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Far-left Hollywood celebrities, inspired by adolescent activist Greta Thunberg, have indicated their approval for the global climate strike.
“I support today’s global #climate strike. To safeguard our planet and mankind, we need to do everything we can, “said rockstar Mick Jagger.
“We will support our young individuals in their cry for a climate future, a living future,” said Mark Ruffalo in a video published on Friday on Twitter. “These lovely young people who are now crying out for us to be sincere and frank and earnest in coping with this catastrophe.” Breitbart.com reports: Friday’s strike attracts millions of activists who marched to put pressure on world rulers to upset their economies by cutting meat consumption, banning the combustible engine and banning all plastic straws to tackle the so-called climate.
“So influenced by the attempts of these children in protecting the environment. It’s a powerful thing when young people take matters into their own hands!”Reese Witherspoon, the actress said.
“We are challenged by young activists to face the realities of the climate crisis. Join me as I stand today with @amnestyusa and @GretaThunberg as we strike for climate, “said legend from grammy-winning singer John.
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7/7 By pushing a greed-based, climate-denying agenda, this group caused our extinction. Will the youth of today, when everything collapses and drowns in 20yrs around them, believe of us fondly? I don’t believe so. So take a stand at least today. Show up. I am going to https:/t.co/M1sJQUTcGx — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) on 20 September 2019 SKIP SCHOOL AND STRIKE! Those with the greatest loss take matters into their own hands as their elders are incapable, apathetic, or simply dumb. https:/t.co/1tFL2w1A6f— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 20, 2019 A 16-year-old Swedish girl on the autism spectrum can inspire more individuals around the globe and turn out to be more crowded than our president. It’s because she’s talking about the VERY and she doesn’t care about her own EGO.
— George Takei, 20 September 2019 (@GeorgeTakei).
A 16 year old Swedish girl on the autism spectrum can inspire more people and turn out bigger crowds all around the world than our president. It’s because she speaks the TRUTH and cares nothing for her own EGO.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 20, 2019
SKIP SCHOOL AND STRIKE! The ones with the most to lose take matters into their own hands since their elders are incapable, apathetic, or just plain stupid. https://t.co/1tFL2w1A6f
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 20, 2019
7/7 This party triggered our extinction by pushing a greed-based, climate-denying agenda. Will today’s youth, when all is collapsing & drowning around them in 20yrs, will they think fondly of us? I think not. So today at least take a stand. Show up. I will https://t.co/M1sJQUTcGx
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 20, 2019
FORT CARSON, Colo. — A taut line of soldiers crossed the sprawling Army post’s parade ground in the afternoon, hoisting flags draped with a rainbow of streamers from past deployments: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, France, Civil War battles and even skirmishes with Plains tribes on horseback.
“Present colors!” a sergeant yelled. The soldiers turned and dipped the flags toward their commanding colonel, who stepped forward and carefully wrapped each one in camouflage sleeves.
At that very moment — 1:29 p.m. Mountain time on Aug. 30 — the last U.S. military plane took off from the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
American flags across the country had been lowered to half-staff to honor the 13 U.S. troops killed there by a suicide bomber. And at the front gate of Fort Carson, women set out 13 pairs of boots and 13 cold Bud Lights as a memorial.
But the ceremony on the parade ground was not marking the end of America’s war in Afghanistan. The 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade was wrapping its flags to mark the beginning of its latest deployment. It was going back to Iraq.
Although the mission may have dropped from public attention, the United States still has boots on the ground in the other nation it invaded in the wake of 9/11. About 2,500 U.S. troops are in Iraq now, the embers of what was once a scorching and divisive war, now carefully scattered to protect a few strategic bases. For the next nine months, roughly 2,000 soldiers from 1st Brigade will take over much of that duty.
The deployment is the latest in a long line for the unit, whose ranks are now made up largely of soldiers who were toddlers when the United States invaded. In their view, war in foreign lands is not a finite, momentous event but rather a continuing reality — a task that probably will always be there, in need of volunteers.
The brigade’s first deployment to Iraq in 2003 culminated in the capture of the country’s fugitive dictator, Saddam Hussein, whom soldiers pulled from a spider hole in a small village. The troops came home that time to a raucous welcome, with 70,000 people in attendance and tributes by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jessica Simpson.
But initial victory in Iraq did not lead to peace. The brigade returned to Iraq 2006 and again in 2008. Scores of brigade soldiers were killed as the country crumbled. The fervor of the initial invasion faded even as the brigade kept deploying, including tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait.
As 1st Brigade’s platoons boarded military jets once again in 2021, there were no banners along the roadside, no bands playing. Only a few dozen family members and an excited orbit of children and dogs showed up for a subdued send-off.
But as the young troops crowded onto the planes, setting off from a nation wearied of war, many of their faces flickered with excitement. They walked across the flight line feeling proud that it was their time to stand watch. The fate of a nation, which the pullout from Afghanistan showed can hinge on just a few thousand troops, would now rest in part on them.
Here is a closer look at six of the soldiers deploying.
Col. Andrew Steadman
Brigade commander, 43Atlanta
Steadman was a lieutenant fresh out of college when the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001, and he soon found himself leading a platoon of paratroopers in Afghanistan. He has seen little rest since.
He commanded a company in Iraq during the 2007 troop surge to quell growing unrest. Then he led a battalion back home. He did a stint in dress uniform at the White House, keeping always a few steps behind President Barack Obama, carrying a briefcase full of launch codes known as the nuclear football. Now he commands a brigade combat team.
Two decades of war have defined his life. So he was surprised a few weeks ago when his 10-year-old daughter asked him, “What is Afghanistan? Why are they fighting there?”
“It made me stop,” he said. “I realized there are so many young people still learning about the world.
“A lot of my soldiers are that way, too. They are young enough that they don’t know why we are there, why we went. Part of my job is to teach them.”
Lt. Col. Joseph Mason
Chaplain, 42Salem, Oregon
The brigade chaplain did not start out as a chaplain. He began as a grunt private who enlisted in 2002, when he and his wife had a baby on the way and Congress was voting to approve the use of force in Iraq. He deployed to Iraq while his first child was still in the hospital. Now he has four.
The intensity of his first deployment in 2003, he said, forced him to seek direction and community in his Christian faith. After seeing how faith had helped him and other soldiers at war, he knew he wanted to become a chaplain.
He has seen the Army change over the years, from a force focused on quick victory to one girded for long, grinding fights. During that time, a garden of social services has sprung up around the war fighters to give them a better chance at happy family lives, stable finances and healthy lifestyles that can sustain them.
“One thing is for sure: After all this time, the Army has learned how to go to war,” Mason said. “It’s learned how to support soldiers, how to build strength not just physically, but through spiritual practices and supportive relationships. We know that soldiers can’t deploy if they don’t have the support of loved ones at home.”
1st Lt. Olivia Albright
Intelligence platoon leader, 24
Quiet, confident, with a blond ponytail trailing out from her patrol cap, Albright lifted her rucksack and told the 20 soldiers in her intelligence platoon to line up to deploy.
She graduated from Iowa State University summa cum laude in 2018 with a degree in animal science, but instead of becoming a veterinarian, she decided that she needed, like her father and her brother, to join the Army and try to give back to her nation.
In her rucksack was a book of meditations on how Christians can find delight in their duties and joy in purpose. “That’s how I was raised, and you feel an obligation to others,” she said. “I feel called to serve.”
The platoon she leads is mostly men. Only about 15% of the Army is female — a proportion that has barely budged since 2001, even though all combat jobs are now open to women. But the story is different among young officers: About one-third of all first lieutenants now are women, suggesting that the Army leadership in the future could look a lot more like Albright.
Being a woman in uniform “is not a big deal,” she said. “I’ve gotten nothing but support, people pushing me to succeed.”
Sgt. Richard Blomer
Infantry, 28San Diego
His great-grandfather was in the Army. So was his grandfather. So was his father, who came home from Operation Desert Storm shortly before he was born. So Blomer never had many questions about what he would do for a living.
As 1st Brigade soldiers prepared to fly to Iraq, some stuffed their rucksacks with good-luck charms, extra pillows and blankets or books for college courses they are taking while deployed.
Not Blomer. He is not seeking comfort, distraction or an exit plan. He said he plans to make a career of the Army. He enlisted nine years ago and has already deployed once, to Egypt for the peacekeeping mission in Sinai.
The night before deploying to Iraq, he went out with Army buddies to celebrate with a big steak. He welcomed the idea of serving where there was a chance for action and a little danger.
“This is why I signed up,” he said. “I love the Army. It’s fun.”
1st Lt. Caroline Tran
Medical logistics, 31Dallas
Before she was an officer in a medical logistics team, Tran was an enlisted military police officer, then a drill sergeant. She has seen the Army from all sides and has already served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who fled the fall of Saigon in 1975. Her father fought on the side of the Americans. Her mother escaped by boat. They never really talked about that war at home, and she never really asked. Her parents were not very happy when she enlisted.
Why is her brigade being sent to Iraq now, 10 years after U.S. combat operations there formally ended? That is just how it goes, she said, pointing out that U.S. soldiers are still deploying to South Korea and Germany, where the fighting stopped generations ago. Regardless of the place or mission, her work remains the same.
“It’s just part of our job,” she said. “We go where the nation needs us.”
Pfc. Carlos Pabon
Cavalry scout, 22Huntsville, Alabama
Pabon walked into a recruiting station Sept. 11, 2020, to sign his enlistment papers, oblivious to the significance of the date. He finished training only a few weeks before he learned that he would be deploying to Iraq.
Pabon wears the patch of the 4th Infantry Division on his left sleeve. Like the majority of the brigade, his right sleeve is bare. That spot is reserved for a combat patch for troops who have deployed to a conflict zone. He will get his when he returns to Fort Carson.
“We are excited,” he said as he waited to board an airplane at a military air terminal near Fort Carson. “A lot of the guys who didn’t get a chance to deploy wish they had.”
Asked if he was troubled about deploying to a country where many Americans felt that U.S. troops should never have been sent in the first place, he shook his head. He pointed to a postersize photo hanging on the wall of the terminal, showing a soldier kneeling down to shake the hand of smiling Iraqi boy.
“You see in that photo?” he said. “The boy has a book bag. That’s why I don’t mind going. I want to make sure those kids keep having those opportunities.”This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
Some shark species are extremely resilient to the stress of being caught and released while other species are much more likely to die, shark researchers found in a New England Aquarium-led study.
The five-year study was of more than 300 sharks from five different species: sandbar, blacktip, tiger, spinner and bull sharks.
Some animals will die even after getting released because of stress or injuries from the capture process. Findings of the study showed that for some shark species, like blacktip and spinner sharks, as many as 42% to 71% of sharks will die even after being released alive. Other sharks, like sandbar and tiger sharks, were much more resilient, with only 3% or less dying after release.
“We set out to do what very few studies had done previously — put electronic tags on a large number of sharks and collect blood samples from the same animals that we tagged,” said Nick Whitney, senior scientist in the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life and lead author of the study.
“We did this to get an idea of how well we could predict their fate based on stress indicators in their blood,” he added.
The scientists placed tags called accelerometers, the same technology found in a Fitbit, on the fins of more than 300 sharks.
The technology helped the researchers track the sharks’ fine-scale movements and, most importantly, whether they lived or died after being caught on commercial longlines and released in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys.
Although longline fishermen typically keep the sharks that they catch, some species must be released due to regulations. Such rules are only effective if the sharks actually survive after they are released, which is difficult to measure.
“The assumption behind no-take regulations is that the shark will swim away and live out its normal life after it’s released, but we know that for some sharks, that’s not true,” Whitney said.
The data from this study shows that no-take regulations may be very effective for some species but less so for others.
While many studies have measured blood stress values in captured sharks and others have tagged sharks to tell whether they lived or died, very few previous studies had measured blood stress values in the same animals that they tagged.
A 2011 study led by Whitney used this same combination of techniques and found a very different result for blacktip sharks caught by recreational fishermen.
“We found around only 10% mortality in our previous study on blacktip sharks caught by rod and reel,” Whitney said. “In this latest study we found that 35% of blacktip sharks are dead by the time they’re caught and many more will die after release, producing total mortality of around 62%. This shows that bottom longlines are very hard on blacktip sharks, even when the live animals are returned to the water.”
By LYNN ELBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix’s “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” combined with Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” to win top series honors at the Sunday’s Emmy Awards, a first for streaming services that cemented their rise to prominence in the television industry.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Peter Morgan, the creator and writer of the British royal saga “The Crown,” which collected acting, writing and directing awards in addition to four acting honors.
His comment may also apply to the premium cable channels that once dominated the Emmy Awards and to the broadcast networks — including Sunday’s ceremony host, CBS — that have long grown accustomed to being largely also-rans.
