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From a ‘tough loss’ to a ‘very gutty win’: Chicago White Sox rally late in Game 2 to earn a doubleheader split

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From A ‘Tough Loss’ To A ‘Very Gutty Win’: Chicago White Sox Rally Late In Game 2 To Earn A Doubleheader Split

AJ Pollock hit a long fly down the left-field line.

For a moment, it looked as if the Chicago White Sox were going to take the lead in the eighth inning of Game 1 of a split doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians.

But the ball kept hooking and landed foul. Just the way things have gone for the Sox for parts of this season.

The Sox did not score in the eighth and the game remained tied. The Guardians broke through with three in the ninth against closer Liam Hendriks and won 7-4 in front of 18,518 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox followed up what manager Tony La Russa described as a “tough loss” with what he called a “very gutty win.”

And it was Pollock who came through with the late hit in Game 2, leading the Sox to a 5-4 win for a split.

His hard-hit grounder bounced off the glove of third baseman Ernie Clement and into left field for a two-run single in the eighth, giving the Sox the lead.

“I was just trying to hit a line drive through the middle of the field,” Pollock said. “(Cleveland reliever Nick Sandlin’s) got that Frisbee slider. He’s pretty tough on righties. I just was trying to stay on it as long as I can.

“Pulled it down the line, but the mechanics were holding enough so that I could do something, hit a ball decent and give myself a chance, and it ended up working out.”

The Sox found a way to rally and earn a split of the doubleheader after nearly wasting a strong outing by Lance Lynn.

Lynn allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one in six scoreless innings. It was his best performance of the season. He had an 8.10 ERA in his previous five starts.

“The things I’ve been working on are starting to click, and that’s all you can do,” Lynn said. “You’ve got to keep working in between starts. Hopefully that’s a good (outing to) get my legs under me for the second half here and help us win ballgames.

“I had the break to get my legs under me with coming back and doing the things that we have been working on. And then just able to hone in on what we needed to, some mechanical stuff, and now everything’s just kind of go out there and pitch.”

The Sox led 3-0 going to seventh behind Yoán Moncada’s two RBIs — a bases-loaded walk in the third and an RBI single in the fifth — and Eloy Jiménez’s solo home run in the sixth.

But the Guardians scored four runs in the seventh.

Clement hit an RBI single and Myles Straw had a two-out triple to right against reliever José Ruiz to bring the Guardians within a run.

Steven Kwan tied the game with a single against Reynaldo López and scored the go-ahead run on Amed Rosario’s triple.

The Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the eight. Sandlin entered to face Pollock, who delivered the hit the Sox desperately needed.

“They knew it was a one-run game and we had a shot,” La Russa said. “They made it happen.”

The Guardians had the tying run on third with two outs in the ninth, but Kwan lined out to second baseman Josh Harrison.

“His toughness matches his talent,” La Russa said of Matt Foster, who picked up the save.

Saturday’s opener also had its ups and mostly downs for the Sox.

The Sox fell behind 4-1 before tying the game with three in the seventh.

Nolan Jones began the ninth with a hustle double, making it to second ahead of the throw from right fielder Gavin Sheets. Jones advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Naylor’s single to center. That snapped Hendriks’ streak of 15⅓ scoreless innings.

Kwan hit an RBI single to left, and the final run scored on José Ramírez’s sacrifice fly to right.

“They attack,” La Russa said. “They had pitches to hit and they didn’t miss them. That’s what they did to (Sox starter Johnny Cueto) as well, that’s how they play.”

Cueto allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits in seven innings. All four came in the fifth.

Kwan tied the game at 1 with a one-out double to left, and Andrés Giménez brought in two with a single to right. Sheets’ throw to the plate bounced past catcher Seby Zavala, and Giménez advanced to third on the error and scored on Ramírez’s sac fly.

“Just bad luck,” Cueto said of the fifth. “I started that inning giving up a walk (to Jones) and then a hit by pitch to the catcher (Austin Hedges), and that rolled over.”

The Sox had five consecutive hits in the seventh as they tied the game.

Harrison and Moncada both drove in one run against reliever Eli Morgan to bring the Sox within a run. Andrew Vaughn tied the game with an RBI single against reliever Trevor Stephan.

José Abreu singled to right and Yasmani Grandal, who had three hits, reached on an infield hit to load the bases with two outs. Stephan struck out Sheets to end the rally.

Zavala singled to begin the eighth and moved to second on Leury García’s bunt. Pollock hit the long, loud foul ball against Stephan during his at-bat, which ended in a strikeout. Harrison grounded out to second.

