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GQ magazine calls Bible 'foolish,' lists it among books 'you don't have to read'

The Bible’s been around for centuries, but GQ magazine is like, eh? What’s so great about it? 

>> Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

The Good Book makes the mag’s list of “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” While allowing “there are some good parts,” the post calls the Bible “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish and even at times ill-intentioned.”

Instead, GQ suggests, how about “The Notebook" by Agota Kristof? It’s billed as “a marvelous tale of two brothers who have to get along when things get rough.”

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The Bible finds itself in the company of works by J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway on the list of books that GQ is just not that into. “Catcher in the Rye” is dinged as being “without any literary merit whatsoever.” “Huckleberry Finn” is tedious, meandering and hamfisted, GQ says. Hemingway’s sentences? Too short. Even Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” makes the roster of books to skip.

Here’s the entire list, which includes contributions by various writers.

Former substitute teacher bests Kershaw, Marlins top Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Trevor Richards has worked as a substitute teacher and in a brewery, just trying to make ends meet while he chased a major league career.

He outworked three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night, and it seems his days of offseason odd jobs to help pay rent might be behind him.

Richards outpitched Clayton Kershaw just months removed from working as a substitute elementary school teacher, and the Marlins took advantage of a wild outing from the Dodgers' ace to beat Los Angeles 8-6 on Wednesday night.

Richards struck out 10 and pitched one-hit ball over 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his fifth major league start. The former independent league right-hander was pulled after throwing 100 pitches.

"We couldn't figure him out," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

"I just focused on keeping the ball down and attacking the zone early, throwing strikes and looking ahead," Richards said. "We were just, fastball-changeups a lot. Trying to keep them off balance."

Richards' offseason jobs have included teaching and working for the Miller-Coors brewery since going undrafted out of Drury University. He joined a Marlins' Class A affiliate in 2016 after being noticed while pitching for Gateway of the independent Frontier League for two seasons. He spent this winter working at a school in his hometown of Aviston, Illinois, according to the Miami Herald.

"Trevor was really good today" Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It's really what we needed."

J.T. Realmuto homered twice and Miguel Rojas went deep to help Miami capitalize on an unusually wild night by Kershaw (1-4).

The left-hander tied a career high with six walks, a mark he hadn't reached since 2010, and left after allowing three runs in five innings. Kershaw had only allowed three walks all season.

Kershaw struggled with his control but was able to strand eight runners over the first four innings without yielding a run. His luck ran out in the fifth after he issued a pair of two-out walks. Rojas followed by drilling a three-run homer off the left field foul pole, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead.

"I felt good in the first inning but after that I didn't feel so great," Kershaw said. "I almost skated out of it but my command was an issue. I really don't know why."

Realmuto hit a solo shot in the sixth to make it 4-0 and added a two-run blast - his fourth of the season - in the eighth. Realmuto has hit safely in all 19 career games against the Dodgers, the longest hitting streak versus the Dodgers to begin a career since 1900.

"I feel good at the plate," Realmuto said. "My swing feels really good and the timing as well. I'm getting good pitches to hit."

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was checked on by trainers after slipping while chasing a pop fly. He remained in the game, and Roberts said he expects Seager to be OK.

Relievers Merandy Gonzalez, Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler were hit around a bit late but held on for Miami. Gonzalez (1-0) earned his first career win.

After losing five in a row, Miami has won two straight and clinched its first series victory of the season.

Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the eighth, and Yasmani Grandal added a two-run homer in the ninth, but the Marlins held on to win. Chris Taylor went 0 for 5 and had his seven-game hitting streak snapped.

"Give the Marlins credit, they out hit us, out pitched us and won the series," Roberts said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Miami: RHP Dan Straily (right forearm strain) and LHP Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow strain) both pitched this week and will continue their minor league rehab assignments.

Los Angeles: Injured 3B Justin Turner (left wrist fracture) started taking 'dry' swings. No firm date has been set for is return.

NEWEST DOGER

The Dodgers acquired minor league left-hander Logan Salow from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for righty Wilmer Font.

