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Trump: Bannon ‘lost
his mind’ after firing
President responds to former aide’s
claims of “treason” in book excerpts
Trump’s tweets
are shots heard
round the world
U.S. closes
door to
multitude
of refugees
Entry granted to lowest
number in 15 years
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Title game coaches
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Obvious similarities bind Alabama’s
Nick Saban and Georgia’s Kirby Smart
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President
Trump’s critics say his Twitter diplomacy is bad enough, but nuclear
diplomacy by tweet could have explosive consequences.
A social media missive Tuesday
night all but threatening to blow up
North Korea — the highlight of a
striking 16-tweet day in which the
president also promised to hold a
ceremony to slam “the most dishonest and corrupt media,” suggested
an aide to a political rival go to jail
ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA-EFE
sents a campaign promise fulfilled.
“Elections have consequences,”
said Mark Krikorian of the Center for
Immigration Studies, which advocates
for lower levels of legal and illegal immigration. “This is what he said he’s
going to do, and he’s doing it.”
Opponents of the president said the
numbers represent a loss not only for
refugees but also for America’s economy and its standing in the world.
Ali Noorani, executive director of
the National Immigration Forum, said
many Midwestern cities depend on
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Dippin’ Dots looks for cold cash in cryogenics
58%
of teens who
have had acne
have offered to
take a photo to
get out of being
in the picture.
SOURCE Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc. survey of
1,010 teens 15-19
STATE-BY-STATE 6B
Launching a nuclear war
is more complex than merely
pushing a button. 2A
Refugees wait for transport after
they arrived on the ferry Nissos
Samos from Lesbos island at the port
of Piraeus, Greece, on Dec. 11.
See REFUGEES, Page 2A
Zlati Meyer
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Nuclear reality
President Trump had to battle the
courts and vocal opposition, but by the
end of the year, he was able to slash
refugee admissions into the USA to
historic lows.
From Inauguration Day to Dec. 31,
his administration accepted 29,022
refugees, the lowest number since at
least 2002, according to State Department data. Comparable figures before
then are not available.
The previous low during that time
frame (29,468) came in 2002, when
the United States slowed down all avenues of legal immigration after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The decline will continue in 2018
because Trump instituted a cap of
45,000 refugees a year, the lowest
since Congress created the Refugee
Resettlement Program in 1980. Presidents have the authority to unilaterally set the annual refugee cap, which
has been as high as 217,000 under
President Reagan and hovered around
70,000 to 80,000 under the George W.
Bush and Obama administrations.
For some, Trump’s reduction repre-
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The company best known for its tiny, colorful ice cream pellets is churning out a new business in cryogenics.
Dippin’ Dots announced Wednesday that it will offer its freezing knowhow to businesses in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, aquaculture and animal feed industries.
Ice cream, shmice cream.
Though Dippin’ Dots might be a fanciful frozen dessert, there’s some
heavy cryogenics science behind it.
For many people, cryogenics brings
to mind freezing body
parts of the deceased
such as the head of
baseball legend Ted
Williams in hopes that
medical science can
someday can bring them
back to life.
That’s not the direction
Dippin’ Dots is going.
The new company, called Dippin’
Dots Cryogenics, will use liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze products, which is
part of the freeze-drying process.
The Paducah, Ky.-based business
sells customized versions of its stain-
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less-steel
cryogenics
machines for $200,000 to
$350,000, said Stan Jones,
chief development officer for
Dippin’ Dots Cryogenics.
“We’ve had a lot of interest,” he said.
The freezing technology could be
used to freeze cheese starter cultures for
dairy companies, aloe vera for nutraceutical makers and probiotics for pet
food manufacturers, Jones suggested.
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Trump scraps commission
on election integrity
President says states
wouldn’t cooperate
Gregory Korte
and Deborah Barfield Berry
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WASHINGTON – President Trump
signed an executive order late Wednesday disbanding his own election integrity commission after less than eight
months, saying he didn’t want to waste
taxpayer money fighting with state governments over their voter data.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, co-chairman of the panel, said the
investigation into alleged voter fraud
would continue — and could pick up
speed without the formalities of a commission.
Trump said the commission’s work
will go to the Department of Homeland
Security.
“Despite substantial evidence of voter
fraud, many states have refused to pro-
Refugees
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refugees to work in the meatpacking
and poultry plants that sustain their
struggling economies.
As more migrants flee their homelands, Noorani said, this is the worst
time for the United States to retreat
from its historic role as a “moral beacon” for the oppressed.
“There are ways to help refugees get
to places of safety and begin a new life
that serves the American interest,”
Noorani said.
Refugees are a special class of immigrants who are granted asylum because they fear persecution based on
their race, religion, nationality or political opinion in their home country.
They represent a small fraction of the
roughly 1 million immigrants allowed
into the country each year.
Trump has argued that the refugee
program could be used by terrorists to
infiltrate the USA. The administration
was able to halt the program for several months to review the system.
In October, Trump signed an executive order that restarted the refugee
program, with restrictions.
Refugee admissions
plummet: President Trump
slashed the number of
refugees admitted to
the U.S. in 2017
100,000
94,837
80,000
vide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” Trump
said in a statement. “Rather than engage
in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order
to dissolve the commission and have
asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”
Many states, citing voter privacy
laws, refused to provide the commission
data on their voters without an act of
Congress. Those troubles ground the
commission’s work to a standstill last
fall.
The commission sparked at least 15
lawsuits in federal and state courts, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Most complaints were about voter
data and the commission’s lack of transparency. One lawsuit was filed by a Democratic member of the commission,
Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who said he was left out of the loop
on the commission’s deliberations.
Reality of nuclear war
is more than a ‘button’
But 800 warheads could
launch within 15 minutes
Jim Michaels
USA TODAY
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, photographed on screen as he makes a New Year’s
speech, has boasted that his missiles could strike the U.S. AHN YOUNG-JOON/AP
Tweets
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60,000
40,000
29,468
29,022
20,000
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Jan. 20 to Dec. 31 of each year
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach proposed to President Trump an
investigation into voter fraud. CAROLYN KASTER/AP
and bashed nuclear-armed Pakistan — has ignited new questions
about Trump’s judgment.
Trump’s latest incendiary comments, analysts fear, could fray
U.S. relations across the globe or
even lead to nuclear warfare.
The president’s tweets “will
convince many world leaders that
not only is he unstable and unreliable but potentially truly dangerous,” nuclear policy expert Joe
Cirincione said.
In an attempt to one-up North
Korea’s Kim Jong Un, who claimed
to have a “nuclear button” on his
desk, Trump tweeted Tuesday
night: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime
please inform him that I too have a
Nuclear Button, but it is a much
bigger & more powerful one than
his, and my Button works!”
Kori Schake, a National Security
Council official in the George W.
Bush administration, said “infantilism is a dangerous foreign policy” — especially when it involves
nations with nukes.
“Not only does the president’s
recklessness make war more likely,” Schake said, “it will also deprive us of allied support should
war come.” Schake and other analysts said allies also may be less inclined to share intelligence about
threats from Kim or other bad actors if they think it could lead to an
ill-considered conflict.
Though Trump and aides have
said they want to resolve the North
Korea standoff peacefully, the reference to button size is sure to raise
anxiety levels from the Pentagon to
foreign capitals.
Important note: The idea of a
“nuclear button” is a colorful metaphor; the president actually would
authorize nuclear strikes through a
series of launch codes.
Trump and aides have said they
do not want to use force, but they
have not ruled it out. In August, as
North Korea threatened to attack
Guam with intercontinental ballistic missiles, Defense Secretary
James Mattis said the human toll of
a nuclear confrontation “would be
catastrophic.”
Trump’s tweets, said David Rothkopf, a senior fellow at the Johns
Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, “make
our allies uneasy because they reveal
the president to be erratic and extreme. They make our enemies more
likely to respond dangerously for the
same reason.”
The big fear: that Trump’s rhetoric could be misunderstood by those
adversaries, leading one way or another to a nuclear exchange. There
could be other ripple effects, including a weakening of alliances, that
would make it harder for the United
States to achieve its global goals,
whether it’s disarming North Korea
or improving trade.
On Tuesday, the president appeared to call for prosecutions of
former Hillary Clinton aide Huma
Abedin and ex-FBI director James
Comey. He threatened to yank U.S.
aid to Pakistan and the Palestinian
Authority. And of course, he attacked the media.
He used social media more sedately Wednesday morning: a single
tweet backing protesters of the Islamic fundamentalist government
in Iran.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
and President Trump boasted this
week that they have the ability to
launch nuclear weapons with the
push of a button.
Trump — who said his is “bigger”
— has no such button, and it is unlikely that Kim has one either, nuclear
experts said. The reality of launching
a nuclear war is more complex.
Even so, a U.S. president could
launch nuclear weapons almost as
quickly as if he had a button to press
in the Oval Office.
“Right now, we could launch within 15 minutes around 800 nuclear
warheads,” said Bruce Blair of the
Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University.
The system is designed with
checks and balances to avoid inadvertent launches or improper orders.
U.S. military officials regularly
train and review procedures for a nuclear strike because of the enormous
ramifications of such a decision.
“We think about these things a
lot,” said Air Force Gen. John Hyten,
who heads U.S. Strategic Command,
which oversees the nuclear arsenal.
“When you have this responsibility,
how do you not think about it?”
“We think about these
things a lot. When you
have this responsibility,
how do you not think
about it?”
Air Force Gen. John Hyten
Head of the U.S. Strategic Command
Hyten said his job is to advise the
president, helping him ensure the response is in line with international
law. “We’ll come up with options of a
mix of capabilities to respond to
whatever the situation is,” he said.
The system is streamlined, so nuclear missiles can be launched quickly once a decision is made.
If a strike were contemplated, the
president would meet with advisers
in the emergency operations center,
a secure bunker under the White
House, or he would convene a conference call if not in Washington.
The meeting would include about
15 people, including the Defense secretary and the national security adviser. The person briefing the president would be the head of Strategic
Command, Blair said.
The nuclear “football,” a satchel
carried by a military aide who is always near the president, contains
documents that describe various
nuclear options.
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MANAFORT SUES MUELLER
AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
Lawsuit says charges
unrelated to Russia
Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – President Trump’s
former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sued the Justice Department and
special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday, arguing that Mueller exceeded his
authority by indicting him on conspiracy and money laundering charges unrelated to Russia’s interference in the 2016
election.
Manafort’s court filing claimed that
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last May,
had no authority to grant the special
counsel “carte blanche to investigate
and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across
while investigating, no matter how remote” from the examination of Russia’s
election meddling.
Manafort, who was charged in October along with former campaign aide
Rick Gates, asked the court to effectively nullify the charges against him — and
stop Mueller’s investigation from ranging beyond matters directly related to
Russia’s interference.
“Mr. Mueller’s investigation of Mr.
Manafort has extended far beyond links
and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President
Donald Trump,” the lawsuit states. “The
investigation has focused on Mr. Manafort’s offshore business dealings that
date back to as early as 2005 — about a
decade before the Trump presidential
campaign launched — and have been
known to the United States government
for many years.”
Instead, Manafort charged, Mueller’s
team “constructed an indictment”
based on Manafort’s failure to file required reports outlining his work for the
government of Ukraine.
In a brief statement, the Justice Department called Manafort’s lawsuit
“frivolous.”
Deborah Barfield Berry
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort accuses special counsel
Robert Mueller of overstepping his authority. SUSAN WALSH/AP
The Justice Department called the lawsuit “frivolous”
in a brief statement. “But the defendant is entitled to file
whatever he wants.”
“But the defendant is entitled to file
whatever he wants,” the Justice Department statement said.
Last month, Rosenstein testified before the House Judiciary Committee
that he did not believe Mueller had exceeded his scope of authority in the
Russia inquiry.
“I can assure you that the special
counsel is conducting himself consistently with our understanding of the
scope of the investigation,” Rosenstein
said.
“Nobody has communicated to me
the desire to remove Robert Mueller,”
Rosenstein said Dec. 13. “I think it would
President Trump suggested the administration might cut off aid money
to the Palestinian Authority, asking
why the United States should make
“any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians are “no
longer willing to talk peace.”
Trump tweeted that “we pay the
Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even
want to negotiate a long overdue …
peace treaty with Israel.” Trump infuriated Palestinians last year when he
announced that the United States
would consider Jerusalem the capital
of Israel and move its embassy there.
be very difficult to find anybody better
qualified for this job. ... I believe that,
based upon his reputation, his service,
his patriotism, his experience with the
department and the FBI, he was an
ideal choice for this task.”
Manafort claimed in the lawsuit
that federal prosecutors and FBI
agents interviewed him in 2014 to discuss his consulting activities abroad
as part of an effort to assist the government of Ukraine to recover stolen
property.
More than two years later, Manafort
claimed that he was “charged with
conduct he voluntarily disclosed.”
A banker accused of helping Iran
evade economic sanctions was convicted Wednesday in a case that
strained ties between the United
States and Turkey with its testimony
about corruption at the highest levels
of the NATO ally’s government. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, 47, was charged with
taking part in a scheme in which Iran
traded oil and gas for gold, moving
some proceeds through U.S. financial
institutions without their knowledge.
N. Korea reopens cross-border
communication with S. Korea
North Korea reopened a cross-border communication channel with
South Korea for the first time in nearly
two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of talking after
months of acrimony and fears of war.
Ethiopia to release all political
prisoners, close notorious camp
Ethiopia plans to drop charges
against political prisoners and close a
notorious prison camp in what Prime
Minster Hailemariam Desalegn called
an effort to “widen the democratic
space for all.” His comments came after protests engulfed the Oromia and
Amhara regions in recent months.
From staff and wire reports
Trump says Steve Bannon
‘lost his mind’ after firing
President responds to former aide’s salvo in book
few people with no access and no clue,
whom he helped write phony books.”
USA TODAY
In the forthcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, BanWASHINGTON – President Trump non is quoted as calling his former colbashed Steve Bannon in an extraordi- leagues “unpatriotic” for taking the
nary and scathing statement on now-infamous meeting in Trump Tower
Wednesday, insisting his former chief to discuss an alleged Russian offer to
strategist “lost his mind” after he was provide dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Not long after the meeting was first
ousted from his White House job.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do disclosed in July of last year, Bannon
with me or my Presidency,” Trump told the book’s author Michael Wolff:
said. “When he was fired, he not only “The three senior guys in the campaign
thought it was a good idea to meet with a
lost his job, he lost his mind.”
The four-paragraph official White foreign government inside Trump TowHouse statement from the president er in the conference room on the 25th
floor — with no lawyers. They
came just hours after the publididn’t have any lawyers.
cation of excerpts of a new
“Even if you thought that this
book, in which Bannon reportwas not treasonous, or unpatriedly characterized a June 2016
otic, or bad (expletive), and I
meeting of top Trump camhappen to think it’s all of that,
paign officials and a Russian
you should have called the FBI
lawyer in 2016 as “treasonous.”
immediately,” he continued.
Trump went on to discredit Steve
The meeting, which took place
Bannon — who took over as Bannon
two months before Bannon
CEO of Trump’s campaign in
joined the campaign, included
the summer of 2016 — saying “Steve
Trump’s son Donald Jr., his sonthat he had “very little to do”
in-law and adviser Jared Kushnwith Trump’s presidential vic- Bannon
er and then-campaign chairman
tory but could be blamed for Re- has
Paul Manafort.
publican Roy Moore’s Senate
nothing
The officials met with lawyer
loss in deep-red Alabama.
Natalia Veselnitskaya and other
Bannon, the advocate of
to do
Russians.
hard-line immigration and
Trump Jr. released emails last
trade policies that dominated with me
year showing he took the meetTrump’s campaign message,
ing in the hopes of getting inforwas pushed out of the admini- or my
mation from the Russian governstration in August. Bannon, Presiment that would potentially
who has vowed to fight for
damage Clinton’s campaign.
Trump’s populist message from dency.”
It’s now one focal point in inoutside the White House, now President
vestigations by three congresruns Breitbart News, the alt- Trump
sional committees and special
right news website that is a
leading source of information for counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the presidential election
Trump’s base of voters.
In his statement, Trump said Ban- and possible collusion with Trump asnon spent his time at the White House sociates, which the president has dis“leaking false information to the missed as a witch hunt.
The excerpts from Wolff ’s book were
media to make himself seem far more
published Wednesday by The Guardimportant than he was.”
“It is the only thing he does well,” he ian. The book is to be released next
continued. “Steve was rarely in a one- week by publisher Henry Holt and Co.
Contributing: Heidi M. Przybyla and
on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a Fredreka Schouten
Jessica Estepa
and Doug Stanglin
Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., takes the
oath of office during a mock
swearing-in Wednesday. AP
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – Democrat Doug
Jones, who pulled off a political upset in
the South in December, was sworn in
Wednesday as Alabama’s newest senator, narrowing the Republican majority
in the U.S. Senate to 51-49.
Former vice president Joe Biden, a
longtime friend of Jones, accompanied
the new lawmaker into the Senate
chamber.
Biden campaigned for Jones in Alabama last year, and soon after Jones’
win, the senator-elect sent out an email
raising money for Biden’s political action committee.
Jones defeated Republican Roy
Moore in a special election last month —
the first time in 25 years a Democrat
won a Senate seat in the state. It was a
contentious battle for the seat of former
GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, who left to become attorney general.
Alabama officials certified the election results last week.
Moore, however, has yet to concede
and has been raising money to challenge the results. A judge struck down
Moore’s request last week for a temporary restraining order to stop the certification of the results. Jones beat Moore
by about 20,000 votes, out of about
1.3 million ballots cast.
Jones has said it’s time to move on.
“Alabama has spoken,” Jones said on
CNN’s State of the Union soon after he
won the race. “It was a close election.
There’s no question about that. … But
now it’s time to heal.”
In the brief ceremony Wednesday,
Jones, who carried a family Bible,
walked to the front of the Senate chamber with Biden to be sworn in and take
the oath of office.
Trump warns that Palestinians
may lose American aid money
Turkish banker convicted of
helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions
Democrat
Doug Jones
is sworn in
to Senate
Republican majority
narrows to 51-49
IN BRIEF
In one of his first moves, Jones
named his leadership team Tuesday — all of them Alabama natives.
The new senator was then greeted
by colleagues, including Sen. Chuck
Grassley of Iowa, one of only a handful
of Republicans in the chamber.
Jones also chatted with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell had called for Moore
to bow out of the race after allegations
he had improper sexual contact with
teenagers when he was in his 30s.
In one of his first moves, Jones
named his leadership team Tuesday —
all of them Alabama natives.
Dana Gresham, a Birmingham native and former assistant secretary for
governmental affairs at the Department of Transportation, will serve as
his chief of staff. That announcement
earned praise from some civil rights
groups, as Gresham becomes the only
African-American chief of staff in a
Senate Democratic office.
Jones faces some challenges in the
Republican-controlled Senate. He is
one of only two Democrats in Alabama’s congressional delegation. Rep.
Terri Sewell, who campaigned with
Jones across the state, is the other.
Jones comes from a red state and
will have to not only appease Democrats who helped put him in office, but
appeal to conservatives who supported Moore or didn’t vote for either of
them.
Contributing: Melissa Brown of the
Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser
4A ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY
NEWS
E6
Rare freeze and snow grip the Southeast
New England braces
for a ‘bomb cyclone’
Wednesday shut down a stretch of Interstate 10 east of Tallahassee because of icy
conditions.
In Savannah, Mayor Eddie DeLoach
urged residents to keep off the roads.
City officials, bracing for a rare bout of
ice and up to 3 inches of snow, filled
dump trucks with sand to spread on major streets. Both the Charleston and the
Savannah/Hilton Head International
Airports closed Wednesday because of
snow and ice. Snow fell in Charleston
and in Savannah on Wednesday for the
first time since 2010.
William Shaw, a Savannah native,
used baby steps to shuffle along a frozen
road from his home to the post office. “It
almost seems the town is deserted just
like in the last hurricane,” said Shaw, 65.
In central Florida, the state’s largest
theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay
and SeaWorld’s Aquatica were closed
Wednesday because of the cold snap.
Wind chill advisories were in place as
far south as Boca Raton, Fla.
The North Carolina Zoo offered halfprice admission, giving visitors a rare
chance to see polar bears frolic in their
kind of weather.
The brutal weather, fed by punishing
cold air sweeping in from Canada, put
much of the country in a deep freeze.
Wind chill advisories and freeze warnings were in effect from South Texas to
Canada and from Montana through
New England.
Along the East Coast, the “bomb cyclone,” formed by a process known as
bombogenesis, was expected to intensify off New England on Thursday and
could generate blizzard conditions from
Connecticut to Maine. Winds on Cape
Cod could rage from 50 to 60 mph.
Blizzard warnings were also in effect
along coastal areas of North Carolina and
Virginia, including Norfolk. This is only
the second time since the 1980s that Norfolk has been under a blizzard warning.
Travel in the Norfolk area Thursday
was predicted to be “very dangerous to
impossible,” the weather service said.
“It’s sort of akin to a hurricane traveling
up the coast,” said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at Weather.us.
Contributing: The Associated Press
Doug Stanglin
and Doyle Rice
USA TODAY
A winter storm dumping rare ice and
snow from Florida to North Carolina
was expected to strengthen rapidly
Thursday as it pushes up the Eastern
Seaboard, turning into a violent “bomb
cyclone” that could produce blizzard
conditions and hurricane-like winds in
eastern New England and up to 2 feet of
snow in parts of Maine.
Winter weather watches and warnings were in place Wednesday in a continuous 1,300-mile stretch from northern Florida to northern Maine. LaGuardia Airport in New York reported in a
late-afternoon tweet that more than
90% of its flights Thursday will be
canceled due to the storm forecast.
In Boston, where forecasters predicted 10 to 16 inches of snow, Mayor Marty
Walsh announced that public schools
would be closed on Thursday.
The storm caps a week of brutal cold
across the nation that has left at least 16
people dead.
As the storm gripped the East Coast,
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of
emergency in their states through Friday. In the Southeast, winter storm
warnings were issued in such usually
mild locations as Tallahassee, Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head and Charleston,
S.C., North Carolina’s Outer Banks and
Wilmington, N.C.
Those warnings for northern Florida
also were the first in almost four years.
Snow was reported in Tallahassee on
Wednesday for the first time in 28 years,
according to Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel.
Sharon Rosenberg, 35, a lifelong Tallahassee resident, and her children
caught snowflakes on their tongues and
made small snowballs.
The National Weather Service also
warned of dangerous driving conditions
across the region from icy roads and low
visibility. In Florida, authorities on
Omar Elkhalidi scrapes ice off his windshield Wednesday in Savannah, Ga. Snow
fell in the city for the first time since 2010. STEPHEN B. MORTON/AP
Bombogenesis
The combination of three words –
bomb, cyclone and genesis – that refers
to the explosive strengthening of a storm.
Maine
Vt.
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Sacramento
66
San Francisco
38
Idaho Falls Jackson
Hole
32
Reno
51
39
55
St. George
Las Vegas
57
66
Palm Springs
72
79
45
14
in 1938
and 2016
El Paso
Fairbanks
Anchorage
14
28
53
Hawaii
Juneau
42
36
47
MidlandOdessa
Austin
49
51
Honolulu
San Antonio
81
51
Jackson
43
41
Raleigh
Charleston
Savannah
42
Jacksonville
Tallahassee
45
46
46
Tampa
46
56
Puerto Rico
Miami
San Juan
60
84
Brownsville
63
Below 10
10s
20s
30s
40s
50s
60s
70s
FRIDAY
41
41
New
Orleans
47
50
34
43
34
Mobile
Baton Rouge
Houston
32
Columbia
Montgomery
Shreveport
Richmond
19
Atlanta
33
35
Charleston
36
Little Rock Birmingham
Dallas
49
29
29
Charlotte
25
26
Washington Annapolis
25
Nashville
TODAY
28
26
16
22
21
Philadelphia
Harrisburg
Cincinnati
26
Boston
New York
15
15
30
Lubbock
SOURCE National Weather Service,
AccuWeather, NOAA
DOYLE RICE, ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ/
USA TODAY
@USATODAYWEATHER
Ice/mix
Hartford
19
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Memphis
Tulsa
42
54
75
10
10
20 16
39
Oklahoma
City
51
Chicago
13
19
10
Jefferson City St. Louis Louisville
Knoxville
Wichita
46
Albuquerque
Phoenix
71
Snow
33
Albany
Cleveland
Lansing
Kansas City Springfield
Indianapolis
25
Santa Fe
Flagstaff
8
Montpelier
17
16
Detroit
14 10
13
12
Topeka
49
44
57
San Diego
Alaska
Rain
Augusta
Burlington
Buffalo
Grand
Milwaukee Rapids
8
Omaha
Dodge City
Los Angeles
T-storms
27
20
Madison
Des Moines
Cheyenne
Denver
Aspen
6
8
North Platte
39
-2
Sioux Falls
21
33
Salt Lake City
Marquette
4
Pierre
Casper
36
Elko
59
Carson City
71
39
Duluth
Mpls-St. Paul
1
Rapid City
35
Burns
Fresno
Fargo
Billings
33
19
31
19
Boise
62
PRECIPITATION FORECAST
Note: For contiguous
48 states through
4 p.m. ET yesterday
COLDEST: -22°
Presque Isle,
Maine
Bangor
Bismarck
Miles City
Helena
44
63
How many Atlantic hurricanes
have formed in January?
