Thousands of brave Americans have ventured into the Rocky Mountains for the past decade searching for a treasure chest filled with gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds with an estimated value of over a million dollars. But that adventure has finally come to an end. The treasure has been found. Forrest Fenn, the 89-year-old fine art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt, made the announcement Sunday on his website. The treasure was found a few days ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountains by a man who did not want to be named. Fenn noted that the man was from "back East" and that he confirmed his discovery by sending Fenn a photograph of his newfound riches. How crazy. Clues leading to the treasure's location were included in a 24-line poem published in Forrest Fenn's 2010 autobiography "The Thrill of the Chase." Fenn estimated that as many as 350,000 people from all over the world went hunting for the treasure. Some quit their jobs to search for the treasure, and rumor has it that some had also died. Of all of the stories to come out lately, this one takes the cake. Just the simple fact that there has been a treasure hunt going on all of these years is astounding to me. Well congratulations to that anonymous man and his new found wealth. I think I should give Forrest a call and see if there is any other treasure out there. I could sure use the excitement and a few bucks…
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The Big Apple has entered " Phase One" of reopening on Monday, with retail shops set to start curbside or in-store pickup service as construction and manufacturing start up again. New York City is the final region in the state to go to Phase One. In addition to retail curbside service and in-store pickups and drop-offs, construction is allowed to resume, as is manufacturing, wholesale trade and agriculture work under the new state guidelines. The subway system will also is also going through a "re-opening" period this week with almost 95% of the system back on track. Facemasks are required and will be handed out to subway riders as needed. This is a huge step forward and something many New Yorkers have desperately been waiting for. The "Phase One" reopening is a sign of hope that the city will finally be getting back on track and a real ray of sunshine for those looking to put the pandemic behind them. So let's celebrate the reopening of the city and the warmer weather to come. Bring on "Phase Two"!!!!
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FINALLY, the NBA has approved a plan to restart the 2019-20 season, which has been on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. The league's board of governors approved a restart plan Thursday that involves holding the remaining games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Twenty-two teams will take part in the 2019-20 season's conclusion which is set to begin on July 31 and concluding sometime in mid-October. Players will undergo daily testing for COVID-19 while under strict social distancing and quarantine rules while in Orlando. A positive test for an individual player would result in that person entering quarantine and receiving treatment. Games would still go on as scheduled. As for what to watch during the restart of the season, we'll see a conclusion to the MVP race between Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers guard LeBron James. And for the local Brooklyn Nets, a possible chance to see superstar Kevin Durant finally take the court for the black and white. Great job by the NBA to get their season restarted. This gives basketball fans like myself a chance to finally get back to watching our favorite teams and players out there on the court. And my prediction for the championship? I'll take the LeBron and the Lakers to be raising the trophy come October. Enjoy the season!
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