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Red Sox Notebook: Alex Cora considers his starting rotation plans with Chris Sale’s return looming

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The Red Sox don’t want to waste any time when it comes to bringing back Chris Sale.

If everything goes according to plan, Sale will start Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that he believes Sale, who tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday, will be able to come off the COVID related injured list on Friday. If he does, “there’s a good chance” the ace will pitch that night.

Sale has been quarantined at his house in Boston since testing positive but it doesn’t seem like he’ll need to throw a bullpen before returning. Cora said earlier this week that Sale, who isn’t experiencing symptoms from COVID-19, feels great, and he’s staying fresh at home.

“They got him one of those fake mounds that they have now,” Cora said. “He has that. I don’t know if it is against a net or something. He’s been able to keep his arm in shape.”

With 16 games left in the season entering Tuesday, Cora is figuring out how to maximize his rotation and take advantage of the four off days at his disposal over the next two weeks. It’s possible that a starter or two could be moved to the bullpen as the Red Sox chase a playoff spot. Cora said Sale would be excluded from that mix, which makes it sound like Nick Pivetta and/or Tanner Houck could see work as relievers.

“We’re going over the rotation,” Cora said. “Actually, we talked a little bit today, just mapping out who faces who, how many outings. It’s one of those (where) you got to be smart about it. You want certain guys to face certain teams, or you want certain guys to pitch as many games as possible. I think we’re leaning toward that one. You want certain guys to go as often as possible.

“We’ll make decisions when we have to. As of now, everything is in line. We’ll see when Chris can pitch. If it is Friday, if it is Saturday, then we’ll go from there. With how many days we have, we have two (off days) next week and then one more, that’s three, so we’ve got a chance to do that, be smart about it and maximize the whole roster.”

Cora wasn’t ready to make any final decisions, likely waiting until he has final clarity on Sale’s official return date.

“Let’s wait and see until we know more about the weekend and see how we can line it up,” Cora said. “But yeah, there’s going to be starters that are going to the bullpen, and they’re going to be very important to what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Devers works through frustration

Rafael Devers plays with his emotions on his sleeve, and they were evident more than ever in Monday’s loss to the Mariners. After popping out with Xander Bogaerts at second, Devers’ frustrations boiled over as he slammed his bat twice on the ground. His next at-bat, he took the frustrations out by smashing a home run to right to go back-to-back with Bogaerts and make it a one-run game.

The sequence was something of a microcosm of his inconsistent second half after a strong first half. Normally a big second-half performer, Devers entered Tuesday batting .258 with a .350 on-base percentage, 12 homers and nine doubles since July 16 as he continues to adjust to the way he’s getting pitched.

“It’s that fine line when they attack him and when they don’t,” Cora said. “You have men at second and no outs, he had a hanging breaking ball and missed it. Usually, he doesn’t do that. There was another at-bat that probably could have worked a walk but it didn’t happen. He’s still grinding, still working. He still understands what’s going on. There’s certain spots they’re not going to pitch to him. There’s certain spots they will. It’s just a matter of staying within himself and not trying to do too much.”

Odds & ends

Martin Perez returned after testing positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 30. Kaleb Ort was sent back to Worcester. Jarren Duran and Christian Arroyo (COVID-19) were working out with Worcester in Syracuse on Tuesday, with the hope that they’ll play Wednesday. Matt Barnes (COVID-19) will pitch with Double-A Portland in Hartford on Wednesday, with the expectation that he’ll return to Boston this weekend. …

Nathan Eovaldi will be honored prior to Friday’s game at Fenway Park as the Red Sox’ nominee for the annual Roberto Clemente Award, which is given to a player who best represents the sport of baseball with their contributions on and off the field.

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Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education voted to censure one of its members, Tay Anderson, on Friday following an investigation released this week that found he flirted online with a 16-year-old student before knowing her age and made coercive and intimidating social media posts.

But the six-month, third-party investigation initiated by the school board did not substantiate any of the anonymous claims of sexual assault levied against  Anderson.

Just before the board met to vote, Anderson shot back in a fiery news conference with an NAACP representative and local ministers, calling his treatment a “high-tech lynching,” a phrase used by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings 30 years ago.

He then delivered a passionate defense of his actions during the special meeting, reading from a statement he’d posted online that invoked white supremacy, lynching and vile threats made against him and his family since sexual assault allegations first surfaced this spring.

“On March 26, 2021, false allegations led to my life changing forever,” Anderson said during the meeting. “That was the day I became known as a rapist to our community. Does anyone listening know how that feels? To know you didn’t commit an act you’re being accused of, but having people believe it and call for your career, your freedom and your life to be over.”

Friday’s special meeting marked the first time school board members spoke publicly about the investigation and Anderson’s actions. One by one they denounced his conduct, voting 6-1 — Anderson cast the lone no vote — to censure, or publicly reprimand, their colleague for what they’ve called “behavior unbecoming of a board member.”

“To the young women who participated in this investigation, who are watching right now to see if your experiences and stories mattered to us: They do. And you do,” board member Rev. Bradley Laurvick said. “I hear you. I see you. I believe you.”

Board member Jennifer Bacon spoke in raw terms about being the only other Black school board member, and how she and Anderson are “inextricably linked” because of the color of their skin.

“White supremacy is real,” Bacon said. “But some of us can only take people so far. And we also need to recognize that personal actions need to be held accountable, too.”

Angela Cobián, another board member, said Anderson’s actions do not “merit a seat on this board,” adding that she hoped he “reconsiders his position as (the board’s) secretary.”

The 23-year-old vowed to remain on the school board.

“I will not resign,” Anderson said at the news conference before the vote. “Let me say that one more time — I will not resign.”

After Anderson concluded his remarks during the meeting, board member Barbara O’Brien said she “hoped this would be a bit more of an opportunity for introspection, but apparently it’s not going to be.”

At his pre-meeting news conference, Anderson gathered a collection of Black leaders who lambasted his treatment in explicitly racial terms.

Dr. Tony Bradley, representing the NAACP chapter for Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, said that the organization was “deeply troubled” by the censure vote and it opens up the school board to a civil rights inquiry.

Bishop Jerry Demmer, president of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, called the investigation a “witch hunt.”

“… When you can’t find something to go your way, you come up with a lot of false allegations,” he said during the news conference.

As Anderson stepped to the podium Friday, he was met by a protester shouting through a megaphone, “Tay Anderson is not a victim,” and calling for his resignation.

Anderson has remained defiant in proclaiming his innocence in the face of the allegations that first surfaced in March that he had sexually assaulted an anonymous woman.

“My body has hung from a tree long enough,” he tweeted before Friday’s censure vote, “let’s get today over with.”

He opened his remarks to the board Friday by referring to a DPS parent — who in May alleged before a state legislative committee that Anderson committed rape, sexual assault or sexual misconduct against 62 students — as “my Carolyn Bryant.” (Bryant admitted to lying about allegations she made against a 14-year-old Black boy named Emmett Till, whose horrific 1955 lynching in Mississippi helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.)

In his speech to the school board, Anderson said the censure “raises questions about the precedent being set for future DPS board actions and parameters around potential future investigations.”

“This is unprecedented and reeks of anti-Blackness and is rooted in systems that uphold white supremacy,” Anderson wrote in a blog post published Thursday.

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16th February 1965: Veteran horror actor Boris Karloff (1887 – 1969), famed for his role as the definitive monster in the 1931 version of ‘Frankenstein’. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)

On a happy but nervous day in 1969 I moved into my first serious home in one of New York’s most famous, historic, glamorous and coveted Victorian landmark buildings, The Dakota.  It would have been a big step under any circumstances for a fledgling novice, new in town, green as chlorophyll, and just beginning a hopefully successful writing career, but I was doubly excited because my new next door neighbor was the one and only Boris Karloff!

Unfortunately, my timing was lousy.  Because, you see, the crowning monarch of movie horror had just died at age 88, and although The Dakota was also home to John Lennon, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Nureyev and other notables, Karloff was the one I wanted to know most.  I found a cache of his fan letters in a garbage can near the service elevator but was too respectful to rescue them for posterity (and possibly sell them on eBay).  So I would never meet the Frankenstein monster in person.  Glumly, I confided my disappointment to the doorman.  “I’ve always loved him and now I live so close and yet so far and I will never meet him,” I confessed.  Without missing a beat, the doorman soberly replied: “He’ll be back.”


