Kimberly Guilfoyle claims ‘lazy’ grads with ‘basket weaving’ degrees will get student loans forgiven

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:51

Trump loyalist Kimberly Guilfoyle offered a curious complaint about President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive student loans by saying it was “communist” and that it would benefit “lazy” students who received supposedly useless degrees in fields such as “basket weaving.”

“Enough of this nonsense! I mean, paying off loans for people that don’t want to — they wanna have some bizarre basket-weaving degree,” Guilfoyle said on Newsmax Monday, HuffPost reported.

Guilfoyle, the ex-wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom who became a Fox News personality and is the fiancée of Donald Trump Jr., also called the plan “unfair” and “un-American,” Insider also reported.

“And they want all of us, people watching across this country, hard-working men and women, to subsidize their laziness and their inability to even try to contribute to society,”  said the San Francisco-born Guilfoyle, who got her undergraduate degree at UC Davis and her law degree at University of San Francisco.

Guilfoyle: Paying off loans for people they want to have some bizarre basket weaving degree and they want all of us to subsidize their laziness and their inability to even try to contribute to society pic.twitter.com/DXOuaTTsmQ

— Acyn (@Acyn) August 29, 2022

With her comments, Guilfoyle has joined a chorus of conservative politicians and pundits criticizing the Biden administration for forgiving student loans.

Earlier this month, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise to provide student debt relief, saying that a post-high school education should be “a ticket to a middle-class life.” He announced his administration would offer $10,000 in student debt relief for borrowers earning $125,000 or less and erase $20,000 in debt for recipients of Pell Grants, which the Department of Education gives to students who require more financial assistance.

The plan potentially provides relief to up to 43 million borrowers and cancels the full remaining balance for roughly 20 million borrowers, the White House said. Contrary to Guilfoyole’s claim, the debt cancellation does not apply to specific degrees, Insider said.

Online critics of Guilfoyle were quick to point out how her claims were baseless, hypocritical or insulting to millions of Americans, according to HuffPost. They noted that those who have taken out student loans have studied to be nurses, teachers, doctors or other disciplines that prepared them to contribute to society. They also said recipients include people who are the first in their families to attend college or whose parents saved and sacrificed to pay part of their college expenses.

Critics also were quick to remind Guilfoyle of the apparently easy money she has made being associated with former President Trump and his family.

While serving as a chief fundraiser for Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, Guilfoyle was secretly paid $180,000 a year by the campaign via the campaign manager’s private company, HuffPost reported in 2020. She also received $60,000 for giving a speech of less than 2½ minutes to introduce Trump Jr. at the Jan. 6, 2021 rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Insider added. 

“I’m not saying it’s a crime,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren said on CNN in June. Lofgren, who serves on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot, was talking about the fee Guilfoyle received for her short speech to a crowd off Trump supporters. “But I think it’s a grift.”

Lofgren mentioned the payment as part of the committee’s evidence that Trump and his family members personally benefited from campaign donations raised in the aftermath of the 2020 election, as the president misled supporters with false claims of election fraud, Insider reported.

how does kim guilfoyle contribute to society again i forget https://t.co/ErUK8HKcNA

— russbengtson.eesh (@russbengtson) August 29, 2022

Others decrying Guilfoyle’s comments tweeted out that she just insulted millions of Americans who are anything but lazy.

And now you see why she wasn't part of the winning 2016 Trump Campaign team.
Bc only an utter moron with zero talent for political-communications would go on TV and say those with student loans are "lazy" and refuse to contribute to society. https://t.co/cyPhoXRuIp

— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) August 29, 2022

Keep attacking hardworking Americans who went to college as lazy and unable to contribute to society, Republicans. Now that’s a winning message! https://t.co/bB7eaGrjvb

— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) August 29, 2022

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Tesla must allow workers to wear clothing supporting union

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:50

The National Labor Relations Board said on Monday it was unlawful for Tesla to prohibit employees from wearing shirts bearing union insignia, ruling in a 2017 dispute between the electric car maker and the United Auto Workers union.

NLRB Chair Lauren McFerran said the decision reaffirms “any attempt to restrict the wearing of union clothing or insignia is presumptively unlawful and — consistent with Supreme Court precedent — an employer has a heightened burden to justify attempts to limit this important right.”

In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB said that when companies interfere with employees’ rights to display union insignia the employer “has the burden to establish special circumstances” and the majority “found that Tesla failed to establish special circumstances in this case.”

Tesla and the UAW did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In addition to ruling on the Tesla case, the NLRB also reversed a 2019 decision by the agency involving Walmart Inc, saying the earlier decision “ignored decades of board precedent.”

The previous ruling by the NLRB had said Walmart’s justification for restricting union insignia on the selling floor to enhance the customer shopping experience and prevent theft or vandalism was legitimate. The NLRB in 2019 did, however, acknowledge the potential interference with employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

The 2019 decision set a precedent for employers across the country to have more control over limiting union apparel.

Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The NLRB said some Tesla employees assembling electric vehicles at its Fremont, California, plant wore shirts with union logos during a 2017 UAW union organizing campaign. At that time, the UAW was seeking to represent workers at Tesla’s facility in Fremont, who are not unionized.

Tesla’s “team-wear” policy required employees to wear black shirts imprinted with the Tesla logo or their own black T-shirts without logo. The NLRB found that this implicitly prohibited employees from substituting any shirt with a logo or emblem, including a shirt bearing union insignia.

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The NLRB said that before 2017 Tesla production employees regularly wore shirts that were not black or had logos and emblems unrelated to Tesla. On Monday, it ordered Tesla to rescind its policy prohibiting employees from wearing black union shirts.

This is not the first clash between Tesla and the NLRB.

In 2021, the NLRB said that a 2018 tweet by CEO Elon Musk, in which he threatened that Tesla employees who formed a union would lose their stock options, was illegal and should be deleted.

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California may act as US refuge for transgender youth

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:31

By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — California would present itself as a haven for transgender youth facing discrimination in other states under a bill that advanced Monday, much as it is positioning itself as a sanctuary for those seeking abortions.

The Assembly approved the measure without debate, 48-16, sending it to the Senate for a final vote before lawmakers adjourn at month’s end.

The legislation is designed to provide legal refuge to parents from other states who risk having their transgender children taken away or being criminally prosecuted if they support their children’s access to gender-affirming procedures and other health care.

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener sought the measure in response to actions in several Republican-dominated states including Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. He said 19 other states have since introduced similar “trans refuge state” bills.

“Trans kids and their parents are being criminalized and used as political punching bags by right-wing zealots,” he said in a statement. “No one should ever have to worry about being separated from their child simply for allowing that child to be who they are.”

Conservative groups argued the bill could shield parents who use it as a pretext.

The bill mimics a new California law that bars the enforcement of civil judgments against doctors who perform abortions on patients from other states. It’s among several measures designed to make California a sanctuary for people seeking or providing abortions.

The transgender bill would similarly reject any out-of-state court judgments removing transgender children from their parents’ custody because they allowed their children to receive gender-affirming healthcare.

It would also bar California health officials from complying with out-of-state subpoenas seeking medical or related information about people who travel to California for gender-affirming care.

The measure would also prohibit arrests or extraditions of people charged with violating another state’s law that criminalizes allowing a person to receive or provide gender-affirming health care.

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Brad Dacus, president of the conservative nonprofit Pacific Justice Institute, said it would allow parents to bring their children to California “under the guise of securing genital surgeries,” a move he equated to “kidnapping children from conservative states.”

It would “make California a safe haven for child abductors and predators” and “condone the taking of children from other states in violation of court orders,” he warned in a fundraising letter to supporters.

The bill would allow judges to take temporary jurisdiction over any child who comes into California for gender-affirming care even if they are brought in by someone other than their parents, objected Greg Burt of the California Family Council.

He said the bill “declares war on parents throughout the country who don’t want their children sterilized because of their gender dysphoria.”

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Pac-12 football preview: Impact newcomers for each team

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:23

The transfer portal whirled like never before, coaching staffs were turned over in dizzying fashion, and when the movement stopped late this spring, Pac-12 rosters had undergone significant remodeling.

All told, more than 50 transfers are expected to be rotation players across the conference.

Eight teams have new defensive coordinators.

Seven will start quarterbacks who weren’t on campus last fall.

Four have new head coaches.

The Hotline believes all the change warranted further inspection — hence our assessment of the top newcomers for each team.

However, this list has a twist: We did not include head coaches or quarterbacks in order to expose readers to players and coordinators with whom they might not be familiar.

