brother, Jeffrey Obumseli, also argued that Clenney had not suffered any injuries in the altercation that would have justified her claim of self-defense.

“The bottom line is inextricably clear: Courtney is being treated differently because of her privilege as a wealthy White woman,” Jeffrey Obumseli wrote on Instagram. “Within 24 hours following Toby’s death, the detective on the case prematurely concluded this was not a crime of violence.”

Frank Prieto, Clenney’s defense attorney, has said his client killed Obumseli in self-defense and that he was “mentally, emotionally and physically abusive with Courtney.”

“That tragic night, there was a physical altercation, and Courtney had no choice but to defend herself,” he told Fox News Digital days after the slaying.

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A law enforcement source told Fox News Digital that Clenney was taken to a hospital under the Baker Act for a mental health evaluation after the incident. Under the law, details about such hospitalizations are confidential.

She was staying at a facility in Hawaii that treats PTSD related to the April incident when police arrested her on the Miami murder warrant, Prieto said Wednesday. 

“It is an absolute injustice to charge a victim of domestic violence and human trafficking with a crime,” he added. “Courtney was clearly defending herself.  We will vigorously defend Courtney and clear her of this unfounded and baseless charge. “





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Kiely Rodni: California authorities seeking anyone who saw teen leave party five days after disappearance


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California authorities have still not found anyone who witnessed Kiely Rodni leaving a Tahoe National Forest campground just after midnight on Aug. 6, police said Wednesday afternoon on day five of the search for the missing 16-year-old, who may have been abducted.

“We continue to investigate every lead that comes to us,” said Angela Musallam, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “We continue to exhaust any lead.”

During a joint news briefing Wednesday afternoon, police from multiple agencies pleaded with more attendees to come forward. They said they had received a large amount of video from the party, which stretched from Friday night into the early hours of Saturday. But they’d found no clues that have led them to Rodni’s whereabouts.

Investigators from multiple agencies in Northern California and Nevada kicked off the search effort early Wednesday as dive teams entered the Prosser Creek Reservoir, searching near the shoreline for signs of Rodni or her silver Honda CRV, which is also missing.

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Kiely Rodni went missing on Aug. 6 just after midnight, shortly after telling her parents she was coming home.

Kiely Rodni went missing on Aug. 6 just after midnight, shortly after telling her parents she was coming home.
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“The only solid evidence” police have come up with so far is a surveillance image showing Rodni in a local business roughly six hours before she vanished, authorities said. Extensive searches have found no sign of her or her car.

Police said she last spoke with friends and family shortly after midnight on Aug. 6 and that her phone was turned off around 12:33 a.m. It last pinged near the Prosser family Campground within Tahoe National Forest in Truckee, California, at the site of a high school graduation party involving more than 100 teens and young adults from several surrounding communities – and a few from as far away as San Francisco.

In a joint statement, the Placer County and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said they had assigned 265 personnel to the case. The number of tips received has climbed to more than 300, tripling Tuesday’s total. However, authorities were still trying to find someone who witnessed Rodni leaving the party before she disappeared.

Police said they suspect there were drugs and alcohol present at the gathering, but are pleading with attendees to come forward with any information about possible Rodni sightings, promising not to punish anyone for partying.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office shared a surveillance image that showed Rodni’s outfit on the night she went missing.

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Kiely Rodni was last seen at a rural campground near the border of California and Nevada around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to local authorities.

Kiely Rodni was last seen at a rural campground near the border of California and Nevada around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to local authorities.
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Authorities are now saying she was last seen wearing a “black spaghetti strap bodysuit” under green Dickies pants, as opposed to a black tank top initially reported. She was also wearing a black grommet belt and black Vans sneakers.

As of Wednesday afternoon, investigators say they have still not recovered any items they believe belong to Kiely.

The search effort, which involves hundreds of law enforcement officers and volunteers, has expanded beyond the immediate area of the party, stretching for miles in a wider radius.

Police released these photos of a Lana Del Ray hooded sweatshirt they say Kiely Rodni may have had in her possession when she went missing on Aug. 6.

Police released these photos of a Lana Del Ray hooded sweatshirt they say Kiely Rodni may have had in her possession when she went missing on Aug. 6.
(Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

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Days of aerial searches involving planes and helicopters have uncovered no signs of a crash, Musallam said. Investigators are looking into the disappearance as a possible abduction, but they have stopped short of issuing an Amber Alert, which requires “confirmation” that a juvenile has been taken.

Kiely Rodni's SUV is also missing – a silver 2013 Honda CRV with California license plate 8YUR127. It has a small ram-head sticker on the back window, under her rear wiper blade.

Kiely Rodni’s SUV is also missing – a silver 2013 Honda CRV with California license plate 8YUR127. It has a small ram-head sticker on the back window, under her rear wiper blade.
(Findkiely.com)

Rodni is described as 5-foot-7 and about 118 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes. She has a tattoo on her ribs of the number “17.” She has a nose ring and several other piercings.

She drives a silver 2013 Honda CRV with California license plate 8YUR127. It has a small ram’s head sticker on the back window, under the rear wiper blade.

Kiely Rodni's last known outfit seen hours before she went missing.

Kiely Rodni’s last known outfit seen hours before she went missing.
(Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s dedicated tip line at 530-581-6320. Callers can remain anonymous.

The family is offering a $50,000 reward for Kiely’s return.





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Potato harvesting: How to know when to unearth your homegrown spuds


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It’s time to dig up your potatoes! Or so you think.