“We had three chances to get the go-ahead run, and they were able to make pitches,” La Russa said. “It would be nice to play with the lead, see what happens. But that’s not the way it played out.”

What played out in Game 2 was timely hitting for the Sox, who have a shot at salvaging a series split with Dylan Cease on the mound Sunday against Shane Bieber.

“When you’re up the whole game and then give it up right there, it’s easy to roll over and give up,” Lynn said. “That’s something that we’re not going to do. Obviously it hasn’t been our year so far, but there’s still some games left, there’s still some things we’re capable of doing.”




Judge reinstates Obama-era ban on coal sales on federal lands

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Judge Reinstates Obama-Era Ban On Coal Sales On Federal Lands

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A federal judge on Friday reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands that had been put in place during the Obama administration.

The ban was lifted under former President Donald Trump.

Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris requires government officials to conduct another environmental review before resuming coal sales from federal lands. The judge said the government’s previous review of the program under the Trump administration had failed to adequately consider the climate damage caused by coal’s greenhouse gas emissions, among other effects.

Nearly half of the country’s annual coal production is extracted by private companies from leases on federal lands, mostly in western states including Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.


A federal judge reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump, Friday, August 12, 2022.

Burning coal for electricity is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States despite the closure of a number of power plants over the past decade due to concerns about pollution and changing economic conditions.

According to government data, the coal program brought in about $400 million to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments last year. The program is responsible for thousands of jobs and has the support of industry representatives, GOP members of Congress and officials in coal-producing states.

President Joe Biden had suspended oil and gas lease sales during his first week in office, although such a move was later blocked by a federal judge. And environmental groups have pressured him to take similar action against coal.


In This Oct. 16, 2014, File Photo, Fog Hangs Over A Mountain As A Cutout Of A Coal Miner Stands In Front Of A Memorial To Local Miners Killed On The Job In Cumberland, Ky.

In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, fog hangs over a mountain as a cutout of a coal miner stands in front of a memorial to local miners killed on the job in Cumberland, Ky.

Last year, the Biden administration began a review of the climate damage caused by coal mining on federal lands as it increased scrutiny of government fossil fuel sales that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse. However, no changes have been announced as a result of this review.

“This decision gives the Biden administration an opportunity to deliver on its commitment to seriously address the climate crisis,” said Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine, who represented environmental groups and the Northern Cheyenne tribe in the case, about the decision. “No progress has been made to reform the program or do what is necessary to phase out existing leases.”


In This November 9, 2010 File Photo, A Mine Worker Stands At The Entrance To Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain Mine In Roundup, Montana.

In this November 9, 2010 file photo, a mine worker stands at the entrance to Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountain mine in Roundup, Montana.

But National Mining Association president Rich Nolan said the industry lobby group would appeal the decision.


“This is a deeply disappointing decision, with energy-related inflation, energy affordability and energy security being top concerns for Americans,” Nolan said. “Denying access to affordable and secure energy during an energy affordability crisis is deeply troubling.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Peleton will raise prices and cut jobs

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Peleton Will Raise Prices And Cut Jobs

Peleton raises prices

Peleton, a poster child for the Covid period, was forced to cut prices upon reopening, but is now raising them by $800 to $3495 (is that correct). At the same time, they are cutting 800 jobs, outsourcing deliveries and closing stores.

I’m one of those who don’t understand – at least after Covid.

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“Obama’s documents were processed correctly”

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“Obama’s Documents Were Processed Correctly”

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As it becomes increasingly clear that Donald Trump may have violated the Espionage Act by storing ‘top secret’ government documents in his private residence, the former president has turned to a familiar excuse : Obama did it too.

“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, most of which are classified. How many of them were nuclear? The word is, a lot! Asset job on his social media platform on Friday.

But soon after, Fox News’ top political anchor Bret Baier went to great lengths to inform viewers that Trump’s whataboutism is without merit.

“There is a process,” Baier explained, noting that President Obama “followed these processes to get these documents to Chicago.” Although “there was a lot of grumbling that they weren’t posted as promised,” he said, “the way they were handled was done by that process.”

“President Obama’s documents were handled properly,” Baier added. “And the question is, is there a paper trail and a process for these documents if that’s what Trump’s lawyers and the former president are arguing.”

Specifically, Trump claims he personally “declassified” all of the documents in question, citing the story of Michael Scott. declaration of bankruptcy on Office— but as Baier also noted on Fox Friday afternoon, it’s not that simple.

“Now it’s a great power that the president has, a broad power to declassify, but there are also regulations that have to, a process has to take place,” he explained. “It’s not like you’re waving a magic wand and saying all these boxes are declassified.”

