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To “Celebrate” Christmas, Police to Forcibly Remove City’s Entire Homeless Population

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Honolulu, HI — To “celebrate” Christmas Eve, the Waikiki Police Department is planning to remove all of the city’s homeless population in a massive sweep. The action has prompted backlash from the community as well as the ACLU.

During the early morning hours, from 3:00 to 5:30 a.m. offices will sweep the town and forcibly remove all tents, gear, and people from the streets.

Executive director of the ACLU of Hawaii, Josh Wisch spoke to KITV, saying, “The city’s continuing effort to criminalize the houseless are – in our view- not only illegal and constitutionally questionable, but they’re ineffective and cruel. Doing this on Christmas Eve is unconscionably cruel.”

Indeed, literally waiting until the night before Christmas to remove the city’s homeless population seems like a cruelly timed plan, carefully implemented to make a statement.

Instead of programs to help the homeless population, the city is using brute force and inhumane tactics. In towns across America, private citizen try to provide shelter and food for the homeless as well and they are shut down, threatened or arrested.

A good Samaritan in Chicago learned the hard way about the police state who forced him to stop helping homeless people—or they will condemn his home and charge him.

When the brutally cold winter struck the Midwest earlier this year, Greg Schiller did an amazing thing. This selfless individual opened up his empty basement to a group of homeless people who may have otherwise died sleeping out on the street. He offered them food, warm beverages, and cots to sleep on. He even provided the entertainment and played movies for them.

“I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them,” he said. What’s more, Schiller had a strict policy that no drugs or alcohol were allowed in his home.

This was Schiller’s second year of inviting the area’s homeless into his home. Last year, however, he let them sleep in his garage and even though it was sealed off from the elements, it was still too cold and EMTs were called to help a man with a heart condition. So, this year, he moved the same operation to the basement where it was nice and cozy.

Everything was going great this year until the state stepped in, however. Schiller was essentially told that even though he owns his home, he does not get a say in who gets to sleep in it.

“While we appreciate those who volunteer to provide additional resources in the community, Mr. Schiller’s house does not comply with codes and regulations that guard against potential dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning, inadequate light and ventilation, and insufficient exits in the event of a fire,” city spokesperson Molly Center said in a statement—as if the homeless population is being forced to stay in this basement.

Once they found out that a good Samaritan would dare challenge their almighty dictate on “sleeping regulations,” the city sent in police with a warrant and told him to shut it down, or else.

“They shut me down and said I have 24 hours to return my basement to storage and take down – I have several cots with sleeping bags for everybody – or they’ll condemn the house,” Schiller said at the time.

If the US spent half as much money on fixing the homeless situation as they did on the war in Afghanistan, there would not be a single homeless person in the county. While this is not a perfect solution, the numbers don’t lie.

According to estimates from Mark Johnston, the acting assistant housing secretary for community planning and development, “homelessness could be effectively eradicated in the United States at an annual cost of about $20 billion.”

The war in Afghanistan alone will cost Americans nearly double that amount in 2018 alone.

If the United States government cut its budget for the Afghanistan War in half, and put half of the money towards ending homeless in America, it could make a difference. If the government gave the entirety of the money it is using for endless proxy wars in the Middle East back to the taxpayers it was originally stolen from so that they could invest it in helping the individuals in need in their own communities, it could work wonders.

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NEW YORK — A very special document will be auctioned off later this year — a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Sotheby’s announced Friday — appropriately on Constitution Day — that in November it will put up for auction one of just 11 surviving copies of the Constitution from the official first printing produced for the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress. It’s the only copy that remains in private hands and has an estimate of $15 million-$20 million.

“This is the final text. The debate on what the Constitution would say was over with this document. The debate about whether the Constitution was going to be adopted was just beginning,” Selby Kiffer, an international senior specialist in Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department, told The Associated Press.

“This was the Constitution, but it didn’t take effect until it had been debated and ratified. So this was the first step in the process of us living now under this 234-year-old document,” he said of the document created during the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia.

It will join about 80 constitutional and related documents up for auction by the venerable house. The copy of the Constitution is on public view at Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries until Sept. 19 and then travels to Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, before returning to New York this fall.

It is Kiffer’s second time handling the rare document. He also spearheaded its auction in 1988. Back then, it went for just $165,000. “While it’s a lot of years later and I’ve handled a lot of great things and I’m more experienced, I have to say it’s just as exciting, if not a little bit more exciting, the second time around,” he said.

The document is from the collection of Dorothy Tapper and proceeds from the sale of the collection will benefit The Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the understanding of U.S. democracy and how the acts of all citizens can make a difference.

“It would have belonged to either a member of the Continental Congress or to one of the delegates to the Continental Convention. Those were the only people who had access to this first printing,” Kiffer said, estimating that there were several hundred copies made originally. “Your eye is immediately drawn to that first line, ‘We the people of the United States.’”

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- No matter where people live in the Capital Region, chances are there is an orchard close by. September kicks off apple picking season for many local orchards and NEWS10 has a list of places where people can pick a peck or a half bushel.

Apple availability isn’t the same all season long. Some may be ready for picking in early or mid-September while others won’t be ready until October. The best bet is to check with an orchard before heading out to make sure they have a specific variety.

Many orchards also have special events or activities for families. Check out NEW10’s list by county below.

Albany County

Altamont Orchards Inc.

  • 4110 Becker Road, Altamont
  • Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Cortland, MacIntosh, and limited supply of Gala
  • 1/2 bushel $22, peck $14
  • Orchard also has canning peaches and canning tomatoes as well as a store that sells apple cider and cider donuts.

Indian Ladder Farms

  • 342 Altamont Road, Altamont
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples available including Gala, Mcintosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp and Empire. Check website for apples available for picking.
  • Price varies $22-$28 for a 1/2 bushel. Check website for exact pricing.
  • Pumpkin picking is available in October. They also have a cidery/brewery, store and host special events like Baby Goat Yoga.

Stanton’s Feura Farm

  • 210 Onesquesthaw Creek Road, Feura Bush
  • Saturday-Sunday 12-6 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples including Honeycrisp, Candy Crisp, Mutsu, Cameo, Winesap, Jonagold, Macoun, Fortune, Royal Cortland, and Ruby Mac available throughout the season. Check website for availability.
  • 1/2 bushel $25, two or more 1/2 bushels $22
  • Beginning the weekend of September 25-26, pumpkins will be available for picking, cider donuts will be available as well. The orchard will also have events including a hay maze, corn maze, straw slide and hay ride to the pumpkin patch.

Columbia County

Golden Harvest Farms

  • 3074 Route 9, Valatie
  • Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Pick your own apples not available this season. Wide variety of apples can be purchased at the farm stand. Call farm for availability and pricing of apples.
  • Farm also sells cider, honey, free range eggs, local cheeses, squashes, and seasoned apple firewood as well as other items.

Love Apple Farm

  • 1421 New York 9H, Ghent
  • Monday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)
  • Honey Crisp ,Gala, and Acey Mac
  • Kid’s Bag $15, basket $20, family bag $35
  • The farm also has a store, bakery, cafe, petting zoo and playground.

Philip Orchards

  • 270 NY-9H, Claverack
  • Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (By appointment only Tuesday/Thursday. See website for more information)
  • Wide variety of apples available including Gala, Macoun, Honeycrisp and Greening. Check website for availability.
  • 1 bag = 1/2 bushel, 1 bag $25, 2 bags $40, 3 bags $50, 4 or more bags $15 per bag
  • Orchard also sells pears and has a one bag minimum per car policy.

Samascott Orchards

  • 5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook
  • Wednesday-Monday 9 a.m.- 5p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)
  • Gingergold, Sanza, Zestar, Gala, Crimson Crisp, Mcintosh, Early Fuji, Jonamac, Pink Luster, Firecracker, Cortland
  • $5 entry fee per person, $2.50 for seniors, kids ages 9 and under free. Apples $1 per pound.
  • Orchard also has pears, tomatoes, grapes, pumpkins, winter squash, and banana peppers as well as other vegetables available for picking. Check website for pricing. They have a store at 65 Chatham Street, Kinderhook with a corn maze.

Greene County

Boehm Farm LLC

  • 233 County Route 26, Climax
  • Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples including Honeycrisp, Mcintosh, Red Delicious and Snow Sweet. They also have peaches, plums and pumpkins. The farms website says to call for availability.
  • Apples $1 per pound, Honecrisps $2 per pound, peaches and plums $2.25 per pound
  • Farm also sells vegetables from other local farms, pies, jams/jellies, donuts, cookies, and local honey/maple syrup.

Story Farms

  • 4640 NY-32, Catskill
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Farm offers local apples, as well as a wide variety of other vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, plums, onions, garlic, and peaches. Call farm for pricing.

Montgomery County

Bellinger’s Orchard

  • 685 Argersinger Road, Fultonville
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples including Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, Rubinette, Skizuka, and Ozark Gold. Check website for schedule.
  • Call for pricing.
  • Farm also has a hay maze, corn maze, hay rides, group tours by reservation, apple cider, apple cider donuts and other items.

Sand Flats Orchard

  • 371 Martin Road, Fonda
  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Zestar, Sanza, Early Mac, and Gala available.
  • Orchard pass $5 per person over the age of 5. $5 is put towards the cost of apples purchased. Pick your own apples $1.50 per pound.
  • Farm also has special events, corn maze and hay rides for an additional cost.

Rensselear County

Lakeview Orchards

  • 56 Apples Way, Melrose
  • Saturday-Sunday 12-4 p.m. beginning September 18
  • Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Mac
  • $15 peck, $25 1/2 bushel, Honeycrisp $20 peck, $40 1/2 bushel, $5 1/2 gallon fresh cider

Borden’s Orchard

  • 2841 Valley Falls Rd, Schaghticoke
  • Monday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Pristine, Zestar, Paulared, Mcintosh, Gingergold, and Redfree
  • Price varies by type of apple, check website for prices.
  • Orchard also offers, baked goods, cider, gift baskets, and other seasonal fruit. Orders can also be placed online for pickup.

Windy Hill Orchard

  • 1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton
  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (U-Pick stops one hour before closing)
  • Acey Mac, Crispin, Empire, Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp as well as other varieties.
  • Apples priced by the pound. Contact orchard for pricing.
  • Special events on weekend for families. They also have a farm store that sells cider, and cider donuts as well as a winery/cidery.

Saratoga County

Bowman Orchards

  • 147 Sugarhill Rd. Rexford
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (You-pick closes at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Currently available Autumn Crisp, Blondee, Cortland, Fuji, Gala, Golden Supreme, Greening, Honeycrisp, Jonamac, Macintosh, Pink Luster, Shamrock
  • You-pick entrance $3 online, $5 at the gate. Apples: 1/2 peck $9, peck $17, 1/2 bushel $33.
  • Orchard also has a store as well as corn maze, fruit train​, farm animals, pony rides, hayrides and apple cannons for an additional fee. Tickets can be purchased online.

Fo’Castle Farm

  • 166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills
  • Sunday-Monday 8 a.m- 3 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Store only, call for apple availability.
  • Contact farm for pricing.
  • Store also sells pies, donuts, pumpkins, gourds, maple syrup and honey as well as other items.

Riverview Orchards

  • 660 Riverview Rd, Rexford
  • Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (you pick)
  • Jonamac, Cortland, Red Delicious, and Honeycrisp as well as other varities. Check website for availability.
  • $1.30 per pound or $29 1/2 bushel
  • Orchard also has a store with gourmet food, a bakery with pies and donuts, as well as cider.

Saratoga Apple

  • 1174 Route 29, Schuylerville
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • William’s Pride, Tydeman’s Red, Blondie, Honeycrisp and other varieties. Check website for availability.
  • You-pick minimum purchase, $10 per adult includes peck bag (approximately 10 pounds of apples), $7 per child between the ages of 4-12 includes 1/2 peck bag, $20 for two adults or three kids includes 1/2 bushel bag (approximately 20 pounds of apples)
  • Orchard also has a cidery and tasting room.

Schoharie County

Sharon Orchards

  • 573 Chestnut Street, Sharon Springs
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • More than 20 varieties of apples, contact orchard for availability.
  • Contact orchard for pricing.
  • Orchard also sells plums, pears, fresh sweet cider, apple cider donuts made every weekend, jams/jellies, locally made real maple syrup, fall mums, and pumpkins.

Terrace Mountain Orchard

  • Terrace Mountian Road, Schoharie
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Gingergold, Mcintosh, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Fuji, and many others. Check the farms website for availability.
  • Contact farm for pricing.
  • Farm has a store that sells locally-grown seasonal produce, baked goods, fresh apple cider, and cider donuts.

Washington County

Fairview Orchard

  • 11958 State Route 4, Whitehall
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Contact farm for apple varieties and pricing.
  • They also sell cider donuts, homemade apple pies, cider, and other local goods.

Hicks Orchard

  • 18 Hicks Road, Granville
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Mcintosh and Gingergold currently available. Check websire for availability of other apple varities.
  • You-pick prices peck $14, 1/2 bushel $22.
  • Check website for special events.

McWhorter’s Orchard

  • 5635 State Route 40, Argyle
  • Friday 12-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Macintosh, Cortlands and Empire currently available
  • You-pick prices 1/2 peck $3.75, peck $7.50, 1/2 bushel $15 (cash or check only)
  • Orchard also sells cider, cider donuts, and pumpkins.

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FESTUS, Mo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office says a homeowner shot and killed a man who apparently was trying to commit a burglary.

Sheriff’s deputies who were called to a home near Festus early Thursday found 36-year-old Wayne Roam, of House Springs, dead on the porch. Court documents say the homeowner told investigators he heard a knock on the door and got his gun because someone was trying to enter the house.

Court documents say when the homeowner opened the door, one of two men sprayed mace at him. The homeowner fired his gun and locked the door. Deputies later arrested two men who were seen driving away from the home.

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A former Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists.

A special prosecutor announced the felony charge against Michael Davis, a former sergeant with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Hunter Brittain. Davis faces between three and 10 years in prison if convicted.

Davis shot Brittain during a June 23 traffic stop outside an auto repair shop along Arkansas Highway 89 south of Cabot, a city of about 26,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

Davis told investigators he shot Brittain once in the neck during the traffic stop after the teen reached into the back of his truck and did not comply with his commands to show his hands, according to the arrest affidavit. Brittain was holding a container — which his family members have said held antifreeze — and no evidence of firearms were found in or near the truck, the affidavit said.

A passenger with Brittain said he and the teen had been working on the transmission for Brittain’s truck. The passenger told investigators he never heard Davis tell the teen to show his hands.

An attorney for Davis did not immediately return a message Friday morning.

Davis, who is white, was fired by Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley in July for not turning on his body camera until after the shooting occurred. Staley said there’s no footage from the shooting, only the aftermath.

Several members of Brittain’s family and friends shouted, “thank you Jesus,” as Phillips announced the charge. Phillips said a bond hearing for Davis would be held on Monday.

Jesse Brittain, the teen’s uncle, said he was glad to see Davis charged with something though he would have preferred a more serious charge.

“This is something,” he told reporters after the announcement. “We’re going to take this and see what else (Phillips) has got to say and hopefully this will stick. He won’t be an officer no more and he can’t kill no more kids.”

