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Colorado, which has been haunted by gun crime, is confronted with a difficult past.

Colorado, which has been haunted by gun crime, is confronted with a difficult past.

 

Dawn Reinfeld came to Colorado 30 years ago to attend college in Boulder, a picturesque place. She remained because she was enchanted by the state’s vast open spaces.

But, over the years, dark events have clouded her perception of her adopted home. The Columbine High School shooting in 1999. The Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012. Reinfeld was reeling from the latest mass shooting much closer to home on Wednesday, when police said a 21-year-old gunned down shoppers at a nearby supermarket.

Reinfeld, a gun control protester, said, “I could see myself leaving at some stage because of all of this.” “It’s a draining way of life.”

Colorado’s jagged mountains and outdoor lifestyle have long attracted transplants from all over the world. However, it has also been plagued by massacres that have helped characterize the country’s decades-long war on terrorism. Many in the state were grappling with that past the day after the latest shooting, wondering why their home has become a magnet for such assaults. Why am I back here — once again?

Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was killed at Columbine High School in 1999, said, “People now say, ‘gee, what is it about Colorado?'”

In the aftermath of the new assault, Mauser, now a gun control advocate, was answering phone calls, one of which was a desperate call from a friend whose daughter was shopping in the supermarket and had narrowly survived the shooting. The brutality felt so close once more.

“It has a huge impact on so many people. He said, “It’s become ubiquitous.”

According to Jillian Peterson, a criminology professor at Hamline University in Minnesota, Colorado isn’t the state with the most mass shootings; it ranks eighth in the nation, alongside much larger states like California and Florida.

However, it is inextricably linked to some of the most high-profile shootings. The Columbine High School massacre is now regarded as the bloody start of a new age of mass violence. The Aurora shooting brought school-level horror to a movie theater.

Others are less well-known on a global level. After storming a high school in the mountain town of Bailey in 2006, a gunman killed a 16-year-old teen. The following year, a gunman opened fire on two evangelical Christian churches in suburban Denver and Colorado Springs, killing four people. Three people were killed in a 2015 attack in Colorado Springs on a Planned Parenthood clinic. Three people were killed in a Walmart shooting in 2017 by a gunman whose reasons were never revealed. Kendrick Castillo, 18, was killed in 2019 while fending off an armed assault by two classmates at a suburban Denver high school.

There are no simple explanations in the quest for answers. Despite its Western picture, Colorado has a fairly typical rate of gun ownership for the region, with more shopping centers than shooting ranges in its populated landscape. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is near the middle of the pack in terms of all forms of gun violence, ranking 21st in the world.

According to Peterson, who has written about mass shootings as a viral phenomenon in which one shooter is motivated by news of other attacks, the Columbine shooting may be one of the reasons Colorado has suffered so much. Two student shooters killed 13 people and “wrote the script” that many other mass shooters are trying to follow. The assailants died in the massacre, but they were immortalized in movies and books and made the cover of Time Magazine.

“Columbine was the real turning point in this country, so it makes sense that you’d see more of them in Columbine’s backyard,” Peterson said.

The attack took place nearly a decade ago; Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the shooter in the Boulder massacre, was born three days before the Columbine shooting.

Esteban Luevano, 19, like many other young Coloradans, only heard about Columbine in school as a disaster that happened before he was born. As a boy, however, its long shadow frightened him, and he wondered if gunmen might also storm his school.

When Luevano was 11, another gunman opened fire at a movie theater near his home in Aurora, Colorado, east of Denver and across the metro area from Columbine’s leafy suburbs. A total of 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured.

Since then, the theater has been demolished and restored. As the snow started to swirl and Luevano bundled up to go into a mall across the street, it stood empty on Tuesday, shuttered during the pandemic. He was also reeling from the news that the tony, college town of Boulder had become the newest Colorado city to join the grim brotherhood.

“It’s pretty fancy,” Luevano said, “so it kind of surprised me that anyone would shoot out there.”

Colorado has taken several steps to limit gun ownership.

The local gun control movement has gained heartbroken new recruits after each of Colorado’s worst mass shootings. Survivors of the Columbine High School massacre, as well as family members of the victims, worked to get a ballot measure passed that mandated background checks for weapons purchased at gun shows. Following the Aurora shooting, the state’s newly Democratic legislature mandated background checks for all gun sales, as well as a 15-round magazine limit.

