The New England Patriots

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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be honored at the White House by President Barack Obama on Thursday, April 23rd.

The White House said in a new release that the president will host the team at 2 p.m. to celebrate the Super Bowl XLIX victory.

``This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities,’’ stated the news release.

The president hosted s similar celebration for the Boston Red Sox after the team won the World Series in 2013.

In case you haven’t had enough Super Bowl hype, here’s one more thing for New England fans to chew on: Roger Staubach, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was MVP of Super Bowl Vi in 1972, is predicting the Pats to defeat Seattle Sunday.

Staubach, who is now in the commercial real estate business as executive chairman of JLL, said in a news release that he expects a close game but that New England will emerge the winner.

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A quiet neighborhood in North Attleboro, Massachusetts has been transformed into a media colony --- as reporters stake out the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. He’s been the focus of police interest since his friend, Odin Lloyd, turned up dead a week ago Monday in a North Attleboro industrial park, not far from Hernandez’s home.  Residents of the athlete’s upscale neighborhood are looking forward to an end to the drama.