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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Socialist Announces Plan to Overthrow the Supreme Court



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Socialist Announces Plan to Overthrow the Supreme Court

On Saturday, New York city’s Autonomous Socialist beloved Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez required the abolition of the “racist” Electoral University. A couple of days later on, she exposed her grand strategy to threaten the UNITED STATE High court. While her strategy might not be extremely initial or extremely clever, it does supply an understanding right into the modern-day socialist mind, which peek is deeply troubling.

At a testing for Michael Moore’s brand-new movie Fahrenheit 11/ 9, a participant of the liberal target market asked Ocasio-Cortez what she would certainly do if the High court verified every one of Democrats’ concerns.

” If, in a couple of months from currently, the High court resembles … a court that would certainly rescind Roe [v. Wade] as well as make the head of state over the regulation of legislation, what is to be done?” the target market participant asked New york city’s freshly chosen congresswoman.

Socialist starlet Ocasio-Cortez, never ever one to place American establishments in advance of her very own lobbyist passions, took a web page right out of Head of state Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s completely challenged playbook.

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I believe we repossess your home, we repossess the Us senate, we repossess the presidency, as well as we load the High court of the USA of America,” she quipped. After that, as if this response were clear, simple, as well as unproblematic, she flippantly included, “ Following!

PJMedia records: In 1937, FDR introduced simply this type of Court-packing strategy. The High court located several of his New Offer federal government development unconstitutional, so FDR intended to reprise the Court. If the splitting up of powers stood in the method of large federal government, FDR was going to obtain eliminate the splitting up of powers.

He provided the Judicial Procedures Reform Expense of 1937, a costs to include even more justices to the High court. 3 weeks after FDR went public with this strategy, the High court turned around training course, acquiescing the Democrats as well as the New Offer. This judicial sea-change dropped in the background as “the button in time that conserved 9.” While some chroniclers have actually contested this link, the Court did without a doubt reverse training course on the New Offer after FDR’s risk.

This is not the very first-time Ocasio-Cortez has actually intended her rage at an American organization that stood in the method of her advocacy. As formerly stated, the socialist tweeted, “It is well we get rid of the Electoral University, a darkness of enslavement’s power on America today that threatens our country as an autonomous republic.”

The Success of Socialist Candidates Would Certainly Mean a Go Back To Destitution as well as Tyranny

This is traditionally incorrect. The Electoral University was developed to provide little populace states a lot more claim in the federal government. This aided states like Delaware, Rhode Island, Georgia, as well as Vermont acquire even more of a say to stabilize huge populace states like Virginia (without a doubt one of the most heavily populated state at the time of the starting), Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, as well as New York City.

According to the 1790 demographics, complimentary states had greater populace than servant states, as well as there additionally were even more complimentary states than servant states. The Electoral University made no distinction in between them.

The Three-Fifths Concession, on the various other hand, counted a servant as three-fifths of an individual for objectives of depiction. This allowed servant states to have even more depiction in Congress– yet much less than they desired (they intended to count servants as complete individuals, which would certainly have provided even more power). Paradoxically, it benefited servants that they were not counted as complete individuals for this function, yet still horrifically heartbreaking that servant states had the ability to utilize them as a political negotiating chip.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has actually revealed her ridicule for American establishments, based upon an incorrect understanding of background. If she had power, she would certainly damage America’s government system by eliminating the Electoral University as well as loading the High court. Yet a growing number of liberals are criticizing the system for their political losses, recommending that the Us senate– never ever meant to be autonomous– isn’t autonomous sufficient!

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None of this must be shocking, nevertheless. Besides, Woodrow Wilson, a significant creator of progressivism, created that the Congress ought to have all the power when he saw himself as a superb possible lawmaker yet transformed his song when he came to be head of state. That’s hassle-free …

Progressivism has to do with taking power as well as utilizing it, American establishments be damned. Autonomous socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are much more brazen. Certain, allow’s load the courts, no brainer.

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Nuggets Journal: Why “mindset change” is exactly what Bol Bol needs



Nuggets Journal: Why “mindset change” is exactly what Bol Bol needs

In a game predicated on size, it almost defies belief that Bol Bol hasn’t made an impact yet in Denver.

Entering his third season, the tantalizing, yet raw skyscraper has tools most players couldn’t dream about.

“The guy is a huge person in terms of his physical stature, his size, his length, and he is really, really talented,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said on the Denver Post’s Nuggets Ink podcast this week.

At 7-foot-3, Bol’s the rare prospect with fluid ball-handling skills, a reliable outside stroke and a wingspan that could, theoretically, deter even the craftiest guards from driving the lane.

Theoretically, because two seasons after the Nuggets traded into the second round to get him, the stars haven’t come close to aligning for him.

