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First 50 days of Biden’s presidency: Where he stands on main promises



First 50 days of Biden's presidency: Where he stands on main promises

First 50 days of Biden's presidency: Where he stands on main promises



President Joe Biden outlined an ambitious plan for his first 100 days in office, pledging decisive action on issues such as climate change, immigration reform, and the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, he will mark his 50th day in office, and his administration is aiming for a big victory: final congressional approval of his huge $1.9 trillion coronavirus help package. The bill provides direct payments to millions of Americans as well as funding to help the White House fulfill some of Biden’s campaign promises, such as reopening schools and increasing vaccination rates.

Biden has made significant progress on a variety of core campaign promises for his first 50 days in office, although others remain unfulfilled. What he has to say about some of his big pledges:


During his first weeks in office, Biden made solving the coronavirus pandemic a top priority, and it has paid off. He could reach his target of 100 million vaccine doses administered in his first 100 days as early as next week. Since Biden’s inauguration, more than 75 million doses have been administered, with an average daily pace of more than 2 million shots.

Biden also took a number of early steps toward fulfilling his climate change promises. On Inauguration Day, he signed an executive order revoking the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit, halting expansion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and ordering a review of Trump-era regulations on the environment, public health, and research. New oil and gas leases on federal lands and offshore waters were suspended by an executive order signed on Jan. 27.

Biden has quickly followed through on top campaign promises, including reversing Trump administration policies on everything from climate change to immigration. The Biden administration quickly rejoined the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord, suspended border wall building, lifted travel restrictions on citizens from a number of Muslim-majority countries, and established a task force to reunite families divided at the US-Mexico border.

On immigration, Biden promised to bring a comprehensive reform bill to Congress within his first 100 days, and it was introduced last month, though he has also indicated that a piecemeal approach could be used if appropriate. Biden has signed an executive order instructing the Secretary of Homeland Security to “preserve and fortify” rights for children brought to the United States by their parents.

Biden also took some early steps to follow through with a promise to tighten ethical standards in his administration, including issuing an executive order on Jan. 20 requiring appointees to sign an ethics agreement covering practices such as lobbying and accepting gifts, as well as banning political intervention in the Justice Department.


Other Biden assurances are also being worked out.

By the end of February, Biden’s national COVID-19 plan promised to open 100 new federally funded vaccination centers around the country. So far, the administration has visited about 20 mass vaccination sites that are fully administered by the federal government and staffed by Pentagon-deployed active-duty troops. According to the department, at least 441 vaccination sites are now receiving federal funding. Many of the sites were not new, but with the increased federal funding, nearly all of them were able to increase their capability.

Within his first 100 days in office, Biden promised to revoke the Trump administration’s “public fee” law, which discourages immigrants from using public services, streamline the naturalization process, and overhaul the US asylum system. In early February, he signed an executive order directing the related agencies to review the policies and make recommendations within 60 days.

The administration has taken several steps to overhaul the asylum system, including suspending a Trump-era policy that required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their applications were being reviewed on Biden’s first day in office. But, aside from offering billions of dollars to fix root causes in Central America, Biden has yet to formulate a strategy to handle asylum flows.

The president has also kept pandemic-related powers in place, allowing his administration to deport people at the border without giving them the chance to seek asylum. Biden aides have stated that there are no imminent plans to repeal the authority, which Trump enacted a year ago based on a little-known 1944 public health statute.

Biden has vowed to put an end to the incarceration of migrant families for long periods of time. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that it would stop using one of these facilities, but two others in Texas will continue to house families for three days or less. To deal with an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied minors at the border, the Biden administration is expanding space at a variety of long-term facilities that house immigrant children.

Within his first 100 days in office, Biden promised to secure enforceable commitments from other countries to reduce pollution in global shipping and aviation, as well as convene a climate world summit to explore fresh and more ambitious promises to combat climate change. On April 22, Earth Day, the United States will host such a summit.

Reopening America’s schools is one of Biden’s main campaign promises that has proved more difficult to carry out, owing to the fact that the decision to return to in-person learning is left to local authorities and teachers’ unions. Biden announced last month that his 100-day mission was to make most elementary schools open five days a week for in-person learning after some back-and-forth about the specifics of his goal.