Two state senators were forced to resign as a result of the legislation, but the laws remained in place. Following the Parkland shooting in Florida in 2018, the Colorado legislature passed legislation allowing for the confiscation of weapons from individuals who pose a threat. Some rural sheriffs have rebelled, but there have been no recalls so far.

Boulder, Colorado, went even further three years ago, banning assault weapons. The measure had been stopped by a court just ten days before the rampage on Monday.

One place to track the effect of mass shootings, according to gun control advocates, is in state politics. In 2018, Aurora’s Republican congressman was succeeded by Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, a supporter of gun control. John Hickenlooper, the Democratic governor who signed the post-Aurora gun control measures, defeated Colorado’s last major statewide elected Republican in November.

Even now, the hunger for gun rights advocates hasn’t quite subsided. Last year, Coloradans also elected Lauren Boebert, a Republican from a rural district who said she wanted to be able to carry a gun on the House floor.

Tom Sullivan, a Democrat, was elected to a previously Republican state house district in 2018, after his son Alex was killed in the Aurora shooting. He was out with a friend on Monday afternoon and didn’t learn about the new assault until he returned home.

When he did, he switched on the television to watch, describing it as a “timeout” to take in all of the victims’ suffering and life stories.

In an interview, Sullivan said, “It’s not that we’re numb to it; it’s that we’ve had a lot of practice.”

Sullivan argued that the number of mass shootings in Colorado isn’t unusually high. It’s just that the attacks are more sensationalized because of the comparatively prosperous state’s backdrop. “The ones that are taking place here in Colorado are in a little more affluent areas,” Sullivan explained. “It happens elsewhere as well; we just can’t get people to report it.”

Not everyone who has been affected by the state’s history of mass shootings has been a supporter of gun control. Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel was killed at Columbine, expressed his displeasure with political activists who raise the topic after mass shootings. Instead, he proposes that moral education be implemented.

“We’re reaping what we’ve sown because we’re afraid to call evil evil as a state, as a country,” Rohrbough said.

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A running list of who won what at the 2021 Emmy Awards

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This story will be updated as more winners are announced. 

List of main winners at the Emmy Awards:

List of main winners at the Emmy Awards:

Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso.”

Drama series: “The Crown”

Limited Series: “The Queen’s Gambit”

Actress, Drama Series: Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Actor, Drama Series: Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

Actress, Comedy Series: Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Actor, Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Actress, Limited Series or TV movie: Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown.”

Actor, Limited Series or TV movie: Ewan McGregor, “Halston”

Reality-competition program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

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Patriots defense dominates Jets and Zach Wilson in another Belichick win over rookie QBs

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The highest compliment Bill Belichick could pay Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during the week — a time when Belichick hands out compliments to opponents like candy — was Wilson can “make all the throws.”

That was the first sign of trouble. Then came the game Sunday.

Later, after dismantling the Jets 25-6, Belichick made a point to call Wilson a good player. He referenced a deep throw Wilson made in garbage time, proof of the rookie’s rare arm strength and accuracy. But quarterbacking is much more than physical talent.

Belichick knows this. It’s discipline, rapid processing, clean decision-making and performing under pressure — traits rookies often lack. Talent won’t cut it, and predictably Wilson didn’t on Sunday, throwing four interceptions. His woes were a long time coming.

“When you can start off getting an interception on the second play, it makes it tough for the offense; with what they want to do, (with) a rookie quarterback,” Pats safety Devin McCourty said. “It’s just adding pressure.”

Jets coach Robert Saleh diagnosed Wilson’s problems against the Patriots as discipline-related. Wilson played the game he wanted to play instead of the one he needed to play.

“When you have a rookie quarterback, it’s just having confidence that it’s OK to play a boring game of football,” Saleh said. “That’s really it. He is an electric dude. He’s competitive as crap. And he wants to win so bad. But sometimes it’s OK to be boring. That’s probably the biggest lesson that we can take out of this one.”

The Pats recognized this early during their preparation. All week, they referenced Wilson’s aggressive style, his desire to go deep. Translation: he’s going to throw us the ball.

It was similar to how they viewed another young passer, Tua Tagovailoa, prior to their loss to Miami in the season opener. If the Pats could deny Tagovailoa his preferred targets and timing, they would capitalize.

“That’s what Tua do. If he doesn’t have his first read, he’s just gonna throw the ball up,” said Pats corner J.C. Jackson, who had two picks against the Jets.

Sure enough, Jonathan Jones intercepted Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter after the Pats had properly pressured him and forced him to scramble on third-and-long. The Pats didn’t need to wait that long Sunday.

Wilson threw picks on his first two pass attempts. At various moments, he had three completions to three interceptions, then four completions to four picks. Two interceptions were overthrows, the others displays of overconfidence when targeting Jackson.

He almost threw a fifth.

“That’s what defense is all about. Don’t wait on nobody to make plays,” Jackson said. “Just go out there and set the tone and hopefully your teammates feed off that.”

Wilson is an artist who wants to paint with fast, broad strokes. The Pats handed him a tiny brush and let him drive himself crazy. Any rookie quarterback facing the Patriots — who are now 22-6 against first-year passers under Belichick — should start by studying the one on their sideline.

Mac Jones hasn’t turned the ball over once in two games. He’s completed better than 72% of his passes. He’s handled pressure well. He knows how the game must be played for a player of his age and in his position.

“It’s just part of the game, and our defense is really good. It’s a tough defense to go against,” Jones said of Wilson’s interceptions. “I’ve gone against them in practice and probably thrown a lot of picks, too. It sucks.”

Jones said he shared that advice with Wilson at midfield post-game. Moments later, in a small press room underneath the stands, Jackson was asked about the Jets young quarterback. And again, all he could reference was his talent.

“Wilson’s got a strong arm,” Jackson said. “He can really zip the ball in, put it anywhere.”

But despite that obvious talent, did the Pats believe they successfully rattled him mentally?

Jackson: “Yes.”

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Emmys: ‘Crown,’ ‘Lasso,’ ‘Queen’s Gambit,’ streaming triumph

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

By LYNN ELBER

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. The streaming service, which fielded the first drama series nominee, “House of Cards” in 2007, finally won the category.

Newcomer Apple TV+’s first top series came less than two years after it launched.

“The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” tied as leaders with 11 awards each, with “Ted Lasso” topping the comedy side with seven trophies.

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 star-creator Michaela Coel’s writing award 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 sadness 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 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 including 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.

In the cumulative awards handed out Sunday and at the previously-held creative arts events, the outlets that followed Netflix included HBO and HBO Max with 19 combined awards; Disney+ with 14; Apple TV+, 10; NBC, 8.

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ST. LOUIS – Tracey Nieters and Lynn Gillick went to the Rigazzi’s on The Hill Saturday night expecting to enjoy good food and company. What they didn’t expect was to be rushed out of the restaurant after gunshots sent one person to the hospital.

“Finished our dinner and sitting there and all of a sudden you hear pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” Nieters said.

Gillick said they heard five or six shots. The couple said they immediately followed the instructions the Rigazzi’s wait staff yelled to them, and everyone else in the restaurant.

“Somebody yelled, ‘Get out! Get out, go!’ And then everybody was running everywhere. People were jumping fences and we got behind a car,” Nieters said.

St. Louis Police responded to a shooting call at the business Saturday just after 9:40 p.m.

When they arrived, they found a man inside the restaurant suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to the hospital and an investigation is underway.

Police learned two men got into an argument prior to the shooting.

Nieters and Gillick are safe but they still have questions.

“We want to know if they caught the guy. I want to know how the person is doing that was shot,” Gillick said.

The two praised Rigazzi’s staff for how they handled the bizarre situation and hope they have a chance to pay for their dinners.

“We’d love to find the waitress we had because I’d love to hand her money, because she was awesome,” Nieters said.

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U.S. troops are still deploying to Iraq, even as Afghan War ends

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FORT CARSON, Colo. — A taut line of soldiers crossed the sprawling Army post’s parade ground in the afternoon, hoisting flags draped with a rainbow of streamers from past deployments: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, France, Civil War battles and even skirmishes with Plains tribes on horseback.

“Present colors!” a sergeant yelled. The soldiers turned and dipped the flags toward their commanding colonel, who stepped forward and carefully wrapped each one in camouflage sleeves.

At that very moment — 1:29 p.m. Mountain time on Aug. 30 — the last U.S. military plane took off from the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

American flags across the country had been lowered to half-staff to honor the 13 U.S. troops killed there by a suicide bomber. And at the front gate of Fort Carson, women set out 13 pairs of boots and 13 cold Bud Lights as a memorial.

