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Below you’ll find my top travel tips for Egypt along with a little personal advice sprinkled on top. I hope you find these Egypt travel tips helpful.

If you find these tips to be helpful or you have some tips of your own, please be sure to leave a comment at the end of this article.

Egypt is one of my favorite countries in the world for a variety of reasons.

I’ve visited the country on four different occasions over the course of the last few years and three of those visits were 3 weeks or longer.

While I love this country to pieces, it also should be known that it’s one of the more difficult countries I’ve ever traveled to.

Ready to learn more about my top 15 travel tips for Egypt? Let’s get started.

Travel Insurance

When preparing for a trip to Egypt your first priority should be to make sure you make the small investment towards your health and well being by purchasing a flexible, reputable and affordable travel insurance policy for your trip.

Not only will this travel insurance policy cover you if your bags are lost/stolen and if your flight is delayed/cancelled, but you’ll also be covered for all medical and injury related issues as well.

Let’s face it. No parents, family or friends want to have to cover the cost of you getting MedEvaced home from the middle of the Egypt.

As you know, in life, things happen.

Do yourself a favor and get your coverage now so you can rest assured that you’ll be taken care of in the event of a serious emergency in Egypt.

Hire an Egypt Tour Guide

Planning a trip to Egypt isn’t as easy as you’d think.

From accommodations to transportation and planning all the smaller logistics, there always seems to be a major disconnect somewhere along the way.

As you know, I’m more of an independent traveler than anything else and I rarely recommend hiring a tour guide.

If there’s one place in the world that I would recommend hiring a guide, it’s in Egypt.

Why? Because Egypt is a very unique and difficult country to travel to if you don’t have any prior experience.

In order to be sure that you have the best trip possible, my advice is to head on over to my recent article:

Bring Your Haggling Skills

One of the most important skills you need in order to have a positive experience in Egypt is the skill of haggling and negotiating.

Everything is negotiable in Egypt and it’s expected so don’t worry about offending anyone with your offers.

From buying a water at the corner store to shopping for souvenirs at the market to non-metered taxis, haggling is absolutely necessary.

Bring Your Own Toilet Paper

Bring your own toilet paper. Trust me on this one.

You’ll be hard pressed to find toilet paper in most restrooms in Egypt.

The toilets have a built-in bidet spray nozzle for those who forget to bring toilet paper along but who the heck wants to walk out of the bathroom with a wet behind?

Not me. That’s for sure. I think it’s safe to assume you wouldn’t either.

To avoid this sticky situation simply stop into a local shop and pick up a roll of TP and take enough to last you the day when you’re heading out to explore.

Use Uber in Cairo

Did you know Uber operates in the city of Cairo?

If not, well now you know. What’s even better is that you can get your first ride free (up to 70 EGP or approximately $8 USD) when signing up for a new Uber account.

While taxis are generally safe and easy to use, Uber is definitely your best bet if you’re looking to move around the city without worries.

All you have to do to take advantage of this Uber first ride free discount is the following:

Beware of Scammers

Be careful who you trust in Egypt. Many people are out for your money.

That being said, you should be able to figure out who is genuine and whose not after the first few minutes of conversation.

If a person mentions a single thing about money, simply move along.

Personally, I’ve met some of the most genuine people in the world during my travels to Egypt, so I highly recommend that you attempt to initiate conversation with the locals.

Note: If someone approaches you and starts to tell you that he owns a perfume shop, or mentions the Arabic word “baksheesh” which means “tip” in English, tell them “La, Shukran” which means “No, thank you.” in English and simply walk the other way.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Walking shoes or comfortable sneakers are best when planning a trip to Egypt.

Sure, you can wear flip flops or sandals from time to time but please realize that the streets of Cairo and the majority of Egypt are dirty therefore you’ll be sure to return to your hotel with a pair of dirty feet.

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Readers and Writers: Wolves, war and words in a notebook — a look at three new novels

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Readers and Writers: Wolves, war and words in a notebook — a look at three new novels

Today’s novels range from wolf poaching to a notebook that draws people together to a war between Mother Nature and the Gods.

“Wolfman” by Stanley Trollip (White Sun Books, $13.95)

She wondered whether she was interpreting the gift properly. Whether it was from LUPUS or someone different calling himself Wolfman, it seemed she was being encouraged to shoot poachers. No matter how she twisted her mind, she couldn’t come up with any other possibility. He wanted her to take the hunt-the-hunter idea to the next level. — From “Wolfman”

Crystal Nguyen is dressed in all-white ski clothing as she flattens herself against the snow and watches the wolf poachers. When they leave their snowmobiles, she quickly throws the keys far into the snow and skies away.

Meet the protagonist of Stanley Trollip’s first solo novel and second in the series featuring Vietnamese refugee Crystal Nguyen, a woman who takes too many chances when her heart leads her somewhere.

Trollip and his friend Michael Sears, writing as Michael Stanley, wrote four Botswana-set police procedurals featuring Detective Kubu. Then they wrote a thriller about rhino poaching, “Shoot the Bastards,” that introduced Nguyen. Her background: her father kicked her out of their house after seeing her holding hands with a young man, because he wanted her to stay home and learn to be a wife and mother. Her hobby, for which she’s training in “Wolfman,” is participating in biathlons, a Nordic skiing event in which competitors combine cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.

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Stanley Trollip (Courtesy photo)

In “Wolfman,” a prequel to “Shoot the Bastards,” Crystal is a reporter at a Duluth television station. She loves wolves and ecology in general, and she’s furious when two poachers are found not guilty and leave the courthouse smiling.

When Crystal gets untraceable messages from someone called LUPUS, she realizes she can harass the poachers because LUPUS gives her the places where they will be and the times. Although she knows she’s endangering her career, she harasses the poachers by disabling their snowmobiles and, later, setting fire to the cabin where they keep their snowmobiles and wolf pelts.

Reporting on these incidents, Crystal keeps her involvement a secret, speculating on-air that the perpetrators might be part of the hunt-the-hunter movement, or someone working alone whom she calls Wolfman.

Crystal’s Wolfman reporting goes viral and the station’s ratings skyrocket. But it also bitterly divides residents of Northern Minnesota, where hunting is a religion. She is physically threatened in a bar and she realizes she has put herself in danger. Then two poachers are shot by someone calling himself Wolfman. Now Crystal has to backtrack and urge this mysterious copycat to stop killing in the name of animals.

With help from DNA conservation officer Chuck Gustafson, to whom she’s sort-of attracted, Crystal tries to stay ahead of the men who blame her reporting for creating anti-hunter sentiment in the community.

Can she stay safe, save wolves and learn the identity of Wolfman? Before any of this happens, she becomes Wolfman’s kidnapping target.

Trollip keeps the tension high, with Crystal in almost constant danger. The chapters about her biathlon training nicely fit into the plot when she skis through the woods after the poachers.

Trollip will virtually launch “Wolfman” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, presented by Once Upon a Crime. To register: crowdcast.io/e/stanley-trollip-wolfman/register.

“A Matter of Course” by Jody Wenner (Independently published, $11.99))

1631980672 599 Readers and Writers Wolves war and words in a notebookIt was an ordinary day on the Orange Line train in the Twin Cities.

Marigold (Mari) Winter, who thinks shoes tell you everything about a person, is taking her dying mother, Zi, to the hospital. Lark Brooks is a nervous man going to an interview for a job he thinks will solve his problems. Octogenarian Norma, former head librarian at the St. Paul Public Library, writes in a little notebook vignettes of life she observes. For some reason, she gives her notebook to Lark. Jason is a 17-year-old skateboarder skipping school. Jeannine is with her useless husband, Dean, who she’s thinking of divorcing.

When the man in black motorcycle boots boards the train, talking to himself, everyone knows he’s “off.” And when he accidentally trips over Jason’s legs and falls into Norma’s tote bag, he pulls out his gun and kills Norma and Zi. (This is not a spoiler; it’s the catalyst for the rest of the story.)

The killer is Bobby Davis, a house painter who’s tired of taking orders from homeowners and his boss. His has recently found a big wad of cash on a job site, but the money has made him unhappy and paranoid.

