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Broncos game balls, notable Week 3 quotes following win over Jets and looking ahead to Week 4 versus Ravens

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Game balls, quotable and a look ahead following the Broncos’ Week 3 win over the Jets to improve to 3-0.

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Broncos pass rush

Jets QB Zach Wilson was already out of his element; throw in a relentless Broncos pass rush that didn’t let up in the second half, and the result was a defense that had fun all game long. Linebacker Alexander Johnson got the party going with a 14-yard sack of Wilson in the first quarter. Then Shelby Harris, Von Miller and Malik Reed all had sacks in the second quarter, and Johnson added another in the fourth. New York lost 41 total yards on five sacks, and even when the rookie wasn’t going down, he was under constant duress in the pocket.

Tim Patrick

The Broncos signed him to the practice squad in 2017, and Patrick’s been bootstrapping his way to NFL relevancy ever since. That continued Sunday with five catches for 98 yards as Patrick abused Jets cornerbacks and asserted himself as a vertical threat. The Broncos threw at Patrick on their first two offensive plays, and he hauled them in, and also had a 31-yard catch in the fourth quarter that set Denver up at the goal line. With Jerry Jeudy on IR and KJ Hamler potentially sidelined going forward, Patrick must continue to be Mr. Reliable.

Broncos secondary

After picking off Trevor Lawrence twice in last week’s win over the Jaguars, the Broncos replicated that ball-hawking with a pair of interceptions off Wilson. No doubt aided by the pass rush, the secondary limited Wilson to 19-of-35 through the air with a piddly 42.6 rating. With the Jets driving into Broncos territory in the fourth quarter, Justin Simmons secured his first INT of 2021 by undercutting Wilson’s throw and nearly returning it for a touchdown. Later in the quarter, rookie Caden Sterns iced the win with an interception off a tipped pass that he took back for a 43-yard return. Wilson never looked comfortable in his reads.

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All non-binary, female Denver tattoo shop target of vandalism, owner says

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At this plant-filled Denver tattoo shop, every artist is either a woman or non-binary

Step inside The Wolf Den Custom Studio on East Colfax in Denver, and you’ll see why it’s worthy of attention.

“We love everybody. We just happen to have a staff of amazing women or identifying women,” owner Ryane Urie said Sunday.

The tattoo shop got praise from The Denver Post this week because of its inclusivity and for creating a safe space for LGBTQ people.

“A lot of light has been shown on us, a lot of people wanting to support us,” Urie, who uses they/them pronouns, said.

But some of that light has cast a shadow.

Read the full story at thedenverchannel.com.

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Celebrities join Prince William for Earthshot Prize award

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LONDON — Celebrities joined Prince William in London on Sunday for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program that aims to find new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and Earth’s most pressing challenges.

The winners announced Sunday included the government of Costa Rica, which was honored for a project that pays local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, and the city of Milan, which was handed a prize for its Food Waste Hubs program, which recovers food from supermarkets and restaurants and distributes it to those in need.

Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo joined William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in handing out the awards at Alexandra Palace in north London.

Guests were asked to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit,” and Watson arrived wearing a gown made from 10 wedding dresses from the charity Oxfam.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress made for her in 2011, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and a polo neck.

William and his charity, The Royal Foundation, launched the Earthshot Prize last year, inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “Moonshot” speech that challenged and inspired Americans to go to the moon.

The prize, to be awarded to five winners every year until 2030, is billed as the most prestigious of its kind. Each winner will receive a grant worth 1 million pounds to develop and scale up their ideas.

“There’s been lots of amazing ideas over the past decades but it’s the implementation that really counts, so that’s what this is all about. So it’s really a reason to be cheerful,” Thompson said.

The other winners were a land-based coral farm in the Bahamas to restore dying coral reefs; a green hydrogen technology developed to transform how homes and buildings are powered; and an India-based technology that creates fuel from agricultural waste in a bid to stop crop burning.

William has said he wanted the initiative to inject some optimism into the climate debate, and on Sunday he urged young people not to give up hope for the future.

