SUNDAY AN EDITION OF USA TODAY USA TODAY EXCLUSIVE ‘Era of economic surrender is over’ In an op-ed for the USA Today Network, President Trump lays out the case for cutting taxes and simplifying the tax code. 10.22.17 READ IT ONLINE AT USATODAY.COM/OPINION MANUEL BALCE CENETA AP ‘Bookstore diplomacy’ helps link D.C. with Mexico IN BRIEF TRUMP CELEBRATES DEFEAT OF ISLAMIC STATE IN RAQQA President Trump said Saturday that the end of the Islamic State “is in sight” after the militant group was driven out of Raqqa, its self-declared capital in Syria. Trump said in a statement that the recapture of Raqqa by the Syrian Democratic Forces is “a critical breakthrough” in the campaign to defeat” ISIS. Trump said the U.S. will back diplomatic negotiations that end the violence in Syria, allow refugees to return safely home and “yield a political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people.” Shops reaching out so a border wall cannot divide them Julia Fair USA TODAY $417M AWARD IN TALCUM POWDER CASE TOSSED OUT A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company’s request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the trial that ended with the award two months ago. Nelson also ruled that there wasn’t convincing evidence that Johnson & Johnson acted with malice, and that the award for damages was excessive. FDA OKS NEW VACCINE AGAINST SHINGLES VIRUS U.S. regulators have approved a new vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration approved it late Friday. It will be the second shingles vaccine in the U.S. Merck’s came out in 2006. Studies funded by Glaxo found it prevents shingles in about 90% of people. Merck’s is about 50% effective. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for those 60 or older, partly because it loses effectiveness over time. Anyone who’s had chickenpox — nearly everyone over 40 — harbors the varicella-zoster virus that causes the disease. AT LEAST 54 OFFICERS DIE IN AMBUSH NEAR CAIRO At least 54 police officers were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing ﬁreﬁght was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years. Police officials told the Associated Press that the ﬁreﬁght began when security forces acting on intelligence moved against a militants’ hideout. Staff and wire reports USA SNAPSHOTS© Global experience A cart is maneuvered over a broken bridge spanning the Vivi River on Friday in Utuado, Puerto Rico. President Trump has boasted about his hurricane relief efforts. MARIO TAMA, GETTY IMAGES Trump’s world is not reality Critics heap scorn on volatile president; others call him ‘candid’ David Jackson NEWS ANALYSIS WASHINGTON Sometimes it seems like President Trump is living in his own world. A world where Trump already has the votes to replace the Affordable Care Act and pass tax reform; where hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico are getting “A-plus ratings”; and where he has a “fantastic” relationship with congressional Republicans. To critics, the world is one in which Republicans have been unable to pass major legislation, including health care and taxes; in which lawmakers have harshly criticized the Puerto Rico response; in which a prominent Republican has likened the Trump White House to an adult day care center — and one in which Trump is seeking to create his own version of reality. “Since he ﬁrst emerged as a presidential candidate, Trump has regularly asserted things that aren’t true in order to either avoid uncomfortable questions or paint a rosy (or SOURCE Graebel Companies survey of 500 U.S. college seniors MICHAEL B. SMITH AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY Trump’s world is volatile and can shift suddenly: uOn Tuesday, Trump indicated he supported a bipartisan Senate plan to restore certain health insurance subsidies; the next day, he criticized the plan as a gift to the insurance companies. u In early October, Trump tweeted that Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time” in seeking diplomacy with North Korea, yet insisted he was not undercutting his secretary of State. After Dan Cullen, media relations manager for the American Booksellers Association, said he knows of no other agreements like this between bookstores across international borders. “When small bookstores and citizens like this engage in small acts of citizen diplomacy, it makes a big difference to break (barriers) down,” said Katie Levey, senior director of communications for PYXERA Global, the parent organization for the Center for Citizen Diplomacy. Citizen diplomacy between the bookstores can create momentum for other outreach, Levey said, adding that bookstores are “mini meccas of knowledge” that often hold deeper understandings of a variety of cultures. “It’s part of a bigger trend of people reaching across boundaries and borders to understand v STORY CONTINUES ON 2T v STORY CONTINUES ON 2T President Trump says he and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have a great relationship. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE, AP “Trump has regularly asserted things that aren’t true in order to avoid uncomfortable questions or paint a rosy (or dystopian) picture.” Nicole Hemmer, University of Virginia dystopian) picture of whatever issue he’s talking about,” said Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Sugar study is small win in cancer ﬁght @ashleymaytweets USA TODAY 81% Kyle Burk, who works at Capitol Hill Books, and Selva Hernandez, owner of the Mexico City bookstore, signed a mostly symbolic agreement between their businesses. CAPITOL HILL BOOKS @djusatoday USA TODAY Ashley May of college seniors are interested in working abroad after graduation. As President Trump fuels tension with Mexico with his plan to construct a wall across the shared border, a cluttered used bookstore on Capitol Hill has taken diplomacy into its own hands. Capitol Hill Books has signed a Memorandum of Understanding creating a sister store relationship with Librería a Través del Espejo (Through the Looking Glass) in Mexico City. The agreement is mostly symbolic, store employees said, but is part of a broader effort to create friendships with Mexicans in the Trump era. WASHINGTON Belgian scientists say they’ve made a research breakthrough in the relationship between sugar and cancer. Researchers found that yeast with high levels of the sugar known as glucose overstimulated the same proteins often found mutated inside human tumors, making cells grow faster. The ﬁnding, published in Nature Communications on Fri- day, aims to shed light on how cancer develops. Johan Thevelein, Wim Versées and Veerle Janssens started researching sugar’s link to cancer in 2008 to try and better understand what’s called the Warburg effect, when tumor cells make energy through a rapid breakdown of glucose not seen in normal cells. That energy fuels tumor growth. The research “is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness,” Thevelein, from KU Leuven in Belgium, said in a release. Belgian scientists say they have discovered a clearer relationship between sugar and cancer. BEN HARDING, GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO The ﬁnding is not a medical breakthrough, and it doesn’t prove that eating a low-sugar diet could change a cancer diagnosis. “The ﬁndings are not sufficient to identify the primary cause of the Warburg effect,” Thevelein said in a release. “Further research is needed.” Victoria Stevens, a cancer researcher with the American Cancer Society who was not involved in the study, said this research is great, but it comments only on “about one product made during the breakdown of glucose to produce energy.” In other words, it’s a small step in a long process. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 2T Supporters say Trump looks to the positive v CONTINUED FROM 1T This is an edition of USA TODAY provided for your local newspaper. An expanded version of USA TODAY is available at newsstands or by subscription, and at usatoday.com. For the latest national sports coverage, go to sports.usatoday.com Corrections & Clarifications USA TODAY is committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail email@example.com. Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. reports that Tillerson once called Trump a “moron,” Trump told reporters that they have “a very good relationship.” u Trump continues to say that the United States is the highesttaxed nation in the world, even though that is not the case. “Some people say it differently, they say we’re the highest developed nation taxed in the world,” Trump told Scripps last week. “A lot of people know exactly what I’m talking about, and in many cases they think I’m right when I say the highest. As far as I’m concerned, I think we’re really essentially the highest, but if you want to add the ‘developed nation,’ you can say that, too.” To Trump supporters, it is the critics and reporters who are distorting reality, taking Trump’s statements out of context or putting them in a false light. TRUMP IS ‘NOT SCRIPTED’ PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER “You can say that the president is positive and the media is negative, always focusing on the negative side of things,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. She said Trump is “candid,” and his style is one of the reasons he defeated Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election: “People want somebody who is real, who is authentic, and who is not scripted.” Clinton received 2.9 million more votes than Trump but lost the Electoral College. One result of Trump’s rhetoric: Diametrically different accounts of a single event, as happened in stories about phone calls to families of soldiers killed in battle. A member of Congress from Florida who overheard one of Trump’s calls said he patronized the widow by saying her slain soldier “knew what he signed up for”; Trump responded that he “didn’t say what that congresswoman said; didn’t say it at all.” Trump has said “I think I’ve called every family of someone who’s died,” but the families of several slain soldiers said they have not heard from the president. John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, on Thursday conﬁrmed Trump’s comments but criticized Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat, for publicizing them. LUNCH WITH MITCH The different political universes were on full display with last week’s White House meeting between Trump and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Afterward, Trump brought McConnell before reporters in an impromptu Rose Garden news conference, telling reporters they have a great relationship — never mind that they and their aides have sniped at each other for months over the lack of a health care bill and other setbacks. Also never mind that former White House strategist Steve Bannon plans to back primary challengers to Senate Republicans he believes have been insufﬁciently pro-Trump. In the view of Trump, however, “maybe with the exception of a few — and that is a very small few — I have a fantastic relationship with the people in the Senate, and with the people in Congress.” A week before, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told The New York Times that Trump’s recklessness threatens “World War III” and added that he isn’t the only Republican to feel this way. “Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” Corker told the Times, adding: “Of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.” Also at the McConnell news conference, Trump said he was “very honored” that James Lee Witt, the Federal Emergency Management Agency head under President Clinton, “gave us an Aplus” on hurricane recovery. On Twitter, Witt said his grade applied only to Texas and Florida. To his supporters, Trump accentuates the positive. Former Trump campaign communications director Jason Miller called the president a master of media communications, and “many detractors have been frustrated that President Trump is beating them at their own game.” Hemmer said Trump “has shown ... that his statements are not rooted in reality. Instead, she said, Trump uses rhetoric designed to make himself look good: “I don’t think there is an overarching strategy, other than to avoid taking blame for failures and to shore up his ‘I alone can ﬁx it’ argument.” John Zidich EDITOR IN CHIEF Joanne Lipman CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Kevin Gentzel 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett The local edition of USA TODAY is published daily in partnership with Gannett Newspapers Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAY is subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAY may in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: www.GannettReprints.com or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAY is a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. USA TODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. Book exchange will be shops’ first act of diplomacy v CONTINUED FROM 1T what other cultures look like,” she said. Countries have been exchanging historical pieces and art for years, said Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, the parent company of the Center for Citizen Diplomacy. When countries engage in exchanges and friendship agreements, beneﬁts follow, White explained. “It’s getting people to think about … the value of cross-border cooperation and hopefully getting a taste of that and thinking of other ways they might apply that,” she said. The stores plan to exchange Spanish and English books as the ﬁrst act of diplomacy and hope the friendship develops into the stores becoming greeting points for travelers from the other country. Jim Toole, 80, the owner of Capitol Hill Books, said it’s ﬁtting the Mexico bookstore is named after an English story, promoting the solidarity that comes with a shared love of literacy. “We’re going around, over and through (the wall),” Toole said. “We’re going through that wall from an intellectual and not a physical standpoint. The physical standpoint is the books.” “With all of the nonsensible talk, and the kind of silly talk, about building a wall between two countries … it seemed like a really good time to respond to that in a small way,” said Kyle Burk, the so- cial media manager for Capitol Hill Books. Burk also is a contract employee for Mexican Embassy in D.C., where he writes and translates for the communications team. Toole, a two-star rear admiral during the Vietnam War, took ownership of the bookstore about seven blocks east of the U.S. Capitol in 1994 and ﬁlled every corner of the building with a clutter of used books and snarky book descriptions. Customers browse mystery books upstairs in the room where the former owner, an ex-priest, died of a heart attack, and on the lower level they ﬁnd a bathroom stuffed with foreign language books. “Since this country’s foreign language (use) is in the toilet, I took my toilet room and made it my foreign language room,” Toole said with a laugh. More seriously, Toole explained he hopes the memorandum will stimulate an inﬂux of foreign language books from Mexico to the shop and bring in more Spanishspeaking residents from the Capitol Hill neighborhood. On Monday, Trump reiterated his concerns about Mexico, saying drugs are pouring in over the border. “We need a wall in this country,” he said. “You know it, I know it, everybody knows it.” Toole said, “Our mission is to try and overcome some of the bad things that are being said with any relationship with Mexico and instill an increased concern for literacy.” Spain’s PM moves to Air Force recall of pilots thwart separatists could hurt smaller airlines and rule Catalonia Pilot shortage has Cabinet invokes constitution in face of independence vote Doug Stanglin @dstanglin USA TODAY Spain’s prime minister said Saturday that the government would invoke unprecedented constitutional authority to “restore order” in Catalonia, suspend the regional government and call for fresh elections to thwart its leaders’ attempt to declare independence. After an emergency cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the government will invoke Article 155 of the 39-yearold Spanish constitution to revoke Catalonia’s autonomous rule and rule the region from Madrid. Rajoy said his government had no choice after Catalonia’s separatist government acted in a manner that was “unilateral, contrary to the law and seeking confrontation” by holding a banned independence referendum three weeks ago. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has threatened to call a vote in the regional parliament for an explicit declaration of independence from Spain. Catalonia, whose regional capital is Barcelona, is a prosperous industrialized region on the Mediterranean Sea bordering France. The popular tourist area has long been a hotbed of secessionist movements. Article 155, which has never been invoked in the constitution’s 39-year history, allows central authorities to intervene when one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions fails to comply with the law. King Philip VI earlier expressed his support for the move to rein in Catalonia’s autonomous powers. “Spain has to face an unacceptable attempt to secede a part of its national territory and resolve it through their legitimate democratic institutions while respecting our Constitution,” the king said, Eldiario Digital reports. The moves come only weeks after the regional government mounted a controversial referendum on Catalonian independence that featured police disrupting some polling stations and overturning ballot boxes. Although the ruling Popular Party has enough majority to get the speciﬁc measures passed by the country’s Senate, Rajoy has rallied the support of the opposition to give his government’s actions more weight. Contributing: Associated Press Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy invoked direct rule at an emergency Cabinet meeting Saturday. GABRIEL BOUYS, AFP/GETTY IMAGES caused some regional carriers to cut service Bart Jansen @ganjansen USA TODAY The Air Force plan announced Friday to recall 1,000 pilots from retirement could hurt smaller airlines in the competition to hire trained crews to ﬂy their planes. “We anticipate that the secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years,” the Pentagon said in a statement. Airlines have warned for years about a looming pilot shortage, with the threat that smaller communities could lose regular airline service. But the debate is contentious because pilot unions contend that if regional airlines offered better pay, more candidates would embark on the costly training to join the industry. “I think that it makes sense from the Air Force perspective to look at retired pilots for the needs of the military,” said John Cox, a former airline pilot who is now a consultant as president of Safety Operating Systems. “There is a pilot shortage, so it’s going to have some effect,” Cox added. “But the major airlines are still ﬁlling their classes. It’s the regionals that are struggling a little bit, and some of the business aviation slots are proving difficult to ﬁll.” Boeing projected in July that airlines will need 637,000 new pilots over the next 20 years, including 117,000 in North America, for the anticipated growth in passengers. Meanwhile, the number of FAA pilot’s licenses held by people 20 to 59 years old has declined nearly 20% from 2009 through last year, according to an analysis by the Regional Airline Association, a trade group for smaller carriers. A shortage of pilots is likely to have a greater impact on smaller carriers than major airlines. SAUL LOEB, AFP/GETTY IMAGES The number of top-level Airline Transport Pilot licenses grew slightly during that span, to 126,070 last year. But the number of lower-level commercial licenses and private licenses, whose pilots could feed into the airlines, have declined from a combined 283,339 in 2009 to 198,551 last year. “This is a supply-demand mismatch,” Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, said in April. Horizon Air felt the brunt of the competition, forced to cut thousands of ﬂights from its schedule this year for lack of pilots, according to the Seattle Times. “I think you’re going to see more impact in the regional airlines and the air taxi or in some cases the business aviation than you will at the major airlines,” Cox said. To bolster its hiring, the major carrier JetBlue Airways began a program to train its own pilots. The ﬁrst six members of the Gateway Select program ﬁnished the ﬁrst year of the four-year program in September. The airline was recruiting 24 more candidates by the end of last month. The shortage also is being debated in Congress. The Regional Airline Association, representing smaller carriers, has argued for years that a 2013 rule from the Federal Aviation Administration made it harder to hire starting pilots. The rule required ﬁrst officers to match captains with at least 1,500 hours of ﬂight experience, up from 250 hours. Exceptions were made for military pilots with 750 hours of experience or graduates of four-year colleges with 1,000 hours. The pilots’ union contends that regional airlines would have plenty of starting pilots if they paid an average of more than $30,000. FAA legislation pending in the Senate would allow classroom lessons to count for some of the hours. But pilots and relatives of victims of the last fatal crash of a U.S. passenger airline have fought the change, arguing that safety shouldn’t be compromised. “The good news is that we currently have more fully qualiﬁed pilots in the United States than there are positions available, and air travel is the safest mode of transportation in the world due to our commitment to schedule with safety,” the union said. “However, we do need to make sure we have an adequate future supply of qualiﬁed pilots — earning good salaries — and guard against efforts to reduce safety.” USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 3T Cocaine cut with opioid ‘changes game’ Fentanyl, which could trigger an overdose even in trace amounts, found in new cities Synthetic opioids are cheap to make, which means they are cheaper to buy on the street or on the Dark Web. Adam Tamburin, Holly Fletcher and Natalie Neysa Alund The (Nashville) Tennessean For the ﬁrst time, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation scientists have detected fentanyl, a potentially deadly narcotic, mixed in with samples of cocaine. Scientists in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., recently found fentanyl in three cocaine samples, according to T.J. Jordan, assistant director at the TBI. The discovery points to the continuation of a disturbing trend. For years, drug dealers have used small amounts of fentanyl to “cut” heroin and other opioids, a process to add ﬁller to a drug. Finding fentanyl in cocaine, largely considered a party drug, “changes the game,” Jordan said. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is used clinically as a powerful pain reliever. In certain doses, the drug can be 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine. Even trace amounts of fentanyl — the equivalent of a grain of salt — could be enough to trigger an overdose. Although cocaine laced with fentanyl has led to overdoses in other parts of the country, Jordan said Friday that none had been reported in Tennessee. But, he said, the potential for danger is incredibly high. It can be absorbed through the skin, so even touching the substance can cause an overdose. “To be blunt, what you might buy and use, thinking it’s a good time, could cost you your life,” Jordan said. Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said the department’s crime lab has not come across any cocaine laced with fentanyl. But TBI officials said the handful of those cases documented so far could point to the impending expansion of a deadly trend. In cases where a mixture of fentanyl and cocaine isn’t fatal, one expert said, it could increase the likelihood that the user develops an addiction. Patrick O’Shea, a former rec- NASHVILLE reational drug user who is now call center manager at Addiction Campuses, a treatment hub for drug and alcohol abuse, said the trend threatened to change the landscape for many of the people who reach out to him for help. “Those that are using cocaine recreationally, their usage is going to increase because of the physical addictive aspects of opiates (that) are being injected into the cocaine,” O’Shea said. “It’s shaping up to be a disaster.” ‘EXTRAORDINARILY PROFITABLE’ FOR DEALERS Experts say drug dealers use it as a cheap way to amp up the power of other drugs. Synthetic opioids are “extraordinarily proﬁtable for these illicit drugmakers,” said Tom Doub, chief clinical and compliance officer at American Addiction Centers, a national addiction treatment company based in Brentwood. They are cheap to make, which means they are cheaper to buy on the street or through the Dark Web, an untraceable part of the Internet. Illicit drugs could be attractive for someone who cannot get the usual supply of pills or is looking for a cheaper alternative. Heroin and fentanyl are a fraction of the cost of prescription painkillers sold on the street. The Tennessee results are worrying to the treatment industry, although it’s not a surprise. The fentanyl and carfentanil epicenter has been the Northeast, said Doub, but the drugs are beginning to show up in other parts of the country. “What worries me in hearing this it’s sort of working its way across the country, and again the problem seems to be getting worse not better,” Doub said. though the debate over policy centers on controlling prescriptions. AAC began seeing changes in what people were abusing about a year ago, Doub said. And law enforcement has seen a dramatic uptick of fentanyl laced with other drugs in recent years. In 2013, fentanyl was detected in only 12 samples of illicit drugs analyzed by TBI labs, according to the agency. So far this year, the drug and its variations have been found in 320 samples, officials said. “You can deal with prescription opiate use but that’s not really where most of these deaths are coming from,” Doub said. “I think some of the conversation is a little bit late. The usage habits are already shifting away from prescriptions for the people we see.” PIVOTAL BATTLEGROUND IN OPIOID FIGHT Follow Adam Tamburin on Twitter: @tamburintweets Follow Holly Fletcher on Twitter: @hollyﬂetcher Follow Natalie Neysa Alund on Twitter: @nataliealund In fact, Doub thinks drug mixing has been a pivotal part of the opioid crisis for some time, al- T.J. Jordan, assistant director at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, discusses the ﬁndings of synthetic opioid fentanyl in cocaine. Investigators have seen an uptick of fentanyl laced with other opioids. AYRIKA WHITNEY, USA TODAY NETWORK Sen. Sanders to skip Women’s Convention for Puerto Rico trip Nicole Gaudiano USA TODAY NAACP picks Derrick Johnson as president He aims to bring new vision and tackle increased racial tensions through education Eliza Collins USA TODAY The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has named Derrick Johnson the group’s president and CEO. Johnson held the positions on an interim basis since July. “We have many things that need to be updated, our goal was to make sure that the individual who sits in the seat was as familiar with our functions as possible as we continue to transition,” Johnson said Saturday on a call with reporters. Johnson’s appointment comes at a time of increased racial tensions in the United States. In response, the NAACP — which at 108 years old is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization — has been going through leadership changes “as it re-envisions itself to take on a tumultuous and contentious social and political climate.” “With new threats to communities of color emerging daily and attacks on our democracy, “All issues are on the table” including the group’s business model “to make sure that we have the right mix.” Derrick Johnson, speaking at a National Press Club in Washington, had been interim president since July. SUSAN WALSH, AP Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he’s heading to Puerto Rico instead of the Women’s Convention next weekend after Twitter erupted with criticism over a man being chosen as a key speaker for the event. The Vermont independent apologized in a statement to the organizers and wished them a successful conference. It will be held Friday through Sunday in Detroit. “Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing,” he stated. “The U.S. Congress cannot turn its back on the millions of people in Puerto Rico who, four weeks after the hurricane, are still without electricity, food and running water.” Among those last week who decried Sanders’ planned appearance was Stephanie Schriock, president of pro-choice PAC EMILY’s List, who said the decision sent “the wrong message to women everywhere.” “Women are already leading in the United States Senate, and this is a moment where we have the opportunity to lift them up,” she said. On Tuesday, the Women’s Convention issued a statement to correct the record, saying that Sanders would not be opening or headlining the convention, but speaking in a panel discussion. They announced Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., would open the ﬁrst night. “We know that it has been a painful week for women across the nation,” the statement reads. “We realize that we added to that pain when we announced Senator Sanders as a speaker at the Women’s Convention, and that our announcement gave the impression that he is occupying a central role at the convention.” Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO the NAACP must be more steadfast than ever before,” said Leon Russell who is the board chairman of the NAACP. “Derrick has the vision, mobility and courage to help us meet that demand.” Johnson told reporters Saturday that the NAACP would be focused on increasing both voter and education access. He also said that “all issues are on the table” and he would be looking at the organization’s business model and leadership process “to make sure that we have the right mix.” Johnson’s election was unanimous. He previously was vice chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors and the state president of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will not attend a conference next weekend in Detroit. SPENCER PLATT, GETTY IMAGES USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 4T Trump to allow release of thousands of ﬁles about JFK Doug Stanglin @dstanglin USA TODAY President Trump said Saturday that he will allow more than 3,000 classiﬁed ﬁles on the JFK assassination to be released this week by the National Archives as ordered by Congress. The classiﬁed ﬁles were scheduled to be made public by Oct. 26, barring intervention by the president, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allow- ing, as President, the long blocked and classiﬁed JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted. Under the terms of the congressional act, Trump could have blocked the release on the grounds that making the material public would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations. Most of the ﬁles are believed to to be from the 1960s and 1970s, stemming from the 1963 assassination and aftermath. But several dozens were generated by government agencies in the 1990s in apparent response to the conspiracy theories raised by the controversial Oliver Stone ﬁlm JFK. The National Archives has said In this Nov. 22, 1963, ﬁle photo, President John F. Kennedy rides in his motorcade about one minute before he was shot in Dallas. JIM ALTGENS, AP that, pending presidential approval, it would make all the released documents available on its website by Thursday. Trump’s tweet did allow some wiggle room for last-minute exclusions by noting that his decision was “subject to receipt of further information.” The Washington Post reported Saturday that an unidentiﬁed National Security Council official said that some unnamed federal agencies were asking Trump not to release some ﬁles because they involved sources and methods used by the agencies. Gerald Posner, author of the book Case Closed, which argues that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination, tells CNN the most revealing ﬁles to be released involve circumstances around Oswald’s trip to Mexico City seven weeks before the shooting in Dallas. While there, he tried to obtain visas from the Cuban consulate and Soviet embassy, according to documents released in 1999. Report: O’Reilly stayed despite $32M payout Fox anchor signed four-year contract for $25M a year after settlement Doug Stanglin @dstanglin USA TODAY In January, barely six months after Fox News had ousted chairman Roger Ailes in a sexual harassment scandal, top-rated Fox host Bill O’Reilly reached a $32 million settlement with a longtime network analyst who had accused him of sexual harassment, The New York Times reported Saturday, quoting two people briefed on the matter. After the settlement, 21st Century Fox — the Fox News parent company — struck a new fouryear, $25 million per year contract with O’Reilly to continue as host of The O’Reilly Factor. At the time, Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, the top executives at 21st Century Fox, had made a business calculation to stand by O’Reilly despite the harassment dispute, the newspaper reported. They were worried about the company’s image in the wake of the Ailes scandal and concerns over the imminent departure of high-proﬁle anchor Megyn Kelly, the Times said. Although the $32 million deal has not been previously made public, 21st Century Fox acknowledges that it was aware of the woman’s complaints about O’Reilly, the Times reported. These included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her, according to the people briefed on the matter, the Times reported. The purported settlement is at least the sixth such agreement cut by O’Reilly. In April, after the Times had reported on ﬁve similar deals, Fox severed ties with O’Reilly. The Times said the $32 million settlement with Lis Wiehl was more than three times the amount of any of O’Reilly’s previously known deals. In 2004, he had settled a lawsuit with a producer, Andrea Mackris, for about $9 million. Harassment settlements involving O’Reilly that have become publicly known to- In an interview Wednesday, former Fox host Bill O’Reilly denied mistreating anyone and called the allegations against him “politically and ﬁnancially motivated.” RICHARD DREW, AP Disclosed harassment settlements involving O’Reilly total about $45 million. tal about $45 million. Amid the turmoil, 21st Century Fox had been facing legal and regulatory pressure, particularly its need to improve its image while seeking approval from British regulators to buy the European satellite company Sky. In addition, federal prosecutors were looking into the network’s handling of sexual harassment complaints against Ailes and had asked for material related to allegations involving O’Reilly, the Times reported, quoting an internal Fox email obtained by the newspaper. Six days after Fox’s general counsel, according to the email, informed the Murdochs that details of the January settlement were expected to become public, O’Reilly was ﬁred. In a statement, 21st Century Fox said it was not privy to the amount of O’Reilly’s January set- tlement with 15-year Fox News analyst Wiehl, and regarded it as a personal issue between the two. Mark Fabiani, O’Reilly’s representative, issued a statement on his behalf Saturday saying that once again the Times has “maliciously smeared” the former Fox news host and failed to print a sworn affidavit from Wiehl, who was described as O’Reilly’s former lawyer, “repudiating all allegations against” O’Reilly. “The Times ignored that evidence, sworn under oath, and chose to rely on unsubstantiated allegations, anonymous sources and incomplete, leaked or stolen documents,” the statement said. Egypt’s LGBT community Bannon takes on fears crackdown on gays George W. Bush, calls They’ve been targeted by raids and religious condemnation Jacob Wirtschafter Special for USA TODAY Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community fear there is a concerted effort in Egypt to repress LGBT people after a spike of arrests. Armed officers swept into a popular cafe in downtown Cairo on Oct. 11 and detained at least a dozen gay men. The raid came as an Egyptian lawmaker introduced a bill this month that would lengthen prison sentences for gay people from a maximum of three years to 25 years, alleging an increase in lesbian relationships. The crackdown on homosexuality is driven in part by denunciations by Islamic groups that consider gay relationships sinful. “Homosexuality is a sickness and disgrace that would be better hidden from view and not promoted for dissemination until it is treated and its disgrace removed,” said Mahram Mohammed Ahmed, chief of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, a government body. “We call upon these homosexuals to conceal their ﬂaws and their sinful acts, not ﬂaunt them, because they are an evil that must be rooted out.” Some supporters of gay rights have refused to be deterred by such rhetoric and have demonstrated solidarity for the LBGT community. On Sept. 22, fans of CAIRO Hamed Sinno, singer of the Lebanese group Mashrou’ Leila (“Leila’s Project”) imitated Freddie Mercury at a concert. HUSSEIN MALLA, AP the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila held a rainbow ﬂag at a rock concert where lead singer Hamed Sinno, who is gay, imitated the late Queen icon Freddie Mercury. “Hamed Sinno is a role model for us,” said Ramiz Saadan, 24, a dentistry student at Cairo’s Ain Shams University. “It’s nice for a change to see someone who’s actually openly gay singing on stage, and 30,000 people not only singing along but also cheering like crazy.” The ﬂag-waving incident prompted Al-Azhar, the highest Sunni religious authority in Egypt, to call on Muslim preachers nationwide to denounce gays in their Friday sermons in an effort “to stop those who seek to spread their abnormalities among Egyptian society.” At least 71 people have been detained by Egypt’s national security forces since the concert, and two people were arrested. “The magnitude of arrests might be larger than what we know, but these are the only cases that we have managed to document or intervene legally,” said Dalia Abdel Hamid, gender and women’s rights officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. Homosexuality is not illegal under Egyptian law, but LGBT people have been targeted through anti-prostitution and debauchery laws. “We are deeply concerned about a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Some analysts said the crackdown is an effort by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to distract attention from his country’s mounting economic problems and criticism that his government is too secular after the ouster in 2013 of President Mohammed Morsi, a devout practitioner of Islam who rose to power through the radical Muslim Brotherhood. “Since the military kicked the Muslim Brotherhood out of power, there is an accusation the Sisi government is not adhering to the strictures of Islam,” said Nazeeha Saeed, an exiled Bahraini journalist who monitors media portrayals of gays and lesbians for Out Right, an international LGBT rights organization. “For the administration to prove the opposite, they are cracking down on homosexuality to show how much they are keeping morals.” presidency ‘destructive’ Former adviser reacts to rebuke of President Trump Eliza Collins USA TODAY Steve Bannon is no fan of former president George W. Bush’s. “There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon said Friday night during a speech to the California Republican Party, according to CNN. Bannon, who was forced out of his post as senior adviser to President Trump this summer, was reacting to a speech Bush gave last week. Bush never mentioned Trump by name, but the speech was a clear rebuke of the current president. Former president Barack Obama had a similar message during two speeches that same day. “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism,” Bush said Thursday at a speech for the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York. “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” “It was clear he didn’t understand anything he was talking about,” Bannon said Friday, according to CNN. Bush “has no earthly idea of whether he’s coming or going … just like it was when he was president of the United States.” While members of the same party, Bannon and Bush have lit- Steve Bannon assailed former president George W. Bush in a speech to the California Republican Convention in Anaheim, Calf., on Friday. RINGO H.W. CHIU, AP tle in common policy-wise. Bannon helped elect Trump on a nationalistic, anti-immigration platform while Bush advocated for a global foreign policy and was pro-immigration. Since leaving the White House and returning to his position as executive chairman of Breitbart, Bannon has been leading a war against the establishment in both parties. Bannon and his allies have signaled support for a slate of anti-establishment, pro-Trump candidates running against incumbent lawmakers in both parties. Bannon has vowed that anyone who has criticized Trump, such as Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, should be a target in the 2018 primaries. But he also has no patience for lawmakers who haven’t denounced Trump’s critics either. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 5T CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES Mehdi Latrache tries on shoes at a donation center. RICH PEDRONCELLI, AP A wine bottle melted in the Nuns Fire is among the remains of the Aston Vineyard in Glen Ellen, Calif. GREG BARNETTE, USA TODAY NETWORK Gary Dower shows a photo of his 2010 Dodge Challenger before it burned. AFP/GETTY IMAGES Gordon Easter and ﬁancée Gail Hale embrace as they return to their home in Santa Rosa, Calif. KENT PORTER, PRESS DEMOCRAT, VIA AP In the aftermath of blazes, communities come together THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY were a great leveler, affecting workers who harvest wine grapes and the entrepreneurs who employ them. On the public beach campgrounds, the affluent slept alongside migrant workers and combed through donated supplies. “We had people in Mercedes and Lexuses showing up” with soot on their faces after losing everything, said Patty Ginochio, a volunteer. Everybody thinks the winery owners are “rich guys and rich families, and they’re above everything,” said Adam Mariani, a fourth-generation farmer whose family runs the Scribe Winery in Sonoma. “But the truth is people are completely bootstrapping here” and worried about the effect of the ﬁres on their livelihood. In all, more than 100,000 acres burned in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, and more than 100,000 people evacuated. Even as the ﬂames eased, employees and owners faced economic fears. And months of rebuilding lie ahead. The Associated Press Lacey Tower returns to her Jenna Place home in Coffey Park, Santa Rosa, Calif. Residents who ﬂed a wildﬁre returned Friday for the ﬁrst time in nearly two weeks KENT PORTER, PRESS DEMOCRAT, VIA AP USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 6T MONEY How (and why) to take a break from social media Marc Saltzman USA TODAY While it was fun for a while, you’ve had it with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Your feed has turned into a constant ﬂow of political diatribes, endless selﬁes from friends who love themselves way too much and colleagues who wax groundless conspiracy theories about current events. Or maybe you’re simply sick of the phoniness of it all, with your friends faking the high life when you know it’s all a façade. As USA TODAY reported last year, a study in 14 countries found that comparing yourself to others on Facebook is more likely to leave you feeling depressed than when you do so offline. Regardless of the reason, you might need a break. If it’s time for a social media “timeout,” consider the following suggestions on pulling it off. GO COLD TURKEY OR LIMIT YOUR ACCESS? The ﬁrst thing to decide is whether you should completely unplug from social media or simply want it under control. You’ll need to ﬁgure out if you should rip the Band-Aid off and fully abstain, or merely cut it back to, say, 30 minutes a day. Or maybe you uninstall social media on your smartphone — to resist the temptation of opening your favorite app on the one device you always have with you — but instead you schedule a few minutes of screen time on a personal computer, perhaps after dinner. It’s not a one-size-ﬁts-all scenario, but ask yourself what kind of a break you need. Maybe don’t officially delete your account(s) just yet, as you might regret such a drastic move later. POST A MESSAGE TO YOUR FRIENDS OR FOLLOWERS OK, so you’ve decided to cut social media out of your life instead of scaling it back. Even if it’s temporary, there’s a right way and wrong way to do it. To avoid worrying friends and family, publicly post something to the effect of “Hey, I’m taking a bit of a break from social media” and remind your friends they can reach you in many other ways. If you simply disappear unannounced, especially if you’ve posted quite a bit, it might worry your online friends and family. As to your “goodbye” note, try to avoid phrases such as “You’ll never see me here again!” You’ll look foolish if you do rejoin. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH (OFFLINE) PEOPLE If you’ve decided to take a break from social media, the last thing you want to see when out with friends at a restaurant or club is everyone on their devices. It’s like trying to quit smoking in a room full of smokers. In other words, spend some time with people who authentically enjoy the physical company of others. Enjoy the break. If you decided to take one, you needed it. USA SNAPSHOTS© Seen it before Only 52% of employees say they thoroughly reviewed their benefits during last year’s open enrollment. SOURCE MetLife’s 15th Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study of 2,652 employees JAE YANG AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY BLACK MONDAY Adam Shell @adamshell USA TODAY O n the 30th anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash known as “Black Monday,” the Dow enjoyed a “Turnaround Thursday,” rebounding from an eerie 105point early dive to register its 52nd record close of the year. The bullish end to the day for the Dow Jones industrial average was a reminder that market crashes are rare events, and that the regulators that police Wall Street have taken steps in recent years to lower the odds of another market meltdown. Today’s stock market has some built-in shock absorbers designed to slow down a meltdown that it didn’t have 30 years ago when Ronald Reagan was president and the Dow fell 508 points, or 22.6% — in a single day. Back in 2012, Wall Street’s top regulator revised so-called “circuit breakers,” to help slow the descent of the stock mar- ITS UNLIKELY CRASH ket on days it was in freefall. Simply put, the circuit breakers shut down the market temporarily after dramatic drops. The Dow closed up 165.59 points Friday to ﬁnish at a record high of nearly 23,439. Here a few reasons why a 1987-style crash might not occur or play out the same way today: CIRCUIT BREAKERS HELP TO SLOW DECLINES Under the circuit-breaker rules, market-wide trading halts are triggered if the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index falls 7% (Level 1) or 13% (Level 2) or 20% (Level 3) from the prior night’s close. If drops of 7% or 13% occur before 3:25 p.m. a 15-minute market-wide trading halt will kick in. If similar declines come at or after 3:25 p.m. no halt will occur. If a market drop of 20% triggers a Level 3 circuit breaker at any time during the day, trading will be shut down for the rest of the day. “The idea of the circuit breakers is to bring short-term stability to the stock market and prevent fear and panic from snowballing,” explains Joe Quinlan, chief market strategist at U.S. Trust. 2017 MARKET IS ON MORE SOLID GROUND Today’s market hasn’t raced ahead quite as fast or exuberantly as stocks did leading up to the 1987 crash. What’s more, today’s interest rates are far lower and less threatening to stock valuations than back in October 1987 when the 10-year Treasury yield was 10%, vs. today’s yield of 2.3%. Corporate earnings have Traders on the New York Stock Exchange are frenzied Oct. 19, 1987, as the Dow plunges. PETER MORGAN, AP also been strong, which is another pillar of support for stocks. The U.S. economy also is in solid shape, as is the global economy, where virtually every country is seeing an uptick in growth. INVESTORS HAVE LEARNED FROM PAST CRASHES Investors haven’t forgotten the 1987 meltdown or the more recent “Flash Crash” in May 2010 that sent the Dow spiraling down 600 points in minutes and almost 1,000 points on the day before recouping the bulk of its losses. “It makes me much more aware of tail risks, which is a good thing,” says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network. McMillan won’t rule out another crash one day, noting that investor complacency is high at the moment and “now as then, investors really believe markets are low risk and that returns are more or less ensured.” Roku looks to stay at head of streaming pack There’s more to see and it looks better than ever before Mike Snider @mikesnider USA TODAY Roku is well-positioned to maintain its spot atop the streaming video device competition. Nine years ago, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based tech company helped usher in the streaming video market with its ﬁrst settop box for watching Netﬂix. Now, you can get more than 5,000 channels and watch 500,000 movies or TV shows on the latest Roku devices. The Roku basics: the device connects to your TV and your home broadband network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. With Roku’s easy-to-use menu, you can choose from a variety of channels including Amazon Video, HBO Now, Netﬂix, and Showtime, as well as live subscription TV services such as DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. Once you select them, they are The Roku Ultra retails for $99.99. ROKU downloaded and stick on your Home menu like apps on your smartphone. Roku now offers ﬁve streaming devices, including the entry-level Roku Express ($29.99), which connects via Wi-Fi to deliver HD content to your TV. With more consumers buying 4K TVs, Roku now has three devices that support 4K video, with even more detailed images than HD. The Ultra ($99.99) handles HD video, standard 4K video and 4K video in high dynamic range (HDR) with improved contrast and a wider range of richer colors. (The $69.99 Streaming Stick+ also supports 4K HDR, while the $49.99 Streaming Stick handles standard 4K.) I used HDMI and Ethernet cables to connect the Roku Ultra to a Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV and my Verizon Fios router (you can connect wirelessly, too.) Roku makes it super simple to ﬁnd something to watch. From the Home screen, you can see icons for channels such as Amazon, HBO Now, Hulu and Netﬂix. (Many have a free trial period.) Some channels have free videos. Click on News from the Home menu and you will ﬁnd clips — some with ads — from Bloomberg, CNN, E! News, NBC and Newsy. A new Roku Channel is stocked with free movies and TV episodes with about half the ads you would get watching adsupported broadcast TV. Under Streaming Channels, Roku has a 4K section that directs you to the growing number of channels with content in the higher resolution format (often referred to as Ultra HD and 4K Ultra HD). You can head to Netﬂix and quickly ﬁnd its 4K shows, including Stranger Things, Narcos and Orange Is the New Black. In Amazon Video, the 4K offerings include TV series such as Transparent and Tin Star. Roku quickly launched each service with crisp 4K video streaming in seconds. (For 4K video, Amazon and Netﬂix recommend broadband speeds of at least 25 Megabits per second.) Another 4K source on Roku is Walmart-owned streaming service Vudu, which has free movies and shows, as well as movies for rent or purchase. If you ever get lost you can hit the back or home button on the Roku remote. You also can use hold the microphone button to use your voice to search for comedies, movies with Clint Eastwood, or to launch a speciﬁc channel. The remote has buttons that take you straight to Hulu, HBO Now, Netﬂix and Sling TV. That ease of use is likely to serve Roku well in keeping its category-leading market share. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 7T PERSONAL FINANCE Budget for the Y holidays during Halloween Courtney Jespersen l NerdWallet ou might have pumpkins on your porch, but it’s already time to make room for the year-end holidays in your budget. “I was at Costco the other day, and I already saw Christmas trees, (so) we need to be thinking about it right now,” says Nick Givogri, a California-based regional executive for investment service Merrill Edge. Here’s how to get started: WORK BACKWARD Your past holiday spending is the best indicator of what you’ll spend this season, says Robert Finley, a certiﬁed ﬁnancial planner and the principal of Virtue Asset Management in Illinois. “Try to get your credit-card statements,” Finley says. “Try to look at your bank statements. What did I spend on presents? Did I have to do traveling? Did I have to ﬂy somewhere?” Once you’ve estimated past expenditures, create a baseline for this year that includes what you can reasonably save over the next few months. For presents, Finley recommends setting a total and dividing it by the number of people on your list. Then prioritize. “If you’re going to spend $1,500 and you have 15 people on your list, some of them you might want to spend more than $100, and others you might want to spend less, and then you can work that way,” he says. But presents aren’t all you’ll buy. Account for decorations, travel, donations and more. And don’t forget to build in a miscellaneous category. It’ll give you extra cushioning in case a co-worker gives you an unexpected gift — and you feel compelled to reciprocate. “It’s always better to have a little extra room or miscellaneous — and then you don’t use it and it goes back into savings — than maxing out, and then something comes along and you’re stuck pulling out of savings,” Finley says. LOOK AHEAD GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Ditch the cable box for streaming apps Rob Pegoraro Special for USA TODAY When you shop for pay TV — whether it comes to your house via cable, satellite or a ﬁber-optic link — the price you see isn’t the price you pay, thanks to a raft of add-on fees traditionally led by a rental fee for a cable box. That receiver and its remote not only add to your expenses but compound the clutter around the TV. And its onscreen interface is often so clumsy that you can’t count on it showing your channels in high deﬁnition. But if you have a streamingmedia player plugged into a TV or a “smart” TV with its own streaming apps, you may have new options for box-free viewing. Here’s what the seven biggest services now offer: uAT&T’s mobile apps disable Chromecast and AirPlay wireless streaming to TVs, but the company now has a version of its Uverse app for Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire Stick streaming players. Its DirecTV app includes a Webbrowser version, so you could theoretically plug a laptop into a TV via HDMI or use the Chrome browser’s Chromecast support. uComcast has had an Xﬁnity TV app for Roku devices in a public beta test since January that includes not just the channels you pay for but also a cloud-hosted digital video recorder. It now plans to ship similar apps for recent Samsung and LG smart TVs by the end of the year and early next year, respectively. The catch: Once the beta ends, you’ll save only $2.50 per screen by using this app instead of a box. uSpectrum offers an app for Roku players, Xbox One game consoles and 2012 and newer Samsung smart TVs that can spare you its $5.99 equipment fee. But you need at least one traditional box to use this. uDish Network’s Dish Anywhere app now runs on Fire TV and Fire Stick players, so you can use that to replace the satellite service’s $7-a-month boxes on secondary TVs at home. Like AT&T, Dish also offers an onlineonly service that runs only in apps, Sling TV. uVerizon has added AirPlay output to its iOS app, so Fios TV subscribers can use that with an Apple TV instead of paying $12 a month on a box for a second or third TV. Note, however, that the app conﬁnes watching DVR recordings to your iPhone or iPad, disabling AirPlay for that content. Its Android app doesn’t support Chromecast output. (Disclosure: I also write for Yahoo Finance, a subsidiary of Verizon’s media division Oath.) uCox now offers apps for iOS and Android that don’t require you to have a cable box — but also disable Chromecast and AirPlay output. So watching TV on an actual TV will still cost $8.50 a month for its hardware. uAltice’s Optimum service now has apps for iOS and Android and Kindle Fire, but they, too, disable Chromecast and AirPlay. It also offers in-browser viewing — so you can run an HDMI cable to a TV in a pinch — but that requires Microsoft’s ancient and abandoned Silverlight plug-in. A box is $10 a month. Email Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at twitter.com/robpegoraro. Setting a spending limit is just the beginning. Budgeting requires discipline and regular check-ins, says Richard Colarossi, a certiﬁed ﬁnancial planner and partner at Colarossi & Williams in New York. “If you don’t revisit it, what’s the sense in having it?” Colarossi says. “You have to match the actuals to your budget and see where you’re over and under.” Givogri agrees. He suggests setting a weekly reminder on your phone to review how much you’ve spent and how much you have left to spend. If you discover you overshot the budget on a particular gift, there’s hope. Don’t forget to build in a miscellaneous category. It’ll give you extra cushioning in case a co-worker gives you an unexpected gift — and you feel compelled to reciprocate. “Make an adjustment to the other gifts or make an adjustment to other expenses that you may have for the particular month,” Givogri says, citing strategies such as eating meals at home to save money in anticipation of potentially costly holiday outings. And always keep your budget’s ultimate goal in mind. It might be focused on the months of November and December, but it will affect your ﬁnances well into the new year. “When you do a budget and start setting aside some money now, you’re probably going to help reduce credit-card debt,” Colarossi says. “Otherwise, if you don’t budget and have the money set aside, what’s going to happen? It’s going to go on credit.” You don’t have to pay for your presents in cash, but you should have the cash to pay them off so you’re not left with hefty interest fees, Colarossi adds. Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a USA TODAY content partner providing general news and commentary. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd. TRICK OR TREAT? Avoid treating scammers to your credit report data Bev O’Shea l NerdWallet Monitoring your credit reports should be like ﬂossing: a routine that’s not fascinating but that can help prevent something painful from developing. So if an account that’s not yours pops up, be as alarmed as if you had hit a nerve. It could suggest identity theft — that someone has the keys to your ﬁnancial life and can ruin your credit and commit fraud or worse in your name. WATCH YOUR CREDIT Regularly checking your credit reports is good credit hygiene. You are entitled to a free report from each of the three major credit bureaus once every 12 months through AnnualCredit Report.com. For the best protection, also use a free credit report service to monitor things more frequently. The worst data breaches, such as the Equifax hack that exposed the personal information of more than 145 million people, can give scammers the raw materials they need. With information such as your name, Social Security number and birth date, someone can open a credit account in your name. Before you call the police or ﬁle a report, make sure the account isn’t yours. Maybe you got instant credit at a retail checkout and forgot, or perhaps a retailer account is showing up under the name of the bank that issues its cards. Look at the date opened and the amounts charged for clues. You can also call the retailer and ask. Reasons may be innocent, like transposed numbers. More ominously, you might have a new account you didn’t open. WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO First, place a fraud alert on your credit ﬁle. This signals to poten- GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO With information such as your name, Social Security number and birth date, someone can open a credit account in your name. tial creditors that any credit applications made in your name should get additional scrutiny. It also entitles you to an additional copy of your credit reports. Use them to check for any more po- tentially fraudulent activity. If the new account appears to be fraudulent, you have a mess to clean up. You will need to: uReport the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission and/or your local police department. uClose the fraudulent account. u Call the fraud department of any creditor involved, explain what happened and which charges are bogus. uCorrect your credit reports by ﬁling a dispute with each credit bureau. The FTC has a sample letter that can help you organize the information. uConsider a credit freeze or an extended fraud alert. You are entitled to a seven-year fraud alert, which is free, if you are an identity theft victim. A freeze offers better protection but can be cumbersome and expensive. uThen, stay vigilant. Review credit card and bank statements for suspicious transactions, set up alerts to notify you of charges as they happen and watch your credit score and reports for changes. Bev O’Shea is a writer at NerdWallet, a USA TODAY content partner providing general news and commentary. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @BeverlyOShea. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 8T TECH Deal will keep Viacom’s channels on Charter Meanwhile, Verizon remains in dispute with Univision Mike Snider @mikesnider USA TODAY Charter and media company Viacom has reached an agreement to keep channels such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon on the cable TV provider’s system. But Verizon and Univision remain at odds on what the telecom giant should pay to have the Spanish language channel on its Fios TV system. Charter, which is the secondlargest U.S. cable company with 16.6 million pay-TV homes, and Viacom extended talks after their current deal over how much Charter should pay Viacom for its programming expired last Sunday. Viacom channels remained on Charter’s systems during the talks. The two companies on Wednesday released a joint statement they had reached an agreement in principle. “Spectrum subscribers will continue to have access to Viacom’s networks, without disruption, while we ﬁnalize terms,” the statement said. Among areas served by Charter Spectrum: Austin, El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas; Cincinnati and much of Ohio; Milwaukee and much of Wisconsin and New York state; Asheville, N.C., Louisville; and the Los Angeles area, including Palm Springs. Verizon and Univision’s dispute over the Fios TV system led Trevor Noah’s Daily Show and other Comedy Central programming will stay on Charter stations as part of an agreement in principle reached last week. EVAN AGOSTINI, INVISION/AP to Verizon removing Univision from its network Monday afternoon. The TV and Internet provider said that Univision had proposed “an increase of more than double what they charge for access to their channels today.” “We’ve provided Univision a reasonable offer to continue providing our customers access to their channels. Unfortunately they rejected that offer and as a result we no longer have rights to bring them those channels.” In a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, Univision President and CEO Randy Falco charged Verizon with not acting in good faith and removing its channels from Fios two minutes before the end of an extension that had kept Univision on since the companies’ deal expired Sept. 30. “We have urged Verizon to immediately re-engage and negotiate a long-term renewal that is fair to both Verizon and Univision,” he wrote. Falco noted that the action comes at a time when the U.S. Hispanic community is seeking coverage of “catastrophic natural disasters both domestically and abroad that have had a signiﬁcant impact on our viewers and their families.” MasterCard customers won’t have to sign receipts Credit-card giant says it uses newer, more secure methods to prove identity Jefferson Graham @jeffersongraham USA TODAY MasterCard customers won’t need to search for a pen anymore when they make purchases with the credit card. The credit-card giant is making it official, eliminating the need to sign for purchases made on the card at retail, as of April. Whether to sign or not will now be an optional decision for merchants in the U.S. and Canada. Already, many merchants don’t require signatures for purchases. LOS ANGELES Sonos worked with Amazon on incorporating the AI assistant Alexa into the speaker, and its six microphones constantly listen for your queries. SONOS SONOS SOUNDS SMARTER WITH ALEXA ON BOARD Mike Snider @mikesnider USA TODAY Sonos is upping the volume in the smart speaker race. Already well-known for its great-sounding wireless home speakers, Sonos is bringing to market the ﬁrst whole home speaker system with built-in voice control using Amazon’s digital voice-commanded assistant Alexa. The new speaker, the $199 Sonos One, due out Tuesday, raises the bar for good-sounding smart speakers. But it has competition on the way from Apple and Google, both set to launch their own increasingly sophisticated speakers in December. Apple will have the $349 HomePod Siri-driven speaker, and Google comes in with the $399 Home Max speaker. Sonos has staked out some potentially proﬁtable territory at its price point. It comes in below those future competitors, but a bit more than the new Amazon Echo speaker, out Oct. 31 for $99.99. Amazon has given a nod to bettersounding music in that new model, touting its Dolby process for improved music playback. At home over the past several months, I’ve enjoyed the Amazon Echo that we’ve placed on the counter bisecting our kitchen and dining room. Echo’s smarts, helped along by artiﬁcial intelligence, quickly won over my wife, who might have nixed a traditional “dumb” speaker as simply clutter. Sonos One is like an Echo on steroids. For starters, Sonos One is The $199 Sonos One, due out Tuesday, raises the bar for goodsounding smart speakers The Sonos One is going to get even smarter. By year’s end, Sonos plans to let Alexa have full voice control of Spotify. as smart as an Echo. Sonos worked with Amazon on incorporating the AI assistant into the speaker, and its six microphones constantly listen for your queries of Alexa. Once you’ve ﬁnished setup, you simply talk to Alexa through the Sonos One: “Alexa, shuffle songs by Tom Petty,” or “Alexa, play the new song by Beck.” When it comes to music, the Sonos One hits a high note, outperforming the Echo. Added depth comes in the tumbling drums and guitar work at the start of Bob Dylan’s Everything is Broken. And it delivers a richer rendition of the horn-infused and percussion-driven rally at the heart of Steely Dan’s Aja. There’s also more oomph in the bass beats of Wild Thoughts, DJ Khaled’s track featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Beyond just better sound, the Sonos One will control music throughout your home, wherever you have Sonos speakers deployed. So I could ask the new Sonos One, which sat on a sideboard in the dining room, to play my Steve Winwood playlist on Amazon Music Unlimited in the living room. And you can do this throughout the home in other rooms. And, of course, you can ask the Sonos One those everyday questions, such as “What’s the weather forecast?” and “What was Babe Ruth’s career batting average?” Note: If you already have an Amazon Echo or Dot speaker and Sonos speakers, you can update the Sonos app and wirelessly connect an Alexa-enabled device to direct music to any of your current Sonos speakers (of course, your older Sonos speakers won’t talk to you). Like other Sonos speakers, the newcomer can be used as a solo three-dimensional speaker or paired for stereo sound or used with other Sonos products such as the larger Play:5 speaker ($499), Playbar TV soundbar speaker ($699), and Sub subwoofer speaker ($699). To get your speakers and Alexa on the same page, you upgrade the Sonos app on your smartphone or tablet. The app walks you through connecting your speakers to your home wireless network. You’ll also download the Alexa app, if you haven’t already, and enable the Sonos skill within the app. You will also want to add other music apps within Alexa such as Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn. Looking forward, the Sonos One is going to get smarter. By year’s end, Sonos plans to let Alexa have full voice control of Spotify. As of now, you cannot ask Alexa to play speciﬁc Spotify tracks or playlists, but you can pick Spotify tracks, albums or playlists in the Sonos app and then ask Alexa to pause, skip or adjust the volume using your voice. And you can similarly operate more than 80 other music services, including Google Play and Soundcloud, using the Sonos app. Next year, Sonos also plans to update its software to allow the new speakers to work with Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri using AirPlay 2, too. So if you aren’t sure which AI assistant you’ll ultimately make nice with, the Sonos One is a sound purchase that sounds good now and in the future. “Eliminating the need for signature is another step in the digital evolution of payments and payment security,” says Linda Kirkpatrick, executive vice president of MasterCard’s U.S. market development division. In a blog post, she says research showed the company that most folks believed it would be easier to pay, and that checkout lines would move faster, without signatures slowing them down. “This important step will improve the customer experience and eliminate inefficient, ineffective and costly processes for the retail merchant community and their customers,” said Laura Townsend, senior vice president of operations for the Merchant Advisory Group, a consortium of retailers interested in new ways to make payments. “New and improved digital authentication methods are emerging, which bring better security to the payments ecosystem. Elimination of signature will help pave the way for adoption of these methods.” MasterCard says some 80% of retail transactions made through the card don’t require signatures. The signature originally was designed as a security precaution, to prove that you indeed made the purchase. But MasterCard notes that chips, biometrics and tokens use newer and more secure methods to prove identity. MasterCard says about 80% of retail transactions currently don’t require signatures. MARK LENNIHAN, AP “This important step will improve the customer experience and eliminate inefficient, ineffective and costly processes for the retail merchant community and their customers.” Laura Townsend, senior vice president of operations for the Merchant Advisory Group USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 9T TRENDING GREETING CARDS COSTUMES The art of writing correspondence is not dead. Consumers are likely to spend about $400 million on Halloween cards this year. A great way to save is by making your own. Dollar stores, including Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, are all over the U.S. and have low-cost supplies. Dollar stores sell cards, too. Americans are expected to shell out about $3.4 billion on Halloween attire. Men, on average, spend more than women ($96 vs. $77). But before you pull a Wednesday Addams and dress like everyone else, here are a few tips for frugal shoppers. Pop-up shops and Halloweenthemed stores are fun and convenient but also can be pricey. Instead, consumers should try discount retailers such as T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom Rack or Party City. Not only do these stores offer huge savings, but shoppers can ﬁnd one-of-a-kind items. Thrift stores, such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army or your local vintage shops, also have reduced merchandise. Sometimes shoppers can even score near-new costumes. “People don’t usually re-wear costumes,” says Andrea Woroch, a moneysaving expert. “Since they were only worn one time, they’re usually in good condition.” Online, browse Pinterest and Instagram for ideas, then compare websites to ﬁnd discounts. “There are so many Halloween retailers out there,” Woroch says. “Google the retailer’s name and ‘coupon code’ to see who has the best deal.” The point, she says, is to avoid paying full price when you don’t have to. Some sites to check out are Buycostumes.com, Halloweencostumes.com and SpiritHalloween.com. Many have free shipping. Jet.com offers cash back on purchases, and right now ﬁrst-time customers get an additional 15% off with a promo code. Apps like Poshmark and Mercari are free and let you buy and sell clothes that no one else has. Or, raid your bestie’s closet to see what could ﬁt into your costume. “If you use what you have around your house and then you only spend $5 or $10 on one item, then you really save,” Woroch says. And, if you’re ﬂexible about your costume, wait until a few days before Halloween or even the morning of to buy. Merchants often have even bigger sales then because they want to sell everything in stock. PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES Save money on Halloween goods Kellie Ell l USA TODAY Americans are spending a frightening amount of money on Halloween. The National Retail Federation estimates consumers will spend a record $9.1 billion this year, up 8.3% from 2016 when the number was $8.4 billion. That breaks down to an investment of $86.13 per person. But these hairraising statistics don’t have to be so scary. Here are the things Americans are splurging on during Halloween — and ways you can celebrate on a budget. CANDY DECORATIONS Halloween hits the sweet spot: The NRF anticipates Halloween candy sales will hit $2.7 billion this year. There are plenty of affordable ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Shoppers should buy in bulk. Stores such as Costco, Target, Sam’s Club and Walmart have supersize bags of candy. Many of these stores let you double up on savings with coupons. And, as with costumes, wait until Halloween morning, when candy goes on sale at many stores. Just like candy, Americans are expected to purchase $2.7 billion worth of Halloween décor this year. Thrift stores and yard sales can offer major savings on this front. Lori Maloney, a stay-athome mom in Kearneysville, W.Va., found Halloween decorations at a yard sale near her home. “I probably paid 10% of the retail value,” she says of her July shopping spree. “At the time I thought it was a bit silly to buy them, but I’m glad I did.” Schools address shortage IRS clamping down on of nurses in creative ways refund fraud, ID theft Partnerships with health systems help ease ﬁnancial burden New safeguards help cut numbers of fake returns, victimized tax ﬁlers, agency says Ana B. Ibarra California Healthline Kevin McCoy @kmccoynyc USA TODAY CONCORD, CALIF. During a 15minute recess, the pupils trooped from the playground toward nurse Catherin Crofton’s office — one with a bloody nose, a second with a scraped knee and a third with a headache. “We’re here for ﬁrst aid, emergency, counseling,” said Crofton, of the Mount Diablo Uniﬁed School District. “There is always something to do.” Mount Diablo and other districts nationwide can use all the help they can get. Severe shortages of school nurses have been reported in recent years in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin — and money to hire more is scarce. Last year, Crofton saw 20 to 30 children a day at Cambridge Elementary, in eastern Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay area. Some were regulars, with chronic conditions such as cystic ﬁbrosis who need daily medication. School nurses sometimes are a child’s only regular link to medical care and often spot emerging disease outbreaks. Desperate to ﬁll the nursing gap, the Mount Diablo district partnered with John Muir Health, a local health system of doctors and hospitals, to pay for Crofton’s position. Other districts are addressing nursing shortages creatively — and with mixed success — by opening school-based community clinics, conducting video sessions with faraway doctors and training office staff to dress wounds or check glucose levels of diabetic children. Last year, the American Acad- Nurse Catherin Crofton works at two elementary schools in eastern Contra Costa County, Calif. HEIDI DE MARCO, KAISER HEALTH NEWS emy of Pediatrics called for a minimum of one full-time registered nurse in every school. Before that, the recommended ratio had been 1 nurse to 750 students. California is far from hitting either goal. Its ratio was 1-to-2,592 in the 2016-17 school year. In many districts, one nurse must cover two or more schools. Last year, the Sacramento City Uniﬁed School District experimented with telehealth, which gives school staffers electronic access to a doctor to guide them. Telehealth works well if there is a school nurse, not a secretary, consulting with the doctor, said Nina Fekaris, the president of the National Association of School Nurses and a school nurse in Beaverton, Ore., outside Portland. “It can’t be viewed as a replacement of (nursing) services,” she said. In some instances, clerks and other school staff have been assigned medical duties, with disastrous results. In Washington state, a girl reportedly died of an asthma attack in 2008 under the watch of a playground supervisor when no nurse was around. Partnerships between school districts and health care organizations are among the most promising because schools don’t have to bear the full costs of hiring nurses. And they enable nonproﬁt health systems to count their contributions of nurses and free student services toward the “community beneﬁts” they must provide to stay tax-exempt. Such partnerships tend to be more popular in the East. Schools in Toledo, Ohio, for example, hired 12 nurses through a deal with a local health care system in 2015. “It has made an amazing difference,” said Ann Cipriani, health coordinator at Toledo Public Schools. But even where funding can be found, ﬁnding qualiﬁed professionals to ﬁll the positions can be tough. The 10-month work schedule is great, said Gail Williams, director of student health services at Fresno Uniﬁed, but it’s tough to compete with hospitals open year-round. This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. An Internal Revenue Service tax industry crackdown is making progress in the battle against identity theft and tax refund fraud, officials said Tuesday as they announced plans for additional safeguards in 2018. Fewer federal tax returns linked to identity theft entered the tax system in 2016, and the number of taxpayers who said they’d been victimized also dropped, along with the number of fraudulent refunds issued, the officials said. Among the highlights: uThe IRS stopped 883,000 tax returns with conﬁrmed links to identity theft in 2016, a 37% drop from the year before. It stopped 443,000 potential tax refunds linked to identity theft, a 30% year-over-year decline. uFinancial institutions stopped 124,000 suspect tax refunds in 2016, half the number detected in 2015. The companies have stopped 127,000 suspicious refunds so far this year, reﬂecting a handful of cases involving several thousand accounts. uThe number of taxpayers who told the IRS they had fallen victim to identity theft dropped to roughly 376,000 in 2016, a 46% decline from the year before. “We’ve seen the number of identity theft-related tax returns fall by about two-thirds since 2015,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement. “This dramatic decline helped prevent hundreds of thousands of taxpayers from facing the challenges of dealing with identity theft issues.” The declines stem in part from a ﬁrst-of-its-kind partnership, launched in 2015, between the IRS, state tax agencies, major taxpreparation companies and other tax industry participants. The agencies have been sharing information and implementing new electronic safeguards and other measures aimed at thwarting identity thieves. For instance, tax industry representatives have shared dozens of key data points from electronically ﬁled tax returns that have helped the IRS to identify tax scams and block fraudulent refunds. “We all need to work diligently and together to combat this common enemy.” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen As the crackdown continues in 2018, all official IRS W-2 forms used to ﬁle federal tax returns for the ﬁrst time will include a veriﬁcation code box. A 16-character code will appear on approximately 66 million W-2 forms, more than half of all forms issued, Koskinen estimated. Taxpayers who prepare their own tax returns and tax preparers will be urged to enter the code in the veriﬁcation box if their form includes the 16-character entry. Additionally, the IRS will ask tax professionals to gather more information about clients who ﬁle business tax returns. Koskinen’s IRS term expires in November. “We know that cybercriminals are planning for the 2018 tax season, just as we are,” Koskinen said. “This coming ﬁling season, more than ever, we all need to work diligently and together to combat this common enemy.” USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 10T 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. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 11T SUNDAY WATCH: EMBRACE YOUR ‘SCREAMING’ SERVICES. There are plenty of options if you want theatrical chills at the movies, from new hit Happy Death Day to a pair of bigscreen projects featuring familiar ﬁgures: The sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (in theaters now) offers a crossdressing Tyler Perry dealing with a haunted campground, and Jigsaw (out Friday) brings back the famed killer of seven previous Saw movies. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a chance on some diamond-in-the-rough fare on iTunes and other digital video outlets. Wish Upon takes a teenage girl (Joey King) on a very bad path when she’s gifted a magical music box by her dad (Ryan Phillippe), and Halloween gets a Christmas twist with the horror comedy Better Watch Out, featuring a babysitter (Olivia DeJonge) and her young charge (Levi Miller) trying to stay alive during a home invasion. Old-school horror cinephiles will want to check out 78/52, a documentary featuring Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis and other notables breaking down Alfred Hitchcock’s infamous Psycho shower scene frame by frame. AMC’s zombie-tastic The Walking Dead lumbers in for an eighth season on Sunday, but if you’re looking to binge on creepiness, head to the various streaming platforms. The new anthology series Lore, based on the popular podcast, just premiered on Amazon Prime and focuses on the real origin stories of such supernatural legends as werewolves, séances and possessed dolls. And Hulu’s Freakish, which pits high schoolers against mutants spawned by a chemical-plant meltdown, is back for a second season. Over on Netﬂix, for those who’ve already gobbled up Stranger Things (which releases its new season Friday) and Black Mirror, give the Buffy-esque British show Crazyhead a go. While there, check out the two new Stephen King movie adaptations, Gerald’s Game and 1922, and dive into The Babysitter, about a boy (Judah Lewis) who ﬁnds out the girl (Samara Weaving) who tucks him in at bedtime is part of a satanic cult. For one-stop shopping, Shudder is a must for even the casual horror lover and a dream for the hardcore fan, offering an abundance of original content. There are shows such as the outer-space mystery Missions, Neil Gaiman anthology series Likely Stories and Swedish supernatural whodunit Jordskott, plus movies such as Found Footage 3-D (which adds a dimension to the cabin-in-the-woods trope), Let Me Make You a Martyr (with shock rocker Marilyn Manson as a hitman) and the black comedy Prevenge (about a pregnant woman who turns serial killer). USA SNAPSHOTS© Fashion fizzle 1 in 3 men admit to skipping an event because they felt they didn’t have the right clothes to wear. SOURCE Perry Ellis survey of 1,017 men MICHAEL B. SMITH AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY Cream of the cropped The captain is speaking — and taking questions WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES THERE’S NO TRICK TO GETTING YOUR FRIGHTS RIGHT Brian Truitt l @briantruitt l USA TODAY The scary season is upon us, and the ghoulish demonic clown of It is just the tip of the ghastly fun. But where to start? Never fear, we’re here to help. (Well, perhaps a little fear would be apropos.) Here’s a guide to what’s new out there for getting your horror fix between now and Halloween. Buffy has nothing on Crazyhead’s Raquel (Susan Wokoma, left) and Amy (Cara Theobold). ERIC PIERMONT, AFP/GETTY IMAGES LISTEN: LET THE FRIGHT ONE INTO YOUR EARS. For those who think they need to actually watch something to be scared, let’s remember how Orson Welles sent the nation into a tizzy with his 1938 The War of the Worlds broadcast. Podcasts have taken the reins from the spooky radio shows of yesteryear, and there are plenty. The NoSleep Podcast is a series of episodes with all kinds of tales from the dark side — and there are nine seasons of it, too. Those who want star power can download Darkest Night, an anthology series featuring Lee Pace and RuPaul that focuses on twisty stories and the weird goingson at a mysterious research facility. Speaking of weird, The Black Tapes takes a “monster of the week” spin, teaming up a curious journalist and an enigmatic paranormal investigator to look into strange cases and how they tie into a secret society. Tanis mashes up sci-ﬁ and the world of cults, Rabbits is the story of a woman trying to ﬁnd her missing friend in the midst of a dangerous game involving alternate realities, and Limetown centers on a scientiﬁc facility where everybody just disappeared one day. Podcasts Inside the Exorcist and Inside Psycho dig into the details of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous ﬁlms. WARNER BROS.; IFC FILMS STEFFAN HILL Orson Welles freaked out the nation with his 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds. AP Movie lovers will want to download the newly-launched podcast Inside the Exorcist, which digs into the real-life events that inspired the 1973 classic The Exorcist, as well as all the insane things that went on during ﬁlming. (To tide you over waiting for upcoming episodes, try out Inside Psycho, which focuses on the production of Hitchcock’s most infamous ﬂick.) v STORY CONTINUES ON 12T CALENDAR Plan your week in entertainment with these highlights and pop-culture milestones: STREAM WATCH Stranger Things 2 drops on Netﬂix Friday. This season is set in 1984, with the citizens of Hawkins, Ind., “still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger sinister entity still threatens those who survived.” HILARY BRONWYN GAY, PARAMOUNT PICTURES TV MUSIC TUNE IN Drop the Mic, hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, premieres on TBS Tuesday at 10:30 ET/PT. The show is based on the segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden and pits stars in head-to-head rap battle. LISTEN Kelly Clarkson’s latest FILM GO TO Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac star in Suburbicon, out nationwide Friday. The ﬁlm follows a suburban family, with ties to organized crime, after a home invasion. KELSEY MCNEAL, CBS album, The Meaning of Life, is out Friday. The artist released the ﬁrst two songs from the album, Love So Soft and Move You, in September. CHARLES SYKES, INVISION/AP Compiled by Mary Cadden USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 12T STREAMING Take a swing at these home runs IF YOU’RE NOSTALGIC FOR CHILDHOOD SPORTS: THE SANDLOT It’s time to play ball. Or, at least, press play on a good baseball movie. The MLB post-season is underway, and soon two teams will be facing off in the 2017 World Series. If you’re like us and you’re living and breathing baseball this October, USA TODAY’S Kelly Lawler helps you fill the time between playoff games with these five baseball movies that are available to stream or rent. BYO Cracker Jacks. Films such as It and series such as Stranger Things are capitalizing on our current obsession with nostalgia for a childhood in the 1980s. The Sandlot similarly captured nostalgia for a 1960s childhood when it premiered in 1993. The ﬁlm’s endurance as a baseball and childhood classic is because of its strong themes of friendship and youthful innocence. SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT THE NATURAL Robert Redford grounds the ﬁlm as Roy Hobbs, the titular “natural” baseball player in the ﬁlm, which is based on the Bernard Malamud novel. Hobbs’ long life saga is examined in the ﬁlm, from the death of his father at a young age to his against-the-odds resurgence as a professional baseball player on the ﬁctional New York Knights. The ﬁlm has one of the most exciting at-bat scenes in any baseball ﬁlm. Stream it on Amazon. Stream it on HBO Go/Now. PATRICK RENNA BY 20TH CENTURY FOX IF YOU LOVE SPORTS DOCUMENTARIES: FOUR DAYS IN OCTOBER KEVIN COSTNER AND SUSAN SARANDON BY ORION BULL DURHAM Kevin Costner is one of Hollywood’s baseball ﬁlm all-stars. Field of Dreams remains a classic in the genre, but we’re also partial to Durham, which is a frank and adult look at the world of minor league ball. ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series is an absolute treasure for sports fans who love digging into the history and cultural effects of their favorite players, coaches and games. (The epic installment O.J.: Made in America went on to win an Oscar.) This installment chronicles how the Boston Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deﬁcit against the Yankees in the 2004 World Series and went on to break their “curse.” BERNSEN, BERENGER, SHEEN BY PARAMOUNT IF YOU LIKE ROOTING FOR THE UNDERDOG: MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball has seen its fair share of underdogs and “lovable losers” overcoming years-long championship droughts to win the World Series. But no real story has come close to the fun of Major League. The 1989 ﬁlm follows a team put together by its owner speciﬁcally to be the worst in the league, only to start a winning streak just to spite her. Buy the 30 for 30 episode on Amazon or iTunes. Stream it on Starz. Stream it on Amazon or Hulu. BOSTON RED SOX JOHNNY DAMON AND DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ BY AP Some horrors written for all to quake v CONTINUED FROM 11T READ: SCARY STORIES SPOOK VARIOUS MEDIUMS. The master of horror, Stephen King, has a couple of new books out: Sleeping Beauties, his novel with son Owen about women around the globe going to sleep and not waking up, plus his coming-of-age novella Gwendy’s Button Box with Richard Chizmar. King isn’t the only one stirring up the creepy cauldron. Victor LaValle’s The Changeling is a brilliant and brutal take on an old myth. Intrigued by the thought of man-eating hippos? Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth imagines a Louisiana with carnivorous giants run amok. More into youngadult ﬁction? Stephanie Perkins’ There’s Someone Inside Your House unleashes a slasher-movie scenario where local teens are murdered in an increasingly garish and stylish manner. Comic books, too, are a literary medium for those with a taste for the terrifying. Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang face a zombie outbreak in Afterlife With Archie, a must-read for all Riverdale TV fans. Redneck chronicles a Texas family of vampires that runs a barbecue joint, Clean Room involves body-snatching monsters and a self-help cult, and the Southern gothic comic Harrow County follows an girl who ﬁgures out her connection to the weird creatures of her home on her 18th birthday. (There also are 172 issues of The Walking Dead, so whether or not you watch the popular show, it’s best to get busy there if you haven’t yet.) Redneck follows a family of vampires who run a barbecue joint in Texas. Yum? IMAGE COMICS Just surﬁng the Web offers all sorts of spooky tales, too. The Dionaea House is a mystery that unfurls over various emails, written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival). But Creepypasta.com and Reddit’s “nosleep” subpage are the Internet’s seemingly never-ending troves of user-generated horror ﬁction — like a modern version of ghost stories around the old campﬁre, though you might want to keep s’mores off your laptop. There’s nothing scarier than sticky keys. Master of horror Stephen King is having a great 2017, with movie adaptations and new books. SCOTT EISEN, GETTY IMAGES FOR WARNER BROS. 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. Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. EDITOR IN CHIEF Joanne Lipman CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Kevin Gentzel 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett USA TODAY LIFE is published weekly. Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAY is subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAY may in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: www.GannettReprints.com or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAY is a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. USA TODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. PUZZLE ANSWERS USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 13T FASHION Cara Delevingne and Taraji P. Henson rocking short locks. WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES Sara M Moniuszko and Brooke Metz USA TODAY Forget mermaid hair, the latest “It” style is short and sweet (and sometimes sassy). Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne were spotted with matching peroxide pixies in Paris in July. Taraji P. Henson showed off her curly crop among other looks while hosting the Black Girls Rock! event in August. And Emma Roberts and Lucy Hale shared their jaw-length bobs on social media, which gave us Selena Gomez’s Met Gala bob vibes. But stars aren’t the only ones up on the trend. As of July, Pinterest reports domestic searches for “shag” haircuts are up 220% year-overyear, and searches for pixie cuts have increased, with asymmetrical pixies showing a 120% rise. Naté Bova, a senior stylist at Warren Tricomi Salon’s Plaza Hotel location in New York, told USA TODAY that she has noticed the trend, with short hair styles making up about 15% of her clients’ requests. But why are our favorite stars and friends making the chop? A Cropped locks are 2017’s big hair trend. But why? “There’s this narrative that short hair isn’t feminine ... but I’ve seen so many women feel liberated, powerful and even more feminine when they’ve made that bold step.” Mara Roszak, who has created hairstyles for Cara Delevingne, Brie Larson and other stars. feeling of empowerment may be driving many women to the salon. “There’s this narrative that short hair isn’t feminine ... but I’ve seen so many women feel liberated, powerful and even more feminine when they’ve made that bold step,” says Mara Roszak, who has created hairstyles for Delevingne, Brie Larson and other stars. “The things that hold us back are the stories we tell ourselves.” Those stories include the idea that femininity is tied to long locks, or that hair length is a key to identity. “More women hold onto that more than they realize, but more women who have cut their hair off come into themselves and channel a part they hadn’t accessed before,” Roszak says. “It’s removing this sense of security and also that fear we have of looking different.” Which, Roszak adds, can cause us to feel vulnerable. But even so, embracing the cut can be a step forward. “Women don’t want to be told how to look or feel or be in the world — it’s our own personal choice,” she says. Delevingne, who shaved her head for her new movie Life in a Year, echoed the statement in an interview with USA TODAY. “I deﬁnitely was more aware that you could pretty much hide behind your hair,” she says. “But it was really liberating to realize that you don’t need hair to be beautiful and to feel like a woman.” The idea of taking control over your appearance is an important one in today’s Millennial generation, which Jane Buckingham, founder and CEO of trend forecasting company Trendera, says is another component. Buckingham says short hair is a solution for damaged hair. “Practically, it’s just a good thing to give it a rest and cut it off and sort of start again,” she says. Another bonus? Eliminating unnecessary stressors, such as the need to do one’s hair every day, can be refreshing. “(Short hair is) easier, right? It’s a difficult time, the world is a little bit crazy and people are like, ‘I just want to try something new. I want something fresh. I want something that feels exciting and new,’ “ Buckingham explains. “ Delevingne agrees. “It’s nice to not have to maintain your hair,” she says. “We all get attachment to hair but it’s just hair. It grows back.” Contributing: Brian Truitt HEALTH Myths about breast cancer debunked I DON’T HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER. SO, I WON’T GET IT. This is one of the biggest myths Litton hears. Only about 2 out of 10 people diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history, according to the American Cancer Society. “Just because you don’t have a family history, does not mean you are safe,” Litton said. BREAST CANCER IS A DEATH SENTENCE. Ashley May l @ashleymaytweets l USA TODAY Breast cancer is easily the most well-known type of cancer, but do people really know specifics? Jennifer Litton, associate professor of breast medical oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, said new treatment options have changed what a diagnosis of breast cancer means today. Here are a few myths: EVERYONE WITH BREAST CANCER NEEDS CHEMOTHERAPY. IF YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER, YOU’LL HAVE TO GET A MASTECTOMY. While treatment can include chemotherapy (which causes hair loss), it might not. A lot depends on the size of the cancer and the patient’s biology, Litton said. Surgery and radiation are among other treatment options available to patients. Mastectomies are not as commonly recommended as they were in the past. Even when a patient opts for a mastectomy, the surgery likely is not a radical mastectomy, where the entire breast is removed, but it’s usually partial, skin-sparing, simple or modiﬁed, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Some researchers say 70% of mastectomies in women with breast cancer are unnecessary, because healthy breast tissue isn’t proven to signiﬁcantly lower risk of recurrence. Often, breast-conserving surgery such as radiation can be done to spare the breast. “In the vast majority of cases, having a mastectomy does not change the overall survival of cancer they’ve been diagnosed with,” Litton said. Having a mastectomy only lowers breast cancer risk in the removed breast, but doesn’t lower cancer risk in other parts of the body, the American Cancer Society says. MEN CAN’T GET BREAST CANCER. While breast cancer in men is rare (less than 1% of all breast cancers), it happens. This is because men have breast tissue. Old age, high estrogen levels, radiation exposure, alcohol consumption, a strong family history of breast cancer, or genetic mutations can all increase a man’s risk of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. THERE’S ONE TYPE OF BREAST CANCER. There are more than a dozen types of breast cancer. Common kinds are carcinomas, tumors that grow in organs and tissues. Most breast cancers are a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma that starts in the milk ducts or milk-producing glands. But, there are other kinds of breast cancer that start in the cells of muscle, fat or connective tissue. ONLY LUMPS THAT ARE PAINFUL ARE CANCEROUS. Cancerous lumps can be painful or painless. Any lump that persists for two weeks should be evaluated by a medical professional, Litton said. A GOOD DIET CAN PREVENT AND TREAT CANCER. Litton said many diagnosed with breast cancer look for a “magic diet,” but the reality is “the patient is not in control of the cancer.” With that being said, a low-sugar, plant-based diet can help overall health. The majority of those diagnosed with stage III, stage II and stage I breast cancer survive at least 5 years after diagnosis, according to data from the American Cancer Society. Metastatic or stage IV breast cancers have a 5-year survival rate of about 22%. ONLINE RESOURCES Visit cancer.org for more information on types and treatments of breast cancer. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 14T TRAVEL DISPATCHES Adventure of the Seas returns to St. Thomas Nov. 10. JOE CAVARETTA, AP Ships return to St. Thomas Commercial aircraft, including the Airbus A350 XWB, undergo detailed maintenance and its pilots are highly trained. SANG TAN, AP PILOT’S PERSPECTIVE OUR CAPTAIN ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS Each week, former airline pilot and aviation safety consultant John Cox answers questions from USA TODAY readers about ﬂying. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers. More Ask the Captain Send your queries to travel@ usatoday .com, and see USA TODAY’s Money section each Monday for a new batch of reader questions. Even if the ﬂight is smooth at the time, ﬂiers are advised to heed the fastenseat-belt sign. GETTY IMAGES/ ISTOCKPHOTO Q A I’m going on my ﬁrst ﬂight soon and I’m petriﬁed. Do you have any tips? I understand your trepidation and apprehension. It is not uncommon for ﬁrst-time ﬂiers. A few things to remember: 1. Aviation is the safest form of public transportation in history. You are safer ﬂying than when you are in your automobile, walking on a sidewalk, riding a train, taking a bus or being on a boat/ship. 2. The professionals that maintain and ﬂy the airplane are some of the most highly trained in the world. Additionally, trained evaluators check their skills and competencies regularly. 3. The maintenance of aircraft is very detailed and frequent. Airplanes have more redundancies than other forms of transportation, which results in increased reliability and safety. 4. Airplanes ﬂy because of physics, just as boats can ﬂoat on water. Some people look at an airplane and ask, ‘How does something that heavy ﬂy?’ It can because of the laws of physics and the proper shape of the wing. There is no mystery to it. 5. Aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world. The close oversight of government regulatory and safety organizations has proven to be effective. Those are a few of the many reasons to relax and enjoy your upcoming ﬂight. You will experience a totally new vantage point from which to see the world. Q A Does having only two engines increase risk when ﬂying over oceans? No, the reliability of modern jet engines is so good that ﬂying over oceans or remote locations is not risky. One consideration is that more engines increase the possibility of one of them having a problem. The regulatory authorities have very strict standards for twin-engine overwater operations. I ﬂy over oceans in twin engine airplanes many times each year with no concern about the risk of engine failure. Q If a twin-engine plane has one engine that fails midway over the Atlantic, what options do the pilots have? A Engine failures are very, very rare, but should one occur, the airplane can safely ﬂy to an alternate airport, the airport of origin or the airport of destination. On overwater ﬂights, the en route diversion airports are planned before departure. If there is a need to divert — for an engine problem or any other issue — the pilots have the plan in place. Q My friend, an airline captain, tells me that the bigger the plane, the more backup systems on the aircraft. So are A380s, 747s and 777s safer to ﬂy? A The A380, 747, 777 are certainly safe. So are other airliners like the Airbus A320 family, the Boeing 737 family, 757, 767, A330/340, A350, 787, Embraer 135/145, EMB 170/190 and Bombardier CRJs to list a few. Airliners are safe. The larger airplanes have a larger number of redundant systems due to their size but that, by itself, does not mean one airplane is safer than another. Q A Is there ever turbulence that concerns the pilot? Pilots do not like turbulence, but because the designers of modern airplanes have such a safety factor built in, there is no concern about damaging the airplane. The concern pilots do have is that passengers will not have their seat belts fastened and will be injured, or that a ﬂight attendant will not be secured in the jumpseat. Q A Why do ﬂiers ignore the fasten seat belt sign? The captain illuminates the sign when there is a possibility of turbulence. Turbulence is unpredictable, and often will not occur. This causes people to believe that there is no risk. This is a false belief. If the seat belt sign is illuminated, passengers should remain in their seat. If physiological reasons make a visit to the lavatory imperative, the passenger must assume the risk. Q A When lightning strikes an airplane, are you safer in the air or on the ground? In the air, airplanes are designed to dissipate the lightning quickly. I have been ﬂying airplanes that were struck multiple times and there was little or no damage sustained. All the surfaces are bonded, giving the lightning a pathway to pass back into the atmosphere. On the ground there is a risk to people on the ramp if the airplane discharges the lightning. For the passengers there is very little or no risk in either situation. Backup systems are built into all aircraft, including the Boeing 747. JEREMY DWYER-LINDGREN SPECIAL FOR USA TODAY Relax and enjoy your upcoming (ﬁrst) ﬂight. You will experience a totally new vantage point from which to see the world. ... Most people never forget their ﬁrst ﬂight. Q I’ve noticed that when inbound to an airport, the pilot begins decelerating the aircraft sometimes a half-hour prior to touchdown. Why don’t they go faster longer? Cruise ships will begin returning to St. Thomas on Nov. 10, less than two months after the island was devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands announced Monday. In a statement sent to media outlets, the Virgin Islands government said Royal Caribbean’s 3,114-passenger Adventure of the Seas would be the ﬁrst cruise vessel to return to the island on a regular sailing since the back-to-back storms. Irma and Maria caused widespread damage across St. Thomas, knocking out power, ripping roofs from homes and stripping foliage from vegetation. The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has been racing to restore the territory’s top tourist areas so it can reopen to visitors. Tourism accounts for an outsized portion of the Virgin Islands economy, and the livelihoods of thousands of Virgin Islands residents are dependent on visitors, officials have said. “Welcoming cruise visitors back to the U.S. Virgin Islands is key to our economic recovery,” tourism commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty said. Royal Caribbean on Monday said it was working with the government to restore St. Thomas’s Magens Bay beach area in time for Adventure of the Seas’ arrival Nov. 10. Royal Caribbean also said it was committed to resuming cruise calls at the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and St. Martin by the end of November. Gene Sloan A Usually the speed reduction is due to air traffic control instructions. As the traffic near an airport backs up, the speed is reduced. New navigation procedures show the promise of maximizing maintaining cruise speed and altitude as long as possible. Q A Have you ever gotten lost while taxiing at an airport? Taxiing, particularly at a large airport in limited visibility at night, can be very challenging. Many of the modern airliners have electronic maps with the position of the airplane displayed, which helps. Those that do not have electronic displays require the crew to have taxi charts. I have never been lost, but have taxied slowly and been very careful to follow the taxi clearance, using input from the ﬁrst officer. Q A Are there any mandatory announcements that a captain has to make? Only if there is an emergency condition and the captain must tell the ﬂight attendants and passengers to “Brace!” All other announcements are up to the captain. Q A Do you have a favorite airport to land and take off ? There are special things about several airports: Landing on runway 13 in LaGuardia from the south provides a spectacular view of Manhattan as you ﬂy up the Hudson River. Flying into Key West with the beautiful clear water and picturesque boats in the harbor is always enjoyable. One of my most vivid memories was departing from Boston Logan over the shipping channel as the tall ships were sailing. For me, the most beautiful airport is San Francisco: The mountain and the bay combine to make a spectacular sight. Seating on Delta’s newest jet includes privacy panels. USA TODAY Delta unveils suites, seats Delta Air Lines showed off its newest aircraft Tuesday, offering an up-close look at a jet that the carrier says will become its ﬂagship aircraft for international service. Delta’s ﬁrst Airbus A350 widebody will debut on the route between Detroit and Tokyo Narita on Oct 30. Delta is the ﬁrst airline in North America to take delivery of an A350. The 306-seat jet will be the ﬁrst to feature two of the carrier’s new seating options: the Delta One suite and the Delta Premium Select premium economy seat. The 32 Delta One suites feature seats that convert into lieﬂat beds. Though that’s become a standard option for most big global carriers, Delta’s newest suites also come with a privacy door, allowing suite customers to close off their space. The suites are scheduled to be on all 25 of the A350s Delta has on order. Delta also will retroﬁt its 18 Boeing 777s with new suites beginning next year. Also making its debut on Delta’s A350 is the carrier’s ﬁrst premium economy seat. Dubbed Delta Premium Select, the seats are not simply coach seats with extra legroom. They come with extended recline and footrests. The Premium Select seats also come with such perks as enhanced meal service and amenity kits. Delta also will add the seats to its Boeing 777s in its overhaul of those aircraft. Ben Mutzabaugh USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 15T 10BEST: Stops along the Great Lakes Although the Great Lakes make up the world’s largest body of fresh water, the inland seas often are overlooked. “They’ve got unbelievable history and they’re not overly touristed,” says Thomas Shevory who recounts his bicycle journey circling the five interconnected lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario — in a new book The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour (University of Minnesota Press, $16.95). “Once I started, I didn’t want to stop. There’s nothing like them anywhere in the world.” He shares some of his favorite lakeside sites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. DULUTH, MINN. HOLLAND, MICH. The Great Lakes’ largest port has reinvented itself as a touristfriendly Lake Superior haven, featuring waterfront parks and renovated warehouses with shops and restaurants. The hillside city also offers lakefront festivals, an aquarium, harbor cruises and ship and rail museums. “It’s a bustling waterfront and a nice little city,” Shevory says. visitduluth.com This prosperous community near Lake Michigan is more than a vacation town. The city of 33,000 is particularly popular during its spring tulip festival. “There are beaches and sand dunes, and a really nice downtown,” Shevory says. “It has that mixture of urban and rural that can be attractive.” holland.org NIAGARA RIVER, NEW YORK AND CANADA Forget the Falls. Shevory suggests visitors head upstream to explore the Niagara River. An easy scenic drive starts at Fort Niagara, N.Y., where the river meets Lake Ontario, then heads down along the river gorge to Lewiston, before crossing over to Canada. The drive ends at Niagara-on-theLake, Ontario. “It’s a nice little town with a lot of historic buildings. It was important on the Underground Railroad.” discoverniagara.org, niagaraonthelake.com DOOR COUNTY, WIS. The ship-building town of Sturgeon Bay presides over Door County, a popular Lake Michigan getaway, known as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. Visitors come for parks, cuisine and maritime adventure. “It has a lot of variety, both old villages and towns that have now been turned over to tourism, and a more wild side with wide-open water,” Shevory says. doorcounty.com The Great Lakes’ largest port, Duluth, Minn., has reinvented itself as a tourist-friendly haven. VISITDULUTH.COM PORT AUSTIN, MICH. Every Michigan native will tell you that their state’s shaped like a mitten, and Port Austin is found on the tip of the thumb. Shevory said he was charmed by the beauty of the historic town. “There isn’t a major city on Lake Huron. You’re really getting away from everything.” portaustinarea.com LONG POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE AREA, CANADA CLEVELAND Shevory says Ohio’s largest metropolitan area was a pleasant surprise, with impressive museums, leafy universities and old buildings repurposed as shopping centers. As a music fan, he loved the Lake Erie waterfront Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and sports fans can catch some of the nation’s top teams as well. “Of all the old industrial cities that I went through, Cleveland had been most successful in revitalizing its downtown,” he says. “There’s a lot going on.” thisiscleveland.com MORE 10BEST: TRAVEL.USATODAY.COM See lists for travel ideas online. EXPERIENCE Kingston, Ontario, is Canada’s gateway to the Thousand Islands. It also offers free ferry access to Wolfe Island, with bicycling, golﬁng and beaches. CELIA SPENARD-KO KINGSTON, CANADA Canada’s gateway to the Thousand Islands is a gem, Shevory says. The Lake Ontario waterfront city of Kingston has a prosperous downtown and a free ferry to Wolfe Island, which offers bicycling, golﬁng and beaches. Wolfe is the largest of the Thousand Islands, a scenic region on the U.S.