iStock/Thinkstock(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — A Florida man charged with manslaughter in a fatal shooting he claimed was an act of self-defense under the state’s “stand your ground” law made his first court appearance Tuesday as prosecutors released investigative reports alleging he had a history of threatening people with guns.Michael Drejka, 48, made a brief appearance for a bond hearing via video in Pinellas County court in Clearwater, wearing orange jail clothes and flip-flops, watched by two sheriff’s deputies from a holding cell.Judge Joseph Bulone ordered that Drejka remain in custody on $100,000 bond and asked the defendant if he could afford an attorney.“No,” Drejka said.Bulone said he would appoint a public defender for Drejka, who has not yet entered a plea.Watching the hearing from the front row of the courtroom were the father and girlfriend of Markeis McGlockton, 28, the man Drejka allegedly shot dead in a dispute over a parking space.It was the first time Britany Jacobs, McGlockton’s girlfriend of nine years and the mother of his three young children, had seen Drejka since he approached her and her children outside a convenience store in Clearwater and allegedly berated her about parking her car in a handicapped spot.A security video showed McGlockton, 28, coming out of the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. The footage captured Drejka, who has a concealed-weapons permit, pulling a .40-caliber Glock handgun and shooting McGlockton.“I can tell my kids now that the police got the bad man,” Jacobs said after the hearing.Jacobs said she still hasn’t been able to tell her children, including her oldest son, 5-year-old Markeis Jr., that their father is dead.“I’m still answering their questions about when daddy is going to wake up,” she said. “And all I can tell them is, daddy is resting right now.”Bulone told Drejka that if he does make bond, he must surrender any guns he has to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, wear an ankle monitor and stay within the county. Bulone also ordered Drejka not to contact Jacobs or any member of McGlockton’s family.Asked if he had any questions, Drejka answered, “No.”The court hearing came a day after Bernie McCabe, the state attorney for Pinellas County, rejected Drejka’s claim of self-defense, charged him with manslaughter and had a warrant issued for his arrest.“Michael Drejka, without lawful justification and by his own act, did kill Markeis McGlockton,” reads a complaint filed by prosecutors.The complaint also says Drejka allegedly threatened to shoot three different individuals, pulling guns on two people in road-rage incidents dating back to 2012.Three months before McGlockton’s shooting, Drejka, who is white, threatened to shoot a black man for parking in a handicapped space at the same store where McGlockton was shot confronting Drejka, according to the complaint.The man’s boss told detectives Drejka later called him to complain about his worker, telling him “he was lucky that he didn’t blow his employee’s head off,” the complaint alleges.In another incident, an 18-year-old man told Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies in 2012 that Drejka flashed a black handgun at him during a road-rage incident. The teenager told deputies the altercation started when he stopped at a light that turned had yellow, and Drejka, who was behind him, allegedly honked and yelled at him, and pointed the handgun at him from his driver’s-side window, according to the complaint.The teenager did not wish to press charges against Drejka, the complaint says.On Dec. 12, 2012, a woman told Largo, Florida, police that a man in a black Toyota truck, later identified at Drejka, pointed a gun at her and her passengers.“When Largo Police talked to Michael Drejka, he stated that the female driver was driving too slowly through a school zone,” according to the complaint.Drejka denied pulling a gun on the woman, and police let him go when they did not find a firearm in his truck, the complaint says.Following the McGlockton shooting, detectives had Drejka reenact the confrontation in a police station interview room.Drejka sat on the ground and pointed his arms outstretched toward a detective, according to the complaint.