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Democrats rendered too relevant the Supreme Court. Now they panic and pay the price.

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The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87-year-old Supreme Court, last week should not have the ability to rouse our agenda. Justice Ginsburg faced cancer many times and in several years had not been in robust health. She was a remarkable individual, with whom I disagreed politically almost always, but her passage should come without shock, and it is an opportunity to celebrate an original American existence not to try to burn up the republic.

However, the danger of burning the republic is just what a leftist host and former CNN (and cannibal?) Reza Aslan did within hours of her death. Aslan tweeted to his almost 300,000 followers “We burn the whole thing off if they even tri to replace RBG.”

In a volatile state our nation is in, a tweet might be seen as crying “fire” in a packed theatre after months of lockdown and protests in democratic cities. People were on the brink already.

And Trump is going to listen to Yoda: do or don’t, no “try.” Trump has already said that he’s going to do.

Hillary Clinton, the defeated presidential candidate, responded to the news: “Democrats in the Senate must use every move at their hands to make clear that they will not allow Mitch McConnell to embrace the greatest paralysis, the colossal hypocrisy, that is to come from him seeking to fill the role.”

Travesty? Travesty? She lost. She lost. Democrats in the Senate have no majority. Republicans do. Republicans do. Trump’s chairman. Clinton’s feelings are trumped up by being the true president and not a bitter clinging bizarre version. And thanks for that to the sweet merciful heavens.

Aslan and Clinton are no longer in a leading role in the Democratic Party. Its representatives, however, are singing from the same sheet.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s far-left ‘squad’ chief, brought a complaint. The Democrats have already attempted false charges against President Trump during the pandemic this year. They lost. They lost.

There was then no rationale for impeachment and there is no excuse for impeachment now. The role of the President is simply to name Ginsburg ‘s successor. This is in the Constitution. The Constitution. The prosecution as a political tool was once an act of political incense. It’s much worse to do this twice.

Yet Chamber Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t be condemned. Pelosi well understood the lawsuit was the first mistake, but she’s still in panic mode. Again she surrenders her party and our country to the intolerant, ignorant, radical politics of the AOC.

The Democrats and their base fear as if their world will come to an end because one out of nine people died at the age of 87. Their plight is completely their own and their fear.

For decades, the Democrats have been used as super-legislature by courts like the Supreme Court. They have misused our courts routinely to enact policies that voters will not wisely grant them. At the same time, through the Clinton and Obama administrations, the presidency has become almost imperial and the authority of the Congress has been devalued. To take only one example, Democrats in the entire Obama administration have not proposed or accepted a national budget. This undermined the power of Congress on expenditure and set the nation on a road to spend and spend without being responsible. Eventually and faster can this bill come into effect if the Democrats win and have a chance to shatter our economy.

Their imprudence of judicial activism disrupts our constitutional order. Now that Ginsburg dies, the Supreme Court is too important in our country and Trump offers his supporters the chance they have desired and expressly voted for: turn the court back to its proper purpose by nominating an originalist. The voters of Trump put him in office practically to do this. For them, this is the top line of his work duties. He’s going to get to work faithfully.

Democrats did not say Ginsburg ‘s seat kept. It belongs to the people of America. The Americans elected Donald Trump and the Republicans were given the majority in the Senate. Trump and the Republicans have every right to appoint a new justice. Democrats have no right to “burn it down” and no excuse to sue (again) the President or to play tricks with our system to stop it from happening.

In particular because it was Democrat Harry Reid who nuked the Filibuster, amid the Senate’s lively traditions and all kinds of warnings about what could happen. If he had not, we would not address the imminent selection of Trump to replace the infamous RBG and to change the Supreme Court ‘s balance.

So own it, Democrats. Democrats. Own it all. Own it all. But don’t you dare to burn down things from anyone else.

Their cleverest game would be to persuade voters that Joe Biden ‘s appointment power would be greater than Donald Trump’s. But they’ve already lost the initiative: before Ginsburg ‘s death, Trump released his short-list nomination, although Biden refuses to release his. Slow Joe was again caught napping.

