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BTS’ Billboard Hot 100 ‘Dynamite’ No. 1 for the second week

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“Dynamite” of BTS spends a second week on the Billboard Hot 100 list at No. 1.

The “Dynamite” debuted at the Hot 100 Summit a week earlier, marking the first group number 1 and the first leader on the list ever for an all-South Korean gathering.

24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, also leaps this week on the Hot 100 from no. 12 to no. 8 and is the first top 10 of the chart for any artist.

The Hot 100 incorporates US streaming, radio airplay and sales data of all forms. Tomorrow (Sept. 9th, a day later than normal due to national holiday yesterday in the United States) will update all charts (dated Sept. 12) on Billboard.com. You can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram for all chart coverage.

According to data from Nielsen Music / MRC, “Dynamite,” released on BigHit Entertainment / Columbia records, continues on top of Hot 100 with a power of US 17.5 million streams (down 49 percent) and 182,000 downloads selling (down 32 percent) during the week ending September 3. He also received 16 million (up 38 percent) impressions of radio airplay audiences during the week ending September 6.

“Dynamite” is on the digital music chart for the second week at No. 1 and is on Streaming Songs 3-9.

(Of the 43 songs that all-time reached the No.1 Hot 100, “Dynamite” is the 20th to stay top for the second week.)

“Dynamite” was supported in his second week of availability by launching “Poolside” and “Tropical” remixes of the single on Aug. 28 and selling at 69 cents during the weeks of tracking. The original version, EDM and acoustic remixes, and an instrumental version were added (every week with a price of 69 cents) and released on Aug. 21.

The first album “Dynamite” with 182,000 downloads sold in its first frame, was the first in its second week since releasing 265,000 downloads sold, which sold over 180,000 downloads in nearly four years consecutively, after “Closer” by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (208,000; 17 Sept. 2016; 199,000, 24 Sept. 2016).

“Dynamite” is also the first album to have sold over 180.000 copies within the first two weeks, after “Can’t Stop Feeling” by Justin Timberlake (379.000, May 28, 2016; 204.000, June 4, 2016).

Moreover, on the american top 40 radio airplay list Pop Songs, BTS reaches a new career-best level as “Dynamite” grows from 20-18. The track is also the first entry of the group on the adult top 40 Adult Pop Songs Airplay Chart, which debuted at No. 29.

Cardi B’s “WAP,” which features Megan Thy Stallion, post No. 2 on Hot 100 for the second week after the first two weeks in the No. 1 spot. It adds a third week on Streaming Songs (58,5%, down 10%); 2-3 slips on digital music sales (20,000, down 20%); 46–32 slips on Radio Songs (24,5%, up 31%).

“WAP” logs on the hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Music diagram for the fourth week of No. 1, using the same multi-metric approach as Hot 100.

“Sing Now Weep Later,” with Lil Durk on the Hot 100, is kept at No. 3, since its debut two weeks ago, and DaBaby ‘s seven-week leader “Rockstar” with Roddy Ricch is also stable in No. 4.

The previous four-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Blinding Lights” of the Seminar remains at No. 5 since it spends a historic 22nd week of No. 1 radio songs (79,6 million down 1 percent). For the 25th week, it dominates the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart.

The song received the Hot 100 Sales Gainer Award after The Weeknd performed ‘Lights’ for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 30, rising 54 percent to 13,000 sold the week ended September 3.

As to their hot 100 longevity, “Lights” spends a 26th week in the five top five, heading into a week of connexions for the most time in the area over the 62-year history of the list.

Most Weeks in Hot 100’s Top Five
27, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, No. 1 peak (12 weeks), 2017
27, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, No. 1 (12), 2016-17
26, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, No. 1 (four), 2020
26, “Circles,” Post Malone, No. 1 (three), 2019-20
25, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, No. 1 (14), 2014-15
25, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, 1997-98
24, “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, No. 1 (seven), 2018
24, “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, No. 1 (one), 2017
23, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, No. 1 (19), 2019
23, “Without Me,” Halsey, No. 1 (two), 2018-19
23, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, No. 1 (16), 2017
23, “The Twist,” Chubby Checker, No. 1 (three), 1960-61-62

Former one-week hot 100 leader Harry Styles “Watermelon Sugar” is rising 7-6, swopping with Jack Harlow’s “What s Poppin” with DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, after hitting a peak on No. 2.

The « mood » of 24kGoldn with iann dior is moving from No. 12 to No. 8 on the Hot 100, winning the top awards for streaming and airplay. The collab increases from 6 to 3 on streaming songs (23,6 million, 13 percent) and rises in airplay audiences by 105 percent to 16 million. Digital Song sales retreat from 9-12 but are 7 percent up to 8,000 sold.

“Mood” is the first Hot 100 Top 10 and second Total entry in the 24kGoldn segment (real name: Golden Landis Von Jones), after spending a week on No 92 last November. On its first visit to the list Dior (actual name: Michael Ian Olmo) hits the top 10.

“Mood” also crowns for a second week the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts and stays on Hot Rap Songs No. 5 every week.

Rounding the top 10 of the Hot 100s, Jawsh 685 and “Savage Love” of Jason Derulo (Laxed) holds on No. 9 and Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go,” No. 10.

