SUNDAY AN EDITION OF USA TODAY IN MONEY IN LIFE Cash fades, but kids can learn Beck is finally back and ready to get you dancing 10.15.17 GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO IN BRIEF TEXAS INMATES DONATE $53,000 FOR HARVEY RELIEF Officials say Texas prison inmates donated more than $53,000 from their commissary funds to the American Red Cross to be used for Hurricane Harvey relief. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says more than 6,600 inmates donated money between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30. Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane Aug. 25. TRUMP’S TWEETS NOT STATE ACTION, LAWYERS CLAIM Lawyers for President Trump say a judge should reject a lawsuit challenging his ability to block his critics from following him on Twitter. The lawyers ﬁled papers late Friday to try to put an end to a Manhattan federal court lawsuit that makes First Amendment claims. They say Trump’s Twitter feed is not state action. The lawsuit was ﬁled in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven people rejected by Trump after criticizing the president. SEBASTIEN BOZON, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Weinstein expelled from Academy over allegations Producer embroiled in scandal after actresses accuse him of sexual assault Carly Mallenbaum and Sean Rossman USA TODAY Harvey Weinstein, the embattled producer accused by some of Hollywood’s leading actresses of sexual assault, was expelled Saturday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board. The board reviewed Wein- stein’s membership at an emergency meeting and released a statement Saturday afternoon that it “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy.” The statement from the Academy said: “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful Producer Harvey Weinstein faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. JOHN CARUCCI, AP complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.” Over his career, Weinstein has cobbled together 341 Oscar nominations and 81 wins. His ﬁlms include The King’s Speech, The Artist and Shakespeare in Love, all of which won best v STORY CONTINUES ON 2T CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES 20 REPORTED KILLED IN HUGE BLAST IN SOMALIA A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed 20 people in Somalia’s capital, police said Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they’d heard in years. The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district. At least 15 people were injured, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said. Police said people were trapped in the rubble of the Safari Hotel, which was largely destroyed in the explosion. MILITANTS EVACUATE AS RAQQA BATTLE NEARS END The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday that Islamic State ﬁghters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Syria’s Raqqa, in a deal that signals the imminent capture of the city but ﬂouts earlier U.S. protests of negotiating safe exits for the extremist group. Foreign ﬁghters will be excluded from the evacuation deal, the coalition said. IRELAND, UK BRACE FOR IMPACT OF OPHELIA Wind gusts of up to 80 mph could lash the United Kingdom and Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles, the two countries’ weather services warned Saturday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ophelia strengthened Saturday from a Category 2 to a Category 3 hurricane, with peak winds near 115 mph. Staff and wire reports USA SNAPSHOTS© People look through the rubble of a home destroyed by the Tubbs ﬁre in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Saturday. JAY CALDRERON AND RICHARD LUI/US Crews seek traces of victims as wind-whipped blazes rage More Santa Rosa-area residents evacuated; 6 counties named for federal disaster assistance Sam Gross USA TODAY Network SANTA ROSA , CALIF. As ﬂames leveled and charred dozens of neighborhoods in Northern California’s wine country, rescue crews sifted through the remnants of homes Saturday Doyle Rice of instructors age 50-plus say they tutor because they want to share their accumulated knowledge. SOURCE Wyzant survey of 1,000 tutors age 50-plus MICHAEL B. SMITH AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY identiﬁed victims by searching for medical devices such as artiﬁcial knees, said Sgt. Spencer Cran of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Meanwhile, the ﬁres raged on. Gusting winds overnight drove ﬂames closer to communities and neighborhoods in eastern Santa Rosa, spurring early morning, mandatory evacuations. Dean Vincent Bordigioni said he woke at 3 a.m. to see ﬂames bursting on the ridge above his winery 7 miles east of Santa Rosa, the Associated Press reported. He said things “went to hell last night,” and ﬁreﬁghters have “got a good ﬁght going on.” On Saturday afternoon, Caliv STORY CONTINUES ON 2T ‘Mysterious’ hole appears in sea ice near Antarctica Sharing skills 73% for victims unable to escape the deadliest and most destructive series of wildﬁres in the state’s history. The death toll from the fastmoving ﬁres that began nearly a week ago has reached 38 across Sonoma, Mendocino, Yuba and Napa counties — including 20 people killed in Sonoma County alone. In some cases, officials @usatodayweather USA TODAY A huge, mysterious hole has been spotted in sea ice near Antarctica, researchers reported this week. The hole, which was detected about a month ago, is roughly 30,000 square miles, or the size of the state of Maine. It’s the largest hole spotted in the Weddell Sea since the 1970s, scientists say. “In the depths of winter, for more than a month, we’ve had this area of open water,” Kent Moore, professor of physics at the University of Toronto-Mississauga, told National Geographic. The months of June, July and August are winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the second year in a row that scientists have seen such a massive hole in Antarctica’s sea ice, though this one is bigger than the one from last year. The phenomenon is called a “polynya,” which is an area of persistent open water where one would expect to ﬁnd solid sea ice, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The hole was detected using a The polynya is the dark region of open water within the ice pack. Scientists aren’t sure if this one is related to climate change, according to National Geographic. NASA WORLDVIEW robotic ﬂoat that’s capable of operating underneath sea ice. Satellite images further conﬁrmed its appearance. Moore worked with members of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project to investigate polynyas and their climate impacts. “It’s just remarkable that this polynya went away for 40 years and then came back,” Moore said. Without the insulating effect of sea ice cover, a polynya allows the atmosphere and ocean to exchange heat, momentum and moisture, leading to signiﬁcant impacts on the climate. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 2T “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.” The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Weinstein’s brother says he wants ‘justice’ served v CONTINUED FROM 1T Weinstein, and myriad politicians, actors and actresses have condemned Weinstein in a series of statements. The Academy’s board of governors includes Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Laura Dern. 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President Trump “throws destructive bones to his base, then tells Congress to ﬁx it.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Hollywood Reporter published Saturday, Bob Weinstein said he’s living in “a waking nightmare.” Bob, Harvey’s brother and cofounder of The Weinstein Co., said he knew his brother was a philandering bully but had no idea “the type of predator” his brother is accused of being. “I want him to get the justice he deserves,” he said. Crews try to track down missing v CONTINUED FROM 1T fornia Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the White House had expanded federal disaster assistance to individuals in four more counties affected by the raging ﬁres: Butte, Mendocino, Lake and Yuba. Similar disaster aid had been announced Friday for Napa and Sonoma. New evacuation orders were issued for parts of the Sonoma Valley and in the Alexander Valley, north of the Tubbs ﬁre. Roughly 3,000 more residents were evacuated from Santa Rosa and 250 from the town of Sonoma, according to Cal Fire. Evacuees and residents gathered at a Safeway grocery store in Santa Rosa being used as a transportation point to evacuation centers. They stood outside watching ﬂames creep down hillsides towards homes and vineyards on the valley ﬂoor. Small armies of ﬁre trucks and equipment drove past them toward the ﬂames as a half-dozen helicopters carrying water buckets ﬂew overhead. Two days of calmer winds allowed ﬁreﬁghters to make headway on many of the Northern California ﬁres, including the Tubbs, Nuns and Atlas ﬁres that are threatening communities in Sonoma County. But winds kicked up Friday night and remain a concern throughout the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a red ﬂag warning A ﬁreﬁghter mops up an area scorched by a wildﬁre Saturday in Santa Rosa, Calif. JAE C. HONG, AP for the area until Saturday evening. The Tubbs Fire is 34% contained and has burned 35,270 acres, the Nuns Fire is 10% contained and has burned 46,104 acres, and the Atlas Fire is 45% contained and has burned 50,383 acres. Brown and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris were expected to attend a community meeting Saturday afternoon in Trump’s health care move jolts many in Washington Democrats and some GOP lawmakers fret about its effect on their constituents tailed decades of sexual harassment accusations against Weinstein, and The New Yorker released its own report, including allegations of rape and sexual assault. The Weinstein Co., which he helped to found, has ﬁred him, and Weinstein’s wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him. In an interview with The Fredreka Schouten @fschouten USA TODAY WASHINGTON President Trump’s decision to abruptly cut off federal payments to insurers reverberated through the political world Saturday, putting pressure on Congress to take action to address the high premiums that American consumers could face and jolting the insurance industry. Trump’s move late Thursday to end federal subsidies that help insurance companies reduce out-of-pocket costs for low- and middle-income consumers also could deepen the divide among Republicans on how to tackle the 2010 Affordable Care Act as the market opens in a little more than two weeks for people to sign up for health care. Republican leaders have pledged to dismantle the law, but some in the GOP have balked, unwilling to risk the political fallout in states where large numbers of their constituents are insured through Obamacare. In a tweet Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Trump’s decision an example of his “failure to lead.” The president, he said, “throws destructive bones to his base, then tells Congress to ﬁx it.” Trump’s move to cut the payments came on the heels of his Thursday executive order allowing consumers to buy insurance through association health plans across states lines. The move could help millions of consumers ﬁnd access to cheaper insurance plans, but it could drive them into alternative plans that skirt the law’s consumer protections and coverage requirements. In tweets Saturday, Trump celebrated his strikes against President Obama’s signature health care law and reveled in the damage they had done to insurance stock prices, which fell sharply Friday on news that he was ending the subsidies. “Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!” he wrote in one tweet. The Trump administration and a group of House Republicans who went to court to challenge the subsidies say the payments violate the Constitution because they were never speciﬁcally authorized by Congress, which controls the federal government’s purse strings. The federal subsidies, which total about $7 billion this year, beneﬁt more than 6 million people, many of whom live in states that backed Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Ending the payments will hit consumers’ wallets because the health care law still requires insurance companies to lower costs for their poorest customers. Insurers are likely to make up for those lost federal payments by boosting premiums for consumers who buy their own insurance. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated premiums could surge by 20% with the loss of subsidies. A group of 19 Democratic state attorneys general is suing to block the move, which also has been denounced by insurance companies and medical groups, such as the American Heart Association. Nevada’s Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval also criticized Trump’s actions, telling The Nevada Independent that ending the payments will be “devastating” to lower-income consumers. “It’s going to hurt people. It’s going to hurt kids. It’s going to hurt families,” Sandoval said. But conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity, afﬁliated with the Koch brothers, hailed Trump’s actions to weaken the law. Santa Rosa. Search-and-rescue efforts mostly centered on neighborhoods that were badly burned when high-speed winds pushed ﬂames through residential and commercial areas on the north side of Santa Rosa earlier in the week. Crews were focusing Saturday on the decimated neighborhoods of Fountain Grove, Larkﬁeld and Coffey Park. Cran said crews were also sift- ing through the 235-name missing person’s list and tackling speciﬁc-target searches by visiting the homes of people reported missing. Investigators have been able to locate 1,250 people so far. “If someone has an elderly relative that’s missing, and they have a speciﬁc address, or someone who had mobility or health issues that were unlikely to escape a ﬁre, that’s where we’re heading to,” Cran said. CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES Rural and urban sites at risk from ‘devil winds,’ tall grass Corinne S. Kennedy, Elizabeth Weise and Alena Maschke The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun PALM SPRINGS , CALIF. Iver Larson and his wife were halfway up the road to their home near Kenwood, Calif., when a ﬁre truck coming down the hill stopped them. “The ﬁre’s just over the ridge; it’s close. You need to turn back. Now,” Larson was told by the captain in the truck. Commander Chris Childs of the California Highway Patrol in Napa County said at least 50 people had been rescued from hilltops by officers ﬂying in helicopters. Fast-moving ﬁres in Napa and Sonoma counties fueled by “devil winds” destroyed entire neighborhoods. The wind, with gusts registering up to 79 mph, combined with the late-night timing as two key elements of the ﬁres’ deadly pace. Added to that is growth in ﬁre-prone areas, increasing the risk of wildﬁres where people live and work. California wine country is famed not only for its vines but also for the rolling hills and graceful valleys in which many vineyards sit. Vineyards can be worth up to $400,000 an acre, making growing wine grapes one of the rare agricultural pursuits worth more than selling out to developers. The multimillion-dollar views, unobstructed by large-scale development, lend themselves not just to tasting rooms but to highend homes on winding roads that go deep into canyons and up hillsides most at risk in ﬁres. Experts advocate for defensible space. Cal Fire deﬁnes this as “the required space between a structure and the wildland area” meant to stop the spread of wildﬁres. It’s more difficult to create for homes on hillsides — those with views — because ﬁre moves more quickly uphill. Homeowners also don’t want to chop down the ancient oaks that give the area its character. And the roads leading up to homes tend to be narrow, with trees on both sides. In a ﬁre, the trees burn and sometime fall over, making it impossible for residents to leave and for ﬁreﬁghters to get to. California law demands any structures adjacent to forest, brush, or grass-covered land or mountainous terrain maintain a defensible space of 100 feet from the structure in every direction. However, the state regulations lack teeth. While Cal Fire inspectors enforce defensible space regulations in some rural parts of the state, in most parts of California the onus falls on the property owner. California’s drought ending with a wet winter served as a double-edged sword. “It seems like we can’t win when we have four years of drought, and then we get all this rain, and that fuels the plant growth that contributes to wildﬁres,” Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said. She said Cal Fire saw more ﬁres in lower elevations, where the tall grasses grow and the subdivisions ﬂourish. In Napa and Sonoma counties, strict development rules designed to protect the agricultural character of the area have mostly kept out subdivision building. However, cities like Santa Rosa have seen tremendous growth — more than 10% from 2000 to 2015, according to the city. This has brought new challenges in combating wildﬁres. Tolmachoff said ﬁres in tightly packed suburban neighborhoods could become more frequent as California’s urban areas expand. “With houses so close together, they can be susceptible because if one home catches ﬁre, other homes around it can quickly catch ﬁre as well,” Tolmachoff said. She said people sometimes think only areas at the edge of wildlands are vulnerable, but compact suburban developments put many residents at risk. State law requires 100-foot space around housing, but it’s often up to owner to comply “With houses so close together, they can be susceptible because if one home catches ﬁre, other homes around it can quickly catch ﬁre as well.” Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 3T slams GOP’s Ex-hostage: Extremists Bannon establishment wing killed my child, raped wife Tells activists that Republican senators must fall in line Canadian man denounces ‘evil’ and ‘stupidity’ of Haqqani network Paul Singer @singernews USA TODAY Fredreka Schouten @fschouten USA TODAY A Canadian man freed after years of captivity in Afghanistan said the militants in the Haqqani network raped his wife and killed his young daughter while the family was held hostage. Joshua Boyle made the statement late Friday shortly after arriving in Canada with his American wife, Caitlin Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pa., and their three young children, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported. The family was rescued this week as part of an operation undertaken by Pakistani security forces, acting with intelligence provided by the United States. Their release came ﬁve years after their abduction by the Taliban-linked extremists. They had been on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan, and Coleman was pregnant at the time. All four of their children were born while they were held hostage. “The stupidity and evil of the Haqqani network’s kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr Boyle,” Joshua Boyle told reporters Friday night after landing in Toronto. He said he now wants to create a “secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home.” In an interview with the AP, Dan Boyle, Joshua’s younger brother, said he had spoken to his Joshua Boyle, left, gets a police escort after arriving at the airport in Toronto. NATHAN DENETTE, AP brother a few times in the past few days. “He’s doing very well,” Dan Boyle said. “He sounds a lot like how he sounded ﬁve years ago. He sounds like he had his head on his shoulders and his wits about him.” In a statement, the Canadian government said it will “continue to support (Boyle) and his family now that they have returned.” Boyle has expressed disagreement with U.S. foreign policy, and during his return ﬂight to Canada, he nodded to one of the U.S. State Department officials on board the plane and said: “Their interests are not my interests,” according to an AP reporter who was on the ﬂight. Boyle said he was in Afghanistan “helping the most neglected minority group in the world, those ordinary villagers that live deep inside Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, where no NGO, no aid worker and no government has ever successfully been able to bring the necessary help.” Pakistani authorities, long criticized by U.S. officials of ignoring militant groups operating within their borders, say the raid to rescue the family was aided by a tip from the U.S. and said it demonstrated that Pakistan would act against groups like the Haqqani network when American officials shared information. Boyle told his family that he, his wife and their children were intercepted by Pakistani forces while being transported in the back or trunk of their captors’ car. His family said Boyle told them some of his captors were killed, and he sustained only a shrapnel wound. The AP and CNN reported U.S. military officials say Boyle refused to board a U.S. military transport plane early Thursday, citing concerns that he could be arrested. Boyle told reporters that the family’s departure was delayed by a medical emergency involving one of the children. “I assure you, I have never refused to board any mode of transportation that would bring me closer to home,” he said. Boyle was once married to the sister of Canadian-born Omar Khadr, who was detained at Guantanamo Bay after ﬁghting U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Officials have said there is no link between Boyle’s capture and Khadr. Contributing: Associated Press Former White House strategist Steve Bannon told conservative activists Saturday that the upset victory of ﬁrebrand Roy Moore in last month’s Alabama Senate Republican primary has refocused the White House on its conservative agenda, which may include moving the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Bannon said it is no coincidence that the White House has rolled out a series of hard-line policy announcements in recent days, including a long list of new immigration demands and the decision to stop Obamacare subsidy payments to insurers to support coverage for low-income customers. “Those are not random events, folks,” Bannon said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. “That is ‘victory begets victory.’ We owe that to Judge Moore and the good men and women of Alabama because that all came from them.” Bannon said he expects more conservative policy announcements, including possibly one next week that the U.S. is moving its embassy in Israel and a declaration that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization. The Brotherhood is the Egyptian political and religious movement that elected Mohamed Morsi president in 2012 after the nation’s populist revolution. He was overthrown a year later. The White House has made no indication these announcements are coming any time soon and did not immediately respond to a request for comment. President Trump “had some bad information given to him and some bad advice given to him” and joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in endorsing Sen. Luther Strange in Former White House strategist Steve Bannon says U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s primary victory in Alabama is a sign of things to come. BRYNN ANDERSON, AP the Alabama Republican primary, Bannon said. But Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice, beat Strange handily and is leading Democrat Doug Jones for the December election to take the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now Trump’s attorney general. Since leaving the White House in August, Bannon has pledged to launch a crusade against establishment Republicans who support McConnell and are not doing enough, in his eyes, to implement Trump’s agenda. On Saturday, Bannon excoriated Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who responded to criticisms from Trump on Twitter with his own tweet saying the White House has become an “adult day care” facility. Corker had already announced he will not run for re-election next year. Bannon said that is not enough: Activists now must demand that other Republican senators condemn his comments. “All you folks that are so concerned that you might get primaried or defeated, there is time for a mea culpa,” he said. “You can come to the (microphones) and condemn Sen. Corker.” He called out Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Dean Heller of Nevada and said grass-roots conservatives “are coming for you.” Fact check: Trump on ‘multiple violations’ He says Tehran broke pact, but atomic agency disagrees Eugene Kiely FactCheck.org In refusing to certify the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump said Iran “has committed multiple violations of the agreement.” But that’s not the ﬁnding of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA has issued eight reports since the agreement was implemented in January 2016, and all eight — most recently Aug. 31 — have found Iran is implementing the agreement. Trump himself has certiﬁed to Congress on two occasions that Iran has complied with the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The president must issue a certiﬁcation every 90 days. On Friday, Trump announced he would not once again certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA. His decision “gives Congress the option to introduce legislation reimposing U.S. sanctions waived or suspended under the JCPOA on an expedited schedule,” the Arms Control Association says. Trump said Iran committed “multiple violations” of the JCPOA, which was negotiated by the U.S., China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, as well as representatives of the European Union and Iran. uTrump on Friday: Iranian regime has committed multiple violations of the agreement. For example, on two separate occasions, they have exceeded the limit of 130 metric tons of heavy water. Until recently, the Iranian regime has also failed to meet our expectations in its operation of advanced centrifuges.The Iranian regime has also intimidated international inspectors into not using the full inspection authorities that the agreement calls for. Iranian officials and military leaders have repeatedly claimed they will not allow inspectors onto military sites, even though the President Trump speaks about the Iran deal in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception room Friday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, AFP/GETTY IMAGES international community suspects some of those sites were part of Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. Let’s take a look at each of the three issues Trump raised. Under the agreement, Iran is limited to 130 metric tons of heavy water — which is a concern to nuclear arms inspectors, as the Associated Press reported, because it is “used to cool reactors that can produce substantial amounts of plutonium,” which “can be applied to making the ﬁssile core of nuclear warheads.” On two occasions, Iran has slightly exceeded the limits. The ﬁrst time was in February 2016, a month after the agreement was implemented, and again in November. So Trump is right, although he was aware of these violations when he agreed twice before to certify Iran’s compliance. Iran also is now in compliance with the heavy water limits, according to the eighth and most recent IAEA report. “Iran exceeded the heavy water limits brieﬂy but is now in compliance,” Daryl G. Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, said in an email. “It is important to note that the heavy water is now useless for Iran given that its heavy water reactor at Arak has been reconﬁgured so that it cannot produce plutonium.” Iran ﬁlled the core of the heavy-water reactor at Arak with concrete in January 2016. Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, said there was a misunderstanding about the 130 metric tons. Iran “interpreted language in the deal setting the cap differently than” the other countries, believing that the “130-ton limit was an estimate, not a hard cap.” But that difference has been resolved, and there have been no violations since. As for Trump’s concern about advanced centrifuges, David Albright, an IAEA weapons inspector in Iraq during the 1990s and founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, said that issue has been resolved. “The issue is the number of advanced centrifuges Iran had,” Albright said. “I would call it a violation that has been corrected, inadvertently I would add. The extra ones broke.” Trump’s reference to inspections at military sites refers to Section T of JCPOA that covers the development of dual-use equipment that has civilian and military applications, according to Albright, an adviser to the Trump administration. Albright said the IAEA needs access to military sites in order to verify The issue is whether Iran has complied, and even those within Trump’s own administration have said Iran is in compliance. Iran’s compliance with Section T of the agreement. Under the JCPOA, the IAEA has daily access to declared nuclear sites for 15 years and continuous electronic monitoring of those sites for at least 15 years, as explained in a guidebook published by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. There is a separate, conﬁdential agreement covering the Parchin military site, which has been the site of past activity that the IAEA has suspected was connected to nuclear weapons development. Critics have claimed that agreement amounts to self-inspections, a claim the IAEA has denied. “This is the most egregious of Trump’s claims,” said Davenport, of the Arms Control Association. “The IAEA clearly stated that Iran has granted inspectors all of the access the agency has requested. If Iran had blocked ac- cess, the P5+1, including the United States, would not have been able to say that Iran is complying with the accord.” In a statement in response to Trump’s speech, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said that “the IAEA has had access to all locations it needed to visit.” Albright, who agrees with the president that Iran is “not in full compliance,” said the IAEA has not asked for access to the military sites for fear it would “bring down the entire deal.” “The IAEA can ask to go, and if Iran refuses, the JCPOA contains a mechanism to allow one party to snap back all sanctions,” Albright said. “But the IAEA is not likely to want to bring down the entire deal by asking to go to a military site.” We take no position on Trump’s desire to renegotiate aspects of the Iran deal he does not like. The issue, though, is whether Iran has complied with the existing agreement, and even those within his own administration have said Iran is in compliance. In September, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran is in “technical compliance” with the deal, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that “Iran is adhering to its JCPOA obligations,” and the agreement is working as intended. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 4T Austria voters likely to shift toward far-right People’s Party head Kurz, 31, expected to take chancellorship Special for USA TODAY Sebastian Kurz shot to prominence by transforming his People’s Party into a decidedly nationalistic party. Austria, buffeted by the growing anti-immigration sentiment that shook presidential elections last year, is poised to elect a new lower chamber of parliament Sunday that is likely to tilt to the far-right. Polls indicated that the People’s Party (OVP), led by 31year-old foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, would win about a third of the vote in the election for the National Council and become the new chancellor. The far-right Freedom Party (FPO), mostly founded by former Nazis in 1956, is likely to pick up at least a quarter of the es of Austrian politics, has become a playmaker with its even harsher anti-refugee, anti-migrant and anti-establishment message under leader HeinzChristian Strache, who has called for a ban on “fascistic Islam.” The party shocked the country — and Europe — last year when its presidential candidate, Norbert Hofer, narrowly lost a bid for the Austrian presidency. Taking up his party’s anti-establishment message, party leader Strache opened his ﬁnal campaign speech in Vienna with a taunting message: “We Maximilian Mayerhofer A woman passes an election poster Saturday for Austria’s Sebastian Kurz, leader of the People’s Party. VALDRIN XHEMAJ, EPA-EFE vote. Kurz shot to prominence by transforming his party, which has dominated post-war Austrian politics for more than 70 years, into a decidedly nationalistic and anti-immigrant party. Now he is feeling pressure to his right. The Freedom Party, which had hovered on the fring- don’t want morons in our government!” With polls among the 6.4 million voters showing the only other major party, the centerleft Social Democrats (SPO), in third place, Kurz may well bring the Freedom Party into a ruling coalition in the 183-member council, parliament’s dominant lower chamber, and cement the far-right policies. That would relegate incumbent Chancellor Christian Kern, chairman of the Social Democrats, into opposition for ﬁve years. The Social Democrats and People’s Party, part of the current ruling coalition, agreed on the early elections after months of bickering. In 2015, Austria took in about 90,000 asylumseekers, mainly Syrian Muslims. Growing political pressure prompted Austria last year to tell the European Union that it did not want to accept any more refugees. Pence pursues backing from Koch allies for tax-cut plans Gathering of wealthy donors focuses on political impact of passing reform Fredreka Schouten @fschouten USA TODAY Vice President Pence on Friday sought to rally the wealthy donors aligned with the conservative Koch brothers to use their political muscle to pressure Congress to pass sweeping tax cuts, as the administration steps up its lobbying for a tax overhaul. “To get this tax cut across the line, to give the American people the tax relief that they need, we need every ounce of your energy and enthusiasm,” Pence told billionaire industrialist David Koch and about 100 donors who gathered at the St. Regis Hotel in midtown Manhattan for a strategy session on policy ﬁghts in Congress and next year’s midterm elections. “This is the moment,” Pence said. “Now is the time.” The Koch network, one of the most powerful forces in Republican politics, already has spent more than $10 million this year on its campaign to pass the tax plan, running ads targeting vulnerable Democratic incumbents, sending activists door-to-door in key states and having donors dial Republicans on Capitol Hill, pressuring them to speed a tax plan through Congress this year. “It’s the most signiﬁcant federal effort that we have every undertaken,” said Tim Phillips, NEW YORK president of Americans for Prosperity, the largest group in the sprawling network. In all, the groups in the Koch political empire plan to spend close to $400 million in the 2018 election cycle on policy and political battles in Congress and statehouses around the country, far exceeding the $250 million the network spent in 2016. Pence’s presence at the gathering, his ﬁrst public appearance before the network since assuming the vice presidency, underscores the growing urgency of the White House and their allies to chalk up a legislative victory, particularly after the GOP-controlled Senate failed repeatedly in the long-promised efforts to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Koch strategists and their contributors warned that the Republicans who control Congress face a voter and donor backlash if they fail to deliver tax cuts. Chris Wright, a Denver-based oil and gas executive who is active in the network, said he was “hugely nervous” that Congress would falter on taxes. “This is the crux issue of the ﬁrst two years of the Trump presidency,” Wright said. “If tax reform gets done, that animal spirit, the growing incentive will lead to a growing economy that will help the Republicans massively in the midterm elections,” he said. The elected officials who huddled with donors Friday sounded alarms, too. If the tax overhaul “crashes Vice President Pence tells wealthy conservative donors that “this is the moment” for tax reform. ANDREW HARNIK, AP David Koch presided over a donor summit Friday in New York. PHELAN M. EBENHACK, AP and burns,” said Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the party “could face a bloodbath” in the 2018 midterm elections for Congress. “We have the potential of seeing a Watergate-level blowout,” he said, referring to the 1974 election that swept more than 90 new lawmakers into office. “The left is energized. ... They are showing up, and if conservatives stay home, that’s a recipe for a Speaker Pelosi and Speaker Schumer,” Cruz said, referring to the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. The tax plan aims to bring about the biggest overhaul to the U.S. tax code in decades and proposes broad cuts, including mea- sures to abolish the federal estate tax and lower the corporate tax rate to 20% from 35%, which backers say would make the United States more globally competitive. But some of its provisions pose political difficulties for Republicans. Among them: a plan to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes. Some GOP lawmakers from districts in New York and New Jersey with concentrations of high-income households oppose the measure because their constituents rely on the tax deductions to ease the high costs of living in those communities. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., another Republican who met with donors Friday, acknowledged that Republican control of the White House and the Senate is no guarantee that Republicans will reach agreement. “The House is like a football team with a couple of coaches on the sidelines and a great quarterback,” Scott told the donors. The Senate, he said, is like “a track team. Everybody is running their individual race.” The network counts more than 600 contributors who commit to giving at least $100,000 a year to support Koch priorities. But many give millions annually to back a broad range of issues, from supporting free-market programs at universities to anti-poverty programs in cities such as Dallas. Friday’s session was a smaller gathering to delve into political strategy ahead of the midterm elections, when the president’s party typically loses seats in Congress. Although the Kochs did not back President Trump during the 2016 campaign, the network has long ties to Pence and has collaborated closely with the White House in recent months on several key issues, including the effort to overhaul the tax code. A former top Koch aide, Marc Short, is now the White House’s top liaison with Congress. And earlier this month, Phillips of Americans for Prosperity attended a small gathering of conservative leaders at the White House. During the 2016 campaign, Trump openly mocked his Republican rivals on Twitter for courting Koch donors. On Friday, Pence made it clear that those tensions had faded. “Whatever differences some in the room may have had in the campaign of 2016, the president sent me here today to thank you for your strong support of our agenda this year, in 2017.” Woman clinging to husband of 55 years dies in Calif. wildﬁre Couple seeks refuge from ﬂames in a pool Joe Szydlowski The Salinas Californian Armando Berriz remembers the ﬁrst time he saw his wife, Carmen. It was a lifetime ago in Cuba, as his son-in-law Luis Ocon tells the story: “He said, ‘When I was 13, I saw her for the ﬁrst time, and I knew at that moment we were going to be together.’ ” He was right. Since then, they never left each other’s side, even as they escaped Fidel Castro’s revolution. They married in Florida and spent the next 55 years traveling the world, keeping their family close. On their ﬁnal night together, they were with their daughter Monica Ocon, Luis Ocon and the couple’s daughter at a Napa County mansion, laughing, talking and playing board games. Their last game had been Sorry! Carmen was the victor. Then the ﬁre drew closer. It was time to go. The ﬁve dashed out of the home into three vehicles. “Everything was engulfed in ﬂames,” Luis said. “The house across the street was already like a bonﬁre.” But as the caravan made its escape, Armando and Carmen were soon stranded. They had tried to follow in their sedan, but debris in the roadway trapped the car. “The tires were spinning, but they weren’t going anywhere,” Luis said. The car eventually broke down amid the thick smoke and chaos, leaving them separated from their family. Armando grabbed Carmen and said they had to get to the pool. She immediately followed him. They spent the next six hours there, him clutching the poolside so hot that it burned his hands. He gripped it so he could push himself and Carmen underwater. At times, the heat was so in- Carmen Berriz died in her husband Armando’s arms Monday, trapped in a swimming pool by a raging wildﬁre. PROVIDED/LUIS OCON tense they kept only their lips and noses above water to breathe. When they went up for air, they prayed together, Luis said. Meanwhile, their family tried to ﬁnd them, traversing roads so choked by smoke that only the center divider was visible. Monica and the couple’s daughter went to “Everything was engulfed in ﬂames. The house across the street was already like a bonﬁre.” Son-in-law Luis Ocon a friend’s house, while Luis drove back. He said there was so much ﬁre and debris that he couldn’t make it all the way there. He ﬂagged down a ﬁre engine, which also couldn’t make it. At the pool, Carmen fainted. Armando held her for two hours before encountering a ﬁre crew. Carmen never recovered. Luis and Monica had spent the night searching area shelters and hospitals for their in-laws. Eventually, Luis got a text message from one of the ﬁreﬁghters who had tried to save the Berrizes: Get to the hospital “NOW.” When they arrived, the ﬁreﬁghters helped Armando inside and told Luis about his mother-in-law. “(He told me) when he was with my mother-in-law, she is what kept him alive,” Luis said. “When she died, his three kids were what kept him alive.” Armando was “their rock,” Luis said, but they can tell he is hurting as well as the family grieves. “These were people all about love.” USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 5T Somalis look for survivors amid the rubble of buildings damaged by a truck bomb outside a hotel near the foreign ministry. FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH, AP Smoke rises from the ﬂames that continue to burn Saturday behind a man looking at the destruction caused by the Mogadishu bombing. MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Powerful truck bomb hits hotel in capital of Somalia Security had trailed vehicle described as suspicious; 20 dead, at least 15 injured A huge explosion from a truck bomb killed 20 people Saturday in Somalia’s capital, shaking Mogadishu residents who described the blast as the most powerful they’d heard in years. The explosion appeared to target the Safari Hotel, which was largely destroyed. Police said people were trapped in the rubble of the hotel, close to Somalia’s foreign ministry. At least 15 people were injured, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said. He said security forces had been trailing the truck after it raised suspicions. The Somalia-based extremist group alShabab has recently stepped up attacks on army bases. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday’s blast, al-Shabab often targets high-proﬁle areas of Mogadishu with bombings. Gunshots could be heard at the site, and ambulance sirens wailed across the capital that has been under tight security with military-manned checkpoints. The explosion left a trail of destruction across a busy intersection, with several bodies and bloodied clothing and shoes. “There was a traffic jam, and the road was packed,” said Abdinur Abdulle, a waiter at a nearby restaurant. The blast occurred two days after the head of the U.S. Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia’s president and two days after the nation’s defense minister and army chief resigned for undisclosed reasons. — Associated Press Rescuers use a sheet to carry an injured man to an ambulance. Residents said the bomb blast was the most powerful they had heard in years. FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH, AP Vehicles burn at the explosion site in front of the Safari Hotel. Mogadishu has been a target of past al-Shabab extremist attacks. SAID YUSUF WARSAME, EPA-EFE A Somali soldier and another man help lead an injured civilian away from the blast area Saturday in the country’s capital. FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH, AP USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 6T MONEY How do we teach kids about money as we ditch cash? Piggy banks are slowly becoming things of the past as we shift toward digital apps and services to hold our money. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO The loss of feeling cash in hand makes the task tougher, but little ones can still learn Brett Molina @brettmolina23 USA TODAY Doug Anderson discovered his kids’ interest in money started with the tooth fairy. “They start learning a little bit about money because they start to accumulate some and learn a little bit about its value,” said Anderson, who owns a business media company based in Washington, D.C., and has four kids, ages 6 months to 9 years, including a 5-year-old who just lost a tooth. The tooth fairy still largely operates in dimes, quarters or even dollars. But soon, given the lack of cash parents cart around, could it start to pay by Venmo? According to a 2016 Pew Research Center study, 24% of Americans indicated they don’t make purchases using cash during a typical week. And that has made teaching children about the value of money, from how to count and pay with it to how to save it, a particularly 21st-century challenge. “We’re vastly approaching that real time where’s there no cash,” said Neale Godfrey, of the Children’s Financial Network, a company she founded in 1989 to help teach kids and parents about money. “Our kids will look back on bills and coins as relics.” Fifty years ago, the ATM was a novelty. Now, there are so many different ways to pay for things. We still have plastic — a 2016 study from credit card processor Total System Services found that 75% of consumers surveyed said credit or debit cards were their most preferred form of payment, with just 11% preferring cash. But now there are also digital options, from Apple Pay to apps such as PayPal, Zelle and Venmo, which let you send and receive money with a few taps on a smartphone. For parents, this shift means rethinking how to teach kids about money. Where earlier generations earned cash allowances or received money as gifts from grandparents to buy a toy or candy, today they might receive a digital gift — such as an iTunes gift card. At school, we don’t give kids lunch money. We just add funds to their school account digitally. Robin Taub, a certﬁﬁed public accountant and author of A Parent’s Guide to Raising MoneySmart Kids, suggests getting kids starting to think about money around the age of 5, or whenever they “start to express an interest or a curiosity” about money. “That tangibility of feeling and handing over cash to somebody feels very real, that sense of loss which is hard to replicate when you’re using plastic,” she said. “You just don’t feel like you’re losing it or spending it.” A world without cash isn’t a crazy notion. Look at countries like Sweden, a model for a cashfree world, where even churches have started taking donations via mobile app. “All they see us do with money is spend it. They don’t see us save or pay bills or give to charity. Make money discussions a normal and healthy part of your life with your kids.” Neale Godfrey of the Children’s Financial Network BRING OUT THE BILLS Godfrey of the Children’s Financial Network said the most important thing parents can do is not keep money a secret but talk openly. “All they see us do with money is spend it. They don’t see us save or pay bills or give to charity,” she said. “Make money discussions a normal and healthy part of your life with your kids.” Cash still carries value when it comes to teaching, Godfrey said. “We teach little kids to brush their teeth. We teach them to stop at a light. We teach them not to talk to strangers,” she said. “We try to make it as visual as possible.” For older kids, Godfrey suggests starting off with something real, like taking their money to a bank and opening an account. Then you can ﬂip to online elements like apps, but kids now have a sense “that it started out to be real.” Even if you’re not as ﬁnancially literate as you would hope, teaching kids about money offers a chance to learn together, Taub said. “Parents don’t have to be ﬁnancial experts themselves, but I do encourage them to get their own ﬁnancial house in order so that they can lead by example.” 4-BANK SYSTEM Learning about the value of money isn’t just about how many quarters are in a buck. It’s important to teach kids about planning as both physical and digital temptations to spend pop up. “Kids will probably tell you that ‘you don’t understand,’ so come prepared with a planning story of your own — when you resisted buying something impulsively so you could save for something important,” said Kurt Rupprecht, a ﬁnancial adviser with K Street Financial Group in Washington, D.C. One way to encourage this is the 4-Bank System, where money kids receive is split among four “bank” jars: spending, saving, giving and investing. “It’s a great way to teach children to plan and set aside money for different wants and needs, now and in the future,” Rupprecht said. There are other digital services parents can consider for older kids to help them manage money. Greenlight is a debit card for kids that looks like your typical credit card. However, parents control what stores can accept the card and receive alerts when a purchase is made. “(Parents) had this desire for their kids to be smart with money but didn’t have the knowledge or the time,” said Tim Sheehan, CEO of Greenlight. “These topics weren’t really being taught in school.” Anderson, the father of four, said around the time of the tooth fairy’s visit to his kids, he started a banking account with each child to give them “an understanding about keeping (money) there and watching it grow.” His kids earn “semi-regular contributions” by completing chores or meeting other goals. He also makes sure to put those accounts under their name to capture their attention when statements arrive in the mail. “It gives the kid a sense of buy-in to it, but it also discourages them from spending it.” Anderson saw this strategy pay off recently when his two oldest kids wrestled with whether to purchase an Xbox video game console, even independently going online to ﬁnd the best deal. “They can feel a sense of pride and ownership; they have this money in the bank, and they can see it right there,” he said. Here’s one way Google sees search changing for you Lens makes your camera how you ﬁnd info Jessica Guynn USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO Google thinks smartphone technology should be, well, smarter and do more of the work for us. The search engine giant is rolling out Google Lens as a preview with its new Pixel phones. Pixel USA SNAPSHOTS© Looking good, feeling bad 52% of consumers with good credit scores and in credit card debt who feel it’s a major issue do not feel in control of their finances. SOURCE Marcus by Goldman Sachs Debt Survey of 1,036 adults ages 22 and older with a credit score of 660 or higher JAE YANG AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY users will be the ﬁrst to try Google Lens in Google Photos and the Google Assistant. It will come to other devices “in time,” the company says. Instead of searching the Internet with words, you will be able to search the world with photos. Google Lens turns your smartphone camera into a search engine. You point the camera at something, and Google ﬁgures out what it is, whether it’s a photo from a family vacation ﬁve years ago or a painting hanging on the wall. It’s a new frontier in search, creating an Internet search box that hovers over the real world. Spot a ﬂyer for piano lessons on a telephone pole? Google Lens can grab the email address and shoot off a note. Can’t decide whether to watch “Wonder Woman” on Friday night? Point the camera at the screen, and ask, “Is this movie worth watching?” Ditto for that new book from Zadie Smith. The Lens feature is part of Google’s big push into an “AIﬁrst” world being led by chief executive Sundar Pichai. At the heart of Pichai’s vision is the belief that we are increasingly moving toward a world that runs on artiﬁcial intelligence, meaning no matter what screen we are in- Aparna Chennapragada, senior director of product at Google Inc., talks about Google Lens, an ambitious new AI-centered app, at a product launch event Oct. 4. ELIJAH NOUVELAGE, AFP/GETTY IMAGES teracting with — a smartphone or a smart-home device — we will be helped by the invisible hands of smart machines that answer our questions and help us complete everyday tasks. It’s a big leap forward from the days of typing a string of words into the Google search engine, al- lowing the Internet giant to show lucrative search ads. Now Google is competing with other tech giants to assist consumers in their everyday lives. Visual search with Lens, like voice search, is one way Google is adapting to how people want to retrieve information and com- plete tasks. “In an AI-ﬁrst world, I believe computers should adapt to how people live their lives rather than people having to adapt to computers,” Pichai said earlier this month. Google ﬁrst showed off Lens at its I/O conference for software developers in May. At the time, the use case that drew the most applause was the one that showed how Lens can help with a common and frustrating task: logging into your Wi-Fi network. With Lens, you can take a picture of the sticker on your router that has the name of the network and the password, and your phone will automatically connect to it. Other tech companies have developed visual search features, such as Samsung’s Bixby Vision, Amazon’s Fireﬂy and Pinterest’s Lens. How Google Lens works: It’s built into Google Photos and Google Assistant. Eventually you will see a Lens button in the Google Photos and Google Assistant apps. Tap on the Lens icon, and it will summon information for you. “The really cool thing about Lens is that it represents a way to interact with the real world that we really haven’t had a chance to do before from a search perspective,” said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 7T PERSONAL FINANCE Plan for possible tax-law changes Questions unanswered, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for what-ifs Robert Powell Special to USA TODAY The Trump administration and Republicans’ plan to reform taxes in the U.S. is far from a done deal. What’s more, it’s short on details — and whatever details there are seemingly change by the day. “In the tax world, a nine-page tax framework is equivalent to a tweet,” said Jean-Luc Bourdon, a wealth adviser and principal at BrightPath Wealth Planning. “It leaves many questions unanswered.” Not surprisingly, ﬁnancial experts say there’s not much you should do until the proposals become the law. But that doesn’t mean you ought not do some what-if planning. Here’s what experts suggest: MOVE TO A TAXFRIENDLY STATE? The so-called framework for ﬁxing the tax eliminates most itemized deductions (such as state and local taxes), but it retains tax incentives for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions. At the same time, the framework increases the standard deduction to $24,000 for married taxpayers ﬁling jointly and $12,000 for single ﬁlers. That means those saving for or living in retirement, and especially those who live in high- and local-tax states who now itemize their deductions, will have to crunch the numbers to see if they will pay more or less in taxes after factoring in their new marginal individual income tax bracket — 12%, 25% and 35%, and possibly a fourth higher rate on the highestincome household. If you are paying more in taxes, you might consider moving to a more tax-friendly state. “For retirees, still one of the biggest areas of planning is determining which state they wish to live in,” said Jonathan Gassman, CEO and founder of The Gassman Financial Group. Bourdon said it’s possible many retirees might stand to beneﬁt from the higher standard deduction and might not need to consider moving. “If you don’t have (an investment plan), it’s time to engage a planner and put one together.” Jonathan Gassman, CEO and founder of The Gassman Financial Group ONE FLEXIBLE STRATEGY “I advise clients to be strategically ﬂexible,” Bourdon said. His advice: Taxpayers might consider a donor-advised fund to get a current-year tax deduction but make charitable distributions in future years when the taxpayer expects to take the standard deduction. According to Fidelity Investments, a donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a charitable giving vehicle sponsored by a public charity that allows you to make a contribution to that charity, be eligible for an immediate tax deduction and then recommend grants over time to any IRS-qualiﬁed public charity. “Essentially, the taxpayer would prefund future charitable giving,” Bourdon said. “Donations of appreciated investments to a DAF aren’t subject to a capitalgain tax and get a tax deduction at fair market value. The DAF provides a current-year tax deduction and allows charitable distributions to be made in future years.” According to Bourdon, this strategy is particularly relevant when it’s beneﬁcial regardless of Set it and forget it Turn a weakness into a strength — being lazy can actually help you save money Spencer Tierney @SpencerNerd NerdWallet wealth without much effort. Change up your banking with these tricks. SET UP AUTOMATIC TRANSFERS If saving money overwhelms you, maybe it’s time to try a new approach. “Trick yourself to be lazy when it comes to savings,” said Dan Andrews, a certiﬁed ﬁnancial planner at Well-Rounded Success in the Denver area. In other words, make saving more automatic. Checking and savings accounts offer tools that can aid in building The key to saving is consistency, and that’s where technology can help. Using your bank’s website or mobile app, create a recurring the current tax proposal’s outcome. DON’T PLAN ON PAYING LESS ON ESTATE TAXES The framework would repeal the estate tax and the generationskipping transfer tax. “If the estate and gift tax is eliminated, this may actually help retirees redeploy capital to help younger generations save for their own retirements,” Gassman said. “But let’s not be fooled by a lot of this, as the estate tax has come and gone several times,” he said. TAX INCENTIVES FOR RETIREMENT? According to the Republicans’ framework, tax reform will aim to maintain or raise retirement plan participation of workers and the resources available for retirement. But the framework was short on detail. “There is nothing in the proposal that I see that would cause someone to focus on saving more, now,” Gassman said. Should the proposed reforms ever become law, those saving for transfer from checking to savings every month, or if you’re regularly paid twice or more monthly, consider setting one after each payday. Automatic transfers free you from regularly deciding when and how much to save. And the setup takes just a few minutes. You need to know three things: which two accounts to use, how often transfers occur and the amount. Experts recommend you save about 20% of your after-tax income. So if you take home $5,000 a month, aim to put away $1,000. If that’s initially out of reach, start with a smaller amount, and work your way toward that 20%. SPLIT YOUR DIRECT DEPOSIT If you’re tempted to skip saving money right after payday, this strategy might be useful. Instead of a direct deposit into one account, you can have income go straight to two or more accounts. This lets you separate your spending money from GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO retirement will have to evaluate their marginal and effective tax rates to determine whether to change the way they fund their various retirement accounts. The current rule of thumb would have you fund your HSA ﬁrst and then, depending on whether you’ll be in a higher or lower tax bracket in retirement, either a Roth 401(k) or a traditional 401(k) ﬁrst. If you anticipate being in a lower tax bracket, you’d typically fund your traditional 401(k) now — and your Roth 401(k) now if you anticipate being in a higher tax bracket later. “As for which would people be better off with as far as Roth vs. non-Roth, traditional vs. non-deductible IRA, one must run numbers and make some assumptions and forecast what tax bracket would they be in now vs. when they intend on retiring,” Gassman said. And for those who are investing in taxable accounts, Gassman recommends sticking to your overall investment plan. “If you don’t have one, it’s time to engage a planner and put one together,” he said. your savings right away. This strategy won’t work for everyone. You need to receive your pay as direct deposits, and your company must be on board. Some employers don’t let you split direct deposits. If split deposits are available, there’s another perk. Some banks offer sign-up bonuses when you open a new checking account with direct deposit. Just make sure that a new account is a useful addition and that you don’t get stuck with fees or high minimum-balance requirements. OPEN MULTIPLE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS Having one savings account might not be enough, especially if you like focusing on speciﬁc ﬁnancial goals. That’s where single-purpose accounts can shine. Having multiple accounts is easier than it sounds. Start with a President Trump talks about his tax reform plans Sept. 27 in Indianapolis, but details remain sketchy. JENNA WATSON, THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR Robert Powell contributes regularly to USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal and TheStreet. Email rpowell @allthings retirement.com. second savings account for one purpose, such as stockpiling an emergency fund. Then create a recurring transfer, even if it’s a small amount — say, $50 — to gradually reach your goal. Tracking progress is easy; just check the balance. “I used to have just two accounts, checking and savings,” said Muriel Vega, a tech writer in Atlanta, “but they weren’t really working for me.” Eight years ago, she opened a second savings account to use as an emergency fund. When her freelance assignments started ramping up, she opened a business checking account and a savings account to set aside money for business-related taxes. She also has a separate checking account to pay home and utility bills and a savings account for vacations. “I have seven accounts now. That’s three checking and four savings,” Vega said. Most of her savings accounts are at two online banks that have attractive features such as competitive savings rates and no monthly fees. On the day she gets paid, she has several automatic transfers ready to send funds to her various accounts. The result: no micromanaging of money required. LET IT RIDE “I’ve seen clients save for two months and then … give themselves a pat on the back and stop doing it,” Andrews said. “This prevents them from sticking to their long-term savings goals.” The savings process takes time, but it doesn’t have to take effort. You can avoid impulsive spending and stick to your goals if you set up an automatic system that does the saving for you. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 8T TECH THIS SMARTPHONE TRICK LETS YOU DO MORE IN LESS TIME Marc Saltzman l USA TODAY T hanks to smartphones, you no longer have to run to a computer for things like banking, shopping and posting to social media. But how you arrange your smartphone apps can also help you speed up everyday tasks. What’s that? You simply leave the apps the way your phone maker (or service provider) laid them out for you? And when you download new ones, you leave them randomly placed on your screen? You can quickly and efficiently access your apps with fewer taps and swipes by customizing where your apps are, how they’re presented and which apps you prioritize. Whether you’re running Android or iOS, the following options might be able to shave off some time or reduce frustration. APPLE INC. FROM THE SIDE PAGE GROUPING, AND FOLDERS Some smartphone owners prefer to line the side of their smartphone with their favorite apps, as they ﬁnd it’s easier to tap with one hand than reaching towards the bottom of the screen. You can manually place your most-used apps on the side of your main home screen in Android or iOS — along the right side if you’re right-handed or the left side if you’re left-handed. Speaking of which, the latest Samsung Galaxy devices offer an “Apps Edge” feature, which lets you instantly access the apps you use the most by swiping your thumb in front of the right side of the screen (lefties can change this, too). You will see 10 of your most used apps here (which you can modify, if desired). With the Galaxy Note 8, you can also open two apps at the same time using a feature call “App Pair,” for a splitscreen view. Swipe again from the right (or left) side for a “People Edge” panel, where you can add your closest contacts for quick access. But what about all the other apps you have on your phone? There isn’t a one-size-ﬁts-all approach to organizing all the apps on your smartphone. Most people group them by frequency, such as your mostused apps on the ﬁrst page of your home screen. Others group by type of app, such as devoting one page each for games, photography, social media, news and so on. Few people adopt an aesthetic-based icon arrangement, where the icons simply look good together, perhaps grouped alphabetically or by color (seriously, it’s a thing). Whatever you prefer, don’t forget both Android and iOS also let you lump similar apps together into folders. If you’re segregating by theme, then you might have folders for work, social, kids, travel, games, sports, photography and so on. That way, all related apps are in the same place, and you’ll see miniaturized icons on the folder for a quick glimpse at what’s inside. You can always rename the folder if you don’t like what the operating system comes up with for you. SAMSUNG QUICK SEARCH If you’re a digital packrat and have way too many apps, sometimes the fastest way to ﬁnd what you’re looking for is to search by keyword or by using your voice. With the former, you can swipe down on the screen in Android and iOS, which reveals a search window, and you can type in the name of the app. Easy peasy. In iOS, it will also show you apps you’ve used recently. Or use your voice to search for — and open — apps. For example, on Android devices, you can say, “OK Google, open Uber,” or for Apple phones, you can say, “Hey Siri, open Uber.” And if you’re on Android, there’s also Google Gesture Search to help you ﬁnd something quickly. It’s a free app from the Google Play store that lets you draw a single character and get a quick list of matching items on your phone — such as “U” to see “Uber, or “US” to see “USA TODAY.” It also works with contacts, settings, music and browser bookmarks. When you see what you're looking for, tap it to launch. In short, there’s no right or wrong way to organize your apps, so see what works best for you. GOOGLE BOTTOM ROW For obvious reasons, the ﬁrst thing you want to prioritize is the apps you tap the most. Smartphone makers often line the bottom of your home screen with suggested apps for easy access. If you ﬁnd tapping these apps with one hand is intuitive — even as these phones are getting bigger — then stick with this layout. But you can change which app icons are at the bottom of the screen. For example, Apple will give you Safari as a Web browser, but why not replace it with Chrome, if that’s what you prefer? You can also swap around the order of the bottom-row apps, and in some cases you can drag and drop an extra app or two to extend it to ﬁve or six of your favorite apps (depending on the phone). Or drop them down to three apps, if you like. Columnist Marc Saltzman writes on tech devices and trends for USA TODAY. Follow Marc on Twitter: @marc_saltzman. SAMSUNG/USA TODAY You can keep ads from following you online Often annoying, they can be turned off by taking these steps Kim Komando @kimkomando Is this just a coincidence? If you recently looked at cameras online, you’ll see ads for cameras in the margins of your browser. If you browsed new outﬁts, shirts and trousers emerge. Not long ago, “interest-based advertising” creeped out a lot of people. They couldn’t understand why Facebook knew what they had just shopped for on Amazon. The truth is that personalized ads are the result of a very impersonal process. Your details are crunched bits of data that make marketing more efficient. Interest-based advertising uses information gathered through your browser. Special algorithms analyze your visits over time and across differ- ent websites. This helps predict your preferences and shows you ads that are more likely to be of interest to you. Sometimes, all this tracking can overwhelm the average customer. While the process is basically automatic and unmanned, such ads can feel like an invasion of privacy. This is why many people look for ways to throw them off. Here are three simple ways you can do just that. WIPE OUT HISTORY, AND TURN OFF COOKIES To start, you’ll want a clean slate. Eliminate any trace of your past searches. Clear all your browsing data, history, cache and cookies from your Web browsers. Next, disable or limit tracking on your gadget. This includes favorite services such as Facebook. Next, make sure you delete third-party advertising cookies, too. Afterward, take a moment to test your browser with an online security and privacy checker. I like the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s tool that shows you information about the browser you’re using and your risk level. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO OPT OUT You might only notice a handful of culprits, but many companies use algorithms to track your behavior and send you targeted ads. Thankfully, there’s a way for you to opt out of interest-based, or “behavioral,” ads. The Digital Advertising Alliance lets you review its participating partners. When you ﬁrst visit the DAA, the websites will scan your computer. Once the scan is complete, you’ll be shown a list of partners advertising directly to you. From there, you can learn more about the practices these companies use for interest-based ads. You can opt out using “optout cookies” that are stored in your browser with your preferences. GO INCOGNITO Every major Web browser — Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera — has private, or incognito, browsing. Turning this feature on means your browser will ignore cookies, including ad-tracking ones. Your computer won’t record your browsing history, almost like you were never online. When your browser is in private browsing mode, it will show a special icon. In Firefox it’s a mask, in Chrome it’s a little spy, and in Edge it’s “InPrivate.” Private browsing will keep your computer safe from casual snoopers. Someone who jumps on your computer won’t see where you’ve been. Keep in mind that online ads aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Yes, they can annoy us, but they’re also the reason most online content is free. Without them, media outlets and content creators would have to ﬁnd a different source of revenue. For most of us, seeing a few presumptuous ads is a tiny price to pay. What questions do you have? Call my national radio show or listen to the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet or computer. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 9T TRENDING AMAZON GIVES TEENS PARENT-OK’D ACCOUNTS Mom and dad get to have their say throughout online transaction Charisse Jones @charissejones USA TODAY Amazon says parents can hand over the shopping keys to the kids, though they’ll still have the power to put up a red light. For the ﬁrst time, teenagers will be able to independently log into Amazon and shop as long as they are linked to a parent’s account. The new program, launching Wednesday, allows up to four kids in a family, between the ages of 13 and 17, to browse the Amazon app on their mobile device, make purchases with a payment method chosen by their parents, and have packages delivered to an address preselected by mom or dad. Parents will have their say throughout the transaction. Before the purchase is ﬁnalized, they will get a text or email showing a picture, description and price of the item. If the parents approve of the purchase, they can text “Y” for yes. If they don’t respond, the order is automatically canceled in 48 hours. If the teen suspects mom and dad might hesitate to OK a purchase, they can include a note in their order “explaining why all of their friends have the video game Parents who link their teenagers to their Amazon accounts will get a text or message showing the pending purchase before it’s ﬁnalized. AMAZON “This is the only way where the teenager has the independence while the parents are still in the know.” Michael Carr, vice president of Amazon Households and they’re the only kid at school who doesn’t have” it, said Michael Carr, vice president of Amazon Households. Parents can also opt out of green-lighting every purchase, instead setting a spending limit that can vary from child to child. They will still get messages about every purchase and can cancel or send the item back if they choose. “This is something ... families of teenagers need,” Carr said. “Today you’re either giving the teenager your credit card, or you’re giving them the password to your account. ... This is the only way where the teenager has the independence while the parents are still in the know.” Parents who are members of Amazon Prime, the program that enables shoppers to get free twoday shipping, Prime Video and other perks for a monthly or annual fee, can also pass along those beneﬁts to their kids without paying extra. It makes ﬁnancial sense to loop in the teens and tweens who make up Generation Z. The group inﬂuences $600 billion of family spending, outnumbers Millennials and will make up 40% of consumers by 2020, according to the retail strategic ﬁrm HRC Retail Advisory. Many parents simply hand over the credit card to teens, but Amazon’s new option eliminates that need. EVA-KATALIN, GETTY IMAGES Rising health costs ding some in early retirement Premiums keep going up for many using insurance exchanges Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News Don and Debra Clark of GETTY IMAGES Springﬁeld, Mo., are glad they have health insurance. Don is 56, Karen’s subsidized coverage, and Debra is 58. The Clarks say which has a $4,500 deductible. they know the risk of an unex- Without the government subsidy, pected illness or medical event is the premium would be about $700 a month. rising as they age. “What if we make more money Don is retired, and Debra works part time a couple of days a and get less of a subsidy or just if week. As a result, along with the premiums increase a lot?” 20 million other Americans, they Karen Steininger asked. “That buy health insurance on the indi- would be a burden.” Her premium subsidy is sepavidual market — the one signiﬁcantly altered by the Affordable rate from a program also offered under the health law that helps Care Act (ACA). But the Clarks are not happy at very low-income people pay for all with what they pay for their out-of-pocket expenses. Those coverage — $1,400 a month for a cost-sharing subsidies are what plan with a $4,500 deductible. President Trump announced late Thursday that he is Nor are they looking fordropping. ward to open enrollment The experiences of this fall. They must the Clarks and the Steichoose a new plan beningers illustrate how cause their current insurthe ACA’s promise of er is dropping theirs. easier access to afford“This has become a able health insurance for nightmare,” said Don people who retire early Clark. “We are now and the self-employed is spending about 30% of under threat. Also at our income on health in- Karen risk: a reduction in “job surance and health care. Steininger lock.” We did not plan for that.” HANDOUT In the run-up to the Karen Steininger, 62, of Altoona, Iowa, said her ACA law’s passage in 2010, then-Presicoverage not only gave her peace dent Obama spoke often of older of mind but also helped her and workers hanging onto jobs they her husband, who is now on no longer wanted just to keep Medicare, stay in business the their health insurance. Before the ACA, 1 in 4 55- to past few years. But they, too, are 64-year-olds either couldn’t get concerned about rising costs. The Steiningers are self-em- coverage at all or could not afford ployed owners of a pottery studio. it, according to AARP. Insurers were allowed to deny Their income varies year to year. They now pay $245 a month for people coverage outright and charge people over age 55 ﬁve to 10 times more than a younger person. The ACA restricts that to three times more and bars insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more. Trends in employer-sponsored retiree coverage added to job lock. Only 1 in 4 companies with 200 or more workers offered coverage to early (pre-65) retirees in 2017 compared with 66% of ﬁrms in 1988, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) “The aging but pre-Medicare population was our major reason to support the ACA then, and it still is now,” said David Certner, director of legislative policy at AARP. Data also show substantial beneﬁts of the law to the self-employed in this age group. For example, 18% of people ages 55 to 64 who were still working in 2015 got coverage through the ACA marketplaces, up from 11.6% in 2013, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Employee Beneﬁt Research Institute. But today’s retirees and selfemployed business owners ﬁnd themselves especially vulnerable to rising premiums, high out-ofpocket costs and insurer turnover associated with coverage in the individual market. “These are the people in their late 50s or early 60s who don’t qualify for government subsidies because their incomes are too high, they retire early or have their own businesses,” said Kevin Lucia, a health insurance specialist and research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. “They are also more likely to have pre-existing conditions and thus high expenses.” Joe Belﬁore, Microsoft corporate VP of operating systems group, demonstrates Continuum for phones at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco in April 2015. JEFF CHIU, AP RIP to Windows Phone: Microsoft makes it official Ed Baig firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Microsoft has ﬁnally pulled the plug on Windows Phone. Official conﬁrmation came from Microsoft executive Joe Belﬁore on Twitter. “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform: bug ﬁxes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren’t the focus,” Belﬁore tweeted. If there was any surprise, it was that Windows Phone was still breathing. Windows Phone registered a near-inﬁnitesimal 0.1% market share in the ﬁrst quarter of this year, reﬂecting the overwhelming dominance of Apple’s iPhone and the many Android handsets. That two-headed global monster not only took down Windows Phones but also delivered the same blow to the once-dominant BlackBerry. Even Bill Gates recently conceded that he now uses an Android phone. Hard as it is to remember now, early in the 2000s, Microsoft was a factor with Windows Mobile PERSONAL TECH handsets — and even before with what were called Pocket PC devices, which were mostly targeted at business users. There wasn’t much stickiness there, however, and neither Microsoft nor its partners could produce a must-have Windows Mobile offering for consumers. The Windows handsets were typically too cumbersome for average folks. And the friendlier, tile-based interface that eventually emerged — and which as a reviewer I liked, though not enough to beg off iOS or Android — came too late to generate meaningful turnaround. Microsoft’s former CEO Steve Ballmer famously dismissed the iPhone in 2007 because of its $500 subsidized price and the fact that it lacked a keyboard. Ballmer ﬁgured — wrongly! — that the iPhone would in no way appeal to businesses. By the time Microsoft bought Nokia’s smartphone business in an ill-fated $7.9 billion acquisition that closed in 2014, it was already playing catch-up. Belﬁore’s apparent frustration with the way things went down with app developers came through in one of his tweets: “We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.” USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 10T Irresistibly athletic. Meet our new app, now with virtual reality. Feed your inner fan with in-depth player interviews, up-to-the-minute scores, and the most thrilling moments in sports. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 11T SUNDAY Don’t sleep on pajama fashion ZENDAYA BY JON KOPALOFF, FILMMAGIC Arizona towns offer views, brews and more CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS ABOVE SEDONA, ARIZ., ROGER NAYLOR MUSIC BECK DANCES BACK Alt-rock favorite shows his Colors with long-awaited new album. PETER HAPAK Patrick Ryan l USA TODAY YOU CAN’T RUSH GREATNESS. Just take it from Beck, who surprised fans in June 2015 with amorous new song Dreams, a euphoric blast of skittering drums and disco-funk guitars. Two years, three more singles and countless delays later, the track has ﬁnally found a home on the alt-rock veteran’s 13th studio album, Colors (out now), his long-gestating, dance ﬂoor-ready departure from Grammy-winning album of the year Morning Phase. So why the hold-up? It was partly out of “wanting to have extra time to get all the details right: the artwork, the videos,” says Beck Hansen, 47. “Also, I’d been on the road intensely for about ﬁve years. We were about to put the record out and (tour) for another year, and I just felt I needed to be home for a little bit.” v STORY CONTINUES ON 12T USA SNAPSHOTS© CALENDAR ‘Brewponing’ up Plan your week in entertainment with these highlights and pop-culture milestones: Alcohol rebate redemptions grew 25% in the USA in 2016. SOURCE Ibotta analysis of more than 31 million receipts MICHAEL B. SMITH AND VERONICA BRAVO, USA TODAY STREAM WATCH In Acorn TV’s Acceptable Risk, Elaine Cassidy plays Sarah, a widow who confronts a conspiracy after she discovers her murdered husband was not who she thought he was. The six-episode series drops the ﬁrst two episodes Monday. MARY CYBULSKI, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS FILM GO TO Julianne Moore stars in Wonderstruck, going nationwide Friday. The ﬁlm, based on the young adult story of the same name by Brian Selznick, tells the story of a boy and a girl who share a mysterious connection 50 years apart. MUSIC TV LISTEN Darius Rucker releases his ﬁfth country album, When Was the Last Time, this Friday. The album’s lead single, If I Told You, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in June. TUNE IN Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are back for another season of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck VH1 Dinner Party on VH1 Monday at 10 ET/PT. Dinner guests this season include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Kate Upton and Terrence Howard. LARRY MCCORMACK, TENNESSEAN.COM Compiled by Mary Cadden USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 12T Try these ports in a stormy world In times of stress and national tragedy, the arts can offer a place to turn for emotional healing. USA TODAY editors and reporters frequently look to entertainment to self-soothe. As we continue to follow the news around the mass shootings in Las Vegas, and the effects of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as numerous wildfires, we’ve compiled our recommendations of TV shows, books, music and movies that feel like comfort food in times of crisis. COMFORT IN THE FAMILIAR Many of us have a set of comfort movies — no matter how good or bad — that we can always turn to. Coming-of-age stories instantly cheer me. They’re predictable, mindless and fun. Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Princess of Genovia (Anne Hathaway) in The Princess Diaries or Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff ), who remind me of youthful innocence. I’m not saying that I can recite the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap word-forword, but I’m not saying I can’t, either. — Anika Reed The Parent Trap (Lindsay Lohan), Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and The Office (Rainn Wilson) give us solace. DISNEY; WARNER BROS; NBC isn’t Oscar-worthy. And the story lines aren’t realistic. (I don’t believe soulmates are found after a bout of amnesia while stumbling upon a charming New England town.) But the predictability of a happy ending somehow makes things better. — Erin Jensen It’s nice to ﬁnd comfort in something nostalgic, but not so nostalgic that it feels dated. That sweet spot for me right now is TV from the 2000s. NBC’s The Office is that perfect comedy that’s remained relevant, with such typical workplace issues as bosses, paper products and ﬁnicky coworkers. Who doesn’t like the lovable but bumbling Michael Scott (Steve Carell) or the relationship between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer)? — Jennifer Cohen When I need to quiet my mind at the end of a long day, I reach for a romance novel with one of those covers featuring half-naked men and women in period clothing. Focusing on those characters keeps me from rehashing the day’s anxieties. And there’s plenty of quality writing coming from smart women: I’m a fan of Monica McCarty and Sarah MacLean (Stanford Law and Harvard graduates, respectively). — Cara Kelly LOVE CONQUERS ALL In theory, ABC’s Shark Tank shouldn’t be soothing — a business-speak bonanza where millionaires romanticize a vision of the American dream that I’m pretty sure is a capitalist fallacy. Shark Tank sells viewers the idea When the world feels in disarray, I scan my DVR for a Hallmark Channel movie. The autumnthemed romances from the network’s Fall Harvest have been my dose of happy lately. The writing ESCAPISM VIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP that everyone can build their own way, as long as they work hard. And while that may not always work out, I turn to the Tank as an escapist fantasy, a magical room where economic opportunities are as equal and judicious as the strength of the ideas behind them. — Maeve McDermott FICTIONAL RETREATS When the magic of the world seems to fade, I like to escape to the fantastical lands of Hogwarts and beyond in the Harry Potter series. Whether popping in one of the DVDs or cracking open a book from the series (because if you’re like me, you have a set of each), you can forget about your worries with the action, romance and humor that ﬁlls these nostalgic tales. Plus, it’s nice to escape to a world where good conquers evil and love can be the answer to everything. — Sara Moniuszko When there’s too much noise and too many headlines, I turn to worlds that are far away. For a real distraction, I watch British series on PBS that prompt me to think about history or try to solve cases: Masterpiece Mystery series Grantchester, Inspector Lewis and Endeavour. When it comes to music, I turn to the familiar on other side of the world and the soothing sounds of Iz, aka Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole. The late singer from Hawaii is known for his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. Iz, who died in 1997, left behind a volume of work that reﬂects the tropical sounds familiar throughout the Paciﬁc Islands, including my home, Guam. — Lorena Blas things (Pride [In the Name of Love]). George Michael (Faith), gloriously alive. — Kim Willis MUSICAL MEDITATION The best cure for the blues? Singing the blues in public. There’s something about freely ﬂailing your limbs, cheering for a musician and waving your cellphone light that creates a sense of unity and joy. In particular, these touring artists are worth your time: Chance the Rapper puts on an inspiring, spiritual show; Bruno Mars’ showmanship will have you forgetting your worries; and Lady Gaga’s awesome voice and colorful staging will make you smile. — Carly Mallenbaum Anyone who came of age in the “I Want My MTV” era can tell you there’s a heck of a lot of happy that can be wrung out of a daily dose of ’80s music videos, and I gravitate toward the ones with the biggest hair and most blindingly neon clothes. Cyndi Lauper, joyously hiccuping her way through Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Madonna, writhing poutily on a gondola, wearing her infamous “Boy Toy” belt (Like a Virgin). Bono, with a mullet, of all Soundtracks in period ﬁlms — whether lighter (Dazed and Confused, Almost Famous) or darker (Goodfellas, Boogie Nights) — transport me to seemingly simpler times. The backward-looking movies are reassuringly nostalgic; the hit songs provide immediate recognition wrapped in the gauze of hazy memory.Over time, songs synced to visuals create a new memory. — Bill Keveney Delay helped the singer get back on his feet v CONTINUED FROM 11T Beck started writing Colors in 2013, the year before he released his ruminative folk-rock masterstroke Morning Phase. The sparkling 10-song effort is a collaboration between him and pop songwriter/producer Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Pink), who mined inspiration from the feel-good catalogs of ’70s icons including David Bowie and Talking Heads: “bands that embraced rhythm in dance music and did something artistic with it,” Beck says. The ﬁrst song they wrote was the piano-driven Dear Life, a jaunty ode to dashed dreams and rolling with life’s punches. While that came together in just two days, others went through multiple iterations as the two experimented with different sounds in the studio: infusing the kaleidoscopic title track with vibrant synths and pitch-altered vocals, and second single Wow with woozy hip-hop beats reminiscent of Beck’s rap playlist go-tos Lil Yachty and Young Thug. Every Colors song is punctuated by Beck’s immense gratitude to still be making music, after he suffered a spinal injury on a 2005 music video shoot that resurfaced years later, sidelining him from performing live until late 2011. “I thought I would be able to play music (again), but not the way I was used to,” Beck says of his three-year hiatus from touring. “When you’ve gone through some periods when you’ve gone adrift, or there’s struggle, or there isn’t a lot of joy in things, and then when you ﬁnd it again, (you realize) how appreciative you are. I had that feeling, and music has that power to be a small reminder of the beauty in living. It’s good to be amongst the world, be in the moment.” Beck says he already has a lot of new music that’s “almost ﬁnished or in progress,” and hopes his Colors follow-up won’t take another four years to be released. “I do like that the cycle of music is going much quicker these days,” he says. When he broke out with sophomore album Mellow Gold and single Loser in 1994, “people expected a new record Beck says he held off releasing the new album because “I just felt I needed to be home for a little bit.” SEBASTIEN BOZON, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Colors is out now. “Music has that power to be a small reminder of the beauty in living. It’s good to be amongst the world, be in the moment.” every two to three years. Now, I was looking at (rapper) Future, and he put out 10 to 12 albums since my last record came out.” Early in his career, Beck was dubbed the “King of Slackers,” a label he was put off by and found reductive. “I was a little bit horriﬁed,” he says. “I was trying to bring together this wide, disparate array of art and ideas, and then somebody says, ‘You’re just a slacker who likes to sit on the couch and play video games.’ I was like, ‘What? Wait!’ ” But with age and experience, he no longer sweats public opinion. “It’s something that you can’t control at all,” Beck says. “I gave up on having any expectation of what the perception is going to be. You write a lyric and people project their own things on it and it becomes something else. That’s the beauty of it.” Corrections & Clarifications PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER John Zidich USA TODAY is committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail email@example.com. 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PUZZLE ANSWERS USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 13T FASHION PAJAMA PARTY: CELEBS DRESS TO NINEZZZ’S Anika Reed l USA TODAY Celebrities are taking the Beyoncé line “I woke up like this” to the next level, bringing the comfy chic look of pajama-inspired outfits to events and red carpets. These stars showed that they’re definitely not sleeping on the trend, which popped up on the runways of New York and other fashion capitals earlier this year. Check out some of the best sleepwear-to-street looks. DEMI LOVATO Demi Lovato put a sleek and sexy spin on her silky, deep navy two-piece set during a visit to SiriusXM. Paired with simple gold hoops, the star of the show is the deep V-cut blazer top with nothing visible underneath. JON KOPALOFF, FILMMAGIC TOMMASO BODDI, GETTY IMAGES FOR REPUBLIC RECORDS ZENDAYA JULIA MICHAELS ELLE FANNING Zendaya hit the Teen Choice Awards blue carpet in August in this Ashish striped and slightly slouchy two-piece set. She looked cozy and comfortable in the sequined striped men’s separates. Robe or perfect party outﬁt? Julia Michaels rolled into an MTV Video Music Awards after party on trend in the low-cut dress, which gave everyone a view of the “speak up” tattoo by her collarbone. It also seems that Michaels’ ensemble has pockets – fashionable AND functional. Elle Fanning’s playful PJs brought an air of whimsy to the press tour for her new movie ‘Leap!’ The actress paired her Miu Miu jumpsuit with a pair of bold, color-block heels. CINDY ORD, GETTY IMAGES FOR SIRIUSXM JAMIE MCCARTHY, GETTY IMAGES MOVIES Emma Stone raised her game to play Billie Jean King SHE WASN’T AFRAID OF PACKING ON POUNDS. Carly Mallenbaum @thatgirlcarly USA TODAY It took more than Hollywood magic to turn Emma Stone, the svelte actress from La La Land, into Billie Jean King in her movie Battle of the Sexes. For starters, the physical transformation required three months, 15 pounds and a meal and fitness plan. Trainer Jason Walsh, founder of climbing gym Rise Nation, who got Stone in shape for La La Land, knew the actress would need to up her calorie intake and strength training regimen to embody the powerful tennis legend. Here’s what Stone went through to reshape her body. For Battle of the Sexes, Emma Stone gained 15 pounds of muscle. MELINDA SUE GORDON, 20TH CENTURY FOX Stone is “very petite and has a dancer’s body,” but she was willing to bulk up to look more like King. “She took it seriously,” Walsh says. “She wanted to do the story justice.” Gaining a dozen-plus pounds of muscle made Stone look more like a tennis pro, and also feel more like her character. “We wanted to give Emma the psychological backing” to be able to compete in professional tennis matches, Walsh says. “She needed to be resilient and to have the psyche of being really strong.” SHE DRANK TWO HIGH-CAL PROTEIN SHAKES A DAY. “It wasn’t like we were taking someone off the Taco Bell diet,” Walsh says of his clean-eating client, “but we added shakes into her diet.” The shakes had “hundreds of calories” each, he says, and usually contained a handful of spinach, a supplement known as ashwagandha and a “good tasting” protein powder. Fortunately, since Stone was working out so much (twice a day), she was hungry enough to down the ﬁlling beverages. SHE LIFTED AN IMPRESSIVE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT. Some of Walsh’s daily go-to strength training exercises for Stone? Pushing and pulling sleds twice her size, heavy farmer’s walks (aka walking while holding dumbbells) and up to 300-pound hip thrusts. At one point, Stone was deadlifting 185 pounds and doing push-ups with 50 pounds of chains on her back. “I was pretty proud,” Walsh says. THEN SHE BACKED OFF. Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King clown for the cameras. ABC SPORTS While Stone was gaining weight, she stayed away from fat-burning cardio. But once she achieved the right look for the ﬁlm, “we started adding conditioning aspects,” Walsh says. That meant Stone was lifting fewer weights and doing cardio at Rise Nation once or twice a week. She’s two years beyond her most intensive Battle of the Sexes training, yet Walsh encourages the actress, and anyone else trying to stay in shape, to mix such activities as yoga and hiking with strength training. Yes, for women. And, yes, that means lifting weights. “I train (GLOW star) Alison Brie and (future Captain Marvel) Brie Larson, and all of these girls are strong as hell and not big,” he says. In fact, after incorporating weight-lifting into their workout routine, “They ﬁt into their clothes better (and) are three, four, ﬁve times stronger than before.” Want to see the results of Stone’s hard work? Battle of the Sexes is in theaters now. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 14T TRAVEL Flagstaff’s compact downtown makes it perfect for exploring by foot. FLAGSTAFF CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU FIVE MUST-SEE TOWNS IN ARIZONA Visiting small towns is one of the great joys of travel. Combine scenic beauty, easy access and welcoming main street businesses and you’ve got all the makings of a memorable day trip. Scott Craven of USA TODAY Network-Arizona traveled the state and found these gems you’re sure to enjoy. The Smoki Museum in Prescott, Ariz. SMOKI MUSEUM PRESCOTT On sunny, mild weekends — and so many of them are — residents and tourists ﬂock to the grassy square at the heart of downtown. In view of the Yavapai County Courthouse, a four-story granite structure looming like a castle, many stake claims to shady spots under spreading elms, or peoplewatch from the courthouse steps. Others browse the shops, restaurants and bars that box in the 4-acre plaza, a design that’s as perfect today as it was in 1864 when the town was laid out. Founders couldn’t have envisioned the role the plaza now plays, hosting more than 100 festivals and events annually. The square is not just Prescott’s heart, but its soul. A great day: Arrive early, not only to snag a nearby parking spot but to enjoy breakfast on the square at the Lone Spur Café, a cowboy-themed restaurant that gets you in an Arizona state of mind. Burn off the steak and eggs by browsing the antiques shops and boutiques. At lunch, relax with a craft beer at Prescott Brewing Company. After more shopping, if not a nap under the elms, take an evening walking tour of Whiskey Row, the drinking establishments lining the plaza’s west side. The watering holes are as popular now as they were when thirsty cowboys rode in off the range. Claim to fame: Step back in time at the Palace Restaurant Saloon and Restaurant. Opened in 1877, the state’s oldest bar is one of the most popular stops on Whiskey Row and once hosted Doc Holliday as well as Wyatt and Virgil Earp. The Palace burned to the ground in 1900, but not before patrons carried the bar itself to safety. That original Brunswick bar remains, polished smooth over more than a century of use. Easy day trip from: Phoenix, about 90 minutes away. Details: www.visit-prescott.com . SEDONA The ﬁrst glimpse of Sedona is one of awe. Towers and walls of red rock surround the hamlet like a fortress. But rather than keep visitors out, the surreal landscape attracts tourists by the thousands. The red- and orange-tinged sandstone formations have been shaped over hundreds of millions of years. At sunrise and sunset, they glow as if plugged into the earth’s molten core. A great day: Board a jeep operated by one of the several companies specializing in tours of the surrounding landscape. The four-wheel-drive vehicles follow narrow, rutted trails and power over boulders to reveal stunning views. Once back in town, head to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, a collection of shops and restaurants resembling a Spanish plaza. Claim to fame: Many come to Sedona to experience the spiritual energy said to emanate from vortexes. Those open to the possibilities may feel psychic forces energize and heal them, say adherents. Even if Chapel of the Holy Cross sits high on sandstone cliffs above Sedona, Ariz. ROGER NAYLOR you don’t believe, it’s worth visiting the vortexes because they happen to be in some of Sedona’s most scenic spots, such as Bell Rock and Airport Mesa. Easy day from: Phoenix, two hours away. Details: visitsedona.com. Evidence of the area’s mining history dots the landscape around Jerome, Ariz. MARK HENLE THE (ARIZONA) REPUBLIC JEROME The Asylum, a longtime favorite restaurant for tourists, is located in the Jerome Grand Hotel, which was built in 1926 as a hospital. The way buildings cling precariously to the side of Cleopatra Hill, it’s as if gravity has been suspended in this former mining town. Jerome is laid out vertically, with Arizona 89A switchbacking through it. The Verde Valley spreads out below in one of the most accessible vistas in Arizona. With few signs of the mine shafts that run through Cleopatra Hill like a honeycomb, Jerome now thrives on tourism, enhanced by a welcoming vibe exuded by artists and small-business owners. Those who visit during the holiday season will see a plethora of peace signs outlined by Christmas lights. A great day: On the lower end of Cleopatra Hill, you’ll note a towering wedge assembled of formidable timber. Completed nearly a century ago, the Audrey Headframe lowered miners more than 1,000 feet down a narrow shaft. Visitors may stand on the thick sheet of transparent plastic now covering the opening and peer into the abyss. Continue to downtown Jerome for lunch at the Haunted Hamburger and enjoy the view from the patio. Spend the day browsing the dozens of shops and galleries, and take a break at the tasting room for Caduceus Cellars, owned by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan. Claim to fame: The town may be Arizona’s most haunted. Many visitors hoping for a spontaneous outbreak of spirits can play it by eerie at the Jerome Grand Hotel. The building opened in 1927 as the United Verde Hospital and since then guests and staff have reported all sorts of unearthly activity, from apparitions and ﬂickering lights to disembodied voices. The hotel looms over Jerome and even appears menacing at sunset. That’s a great time to duck into its bar, The Asylum, where spirits of a different kind are served. Easy day trip from: Phoenix, two hours away. FLAGSTAFF Settled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is a popular getaway any time of year. It sits at 7,000 feet, with welcome heat relief in the summer and snow-based recreation in the winter. The town boasts a quaint, dogfriendly downtown with an atmosphere reﬂecting its laid-back residents. Shops and restaurants line the narrow streets that form a pedestrian-friendly grid. Visitors mix easily with college students from Northern Arizona University, its tranquil campus just south of the central core. A great day: A morning meal at MartAnne’s Breakfast Palace is mandatory for in-the-know tourists. Choose the breakfast burrito or the chilaquiles, a house specialty featuring tortilla chips scrambled with eggs, green onions and your choice of sauce. Cross Historic Route 66 and the railroad tracks to explore Flagstaff’s south side, a once-ignored area that’s gaining businesses and attention. After a beer at Mother Road Brewery, head back downtown and enjoy a bite at Diablo Burger, where you can build your own from dozens of add-ons. As the sun sets, nurse a cocktail on the balcony of the historic Hotel Weatherford and watch the shadows engulf downtown. Claim to fame: In 2001, Flagstaff was designated the ﬁrst International Dark Sky Space by the International Dark Sky Association. Civic leaders continue to keep an eye on light pollution, restricting billboards, signs, streetlights and more that could obscure the night view. The city also is home to the Lowell Observatory where, in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered the formerly-known-as-a-planet Pluto. Easy day trip from: Phoenix, two hours away. Details: www.ﬂagstaffarizona.org. BISBEE Two- and three-story buildings built of brick and stone line Main Street as if holding back the canyon walls rising sharply along its length. Bisbee’s slopes display a century’s worth of architecture, from historic inns to refurbished, modern-looking former miners’ shacks. Bisbee thrives on a laid-back foundation of artists, entrepreneurs and free thinkers. Whether you’re exploring the shops downtown, the drinking establishments of Brewery Gulch or the town’s dizzying network of concrete stairs, you’ll be welcomed with a smile. A great day: After walking around town, spend an evening along Brewery Gulch, where the history ﬂows like beer. Start with dinner at the Stock Exchange, where businessmen once gathered to keep up with the latest prices via ticker tape. Duck into St. Elmo’s, the town’s oldest and diviest bar. If the barkeep has stepped out, don’t worry, one of the regulars will be happy to pour you a brew. Then cross the street to enter the Silver King Hotel. Take a right at the top of the stairs for the Room 4 Bar. With just four stools and 100 square feet, it’s Arizona’s smallest pub. Claim to fame: Put on a yellow rain slicker, climb aboard a rail car and rumble into the heart of a mountain. The Copper Queen Mine Tour follows what was once one of Bisbee’s richest veins, mapped by men with no fear of dark, enclosed spaces. Easy day trip from: Tucson, just two hours away. Details: discoverbisbee.com. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 15T EXPERIENCE TRAVEL AMERICA FOR MORE INFORMATION USATODAY.COM/EXPERIENCE/ UNIVERSAL’S PARKS TAKE A ‘SHINING’ TO HALLOWEEN Arthur Levine l Special for USA TODAY After Jack Torrance terrorized me, chopping his way through doors in the creepy Overlook hotel and stalking me as well as his poor son, Danny, in its hallways, I felt a sense of relief and a tinge of joy when he got his comeuppance. There he was, ax in hand, frozen amid the snowy hedges in the hotel’s maze. But when I passed a ghostly bartender fixing drinks in the Gold Room, witnessed blood oozing out of the elevators, and saw the soulless eyes of the Grady twins fixate on me, I began to understand how the possessed inn could cause Torrance to go stir crazy — or just plain crazy. That’s the genius of Halloween Horror Nights, which is running on select evenings through Nov. 4 at Universal Studios Florida (sister park Universal Studios Hollywood has its own HHN event through Oct. 31). Rather than passively watch scary ﬁlms such as Stanley Kubrick‘s 1980 tour de force, The Shining, visitors become characters in carefully reconstructed sets from the movies. There’s no hiding behind a bucket of popcorn. When Torrance threatens to huff and puff and blow the house in (Jack Nicholson’s distinctive dialogue from the movie is piped in), guests know they had best hightail it out of the Overlook. The Shining is the best of the nine houses presented at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando. With its lavishly detailed scenes and doting references to the source material, the maze pays homage to the ﬁlm in grand style. And its menacing characters set a foreboding tone that sends tingles down the spines of those who dare to enter. “In the popular zeitgeist, The Shining is one of the hallmarks of horror,” says Patrick Braillard, a creative development show director at Universal. “As fans, it’s a treat for us to be able to play inside that world.” Another world Braillard and his team got to play in is the tele- vision anthology series, American Horror Story. A house dedicated to the show is presented in three acts and covers three seasons: Asylum, Coven, and Roanoke. With 14 scenes, it is the event’s longest maze. Like The Shining, AHS boasts impressive sets and production values. “If you’ve seen the show, you’re going to constantly be in a state of ‘look at that,’ ” Braillard says. “And if you’ve never seen the show at all, you’re just going to get scared.” Put me in the latter category. In one of the maze’s more disturbing scenes, a character tenderly combs the hair of a life-sized doll and then lashes out at guests in ﬁts of rage. Set in a nursery, the unmistakable scent of baby powder lingers in the air. That’s part of the multisensory assault Universal takes in designing its Halloween attractions. Among other odors represented at the event, there is the pungent smell of burning ﬂesh. HHN is decidedly not for the squeamish. Jigsaw, the game-loving sadist from the Saw ﬁlms, invites visitors to become one of his victims and try to make it through his maze. There are characters attempting to escape traps by amputating their own limbs. The Horrors of Blumhouse maze includes scenes from three horror franchises: Sinister, The Purge, A frozen Jack Torrance greets guests on a set inspired by The Shining. PHOTOS BY DAVID SPRAGUE, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Fans can take “terror trams” to Universal’s backlot, where they might meet Jason from the Friday the 13th movies. and Insidious. Comedy, albeit in a sick and twisted form, mixes with horror in the maze based on the television series Ash vs Evil Dead. Universal’s HHN event in Florida is the largest, most elaborate, and arguably the best theme park Halloween event in the country. In addition attractions inspired by movies and TV, , the four original houses really shine. The best of the bunch is “Dead Waters,” which takes guests to the New Orleans bayou for a confrontation with the Voodoo Queen and her minions. The set design, which includes a half- sunken riverboat, is stunning. When brutish scarecrows weren’t attacking me to defend their Depression-era farm, crows were pooping on me (how’s that for multisensory immersion?) in “Scarecrow: The Reaping.” “Hive” features Nosferatu-like vampires, and “The Fallen” invokes a gothic vibe with winged creatures looming in its crumbling cathedral. The event’s scare zones, which are set up throughout the park’s streets, are especially good this year. Retro aliens straight out of a schlocky 1950s B movie cause hilarious havoc in Invasion. In the Trick ‘R Treat zone, a sea of glowing pumpkins illuminate the trees, while foreboding characters seek candy from panicky guests. The Purge a staple at HHN, returns for more anarchy. The vehicles used for the park’s famous Studio Tour are rebranded as Terror Tram for HHN. Visitors brave enough to wander the studio’s backlot encounter the Titans of Terror: Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Chucky from Child’s Play, and Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th infamy. Beef on weck: Buffalo’s other culinary gift The home of wings also introduced this iconic sandwich Larry Olmsted Special for USA TODAY The scene: Buffalo’s most famous local specialty undoubtedly is the hot wing, which spread from here to almost every corner of the globe. But locals have another heartfelt favorite that hasn’t made it as far, though it is certainly deserving of admiration: the “beef on weck” sandwich. While no one eatery can claim to have created this specialty, and it appears on menus all over town, if you ask most locals, the undisputed spiritual home of beef on weck in the region is Charlie the Butcher’s Kitchen, a meatcentric shop that specializes in the sandwich and other sliced meat concoctions. The eatery sits conveniently outside the city’s airport, just a mile from the terminal and perfect for a ﬁrst or last meal when visiting Buffalo. Charlie’s has been an institution here since 1914, and now is in the hands of the third generation of owners, all named Charlie Roesch, with different middle names. The place is simple — you look at overhead menu boards, order at the counter, which offers a close-up view of the process in the open kitchen immediately behind it. The meat slicing is done by hand on cutting boards right in front of you. You move around the corner to pay at the single register, then sit in Formica booths at simple tables topped with ﬂoral tablecloths, or alternatively at bar stool counter seating. It feels like a combination of a fast-food eatery and food market, and there are half a dozen smaller Charlie’s Express locations, including one where the city’s NFL team, the Bills, play in suburban Orchard Park. There also is a sea- After 18 hours, the slow-cooked beef at Charlie the Butcher’s is hand-cut and piled on kimmelweck roll. LARRY OLMSTED, SPECIAL FOR USA TODAY Buffalo’s Anchor Bar is famous for wings but its beef on weck sandwich also is a standout. ANCHOR BAR sonal stand dispensing just Beef on Weck sandwiches at Coca-Cola Field, home of the city’s popular minor league baseball team, the Bisons. Charlie’s is not the only place you can try beef on weck. Another local favorite is Bar Bill, a neighborhood tavern in East Aurora, which routinely wins various local newspaper and magazine Best of Buffalo awards for its wings. While overlooked by most out-of-town visitors, the specialty also is featured on the sandwich menu at the worldfamous Anchor Bar, where the Buffalo wing was invented and a pilgrimage spot for road-food fans. It’s a longtime ﬁxture at Schwabl’s, a German restaurant that has been here for more than a century and a half. Beef on weck is on just about every bar menu around town. There are even nouveau riffs on the classic: at The Ward, a large brewpub/ sports bar on the river, the dish is transformed into an appetizer. Reason to visit: Beef on Weck sandwich The food: Long a beer brewing town, Buffalo had a sizable German immigrant population, and the story goes that sometime bun is indispensable to the traditional version. A classic example of America’s melting pot and inventive nature at work, apparently the sandwich has no equivalent or roots in German cuisine. Charlie’s current owner, Charlie W. Roesch, is the semi-official ambassador of beef on weck and has done demonstrations on TV and at food shows around the world, spreading the gospel of the city’s second most famous dish. “I went to Dusseldorf and demonstrated it and the Germans looked at me like I was nuts,” he recalls. At Charlie’s, the roast beef is cooked slowly at 250°F until it reaches an internal temperature of 100°F, then the heat is lowered and the beef cooks for another 10-12 hours. The process takes 18 hours and results in sliced meat that is extremely tender. Here they slice the roll, hand cut the meat in front of you to order then dip the top half of the roll in au jus. You add horseradish to taste. The salty roll is a good contrast to the beef, and the horseradish adds noticeable kick, though it is not as hot as you might think. Charlie’s has sourced the rolls from a local bakery for many Charlie the Butcher’s Kitchen has been a local favorite since 1914. LARRY OLMSTED SPECIAL FOR USA TODAY around 1880, a pretzel vendor sought to expand his repertoire beyond pretzels. He borrowed the classic seasoning of pretzel salt from his main product, incorporated the caraway seeds used in another popular baked good, rye bread, and put both these strongly ﬂavored ingredients on top of a Kaiser roll. This creation was known as a kimmelweck roll, and has since been shortened to just weck. The creator sliced it in half, ﬁlled it with sliced roast beef, added a dollop of spicy horseradish, and voila, the beef on weck was born. While some spots serve the city’s most famous sandwich on other breads or plain rolls, this years. The salt makes the bread dry out quickly, so the rolls last just a couple of hours requiring multiple batch deliveries throughout the day. It’s a hearty sandwich, and you can also get a “mini” for a dollar less. Charlie’s also specializes in roast turkey sandwiches and grilled sausages of all sorts. The acclaimed version at Bar Bill packs on even more sliced beef but the roll — at Charlie’s, an integral part of the sandwich — is merely an accessory to the beef. The city’s most interesting take is the beef on weck dip at The Ward, which chops up the roast beef and mixes it with horseradish, then adds cheddar, Monterey jack and cream cheeses, and bakes it until bubbling in a ceramic dish. Pilgrimage-worthy?: Yes, this is one of the most distinctive and enduring of America’s regional sandwiches. Rating: Yum! (Scale: Blah, OK, Mmmm, Yum!, OMG!) Price: $ ($ cheap, $$ moderate, $$$ expensive) Details: Charlie the Butcher’s Kitchen, 1065 Wehrle Drive, Buffalo; 716-633-8330; charliethebutcher.com USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 16T BOOKS Alice Waters offers tangy memoir Restaurateur’s story will whet your appetite When a social activist who enjoys throwing dinner parties becomes an inﬂuential restaurateur without formal culinary training or business experience, there’s bound to be a good back story, and this one goes way back. Alice Waters’ new memoir recounts the rebellious youth (not unlike that of her male counterparts), college activism and exploration of the arts that evolved into her “counterculture” restaurant, Chez Panisse, which would so unexpectedly shape today’s dining culture. Of course, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook (Clarkson Potter, 292 pp.,eeeg out of four stars) also follows her parents’ inevitable inﬂuence and credits ex-boyfriends, their eventual spouses and ultimately an entire Berkeley, Calif., community that contributed to Waters’ success. The chef and restaurateur begins her story in childhood, from a middle-class life in the New Jersey suburbs, complete with casseroles and frozen peas, to her high school years in the Midwest, and her formative college experiences in California. Waters, inspired by the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s, has a way of portraying her misadventures — from a sorority kicking her out to a Montessori school ﬁring her — in an endearing enough light to grab the reader’s support, even if she did wear see-through shirts while teaching. The home cook ﬁnds herself enamored with ﬂowers, education, art and ﬁlm before fully developing her passion for ingredients, sourcing and cooking for dinner parties, all of which make up the recipe for Chez Panisse. Yes, her love for food begins in France, but not at Le Cordon Bleu or a coveted apprenticeship. Reckless collegiate travel abroad broadens Waters’ dining discernment and, frankly, knowledge of salad. And a simple, locally sourced meal in Brittany serves as her ﬁrst “blueprint” for the BOOK REVIEW ASHLEY DAY Author and chef Alice Waters. FRED MERTZ restaurant a decade before its realization. The chef is not shy about sharing memories of the mistakes and embarrassments that preceded her fame. Without formal training, Waters eventually works her way into the company of such Alice Waters inspects the produce at a farmers market in Washington, D.C. 2009 PHOTO BY SUSAN WALSH, AP icons as Julia Child and James Beard, who are amused when she uses her hands to toss a salad and mislabels a vegetable on the menu at Chez Panisse. Many of her sentiments about food demonstrate a similar approachability, such as insisting upon simplicity when planning her restaurant. Thus the idea of one ﬁxed-price menu; but even on the ﬁrst night, the experience promised every attention to detail. Waters meticulously planned the lighting, aromas, printing and décor as much as the daily changing menu. The wine, on the other hand, was selected for affordability. In perhaps a brilliant book sales strategy, Chez Panisse doesn’t open until the ﬁnal chapter, leaving the culinary icon’s dozen other books to answer lingering questions. After reading this mouthwatering tale of Waters’ intrepid youth, you’ll be hungry for more anyway. Langdon goes on the hunt again in ‘Origin’ You may come away feeling smarter, but wonder what in God’s name is going on Here’s a disappointing revelation: Dan Brown’s latest novel, Origin (Doubleday, 480 pages, eegE), is only a ﬁtfully entertaining religious rehash of his greatest hits. Loyal fans of his globetrotting symbologist Robert Langdon will no doubt be thrilled with the ﬁfth book in the series. But despite exploring some seriously big concepts about creation and destiny in its Spanish-set central mystery, Origin spawns a dizzying parade of scientiﬁc jargon, non-stop travelogues and familiar tropes that all lead to a fumbled ending. After tussling with the Illuminati, hunting for the Holy Grail and almost falling victim to a deadly plague, you’d think Langdon (The Da Vinci Code, etc.) would just stay home and not tempt fate. Instead the heroic Harvard professor doesn’t think twice about jetting off to Bilbao when his old student, Edmond Kirsch, invites him to a potentially Internet-breaking presentation at the Guggenheim Museum. A 40-year-old iconoclastic futurist, Kirsch already has created a dust-up with global spiritual leaders after a sneak peek of a new discovery that may answer the questions, “Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?” He has invited his old teacher to the worldwide unveiling, which is not unlike an over- Felicity Jones and Tom Hanks star in Inferno, another of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels that was turned into a movie. JONATHAN PRIME BOOK REVIEW BRIAN TRUITT the-top iPhone announcement. “The age of religion is drawing to a close,” the enigmatic Kirsch says, “and the age of science is dawning.” Huge if true, right? Well, just before he’s about to get to the good part, Kirsch is assassinated. His death kicks off Langdon’s new mission to ﬁnd out who killed him and to crack the late genius’ computer password (a 47-charAuthor Dan acter line of Brown poetry) so the world can hear this controversial news. Origin follows the Brown template to a fault. Shady murderer with mysterious associations? Check. Female partner playing an integral part in saving the day? Check. (Museum director Ambra Vidal also happens to be the ﬁancée of Spain’s crown prince.) Exposition-ﬁlled plane rides and plenty of chapter-ending cliffhangers? Check and check. To his credit, Brown throws in some contemporary touches. A WikiLeaks-like conspiracy website is used as a plot device, and one of the main characters is a helpful artiﬁcial intelligence named Winston. Designed by Kirsch, he’s a combo of Siri and Batman’s butler, Alfred, who robo-splains Darwin and other scientiﬁc know-how to Langdon and Ambra on their journey, which involves visits to cathedrals and super-computing centers. As with Brown’s other Langdon books, you do come away feeling a little smarter as his cast stops by such famed Barcelona sites as the Sagrada Família and the Casa Milà, digs into the art style of Joan Miró and studies the literary nuances of William Blake and Friedrich Nietzsche. But Origin eschews the usual rousing ending for an overlong denouement and a ﬁnale that’s just puzzling — and not in a fun Da Vinci Code way. Tackling the scientiﬁc and philosophical underpinnings of God’s role (or lack thereof, depending on your beliefs) in our existence within an actionadventure is an idea full of fascinating potential. Unfortunately with Origin, Brown’s theory needs more evolution. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 17T BOOKS 1 New and noteworthy Endurance by Scott Kelly (Knopf, nonﬁction, on sale Tuesday) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In this memoir, the astronaut tells his life story, beginning with his childhood as a “terrible student,” through the year he spent aboard the International Space Station. THE BUZZ: “Fascinating stuff…a worthy read for space buffs,” says Kirkus Reviews. USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. Astronaut Scott Kelly takes selﬁe inside the Cupola, a module of the International Space Station. 2 The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (Harper, ﬁction, on sale Tuesday) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A scheming young woman determined to be the “next Mrs. Parrish” insinuates herself into the lives of golden Connecticut couple Jackson and Daphne Parrish; written under a pen name by sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine. THE BUZZ: A “devilishly ingenious debut thriller,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review. 3 Uncommon Type: Some Stories 4 by Tom Hanks (Knopf, ﬁction, on sale Tuesday) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Valerie, left, and Lynne Constantine write under the name Liv Constantine. Leonardo da Vinci Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux, non-ﬁction, on sale Tuesday) by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, non-ﬁction, on sale Tuesday) Seventeen short stories, each featuring a typewriter in some way. THE BUZZ: The Academy Award-winning Hanks actor collects vintage typewriters and apparently isn’t afraid to use them. SCOTT KELLY BY NASA VIA AP; CONSTANTINE BY ERIKA LIVINGSTON; HANKS BY AUSTIN HARGRAVE; ISAACSON BY TOMÁŠ KRIST, THE ASPEN INSTITUTE; DA VINCI BY SCIENCE MUSEUM, OKLAHOMA; YAFFE BY ELLEN M. BLALOCK 5 Isaacson WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A biography of the great Renaissance painter (The Last Supper, Mona Lisa) who also had a passion for science. THE BUZZ: Continues Isaacson’s series of books about creative geniuses, including Einstein and the No. 1 USA TODAY best seller, Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson’s series tackles Leonardo da Vinci. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Looks at the life of the folk singer/ songwriter, now 73, Yaffe who wrote such classics as Both Sides Now, Woodstock and Free Man in Paris. THE BUZZ: Yaffe wrote Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown. WHAT AMERICA’S READING® BOOKLIST.USATODAY.COM n Rank this week THE TOP 10 n Rank last week (F) Fiction (NF) Non-ﬁction (P) Paperback (H)Hardcover (E) E-book Publisher in italics 1 — Origin Dan Brown Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is on the hunt (and run) again as he searches for a cryptic password in Spain (F) (E) Doubleday 6 4 It Stephen King Seven adults return to their small Maine town to battle an evil creature that preys on children (F) (P) Scribner 2 — The Ship of the Dead Rick Riordan Youth: Magnus Chase has to ﬁght Loki, who is preparing a ship of the dead for an attack; third in series (F) (H) Disney-Hyperion 7 1 Sleeping Beauties Stephen King, Owen King A mysterious sleeping disorder that can cause women to become violent and feral disrupts an Appalachian town (F) (H) Scribner 3 — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition/J.K. Rowling; Jim Kay Youth: Harry learns the spirits of loved ones linger in us; third in series; illustrated version; art by Jim Kay (F) (H) Arthur A. Levine 8 7 The Cuban Affair Nelson DeMille Charter boat captain and former Army officer Daniel “Mac” MacCormick is lured into a scheme to recover $60 million hidden away in Cuba (F) (E) Simon & Schuster 4 — The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur A look at growth and healing through poetry; follow-up to “Milk and Honey” (F) (P) Andrews McMeel Publishing 9 — We Were Eight Years in Power Collection of essays reﬂect on race, Barack Obama’s Ta-Nehisi Coates presidency and its aftermath (NF) (H) One World 5 2 Killing England Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard Subtitle: “The Brutal Struggle for American Independence” (NF) (H) Henry Holt and Co. 10 5 What Happened Hillary Rodham Clinton Memoir: The Democratic presidential candidate reﬂects on her loss to Donald Trump (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster The book list appears every Sunday. For each title, the format and publisher listed are for the best-selling version of that title this week. Reporting outlets include Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble.com, Barnes & Noble Inc., Barnes & Noble e-books, BooksAMillion.com, Books-A-Million, Costco, Hudson Booksellers, Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, Ky.; Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland, Pittsburgh), Kobo, Inc., Powell's Books (Portland, Ore.), Powells.com, R.J. Julia Booksellers (Madison, Conn.), Schuler Books & Music (Grand Rapids, Okemos, Eastwood, Alpine, Mich.), Sony Reader Store, Target, Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver). THE REST 11 — Merry and Bright/Debbie Macomber 12 6 A Column of Fire/Ken Follett 13 — Manhattan Beach/Jennifer Egan 14 15 16 17 18 3 16 — 13 11 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 14 — 17 26 10 — 20 23 — — — — 18 31 21 — 30 — 33 24 40 — Don’t Let Go/Harlan Coben Room on the Broom/Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler Without Merit/Colleen Hoover Wonder/R.J. Palacio The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye/David Lagercrantz Before We Were Yours/Lisa Wingate Winter Solstice/Elin Hilderbrand Little Fires Everywhere/Celeste Ng Milk and Honey/Rupi Kaur Haunted/James Patterson, James O. Born A Life Beyond Amazing/David Jeremiah How to Catch a Monster/Adam Wallace; art by Andy Elkerton Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties/Dav Pilkey Mind Over Matter/Nora Roberts The Keto Reset Diet/Mark Sisson, Brad Kearns The Core: Book Five of the Demon Cycle/Peter V. Brett The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump/Bandy X. Lee The Handmaid’s Tale/Margaret Atwood Principles: Life and Work/Ray Dalio Braving the Wilderness/Brené Brown A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms/George R.R. Martin The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (Expletive)/Mark Manson Until You Loved Me/Brenda Novak The Woman in Cabin 10/Ruth Ware Enemy of the State/Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete/James Dean From a Certain Point of View: Star Wars/Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller, Nnedi Okorafor, Sabaa Tahir, et al. 41 77 The Snowman/Jo Nesbo 42 35 The Fix/David Baldacci 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 — 38 44 — — 43 9 39 Merry Knight’s holiday stress is compounded when her family adds her proﬁle to a dating website (F) (E) Ballantine In 16th-century England, two lovers remain separated by religious differences (F) (H) Viking During World War II, a woman goes to work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and her search for her missing father leads her into the world of gangsters, showgirls and graft (F) (E) Scribner Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas is drawn back to a dark period in his life when new clues turn up in the murder of his twin brother (F) (E) Dutton Children: A witch in search of her hat welcomes myriad creatures onto her broom (F) (P) Puffin Merit Voss deals with her unconventional family life and a broken heart (F) (E) Atria Books Youth: August Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity, wants nothing more than to be normal (F) (H) Knopf Books for Young Readers Imprisoned punk hacker Lisbeth Salander returns to expose dark truths from her childhood with the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (F) (E) Knopf Rill Foss ﬁghts to keep her siblings together after they’re forced into an orphanage (F) (E) Ballantine The Quinn family is ﬁnally all together for the holidays; fourth in series (F) (E) Little, Brown Mia Warren rents a house in suburban Cleveland and causes upheaval in the neighborhood (F) (E) Penguin Press Poetry collection divided into four chapters that explore four pains (F) (P) Andrews McMeel Publishing Detective Michael Bennett’s family vacation is disrupted when local cops uncover a crime scene (F) (E) Little, Brown Subtitle: “9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today” (NF) (H) Thomas Nelson Children: A child tries to scare away the monster in his closet (F) (H) Sourcebooks Children: Dog Man tries to bust two cats who are in a bit of trouble with the law; third in series (F) (H) Scholastic David Brady needs a star for his documentary on paranormal psychology and wants agent A.J. Fields to help (F) (E) Silhouette Special Releases Subtitle: “Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever” (NF) (H) Harmony Arlen, Renna, and Jardir set out to ﬁnd the Core, where the Mother of Demons lives; ﬁfth and ﬁnal in series (F) (E) Del Rey Subtitle: “27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” (NF) (E) Thomas Dunne The story of a handmaid named Offred who lives in the repressive Republic of Gilead (F) (P) Anchor The author shares the unconventional life and business principles that he’s developed over the past 40 years (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster Subtitle: “The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” (NF) (H) Random House Contains the ﬁrst three prequel novellas to the author’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series (F) (E) Bantam Subtitle: “A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” (NF) (H) HarperOne Ellie Fisher tracks down Hudson King after they share a one-night stand (F) (E) Harlequin MIRA Travel writer Lo Blacklock sees a woman thrown overboard on a luxury cruise, but no one believes her (F) (P) Gallery/Scout Press Mitch Rapp assembles a covert team to go after Saudi officials who are working with ISIS (F) (E) Atria/Emily Bestler Books Children: Pete the Cat goes trick-or-treating from house to house (F) (P) HarperFestival Subtitle: “40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars” (F) (H) Del Rey Oslo police investigator Harry Hole investigates a series of disappearances (F) (P) Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Amos Decker investigates a murder-suicide outside FBI headquarters that could involve national security issues; third in series (F) (P) Grand Central Publishing The Four/Scott Galloway Subtitle: “The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google” (NF) (H) Portfolio Lilac Girls/Martha Hall Kelly Debut novel about the intersecting lives of three women during World War II (F) (P) Ballantine There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!/Lucille Colandro Children: The little old lady now is swallowing a bat, owl, cat, ghost and goblin in this Halloween book (F) (H) Scholastic Martin Luther/Eric Metaxas Subtitle: “The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World” (NF) (H) Viking The Ugly Duckling/Iris Johansen Ordinary woman turns into a beauty — and a moving target (F) (E) Bantam StrengthsFinder 2.0/Tom Rath Lifetime strategies for using your talents (NF) (H) Gallup Sugar Pine Trail/RaeAnne Thayne Julia Winston needs the help of Jamie Caine when she takes in two young boys before the holidays (F) (P) Harlequin HQN To Be Where You Are/Jan Karon In Mitford, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh focus on their veterinary practice (F) (H) G.P. Putnam’s Sons USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 18T SCREEN CHECK TONIGHT ON TV CRITIC’S CORNER Kelly Lawler @klawls USA TODAY GOOD BEHAVIOR TNT, 10 ET/PT Downton Abbey alum Michelle Dockery is back as Letty, a thief and con artist, in the second season of the drama. In the premiere, Letty has ﬁnally regained custody of her son Jacob (Nyles Julian Steele) and tries to settle down with Javier (Juan Diego Botto), a former assassin, to live a normal life. The only problem: the couple are still dabbling in criminal activity. Letty (Michelle Dockery) is having a hard time settling in on Good Behavior. TNT SURVIVOR’S REMORSE STARZ, 10 ET/PT FEAR THE WALKING DEAD 9 ET/PT The comedy wraps up its fourth season, as Cam (Jessie T. Usher) and Reggie (RonReaco Lee) butt heads over a potential deal involving an abandoned school property. Missy (Teyonah Parris) is looking for any opportunity that might help her get out of the Calloway family’s orbit. M-Chuck’s (Erica Ash) ambitions as a writer alienate her from Cassie (Tichina Arnold), and the rift may never be resolved. Reggie (RonReaco Lee) is all about the art of the deal in Survivor’s Remorse. BOB Madison (Kim Dickens) searches her soul on Fear. MAHONEY, TNT RICHARD FOREMAN, JR., AMC ‘Downton Abbey’ fans can step back in time Bill Keveney @billkev USA TODAY For Americans who never received an invitation to Downton Abbey — meaning everyone outside of Cora Crawley’s Yankee family — there’s a second chance. The beloved PBS Masterpiece drama, which ended its six-season run last year, is coming to America. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens Nov. 18 for a limited engagement in New York before traveling throughout the country, NBCUniversal International Studios announced. The exhibition, described as a “fully immersive experience,” promises to connect fans to the Downton characters, costumes, locations and events of England’s post-Edwardian era, from World War I to the Roaring Twenties. Visitors, who likely miss the show as much as cast and producers do, will get an upstairs/ downstairs look at the Crawley family estate, walking through recreations of sets that will take them into the kitchen, servants’ hall, Carson’s pantry, Lady Mary’s bedroom and the dining room. More than 50 costumes worn by Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and other Downton stars will be on display. They include Lady Mary’s and Lady Edith’s wedding dresses, Mary’s Season 2 proposal dress and Rose’s royal presentation dress. Costumes were curated by Anna Robbins, who was the costume designer for seasons 5 and 6. Artifacts on display include the bell board from the servants’ dining room and telegrams informing Lord Grantham of the sinking of the Titanic and outbreak of war with Germany. The exhibit also will “showcase never-before-seen footage.” Costumes worn by Downton Abbey characters will be featured in an exhibition coming to New York. Later, it will travel to other U.S. cities. PHOTOS BY CARNIVAL FILMS/PBS MASTERPIECE In a statement, Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios, said “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition continues this extraordinary legacy and gives viewers an exclusive invitation inside the series’ beloved characters, storylines and sets.” In New York, the exhibition will take residence at 218 W. 57th St. in Manhattan. Ticket prices, which start at $30 for adults and $15 for children, can be purchased at www.downtonexhibition.com. More U.S. locations will be announced at a later date. 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WADE PAYNE, AP Why Chargers won’t leave Los Angeles cation so far. But if the Chargers are 4-1 instead of 1-4, would reporters be asking the NFL about the Chargers moving back? Would StubHub Center have attracted a couple of thousand more fans to ﬁll out the picture of success? When asked last week, NFL vice president of communications Joe Lockhart dismissed the notion of the Chargers possibly moving back to San Diego. “The only place I’ve heard that, is that I’ve seen it on the Internet,” he said. Brent Schrotenboer @schrotenboer USA TODAY Sports Before they even moved to their new home in Los Angeles this year, the former San Diego Chargers knew they were destined to have the lowest home attendance in the NFL in 30 years. That’s what they signed up for when they picked StubHub Center as their temporary new home — a soccer stadium that seats 27,000. They could have pushed instead to share a temporary home with the Rams at Los Angeles Coliseum, which seats more than 90,000. But they didn’t in part because they knew their ﬁrst years in L.A. wouldn’t be easy. And no matter how bad it’s been so far for the Chargers (1-4), they also know there’s no going back to San Diego, their abandoned home of 56 years. “That ship has sailed,” said Marc Ganis, a sports consultant who has worked with NFL owners and has helped other teams relocate to new cities. “You never say never to anything, but boy, this is as close to that as we could get right now.” Despite speculation about the Chargers having relocation remorse, there are at least eight reasons they aren’t going back, at least for a long time, according to those with direct knowledge of the Chargers relocation and the contracts involved. SAN DIEGO 1. THE FLIP TAX Chargers fans in San Diego have a dream scenario. They’d like Chargers chairman Dean Spanos to sell the team to a new owner — a savior who would return the team to San Diego and build a stadium with his own money. But that’s also a pipe dream, partly because Spanos has shown no interest in it and partly because of penalties the NFL would levy on him — penalties that are a condition of getting a $200 million stadium construction loan from the NFL. Such transfer fees discourage Spanos from “ﬂipping” the franchise for proﬁt soon after relocation — 20% of the gross sales price of the franchise through 7. ATTENDANCE FLUCTUATIONS DON’T MATTER THAT MUCH StubHub Center, home of the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS, seats 27,000 for Chargers games. JAKE ROTH, USA TODAY SPORTS 2020 and 10% from 2021 through 2025, according to terms reviewed by USA TODAY Sports. The penalty decreases by 1% per year through 2035. 2. EXPECTATIONS Television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel showed a skit last week that poked fun at the Chargers’ low attendance and said they “miss San Diego” and “really (messed) up” by moving to Los Angeles uninvited. It was funny, but in reality, the Chargers knew it would be like this at ﬁrst. Even with a sellout every game, the Chargers would have had the lowest average home attendance in the NFL since at least 1997, when the Houston Oilers temporarily moved to Memphis and averaged 28,028 before permanently moving on to Nashville, according to STATS. Before that, a few teams averaged about 27,000 at home during a 1987 season that included a players strike and replacement players. Thirty years later, the Chargers are averaging about 25,000 a game at StubHub and are getting drowned out by fans from visiting teams. That might not get better at their next home game Oct. 22 against the Denver Broncos. Yet if they expected signiﬁcantly better ticket sales, they could have pursued sharing the larger Coliseum, whose commission president told USA TODAY Sports last year that it was open to hosting both the Chargers and the Rams. The Chargers opted for a more intimate experience instead at StubHub, in part because they knew they had to build their brand in Los Angeles ﬁrst. 3. 2020 VISION This move always was about the future beyond 2020, when the Chargers are scheduled to share a newly constructed $2.6 billion stadium with the Rams in nearby Inglewood. That stadium is being built and sold based on two teams playing there for 10 games a year (two preseason, eight regular season). That includes deals involving stadium naming rights, sponsorships and luxury boxes — all based on 20 NFL games, not 10. A $200 million NFL loan to the Chargers also is part of the construction budget. Removing the Chargers from this equation would create a mess that’s hard to untangle for the Rams, the NFL and others. 4. THERE’S NOWHERE ELSE TO GO After several years of trying, Spanos left San Diego because he couldn’t get a new stadium built in San Diego. He said he needed taxpayer support for it, but voters rejected that in November. Without a new stadium, there’s SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium), which is 50 years old and headed for closure by the city of San Diego after 2018. Smaller new San Diego stadium proposals for pro soccer and San Diego State football are in the works, but none have been approved. 5. THE RELOCATION FEE After 2018, the Chargers are to begin paying installments on a $650 million relocation fee — for the right to move to Los Angeles from San Diego. That’s money that goes into the pockets of other NFL owners. Those owners would not want to see those payments canceled so Spanos can make another uncertain attempt for a new stadium in San Diego. 6. THE CHANGEABLE NARRATIVE Kimmel and others might joke about the bad optics of this relo- The league knew there would be attendance challenges in Los Angeles, where the Raiders and Rams ranked 24th and 28th out of 28 NFL teams in home attendance in 1994, the last time the area had two NFL teams at once, according to STATS. But the NFL primarily makes its money from media rights deals, including television, and shares it with its teams. Locally, teams earn and don’t share revenue from lucrative luxury boxes, sponsorships and naming rights. That’s what the Chargers’ and Rams’ new stadium is being built to attract in Los Angeles and why they both moved to the nation’s second-biggest media market. 8. LONG-TERM FRANCHISE VALUE Over time, the Chargers are projected to increase in franchise value and make more money in Los Angeles than they would in San Diego, according to Vanderbilt sports economist John Vrooman. Ganis said it’s important not to “use an example of a few games to try to extrapolate out for 30 years.” At the same time, he said, the Chargers could do themselves a favor if they want to avoid more speculation and bad optics. “It would really behoove the Chargers to start winning,” he said. “They know this. It’s an obvious statement, but there’s that old saying: ‘You never get a second chance to make a ﬁrst impression.’ ” FOLLOW REPORTER BRENT SCHROTENBOER @schrotenboer for breaking news and analysis from the NFL. Saints, Steelers worth watching in Week 6 Jarrett Bell email@example.com USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell breaks down the keys for Week 6 across the NFL: WHO’S HOT Drew Brees. The Saints head into USA SNAPSHOTS© Youth movement 28 Wins by golfers in their 20s (split between 19 individuals) in the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, most in a single season since 1970 NOTE The prior record of 24 wins occurred in 2014-15 & 1974. SOURCE PGA Tour ELLEN J. HORROW AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY Sunday’s game against the Lions looking to become the ﬁrst team in NFL history to open the season with ﬁve consecutive games without committing a turnover. That reﬂects how careful Brees has been with the football in helping New Orleans transition out of another early-season funk (0-2) to suddenly get back into the potential playoff stratosphere. Just as striking as the turnover stat is this factoid: Beat the Lions, and the Sean Payton’s team will get above .500 for the ﬁrst time since 2013. The Saints have been doomed by ugly beginnings in recent years, but with the defense suddenly playing better the past two games, they have reason to hope that this is the year they ﬁnally produce another winning record. Then again, Detroit looms as a trap, even with Matthew Stafford hobbling. The Lions, whose defense has feasted on turnovers this season, have won the past three meetings against the Saints. “having it anymore,” the heat is on the Steelers’ quarterback. No, Big Ben hasn’t been as proliﬁc as we’ve often seen him (6 TDs, 7 INTs, 75.8 passer rating), but it’s still too early – and there’s too much healthy talent around him -- to panic. Remember, the entire Steelers’ offense has been slow to ﬁnd its rhythm. Le’Veon Bell, the multi-tasking running back who missed training camp and the preseason amid a contract matter, could be the biggest key for relieving pressure and helping Roethlisberger get out of his funk. Bell hasn’t been himself, either. All of which makes the Steelers mighty dangerous heading into Sunday’s game against Kansas City. Pittsburgh swept both matchups against the Chiefs last season, including the divisional playoff game at Arrowhead. Now the Chiefs may loom as the perfect matchup for Ben and Co. to send the statement that they remain the top contender that many envisioned them to be. PRESSURE’S ON KEY MATCHUP Ben Roethlisberger. After a disastrous, ﬁve-interception performance last weekend that was arguably the worst of his career, followed by the armchair psychoanalysis that persisted after Roethlisberger cracked about not Mike Evans vs. Patrick Peterson. Chances are good that with the Bucs coming to town, the Cardinals will assign Peterson, arguably the NFL’s best cornerback, to shadow the proliﬁc Evans, maybe the most athletically-gift- ed wideout in the game. Generally, Peterson doesn’t get many balls thrown in his direction. But Jameis Winston will have to occasionally try it, nonetheless, with the 6-foot, 5-inch Evans providing such an inviting radius. The Cardinals should be more worried about whether Justin Bethel can handle the other Tampa Bay receiver, speed merchant DeSean Jackson. Chances are that he can’t. If Winston and Jackson can establish the ﬂow they’ve been seeking, it could be the big swing factor. Then there’s the other Peterson in the mix for Arizona. Just-acquired Adrian Peterson makes his Cardinals debut against a Bucs defense solidiﬁed by two of the best young linebackers in the game, Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander. Sunday night encounter into the “No Fly Zone” of the Denver defense as the winless Giants looks to pull off a shocker. NEXT MAN UP STAT’S THE FACT Roger Lewis and Tavares King. Who? With ankle injuries decimating the Giants receiving corps last week – Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall are done for the season, while Sterling Shepard is hobbling – Lewis ﬁnished the loss against the Chargers last weekend as the only receiver on the ﬁeld. King has since been called up from the practice squad. And now the patched up receiver corps has a With Mitchell Trubisky heading to the Big ATM on the heels of his NFL debut for the Bears last Monday night, it’s time for a warning: Under John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 10-0 against rookie quarterbacks. ROOKIE WATCH Aaron Jones. Packers starting running back Ty Montgomery is expected to return for Sunday’s NFC North showdown at Minnesota after missing a week to nurse fractured ribs. The converted receiver causes so many issues with his skill in the passing game. But Jones, a ﬁfth-round pick from Texas El-Paso, showed during a 19-carry, 125-yard outing at Dallas that he has plenty to offer with his quick burst and decisive running. The 125 yards were more than Green Bay had rushed for in the past seven games combined. FOLLOW NFL COLUMNIST JARRETT BELL @JarrettBell for commentary, insight and analysis. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 20T NBA CHAMPION WARRIORS STILL TEAM TO BEAT AJ Neuharth-Keusch @tweetAJNK USA TODAY Sports With the chaotic summer in the books and less than a week remaining until opening night of the 2017-18 season, we rank the NBA’s 30 teams. 1. Golden State Warriors: The Warriors come out of the offseason on top, again, after resigning (deep breath) Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West and acquiring Nick Young and Omri Casspi (exhale). That sound you hear? It’s the NBA’s 29 other teams scrambling to keep up. 2. Houston Rockets: What do you get when you combine a guard-friendly head coach with a backcourt made up of elite ﬂoor generals in Chris Paul and James Harden? An offense capable of going toe-to-toe with any team on any night. As for defense, the additions of Paul, P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute will help. 3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Will Isaiah Thomas be back to his old self after returning from his hip injury in January? Can Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose turn back the clock? Is Tristan Thompson best suited coming off the bench? The Cavs roster, albeit much improved, is littered with questions. 4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and the newand-improved Thunder will make for must-see TV. But as far as title contention goes, there’s still a gap between them and the Warriors. But how big? 5. San Antonio Spurs: Even though they roster a top-three talent in Kawhi Leonard and employ one of the greatest coaches of all time in Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have ground to make up in the championship contention department. Aside from signing a proven scorer in Rudy Gay, who’s coming off a ruptured Achilles, their summer was underwhelming. 6. Boston Celtics: The additions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward helped narrow the gap on the Cavs, but the Celtics — made up of a dozen (no, seriously, a dozen) new faces — will surely miss the defensive presence of Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. Don’t expect smooth sailing from the get-go. 7. Washington Wizards: Aside from re-signing John Wall and Otto Porter to deals worth a combined $276 million, the Wizards stayed relatively quiet. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as they’re looking to build off what was the franchise’s best season since 1979. But what’s their ceiling? 8. Minnesota Timberwolves: Not only are the Timberwolves poised to end their league-worst 13-year playoff drought, but — led by Jimmy But- The Thunder added Paul George (13) and Carmelo Anthony (7) to play alongside Russell Westbrook, but it remains to be seen if they can beat the Warriors. MARK D. SMITH, USA TODAY SPORTS ler, Andrew Wiggins and KarlAnthony Towns — they’re talented enough to ﬁght for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. 9. Toronto Raptors: The Raptors re-signed Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka and brought in C.J. Miles from Indiana, but they lost Patrick Patterson, P.J. Tucker, DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph. They’ll win 45-plus games for the ﬁfth consecutive season, but then what? 10. Milwaukee Bucks: With Giannis Antetokounmpo set to continue his rise to superstardom, Khris Middleton healthy and Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon poised for second-season success, the Bucks enter with a legitimate shot to contend for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference. 11. Los Angeles Clippers: You might not be able to recognize the Clippers after the face lift, but don’t expect their six-season playoff streak to come to an end. Led by $173 million man Blake Griffin, along with DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari and Pat Beverley, the Clips are still going to compete. 12. Denver Nuggets: With the front line of Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic expected to be one of the most dynamic in the league, this Nuggets team is ready to get back in the postseason for the ﬁrst time since 2013. 13. Miami Heat: The Heat were big spenders, signing James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Dion Waiters each to $50 million-plus deals. But for now, despite last season’s 30-11 ﬁnish, there’s nothing that suggests Miami is anything more than a middle-of-theroad team. 14. Utah Jazz: Led by Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Favors, the Jazz are still capable of sneaking into the playoffs. But the days of 50-win seasons and second-round playoff trips — though short-lived — are over. 15. Portland Trail Blazers: We know what Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are capable of, but the real X factor is Jusuf Nurkic, who emerged as a legitimate third option during the latter portion of last season after being traded from Denver. 16. Memphis Grizzlies: With the departures of Tony Allen and Zach Randolph, these won’t be the Grit ’n’ Grind Grizzlies of yesteryear. Memphis enters as nothing more than a fringe playoff team trapped in a brutal Western Conference. 17. Philadelphia 76ers: There’s good reason for excitement in Philly, as the 76ers are poised for a playoff push after posting a 109-301 record over the last ﬁve seasons. Health permitting, this team — headlined by Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons — will turn some heads. 18. Charlotte Hornets: Charlotte’s ceiling is the sixth seed in the East while their ﬂoor is somewhere closer to the 10th. Can the Hornets take advantage of good coaching, a solid roster and a weak conference, or will they fall short for the second season in a row? 19. New Orleans Pelicans: The Big Three in The Big Easy — Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins — have what it takes to make noise and work their way into the postseason. But will they? The future of coach Alvin Gentry might depend on it. 20. Detroit Pistons: The Pistons, who have been mired in mediocrity for a good portion of the last decade, don’t appear to be ready to take a signiﬁcant step forward or back. The addition of Avery Bradley is underrated, but when you factor in the losses of Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, don’t expect Detroit to be all that inspiring. 21. Sacramento Kings: Look at the bright side: With a roster that features a nice mix of veteran leadership (Zach Randolph, George Hill and Vince Carter) and young talent (Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox and Willie CauleyStein), the Kings might not be unwatchable. 22. Dallas Mavericks: The highlight of the Mavs’ summer was drafting Dennis Smith Jr., which — as bright as his future might be — doesn’t do much as far as this season is concerned. For just the fourth time since the turn of the millennium, the Mavericks are bound for the lottery. 23. Los Angeles Lakers: While we can already chalk this season up as one that will end at Game No. 82, the future is as bright in Laker Land as it has been in some time. Despite an on-court product that will, at times, be difficult to watch, the spotlight will still shine bright on the Purple and Gold this season. 24. New York Knicks: Even though the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchise took some steps in the right direction, namely parting ways with Phil Jackson and ﬁnding a new home for Carmelo Anthony, the waiting game — and the frustration — will surely continue for Knicks fans. 25. Indiana Pacers: Fleeced by Oklahoma City in the Paul George deal, the Pacers enter with little to be excited about. And aside from Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo, the future doesn’t look all that bright either. 26. Phoenix Suns: Another year, another lottery-bound season for the Suns, who will use this season to focus on the development of franchise cornerstones Devin Booker and Josh Jackson as well as former lottery picks Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender and Alex Len. 27. Orlando Magic: Will the Magic be better than last season after drafting Jonathan Isaac and adding Jonathon Simmons, Arron Afflalo, Shelvin Mack and Marreese Speights in free agency? Probably. But that’s not saying much. More than anything else, all eyes will be on Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, who both have a lot to prove during their fourth NBA seasons. 28. Brooklyn Nets: After bringing in 2015 No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers, the Nets have a potential franchise player to build around, as well as some complementary pieces in Allen Crabbe, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert. It might not seem like much, but it’s a start. 29. Atlanta Hawks: You’d be hard-pressed to ﬁnd a team that has undergone the type of roster turnover Atlanta has the last two seasons, as this Hawks team features only three members of that 60-win team from three years ago. 30. Chicago Bulls: The Bulls didn’t just say so long to Jimmy Butler this summer, they also said so long to the inevitable success that came with him on the roster. Yes, Chicago ﬁnally has a direction, but for now that direction is down. The USA TODAY Network of voters: USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick, Jeff Zillgitt, Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch; Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis; The Indianapolis Star’s Clifton Brown; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez Simmons, Ball, Fultz headline race for ROY AJ Neuharth-Keusch @tweetAJNK USA TODAY Sports This wasn’t the much ballyhooed NBA draft class of 2003, but this year’s class isn’t short on talent, either. Our preseason favorite to win Rookie of the Year wasn’t even drafted in June, though Ben Simmons gets lumped in with this year’s rookies due to injury. Needless to say, there’s competition and intrigue all throughout the league when it comes to the player most likely to win Rookie of the Year. 1. Ben Simmons: Drafted No. 1 by Philadelphia (2016) Simmons, whose rookie season was shut down after he broke his foot during training camp last year, is healthy, and that alone should make him a Rookie of the Year favorite. The 6-10 forward will play different positions, including point guard, for a Sixers team that’s poised to end the franchise’s ﬁve-year postseason drought. Simmons, not lacking conﬁdence, says he’s heading into the season a much better player than he was last year, and it’s “not even close.” 2. Lonzo Ball: Drafted No.2 by Los Angeles Lakers The hype surrounding Ball, for better or worse, has ensured that the spotlight will shine bright on the 6-6 point guard during his rookie campaign, as he heads into the season holding the keys to one of the NBA’s most storied franchises. But after a strong showing during Las Vegas Summer League, and some exciting moments during his limited preseason action, early signs indicate that Ball is well-suited for the task. 3. Dennis Smith Jr.: Drafted No. 9 by Dallas Smith, who could end up being the steal of the draft, will have the green light in Dallas, which in itself makes him a prime candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. But then you look at his talent — he’s a freak athlete and has elite playmaker potential — and Smith taking home the hardware becomes all the more likely. Don’t believe us? Take it from Smith’s peers, who voted him most likely to win the award in the annual Rookie Survey. 4. Markelle Fultz: Drafted No. 1 by Philadelphia Fultz has superstar potential and could easily end up being the best player from this year’s draft class. But as far as his Rookie of the Year odds are concerned, the fact that Fultz is going to spend a lot of his time off the ball and will be forced to share both the spotlight and the touches with Simmons and Joel Embiid might end up hurting his stock a bit. 5. De’Aaron Fox: Drafted No. 5 by Sacramento The lightning-quick point guard out of Kentucky has the tools to contribute from Day One, and though he’ll have to ﬁght for minutes behind veteran point guard George Hill, he should see plenty of time on the court for the lottery-bound Kings. His struggles on the perimeter (he shot 24.6% from three-point range at Kentucky) and thin frame (he weighed in at 170 pounds at the combine) could hinder his Rookie of the Year run, though. 6. Josh Jackson: Drafted No. 4 by Phoenix Jackson, arguably the draft’s best two-way player, is in line for a heavy workload for a Suns team that views him as a franchise cornerstone. He thrives in transition and should be a nice ﬁt in Phoenix’s fast-paced offense alongside Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. That said, his offensive game isn’t all that polished and he struggles with his jump shot. 7. Jayson Tatum: Drafted No. 3 by Boston Put him on a lottery team and give him 30 minutes a night and Tatum would be up there with Simmons, Ball and Smith. He has the talent, particularly as a scorer, to see some meaningful minutes with Boston’s second unit. But odds are those minutes won’t be enough to crown him as this year’s top rookie. In fact, only two of the past 20 Rookie of the Year winners — Malcolm Brogdon (26.4) and Mike Miller (29.1) — averaged fewer than 30 minutes per game. 8. Malik Monk: Drafted No. 11 by Charlotte One of the draft’s top scorers, Monk — who turned heads with his 47-point outing against North Carolina during his freshman season with Kentucky — gives the Hornets needed backcourt depth. His defensive shortcomings might limit his minutes, but expect to see Monk get playing time at both guard positions, especially with starting shooting guard Nicolas Batum out for 6-8 weeks. 9. Donovan Mitchell: Drafted No. 13 by Denver, traded to Utah Another prime candidate for the “steal of the draft” designation, the 6-3 combo guard out of Louisville prides himself on his defense, but he doesn’t exactly struggle as a scorer. He sank 80 three-pointers at a 35.4% clip as a sophomore after making 18 at 25% as a freshman, and he played well during Utah’s undefeated preseason run, scoring 26 points on 10-20 shooting in the ﬁnale against the Lakers. 10. John Collins: Drafted No. 19 by Atlanta Collins, a versatile forward from Wake Forest, might be a long shot to win the award, but his role — and his highlight reel — should be enough to get him some consideration. Collins was relatively unknown after his ﬁrst year with the Demon Deacons, but emerged as one of the nation’s top bigs as a sophomore. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 21T NFL Protesting can be a difficult decision Many factors make situation tricky for players Jarrett Bell firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Sports ASHBURN, VA . As usual, Terrelle Pryor was approachable and polite as a visitor stopped by his locker for a quick chat. But the Washington receiver, undoubtedly sensing the topic, was also rather ﬁrm. “I’ll talk about football,” Pryor told USA TODAY Sports. “We can talk about needing to beat the 49ers.” Translation: Not going there. After his last game, on Oct. 2, Pryor got into a heated exchange with a fan at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium — moved to the point of giving the man a ﬁnger, he explained, after being repeatedly taunted with the N-word. In an Instagram post, Pryor wrote the tone of the incident was “the exact reason why guys are kneeling during the anthem.” Reminded of that Wednesday, Pryor said, “I said what I had to say.” Kind of annoying, coming to work, and pressed to make a social statement? Pryor gave a half-smile. “Nah,” he said. “I understand. You’re doing your job.” Elsewhere, one of Pryor’s usually affable teammates wouldn’t touch the matter of the national anthem protests. “I work for The Man,” the player grumbled. “And I want to keep working.” Therein lies another layer to Washington wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had an incident with a fan Oct. 2, but he wants to put that behind him. His focus is on the 49ers this week. MARK TENALLY, AP the cloud that has settled over the NFL in relation to the anthem demonstrations that are largely protests against social injustice, inequality and police brutality against African Americans. Although there’s the visceral urge to protest in response to the trash-talking from Donald Trump, the decision to engage or not for many players is not automatic. Some lesser-known ones probably resist protesting because they lack job security and are at the low end of the salary scale. At the other end of the spectrum, some are undoubtedly eyeing post-playing careers while considering political ramiﬁcations. Remember, Colin Kaepernick — the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who earned $43.5 million over six NFL seasons — still doesn’t have a job. It’s a matter of dignity for many in a league where more than 70% of the players are African Americans. In determining whether to express themselves, there’s undoubtedly a sense that they are also representing family and friends. While high-proﬁle leaders including Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and Seattle Seahawks players Michael Bennett and Doug Baldwin have emerged in Kaepernick’s absence to deﬁne the purpose of the protests, every player in the league is affected to some degree. Not every player is politically and socially passionate, and there’s a wide range of interests, maturity and backgrounds. But after Trump got involved, the entire league — owners included — was put on full blast for a self-check. “You’ve got some guys who are paying attention to it and some guys who are not,” Washington tight end Vernon Davis told USA TODAY Sports. “Do you want to focus on that or football?” Davis, a 12th-year veteran, was not among the six Washington players who knelt before the game at Kansas City. “I’m just focusing on football,” he said. “The cause is there. I think it’s a good cause. They’re trying to bring awareness to something that needs to be addressed. Police brutality. Equality. But at the end of the day — (with) the president or higher-ups — you’re either going to help or you’re not. The ones who control what’s going on in America, they have the power to do something about it.” NFL players have been placed in a difficult dilemma. It’s not like African-American accountants, lawyers or police officers were suddenly cast with the decision to kneel while their white co-workers and management ﬁgures contemplate their level of support. In declaring that he won’t use any player who doesn’t stand for the anthem, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is selling the notion that it’s good for his players because he’s taking the decision out of their hands. How paternalistic. And condescending. It’s one thing to defend the ﬂag, show concern for business ramiﬁcations and square off against the players union about workplace rules. But the notion that players can’t make up their own minds is crossing a line. That’s why activists, including Dr. Harry Edwards and Rev. Al Sharpton, skewer Jones as carrying a “plantation mentality” as he essentially accedes to Trump’s wishes. “Really, I don’t want my players making the call,” Jones told USA TODAY Sports. “Everybody understands it when your livelihood (is at stake). What nobody gets is how damaging it can be when we continue a debate about the NFL when it comes to disrespecting the ﬂag.” It’s as if Jones thinks players in a highly pressurized profession can’t handle such a decision, a notion that drew a chuckle from Davis. “We’re grown men,” Davis said. “You decide what you’re going to do. If you want to stand or kneel, you make your own decision. Whatever. “This is a job that’s full of pressure, but at the end of the day, pressure is a good thing. In this game ... you embrace it.” FOLLOW NFL COLUMNIST JARRETT BELL @JarrettBell for commentary, insight and analysis. Twitter offers insights into Kaepernick Quarterback’s tweets, followers prove informative, show more than politics Josh Peter @joshlpeter11 USA TODAY Sports Talib Kweli Greene, a rapper who has used the racial epithet “coon” to attack African Americans he thinks are harming the black community, said he wants to thank Colin Kaepernick for following his Twitter account. “Following me is a brave choice,” said Greene, who has branded conservative politician Ben Carson and Breitbart reporter Jerome Hudson as coons. “Twitter every once in a while will email me and be like, ‘You have to erase that.’ “I say things football players can’t say, you know what I’m saying?” Kaepernick, by contrast, is saying very little these days. The controversial quarterback hasn’t addressed the news media in public since he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers after a 2016 season in which Kaepernick stirred emotions by taking a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice. But Twitter offers insight into who he is, with whom he associates with and what he believes. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the San Francisco 49ers-Indianapolis Colts game in protest of several players taking a knee during The Star-Spangled Banner, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared his players must stand for the song. In both cases, Kaepernick did not comment. But when CBS reported Kaepernick is not planning to kneel during the anthem if he gets another shot to play in the NFL, he responded on Twitter with a Winston Churchill quote: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” It was Kaepernick’s ﬁrst tweet since Sept. 6 and characteristically cryptic. President Trump, who has called for NFL owners to ﬁre or suspend players who refuse to stand for the anthem, uses his Twitter account as a bully pulpit. Kaepernick engages in guerrillalike tactics — with his chosen army. Like Trump, Kaepernick generates heavy interest on the social media site, with more than 4.6 million mentions since Sept. 1, the most of any athlete, according to Twitter. In addition, #ImwithKaep was used in 115,000 tweets from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4. Overall Kaepernick has 1.4 million followers but follows only 81 accounts — including Greene, the rapper, and other controversial ﬁgures. For instance, there’s DeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist who has been accused of inciting violence, and Linda Sarsour, an Palestinian American who has called for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Last month, Mckesson joined Kaepernick during a meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and tweeted, “It was good to connect today & to discuss pathways to change. There’s much yet to be done.” Sarsour attended the proKaepernick rally outside NFL headquarters Aug. 23 and is a member of The Gathering Justice, among the organizations to which Kaepernick has donated this year while giving away almost $1 million. “Every conversation that I’ve ever had with Colin is based on what are we doing right now,” Sarsour, who like Kaepernick made Time magazine’s “100 Most Inﬂuential People” list for 2017, told USA TODAY Sports. “Where is the work? What are you focusing on? Where is the need? “I wish more people would understand who he is on a deep level.” Kaepernick offered a glimpse when on July 4 he released a video documenting his trip to Africa. “In a quest to ﬁnd my personal independence, I had to ﬁnd out where my ancestors came from,” Kaepernick said during the narra- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick raised awareness of social issues through protests. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY SPORTS tion. “I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana.” But his Twitter account suggests he is about more than politics. For example, he follows Camp Taylor, a camp in Northern California for children with heart disease. Kaepernick’s adoptive parents lost two children to heart disease and, as a rookie with the 49ers in 2011, Kaepernick donated his ﬁrst game check to Camp Taylor. He sponsored the organization’s charity golf tournament last year, said Kavin Desai, a pediatric cardiologist and medical director of Camp Taylor who said he has not spoken to Kaepernick since the protests began in August 2016. “I’ve always been taken by how thoughtful he is,” Desai said. “He’s clearly a very caring person. He’s got a huge heart. He’s very deliberate. He’s smart. He knows what he’s doing. “I’m excited for what he’s doing and the direction he’s going, because it’s what he wants to do. We’re a little bit saddened that he’s less involved with us at Camp Taylor now, but that’s part of maturing, and I’m understanding of that.” Kaepernick also follows Jeremiah Jones, who said he contacted Kaepernick after reading about the quarterback’s involvement with Camp Taylor. “He was doing something positive, not being selﬁsh,” Jones explained about his decision to reach out to the quarterback. That was almost four years ago when Jones, then 13, sent Kaepernick gear from his clothing line, JYoungin, a non-proﬁt that promotes academics, sports and leadership. Kaepernick wore a red JYoungin vest on Jan. 12, 2014, after the 49ers beat the Carolina Panthers 23-10 in a playoff game, and JYoungin sales spiked. “They shot up like a rocket,” said Jones, who added that Kaepernick also sent a boxful of his own merchandise to Jones. Jones said he feels a special kinship with Kaepernick because Jones, like Kaepernick, is biracial. He keeps up with Kaepernick on Twitter, and Jones remains on the select list of Twitter accounts Kaepernick follows. “I’ve been rocking with Kaep since he’s been rocking with me,” Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “and I’m still rocking with Kaep.” More than a dozen of the Twitter accounts Kaepernick follows belong to athletes, including Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, who this year tweeted, “Thinking NFL players are ‘protesting the ﬂag’ is like thinking Rosa Parks was protesting public transportation.” Another account belongs to his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, whose Muslim faith and pointed tweets have drawn scrutiny from Kaepernick’s critics. On Sunday she tweeted, “The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false! He has never discussed this with anyone.” Once again, Twitter offered the only clues. 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I listened to late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue and there was no direct reference or inference that Republicans are all “monsters.” Kimmel merely expressed that, for public safety reasons, no one should own firearms designed specifically to more efficiently kill humans. Kimmel didn’t call the half of Americans who own guns “monsters,” and he didn’t blatantly repeat “Democratic talking points,” as Markowicz accuss in her column. In fact, Kimmel’s points were, as he described, commonsense suggestions that most Americans subscribe to on some level. MARSHALL RAMSEY, THE (JACKSON, MISS.) CLARION-LEDGER CHARLIE DANIEL, KNOXVILLE (TENN.) NEWS SENTINEL Paul Colson Birmingham, Ala. Make no mistake, those who have supported assault weapon sales and wide distribution of firearms do bear some responsibility for these events. People might say “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” but I would ask those who say that: If Stephen Paddock had only a knife on him, how many people would have died in Las Vegas? Charles McCormick TO COMMENT GARY VARVEL, THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR MIKE THOMPSON, DETROIT FREE PRESS Have Your Say at email@example.com, facebook.com/usatodayopinion and @USATOpinion on Twitter. All comments are edited for length and clarity. Content submitted to USA TODAY may appear in print, digital or other forms. For letters, include name, address and phone number. Letters may be mailed to 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108. Irresistibly entertaining. Meet our new app, now with virtual reality. Experience exclusive awards season access, the hottest celeb trends, and the juiciest moments in pop culture.