President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is about to be a free man.Cohen is set to be released from federal prison on Thursday, due to the risk of coronavirus on inmates. He is expected to serve the rest of his sentence at home, according to a source.He has been held at FCI Otisville in New York, after pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress.The 53-year-old began serving his sentence a year ago and was scheduled to be released from prison in November 2021.Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons earlier this year to increase home confinement and release eligible high-risk inmates.The Bureau of Prisons has placed Cohen on furlough as it continues to process his move to home confinement, the source familiar with the matter said. The agency has the authority to release inmates on furlough for up to 30 days.A federal judge had previously denied Cohen’s attempt for an early release to home confinement, saying in a ruling earlier this month that it “appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.”However, the Bureau of Prisons can take action to move him into home confinement without a judicial order.Other high-profile inmates have also been released from the federal prison system amid the pandemic.Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released on home confinement last week.Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented adult star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Trump, was temporarily freed from a federal jail in New York City.
For the second time in less than a week the Nelson Leafs squandered a two-goal lead against a divisional rival.Castlegar Rebels rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score four straight goals en route to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Sunday afternoon at the Arena Complex in the Sunflower City.The game is the second consecutive time the Rebels have defeated the Leafs in a key Murdoch heavyweight matchup in the past three weeks and allows Castlegar to close to within two points of the Leafs in division standings.Castlegar bounced Nelson 6-1 in the Heritage City prior to the Christmas holiday break.Not only do the Leafs have the Rebels breathing down their backs, but the Beaver Valley Nitehawks — that other divisional rival to steal a victory from the Green and White — are also tied with Castlegar in the hotly contested Murdoch Division.Fresh from a 6-2 pasting of the Fernie Ghostriders Friday, Nelson continued to shine on the ice Sunday in Castlegar taking a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on goals by Linden Horswill and Bryce Nielsen.The goals came in a span of 26 seconds.Castlegar cut the margin to 2-1 on a Bryan Lubin goal late in the first period.But James Sorrey, with his fifth point in the past three games, restored the advantage with a marker early in the second frame.The deficit, however, did not deter the host club, which continued to push at the Leafs and goalie Marcus Beesley.The Rebels, out shooting the Leafs 34-22 in the first 40 minutes, were rewarded when Braydon Horcoff and Lubin tied the game in the second.Diego Bartlett then snapped the 3-3 tie with the winner midway through the third.Jamie Vlanich, finishing the game with three points, secured the win with an insurance goal on the power play as Castlegar continued to pressure the Leafs, out shooting Nelson 14-5 in the third for a 48-27 game advantage. Jordan Gluck once again was in goal for the Castlegar win over Nelson.The Leafs continue its five-game road trip this weekend in the Okanagan with three games against Chase Friday, Kamloops Saturday and North Okanagan Sunday.Next time the Leafs play at home is Friday, January 18 when Columbia Valley Rockies invade the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile the Rebels play in Grand Forks Thursday before hosting Creston in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Castlegar.Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which blasted Revelstoke Grizzlies 8-2 Sunday in Fruitvale, travel to Spokane Saturday before hosting Grand Forks Sunday.Against the Grizzlies, Beaver Valley scored five times on special teams — including four power play goals.Dan Holland, Dallas Calvin with a pair, Walker Sidoni, Connor Brown-Maloski, Derek Lashuk, Sam Swanson, Kurt Black.The Revelstoke game marked the return to the Nitehawks of Ryan Edwards to the lineup of the KIJHL club.The Trail native started the season with the Hawks but decided to join the BCHL club in October.However, for some reason Edwards decided Junior A wasn’t to his liking and left the Smokies without permission in December.Edwards was quickly put on the suspended by the Smokies.
### Santa Anita has only had four primary track announcers since it opened in 1934, though others have filled in throughout the years. “I’m overjoyed and humbled that Santa Anita is entrusting me with a booth occupied by so few announcers in the track’s storied history,” said Wrona. “I shall try my utmost to honor the great legacy of my predecessors – each of whom was of the highest caliber. I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support and friendship of the Golden Gate Fields management, since I first worked there in 1992.” “This was a much harder decision than anyone could have imagined,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The finalists presented us with four incredible options, each a world-class announcer in his own right. In the end, as we said from the beginning, we listened to our fans, our horsemen, the media and our employees. It was an exceptionally close decision, but Michael just raised his game here at Santa Anita. We are honored to welcome him to the historic fabric of The Great Race Place. He has earned the right to make that booth his own.” “While we are pleased to welcome Michael as the next Voice of The Great Race Place, this opportunity also showcased three very gifted announcers in Frank, Craig and David,” Morris added. “We encourage them to continue to seek opportunities within The Stronach Group as they become available and we look forward to the chance to work with them.” The announcement comes after auditions by Wrona, veteran Frank Mirahmadi and international announcers Craig Evans and David Fitzgerald. Mirahmadi has alternated the Santa Anita announcing duties with Wrona since the season began, while Evans and Fitzgerald were the finalists from a world-wide search that included over three dozen candidates. Popular Australian Tops Competitive World-Wide SearchArcadia, CA (March 24, 2016) – Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park. A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland. He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields for the last decade. Wrona will continue to call Santa Anita’s races through the end of the Winter/Spring Season on April 10, including the $1-million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. He will begin his full-time position on May 5 when Santa Anita opens its Spring/Summer Meeting. Wrona’s replacement at Golden Gate Fields will be named in the upcoming weeks and will begin in early May.