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Lynx grind out win over Phoenix in double overtime, with career highs for Powers, Cunningham

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Lynx Grind Out Win Over Phoenix In Double Overtime, With Career Highs For Powers, Cunningham

Time and time again the Minnesota Lynx tried to give Tuesday’s game away.

Bending, but finally not breaking, the Lynx were able to put away Phoenix 118-107 in double overtime at Target Center.

Aerial Powers established career highs with 35 points and 13 rebounds to pace Minnesota. She also committed nine of the 22 Lynx turnovers.

“At the end of the day you’ve got to keep playing,” she said. “I knew we needed this win. My teammates helped me stay mentally engaged.”

And they contributed nicely, too.

Rachel Banham was strong off the bench with 25 points. Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 14 rebounds in nearly 37 minutes, far more than her minutes restriction coming back from a right knee injury. It could limit her availability the next game.

A pair of Powers plays finally secured Minnesota’s third straight win and sixth in eight games.

She intercepted a pass with 1:12 remaining and scored at the other end for a 114-107 lead. Banham added a pair of free throws, Powers snared a rebound and Kayla McBride sank two more free throws to finally secure the win. McBride had 17 points.

“Everybody in the locker room knows that was not good enough and we were fortunate to win the game,” said coach Cheryl Reeve.

Sophie Cunningham obliterated her career high of 23 points by scoring 36, including six 3-pointers. Her previous career-best was 23 points. Skylar-Diggins Smith scored 32.

It was the first time since 2010 that three players had 30-plus points in a WNBA game.

Minnesota (9-15) remains in 11th place in the 12-team league, ½ game behind Phoenix (10-16) and New York and 1 ½ games behind eighth-place Dallas, which comes to Minnesota Thursday.

Playing a stretch of four games in six days, the Lynx are at Indiana Friday and Washington Sunday.

Minnesota grabbed a franchise-best 55 rebounds and is the first team in WNBA history with at least 50 rebounds in three games in a season. All occurred since June 28.

Yet Reeve was not happy with that.

“Twenty-one offensive rebounds is the reason why they sent it to overtime; it’s the reason they were able to stay in there throughout the game,” she said.

“There’s no reason they should be able to get that many offensive rebounds because at the end of the day rebounding is effort,” Powers said. “Of course, we love the win, but we’re always looking to get better every game so we’re definitely going to take a look at it.”

“It should have been over earlier. We gave ’em way too many opportunities at the end,” Banham admitted.

McBride drained a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds left in the first extra session, but the defense allowed Diggins-Smith to drive for a layup at the horn to force another 5 minutes of free basketball.

Down by two early in the fourth quarter, Fowles scored in the paint, Banham drained a 3-point shot and another before Fowles scored on a layup off a feed from Powers to liven up the 6,503 in attendance.

Banham is 17 for 34 from outside the arc in her past five games.

“I continue to prepare myself the same … I’ve been staying confident so I’m really happy that they’re starting to fall,” she said.

Jessica Shepard scored on a short jumper and converted a Banham feed for an 84-71 Minnesota lead.

Phoenix did not score for 5:28 then scored 18 of the final 23 points in the frame, including a pair of 3-pointers by Sophie Cunningham and a Cunningham layup off Minnesota’s 20th turnover to make it 84-81 Lynx with 1:56 left.

“We kind of got cocky with a seven or eight-point lead and we stopped playing and we stopped being focused. It’s not something you can get away with,” Reeve said.

Tied at 86, Minnesota missed three of four free throws in the final minute, allowing Phoenix to tie the game on another 3-pointer from Cunningham with 3.2 seconds left. Out of a time out, the Lynx failed to get off a shot.



North Dakota abortion clinic opens at new Minnesota site

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North Dakota Abortion Clinic Opens At New Minnesota Site

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The operator of North Dakota’s only abortion clinic said Wednesday the clinic has opened in its new location in Moorhead, just weeks before it’s likely to be forced to close its Fargo location under a statewide abortion ban there.