But the ceremony on the parade ground was not marking the end of America’s war in Afghanistan. The 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade was wrapping its flags to mark the beginning of its latest deployment. It was going back to Iraq.

Although the mission may have dropped from public attention, the United States still has boots on the ground in the other nation it invaded in the wake of 9/11. About 2,500 U.S. troops are in Iraq now, the embers of what was once a scorching and divisive war, now carefully scattered to protect a few strategic bases. For the next nine months, roughly 2,000 soldiers from 1st Brigade will take over much of that duty.

The deployment is the latest in a long line for the unit, whose ranks are now made up largely of soldiers who were toddlers when the United States invaded. In their view, war in foreign lands is not a finite, momentous event but rather a continuing reality — a task that probably will always be there, in need of volunteers.

The brigade’s first deployment to Iraq in 2003 culminated in the capture of the country’s fugitive dictator, Saddam Hussein, whom soldiers pulled from a spider hole in a small village. The troops came home that time to a raucous welcome, with 70,000 people in attendance and tributes by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jessica Simpson.

But initial victory in Iraq did not lead to peace. The brigade returned to Iraq 2006 and again in 2008. Scores of brigade soldiers were killed as the country crumbled. The fervor of the initial invasion faded even as the brigade kept deploying, including tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

As 1st Brigade’s platoons boarded military jets once again in 2021, there were no banners along the roadside, no bands playing. Only a few dozen family members and an excited orbit of children and dogs showed up for a subdued send-off.

But as the young troops crowded onto the planes, setting off from a nation wearied of war, many of their faces flickered with excitement. They walked across the flight line feeling proud that it was their time to stand watch. The fate of a nation, which the pullout from Afghanistan showed can hinge on just a few thousand troops, would now rest in part on them.

Here is a closer look at six of the soldiers deploying.

Col. Andrew Steadman

Brigade commander, 43Atlanta

Steadman was a lieutenant fresh out of college when the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001, and he soon found himself leading a platoon of paratroopers in Afghanistan. He has seen little rest since.

He commanded a company in Iraq during the 2007 troop surge to quell growing unrest. Then he led a battalion back home. He did a stint in dress uniform at the White House, keeping always a few steps behind President Barack Obama, carrying a briefcase full of launch codes known as the nuclear football. Now he commands a brigade combat team.

Two decades of war have defined his life. So he was surprised a few weeks ago when his 10-year-old daughter asked him, “What is Afghanistan? Why are they fighting there?”

“It made me stop,” he said. “I realized there are so many young people still learning about the world.

“A lot of my soldiers are that way, too. They are young enough that they don’t know why we are there, why we went. Part of my job is to teach them.”

Lt. Col. Joseph Mason

Chaplain, 42Salem, Oregon

The brigade chaplain did not start out as a chaplain. He began as a grunt private who enlisted in 2002, when he and his wife had a baby on the way and Congress was voting to approve the use of force in Iraq. He deployed to Iraq while his first child was still in the hospital. Now he has four.

The intensity of his first deployment in 2003, he said, forced him to seek direction and community in his Christian faith. After seeing how faith had helped him and other soldiers at war, he knew he wanted to become a chaplain.

He has seen the Army change over the years, from a force focused on quick victory to one girded for long, grinding fights. During that time, a garden of social services has sprung up around the war fighters to give them a better chance at happy family lives, stable finances and healthy lifestyles that can sustain them.

“One thing is for sure: After all this time, the Army has learned how to go to war,” Mason said. “It’s learned how to support soldiers, how to build strength not just physically, but through spiritual practices and supportive relationships. We know that soldiers can’t deploy if they don’t have the support of loved ones at home.”

1st Lt. Olivia Albright

Intelligence platoon leader, 24

Okoboji, Iowa

Quiet, confident, with a blond ponytail trailing out from her patrol cap, Albright lifted her rucksack and told the 20 soldiers in her intelligence platoon to line up to deploy.

She graduated from Iowa State University summa cum laude in 2018 with a degree in animal science, but instead of becoming a veterinarian, she decided that she needed, like her father and her brother, to join the Army and try to give back to her nation.