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A Drawing of An Old Man Is the Latest ‘New’ Van Gogh Discovery

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Vincent van Gogh’s “Study for “Worn out” from 1882 on September 16, 2021. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images

On Friday, a freshly-uncovered work by Vincent van Gogh will go on display at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam; the work was proffered by an anonymous Dutch collector, who had asked the museum to figure out whether the work was authentic or not. Study for ‘Worn Out,’ the drawing in question, was produced with pencil and watercolor paper and depicts a hunched older man bent over in his chair with his head resting in his hands. The drawing was made in November of 1882, and it also has markings on the back that align with the artist’s habit of affixing paper to drawing boards with starch.

Van Gogh, of course, is largely known for his brightly colored and inventive canvases, but the drawing indicates just how skilled he was at capturing the human condition in all its variations. “It’s quite rare for a new work to be attributed to Van Gogh,” Emilie Gordenker, the director of the Van Gogh museum, said in a statement. “We’re proud to be able to share this early drawing and its story with our visitors.”

Earlier this summer, other Van Gogh sketches were newly uncovered in a book about French peasantry. These sketches depict peasants, predictably; they’re believed to have been made by the artist in 1881, when he was living in the village of Etten and dedicated to drawing poor laborers. Also recently, a researcher uncovered a postcard dating back to the early 1900s that revealed what’s believed to be the precise location of Van Gogh’s final painting, Tree Roots: a slope cluttered with wild overgrowth in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Like the artist himself, the figure in the Worn Out drawing seems permanently bowed by the harsh realities of life. Van Gogh famously committed suicide, and was believed to be addled by alcoholism when he did so.

A Drawing of An Old Man Is the Latest ‘New’ Van Gogh Discovery

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MOVIE REVIEW

“CRY MACHO”

Rated PG-13. At AMC South Bay, AMC Boston Common, Regal Fenway, suburban theaters and on HBO Max.

Grade: B+

Set in the late 1970s, around the time Clint Eastwood starred in “Escape from Alcatraz,” Eastwood’s “Cry Macho,” his 45th directing gig, is a light, neo-Western twist on a theme of John Ford’s “The Searchers.” Washed-up rodeo star and ranch hand Mike Milo (Eastwood) agrees to travel from Texas to Mexico to retrieve the 13-year-old son of his boss Howard Polk (Dwight Yoakam). Polk, we learn, has helped Mike over the years, especially after Mike’s wife and son were killed in a car accident and Mike took refuge in drink and drugs. Mike is told that the wealthy mother of Polk’s son Rafael aka Rafa (Eduardo Minett) and the many, rough and sometimes criminal men in her life have abused him.

The boy, Mike is told, has gotten into car theft and cockfighting. In the film’s opening scenes, we see a Texas horse farm that looks like heaven and a black-and-white newspaper photograph of a young Mike on horseback that springs to life on the screen like an old black-and-white Western.

The film, which was shot in New Mexico by Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), takes place mostly around Mexico City. Mike tracks down Rafa, perhaps a tad too easily, at a back alley cockfight. The boy agrees to go with Mike to the U.S. because he welcomes the news that his American father wants to see him. But Rafa insists on taking his fighting cock Macho, a combative brown rooster, along with him. In a reminder of a career that included films in which he co-starred with an orangutan, Clint talks to the bird. His Mike will also get improbably hit on by Marta (Natalia Traven), a beautiful widow and cafe owner.

Mike and Rafa travel toward the border, but must take side roads and dirt roads because the Federales are after them. Two of Rafa’s mother’s thugs are also following. Eastwood, 91, has played opposite younger actors before, including his son Kyle in “Honkytonk Man” (1982). He and young Minett have chemistry and a real connection as the film’s mismatched fugitives on the run. Mike and Rafa stay in a small town for a few weeks, where Mike teaches Rafa to ride horses and break mustangs. Like it or not, Mike is becoming Rafa’s surrogate father, and the two are enjoying it, along with us, a lot more than they care to say.

“Cry Macho” has a sweet, comic touch. In an odd twist, Mike and Rafa sleep in a local shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, where Marta brings them food in the mornings, giving Mike the eye. Mike, a longtime animal lover and caretaker, finds the villagers bringing their sick pets and livestock to him for treatment. “Who am I? Dr. Doolittle?” he blurts. One woman brings an ailing dog, and Mike tellingly says to Rafa, “I can’t cure ‘old.’”

“Cry Macho” may be guilty of demonizing Rafa’s sexually active mother, and Clint’s horse-breaking scenes may be not much more than stuntman, stuntman, upshot of Clint, upshot of Clint. But the film is an entertaining, semi-elegiac road movie with a lot of heart made by and starring an American screen icon in his 90s. I can’t think of anyone who has done that before.

Plus, it’s no surprise that, like Eastwood’s masterpiece “Unforgiven,” “Cry Macho” has a thing or two to say about being a tough guy and getting old. That last thing can’t be cured.

(“Cry Macho” contains profanity and mature themes.)

