HomeTown Buffet, and dozens of other restaurants, abruptly close
HomeTown Buffet, and dozens of other restaurants, abruptly closed Thursday. The popular buffet restaurant was located across the United States including Northern California.
In a statement from Food Management Partners (FMP), the restaurant’s parent company, 74 under-performing Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Ryan’s, Fire Mountain and Country Buffet restaurants throughout the United States were permanently closed Thursday.
FMP said that, based on ongoing assessments of individual restaurants, it was “necessary to shutter locations for the continued viability of the brands and the company’s employees.”
Employees affected by these closures will be given the opportunity to apply for positions at operating stores and there were plans to add staff to the operating restaurants, according to FMP.
99-million-year-old daddy long legs fossil found with erection
A 90-million-year-old fossil of a distant relative of the daddy long legs was found with one extra leg –- his erection.
The “unique specimen” of the harvestman Halitherses grimaldii was described in The Science of Nature on Jan. 28, and is believed to be the “first record of a male copulatory organ of this nature preserved in amber.”
The ancient specimen was found in Myanmar, formerly Burma.
The arduous harvestman’s large eyes, unique penis and probable lack of diaphanous teeth have led researchers to conclude that the specimen belongs to a newly discovered extinct family of harvestman, according to the study.
When erect the harvestman’s penis grew to nearly half the size of his body.
“It must have been in an amorous state to have it out like this,” Ron Clouse of theAmerican Museum of Natural History told National Geographic.
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If the Raiders want to move to Las Vegas, Roger Goodell isn’t completely opposed to the idea. The NFL commissioner told Rich Eisen on Tuesday that if the Raiders want to move there and the owners are willing to approve it, then he likely wouldn’t get in the way.
“Ultimately, it’s the ownership’s decision,” Goodell said on the Rich Eisen Show. “It requires 24 of the 32 owners to approve any relocation to any market.”
Although the NFL would be on board if the owners approved the move, Goodell did point out that the league would have to iron out a few things before any potential move happened.
“Obviously, there are specific issues that would need to discussed in the context of Las Vegas,” Goodell said.
The commissioner has made it clear in the past that the NFL is staunchly against the idea of betting on football games.
During the interview, Goodell also added that the although the league isn’t opposed to a team in Vegas, a move there isn’t on anyone’s radar right now.
“I think it’s way premature at this point to be speculating on that,” Goodell said. “There’s no proposals. There’s nothing firm in anyway. I think this is something that at some point may come up, but at this point, we’re not focused on that.”
The NFL should probably start focusing on it, because Vegas is. There’s a billionaire casino owner in the city who would very much like to see the Raiders there. The Las Vegas Sands has proposed a $1.2 billion domed stadium that would seat 65,000 people.
Las Vegas is looking to build a stadium that would practically be on the strip. (CBSSports.com)
Also, Raiders owner Mark Davis seems to be at least mildly interested in the project. Davis was in Vegas on Jan. 29 to check out the site.
For now, the Raiders will likely stay in Oakland for 2016, but after that, the Vegas question could be a serious one that NFL needs to “focus” on, especially if the city is willing to build an NFL-caliber stadium at little or no expense to the NFL.
Right now, Oakland has zero public money to put toward a potential new stadium, so a new building in Vegas could end up being enticing to the Raiders if Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson can make it happen.
Been a rabid fan since 1963 and if they move I will stop being a fan