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Elon Musk Lauds Chinese EV Makers as ‘Most Competitive’ in the World Amid Image Crisis



Elon Musk Lauds Chinese EV Makers as ‘Most Competitive’ in the World Amid Image Crisis

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 7, 2020. Ding Ting/Xinhua via Getty

Tesla has suffered a series of setbacks in China this past year as geopolitical tensions rise and local electric vehicle startups threaten Tesla’s dominance. In an effort to win Chinese regulators and consumers back, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suited up and delivered praise for the Chinese automobile industry at a state-organized event on Friday.

Appearing in a pre-recorded presentation at the 2021 World New Energy Vehicle Congress, taking place on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, Musk said he has “a great deal of respect for the many Chinese automakers for driving [EV] technologies.” 

“China is the largest and most dynamic new energy vehicle market in the world,” he said. “My frank observation is that Chinese automobile companies are the most competitive in the world, especially because some are very good at software, and it’s software that almost shaped the future of the automobile industry, from design to manufacturing and especially autonomous driving.”

Musk was a well-liked figure among Chinese officials when Tesla first entered China. He not only convinced local regulators to allow Tesla to own 100 percent of its China operation as a foreign entity—a first in the country—but also scored generous tax credits when opening its Shanghai Gigafactory in 2018.

For a while, Tesla’s Model 3 was the most popular electric vehicle among Chinese consumers. That started to change in the past two years as homegrown startups, such as Nio, Xpeng and Li Auto, introduce more innovative and affordable EV options.

In China, Tesla is the only foreign automaker allowed to wholly own its local operations in addition to receiving generous tax credits from local governments.

Tesla also seems to be losing its charm in Beijing. In March, the Chinese government banned Tesla vehicles from entering military compounds and other state-run facilities due to concerns that the cameras on those vehicles could be used for spying purposes. Each Tesla car is equipped with eight cameras and a dozen ultrasonic sensors to enable its advanced driver-assistant capabilities.

Two months later, Tesla said it had set up a local data center to keep all data collected within Chinese borders.There’s a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information,” Musk said in March at the 2021 China Development Forum. “If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will get shut down.” Reiterating this point, Musk said on Friday, “Tesla will work with national authorities in all countries to ensure data security of intelligence and connected vehicles.”

“With the rapid growth of autonomous driving technologies, data security of vehicles is drawing more public concern than ever before,” he added.

Elon Musk Lauds Chinese EV Makers as ‘Most Competitive’ in the World Amid Image Crisis

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Classical music review: SPCO delivers embellishments, yearning, bravado and a bit of strain



Classical music review: SPCO delivers embellishments, yearning, bravado and a bit of strain

Friday’s St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert had a lot of Baroque, a bit of Classical, and contemporary music influenced by Chinese folk traditions. It was a program filled with embellishments, a little bit of yearning, some bravado, with perhaps a little strain halfway through.

Launching the morning concert was a performance of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Overture-Suite, “Les Nations,” which as the title suggests, portrayed snapshots of different countries, including Turkey, Portugal, Russia, and others, and in doing so, set scenes with the composer’s use of rhythm and melody. Complete with a chipper harpsichord, the piece moved from the Overture to two lovely French “menuets” before traveling to the other “nations.” One highlight was the “Les Suisses” movement, complete with tambourine, where the melody of the strings soared above the harpsichord’s steady rhythm. “Les Moscovites” was another crowd-pleaser, with its fast-moving parts and Baroque adornments.

Next on the program, Cassie Pilgrim performed a recent SPCO commission, “Elegy for Solo Oboe,” by Chen Yi. Chen wrote the piece for Pilgrim, who shares her Southern Chinese heritage, and included Cantonese folk music influences in the work. In her program note, Chen shared that she was drawing on folk tunes written in the Yifan Mode, a musical scale that has a mournful quality. “Elegy” had the sense of solitude, with notes sometimes wandering off as if letting out a cry that dissipated into the air.

Pilgrim played the work with a steady calm, the only hint of her effort revealed in quick breaths.

In the following piece, Luigi Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B-flat (arranged by Friedrich Grützmacher), soloist Richard Belcher seemed to have a bit more of a struggle.