The first layer is a nod to the Nuggets’ success, as they’ve distinguished themselves among the loaded Western Conference and started to scratch the surface of title contention. Outside of Milwaukee over the last three seasons, no team in the NBA has amassed more wins throughout the regular season and playoffs than the Nuggets.

That’s hardly the ideal environment to develop any prospect, let alone one as unique as Bol.

“Our first three years, we were developing, and young guys were given the opportunity to play, and more importantly, play through all their mistakes,” Malone said. “Well, Bol doesn’t have that option, man. It’s all trying to be homecourt advantage in the playoffs.”

While the Nuggets fought for seeding the last two seasons, Bol largely remained glued to the bench, buried on the depth chart behind big men Paul Millsap, JaMychal Green and Zeke Nnaji. Last season, former Nuggets Isaiah Hartenstein and JaVale McGee seemed to surpass Bol in the pecking order, as did hybrid forward Vlatko Cancar.

Whenever he played, the game was rarely still in the balance, and even then, his flashes often felt more like novelties.

Part of the dilemma with Bol will always be his positional fit. His thin frame is an impediment to playing inside, while his height makes it a challenge to guard traditional wings. The Nuggets didn’t have time to experiment last season and because of the pandemic-crunched schedule, rarely practiced.

But the outside circumstances of Denver’s rise would also mask one inarguable component to Bol’s development: his attitude.

According to Michael Porter Jr., the rare talent who was allowed to develop alongside Denver’s title chase, that might be changing.

“He’s scoring, blocking shots, playing with a good attitude, a good energy about him,” Porter said this week. “That’s really good to see. I’m trying to stay in his ear just because, Bol Bol, he can be a part of this team and help us do big things. It’s just gonna take a mindset change, which I think he’s ready to embrace. So I’m trying to text him, tell him to hang out with me, come to the gym with me at night, things like that because that kid is very talented.”

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NFL Week 3 Picks: Matchup of unbeatens when Tampa Bay visits Rams



NFL Week 3 Picks: Matchup of unbeatens when Tampa Bay visits Rams

Game of the week

Tampa Bay at L.A. Rams

In a matchup of 2-0 teams, the Buccaneers are a 1 1/2-point road favorite. One of the best stories in the league has been tight end Rob Gronkowski turning back the clock. Gronk leads the NFL with four touchdown catches (took him until Nov. 15 last year to get four) and he wins the game in the final 30 seconds.

Buccaneers 34, Rams 31

Lock of the week

Arizona at Jacksonville

Back in the day on the Jaguars’ beat, we would look at the schedule and ask, “Who can they beat? They won’t be favored against anybody, but where can they still find a win?” That is the current predicament in Jacksonville, whose fans should be outraged. The Cardinals (minus-8) move to 3-0 as quarterback Kyler Murray accounts for four touchdowns.

Cardinals 41, Jaguars 20

Upset of the week

Indianapolis at Tennessee

The Colts’ season is on the line after home losses to Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams. We go with the desperate team (Indianapolis is plus-6) that will rally around either dinged-up quarterback Carson Wentz (bad ankles) or fill-in starter Jacob Eason. The Titans have a letdown after their miracle-gift-of-an-overtime-win at Seattle last week.

Colts 24, Titans 23

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Jason Behnken, The Associated Press

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.

Brady unstoppable. Is it us or is Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady on a mission to go 17-0 in the regular season and shatter the single-season touchdown pass record of 55 by the Broncos’ Peyton Manning in 2013? Sure looks like it. Brady has nine touchdown passes through two games, which puts him on pace for 76 1/ 2. OK, he won’t throw that many scores, but don’t discount him reaching 60 touchdowns because the Buccaneers’ running back duo of Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones has been underwhelming.

Paging Chase. The second overall pick in the 2020 draft, Washington defense end Chase Young, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. But he better get his game going this year. Through two games, Young has no sacks and he was virtually invisible in the Week 2 win over the New York Giants. Let’s compare him to Lawrence Taylor and Von Miller. In the first two weeks of each of Taylor’s seasons in which sacks were an official statistic (1982-93, except for ‘88), he had 23 1/2 sacks. Miller has 19 sacks in the seasons he’s played in Weeks 1-2. Young had 2 1/2 sacks in his first two games last year.

Packers back to SF. For the fourth time since the start of 2019, Green Bay heads to Santa Clara, Calif., to face San Francisco. Packers coach Matt LaFleur is 28-7 (regular season/playoffs) against 30 teams and 1-2 against the 49ers (losses of 37-8 and 37-20 and a 34-17 win). The 2-0 49ers host the Packers then play Seattle and Arizona. The NFC West is stacked. “I know the players that they have in our division, I know the coaches in our division,” coach Kyle Shanahan said.

