Mac Engel: How Colin Kaepernick made TCU's Rose Bowl season possible
FORT WORTH, Texas — Colin Kaepernick has no formal affiliation with TCU, nor did he ever play the Horned Frogs in a game, but he made a tangible impact on the university that extends deep into the mortar, and the success, of the school.This year is the 10th year anniversary of TCU’s Rose Bowl season, which would not have been possible without the contributions of the ousted NFL quarterback, Mr. Kaepernick, and his Nevada Wolf Pack.On Nov. 26, 2010, Kaepernick “led TCU” to the Rose Bowl when Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State. That upset ultimately changed the trajectory of a team, a school and a c...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Fabiola Santiago: There's poetic justice in Biden appointing a Cuban American to lead Homeland Security
The rise of Alejandro Mayorkas may be just the feel-good story Miami needs post-election.After his Jewish parents fled Fidel Castro’s Communist takeover of Cuba in 1960, Mayorkas lived in Miami as a child. They eventually left the capital of Cuban exiles for a life in Los Angeles, but the 61-year-old hasn’t forgotten his immigrant beginnings.It was the first thing on his mind after President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate the Cuban American to lead the Department of Homeland Security.“When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,” Mayorkas tw...
Brad Biggs' Week 12 NFL rankings
Losing Drew Brees didn’t keep the New Orleans Saints from moving up another spot to No. 3 in Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 12 of the 2020 season. The Los Angeles Rams, meanwhile, have climbed into the top four.Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 9-1 (1)The Chiefs didn’t play very well on defense Sunday night in Las Vegas, but in the end, they had the game’s best player. As coach Andy Reid noted afterward: “I’ve got Pat Mahomes. You give me a minute and a half, and I’m pretty good right there. We can roll.”2. Steelers 10-0 (2)The Steelers just keep rolling as rookie wide r...
Editorial: Give it up: As GSA begins transition, President Trump's flailing still corrodes trust in democratic institutions
Maybe Donald Trump finally sees that the trash compactor walls are closing in. After otherwise loyal Republicans increasingly acknowledged that his legal options are exhausted and urged the transition to President-elect Joe Biden to begin immediately, Trump allowed the General Services Administration to finally allow the process to proceed.Pray this means the famously adolescent and mercurial president is prepared to transform into something approximating a grownup, acknowledging the election results he still refuses to fully accept and enabling a full and smooth passing of the baton to Biden,...
New York Daily News
Motormouth: Buy the maintenance plan?
Q: Purchased a new 2020 Audi A4. Salesperson wanted me to buy a maintenance plan that would cover oil changes for four years. Can my local mechanic handle the changes? Is there a reason I would need to use the dealer?L.S., Davie, Fla.A: Your warranty will not be voided if you chose to have oil changes, or any routine service, done by your local mechanic. You may even do the jobs yourself. All you need do is save the invoices and receipts as proof.Q: I have two direct injection vehicles. When I get down to 3/4 tank I fill up. Does this mean I always have mostly really old gas in the tanks?A.A.,...
Tribune News Service
Vahe Gregorian: Psychic sidekicks Mahomes, Kelce made Chiefs' rally at Raiders seem almost inevitable
An hour or so after the last time the Chiefs played the Raiders, tight end Travis Kelce presented this cryptic-but-tortured post on Twitter: “I HAVE TO BE BETTER!! For my teammates and coaches … . this loss is on me … and the only way to fix it is to go to work ASAP!!”For the record, Kelce had eight catches for 108 yards in that 40-32 loss. But when he at last spoke with the media a few weeks later, he allowed as how he had been guilty of “running routes that weren’t called, and I screwed the team doing it. Stuff that you won’t see on the film, you won’t see on the stats.”So maybe it was fitti...
The Kansas City Star
New details in notorious 1990 'killer clown' case show why prosecutors are so sure who was under the wig
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After South Florida’s killer clown slipped away three decades ago, witnesses told investigators the culprit wearing white makeup and an orange wig looked like a man.But finally it’s been revealed that evidence found in the getaway car — a strand of burgundy head hair with the root attached — is why authorities in 2017 unmasked the clown as a woman: Sheila Keen Warren.In court documents filed this month, Palm Beach County prosecutors gave new insights into how they intend to use DNA evidence and other findings to win a conviction in the 1990 murder of Marlene Warren.It’s...
Grand opening of Colorado In-N-Out burger joint sparks traffic jams, parking lot brawls and 14-hour wait times
The grand opening of an In-N-Out Burger joint in Colorado sparked massive traffic jams, parking lot brawls, and a wait for food lasting, in some instances, up to 14 hours.Food fans flocked to the new restaurants on Friday, eager for their chance to order from iconic California-based fast food chain. By the time afternoon rolled around however, authorities estimated the line for food in Aurora stretched more than a mile long.“It’s hard to estimate. What we know is the line wrapped around the mall twice, and there were some nearby hwy backups,” the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet. “Righ...
New York Daily News
Nation and world news briefs
Wildfire on California-Nevada border kills 1, destroys more than 80 structuresOne person was killed and more than 80 structures, including dozens of homes, have been damaged or destroyed as yet another wildfire scorched more than 20,000 acres, this time on the California- Nevada border.The fire started Tuesday just after noon Pacific time, according to InciWeb, a fire-incident reporting agency.On Wednesday California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Mono County.More than 100 families had been displaced, and as of late Wednesday it had been just 20% contained, the Mono County...
Tribune News Service
Fantasy football Week 11: Start and sit
Impressive Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson had a huge day wiped out by penalties, underappreciated Raiders running back Josh Jacobs maintained his impressive pace, and the Rams’ backfield situation remains a mystery. Here’s a look back at Week 10’s games:———WEEK 10 RECAPColts 34, Titans 17: I’m still holding out hope — I have him in multiple leagues — but it’s fair to panic if you have rookie Jonathan Taylor. Both Nyheim Hines and Jacoby Brissett had rushing touchdowns from the two-yard line.Browns 10, Texans 7: He’s going to need more than a single target (zero receptions) if Duke ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune