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Biden ‘feeling better every day’ as he recovers from COVID

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Biden ‘Feeling Better Every Day’ As He Recovers From Covid

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he’s “feeling better every day” as he recovers from his coronavirus infection, and the White House planned a summit on Tuesday to discuss developing a new generation of vaccines that could more effectively guard against contagious variants.

After participating in a virtual meeting to talk about computer chip manufacturing, Biden said “everything’s on the button” with the medical tests he’s been receiving each evening.

He also said he’s been sleeping better, joking that his dog had to wake him up Monday, the fourth day of Biden’s COVID isolation.

“My wife’s not here, she usually takes him out,” Biden said. Shortly before 7 a.m., he said, he felt “the nuzzle of my dog’s nose against my chest.” First lady Jill Biden has been at the family home in Delaware while the president isolates in the White House residence.

Biden said his voice remained raspy and said he still had nasal congestion, but he’s on his way “to fully recovered, God willing.”

“I’m not keeping the same hours, but I’m meeting all my requirements that have come before me,” he said.

It was Biden’s first public appearance since Friday. Although his voice was deeper and raspier than normal, a deep and persistent cough was all but gone.

Biden also delivered prerecorded remarks to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference in Orlando, Florida. He discussed the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

The president, who tested positive last Thursday, was likely infected by the BA.5 variant. A new note Monday from Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said his symptoms have “almost completely resolved” and his vital signs remain “absolutely normal.”

Biden has been taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

Tuesday — Biden’s fifth day of isolation on the second floor, or living area, of the White House — will be an important moment on his road to continued recovery.

Dr. Ashish Jha, coordinator of the White House response to COVID-19, said Biden will be able to come out of isolation if he tests negative for the virus Tuesday using a rapid antigen test, while continuing to wear a well-fitting mask for the next several days.

Asked what kind of schedule Biden would then keep, Jha replied, “Let’s see when he tests negative.”

Separately, the vaccine summit on Tuesday, which involves top administration officials, scientists and pharmaceutical executives, comes as the country faces a surge of infections from BA.5, a variant that’s an offshoot of the omicron strain.

Although the current generation of vaccines, plus antiviral drugs, have helped prevent hospitalizations and deaths, there are hopes that new versions could provide more durable protection against disruptive infections.

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Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.

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A gunman wearing a body armor attempted to break into the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Cincinnati on Thursday, authorities said, and a standoff continued into the early afternoon after he fled to a highway.

The man attempted to enter the visitor screening facility at 9:15 a.m., the FBI said in a statement, but an alarm went off and officers responded as he fled to the north on Interstate 71. FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement arrived near Wilmington, Ohio, where gunfire was exchanged, according to the United States Emergency Management Agency. Clinton County.

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Longtime Bayport mayor not seeking re-election

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Undated Courtesy Photo, Circa Oct. 2018, Of Susan St. Ores, Candidate For Re-Election As Mayor Of Bayport In The Nov. 2018 Election. (Courtesy Of The Candidate)

After 12 years on the job, Bayport Mayor Susan St. Ores is calling it quits.

Undated courtesy photo, circa Oct. 2018, of Susan St. Ores, candidate for re-election as mayor of Bayport in the Nov. 2018 election. (Courtesy of the candidate)

St. Ores said Thursday that she has decided not to run for re-election; filings for the position close at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Ores was elected mayor in November 2010 and ran — and won — five more times after that.

“I absolutely love our hometown community, and it has been a wonderful experience to serve the citizens of Bayport,” St. Ores said in a statement.

During her tenure, she said, Bayport has built strong partnerships with its neighbors and “made important investments in our infrastructure, parks, equipment and staff.”

The mayoral seat and two council seats are up grabs on Nov. 8.

St. Ores said she hopes more residents will get involved in local government “as new and more perspectives result in better representation.”

She also said she hopes that the city’s priorities will continue to be “preserving our strong financial position, strengthening public safety, enhancing the small-town culture, and ensuring transparency and good faith communication in all government decisions, all while holding the line on taxes.”

“Those have been my priorities … and my hope is that future city councils will reflect these same values in their actions,” she said.

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A pilot died Wednesday after his plane crashed near Blyn, Jefferson County.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported seeing a low-flying plane with a possible sputtering engine and hearing a crash around 3:10 p.m.

There was significant fog in the area at the time. The sheriff’s office searched the area by car and drone for wreckage and also contacted US Navy Whidbey Island Search and Rescue for assistance, KING5 reported.

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A Washington pilot died in a solo accident on Wednesday.

Search and Rescue was able to locate the aircraft, a single-engine Cirrus SR22. The pilot was found dead at the scene. It is believed that the pilot was the only passenger.

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The accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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The idea of Jerry Kill speaking to a Twin Cities group on the morning of the Gophers football team’s season opener has been dunked on.

Shortly after it became known that leaders of Twin Cities Dunkers had invited Kill to be its speaker on Sept. 1 — the day his new team, New Mexico State, plays his old one at Huntington Bank Stadium — the engagement was canceled.

“Some people thought it was maybe inappropriate or causing discomfort, one way or the other. That was never the intent,” said Dave Mona, a member of the Dunkers group that comprises nearly 350 business leaders and regularly invites sports newsmakers for breakfast chats.

Mona, a retired public relations executive, had the idea of inviting the ex-Gophers coach and while former Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi made the call to Kill roughly three weeks ago. His appearance hadn’t yet been made official.

On Monday, KFXN-FM and Gophers sideline reporter Justin Gaard tweeted news of Kill’s invite, putting it in the “only in Minnesota” category. The replies weren’t Minnesota nice.

On Tuesday, Dunkers spiked the plan.

“We decided, let’s pull the plug on it.” Mona said. “(Kill) was fine with it. He wanted to say hello to people that morning and see them again, maybe one last time.”

But, Mona added, “No harm, no foul.”

Before the speech was given the kibosh, former U men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, now at New Mexico, tweeted: “So you’re saying my dream of being invited back to speak to the Twin Cities Dunkers isn’t dead??”

When first contacted, Kill expressed doubts to the idea of him speaking to Gophers fans. The response was that Kill had “a lot of friends” in Minnesota.

Mona, a former reporter and host on WCCO-AM, said he would have emceed the event and planned to talk about Kill’s return to head coaching at New Mexico State — a challenging place to win as an FBS independent in small Las Cruces — as well as the new challenges in college football, primarily name, image and likeness (NIL) and the NCAA transfer portal.

Mona said he did not plan to ask about Kill’s critical comments of current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck. “I was hoping we could keep it in other things,” he said.

But it was Kill’s comments about Fleck that drove backlash.

Fleck coached under Kill at Northern Illinois in 2008-09. In a radio interview in 2019, Kill said Fleck had “changed a lot” and “I just think sometimes ego gets carried away.” Kill even mentioned Fleck’s first wife in the criticisms.

Kill also said he “took it personal” that Fleck said he had to change the culture of the U program when he was hired in 2017. Kill stepped down due to health reasons midway through the 2015 season and his longtime assistant, Tracy Claeys, was promoted. After the 2016 season, Claeys was fired, in part, due to his response to a group of players being implicated in a sexual assault.

Four of those players were expelled after a university investigation.

After Kill’s comments in 2019, Fleck responded on KTLK-AM: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Jerry Kill; I always will. … I’m not sure where that came from.”

Fleck spoke for a sixth time at Dunkers in June. Other recent speakers include Twins front-office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine in April, and Vikings general manager Kwesi Adolfo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell in May. MLS Commissioner Don Garber met with Dunkers ahead of the MLS All-Star Game in St. Paul on Wednesday.

The Gophers are a whopping 37.5-point betting favorite against New Mexico State. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sept. 1.

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Francisco Lindor is once again one of the best players in the league – The Denver Post

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While many continue to worry about Francisco Lindor’s batting average — which is also trending up — the tireless Mets shortstop has been showing up at the ballpark every day and resuming his place among the baseball’s best all-around players.

Lindor finally gets a break on Thursday, because a day off from the Mets is the only thing that can keep him off the field. Playing with virtually no rest, which manager Buck Showalter is very fond of reminding people of, Lindor posted the fourth most wins over substitution of any position player in the league.

With 32% more offensive production than the average player, mechanical defense at the diamond’s most important position and a good sneaky base run, Lindor ranks behind the Cardinals’ cornering duo of Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt. for the League’s Most Valuable Player crown. It certainly won’t lead to the Most Valuable Player award, but Lindor deserves a lot more MVP buzz than he’s currently getting.