Red River Women’s Clinic has a lawsuit pending seeking to block a trigger law in North Dakota that, as in many other states, was set to go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade precedent establishing a nationwide right to abortion. But owner Tammi Kromenaker, with the aid of some $1 million in donations, worked anyway to find a new location just a couple miles away in Minnesota, where abortion remains legal.

Volunteer escorts in rainbow vests and umbrellas stood ready to walk patients inside, while a handful of protesters demonstrated.

Kromenaker, in a text message, confirmed the clinic’s opening, saying she and employees “mourn leaving North Dakota” after 24 years there.

“We had worked night and day in order to be ready to see patients in the case that we did not get relief from our trigger ban challenge,” Kromenaker said. “We are so grateful to the many volunteers who helped make this move a seamless reality.”

An Aug. 19 hearing is set before a state judge in the clinic’s lawsuit, which argues that North Dakota’s constitution grants a right to abortion. The clinic has faced an Aug. 26 deadline to close in Fargo.

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The Antioch family find a 4-foot rattlesnake in their garden; the situation is increasingly common, according to experts

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The Antioch Family Find A 4-Foot Rattlesnake In Their Garden; The Situation Is Increasingly Common, According To Experts

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) — As the California drought continues to worsen, the hot, dry weather continues to affect us all.

On Monday in Antioch, a family found a 4-foot rattlesnake in their garden, just feet from their sliding glass door.

The video of this snake has been recorded and you can hear the loud rattles in it.

“My wife got pictures of her fangs. The snake meant business,” Kelly Ouimet said.

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The snakes in the courtyards are not out of the ordinary. Experts say they are becoming more common.

Luis Antonio Fraser of said that this year, as the dry and hot weather continues, snake calls are coming in large numbers. Now is the birthing season for rattlesnakes. By 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Fraser had already received three rattlesnake calls.

“We get a lot of calls for baby snakes,” Fraser said.

But the serpent of Antioch was not a baby.

“It’s the biggest we’ve found in our yard,” said Kristi Ouimet.

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The Ouimets got to work, using two snake catchers to get hold of this one.

“With rattlesnakes, we don’t mess around, they’re poisonous. They’re deadly, they’re dangerous, they’re not in danger, so we never move them. We just scoop their heads off with a shovel,” said Kristi said.

The snake the Ouimets found was about as big as their 11-year-old son, Matthew.

Neighbors in the area near Black Diamond Mines Regional Reserve say the rattlesnakes have come out.

“I’ve seen more this year actually than the previous years when we had no water. It looks like they’re coming back to the houses looking for water, plants and grass” , Giovanni said. Chamberlain who lives in the area.

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“(They) seek irrigation, water and shade,” Fraser said.

All of them are in the Ouimets’ garden, a few meters from where the rattlesnake was found, as well as a few meters from their sliding glass door.

“Two of our three kids are also transplant recipients, and I really don’t want to know what’s going to happen with a kid who’s had a transplant and has to deal with one more snakebite,” Kristi said.

While the Ouimet family killed the rattlesnake in their yard, the snake catcher we spoke with said they didn’t kill the snakes. They will move them to areas away from where they are. Those at say they have employees located in northern and central California, including the Bay Area, Sacramento area, and Central Valley.

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Stillwater: Pick from 10- to 75-mile rides at this weekend’s Bridge the Valley Bike Rally

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Stillwater: Pick From 10- To 75-Mile Rides At This Weekend’s Bridge The Valley Bike Rally

About 500 bicyclists turned out last year for the first Bridge the Valley Bike Rally, which was held to celebrate the opening of the Loop Trail, the 4.7-mile trail the crosses the Stillwater Lift Bridge and the St. Croix River bridge.

This year, organizers expect 700-800 bicyclists to arrive in downtown Stillwater on Sunday morning for a series of rides designed for all ages and skills; entry fee is $40 until Saturday; $45 on Sunday.