YESTERDAY’S EXTREMES
Spokane
30
Bend
Eureka
WARM OCEAN
WATERS
HOTTEST: 80°
Camarillo, Calif.
47
46
On this date in 1949, Los
Angeles fell to its all-time
record low of 28 degrees.
N.C.
WEATHER ONLINE
USATODAY.COM
Portland
46
RAPID
STRENGTHENING
Va.
Seattle
44
Atlantic
Ocean
Del.
Md.
NOTE Forecast for Wednesday night through
Friday; Does not include lake-effect snow
SOURCE AccuWeather
JANET LOEHRKE/USA TODAY
Olympia
Salem
R
R.I.
Conn.
N.J.
Washington
Chance of high winds,
0 to 3 inches of snow
along Mid-Atlantic
Boston
New
Ne
ew
Yo
Yo
York
Philadelphia
Ohio
TODAY’S HIGH TEMPERATURES
On Wednesday,
Tallahassee,
Fla., picked up
its first snow
since 1989.
2
Mass.
Pa..
Ind.
N.H.
N.Y.
COLD
AIR
Mich.
WEATHER
FRONT & CENTER
High winds and
6 to 24 inches of
snow in Northeast
80s
90s
100s
110+
Forecasts and
SATURDAY
graphics provided
by AccuWeather Inc.
©2018
TOP TRAVEL CITIES Air quality index (AQI)
BALTIMORE
ATLANTA
THU
FRI
SAT
Sunny
34/17
Sunny,
cold
36/22
Sunny,
cold
38/22
FRI
SAT
Cooler
60/41
Blizzard
33/13
THU
FRI
Sunny
19/6
FRI
Partly
sunny
15/2
FRI
SAT
Frigid
19/4
SAT
Sunny
9/-3
Partly
sunny
63/48
Partly
sunny
70/56
FRI
SAT
AQI Good
f Fog
i Ice
r Rain
AQI Good
FRI
SAT
Partly
sunny
46/30
Sunny,
cold
48/33
Turning
sunny
54/45
FRI
SAT
AQI Good
sf Snowflurries
U.S. CITIES
TODAY
FRI
Akron, Ohio
Albany, N.Y.
Albuquerque
Allentown, Pa.
Amarillo, Texas
Anaheim, Calif.
Anchorage, Alaska
Aspen, Colo.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Augusta, Ga.
Austin, Texas
Bakersfield, Calif.
Baton Rouge, La.
Billings, Mont.
Birmingham, Ala.
Bismarck, N.D.
Boise, Idaho
Buffalo, N.Y.
Burlington, Vt.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Charleston, S.C.
Charleston, W.Va.
Cheyenne, Wyo.
12/-3sf
19/4sn
54/27s
24/6sn
48/19s
75/53pc
28/12pc
44/14pc
29/13sn
44/17s
51/32c
73/49pc
47/25pc
35/25s
33/14s
19/4sf
33/25c
16/-1sf
20/2sn
4/-12pc
41/18w
19/7c
45/25pc
5/-4pc
9/-5w
56/29s
14/0w
56/20s
74/55pc
18/13pc
43/15pc
20/10w
44/20s
55/35s
71/51pc
50/29s
38/29c
37/19s
16/5pc
38/30c
1/-5sf
3/-9sf
6/-20pc
40/21s
18/5pc
47/28pc
sn Snow
AQI Good
w Windy
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Colorado Springs
Columbia, S.C.
Columbus, Ohio
Corpus Christi, Texas
Dayton, Ohio
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Des Moines, Iowa
Duluth, Minn.
Durham, N.C.
El Paso, Texas
Fairbanks, Alaska
Flagstaff, Ariz.
Fargo, N.D.
Fort Myers, Fla.
Fort Smith, Ark.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Fresno, Calif.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Green Bay, Wis.
Greensboro, N.C.
Greenville, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa.
dr Drizzle
TODAY
16/0pc
10/-2sf
49/25pc
43/18s
15/2pc
55/39pc
13/-3pc
50/26s
8/0pc
-2/-19s
33/15s
53/32pc
14/6c
57/23pc
1/-14sf
61/38s
38/22pc
15/0sf
71/50c
14/-2sf
10/-6s
31/11s
36/14s
26/8sn
THU
FRI
Sunny
11/-3
FRI
SAT
Bitterly
cold
14/4
THU
FRI
SAT
h Haze
Some
sun
47/30
Mostly
sunny
52/33
Partly
sunny
54/47
SAT
THU
FRI
SAT
AQI Good
pc Partly cloudy
Snow, 3”
26/11
THU
FRI
Mostly
sunny
18/8
FRI
SAT
Frigid
17/2
SAT
s Sunny
sh Showers
TODAY
21/8sn
10/-7pc
30/9sn
41/21pc
46/23s
20/10pc
19/7c
65/53r
25/9w
59/39pc
19/1pc
19/1c
35/19pc
73/54pc
22/4s
49/19s
8/-8s
28/10sn
30/16s
13/-1s
45/21pc
70/50sh
41/17s
38/17w
Partly
sunny
51/27
Mostly
cloudy
51/27
FRI
13/-2w
8/-7s
16/5w
46/24s
46/27s
24/5pc
25/6c
64/54c
26/11pc
60/42s
18/-1pc
18/0c
43/22s
74/55pc
20/3pc
58/22s
7/-13s
11/-3sf
37/20s
12/-2s
47/25s
67/49pc
42/20s
36/21s
Partly
sunny
10/-2
Partly
sunny
9/-5
Very
cold
12/3
THU
FRI
SAT
AQI Good
PHOENIX
THU
AQI Good
Hartford, Conn.
Indianapolis
Islip, N.Y.
Jackson, Miss.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Kansas City
Key West, Fla.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Laredo, Texas
Lexington, Ky.
Lincoln, Neb.
Little Rock, Ark.
Long Beach, Calif.
Louisville, Ky.
Lubbock, Texas
Madison, Wis.
Manchester, N.H.
Memphis, Tenn.
Milwaukee
Mobile, Ala.
Modesto, Calif.
Montgomery, Ala.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
DETROIT
Clearing
49/21
AQI Good
PHILADELPHIA
Sunny,
breezy
53/30
Mostly
sunny
52/33
Mostly
sunny
56/39
AQI Good
FRI
14/-1s
4/-1sf
54/26pc
43/20s
7/-4c
59/46c
7/-6c
50/31s
9/-11sf
-3/-18s
30/13s
63/37s
13/4s
59/26pc
2/-10s
60/39pc
47/26s
11/-5sf
69/50pc
9/-1sf
8/-12pc
30/11s
38/17s
11/4w
DENVER
DALLAS
Mostly
sunny
12/-2
ORLANDO
Snow,
2-4”
28/9
Mostly
sunny
15/4
Sunny,
frigid
12/3
THU
CHICAGO
THU
AQI Good
NEW YORK
NEW ORLEANS
THU
Sunny,
cold
36/14
Mostly
sunny
37/15
Sunny,
cold
36/13
SAT
AQI Good
Bitterly
cold
4/-11
Sunny,
frigid
2/-10
Partly
sunny
9/8
THU
AQI Good
c Cloudy
THU
MPLS-ST. PAUL
MIAMI
THU
A bit of
snow
28/8
AQI Good
AQI Good
CHARLOTTE
BOSTON
THU
Mostly
sunny
75/49
Partly
sunny
75/50
Mostly
cloudy
73/50
AQI Moderate
FRI
SAT
FRI
SAT
Partly
sunny
81/68
Partly
sunny
82/69
Shower
82/70
AQI Good
SALT LAKE CITY
THU
HONOLULU
THU
Partly
sunny
39/25
Partly
sunny
44/31
Shower
44/27
AQI Unhealthy s/g
FRI
SAT
Some
sun
71/55
Partly
sunny
71/55
Mostly
cloudy
70/52
AQI Good
LAS VEGAS
Partly
sunny
50/33
THU
FRI
Sunny
54/39
FRI
SAT
Mostly
cloudy
60/48
AQI Good
SAN DIEGO
THU
HOUSTON
THU
SAT
Partly
sunny
66/46
Partly
sunny
66/48
Mostly
cloudy
66/44
AQI Unhealthy s/g
SAN FRANCISCO
SEATTLE
LOS ANGELES
FRI
SAT
AQI Moderate
WASHINGTON
THU
Showers
62/55
THU
A little
rain
47/43
THU
FRI
Showers
60/48
FRI
Rain
52/42
FRI
SAT
Shower
56/44
SAT
A little
rain
48/40
AQI Moderate
AQI Good
Partly
sunny
72/55
Partly
sunny
71/56
Mostly
cloudy
71/55
THU
A snow
shower
29/12
Sunny,
windy
24/10
Very
cold
21/8
SAT
AQI Good
t Thunderstorms
Nags Head, N.C.
Nashville, Tenn.
Newark, N.J.
New Haven, Conn.
Norfolk, Va.
Oakland, Calif.
Oklahoma City
Omaha, Neb.
Palm Springs, Calif.
Pensacola, Fla.
Pierre, S.D.
Pittsburgh
Portland, Maine
Portland, Ore.
Providence, R.I.
Raleigh, N.C.
Rapid City, S.D.
Reno, Nev.
Richmond, Va.
Rochester, N.Y.
Sacramento, Calif.
San Antonio
San Jose, Calif.
Santa Fe, N.M.
TODAY
33/19sn
25/10s
29/10sn
25/10sn
33/16sn
62/51sh
42/23pc
14/4c
79/55pc
46/25pc
21/6pc
15/0sf
28/10sn
44/38r
32/11sn
34/13s
39/16s
59/37c
32/12w
20/0sf
66/52sh
51/35c
69/53sh
51/19s
FRI
28/19w
26/12pc
16/6w
17/5w
29/14w
59/45sh
49/24s
17/-5c
79/56pc
48/31s
16/5pc
7/-3pc
13/-7sf
48/40r
14/2w
31/12s
26/13pc
58/37c
28/11s
2/-4sn
63/45sh
56/39s
64/49sh
53/21pc
Sarasota, Fla.
Savannah, Ga.
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Shreveport, La.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
South Bend, Ind.
Spokane, Wash.
Springfield, Mo.
Springfield, Ill.
St. Louis
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Syracuse, N.Y.
Tallahassee, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.
Toledo, Ohio
Topeka, Kan.
Tucson, Ariz.
Tupelo, Miss.
Tulsa, Okla.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Wichita, Kan.
Wilmington, Del.
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Worcester, Mass.
TODAY
57/35pc
42/18s
74/46s
43/24pc
8/0sf
15/5sn
30/28i
26/14pc
13/-4pc
16/7pc
56/37s
21/0sn
46/21s
56/35s
11/-4pc
25/10c
72/45s
33/14s
36/23pc
33/15sn
39/19pc
27/10sn
31/12s
19/4sn
FRI
54/35s
42/22s
74/48pc
50/28s
7/-10c
12/0sn
35/31i
39/16s
13/-10pc
18/1pc
54/39s
2/-7sn
47/23s
54/36s
9/-6sf
31/9pc
75/45s
37/17s
47/23s
28/16w
46/15pc
18/7w
30/11s
7/-5w
WORLD CITIES
Beijing
Buenos Aires
Cancun, Mexico
Dubai, UAE
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
London
Mexico City
Montreal
Moscow
Mumbai, India
Paris
Rio de Janeiro
Rome
Seoul
Singapore
Sydney
Toronto
Tokyo
TODAY
32/15c
98/67pc
75/59pc
74/63pc
52/42r
72/64r
52/44sh
51/44pc
81/55s
55/41r
71/46pc
19/-2sn
35/28c
85/70h
57/44r
82/74pc
60/47pc
29/19pc
85/76t
76/65pc
11/-7pc
48/35s
FRI
38/16s
75/57t
74/62s
75/63s
50/41sh
69/64r
50/45pc
48/45sh
85/60s
47/37sh
72/43pc
-1/-12sn
32/31c
85/69h
51/41sh
84/75t
63/49s
34/20pc
84/76t
83/69s
4/-12c
44/36c
NEWS
USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 5A
OPINION
TODAY'S DEBATE: CRYPTOCURRENCY
Our view: Bitcoin bubble
makes others look tame
Throughout history, investment
bubbles have emerged around things
such as tulips, uranium, real estate,
dot-coms and housing debt. But perhaps none is crazier than the recent
panic buying of bitcoin.
Even after a late-December swoon,
the price of a single bitcoin ended 2017
at nearly $14,000. That’s a fourteenfold
increase from where it started the year,
this at a time when usage of bitcoin for
its intended purpose — as a computerized method of transferring value —
was up only modestly.
By Wednesday evening, bitcoin was
back to about $15,000 amid word that a
venture-capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s biggest
names, had placed a major bet on the
cryptocurrency.
Do investors, if that is the right word,
know the value of what they are buying? Do they even know the nature of
what they are buying? Gauging from
the run-up, the answer to both questions appears to be no.
Their name notwithstanding, bitcoins aren’t really a currency. They lack
the one thing common to currencies:
widespread acceptance. They also lack
the tangible qualities that are the hallmark of commodities.
They function as a method of exchanging real currencies in a way that
bypasses the confiscatory fees of banks
and the prying eyes of governments.
They behave like stock in a red hot company whose sole product is an elegant
form of encryption that keeps bitcoins
from being counterfeited or stolen.
Just how useful bitcoins will be in
the future is anyone’s guess. They
might compete with banks and limit
the power of governments.
For the time being, however, they are
most useful to drug dealers, tax evaders
and people who live in countries with
onerous capital controls.
Considering this limited usage, and
Bitcoin price at year’s end:
$13,800
$14,000
$12,000
$10,000
$8,000
$6,000
$4,000
$2,000
$728
0
2013
2017
SOURCE Investing.com
ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ/USA TODAY
the fact that there is nothing to stop
competitors from emerging, the notional value of all bitcoins ($250 billion)
seems fantastically steep.
As a point of reference, the company
that owns the New York Stock Exchange and multiple other exchanges
worldwide is worth $41 billion.
Why are people bidding up bitcoins
to such absurd levels? Many of the usual rationales are in play. In the past 30
years, fortunes have been made by
pouring money into companies that
were poorly understood or struck conventional investors as overpriced. And
to many speculators of today, bitcoins
seem like the latest in this trend. But
bitcoins also offer something unique: a
(misguided) sense of purpose.
Among those snapping them up are
investors who think they are doing the
world a favor. They see bitcoins gaining
widespread acceptance and eventually
replacing traditional currencies, eroding the power of governments and ushering in a new libertarian era. All we
can say is, good luck with that.
The future of bitcoins is murky.
What is not so hard to see is that they
make other investing crazes look tame.
Even if your idiot neighbor claims he
made a bitcoin killing, we’d suggest alternative investment vehicles for the
family nest egg.
Opposing view: Don’t get left
behind by the blockchain boom
Moe Levin
The holiday dinner table discussion
about bitcoin has evolved and matured
over the past eight years. Part of this
evolution is in the grudging admission
that the technology at bitcoin’s core has
unexploited commercial and social
utility.
Bitcoin uses constantly growing, encrypted ledgers of transactions known
as blockchains to allow secure transactions. Among other uses of blockchain
technology, bitcoin has developed an
elegant method for transferring value
from one person to another.
This is interesting from a technological perspective, and we can agree
that this technology has some value.
But how much? More important, how
do we characterize the action of putting
money at risk by buying bitcoin, or any
cryptocurrency?
For one thing, we don’t call it gambling. Gambling means binary bets
with high probability of failure. With
cryptocurrencies, you’re investing in
the future potential of this technology,
not a binary situation.
The ultimate question is: As an in-
vestment, is bitcoin going to be worth
$200,000 or $20,000 or $20? It’s my
view that blockchain technology will be
ubiquitous in the future. Whether it is
bitcoin, which is the leader and commands the highest market cap, or another cryptocurrency, we are witnessing the creation of a completely new asset class and are in uncharted waters.
The short answer is that it all depends on your assumptions (estimates
of market size, competitive challenges,
rates of adoption, regulatory intervention, market manipulation, etc.).
Invest the amount of money you are
comfortable putting at risk. Like the
famous disclaimer: Don’t risk more
than you can afford to lose.
As I’ve said before, not having a
blockchain strategy in 2017 is like not
having an Internet strategy in 1999.
Don’t be left behind. The market capitalization of this industry is going higher, not lower.
Moe Levin is CEO of Keynote, a global
technology conference company responsible for over $250 million in investments into cryptocurrency and
blockchain start-ups.
R.J. MATSON, CQ ROLL CALL, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM
Doug Jones guide
to winning America
Democrats will need
more than enthusiasm
Paul Maslin and Joe Trippi
When the Sheraton hotel ballroom in
Birmingham erupted on the night of
Dec. 12 with the news that Democrat
Doug Jones had upset Republican Roy
Moore in the Alabama special Senate
election, tears of joy were falling all
over America and the world.
Coming just 13 months after the
stunning presidential election of Donald Trump and weeks after a Democratic wave in Virginia, this was definitive
confirmation that at this moment, in
the most conservative of states, America had woken up and decided to pursue a different path.
Events and elections this year will
tell that ultimate story, and whether it
will hold in races without Moore and
his singular problems. But for Democrats who rejoiced Wednesday as the
new senator from Alabama was sworn
in, we offer some observations about
what his victory might mean:
❚ Run everywhere and anywhere. In
order to have the chance to exploit
Moore’s nomination and scandal,
Democrats needed a credible candidate. Jones was a successful prosecutor and respected attorney with a broad
network of contacts in Alabama. We
need similar people to step forward
throughout the South as well as in the
Midwest and other supposedly Trump
or GOP strongholds. The wave will
reach its full power only if there are
plenty of surfers who know what they
are doing atop it.
❚ Don’t trim your sails. Jones is a
moderate Democrat willing to work
across the aisle and find common
ground to get things done. However, he
did not alter his support for reproductive rights, immigration or gay marriage — or downplay his role in prosecuting two of the Ku Klux Klan members who murdered four African-American girls at a Birmingham church in
1963 — to curry favor with certain constituencies. Voters would rather you
say what you mean than believe you are
willing to sacrifice your principles in exchange for a few votes.
❚ Common ground works as a message, even in, and perhaps especially
because of, these polarized times.
Jones’ willingness to cross the aisle was
an integral part of his message and a
constant in our advertising. Our polling
showed that Jones won two in five voters who had favored Luther Strange
(the establishment choice) in the September GOP runoff, and Jones also won
independents by nearly 10 points on
Election Day. By election eve, 49% of
Alabamians felt that Moore would
“make things worse in Washington.”
❚ We have an energized coalition
that can produce electoral magic. African Americans made a heroic demonstration of their political clout in Alabama: 96% favored Jones. And they
punched way above their weight on
turnout — exceeding their share of the
overall electorate by several points
while the white electorate that fueled
the 2016 Trump win shrank.
College-educated white suburbanites and Millennials of all races and ethnicities helped produce the Jones victory margin as well. Our campaign and
other groups used television, radio and
mail as well as social media and direct
voter contact in substantial volume.
Campaigns must use every medium to
communicate urgency to these voters.
❚ Groups within these communities
need more support and resources to
build strong get-out-the-vote efforts.
One caution: This special election
stood alone on the political calendar,
with everyone focused on one race.
That will not be the case this fall. Campaigns must budget enough money to
make the Democratic enthusiasm gap
pay off in 2018.
Finally, we would urge the next wave
of Democratic candidates to set their
sights as high as possible while keeping
a disciplined eye on the prize. The best
contenders combine a sweeping vision
or campaign strategy with resolute
ability to stay on message. Think Bill
Clinton 1992, Barack Obama 2008 or,
for that matter, Donald Trump 2016.
And think Doug Jones 2017. He
stayed incredibly grounded, even as his
campaign soared to unthinkable
heights. He might have pointed the way
for his nation to become “Sweet Home
America.”
Pollster Paul Maslin and media consultant Joe Trippi were chief strategists
for Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala.
YOUR SAY
Republicans can’t be trusted with ethics
LETTERS
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USA TODAY’s editorial “Smearing
Robert Mueller” puts the Trump administration on notice that the special
counsel should be allowed to do his job.
As a Republican, it is my belief that our
party should make every effort to be
transparent and set an example for the
rest of America.
During Kenneth Starr’s investigation
of President Clinton in the 1990s, Republicans insisted that justice be done,
and they took no offense to the overzeal-
ous tactics employed in scrutinizing a
Democratic president. If they liked
Starr, they should love Mueller — then
again, there is a double standard endemic to Republicans that ethics need
only be followed when it is convenient.
Republicans once feared Russian involvement in U.S. politics. Now, they see
collaboration with our nuclear enemies
as a badge of honor. The party that
looked the other way for Roy Moore cannot be trusted to police itself. There is
only one cure: Let Mueller do his job.
Danny de Gracia, II
Waipahu, Hawaii
Is there a war on all men now?
LETTERS
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I’m confused with the way women
want to treat men who are accused of
some sort of sexual misconduct. We are
supposed to be a country where you are
innocent until proven guilty and enjoy
due process. Yet, it seems that if a woman claims some man injured her self-esteem, we take his livelihood without investigation or remorse. If someone
breaks the law, turn him in. If he says
something stupid, point it out. If you
sought the company of someone rich or
powerful in order to advance and he
treats you poorly, stop the relationship,
accept your share of the blame and
move on. This denigration of men is
akin to war on all men, using unproven
accusations as the justification.
Dan Adams
Cameron, Wis.
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6A ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY
HAITIANS’ SHAKEN WORLD
Border smugglers
transport contraband
cargo of illicit eggs
Dominican produce is cheaper but restricted
of the public sees the effort as heavyhanded and arbitrary, especially when
it’s not accompanied by strong efforts to
JIMANI, Dominican Republic – It’s develop the economy. The patchwork of
dusk on market day at the Haitian-Do- half-measures makes life in Haiti even
minican border. Throngs of Haitians more precarious.
Those bringing Dominican eggs into
have cleared Dominican trucks of their
wares, stuffing diapers, brooms and Haiti never know whether they will
food-flavoring mixes into buses and make it back to Port-au-Prince with
strapping the overflow to roofs for the their cargo or if it will be seized. Haitian
producers brace for a glut of cheap eggs
return trip to Port-au-Prince.
Off the main drag, a smuggling oper- during the Dominican tourism industry’s off-season. Uncertainty makes
ation is underway.
Men and women empty a couple of banks reluctant to provide loans to new
trucks, tying boxes with colored string producers.
Much of what is sold in Port-auand setting them in piles on the ground.
Prince comes from the
Purchasers stack them on
twice-weekly market a couwheelbarrows and rush “The police
ple of hours away in Jimani,
them to nearby Lake Azuei,
where Haitians bargain
where wooden boats stand chase us, and
heatedly before loading up
ready for the trip to Haiti.
the customs
and heading home.
The contraband is eggs.
