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Keeler: Pat Shurmur won’t change. It’s up to Von Miller, Justin Simmons and Broncos defense to rescue what’s left of 2021.

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Keeler: Pat Shurmur won’t change. It’s up to Von Miller, Justin Simmons and Broncos defense to rescue what’s left of 2021.

The other day we asked Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, in light of recent events, if he’d ever Googled himself. His response was to whip out a pencil.

“I don’t. I don’t, really. I’m not a very social-media savvy guy,” Shurmur replied, pulling the prop from his pocket. “I just don’t consume it. I don’t see the point in most of it, quite frankly.

“I mean, I still use a pencil. And I really mean that.”

You don’t bring a pencil to a gunfight. Not with the ammo running around the rest of the AFC West.

And with that, we welcome quarterback Derek Carr and the circus dressed up as the Las Vegas Raiders back to town for Alumni Weekend. The Raiders are looking for a head coach. The Broncos are looking for the Genius Bar. This should be fun.

Shurmur is 56. At this point, the man’s more removable than fixable. No, if the Broncos (3-2), after a two-game losing skid, want to control the narrative — and the season — again, coach Vic Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell are going to have to grab the reins.

Lost in the relentless cycle of run-run-pass-punt-cringe is a defense with more open wounds right now than the fake Halloween corpse that’s dangling from your neighbor’s front door.

The Steelers averaged 55.3 rushing yards over their first four games. They gashed the Broncos for 147 on the ground last Sunday.

Pittsburgh converted seven out of 12 third-down tries, and from an average distance of 6.8 yards per attempt. According to Denver Post charting, the fifth-most expensive defense in football missed eight tackles, a season high, at Heinz Field.

Over the past two games, Donatell’s unit has given up a combined 50 points, has allowed five drives of 75 yards or more (after surrendering only two, total, in over its first three games), and given up 12 “explosive” pass plays of at least 16 yards — including 50-yard and 59-yard strikes by an aging Ben Roethlisberger.

In the battle of Fangio vs. inches, the inches are leading on every judge’s scorecard. The blasted things won’t stop knocking Uncle Vic to the canvas.

“You just have to fight through these times,” said Fangio, whose 3-0 September is starting to feel like a very, very long time ago. “It gets tough at times.

“Some doubt can creep in from all different angles. But you have to fight through that, have a great week of preparation and go out and play your best on the following week.”

By all accounts, the last week of prep has proven to be more temperamental than great. Fangio confirmed that there was a heated disagreement among defensive players on Wednesday, calling it “a little dust-up. A little frustration. Nothing major.”

Frustration over …

“Just guys doing their jobs the right way. That’s all.”

It takes a village, especially without Josey Jewell around to plug holes and with pass-rusher Bradley Chubb still on the mend. It takes well-compensated vets, such as cornerback Kyle Fuller ($9.47 million cap hit), and defensive linemen Shelby Harris ($4 million) and Dre’Mont Jones ($1.1 million), pulling their respective weights.

Fuller is playing like trade bait. Based on Post charting, Harris logged just one sack, one pressure and 1.5 knockdowns through five games. Jones has registered no sacks and 2.5 knockdowns.

After collecting five takeaways against three teams that are a combined 2-13, the Broncos nabbed just one, combined, over their last two defeats to Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

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After nearly two months, still no sign of missing Hillsdale man

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HILLSDALE, Mo. – The last time Shemika McGee saw her son, Jarius McGee, was in early September in Hillsdale.

After nearly two months, Jarius is still missing, and Shemika hasn’t heard anything from him.

“I think that he got a phone call, and with the phone call, it just led to something else which led to him missing and I just want him back at home,” she said.

McGee said her son would come and go like many young adults and wasn’t in any trouble that she knew of.

When he left, she said he didn’t have the usual things he would carry like his wallet or headphones.

“We really don’t have anything to go off other than the fact that he’s missing,” McGee said.

Hillsdale Chief of Police John Bernsen said an investigation is ongoing and the department is waiting on Jarius’ phone records.

“Every time we try to chase down a lead it’s always a dead end so that’s why we’re trying to put out the word out so much. We know somebody has seen him. Somebody knows something,” Chief Bernsen said.

Looking for an Angel President Theda Person heard about Jarius missing through social media. Now her non-profit organization has joined the search.

“I’ve created a flyer I’ve contacted Missouri State Highway Patrol to make sure that a flyer was created because law enforcement didn’t really do that,” Person said.

Person believes more can be done in the search is prepared to help McGee as needed.

“1f we say that we care about those that we are serving then we should be more intentional,” she said.

She said with McGee missing this long, he could be anywhere. When asked if he were another race would there be a more thorough investigation, Person thinks so.

“Definitely we can see with the Gabby Petito case and other cases,” Person said.

McGee just wants to know where her son is.

“I mean anything that you can think of goes through my mind,” she said. “Where’s he at, who could he be with? There’s a lot of things going through my mind.”

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‘They’re basically stealing from kids’ – Thieves steal Boy Scout troop’s trailer

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‘They’re basically stealing from kids’ – Thieves steal Boy Scout troop’s trailer

ST. LOUIS – A local Boy Scout troop is heartbroken after a trailer carrying all their camping equipment was stolen over the weekend in the Holly Hills neighborhood. Now, the troop is asking for the public’s help to either find the trailer or help replace the items lost.

Troop 104’s bright red trailer was stolen Friday morning around 5 a.m. Scoutmaster Michael Lohff said the truck and all the equipment inside totaled more than $15,000, including tents, cookware, and tarps. He said all the items were acquired from years of donations and fundraising. 

“It has a big impact on the fact that we’re going to have to look up replacing everything as we go along, or definitely before we hit the road again, and we want to be able to do that very soon,” Lohff said.  

He said he brought a bright red trailer when he first started with the troop so he could carry all the troop’s equipment for camping and other activities.  

“They’re basically stealing from kids; that’s what they’re doing,” he said. “Whoever did take the trailer and all that equipment from the boys. They stole from the boys that are members of the troop and have been members of the troop for all these years.”

Lohff said all the items were acquired through donations and fundraising by his scout members.

The trailer was parked in a private lot in the Holly Hills neighborhood in south St. Louis. Lohff said he has parked the trailer there for nearly two decades without any incident. He was heartbroken to find the trailer had been stolen.

“That raises very personal concerns of who’s right behind my backyard,” neighbor Chuck Smith said.

Smith lives a couple of doors down from the lot. He said the trailer has become a neighborhood staple over the years.

“To do it at this time of year before Christmas, it just seems like a very insensitive thing to do,” he said.  

Lohff said the trailer also got broken into last year, but only a few items were stolen after that incident. But after this recent theft, he’s going to upgrade his security. He said police do not have any security footage. 

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for the theft is asked to call the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-0100 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

There is a GoFundMe page to help the troop replace the stolen trailer and gear.

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Saint Louis Zoo wants gun activist who fought its ban to pay legal bills

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — After successfully defending its weapons ban in court, the Saint Louis Zoo is now trying to force the gun-rights activist who challenged the ban to pay part of its $150,000 in legal bills.

The zoo filed a request for its request for legal fees in August, but a judge has yet to rule on the motion.

A lawyer for Jeffry Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, who challenged the ban on guns called the motion unfair.

A St. Louis judge ruled last year that the zoo could ban guns on its property because it qualifies as a school and a gated amusement park under state law.

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