BORIS KARLOFF: THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER ★★★★
(4/4 stars)
Directed by: Thomas Hamilton
Written by:Thomas Hamilton, Ron MacCloskey

Starring: Boris Karloff,
Running time: 1 hour, 39 mins.


And so he will—every year at Halloween, when a whole new generation discovers the art of his madness and mayhem all over again in an annual marathon of his greatest hits from The Black Cat to The Old Dark House and everything in-between.  Now he’s back to stay in a terrific documentary called Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster that sheds new light on the darkness that has shrouded him in mystery for nearly nine decades.  Fastidiously researched and directed by Thomas Hamilton, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ron MacCloskey, it unmasks the true identity of a soft-spoken British gentlemen born William Henry Platt but known throughout the civilized world as the most terrifying man alive and the father of the horror film industry.  Proceed at your own peril.

     With the aid of Karloff’s only daughter Sara, much of the film concentrates on his most celebrated role—the menacing monster made of nails, bolts and human organs in Frankenstein, James Whale’s 1931 classic adaption of Mary Shelley’s novel that turned an unknown actor into the stalking robotic freak of the title.  The movie made him a star, but the years of struggling to make ends meet, the accidental way he got the role, and the numerous problems encountered while making the film are catalogued with riveting detail.  A gentle man, he hated the scene where the monster throws the innocent child picking daisies into the black waters of the lake to drown.  He called it “wanton brutality” and managed to get it deleted, alienating the director and causing havoc.  He wasn’t even invited to the premiere.  But hidden behind hours of daily makeup without a word of dialogue, he became a phenomenal overnight sensation, and went on to play assorted vampires, mummies and even a Chinese sadist with realistic demonic powers that made audiences scream (and scream for more) without losing any of his own sense of humor. When an interviewer asks him if he spoke any Chinese on the controversial 1932 film The Mask of Fu Manchu, the real voice of Karloff laughs it off incredulously: “Good lord, no.  It was a shambles—simply ridiculous!

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Boris Karloff as the monster sitting lakeside with little girl in a scene from the film ‘Frankenstein’, 1931. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)

Biographical details are sketchy, and I would prefer fewer references to film technology and juicier personal anecdotes.  But what’s there is mesmerizing.  His father was a diplomat in Bombay with seven children who brutalized his family and left them penniless.  His Anglo-Indian heritage subjected him to racist insults.  He had bow legs, a lisp and a stammer which never qualified him for stardom but he never bothered to correct them. He left home and ended up as a Hollywood extra in silent films in 1920, where his dark complexion and penetrating eyes made him a standout in ethnic and exotic roles.  Struggling through the Depression with no money and no work, he was instrumental in unionizing the studios, which won him admirers among fellow actors, but prosperity and fame came slowly. There were lean years and eight marriages, then Frankenstein changed everything.  Teaming up with his close friend Bela Lugosi in The Black Cat (1934) and speaking for the first time as the monster in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) certified his status, but eventually he grew tired of type casting. Stuck in a rut, the way out was Broadway.  So he gambled with a comedy called Arsenic and Old Lace, playing a man “who looked like Boris Karloff”.  It ran for three years.

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At the Children’s Hospital, British actor Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt, 1887 – 1969) reads to a young patient as she drinks a glass of milk, Brooklyn, New York, New York, 1948. (Photo by Rae Russel/Getty Images) (Photo by Rae Russel/Getty Images)

But there was more to Karloff than “Boo!”  He played Captain Hook to Jean Arthur’s Peter Pan and in one of his most distinguished stage appearances he was nominated for a Tony award opposite Julie Harris’ Joan of Arc in Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of The Lark, which he repeated for NBC’s Hallmark Hall of Fame (an entire scene in the documentary is worth the price of admission alone).  In 1966, when he was retired and almost dead from severe emphysema, his career soared again with his recording How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and in 1968, one year before he died, he surfaced again, winning fresh raves as a retired horror film star whose life parallels the story of the mass murderer perched on top of the tower of the University of Texas in Austin.   Some of the rare footage from his late career includes Karloff spoofing his image by singing to a severed head on the Dinah Shore Show and discarding his wheelchair and oxygen mask to perfectly perform a musical number with Vincent Price and Red Skelton.  Not a wasted or superfluous moment anywhere.