Told in the voices of all the central characters, plus a dogged detective, the story continues as everyone who was in that Orange Line car comes together and their lives are changed. Dean, Jeannine’s depressed husband, somehow comes out of the shooting as a hero, much to his wife’s aggravation because she knows he didn’t do anything heroi.. And Lark and Mari seem to be headed for romance.

What’s wonderful about this book is its tender heart. These are such likable people, even sullen teen Jason, that the reader longs for them to be happy. And it’s not giving anything away to say that Norma’s little notebook, published by Lark and Mari, is the instrument of a perfect ending.

“A Matter of Course,” the author’s 11th book, is as good as any novel from mainstream publishers. It’s a perfect read for those who need an affirmation of humanity’s goodness in these hard days.

“All the Blues Come Through” by Metra Farrari (Wise Ink, $19.99).

1631980672 726 Readers and Writers Wolves war and words in a notebookRyan is a botanist who accidentally created a species of flower that sucks up pollution, leaving the air clear. But she can’t grow them fast enough to fill orders. Then she gets an invitation from a mysterious group of scientists who live on an island off the coast of Athens.

When Ryan arrives, she discovers these are oddly-dressed people who know little about science. That’s because they aren’t scientists. They are descendants of the Gods.

That’s the premise of Metra Farrari’s debut, “All the Blues Come Through,” Book One in her Heir to a Myth series.

Once Ryan gets over her shock at seeing an entire city carved out of a mountain, she’s even more shocked to learn her hosts are demigods battling Mother Earth, who is holding the Gods hostage on a mountain and that she, Ryan, is a descendant of the goddess Artemis. The other Descendants want her to rescue the Olympians.

This mix of mythology and contemporary life (the Descendants know some modern phrases) is a lot of fun. There are centaurs, a hundred-eyed monster awakened by Ryan’s powers, and a very hunky dem-god who certainly captures Ryan’s interest. The battle is joined on top of the mountain, where Ryan confronts Mother Nature and Artemis.

Farrari is a first generation Persian American who grew up n Eagan. She was on the production team for the last three seasons of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

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FDA advisory panel rejects widespread Pfizer booster shots

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential federal advisory panel has soundly rejected a plan to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans.

The vote Friday, 16-2, was a blow to the Biden administration’s effort to shore up people’s protection against the virus amid the highly contagious delta variant.

Over several hours of discussion, members of the Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts voiced frustration that Pfizer had provided little data on the safety of extra doses.

And they complained that data provided by Israeli researchers about their booster campaign might not be suitable for predicting the U.S. experience.

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CU Buffs vs. Minnesota football: 4 things to know, key matchups and predictions


Joe Nguyen

| Digital Sports Strategist

Digital sports strategist for The Denver Post. Previously he was the online prep sports editor. Prior to that, he covered Adams County and Aurora in the YourHub section. He also writes about beer, professional wrestling and video games.

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How the Patriots defense can shut down the Jets and rookie QB Zach Wilson

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Chum in the water.

That’s how Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was jokingly described to a few Patriots defenders this week during their afternoon press conferences at Gillette Stadium. Like every joke, there was a kernel of truth to how the kid was portrayed.

Wilson will be making his second career start against a multiple-veteran defense known for its ability to confuse quarterbacks. Just ask his predecessor, ghost-seeing Sam Darnold. Though naturally, when asked to pounce on Wilson’s inexperience, none of the Pats took the bait.

Instead, safety Adrian Phillips, cornerback Joejuan Williams and others described him as talented and aggressive. His physical talent is rare, just as you’d expect from a former second overall pick. Like Wilson, the Jets are a work in progress, now under first-year head coach Robert Saleh and new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, a branch off the Mike Shanahan coaching tree.

Despite their flaws, Gang Green can threaten a fortified Pats defense. Wilson’s unpredictability as a rookie cuts both ways, and his receiving corps is formidable enough. Not to mention, a LaFleur-led 49ers offense rang up 467 yards and 33 points on the Pats less than a year ago.

Here’s how the Patriots defense can ground Wilson and the Jets this weekend:

1. Shadow Corey Davis with J.C. Jackson

Jets wideouts Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole are both expected to play Sunday after missing the team’s season opener, a solid boost for their offense.

