How draft analysts graded the Raiders’ Class of 2017

A sampling of grades issued for the Raiders 2017 draft from writers and and analysts throughout the country:

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Chris Burke, B-minus — A very speculative group for a team that’s not many pieces from getting over the top. Gareon Conley is a potential bargain at No. 24, but he’s dealing with a rape allegation . . . How many of these players will provide a huge impact, either next year or in the near future?

Pete Prisco, B-minus — There was some risk in taking Ohio State corner Gareon Conley with is legal situation pending, but he is a top talent and could pay off big. The next three picks could also be big-time steals. Second-round safety Obi Melinfonwu had first-round talent.

Chad Reuter, B-plus — As long as Conley’s off-field issues are cleared up, the Raiders got the long, agile ballhawk they needed. Obi Melifonwu is a hard-hitting guy with nice speed Al Davis would have loved . . . they met their inside linebacker need with Marquel Lee form Wake Forest in Round 5.

Nate Davis, USA Today: C — High ceilings and low floors for the first three selections. CB Gareon Conley …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

Marijuana saves little town on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

SEDGWICK — Residents of this sleepy little town in far northeast Colorado smile optimistically when talking about the turn their municipality has taken over the past few years.

Town officials, business owners and residents paint a picture of a community on the brink of death in the early 2000s. Town officials even started discussions in 2010 about unincorporating their little town less than 10 miles from the Nebraska state line.

Instead, the town passed an ordinance to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to open in 2012. When state voters approved Colorado Amendment 64, making it legal to possess and grow pot for recreational use, the town allowed Sedgwick Alternative Relief to expand into the recreational trade.

What happened next gave Sedgwick hope.

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Source:: The Denver Post

Kailyn Lowry & Javi Marroquin: Back Together! (On Snapchat)

Javi Marroquin and Kailyn Lowry Kiss

There was a time when it looked like Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin might pull off the impossible and maintain a completely amicable co-parenting relationship in the wake of their messy divorce.

Then things got real in a very ugly way.

Javi entered Kailyn’s home without permission; restraining orders were issued; harsh words were exchanged.

Basically, Marroquin and Lowry did exactly what they said they wouldn’t do and fell right into all the usual bad breakup traps.

Now, however, it seems they’ve reaffirmed their commitment to putting the needs of their son (and Javi’s stepson) first and overcoming their differences in hopes of providing a stable home environment.

Some fans were surprised when Kailyn posted a photo of Javi playing soccer with her 7-year-old son Isaac on Snapchat over the weekend.

Though Isaac is not Javi’s son, Marroquin has stated on several occasions that he thinks of the boy as his own and plans to continue being a part of his life despite no longer being married to Kailyn.

The photo above seems to be proof that he’s kept his promise in that respect.

Just as importantly, it’s proof that Kailyn is open to allowing Javi to be involved in the upbringings of both her boys.

Kailyn and Lowry’s co-parenting relationship hit a major rough patch in recent months, but the exes seem committed to working things out.

Things started to go south around the time that Kailyn announced she was pregnant with her third child.

They deteriorated further when Javi began dating Madison Channing Walls.

For a while, it seemed that Javi and Kailyn would never again be on good terms with one another.

But amazingly, it looks as though they’ve managed to at least temporarily bury the hatchet.

“We are actually doing really well,” Javi told Radar Online in a recent interview.

“Everything is behind us …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip