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Big second half leads Springfield Central to road win at BC High

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Big second half leads Springfield Central to road win at BC High

After surrendering a dizzying 67 points in a season-opening loss to Central Catholic last week, it’s clear that the vaunted Springfield Central offense is going to need some help from the defense to reach their sky-high potential this fall.

Against BC High on Friday night, that unit took a significant step forward, especially in the second half as the Falcons picked off a pair of passes and pitched a shutout after the break as Central used 34 unanswered points to pull away for a 50-20 victory.

“Huge for the defense, but we have a long way to go and a long way to grow,” said Central coach Valdamar Brower. “We definitely want to be more physical than we were last week and play more complementary football — offense, defense and special teams.”

Special teams mistakes from the Falcons gave the Eagles life in the first half as the hosts recovered one muffed punt and blocked another, setting up short fields that BC High cashed in on for an early 12-8 edge.

BC High (0-2) led again at 20-16 with 3:06 left in the first after a 68-yard pass from Brennan Malone to Ben Evee. Malone completed 16-of-29 passes for 207 yards, connecting with Evee seven times for 162 yards and two TDs.

The Falcons dominated the rest of the way, however, denying new coach Ed Mantie his first win. Central fed running back Tariq Thomas a steady diet of touches and he responded, turning his 25 carries into 189 yards and four touchdowns.

“I just like doing whatever I can do to help the team win,” said Thomas. “Whether that’s blocking, catching the ball or running the ball.”

Star quarterback William Watson was largely efficient and frequently electric in going 13-of-17 for 164 yards and a TD through the air and adding 48 yards and a score on the ground. Central even gave linebacker Mesias Lee a goal-line tote and he converted for a 1-yard TD at the end of the third quarter that sent the fourth into running time.

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HelloFresh, EveryPlate and more now part of extended onion recall

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You may need to toss your onions as salmonella outbreak has been linked to the vegetable

If you haven’t already thrown out your onions, you should check your vegetables again.

The Food and Drug Administration has extended the onion recall, caused by a salmonella outbreak, to several more brands. The salmonella outbreak was first reported last week and initially only included fresh whole red, white or yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed by ProSource.

The recall now includes onions from HelloFresh, EveryPlate, Potandon Produce LLC and Keeler Family Farms.

HelloFresh said in a statement on Saturday they recommended disposing of onions received during the specified time period

“HelloFresh has been informed by one of its ingredient suppliers that it is conducting a voluntary recall of its onions due to the potential presence of salmonella bacteria,” the company said. “Please discard all onions received from July 7, 2021, through Sept. 8, 2021.”

The CDC is still working to determine if other onions and suppliers are linked to the outbreak.

Officials said recently both individuals and businesses should check onions and if it is unknown where they are from, throw them away. It is also recommended to wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with these onions.

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Just what are “The Facebook Papers,” anyway?

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Just what are “The Facebook Papers,” anyway?

The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.

A separate consortium of European news outlets had access to the same set of documents, and members of both groups began publishing content related to their analysis of the materials at 7 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 25. That date and time was set by the partner news organizations to give everyone in the consortium an opportunity to fully analyze the documents, report out relevant details, and to give Facebook’s public relations staff ample time to respond to questions and inquiries raised by that reporting.

Each member of the consortium pursued its own independent reporting on the document contents and their significance. Every member also had the opportunity to attend group briefings to gain information and context about the documents.

The launch of The Facebook Papers project follows similar reporting by The Wall Street Journal, sourced from the same documents, as well as Haugen’s appearance on the CBS television show “60 Minutes” and her Oct. 5 Capitol Hill testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee.

The papers themselves are redacted versions of disclosures that Haugen has made over several months to the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging Facebook was prioritizing profits over safety and hiding its own research from investors and the public.

These complaints cover a range of topics, from its efforts to continue growing its audience, to how its platforms might harm children, to its alleged role in inciting political violence. The same redacted versions of those filings are being provided to members of Congress as part of its investigation. And that process continues as Haugen’s legal team goes through the process of redacting the SEC filings by removing the names of Facebook users and lower-level employees and turns them over to Congress.

The Facebook Papers consortium will continue to report on these documents as more become available in the coming days and weeks.

“AP regularly teams up with other news organizations to bring important journalism to the world,” said Julie Pace, senior vice president and executive editor. “The Facebook Papers project is in keeping with that mission. In all collaborations, AP maintains its editorial independence.”

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Denver weather: A summer cameo on Monday followed by rain

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Denver weather: A summer cameo on Monday followed by rain

Denver will get a hint of summer on Monday, with Halloween less than a week away.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will near the record high of 84 degrees on Monday. Forecasters call for an 80-degree high under increasingly sunny skies. Temperatures will drop to 49 degrees overnight. The dry weather has pushed the NWS to issue a Red Flag Warning for parts of the Palmer Divide, Denver, Adams and Arapahoe Counties.

Denver will be wet on Tuesday, with a storm system bringing winds and precipitation. Mild and dry conditions will be replaced by stronger, cool winds with gusts up to 60 mph over the foothills. The mountains are going to see some snow, which will linger on the ridges into Wednesday morning.

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