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Julio Cortez, The Associated Press

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson scores a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Baltimore.

KC’s “D” offensive. It’s startling how badly the Chiefs defense has played during their 1-1 start (win over Cleveland/loss to Baltimore). Entering Sunday’s division game against the Chargers, Kansas City ranks last in yards per game (464.0) and per play (7.6), rushing yards per game (202.0) and per attempt (6.03) and rushing touchdowns (seven, four more than any other team) and 28th in points allowed (32.5). Patrick Mahomes is a magician but even he’ll be solved for a few possessions within a game. The only thing going the defense’s way? Takeaways (four).

Who needs a running game? Las Vegas is 2-0 and its offense is one-dimensional. In leading the league in yards per game (458.0), the Raiders are first in passing (391.0) and 31st in rushing (67.0). But when Derek Carr is throwing for this many yards and making this many big plays (12 completions of at least 20 yards), why bother running it? Miami could provide the opportunity to get the run game going, though. The Dolphins are 28th against the run (134.0). A huge game for Las Vegas, which plays at the Chargers, home to Chicago and at the Broncos in Weeks 4-6.

Bengals turnaround defense. Cincinnati uncharacteristically spent money in free agency during the offseason to sign defensive end Trey Hendrickson and nickel back Mike Hilton. The Bengals are 1-1 heading to Pittsburgh, but the statistics are greatly improved. Yards per game — 26th last year (389.2) and sixth this year (304.5). Points per game — 21st (26.5) last year and tied for 10th this year (22.0). The Bengals have six sacks and 14 total quarterback hits. If the Bengals can upset the Steelers, they have Jacksonville on Thursday night.

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‘Jeopardy!’ champion Matt Amodio crosses $1 million mark: ‘This is just a childhood dream’



‘Jeopardy!’ champion Matt Amodio crosses $1 million mark: ‘This is just a childhood dream’

Amodio, a Yale Ph.D student, has officially become the third player in the game’s history to win over $1 million during regular-season play, earning a total of $1,004,001 during his 28-game streak. (Jeopardy!)

(WTNH) – He ranks third in the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame for consecutive games won and highest winnings in regular-season play.

Who is Matt Amodio?

That’s correct.

Amodio, a Yale Ph.D student, has officially become the third player in the game’s history to win over $1 million during regular-season play, earning a total of $1,004,001 during his 28-game streak.

Amodio spoke to WTNH earlier this week, saying he used to dream of becoming a sports legend like Hank Aaron or Babe Ruth throughout his childhood. Instead, he now stands almost side-by-side with Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.

As fans of “Jeopardy!” know, that’s rarified air: Jennings and Holzhauer rank first and second for total winnings during regular-season play.

“I see my face and my name next to these legends,” Amodio said of his fellow “Jeopardy!” champions. “And I’m like, OK, this is just a childhood dream. And this isn’t real.”

Amodio, a Yale computer science Ph.D. student, says he has far exceeded his own expectations. Heading into next week’s games, he’s officially a “Jeopardy!” millionaire, a feat accomplished by only three other players in the show’s history. (In addition to Jennings and Holzhauer, Brad Rutter has well surpassed the million-dollar mark, though Rutter earned most of his winnings during tournament play.)

Growing up in Ohio, Amodio said he watched “Jeopardy!” all the time with his family. But these days, watching an episode on TV is a totally different experience.

“It’s a crazy feeling,” he said. “I finally got to see what it’s like to be on the stage and have that perspective. And so for the first time I’m watching these episodes and saying ‘Oh, I know where that camera is.’ Or ‘Ah, I know where they’re looking when they’re facing that way.’ And so it gives me that insider feeling”.

Despite all of his success on the show, Amodio has faced a slight bit of controversy for how he plays — specifically, his strategy of starting nearly every one of his responses with “what’s,” instead of “what is.”

Amodio says there’s a reason for this approach, telling “Jeopardy!” fans that he chose “what’s” because it’s the “simplest, most repeatable” phrase he could think of.

He’s not breaking any rules, but he does acknowledge that some of the show’s fans were a bit irritated by him early on.

“I have thick skin. There was a part of me that actually was amused by how annoyed they were,” Amodio said. “But, also in the back of my head, I knew we were only three games in, and they said, ‘I can’t wait for this guy to lose.’ And I was saying, ‘You might have to wait a while.’”

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Readers and Writers: Kate DiCamillo and the story behind the creation of ‘The Beatryce Prophecy’



Readers and Writers: Kate DiCamillo and the story behind the creation of ‘The Beatryce Prophecy’

“It is written in the Chronicles of Sorrowing
that one day there will come a child
who will unseat a king.
The prophecy states that this child will be a girl.
Because of this,
the prophecy has long been ignored.”
— From “The Beatryce Prophecy”

Kate DiCamillo had only three words in her mind when she began her luminous new novel — monk, moon and goat. Where would she go from there?