They are listed in alphabetical order (by school), not in order of impact.

Arizona: WR Jacob Cowing (previous school: UTEP). The Wildcats have no shortage of candidates given needs across the depth chart and the roster turnover orchestrated by coach Jedd Fisch. Perimeter playmakers are high on the list, and Cowing’s production for the Miners (69 catches last year) makes him the most likely change agent in the aerial game.

Arizona State: CB Ro Torrance (Auburn). Torrance is well traveled, having played at the junior college level before his one and only season in the SEC. The Sun Devils suffered substantial attrition in the secondary, so any help they receive from newcomers on the back line will be impactful. Torrence is expected to start.

Cal: LB Jackson Sirmon (Washington). The Bears have produced several high-level linebackers in recent years but needed to reload for 2022. Sirmon received honorable mention all-conference recognition for the Huskies, and his father, Peter, calls the plays for Cal. Seems like the stars are aligned for an impact year.

Colorado: offensive coordinator Mike Sanford (Minnesota). CU averaged just 18.8 points per game last season, then made a coordinator change. Sanford’s offense in Minneapolis averaged 25.5 points per game. If his new attack equals the production of his old attack (a 36 percent uptick), the Buffaloes will be delighted.

Oregon: offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham (Florida State). New head coach Dan Lanning is a defensive specialist, and that side of the ball is loaded with talent. As a result, Dillingham is effectively the head coach of the unit that carries the most uncertainty. His work with quarterback Bo Nix will shape the conference race.

Oregon State: TB Jam Griffin (Georgia Tech). The run-heavy Beavers return two rotation players in the backfield but will need depth. We selected Griffin, who rushed for about 400 career yards in the ACC, but considered freshman Damien Martinez. All in all, Oregon State had very little roster or staff turnover. Our options were few.

Stanford DB Patrick Fields (Oklahoma). Rookie edge rusher David Bailey, a four-star recruit from famed Mater Dei HS, received strong consideration before we settled on Fields. Both play positions of significant need, but Fields is the proven commodity after 43 career starts for the Sooners; he also provides flexibility with the ability to play nickel or safety.

UCLA: DL Gabriel and Grayson Murphy (North Texas). The Hotline allowed a two-for-one selection here with the identical twins, who combined for 35.5 tackles-for-loss and 23.5 sacks at UNT. They are listed as linemen but will man the edge for a defense hit hard by attrition. The Bruins have two chances to find one impact player.

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USC: defensive coordinator Alex Grinch (Oklahoma). We considered receiver Jordan Addison and tailback Travis Dye but settled on Grinch because the Trojans will go as their defense goes — not any particular unit but the entirety of it. And Grinch is responsible for orchestrating the needed upgrade. A playoff berth could hinge on the depth of his impact.

Utah: DE Gabe Reid (Stanford). The Utes must replace the best defensive player in the conference (linebacker Devin Lloyd) and one of the top pass rushers (Mika Tafua). They have options for both, but nothing is more valuable than a high-level edge. And Reid has 30.5 tackles-for-loss in his career. Also considered: linebacker Mohamoud Diabate

Washington: LB Cam Bright (Pittsburgh). Bright is one of the most proven commodities to enter the conference, a multi-year starter who served as team captain last season for the ACC champs. But let’s be honest: While they should be solid on the edge, the Huskies need loads of help in the middle of the defense.

Washington State: offensive coordinator Eric Morris (Incarnate Word). Comparable to Oregon’s situation with a new head coach whose background is on defense and a starting quarterback from the transfer portal. But Morris, a disciple of the Aid Raid, spent two years coaching Cam Ward at Incarnate Word. The transition should be smooth.

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Seattle area to see more heat before Labor Day weekend cooldown

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:08

Before more comfortable temperatures arrive for the long weekend, the Seattle area is in for another round of potentially record-breaking hot weather.
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Ravens reportedly expected to sign RB Kenyan Drake

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:03

Running back Kenyan Drake is visiting the Ravens on Tuesday and expected to sign with the team, pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

Drake, 28, became one of the top free agent running backs available after the Las Vegas Raiders released him a week ago. The Ravens, who must cut their roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday, could be without projected starter J.K. Dobbins (knee) in Week 1. Gus Edwards, who was placed on reserve/physically unable-to-perform list last week, will miss at least four games.

The Ravens were expected to enter their Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Jets with four running backs on their roster. Given Dobbins’ deliberate rehabilitation and the group’s middling preseason performance, that could change. Dobbins would miss at least four games if he’s placed on injured reserve this week. Veteran Justice Hill (2.0 yards per preseason carry) and sixth-round pick Tyler Badie (2.8 yards per carry), both behind Mike Davis on the depth chart, could also be part of the roster churn.

Drake, a third-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2016, is returning from his own serious injury. He fractured his right ankle in December, and the surgeon who performed the successful surgery told The Athletic that the injury could be “career altering.” Drake played in the Raiders’ first three preseason games, averaging 2.5 yards per carry on 12 attempts.

“I always tell everybody that all broken ankles aren’t the same, but Kenyan had severe ankle injuries on both sides,” said Dr. Norman Waldrop, referring to a left ankle injury Drake suffered at Alabama. “They weren’t just your run-of-the-mill broken ankles; they were pretty severe. … And some players, especially running backs, who rely on explosiveness, you never know if they’ll be able to get it all back.”

Drake, who joined the Raiders in 2021 on a two-year, $11 million deal, had 63 carries for 254 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns last season while adding 30 catches for 291 yards and a score. With projected starter Josh Jacobs and rookie Zamir White headlining a crowded running back room, Drake was released. His $2.5 million base salary is subject to offsets should he sign with the Ravens, meaning his salary cap hit would likely be small.

Drake played in at least 14 games in his first five NFL seasons. He rushed for a career-high 955 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Arizona Cardinals in 2020.

The NFL Network first reported the Ravens’ intentions to sign Drake.

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High school football rankings Week 2, 2022: Bay Area News Group Top 25

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:00

Despite a victory last week over Monterey Trail-El Grove that was tighter than expected, De La Salle remained No. 1 in the latest Bay Area News Group’s Top 25.

But will the Spartans be there next week or the week after that?

Friday, De La Salle plays host to No. 2 Serra. The following Friday, No. 3 St. Francis pays a visit to De La Salle.

So either the Spartans will cement their status at No.1 or be staring up at one, if not two, teams in two weeks.

In other developments, Menlo-Atherton moved up two spots to No. 5 after it rallied to defeat Bellarmine on Saturday. Wilcox leaped three spots to No. 6 after an impressive win at Valley Christian.

Four teams entered the rankings for the first time this season: Sacred Heart Cathedral, California, Acalanes and Foothill.

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Four fell out: James Logan, Las Lomas, Valley Christian and Monte Vista.

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Bay Area News Group Top 25

(Mercury News & East Bay Times)

No. 1 DE LA SALLE (1-0)

Last week: Beat Monterey Trail-Elk Grove 36-20

Previous ranking: 1

Up next: Friday vs. Serra, 8 p.m.

No. 2 SERRA (1-0)

Last week: Beat Folsom 17-12

Previous ranking: 2

Up next: Friday at De La Salle, 8 p.m.

No. 3 ST. FRANCIS (1-0)

Last week: Beat Central Catholic-Modesto 35-28

Previous ranking: 3

Up next: Friday vs. Monterey Trail-Elk Grove, 7:15 p.m.

No. 4 PITTSBURG (1-0)

Last week: Beat Bethel 59-0

Previous ranking: 4

Up next: Saturday vs. Liberty-Henderson, Nev., at Cathedral Catholic HS in San Diego, noon

No. 5 MENLO-ATHERTON (1-0)

Last week: Beat Bellarmine 48-34

Previous ranking: 7

Up next: Friday vs. Elk Grove, 7 p.m.

No. 6 WILCOX (1-0)

Last week: Beat Valley Christian 35-13

Previous ranking: 9

Up next: Thursday vs. Hollister, 7 p.m.

No. 7 BELLARMINE (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Menlo-Atherton 48-34

Previous ranking: 5

Up next: Friday at McClymonds, 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 CLAYTON VALLEY (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Salinas 21-14

Previous ranking: 6

Up next: Friday vs. Del Oro-Loomis, 7 p.m.

No. 9 MCCLYMONDS (0-0)

Last week: Did not play

Previous ranking: 10

Up next: Friday vs. Bellarmine, 7:30 p.m.

No. 10 SAN RAMON VALLEY (1-0)

Last week: Beat Vintage 41-7

Previous ranking: 11

Up next: Sept. 9 vs. Elk Grove, 7 p.m.