  This movie honors both requirements of any documentary you can call memorable.  It educates and entertains at the same time.  I still live next door to the scariest man in the morgue.  But after Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster I now have another reason to smile every time I pass his front door after midnight.


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Actor Sung Kang revealed a huge detail about his ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ character

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Actor Sung Kang let slip a big detail about his character in the upcoming Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” while sharing a story about his childhood adoration for the “Star Wars” franchise.

Not a costume anymore: In an interview with Screen Rant, Kang, 49, said he dressed up as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader almost every day from the ages of 8 to 13. He also reminisced on how he and his friends would play pretend with lightsabers made out of cardboard toilet paper tubes.

  • The Korean American actor said, “…to be able to be on set and see Darth Vader and see the Star Wars Universe in front of me, I mean – just as a fan to be able to be part of that history is pretty amazing.” He added, “I kept pinching myself to go, ‘How did I end up here?’ and, my character has a lightsaber, to go, ‘What? This is.. It’s not a toy. It’s actually the real thing, right?’ so pretty cool.”
  • Kang’s revelation has raised some questions about his character in the show. Collider speculated he could be a Jedi who survived Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66, a scavenger who accidentally found a lightsaber lying around or even a Sith.

Just a little tease: Kang gave an interesting clue into his character’s personality during an interview in July, Movie Web reported.

  • I can tell you, since I am playing it, that there is a sexual deliciousness to the character,” he said.
  • Kang will also be working with Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin and Darth Vader in the prequel films from the 1990s. 

The series is expected to be released sometime in 2022. 

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Week 2 football preview: Early showdown coming between Central Catholic, St. John’s Prep

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Rarely does a football team allow more than 40 points in a game and wind up with the win.

No. 3 Central Catholic and No. 4 St. John’s Prep managed to pull it off.

These two teams meet Saturday (1 p.m.) and it’s reasonable to predict if one of these talented teams allow 40 points, they aren’t going to leave the field undefeated. St. John’s Prep enters the game having beaten Central Catholic four straight times, twice in the postseason.

Central Catholic gave up 52 points, but managed to drop 67 on Springfield Central. If there is any solace, the Raiders were far better on defense in the second half, allowing just a pair of touchdowns, while forcing three turnovers.

“I liked our team character in the second half,” CC coach Chuck Adamopoulos said. “Everyone knows that Ayden Pereira had a great game, but we had a lot of different guys step up, people like Justice McGrail and Mathias Latham.

“We’re going to have to better because St. John’s Prep is very explosive on offense. They can run the ball on one series, then open it up on the next one.”

St. John’s Prep required a little more drama to defeat Marshfield. Leading the entire game, the Eagles watched as Marshfield took a 42-41 lead with 35 seconds left. The visitors proceeded to drive 73 yards with Jack Perry capping off the winning drive by connecting with Jesse Ofurie on a 26-yard TD with five seconds left to give them a pulsating 47-42 win.

“I give our guys a lot of credit for keeping their poise,” St. John’s Prep coach Brian St. Pierre said. “We work on a lot of those scenarios in practice, two-minute drill, one-minute drill, going without timeouts. It was nice to see them take what we worked on in practice and do it in the game.”

Not surprisingly, both coaches feel the game will come down to which side can neutralize the other more.

“We struggled on defense last week, but I think we will be better this week,” St. Pierre said. “Central Catholic has a big-play offense and their quarterback will have to be our focus – he’s a very good player.”

Elsewhere on Saturday, Wellesley and Milford come off solid opening-week wins and will meet in Wellesley.

The Friday schedule is loaded with terrific matchups. A juicy Patriot League crossover game pits No. 13 Scituate at No. 9 Duxbury. The Dragons haven’t lost to a PL opponent since Hingham defeated them in 2007.