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Every Sunday, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions against the latest Las Vegas point spread, the way God intended …

Vikings at Cardinals (-3½):
Arizona’s Chandler Jones was the defensive standout of Week 1, registering five sacks of Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill in the Cardinals’ huge victory in Nashville. For Jones to be able to match that sack total this Sunday against the Vikings’ offensive line, analysts believe he would have to play the entire first quarter.
Pick: Cardinals by 9

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Lions at Packers (-11):
Green Bay was embarrassed by New Orleans 38-3 last Sunday, and Aaron Rodgers admitted he “played bad” twice during the postgame press conference. You can expect, though, that the Packers’ quarterback will soon revert to form and blame the entire debacle on Brian Gutekunst.
Pick: Packers by 17

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gets up after a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Broncos at Jaguars (+6):
Fresh off his first NFL loss, Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer said there was “no chance” he would leave Jacksonville for the newly vacant head coaching job at USC. In order to lure the three-time national champion to Southern California, the Trojans would have to start paying their players again.
Pick: Broncos by 7

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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer talks toward an official on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

Rams at Colts (+3½):
Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and brother Eli got rave reviews for their first alternate “Monday Night Football” telecast. ESPN is expected to keep using the famous quarterbacks in that role until Stephen A. Smith demands they be fired.
Pick: Rams by 7

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Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, left speaks with younger brother New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Falcons at Buccaneers (-12½):
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan says his excruciating loss to Tom Brady is not at all on his mind heading into their quarterback rematch of Super Bowl LI. The memory of that infamous game will be crystal clear for Ryan, though, when these Falcons find themselves down 28-3.
Pick: Buccaneers by 14

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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan #2 is seen on the sidelines in the first half against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Cowboys at Chargers (-3½):
Dallas lost by two points to Tampa Bay in the opener after Greg Zuerlein, aka Greg the Leg, missed two field goals and an extra point. Snarky Cowboys have already begun referring to the embattled kicker by his new moniker, “Greg the Blair Walsh.”
Pick: Chargers by 7

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Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein (2) follows through on a 43-yard field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Saints at Panthers (+3½):
Eight people with the Saints organization tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following the hurricane-relocated team’s opener in Jacksonville, Fla. It goes to show that there were probably 49 better state options for moving the game than Florida.
Pick: Saints by 4

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A New Orleans Saints fan holds a sign during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021, in Jacksonville. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Bengals at Bears (-2½):
Bears coach Matt Nagy made headlines last week after starring in a new Chicago-area commercial for McDonald’s. It was no doubt a great opportunity for Nagy because if he doesn’t turn his team around, he’s very likely to spend the next few years working in a drive-through in Skokie.
Pick: Bears by 3

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Chiefs at Ravens (+3½):
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tweeted out a broken heart emoji and lamented his two “(expletive) (expletive) fumbles” after their loss in Las Vegas on Monday night. It was the sloppiest performance Baltimore sports fans had seen since the last 500 Orioles games.
Pick: Chiefs by 7

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib (94) forces a fumble by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during overtime in an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Texans at Browns (-12½):
The Texans announced that they will keep accused quarterback Deshaun Watson “separated” from the rest of the team for the foreseeable future. It’s expected to remain that way until the NFL wraps up its investigation of the case in 2029.
Pick: Browns by 21

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) arrives at NFL football practice Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)

Raiders at Steelers (-6):
A blocked punt by Pittsburgh’s Miles Killebrew led to the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers’ surprising upset in Buffalo. While he’s no relation to late Twins hall of famer Harmon Killebrew, the two share something in common in that neither will be appearing in the NFL playoffs this season.
Pick: Steelers by 3

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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Derek Watt #44, Miles Killebrew #28, and Jamir Jones #40 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate after a returned blocked punt for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Highmark Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

OTHER GAMES
Titans at Seahawks (-6):
Pick: Titans by 3

Bills at Dolphins (+3):
Pick: Bills by 10

Patriots at Jets (+6):
Pick: Patriots by 7

49ers at Eagles (+3):
Pick: 49ers by 4

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San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell runs the ball against the Detroit Lions in the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

RECORD
Week 1
8-8 straight up
8-6-2 vs. spread

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Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) kicks a field goal during the first half an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Point spreads through Thursday. You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Warren County Bikeway is an artery through the woods, from the village of Lake George down through and past the city of Glens Falls, and connects riders to both the Adirondack Park and other parts of the North Country.

And now, county administrators are considering letting another sect of the visiting and local population make use of it.

On Thursday morning, the Warren County Board of Supervisors held a public meeting livestreamed on YouTube, to consider allowing electric bicycles on the bike path, and to gain a better understanding of the benefits and potential risks in doing so.

The meeting was kicked off with words from Connor Morgan, a recent Lake George resident and owner of the Whippoorwill Motel & Campsites in the village of Lake George.

Morgan came as something of an expert on the subject. The campground, which he runs alongside his father, has been renting out bikes for some time. And it came from a need he first saw at his own campground.

“At the campground, you’ll find that bicycles are the main form of transportation for the RV camping industry,” Morgan explained. “They’re compact. They’re small.”

Electric bicycles aren’t completely motorized. An e-bike has a small motor connected to a battery or other power source, usually located in the bike’s rear hub or mid-drive. The point isn’t for the motor to take over for the rider, but rather to lend a hand against steep inclines, or when crossing busy intersections.

Morgan pointed out the benefit of that motor to seniors, including those who have had to give up biking as they age.