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Literary calendar for the week of Aug. 14

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Undated Black And White Courtesy Photo Of Pulitzer Prize-Winner Diane Seuss. Seuss And Pulitzer Finalist Mai Der Vang Will Present A Virtual Program Aug. 16, 2022, In Friends Of The Hennepin County Library'S Talk Of The Stacks Series, Presented By Mineapolis-Based Graywolf Press, The Poets' Publisher.


Diane Seuss

Graywolf Press honors their authors Diane Seuss, winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for “frank: sonnets,” and Mai Der Vang, Pulitzer finalist for her collection “Yellow Rain”, in a free virtual event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, presented by Friends of the Hennepin County Library’s Talk of the Stacks. They will discuss their work with Jeff Shotts, executive editor at the Minneapolis-based literary press.

Seuss’ collection transforms the sonnet form into autobiography, telling the story of Suess’ working-class childhood in rural Michigan, the dangerous allures of New York City and back again. Her topics range from thought and time to poetry and punk, AIDS and addiction, Christ and motherhood. She is a teacher and writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Mai Der Vang’s “Yellow Rain” is about how Hmong refugees, abandoned by the U.S. at the end of the war in Vietnam, recounted stories of a mysterious substance that fell from American planes during the people’s escape from Laos, causing illness and death. She teaches creative writing at California State University-Fresno.

Mai Der Vang
Mai Der Vang 

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JEFFREY D. NELSON discusses “What Should I Do? A Family Physician Discusses Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Difficult Decisions” with Lori Sturdevant. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. In-store. Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

JOHN RICHARD SAYLOR presents “Lakes: Their Birth, Life, and Death” in conversation with Jeff Forester. Virtual event. Presented by Magers & Quinn with thanks to Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates. Viewing information:

POETRY NIGHT: With Jeanne Lutz and Athena Kildegaard. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. In-store. Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

SARA WOSTER discusses “Painting Can Save Your Life” with Amy Thielen. In-store. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.


Gwen Westerman
Gwen Westerman  (Photo by Melanie Zacek)

Minnesota State Poet Laureate Gwen Westerman is one of 22 poet laureates named fellows by the Academy of American Poets, which will give each laureate $50,000. The fellows were chosen on the basis of positive contributions to their communities in these roles and beyond. The money is to be used by the recipients for public poetry programs in the year ahead as presented to the academy by their proposals.

Westerman, the first indigenous Minnesota poet laureate, is the author of “Follow the Blackbirds” (Michigan State University Press, 2013), a poetry collection written in Dakota and English. She teaches American and Native Nations literature, technical communication and humanities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In collaboration with the Minnesota Center for the Book, Westerman will use her Fellowship money for Poets in the Park, a program to  engage underserved Minnesota youth in grades five through eight with art and nature through three summer workshops at regional state parks, where students will write poetry about their relationships to the land. She will work with poet Michael Torres and graduate students in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University to bring these young people to inspiring landscapes and encourage them to write poems in English and their home languages on the beauty of the state parks.

In addition to the three workshops, there will be a statewide call for students to write a poem about their favorite state park that will be part of a digital anthology that includes the poems from the summer workshops. The anthology will be published through a free, online resource: MN Writes MN Reads. Poetry in the Parks will be promoted widely through both statewide and local networks.


Kathleen Glasgow reports that her novel “Girl in Pieces” has been on the New York Times young adult paperback bestseller list since last October. Her story about a 17-year-old girl who ends up homeless includes a realistic look at a teen who either suffers from or comes in contact with the trauma of self-abuse (cutting), addiction and suicide. Its universal appeal is obvious since it’s been published in 24 countries.

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Ultra-conservatives in Iran, Pakistan and Syria celebrate attack on Rushdie

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Ultra-Conservatives In Iran, Pakistan And Syria Celebrate Attack On Rushdie

Eghtesad Salem, a conservative news site, published a column saying the attack sent a clear message to US officials. He said they would be hunted for the assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassim Suleimani, who died in a US airstrike in January 2020.

The front page of the Iranian newspaper Vatan-e-Emrooz, which read — Knife in the neck of Salman Rushdie: renegade author attacked in western New York. Image Courtesy:

New Delhi: The assailant who attacked British author Salman Rushdie at a literary event at the Chautauqua Institution in New York on Friday has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, by police. He was arrested at the scene and awaiting arraignment.

Matar was born a decade after “The Satanic Verses” was published. The motive for the attack is unclear, State Police Maj. Eugene Staniszewski said.