This year the Democrats have been accusing the Chairman of nothing, fomenting riots in our streets as they strike our police, damaging our economy under a pandemic, smashing the past of our country and menacing even to disrupt the elections of November and getting the Supreme Court out if it wins.

None of these are intelligent, risky plays. Wait for democrats to make all the wrong decisions, and it is up to us to vote like the future of our country. And that’s because it does.

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Gov. Hochul signs parole reform bill into law amid Rikers crisis

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NEW YORK — Amid calls for action over the crisis at New York City’s Rikers Island, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed into law the Less Is More Act in a major overhaul of New York’s parole system.

The legislation, which will take full effect in March 2022, will prevent people from being reincarcerated for technical, non-criminal parole violations.

These violations include missing a curfew, arriving late to an appointment with a parole officer, changing a residence without approval and failing to attend a mandated program.

It will also allow for shortened parole sentences due to good behavior, and expedite the time frame in which parole hearings can be held.

Hochul said that 191 inmates would be released from Rikers on Friday who meet the threshold of the new legislation.

Watch Friday’s event and bill signing in full below:

Most of the city’s jail inmates are being held for trial or on parole violations.

According to the Vera Institute of Justice, 274 people in New York City prisons are being detained for a technical parole violation, out of 6,079 inmates.

Supporters say incarcerating people for technical parole violations is costly and fuels recidivism. 

The Republican minority in the Legislature has accused Democrats of focusing more on perpetrators of crimes than victims.

Hochul’s action comes as a spotlight has once again been put on the city’s notorious jail complex, which has spiraled into turmoil during the pandemic.

It’s not just inmates and advocates saying that. City officials, including the mayor, admit there are serious problems.

The growing crisis, brought to light in recent weeks by advocates, news reports and a federal monitor who wrote of “grave concerns” with the city’s jails, has sent officials scrambling for remedies amid plans to close Rikers by 2026.

Mayor Bill de Blasio this week unveiled reforms that include requiring absent guards to get a doctor’s note if they’re out for more than a day, speeding inmate intake procedures and fixing infrastructure problems like broken cell doors.

On Wednesday, the city started suspending jail guards for 30 days without pay if they refused to come to work. Last week, the city said the staffing situation was so dire it was enlisting a telemarketing company to entice recently retired correctional officers to return to work.

Advocates, lawmakers and even the union for jail guards say the measures aren’t enough to fix a system where 10 inmates have died this year, at least five in suspected suicides.

Advocates want inmates released immediately. Some say Rikers should be closed right away.

Lawmakers who toured Rikers complex this week said it’s filthy and inhumane, with overflowing toilets and floors covered in dead cockroaches, feces and rotting food. State Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas said inmates told her they felt like they were being treated like slaves and animals.

The union, meanwhile, has said that hiring more guards is the answer and that suspensions will leave remaining officers working “triple and quadruple shifts with no meals and no rest.”

“The mayor cannot discipline his way out of this staffing crisis that he caused by refusing to hire a single correction officer for nearly three years, even as the inmate population doubled,” said Benny Boscio Jr., the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

In actuality, the city’s jail population has risen by about 58%, topping 6,000 inmates at the end of last week after falling below 3,900 inmates as bail reforms took effect, arrests slowed and some inmates were sent home early in the pandemic.

In addition, city jail Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said Monday that the city has authorized the hiring of at least 200 correctional officers.

Schiraldi thanked Hochul after she signed Friday’s legislation.

“Eliminating non-criminal, technical parole violations is the decent, humane thing to do and it will only increase public safety by disrupting the incarceration cycle at a critical point, when people are reintegrating into the community,” Schiraldi said.

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A pilot died Friday morning in a single-engine plane crash on the Western Slope.

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Kim Janey thanks supporters, does not endorse either finalist for mayor

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Acting Mayor Kim Janey made her first campaign appearance following a fourth-place finish of five major candidates in the mayoral preliminary, and after skipping her own election-night party.

“I don’t want people to walk away without hope,” she said Friday afternoon, addressing a packed room of purple-clad supporters at her Centre Street headquarters. “This is a great day. This is a joyous day. We will continue to be intentional about creating space for joy.”

Janey made her “Joy Agenda” central to both her campaign and her speech Friday. She previously told the Herald that this agenda, which included moves like waiving late fees at the city’s libraries and funding public events, “comes out of a tradition (of) being a Black woman — being the granddaughter of a Black preacher.”

At least a couple of supporters wiped tears from their eyes as Janey spoke, thanking her family, her pastor and her staff for their hard work.

Janey’s only child, her daughter Kimesha Janey whom she had when she was a teen, admitted that she didn’t even want her mother to run for office in the first place.

“I didn’t want her to run — it was selfish of me,” she said, explaining that she knew her mother “was going to be the one that everybody was going to attack, and I didn’t want that for my mom. But she wanted to put the city on her back.”

Kim Janey thanked her daughter for getting her politically involved, explaining that she inspired her to become a community organizer and to advocate for education and family issues.

“I’m not supposed to be here,” she said of her rise to the top job in Boston from being a teen parent who grew up in the projects. Referencing the “seeds” she planted in her term so far as mayor, she reminded the audience that “it’s up to us to make sure we see that harvest, this work is not done,” she said. “I want people to leave here encouraged. I want people to leave here committed to doing the work moving forward.”

Janey has not yet endorsed a candidate for mayor out of the two finalists, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George, and has said she is not sure if she will make an endorsement at all. All she said about her former competitors is that she “(takes) comfort in knowing that there will be a woman leading our city.”

Along with Janey’s votes from Tuesday’s primary, votes from Andrea Campbell and John Barros, the three Black candidates in the race, are up for grabs.

Among chatter in the crowd, at least two supporters were overheard saying they’d support Wu, but one supporter said he’d vote for Essaibi-George.

“I don’t know who’s listening in Boston — I’m a Republican, not very popular here,” said Javier Lopez, 24, who attended Janey’s gathering. He said he supported Janey for her religious grounding and her stance against vaccine passports like New York has. “And I know this city, my views aren’t very popular in the city. But again, she shared some of those views,” he added,

Finally, he said, he’s disappointed Janey won’t be the first elected Black and female mayor of Boston. “She would have been an inspiration to young girls everywhere.”

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High school football: St. Thomas Academy runs past Cretin-Derham Hall

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The first battle in 17 years between two longtime rival East Metro powers went the way of St. Thomas Academy.

It was all Cadets all night at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, as St. Thomas Academy topped Cretin-Derham Hall 41-14 in the first meeting between the two schools since 2004.

The rivalry, which dates even further back than the two schools’ time together in the St. Paul City Conference in the late 1970s and early 1980s, renewed this season as the Raiders moved down from Class 6A to Class 5A.

The matchup drew thousands of patrons to the Vikings’ practice facility, including the likes of Cretin-Derham Hall and Minnesota Viking alums Matt Birk and Michael Floyd.

St. Thomas Academy coach Dan O’Brien said both schools had alumni functions before the big showdown. Raiders coach Chuck Miesbauer noted what helps make the rivalry special is that the kids get to know one another growing up, and on Friday, they got to meet up once again on the gridiron.

“It’s fun. It was great. Our kids were excited about it all week. Both teams had great crowds,” O’Brien said. “To be able to play in this venue, the tailgating, I think it was great for both communities, not just the player. But I think the experience for the fans, the alumni. … It was great to have a rivalry back.”

The Cadets have been one of Class 5A’s elites for years, and a consistent state title contender under the watchful eye of O’Brien. Nothing from Friday’s contest suggests that will be any different this season.

Cretin-Derham Hall (0-3) looked to get on the board on its first drive of the game, but it turned the ball over on downs inside the Cadets’ 10-yard line. That seemed to set the tone for the night. After that, the Raiders struggled to muster much offensively until the final frame.

St. Thomas Academy (3-0), meanwhile, scored early and often. Sophomore running back Savion Lopez ran in a 44-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to make it 7-0. St. Thomas Academy then recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored another touchdown — a 9-yard rush from Love Adebayo.

“We come out and we score right away. We get a stop. We get a play on special teams, any number of things could’ve created a more favorable opening to the game,” Raiders coach Chuck Miesbauer said. “When that stuff happens, you never know what can happen. But we didn’t make some of the plays and maybe we didn’t have some of the right calls on. … We didn’t make big plays across the board, and they did.”

A 52-yard rushing touchdown from Grady O’Neill made it 21-0 Cadets later in the second. Adebayo tallied another rushing touchdown — the second of three rushing scores for him on the night — in the third quarter, and O’Neill scored again — this time, a 7-yard scoring strike from Maximus Sims — early in the fourth to extend the Cadets’ lead to 34-0 — its largest advantage of the game.

O’Neill, who took snaps at quarterback and receiver, also played defensively for the Cadets as part of a package to help contain Cretin-Derham Hall star Tre Holloman, who started at quarterback for the first time this season.

O’Brien said the Cadets’ offensive line — a unit O’Neill called “ridiculous” — “had a nice night.” St. Thomas Academy ran 38 times for 292 yards Friday. O’Neill had 118 yards on the ground, while Lopez had 91 and Adebayo had 61.

“Our offensive line got rolling,” O’Neill said. “Then obviously we’ve got our two running backs that are really good players. That set it up to get me the ball, get other guys the ball and get the offense going.”

The Raiders’ offense got things going in the fourth quarter, thanks to a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Luke Floysand, who came on in relief in the final frame to run for a score and pass for another. Cretin-Derham Hall running back Will Haider tallied 108 yards of total offense.

Cretin-Derham Hall is winless through three weeks but has endured a brutal early-season schedule. The Raiders’ three losses have come to three teams ranked in the top six in the state in Class 5A, and they played Mahtomedi and Spring Lake Park tough.

“We’ve got to stay at it. It’s been a heck of a three-game stretch for us, and man, tooth-and-nail in the first two, and I wish I could say the same about tonight,” Miesbauer said. “All we can do is come back. We can learn from this and see what the next team has in store and try to right the ship. This is a good football team. I believe that to my core. Not reflected tonight. I think reflected in the previous two games. We’ve got five to go, and there’s no reason we can’t play off some of that momentum … and get everything rocking and rolling into the section time.”

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North Country Weekend Calendar: Smooth jazz and local history in Lake George

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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – There’s music and history in Lake George this weekend, with jazz in Shepard Park and reenactments of the French and Indian War just down the lake at Battlefield Park.

It’s a partly cloudy weekend in the 70s this weekend, with a weekend high of 79 on Saturday.

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Lake George Jazz Weekend 

  • What: Free jazz festival on Lake George, hosted by the Lake George Arts Project. Musicians include Blind Visionaries, Helen Sung Quartet, Dayna Stephens Quartet, Aaron Parks Little Big, Yosvany Terry Quintet, Stephanie Chou, Ingrid Jensen Band, and the Black Art Jazz Collective. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Shepard Park, Canada Street, Lake George 

French and Indian War Encampment and Reenactment 

  • What: Reenactment area open to the public. Military drill and tactical presentations, skirmishes during the day, a look at 18th century camp life and period-appropriate wares for sale. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Lake George Battlefield Park, 34 Fort George Road, Lake George 

Edward M. Bartholomew Jr. Fund Disc Golf Tournament 

  • What: Disc golf tournament benefitting the Edward M. Bartholomew Jr. Fund, which helps Warren County EDC create job and internship opportunities locally.  
  • When: 11 a.m. learn to play; noon player check-in; 1 p.m. games start, Friday, Sept. 17 
  • Where: Crandall Park, Fire Road, Glens Falls 

Apple Festival at the Warrensburg Riverfront Farmers Market 

  • What: Apple-themed festival at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers Market featuring a long list of vendors. Apple recipes and growing tips, apple dessert contest, children’s craft workshop, face painting, live music, free local coffee and a chance to win $20 in farmers market credit. 
  • When: 3-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 
  • Where: 176 River St., Warrensburg 

Live at Argyle Brewing’s Depot: Caity & The Gallaghers 

  • What: Music at the Argyle Brewing Depot. $15 admission, limited table seating. 
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 
  • Where: Argyle Brewing at the Depot, 6 Broad St., Cambridge 
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Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 (1 of 2)

Lake George Jazz Weekend 

  • What: Free jazz festival on Lake George, hosted by the Lake George Arts Project. Musicians include Blind Visionaries, Helen Sung Quartet, Dayna Stephens Quartet, Aaron Parks Little Big, Yosvany Terry Quintet, Stephanie Chou, Ingrid Jensen Band, and the Black Art Jazz Collective. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Shepard Park, Canada Street, Lake George 

French and Indian War Encampment and Reenactment 

  • What: Reenactment area open to the public. Military drill and tactical presentations, skirmishes during the day, a look at 18th century camp life and period-appropriate wares for sale. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Lake George Battlefield Park, 34 Fort George Road, Lake George 

ADK 5K 

  • What: Closed course 5K race, starting and ending at Adirondack Pub & Brewery. Chip-timed race running through Lake George. Includes a custom glass, food and music and a post-race party with lawn games, music and food trucks. 
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 18 
  • Where: Adirondack brewery, 33 Canada St., Lake George 

2021 Freedom Machines golf fundraiser 

  • What: $400 per foursome of attendees, with money raised for Freedom Machines bike charity. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as closest to pin and hmost honest. Registration online. Includes lunch and buffet dinner. 
  • When: 8 a.m. – noon with a 9 a.m. start time Saturday, Sept. 18 
  • Where: Kingsbury National Golf Club, 111 County Route 41, Hudson Falls 

8th Annual Harry Elkes Ride 

  • What: Annual ride hosted by Adirondack Cycling Advocates in Brant Lake. Choice of three rides; 15, 32 or 50 miles. $25 admission cost with free t-shirt. Maps and route info will be available on arrival. 
  • When: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with 9:30 and 10 a.m. start times Saturday, Sept. 18. 
  • Where: The Hub, 27 Market St., Brant Lake 
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15th Annual Fall Mum Festival 

  • What: Over 7,000 garden mums available, locally grown at Binley Florist. Also features pumpkins, corn stalks and other seasonal décor. Warren County K-9 officer will be showing skills with his dog. Petting zoo, pony rides and face painting included. Free admission. 
  • When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 
  • Where: Binley Florist, 773 Quaker Road, Queensbury 

6th Annual Boating for Babies Fundraiser by Yankee Boating Center 

  • What: Annual fundraiser for Glens Falls Hospital and local charities. 50% discounts on boat rental, with rentals for the weekend starting at $120 for 2 hours and up.  
  • When: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Yankee Boating Center, 3910 Lakeshore Drive, Lake George 

Thistle Day Parade 

  • What: Argyle Thistle Day Parade, celebrating Argyle’s Scottish heritage.  
  • When: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 
  • Where: Argyle 

Live at Hicks Orchard: Whiskey River 

  • What: Local honkey tonk dance band, with craft cider, local beer and food. 
  • When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 
  • Where: Hicks Orchard, 18 Hicks Road, Granville 
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Lake George Jazz Weekend 

  • What: Free jazz festival on Lake George, hosted by the Lake George Arts Project. Musicians include Blind Visionaries, Helen Sung Quartet, Dayna Stephens Quartet, Aaron Parks Little Big, Yosvany Terry Quintet, Stephanie Chou, Ingrid Jensen Band, and the Black Art Jazz Collective. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Shepard Park, Canada Street, Lake George 

French and Indian War Encampment and Reenactment 

  • What: Reenactment area open to the public. Military drill and tactical presentations, skirmishes during the day, a look at 18th century camp life and period-appropriate wares for sale. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Lake George Battlefield Park, 34 Fort George Road, Lake George 

6th Annual Boating for Babies Fundraiser by Yankee Boating Center 

  • What: Annual fundraiser for Glens Falls Hospital and local charities. 50% discounts on boat rental, with rentals for the weekend starting at $120 for 2 hours and up.  
  • When: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Yankee Boating Center, 3910 Lakeshore Drive, Lake George 

International Day of Peace Gathering 

  • What: Local celebration of the International Day of Peace. Gathering on the lawn with prayer, meditation and a song of peace. 
  • When: 11:30 a.m. – noon Sunday, Sept. 19 
  • Where: Adirondack Friends Meeting House, 27 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls 
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Broncos (1-0) at Jaguars (0-1)

When: 11 a.m., Sunday.

Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

Radio/TV: 850 AM, 94.1 FM/KDVR-31.

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms with a high of 85.

Broncos-Jaguars series: Broncos are 5-6 in 11 games; Jaguars won 26-24 in last meeting, Sept. 29, 2019, in Denver.


Key matchup

CB Pat Surtain II versus WR DJ Chark

Making his first NFL start in place of the injured Ronald Darby, Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II will be tasked with covering a Pro Bowl wideout who already turned in a big game in Week 1.

Surtain figures to be on Jacksonville’s D.J. Chark for much of the day, a matchup that will decide how well and how quickly rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence can settle in against the Denver secondary. Safety and team captain Justin Simmons is confident the rookie will come through.

“(Surtain) has proven that he can play at the highest level with the best of them his whole football career,” Simmons said. “He’s got guys like Kareem (Jackson) and me to be able to kind of direct traffic and make sure he’s comfortable. Communication is going to be the biggest thing that keeps him at ease… We’ve got to be able to make sure that we’re doing all that we can to help him.”

Chark had three catches for 86 yards and a touchdown last week, while Surtain played only 16 defensive snaps in the win against the Giants, and was burned for a touchdown by wideout Sterling Shepard.

Surtain said Shepard’s 37-yard catch-and-run TD in the second quarter last Sunday, which gave New York its only lead of the game, was a learning moment.

“I should’ve known that route was coming based on his stem,” Surtain said. “I could’ve squeezed it and initiated (the contact) earlier and just had tighter coverage on it.”

Coach Vic Fangio is confident Surtain will play that necessary tight coverage on the outside against Chark, who dominated in 2019 with a 1,000-yard receiving season before injuries limited him to 13 games and 706 yards last year.

“(Surtain) did good (against the Giants),” Fangio said. “There weren’t a ton of plays, but I was pleased with his play overall.”


Who has the edge?

Quarterback

Teddy Bridgewater was sharp in his Denver debut, throwing for 264 yards, two TDs and no picks in a win over the Giants. Meanwhile, Trevor Lawrence threw three interceptions in his dud of an NFL debut, a loss to Houston. Edge: Broncos

Running back

Both teams have a capable one-two punch, with Melvin Gordon/Javonte Williams highlighting Denver’s backfield opposite the combo of Carlos Hyde/James Robinson for Jacksonville. But Denver has more skill at the position. Edge: Broncos

Receiver/tight end

The Broncos are without No. 1 WR Jerry Jeudy, who suffered a high ankle sprain last week. But KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton can pick up the slack. The Jaguars feature DJ Chark and ex-CU star Laviska Shenault Jr. Edge: Broncos

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Man sentenced to 12 years in $200 million phone-fraud scheme

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SEATTLE — A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to “unlock” phones from AT&T’s network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million.

Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T call center in Bothell, Wash., via Facebook in 2012, and began bribing that employee and his coworkers to use their credentials to unlock phones.

That allowed the phones to be removed from AT&T’s network, even if customers had not finished paying for the expensive devices or their service contracts had not expired. The customers could then buy cheaper service for their phones.

Fahd later had workers install malware on the company’s network, allowing him to unlock the phones from Pakistan. He persisted even after the company detected the initial scheme and fired two of the workers involved, prosecutors said.

Fahd sold the illegal phone-unlocking service through online retailers, raking in millions. His extravagant lifestyle included frequent trips abroad, $1,000-a-night hotel stays in Dubai and a $30,000 watch. He bragged of hiring the British singer-songwriter Jay Sean to play his wedding for $100,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

He paid three AT&T workers $922,000 from 2012 to 2017 before he was arrested in Hong Kong in early 2018. More than 1.9 million phones were unlocked as part of the conspiracy, AT&T’s forensic analysis found.

