WeekFacts http://www.weekfacts.com News Facts Today Fri, 26 Apr 2019 01:08:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://www.weekfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/cropped-weekfactsicon-32x32.png WeekFacts http://www.weekfacts.com 32 32 Giants shock NFL draft by going Daniel Jones with No. 6 pick http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/giants-shock-nfl-draft-by-going-daniel-jones-with-no-6-pick/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/giants-shock-nfl-draft-by-going-daniel-jones-with-no-6-pick/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 01:08:43 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13750389 Time will if what the Giants did Thursday night was prescient or pathetic. For now, the selection of quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft goes down as one of the greatest gambles this franchise has undertaken. With elite pass-rusher Josh Allen of Kentucky on the board, Giants general […]

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Time will if what the Giants did Thursday night was prescient or pathetic.

For now, the selection of quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft goes down as one of the greatest gambles this franchise has undertaken.

With elite pass-rusher Josh Allen of Kentucky on the board, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman eschewed helping his ailing defense by taking a quarterback who some scouts love and most others view as a middling prospect.

The Giants were serious about finding an eventual successor to Eli Manning, who is 38 years old and entering the final year on his contract. Gettleman spoke often about finding a young quarterback to sit and learn “at the feet’’ of Manning this season. That the Giants had Jones so highly rated on their draft board will come as a shock to many, with Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State and Drew Lock of Missouri still available.

Jones is something of a Manning clone. He looked a bit like Manning and was coached at Duke by David Cutcliffe, Manning’s coach at Ole Miss and big brother Peyton Manning’s position coach at Tennessee. Jones is big (6-foot-5) and sturdy at 220 pounds, but many scouts question his arm talent. He is more athletic than Eli but his statistics at Duke – playing alongside subpar talent – were unimpressive. As a three-year starter, he finished his career completing 59.9% of his passes, with 52 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions. In 2018, Jones completed 60.5% of his passes, with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Giants’ NFL Draft tracker: Live round-by-round picks and analysis

With this pick, the Giants took a player they expect will sit for all or most of the season and perhaps then take over for Manning in 2020. Had they taken Allen – who had 17 sacks in 2018 – or another top-end defender, he would have been an immediate starter

The Jaguars immediately took Allen with the No. 7 pick.

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‘Beetlejuice’ review: Musical is a coke-snorting, F-bombing disaster http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/beetlejuice-review-musical-is-a-coke-snorting-f-bombing-disaster/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/beetlejuice-review-musical-is-a-coke-snorting-f-bombing-disaster/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 01:01:11 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13748370 If we say his name three times, will he go away? I’m not talking about the title character of “Beetlejuice,” which opened Thursday night, but Eddie Perfect. Fresh off his heinous music for “King Kong,” the Australian composer’s dismal soft-rock score fuels one of the worst Broadway musicals in years. Make that dismal and gross […]

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If we say his name three times, will he go away?

I’m not talking about the title character of “Beetlejuice,” which opened Thursday night, but Eddie Perfect. Fresh off his heinous music for “King Kong,” the Australian composer’s dismal soft-rock score fuels one of the worst Broadway musicals in years.

Make that dismal and gross — like having his 15-year-old heroine sing about her love for “creepy old guys.”

The teenager burdened with that schlocky, long song is Lydia (Sophia Anne Caruso), a role made famous by a young Winona Ryder in the 1988 film that starred Michael Keaton. Lydia, her father, Charles (Adam Dannheisser), and his girlfriend, Delia (Leslie Kritzer), have just moved into a house they unknowingly share with the ghosts of the Maitlands. Barbara (Kerry Butler) and Adam (Rob McClure) perish after falling through the floor of their fixer-upper, only to return as novices in the afterlife: inexperienced and dumb.

The couple loathes the new tenants — Delia, an obnoxious life coach, is turning their charming country home into the Museum of Modern Art — so they call on Beetlejuice, a “bio-exorcist,” to do his dirty work and chase the interlopers out.

Trouble is, we met Beetlejuice some 40 minutes before, so there’s no buildup or suspense. Alex Brightman arrives in the opening number as an annoying, lowbrow narrator who lacks Keaton’s sly, unwashed trucker charm. You get sick of this Beetlejuice fast, especially since Brightman plays him like a drug-addicted Krusty the Clown — snorting cocaine off his forearm, making erection jokes and dropping F-bombs. Leave the kids at home.