There’s a fine line when it comes to completing your potato harvest, according to garden columnist Jessica Damiano.

The expert wrote in an Associated Press piece that our senses can’t help us — as they can with other vegetables and fruits — when it comes to deciphering whether or not potatoes are good to go.

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Pulling up potatoes too soon can leave plant parents with measly tubers — and can put the plant’s root system at risk of permanent stress, she indicated.

Freshly harvested potatoes are shown here, still covered in soil. 

Freshly harvested potatoes are shown here, still covered in soil. 
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Meanwhile, your potatoes could get frost damage if you wait too long — and can also begin to split, sprout or rot underground, Damiano said.

Gardening expert and host of the Magnolia Workshops course “Starting a Home Garden” Kevin Espiritu told Fox News Digital this week that most spring-planted potatoes should be ready for harvest between July and October.

Harvesting timing is largely dependent on region, he explained, since hot southern states can harvest in the off season, from January to July, while California can grow two separate crops.

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Northeastern regions have typical harvest dates from August through early October, while northwestern states can see early harvests in July due to early planting.

Most early-season potato varieties will take 75 to 90 days to fully mature, Espiritu added. Late-season potatoes can take 120 to 135 days.

A harvested sweet potato is shown here.

A harvested sweet potato is shown here.
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To find the harvesting “sweet spot,” Damiano shared that the first step is to examine the part of the plant that’s above ground.

When at least half of the leaves have turned yellow — which will occur between 60 and 120 days from planting, depending on potato type and weather — hold off on watering.

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Espiritu directed gardeners to slow down their watering once the plants flower. This will allow tubers to harden and improve storage life later.

An optional next step, especially in wet climates, is to cut the plants to soil level, which Damiano said will aid in tuber maturation.

Regardless, potatoes will be ready to harvest two weeks after pulling back on watering or once the plant completely dies back.

Fingerling potatoes are shown in Washington, D.C.  

Fingerling potatoes are shown in Washington, D.C.  
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If you’re still unsure about timing, Damiano suggested testing your potatoes’ readiness by digging beside a sample plant and pulling up a potato from the external portion of the root system.

Rub the potato with your finger: If the skin stays intact, it’s mature. 

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If the skin rubs off, your potatoes need a little more time. 

Refill the hole and give it another week before checking again.

When it’s finally time to unearth your spuds, Damiano advised using a digging or spading fork instead of a spade or shovel to prevent accidental potato piercing.

Insert your tool of choice six to 12 inches from the plant’s perimeter and begin digging, rocking back and forth to lift the roots.

Some massive sweet potatoes are harvested for winter in Oct. 13, 2017.

Some massive sweet potatoes are harvested for winter in Oct. 13, 2017.
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Work your way in a circle around each plant as you continue pulling up and popping out potatoes.

Sift through the soil after each plant is pulled up to ensure that no potato was left behind.

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Even though some potatoes can be eaten right away, most potatoes need some time alone, above ground, to stiffen, thicken their skin and heal.

To extend shelf life, Damiano instructed gardeners to place potatoes on newspaper or cardboard and store them in a dark, cool room to cure for two weeks.

Storing your potatoes in a cool, dark place like a cellar could give them a life expectancy of six to eight months, Damiano said.

Just-picked Finnish fingerling potatoes are gathered at a community garden in Sea Ranch, Calif., on July 19, 2012. 

Just-picked Finnish fingerling potatoes are gathered at a community garden in Sea Ranch, Calif., on July 19, 2012. 
(Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Avoid refrigerating and use bruised or damaged potatoes first, since those won’t keep as well.

If you’re growing new potatoes, they can be harvested earlier in the season once plants begin to flower and vines look wilted.

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True new potatoes are young, thin-skinned tubers that don’t cure or store well, so they should be consumed immediately, said Damiano.

Meanwhile, the vines on larger potato plants should be completely dead before digging, said Espiritu.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this piece.



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Kevin Durant wants to play for Celtics or 76ers: report


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Kevin Durant has named the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as “desired landing spots,” sources told SNY.

Durant requested a trade back in June, and recently gave Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai the ultimatum of either trading him or firing the duo of head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.

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Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets is defended by Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in Game One of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center at Barclays Center on May 22, 2021 in New York City.

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets is defended by Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in Game One of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center at Barclays Center on May 22, 2021 in New York City.
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The 33-year-old reportedly wants to play with Marcus Smart if he were to wind up in Boston — however, the Nets want at least Smart and Jaylen Brown if a trade were to go down, according to The Athletic.

Durant had previously sought out the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat as possible trade destinations, while the Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers have also kept tabs on the superstar.

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets heads for the net as Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers defends in the second half at Wells Fargo Center on March 10, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 129-100.

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets heads for the net as Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers defends in the second half at Wells Fargo Center on March 10, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 129-100.
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CELTICS’ JAYSON TATUM ON KEVIN DURANT TRADE RUMORS: ‘I LOVE OUR TEAM’

SNY also notes that the feeling of a Nets-76ers trade is well-received in the Philadelphia front office, as “high-ranking members” of the Sixers strongly want to engage on trade talks for the two-time NBA champion.

The Nets seem to be looking for a package of young NBA players as well as picks, and they want to field a legitimate playoff contender if they do indeed trade Durant.

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant dunks the ball during the second half of the opening basketball game of the NBA play-in tournament against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in New York.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant dunks the ball during the second half of the opening basketball game of the NBA play-in tournament against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in New York.
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Durant is entering the first year of a four-year, $198 million extension he signed with the Nets last year.



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