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Keller @ Large: 2017 National Turkeys Of The Year

BOSTON (CBS) – Thanksgiving is at hand, and you know what that means – time for our annual lists of the biggest turkeys on the national and local scenes. (Added bonus: this year we’re adding a list of major pop-culture/sports turkeys.)

Confronted with such a cornucopia of delicious options, it’s best to eat slowly. So we’ll start the season off with the national turkeys who stood out for their foolishness, ineptitude and/or failure:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer 

“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong,” Spicer bellowed in his very first appearance in the White House briefing room. But it turned out the only thing shameful and wrong was Spicer’s credibility-shredding effort to claim that the Trump inaugural had drawn “the largest audience to witness an inauguration ever.”

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Perhaps this is to his ultimate credit, but Spicer proved unable to lie convincingly, and things went downhill from there. His comical bluster won Melissa McCarthy an Emmy for her uncanny Spicer impersonation on “Saturday Night Live.” And his game-but-lame effort at self-parody at the Emmy Awards apparently failed to jump-start his flagging post-White House career.

Hillary Clinton 

The stunning election loss was hard on the former Secretary of State, we get that. And she has every right to tell her story and remain a public figure.

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Hillary Clinton delivers her concession speech after the 2016 election (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

But her subsequent book about the campaign, remarkably free of self-awareness and mea culpas, did nothing to restore her image or repair the damage her campaign incompetence caused. And given her enduring status as one of America’s most polarizing figures, her continued high profile has left many Democrats wondering – how can we miss you if you won’t go away?

President Trump’s Lester Holt Interview 

The ink was barely dry on the carefully-constructed White House spin on the firing of FBI Director James Comey when the president sat down with NBC’s Holt and blew it up. “Oh, I was gonna fire him regardless of recommendations,” said Trump, who admitted he canned Comey because he didn’t like the way he was handling the Russia collusion investigation, a move that directly led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and which may wind up being a key piece of evidence of obstruction of justice.

President Trump has plenty of enemies, but his worst enemy is himself. Perhaps he just got tired of so much winning.

Facebook Guru Mark Zuckerberg 

“The challenge for our generation is to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose,” said Zuckerberg at the Harvard Commencement last spring, when he was still viewed as a visionary. Since then, we’ve learned that Zuckerberg’s negligent oversight of his lucrative company opened the door to the poisoning of our political discourse.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Zuckerberg continues to be generous with his philanthropy. But his business practices paint a different picture – of just another greedy, pretentious corporate turkey.

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Mass Maritime Ship Returns After Weeks Assisting With Hurricane Relief

BOURNE (CBS) — For nearly 600 relief workers on board the T.S. Kennedy, the last few months have been relentless. On Friday, it all came to an end.

The Mass Maritime training ship has played a roll in the recovery efforts after hurricanes hit Texas and Puerto Rico. It took off on September 6 for Houston, spent a week there, and headed straight to Puerto Rico where it would spend the next six weeks.

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T.S. Kennedy Ship (WBZ-TV)

“It feels good to contribute, it’s a safe place for somebody to go at night, good place to sleep, they can take a shower, they can do their laundry, have a good meal,” said Capt. Mike Campbell.

Ship chef Keith Mason helped provide 30,000 meals to FEMA workers on the ship.

“They sat down, had their meal and they went to sleep,” he said.

Chef Ellie Durkin said, “We saw who we were helping that were helping the people of Puerto Rico.”

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Inside the T.S. Kennedy ship (WBZ-TV)

After a long day, the Kennedy, a converted freighter, could seem more like the Ritz.

“They need time to unwind, said Maritime Administrator Jeff Brown.  The ship helped provide “movies and internet access and just open space.”

Brown said it was important to create a sense of normalcy for the workers as they helped residents to get back on their feet.

David Andrews Ruled Out For Patriots’ Game Vs. Raiders

BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots will be without their starting center when they take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon in Mexico City.

David Andrews missed his second straight practice on Friday and was officially ruled out for the game.

Andrews started all 16 regular-season games and three postseason games for the Patriots last year, and he started all nine games this season.

The Patriots will be forced to work in a different center for the first time all season in what should be a noisy environment in Estadio Azteca. Second-year lineman Ted Karras is expected to be thrust into action.

In addition to Andrews, the Patriots ruled out Marcus Cannon (ankle), Chris Hogan (shoulder), and Matthew Slater (hamstring).