Netflix won a leading total of 44 awards, equaling the broadcast network record set back in 1974, by CBS.
There was a bright spot for HBO with its limited series “Mare of Easttown,” the crime drama that earned four Emmys, including a lead acting award for star Kate Winslet. For broadcaster NBC, “Saturday Night Live” again came through with variety honors.
The ceremony proved disappointing as well to those scrutinizing diversity in Hollywood. The record number of nominees of color yielded only two Black winners, including RuPaul for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Michaela Coel for “I May Destroy You.”
Cedric the Entertainer proved a game host, moving from a hip-hop opening number to gags and sketches, but the relatively small crowd — a result of pandemic precautions — was fairly muted in their response to him and others’ one-liners.
There was a feeling of personal loss that pervaded the night, with a number of winners recounting the loss of loved ones.
“The Crown” stars Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor won the top drama acting honors Sunday, with Jason Sudeikis, star of the warm-hearted “Ted Lasso,” and Jean Smart of the generation-gap story “Hacks,” winners on the comedy side.
Colman and O’Connor were a winning fictional mother-son duo: She plays Queen Elizabeth II, with O’Connor as Prince Charles in the British royal family saga that combines gravitas and soap opera.
“I’d have put money on that not happening,” Colman said of the award, calling it “a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey” with the show’s cast and creators. She cut her remarks short, explaining why she was growing tearful.
“I lost my daddy during COVID, and he would have loved all of this.” she said.
O’Connor gave a shoutout to Emma Corwin, who played opposite him as Princess Diana and was also a nominee Sunday, as a “force of nature.”
He also offered thanks to his grandparents, including his grandmother who died a few months ago, and his grandfather, Peter O’Connor, for the “greatest gifts” of kindness and loyalty.
Sudeikis, who co-created the series that many viewers found a balm for tough pandemic times, gave a speech that evoked the chipper, upbeat character he plays in the series about a U.K. soccer team and its unlikely American coach.
“This show’s about families and mentors and teammates, and I wouldn’t be here without those things in my life,” said Sudeikis. He also thanked his fellow castmates, saying “I’m only as good as you guys make me look.”
Smart, who received a standing ovation, began her acceptance speech on a somber note: Her husband actor, Richard Gilliland, died six months ago.
“I would not be here without him” and his willingness to put her career first, said Smart. She also praised their two children as “courageous individuals in their own right.”
Earlier in the evening, ebullient “Ted Lasso” castmate Hannah Waddingham, winner of the best supporting actress award for a comedy, said Sudeikis “changed my life with this, and more importantly my baby girl’s.”
Brett Goldstein, who won the counterpart award for supporting actor for playing a retired soccer star, said he had promised not to swear and either mimed or was muted for a few seconds, then called the show the “privilege and pleasure” of his life.
Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies were honored for their supporting performances on “The Crown.”
Anderson, who played British political leader Margaret Thatcher, was one of numerous cast members to accept from a “Crown” gathering in London. Menzies who plays Prince Philip, didn’t attend either ceremony.
Before announcing the winner in his category, presenter Kerry Washington saluted another nominee, Michael K. Williams of “Lovecraft County.” Williams died Sept. 6 at age 54.
“Michael was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon,” Washington said.
Another lost star was remembered by John Oliver of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
“No one was funnier in the last 20 years than Norm Macdonald on late-night comedy,” Oliver said in accepting the Emmy for best variety talk show, suggesting people spend time checking out clips of Macdonald, as he did after Macdonald died Sept. 14 at age 61.
Kate Winslet, who played the title character in “Mare of Easttown,” and Ewan McGregor, who starred in the fashion biopic “Halston,” were honored as top actors for a limited series.
Winslet saluted her sister nominees in “this decade that has to be about women having each other’s back.”
Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters claimed best supporting acting honors for “Mare of Easttown,” about crime and family dysfunction.
“The script was “true to the horror and beauty of ordinary people’s lives,” particularly the lives of women, said Nicholson.
Both she and Peters saluted star Winslet.
“Man, you’re good at acting. But turns out you’re good at caring for a whole production,” Nicholson said.
Debbie Allen received the Governors Award for a long and acclaimed career as an actor, dancer, choreographer and activist
“I am trembling with gratitude and grace and trying not to cry … it’s been many years in the making, taken a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time. Courage and creative and fight and faith to believe I could keep going, and I have,” she said.
