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Edmonton Student team are eyes & ears of Grey Cup fans across the country

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Student team in Edmonton set to be the eyes and ears of Grey Cup fans across the country

Considering That the Grey Cup Event board could not press a big portion of the numerous CFL followers from throughout the nation onto Edmonton’s Jasper Opportunity and also right into a couple of lots friendliness collections, they have actually done the following ideal point.

Much like at the Grey Cup that Edmonton organized in 2010, they have actually developed a social networks group to personalize private records for individuals in various other CFL cities that could not pertain to Alberta’s resources.

Marty Forbes is supervising the job. His group is composed of 6 NAIT trainees.

” So if you remain in Vancouver or Winnipeg and also wish to see all the behind the curtain things that you would not always see on tv, these youngsters are mosting likely to catch it– all accessibility,” Forbes stated.

He stated followers in Montreal can adhere to in addition to what Alouette followers are doing.

” Certainly Twitter had not been as huge at that time (in 2010) yet you consider the power of mobile phones currently and also the reach, so Twitter is the media beloved.”.

It’s a champion possibility for trainees like Keenen Kanda, that has actually never ever remained in the eye of a typhoon the method Grey Cup week can be.

” This is mosting likely to be the very first time that I’m doing anything of this quality,” Kenda stated. “I’m so fired up to come down and also filthy and also obtain this done.”.

Exact Same with Jasmine King, that’s obtaining a refresher course on interacting and also exactly how to record what Grey Cup followers experience, also if at some point they do not actually remember themselves.

” I’m mosting likely to be mosting likely to every one of the various tasks taking place and also taking photos, taking video clips, speaking to followers from any place and also discovering their experience,” she stated. “[I’ll also be] aiding individuals have an excellent experience too.”.

King recognizes she needs to strike celebrations to do her task.

” OK. Alright. We’ll take a look at what the group mores than there.”.

Customized material was additionally fired in the celebration area which began with The Strumbellas having fun atop the CKUA structure, according to a tweet from Edmonton-Centre MLA David Guard.

Forbes stated the board is thrilled that the CFL has actually mandated that future Grey Cups require to satisfy the requirement that Edmonton has actually established.

” This is 4 times bigger than the last one right here and also is actually concentrated on family members and also enjoyable and also various other occasions than simply the video game,” Forbes stated.

You can additionally anticipate followers in Halifax will certainly have something to expect, Forbes verified.

” I’m not privy to every one of the info of what’s taking place in the organization yet, ‘Are we mosting likely to have a news?'” he asked. “They stated it might not be the year they’re beginning, yet there ought to be a news. So yeah, we have a single person essentially in charge of ensuring they really feel welcome in Edmonton too.

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Bradley Beal speaks out about not getting vaccinated against COVID

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Utah center Rudy Gobert revealed that after much deliberation, he decided to become vaccinated. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has gotten his booster shot already. Boston coach Ime Udoka had his shots and tested positive for COVID-19 anyway.

And Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving is keeping everyone guessing.

The NBA season arrived Monday with media days in advance of training camp, with the ongoing pandemic as much if not even more of a topic than basketball. This will be the third season affected at least in part by the pandemic, almost certainly not the last, and some teams revealed that their rosters are 100% vaccinated entering the season.

“When I felt like it was the right time, I did it,” said Gobert — the first NBA player who was known to test positive for COVID-19, back on March 11, 2020.

Same goes for Giannis Antetokounmpo of the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, who still isn’t totally sure if the vaccine will present issues down the road.

But much like sentiments expressed by Portland’s Damian Lillard and Memphis’ Ja Morant, Antetokounmpo — a father of two — said his family played a major role in his decision to get vaccinated.

“I did what was best for me and my family’s safety. … You do whatever it takes for you and your family to be OK,” Antetokounmpo said.

The Spurs have a fully vaccinated roster, Popovich said. The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers said last week that they would have the same, and some other clubs — including Utah, Portland, Houston and Charlotte — said they were at the 100% mark.

Other teams are close to being fully vaccinated.

Miami will be by the start of the season, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity Monday because the Heat vaccine rate has not publicly revealed by the team.

