The Pittsburgh Penguins will be missing defenseman Kris Letang indefinitely after he had a stroke.
The 35-year-old Letang told the team’s training staff after practice on Monday that he was having a migraine and was subsequently told to rush to the hospital, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Tests revealed that he had suffered a stroke — his second in eight years.
“The test results were shocking to hear, but we are grateful that Kris is doing well,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said in a media release. “He is a warrior on the ice, but first and foremost, he is a son, father, husband and friend. His health is our number one priority.”
The stroke did not seem to cause “lasting effects” and is not likely to end Letang’s career, but he will still need to be tested further.
“We will do as many tests as we need to do. First and foremost, this is about the person, the father, and the family member. The hockey player and Pittsburgh Penguin is secondary. He’s a terrific human being and one tough SOB,” Hextall said, according to the team’s official Twitter account.
In 2014, when he suffered his first stroke, Letang found out that he had been born with a small hole in the wall of his heart. He missed more than two months but went on to keep playing after that initial stroke.
Hextall said this second stroke was “much less severe” than the first.
Letang said he hopes to be playing again soon.
“I am fortunate to know my body well enough to recognize when something isn’t right. While it is difficult to navigate this issue publicly, I am hopeful it can raise awareness. It is important for me that my teammates, family and the fans know that I am okay. I am optimistic that I will be back on the ice soon,” the defenseman said in the news release.
Hextall added that Letang is handling the situation well.
“I’m shocked at how well he’s doing emotionally and how well he seems to be taking it,” he said.
Letang has spent his entire 16-year NHL career with the Penguins, according to Hockey Reference.
He was ranked by The Sporting News as one of the best defensemen in the league heading into this season.
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A little piece of one Rhode Island community is gone forever with the passing of Thomas “Tommy” Kloza, who owned Ocean State Body Builders — the “longest active gym” in the state.
Kloza, who was 65, died suddenly on the morning of Thanksgiving Day after he was stricken in the parking lot of his gym, according to WJAR.
“There’s no other gym in this state that’s been around for 41 years. He’s outlasted franchise gyms like Gold’s Powerhouse and World,” Ted Isabella, who said he has gone to the gym for 35 years, said.
Kloza made the gym a piece of its members’ lives, Isabella said.
“It’s not a business, this is a gym family. We all do for each other, we all take care of each other, we all protect each other, we’ve all helped each other, competing and what not. And it’s all because of Tommy. Tommy gave us that family, Tommy gave us that environment,” Isabella said.
The gym’s future is uncertain, although Isabella said its members and Kloza’s brother would like to keep it open.
“Tommy’s little army like myself and all the guys here that love him and wish he was still here with us is going to keep this gym running,” Isabella said.
Kloza “was the owner and operator of the Ocean State Gym in Johnston for over 40 years. He was an avid sports fan of the Patriots, Bruins and other sports as well,” according to his obituary.
A tribute page for Kloza reflected what he meant to others.
“Of the 22 years I trained there Tommy was my friend and confident for so many trials and tribulations I faced. He was always a source of advise and positive reinforcement. He was also my friend and life won’t be the same without him,” a poster using the name Keith Trombley wrote.
One poster shared a 40-year-old memory.
“I met Tommy the first year the Gym opened up he taught me how to work out with the Gym equipment. I made All State in football way Back in 1982 a year after joining His gym. He was such a Awesome Friend he let me take his white Trans Am car to my senior Prom. Still a great memory From a great Man. Rest in piece,” a poster using the names James Jacavone wrote.
Another poster said the gym was not a place where friendships never died.
“As a member of Ocean State Gym from 1986-2002, I have vivid memories of my time in the gym and they all revolve around Tommy, or TK as I used to call him. Even after life changes took me away from the gym, I’d stop in from time to time to say hello and Tommy treated me as if I’d never left and he’d seen me yesterday,” a poster using the name Chris Aleixo wrote.
“He was a salt of the earth kind of guy and the culture he created at Ocean State was unique and of another era. It will never be duplicated and the same can be said of Tommy. RIP my friend,” he concluded.