The piece from the Classical era is one learned by many advanced cello students, in part because of the enormous range it requires, spanning four octaves. It wasn’t a common type of piece for the time period, when cellos weren’t often spotlighted as solo instruments. If you weren’t looking, you might even suspect that a violin was being performed, because so many of the notes were so high, and also because that type of virtuosic music from the Classical era is more often played by the violin, flute, or other more common solo instrument. When played up in the rafters, the high cello notes lacked the ringing those same notes would achieve with a smaller instrument, without the benefit of the cello’s deep low note tones.

The version of Boccherini’s concerto performed by SPCO had considerable marks made by Friedrich Grützmacher, who replaced the original slow movement with an Andante grazioso from another work, and added a number of cadenzas, according to the program notes. The many fast notes, performed quickly, felt labored. Really, that first movement is supposed to be light and airy, like a hummingbird, and this rendition didn’t accomplish that. The second and third movements came off better.

Concertmaster Steven Copes gave Belcher a hug at the end of the piece, and the audience showed their appreciation by giving a standing ovation, perhaps in appreciation for undertaking something so difficult to perform.

The concert ended with another concerto, this time by Antonio Vivaldi. Violinist Daria Adams stood center stage for the piece, which also featured two oboes, a bassoon and two horns in the melody.

The orchestra synced seamlessly for the upbeat piece of music. They looked like they were enjoying making music together, and the audience, in turn, had fun, too. There were even some whoops and hollers from the crowd, even though it was just past noon.

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  • Who: The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • What: “Beethoven, Foley and Montgomery”
  • When: Oct. 22-23
  • Where: Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
  • Tickets: $50-$12;
  • Capsule: Next up, SPCO players Kyu-Young Kim and Zachary Cohen play an R&B inspired duet for violin and bass; Jessie Montgomery’s “Shift, Change, Turn,” an SPCO co-commission, gets its Midwest premiere; and the orchestra performs Beethoven.
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Russia says it pushed US destroyer from area near its waters



Russia says it pushed US destroyer from area near its waters

MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry said a Russian warship on Friday prevented a U.S. Navy destroyer from what it described as an attempt to intrude into Russia’s territorial waters in the Sea of Japan.

Hours later, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command called the Russian statement false and said the ships’ interaction was “safe and professional.”

The incident came as Russia and China conducted joint naval drills in the area, and followed other dangerously close encounters involving Russian and Western warships. It appears to reflect Moscow’s intention to raise the stakes in deterring the U.S. and its allies from sending their ships on missions near Russian waters, as relations between Russia and the West are at a post-Cold War low.

The ministry said the Russian navy’s Admiral Tributs destroyer closely approached the U.S. destroyer USS Chafee to chase it out of the area near Russian waters that was declared off limits to shipping due to the gunnery drills there as part of the Russia-China maneuvers.

It said the Russian vessel came close to the U.S. warship after it had ignored repeated warnings to leave the area in the Peter the Great Gulf. The ministry charged that after making “an attempt to cross the Russian sea border,” the U.S. warship changed course when the two ships were just 60 meters (66 yards) away from each other and sped away.

In a statement, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the Chafee was conducting routine operations in international waters when the Russian destroyer came within about 65 yards of the Chafee as it was preparing for flight operations. It added that although Russia had issued a Notice to Airmen and Mariners to avoid that area for a period later in the day, the notice was not in effect at the time of the ships’ interaction.

“At all times, USS Chafee conducted operations in accordance with international law and custom,” the U.S. statement said.

The Russian statement denounced the U.S. destroyer’s maneuvers as a “crude violation” of the international rules on averting ships’ collision and a 1972 agreement between Moscow and Washington on preventing air and naval incidents and summoned the U.S. military attache to protest what it described as its crew’s “unprofessional action.”

Russia, the U.S. and its NATO allies have frequently accused each other of dangerous and provocative maneuvers at sea and in the air as Russia-West ties have been hit by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, accusations of Russian interference with elections, hacking attacks and other tensions.

In June, Russia said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of British destroyer Defender to drive it away from Black Sea waters near the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Britain denied that account, insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon and said it was sailing in Ukrainian waters.

Like most of the world, Britain recognizes Crimea as part of Ukraine despite the peninsula’s 2014 annexation by Russia.

June’s incident marked the first time since the Cold War that Moscow acknowledged using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, underlining the rising threat of military collisions amid Russia-West tensions.

In the aftermath of the incident Moscow warned that it is prepared to target intruding warships if they fail to heed warnings. In a statement intended to signal Russian resolve, Russian President Vladimir Putin charged that the incident couldn’t have triggered a global conflict even if Russia had sunk the warship because the West knows it can’t win such a war.

In other recent naval incidents, the Russian military said the British destroyer HMS Dragon intruded into Russian waters near Crimea in October 2020, and the U.S. destroyer USS John S. McCain allegedly violated the Russian border in the Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan in November.

In the aftermath of those incidents, Russia rejected the U.S. and British arguments that their warships were exercising the right of so-called “innocent passage” under international maritime law.

Retired Adm. Viktor Kravchenko, the former Russian navy chief of staff, said Friday’s incident could have had grave consequences. “The Americans apparently wanted to test our strength,” he said, according to the Interfax news agency.

The Russian warship’s maneuver during Friday’s incident appeared to indicate Moscow’s readiness to raise the stakes to prevent similar intrusions in the future.

The encounter revived memories of a Cold War incident when a Soviet frigate bumped the U.S. cruiser USS Yorktown in the Black Sea as it was making an “innocent passage” in Russian waters in 1988, damaging the U.S. warship.

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New accessible playground opens in St. Paul’s Hamline Park



New accessible playground opens in St. Paul’s Hamline Park

St. Paul marked the opening of a playground with accessible equipment in Hamline Park this week. The new play space has been renovated with new safety surfacing and drains underneath the area to keep the space dry.

It is equipped with four new swings, one of which is wheelchair accessible, five slides, climbers to access the play equipment and a climbable frog for participants ages 2 to 5. There are other accessible elements to the playground — like a deck from the ground level on the largest structure — to make it inclusive for all participants.

“Our parks and recreation centers offer safe, healthy, and enriching spaces for our entire community,” said Mayor Melvin Carter in a statement. “The new additions to Hamline Park expand opportunities for children and families in our city to play, learn, grow, and thrive.”

The playground was funded by community development block grant. The $373,000 budget covered the playground equipment, installation, safety resurfacing, new pavement and infrastructure upgrades.

The Hamline Midway Coalition and Friends of Hamline Park collected community feedback on the playground and are taking on fundraising efforts to install more tables, benches, a new park sign and public art.

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Vikings rookie tackle Christian Darrisaw relieved to get back on field with groin issues behind him



Vikings rookie tackle Christian Darrisaw relieved to get back on field with groin issues behind him

The waiting game finally has come to an end for Vikings rookie left tackle Christian Darrisaw.

Darrisaw, who had groin surgery in January after his junior season at Virginia Tech, missed some time in spring drills with the Vikings. Then he sat out the first week of training camp.

Once he returned, Darrisaw had another setback, and underwent a minor medical procedure related to his groin injury on Aug. 12 in Philadelphia. He finally was cleared to play in his first NFL game Oct. 3 against Cleveland, then last Sunday got his first snaps from scrimmage against Detroit.

On Sunday at Carolina, Darrisaw could start his first NFL game.

“It feels great, just to finally get the chance to play with all my guys and everything like that,” Darrisaw said Friday in his first press conference since early August. “Just been feeling good.”

Darrisaw, No. 23 overall pick in this year’s draft, said he didn’t know if he would start against the Panthers or if a rotation at left tackle would continue with Rashod Hill. Hill started the first four games and played every snap from scrimmage, but last week he started and was in for 39 plays while Darrisaw got in for 28.

A source said Friday a plan during the week was for Darrisaw to play “most” or “all” of the snaps at Carolina. Hill, used mostly as a reserve at right tackle in his five years in the NFL, has struggled at left tackle. Among 72 NFL tackles ranked by Pro Football Focus after the first five weeks, he is No. 71.

Darrisaw has been projected to be the eventual starting left tackle since he was drafted in April. Riley Reiff, who handled the job the past four seasons, was released in March in a salary-related move.

“Mentally, it was a lot, but I overcame it,” Darrisaw said of his groin issues. “The support staff here, they were in my ear and talking to me and things like that. It made it easy for me to be where I’m at now. … I trust the trainers here, and the support staff and (a doctor) and everything like that. We had a plan, and I knew that every day I would come and attack it. There was light at the end of the tunnel.”

Darrisaw practiced on a limited basis at the start of the regular season and did not play in the first three games. His first action came when he was in for one snap against the Browns — on an extra-point attempt.

Darrisaw’s first significant playing time came against the Lions, and he generally looked good in the Vikings’ 19-17 win. Minnesota’s only touchdown of the game came in the second quarter on the first series Darrisaw played.

“Just being out there, it was fun,” said Darrisaw, who said he didn’t know before the game how much he would play or when he would. “Scoring on that first drive, scoring a touchdown, it was amazing. It was a great feeling.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer liked how Darrisaw looked in the game. He made note of his “athleticism” and “just the quickness that he has.”

“He’s done a good job,” said Vikings co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson, whose defensive linemen battle Darrisaw in practice. “He’s got good feet for a big man. He’s strong. He can anchor. He’s got strong hands on him.”

Patterson, though, said Darrisaw still has much to learn. “It’s a big jump from college to the NFL for everybody,’’ Patterson said, but that he expects Darrisaw to continue to improve with more reps and playing time.

“Really, I’ve been learning the mental things of the game and everything that comes with it,” Darrisaw said. “Even if you have a bad play, great play, you’ve just got to move on and attack the next play. One play at a time, really. That’s the mindset you’ve got to have in this league.”

For now, Darrisaw is happy to know that, after all the uncertainty with his groin injury, he’s finally back on the field.

“(I was) just trying to figure out, ‘When would this all be over with and could I go out and play?’ ” he  said. “We’re finally here, so it’s time to go.”

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UK counterterror officers lead probe in lawmaker’s slaying



UK counterterror officers lead probe in lawmaker’s slaying

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England — A long-serving member of Parliament was stabbed to death Friday during a meeting with constituents at a church in England, an attack that united Britain’s fractious politicians in shock and sorrow. A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene.

Police said that counterterrorism officers were leading the investigation into the slaying of Conservative lawmaker David Amess but that they had not yet determined whether it was a terrorist attack.

They did not identify the suspect, who was held on suspicion of murder.

“The investigation is in its very early stages,” Essex Police Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said. “It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this is a terrorist incident.”

The slaying came five years after another MP, Jo Cox, was murdered by a far-right extremist in her small-town constituency, and it renewed concern about the risks politicians run as they go about their work representing voters. British politicians generally are not given police protection when they meet with their constituents.

Tributes poured in for Amess from across the political spectrum, as well as from the community he had served for decades. Residents paid tribute to him at a vigil at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

“He carried that great East London spirit of having no fear and being able to talk to people and the level they’re at,” the Rev. Jeffrey Woolnaugh said at the vigil, attended by about 80 people. “Not all politicians, I would say, are good at that.”

Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he and his Cabinet were “deeply shocked and heart-stricken.”

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future, and we’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague,” Johnson said.

The prime minister would not say whether the attack meant politicians needed tighter security, saying, “We must really leave the police to get on with their investigation.”

Amess, 69, was attacked around midday at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, a town about 40 miles (62 kilometers) east of London. Paramedics tried without success to save him. Police arrested the suspect and recovered a knife.

Amess had been a member of Parliament for Southend West, which includes Leigh-on-Sea, since 1997, and had been a lawmaker since 1983, making him one of the longest-serving politicians in the House of Commons.

A social conservative on the right of his party, he was a well-liked figure with a reputation for working hard for his constituents and campaigning ceaselessly to have Southend declared a city.

Amess, who leaves a wife and five children, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for his service, becoming Sir David.

Flags at Parliament were lowered to half-staff amid a profusion of questions about lawmakers’ security.

“This is an incident that will send shockwaves across the parliamentary community and the whole country,” House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said. “In the coming days we will need to discuss and examine MPs’ security and any measures to be taken, but for now, our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Violence against British politicians is rare, but concerns have grown about the increasingly bitter polarization of the country’s politics.

In 2016, a week before the country’s divisive Brexit referendum, Cox, a Labour Party lawmaker, was fatally stabbed and shot in northern England. Also, several people have been jailed in recent years for threatening lawmakers.

British lawmakers are protected by armed police when they are inside Parliament, and security there was tightened after an attacker inspired by the Islamic State group fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates in 2017.

But politicians have no such protection in their constituencies. Amess published the times and locations of his open meetings with constituents on his website.

