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Another round of Denver concert cancellations, postponements pushes big shows to 2022



Another round of Denver concert cancellations, postponements pushes big shows to 2022

This first week of October brings more concert cancellations and postponements alongside the usual, seeming to contradict the march of new, indoor music events going on sale.

Not all have been blamed on COVID — ’90s alt-rockers Living Colour this week said their drop-off from Summerland Tour (which did not have Denver dates) was due to “continuing transportation issues,” hinting at a possible tour-bus driver shortage.

But the flow of acts cancelling out of “an abundance of caution” or positive COVID tests also continues, shuffling shows to new venues and postponing dates for up to a year. The pandemic’s domino effect on the industry has been widespread, and potentially worsening as we head into the indoor-event season.

This week’s news follows cancellations and postponements last week affecting Andrea Gibson and Zoe Keating’s Chautauqua Auditorium date (now May 20, 2022), Dirtwire with Gone Gone Beyond and Blossomn at the Boulder Theater (now Jan. 22, 2022) and A-Track (scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 30, and canceled outright).

Here are some of the bigger shows that dropped off this week although, as with previous weeks, there are smaller ones that did not announce their changes via press release. Refunds for the bigger shows are typically automatic, and for the ones that aren’t, refunds are usually only available for the first 30 days after the announcement.

  • Judas Priest postponed its “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour with Saboton, which had been scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 29) at Mission Ballroom. A new date has not been announced. The rescheduled show is because of “major medical heart condition issues” which landed guitarist Richie Faulkner in the hospital, according to the band’s Twitter account.
  • Ministry’s Ogden Theatre show, which had been rescheduled three times since its initial July 5, 2020 date, was pushed back a fourth time this week while changing venues. The most recently rescheduled date, Oct. 4, 2021, at the Ogden, is now scheduled for April 10, 2022, “out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the band,” according to a press statement.
  • Best-selling progressive-Christian author Anne Lamott postponed her upcoming Paramount Theatre show from Oct. 8 to April 2, 2022. No reason for the postponement was given.
  • The Marías show this weekend (Saturday, Oct. 2), at Boulder’s Fox Theatre has been outright cancelled, the band announced this week. “It’s so important to us that we take some time to focus on our mental health in order to achieve our intended dreams,” members wrote in a press statement.
  • Related: The Saturday, Oct. 2, “Trailblazer Tour” show from The Tsuruda + Chee + Esseks at the Boulder Theater has been downgraded to the smaller Fox Theatre in Boulder. Same date, same town, new venue. No reason was given.
  • Talking Heads cover act Start Making Sense postponed its Oct. 8 concert at the Fox Theatre until May 14, 2022. The band was apologetic in a press statement but gave no reason for the postponement.

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Bruins Notebook: Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner sent to Providence



Bruins Notebook: Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner sent to Providence

While there’s still a possibility of more moves to come, the Bruins cut down their roster to the limit of 23 on Monday by sending Chris Wagner and Jack Studnicka to Providence and placing Curtis Lazar on injured reserve.

Both Wagner and John Moore cleared waivers on Sunday, but for now the B’s have elected to keep Moore in Boston, giving the B’s the eight defensemen they usually prefer to carry.

Anton Blidh, who would require waivers to be sent back to Providence, remains on the Boston roster and is now the lone reserve forward.

Though Studnicka had a strong preseason to regain his status as the club’s top prospect, there was no room for him in the top nine with the three center spots taken by Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle and free agent signee Erik Haula and there has been a reluctance to play him in a fourth line role or on the right wing. And with the 22-year-old pivot still developing, the management and coaching staffs certainly want him to be playing hockey somewhere, if not Boston then Providence. It’s a good bet he’ll see Boston again before too long.

Coach Bruce Cassidy did not have any more clarity on how long Lazar will be out. Lazar had been set to be the fourth-line right wing before suffering an upper body injury in the final preseason game last Wednesday when he crashed into the net. Cassidy said that the medical staff was waiting for inflammation to go down before a course of treatment — surgery being one option — could be decided.

“That’s going to affect the timeline,” said Cassidy.

Karson Kuhlman‘s speed has essentially taken over Wagner’s physicality at the fourth line right wing spot, though Cassidy would like to see a dash of Wagner’s game in Kuhlman’s. And the coach didn’t rule out Wagner coming back to retake the spot.

“We’re asking him to be a little greasier in that regard, maybe going to the net with more of a purpose when you have a chance to create some anxiety around the net. Playing a little bigger in terms of finishing checks,” said Cassidy. “He’ll arrive on time with a good stick and foot speed. He takes good angles. I think it’s tough for a smaller guy to impact (that way). But there are defensemen out there, like the (Matt Grzelcyks) of the world on other teams, that he can be physical against. Those are the areas where we try to encourage him. Sometimes he’ll drop off. He’ll lose some of that edge. … We’ve gone through that with (Trent Frederic) at times. It’s not unique to him. But he has been around a bit. So that’s going to be the ask for whoever is in that position. That’s why we’ve used different people. If it ends up being Wags again, with him there’s the same kind of drop-off. You’ve got to keep your pace and up and your physicality. That’s your job. It’s a tough one, but you’ve got to do it every night. And that’s the ask with Kuhlie.”

Kuhlman, who also would have required to be sent to Providence, believes he can improve that area of his game. At 5-10, 190 pounds, Kuhlman concedes he will have to pick his spots.

“That, and it’s a little bit of a mentality. Going in every night, telling yourself you can play that way, greasy or gritty or whatever want to call it, I think just going in with the mentality of bringing it every night will be what I’ve got to do,” said Kuhlman.

Power play could be potent

The B’s had already possessed one of the most explosive power-plays in the league, and now they’ve added Taylor Hall to the first unit at the net front position. It has the potential to be the best man-advantage in in the league, with five legitimate scoring options.

But Cassidy stressed the importance of Hall not roaming too much.

“The other night (against Washington) he got away from the front of the net a little bit,” said Cassidy. “There’s times when we can run a drop-off play when he’s on the goal line and he can interchange with (Brad Marchand), they’re both left sticks who can go there. But at the end of the day, you can’t get too far away from the front of the net if that’s your responsibility. Simply because with our group, it tends to get there. … We’ve got to make sure we’ve got a puck recovery guy.”

While Hall said he’s happy to play his role, he also said there will be some fluidity to the process because of the nature of the game.

“It’s hockey right? I don’t think there are really defined spots. Obviously, off the faceoff, if we can get set up in our perfect alignment, I’m at goal line, I’m retrieving pucks. It doesn’t sound like a bad thing. It’s awesome to be on the unit with those guys. Whatever I can do to help, that’s what I want to do,” said Hall. “As you get more comfortable, you just start playing. I remember when (Torey) Krug was on the power play, he’d be goal line, he’d be behind the net sometimes. It just kind of happens. When you’re on the ice with good players, you make plays and read off each other. I think that’s a good thing for your overall game, too, just being out there with those guys. I don’t think I’d taken a shift with Marchie at all last year. It’s been nice to play give-and-go with him. It’s a lot of fun. I’m relishing the opportunity I have on that unit.”

Dog days of fall

The B’s are fighting their way through a dead spot in their unusual schedule. Their last preseason game was last Wednesday and the home opener is not until Saturday.

“I think you’ll be better off for it eventually when you’ve had this rest. But right now in practice, today was a little tougher to get going. Guys are getting tired of practicing. They know the season is starting this week and they want to get going. We’ve got to keep them focused in that regard,” said Cassidy.

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Robbins: America unrecognizable as threats mount vs. teachers, hospitals



Robbins:  America unrecognizable as threats mount vs. teachers, hospitals

Fiona Hill knows something about how democracies die, and she worries that ours may be in critical condition. The working class girl from an English mining town immigrated to America and became a Russia expert, advising Republican and Democratic presidents alike. Hill rose to prominence during the 2019 investigation into former President Trump’s attempt to extort Ukraine into announcing an “investigation” into Joe Biden in exchange for the unfreezing of military aid.

She has had time to reflect on what has become of her chosen homeland, and she is worried. “I feel like we’re at a really critical and very dangerous inflection point in our society,” she told Politico recently. “I have a lot of friends who are immigrants like myself who have been here for a long time, who came from many, many different places. And they say ‘This is not the America I came to. This is not the America we chose to come to.’”

The Trump presidency may be over, but the Trump years are not. The stew of race-based hatred, white nationalism and domestic extremism that thrived over the past six years is very much with us. A mark of the jeopardy we are in is that the anger and the misinformation exploited and fomented during that period is now directed at those to whom we owe the most — our teachers and health care providers.

A surge in threats against educators because of public health measures enacted to protect students and teachers alike from COVID led the National School Board Association to appeal to President Biden on Sept. 29. “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” it wrote, asking for federal assistance “to protect our students, school board members and educators who are susceptible to acts of violence … because of threats to their districts, families and personal safety.” News of on-line hatred and outright assaults in response to protocols aimed simply at preventing the spread of a highly contagious, potentially deadly illness reaches us on a regular basis.

In Ohio, one school board member was warned “We are coming after you and all the members of the (Board of Education). You are forcing (students) to wear masks for no reason in the world other than control. And for that you will pay dearly.” In Tennessee, a student who recounted that his grandmother, a teacher, had died of COVID and who called for masks in schools was mocked by a sneering audience.

Citing “an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools,” the Department of Justice announced the formation of a task force to combat the growing problem. As for the collapse of decency that underpins this conduct, there is no task force capable of remedying that.

Our health care providers, physically and emotionally ravaged by COVID, are being subjected to similar mistreatment. Fury at masking or testing requirements, restrictions on visitations due to the virus and long waits in emergency rooms thanks to the pandemic’s toll has resulted in what Deb Bailey of Northeast Georgia Health Systems calls “a huge increase in violence against our health care workers.”

Hospital workers “have been cursed at, screamed at, threatened with bodily harm and even had knives pulled on them,” Jane McCurley of Texas’ Methodist Healthcare System told the Texas Tribune. “It is escalating. It’s just a handful at each facility who have been extremely abusive. But there is definitely an increasing number of occurrences every day.”

At one Missouri hospital, where assaults have tripled since COVID’s onset, hundreds of staff have been given panic buttons to bring security officers running in the event of an attack.

President Biden has both preached civility and practiced it. But he is all but powerless to reverse America’s slide into incivility, its descent into civic decay, which are at the root of what is playing out in schools, hospitals and elsewhere. For that, for better or worse, we’re dependent on one another.

Jeff Robbins is a Boston lawyer and former U.S. delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

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Biden undercuts executive privilege shield



Biden undercuts executive privilege shield

WASHINGTON  — It’s a risky move by President Biden that could come back to haunt him — and future presidents — in the hyperpartisan world of Washington politics.

Biden has agreed to a request from Congress seeking sensitive information on the actions of then-President Trump and his aides during the Jan. 6 insurrection, though the former president claims the information is guarded by executive privilege.

The move by Biden isn’t the final word; Trump says he will challenge the requests, and a lengthy legal battle is likely to ensue over the information.

But the playbook for the legal world is different from the political world. And in the political world, “every time a president does something controversial, it becomes a building block for future presidents,” said Saikrishna Prakash, a law professor at the University of Virginia who studies presidential powers.

Biden’s decision not to block the information sought by Congress challenges a tested norm — one in which presidents enjoy the secrecy of records of their own terms in office, both mundane and highly sensitive, for a period of at least five years, and often far longer. That means Biden and future presidents, as well as Trump.

But executive privilege has its limitations in extraordinary situations, as exemplified during the Watergate scandal, when the Supreme Court ruled that it could not be used to shield the release of secret Oval Office tapes sought in a criminal inquiry, and following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Jan. 6 insurrection belongs among those ranks, Biden’s White House counsel wrote to the keeper of records, the Archivist of the United States. An armed mob of Trump supporters stormed

“Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them,” White House counsel Dana Remus wrote in a letter to the archivist. “The constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield, from Congress or from the public, information that reflects a clear and apparent effort to subvert the Constitution itself.”

Trump responded with his own letter to the National Archives formally asserting privilege over nearly 50 documents.

Referring to the Presidential Records Act, Trump wrote, “I hereby make a protective assertion of constitutionally based privilege with respect to all additional records.”

He said if the committee seeks other information he considers privileged information, “I will take all necessary and appropriate steps to defend the Office of the Presidency.”

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Red Sox Notebook: Nathan Eovaldi ready for relief role a day after throwing 85 pitches



Red Sox Notebook: Nathan Eovaldi ready for relief role a day after throwing 85 pitches

After throwing 85 pitches on Sunday night, Nathan Eovaldi walked into Alex Cora’s office and told him he was available to throw another inning on Monday.

Cora told him to grab his spikes.

The Red Sox entered Game 4 of the American League Division Series needing one win to eliminate the 100-win Tampa Bay Rays and become one of the final four teams standing.

With that kind of opportunity, the Red Sox were once again all-in, channeling their strategy from 2018 when Cora sold out to win any game he could no matter what that meant for the following day.

After a 6-4 win in 13 innings in Game 3, the Sox were presumably thin on pitching depth for Game 4. But that’s not how Cora saw it.

“We have everybody,” he said. “We’re ready for today and we’ll see where it takes us. Even Nate stopped by last night after the game and he’s like, ‘hey man, I’ve got one tomorrow.’ I said, ‘put your spikes on and whatever. Even if we don’t use you, it means a lot to these guys.’