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Hakeem Jeffries is officially the House Democrats’ selection to replace Nancy Pelosi as their leader.
At first glance, he seems like the perfect fit for the Democratic Party. He is young and black, which should help the Democrats appeal to their core demographic.
There is, however, one inconvenience for the Democrats: Jeffries is what they would call an “election denier.”
According to Fox News, Jeffries has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the 2016 election, alleging Russian interference, and has made claims about the 2016 election similar to the claims that former President Donald Trump made about the 2020 election.
But don’t take Fox’s word for it. Here are some videos of Jeffries denying the legitimacy of the 2016 election.
In one clip, Jeffries claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to “artificially” install Trump as president.
In another video, Jeffries claims that a “cloud of illegitimacy” hung over the Trump presidency and that a “malignant tumor” was “embedded in that 2016 campaign.”
Jeffries has also argued that the Republicans stole the 2016 election and has accused them of voter suppression.
This is not a good look for the Democrats. They have just come off of a midterm election during which one of their main talking points was that many Republicans are “election deniers” for their skepticism of the 2020 election.
They have especially gone after Trump in recent years over his refusal to accept the results of that election and have suggested that asking any questions or raising concerns about potential voter fraud is a “threat to democracy.”
Apparently, it’s only a “threat to democracy” if these claims concern an election that a Democrat won. If people ask questions about an election that a Republican won, that’s perfectly acceptable.
The point is, the Democrats talk a lot about “protecting democracy,” but when democracy does not go their way, they want nothing more to do with it.
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Former President Bill Clinton announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
He tweeted, “I’ve tested positive for Covid. I’ve had mild symptoms, but I’m doing fine overall and keeping myself busy at home.”
“I’m grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, which has kept my case mild, and I urge everyone to do the same, especially as we move into the winter months,” Clinton added.
The 76-year-old, with at least one comorbidity, is at higher risk to experience a more severe fight with COVID than those in the general population who are under 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fox News reported Clinton has a history of heart-related issues, including undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and having a stent inserted in 2010.
Coronary artery disease is among the conditions that put those infected with the COVID-19 virus at greater risk for “severe outcomes,” the CDC says.
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In October 2021, Clinton was admitted to the intensive care unit of an Orange County, California hospital for five days with an infection.
A source told Fox: “It was diagnosed as a urological infection which morphed into a broader infection.”
Clinton told People in December of that year that illness had been a “longstanding infection that was essentially in hiding.”
“I knew I had it 15 months ago,” the 42nd president said.
“I took a six-day antibiotic treatment. We thought it was okay, and it wasn’t. So it came out, got in my bloodstream. And I was delirious for a couple of days,” Clinton added.
At the hospital, “they got me fixed up,” the president recounted. “I took 30 days of antibiotics and it’s gone now. And I feel better than I have in two years. I feel good.”
The New York Times tracker shows the number of COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths has remained relatively flat since October, with the U.S. currently experiencing an average of about 42,000 cases a day.
Some of the current hotter spots for infection are Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri and the New York City area, where Clinton lives.
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Newly elected school board members backed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have acted quickly: They immediately moved to fire school superintendents in three districts.
Which brings to mind several statements: “All politics is local” (former House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neal). “Elections have consequences” (former President Barack Obama). “Florida is the state where woke goes to die” (DeSantis regarding conservative takeovers of school boards).
School mask mandates imposed contrary to orders by the governor and parental opposition to critical race theory and student indoctrination into LGBT agendas have been flashpoint issues for conservatives, according to Fox News.
“We had a wave in school districts that spit in parents’ faces,” said Republican state Rep. Randy Fine of Palm Bay, as reported by Politico. “And now the people who did that are gone.”
Teachers unions and superintendents tend to march to the same Big Education tune, but in Brevard County, the Brevard Federation of Teachers supported the ouster of Superintendent Mark Mullins on Nov. 22 because of a lack of school discipline.