“Michael Drejka directed [the detective] to back up, at which point [the detective] had stepped all the way to the wall and could not retreat any further,” the complaint reads. “The interview room where the enactment took place is a 10 x 10 foot room. Based upon this reenactment, Michael Drejka demonstrated that Markeis McGlockton was in excess of 10 feet from him when he shot him.”During the interview with detectives, Drejka “maintained his actions were in self-defense,” the complaint says. He told detectives that when McGlockton “tackled” him to the ground he was “in fear” and pulled his gun from a holster on the right side of his body and fired once.“Michael Drejka stated no words were exchanged by him or McGlockton. He did not see McGlockton’s hands or face. He saw his legs and said he made a twitch towards him and he fired the gun in self-defense,” according to the complaint.Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Jacobs, said Drejka should have been arrested the day of the shooting. But Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially declined to arrest Drejka because he had invoked the “stand your ground” law.“The charges are only one step in this journey — to get justice for the unbelievable killing of Markeis McGlockton in front of his children,” Crump said after Tuesday’s hearing. “They understand when you look at the history of the state of Florida and ‘stand your ground’ that this doesn’t equal a conviction. All of America is watching Clearwater, Florida, to see if there will be equal justice for Markeis McGlockton. … If the facts were in reverse, nobody would doubt what the outcome would be.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Professor Glyn Humphreys, Watts Chair of Experimental Psychology and Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology, died suddenly on 14th January while in Hong Kong as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.The department released a statement on its website, noting that, “Psychology has lost a wonderful friend, a caring mentor and a brilliant scientist.” Educated at Bristol University in the late 1970s and formerly holding a professorship at Birmingham University and special professorships in Germany and China, Professor Humphreys was described as a “world leading authority in cognitive neuropsychology”, according to the statement, and had been recognised by numerous awards and honours including the British Psychological Society Lifetime achievement award in 2015. “Members of the Department of Psychology have been deeply affected by this extremely sad news,” the statement continued. “Glyn was so young and so full of life and vitality. Together with his wife and colleague Jane Riddoch they brought both wisdom and experience to experimental Psychology and the Medical school. Our thoughts are with Jane and their family,” it read.The department has established a memorial webpage where those wishing to pay their tributes to Professor Humphreys can share their memories, where many former colleagues and pupils have written. Professor and Chair of Experimental Psychology David Clark wrote of Professor Humphreys, “Always available, always generous, always thoughtful and never pretentious, Glyn has been a transformative head of department […] Psychology has lost a brilliant experimentalist who also had that rare ability to consistently translate his findings into something that is a genuine help to patients. Thank you Glyn for showing so many of us a better way.” Professor of Developmental Nuropsychology Dorothy Bishop echoed these thoughts. “He was kind and considerate to everyone, and never showed any sign of self-importance despite being such a major figure in the field.The whole department is in shock and is grieving the loss of a great psychologist,” she wrote.Magdalena Chechlacz, a postdoctoral fellow who worked with and was supervised by Professor Humphreys, wrote of his ability as a teacher, “He was an incredibly kind, very generous and very patient teacher. “He had this amazing ability to impart his knowledge and experience without trying to change your individual way of seeing things.”Andrew Olson, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Birmingham, noted that Humphreys was “incredibly supportive of students, young staff and international visitors, both personally and professionally.”This sentiment has been reiterated in messages from those he knew all over the world. A memorial event for Dr. Humphreys will be held at Wolfson College on Saturday May 28.
