$2.00 WEDNESDAY THE NATION’S NEWS E2 Harvey reaches far and wide uOne for the record books: Almost 52 inches of rain 4A uTrump tours Texas; ordinary people, including ‘Mattress Mack’ and his furniture stores, come to the rescue 5A 08.30.17 uDelivery companies suspend service 1B DISASTER IN TEXAS PHOTOS BY HENRIETTA WILDSMITH, USA TODAY NETWORK Vivian Bell watches over her grandchildren Tuesday inside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The shelter held 9,000 as of late Tuesday. Agony builds as water rises Survivor warns: ‘Grab only what you need. Grab your life’ Houston shelter ﬁlled twice over, but ‘the doors will not close’ Rick Jervis and John Bacon Kris Wartelle, Kristin Askelson and Claire Taylor USA TODAY Network USA TODAY Network Rescue boats, highwater vehicles, kayaks and even jet skis searched ﬂood-swollen streets Tuesday for trapped, desperate residents as relentless Tropical Storm Harvey trudged east toward Louisiana. River levels marched higher, swelled by days of relentless rain. A reservoir splashed over its banks, another threatened to overﬂow, and authorities in Brazoria County, south of Houston, announced a levee breach. “GET OUT NOW!!” the county urged residents near the Colum- HOUSTON As stranded residents streamed in, the shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center grew more packed by the hour — 9,000 evacuees and counting, nearly double its intended capacity. Conditions inside the center in the heart of downtown were crowded but organized with the help of hundreds of Red Cross volunteers and city police, many of them working 24-hour shifts. Still, as hundreds of evacu- HOUSTON HOME DELIVERY 1-800-872-0001 USATODAYSERVICE.COM QIJFAF-03005x(N)k SCOTT CLAUSE, USA TODAY NETWORK Volunteers and ﬁrst responders team up to rescue the stranded from rising ﬂoodwaters Tuesday in Houston. bia Lakes levee. President Trump arrived in Texas, meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott in Corpus Christi but staying out of Houston. Trump lauded the agencies overseeing rescue and recovery and said he Change in security is ﬁrst since 9/11 Gaveled in history ago 50years y today Thurgoo Thurgood Marshall Marsha becomes the first African American Ame to be confirmed confir as a Supreme Supre Court justice. justi SOURCE history.com; PHOTO AP MICHAEL B. SMITH AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY STATE-BY-STATE 6B Ben Mutzabaugh @todayinthesky USA TODAY Care to do some shopping at the airport, even if you’re not ﬂying? Or walk a loved one to the gate before his ﬂight? You’ll be able to do that starting next week at Pittsburgh International. The airport is poised to become the ﬁrst in the USA to allow non-ﬂiers regular access into its gateside terminal areas since security measures changed after 9/11. The airport has won approval from the Transportation Security Administration to allow non-ticketed customers to pass AMERICA’S MARKETS 4B v STORY CONTINUES ON 4A v STORY CONTINUES ON 4A Pittsburgh airport will allow non-passengers through to gates ©COPYRIGHT 2017 USA TODAY, A division of Gannett Co., Inc. USA SNAPSHOTS© expected the effort will be viewed in the future as “the way to do it.” The devastation “was of epic proportions. No one has ever ees waited in relentless rain outside the convention center, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged that the city would need to move fast to prevent cramped from becoming chaotic. “The doors of the George R. Brown will not close,” Turner assured Houston residents Tuesday. “However, I certainly understand that if you have too many people in a space too long, it creates additional problems.” The city would open megashelters for displaced residents, possibly by the end of the day, he said. The scene bore an eerie sim- Customers with no tickets will still have to go through the same screening as passengers. through security, though they would still have to go through the same screening as those catching ﬂights. They’d also be required to show ID so they can be vetted against no-ﬂy lists. “Participants should be prepared to receive the same level of security screening as travelers and should ensure they’re not carrying any prohibited items such as weapons before coming through the security checkpoint,” the TSA’s Mike England said. Access with the “myPITpass” program starts Sept. 5, when non-ﬂying visitors can request a day pass at a special counter in MARKETPLACE TODAY 4D PUZZLES 4D the airport’s ticketing area. Gateside access will initially be allowed only on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Officials say that could be expanded if the pass proves popular. To ensure that visitors don’t bog down screening lines, airport and TSA officials say ticketed passengers will receive priority at checkpoints. “We don’t expect this will have any impact on wait times,” England said. The move is a major victory for Pittsburgh International, which helped pioneer modern airport design when its terminals opened in 1992. Anchoring the airport’s concourses was its Airmall, a collection of stores that was unusual for most U.S. airports at the time. Security changes after 9/11 restricted terminal access to ticketed customers and abruptly curtailed access to the popular airport shops. 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A true professional, it will send information to Earth until the end, and researchers expect some of the most valuable data of the entire mission to emerge from the spaceship’s demise. “The spacecraft has been used to its fullest,” Cassini program manager Earl Maize of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said at a news conference Tuesday. “We will have it broadcast data back down to the very, very last minute.” The $3.3 billion mission — paid for by NASA and European partners — launched from Earth in 1997. After a long journey though the solar system, Cassini spent a remarkable 13 years circling Saturn. Only NASA’s Voyagers probes have a longer track record among the spacecraft exploring the solar system beyond Mars, the Cassini team says. Now Cassini is running low on fuel, so managers decided to have it self-destruct on Saturn rather than risk collision with its moons. Since late April, Cassini has been enjoying a strenuous farewell tour of Saturn that saw the spacecraft dip repeatedly into the unexplored territory between the planet and its nested halos. On this “grand ﬁnale,” as NASA calls it, the ship has zipped through the gap between planet and rings 20 times, taking the ﬁrst samples of both the rings and Saturn’s outer atmosphere. The craft also discovered that the planet’s atmosphere and rings are entangled in a complex relationship beyond what researchers had expected. “Scientists love mysteries, and the grand ﬁnale is providing mysteries for everyone,” Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker, also of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said Tuesday. The stream of scientiﬁc mysteries will begin drawing to a close Sept. 14, when Cassini sends its last images to Earth. At 4:37 a.m. ET on Sept. 15, the ship will begin what NASA calls “the ﬁnal plunge.” It will swivel to give one of its instruments the best possible view of the atmosphere on the way down. A little more than three hours later, it will enter Saturn’s atmosphere. The spacecraft will hit more than 400 degrees within seconds. In short order it will lose control, “Scientists love mysteries, and the grand ﬁnale is providing mysteries for everyone.” Project scientist Linda Spilker lose contact with Earth, and begin to melt. First the outer shield, then the aluminum components and ﬁnally the parts made of iridium will burn away, vaporizing in perhaps a minute. Scientists would love to have Cassini around for another decade. The hard-working ship has yielded hints of the rings’ age – preliminary data indicate they’re young — and helped reveal that Saturn’s tiny moon Enceladus has a subsurface ocean that appears hospitable to living organisms. After such a bounty of results, scientists are loath to say goodbye. “This is in many ways a tough time,” said Spilker, who has worked on Cassini since 1988. On the other hand, “who knows what new mysteries the next two weeks will bring?” MATT MARTON, AP The move by the Illinois attorney general has the backing of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, above. Chicago sued for more police oversight Illinois AG wants court to monitor changes Aamer Madhani and Kevin Johnson USA TODAY CHICAGO Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan ﬁled a federal lawsuit Tuesday to force courtmonitored oversight for Chicago’s effort to overhaul its police force. The move by the state’s attorney general to sue the city of Chicago — with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s blessing — comes as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has expressed resistance to pursuing such oversight — known as consent decrees — of the Chicago Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Sessions argued that such efforts are detrimental to police forces. “As the state attorney general, we are essentially stepping into the shoes of the Department of Justice — shoes that the DOJ has abandoned at this point,” Madigan said in a news conference to announce the lawsuit. In the ﬁnal days of the Obama administration, the Justice Department issued a scathing report that detailed deep troubles in the Chicago department. Along with the report, the Justice Department and the city issued “a statement of agreement” to ﬁnd remedies to improve policing and to repair the public’s trust in the department. Soon after being sworn into ofﬁce this year, Sessions said the Obama administration’s reliance on the court-ordered overhauls “undermined respect for police and made — oftentimes — their job more difficult.” During the Obama administration, more than two dozen law enforcement agencies — including ones in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and Chicago — were the subjects of federal investigations into misconduct. Those inquiries often resulted in the consent decrees, which required a federal judge to oversee changes to policing operations. The debate over a consent decree for the Chicago force comes as the nation’s third-largest city has seen its murder rate skyrocket. The city has recorded more than 1,200 homicides since the start of 2016 — more than New York and Los Angeles combined. President Trump has repeatedly pilloried Chicago over the surge in homicides and questioned whether the city’s leaders are tying the hands of street cops charged with dealing with the crime. 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Brands across the USA face increased scrutiny over labor abuses in their supply lines, a problem revealed in a USA TODAY Network investigation in June. This month, four Democratic senators, led by Sherrod Brown of Ohio, sent letters to 16 retailers, calling on them to root out “shameful” labor abuses. Soon after, Costco Wholesale dropped Paciﬁc 9 Transportation, one of the biggest port trucking companies in Southern California. Hewlett-Packard sent an auditor to investigate the company’s labor practices. Both retailers declined to comment on their actions. Alan Ta, chief operating officer for Paciﬁc 9, said that even before Costco withdrew, his company stopped leasing trucks to drivers and launched a series of changes to improve their pay. “We have made signiﬁcant change in our company and to our industry,” Ta said in an email. A wave of pressure from retailers and manufacturers has hit port trucking operations across the industry, according to drivers who said their employers have been ﬁelding calls from clients. Those clients include Walmart, which pledged in a letter to the senators that it would cancel contracts with any trucking company that did not provide “assurances” of fair labor practices. “The stories proﬁled in that article are deeply concerning,” Executive Vice President Jay Jorgensen wrote of the USA TODAY Network investigation “Rigged.” “Any motor carrier that fails to comply with law, such as those alleged in the article, would be in violation of our contract and would therefore be subject to cancellation,” he wrote. The series revealed how port trucking companies in Southern California spent the past decade forcing drivers to ﬁnance their own trucks through companysponsored lease-to-own programs they could not afford. RICK BOWMER, AP Costco, one of America’s largest retailers, stopped doing business with Paciﬁc 9 Transportation, a California trucking company accused of trapping drivers in debt to force them to work overtime. ONLINE RIGGED.USATODAY.COM For full coverage of our investigation, including photos and video interviews,visit us online. The longer drivers worked, the more trapped they felt. After a few months, drivers typically had paid thousands of dollars toward a truck. If drivers quit or got ﬁred for any reason, most of them lost the truck and everything they had paid. Many worked 20 hours a day to keep up with their truck payments and feed their families. For years, Paciﬁc 9 used the same kind of lease-to-own program. Forty drivers won California labor commissioner cases against Paciﬁc 9, accusing the company of using the leases to cheat them of fair pay. Half of them testiﬁed that they had to work up to 19 hours a day, violating federal fatigue laws for truckers. As the USA TODAY Network began investigating and as labor judgments piled up against Pacific 9, the company stopped using leases. In April 2016, facing almost $7 million in court-ordered back pay and penalties, the company ﬁled for bankruptcy protection. It has since started rehiring drivers as full-time employees and stopped charging them truck expenses. Kim Jong Un’s belligerence stops ‘short of the red line,’ analysts say ‘All options are on the table,’ Trump says after missile launch Jim Michaels and Mike James USA TODAY President Trump warned Tuesday that “all options are on the table” in response to North Korea’s latest missile launch, but a military one seems unlikely, security analysts said Tuesday. “I think the administration sees that an attack would be so escalatory that we probably ought to avoid that,” said Bruce Bennett, an analyst at RAND Corp. Trump issued the warning after the launch of a midrange ballistic missile over Japanese territory for the ﬁrst time. Trump’s response was more measured than his earlier threat to bring “ﬁre and fury” to North Korea. He said Tuesday that North Korea’s “threatening and destabilizing actions” increase the country’s isolation, and Pyongyang’s actions show “contempt for its neighbors.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has continuously deﬁed world opinion in pursuit of his country’s nuclear weapons program, has managed to walk up to a red line without crossing it, analysts said. He threatened to ﬁre four missiles toward Guam, a U.S. territory. Instead, he sent a single missile ﬂying over Japan, a slight- YONHAP NEWS AGENCY VIA EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY Suh Hoon, director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, discusses North Korea’s latest missile launch Monday. ly less provocative act. “This is just short of the red line,” said Patrick Cronin, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security. It allows Kim to defy the United States without forcing Washington’s hand. “He’s seeking better leverage in what is essentially a negotiation.” Trump did not reveal what options he is considering. “We’ll see, we’ll see,” he said before boarding a helicopter for a trip to tour areas of Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. North Korea said Wednesday that Kim was present for the missile launch and said his country will continue to watch “U.S. demeanors” before it decides on future actions. Kim called the launch a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam. Cronin said Trump’s more measured response Tuesday seems to reﬂect the discipline his new chief of staff, retired Marine general John Kelly, brought to the White House. Washington does have some options, including additional sanctions or demonstrations of force, such as ﬂying bombers near North Korean airspace. “We cannot let this stand,” Cronin said. North Korea has twice ﬁred rockets that it said carried satellites over Japan — in 1998 and 2009 — but Tuesday’s launch was the ﬁrst time it ﬁred a ballistic missile over the island nation. The Pentagon conﬁrmed that the missile’s northeastern path “did not pose a threat to North America.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assailed the missile launch and said he and Trump agreed in a phone call to seek an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. He quoted Trump as saying the United States was “with Japan 100%.” Abe said he and Trump saw the launch as an unprecedented threat, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. Residents in several prefectures in northern regions of Japan were told to take cover when the missile’s ﬂight path was detected. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled nearly 1,700 miles and reached a maximum height of 341 miles as it ﬂew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described the test as an “unprecedented, grave threat.” The South Korean government said in a statement that it “condemns in the strongest terms this provocation.” It said if the nuclear and missile provocations continue, it will respond strongly based on a “stalwart” alliance with the United States. They agreed to “sternly” take action at the U.N. Security Council, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported. Tuesday’s launch came days after North Korea ﬁred three shortrange ballistic missiles into the sea and a month after its second ﬂight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Protest restrictions gain traction in states Group warns that legislatures chip away at right to speak out Heidi M. Przybyla USA TODAY WASHINGTON Republican legislators in 20 U.S. statehouses proposed — and six legislatures approved — restrictions on the right to assemble and protest this year, according to a new report by the Democrat-aligned State Innovation Exchange. “These bills would create a new set of crimes, signiﬁcantly harsher penalties and costly ﬁnes that could apply broadly to anyone — whether they are supporters of the president, members of the Tea Party or just concerned parents speaking out at a school board meeting,” according to an advance copy of the report. SiX works to advance liberal policies at the state level and calls the wave of bills a “new and disturbing trend.” “Given this passage rate, there is every reason to think we will see more of these efforts in 2018,” the report said. Among the states approving what SiX calls “anti-protester” legislation were Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Georgia and South Dakota. Arkansas passed an “anti-loitering” bill that makes it an offense if a person “lingers, remains or prowls in a public place or the premises of another without apparent reason and under circumstances that warrant alarm or concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.” In Oklahoma, where there have been protests against major oil and gas pipelines, “trespassing on property containing a critical infrastructure facility without permission” can be a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment. If the damage is “willful,” punishment increases to up to 10 years in jail. Other efforts have stalled, particularly in states with Democrat- ic governors. After protests in the wake of the police killing of Philando Castile in 2016, Minnesota conservatives proposed several pieces of legislation. Castile, 32, was shot and killed during a trafﬁc stop when his girlfriend and 4year-old daughter were in the car. One bill would have allowed police departments to charge protesters convicted of a crime for the costs associated with demonstrations. The bills either failed to advance or were vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat. The wave of state legislation comes amid rising tensions over civil liberties across the USA caused by police shootings of black men, white supremacist rallies planned in several cities and demonstrations against President Trump’s policies, as well as clashes between police and “anti-fascist” or “antifa” protesters. Rep. Nick Zerwas, a Republican sponsor of a Minnesota proposal that did not pass, said he simply wants to stiffen penalties for behavior that is already subject to ﬁnes, including blocking access to freeways and airports. “It was very narrow in scope and aimed to increase criminal penalties for a few speciﬁc violations,” Zerwas said. “What we’ve seen is a pattern of behavior in which individuals are closing down airports or blocking freeways in violation of existing law.” Other measures would have increased penalties for protesting on an interstate highway from a gross misdemeanor to a felony, said Minnesota state Rep. Rena Moran, a Democrat. “The GOP continued to bury anti-protester provisions in successive versions of larger omnibus public safety bills,” she said. “There’s no indication that Republicans won’t continue to try to pass these bills next year.” Some failed proposals would have reduced penalties for motorists who strike protesters with their vehicles, according to the report. This month in Charlottesville, Va., Heather Heyer was killed when a man at a white nationalist rally plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. Ta and many of his drivers said the company is working to become a model for the rest of the industry. Paciﬁc 9’s sudden loss of business comes at a precarious time for the company — the tail end of drawn out bankruptcy negotiation with truckers. Drivers and their attorneys sent at least two letters to the senators pleading with them to ease pressure on retailers using Paciﬁc 9. Rivera and Shackelford, a San Diego ﬁrm representing some Paciﬁc 9 drivers, said Costco’s decision might “lead to the closing of Paciﬁc 9 altogether,” undoing months of negotiations and possibly leaving drivers emptyhanded. “We believe this would be a tragedy,” the attorneys wrote. Some drivers said the same — even those who testiﬁed about pervasive labor abuses inside the company. “Paciﬁc 9 has followed through on its commitments to us drivers,” wrote trucker Santiago Aguilar, who ﬁled a labor claim against the company in 2013 and has since been rehired as an employee with full protections. Aguilar’s letter was signed by 13 others at the company. “Now, I get a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work,” he said. IN BRIEF MATTIS: TRANSGENDER TROOPS CAN STILL SERVE Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced late Tuesday that transgender troops will be allowed to serve in the military, pending the results of a study by experts. The announcement follows tweets and an order from President Trump that indicated transgender service members no longer had a place in the military, effectively reversing an Obama administration policy. The order affects the Department of Homeland Security, which houses the Coast Guard. Mattis’ move buys time for the Pentagon to determine whether and how it would allow thousands of transgender troops to serve, whether they would receive medical treatment or how they would be discharged. ON FLA. TRIP, DEVOS WON’T VISIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Trump administration’s secretary of education, who visited schools in Tallahassee on Tuesday, decided to extend her visit for a second day but still won’t set foot in any public schools, according to her schedule. Betsy DeVos, a staunch supporter of charter and private schools, made stops Tuesday at Holy Comforter Episcopal School and Florida State University High School. Wednesday, she plans to visit Bethel Christian Academy, a voucher school. NAACP CHIEF: THERE WILL BE MORE CHARLOTTESVILLES The NAACP’s leader said Tuesday that there would be more racial violence because the Trump administration has “created an atmosphere” that emboldens white supremacists and other hate groups. “There will be many Charlottesvilles,” Derrick Johnson, the NAACP’s interim president and CEO, said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. Johnson referred to a rally in Virginia this month where white nationalists and other groups protested the possible removal of a Confederate statue and clashed with counterprotesters. ALSO ... uIranian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht dismissed U.S. demands for the inspection of Iranian military sites by the U.N. nuclear watchdog, shrugging off a request by Nikki Haley, America’s ambassador to the United Nations, as only a “dream.” Nobakht said Haley’s demand wasn’t worth any attention. Iran will not accept any inspection of its sites and “especially our military sites.” Staff and wire reports 4A NEWS DISASTER IN TEXAS E6 USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 Experts 51 inches and counting: Harvey sets rainfall record postpone Storm is eyeing a ﬁnal landfall near Texas/La. border Doyle Rice TROPICAL STORM HARVEY Expected path of Harvey is within this area: IND. OHIO W.VA. KAN. Tropical Storm Harvey has broken the all-time contiguous U.S. rainfall record from a tropical storm or hurricane, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. East of Highlands, the Cedar Bayou gauge has picked up 51.88 inches of rain from Harvey, the weather service said. This broke the record of 48 inches set in Medina, Texas, from Amelia in 1978. It’s just under the all-time U.S. rainfall record from a tropical cyclone, which was 52 inches in Hawaii from Hurricane Hiki in 1950. Harvey is now drifting over the Gulf of Mexico about 95 miles south-southwest of Cameron, La., the National Hurricane Center said. It will meander over the Gulf on Tuesday before making a ﬁnal landfall somewhere near the Texas/Louisiana border, likely early Wednesday. PA. ILL. @usatodayweather USA TODAY MO. VA. Louisville Sunday 7 a.m. KY. Nashville OKLA. ARK. Memphis TENN. Saturday 7 a.m. ALA. Shreveport TEXAS MISS. N.C. S.C. Friday 7 a.m. GA. LA. Thursday, 7 a.m. Houston Atlantic Ocean Wednesday, 7 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m. Corpus Christi Tuesday, 1 p.m. Harvey’s path FLA. Gulf of Mexico N SOURCE NOAA (As of 1 p.m. CT, Aug. 29) JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY Harvey is then expected to slowly move northeast across Louisiana and Arkansas as a tropical depression from Thursday into Saturday. As it spins offshore, the storm is expected to dump an additional 6 to 12 inches of rain through Fri- day over the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana, exacerbating the life-threatening, catastrophic ﬂooding in the Houston area, the hurricane center said. As of Tuesday afternoon, up to 30% of Harris County is under water, a ﬂood official said. Harris County is home to 4 million people, making it the third-largest county in the U.S. Amazingly, more than 6 million Texans have been impacted by 30 inches or more of rain since Friday, the weather service said. Brief tornadoes may also form anywhere from Galveston eastward to just south of New Orleans, the National Weather Service warned. As of 4 p.m. CDT, Harvey had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with a few higher gusts reported. It was moving to the north-northeast at 6 mph. Forecasters also were monitoring a system off the Carolina coast, which brought rain to the Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday. This system is forecast to race out to sea with minimal U.S. impact. Still another system is being watched in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, which has a 90% chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next ﬁve days. Police chief fears death toll will rise v CONTINUED FROM 1A Yuth Chhut, 98, sleeps at the convention center, which has been packed well beyond its intended capacity. Evacuees balance relief, frustration v CONTINUED FROM 1A ilarity to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 when the city sent thousands of residents to the Superdome. The stadium, intended as a last-resort evacuation center, soon sank into chaos with limited power, overtaxed plumbing, insufficient food and a shredded roof. Houston is not the Superdome, government officials stressed Tuesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was on the ground and in the convention center from Day One, spokesman David Gervino said. “So many people have stepped up, from everyday citizens to ﬁrst responders to state and local officials and other government partners, both state and federal,” Gervino said. “We’ve pre-positioned a wealth of assets. We had other teams deployed here before the ﬁrst raindrops hit the ground. This is a very different response.” Tom McCasland, director of Housing and Community Development for the city, said he hoped to open another shelter close by later in the day. But, he declared, “our doors remain open. At no point, have we closed the doors here. We are sheltering people with pets and urgent medical emergencies, and we continue to shelter people as they come in.” Though officials stressed they would not turn anyone away, they could not guarantee everyone would get a bed or a cot. Evacuees entering the Houston convention center were searched for ﬁrearms or alcohol. Red Cross officials registered evacuees before giving them meals, blankets and dry clothing. Doctors were on duty, and there was a pharmaceutical area and emergency room. Evacuees with ﬂood-damaged homes were urged to register with FEMA. Soon, the convention center would have showers. Volunteers were quick to assess needs. “Right now, we have an urgent need for wheelchairs,” said Tyler Moyer, program marketing manager for the Red Cross. Another small group of volunteers, the Texas Center for the Missing and the Houston Police Department’s missing-persons division worked to reconnect families who were separated as they ﬂed the ﬂoods. For those inside, there was a mix of relief and frustration. Isaiah Arellano, 18, huddled with a group of adults and children along the wall in a hallway of the convention center. He has been at the shelter since Monday, when his house began ﬂooding. He walked through waist-high water to reach a safe place, then was taken to the shelter. “Last night I slept on the hard ﬂoor and used a towel as a pillow,” he said, pointing to cardboard that’s his bed. “They said there are no cots. Since last night we’ve been asking for a crib for the baby, and we still don’t have one.” Marck Acosta of Houston reclined on cardboard and pillows, his 6-month-old daughter, Aubrey, nursing a bottle of milk next to him. “Long, cold, crazy days,” he said. The family, he said, was picked up by buses and taken to the convention center Monday. “Within an hour, they gave us dry clothes,” Acosta said. “They gave us everything we need.” He was grateful for everything. Asked about sleeping on cardboard, Acosta said: “It’s not the best, but it’s passable. It’s better than being outside.” seen it,” Trump said. The storm remained over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday; it already has dumped more than 50 inches of rain in parts of Houston. A National Weather Service gauge near Highlands, Texas, recorded 51.88 inches of rain — the highest total ever from a tropical storm or hurricane in the contiguous 48 states. Harvey was expected to drop an additional 6 to 12 inches of rain through Friday over the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana. Still, Mayor Sylvester Turner was optimistic at a news conference Tuesday. “My hope is that once we get past the next 24 hours that the situation in the city of Houston will signiﬁcantly improve,” Turner said. Emergency responders have conducted more than 3,500 boat and air rescues, and the number was climbing. Outside help was streaming in. Search-and-rescue crews from Florida, California, Utah and other areas were sent to trouble spots. Wal-mart was shipping 2,000 kayaks to the area, The giant shelter set up at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston was packed with more than 9,000 evacuees — nearly double its planned capacity. Thousands more slept in smaller shelters. “Last night in Texas, 17,000+ people sought refuge in shelters,” the American Red Cross tweeted Tuesday. “We’re providing safety & comfort to rescued families.” Surrounded by people taking a smoking break outside the con- vention center, Danielle Brown hugged her boyfriend, Lorenzo Harps. They arrived Sunday night after being rescued by boat from a ground-level apartment. “Everything was already ﬂooded,” said Brown, huddled beneath a relatively dry overhang as rain poured down. Before moving up, they tried putting electronics, clothes and keepsakes on counters and shelves. The water climbed to 3 feet within hours before rescuers reached them the next day. Harvey was Brown’s ﬁrst brush with a tropical storm or hurricane. Her message to the untold numbers of residents experiencing a similar crisis: “Be prepared. Be cautious,” she said. “Grab only what you need. Grab your life.” The mayor imposed a 10 p.m.to-5 a.m. curfew for the city after warning residents about people impersonating law enforcement officers. Police Chief Art Acevedo conﬁrmed the death of a police officer who was trapped in his ﬂooded patrol car late Sunday or early Monday while trying to get to work. Acevedo called Sgt. Steve Perez, a 34-year police veteran, a “sweet, gentle public servant.” The toll from Harvey was difficult to tabulate, and authorities said it could be days before the full extent of the storm is known. “We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up,” Acevedo told the Associated Press earlier Tuesday. “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to ﬁnd.” Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; The (Lafayette, La.) Daily Advertiser WHERE HARVEY HAS DRENCHED TEXAS Rain totals (in inches) through 10 a.m. Tuesday: 49.3 Continental U.S. record 19.6 30.4 10.3 College Station Austin TEXAS 10 San Antonio 15.6 17.8 Houston Marys Creek Galveston N 50 miles SOURCE ESRI, NOAA JIM SERGENT, USA TODAY Victoria arguing climate change Meteorologists want to have discussion — once people are safe Doyle Rice @usatodayweather USA TODAY While unknown numbers of people are dead, missing or displaced, writing about a potential link between a national tragedy such as Hurricane Harvey and man-made climate change is an understandably touchy subject. “If you think appropriate time to do so is while ﬂoodwaters are continuing to rise, then that opportunism reﬂects your personal values,” tweeted WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue. “What we need right now is an informed, reasoned, intellectual debate on climate change and extreme events.” Another meteorologist, Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia, said he had concerns. “I am uncomfortable discussing as a human tragedy unfolds, but when the dust settles, the conversation needs to happen — and a recent National Academies report on attribution is a good place to start. Attribution studies on Harvey will happen.” Climate change remains a polarizing issue in our divided country. Whenever a huge weather event such as Harvey occurs, a debate rages in the meteorological community about whether it is appropriate to discuss potential links between climate change and that event. The report that Shepherd referred to, which was released in 2016, said there is no evidence that the number of tropical cyclones (tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons) has increased in recent decades as the planet has warmed. There has been “marginally “Climate change is making even heavier rainfall possible.” John W. Nielsen-Gammon, meteorologist signiﬁcant increases in the frequency of Category 4 and 5 storms.” Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane at landfall Friday night, the strongest storm to hit the USA in 12 years. The report warned that “tropical cyclones are projected to become more intense as the climate warms.” Precipitation in tropical cyclones is likely to increase because of the increased water vapor content of the atmosphere, similarly to other extreme precipitation events, the report said. The theory goes that a warmer atmosphere would make hurricanes more intense than they would otherwise be. “Climate change is making even heavier rainfall possible,” noted John W. Nielsen-Gammon, a Texas A&M University meteorologist and the Texas State Climatologist. Another expert, Adam Sobel of Columbia University, said that “based on many previous studies of extreme precipitation events, as well as our overall scientiﬁc understanding, it is plausible to expect that they (tropical cyclones) will show some ampliﬁcation due to increased water vapor in a warmer atmosphere.” Sobel said Harvey would have been a huge disaster in Houston with or without global warming. This is because of the speciﬁc meteorological situation of Harvey (the positions of the high-pressure systems and the jet stream), and the location of a major city. “There are ideas about how the meteorological situation could have been inﬂuenced by warming, but those are much less robust and well-understood, and at this point, I view it as a natural occurrence by default,” Sobel said. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 NEWS 5A DISASTER IN TEXAS Trump tours storm-ravaged areas This is a state that ‘can handle anything,’ he assures crowd Gregory Korte @gregorykorte USA TODAY President Trump mounted the front bumper of a ﬁretruck in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday, waving a Texas ﬂag and telling the gathered crowd, “We love you. You are special. We are here to take care of you.” Trump came to Texas to survey the damage from Hurricane Harvey and rally communities trying to escape ﬂoodwaters. Harvey weakened to a tropical storm on its way to Louisiana. Trump said he might return to Texas and Louisiana over the weekend. The storm is the most severe natural disaster of Trump’s presidency. More than 1.7 million people were under evacuation orders, and search-and-rescue operations continued. “It’s historic, its epic, but I will tell you, it happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything,” Trump told hundreds of cheering supporters outside the ﬁrehouse after he received a brieﬁng from federal agencies responding to the disaster. On his way to meet with emergency officials, his motorcade passed trees, signs and fences knocked down by the hurricane’s 130-mph winds. Later, he ﬂew to Austin, where he toured the state’s emergency operations center and spoke of the “monster known as Harvey.” “It sounds like such an innocent name,” he said. “But it’s not innocent.” Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said aboard Air Force One that Trump avoided the areas most impacted by ﬂooding. “The president wants to be very cautious about making sure that any activity doesn’t disrupt any of the recovery efforts. ... As of right now, I don’t know that we will be able to get to some of the really damaged areas,” she said. One of those areas is Houston, where 9,000 people shared 5,000 cots at a makeshift emergency shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center. “We are very aware of the issues at the convention center,” JIM WATSON, AFP/GETTY IMAGES “We love you,” President Trump tells Texans. He avoided areas most impacted by ﬂooding to not disrupt recovery efforts. Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long told Trump in Corpus Christi. “But let me be clear, this is not the Superdome.” The New Orleans Superdome was an enduring symbol of the poor response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Trump’s windbreaker-wearing delegation included ﬁrst lady Melania Trump, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, Health Secretary Tom Price and Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon. McMahon said the SBA approved its ﬁrst disaster-related loan, and Trump promised more help would be on the way from Congress. Rebuilding, Trump said, is “going to be a costly proposition.” The budget Trump proposed this year would cut some of the programs that have traditionally been used for disaster recovery — notably the Community Development Block Grants. His message in Texas on Tuesday contained no hints of that ﬁscal conservatism. “We want to be looked at in ﬁve years and 10 years from now as ‘This is the way to do it,’ ” he said at the Corpus Christi ﬁrehouse as dispatch calls came over an address system. He said it’s too early to declare the relief efforts an unqualiﬁed success. “We won’t say congratulations. We don’t want to do that,” Trump told Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all ﬁnished.” As Trump was in Texas, Vice President Pence took to the airwaves, continuing a blitz of radio and television interviews with stations in the region. “We know we’re not out of the woods,” he told KKTX-AM in Corpus Christi. “People within the sound of my voice should know that this is still a dangerous storm.” Humanitarians mobilize to minimize Harvey’s misery From the ‘Cajun Navy’ to pet lovers in Austin, help arrives Greg Toppo @gtoppo USA TODAY H. DARR BEISER, USA TODAY After Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, the Federal Emergency Management Agency set up housing in trailers. Housing will be ‘frustrating’ and ‘a long process’ FEMA’s troubled Katrina mission took 7 years Bart Jansen @ganjansen USA TODAY Federal officials warned that housing for thousands of Texans displaced by Hurricane Harvey could be a long-term problem. “The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery-housing missions that the nation has ever seen,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said during a news conference Monday. “It’s a long process. Housing is going to be very frustrating in Texas. We have to set the expectations.” For displaced survivors, FEMA’s goal is to move them out of shelters and into temporary housing near where they work, then return them to a permanent residence, Long said. Anyone in a shelter or without ﬁnancial means to replace their housing in 18 counties qualifying for individual disaster assistance can receive aid for a motel or to rent an apartment. “The goal of this is, if we can’t put you back in your home because it’s destroyed or because the ﬂoodwaters are there and are going to be there a while, we want to get you out of the long-term sheltering,” Long said. The process could take a while. Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast in August 2005. FEMA did not end its temporary housing mission for Katrina until February 2012. At its peak, FEMA provided more than 45,000 temporary housing units in Mississippi, which the agency called the largest housing operation in the country’s history. FEMA announced before Harvey’s rain stopped falling that 30,000 people would need shelter from the storm that dropped a record 50 inches of rain by Tuesday morning. About 9,000 displaced people were at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, which has a capacity for 5,000. Storm victims in counties that were declared disaster areas must apply for services such as emergency housing at disasterassistance.gov. More than 22,000 families began the process by Monday, Vice President Pence told KKTX radio Tuesday. “There may be as many as half a million Texans who are eligible for ﬁnancial support,” Pence said. FEMA has a priority under federal law to buy trailers for emergency housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will also offer options. “The last resort is to bring in manufactured homes and travel trailers,” Long said. “But that is a long process. We don’t start dragging in manufactured homes and travel trailers right off the bat. They’re not going to be on your property tomorrow by any means.” Emergency housing after Katrina was criticized on several fronts. Survivors welcomed temporary trailers until they could ﬁnd permanent housing, but some reported burning eyes and other problems from formaldehyde in the construction materials. Twenty-one trailer manufacturers settled a class-action lawsuit by paying $14.8 million to resolve the claims. Government watchdogs blasted FEMA’s assistance program for individuals. FEMA wasted $30 million in improper or potentially fraudulent payments to housing contractors during a sixmonth period after Katrina, according to the Government Accountability Office. Katrina destroyed or damaged 134,000 homes and 10,000 rental units in Mississippi. From June 2006 to January 2007, the GAO found that FEMA spent $16 million on contractors without seeking the lowest bids and $15 million on maintenance inspections without any evidence they occurred. An additional $600,000 was spent on emergency repairs for housing that wasn’t in FEMA’s inventory. From good Samaritan Cajuns to pet lovers in Austin with pickups and motorized canoes, humanitarian efforts are underway in Houston and beyond to minimize the misery of ﬂooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez called upon anyone with a “high-water, safe boat or vehicle” to pitch in — and like clockwork, the boats arrived. Hundreds of boatsmen from around the region, as well as others from the “Cajun Navy,” have traversed the ﬂooded streets of Houston for days. Jon Bridgers, who founded the Cajun Navy’s Facebook page, told the Houston Chronicle that another squad of rescuers from Louisiana was en route Tuesday. Aid groups, accustomed to widespread disaster declarations, expected the Harvey relief effort to be among their biggest ever. The Salvation Army of Georgia said its Harvey intervention would be the “largest and longest emergency response” in the history of the organization. The SCOTT CLAUSE, USA TODAY NETWORK Volunteers and ﬁrst responders work together to rescue residents and pets from rising ﬂoodwaters. group is deployed in nearby Victoria, Texas. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief said it began sending teams to Texas before Harvey made landfall Friday and will probably be in Houston “for months to come.” The group said it was assisting up to 60,000 people displaced by the ﬂooding by providing hot meals, laundry services, hot showers and companionship. It will ease Houstonians’ return to their homes by helping to clear land, remove fallen trees and restore ﬂooded homes. Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross said the group was at the beginning of “a massive relief effort” in Houston. The Red Cross said more than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals and other supplies were on the ground in Texas, and shelter supplies were in place for more than 34,000 people. Supplies for an additional 18,000 were en route. Aid across the region ﬂowed in unlikely ways. Do-it-yourself fundraising efforts, facilitated by sites such as GoFundMe, sprouted. By late Tuesday afternoon, a crowdfunding effort begun Sunday to help replace the belongings of students at KIPP Houston High School had not only raised more than $12,000 of its $20,000 goal — it was also trending on the website. Elsewhere, a YouCaring effort to raise $3 million for victims of Harvey had raised $2 million. Austin Pets Alive, based in the Texas capital, said Tuesday that it saved about 430 animals from Harvey’s ﬂoodwaters with the help of other pet welfare organizations. The groups expect to rescue 1,000 pets by week’s end. Mary Mattia, the Austin group’s communication director, said Tuesday she was leading a caravan with pet supplies and transport kennels headed back to Houston. One of her team pulled a motorized canoe, and another member stopped at Walmart to pick up a few rubber boats, she said. “We’re going to ﬁgure it out for the animals,” Mattia said. Houston entrepreneur turns furniture stores into shelters ‘Mattress Mack’ welcomes evacuees Sharon Ko KENS-TV, San Antonio SAN ANTONIO One Houston furniture store owner who said his community supported him through tough times is paying it forward by turning his two stores into shelters to help evacuees. After the remnants of Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale of Gallery Furniture gathered volunteers and his delivery trucks starting Sunday to rescue people. “We had several Penske rental trucks, 24-foot trucks that you can get in any ﬂooded street,” he said Monday. “We sent volunteers out in Houston, picking up people.” In Houston, McIngvale, 66, is a household name known for his commercials with the slogan “Gallery Furniture will save you money!” In 2009, someone lit his warehouse on ﬁre, which resulted in millions of dollars in damage. Houston customers kept him in JOHANNA VOSSLER, USA TODAY Jim McIngvale’s two furniture stores are save havens for 400 people and their pets. business, so McIngvale said supporting residents during this tragic time is one way to give back. Four hundred children and adults are living at his two stores, and he has allowed the families to bring their pets. “Last night, about 1:30 in the morning, this little girl came in. She’s 7 years old, had her parents with her and I think probably her uncle. She was the only one in the group that spoke English. And she was crying,” McIngvale told National Public Radio on Monday. “And she said, ‘Will you allow us to stay here?’ And it just broke my heart because it was so personal to them. And unlike an adult, she couldn’t hide her feelings.” McIngvale and his army of volunteers provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner for the evacuees. Some of the volunteers, such as Jasmine Broussard, are customers. Broussard knows the anguish the evacuees are going through; her family lost its home in Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago. “I know what I went through, and I couldn’t allow other people to go through that,” she told NPR. “And now, if I could be a help to somebody, that’s what I’m going to do.” During Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, McIngvale helped 200 evacuees who ﬂed New Orleans, providing shelter in his store. McIngvale, who has been in business for more than 35 years, is known for his philanthropy. He’s given to numerous charities and for more than 20 years, he’s donated rooms full of furniture to families in need at Christmas. “I was raised as a Catholic. I continued my Catholic faith throughout my life, trying to do the right thing,” he said. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 6A NEWS YOUR SAY Tracking the nation’s conversation HURRICANE HARVEY Prevent another disaster, act on climate change TWITTER @USATOPINION LETTERS LETTERS@USATODAY.COM Our followers shared their thoughts on Hurricane Harvey’s passage through Texas and the rescue operations underway. My heart goes out to those in Texas who have been displaced, lost their homes or even their lives to Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, storms like this one will become much more frequent unless our nation takes signiﬁcant action on climate change. It’s true that Texas has always had storms (as has the East Coast, and Florida speciﬁcally). But it’s the frequency and severity that the combination of rising temperatures and sea levels is pushing forward. A solution is needed that bridges the partisan divide. One such solution is a fee on carbon emissions, collected from the source (such as coal plants) then eventually returned to the community. This is a marketand business-friendly plan quite similar to one being proposed by some in Capitol Hill. Our children’s and grandchildren’s future depends on what we do now, so we don’t have many more large disasters like Harvey in Texas. Contact your representatives and ask them to support a carbon fee and dividend legislation. Miriam Kirscht Ypsilanti, Mich. FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/ USATODAYOPINION Just think, if we had a national water grid, we could have turned on the pumps at key collection points and distributed it to reservoirs around the country. Maybe after this, we can think of ways to turn this hor- The water is not forever. Things can be replaced. Human compassion is unending. As long as there’s a tomorrow, there’s hope. NATE BEELER, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM N. Korea makes Trump look like a paper tiger @FMHilton The United States Coast Guard, thank you for your unwavering support during this crisis. @ShaunaJones1 Matthew Farmer It is not the aftermath yet. Harvey is here for another few days! We all need to be there for victims in whatever way we can. No politics. SCOTT CLAUSE, USA TODAY NETWORK Evacuating Houston President Trump warned Tuesday that “all options are on the table” in response to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japanese territory for the ﬁrst time. @PaintPaperPens rible event into a call for action that just might save billions in future ﬂoods, drought and ﬁres. Thanks to all you heroes out there. May you be blessed many more times in life. Edward W. Greenlee I hate to see the elderly having to go through this. They are so fragile. @BreastsR4babies Houston, you have a problem. But don’t worry, we will do all we can to help you. This is so terrible, people have lost their lives. Please, to the neighboring counties, help supply food and shelter to those affected. Luis F. Silva @manavjoshi18 Right now, getting relief to our friends in Texas is all that matters. Give generously, and show the world what a great country we are. We stand up for each other, that is what makes us great — always. Things like these disasters should tell us that the least of our problems should be us against each other. Scott Bennett FRONT & CENTER It’s obvious that this is a contest of threats between Trump and Kim designed to make either us or them take action ﬁrst. Kim will keep indirectly threatening through tests and such until we commit to a move against him. 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If he did, it would be the end of his country. Have Your Say at firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook.com/usatodayopinion and @USATOpinion on Twitter. All comments are edited for length and clarity. Content submitted to USA TODAY may appear in print, digital or other forms. For letters, include name, address and phone number. Letters may be mailed to 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108. WEATHER ATLANTA Greg Hunder Larry Best @BettyWa95991780 Scott Hardy To have peace, you must back it up with war. North Korea knows exactly what would happen if it really did attack any part of the U.S. or our allies. But they have been playing this game for years hoping to get suckers hooked into their antics. Just a few weeks ago, Trump supporters were here crowing about how Trump’s blustering of foolish red lines had worked. But now, Kim Jong Un has just stepped over one. I believe Kim’s intent all along was to goad Trump into destroying U.S. credibility so he could paint America as a paper tiger. He succeeded. @eugene_begay Glad to see President Trump is responding quickly. I’m not a fan of the guy, but when he does something presidential it is nice to see. Just hope he doesn’t try to make it all about himself. TO COMMENT TOP TRAVEL CITIES As long as Trump only makes threats, Kim won’t care. His power is secure. FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/ USATODAYOPINION Partly sunny 93/76 Partly sunny 93/75 Stray t-storm 90/75 AQI Good h Haze TODAY THU 81/65pc 80/60c 80/63pc 74/54pc 85/56t 82/58c 81/70pc 88/73c 81/64pc 79/57c 95/71pc 95/72pc 81/62f 78/56c 90/76t 91/77pc 83/62s 83/56s 70/51pc 63/48s 82/68pc 79/67t 90/65s 91/65s 64/43pc 65/45pc 81/54pc 78/53c 82/58s 78/60s 92/77pc 92/77t 87/71pc 85/68c 79/57f 76/50pc 105/73s 106/75s 79/59pc 73/46pc 79/53pc 68/47s 83/67pc 76/65t 78/67sh 78/68c 78/62pc 81/54c pc Partly cloudy Hartford, Conn. Indianapolis Islip, N.Y. 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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. 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 THU 82/62s 80/64pc 61/44s 62/54s 88/78pc 89/78pc 106/87s 104/86s 88/66t 70/53c 92/82s 92/81t 78/67sh 77/66pc 83/64s 82/64s 76/43s 74/47s 60/50r 66/51pc 69/57t 70/59c 75/58s 66/45pc 63/47pc 68/49s 86/79sh 87/77sh 77/54t 69/53pc 85/69s 74/67c 86/66s 85/66s 74/60h 81/61s 88/79t 88/79t 65/47s 62/46s 75/54pc 66/45s 84/72r 77/69r USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 NEWS 7A OPINION TODAY’S DEBATE SMOKING Our view Slash nicotine in cigarettes? FDA offers an intriguing idea Five decades of warnings about the deadly consequences of smoking have helped cut smoking rates in half, but more than 36 million Americans are still puffing away. And if history is any guide, about half of them will die premature deaths, plagued by everything from heart disease to lung cancer. Now Scott Gottlieb, a physician and commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, has proposed an intriguing plan to help the remaining smokers kick the habit and prevent more teenagers from getting hooked: Reduce the nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive levels. The proposal, unexpected from an administration that is often pro-industry and anti-science, is far from a cure-all. But it has some support in the research, and the potential upside appears greater than the downside. Understand this: Nicotine is not the deadly ingredient in cigarettes. The cancer-causing agents are chemical compounds inhaled through the smoke. But nicotine hooks customers and keeps them coming back for more. In fact, nicotine in traditional cigarettes is so addictive that it rivals heroin and cocaine, says Neal Benowitz of the University of California-San Francisco. Reducing the level by at least 90% could wean some hardcore smokers from cigarettes. Because Jamie Dimon A merica is blessed with a combination of advantages that few other countries enjoy. We are the longest surviving democracy, with an entrepreneurial culture that fosters and rewards hard work and innovation. Our natural resources are abundant. We have the strongest military and a generally reliable rule of law and low corruption. Our country has some of the best universities and hospitals and is home to many of the best, most vibrant businesses on the planet — from small and midsize companies to large, global multinationals. While we have been gifted with some of these beneﬁts and earned others through hard work and determination, we know that U.S. exceptionalism requires vigilance. Speciﬁcally, it means transcending our differences and seizing on opportunities to further the remarkable success story of our country to provide greater prosperity for all Americans. Today, President Trump will visit Missouri to speak about the opportunity to do just that by ﬁnally passing comprehensive progrowth tax reform. MARK LENNIHAN, AP the vast majority of smokers start by age 18, it could also prevent teens from getting hooked. They could experiment with smoking but more easily give it up. A large study released in 2015 — with nearly 800 participants divided randomly into groups that smoked cigarettes with different levels of nicotine for six weeks — found that those using cigarettes with the lowest levels smoked fewer per day, were more likely to attempt to quit than others in the study, and did not compensate by smoking more. In the real world, the plan would work only if all cigarettes contained low levels of nicotine. Reducing nicotine has potential risks. Critics of Gottlieb’s proposal argue that if only low-nicotine cigarettes were AMERICA NEEDS TAX REFORM NOW Code is uncompetitive and loaded with provisions that unfairly create winners and losers GEOFF ROBINS, AFP/GETTY IMAGES PRO-GROWTH POLICIES After traveling to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America this year, I saw governments that understood the importance of practical policies to promote businesses and economic growth because they beneﬁt their people through greater job creation and wage growth. This month, I traveled to the Midwest and saw a different story, where businesses are being held back by an uncompetitive tax code. Foreign governments have ﬁgured out that sensible pro-growth polices have the power to create opportunity at all levels of the economy. As a country, we seem to have lost our way. As a businessman and a proud American, this frustrates and upsets me. Reforming the tax code is the single most important thing that Congress could do to jump-start our economy, create jobs, and raise wages for American workers. Our current code is uncompetitive, overly complex and loaded with special interest provisions that unfairly create winners and losers. This drives down capital investment, reduces productivity and causes wages to remain stagnant. Individuals and businesses waste billions of dollars and millions of hours each year trying to ﬁgure out their tax bills — instead of spending more time with their available, smokers would compensate by smoking more or turning to the black market. Yes, some might. But cigarettes are expensive, as much as $10.44 a pack in New York, including taxes. Many smokers have low incomes and could not afford to smoke more. Nor is everyone willing to break the law. Today, smokers can turn to less harmful nicotine-delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes and so-called heat sticks. “What we’re trying to do is ensure these (cigarette) products are minimally addictive,” Gottlieb told the USA TODAY Editorial Board. “And if there are addictive products on the market, then they’re far less risky. That’s the policy in a nutshell.” Some anti-smoking advocates, while thrilled by Gottlieb’s nicotine reduction proposal, were appalled by his decision to push back regulation of e-cigarettes to 2022, arguing that more needs to be known about their safety. More study is surely needed. While a major British health organization last year urged smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, American health advocates remain skeptical. Tobacco companies will surely resist efforts to slash nicotine levels. Yet any proposal with the potential to save millions of lives deserves better than to be summarily snuffed out by critics. families, or thinking about how to innovate and expand. Our corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world. It has led to more American businesses being acquired by foreigners or struggling to keep pace with their foreign competitors. This means headquarter jobs are going to overseas cities instead of American cities. Our uncompetitive system has trapped more than $2.5 trillion overseas because American companies are penalized for bringing proﬁts back by our high U.S. corporate tax rate. PRO-WORKERS This isn’t about helping companies like JPMorgan Chase. Yes, tax reform will help American companies become more competitive, but the real reason to do it is to increase jobs and increase wages. Under our corporate tax system, workers bear up to 75% of the corporate tax burden through lower wages. Tax reform should also be used to do more for lower- and middleincome workers by expanding programs such as the earned income tax credit, which already lifts more than 7.3 million workers out of poverty. A recent survey of Business Roundtable CEOs found 90% believed that any delay in tax re- form would harm the economy by causing slower growth, hiring and investment. The other side of that coin is that 76% of CEOs would increase hiring if Congress was successful in passing tax reform. Tax reform isn’t easy, and there’s a reason it has been more than 30 years since it happened. The time has come for companies — and Congress — to set parochial and partisan interests aside to ﬁnd a way to enact reform. If a proposal will result in greater economic growth, more jobs, higher wages and allow American businesses to be competitive internationally, it should be supported. I’m as optimistic as ever on the future of America. It is encouraging that leaders in the White House, Senate and House have reached a common vision for moving forward with reform. I hope that vision becomes something that elected officials from both parties can support, but it is critical that we see progress now. We have a limited window to get reform done, and this is an opportunity America can’t afford to miss. Jamie Dimon, CEO and chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., is the chairman of the Business Roundtable. Opposing view Didn’t we learn from Prohibition? Guy Bentley Reducing deaths from smoking is a goal everyone shares, and while lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes sounds like a reasonable idea, it carries huge risks for potentially little reward. Smokers are drawn to cigarettes for the nicotine, but it’s the smoke that kills them. Nicotine doesn’t cause lung cancer, and no real-world evidence suggests that reducing nicotine will lower smoking-related deaths. Cutting nicotine in cigarettes is, however, a prohibition. Though some of the 36.5 million U.S. smokers might switch to less harmful substitutes, such as e-cigarettes, many would likely purchase cigarettes on the black market. Conventional cigarettes would still be available worldwide and easily smuggled into the USA, creating an enormous unregulated, untaxed market. If the history of prohibitions is any guide, this would be a boon to organized crime, and law enforcement would have to divert scarce resources to combat it. Bhutan, which in 2004 became the ﬁrst and only nation to ban tobacco sales, suffered a boom in tobacco smuggling and has the highest share of smokers in Southeast Asia. Supporters argue that reducing nicotine will prevent teen addiction to smoking. But this relies on teens obeying the law and not turning to the black market. That’s naive, given that more teens now use marijuana, which is prohibited by federal law, than cigarettes. The policy is also unnecessary, given the decline in teen smoking in 2016 to the lowest level in 25 years. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has made clear that the FDA must support a regulatory framework to reduce smoking. That’s laudable. It’s best achieved by allowing products such as e-cigarettes and heatnot-burn devices — which greatly reduce the risks of smoking but give consumers the nicotine they seek — to enter and remain on the market. A policy focused on tobacco harm reduction through safer nicotine alternatives would be far more effective than a potentially disastrous prohibition. Guy Bentley is a consumer freedom research associate at Reason Foundation, which receives some funding from companies that sell cigarettes or other nicotine products. Stop telling people they will beat terminal illness Kathryn B. Kirkland Ever since Sen. John McCain announced he had brain cancer, a chorus of voices from around the globe has urged him to “ﬁght the cancer.” But McCain reminds us that in the face of life-limiting illness, it’s not that you’re a ﬁghter that’s important. It’s what you are ﬁghting for. Families, friends and, yes, doctors of patients with serious or critical illnesses would do well to get clear on the difference. Metaphors invoking war, battle and the ﬁghting spirit are commonly used in response to diagnoses of cancer. They are often heard in the language of families whose loved ones face critical illnesses with poor outlooks in intensive care units. This is not surprising. Adversity often elicits the impulse to ﬁght. This impulse can help those facing difficult but surmountable challenges, such as some curable cancers, or survivable critical illnesses. But should ﬁghters always ﬁght the illness? What happens when the illness is not survivable — almost certainly the case for McCain? Should we forgo the language of battle, as some palliative care experts suggest? They point out that it can create a sense of shame or failure when the disease progresses: “I must not have fought hard enough. I’ve let my family down.” But here’s the most tragic unintended effect of assuming that ﬁghters should battle against the disease: the missed opportunities to ﬁght for things that are most important — and achievable. Those would include time with family, completion of estate plan- ning, restoration of relationships and even bucket lists. When one of my palliative care patients tells me, “I’m a ﬁghter,” I don’t tell her that the ﬁght is futile. Instead I ask, “Tell me, what should we be ﬁghting for?” To be sure, some cancers are curable, and ﬁghting with all available weapons to overcome them is a choice many would make. But other people face cancers that will almost certainly claim their lives and could result in loss of critical abilities before that. Up against a threat of that nature, it is vital we help people choose with great intention what they will ﬁght for. McCain’s actions have shown us that he understands this. In the face of serious illness, he is spending time with family and speaking his mind on issues such as President Trump’s transgender military ban and pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio. Last month, after his diagnosis, he returned to Washington to cast a “no” vote on a ﬂawed health bill. He continues to urge his colleagues to work across party lines on health care and his longstanding dream of immigration reform. In his case, heroism has never been about charging recklessly against unbeatable opponents but about ﬁghting patiently and steadily for what he believes. Next time we learn of a public ﬁgure or a family member or a friend who is facing a life-limiting illness, let’s use the war metaphor if it feels right, but with a twist. Instead of “You can beat this,” try “What can I help you ﬁght for?” Kathryn B. Kirkland is director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and a Public Voices fellow at the OpEd Project. "USA TODAY hopes to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation." Allen H. Neuharth, Founder, Sept. 15, 1982 GANNETT COMPANY PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Robert Dickey GANNETT CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER & USA TODAY EDITOR IN CHIEF USA TODAY PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER Joanne Lipman John Zidich EXECUTIVE EDITORS CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Patty Michalski, Beryl Love Kevin Gentzel MANAGING EDITOR PRESIDENT, SPORTS MEDIA GROUP Donna Leinwand Leger David Morgan EDITOR, EDITORIAL PAGE Bill Sternberg 8A NEWS USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 SECTION B WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 State by state: News from around the nation 6B Domino’s tests driverless delivery with Ford 3B ELAINE CROMIE, SPECIAL TO THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, VIA USA TODAY NETWORK Deliveries halted in Harvey ﬂood zones UPS, FedEx, Postal Service, Amazon suspend services in parts of Texas, Louisiana Nathan Bomey @NathanBomey USA TODAY Shipping giants UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service have indeﬁnitely ceased delivery to major swaths of Texas and Louisiana amid Hurricane Harvey devastation, potentially disrupting supplies of critical medicines, food and other packages. The ferocious ﬂooding that has pummeled the region is preventing or severely limiting the major delivery companies from reaching hundreds of cities and thousands of neighborhoods. The Postal Service, famous for its commitment to delivering in bad weather, said it had suspended service at “several facilities” and temporarily closed dozens of post offices. “When you think about all the families and small businesses that are impacted — just the sheer number of ZIP codes that were impacted — it’s pretty astonishing,” UPS spokesman Matt O’Connor said. Online giant Amazon.com said it had temporarily shuttered its Houston-area facilities and that many local customers “should expect delays” in packages “until the ﬂoods subside.” The storm may also have damaged some delivery infrastructure. Although it’s unclear how many residents are awaiting packages, the outages raise serious concerns about vulnerable residents who rely on just-intime delivery of mail-order prescriptions and other goods. Harvey, which is now considered a tropical storm, has knocked out or signiﬁcantly limited UPS delivery to more than 730 ZIP codes in Texas and Louisiana, the company said. O’Connor said UPS employees’ safety was the company’s top objective. FedEx temporarily suspended air delivery to more than 350 cities and temporarily suspended or dramatically cut back ground delivery to more than 490 cities. Large cities without either option included Houston, Corpus Christi The outages raise concerns about residents who rely on mailorder prescriptions. BREWERY SHIPS WATER FOR HURRICANE RELIEF An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia is shipping canned drinking water to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana. The St. Louisbased beer giant says a truckload of water arrived in Baton Rouge on Monday. More are scheduled to arrive in Arlington, Texas. More than 155,000 cans are being sent. Thanks to Harvey, U.S. motorists could pay 20 cents more VOLKSWAGEN RECALLS 281,000 SEDANS, WAGONS Volkswagen is recalling almost 281,000 CC and Passat sedans and wagons in the U.S. because the fuel pumps can fail and cause the cars to suddenly stall. The recall covers the CC from the 2009 through 2016 model years, as well as the Passat sedan and wagon from 2006 through 2010. All have 4-cylinder gasoline engines. DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVG. 21,950 4:00 p.m. 21,865 21,900 9:30 a.m. 21,850 21,750 Nathan Bomey @NathanBomey USA TODAY TIMOTHY A. CLARY, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Whole Foods Market is hoping to shed its “Whole Paycheck” reputation. WHOLE FOODS’ NEW SHOPPER: IS IT YOU? Customer 2.0 high on Amazon’s agenda 21,808 21,800 56.97 Zlati Meyer 21,700 @ZlatiMeyer USA TODAY TUESDAY MARKETS INDEX CLOSE CHG Nasdaq composite 6301.89 x 18.87 S&P 500 2446.30 x 2.06 T-note, 10-year yield 2.13% y 0.03 Oil, light sweet crude $46.44 y 0.13 Gold, oz. Comex $1313.10 x 3.40 Euro (dollars per euro) $1.1992 x 0.0013 Yen per dollar 109.71 x 0.62 SOURCES USA TODAY RESEARCH, MARKETWATCH.COM uUSA MARKETS, 4B © Falling behind If a business can’t keep up with digital innovations, executives say it will take 4 years,11 months for their organization to go out of business or to be absorbed by a competitor, on average. SOURCE Couchbase survey of 450 chief information officers, chief technology officers and chief digital officers JAE YANG AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY v STORY CONTINUES ON 2B Gas prices expected to spike in short term MONEYLINE U.S. HOME PRICES SURGE IN JUNE U.S. home prices climbed higher in June with gains that are eclipsing income growth — creating affordability pressures for would-be buyers. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic CaseShiller 20-city home price index rose 5.7% in June, according to a Tuesday report. and Galveston. “Our priority is always the safety of our team members and providing service to our customers,” FedEx spokesman Jonathan Lyons said in a statement. It was not immediately clear how the delivery outage was affecting online delivery of certain critical products such as prescriptions. For customers not able to receive mail-order prescriptions, CVS spokesperson Stephanie Cunha said the company “is able to provide one-time emergency reﬁlls” at stores with 10-day supplies “for plan members in impacted areas.” Amazon started its ﬁrst week as the new owner of Whole Foods Market by cutting prices on select items and cross-promoting the tech gear it sells on its website, but the biggest challenge lies ahead: luring new customers. Sure, the online giant can leverage the power of its Amazon Prime membership to promote the upscale supermarket chain. But that likely won’t be enough as it seeks to keep Whole Foods’ devoted following while expanding it. “Amazon will stay reverent of the DNA of Whole Foods so the core doesn’t abandon it and begin to educate those that are likely to experience the brand (for the ﬁrst time) about the wonderful elements that are priced in a delicious way,” said Eric Schiffer, CEO of California private equity ﬁrm the Patriarch Group. The venerable Austin-headquartered chain known for natural foods and high prices NEW YORK SAUL LOEB, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Amazon began cutting prices at Whole Foods on Monday, its ﬁrst day as new owner of the grocery chain. “The convenience of Amazon is why you’d do it. It’s like your favorite store just opened one closer to you.” Bob Phibbs, CEO of consultancy The Retail Doctor, on having Whole Foods’ products delivered via Amazon needs a jolt, experts say, if it’s going to deal with seven consecutive quarters of sales declines at stores open at least a year. It will need to pull customers from other chains in the $750 billion grocery industry, reaching beyond its relatively narrow demographic of affluent shoppers who see organic foods as healthier than normal supermarket fare and who embrace causes such as animal welfare. According to experts, the new customers could include: uThe far-ﬂung: Given Amazon’s expertise in delivering goods, people who don’t live near a Whole Foods store will be able to order online and have it delivered. Whole Foods has only about 460 stores in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, a smidge compared to the number of supermarkets overall, so reach becomes important. “The convenience of Amazon is why you’d do it. It’s like your favorite store just opened one closer to you,” said Bob Phibbs, CEO of the New York-based consultancy The Retail Doctor. “They’re going to be curious.” uAmazon Prime members: Whole Foods products are now listed on Amazon, so those already gung-ho enough about Amazon to pay the monthly or annual fee will want to sample these new food v STORY CONTINUES ON 2B Gasoline shortages rippled through the Houston area and prices are rising for the entire country as Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc on the energy industry. U.S. motorists are likely to experience average increases of 10 cents to 20 cents per gallon, GasBuddy.com petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said Tuesday. That’s up from a previous forecast of 5 cents to 15 cents per gallon. Outages at Texas Gulf Coast reﬁneries and disruptions to shipping corridors are fueling the price increases, although historically high gasoline inventories are likely to somewhat mitigate the impact. At least two dozen Houstonarea fuel stations reported to GasBuddy’s tracker that they did not have gasoline, DeHaan said. Some are likely underwater or have sustained damage from the ferocious ﬂooding that continues to crush the region. Five reﬁneries in the Houston area and six in the Corpus Christi area were closed as of Tuesday morning, representing more than 12% of the nation’s reﬁning capacity, according to the Department of Energy and the American Petroleum Institute. Another seven reﬁneries in the region were operating at reduced capacity, according to the DOE. Outages included Exxon’s massive reﬁnery in Baytown. Several ports through which energy is often shipped, including Houston, Texas City, Galveston and Freeport, were still closed as of Tuesday. Other infrastructure has been disrupted, including the critical Colonial Pipeline, which carries gasoline to several states in the Southeast. Colonial Pipeline said its service was “interrupted” at its origin in Houston. “Right now logistics are frozen,” DeHaan said. Nationally, gas price increases are likely to last at least two weeks and possibly more than a month, DeHaan said. Part of the uncertainty stems from a lack of information about the long-term damage to reﬁnery infrastructure. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 2B MONEY Deliveries come to a standstill v CONTINUED FROM 1B DEBORAH BARFIELD BERRY, USA TODAY The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national coordination center in Washington, D.C., was in full swing Sunday. INSURANCE PAYOUTS LIKELY WON’T PUT VICTIMS’ LIVES BACK TOGETHER Some policies have claim limits, and government relief will only go so far Roger Yu @ByRogerYu USA TODAY When the rain ﬁnally stops, a vast majority of homeowners in Southeast Texas digging out from Harvey’s aftermath will confront another arduous obstacle — ﬁnding enough money to repair uninsured properties. Estimates indicate that only about one in ﬁve homes in the greater Houston area are covered by ﬂood insurance, a scenario that will likely drive hundreds of thousands of people and business owners to abandon their properties or take on heavy debts, not to mention heightened pleas from local governments for more federal subsidies. The Consumer Federation of America estimates only about 20% of homeowners with ﬂood damage in the region have insurance protection. Harvey could result in as many as 50,000 claims for wind damage by homeowners, and “as many as two or three times” as many claims for federal ﬂood insurance, it says. As of April, only about 15% of homes in Harris County, Texas — with 1.8 million homes and home to Houston, the nation’s fourthlargest city — currently have active policies from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), according to risk consulting ﬁrm Aon. Similarly, take-up rates are lacking in neighboring counties, Aon said. In total, the storm will result in $30 billion to $40 billion in property damage, Moody’s Analytics estimates. “It’s unprecedented on so many different levels,” says Steve Bowen, a director and meteorologist at Aon. “Unfortunately, we are going to see that an abnormally high rate of economic damage is uninsured.” With rain still falling, total insurance damage estimates are hard to come by, and damage assessors won’t be able to get a more accurate assessment until it’s safe to do so. But the amount paid by insurers likely will fall somewhere between the payouts of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, estimates Tom Santos, vice president of federal affairs of the American Insurance Association. Katrina resulted in $14 billion insured losses from ﬂoods while Sandy incurred $8.4 billion, he said. The rush of ﬂood claims will take a heavy toll on the already burdened NFIP, the insurance program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than 90% of all ﬂood insurance policies in the country are issued by NFIP. And homeowners whose property is located in designated ﬂood zones are required to buy a policy, a requirement enforced by mortgageissuing banks. Much of Southeast Texas was not considered FEMA-mapped zones in risk of ﬂooding despite a rapid increase in population in Houston since 2000 that has pressured its drainage systems. “Most people in these lower risk areas don’t buy ﬂood insurance,” says Carolyn Kousky, director for policy research and engagement at the Wharton Risk Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Those who’ve paid off their mortgage or have a home bequeathed from parents — even if they are in the ﬂood zone — are often reluctant to buy a ﬂood policy. Renters can also buy ﬂood insurance from NFIP, but many aren’t aware of it, Santos says. Typical homeowners or renters’ insurance policies generally don’t cover ﬂood-related damages. Complicating the issue is that NFIP caps payouts for residential homes at $250,000 and $500,000 for commercial properties. Many homeowners with a NFIP policy don’t carry surplus insurance even if they own more expensive houses. And repair bills exceeding the cap could be ﬁnancially burdensome for some homeowners. Those without any kind of ﬂood insurance can turn to government assistance programs for relief. But it may not be sufficient for many affected individuals. FEMA’s disaster relief fund grants only about $5,000 on average in payouts per individual, Kousky said. “It doesn’t make people whole,” she said. Without ﬂood insurance, “you’re in trouble.” The staggering amount of help needed in Texas likely will mean FEMA will have to come up with more money to cover losses and award relief funds. REVIEWED.COM / MICHAEL DESJARDIN The iPhone 7 is water-resistant, as are some other new phones. But even water resistance has its limits. If your phone got wet, don’t do this Elizabeth Weise @eweise USA TODAY Smartphones and water just don’t mix, as thousands of people in Texas are learning to their distress during the ﬂooding there. Experts say even if a phone is drenched, there are steps you can take to recover it — but it takes patience and the ability to leave the phone alone. What kills a wet phone is electricity, said Gary Tan with DE iPhone repair, a San Francisco-based company that offers multiple sites for smartphone repair and drying. “Do not charge it. Do not plug it in to see if it works. If it’s on, electricity will ﬂow, it will touch the water that’s inside, and that’s when you fry the (circuit) board,” he said. This is also true even if your phone is still working after it was dropped in water. “You didn’t get lucky. Turn it off!” said Craig Beinecke, cofounder of TekDry, a Denverbased company that has more than 600 sites nationwide where consumers can quickly get small electronics dried out. What actually happened to those “lucky” people is that it took a while for the water to reach connections inside the phone. Once it did, the water shorted them out. And while some newer SAN FRANCISCO phones are water-resistant and can withstand a quick drop in a bucket or toilet, none are waterproof. Multiple websites suggest sticking electronics that have been submerged in liquid in a bag of uncooked rice, to draw the water out. But that actually doesn’t work and can introduce dust and starch into the phone as well, Beinecke said. “We did a study, and rice was slower to work than just leaving the phone out on the counter. And neither worked fast enough. After about 48 hours in rice, only 13% of the water came out of the phone,” he said. The preferred method to safely dry phones is to boil off the water inside them at low temperatures under vacuum. Even so, salt water is another thing entirely, experts say. The salts in ocean water are strongly corrosive and can quickly damage a phone. If it’s impossible to get a phone dried out under vacuum within several days, there’s one last-ditch trick, says David Naumann, president of DryBox, which dries phones. “If, and only if, it was in salt water, then we recommend putting the phone in a Ziploc bag with some bottled, puriﬁed water and just a pinch of baking soda. ... The baking soda counteracts the corrosiveness of the salt water until you can get it cleaned out professionally,” he said. About 180 of the company’s 770 stores in the Hurricane Harvey-affected areas are currently closed. “CVS is working diligently to resume operations as soon as it is safe for both our employees and customers,” Cunha said in an email. “In addition, we will have our mobile pharmacy unit moved into the area once it is safe.” The storm has signiﬁcantly disrupted shipping corridors, including temporarily shuttering the critical Houston Shipping Channel. Several major ports have also temporarily closed, including Houston, Texas City, Galveston and Freeport, according to the Department of Energy. “The current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Harvey may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unloading to other port locations for discharge purposes,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Other areas affected: uChemicals. Goods made with plastics based on petrochemicals such as ethylene and propolene could face sporadic supply chain disruptions and retail price increases in the coming weeks, PetroChem Wire executive editor Kathy Hall said. “They’re like the crude oil and natural gas of chemicals,” Hall said. “You can’t make anything without them.” The storm has disrupted nearly half of the nation’s petrochemicals production capacity, she said. uAutos. Dozens of auto dealerships in the Houston area temporarily closed, including all 18 of the stores owned by the country’s largest dealership chain, AutoNation. At Ford, “we know for certain that many dealers have sustained signiﬁcant damage,” spokesman Said Deep said. Toyota spokesman Scott Vazin said the automaker had not received any reports of damages to vehicle inventories but acknowledged that it “could be too soon to concretely say.” Vehicle production appeared to be largely unaffected in the early going. General Motors, Ford and Toyota said their manufacturing operations, which typically rely upon just-in-time delivery of parts, had not been affected. But overall industry sales will take a hit. Edmunds.com analyst Jessica Caldwell estimated that automakers would sell 2% fewer vehicles than expected in August because of Harvey, and the effects will likely continue into September. But retail demand could pick up in the coming months as consumers replace damaged vehicles and make purchases they had intended to complete earlier. uRetail. Nate Herman, senior vice president of supply chain for the American Apparel & Footwear Association, said retailers could be affected by increased shipping costs or lower consumer spending as a result of higher gasoline prices. “However, it (is) too early to say when and if that will happen,” Herman said in an email. And any impact would not immediately — if ever — lead to empty shelves or clothing racks. “But in theory it should be weeks or months down the road when anything would be felt,” says Lloyd Wood, spokesman for the National Council of Textile Organizations. Still, some retailers are already feeling the pinch. Zales, the chain that sells diamond engagement rings along with other jewelry, said deliveries to areas affected by the hurricane may be delayed. Contributing: Charisse Jones Amazon’s Whole Foods challenge: Finding new customers v CONTINUED FROM 1B options. For Amazon Prime members who aren’t physically close to a Whole Foods store, the transition will be even easier and the insider beneﬁts more enticing. More than half of online grocery shoppers are Amazon Prime members, according to the NPD Group, a research outﬁt. uThe frugal: Penny pinchers long have steered clear of Whole Foods, given its reputation for prices so out of whack with mainstream markets it was known as “Whole Paycheck.” That could change. “Cost is the most important,” Deborah Finney, 53, a property manager from Hackensack, N.J., said as she walked into a store. “You want the most bang for your buck.” If costs can be reduced, “you’ll have (people from) different walks of life coming here to shop.” uMillennials: They could become Whole Foods devotees. But it’s all about price. They are shoppers such as Benjamin Kaneda, 20, a student from Montclair, N.J., who stopped “Cost is the most important. You want the most bang for your buck.” Deborah Finney, 53, a property manager from Hackensack, N.J. at a Whole Foods in midtown Manhattan and left carrying only a cut-up melon and bag of carrots. “It’s too expensive,” he said. “I saw the price drop and wanted to check it out.” Whole Foods needs to ﬁnd more Millennials attracted not only by lower prices, but the technology Amazon brings to the market experience. That, combined with a consciousness about nutrition and aversion to genetically modiﬁed foods, pesticides and anything else they don’t deem as natural, could make them regulars. “This is the ultimate dream marrying those principles with technology, which runs through their veins,” Schiffer said. uFair-weather shoppers: Some consumers treat Whole Foods as more of a specialty store than a supermarket, buying only select items there. Thanks to lower prices and better access, they may increase their purchases — even if it still doesn’t become their primary market. Others will just continue to stay away. Even with select lower prices, “what someone would pay $70 to $80 at BJ’s Wholesale Club, Winn-Dixie or ShopRite, they’re paying $100 for” at Whole Foods, said Burt Flickinger III, managing director of the Strategic Resource Group, a retail and consumer goods consultancy. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 Regret over initially not saving enough adds fuel to the ﬁre for marketing exec Tanisha A. Sykes Special for USA TODAY Vivian Gomez, a marketing executive, remembers the days when she was making barely enough to cover rent and the cost of her commute. She started in the public relations business at 20 and by the time she was 21 was director of her division at a celebrity marketing ﬁrm. From there, she took what she learned and founded her own company. “When I launched The Maven Firm in 2011, I had one client who paid a $5,000-a-month retainer,” says Gomez, now 29 and owner of the New York-based boutique marketing, public relations and branding agency with celebrity and small-business clients. It sounds like a decent amount of money, especially for a startup, but after paying expenses, she had about $100 left in her bank account for the ﬁrst three months in business. “I was literally living paycheck to paycheck,” she says. “But I didn’t mind because feeling like I owned something that was mine made me work even harder.” It was a tough lesson for the young entrepreneur who kept pondering: What if I had saved for a couple of years before making this decision? I wouldn’t have felt the pressure to make it work no matter what. That pivotal thought motivated her to get the company on track fast by attracting a stream of clients, hiring freelancers and providing stellar service. Initially, to do a really good job, she had to spend more than half of a given client’s retainer to hire additional support staff, she says. Today, her ﬁrm, which has revenues in the six-ﬁgure range, has an average of 10 clients on retainer while employing ﬁve full-time staff members and a gaggle of independent contractors. Never one to rely on a single stream of income, Gomez is in the process of starting two addi- MONEY 3B AT 29, THIS ENTREPRENEUR KNOWS THE STRUGGLE OF LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYBACK JAHN HALL Vivian Gomez owns The Maven Firm, a marketing, PR and branding agency in New York City. “I actually panic now if I don’t put a substantial amount of money into my savings each month.” Vivian Gomez tional businesses: an e-commerce site and a partnership with an AList Canadian entertainer and beverage brand. She is investing her resources and expertise into the brand while owning a major stake. “My company will be handling all of the celebrity endorsements, media coverage/outreach, event partnerships, brand campaigns and publicity for the brand,” Gomez says. She’s also an avid saver, squirreling away $1,000 to $5,000 a month for personal emergencies in addition to saving in an IRA. “I actually panic now if I don’t put a substantial amount of money into my savings each month,” she says. With $15,000 left in student loan debt, she makes automatic payments to protect her credit score. She needs to leverage that A-1 score to invest in the next venture. Her take on following a dream is simple: “Yes, follow your passion but also explore all as- pects of your talent and work smarter because one single source of income will not make you wealthy.” Carlos Dias Jr., a wealth manager and ﬁnancial adviser at MVP Wealth Management Group and Excel Tax & Wealth Group in Orlando, says on the face of it, Vivian’s ﬁnancials look good. But he’s concerned about her student debt. “With a 4% interest rate on her student loan, Vivian would pay $5,374 in interest on every $25,000 borrowed over a 10-year period,” Dias says. “Although rates can range anywhere from 3.75% to 8.5%, it is to her advantage to pay off her student loan debt as soon as possible.” Dias offers tips to other entrepreneurs: uDiversify investments. Although every person’s risk tolerance is different, diversifying your assets is a way to mitigate risk, Dias explains. Investing in the stock market for the long term can be cost-effective (depending on who is managing your account), passive (you don’t have to be hands-on like with real estate) and rewarding. uSave more for emergencies. While Vivian is saving more than enough in case she needs some extra cash in a pinch, many entrepreneurs underestimate how much is needed. Dias advises: “Entrepreneurs need to have at least 12 to 15 months of expenses set aside, then they can focus on investing in the market.” uSwitch to a higher-yielding bank account. “Vivian runs the risk of receiving a negative return by keeping so much of her cash in a low-yielding (or nonyielding) bank account because of inﬂation,” Dias says. “We have experienced a lower inﬂation rate; however, a good standard would be around 3%, meaning that $1 today won’t have the same value next year.” His advice? Place the money in a money market account, Certiﬁcate of Deposit (CD) or Treasury Inﬂation-Protected Securities (TIPS), which require a ﬁve-year time commitment. uSecure your ﬁnancial future. Look at the retirement accounts of today as your Social Security because over the next 30 years, it’s going to look totally different. “Start saving as much as possible in your retirement accounts,” he says. Domino’s, Ford team to test driverless pizza delivery But will customers like the idea of what amounts to a self-serve pickup process? Engineers at Ford and Roush Performance outﬁtted the Fusion with the hardware and electronics necessary to turn it into a delivery vehicle. Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press ANN ARBOR , MICH . Someday, the Domino’s pizza you order might show up in a car that drives itself. Domino’s and Ford Motor began testing Tuesday in Ann Arbor, where Domino’s is based, to see whether customers like the idea of driverless-car delivery or stumble over what amounts to a self-serve pickup process once the pizza arrives. The test involves using a Ford Fusion sedan with markings and gear on the roof to indicate it is self-driving. Ford said the Fusion hybrid is capable of driving itself but is driven by an engineer for the purposes of the testing. The windows will be tinted to prevent the customer from seeing the driver. The main intent of the project is to test customer reaction, and the customers will think the vehicle is driving itself. The customer will receive a text message when the vehicle arrives and then go out to the car. The customer then will enter the last four digits of his or her phone number on a tablet computer mounted on the outside of the vehicle. The correct number causes the window to open, and the customer can pull the pizza out of a compartment designed to keep the pizzas warm and prevent them from sliding around. The nation’s second-largest pizza chain isn’t sure whether its customers will be eager to go out- PHOTOS BY ELAINE CROMIE, SPECIAL TO THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, VIA USA TODAY NETWORK “We are delivery experts. This is where the industry is going.” Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA side to pick up their pizza from a driverless car in the rain and snow, but it wants to begin testing the idea now so it can position itself at the forefront of the emerging technology. “We are delivery experts. This is where the industry is going,” said Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA. “We think we are the right company, and we certainly are working with the right partner to make this happen.” While the idea will require the customer to do a little extra work, people have adapted in the past to self-service gas and self-checkout at grocery stores. Plus, the pizza won’t cost more, and no tip will be required. Domino’s wants to make sure it continues to explore innovative ways to stay ahead of the competition for getting pizzas to the right place as fast as possible. The company began dispatching pizzas to homes in 1960 and delivers more than 1 billion pizzas worldwide every year. “So delivery is very important to us,” Weiner said. For Ford, partnering with Domino’s provides a way to interact with a sophisticated company in the food-delivery business as it develops self-driving vehicles. While much of the focus is on self-driving vehicles used by ridehailing services such as Uber and Lyft, the sale of vehicles capable of delivering packages and goods could be just as lucrative for automakers. “When you look at moving goods, there are perishable goods, which are difficult to do, like we are experimenting with Domino’s, and then there are non-perishable goods,” said Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president of autonomous and electric vehicles. For now, the partnership only involves one vehicle at one Domino’s pizza location in Ann Arbor. Over the next several weeks, randomly selected Domino’s customers will be asked whether they are willing to participate in the research project and receive their delivery from the self-driving Ford Fusion hybrid. Kevin Vasconi, Domino’s chief innovation officer, said the com- pany expects all kinds of things will go wrong. In fact, he hopes some customers have problems because the purpose of the test is to discover issues that engineers haven’t anticipated. But engineers at Ford and Roush Performance, which outﬁtted the Fusion with the additional hardware and electronics necessary to turn it into a delivery vehicle, seem to have thought of almost everything. If the wrong number is keyed in three times, a prompt will direct the customer to call the store for assistance. If a phone or another object is left in the compartment, as the customer picks up, the pizza’s sensors will detect the object and a voice will remind customers to make sure they have all of their belongings. A touchscreen interface tablet, which will guide the customer through the experience, is attached on the passenger side of a Ford Fusion hybrid autonomous research vehicle. And if customers linger too long as they check out the vehicle, they will be asked to step away so the car can safely drive away. Afterward, customers will be asked to participate in a survey that will ask how they liked the service. Domino’s Chief Development Officer Kelly Garcia stands next to the Ford Fusion self-driving hybrid that will be used as a test pizza delivery vehicle in Ann Arbor, Mich. 4B MONEY AMERICA’S MARKETS What to watch @adamshell USA TODAY The blueprint for how Wall Street reacts to threats of war, military provocations and other high-proﬁle and unsettling geopolitical risks was on display brieﬂy Tuesday after North Korea lobbed a missile over Japan. The knee-jerk reaction of traders was to take “risk” off the table by selling investments such as stocks that could potentially go down a lot if the threat turns from bluster to something worse. The Dow took an early dive Tuesday, dipping almost 135 points, before recouping its gains and ﬁnishing the day up 57 points. The market’s initial phase Tuesday was classic “ﬂight to safety” trading. With questions Price: $31.13 +56.97 Day’s high: $31.26 Low: $30.93 $35 The automaker said it will recall 281,000 vehicles in the U.S. with a computer glitch that can cause cars to stall. The recall covers the 2009 to 2016 CC and the 2006 to 2010 Passat and Passat Wagon vehicles. Change -$0.33 % chg -1.1% DOW JONES $30 Aug. 1 Change -$0.56 % chg -0.3% 4-WEEK TREND Domino’s Pizza $200 % chg 0.9% $178.38 $150 Aug. 1 Aug. 29 Price: $116.85 Day’s high: $116.98 Low: $116.33 4-WEEK TREND Anheuser-Busch InBev $150 The Budweiser parent company’s brewery in Georgia has halted beer production and switched to water to send to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. More than 100,000 cans of water will be delivered to Arlington, Texas. Change $1.04 Aug. 29 Price: $178.38 Day’s high: $178.72 Low: $176.10 Ford is teaming with the restaurant chain to test driverless pizza delivery. There will still be an engineer at the wheel during testing, but customers will get their pizza from a locked compartment. S&P 500 SPX +2.06 CHANGE: +.3% CLOSE: 21,865.37 YTD: +2,102.77 PREV. CLOSE: 21,808.40 YTD % CHG: +10.6% RANGE: 21,673.58-21,879.22 $116.85 $90 Aug. 1 Aug. 29 22,000 21,865.37 STANDARD & POOR'S CHANGE: +.1% YTD: +207.47 YTD % CHG: +9.3% CLOSE: 2,446.30 PREV. CLOSE: 2,444.24 RANGE: 2,428.20-2,449.19 COMP NASDAQ RUT RUSSELL +18.87 COMPOSITE +1.45 RUSSELL 2000 INDEX 20,000 March Aug. STANDARD & POOR’S 500 NASDAQ COMPOSITE CHANGE: +.3% CLOSE: 6,301.89 YTD: +918.77 PREV. CLOSE: 6,283.02 YTD % CHG: +17.1% RANGE: 6,228.73-6,311.26 CHANGE: +.1% YTD: +26.55 YTD % CHG: +2.0% Company (ticker symbol) 6,400 CLOSE: 1,383.68 PREV. CLOSE: 1,382.23 RANGE: 1,371.80-1,385.19 S&P 500’S BIGGEST GAINERS/LOSERS Price $ Chg 2,500 6,301.89 YTD % Chg % Chg United Rentals (URI) Harvey expected to fuel rebuilding demand. 114.94 +4.23 +3.8 +8.9 United Technologies (UTX) Shares climb as Rockwell Collins deal nears. 118.70 +3.37 +2.9 +8.3 5,600 Aug. 16.51 Brown-Forman (BF/B) Shares rise ahead of earnings call. 51.20 +.42 +1.16 Raytheon (RTN) 182.11 +3.87 Shares higher after North Korean missile launch. 130.74 +2.75 +2.6 +2.3 -9.8 +14.0 +2.2 +28.2 +1.11 +2.0 -.3 Ulta Beauty (ULTA) Makes up loss on analyst outlook slash. 211.78 +4.03 +1.9 -16.9 +.94 +1.8 -6.7 200.95 +3.08 +1.6 +16.4 53.17 Price $ Chg YTD % Chg % Chg Best Buy (BBY) 55.02 Positive quarterly report yet fails to impress investors. -7.45 -11.9 +28.9 Company (ticker symbol) NAV 226.62 61.08 223.62 61.05 17.23 61.09 223.64 115.27 118.30 71.26 Chg. +0.23 +0.05 +0.22 +0.05 -0.07 +0.05 +0.22 -0.45 +0.27 unch. 4wk 1 -0.8% -1.1% -0.8% -1.1% +0.1% -1.1% -0.8% +0.1% -0.4% -0.3% YTD 1 +10.7% +9.9% +10.7% +9.8% +18.6% +9.9% +10.7% +18.7% +20.9% +7.0% 16.43 Under Armour C (UA) Shares decline along with sibling stock. 15.34 -.44 -2.8 -39.1 Darden Restaurants (DRI) Negative note, dips along with sector. 82.64 -2.20 -2.6 +13.6 16.11 -.36 -2.2 -41.5 Marathon Petroleum (MPC) 51.43 Prolonged Harvey shutdown pushes shares lower. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) Indonesia deal seen to come at too big of a cost. 15.21 -.50 -3.0 -43.4 -1.09 -2.1 +2.1 -.32 -2.1 +15.3 Universal Health Services (UHS) 106.93 Harvey expected to hurt, dips along with peers. -2.14 -2.0 +.5 HCA Holdings (HCA) Flood exposure pushes shares lower. 77.59 -1.57 -2.0 +4.8 Nike (NKE) Falls after Finish Line lowers forecasts. 52.73 -1.00 -1.9 +3.7 SOURCE: BLOOMBERG AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PERFORMANCE DAILY YTD SECTOR Technology 0.4% 20.1% Health care 0.2% 15.3% -0.2% 13.5% Industrials 0.7% 9.2% Materials -0.5% 9.2% Consumer discret. -0.1% 8.8% Consumer staples 0.3% 5.8% Financials -0.3% 5.7% Telecom -0.3% 2.6% Energy -0.1% -16.8% Utilities 1 – CAPITAL GAINS AND DIVIDENDS REINVESTED ETF, ranked by volume Ticker VanE Vect Gld Miners GDX SPDR S&P500 ETF Tr SPY Barc iPath Vix ST VXX SPDR Financial XLF iShs Emerg Mkts EEM ProShs Ultra VIX ST UVXY iShares Gold Trust IAU CS VS 2x Vix ShTm TVIX PowerShs QQQ Trust QQQ US Oil Fund LP USO Close 24.42 244.85 47.87 24.57 44.69 31.19 12.58 17.01 142.97 9.46 Chg. +0.16 +0.28 +0.57 -0.08 -0.08 +0.79 -0.02 +0.35 +0.56 -0.07 % Chg %YTD +0.7% +16.7% +0.1% +9.5% +1.2% unch. -0.3% +5.7% -0.2% +27.6% +2.6% unch. -0.2% +13.5% +2.1% -82.1% +0.4% +20.7% -0.7% -19.3% INTEREST RATES MORTGAGE RATES Type Prime lending Federal funds 3 mo. T-bill 5 yr. T-note 10 yr. T-note Type 30 yr. fixed 15 yr. fixed 1 yr. ARM 5/1 ARM Close 6 mo ago 4.25% 3.75% 1.16% 0.66% 1.02% 0.54% 1.71% 1.94% 2.13% 2.40% Close 6 mo ago 3.69% 3.99% 2.96% 3.13% 3.16% 3.12% 3.09% 3.15% SOURCE: BANKRATE.COM COMMODITIES Under Armour A (UAA) Shares dip on Kevin Durant comments. Mattel (MAT) Reverses gain on Fullscreen partnership. Aug. MARKET PERFORMANCE BY SECTOR TOP 10 EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS 57.77 General Dynamics (GD) North Korea concerns push shares up. Fund, ranked by size Vanguard 500IdxAdmrl Vanguard TtlSMIdxAdmrl Vanguard InsIdxIns Vanguard TtlSMIdxInv Vanguard TtInSIdxInv Vanguard TtlSMIdxIns Vanguard InsIdxInsPlus Vanguard TtInSIdxInsPlus Fidelity Contrafund Vanguard WlngtnAdmrl +2.1 +40.9 Dish Network (DISH) Ruling opens path to $3.3 billion discount. Jacobs Engineering (JEC) Climbs on Southern Peru Copper deal. March AP Coty (COTY) Insider buys again, shares up. Rockwell Collins (COL) Climbs on United Technologies progress. 2,446.30 2,300 March TOP 10 MUTUAL FUNDS LOSERS $31.13 DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE GAINERS 4-WEEK TREND Volkswagen Group swirling over North Korea’s latest missile test provocation — which put both the U.S. and one of its allies on notice — investors initially ﬂocked to so-called haven investments, such as gold, U.S. government bonds and other assets deemed safe places to park cash when the world is experiencing existential worries. Gold jumped more than $22 to climb as high as $1,331.90, nearing its 52-week high of $1,370.80 from September 2016. Gold settled at $1,313.10, continuing its rise above $1,300 for the ﬁrst time since June 2016. Money also ﬂooded into U.S. 10-year Treasuries, brieﬂy pushing the yield down to 2.088%, its lowest level since the days after the presidential election. Calm returned and many of the trades reversed by day’s end. But not before the market showed signs of being spooked. MAJOR INDEXES DJIA ALL THE MARKET ACTION IN REAL TIME. MARKETS.USATODAY.COM STORY STOCKS N. Korea sets ‘ﬂight to safety’ trades in motion Adam Shell USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 K1 Commodities Close Prev. Cattle (lb.) 1.05 1.06 Corn (bushel) 3.34 3.36 Gold (troy oz.) 1,313.10 1,309.70 Hogs, lean (lb.) .60 .62 Natural Gas (Btu.) 2.96 2.93 Oil, heating (gal.) 1.67 1.64 Oil, lt. swt. crude (bar.) 46.44 46.57 Silver (troy oz.) 17.42 17.43 Soybeans (bushel) 9.31 9.35 Wheat (bushel) 4.03 4.00 Chg. -0.01 -0.02 +3.40 -0.02 +0.03 +0.03 -0.13 -0.01 -0.04 +0.03 % Chg. -0.9% -0.7% +0.3% -2.3% +1.2% +1.9% -0.3% -0.1% -0.5% +0.7% % YTD -11.6% -5.3% +14.2% -9.0% -20.5% -2.3% -13.6% +9.3% -6.6% -1.3% Close .7737 1.2529 6.5975 .8339 109.71 17.8496 Prev. .7729 1.2494 6.6325 .8348 109.09 17.8152 20 11.66 Close 11,945.88 27,765.01 19,362.55 7,337.43 51,313.66 40 6 mo. ago .8061 1.3291 6.8688 .9437 112.17 20.0776 Yr. ago .7626 1.3017 6.6796 .8939 101.98 18.5992 +0.31 (+2.7%) S&P 500 P/E RATIO The price-to-earnings ratio, based on trailing 12-month “operating” earnings: 15 FOREIGN MARKETS Country Frankfurt Hong Kong Japan (Nikkei) London Mexico City 30 10 0 FOREIGN CURRENCIES Currency per dollar British pound Canadian dollar Chinese yuan Euro Japanese yen Mexican peso CBOE VOLATILITY INDEX Measures expected market volatility based on S&P 500 index options pricing: Prev. Change 12,123.47 -177.59 27,863.29 -98.28 19,449.90 -87.35 7,401.46 -64.03 51,266.72 +46.94 7.5 %Chg. YTD % -1.5% +4.1% -0.4% +26.2% -0.5% +1.3% -0.9% +2.7% +0.1% +12.4% 20.33 22.5 SOURCES: MORNINGSTAR, DOW JONES INDEXES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IN-DEPTH MARKETS COVERAGE USATODAY.COM/MONEY 30 0 SOURCE BLOOMBERG +0.01 (+0.1%) Best Buy’s resurgence continues despite hot competition Nathan Bomey and Charisse Jones @NathanBomey, @charissejones USA TODAY The resurgence of electronics retailer Best Buy accelerated as the chain predicted a brighter future amid better-than-expected sales of products such as wearable technology, smart-home devices and appliances. Best Buy’s comeback continued despite intense online competition from Amazon and brick-and-mortar rivals, suggest- ing the big-box chain is ﬁnding a sustainable path. Second-quarter sales at stores open at least a year increased 5.4%, far outpacing S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates of 2.1%. Encouraging sales of computing devices, smartphones, appliances, wearable technology and Internet-connected devices used in the home helped offset a decline in sales of tablet computers. “Against a backdrop of continued healthy consumer conﬁdence, we believe broad-based product innovation is resonating with consumers and driving high- BEST BUY er (spending),” Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said in a statement. “And, with our effective merchandising and marketing activities, combined with our expert advice and service available online, in- store and in-home — we are garnering an increasing share of those dollars.” The company raised its forecast for ﬁscal-year revenue growth from 2.5% to 4% and increased its projected operating income by half a percentage point to a range of 4% to 9%. Best Buy plans to bear down on the message that it’s a font of tech expertise, expanding nationally a home adviser service it began piloting last year. “What we’re seeing with home advisers is they unlock demand,” Joly said in an earnings call with media, noting that the size of or- ders generated by those house calls — in which trained sales people consult with homeowners on products they might ﬁnd useful — tends to be larger than those in stores. “They help customers do things they would not otherwise have done.” The company’s second-quarter revenue rose 4.8% to $8.94 billion, beating S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates of $8.67 billion. That included growth of more than 30% for online sales. Net earnings totaled $209 million, up 5.6% from a year earlier, beating projections of $195 million. 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ALASKA Juneau: Miners and environmentalists are paying close attention to the melting Herbert Glacier north of Juneau. Land that was completely covered 20 years ago is now exposed, KTOO-FM reports. ARIZONA Douglas: Fifteen inmates and four corrections officers were injured Monday during an hour-long disturbance at the 950-inmate medium-security Mohave prison unit in Douglas. ARKANSAS Texarkana: This southwest Arkansas county just took in $408,000 of unclaimed abandoned funds. The money comes from companies that paid royalties for mineral rights when the owners couldn’t be found. CALIFORNIA Dana Point: A group of boaters spotted a sea otter in what’s described as a rare Southern California sighting, The Orange County Register reports. Marine experts say the sighting could mean the sea otter population is rising. COLORADO Denver: The num- ber of drivers involved in fatal Colorado crashes who tested positive for marijuana has more than doubled since 2013, the Denver Post reports. CONNECTICUT New Haven: Charges were dismissed against 23 Yale University graduate students who blocked city streets during a protest against alleged sexual harassment at the school. The New Haven Register reports that the students must do community service. DELAWARE Wilmington: The last Dominican nuns in Delaware are leaving the state, The News Journal reports. The three nuns, their two cats and 3,000 religious books will move to Illinois at the end of the month. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A suburban District of Columbia baseball ﬁeld was renamed this week in honor of Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, a former Washington Nationals catcher who spent most of his career with the Texas Rangers. FLORIDA Largo: The Pinellas County sheriff ﬁred a decorated deputy who was caught on video taunting an autistic boy who threw a book at a teacher, The Tampa Bay Times reports. GEORGIA Atlanta: Georgia is among states that have cut public college and university funding since the recession, prompting many schools to raise tuition, WABE Radio reports. A new study by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities says fewer students will be able to go to college if the trend doesn’t stop. HAWAII Honolulu: Three health care companies and Honolulu officials are teaming up to provide medical service and housing to homeless people on Oahu, The Star-Advertiser reports. Medical plans include 24-hour urgent care and a rapid detox and wound care center. IDAHO Boise: Idaho has auctioned another 59 residential cabins for $29.1 million, The Spokesman-Review reports. Most of the buyers already owned cabins. The state plans to reinvest the money in higher-earning timber and farm land. ILLINOIS Chicago: Illinois now has automatic voter registration. Under the law, eligible residents will be automatically registered unless they opt out when they visit Secretary of State’s offices for drivers’ license services. INDIANA Muncie: Officials of HIGHLIGHT: TENNESSEE Couple visit every Cracker Barrel in USA SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: A parent sued Ashley Hall, an all-girls school in Charleston, after it sent an email that included private medical information on students. The lawsuit said the email included a spreadsheet that detailed allergies, psychiatric diagnoses and other information. Jessica Bliss USA TODAY For decades, Ray and Wilma Yoder traveled across the country on a unique quest — to visit every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in the country. They ate their favorite meals — meatloaf and pancakes and grilled chicken sandwiches — in the most obscure of places: Duncan, S.C.; Layton, Utah; and Baraboo, Wis. Along the way, they stopped at national landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty, and they visited local wonders such as the Opryland Hotel. They always kept a folded map on which they circled every Cracker Barrel they visited on the road. By 2015, they had visited more than 600. “A retiree is just that way,” says Ray Yoder, 80. The Yoders’ journey began nearly 40 years ago in Nashville. Back then, it wasn’t their goal to eat at every Cracker Barrel. Ray’s hometown of Goshen, Ind., is a manufacturing center for recreational vehicles and accessories. His job was to drive RVs across the country, delivering them to dealerships or buyers. NASHVILLE Muncie Community Schools say the system won’t shut down despite predictions that it’ll run out of money by the end of the year, The Star Press reports. The district is facing an $8.5 million general fund deﬁcit but is pursuing a state loan. IOWA Des Moines: This was a Union state during the Civil War, and the State Historical Museum has an “Iowa and the Civil War” exhibit. But not on display are 34 Confederate battle ﬂags in its underground vault. Authorities say the ﬂags aren’t central to the history shown in the exhibit. KANSAS Kansas: Gov. Sam Brownback has signed an emergency disaster declaration in response to storms that hit the state this month. The declaration covers eight counties. KENTUCKY Louisville: An investigation into the University of Louisville’s foundation includes deleted documents from the computer of ousted university President James Ramsey, The Courier-Journal reports. A forensic audit found a hard drive used by Ramsey had been erased. LOUISIANA Lake Charles: A man accused of shooting a Louisiana pastor during a 2013 service was released from jail after four years behind bars and no trial, The American Press reports. MAINE Ashland: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is holding a meeting Wednesday on the St. John-Allagash region and its future. The area includes a 22,760-acre reserve adjacent to Baxter State Park. MARYLAND Cumberland: The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Cumberland says he hopes to open for business in November, The Cumberland Times-News reports. The opening has been delayed because of a lack of approved marijuana growers with available product. THE ELKHART TRUTH Ray Yoder and his wife, Wilma, estimate they have traveled about 5 million miles on their Cracker Barrel quest. That’s how he found himself in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel setting up an RV show and looking for a place to eat. The most convenient spot was a Cracker Barrel on Music Valley Drive. As the Yoders’ children grew older and began to move away, Wilma started joining her husband on the road. It wasn’t long before Ray had a plan: “I said to my wife, ‘We have been to so many. Why don’t we go to them all?’ ” Wilma agreed. Ray estimates they have driven nearly 5 million miles. Monday — as they walked into their very last Cracker Bar- come families in the Twin Cities, with priority to families with children under age 6. MISSISSIPPI Greenville: Mis- sissippi’s Washington County has 29 unsafe bridges but only enough money to ﬁx two of them, The Delta Democrat-Times reports. Officials say the state will pay to repair four, leaving 23 structurally deﬁcient bridges. MISSOURI Columbia: The Uni- versity of Missouri is warning students, staff and faculty that a white supremacist group appears to be recruiting on and near the Columbia campus. The Columbia Tribune reports that officials spotted ﬂiers addressing “Midwestern Patriots” and carrying a neo-fascist symbol. MONTANA Butte: Atlantic Richﬁeld is picking up the estimated $660,000 tab to repair ﬂood damage at the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, The Montana Standard reports. Heavy rain in July caused signiﬁcant damage. NEBRASKA Lincoln: Dove hunt- ing season begins next month in Nebraska. Hunters have from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, with daily bag and possession limits of 15 and 45, respectively. rel in Tualatin, Ore., outside Portland — they could say they had officially called on all 645 Cracker Barrel locations in 44 states. Their ﬁnal trip came courtesy of Cracker Barrel, which is based in Lebanon, Tenn. The company ﬂew the couple out to Oregon from their home in Indiana for the event. Cracker Barrel gave them the royal treatment. It was a great end to a 40year, millions-of-miles quest. Well, at least until a new store opens, that is. Contributing: Tim Gordon, KGW-TV, Portland, Ore. proposed ordinance that would prohibit building new billboards, The Alamogordo Daily News reports. Signs already in place would have to be removed within ﬁve years. NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: New Song Church is starting a ministry offering a safe place for people recovering from addictions and other struggles, The Bismarck Tribune reports. The Celebrate Recovery community ministry will launch Sept. 8. Thousands of people braved massive traffic jams to get to the annual Burning Man festival that opened in the Nevada desert last weekend, The Reno GazetteJournal reports. About 70,000 people are expected to attend the art and music festival that runs until Sept. 4. NEW HAMPSHIRE New Hamp- OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: ton: Grange Hall in New Hampton has been approved for demolition. The 191-year-old building has served as a chapel, community center and classroom, The Laconia Sun reports. Researchers are using a lowﬂying airplane to map deep faults in Oklahoma, The Oklahoman reports. Before, researchers used oil and natural gas company data for fault maps. But most industry data is shallow, while most state earthquakes have been much deeper. MASSACHUSETTS Boston: The city’s official “Move-in Day” is Friday as college students begin moving back into their apartments and dorms — and clog up Boston-area streets. Officials say parking restrictions will be in effect. thorities say a runner participating in the Hood to Coast relay stole a pickup and drove through a ﬁeld where runners were resting, injuring a woman and then ﬂeeing, The Oregonian reports. The man faces assault, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle and DUI charges. MICHIGAN Lansing: Wildlife MINNESOTA Minneapolis: Hennepin County has received a $3.4 million HUD grant to help residents remove lead paint in their homes, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The effort will focus on low and moderate-in- NEW JERSEY Somerdale: Police are searching for a suspect who slashed 52 tires on multiple police and ﬁre vehicles. Tires on nine police cruisers, one ﬁre vehicle and three personal cars of police officers were slashed. NEW MEXICO Alamogordo: Billboard companies succeeded in getting Alamogordo commissioners to put off a vote on a TENNESSEE Knoxville: Ten- nessee’s escaped monkey is back home. Pretty Boy Floyd spent a week on the loose but was caught Sunday after walking up to the owner’s daughter, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. TEXAS Houston: A 150,000- barrel fuel storage tank spilled an unspeciﬁed amount of gasoline near Houston after tilting over because of rain from tropical storm Harvey. Authorities say a containment dike kept the fuel at Kinder Morgan’s Pasadena Terminal. UTAH St. George: Authorities are launching restoration work on a forest burned in a massive wildﬁre near the Utah ski town of Brian Head. The work includes aerial seeding and mulching more than 8.8 square miles of the forest, The Spectrum reports. NORTH CAROLINA Tarboro: Teams of planners, engineers and architects conducted a design workshop focusing on Princeville, the ﬁrst North Carolina town established by blacks. The teams created development scenarios including housing, business and other uses for a 52-acre tract. OHIO Powell: The Columbus Zoo says a macaw that ﬂew away from an open-air exhibit area was safely recaptured after people spotted the bright yellow and blue bird near a golf club a few miles away. Milo typically ﬂies between zoo handlers but took off on a gust of wind last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports. NEVADA Black Rock City: SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: The ﬁnance industry has lost hundreds of workers in the past three years as health care and retail companies grow their South Dakota workforce, The Argus Leader reports. A state cap on payday loan interest rates drove away about half of that sector’s operators. NEW YORK Syosset: Police on Long Island are investigating spray-painted anti-Semitic messages, including swastikas, on walls, doors and windows of Syosset High School. Detectives believe the vandalism occurred Sunday. OREGON Birkenfeld: Au- biologists are stepping up efforts to monitor Michigan ospreys. The birds all but disappeared because of pesticides but are coming back. Foundation, The Call reports. Woonsocket is seeking an artist to design the oven and a mason to build it. PENNSYLVANIA Hazleton: Authorities say an intoxicated woman abandoned her 14month-old baby outside a bar. Police charged 18-year-old Destiny Davila with child endangerment, public drunkenness and underage drinking. RHODE ISLAND Woonsocket: This city is getting a wood-ﬁred community bread oven, thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island VERMONT Brattleboro: The New England Center for Circus Arts has opened at a new location in Brattleboro with an event featuring jugglers and a ﬂying trapeze, The Brattleboro Reformer reports. The opening comes after a month of internal chaos resulting in the resignation of the center’s board. VIRGINIA Richmond: A 10-story hotel is in the planning stages to brighten a dark section along the downtown Kanawha Canal, The Richmond TimesDispatch reports. The $34 million Hyatt Place Hotel is scheduled to open in 2019. WASHINGTON Coupe- ville: Authorities in Washington’s Island County say a man beat a dog with a pickax and ﬁnished it off with a .22 caliber riﬂe for killing a chicken. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: A Labor Day bell-ringing event in West Virginia will celebrate U.S. working women during World War II. It’s being organized by a Charleston-based nonproﬁt, “Thanks! Plain and Simple.” WISCONSIN Madison: Water quality on Wisconsin lakes is better this year after last summer’s blue-green algae hazards, Wisconsin Public Radio reports. Homeowners on Lake Petenwell and smaller lakes described last year as one of the worst in years. WYOMING Laramie: The University of Wyoming is looking to add a tourism bachelor’s degree program, The Laramie Boomerang reports. School officials hope the program will support economic diversiﬁcation efforts. Compiled from staff and wire reports. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 E4 SECTION C Aging well Oregon reborn At 31, Rafael Nadal has returned to the top of the rankings and is hungry to win the U.S. Open 5C After a 4-8 season, new Oregon coach Willie Taggart is determined to restore Ducks’ winning ways 2C USA TODAY SPORTS HELPLINE MENTAL HEALTH SCOTT CLAUSE, USA TODAY NETWORK FIRST WORD THIS IS TRULY A DAY OF TEXANS HELPING TEXANS. IT HAS BEEN GREAT FOR US TO HAVE JUST A SMALL PART IN BEING ABLE TO OPEN OUR DOORS TO THE TEXANS GIVEN THE CRISIS AND EVERYTHING THAT SURROUNDS IT.” Charlotte Jones Anderson, Cowboys executive vice president and chairperson of the NFL Foundation, which is matching the Texans’ $1 million donation to the United Way Relief Fund to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. NUMBERS OF THE DAY $10 million Contribution from Les Alexander, owner of the Rockets, a person with knowledge of the pledge confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. He had originally planned to donate $4 million. $1 million Amount Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family will contribute on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $1 million donated by the public, according to the Associated Press. Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, who is from Houston, is donating $1 million, according to “The (Nashville) Tennessean.” $0 Cost of attending Baylor’s football opener Saturday against Liberty for families affected by Hurricane Harvey. The school set up an online form for families — up to eight people — to fill out to receive free tickets, parking and a meal. Baylor also offered its stadium for Sam Houston State to host Richmond on Friday night. Admission for that game is free for everyone. TWEET OF THE DAY @JJWatt $4 MILLION! New Goal: $5 Million Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who has spearheaded a fund drive on Twitter with a goal that has been increasing. LAST WORD “I HAVE HAD SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS IN THE COACHING PROFESSION TEXT AND CALL OFFERING PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS FOR ALL HOUSTONIANS. THEY ALL ASK WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP.” University of Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, who put out a message on Twitter calling for the college sports community to come together after officials called for donations of clothes. Edited by Thomas O’Toole USA SNAPSHOTS© Joining the club 200 Goals scored in the English Premier League by Wayne Rooney, who recently became the second player1 in league history to reach the milestone 1 – Alan Shearer, who played from 1992-2006, holds the record with 260 SOURCE Premierleague.com ELLEN J. HORROW AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY PHOTOS, FROM LEFT, JERRY WEST BY AP; BRANDON MARSHALL BY NOAH K. MURRAY, USA TODAY SPORTS; MICHAEL PHELPS BY ANDREW P. SCOTT, USA TODAY SPORTS; ROYCE WHITE BY LONDON LIGHTNING Athletes are far from immune to mental health problems. In fact, recent research says they might be more prone to such issues. ATHLETES FACE DEMONS Size, strength, speed no match for power of illnesses that afflict mind Scott Gleeson and Erik Brady @ScottMGleeson and @ByErikBrady USA TODAY Sports Michael Phelps locked himself in his bedroom for four days three years ago. He had been arrested a second time for DUI. He was despondent and adrift. He thought about suicide. “I didn’t want to be alive,” he tells USA TODAY Sports. “I didn’t want to see anyone else. I didn’t want to see another day.” Family and friends — “a lifesaving support group,” Phelps calls them — urged him to seek professional help. He got it. And now he wants others who are suffering from mental health issues to ﬁnd the help they need. Some will scoff at this. Phelps is the golden boy of the Olympic Games. Fame and fortune are his. Really, what could be so bad in his life? That is never the right question. People from all walks of life suffer from a range of mental illnesses. Roughly 44 million American adults experienced some form of mental illness in 2015 (the most recent year for which numbers are available), according to estimates by the National Institute of Mental Health. That’s nearly one in ﬁve people 18 or older. Athletes might be at increased risk, according to research by Lynette Hughes and Gerard Leavey of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health, who found that factors such as inju- ries, competitive failure and overtraining can lead to psychological distress. NBA legend Jerry West has struggled for decades with dark bouts of depression and low selfesteem. Sometimes people call him brave for speaking openly about it. He says that’s not courageous so much as honest. “Some people hide their pain,” West says. “I’m not proud of the fact that I don’t feel good about myself a lot of the time, but it’s nothing I’m ashamed of.” New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall calls mental health awareness and acceptance “the civil rights movement of our era.” He was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011 and spoke about the importance of destigmatizing mental illness in March at an NFL owners meeting. Giants owner John Mara said you could have heard a pin drop: “He raised our consciousness.” Athletes face pressure to perform, often in the face of intense public scrutiny, while competing in a culture that inhibits them from seeking the help they need. “For the longest time, I thought asking for help was a sign of weakness, because that’s kind of what society teaches us,” Phelps says. “That’s especially true from an athlete’s perspective. If we ask for help, then we’re not this big macho athlete that people can look up to. Well, you know what? If someone wants to call me weak for asking for help, that’s their problem. Because I’m saving my own life.” A look at the struggles of five athletes impacted by mental illness, 4C Colleges wary of athlete protests Backlash aimed at Rangers misguided Astros’ extra travel isn’t a real tragedy Backlash could be great if it happens Bob Nightengale Dan Wolken firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Sports email@example.com USA TODAY Sports KIM KLEMENT, USA TODAY SPORTS The Astros and Rangers will play in St. Petersburg, Fla. It’s a stroke of good luck for the college athletics industrial complex that there’s no need to worry about a national anthem controversy blossoming out of its showcase college football weekend beginning Thursday. Even as the NFL sees more and more players following the lead of Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and police violence, even as NBA stars become bolder and louder advocates for social justice, there’s no point in asking what would happen if players from Alabama and Florida State wanted to kneel during The Star-Spangled Banner on Saturday at a stadium erected a couple miles from where Martin Luther King Jr. was born. Unlike the NFL, college football teams stay in their locker KELLEY L. COX, USA TODAY SPORTS Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest can’t happen in college; players are inside then. rooms during the anthem, saving the likes of Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney from a backlash in deep red states where college football means the most and any form of player protest likely won’t be well received. But in the last year since Kaepernick’s protest was ﬁrst noticed, momentum for highproﬁle black athletes to become activists has grown. And it’s just v STORY CONTINUES ON 2C The rain won’t stop, people are dying in Houston and thousands more are missing in one of the largest natural disasters America has ever faced. And we’re supposed to be worried about baseball? We are actually engaging in a petty feud on whether the Texas Rangers should have agreed to ﬂip-ﬂop a three-game series with the Houston Astros while people are coping with a disaster around them. Are you kidding me? Please. Enough. Stop it. It’s not a “tragedy” that the Astros will have to travel an extra week during their schedule, spending six games and days in St. Petersburg, Fla., instead of playing at their home ballpark of Minute Maid Park in Houston. That’s an absolute insult to the millions of people of Houston. This is no more than an inconvenience. A tiny, minuscule nuisance involving millionaire ballplayers in a $10 billion business. Complain about your hardship staying in a ﬁve-star resort this week while one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history has ravaged the fourth-largest city in the country, with people still being rescued from rooftops, 30,000 taking refuge in emergency shelters, hundreds of thousands still without power and nearly a half-million people expected to apply for federal assistance? You kidding? v STORY CONTINUES ON 6C 2C SPORTS E2 USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 TAGGART, OREGON GO BACK TO BASICS After fall, Ducks begin climb back George Schroeder @GeorgeSchroeder USA TODAY Sports EUGENE , ORE . Months now since the paint dried, it is still jarring. All over the Oregon football facility — and correspondingly, within adjacent Autzen Stadium — the formerly ubiquitous “Win the Day” slogan has been erased. In its place: “Do Something.” If that feels somehow incomplete, it is. The full catchphrase, scrolling on an electronic board near the Ducks’ team meeting room, makes more sense: Blame No One Make No Excuses Do Something For the ﬁrst time in a long time, the Ducks are doing something else. Come Saturday, when they host Southern Utah, they will be led out of the tunnel by the Duck riding that motorcycle. They will wear the latest new uniform and play fast. Just like always. But everyone around here hopes the Ducks do something different than last season’s 4-8, which led to the ouster of Mark Helfrich — and by extension, the end of the culture created by Chip Kelly. Oregon’s rise to the upper echelon of college football was fast and furiously fun. Its fall — less than two years after playing for a national championship — was equally precipitous. Which is why the old tagline is conspicuously absent. It’s clear new coach Willie Taggart has not done any marketing surveys or checked with the creatives. What should Oregon’s brand be? “Get it back to a winning brand,” Taggart says. “Tough. Fun to watch. A disciplined football team.” It’s the kind of thing all coaches say, especially newcomers to a difficult situation. What’s still wild, Taggart says, is how that describes what he found at Oregon. He was like most others; from afar, he saw Oregon as a model of how to rapidly build a winner. “You heard ‘Oregon,’ ” he says, “you knew new uniforms, you SCOTT OLMOS, USA TODAY SPORTS “We’re just gonna try to be better than we were last year,” Oregon coach Willie Taggart says. knew the style of offense, you knew they won a lot.” And he knew they were suddenly losing a lot. In any failure, there are multiple factors. Competitors adapt to — sometimes by adopting — the innovations. Sometimes recruits don’t pan out, or coaching staffs go stale. Sometimes guys get injured, while other guys grow complacent. Sometimes the ball just bounces funny. Sometimes it’s some combination of all of the above, and more. “I found a fractured football team,” Taggart says, and then explains. “I didn’t think our football team liked each other. ... You talk to some of the guys, they’d tell you they weren’t close, there was a lot of division from within, which kind of tells in how the season went. We had to get that repaired.” Players say a creeping sense of entitlement had enveloped the program. The Hatﬁeld-Dowlin Complex is perhaps the best facility in college football, but last season many Ducks spent very little time there. “Guys deﬁnitely took it a little bit for granted,” sophomore linebacker Troy Dye says. “Guys weren’t going to (medical) treatment. Guys weren’t using the right nutrition. It was just guys trying to do their own things.” By contrast, Taggart describes himself as “old school in this new building.” A protégé of Jim Harbaugh, he says the program will take on a “blue-collar mentality.” The up-tempo offense will be “lethal simplicity.” And Taggart won’t quite say it, but a big part of his emphasis has been in getting back to the basics, on and especially off the ﬁeld. “There were a lot of people who worked their tails off to get us where we’re at and to get these things,” he says. “We owe it to work our tails off to get it back.” Even the approach to uniforms will change, if only a bit. Taggart says the Ducks won’t sport a new look for every game. “I don’t think that’s the reason we got to where we got,” Taggart says. “We won’t have 12 weeks worth of uniforms. We could. We’re just gonna get back to what’s important. That’s playing football and winning games. Those uniforms don’t look well when you don’t play well.” After an uneven start last winter when three players were hospitalized after a conditioning workout and an assistant coach was ﬁred after he was arrested for driving under the inﬂuence, Taggart’s makeover has apparently gone well. “You wanted everything to just go smooth,” Taggart says, “but that’s not the world we live in. … I always think you can take some good out of a lot of things that happen. I felt we did as a program. I thought it brought us closer.” He instituted team dinners three times a week and mandatory breakfasts — all part of an effort to mend those fractures and ﬁssures, to build teamwork and togetherness. “I think everyone is really excited to play,” sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert says. “Guys wake up, and they’re excited to practice and they’re excited to go lift weights and there are people around here watching ﬁlm. Everyone’s just real excited to be here.” Those are all good signs, if not unexpected when a team buys in to a new coach’s pitch. But what ails Oregon is more than entitlement. As Taggart tries to rebuild “quick, fast and in a hurry,” he’ll do it with a depth chart for Game 1 that includes 33 freshmen or sophomores. “Every year our goal is to win the Pac-12 championship,” Taggart says. “We’re not going to waver from that. But we also know there’s a lot of work to be done to get there. We’re just gonna try to be better than we were last year and move toward that goal of winning that champion- ship and knowing anything is possible.” Oregon might have a rising star in Herbert, who emerged at midseason and became one of the few bright spots in 2016. Taggart says the return of senior running back Royce Freeman and senior offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby was important. The biggest immediate issue is defense. Even during their rise, the Ducks were known for scoring touchdowns, not for stopping them. But in the best seasons, Oregon’s defense was better than decent. Last season, though, Oregon allowed opponents an average of 41.4 points and 518.4 yards, ranking 126th of 128 Football Bowl Subdivision programs in both stats. Taggart’s hire of veteran defensive coach Jim Leavitt, along with an overhaul of the scheme from the 4-3 to a 3-4, promises improvement. “He’s turned around a lot of places,” Dye says, “brought the defense from the bottom to the top.” But the ebb and ﬂow of a football program doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Taggart’s task is compounded because long-dormant Washington has risen again under Chris Petersen; that 70-21 rout of Oregon last October at Autzen Stadium seemed to signal more than the end of a 12-game losing streak in the rivalry. Whatever happens with Oregon, Washington isn’t going anywhere. Stanford remains plenty formidable. And in the Pac-12 South, USC seems headed back to its traditional position as a national power. Oregon was picked to ﬁnish fourth in the Pac-12 North in a preseason media poll. That’s worth less than the pixels it was published on, but it’s a reﬂection of external expectations. Internally? No one is willing to admit this, but it might be a gradual rebuild. “We’re doing the same thing we did at Western Kentucky and South Florida,” says Taggart, referring to his previous stops. “It’s just now you’ve got the Oregon brand and Nike with it. That’s one hell of a team.” What kind of team Oregon will have this season remains uncertain. But the Ducks are deﬁnitely doing something. Colleges want players to talk it over with coaches v CONTINUED FROM 1C a matter of time before it ﬁlters down to college sports, potentially bringing light to issues from racial inequality to campus policing to college athlete compensation. “As soon as Kaepernick did what he did, I could see that was the beginning of something and guys were going to join him,” said Bill Curry, the former Alabama coach who was president of the NFL Players Association during the 1974 strike and helped lay the groundwork for players to ultimately achieve free agency. “The protest thing in the NFL is only going to grow, and the college guys, they’re ﬁguring it out and they’ll start saying, ‘This isn’t right, this isn’t the American way,’ so I think they’ll follow along and there will be more and more organization.” Make no mistake, the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., the current climate of political polarization and the current imperative for college athletes to “stay woke” have spurred discussions inside college athletics departments across the country about how to deal with potential protests. The climate has changed fairly signiﬁcantly since even a few years ago when the Missouri football team boycotted in conjunction with a Black Lives Matter protest or when some Northwestern players attempted to unionize. “I was born in 1970, but it seems to feel a lot like the ’60s,” said Virginia Tech athletics director Whit Babcock, who acknowledged ongoing discussions within his department and the administration about how to approach possible athlete protests. “Even though it is vastly different, the Northwestern (situation) gave a lot of us some time to talk about how we would handle such things. It is a new frontier.” Several other athletics directors contacted by USA TODAY Sports acknowledged raising the issue with their football teams. SCOTT EISEN, AP Ex-football player Wade Davis says it might be harder for college athletes to speak out: “These kids have less power.” While the industry consensus is few would actively try to stop a protest, much of the conversation has been steered toward collaboration with coaches, administrators and teammates to bring issues to light and helping them understand the potential for backlash rather than individuals striking out on their own. “More in terms of opening the door for them to have dialogue with coaches and administrators about concerns they have,” Tulane athletics director Troy Dannen said. “But I think we will see more and more ahead.” That kind of language, though, strikes former college and pro football player Wade Davis as an implicit deterrent for bold action. Now a public speaker and advocate focusing on racial, gender and LGBT issues, Davis pointed toward the culture of a college football team where the coach has the biggest hammer and ath- letes often don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize their scholarship and chance to make the NFL. “It speaks to the desire to control what the protest looks like and what the outcome is,” Davis said. “They don’t want to lose money. They don’t want fans not going to games. I think it’s even more complicated in college than it is in the pro game because these kids have less power and it’s just a different dynamic in the NFL. These guys aren’t even paid, per se, in the same way pro athletes are, so there’s a different level of ownership the college level feels over their athletes. Imagine kids who play for Alabama kneeling. I mean, there would be a riot.” Dave Zirin, who has authored several books on how protests, social changes and sports have intersected at key moments in history, noted that college athletes have been engaged in important movements recently, including former Wisconsin basketball star Bronson Koenig going to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and Georgetown rowers covering up Nike swooshes to protest sweatshop labor practices. But nothing would have the impact of star players on a majorcollege football team bringing light to an issue during a primetime game. Which is why it ultimately will make its way to “the big kahuna,” as Zirin called it, even if the barriers are higher than in some other sports. “The ferment is there,” Zirin said. “But I think when NCAA football players protest about racism, which is really what we’re talking about, the stakes are so much higher for everybody involved than in the NFL, which means it encompasses a lot more risk and it also means that platform is going to be policed so much harder because these guys don’t have a union that can support them. “You look at the NFL, and yeah, you’ve got some fans who are like, ‘I’m never going to come to a game again,’ but it’s like, ‘Gimme a break, nobody believes you.’ The NFL is locked into TV money for years to the tune of billions of dollars. They’ll be ﬁne for a little bit of bad publicity. But at the NCAA level, look what happened at Missouri. That hangs over this whole thing.” Indeed, the potential power of a college football team getting behind a cause was revealed in November 2015 when it threatened to boycott a game against BYU. Fewer than 48 hours later, the president of the University of Missouri system resigned and the shock waves are still being felt as the school’s subsequent drop in enrollment has been directly tied to that week’s events. “In this day and age, the university system is at the heart of the economic, political and psy- chological life of an entire city, especially in these small cities in the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12,” Zirin said. “The success of the football team is make or break for the economy, so if a bunch of 18- and 19-year-olds mess with that, the ripple effect is crazy.” Though it might still be polarizing, it’s no longer surprising to see Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James ﬁre off a Twitter missive at President Trump for his response to Charlottesville or for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett to pick up where Kaepernick left off. But what would happen if a star college football player, particularly at a high-proﬁle school in the Deep South, wore a Black Lives Matter shirt during warmups or used a postgame media session to talk about police brutality and racial proﬁling rather than the game? What would the consequences be for the school? What kind of pressure would conservative white fans put on the coach to denounce it publicly? And what would the recruiting consequences be for the coach if he tried to stiﬂe a player bringing light to an issue? “It’s an entirely different dynamic because the coach in college holds absolute sway,” Curry said. “I would pray that nobody would say, ‘I’m taking your scholarship away,’ and I don’t think I know anybody that would do a thing like that, but that’s what is possible at the college level.” Given the current climate, it’s a matter of time before someone tests that theory. And given how scared athletics departments are about this very scenario, even without an anthem to kneel for, college football players might ﬁnd out they have more power and a louder voice than they knew. FOLLOW REPORTER DAN WOLKEN @DanWolken for breaking news and insight on college sports. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 SPORTS 3C E2 Imagine a world without football Nancy Armour firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Sports Your lucky jersey is washed and ready to go, your supply of face paint is restocked and FritoLay is assured of meeting its third-quarter numbers thanks to you. But as you keep one eye on the clock, willing it to speed-forward to Thursday night — this one, the next or both — give a thought to an idea making its way around Twitter on Tuesday. What, the Internet asked, #IfFootballDidn’tExist. Please, no screaming or hyperventilating. This was a social experiment by Hashtag Roundup, not an actual drill. “It just gets people talking. Our tags exist more for the humor aspect of it,” said Robyn Dwoskin, co-founder of Hashtag Roundup, an app that poses questions each morning. “This one probably hit a nerve to some of those football fans.” But as college football gets underway in earnest Thursday night and the NFL kicks off next week, it’s an interesting thought to ponder. @Shea Browning: #IfFootballDidn’tExist Friday Night Lights would just be me staring upwards in the Walmart parking lot. KIRBY LEE, USA TODAY SPORTS If football didn’t exist, Los Angeles Coliseum would have to ﬁnd some other way to ﬁll seats. Now that’s just sad. And, long term, probably not the best thing for your eyes. Fortunately, there were a few other ideas. @RetiredSimi: #IfFootballDidn’tExist: I guess there’s curling Don’t laugh. Vernon Davis loves curling and has already said he plans to be at the Pyeongchang Olympics to get his ﬁll in person. If it’s good enough for the Pro Bowl tight end, it’s an idea worth considering. *** The next idea not only kills time, it broadens your horizons. All these years, we could have been playing fantasy darts. Fantasy poker. Fantasy rock, paper, scissors. Just about any activity can be interesting if there’s money — or trash talking — involved. @JDejuan2: #IfFootballDidntExist I’d spend Sundays yelling about my fantasy bowling team (And before you ask, yes, fantasy bowling is very much a thing. Ask any Wisconsinite. See if they’ll share some cheese curds while you’re at it.) *** I like the spirit here, though I’m not sure about the execution of it. Also, I’m pretty sure ﬁring up a grill and cracking open a cold one on the sidewalk outside Madison Square Garden or Staples Center might get you arrested. But, again, applaud the effort. @thewatcher85: #IfFootballDidntExist I’d have to tailgate NBA games. *** Now, there were some people who were delighted by the idea of no football. Many expressed con- cerns about repetitive head trauma and the toll the game takes on the long-term health of the players. @Solely_Toya: #IfFootballDidntExist I’d probably see a lot less patients with concussions. *** For most folks, though, the thought of no football was a source of great angst. Or what daily life is like for a Buffalo Bills fan. @citizendolan: #IfFootballDidntExist the #Chargers wouldn’t of been able to ﬁnd new and creative ways to disappoint me season after season. An opinion echoed by fans of the Giants, Jets and about a halfdozen other teams, for what it’s worth. *** For some, the question actually produced something of an existential crisis. @Brockfest: #IfFootballDidntExist I wouldn’t have a name. I was named after a @Giants player. @AM_Page: I wouldn’t exist That’s just a tad on the dramatic side. But the popularity of the question was a reminder of the very large role football plays in American society. And the many things we’d miss if it really didn’t exist. @Bobbo1123: #IfFootballDidntExist We wouldn’t have Roger Goodell to kick around FOLLOW COLUMNIST NANCY ARMOUR @nrarmour for commentary on the latest sports news Pulisic could cash in on staggering transfer fees Martin Rogers email@example.com USA TODAY Sports NEW YORK Chances are that before too long American soccer will have a player valued at $100 million, and it is even more likely that player will be Christian Pulisic. Thanks to the money madness engulﬁng global soccer, nine ﬁgures, once enough to get the purchaser not one but two international superstars, is now the kind of number being spent on elite prospects with a tremendous upside. Pulisic, 18, most certainly ﬁts into that category, given his meteoric rise with both German club Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. national team. Still young enough that he can’t remember a time when things were markedly different, the extraordinary fees washing through the sport don’t faze him. “It’s all I know really. I have just started my career,” Pulisic told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday, as he prepared for Friday’s national team World Cup qualiﬁ- PETER STEFFEN, AP Christian Pulisic’s strong play in Germany could place his value in the nine-ﬁgure range. er against Costa Rica. “You see these big money amounts going around. It is just today’s game; it is how it is. “Of course, it still seems like a lot to me; it seems like a lot to everybody I would think. (But the) sums going around don’t really affect a player too much. We are all playing soccer, we all make good money and it is kind of how the world works.” Only this week, Pulisic has seen ﬁrsthand the extent of soccer’s new reality. His good friend and Borussia Dortmund teammate Ousmane Dembele, 20, was bought by Barcelona for a fee of $125 million, with add-ons that could take the amount to $161 million. Dembele is an outstanding talent but was still playing reserve team soccer just two years ago. Cristiano Ronaldo cost Real Madrid less eight years ago, when he was already established as one of the best two players in the world. For those who have been around soccer for a couple of decades and can reﬂect upon a time when even a $1 million transfer was signiﬁcant, the escalation of the ﬁscal side of the game has been bewildering. “It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena, shaking his head. “The transfer fees are staggering, they are out of control,” national team goalkeeper Tim Howard added. “We would all agree on that.” Players who have been bought for huge sums, such as former world transfer recordholder Paul Pogba of Manchester United, have admitted that the price tag has brought additional pressure. But, U.S. captain Michael Bradley joked, such a burden could be mitigated by other factors, such as the reality that the ﬁgure will also translate to enormous wages. “There are some good problems that come with that,” Bradley said. If Pulisic was to become a chief target for a major European team, the $100 million range would be a possibility. That’s not hype, it is just the state of the market, which became red hot at the end of last season and exploded this summer when Neymar joined Paris St. Germain from Barcelona for $265 million, smashing Pogba’s mark of $116 million. Young players are at a premium, and Pulisic’s skill set and vision are rare. Dortmund, ﬂushed with the Dembele money, would not be in a position of needing to sell, driving up the price further. Also, Pulisic’s status as the great hope for American soccer would be a meaningful marketing opportunity for an enterprising European power. If such a scenario arose, don’t expect Pulisic to be swayed by it. “I hear about all this stuff, this kid and this hype and all that, but it doesn’t matter too much to me,” Pulisic added. “I just try to put it out of my mind. I don’t need all this outside attention and all that. I just try to do the best for myself and the people around me. I have a lot of things to improve on.” Pulisic takes his responsibility to the future of American soccer seriously and on Tuesday announced his involvement in the Prospects Cup, an upcoming youth soccer tournament modeled on the Little League World Series. For Pulisic, a native Pennsylvanian who attended the Williamsport event at age 12, the soccer tournament, which will be broadcast by Univision and distributed internationally, offers great possibilities. If it enjoys even a fraction of the success of its baseball counterpart, the game in this country will be the beneﬁciary, and Pulisic hopes others like him can ﬁlter up the pipeline. “If we can get our kids playing soccer from a young age, there is no reason why we can’t compete with any other country in the world in the near future,” he said. With the USA undefeated since Arena took over for a second time, Dortmund atop the German Bundesliga and his own game improving, Pulisic has a lot to look forward to, regardless of what ﬁgure soccer’s insane ﬁnancial marketplace values him at. ﬁl-A restaurant in the school’s city. If one was held, the school had to provide cheerleaders and mascots to appear. uLouisville at Purdue, Lucas Oil Stadium. The 20-page lease agreement that Purdue and Louisville signed for the use of the Indianapolis Colts home ﬁeld said the schools could get a title sponsor for the game, but it was subject to the stadium management’s approval and could not promote any product or service that competes with Lucas Oil products. In addition, the Colts — the stadium’s primary tenant — had to give permission for any agreement that might conﬂict with a deal they have with anyone on a three-page, single-spaced list of sponsors. However, Learﬁeld — the schools’ marketing ﬁrm — did ﬁnd a sponsor, Ally Financial, and so the game officially is the Ally Classic. FOLLOW REPORTER MARTIN ROGERS @mrogersUSAT for commentary and analysis on soccer. Bands, sponsors, mascots all part of contract quirks Steve Berkowitz @ByBerkowitz USA TODAY Sports The early college football schedule is almost exclusively comprised of non-conference games. The games are being governed by individually negotiated contracts. Here are some of the more notable provisions from contracts for this weekend’s games. uFlorida A&M at Arkansas, War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Arkansas agreed to pay Florida A&M $750,000 if its band — the famed “Marching 100” — attended the game or $700,000 if the band did not attend. The band will not be on hand for the game, director Shelby Chipman said Monday. Meanwhile, Florida A&M is saving money on transportation by having its traveling party go to the game by bus, about a 10-hour trip from Tallahassee. uNevada at Northwestern, Ryan Field. The contract says Nevada will be given 75 free game programs to be delivered to its dressing room at least one hour before the game. Under the deal’s original terms, set in January 2016, the game was to be played Sept. 16 and Nevada was to be paid $1.2 million. But when the date was changed four months later, the payment was increased to $1.3 million. uTulsa at Oklahoma State, Boone Pickens Stadium. This was 11 years — and three date changes — in the making. It was set up under a three-game contract made in May 2006 that included the terms of a four-game men’s basketball series. Initially set to have been played in 2012, it was moved to 2016, then to this year. Finally, in May, it was moved from Sept. 2 to Aug. 31 for TV. uWest Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, FedExField. Under their contract with the Washington Redskins’ stadium management company, Virginia Tech and West Virginia had to use “reasonable efforts” not to play each other in a bowl game after the 2016 season. uHoward at UNLV, Sam Boyd Stadium. Howard is scheduled to receive $600,000, but university officials had to agree to a speciﬁc series of activities in cooperation with UNLV and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to promote the game and encourage fans to travel to Las Vegas. In addition, at its own expense, Howard had to arrange for its band and cheerleaders to arrive in Las Vegas by noon the day before the game to participate in various events. Failure to fulﬁll any of the obligations would allow UNLV to reduce the guarantee by up to $300,000. This is part of a threeyear arrangement between UNLV and the convention and visitors bureau to bring a historically black college or university team to Las Vegas, authority spokesman Jeremy Handel said. uAlabama vs. Florida State, Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech. Both at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The contract for each of the four teams participating in a Chick-ﬁl-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta — Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee — said that in the weeks leading up the game the organizers could stage a “Spirit Day” at a Chick- 4C SPORTS E4 USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 ATHLETES BOLDLY DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH ROYCE WHITE Royce White left the NBA three years ago amid demands for a better mental health initiative from the league. Today, playing basketball in Canada, he speaks bluntly about mental illness and salts his conversation with colorful metaphors and off-color language. “It’s not about the NBA,” he says. “If (expletive) Walmart didn’t have a (reasonable mental health) policy, I would have done the same thing there, too.” He grew up in Minneapolis, largely raised by a single mother and grandmother. Speaking his mind always came naturally. “I didn’t have men around me growing up who saw having anxiety as weak or not tough enough,” White says. “I grew up with a lot of diversity. Instead of having that traditional one-male role model, I was allowed to have many. And maybe it’s just where I’m from, but that whole masculinity (stereotype) — men can’t show weakness (crap) — wasn’t around.” One of White’s male role models was his fiery high school coach, Dave Thorson, now an assistant coach at Drake, who led White to therapy. An inschool family practitioner ultimately diagnosed him with generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Since, he has embraced ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY SPORTS “I need the same type of support as anyone who is struggling,” says Royce White, who had a short stint in the NBA. his illnesses rather than hide them in silence. “The million-dollar question is, ‘Does what you go through make you better or worse?’ ” White says. “I actually look at my anxiety as a blessing.” White, the Houston Rockets’ first-round draft choice (16th pick overall) in 2012, made headlines when he asked for accommodations to address panic attacks when he flew on planes. He had made 20 plane trips in a season while at Iowa State; playing in the NBA was going to require something closer to 100 flights. And the drugs he took to calm his fears affected his energy in games and practices. “It’s been painted as me wanting special treatment because of anxiety,” White says. “No, I’m saying I need the same type of support as anyone who is struggling. Call it whatever the hell you want to call it. There are specific injury doctors for players” with bum knees and sprained ankles. White says when he requested an individual doctor, NBA officials told him if they made an accommodation for him, they’d have to do it for 450 players. He played in three NBA games — zero points for the Sacramento Kings — as he bounced around the NBA and its developmental league for several seasons. Kathy Behrens, NBA president of social responsibility and player programs, offers no comment on White’s case specifically, other than to say the league has “great respect for Royce speaking about his struggles.” She says the NBA is not new to the issue but has “a growing understanding of the importance of the subject.” She says players currently have access to mental health professionals through the player assistance program. Last season White played for the London (Ontario) Lightning of the National Basketball League of Canada, where he is the reigning league MVP and the Lightning are the reigning champion. His last affiliation with the NBA was the Los Angeles Clippers’ Summer League team in 2015. “This isn’t just about me in the NBA,” White says. “You hear all the time about mental health stigma and people being ashamed. Well, there are people across the country who need help, say they need help and aren’t getting it. We should be talking about them, too.” ALLISON SCHMITT DIA DIPASUPIL, GETTY IMAGES “We’re not gods,” Michael Phelps, with wife Nicole and son Boomer, says of athletes. “I’m human like everybody else.” MICHAEL PHELPS For most of his solid-gold life, Michael Phelps saw himself in much the same way as the outside world did. “I saw myself as a swimmer and nothing else,” he says. “I didn’t know who I really was. And neither did anybody else. At the age of 30, I found myself. And I decided I wanted to show the world not Michael Phelps the swimmer, but who I really was.” Phelps is 32, and he wants the world to see him as husband, father and, yes, history’s most decorated Olympian — but also as a depression sufferer. “It’s good for athletes to be open about who they are and for people to see we’re far from perfect,” Phelps says. “We’re not gods. I’m human like everybody else.” After opening up about his issues, he found he could help others while helping himself. “Once I started talking about my struggles outside the pool, the healthier I felt,” he says. “Now I have kids and adults come up to me and say they were able to open up because I was open about my life.” Phelps retired after the 2012 Summer Games in London — or so he said — but ended up coming back for a last hurrah in Rio in 2016, this time with his infant son, Boomer, and his newlywed wife, Nicole, to cheer him on. Now he swears he’s really retired. And he doesn’t have to worry about what’s next; his calling as an advocate for mental health found him. “My talent was in the swimming pool, but it’s led me to something else in life,” Phelps says. “It’s a duty. It’s an honor to talk about mental health. But I’m really just being my authentic self, sharing my story.” JERRY WEST West is Mr. Clutch. He’s The Logo. A master architect, building teams behind the scenes. He’s also, at 79, a life-long sufferer of depression. Or, as he calls it, the dark place. “This is something that doesn’t go away, this depression,” West says. “When I go through it, it’s almost always based on my (low) self-worth and selfesteem.” West sees his suffering less as an illness and more as a product of a tormented childhood of abuse at the hands of his father. That’s part of why West turned to basketball as a kid — a “misfit with no confidence,” in his words — in West Virginia. It was a safe haven where he JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA, USA TODAY SPORTS “I was looking for an escape.” could build confidence. “Everyone is driven by different things in life,” West says. “To some degree, based on some of the things I saw growing up, I was looking for an escape. I was just looking for something that I’d be appreciated for.” Sometimes he played all by himself in a fantasy world in which he always splashed a game-winning buzzer-beater. “For anyone who saw me,” he says, “they probably said, ‘My God, this kid is crazy.’ ” Schmitt executed a flip turn, as the swimmer had done thousands of times before, as she competed in an event in Austin in 2015. And then, out of nowhere, midway through the 400-meter freestyle, she quit. “That last 200 meters I was like, (expletive) this,” she says. “I knew I gave up, but I didn’t know why.” The answer, as it turned out, was what she calls “the invisible illness” — depression. Michael Phelps, her friend and frequent training partner — was at the meet. Months earlier, Phelps and Schmitt sat in a burrito restaurant and discussed the suicide that week of actor Robin Williams. Schmitt had said she could understand why he did it. At that point, Schmitt says, “Michael knew something was up.” She had contemplated suicide. She had considered driving off the road on a snowy night to make it appear as an accident. Phelps approached her on the pool deck after she quit on that 400 free. Bob Bowman, who coached them both, also arrived. And Schmitt’s pain soon came pouring out — the tears, the sadness, the emptiness. Schmitt says she began seeing a psychologist soon after. Therapy, she says, “makes training for the Olympics seem easy.” She found it difficult to be vulnerable. She had been taught to rush through, persevere and come out stronger. She felt embarrassed and ashamed. “But now, therapy is the best tool I’ve encountered in this life,” Schmitt says. “It gives you a safe place where you won’t feel judged and can be your true self.” Not long after her tearful epiphany, Schmitt found out her 17-year-old cousin in Pennsylvania had committed suicide. Schmitt says this promising basketball player “was the life of the party, always making people laugh.” Schmitt pauses. “But no one knew how dark of a place she was in.” This galvanized Schmitt. “In sports, you get second chances,” she says. “In life, you don’t always get a second chance.” This, Schmitt says, is why she is pursuing a master’s degree to become a licensed clinical social worker and counselor. “Depression is something that’s in you,” she says. “It’s not wanting to get out of bed, continuously feeling sad and down on yourself. It’s not wanting to exist, sometimes. There’s no on-and-off light switch. When I hear coaches, athletes telling people to ‘snap out of it,’ it makes me mad. Because you could be pushing them down that dark hole further.” He emerged from childhood sanctuary to be one of the greatest players in history. The darkness never left him, though. “I feel that same sadness at times now,” he says. He took his West Virginia Mountaineers to the championship game of the NCAA tournament, where they lost. His Los Angeles Lakers made the NBA Finals nine times — and lost eight. “I’ve learned way more in my life through failure than I ever did from success,” he says. He didn’t feel the elation he thought he would when the Lakers won the NBA title at last in 1972. “All I could do right then,” he says, “was go back to the other losses.” Team camaraderie buoyed him during his playing days. As a team executive — with the Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and, newly, the Los Angeles Clippers — he often is alone in his day-to-day oper- ations. “You’re the judge, jury and executioner,” he says. The kid who wanted to be a hero, sinking all those gamewinners in imaginary games, says he never wanted credit for his successes as an executive. “You’ll never see me on a (championship) podium or in a picture,” West notes. “It was never about me. Yet, on the other hand, there are times when I’d be down and out, and you feel like you’d want someone to come up and say, ‘Hey, you’re pretty good at what you’re doing.’ That’s when the (depression) kicks in.” West says he thinks he’s able to see talent and character through a different lens than other executives. “Some of these kids, these players, they’re survivors,” he says. “In many cases I thought I was a survivor. That’s who I’m attracted to. Someone who’s been through something.” ROB SCHUMACHER, USA TODAY SPORTS “Therapy is the best tool,” Allison Schmitt says. GARY DINEEN, NBAE/GETTY IMAGES “I didn’t have anybody I could talk to,” Imani Boyette says. IMANI BOYETTE The first time Boyette tried to kill herself she was 10. “The worst pain in the world is waking up and knowing you can’t even kill yourself, that it’s not in your control,” she says. “What people don’t realize about suicide is that it’s like you’re brainwashed. None of my attempts made sense, but it feels like the perfect answer to make the pain stop in the moment. You think it will all be better if you can just disappear.” Boyette, 22, is a center for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. She suffers from clinically diagnosed severe depression that she attributes to a combination of circumstance (she was raped as a child by a family member) and happenstance (her biological makeup). “You feel like because you’re not happy — when you should be happy — that you’re hurting people around you and a burden,” she says. “At a certain point, it just gets easier to shut up because people get sick of hearing you’re not OK when you’re not sick on the outside.” Boyette says she tried to kill herself three times. “I wasn’t looking for help,” she says. “I wasn’t looking for resources. … I didn’t have anybody I could talk to, I could touch, who understands this hell I’m in.” That’s why Boyette is telling her story. She wants to be the role model she wishes she’d had in her darkest hours, not that it’s easy to do. “Sometimes, I walk in a room and regret being so naked and vulnerable, but this is bigger than me,” she says. “I believe my purpose is to talk about the things that people are uncomfortable or afraid to talk about. … I need to talk about sexual abuse, because we don’t talk about it enough … The thing about childhood sexual abuse is people look at you like you’re this delicate piece of china. Or, they look at you disgusted, but don’t want to be disgusted.” Her brother, JaVale McGee, plays for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and her husband, Paul Boyette Jr., is a defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders. They met when both were athletes at the University of Texas. She told him then about her childhood abuse, by way of explanation of her night terrors. “After I got married, I went into a deep depression, which makes no sense whatsoever,” she says. “It’s, like, the happiest time in your life. And it’s hard to convince your husband this is not because I don’t love you. I just can’t love you out of this depression, out of this fog.” She describes the days when she can’t even get out of bed or brush her teeth. It’s as if she were in a straightjacket, she says, screaming in a soundproof room where no one can hear her, even her husband. Soon the screams are more like echoes and she envisions a glass wall where she presses her hand against his. “I tell him just being there is enough,” she says, eyes moist. “You don’t have to understand or see my pain, but just acknowledge it. And be there.” USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 SPORTS 5C U.S. OPEN No. 1 Nadal feeling strong at 31 After slow start, Spaniard roars to life for victory WEDNESDAY’S MATCHES At USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York Play begins on all courts at 11 a.m. ET Arthur Ashe Stadium Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, vs. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada Not before 1 p.m. Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, vs. Juan Martin Del Potro (24), Argentina Timea Babos, Hungary, vs. Maria Sharapova, Russia Night session (7 p.m.) Oceane Dodin, France, vs. Venus Williams (9), USA Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (8), France, vs. Denis Shapovalov, Canada Louis Armstrong Stadium John Millman, Australia, vs. Nick Kyrgios (14), Australia Alison Riske, USA, vs. Coco Vandeweghe (20), USA Hyeon Chung, South Korea, vs. John Isner (10), USA Not before 4 p.m. Steve Johnson, USA, vs. Kyle Edmund, Britain Sandra Harwitt Special for USA TODAY Sports NEW YORK In the tennis world, the year 2017 is continuing to bask in the renaissance of Rafael Nadal as a major factor in the game. Most recently, the Spanish sensation returned to the No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in his career. During the spring clay-court season, Nadal became the only male player in the Open era to win 10 titles at the same event, something he achieved at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and secured international headlines for doing the same at the French Open. The 31-year-old’s victory in this year’s French Open — his ﬁrst title at a major since winning the 2014 French Open — saw him join Ken Rosewall and Pete Sampras as the only men in the history of tennis to win a major in their teens, 20s and 30s. The French Open trophy was his 15th at a Grand Slam tournament — he ranks second behind Roger Federer’s 19 Grand Slam victories on the all-time champions list. Nadal is hoping that a 16th Grand Slam triumph could be in the offing at the U.S. Open. Nevertheless, Nadal understands that being 30-something adds a different dimension to his career. “Everything is easier with 20,” he said, smiling. “Everything. But, yeah, it’s different part of life, different part of my tennis career. And I enjoy it, all the parts. Even when I had injuries, I enjoyed different things. I was able to enjoy family and home and friends and my beautiful island, Mallorca. “And today, here I am at 31,” he added. “If you tell me I will be here with 31, being No. 1 of the world, especially, seven, six, 10 years ago, I will not believe you, so I try to enjoy every day with- JERRY LAI, USA TODAY SPORTS Rafael Nadal, above, nearly lost the ﬁrst set Tuesday before rebounding to defeat Dusan Lajovic. Kerber’s troubles persist Defending champion Angelique Kerber’s year took another hit when the German was upset 6-3, 6-1 by No. 45 Naomi Osaka of Japan in the U.S. Open on Tuesday. Last year, Kerber won her second career Grand Slam tournament championship, defeating current No. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the U.S. Open final, NEW YORK out thinking much about what happened or what can happen. I don’t know what gonna happen tomorrow, and in terms of my tennis career, I not thinking much. I’m not worried about when arrive the day that I have to say goodbye.” On a wet and dreary day in following her first major victory in the 2016 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams in the final. This year, Kerber has yet to add to the 10 overall career titles she has won and has lacked any gusto at the Grand Slams. Currently ranked No. 6, Kerber will drop out of the top 10 in the next rankings following the U.S. Open. New York on Tuesday, top-seeded Nadal worked toward that goal in securing a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 6-2 ﬁrstround victory vs. No. 85 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal was slow in ﬁnding his footing in the match and was down 5-3 and staring at a ﬁrst-set loss. But once he came through the ﬁrst-set tiebreaker, his stature as the top seed was evident, as he picked apart the Serbian’s game. “It was tough beginning of the match,” Nadal said. “Some nerves, obviously, after a week here practicing well, I think. I was practicing, I think, every day at very high level, no? “Today I didn’t play at that high level, but just like this. Important thing is I won, and I have one more day to keep practicing and another chance to play better the next day.” Indeed, Nadal is no stranger to success in New York. The Spaniard has won the U.S. Open trophy on two occasions, in 2010 and 2013, and holds a 47-10 winning record at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center. It was here in 2010 that Nadal completed his Grand Slam trophy collection, having won at least once at the other three majors al- ready. That ﬁrst U.S. Open victory made the then-24-year-old the youngest man in the Open era to hold a title from all four majors. Only Nadal and retired Andre Agassi have won at all four of the slams and also own an Olympic gold medal in singles. For the moment, the challenge for Nadal doesn’t appear to be anything on the health front, which has to be a relief, considering his career has been injury plagued. He missed much of the second part of last season nursing a wrist injury. What could trip Nadal up is that while he has had success on hardcourts, he hasn’t won a title on the surface since capturing the 2014 Doha tournament, which always is played the ﬁrst week of the new year. The only one of the 12 titles he has won since that Doha event that wasn’t on clay was in 2015 in Stuttgart, which was played on grass. NASCAR Like father, like son: Elliott switching to 9 Brant James @brantjames USA TODAY Sports Days before the annual throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports announced a throwback chapter for one of its drivers beginning in 2018. Chase Elliott will switch car numbers from the 24 he has used for the ﬁrst two full seasons of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career — and by Jeff Gordon to win four championships — to the 9 employed by his father, Bill, who won 38 races and the 1988 series title with the number. William Byron, who will replace Kasey Kahne for the fourcar team next season, will assume the 24 decals as the current crews are scheduled to remain with the cars. Chase Elliott, 21, won the 2014 Xﬁnity Series crown in a No. 9 Chevrolet ﬁelded by Hendrick partner JR Motorsports. “I wasn’t sure I’d ever drive the 9 again,” he said in a release. “It’s a huge deal to my family and everyone back home (in Georgia), and I hope all of our fans will be pumped to see it back on the racetrack. There’s a legacy attached to that number, and I want to carry it on. I think it’s awesome that Hendrick Motorsports and NAPA wanted to do this. It’s impossible not to be excited.” Elliott is seventh in the Cup standings. Coincidentally, Kahne succeeded Bill Elliott in the No. 9 Dodge at Evernham Motorsports in 2004. “I know what the 9 means to Chase and his whole family,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a release. “They’ve contributed so much to our sport, and I’m happy we can honor that history by bringing the number back. I JASEN VINLOVE, USA TODAY SPORTS Chase Elliott, left, next year will drive the No. 9 car made famous by his father, Bill. think fans will really love seeing it out there. “I told Chase we’d only do it if he promised to win a bunch of races, so I’m going to hold him to that.” Byron, 19, will make his Cup debut next season as teammates with Elliott, Alex Bowman, 24 — who is replacing retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet — and defending and seventime champion Jimmie Johnson, 41. Byron is in his ﬁrst Xﬁnity season with JRM. “Jeff and Jimmie are the drivers I’ve always watched most closely and tried to learn from,” Byron said in a release. “I didn’t think I could be more motivated, but when Mr. (Rick) Hendrick called to tell me (about driving the No. 24), it took things to another level. “I have so much respect for all the people who have contributed to the success of the 24. I know it’s rare to have the chance to be part of something like this. I’m going to make the most of it.” Hendrick has not made a number change for a full-time Cup car since introducing the No. 88 — which harkened to Earnhardt’s family legacy — in 2008. NOTICES LEGAL NOTICE IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE ) Chapter 11 In re: TRUE RELIGION APPAREL,INC.,et al.,1 ) Case No.17-11460 (CSS) ) (Jointly Administered) Debtors. NOTICE OF (A) HEARING TO CONSIDER CONFIRMATION OF CHAPTER 11 PLAN; (B) DEADLINE FOR CASTING VOTES TO ACCEPT OR REJECT PLAN; AND (C) RELATED MATTERS True Religion Apparel, Inc. and certain of its above-captioned affiliates, as debtors and debtors in possession (the “Debtors”) (a) filed on August 23, 2017 the Debtors’ First Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization (as modified) [Docket No. 376], amending the Debtors’ chapter 11 plan filed on July 5, 2017 (as amended and including all exhibits thereto and as further amended, modified or supplemented from time to time, the “Plan”) and (b) filed on August 24, 2017 the Disclosure Statement for Debtors’ First Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization (as modified) [Docket No. 383], amending the Debtors’ disclosure statement filed on July 5,2017 (as amended and including all exhibits thereto and as further amended,modified or supplemented from time to time,the“Disclosure Statement”). On August 24, 2017, this Court entered an order approving the Disclosure Statement [Docket No.387] (the“Disclosure Statement Order”) and certain related materials(collectively,the“SolicitationMaterials”). Any party in interest wishing to obtain copies of the Disclosure Statement or the Plan at the Debtors’ expense may do so by (i) contacting the Debtors’ Solicitation Agent at 844.224.1136 (toll free) or 917.962.8386 (if international) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by (ii) viewing such documents by accessing online at https://cases.primeclerk.com/truereligion. The documents are also available on the Court’s website:www.deb.uscourts.gov. Please note that a PACER passwordandloginareneededtoaccessdocumentsontheCourt’swebsite. A hearing to consider confirmation of the Plan (the“Confirmation Hearing”) will be held on October 5, 2017 commencing at 9:00 a.m. prevailing Eastern time before the Honorable Christopher S.Sontchi,United States Bankruptcy Judge,at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, 824 Market Street, 5th Floor,CourtroomNo.6,Wilmington,Delaware19801(“BankruptcyCourt”). The record date for determining which holders of claims or interests in the Debtors may vote on the Plan is August 23,2017 (the“Record Date”). If you are eligible to vote on the Plan,you will receive a ballot (a“Ballot”) in the mail.If you believe you are entitled to vote on the Plan but do not receive a Ballot, please contact the Debtors’ Solicitation Agent by phone or email as provided above. For your Ballot to be counted, you must complete all required information on the Ballot, execute the Ballot and return the completed Ballot to the address indicated on the Ballot so that it is received by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 27, 2017 (the“Voting Deadline”). Any failure to follow the voting instructions included with the Ballot or to return a properly completed Ballot so that it is received by the VotingDeadlinemaydisqualifyyourBallotandyourvote. If an objection is pending with respect to your Claim as of September 21,2017, your vote will not be counted unless the Court temporarily allows your claim for purposes of voting to accept or reject the Plan,and you are required to file a motion for such relief (the “Rule 3018 Motion”) no later than September 28, 2017, which may be heard on or prior to the Confirmation Hearing. Notwithstanding the foregoing,if the Debtors file an objection to a claim and request that such claim be allowed inaspecificamount,yourBallotshallbecountedinsuchspecifiedamount. The Bankruptcy Court has established September 27, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., prevailing Eastern time, as the last date and time for filing and serving objections to the confirmation of the Plan (the “Plan Objection Deadline”). All objections to confirmation of the Plan,including any supporting memoranda,must be in writing, be filed with the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court together with proof of service,and shall (a) state the name and address of the objecting party and the amount of its Claim or the nature of its interest in the Debtors’chapter 11 cases,(b) state with particularity the provision or provisions of the Plan objected to and, for any objection asserted,the legal and factual basis for such objection,and (c) be served upon the parties set forth in the Disclosure Statement Order and any party requesting special noticepursuanttoBankruptcyRule2002onorbeforethePlanObjectionDeadline. Objections not timely filed and served by the Plan Objection Deadline in accordance with the provisions of this Notice will not be heard and will beoverruled. The Plan contains the proposed injunction and release provisions set forthonAnnexAhereto. The Confirmation Hearing may be continued from time to time without further notice except for (i) an announcement made at the Confirmation Hearing or any adjourned confirmation hearing or (ii) a written notice filed with the Bankruptcy Court and served on all parties who have filed objections to confirmation of the Plan,the United States Trustee,and all parties who have requested notice in these chapter11casespursuanttoBankruptcyRule2002. Dated: August 30,2017 PACHULSkI STANG ZIEHL & JONES LLP, /s/ Laura Davis Jones , Laura Davis Jones (BarNo.2436),CounseltotheDebtorsandDebtorsinPossession Annex A Article X of the Plan contains, among other things, the releases and injunction set forthbelow: Article X.C. Releases by Holders of Claims and Interests.Except as otherwise provided in this Plan,on the Confirmation Date and effective as of the Effective Date, for good and valuable consideration, to the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, each of the Releasing Parties shall, and shall be deemed to, conclusively, absolutely, unconditionally, irrevocably, and forever release, waive, void, extinguish, and discharge each Released Party (and each such Released Party so discharged and released shall be deemed discharged and released by the Releasing Parties) and their respective property from any and all Claims, Equity Interests, obligations, debts, rights, suits, damages, Causes of Action, remedies, judgments, defenses, counterclaims, and liabilities of any nature whatsoever, including any derivative Claims asserted or which could be asserted on behalf of a Debtor and/ or a Reorganized Debtor, whether liquidated or unliquidated, fixed or contingent, matured or unmatured, disputed or undisputed, known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, then existing or thereafter arising, in law, equity or otherwise, that such Releasing Party would have been legally entitled to assert in their own right (whether individually or collectively) or on behalf of the holder of any Claim or Equity Interest or other Entity,based on or relating to,or in any manner arising from, in whole or in part,the Debtors,the Reorganized Debtors,any transactions contemplated by the Plan,the Chapter 11 Cases,the Prepetition First Lien Loan Documents, the Prepetition Second Lien Loan Documents, the purchase, sale, or rescission of the purchase or sale of any security of the Debtors or the Reorganized Debtors, any payments,distributions,or dividends any Debtor or Affiliate paid to or received from any Released Party, fraudulent or preferential transfer or conveyance, tort, contract,breach of fiduciary duty,violation of state or federal laws,including securities laws,negligence,the subject matter of,or the transactions or events giving rise to, any Claim or Equity Interest that is treated in the Plan, the business or contractual arrangements between any Debtor and any Released Party, the restructuring of Claims and Equity Interests prior to or in the Chapter 11 Cases, the negotiation, formulation,or preparation of the Restructuring Support Agreement,the Plan,the Disclosure Statement, the Plan Supplement, or related agreements, instruments, or other documents; provided, however, that the foregoing release shall not operate to waive or release any Claims, obligations, debts, rights, suits, damages, remedies,Causes of Action,and liabilities in respect of any Released Party,solely to the extent: (1) arising out of or relating to any act or omission of such Released Party that constitutes actual fraud, gross negligence, bad faith, or willful misconduct as determined by Final Order of a court of competent jurisdiction or (2) arising under thePlan,theConfirmationOrder,orthePlanDocuments. Article X.E.2.b Injunction Against Holders of Released, Discharged or Exculpated Claims. Except as otherwise provided herein or for obligations issued pursuant hereto,all Entities that have held,hold,or may hold Claims or Equity Interests that have been released pursuant to ARTICLE X.B or ARTICLE X.C, discharged pursuant to ARTICLE X.A,or are subject to exculpation pursuant to ARTICLE X.D,are permanently enjoined,from and after the Effective Date,from taking any of the following actions against,as applicable,the Debtors,the Reorganized Debtors, the Released Parties, or the Exculpated Parties: (a) commencing or continuing in any manner any action or other proceeding of any kind on account of or in connection with or with respect to any such Claims or Equity Interests; (b) enforcing, attaching,collecting,or recovering by any manner or means any judgment,award, decree, or order against such Entities on account of or in connection with or with respect to any such Claims or Equity Interests;(c) creating,perfecting,or enforcing any encumbrance of any kind against suchEntities or the propertyorEstates of such Entities on account of or in connection with or with respect to any such Claims or Equity Interests; (d) asserting any right of setoff (except for setoffs asserted prior to the Petition Date), subrogation, or of any kind against any obligation due from such Entities or against the property or Estates of such Entities on account of or in connection with or with respect to any such Claims or Equity Interests;and (e) commencing or continuing in any manner any action or other proceeding of any kind on account of or in connection with or with respect to any such Claims or Equity Interestsreleased,exculpated,orsettledpursuanttothePlan. ThefollowingaretworelevantPlandefinitions: “Released Party” means, in its capacity as such: (a) each Debtor; (b) each Reorganized Debtor; (c) the Prepetition First Lien Agent; (d) each of the other Prepetition First Lien Creditors; (e) the Prepetition Second Lien Agent; (f) each of the other Prepetition Second Lien Creditors; (g) Equity Parent; (h) TowerBrook, (i) the Prepetition Revolver Agent;(j) each Prepetition Revolver Lender;(k) each other party to the Restructuring Support Agreement in all capacities; (l) the DIP Agent; (m) each DIP Lender;(n) the Class 5 Plan Consideration Cash Out Option Funder;and (o) each Related Person of any of (a) through (n) of the foregoing; provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing,a person is not a“Released Party”if such Person is anExcludedParty. “Releasing Party”means, in its capacity as such:(a) each Holder of a Claim that votes to accept this Plan; (b) each Holder of a Claim that is Unimpaired under this Plan;(c) each Holder of a Claim that is solicited to vote to accept or reject this Plan but that does not vote either to accept or reject the Plan;(d) each Holder of a Claim that votes to reject this Plan and does not elect on their ballot to opt out of granting the releases set forth in Article X.C ; (e) the Prepetition First Lien Creditors; (f) the Prepetition Second Lien Creditors; (g) Equity Parent; (h) TowerBrook; (i) the Prepetition Revolver Agent;(j) each Prepetition Revolver Lender;(k) the DIP Agent; (l) each DIP Lender;(m) the Class 5 Plan Consideration Cash Out Option Funder;and (n)eachRelatedPersonofeachof(a)through(m)oftheforegoing. 1 The Debtors,together with the last four digits of each Debtor’s tax identification number, are: True Religion Apparel, Inc. (2633), TRLG Intermediate Holdings, LLC (3150),GuruDenimInc.(1785),TrueReligionSales,LLC(3441),andTRLGGCServices, LLC (8453). The location of the Debtors’headquarters and service address is: 1888 RosecransAvenue,ManhattanBeach,CA 90266. Advertise Your Business Here! To Advertise, Call: 1-800-397-0070 USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 6C SPORTS MLB A wild and wacky wild-card race AL teams defy logic in quest for two spots Bob Nightengale email@example.com USA TODAY Sports This, undoubtedly, is the zaniest, most ridiculous, nuttiest wild-card race the game of baseball has ever witnessed. Where else would a team set a franchise record with 43 consecutive scoreless innings, getting pummeled 32-0 over the last four games, and still be sitting three games out of a wild-card spot? Say hello to the Kansas City Royals. Where would you ﬁnd a team whose front office surrendered, trading away its closer at the deadline and veteran starter six days after acquiring him, only to be sitting in the No. 2 wild-card chair? Give it up for the Minnesota Twins. Where could you ﬁnd a team that traded one of its top pitchers to the best team in baseball, calling it a season, only to infuriate the Houston Astros by telling them they can’t switch home dates in light of Hurricane Harvey because they intend to be in the wild-card race the ﬁnal week of the season? Meet the Texas Rangers. And, yes, name a team that can make ﬁve errors in an inning — the most by a team in 40 years — get outscored by 24 runs this season and still be two games out of a wild-card berth. Take a bow, Seattle Mariners. You might need to whip out your solar eclipse sunglasses to scoreboard watch these days, with eight teams passing one another back and forth and six teams within three games of the second American League wildcard spot. “It’s so hard to ﬁgure out,” Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi said. “When you win, it feels like four teams have to lose to just gain a half-game. And you lose, it feels like everyone else wins.” You know the game can be cruel when the Twins can trade for veteran starter Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, have him win his lone start, lose their next three games in a row and trade him to the New York Yankees. Oh, and just in case they had any notions of still contending for a playoff spot, they dumped AllStar closer Brandon Kintzler seconds before the trade deadline to the Washington Nationals. So, the Twins win 15 of 22 games since Aug. 6 and woke up Tuesday trailing the Yankees by three games for the top wild-card spot and leading the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Mari- PETER AIKEN, USA TODAY SPORTS Third baseman Evan Longoria says the Rays’ trade deadline splurge “brought such a spark to the clubhouse.” AL wild-card race N.Y. Yankees Minnesota L.A. Angels Baltimore Seattle Tampa Bay Kansas City Texas ners, Rays, Royals and Rangers for the No. 2 spot. “You think you’re done and over with,” Odorizzi says, “and just the opposite happens. For those teams that thought they were out of it, maybe the pressure was eased a little bit when they traded away guys. It allowed them to start playing more freely. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but hey, baseball never does.” The Rays were poised a month ago to take over the AL East, sitting two games in back of the Boston Red Sox. Rays management, believing this could be their year, then went out and did something completely crazy. For the ﬁrst time, they spent money at the trade deadline. They grabbed Adeiny Hechavarria in June, taking on the rest of his $3.5 million salary. They traded for New York Mets ﬁrst base- W 70 67 67 66 66 66 64 64 L 60 63 65 65 66 67 66 66 Pct. .538 .515 .508 .504 .500 .496 .492 .492 GB +3 — 1 11⁄2 2 21⁄2 3 3 man Lucas Duda. Then refurbished their bullpen by acquiring Steve Chisek from the Mariners, Dan Jennings from the Chicago White Sox and Sergio Romo from the Los Angeles Dodgers. When you add up the expenses, the Rays increased their payroll by $7.5 million, a massive hike for an impoverished team whose season-opening $69.9 million payroll ranked third to last. “This is the ﬁrst year in my career where we made multiple signiﬁcant additions to the team,” says Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, the team’s longest-tenured veteran, drafted in 2006. “In the past, when we’ve had a really good team during the year, we’ve just added pieces from the farm system to help us late in the year. But this is the ﬁrst year they really went out to help us, putting us in position to win. It brought such a spark to the clubhouse at the deadline.” So what happens? The Rays promptly lose 12 of 15 games beginning Aug. 4, with the offense averaging 1.7 runs per game. “It sucked for us because we were in great position,” Odorizzi says, “then we have a tough weekand-a-half, and suddenly we’re chasing ﬁve teams. We ﬁnally go all-in, which is such a rare thing here because of our ﬁnancial standpoint, and that’s what happens. But we still believe we can do it.” The beauty of the AL wild-card race is that every team is ﬂawed, all enduring a downward spiral from which it looked as if it would never recover. The Mariners, who have the longest playoff drought in baseball, were outscored 52-9 in an eight-game span. The Yankees, who lost seven in a row in June, are 32-37 since June 9. The Orioles, whose pitching staff has the third-worst ERA in the majors, gave up 10 or more runs six times in a twoweek span. The Angels played two months without Mike Trout. It’s so screwy that the Rays, who pulled off the deals to establish one of the most vaunted bullpens in the game, also happened to dump the guy who has put the Orioles into contention. The Rays decided former No. 1 pick Tim Beckham no longer had a role with the team, sent him to the Orioles on July 31 and watched in horror as Beckham has hit .395 with six homers and 18 RBI since his departure. “Hey, we’re just thankful the front office gave us this opportunity,” Rays veteran starter Alex Cobb said. “This is the ﬁrst time since I’ve been here that we’ve made such an impactful acquisition of guys, where they saw a weakness and ﬁxed it.” Certainly, it won’t be easy for the Rays, who have a brutal schedule. They have 19 games left against the Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles. Yet if they can survive and just reach that wild-card game with ace Chris Archer on the mound, they’ll take their chances against anyone. “Being the underdog has always helped fuel us,” Archer says. “People don’t really watch us, and even when we had that crazy run and had playoff teams, nobody really rooted for us. We want to do the same thing again, just sneak up on everybody, and if we get in, we can be dangerous.” FOLLOW MLB COLUMNIST BOB NIGHTENGALE @BNightengale for commentary and breaking news. Debate over where to play is petty amid disaster v CONTINUED FROM 1C Sure, there will be plenty of sympathy within Major League Baseball that the Astros lost a homestand and will spend a total of 19 games and 21 consecutive days on the road. They will be away from their families, at least until the Houston airports reopen, and when they ﬁnally return home, Houston won’t look anything like it did when they left. Yet instead of focusing on ﬁnancial relief funds, praising MLB and the union for donating $1 million and the Astros for pledging another $4 million, we are caught up in this petty-mindedness of the debate about whether the Astros should be playing these next three games in Arlington, home of the Rangers. The Rangers were originally scheduled to play in Houston for three games beginning Tuesday night before Hurricane Harvey forced the relocation of those games. The Astros simply asked the Rangers to switch the series, saying they will play three games in Arlington now but requested that their three scheduled games in Arlington on Sept. 25-27 be switched to Houston. The Rangers declined, saying it wouldn’t be fair to their fans who have already purchased tickets for the game and not to their players who are hanging on to the fringe of the American League wild-card race. The Rangers offered to instead permit the Astros to be the home team this week in Arlington, giving all of their proceeds to them. The Astros declined. So MLB stepped in and moved the series to St. Petersburg, after also considering St. Louis, believing it would be the easiest resolution. It would also provide the Astros the opportunity to stay put for their series against the Mets, which likely will be switched to St. Petersburg, too. This is when all the nastiness began. The Astros are fuming, believing the Rangers should have cooperated. The Rangers are irritated because it makes them look selﬁsh. These two franchises already were bitter rivals before Hurricane Harvey came along, and now it’s escalated. Simply, the Rangers say, they didn’t want their club to lose millions of dollars in revenue by switching series, and if the Rangers are still in the wild-card race in September, those three games could loom large. They didn’t want to embark on a 12-game, four-city trip before ending their season in Arlington. The Astros, and anybody else, to be honest, would have done the same if the positions were reversed, but it still ignited a hate storm. “Classy as always, should be absolutely ashamed,” Astros pitcher Lance McCullers tweeted. “Greed never takes off days, apparently. Stay strong #Htown!” Rangers outﬁelder Delino DeShields Jr., exasperated with the sudden nastiness, took time to respond on his Instagram account. “I’m just going to put this out there to get it off my chest because I can’t sleep and I’m really frustrated how people have been acting over the past 24 hours,” DeShields wrote. “As a resident of Texas I’m hurt by everything that’s been happening in south Texas. … I want people to understand that what is happening down there is way bigger than baseball. We love baseball yeah. Baseball brings people together yeah. I know the fans and families and friends who live in Houston are upset that baseball probably won’t be played in Houston this week along with the other cities down there. I’m upset that we aren’t playing in Houston because I love the city of Houston. ... “What has happened in South Texas is something beyond our control and we all know that. We can NOT do anything about it. People, I don’t have any answers on why we are playing in Tampa or why we aren’t playing in Arlington and switching the series in September. And that should be everybody’s last concern right now. But there’s a reason all of this is happening and nobody on the outside really knows what’s been going on behind closed doors. … “Everyone wants to point ﬁngers at each other calling each other names, that we are classless and nobody has respect for anybody. That’s BS. I have teammates and coaches who either once lived down there or have family down there that are being affect- ed by this. I’m sure there are people all throughout our organization and throughout our baseball community who are being affected by this in ways you people on the outside have no idea about. But we want to call each other names and disrespect each other because of what? We are rivals? That’s so irrelevant right now and at this second I’m pretty disappointed at how people are reacting to this. “This isn’t about where we are playing a baseball game. This is about people in Texas and from all over the country coming together and helping the ones who are and have been affected by this natural disaster, not ripping each other apart for something we don’t have control over.” Amen. It’s only baseball, people. You want real life and death? Turn on your TV, watch the horror in Houston, clasp your hands, and pray. Please, please, pray. FOLLOW MLB COLUMNIST BOB NIGHTENGALE @BNightengale for commentary and analysis from the diamond. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 SPORTS 7C E6 K1 MLB SCORES AMERICAN LEAGUE East Boston New York Baltimore Tampa Bay Toronto W 75 70 67 66 61 L 57 60 65 67 71 Pct. .568 .538 .508 .496 .462 GB — 4 8 91/2 14 Strk. W-2 L-1 W-6 W-2 L-3 Central Cleveland Minnesota Kansas City Detroit Chicago W 74 67 64 57 52 L 56 63 66 73 77 Pct. .569 .515 .492 .438 .403 GB — 7 10 17 211/2 Strk. W-5 W-1 L-5 W-1 W-1 West Houston Los Angeles Seattle Texas Oakland W 79 67 66 65 58 L 52 65 67 66 73 Pct. .603 .508 .496 .496 .443 GB — 121/2 14 14 21 Strk. L-1 W-1 L-4 W-1 L-1 Last 10 5-5 5-5 7-3 6-4 2-8 Last 10 7-3 6-4 3-7 4-6 6-4 Last 10 5-5 5-5 4-6 5-5 5-5 Home 40-25 37-24 40-26 34-33 35-33 Away 35-32 33-36 27-39 32-34 26-38 Home 36-29 31-35 35-31 31-32 30-34 Away 38-27 36-28 29-35 26-41 22-43 Home 37-30 36-31 34-32 35-29 37-31 Away 42-22 31-34 32-35 30-37 21-42 Home 39-27 35-29 29-36 28-39 28-35 Away 41-24 31-36 28-36 29-35 21-46 Home 35-28 35-30 37-31 35-31 32-35 Away 35-32 33-33 28-34 28-38 24-41 Home 52-16 42-23 38-26 33-31 31-35 Away 39-22 31-35 33-34 24-43 22-45 NATIONAL LEAGUE East Washington Miami Atlanta New York Philadelphia W 80 66 57 57 49 L 51 65 72 74 81 Pct. .611 .504 .442 .435 .377 GB — 14 22 23 301/2 Strk. W-3 L-2 L-3 L-2 W-2 Central Chicago Milwaukee St. Louis Pittsburgh Cincinnati W 70 68 65 63 56 L 60 63 65 69 76 Pct. .538 .519 .500 .477 .424 GB — 21/2 5 8 15 Strk. W-1 W-2 L-1 L-1 W-1 West Los Angeles Arizona Colorado San Diego San Francisco W 91 73 71 57 53 L 38 58 60 74 80 Pct. .705 .557 .542 .435 .398 GB — 19 21 35 40 Strk. L-2 W-4 L-1 L-4 W-1 Last 10 7-3 7-3 3-7 3-7 6-4 Last 10 7-3 6-4 4-6 5-5 5-5 Last 10 6-4 6-4 4-6 3-7 4-6 IN BRIEF CFL OWNER CITES ‘NEGATIVITY’ FOR BRILES MARYLAND SCHOOL BANS REDSKINS GEAR COLLEGE PLAYER DIES The CEO for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Scott Mitchell, said in a radio interview that his Canadian Football League team “underestimated the tsunami of negativity” that would accompany the hiring of former Baylor football coach Art Briles and that once it became clear the sexual abuse scandal was still a “fresh issue,” that led the team to backtrack. The Tiger-Cats ultimately reversed their decision to hire the embattled coach as an assistant to June Jones, the former Hawaii and SMU coach. “Most of the tsunami of negativity started in the (United) States,” Mitchell said on SN590 The Fan in Toronto. “I think most of the social media activity was generated out of the States, where Art Briles and Baylor is still a very, very fresh issue. I think we clearly underestimated that.” Mitchell said he felt strongly that Briles deserved a second chance despite the team’s ultimate decision and deﬂected blame toward the media and public perception as to why Briles has remained jobless since May 2016. A private elementary school in the Maryland suburbs of Washington has asked students and staff not to wear clothing with the team name or logo of the Washington NFL club when the new school year begins next week. A letter sent to families of Green Acres School in Bethesda says “the term ‘Redskin’ is a racial slur. Its use, whether intentional or not, can be deeply insulting and offensive.” The letter, signed by Neal M. Brown, head of school, said the issue was raised last fall by thirdgrade students during their study of Native Americans. He said a Native American family with a student at the school objected to such clothing around the same time. “We certainly don’t want to vilify anyone who comes to school in violation of this,” Brown told USA TODAY Sports. “Ultimately, most kids won’t wear that kind of clothing because they understand why it is upsetting to some people.” Tony Wyllie, the Washington team’s senior vice president for communications, declined to comment. A sophomore from Georgia collapsed and died during football practice at a Florida university. Stetson officials said in a statement that Nicholas Adam Blakely, 19, collapsed during a Monday evening practice. The accounting major from Lawrenceville, Ga., was on the sideline when he complained of not feeling well. He collapsed and was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand, where he died. Blakely was a defensive back who was redshirted last season and never played in a college football game. The team was preparing for its season opener at Sacred Heart on Saturday in Connecticut. OLYMPIC RUNNER DIES An Olympic runner was found dead in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday morning, police said. David Torrence, 31, was found at the bottom of the pool at Center Court Condominiums about 7:30 a.m., Scottsdale police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Torrence left his home in Malibu, Calif., to train in Arizona a few weeks ago. ELLIOTT APPEAL GOES TO SECOND DAY An appeal hearing for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will extend to a second day. After meeting for several hours in midtown New York on Tuesday, Elliott’s appeal of his six-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy will continue into Wednesday, according to NFL Network. Elliott’s suspension, levied Aug. 11, stems from his alleged role in a domestic violence incident last year. He was not arrested or charged for the incident, but the NFL felt there was sufficient evidence to suspend him. Elliott’s penalty can be upheld, reduced or vacated following his appeal. — Lorenzo Reyes VALPARAISO SUED The Horizon League has ﬁled a $500,000 lawsuit against Valparaiso and the Missouri Valley Conference claiming the school breached a one-year notiﬁcation agreement before leaving the league for the MVC. Valparaiso announced it was leaving for the MVC in May. From staff and wire reports FOR THE RECORD TUESDAY’S RESULTS New York at FC Dallas, 9 p.m. Colorado at Los Angeles, 11 p.m. NFL American League Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees, ppd. Boston 3, Toronto 0 Texas 12, Houston 2 Baltimore 4, Seattle 0 National League Atlanta at Philadelphia, ppd. Cincinnati 14, N.Y. Mets 4 Washington 8, Miami 3 St. Louis at Milwaukee Interleague Detroit at Colorado Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Tampa Bay at Kansas City Oakland at L.A. Angels Preseason All times ET AMERICAN CONFERENCE East Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs L.A. Dodgers at Arizona San Francisco at San Diego N.Y. Jets New England Miami Buffalo South Jacksonville Indianapolis Houston Tennessee North WEDNESDAY’S GAMES AMERICAN LEAGUE Pitchers GS 2017 Statistics Pct. WHIP ERA W-L IP K Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET CLE: Bauer (R) NYY: Garcia (L) 25 4 13-8 0-1 Seattle at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m. ET SEA: Miranda (L) BAL: Jimenez (R) (Line: OFF) .619 1.44 4.59 .000 1.78 5.95 26 21 Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees, 4:35 p.m. ET CLE: Tomlin (R) NYY: Montgomery (L) 20 23 7-9 7-6 .438 .538 25 19 7-13 11-6 Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m. ET TEX: Cashner (R) HOU: Keuchel (L) 21 17 .350 .647 25 23 8-8 4-7 26 18 10-9 7-3 0 0 0-0 0-0 14 22 6-5 10-4 12 12 2-9 4-6 Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET W 3 1 1 0 L 0 2 2 3 T Pct 0 1.000 0 .333 0 .333 0 .000 PF 77 60 45 51 PA 48 65 80 68 Saturday’s games Sunday’s games 99 104 3.44 2.58 New Orleans Carolina Tampa Bay Atlanta North 125.2 108.1 63 90 Green Bay Chicago Minnesota Detroit 112.0 145.1 94 111 West 74.1 84.0 51 52 (Line: PHI -105) .500 1.39 4.06 .364 1.49 4.36 153.0 126.0 111 117 (Line: STL -120) .526 1.19 3.48 .700 1.13 2.87 168.1 100.1 175 95 26 8 11-11 4-3 .00 .00 (Line: WSH -210) .545 1.39 5.17 .714 1.08 3.10 (Line: CIN -135) .182 1.76 5.64 .400 1.97 7.99 (Line: CHC -182) .500 1.25 3.97 .571 1.26 4.50 0.0 0.0 78.1 133.2 Seattle L.A. Rams Arizona San Francisco W 3 2 1 1 L 1 1 2 2 T Pct 0 .750 0 .667 0 .333 0 .333 PF 78 67 50 43 PA 70 71 61 61 W 2 2 1 0 L 1 1 2 3 T Pct 0 .667 0 .667 0 .333 0 .000 PF 40 78 33 47 PA 27 74 44 64 W 2 2 2 2 L 1 1 1 1 T Pct 0 .667 0 .667 0 .667 0 .667 PF 62 60 62 68 PA 46 54 61 46 W 3 2 2 1 L 0 1 2 2 T Pct 0 1.000 0 .667 0 .500 0 .333 PF 94 56 85 72 PA 43 52 68 82 59 156 22 6 83.0 56.1 165.2 46.0 8-10 2-1 84 43 109 53 69 27 100 160 INTERLEAGUE Detroit at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. ET (Line: COL -110) 9-8 .529 1.30 0-1 .000 1.21 27 3 3.90 3.79 166.0 19.0 167 11 Odds provided by Pregame.com. RESULTS, UPCOMING GAMES Thursday American League CWS at MIN, 1:10 TEX at HOU, 1:10 BOS at NYY, 7:05 TOR at BAL, 7:05 National League NYM at CIN, 12:35 LAD at ARI, 3:40 PHI at MIA, 7:10 ATL at CHC, 8:05 WSH at MIL, 8:10 STL at SF, 10:15 AL LEADERS Friday American League CLE at DET, 1:10 BOS at NYY, 7:05 TOR at BAL, 7:05 CLE at DET, 7:10 LAA at TEX, 8:05 KC at MIN, 8:10 TB at CWS, 8:10 OAK at SEA, 10:10 National League ATL at CHC, 2:20 CIN at PIT, 7:05 PHI at MIA, 7:10 WSH at MIL, 8:10 ARI at COL, 8:40 LAD at SD, 10:10 STL at SF, 10:15 Interleague NYM at HOU, 8:10 BATTING Blackmon, Colorado JTurner, Los Angeles Harper, Washington Murphy, Washington Goldschmidt, Arizona LeMahieu, Colorado Ozuna, Miami Seager, Los Angeles Posey, San Francisco Votto, Cincinnati US Open Men’s Singles: Yuichi Sugita, Japan, leads Geoffrey Blancaneaux, France, 6-2, 6-2, susp., rain; Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, vs. Richard Gasquet, France, 3-6, 6-2, susp., rain; Maximilian Marterer, Germany, leads Donald Young, United States, 3-6, 6-1, 0-2, susp., rain; Bjorn Fratangelo, United States, vs. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, 7-6, 2-3, susp., rain; Dominic Thiem, Austria, leads Alex De Minaur, Australia, 6-4, 6-1, susp., rain. Women’s Singles’s — : Karolina Pliskova (1), Czech Republic, def. Magda Linette, Poland, 6-2, 6-1; Barbora Strycova (23), Czech Republic, def. Misaki Doi, Japan, 6-1, 6-3; Jelena Ostapenko (12), Latvia, def. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, Spain, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1; Sorana Cirstea, Romania, def. Lesley Kerkhove, Netherlands, 6-1, 6-3; Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, def. Lesia Tsurenko (28), Ukraine, 6-3, 6-1; Naomi Osaka, Japan, def. Angelique Kerber (6), Germany, 6-3, 6-1; Veranica Cepede Royg, Paraguay vs. Nicole Gibbs, United States, 0-6, 6-1, susp., rain; Elina Svitolina, Ukraine leads Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 6-0, 6-6, susp., rain; Kaia Kanepi, Estonia vs. Francesca Schiavone, Italy, 0-6, 4-2, susp., rain; Jennifer Brady, United States vs. Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 6-4, 3-4, susp., rain; Monica Niculescu, Romania vs. Kristina Mladenovic, France, 6-3, 1-1, susp., rain. SOCCER Major League Soccer All times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE NL LEADERS .355 .321 .318 .306 .303 .301 .300 .300 .299 .297 Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. L.A. Rams at Green Bay, 7 p.m. Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m. N.Y. Giants at New England, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. Baltimore at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Arizona at Denver, 9 p.m. L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, 10 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m. TENNIS (Line: SD -123) .444 1.35 4.68 144.1 .667 1.39 4.91 33.0 L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. ET (Line: LAD -109) LAD: Ryu (L) 19 5-6 .455 1.29 3.34 107.2 ARI: Ray (L) 21 10-5 .667 1.21 3.06 123.2 BATTING Altuve, Houston Garcia, Chicago Hosmer, Kansas City Reddick, Houston Schoop, Baltimore Gregorius, New York Segura, Seattle Ramirez, Cleveland Gonzalez, Houston Andrus, Texas PA 19 29 44 65 (Line: MIN -207) 1.68 6.05 129.1 1.16 4.04 111.1 San Francisco at San Diego, 9:10 p.m. ET Monday American League CLE 6, NYY 2 BAL 7, SEA 6 BOS 6, TOR 5 TB 12, KC 0 LAA 3, OAK 1 National League WSH 11, MIA 2 CHC 6, PIT 1 SF 3, SD 0 Interleague DET 4, COL 3 PF 67 43 52 52 153 108 (Line: OFF) .000 .00 .000 .00 N.Y. Mets at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. ET DET: Verlander (R) COL: Bettis (R) T Pct 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 .667 0 .333 Thursday Miami at Washington, 4:05 p.m. ET SF: Blach (L) SD: Wood (L) L 0 0 1 2 169.1 107.2 Atlanta at Philadelphia, 3:35 p.m. ET PIT: Nova (R) CHC: Quintana (L) W 3 3 2 1 Dallas Philadelphia N.Y. Giants Washington (Line: HOU -185) 7-9 .438 1.34 11-2 .846 1.07 St. Louis at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. ET NYM: Montero (R) CIN: Bailey (R) PA 60 63 63 53 86 118 Atlanta at Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m. ET MIA: Conley (L) WSH: Strasburg (R) PF 62 48 44 44 110.1 126.0 NATIONAL LEAGUE ATL: () PHI: () T Pct 0 .333 0 .333 0 .333 0 .333 (Line: OFF) 1.30 5.38 1.22 4.00 (Line: KC -125) TB: Odorizzi (R) 22 6-7 .462 1.36 4.82 KC: Vargas (L) 25 14-8 .636 1.31 3.72 Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m. ET (Line: LAA -149) OAK: Graveman (R) 13 4-4 .500 1.40 4.24 LAA: Bridwell (R) 13 7-2 .778 1.15 2.89 STL: Martinez (R) MIL: Anderson (R) L 2 2 2 2 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. ET ATL: Dickey (R) PHI: Eickhoff (R) W 1 1 1 1 123 117 Chi. White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. ET CWS: Holland (L) MIN: Berrios (R) PA 51 86 89 50 146.0 126.0 South .339 .328 .325 .317 .316 .313 .313 .311 .311 .310 Toronto FC NY City FC Columbus Chicago New York Atlanta FC Montreal Philadelphia Orlando City N. England D.C. United W 16 14 13 12 12 10 10 8 8 8 8 L 3 7 12 9 10 8 9 12 11 12 15 T Pts GF GA 8 56 55 26 5 47 48 35 3 42 42 42 5 41 47 36 3 39 38 33 6 36 44 32 6 36 42 41 7 31 36 38 7 31 27 39 5 29 39 41 4 28 22 44 WESTERN CONFERENCE Seattle Sporting KC Portland Houston Vancouver FC Dallas San Jose Salt Lake Minnesota Los Angeles Colorado D 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PF 44 77 61 35 4.62 6.57 4.57 4.10 W 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 T Pct 0 .333 0 .333 0 .333 0 .000 Denver Kansas City L.A. Chargers Oakland (Line: TOR -109) 8-15 .348 1.39 6-10 .375 1.36 27 19 GP 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 L 2 2 2 3 157 15 Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. ET BOS: Porcello (R) TOR: Happ (L) West Manc. United Liverpool Huddersfield Man. City West Bromwich Chelsea Watford Southampton Tottenham Burnley Stoke Everton Swansea Newcastle Leicester Arsenal Brighton Bournemouth Crystal Palace West Ham W 1 1 1 0 139.1 19.2 (Line: BAL -125) .571 1.20 .357 1.58 8-6 5-9 Baltimore Cleveland Pittsburgh Cincinnati English Premier League All Times ET W 11 10 11 10 11 9 10 10 7 6 6 L 7 5 9 8 9 7 11 13 14 14 15 T Pts GF GA 8 41 40 33 10 40 31 19 7 40 47 44 8 38 46 37 5 38 37 35 9 36 37 33 6 36 31 44 5 35 40 48 4 25 32 52 5 23 32 47 4 22 24 38 Saturday Chicago at Montreal, 7 p.m. Orlando City at New England, 7 p.m. L GF GA 0 10 0 0 8 3 0 4 0 0 5 2 0 3 1 1 6 4 0 5 3 0 3 2 1 4 3 1 4 4 1 2 2 1 2 3 1 2 4 2 3 3 2 5 6 2 4 8 2 0 4 3 1 5 3 0 6 3 2 10 Pts 9 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 Liverpool at Manchester City, 7:30 a.m. Bournemouth at Arsenal, 10 a.m. Tottenham at Everton, 10 a.m. Watford at Southampton, 10 a.m. Chelsea at Leicester, 10 a.m. West Bromwich Albion at Brighton, 10 a.m. Manchester United at Stoke, 12:30 p.m. Crystal Palace at Burnley, 8:30 a.m. Newcastle at Swansea, 11 a.m. Monday’s game Huddersfield at West Ham, 3 p.m. WNBA W 21 20 17 12 12 9 L 11 12 15 19 20 23 Pct .656 .625 .531 .387 .375 .281 GB — 1 4 8½ 9 12 WESTERN CONFERENCE x-Minnesota x-Los Angeles x-Phoenix Dallas Seattle San Antonio W 24 24 16 15 14 7 L 7 8 16 17 18 25 Pct GB .774 — .750 ½ .500 8½ .469 9½ .438 10½ .219 17½ Tuesday’s Game Connecticut 86, Washington 76 Wednesday’s Games Minnesota at Indiana, 7 p.m. Dallas at Chicago, 8 p.m. AUTO RACING NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Schedule-Winners Feb. 19 — x-Advance Auto Parts Clash (Joey Logano) Feb. 23 — x-Can-Am Duel at Daytona 1 (Chase Elliott) Feb. 23 — x-Can-Am Duel at Daytona 2 (Denny Hamlin) Feb. 26 — Daytona 500 (Kurt Busch) March 5 — Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Brad Keselowski) March 12 — Kobalt 400 (Martin Truex Jr) March 19 — Camping World 500 (Ryan Newman) March 26 — Auto Club 400 (Kyle Larson) April 2 — STP 500 (Brad Keselowski) April 9 — O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (Jimmie Johnson) April 24 — Food City 500 (Jimmie Johnson) April 30 — Toyota Owners 400 (Joey Logano) May 7 — GEICO 500 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr) May 13 — Go Bowling 400 (Martin Truex Jr) May 20 — x-Monster Energy Open (Daniel Suarez) May 20 — x-Monster Energy NASCAR AllStar Race (Kyle Busch) May 28 — Coca-Cola 600 (Austin Dillon) June 4 — AAA 400 Drive for Autism (Jimmie Johnson) June 11 — Pocono 400 (Ryan Blaney) June 18 — FireKeepers Casino 400 (Kyle Larson) June 25 — Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Kevin Harvick) July 1 — Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) July 8 — Quaker State 400 (Martin Truex Jr.) July 16 — New Hampshire 301 (Denny Hamlin) July 23 — Brickyard 400 (Kasey Kahne) July 30 — Overton’s 400 (Kyle Busch) Aug. 6 — I Love New York 355 at The Glen (Martin Truex Jr.) Aug. 13 — Pure Michigan 400 (Kyle Larson) Aug. 19 — Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Kyle Busch) Sept. 3 — Bojangles’ Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Sept. 9 — Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond, Va. Sept. 17 — Tales of the Turtles 400, Joliet, Ill. Sept. 24 — New England 300, Loudon, N.H. Oct. 1 — Delaware 400, Dover, Del. Oct. 8 — Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 15 — Alabama 500, Talladega, Ala. Oct. 22 — Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 29 — Goody’s Fast Relief 500, Martinsville, Va. Nov. 5 — AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 12 — Can-Am 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 19 — Ford Ecoboost 400, Homestead, Fla. x-non-points race NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Points Leaders 1. Martin Truex Jr., 951. 2. Kyle Busch, 850. 2. Kyle Larson, 845. 4. Kevin Harvick, 824. 5. Denny Hamlin, 753. 6. Brad Keselowski, 728. 7. Chase Elliott, 711. 8. Matt Kenseth, 703. IndyCar Schedule-Winners March 12 — Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Sebastien Bourdais) April 9 — Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (James Hinchcliffe) April 23 — Grand Prix of Alabama (Josef Newgarden) April 29 — Phoenix Grand Prix (Simon Pagenaud) May 13 — Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Will Power) May 28 — Indianapolis 500 (Takuma Sato) June 3 — Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (Race 1) (Graham Rahal) June 4 — Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (Race 2) (Graham Rahal) June 10 — Rainguard Water Sealers 600 (Will Power) June 25 — Kohler Grand Prix (Scott Dixon) July 9 — Iowa Corn 300 (Helio Castroneves) July 16 — Honda Indy Toronto (Josef Newgarden) July 30 — Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Josef Newgarden) Aug. 20 — ABC Supply 500 (Will Power) Aug. 26 — Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (Josef Newgarden) Sept. 3 — Grand Prix at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Sept. 17 — GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Calif. Formula One Schedule-Winners All times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE x-Connecticut x-New York x-Washington Chicago Atlanta Indiana 9. Jamie McMurray, 700. 10. Clint Bowyer, 642. 11. Jimmie Johnson, 628. 12. Ryan Blaney, 623. 13. Kurt Busch, 586. 14. Joey Logano, 583. 15. Ryan Newman, 574. 16. Erik Jones, 574. 17. Daniel Suarez, 537. 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 528. 19. Trevor Bayne, 470. 20. Kasey Kahne, 451. March 26 — Australian Grand Prix (Sebastian Vettel) April 9 — Chinese Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton) April 16 — Bahrain Grand Prix (Sebastian Vettel) April 30 — Russian Grand Prix (Valtterri Bottas) May 14 — Spanish Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton) May 28— Monaco Grand Prix (Sebastian Vettel) June 11 — Canadian Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton) June 25 — Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Daniel Ricciardo) July 9 — Austrian Grand Prix (Valtterri Bottas) July 16 — British Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton) July 30 — Hungarian Grand Prix (Sebastian Vettel) Aug. 27 — Belgian Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton) Sept. 3 — Italian Grand Prix, Monza Sept. 17 — Singapore Grand Prix Oct. 1 — Malaysia Grand Prix, Sepang Oct. 8 — Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka Oct. 22 — United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas Oct. 29 — Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City Nov. 12 — Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo Nov. 26 — Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, United Arab Emirates NHRA Leaders Top Fuel 1, Antron Brown, 1,513. 2, Steve Torrence, 1,482. 3, Leah Pritchett, 1,453. 4, Tony Schumacher, 1,121. 5, Brittany Force, 1,052. 6, Doug Kalitta, 1,038. 7, Clay Millican, 1,014. 8, Terry McMillen, 722. 9, Scott Palmer, 649. 10, Troy Coughlin Jr., 576. 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Carolina Florida MTSU Florida St Troy Sunday Lsu Virginia Tech UCLA 16 (48) 4 52 31⁄2 57 Byu West Virginia Texas A&M 16 16 (48) 3 3 56 Byu Georgia Tech Monday Lsu Tennessee NFL Thursday Favorite GREEN BAY BUFFALO NY JETS INDIANAPOLIS ATLANTA CAROLINA TAMPA BAY N. ENGLAND HOUSTON CHICAGO NEW ORLEANS MINNESOTA KANSAS CITY DENVER S. FRANCISCO Seattle O T O/U Underdog 31⁄2 31⁄2 38 LA Rams OFF OFF OFF Detroit 1 1 36 Philadelphia 2 2 36 Cincinnati 3 3 38 Jacksonville 3 4 38 Pittsburgh 3 2 36 Washington NY Giants 21⁄2 3 38 OFF OFF OFF Dallas 3 3 36 Cleveland 4 3 37 Baltimore 3 3 38 Miami 3 3 38 Tennessee 3 2 37 Arizona 1 3 38 LA Chargers +21⁄2 1 40 OAKLAND DEALS BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Optioned LHP Eric Skoglund to Omaha (PCL). Recalled LHP Brian Flynn from Omaha. NEW YORK YANKEES — Sent 1B Garrett Cooper to Trenton (EL) for a rehab assignment. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Optioned RHP Chih-Wei Hu to Durham (IL). Designated 3B Taylor Featherston for assignment. Reinstated RHP Matt Andriese from the 60-day DL. TEXAS RANGERS — Sent LHP Jake Diekman to Frisco (TL) for a rehab assignment. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Designated LHP TJ House and OF Norichika Aoki for assignment. Recalled RHPs Joe Biagini and Leonel Campos from Buffalo (IL). Agreed to terms with C Luis Liriano on a minor league contract. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Sent RHP Luke Jackson to Gwinnett (IL) for a rehab assignment. CHICAGO CUBS — Sent RHP Justin Grimm and SS Addison Russell to Iowa (PCL) for rehab assignments. NEW YORK METS — Optioned RHP Kevin McGowan to Las Vegas (PCL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Optioned RHP Erick Fedde to Syracuse (IL). FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS — Released G Karim Barton, DE Jake Metz, RB Cedric O’Neal, S Bacarri Rambo, CB Jumal Rolle and WR Rashad Ross. CHICAGO BEARS — Waived DL Kapron Lewis-Moore and LB Alex Scearce. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Terminated the contract of DL Cam Johnson. Waived/injured DB Ed Reynolds II. DETROIT LIONS — Waived OT Cyrus Kouandjio. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Placed RB George Winn on injured reserve. Signed RB Daryl Richardson. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Traded LB Marquis Flowers to Cincinnati for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick. NEW YORK GIANTS — Waived DE Owa Odighizuwa. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Released L B Sean Porter. Traded TE Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh for an undisclosed draft pick.SOCCER Major League Soccer LA GALAXY — Named Dominic Kinnear assistant coach. COLLEGE BAYLOR — Suspended S Taion Sells three games and OT Mo Porter one half. BROWN — Named Bryson Johnson assistant men’s basketball coach. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN — Named Rick Duckett assistant head men’s basketball coach. KENNESAW STATE — Promoted assistant women’s basketball coach Khadija Head to associate head coach. RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE — Named Brian Sujecki assistant women’s soccer coach. SAINT ROSE — Named Jim Thomas men’s and women’s cross country coach. SIENA — Named Tamara Perea water polo coach. SPORTS ON TV Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings. HORSE RACING: Saratoga Live, With Anticipation Stakes, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Fox Sports 2, 4 p.m.) MLB: Regional,, Cleveland at New York Yankees (1 p.m.) or St. Louis at Milwaukee (2 p.m.) (MLB Network); Detroit at Colorado (4 p.m.) or Miami at Washington (5 p.m.) (games joined in progress) (MLB Network); Texas vs. Houston, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (ESPN, 7 p.m.); regional, Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona or San Francisco at San Diego (games joined in progress) (MLB Network, 10 p.m.) TENNIS: U.S. Open, second round, in New York (ESPN, 1 p.m., and ESPN2, 6 p.m.) USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 8C SPORTS NFL Lions get it right with Stafford deal Yes, it’s a lot of money, but perspective needed Jeff Seidel @seideljeff USA TODAY Sports Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has won the summer. Quinn did what he ANALYSIS had to do, when he had to do it, signing quarterback Matthew Stafford to a ﬁve-year contract extension that will keep him in Detroit through the 2022 season. The terms might seem astronomical — and they are crazy numbers compared with real life — but this deal is actually reasonable for both sides. Stafford wins by becoming the highest-paid player in NFL history, averaging $27 million a year, and Stafford will keep that title until, well, the next quarterback comes along. Meanwhile, the Lions win by getting this done without having to use the franchise tag, locking up a top-10 quarterback for the next ﬁve years. Critics will say Stafford does not deserve this much money because he has not guided this team to, well, anything. That this is eating up too much of the salary cap. That he is not one of the best quarterbacks in the game. That he has never won a playoff game. And all those things are true. But try winning in the NFL without a quarterback. Or hoping to ﬁnd one in the draft. Or trying to lure one in free agency. The only question that matters is this: What does the market dictate? And this is a fair market value when you consider Derek Carr got a ﬁve-year, $125 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. TIM FULLER, USA TODAY SPORTS At $27 million a season, Matthew Stafford will be the NFL’s top-paid player, but another quarterback likely will pass him soon. When it’s all said and done, this contract will look reasonable in a few years, when the rest of the quarterbacks get paid. The best part is, Stafford is 29 and in the prime of his career. He is the face of this franchise, and everything revolves around him. He has averaged 278 passing yards per game in his career, the most over a player’s ﬁrst eight seasons in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats. Last season, before injuring his middle ﬁnger, Stafford was out- standing. There is reason to think he could be even better, if running backs Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick can stay healthy. Still, that money. Yes, it’s jawdropping. And it makes sense that Lions fans are frustrated. The man who has thrown for more than 30,000 yards has earned $110,778,969 from the Lions, according to Spotrac.com. If nothing else, Stafford has an unbelievable sense of timing. When he was taken with the top overall pick in the 2009 draft, he got a six-year, $72 million deal. That was signed before the 2011 collective bargaining agreement that created a rookie wage scale. Then, he signed a three-year, $53 million extension. And now this. In all likelihood, there will be another contract after this one. For now, give credit to Quinn for getting this done. He continues to make solid decisions. He has tried to rebuild the offensive line. Created some depth. And now he has locked up his quarterback. And ﬁnally, give credit to Stafford. He could have held out for more money, forcing the franchise tag. But he didn’t. Clearly, he wants to be in Detroit. It was a win for both sides. The right deal, at the right time. Even if it is a ridiculous amount of money. Seidel is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. SECTION D WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 Remembering Diana Her influence — from the royals to fashion — is lasting 3D PRINCESS DIANA 1961-1997 ON SALE NOW 20TH ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE EDITION Special edition The available legacy on newslives on stands and at onlinestore.usatoday.com ON SALE THROUGH 9/11 $4.95 WHY WE STILL LOVE HER | HOW THE ROYALS CHANGED FOREVER | NEW BOOKS, TV SHOWS, EXHIBITS JAYNE FINCHER, GETTY IMAGES LIFELINE FALL BOOKS PREVIEW CAUSE CELEB Coldplay dedicated a special song to Houston and the victims of Hurricane Harvey at their concert Monday. Chris USA TODAY NETWORK Martin paused his band’s Miami show to explain that they were supposed to play in Houston last week but couldn’t because of the storm. “A lot of people were supposed to come to the concert and we let them down,” he said. “We’re so grateful for all the people who come to our shows, and canceling shows is not something we like to do, but in this instance we kind of had to.” So the band wanted to send love to the city with an original song called ‘Houston #1.’ THEY SAID WHAT? THE STARS’ BEST QUOTES “I just have to clean the barf off of my tux. It used to be my barf, but now it’s the twins’ barf. So it all works out.” — George Clooney to the Associated Press on his twin babies, born in June A-list authors to ﬁll shelves Dan Brown will deliver a new thriller, and even Robert Langdon himself — aka Tom Hanks — is dipping his toe into fiction with a collection of short stories. More big names, including Alice Waters, John le Carré, Amy Tan and Matthew Weiner, will soon hit bookstores. USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg looks at 10 cool books for fall. 1A Legacy of Spies Vote at the library Books from Clinton, the Bush sisters, Baldwin hit the shelves 2D by John le Carré (Viking, ﬁction, on sale Sept. 5) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Peter Guillam, now retired from the British Secret Service, is summoned to London to answer questions from a new generation with little patience for Cold War tactics. COOL FACTOR: This is the ﬁrst le Carré thriller in more than 25 years to feature spymaster George Smiley. JEFF SPICER, GETTY IMAGES USA SNAPSHOTS© The nation’s best sellers Top five best sellers, shown in proportion of sales. Example: For every 10 copies of Y is for Yesterday sold, The Glass Castle sold 2.5 copies: Y is for Yesterday Sue Grafton 10 Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook 2 by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter, non-ﬁction, on sale Sept. 5) NADAV KANDAR A Legacy of Spies, out in September, is the 24th novel for John le Carré, 85. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye 3 WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A memoir by The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls 2.5 Wonder R.J. Palacio 2.4 Seeing Red Sandra Brown 2.3 Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan 2.1 THURSDAY Top 50 books list (books.usatoday.com) SOURCE USA TODAY Best-Selling Books the chef (and cookbook author) who opened Chez Panisse, the inﬂuential Berkeley, Calif., restaurant, when she was 27 in 1971. COOL FACTOR: Waters, at the forefront of the local/organic food movement, has seen her inﬂuence extend all the way to Michelle Obama’s White House garden. by David Lagercrantz (Knopf, ﬁction, on sale Sept. 12) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo mega-series continues as imprisoned punk hacker Lisbeth Salander teams with Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist to uncover the truth 1997 PHOTO BY FRED MERTZ MARY CADDEN AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY v STORY CONTINUES ON 2D Alice Waters is all about organics. A wave to ‘GoT’s Littleﬁnger, what’s next for Aidan Gillen Rest in Peace, Petyr “Littleﬁnger” Baelish — if you can. That’s quite the interesting life you lived. Littleﬁnger, the self-made lord and schemer, came to his end in Sunday’s Game of Thrones Season 7 ﬁnale, his death sentence for treason and murder pronounced by former ward Sansa Stark and carried out by her sister, Arya, who slit his throat. Irish actor Aidan Gillen (The Wire, The Dark Knight Rises), 49, who imbued Littleﬁnger with charm, wit and a hint of danger, spoke with USA TODAY’s Bill Keveney about his character, the death scene, his favorite moments and how it feels to leave an international phenomenon. Q How do you feel about Littleﬁnger, a character you’ve embodied for seven years, being dead? A It was inevitable. … It’s been a long ride and an exciting one, so you feel a little empty afterward. In a way, it’s good to get out when you’re ahead. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) executes Petyr “Littleﬁnger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) in Thrones. Q A Do you think Littleﬁnger deserved to die? As the actor playing him, I’ve always been able to justify his actions: This is survival, this is revenge. If you’re talking to me as Littleﬁnger, I’d probably say no. From (the audience’s) point of view, they want him to get his comeuppance. He’s a classic villain. ... I’m ﬁne with that. Who’s up, who’s down? Q Did Littleﬁnger really love Sansa or was it political, an alliance that would lead to greater power? A Tricky question. … You can tell somebody you love them, and it can mean 50 different things. I’ve always tried to be a bit non-speciﬁc about that. He deﬁnitely has feelings for her and strong protective feelings, as well. I think (feelings and politics were) intermeshed. Q Arya (Maisie Williams) had a smile on her face HELEN SLOAN, HBO when Sansa accused Littleﬁnger of murder and treason. A Well, she would, wouldn’t she? … Here’s an interesting piece of information: In the last three years, I’ve had two Funko (Thrones) dolls on the shelf in my house, (Littleﬁnger) and Arya standing just behind to the right with, not a dagger, but a sword. … There was a Q&A over a year ago Everyone freeze as we wait for Season 8 4D where I suggested Arya (would kill Littleﬁnger). I hadn’t read anything. (But) if I had known it was going to be her, I wouldn’t have said it. (He laughs.) Q A Do you have any favorite Littleﬁnger scenes? There’s one in Season 2 in the brothel with Ros (Esmé Bianco), where he was talking to her about how he wasn’t happy if she wasn’t happy, but the language is very veiled. It was a threat. I felt it was one of the ﬁrst times I had a proper shot at explaining who this guy was and what he was capable of. … I like the scenes with Sean Bean, (who played Ned Stark). When Ned arrived in King’s Landing, there was a classic line (from Littleﬁnger): “Distrusting me was the wisest thing you’ve done since you stepped off your horse.” … So much with Sansa (Sophie Turner). Much (of my story) was interlocked with hers. That scene at The Eyrie where he plants a kiss on her: It reveals a lot and was a good character scene. Q You have upcoming roles in the ﬁlm Pickups and the U.K. series Peaky Blinders. How has Thrones affected your career? A It’s the biggest production I’ve been involved with and it’s run for a long time and the character is quite eye-catching. I hate talking about the mechanics of career, but I’m sure it all helps. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 2D LIFE Grant gets a tome; Hanks keys in; Kings team reveals memories of her traumatic childhood and shares “heartbreaking” letters to and from her mother. COOL FACTOR: Tan sheds a personal light on the creative impulse behind best sellers such as The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement. v CONTINUED FROM 1D about her childhood and to exact revenge. COOL FACTOR: This is the second Millennium sequel written by Lagercrantz and sanctioned by Stieg Larsson’s estate; the ﬁrst, 2015’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, was a No. 1 USA TODAY best seller. JEFF VESPA Matthew Weiner SHANE LEONARD Stephen King 9 Sleeping 4Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (Scribner, ﬁction, on sale Sept. 26) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A mysterious sleep disorder that can cause women to become violent and feral disrupts an Appalachian town where the main employer is a women’s prison. COOL FACTOR: This is the ﬁrst time Stephen King has co-written a book with his son (also an author), a project he calls a “blessing” and a “thrill.” by Matthew Weiner (Little, Brown, ﬁction, on sale Nov. 7) AUSTIN HARGRAVE Typewriter aﬁcionado Tom Hanks offers stories that feature his favorite throw-back writing instrument. He has the keys to our heart. Hamilton) and Washington now focuses on Ulysses S. Grant at a time when our nation is relitigating the Civil War. COOL FACTOR: Is Lin-Manuel Miranda busy sharpening his Grant vs. Lee rhymes? We can only hope. 7 by Dan Brown (Doubleday, ﬁction, on sale Oct. 3) moves to Spain as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is caught up in intrigue surrounding a former student’s high-tech discovery. Brown’s series featuring Langdon unraveling cryptic clues and running for his life includes the blockbusters The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. by Andy Weir (Crown, ﬁction, on sale Nov. 14) by Tom Hanks (Knopf, ﬁction, on sale Oct. 17) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The action WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Sev- 6Grant by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press, non-ﬁction, on sale Oct. 10) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of biographies including Alexander Hamilton (the inspiration for the Broadway smash musical enteen short stories by the Oscar-winning actor, each involving a different typewriter in some way. Hanks collects vintage typewriters and has more than 100.) COOL FACTOR: This marks Hanks’ debut as an author. We think he’s our type, judging by the retro subject. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The teenage daughter of a well-off Manhattan couple is in the sights of a sociopathic stalker. COOL FACTOR: The creator of the great AMC series Mad Men says his debut novel was born the day he saw a construction worker give a “terrifying” look to a beautiful schoolgirl on the Upper East Side; Sally Draper, run! 10Artemis Uncommon Type: Some Stories 5Origin COOL FACTOR: Heather, the Totality JULIAN JOHNSON Amy Tan shares her memories. Where the 8Past Begins by Amy Tan (Ecco, non-ﬁction, on sale Oct. 17) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In this sci-ﬁ adventure set on the moon, twentysomething Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara is a small-time smuggler pulled into a conspiracy for control of the city of Artemis. COOL FACTOR: Weir’s best seller The Martian was the basis for the hit Ridley Scott ﬁlm starring Matt Damon, and Artemis has been snapped up for the movies by 20th Century Fox and New Regency. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In this “writer’s memoir,” the popular author of novels about Chinese immigrants Election sparks political analysis The 2016 election — and its aftermath — are generating a flurry of political books this fall. Among the most high-profile: What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster, on sale Sept. 12) WILL HEATH, NBC Alec Baldwin’s Donald J. Trump opens up about his own uuuuge year. The Democratic presidential candidate reﬂects on her loss to Donald Trump in this highly anticipated memoir. Promise Me, Dad Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Joe Biden (Flatiron, on sale Nov. 14) The former vice president looks back on the year after he learned his son, Beau, had a malignant brain tumor, as he also wrestled with whether to run for president. by Katy Tur (Dey Street, on sale Sept. 12) The NBC News correspondent reﬂects on the campaign and how she became the story herself as Trump singled her out for criticism. 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To reach us, of My Fantastic First contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please Year as President indicate whether you’re responding to content Donald J. Trump online or in the newspaper. by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen (Penguin Press, on sale Nov. 7) Baldwin brings his Saturday Night Live impersonation of the commander in chief to book form. A photo caption Tuesday on a story about 10 successful summer movies incorrectly described a scene depicting British soldiers in the movie Dunkirk. The soldiers were preparing to evacuate the harbor. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 LIFE 3D DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES In those looks, layers of meaning Iconic style was no accident — and not always subtle Cara Kelly USA TODAY Did Princess Diana anticipate becoming a #styleicon? By all accounts, she would have hated the negative-feedback loops of Instagram and Twitter. But she certainly knew the power of clothing for personal branding, long before the Kardashians made a fortune from it. And her meticulous use of fashion for messaging helps explain the enduring fascination with her style 20 years after her death. “I suspect there are many aspects to Diana’s continuing iconic status, but a central issue has to be her ability to communicate in personal terms across mass media,” says Jude Davies, a professor of American literature and culture at the University of Winchester in England and author of Diana, A Cultural History. The intensely personal messages coded in her clothing, particularly in tandem with her charitable work, set her apart from the Angelina Jolies and Madonnas of today, Davies says. “Crucial to this was a sense of not only her own feelings but her own vulnerability,” he says. “Hence, she didn’t come across as patronizing — rather, as seeking a genuine positive contact with other human beings.” While she was still Her Royal Highness, she famously ditched the customary gloves favored by Queen Elizabeth II — a strategic move that allowed skin-on-skin contact with the masses she met at hospitals and homeless shelters. That included people with AIDS at a time when patients were often treated like lepers. “That a fascinating young royal person would do this made much more of a difference than a lot of well-intentioned propagandists,” says British author Peter York. Her work for land mine removal further let her ditch the princess MARTIN CLEAVER, AP Diana and the queen in 1987. In the early days, the press considered Diana frumpy. persona and literally and symbolically roll up her sleeves. “My favorite image of her, apart from the Mario Testino portraits, is her walking through a mineﬁeld in jeans and a white Tshirt. That was so brave,” says Meredith Etherington-Smith, former creative director of Christie’s International who worked with Diana on a sale of her dresses at the auction house in 1997. But Etherington-Smith notes that Diana wasn’t always so keenly dressed, leading royal watchers to characterize her as demure and somewhat dowdy when she ﬁrst hit the spotlight. In the early ’80s, she became the poster-child for “Sloane Rangers” — a term coined by York and Ann Barr. Referencing Sloane Square in the posh Chelsea neighborhood of London, the term described old-money preps who went to the right exclusive schools, had an affinity for country life On the day Prince Charles publicly admitted having an affair, Diana showed up to an event in the now-famous “Revenge Dress.” JAYNE FINCHER, GETTY IMAGES RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY VIA AP Princess Diana dances with John Travolta at a White House dinner in November 1985. The dark blue Victor Edelstein dress she wore sold at auction for $222,500 in 1997. and traditional values. “We got her wrong. Self-servingly, we got her wrong,” says York, noting that he and Barr chose a photo of the princess for the cover of their book The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook. “We had taken it for granted that she would be a nice upper-middle Sloane girl in her behavior, and of course what she was was a wacky aristocrat with a very ﬁrm idea of her own value.” As Diana grew into her public role, she was no wilting British rose. She “began increasingly to ﬁnd her own best friends in fashion land and entertainment land,” York says. “And she became this international type.” The most famous display of her international glamour came in the form of a blue velvet gown by Victor Edelstein that she wore while dancing with John Travolta at the White House in 1985. It sold for $222,500 in the 1997 Christie’s auction, breaking a previous record of $145,000 for a garment — coincidentally, the white polyester suit that Travolta wore in Saturday Night Fever. But the personal messaging inherent in her clothing could be calculated, with occasional digs at her ex-husband or the press. On the day Prince Charles was to confess in an interview to having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall, Diana showed up to the annual Serpentine Gallery summer party in a short, ﬁgure-hugging Christina Stambolian dress that became known as the “Revenge Dress.” “It was quite deliberate,” says Etherington-Smith. “She was very good at obliterating the press. Princess Diana, she was out for the hero shot.” And it played well to her audience, who loved the perceived slap back against Charles and the conﬁnes of the monarchy and her inherent treatment of fashion as important. DI TAUGHT THE ROYALS HOW TO BE REAL She mystiﬁed and irked them, but made them more involved Maria Puente USA TODAY Exhibit A has to be the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Queen Elizabeth II, then 86 and celebrating 60 years on her throne, participated in an extraordinary video skit to open the Games, featuring James Bond actor Daniel Craig and “the queen” as a Bond girl skydiving from a helicopter into the Stadium. Mouths dropped, especially those of her grandchildren, as tens of thousands of Brits in the crowd cheered and roared. “Would she have done that cameo had it not been for Diana, all those years earlier, who emboldened them to do things in a fresh way and be more relatable?” asks American biographer Sally Bedell Smith, who has written best-sellers about both the queen and Diana. Diana’s feelings about the Windsors were as mercurial as she was, toggling between awe and admiration and rage and despair in the years she was the desperately unhappy wife of Prince Charles and the daughter-in-law of the queen and Prince Philip. The queen herself said after Diana’s death, “There are lessons to be drawn from her life,” and those lessons are apparent, says PR consultant and royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. “Diana’s more approachable, endearing and emotional style, her conviction that the royal family had no heart, the way she appealed to the public in (interviews), all this was unique but had real impact,” Fitzwilliams says. “It is a tribute to the resilience of the Windsors that they have made certain changes yet kept the monarchy’s mystique.” Despite her troubles with her in-laws, Diana always said she wanted to bolster the ties between the monarchy and the people. She was, after all, the mother of a future king. ADRIAN DENNIS, AP Queen Elizabeth II accepts ﬂowers from a well-wisher after arriving at Buckingham Palace Sept. 5, 1997. She gave a televised address that night, and Diana’s funeral was the following day. British reporter Katie Nicholl, author of several royal biographies, says Diana broke the mold: She did and said things considered “very un-royal” that had a positive effect, especially in the way her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, were raised to be aware of life beyond palace walls. “As they have said in recent interviews, they are the princes and the men they are today largely because of the way Diana raised them and the things that she exposed them to from an early age,” Nicholl says. “There is a rawness in these interviews, an openness that Diana would have approved,” Fitzwilliams says. “The princes are following directly in her footsteps.” Diana pressed “politically sensitive” causes not previously connected to the royals, including AIDS treatment, help for the homeless, the eradication of land mines. These were issues that touched real people and people who had no voice, Nicholl says. “Ultimately, this was all very positive for the royal family even though the queen and others were concerned at points that some of the issues Diana was campaigning for weren’t synonymous with what royals should be doing,” Nicholl says. “She was a princess, but one who wasn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in, and that did the royal family a huge amount of good.” No doubt the 1,000-year-old British monarchy already knew a thing or two about keeping in touch with the people. (To do otherwise risked execution and exile in centuries past.) But it was Diana — equal parts beguiling and bewildering — whose shocking death helped remind them of this fundamental survival skill. Her death was followed by an almost-as-shocking tsunami of grief that washed over Britain and the world, and nearly swamped the royals. Tucked away at their usual summer bastion at Balmoral, LONDON ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES VIA AFP/GETTY IMAGES The queen’s appearance with “James Bond” in a video for the 2012 Olympics in London symbolized the new, more relatable royal family. their vast estate in Scotland, they were unprepared for the reaction back in London: the hysteria, the headlines, the 24/7 media coverage, and the persistent importuning, from Prime Minister Tony Blair and many others, that the queen return to the capital, respond to the public grief, and put on a semi-royal funeral for Diana. “The queen has an unchanging style, which has been perfection. The death of Diana was the one occasion where reliance on tradition and precedent were not appropriate, and Blair was fortunately there to advise her,” Fitzwilliams says. After ﬁrst balking, the queen met all the demands and more. She rose to the occasion with a stirring live speech to the nation (the queen never does this) before the funeral, in which she paid tribute to Diana. In deed and metaphor, the queen bowed her head to Diana’s coffin, and it was sincere. Diana was no longer a member of the royal family, and she had behaved in obstreperous ways in the years before her 1996 divorce, but she was still the mother of the queen’s young grandsons; this was a gesture no loving grandmother would withhold. Immediately, public opinion about the queen and her family swung back to its previous high levels. In the years since Diana’s death, the royals have been more popular than ever, culminating in extravagant displays of affection for the queen during her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and for her 90th birthday in 2016. Victoria Arbiter, daughter of the queen’s former press secretary and a commentator for CNN, says “little glimpses of Diana” are apparent everywhere. But she also gives credit to the queen. “You can’t take anything away from the queen and her ability to adapt and evolve and meet the needs of the people at any one time,” Arbiter says. “Diana should be credited with many changes, one of which is the royal family is very much more hands-on.” Society’s expectations have changed, Arbiter says. The deference and formality associated with the royals are disappearing. You might not see the queen in a Starbucks, but she’s no longer quite as remote as she once was. “It’s been slow, gradual change,” Arbiter says, “and Diana was deﬁnitely the trigger.” USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 4D LIFE TELEVISION Westeros frozen in place until the start of Season 8 queen. He needs to turn his luck around in Season 8 to stay inﬂuential and alive. 2. JON SNOW, AKA AEGON TARGARYEN Kelly Lawler @klawls USA TODAY The characters of Game of Thrones laid it all on the table in Season 7. When Season 8 comes around, we’ll see if it was worth it. The season ﬁnale of the series didn’t do much to change the power dynamics in Westeros. (Although it did take a master manipulator off the board.) Going into Season 8, it still seems like anyone can win and anyone can lose. We ranked the top 10 characters from Sunday’s episode based on how well they’re winning the battle for Westeros, and their own survival. 1. THE NIGHT KING The leader of the White Walkers remains on top after he and his cool new pet zombie dragon took down the Wall at the very end of the season ﬁnale. The Wall was pretty much the only reason our friends in Westeros were able to play their game of thrones for the ﬁrst seven seasons. Now that the Army of the Dead is marching south, we can only imagine what havoc will follow. He may be making some questionable romantic decisions and accidentally punting the chance for peace with his honesty, but you can’t deny biology. With the conﬁrmation that Jon is the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen, he’s the true heir to the Iron Throne, and all but conﬁrmed to be the prophesied “Prince Who Was Promised.” 8. BRAN STARK Bran, we’re so very glad you ﬁnally used your super-cool powers to help! Now, perhaps, instead of checking on everyone’s parental statuses, you can ﬁgure out how to defeat the Night King? Cool? Cool. 9. JAIME LANNISTER 3. DAENERYS TARGARYEN We weren’t sure Jaime was going to survive the season, but he managed to escape the treachery of his sister/lover Cersei and make an honorable decision. His standing in the seven kingdoms will change depending on where he goes next, but we hope he heads north and reunites with Brienne. PHOTOS BY HBO The Night King still rules the Game of Thrones. Although Jon has pledged fealty to her, Dany is still in a weakthe Stark women get ened position thanks enormous credit for to his true parentage Jon’s relationship taking him off the and her loss of a drag- with Dany will have board for good, and on. Once the truth repercussions. thus securing Stark about Jon comes out, control over Winterit will be interesting to see which fell at long last. of them retains the most power. Company to keep her on the Iron Throne. She may be making a bad call for the overall survival of the human race, but she’s still alive and she’s still on the throne. She’s not going out without a ﬁght. The Stark sisters share a spot on our rankings after their coordinated takedown of Littleﬁnger in the ﬁnale. Although the ruse felt a bit like it was more for the audience’s sake than Lord Baelish’s, So, we guess this guy’s still around, huh? In addition to taunting Theon, Euron apparently is on a mission to get the Golden Company and a wedding night with Cersei, which continues his pattern of getting in the way of our heroes in the most annoying way possible. Hopefully, he will be dispatched early in Season 8. 7. TYRION LANNISTER Poor Tyrion. It hasn’t been a great season for the youngest Lannister sibling. He’s losing ground with Dany on a political level, because his schemes just aren’t working. Adding to this is the possibility that he is harboring unrequited feelings for his 6. CERSEI LANNISTER 4. ARYA AND SANSA STARK 10. 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Saturday Night Live’s summer presentation of Weekend Update, which featured its ﬁrst appearance of Alec Baldwin’s President Trump, scored 5.1 MILLION viewers on NBC Thursday (up 6% from the previous week), the biggest audience of the three August broadcasts. Show (Date) 1 Game of Thrones (HBO, Sun.) 2 Video Music Awards (MTV, Sun.) 3 President’s Address (Various, Mon.) 4 Black Girls Rock! (BET, Tue.) 5 WWE Raw (USA, Mon.) 6 WWE SmackDown (USA, Tue.) 7 Big Brother (CBS, Wed.) 8 Premios Tu Mundo (Telemundo, Thur.) 9 Big Brother (CBS, Sun.) 10 Big Brother (CBS, Thur.) Facebook Twitter 3,093,000 1,082,000 1,702,000 2,259,000 601,000 557,000 330,000 95,000 253,000 121,000 152,000 88,000 169,000 42,000 176,000 20,000 161,000 27,000 138,000 49,000 Data from week ending Aug. 27; Nielsen Social Content ratings ranked by interactions on Facebook and Twitter of TV shows (except sports) on their initial airdates, including posts or tweets as well as likes, shares and retweets. 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