“The willingness of these players to post now when it counts. We’ll see how it goes, we’ll see how we match up.”

In 2018, five starting pitchers (Eovaldi, Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez) combined to throw 89 postseason innings while six relievers combined to throw 45 innings.

Cora said the medical staff planned this season to take it easy on some guys early in the year with the idea they could push them in October.

“It’s not that we’re making stuff up throughout the process,” Cora said. “We have an idea what we want to do on a daily basis and the game always dictates what we do. Understanding that — it’s kind of like in ’18 right? We burned our starter and we have capable guys that can pitch the next day and give us 15 outs. It just happens that it’s Eddie again. Eddie did it in the World Series and we expect him to go out there and perform.

“That’s what we worked so hard for throughout the season and obviously we wanted to win the division and it didn’t happen, but we sacrificed a few innings throughout the season for this. We worked hard for this, to get to this point.”

Nick Pivetta and Tanner Houck, starters during the regular season, have already given the Sox length out of relief.

“Nick is strong and he can do the things he’s done the last four days,” Cora said. “It’s not that we just make stuff up, that we’re going to take care of these guys just because. There is a lot of information that goes into it and thinking ahead, that we will play meaningful games in August, September and October. And in order for these guys to post we have to sacrifice a few things early in the season for them to be ready.

“There are years that works. There are others that people get hurt. But I think it’s a combination of everything, the medical staff, sports science, the pitching department, and we are in this spot because of all those people who put their heads together and map it out throughout the season. And this is the fun part of it. Everybody knows it. But there’s a lot of information behind it that put us in a good spot.”

Devers hurting

The Red Sox continue to be vague about sharing details of Rafael Devers’ injury, which is clearly bothering him whenever he swings and misses.

“He’s banged up, everybody knows that,” Cora said. “I think approach-wise, he’s still the same kid. He’s still swinging hard. It didn’t affect him two or three days ago. He’s good, man. He’s ready to go.”

Slower than in ’18

Asked to compare this year’s team to the 2018 team, Cora said this year’s team is slower on the bases.

“As a group, I think that team was faster,” he said. “We were able to do more running the bases, but I think result-wise offensively, it’s very similar, very similar.

“We will always hit. When we talk about the Red Sox, you’re not going to talk about pitching and defense and timely hitting. You talk about the Red Sox, it’s like they’re going to score runs. So we are an offensive team just like any team.”

Yellows not available

The Red Sox considered wearing their yellow uniforms on Monday night after the Boston Marathon was completed earlier in the day, but the team had already donated and sold a lot of them off.

“They have been signed and helmets have been signed as memorabilia,” Cora said. “There’s not too many of them around. We’ll keep them red or white, I don’t even know which one we’re wearing but it’s not going to be yellow.”

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125th Boston Marathon: Snapshots from a historic race



125th Boston Marathon: Snapshots from a historic race

Boston Strong. Absolutely.

But to reach the finish line on Boylston Street, athletes in the 125th Boston Marathon first had to be Hopkinton hardened, Ashland ready, Framingham resilient, Natick tough, Wellesley sturdy, Newton indestructible and Brookline unbreakable.

Make no mistake, this was a different Boston. Unlike in 2019, when more than 30,000 athletes completed the 26.2-mile journey, about 18,000 started in Hopkinton. There were also far fewer spectators than normal.

All volunteers wore masks; a few spectators did as well. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 race was cancelled and instead of a typical April event, the marathon was pushed back to October.

Leaves fell onto the course, an odd sight for veteran runners.

But in many ways normalcy returned. Spectators cheered. Bands cranked out live music. Signs (“May the course be with you”) were everywhere. The Boston Marathon, after an absence of 30 months, was back.

It was quite a day.

9:45 a.m.

A couple of hundred yards past the Newton fire station, after the athletes took a right on Commonwealth Avenue, women’s wheelchair athlete Eva Houston struggles to take on the first of several hills which culminate with Heartbreak Hill.

Houston slowly makes her way toward the 18-mile mark. Leaves are falling on the road and spectators are yelling out support. It’s backbreaking work and Houston barely looks up.

Finally, thankfully, she crests the hill and begins a downward path. The relief on her face is unmistakable. Houston finishes 10th in her division.

10:08 a.m.

There is a buzz in the air. The elite men are coming toward the 30K (18.6 mile) mark. But there is no lead pack. Just a surprising sight: American runner CJ Albertson isn’t just in the lead. He’s alone and has about a 45-second lead. It’s a stunning development.