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Twins slug four home runs in win over Blue Jays

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TORONTO — Jorge Polanco giveth, and Jorge Polanco taketh away.

Filling in at shortstop for Andrelton Simmons, who had to remain in the United States this weekend, Polanco helped give the Toronto Blue Jays the lead with his arm and helped take it away for good with his bat.

Polanco committed a pair of errors in the bottom of the second that directly led to two runs, and then quickly helped the Twins swipe the lead back in the top of the third, hitting the first of back-to-back-to-back home runs in the Twins’ 7-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at the Rogers Centre.

“It’s easy to know what to do when you’re making great plays and everyone’s smiling and that’s fine. But what do you do when stuff’s hitting the fan?” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “What he did was just kind of bear down, got back to what he knows. … Started out not the best day, ended up a great day.”

Polanco’s two-run home run — one of three hits on the night for him — in the third gave the Twins a 4-2 lead at the time. Josh Donaldson, a former Blue Jay who got a standing ovation before his first at-bat, followed with a home run of his own.

Donaldson’s home run knocked Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu out of the game, but the offense still wasn’t done.

“When we score, we tend to score in bunches,” Donaldson said. “And we were able to do that again tonight.”

Miguel Sanó greeted Ross Stripling with a home run, marking the first time the Twins have completed the trifecta since 2019, as the Twins (65-83) did to the Blue Jays (82-65) what their potent offense often does to opposing pitchers.

The Twins got one more home run in the sixth inning from Brent Rooker, who, in his first game off the paternity list since welcoming daughter Blair Evelyn, finished with a pair of hits and two runs driven in.

“You’re never really in the clear when you’re facing an offense like this, so you have to score.And then you have to score some more or else you’re really going to be in for a challenging night. But our guys were up for it,” Baldelli said.

And their pitchers were up for the challenge, too, keeping the homer-happy Blue Jays inside the ballpark. Well, all except for MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who hit his major league-leading 46th home run off starter Michael Pineda in the third inning.

If not for Polanco’s errors leading to a pair of runs, that might have been the only run the Blue Jays would have scored all night against a quartet of Twins pitchers that included Jorge Alcala, Tyler Duffey and Alexander Colomé.

That group held Blue Jays hitters to just five hits as the Twins captured the series opener in Toronto. The Twins have six more games remaining against the Blue Jays, who are now half a game out of wild card position, in the next two series, giving them the opportunity to play spoiler.

But that’s not their focus. Playing good, winning baseball like they did most of Friday is.

“We’re trying to set the tone, not just finish strong this year but leading into next year. We have guys that are going to be here, most likely, going into 2022.  We want to start setting the tone now that we still have the expectations to win,” Donaldson said. “And go out there and play hard to where we roll into spring training, continue setting that foundation that we’re setting now.”

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy provided the latest report on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of the Coronavirus. 

As of Thursday, September 16, 70.6% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 64.8% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 81.6%. 

County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID in Albany County is now at 27,775 to date, with 102 new positive cases identified since Thursday, September 16. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 79.4. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is now up to 4.6%, and the Capital Region’s average rate is now down to 4.3%.

Among the new daily cases of COVID identified in the county, 25 had close contacts to positive cases, 69 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, five reported traveling out of state and three are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.

There are now 498 active cases in the county, up from 461 yesterday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine increased to 977 from 913. So far 87,296 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 27,277 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 63 additional recoveries.

The County Executive reported that there were six new hospitalizations since Thursday, September 16, and 36 county residents are now hospitalized with the virus – a net increase of two. There are currently seven patients in ICU’s, unchanged from Thursday, September 16. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 400 since the outbreak began.

“Today marks the second consecutive day that more than 100 new cases of COVID were identified within a 24-hour period. This shows that the spread of the virus doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and we know that even vaccinated individuals can still spread it without actually getting sick,” said County Executive McCoy. “Everyone can play a role in helping us beat COVID-19 for good – whether it’s getting the shot, encouraging others to get the shot, or wearing a mask while indoors and at large outdoor gatherings, especially as we welcome back PearlPalooza to Albany tomorrow.”