Two other British lawmakers have been attacked over the past two decades during their “surgeries,” regular meetings where constituents can present concerns and complaints.

Labour legislator Stephen Timms was stabbed in the stomach in 2010 by a student radicalized by online sermons from an al-Qaida-linked preacher.

In 2000, Liberal Democrat Nigel Jones and his aide Andrew Pennington were attacked by a man wielding a sword during such a meeting. Pennington was killed and Jones wounded in the attack in Cheltenham, England.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May, a Conservative, tweeted that Amess’ killing was a “tragic day for our democracy,” and former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was “shocked and horrified.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party said on Twitter: “In a democracy, politicians must be accessible and open to scrutiny, but no one deserves to have their life taken while working for and representing their constituents.”

Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister and now a member of Parliament herself, said it was “horrific” that Amess’ family was experiencing what hers had gone through.

“They will think about this every single day for the rest of their lives,” she said.

“I find myself now working as a politician and trying to do good things for people, and it’s really important you get good people in public life, but this is the risk we are all taking, and so many MPs will be scared by this.”


Lawless reported from London. Pan Pylas also contributed to this report.

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Larimer County to require masks indoors due to ‘overburdened’ hospitals



Larimer County to require masks indoors due to ‘overburdened’ hospitals

Larimer County public health officials issued a public order Friday requiring masks in any indoor public spaces effective Wednesday at noon.

A press release sent by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment said that the order will remain in place until the county has met four metrics for 21 consecutive days:

  • Less than 65 COVID-19 patients in Larimer County’s hospital system (currently 91).
  • Intensive Care Unit utilization below 90% of customary levels (currently 105%).
  • The county’s seven-day case rate per 100,000  at less than 300 (currently 274).
  • The county’s 7-day positivity rate below 10% (currently 8.4%).

“Larimer County hospitals are being overburdened and we cannot allow this to continue indefinitely,”  Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales said in the press release. “Our hospitals need relief so they can swiftly and adequately treat all urgent medical needs in our community. Vaccination is the best way out of this pandemic, but 35% of Larimer County’s population remains unvaccinated against COVID-19. Universal mask-wearing is the next best prevention tool we have to reduce the strain on our hospitals.”

“I was very hopeful that our vaccine uptake would be at a higher uptake level than it is now,” Gonzales told the Reporter-Herald on Friday. “I was hopeful that some of the federal policies were going to encourage more vaccine uptake, but unfortunately we’re only seeing 110 first shots per day. At that rate it will take us five months to get to 80% vaccination status. And that’s just too long. Our hospitals really cannot survive waiting that long.”

The county and the rest of the country saw falling COVID-19 rates earlier this year, only to see them roar back with the mutation of a new, more infectious variant of the virus, referred to as the delta variant. Intensive care units have been near or above capacity for four weeks, according to county data, and has gone as high as 110%.

County health officials worried this week that this winter could see even greater caseloads for the virus as people continue to go out in public, especially with the coming flu season and higher rates of hospitalizations unrelated to COVID-19 than were seen last winter. ICU utilization and hospitalizations are the two biggest issues facing the county, according to Gonzales.

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Ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin eyes 5-event Olympics after 3 last time



Ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin eyes 5-event Olympics after 3 last time

First things first for Mikaela Shiffrin: She is certain she wants to participate in every individual women’s Alpine ski race at the Beijing Olympics.

The 26-year-old from Colorado also knows that was her aim for the last Winter Games — and things did not quite work out according to plan back then.

So as Shiffrin gears up for the start of the World Cup season this month, then looks further down the road toward the trip to Asia in February, she is examining various ways in which she can beat her best for both. That means how she performs while on her skis, speeding down the side of a mountain, of course, as well as areas she can work on while away from the slopes.

“Something I’m dreaming about right now is to be able to compete in each event in China. But that means I have to do a lot more preparation, mentally,” Shiffrin said from Austria on Friday, during a video conference with reporters. “Just understanding how that is going to affect me mentally and physically throughout, essentially, the three weeks that we’re there.

“So it definitely takes a lot of my focus to think: What are the boxes we have to check, even totally outside of skiing and technique and tactics and the physical side of things? What are the boxes we need to check to make sure that I have some comfort level staying in a place that I’ve never been before for three weeks and dealing with the jet lag and getting over that as fast as possible?”