Again, you can update @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram for all chart news and all chart charts (Sept. 12) like the entire Hot 100 will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 9).

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Space Startups Astra, Firefly Join Forces to Make Rocket Engine After Test Setbacks

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Both Astra and Firefly suffered launch failures recently. Firefly Aerospace

Three weeks ago, Silicon Valley rocket startup Astra Space made the internet laugh after one of its small rockets wobbled and slid sideways moments after liftoff during a mission in Alaska for the U.S. Space Force. A week later, another rocket startup, Texas-based Firefly Aerospace, failed its first orbital test midair above California due to a premature engine shutdown.

Now, the two struggling startups are joining forces to build a rocket engine together. Astra has signed a roughly $30 million agreement to manufacture Firefly’s Reaver rocket engines, The Verge reported Tuesday, citing internal documents and people familiar with the matter.

According to The Verge‘s reporting, Firefly will send dozens of its Reaver engines to Astra’s rocket factory in Alameda, Calif., where a sample engine was delivered earlier this year for inspection and study.

Neither company responded to inquiries regarding the details of the agreement. Astra CEO Chris Kemp told The Verge that Astra isn’t buying Firefly’s engines directly, but acquiring its intellectual property to manufacture those engines in-house, which is consistent with Astra’s vertical integration strategy to own every link of its rocket supply chain.

“We have said that all IP required to produce all of our technology will be owned by Astra, licensed by Astra, or developed by Astra,” Kemp was quoted saying.

Astra makes small rockets that are less than 40 feet tall. The startup successfully reached space last year in its second launch, but has yet to reach Earth’s orbit. Neither has Firefly.

Astra has publicly stated the target of delivering “500kg to 500km”—or sending 500 kg (1,100 pounds) of satellites to the low-Earth orbital altitude of 500 km. Its latest rocket iteration, powered by five “Delphin” engines, is designed to carry up to only 331 pounds to low-Earth orbit.

Astra is betting on the partnership with Firefly to help it achieve the orbital goal, as well as gaining investor confidence. Astra went public on Nasdaq in July. But its shares took a hit only a few weeks into trading after August’s Space Force launch failure, which the company said was due to one of the rocket’s five engines abnormally shutting down one second after liftoff.

The deal is also part of Firefly’s strategy to build a business out of selling rocket engines and other components in addition to launching satellites.

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‘Please forgive me’: Customers show love to taiyaki maker who admitted to putting ‘less filling’ in his products

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Customers started pouring in to a store selling a traditional Japanese pastry known as “taiyaki” after its owner admitted to putting in less filling and had offered a sincere apology online. 

Heartfelt message to customers: Junya Hashimoto, the 45-year-old owner of “Taiyaki no Bunfukuya,” took to social media to apologize to buyers after he was forced to reduce the amount of filling in his pastries, reported SoraNews24

  • The store, situated in the Japanese city of Gyoda in Saitama Prefecture, specializes in the fish-shaped pastry mostly sought after during winter.
  • Sales normally dwindle during the summer but COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in the store reportedly losing as much as 70% in revenue. 
  • Hashimoto first tried only raising his product’s price but then decided to add more red bean filling after feeling bad about the price increase.
  • He would later discover that the increased amount of red bean paste filling was causing an even higher loss that could eventually shut his store down. 
  • Hashimoto resorted to reducing the amount of red bean paste filling to save his store, but the decision left him feeling guilty. 
  • He ended up revealing what he did via a sign posted outside his store, which he then shared on Twitter on Aug. 24. 
  • The post, written in Japanese, read, “Honestly speaking, I used to put a lot of ‘anko’ (red bean paste) inside, but there was no profit from it. I will reduce the amount of ‘anko’ because the store is about to go broke. Please forgive me.”

Sincerity wins: Hashimoto’s admission and apology warmed people’s hearts online and immediately garnered traction. As of this writing, the store owner’s tweet has since been liked over 64,000 times and generated hundreds of comments expressing support. 

  • Customers who have been to his store say Hashimoto’s “taiyaki” remains delicious, even with less filling. Other commenters pledged to visit the store to show their support.
  • Hashimoto’s store soon made local headlines after his tweet went viral, resulting in more customers lining up.   

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Eastern Massachusetts high school scores and highlights from Monday

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MONDAY’S SCORES

 

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Medway 15, Bellingham 56

Norton 19, Medway 44

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Medway 25, Bellingham 30

FIELD HOCKEY

Andover 6, Central Catholic 1

Ashland 3, Hopkinton 0

Barnstable 5, Martha’s Vineyard 0

Bedford 1, Weston 1

Beverly 1, Swampscott 1

Bishop Feehan 3, Attleboro 1

Bourne 4, Sturgis East 3

Brookline 3, Weymouth 0

Case 3, Westport 0

Chelmsford 5, North Andover 0

Cohasset 7, Mashpee 0

Concord-Carlisle 6, Westford Academy 2

Danvers 6, Saugus 0

Dartmouth 2, Dighton-Rehoboth 2

Dedham 4, Ursuline 0

Dover-Sherborn 6, Bellingham 1

East Bridgewater 1, Carver 0

Falmouth 2, Notre Dame (H) 0

Georgetown 1, St. Mary’s (L) 1

Gloucester 3, Peabody 0

Holliston 0, Westwood 0

Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Wayland 1

Lowell 2, Tewksbury 1

Masconomet 6, Marblehead 0

Medfield 1, Norwood 1

Methuen 5, Dracut 0

Middleboro 0, Norwell 0

Monomoy 3, Nantucket 1

Natick 3, Framingham 1

Needham 1, Milton 0

New Bedford 0, Old Rochester 0

Plymouth North 4, Somerset Berkley 4

Southeastern 2, Wareham 1

Uxbridge 7, Medway 1

Walpole 4, Braintree 0

Wellesley 5, Newton North 0

GOLF

Abp. Williams 168, Bishop Fenwick 140

Ashland 239, Norton 252, Holliston 270, Millis 271

Austin Prep 166, Bishop Stang 199

Beverly 48.5, Swampscott 23.5

Bishop Stang 199, Austin Prep 166

Cape Cod Academy 3.5, Monomoy 2.5

Dover-Sherborn 225, Medway 267

Duxbury 240, Barnstable 267

Gloucester 66.5, Saugus 5.5

Hanover 270, Silver Lake 285

Hingham 232, Catholic Memorial 246

Mashpee 112, Abington 96

Maynard 36, Hudson 18

Newburyport 130, Amesbury 87

Newton North 90, Weymouth 64

North Attleboro 149, Sharon 162

Oliver Ames 152, Stoughton 188

Reading 46, Wakefield 26

Sandwich 249, St. John Paul 298

Somerset Berkley 287, Durfee 300

Tri-County 5, Southeastern 4

Waltham 49.5, Cambridge 22.5

Wayland 38.5, Boston Latin 33.5

Wellesley 134, Walpole 91

Westford Academy 56, Bedford 16

Weston 43.5, Acton-Boxboro 28.5

BOYS SOCCER
Abington 4, Hull 2

Austin Prep 5, Arlington Catholic 0

Barnstable 5, Martha’s Vineyard 0

Bishop Feehan 2, Bishop Stang 0

Bishop Fenwick 4, St. Mary’s 0

Burke 4, Chelsea 1

Dighton-Rehoboth 3, Somerset Berkley 0

East Bridgewater 2, Falmouth 0

Essex Tech 5, Whittier 0

Foxboro 1, North Attleboro 0

Greater New Bedford 4, Apponequet 0

Hanover 2, Plymouth South 1

Hingham 7, Whitman-Hanson 0

Innovation Academy 3, Minuteman 0

Monomoy 6, Sturgis West 3

New Bedford 4, Apponequet 0

Newburyport 6, Manchester Essex 1

North Reading 2, Ipswich 1

Oliver Ames 6, Sharon 1

Pembroke 6, North Quincy 0

Pentucket 1, Georgetown 0

Plymouth North 3, Duxbury 1

Rockport 2, Triton 1

St. John’s Prep 2, Catholic Memorial 0

Scituate 2, Quincy 0

Silver Lake 1, Marshfield 0

Stoneham 6, KIPP 2

Taunton 2, Franklin 0

Wareham 4, Tri-County 1

Westboro 2, Nipmuc 0

GIRLS SOCCER
Ashland 1, Hudson 0

Austin Prep 4, Arlington Catholic 0

Bishop Feehan 5, Bishop Stang 0

Bishop Fenwick 5, St. Mary’s (L) 0

Burke 2, Chelsea 1

Cardinal Spellman 2, Abp. Williams 1

Dennis-Yarmouth 4, Sturgis West 4

Dighton-Rehoboth 0, Somerset Berkley 0

Fairhaven 6, Bourne 2

Falmouth Academy 3, Cape Cod Academy 1

Foxboro 2, North Attleboro 0

Franklin 7, Taunton 0

Georgetown 1, Pentucket 0

Hanover 2, Plymouth South 1

Hingham 2, Whitman-Hanson 2

Hopkinton 3, Westwood 1

Ipswich 2, North Reading 2

Lynnfield 2, Hamilton-Wenham 1

Madison Park 4, Boston International 1

Martha’s Vineyard 5, O’Bryant 0

Masconomet 1, North Andover 0

Melrose 3, Revere 0

Nauset 1, Falmouth 0

Newburyport 2, Manchester-Essex 0

Notre Dame 5, Lawrence 0

Oliver Ames 3, Sharon 0

Pembroke 4, North Quincy 0

Plymouth North 2, Duxbury 0

Scituate 7, Quincy 1

Seekonk 4, Case 0

Silver Lake 3, Marshfield 2

Somerville 1, Latin Academy 0

TechBoston 5, New Mission 1

Tewksbury 4, Wilmington 3

VOLLEYBALL

Abington 3, Middleboro 0

Andover 3, Methuen 0

Ashland 3, Medfield 1

Barnstable 3, Bishop Feehan 0

Beverly 3, Salem 0

Billerica 3, Dracut 0

Blue Hill 3, Upper Cape 1

Bourne 3, Fairhaven 2

Brighton 3, Burke 2

Burlington 3, Wayland 1

Central Catholic 3, Chelmsford 1

Charlestown 3, Snowden 1

Concord-Carlisle 3, Needham 1

Duxbury 3, Quincy 0

Essex Tech 3, Norfolk Aggie 0

Excel 3, CASH 2

Georgetown 3, Lowell Catholic 0

Greater Lawrence 3, Shawsheen 1

GNB Voke 3, Apponequet 0

Haverhill 3, Lowell 2

Hingham 3, Pembroke 0

Holliston 3, Norwood 0

Hopkinton 3, Westwood 1

Medford 3, Somerville 0

Millis 3, Dedham 0

Nantucket 3, Sturgis East 0

New Mission 3, Cathedral 0

North Quincy 3, Plymouth North 1

Norwell 3, East Bridgewater 0

O’Bryant 3, Boston English 0

Oliver Ames 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0

Pentucket 3, Whittier 0

Plymouth South 3, Marshfield 0

Rockland 3, Randolph 0

St. Mary’s 3, KIPP 0

Somerset Berkley 3, Dighton-Rehoboth 1

Walpole 4, Braintree 0

West Bridgewater 3, Southeastern 0

Whitman-Hanson 3, Hanover 2

 

MONDAY’S ROUNDUP

FIELD HOCKEY

Maggie Sturgis exploded for all six goals, helping Masconomet (4-0-1) stay hot with a 6-0 shutout of Marblehead in the Northeastern Conference. … Ella Costa finished off two goals and Siri Hale locked up her third shutout of the year in net as Gloucester beat Peabody 3-0.

Ava Meehan scored a goal and dished out two assists to help Bishop Feehan (4-0-2) to a 3-1 win over Attleboro in nonleague play. … Sophomore goaltender Lily Johnson racked up 19 saves Monday, as Plymouth North battled to a 4-4 draw with Somerset Berkley. … Hannah Greene and Madison Sexton notched a pair of goals apiece, as Bourne (1-3) edged Sturgis East 4-3.

Emily Waugh registered a pair of goals, while Nicole Mayer and Avery Bent each added a goal and assist as Dover-Sherborn (3-0) defeated Tri-Valley League foe Bellingham 6-1.

Natalia Fiato delivered a hat trick, leading Methuen (3-1) to a 5-0 shutout of Dracut in the Merrimack Valley Conference. …  Emma Reilly and Olivia Beucler each delivered two goals for Andover (3-0-1), topping Central Catholic 6-1.

Caroline Whelan found the back of the goal twice for Walpole (3-0) as it defeated Braintree 4-0 in Bay State Conference play.

Luci Schneider scored the lone goal for East Bridgewater, pacing a 1-0 win over Carver in the South Shore League.

In the South Coast Conference, Maeve Richardson buried two goals, helping to lead Case (4-0) past Westport 3-0.

BOYS SOCCER

Malachai Val buried a pair of goals to lift Plymouth North past Duxbury 3-1 in the Patriot League. … Andrew Gleason and Declan Crowley each scored twice to power Pembroke (2-1-1) to a 6-0 win over North Quincy. … Ben Elliott and Brian Bellerby each tallied scores to help Hanover (1-2-1) to a 2-1 win over Plymouth South.

Alex Bishop scored the only goal of the game to boost Pentucket to a 1-0 win over Georgetown in the Cape Ann League. … Will Acquaviva, Brady O’Donnell and Caelan Twitchell each scored twice for Newburyport in a 6-1 victory over Manchester Essex.

With a pair of goals from Reese Cordeiro, Dighton-Rehoboth cruised to a 3-0 win over Somerset Berkley in South Coast Conference action.

Mathias Taylor showed off a hat trick for Oliver Ames (2-1), leading a 6-1 Hockomock League win over Sharon.

GIRLS SOCCER

Georgina Clarke caught fire once again, notching a hat trick to lift Hopkinton to a 3-1 Tri-Valley League win over Westwood.

VOLLEYBALL

Corinne Herr (20 kills) and Haley Newcomb (3aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks) led the way as Concord-Carlisle defeated Needham 3-1 in a nonleague contest. … Laura Cogswell had 19 assists and two aces as Barnstable (3-2) beat Bishop Feehan, 3-0.

In a Merrimack Valley Conference affair, Ava Sipley registered 24 assists, and Sophia Miele added 11 digs to help guide Andover (4-1) to a 3-0 sweep of Methuen.

Freshman Caroline Gray sounded off for 42 assists, primarily finding senior Lily Welch (18 kills) as Whitman-Hanson (3-1) outlasted Patriot League foe Hanover for a 3-2 win.

GOLF

The Cape Cod National Golf Club High School Invitational returns for its fifth edition after a year’s absence due to COVID-19 and will be held on Sunday, September 26 at noon. This year’s field is headlined by the 103rd Massachusetts Junior Amateur Champion Colin Spencer. Spencer is joined by eight other invited individuals, as well as nine of the top high school boy’s golf teams in Eastern Massachusetts, including defending tournament champion Lincoln-Sudbury..