He directed states to prioritize vaccinating teachers earlier this month, and in March, he declared that federal resources would be directed toward vaccinating teachers. With the passage of the coronavirus relief bill and the distribution of millions in funding to schools to boost safety measures, the Biden administration hopes that teachers will feel more comfortable returning to in-person learning.

According to Burbio, a website that monitors school reopening plans, roughly 47% of kindergarten through 12th grade students have access to in-person school on weekdays.


Apart from an executive order ending private prison contracts, the Biden administration has yet to take concrete steps toward criminal justice reform. Biden promised to establish a police oversight board within his first 100 days in office, but no concrete steps have been taken so far.

Creating a Cabinet-level working group based on promoting union activity and ordering an FBI investigation of problems with gun purchase background checks are two other 100-day pledges that have yet to be implemented.

Any of Biden’s 100-day promises, such as reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and raising corporate taxes, would necessitate legislative intervention. In his first 100 days, Biden vowed to make passage of the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, a top priority. The House has approved the bill, but the Senate has not.

Any of his assurances are contingent on Senate confirmation of Biden’s Cabinet secretaries. Biden has stated that he would instruct his attorney general to make proposals to restructure key Justice Department departments in order to more efficiently enforce the nation’s gun laws. He also promised to appoint his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to lead a task force to develop guidelines for ensuring that housing is a right for all Americans.

Merrick Garland, his attorney general nominee, and Rep. Marcia Fudge, his nominee to head the Housing Department, are both scheduled to be confirmed this week.

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‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘Queen’s Gambit’ top Emmy Awards



Emmys vow a ‘good time’ after bleak year; ‘Crown’ may rule


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix’s “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” combined with Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” to win top series honors at the Sunday’s Emmy Awards, a first for streaming services that cemented their rise to prominence in the television industry.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Peter Morgan, the creator and writer of the British royal saga “The Crown,” which collected acting, writing and directing awards in addition to four acting honors.

His comment may also apply to the premium cable channels that once dominated the Emmy Awards and to the broadcast networks — including Sunday’s ceremony host, CBS — that have long grown accustomed to being largely also-rans.

Netflix won a leading total of 44 awards, equaling the broadcast network record set back in 1974, by CBS.

There was a bright spot for HBO with its limited series “Mare of Easttown,” the crime drama that earned four Emmys, including a lead acting award for star Kate Winslet. For broadcaster NBC, “Saturday Night Live” again came through with variety honors.

The ceremony proved disappointing as well to those scrutinizing diversity in Hollywood. The record number of nominees of color yielded only two Black winners, including RuPaul for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Michaela Coel for “I May Destroy You.”

Cedric the Entertainer proved a game host, moving from a hip-hop opening number to gags and sketches, but the relatively small crowd — a result of pandemic precautions — was fairly muted in their response to him and others’ one-liners.

There was a feeling of personal loss that pervaded the night, with a number of winners recounting the loss of loved ones.

“The Crown” stars Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor won the top drama acting honors Sunday, with Jason Sudeikis, star of the warm-hearted “Ted Lasso,” and Jean Smart of the generation-gap story “Hacks,” winners on the comedy side.

Colman and O’Connor were a winning fictional mother-son duo: She plays Queen Elizabeth II, with O’Connor as Prince Charles in the British royal family saga that combines gravitas and soap opera.

“I’d have put money on that not happening,” Colman said of the award, calling it “a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey” with the show’s cast and creators. She cut her remarks short, explaining why she was growing tearful.

“I lost my daddy during COVID, and he would have loved all of this.” she said.

O’Connor gave a shoutout to Emma Corwin, who played opposite him as Princess Diana and was also a nominee Sunday, as a “force of nature.”

He also offered thanks to his grandparents, including his grandmother who died a few months ago, and his grandfather, Peter O’Connor, for the “greatest gifts” of kindness and loyalty.

Sudeikis, who co-created the series that many viewers found a balm for tough pandemic times, gave a speech that evoked the chipper, upbeat character he plays in the series about a U.K. soccer team and its unlikely American coach.

“This show’s about families and mentors and teammates, and I wouldn’t be here without those things in my life,” said Sudeikis. He also thanked his fellow castmates, saying “I’m only as good as you guys make me look.”

Smart, who received a standing ovation, began her acceptance speech on a somber note: Her husband actor, Richard Gilliland, died six months ago.

“I would not be here without him” and his willingness to put her career first, said Smart. She also praised their two children as “courageous individuals in their own right.”