Jocelyn Lefevre, who
Demand is high in Haiti, agents take our
sells Haitian chickens and
where malnutrition is a real
stuff
while
letDominican eggs in a Portthreat for many people.
au-Prince open market,
Haitians eat more than ting other merrailed against the govern30 million eggs a month.
chandise
go
ment for the way he is treatIn 2008, after an outed at the border.
break of avian flu, Haiti es- through!”
“The police chase us,
sentially banned Dominand the customs agents
ican eggs, which can cost Jocelyn Lefevre
take our stuff while letting
half of what Haitian eggs
other merchandise go through!” he said.
do.
Haiti faces a dilemma familiar to It’s expensive to travel to the border and
many countries: Keep prices low by al- to change money, but it’s still a better
lowing free trade, or restrict imports deal than buying Haitian eggs.
One problem is the high cost of enterand encourage domestic production,
even though that is likely to drive up ing the poultry business in Haiti. To
make a profit, an operation needs a
prices, at least in the short term.
Haitian officials tightened the border minimum of 10,000 hens, said Michel
in an attempt to create an internal mar- Chancy, a former Ministry of Agriculket. Instead, dysfunction and lack of in- ture official who advises the governvestment feed a vicious cycle that per- ment. Buying imported birds and cages,
petuates Haiti’s status as the Western as most Haitian egg producers do, can
Hemisphere’s poorest country. The gov- cost $30 a bird, he said. The biggest exernment has paid more attention to the pense after that is feed, the ingredients
border than to the other half of the strat- of which generally come from the USA.
Haiti Broilers, a joint Haitian-Jamaiegy — boosting production. It hasn’t
fully implemented either part, frustrat- can company producing chicken near
Port-au-Prince, expanded into the egg
ing nearly everyone.
The border briefly reopened to Do- market four years ago and is the biggest
minican eggs after a devastating earth- supplier in Haiti, owning 400,000 hens.
quake in 2010. But the next year, Haitian The expansion created 200 more jobs.
Dominique Charles Jean, hatchery
authorities cracked down with greater
determination. Four years later, they manager for Haiti Broilers, said the
banned 23 more common items, includ- company financed its Haiti operations
ing pasta, snacks and cement mix from by itself, but the government helped
crossing the land border, citing the in- with paperwork that reduced import
ability of customs officers to properly duties on feed and equipment.
Damoclès Termeus, who heads the
inspect and levy duties. Those products
continue to pass as contraband, helping Ministry of Agriculture’s unit on poultry
production, foresees many more jobs in
fill the boats on Lake Azuei.
Though improving border controls the growing egg and poultry industry,
might increase customs revenue, much plus jobs for people growing corn and
Amy Bracken
Round Earth Media
Phita, 36, a vendor who did not give her last name, prepares an omelet sandwich
at the Salomon market in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Most market vendors
use eggs brought in illegally from the Dominican Republic because domestic
eggs are too expensive. REGINALD LOUISSAINT JR.
Employees of a Dominican egg company unload a truck in Jimani, Dominican
Republic, before the eggs are shipped across the border to Haiti. Jimani is the
site of a major twice-weekly market, where Haitians come to buy many everyday
items. Smugglers also use the market to load up on valuable eggs. AMY BRACKEN
other ingredients for feed. If the ministry prioritizes egg production and invests every year, Haiti could reach selfsufficiency in eggs in 15 to 25 years, he
said.
Termeus and Chancy said the government should provide technical assistance for producers, facilitate bulk purchases of feed for multiple producers
and provide incentives for banks to lend
at low rates. But Chancy said securing
the border is still job one.
He knows it’s not easy. Last March,
Chancy helped draft a plan to increase
domestic egg production. The plan declared it “practically impossible to eliminate egg contraband at the border” because of the interdependence of the
Haitian market and Dominican producers. But it’s worth working toward
that goal, Chancy said, citing an increase in domestic production since
2011. “That interdiction is an opportunity for us to invest,” he said.
In the past six years, Haitian companies have gone from producing a million
eggs a month to 7 million. That’s a lot of
eggs, but it still means Haitian producers provide less than one per month
for each of the country’s 11 million people.
Max Antoine, who heads the government commission on border management, said political instability has made
it difficult to secure the border. There
also are budget and morale problems.
Smugglers have attacked agents, and
customs posts have been burned.
Many merchants in Port-au-Prince
hate their country’s reliance on imported food but also hate the government’s
remedy. Jorel Hibart wants the government to focus on creating jobs and developing the economy. He doesn’t like
depending on the Dominican Republic,
which Haiti ruled long ago, but the idea
that the government would cut his supply of eggs agitates him. If they do that,
he cried, “We’ll all die in this country!”
Contributing: Michel Joseph
This is the second in a series on Haiti
produced in association with Round
Earth Media, which trains and supports
young journalists around the world.
50-plus killed in Peru bus crash on ‘Devil’s Curve’
Searchers struggle
among wave-blasted
rocks at foot of cliff
Mike James
and John Bacon
USA TODAY
Peruvian rescue workers and investigators continued the arduous search for
bodies and answers Wednesday at the
grisly site where a tractor-trailer
slammed into a bus on a stretch of
mountain road known as “Devil’s
Curve.”
The death toll rose to 51 people in
Tuesday’s crash. Six survivors were taken to hospitals.
Police Chief Víctor Rucoba said no
highway signs in the area of Tuesday’s
crash warned drivers of the perilous
curve where the truck rammed the bus
down a rocky cliff to a beach more than
260 feet below.
The wreck occurred in a remote area
of Pasamayo, about 45 miles north of Lima. The two-lane, Pacific Ocean road —
used only by trucks and buses — is one
of the nation’s most dangerous. Transportation Minister Bruno Giuffra said
buses could be banned from the section
of road, and plans are underway to build
a third lane.
Wednesday, workers sawed though
the bus frame to extract bodies while
heavy waves crashed on the beach
around them. National Police Col. Dino
Escudero Alcántara said the area was
Firefighters recover bodies from a bus that fell off a cliff after it was hit by a
truck in Pasamayo, Peru, on Tuesday. VIDAL TARKY/ANDINA NEWS AGENCY VIA AP
Police Chief Víctor Rucoba said no highway signs
in the area of Tuesday’s crash warned drivers of
the perilous curve.
inaccessible by land, so emergency responders were helicoptered down to the
site or arrived by boat.
Teams picked their way along craggy
rocks near the beach where the battered
bus rested upside down. Some survivors and the bodies of victims were helicoptered out. A Peruvian navy ship assisted rescue workers in the race to clear
the scene ahead of the rising tides.
Police Col. Franklin Barreto said investigators were reviewing initial reports that both vehicles were traveling
at a high rate of speed at the time of the
crash. The driver of the truck was held
for questioning.
The bus was owned by Transportes
San Martin de Porres. Luis Martinez, a
spokesman for the company, said the
driver was experienced and had an assistant on board. Martinez did not indicate whether the duo survived. The bus
underwent an inspection before the
trip, he said.
The bus was carrying more than 50
passengers from Huacho, 100 miles
north Lima, to Peru’s capital when it
was struck by a tractor-trailer shortly
before noon.
Many of the passengers were returning to Lima after celebrating the New
Year’s holiday with family outside the
city.
The serpentine road where the accident happened has no safety fences and
is often laced with heavy fog coming off
the nearby ocean, according to
dangerousroads.org, which lists the
roadway as “extremely dangerous.”
Traffic accidents are common along
Peru’s roadways: More than 2,600 people were killed in 2016. Peru’s deadliest
traffic crash on record happened in 2013
when a makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party in the
southeastern region of the country fell
off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on
board.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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RAYOVAC OWNER MAY SELL
BATTERY, APPLIANCE UNITS
Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. is looking for a buyer for its batteries and
appliances businesses. The Middleton,
Wis.-based consumer products company, which makes Rayovac batteries
and Kwikset locks, wants to concentrate on its four remaining businesses:
hardware and home improvement,
global auto care, global pet supplies
and home and garden equipment.
TOYS R US MAY LIQUIDATE
SOME STRUGGLING STORES
Toys R Us is poised to put struggling
stores on the chopping block in early
2018 as the company aims to reorganize in bankruptcy after the holiday
shopping season. The big-box retailer
revealed in court filings that it had
already hired a firm that specializes in
evaluating stores for liquidation.
TIME INC. SELLS ESSENCE TO
BLACK-OWNED COMPANY
Essence Ventures said it would buy
Essence Communications from Time
Inc. The independent company’s acquisition puts an all-black female executive team in place to lead the
media firm that wasn’t part of Time’s
recent sale to Meredith. Michelle
Ebanks will continue to lead the company and join its board of directors.
CONSTRUCTION SPENDING
HITS RECORD IN NOVEMBER
U.S. builders spent 0.8% more on
construction projects in November,
the fourth consecutive monthly gain.
The advance follows October’s revised
0.9% gain, the Commerce Department
said. The increase brought total construction spending for the month to a
seasonally-adjusted annual rate of
$1.26 trillion, an all-time high.
Dow Jones Industrial Avg.
25,000
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24,750
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2.44%
$61.63
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$1.2018
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Should children watch
YouTube? Many say no
‘There is no filter when it
comes to YouTube stars’
Jessica Guynn
USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO – Not safe for
kids. That’s the label some parents are
slapping on YouTube after vlogger Logan Paul blasted out a video of a suicide victim in the Aokigahara — the
Japanese forest where dozens of bodies are discovered every year — to millions of his young followers.
“There is no filter when it comes to
YouTube stars,” says Jill Murphy, editor in chief of Common Sense Media, a
non-profit organization focused on
education and advocacy for kids. “It’s
not until something tragic is shown via
a video, and viewers react, that the
content is removed or dealt with by the
platform.”
For years, dark corners of YouTube
were declared off limits by concerned
parents. Now it’s mainstream YouTube that’s setting off alarm bells, with
Google’s hands-off approach to the billions of videos that flow through the
streaming service and the growing influence of YouTube stars on teens,
tweens and even younger kids.
Paul, 22, has built a mini digital empire out of his ability to hook young
people on his onscreen antics. His daily videos, filled with pranks and
YouTube superstar Logan Paul, 22, has
apologized for showing a video of a
suicide victim in Japan. AFP/GETTY IMAGES
stunts, routinely fetch more than 5 million views. And last year, thanks to his
legions of “Logang” fans, he pocketed
$12.5 million from advertising spots,
merchandise sales and other sources of
revenue, according to Forbes magazine.
The suicide video Paul posted Sunday night attracted more than 6 million
views and tens of thousands of likes before he took it down. Even his apology
video trended on YouTube, ranking No. 1
on YouTube’s trending videos page for
much of Tuesday and racking up millions of views.
“Parents need to be aware and the industry has to step up and do a better job
of managing content being uploaded
that people of all ages can see within
Automakers
snap record
sales streak
Seven-year run comes to an end,
but industry remains strong
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Nathan Bomey
USA TODAY
This
week
Last
week
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ago
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0.24%
0.19%
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0.32%
2½-year 0.60%
0.59%
0.51%
5-year 1.02%
1.01%
0.85%
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SOURCE Bankrate.com
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The U.S. auto industry’s seven-year sales streak
has come to an end, a tally showed Wednesday.
The sales run that began after the recession in
2010 — and included two consecutive years of record
sales — fell short in 2017 with sales of 17.2 million vehicles, down 1.8% compared to 2016, industry tracker
Autodata reported.
The industry cooled off as Americans are keeping
recently purchased vehicles longer and are embracing lower-mileage used vehicles in the face of rising
interest rates, said Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist for Cox Automotive.
The auto industry is yet to complain. Even if overall sales are slightly lower, Americans are flocking to
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seconds,” Murphy says.
YouTubers, who chase clicks with
outlandish behavior, aren’t just catnip
for kids. They’re the lifeblood of YouTube, paying off in billions of views and
billions of advertising dollars. But some
of YouTube’s biggest stars have also
produced some of its worst moments.
Last year, Felix Kjellberg, a Swedish
vlogger (video blogger) known as PewDiePie who has nearly 59 million followers and is very popular with young people, had his original YouTube Red series
canceled after The Wall Street Journal
reported on videos with racist language
and anti-semitic imagery. YouTube also
removed him from Google Preferred,
which connects YouTube’s most popular stars with advertisers.
YouTube isn’t just having problems
with content and its creators on YouTube. Its kids app, with more than 11 million weekly viewers, has been called out
for videos containing disturbing themes
and imagery that slip past the service’s
algorithms and moderators. YouTube
has vowed to crack down on bad actors
and to impose tighter filters for content.
So far there has been no commercial
fallout for YouTube with big brands eager to reach young viewers, and analysts
don’t expect any, though they say marketers are being more careful these days
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vertisers.
And controversy hasn’t reined in
homegrown YouTube stars who angle
for attention and advertising with
videos that push boundaries, flout social norms and sensationalize tragedy.
Logan Paul and his brother Jake
gained a following by making six-second videos for the now-defunct service
Vine until they became so Internet famous that they dropped out of college and
high school and moved to Los Angeles.
Both ranked as top earners among
YouTube stars in 2017, according to
Forbes. Next to his younger bad boy
brother, who also vlogs daily on his own
YouTube channel, Logan Paul was the
golden boy, cutting deals with big
brands such as Doritos, Nike, Hanes,
Pepsi and Dunkin’ Donuts.
That changed with the flood of criticism that greeted Sunday’s publication
of the 15-minute suicide video as people
fumed over Paul’s decision to show a
body hanging from a tree and his comments after discovering it. “This definitely marks a moment in YouTube history,” Paul bragged in the video.
He later apologized. “For my fans
who are defending my actions, please
“Our mission is to get this tech out quickly, safely and broadly,” says Chris
Urmson, who left Google’s program, now called Waymo, in 2016. Urmson’s new
company is called Aurora. MARCO DELLA CAVA/USA TODAY
“This tech is not easy, and
not everyone will get across
the finish line.”
Chris Urmson
Co-founder and CEO of Aurora
“These cars will become a room from
your home. They’ll be your gym or your
movie theater or your gaming room or
lounge,” Jungwirth says.
WoongJun Jang, director of Hyundai’s Advanced Drivers Assistance System Development Group, said the South
Korean automaker was attracted to Aurora due to its “diverse range of experience in this field,” adding that it hopes
the start-up will speed up its efforts to
bring autonomous technology to market.
Hyundai says its Aurora-powered
self-driving cars will debut by 2021 and
initially will focus on models “customdeveloped for test programs in places
don’t,” Paul said. “They do not deserve
to be defended.”
YouTube says it’s trying to keep inappropriate content away from kids by
cracking down on creators who violate
its terms of service and putting age restrictions on some videos. YouTube
didn’t say whether Paul faced any consequences for the suicide video. In a
statement, YouTube says it prohibits
“violent or gory content posted in a
shocking, sensational or disrespectful
manner.”
It’s unclear if the backlash from the
suicide video will put a dent in Paul’s
popularity or his earnings. While much
of the Internet turned on Paul, many of
his fans took to social media to defend
him.
Andrew Keen, author of the upcoming book How to Fix the Future: Staying
Human in the Digital Age, says the real
problem lies with YouTube, a platform
without gatekeepers.
The rules on the content that’s allowed on television, particularly children’s television, should extend to YouTube, which is soaking up more and
more of young people’s screen time,
Keen says.
“It’s the same old story. No curation,
no mediation, no taste, no boundaries.
All clicks,” Keen says. “How many times
does this need to happen?”
Contributing: Brett Molina
such as China’s Future City,” a reference
to the MIT-China Future City Lab program launched last year that, in part, is
meant to provide start-ups with a place
to test new transportation technology.
Aurora has been quietly testing its
self-driving car software and sensor
hardware since last August. That was
shortly after Urmson founded the company with industry veterans Sterling
Anderson, a former director of Tesla’s
semi-autonomous Autopilot program,
and Drew Bagnell, who led Uber’s autonomy and perception team.
Automotive manufacturers increasingly are joining forces with tech startups in order to ensure they don’t get left
behind in the coming transportation
shift to vehicles that are capable of driving themselves.
Although major hurdles remain — including federal and state regulations as
well as consumer confidence — most
stakeholders are predicting consumerready autonomous vehicles will arrive
in the next two or three years.
GM recently announced that it would
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“Every time I thought we’ve reached
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CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America.
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Kelley Blue Book, at 6.7%.
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Fiat Chrysler fell 8.2% as it continues
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a higher gear.
Chris Urmson, formerly head of Google’s self-driving car program, announced Thursday that his new company Aurora has inked partnerships with
Volkswagen Group and Hyundai aimed
at helping both automakers accelerate
their autonomous car programs.
“Our mission is to get this tech out
quickly, safely and broadly,” says Urmson, who left Google’s program, now
called Waymo, in 2016. “Only when you
bring this technology to market at scale
will you see big safety and economic
benefits. Aurora is targeting that objective.”
Buttressing Volkswagen’s engineering team with Aurora makes sense given
the current autonomous car gold rush,
VW Group Chief Digital Officer Johann
Jungwirth said. VW announced last
year that it would roll out a self-driving
vehicle based on a prototype called Sedric by 2021.
Experts predict this coming transportation pivot will reap billions in revenues for industry leaders as self-driving
mobility-as-a-service options gradually
supplement or supplant car ownership.
“There are more than 50 companies
out there trying to provide the technological know-how to power this change
in transportation, but only a handful, in
the end, will be setting the standard,”
Jungwirth says. “This is a huge opportunity for us” to focus on the most automated of cars.
Those vehicles, called Level 4 and 5
in the industry, are capable of driving
themselves in most or all conditions
without driver input. Many automakers
anticipate that such vehicles will eventually not have pedals or a steering
wheel. Some makers envision the cars
becoming moving entertainment areas
— living rooms on wheels.
roll out a self-driving ride-hailing fleet
by 2019, anchored to its $1 billion purchase of autonomous tech start-up
Cruise Automation. Ford also spent $1
billion a year ago to get its own in-house
autonomous car firm, Argo.ai. And Google made a deal with Fiat Chrysler to
outfit Chrysler Pacifica minivans with
Waymo tech in order to launch its ongoing consumer trial in Phoenix.
Aurora’s partnership deal with the
VW Group — a massive organization
that includes brands such as Audi,
Porsche and Bugatti — calls for integrating self-driving tech into everything
from “fully self-driving pods, shuttles or
delivery vans to self-driving trucks
without a cabin.”
Aurora and VW engineers have been
working together for the past six
months to test the start-up’s software
and hardware, Urmson says.
Unlike driver-assist features developed by companies such as Tesla and
Audi, Aurora is focusing entirely on socalled Level 4 capability rather than the
more difficult Level 5.
“This tech is not easy, and not everyone will get across the finish line,” Urmson says. “That’s why it’s better to enter
into partnerships as opposed to trying
to claim all this space for yourself.”
Self-driving car proponents argue
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Skeptics counter that autonomous
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Aurora has offices in Palo Alto, Calif.,
and Pittsburgh, the latter both to accommodate self-driving car experts
“who might not be interested in moving
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Urmson says his decision to start Aurora with other autonomous car veterans had to do with happiness.
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impact.”
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McDonald’s test of the Archburger comes at a time when consumers are paying
more attention to what’s in their food. KEITH SRAKOCIC/AP
U.S. nixes
Alibaba
arm’s $1.2B
bid to buy
MoneyGram
Mike Snider
Then President-elect Trump last year
called Jack Ma “a great entrepreneur,
one of the best in the world.”
USA TODAY
McDonald’s tests fresh
beef with Archburger
Zlati Meyer
USA TODAY
Under pressure from rivals, McDonald’s is testing a new burger that is made
with fresh, not frozen, beef. The chain
named it the Archburger.
A reference to the company’s Golden
Arches logo, the Archburger is going for
a trial run at seven locations in the U.S.,
according to a research note by the brokerage Instinet.
In March, the Oak Park, Ill.-based
chain announced it would start making
its iconic Quarter Pounder with fresh
beef in 2018. McDonald’s has been under increasing pressure to move to
fresh-beef burgers due to the popularity
of rival chains that offer them, from
Shake Shack to In-N-Out Burger.
Instinet analyst Mark Kalinowski
identified two test sites — one in Plano,
Texas, and one in a suburb of Tulsa that
are trying out the new Archburger. Both
are selling a regular Archburger with
cheese, pickle, onions and Arch Sauce
for $2.19. An Archburger L&T, which also
has lettuce and tomato, is going for
$2.69. A Bacon Archburger is $2.89.
The Plano restaurant’s menu board
includes the tagline “One bite and you’ll
believe,” and the promise of “fresh
beef cooked when you order,” according to Kalinowski.
McDonald’s confirmed the Archburger test but declined to share details. “We ... look forward to gaining
valuable feedback from our customers
and crew. We are continuing to raise
the bar for our customers with new
menu items and ways to experience
our brand,” the company said in a
statement.
More than 20 years ago, McDonald’s tried out an Arch Deluxe burger
aimed at adults with a mustard and
mayonnaise sauce. The product,
which cost $150 million to develop and
roll out, was considered a flop.
McDonald’s has tried before to go
upscale. In May, it launched the Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich line,
which has won attention. In September, the chain added hand-crafted
drinks to its McCafe lineup.
News about the Archburger trial
run, the buzz surrounding the Quarter
Pounder switch to fresh beef and the
artisanal sandwiches will help McDonald’s same-store sales this year,
especially in the second half of 2018,
Kalinowski forecasts.
The U.S. has blocked the $1.2 billion
sale of money-transfer service MoneyGram to Ant Financial, an affiliate of
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba —
the latest sign of strain in the U.S.China relationship.
Ant Financial, controlled by Alibaba
founder and billionaire Jack Ma, a year
ago had announced its intention to acquire Dallas-based MoneyGram International Inc., a move that would have
helped solidify a financial presence in
the U.S. for Ma and Alibaba.
But the two companies could not
get approval from the Committee on
Foreign Investment in the United
States, a Treasury Department-run
multiagency panel that evaluates foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies for
national security concerns.
President Trump has had a complex
relationship with China as he has
sought to even what he calls “a very
unfair and one-sided” trade relationship while seeking China’s help in
pressuring North Korea into giving up
nuclear weapons.
However, Trump has been gracious
to Ma, who he met with a year ago during the transition, calling the Alibaba
executive chairman “a great entrepreneur, one of the best in the world.”
Ant Financial and MoneyGram attempted to address the committee’s
concerns, MoneyGram CEO Alex
Holmes said. “The geopolitical environment has changed considerably
since we first announced the proposed
AMERICA’S MARKETS
TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
transaction with Ant Financial nearly a
year ago,” he said in a statement. “Despite our best efforts to work cooperatively with the U.S. government, it has
now become clear that CFIUS will not
approve this merger.”
The two companies said they do plan
to collaborate on improving global money transfers, especially in China, India
and the Philippines. “While Ant Financial won’t have a direct ownership relationship with MoneyGram, we look forward to working closely with the MoneyGram team to make our platform even
more accessible — particularly to unbanked and underserved communities
globally,” Ant Financial president Doug
Feagin said in a statement.
Ant Financial paid MoneyGram a
$30 million termination fee.
Shares of MoneyGram fell 9%
Wednesday to $12.11. Alibaba’s U.S.
shares rose 0.2% to $184.
Ant Financial operates Alipay, used
by 520 million Chinese as an online payment system. In May, Alipay cemented
a deal with New York-based payment
tech firm First Data, giving U.S. stores
the ability to accept Alipay from Chinese tourists and overseas customers.
The scuttled Ant Financial-MoneyGram deal potentially opens the door for
Leawood, Kan.-based global electronic
payments processing firm Euronet,
which said its March bid for MoneyGram was worth 15% more than Ant’s.
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% Chg
YTD
% Chg
47.65 +8.78 +22.6
+19.8
Price
$ Chg
Ulta Beauty (ULTA)
245.12 +15.49
Stock rating upgraded to outperform at Wells Fargo.
+6.7
+9.6
Nvidia (NVDA)
212.47 +13.12
Expected to have another good year, climbs in solid sector.
+6.6
+9.8
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)
309.00 +16.05
Optimistic industry note, shares move higher.
+5.5
+6.9
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
11.55
Unaffected by Intel’s design flaw, shares benet.
+.57
+5.2
+12.4
Under Armour (UAA)
15.72
Shares climb all day after optimistic company note.
+.69
+4.6
+8.9
PayPal Holdings (PYPL)
Shares rise after positive industry note.
76.75 +2.91
+3.9
+4.3
Lennar (LEN)
Stock rating and price target upgraded.
67.23 +2.39
+3.7
+6.3
Eaton (ETN)
Shares rise on analyst upgrade.
81.64 +2.78
+3.5
+3.3
D.R. Horton (DHI)
Price target raised at Evercore, shares follow.
52.86 +1.80
+3.5
+3.5
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Technology
Health care
Materials
Consumer discret.
Industrials
Financials
Telecom
Consumer staples
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Close
Chg.
4wk 1
YTD 1
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65.28
84.41
61.82
100.65
76.53
28.07
60.38
56.52
51.78
+1.10
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250.47
67.67
247.06
67.64
18.53
67.68
123.94
247.08
125.10
73.02
Chg.
+1.59
+0.40
+1.57
+0.39
+0.09
+0.40
+0.55
+1.57
+1.26
+0.17
4wk 1
+2.8%
+2.7%
+2.8%
+2.6%
+4.0%
+2.7%
+4.0%
+2.8%
+3.1%
+1.8%
YTD 1
+1.5%
+1.4%
+1.5%
+1.4%
+1.6%
+1.4%
+1.5%
+1.5%
+2.1%
+0.6%
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YTD
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29.95 -1.24
Shares fall after stock rating lowered to underperform.
-4.0
-2.8
Dominion Resources (D)
77.19 -3.09
Faces uphill battle in $7.9 billion bid to buy Scana.
-3.8
-4.8
Harley-Davidson (HOG)
50.10
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-1.96
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Macy’s (M)
25.33
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+.6
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-3.4
-1.9
Omnicom Group (OMC)
70.36 -2.41
Rating cut to underperform at Macquarie, shares dip.
-3.3
-3.4
Ralph Lauren (RL)
Shares slide on weak December data.
101.64 -3.24
-3.1
-2.0
L Brands (LB)
58.16 -1.73
Weak peer, shares fall ahead of December sales report.
-2.9
-3.4
HCA Holdings (HCA)
87.04 -2.47
Rated neutral at Goldman Sachs, shares decline.
-2.8
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Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG)
Stock rating downgraded, shares follow suit.
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-2.0
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28.07
48.47
23.57
71.17
11.33
160.03
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26.38
51.78
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+0.15
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+2.7%
+0.6%
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-1.7%
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Prime lending
Federal funds
3 mo. T-bill
5 yr. T-note
10 yr. T-note
Type
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15 yr. xed
1 yr. ARM
5/1 ARM
Close 6 mo ago
4.50%
4.25%
1.42%
1.16%
1.39%
1.06%
2.24%
1.93%
2.44%
2.35%
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3.84%
3.93%
3.19%
3.10%
3.31%
3.04%
3.76%
3.24%
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Prev.
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1.23
1.23
Corn (bushel)
3.53
3.53
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1,316.20 1,313.70
Hogs, lean (lb.)
.71
.71
Natural Gas (Btu.)
3.01
3.06
Oil, heating (gal.)
2.09
2.06
Oil, lt. swt. crude (bar.) 61.63
60.37
Silver (troy oz.)
17.18
17.12
Soybeans (bushel)
9.60
9.55
Wheat (bushel)
4.36
4.34
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unch.
+2.50
unch.
-0.05
+0.03
+1.26
+0.06
+0.05
+0.02
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-0.3%
-0.1%
+0.2%
+0.5%
-1.6%
+1.4%
+2.1%
+0.4%
+0.5%
+0.6%
% YTD
unch.
+0.6%
+0.8%
-1.0%
+1.9%
+0.6%
+2.0%
+0.7%
+0.8%
+2.1%
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Currency per dollar
Close
British pound
.7398
Canadian dollar
1.2534
Chinese yuan
6.5030
Euro
.8321
Japanese yen
112.52
Mexican peso
19.3631
Prev.
.7355
1.2508
6.4897
.8296
112.27
19.4619
6 mo. ago
.7730
1.3005
6.7904
.8804
113.39
18.2028
Yr. ago
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1.3431
6.9557
.9606
117.68
21.1053
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19.76
-.49
Country
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
Japan (Nikkei)
London
Mexico City
Close
12,978.21
30,560.95
22,764.94
7,671.11
49,782.23
Prev.
12,871.39
30,515.31
22,783.98
7,648.10
50,033.95
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+45.64
-19.04
+23.01
-251.72
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Plan travel around best, worst days to fly
Even Europe can be had
on the cheap if you do
a little bit of homework
Rick Seaney
FareCompare.com
If you’re feeling a little blah because
the holidays are over and the dreariness
of another winter is upon us, this may
perk you up: January is an excellent
time to fly because it’s so darn cheap, for
domestic travel and Europe.
Some examples of round-trip fares,
all found within the past few days on
FareCompare:
❚ Los Angeles to Denver — $53
❚ Chicago to Miami — $63
❚ Boston to Kauai, Hawaii — $482
❚ New York to Madrid — $382
Of course, what goes down does go
right back so let’s take a look at the best
and worst days to fly so you can plan accordingly in the new year.
January and February
Best days to fly: Jan. 9 and beyond.
This is when the very cheap, post-holiday pricing kicks in. The bargains continue into February.
Worst days: February 15, 16, 17. Prices
rise for travel during the President’s Day
holiday for weekend trips.
March and April
Best days to fly: Most weekdays.
Worst days: Weekends beginning
March 10-11, continuing through April
21-22.
This marks the start of the spring
break travel season; airlines know most
fliers who take these vacations will
make it a week-long break and weekend
fares rise with demand. But you can
make it a cheaper spring break by flying
a Tuesday-to-Saturday or Saturday-toWednesday itinerary.
Now is a good time to fly to Europe before higher fares start taking over in late May. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO
You can make it a cheaper
spring break by flying a Tuesday-to-Saturday or Saturdayto-Wednesday itinerary.
May, June, July and August
Best days to fly: May 1-16. Prices will
be relatively cheap for both weekdays
and weekends.
Worst days: May 17-June 22. Higher,
presummer fares kick in with an aver-
age price hike for weekdays and weekends of 20%-plus over May fares.
Worst days: June 23 to late August.
Summer fares reach their peak, and
pricing remains high through Aug. 13,
when prices drop for weekday fares.
Fall season
Best day to fly: Aug. 27. This is when
the high summer fares drop for weekends as well as weekdays, and lower
fares will rule until a big jump for
Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving falls early in 2018, on
Nov. 22. Look for cheap fares the week
after the holiday and into early Decem-
ber, when higher Christmas and New
Year’s fares kick in.
Europe
Cheap times to fly: Jan. 9-March 16.
Prices drop as much as 40% over holiday fares.
Higher fares: May 29-June 15. Fares
begin to rise for summer.
Highest fares: June 16-July 15. Peak
summer pricing is in effect. Cheaper fall
fares take over beginning around Sept.
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U.S. kids will live better
than parents, Buffett says
But nation must close
divide between rich, poor
Paul Davidson
USA TODAY
Roku already has a voice-operated remote that takes simple commands. ROKU
Roku aims to expand
cord-cutting kingdom
Voice-powered Entertainment Assistant coming in fall
Mike Snider
USA TODAY
Roku is developing its own voice assistant and will begin licensing its tech
standards to other product makers in
hopes of making it easier to expand consumers’ home-streaming video setups.
The Los Gatos, Calif.-based TV
streaming tech company plans to have
its Roku voice-powered Entertainment
Assistant update available this fall for
most Roku TVs and players.
Roku also is launching new Roku
Connect software that other device
makers can license to create smart
speakers and sound bars that will automatically link wirelessly to Roku TVs
and media players.
TCL, which already markets Roku
TVs, will announce the first Roku Connect device at the upcoming Consumer
Electronics Show on Jan. 8.
“What we really envision is an ecosystem where the TV is the center of a
complete home entertainment experience, where you watch TV and listen to
music, but we see that moving beyond
the living room to ... wireless sound
throughout the home,” said Mark Ely,
Roku’s vice president for product management for players and whole home.
“We want to have it all work seamlessly
together wirelessly, and you can control
(it all) with your voice.”
The Roku Entertainment Assistant
won’t be as powerful as, say, Amazon’s
Alexa. But the assistant could be asked
to start music on a sound bar in the living room — or speaker in another room
— even if the TV is not on by asking, for
example, “Hey Roku, play jazz in the
living room.”
How strong the artificial intelligence becomes in Roku’s assistant remains to be seen. It will be hard to
compete against Apple, Amazon, Google and other powerhouses for complete control of the home, says Brett
Sappington, senior research director
for Parks Associates, an Addison, Texas, research firm.
One advantage Roku has in its own
space is that it already has a voice-operated remote control that could execute simple commands.
“Roku is in an interesting position
in implementation of voice in the
video space,” Sappington said. “Roku
already has inroads into TV makers,
serving as the ‘smarts’ for their smart
TVs ... (and) Roku also has relationships with major video services that
already have developed apps for Rokupowered devices.”
Roku holds the lead in the streaming media competition, used in 37% of
U.S. broadband homes as of the first
quarter of 2017, according to Parks Associates. That’s up from 33% the year
before.
Also growing its market share over
that period is Amazon, which owns
24% of the market with its Amazon
Fire TV devices, up from 16% the year
before.
It may be freezing outside, but a
dose of spring-like optimism will emanate from newsstands this week as
business magnate Warren Buffett assures readers that American children
will have a better standard of living
than their parents.
The essay by Buffet for Time magazine’s Jan. 5 issue comes as Millennials are projected to be the first generation in U.S. history to do worse financially than their moms and dads.
“I have good news,” Buffett, 87,
writes. “First, most American children
are going to live far better than their
parents did. Second, large gains in the
living standards of Americans will
continue for many generations to
come.”
But Buffett warns that happy outcome hinges on the nation closing the
divide between rich and poor.
His essay highlights a special Time
issue, titled “The Optimists,” guestedited by philanthropist and Microsoft
founder Bill Gates. In an editor’s letter,
Gates ticks off a litany of global ills, including last year’s devastating North
American hurricanes, mass shootings,
the U.S. nuclear standoff with North
Korea and bloody civil wars in Syria
and Yemen.
But he adds, “On the whole, the
world is getting better.” He points to
heartening successes, such as sharp
declines in the portion of the global
population living in extreme poverty
and the number of children dying before their 5th birthday. Featured on the
cover is 5-year-old Ethiopian Nohamad Nasir, whom Gates met less than
a month after he was born.
Other contributors include U2 lead
singer Bono on why men must fight for
women and girls; director Ava DuVernay on what gives her hope; Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., on why getting into trouble is necessary to make
change; and Trevor Noah, host of The
Daily Show, on Millennials as a hopeful generation.
But Buffett touches on perhaps the
biggest running angst for Americans —
the idea that “our economic machine is
sputtering,” exemplified by growth in
gross domestic product that has been
mired at about 2% a year since the
Warren Buffett gave an upbeat view
of the U.S. in his essay for “Time”
magazine’s Jan. 5 issue. AP FILE PHOTO
Great Recession ended in 2009.
Buffett writes that with U.S. population growth slowing, smaller economic
gains are needed. The population, he
says, is expected to increase about 0.8%
a year after factoring in births, deaths
and immigration. Under that scenario,
2% annual increases in inflation-adjusted GDP would deliver 1.2% growth in
per capita (or per person) GDP. In 25
years, that growth level would lift current GDP of $59,000 per capita to
$79,000. “This $20,000 increase guarantees a far better life for our children,”
Buffett writes.
Buffett also tries to allay fears that innovation and productivity will mean
lost jobs, a seeming nod to advances
such as robots and artificial intelligence. In 1776, when the nation was
founded, 80% of workers had jobs on
farms, he says, but that figure has dwindled to just 2% today because of tractors, cotton gins and other inventions. If
that kind of upheaval were foreseen,
Americans would have wondered how
all the unemployed farmers could find
work, Buffett writes. But he says farming’s productivity gains “freed nearly
80% of the nation’s workforce to redeploy their efforts into new industries
that have changed our way of life.”
Increases in productivity, or worker
output, have vastly raised living standards, Buffett adds, noting that uppermiddle-class Americans today enjoy
travel, entertainment, medicine and
education options unavailable to John
D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest American
when Buffett was born in 1930.
Americans, he says, will similarly
“benefit from far more and better ‘stuff ’
in the future. The challenge will be to
have this bounty deliver a better life to
the disrupted as well as to the disruptors.”
MONEY
6B ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY
STATE-BY-STATE
ALABAMA Mobile: The University of
South Alabama foundation board has
approved $1.7 million in funds toward
new surgical robots, Al.com reports.
News from across the USA
ciation of American Indian tribes that
run casinos, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports.
HIGHLIGHT: NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK New York: A convicted
ALASKA Fairbanks: The parents of a
murderer whose 2015 prison break
captivated the nation says he discovered a way to escape from the Five
Points maximum-security facility but
gave the details to prison officials.
woman who died a year ago after
being struck by a vehicle following a
DUI stop are suing Fairbanks police,
state corrections and Kodiak Jack’s
nightclub for wrongful death, The
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.
ARIZONA Tucson: A landfill fire on
Tucson’s outskirts sent smoke over
the city, and residents near the burn
were advised to stay indoors.
ARKANSAS Hot Springs: A gunrights advocate who declared her
firing range “Muslim-free” will challenge Gov. Asa Hutchinson for the
GOP nomination for governor. If
elected, Jan Morgan would be Arkansas’ first female governor.
CALIFORNIA Los Angeles: Authori-
ties say a partner in a law firm shot
two of his colleagues before turning
the gun on himself. The gunman and
one victim died, the Long Beach
Press-Telegram reports.
COLORADO Colorado Springs: More
than 60 years after the ornate First
National Bank building was torn
down, pieces of it were unearthed
and used in landscaping near a $115
million highway project.
CONNECTICUT New Britain: The city
is getting nearly $2 million for a redevelopment project adjacent to the
downtown CTfasttrack station.
DELAWARE Milford: Snowy owls that
typically live in the arctic have been
making rare visits to southern Delaware. The Delaware State News reports that the owls have been seen at
the Prime Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Milford.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Five companies offer bikeshare options in Washington, and the number of dockless
bikes has spurred an increase in 911
calls from people who think they see
a theft, WTOP Radio reports.
FLORIDA Hollywood: State regulators
say temperatures rose to 99 degrees
in a sweltering Hollywood Hills nursing home under investigation for the
deaths of 12 residents after Hurricane
Irma, the Sun Sentinel reports.
GEORGIA Atlanta: State lawmakers
are exploring the use of income tax
breaks to help repopulate rural Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reports.
HAWAII Honolulu: A tourist was
injured when someone threw an unripe breadfruit the size of a baseball
through a bus window, leaving her
face bloodied and bruised.
IDAHO Caldwell: A former state lawmaker was arrested last weekend for
the second time in December in a
DUI matter, Idaho Statesman reports.
Vito Perillo, center, served his country and serves his town. DAN RADEL
World War II vet, 93,
sworn in as mayor
Katie Park
Asbury Park Press
USA TODAY NETWORK - NEW JERSEY
Vito Perillo isn’t one to sit idle,
watching days trickle by after 92
years of life.
Perillo, 93, thrust himself into
the heart of municipal government, winning the post of Tinton
Falls mayor in a stunning upset
over the incumbent, Gerald Turning, in November. Perillo officially
assumed the position Tuesday
evening during his swearing-in
ceremony, where state Sen.-elect
Vin Gopal, D-11, administered the
oath.
“This was a very historic election,” Gopal said moments before
reciting the oath to Perillo. “Vito,
for all of you know, World War II
veteran, served his country, now
has come back to serve his town.
It’s really an inspirational story.”
Politics in Tinton Falls are nonpartisan, but Perillo is a registered
Republican, according to voter registration records.
Perillo is not the oldest mayor in
the USA. That title belongs to
Charles Edwin Long, 94, who has
been the mayor of Booneville, Ky.,
since 1959.
Perillo and his campaign team
stoked support for the campaign
by going door to door, Perillo said in
November. The team distributed
7,500 campaign fliers, and Perillo
ments for children that take effect
with the 2018-19 school year.
LOUISIANA Slidell: A man accused
of helping to swindle people out of
thousands of dollars as a middleman in a “Nigerian prince” Internet
scam has been arrested, The New
Orleans Advocate reports.
MAINE Augusta: Effective this
week, 33 invasive plants are prohibited from being sold in Maine. Officials say the banned plants like
“Crimson King” Norway maple
crowd out native plants.
MARYLAND Baltimore: The state
has selected contractors to dredge
sediment behind the Susquehanna
River’s Conowingo Dam, The Baltimore Sun reports.
MASSACHUSETTS Yarmouth: A pipe
that burst in subfreezing weather
last weekend caused major flooding
to all three floors at Yarmouth Town
Hall, the Cape Cod Times reports.
has collected $14,500 in unpaid parking tickets since February, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports.
law requires taking DNA samples
from suspects arrested for felony
crimes, plus fingerprints and a photo.
several signed works by prominent
sports artist Ted Watts among contents they bought in a storage unit,
The Topeka Capital Journal reports.
KENTUCKY Sheperdsville: State
school officials are encouraging parents to prepare for new hepatitis and
meningitis immunization require-
Minnesota Public Radio reports.
Corn and soybeans account for
nearly a third of the state’s trade
with Mexico and Canada.
MISSISSIPPI Oxford: Authorities say
a chemical stench causing headaches in the Harmontown community is from an undiluted spill of
ethyl mercaptan, an odorant that’s
usually mixed with natural gas to
give it a rotten-egg smell to detect
leaks, The Oxford Eagle reports.
MISSOURI Columbia: Volunteers are
transcribing thousands of letters
that World War II soldiers sent
home, Columbia Missourian says.
MONTANA Kalispell: Authorities
say two snowboarders were killed in
separate weekend accidents in Flathead County near Lakeside and at
Whitefish Mountain Resort.
NEBRASKA Lincoln: Nebraskans are
being encouraged to make tax-deductible donations to the state
Wildlife Conservation Fund.
NEVADA Reno: State health data
shows that cancer and heart disease
are more likely to kill Nevadans
than any other causes, The Reno
Gazette-Journal reports.
INDIANA Indianapolis: A new state
KANSAS Topeka: Two men found
NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: State
transportation officials are planning
workshops and demonstrations on
the use of drones.
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Authorities say the number of young walleye
in the Lake Sakakawea reservoir on
the Missouri River is among the highest in decades.
OHIO Columbus: The state will use a
new seal on high school diplomas to
recognize students who demonstrate
certain workplace assets, such as
reliability and leadership.
OKLAHOMA Wilburton: Authorities
are investigating the death of a Latimer County jail inmate who was
found with lacerations after asking
for a razor and soap to shave.
OREGON Salem: More beverages
now carry the state’s 10-cent refund
deposit, Statesman Journal reports.
PENNSYLVANIA Bristol: Authorities
say a driver who apparently overdosed crashed into a Levittown
house, injuring a man inside.
RHODE ISLAND Providence: The
state has lifted all health advisories
that were put in place for several
ponds because of algae blooms.
SOUTH CAROLINA Greer: Authorities
say two people dropped off a dead
man at Greer Memorial Hospital’s
emergency room and then left before
anyone could ask questions.
SOUTH DAKOTA Rapid City: A local
medical clinic is trying to convert
3,000 square feet of unused space
into a mental health center, The Rapid City Journal reports.
ILLINOIS Sycamore: This Illinois city
IOWA Sioux City: A former East High
School special education teacher is
accused of stealing nearly $3,000
from accounts she set up for Special
Olympics and the Friendship Connection, Sioux City Journal reports.
said he wore out two pairs of shoes.
As many other mayors and
council members around the state
did Monday and Tuesday, Perillo, a
former electronics engineer for the
U.S. Department of Defense, a U.S.
Navy veteran and newcomer to
politics, took the oath.
Unlike other swearing-in ceremonies, Perillo didn’t swear on a
copy of the Bible provided by the
municipality. Instead, he swore on
a copy that belonged to Mae, his
wife of 64 years who died in 2013.
As mayor, Perillo is required to
attend two monthly mayor and
council meetings and a monthly
Fort Monmouth board meeting.
Perillo oversees a $24 million budget.
Campaign volunteers and members of Perillo’s family attended the
swearing-in ceremony, adding to a
full room at the Tinton Falls Municipal Complex. Among the crowd
were New Jersey Assembly members Joann Downey and Eric
Houghtaling, both local Democrats;
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun
Golden; and Monmouth County
Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon.
Along with Perillo, Brock Siebert, 36, who was elected to his first
term as a councilman, took the
oath, along with incumbent John
Manginelli.
Monmouth County Freeholder
Tom Arnone gave the oath to Siebert and Manginelli.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Portsmouth: Two
subcontractors have sued the company fired by the state’s National
Guard for what it called substandard work on Pease Air National
Guard Base hangars, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.
MICHIGAN Lansing: More utility
customers in the state are taking
part in the net metering program by
producing their own electricity.
Solar is the leading generator, with
wind second.
MINNESOTA St. Paul: State farmers
fear they could lose millions of dollars if the U.S. leaves the North
American Free Trade Agreement,
NEW JERSEY Atlantic City: The new
$14 million, 227-foot high Observation Wheel at Steel Pier has opened
after months of delay. But officials
say it won’t run when the temperature is below 40 degrees.
NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: The first
major study in more than a decade
of compulsive gambling in the state
is being commissioned by an asso-
TENNESSEE Greeneville: The oldest
college in the state is becoming a
university. Tusculum College will
offer doctoral and master’s degrees in
optometry, physician’s assistant,
occupational and physical therapy,
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
TEXAS Brownwood: Authorities say
three relatives on a hunting trip are
believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a box trailer
that was converted into a cabin.
UTAH Holladay: Police say three chil-
dren were hurt in this Salt Lake City
suburb after one of them threw gasoline in a fire pit, Deseret News reports.
VERMONT White River Junction:
The local VA Medical Center is holding a town hall meeting on Monday at
the Rutland American Legion Post 31.
VIRGINIA Portsmouth: A retired
explosive detection dog that used to
serve a security contractor in Kuwait
was found dead after being hit by a
car, WAVY-TV reports.
WASHINGTON Pasco: The family of a
man who was shot to death after
throwing rocks at police while high
on methamphetamine can’t agree on
who should get a $750,000 settlement, the Tri-City Herald reports.
WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: A weekly $2.50 user fee paid by people who
work in Charleston has gone up to $3,
the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
WISCONSIN Mondovi: Authorities
are investigating a weekend fire that
destroyed a barn at Loomis Lazy L
Tack and Trailer Sales, WEAU-TV
reports.
WYOMING Gillette: A man faces a
felony animal cruelty charge after a
hound mix puppy was found abandoned in a dumpster in sub-zero
weather, Gillette News Record reports.
Compiled from staff, wire reports.
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IN SPORTS
Hostile work environment claims
Ex-administrative assistant details allegations 2C
Chen clearly top American figure
Quad jump star ready for nationals, Olympics 3C
Tournament of Champions
FedExCup champ Justin Thomas back on course 4C
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FIRST WORD
I think there’s a good chance.”
Jon Gruden, asked Wednesday on
ESPN Radio that if Mark Davis called,
would Gruden coach the Raiders.
NOTABLE NUMBERS
10%
Drop in viewership for NFL broadcasts
during the regular season, according
to data provided to USA TODAY. The
number includes the average audience across the NFL’s broadcast partners — CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL
Network. While 33 of the top 50 TV
programs since Week 1 in September
were NFL games, this season’s decline
follows an 8% drop in 2016. NFL
broadcasts had an average minute
audience of 14.9 million compared
with 16.5 million in 2016. CBS, Fox,
NBC and ESPN had a smaller audience
than 2016. ESPN, which included its
streaming audience, had the lowest
drop among the networks at 7.7%. Fox
had a 9.1% drop, NBC 10.4% and CBS
11.2% compared with 2016.
$1.35 million
In bonuses so far for Georgia coach
Kirby Smart, more than at least nine
FBS schools paid their head coach and
nine assistants — combined — this
season.
The CFP National Championship game pits the student,
Georgia coach Kirby Smart, left, against his teacher,
Alabama coach Nick Saban. LEFT: DALE ZANINE/USA TODAY
SPORTS; RIGHT: CHUCK COOK/USA TODAY SPORTS
MIRROR IMAGES,
BIG DIFFERENCES
Paul Myerberg
USA TODAY
NEW ORLEANS – There are obvious differences between Alabama and Georgia. One wears a red-hued
499
Career qualified rides for two-time
World Champion J.B. Mauney, who
hopes to become the third rider to hit
500 when the Professional Bull Riders
kicks off its 25th Anniversary Tour
Friday through Sunday (CBS, CBS
Sports Network) at Madison Square
Garden.
LAST WORD
I don’t know that we have an
edge on Kansas in anything.
Maybe we have Whataburger in
Lubbock, Texas. I don’t think ya’ll
do. That’s an advantage.”
Texas Tech basketball coach Chris
Beard, on his team’s “advantage” over
KU after the Red Raiders’ upset Tuesday night.
From staff and wire reports
USA SNAPSHOTS©
3
Active NBA players have tallied
at least 18,000 points and
10,000 rebounds:
Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and
Zach Randolph.
NOTE Randolph, who plays for the Kings,
recorded his 10,000th rebound on Dec. 20. He
had 10,034 as of Jan. 1.
SOURCE NBA
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helmet and uniform combination. One resides in the Southeast. One plays in the Southeastern Conference. One is led by a head coach with deep ties to the Crimson Tide. OK, so there are similarities at play
in the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
The matchup of Alabama and Georgia is the equivalent of a spot-the-difference picture
quiz: There are subtle and some not-so-subtle contrasts between the two programs, if you
know where to look, but at first glance the Tide and Bulldogs could pass for duplicates.
Begin with what makes the two programs near-mirror
images of each other, an inevitable consequence stemming from the ties between the head coaches. It will be
sensei against star pupil, the master against the former
right-hand man who knows all the tricks.
Nick Saban invented the process, installed it at Alabama and taught it to his crew of loyal assistants. Chief
among this group is second-year Georgia coach Kirby
Smart, who initiated his own foundation-laying exercise
with the Bulldogs to familiar results. Alabama won seven
games in Saban’s debut. Georgia took eight wins in
Smart’s debut a year ago. Saban’s second team knocked
on the door of a national championship before falling to
Florida in the SEC title game. Smart has the Bulldogs one
win away from the program’s first national championship
in decades entering the final game of his second season.
See MIRROR, Page 2C
Brees committed to process
Quarterback won’t change game-week preparation in Saints’ return to playoffs
Nancy Armour
Columnist
USA TODAY
METAIRIE, La. – Drew Brees didn’t
survive all these years in the NFL by
winging it.
Meticulous in his preparation, he is
approaching this week as if it’s any
other game week. Yes, he’s well aware
the New Orleans Saints are in playoffs
for the first time since 2013, hosting
the Carolina Panthers in a NFC wildcard game Sunday.
He knows, too, that, two weeks shy
of his 39th birthday, the window on his
career is closing.
But to change things up this week, to
put more pressure or expectations on
himself and his teammates, that would
cheat the process. That would cheat the
Saints and their fans.
That would cheat him.
“I approach every game the same
way. I prepare like every game could be
my last or it’s a playoff game or I’ve got
something to prove and I’ve got an
edge,” he said Wednesday. “So it’s not
like, ‘Oh, the playoffs are here. It’s time
to ramp it up.’ It’s always important. So
for me, the preparation is no different.”
This doesn’t mean he’s blasé about
the opportunity the Saints have. New
See BREES, Page 4C
Drew Brees has guided a balanced
Saints offense (23 rushing, 23 passing
TDs). CHUCK COOK/USA TODAY SPORTS
SPORTS
2C ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Details of claim against Rodriguez
Ex-Arizona coach
accused of hostile
work environment
Craig Harris and Anne Ryman
The Arizona Republic
USA TODAY Network
TUCSON – Five days before University of Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez was abruptly fired, his former administrative assistant filed a multimillion-dollar claim accusing him of
sexually harassing her and creating a
hostile work environment.
The allegations included forcing her
to keep secrets about Rodriguez’s extramarital affair and inappropriate behavior toward her.
The notice of claim, filed with the
state Attorney General’s Office by an attorney representing Melissa Wilhelmsen and her husband, Jason, seeks
$7.5 million in damages from Rodriguez
and his wife.
The claim was filed Dec. 28, the day
after Arizona played its last game and
the day the university said that an investigation into harassment allegations
against Rodriguez had been completed.
The nine-page claim by the Wilhelmsens is a precursor to a lawsuit. The Arizona Republic obtained a copy of the
document Tuesday night.
The claim alleges that Melissa Wilhelmsen, who worked for Rodriguez
from late 2011 to August 2017, felt constant pressure to hide Rodriguez’s extramarital affair from his wife. She said
she, along with two others on the football staff, referred to themselves as the
“Triangle of Secrecy.”
She described several occasions in
which Rodriguez’s actions and words
made her particularly uncomfortable,
Rich Rodriguez was fired by the University of Arizona after a notice of claim was
filed with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. CASEY SAPIO/USA TODAY SPORTS
including walking past her shirtless in
his underwear, trying to kiss her and
asking her to come to his house alone to
assist him with his dog.
The university, in a letter about his
firing signed by President Robert C.
Robbins and athletics director Dave
Heeke, said it had hired the Phoenix law
firm of Cohen Dowd Quigley to “conduct
a comprehensive investigation” in October after a former employee in the athletics department alleged that Rodriguez harassed her.
The investigation finished Dec. 28
and found that the original harassment
allegations against “could not be substantiated based on the evidence and
witnesses available. However, Arizona
Athletics did become aware of information, both before and during the investigation, which caused it to be concerned
with the direction and climate of the
football program,” the letter said.
The university said the former employee declined multiple requests to
participate in the investigation into her
allegations and was “unwilling to turn
over communications that she alleged
provided support for her allegations.”
The university said its decision to fire
Rodriguez was based on several factors,
including the “direction and climate of
our football program.”
Rodriguez released a statement
Tuesday night calling the harassment
claims “baseless and false.”
He said he was “deeply disappointed
to learn by email this evening that the
University of Arizona is buying out my
contract.”
He admitted to having a consensual
extramarital affair with a woman not affiliated with the university and added he
was working to regain the trust of his
wife and children.
The Wilhelmsens’ claim alleges Rodriguez was a demanding boss, calling “at
all hours of the night just to change travel plans or make some other requests
which were only emergencies to him.”
Rodriguez had Wilhelmsen get a
sideline pass for his girlfriend for a November 2015 game against Southern
California. His wife also was on the
sideline during that game, and Wilhelmsen had to stand between the two
women to avoid a confrontation, the
claim says.
Wilhelmsen said Rodriguez’s wife in
May 2016 asked her to lunch, “which became a 3-hour interrogation of sorts to
find out what Melissa knew about Rodriguez’s flirting and promiscuity.”
Rodriguez’s personal behavior toward Wilhelmsen led her first to seek,
unsuccessfully, a job in another university position and later to resign her job
as the coach’s assistant, the claim says.
Among the allegations:
❚ The coach called her into his office
in January 2017 when he began discussing his marital problems and then
grabbed her, “embraced her, touched
the side of her breast, and tried to kiss
her.” She managed to pull away. Two
weeks later, he called her back to his office and said he wanted to “take care of
her.” Rodriguez handed her $300 in
cash, but she refused the money.
❚ Rodriguez asked Wilhelmsen to get
him underwear from the equipment
area. After she found a male staff member to bring them to him, Rodriguez told
her how “his preferred style of underwear ‘visually enhanced’ his genitalia
when worn.”
❚ A coaching assistant made a comment that when Wilhelmsen raised
money for the football program she did
it by rubbing her breasts on donors.
Rodriguez laughed at the comment.
❚ Rodriguez asked Wilhelmsen to
come to his home alone to help him with
his dog. Wilhelmsen texted the coach
that she and her husband could come,
but she would not come alone. “You
know I love you,” Rodriguez texted back,
with a kissing-face emoji.
Wilhelmsen’s attorney, Augustine B.
Jimenez III, said via email he and his clients would not be commenting beyond
what was in the claim.
UCF to pay ‘national championship’ bonuses
Steve Berkowitz and Dan Wolken
USA TODAY
Central Florida, claiming a “national
championship” after finishing 13-0 with
a win against Auburn in the Peach Bowl,
is putting its money where its mouth is
and paying bonuses to former assistant
coaches who would have been associated with winning a national title.
According to associate athletics director for communications Andy Seeley,
UCF is distributing an additional
$300,000 to the nine on-field assistants
and $25,000 to the support staff, which
will be divvied up at the discretion of
head coach Scott Frost, who is departing for Nebraska, with the approval of
athletics director Danny White.
UCF, of course, did not win the officially recognized national title, which
will go to the winner of the College Football Playoff championship game Monday between Alabama and Georgia.
But UCF claiming a title has brought
attention to the debate over whether
schools in the second-teir Group of Five
are treated fairly in the current Playoff
structure. During media interviews this
week, White said UCF will hang a banner in its stadium declaring itself the
national champion.
“We’re definitely getting a banner,” he
said on 96.9 The Game in Orlando. “We
won a national championship and we’re
going to treat it as such. These kids deserve that. Like other football programs
do all across the country, you claim a national championship, you’re the only
undefeated team in a season, we’re going to hang a banner.”
On Wednesday, the school an-
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“It’s no surprise to me that his role expanded to be a head coach,” Saban said
of Smart. “He’s a good football coach, a
very bright guy. And he took over a program that has been successful and was
actually fairly successful when he took
over the program. And he’s done a great
job of taking it to the next level.”
Smart and Saban have built their respective teams on defense, both with a
base formation of three linemen and
four linebackers that is equally effective
stopping the run and defending the
pass.
Of course, the dominant tie between
the two programs is conference affiliation. Six years ago, the all-SEC title
game between Alabama and LSU was
the death knell for the Bowl Championship Series. At least this year’s oneleague pairing won’t be a rematch — a
small victory, though not one that will
pacify the masses.
“I think sometimes people try to put a
little hate on the SEC because of some of
the success that we have,” Saban said.
“And I don’t think that is really fair because I think it’s a great competitive
league with a lot of great coaches and a
lot of great institutions.”
The ties that bind together Alabama
and Georgia will be the defining story
line of the next week. But while hard to
ignore, the similarities between the pair
are dwarfed by the differences. One
looms above the others: Alabama has
been here before.
It’s a key dynamic to consider. For all
the program’s gains since Smart’s arriv-
Alabama has adapted to fit Jalen
Hurts, who isn’t a traditional passer.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has
taken a back seat to the running game.
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al, Georgia is still a newcomer to this
stage. The Rose Bowl was a solid introduction, but it’s impossible to equate a
matchup with Oklahoma with facing off
against the most dominant program in
the sport. Alabama is a different animal,
hardened by countless trips under college football’s bright lights and
equipped — physically and mentally —
for the strain of the championship push.
That might be the biggest separator
between these two specific teams. Yet it
could also be overblown, especially
when given Smart’s big-game experi-
ence. There’s also one positive to take
from the comeback win against the
Sooners: Georgia learned the danger of
falling behind early on a major stage and
realizes that doing so in the matchup
with Alabama could be fatal.
“Our kids are so resilient. They never
stopped chopping wood. They kept
fighting. They believed,” Smart said.
“We didn’t play the way we were capable
of, but the best news is we get a chance
to play again. So I’m really proud of the
fight, the resiliency of our seniors and
our fan base.”
nounced it would hold a parade Sunday
at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Frost himself will not receive any additional pay. His bonuses were capped
in his UCF contract at $250,000, a number he reached by winning the Peach
Bowl.
The $300,000 assistants’ incentive
pool for a national championship was
outlined in Frost’s original contract and
must be paid on the first regular pay period after March 1 of each year. This will
be paid even though Frost’s entire staff
is leaving with him to Nebraska.
Another difference comes on offense.
Georgia has streamlined its scheme to
fit true freshman quarterback Jake
Fromm, who while capable of winning
games with his arm has taken a back
seat to a brutally efficient running game.
There are new concepts embedded
within the Bulldogs offense, but the system as a whole is fairly traditional. It
looks like the Alabama offenses of the
recent past, in fact.
The Tide have adopted a more unorthodox offensive style, or at least one
that differs from the meat-and-potatoes
approach of the first handful of Sabancoached title teams. Quarterback Jalen
Hurts isn’t a traditional passer, so the
Tide have adapted. This isn’t to say the
Tide can’t and won’t get dirty: Alabama’s win against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl was a sort of throwback to an
older time.
The odds are that each team gauges
the other early in Monday’s championship game, sparring for a series or even a
quarter, before the matchup evolves —
or devolves, depending on your point of
view — into a classic SEC pairing. You
know what that means: tough defense,
a commitment to the running game, ball
control and field position will be the key
factors.
That might seem boring, because it
is. But it’s also pure SEC, and a style that
not only laid the foundation for Alabama’s dynasty but provides the framework for Georgia’s burgeoning run
among the elite programs in the Football
Bowl Subdivision.
“I think it speaks volumes of the
quality of programs that we have, especially to have two programs, two teams
that are in the national championship
game,” Saban said.
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USA’s best shot at skating gold
Chen opens nationals
undefeated in world
competition this season
“I’m happy that I’m in this position.
This is what I’ve wanted for a long
time. I personally remind myself to
embrace it.”
Christine Brennan
Nathan Chen
Columnist
Figure skater, on his chances at the U.S. national
championships
USA TODAY
SAN JOSE — If there’s a sure bet in a
sport in which competitors land jumps
of four revolutions on a quarter-inch
blade of steel on a bed of ice, it’s 18-yearold Nathan Chen.
The men’s competition at the U.S. national figure skating championships
doesn’t begin until Thursday evening,
but mark this one down right now: barring injury, Chen is going to the 2018
Winter Olympics next month in Pyeongchang.
He’s America’s best bet for an Olympic figure skating gold medal, and if he
isn’t quite able to achieve such a lofty
height, he’s still the nation’s top hope for
an individual skating medal at the upcoming Games.
A once-in-a-generation talent, Chen
is both a prodigious athlete and a welltrained artist. His jumps are majestic;
their number unprecedented.
He became the first man in international skating history to land five
quadruple jumps in one 41⁄2-minute long
program when he did it at last year’s national championships — and he plans to
do it again here this week. (He’ll also go
for two quads in his short program.)
Sometimes the numbers run together
and it can be hard to get a grasp on
how significant this is, so here’s a bit
of historical context: in Vancouver in
2010, American Evan Lysacek won the
Olympic gold medal with exactly zero
quads.
So far this season, Chen has not lost,
becoming the only undefeated male
skater in the world despite some stumbles here and there.
Figure skating demands artistry as
well, and this is where Chen’s unique
childhood plays a vital role.
At age 7, he entered Ballet West Academy in his native Salt Lake City. There,
Nathan Chen became the first man in international skating history to land five
quadruple jumps in one 41⁄2-minute long program. JEAN-YVES AHERN/USA TODAY SPORTS
he took lessons, sometimes as many as
six a week, for more than six years. His
refined movements on ice today can be
traced back to those formative days in
the ballet studio. And it’s this exquisite
package of powerful jumps and elegant
artistry that makes Chen such a force
heading into the Olympics.
“I’m happy with the way things have
gone,” Chen said on a conference call
with journalists the other day. “I’m happy that I’m in this position. This is what
I’ve wanted for a long time. I personally
remind myself to embrace it.”
In a month, male skaters from
around the world will have their sights
set on Chen, and he on them. For now,
though, a quartet of U.S. men are on his
heels. Their goal isn’t to catch him. He’s
too far ahead of them for that. Their goal
is to simply join him on the U.S. Olympic
team.
Jason Brown, Adam Rippon and Max
Aaron are all past U.S. champions.
There’s also 17-year-old phenom Vincent Zhou, who was second to Chen last
year at nationals, then won the world junior title, but has disappointingly struggled so far this season.
That’s the group. Two of those four
will join Chen on the Olympic team.
Their performances here will play a key
role in determining who goes to South
Korea, but it won’t be the only calculation.
That’s because the three-day team
event comes at the beginning of the
Olympics and ends just four days before
the men’s event begins. It’s unlikely
the United States will want Chen to
skate both phases of the men’s team
event, the short and long, and risk burning him out for the individual men’s
event.
So, in all likelihood, Chen will skate
the short program, which is a full week
before the men’s individual short program, then hand off to a tried-and-true
veteran to skate the men’s team long
program.
That skater will most likely be Rippon, 28, or Brown, 23, neither of whom
has a quadruple jump they can regularly
count on, but both of whom pour on the
points with artistry and consistency.
Whatever the case, this much we
know: This is Chen’s nationals, and it
will be Chen’s Olympics, however it all
unfolds.
Panthers need more than just Newton
Lorenzo Reyes
USA TODAY
CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton rolled
up to his weekly news conference, brow
furrowed, and spoke of added focus.
“You better believe my intensity is
different,” the Carolina Panthers star
quarterback said.
His club’s first playoff test comes
Sunday against a familiar foe: the NFC
South rival New Orleans Saints, who
swept Carolina in the regular season.
Newton’s words seem to hold added
meaning given his struggles in recent
weeks, and it’s worth wondering if the
Panthers can win if he doesn’t play better.
“We need to compile good series on
top of good series,” Panthers left guard
Andrew Norwell told USA TODAY. “We
simply can’t afford to have bad ones. Everybody has to play a complete game.
Offense does, defense does. ’Cause
when we have all three phases going,
we’re hard to stop.”
But that’s rarely happened this season. Of Carolina’s 11 wins, only three
came by a margin of more than one
score and two of those occurred before
November.
Newton passed for 3,302 yards and
22 touchdowns and also paced the Panthers with 754 rushing yards despite 59
fewer attempts than running back Jonathan Stewart (680 yards).
When Newton is accurate, efficient
and can extend plays and create yards
with his legs, the Panthers can beat anybody. Case in point was a Week 4 victory
at the New England Patriots when he
threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 44 yards and a score.
He often takes on as much as he can,
but it’s a delicate balance, and he’ll almost surely need more from his supporting cast to beat the Saints in the Superdome.
New Orleans has already rendered
Carolina’s offense one-dimensional
once this season, holding Newton to 167
passing yards in a Week 3 game the Panthers lost at home 34-13. The Saints relentlessly pressured Newton, sacking
him four times.
When the teams met again nine
weeks later, Newton was being de-
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ployed on more designed runs. He
rushed for 51 yards, passed for 183 and
two scores and helped fuel a more competitive result. Carolina still lost 31-21,
but the 2015 NFL MVP feels he’s a more
effective player when not chained to the
pocket.
“That’s my edge,” Newton said. “I
wouldn’t expect you or anybody else to
take it away. When I say you, I mean the
media as a whole. I’m comfortable running the football. I feel like I help the
team when I run the football. And as
long as I’m playing this game, I will run
the football.”
He’s done that frequently of late,
running 50 times for 239 yards over the
last four weeks. But he’s struggled noticeably through the air, throwing six TD
passes but also five interceptions.
And he’ll face an added obstacle by
matching up against Saints Pro Bowl
corner (and defensive rookie of the year
candidate) Marshon Lattimore, who
missed both regular-season games
against Carolina.
“He plays with a lot of juice,” Newton
said. “There’s not much you can say bad
about him — a guy who, when he’s
healthy, is probably a top-tier cornerback in this league.”
But the Panthers will get their own
boost. Tight end Greg Olsen was out
both times against New Orleans and
was sorely missed in those defeats. The
threat he presents through the air could
ease coverage on wideout Devin Funchess and scatback Christian McCaffrey
while potentially benefiting the ground
game.
“It’s going to be a big deal for us to get
the running game going early,” running
back Cameron Artis-Payne told USA
TODAY. “That’s the emphasis that we
have every week. It helps chew the clock
and keeps our defense on the sideline so
they can be rested to play against the
Saints offense. And then it helps the
passing game in play action.
“That’s our plan. We just have to go
out and execute.”
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PGA TOUR
Key stats
14
First-time starters in the Sentry Tournament of Champions: Ryan Armour,
Wesley Bryan, Patrick Cantlay, Kevin
Chappell, Austin Cook, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Hadwin, Patton
Kizzire, Grayson Murray, Jon Rahm,
Xander Schauffele, Cameron Smith,
Chris Stroud and Hudson Swafford.
100
Combined PGA Tour titles of the 34
players in the field, led by Dustin
Johnson’s 16 (four in the 2016-17 season). Jordan Spieth is next with 11,
followed by Justin Thomas (7), Jason
Dufner (5) and Hideki Matsuyama (5).
Key groups
Justin Thomas is the defending FedExCup champion and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year. KYLE TERADA/USA TODAY SPORTS
Thomas is own biggest rival
Steve DiMeglio
USA TODAY
Justin Thomas doesn’t have to look
around much to find his No. 1 rival.
He just has to look in the mirror.
The defending FedExCup champion
and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year
is coming off a breakout season when he
joined the game’s elite, a winner of five
titles in the 2016-17 wraparound season,
including his first major triumph in the
PGA Championship. He shot a firstround 59 in Hawaii and a third-round 63
in the U.S. Open, which set the record
for lowest score relative to par in major
championship history.
He was a force in the Presidents Cup
and won just shy of $20 million. And he
joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and
Jordan Spieth as the only players to win
five times in a season, including a major,
before turning 25.
What does he do for an encore?
He’s already dealt with that and similar questions a few times since the 201718 season began in the fall. And starting
with this week’s Sentry Tournament of
Champions in Hawaii, where he is the
defending champion, the questions and
demands on his time will be a constant
companion going forward, a weight on
his slim shoulders at every tournament
he plays.
“I know I’m constantly going to get
reminded of what I did last year versus
this year and whether it’s better or
whether it’s worse,” Thomas said. “The
hardest part of the season is going to be
staying in the moment and recognizing
that it’s a new year. It’s a new opportunity for great things, and I just need to
continue to work hard.”
During the brief offseason, Thomas
sought the counsel of his good friend,
Jordan Spieth, who dealt with the comparison factor in 2016 after his spectacular five-win season in 2015, one that included two major titles and victory in
The Tour Championship and the FedExCup.
Thomas and Spieth won’t divulge
much of the conversations, but one
thing is clear — Thomas, an accommodating sort, is on a different star-dusted
plateau these days, and he better be prepared to be asked about 2016-17 over and
over again, especially if he has a minislump.
“I’m just going to have to get a little
better at managing my time and know
that I’m going to have a press conference every Wednesday,” Thomas said.
“Life’s changed a little bit, but all for
good reason.
“In reality, as much as I hate to say it,
I’m just going to have to pick and
choose. I know a lot of people are going
to want time and this and that, but
that’s something I’ve really talked with
my management about. I need to make
sure I’m doing everything that I would
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NFL MVP TRACKER
RB Gurley
takes lead
at final gun
Continued from Page 1C
Nate Davis
USA TODAY
From Week 1 through Week 17, USA
TODAY’s NFL staff handicapped the
race for league MVP. A first-place vote is
worth five points, a second-place worth
three and a third-place worth one. Here
are the final results.
1. RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles
Rams (34 points): He hits the tape for
the first time all season in our final poll,
earning five of the eight first-place
votes. QB Jared Goff ’s development has
been hugely important to the Rams’ revitalization, but Gurley has been the
key. Coach Sean McVay finally leveraged Gurley’s ability as a receiver, adding a needed dimension to the attack
and further aiding in Goff ’s improvement. The result: Gurley not only led the
team in rushing (career-best 1,305 yards
in 15 games) but also receptions (64). He
paced the NFL in yards from scrimmage
(2,093) and total touchdowns (19) and
almost surely would have nabbed the
rushing title had he played in Week 17.
But Gurley earned a week off after his
performances in Weeks 15 and 16 (456
total yards from scrimmage, six TDs)
catapulted the Rams to their first NFC
West crown since 2003 and their first
playoff home game in the City of Angels
since the 1985 season. Last week: 2
2. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots (30 points): Perhaps he’s being
unfairly judged by his own sublime
measuring tape. Posting 4,577 passing
yards — at 40, Brady became the oldest
normally do and need to do to be as
ready as possible to play well in a tournament. I’m going to have to feel out
and get a gauge for and get comfortable with and see what works best for
me.”