Toronto general manager Bobby Webster said the Raptors are “one dose” away from being there, as did Atlanta GM Travis Schlenk.

Leaguewide, the rate is believed to be around 90% and climbing.

“There is still a lot of stuff going on out there,” Popovich said. “You see all the bumps in cases here and there. You see all the areas where people are not vaccinated. It’s a double-edged sword. I think we are in good shape right now. We’re trying to do everything we can to make sure we can be safe, which means we’ve got to be disciplined day to day to day to day.”

Players who are vaccinated will not be tested often; unvaccinated players will be tested on all practice days and travel days, and at least once on game days.

The list of unvaccinated players includes Washington’s Bradley Beal — who missed out on the chance to play for an Olympic gold medal with USA Basketball this summer after testing positive.

Beal said he remains unvaccinated for “personal reasons,” and has questions about why someone can still contract the virus even after being vaccinated.

“Would I love to sit here and tell you that we’re 100% vaccinated? I’d be thrilled about that,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “The fact is that we’re not, and that’s all I’ll say on that matter regarding who is and who’s not. It’s a delicate balance. It is not my place to tell somebody that they have to be vaccinated.”

Irving is among the individuals at the center of that debate in the NBA right now.

By local rule in New York, to play for the Nets at home this season Irving would have to be vaccinated or receive an exemption — something that Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins sought from the NBA unsuccessfully last week because San Francisco has similar rules.

“I’m just going to keep fighting for what I believe,” Wiggins said Monday.

Irving wasn’t at media day in Brooklyn on Monday, instead appearing remotely and refusing to say if he plans to play in home games.

“Please respect my privacy,” Irving said.

Added Nets forward Kevin Durant, at media day: “That’s on Kyrie. That’s his personal decision.”

Irving is keeping his status and reasoning private. Orlando’s Jonathan Isaac is not.

Isaac, whose mother works in health care, has had COVID-19 already. He is not vaccinated, but insisted he is not anti-vaccine, anti-medicine, or anti-science, either.

“I thank God, I’m grateful, that I live in a society where vaccines are possible and we can protect ourselves and have the means to protect ourselves in the first place,” Isaac said. “That being said, it is my belief that the vaccine status of every person should be their own choice. … I’m not ashamed to say that I’m uncomfortable with taking the vaccine at this time.”

Media day tends to have some loose moments, and Durant was at the forefront of one of those when he was asked why people call him “KD.” The reporter — “Dave from Basketball Digest” — was none other than David Letterman, who got laughs from media that were present even though Durant didn’t outwardly show any happiness with the line of questioning.

Popovich joined San Antonio reporters to ask the hard-hitting question of why shooting matters in basketball, and in Miami, Jimmy Butler crashed Kyle Lowry’s first Heat availability in an effort to get him to endorse his coffee brand.

“He’s going to pay me very handsomely,” Lowry said.

There were also reminders that the pandemic isn’t over.

Udoka, entering his first season as Celtics’ coach, is wrapping up a 10-day quarantine after testing positive and plans to be at the team’s first practice Tuesday. Phoenix’s Devin Booker wasn’t at Suns media day, already in the league’s health and safety protocols — indicating some sort of testing or contact-tracing issue.

But camps are opening. A regular 82-game season is planned. Fans will be back in buildings. Popovich, the NBA’s longest-tenured current coach who said he qualified for his booster shot already because he’s in his 90s — he’s really only 72 — may have summed up the order of things in the NBA now perfectly with this assessment: “Normalcy, with a good dose of caution.”

“I think getting vaccinated is your choice,” Indiana guard Malcolm Brogdon said. “I think it’s absolutely your choice. But at the same time, we’re trying to protect the entire NBA. Not just our team, but the entire NBA.”

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AP Sports Writers Jimmy Golen, Michael Marot, Steve Megargee, Paul Newberry, Arnie Stapleton and Associated Press Writers Raul Dominguez and Ian Harrison contributed to this report.

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Some small businesses won’t enforce new St. Louis County mask mandate

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FLORISSANT, Mo. – Some St. Louis County businesses—and their customers—are already pushing back against the county’s new mask mandate.