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Colorado high school football: How CHSAANow Top 10 teams fared in Week 4

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1. Valor Christian (4-0) won at Mullen, 42-7. Running back Gavin Sawchuk ran in four touchdowns, the last from 20 yards out with 5:15 left in the third quarter, and the Eagles defense didn’t give up a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Next week: vs. Columbine, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

2. Cherry Creek (3-1) won at Arvada West, 52-21. Keegan Holles ran for a touchdown and returned a punt for a TD, while Angelo Petrides blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone to help the Bruins break open a game that was 17-7 at the half. Next week: at No. 6 Regis Jesuit, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

3. Columbine (4-0) won vs. Highlands Ranch, 49-21. The Rebels blew open a 7-7 game with 42 straight points to close out the first half, including a pair of touchdown runs from Tyree Hayes-Trusty. Next week: at No. 1 Valor Christian, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

4. Ralston Valley (4-0) won at No. 5 Grandview, 24-13. Quarterback Zach Friedman ran for a touchdown and threw for another, the latter a 47-yard hookup with Brayden Schatz in the third quarter that put away the game for the Mustangs. Next week: at Doherty, 11 a.m. Sept. 25

5. Grandview (3-1) lost vs. No. 4 Ralston Valley, 24-13. After going down 17-0 at the break, Preston Baker briefly got the Wolves back in the game with an 80-yard punt return in the third quarter. But that was as close as they would get the rest of the way. Next week: vs. Horizon, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

6. Regis Jesuit (3-1) won at Smoky Hill, 42-7. Dallas Macias set the tone early with a pick-six, Exander Carroll tossed two touchdown passes and Zavier Carroll ran in two TDs to help the Raiders take a 42-0 lead into halftime. Next week: vs. No. 2 Cherry Creek, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

7. ThunderRidge (3-1) lost at Arapahoe, 38-14. A 21-point third quarter turned a 14-all tie into a rout, as the Warriors became the first team to score more than one touchdown against ThunderRidge so far this season. Next week: at Poudre, 6 p.m. Sept. 24

8. Castle View (3-1) lost at Douglas County, 16-0. Senior quarterback A.J. Jackson found wide receiver Chase Nelson for a pair of touchdown passes, and the Douglas County defense shut out an opponent for the second time this season to claim the “Battle of the Rock.” Next week: at Hinkley, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24

9. Legend (3-1) won vs. Mountain Vista, 34-7. Running back Bryce Vaz found the end zone three times, with his 28-yard scoring run giving the Titans a 34-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. Next week: at Westminster, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

10. Cherokee Trail (2-1) vs. Overland, 6 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at Denver East, 11 a.m. Sept. 25

Class 4A

1. Palmer Ridge (4-0) won at Pueblo West, 41-14. Sophomore quarterback Derek Hester threw four touchdown passes and Anthony Costanzo picked off three passes as the Bears scored 40-plus points for the third time in four games. Next week: at Lakewood, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

2. Dakota Ridge (4-0) won vs. Rampart, 42-2. Quarterback Adam Graves threw three touchdown passes and Noah Triplett scored three times, the last of which triggered a running clock a minute into the fourth quarter. Next week: at Brighton, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

3. Pine Creek (4-0) won vs. 3A No. 8 Discovery Canyon, 45-7. The Eagles registered their fourth consecutive double-digit win to start the season, as quarterback Josiah Roy threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for three more. Next week: vs. No. 5 Chatfield, 6 p.m. Sept. 24

4. Montrose (4-0) won at Palisade, 35-7. Austin Griffin ran for three touchdowns, the last coming from 30-plus yards in the third quarter, and the Indians defense held an opponent to single-digit scoring for the third time this season. Next week: vs. Grand Junction, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

5. Chatfield (3-0) at No. 10 Fruita Monument, 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at No. 3 Pine Creek, 6 p.m. Sept. 24

6. Erie (4-0) won vs. Longmont, 50-6. A depleted Trojans team missing starting quarterback Keegan Patterson and dealing with “quarantine issues,” according to BoCo Preps, could not keep up with the Tigers, who led 37-0 at halftime. Next week: at Skyline, 7 p.m. Sept. 24

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