There’s no doubt New York is better off with those two players. But it should be said with the same certainty that neither Crowder or Cole can beat the Patriots. The only Jets receiver capable of that is Corey Davis.

“Tough. He’s an outstanding player,” Bill Belichick said of Davis this week. “Catches the ball and makes a lot of contested catches. Tough guy to tackle, good blocker. He really competes hard, does everything well. He’s a key guy for them.”

Davis caught five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns in his Jets debut last week at Carolina. He was one of the more coveted wideouts in free agency, after starting his career with a four-year stint in Tennessee. The former fifth overall pick was slow to blossom with the Titans, but now ranks among the NFL’s better receivers.

The simplest solution is to shadow Davis with Jackson, just as Stephon Gilmore would have if available. If Jackson can shut Davis down, the Pats won’t have to bother with double-teams on third down or in the red zone and can allocate extra resources to keep Wilson in the pocket or another defender deep. Without his top receiver or the ability to scramble, the kid will be boxed in.

2. Deny Zach Wilson the deep ball

Between the rookie quarterback and suspect offensive line — which lost stud left tackle Mehki Becton Sunday — this version of the Jets offense is not built to sustain long drives.

Both of New York’s touchdown drives against the Panthers were sustained by two explosive passing plays. Every other series resulted in a punt or a turnover. Wilson wants to get yards in chunks, not patiently march downfield.

“He’s a guy that’s going through each progression, and he wants to throw the ball downfield,” Phillips said this week. “He wants to make that play.”

To generate chunk plays, the Patriots can expect the Jets to dial up deep play-action shots on early downs; plays designed to target the soft zone coverage NFL defenses most often employ on first and second downs. According to Pro Football Focus, the Pats played more single-high coverage last week than any other defense in the league. By calling more two-high coverage and prioritizing pass defense over stopping the run on 1st-and-10, the Patriots should force Wilson to be patient and inevitably reap the benefits of facing a young, overaggressive QB.

3. Tackle well

Aside from allowing Davis to run free in the secondary and Wilson to drop bombs, the Pats’ surest way to another loss Sunday is poor tackling.

New York will scheme its running backs and wide receivers into open space on the edge, just as the Dolphins game-planned last week. The Patriots only missed six tackles versus Miami, a palatable number, but most led to big gains. Here were the top offenders in Week 1: Jackson 2, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Kyle Dugger, Jalen Mills and Davon Godchaux.

Last season, the Pats missed 11 tackles against the 49ers, who successfully exploited their slow linebacking corps on virtually every drive. The Patriots have since received reinforcements, with the return of Dont’a Hightower and arrival of Matt Judon, but they aren’t any faster. The Jets know this.

But if the Pats can anticipate these plays, and wrap up 1-on-1 or gang tackle, it won’t matter. Force the Jets to earn their yards, instead of giving them away, and they’ll stumble into trouble soon enough.

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Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

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By ALAN FRAM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed.

Try to finish within the next couple of weeks. And oh yes: Failure means President Joe Biden’s own party will have repudiated him on the cornerstone of his domestic agenda.

That’s what congressional Democrats face as they try writing a final version of a massive bill bolstering the social safety net and strengthening efforts to tame climate change. Here’s a guide to some pivotal differences they must resolve:

PRICE TAG

The White House and top Democrats compromised on a $3.5 trillion, 10-year cost for the bill. That’s a huge sum, though a fraction of the $61 trillion in federal spending already slated over that period.

Moderates led by Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have said $3.5 trillion is too expensive, and votes from every Democrat in the 50-50 Senate are mandatory for success. Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have recently acknowledged what seems inevitable: The final cost may have to drop.

Manchin has suggested limiting the total to $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion, which progressives reject as paltry. Led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., they initially said at least $6 trillion was needed for serious efforts to help families and curb global warming.

Eventually a compromise will be reached, with some expecting it in the $2 trillion to $2.5 trillion range. But since House committees just finished crafting a $3.5 trillion version of the package, a smaller price tag means some priorities would have to be trimmed.