A pack of about 15 runners follows. In the crowd is Benson Kipruto of Kenya, who goes on to win the race in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 51 seconds. Albertson, of Fresno, Calif., finishes as the second American and 10th overall. The top U.S. finisher, seventh overall, is Colin Bennie of Princeton, Mass.

10:32 a.m.

The elite women approach 19.3 miles and a hilly stretch.

There is little drama. Diana Kipyogei holds a 70-yard lead and looks comfortable. The Kenyan will not be caught. She wins by 24 seconds, crossing in 2:24:45. Kipyokei looks over her shoulder to check on her competition, but was never threatened. She’ll return to Kenya $150,000 richer.

11:08 a.m.

With U2’s “Beautiful Day” blaring from a nearby Newton yard, Yari Fontebasso of Italy is all smiles as he reaches 20.6 miles. More importantly, he crests the infamous Heartbreak Hill.

Fontebasso will return to Italy with plenty of memories. He crosses in 2:43:54.

A new song greets runners as Fontebasso heads toward Boston College: “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty. Seems to be a musical trend.

11:27 a.m.

Athletes love going past Boston College. One, Heartbreak Hill is over. Two, the campus features a long downhill journey. Three, less than five miles in the race remain. Four, the BC students are plenty vocal.

Among those cheering on the runners are 18-year-old BC freshmen Hunter Linton and Nick Tukuru.

“The whole school was looking forward to it,” says Linton, of Westminster, Md. “It’s been the talk of the campus.”

Tukuru, who hails from Westchester County in New York, can’t believe how fast the lead runners flew by at the 21.5-mile mark.

“They’re in some kind of otherworldly zone,” he says. “It’s unreal.”

The clouds begin to give way to sunshine. Great for the spectators. Not so good for the runners.

Bridget Stacy looks like she’s run only a mile. She sports an ear-to-ear smile going past the BC students. The Virginia runner was probably still smiling when she finished in 2:58:59.

12:09 p.m.

Cambridge resident Tim Warren is standing at the top of Heartbreak Hill. He’s waiting to see his niece run by. Warren mentions that Kristina Gracey, a doctor who lives in Rutland, Mass., is six months pregnant.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment,” Warren said. “She’s very focused.”

And very elusive. Warren scans runner after runner. No sign of his niece. He checks his app — she’s already run by. Gracey’s pregnancy doesn’t slow her. She averages less than eight minutes per mile and crosses in 3:28:39.

2:29 p.m.

The sun has broken out, temperatures have risen above 72, and the back-of-the-pack runners are struggling. Nearly every runner approaching the bridge over Route 95/128 is walking. There are 10 miles to go. Boylston Street in Boston seems a universe away.

3:31 p.m.

He is showered, feels human again, and Scott Graham is inside a hotel room paid for by the Greater Lowell Road Runners.

Hours before, at mile 20.2, after dumping a cup of water over his head at a water stop, he’s asked by a friend how he feels.

“Terrible,” the 62-year-old Westford resident said.

But now he’s in a better place. He’s extended his Boston Marathon streak to 35 years, even if his time of 4:48:18 is his slowest ever Boston.

“They could have used a calendar to time me,” he quips.

“I never started this to put together a streak. It’s just kind of grown. To get to the 35th is kind of a milestone, he says.

Graham has run three marathons around a track since the last official Boston Marathon in April 2019. Running the course again was a lot more memorable.

“It was uplifting,” he says. “The crowds get you going. Every 100 yards or so you could hear someone yell, “Go, Scotty!”

5:21 p.m.

Beth Craig is being driven back to Hopkinton. She’s trying not to think about chaperoning an eighth-grade trip to New Hampshire’s hilly Pack Monadnock on Wednesday.

Who can blame her? The 53-year-old Tyngsboro resident has just made Boston Marathon history by becoming the first person to push her mother in a wheelchair the entire 26.2 miles.

“It feels wonderful. My mom has endured so much for 40 years,” Craig says of her mother, Barbara Singleton, 77, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1982. “It was such a great moment for her. It’s worth every ache and pain. My mom had the best day. The crowds were amazing. It was like a parade. I can’t even describe how the crowds were like. My legs were just gassed. There were a lot of emotional moments.”

Mother and daughter completed their record-breaking journey in 7:14:46.

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Christopher Columbus Park vandalized as Italian Americans call for return of statue



Christopher Columbus Park vandalized as Italian Americans call for return of statue

Italian-American citizens gathering in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park to celebrate their heritage and the late explorer were greeted by signs and monuments scrawled with “Land Back” in red paint by vandals.