At Meyer’s Café and Lounge, our FOX 2 news crew spotted just two of more than 20 customers with masks during lunch hour. A member of the family that owns the restaurant says 90% of the customers don’t wear masks and they’re not going to make them.

For more than 40 years, Meyer’s Café has been making homemade meals and building a loyal customer base.

“I just love the food. I’ve been eating here and I’d rather spend money at a small business for food,” said customer Mary Wynne.

Like many small businesses, Meyer’s made some big changes in the last year and a half.

“Originally, when all this COVID started and they said, ‘Everybody wear a mask and keep everybody safe,’ okay, we did that,” said Diane Creach, who is a cook at the restaurant and member of the family that owns the café.

But this business is now pushing back against a new mask mandate now that more people are getting vaccinated.

“We’re getting our freedom taken away and that’s what’s not fair,” Creach said. “We’re grownups and if we decide to wear a mask, we’ll wear a mask. If we choose not, then we shouldn’t.”

Customer Will Meaney says he doesn’t’ mind and will roll with mask order.

“I have no problem with the mask mandate. A lot of people do,” he said. “I’m not a person for vaccinations but in this case, I got one because I have a lot of underlying conditions.”

Other customers say personal responsibility by individuals choosing to wear a mask should make a mandate unnecessary.

“I think this whole process of trying to get us to understand where we need to be as individuals. Like I said, I served my country for 10 years. I fought for freedom to have a choice,” said customer Gregory Ledguie.

Some of the folks we spoke with expressed frustration that mask policies differ from county to county.

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‘My knees buckled!’ – Missouri woman wins $3M in scratch-off game

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‘My knees buckled!’ – Missouri woman wins $3M in scratch-off game

RICHMOND, Mo. – A woman in western Missouri has claimed one of two remaining $3 million prizes in a scratchers game that launched earlier this year.

The woman, who declined to be identified, recently purchased a 300X scratchers ticket on her way home from work at the Hughes Self Service on Highway 10 in Ray County.

She scratched only part of the ticket and thought she won $100,00. She went up to the counter to have the ticket checked.

“The woman working scanned it and just told me I needed to go home and scratch the rest of it,” she said. “So, I took it home and scratched it the rest of the way off and my knees buckled!”

300X” is a $30 scratchers game that launched on Jan. 4, 2021. There are more than $60.6 million in unclaimed prizes, including one more top prize of $3 million and two $100,000 prizes. People have a 1 in 2.64 chance of winning a prize playing 300X.

“I was excited when I thought I had won $100,000! But this was a little more than that!” she said.

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Nazem Kadri hasn’t lost trust with Avalanche teammates. “Not one bit.”

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Nazem Kadri hasn’t lost trust with Avalanche teammates. “Not one bit.”

Avalanche center Nazem Kadri feels confident that he has not lost the support and trust from his teammates, despite his costly eight-game suspension during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May.

Without him, the Avs finished 0-4 and were eliminated in the second round for the third consecutive season.

“Not one bit. Not one bit,” Kadri said Monday as Colorado concluded its five-day training camp. “They understand who I am as a person and what kind of character I have. I’d like to think I have everyone’s respect in that locker room and I’m sure they all say the same thing. They understand that I’m a competitive guy and I’m going to go out there and do what I got to do, and I’m going to play hard and I’m going to show up every night.”

Kadri was issued his sixth multiple-game NHL suspension, and first with the Avs, on May 21 — two days after delivering a dangerous and illegal check in Game 2 of a first-round series against St. Louis at Ball Arena. Kadri said his intent was to legally check Blues defenseman Justin Faulk, who was attempting to shoot in a scoring area. Kadri’s right shoulder caught Faulk in the head, and Faulk suffered a concussion.

“I tried to make a responsible defensive play,” Kadri said. “A lot of things could have gone wrong if he jumps by me and scores. So, obviously, it wasn’t my intent to injure at all. I’m trying to step up and prevent him from getting to the net. It happened so quickly and, thankfully, he’s all right and we’re just looking to move on.”

Kadri appealed the suspension in the hope it would be reduced, but it was denied by an independent arbitrator.