Riders can choose from 10-, 25-, 45- and 70-mile loops on paved blacktop or a 75-mile loop that will include “gravel challenges,” said Mark Fisher, chairman of the public image committee of Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club, which is helping organize the Bridge the Valley Bike Rally. There will be fully stocked rest stops and maintenance and support on all rides; there also will be live bands and food trucks, he said.

When a rider registers, they will get access to an app called “RidewithGPS,” an interactive mapping software that verbally and visually provides direction, Fisher said.

All rides will start and finish at Chestnut Plaza, immediately west of the Lift Bridge. For more information, go to

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Chicago Bears remove linebacker Roquan Smith from physically unable to play list

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Chicago Bears Remove Linebacker Roquan Smith From Physically Unable To Play List

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears removed linebacker Roquan Smith from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Wednesday, the team announced.

The news comes a day after Smith, 25, said in a written statement that he requested a trade after contract negotiations between the linebacker and the team reached an impasse.

Smith showed up for training camp on July 26 without a new contract and was expected to hold out until he and the Bears reached an agreement. The former first-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie contract where he is expected to earn $9.7 million.

Smith has been through the Bears’ entire offseason training program this spring while awaiting a new contract and hasn’t appeared to be injured at any time. The linebacker was on hand for all 12 training camp practices, often seen riding a stationary bike and doing rehabilitation drills near the team’s weight room.

NFL teams are mandated by the collective bargaining agreement to pay players their full salary while on the PUP roster. The Bears can fine Smith $40,000 a day if he skips practice. Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf and San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel both held training camp for several days awaiting new contracts, but were not fined by their respective organizations.


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St. Paul Unitarian Universalist minister Rob Eller-Isaacs dies at 70

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St. Paul Unitarian Universalist Minister Rob Eller-Isaacs Dies At 70

Rob Eller-Isaacs, a co-minister of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul believed that everyone should have a spiritual practice, some daily ritual to center them. He often helped parishioners cultivate their own and many consider this one of the greatest gifts they’ve received from the Eller-Isaacs ministry. As a Unitarian Universalist minister, Eller-Isaacs’ own spiritual practice included singing, memorizing poetry, doing Tai Chi, reading, journaling and praying.

Eller-Isaacs, who had been diagnosed with cancer, died recently at the age of 70.

He could sing hundreds of songs across genres and religious traditions by heart.

“When you’re standing in the sanctuary at Unity Church and the whole congregation is singing, you could hear his voice for better or worse above everyone else in the sanctuary,” said his daughter, Hannah Franco-Isaacs. “And every time it would happen, I would look at whoever I was at church with and be like, ‘can you hear that?’ … I’d make eye contact with someone else participating in the service who was standing quite close to him and they’d start laughing.”

Eller-Isaacs was born in Chicago. on Nov. 7, 1951. He served as the co-minister of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul for more than 20 years alongside his wife, Janne Eller-Isaacs. In February he was diagnosed with metastasized bile duct cancer and he passed away on July 23.

As a child, he was a founding member of the Chicago Children’s Choir, a group that now has thousands of members. It inspired his lifelong love of singing and commitment to multiculturalism. This and other Unitarian Universalist groups gave him a sense of ministerial calling while he was still just an adolescent.

He never got his bachelor degree, instead spending his collegiate years traveling to places like the World Peace Conference in India. In his early twenties, he got his Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist graduate school. Unitarian Universalism is a religion that forgoes dogma, embraces an all-inclusive spirituality and has a strong legacy of social justice work.

“He really deeply believed that there are no other people’s children,” Franco-Isaacs said, “that you love everyone as if they were your own.”

Jen Crow, a senior minister at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, knew Eller-Isaacs for more than 20 years. She said the notion that there are no other people’s children was central to his ministry. “That was a guiding phrase he would use in a lot of his speeches or sermons. Just that we are all responsible for each other, that there’s not some separation and if we can learn to have the same kind of love we have for our kids or for someone who’s dear to us for everyone, then that will change our hearts and change our actions.”