The park has been the epicenter of the cultural battle over the continued observance of Columbus and his legacy. The six-foot white marble statue that served as the park’s centerpiece was found decapitated during the height of the George Floyd protest movement last June, sparking a long-running debate over whether the statue should ever be reinstalled at all.

More than 100 rallygoers joined Brian Patacchiola of the Italian American Alliance who spoke about cultural significance of Columbus for European immigrants.

“The symbolism of Columbus and Columbus Day is about acceptance. The statue and his namesake represent acceptance of Italians and immigrants into the larger community here in America,” he said.

The Italian American Alliance would like to see the city repair and reinstall the statue — which they estimate would cost about $9,000 and have offered to pay.

Christopher Columbus has been a controversial subject for years. Some Natives and other critics say he brought death, illness and violence to the Native American peoples he found when he made his trip across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492.

The statue has been vandalized a handful of times in recent decades. It was beheaded in 2006, spray painted with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” in 2015 and splattered with red paint more than once.

Patacchiola outright refutes accounts of rape and murder by order of Columbus.

“Those things did happen but Columbus wasn’t the one who did it,” Patacchiola said. “That’s a misunderstanding or misinterpreting. We think this is a day of acceptance, not a day of conquest.”

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Takeaways from Timberwolves’ preseason thumping of the Clippers: Doing what you’re supposed to, Reid’s strong play, Beasley’s struggles



Takeaways from Timberwolves’ preseason thumping of the Clippers: Doing what you’re supposed to, Reid’s strong play, Beasley’s struggles

There was no Paul George, Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, Serge Ibaka and, of course, no Kawhi Leonard (who will miss at least a large chunk of the season with a knee injury) for the Clippers in Monday’s preseason contest in California.

So yes, the recent Western Conference contender was short-handed.

But that hasn’t meant much to Minnesota in the past. Inferior opponents were often invited to stay in close contact late into games, often leading to disappointing defeats for the Timberwolves.

And, surely, this is preseason, but the Timberwolves have reversed that trend during this exhibition slate. They clearly had the superior team against both New Orleans and Los Angeles, and both times delivered victories that were largely convincing.

Minnesota dispatched the Clippers 128-100 on Monday at Staples Center to move to 3-0 this preseason. The Wolves will play their final exhibition Thursday in Brooklyn.

“I think it’s really important just winning these games early,” Jaden McDaniels said. “I take them as regular season games, just continuing to play who we’re playing and just lead to the regular season.”

Here are the takeaways from preseason Game No. 3:

Russell Erupts: D’Angelo Russell has been on both ends of the spectrum thus far in the preseason. When he’s really good — as he was against New Orleans and again Monday — Minnesota is significantly better for it.

Russell, who’s made a point to be aggressive early in games, tallied 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in 23 minutes Monday. He pushed the pace and set the tone for the Timberwolves, after he failed to do all of those things in Denver.

Finch said the Wolves kept Russell’s playing stints short so that he could continue to play at a high tempo.

“We’ve talked to him about just consistency. Having that approach every single night,” Finch said. “So far he’s done that. He’s done a good job at both ends of the floor really, too.”

Edwards gets going: After a couple games in which Anthony Edwards shined on the defensive end and with his playmaking, he was finally a bit more aggressive offensively in Los Angeles.

It’s possible he was too aggressive early, to the point of trying to do too much. But the second-year standout eventually settled in, finishing with 17 points.

Improving Edwards’ usage, Finch noted, was a priority for Minnesota.

Reid rises: Naz Reid came into training camp weighing less than 240 pounds. He’s as nimble as ever, and looks the part.

But it was his passing that stood out Monday. That’s always been a part of his game, but was on full display with his five-assist performance in 20 minutes. Reid also went 6 for 10 from the field for 13 points.

“He’s playing with a lot of confidence. I told him (Sunday) he’s playing really well,” Finch said. “Doing all the little things well for us. Not forcing anything. Game is coming easy to him right now.”

Beasley’s struggles continue: Malik Beasley is one player who hasn’t hit his stride for Minnesota. The guard is coming off an offseason in which he served jail time. After completing his sentence, the Wolves told him to take some time off before ramping up his workouts.

Beasley still doesn’t appear to be all the way back in terms of his conditioning, and also hasn’t found a rhythm.

On Monday, Beasley got the start and played 23 minutes, but only produced two points and three assists while turning the ball over twice.

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3 US-based economists win Nobel for research on wages, jobs



3 US-based economists win Nobel for research on wages, jobs


STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for pioneering research that transformed widely held ideas about the labor force, showing how an increase in the minimum wage doesn’t hinder hiring and immigrants don’t lower pay for native-born workers. Two others shared the award for developing ways to study these types of societal issues.