“For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future. The Earthshot is for you,” he said. “In the next 10 years, we are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet.”

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Convicted killer released last year confesses to murder of missing Florida woman

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Convicted killer released last year confesses to murder of missing Florida woman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A convicted killer released from prison last year has killed again, Sunrise, Fla., police say.

The body of Erika Verdecia, a 33-year-old single mom missing since Sept. 24, was found in a Davie canal Saturday morning, detectives said.

Eric Pierson, 54, confessed Saturday to killing Verdecia on Sept. 25, according to an arrest affidavit. Pierson told police he stabbed Verdecia with a screwdriver four times — twice in the neck and once in each eye.

Pierson is now in jail facing charges of first-degree murder.

It’s not the first time.

In 1995, Pierson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Kristina Whitaker. Her battered body was found buried under debris at a construction site in Davie.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison but served 25. He was released on Sept. 3, 2020.

In 1985, he pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder after breaking into a Davie woman’s house and cutting her throat and hands with a kitchen knife. Miraculously, the woman survived. Pierson was sentenced to 18 years but served four.

The family of Erika Verdecia has vowed to see justice served.

“Why is this guy in the streets? Why?,” said her mother, Carmen Verdecia. “He’s going to pay this time. We’re not going to stop until we see him in the electric chair.”

Erika Verdecia was reported missing by her family three days after she walked out the door on Sept. 24, Carmen Verdecia said.

Verdecia’s mom used social media sites to reach out to her daughter’s friends. One told her he’d seen Erika with a “grimy” man at a sandwich shop and asked the man for his name. The man told him Eric Pierson.

Carmen Verdecia said she Googled the name and was horrified to see a man by that name had been convicted of murder in 1995.

“I flipped out,” she said. “I told (police) my daughter was seen with a killer. And then they started looking for her. But it was too late.”

Sunrise police had a brief interaction with Pierson after 2 a.m. on Sept. 25 during a traffic stop. Verdecia was a passenger in the truck but showed no signs of distress, the arrest affidavit said.

Based on his confession, Pierson killed her soon after.

Erika Verdecia leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter who still doesn’t know why her mom has not come home.

“She still thinks her mom’s coming back,” Carmen Verdecia said Sunday, holding back tears. “This is not going to stop here. The man left my granddaughter without a mother. I don’t know why they are letting these criminals out. They are letting killers out. These people should not be let out.”

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Keeler: No Chucky? No problem. Even without Jon Gruden, Raiders still humbled Broncos. And had “a lot of fun” doing it.

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Keeler: No Chucky? No problem. Even without Jon Gruden, Raiders still humbled Broncos. And had “a lot of fun” doing it.

Team Without A Coach 31, Team With Vic Fangio 24.

Yeah, that one’s gonna leave a mark.

“It sucks not hugging (Jon) Gruden after a game like that,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr gushed after throwing for 341 yards and two scores in Las Vegas’ 34-24 win over the Broncos at Empower Field.

“Some of the plays we ran, he would have been so fired up. But it is what it is, and we need to move forward. For those three hours, it’s definitely easier to just focus on football.”

For those three hours, it was as if Gruden, whose trail of deplorable emails led to his sudden resignation last Monday night, never left.

On the seventh play of the afternoon, Carr dropped back on third-and-2 at the Denver 48 and split the Broncos secondary on a touchdown throw to speedy wideout Henry Ruggs over the top.

“We knew, with Henry, people are going to play him different, 30 (more) yards downfield than they play other people,” Carr continued. “I’ve seen stuff I’ve never seen before 30 yards downfield. With coverages that help other guys get open, honestly.”

Carr used those windows to find seven other receivers, including big tight end Darren Waller five times for 59 yards — two of those coming on a pivotal, 82-yard, five-play drive late in the second quarter. A march that ended with a 31-yard touchdown throw from Carr to Kenyan Drake that put the visitors up 16-7.

And put that team without a coach in the catbird seat.

“I talked about the continuity on offense and defense,” said Rich Bisaccia, who served as Las Vegas’ special teams coach until his promotion to interim head coach last week. “For (the players) to have a whole week of practice, to some degree a sense of normalcy … it’s emotional for everybody.”

