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    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 19: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox walks up to bat during the ninth inning of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game on July 19, 2022 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) The Boston Red Sox have cemented their fate as they will not be making the playoffs this year, making their position to not sell at the trade deadline even more baffling. The Boston Red Sox were caught in the middle at the trade deadline as they were both buying and selling. But since the trade deadline, the Red Sox are 2-6, cementing their position in last place. The Red Sox are four games back of the Baltimore Orioles, who were total sellers at the trade deadline. Barring some huge comeback by the Red Sox and some epic fall by multiple teams in the AL East or in the AL Wild Card picture, in general, the Red Sox will not be making the playoffs this...
    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale just returned to the majors in July after facing an injury. Now, he’s out for the rest of the season with another one. The Boston Red Sox have had an unpredictable season with their bullpen and starting rotation that just got even more unpredictable. Veteran pitcher Chris Sale just returned to the majors in July after recovering from a finger injury, and now he’s facing another one that’s keeping him out for the rest of the season. Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom provided more insight on Sale’s injury. He stated that Sale went on a bike to grab lunch, hit something when going down a hill, and flew off the bike. Bloom on Sale accident: Happened Saturday, right after Sale had finished throwing at Boston College. He jumped on a bike to grab lunch, hit something going down a hill, and flew off the bike. — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) August 9, 2022 “You couldn’t make this up… We’re relieved this wasn’t worse… It’s been such a run of bad luck...
    The Boston Red Sox could be turning into sellers right before our very eyes. Jonathan Papelbon thinks there’s one man to blame. Papelbon, as he was during his playing days, is incredibly outspoken. This is especially true about his former teams, namely the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox. The former Red Sox closer was beloved for years, and despite his frequent outbursts and bizarre pregame rituals, still has some pull on the Boston radio airwaves. In a recent appearance on WEEI, Papelbon blamed Chaim Bloom for the Red Sox struggles, stating that he tried and failed to bring a Tampa Bay Rays approach to Boston. “(The Rays) were the very beginning of you know what, we’ve got to find prospects, we don’t have the money to (sign stars), we’re gonna outsmart the system so to speak, right?” Papelbon said. “Well, I think he’s trying to kind of bring that into Boston and for me, that don’t work, buddy.” Red Sox: Is Jonathan Papelbon right about Chaim Bloom?Papelbon isn’t wrong to target the front office, which clearly hasn’t made winning...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Boston Red Sox need to aggressively acquire some pitching help, starting with a phone call to the Cincinnati Reds to inquire about Luis Castillo. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) The Boston Red Sox need to be aggressive in trading for at least one of these pitchers. The Boston Red Sox have a problem. The pitcher’s arms are falling off faster than heads of birds in Dumb and Dumber. Nathan Eovaldi, Rich Hill, James Paxton, Chris Sale, Michael Wacha, and Garrett Whitlock would make up a pretty good starting rotation and more. Unfortunately, all of them are on the IL. It’s a major issue for the Red Sox who battled back after a poor start. They remain in contention, but without enough support from the bump, how long will it last? With an aching rotation, to save their season, the Red Sox will need to be aggressive. With a focus on the rotation right now, these three pitching trade targets should be front of mind. 3 Luis Castillo SP, Cincinnati Reds...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Chaim Bloom can help the Boston Red Sox offense by acquiring Ian Happ in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) Chaim Bloom can help the Boston Red Sox immensely by acquiring any of these three Chicago Cubs trade chips. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs will forever be linked as the two big market ball clubs with lengthy curses blamed for their lack of winning a championship. This year, the only thing they might have in common is the employment of some players. Both clubs started off slowly only for the Red Sox to come roaring back into the playoff race while the Cubs were left at a gas station a few miles back in April. The Red Sox are expected to be trade deadline buyers. In Chicago, the Cubs will continue to sell. Chaim Bloom has a chance to add to his team’s roster with a trade for any of these three Cubs players.3. Red Sox trade target on the Cubs: Ian HappIan...