Earlier in the evening, ebullient “Ted Lasso” castmate Hannah Waddingham, winner of the best supporting actress award for a comedy, said Sudeikis “changed my life with this, and more importantly my baby girl’s.”

Brett Goldstein, who won the counterpart award for supporting actor for playing a retired soccer star, said he had promised not to swear and either mimed or was muted for a few seconds, then called the show the “privilege and pleasure” of his life.

Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies were honored for their supporting performances on “The Crown.”

Anderson, who played British political leader Margaret Thatcher, was one of numerous cast members to accept from a “Crown” gathering in London. Menzies who plays Prince Philip, didn’t attend either ceremony.

Before announcing the winner in his category, presenter Kerry Washington saluted another nominee, Michael K. Williams of “Lovecraft County.” Williams died Sept. 6 at age 54.

“Michael was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon,” Washington said.

Another lost star was remembered by John Oliver of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

“No one was funnier in the last 20 years than Norm Macdonald on late-night comedy,” Oliver said in accepting the Emmy for best variety talk show, suggesting people spend time checking out clips of Macdonald, as he did after Macdonald died Sept. 14 at age 61.

Kate Winslet, who played the title character in “Mare of Easttown,” and Ewan McGregor, who starred in the fashion biopic “Halston,” were honored as top actors for a limited series.

Winslet saluted her sister nominees in “this decade that has to be about women having each other’s back.”

Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters claimed best supporting acting honors for “Mare of Easttown,” about crime and family dysfunction.

“The script was “true to the horror and beauty of ordinary people’s lives,” particularly the lives of women, said Nicholson.

Both she and Peters saluted star Winslet.

“Man, you’re good at acting. But turns out you’re good at caring for a whole production,” Nicholson said.

Debbie Allen received the Governors Award for a long and acclaimed career as an actor, dancer, choreographer and activist

“I am trembling with gratitude and grace and trying not to cry … it’s been many years in the making, taken a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time. Courage and creative and fight and faith to believe I could keep going, and I have,” she said.

The show opened with a musical number that featured host Cedric the Entertainer rapping a modified version of the Biz Markie hip-hop hit “Just a Friend” with lyrics like “TV, you got what I need.” LL Cool J bounded from the audience as stars like Rita Wilson, Mandy Moore and more dropped verses celebrating the breadth of television.

Seth Rogen presented the first award, throwing some cold water on the celebratory vibe by noting that the Emmys were being held in a giant tent. “There’s way too many of us in this little room,” he exclaimed in what seemed to be an attempt to be funny that fell flat.

“Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided.”

Roughly 500 people attended the Emmys in downtown Los Angeles, with fashion standout Billy Porter sporting large wings attached to the sleeves of his black trouser look and Sudeikis walked the red carpet in a velvet suit of soft blue.

The producers’ ultimate goal was a ceremony that is upbeat and acknowledges how much TV’s importance grew during the pandemic and its lockdowns.


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Tatis botches popup, Cards beat Padres 8-7, win 8th straight



Tatis botches popup, Cards beat Padres 8-7, win 8th straight

ST. LOUIS (AP) — San Diego center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped Nolan Arenado’s bases-loaded popup and heaved the ball home, leading to a five-run first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 8-7 for an eight-game winning streak.

Tatis’ brutal error and mental mistake — he chose not to make an easy throw to second or third for a forceout — came one day after his dugout dustup with teammate Manny Machado.

San Diego’s Jake Arrieta left soon after the error with an injury.

St. Louis completed a three-game sweep and opened a three-game lead for the second NL wild card.

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press

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Broncos defense gives up opening TD to Trevor Lawrence and Jaguars, then dominates rookie QB in Week 2 win



Broncos defense gives up opening TD to Trevor Lawrence and Jaguars, then dominates rookie QB in Week 2 win

On the Jaguars’ opening possession Sunday, Trevor Lawrence carved up the Broncos on a scripted 11-play, 83-yard touchdown drive.

But for the rest of the afternoon at TIAA Bank Field, the Broncos did what they were supposed to against a rookie quarterback: Dominate.

Denver’s defense cinched down after that opening TD, allowing just 106 more yards the rest of the rainy afternoon. No more points were scored by the Jacksonville offense, and Lawrence was picked off twice in the second half of the Broncos’ 23-13 victory.