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KSTP’s Steve Patterson leaving ‘Twin Cities Live’ later this fall

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The forecast is in: There’s a 100 percent chance of Steve Patterson leaving KSTP’s “Twin Cities Live” later this fall.

“Seasons are changing, my friend,” said his co-host, Elizabeth Ries, during last week’s emotional announcement.

“Seasons are changing,” he confirmed.

However, Patterson said he will continue with Hubbard Broadcasting for his radio job, co-hosting the “Donna & Steve” show with Donna Valentine on myTalk 107.1 FM.

“I have really come to love that aspect of broadcasting,” Patterson said of radio.

Patterson, 37, said he has also enjoyed his time at “Twin Cities Live,” a daytime lifestyle show he joined in 2014. In recent years, viewers have wondered if Patterson — who occasionally appears on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” with funny reports about the weather in Minnesota and other topics — would get a national gig.

In a 2020 interview with the Pioneer Press, Patterson didn’t say “Never!” — but the Pittsburgh transplant said he enjoyed life in Minnesota, despite the weather (or perhaps because of it). He and his wife, Lu, have four young children — ages 11, 9, 6 and almost 2 –and recently built a home in Chaska, where they live near his sister.

He emphasized that again last week.

“Minnesota is home,” he said.

In his Sept. 15 announcement, Patterson tried to explain his decision.

“Sometimes you get to a point where you just sense a little stirring inside of you,” he said, “and you think, ‘Maybe it’s time for something new, a new challenge, something different on a professional side.’”

His family was a factor, too.

“I don’t know if you guys know, but we have 18 children,” he joked, ” … and then we got a dog.”

Family life did play a role in his decision, he says.

“I’ve been working radio and tv the last few years, and that doesn’t leave a ton of flexibility in my day on any given day,” he said.

Now, after he signs off on noon on weekdays, there will be more flexibility.

“When my kids get home from school, I’ll be home,” he says. “When my little guy, Dev, wakes up from a nap, most days I’ll be there. I don’t know how long that schedule or this season is going to last, but I’m excited for however long that season is.”

As for his future professional endeavors, Patterson said he’s looking into pursuing “some creative opportunities that may or may not come up.”

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21 more COVID cases in Washington County Sept. 20 COVID update

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Tuesday, September 21 Washington County reported their daily COVID update.

COVID Stats:

  • Persons Under Monitoring (PUM): 771 (- 53)
  • COVID Active Cases: 161 (- 6)
  • COVID Confirmed Cases: 3,611 (+ 18)
  • COVID Recovered: 3,405 (+ 24)
  • COVID Current Hospitalizations: 9 (- 1)
  • COVID Related Deaths: 45 (No Change)

For Monday, September 20 case activity, 18 new COVID cases were added/processed, there were 24 new recoveries of active cases, nine current cases are hospitalized. 12 of the 18 new cases with ties to other cases/investigations (including household spread cases, workplace spread, and other school and/or community activities) and the remaining six cases have no identified origin of exposure at this time. Of the Tuesday, September 21 new cases were added, six have been fully vaccinated (five received the Pfizer series, one received the Moderna series).

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (WDAF) – A cheerleader at a Missouri high school says the athletic department is restricting her participation because of her wheelchair.

Her family said she was blocked from joining Truman High School cheerleaders on the field over fears her chair might damage the turf.

On Monday at the Santa Fe Park Picnic Pavilion, blades of grass and tufts of clover bounced back from the wheels controlled by 18-year-old Lacy Kiper, who’s entering her second year on the Patriot cheer squad.

“It’s definitely been very challenging to find some place to feel involved because, for the most part, I’ve only ever been the only wheelchair user in my school,” Kiper said.

Kiper was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 5, so her bones break very easily.

“I had broken both of these arms and the bone wasn’t placed right, so when the new bone started to grow here, it just fused them where they were positioned,” she said, indicating bends in her forearms.

Her dad, Charles Kiper, says she was very protected up until two years ago,

“And she said, ‘I want to do cheerleading.’ I told the school I would put her on the mats if they want. I’ll be there for every game if they want. I’ll be sure that she’s got someone to assist her in any way to be a part of this team. And they have pretty much turned me down on most everything,” Charles Kiper said.

That’s the trend that the Kipers said intensified this school year. Lacy said she’s been largely ignored or made to feel like a distraction. And recently the field was used as reasoning, she said, to separate her.

“They didn’t want my wheels, I guess, to be too heavy and damage a little bit of the turf for me to get stuck in it,” Lacy Kiper said.

“But even for the basketball gym they said no. And I was like, ‘That’s a floor that I go on all the time,’” she said.

“I have provided them with three doctors notes from her lifelong orthopedic surgeon who’s done all the surgeries and have known her since she was 2 months old. And they still tell me no,” Charles Kiper said.

It’s left the family feeling frustrated.

“It irritates me especially because I’m not even being given the, ‘Hey, do you think you could?’ or the ‘Hey, this is coming up in advance — everybody else doesn’t know yet but we want to know your thoughts on how you could participate,’” Lacy Kiper said.

“Because I would love to have my ideas involved in it, too,” she said.