That’s fine with Lindor, who called breaking Jose Reyes’ single-season club record for RBI by shortstop “a blessing” and “cool” before turning into a reminder that the ultimate goal is to win the World Series. Despite having the third highest WAR since his freshman season in 2015 (behind Mike Trout and Mookie Betts), Lindor has yet to finish above fifth place in MVP voting. He’s never had a bad year, per se, but last year was one he’d definitely take a mulligan for.

Due to his typical excellent defensive work, Lindor’s .230/.322/.412 slash line in 2021 hasn’t totally sunk his overall season, but as the Mets disintegrated in the second half and he has suffered a right oblique injury, the whole mood was not what anyone wanted. Now in his second year of starring in the New York market spotlight, Lindor was asked on Wednesday if simply having more experience with the Big Apple has helped bolster his numbers.

“It’s something to do with it,” he conceded. “But it’s [also] learn from the guys and the coaching staff. Feeding off the energy that the crowd brings also helps.

These things, of course, go hand in hand. The crowd brings much better energy when the Mets win more than two-thirds of their home games, which they have done so far in 2022. It also helps not to actively alienate them with ill-thought-out gestures and weird stories. about a fight in the tunnel actually being an argument about rats and raccoons.

With the Mets where they currently find themselves challenging for king-of-the-hill status not just in the National League, but in all of Major League Baseball, these self-inflicted headaches from last year feel like ‘they happened on a completely different planet. Showalter has been a much-needed adult in the room, the kind of parent who lets the kids have fun as long as they do their chores, but the new additions in lineup and launch staff have also transformed the culture.

It’s hard to imagine a team with Max Scherzer doing the childish hijinks the Mets did last season. Starling Marte and Mark Canha raised the collective floor of the batting order, as did Chris Bassitt for the starting rotation. In recent weeks, there’s also Citi Field’s undisputed champion, the designated hitter who allegedly told Scherzer he hits cluster homers, just like he gets his donuts.

Daniel Vogelbach has been a perfect fit, both mid-line and at the clubhouse. Tyler Naquin is also acclimating quickly, collecting more extra hits (seven) than singles (four) in his first 10 games with the team.

“I’m glad they’re here,” Lindor said of the players GM Billy Eppler picked up at the trade deadline. “The front office has done an incredible job bringing together the right group of guys who will fit in.”

The team, at least on the positional player side, is going through Lindor though. Pete Alonso has been outstanding, and the jump Brandon Nimmo has made this season might make a kangaroo jealous. But as the infield captain, entrenched in third place in the roster, earning the most money of any hitter on the team, Lindor is the man. He credited internal communication within the team as one of the reasons his batting average jumped 40 points from last year to this one, as well as his own habit of meticulous note taking and to crush the films of the opposing launchers.

“I learned that early in my career,” Lindor said after beating the Reds on Wednesday. “I saw Andrew Miller take notes and watch the batters he was going to face and had faced in previous times. I asked him why he was doing this, and he said he needed to study and prepare to be the best he could be, not just roll the dice every time he went out there. I took this to heart.

These Mets are a veteran team, devoid of any player who needs to be pampered or placed under the wing of an older player. Of the nine positional players who have made the most plate appearances, 27-year-old Alonso (born Dec. 7, 1994) is the youngest. For this reason, Lindor doesn’t need to take on that Miller role and explain how to be professional. But, if the Mets are still flying high in October, they’ll certainly be praising the shortstop who’s steered them all the way.

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Column: Tom Ricketts breaks his silence on the Chicago Cubs rebuild, saying the team is ‘making progress’

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Column: Tom Ricketts Breaks His Silence On The Chicago Cubs Rebuild, Saying The Team Is ‘Making Progress’

The Chicago Cubs are playing out the string in the 2022 season, just as they were doing this time last yea after selling off their stars.

It’s something fans are getting used to again after six straight years of watching contending teams, and something most fans expect will happen again next August.

So what’s the plan?

Know one really knows but Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and team President Jed Hoyer, and neither is providing specifics.

But as the Cubs prepared to go under the national spotlight Thursday in the Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa, Ricketts broke his silence on the rebuild.