The Catholic Conference will be in the limelight as No. 1 Catholic Memorial hosts LaSalle (RI), No. 5 Xaverian travels to Bridgewater-Raynham, while BC High hosts a talented Springfield Central squad. In Central Mass., St. John’s (Shrewsbury) looks to get back on the winning track when it takes on rival Shrewsbury.

A trio of terrific nonleague matchups headline the Middlesex League slate. No. 10 Barnstable takes the long road trip to Reading to meet the 12th-ranked Rockets, No. 6 Lincoln-Sudbury visits Melrose and St. Bernard’s heads to Stoneham.

An old school Bay State Conference rival is on tap as Walpole travels to No. 14 Natick. East Boston and Brighton meet in an early-season battle for bragging rights in the city, while Nantucket and Mashpee is the premier matchup on the Cape.

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Gophers receivers have a motto. It’s found on a can of root beer

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Gophers receivers coach Matt Simon has an unopened, room-temperature can of A&W Root Beer sitting on his desk inside the Larson Football Performance Center. It’s a prop, not a thirst-quencher.

Riffing off head coach P.J. Fleck’s array of slogans and acronyms, Simon came up with “actions over words” formula for what he wants from his position group during the 2021 season. He gave each receiver a can of A&W to serve as a reminder.

“Our actions are going to be way more important than our words,” Simon said in an training-camp interview with the Pioneer Press. “Yes, people are going to talk about us as a group and … try to put labels on us, on how young we are or what we maybe haven’t accomplished. We can say we’ve changed, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t (do it).”

Through two games, there have been more words than actions when it comes to the U’s receivers. Minnesota abandoned the passing game in the second half of the 31-26 win over Miami (Ohio) last Saturday; they had six third-quarter passes fall incomplete and didn’t attempt a throw in the fourth.

The Gophers have run the ball on nearly 70 percent of offensive plays this season and will likely need more balance against Pac-12 Conference foe Colorado (1-1) at noon Saturday at Folsom Field in Boulder.

Minnesota lost only one offensive starter from last season, and it was a big one: first-round NFL pick Rashod Bateman. They had Tyler Jonson go to the league after 2019 and current top target, Chris Autman-Bell, went down with an ankle injury in camp. It has kept “CrAB” sidelined for the first two games.

This has meant veteran quarterback Tanner Morgan has had to find new or lesser-known targets, and they’ve gotten off to a slow start.

Texas A&M transfer Dylan Wright has had 15 targets, eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns in two games. But in the third quarter against Miami, Wright slipped on a route and Morgan’s pass fell incomplete. Wright received medical attention and was held out of the game, but it wasn’t so much a physical injury as a mental hurdle.

“I think we have to continue to build … that mental toughness,” Fleck said on the topic postgame. “We were really good in 2019 mentally, but if you go back to 2018 and 2017, with Tyler and Rashod, we had a lot of drops and a lot of different (issues with) inconsistent play.”

Wright is expected to return Saturday, while Autman-Bell appears likely to make his season debut. It could be a boost for a passing offense that is outside the top 100 in the nation in yards per game (158), completion percentage (52.4) and total attempts (42).

While the body of work hasn’t been complete, there have been successes. Wright, who’s first name is pronounced Day-lynn, had an impressive leaping touchdown catch in tight coverage against Ohio State in a season opening, 45-31 loss. It was the first TD catch of his career.

Daniel Jackson, a four-star recruit and second-year player from Kansas, has seven receptions for 88 yards on 12 targets. He scored his first collegiate touchdown against Miami and afterward, Morgan had a message for him in the end zone: “It’s the first of many.”

“It’s a cool moment to celebrate it,” said Morgan, who’s next TD pass will be the 50th of his career. “But at the same time, it’s a part of the game. You have to keep going.”

On Tuesday, Fleck clarified his “mental toughness” postgame quote.

“I’m talking about just overcoming adversity, next-play mentality, being able to not flush the last play and forget about it, learn from it immediately and then move on,” the coach said. “I’m not about ignoring what happened, never been about that. … The minute that play is over, ‘What did I learn? What did I gather? Boom, got it, next play, let’s go.’

“That’s with young players in general. The faster they can get better at that, the better they’re going to be.”

Morgan has been working to stay positive with the receivers, knowing he wasn’t an all-Big Ten caliber quarterback when he got his first action in 2018.

Compared to January, Fleck has been impressed with how quickly Wright, listed at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, has improved since joining the program. While he was a four-star recruit out of Texas and went to the SEC, he was raw in the eyes of Fleck.

“There was no way when that kid came on campus in January I thought he would ever play this year,” Fleck said on his KFAN radio show. “That is a credit to Matt Simon, Mike Sanford for the development of him to where he is now. I think he’s one of the better ones we’ve had.”

Autman-Bell is on track to be the Gophers’ next star receiver and has shown good chemistry with Morgan. Hel has caught at least one pass in 32 career games, with a grab in 27 straight. He should be the go-to possession receiver once he comes back.

Before the Miami game, Autman-Bell warmed up as if he would play but returned to the locker room before kickoff to change into street clothes. Since Saturday, he has been participating in practice, Fleck said.

The Buffaloes, who held No. 7 Texas A&M until a late touchdown in a 10-7 loss in Denver last week, will likely force Minnesota to pass. If they can can air it out successfully, Simon might mention a certain root beer brand postgame.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Gov. Kathy Hochul welcomed the Afghans who will be resettling in New York communities. Local agencies including in Albany are stepping up to help these families rebuild.

The Afghans, including some that have already arrived, are expected to be placed in their new communities between now and March 31. This is expected to include up to 100 in Albany, 335 in Buffalo, 240 in the New York City area, 200 in Rochester, 248 in Syracuse, and 20 in Utica.

Those arriving in New York will be assisted by agencies funded by the Bureau of Refugee Services, which is located within the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. “We have a strong desire to welcome as many families as want to relocate here to the city of Albany,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

Hochul pledged to offer the refugees assistance via state-supported resettlement agencies as they rebuild their lives. They will be offering free support to find a job, learn English and help with legal assistance.

Sheehan says they want to get them back on their feet. “We want to help them find housing, get a job, become news employees, and get their children enrolled in our schools,” she said.

RISSE is a non-profit organization in Albany that serves refugees and immigrants. They are dedicated to helping refugee families build sustainable lives through teaching English, job assistance, and so much more. Operations Director Francis Sengabo says they are here to equip refugees with life skills and help them adapt to U.S. culture.

“Yesterday, we helped two families get a job through RISSE. So we are ready to help them with whatever they need,” said Sengabo.

Mayor Sheehan says one challenge may be finding housing for refugees. The city of Albany is looking into temporary options. “Whether that be in partnership with some of our hotels that still are seeing pretty big occupancy availability,” Sheehan said.

RISSE says they are always looking for volunteers. The Office for New Americans also has a hotline that can connect immigrants and refugees to free services across the state. The hotline can be reached at (800) 566-7636 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, with assistance available in more than 200 languages.

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Enterprise Center requiring vaccination proof or negative test to Blues games, other events

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According to J&J, the booster dose of the vaccine “generated a rapid and robust increase in spike-binding antibodies” 28 days after the primary single-dose shot in participants between the ages of 18 and 55 and in those 65 years and older. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

ST. LOUIS– The St. Louis Blues will require proof of vaccination or negative tests results within 72 hours for fans at Enterprise Center starting on Oct. 15.

The St. Louis Blues says the policy is also in effect for other events at the Enterprise Center and the Stifel Theater.

The policy applies to fans ages 12 and older. The measure is intended to protect the health and wellness of fans, guests, sponsors, staff, players, and others.

The policy will take effect ahead of the Blues’ regular-season home opener on Saturday, Oct. 23, vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

The Blues are the 16th team in the National Hockey League to introduce a policy requiring fans to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result to attend games.

“We all want the same thing – Blues hockey as it was meant to be,” Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO of Business Operations of the St. Louis Blues. “We want everyone getting back together as one, with players and fans alike feeding off the energy as we remember it not that long ago. The same holds true for a concert or performance. The experience of enjoying a headlining act is something we’ve missed, and we look forward to again hosting the biggest artists and tours at Enterprise Center and Stifel Theatre this fall and beyond.