    Boston Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom pumped his first with authority after Franchy Cordero’s walk-off grand slam. Cordero was one of five players acquired in a 2021 trade of Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals. Does this mean Boston won the trade? Okay, not so fast — but it is Cordero’s signature moment as a member of the Red Sox thus far. Despite a blown save by Hansel Robles in the top of the ninth inning and another run allowed by the bullpen in the tenth, Boston was able to overcome that emotional letdown in bottom half of the inning in a big way. Cordero went deep with the bases loaded to cement a four-game sweep. WALKOFF GRAND SLAM FOR FRANCHY CORDERO ???? (via @RedSox) pic.twitter.com/0XOx8I7tm3 — FanSided (@FanSided) May 22, 2022 The reaction from Bloom — the Red Sox general manager — says it all. The trade finally paid some dividends. https://mobile.twitter.com/BostonStrong_34/status/1528479892043595777Red Sox: Does Mariners sweep signal a turnaround?Boston was in the basement of the AL East not so long ago. Heck, Xander Bogaerts was floated...
    ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MAY 11: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out toend the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on May 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Is it time for the 11-20 Red Sox to give up on the season? Not yet, and there are some names on the trading block that can help Boston get back into the playoff race The Boston Red Sox had high hopes for the 2022 season. They came two games away from the World Series last October. They won 92 games. Their young stars such as Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are still in the prime of their careers. Somehow, just over a month into the season, it’s all gone horribly wrong. The Red Sox are 11-20, already 11.5 games back to the New York Yankees in the AL East, and even two back of the lowly Baltimore Orioles. There is no one problem plaguing the Red Sox. Their offense has scored just 3.5 runs per game, the third-lowest...
    The cry of “May Day! May Day!” is ringing out from Bunker Hill to Roxbury and all over New England at the sight of Red Sox crashing and burning barely a month into the season — at the same time the Evil Empire from the South Bronx is once again rearing its ugly head as the dominant force in the American League East. Doesn’t matter if it’s only May. Judging by the Red Sox Nation hysteria gone viral all over Twitter, things could not be more dismal at Fenway. The 2022 Red Sox are a mess and nobody is feeling more heat than Chaim Bloom, the analytics whiz kid GM that Red Sox owner John Henry hired away from Tampa Bay in 2019 with the idea of maximizing player values, building a strong farm system (which the previous GM Dave Dombrowski had mostly gutted) and ultimately paying less for winning more like the Rays. Upset as they may have been when, in one of his first moves, Bloom, on Henry’s orders, traded Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, Red Sox Nation...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) The Boston Red Sox made a few questionable decisions over the 2021-22 offseason. After making a surprise run at the American League Championship Series last season, the Boston Red Sox entered the offseason with some decisions to make. In a bit of a surprise, the Red Sox signed free agent Trevor Story to a six-year/$140M contract. Story, the longtime starting shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, was tabbed to play second base for Boston this season. While Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has done a nice job getting the Red Sox back to the postseason, and building a roster that can compete against the best in the AL East, there were several questionable decisions made this offseason. What decisions might Bloom wish he could have back?1. The Red Sox wasted money on average starting pitchers.This was a bit of a head-scratcher. Yes, the Boston Red Sox added Michael Wacha, James Paxton, and Rich Hill this offseason. But each of those signings is incredibly flawed. Let’s start...
    Boston Red Sox DH JD Martinez Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports The Boston Red Sox may need to find a J.D. Martinez replacement sooner rather than later, as the universal DH could double his market. Martinez had an opt-out this offseason, but instead decided to stay with the Boston Red Sox at least one more season. That could turn out to be a blessing for Boston and Chaim Bloom, as they don’t necessarily have a backup plan at designated hitter. Our friends over at BoSox Injection seem pretty pessimistic at the idea of bringing Martinez back once 2023 hits, as he’ll have plenty of options on the open market. Had the universal DH not been passed, then odds are Martinez would’ve been backed into a free agent corner with few suitors. Now, his ability to hit to all fields and put up solid power numbers fits perfectly into any lineup, even at an advanced age. Look no further than Nelson Cruz. “As much as I hate to say it, the universal DH pretty much means the end of J.D....
