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Boston bros with ‘connections’ find lost Red Sox championship banner and wanted to be compensated, but got nothing in return

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  • Two Boston men came into possession of the Boston Red Sox’ division championship banner.
  • The duo was hoping to be rewarded for finding the banner, but instead got nothing from the Red Sox.
  • They know people.

A bizarre series of events left two Boston men in possession of the Boston Red Sox’ 2018 division title banner before the team even clinched the American League East title.

Friends Louie Iacuzzi and James Aramal were driving on McGrath Highway in Somerville Wednesday morning when they came across the banner, which had fallen off a vendor’s delivery truck and obstructed multiple lanes of traffic. Iacuzzi “ran through [expletive], like, three cars,” to take the banner home, he told the Boston Globe.

Then he and Aramal began to strategize about their next move.

“My dad’s telling me to put it on eBay and sell it for a lot of money, but I want to give it to the original owner,” Iacuzzi said. “We want to return it, we’re trying to do the right thing, but I’m not just going to hand it to them, know what I mean? Financial [compensation], maybe some tickets, we want something. We don’t know what we want. We want to return it, 100%, but we would like to get something.”

“We’re working, too,” Aramal added. “I mean, my man had to run across three lanes of traffic.”

They even have “connections,” noting they could have sold it to a third party, but didn’t.

Check out this video of the duo taken at Iacuzzi’s home in Malden:

The duo received criticism after Tony Lafuente, owner of the company that made the banner, accused them of stealing it outright. Iacuzzi was furious about the allegations:

“They lost the [expletive], they’re the ones that [expletive] up,” he said. “I found it, I’m trying to do the right thing … I was never looking for money or fame or anything. I wanted to return it ever since I seen it.”

According to reports from the Boston Globe that came later in the day, Iacuzzi and Aramal had no luck negotiating with the Red Sox. Franchise officials confirmed that they had the banner in their possession as of Wednesday afternoon, and a spokeswoman for the team said that the men had not been compensated in any way for returning the item.

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Regardless, Iacuzzi seems to view picking up the banner as an act of service to his hometown.

“If I didn’t pick it up, a hundred people would have ran over it,” he said. “I don’t want a million dollars. I don’t need a million dollars. All I wanted was to maybe bring my family, my friends to a [expletive] baseball game, maybe meet a player. … The flag is back home with the Boston Red Sox.”



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Ruto’s Mt Kenya hustlers meet to fine-tune bottom-up economic model » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday hosted leaders from Mt Kenya region to discuss how to re-engineer the country’s economy.

Ruto said the meeting which was a follow-up to a similar forum held in Maasai Mara on May 1 deliberated on collaborative efforts to re-engineer government economic approach to one that promotes enterprise and fosters the empowerment of ordinary Kenyans.

“Through the ongoing consultations covering all regions and all sectors of the economy, we anticipate the generation of more jobs and expanded opportunities for those in the lower cadre will rid our country of poverty,” he tweeted.

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During an engagement with three representatives from each of the 11 counties from Mt Kenya region, it was agreed that more targeted and inclusive sessions should be held with Hustler Movement representatives, Members of the County Assemblies, religious and business leaders to follow as the country opens up.

The DP has been building the Hustler Movement, a political group championing for a bottom-up economic model, as his preferred platform for the 2022 presidential run.

At Maasai Mara, Ruto was accompanied by economist David Ndii who briefed the legislators on DP’s proposed ‘Bottom-Up Economic model’ which seeks to uplift the common citizen and provide them with an opportunity to have a say in government.

The DP on Friday held another meeting with over 50 individuals including a section of Mt Kenya where the politicians and experts from different sectors discussed economic revival, a subject Ruto has been propagating since the pandemic broke out in the country.

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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