Jon Wilner: Time for the Pac-12 to get bold and get moving: Let teams play on Halloween if they can do it safely
The Pac-12 is having its Big Ten moment.The unified group of conference executives, presidents, athletic directors and coaches that had navigated the pandemic for six months has fractured, with deep frustration at multiple levels, sources say.The aggravation boiled over after the presidents declined Friday to set a start date for the season, likely delaying the season openers until Nov. 7.Many teams had hoped to play Oct. 31.They felt they could do it safely, thanks to the daily antigen tests available at the end of this month.They felt the players could be ready, at least at many schools.And ...
The Mercury News
Rain, winds scour out wildfire smoke, and Seattle air quality returns to normal
SEATTLE — After breathing more than a week’s worth of unhealthy air caused by wildfires, Western Washington residents were able to breathe clean air again Saturday morning after a rainstorm and westerly winds scoured out the smoke.Air quality monitors across the western side of the state displayed green dots, showing the air quality was good. Smoke forecasters said the east side of the state should clear up by late Saturday.“All the sensors, just about every single sensor in Western Washington, is good air quality, so that’s a relief,” Mike McFarland, meteorologist for the National Weather Ser...
The Seattle Times
With in-person campaigning limited, Kamala Harris rallies Black NC voters virtually
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black voters historically make up a huge voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and the Biden campaign is working to further motivate the key demographic even as it limits in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemicWith voting underway in North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, along with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, hosted a virtual rally focused on the state Friday night. The event commemorated Friday’s inaugural National Black Voter Day, a day created by the National Urban League, BET, and many civil rights organization...
The Charlotte Observer
Trump urges GOP to fill Supreme Court vacancy 'without delay' after Ginsburg's death
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Saturday said Republicans had an “obligation” to quickly fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.Trump, who was informed about Ginsburg’s death Friday night after a political rally in Minnesota, promised the next day to act “without delay” to fill the vacancy.“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” he tweeted.White House press secretary Kay...
New York Daily News
Fair tax or tax hike? Voters set to decide what could be Illinois' biggest taxation shift in decades
CHICAGO — Before Illinois voters consider any candidate on the Nov. 3 ballot — the presidential contenders, a member of Congress, a state lawmaker or a local judge — they will be asked to cast a simple yes or no vote on what could become the biggest change in state taxation in decades.The question at the top of the ballot is whether the Illinois Constitution should be amended to replace a mandated flat-rate income tax with a graduated-rate tax structure that increases the levy as income rises.More than any candidate being voted on, the proposed graduated-rate tax amendment represents what coul...
'Unstoppable.' How the Bear fire erupted into a deadly disaster for tiny Berry Creek
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Bear fire looked like it would behave itself.It had been burning for three weeks in the Plumas National Forest, the result of a mid-August lightning strike, but hadn’t done any lethal damage. It was part of a complex of fires that was about 50% contained. Even a significant windstorm that threatened to push the fire across the middle fork of the Feather River didn’t seem like a major cause for alarm.All told, in the early morning hours of Sept. 8, the team managing the Bear fire appeared confident it could keep the fire under control. A team of firefighters on loan fro...
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Brad Biggs: So long as Bears receiver Allen Robinson remains without a deal, he'll likely continue to gain more leverage
CHICAGO — Leverage is the name of the game in contract negotiations, and the deeper this season goes the more Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will have as he seeks a multi-year extension that will make him one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league.The risk for Robinson, of course, is remaining healthy and productive enough to be paid commensurate to the top players at his position. The former is most significant because as long as Robinson is on the field he’s the preferred target of quarterback Mitch Trubisky.Where this thing is headed is anyone’s best guess. Chairman Ge...
Mike Sielski: The Eagles won't have a real home-field advantage against the Rams, and it doesn't matter anyway
PHILADELPHIA — When the Eagles drafted Nate Gerry in 2017, their home stadium became his home stadium — Lincoln Financial Field, seating capacity: 69,176. Sounds like a big crowd. Not to Gerry. He had played linebacker and safety for four years at Nebraska, and Memorial Stadium in Lincoln holds 90,000 people. Not to mention that Gerry had starred at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., which claims a “national record” 42 state championships and has an enrollment of more than 1,800 students. So it’s a fair bet that Washington got a good turnout for home games. Maybe not quite what a thu...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Omar Kelly: Dolphins social-impact group makes sure team backs up their video with action
DAVIE, Fla. — Last week, the Miami Dolphins players unveiled a moving video that called out the NFL and some of its fans for their hypocrisy on social justice over the years.The video announced the team’s decision to stay inside the locker room all season during the playing of the national anthem before football games, and the message created a social media stir.Creating the 2-minute, 17-second message of players speaking from their heart in a collectively written poem was just the starting point of the team’s plans to shake things up.After calling for less talk and more action when it comes t...
Bryce Harper lifts Phillies to doubleheader sweep of Blue Jays to keep playoff hopes alive
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies do not have Rhys Hoskins or J.T. Realmuto. They don’t have a reliable bullpen or even know who their starting pitcher will be for two of their next four games.But if they’re looking for someone to carry them to October, they do still have Bryce Harper. And he seems to be heating up.Harper homered Friday afternoon to power the Phillies to a 7-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a doubleheader, and then doubled in the tying runs in an 8-7 win in the second game at Citizens Bank Park.Harper drove in four runs on four hits in the doubleheader after hom...
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