Shiffrin owns three Olympic medals, two golds. She also has won 69 World Cup races — only Ingemar Stenmark, with 86, and Lindsey Vonn, 82, have more in the sport’s history — along with a trio of overall titles.

While careful to note some caveats, including that she needs to ski well enough to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the five individual women’s Alpine events in Beijing, Shiffrin would love to be in the starting gate each time; giant slalom Feb. 7, slalom Feb. 9, super-G Feb. 11, downhill Feb. 15 and combined Feb. 17.

Then again, that was the idea at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, too, before weather-related rescheduling contributed to Shiffrin participating in three races. She left South Korea with a gold in giant slalom, silver in combined and a fourth-place finish in slalom.

“I definitely walked away with eyes wide open after that,” Shiffrin said Friday.

“There’s a whole box of things that we can unpack with just, sort of, Olympic preparations and how how much I do care about putting in my best effort to make all events happen? But also knowing that so many things can change, not only between now and then, but just between the start of the first Olympic race to the end of the Games, that that plan could very, very easily change at the drop of a hat. So there’s that side of things,” she said. “And obviously, you go to the Olympics and hope for medals. That’s the dream. … But then you have the World Cup season.”

Yes, she is not ignoring that.

When the calendar opens Oct. 23 in Sölden, Austria, Shiffrin will make it a point to live up to what she called “another big dream” — contending for the overall trophy again.

That wasn’t a possibility last season, when she avoided speed races until the world championships after returning from a 10-month hiatus brought about by the death of her father, the coronavirus pandemic and an injured back.

“There is never going to be a guarantee that I can win it again, and it’s … really hard to say if that’s even a realistic goal for this season — or ever again in my career,” Shiffrin said. “But I’m trying to put in the work to make that a possibility.”

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Urban Legends



Urban Legends

Within the mix of modern and contemporary homes throughout Denver’s various neighborhoods, you’ll find properties that act as preserved pieces of the Mile High City’s history. These homes give onlookers a peek into the past and provide homebuyers with the opportunity to own a chapter of Denver’s story.

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (LIV SIR) has the pleasure of representing some of the most well-known and significant properties in Denver. Here’s a look at three historic homes that have recently hit the market.

2147-2151 Tremont Pl.
As one of Denver’s oldest bed and breakfasts, The Queen Anne Urban Bed & Breakfast, located at 2147-2151 Tremont Pl., is one of the city’s most unique real estate offerings. This historically significant property, listed by LIV SIR brokers Jon Goldberg and Michelle Seward, as well as Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors’, Mike O’Neil, for $4,000,000, is located in the heart of the city near the bustling downtown area as well as the relaxing green spaces of Benedict Fountain Park. The Queen Anne offers limitless possibilities to transform or enhance this iconic residence to build a legacy of your own. A nationally registered landmark, the original Victorian home (2147 Tremont Pl.) was designed by noted architect Frank Edbrooke for its first 1880s residents, the famed Tabor family. The listing also encompasses the adjacent historic home (2151 Tremont Pl.) for once-in-a-lifetime, side-by-side opportunity. Under the care of its current owner, The Queen Anne has been upgraded to include modern amenities, custom interior design and artwork from local artists, eco-friendly operations, and community-centric practices. This property’s history, the business’s local and international popularity, and the unmatched location make 2147-2151 Tremont Pl. one of the best turnkey investment opportunities currently available on the Denver real estate market.

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Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47



Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 37

KABUL, Afghanistan — Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest day since the U.S. military withdrawal.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the carnage at the Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar province. The attack came a week after a bombing claimed by the local Islamic State affiliate killed 46 people at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan.

The sectarian bloodletting has raised fears that IS — an enemy of both the Taliban and the West — is expanding its foothold in Afghanistan.

Hafiz Sayeed, the Taliban’s chief for Kandahar’s department of culture and information, said 47 people had been killed and at least 70 wounded in the attack.

Murtaza, a worshiper who like many Afghans goes by one name, said he was inside the mosque during the attack and reported four explosions: two outside and two inside. He said Friday prayers at the mosque typically draw hundreds of people.

Another witness, also named Murtaza, was in charge of security at the mosque and said he saw two bombers. He said one detonated explosives outside the gate, and the other was already among the worshippers inside the mosque.

He said the mosque’s security personnel shot another suspected attacker outside.

