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TMT: Russia’s Communists divided over…

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NBC NEWS: Pennsylvania woman wanted to sell Pelosi’s laptop to the…

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…oh, come now, you know the answer.

NBC News provides the details.

Riley June Williams was charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds with the intent to disturb a session of Congress and other charges after her former flame turned her in.

William’s ex, who was described in Special Agent Jonathan Lund’s charging document as W 1 (witness one), called the FBI and told them she “intended to send the computer device to a friend in …”

“William’s” is a typo.

A tale of two packages

This post is NOT an indictment of the U.S. Postal Service. It is a reminder of how quirky mail delivery has become with more and more people sending more and more packages domestically and overseas this year.

On Dec. 4, I shipped two packages to Russia. The children receiving them both live in Moscow, roughly 12 miles/20 km from each other. Because Orthodox Christmas occurs in early January, I was optimistic they’d both receive their gifts in time for the holiday.

Today, 25 days later, one package has arrived in Moscow, though it’s not yet been delivered to the recipient. The other package still sits somewhere in the U.S.

If that package follows the same path as the one that made it to Russia, it still needs to go to Chicago and Zurich before arriving in Moscow.

The parents understand there’s nothing none of us can do to get that delivery there faster. It’s the first Christmas for their little girl, so the symbolic value of being there by Christmas is perhaps higher than it ought to be.

In normal times, it has taken between 2-3 weeks to get packages from Pittsburgh to Moscow. Yes, my friends, these are not normal times.

The top 10 sports stories of 2020*

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*Coronavirus is not considered in this list; the impact it had on sports all over the world is so obvious that it ought to be its own Top 10 list.

Here we go…

10. The Los Angeles Dodgers finally get it done, winning the World Series and ending a 32-year championship drought.

9. LSU wins the college football national championship. The Tigers, behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow go 15-0 and break the vise-like grip Alabama and Clemson have held on the sport.

8. Two different stories involving black race car drivers. Lewis Hamilton — again — dominates Formula One. Hamilton wins his fourth straight championship and seventh overall. This year, he wins 11 of the 17 races the sport contested. In the U.S., a different story, as NASCAR drivers rally to support Bubba Wallace after a noose is found in his team’s garage before a race in Alabama

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7. Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller goes from an anonymous college soccer player to the first woman to play in a major college football game in the span of one week. She later converts an extra point, becoming the first woman to score in a major college football game.

6. The Houston Astros can their general manager and manager after Major League Baseball releases its report about sign stealing.

5. Russia is again sanctioned, this time for two years, amid accusations of state-sponsored doping of its elite athletes.

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4. College athletes move closer to being able to profit off their name, image and likeness.

3. Kim Ng is named the general manager of the Miami Marlins, becoming the first woman to hold that position in the history of Major League Baseball.

2. Athletes from across sports embrace the Black Lives Matter movement, offering public demonstrations in support of equality, racial justice and more.

1. Kobe Bryant, one of his daughters and seven other people die in a helicopter crash. Bryant, who played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, was only 41 years old.

What can we blame on Russia today?

What can we blame on Russia today?

Will it be Putin’s fault

When your team goofs a play?

Who in Moscow wanted it to be

Not warm enough for you or for me?

Donald didn’t sign that stimulus bill

Did an FSB officer slip him a pill?

Come on, my friend, please help me find

What Russia did today to make your gears grind.