Lake George Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson vouched for that.

“I am at the stage where, without an e-bike, I would not be able to continue biking,” he commented during the meeting.

No, it’s not a motorcycle

Morgan ran down the basics of what types of electric bicycles are out there, and how fast they can go.

At the core of things, there are three types of e-bike. All three run off 750 watts of electricity, equivalent to 1 horsepower.

Type 1 can assist with pedaling, and get the bike going up to 20 miles per hour. After that, the bike is designed to cut off power until speed lowers.

Type 2 works essentially the same way, but with the added bonus of a throttle option, which Morgan suggested can be used for quickly crossing an intersection or making a tight turn.

Type 3 is built the same as type 2, but with the ability to get up to 28 mph in speed.

And before anyone gets too worried about speed demons owning the trail, Morgan was quick to add that Type 3 would most likely not be suitable for Warren County roads.

Supervisor Brad McGowan agreed, but said that in his experience, even getting to the 28-mph marker was a hurdle.

“It raised a breath out of me, because you have to push if you want it to go 28,” he said. “They are an assist.”

Queensbury Supervisor John Strough asked more information on what differentiated an e-bike from a motorcycle.

Morgan made him a list of differences, which included not only the different level of power, but also the lower amount of weight and momentum. Motorcycles are a lot harder to stop.

Besides that, just because the motor can get a bike up to 20 mph, that doesn’t mean it’ll stay that way.

“If you’re riding it for that fast for long, you’re not using it properly and would waste your battery in a short time,” Morgan said.

As for a point of comparison, Warren County DPW Supervisor Kevin Hajos said bikes going 20 miles per hour – and higher – are already not uncommon.

“It’s not e-bikes doing it,” he said, “it’s normal bikes doing it.”

Walkers and riders

Glens Falls Supervisor Peter McDevitt had concerns about what the presence of motorized bikes might do to his part of Glens Falls. His ward contains most of the county bike path’s diagonal slice through the city, across Ridge Street and Dix Avenue.

That includes a popular portion that cuts through local neighborhoods, passing by Cooper’s Cave Ale Company and near the Glens Falls Shirt Factory.

And, he said, a lot of people get to those places by walking along the bike path.

Morgan’s counterpoint to that was that bikers working hard to get to a similar speed level may actually pose more danger, keeping their heads down and potentially paying less attention than a rider getting some electronic assistance.

“I’m not saying electric bikes are free of that,” he said, “but I think that in higher density areas the potential for accidents is always going to be there.”

Dickinson had some thoughts on that as well.

“The bike path is for bikes. That’s its primary use,” he pointed out. “If you want to walk on it, you can, but you’re walking on a bike path.”

Supervisor Doug Beaty chimed in with his own experience walking the downtown Glens Falls stretch of the path, which he estimated having walked as much as 8 to 9 hundred times.

In that time, there have been four incidents he could remember where he feared for his own safety. Only one of those involved a bike. The other three involved dogs.

He also said that, even if some people used the path for walking, he almost never saw it very busy. On his walk on Thursday, he counted eight people.

Looking at models

What all parties agreed on during Thursday morning’s meeting was the need for more education. That includes both educating the public on proper etiquette with bikes in general, and the county learning more about the safety of electric bikes on popular trails elsewhere.

On that latter front, Kevin Hajos had already done some digging.

Leading up to the meeting, he had already learned about PILOT programs introducing e-bikes into Boulder, Colorado; Park City, Utah; and Seattle, Washington. Data was collected for a year in each case, and all three ended up welcoming e-bikes onto their roads.

“These are not different from any normal bike,” Hajos commented. “They’re a bicycle.”

Hajos suggested a similar pilot program could be possible in Warren County. It would likely run for 6 months, due to the seasonal nature of biking in the region.

He and the rest of the board of supervisors agreed on one other front; Morgan was thanked for his insight, and invited to help the members of the board learn more on what to do next.

Morgan said he already helps with that education any time a visitor to Whippoorwill tries out a bike.

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As Broncos coach Vic Fangio prepares for Trevor Lawrence, “mad scientist” aims to make things confusing for rookie quarterback

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Since joining the Broncos in 2019, safety Kareem Jackson has regularly arrived at the team facility on a Wednesday morning and been greeted by a surprise.

A new coverage. A new pressure. A new disguise. All from coach/defensive play-caller Vic Fangio.

“He’ll put in something we haven’t done and I’m like, ‘Damn, where did that come from?’” Jackson said in an interview with The Denver Post. “That’s week in and week out. It’s going to be something new depending on who we play.”

Who the Broncos (1-0) play the next two Sundays are rookie quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, the top two picks in this year’s draft by Jacksonville and the New York Jets, respectively. Lawrence is up first this Sunday.

Fangio may still be in prove-it mode as a head coach (13-20 with the Broncos), but he is universally respected for how he makes it feel like he has 14 defenders on the field and how he can bait young quarterbacks into back-breaking mistakes.

Since Fangio started calling defensive plays in 1995, his teams have gone 18-9 against rookie quarterbacks.

A sampling: Carolina beat Peyton Manning. Indianapolis beat Donovan McNabb. San Francisco beat Andy Dalton, Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill. Chicago beat Jameis Winston and Sam Darnold. And the Broncos have beaten Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa.