Most everything worked last year.
After he won the FedExCup by finishing runner-up in The Tour Championship, Thomas, 24, pulled out his phone
and showed the world his 13 goals for
the 2016-17 season. He accomplished 11
— among them winning a major and
making the Presidents Cup team —
and came so very close to ticking off
the other two boxes.
He has a new list for the 2017-18 season saved in his phone, and he’s likely
already checked off one box. In the fall,
he won the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine
Bridges in South Korea, pushing his total of Tour wins to seven. And this
week he’s in the perfect spot to add to
his victory haul — the Plantation
Course at Kapalua on the island of
Maui. After a six-week break, the Tour
resumes the season with the Tournament of Champions.
Last year Thomas won the winnersonly event by three shots with rounds
of 67-67-67-69. The next week he shot
59 in the first round of the Sony Open
and followed with rounds of 64-65-65
to win by seven shots and set the PGA
Tour 72-hole scoring record of 253.
Let the questions continue.
Rams RB Todd Gurley’s 19 TDs in 2017
were five more than any other NFL
player. KIRBY LEE/USA TODAY SPORTS
player to lead the league in that category — an AFC-high 32 TD passes and
an impressive 102.8 passer rating
would represent a career year for almost anyone. Throw in a 13-3 record
and yet another No. 1 playoff seed for
New England, and Brady’s résumé
should speak for itself. But in the TB12
context, it’s rather humdrum. Brady
was subpar in the season’s final month
(six TDs, five interceptions, 81.6 passer
rating) while Gurley was at his best.
Last week: 1
3. QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia
Eagles (5 points): If his value wasn’t
apparent enough when he was on the
field, it’s been underscored by his absence. Philly’s offense managed 13
points in its final two games without
Wentz after a mirage performance
against the lowly Giants in Week 15.
Despite him missing the final three
weeks due to his torn ACL, Wentz’s 33
TD passes placed him second only to
the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson
(34). Last week: 3
Also receiving votes: Steelers RB
Le’Veon Bell (1), Saints RB Alvin Kamara (1), Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (1)
Orleans made the playoffs five times in
Brees’ first eight years, reaching the
NFC title game in 2006 and winning
the Super Bowl three years later.
Since losing in the divisional round
in 2013, the playoffs have proved elusive. Heck, the Saints couldn’t manage
a winning record, compiling identical
7-9 finishes in 2014, ’15 and ’16.
As the Saints limped through the
season, many around the league
watched in pity, wondering if the last
best years of Brees’ career would be
wasted.
“We went through a little bit of a
roller-coaster ride in ’14, ’15 with the
roster turnover,” he acknowledged.
“We were trying to find ourselves
again. Re-establish what we had built
when Sean (Payton) first got here in
2006.
“I think that’s what was realized,
was that we needed to go out and find
the right type of guys. Really value
character, toughness and intelligence
in the way that we draft and the way
that we go out and look at free agents.
That’s really been the process the last
two years. You look around the locker
room, you see those types of guys, and
it’s the reason we’ve been successful.”
Guys such as starting right guard
Larry Warford and receiver Ted Ginn
Jr., third on the team with four touchdown catches. Or defensive end Alex
Okafor, whose 4.5 sacks are his most
since his first full season with Arizona.
Or rookie Alvin Kamara, whose versatility has helped take some of the
load off Brees and Marshon Lattimore,
who leads the Saints with five interceptions, one returned for a TD.
Though the Saints got off to another
slow start — 0-2 for the fourth year in a
row — Brees said he knew this team
Good friends Spieth and Thomas, the
winners of the last two majors of 2017,
are the featured group on Golf Channel’s coverage of Thursday’s first
round (5:50 p.m. ET). Johnson is out
with 2017 Tour Championship winner
Schauffele (5:40 p.m.). Other top
groups include Rickie Fowler and
Hideki Matsuyama (5:20 p.m.) and
reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks
Koepka and Kevin Kisner (5:10 p.m.).
FedExCup
Patton Kizzire, who won his first PGA
Tour title in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall, has the lead as the
Tour restarts after a six-week break.
The Tour’s fifth wrap-around season
consists of 45 events before the
FedExCup Playoffs begins. The Tour
Championship on Sept. 20-23 in
Atlanta is the Playoffs finale.
1. Patton Kizzire .................................. 659
2. Pat Perez .......................................... 646
3. Austin Cook .................................... 563
4. Brendan Steele .............................. 556
5. Patrick Cantlay ............................... 555
SENTRY TOURNAMENT
OF CHAMPIONS
Site: Kapalua, Hawaii
Course: Kapalua Resort (Plantation
Course). Yardage: 7,452. Par: 73.
Purse: $6.3 million. Winner’s share:
$1,134.000.
TV (ET): Thursday-Friday, 6-10 p.m.
(Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-7 p.m.
(Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-10 p.m.
(Golf Channel).
was different. Sure enough, a win at
Carolina kick-started a run of eight consecutive victories.
“We knew that, man, we were just
that close. So much closer than I think
most people give us credit for. And you
just needed the validation of going out
there and getting the W. It was just the
confidence to know that the process is
good. We’re doing something right here
and it’s something to build on,” he said.
There it is again, process and preparation.
Ginn said he always knew Brees was
one of the best to play the game, a lock
for the Hall of Fame. But he’s developed
an even greater appreciation for him in
his short time in New Orleans, just
watching what Brees does every day.
“Just seeing how much of a routine he
has, how much he does the same thing
every day, it kind of helps you get into a
routine a little bit. Kind of helps you get
into a different situation when you’re
coming into something new,” Ginn said.
“It’s been a blessing to be able to see
somebody like that.”
Brees said he’s more diligent in taking care of his body now than, say, 10
years ago, which means he has to be
more efficient with everything else. But
while the way he does it might be more
compressed, what he’s doing isn’t.
“I know how I learn the best. I know
what I need to do in order to put the
day’s worth of work behind me so I can
move on to the next day,” Brees said.
Just look at his numbers. Despite
closing in on 40, Brees is having one of
his finest years. He is fourth in the NFL
with 4,334 yards passing, and his 103.9
passer rating is his highest since 2013.
All this despite Brees having his fewest
attempts since 2009.
The ultimate goal, of course, is another Super Bowl. But you can’t get
there by skipping steps. So Brees will
keep on doing what he’s doing all these
years, treating every game like any other, regardless of how big it is.
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Campbell led Iowa State to an 8-5 finish
George Schroeder
USA TODAY
There were moments last fall when it seemed Iowa
State was destined to fall just short — like so many other times in the program’s history — and that the promise in the second season under coach Matt Campbell
would go unrealized.
“This team had multiple opportunities to quit, but
this team’s never done that,” Campbell said after a victory in the Liberty Bowl.
“One of the things I’m most proud of is that Iowa
State football is a player-led program. Iowa State football is being led inside-out.”
And by Campbell, under whom the Cyclones finally
realized their potential, going 8-5 and winning a bowl
game for the first time since 2009 and the fourth time
in school history.
Campbell is one of five finalists for the American
Football Coaches Association’s 2017 National Coach of
the Year award. He joins Paul Chryst, Georgia’s Kirby
Smart, Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford and Scott Frost, formerly of Central Florida, as regional winners. The national award will be announced at the American Football Coaches Awards presented by Amway.
In early October, a few days before a game at Big 12
power Oklahoma, which owned an 18-game winning
streak against Iowa State, the Cyclones’ starting quar-
terback left the team for personal reasons. The replacement: Kyle Kempt, a well-traveled, fifth-year
senior walk-on who had two career pass attempts.
Kempt threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns,
including a 25-yard pass for the winning score in a 3831 upset.
The win was one of two against Big 12 powers. Later,
Iowa State beat TCU.
Iowa State completed an 8-5 season by edging
Memphis in the Liberty Bowl — in essence, winning a
road game.
“It creates belief,” Campbell said after the Liberty
Bowl. “When you’re dealing with 18- to 22-year-olds,
you eventually want to see a direct result to the hard
work. The thing that finally resonates in our program is
that this can happen. Success and winning football
games in Ames, Iowa, can really happen.”
FOR THE RECORD
Iowa State coach Matt Campbell led Iowa State to an
8-5 record and a bowl victory for the first time since
2009. DAVID DERMER/USA TODAY SPORTS
IN BRIEF
Trump plans to attend college title game
NFL
St. Louis
Nashville
Dallas
Minnesota
Colorado
Chicago
Playoff Glance
All Times ET
Wild-card Playoffs
Saturday
42
39
41
40
39
38
25
23
22
21
20
18
Pacific Division
Tennessee at Kansas City, 4:35 p.m.
Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday
Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Carolina at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m.
Divisional Playoffs
Saturday, Jan. 13
New Orleans/Carolina/Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m.
Kansas City/Tennessee/Buffalo at New
England, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 14
Jacksonville/Kansas City/Tennessee at
Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams/New Orleans/Carolina
at Minnesota, 4:40 p.m.
Conference Championships
Sunday, Jan. 21
AFC
TBD
Vegas
Los Angeles
San Jose
Anaheim
Calgary
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
GP
38
40
37
41
39
40
40
41
W
27
24
21
19
19
17
16
9
15
11
16
16
16
14
2
5
3
3
3
6
52
51
47
45
43
42
L OT Pts GF GA
9 2 56 135 106
11 5 53 120 91
12 4 46 102 93
14 8 46 114 115
16 4 42 108 114
20 3 37 114 131
19 5 37 106 132
27 5 23 94 146
Tuesday’s Games
Boston 5, N.Y. Islanders 1
Washington 5, Carolina 4, OT
Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 0
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1
San Jose 4, Montreal 1
St. Louis 3, New Jersey 2, SO
Minnesota 5, Florida 1
Columbus 2, Dallas 1
Colorado 3, Winnipeg 2, OT
Los Angeles 5, Edmonton 0
Vegas 3, Nashville 0
Anaheim 5, Vancouver 0
NFC
Wednesday’s Games
Pro Bowl
Sunday, Jan. 28
In Orlando, Fla.
Thursday’s Games
AFC vs. NFC, 3 p.m.
Super Bowl
Sunday, Feb. 4
In Minneapolis, Minn.
AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6 p.m.
NBA
All Times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W
31
26
18
18
15
Southeast Division
W
22
20
14
12
10
Washington
Miami
Charlotte
Orlando
Atlanta
Central Division
W
25
20
20
19
13
Cleveland
Detroit
Milwaukee
Indiana
Chicago
Pct GB
.756
—
.722 21⁄2
.486 11
.474 111⁄2
.395 141⁄2
L
16
17
23
27
27
Pct
.579
.541
.378
.308
.270
GB
—
11⁄2
71⁄2
101⁄2
111⁄2
L
13
16
16
19
25
Pct
.658
.556
.556
.500
.342
GB
—
4
4
6
12
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Southwest Division
W
27
26
18
13
12
Houston
San Antonio
New Orleans
Dallas
Memphis
L
9
13
18
25
26
Northwest Division
W
24
20
19
19
16
Minnesota
Oklahoma City
Denver
Portland
Utah
Pacific Division
W
29
17
15
12
11
Golden State
L.A. Clippers
Phoenix
Sacramento
L.A. Lakers
Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Toronto, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Vegas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
New Jersey at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Nashville at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Friday’s Games
L
10
10
19
20
23
Pct GB
.750
—
.667 21⁄2
.500
9
.342 15
.316 16
L
15
17
17
18
21
Pct GB
.615
—
.541
3
.528 31⁄2
.514
4
.432
7
L
8
19
24
25
25
Pct GB
.784
—
.472 111⁄2
.385 15
.324 17
.306 171⁄2
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Florida at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Vegas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
MLB
Calendar
Jan. 12 — Salary arbitration figures exchanged.
Jan. 24 — BBWAA Hall of Fame voting announced.
Jan. 29-Feb. 16 — Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1 — Owners meetings, Beverly
Hills, Calif.
Feb 15 — Voluntary reporting date for
pitchers, catchers and injured players.
Feb. 19 — Voluntary reporting date for other players.
Feb. 24 — Mandatory reporting date.
March 29 — Opening day. Active rosters reduced to 25 players.
April 17-18 — Cleveland vs. Minnesota at
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
June 4 — Amateur draft starts.
June 15 — International amater signing
period closes.
July 2 — International amateur signing period opens.
July 6 — Last day to sign for amateur draft
picks subject to deadline.
July 10 — All-Star Game, Washington.
July 29 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y
July 31 — Last day to trade a player without
securing waivers.
Aug. 31 — Last day to be contracted to an
organization and be eligible for postseason roster.
Oct. 2-3 — Wild-card games.
Dec. 10-13 — Winter meetings, Las Vegas.
Tuesday’s Games
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Wednesday’s Games
College Football Championship
Monday
Atlanta
Cleveland 127, Portland 110
San Antonio 100, New York 91
Phoenix 104, Atlanta 103
Charlotte 131, Sacramento 111
L.A. Clippers 113, Memphis 105
Houston 116, Orlando 98
Philadelphia 112, San Antonio 106
Washington 121, New York 103
Brooklyn 98, Minnesota 97
Miami 111, Detroit 104
Boston 102, Cleveland 88
Milwaukee 122, Indiana 101
Toronto 124, Chicago 115
Golden State at Dallas
New Orleans at Utah
Phoenix at Denver
Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers
Thursday’s Games
Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Friday’s Games
Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m.
New York at Miami, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Utah at Denver, 9 p.m.
Washington at Memphis, 9:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Portland, 10 p.m.
Charlotte at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
NHL
All Times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
GP
39
38
41
39
38
40
37
39
W
29
22
23
17
15
16
12
10
L OT Pts GF GA
8 2 60 146 93
10 6 50 119 95
16 2 48 135 120
17 5 39 109 126
16 7 37 104 119
20 4 36 101 126
17 8 32 98 128
20 9 29 86 129
Metropolitan Division
Washington
New Jersey
Columbus
NY Rngers
Carolina
NY Islnders
Pittsburgh
Phladelphia
GP
41
39
41
39
39
40
41
39
W
25
22
23
21
18
20
20
16
L OT Pts GF GA
13 3 53 128 117
10 7 51 123 116
15 3 49 115 115
13 5 47 123 109
13 8 44 110 119
16 4 44 137 144
18 3 43 116 129
15 8 40 107 114
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
Winnipeg
GP W L OT Pts GF GA
41 23 11 7 53 136 113
Georgia (13-1) vs. Alabama (12-1), 8 p.m.
(ESPN)
Saturday, Jan. 20
East-West Shrine Classic
At St. Petersburg, Fla.
East vs. West, 3 p.m. (NFLN)
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
At Carson, Calif.
American vs. National, 4 p.m. (FS1)
North vs. South, 2:30 p.m. (NFLN)
GOLF
1. Dustin Johnson
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Justin Thomas
4. Jon Rahm
5. Hideki Matsuyama
6. Justin Rose
7. Rickie Fowler
8. Brooks Koepka
9. Henrik Stenson
10. Rory McIlroy
11. Sergio Garcia
12. Jason Day
13. Marc Leishman
14. Paul Casey
15. Matt Kuchar
16. Tyrrell Hatton
17. Tommy Fleetwood
18. Alex Noren
19. Pat Perez
20. Rafael Cabrera
Bello
21. Francesco Molinari
22. Louis Oosthuizen
23. Charley Hoffman
24. Patrick Reed
25. Xander Schauffele
26. Kevin Kisner
27. Brian Harman
28. Daniel Berger
29. Matthew Fitzpatrick
30. Branden Grace
31. Adam Scott
SAF
ENG
USA
BEL
USA
JPN
AUT
USA
USA
USA
KOR
USA
VEN
USA
USA
USA
USA
JPN
USA
3.04
3.03
3.02
2.80
2.80
2.78
2.69
2.68
2.66
2.66
2.65
2.61
2.59
2.57
2.50
2.48
2.42
2.39
2.39
English Premier League
GP W D L GF
Man City
22 20 2 0 64
Man United
22 14 5 3 45
Chelsea
22 14 4 4 41
Liverpool
22 12 8 2 50
Tottenham
21 12 4 5 41
Arsenal
22 11 6 5 40
Burnley
22 9 7 6 19
Leicester
22 8 6 8 34
Everton
22 7 6 9 25
Watford
22 7 4 11 31
Huddersfield
22 6 6 10 18
Brighton
22 5 8 9 17
Newcastle
22 6 4 12 20
Crystal Palace
22 5 7 10 20
Bournemouth
22 5 6 11 22
West Ham
21 5 6 10 24
Southampton
22 4 8 10 21
Stoke
22 5 5 12 23
West Brom
22 2 10 10 16
Swansea
22 4 4 14 13
Tuesday’s Games
Swansea 0, Tottenham 2
West Ham 2, West Brom 1
Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 2
Man City 3, Watford 1
Wednesday’s Game
Arsenal 2, Chelsea 2
Thursday’s Game
Tottenham vs. West Ham, 3 p.m.
USA
USA
USA
ESP
JPN
ENG
USA
USA
SWE
NIR
ESP
AUS
AUS
ENG
USA
ENG
ENG
SWE
USA
10.80
9.55
8.60
8.26
8.22
8.00
7.01
6.52
6.15
5.92
5.87
5.31
5.25
5.06
4.91
4.75
4.67
4.67
4.36
ESP
ITA
SAF
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
ENG
SAF
AUS
4.01
3.97
3.90
3.90
3.82
3.53
3.45
3.42
3.32
3.26
3.31
3.16
GA
13
16
16
25
20
28
19
32
34
40
35
27
30
33
34
39
32
47
30
34
Pts
62
47
46
44
40
39
34
30
27
25
24
23
22
22
21
21
20
20
16
16
Favorite
HOUSTON
LA CLIPPERS
FOOTBALL
National Football League
CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to a new contract.
GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed G Kofi
Amichia.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Placed CB Phillip
Gaines on injured reserve. Signed DT
Stefan Charles.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed WR
Brandon Zylstra to a reserve/future contract.
HOCKEY
National Hockey League
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS — Signed F
Jonathan Marchessault to a six-year
contract extension through the 2023-24
season.
LA GALAXY — Signed D Ashley Cole to a
one-year contract.
NEW YORK RED BULLS — Traded N Sacha
Kljestan and targeted allocation money
to Orlando City for F Carlos Rivas and D
Tommy Redding. Signed D Kevin Politz.
COLLEGE
AUBURN — CB Carlton Davis and RB
Kamryn Pettway will enter the NFL draft.
BARUCH — Named Victoria Tiso softball
coach.
COLORADO — Named Kurt Roper quarterbacks coach.
FLORIDA STATE — Announced TE Ryan Izzo will enter the NFL draft. Named
Donte’ Pimpleton running backs coach
and Raymond Woodie linebackers
coach.
HAMILTON — Named Matt Brisotti men’s
and women’s tennis coach.
MEMPHIS — Announced the resignations
of inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Dan Lanning and defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson.
STANFORD — Announced TE Dalton
Schultz will enter the NFL draft.
TENNESSEE — DB Rashaan Gaulden announced he will enter the NFL draft.
UNC ASHEVILLE — Named David Jandrew assistant athletics director for athletics advancement/major gifts.
WAGNER — Named Terrance Knighton
defensive assistant football coach.
WASHINGTON STATE — DT Hercules Mata’afa announced he will enter the NFL
draft.
TODAY IN SPORTS
ODDS
NBA
Thursday
WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Waived F
Mike Young. Assigned F Chris McCullough to Wisconsin (NBAGL).
SOCCER
Major League Soccer
Jan. 4
Line O/U
OFF (OFF)
1 (213)
Underdog
Golden State
Oklahoma City
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Thursday
Favorite
WICHITA ST
Cincinnati
UAB
CLEVELAND ST
Middle Tennessee
IOWA
IUPUI
GEORGIA ST
GA SOUTHERN
Milwaukee
LOUISIANA TECH
MICHIGAN ST
Coastal Carolina
Old Dominion
SOUTHERN MISS
NORTH TEXAS
TEXAS-ARLINGTON
LA.-LAFAYETTE
TEXAS STATE
Arizona St
SMU
MISSOURI ST
Arizona
UC DAVIS
SAINT MARY’S CA
LONG BEACH ST
UC Santa Barbara
LOYOLA MARYMNT
San Diego
UCLA
SOUTHERN CAL
BYU
Gonzaga
Line
Underdog
9
Houston
7
TEMPLE
71⁄2
FAU
1
Green Bay
131⁄2
FIU
1
Ohio State
2
Ill.-Chicago
14
UALR
12
Arkansas St
8
YNGSTWN ST
8
UTSA
14
Maryland
3
LA.-MONROE
RICE
141⁄2
1
UTEP
7
Charlotte
9
Troy
10 Appalachian St
4 South Alabama
1
9 ⁄2
COLORADO
81⁄2
TULANE
71⁄2
N. Iowa
4
UTAH
1
4 ⁄2
UC Irvine
19
Pacific
1
Hawaii
6
CAL POLY
6
Santa Clara
7
PORTLAND
5
STANFORD
61⁄2
CALIFORNIA
2
S FRANCISCO
19
PEPPERDINE
National Hockey League
Thursday
Saturday, Jan. 27
Senior Bowl
At Mobile, Ala.
World Golf Ranking
Through Dec. 17
32. Charl Schwartzel
33. Ross Fisher
34. Kevin Chappell
35. Thomas Pieters
36. Phil Mickelson
37. Yuta Ikeda
38. Bernd Wiesberger
39. Jason Dufner
40. Patrick Cantlay
41. Tony Finau
42. Siwoo Kim
43. Webb Simpson
44. Jhonattan Vegas
45. Brendan Steele
46. Russell Henley
47. Zach Johnson
48. Kyle Stanley
49. Satoshi Kodaira
50. Peter Uihlein
SOCCER
Ottawa at Detroit
Chicago at N.Y. Rangers
TBD
Boston
Toronto
Philadelphia
New York
Brooklyn
122 104
123 107
123 114
115 114
126 122
112 106
Favorite
BOSTON
TORONTO
PITTSBURGH
PHILADELPHIA
Tampa Bay
MINNESOTA
ST. LOUIS
DALLAS
COLORADO
Nashville
EDMONTON
CALGARY
Line
-190
-133
-148
-120
-165
-187
-117
-165
OFF
-175
-128
-110
Underdog
Florida
San Jose
Carolina
NY Islanders
MONTREAL
Buffalo
Las Vegas
New Jersey
Columbus
ARIZONA
Anaheim
Los Angeles
Line
+175
+123
+138
+110
+155
+172
+107
+155
OFF
+163
+118
+100
College Football
Monday
National Championship Game
Favorite
Alabama
O T O/U
4 3 44
NFL
Playoffs Saturday
Favorite
KANSAS CITY
LA RAMS
O T O/U
7 8 44
5 6 48
Playoffs Sunday
Favorite
JACKSONVILLE
NEW ORLEANS
O T O/U
7 8 39
5 6 48
Underdog
Georgia
Underdog
Tennessee
Atlanta
Underdog
Buffalo
Carolina
DEALS
Wednesday’s
Sports Transactions
BASEBALL
National League
MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Traded RHP Dylan
Baker to the L.A. Dodgers for cash.
BASKETBALL
National Basketball Association
1970 — The Minnesota Vikings become
the first expansion team to win the NFL
title by beating the Cleveland Browns
27-7 in 8-degree temperatures in
Bloomington, Minn.
1970 — Kansas City’s defense, highlighted by four interceptions, three in the final quarter, carries the Chiefs to a 17-7
victory over Oakland Raiders in the last
AFL title game.
1976 — The Dallas Cowboys become the
first wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl with a 37-7 rout of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC title game.
1986 — Eric Dickerson shatters the NFL
playoff record with a 248-yard rushing
performance and two touchdowns to
lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 20-0 win
over the Dallas Cowboys.
1991 — Fu Mingxia, a 12-year-old from
China, becomes the youngest world titlist in the history of any aquatic event by
winning the women’s platform gold
medal at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia.
