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Backfires as gun sales Soar To Near All Time Record High Virginia Democrats ‘ Gun Grab

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According to news, tyrannical anti-second amendment laws now being introduced by Gov. Ralph Northam from Virginia have significantly backfired as weapons sales skyrocket to almost all-time record highs in the state.

Last month in Virginia, firearms sales increased because of fear of democrats, who now dominate the General Assembly of the Commonwealth, seeking to curb citizens ‘ constitutional right to arms.

The anti-2A campaign movement led by Democratic governor of the state, Ralph Northam, who proclaimed last week a “state of emergency” with the immediate ban on Capitol’s guns and other weapons.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia reported last month’s second-biggest firearms sales.

In December, estimated arms sales based on mandatory criminal background controls on purchasers of arms from Virginia amounted to 73,849, a 47 percent increase over December 2018.

In tracking data from 1990, December 2019 is only second until December 2012, when 75,120 transactions have been recorded.

Criminologists believe that it was the elimination of the state single-handgun law and hopes of enhanced weapons limitation following 14 December 2012, which killed 20 students and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Owners of gun stores who spoke with Times-Dispatch agreed that the sharp increase in the sales of firearms is directly linked to concerns that Democrats would cut back on weapons.

“When Virginians feel threatened that their rights are restricted, they will only react as you have seen,” the main owner of Bob’s Gun Shop in Norfolk, Robert Marcus, told the newspaper.

“Everyone’s mad down here. Jerry Cochran, the owner of one of Virginia’s largest weapons shops, said, “Some people that never owned a gun think they can’t get the type of gun they want[ if the regulations introduced have been passed into law] so they buy.

“The most popular items that are being purchased are firearm restrictions introduced, such as many” battle arms’ semi-automatic rifles, such as AR-15, and high-capacity magazines.

President Donald Trump, speaking last week about the situation in Virginia, warned that the second amendment is “under serious attack.”

Your 2nd amendment in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia is under very serious attack. That’s what happens when you vote Democrats and they take away your guns. In 2020, the Republicans must win Virginia. Thank you Democrats! Thank you Reps!

— Donald J. Trump, January 17, 2020 (@realDonaldTrump).

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Soucheray: Leniency? Call it insanity instead

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Police work: Last Tuesday during the dinner hour, St. Paul police responded to a report of two cars chasing each other through residential streets and alleys in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

On the 600 block of Case Avenue, police found four males wearing ski masks standing next to a car with no license plates. Well, because there is no law against wearing a ski mask in the summer and that the absence of plates might now be considered the most venial of sins, those cops might have gone off to dinner.

But then three of the maskers ran. A fourth, identified as Tyre Keys in the complaint, stayed. According to the complaint, Keys had a Ruger pistol in his sweatshirt pocket. As police approached, his hand went for the gun. The officers wrestled it away from him. Keys then pulled a second gun, a silver revolver, from his pocket. Yes, the officers got that one, too, and took Keys into custody.

Keys is 17.

It isn’t difficult at all to imagine what would have happened had there been an exchange of gunfire and Keys either got wounded or killed. More vilification of the police, lawsuits, freeways blocked, riots and marches.

Police posted photos of the arrest online and have asked residents to help them keep illegal guns off the street and out of the hands of juveniles.

Fair enough, but let’s keep the likes of Tyre Keys off the streets.

Keys, for this event, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with two counts of illegally possessing a firearm and one count of resisting arrest. Turns out Keys has been collecting charges against him the way some kids collect agates or baseball cards. You have to wonder if he is even fazed by the gravity of his behavior.

Even at just 17, Keys has been involved in multiple crimes of violence and is not allowed to possess a firearm. Since April 2020, Keys has been arrested seven times in St. Paul, three times for gun crimes, once for aggravated assault, once for burglary, once for an occupied burglary and once for a robbery. He also had five felony warrants, including one for possession of an assault rifle.

There is leniency and there is insanity. This teen should not have been on the streets and if he is let go with another wink and a nod courtesy of the woke ideology poisoning the Ramsey County attorney’s office, he will meet the police again and the next time might not result in a miracle.