Video footage showed bodies scattered across bloodstained carpets, with survivors walking around in a daze or crying out in anguish.

The Shiite Assembly of Ahl al-Bayt, a global religious society, condemned the attack in Kandahar, accusing the security forces in Afghanistan of being “incapable” of addressing such assaults.

The Islamic State group, which like Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban is made up of Sunni Muslims, views Shiite Muslims as apostates deserving of death.

IS has claimed a number of deadly bombings across the country since the Taliban seized power in August amid the withdrawal of U.S. forces. The group has also targeted Taliban fighters in smaller attacks.

If the attack was carried out by IS, it would be the first major assault by the extremist group in southern Afghanistan since the U.S. departure enabled the Taliban to consolidate control of the country. Recent attacks in the north, the east and the Afghan capital have cast doubt on the Taliban’s ability to counter the threat posed by IS.

Neighboring Pakistan, which has urged world leaders to work with the ruling Taliban, condemned the “despicable attacks on places of worship” in a statement from its foreign ministry.

The Taliban have pledged to restore peace and security after decades of war and have also given the U.S. assurances that they will not allow the country to be used as a base for launching extremist attacks on other countries.

The Taliban have also pledged to protect Afghanistan’s Shiite minority, which was persecuted during the last period of Taliban rule, in the 1990s.

Both the Taliban and IS adhere to a rigid interpretation of Islamic law, but IS is far more radical, with better-known branches in Iraq and Syria.

And while the Taliban say they are creating an Islamic state in Afghanistan, within the borders of that country, IS says it is THE Islamic State, a global caliphate that it insists all Muslims must support. It is contemptuous of the Taliban’s nationalist goals and doesn’t recognize them as a pure Islamic movement.


Akhgar reported from Istanbul.

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Avalanche coach Jared Bednar rejoins team from COVID protocol; center Nathan MacKinnon remains out



Avalanche coach Jared Bednar tests positive for COVID-19

The Avalanche on Friday got its head coach back from COVID protocol but Jared Bednar will be without another key player in Saturday’s game against visiting St. Louis.

In addition to star center Nathan MacKinnon (COVID protocol) and linemate Gabe Landeskog (suspension), Bednar said second-line winger Valeri Nichushkin will not play Saturday. He is “week-to-week” with an upper-body injury, sustained Wednesday in the 4-2 opening-night win against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forwards Darren Helm and Andre Burakovsky also didn’t practice Friday due to minor injuries but Bednar said they both are probable against the Blues. Helm attempted to practice before leaving before the first drill.

MacKinnon, who had a positive test Monday and missed the opener, also tested positive on Thursday, Bednar said, and Friday’s test won’t be known until Saturday.

“Holding pattern,” Bednar said of MacKinnon. “He’s asymptomatic, feels good. Needs a couple negative tests for him to come back. Otherwise, it’s 10 days.”

If MacKinnon is out the full 10 days, he could miss two of the three games in a road trip that begins Tuesday at Washington. The Avs also play at Florida on Thursday and at Tampa Bay on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The Avalanche is also currently missing top-pair defenseman Devon Toews and backup goalie Pavel Francouz. Both are on injured reserve. Bednar said Toews (offseason shoulder surgery) is expected to travel with the team and possibly be cleared during the trip.

The Avs are expected to recall multiple forwards from the AHL’s Colorado Eagles for Saturday’s game.

“It’s certainly an opportunity for other guys to step up and see what our team is made of,” Bednar said of the injuries, COVID issues, and Landeskog’s two-game suspension that begins Saturday. “We got some young guys in here who are anxious to get more ice time, opportunity, and this is a good opportunity for them to do that. We’re going to need guys to step up. It’s a long year. So it’s not life or death. But I want to see our team play the right way, improve on some of the things we did the other night.”

Bednar, who had a positive COVID test on Oct. 8, said he watched Wednesday’s opener at his home, where he had two floors to quarantine. He said the Avs could have won easily if they finished the way they started.

“Great start, great energy, worth ethic, skating — all the things you need to have success were there, especially the first 30 minutes of the game,” he said. “We mismanaged the puck a little bit in the second half of the game and it cost us some scoring chances against, some goals against. I think (goalie Darcy) Kuemper was outstanding in net when he needed him to be. There’s some things there, for sure, that we showed our guys and have to clean up.”

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