-Canada border. “Some are the size of a rock, and some much larger. They’re kind of amazing.” visitkingston.ca TRAVEL AMERICA MANITOULIN ISLAND, CANADA This Lake Huron landmass is generally recognized as the world’s largest island in a freshwater body, and is connected to the mainland by a one-lane bridge. It’s a place to hike, ﬁsh and meet Canada’s indigenous First Nations people, who call the island home. “It’s about as isolated as you can get and still be in that part of North America,” Shevory says. manitoulintourism.com Shevory was surprised by the northern side of Lake Erie. “There’s so little there. It’s kind of breathtaking, sort of unexpectedly undeveloped,” he says, citing Canada’s Long Point National Wildlife Area. The haven for migrating birds stretches across a sandy peninsula about 100 miles west of Buffalo. “It kind of changed my expectation of what I’d see on Lake Erie.” ec.gc.ca/ap-pa/ TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK, MICH. Located a few miles inland of Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this state park boasts one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. “It’s really spectacular, quite a sight,” Shevory says. “You can get very close to the falls and get a feel for what it was like before development.” michigan.org/property/ tahquamenon-falls-state-park FOR MORE INFORMATION USATODAY.COM/EXPERIENCE/ When nature calls, lavatory is a real refuge Laura Ruane AT A GLANCE USA TODAY Network FORT MYERS , FLA . With bathroom humor and a toilet-paper ribbon-cutting, a wildlife refuge in Florida rolled out its newest exhibit: learning lavatories. It’s no joke. These are working public restrooms and a covered walkway located at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. They’ve morphed from institutional bland to bold — with animal sculptures and murals. They’ve gotten more “green,” aka environmentally friendly. It’s a work in progress: Soon the graphic displays will sport a few factoids. “We wanted to transform a necessary nature call into an innovative nature enthrall,” cracked refuge manager Paul Tritaik, speaking to a throng of about 30 friends and staffers at Friday’s grand reveal of the restroom redo. The restroom project originated from identifying “a major missed opportunity for educating visitors,” said Birgie Miller, executive director of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. Each year, the refuge welcomes nearly 1 million visitors to Wildlife Drive, the four-mile, one-way road that takes motorists, cyclists and hikers through portions of the preserve that are home to more than 200 species of birds, alligators, mangrove forests, and more. Only about a quarter of those who travel Wildlife Drive step into the refuge’s Visitor/Education Center to see “all of our wonderful educational exhibits,” Miller said. Admission to the education center is free. It has interactive exhibits about the animals living in the refuge, knowledgeable uWhat: J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. uWhere: One Wildlife Drive, Sanibel Island, Fla. uPhone: 239-472-1100. uOnline: www.fws.gov. uEducation Center hours: Vary, call for information. uWildlife Drive: Open from sunrise-sunset every day except Friday. uEducation Center: Free. uWildlife Drive: $5/car, $1/bike or pedestrian (under 16 free). The walls outside the new Learning Lavatories set the educational tone at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, whcvh opened Oct. 13. PHOTOS BY ANDREW WEST, NEWS-PRESS.COM The refuge welcomes nearly 1 million visitors to Wildlife Drive, which runs through parts of the preserve that are home to more than 200 species of birds, alligators, mangrove forests, and more. Project #LearningLav has created educational imagery inside the center’s lavatories and on the outdoor wall leading to them. folks who can ﬁeld questions — and a gift shop. It also offers visitors tools to better explore outdoors, including binoculars for loan while in the refuge, a guide to duck calls, and information about a free smartphone app on which users can view real-time wildlife sightings, post pictures, and play a wildlife trivia game. The entrance to the education center is just a few steps away from the public restrooms. It seemed plausible the restrooms could be changed to call more attention to the education center. The refuge friends group enlisted creative people, hatched a plan — and raised the money. A $125,000 grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District and contributions from private donors paid for the restroom renovations. Local artist Andrew Corke fashioned a mother and baby manatee out of recycled bike tires. North Carolina artist David Williams sculpted other creatures out of foam and ﬁberglass, and painted the murals. In coming weeks, the restroom stall doors will be wrapped with wildlife imagery and some snippets of nature knowledge. Visitors Paul Brown and Laurel Brown of Long Island, N.Y., toured the restrooms. They have a home on Sanibel, and over the past 21 years “walked through and driven through” the refuge many times. The learning lavatories? “Fantastic,” Paul Brown said, adding, “It’s not something I’d have in my house.” USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 16T BOOKS ‘Booty’ gets to the bottom of pop Exhaustive history explores the power and inﬂuence of American music Matt Damsker Special for USA TODAY Books about popular music typically play into the cult of personality, too easily losing sight of the subtext and source of pop’s power. When a study comes along that goes deep — for example, Greil Marcus’ Mystery Train, or Alex Ross’ The Rest Is Noise — we’re awakened to cultural connections that can expand our appreciation of the sounds we often take for granted. Now, Ann Powers has delivered another such classic with Good Booty (Dey St./William Morrow, 448 pp, eeee out of four). Subtitled “Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music,” this richly researched, passionately argued survey gets down, with persuasive rhetoric and narrative momentum. It makes the case that American pop is one long, nuanced continuum energized by a hardfought battle for sexual and racial liberation. Powers’ voice challenges pop mediocrity in her role as NPR’s music critic, and here she dePowers clares that “American music originates in the by doing more than bodies of its people, in merely singing their the pull of a moan from the Sunday hymns. “They were shakthroat and spine-loosening roll of ing it, baby, shaking it,” writes the hips. From the beginning, it Powers of the moments when the scandalized those who didn’t un- “ring shout” rocked rural Africanderstand it, or maybe felt its im- American churches. A “ﬂuid series of movements pact too well.” She refutes the lazy notion that blended with call-and-response rock ’n’ roll began in 1956 — with singing,” the shout was a deeply the fusions and appropriations of ingrained vestige of the horror Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Africans experienced — and others — and traces it as far back fought with their voices — on as the early 1800s, when church their way to America, locked worshipers worried their pastors down on the slaver ships sailing REVIEW Beyoncé has had a huge impact on popular culture as well as music. SHAREIF ZIYADAT, FILMMAGIC the Middle Passage. Powers then guides us to the musical breeding ground of New Orleans, where American pop takes root in an erotic loam of mixed-blood Creole culture. There, slave life struggled for freedom amid the sex trade of the city’s Storyville and in Congo Square, an open ﬁeld on the outskirts of town where dancing ﬂourished and the mythos of an American sound and style was born, embodied by the ﬂirtatious “cocotte” and the dandyish “can- dio,” a “template for male rock and soul stardom.” It’s no accident that Little Richard’s signature sex-coded smash, Tutti Frutti, was recorded down the road from Congo Square in 1955. (The phrase “Good Booty” was part of the original song, though it was changed to “aw rooty” to protect white sensibilities, and remains a deathless descriptor in soul, funk, and hip-hop.) From there, Powers takes us on a more familiar journey — through jazz, blues, gospel, the teen-driven era of the 1950s, the sexual revolution of the ’60s, groupie culture, the blues thefts of Led Zeppelin and its “newly pornographic musical eroticism,” to “Britney, Beyoncé, and the Virtual Frontier” of today. Pop’s a huge universe, of course, and Powers can’t account for all of it, but her insights and historiography are sharp, and her larger point — that American music refracts and reﬂects a profound struggle for freedom — resounds. ‘The Locals’ is a sad trip into forgotten America Lovely ‘Bookshop’ carries too few novel plot points Author Dee captures a sense of place and and dread in a small town that has been left behind Even with a large cast and lots of stories, ‘Love’ still comes up a little short Mark Firth doesn’t know what to make of Philip Hadi, the New Yorker who left Manhattan shortly after 9/11 to bring his family to Howland, a working-class town in western Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains. Firth, a contractor, is happy to have Hadi’s business; he was hired to beef up security at the home Hadi usually left vacant for all but the summer. But he understands little about how Hadi made his money or his reasons for moving to Howland. Unlike most people in town, Hadi has money, lots of it, and the clash between the town’s residents who want to emulate him and those who resent his inﬂuence drives the action of Jonathan Dee’s captivating new novel The Locals (Random House, 400 pp.,eeegE ). Dee deftly works in the same territory as novelists Russell Banks and Richard Russo to show life in the parts of the Northeast left behind by the modern economy. Mills have closed, jobs are gone, and there are only so many yoga retreats able to provide jobs. Somehow, the residents of Howland elect the low-key Jonathan Dee and private Hadi as their First Selectman, essentially the mayor. Hadi uses his own money to balance the town’s books, which eases the tax burden but warps its democracy. Which, Hadi says, may have outlived its usefulness. He also starts to chip away at the traditions that, however ragged, kept Howland alive. The tension is between those who want to emulate Hadi and those who want him to go away. Mark Firth is among the former. He starts to buy, rehabilitate and then rent houses in and around town, which fattens his checking account but alienates his family. His younger brother, Gerry, sells real estate, drinks too much REVIEW RAY LOCKER and sleeps around when he has the chance. His sister Candace ﬁrst teaches school and then ﬁnds a job at the local library. Only a second sister, Renee, lives outside of a 30-minute drive, in Colorado Howland, they eventually realize, is a Potemkin village. It falls to Gerry Firth, often drunk and fuming behind his laptop as he writes a little-read blog, to set off the confrontation that drives the town’s ﬁnal crackup. “The mood in the town was dark; everyone felt under attack,” Dee writes. “The response was not to come together but rather to protect everything one had against the depredations, real or imagined, of others.” Dee, who lives in Syracuse, N.Y., excels at capturing the feeling in these places whose best days, if they ever really existed, are decades gone by. His knowing gaze and elegant writing work well throughout The Locals, which is infused with a sense of desperation and dread. The novel stumbles somewhat near the end, however, seeming to run out of steam. Howland, as shown by Dee, might be a good place to get gas on the way to Stockbridge or Great Barrington, but you wouldn’t want to live there. Meant to appeal to book lovers, Veronica Henry’s How to Find Love in a Bookshop (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 339 pp., ee1⁄2) is a love letter to books and the shops that sell them. UnfortuREVIEW nately, while heartMARY CADDEN felt, the novel’s love stories are spread a little thin, almost as though they were abridged. Set in the idyllic English town of Peasebrook, nestled in the Cotswolds, the story opens with Emilia Nightingale sitting at her father’s deathbed. She has ﬂown back to Britain from Hong Kong, where she has been living and working. While there, she promises her father she will keep his beloved book store open. The bookshop, Nightingale Books, is tion to both Julius and his store, more than a business to Julius. It though some are more intimately also is his home — he’s lived in a entwined than others. Each charﬂat above the shop since acter’s story sparks interest, but shortly after Emilia’s their promising tales feel birth. short-changed by an When Emilia takes abundance of added over the shop, she characters with even learns that while her more romantic trials father may have and tribulations. been skilled at ﬁndThere’s Dillon, a ing just the right groundskeeper; Jackbook for just the right son, a single dad trying customer, he was in no to make his own way; way an expert at busiJune, a bookshop emness. Emilia is left Veronica Henry ployee; Alice, the daughwith a shop running in ter of Sarah Basildon; the red, more customand Bea, a young mother ers perusing her books than pur- and city transplant. chasing and a land developer The novel’s ﬂow is steady and waiting to pounce. even, and its story lines, with ups Along the way, Emilia’s life in- and downs, all fall easily into tertwines with the lives and loves place. And while that makes for of several characters. There is Sa- neat endings, it does not always rah Basildon, the lady of the make for a gripping read. The stately Peasebrook Manor; drama of possibly losing the Thomasina Matthews, a world- bookstore is anticlimactic, buried class chef and culinary instructor between myriad stories that who is anything but worldly when spread many of the novel’s story it comes to the opposite sex; Mar- lines a little thin. But drama, or lack thereof, lowe, a professional musician who played alongside Julius in isn’t everything. For many readthe town’s string quartet and a ers, there really is something potential love interest for Emilia; magical about bookstores — the and Ian Mendip, a developer who smell, the atmosphere and of has his own plans for Nightingale course, the books. And in the end, Henry’s novel reminds us of just Books. All four have a strong connec- that. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 17T BOOKS 3 New and noteworthy Sisters First: Stories From Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush (Grand Central, non-ﬁction, on sale Tuesday) USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Joint memoir by the Bush twins, daughters of former president George W. Bush. THE BUZZ: Jenna and Barbara will do a #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat with USA TODAY on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, with daughters Barbara, left, and Jenna before Jenna’s wedding in 2008. AP 1 The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (Doubleday, ﬁction, on sale Tuesday Oct. 24) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Three law school students, drowning in debt, decide to expose the hedge-fund operator behind a chain of shady, third-tier law Grisham schools —including their own. THE BUZZ: Grisham is having a busy year; he already had a No. 1 USA TODAY best seller this summer with Camino Island, the tale of crooks who steal F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscripts from Princeton. 2 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! by Ree Drummond (William Morrow, non-ﬁction, on sale Tuesday) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The popular Food Network personality’s latest cookbook offers “Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives.” THE BUZZ: Drummond’s Dinnertime hit No. 3 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list in 2015. Drummond GRISHAM BY BILLY HUNT; DRUMMOND BY ROBERT DEUTSCH USA TODAY; BUSHES BY SHEALAH CRAIGHEAD, AP; FAGER BY RICHARD DREW, AP; KHAN BY EDWIN TSE Lesley Stahl has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes since 1991. RICHARD DREW, AP 4 Fifty Years of 60 Minutes by Jeff Fager (Simon & Schuster, nonﬁction, on sale Tuesday) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s subtitled The Inside Story of Television’s Most Inﬂuential News Broadcast. THE BUZZ: Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes, looks back at the newsmagazine’s storied history on its Fager 50th anniversary. 5 An American Family by Khizr Khan (Random House, nonﬁction, on sale Tuesday) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A mem- oir by Gold Star parent Khan, the Pakistani immigrant who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and made headlines for criticizing Donald Trump. THE BUZZ: “A politiKhizr cally pointed imKhan migrant success story mingled with equally pointed tragedy,” says Kirkus Reviews. WHAT AMERICA’S READING® THE TOP 10 BOOKLIST.USATODAY.COM n Rank this week n Rank last week (F) Fiction (NF) Non-ﬁction (P) Paperback (H)Hardcover (E) E-book Publisher in italics 1 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) (H) Doubleday 6 — The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Historical World War II ﬁction about the choices two sisters must make in Nazi-occupied France (F) (E) St. Martin’s Press 2 — Turtles All the Way Down John Green Aza pursues a mystery involving a fugitive billionaire and potential reward money (F) (H) Dutton Books for Young Readers 7 — Grant Ron Chernow Biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Union general and U.S. president (NF) (H) Penguin Press 3 — Fairytale Danielle Steel Camille Lammenais battles her stepmother for control of her family’s vineyards (F) (E) Delacorte 8 5 Killing England Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard Subtitle: “The Brutal Struggle for American Independence” (NF) (H) Henry Holt and Co. 4 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 6 It Stephen King Seven adults return to their small Maine town to battle an evil creature that preys on children (F) (P) Scribner 5 2 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: 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 10 3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition J.K. Rowling; art by Jim Kay Youth: Harry learns the spirits of loved ones linger in us; third in series; illustrated version (F) (H) Arthur A. Levine 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 8 The Cuban Affair/Nelson DeMille 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 15 — 12 7 17 — — 14 — 10 22 19 18 25 136 26 25 27 13 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 21 41 — 39 — 23 31 35 26 11 28 37 — 48 — 33 9 45 46 47 48 49 50 — 32 45 44 — 53 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 Room on the Broom/Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler Children: A witch in search of her hat welcomes myriad creatures onto her broom (F) (P) Puffin Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality/Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal Subtitle: “A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery” (NF) (H) Crown Archetype A Column of Fire/Ken Follett In 16th-century England, two lovers remain separated by religious differences (F) (H) Viking Sleeping Beauties/Stephen King, Owen King A mysterious sleeping disorder disrupts an Appalachian town (F) (H) Scribner Wonder/R.J. Palacio Youth: August Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity, wants nothing more than to be normal (F) (H) Knopf Books for Young Readers You Do Something To Me/Bella Andre Cordelia’s surprise inheritance includes her father’s half of a company; seventh in series (F) (E) Oak Press The Rules of Magic/Alice Hoffman The Owens children discover a family curse when they visit their aunt (F) (E) Simon & Schuster Don’t Let Go/Harlan Coben 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 Basketball (and Other Things)/Shea Serrano Subtitle: “A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated” (NF) (H) Abrams Books What Happened/Hillary Rodham Clinton Memoir: The Democratic presidential candidate reﬂects on her loss to Donald Trump (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster Milk and Honey/Rupi Kaur Poetry collection divided into four chapters that explore four pains (F) (P) Andrews McMeel Publishing Before We Were Yours/Lisa Wingate Rill Foss ﬁghts to keep her siblings together after they’re forced into an orphanage (F) (E) Ballantine The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye/David Lagercrantz Imprisoned punk hacker Lisbeth Salander returns to expose dark truths from her childhood with the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (F) (E) Knopf Stick With It/Sean D. Young Subtitle: “A Scientiﬁcally Proven Process for Changing Your Life-for Good” (NF) (E) Harper How to Catch a Monster/Adam Wallace; art by Andy Elkerton Children: A child tries to scare away the monster in his closet (F) (H) Sourcebooks Manhattan Beach/Jennifer Egan 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 Little Fires Everywhere/Celeste Ng Mia Warren rents a house in suburban Cleveland and causes upheaval in the neighborhood (F) (E) Penguin Press The Snowman/Jo Nesbø Oslo police investigator Harry Hole investigates a series of disappearances (F) (E) Knopf Everything is Mama/Jimmy Fallon Children: Animals try to teach their babies other words besides “Mama” (F) (H) Feiwel & Friends Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete/James Dean Children: Pete the Cat goes trick-or-treating from house to house (F) (P) HarperFestival Rescuing Bryn/Susan Stoker Dane Munroe meets Bryn Hartwell when he moves to escape his troubles (F) (E) Stoker Aces Production LLC Haunted/James Patterson, James O. Born Detective Michael Bennett’s family vacation is disrupted when local cops uncover a crime scene (F) (E) Little, Brown The Handmaid’s Tale/Margaret Atwood The story of a handmaid named Offred who lives in the repressive Republic of Gilead (F) (P) Anchor The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (Expletive)/Mark Manson Subtitle: “A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” (NF) (H) HarperOne Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties/Dav Pilkey Children: Dog Man tries to bust two cats who are in a bit of trouble with the law; third in series (F) (H) Scholastic Merry and Bright/Debbie Macomber Merry Knight’s holiday stress is compounded when her family adds her proﬁle to a dating website (F) (H) Ballantine The Keto Reset Diet/Mark Sisson, Brad Kearns Subtitle: “Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever” (NF) (H) Harmony The Woman in Cabin 10/Ruth Ware Travel writer sees a woman thrown overboard on a luxury cruise (F) (P) Gallery/Scout Press The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger/Stephen King Roland of Gilead pursues the Man in Black; ﬁrst in Dark Tower series (F) (E) Scribner StrengthsFinder 2.0/Tom Rath Lifetime strategies for using your talents (NF) (H) Gallup Billionaire at the Barricades/Laura Ingraham Subtitle: “The Populist Revolution From Reagan to Trump” (NF) (H) St. Martin’s Press Braving the Wilderness/Brené Brown Subtitle: “The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” (NF) (H) Random House We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy/ Collection of essays reﬂect on race, Barack Obama’s Presidency and it’s aftermath (NF) (H) One World Ta-Nehisi Coates Vanish/Tess Gerritsen Pregnant homicide detective is held hostage (F) (E) Ballantine Principles: Life and Work/Ray Dalio The author shares the unconventional life and business principles that he’s developed (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!