UP NEXT

Miami: After an off day Thursday, the Marlins open a six-game homestand starting with the Colorado Rockies on Friday. RHP Jose Urena (0-3, 5.88) will take the hill for the Marlins.

Los Angeles: The Dodgers are off Thursday and will begin a season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip starting Friday at San Francisco. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0, 1.99) will take the mound to open the four-game series.

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Bear kills dog, seriously injures another in Florida subdivision

Residents of a Seminole County, Florida, neighborhood were on high alert Wednesday because of an aggressive bear that killed one dog and seriously injured another one in recent days.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set traps in The Estates at Springs Landing subdivision along Markham Woods Road near Longwood to try to catch the bear, which killed a dog late Tuesday, days after injuring another.

The bear tore through a pool screen Tuesday and grabbed Maggie, Russell Nusynowitz's 15-year-old poodle.

His wife ran into the home as the bear killed the family dog and took her into the yard.

The attack came two days after Rick Mann encountered a bear and two yearlings in his garage. FWC believes the same bear was involved in both attacks.

When his 5-year-old Maltese-Yorkie mix, Reese, barked, the bear attacked, clamping down on the dog twice.

"When she came back the second time, I grabbed whatever I could," Mann said. "There was a vacuum cleaner there. I started swinging at her."

Reese underwent five hours of surgery.

"He's got seven puncture wounds, a bruised liver, a bruised kidney, numerous lacerations," said Roxane Mann, Rick Mann's wife. "Just a lot of issues. But he's hanging tough."

Roxanne Mann said the bear opened the refrigerator in the garage and helped herself to the food it contained, showing no fear of humans.

"The fact that she was starting to leave the garage and then came back to attack for the second time was very uncommon for a bear," Rick Mann said.

Word is spreading about the brave dog that stood up to the bear to protect his owner. The veterinarian who has been treating Reese has collected more than $1,000 in donations to help pay the vet bills.

FWC said area residents should keep their garage doors closed, not leave food outside and keep dogs on a leash.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Fantasy 5' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:

04-07-08-13-22

(four, seven, eight, thirteen, twenty-two)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Lotto' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Lotto" game were:

13-19-20-23-32-43

(thirteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-three, thirty-two, forty-three)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Lotto XTRA' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Lotto XTRA" game were:

05

(five)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Powerball' game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the "Powerball" game were:

17-18-39-56-64, Powerball: 12, Power Play: 3

(seventeen, eighteen, thirty-nine, fifty-six, sixty-four; Powerball: twelve; Power Play: three)

___ Online: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/

Meghan Markle’s ‘Suits’ character ties the knot with co-star in her final episode

Before American actress Meghan Markle marries British royal Prince Harry next month in real life she married her co-star as lawyer Rachel Zane in her final episode of the television drama “Suits.”

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The last episode featuring Markle aired Wednesday night on USA Network and it also marked the last appearance on the show for her co-star and love interest on the series Patrick J. Adams, who played Mike.

The pair tied the knot in a subdued and last-minute ceremony in the finale and have moved to Seattle to run a law firm. The eighth season of “Suits” is now in production.

>> Related: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle release more wedding details

Markle, who met her prince while working on “Suits” and living in Toronto where the series is produced, is scheduled to wed Prince Harry on May 19 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

 

Maryland man accused of stealing, selling medical supplies

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia say a Maryland man is accused of stealing medical kits from hospitals and selling them online.

Fairfax County police said in a news release Wednesday that 52-year-old Burke Slater had access to operating rooms as an employee of a medical supply vendor.

WJLA-TV reports a medical supplier in Florida found medical kits on eBay and ran the serial numbers. The medical supplier was told the items were stolen and brought the case to the attention of police.

An investigation found seven medical kits valued around $33,000 each were stolen from at least two hospitals. Police say the medical kits made their way to Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Slater was charged with money laundering and other offenses. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Information from: WJLA-TV, http://www.wjla.com

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