No. 11 LOS GATOS (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Corona del Mar-Newport Beach 28-14

Previous ranking: 8

Up next: Friday vs. Liberty, 7 p.m.

No. 12 CAMPOLINDO (1-0)

Last week: Beat Moreau Catholic 28-17

Previous ranking: 12

Up next: Friday at Aptos, 7:30 p.m.

No. 13 EL CERRITO (1-0)

Last week: Beat Amador Valley 7-3

Previous ranking: 13

Up next: Friday vs. Freedom, 7 p.m.

No. 14 ST. IGNATIUS (1-0)

Last week: Beat Palo Alto 41-6

Previous ranking: 14

Up next: Friday vs. Jesuit-Carmichael, 7 p.m.

No. 15 ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN (1-0)

Last week: Beat Granada 31-10

Previous ranking: 15

Up next: Sept. 10 at Tamalpais, 2 p.m.

No. 16 HERITAGE (1-0)

Last week: Beat Dublin 42-7

Previous ranking: 19

Up next: Friday at Granada, 7 p.m.

No. 17 AMADOR VALLEY (0-1)

Last week: Lost to El Cerrito 7-3

Previous ranking: 16

Up next: Friday at Bear Creek-Stockton, 2 p.m.

No. 18 ANTIOCH (1-0)

Last week: Beat Monte Vista 57-28

Previous ranking: 24

Up next: Friday vs. Vintage, 7 p.m.

No. 19 HALF MOON BAY (1-0)

Last week: Beat Leland 35-9

Previous ranking: 22

Up next: Friday vs. San Mateo, 7 p.m.

No. 20 SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (1-0)

Last week: Beat Sacred Heart Prep 13-12

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Up next: Friday at Palma, 7:30 p.m.

No. 21 CALIFORNIA (1-0)

Last week: Beat James Logan 31-7

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Up next: Friday at Milpitas, 7 p.m.

No. 22 SACRED HEART PREP (0-1)

Last week: Lost to Sacred Heart Cathedral 13-12

Previous ranking: 20

Up next: Friday at Homestead, 7 p.m.

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No. 23 ACALANES (1-0)

Last week: Beat San Marin 21-14

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Up next: Friday at Bishop O’Dowd, 7 p.m.

No. 24 FOOTHILL (1-0)

Last week: Beat Castro Valley 49-6

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Up next: Friday vs. College Park, 7 p.m.

No. 25 LIVE OAK (1-0)

Last week: Beat Gilroy 34-14

Previous ranking: 25

Up next: Friday vs. Gunn, 7 p.m.

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Hyde5: Biggest Dolphins decision won’t be a cut; the good revamp of WRs this off-season

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:48

Five thoughts on the Dolphins cut-down day:

1.The prime decision affecting the first month of the season isn’t whether they kept Skylar Thompson or what happened with Preston Williams. It’s the decision on cornerback Byron Jones. Is he ready for the opener (probably not as he hasn’t practiced at all)? Is he put on the Physically Unable to Perform list and has to miss four games? Is his injury somewhere in between missing the start of the season but he’d be ready for, say, the third game against Buffalo? This is a big decision considering how it affects a Dolphins secondary that’s thin at cornerback if Jones or Xavien Howard are out. Also, there’s the first four opposing quarterbacks to consider: Mac Jones, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Joe Burrow.

2. The signing of Trey Flowers, coupled with Melvin Ingram, gives the Dolphins two veteran edge players who have been impactful in their careers. They also aren’t the players they once were. Can they help in the right role? Absolutely. The larger question for a team thinking playoffs is where their bodies will be come December and January. Flowers is only 29, but has gone on injured reserve in November and December the past two seasons. Ingram is 31, and was let go by two smart organizations who valued short-term help in Pittsburgh and Kansas City in the past year. Andrew Van Ginkel’s appendix issue seemed to open the need for Flowers. But the story of Flowers and Ingram will be if they can impact games in the first half of the season – and, if so, where their health is the second half.

3. With the decision to Preston Williams hanging, there was good work done to the receiving group that last preseason consisted of four of the valued receivers sitting out with injuries. Getting Tyreek Hill obviously changed the offense. Jaylen Waddle, Dallas free agent Cedric Williams and fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma were locks to make the team and each has shown strengths. That left two positions open. One typically goes to a player who is a special-teams stalwart. It was most recently Mack Hollins. Robert Cracraft looks to be that guy. So with cuts to a talented Lynn Bowden and Mohammad Sanu the decisions is what to do with Williams. He hasn’t done much of anything since his rookie year. But he’s big and a target. A trade as has been suggested. Would you give up anything of value for an undrafted player with an injury history who hasn’t done anything for two years? Regardless, the Dolphins have cleaned the shelf of marginal and injured receivers and have a dynamic group.

4. Don’t underestimate Mike McDaniel’s ties with San Francisco and offensive coordinator Frank Smith’s ties with the Los Angeles Rams, especially when it comes to judging offensive linemen. San Francisco is weighing who to release on the line. The Rams, as Super Bowl champs, have some decisions, too. The Dolphins released Solomon Kindley, who seemed the classic cost of changing systems – a power guy who could use a few pounds in a system that now wants better athletes. Alan Panckey was a versatile lineman.

5. Quick hits:

*Cornerbacks and tackles are the priority to pick up off the waiver wire from other team’s cuts. Problem is, that’s most every team’s priorities.

*Noah Igbinoghene had a tough summer and preseason, but seems safe as a former No. 1 pick. The question is if he’s the starter with Jones out, as the Dolphins lined up in their final preseason game.

The Bills released tight end O.J. Howard? Hmm.

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Oakland is holding a massive fair devoted to Bay Area history

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:45

It’s no secret that Oakland’s Lake Merritt is human-made. What’s less known is why.

Samuel Merritt donated money to create the nation’s first protected wildlife refuge and also, coincidentally, some prime waterfront property for him to develop. “The wildlife refuge meant that the wealthy people who purchased homes from him wouldn’t have strangers shooting birds and impacting the tranquil, lakeside community he was trying to establish,” says Iliana Morton, executive director of Oakland’s Camron-Stanford House.

Fans of such lore will have an opportunity to bathe in it on Sept. 10, when the Camron-Stanford House will hold a history fair with more than 20 museums and historical organizations from around the Bay. The fair features a smorgasbord of unique exhibits and take-home activities, ranging from artifacts from a World War II aircraft carrier to Carpenter Gothic architecture to a lace-based tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Old-timey beverages will be served, rare books will be available to purchase. Best of all it’s only five bucks – free if you have an Oakland Public Library card.

The Camron-Stanford House in Oakland, shown here in 2013, is holding its first on-site history fair in decades on September 10, 2022.The Camron-Stanford House in Oakland, shown here in 2013, is holding its first major on-site history fair in decades on September 10, 2022. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group)

“Camron-Stanford House has a long tradition of bringing history do-ers together. In the 1970s, we held Preservation Fairs, both to celebrate the work that went into fully restoring the Camron-Stanford House, as well as to help the community learn about preservation and its link to community sustainability,” says Morton. “It’s been decades since we’ve had anything like this on site, but I am thrilled to be able to welcome the community back with an event in that same spirit.”

Here’s the current list of participants with details (where available) of what they’re planning:

Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles

Berkeley’s small-but-mighty lace museum honors textile artist and local vendor Kaethe Kliot, as well as the history of textile handicraft with items from pre-Columbian Peru and 17th-century European courts. For the fair, it’s giving textile demos and posting a selfie station where people can dress up in lace collars and ruffs. But wait, lace aficionados, that’s not all. “A lacy tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsberg! Fun with doilies! Come join us!” says the museum’s Kij Greenwood.

Emeryville Historical Society

The municipality so small and pleasant people often mistake it for an upper-class Oakland neighborhood was once called “The Rottenest City on the Pacific Coast.” Earl Warren, the Alameda County district attorney who went on to become U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, coined that epithet due to civic corruption surrounding bootlegging, bordellos and gambling parlors – one of which still remains, the Oaks Card Club on San Pablo Avenue. (Not to say it’s corrupt nowadays; it’s fun and has a well-stocked buffet.) The Emeryville Historical Society will hand out issues of its quarterly journal, present rare photos and hold trivia and history games with prizes.