“Obviously, I strongly disagree, but what are you going to do?” Kadri said.

Kadri is beginning his third season with the Avs. In his first nine seasons in the league, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kadri was suspended five times: Three games for interference (November 2013), four for an illegal check to the head (March 2015), four for cross checking (April 2016), three for boarding (April 2018), and five for a cross check (April 2019).

“I’m kind of used to that situation by now,” Kadri said. “There’s some consequences that go with playing hard and playing feisty. Obviously, I’m a skilled player as well so I’m not just looking to go out there and just play a physical-style game. I enjoy scoring, I enjoy playing on the power play. All that stuff (criticism) is really white noise. I try not to concentrate on it so much and just worry about how I can help this team — and I know I can, for sure.”

Right winger Mikko Rantanen and coach Jared Bednar said the team fully supports Kadri.

“There’s no trust issues,” Rantanen said. “It (stinks) for him that he was out most of the playoffs but he’s a veteran guy and, for sure, he learned what he (did) and I really don’t need to tell him what to do because he’s a veteran guy and he’s gonna get over it for sure.”

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Man arrested on investigation of second-degree murder after death at Denver home for intellectually disabled

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A death in the East Colfax neighborhood prompts a homicide investigation

Police on Saturday arrested a 39-year-old man on investigation of second-degree murder after a man was found dead in a home for intellectually disabled individuals in southwest Denver.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, police received a 911 call about an injured person in the 3200 block of South Utica Street, according to a Denver police probable cause statement.

Police learned from a witness, whose name is redacted in the statement, that the home belongs to Benjamin Garbooshian, who receives government funds to host individuals with intellectual development disabilities to stay there and receive care.

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Mike Shildt opens ‘Stretch Zone’ studio in Chesterfield

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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt, his wife Michelle, and brother-in-law Joe Morrisey are starting a business together in Chesterfield. They are opening a Stretch Zone franchise. The studios use a strapping system to isolate muscles for stretching.

“It is an amazing sports town, with the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis City SC, and the best fans. Introducing this concept that I believe in, to athletes and fans alike, is really exciting for us and a great way to give back to the community,” writes Mike Shildt.

There are now 136 Stretch Zone locations nationwide. The company expects to open the 200th location by 2022.

Mike Schildt’s Stretch Zone studio is located at 1656 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Learn more: StretchZone.com.

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Five Missouri schools have Confederate names, some want that to change

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ST. LOUIS– Missouri is home to five schools named after Confederate leaders and The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is calling on non-Southern states to rename schools honoring Confederates.

The SPLC’s Whose Heritage? report lists 195 actively running schools named after Confederate leaders. At least 80 of those schools were named after a county or town that honors a Confederate leader. A majority of the schools named after Confederate leaders are in the south

The report says non-Southern states with schools honoring Confederate leaders are:

  • Missouri (5 schools)
  • Minnesota (3)
  • California (2)
  • Washington (1)

The 5 Missouri schools include:

  • Breckenridge Elementary, Breckenridge, Mo
  • Breckenridge High, Breckenridge, Mo
  • McCulloch Elementary, Republic, Mo
  • Price Elementary, Republic, Mo
  • Jackson Park Elementary, University City, Mo

The report also revealed 92 schools honoring confederate leaders have closed or been renamed. Eighteen schools have committed to change their names but have not done so yet.

Georgia, Texas, and Alabama are the states with the most actively running schools.

The SPLC is pushing for all 195 schools honoring Confederates to change their names.

“Elevating the names of pro-slavery men in, on and around public school property is deeply offensive. The fact that some are located in states like California and Minnesota whose soldiers fought on behalf of the Union during the Civil War helps to sustain a culture of white supremacy,” said SPLC Chief of Staff Lecia Brook.

She also says this call to action is even more imperative when considering Black and other students of color attend these schools, potentially unaware of the true history behind the namesakes.

She says it begs the question: what lessons are these actions teaching our children about the Confederacy’s shameful role in American history.

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How Nuggets’ Jamal Murray’s competitive spirit still burns amid ACL rehab

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How Nuggets’ Jamal Murray’s competitive spirit still burns amid ACL rehab

For 159 days, Jamal Murray’s fire’s been burning.

Murray, who spoke with the media on Monday for the first time since tearing his left ACL on April 12, said his desire to be back is “on a different level right now.” He cited the days elapsed since his surgery as evidence of his determination.

There is no timeframe for his return, and there won’t be for months. His rehab and return is predicated, solely, on how Denver’s point guard feels. It was only five months ago that Murray couldn’t even lift his left leg off the bed.

“I’ve come a long way,” Murray said.

But he knows you can’t rush time. And reps. And recovery. For all the anguish he went through after his knee buckled late in the fourth quarter at Golden State, Murray was at peace with his situation. It wasn’t close to the emotional state he was in following the injury when as Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed on the Nuggets Ink podcast, Murray asked his coach if the team would trade him.

“I want to feel good when I come back,” Murray said. “I don’t want to come back when I’m like 85%, whatever, no matter where the team’s at. I want to come back when it feels like I can play with the same amount of force that I normally play with.”

Murray spent the offseason rehabbing in Denver and in Phoenix. Recently, he went back to Canada for a month where he re-charged after an arduous summer. His trip, he said, included camping with his family and the occasional one-on-one game with his younger brother.

“They don’t want me doing certain things, and I go home, and I have my little brother that just wants to play one-on-one and stuff,”’ Murray said. “I gotta like balance that out, be safe about it.”

Though he can do certain things on the court, it’s the stamina, speed and strength that he knows isn’t there yet. Murray’s focus lately is on his agility – his stopping and starting, sideways pivots and everything else world-class athletes do in the NBA.

When he returned to Denver recently, he couldn’t stand watching the team – his team – run 5-on-5 scrimmages while he watched from the sidelines.

“I was just sick,” Murray said. “First day back, and I can’t even … I’m already upset.”

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Is it safe to trick-or-treat this Halloween? CDC weighs in

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Is it safe to trick-or-treat this Halloween? CDC weighs in

(WJW) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is weighing in on Halloween safety amid the continuing pandemic.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Face the Nation on Sunday that kids can trick-or-treat safely this year, adding, “If you’re able to be outdoors, absolutely.”

Walensky said the key is remaining outdoors and in small groups.

“I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think that we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups,” she said.

Last year, the CDC asked families to avoid trick-or-treating to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and many communities postponed or canceled their celebrations.

That means it is also safe to hand out candy with precautions.

The CDC defines exposure to COVID-19 as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more.

As long as people are keeping those interactions brief, handing out candy is okay, too.

Walensky also encouraged people to get vaccinated and to get boosters if they are eligible to do so.

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Schnucks changes hours because of ‘challenging labor market’

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Schnucks says that they are updating their store hours because of the “challenging labor market” and evolving shopping patterns. Starting on October 4, 2021 most stores will be open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

There are exceptions to the new hours. Nine St. Louis area stores will remain open until 10:00 pm. They include Arsenal, Cross Keys, Dorsett, Hampton Village, Ladue Crossing, Lindell, Loughborough, Richmond Center, and South City. The deli, meat, and seafood departments will be open daily from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.

Schnucks is hosting a company-wide career fair to help fill a variety of positions. Anyone hired through the event who remains employed by Schnucks until January 2, 2022, is eligible for a performance and retention bonus. The career fair is on October 7 from 1:00-500 pm at all 111 stores.

Schnucks is offering a performance and retention bonus to some employees. They will get a bonus up to $600 bonus in January based on hours worked. This is the fourth bonus Schnucks has given employees since spring 2020.

New holiday hours have been announced for all Schnucks stores. This year the grocery chain is also closing on the day after Christmas.

Here is a list of all 2021 holiday days and hours:

Thanksgiving:

  • November 24 – Close at 9:00 pm
  • November 25 – Closed
  • November 26 – Open at 9:00 am

Christmas:

  • December 24 – Close at 5:30 pm
  • December 25 – Closed
  • December 26 – Closed
  • December 27 – Open at 6:00 am

New Years:

  • December 31 – Close at 8:00 pm
  • January 1 – Open at 9:00 am

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