“How those three words led to ‘The Beatryce Prophecy,’ I have no idea,” DiCamillo said with a laugh during a phone conversation from her Minneapolis home. “The story is smarter than I am. It’s about getting out of my own way and following these characters I care about.”

Those characters, who live in medieval times, include a girl who breaks the law by knowing how to read, a timid monk, and a loyal but fierce goat, one of DiCamllo’s most endearing characters.

DiCamillo, who is always fun to talk with, is one of the nation’s most popular children’s writers (although she insists her books are for all ages) with a total of 37 million copies in print worldwide. “The Beatryce Prophecy” aimed at middle-grade readers, is her 10th novel. She’s also written 13 chapter books, including the Bink & Gollie series with Alison McGhee, another about toast-loving pig Mercy Watson, and Tales From Deckawoo Drive.

Honored with two prestigious American Library Association Newbery Medals (for “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Flora and Ulysses”), she is former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

DiCamillo is 57, barely over 5 feet tall, and could pass for one of her young fans. She grew up in Florida and followed a friend to Minnesota, hoping her boyfriend would propose marriage. He didn’t and she stayed, even though she arrived — without socks — during one of this state’s coldest winters. She worked at a variety of jobs, including order fulfillment at the Bookmen distributorship in Minneapolis.

By the mid-1990s, DiCamillo was discouraged about being a writer. She was poor, her legs hurt from standing on concrete floors at the Bookmen, and she was accumulating more and more rejection slips. Thanks to the encouragement of author Jane Resh Thomas, she kept going, and in 1998 she won a Minnesota McKnight Artist Fellowship. Two years later, “Because of Winn-Dixie,” the story of a girl and her dog, was accepted for publication and became a bestseller.

Now,  two decades after her debut, DiCamillo is having a big year. Besides the new book, there are paperback film tie-in editions of  “Flora & Ulysses” and “The Tiger Rising.”


“The Beatryce Prophecy” centers on Beatryce, found by Brother Edik curled up in the barn of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. She’s bloody and dirty, hanging onto the ear of Answelica, the monastery’s ill-tempered goat. With a hard head and yellow eyes, Answelica is introduced in the book’s first three pages, the funniest DiCamillo has written:

“Answelica was a goat with teeth that were the mirror of her soul — large, sharp, and uncompromising.”

“I am so glad you thought those first pages were funny,” DiCamillo says, adding she wanted her readers to laugh. It’s this ability to turn a goat into an unlikely memorable character that makes DiCamillo’s fans love her.

Brother Edik is worried because years earlier he had prophesied — it’s written in the Chronicles of Sorrowing — that a girl would unseat a king. Now that girl has arrived, and he doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t remember how she got to the monastery or anything about herself, including her name. But to the monks’ astonishment, she can read and write, talents unheard of in girls because they are forbidden to be literate.

The king, who knows about the prophecy, is looking for this girl who wants to kick him off his throne. So Brother Edik keeps her safe by cutting her hair to the scalp and dressing her like a monk. But she cannot stay in the monastery and so the girl, the goat and the monk set out to see the king, along with cheerful Jack, whom Beatryce is teaching to read.

Slowly, the girl’s memory returns and she knows she is Beatryce, daughter of a noble family. Meanwhile, the motley crew is being chased by the king’s men.

If you ask DeCaillo what the book is about, she’ll tell you she is the worst person to answer that question. Writing it, she says, was like trying to recapture the fragments of a dream.

“You can kind of remember, but it’s just out of your reach,” she says of this dream-like state. “It’s not anything to look at too directly or control too much. I don’t outline, so I never know what’s going to happen or how the story is going to unfold. Then a character like Answelica shows up and it’s a gift. I thought, ‘Boy, oh boy. This goat is stronger and smarter than me. I hope she doesn’t run away with the whole story.’ But she led us through it and kept us safe”

Then there’s Brother Edik, who sees beauty in the world. Edik has one wandering eye, which rolls around while the other eye looks straight ahead.

“I don’t know why he has this kind of eye,” DiCamillo says. “I kind of see the characters and that is what I saw. I really feel him and his ability to see beauty and life everywhere. Everybody, every goat, every tree, contains surprises and singularity for him. If you see the world that way, it’s easier to love it.”


It isn’t unusual for an author to abandon a book when it isn’t working for some reason. That’s what happened to DiCamillo with “The Beatryce Prophecy.”

“I had started this book in 2009, worked on it a very short time, then put it aside and forgot about it entirely. I don’t remember why,” DeCamillo recalled. “Maybe it was just too emotionally close to my mother’s death that year. I wanted to write something funny and started working on ‘Flora & Ulysses,’ about a squirrel who gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner.”