TAXES

To pay for much of the bill, the House Ways and Means Committee approved $2.1 trillion in tax boosts, mostly on the rich and corporations. Some details and numbers seem likely to change.

Biden, who’s promised to not increase taxes on people earning under $400,000, will probably get his proposal to raise the top individual income tax rate on the richest Americans to 39.6%. That would be up from 37% approved under former President Donald Trump.

But Democrats also want to raise other levies on the wealthiest. It’s unclear which proposals will survive and in what form.

For example, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has expressed interest in boosting taxes on the value of some large estates that heirs inherit. Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., omitted that from his panel’s plan.

Democrats want to provide tax credits for children, health care and child care costs and low-income workers. If the bill’s size shrinks, Democrats might save money by delaying, gradually phasing in or out or limiting some of those breaks. Some moderates say a proposed tax credit for buying electric vehicles shouldn’t go to higher-earning people.

Biden wants to raise the 21% corporate tax rate to 28% but may have to settle for around 25%. Democrats face other differences over taxes on corporate foreign income and stock buybacks.

MEDICARE

Three moderate Democrats blocked a House committee from approving a top priority for Biden and progressives: saving hundreds of billions by letting Medicare negotiate lower prices for pharmaceuticals it buys. Another committee approved the language, so it’s not dead.

Still, the plan is opposed by drug manufacturers and some moderates want to water it down.

Democrats planned to use the savings to pay for another progressive goal: new dental, vision and hearing Medicare coverage. If the drug-pricing language is diluted and produces less savings, it’s unclear how the Medicare expansion would be financed.

SALT AND IRS

In a town that loves acronyms, SALT, shorthand for state and local taxes, is on the table.

Democrats from high-tax coastal communities are demanding an increase in the current $10,000 limit on deductions taxpayers can claim for state and local taxes they pay.

With Pelosi unable to afford losing more than three Democratic votes, many think that deduction ceiling will be increased. To make up for the lost revenue, the IRS could be given extra money or banks might be required to report more financial transaction information to the IRS, ideas aimed at bolstering tax collections.

OTHER PRIORITIES

The House has proposed grants for power companies that move toward renewable fuels and fines on those that don’t, a pillar of the chamber’s climate change agenda. Manchin, chairman of the Senate energy committee and a fierce defender of his state’s coal industry, has told colleagues he opposes that.

The House has proposed a plan for mandatory family leave that’s significantly costlier than what Senate Democrats envision. And lawmakers await a decision from the Senate parliamentarian on whether language helping millions of immigrants remain in the U.S. violates budget rules and must be omitted.

TIMING

Last month, Pelosi told moderates that the House would consider their top priority, a separate $1 trillion bill financing road and other infrastructure projects, by Sept. 27.

In what seems a mutual political suicide pact, progressives have threatened to vote against that bill unless unenthusiastic moderates support the $3.5 trillion package. Ideally, Democratic leaders would love for both bills to be voted on together.

With so many loose ends, it seems highly unlikely the $3.5 trillion measure will be finished then. That’s raised questions about how Pelosi will keep her party’s antagonistic wings supportive of each other’s priority bills and how she will shepherd both to passage.

DEMOCRATS’ TWO SECRET WEAPONS

For one thing, a collapse of the effort would mean a jarring failure to enact their highest priorities, weakening their bid to retain their congressional majorities in next year’s elections. Every Democrat knows that.

Another is Pelosi herself, who’s proven deft at holding Democrats together and squeezing out votes she needs.

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., cited both factors in an interview last week, describing what he tells Democrats.

“I’ve said everybody should be posturing and doing the best you can to stand up for your priorities, but in the final analysis you’re going to vote for this thing,” Yarmuth said. “And by the way, have you met Nancy Pelosi?”

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — On Thursday, Watertown police arrested a man after fleeing, in possession of illegal drugs.

On September 16, a parolee identified as Ronnell Wilson, 41, of Watertown, was observed operating a Dodge Caravan by Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force, who advised uniformed patrol officers to respond to the area.

Wilson was then observed traveling east on State Street when officers attempted to stop the van, Police said slowed down to pull to the side of the road, however, Wilson then accelerated and fled East, out of the city.