In those 27 games, the quarterbacks have combined for a 73.7 rating (32 touchdowns and 24 interceptions).

“That’s a testament to the groups of players he’s had, the scheme he’s put in place and the way guys are able to execute it,” said Jackson, who has 152 career starts at cornerback and safety. “He’s definitely a mad scientist in how he sees things and when it comes to implementing schemes.”

Disguising is critical

Fangio entered pro football with the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars in 1984 and often refers to Jim Mora, Sr., and Dom Capers as his primary early-career mentors. Decades later, the Fangio Tree has branched out to the Chargers (head coach Brandon Staley/defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill), Chicago (coordinator Sean Desai) and the New York Jets (head coach Robert Saleh).

Staley was the Broncos’ outside linebackers coach in 2019 after following Fangio from Chicago. Sitting in a coffee shop not far from his house in Parker two years ago, he detailed some of the key components to a Fangio defense.

“One of the reasons why it’s special is we don’t have to pressure (with extra rushers) to have effective pressure,” Staley said. “What that allows us to do is play with disguise and have the math in our favor (downfield).

“If you look at it from the offensive side, when they don’t 100% know whether we have players dropping or rushing, it gives us an incredible advantage and that’s why you’ve seen edge-rusher production wherever Vic has been. We want to have the illusion of disguise and alignment flexibility.”

What makes Fangio unique as a play-caller/game plan designer?

“He’s really special in mitigating risks and he has the ability to stay patient when others wouldn’t,” Staley said. “And I think he has the ability to anticipate problems and play that chess match where he’s working steps ahead of the offense the whole time. You can see that by how he’s done against great quarterbacks. The flexibility we play with, the disguise — everything is meant to be hard on the quarterback. And he’ll get aggressive when you’re not counting on it.”

Exhibit A (aggressive) was last year’s win at New England. Fangio called a “Zero Blitz” — a seven-man blitz with across-the-board man coverage and no over-the-top help — to stop the Patriots on fourth down.

Exhibit B (patience) was last week’s win over the New York Giants. Confident in the four-man rush against quarterback Daniel Jones, Fangio kept things simple — two six-man rushes in 42 drop-backs.

Exhibit C (disguise) could be against Jacksonville. Have inside linebackers Josey Jewell and Alexander Johnson stationed at the line of scrimmage before retreating into coverage at the snap. Because the Jaguars won’t know if they are blitzing, their interior linemen have to stay put and not help on the Broncos’ edge rushers.

Disguising the pre-snap look is a Fangio hallmark and he can trust his veteran safeties (Jackson and Justin Simmons) to carry out the fake. It forces the offense to guess. Right before the snap, Jackson could drop closer to the line of scrimmage, turning a two-deep look into a single-high feature. The trap is set.

“When you can present the same pre-snap look as often as possible and then get to different spots in the field, you not only throw off quarterbacks, you throw off coordinators, too,” defensive backs coach Christian Parker said. “We can play the same defense and it can look five different ways on five different plays.”

Said outside linebackers coach John Pagano: “You have to disguise in this league. Fifty percent of the game is getting aligned and disguising and knowing your assignment and the other 50% is when the ball is snapped and being in position to make a play. Vic’s system is one where you can attack and go make plays.”

Big bag of tricks

An easy prediction for Sunday is Fangio will have some tricks ready for Lawrence, but not at the expense of confusing the Broncos’ players.

“There’s no sense in making our guys uncomfortable for the sake of (confusing Lawrence),” Fangio said. “Hopefully we do a good enough job of disguising our intentions. A lot of people think pressuring a rookie quarterback is the way to go. But sometimes that makes it easy for him because it identifies the coverage and he gets the ball out quickly.”

That was Houston defensive coordinator Lovie Smith’s plan last week. He rushed four on nearly every drop-back save for two late-game linebackers’ blitzes. Lawrence had to throw 51 times because the Jaguars trailed 37-7 after three quarters and lost 37-21.

“It was pretty simple,” said NFL on CBS analyst Adam Archuleta in a phone interview. “They played maybe three snaps of man coverage and they did a good job executing zone coverage and I have to say that Jacksonville never did anything to get them out of that. It was Trevor having to do a lot.”

Lawrence made several terrific passes, but also threw three interceptions. The final turnover appeared be thrown right to linebacker Christian Kirksey, who was sitting in his zone when the football found him.

“That was me just trying to do too much,” Lawrence told reporters after the game. “I lost the ‘Mike’ (linebacker) playing zone in my sight of vision and just kind of forced it there.”

Archuleta, who was CBS’ analyst for Jaguars-Texans, agreed with Lawrence on over-pressing things down the field instead of taking the short profit.

“I just think the game got fast for Trevor,” Archuleta said. “He tried to make too much happen downfield and that’s when those windows get super, super tight. He needs more patience. The other thing is I felt like when he got interior pressure, he was really quick to slide and back-pedal to his left and that’s when his accuracy got away from him.”