Key information related to the policy includes:

  • Fans and guests ages 12 and older will be required to show printed or digital proof of full COVID‑19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test administered by a healthcare professional within 72 hours prior to the event. The test results must include the ticketholder’s name and the date of the test.
  • Fans and guests 11 and younger will be permitted to enter Enterprise Center and Stifel Theatre without proof of vaccination or a negative test result, provided they wear a mask at all times while inside the venue.
  • The Enterprise Center and Stifel Theatre policy at all times will be subject to health and safety guidelines or policies as determined by the City of St. Louis and the NHL. As an example, the City of St. Louis continues to require all to wear facial coverings when indoors and within enclosed public buildings and spaces.
  • COVID-19 tests will not be made available at Enterprise Center and Stifel Theatre on the dates of games or events.

You can get more information about fans and guests by visiting stlouisblues.com/safety.

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CU Buffs vs. Minnesota football: 4 things to know, key matchups and predictions

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Minnesota (1-1) vs. Colorado (1-1); 11 a.m. Saturday, Folsom Field

TV/Radio: Pac-12 Network/630 AM

Line: Colorado -2.5, 48.5 over/under

Weather: 77 degrees, sunny

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Broussard back. All indications are CU running back Jarek Broussard will the available Saturday. But will he be effective? A blindside hit to his legs knocked the Buffs’ lead back out of last week’s loss to Texas A&M, and the offense clearly missed him. Coach Karl Dorrell declared Broussard “fine” earlier this week, but they’ll need him to be more than that if the Buffs are going to move the ball consistently Saturday.

Catching fire. A dependable pass catching threat has yet to emerge for CU early in the season. At least one option is off the table with La’Vontae Shenault suspended indefinitely. So who among Dimitri Stanley, Daniel Arias and Brenden Rice is ready to step up? Arias had a chance to make a big play last week against Texas A&M, but his drop of a Brendon Lewis deep ball doomed a drive. Until a playmaker emerges on the outside, this offense will be limited.

Bruising line. For the second straight week, CU faces a big, physical offensive front. And this one brings plenty of experience to Folsom Field as well. The Gophers’ O-line has more combined starts (193) at the FBS level than any program in the country. They also boast one of the nation’s top tackles in 6-foot-9, 380-pound senior Daniel Faalele. Another big challenge awaits the Buffs in the trenches, who passed last week’s challenge against Texas A&M with flying colors.

Row your boat. After the USC job opened up this week, Minnesota coach PJ Fleck immediately emerged as a candidate to fill the vacancy at Heritage Hall. As much as Fleck might want to downplay those rumors — the Boat Rower’s among the betting favorites to get the gig — there’s no doubt his players are hearing them, too. Coaches hate distractions, and this is a big one for a program that prides itself on rowing in the same direction.

Key matchups

Gophers O-line vs. Buffs defense. This much is clear through two weeks: the CU run defense is as sturdy as they come. Led by linebackers Nate Landman and Carson Wells, the Buffs rank 13th in the nation at 58.5 rush yards allowed per game. The Gophers lost top back Mohamed Ibrahim for the season in Week 1. If replacement Trey Potts (178 yards, 2 TDs vs. Miami, Ohio) can’t find room to run Saturday, it could be a long day for the run-first Gophers.

QB Brendon Lewis vs. Gophers defense. The CU passing game enters Saturday ranked 126th in the country at 95.5 yards per game. With the 103rd pass defense (265.5 ypg) coming to Boulder, the time is now for Lewis and his receivers to get right. Minnesota has a pass-rushing force in OLB Boye Mafe — both he and OT Daniel Faalele made Bruce Feldman’s “Freaks List” — but there are holes to exploit. The Buffs must find them.

Predictions

Kyle Fredrickson, sports reporter: CU 24, Minnesota 21

A late field goal lifts CU to a huge win; more evidence the Buffs will be bowling this year.

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SpaceX Inspiration4 Completes First Day in Space: Take a Look Inside the Passenger Cabin

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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew shares their experience in space. Inspiration4/Twitter

SpaceX on Wednesday evening successfully launched a crew of four amateur astronauts into space in a fully automatic Crew Dragon spacecraft. The mission, called Inspiration4, is the first full-civilian orbital flight ever launched. On Friday, the crew sent back their first snapshots of the space journey through the mission’s Twitter account.

Photos posted on Inspiration4’s Twitter page showed the four passengers floating in zero-gravity inside a modified SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule (with a glass dome) with our home planet in the background.

The crew has been in Earth’s orbit for just a day, but have already seen the sun rise and set 15 times, the mission’s Twitter handle posted early Friday.

One of the crew members, Haley Arceneaux, a physician’s assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, shared a 30-second video through St. Jude’s Twitter account of herself giving a virtual tour of the passenger cabin, especially the glass cupola, which SpaceX designed specifically for this mission to allow a better view from space.

Arceneaux is one of three passengers invited by the fintech billionaire Jared Issacman, who bought the entire flight. The other two passengers are Chris Sembroski, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and Sian Proctor, a planetary science professor at the South Mountain Community College in Arizona.

The Inspiration4 crew will spend three days in Earth’s orbit at an altitude of 357 miles, about 100 miles higher than the average orbital height of the International Space Station.

The crew is scheduled to give a live in-orbit update about their journey so far at 5 p.m. Friday. You can watch the event on SpaceX’s YouTube channel.

SpaceX Inspiration4 Completes First Day in Space: Take a Look Inside the Passenger Cabin

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Pedophile who ‘wrote the Bible on child abuse’ deemed to be at low risk of reoffending by Australian judge

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Adelaide pedophile sentenced to 8 years

On Friday, an Australian court sentenced Geoffrey William Moyle, who sexually assaulted multiple children while filming the acts, to eight years and nine months in prison.

Going to prison: Moyle, 48, from Adelaide, Australia, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing Cambodian children aged 10 to 12 while allegedly working as a foreign aid worker for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, according to ABC Australia. The DFAT refuted the claim in January 2020.

  • The perpetrator was also charged for possessing child exploitation material in Australia during his arrest in June 2019 and was sentenced to nine months in prison. The charge carries a maximum of 14 years imprisonment, Armstrong Legal explained.
  • Moyle’s Commonwealth sentence of eight years and nine months, which also came with a non-parole period of four years and six months, began after his initial sentencing in 2019. He will be eligible for parole in 2024.
  • He feels remorseful for his actions and takes responsibility for them,” Judge Paul Cuthbertson said at Moyle’s sentencing. He described the man as a “loving father, son and husband” who is at low risk of reoffending.
  • Over a period of approximately two to three years, the offender was involved in the most vile sexual activity against children of the age of about 10 to 12 years old,” the judge added. “He must have known the children he sexually assaulted will be exploited, that this activity towards them will likely wreck their lives and their futures.”
  • On Friday, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Detective Superintendent Gail McClure said authorities are working relentlessly in their effort to catch sexual perpetrators and bring them to justice.
  • I’d like to issue a warning to any other individual who would seek to prey upon vulnerable children: the AFP and its partners will come for you, no matter when the abuse occurred and no matter where you are in the world,” McClure said. “There’s nowhere for you to hide.”

Arrest details: Moyle, who went by the online moniker “Waka,” had led international authorities on a 20-year manhunt, Daily Mail reported. He was reportedly one of the first people to film and share their child sexual abuse videos online.

  • The AFP began their investigation after he expressed an interest for Asian girls on a child abuse website in 2019. Authorities later found that the suspect was also being sought by the Cambodian police and U.S. Homeland Security.
  • Police were able to identify Moyle after scouring through countless pictures and videos of sexual abuse. Investigators also raided his parents’ house, where they found a watch and a pair of shoes similar to the ones seen his videos, in which his face is never shown.
  • Authorities identified three and found one of the six victims. Investigators believe the victims were girls held in a Cambodian brothel.
  • The victim reportedly demanded 84,000 Australian dollars ($61,367) as compensation through the Australian courts. According to The Guardian, this was the first time a child sexual assault victim living outside Australia sought compensation.
  • Moyle has allegedly been praised by other pedophiles for being the man who “wrote the Bible on child abuse,” according to The Advertiser.

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