And here’s a stat that should make Broncos fans emotional for weeks: Bisaccia now has as many wins in the Denver-Raiders rivalry (one) as Fangio does since 2019. In four fewer contests.

A victory that came on the afternoon in which iconic former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan got inducted into the Ring of Fame. Let that one sink in for a minute.

“The worst part for me was figuring out the headset,” Bisaccia cracked during his postgame news conference.

“Once you get on the field and the game goes, a lot of my responsibilities were the same … it was really a collective effort going to the game. There’s a button on there and I’m going to press it if I want to talk….Back in the day when I wore it, we didn’t have all those buttons.”

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Kiszla: After committing worse sin in Broncos Country with home loss to Raiders, can Vic Fangio survive as coach?

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Kiszla: After committing worse sin in Broncos Country with home loss to Raiders, can Vic Fangio survive as coach?

The fuse has been lit. The clock’s ticking to doomsday. The Broncos are a time bomb.

“Ninety-six hours, that’s all we’ve got,” Denver quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, counting every desperate second of every urgent hour that stood between this loss to the hated Raiders and the distinct possibility of a four-game losing streak that coach Vic Fangio cannot possibly survive.

At this point, defusing the time bomb feels like Mission Impossible. And guess what? Tom Cruise, much less John Elway or Mike Shanahan, isn’t walking through the door at Broncos headquarters.

The Broncos have no choice but to end a three-game losing streak before it wrecks careers, not to mention the team’s fading playoff dreams. “Choice is an illusion,” Von Miller said, sounding more like Yoda than the Pro Bowl linebacker this team could really use right now.

Do or do not. There is no try.

This reeling Denver team either wins its next game, or the whole thing blows up. Nobody survives in Broncos Country except cockroaches. Everybody gets a pink slip. Every. Single. Body.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur? Gone. Miller? One step closer to free-agency. Bridgewater? Keeping the seat warm until Aaron Rodgers and the Packers accept a call from general manager George Paton. Fangio? In deep spaghetti sauce.

Immediately after their defense was exposed as a front-running fraud and Bridgewater was whacked like a pinata during a 34-24 loss to Las Vegas, the Broncos took turns standing behind the podium at a post-game news conference. Each of them looked as pitiful as a little kid who forgot to practice for a piano recital, dutifully declaring they had 96 hours to avert disaster at Cleveland in the NFL’s cruel practical joke on the health of a hurting team: Thursday Night Football.

While getting trounced in those Super Bowls a generation ago left scars on the fan base, there is absolutely no worse sin in Broncos Country than getting embarrassed at home by the Raiders. And make no mistake, Denver was embarrassed by a Las Vegas team that had been shook to its core by the resignation of coach Jon Gruden.

How gosh-awful was it? If championship football teams are built from the ground up, Denver has foundational cracks in both its offensive and defensive lines. Bridgewater was pummeled 17 times while trying to throw. The Vonster and his mates, allegedly elite, gave up a whopping 8.2 yards per snap to Las Vegas.

“Simply put: We got our butts whooped,” safety Justin Simmons said.

The Broncos feted Shanahan at halftime, honoring him with his rightful place in the Ring of Fame. Nobody, as the Mastermind gleefully acknowledged more than once in recent days, hates the Raiders with greater passion than the greatest coach in franchise history.

Although the Broncos trailed 17-7 after two quarters, Shanahan guaranteed: “Oh they’re going to win. They’re going to win.”

Know what’s truly sad? Shanny might have been the only person in the whole stadium who actually believed his prediction.

I’ve seen a whole lot of stuff since 1983, when Elway and I both wandered into this dusty old cow town for the first time. But until Josh Jacobs ran three yards for a touchdown to put Las Vegas ahead 31-10 late in the third quarter, I had never seen Denver turned into a Raiders town.

