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On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Seminole Heights serial killer was found and arrested at the Ybor City McDonald’s. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, nicknamed “Trai”, had been on the run for 51 days after the four murders of local Tampa residents living in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Trai was caught by leaving his .40 caliber handgun in a bag for a McDonald’s employee, who then alerted the manager to call the local police. This gun has been linked to all four deaths as investigators have matched the bullets and gun to Trai’s. All four of the murders were from gun wounds and none of the victims were robbed. All four were alone during the encounter with Donaldson. The serial killer has not yet revealed his motive or purpose to the authorities, although he has been compliant and cooperative during the arrest.
On Dec 15, 2017, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be released. The highly anticipated eighth movie of this saga stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn and the now deceased Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa. Carrie Fisher’s unfortunate death was back on Dec 27, 2016 and it is going to be difficult to see how the producers have killer her off in the new movie. Fisher was born on Oct 21, 1956 in Burbank, Calif. She had an iconic look for Princess Leia that had a huge impact and influence on our culture. One of her many quotes is, “I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art”.
Japanese baseball phenom, Shohei Ohtani, is a six foot four inch pitcher and outfielder for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He is only 23 years old and is one of the few dominant two way players in the world. People are comparing his potential to that of Babe Ruth. Ohtani bats left handed and pitches right handed. He was born on July 5, 1994 in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. He wears jersey number 11 for his current team and has a contract of about 270 million dollars. Ohtani idolizes the Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish, a pitcher who previously wore number 11 when he was also a member of the Fighters. Darvish formerly played for the Texas Rangers when he first entered the MLB and is currently on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ohtani has narrowed his interest to the following seven MLB teams: Giants, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Angels, Dodgers and Padres. No matter what team he is representing here in the states, he sure will put on a show both on the pitching mound and in the batters box.
On Sunday Dec 4, the New York Football Giants decided to bench Eli Manning in their match up against the Raiders. The Giants have current season record of 2-10 following Sunday’s loss in Oakland. It is hard to see that Manning, the 36-year-old two-time Super Bowl champ quarterback is the reason behind the team’s horrific season. With the Giants star receivers of Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall being injured and out for the season, Manning has less targets to throw the ball too. Not to mention the lackluster offensive line and injuries on defense as well has done damage to the team. Examining head coach Ben McAdoo’s relationship with the players and lack of control of the team, it is no reason why the players and fans of this organization dislike him. After news got out of Manning being benched, New York sports fans were mortified and there was a huge reaction across all platforms of sports media. Manning’s benching ended his consecutive games started streak of 210 straight games, second most in NFL history under Brett Favre. Just one day after Manning’s benching, head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese have both been fired from the organization.
The Philadelphia rapper, Meek Mill, has been sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for a probation violation. He was on probation from his 2008 conviction of drugs and weapon charge. Meek Mill has had his original court sentence revisited, but Judge Genece Brinkley had denied him bail. The judge has claimed that the rapper is “a danger to the community”. There is speculation that Meek Mill had lied to the police and his probation officer about his true legal address. There has been a lot of back and forth from Meek Mill’s team to keep his freedom but it looks like he will have to serve his time and come back a new man.