That story was inspired by the vacuum cleaner belonging to her mother, Betty Gouff DiCamillo, to whom she dedicated the new book.

In 2017, DiCamillo was cleaning out her office closet and found the draft of the first part of a story about a girl named Beatryce. She sat down on the floor and read it as though it had been written by someone else.

“I thought, ‘This goat! This girl! I have to tell this story,’ ” she recalls. “I started writing two days later, following the characters through their world. I realized they learned how precious, important and powerful reading and writing can be. Maybe I knew in an emotional way it was about my mother and my own struggles learning to read.”

As a child, DiCamillo was desperate to read but she couldn’t do it.

“In those days, they taught reading with phonics that made no sense to me,” she recalls. (Phonics correlates an individual sound with its corresponding letter or letter group.)

“I was almost hysterical. I came home from school wailing to my mother. She said, ‘For Pete’s sake, calm down. You are smart. You can memorize the words.’ She made a heap of flashcards and after school we worked on memorizing. It worked, and what a gift from her. It was like, ‘Everybody get out of my way now.’ I wasn’t fully myself until I could read. That runs through all of ‘Beatryce,’ the importance or being able to read and write. My mother always saw me as a reader and that’s the first way I identify myself today.”


“I never fully understand a book until I stand in front of a kid and talk about it,” DiCamillo says.

She discovered the importance of her young readers’ input way back when she stood in front of a class for the first time to talk about “Because of Winn-Dixie.”

“The teacher said, ‘We are going to talk about the book’s themes,” she recalls. “I thought, ‘We are?’ I literally started sweating. I had no idea about themes. The class discussed it and the teacher put themes up on the blackboard. When I got to my car I wrote them down so I’d have an answer for the next class.”

This personal connection with her fans when she’s signing books is what she missed during the months of COVID isolation when she couldn’t make personal appearances.

“Almost invariably there’s a kid in line telling me something he liked about one of my books and and I think, ‘This is why I came.’ Sometimes they say things to me they don’t want to say in front of anybody else,” she says. “It’s that intimacy that’s lost when you do it virtually.”


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Author Kate DiCamillo and her dog, Ramona.

DiCamillo spent the lockdown months at home with Ramona, her mischievous, 5-year-old miniature Goldendoodle, named for Beverly Cleary’s popular novels.

“We walked and walked and walked,” DiCamillo recalls of their outings.  “We walked so much one of my friends asked if Ramona was getting enough protein because she looked a little skinny.”

When they weren’t walking, DiCamillo was working.

“I started writing fairytales,” she says. “It’s three novellas that will be published separately. Writing kept me calm and grounded.”

While she was walking and working, she was also anticipating publication Sept. 28 of “The Beatryce Prophecy,”

She needn’t have worried about how the book would fare, since it received starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, which called the novel “A book with an angelic soul.”


And now we’re back to the beginning of this story. What is “The Beatryce Prophecy” about? Putting together everything DiCamillo said, it’s about love of reading and writing, the wonder of the natural world, the power of a girl with words, the loyalty of a goat and friendship.

This is what Beatryce thinks as she holds onto the ear of  Answelica the goat:

” I am Beatryce.I have friends in the world.
I no longer have hair. But I have friends.”


  • What: Kate DiCamillo introduces “The Beatryce Prophecy” in her first live appearance since COVID isolation.
  • When/Where: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Talking Volumes reading series: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul.
  • Admission: $30
  • Information:
  • Publisher/Price: Candlewick Press, $19.99
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Ex-stars John Randle, Kevin Williams call for Vikings to put up statue of Purple People Eaters



Ex-stars John Randle, Kevin Williams call for Vikings to put up statue of Purple People Eaters

Hall of Famer John Randle believes a statue of the Purple People Eaters should be erected outside of U.S. Bank Stadium. And another former star Vikings defensive tackle has seconded the motion.

The Purple People Eaters were Minnesota’s famous defensive line that terrorized opponents from the late 1960s until the late 1970s.

“I would love to see a statue in front (of U.S. Bank Stadium) of the Purple People Eaters because when you talk about the Minnesota Vikings, you talk about the Purple People Eaters,’’ Randle, who starred for the Vikings at defensive tackle from 1990-2000. said recently. “That’s where it started, Minnesota Vikings football.’’

Kevin Williams, a Vikings defensive tackle from 2003-13 who will be inducted next Sunday into the team’s Ring of Honor at a home game against Cleveland, liked what Randle said.

“Definitely, that’s something they should look into,’’ Williams said. “That sounds like a great idea. You see these other teams put their great players outside their stadium. I mean, who is more deserving than those guys?”