Donegal County Archives is celebrating 20 years this year and to mark this auspicious year, the Archives Service is delighted to announce that its most prestigious and invaluable collection of archives has now gone online. The public can now access the Poor Law Union/Board of Guardians/ Workhouses, 1840 – 1922, in partnership with the company Find My Past at: https://search.findmypast.ie/search-world-Records/donegal-workhouses-registers-and-minute-booksThese records can be accessed on the Find My Past website for a fee however, the website is free to view on public computers at County Donegal’s public libraries, but the computers must be booked in advance. More than 400,000 records from the Donegal workhouses, including admission and discharge registers, are contained in the digitised archives.These records are truly invaluable for the study of local, family and academic history of Ireland, particularly from the era of the Great Famine right through to partition in 1921 and the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922. These records depict an Ireland that is unrecognisable to us today, rural and poverty stricken; large landed estates; and desperately poor tenants; under British rule; before partition.The archives tell the human stories of those families and individuals – our ancestors- who spent time in the dreaded workhouse due to desperate poverty or homelessness. The minutes and admission and discharge registers shine a spotlight into the lives of the poorest of the poor and those who were entrusted with assisting them, the masters, matrons, nurses, porters, attendants, teachers etc; the tradespeople who supplied the workhouses; and the rate collectors who were charged with collecting the tax that funded them. The workhouses were in Carndonagh, Glenties, Ballyshannon, Donegal, Milford, Letterkenny, Stranorlar and Dunfanaghy. The oldest register is from Inishowen and covers the whole period of the Famine. There are over 900 records in total. The surviving records for Co. Donegal workhouses include admission and discharge registers, indoor relief registers for those who spent time resident in the workhouses. Survivals for registers differ for each workhouse, there are incomplete sets for some and very few for others. For the complete list of workhouse records please see http://www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/archives/countyarchivescollection/Donegal County Archive Service is located at the Three Rivers Centre, Lifford. You can call +353 74 9172490, e-mail: [email protected] or follow on Facebook and Twitter. #archives20Invaluable records from Donegal workhouses now available online was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Archives
An amazing fact about DNA transcription is that the machinery not only copies DNA onto RNA, but checks it for errors. A story in Science Daily says that researchers would expect 100 times more errors statistically than the actual results of transcription in the cell. One of the mechanisms revealed in more detail by researchers at University of Bristol and University of Leeds is a linear stalling process akin to an old-style typesetting machine. DNA “letters” are transcribed single-file by a machine called RNA polymerase. When a wrong letter is inserted in the RNA transcript, the machine stalls and backs up. It then has a tiny “molecular scissors” that snips out the incorrect nucleotide and inserts the correct one. This is only part of the proofreading process, however. The article ended, “there is more than one identified mechanism for ensuring that genetic code is copied correctly. The challenge now is to find out – through a combination of experimental biology and modelling – which mechanism is dominant.” One can expect that their analogy to a typesetting machine will develop over time into something more sophisticated: perhaps an office full of specialists using computerized error correction technologies.Stephen Meyer’s new book Signature in the Cell (see Resource of the Week) explains why these discoveries are undermining evolution at its base. In chapter two, he recounts the history of discoveries about DNA. It reads like a detective story. Since the mid-19th century, biologists and chemists tried to understand what was going on in the cell, then in the nucleus, then in the chromosomes, then in the bands within the chromosomes, then in the nucleic acids and their bases, then in the structure of the double helix. It took a century to uncover the answer. The reality turned out to be far more astonishing than anything they could have imagined. In Darwin’s day, who would have thought that the cell has computer codes that are transcribed and translated, and proofread with multiple levels of error correction? Evolutionists have few options for responding to these discoveries. One method they use is to say, “Well, if these mechanisms weren’t there, we wouldn’t be here.” How satisfying is that? If the universe weren’t finely tuned for life, we wouldn’t be here. If life had not emerged, we wouldn’t be here. If complex life had not emerged, we wouldn’t be here. If DNA proofreading didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be here. That’s not an answer; it’s a dodge. If sensible people weren’t so tolerant of the Darwinists and their nonsense, they wouldn’t be here.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Many of us aren’t comfortable talking about our incomes with our children, but now is a time to disclose. Your child needs to know how much you saved, what assets you have, and how much you can afford to or want to spend. Fill out the FAFSA forms together, and when offers come in, discuss the reality of each one and what it will mean to your student. Help them get their first checking account and their first credit card At this age, the concept of making loan payments for years may be vague and theoretical. Lay out in detail what they can probably expect to be paid at a first job, what expenses might be, and what a monthly loan payment could look like. Make sure they know that there are only a few circumstances in which you can defer or be excused from paying loans, and that serious consequences exist for those who default. Have your student read accounts from young adults living with loans of various sizes. Hopefully, parents started early with this key financial life lesson, but it’s not too late. Talk to children about the basics of budgeting. How much money do they have coming in (from whatever source) every month? How much do they have to spend on fixed costs like rent and cell phone bill? What’s left over? When does the money come in from various sources, and how will they ensure they have enough?Encourage your child to roughly track expenses. He or she isn’t likely to want do this using pen and paper and receipts, but fun and easy-to-use budgeting apps make it simple and allow him or her to categorize spending and find out where the money goes. Talk about your child’s financial future Who is looking into scholarships and grants and what are your expectations there? (There are many for children of service members.) Do you expect your child to get a job? How many hours? What about summers: do you expect him or her to get a paying job, or will unpaid internships be a possibility? How much money is he or she expected to contribute overall? Are you willing to take on any loans, or is he or she expected to be the primary loan-bearer? If school is nearby, can your child live at home rent-free?Research suggest that students may work harder and take school more seriously when they have a little “skin in the game”—that is, when they work to help pay for school. Students who have a completely free ride may tend to party more and study less. However, experts also caution that working too many hours can make it hard to do well and finish a degree. By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about how tricky it can be to navigate the costs of higher education today with young adults. Today we’ll list some concrete suggestions that can help families work through the “money issue” while students are in school. Photospin/MonkeyBusiness ImagesBefore selecting a school: Talk about what you can afford and what your child will need to cover. Talk about where the money is coming from Your child is probably just starting out with a credit score, a number that will follow them forever. Make sure they understand that employers, landlords, credit card companies, banks, and all kinds of other people will have access to and will use this number, and that it can take a long time to fix mistakes. Have your child visit MyFICO or this basic page from Indiana University to learn more. Yes, they still need a checkbook, though they will probably prefer to do their banking online. With that in mind, though they may appear sophisticated, don’t forget to go over the importance of secure passwords and how to avoid phishing. Remind them never to share financial information or a debit card with anyone.New laws prevent young people under 21 from opening their own credit cards, though they can be an authorized user on your account or use a prepaid credit card. The authorized user approach may be a good set of credit card “training wheels,” since parents can check the balance, but they also need to learn to handle it on their own. Teach your child how to budget If you are still largely or partly supporting your college student, you have every right to set spending limits and to make your expectations clear about the amount he or she can spend on incidentals. There are various ways to work this out, from prepaid credit cards to new prepaid ID card systems on campus to the simple route of periodically depositing set amounts into your child’s checking account, which you monitor. Don’t obsessively monitor spending, since he or she won’t learn much about how to control temptation if you call every day to scold. But at the end of the month, if the money’s gone, it’s gone. Teach your child about credit scores Sit down with your student and write out all the expenses he or she will likely encounter. Consider all factors: tuition, room and board (if using campus housing), rent and food (if living and eating off campus), books, car, gas, insurance, health insurance, going out, clothes, and incidentals. (This list will be long!) Discuss who will be responsible for paying for what. Communicate limits Help your child understand what a student loan truly means Discuss who pays for what It can be easy to get stuck on worrying about the “here and now” of college costs, but don’t forget the bigger financial picture. Talk to students about the long term: making and reaching financial goals. One of the most important things a young adult needs