The show opened with a musical number that featured host Cedric the Entertainer rapping a modified version of the Biz Markie hip-hop hit “Just a Friend” with lyrics like “TV, you got what I need.” LL Cool J bounded from the audience as stars like Rita Wilson, Mandy Moore and more dropped verses celebrating the breadth of television.
Seth Rogen presented the first award, throwing some cold water on the celebratory vibe by noting that the Emmys were being held in a giant tent. “There’s way too many of us in this little room,” he exclaimed in what seemed to be an attempt to be funny that fell flat.
“Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided.”
Roughly 500 people attended the Emmys in downtown Los Angeles, with fashion standout Billy Porter sporting large wings attached to the sleeves of his black trouser look and Sudeikis walked the red carpet in a velvet suit of soft blue.
The producers’ ultimate goal was a ceremony that is upbeat and acknowledges how much TV’s importance grew during the pandemic and its lockdowns.
For more on this year’s Emmy Awards, visit: www.apnews.com/EmmyAwards
ST. LOUIS (AP) — San Diego center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped Nolan Arenado’s bases-loaded popup and heaved the ball home, leading to a five-run first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 8-7 for an eight-game winning streak.
Tatis’ brutal error and mental mistake — he chose not to make an easy throw to second or third for a forceout — came one day after his dugout dustup with teammate Manny Machado.
San Diego’s Jake Arrieta left soon after the error with an injury.
St. Louis completed a three-game sweep and opened a three-game lead for the second NL wild card.
By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press
On the Jaguars’ opening possession Sunday, Trevor Lawrence carved up the Broncos on a scripted 11-play, 83-yard touchdown drive.
But for the rest of the afternoon at TIAA Bank Field, the Broncos did what they were supposed to against a rookie quarterback: Dominate.
Denver’s defense cinched down after that opening TD, allowing just 106 more yards the rest of the rainy afternoon. No more points were scored by the Jacksonville offense, and Lawrence was picked off twice in the second half of the Broncos’ 23-13 victory.
Linebacker Von Miller, who had two tackles and a sack, said the defense was never rattled.
“After that first drive, we settled down and were able to play well,” Miller said. “Those guys (believe they) are a great team too, they’re full of talent and they’re going to make plays. We’ve just got to respond, and push through adversity, and that’s what we did.”
The Jaguars had four third-down conversions on their first drive. Kyle Fuller was at fault on two of those, one by a questionable illegal contact call and the other on Marvin Jones Jr.’s 25-yard touchdown catch. But Denver held Jacksonville to 3 of 10 on third-down from that point on, and a pair of those came by penalty (pass interference on Pat Surtain II in the second quarter and roughing the passer by Dre’Mont Jones in the fourth).
“(Our key was) to get off on third down,” safety Kareem Jackson said. “(They converted one) on third-and-short on the first drive. Another third down, they hit the tight end on the seven route. (We knew we had to) just communicate, get off on third down. We felt like on the first drive we didn’t execute. Moving forward, I think we did a better job executing and everybody just communicating.”
Denver forced a punt on the Jaguars’ second possession, and even though Jacksonville got into field goal range on two of its next three drives, the Broncos bent but didn’t break.
On the first of those second-quarter drives that resulted in a Josh Lambo missed field goal, the Jaguars capitalized on a 36-yard pass interference call on Surtain. The rookie didn’t turn to face the ball on an underthrown go-route to DJ Chark. But as Lawrence kept targeting Surtain throughout the game, the fortunes turned in favor of the Broncos’ corner.
That trend came to a head early in the fourth quarter, when another deep ball thrown toward Surtain ended up in his hands. Coach Vic Fangio called it “a hell of a pick.” It was Denver’s second interception of the half, after Jackson recorded career pick No. 20 by undercutting one of Lawrence’s throws two possessions prior.
“Not many deep corners can make that play (that Surtain made),” Fangio said. “At best, most of them get a break-up. But he got the break-up and the pick, so that speaks volumes about his ability. He had the P.I. (in the first half), but overall he played well.”
Surtain, who also had four tackles in his first NFL start, said being picked on by Lawrence wasn’t a surprise.
“Going into my first start, I expected that going into the game that they were going to try me early,” Surtain said. “I just had to make up for it (with the interception).”