The other wrong turn the show makes is Lydia’s motivation. Here, her goth attire and obsession with the supernatural are a direct — and oft-stated — response to her dead mom. She even sings a song about it called . . . “Dead Mom.” The Maitlands and Beetlejuice, Lydia thinks, can bring her to the netherworld to see her mother once more. This sappy subplot robs the musical of macabre and fits the story as well as O.J.’s glove.

Most of the cast overplays (Butler, Kritzer) or underplays (McClure, Dannheisser), but the talented Caruso, with a Cyndi Lauper-like voice, strikes the right balance. This is a challenge for all involved, especially in the second half of Scott Brown and Anthony King’s jumbled book.

Indeed, if the actors took their scripts, threw them into the air, picked up the pages and performed them in their new order, Act 2 would be about the same. Director Alex Timbers’ hyperactive staging and David Korins’ huge-but-ugly set don’t help matters much.

The musical’s best and clearest moments happen to be the excellent movie’s best: “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” when the Maitlands attempt to scare the living by making them sing and dance; and the upbeat “Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora).”

And so ends the largely awful 2018-19 season. This summer, Broadway needs an exorcism.

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Cardinals getting blasted for Josh Rosen tweet that was a Kyler Murray sham http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/cardinals-getting-blasted-for-josh-rosen-tweet-that-was-a-kyler-murray-sham/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/cardinals-getting-blasted-for-josh-rosen-tweet-that-was-a-kyler-murray-sham/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:53:42 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13750503 Players are warned ahead of the NFL draft to delete any old tweets that could come back to haunt them. Perhaps the Arizona Cardinals should have heeded that advice before expectedly grabbing Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the first overall selection, one year after taking quarterback Josh Rosen in the first round. The Cardinals […]

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Players are warned ahead of the NFL draft to delete any old tweets that could come back to haunt them.

Perhaps the Arizona Cardinals should have heeded that advice before expectedly grabbing Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the first overall selection, one year after taking quarterback Josh Rosen in the first round.

The Cardinals instantly took some social media heat Thursday night for a tweet on their official account from Feb. 12 in which they stated, “Y’all are having fun with speculation, but…” That text accompanied a photo of Rosen and a quote from new coach Kliff Kingsbury that “Josh is our guy.”

Arizona now is expected to trade Rosen, with the Giants among the teams expressing interest in the 10th overall selection in 2018 as a potential successor to Eli Manning.

Last week, the Cardinals initially left Rosen out of their promotional video for their 2019 schedule, instead featuring highlights of other Arizona players, such as Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. The video later was edited to include Rosen, who threw for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games as a rookie.

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Cardinals take Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick in NFL draft http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/cardinals-take-kyler-murray-with-no-1-pick-in-nfl-draft/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/cardinals-take-kyler-murray-with-no-1-pick-in-nfl-draft/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:24:21 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13749152 Kyler Murray is Kliff Kingsbury’s guy after all. The Cardinals selected the former Oklahoma quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, amid months of mounting speculation. Josh Rosen, last year’s No. 10 pick, remains with the team for now as no trade was announced, but one is inevitable. Kingsbury’s […]

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Kyler Murray is Kliff Kingsbury’s guy after all.

The Cardinals selected the former Oklahoma quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, amid months of mounting speculation. Josh Rosen, last year’s No. 10 pick, remains with the team for now as no trade was announced, but one is inevitable.

Kingsbury’s interest in Murray has long been documented, and was confirmed when Arizona brass met with the signal-caller earlier this month.

“I feel a little antsy right now, it’s kind of weird,” Murray told ESPN before the draft began.

Rosen has been readying for this reality for quite some time.

“I think when people talk about, like, you can’t listen to criticism or you can’t read articles, you have to be aware of what’s going on to a certain extent,” Rosen told Sports Illustrated recently. “I definitely understand the situation. It’s annoying, but it is what it is — football’s a business. I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions.”

Murray is now the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to go No. 1 after the Browns used that selection on Baker Mayfield a year ago.

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Ilhan Omar complained to Jack Dorsey about Trump tweet http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/ilhan-omar-complained-to-jack-dorsey-about-trump-tweet/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/ilhan-omar-complained-to-jack-dorsey-about-trump-tweet/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:58:51 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13750239 Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the phone this week and demanded to know why the social media platform hadn’t deleted a tweet from President Trump that she said incited violence against her. The Twitter boss called Omar on Tuesday to talk about the presidential tweet, which shared a provocative video […]

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Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the phone this week and demanded to know why the social media platform hadn’t deleted a tweet from President Trump that she said incited violence against her.

The Twitter boss called Omar on Tuesday to talk about the presidential tweet, which shared a provocative video inter-splicing the Minnesota Democrat’s comments about 9/11 with footage of the Twin Towers in flames, according to The Washington Post.