In her rucksack was a book of meditations on how Christians can find delight in their duties and joy in purpose. “That’s how I was raised, and you feel an obligation to others,” she said. “I feel called to serve.”

The platoon she leads is mostly men. Only about 15% of the Army is female — a proportion that has barely budged since 2001, even though all combat jobs are now open to women. But the story is different among young officers: About one-third of all first lieutenants now are women, suggesting that the Army leadership in the future could look a lot more like Albright.

Being a woman in uniform “is not a big deal,” she said. “I’ve gotten nothing but support, people pushing me to succeed.”

Sgt. Richard Blomer

Infantry, 28San Diego

His great-grandfather was in the Army. So was his grandfather. So was his father, who came home from Operation Desert Storm shortly before he was born. So Blomer never had many questions about what he would do for a living.

As 1st Brigade soldiers prepared to fly to Iraq, some stuffed their rucksacks with good-luck charms, extra pillows and blankets or books for college courses they are taking while deployed.

Not Blomer. He is not seeking comfort, distraction or an exit plan. He said he plans to make a career of the Army. He enlisted nine years ago and has already deployed once, to Egypt for the peacekeeping mission in Sinai.

The night before deploying to Iraq, he went out with Army buddies to celebrate with a big steak. He welcomed the idea of serving where there was a chance for action and a little danger.

“This is why I signed up,” he said. “I love the Army. It’s fun.”

1st Lt. Caroline Tran

Medical logistics, 31Dallas

Before she was an officer in a medical logistics team, Tran was an enlisted military police officer, then a drill sergeant. She has seen the Army from all sides and has already served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who fled the fall of Saigon in 1975. Her father fought on the side of the Americans. Her mother escaped by boat. They never really talked about that war at home, and she never really asked. Her parents were not very happy when she enlisted.

Why is her brigade being sent to Iraq now, 10 years after U.S. combat operations there formally ended? That is just how it goes, she said, pointing out that U.S. soldiers are still deploying to South Korea and Germany, where the fighting stopped generations ago. Regardless of the place or mission, her work remains the same.

“It’s just part of our job,” she said. “We go where the nation needs us.”

Pfc. Carlos Pabon

Cavalry scout, 22Huntsville, Alabama

Pabon walked into a recruiting station Sept. 11, 2020, to sign his enlistment papers, oblivious to the significance of the date. He finished training only a few weeks before he learned that he would be deploying to Iraq.

Pabon wears the patch of the 4th Infantry Division on his left sleeve. Like the majority of the brigade, his right sleeve is bare. That spot is reserved for a combat patch for troops who have deployed to a conflict zone. He will get his when he returns to Fort Carson.

“We are excited,” he said as he waited to board an airplane at a military air terminal near Fort Carson. “A lot of the guys who didn’t get a chance to deploy wish they had.”

Asked if he was troubled about deploying to a country where many Americans felt that U.S. troops should never have been sent in the first place, he shook his head. He pointed to a postersize photo hanging on the wall of the terminal, showing a soldier kneeling down to shake the hand of smiling Iraqi boy.

“You see in that photo?” he said. “The boy has a book bag. That’s why I don’t mind going. I want to make sure those kids keep having those opportunities.”This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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Some shark species are extremely resilient to the stress of being caught and released while other species are much more likely to die, shark researchers found in a New England Aquarium-led study.

The five-year study was of more than 300 sharks from five different species: sandbar, blacktip, tiger, spinner and bull sharks.

Some animals will die even after getting released because of stress or injuries from the capture process. Findings of the study showed that for some shark species, like blacktip and spinner sharks, as many as 42% to 71% of sharks will die even after being released alive. Other sharks, like sandbar and tiger sharks, were much more resilient, with only 3% or less dying after release.

“We set out to do what very few studies had done previously — put electronic tags on a large number of sharks and collect blood samples from the same animals that we tagged,” said Nick Whitney, senior scientist in the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life and lead author of the study.

“We did this to get an idea of how well we could predict their fate based on stress indicators in their blood,” he added.

The scientists placed tags called accelerometers, the same technology found in a Fitbit, on the fins of more than 300 sharks.

The technology helped the researchers track the sharks’ fine-scale movements and, most importantly, whether they lived or died after being caught on commercial longlines and released in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys.

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

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

By LYNN ELBER

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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For more on this year’s Emmy Awards, visit: www.apnews.com/EmmyAwards

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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

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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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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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