No one on Case Avenue was safe last Tuesday night, not the guy watering his yard, not the kids riding bikes or women out for a walk. No one was safe from this remorseless 17-year-old in their innocent midst with not one but two guns, each with a bullet in the chamber, according to the complaint. If shots ended up being fired, the guy watering his lawn was as likely to be struck as a child on a bicycle.

In addition to placing police in constantly harrowing confrontations, the leniency – insanity — extended to these kids threatens the safety of all us. It was noted in the complaint that when police approached Keys, he “nonchalantly leaned on the car.” Why not? Tyre the king. He has already gotten away with a lifetime of crimes and he is just 17.

Back when the world made sense, Keys would have been a resident of Totem Town. Totem Town was closed in 2019 after 106 years in operation, closed due to a “new philosophy in treating young offenders.”

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With six NFL teams having COVID-related fan rules, Vikings continue to monitor the situation

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Vikings treating Sunday’s game with fans back at U.S. Bank Stadium as a ‘grand reopening’

With COVID-19 cases rising throughout the country, a half-dozen NFL teams are requiring fans who attend games to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. The Vikings do not have similar requirements at U.S. Bank Stadium, but they are continuing to monitor the situation.

Teams that have put in fan restrictions include Las Vegas, New Orleans, Seattle, Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, who share a stadium. Those teams are following local health rules.

“We’ve considered any number of options throughout the offseason and we’ve done extensive prep work with ASM (Global), our stadium operator, with the league, with the other teams (with restrictions),’’ said chief operating officer Andrew Miller, whose Vikings play their regular-season home opener Sunday against Seattle.

“We’ve had people review the Las Vegas operations, we’ve been working with CLEAR (Health Pass), which is the Raiders partner, and we want to be prepared. We want to make sure that if we do end up in a situation where we are required to ask for vaccination status or have a negative COVID test that we have a system that’s ready to go.’’

The Vikings have been dealing with medical experts and government agencies, and Miller said that “as the COVID continues to evolve” they will continue to “follow the guideless of the city and the state.”

After having no fans at games last season due to the pandemic, the Vikings had two home preseason games last month with fans, although the stadium was only about half full. A full house is expected on Sunday.

Miller said the Vikings are continuing to encourage fans at games to wear masks, although there is no requirement in place. He said there is an air purification system that was in place at U.S. Bank Stadium before the pandemic that works well “as it relates to COVID.’’ And he said there has been a new feature added to the stadium this year to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

“We’ve worked with 3M to use their (clear) protective film in some high-touch areas of the stadium,’’ Miller said. “That’s something that 3M has installed in different places within the stadium, and it’s protecting of those microbes.”

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Family-owned hardware store in Golden to close after 76 years

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GOLDEN — A guided tour walks by Arapahoe Street in Golden, stopping to hear the history of the gold rush town, given by a man in a cowboy hat and tweed vest. They talk about the 1850s and the history of how the area was founded, as they sit in the literal shadow of another piece of Golden’s history: the family-owned hardware store behind them.

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Literary calendar: Dave Zirin discusses ‘The Kaepernick Effect’

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JACOBS/NINTZEL: Author Dana Jacobs and illustrator Sara Nintzel sign copies of their children’s book “The (Mis)Adventures of Dasher.” 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

KUSUNOKI LAUNCH: Stanley Kusunoki celebrates publication of his fourth poetry collection, “Shelter in Place — Poems in a Time of COVID-19.”  He has taught writing to young people through local programs and was awarded a State Arts Board Cultural Collaboration grant to create, write and perform “Beringia-The Land Bridge Project” with Ojibwe performance poet Jamison Mahto. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, Eat My Words Bookstore, 214 13th Ave. N.E., Mpls.

NATASHA LESTER: Presents “The Riviera House: A Novel.” in conversation with Kate Quinn. 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. Virtual, presented by Magers & Quinn. Go to: magersandquinn.com.

LITERARY BRIDGES READING: Poetry with Autumn Leaves theme featuring Stanley Kusunoki, Norita Dittberner-Jax, Thomas R. Smith, Mary Kay Rummel and Mary Moore Easter. 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling  Ave., St. Paul. Organizers ask that attendees are vaccinated and wear masks.