“Students verbally and physically abuse teachers and staff, and there will be no end in sight unless meaningful systemic changes are made,” union leaders said on social media.
On Tuesday in Sarasota County, Superintendant Brennan Asplen also found himself being shoved out the door.
Despite four hours of public comment, most of it favoring Asplen, board members were critical of his mask mandates, student performance in reading and what was described as Asplen’s lack of transparency, according to Politico.
Fully expecting to be fired, he called board charges “ridiculous,” and following his emotional address at the school board meeting, several board members expressed an inability to attempt to work with him.
In her response to Asplen, Bridget Zeigler, the new chairwoman of the Sarasota school board and co-founder of Moms for Liberty, said, “I don’t know how respectfully we can build a relationship where we are functioning together for the right reasons with mutual respect.”
DeSantis had endorsed Zeigler, along with two dozen other conservative Florida school board candidates, a step rarely taken by Florida governors in what are considered to be nonpartisan races.
Most of the DeSantis-backed candidates won.
Broward County also fired its superintendent, Vickie Cartwright, on Nov. 14. That action was not directly a result of the 2022 election, according to Politico, but took place due to the efforts of five school board members DeSantis had appointed.
In many respects, DeSantis is showing the nation how it can be done.
The governor brings to mind the concept of states acting as “laboratories of democracy,” as envisioned by early Progressive-era Wisconsin Rep. Robert La Follette and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.
In 1934, Brandeis wrote that “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”
Of course, today’s progressives-leftists-Democrats don’t believe such things. They see the states as mere provinces with grasping federal tentacles reaching even the local level.
But not DeSantis.
In an August speech, he echoed the language of Winston Churchill. “At the end of the day, we’re not going to let this state be overrun by woke ideology,” the governor said.
“We will fight the woke in the businesses, we will fight the woke in government agencies, we will fight the woke in our schools,” he said. “We will never, ever surrender to the woke agenda.
“Florida is the state where woke goes to die.”
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With Donald Trump recently announcing his intentions to seek the presidency a third time, many have been speculating whether anybody will challenge the former president for the GOP nomination.
Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and former United Nations ambassador, has added fuel to these speculations with her recent comments at an event at Clemson University.
According to CBS News, while at an event sponsored by Turning Point USA, Haley opened the door to a possible presidential run.
“We are taking the holidays to kind of look at what the situation is,” the former South Carolina governor said, according to the network.
“If we decide to get into it, we’ll put 1,000 percent in, and we’ll finish it.”
These teasing statements seem to fly in the face of previous comments she made in April of 2021, when she declared that she would not run if Trump was a candidate, according to Fox News.
“I would not run if President Trump ran and I would talk to him about it. That’s something that we will have a conversation about at some point if that decision is something that has to be made. But yeah, I would, absolutely,” Haley said, Fox News reported.
Haley’s recent statements echo similar declarations she made last week at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, according to CBS.
At the event, which featured 10 other prospective Trump challengers, Haley assured the attendees that her electoral track record was strong.
“I’ve never lost an election, and I’m not going to start now.”
Since she stepped down from her position at the U.N., Haley has made some moves that are thought to be telltale signs that she is building up a potential White House run.
Upon moving back to South Carolina, where she served for six years as governor, she started a political action committee and released a memoir, along with a policy book.
While Haley has publicly supported Trump in recent times, she has also leveled criticism on her former boss.
In the wake of the January 6, 2021 Capitol disturbance, Haley stated that Trump had been “badly wrong” for imploring people to protest the election results, CBS reported.
She also said that his “actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history,” according to the news network.
Haley is not the only former member of Trump’s administration who has seemingly softened their support of the former president.
Former vice president Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have also been tapped as likely Trump challengers for 2024.
While Trump has not addressed Haley’s comments directly as of yet, former Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, who works for Trump’s PAC, MAGA Inc, dismissed a potential challenge.
It is “unfortunate to see politicians who President Trump made relevant use 2024 as life support for their political career,” Budowich said, according to CBS.
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