Janne Eller-Isaacs described her husband as someone who believed in the promise of a multicultural world and constantly had his heart broken by the imperfections of our own.

“He believed in the intersection of social justice and spiritual development as inexorably connected. He thought it was a real flaw in ministry that people were like ‘I’m an activist minister’ or ‘I dwell in the life of the Spirit.’ It was like no, you have to do both.”

Rob was a leading figure in the national Unitarian Universalist community, serving for two years as president of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. Before the couple began ministry in St. Paul, they served in Oakland, Calif., for almost 20 years. There, Rob was a founding chairperson of the Oakland Commission on Homelessness. In Minnesota, he continued to serve the unhoused in his role as co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign Minnesota. Racial justice was central to his ministry and he was instrumental in securing $5 million funding for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.

In 2017, the Unitarian Universalist church commissioned an audit to address institutional racism and a lack of diversity in church membership and leadership. Eller-Isaacs welcomed the criticism, saying “that means not shrinking when I’m afraid I’m going to be called a racist, patriarchal, old minister.”

His wife described him as fiercely devoted to his family. The two retired to Portland, Ore., in June of 2021. She said, “He was really, really looking forward to retirement. He would light up when the grandchildren would come into our home.”

A Portland service will take place at 3 p.m. on Sep. 10 at the First Unitarian Church of Portland and the St. Paul service will take place at 3 p.m. on Sep. 17 at Unity Church Unitarian. Both services will be live streamed and information will be shared to Eller-Isaacs’ CaringBridge site.

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Startups, if your CEO isn’t managing your fundraising, you’re wrong – TechCrunch

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Startups, If Your Ceo Isn'T Managing Your Fundraising, You'Re Wrong - Techcrunch

In my past as an investor and in my present as a pitch coach, I’ve come across a surprising number of companies where someone outside of the founding team is trying to raise money for the ‘company. Of course, the sellers are very good at selling (that’s why they are sellers)but no investor will take you seriously if someone other than the founders – and ideally the CEO – leads the fundraising process.

I’m using the title “salesperson” here – but I’ve also seen people in social media outreach, people in marketing, and even people in PR reaching out to investors. Overall, this is a very poor indicator of a high value investment, and I know a lot of investors who won’t even really look at the investment opportunity.

There are many reasons why founders need to be there, but the most important is the job description of a CEO. In the beginning, when there are only two or three of you starting a business, everyone does everything. As a company matures, however, the role of the CEO usually shrinks more and more, until he is left with only three jobs:

  • Define the company culture.
  • Hire the right people to build the business.
  • Whatever you do, don’t run out of money.

It is the last item on this list that is problematic. If you’re not in the best position to raise funds for your startup, what does that say about you? And if you are best person to fundraise, why don’t you?

Investors are a different beast than your regular customers. They rarely see a pitch and grab the checkbook, only to wait for the big bucks. Most investors want to establish some sort of ongoing relationship with their investments. For small investors, it’s about being on regular updates, and when the CEO asks if anyone knows an amazing vice president of engineering, check your little black book of contacts to see he can help you one way or another. For board members, there’s usually a lot more strategic and ongoing investment. Either way, these investors will want to build an ongoing relationship with the founders.

The other problem is that, generally, only the (co-)founders hold significant capital in a company. It’s good for them, and it represents a sort of lockdown. A (co-)founder leaving a company is a big deal. If you send your sales people out to “sell” the business, your investor will know two things: first, they probably don’t have a significant stake in the business, and building an ongoing relationship with that person is likely to be futile; they might leave, or they might (accidentally) misrepresent the company in some important respect. Second, if the seller has a huge stake in the property, it’s a different red flag — that the founders don’t know how to manage their cap table.

Either way, know that getting an introduction from anyone who isn’t one of the company’s founders — and, as I mentioned, ideally the CEO — is a huge red flag for the company. most investors.


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