“I’d be the first to acknowledge this is not the type of baseball Chicago Cubs fans deserve,” Ricketts said in a statement to the Tribune. “Our decision last year to move away from Cubs players who brought us a World Series title was tough, but we have a plan to return to championship contention by building the next great Cubs team around a young core of players augmented by free agent signings — and we’re making progress.”

Ricketts hasn’t been made available to reporters this season, unlike previous years, so it’s hard to pinpoint what “progress” he was referring to in his statement, parts of which first appeared on ESPN.com.

The Cubs entered Thursday’ 45-65 and are on pace for 96 losses. They lost 91 games in 2021 and have a .392 winning percentage (65-101) since the ’21 trade deadline.

But Ricketts pointed to David Ross’ managing and the number of close games the Cubs have been in to suggest they’re competitive.

“While our record is the ultimate judge of success, I think ‘Rossy’ has done a great job of managing and inspiring the team to play hard all season,” he said. “We’ve been involved in 34 one-run games, tied for fourth-most in the (National League) and 58 games decided by two or fewer runs, tied for fifth-most in the majors.

“I like the fight, but we must do better because winning baseball is the expectation.”

Ricketts said Hoyer’s moves over the last year have put the Cubs in a “position of strength in both player and financial currency,” adding they “plan to be very active again” in free agency.

Sound familiar?

At the end of last season, Hoyer said the Cubs would spend money on free agents in an “intelligent” manner, and Ricketts sent an email to fans saying the team would spend money in a “thoughtful” way. The Cubs did spend on two big free agents, but whether the money was spent intelligently is up for debate.

Marcus Stroman, Hoyer’s biggest free-agent signing, has pitched well when healthy but hasn’t pitched enough to justify his three-year, $71 million deal. Stroman also can opt out after next season, so he could be gone by the time the Cubs rebuild turns a corner.

Seiya Suzuki, the Japanese star signed to an affordable five-year, $85 million deal, had a strong start in April but enters the Field of Dreams game hitting .225 with a .636 OPS in his previous 53 games since April 28.

Hoyer pointed to Suzuki and Ian Happ as reasons why there’s no room for Jason Heyward next season, a move most fans approved of after watching Heyward struggle most of his Cubs career.

Still, Suzuki must show vast improvement over the next two seasons to avoid being in the same boat as Heyward in the fourth year of his deal, at which point he’ll be making $19 million.

The spring training deals for veteran infielders that figured to be trade chips both flopped. Jonathan Villar and Andrelton Simmons were released after signing one-year deals. Waiver claim Wade Miley has pitched only 19 innings while rehabbing most of the season. Drew Smyly, who was slated to start Thursday, has looked good when healthy but is a back-of-the-rotation starter with a $4.25 million mutual option for next year.

With Kyle Hendricks’ future up in the air after 2023, Keegan Thompson and Justin Steele are the only current starters who probably can be penciled into the 2024 rotation. But Ricketts said Hoyer’s belief the Cubs have “turned a corner with our pitching infrastructure” is reason to believe in the team’s future. Thompson and Steele have both progressed significantly in ‘22, but the Cubs need to surround them with more young talent.

“We started the season with a staff of pitchers, who, if healthy, would have kept us more competitive this season,” Ricketts said. “We are beginning to see results with our starting pitching rotation and prospects coming up through the system and performing well, helping the team progress to a better-than-.500 record since the All-Star break. A great deal of credit goes to Jed and his team for building a solid pitching development program and culture.”

Nico Hoerner and Christopher Morel have become the new faces of the rebuild, and both figure to be around for the long haul. The Cubs are now deciding which other young players deserve a shot, including second baseman Nick Madrigal and 27-year-old Franmil Reyes, claimed on waivers from the Cleveland Guardians this week.

But there are no Kris Bryants, Kyle Schwarbers or Javier Báezes coming up from the system to supercharge the rebuild, and the likelihood of the Cubs bringing in a Jon Lester-type of free agent appears to be a long shot. After a loss to the New York Mets, Ross said they were playing a “first-place team with a $300 million payroll,” as if the Cubs were a small-market team that couldn’t keep up with the Joneses.

The Cubs have given no indication they plan on re-signing catcher Willson Contreras, whom Hoyer opted to keep at the trade deadline and will lose for a draft pick if he’s given a qualifying offer and signs elsewhere. Ricketts made no mention of Contreras.

Ricketts said “suffice it to say, we plan on making championship history again.”

When that will be is anyone’s guess.

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