Denver’s defensive depth was also key in its strong performance. With injuries to Josey Jewell (shoulder) and Bradley Chubb (ankle) knocking both starting linebackers out in the first half, Justin Strnad and Malik Reed were efficient fill-ins at inside and outside backer, respectively.
“(Strnad’s) done an incredible job working back from (a 2020 season-ending) injury as well, and for him to get some playing time and game reps was good today,” Miller said.
Miller lamented the exit of Chubb, who made his 2021 debut after missing Week 1 with an ankle injury. Fangio said he’s “pretty sure” Chubb re-injured the same ankle that’s been bothering him since the week before the preseason finale.
“To see him get to a point where he’s comfortable enough to play, and then he gets hurt, man, it’s tough,” Miller said. “We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board and see what we can do to get him healthy.”
A gorgeous stretch of dry weather is in store for Massachusetts ahead of the official start of astronomical fall this week.
Meteorologists are forecasting comfortable temps in the 70s and sunshine for the final days of summer before fall kicks off on Wednesday.
“It should be a pretty nice stretch of weather,” said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boston office.
After Sunday’s September stunner, Monday should be another gem of a day, with abundant sunshine, light winds and low humidity. High temps should be in the mid 70s, with cooler temps and sea breezes along the coast.
Tuesday should be more of the same, followed by temps ticking up a few degrees on Wednesday.
The next chance for rain showers is on Thursday. An approaching cold front will be accompanied by showers and possible thunderstorms sometime Thursday into Friday, followed by dry and seasonably mild conditions on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Peter has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the sixteenth named storm of the season over the open Atlantic. The storm could impact Puerto Rico in the next few days.
The outer bands south of the tropical storm could produce rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts possible across portions of the Northern Leeward Islands, including the Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico through Tuesday. This rainfall may lead to areas of urban and small stream flooding.
Also, swells generated by Tropical Storm Peter are expected to reach the northern Leeward Islands, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
The Massachusetts coast could eventually have dangerous rip current conditions from the storm, but the local impact should be limited.
The National Weather Service had issued a high rip current risk advisory for the Cape, Nantucket, South Shore and North Shore on Sunday.
“Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water,” the advisory reads. “Unfortunately most if not all beaches are unguarded this time of year.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Linebacker Nick Vigil was a two-way player at Utah State, and he looked the part Sunday.
Vigil, a 28-year-old linebacker in his first season with the Vikings, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second half to give the Vikings a 30-24 lead, but it was the execution that brought out the athleticism.
Vigil extended his arms like a wide receiver to grab the pass from Kyler Murray on the left side of the defense, then demonstrated his ability to escape on the way to his first career touchdown in the NFL.
After stiff-arming speedster Rondale Moore at the 20, Vigil slithered past guard Josh Jones to get into the end zone before rolling to a finish.
“Just dropped to my spot, read (Murray’s) eyes,” Vigil said. “He was staring it down, so I was able to break on it and catch the ball. I thought (Moore) was gonna get me from behind. That guy’s a little faster than me, so he caught me pretty quick, but I was able to escape him.
“Ahh… I don’t know if you can say ‘due,’ but it felt good to finally get one.”
Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson, a former Cardinals player who knows something about State Farm Stadium, was dropping into his zone and did not see the play develop, but the crowd reaction tipped him off.
“I just heard the crowd kind of take a gasp for air, so I knew we had to do something good,” said Peterson, who spent his first 10 pro seasons with Cardinals.
“I looked up on the big screen and Nick was going the other way with the football.”
Vigil also joined the Vikings’ defense as a free agent this season after playing his first four years with Cincinnati then joining with the Chargers in 2020. He signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract in March.
“Nick has been phenomenal for us since he got here in OTAs, throughout minicamps, and he’s been making plays for us thus far throughout the season,” Peterson said.
Principally a linebacker at Utah State, Vigil also spent time as a running back, and had 169 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Vigil also was involved in a disputed play late in the first half, when he came up with a fumble that was disallowed after review.
On second down from the Vikings’ 5-yard line, Moore ran a jet sweep over the right side and lost the ball when cornerback Bashaud Breeland popped the ball loose on a tackle.
The ball popped into Vigil’s hands, but a review indicated that he did not have both feet in bounds after gaining possession, and the Cardinals retained possession.
“No, just kinda popped into my chest,” Vigil said. “I was joking with guys on the sidelines (that) I gotta start working on my toe-taps. Get two feet down.”