The excavation of a shellmound in Emeryville.The excavation of a shellmound in Emeryville. (Courtesy of the Emeryville Historical Society) USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum

The aircraft carrier that today serves as an educational center in Alameda has a long history going back to WWII combat and the Space Race, having served as a recovery ship for ocean-landing astronauts on Apollo Moon missions. Its museum educators will be bringing warship artifacts that people can touch. The Walking Ghosts of Black History, a nonprofit that focuses on the preservation of stories of Black veterans, is also previewing its upcoming exhibit on the USS Hornet about famous historical firsts for African Americans in the military.

Courtesy of the Haas Lilienthal House and SF Heritage.Courtesy of the Haas Lilienthal House and SF Heritage. (Barry Schwartz) Haas-Lilienthal House

This elaborate structure in San Francisco is a prime example of late-1800s Victorian architecture (in particular, Queen Anne style). It also serves as offices for the SF Heritage preservation group. Stop by the group’s booth for samples of sarsaparilla. That’s not only a cowboy reference in the The Big Lebowski, but a “popular beverage in the late 19th century that was marketed at the time as a cure for all kinds of ailments,” says Pam Larson, the SF Heritage/Haas-Lilienthal House museum and tour manager. “We will also share some physical examples of architectural elements typically found in Victorian homes.”

East Bay Yesterday

Since starting his intriguing history podcast six years ago, Liam O’Donoghue has received a flood of story ideas and tips about local lore from fans. “However, especially since the pandemic, most of those messages have come through email or social media,” he says. “One of the reasons I started East Bay Yesterday was to have a more personal connection with the people in my community, so I’m thrilled that the history fair will be an in-person event where folks who are fascinated by local history will be able to have real conversations.”

O’Donoghue will present various relics, books, photos and ephemera from his ever-growing archive, as well as sell copies of his “Long Lost Oakland” poster, a map of buildings and local features that no longer exist.

Friends of the Oakland Public Library/Bookmark Bookstore

The Friends of the Oakland Public Library is a nonprofit that, as its name implies, provides support in the form of substantial grants to the Oakland Public Library — grants funded in part by selling donated books and AV media at the Bookmark Bookstore in Old Oakland, a trove of fun and unusual titles. These folks are plucking through their collection with an eye toward offering the most uncommon and engaging regional-history books out there – perhaps a good gift opportunity for that one friend who’d love to know an Oakland guy invented the Popsicle.

The Bookmark Bookstore in Old Oakland.The Bookmark Bookstore in Old Oakland. (The Bookmark/Friends of the Oakland Public Library) Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Now a spot where people camp or watch Blue Angel airshows, Angel Island between 1910 and 1940 took in about a half-million immigrants for processing, interrogation or detainment. Its namesake foundation preserves this legacy as well as the thorny facts of immigration in America. Staff members will talk about Angel Island’s history and share interesting things to do at the National Historic Landmark today.

They’ll also solicit personal stories for the Immigrant Voices Project, an archive of Pacific-crossing accounts dating from the 1900s to the present.

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

The community park and museum in Oakland’s Fruitvale district tells the history of the Peralta family, who lived through various periods of California history from the Spanish, Mexican and U.S. eras. The hacienda will be celebrating these overlapping histories through activities like making personalized corn-husk dolls and learning how Californio systems of labor and food impacted life throughout predominantly Lisjan and Muwekma Ohlone territories.

Oakland Heritage Alliance

The alliance will be sharing hits from its four-decade crusade to preserve local landmarks, including the J. Mora Moss House in Oakland’s Mosswood Park. This is a “boldly romantic Carpenter Gothic style Victorian home,” to quote Wikipedia, that once was called one of the “finest, if not the finest, existing examples of Gothic architecture of French and English influence as adapted to wood-frame domestic architecture to be found in the East Bay Area, and possibly in Northern California.”

Here/Hear Community Billboard truck

The HEAR/HERE truck drives around local neighborhoods collecting and sharing personal histories with a digital display screen and sound system, among other things. At the fair it will be on-site for interactive community-archiving projects.

California Genealogical Society

Didn’t receive your last California Nugget? The genealogical society will be delighted to hand you one of its journal issues at the fair. It will also have family-tree forms for children to fill out.

More participants: African American Museum and Library at OaklandWest Oakland Mural Project/Women of the Black Panther Party / The Winchester Mystery House / Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum / Art Deco Society / Berkeley Historical Society and Museum / Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network / Cohen-Bray House / West Oakland Cultural Action Network / Oakland History Center (at Oakland Public Library)Patterson House

Details: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Camron-Stanford House on 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland; $5 or free with an Oakland Public Library card, cshouse.org/events/historyfair2022

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North Seattle shooting kills one man, injures another

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:41

When officers arrived, they found a 44-year-old man with fatal gunshot wounds and a 46-year-old man with a minor apparent graze wound, police said.
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1 dead, 2 injured in column collapse at Lewis & Clark College

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:29

A masonry column collapsed on the Lewis & Clark College campus Monday night, killing one 19-year-old man and injuring two 18-year-old women.
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Knicks’ move with RJ Barrett adds Heat intrigue regarding Tyler Herro, Donovan Mitchell

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:28

A largely dormant offseason for the Miami Heat received a jolt Tuesday that could have an ancillary impact on two of the more intriguing elements of the team’s potential personnel permutations:

– The possibility (or lack thereof) of a trade for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

– The timing and scope of an extension off the rookie scale for reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro.

Like the Heat, the New York Knicks found themselves dealing with similar linked agendas this offseason, also linked to a possible trade for Mitchell and with an extension due on a 2019 first-round draft choice.

Against that backdrop, the Knicks, according to ESPN, issued a Monday deadline to the Jazz regarding Mitchell trade parameters and then moved toward finalizing a four-year, $120 million extension with guard RJ Barrett.

The deliberations with Barrett are similar to ones the Heat have had to weigh with Herro. Once a player is signed to such an extension with a significant raise, it adds a “poison pill” element to trade permutations, making it far more difficult to deal such a player until the following offseason.

The Heat this offseason have been linked to potential trades for Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, as well as Mitchell, who has spent significant time this offseason training and playing in South Florida.

Durant seemingly was removed from the trade market last week when Nets General Manager Sean Marks, the former Heat center, said an agreement had been reached with Durant to remain with the team this season, after the All-Star forward previously had pushed for a trade.

As with Mitchell trade discussion, Herro had been linked to the trade talk for Durant. Once Durant no longer was in play, it increased the chances of a swifter resolution with Herro regarding an extension. The Knicks then sought immediate closure with the Jazz regarding Michell, with the decision to move forward with the Barrett extension.

The Heat last month put out word that the team was comfortable moving forward with the roster in place, having lost only power forward P.J. Tucker from a roster that last season finished within one victory of the NBA Finals.

The deadline the Knicks set with the Jazz regarding Barrett was largely an artificial one, with the deadline for extensions with 2019 first-round picks not until the eve of the Oct. 18 start of the regular season.

The Heat typically have waited until closer to the start of seasons before issuing such extensions to first-round picks. Bam Adebayo’s maximum-scale extension from his 2017 rookie-scale contract did not come until less than a month from the start of pandemic-delayed start of the 2020-21 season. The rookie-scale extension for 2015 first-round pick Justise Winslow did not come until days before the start of the 2018-19 season. The Heat dealt first-round picks Michael Beasley and Precious Achiuwa before their extension windows opened.

While Herro is eligible for an extension up to five years at $188 million, he more likely is expected to fall into a similar range as the deal signed by Barrett. Barrett was the No. 3 selection in 2019, with Herro taken at No. 13.

Herro is due $5.7 million this season, a figure that would not change with an extension. However, with a new contract allowed to start at as much as $32.5 million in 2023-24, the disparity between those two salaries is the element that would preclude him, if signed to an extension, from being included in trades that require matching salaries.

So far this offseason, extensions at the top of the 2019 draft class have gone to No. 1 pick Zion Williamson, with the New Orleans Pelicans extending the forward for $193 million over five seasons; No. 2 pick Ja Morant, with the Memphis Grizzlies guard extending for the same amount as Williamson, with the chance of his deal rising to $231 million; and No. 5 pick Darius Garland, with the Cleveland Cavaliers guard also receiving $193 million over five seasons. In addition,

Keldon Johnson, the San Antonio Spurs guard selected at No. 29 in 2019, received a four-year, $80 million extension.

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Monkeypox infections are slowing in the US. Will it last?

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:27

By Deidre McPhillips | CNN

The pace of new monkeypox cases reported in some major cities — and in the US overall — has started to slow recently, but experts say it’s too early to know if the trend will last.

On Friday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that she is “cautiously optimistic” about the downward trend, but warned that the overall case count is still growing.

“The rate of rise is lower, but we are still seeing increases and we are of course a very diverse country and things are not even across the country. So, we’re watching this with cautious optimism,” she said.