Canadian-born David Card of the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded half of the prize for his research on how the minimum wage, immigration and education affect the labor market.

The other half was shared by Joshua Angrist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dutch-born Guido Imbens of Stanford University for their framework for studying issues that can’t rely on traditional scientific methods.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three “completely reshaped empirical work in the economic sciences.”

Together, they helped rapidly expand the use of “natural experiments,” or studies based on observing real-world data. Such research made economics more applicable to everyday life, provided policymakers with actual evidence on the outcomes of policies, and in time spawned a more popular approach to economics epitomized by the blockbuster bestseller “Freakonomics,” by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt.

In a study published in 1993, Card looked at what happened to jobs at Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s and Roy Rogers when New Jersey raised its minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.05, using restaurants in bordering eastern Pennsylvania as the control — or comparison — group. Contrary to previous studies, he and his late research partner Alan Krueger found that an increase in the minimum wage had no effect on the number of employees.

Card and Krueger’s research fundamentally altered economists’ views of such policies. As noted by the Economist magazine, in 1992 a survey of the American Economic Association’s members found that 79% agreed that a minimum wage law increased unemployment among younger and lower-skilled workers. Those views were largely based on traditional economic notions of supply and demand: If you raise the price of something, you get less of it.

By 2000, however, just 46% of the AEA’s members said minimum wage laws increase unemployment, largely because of Card and Krueger.

Their findings sparked interest in further research into why a higher minimum wouldn’t reduce employment. One conclusion was that companies are able to pass on the cost of higher wages to customers by raising prices. In other cases, if a company is a major employer in a particular area, it may be able to keep wages particularly low, so that it could afford to pay a higher minimum, when required to do so, without cutting jobs. The higher pay would also attract more applicants, boosting labor supply.

Their paper “has shaken up the field at a very fundamental level,” said Arindrajit Dube, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “And so for that reason, and all the following research that their work ignited, this is a richly deserved award.”

Krueger would almost certainly have shared in the award, Dube said, but the economics Nobel isn’t given posthumously. Krueger, Imbens said, co-authored papers with all three winners.

Krueger, who died in 2019 at age 58, taught at Princeton for three decades and was chief Labor Department economist under President Bill Clinton. He also was Obama’s chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Card and Krueger’s paper made a huge impact on other economists. Lisa Cook, an economics professor at Michigan State University, said their paper was “a revelation” that helped crystallize her thinking for her research on racial violence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how it inhibited patent filings by Black Americans.

Card’s research also found that an influx of immigrants into a city doesn’t cost native workers jobs or lower their earnings, though earlier immigrants can be negatively affected.

Card studied the labor market in Miami in the wake of Cuba’s sudden decision to let people emigrate in 1980, leading 125,000 people to leave in what became known as the Mariel Boatlift. It resulted in a 7% increase in the city’s workforce. By comparing the evolution of wages and employment in four other cities, Card discovered no negative effects for Miami residents with low levels of education. Follow-up work showed that increased immigration can have a positive impact on income for people born in the country.

Angrist and Imbens won their half of the award for working out the methodological issues that allow economists to draw solid conclusions about cause and effect even where they cannot carry out studies according to strict scientific methods.

Card’s work on the minimum wage is one of the best-known natural experiments in economics. The problem with such experiments is that it can be difficult to isolate cause and effect. For example, if you want to figure out whether an extra year of education will increase a person’s income, you cannot simply compare the incomes of adults with one more year of schooling to those without.

That’s because there are many other factors that might determine whether those who got an extra year of schooling are able to make more money. Perhaps they are harder workers or more diligent and would have done better than those without the extra year even if they did not stay in school. These kinds of issues cause economists and other social science researchers to say “correlation doesn’t prove causation.”

Imbens and Angrist, however, figured out how to isolate the effects of things like an extra year of school. Their methods enabled researchers to draw clearer conclusions about cause and effect, even if they are unable to control who gets things like extra education, the way scientists in a lab can control their experiments.

Imbens, in one paper, used a survey of lottery winners to evaluate the impact of a government-provided basic income, which has been proposed by left-leaning politicians in the U.S. and Europe. He found that a prize of $15,000 a year did not have much effect on a person’s likelihood to work.

Card said he thought the voice message that came in at 2 a.m. from someone from Sweden was a prank until he saw the number on his phone really was from Sweden.

He said he and his co-author Kreuger faced disbelief from other economists about their findings. “At the time, the conclusions were somewhat controversial. Quite a few economists were skeptical of our results,” he said.