TERESE MARIE MAILHOT: Reads from her bestselling memoir “Heart Berries.” A member of the Seabird Island Band, she has been honored with the Whiting Award and the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, via Zoom. Presented by the University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program and the Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series. Register at: umn.zoom.us/webinar/register.

LINDA MORRISON: Discusses her book “Dear Heroin,” the story of her journey as the mother of a child with heroin addiction, also touching on depression, suicide and mental illness. 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2; Winding Trail Books, 2230 Carter Ave., St. Paul. Masks required.

ETHAN RAY: Reads from “Book for Lonely Evenings: Poems.” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. In-store, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

THREE CATHOLIC POETS:  Angela Alaimo O’Donnell of New York, and St. Paulites Maryann Corbett and James Silas Rogers read from their poetry, frequent themes of which are Catholic life past and present, prayer, sacramentality and saints. O’Donnell is a professor at Fordham University in New York City where she teaches English, creative writing, and American Catholic Studies. She is the author of nine books of poems, the most recent of which is “Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Pandemic Pilgrimage.” She has also written three critical studies of Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor and written extensively on the Catholic intellectual tradition. Corbett is the award-winning author of five poetry collections, most recently “In Code.” Much of her poetry has to do with growing up Catholic. Rogers is the author of two books of poems, “Sundogs” and “The Collector of Shades,” as well as a book on cemeteries and sacred space, “Northern Orchards.”  7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2836 33rd Ave. S., Mpls. Free and open to the public.

PATRICK STRAIT: Discusses his book “Funny Thing About Minnesota: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene.” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. Tickets: $5-$24.95, available only online. Go to: nextchapterbooksellers.com/event.

TOM TRONDSON: Presents his novel about a fading tennis star, “Moving in Stereo.” 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. In-store, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

MAI DER VANG: Celebrates the release of “Yellow Rain,” a work of memory, poetry and collage, in which she recounts the story of how many Hmong refugees, abandoned by the U.S. at the end of the Vietnam War, told of a mysterious substance that fell from planes during their escape from Laos starting in the mid-1970s. They called it “yellow rain” and it caused severe illnesses and thousands of deaths. Mai Der Vang, who lives in California, is an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle. She will be in conversation with award-winning Minnesota writer Kao Kalia Yang. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, presented by SubText books and East Side Freedom Library, both in St. Paul. Streamed free via Crowdcast. To register: crowdcast.io/e/mai-der-vang-for-yellow/register.

RITA WOODS: Author of “Remembrance,” one of the most-celebrated historical fiction debuts in years, about a hallowed refuge for escaped slaves that exists outside the normal bounds of time and space, the most unusual stop on the Underground Railroad. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Virtual. Presented in MELSA’S Club Book series. Streamed live at facebook.com/ClubBook.

DAVE ZIRIN: Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a Macalester College graduate and the Nation Magazine’s first sportswriter in 150 years. He’ll discuss his book “The Kaepernick Effect,” first-person stories of how football player Colin Kaepernicks “taking the knee” ignited a national movement of citizen-athletes fighting for racial justice.

Mi’Chael N. Wright (Courtesy photo)

This fundraiser for East Side Freedom Library will feature Zirin in conversation about Sports, Activism, and Equity with Mi’Chael N. Wright, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Minnesota. She is a former Division I athlete who organized taking a knee in 2016. 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Free, via Zoom. Information at: eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/events.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON

National Book Awards long-lists were announced and Graywolf Press has three titles  “The Twilight Zone” by Nona Fernandez, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer (Translated Literature category); “The Wild Fox of Yemen” by Threa Almontaser (poetry); and “Abundance” by Jakob Guanzon (fiction). Long-listed in Young People’s Literature is “Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre” by Carole Boston Weatherford, with illustrations by Floyd Cooper, published by Carolrhoda Books.

Minnesota publishers Lerner Publishing Group and Milkweed Editions are partnering to create a young reader’s adaptation adaptation of botanist and Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Robin Wall Kimmerer’s bestselling “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.” The new edition will have added illustrations and be adapted for a young adult audience by Monique Gray Smith (Cree). Publication is fall of 2022.