    Boston Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom spoke about the possibility of J.D. Martinez and Kyle Schwarber returning for next season. The Boston Red Sox had a promising start to the ALCS, taking a 2-1 lead over the Houston Astros, but lost the subsequent three games to fall short of reaching the World Series. Now, the Red Sox have to pivot to Hot Stove season, and there are players that could be set to hit the open market. Specifically, J.D. Martinez and Kyle Schwarber. With the possibility of both leaving this offseason, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told the media that he likes both players, but will have to see how the offseason unfolds. “We like them both. We have to look at it all obviously,” Bloom said, via Patrick McAvoy of NESN. “The offseason can unfold in different ways and both guys obviously play the outfield as well. So there’s different ways that this can unfold. I think talent is talent. There’s a lot of different ways to get where we want to go and we just...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox made a run to the ALCS, which exceeded a lot of the expectations that the team carried into the 2021 season. Boston appears to be ahead of schedule when it comes to Chaim Bloom’s master plan for the franchise. Now will Bloom and company build on what went right in 2021 and build a true contender for 2022? Or will they continue to plan for the long-term and just hope to get really, really lucky again next year? The Red Sox were playing with house money for much of the 2021 season, though many will look at their lack of moves at the deadline (aside from the Kyle Schwarber pickup) as the catalyst for the team’s second-half dip and ultimate demise against the Astros for the AL pennant. Perhaps a proven arm for the bullpen or another starter would have made the difference in the ALCS. Is the Red Sox brass willing to commit more money to win now — or are they going to stay focused on developing the system and building up?...
    HOUSTON (CBS) — Chaim Bloom’s first year in Boston wasn’t much fun. After being named Chief Baseball Operator of one of MLB’s most storied franchises, Bloom had to trade away Mookie Betts for financial reasons and then watched the team have an abysmal COVID-shortened season. His second year in Boston has been a lot more fun. Bloom re-hired Alex Cora following the skipper’s one-year suspension and brought in a handful of players who played a big part in the Red Sox winning 92 games during the regular season and now have the team sitting four wins away from a trip to the World Series. Chief among them is Kiké Hernandez, who clinched Boston’s spot in the ALCS with a walk-off sac fly in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hernandez has been red hot at the most important time of the year, and along with fellow offseason addition Hunter Renfroe and trade deadline pickup Kyle Schwarber, the Boston offense is feeling it heading into their series with the Astros. READ MORE: Rochie's Keys To A Red...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom has had several sleepless nights this week, as a COVID outbreak has ravaged his big league roster. READ MORE: Duran Has Go-Ahead Single In 9th, Red Sox Beat Rays 3-2 “It’s gut-wrenching. How else can you react?” Bloom said Wednesday afternoon. “Every single one has been. We try to go to great lengths to keep these sorts of things from happening, and then to see what’s happening now, it’s really hard. This goes beyond baseball. We feel — and I certainly feel in the chair I sit in — a lot of responsibility to every single person in our traveling party and in our organization. And when our powers to prevent something like this from happening and from continuing to happen only go so far, that’s a bad feeling.” Yairo Munoz — who was called up Friday when Enrique Hernandez and Christian Arroyo were placed on the COVID IL — became the seventh Red Sox player to test positive for the virus on Wednesday. A night...
    The Red Sox signed closer Matt Barnes to a two-year contract extension during the season, but he’s imploded ever since. Barnes blew another save on Monday when the team needed him most, giving up four hits and two earned runs while recording just one out. This is just another in a long line of bad outings of late for the Red Sox closer, leading some to recommend Boston look elsewhere to fill that role. So where might Alex Cora find a new closer? Should he look on the roster, Adam Ottavino, Garrett Whitlock and Hirokazu Sawamura are the obvious choices to replace him. Red Sox: Chaim Bloom giving Matt Barnes an extension looks like a mistakeSure, the Red Sox can afford a Bloom extension, but if they move away from him at closer, it will undeniably be looked at as a mistake. It doesn’t help the Red Sox essentially stood pat at the trade deadline while the rival New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays made huge additions. Barnes allowed 11 runs from Opening Day until August 4. Since then, he’s allowed...