The Independence School District said it’s willing to talk about this case, but first it would need Lacy’s dad to sign some privacy releases. Up to now, Lacy’s dad has declined to do so. He says he fears giving up too many of his daughter’s rights.

The Independence School District released the following statement:

“A local newspaper recently published an opinion editorial with significant inaccuracies.” 

“The District cannot substantively respond to such inaccuracies without consent to release student records from the parent. In this matter, the parent chose not to sign HIPAA and FERPA releases to allow the District to respond.”  

“Without those releases, the District is limited in what it can discuss. While the Independence School District cannot respond substantively to the editorial, the District would like to reiterate that it takes the safety of all involved in our activities seriously, and remains committed to ensuring that our programs and activities are inclusive, safe, and welcoming for all students.”

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LIVE WEDNESDAY: Nuggets beat reporter Mike Singer, Mark Kiszla chat with Michael Malone, Tim Connelly about 2021-22 season

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Nuggets beat writer Mike Singer and columnist Mark Kiszla will be joined by Michael Malone and Tim Connelly for a live recording of the Nuggets Ink podcast Wednesday night in LoDo.

The event, set for 6 p.m. at the Blake Street Tavern beer garden, 2301 Blake St., is free and open to the public. To request a ticket and register, visit the event’s Eventbrite page

Coach Malone and Connelly, the Nuggets team president, are the architects of one of the most successful teams in the NBA. In this special edition of Nuggets Ink, they will chat with Singer and Kiszla ahead of the 2021-22 season before taking questions during a live Q-&-A session with those in attendance.

With the Rockies hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers at nearby Coors Field, those in attendance should plan ahead on parking.

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Christie’s Is Now Accepting Ether in Exchange for Ethereum’s Earliest NFTs

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Ethereum cryptocurrency seen in Sulkowice, Poland on August 12, 2021. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Recently, Christie’s announced that its October “Post-War to Present” auction will include the sale of 31 NFTs that are considered to be some of the oldest on the Ethereum blockchain; additionally, Christie’s will become the first leading auction house to actually accept Ether crypto tokens as payment. NFT collections like the CryptoPunks have quickly become highly desirable items on the auction market, but the NFTs that Christie’s is offering in the fall have distinct legacies of their own. They’re also estimated to sell for between 250 and 350 ETH, which shakes out to approximately between $870,000 and $1.3 million.

The NFTs Christie’s is selling are Curio Cards and they were made in May of 2017, which makes them older than both CryptoPunks and CryptoKitties. The NFTs consist of images of corporate logos, everyday objects and other, seemingly mundane everyday signifiers. However, the huge success of NFT sales has thus far proven that in many cases, the design or significance of the actual images used in the artwork is secondary to the novelty of the technology being used to make the artwork.

“A true full set of Curio Cards is one of the few holy grails as far as art projects on Ethereum go,” Noah Davis, head of digital art at Christie’s, told Coinbase. “It’s the first of its kind, predating Punks, even.” As for the Punks, they’ve also found new and bizarre success in realms other than the high-end art space, indicating that NFTs aren’t going anywhere.

Recently, the Larva Labs NFT CryptoPunks, Meebits and Autoglyphs reportedly signed with United Talent Agency, which more traditionally represents professionals in film, television, music and digital media. It’s clear that the sky’s the limit: NFTs could soon have their own TV shows, movies and musical acts to rival the famous cartoon band the Gorillaz.

Christie’s Is Now Accepting Ether in Exchange for Ethereum’s Earliest NFTs

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New Pokémon trading card game will allow trainers to battle each other online and on the go

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Pokémon announces digital card game

On Monday, the Pokémon Company officially announced a new free-to-play digital version of their trading card game set to be released on Android, iOS, Mac and PC.

Updated format: The new game called “Pokémon Trading Card Game Live” will allow its players to collect cards and battle with other people online in an updated format, the company said in its announcement, ComicBook reported.

  • “Pokémon Trading Card Game Live” will cater to those who prefer to play a more relaxed game with the “Casual Play” mode  and the more serious ones with the “Ranked Play” mode.  Collectors may also redeem the codes they find through physical “Pokémon” card booster packs to add to their digital collection.
  • The game will also come with a “Battle Pass” that will reward players with in-game cosmetics and booster packs as they level up. Aside from coins, which can be exchanged for other goods in the game, it will also allow players to earn “Crystals” that can be used to purchase promo cards, special bundles and a “Premium Pass.”
  • Pokémon TCG Live” will go hand in hand with the tabletop version that fans know and love,” Barry Sams, the Pokémon Company’s vice president who is in charge of the upcoming game said, Polygon reported. The new title “welcomes a new era of digital play where Trainers around the world can play together regardless of their preferred platform,” he added.
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game Live” is set to replace the old version the company released in 2011, which only runs on web browsers and tablets, Kotaku reported.

When is the release: Although there is no official word yet on the game’s release date, a soft launch is set to take place in Canada later this year for mobile device users. The company also announced a global open beta for Mac and Windows users through their website will be available later this year.

Featured Image via The Official Pokémon YouTube channel

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Patriots film review: Where is Mac Jones’ vaunted two-tight end offense?

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Patriots film review: Where is Mac Jones’ vaunted two-tight end offense?