Imbens’ wife, Susan Athey, is also an economist and president-elect of the AEA, and Imbens said they sometimes argue about economics in front of their three children.

“This means, I hope, they’ll learn that they need to listen to me a little bit more,” he said. ”I’m afraid it probably won’t work out that way.”

At home in Brookline, Massachusetts, Angrist said: “I can hardly believe it. It’s only been a few hours and I am still trying to absorb it.”

He also missed the call from Nobel officials and awoke to a torrent of texts from friends. Fortunately, he said, he knew enough other Nobel Laureates that he got a callback number from them.

As a youth, Angrist dropped out of a master’s program in economics at Hebrew University in Israel, although he did meet his future wife, Mira, there. He has dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship.

“I did have sort of a winding road,” he said. “I wasn’t a precocious high school student.”

The award comes with a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.14 million).

Unlike the other Nobel prizes, the economics award wasn’t established in the will of Alfred Nobel but by the Swedish central bank in his memory in 1968, with the first winner selected a year later. It is the last prize announced each year.


Rugaber reported from Washington and McHugh reported from Frankfurt, Germany.


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Murano glassblowing model shattered by methane price surge



Murano glassblowing model shattered by methane price surge

VENICE, Italy  — The Italian glassblowers of Murano have survived plagues and pandemics. They transitioned to highly prized artistic creations to outrun low-priced competition from Asia.

But surging energy prices are shattering their economic model.

The dozens of furnaces that remain on the lagoon island where Venetian rulers transferred glassblowing 700 years ago must burn around the clock, otherwise the costly crucible inside the ovens will break.

But the price for the methane that powers the ovens has skyrocketed fivefold on the global market since Oct. 1, meaning the glass-blowers face certain losses on orders they are working to fill, at least for the foreseeable future.

“People are desperate,” said Gianni De Checchi, president of Venice’s association of artisans Confartiginato. “If it continues like this, and we don’t find solutions to the sudden and abnormal gas prices, the entire Murano glass sector will be in serious danger.”

A medium-size glassblowing business like that of Simone Cenedese consumes 420,000 cubic feet of methane a month to keep his seven furnaces hissing at temperatures over 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit 24 hours a day. They shut down just once a year for annual maintenance in August.

His monthly bills normally range from $12,700 to $15,000 a month, on a fixed-price consortium contract that expired on Sept. 30.

Now exposed to market volatility, Cenedese is projecting an increase in methane costs to $70,000 in October, as the natural gas market is buffeted by increased Chinese demand, uncertain Russian supply and worryingly low European stockpiles.

Artisans like Cenedese now must factor in an insurmountable increase in energy costs as they fill orders.

“We cannot increase prices that have already been set. … That means for at least two months we are forced to work at a loss,” said Cenedese, a third-generation glassblower who took over the business his father started. “We sell decorations for the house, not necessities, meaning that if the prices are not accessible, it is obvious that there will be no more orders.”

“The value of this tradition, this history and this culture is priceless. It goes beyond the financial value of the glass industry in Murano,” said Luciano Gambaro, co-owner of Gambaro & Tagliapietra. “Over 1,000 years of culture can’t stop with a gas issue.”

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Ticker: Amazon eyes remote work indefinitely; Stocks trade lower on holiday



Ticker: Amazon eyes remote work indefinitely; Stocks trade lower on holiday

Amazon said Monday it will allow many tech and corporate workers to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they can commute to the office when necessary.

The new policy was announced in a blog post and is a change from Amazon’s previous expectation that most employees would need to be in the office at least three days a week when offices reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic in January.

The Seattle Times reported Monday’s message was signed by Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.

“We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination of remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office,” Jassy wrote.

Most of the online retail giant’s more than 1 million global employees cannot work remotely because they perform their duties in the company’s fulfillment and transportation division.

Stocks trade lower on holiday

Stocks closed broadly lower after a day of choppy trading on Wall Street Monday as investors prepare for a busy week of corporate earnings and inflation updates.

The major indexes made early gains, but slowly fizzled as the day progressed. The S&P 500 fell 30.15 points, or 0.7%, to 4,361.19.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 250.19 points, or 0.7%, to 34,496.06 and the Nasdaq shed 93.34 points, or 0.6%, to 14,486.20.

Technology and communications stocks had some of the biggest losses. Facebook fell 1.4% and Intuit fell 1.1%.

Bond trading was closed for the Columbus Day holiday. The price of U.S. crude oil rose 1.5% to over $80 a barrel.

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