A.J. Green was called for holding on that play to move the ball back, but Murray scored on a designed quarterback keeper up the middle on the next play, following center Rodney Hudson.
“They had a good play called,” Vigil said. “In that situation, there’s not much you can do. We’ve just got to see it a little faster and all rally to it before he gets in.”
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most populous counties in Missouri has reached 50% full vaccination in the fight against COVID-19. St. Charles County joins Boone County, the city of Joplin, and St. Louis County to reach the mark.
Fourteen other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Franklin, Atchison, Jackson, Cole, Gasconade, Greene, Shelby, Nodaway, Montgomery, Cape Girardeau, and Christian counties, as well as Kansas City, Independence, and St. Louis City.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 662,380 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 1,270 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 11,062 total deaths as of Sunday, Sept. 19, no increase over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.67%.
Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.
State health officials report 53.1% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 64.4% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.
The state has administered 67,066 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.
Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.
The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.
At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.
The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.
The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,640; yesterday, it was 1,678. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 1,969.
Approximately 49.3% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 82,293 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 56,717 cases.
People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 44.1% of all recorded deaths in the state.
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|Month / Year||Missouri COVID cases*
(reported that month)
Missouri has administered 6,886,663 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Sept. 18, 16.9% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.
According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”
The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 10.2% positivity rate as of Sept. 16. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.
The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.
As of Sept. 16, Missouri is reporting 1,956 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,944. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 16% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.
On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.
On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.
The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.
Across the state, 496 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 17%.
If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.
As of Sept. 19, the CDC identified 41,915,285 cases of COVID-19 and 670,565 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.60%.
How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).
The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.
Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton has the kind of career he and those around him anticipate, there will be longer catches and bigger wins and more game balls.
But Sunday might always stand out because it may be the start of something.
The start of Sutton returning to No. 1 pass-catcher status.
The start of him assembling another Pro Bowl season.
And the start of him showing management he merits a long-term contract.
In the Broncos’ 23-13 win Sunday over Jacksonville, Sutton — after only one catch in the season opener at the New York Giants — set career highs in catches (nine) and yards (159), including receptions of 33 and 55 yards that led to touchdowns.
“He’s back,” coach Vic Fangio said.
And right in time.
The Broncos won’t have receiver Jerry Jeudy for another 3-5 weeks after his high ankle sprain sustained last week, so they needed Sutton to assert himself. Request granted and challenge accepted.
“My coaches always say, ‘Each play has a life of its own,’ and if you have that mindset, you’ll look up at the end of the day and the stats will take care of themselves,” Sutton said.
The stats were terrific; his previous high yardage game was 120 in the 2019 opener at Oakland and his high-reception game was seven in the same loss to the Raiders.
Sutton’s two splash plays were needed as the Broncos fell behind 7-0 and committed multiple careless penalties. But the defense adjusted and flummoxed Trevor Lawrence (114 yards passing and two interceptions), moving Fangio’s record against rookie quarterbacks to 19-9.
The Broncos are 2-0 for the first time in three years, erasing the stench of the last two awful Septembers (combined 0-7).
They have scored 50 points in Weeks 1-2, confirming the faith general manager George Paton had this offseason in the young group of skill-position players.
And they have allowed only three touchdowns in wins over the Giants and Jaguars, proof that using so many resources on defense has paid an immediate dividend.
Yes, before you say it, we know the Giants are chasing their collective tail in the NFC East and the Jaguars have lost 17 consecutive games dating back to last year.
But so what? The Broncos have played the schedule assigned to them by the NFL and conducted their East Coast business like any potentially good team does … by posting two double-digit wins.
“By no means did we play (perfectly) and we’re going to have to play better,” Fangio said. “But eventually, when you play good defense, which we did minus the first drive, and your offense is moving it … you’ll eventually plow your way through it.”
If the Broncos can plow their way through the New York Jets in next week’s home opener, then things will get really exciting.
Simply put, beating the Giants was fine, but they couldn’t afford to erase it by losing to Jacksonville.
The Jaguars hung tough early, leading 7-3 late in the first half. But then Sutton went to work.
On third-and-6 from his 24, Sutton kept the drive alive with a 16-yard catch. Two plays later came his first big strike.
Sutton ran a crossing route and as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater extended the play, Sutton turned up the field to create separation from safety Rayshawn Jenkins for a 33-yard gain.