Remember last week?

The Patriots, after dropping a coin-flip game to Miami by one point, were supposedly on the brink of disaster if they lost at the Jets and fell to 0-2. Because their Week 3 opponent, the vaunted Saints, would surely be favored heading into Foxboro after pounding Green Bay in their opener. Then, gulp, the reigning champion Bucs were next.

Good times.

Of course, the Pats shot down the putrid Jets and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson on Sunday, while New Orleans crashed to earth behind Jameis Winston, the ultimate boom-or-bust quarterback of the modern era. Now at 1-1, the Patriots are seen as standing on much firmer ground, which was never that shaky. This high-floor team is built to soar as far as Mac Jones can carry them, and the rookie did enough in New Jersey.

The Pats’ high floor can be traced back to free agency, when Bill Belichick refortified his defense and re-centered his offense around Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Except through two games, the NFL’s top tight end duo has been a footnote in the story of the Patriots’ season. Both players rank outside the team’s top three in targets and receiving yards, and neither seemingly has made a significant impact as a run blocker.

What happened to the highly anticipated two-tight end attack?

Here’s what else the film revealed about that package’s progress and everything else during the Patriots’ decisive win on Sunday:

Mac Jones

Adjusted completion percentage: 85.7%

Under pressure: 1-4, 10 yards (3 sacks, intentional grounding)

Against the blitz: 2-6, 17 yards (sack)

Behind the line: 7/7, 40 yards

0-10 yards: 12/15, 80 yards

10-19 yards: 2/4, 42 yards

20+ yards: 1/2, 24 yards

Notes: Jones was quick to throw. He was a tad too cautious. He was, in a word, fine.

Nothing about the rookie’s performance — save for a 24-yard slot fade throw to Jakobi Meyers — raised an eyebrow. The Jets timed their seven blitzes well, generating consistent pressure on him when they turned up the heat. They also streamed through the right side of the Pats offensive line in the first half, turning backup tackle Yasir Durant into a turnstile.

Jones’ longest completions were both first-down throws: the aforementioned Meyers completion and a 32-yarder to Hunter Henry. The Patriots need more of those. First-down passes generally face simpler, more defined coverages, and the Pats can basically choose their attack. Jones will not soar until those opportunities increase or he gets more aggressive.

As mentioned last week, he will go long soon. The first sign that Jones was gaining confidence in the Patriots’ system popped in the spring, when he began attacking the starting defense deep in minicamp practices, after starting conservatively in OTAs and posting a high completion percentage. That box, again, has been checked.

Studs

RB James White

White did it all Sunday, leading the Patriots in all-purpose yards with 65, plus a touchdown. He ran, caught and threw the ball, when he triggered a double-pass trick play in the first quarter. No one has caught more passes than White through two games, a reflection of Jones’ conservatism and the running back’s everlasting reliability.

When in doubt, call No. 28.

LB Matt Judon

The highest-paid defender in Patriots franchise history certainly earned his paycheck Sunday, posting a sack, three hurries, a quarterback hit and one drawn hold. Judon’s run defense has slightly underwhelmed through two games, but he’s risen to the occasion on critical passing downs, even in coverage.

CB J.C. Jackson

Jackson caught as many passes as Corey Davis, the Jets’ No. 1 wideout, did Sunday. That’s one hell of a day.

Duds

OL Yasir Durant

Durant’s second career start didn’t make it through halftime, as he allowed two sacks and was in the vicinity of a third takedown. Were it not for his struggles, the Pats could have put New York away earlier.

LT Isaiah Wynn

Less obvious, but equally problematic, were Wynn’s struggles at the opposite end of the Patriots’ line. He was flagged for holding and a false start around one quarterback hit allowed and a hurry. Wynn’s sole struggle used to be health, but that hardly seems to be the case in 2021.

DT Davon Godchaux

Lawrence Guy escapes here because of his goal-line stand he took with Ja’Whaun Bentley in the second quarter, but both Patriots run-stoppers disappointed Sunday. The Jets rushed for more than 150 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry between the tackles. Godchaux registered one hurry in the second half, but his job, as he’s said, is to plug the middle.