Police said Wilson, reached a speed of 50 mph in the city and continued to accelerate. He then turned left onto Weaver Road, but lost control and struck a utility pole. He exited the vehicle and ran into the residential backyards.

Additional police and parole officers responded to the area to assist with the search when officers lost sight of Wilson in the heavily wooded area.

At 1:58 p.m., Wilson was located and arrested Police said, during an article search of the area, K9 Ricky and his handler Officer McConnell located several bags of suspected drugs packaged for sale, which were abandoned by Wilson. The drugs contained cocaine and fentanyl.

Wilson was charged with:

  • Two counts of third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony)
  • Third-degree Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer (misdemeanor)
  • Resisting Arrest (misdemeanor)
  • Infractions of Unlicensed Driving
  • Failed to Use the Designated Lane.

Wilson is currently being held on no bail in the Jefferson County Jail.

The Town of Watertown Fire Department and National Grid were also called to the scene due to the damaged pole. The road was temporarily closed for repair.

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NFL Week 2 Picks: Chargers host Dallas, but it may feel like a road game

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Game of the week

Dallas (+ 3 1/2) at L.A. Chargers

The Chargers may have to get the silent snap-count ready for their home opener because Dallas fans will take over the stadium and bring the noise when quarterback Justin Herbert is on the field. The Cowboys are rested up after their Week 1 loss and seal the win with a last-drive stop in the red zone.

Cowboys 27, Chargers 23

Lock of the week

Minnesota (+ 4 1/2) at Arizona

Vikings offensive linemen had eight enforced penalties (eight!) in last week’s overtime loss at Cincinnati. That must be some kind of record if those were kept. Lose Sunday and next week against Seattle and Mike Zimmer vaults to the top of the “First Coach Fired” list, if he’s not already there.

Cardinals 30, Vikings 20

Upset of the week

Cincinnati (+3) at Chicago

Only coach Zac Taylor’s ill-advised decision to go for it on the fourth-and-1 from Cincinnati’s 30-yard line and leading 21-7 kept the Bengals from routing Minnesota. It was great to see Joe Burrow back on the field and he’ll carve up an aging Bears defense that didn’t have an answer for the Rams’ Matthew Stafford in Week 1.

Bengals 24, Bears 14


Around the AFC: Raiders defense (sacks/takeaways) already playing better than last year

Buffalo on alert. Big-time urgency should be the tone in the Bills’ locker room heading to Miami. Buffalo lost at home to Pittsburgh and Miami won at New England so spotting a division rival two games this early isn’t ideal. The Bills gained 371 yards against the Steelers, but had one turnover, one blocked punt and only one touchdown in four red-zone possessions. “I’ve got to be better,” quarterback Josh Allen said. “We’re not going to panic. Sixteen games left.” But it gets late early in the NFL.

Raiders defense shows up. Last year, Las Vegas finished 29th in sacks (21) and 30th in takeaways (15, five of which came in the first Broncos game). Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was hired by coach Jon Gruden, the duo reunited for the first time since their Tampa Bay days. The first review was stellar. The Raiders had three sacks as Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue led the four-man rush in harassing Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson. Two takeaways led to two Raiders touchdowns in their overtime win. A final note: Defensive end Clelin Ferrell, the fourth overall pick in 2019 was a healthy scratch. Yikes.

Titans, Colts staring at 0-2. Good thing for Tennessee and Indianapolis they play in the AFC South. The Titans, blown out by Arizona, travel to Seattle. The Colts, beaten by the Seahawks, host the Los Angeles Rams. If there is a division to overcome a 0-2 start, this is it. Tennessee’s concerns are a bad defense against the run (136 yards by the Cardinals) and on third down (the Cards went 7 of 13) and poor pass protection (six sacks allowed). Indianapolis’ issues are allowing big passes (the Seahawks had four of at least 20 yards) and generating few big plays offensively (none longer than 24 yards).