    A 19-year-old man from New Jersey was killed during a crime spree outside of his Yeshiva Tuesday night in Denver. Shmuel Silverberg's body has been flown to Lakewood for a funeral service. The incident started with a call of a carjacking, in which a suspect got into a Honda CRV with the driver inside and pointed a gun at them. That victim was not injured, police say. The suspects then robbed and shot a man walking on nearby streets about an hour later. That victim remains critical, police say. Silverberg was walking out of Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary when someone fired at least one shot at him. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said. The suspects continued their crime spree. Yeshiva Toras Chaim released a statement saying: “Our Yeshiva Toras Chaim community is grief stricken at the killing of one of our students overnight. We are caring for our faculty, staff, students, and their families in the face of this tragic and incomprehensible act of violence. We are grateful for the support we are receiving from...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver are searching for a group of suspects they say should be considered armed and dangerous following a fatal shooting Tuesday night. The shooting happened in west Denver outside of the Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary near West Colfax Avenue and North Stuart Street. Police say it was part of a crime spree that included a carjacking in which a person was badly hurt. On Wednesday morning Copter4 flew over the scene where the fatal shooting took place. (credit: CBS) Investigators say it started with a call for a carjacking at 10:50 p.m. near Colfax Avenue and Grape Street. They say one of the suspects entered a Honda CRV with the driver inside and pointed a gun at them. The victim was not hurt. At around 11:10 p.m., the suspects reportedly robbed a man walking near Colfax Avenue and Lafayette Street. Police say they were wearing masks and shot the man who is in the hospital. Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen says that victim is “battling for his life.” About 20 minutes later, investigators say...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Chaim Bloom worked to add Kyle Schwarber to the Red Sox roster late Thursday night. It was a positive addition, no doubt, but it was one that most people assumed could not and should not serve as the team’s lone improvement prior to Friday’s deadline. Yet 4 p.m. came and went on Friday, and that was more or less it for Bloom and the Red Sox. The team did acquire reliever Hansel Robles from Minnesota, though his 4.91 ERA and 1.386 WHIP makes him feel more like a Brandon Workman replacement than anything. The starting rotation with the eighth-best ERA in the American League didn’t add anybody. Outside of a hope and a prayer that Schwarber can learn a new position (when he comes off the IL in a week … or two … or three), first base remains a problem in the Boston lineup. It was not the ideal scenario for a team that has surprised just about everyone with a 63-41 record thus far in the season. In what figures to...
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    DARBY, Pa. (CBS/AP) – A man who oversaw a Delaware County nursing home pleaded no contest Wednesday to endangering three residents who before dying suffered health complications because of inadequate staffing levels, prosecutors said. The defendant, 40-year-old Chaim “Charlie” Steg, of Lakewood, New Jersey, had been regional operations director for the St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Darby. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless endangerment. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Severe Storms This Afternoon & Evening Expected To Bring Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds The case involves patients who died in 2017 of a massive colon infection and dehydration; severe dehydration and septic shock; and severe late-stage pressure wounds and a bacterial infection. “Every resident of every nursing home deserves to be safe, they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and they deserve to be heard,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “It is the law to uphold the obligation to keep residents safe. If a facility cuts staff to the point that they can’t give residents the care they need — we’re going to find out, and we’re going...