Last week, there were an average of 337 new cases of monkeypox reported each day in the US, according to CDC data. That’s a 24% drop from two weeks earlier — a difference of more than 100 cases a day.

A few factors are “working together to bend the curve,” Walensky said, including vaccination, behavior changes and harm reduction messages “being heard and implemented.”

But many more factors are still in flux, leaving questions unanswered.

Key factors to watch

Local health departments say they are working hard to understand the factors driving case trends.

Washington, DC, has been an epicenter of the outbreak since the beginning; the city has had nearly 12 times more cases per capita than the country overall.

The local health department has seen a “slight decrease” in cases over the past week, but said that “education and vaccines” are two key factors that will drive trends going forward.

And “with 100,000 students that will return to DC within the next week, it is too early to project the trends,” they said.

The California health department said that state trends over the last several weeks suggest “stabilizing rather than increasing transmission levels” and daily cases “leveling off.”

“The trend could continue but will depend on vaccination and behavior change as noted previously,” they said.

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said last week that the city has also seen “cases begin to fall and transmission slow” in recent days.

Even if cases rise again, Donal Bisanzio, a senior epidemiologist with the nonprofit research group RTI International, predicts that there will be a “rapid reduction” at some point. Monkeypox “is a disease that gives you full protection after you get it,” he said. Reinfections aren’t a factor.

But no one knows for sure what’s next.

“I think every public health response that I have ever worked, we want a crystal ball. It’s just exceedingly hard to get there really early on, even for things that we have understood much better for years,” said Janet Hamilton, executive director of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. “Tell me when influenza season is going to end. I can’t. “

Outbreak’s many moving parts

Experts say that the ongoing outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation, making it difficult to know what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

“There is a very strong interest in using models and thinking about what the trajectories would be in different scenarios,” Hamilton told CNN.

All data-driven models require that at least some reasonable assumptions are incorporated. But with monkeypox, the United States is still collecting some of the foundational “shoe leather epidemiology, boots on the ground pieces,” Hamilton said. It’s a “highly infectious disease that’s spreading very rapidly that we don’t fully understand.”

Some of the stigma attached to the current outbreak may make people reluctant to seek medical attention, discuss recent contacts or come forward to get vaccinated, experts say.

“I’m always concerned about stigma and discrimination, as it can hinder trying to control an outbreak like this,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University who has researched HIV, emerging infections and other diseases.

It could mean people aren’t “taking advantage of the important tools we have at hand to stop this outbreak.”

Generally, only about 15 to 25% of contacts are being identified, which can skew the understanding of the rate of disease spread, Hamilton said.

“That ends up being a very distinct challenge that then would directly impact what those models look like.”

While men who have sex with men have been disproportionately affected in the current outbreak, anyone can get monkeypox and a growing number of cases reported recently have been among women and children — potentially changing the transmission map even more.

And a recent shift in the federal vaccination strategy — that potentially expands the existing vaccine supply by as much as five times, but poses other challenges — marks a major change to another key forecasting factor.

More than 1 million vials of the Jynneos vaccine have been allocated to states and other local jurisdictions, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. However, only about 208,000 doses have been reported to the CDC as administered.

In June, researchers from RTI International published work that estimated the potential burden and duration of the monkeypox outbreak that did not yet have endemic disease. They projected that every three cases could cause 18 secondary cases if no prevention measures were put in place, with outbreaks lasting about six to nine months. Contact tracing and vaccination of close contacts could cut that risk by more than 70%, according to the model.

But new knowledge and information has led them to adjust the model and rerun it, with updated estimates due out in a few weeks.

“We are talking about a model that was done just in the first month of transmission outside Africa. We were thinking that everything was going well,” said Bisanzio, who is a co-author of RTI report. The model assumed that the public health response would be quick and effective, especially coming on the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We know that this story then evolved in a different way,” he said, with a lag in response time, hesitancy around vaccination and transmission concentrated within one high-risk community that no one expected. “I can tell you that the numbers (in the updated model) are much higher than the ones that we first estimated.”

That said, another one of the biggest adjustments to their model comes from a recent survey of men who have sex with men, in which about half of respondents said they changed their behaviors to protect themselves amid the ongoing outbreak.

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington built an influential Covid-19 forecast model early on in the pandemic, but will not be doing the same for monkeypox.

“In our mind, this disease is not going to spread into the community as wide as we’ve seen with Covid,” said Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist and professor of health metrics sciences at IHME.

There are some similarities to HIV that are concerning, but “we don’t see that being replicated here,” he said, with monkeypox moving out of the body much faster and being much less deadly.

While extensive data-driven models may be largely absent, experts say they are keeping a close watch on trends.

“You don’t need a model to tell you that, at this point in time, the strategy has to be to identify those high risk individuals and vaccinate as many as possible,” Hamilton said.

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Between harsh critics and cult-like supporters, Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa enters key season as polarizing figure

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:26

Any talk about Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa these days sounds more like a heated political debate than traditional sports analysis and commentary.

Opinions on him range so far from one another, and those on opposite ends of that spectrum could never possibly find common ground with their adversaries.

On one side, you have national media pundits, many of which have already deemed Tagovailoa’s career doomed off of two uneven seasons. There are factions of fans that hold the same view, even some Dolphins fans who don’t think he has what it takes and want to fast-forward to the next signal-caller.

Then, you have a group of Dolphins fans that have given Tagovailoa a cult-like following called TuAnon, playing off the far-right conspiracy theory movement, QAnon. Yet, maybe even more willing to go to bat for Tagovailoa than his unwavering fans has been Miami’s new star receiver, Tyreek Hill, hyping up Tagovailoa on his new podcast this summer as a more accurate passer than Patrick Mahomes, arguably the NFL’s top quarterback today.

Of course, national media then had weekslong segments regurgitating the same takes about how Hill has lost his mind for even daring to compare.

Tagovailoa’s impact has been polarizing, a reputation bestowed upon him while he has merely tried to be himself and strived to improve in the light of everything from the staunch support to the harsh criticism, makes him one of the NFL’s most intriguing players entering his third season.

Tagovailoa, throughout the offseason and into training camp, consistently answered questions about his critics like he pays them no mind.

“I eliminate all of that,” he said during training camp. “Don’t hear it. Don’t see it. I go home, go to my family, study, wake up the next day, come back and enjoy football.”

But even then, Tagovailoa still throws the occasional jab at his doubters, the “Twitter warriors,” as he once called them.

Nick Hicks, Tagovailoa’s trainer who sees a more real version of him when the cameras are off, acknowledges that it’s true the left-handed quarterback largely ignores the noise. But there’s also an understanding of why it’s out there, and it does fuel him.

“The criticism that he got last year, there’s a piece of him that thought, ‘OK, you know what? They had every reason to think that way because I didn’t perform that well. I didn’t play to my abilities. I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. We didn’t win games. We didn’t get to the playoffs,’ ” Hicks said in an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“I think that Tua takes everything with a grain of salt, but he also does understand the expectations of him and he knows there’s going to be haters and doubters, especially since we didn’t accomplish the goals that we set out to last year.”

But as a counter to the criticism that finds Tagovailoa, a movement sprouted in support of him. A portion of the Dolphins fan base during the 2021 season became known as TuAnon, devoting its efforts to advocate for Tagovailoa, even when the criticism reaches new peaks.

The unofficial leader of this division of fans became someone in a dolphin mask using a voice modifier from his garage in California to film creepy, staticky videos to post under the Twitter handle @TheGaluminati, which combines the name of Tua’s father, Galu, and the Illuminati, a secret society from conspiracy theories. TuAnon’s mission: Debunk “fake news” narratives surrounding Tagovailoa.

“The fan base didn’t give him enough of a chance to prove himself through two years, and that’s why I created the account,” the TuAnon account owner told the Sun Sentinel, speaking under the condition of anonymity for the sake of the social media character. “My mission is to spread the good word of Tua Tagovailoa and to stop the haters from endlessly slandering Tua as he makes his way to an MVP season this season.”

How many other players with 50-to-1 MVP odds have fans with that much confidence in them?

One of the reasons why Tagovailoa has his doubters is a belief he doesn’t have the arm strength to make all the throws required of an NFL quarterback. In-game examples of him hitting deep shots down the field are few and far between.

But it was a point of emphasis over the offseason, to add to the skill set already known for Tagovailoa, throwing with accuracy, anticipation and making quick decisions against pressure.

