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Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith winds up on the PUP list as his contract saga lingers

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Chicago Bears Linebacker Roquan Smith Winds Up On The Pup List As His Contract Saga Lingers

A little before 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Chicago Bears officially placed linebacker Roquan Smith on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, a somewhat peculiar roster move that came a day after general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus acknowledged Smith’s contract dismay and the possibility it could affect his availability during training camp.

Still, sticking to the script after Wednesday’s camp practice, Eberflus insisted something came up during Smith’s team physical Monday that led to his PUP designation. What specifically?

“I’m not going to talk about a bunch of injuries or this and that,” Eberflus said.

Playfully asked whether an attention-grabbing contract extension might magically make Smith physically able to perform again, Eberflus didn’t even crack a smile.

“Well, I know right now that he is on (PUP),” the Bears coach said. “And that’s all I can say at this time.”

Look, by this point everyone knows what this is, no matter how much misdirection the Bears try to run. Smith, entering the final year of his rookie contract, wants a new deal that rewards him as one of the most impactful defensive players in the game. And until contract negotiations with Poles and the front office move in a direction he finds palatable, Smith likely won’t return to the Halas Hall practice fields.

That’s why he spent the early portion of Wednesday’s practice pedaling away on a stationary bike rather than going through stretching or drills. That might become a familiar sight in the days and weeks ahead.

By checking in to camp on time Tuesday, Smith avoided an avalanche of fines that would have kicked in because of the collective bargaining agreement. But by keeping himself out of practices, Smith has an opportunity to apply added pressure to the front office, even with Poles’ continued public emphasis that he believes in Smith as a player and leader.

How things might evolve from here is anyone’s guess. Smith was again unavailable to reporters Wednesday and might not break his silence until he’s back on the active roster — which just might require him to have substantial financial security and a contract that extends well beyond March.

It’s also important to stress that Smith’s current situation is far from unique in the NFL. In San Francisco, for example, receiver Deebo Samuel is seeking a big-time payday from the 49ers as the enters the final season of his rookie contract. Samuel’s dissatisfaction spiked so much this spring that he asked the 49ers to trade him. But the boil of that situation has since lessened, and there are indications a new deal for Samuel could be coming before Week 1.

Like Smith, Samuel checked in to training camp on time this week. Also like Smith, he is not practicing, instead doing conditioning work off to the side, according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

(Unlike Smith, Samuel was not placed on the PUP list.)

Last summer in Pittsburgh, All-Pro pass rusher T.J. Watt staged a similar “hold-in,” reporting to camp but declining to take part in team drills or on-field activities that included hitting. That was framed as Watt’s way of protecting himself physically until the team gave him long-term financial security.

As Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler noted last August, “You don’t want to get hurt when you are trying to get your contract done. Then you lose some sort of flexibility in terms of what you can sign.”

In September, Watt agreed to a four-year, $112 million contract extension that included a $35 million signing bonus and $80 million guaranteed.

For the Bears, it might take a five-year extension in the ballpark of $100 million with a large chunk of that guaranteed to help Smith blend back into the defense. But there might be added complexity to Smith’s contract talks given he doesn’t have an agent.

For now, this is all just a minor inconvenience but a headache nonetheless for a rebuilding team that has so many other major issues to be sorting through.

Eberflus was asked Wednesday what his communication with Smith has been like since Tuesday.

“He’s really in a good spot,” Eberflus said. “We had a great conversation, just talking to him about where he is. He’s focused. He’s in meetings and he’s wired in in that way.”

Eberflus also emphasized his expectations for Smith while he’s off the practice field.

“Stay involved. Be a leader. Be engaged,” Eberflus said. “Which he is doing and will do. He’s a pro. He’s been in the league long enough. He’s a really good player. We’re excited to have him as a Chicago Bear.”

Eberflus and his coaches will be even more excited once Smith is practicing again. But that timeline could be contingent on how flexible and generous Poles wants to be to make his standout linebacker happy contractually. And for right now, that dance is being danced behind the scenes.

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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 SnakeRemoval.com 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 SnakeRemoval.com 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 https://www.sunrotary.org/page/btv.

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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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