Linebacker Von Miller, who had two tackles and a sack, said the defense was never rattled.

“After that first drive, we settled down and were able to play well,” Miller said. “Those guys (believe they) are a great team too, they’re full of talent and they’re going to make plays. We’ve just got to respond, and push through adversity, and that’s what we did.”

The Jaguars had four third-down conversions on their first drive. Kyle Fuller was at fault on two of those, one by a questionable illegal contact call and the other on Marvin Jones Jr.’s 25-yard touchdown catch. But Denver held Jacksonville to 3 of 10 on third-down from that point on, and a pair of those came by penalty (pass interference on Pat Surtain II in the second quarter and roughing the passer by Dre’Mont Jones in the fourth).

“(Our key was) to get off on third down,” safety Kareem Jackson said. “(They converted one) on third-and-short on the first drive. Another third down, they hit the tight end on the seven route. (We knew we had to) just communicate, get off on third down. We felt like on the first drive we didn’t execute. Moving forward, I think we did a better job executing and everybody just communicating.”

Denver forced a punt on the Jaguars’ second possession, and even though Jacksonville got into field goal range on two of its next three drives, the Broncos bent but didn’t break.

On the first of those second-quarter drives that resulted in a Josh Lambo missed field goal, the Jaguars capitalized on a 36-yard pass interference call on Surtain. The rookie didn’t turn to face the ball on an underthrown go-route to DJ Chark. But as Lawrence kept targeting Surtain throughout the game, the fortunes turned in favor of the Broncos’ corner.

That trend came to a head early in the fourth quarter, when another deep ball thrown toward Surtain ended up in his hands. Coach Vic Fangio called it “a hell of a pick.” It was Denver’s second interception of the half, after Jackson recorded career pick No. 20 by undercutting one of Lawrence’s throws two possessions prior.

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Trevor Lawrence (16) of the Jacksonville Jaguars hangs his head after a failed third down conversion against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 23-13 win at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

“Not many deep corners can make that play (that Surtain made),” Fangio said. “At best, most of them get a break-up. But he got the break-up and the pick, so that speaks volumes about his ability. He had the P.I. (in the first half), but overall he played well.”

Surtain, who also had four tackles in his first NFL start, said being picked on by Lawrence wasn’t a surprise.

“Going into my first start, I expected that going into the game that they were going to try me early,” Surtain said. “I just had to make up for it (with the interception).”

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Massachusetts weather outlook: A ‘pretty nice stretch’ ahead as fall officially starts



Massachusetts weather outlook: A ‘pretty nice stretch’ ahead as fall officially starts

A gorgeous stretch of dry weather is in store for Massachusetts ahead of the official start of astronomical fall this week.

Meteorologists are forecasting comfortable temps in the 70s and sunshine for the final days of summer before fall kicks off on Wednesday.

“It should be a pretty nice stretch of weather,” said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boston office.

After Sunday’s September stunner, Monday should be another gem of a day, with abundant sunshine, light winds and low humidity. High temps should be in the mid 70s, with cooler temps and sea breezes along the coast.

Tuesday should be more of the same, followed by temps ticking up a few degrees on Wednesday.

The next chance for rain showers is on Thursday. An approaching cold front will be accompanied by showers and possible thunderstorms sometime Thursday into Friday, followed by dry and seasonably mild conditions on Saturday.

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Vikings linebacker Nick Vigil shows new team a little something special



Vikings linebacker Nick Vigil shows new team a little something special

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Linebacker Nick Vigil was a two-way player at Utah State, and he looked the part Sunday.

Vigil, a 28-year-old linebacker in his first season with the Vikings, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second half to give the Vikings a 30-24 lead, but it was the execution that brought out the athleticism.

Vigil extended his arms like a wide receiver to grab the pass from Kyler Murray on the left side of the defense, then demonstrated his ability to escape on the way to his first career touchdown in the NFL.

After stiff-arming speedster Rondale Moore at the 20, Vigil slithered past guard Josh Jones to get into the end zone before rolling to a finish.

Nothing, really.

“Just dropped to my spot, read (Murray’s) eyes,” Vigil said. “He was staring it down, so I was able to break on it and catch the ball. I thought (Moore) was gonna get me from behind. That guy’s a little faster than me, so he caught me pretty quick, but I was able to escape him.