With the major hip injury that cut Tagovailoa’s college career short in November 2019 now nearly three years in the past, Hicks called it a “non-factor” at this point. Beginning to work with him in the 2021 offseason, Hicks said that year was about getting him stronger while this offseason was about taking it to the next level with long toss, off-platform throwing, plyometrics and medicine-ball workouts all among the numerous measures taken.

“He’s got so much more muscle mass,” said Hicks, who also credits what the Dolphins strength staff has accomplished and Tua’s father, Galu, for recommendations of footwork and other quarterback drills. “He’s got a stronger base. His feet are moving faster. He’s ripping the ball out. He’s more confident in his body.”

Tagovailoa now looks more effortless producing throwing power by generating it from his lower half and snapping his hip for a whole-body effort.

Between early March to May, according to Hicks, Tagovailoa’s best square-shoulder throw with feet stationary improved from 40 yards to 57. His top stationary rotational throw, with shoulders away and rotating across the axis of his body, increased from 35 yards to 52. And his rhythm throw went from 50 yards to 71.

The results were evident in training camp, when Tagovailoa connected on numerous deep shots to his pass catchers, most notably one 65-yard touchdown deep over the middle to Hill that traveled 60 air yards effortlessly, hitting Hill perfectly in stride with a tight-spinning spiral.

While new to fans to see Tagovailoa make that kind of pass, the Dolphins coaching staff wasn’t surprised.

“That’s not the first time and it won’t be the last that they’ll connect like that,” new coach Mike McDaniel said.

Said quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell: “From what I had seen up to that point, there’s not going to be any issues with the throws that he’s going to be asked to make, and I think that was just kind of evidence of that.”

Through his first two seasons, Tagovailoa is 13-8 in 21 starts. He has completed 66.2 percent of passes, has thrown 27 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and averages 194.2 yards per game.

They’re not exhilarating numbers, and Tagovailoa’s winning record is largely attributed to the Dolphins defense over the past two seasons. But Tagovailoa has had valid excuses: An incompetent offensive line, pass catchers that can’t stay healthy, his own availability, lack of a running game and a previous coach that he didn’t feel supported him. All those issues have been addressed this offseason, and Tagovailoa has been given everything he needs to find success.

It may be a necessity for his career. A revamped offense and a potent defense that remained intact over the offseason has created one of the best Dolphins rosters in recent memory. If Tagovailoa turns out to be a weak spot, Miami may need to move on from him and find another solution to compete with this talented roster.

Through whatever transpires, Tagovailoa’s critics are sure to minimize the pluses while highlighting the negative. In the meantime, supporters like TuAnon provide the positive angle in it all, even if some find the faction to be irrational with its unwavering praise.

“People can say whatever they want. People can think whatever they want,” the TuAnon leader said. “I won’t be rational when Tua lives up to these expectations.”

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Who’s in, who’s out? Dolphins make cuts for 53-man roster

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:25

The Miami Dolphins got an early start on further trimming their roster on Tuesday after making 13 roster moves on Monday. The team has a 4 p.m. deadline to get down to a 53-man active roster.

Wide receiver Lynn Bowden, outside linebackers Brennan Scarlett, Porter Gustin and Cameron Goode, offensive linemen Solomon Kindley and Kellen Diesch and safety Verone McKinley are among those already released or waived, according to various reports from ESPN, NFL Network and Pro Football Network.

Bowden, Scarlett, Gustin and McKinley were players on the roster cutoff line vying for the final few spots on the team.

Bowden is a 2020 third-round pick of the Las Vegas Raiders who was traded to the Dolphins ahead of his rookie season and flashed for 28 receptions and 211 yards late in the year. After spending 2021 on injured reserve, he was coming back with a strong preseason this year, scoring touchdowns in exhibitions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles, but it wasn’t enough to make it in a deep wide receiver corps.

Scarlett, Gustin and Goode all likely had their spots affected by Miami’s Monday signing of veteran Trey Flowers at the position. Scarlett was a member of the active roster last season but missed time during training camp with an undisclosed injury. Goode was a seventh-round draft pick of the team, and Gustin had a strong camp after spending time on the Cleveland Browns’ 53-man roster each of the past three seasons.

Kindley was a fourth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2020. He started 13 games as a rookie, but he first lost his starting role in 2021, when he only saw action in two games. Under coach Mike McDaniel, the Dolphins are shifting to a wide-zone blocking scheme that requires a level of athleticism from blockers the 340-pound lineman didn’t possess. Diesch was an undrafted rookie out of Arizona State who received $140,000 guaranteed to secure he signed with the Dolphins after the draft.

McKinley was an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, where he was teammates with standout Dolphins second-year safety Jevon Holland. He showed flashes of his ballhawking abilities on the back end during camp.

On Monday, veteran running back Sony Michel and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu headlined the Dolphins’ list of players cut. Also released were running backs Gerrid Doaks and ZaQuandre White, defensive backs Quincy Wilson and Elijah Hamilton, defensive linemen Owen Carney and Niles Scott and offensive linemen Adam Pankey and Blaise Andries. Linebacker Calvin Munson was placed on injured reserve, while outside linebacker Darius Hodge and defensive back D’Angelo Ross were waived with an injury settlement.

Players cut but not picked up by other teams for their active rosters can be kept on the Dolphins’ 16-player practice squad.

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Thousands in Michigan Without Power After Midwest Storms Kill 2

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:16
A line of storms produced wind gusts from 60 to 80 miles per hour in some areas and knocked out power to more than 630,000 customers in Michigan.
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Ira Winderman: Does Net gain again put Heat, NBA East at a loss?

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:15

Overlooked amid last season’s mayhem is that for six weeks last fall, the Eastern Conference was in full chase mode of the Brooklyn Nets, who stood atop the standings from mid-November until the end of December.

And then, in late January, there they stood again, first place in the East, until the Heat began to assert themselves.

Ultimately, there was no need to keep up with the Nets, whose implosion has been well chronicled, including the first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics.

Then came Kevin Durant’s trade directive.

It was as if it was Brooklyn’s run with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams all over again.

Nothing to see there.

But now, as the NBA resumes a personnel period already in progress after the defusing of Durant’s trade demand, we seemingly are back to where we had been at the start of the previous two seasons:

What about the Nets?

Yes, chemistry matters, and the next game Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons play together will be the first.

Yes, coaching matters, and just two weeks ago, Durant was doing nothing to distance himself from word that he wanted Steve Nash gone.

And, yes, roster composition matters, with Nic Claxton not only the best the Nets have at the moment to offer at center, but arguably the only thing.

But still, for all the Heat accomplished by finishing with the East’s best record last season, and for all the Celtics proved by advancing to the NBA Finals, an argument can be made that the Nets stand as the most talented team in the East.

In the backcourt there are the skills that make Irving arguably the league’s best backcourt point creator, as well as the return of Joe Harris and his 3-point shooting.

In the frontcourt, there is the undeniable greatness of Durant, even at 33, as well as Simmons positioned to do what he does best and perhaps only having to do what he does best: defend, create, rebound.

And there is quality depth, with General Manager Sean Marks smartly proceeding with a vision that still included Durant, retaining contributors Seth Curry and Patty Mills, as well as adding T.J. Warren and Royce O’Neale (which now might stand as the offseason’s most underrated trade).

Factor in the potential of Claxton and that’s quality nine deep.

Typically, rosters are retooled during the offseason to take down those who had gotten ahead. For some, that meant putting enough together to wrest the top seed the Heat held last season. To others, it meant counters to the quality depth Boston added in the offseason, Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari.

But now there again are the Nets to reconsider.

A year ago, the notion was to attempt to outscore a defenseless opponent, particularly when James Harden was the third prime component alongside Durant and Irving.

Now there is the undeniable defensive presence of Simmons (a two-time All-Defensive first-team selection), as well as the stabilizing arrival on that end in O’Neale.

A year ago, Irving wasn’t playing in any games due to his unvaccinated status, then only was playing in road games, and only late in the season playing in all games. Now, only games in Toronto appear to be off his plate.

Of course with Irving and Simmons, it often comes down to whether they are all there, in both body and spirit. And that still is where this could go south, as it did during the second half of last season, as Irving watched, Simmons waited and Durant wilted.

But as August turns to September, and with training camps just four weeks away, what’s old is new again.

The Brooklyn Nets stand as a legitimate Eastern Conference hurdle, be it for the Heat to repeat their regular-season success or the Celtics to repeat their playoff success.

It is a roster that yet could put the rest of the conference, including the Heat, in chase mode.

The talent is in place.

But, as seemingly always is the case with these Nets, are their heads in the right place?