“Teddy being Teddy and finding a way to get the football to (me),” Sutton said. “No play is dead until they blow the whistle.”
The Broncos took the lead for good three plays later when receiver Tim Patrick was completely uncovered for a 12-yard touchdown.
Leading 10-7 to start the second half, Sutton helped put the game away. On second down from the Broncos’ 28, Sutton simply ran by cornerback Chris Claybooks on a post route that gained 55 when Bridgewater dropped the pass into his hands.
“We needed that one,” Sutton said. “My mindset when the ball is in the air, ‘Teddy is giving me an opportunity to make a play for the offense and for the team.’ We don’t get too many plays in a game — this isn’t like college with 80-90 snaps — so you need make the most out of them.”
The Broncos made it 17-7 two plays later on tight end Noah Fant’s 14-yard touchdown.
From there, all systems, except for the mostly dreadful special teams, were in cruise control. But minus Jeudy, the return of Sutton being Sutton was the main takeaway from the win.
Outside linebacker Von Miller, a veteran of an ACL recovery, said it felt “amazing” to see Sutton play so well.
“You’re reassured in the offseason and you’re reassured during OTAs and training camp, but there’s nothing like having success in the game for you mentally to say, ‘I’m back and I can do it,’” Miller said. “For him, having success on game day goes a long way.”
The Broncos are 2-0 for the 27th time in franchise history, with 12 of those teams going on to reach the postseason. This is just the fourth time, however, that the Broncos have begun a season with back-to-back road wins. Here’s a look at how the previous three fared:
|Year||Week 1||Week 2||Final Record|
|1960||13-10, at Boston||27-21, at Buffalo||4-9-1|
|Comment: Inaugural AFL season began with three straight on road. After 4-2 start, Broncos didn’t win again|
|1983||14-10, at Pittsburgh||17-10, at Baltimore||9-7|
|Comment: John Elway’s rookie year was bumpy, but team reached wild card playoff round, lost at Seattle.|
|2003||30-10, at Cincinnati||37-13, at San Diego||10-6|
|Comment: Jake Plummer’s first year in Denver started with a bang, ended with wild card playoff loss at Indy.|
Ivan Fears called it.
The Patriots long-time running backs coach thought Damien Harris would rebound from his costly Week 1 fumble against the Dolphins.
Did he ever.
During the Patriots 25-6 win over the Jets, Harris had a 26-yard-touchdown run that was one for the ages, running through tackles, finding his way through eight would-be tacklers.
It was a combination of will and skill, with a push from his teammates in the end to get over the goal line for a pivotal third-quarter touchdown.
“I knew he was going to find a way to get in the end zone,” said fellow back James White. “I knew he was extremely motivated to get out there, and for him to have a run like that, where they were ripping at the ball, and have him running through tackles was really impressive.”
Harris had no turnovers, rushing for 62 yards on 16 carries. None were more important than the score that put the Pats up 19-3.
Harris wasn’t going to be denied, pushing aside one defender after another, dragging several with him into the end zone, with a little nudge at the end from his linemen and quarterback Mac Jones.
“(I was) very determined, obviously,” said Harris. “Any time you touch the ball, you want to get it in the box. It was a great play, everybody was blocking their butts off, got a lot of help from a lot of guys, apparently got some help from Mac Jones, too … but it was a great play, and it was great to have that moment with the team.
“Everybody was feeling the energy, everybody was excited. It was truly a great moment.”
Said Jones: “The offensive line created the hole and Damien made the guy miss … there he goes, he kind of shot out the back door, and I was like, ‘Alright, here we go.’ He did a good job getting it in.”
Harris had rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries the previous week, but that effort was stained when he lost the ball with the Patriots at the Miami 11-yard-line, poised to go in for the winning score.
It ultimately cost the Patriots a chance at victory, and while Fears wasn’t pleased with the turnover, he was confident Harris would respond in a big way.
Bill Belichick was happy how the team, and Harris, bounced back from last week’s setback.
“Damien’s one of our hardest-working players,” Belichick said after the win. “He worked hard this week, prepared hard. He’s pretty consistent.”
The Jets defense was a tough unit to crack, especially on the ground, as the Patriots gained just 101 yards on 24 carries (4.2 yards per carry). That’s what made Harris’ run even more special.
“It was a statement for the offense,” said White. “That play was huge.”
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