Ex-Eagle Nelson Agholor has found success and happiness far from the harsh spotlight of Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — There were no tears shed by Eagles fans in March when wide receiver Nelson Agholor signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.Despite the valuable contribution he made to the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl effort — 62 receptions, including a team-high 22 third-down catches, and nine catches for 84 yards against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII — Agholor was viewed largely as a first-round disappointment (No. 20 overall in 2015) who had two good years out of five in Philly, who was paid $9 million last year and had three touchdown catches, who dropped too many passes, and who, during one bout of s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Keshad Johnson sparks San Diego State victory against UC Irvine
SAN DIEGO — San Diego State coaches knew. The players knew. The NBA scouts who attended practice knew.Now everybody else knows.Keshad Johnson could be a special player at San Diego State.The sophomore who wears No. 0 — resembling the letter “O” for his hometown of Oakland — erupted for 13 points in less than three minutes in the second half Friday as the Aztecs blew open a previously tight game with UC Irvine for an easy 77-58 victory at Viejas Arena.Consider: Johnson’s former career high was seven, and he only managed 34 total points over 18 games last season.But potential magically turned in...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
1 killed, 1 critically wounded in Arden Fair shooting; Sacramento mall shut down
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One person was killed and another person wounded following a shooting at Arden Fair mall, according to emergency officials.The sprawling shopping hub was evacuated around 6 p.m. Friday following the shooting. According to the Sacramento Police Department, two people were wounded and the gunman fled the area. The Sacramento Fire Department confirmed one of the victims died; the other victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.“There is no active threat at this time. Police will remain in the area as the investigation continues,” the police department said...
The Sacramento Bee
Mac Engel: To get to Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. needed one of the worst moments of his life
Rather than lie and say it doesn’t bother him, Roy Jones Jr. admits that something that happened in the ring all the way back in 1988 is still there.Because there are just some things that you never can quite clear.Jones is one of the best boxers of all time who won titles, belts, and was once called the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but that one loss in 1988 still gets him.“You never get over it,” he told me back in July.Roy Jones Jr. will probably lose to Mike Tyson in their eight-round, pay-per-view exhibition fight scheduled for Nov. 28 in Carson, Calif.If Jones loses, he lose...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Minneapolis adds ethnic studies to high school graduation requirements
MINNEAPOLIS — In addition to English, math, science and art classes, Minneapolis high school students will now have a new one to take — in ethnic studies — before they receive their diploma.The school board unanimously approved the requirement, which goes into effect for the class of 2025, at a meeting earlier this month.“This is an important step in revolutionizing our curriculum and coursework to better serve all of our students,” board Chairwoman Kim Ellison said at the meeting. “I’m just so thrilled to see it happening.”Talk of mandating these courses — defined by the district as ones that...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Florida releases 2 days of COVID-19 numbers, adding 17,344 cases and 109 deaths
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health released two days’ worth of figures on Friday, confirming 17,344 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 979,020. Also, 109 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident toll to 18,363.Five new non-resident deaths were also announced, bringing the non-resident toll to 233, according to Florida’s [COVID\-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard](Florida did not report its COVID-19 cases or deaths on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday, and many testing sites were closed. The sites reopened Friday but lines were not long...
Biden expected to usher in an era of worker-friendly labor policies
Labor activists eager to capitalize on the pro-worker sentiment fueled by the pandemic will soon have a friend in the White House.President-elect Joe Biden is expected to push to make it easier for workers to unionize and hold employers accountable for working conditions, a sharp U-turn from the business-friendly employment policies pursued by President Donald Trump.Among the most immediate changes will be new leadership at the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor, the latter of which is currently helmed by Eugene Scalia, a former corporate attorney who has been criticized by...
Second gentleman, first Jew, New Jersey-raised: Doug Emhoff is making history
Doug Emhoff wasn’t always this way. He wasn’t always the type to go around talking about how much he loves his wife, let alone quit his high-powered job to travel the country talking about how much he loves his wife.When he was married to Kerstin, not Kamala, Doug Emhoff was more likely to throw himself into his work as a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, play golf, sit on a couch, and watch sports on television. A guy, devoting billable hours to a fight over the origins of the Taco Bell Chihuahua, otherwise not out to change the world.His signature piece of life advice, still ringing in the e...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Appellate ruling scraps conversion therapy bans in cities across Florida
MIAMI — As a result of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down laws in Palm Beach County banning LGBTQ conversion therapy, other Florida municipalities with similar laws can no longer enforce such bans on therapies that attempt to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.That’s according to attorney Rob Rosenwald of the city of Miami Beach, which in 2016 became the first city in Florida to pass a law banning licensed medical providers from practicing conversion therapy on a child.The two laws struck down by a panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in Palm Beach Count...
Minnesotan behind 'Toy Story' and 'Up' on his latest Pixar movie 'Soul'
MINNEAPOLIS — Pete Docter’s life has a way of making its way on screen. The Minnesota native and chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios regularly draws from his own experiences, even if the results aren’t always as personal as his latest work, “Soul,” which he co-wrote and -directed. (It debuts on Disney+ in December after a couple of delayed attempts to open in theaters.) Like him, the movie’s music-teacher protagonist reaches middle age, having achieved some but not all of the things he hoped to, and wonders if he took the right path.“Soul” joins “Toy Story” (which reaches back to...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)