If so, one of the Heat, Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers, unlike last season’s four-team race, may find themselves having to cede homecourt advantage in the first round.

IN THE LANE

WADE IN HOT WATER: Heat icon Dwyane Wade not only has found himself in hot water amid Southern California’s protracted drought, but could find himself soon limited in supply. The Los Angeles Times reported that Wade and wife Gabrielle Union were among 2,000 customers issued “notices of exceedance” by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. According to the report, Wade’s residence “exceeded its allocated water budget in June by more than 1,400%, or 90,000 gallons. That was an improvement over May, when the property exceeded its budget by 489,000 gallons — more than any other customer.” Union explained in a statement that a pool leak contributed to the issue. Failure to upgrade compliance could result in the installation of a mandatory flow restrictor. Wade sold his Miami Beach home in June 2021, with the Los Angeles area his primary residence since his Heat retirement in 2019. Others who received such notices included Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, and Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian.

NO, REALLY: From the department of you can’t make this up, former Heat forward Willie Burton, among the most mercurial presences on the team’s roster over its 35 seasons, was among those considered as a lieutenant-governor running mate for Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, the Detroit News reported, before Dixon turned elsewhere. Burton, 54, notes on his Linkedin page, “Mr. Burton is a former NBA athlete, an accomplished state, national, and international program turnaround specialist and a keynote speaker. He turns failing youth programs into nationally recognized programs.”

STILL GOING: The relentless pursuit of steady NBA work continues for Chris Silva, this time with the former Heat developmental forward signing a camp contract with the Atlanta Hawks. While the Exhibit 10 contract ultimately may lead to Silva again grinding in the G League, it is a testament to the perseverance of the 25-year-old forward who went undrafted out of South Carolina in 2019 and played his way to a Heat two-way contract and then a standard deal. Silva appeared in one game with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season and nine with the Heat, amid the team’s COVID outbreak. After 44 games with the Heat in 2019-20, the native of Gabon has appeared in 25 NBA games since. He recently was among those who joined Bam Adebayo at the Miami Pro League.

MORE EX-HEAT: And then there is former Heat forward Ricky Davis, who has gone from somewhat of an NBA wild child now to coach at Minneapolis North High School. Davis, who followed up his 12-season NBA career with time in the Big3 that included community outreaches at each stop of the 3-on-3 circuit, including in Miami, had coached AAU basketball in Texas. Davis, 42, steps in for retired Minnesota coaching legend Larry McKenzie, who won six state championships. Trent Witz, the school’s director of basketball operations, told the Star Tribune, “I like the hire. It’s different. I don’t think anyone expected that name to pop up as a head coach candidate.”

HE’S NO. 1: As part of his announcement last Sunday that he is returning for a 20th and final season with the Heat, Udonis Haslem gave an extended interview to Boardroom.TV. During that session, he called his former University of Florida roommate and fellow Heat champion Mike Miller his favorite teammate. “He went to Florida with me. He’s a Gator. It’s my dog,” said Haslem, who also cited former Miami prep rival and fellow Heat champion James Jones as a favorite teammate.

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5. Heat players who have worn No. 40: Sylvester Gray, Kurt Thomas, Marty Conlon, Tim James and Haslem. Heat President Pat Riley announced this past week that No. 40 will be retired following Haslem closing out his final season in 2022-23.

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These Tolkien fans pitched a 50-hour ‘Lord of the Rings’ ‘mega-epic.’ ‘The Rings of Power’ is the result.

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:14

Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne had been writing screenplays together for two decades when Amazon Studios announced it had acquired the rights to make a TV series based on the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord Of The Rings.”

And who wouldn’t want to do that?

“We, along with half the other writers in Hollywood, raised our hands and said we’d love the opportunity,” Payne says during a recent video call with McKay and producer Lindsey Weber. “We should be so lucky.”

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Both loved the works of Tolkien. McKay’s mother gave him “The Hobbit” when he was in fifth grade. Payne came to Middle-earth through director Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” and devoured the source material.

So they had strong ideas from the start of their quest.

“We started thinking, ‘OK, here’s what Amazon bought the rights to,’” Payne says. “There are hundreds, probably thousands, of potential stories within that of material. And as we looked around, very quickly we arrived at the time period of the Second Age.”

The Second Age of Middle-earth takes place thousands of years before the Third Age known from the books and movies. Though it’s not entirely disconnected from that world, Payne notes.

“We felt like this is Tolkien’s great untold epic,” he says. “This era is pregnant with so many amazing stories.

“You have the forging of the Rings of Power. The rise of the Dark Lord Sauron. The last alliance of elves and men.

“Amazon wanted to make something really large, and so we came in right away saying we want to make a 50-hour mega-epic,” Payne says. “And that, very quickly, I think, got their attention.

Four years after Amazon hired McKay and Payne to make the series, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” premieres on Prime Video on Friday, Sept. 2. As they spoke a few weeks before that, they seemed still unable to believe this dream came true.

Though, as McKay notes, nobody thought Frodo could complete his quest, either.

“Our impression was we were sort of dark horses in a way, and underdogs in a way,” he says. “But sometimes underdogs have a great history in Tolkien.”

Scouring the Second Age

The story told in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” was drawn from Tolkien’s appendices to “Lord of the Rings,” his mytho-histories in “The Silmarillion,” and clues scattered throughout his best-known works that refer to earlier times.

“Our process of adapting it was finding every single one of those threads that talk about this era, but also talking about the histories of each of these cultures,” McKay says.”

Sometimes that meant they could use a character familiar to most fans. Because elves rarely die, the series features a younger Galadriel, a character played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s films, and here by Morfydd Clark.

There are no Hobbits in the Second Age, though their predecessors, known as Harfoots, provide the lightness and good cheer of their hairy-footed descendants.

“Finding those breadcrumbs is the beginning of a process of thinking about who those people might have been,” McKay says. “What do we know about the Hobbits in the Third Age and Frodo and Sam? What are the qualities we associated with Hobbits? Bravery and loyalty. Where did that come from?

The first season’s characters are about half from the books, half newly imagined, he says.

“Tolkien left us the seeds that are so rich with possibility and imagination,” McKay says. “All we have to do is water them a little and a huge tree springs up.”

Making Middle-earth

Weber had worked with Payne and McKay at Bad Robot Productions as head of its film department. While she grew up reading Tolkien and had held onto her collection of his books through every house move over the years, she needed a small bit of convincing to join them on their journey.

“The short version is they convinced me to run away and join the fellowship,” she says, laughing.

“We asked Lindsey and she said, ‘Oh, no,’” Payne says. “And then about 24 hours later she’s like, ‘OK, I’m thinking about it.’”

It was, Weber says, a project too exciting to pass up.

“As a fan, I wanted to see it, and I started thinking about how much fun it would be to make this thing,” she says.

“I believe what you said – having heard what we wanted to do – was there are hundreds of thousands of decisions that now need to be made, and every single one of them we have to get right,” Payne says.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is a massive production, one of – if not the – most expensive TV series ever made.

Its first two episodes establish a sweeping backdrop, mostly filmed in New Zealand and Wales, that includes the cities where humans, elves and dwarfs live along with the natural grandeur of land and sea.

This Middle-earth is diverse. Where “Lord of the Rings” featured young male Hobbits, the new show spotlights two young female Harfoots. This Third Age of Middle-earth features more humans, elves, and dwarfs of color, too.

McKay says that was largely a function of the vast canvas – 50 hours over five seasons – which allowed them to go more deeply into the cultures of Tolkien’s universe.

“We never approached casting or writing in a stunt way of trying to make a statement,” he says.

“I think the question was always, ‘What feels like Middle-earth?’” Weber says. “And friendships, love stories, these things feel inherently Tolkien.”

As a producer, Weber says casting kept her awake at night.

“Oh my gosh, how are we going to find all of these people across all these worlds?” she says, recalling how she worried in the dark, sleepless hours. “We saw thousands and thousands of people and somehow managed to assemble this group you’ll meet in season one.

“It just seems impossible, all of the sorts of miracles it took to complete this production.”

With great power

In July, San Diego Comic-Con served as a sort of coming out party for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Payne, McKay and Weber, and a large part of the cast, filled Hall H for a preview of the series hosted by talk show host Stephen Colbert, a self-described Tolkien super fan.

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“It was really, really fun,” Payne says of finally getting to show a little of what’s to come. “Storytelling is a thing that humans have been doing for thousands of years. We’ve been working very hard on the story, but now we’re getting to share it around the fire with people, and see what this means to people.