Around the NFC: Active, successful return to field for Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey

Bruising debut. Castle Rock native Christian McCaffrey did a lot of everything in Carolina’s win over the New York Jets after missing 13 games in 2020 with multiple injuries. McCaffrey rushed 21 times for 98 yards and caught nine passes for 89 yards while playing 57 of 64 snaps. Obviously, that kind of work load can’t continue … at least we think. “I’m ready to roll,” McCaffrey said. The Panthers host New Orleans on Sunday and McCaffrey faces a Saints defense that bottled up Green Bay last week. “I thought he looked great out there,” coach Matt Rhule said. “I think he’s ready to have a great year.”

Getting Pitts involved. The only reason to watch Atlanta this year is tight end Kyle Pitts, the draft’s fourth overall pick. But in the Falcons’ 32-6 loss to Philadelphia, he had four catches for 31 yards in 49 snaps, including a single catch for a single yard in the first half when Atlanta trailed only 15-6. We figured Atlanta would struggle to stop anybody, but hoped the trio of Pitts, quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Calvin Ridley would make them an interesting fantasy football play. Not yet.

Jones unblockable. How rare was the five-sack game by Arizona’s Chandler Jones in the Cardinals’ win at Tennessee? Since 1982, per Pro Football Reference, there have been only 18 games of at least five sacks. Remarkably, since 2018, the Cardinals have both of those games — Haason Reddick had five against the Giants last December. The longest drought between five-sack games was none from 1991-96. The Broncos have no individual five-sack games since ’82 and have allowed only one — the Raiders’ Khalil Mack had five in a 15-12 win in December 2015.

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The Zombies are alive – and streaming from Abbey Road Studios

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When your band is called the Zombies, of course you have a great time in the afterlife. Still riding a wave of renewed popularity, the British Invasion survivors (and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees) take to the web Saturday with a “World Tour in One Night” from one of their old favorite haunts, Abbey Road Studios in London.

“We like to think of ourselves as an emerging rock band,” lead singer Colin Blunstone said from London this week. “Because at our age, it’s the reincarnation of the Zombies and we had to start from the beginning. We didn’t have a hit single and we had to build up a fanbase again. Originally Rod (keyboardist and co-founder Rod Argent) and I got back together to play six concert dates — that was in 1999 and here we are, 22 years later.”

The band’s put in plenty of time at Abbey Road. For one thing, their 1968 album “Odessey & Oracle” was made there, with sessions beginning shortly after the Beatles had wrapped up “Sgt. Pepper.” A flop when first released, “Odessey” has since been enshrined as a psychedelic pop landmark.

“It certainly intrigues me because there’s such a mystery about that album. It wasn’t a commercial success and to large extent, that’s why the band finished. By the time ‘Time of the Season’ became a hit, it was impossible to get us back together. I know it’s (UK rock figure) Paul Weller’s favorite album, and I’m told he gives away copies to people who haven’t heard it. So it’s quite a strange journey the album’s been on.”

The next album they made was Blunstone’s solo debut, “One Year,” which also featured Argent. Less celebrated but equally fine, that album’s about to get a 50-year reissue — with live shows set for New York, plus a longer tour that may hit Boston.

“We’re adding some demo tapes that nobody knew existed. It was very strange to hear them, because I absolutely don’t remember the sessions. It’s definitely my voice, but it’s almost like hearing someone else. My writing was in its infancy then, so people can hear how much I’ve progressed.”

The Zombies are currently at work on their fourth reunion album — and that’s saying something, because they only made only two before their original breakup in 1969.

“You can like or not like the Zombies, but I will say we’re unique. We took our inspiration from rhythm and blues along with classical music and jazz, and modern pop is in there. That’s always been one of our strengths and weaknesses. I could never tell people what kind of band we are, other than a keyboard-based band that’s always used vocal harmonies.”

Paul Weller and other guests are expected to make an appearance on Saturday’s webcast, which will be streamed live worldwide (It begins at 3 p.m. Boston time; tickets are available at thezombies.veeps.com). It will be the band’s first show in nearly two years, with just a couple of dozen people allowed in the live audience.

“As a singer, this year’s been difficult. I try to do my vocal exercises everyday, but it’s not the same as playing live. So our adrenaline for this weekend is already going. We’ll do the hits, some deep cuts and five new songs; three of which will feature a string quartet. So it’s a lot to take on, especially since we haven’t seen each other in so long. I did suggest that the band all put name stickers on so we all recognize each other.”