Omar, who said she experienced a surge in death threats in the days after the April 12 tweet, pressed Dorsey to explain why the company hadn’t deleted it, a source told the paper.

Dorsey said it was because the tweet didn’t violate Twitter rules. He also pointed out that the tweet and video had been viewed and shared beyond the site.

A Twitter executive did tell Omar that Twitter needed to do a better job generally at removing hate and harassment from the site, the sources said.

A spokesman for Omar declined to comment to the paper Thursday.

In a statement, the social media giant confirmed that the call had taken place.

“During their conversation, [Dorsey] emphasized that death threats, incitement to violence, and hateful conduct are not allowed on Twitter,” a spokesperson said. “We’ve significantly invested in technology to proactively surface this type of content and will continue to focus on reducing the burden on the individual being targeted. Our team has also consistently been in touch with Rep. Omar’s office.”

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Migrants more likely to be denied asylum since Trump took office http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/migrants-more-likely-to-be-denied-asylum-since-trump-took-office/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/migrants-more-likely-to-be-denied-asylum-since-trump-took-office/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:21:50 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13749768 Immigrants who come to the country seeking asylum are having a harder time being granted amnesty since President Trump took office, new data shows. A total of 68 percent of immigrants who applied for asylum nationwide have been denied so far in 2019 and the numbers in the city have more than doubled since four […]

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Immigrants who come to the country seeking asylum are having a harder time being granted amnesty since President Trump took office, new data shows.

A total of 68 percent of immigrants who applied for asylum nationwide have been denied so far in 2019 and the numbers in the city have more than doubled since four years ago, according to data compiled by Syracuse University.

The number of denials have shot up dramatically since 2015, when only about 50 percent of asylum requests were denied nationwide and only 16 percent of migrants were denied for asylum in the city.

In other major cities, the increase has not been as pronounced as it has in New York.

San Francisco, which has a history of lax immigration policies, has seen 31 percent of asylum-seekers get denied in 2019 — compared with 25 percent in 2015.

Immigration lawyers told WNYC that a hardline approach started by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it more difficult to obtain asylum.

Sessions made a ruling in June of 2018 that made it harder for migrants to be granted asylum by claiming fear of domestic abuse or gang violence, according to The New York Times.

As a result of the ruling, immigration attorney Sofia Dee said government lawyers are scrutinizing applications more closely.

“They’re trying to attack their credibility, they’re trying to win — as opposed to determining, like, if this person really deserves asylum or not,” she said about the government lawyers, who work for the Department of Homeland Security.

President Trump has said that more stringent immigration policies are necessary to prevent a mass migration of dangerous criminals from poverty-stricken countries in Central America.

“We can’t take you anymore. I’m sorry. Can’t happen. So turn around,” Trump said about migrants during a trip to Calexico, California earlier this month.

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Jets, Bills could swap picks in massive NFL draft trade http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/jets-bills-could-swap-picks-in-massive-nfl-draft-trade/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/jets-bills-could-swap-picks-in-massive-nfl-draft-trade/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:18:13 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13750204 The Jets continue to entertain trade offers for the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NFL draft, even within their own division. There has been “lots of talk” about Buffalo trading up from the ninth spot to No. 3 if Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is still available, according to The Post’s Brian Costello, who […]

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The Jets continue to entertain trade offers for the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NFL draft, even within their own division.

There has been “lots of talk” about Buffalo trading up from the ninth spot to No. 3 if Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is still available, according to The Post’s Brian Costello, who added a potential haul could include the ninth pick, the Bills’ second-round selection (50th overall) and another draft pick either this year or in 2020. Buffalo owns two picks in the fourth round and two more in the fifth on Saturday.

Jets’ NFL Draft tracker: Live round-by-round picks and analysis

If the Jets drop back to ninth, they could target pass rushers Montez Sweat, Clelin Ferrell, Brian Burns or Rashan Gary, or possibly Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams.

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How Jack Osbourne went from rock royalty to ghost buster http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/how-jack-osbourne-went-from-rock-royalty-to-ghost-buster/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/how-jack-osbourne-went-from-rock-royalty-to-ghost-buster/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:05:24 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13749243 Unlike other paranormal investigators, Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman are afraid of the ghosts they’re busting. “You get scared, but you also have a job to do,” Weidman says. “You’re not going to be a very good investigator if you can’t push through that fear, right?” Weidman, 36, and Osbourne (yes, that Osbourne), 33, are […]

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Unlike other paranormal investigators, Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman are afraid of the ghosts they’re busting.