If Fangio remains confident his four-man rush can harass Lawrence, it will follow a similar script to the last two years. He rushed five or more players on 25.3% of the drop-backs in five games against rookie quarterbacks, about the same as his season totals (20.1% in ’19 and 23% in ’20 per The Denver Post’s game charting). In those five games (3-2 record), the Broncos have averaged four sacks and 12.4 “disruptions” (sacks/knockdowns/pressures) per game.

What is definite: Fangio’s plan for Lawrence will be different from the plan he will have for the Jets’ Wilson.

“Just when you think he doesn’t have anything else in his bag of tricks, he adds more things to the arsenal,” Jackson said. “If you have multiple calls to throw off the offense, now they’re guessing what we’re in because everything looks the same before the ball is snapped.

“It’s a luxury to have this type of scheme and this type of coach.”


Upper hand vs. rookie QBs

During his NFL defensive play-calling career as a coordinator and coach for Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and the Broncos, Vic Fangio has an 18-9 record against rookie quarterbacks. The Broncos face top overall pick Trevor Lawrence on Sunday. A look at the victories:

Carolina

Player, team Year Statistics
Tony Banks, St. Louis 1996 15 of 29, 163 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Tony Banks, St. Louis 1996 14 of 33, 160 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Danny Weurffel, New Orleans 1997 13 of 32, 132 yards, 2 INT
Tony Graziani, Atlanta 1997 4 of 18, 24 yards, 2 INT
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis 1998 17 of 34, 225 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Akili Smith, Cincinnati 1998 12 of 24, 122 yards

Houston

Player, team Year Statistics
Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville 2003 17 of 36, 231 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT

San Francisco

Player, team Year Statistics
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati 2011 17 of 32, 157 yards, 2 INT
Russell Wilson, Seattle 2011 9 of 23, 122 yards, 1 INT
Ryan Tannehill, Miami 2012 17 of 33, 150 yards, 1 TD
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay 2013 18 of 34, 179 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Chicago

Player, team Year Statistics
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay 2015 15 of 29, 295 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
DeShone Kizer, Cleveland 2017 18 of 36, 182 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Sam Darnold, N.Y. Jets 2018 14 of 29, 153 yards, 1 TD

Broncos

Player, team Year Statistics
David Blough, Detroit 2019 12 of 24, 117 yards, 1 TD
Justin Herbert, L.A. Chargers 2020 29 of 43, 278 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami 2020 11 of 20, 83 yards, 1 TD

Rookie quarterbacks to beat Fangio’s teams: Patrick Ramsey (Washington, 2002), Leftwich (Jacksonville, 2003), Alex Smith (San Francisco, 2005), Wilson (Seattle, 2012), Derek Carr (Oakland, 2014), Carson Wentz (Philadelphia, 2016), Dak Prescott (Dallas, 2016), Gardner Minshew (Jacksonville, 2019) and Herbert (L.A. Chargers, 2020).

Total statistics: 18-9 record, 32 touchdowns, 24 interceptions, 55.3% completion, 4,783 yards and 73.7 rating.

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Elon Musk Lauds Chinese EV Makers as ‘Most Competitive’ in the World Amid Image Crisis

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 7, 2020. Ding Ting/Xinhua via Getty

Tesla has suffered a series of setbacks in China this past year as geopolitical tensions rise and local electric vehicle startups threaten Tesla’s dominance. In an effort to win Chinese regulators and consumers back, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suited up and delivered praise for the Chinese automobile industry at a state-organized event on Friday.

Appearing in a pre-recorded presentation at the 2021 World New Energy Vehicle Congress, taking place on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, Musk said he has “a great deal of respect for the many Chinese automakers for driving [EV] technologies.” 

“China is the largest and most dynamic new energy vehicle market in the world,” he said. “My frank observation is that Chinese automobile companies are the most competitive in the world, especially because some are very good at software, and it’s software that almost shaped the future of the automobile industry, from design to manufacturing and especially autonomous driving.”

Musk was a well-liked figure among Chinese officials when Tesla first entered China. He not only convinced local regulators to allow Tesla to own 100 percent of its China operation as a foreign entity—a first in the country—but also scored generous tax credits when opening its Shanghai Gigafactory in 2018.

For a while, Tesla’s Model 3 was the most popular electric vehicle among Chinese consumers. That started to change in the past two years as homegrown startups, such as Nio, Xpeng and Li Auto, introduce more innovative and affordable EV options.

In China, Tesla is the only foreign automaker allowed to wholly own its local operations in addition to receiving generous tax credits from local governments.

Tesla also seems to be losing its charm in Beijing. In March, the Chinese government banned Tesla vehicles from entering military compounds and other state-run facilities due to concerns that the cameras on those vehicles could be used for spying purposes. Each Tesla car is equipped with eight cameras and a dozen ultrasonic sensors to enable its advanced driver-assistant capabilities.

Two months later, Tesla said it had set up a local data center to keep all data collected within Chinese borders.There’s a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information,” Musk said in March at the 2021 China Development Forum. “If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will get shut down.” Reiterating this point, Musk said on Friday, “Tesla will work with national authorities in all countries to ensure data security of intelligence and connected vehicles.”

“With the rapid growth of autonomous driving technologies, data security of vehicles is drawing more public concern than ever before,” he added.

Elon Musk Lauds Chinese EV Makers as ‘Most Competitive’ in the World Amid Image Crisis

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