1992 — Mike Gartner of the New York
Rangers scores his 1,000th NHL point
with a power-play goal in the third period of a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
2000 — Top-ranked Florida State, the
preseason No. 1, holds off Virginia Tech
46-29 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12-0
and win the national championship.
Florida State is the first team to go wireto-wire in The Associated Press’ poll
since preseason rankings began in
1950.
2002 — Michael Jordan becomes the
fourth player in NBA history to score
30,000 points, reaching the milestone
for the Washington Wizards in an 89-83
win over his old team, the Chicago Bulls.
2003 — Bode Miller wins his second
straight World Cup giant slalom in
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia to move into
first place in the World Cup overall
standings. It’s the first time an American
man has held the overall lead since Phil
Mahre in 1983.
2005 — Matt Leinart throws five touchdown passes and Southern California
overwhelms Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. USC (13-0) is the first team to
repeat as AP national champions since
Nebraska in 1994-95 and joins Florida
State in 1999 as the only teams to go
wire-to-wire — from preseason to post
bowls — as No. 1.
2006 — Second-ranked Texas ends
Southern California’s 34-game winning
streak, beating the two-time defending
national champion 41-38 in the Rose
Bowl. The Longhorns also snap USC’s
record string of 33 consecutive weeks as
the No. 1 team in The Associated Press
Top 25. The Longhorns win a national
championship for the first time since
1969.
2012 — Geno Smith ties a record for any
bowl game with six touchdown passes,
including four to Tavon Austin, and West
Virginia sets a bowl scoring record by
beating Clemson 70-33 in the Orange
Bowl. West Virginia’s point total breaks
the bowl record established six days
earlier when Baylor beat Washington
67-56 in the Alamo Bowl.
2013 — Heisman Trophy winner Johnny
Manziel runs for two touchdowns,
passes for two more and has a Cotton
Bowl-record 516 total yards as Texas
A&M wraps up its first SEC season with a
41-13 win over Oklahoma. Manziel sets
an FBS bowl record with his 229 yards
rushing on 17 carries, and completes 22
of 34 passes for 287 yards.
2013 — Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the
first American woman to win two World
Cup races before turning 18. The 17year-old captures a slalom in Zagreb,
Croatia by a massive 1.19-second margin. Her first victory came last month in
Sweden.
President Trump is planning to attend the College Football Playoff national championship game
Monday. The news was confirmed to USA TODAY by
two people within the administration who were not
authorized to speak publicly because Trump’s schedule isn’t official. The all-Southeastern Conference
showdown between Alabama and Georgia will be
held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Politically Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s politics blog, was first to report the news Wednesday. The
president and first lady Melania Trump are expected
to be guests of Nick and Jamie Ayers. Nick Ayers is
chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence and a native of Georgia. During the presidential election,
Trump carried Alabama and Georgia. Last month,
Alabama voted Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate, eschewing Trump’s endorsement of Ray Moore.
❚ The Houston Astros officially have been invited
to visit the White House and plan to accept that invitation, a team spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY. Astros president of business operations Reid
Ryan told the Houston Chronicle in an interview the
team is planning to visit the White House at President Trump’s invitation, adding the date has not
been finalized. “This is a tradition and an honor,”
Ryan told the newspaper. “For many people, this
might be their only time to ever be invited to the
White House. And as the representatives of baseball
and the World Series champs, when the White House
calls and invites you to come up, it’s something that
as an organization we felt both a responsibility and
an obligation to be part of.” Team spokesman Steve
Grande told USA TODAY via e-mail the report is accurate. While the Astros schedule will not bring them
to the Washington, D.C., area until September, the
team could choose to visit the White House during
spring training.
Buccaneers safety Ward arrested, charged
Tampa Bay safety T.J. Ward was arrested
Wednesday on drug charges, according to the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff ’s Office. Ward was
charged with possession of cannabis and possession
of drug paraphernalia and was released from jail
Wednesday after posting $2,500 bond, jail records
indicated. Ward started five games for the Bucs this
season after signing a one-year, $5 million deal. The
three-time Pro Bowler is slated to be a free agent in
March.
From staff and wire reports
SPORTS ON TV
Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check
local listings.
COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Tennessee-Martin at
Austin Peay (CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Houston
at Wichita State (ESPN, 7 p.m.); Ohio State at Iowa
(ESPNU, 7 p.m.); Maryland at Michigan State (Fox
Sports 1, 8 p.m.); Northern Iowa at Missouri State
(CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.); Arizona at Utah (ESPN,
9 p.m.); Cincinnati at Temple (ESPN2, 9 p.m.); SMU at
Tulane (ESPNU, 9 p.m.); UCLA at Stanford (Fox
Sports 1, 10 p.m.); Gonzaga at Pepperdine (ESPNU,
11 p.m.)
COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Iowa at Maryland
(Big Ten Network, 6 p.m.); Kentucky at Texas A&M
(SEC Network, 7 p.m.); Michigan at Wisconsin (Big
Ten Network, 8 p.m.); Arkansas at Mississippi State
(SEC Network, 9 p.m.)
FIGURE SKATING: U.S. Championships, in San Jose
(NBC Sports Network, pairs short program, 5 p.m.;
men’s short program, 8:30 p.m.)
GOLF: PGA Tour, Sentry Tournament of Champions,
first round, in Kapalua, Hawaii (Golf Network, 6 p.m.)
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Under Armour All-American Game, in Orlando (ESPN2, 6 p.m.)
NBA: Golden State at Houston (TNT, 8 p.m.); Oklahoma City at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, 10:30 p.m.)
SOCCER: English Premier League, Tottenham vs.
West Ham (NBC Sports Network, 3 p.m.)
WINTER SPORTS: U.S. Olympic trials: speedskating,
men’s 10,000 and women’s 5,000, in Milwaukee (NBC
Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.)
6C ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY
SPORTS
USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ SECTION D
IN LIFE
Everybody wins in ‘Dog Bowl’
Grown-up pups get a bite at ‘furever’ homes. 4D
Will American parents say danke?
Achtung Baby, the German way; eeeE review. 5D
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LIFELINE
2018 could
be Melania
Trump’s
coming-out
party
AWARDS SEASON
ROY ROCHLIN/FILMMAGIC
With a low-key first year,
she has remained elusive
HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES
Maria Puente USA TODAY
They may have pulled the plug on
Fixer Upper, but the Gaineses are
still taking on new projects. The Texas
home-renovation experts revealed
just after Tuesday’s episode on HGTV
that they’re expecting Baby No. 5.
Chip posted a photo on Instagram
of the couple, wearing similar gray
T-shirts and hoodies, comparing
their bumps. “Party of 7,” he wrote.
“If you’re still confused ... WE ARE
PREGNANT.”
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MAKING WAVES
COACHELLA
Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd
will headline the 2018 Coachella
Valley Music and Arts Festival,
the Goldenvoice promoters have
announced, ending a 14-month
guessing game about who would
join Beyoncé as the top acts at the
two-weekend event April 13-15 and
April 20-22 at the Empire Polo Field
in Indio, Calif. Passes go on sale at
noon PT Friday at coachella.com.
HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
DJ KHALED
The producer and recording artist
is bringing his Wild Thoughts to
Weight Watchers, representing the
brand to millions of followers on
Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and
Facebook. Khaled “will document his
experience and progress on
the new WW Freestyle
program,” Weight Watchers said Tuesday, “speaking candidly about how
the program has
given him the freedom and flexibility
to make healthier
choices while
keeping up with
his busy lifestyle.”
The 75th Golden Globes will air live on NBC Sunday starting at 8 ET, with
Seth Meyers as the host. LLOYD BISHOP/NBC
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gears up to host
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Twisted
Helen Hardt
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The People vs. Alex Cross
James Patterson
8.3
Two Kinds of Truth
Michael Connelly
8.0
The Wanted
Robert Crais
7.0
1– For every 10 copies of Dog Man and Cat Kid
sold, Twisted sold 8.3 copies.
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Inside
Who will win, who should win 2D
Expect plenty of Trump jokes
and
a nod to Hollywood’s harassment
scandal when NBC’s Late Night
host Seth Meyers takes his first turn
as emcee of the Golden Globe
Awards (Sunday, 8 ET/5 PT). Excerpts from his post-Christmas
phone chat with USA TODAY from
his in-laws’ home in New Mexico:
You’ve hosted the Emmys,
the ESPYs and the White
House Correspondents Dinner.
What makes the Globes gig
challenging or different?
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At its core, it’s the most fun, the
loosest of the awards shows. Having watched Tina (Fey) and Amy
(Poehler) do it, and the joy they
brought to it, you can see how it has
a uniqueness. The thing I like the
most about it is that the stage is
small. Because the great difficulty
of most awards shows is how gigantic the stage is, and how long the
walk is from when you get introduced to when you hit your mark.
There’s no time self-doubt creeps in
more than the long walk from name
to first joke.
How are you preparing?
Writing a ton of jokes. We’ll sit
down and read through them ... and
get a sense of what you have and
what you need. There’s no big (per-
formance) numbers; historically
pretapes aren’t a big part of it. And
because we got asked late to do this,
we didn’t really have time to even
think about or entertain those
things, so it’s great that it’s a show
that doesn’t need it and can just be
about jokes. Our plan is to just frontload it into a monologue and you
probably won’t ever see me again.
The sexual harassment
scandals are still in the news,
and you will be the first major
awards-show host to tackle
them. Is there a line you won’t
cross?
Melania Trump’s first year as first
lady is coming to an end, and she remains as elusive and enigmatic as she
was when she moved into the White
House in June.
We will see more of her in 2018, if for
no other reason than that she’ll be a
full-time first lady for a full year. And
she’s in the midst of planning her first
big event, a state dinner early in the
year, although she’s mum on details.
But it’s an open question whether
she’ll exert more influence in 2018, or
whether we’ll get to know her even
marginally better, FLOTUS watchers
say.
“She is more popular than her husband (most first ladies are), but not
as popular as some past first ladies at
this point,” says Myra Gutin, a firstlady historian at Rider University in
New Jersey. “No one knows the extent
to which she influences her husband’s
decisions.”
That’s because Melania Trump, 47,
is not about letting it all hang out or
preening in the spotlight that comes
with her position. Trump is first and
foremost a reserved woman, accustomed as a former fashion model to
affecting a neutral, even blank face at
all times so as not to distract from the
clothes or, now, her husband, President Trump.
She is approaching the ill-defined
job of first lady unlike any of her predecessors, recent or antique. But in her
firm but unflashy manner, she is setting a marker: She’s doing the FLOTUS
thing her way — and she’s still figuring
out what that means.
“I think Mrs. Trump will continue to
be true to herself as she said she would
early on in the transition and soon after the election,” says Anita McBride,
who was chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush and now studies first ladies at American University in Washington. “Her priority continues to be,
as it should be, her young son, Barron,
and his adjustment to life in Washington and the White House.”
As a mother to an 11-year-old,
Trump has been clear her primary focus is on him, making sure he’s settled
in at his new school and getting to soccer practice while including him in
public events such as taking delivery
of the White House Christmas tree.
Her vision for her job in 2018 is still
to be determined; she gives little away.
See FIRST LADY, Page 4D
We’re certainly not going to ignore it, but we want to talk about it
in a way that’s cathartic, as opposed to reminding us all how awful
it is. That’s the tone we’re certainly
trying to strike, which is to release
the pressure rather than build it up.
Who would you give the award
to for best TV show or movie?
People don’t want to know the
host has a rooting interest for one
show over the other. (But) Fargo’s a
great show; I really enjoyed that.
Better Call Saul. Search Party is a
really cool show. I super-dug Lady
Bird. I loved Get Out — that was one
See MEYERS, Page 2D
The first lady, 47, has focused much
of her energy on her 11-year-old son,
Barron, and his adjustment to life in
Washington. MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES
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2D ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY
2018 GOLDEN GLOBES
Who will (and should) win?
Brian Truitt USA TODAY
A new year means a new awards season, which kicks off in earnest Sunday with the 75th annual Golden Globes (NBC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT) and a
heap of awards handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. With no clear front-runners and a potentially wild race to the Oscars
in March, USA TODAY predicts who will win (and who should) in the top movie categories.
DRAMA
❚ Call Me By Your Name
❚ Dunkirk
❚ The Post
❚ The Shape of Water
❚ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Will win: The Shape of Water
Should win: The Post
The Shape of Water leads the entire Globes
field with seven nominations, giving Guillermo
del Toro’s Cold War fairy tale the edge in a
stacked category. But The Post — boasting six
nods — has the total package, including a standout all-star cast led by legends Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks, as well as a whole bunch of
timeliness.
Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins bring quiet beauty
to “The Shape of Water.” FOX SEARCHLIGHT
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
ACTOR IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL
❚ Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
❚ Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
❚ Frances McDormand, Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri
❚ Meryl Streep, The Post
❚ Michelle Williams, All the Money in
the World
❚ Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
❚ Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
❚ James Franco, The Disaster Artist
❚ Hugh Jackman, The Greatest
Showman
❚ Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Will win: James Franco
Will win/should win: Frances
McDormand
Streep and Hawkins are strong
contenders because their roles power their projects, but this is McDormand’s season to rule — and to snag
her first Globe win out of six nominations. Three Billboards completely
hinges on her vengeful mom on a mission, and McDormand gives the character weight, complicated emotions
and a wickedly dark sense of humor.
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are a bickering
mother and daughter in “Lady Bird.” A24
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
❚ Timothée Chalamet,
Call Me By Your Name
❚ Daniel Day-Lewis,
Phantom Thread
❚ Tom Hanks, The Post
❚ Gary Oldman, Darkest
Hour
❚ Denzel Washington,
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
James
Should win: Daniel Kaluuya
Franco
Franco effectively captures the
strange mannerisms and can-do indie spirit of
The Room auteur Tommy Wiseau, the HFPA
loves to fête major stars, plus he’s just fun to
watch. Yet Kaluuya gets the meatier role to sink
his teeth into, bringing a huge amount of depth
and fear as well as humor to the role of a young
black man terrorized by his white girlfriend’s
family.
❚ Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
❚ Hong Chau, Downsizing
❚ Allison Janney, I, Tonya
❚ Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
❚ Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Will win: Laurie Metcalf
Gary
Oldman
Will win/should win: Gary Oldman Frances
Any other year, this would be Cha- McDormand
lamet’s trophy to win after his stirring MERRICK MORTON
and emotional performance in a coming-of-age story of sexual awakening. Unfortunately
for him, Oldman completely transforms, from jowls to
paunch, into Winston Churchill, a rousing role that’ll
likely let the acclaimed British thespian run the table
to Oscar.
Should win: Allison Janney
A toss-up between two overbearing
movie moms lacking a filter. Given Lady Bird’s popularity, Metcalf might
have the edge as the hard-working, opinionated parent of a free-spirited teen,
Allison
but Janney’s turn as Harding’s chainJanney
smoking, foul-mouthed, abusive mother
is pure brilliance.
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
❚ The Disaster Artist
❚ Get Out
❚ The Greatest Showman
❚ I, Tonya
❚ Lady Bird
Will win: Lady Bird
Should win: Get Out
Like La La Land last year, Lady Bird will benefit from not having to compete with the Oscarready dramas. For laughs plus a little something
extra, though, Get Out offers biting social satire
and a metaphor on racism.
SUPPORTING ACTOR
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL
❚ Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
❚ Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
❚ Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
❚ Christopher Plummer, All the Money in
the World
❚ Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
❚ Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
❚ Helen Mirren, The Leisure
Seeker
❚ Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
❚ Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
❚ Emma Stone, Battle of the
Sexes
Will win: Christopher Plummer
Will win: Saoirse Ronan
Should win: Margot Robbie
Ronan is the best thing about
the universally beloved Lady Bird,
and that translates into an almost
certain win for the Irish actress. Margot Robbie
Consider, however, the acting acumen needed to pull off playing disgraced skate champion Tonya Harding; Robbie’s success at squeezing
dark humor and deep pathos from a real figure is way
more impressive.
Should win: Willem Dafoe
Plummer’s eleventh-hour reshoot to replace
Kevin Spacey and save All the Money in the World is
already the stuff of legend, a feat that will fuel an
upset over Rockwell and Dafoe. Of the two favorites, Dafoe deserves it for his heart-tugging role as
an embattled but kind hotel manager.
Christopher Plummer stars as ultra-rich J. Paul
Getty in “All the Money in the World.” GILES KEYTE
Meyers
took our son (Ashe, 21 months) on his
first trip to the zoo yesterday: outstanding. I’m so excited, mostly just because
my relationship with my brother (Josh)
is as strong a thing as I have in my life,
so I’m so excited for not only Ashe to
have that but for whomever comes to
have Ashe.
Continued from Page 1D
of the coolest movies of the year. I’m still
working through my screeners, so don’t
take absence of a movie as judgment.
You’re expecting a second boy
this spring. How are you feeling
about that?
The pregnancy is a little more arduous for my wife (Alexi). But every day
she sees the baby and knows what the
payoff is, so it’s easier to get through. We
Has Trump fatigue set in
on “Late Night”?
Seth Meyers says on “Late Night,”
argumentative guests are the best. NBC
If our goal every day was, ‘Here’s
what we don’t like about Trump,’ fatigue
would have set in. Our approach is:
‘Here’s what Trump did today. Here are
the consequences.’ We try very hard to
move on with him. But I think it’s as
fatiguing for us as it is for him. We just
golf less to get through it.
Who are your favorite political
guests on “Late Night”?
Ted Cruz was a real interesting person to talk to. He’s a smart person who is
very good at being argumentative. And
it’s fun now and then to be argumentative with someone, because by nature
that’s not how talk shows work. (Former
Massachusetts congressman) Barney
Frank is always a blast. People who are
out of politics are a blast, because
they’re kind of burning it all down.
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USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 3D
USA TODAY BEST SELLING BOOKS BOOKLIST.USATODAY.COM
n Rank this week
THE TOP 10
n Rank last week (F) Fiction (NF) Non-fiction (P) Paperback (H)Hardcover (E) E-book
Publisher in italics
1
7
Dog Man
and Cat Kid
Dav Pilkey
Youth: Dog Man and his sidekick, Cat Kid, search for a missing
movie star; fourth in series (F) (H) Scholastic
6
2
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Twisted
Helen Hardt
Ruby Lee and Ryan Steel try to find answers about their
mysterious pasts; eighth in series (F) (E) Waterhouse Press
7
3
9
The People
vs. Alex Cross
James Patterson
Alex Cross works on a case despite his suspension after
shooting his nemesis, Gary Soneji; 25th in series (F) (E)
Little, Brown
8
24 End Game
David Baldacci
Harry Bosch gets pulled into a prescription drug case while
volunteering for the San Fernando police force; 20th in series
(F) (E) Little, Brown
9
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The Alice Network
Kate Quinn
The stories of two women — a female spy during World War I
and an unconventional American socialite searching for her
cousin in 1947 — converge (F) (E) William Morrow Paperbacks
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike try to help a single mother whose son
has crossed paths with hired killers (F) (E) G.P. Putnam’s Sons
10
6
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
4
54 Two Kinds of Truth
Michael Connelly
5
—
The Wanted
Robert Crais
10 Darker
E.L. James
2
Christian Grey retells “Fifty Shades Darker” from his point
of view (F) (E) Vintage
Origin
Dan Brown
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is on the hunt (and run)
again as he searches for a cryptic password in Spain (F) (E)
Doubleday
Will Robie and Jessica Reel try to track down their missing
handler (F) (E) Grand Central Publishing
WHAT
AMERICA’S
READING®
The book list appears
every Thursday.
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, iBooks
(Apple, Inc.) Joseph-Beth
Booksellers (Lexington, Ky.;
Cincinnati, Charlotte,
Cleveland, Pittsburgh),
Kobo, Inc., Powell's Books
(Portland, Ore.),
Powells.com, R.J. Julia
Booksellers, Schuler Books
& Music (Grand Rapids,
Okemos, Eastwood, Alpine,
Mich.), Target, Tattered
Cover Book Store (Denver).
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11 8 Milk and Honey/Rupi Kaur
12 25 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry/Neil deGrasse Tyson
13 4 The Rooster Bar/John Grisham
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Poetry collection divided into four chapters that explore four pains (F) (P) Andrews McMeel Publishing
Succinct takes on the science of the universe by renowned astrophysicist (NF) (E) W.W. Norton
Three law school students, drowning in debt, decide to expose the hedge-fund operator behind a chain of shady, third-tier law schools —
including their own (F) (E) Doubleday
Wonder/R.J. Palacio
Youth: August Pullman, who was born with a facial irregularity, wants nothing more than to be normal (F) (H) Knopf Books for Young Readers
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway/Jeff Kinney
Youth: The Heffleys’ plans go awry when they take a tropical trip for the holidays; 12th in series (F) (H) Amulet Books
Little Fires Everywhere/Celeste Ng
Mia Warren rents a house in suburban Cleveland and causes upheaval in the neighborhood (F) (E) Penguin Press
Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1/Nora Roberts
Magic, both good and bad, rises up after a devastating plague causes society to collapse; first in trilogy (F) (E) St. Martin’s Press
The Good Daughter/Karin Slaughter
Lawyer Charlotte Quinn is thrust into a case that brings up memories of an attack on her years earlier (F) (E) William Morrow
American Gods/Neil Gaiman
Old gods battle the new gods of consumerism, technology (F) (E) William Morrow
The Midnight Line/Lee Child
The discovery of a West Point 2005 ring in a pawn shop leads Jack Reacher on a hunt for the female cadet who left it and onto a larger
conspiracy (F) (E) Dell
Need To Know/Fern Michaels
The Sisterhood tries to help singer Garland Lee, who was betrayed by her lawyer; 28th in series (F) (E) Zebra
A Wrinkle in Time/Madeleine L’Engle
Children: Otherworldly visitor informs family of a “tesseract,” a wrinkle in time; classic (F) (P) Square Fish
The Hate U Give/Angie Thomas
Youth: Starr Carter witnesses a fatal shooting that becomes national news (F) (E) Balzer + Bray
Ready Player One/Ernest Cline
Wade Watts escapes his grim life by searching for a lottery ticket in a virtual world (F) (P) Broadway Books
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (Expletive)/Mark Manson
Subtitle: “A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” (NF) (H) HarperOne
Leonardo da Vinci/Walter Isaacson
Biography of the great Renaissance painter, who also had a passion for science (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster
The Hideaway/Lauren K. Denton
Sara Jenkins learns her late grandmother has left her a bed and breakfast (F) (E) Thomas Nelson
The Wisdom of Sundays/Oprah Winfrey
Subtitle: “Life-Changing Insights From Super Soul Conversations” (NF) (H) Flatiron Books
The Silent Corner/Dean Koontz
Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk finds herself in danger when she uncovers the conspiracy behind her husband’s suicide (F) (E) Bantam
Hidden Figures/Margot Lee Shetterly
Subtitle: “The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” (NF) (E)
William Morrow
The Source/James A. Michener
A story of the Holy Land from the persecution of the Hebrews up to the current conflict in the Middle East (F) (E) The Dial Press
My Not So Perfect Life/Sophie Kinsella
Katie Brenner’s seemingly fabulous life in London hits the skids when she’s fired from her marketing job (F) (E) The Dial Press
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 Little Book of Mindfulness/Patrizia Collard
Subtitle: “10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace” (NF) (E) Gaia
Artemis/Andy Weir
Jasmine Bashara tries to pull off a heist that could affect the moon’s only colony (F) (E) Crown
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
The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook/Melissa Hartwig
Subtitle: “150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30” (NF) (H) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Turtles All the Way Down/John Green
Youth: Aza pursues a mystery involving a fugitive billionaire and potential reward money (F) (H) Dutton Books for Young Readers
Make Your Bed/William H. McRaven
Subtitle: “Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... and Maybe the World” (NF) (E) Grand Central Publishing
Room Mates: The Series/Kendall Ryan
Four-book series includes “The Room Mate,” “The Play Mate,” “The House Mate” and “The Soul Mate” (F) (E) Kendall Ryan Books
The Last Mrs. Parrish/Liv Constantine
Amber Patterson’s jealousy drives her to try and take down socialite Daphne Parrish (F) (E) Harper
The Art of Running in Heels/Rachel Gibson
Runaway bride Lexie Kowalsky meets hockey star Sean Knox on a plane to Canada during her escape (F) (E) Avon
The Orphan’s Tale/Pam Jenoff
Noa finds refuge with a German circus after taking a baby from a boxcar headed for a concentration camp (F) (E) Harlequin MIRA
You Are a Badass/Jen Sincero
Subtitle: “How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” (NF) (P) Running Press
The Whole30/Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
Subtitle: “The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom” (NF) (H) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O./Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland Melisande Stokes and Tristan Lyons try to resurrect magic in today’s world after it disappeared in 1851 (F) (E) William Morrow
It/Stephen King
Seven adults return to their small Maine town to battle an evil creature that preys on children (F) (P) Scribner
See Me/Nicholas Sparks
A chance encounter will alter the lives of Colin Hancock and Maria Sanchez (F) (E) Grand Central Publishing
Grant/Ron Chernow
Biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Union general and U.S. president (NF) (H) Penguin Press
Beneath a Scarlet Sky/Mark Sullivan
The story of an Italian youth during WWII who finds himself spying for the Allies (F) (E) Lake Union
BOOK REVIEWS
Women-in-peril thrillers
offer some winter chills
Jocelyn McClurg
Columnist
USA TODAY
Is the Girl trend finally Gone?