The Patriots listed five players as questionable: Danny Amendola, Martellus Bennett, Malcom Brown, Cassius Marsh and Eric Rowe.

The Raiders listed cornerback David Amerson as doubtful, while listing four players (Gabe Jackson, Cory James, Marshall Newhouse, Jamize Olawele) as questionable.

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Gunshots Lead To Crash In Boston’s Egleston Square

BOSTON (CBS) – Police responded to a crash and report of shots fired in Egleston Square in Boston on Friday afternoon.

Boston Police said the crash resulted from the gunshots.

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Police investigate a shooting and crash

No injuries were reported.

Multiple people were involved in the incident.

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Multiple people were invovled in a crash and shots fired in Egleston Square. (WBZ-TV)

It is not currently known how the crash and gunshots were related.

No further details are currently available.

Danica Patrick To End Racing Career

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous.

Discussing her decision with The Associated Press, Patrick was giddy with excitement and thrilled at the chance to take one more spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, speaks during a press conference announcing her retirement from full-time racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

When it came time to announce her plans to the world, with her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend and support team watching from the back of a crowded room at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday afternoon, Patrick broke down in tears.

She paused several times to compose herself to announce that she will race only in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 and then she will walk away from the sport where success was elusive even as she became one of the most recognizable female athletes in the world.

Patrick told AP it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, the idea of ending her career at Indy popped into her head. She told her agent, and she’s been working on putting together “The Danica Double” over the last several weeks.

“Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, ‘What about Indy? Let’s end it with the Indy 500,'” she said. “This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I’m done.”

Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy.

Ganassi has room to field additional cars — he’s scaling down from four full-time cars to two next year — and would give Patrick a car capable of winning. Roger Penske and Michael Andretti both have full lineups announced for next year’s Indy 500.

Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP.

Patrick moved from IndyCar to NASCAR after the 2011 season, and has been racing Cup cars for SHR since 2012. She is being replaced after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Aric Almirola.

Patrick is the only woman to have led laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick ran the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie.

Patrick was highly marketable early in her career even though wins were rare. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008, in Japan.

Sponsorship trouble surfaced this year, too. When no strong opportunities for next season presented itself, Patrick decided to call it a career at Indy next Memorial Day weekend.

“I think it’s awesome and it will make for a huge month of May that she’s back there,” said Stewart, who spent half of his career trying to win the Indy 500. “It would be really cool to see her face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, if she can pull that off.”

Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling.

“I know I always said I’d never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest,” she said. “Well, things change. I know now you can never say never. I’d been going through this in my head and kept asking myself, ‘How am I going to get the words out and say it’s over?’ And trust me, I lost my (stuff) a few times over that.

“But this seems right, and this seems good.”

Patrick told AP she had only informed about 10 people of her decision prior to Friday’s announcement, where she wept openly as her family watched nearby. Everyone had been extremely happy with the path she’s chosen. She said longtime boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “has never been more excited about something about me in his life.”

Stewart praised Patrick for her time at SHR, and said his team would never have expanded to four cars without her assistance. Kevin Harvick will try to win a second championship in four years for the organization on Sunday, and Stewart said Patrick has been a huge part of the team’s success.

He was disappointed to learn she’s ready to stop driving.

“I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get,” he told AP. “I thought she’d go road racing or back to IndyCar or something along those lines, because I think that’s where she can be successful.”

Patrick’s fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes in the world. She currently has a winery in California, a line of athletic wear and an exercise and fitness program. Patrick said she’ll have more time to spend on those ventures after the Indy 500.

Her career crossroads was put in motion when GoDaddy first left auto racing after 2015, then new sponsor Nature’s Bakery was unable to fulfill its three-year commitment to SHR and Patrick. The team has pieced together sponsorship all year, but has sponsorship for Almirola next year that made Patrick expendable.

“I didn’t want to be pushed into anything, and everyone can relate, sometimes things just shift and change around you,” she told AP. “Especially with me and the sponsor situation. I’ve never been there before. I’ve always had a sponsor. It forces you into thinking about things and nothing was lining up easily. If I don’t feel like I can run better than where I am, then I don’t want to do it. And, there have been times that I could not have been more miserable.

“That’s not why I come, and I feel like it takes away from everything else I accomplished. I don’t want to be remembered for the things that didn’t go as well. I want to be remembered for the things that went well.”
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