The Purple People Eaters initially consisted of Alan Page (who played for Minnesota from 1967-78) and Gary Larsen (1965-74) at defensive tackle and Carl Eller (1964-78) and Jim Marshall (1961-79) at defensive end. Page and Eller are in the Hall of Fame and Larsen and Marshall each made two Pro Bowls.

When Larsen retired, defensive tackle Doug Sutherland (1971-80) took his place on the legendary line.

“I never thought a thing about it, but, yeah, that would be a heck of an honor,’’ Larsen said about the suggestion by Randle and Williams. “That would be something else, posing for a statue.”

Randle said he grew up admiring members of the Purple People Eaters. He was honored to meet them after he joined the Vikings.

“I remember when they put Jim Marshall in the Ring of Honor (in 1999),’’ Randle said. “I told him, ‘Thank for what you guys have done.’ …  And when I went into the Hall of Fame (in 2010 in Canton, Ohio), there were lot of Hall of Famers there, but when I saw Alan Page, it was almost like being christened by the queen, a feeling of knighthood. Because for me, that was the standard. That was one of the greatest stories, seeing him there.’’

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Working Strategies: Tips for surviving your annual performance review



Working Strategies: No, really — ‘Why do you want this job?’

Fall is here, along with the fourth quarter of the business calendar. In some companies, annual performance reviews are right around the corner.

Amy Lindgren

For many employees, being reviewed can be a fraught process, too heavily weighted with measures that seem to lack meaning, such as the ubiquitous scale of 1 to 5 — based on what as the actual meaning of 5?

If you’ve heard of (or had) bosses who refuse to give a top ranking (because nobody’s perfect, and they don’t want you resting on your laurels), then you may already feel a bit jaded about the process. How can you be motivated by a system in which you can never achieve the goal?

In truth, managers aren’t thrilled by these systems either. It’s stressful to rank employees, especially when the forms seem to ignore the most important aspects of someone’s job. Now with so many people working remotely or covering more roles, managers may be even more challenged in this process.

If managers and employees both dislike performance reviews, why does the practice persist? That question does get asked from time to time. On balance, despite the drawbacks, it’s better for employees to work in a system that uses some kind of review, rather than one that doesn’t. If nothing else, it’s an annual opportunity to clear the air about duties and expectations.

Since the actual protocols differ from one company to the next, there isn’t a universal set of steps for succeeding at your next performance review. Even so, the following tips might give you a head start.

Ask for the form in advance. Assuming your company uses a form or some other prepared document, ask for it a month or more before your review would be scheduled. This lets you think about the areas you’ll be evaluated on, while getting started on any information you’re expected to prepare.

Review past evaluations. If you’ve been with this employer awhile, you’ve probably been through this process already. Past reviews will remind you of goals you’d intended to reach this year, along with other areas of improvement. They’ll also prepare you mentally for the process itself.

Talk to co-workers. If others have already been through their reviews, consider asking how it went. You don’t need to get personal. Just, “Did you think the process was different this year?” might be enough to elicit advice.

Gather your data. Did you take on extra duties this year, or cover different areas of your department? What did you learn that you might be taking for granted now, such as remote meeting processes? Did you hit or miss your work goals? Answering these kinds of questions might be a requirement of your review preparation process but if not, it’s still good data to have ready.

Mind your language. In the meeting itself, there are some things you want to avoid saying. For example, leave out unneeded modifiers such as “kind of” – as in, “I kind of led the transition process this year.” If you weren’t given official leadership status, the modifier is understandable but it’s still not strategic. Try this instead: “When the transition process gained momentum, I stepped forward to lead the stages taking place in my work area. That included.. and … and …”

Along the same lines, this isn’t the place to use “we” when “I” is justified. In the above example, saying “Our team took responsibility for…” might accurately be replaced with “I led our team in taking responsibility for…”

Ask for what you want. In many ways, this is the Year of the Employee. You don’t have free reign to get anything your heart desires, but you almost certainly have more leverage than you realize. Managers are losing sleep over worker retention issues when they’re already short-handed. Reasonable requests for schedule accommodations, tuition assistance or pay increases have more chance of success now than might usually be the case.

Ask what your manager wants. Not to be forgotten in this process is the manager, who likely oversees your career path in the company. What is the vision for the coming year and your role in the department? What goals does he or she have that you can help fulfill? Finding alignment between your goals and your manager’s goals is the sweet spot of the annual performance review; achieving this can make the process a valued tool rather than a dreaded ordeal.

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Franklin rallies past Duxbury in second half



Big second half leads Springfield Central to road win at BC High

DUXBURY — Franklin head coach Eian Bain made it a point that he doesn’t have a bend-but-don’t-break type of defense, but his team surely doesn’t panic.

