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Newest candidate for the competitive 8th Congressional District joins a crowded field

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Johnny Humphrey, a Northglenn Democrat and gay rights advocate, will become the seventh candidate to launch a campaign to represent the 8th Congressional District — Colorado’s newest and most politically competitive.

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Humphrey, who has served as director of inclusivity services at The Center on Colfax for three years, touts his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on his new campaign website. He is scheduled to formally announce his candidacy Wednesday.

The California native, who grew up in Kansas, will have to do battle with two better known Democrats in next year’s primary — state Rep. Yadira Caraveo and Adams County Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco. There are four Republicans also in the race, including state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer and Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine.

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The Chicago Bears interviewed Reggie McKenzie for their GM vacancy.

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The Chicago Bears interviewed Reggie McKenzie for their GM vacancy.

The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 15 general manager candidates and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the interview process, we’re looking at each of the prospective hires.

Reggie McKenzie interviewed for the GM opening Thursday, the team announced.

Reggie McKenzie

Title: Miami Dolphins senior personnel executive

Age: 58

Experience

Before joining the Dolphins in 2019, McKenzie spent seven seasons as the Oakland Raiders general manager. He was named the Sporting News and PFWA executive of the year in 2016 after a 12-4 playoff season that included seven players making the Pro Bowl.

That was the Raiders’ only winning season in his seven as his teams went 40-72.

Among the players he drafted were Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray.

Before joining the Raiders, McKenzie spent 18 years with the Green Bay Packers as a pro personnel assistant, the director of pro personnel and the director of football operations. The Packers won two Super Bowls in that span.

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McKenzie was an NFL linebacker who played 60 games over five seasons with the Raiders and San Francisco 49ers from 1985-92. He played in college at Tennessee.

Chicago connection

In 2014, McKenzie drafted current Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack fifth overall.

In 2018, after coach Jon Gruden was hired and negotiations for an extension soured between the Raiders and Mack, the team traded Mack, a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2020 to the Bears. The Raiders received two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick over the next two seasons. The Bears then gave Mack a six-year extension.

Mack was named a Pro Bowler each of his next three seasons with the Bears but missed 10 games this year with injury.

What has been said

Before firing McKenzie in December 2018, Raiders owner Mark Davis spoke to ESPN about the Raiders’ roster issues.

“It’s been all part of an evolution, but I think it’s becoming clearer and clearer to Jon (Gurden), as well, that the talent is just not here at this time,” Davis said. “The drafts did not help supplement what we were doing in the free-agent market. If you look at our roster now, it’s a bunch of free-agent, one-year guys that are mercenaries. And they’re great guys, and they’re Raiders. Once a Raider, always a Raider … but we just don’t have the overall talent of a 22-man roster.”

Before the Raiders hired McKenzie in 2012, former Packers executive Ron Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “Reggie’s a tremendous evaluator. He can tell you who can play and who can’t play. That’s what it’s all about. Some can write reports but can’t tell you who can play. Whatever that is, he has that. He has a feel.”

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Chicago Bears interview Leslie Frazier for head coaching vacancy

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Chicago Bears interview Leslie Frazier for head coaching vacancy

The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 15 general manager and 11 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects.

Leslie Frazier interviewed for the head coaching position Friday, the team announced.

Leslie Frazier

Age: 62

Title: Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator

Experience

Frazier has been coaching in the NFL since 1999, including a stint as the Minnesota Vikings head coach which began on an interim basis for the final six games of the 2010 season. Frazier was then hired full-time and coached the Vikings for the next three seasons, posting a 21-32-1 record during that span. In the eight years since, he has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills. He has been the Bills defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Sean McDermott since 2017.

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Under Frazier’s watch, the Bills defense led the NFL in total yardage allowed during the regular season (272.8 per game). The Bills also tied for third with 30 takeaways, finishing in the top 10 of that category for the fifth consecutive season.

Chicago connection

Frazier entered the NFL with the Bears as an undrafted defensive back out of Alcorn State in 1981 and was an invaluable piece in the vaunted defense that coordinator Buddy Ryan built. During the Bears’ iconic 1985 season, Frazier recorded a team-high six interceptions and finished in the top 10 in the league in that category as the Bears recorded 61 takeaways and held opponents to 12.4 points per game. Frazier tore his ACL during a trick punt return in Super Bowl XX and never played again.

What’s been said: “Leslie is special. With his connection to the Bears and knowing that city, the organization and the mentality there, I don’t know how you couldn’t give him serious consideration. … Les knows how to galvanize people. He brings players together. And he has always had a good vision for how to get the most out of people.” — Hall of Fame coach and NBC analyst Tony Dungy

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2022 Winter Carnival: Six nights of live music in Rice Park

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2022 Winter Carnival: Six nights of live music in Rice Park

The St. Paul Winter Carnival will host six days of free outdoor concerts in Rice Park, along with a few other musical events.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap at Rice Park:

Jan. 28: 23rd Hour (5 p.m.), Austin Healy (7:30).

Jan. 29: DJ Bakeshow Baker (5:30 p.m.), Lipstick-N-Dynamite (8).

Jan. 30: Legacy of the Loud (2 p.m.).

Feb. 3: DJ Angel Maldonado (6 p.m.).

Feb. 4: R Factor (6 p.m.).

Feb. 5: Bomber + Tara (4 p.m.), Them Pesky Kids (6).

Other Winter Carnival music events include:

The Warming House, a heated tent on Market Street open during the Winter Carnival, features hot cocoa and coffee, mulled wine, craft beer, trivia, bingo, pull tabs and live music.

Jan. 29: Klondike Kate Cabaret and Royal Guards’ Rock the Palace at Saint Paul Hotel (8 p.m.). For more details, see klondikekates.org or royalguards.org.

Feb. 1: Frozen Family Fun Night at Landmark Plaza with live entertainment and family friendly activities (5 p.m.).

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