Fans of Minnesotan Matt Goldman’s writing will be happy to know that “Carolina Moonset,” his first stand-alone novel, will be published next May. It’s about a man who listens to his ailing father’s memories about growing up in Beaufort, S.C., and begins to realize his father is revealing deadly secrets that could shatter lives.

Two Minnesota writers are celebrating reaching the milestone sales of 100,000 copies:  Anne Frasier’s  “Find Me” and Wendy Webb’s “Daughters of the Lake.”

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These are the top spots in the U.S. to go apple picking, according to Yelp

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(NEXSTAR) – Apple picking in the fall is as American as, well, apple pie. From McIntosh to Granny Smith, there are approximately 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States.

Despite challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. is expected to produce 11 billion pounds of the fall fruit this season, up 2.7% from last year’s production, according to USApple’s “Industry Outlook 2021” released last month.

The report included good news for Gala enthusiasts. The mildly sweet variety is expected to represent approximately 19% of the total apple harvest this year, earning the top spot for a second year in a row. Rounding out the top five will be Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Granny Smith.

Depending on the variety and the region, apple harvest typically takes place between of August and October in the United States. If you are looking for the best spot to pick your own apples, Yelp has compiled a list to help you decide where to go.

“We identified the top spots to go apple picking in the US, and then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2001 and July 7th, 2021,” a Yelp representative told Nexstar.

All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of August 3, 2021.

  1. Cider Hill Farm – Amesbury, MA
  2. Carter Mountain Orchard – Charlottesville, VA
  3. Willowbrook Apple Farm – Oak Glen, CA
  4. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard – Hendersonville, NC
  5. Ochs Orchard – Warwick, NY
  6. Solebury Orchards – New Hope, PA
  7. Gizdich Ranch – Watsonville, CA
  8. DuBois Farms – Highland, NY
  9. Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction, NY
  10. Honey Hill Orchard – Waterman, IL
  11. Homestead Farm – Poolesville, MD
  12. Hurds Family Farm – Modena, NY
  13. Anderson Orchard – Mooresville, IN
  14. Lynd Fruit Farm – Pataskala, OH
  15. Terhune Orchards – Princeton, NJ
  16. Chileno Valley Ranch – Petaluma, CA
  17. Kiyokawa Family Orchards – Parkdale, OR
  18. Gilcrease Orchard – Las Vegas, NV
  19. Weber’s Peachberry Farm – Glen Arm, MD
  20. Hillcrest Orchards – Amherst, OH
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Urgent care chain to open in Five Points

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A local chain of urgent care clinics hopes to have a new Five Points location up and running by mid next summer.

American Family Care, also known as AFC Urgent Care, is looking to build a 3,600-square-foot clinic at 3248 Champa St.

It would replace the existing 1,100-square-foot structure at the site, which was built in the 1960s.

Kerman Investments LLC, an entity affiliated with the company, paid $1.05 million for the 0.22-acre property in January 2020. It’s within the Curtis Park Historic District.

At the time of the sale, the building was vacant, having most recently been used by a check-cashing store. In recent months, AFC has been using the property as a COVID-19 and antibody testing site.

AFC CEO Darius Kerman said the new facility is planned to have six exam rooms and a medical procedure room, with the capacity to see 60 to 80 patients a day. Kerman said he chose the location in Five Points because the neighborhood lacked an urgent care facility.

“The reason why we decided to go through the pain of building a structure in the landmark district is because there’s a need in that area,” Kerman said. “There’s barely any retail. There is no medical care provider. There’s a very limited number of facilities.”

Kerman said he expects AFC’s building permits will be approved by February or March at the latest, with construction starting “right away.” The facility could be operational by July.

Kerman said the location was chosen because it’s “very visible” at the intersection of several major streets: Champa, Downing and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

There are health clinics near the AFC Five Points location, but as far as outpatient urgent care, there is not another facility within walking distance, or about 2 miles, Kerman said.

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Pollinator program aims to save rusty patched bumblebee

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By NORA G. HERTEL

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Sue Gray is trying to attract an endangered species into her Becker township yard — a rusty patched bumblebee.