Trailing 14-0 with 7:16 left in the first half, the Panthers (3-0) rattled off 27 unanswered points and shut out Duxbury in the second half en route to a 27-14 non-league road victory Friday night.

Mack Gulla was outstanding in the trenches banging helmets for most of the game until he broke out a 45-yard off-right tackle touchdown run to seal the win with 1:35 remaining in the game. Gulla finished the game with 151 yards on 23 carries.

“Once we kind of settled down and realized the dogfight we were in we started to make those plays in the big moments,” said Bain. “Those are the best four defensive linemen in the state especially (Delby Lemieux), made life hard and we had to live in the life of two-three-four yards and then get them to wear down.”

Duxbury was in control early as Matt Festa was rolling to his right and left in the first half. Festa found his usual partner in crime Brady Madigan for a 22-yard touchdown and followed up that series with a 30-yard pass to Chris Walsh as Walsh laid out in the end zone for the circus catch and the 14-0 lead.

The defensive line for Duxbury, led by Lemieux, was up for the challenge, but the ground-and-pound game of Gulla set up Franklin’s screen and play-action in the backfield in the second quarter.

Shane Kindred scored on an end-around from right to left to go in from 18 yards out after some nifty footwork broke two tackles inside the 5-yard line, but Lemieux was at it again with the blocked extra point to leave the Panthers trailing, 14-6, with 3:43 left in the first half.

After a six-play drive stalled, Duxbury punted the ball away with only 39 seconds left on the clock and Franklin didn’t waste one second.

The clock seemed to expire as Will Tracey stepped out of bounds at the Dragons’ 35-yard line, but the officials put two seconds back on the clock. Jared Arone went to Tracey again, Tracey climbed the ladder, and pulled down the touchdown as time expired to give the Panthers all the momentum going into the lockers for the break.

“We could have easily taken the clock at that point, but I trust our kids. We ran a quick screen, a penalty happened, and we hit a quick out and bang — they had great coverage, but Will Tracey is the captain of the basketball team for a reason,” added Bain.

Duxbury again controlled the clock in the third quarter with an 11-play drive that stalled at the Panthers’ 10-yard line as Festa just couldn’t make the sticks on a 4th-and-3 quarterback keeper. The drive ate up 5:50 of the clock but Gulla was just about to punch in for work again and Duxbury knew they missed a golden opportunity.

“We didn’t execute there and it was a big play in the game, we had the momentum, and they made plays and we didn’t,” said Duxbury head coach Matt Landolfi. “(Gulla) is a beast, tough to take down so this is going to make us better as a team and that’s the plan and why you play (Division 1) teams and get better as a springboard.”

On the next series, Gulla carried the ball nine out of the first 11 plays from scrimmage as the Panthers marched the field into the fourth quarter. Gulla’s hard work between the tackles set up Arone for his second passing touchdown of the game and finished off the 90-yard series with a beautiful inside post route underneath by Will Deschenes as Arone hit the senior wideout in stride from 30 yards out.

Franklin held the 21-14 lead with 10:50 to go but Gulla was just too much down the stretch as he finally found the end zone on his 23rd carry of the game to lift Franklin to the victory.

Arone was super-efficient and finished 13-of-16 for 164 yards with two touchdowns for the Panthers, who face Mansfield next week.

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Brown leads St. Mary’s to big victory over Bishop Feehan



Brown leads St. Mary’s to big victory over Bishop Feehan

ATTLEBORO — To this point in the high school football season, St. Mary’s (Lynn) has embraced the role of underdog in each of its matchups, and the formula seems to be working. Despite having to compete with schools from higher divisions, the Spartans have managed to find ways to win week in, week out.

Thanks to a fantastic performance by David Brown, that trend continued on Friday night. The junior running back racked up 18 carries for 140 yards and a trio of touchdowns, as St. Mary’s (3-0) opened its Catholic Central League slate with a massive 28-14 victory over Bishop Feehan on the road.

“Most people in the state see St. Mary’s as a small school in Lynn, Division 6,” Brown said afterward. “They don’t think we have a chance against any team that’s a bigger school … so (this is) a really big win for us.”

Brown wasted little time with getting his banner night underway. On just the second play from scrimmage in the opening quarter, the junior took a handoff from Ali Barry, shrugged off a few tackles, then broke off a 52-yard touchdown scamper to put the Spartans ahead, 7-0, just 1:07 into the action.

Bishop Feehan (2-1) would respond on its opening possession a few minutes later, as senior Aidan Crump connected with Matt Saunders for a 26-yard touchdown to make it a 7-7 contest with 6:13 to play in the stanza.

However, Brown was far from finished. With 1:15 to play in the first quarter, the junior appeared to be stood up after a short gain. But he would break loose, then proceed to shed countless tacklers as he rumbled to the house for an incredible 24-yard touchdown rush to make it 14-7.