Offensive notes

  • Personnel breakdown: 50% in 11 personnel, 21.6% of snaps in 12 personnel, 20% in 21 personnel, 6.7% in jumbo personnel and 1.7% in 22 personnel.
  • Personnel production: 8.5 yards/play in 12 personnel, 3.3 yards/play in 11 personnel, 2.2 yards/play in 21 personnel, 2 yards/play in 22 personnel and -1 yard/play in jumbo personnel.
  • Pressure rate allowed: 21.2%
  • Play-action rate: 33%
  • Yards per carry: 4.2
  • First down splits: 54% pass (8.9 yards per play), 46% run (2.9 yards per play)
  • Third downs: 3-12
  • Red-zone efficiency: 1-3
  • Broken tackles: Damien Harris 7, James White 2, Kendrick Bourne 2.
  • Sacks allowed: Yasir Durant 2, Team 1.
  • QB hits allowed: Wynn
  • Hurries allowed: Justin Herron 2, Wynn, Team.
  • Run stuffs allowed: Team 4, Michael Onwenu.
  • Drops: Jonnu Smith, Kendrick Bourne
  • Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels called a solid game, leaning heavily on misdirection to catch the aggressive Jets defense off-guard; something the Pats have done forever versus fast-flowing, zone-heavy defenses.
  • In doing so, McDaniels broke two tendencies from the season opener. First, he called five straight passes from 12 personnel (two tight ends, one running back), most of which were play-action designs. Against Miami, the Pats posted a 62% run rate from 12 personnel.
  • McDaniels took his misdirection to new heights with his sixth throw from that package, the 19-yard double-pass to Jonnu Smith that should have resulted in a deep touchdown to Nelson Agholor, but Jones hurried to make the safer throw.
  • The second broken tendency set up James White’s opening touchdown. The Pats had passed from shotgun on 94% of their snaps versus the Dolphins and 100% thus far at New York, before White ripped off back-to-back 7-yard rushes from shotgun late in the first quarter, the latter being his touchdown run.
  • The trouble was the Jets defended shotgun runs well after that, and standard misdirection basically all game. Five of the Pats’ seven screens gained three yards or less.
  • Unlike White’s touchdown, Damien Harris found the end zone with Mac Jones under center in a 12 personnel grouping.
  • The Pats’ two-tight end package was the only grouping to average more than four yards per play; an average boosted by Harris’ run, the double-pass and Hunter Henry’s 32-yard catch, the team’s longest gain of the day.
  • Henry took most of the Patriots’ tight end snaps in one-tight end personnel groupings, an indication Smith was truly limited by the hip injury he suffered days earlier in practice.
  • Despite fairly quiet individual performances from Henry and Smith, the Pats’ improved production in 12 personnel is critical considering that will be their base offense moving forward. It averaged just 4.2 yards per play versus Miami.
  • Overall, the Patriots’ inability to crank out explosive plays will haunt them against better defenses, particularly while they struggle in the red zone or take penalties. As mentioned, Jones either needs to get more aggressive, or McDaniels needs to take more early-down shots.
  • Offensive line report: David Andrews and Shaq Mason posted clean sheets, while Onwenu played the best game despite allowing a single run stuff.
  • The Patriots also aren’t good enough yet to overcome self-inflicted mistakes. On drives when they allowed a sack or committed a penalty or a drop, they scored just 33% of the time, compared to 60% on drives when they played clean football.

Defensive notes

  • Personnel breakdown: 39% three-cornerback nickel package, 38% three-safety nickel package, 19% dime package, 4% base package.
  • Pressure rate: 48.7%
  • Blitz rate: 25.6%
  • Blitz efficacy: 5.0 yards allowed per play, sack, interception.
  • Yards per carry allowed: 4.9
  • Third downs: 5-13
  • Red-zone efficiency: 0-2
  • Sacks: Josh Uche 2, Matt Judon, Carl Davis
  • QB hits: Christian Barmore, Deatrich Wise, Joejuan Williams, Judon, Uche
  • Hurries: Judon 3, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Davon Godchaux, Lawrence Guy, Chase Winovich, Wise, Team
  • Run stuffs: Team 2
  • Interceptions: J.C. Jackson 2, Devin McCourty, Adrian Phillips
  • Pass deflections: Jonathan Jones, Bentley, Williams
  • Missed tackles: Bentley 2, Guy 2, Jalen Mills 2, Barmore, Jackson, Uche, Judon, Hightower
  • The Patriots opened primarily in three-safety nickel, before pivoting to three-corner over most of the second half when they led by double digits.
  • The majority of their snaps in dime personnel — with six defensive backs — were taken on the Jets’ final drive in garbage time.
  • Belichick hardly blitzed Zach Wilson, and even those pressures were tame. The Pats recognized Wilson’s aggression would eventually hurt him, and it did on all four picks.
  • Dont’a Hightower took a notable step Sunday, and it may have been tied to his usage. After playing 75% of his snaps at inside linebacker in the opener, he took more than half of his snaps Sunday on the edge, where he played fierce run defense.
  • On the flip side, Judon and Uche both got pancaked on separate run plays. Judon’s run defense will smooth out, but the opposite outside linebacker spot remains a question mark.
  • Tashawn Bower, promoted from the practice squad Saturday, played opposite Judon on the team’s rare snaps of base defense. The Pats played just three snaps of 3-4 defense and allowed inside runs of 17 and five yards.
  • In the middle Ja’Whaun Bentley played 97% of the defense’s snaps, one of the highest single-game marks of his career.
  • If/when Stephon Gilmore’s return, Bentley’s usage will bear watching, as the Patriots seem to prefer deploying him over a third cornerback. He’s been relaying signals from the sideline and making checks.
  • On both his interceptions, J.C. Jackson ran the route for his receiver, a theme throughout Sunday.
  • The Pats secondary may need to thank Kendrick Bourne, who played under the Jets’ offensive staff when they were in San Francisco and shared intel of the offense during preparation.

Statistics for passing depth, broken tackles and missed tackles courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

*12 personnel = one back, two tight ends; 11 personnel = one back; 21 personnel = two backs, one tight end; 22 personnel = two tight ends, two backs.

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