    DARBY, Pa. (CBS) – A former nursing home manager in Delaware County has pleaded guilty to his role in recklessly endangering the lives of three residents. Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the deaths happened in 2017. Chaim “Charlie” Steg was  Regional Director of Operations at St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. READ MORE: Dilworth Park Roller Rink Staying Open Until July 11 READ MORE: Sixers Joel Embiid Out For Game 5 Vs Wizards Due To Small Lateral Meniscus Tear In Knee Authorities say Steg’s employees repeatedly warned him that chronic staffing problems endangered the residents. Prosecutors say he ignored their warnings, and his decisions left three residents with serious bodily injury. Ultimately, those residents died. MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, State Officials To Provide COVID-19 Update Under the terms of the plea agreement, Steg will be sentenced to six to 23 months of house arrest, followed by three years probation.
    A former nursing home manager in Delaware County has pleaded guilty to his role in recklessly endangering the lives of three residents. Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the deaths happened in 2017. Chaim Charlie Steg was regional director of operations at Saint Francis Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. READ MORE: Dilworth Park Roller Rink Staying Open Until July 11 Authorities say Steg’s employees repeatedly warned him that chronic staffing problems endangered the residents. READ MORE: Sixers Joel Embiid Out For Game 5 Vs Wizards Due To Small Lateral Meniscus Tear In Knee Prosecutors say he ignored their warnings, and his decisions left three residents with serious bodily injury. Ultimately, those residents died. MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, State Officials To Provide COVID-19 Update Under the terms of the plea agreement, Steg will be sentenced to six to 23 months of house arrest, followed by three years probation.
    Chaim Bloom blames analytics for baseball’s ultimate suffering. While that’s a little shortsighted, Bloom makes a valid point in some aspects. Analytics is a common buzz word used by front office experts and old school baseball minds alike, often to shift blame on the trends of the modern game that they don’t like. Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom utilizes a unique blend of analytical thinking and the more simplistic eye test to run his team. Yet, for some who lean too heavily into that analytical way of thinking, baseball becomes far too boring. “My short answer is yes,” Bloom told 98.5 The Sports Hub. “And to expand on that a little bit, I think really what’s happening is – and you can blame it on analytics or blame it on anything – really it’s just happening because teams are trying to win, and they’re trying to do it the best possible way they can.”Red Sox: Chaim Bloom thinks baseball has an entertainment problemBaseball games are prone to strikeouts and home runs. These days, there’s very little in between,...
    After trading Brandon Workman to the Philadelphia Phillies last year, the Boston Red Sox have signed him back on a minor-league contract. Last August, the Boston Red Sox traded pitchers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitchers Nick Pivetta and Nick Seabold. Nine months following this trade, Workman is back in Beantown. According to MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox have signed Workman to a minor-league contract, where he will begin his season with Triple-A Worcester. This signing comes a week after the Chicago Cubs designated Workman for assignment. Brandon Workman is back. Red Sox sign him to a minor-league deal and send him to Worcester. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 6, 2021 Red Sox: Brandon Workman returns to Boston less than a year after tradeOnce Workman arrived in Philadelphia, he struggled mightily. Through 14 games, Workman accumulated a 1-4 record, 6.92 ERA and 2.46 WHIP, while striking out 15 batters and walking nine through 13.0 innings of work. In the winter, Workman signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Cubs. As it...
    Boston Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)3. Reshaping the bullpen and trading for Adam OttavinoA trade between the Red Sox and Yankees is so rare that the deal for Ottavino was the first between the two sides since 2014. Boston took on Ottavino’s contract in a move to restructure their bullpen, and gave back virtually nothing. Thus far in 2021, Ottavino sports an ERA of 3.86, and is a critical contributor in Boston’s back end, looking more and more like his old self. Matt Barnes, who Bloom easily could’ve given up on after a shortened 2020 campaign saw him finish with a ballooned ERA, has instead bounced back nicely with a 2.57 ERA and six saves. By no means is the Sox bullpen perfect, but they’d be far worse if Bloom wasn’t in charge — just look at the Phillies for some inspiration at what could have been. Next: 2. Trade Deadline Decision Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse
    After City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch (D-Brighton Beach-Manhattan Beach-Gravesend-Midwood) was expelled on Tuesday following his guilty plea to federal charges of evading $82,000 in taxes, his expulsion did not provoke a storm of social media comments the way some political events do — but some people weighed in. As Deutsch was an Orthodox Jew, an outspoken advocate for his community and the head of Council’s Jewish Caucus, many of the comments revolved around the basic question, “Is this good or bad for the Orthodox Jewish community,” with comments on both sides. Deutsch was ousted from the 51-member body after City Council leaders determined that his guilty plea meant he was automatically expelled.