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ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Adams was sentenced to prison for assaulting a woman.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, 45-year-old Joshua Benoit was sentenced to serve a year and a half of incarceration at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single count of assault and battery on a household member.

On July 27, 2020, Adams Police were called to an assault investigation. The Northern Berkshire District Court jury found Benoit guilty of punching, dragging the victim by the hair, and attempting to throw her down a flight of stairs before another adult intervened.

“I thank the Adams Police Department for their prompt response and thorough investigation, the victim for her courageous testimony at trial, the witness who intervened and prevented the victim from being further harmed, and the jurors for their deliberations,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. “The pandemic may have slowed the wheels of justice, but my office remains dedicated to bringing violent cases to trial. The District Court resumed jury trials in recent weeks and we are well prepared to bring resolution to victims.”

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Take the hard road. That’s what a group of Ft. Collins parents did in the early 1990s when they sought to open an elementary school with a rigorous, content-rich curriculum. After years of wrestling with the Poudre School District, they succeeded in opening Liberty Common School in fall 1997 and adding a high school a little more than a decade later. Their hard has work paid off ever since.

This year, Liberty Common students achieved the highest composite SAT score of any public school in the state. Last year, Liberty Common students broke the SAT record for Colorado public schools. On other indicators of academic excellence like passing Advanced Placement exams, the graduation rate, and performance on state proficiency tests, Liberty Common students excel.

What is the secret of this school’s success? I asked former Congressman Bob Schaffer, the headmaster and one of the school’s founders. He cited the sense of community the school enjoys under the state’s charter school law and the school’s rigorous curriculum and pedagogy as the main reasons Liberty Common students do so well.

Charter schools are public schools that are governed independently by a board of directors under a contract with the district. The school’s board chooses the curriculum, hiring and compensation practices, and pedagogy.  Charter schools must be tuition-free, adhere to civil rights and safety laws, administer state assessments, and enroll students on a non-discriminatory basis. Since Gov. Roy Romer signed the Charter Schools Act in 1993, the number of such schools has risen to more than 260 serving over 125,000 students and growing. Since the start of the pandemic, charter school enrollment has increased by 3.8% while enrollment in traditional public schools decreased by 4.6% according to the Colorado League of Charter Schools.

One factor in the success of charter schools is that parents, students, and teachers choose to be there. Thus charter school communities tend to be unified in their commitment to the school’s methods and purpose. “Market-based approaches to education work everywhere they’re allowed to exist, and this is certainly true in the case of our school. Choice empowers parents to make the best selection for their children based on everything from academic philosophy, behavioral expectations and discipline (such as dress codes and character education), instructor quality, premises security, extra-curricular offerings, and other crucial factors,” explained Schaffer.

An effective approach to educating young minds is equally important. Liberty Common uses the classical education model which cultivates knowledge, reasoning, and communication through the study of language, math, literature, history, science, philosophy, ethics, and the arts.

Students in elementary grades gain a firm foundation from the content-rich Core Knowledge Curriculum and from the study of Latin. “That empowers our students to incredibly high levels of proficiency in their English-language-usage skills,” Schaffer said. “Their grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and creativity set them up for sustained success in foreign languages, writing and composition, and overall communication skills. We have similar experiences with our sequenced approaches to our K-12 economics program, Singapore Math, and character education.”

Of the top ten Colorado high schools by 2020 SAT composite scores, six are charter schools that use the Core Knowledge Curriculum in the lower grades; and of these, four are also founded on the classical education model. Two traditional public high schools, a public option school, and a public charter school for gifted students also scored in the top ten.

The beauty of the charter school law is that schools like Liberty Common continue to open to meet the demand. Merit Academy, a classical, Core Knowledge charter school opened in Woodland Park this August after an intense year of hard work by parents and educators. Their persistence and effort are all the more commendable given the challenges of the pandemic. They took the hard road, and they won’t regret it.

Krista L. Kafer is a weekly Denver Post columnist. Follow her on Twitter: @kristakafer.

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