to learn is to start saving early. Thanks to the power of compound interest, putting money away starting young can make a huge difference to his or her future, even if it’s just a small amount. Students should start with a small emergency fund as soon as they’re on their own and graduate to putting money into savings every month, even while paying off loans.College is a major life milestone for parents and students both, and it can be intimidating. However, higher education is the key to so many amazing opportunities. With help, parents can help their students gain the understanding they need to graduate from college with a firm financial footing.References:Chatz, J. (2014). How to talk money before they go off to college. Retrieved from http://fortune.com/2014/08/25/how-to-talk-money-before-they-go-off-to-college/Daugherty, G. (2016). How to Keep Your College Kid Out of Money Trouble. Retrieved from http://time.com/money/4406466/how-to-keep-your-college-kid-out-of-money-trouble/Gilkay, G. (2016). Time to talk about money with your college student. Retrieved from https://www.fisc-cccs.org/time-to-talk-about-money-with-your-college-student/Grabmeier, G. (2015). 70 percent of college students stressed about finances. Retrieved from https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/07/01/financial-wellness/Padilla-Walker, L. M., Nelson, L. J., Carroll, J. S. (2012). Affording emerging adulthood: parental financial assistance of their college-aged children. Journal of Adult Development, 19, 50-58. doi: 10.1007/s10804-011-9134-y360 Degrees of Financial Literacy. (n.d.) Teaching Your College-Age Child About Money. Retrieved from http://www.360financialliteracy.org/Topics/Family-Financial-Planning/How-to-Talk-to-Your-Children-About-Money/Teaching-your-college-age-child-about-money
Your 2015 Heisman favorite.It’s time to start marketing your best players for the Heisman, college football programs. The initial 2015 Heisman odds have been released by Bovada. The favorite? Ohio State junior-to-be running back Ezekiel Elliott, who ran through Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon while leading the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship. Elliott isn’t the only Buckeye player listed. All three Ohio State quarterbacks are contenders for the award, too. Here’s the full list: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott – 6/1Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott – 7/1LSU RB Leonard Fournette – 7/1TCU QB Trevone Boykin – 15/2USC QB Cody Kessler – 12/1Georgia RB Nick Chubb – 12/1UCLA RB Paul Perkins – 12/1Ohio State QB Cardale Jones – 14/1Alabama RB Derrick Henry – 14/1Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine – 14/1Ohio State QB J.T Barrett – 16/1Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson – 16/1Ohio State QB Braxton Miller – 18/1Michigan State QB Connor Cook – 20/1Wisconsin RB Corey Clement – 25/1Arizona State RB D.J. Foster – 25/1Oregon RB Royce Freeman – 25/1Miami QB Brad Kaaya – 33/1Florida State RB Dalvin Cook – 33/1Pittsburgh RB James Connor – 33/1Clemson QB Deshaun Watson – 33/1Georgia Tech RB Justin Thomas – 33/1Arizona RB Nick Wilson – 33/1Baylor QB Seth Russell – 33/1Oklahoma State RB Mason Rudolph – 40/1North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett – 50/1Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd – 50/1California QB Jared Goff – 50/1North Carolina QB Marquise Williams – 50/1Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell – 66/1Arizona LB Scooby Wright – 66/1Who will you be betting on? [Bovada]
OSU then-freshman Erik Evans (43) defends a Maryland player in a game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is looking for payback from last year as it gets ready to square off against Detroit on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the Buckeyes’ home opener.Saturday’s game marks the first time the two teams have faced each other since the last year’s regular-season opener. Although the Scarlet and Gray put up a late fight, Detroit came out on top in that game, 9-8.OSU coach Nick Myers said he realizes his team will be looking to harness its hunger for payback and use it for extra motivation against the Titans.“I’d be lying to you if I told you the kids weren’t excited to get the opportunity to play Detroit,” Myers said. “That’s the beauty of sports, when you get (that) opportunity.”Senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos shared his coach’s sentiments, knowing this game will be a battle.“Last year, that game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” Kapinos said. “We know that any team can beat any team, any week, so we play every game like it’s a championship.”OSU will face a Detroit team that has certainly improved over the last few years, thanks in large part to the efforts of coach Chris Kolon. In his first year with the team in 2015, Kolon led the Titans to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship semifinals and the program’s first-ever winning record of 8-6.Detroit returns four starters, including sophomore attacker and 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year Mark Anstead and two-time All-MAAC junior goalie Jason Weber. Anstead was second on the team in points in 2015 with 38, and Weber led the country for the second straight year with 14.43 saves per game.The Buckeyes are hoping to start the regular-season home schedule off right with a win. Redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said he knows how important this game is.