She hasn’t had much luck yet.

After all, the rusty patched bumblebee has declined by 87% in the last 20 years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

But they are not without their champions.

Gray is among a throng of Minnesotans changing their landscapes to better support that endangered bee and all pollinators.

A growing state program called Lawns to Legumes promises residents their yards “can BEE the change.” It offers coaching, technical assistance and grant funds to individuals and groups to plant native flowers and grasses that will support bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds.

This summer lawmakers put roughly $2 million toward Phase 2 of the Lawns to Legumes program which was first funded in 2019.

“This program has gotten interest around the nation,” said Dan Shaw, senior ecologist with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. He helped develop the Lawns to Legumes program.

A yard in Duluth, Minnesota, has been partially covered with pollinator friendly plants as part of the Lawns to Legumes program which funds coaching and grants to expand pollinator habitat across the state.

“It’s being seen as a really effective model for how to benefit pollinators within a state and help get residents across the state involved,” Shaw told the St. Cloud Times.

Minnesota named the rusty patched bumblebee the state bee in 2019 to draw attention to the importance of pollinators in Minnesota’s ecosystems. Many residents are already on board.

“The residents of the state are the ones that are leading this movement to protect pollinators and incorporate pollinator habitats into residential landscapes,” Shaw said.

Pollinators face many challenges from habitat loss and decreasing plant diversity to extreme weather, pesticides, invasive species and more.

Sue Gray planted her Lawns to Legumes plot in fall 2020, and it is still filling out a year later, she says. Here are some native sky-blue asters and showy goldenrod growing in her Becker township garden.

Gray, the Becker master gardener, planted native prairie plants for pollinators before she connected with the Lawns to Legumes program. Through the program she added 100 square feet of pollinator habitat last fall. Her plot includes wild lupine (one of her favorites), showy-orange butterflyweed, goldenrod as well as little bluestem and prairie dropseed grasses.

“It’s a fun learning experience and it also benefits the pollinators,” said Gray, who is a retired teacher.

The program is not just for master gardeners or people with ample yards.

There are workshops, coaching and technical supports for participants, as well as up to $300 grants for individuals. There’s also funding for demonstration neighborhood projects, which are plantings on a larger scale.

New gardeners can start small, such as with a six feet by six feet plot, Shaw said.

“What we consider a pollinator pocket garden can provide a lot of benefit for pollinators and can be a really good starting point to understand the process of installing a pollinator garden and then those plantings can be added on to over time,” Shaw said.

Lawns to Legumes also supports the creation of pollinator lawns, the planting of a larger pollinator meadow or planting native trees and shrubs that benefit birds and insects, he said.

Plus humans and our communities can benefit from these kinds of plantings. They provide spots of “nearby nature,” which show kids the wonders of the natural world and bring neighborhoods together, Shaw said.

“Pollinator plantings essentially become living systems,” he wrote in a follow-up email. “They provide benefits to the biodiversity and health of soils, sequester carbon, … help manage excess water and provide flower resources during drought, provide nesting and forage resources for bees and support birds and other organisms.”

The Lawns to Legumes program includes grants to individuals and community groups. This photo shows a solo pollinator garden supported by the program after it has filled out.

All Minnesotans are eligible including renters.

The application period opened at the end of August and will close Feb. 15.

In the first year of the program 7,500 people applied.

Gray was not accepted with her first application, but she tried again and got in. She recommends it.

Now they’re entering Phase 2 of the program. And Shaw expects a Phase 3 expansion as well.

“In some ways we really are seeing a change in how people manage their landscapes. They’re really thinking about how pollinators can be benefited … and that’s what we want to see,” Shaw said. “We want to see a large-scale change in how we think about our landscapes and how we manage them for wildlife.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Game of the week

Tampa Bay at L.A. Rams

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

Buccaneers 34, Rams 31

Lock of the week

Arizona at Jacksonville

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

Cardinals 41, Jaguars 20

Upset of the week

Indianapolis at Tennessee

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

Colts 24, Titans 23


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Jason Behnken, The Associated Press

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

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

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

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


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Julio Cortez, The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is Matt Amodio?

That’s correct.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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