“Ahh… I don’t know if you can say ‘due,’ but it felt good to finally get one.”

Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson, a former Cardinals player who knows something about State Farm Stadium, was dropping into his zone and did not see the play develop, but the crowd reaction tipped him off.

“I just heard the crowd kind of take a gasp for air, so I knew we had to do something good,” said Peterson, who spent his first 10 pro seasons with Cardinals.

“I looked up on the big screen and Nick was going the other way with the football.”

Vigil also joined the Vikings’ defense as a free agent this season after playing his first four years with Cincinnati then joining with the Chargers in 2020. He signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract in March.

“Nick has been phenomenal for us since he got here in OTAs, throughout minicamps, and he’s been making plays for us thus far throughout the season,” Peterson said.

Principally a linebacker at Utah State, Vigil also spent time as a running back, and had 169 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Vigil also was involved in a disputed play late in the first half, when he came up with a fumble that was disallowed after review.

On second down from the Vikings’ 5-yard line, Moore ran a jet sweep over the right side and lost the ball when cornerback Bashaud Breeland popped the ball loose on a tackle.

The ball popped into Vigil’s hands, but a review indicated that he did not have both feet in bounds after gaining possession, and the Cardinals retained possession.

“No, just kinda popped into my chest,” Vigil said. “I was joking with guys on the sidelines (that) I gotta start working on my toe-taps. Get two feet down.”

A.J. Green was called for holding on that play to move the ball back, but Murray scored on a designed quarterback keeper up the middle on the next play, following center Rodney Hudson.

“They had a good play called,” Vigil said. “In that situation, there’s not much you can do. We’ve just got to see it a little faster and all rally to it before he gets in.”

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St. Charles County achieves 50% full vaccination in COVID fight



St. Charles County achieves 50% full vaccination in COVID fight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most populous counties in Missouri has reached 50% full vaccination in the fight against COVID-19. St. Charles County joins Boone County, the city of Joplin, and St. Louis County to reach the mark.

Fourteen other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Franklin, Atchison, Jackson, Cole, Gasconade, Greene, Shelby, Nodaway, Montgomery, Cape Girardeau, and Christian counties, as well as Kansas City, Independence, and St. Louis City.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 662,380 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 1,270 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 11,062 total deaths as of Sunday, Sept. 19, no increase over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.67%.

Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.

State health officials report 53.1% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 64.4% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.

The state has administered 67,066 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.

Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.

(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.

At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.

The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.

The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,640; yesterday, it was 1,678. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 1,969. 

Approximately 49.3% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 82,293 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 56,717 cases.

People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 44.1% of all recorded deaths in the state.

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Month / Year Missouri COVID cases*
(reported that month)
March 2020 1,327
April 2020 6,235
May 2020 5,585
June 2020 8,404
July 2020 28,772
August 2020 34,374
September 2020 41,416
October 2020 57,073
November 2020 116,576
December 2020 92,808
January 2021 66,249
February 2021 19,405
March 2021 11,150
April 2021 12,165
May 2021 9,913
June 2021 12,680
July 2021 42,780
August 2021 60,275
September 2021 31,353
(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

Missouri has administered 6,886,663 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Sept. 18, 16.9% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.

According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”

The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 10.2% positivity rate as of Sept. 16. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.

The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.

As of Sept. 16, Missouri is reporting 1,956 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,944. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 16% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.

On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.

On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.

The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.

Across the state, 496 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 17%.

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.

As of Sept. 19, the CDC identified 41,915,285 cases of COVID-19 and 670,565 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.60%.

How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).

The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.

Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.

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Courtland Sutton’s return-to-form game is career-best and helps Broncos beat Jaguars, move to 2-0



Courtland Sutton’s return-to-form game is career-best and helps Broncos beat Jaguars, move to 2-0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton has the kind of career he and those around him anticipate, there will be longer catches and bigger wins and more game balls.

But Sunday might always stand out because it may be the start of something.

The start of Sutton returning to No. 1 pass-catcher status.

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Courtland Sutton (14) of the Denver Broncos signals first down after making a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

The start of him assembling another Pro Bowl season.

And the start of him showing management he merits a long-term contract.

In the Broncos’ 23-13 win Sunday over Jacksonville, Sutton — after only one catch in the season opener at the New York Giants — set career highs in catches (nine) and yards (159), including receptions of 33 and 55 yards that led to touchdowns.