How could that even be possible? The overwhelming majority of the crowd at Empower Field was so defeated and apathetic that orange-clad fans couldn’t even muster the energy to boo the home team, allowing members of the Colorado chapter of the Dirty Al Davis Society in attendance to loudly express their glee at the revolting developments on the field.

Since the outset of last season, Fangio has lost eight of 11 home games. Broncos Country doesn’t put up with that kind of stench. Losing at home, especially to the Raiders, will get a coach fired. With franchise ownership in flux, the house will have to be cleaned out before it’s put up for sale.

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Fauci says vaccinated people can ‘enjoy the holiday season’ with other vaxxed people

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Fauci gives the OK for kids to trick-or-treat this Halloween: ‘You can get out there’

Dr. Anthony Fauci is offering up safety tips for the holiday season, telling vaccinated people that they can relax and celebrate with vaccinated family and friends.

Unvaccinated people, meanwhile, should take precautions.

This will be the first holiday season when people have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, a major difference from last year when no one was fully vaccinated and many families stayed apart as the virus raged across the country.

“For groups that are vaccinated, I think we can enjoy the holiday season,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Fox News Sunday.

“When you’re in the family unit among people who are vaccinated, I think you should just enjoy the holidays as best you can in the family spirit,” added Fauci, who’s also the chief medical adviser to President Biden.

He urged those who are unvaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“But if they’re not (vaccinated), they should do what the CDC recommends, is when you’re in an indoor setting, in a public indoor setting, to wear a mask,” Fauci said. “It’s very important.

“We know that masks work, and they could greatly diminish the likelihood that you’re going to get infected,” Fauci said, “Which is another reason why we keep saying why it’s so important to get vaccinated, because not only will it be good for your own health and that of your family, it will make it much easier for you to enjoy the kinds of things in society that you’d like to enjoy anyway.”

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Massachusetts weather forecast: Back into the 70s after more seasonable October temps to start week

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When to expect prime fall foliage in Massachusetts

After a warm stretch of weather for October in Massachusetts, it’s going to feel much more seasonable to start the week before another round of 70 degrees.

A mainly dry week of weather is in store for the region, while it’s expected to be rather blustery at times.

Cooler temps are forecasted for Monday and Tuesday, followed by a warm-up on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We’ll be trending more toward seasonable conditions to start the week, and then start trending toward warmer than normal as we get to the middle of the week,” said Bill Leatham, a meteorologist at National Weather Service’s Boston office.

“Then a system late in the week should bring us back closer to normal,” he added. “It’s a bit of a rollercoaster.”

After a beautiful mid-October day across southern New England on Sunday, temps should be hovering around 60 on Monday.

“In the wake of a cold front yesterday, it should keep us in the fall-like feel,” Leatham said.

Some spot showers are possible across the interior of Massachusetts on Monday afternoon, but no heavy rain is in the forecast.

Tuesday temps should also be around 60 degrees, with a chance for upper 60s along the Cape.

It’s expected to be breezy on Monday and Tuesday, with the potential for 35 mph wind gusts.

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Coast Guard: 1,200-foot ship dragged California oil pipeline

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Coast Guard: 1,200-foot ship dragged California oil pipeline

Investigators believe a 1,200-foot cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the sea floor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude.

A team of federal investigators trying to chase down the cause of the spill boarded the Panama-registered MSC DANIT just hours after the massive ship arrived this weekend off the Port of Long Beach, the same area where the leak was discovered in early October.

During a prior visit by the ship during a heavy storm in January, investigators believe its anchor dragged for an unknown distance before striking the 16-inch steel pipe, Coast Guard Lt. J.G. SondraKay Kneen said Sunday.

The impact would have knocked an inch-thick concrete casing off the pipe and pulled it more than 100 feet, bending but not breaking the line, Kneen said.

Still undetermined is whether the impact caused the October leak, or if the line was hit by something else at a later date or failed due to a pre-existing problem, Kneen said.

“We’re still looking at multiple vessels and scenarios,” she said.

The Coast Guard on Saturday designated the owner and operator as parties of interest in its investigation into the spill, estimated to have released about 25,000 gallons of crude into the water, killing birds, fish and mammals.

