Syrian rebels seek relevance by joining Turkey’s offensive

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An NBA Star Could Wind Up in Prison for Insulting Turkey’s President

(ANKARA, Turkey) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016.

Kanter said he wasn’t concerned and continued his criticisms of Erdogan, saying, “That dude is a maniac.”

“That stuff really don’t bother me because I’m used to it,” Kanter said after the Knicks practiced Wednesday in New York.

“I think it’s just nothing to me, man. I’m in America. I’m good and my focus right now is just going out there, playing basketball, have fun with my teammates and just winning and just thinking about playoffs.”

Kanter cannot return to Turkey because his passport has been canceled. He would be tried in absentia.

The player is a vocal supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for last year’s failed military coup.

Kanter was detained in Romania on May 20. He said he was able to return to the United States after American officials intervened.

He said his family remains in Turkey and he is concerned for them — he said his father at one point was jailed for a week — but he downplayed the situation otherwise.

“I was like, that’s it, only four years? All the trash I’ve been talking?” Kanter said. “I promise you guys, it doesn’t really bother me even bother me a little bit, because my thing is just going out there and playing basketball.”

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Kids in the kitchen: Easy cinnamon roll turkeys for Thanksgiving morning


Lindsay Weiss

posted in Life

These will make your Thanksgiving morning so fun! The kids can do most of the work (you handle the bacon, they can decorate the rolls) and the end result is festive AND delicious!

If you have a homemade cinnamon roll recipe you love, go for it. I was looking for quick and easy so took some help from the store. There are two important things about this recipe:

1. Before baking, you have to unroll the cinnamon rolls a tiny bit and tuck the end up into the roll. See pic below. This helps create a “neck” for the turkey.

2. You need to bake these in a round (9-10″) cake pan. If you bake on a cookie sheet, they spread and don’t rise as high, so your turkey looks a little flat.

That’s it! Then let the kids at it. The bacon “feathers” don’t need to be perfect, so let the little hands put them wherever they want!

Everyone will gobble, gobble these up…

Easy Turkey Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted from Pillsbury. I just simplified everything so little hands could help with these.

1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury Grands refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
10 slices bacon
5 candy corns
candy eyes

Cook or bake bacon until crisp; drain on paper towel-lined plate.

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray round baking pan with cooking spray.

Set icing aside. Separate dough into 5 rolls. Unroll each roll about 1 inch; tuck dough into roll to create neck of turkey. (See pic below for “tucking”, make sure to pull the end all the way down. Remember do NOT bake these on a cookie sheet. I learned the hard way!)

Follow package baking instructions (or until light golden brown). Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool 5 minutes. Drizzle tops of rolls with icing.

Cut bacon slices in half. Tuck 4 halves of bacon into back of each cinnamon roll so they stick up and look like tail feathers.

Decorate turkeys with candy eyeballs and candy corn. Enjoy!

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