“Playing in front of a home crowd is obviously huge for us,” Pfister said. “We not only want to make our fans proud, but prove to ourselves what we know we can do.”Myers acknowledged the importance of the first home game, but he said he doesn’t want the team to get too ahead of itself.“The fact that we’re at home, in front of a home crowd, is something that adds to it,” Myers said. “I think at the end of the day, you have to focus on the task at hand.”Momentum after win at FurmanThe Buckeyes will look to capture the same magic they were able to harness in their 8-7 win at Furman.Junior midfielder John Kelly scored with four seconds left in the game to give OSU the win in the regular-season opener. Kelly caught the pass from junior attacker Austin Shanks and threw it in the back of the net while falling to the ground to complete the game-winner.“We know what (Kelly) can do, so it wasn’t a surprise necessarily,” Pfister said. “We had drawn it up in the huddle and knew what was going to happen — we just didn’t know how it was going to happen.”Though OSU did get the win, Myers said he realizes his team could have played better and has focused in practice this week on getting the team to play more up-tempo.“One of the themes this week for us has been playing more between the lines and creating more transition goals,” Myers said. “I’m really happy with the way the men have responded to it, and I feel like we’ve made some improvements.”An up-tempo attack, coupled with the Buckeyes balanced offensive attack, could prove to be the right formula to exact their revenge against Detroit in their upcoming game.Big Ten Players of the WeekJunior Jake Withers and sophomore Brendan Barger were recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week after the Buckeyes’ win at Furman.Withers was honored as the Big Ten Specialist of the Week after winning 14 of his 19 faceoffs, including all nine in the second and third quarters of the game. He also picked up a team-high nine ground balls in the win. This is Withers’ first time receiving the award.Barger was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after causing three turnovers in the game at Furman. He played a major role in the Buckeye defense that only allowed seven goals on 19 attempted shots. This is also Barger’s first time receiving the honor.What’s nextAfter Detroit, OSU is scheduled to travel to Amherst on Feb. 20 to go up against Massachusetts. The game is set to begin at noon.
Coach Thad Matta calls to players. Lantern file photoThe talk of this summer’s NBA free agent frenzy has been all about LeBron James coming back to Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, another reunion of sorts is taking place elsewhere — and it isn’t in Ohio.The Boston Celtics brought in former Ohio State Buckeye forward Evan Turner on Monday to improve a young roster with a young coach. That coach, Brad Stevens, also has an interesting tie to OSU.Stevens coached under current Buckeye coach Thad Matta while Matta was the head man at Butler University. Stevens went on to take the same position and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Championship Games, but fell short in both.Now, Turner joins Stevens and fellow Buckeye forward Jared Sullinger, who could have played with Turner had the 2010 No. 2 overall pick not bolted for the NBA following his junior year.The Matta player/coaching tree can be felt all over the league as Turner leaves a team in Indiana that included another Matta star, forward David West. West won the Associated Press Player of the Year under Matta at Xavier in 2003 as Turner did in 2010 for the Buckeyes.So what’s next for Turner as he joins his third team in two years? Hopefully a bigger role than he had in Indiana.When Turner was dealt to the Pacers in February, he was on pace for a career year as he was averaging 17.4 points per game and six rebounds per game in 54 games with Philadelphia.Once he arrived in Indiana, though, he was reduced to a reserve role and averaged just 7.1 points per appearance, starting just two games as a Pacer.Turner will now be coached by a Matta disciple and, with any luck, will be able to jumpstart his career. His learning curve will likely be reduced as Stevens’ terminology and schemes almost certainly mirror what Matta taught at OSU.If Turner should need any guidance other than that of his coach, he needs to look no further than Sullinger, who has gone through just as much adversity as Turner.Sullinger, who dominated the Big Ten with his strong frame, was thought to be undersized and injury-prone coming out of OSU, causing him to drop to the No. 21 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.Despite suffering a season-ending back injury during his rookie year, Sullinger was able to bounce back during his sophomore season by more than doubling his points per game average from 6.0 in 2012-13 to 13.3 last season.His coach during his second season? First-year NBA coach Brad Stevens.With the Turner, Sullinger and Stevens trio in Boston, I look for the two former Buckeyes to turn into leaders on a team that only includes three players over the age of 30 and maybe even make the now wide-open Eastern Conference that much more interesting.