    Convicted lawmaker Chaim Deutsch was expelled from the City Council Tuesday by Speaker Corey Johnson, just days after he pleaded guilty to federal charges of cheating on his taxes. “Based on our review of the charging document and Mr. Chaim Deutsch’s plea agreement, the Council has concluded that the office of the 48th Council District has been vacated under the operation of law,” said Johnson, in a terse statement released in the evening. “Mr. Deutsch confessed to a crime and violated his oath of office,” Johnson continued. “He is no longer a member of the City Council.” The conservative Democrat stunned the Council and City Hall last week when he confessed to evading more than $82,000 in property tax between 2013 and 2015 — and then declared he would not resign in spite of the plea deal. Johnson said Deutsch’s actions “betrayed the public trust” and demanded his resignation — a call that Mayor Bill de Blasio later joined. The charges originated from a joint probe by the city Department of Investigation, the federal IRS and federal...
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    New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch admitted Thursday that he defrauded the government of tens of thousands of dollars in taxes by concealing “his true business income,” federal officials said. Deutsch was charged and pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Manhattan federal court to tax fraud for failing to report business income connected to his real estate company, Chasa Management, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The Manhattan feds say the 52-year-old councilman evaded paying $82,076 in property taxes between 2013 and 2015. “As an elected official and community leader, Deutsch had a particular responsibility to follow the law,” said US Attorney Audrey Straus. “Instead, over a multi-year period, Deutsch concealed his true business income to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.” The probe was a joint investigation of the city Department of Investigation, the IRS and Manhattan federal prosecutors. “It is dispiriting when a sitting City Council member is convicted of a crime,” DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett said. Deutsch, who was elected in 2014, did not immediately respond...
    More On: city council City council subpoenas NYPD for cost of robot dog Upper West Side is too white and Jewish, City Council candidate manager says Queens councilman says he’s battling alcoholism, cites COVID pandemic NYC gives another gift to criminals and a slap at law-abiding Gothamites New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch admitted Thursday that he defrauded the government of tens of thousands of dollars in taxes by concealing “his true business income,” federal officials said. Deutsch was charged and pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Manhattan federal court to tax fraud for failing to report business income connected to his real estate company, Chasa Management, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The Manhattan feds say the 52-year-old councilman evaded paying $82,076 in property taxes between 2013 and 2015. “As an elected official and community leader, Deutsch had a particular responsibility to follow the law,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Straus. “Instead, over a multi-year period, Deutsch concealed his true business income to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.” The probe...
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    You can switch from your old phone to a new Google Pixel, or you can close your eyes, breathe, and then mindfully switch to a new Google Pixel. Sorry, I’m trying to force myself into the higher plane of existence that the narrator of this new ad-meets-ASMR meditation session from Google is on, and the edibles haven’t kicked in yet. The video above guides you through the process of getting all of your data onto a new Pixel, with meditative advice laid atop a slideshow of gorgeous vistas. It’s relaxing at first, but don’t take it too seriously. The chill vibes eventually give way to a cutting line of existential dread that then pivots the video completely into cringey meme territory. Just a snippet of one-liners from the video to quickly get you in the zone in case you don’t have time to watch. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of The News Brig’s Slack after editor Chris Welch pasted in the link with the ever-appropriate reaction “…what.” Me: this is actually...