“Especially in this time of our world’s history,” he says. “There are a lot of challenges out there right now, and a lot of people are hurting for a lot of different reasons.

“And Middle-earth has a unique ability to find people in their pain, and to bring them a kind of hope and a kind of light that is really unique in the world of entertainment. It almost goes beyond entertainment and comes into a real spiritual experience.”

It’s a project, McKay and Payne say, for which they feel a great responsibility.

“We consider ourselves to be the stewards of Tolkien,” Payne says. “Trying to bring it from one medium to another medium is a joyful thing. And seeing it start to touch people, and to see those reactions, is immensely gratifying.”

 

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As Michelin-starred chefs walk, mom-and-pop restaurants persevere against COVID challenges

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:13

Viviana Masarweh dumped more pots of coffee down Doyle Street Cafe’s drains than into warm mugs back in March 2020.

Barely two weeks had elapsed during the first COVID-19 lockdown before she and her husband, George Masarweh, returned to unlock the doors of the Emeryville eatery they’ve owned for more than three decades – just in case.

Every time Viviana, 56, saw someone walking by the restaurant, she rushed to offer them a cup of coffee, a sandwich or anything else she could whip up.

“I was crying every day. Every time I would see anyone – oh, my heart – it was emotional,” Viviana said.

A lot has happened in the two and a half years since those forsaken pots of coffee.

Tucked away in a cozy residential corner of Emeryville, Doyle Street Cafe’s story isn’t about a tragic closure, a grandiose reopening or a trendy new menu, designed with delicious virality in mind.

Rather, the continuing legacy of this classic breakfast and lunch spot – known for its array of scrambles, Benedicts, salads and sandwiches made from scratch – is one of how Bay Area family-run restaurants persevered through the pandemic to stay open through dedication, teamwork and a bit of luck.

According to the National Restaurant Association, the pandemic shut down approximately 90,000 – or 14% – of restaurants in the United States as of May 2021.

But just as two of the Bay Area’s most-celebrated chefs – David Kinch of Manresa and Aaron London of AL’s Place – are making news by stepping away from their Michelin-starred restaurants and others like Carlos Carreira of Michelin-starred Adega in San Jose cast fine-dining destinations as a “dying breed,” some mom-and-pop restaurants like Doyle Street Cafe are carrying on, despite the obstacles, as the heart and soul of their communities.

Vincent McCoy, director of the East Bay Small Business Development Center, said the group’s research shows that most small eateries only have enough cash on hand to stay afloat for 45 days without money flowing in. But when a beloved neighborhood joint is on the brink of closure, local, tight-knit communities often rally behind them.

“People like to be able to see the owner of a business – they like to know their story and will trust them with their dollars if they are connected to the community,” McCoy said.

Nina F. Ichikawa, executive director of the Berkeley Food Institute, said communities should prioritize sustaining mom-and-pop eateries and their prosperity over any glitzy, exorbitantly priced tasting menus.

“Those Michelin-star restaurants, very few people will ever eat there,” Ichikawa said. “We should pay more attention to our local restaurants because they are economic drivers in our community, they hire our friends and family, and – if they pay livable wages – they help the community prosperity.”

At Doyle Street Cafe and other mom-and-pop restaurants, the focus isn’t on rare ingredients or the art of plating a meticulous dish, but on fostering connection and conversation over comforting meals.

“When you put your food on a table and you see that happiness, this is our life,” said George, whose brother Albert jovially manages the front-of-house operations alongside Viviana. “This is joy for us. This is our home.”

EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 16: Co-owner Viviana Masarweh makes coffee drinks at the Doyle Street Cafe in Emeryville, Calif., on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. The city recently allowed its restaurants to permanently set up tables on sidewalks. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 16: Co-owner Viviana Masarweh makes coffee drinks at the Doyle Street Cafe in Emeryville, Calif., on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. The city recently allowed its restaurants to permanently set up tables on sidewalks. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

The restaurant was able to avoid laying off staff, eventually welcoming back diners with the help of several citywide business initiatives and – perhaps most importantly – word of mouth.

Delivery and takeout saved the day until some in-person dining started trickling in around August 2020, and by August 2021, a parklet ushered in more business. But it took until this month for the Masarwehs to feel confident they were really back to where they’d been before COVID struck.

“When we got back to work, we had no idea whether we were going to get customers or not, so to me, it was like we had just opened a new restaurant again,” George, who will celebrate his 60th birthday in September, said.

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Globally, restaurant reservations have reached 98% of their pre-COVID levels. George is seeing regulars – but also new faces.

Ricardo Aguayo, 49, dropped by Doyle Street Cafe for a mimosa and turkey scramble while visiting his old neighborhood for the first time since 1999.

“I never knew they had this parklet, but it’s perfect – casual, not too crowded, not pretentious – this is my type of vibe,” Aguayo said.

But word of mouth, parklets and delicious food don’t always cut it; East Bay foodies lamented earlier this month when Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe wasn’t able to live up to its name and abruptly closed its Emeryville doors for good.

“I always want Emeryville to stay competitive and full of great restaurants, so that doesn’t feel good,” George said.

EMERYVILLE, CA - MAY 5: Doyle Street Cafe owners Albert Masarweh, left, and his brother George Masarweh, right, are photographed at their restaurant's parklet on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Emeryville, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)EMERYVILLE, CA – MAY 5: Doyle Street Cafe owners Albert Masarweh, left, and his brother George Masarweh, right, are photographed at their restaurant’s parklet on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Emeryville, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) 

Emeryville Mayor John Bauters first stumbled into the Doyle Street Cafe when he started renting a place around the corner a decade ago. He’s been a loyal customer ever since.

In between bites of his go-to Heavenly Hash – add bacon, eggs over-easy – and sips of orange juice or a mimosa on special occasions, Bauters said the personal connections he has made with the staff and other diners keep him coming back.

“This is a place where the community gets to know each other, it’s a convening place for people,” Bauters said. “This is the product of their work and their investment in the East Bay – not a faceless corporation.”

In May, the Emeryville City Council voted to allow the city’s restaurants to permanently set up tables on sidewalks, parking lots and in parklets.

While these “streeteries” haven’t gleaned universal approval, Emeryville’s handful of now-permanent permitted parklets are far from alone in embracing the out-of-the-box solution in the Bay Area; Oakland, for example, is home to roughly 140 sidewalk cafes and parklets.

Bauters is happy to see Doyle Street Cafe’s 31-year legacy continue.

“It’s one of these places you can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “I think they’re one of the places that makes Emeryville a great place to live.”

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California needs to speed up removal of ‘stinky diesel and gasoline trucks’: Roadshow

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 06:00

Q: The one thing I do not see addressed in your articles and discussions about electric vehicles is trucks. Freeways are full of stinky diesel and gasoline trucks of all sizes. When are they required to go electric? I was recently in Holland where many trucks are electric and I bet the rest of western Europe is doing the same. Why not the USA?

Also, even though I am in favor of electric cars (plunked down my $100 deposit on a Tesla Cybertruck years ago), I would only consider one with a very long range, like the Cybertruck. We have a house in the Sierras and we need to be able to evacuate in case of a wildfire. I would not dream of having an electric car in a wildfire area (i.e., most of California) without it having a very long range. Electricity gets turned off when a wildfire looms and charging stations are few and far between. Gov. Newsom should focus on requiring all gas stations to have electric superchargers. If the Tesla Cybertruck does not get to market soon, I’ll do a plug-in hybrid so I can get out of Dodge alive.

Woutje Swets, Santa Cruz

A: According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), trucks are the largest single source of vehicle air pollution, responsible for 70 percent of smog-causing pollution and 80 percent of carcinogenic diesel soot, even though they are only 2 million of the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.

CARB passed the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) regulation in 2020. It requires manufacturers to sell an increasing percentage of zero-emission trucks in the state, starting with model year 2024.

CARB is developing an Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF) regulation with the goal of achieving a zero-emission truck and bus fleet in the state by 2045.

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Q: There has been a lot of construction material and huge piles of dirt at the end of Almaden Expressway at Harry Road. They seem to be winding down the operation, but do you know what was being worked on? There is nothing around the area that shows any construction work.

Stu Goodgold, San Jose

A: Since the summer of 2021, this area has been used by a county contractor as a staging area for construction of a new bridge over Alamitos Creek, about 3 miles south of the intersection. County road crews have also been using this area to store materials for their annual pavement maintenance program. County use of the area should wind down by the end of December. The Water District has an easement in this area and has a construction permit for work commencing in September.

Look for Gary Richards at Facebook.com/mr.roadshow or contact him at mrroadshow@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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