Iran, Syria and Pakistan celebrate

Meanwhile, as the world continues to try to come to terms with the attack and the message it sends to artists, writers and supporters of creative freedom, Iran’s ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan on Saturday hailed the attacker who attacked British author Salman Rushdie, the target of a 1989 Iranian fatwa calling for his death.

The Bullet Won't Stop Until It Hits Its Target Ultraconservatives In Iran Pakistan Syria Celebrate Attack On Rushdie

The front pages of the August 13 edition of the Iranian newspapers, Vatan-e Emrooz, front, with the headline in Farsi: “Knife in the neck of Salman Rushdie”, and Hamshahri, back, with the headline: “Attack on a Satanic Verses writer,” are pictured in Tehran on Saturday August 13, 2022. AP

Rushdie was on a fan after being stabbed at a literary event in New York state on Friday, more than 30 years after going into hiding following the fatwa of former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini .

“Congratulations to this courageous and duty-conscious man who attacked the apostate and depraved Salman Rushdie in New York,” writes the newspaper, whose leader is appointed by the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Let us kiss the hands of the one who tore the neck of the enemy of God with a knife”, adds the daily.

With the exception of reformist publications whose Etemadthe majority of Iranian media followed a similar line, describing Rushdie as an “apostate”.

Government supporters hailed the stabbings, saying it is Khomeini’s fatwa finally materializing after 33 years. Some said they hoped the author, who was knighted in 2007 in Britain “for services to literature”, died following the brutal attack.

Others warned that those seen as enemies of the Islamic Republic would suffer the same fate as him.

A quote from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s current leader, was reportedly shared online with him saying the fatwa against Rushdie was “fired like a bullet that won’t stop until it reaches his target”.

The Daily mail reports, Iran’s conservative pundit Keyvan Saedy said on Twitter: “This deserves congratulations: God willing, we will soon celebrate Salman Rushdie going to hell.”

Hossein Saremi, a conservative social media activist, added that a “lion” beat Rushdie and that the attacker was part of the “soldiers of Islam without borders”. He wrote: “Revenge may be delayed, but it will inevitably come”.

A senior adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, said he would not shed a tear for the writer ‘who unleashes endless hatred and contempt for Muslims and Islam “.
Several accounts affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, which Matar was reportedly sympathetic to, openly bragged about the attack.

news from syria posted a message saying, “The order was executed in a place they never thought of. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t die; it is important that they understand that the battle is not over.

Eghtesad Salem, a conservative news site published a column saying the attack sent a clear message to US officials. He said they would be hunted for the assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassim Suleimani, who died in a US airstrike in January 2020.

Majid Motamedi wrote: “The execution of the order to assassinate Salman Rushdie 33 years after it was issued sends a message to US officials that they must fear revenge from Iran against General ‘Qassim Suleimani, until their death, even if revenge takes 33 years.’

However, Iranian authorities have yet to make any official comment on the stabbing attack on Rushdie.

In Pakistan a Dawn journalist Ali Waqar came out in favor of Matar. He tweeted:

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49ers fans pump up Levi’s Stadium with preseason energy

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49Ers Fans Pump Up Levi'S Stadium With Preseason Energy

SANTA CLARA (KPIX) — San Francisco 49ers fans weren’t disappointed with the energy at Levi’s Stadium for Friday night’s preseason opener.

Many said they were proud to be born as Faithful Niners.

“We were raised two blocks from Candlestick Park, for 25 years. We used to sell our garage and parking spaces to all the Candlesticks – all the 49ers fans,” said Saga Vae of San Francisco. “We are here, we share the blessings.”

“We were just here to support the Niners. We’re from the city of San Francisco. We just gotta represent our home team! You gotta show it. We just show them what the Bay Area is,” said Jojo Vae from San Francisco.

The preseason opener was also about eating game day favorites, sporting the red and gold and starting them young.

“Our tradition started last year just after they started letting people back into games and we got hooked on it,” said Shaleek Finley who takes his 6-year-old son Elisha to the games.

Elisha had the chance to do some kid-friendly training drills before the doors opened.

That’s when KPIX cameras caught eager fans running up the stairs to enter Levi’s Stadium.

“The first pre-season game we put out – we just wanted to know what Trey Lance looked like. So far we’ve been looking great,” Pittsburg boss Tagaloa said.

“We rode an hour and a half just to be here today and we are delighted to sit closer to the peloton today,” said Araceli Ramirez of Manteca.

Even Green Bay Packers fans like Modesto’s Janny Guzman brought their little ones to make memories.

When asked what it was like to be in the minority, Guzman replied, “We keep walking. Smiling.”


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