Steve Cohen Closes on Mets Sale as Team Announces Front Office Departures

Steve Cohen, now officially the majority owner of the New York Mets, wasted no time in restructuring the organization to his liking.

The hedge fund titan closed on his $2.42 billion purchase of the Major League Baseball team on Friday, assuming control from the Katz and Wilpon families.

“I want to thank everybody who helped make this happen,” Cohen said in a statement. “The 2021 season is right around the corner and we’ve got a lot of work to do, so I’m excited to get started. Let’s go Mets.”

Within hours, it was announced by recently-hired Mets team president Sandy Alderson that General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen and most of the front office won’t be returning for the 2021 season.

Special Assistant to the general manager Omar Minaya, assistant general managers Allard Baird and Adam Guttridge and executive director of player development Jared Banner will also be leaving the organization.

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Blue dots painted in front of Biden supporters’ homes in California



a person holding a sign: Blue dots painted in front of Biden supporters' homes in California


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Blue dots painted in front of Biden supporters’ homes in California

Residents of Roseville, Calif., have reported blue dots being spray-painted in front of homes with Biden-Harris campaign signs, local affiliate KCRA-TV reports.

Roseville resident Adam Quilici told the news outlet that he was making breakfast when a neighbor told him to look in front of his home. He said a blue dot was painted in the road in front of his house.

Other residents told the news outlet they believe the dots were painted between Saturday and Sunday.

“The houses that were targeted have Biden-Harris signs in front of them – every single one,” Quilici told KCRA-TV. “There aren’t any blue dots anywhere where there are not those signs present.”

Quilici called the police, according to the news outlet, and they told him that they believed him after making sure it had nothing to do

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Mysterious Blue Dots Spray-Painted in Front of Homes of Biden Supporters in California

Residents of a California city said they felt threatened after mysterious blue dots appeared outside homes which were displaying signs supporting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.



a person holding a sign: A Joe Biden supporter holds a sign ahead of Biden's Super Tuesday night event on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Residents of a California city of Rosevile said they felt threatened after mysterious blue dots appeared outside homes which were displaying signs supporting Biden.


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A Joe Biden supporter holds a sign ahead of Biden’s Super Tuesday night event on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Residents of a California city of Rosevile said they felt threatened after mysterious blue dots appeared outside homes which were displaying signs supporting Biden.

Police said they are investigating after a number of dots were spray-painted on the roads in front the Roseville houses of people backing the democratic presidential ticket just days before the election.

“It’s pretty creepy,” Adam Quilici, who lives in Roseville, told KCRA. “I feel targeted and intimidated a little bit. It just seems like it’s not OK.”

Quilici described how one of his neighbors told him about the blue dots

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Hudson fire destroys two gulf front homes, damages two others

HUDSON — Fire destroyed two gulf-front homes, damaged two others and sent one person to the hospital on Monday, officials said.

Pasco County Fire Rescue received a 911 call about 6 a.m. Monday about a house fire along the 6500 block of Driftwood Drive in the Driftwood Isle neighborhood, according to a news release. When fire crews arrived, they found three homes on fire and the flames fanned by heavy winds.

Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office talk Monday with residents of the 6500 block of Driftwood Drive, where an early morning fire leveled two homes and damaged two others. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

One person with severe burns was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital.

Two of the homes were destroyed and two others were damaged, fire rescue officials said. Several vehicles were also damaged or destroyed. Aerial video captured by WFLA, Ch. 8

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