Maybe the “Girl” title trend is taking a
mini-break, but two new women-inperil/psychological thrillers prove that
as 2018 kicks off, publishers are still riding that, ahem, Girl on the Train.
Sure, The Woman in the Window by
A.J. Finn and The Wife Between Us by
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
could easily have been
called The Girl in the
Window and The Girl
Between Us, but let’s
give the authors props
for substituting a couple of serviceable “W”
words.
Both books check off
the now-familiar bestselling tropes established by Gillian Flynn
in 2012’s masterful Gone Girl and polished by Paula Hawkins in 2015’s zippy
The Girl on the Train. Unreliable narrators: check. Damaged, wine-guzzling
female protagonists: check. Great big
plot twists meant to cause deep inhalations of breath: check. Film rights
snapped up: check.
The Woman in the Window (William
Morrow, 427 pp., eeeE) does have a
nice ring to it, and Hitchcock’s Rear
Window is the obvious inspiration (Girl
on the Train’s alcoholic, voyeuristic Rachel can’t be overlooked, either). Author
A.J. Finn, a gender-neutral pseudonym
for former William Morrow executive
editor Daniel Mallory, knows his classic
movies. (There’s even a character
named Jane Russell!)
Like James Stewart in Rear Window,
Anna Fox is a shut-in who spies on her
neighbors with a telephoto lens. Unlike
Stewart, Anna isn’t wheelchair-bound
with a broken leg; she’s a child psychologist paralyzed by panic attacks.
Her husband and young daughter
have moved out (why?), so Anna keeps
herself occupied by mixing pills and
booze, running an online chat for fellow
agoraphobics and spying on the new
neighbors across the park who paid
$3.45 million for a “landmark 19th century Harlem gem!” of a brownstone.
(Million Dollar Listing New York has
nothing on this novel.) Then Anna sees
what appears to be a bloody murder
through the window … but nobody believes her.
I figured out two of the biggest “reveals” in Window well before they were
revealed, and Finn the cinephile’s taste
for melodrama can get silly (doorbells
ring, cellphones die,
thunder crashes!) but
there’s something irresistible about this
made-for-the-movies
tingler. Finn knows
how to pleasurably
wind us up.
The Wife Between Us
(St. Martin’s Press, 343
pp., eeeE, on sale Jan.
9) bests The Woman in
the Window in the didn’t-see-it-coming
plot twist category, right on page 147.
The remaining pages, while intriguing,
never quite top that early jaw-dropper.
Vanessa has suffered the ultimate
New York humiliation: She’s been
dumped by her hedge-fund husband,
Richard, and now she’s trying to make
ends meet working at Saks Fifth Avenue
waiting on snooty former “friends.” (She
walked away without a settlement in
one of the novel’s many mysteries.)
Beautiful nursery-school teacher
Nellie seems ready to step into Vanessa’s place. Both women have secrets,
but so does “too-good-to-true” (re: controlling) Richard.
Seemingly unstable stalker Vanessa
is determined to stop Richard’s remarriage to her “replacement.” Is it sheer
jealousy, or something else?
The Wife Between Us is built around a
deliciously clever premise, and it’s psychologically astute, if a bit dreary. Danger lurks in Wife, but it’s hard to beat the
kooky adrenaline rush of Window’s pillpopping shut-in fighting for her life on a
Harlem rooftop in the pouring rain.
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4D ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY
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‘Puppy Bowl’ sports a fetching spinoff
Adult dogs get their chance
to have howling good time
Patrick Ryan
USA TODAY
NEW YORK – Super Bowl weekend is
going to the dogs.
Fourteen years after Puppy Bowl
made football fans of even the most apathetic sports viewers, Animal Planet is
spinning off its cuddly game-day event
into The Dog Bowl, a one-hour special
airing Feb. 3 (8 ET/5 PT) that turns the
spotlight on older canines in need of
“furever” homes.
Like Puppy Bowl, which airs Feb. 4,
Super Bowl Sunday (3 ET/12 PT), Dog
Bowl splits shelter pooches into two
“teams” — Paws and Tails — for a playful game of pigskin, complete with a colorful (and clamorous) assortment of
squeak toys, tennis balls and frayed
ropes. But the more mature offshoot is a
whole different breed of competition,
with mutts from 15 shelters in 11 states,
ranging from 2 to 15 years old.
“They’re calmer with each other” on
the field, says Dan Schachner, Puppy
Bowl’s official “ruffaree” of seven years.
“We don’t get fights like the puppies
when they yip at each other. They seem
a little more aloof ” and like to “stake
their claim.”
Which
means
round-the-clock
cleanup duty for their handlers, armed
with paper towels and plastic bags on
the sidelines of the miniature Dog Bowl
field on a cavernous Manhattan soundstage, where the special was taped in
mid-October. Within 30 seconds after
scampering onto the field, the wiryhaired Stewart has already lifted his
leg and peed on a stuffed toy; moments
One-year old Talula, left, and Papa take part in “The Dog Bowl,” an offshoot of
Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” that puts the spotlight on older canines in need
of adoption. PHOTOS BY ROBERT DEUTSCH/USA TODAY
The 50 pups competing in “The Dog
Bowl” ranged in age from 2 to 15, and
officials say most have been adopted.
earlier, the shaggy black Betty sniffed
an opponent’s butt and pooped on the
50-yard line.
While the senior lineup requires
more coaxing to interact and run plays,
“we don’t mind that,” Schachner says.
“In fact, it’s kind of a plus. Part of the
message that we’re trying to get out
there is sometimes older dogs are more
sedate and low-key for families that
might be looking for that. In a perfect
world, a family watches this and goes,
‘Oh, that bulldog is so chill!’ ”
Most of the 50 pups competing in The
Dog Bowl have been adopted, including
four English Bulldogs from Long Island
Bulldog Rescue in Stony Brook, N.Y.,
who pant, rather than punt, when they
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“She is very self-possessed, and I
don’t think she worries about pleasing
people or meeting preconceived notions
about what a first lady should or should
not do,” says Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and
Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.
English is not Trump’s first language
— that would be Slovenian; she is the first
immigrant FLOTUS in 200 years — but
her command of English is good in more
intimate, low-pressure settings. So far,
she has done no high-pressure, on-therecord interviews with print or TV media.
She doesn’t do social media much, let
alone let loose with strings of newsmaking tweets, as her husband does.
She has delivered few major speeches about substantive matters aside from
an address at the United Nations in September in which she condemned bullying. She has been on multiple foreign
trips but seems happiest, judging from
her relaxed and smiling pictures, in lowkey encounters with children at hospitals or holiday events. And, of course,
her fashion choices are avidly followed.
“There was no political activity, almost no advocacy,” Gutin says. “Mrs.
Trump has been a ceremonial first lady.
This probably sits well with half the
country; the other half looks at the fact
that she is not utilizing the White House
podium to voice concerns or push an
initiative.”
Or not yet, anyway. So far Trump’s
approach to her position has been methodical, careful and unobtrusive, informed by her own research and advice
from experts and her small staff, and
generally indifferent to the operatic hullabaloo and Twitter twaddle that often
rages around her and the president.
Social media warriors have used her
to bash him, mocking her for not moving
into the White House right away and
making a viral video of her seeming to
swat his hand away from hers on their
first foreign trip. They criticized her for
her choice of clothes, shoes and a gift of
Dr. Seuss books to school libraries. They
even at one point debated whether the
woman standing next to him on the
White House lawn was a “body double.”
(She wasn’t.)
As the two have often said, when he’s
hit, he hits back 10 times as hard. She
shares her husband’s disdain for the
media; however, she is usually more
subtle and thus maybe more effective.
After Britain’s The Daily Mail and a
Slovenian magazine published false articles suggesting she worked as a highend escort when she was a model, she
sicced her lawyers on them — a first for a
first lady. The publications capitulated,
retracting, apologizing and paying up
big bucks.
Melania Trump greets the daughter of a military family last month at a Toys for Tots
event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. JACQUELYN MARTIN/AP
“I don’t think that we’re going to see a
huge change in her over the next year —
in fact, I think a lot of this has to do with
her husband and her feeling that he is
being unfairly persecuted,” Andersen
Brower says. “There is a bunker mentality that can develop in times like these.”
Her plans for an anti-cyberbullying
campaign are still on hold, either because she is being careful about launching an initiative or it’s difficult to fight
cyberbullying when her husband so often uses Twitter as a cudgel. Meanwhile, she has dived into the anti-opioid
movement, decrying especially its often
tragic effect on children and families.
“This is an important way to use her
unique platform and podium, and with
“I don’t think she worries
about pleasing people or
meeting preconceived
notions about what a
first lady should or
should not do.”
Kate Andersen Brower
Author of First Women
the right support, I believe her efforts
and voice on this issue can make a difference,” McBride says.
Andersen Brower says Trump has
been most effective, and happiest,
when she has been out of the country.
“I think she should focus on her
strengths in 2018: empathizing and
spending time with children and doing
more work to tackle the opioid crisis.”
Gutin agrees Trump’s best moments
so far have been with children.
“Any (future) project that includes
children might work well, as these interactions seem to bring out her natural
warmth,” Gutin says. “This could be a
turnaround year if she increases her
public presence and invites media in.”
Given the Trump White House’s relationship with the media, that’s not like-
hit the field.
“Bulldogs don’t usually do tricks —
the big trick is that they grab your
heart,” rescue founder Laurette Richin
says, huddling between quarters with
Josie, a drooling 5-year-old who was
given up for adoption after she gave
birth to a litter of puppies. Although the
breed was named the fourth-most popular in the U.S. by the American Kennel
Club in 2016, Richin says many are
abandoned due to eye and breathing
problems, which can amount to thousands of dollars in health bills.
But for some people, the tail waggers
are as good as medicine. Rommy is a 5year-old Labradoodle from Denver who
was rescued and trained through Freedom Service Dogs of America, a foundation started by Tennessee Titans wide
receiver Eric Decker and his wife, country singer Jessie (James) Decker. He was
matched with Army and Navy veteran
Shon Wilson, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD.
At first, “I wasn’t sure I wanted the
stigma of having (a service) dog with
me. I wanted to be tough, (like) ‘There’s
nothing wrong with me,’ ” Wilson says.
“But it came down to my wife and counselor saying, ‘You’re not getting better.
Let’s do something else.’ ”
Now, Rommy helps Wilson with simple tasks such as throwing away garbage and turning on lights, as well as situations directly related to his trauma,
including waking him if he’s having
nightmares or creating space between
him and others in crowded places.
Mellow and shy around his Dog Bowl
teammates, Rommy may not look like
the next Bark Favre or Peyton Man’s
Best Friend. But off the field, “he’s always playful,” Wilson assures. “He’ll
make a game of anything.”
ly. Still, the first lady has stepped up to
center stage for traditional White House
events and on foreign trips. We can expect more of the former and possibly
more of the latter, McBride says.
“She has successfully presided over
major events in the White House that
are traditionally the purview of FLOTUS
— the Easter Egg Roll and Christmas —
that are always highly anticipated,”
McBride says. “She has also shown that
she is comfortable on the world stage.”
Trump did not carry out a traditional
FLOTUS duty in her first year — planning and hosting a state dinner at the
White House, a major diplomatic and
social undertaking, and the first time in
decades an administration did not hold
such an important event in its first year.
The White House says the administration hopes to schedule a dinner
“early” in 2018; neither the first lady nor
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said which country will
be first to be fêted. But Trump and her
social secretary, Anna Cristina “Rickie”
Lloyd, are experienced party planners:
Trump organized her own wedding at
Mar-a-Lago in 2005, a million-dollar
affair with more than 350 guests.
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IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
Chapter 11
In re: PHASERX, INC.,1
Debtor.
Case No. 17-12890 (CSS)
NOTICE OF BIDDING PROCEDURES2
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on December 11, 2017, PhaseRx, Inc. (the “Debtor”) filed a motion (the
“Bidding Procedures and Sale Motion”) with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of
Delaware(the“BankruptcyCourt”).
PLEASETAKEFURTHERNOTICEthatonDecember27,2017,theBankruptcyCourtenteredanorder[Docket
No.60](the“BiddingProceduresOrder”)approvingBiddingProcedures(the“BiddingProcedures”),which
set key dates,times and procedures related to the sale of substantially of the Debtor’s assets (the“Transferred
Assets”).All interested bidders should carefully read the Bidding Procedures.To the extent that there
are any inconsistencies between the Bidding Procedures and the summary description of the terms and conditionscontainedinthisNotice,thetermsoftheBiddingProceduresshallcontrol.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Debtor has been and will continue to market the Transferred
Assets in advance of the Auction. To be eligible to participate in the Auction,each Bid and each Bidder must be
determined by the Debtor to comply with the conditions set forth in the Bidding Procedures. The deadline to
submit a Qualified Bid is January 22,2018 (the“Bid Deadline”). To be considered,any Bid must comply with
therequirementssetforthintheBiddingProcedures.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, pursuant to the terms of the Bidding Procedures Order, an auction
(the“Auction”) will be conducted at the offices of Debtor’s counsel, Polsinelli PC, Debtor’s counsel, Polsinelli
PC,600 3rd Avenue,42nd Floor,New York,New York 10016 or such later time on such day or other place as the
Debtor shall notify all Bidders who have submitted Qualified Bids,or at another location as may be timely disclosedbytheDebtortoallQualifiedBidders.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that,by January 5,2018,the Debtor shall send a notice to each Contract
Counterparty to an executory contract or unexpired lease setting forth the Debtor’s calculation of the cure
amount, if any, that would be owing to such counterparty if the Debtor decided to assume or assume and
assign such executory contract or unexpired lease, and alerting such nondebtor party that their contract may
be assumed and assigned to the Successful Bidder (the“Cure and Possible Assumption and Assignment
Notice”). Any Contract Counterparty that objects to the cure amount set forth in the Cure and Possible
Assumption and Assignment Notice or the possible assignment of their executory contract or unexpired
leasetotheSuccessfulBiddermustfileanobjection(a“CureorAssignmentObjection”)onorbefore4:00
p.m. prevailing Eastern Time on January 19, 2018, which Cure or Assignment Objection must be served
on (i) counsel for the Debtor, Polsinelli PC, 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1101, Wilmington, Delaware
19801, Attn: Christopher A. Ward (cward@polsinelli.com), (ii) counsel to Hercules, Cole Schotz P.C., 25
Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601, Attn: Stuart Komrower (skomrower@coleschotz.com), (iii) the
Office of the United States Trustee for the District of Delaware, J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building, 844
King Street, Ste. 2008 – Lockbox #35, Wilmington, DE 19801, Attn: Brya Keilson (brya.keilson@usdoj.
gov), and (iv) the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, 824 North Market Street,
3rd Floor,Wilmington, DE 19801, so that it is actually received no later than 4:00 p.m. prevailing Eastern
TimeonJanuary19,2018. IfaContractCounterpartydoesnottimelyfileandserveaCureorAssignment
Objection, that party will be forever barred from objecting to (a) the Debtor’s proposed cure amount, or
(b)theassignmentofthatparty’sexecutorycontractorunexpiredleasetotheSuccessfulBidder.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a hearing will be held to confirm the results of the Auction and
approve the transactions contemplated in the Bidding Procedures and the Bidding Procedures and Sale
Motion to the Successful Bidder at the Auction (the “Sale Hearing”) before the Honorable Christopher S.
Sontchi,United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware,824 Market Street,5th floor,Courtroom 6,
Wilmington,Delaware 19801,on January 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time),or at such time
thereafter as counsel may be heard. The Sale Hearing may be continued from time to time by the Bankruptcy
Court or the Debtor without further notice other than such adjournment announced in open court or a notice
of adjournment filed with the Bankruptcy Court and served on the Notice Parties and the entities who have
filed objections to the Bidding Procedures and Sale Motion, without further notice to other parties in interest. Objections to the sale of the Transferred Assets to the Successful Bidder or the Backup Bidder
must be filed and served so that they are actually received by the Debtor no later than 4:00 p.m.
(prevailingEasternTime)onJanuary19,2018.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that this Notice is subject to the full terms and conditions of the Bidding
Procedures and the Bidding Procedures Order,which shall control in the event of any conflict with this Notice.
The Debtor encourages parties in interest to review such documents in their entirety. A copy of the Bidding
Procedures and the Bidding Procedures Order may be obtained for free (i) by contacting counsel for the Debtor,
Polsinelli PC, 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1101, Wilmington, Delaware 19801, Attn: Christopher A. Ward
(cward@polsinelli.com),or(ii)forafeeviaPACERathttp://www.deb.uscourts.gov.
POLSINELLI PC,Christopher A.Ward,Shanti M.Katona,222 Delaware Avenue,Suite 1101,Wilmington,Delaware
19801,Telephone:(302)252-0920,Fax:(302)252-0921, ProposedCounselforDebtorandDebtorinPossession
1
The Debtor’s last four digits of its U.S. federal tax identification number are 0620. The address for the
Debtor’sheadquartersis410WestHarrisonStreet,Suite300,Seattle,Washington98119.
2
Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Bidding
ProceduresortheBiddingProceduresOrder,asapplicable.
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‘Achtung Baby’: Germany schools us on raising kids
Anne Godlasky
USA TODAY
America may be the land of the free
and the home of the brave, but it’s Germany whose children display independence and whose parents have the courage to step back, Sara Zaske writes in
Achtung Baby: An American Mom on
the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant
Children (Picador, 239 pp., eeeE).
Zaske and her husband left Oregon
for Germany, toddler in tow. They welcomed a baby boy shortly after moving
to Berlin, so they experienced everything from childbirth to grade school as
expat parents.
Differences are notable from the getgo, from baby’s sleep (only one in five
German parents stay in the room as
their wee ones nod off) to governmentsubsidized, overwhelmingly common
early child care, which Zaske says leads
to less “mom guilt.”
Many of the differences Zaske points
out between Germany and the
USA could also be made about
1970s America and today’s.
Many kids in Germany, like
American kids before helicopter parenting, Zaske writes:
❚ Spend more time outdoors.
❚ Walk or bike to and from
school or the playground by
themselves — a move that in
the U.S. can result in having
the police called on you.
❚ Enjoy what is now sometimes called “free play” — formerly
known as simply “play” — without direction from parents, teachers or coaches.
Zaske puts it plainly: “We raise free
and responsible children by giving them
freedom and responsibility.”
One German method may have you
rethinking all those Christmas gifts:
toy-free time. For weeks or months,
many preschools and kindergartens throughout Germany
(and Switzerland and Austria) remove toys from their
classrooms. Children, instead, must use their imaginations. How many times has
a toy proven less popular than
the box in which it arrived?
Though Zaske is not an anthropologist or child psychologist, Achtung Baby is wellsourced, citing research from
non-partisan heavyweights such as the
Pew Research Center and Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation. She compares
German and American parents’ individual mindsets as well as the social structures that feed them.
German parents, too, have an irrational fear of their children being kidnapped. Yet they believe it is not only
important for their kids to learn selbständigkeit, or self-reliance, but that it’s
wrong for parents to stand in the way.
These ideals are reinforced by school
and government policies that allow for
play rather than test preparation and
family time rather than overscheduling.
It’s hardly the first time Americans
have looked to other cultures for childrearing clues. This decade brought us
Bringing Up Bébé and Battle Hymn of
the Tiger Mother, which focused on
Americans raising children the French
and Chinese way, respectively.
But unlike many parenting books,
Zaske’s is not judgmental, prescriptive
or didactic. For that, American parents
may soon be saying danke and sending
Achtung up the charts, too.
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AWARDS SEASON
Palm Springs stars talk cinema, sexual harassment
Bruce Fessier
The Desert Sun
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Talk of sexual misconduct in Hollywood dominated
the conversation on the red carpet
Tuesday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.
Stars discussed the revelations that
have snowballed in Hollywood since
allegations surfaced last fall against
Harvey Weinstein, especially the Time’s
Up initiative announced Monday by 300
Hollywood women to combat sexual
harassment in all workplaces, from
movie studios to farm fields.
The initiative calls for attendees to
wear black to Sunday’s Golden Globe
Awards, and actress Holly Hunter said
she plans to support it.
“I’m all for solidarity,” she said while
entering the convention center in a formal white dress. “It packs a punch that
nothing else does. When people gather
Wonder Woman Gal Gadot took home
the trophy for rising star at Tuesday
night’s gala. FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES
and stand together, it has an impact that
is unrepeatable in any other way. And I
think the Time’s Up initiative is beautiful — beautiful and it should have happened yesterday. But here we are. So
this is the right time.”
Festival chairman Harold Matzner
said before the gala that he hoped honorees would focus their speeches on
film, but he offered one of the more political statements after Patty Jenkins,
director of Wonder Woman, presented
her star Gal Gadot with the award for
rising star actress.
Matzner noted Jenkins had become
the highest-paid female director of all
time and Gadot the highest-grossing actress of 2017: “The incredible popularity
of the film reflects the fact that the world
is ready for more powerful women and
the end of unequal pay, sexual misconduct and a stubborn glass ceiling.”
Chairman’s award recipient Jessica
Chastain, star of Molly’s Game, also
spoke of how difficult 2017 was “for all of
us” but how much promise the future
holds. “Major change is coming, and
change is good,” she said.
Inside the gala, perhaps the funniest
segment of the night came when Kumail
Nanjiani, writer and star of The Big Sick,
presented the career achievement
award to his co-star Hunter and called
that his career achievement.
Nanjiani said he was terrified when
he learned Hunter had agreed to make
his movie because “she’s literally the
Holly Hunter of acting.” But he went
from intimidated to bewildered when
she e-mailed him that she couldn’t
make a rehearsal one day because she
was taking her cat in for acupuncture.
“My mind was filled with questions,”
he said. “What does a cat get from acupuncture? ... And if a cat does need acupuncture, how does it convey that to its
owner? I got this image in my head of ...
her cat meowing and Holly going: ‘What
is it, Buttons? Your back hurts? You
need acupuncture?’ ”
When Hunter told him she was just
messing with him, he felt a “tremendous
wave of relief,” he said. “That was the
moment I knew we were going to be OK.”
Contributing: Xochitl Pena
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USA TODAY
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Fox, 8 ET/PT
In the latest take on the reality singing competition, hosted
by Fergie, Fox upends the formula by starting with four already-vetted contestants competing for the top prize. Each
week the four singers will defend their spots against ambitious newcomers, and the last
singer after six episodes will
receive career guidance from
the series’ panel of experts —
artists DJ Khaled, Meghan
Trainor, Sean “Diddy” Combs
and record label executive
Charlie Walk.
Fergie is host of Fox’s newest
singing competition. FOX
The Good Place
NBC, 8:30 ET/PT
The afterlife sitcom returns
from hiatus and kicks off the
back half of its stellar second
season. The winter premiere is
just as fresh and funny as the
fall episodes as Michael (Ted
Danson) deals with the aftermath of a visit from his (literally) demonic boss, Shawn
(Marc Evan Jackson).
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NCIS Tony appears to be a murderer.
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NCIS Supermodel killed.
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