“I kind of lost my balance at the first broken tackle,” Brown chuckled. “Then, the kid didn’t really come at me, so I used a stiff arm, then it was just about putting in strength. … I just saw the end zone, and I knew I was going for it. Nothing was going to stop me.”

With 4:38 remaining in the first half, Brown took a swing toss from Barry, then jogged in for a 5-yard touchdown run, as the Spartans extended their lead to 21-7.

After the Spartans blocked a punt attempt by Bishop Feehan, St. Mary’s would capitalize, as junior running back Derick Coulanges found the end zone from two yards out to put his team ahead, 28-7, a lead which the Spartans would never relinquish.

Barry added nine carries for 94 yards for St. Mary’s in the victory.

For Bishop Feehan, it was a difficult night, and things were only magnified by the absence of star running back Nick Yanchuk, who suffered a leg injury during a game with Attleboro last week.

Case Mankins would add a 1-yard rushing touchdown for the Shamrocks in the third quarter to cap the scoring.

Crump finished 8-for-24 passing, closing his night with 129 yards and a score. Cameron Burns rushed 15 times for 99 yards in the effort.

“I’m proud of my team,” said St. Mary’s coach Sean Driscoll. “Because the last couple of weeks, we’ve gotten our first team out in the second half, but to finish a complete game is big for us, especially in this league.”

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Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city’s main square



Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city’s main square

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan, a witness said Saturday, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the Taliban’s methods of the past.

Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the side of the square, told The Associated Press that four bodies were brought to the main square and three bodies were moved to other parts of the city for public display.

Seddiqi said the Taliban announced in the square that the four were caught taking part in a kidnapping and were killed by police.

Ziaulhaq Jalali, a Taliban appointed district police chief in Herat, said later that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been abducted by four kidnappers after an exchange of gunfire. He said a Taliban fighter and a civilian were wounded by the kidnappers but “the four (kidnappers) were killed in crossfire.”

Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan, told The Associated Press this week that the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

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Leading Off: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals seek franchise-best 15th straight win



Leading Off: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals seek franchise-best 15th straight win

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:


The soaring Cardinals will try for a franchise-record 15th consecutive victory when they play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. St. Louis swept a doubleheader from Chicago on Friday, equaling a 14-game run by the team in July 1935. The winning streak has rocketed the Cardinals into control of the second NL wild card, leading Philadelphia by five games.

Left-hander Jon Lester (7-6, 4.59 ERA) is slated to pitch for St. Louis against Chicago right-hander Adrian Sampson (3-3, 2.84).


With a little help, Tampa Bay and Milwaukee can both clinch division crowns.

The defending AL champion Rays, who secured a postseason spot Wednesday, need a victory at home over Miami and a Boston loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park to win their second consecutive AL East title.

Corbin Burnes and the Brewers, already assured their fourth straight playoff berth, would wrap up their first NL Central championship since 2018 with a victory at home against the Mets and a loss by St. Louis to the Cubs in Chicago.


The Yankees and Red Sox continue a three-game set at Fenway Park with huge postseason implications. New York beat Boston 8-3 on Friday night to pull within a game of the Red Sox for the top AL wild card. Toronto and Seattle are two games behind the Yankees.

Left-hander Nestor Cortes (2-2, 2.79 ERA) has been on a bat-missing roll this month for New York, striking out 30 and walking six over 22 1/3 innings spanning four starts. He’ll oppose Red Sox righty Nick Pivetta, who is winless in his past five starts and allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Aug. 18.


Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 3.27 ERA) makes his third start since returning from the injured list when the Los Angeles Dodgers play at last-place Arizona. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has allowed two runs and struck out 13 over 9 1/3 innings since missing more than two months with inflammation in his left elbow.

The defending World Series champions are a game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West, though both teams have clinched a playoff berth. Anthony DeSclafani (12-7, 3.23) pitches for the Giants in Colorado.


The Phillies put their NL East hopes on emerging left-hander Ranger Suarez (6-5, 1.60), who is 1-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 10 starts since moving from the bullpen to the rotation in August. The 26-year-old will face the Pirates in a matinee as Philadelphia tries to gain ground on first-place Atlanta.

Right-hander Wil Crow (4-7, 5.77) is slated to start for Pittsburgh.


The AL Central champion White Sox were dealt a potential blow to their playoff prep when starter Dylan Cease was struck in his pitching arm by a comebacker Friday night. The club said Cease has a bruised right triceps and X-rays were negative after he was hit by a one-hopper from Cleveland’s Bradley Zimmer in the sixth inning.

Cease attempted a few practice pitches before leaving the field, interrupting a shutout performance. He exited with nine strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 3.95.


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