“He’s back,” coach Vic Fangio said.

And right in time.

The Broncos won’t have receiver Jerry Jeudy for another 3-5 weeks after his high ankle sprain sustained last week, so they needed Sutton to assert himself. Request granted and challenge accepted.

“My coaches always say, ‘Each play has a life of its own,’ and if you have that mindset, you’ll look up at the end of the day and the stats will take care of themselves,” Sutton said.

The stats were terrific; his previous high yardage game was 120 in the 2019 opener at Oakland and his high-reception game was seven in the same loss to the Raiders.

Sutton’s two splash plays were needed as the Broncos fell behind 7-0 and committed multiple careless penalties. But the defense adjusted and flummoxed Trevor Lawrence (114 yards passing and two interceptions), moving Fangio’s record against rookie quarterbacks to 19-9.

The Broncos are 2-0 for the first time in three years, erasing the stench of the last two awful Septembers (combined 0-7).

They have scored 50 points in Weeks 1-2, confirming the faith general manager George Paton had this offseason in the young group of skill-position players.

And they have allowed only three touchdowns in wins over the Giants and Jaguars, proof that using so many resources on defense has paid an immediate dividend.

Yes, before you say it, we know the Giants are chasing their collective tail in the NFC East and the Jaguars have lost 17 consecutive games dating back to last year.

But so what? The Broncos have played the schedule assigned to them by the NFL and conducted their East Coast business like any potentially good team does … by posting two double-digit wins.

“By no means did we play (perfectly) and we’re going to have to play better,” Fangio said. “But eventually, when you play good defense, which we did minus the first drive, and your offense is moving it … you’ll eventually plow your way through it.”

Tim Patrick (81) of the Denver ...

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Tim Patrick (81) of the Denver Broncos dances after catching a touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

If the Broncos can plow their way through the New York Jets in next week’s home opener, then things will get really exciting.

Simply put, beating the Giants was fine, but they couldn’t afford to erase it by losing to Jacksonville.

The Jaguars hung tough early, leading 7-3 late in the first half. But then Sutton went to work.

On third-and-6 from his 24, Sutton kept the drive alive with a 16-yard catch. Two plays later came his first big strike.

Sutton ran a crossing route and as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater extended the play, Sutton turned up the field to create separation from safety Rayshawn Jenkins for a 33-yard gain.

“Teddy being Teddy and finding a way to get the football to (me),” Sutton said. “No play is dead until they blow the whistle.”

The Broncos took the lead for good three plays later when receiver Tim Patrick was completely uncovered for a 12-yard touchdown.

Leading 10-7 to start the second half, Sutton helped put the game away. On second down from the Broncos’ 28, Sutton simply ran by cornerback Chris Claybooks on a post route that gained 55 when Bridgewater dropped the pass into his hands.

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Inside Patriots RB Damien Harris’ game-breaking touchdown run against the Jets



Inside Patriots RB Damien Harris’ game-breaking touchdown run against the Jets

Ivan Fears called it.

The Patriots long-time running backs coach thought Damien Harris would rebound from his costly Week 1 fumble against the Dolphins.

Did he ever.

During the Patriots 25-6 win over the Jets, Harris had a 26-yard-touchdown run that was one for the ages, running through tackles, finding his way through eight would-be tacklers.

It was a combination of will and skill, with a push from his teammates in the end to get over the goal line for a pivotal third-quarter touchdown.

“I knew he was going to find a way to get in the end zone,” said fellow back James White. “I knew he was extremely motivated to get out there, and for him to have a run like that, where they were ripping at the ball, and have him running through tackles was really impressive.”

Harris had no turnovers, rushing for 62 yards on 16 carries. None were more important than the score that put the Pats up 19-3.

Harris wasn’t going to be denied, pushing aside one defender after another, dragging several with him into the end zone, with a little nudge at the end from his linemen and quarterback Mac Jones.

“(I was) very determined, obviously,” said Harris. “Any time you touch the ball, you want to get it in the box. It was a great play, everybody was blocking their butts off, got a lot of help from a lot of guys, apparently got some help from Mac Jones, too … but it was a great play, and it was great to have that moment with the team.

“Everybody was feeling the energy, everybody was excited. It was truly a great moment.”

Said Jones: “The offensive line created the hole and Damien made the guy miss … there he goes, he kind of shot out the back door, and I was like, ‘Alright, here we go.’ He did a good job getting it in.”

Harris had rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries the previous week, but that effort was stained when he lost the ball with the Patriots at the Miami 11-yard-line, poised to go in for the winning score.

It ultimately cost the Patriots a chance at victory, and while Fears wasn’t pleased with the turnover, he was confident Harris would respond in a big way.

Bill Belichick was happy how the team, and Harris, bounced back from last week’s setback.

“Damien’s one of our hardest-working players,” Belichick said after the win. “He worked hard this week, prepared hard. He’s pretty consistent.”

The Jets defense was a tough unit to crack, especially on the ground, as the Patriots gained just 101 yards on 24 carries (4.2 yards per carry). That’s what made Harris’ run even more special.

“It was a statement for the offense,” said White.  “That play was huge.”

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Greg Joseph’s missed field goal as time expires extends Vikings’ historic kicking woes



Greg Joseph’s missed field goal as time expires extends Vikings’ historic kicking woes

GLENDALE, Ariz. — For the fatalist Vikings fans out there, it would be unbelievable if it wasn’t so, well, believable.

A swing of the leg. A missed field goal. A heartbreaking loss.

You can add Greg Joseph to the long list of maligned Minnesota kickers that most notably includes Gary Anderson, Blair Walsh and Daniel Carlson.

With a chance to win the game on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Stadium, Joseph pushed a 37-yard field goal wide right as time expired, and the Vikings suffered a heartbreaking 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals to fall to 0-2 on the season.

For Joseph, it was the conclusion of a roller-coaster game, during which he made a pair of 52-yard field goals and missed an extra point.

Though that missed PAT proved costly as the Vikings would have been tied with the Cardinals had he made it, Joseph had a chance to atone for his mistake in the final seconds. He crumbled.

Some people will say the Vikings should have tried to gain more yards on the final drive to make the potential game-winning kick a little easier. Kirk Cousins completed a pass K.J. Osborn at the 19-yard line on the final play before Joseph’s field-goal attempt.

With about 40 seconds left at that point, the Vikings were content to let the clock tick away before calling timeout. Asked if he thought about trying to gain more yards, coach Mike Zimmer replied, “Yeah, I thought about all those things.”

In the end, though, he was content with Joseph lining up for the 37-yard field goal. The ball was in the middle of the field. All that was left to do was split the uprights.

“I felt good about that kick,” Zimmer said. “He’s been kicking good. We’re indoors. It’s a perfect surface. I’m thinking, ‘This should be an easy one here.’ ”

As the the kick sailed wide right — not wide left like Vikings fans are used to — punter Jordan Berry slapped Joseph on the back in encouragement. Meanwhile, the Cardinals celebrated raucously, sprinting up and down the field with elation.

“That kick didn’t lose us the game,” Osborn said. “It’s a bunch of different plays throughout the game.”

In that same breath, Osborn mentioned how Joseph nailed a 53-yard field goal last week against Cincinnati to send that game into overtime.

“He’s going to keep knocking them in for us,” Osborn said. “It happens. We love him. That’s our guy.”

Asked about Joseph’s misfire, Cousins took the same approach as Osborn.

“He knows we’re here for him,” Cousins said. “What he did last week is no small feat. It was a very difficult thing to do. There were so many plays out there that each of us, individually, would like to have back, and that’s the way it’ll always be.”

Zimmer praised Joseph for his ability before adding that he would like to see him be more consistent. Does he expect Joseph to be the kicker moving forward?

“I don’t think you should make a decision today on things like that,” the coach said. “I don’t think you make decisions on personnel right after a guy misses a kick.”

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Group honors Missouri officer killed in the line of duty last week



Group honors Missouri officer killed in the line of duty last week

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A group of about two dozen people gathered Saturday to pay their respects to the 22-year-old Independence police officer killed in a shooting earlier in the week.

The small crowd gathered outside Centerpoint Medical Center as a motorcade escorted Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans’s body from the hospital to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office. Madrid-Evans died Wednesday after a confrontation with a man who was being sought for violating parole.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the suspect fired a handgun at Madrid-Evans and his partner, who returned fire.

The suspect, 33-year-old Cody L. Harrison, died at the scene and Madrid-Evans died at a hospital later.

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