The accident just a few miles off Los Angeles’ Huntington Beach fouled beaches and wetlands and led to temporary closures for cleanup work. While not as bad as initially feared, it has reignited the debate over offshore drilling in federal waters in the Pacific, where  hundreds of miles of pipelines were installed decades ago.

The DANIT’s operator, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co., is headquartered in Switzerland and has a fleet of 600 vessels and more than 100,000 workers.

MSC representatives did not immediately respond to email messages seeking comment. A security guard reached by telephone at the company’s headquarters in Geneva said it was closed until Monday.

The vessel’s owner, identified by the Coast Guard as Dordellas Finance Corporation, could not be reached for comment.

The DANIT arrived in Long Beach this weekend after voyaging from China, according to marine traffic monitoring websites.

The investigation into what caused the spill could lead to criminal charges or civil penalties, but none have been announced yet, and Kneen said the probe could continue for months.

Attorneys for MSC and Dordellas will have the chance to examine and cross-examine the government’s witnesses in the case and also to call their own witnesses, according to the Coast Guard. The investigation also includes the National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies.

 

 

 

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MLB to require housing for some minor leaguers in 2022

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball says its owners have agreed to begin providing housing to certain minor league players beginning in the 2022 season.

“In mid-September, the owners discussed the issue of player housing and unanimously agreed to begin providing housing to certain minor league players,” MLB said in a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday night. “We are in the process of finalizing the details of that policy and expect it to be announced and in place for the 2022 season.”

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, first reported Sunday on the owners’ decision, saying the league would require major league teams to provide housing either via stipends to fully cover rent or by arranging the lodging themselves.

The league did not specify which players would be covered by the new policy.

The move is expected to ease the burden on players, some of whom have incomes from teams that fall below the federal poverty line of $12,880 for individuals.

MLB raised minimum salaries across the minors for 2021, pushing Class A pay from $290 to $500 per week, Double-A from $350 to $600, and Triple-A from $502 to $700 over the roughly five-month season. Players are only paid in-season.

While teams generally arrange for hotel accomodations for road trips, players have largely been left to find their own housing for homestands. The level of assistance provided by teams varies widely — lower-level affiliates sometimes arrange host families for younger players, and some organizations have offered housing stipends to some or all players. The Houston Astros are believed to have become the first team in baseball to provide furnished apartments to all players when they did so for the 2021 season.

But mostly, players are left to handle housing on their own, usually seeking short-term leases on little notice with a limited budget. It’s not uncommon for teammates to overcrowd apartments and sleep on air mattresses. One player and his girlfriend in 2019 even took the unusual step of living in a renovated school bus.

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After great white shark researchers tag 3 sharks off Massachusetts, they tag 10 off Nova Scotia

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After great white shark researchers tag 3 sharks off Massachusetts, they tag 10 off Nova Scotia

The great white shark researchers who tagged three of the apex predators off the Massachusetts coast this summer went on to have a fruitful expedition in Canadian waters.

The OCEARCH scientists were able to sample, tag and release 10 great white sharks in the waters off of Nova Scotia during their recent three-week trip to the region.

One of the sharks they tagged was a massive 12-foot, 1,644-pound mature male that they named Scot, and another was a gigantic 13-foot, 1,308-pound mature male that they named Bob. Six of the 10 tagged sharks were juvenile great whites.

OCEARCH returned to Canada for the fourth year in a row to collect data for 24 different science projects, which the researchers say will help “form a complete picture of the ecology, behavior and health of the white shark in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.”

The group has tagged 83 animals overall in its Northwest Atlantic White Shark Study, just 17 away from their goal of 100 tagged and sampled sharks.

OCEARCH has tagged 36 animals in Nova Scotia over the past four years.

“When OCEARCH first came to this region we thought this could be where the mature adults were going to mate, but through our work with hormone levels and semen samples we know this is not happening here,” said OCEARCH Founder and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer.

“The white sharks are coming to this region to bulk up on seals in the summer and fall, before heading south to endure the oncoming winter and go mate,” he said.

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