    An overwhelming outpouring of love and support has lifted the hearts of a 12-year-old Oradell boy and his family as he continues his recovery from a sledding accident. Noah Ryback was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center after he was injured while sledding with friends in Van Saun Park in Paramus on Feb. 8. Following surgery, he was transferred to Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, where he’s “receiving all the treatment and rehabilitation that he needs,” Noah’s father posted in the “Team Noah” Facebook group. “He is eating, moving around, getting stronger, and smiling,” Chaim Rybak wrote. “He still tires quickly, and requires a lot of rest. But he misses all of his family and friends, and looks forward to seeing everyone again.” Support from the community and beyond has been heartwarming. A meal chain has kept busy, more than 200 “Team Noah” signs were planted throughout town, “Team Noah” bracelets are spreading and members of the River Dell High School lacrosse team shoveled snow around the Rybak family home. Get-well wishes have been posted by, among others, New...
    Earlier this week, Netflix dropped a surprise announcement that it’s adapting author Brian Jacques’ iconic Redwall books into a new animated movie and TV franchise. Based on the 22-book children’s series that was published from 1986 through 2011, the books span generations of sword-fighting anthropomorphic mice, rabbits, badgers, and other woodland creatures living at the titular Redwall Abbey. While the show was previously made into a TV series back in the late ‘90s, it’s never been adapted with the scale (or presumably, the budget) of a Netflix feature film. Many of us here at The News Brig are longtime fans of the series. Here’s how we’re taking the news. What were your initial thoughts on a Redwall adaptation? Chaim Gartenberg: I think my initial reaction was “OMG” followed by a lot of screaming from my internal seven-year-old. I grew up reading the Redwall books. I remember the original being one of the first “real” books I ever read. And the entire series just has this shining, golden spot in my memory. They’re wholesome, lovely books full of...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Chaim Bloom hasn’t done much this offseason. But his most recent trade is turning some heads. And it’s not because of whom the Red Sox’ Chief Baseball Officer acquired, but over which team he chose as a trading partner. That team would be Boston’s fiercest rival, the New York Yankees. Dealing with the Yankees is not something that many of Bloom’s predecessors have engaged in, as it usually only happens once every few decades. But Bloom had no problem swinging a trade with Boston’s biggest nemesis, and in many ways, he gave the Yankees an assist with Monday’s acquisition of reliever Adam Ottavino. The Yankees were looking to dump the righty’s $8 million salary for the 2021 season, and Bloom is hoping that works to Boston’s advantage. In addition to sending a potential setup man to the Boston bullpen, the Yankees threw in pitching prospect Frank German as well. That’s how much the Yankees were willing to move on from Ottavino. Again, Bloom is hoping that New York’s salary dump leads to a much stronger bullpen for...
    I can’t put it better than SEGAbits: “Famitsu magazine took the photo we all wanted to see.” The photo is of Sega’s upcoming Game Gear Micro — perhaps the most ridiculous miniature gaming nostalgia bomb ever announced by virtue of the exorbitant price you’ll pay to carry just four games at a time — and the Dreamcast’s infamous VMU, also known as the unholy spawn of a PlayStation memory card and the original Nintendo Game Boy. Truth be told, I didn’t know I needed to see this photo until I saw it, because I never could have imagined the glory that I now behold. Or maybe just because I didn’t do the math. It also reminds me that although Chaim has an excellent column called Button of the Month, he has yet to fulfill his 2018 promise to one day feature the Dreamcast’s VMU. It’s time, Chaim.
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Entering the season, we were all kind of prepared for a bad Red Sox season. Yet with the expanded postseason field and the highly potent offense, most of us expected the team to remain somewhat competitive, hovering more or less around .500 while remaining in the mix for one of those extra playoff spots. Instead, we’ve got this. And it is disgusting. With a 4-2 loss in the Bronx on Sunday night, the Red Sox are now riding a seven-game losing streak, owners of a 6-16 record. It was only a little over a week ago when the Red Sox were 6-9, struggling but still competing, having only been outscored by seven runs despite the shaky start to the season. Now, though, they’ve been outscored by 42 runs, and they’re 9.5 games back in the division, and they’re seven games out of a wild-card spot. Worst of all … they still have 38 games left to play. Yikes. The offense — which ranks 11th in the AL in OPS — has certainly underperformed,...
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