“You get scared, but you also have a job to do,” Weidman says. “You’re not going to be a very good investigator if you can’t push through that fear, right?”

Weidman, 36, and Osbourne (yes, that Osbourne), 33, are pushing their heart rates up on the ghost-hunting show “Portals to Hell,” premiering at 10 p.m. Friday on the Travel Channel.

As Osbourne explains it, he’s more of the paranormal “hobbyist” to Weidman’s expert. If they were photographers, he tells The Post, “she’s the pro and I’m the guy who takes cool pictures on his phone and posts them on Instagram.”

Both say their interest in the supernatural springs from early encounters with something ghostly. Weidman recalls how her sister saw her in her room upstairs while Weidman was sitting on the downstairs sofa. Osbourne remembers the time he and his sister, Kelly, were home alone when they heard loud footsteps coming from the top floor. “The footsteps were getting so close to me and my sister [that] we opened the window and considered jumping out,” he says.

Now, they travel around the country investigating haunted locales, armed with gadgets that detect movement, temperature changes and fluctuations in electromagnetic fields.

But even they’re skeptical. “It’s important to remember that it’s all fringe,” Weidman says. “Nothing can definitely say, ‘There’s a ghost next to me.’ ”

Nevertheless, they contend, people do have experiences that are hard to explain. “If you didn’t have a nose, you would have no idea what smell is,” Osbourne says. “So what’s to say that there’s some energy source out there that we just don’t know [how] to detect.”

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Jets, Giants won’t stop bickering over last year’s NFL draft http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/jets-giants-wont-stop-bickering-over-last-years-nfl-draft/ http://www.weekfacts.com/2019/04/jets-giants-wont-stop-bickering-over-last-years-nfl-draft/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:02:22 +0000 http://nypost.com/?post_type=article&p=13749943 It’s New York football’s Great Debate — and it’s not ending anytime soon. Neither is the trolling. The Jets took a light shot at their neighbors ahead of the 2019 NFL draft in Nashville with three words — “Thank you, @Giants” — above a photo of Gang Green fanatics clad in Sam Darnold gear echoing […]

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It’s New York football’s Great Debate — and it’s not ending anytime soon.

Neither is the trolling.

The Jets took a light shot at their neighbors ahead of the 2019 NFL draft in Nashville with three words — “Thank you, @Giants” — above a photo of Gang Green fanatics clad in Sam Darnold gear echoing the same prose.

“@nyjets You’re welcome,” the Giants responded, with Saquon Barkley holding onto the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

It’s the storyline that’ll further entangle both franchises for years to come: the Giants shockingly passing on Darnold, the potential franchise quarterback, for the star running back Barkley during last year’s draft.

While Barkley took the NFL by storm, the Giants are still frantically searching for Eli Manning’s heir.

They could fill that role Thursday night, with either the No. 6 or No. 17 pick, though none of the quarterback prospects presumably on their radar are as highly regarded as Darnold was in 2018.

Jets’ NFL Draft tracker: Live round-by-round picks and analysis

Meanwhile, Darnold showed flashes of stardom last season, as Jets brass will be focused on building a supporting cast around the most important position in the game. The Jets currently hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

“I don’t care for their opinions or anything, I can’t change those opinions,” Barkley said last week. Not being cocky or anything, but if a Rookie of the Year doesn’t sway that mindset, then I don’t know what will.”

It all fits on the bulletin board for when these two teams face off during next season’s MetLife Bowl.

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It’s New York football’s Great Debate — and it’s not ending anytime soon.

Neither is the trolling.

The Jets took a light shot at their neighbors ahead of the 2019 NFL draft in Nashville with three words — “Thank you, @Giants” — above a photo of Gang Green fanatics clad in Sam Darnold gear.

It’s the storyline that’ll further entangle both franchises for years to come: the Giants shockingly passing on Darnold, the potential franchise quarterback, for star running back Saquon Barkley during last year’s draft.

While Barkley took the NFL by storm and won Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Giants are still frantically searching for Eli Manning’s heir. They could fill that role Thursday night, with either the No. 6 or No. 17 pick, though none of the quarterback prospects presumably on their radar are as highly regarded as Darnold was in 2018.

Jets’ NFL Draft tracker: Live round-by-round picks and analysis

Meanwhile, Darnold showed flashes of stardom last season, as Jets brass will be focused on building a supporting cast around the most important position in the game. The Jets currently hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

“I don’t care for their opinions or anything, I can’t change those opinions,” Barkley said last week. Not being cocky or anything, but if a Rookie of the Year doesn’t sway that mindset, then I don’t know what will.”

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