Casino Questions, State Police, Stun Guns, Hot Sox: The Short List – New England Public Radio

Recently, there’s been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

This all came up after casino mogul Steve Wynn divested himself from his company, which is building the Everett casino, after sexual harassment allegations became public.

Another scandal has come to light at the Massachusetts State Police — this one involving its payroll director. She’s alleged to have stolen $23,000 from the department over a 15-month span. There have been some reforms put into place for the State Police to address other problems, and Governor Baker said that anything that happens on his watch “belongs to me.” 

Also this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cleared the way for stun guns to become legal in the state. This doesn’t come as a big surprise as the court had a previous decision overturned by the Supreme Court regarding the state’s ban on the electronic weapons. And one police chief says they should be regulated just like firearms.

Finally, it’s been a good month so far for Boston’s professional sports teams. The Bruins and Celtics are doing well in the playoffs, and how about those Red Sox? They’re off to their best start ever. 

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NBA playoffs: How Stephen Curry has mentored Quinn Cook during postseason – The Mercury News

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SAN ANTONIO – The daily responsibilities usually involved Stephen Curry making long 3-pointers, commanding double teams and throwing dazzling passes.

The Warriors guard cannot do any of that lately. Curry has been sidelined for nearly the past four weeks with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee. Curry has spent the past week rehabbing his knee with running and elastic band exercises. And with the Warriors clearing him Friday for modified team practices, Curry will sit out for a potentially series-clinching Game 4 of the team’s first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

So in between rehab exercises, Curry has assumed a different role. He has remained what Warriors guard Quinn Cook called “the ultimate mentor” and “ultimate big brother” during his first NBA playoff stint.

“Steph’s always giving him advice,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I don’t really listen to their conversations. But it’s nice for Quinn to have that voice and that friendship with Steph. He’s been a big help.”

How has that helped?

The examples seem as plentiful as Curry’s volume of highlight reels. With Cook averaging 7.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting in 21.3 minutes through three playoff games as a backup point guard, Curry has given him feedback any time he goes to the bench. Curry has chastised Cook for passing up open shots. Curry has reminded Cook not to feel discouraged about making mistakes.

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“I’m like a sponge around him. I ask him so many questions,” Cook told The Bay Area News Group. “He tells me what he sees. We have a good rapport with each other.”

That rapport started well before the 25-year-old undrafted guard spent the 2017-18

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We went inside Manhattan's newest luxury marijuana dispensary on Fifth Avenue — and it's stunning – Business Insider

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MedMen, a cannabis retail company that operates a chain of slick, high-end marijuana dispensaries in California and Nevada (and now New York) has opened a new flagship store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue — just in time for 420.

It’s a major bet on the future of marijuana legalization in New York. And contrary to what you might expect, being inside the store is a high-end retail experience.

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A child playing outside in Rock Hill made a discovery. It was not a toy – The Herald

A child playing outside his home Wednesday in Rock Hill found live ammunition, police said.

The child was not hurt, said Lt. Michael Chavis, spokesman for the Rock Hill Police Department.

The child was playing when he found 18 .40-caliber bullets and two magazines that hold ammunition near his home in an apartment complex on Hearn Street, Chavis said.

The child’s mother called police, who seized the ammunition, according to an incident report.

Officers conducted a search but did not find any guns or other materials, Chavis said. The bullets did not match any reports of stolen ammunition, Chavis said.

Chavis said the family acted properly to immediately notify law enforcement after finding the ammunition.

The bullets were placed into evidence then destroyed, police said.

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Former women's hockey player AJ Mleczko breaks the ice as TV analyst for NHL playoff games – USA TODAY

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AJ Mleczko, a former U.S. Olympian, has been taking her talents to the TV booth during NHL games, where she uses her expertise to provide insight about what is going on on the ice.(Photo: Courtesy: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

When former U.S. Olympian AJ Mleczko left her audition for an NBC television analyst job in the spring of 2005, she assumed her broadcasting career was over before it launched.

Nobody had told her she would audition with legendary play-by-play man Mike Emrick and they would broadcast her U.S. team’s loss to Canada at the 2002 Olympics. Intimidation. Sentimentality. Nervousness. Mleczko had it all going on.

“It was a difficult audition,” said Mleczko, an Olympic silver and gold medalist. “I was thinking, ‘Well, this was a great experience, but that may well be my one-and-done broadcasting career.”

To Mleczko’s surprise, she was offered the job as an analyst for the women’s games at the 2006 Olympics. Twelve years later, Mleczko is the first woman to be working NHL Stanley Cup playoff games as an in-booth analyst.

She will work beside Kenny Albert on Friday for Game 5 of the Nashville Predators-Colorado Avalanche Western Conference quarterfinal in Nashville (9:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). Mleczko also served in the role for Game 1. Nashville leads the series 3-1.

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