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Is That A Catfish Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?

There are a lot of weird and odd things that come across our electronic desk, but this one is right up there:

Predators fan Jacob Waddell charged for throwing catfish on ice in Game 1

A Nashville Predators fan who threw a dead catfish on the ice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is facing criminal charges, the Pittsburgh Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.

There’s a bit of a backstory to this that the staff was talking about last week. It seems that in 2003, in order to start some sort of tradition, the fans of the Nashville Predators took to throwing catfish onto the ice during hockey games. The act is similar to the tradition that happens in Detroit where people throw octopus onto the ice. The Detroit tradition started because at one point in time, it took eight game victories to win the Stanley Cup.

The fans of the Predators seemed to say “this is the south. We are throwing catfish.”

It takes all kinds.

We understand that you cannot have seafood flying through the air at sporting events. Frankly, some of the catfish people have thrown are rather big and we can see someone getting hurt if the fish doesn’t make it onto the rink.

However, instead of just removing the guy from the arena and telling him to never come back, he was charged with a crime – multiple crimes in fact:
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Cocoa Beach: The Legal Services Workshop Impressions.

As we said yesterday, last night the Cocoa Beach City Commission held a workshop with public interviews for the three remaining candidates.

We were unable to attend for a couple of reasons, but we did record it and watch it.

If you want to know what our impressions of the meeting and the candidates were, sorry, but we aren’t going to tell you.

At least not at this time.

We know that there are people out there who think and say “if Hoecakes likes this applicant, we should hate them. If Hoecakes hates this applicant, we should support them.”

That’s the way that rolls sometimes.
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Do You Believe In Terrapins? YES!

In 1975, Frank Urso led the Maryland Terrapins to their second NCAA Lacrosse Championship (1973, 1975.) Urso was a magician with a stick and to this day he is our favorite lacrosse player.

Following 1975, the Terps had made it to Championship Weekend – the Final Four of lacrosse and come away empty.

The tenth time was the charm.

Be the Best! Maryland’s Erases Title Drought In 9-6 Win over Ohio State
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Cocoa Beach: Legal Services Workshop.

Don’t forget that tonight the City of Cocoa Beach will hold a workshop starting at 6 PM where the public can see the three remaining finalists for providing legal services to the City in “action.”

The agenda for the meeting is found here.

Presentations by City Attorney candidates. (Listed on the agenda alphabetically.) Presentations to include:
– Introduction of Attorney and legal firm experience – 15 minutes
– Questions by the City Commission – 15 minutes
– Questions from the Public – 10 minutes
Interview times are flexible and subject to adjustment.

Of course, the interesting thing to us is that this meeting is after the City Commission members have had individual interviews out of the public eye but yet they are getting more time to ask questions than the other 10,000 people in Cocoa Beach. Don’t get us wrong, the law firm will work and at the direction of the Commission so perhaps it is right that the Commission have more time. At the same time, if the Commission members haven’t asked the questions they want asked in the private interviews, do they really need more time – especially more than the people who will be paying the bill?
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Remembering.

Antietam National Cemetery.

It was an early fall day when citizens of western Maryland began to hear that the Confederate Army had passed through Frederick, Maryland and was heading further into the state. The area was mostly farm land, and the crops of wheat and corn were high and ready to be harvested.

The ragged Johnny Rebs would meet the men in Union blue around a little town called Sharpsburg which was near the Antietam Creek on September 17, 1862.

By the end of the day, the Confederate and Union Armies had fought to a tactical draw.

The cost of the battle was horrific. The two armies suffered more than 23,000 casualties that day, making it the single bloodiest day in the history of the United States. The corn and the wheat had been cut down by musket, rifle and artillery fire, leaving nothing taller than four inches on the fields that were once gold and green.

Instead, the ground was red with blood of fathers, sons, and brothers.

We used to go up to Antietam a great deal. The country there is beautiful. The rolling hills hide the carnage that took place in 1862.

The battlefield is quiet now. Eerily quiet. We cannot imagine the noise of muskets, rifles, cannons, bugles and cries of the wounded compared to the bucolic serenity that is the National Battlefield Monument of today.

It is hard to imagine the dead bodies that filled the sunken road from side to side as you walk down “bloody lane.” You can climb the observation tower to see the entire battlefield and once at the top, the beauty of the area and the chirping of the birds seems almost out of place.
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We Play On Monday.

What a game.

Maryland survived a rough and tumble contest against Denver 9-8 in the second NCAA Semifinal on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Junior midfielder Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal

for Maryland with 8:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Terps worked clock before a final flurry in the final two minutes that involved significant calls from the game’s officials.

An apparent goal from Maryland senior attackman Colin Heacock that would have given the Terps a two goal lead with 1:25 remaining was disallowed for a crease violation. On the ensuing Denver possession, junior midfielder Connor Donahue made a last ditch individual effort with seconds remaining, putting the ball in the back of the net while diving towards the cage. His goal was disallowed for a crease violation as well, and the Terps threw the ball in the air with seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Another recap:
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Cocoa Beach: Well, That Didn’t Take Long.

We said earlier that we thought the Cocoa Beach Tattoo Company would initiate a legal appeal to the decision of the Board of Adjustment.

Our ninjas have sent word that they have done just that.

The company is being represented by attorney Kimberly Bonder Rezanka, who you may remember won the shark sign case.
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Cocoa Beach: Dear Commissioner….

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a copy of an email we have sent to every member of the Cocoa Beach Commission. We are doing this prior to the May 30, 2017 workshop on the selection of a firm to provide legal services to the City. We probably would have sent a representative to both the Commission meeting and Board of Adjustment meeting to highlight the failure of sound legal advice from the City Attorney, but both meetings occur after the workshop. We wanted to give Commissioners additional information of which they may not be aware.

Dear Commissioner,

On May 30, 2017 the City of Cocoa Beach Commission will hold an public workshop for the purposes of presentations and public interviews from both citizens and the Commission as a whole for the purpose of contracting with a firm for legal services.

One of the proposed firms is the current firm upon which the City relies upon for legal services: Fowler, O’Quinn, Feeney & Sneed, P.A.

We have been critical of the firm in the past due to a lack of preparation (the City seal issue,) a lack of quality legal advice (i.e. City rules that allow dissenting voices to be removed,) a lack of professionalism (acting as Board members rather than being a consultant to that Board,) and giving legal advice that was wrong (City seal issue on costs.) Several times we have sent a representative to your meetings to discuss these issues.

However, due to the timing of the workshop and the timing of a regular Commission meeting, we are not able to highlight another instance of a legal problem caused by Fowler, O’Quinn, Feeney & Sneed, P.A. – specifically Attorney Marsha Segal-George.

We will try to be brief but give some documentation to what we are saying.

On May 17, 2017 the Board of Adjustments met to and under new business looked at three cases. ((Agenda here: http://cocoabeach.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=3104 )

Case “C3” was an application for a “special exemption” from the Cocoa Beach Tattoo Company represented by the owner David Cox. (the case briefing can be seen here: http://cocoabeach.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=3104&meta_id=166388 )

At issue was the applicant wanting to locate a tattoo shop within 2000 feet or another tattoo shop. The actual distance of 1730 feet required a special exemption under the Land Development Regulations (LDRs.)

During the discussion of the case, Chairman Don Haynes said he seemed to remember “legislation or something” that tattooing was a First Amendment issue and asked the City Attorney if the City “could get in trouble.” (Timestamp 01:26:31 of the video.)
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