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  • Man convinced living room painting is $300M Michelangelo masterpiece
    By Associated Press - Thursday Jul 20, 2017

    TONAWANDA, N.Y. — Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting experts to agree remains the $300 million hurdle. That’s the potential value of the 19-by-25-inch work that Kober’s family affectionately calls the “the Mike,”...

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  • Drake baseball’s improbable win ends Miramonte bid for perfection
    By Mitch Stephens - Monday Jun 5, 2017

    Drake baseball’s improbable win ends Miramonte bid for perfectionThe script couldn’t have been written any better:Miramonte-Orinda’s baseball team had a chance to finish undefeated in longtime coach Vince Dell’Aquila’s final season.What’s more, the North Coast Section Division 3 title game was played in Miramonte’s backyard at St. Mary’s College, a perfect venue from which to start a victory parade back to campus.Unfortunately for the Matadors, no one shared the script with Drake-San Anselmo, an overachieving, underwhelming bunch that second-year coach Will Mosley said “wouldn’t pass any initial eye test.”Despite appearances, Drake pulled out a 4-3 victory to end Miramonte’s perfect season and claim the school’s second NCS title in three years and fourth overall.The win also took the sting out of a last year’s season-ending loss to Miramonte and completed the program’s first trifecta of Marin County Athletic League regular-season and playoff titles and the NCS crown.The Pirates (25-5) also set a school record for victories.“This team responded to everything we asked of them and every challenge put in front of them,” Mosley said.Even facing an undefeated team with a lot of motivation, these guys just play with so much heart and play so smart.With a rotation led by Nick Roth (9-3, 0.82 ERA, 92 strikeouts, 81 innings) and Ryan McLaughlin (9-1, 0.40, MCAL Pitcher of the Year), Drake didn’t allow more than three runs in any game this season.[...] after Eric Woodrow tied Saturday’s game 2-2 in the fourth with an RBI double and McLaughlin followed with a two-run double, Drake had its magic number of four runs.Miramonte (27-1) responded by loading the bases with no outs in the sixth.[...] McLaughlin (four-hitter, eight strikeouts) wiggled out of the jam, allowing only a run.In the seventh, junior catcher Case Delst threw out a would-be base-stealer, all but sealing a terrific game and season for his team.“I couldn’t be prouder of my guys,” Dell’Aquila said.Winning five or 10 games in a row is unique in baseball, let alone 27.Saturday’s win wasn’t the only memorable one of the season for the Pirates.In the section semifinals, Drake broke Analy-Sebastopol’s 18-game win streak with a 1-0 victory as Roth struck out 10 and allowed three hits.On May 20, Drake won the MCAL playoff title 2-1, beating Marin Catholic on a 19th-inning home run by Owen Hamilton in a game that had to be completed the day after it started because of curfew at the park.“Something magical changed after that,” Mosley said.MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The Chronicle.Final Chronicletop 10 baseballDe La SalleMonte VistaNRNRCasa GrandeNRFinal Chronicletop 10 softballFoothillNRFreedomHeritage

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  • Miramonte’s Tim Tague is Chronicle’s baseball player of the year
    By Mitch Stephens - Sunday Jun 25, 2017

    Miramonte’s Tim Tague is Chronicle’s baseball player of the yearThe Miramonte-Orinda senior — with an 11-0 record and 0.81 ERA to go with a .342 batting average and steady play from shortstop — led his team to 27 straight victories before a 4-3 defeat to Drake-San Anselmo in the North Coast Section Division 3 final June 3 burst the Matadors’ green and silver balloon.Pitch by pitch, inning by inning, game by game, we were so locked in and had so much fun doing it.Winning 27 straight games was crazy.“Great kid, great leader,” said baseball coach Vince Dell’Aquila.Said Miramonte football coach Jack Schram: Grounded.[...] he’s got all the perspective he needs right at home.[...] Tague couldn’t wait to meet up with his younger sister, Nicole, after the Drake loss.The 13-year-old was born with Phelan-McDermid syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder that causes low muscle tone, severe speech challenges and profound mental disability.An electronic device helps her communicate, but truthfully, Tague said, only he, dad Skip, mom Anna, and sisters Caroline, 20, and Bridget, 16, understand Nicole.[...] Tim Tague has never quit anything.Despite a laundry list of significant injuries, the 6-foot, 185-pounder missed only half a football season as a sophomore.Among his ailments: a torn meniscus in his right knee, six oral surgeries due to defects in his teeth, a broken foot, a broken toe, a severe ankle sprain and a stress fracture in his back.MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The Chronicle.Pitching — 11-0 record, 0.81 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 602/3 IP, 41 H, 67 Ks, 13 BBs, 8 pickoffs.Batting — 76 at-bats, 26 hits (.342 average), 26 runs, 14 RBIs, 12 BBs, 10 SBs, .451 OBP, .461 slugging, .912 OPS.

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  • North Dakota college head sorry for disparaging high school diploma
    By (Fox News Online) - Saturday Jul 22, 2017

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  • Rapper Common surprises students at NY school, donates money
    By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer - Thursday Jul 20, 2017

    Rapper Common surprises students at NY school, donates moneyNEW YORK (AP) — Oscar and Grammy winner Common surprised a group of New York students by donating $10,000 to help their teachers buy supplies like calculators and science kits.The rapper-actor partnered with the nonprofit and Burlington Stores to give Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem the funds on Thursday.Jadon-Li M. Antoine, an aspiring musician, actor and dancer, said Common's visit motivates him to keep aiming for his dreams.Burlington has been raising money from its 599 stores to help other schools, asking customers to donate $1 or more.

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  • A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry
    By KYLE SPENCER - Friday Aug 11, 2017

    Mastery-based learning allows students to learn at their own pace.

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