/Lucille Colandro Children: The little old lady swallows a bat, owl, cat, ghost and goblin in this Halloween book (F) (H) Scholastic Lilac Girls/Martha Hall Kelly Debut novel about the intersecting lives of three women during World War II (F) (P) Ballantine Building a StoryBrand/Donald Miller Subtitle: “Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen” (NF) (H) Thomas Nelson A Gentleman in Moscow/Amor Towles In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by the Bolsheviks to house arrest in a grand hotel across from the Kremlin (F) (E) Viking USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 18T SCREEN CHECK TONIGHT ON TV THE WALKING DEAD AMC, 9 ET/PT War is beginning in the postapocalyptic world of The Walking Dead. The zombie series begins its eighth season tonight and promises to tackle the popular “All Out War” story line from the comic books in the new episodes. After holding their own against tyrannical aggressor Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors in the seventh season ﬁnale, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Alexandria, the Kingdom and the Hilltop are bringing the ﬁght to Negan. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) get ready for war on The Walking Dead. GENE PAGE, AMC CRITIC’S CORNER Kelly Lawler @klawls USA TODAY THE DEUCE HBO, 9 ET/PT OUTLANDER STARZ, 8 ET/PT Tonight’s the night Outlander fans have been waiting for. After keeping its romantic heroes Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) apart for the ﬁrst ﬁve episodes of Season 3, the two are ﬁnally reuniting in a special 75-minute episode. However, the decades they spent apart present complications for rekindling their love affair, including Jamie’s new business dealings. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) ﬁnally get back together on Outlander. JASON BELL, STARZ PUZZLES CHAT WITH KELLY USA TODAY’s Kelly Lawler chats with readers Mondays at 2 p.m. ET at facebook.com/ USATODAY. Read edited excerpts below, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them to @klawls and visit her live online. Answers placed on page 2 Play more puzzles at puzzles.usatoday.com Puzzle problems? Contact us at email@example.com BY Fred Piscop NO-HITTER A Q A Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) settles in to porn movies on The Deuce. PAUL SCHIRALDI, HBO CROSSWORD This bothers me: What happens to all the food Q you see on The Big Bang Theory? Nobody really ever eats, they just pick at it. I assume it’s real and not prop food? Incredible waste if it’s all dumped into the garbage. You are not the ﬁrst person to have noticed that sometimes on TV, realism falls to the wayside when it comes to food and drink. A video and story from Slate take a hilarious look at coffee cups that are glaringly empty on TV series. You can tell because actors do not handle them like they weigh anything or contain dangerously hot liquids. Once you notice it you’ll never look at coffee on TV the same way again. But for the sake of expediency and safety, sometimes food isn’t real or coffee isn’t there. What shows have surprised you the most this fall, in good or bad ways? In terms of new series, I was most happily surprised by Young Sheldon, which is so different from The Big Bang Theory in so many ways. I’m not a fan of Big Bang, so that was a happy surprise for me. I’ve also been surprised, although I probably shouldn’t have been, by how deftly and smartly Brooklyn Nine-Nine handled sending Jake (Andy Samberg) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) to prison this season after they were wrongly convicted. Not only did The ’70s-set drama about the rise of the porn industry continues to see dramatic upheavals for its characters as the season progresses and Times Square changes. Change isn’t great for C.C. (Gary Carr), Larry (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Rodney (Method Man), who are worried about becoming obsolete as the police continue to push their business off the streets, or Lori (Emily Meade) who struggles to transition to appearing on camera. But Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), thrives on it, and eyes a new job on set. the series maintain its humor and tone with a new setting, it also made subtle commentary and didn’t leave Jake and Rosa unchanged by their experiences. What do you think of the new season of Riverdale? I am thoroughly enjoying the new season of Riverdale as much as I enjoyed the ﬁrst. The series satisﬁes a particular craving I have sometimes. It’s one of the few high school series on the air right now, and it does a good job of balancing big mystery arcs with plenty of soapy teen drama. The season premiere introduced a new mystery and shook up the existing romances, and I have high hopes. I’m also excited to see that it came back with a big ratings increase. It’s a fun series to talk about with your friends. Q A K.J. Apa is Archie on Riverdale. CW ACROSS 1 Topper on the Left Bank 6 Places for facials 10 Heat source at a fast-food restaurant 14 Resort island near Curacao 15 Walt Kelly’s possum 16 Bad to the bone 17 Evidence of a B-52 attack, say 19 Marilyn Monroe facial mark 20 “Much ___ About Nothing” 21 Jobs for wreckers 22 Made an exact copy of 24 Belgrade resident 26 Many a mall rat 27 German city of Einstein’s birth 28 Without a saddle, to an equestrian 32 Oater assembly 35 The Blue Devils of college sports 36 River through Kazakhstan 37 Postmortem bio 38 One passing bad checks 39 Get tuckered out 40 Clothing brand with a horseman logo 41 Red ___ (wieners) 42 Tillerson’s department 43 Successful on one’s own 45 Papa John’s delivery 46 Perfect, as a skill 47 Drillers at sea 51 Temple with a tiered roof 54 Chutzpah 55 Concealed carry org. 56 Proctored event 57 Thanksgiving Day fun run, e.g. © Andrews McMeel 60 Competitor of Allure and Glamour 61 Blunted fencing weapon 62 “Tara Road” novelist Binchy 63 Seckel or Bosc 64 Leo or Aries 65 Wrapped up DOWN 1 Rummy desserts 2 Gradually weaken 3 Grapevine tidbit 4 Gradually weaken 5 Like Braille characters 6 Breed, as eels 7 Lobstering gear 8 Ten, to Bart Simpson 9 Caster of spells 10 Sauce served with seafood 11 Bell-ringing cosmetics company 10/22 12 Distance not run in the Olympics 13 Said “no contest,” say 18 Exhibit wanderlust 23 Controversial statue figure, these days 25 Contemplated item in a Rembrandt work 26 Movie director’s shots 28 Flat-topped formation 29 Bocelli delivery 30 Ox’s burden 31 Paul who painted “Flower Myth” 32 Opens, as a car hood 33 Chamber music woodwind 34 Place for a houseplant 35 Two-terminal semiconductor 38 Political entities of the Mongols 42 “Boy, am I dumb!” Answers: Call 1-900-988-8300, 99 cents a minute; or, with a credit card, 1-800-320-4280. 44 Rocker’s rival, in ’60s England 45 Tidy sum 47 Like bourbon barrels 48 One way to mark errors 49 Source of oranges 50 Filled to the gills 51 Hatchling’s cry 52 Shaft with a linchpin, perhaps 53 Political fundraiser, often 54 Maddux with four Cy Youngs 58 Rival of Reuters 59 Process, as leather CROSSWORDS ON YOUR PHONE mobilegames.usatoday.com USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 19T QUOTE OF THE DAY I HAVE NO COMMENT. NOT FRUSTRATION ... THERE'S NO REASON TO BE NASTY. I SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID SOMETHING," Florida State Jimbo Fisher after he got into it with a fan after the Seminoles' 31-28 loss to Louisville. MELINA VASTOLA / USA TODAY SPORTS Dodgers’ Series drought, explained Gabe Lacques @gabelacques USA TODAY Sports As World Series droughts go, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 29-year absence hasn’t inspired the lore or engendered sympathy like other franchises’ misfortune. There’s no clear line of demarcation featuring a billy goat or an interfering fan. Then again, the Chicago Cubs never traded Ernie Banks, either. Nonetheless, when Game 1 arrives Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, that will end the longest World Series drought in franchise history — yes, even surpassing the 26 years between the 1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms and 1916 Brooklyn Robins. A look at the low points, plot twists and baseball wounds — often self-inﬂicted — that kept one of baseball’s ﬂagship franchises off its biggest stage. THE HANGOVER Those 1988 Dodgers of Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and little else seemed like something of a baseball miracle, slaying the star-studded New York Mets and mighty Oakland Athletics. Going back-toback? Heck, even Hershiser foresaw what was coming in accepting his Cy Young Award over the winter. “It’s hard to repeat, just period, because of injuries,” Hershiser said. “I wouldn’t predict us to repeat.” Hershiser’s physical downfall wouldn’t come until years later, but the club’s regression dogged him: He nearly matched his epic 1988 season: 256 innings and a 2.31 ERA (compared to 2.26 and 267) but that got him a 15-15 record, instead of 23-8. Gibson’s leg injuries were real: He played in 71 games and hit nine homers, one year after hitting 25 in his MVP season. At 82-78, the Dodgers missed the playoffs, but surely it’d be just a speed bump. Right? 1992 That which went sour in ’89 bot- chise bankrupt amid a tabloid-caliber divorce. A cliché even seasoned Angelenos couldn’t believe — the couple bought $74 million worth of homes and spent $10,000 a month on a hairstylist — left the Dodger Stadium seats empty and the major league product lagging far behind the hated Giants to the north. After a year spent in MLB foster care after Selig seized the club, the sale to hedge fund bro Mark Walter seemed a relief. tomed out in 1992. The Dodgers’ 63-99 campaign remains their worst by winning percentage since 1912. Rookie Eric Karros’ 20 home runs led the club. Hometown star Darryl Strawberry’s production dropped from 28 homers and 99 RBI in 1991 to ﬁve and 25 in 43 games; he wouldn’t play 100 games again until 1998, with the New York Yankees. The L.A. riots in April and May provided a grim backdrop for the city, diverting eyes from the terrible team rather than the team providing a diversion from reality. They ﬁnished 35 games behind the Atlanta Braves, rendering almost invisible a meaningless September home run, the ﬁrst hit by a catching prospect named Mike Piazza. MATT STAIRS OK, so there was some baseball played in the McCourt era, and in 2008, the Dodgers nearly made the World Series — until a 40year-old with a beer-league swing interceded. They were ﬁve outs from tying the NLCS at 2-2 when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino ripped a two-run, Game 4-tying home run. Two batters later, it was Matt Stairs driving the dagger, a two-run shot off closer Jonathan Broxton. Not that they could see this coming. “I’m not going to lie. ... I try to hit home runs and that’s it,” Stairs said in an epic news conference after his mammoth blast well up the Dodger Stadium bleachers. FOX AND PIAZZA Ah, Piazza. His franchise-record 35 home runs in 1993 gave him rock-star status in L.A., and as the second in a chain of ﬁve consecutive NL Rookie of the Year honorees, he allowed Dodgers fans to believe they’d returned to the halcyon days of the 1970s and early ’80s. But in March 1998, Peter O’Malley ended nearly a half-century of family ownership when he sold the Dodgers to Fox for a baseball-record $311 million. Meanwhile, Piazza ventured into his walk year with a prodigious .334 career average, .974 OPS and, at 28, 168 career home runs. Surely Fox, which negotiated billion-dollar deals with regularity, couldn’t mess up a simple $100 million extension, right? Um. “I’m not going to lie and say I’m not concerned about this, that I’m not confused and disappointed by the whole thing, because I am,” Piazza told the Los Angeles Times on opening day, some three weeks after Fox gained control of the club. “I’m mad that this has dragged into the season. I’m not going to use this as an excuse if things aren’t going well. But how can I not think about this?” Two months later, a Hall of Fame talent was gone in a block- The Dodgers’ Kirk Gibson celebrates hitting a game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, the last time Los Angeles made the Fall Classic. RUSTY KENNEDY, AP buster deal brokered by TV execs, not baseball people. Despite lavish spending, the Dodgers never made the playoffs under Fox. And Piazza walked right into Cooperstown — wearing a Mets hat. BOSTON WRONG The Piazza deal marked an abrupt shift to corporate ownership, and a group whose primary purpose for buying the Dodgers was to lock down long-term TV rights. Come 2004, Fox wanted out, and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig jumped at the chance to mollify one of baseball’s crucial corporate partners. Enter Frank McCourt — a Bos- tonian deemed too cash-poor to seriously bid on the Red Sox and Angels but next man up when the Dodgers came on the market. MLB OK’d the heavily-leveraged sale to McCourt, who claimed he’d remake the Dodgers into a modern juggernaut via newfangled analytics, and hired Moneyball protagonist Paul DePodesta as his general manager a year later. The Dodgers would make the playoffs four times under McCourt, but he and wife Jamie eventually became what L.A. thought they were — grifting tourists who enriched themselves off the club — and then left the fran- THE MATTINGLY YEARS This year’s club won its ﬁfth consecutive division title, three of those under manager Don Mattingly, who thanklessly shepherded the club through the end of the McCourt era and into a brighter future. But his October work was not stellar, as on more than one occasion he let ace Clayton Kershaw to die on the vine as he tired, like a manager trying to send a message to the front office that the bullpen provided was insufficient. That’s a move better left for April, of course. Gifted a 1-2 starting punch of Kershaw and Zack Greinke, Mattingly’s Dodgers lost three of four postseason series, leading to an awkward exit in 2015 and the dawn of the Dave Roberts era. Cardinals look to ride Adrian Peterson Jarrett Bell firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Sports Footnote: With quick acceleration, Kamara is a big play waiting to happen. son’s season-ending knee injury. So “All-Day” did more than rush for 134 yards and 2 TDs on 26 carries against the Bucs. He injected some energy into a team that sorely needed a jolt. Now do it again. STOMACH FOR AN UPSET Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts. Sure, rookie stud Leonard Fournette, officially “questionable” with an ankle injury, insists he’ll play. But how effective will he be? Okay, Indy’s 31st-ranked defense can help any runner get well soon. But the 3point home underdog will have a shot because Jacoby Brissett will be the best quarterback on the ﬁeld. Blake Bortles does not ﬁt the proﬁle of picking up the slack if Fournette is limited or inactive. PRESSURE’S ON USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell breaks down the keys for Week 7 across the NFL: WHO’S HOT Adrian Peterson. After a statement of a comeback in his Cardinals debut, Peterson will try to keep grooving in London against a Rams defense — and a Wade Phillips defense, at that — ranked 29th against the run. Yes, numbers can lie. Arizona ranks dead last in rushing offense. But that largely reﬂects life before Peterson, on the heels of David John- USA SNAPSHOTS© Homer happy 6,105 Total home runs hit by all teams in the regular season, most in a single year in Major League Baseball history SOURCE Baseball-reference.com ELLEN J. HORROW AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY Steve Sarkisian. After posting an NFL-high 540 points last season under since-departed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons head into the Super Bowl LI rematch at New England scoring nearly 10 fewer points per game under Sarkisian. Julio Jones — the star receiver that Bill Belichick respectfully used two scout team players to mimic during Super Bowl practices — is tied for 33rd in the NFL with 25 catches. Bad optics. Per coach Dan Quinn’s “suggestion,” Sarkisian moved from the sideline to call plays from the coaches’ booth ... as Shanahan did. No matter. Sarkisian’s pullback on the running game during the second half last weekend drew heat as Atlanta blew a 17-point lead in losing to Miami – just before seeing Tom Brady and Co., amid reminders of the Super Collapse. Hello, psychological checkup. Sure, Atlanta’s D has been suspect. But it could sure use a hand from the Matt Ryan-armed offense to relieve the pressure. KEY MATCHUP A.J. Green vs. Joe Haden. The proliﬁc Bengals receiver, second in the NFL in receiving yards, recently ranked Haden as his second-toughest individual matchup after Patrick Peterson. But it’s doubtful the zone-heavy Steelers will put Haden on Green exclu- IF THE PLAYOFFS WERE TODAY ... Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards and 2 TDs in a 38-33 Cardinals win over the Buccaneers. MICHAEL CHOW MICHAEL CHOW, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC-USA TODAY SPORTS sively. Lured after cut by Cleveland, Haden was just what Pittsburgh’s secondary needed: a savvy veteran opposite Artie Burns. Now, with Green scoring TDs in three straight games, comes a chance for the unit to validate status as the NFL’s No. 1ranked pass defense. coach Mike McCarthy, too. Whereas Rodgers sizzled with deft pre-snap reads, it’s incumbent on McCarthy to break in Hundley with rollouts and halfﬁeld reads. Even better if they support him with reliable power running while the improved defense hums. NEXT MAN UP ROOKIE WATCH Brett Hundley. No one expects much from the unproven, thirdyear UCLA product who coughed up three picks after relieving Aaron Rodgers (fractured clavicle) at Minnesota. Which makes him quite dangerous as the surging Saints visit Green Bay. No, Rodgers’ shoes can’t be ﬁlled. But with ﬁrst-team practice reps, Hundley, a rhythm passer with mobility, may help keep hope alive. It’s on Alvin Kamara. Sean Payton couldn’t create a ﬂow rotating three backs. Exit Adrian Peterson. Enter more touches for Kamara, New Orleans’ slippery third-round pick, complementing Mark Ingram. The 31 snaps vs. Detroit in Week 6 matched his highest activity (Ingram had 47), nearly doubling his tally from Week 2 and Week 3, when Peterson had his highest play-counts. Five NFC teams that made the playoffs last season — Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Detroit and New York — would be sitting at home. Only Green Bay, the team with the QB situation, would be a repeat qualiﬁer. Translation: NFC, wide open. In the AFC, three of the four ﬁrst-place teams won their division last year. DID YOU NOTICE? DeMarcus Lawrence leads the NFL with 8 1⁄2 sacks, quite the out-of-character boost for the much-maligned Dallas Cowboys defense. Just one Cowboy has ever led the league in sacks — and it was another DeMarcus (Ware), in 2008 and 2010. Good for Dallas: Lawrence is drawing more double-teams. Good for Lawrence: This impact is coming in a contract year. Follow Jarrett Bell on Twitter @JarrettBell. USA TODAY 20T SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 NFL Five critical Week 7 matchups to watch Michael MiddlehurstSchwartz @MikeMSchwartz USA TODAY Sports The Atlanta Falcons know the cost of running out of gas against Tom Brady. For three quarters in Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots quarterback was stymied by a relentless pass rush. But when the pressure let up as the Falcons tired, Brady threw for 246 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime to power the largest comeback ever in the NFL championship. In Sunday's rematch at Foxborough, there's little question Atlanta's defense will need to ﬁnd a ﬁnishing touch to secure a win. Brady has been sacked 16 times this year and on Monday said his accuracy has not been up to his usual standard. But the Patriots' offense still tops the NFL with 412 yards per game, and Brady trails only Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs with a 106.9 passer rating. Atlanta's pass rush could once again prove troublesome for New England, but the defense has just 12 sacks in ﬁve contests. Linebacker Vic Beasley is in his second game back from a hamstring injury and could pose a problem on the edge, along with defensive ends Brooks Reed and Adrian Clayborn. But the X-factor could be defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who recorded three sacks in the Super Bowl yet is still looking for his ﬁrst of 2017. Running back James White could be the Patriots' most effective answer for limiting Brady's liability against the Falcons' pass rush. Replicating his record-setting 14-catch Super Bowl performance seems unlikely now that Atlanta will be keyed in on him, but he should be an effective asset in keeping New England out of obvious passing situations and forcing linebackers to make plays in coverage. Here are four other matchups that will deﬁne Week 7 in the NFL: Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley vs. New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan With Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on a broken collarbone, the Packers' season now hinges on the third-year backup keeping the offense aﬂoat. That's a tall order for a player with just 44 career pass attempts, yet teammates and coaches haven't wavered in their support. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett during Super Bowl LI. BOB DONNAN/USA TODAY SPORTS Green Bay has counted on Rodgers to deliver virtuoso performances, but the same won't be expected of Hundley. The young quarterback has struggled at times to make quick decisions in the face of the pass rush, as exhibited by the 125 sacks he took at UCLA in three seasons. Limiting his reads and providing more short passes may be Mike McCarthy's best bet to establish a rhythm and keep the offense ﬂowing. Jordan reinforced how disruptive he can be last week by recording two sacks and an interception for a touchdown en route to earning NFC defensive player of the week honors. He poses a signiﬁcant obstacle for a Packers offensive line still not at full strength. With its defense on the upswing, New Orleans could dial up the blitz frequently and challenge Hundley to handle the pressure. Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson vs. Los Angeles Rams' front seven Peterson will earn the odd distinction of becoming the ﬁrst NFL player to play in London twice in one year after his trade from the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 10. Just three weeks after his ﬁrst international trip, the running back ﬁnds himself with a far rosier outlook for the season. Peterson's 134-yard, twotouchdown performance in his Cardinals debut not only reinvigorated Arizona's lifeless run game, but also illuminated what the 32-year-old can bring to an offense. He might not made a full return to the all-pro form of his earlier years, but he can be a dynamic and consistent threat for a team willing to showcase him in the ground game after he was relegated to a complementary role in New Orleans. With the NFC wide open, Peterson could be the key to Arizona making a run for the playoffs. In order to make a similar push for the postseason, the Rams will have to shore up a run defense that ranks 29th in the NFL with 139.5 yards allowed per game. Aaron Donald has maintained an output warranting defensive player of the year consideration, but the defensive tackle needs more help up front. The defense also may be without linebacker Mark Barron, who is questionable with a thumb injury. Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz vs. Washington Redskins' secondary While most division races have remained tight through the ﬁrst six weeks, Philadelphia has the chance to gain some serious separation in the NFC East on Monday. A win would put the Eagles two and a half games ahead of the Redskins with the head-to-head tiebreaker. Wentz threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns against Washington in a 30-17 win in the season opener, and the second-year quarterback has continued to develop in the weeks since. He has committed just two turnovers in the last ﬁve games while throwing 11 touchdowns. With right tackle Lane Johnson cleared from concussion protocol, Wentz should be operating the league's thirdranked offense with nearly a full arsenal. The loss of rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen puts an even heavier burden on Washington's secondary. Cornerbacks Josh Norman (ribs) and Bashaud Breeland (knee) are both banged up, and the ailments could prove troublesome. The Redskins also have to contain tight end Zach Ertz, who had eight catches for 93 yards in the ﬁrst meeting. New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa vs. Seattle Sea- hawks' front seven Perhaps one of the most surprising performances of the season came last week, when the Giants' traditionally pass-happy attack turned to the ground game against the Denver Broncos. Big Blue broke through, with Darkwa's 117 rushing yards powering a 23-10 win. With Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall out for the season, the Giants might continue to employ a more balanced approach. Darkwa has to prove he can replicate last week's performance, but he's a reliable, onecut runner who has averaged 5.7 yards per carry so far this season. Even more promising for New York is the progress made by its offensive line, with the versatile Justin Pugh leading the resurgence. The Seahawks' defense might appear to be a mismatch for the Giants, but the unit has had its share of lapses this season. Seattle ranks an uncharacteristic 27th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (127.2). But the unit bottled up Todd Gurley two weeks ago and will try to force New York to turn to its injuryriddled passing attack. QB Wentz living up to expectations Mike Jones @ByMikeJones USA TODAY Sports Your eyes don’t deceive you, those are the Philadelphia Eagles perched atop the NFC standings with a 5-1 record. In less than a year, the Birds have gone from a last-place ﬁnish (7-9) in the NFC East to a team that’s playing like one of the league’s best. And here’s why. Naturally, Philadelphia’s improvement starts at quarterback. As a rookie, Carson Wentz took his lumps, throwing 14 interceptions to go with 16 touchdown passes. He struggled under pressure and couldn’t consistently deliver on the money downs. But now? Wentz is living up to expectations as the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 draft. He’s more conﬁdent, poised and making better decisions. He has displayed a greater command of the offense, completing 60.9% of his passes for 1,584 yards (ﬁfth most in the NFL) and 13 touchdowns (tied for second). And with only three interceptions, Wentz is rocking a passer rating of 99.6, which ranks seventh. Wentz also has used his legs with greater frequency, rushing for 133 yards — second most on the team — and averaging 4.2 per carry. (Last season, he ﬁnished with 150 yards on the ground.) But the Eagles’ improvement stems from more than just Wentz. Philadelphia’s front office worked to give its young star an improved supporting cast, adding wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Running back LeGarrette Blount, a free agent addition, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry (ﬁfth best in the NFL), and his 390 yards have eased pressure on Wentz. However, continuity could be a bigger key to the league’s thirdranked offense. Right tackle Lane Johnson — the Eagles were 5-1 when he was in the lineup last year — has missed just one game. Zach Ertz is leading all tight ends with 34 receptions and 405 yards. And after two disappointing seasons, former ﬁrst-rounder Nelson Agholor is ﬁnally making an impact out of the slot. And perhaps most impressive of all? The Eagles’ success rate on third downs. Their 50.6% conversion rate is far and away the league’s best ﬁgure. Defensively, Philadelphia is the NFL’s stingiest unit against the run and holds foes to a 32.9% success rate on third downs, third best in the league. The Eagles are giving up gobs of yards through the air, but they rank fourth in takeaways and keep opponents out of the end zone, surrendering just 20.3 points per game. That’s the deﬁnition of bend-but-don’tbreak. The Eagles’ lone loss was a seven-point defeat in Kansas City to the Chiefs (5-2). The big question for Philly involves sustainability. But given the success in so many crucial categories — third down efficiency on both sides of the ball, turnover ratio (+4) and point differential (+43) — and the way the schedule plays out, the Eagles’ prospects appear bright. Philly hosts a battered Washington team Monday night. Completing a season sweep of the Redskins would give the Eagles a key tiebreaker and a 21⁄2-game lead in the division. Washington is currently one of just four teams with a winning record remaining on the schedule. And the NFC seems even more wide open now that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be lost for the season with a broken collarbone. Staying healthy and overcoming inexperience, especially for a player such as Wentz, are always concerns, especially if the Eagles reach postseason and have to face more battle-tested teams. Is QB Carson Wentz the man who will end the Eagles’ near six-decade title drought? ERIC HARTLINE, USA TODAY SPORTS Coach Doug Pederson acknowledged Thursday that a vital component to playoff success involves attention to detail. “It’s about doing the little things now, meaning rest and hydration and extra study, or extra conditioning, things that sometimes you lose sight of in all the wins and the success that a team has had,” Pederson said. “This is that time of year, we’re getting in that stretch of games, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, where teams begin to separate themselves. We can’t have any letdowns (or) setbacks. Got to just be full steam ahead.” These Eagles have already built a nice head of steam. USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 21T NASCAR Three Cup champs hope to steer clear of elimination Randy Covitz Special for USA TODAY Sports Toyota’s NASCAR success translates to car sales Mike Hembree CITY, KAN. NASCAR should change the name of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 to the Champions on the Brink 400. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup event at Kansas Speedway is an elimination race that culminates the second round of the playoffs, where the title-eligible ﬁeld will be reduced from 12 to eight drivers. And three drivers in precarious positions, on or below the cut line, are former Cup champions: Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Johnson is clinging to the eighth and ﬁnal spot, seven points ahead of Busch and eight in front of Kenseth. Another former champion, 2014 title winner Kevin Harvick, is in fourth place, 15 points above the cut line. Johnson, the seven-time and reigning series champion, would hate to see his bid for a record eighth title end before the season ﬁnale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “The position I’m in, chasing my eighth championship, and the desire I have to be competitive week in and week out and being part of that ﬁnal four is as high as it’s ever been,” Johnson said. “It’s been a tough year in some respects. The speed department has been a little tough on us. We’ve been frustrated in the summer months, and that yielded poor results, and we’ve seemed to be on the right track in the last few weeks being competitive and collecting points.” Johnson, a three-time winner at Kansas, is wary of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kenseth, a two-time winner at Kansas, and Busch, who has averaged a 3.8 ﬁnish in his last ﬁve races at the track, including a win in 2016. “When you think of this track and the speed the Gibbs cars have had, it’s been a great track for Matt and Kyle both,” Johnson said, “I can go out there and put myself in a nice position in the points and maintain this eighth place on the bubble, and if Matt or Kyle wins, it shifts that whole thing down. “We have to come to the track with the mind-set of winning, largely because … speaking of Matt and Kyle, both are capable of winning and shifting all the points around.” Busch, a four-time winner this season, ﬁnds himself in peril because wrecks the last two weeks at Charlotte and Talladega left him with 29th- and 27th-place ﬁnishes, respectively. KANSAS @MikeHembree Special for USA TODAY Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, right, enters Sunday’s elimination race at Kansas in eighth place, seven points above the cutoff. ADAM HAGY, USA TODAY SPORTS “It sucks that you work all year long in order to build your point cushion and your stage points and your race wins and everything for Talladega,” Busch, the 2015 series champion, said of the unpredictable restrictor-plate race. “Then I have Charlotte happen. Unfortunately, it’s my fault that we had Charlotte happen. If we would have ﬁnished eighth, let’s say, at Charlotte, we wouldn’t be talking about it. We would have used up our point cushion that we had at Talladega like we built it for. “What’s crazy is you can’t have a mistake on your own. I made a mistake at Charlotte. We can’t have that mistake on your own. You have mistakes brought to you in part by others at Talladega that wreck the entire ﬁeld, and that’s your championship. We still have a chance, we’re still open, we’re still viable. We can still come through here and win or ﬁnish second in every round and hopefully advance. We’ll see. We just got to race it out.” Kenseth, whose 774 led laps in 23 starts are the most of any driver at Kansas, has not won a race since July 2016 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and he seems fatalistic about his chances of winning Sunday. “I feel like I come to the racetrack every week with a chance to win,” said Kenseth, the 2003 champion who is without a ride next season. “But it’s been a yearand-a-half since we won. I’m almost sure I’ve never went two years without winning a race. “If we don’t run good Sunday, then we don’t deserve to be in the next round anyway. It’s a great racetrack, one I really like. Hopefully we can hit it right this weekend and as a group we can all execute, perform at a high level like we’re capable of doing and move on to next week.” Two drivers, Martin Truex Jr., who’s won a season-high six races, and Brad Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, already are locked into the next round of three races by virtue of their wins at Charlotte and Talladega, respectively. But they can still have an impact on the ﬁeld by winning at a track where Truex won in May and Keselowski won in 2011. Truex won the pole position for Sunday’s race. Toyota dominating in 2nd half of season Mike Hembree @MikeHembree Special for USA TODAY Sports Statistically speaking, the ﬁrst and second halves of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season have been dramatically different for Toyota. Toyota drivers won two of the ﬁrst 11 races (although they had some promising runs at tracks where they didn’t score). The most recent 11 races? Toyotas have won eight, including four of the ﬁrst ﬁve in the playoffs. Ford ended a 13-race winless streak with Brad Keselowski’s last-lap victory Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. That win also ended a four-race victory string by Toyota. Chevrolet is looking for its ﬁrst playoff win as the series moves on to Kansas Speedway this weekend. Toyota’s Martin Truex Jr. has been the season’s dominant driver with six victories — no one else has more than four — and 19 stage wins. Toyota’s Kyle Busch is second in stage wins with 13. “They’re ahead of everybody, no doubt,” Ford driver Joey Logano said. “They’re the best cars out there on the racetrack, and a lot of that is because they’ve done their homework. They made some great decisions and they’re reaping the reward now. Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. has six NASCAR Cup Series victories this season. ADAM HAGY, USA TODAY SPORTS “Good for them. Not good for us. We’ve got to go to work.” It’s a particular plus for Toyota that its teams seem to be riding a high at the most critical point of the season. “I feel like they started the season not super-strong, kind of worked their way up as the season went along, and I’d say they’re peaking at the right time,” Ford driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. said. “I felt like at the beginning of the season our Fords were really strong when the Toyotas weren’t, but I think it’s kind of ﬂip-ﬂopped now. I feel like Chevy has kind of maintained that mid- dle ground.” Toyota strength sparked a minor debate at the start of the playoffs when Keselowski, after four Camrys had led the opening practice for the ﬁrst playoff race at Chicagoland Speedway, tweeted, “We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven’t seen NASCAR let a manufacturer get this far ahead since the 70s.” Toyota’s Denny Hamlin and Busch were quick to lob responses in Keselowski’s direction, Hamlin urging Keselowski to “concentrate on your own program bro.” Despite Toyota’s clear success this year (and particularly of late), Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson said the playing ﬁeld is level. “Our competition in both the Ford and Chevrolet camps is right on top of us,” Wilson told USA TODAY Sports. “To the earlier commentary (by Keselowski), I ﬁnd it ﬂattering overall. I try to not let it become a distraction. “I think most people understand and appreciate that our road through the sport has been very rocky. This is our 11th year in the Cup series. We have one manufacturer championship and one driver championship. To suggest we’ve been dominant is a gross exaggeration.” Toyota has won 12 races this year. Chevrolet has won 10 and Ford nine. Five races remain. Toyota drivers have led 53% of the laps run this year compared with 25% for Ford and 22% for Chevrolet. Wilson said Toyota’s preseason goal was to have two Camry teams in the ﬁnal four at Homestead. That remains quite possible, with Truex virtually a lock for the ﬁnal round of the playoffs and Hamlin, Busch and Matt Kenseth still in the mix. Each of the three manufacturers has four drivers in the ﬁnal 12, with four drivers scheduled to be eliminated from the playoffs at Kansas. When Toyota steered into NASCAR national series racing in 2004 by dipping its toes into the Camping World Truck Series, racing fans didn’t surge forward to offer an enthusiastic welcome. In fact, many were appalled that a car manufacturer based outside U.S. borders would be allowed to join what traditionally was a motor sports form reserved for American car builders. Although many Toyotas are built in the U.S., the idea that a foreignbased brand would be racing against full-ﬂedged American steel such as that found in Fords and Chevrolets irritated some fans. Although some anti-Toyota sentiment remains (there are anti-Toyota T-shirts with images and language you probably won’t encounter in church), the manufacturer has settled into a state of normalcy in NASCAR circles. Toyota entered the Cup series in 2007, scored its ﬁrst race win in 2008 and won its ﬁrst and only driving title — by Kyle Busch — in 2015. Although car manufacturers typically go racing for a number of reasons, including enhancing understanding of car performance and testing of potential production-car pieces, the bottom line is moving cars out of showrooms and into driveways. And that goal, say Toyota officials, is being reached. “Obviously, we like motor sports, but we entered NASCAR because we felt that not all of its tens of millions of loyal and passionate fans had us on their consideration list,” Toyota Motorsports general manager Keith Dahl told USA TODAY Sports. “We thought this would be a way to interact and engage with fans and hopefully enhance their experience in the sport and, in doing so, end up with some positive results.” Dahl said Toyota success on track has led to sales success. “The trend has been upward and that trend has increased even more rapidly over the past 18 months or so as we won the driver championship and the manufacturer championship,” he said. Dahl said Toyota has conducted telephone and Internet fan surveys since its arrival in NASCAR. The topic of fan acceptance of the manufacturer has been among the issues addressed. “Most fans recognize that we make most of the cars we sell here,” he said. “We’re deeply involved in America. And I think the championship and the greater awareness they have of us being in the sport leads them to recall and understand the attributes that we’ve asked them about. “When you have tens of millions of fans, there’s a bell curve, but I think we have shifted the bulk of that curve toward overall acceptance in the sport.” A circle of sorts was closed within the Toyota community in January when the car builder’s 2018 production Camry model was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camry — an extremely public demonstration of Toyota’s commitment to stock car racing. It was a big moment for Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson. Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.JASEN VINLOVE, USA TODAY SPORTS USA TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 22T WEATHER WEATHER ONLINE USATODAY.COM TODAY’S FORECAST Seattle 60/48r Helena 62/42r Portland 63/48r NATIONAL FORECAST Bismarck 68/43pc Portland 63/48s Billings 68/46pc Boise 60/44pc Mpls-St. Paul 64/48s Albany 74/51pc Rapid City 73/42pc Milwaukee Detroit 67/48r 76/59pc Cleveland 80/60pc Chicago Pittsburgh 69/50r Indianapolis 77/55pc Omaha 74/59r 69/45s St. Louis Washington 67/52r Cincinnati 75/59pc Kansas City 77/58pc 68/43s Wichita Charlotte 71/44s 79/61pc Nashville Memphis Tulsa 81/62pc 75/60t 71/45pc Casper 64/43pc Sacramento 77/49s Salt Lake City 69/46s San Francisco 74/54s Denver 71/44s Las Vegas 83/61s Los Angeles 94/68s San Diego 85/65s Phoenix 92/65s PRECIPITATION Albuquerque 69/45s Little Rock 69/53r Dallas-Fort Worth 75/50pc Houston 80/52r El Paso 77/50s San Antonio 80/49r Tampa 89/76pc Alaska Precipitation c Cloudy dr Drizzle 10s Thunderstorms f Fog h Haze 20s Rain i Ice r Rain pc Partly cloudy s Sunny 30s Showers sf Snow flurries sh Showers Hilo 85/72sh Juneau 42/38r 40s 50s Snow Miami 89/80pc Honolulu 88/73pc Anchorage 33/25c Below 10 Baltimore 73/53pc Orlando 87/73pc Hawaii Temperatures (°F) New York 73/60pc Philadelphia 75/59pc Charleston 83/68pc Atlanta Birmingham 76/66pc 81/69pc New Orleans 83/66t Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather Inc. ©2017 Boston 71/56s 60s 70s Snow flurries sn Snow w Windy t Thunderstorms 80s 90s 100s 110+ Ice / wintry mix Note: The forecast highs are for the 24-hour period of that day. 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By kneeling, they are honoring the flag and the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. The players’ statement is clear. They respect America, but our country is falling short in fulfilling the great values of democracy it espouses. Their kneeling is not a rejection of America, it is a plea for our nation to be all that we embrace. It is a measure of the players’ courage to take a unified stand against human injustice in our country. Unified dissent is one of the cornerstones of a democracy. It is a principle that has been practiced for 802 years, since the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. In that year, a group of rebellious and dissenting barons in England forced King John to sign their brilliant document. The Magna Carta has become a foundation for human liberty and justice around the world, and in the United States particularly. We must acknowledge that it was the positive product of unified dissent by courageous men. As this phenomenon for social justice gains momentum, football will not only continue to be America’s foremost sport, it will also become an acknowledged leader for civil justice. Now that will truly be an American legacy. Robert C. Harris Surprise, Ariz. TO COMMENT MARSHALL RAMSEY, THE (JACKSON, MISS.) CLARION-LEDGER STEVE BENSON, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC 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 adventurous. Meet our new app, now with virtual reality. Be transported to unusual destinations, must-see landmarks, and the hidden gems for your inner world-traveler.